The Alliance Française French Film Festival is coming to Armidale from the 26th to the 28th of May 2017

The festival will take place at Belgrave Cinema, and all films will have English subtitles. You don't need to speak French, so don't hesitate to bring friends and family along!
Tickets can be purchased at Belgrave Cinema
French themed food will be available; there will also be a lucky door prize at every session, as well as a raffle to be drawn on closing night!

Single tickets
Adult - $15.50 | Concession - $13.50 | Children - $11.50
Season tickets
Adult - $70 | Concession - $60

Here are the five films that will be screened:
All descriptions come from the AF French Film Festival website

The Country Doctor - Friday 26 May 7:00pm
The Odyssey - Saturday 27 May 2:10pm
Monsieur Chocolat - Saturday 27 May 7:00pm
150 Milligrams - Sunday 28 May 4:40pm
Eternity - Sunday 28 May 7:00pm

The Odyssey (L’Odyssée)



FRANCE • ADVENTURE • 122 mins MINS • 2015 • PG


Directed by: JÉRÔME SALLE
Starring: Lambert Wilson, Pierre Niney, Audrey Tautou, Vincent Heneine




Jérôme Salle’s dazzling biopic will sweep you up in its sails as it follows the chaotic life of celebrity oceanographer Jacques Cousteau; one rich in accomplishments, yet teeming with turmoil.

It is 1943 and the eccentrically ambitious naval officer Cousteau (Lambert Wilson) dreams of adventure. His magnificent new invention of the Aqua-Lung promises to bring him just that. Newly armed with the ability to breathe underwater for long periods of time, Cousteau dedicates his life’s work to his obsession with the sea, becoming the first to create underwater films that dazzle audiences worldwide.

His success comes at a cost, however, as his wife Simone (Audrey Tautou) and sons Philippe (Pierre Niney) and Jean-Michel (Benjamin Lavernhe) struggle to keep up with the stormy seas of Cousteau’s fierce and unfailing determination, the ultimate price of which is yet to come.

Through a dazzling array of global exploration locations, we undertake this lyrical journey almost as if a member of Cousteau’s crew, experiencing the epic highs and excruciating lows of this pioneer’s astounding career which changed humanity’s relationship with the sea forever.





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Monsieur Chocolat (Chocolat)


FRANCE • DRAMA • 119 MINS • 2015 • M


Directed by: ROSCHDY ZEM
Starring: Omar Sy, James Thierrée, Noémie Lvovsky, Frédéric Pierrot



This lively and unmissable box-office hit details the fascinating rise-and-fall story of the first popular Afro-Cuban artist of the French stage. Lavishly set in stunning Belle Époque Paris, it is beautifully realised through the energised performances of the charismatic Omar Sy (The Intouchables, 2011) and real-life circus-performer (and grandson of Charlie Chaplin), James Thierrée.

During the late 1800s, former slave Chocolat (Sy) is making a living in a provincial French circus performing the role of a tooth-baring cannibal named Kalanka — a surprisingly novel spectacle for the country people who have never seen a black man before. It is here that he impresses established performer George Footit (Thierrée) who takes him under his wing. Together, they develop a routine which catapults them to stardom, glamour and riches in Paris’ Nouveau Cirque. However, the satisfaction of success can only last so long as Chocolat’s desire for equality begins to take hold.

As entertaining as it is timely, Monsieur Chocolat blends sharp and impressive physical comedy with moving compassion, gloriously restoring the great legacy of this trailblazing artist.






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150 Milligrams (La Fille de Brest)


FRANCE • DRAMA • 128 MINS • 2016 • MA 15+


Starring: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Benoît Magimel, Charlotte Laemmel, Isabelle De Hertogh



The inspirational crusade of one dedicated nurse against a large-scale pharmaceutical company forms the basis of acclaimed director, screenwriter and actress Emmanuelle Bercot’s (Mon Roi, AF FFF16) super-charged adaptation of real-life whistle blower Irène Frachon’s bestselling memoir.

Irène (Sidse Babett Knudsen) is a hospital lung specialist who begins to suspect a connection between recent patient deaths and a medication called Mediator. Seeking solid proof to justify her suspicions, she joins forces with the hospital’s head of research Antoine, played by Cannes Best Actor Award winner Benoît Magimel (The Connection, AF FFF15). What follows is a long and rough road strewn with shady coverups, impenetrable institutional frameworks and powerful figures who are either corrupt or simply have their heads buried deep in the sand. Irène's determination in pursuing the cause catapults her into the spotlight. By challenging one unscrupulous company, she shakes the foundations of a system that has become inexcusably complacent.

Knudsen’s remarkable performance as the steely heroine displays a dynamic energy which penetrates each and every scene as Irène battles to maintain her own humanity under adverse conditions.






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The Country Doctor

(Médecin de campagne)


FRANCE • DRAMA • 102 MINS • 2015 • M


Directed by: THOMAS LILTI
Starring: François Cluzet, Marianne Denicourt, Isabelle Sadoyan, Félix Moati



French box-office star François Cluzet (The Intouchables, 2011) headlines this heartwarming and engaging medical drama from popular doctor-turned-director Thomas Lilti.

Jean-Pierre Werner (Cluzet) is a kind, no-nonsense, firmly established country doctor, who works gruelling hours and whose role in the community often extends beyond simply overseeing the physical wellbeing of his patients. When he is diagnosed with an illness which demands he stop work, he is forced to take on a replacement who, to his dismay, is the inexperienced Nathalie (Isabelle Sadoyan, Thérèse Desqueyroux, AF FFF13). Jean-Pierre struggles to accept his reality and let go of his work, entirely unconvinced that Nathalie has what it takes to replace him. This only serves to make the handover more challenging, but little does Jean-Pierre know that beyond Nathalie’s often humorous beginner faux-pas lies a strong and resourceful woman who is determined to meet the demands of the role, and break the ice with his loyal – albeit quirky – patients. 

Superbly cast and emotionally complex, this is a moving and funny character drama, which will undoubtedly leave you with a joie de vivre.




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Eternity (Éternité)




Directed by: TRAN ANH HUNG
Starring: Audrey Tautou, Bérénice Bejo, Mélanie Laurent, Jérémie Renier



With an irresistibly star-studded cast, Eternity sweeps slowly across three generations accompanied by a score including Bach, Beethoven and Debussy. Through this collaboration with his wife – the actress Tran Nu Yen Khe, who is the omnipresent narrator of the film – Tran Anh Hung has established a beautiful ode to women and family life. 

Valentine (Tautou), is twenty years old when, towards the end of the 19th century, she marries her beloved Jules. Ecstatic to be united, the two are further delighted to bear many children. However, bliss is not lasting, and tragedy befalls the couple, leaving the family scarred by the fragility of existence. In the years that follow, joy is reinstated with new romances, marriages and births. With the introduction of each new generation, one thing remains consistent: the unavoidable cycle of passion, love, turbulence and sorrow. This is the first French-language feature film from Vietnamese director Tran Anh Hung, who is known for his Oscar-nominated film The Scent of Green Papaya. 

Impressively shot by Lee Ping Bing, it is a feast for the eyes and ears – a meditative, powerfully stylised film imbued with a gentle sensitivity which captivates in every scene.




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