In keeping with its reputation for showcasing the very best of French cinema, the 2015 Alliance Française French Film Festival drew close to 50,000 people in Sydney, an approximately 20% increase from 2014. We are also proud to announce that the Festival will continue to screen in April in Casula and Parramatta.
The annual Alliance Française French Film Festival is a collaboration between the Embassy of France in Australia and six Alliances Françaises across Australia. It is not only the biggest film festival in Australia; it is also the biggest festival of French films outside of France.
Each year, it curates a selection of the best contemporary French films, including comedies, dramas, documentaries and much more. Blockbusters and independent films alike screen over six weeks in eight cities: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane, Byron Bay, Perth and, for the first time this year, Hobart. The Festival also includes glamorous opening nights, Q&As and special events with renowned figures of French cinema.
The Festival is proud to be expanding, with two more venues in Western Sydney.
CASULA POWERHOUSE ARTS CENTRE – Thursday 9 and Friday 10 April
Over two exciting nights, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, in partnership with the Festival will be screening a selection of two captivating films, THE BÉLIER FAMILY and CHANCE ENCOUNTER.
More info about Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
RIVERSIDE THEATRES PARRAMATTA – Friday 10 to Sunday 12 April
We are delighted to showcase a selection of five films at this recognised and vibrant cultural hub.
Screening at Riverside will be the Festival’s opening night film GEMMA BOVERY, two films hand-picked by Festival patrons and revered film critics Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton (3 HEARTS, and DIPLOMACY), a Box Office smash-hit of 2014 in THE BÉLIER FAMILY, and, of course, a little bit of French romance with CHANCE ENCOUNTER.
More info about Riverside
Watch the Festival trailer below!
Our 2015 Patrons, Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton, have kindly decided to honour the Festival with their expertise by selecting the following 7 films from the line-up.
3 Hearts by Benoît Jacquot
Far From Men by David Oelhoffen
The Last Hammer Blow by Alix Delaporte
Diplomacy by Volker Schlöndorff
The Blue Room by Mathieu Amalric
Tokyo Fiancée by Stefan Liberski
Grand Illusion by Jean Renoir