Juliette Binoche… Vanessa Paradis… Lily-Rose Depp… Audrey Tatou… Jake Gyllenhaal… Joaquin Phoenix… Kristin Scott Thomas… These are just a few of the illustrious names appearing in films at this year’s Alliance Française French Film Festival, which kicks off today in Sydney.
The biggest French film festival in the world (outside France), the festival saw a record 185,000 spectators come along to enjoy French cinema in 2018. In this, its 30th year, the festival is offering something for everyone – from comedy to drama to romance to documentaries, animation – even a Western!
Philippe Platel, artistic director of the festival is unabashedly enthusiastic about the 54 films on offer and invites 2019 festival-goers to “indulge in a voyage into the broad spectrum of French cinema”.
“This upbeat and cheery celebration is a breath of fresh air to French-Australian shared values: openness, diversity, and awareness,” he said. “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.”
The Alliance Française French Film Festival runs from 5 March to 10 April at venues in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart and Canberra. For more information, visit affrenchfilmfestival.org