The Alliance Française French Film Festival arrives in Sydney for the 30th time on March 5, just a bit later than last year. It’s the largest of all celebrations of French cinema outside France, and apart from the Sydney Film Festival itself, surely local movie-lovers’ most cherished event. Once again presented by Palace Cinemas, the Alliance Française and in association with the Embassy of France and Unifrance Films, it features 54 exceptional films. It wraps up in Sydney more than a month later on April 10. The dates for all other states are noted below* and of course, on the official website.
In Sydney all of the 2019 AFFFF films screen at multiple sessions at all of Palace’s city locations (Norton St, Central, Verona and Chauvel), and selected films will be at Cremorne Orpheum too. It’s impossible to even briefly do justice to its impressive line-up – best just head to the festival’s website for hours of browsing, or pick up one of the printed booklets available in cinemas now.
Cinephiles in particular will find plenty of critical hits – amazingly, eight of them have already received nominations for the prestigious César awards. Artistic director Philippe Platel has selected a superlative number of features and documentaries, once again assisted by David Stratton as festival patron. Lending their considerable talents to that role also are local filmmakers Wayne Blair, Greg McLean and Phillip Noyce, renown producers Liz Watts (Animal Kingdom) and Rosemary Blight (The Sapphires) and the current Sydney Film Festival director, Nashen Moodley. With all that cinematic expertise on board for the 30th AFFF, movie-lovers are in for quite a treat.
And we have 10 double in-season passes to give away. To enter simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address and let us know the name of the Festival’s opening film. It’s no big secret, you just have to do bit of research (Hint: you’ll find the answer here). If you win your pass will be valid for any session or film of your choice (except opening night, closing night and special events). Competition closes midday March 4, and do remember to include a postal address – as we’ll mail you the pass.
* Sydney: 5 March – 10 April, Melbourne: 6 March – 10 April, Canberra: 7 March – 10 April, Perth: 13 March – 10 April, Brisbane: 14 March -14 April, Hobart: 14 – 23 March, Adelaide: 21 March -18 April, Avoca Beach: 22 -27 March, Parramatta: 28 – 31 March, Byron Bay: 4 – 17 April
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