Alliance Francaise French Film Festival 2019

This 30th Anniversary edition is set to be exceptional, with a 54- films line-up -the biggest yet for the Festival. Showcasing works from prodigies of French cinema (Yann Gonzalez, Mikhaël Hers, Coralie Fargeat, Jeanne Herry...) alongside those who inspired them (Claire Denis, Jean-Luc Godard, Olivier Assayas, Jacques Audiard), indulge in a voyage into the broad spectrum of French cinema. 

This upbeat and cheery celebration is also a breath of fresh air to French-Australian shared values: openness, diversity, and awareness. Opening to other cultures and international talents, this year’s dynamic selection delivers a broad and diverse vision of contemporary issues, such as social justice, gender equality or ecology. Sometimes with a quirky take (I Feel Good, The Summer House, Dilili in Paris, Revenge), sometimes with an accurate and well documented approach (At War, Wine Calling) and sometimes by crossing the border (Keep Going, The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir, Girl).


Come and join the joyous celebration of this 30th anniversary with the 54 unique presents it has to offer!


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Alliance Francaise French Film Festival 2019 Opening Night | The Trouble With You CTC
Thursday 21 March | SPECIAL EVENT: Alliance Francaise French Film Festival Opening Night | from 6.30pm, EASTEND
Alliance Francaise French Film Festival 2019 Brittany By the Sea | Raising Colours M
Tuesday 26 March | SPECIAL EVENT: Brittany By the Sea | from 6.15pm, EASTEND
Alliance Francaise French Film Festival 2019 Wine and Cheese | Sink or Swim M
Thursday 4 April | SPECIAL EVENT: Wine & Cheese | from 6.15pm, EASTEND
Alliance Francaise French Film Festival 2019 - One Night in Quebec, Canada | The Fall of the American Empire MA15
Thursday 11 April | SPECIAL EVENT: One Night in Quebec, Canada | from 6.15pm, EASTEND
Alliance Francaise French Film Festival 2019 - Closing Night Film | Kiss & Tell CTC
Thursday 18 April | SPECIAL EVENT: Closing Night | Kiss & Tell | from 6.30pm, EASTEND
FFF19 Celebration: Yves Saint Laurent CTC From: Mar 21, 2019
Go behind-the-scenes to witness the one and only Yves Saint Laurent, as he prepares his final collection.
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FFF19 By the Grace of God CTC From: Mar 21, 2019
By chance, a family man discovers that the priest who abused him as a youth is still working with children. He vows to see the truth be told, and the service of justice.
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FFF19 Family Photo CTC From: Mar 21, 2019
In this hilarious, yet touching tale, the passing of their grandfather forces three very different siblings to grudgingly reunite with their long-separated parents.
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FFF19 Girl CTC From: Mar 21, 2019
An adolescent transgender girl from Belgium struggles not so much with her gender identity, but with her passion to become a professional ballerina.
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FFF19 The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir CTC From: Mar 21, 2019
This vividly calamitous comedy recounts the tale of Aia, a young man who survives by performing magical tricks on the streets of Mumbai in the guise of a fakir.
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FFF19 Who You Think I am CTC From: Mar 21, 2019
Recently single 50ish Claire impulsively creates a fictional Facebook profile posing as a much younger woman. What seems like fun takes her to dangerous territory.
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FFF19 High Life CTC From: Mar 21, 2019
Monte and his infant daughter, the sole survivors of a prison crew, drift closer to a black hole where all time and space cease to exist.
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FFF19 Le Grand Bal PG From: Mar 21, 2019
Each summer, in an idyllic countryside estate south of Paris, several thousand people converge to dance over seven days and eight nights.
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FFF19 Guy M From: Mar 21, 2019
Upon his mother’s death, Gauthier, a young journalist, discovers that he’s the product of her affair with Guy Jamet, a once famous, though now derided pop star.
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FFF19 In Safe Hands (Pupille) M From: Mar 21, 2019
When baby Theo’s birth mother surrenders him for adoption, we are thrown deep into the milieu of the French social assistance services.
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FFF19 One Nation, One King CTC From: Mar 21, 2019
As opposition grows against King Louis XVI and rioters take to the streets, a young couple, Françoise and Basile, begin to realise their dreams of emancipation.
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FFF19 Wine Calling CTC From: Mar 21, 2019
This sparkling documentary introduces us to a small but dedicated group of wine growers in the south of France.
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FFF19 Dumped  CTC From: Mar 21, 2019
Two wildly different sisters decide to take their recently ‘dumped’ 60 year-old mother, Françoise, for a getaway on a beautiful tropical island.
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FFF19 Memoir of War MA15 From: Mar 21, 2019
A writer and member of the French Resistance enters into a high-risk game of psychological cat and mouse with a Nazi collaborator.
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FFF19 In Your Hands CTC From: Mar 21, 2019
Mathieu, a housing project kid who is falling into petty theft, crosses paths with Pierre, director of a prestigious music conservatory, who hears him playing piano.
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FFF19 Keep Going MA15 From: Mar 21, 2019
Having reached a stalemate in their relationship, Sybille has persuaded her adult son Samuel to join her on a trek in the hope of establishing a new rapport.
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FFF19 Jean-Paul Gaultier: Freak & Chic CTC From: Mar 21, 2019
Taking a deep-dive into the eccentric universe of this iconic genius, Yann L’Hénoret follows the conception of the ultra-glamorous Fashion Freak Show cabaret.
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FFF19 A Faithful Man CTC From: Mar 21, 2019
A dashing journalist finds himself abandoned by his girlfriend when she leaves to marry the father of her impending baby…Who happens to be his best friend.
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FFF19 A Man in a Hurry CTC From: Mar 21, 2019
A powerful CEO suffers a major stroke, and finds he must completely rebuild his life and family relationships, in this amusing take on physical rehabilitation.
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FFF19 Amanda MA15 From: Mar 21, 2019
David, a carefree 20-something in the throes of a new romance, is unexpectedly forced to assume the guardianship of his 7 year-old niece, Amanda.
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FFF19 An Impossible Love MA15 From: Mar 21, 2019
A young woman recounts the epic arc of her parent’s ill-fated love affair in three phases: its beginning, the harsh fallout and its effect on her life thereafter.
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FFF19 The Sisters Brothers MA15 From: Mar 21, 2019
It's 1851, and Charlie and Eli Sisters, both brothers and assassins, accept a contract to kill a mysterious chemist that sends them on a journey to California.
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FFF19 Dany M From: Mar 21, 2019
Dany is serving a long-term jail sentence when he finds out his son has requested an emancipation order. Determined to make up for lost time he tries to escape prison.
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FFF19 The Ideal Palace CTC From: Mar 21, 2019
Set in the south of France in 1879, this is the remarkable true story of Cheval, a humble postman who dreams of life through the wonders of the magazines he delivers.
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FFF19 The Summer House CTC From: Mar 21, 2019
With her daughter in tow, Anna heads to her family’s Riviera estate to escape the frantic pace of Paris and work on her latest screenplay.
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FFF19 I Feel Good CTC From: Mar 21, 2019
Jacques, an unstable ne’er-do-well with perennial delusions of grandeur, reappears in the life of his long-suffering sister, in a crazy plan to make them both rich.
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FFF19 Promise at Dawn M From: Mar 21, 2019
This tragi-comedy tells the story of famed French novelist and diplomat, Romain Gary, whose relationship with his endearing yet eccentric mother shaped the man he became.
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FFF19 At War MA15 From: Mar 21, 2019
The managers of a factory decide to close shop, sparking a ‘call-to-arms’ by the workers determined to do whatever it takes to save their jobs.
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FFF19 Claire Darling CTC From: Mar 21, 2019
Reclusive millionaire Claire impulsively decides to sell all her possessions, echoes of her tragic and flamboyant life, on the front lawn of her mansion.
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FFF19 Dilili in Paris PG From: Mar 21, 2019
As a series of kidnappings grips Paris, Dilili, a six-year old stowaway from New Caledonia, takes it upon herself to solve the mystery, aided by her friend Orel.
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FFF19 Last Year at Marienbad PG From: Mar 21, 2019
A group of unnamed aristocrats whose romantic interactions at a sumptuous château result in an enigmatic tale told partially in flashback.
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FFF19 Non-Fiction M From: Mar 21, 2019
This slyly seductive tale of sex, lies and literature, traces the romantic and emotional fallout when a controversial writer blurs the line between fact and fiction.
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FFF19 Astérix: The Secret of the Magic Potion PG From: Mar 21, 2019
Marking the 60th anniversary of the beloved comic book series, Getafix, the venerable druid realises that it’s time to pass on the secret of his magic potion.
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FFF19 Girls of the Sun CTC From: Mar 21, 2019
An unashamedly emotional film that pays respect to largely unacknowledged Kurdish female warriors who have played a monumental role in the fight against Daesh.
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FFF19 Raising Colours M From: Mar 21, 2019
Laure, a shy girl whose life lacks direction, accepts a job as secretary to the stern Commandant Rivière, Director of a navel academy.
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FFF19 Sink or Swim M From: Mar 21, 2019
A group of middle age men discover fresh self-esteem and a new purpose when they form their local pool’s first-ever all-male, synchronized swimming team.
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FFF19 Sorry Angel  CTC From: Mar 21, 2019
Memory, longing and regret linger throughout this romantic drama set in early 90s Paris.
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FFF19 The Trouble with You CTC From: Mar 21, 2019
A police officer discovers her late husband, the local police chief, led a criminal double life causing an innocent man to be imprisoned for his crimes.
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FFF19 The World is Yours M From: Mar 21, 2019
With a nod to Guy Ritchie and a wink to Brian De Palma, this hilarious gangster flick follows a drug dealer who dreams of starting afresh as a Popsicle distributor.
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FFF19 The Fall of the American Empire MA15 From: Mar 21, 2019
In this provocative comedy, a listless loser with a wasted PhD in Philosophy, finds his dull life turned upside down when he’s saddled with a fortune in stolen cash.
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FFF19 The Image Book CTC From: Mar 28, 2019
This incredible work by Jean-Luc Godard, one of the luminaries of the French New Wave, is a wonder of audio-visual poetry.
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FFF19 The Night Eats the World CTC From: Mar 28, 2019
On waking in his ex-girlfriend’s apartment following a raging party, Sam is horrified to discover that zombies have invaded the streets of Paris.
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FFF19 The Wild Boys R18+ From: Mar 28, 2019
In the early 1900s, five occult-obsessed boys from good families commit a savage crime. As punishment, they’re sent on an eerie voyage to a supernatural island.
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FFF19 Through The Fire MA15 From: Mar 28, 2019
A family focussed fire-fighter faces an arduous journey back to health after suffering horrible burns in the line of duty.
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FFF19 Rolling to You M From: Mar 28, 2019
An unscrupulous seducer, who relishes the thrill of the chase, pretends to be a paraplegic to secure the affections of a pretty young woman.
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FFF19 Sophia Antipolis MA15 From: Mar 28, 2019
A technological municipality on the French Riviera which serves as the backdrop to an array of loosely connected stories revealing aspects of this cutting edge domain.
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FFF19 Pearl MA15 From: Mar 28, 2019
Léa Pearl, a professional bodybuilder, is set to compete for a prestigious title, but her ex shows up with her son she hardly knows, requesting she look after him.
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FFF19 Knife+Heart R18+ From: Mar 28, 2019
Anne, a gay porn producer, recently shunned by her girlfriend and editor, Loïs, strives to regain her love by shooting her most ambitious film yet.
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FFF19 Place Publique M From: Mar 28, 2019
A TV host whose star is on the wane, spends a fraught reunion at a countryside party, who’s hiding the fact that moves are afoot to replace him with younger talent.
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FFF19 Remi, Nobody's Boy G From: Mar 28, 2019
The story of Rémi, a ten year-old orphan, snatched from his gentle adoptive mother and entrusted to the care of Signor Vitalis, a mysterious, itinerant musician.
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FFF19 Revenge R18+ From: Mar 28, 2019
In this feminist thriller, Jen is enjoying a romantic desert getaway with her wealthy, married boyfriend until his two sleazy friends arrive unannounced.
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FFF19 Genesis MA15 From: Apr 4, 2019
The singularity of first love is captured via two intertwining stories of half-siblings Charlotte and Guillaume, both at different stages of young amour.
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FFF19 Our Happy Holiday CTC From: Apr 11, 2019
A mismatched couple – she’s happy sleeping out-of-doors, whereas he’s a strictly 5-star hotel sort of guy – recklessly decide to holiday together in Bulgaria.
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FFF19 Kiss and Tell CTC From: Apr 18, 2019
A superb ensemble cast enthral us with familial chaos, mystery, drama, deception and adultery. How will it end? The answer…in hilarious chaos!
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