First Films for 2018 Revealed

Festival HQ is buzzing with excitement as we finalise the 2018 poster and print programme ahead of the holiday break. As a sneak peek of what’s to come, we are thrilled to reveal our first three titles of the Festival.

Featuring a mix of comedy, drama and coming of age stories, these first feature films highlight a fresh generation of filmmakers on the rise.

Ava

France 2017
Director: Léa Mysius
Cast: Noée Abita, Laure Calamy, Juan Cano
Thirteen-year-old Ava is on vacation when she learns that she will lose her sight earlier than predicted. Her mother decides to behave as though nothing has changed so that they can spend the loveliest summer of their lives by the seaside. Ava however deals with the problem in her own way. Exploring her identity, she questions her surroundings and steals a large black dog that belongs to a young man on the run…
Energetic, sensual and sensitive, this coming of age story moves by its creative form and overflowing imagination.

Bloody Milk (Petit Paysan)

France 2017
Director: Hubert Charuel
Cast: Swann Arlaud, Sara Giraudeau
Pierre, thirty-something, is a dairy farmer. His life revolves around his farm, his veterinarian sister, and his parents, whose farm he has taken over. Just as the first indications of an epidemic are announced in France, Pierre discovers that one of his cows is infected. He refuses to accept the idea of losing his cows. They are all he has, and he will fight to the bitter end to save them.
An unusual subject choice for a thriller, Bloody Milk demonstrates a narrative simplicity which creates a chilling tension that is skilfully maintained until the film’s final moments.

Montparnasse Bienvenüe (Jeune Femme)

France/Belgium 2017
Director: Léonor Serraille
Cast: Laetitia Dosch, Grégoire Monsaingeon, Souleymane Seye Ndiaye, Nathalie Richard
With a cat under her arm, no money and no work, facing closed doors and broken relationships, Paula returns to Paris after a long time overseas. Landing in Montparnasse, Paula is set on starting over. Even if she has no idea which direction she is heading or how to get there, she’ll do it with panache.
A delightful debut feature that was awarded the Caméra d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

 

The Alliance Française French Film Festival will run from 1 March – 18 April 2018 in 13 cities across New Zealand. Visit our Dates and Venues page for more information.

Meet our 2018 Festival Patron

Alongside our first sneak peek of the Festival programme, we are delighted to welcome Kate Rodger as the 2018 Festival Patron.

Kate Rodger is the Newshub Entertainment Editor and Film Reviewer, and a self-confessed addict of all things cinema.

Over her past 15 years with 3News (now Newshub) her job has taken her all over New Zealand and all over the world, covering film premieres and festivals, visiting movie sets, shooting interviews and filing stories from as far afield as Egypt, Rome, Samoa, Sydney, Chicago, Hollywood and Hamilton.

A veteran of the Oscar’s red carpet carnage, she has crossed live from Royal premieres in London with James Bond, survived rabid Robert Pattinson fans at not one but two Twilight red carpet premieres, and has covered the Cannes, Toronto, Sundance and Doha film festivals.

“I am honoured to be asked to be a patron for this year’s Alliance Française French Film Festival, and can’t wait to dive into the vast and delectable array of French cinema!” — Kate Rodger

We look forward to sharing her picks of the programme with you in the new year.