Festival News

Christchurch Encore Sessions

Encore! Encore! We are bringing back the most popular 2017 films for two days at Hoyts Northlands in Christchurch.

Tickets are available from the cinema or through the links on the film pages.

The Odyssey (L’Odyssée)
Saturday 8 April, 3:30 pm
1948. Jacques-Yves Cousteau, his wife, and his two sons live in paradise, but Cousteau dreams of adventure and exploring the world under water. He is prepared to sacrifice everything…

One Man and his Cow (La vache)
Saturday 8 April, 6:00 pm
Fatah is a simple Algerian farmer who sets off on a grand adventure with his beloved cow Jacqueline to present her at the Paris International Agricultural Show. A feel-good comedy at its best.

Penny Pincher! (Radin!)
Sunday 9 April, 3:30pm

François Gautier (Dany Boon) is a talented musician with a fatal flaw – he is a penny pincher! Everything changes when a daughter he never knew he had comes unexpectedly into his life.

150 Milligrams (La fille de Brest)
Sunday 9 April, 5:30pm

After losing a number of her patients, a lung specialist at a hospital in Brest is determined to bring the truth to light by exposing the toxic effects of a popular prescription drug. A compelling film.

Auckland Encore Sessions

Encore! Encore! We are bringing back the most popular 2017 films for three days at Rialto Cinemas Newmarket and Berkeley Cinemas Takapuna in Auckland.

Tickets are available from screening venues or through the links on the film pages.

Penny Pincher! (Radin!)
Friday 31 March, 6:00 pm, Rialto Cinemas Newmarket
Saturday 8 April, 6:00pm, Berkeley Cinemas Takapuna

François Gautier (Dany Boon) is a talented musician with a fatal flaw – he is a penny pincher! Everything changes when a daughter he never knew he had comes unexpectedly into his life.

150 Milligrams (La fille de Brest)
Friday 31 March, 8:00 pm, Rialto Cinemas Newmarket
Friday 7 April, 8:00pm, Berkeley Cinemas Takapuna

After losing a number of her patients, a lung specialist at a hospital in Brest is determined to bring the truth to light by exposing the toxic effects of a popular prescription drug. A compelling film.

The Odyssey (L’Odyssée)
Saturday 1 April, 4:00 pm, Rialto Cinemas Newmarket
Sunday 9 April, 3:30pm, Berkeley Cinemas Takapuna

1948. Jacques-Yves Cousteau, his wife, and his two sons live in paradise, but Cousteau dreams of adventure and exploring the world under water. He is prepared to sacrifice everything…

One Man and his Cow (La vache)
Saturday 1 April, 6:30 pm, Rialto Cinemas Newmarket
Fatah is a simple Algerian farmer who sets off on a grand adventure with his beloved cow Jacqueline to present her at the Paris International Agricultural Show. A feel-good comedy at its best.

In Bed with Victoria (Victoria)
Saturday 1 April, 8:30 pm, Rialto Cinemas Newmarket

Victoria is a struggling thirty-something lawyer on the verge of a breakdown. When she has to defend an old friend in court with a dog as only witness and meets Sam, an old client, her life takes a new turn.

Just to be Sure (Ôtez-moi d’un doute)
Sunday 2 April, 3:45 pm, Rialto Cinemas Newmarket
Widowed munitions expert Erwan discovers that the man who raised him isn’t his biological father, and sets out to find the man who is. A series of hilarious misunderstandings turn his life upside down.

Things to Come (L’avenir)
Sunday 2 April, 5:45 pm, Rialto Cinemas Newmarket
Out of nowhere Nathalie’s husband tells her that he is leaving her to live with another woman. Confronted by daunting freedom, she must reinvent her life. Isabelle Huppert gives a mesmerising performance.

Wellington Encore Sessions

Encore! Encore! We are bringing back the most popular 2017 films from 1 – 2 April at Embassy Theatre, Wellington.

Tickets are available from the cinema box office or through the links on the film pages. Encore sessions will be screening in Deluxe, so be sure to book your seats tout de suite.

Things to Come (L’avenir)
Saturday 1 April, 3:45 pm
Out of nowhere Nathalie’s husband tells her that he is leaving her to live with another woman. Confronted by daunting freedom, she must reinvent her life. Isabelle Huppert gives a mesmerising performance.

One Man and his Cow (La vache)
Saturday 1 April, 6:00 pm
Fatah is a simple Algerian farmer who sets off on a grand adventure with his beloved cow Jacqueline to present her at the Paris International Agricultural Show. A feel-good comedy at its best.

The Odyssey (L’Odyssée)
Sunday 2 April, 3:20 pm
1948. Jacques-Yves Cousteau, his wife, and his two sons live in paradise, but Cousteau dreams of adventure and exploring the world under water. He is prepared to sacrifice everything…

150 Milligrams (La fille de Brest)
Sunday 2 April, 6:00 pm

After losing a number of her patients, a lung specialist at a hospital in Brest is determined to bring the truth to light by exposing the toxic effects of a popular prescription drug. A compelling film.

Direct-From-France Titles You Won’t Want to Miss

With the 2017 Festival underway in several cities, we want to highlight our unmissable direct-from-France titles. Screenings are limited for these sessions, so we recommend booking in tout de suite.

A Kid (Le fils de Jean)
Directed by Philippe Lioret
One morning, 33 year-old Mathieu receives a phone call and discovers that his biological father was Canadian and has just died. He also learns that he has two brothers. Mathieu drops everything and leaves Paris in hope of reuniting with a part of his unknown family. But upon his arrival in Montréal, nothing goes as expected and Mathieu finds himself in hostile territory.

From the Land of the Moon (Mal de pierres)
Directed by Nicole Garcia
Based on Milena Agus’ novel of the same name, Marion Cotillard (also in It’s Only the End of the World) gives a luminous performance as Gabrielle, a repressed woman who yearns for a romantic love she was denied. Louis Garrel (also in Two Friends and Planetarium) excels as the dashing war veteran André.

Julie and the Shoe Factory (Sur quel pied danser)
Directed by Paul Calori and Kostia Testut
Auteur duo Calori and Testut call this film a ‘musical and social comedy’ and touch on serious societal issues whilst also entertaining with charming musical numbers. Full of charm and truth, this dazzling film follows in the line of director Jacques Demy, known for his comédies musicales such as The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.

Mercenary (Mercenaire)
Directed by Sacha Wolff
Soane, a young man of Wallisian origin from New Caledonia, defies his father’s authority to go play rugby in France. French, but not considered such and left to his own devices on the other side of the world, Soane struggles to get the recognition that he deserves.

Moka
Directed by Frédéric Mermoud
Equipped with a few items of clothing, a little bit of money, and a weapon, Diane Kramer (Emmanuelle Devos) leaves for Evian. She has a sole obsession: to find the driver of the mocha-coloured Mercedes who ran over her son and turned her life upside down. But the path of truth has more bends than it appears.

Ogres (Les ogres)
Directed by Léa Fehner
Ogres plunges the audience into the vibrant and eccentric world of a troupe of travelling performers, who bring magic and hilarity along with them as they move from place to place. The complex dynamics of this family of misfits is shaken up when a former romantic dalliance re-enters the scene, and a pregnancy promises to bring both joy and new tensions.

One Man and his Cow (La vache)
Directed by Mohamed Hamidi
Fatah is a simple Algerian farmer with a big dream: to show his beloved cow Jacqueline at the Paris International Agricultural Show. When – to the amazement of his whole village – he receives an invitation to the show, an intrepid journey begins for one man who has never before left his country.

Visit our Dates and Venues page for details on when the Festival is screening near you.

Spotlight on a Sponsor: Eau Thermale Avène

To celebrate our 2017 Festival sponsors, we are continuing our ‘Spotlight on a Sponsor’ special on our blog to introduce the people behind the brand. This week, we are pleased to present our wonderful Sponsor Eau Thermale Avène.

Brand Manager Sarah Navarro sat down to answer our short questionnaire and give us some insight into the company.

What is your favourite way to enjoy fine French cinema?
I don’t have any specific way to enjoy french cinema, I just love it, much more real and emotional. I always like cinema with the traditional popcorn but the ones we have in France, the french caramel ones, they are different from here, and sharing a good moment with some friends. I guess with a glass of good wine is also always better.

Which French films are you hoping to see in the 2017 programme (contemporary or classic)?
Definitely Monsieur Chocolat just because I really like Omar Sy.

How does your company bring a French touch to New Zealand?
Eau Thermale Avène is a french dermo-cosmetic skincare brand. It is the perfect association between the expertise of the french skincare industry and the science and research from a strong pharmaceutical industry, Pierre Fabre. It is the only french dermo-cosmetic brand in New Zealand at the moment so it makes it even more unique. But the most unique thing in this brand is the spring water used in all our products that comes from the little town of Avène which has a unique composition.

If you could dine with any French star, who would you choose?
Not sure if I would chose Marion Cotillard, Sophie Marceau, Omar Sy or Romain Duris. We do have a lot of amazing actors in France, intelligent and funny, these two women are also beautiful and represent real french beauty.

What are you most looking forward to at the 2017 Alliance Française French Film Festival?
Meeting people with the same passion for french culture and cinema, and having a great experience before the end of summer.

Planetarium Director Rebecca Zlotowski Announced as Festival Guest

We are delighted to announce director Rebecca Zlotowski will travel to New Zealand to present her stunning feature film Planetarium at selected screenings in Auckland and Wellington.

Rebecca Zlotowski has a reputation for films of emotional depth and striking visuals. Taking us back to the height of studio cinema, Planetarium showcases opulent costumes and stunning cinematography. Starring Natalie Portman and Lily-Rose Depp, two sisters who have the ability to contact ghosts and perform as psychic mediums, the film is set at the close of the 1930s in Paris. There, in the city of light, they catch the eye of film producer Korben (Emmanuel Salinger) who becomes obsessed with the idea of filming the supernatural. The sisters become embroiled in the world of cinema, blissfully unaware of the worldwide turmoil of the years to come.

After graduating from the prestigious Ecole Normale Supérieure and being a French Language and Literature agrégée, Rebecca Zlotowski joined the famous Paris film school La Fémis where she encountered other distinctive filmmakers such as Teddy Lussi Modeste, Jean-Claude Brisseau, Philippe Grandrieux, Antoine d’Agata (with whom she will collaborate on a future project), and Lodge Kerrigan. Selected at the 2010 Cannes Critics’ Week, her first directorial effort Belle Epine won the Prix Louis Delluc as well as the Critics’ Award for Best First Feature Film. Three years later, Grand Central was selected at the Un Certain Regard in Cannes. Planetarium is Zlotowski’s third feature film.

Rebecca Zlotowski will present her film at the Wellington screening on 12 March at Embassy Theatre. A Q+A will follow the screening, moderated by writer and reviewer Brannavan Gnanalingam. She will also introduce her film in Auckland on 13 March at Rialto Cinemas Newmarket. A Q+A will follow the screening, moderated by film distributor Jill Macnab (Vendetta Films).

Rebecca Zlotowski’s trip to New Zealand is made possible thanks to support from UniFrance, Alliance Française New Zealand, and the Embassy of France in New Zealand.

Tickets are now available from screening venues and the Planetarium film page.