Food, fashion, film – is there anything that the French don’t do well? Last year the formidable French film industry was responsible for producing close to 300 feature films, of which some of the highlights will be screening at this year’s 25th Alliance Fran√ßaise French Film Festival.
From 4 March the Festival will travel around Australia, bringing the best in contemporary French films to seven cities: Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Byron Bay, Adelaide and Perth.
If you need a little help navigating your way through this year’s impressive line-up, here are some of our top picks:
Me, Myself and Mum
This playful twist on the coming-of-age story is based on star Guillaume Gallienne’s original one man show. The film centres on an effeminate young man who is brought up to be homosexual before he ever really has a chance to define his sexuality for himself. Guillaume manages to brilliantly portray not only himself as both an adult and a child, but also his overbearing mother. This wonderfully original film was a box-office hit and does a remarkable job of tackling the often tricky issues of sexuality and self-discovery.
This ambitious feature from director Katell Quillevere charts 25 years in the life of the Suzanne, as well as the life of her sister, father and criminal lover. The film featured at last year’s Cannes Festival and is worth seeing alone on the merit of lead actress Sara Forestier’s mesmerising performance as the title character. Suzanne makes for an emotional ride, but one that’s well worth taking.
Our Heroes Died Tonight
Shot in luminous black and white, Our Heroes Died Tonight is a stylish exercise in classic film noir. Writer-director David Perrault’s debut feature pays homage to the work of icons such as Martin Scorsese, Jean-Pierre Melville and Quentin Tarantino. The film is set in the 1960s, where two professional wrestlers fall foul of a criminal ring when they swap their identities. Bold and intense direction along with strong yet understated performances ensure that the film will resonate with you long after the final frame.
Two of France’s hottest up and coming actors – Louise Bourgoin and Pierre Rochefort – star in this intimate and nuanced drama. The film centres on a commitment-shy school teacher who’s past comes back to haunt him when he falls for a student’s mother. This taut, tense story is the kind of film that you want to watch a second time to pick up on some on the subtle intricacies of the performances. Both stars will be coming to Australia as part of the Alliance Film Festival, so be sure to keep a look out for the very easy-on-the-eye pair.
We have 10 double passes to the Festival to giveaway, valued at $40 each. For your chance to win simply complete the form below and tell us which film you’re most excited about from this year’s line-up and why.
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