Guide :: Alliance Francaise French Film Festival

March 5th 2013

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Once a year, francophiles gather together for the country’s biggest celebration of French cinema—The French Film Festival. This event is presented by L’Alliance Francaise, an independent nonprofit organisation on an “ambitious mission to spread the French language and culture well beyond the borders of France.” With last year’s 126,000 attendees and 1436 screenings nationwide, it’s safe to say they’re doing a pretty good job.

The Alliance Francaises of Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth have joined forces to prepare the 24th Film Festival. With 43 films to screen, this is definitely an event you don’t want to miss out. (Most likely they won’t be available at your local Hoyts or Oovie machine!) Not sure where to start? Check out our top 5 picks for the event…


1.  Haute Cuisine:

The festival kicks off with an evening of fine foods and wine in the company of Danièle Mazet-Delpeuch, the former President Francois Mitterrand’s private chef whose life inspired the film. Catherine Frot delivers a great performance as a powerful and sassy head chef in this funny feature. Sure beats waiting for next week’s Master Chef. Bon appetite.

Where: Palace Norton Street
When: Tuesday 5 March, 6:30 Reception 7 PM screening
Tickets: Alliance Francaise de Sydney & Palace Movie Club members $26/non-members $32

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2. French Cabaret Night

Always wanted to be in Moulin Rouge? Well, you’re in luck. Not only will you receive some cabaretesque entertainment, drinks and 3D glasses are included in this package for the surreal and exotic FEU by Christian Louboutin.  A spacey new age 19th century French burlesque with a soundtrack by David Lynch—need I say more?

Where: Palace Verona
When: Thursday 7 March, 6:30 Special Event, 7 PM screening
Tickets: Alliance Francaise de Sydney & Palace Movie Club Members $27/non-members $31

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3. Love ETC

Got a significant other you’d like to have a cheesy romantic date with? Cuddle up with your sweetheart or just treat yourself to night of wine, sweets, and the screening of The Cherry on the Cake.

Where: Chauvel Cinema
When: Thursday 14 March, 6:30 PM Special Event, 7 PM screening
Tickets: Alliance Francaise de Sydney & Palace Movie Club members $23/non-members $27

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4. Travel to France: Painting of the French Rivera

Miss that summer in Provence? Join the Alliance Francais for Provence-style glass of wine and refreshments followed by the screening of the World War I themed drama, Renoir. All is fair in love and war.

Where: Palace Verona
When: Tuesday 12 March, 6:30 Special Event, 7 PM Screening
Tickets: Alliance Francaise de Sydney & Palace Movie Club members $23/non-members $27

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5. Les Enfants du Paradis (Closing Night Screening)

Considered one of the best films of all time, celebrate the 1945 French classic Children of Paradise with a sparkling glass of wine. A love story set in gorgeous 1820s French theater featuring an infatuated and devoted mime? What more could you want?

Where: Palace Norton Street & Palace Verona
When: Sunday 24 March, 4:30 PM Reception, 5PM Screening
Tickets: Alliance Française de Sydney & Palace Movie Club members $26/non- members $32

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Alliance Francais French Film Festival Trailer: 

For more info head to

Alliance Francaise French Film Festival 2013 Trailer from AF French Film Festival on Vimeo.


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