Festival News

Spotlight on a Sponsor: Renault New Zealand

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 Renault New Zealand.

Sal Marti 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?
After a lovely dinner of sautéed mushrooms and a garlic butter Eye Fillet, medium rare, so I’m full and ready to sit back, relax and enjoy the movie.

Which French films are you hoping to see in the 2017 programme (contemporary or classic)?
A Journey through French Cinema, Monsieur Chocolat (as I’m a joker myself) and Baden Baden and The Odyssey.

How does your company bring a French touch to New Zealand?
Renault was born in Paris by Louis Renault and his brothers in 1898, and since then we’ve been creating some of the world’s most innovative and ‘runway worthy’ automobiles for the past 100 years.
Renault draws on our rich French heritage to help raise awareness and strengthen the brand in New Zealand.

If you could dine with any French star, who would you choose?
Eva Green.

What are you most looking forward to at the 2017 Alliance Française French Film Festival?
To enjoy the French experience within the festival, and celebrate the culture.

Opening and Closing Night Films Revealed

The programme has gone to print which means the final countdown to the 2017 Festival is underway! As a further teaser of what’s to come, we are excited to reveal our Opening and Closing Night films.

Launching in Wellington on 1 March, the Festival will open with Jérôme Salle’s breathtaking The Odyssey (L’Odyssée), starring Lambert Wilson, Audrey Tautou, and Pierre Niney.

Based on the life of oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, The Odyssey invites the audience to marvel at the magic that lies underwater. Combining elements of biopic and romantic fresco full of family drama, the film will take you on an adventurous journey.

In the spirit of celebrating French cinema, the Festival will close with Bertrand Tavernier’s magnificently epic documentary A Journey Through French Cinema (Voyage à travers le cinéma français).

A lifetime in the making, Tavernier explores the French films from the 30s through to the 70s that inspired him to start out as a director. From giants like Renoir, Godard, and Melville (for whom he worked as an assistant) to now overlooked figures like Edmond T. Gréville and Guy Gilles, he rediscovers and reassesses filmmakers, films, and composers, taking us on a voyage through time and stories.

The 2017 Alliance Française French Film Festival programme will showcase over 30 French-language feature films, offering audiences a chance to immerse themselves in one language, and a world of emotions.

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.

Education Outreach Films Announced for 2017

Continuing our goal to fascinate, inspire, and educate, we are delighted to announce the line-up for the 2017 Education Outreach programme.

The Education Outreach programme is designed to engage student audiences by exposing them to French language in context, and encourage discussion in the classroom through comprehensive French-language study guides, which are provided free of charge.

The 2017 Education Outreach films are:

  • My Mommy is in America and she met Buffalo Bill (Ma maman est en Amérique, elle a rencontré Buffalo Bill) by Marc Boreal and Thibaut Chatel, recommended for ages 6+
  • Adama by Simon Rouby, recommended for ages 8+
  • Fanny’s Journey (Le voyage de Fanny) by Lola Doillon, recommended for ages 10+
  • Standing Tall (La tête haute) by Emmanuelle Bercot, in cross section with the main programme, is recommended for ages 16+

French-language study guides will be available to download free of charge from the Festival website following the full programme launch on Thursday 2 February. The study guides have been conceived by French teachers of the Alliance Française network in New Zealand, supported by ILEP. For more information on the Education Outreach programme, visit our Education Outreach page.

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.

Get a Taste of the Festival with Our 2017 Trailer

Bonne année et bonne santé! We hope you have had a lovely holiday season and a happy start to the New Year.

We are only three weeks away from announcing our 2017 line-up, and we cannot wait to share this year’s selection of films with you.

We have a few more surprises in store ahead of our programme launch, but for now, treat yourself to a taste of what the 2017 programme has to offer with our new Festival trailer.

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

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