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!
Adult - $15.50 | Concession - $13.50 | Children - $11.50
Adult - $70 | Concession - $60
Directed by: JÉRÔME SALLE
Starring: Lambert Wilson, Pierre Niney, Audrey Tautou, Vincent
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 Chocolatblends sharp and impressive physical comedy
with moving compassion, gloriously restoring the great legacy of this trailblazing
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150 Milligrams (La Fille de
FRANCE • DRAMA • 128 MINS • 2016 • MA 15+
Directed by: EMMANUELLE BERCOT
Starring: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Benoît Magimel, Charlotte Laemmel,
Isabelle De Hertogh
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
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
FRANCE • DRAMA • 102 MINS • 2015 • M
Directed by: THOMAS LILTI
Starring: François Cluzet, Marianne Denicourt, Isabelle Sadoyan,
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 –
Superbly cast and emotionally complex, this is a moving and
funny character drama, which will undoubtedly leave you with a joie de vivre.
With an irresistibly star-studded cast,Eternitysweeps 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
filmThe 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.