ALliance Francaise Classic Film Festival 2017

The wait is over! The Alliance Française Classic Film Festival is returning for its third year! The 2015 and 2016 successes have demonstrated that this Festival has found its audience! This evocative event is taking place in Sydney at Palace Norton St and Hayden Orpheum from 24 to 27 August.

The Alliance Française Classic Film Festival aims to showcase masterpieces of French cinema, highlighting an actor or director who has made an indelible contribution to France’s celebrated film industry. 

The 2017 season is focusing on the iconic Jean-Paul Belmondo, showcasing restored versions of 6 of his most renowned films from 1961 to 1974.  Considered a key figure of the French New Wave, Belmondo’s career of almost 60 years has been internationally fêted through a myriad of awards and eminent honorary titles such as the National Order of Merit.

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LÉON MORIN, PRIEST (Léon Morin, prêtre) - 1961

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville            
With: Emmanuelle Riva & Irène Tunc
Barny is a bitter widow who lives in a small French village during the Occupation. Although a Marxist, she is intrigued by the mysteries of religion. In confession, she flirts with the priest Léon Morin, a young and intelligent man ready to discuss anything. On the brink of conversion, Barny realises that she is falling for him. But Léon refuses her as he makes it his mission to steer her onto the right path.
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DOULOS: THE FINGERMAN (Le Doulos) - 1963
Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
With: Serge Regianni & Jean Desailly
Following his release from prison, Maurice robs and kills his former friend, responsible for the death of his wife. He buries the money and jewelry and prepares for a new burglary, this time with Silien and Remy. But nothing goes as planned and Silien, an informer for police superintendent Clain, attempts to double cross him.
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THAT MAN FROM RIO (L'homme de Rio) - 1964
Director: Philippe de Broca
With: Françoise Dorléac & Jean Servais
Airman Adrien Dufourquet is on an 8-day leave in Paris to visit his fiancée, Agnès. Upon arrival, he finds out that her late father's expedition companion, Professor Catalan, has just been abducted by two South Americans. Witnessing his fiancée being kidnapped and loaded on a plane to Rio, he decides to chase them all the way to Brazil in ingenious and dangerous ways.

PIERROT LE FOU (Pierrot le Fou) - 1965
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
With: Anna Karina & Graziella Galvani
Ferdinand Griffon, unhappy in marriage and life, decides to leave the bourgeoisie behind and run away with the babysitter and former girlfriend Marianne. When they discover Marianne is being chased by Algerian gangsters, their adventure turns into a travelling crime spree from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea.
WEEKEND AT DUNKIRK (Week-end at Zuydcoote) - 1964
Director: Henri Verneuil                    
With: Catherine Spaak & Jean-Pierre Marielle
In June 1940, the Allies' troops are at the mercy of the German bombardments on the beaches of Dunkirk. Among them, French Sergeant Julien Maillet and his men are desperately trying to get to England with the English Army. During that chaotic weekend, nothing seems to go as planned.
STAVISKY - 1974      
Director: Alain Resnais
With: Anny Duperey & Charles Boyer
Serge Alexandre, a theatre impresario and financier, is one of the most glamorous figures of the early 1930's. His charm and talent helped him surround himself with the French industrial and political elite and lead an extravagant life in a palace with his beautiful wife. But underneath this luxury lifestyle lies corruption and fraud on a massive scale.

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