“After months of preparation and many many film viewings, we are delighted to present you with a film programme that proves le cinéma français remains as innovative and surprising as ever. The films presented show the full range of creativity and originality that make France’s cinema scene one of the most vibrant in the world.
Our dramas, comedies, biopics, period films, melodramas, family films and documentaries will make you travel the world and experience other stories — en français évidemment!
We are excited to raise the curtain on 6 weeks of French film in 14 cinemas throughout New Zealand. Enjoy!” — Festival director Dorothée Basel.
With award-winning titles, numerous female-directed features, and essential comedies, the 12th edition of the Alliance Française French Film Festival promises something for everyone. We’ve highlighted a few must-see films below.
Films featuring bold visionaries, auteurs of cinema and iconic songstresses prove the arts are well and truly alive in the programme with biopics such as Redoubtable (Le Redoutable) by Michel Hazanavicius, Barbara by Mathieu Amalric and Rodin by Jacques Doillon taking centre stage.
As in previous years, the programme includes a strong focus on female directors and creative talent. First features by up and coming filmmakers will play alongside work from established names such as Anne Fontaine (Reinventing Marvin, Marvin ou la belle éducation), Claire Simon (The Graduation, Le Concours) and Lisa Azuelos (Dalida).
La Grande guerre
To mark the end of the centenary commemorations of the First World War, a special selection of films set around La grande guerre feature in the programme. Xavier Beauvois’ The Guardians (Les Gardiennes), Albert Dupontel’s See You Up There (Au revoir là-haut) and Emmanuel Courcol’s Ceasefire (Cessez-le-feu) provide unexpected and challenging views on WWI.
Join us for a series of special events across the country to celebrate the very best of French cinema and culture. We have listed the highlights on our website, but stay tuned as we may be adding even more in the coming months! From wine and cheese tastings to our annual Soirée Francophonie, there is plenty to put in your calendar.
You can explore the full 2018 programme on the Films page, and get your copy of the print programme from Festival venues and your local Alliance Française following delivery. Tickets and 5 Trip Passes will be on sale through Festival screening venues in the coming days. For more information, head to our Ticketing Info page.
A très bientôt au cinéma!