Presenting our 2017 Festival Poster

The holiday season has arrived and we would like to wish you all Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année.

The French Film Festival elves are busy finalising the print programme and preparing for a fantastic celebration of French cinema, but before we ring in the holidays, we are delighted to reveal our 2017 poster.

Featuring Marion Cotillard in a still from Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only the End of the World (Juste la Fin du Monde), our poster reflects the dramatic selection of films that will screen across New Zealand starting on 1 March, 2017.

 

During the design process, Festival director Dorothée Basel found the striking still to be the perfect fit.

“A strong female lead, a great depth of storytelling, exploring all the possibilities of narrative cinematic space. Our 2017 Festival poster invites you to experience a wide range of emotions through the engaging films presented: ‘One language, but a world of emotions’.”

You can read more about It’s Only the End of the World (Juste la Fin du Monde) and watch the trailer on the film page.

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our 12 Days of Christmas giveaway on Facebook. We have a few unclaimed prizes, so be sure to check our Facebook page to see if you’re a winner. Stay tuned to all of our official channels to win even more prizes in the new year.

The full AF FFF 2017 programme will be available online and in print from Thursday 2 February 2017. We look forward to sharing the joy of French cinema with you from 1 March – 12 April 2017 in 12 cities across New Zealand. Visit our Dates and Venues page for details.

For further information, keep an eye on your inbox, and our official online channels.

A très bientôt au cinéma,
The Festival Team

Meet our 2017 Festival Patrons

With the holidays (and the 2017 Festival) just around the corner, we have plenty to celebrate with the return of New Zealand actress Antonia Prebble as a 2017 Festival Patron. Antonia gained a passion for all things French while living for a time in Paris, and following sterling patronage of the 2016 Festival, she returns to her role as a much-valued patron this year. A stalwart of stage and screen, Antonia is known for starring in New Zealand favourites such as Outrageous Fortune, and Westside.

The Festival Team is also thrilled to welcome Peter Calder as a 2017 Festival Patron. Peter’s reputation as an esteemed film, theatre and restaurant critic speaks to his talent and expertise in dissection, comprehension and appreciation of art in all its mediums. Known for judicious, eloquent reviews and articles, Peter has had an illustrious career including a strong influence within the New Zealand Herald.

“We feel very honoured to have two high profile Festival Patrons supporting the 2017 Alliance Française French Film Festival: Francophile New Zealand actress Antonia Prebble will be our Festival Patron again this year and will be joined by renowned film critic Peter Calder.

Their view on the films of the programme, their exchange, will reflect the joy that is experiencing cinema: discussing and reflecting on film, living stories through others and with others.” says Festival director Dorothée Basel.

The full AF FFF 2017 programme will be available online and in print from Thursday 2 February 2017. We look forward to sharing the joy of French cinema with you from 1 March – 12 April 2017 in 12 cities across New Zealand. Visit our Dates and Venues page for details.

For further information, keep an eye on your inbox, and our official online channels.

A très bientôt au cinéma,
The Festival Team

First Films Announced for AF FFF 2017

As the holiday season approaches, The Alliance Française French Film Festival is preparing to return to New Zealand screens, to once again share one language, and a world of emotions. Following the success of the 2016 Festival, which marked 10 years of celebrating the best of French cinema, the coming year will showcase a collection of over 30 of the finest films from France and French-speaking regions.

We are thrilled to reveal four titles from the 2017 line-up, before the full programme launch in February: keep these gems in mind when tickets become available!

Baden Baden
France/Belgium 2016
Director: Rachel Lang
Starring: Salomé Richard, Claude Gensac, Zabour Breitman, Swann Arlaud
26-year-old Ana (Salomé Richard), leaves a job she detests, and upon returning to her hometown of Strasbourg, engages herself in a DIY reconstruction of the bathroom of her indisposed Grandmother. From this simple concept, laugh and cry as director Rachel Lang’s sparklingly humorous debut explores complex ideas of love lost, and the pursuit of personal transformation. Baden Baden is sure to be a highlight of the 2017 season.

Monsieur Chocolat
France 2015
Director: Roschdy Zem
Starring: Omar Sy, James Thiérrée, Noémie Lvovsky, Clothilde Hesme
Based on a true story, Omar Sy excels as Chocolat the clown, the first black performer in French circus. Joined by James Thiérrée (grandson of Charlie Chaplin) as the white clown George Footit, the two form an unforgettable performance partnership, and journey through the challenges of gaining success in the 1890s. You will marvel at the incredible feats and uplifting moments, while being exposed to thought provoking themes of racism and the corrupting power of fame. One not to miss!

It’s Only the End of the World (Juste la Fin du Monde)
France/Canada 2015
Director: Xavier Dolan
Starring: Gaspard Ulliel, Nathalie Baye, Léa Seydoux, Vincent Cassel, Marion Cotillard
Derived from the play Juste la fin du monde, by Jean-Luc Lagarce, It’s Only the End of the World introduces Louis (Gaspard Ulliel), a writer suffering from a fatal illness, who returns to his family to inform them of his inevitable demise. Familial divisions, personal conflict, and past grievances are capably treated by director Xavier Dolan, as we follow Louis’s poignant story. A hugely personal and emotional experience, this title is a must-see for the French film lover.

Dark Diamond (Diamant Noir)
France/Belgium 2015
Director: Arthur Harari
Starring: Niels Schneider, August Diehl, Hans Peter Cloos, Abdel-Hafed Benotman
Arthur Harari’s film opens with the death of Pier Ulmann’s father; poverty stricken and ousted by his family after a fatal accident. Pier’s (Niels Schneider) desire to avenge his father leads him to infiltrate the ranks of his affluent diamond-dealing extended family. Considering the family culpable for his father’s loss, Pier plans a heist under the guise of carrying out construction work on the diamond firm. This polished film noir challenges the distinction between right and wrong, and is a master class in the effective building of tension. You will be on the edge of your seat!

The full AF FFF 2017 programme will be available online and in print from Thursday 2 February 2017. We look forward to sharing the joy of French cinema with you from 1 March – 12 April 2017 in 12 cities across New Zealand. Visit our Dates and Venues page for details.

For further information, keep an eye on your inbox, and our official online channels.

A très bientôt au cinéma,
The Festival Team