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Today, the Alliance Française French Film Festival (AF FFF), in collaboration with the French Embassy, announced its complete program for the 2024 edition of this renowned celebration of French cinema.
Presented by MSC Cruises, the 35th edition of the festival is set to captivate audiences across Australia from March 5th to April 21st. This year’s program places a spotlight on contemporary creation, emphasising emerging talents and innovative voices shaping the French cinematic landscape.
“For over three decades, we’ve showcased the finest in French cinema, known for its profound simplicity and relatable humanity. Our stories reflect struggles, triumphs, passion, and possess an extraordinary ability to touch hearts,” Karine Mauris, Festival Artistic Director and Cultural Attachée to the French Embassy in Australia, says.
“Embracing The Three Musketeers’ motto, ‘All for one and one for all,’ our festival dives into a diverse array of 41 movies from heartwarming comedies to gripping dramas, each offering its unique charm and allure.”
In South Australia, film enthusiasts can enjoy screenings from March 21st to April 16th at Palace Nova Eastend and Prospect Cinemas in Adelaide.
Palace Cinemas CEO, Benjamin Zeccola, expressed his excitement about the monumental anniversary and their longstanding partnership as Exhibition Partner.
“Our journey together has been très extraordinaire, and we’ve enjoyed the privilege of contributing to the festival’s remarkable evolution to where it is now; a cornerstone of the cinema calendar. We look forward to celebrating with the Alliance Française and festivalgoers. Vive le cinéma,” she says.
Additional screenings will take place in Renmark from March 22nd to April 6th at the Chaffey Theatre, in Victor Harbour from April 4th to April 10th at the Victa Cinema, and in Mt Gambier from April 17th to April 21st at the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre.
The festival’s whirlwind program includes 41 films, featuring some of the greatest directors and biggest stars of French cinema. Notable directors such as Catherine Breillat, Michel Gondry, and Albert Dupontel will grace the silver screen alongside celebrated actors like Juliette Binoche, Catherine Deneuve, Daniel Auteuil, Laure Calamy, and Camille Cottin.
Established by the Alliance Française, an institution offering online and in-person language courses and events nationwide, the AF FFF fosters deeper connections and understanding between France and Australia, celebrating cultural exchange.
The festival’s Opening Night will feature a unique adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’s classic novel, “The Three Musketeers.” Directed by Martin Bourboulon, the opening installment, “D’Artagnan,” will kick off the festival, followed by double feature screenings of “D’Artagnan” and its sequel “Milady” at select locations. Closing the festival will be “Second Round,” a daring portrayal of modern politics and media from director Albert Dupontel.
In a nod to its dedicated fan base, the festival allowed audiences to vote for the film they felt best encapsulated the joy and wonder of French cinema. Topping the poll was “The Intouchables,” a heartwarming film that has captured the hearts of viewers worldwide and remains a box office sensation in France.
Packed with Cannes highlights, unexpected tales of love, uplifting true stories, family fun, and swashbuckling adventures, the AF FFF24 offers opportunities for all to experience the magic of French language and cinema.
Alliance Française French Film Festival
Adelaide SA: 21 March – 16 April
Venues: Palace Nova Prospect Cinemas, Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas
For more information and to purchase tickets from 7th February, click here.