It’s hardly a surprise to learn that the Alliance Française French Film Festival – which arrives in town on Feb 27 and sticks around until the end of March – is now the largest festival celebrating French cinema outside France anywhere in the world. It’s huge! This year the guide booklet alone is 96 pages thick, featuring pics and info on 47 fantastic new features, 2 docos and even a TV series. At least until June when the Sydney Film Festival gets underway, local cinema lovers may feel like they’re in heaven.
Long a favourite event in the inner west at Palace Norton Street, all of the 2018 AFFFF films now screen at multiple sessions at all of Palace’s city locations (Central, Verona and Chauvel), and selected films will be at Cremorne Orpheum too. And it’s quite a line up: Starting off with a laugh with the smash-hit comedy C’est La Vie! from The Intouchables duo Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, the festival continues with comedies and dramas, romances and biopics, period films and animated features before coming to a close with the eagerly awaited rom-com 50 Is The New 30 . There’s everything from critically acclaimed hits fresh from Cannes to star-studded dramas and the latest work from big name directors in between – all celebrating the very best in French cinema from the past year.
Arthouse fans may like to check festival patron David Stratton’s recommendations, but don’t forget Ciao’s top five too. Actually, the best fun of all is settling down with a baguette, a glass of wine (or Perrier) and a Gauloises (maybe not that one…) and browsing through the entire line-up in the guide booklet (available now at Palace Cinemas) or on the festival’s website. It really is an exceptional array of contemporary French cinema this year –guaranteed to excite and stimulate the senses.
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 one film from the festival you’d like to see. 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 Feb 27, and do remember to include a postal address – as we’ll mail you the pass.
* The 2018 Alliance Française French Film Festival screens in Sydney at Palace Norton Street, Palace Verona, Chauvel Cinema, Palace Central & Hayden Orpheum Cremorne for the month from February 27th to March 27th. And Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre & Riverside Theatres Parramatta April 5th to 8th. As well as other capital cities.
The full programme is available is available at the festival website
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