Tickets went on sale last week for the Alliance Francaise French Film Festival, the yearly celebration of French cinema that takes place in cities around Australia. This year there are over 45 films and documentaries in the program, and a host of special events that will delight any foreign film lover.
Launching the 2012 festival on Opening Night is Declaration of War, the powerful film chosen as France’s official submission for the 2012 Academy Awards. Based on real-life events, it is the compelling tale of a young Parisian couple whose dreams of the future are shattered by a sudden twist of fate. French newspaper Le Monde gave it a full five stars, saying the film was ultimately “…. an undoubtable force of happiness”.
Special selections throughout the film festival highlight the various contemporary genres of French film. The It Happened In Your Neighbourhood selection features films such as 17 Girls, about how one accidental pregnancy triggers an epidemic of teen pregnancies. The It Must Be Love category will make you swoon, with films including the family drama Against The Wind starring Audrey Tautou.
A French Touch Around the World features films from other countries with a French flavour, such as the Montreal-based drama Café de Flore. The young stars of France – in front and behind the camera – are featured in the Talent Beware! section, with hotly anticipated films such as teen drama 18 and Rising.
Closing Night highlights the classic work of Fran√ßois Truffaut, screening his classic film The Last Metro starring Catherine Deneuve, Gerard Depardieu and Jean Poiret.
And that’s only the beginning of this year’s program – to check find out more about the films, and buy tickets in your local city, check out the website.