My love for French cinema and all things Parisian knows no end. My picks for the Alliance Francaise French Film Festival lineup for 2017. What to see and how to ‘escape’ to France without leaving Australia.
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THE FESTIVAL SEASON IS HERE!
This time of year, with all of the cultural things happening at once, is my favourite. I recently shared my top pics for the Perth and Adelaide Fringe festivals, and am continuing over the next couple of weeks to share picks from the other cultural programs coming up. PIAF, the Perth International Arts Festival launches this week and nationwide, the Alliance Francaise French Film Festival is kicking off for its 28th season from the 7th of March.
As I am an avid lover of all things French, including their cinema industry, I always look forward to the French film festival. My list of films to see is always ridiculously lengthy.
FRENCH VS HOLLYWOOD CINEMA
While I am not always a fan of Hollywood cinema, leading up to Awards season, I have managed to see nominated films Hidden Figures, Manchester By The Sea, LaLa Land, Captain Fantastic and Moana. Personally I thought all were excellent films with the exception of LaLa Land, which I did not rate too highly. Apparently I am one of the few people who feel this way!
What have you seen and which do you think will take out awards?
Did you love LaLa Land?
The Alliance Francaise French Film Festival celebrates the ‘crème de la crème’ of contemporary French cinema by blending the work of established filmmakers with that of France’s cinematic luminaries of tomorrow. These are my recommendations for this years films.
WHAT TO SEE AT THE 2017 ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL
THE DANCER (La Danseuse)
Director: Stéphanie Di Giusto
Cast: Soko, Gaspard Ulliel, Mélanie Thierry, Lily-Rose Depp
With her revolutionary “Serpentine” dance, Loïe Fuller was the toast of the Belle Époque cabarets. But it was her meeting with Isadora Duncan, an ambitious and beautiful young prodigy that threatened her stature, her confidence and her sanity.
THE ODYSSEY (L’odyssée)
Directed by Jérôme Salle
Cast: Lambert Wilson, Audrey Tautou, Vincent Heneine, Pierre Niney
The Odyssey, a fascinating biopic that tells the tempestuous story of celebrity oceanographer and filmmaker, Jacques Cousteau, will open the 2017 Festival.
Cast: Audrey Tautou, Bérénice Bejo, Mélanie Laurent
Cast: Omar Sy, James Thierrée, Noémie Lvovsky
The fascinating story of Chocolat, the first popular Afro-Cuban artist of the French stage. Catapulted to stardom in Paris’ Nouveau Cirque, Chocolat’s satisfaction with success soon starts to diminish when his desire for equality begins to take hold.
PENNY PINCHER (Radin!)
Director: Fred Cavayé
Cast: Dany Boon, Lawrence Arné, Noémie Schmidt
In this comedy about taking obsession too far, France’s maestro of laughter, Dany Boon returns to the screen as François, a middle-aged violinist and compulsive ‘penny pincher’, whose parsimonious ways are upended by the surprise arrival of two new women in his life.
Director: Rebecca Zlotowski
Cast: Natalie Portman, Lily-Rose Depp, Emmanuelle Salinger, Louis Garrel
Searching for their big break, two American sisters, who earn their living through clairvoyance, arrive in 1930s Paris, where they beguile a movie-producer intent on shooting their séances as part of an ambitious new film.