Returning in spectacular form for its 25th birthday, the Alliance Française French Film Festival will transport audiences to a nation awash with colour and romance through an evocative programme of over 40 keenly anticipated new features and documentaries set to screen at sixteen fabulous Palace Cinema locations. And to mark our ‘silver’ anniversary we are delighted to announce that renowned French/Australian entertainer, Julia Zemiro will be the Festival’s 2014 Patron. One of the country’s most popular ‘artistes’, Julia was born in Aix-en-Provence to a French father and an Australian mother and has an impressive slate of credits across theatre, film and television, including the SBS hit TV program, RockWiz. Julia’s love of French culture and popularity with audiences makes her the perfect inaugural Patron for this very special Festival season.
Proudly presented by the Alliance Française in association with the Embassy of France in Australia and the gracious support of Gold Sponsor Citroën, who have been at the forefront of Europe’s automobile industry for nearly a century, the Alliance Française French Festival is acknowledged as the pre-eminent multi-cultural film event on Australia’s ‘arts’ calendar, and for good reason. For its 2013 outing, the Festival incorporated over 1,400 sessions, which attracted in excess of 133,000 patrons, mostly beyond Australia’s French community. And for 2014 the event, which will run from 4 March until the end of April, Palace has expanded to incorporate Palace Byron Bay, taking the number of participating cities to seven and venues to seventeen. During these two months, a dazzling cornucopia of drama, romance, action and comedy awaits audiences with a splendid example being the Festival’s opening night film, The Finishers, which will screen courtesy of Madman Entertainment. An emotionally charged drama with the characters inspired by a true story, this superbly crafted story, directed by Nils Tavernier and starring Jacques Gamblin and Alexandra Lamy, follows the incredible journey of an embittered, former Ironman champion, and his disabled son who join forces to compete in a triathlon. And for closing night, the Festival will honour one of France’s most beloved directors, the comic genius Jacques Tati, by inviting audiences to select the Festival’s final film from six of his celebrated classics, including Mon Oncle and Mr. Hulot’s Holiday.
So with the best that French cinema has to offer only a few months away, keep your social calendar clear for a cinematic ‘rendez-vous’ of the most agréable kind!
National dates and venues for the 2014 ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL are:
SYDNEY: 4th to 23rd March Palace Norton Street, Palace Verona, Chauvel Cinema & Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace
MELBOURNE: 5 – 23 March Palace Balwyn, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Westgarth & Kino Cinemas
CANBERRA: 6 – 25 March Palace Electric Cinema
BRISBANE: 6 – 25 March Palace Barracks & Palace Centro
PERTH: 18 March – 6 April Cinema Paradiso, Luna on SX & Windsor Cinema
ADELAIDE: 20 March – 8 April Palace Nova Eastend
BYRON BAY: 24 – 28 April Palace Byron Bay
For updates, visit the Festival’s official website at: http://www.affrenchfilmfestival.org