Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Alliance Francaise French Film Festival 2012

Alliance Francaise French Film Festival 2012
March 7 to 21, 2012
Palace Cinema Como, Palace Balwyn, Palace Westgarth, Palace Brighton Bay & Kino Cinemas
By Kate Herbert

Image from De Bon Matin

WAKE UP AND SMELL THE FINE WINE AND GAULOISE because it’s March, and time again for the Alliance Francaise French Film Festival.

Cinema goers will see a rich parade of French and international acting talent including Daniel Autieul, Juliette Binoche, Gerard Depardieu and Anouk Aimée, although Jean Dujardin who recently won the Oscar for The Artist, does not appear this year.

The French execute comedy as impeccably as they do tragedy, and this festival boasts 45 movies including dramas, comedies, romances and documentaries.

La Guerre est Declarée (Declaration of War) is a drama based on historical fact and launches the festival while Truffaut’s classic, The Last Metro, is the finale film.

Jean-Marc Moutout’s drama, De Bon Matin (Early One Morning), is a scathing indictment of the modern world of banking which, in Europe at present, is an ongoing sore point.

Présumé Coupable (Presumed Guilty) is a dark representation of an infamous miscarriage of justice in France.

Romances abound in this festival with the delicate Audrey Tautou starring in La Delicatesse (The Delicacy), a sweet romance about a woman who suffers loss but finds a new relationship.

Catherine Deneuve features in Beloved, a musical drama that depicts forty years of romantic misadventures of a mother and daughter, played by Deneuve and real-life daughter, Chiara Mastroianni.

Whether you prefer your movies to be like a delicate champagne or a rough and cheeky, country red wine, there is sure to be something to suit your tastes in this celebration of French cinema.

Kate Herbert

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