Five queer picks at Brisbane’s Alliance Française French Film Festival 2019

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The Alliance Française French Film Festival is touring Australia celebrating its 30th birthday in 2019, and is returning to Brisbane next week. The long-running festival is running from March 14 until April 14 at Palace Cinemas, with the full lineup and tickets available from the website here. Get a look at five of the queer highlights from this year’s festival below:

Knife + Heart

Director Yann Gonzales propagates his predilection for the kitsch and kinky with the hyper-stylised and brutal Knife+Heart.

In Paris, 1979, French pop chanteuse Vanessa Paradis plays gay adult film producer, Anne. Shunned by her girlfriend and editor, Loïs (Kate Moran), Anne is driven to regain Loïs’ love by shooting her most ambitious film yet.

When one of the actors is brutally murdered, Anne finds herself implicated in a very strange and twisted investigation.

“If Dario Argento, Brian De Palma and Kenneth Anger conceived a three-way love child while watching Cruising and listening to a Giorgio Moroder mix tape, the result would be something like Knife+Heart,” the Hollywood Reporter said of the film.

Jean Paul Gaultier: Freak & Chic

Remarkable French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier is renowned for his striking creations and cheeky sense of humour.

This all-access documentary looks at his latest subversive obsession: the Fashion Freak Show in one of the most famous performance halls of the world, Folies Bergères.

Taking a deep-dive into the universe of Gaultier, filmmaker Yann L’Hénoret follows the conception of the Fashion Freak Show cabaret, shooting the film’s footage across a six-month period, with cameos from the likes of Madonna, Nile Rodgers and Marion Cotillard.


Writer-director Philippe Lesage captures the singularity of first love while incorporating a healthy current of humour in Genesis.

Two storylines are intertwined, those of half-siblings Charlotte (Noé Abita) and Guillaume (Théodore Pellerin), both at different stages in their own experiences of young amour.

Guillaume wrestles with his emerging queerness, which reveals itself through an unrequited attraction to his bestfriend, Nicolas.

Charlotte is riding the endorphin-high of her first serious romance but finds her idyllic notions of love put to the test when her boyfriend, Maxime, suggests trying an open relationship.

Sorry Angel

Winner of the 2018 Prix Louis Delluc, France’s most prestigious cinema award, director Christophe Honoré returns to the Festival with the emotionally rich Sorry Angel.

At once an intimate chronicle of a romance and a sprawling portrait of life in early 1990s France, Sorry Angel follows the intertwining journeys of Jacques (Pierre Deladonchamps), a worldly Parisian writer, and Arthur (Vincent Lacoste), a curious, carefree and much-younger university student who is just beginning to find himself, and thrive.


Filmmaker Lukas Dhont’s controversial drama Girl stars 15 year-old dancer Victor Polster as a highly ambitious ballerina trapped in the body of a boy.

Lara is an adolescent transgender girl from Belgium. Her struggle is not so much with her gender identity as with her passion to become a professional ballerina.

Celebration: Yves Saint Laurent

Two decades after its filming, Olivier Meyrou’s portrait of France’s last great fashion designer, Yves Saint Laurent, has finally seen the light of day, having previously been withheld from release by Saint Laurent’s business partner, Pierre Bergé.

Celebration goes behind-the-scenes to present both Yves the Legend and Yves the Man, as he prepares his final collection before the fashion house was sold to Gucci in 1999.

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