This year’s Alliance Francaise Film Festival got one day into its program before having to shutdown due to COVID.
Now it reappears with its much anticipated line-up of nearly 30 of the very best in French and Francophone movies.
Some of the highlights include:
The Extraordinary: Based on the true story of Stéphane Benhamou who runs an informal shelter in Paris for autistic youth who have fallen through the cracks of the system. Starring Vincent Cassel, this feature was chosen as the Closing Night film at Cannes 2019.
La Belle Epoque: The clichés of French film history are playfully explored in César Award-winning filmmaker Nicolas Bedos’ hilarious feature, which darts between present day and the wild, wonderful disco era of the 1970s in a whimsical, witty and romantic tale. Two giants of French cinema, Daniel Auteuil and Fanny Ardant star in this crowd-pleaser.
How to be a Good Wife: Martin Provost directs this hilarious comedy. It’s 1968. The immaculate and morally upright Paulette and her husband have been running Van der Beck’s School of Housekeeping and Good Manners for over two decades, with the help of Paulette’s eccentric stepsister Gilberte and the communist-fearing, ex-Resistance nun Marie-Thérèse . Their mission: to train teenagers to become perfect housewives, in times when women were expected to be largely subservient. Juliette Binoche stars as Paulette.
Aznavour by Charles: An extraordinary documentary about Charles Aznavour, composed of his own film, taken with the camera given him by Edith Piaf in 1948. The poet of more than one generation, and the musical face of France, Charles Aznavour is a legend, and an enigma.
The Mystery of Henri Pick: An illiterate pizza cook dies, leaving behind him a bestseller. But did he really write it? A literary critic sets out to discover the truth, with the reluctant help of Pick’s daughter. The great Fabrice Luchini stars alongside Camille Cottin, last seen on our small screens in the hugely popular Call My Agent.
Opening (appropriately!) on Bastille Day, July 14th, the Alliance Francaise French Film Festival runs until August 4th at Palace Nova Eastend and Prospect.
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