The 2016 French Film Festival programme has been announced, and this year includes 42 contemporary features, one classic and a new programme strand that will showcase 5 of France’s premier television series.
Rosalie Blum, a comedy-drama from acclaimed screenwriter Julien Rappeneau, in his directorial début, has been selected as the Festival’s Opening Night film; while closing night will be a fully restored version of Jean-Luc Godard’s 1963 classic, Contempt (Le Mépris) starring the Brigitte Bardot at the height of her career.
Highlights from the programme include:
Dheepan – Director: Jacques Audiard
The winner of the Palm d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. It’s great to finally get the chance to see this in Australian. The film concerns a former Tamil fighter who adopts the identity of a dead man and recruits a young woman and orphaned child to pose as his family, as he seeks a new life in France.
In the Shadow of Women (L’Ombre des femmes) – Director: Philippe Garrel
There are many hardcore Garrel fans out there, and I am sure they will be very excited to see his newest film at on the big screen. The focuses on the romantic and professional lives of documentary filmmakers, Pierre and
Manon, who are tested when the intoxication of infidelity threatens to overwhelm their existence.
The Wait (L’Attente) – Director: Piero Messina
I will see anything the gorgeous, talented Juliette Binoche is in! At a remote Sicilian villa, a mother (Binoche) welcomes a young woman (Lou de Laâge, who was so wonderful in Breathe) claiming to be the girlfriend of her absent son. But as the days pass and the two form a friendship, it becomes apparent that something is amiss.
We also like the look of The Measure of Man, Microbe & Gasoline, and Macdam Stories.
For the full programme, head over to the festival website
Festival Dates & Locations
SYDNEY: 1-24 March Palace Norton Street, Palace Verona, Chauvel Cinema & Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace
CASULA: 7-10 April Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
PARRAMATTA: 7-10 April Riverside Theatre
MELBOURNE: 2-24 March Palace Balwyn, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Westgarth, The Kino Cinemas & The Astor Theatre
CANBERRA: 3-29 March Palace Electric Cinema
BRISBANE: 11 March – 3 April Palace Barracks & Palace Centro
PERTH: 16 March – 7 April Cinema Paradiso, Luna on SX & Windsor Cinema
ADELAIDE: 31 March – 24 April Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas
HOBART: 28 April – 4 May State Cinema