Australia’s most sparkling film Festival has good reason to be excited about its 26th annual season, with the news that revered film critics Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton will be the event’s 2015 Patrons.
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.
There is a beautiful, ongoing romance between French culture and Australia, never more in evidence than with Australians’ love of French cinema. The Alliance Française French Film Festival is the central celebration of this romance.
Our 2015 Patrons, Margaret and David, have kindly decided to honour the Festival with their expertise by selecting 7 films from the line-up.
Both the full line-up and the tickets will become available from 3 February 2015. Until then check out Margaret and David’s picks for the Festival below, ahead of the release date:
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
Please note that our Short Film Competition is now closed. The top 3 films will be chosen by 26 January 2015 by a jury. We will then post them on the Festival's website and give you the chance to vote for your favourite. The movies can be viewed up until 20 February 2015.