What To See At This Year’s Alliance Francaise French Film Festival

French Film Festival

Running from Thursday March 16 through Sunday April 9, the 28th annual Alliance Francaise French Film Festival promises to deliver yet another unmatched roster of exciting and challenging titles, keeping in tone with the excellence it has distributed in the near-three years since its inception.

From the sweeping imagery of opening night adventurer ‘The Odyssey’ (‘L’Odyssee’) to closing night comedy ‘A Bun in the Oven’ (‘Le Petit Locataire’), this year’s festival promises something new and vibrant every night.

If you can’t wait until closing night to have your funny bone tickled, titles like the romantic comedy ‘Just To Be Sure’ (‘Otez-Moi D’Un Doute’) or the tale of two dimwitted soldiers surviving the trenches of WWII in ‘Max & Leon’ (‘La Folle Histoire De Max Et Leon’) should suffice.

Perhaps the most intriguing titles to audiences will be that of ‘Souvenir’, an endearing comedy about a reclusive woman hiding her secret past starring Isabelle Huppert (fresh off her Oscar-nominated role in ‘Elle’).

Next to the star power of Huppert, the undeniably charismatic Omar Sy (‘The Intouchables’) and Oscar winner Natalie Portman (‘Black Swan’) lend their charms to the festival with the respective titles ‘Monsieur Chocolat’ and ‘Planetarium’. The former details the lavish rise-and-fall of the first Afro-Cuban artist to grace the French stage whilst the latter, a haunting drama set in pre-war Europe, tells of two American sisters who transport their spiritual practices to the world of cinema under the direction of a movie producer enchanted by both their beauty and their abilities.

From the hard-hitting documentary ‘Tomorrow’ (‘Demain’) informing us on how we can reverse the path of global decline to the melancholic mystery thriller ‘The Unknown Girl’ (‘La Fille Inconnue’), there’s no shortage in variety this year for audiences depending on festivals of this ilk to experience unique cinema.

The Alliance Francaise French Film Festival runs until April 9 at Brisbane’s Palace Barracks and Centro cinemas. For the full program and tickets head to the festival’s website. Get a sneak peek below:

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