Spotlight on a Sponsor: TV5MONDE

To celebrate our fantastique 2018 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 Silver Sponsor TV5MONDE.

Alexandre Muller, Managing Director of TV5MONDE Asia Pacific, sat down to answer our short questionnaire and give us some insight into the company.

What is your favourite thing about French culture? 

I absolutely love (almost) everything about French culture, not only because I am French! I must admit that I admire the “French Touch” which is synonymous for me of culture, heritage, quality, refinement, excellence, pleasure and Art de Vivre. It represents the French way of life, a legacy of the influence of France abroad that we are very proud to represent through the various TV5MONDE channels.

Which French films from the 2018 programme are you most looking forward to?

Considering this year’s very large selection, it is hard to choose just one. Nevertheless I have to admit that Back to Burgundy, by Cédric Klapisch is probably one of the best French movies I have seen in many years. I deeply recommend it and I am sure the public will be moved the same way as I was.

How does your company bring a French touch to New Zealand? 

TV5MONDE offers its own/unique French touch thanks to the programming of its regional channel TV5MONDE Pacifique, which casts the spotlight on contemporary and classic cinema, latest TV Series, exciting documentaries, lifestyle magazines, live sports events and youth programmes. On the other hand, we have recently created TV5MONDE Style, a channel entirely dedicated to the French Art of Living and refinement in all its forms. This includes fashion, jewellery, gastronomy, oenology, architecture, heritage and more. This channel is available upon subscription on TV5MONDE + Pacifique, online viewing service.

What is your favourite French saying?

The French language is full of expressions, with colours, food, body, music or animals. I like them all! If you want to learn more about those expressions “prenez le taureau par les cornes” (take the bull by the horns) and visit our website under the “French Language” tab.

Which French-speaking destination would be your dream holiday?
I haven’t seen the movie Gauguin yet, but I am sure that Tahiti will be my French-speaking dream destination once I’ve watched it.

The 2018 Programme is Here!

“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.

Iconic Artists
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.

Female Voices
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.

Special Events
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!