Kate Rodger Shares her Picks of the Programme

There’s only one more week to wait until the full programme for the 2018 Festival is revealed, so we wanted to share one final sneak preview of what’s in store with the help of our Festival Patron. Kate Rodger has selected her top two films from the programme of more than 35 feature films, and we hope to see you enjoying them very soon at the cinema.

“There are few things greater on this earth than the feeling of being entirely transported by gifted storytellers, and for me, watching those stories unfold in a dark cinema on a big screen is my quiet addiction… So what a thrill to be asked to be Patron of this fabulous Alliance Française French Film Festival, merci merci! And please, don’t hesitate one moment longer, get thee to the cinema!” — Kate Rodger

Her notes on the films appear below.


There is nothing j’adore more than the exciting cinematic aroma of a new, emerging and enormous talent, and in Ava, inhaling the first feature of young female filmmaker Léa Mysius filled me with joy. This is a coming-of-age story told with an oftentimes confrontingly unique voice, intuitively cast and dripping with a brooding intimacy and intensity.

Ismael’s Ghosts (Les Fantômes d’Ismaël)

You’d be INSANE to let this opportunity pass you by, a chance to soak up three of France’s most gifted actors on the big screen. And what an unmitigated pleasure it is to watch Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard and César-winners Charlotte Gainsbourg and Mathieu Amalric face off with each other in a typically twisted and unpredictable love triangle. Fabulously French, this is everything you need in a big screen festival outing, bursting at the seams with passion, life, comedy and a healthy dose of madness (or is it?).


The full 2018 programme will be available online from 7pm on Thursday 8 February. We look forward to sharing the joy of French cinema with you from 1 March – 18 April 2018 in 13 cities across New Zealand.

Speaking of enjoying many films at the cinema, we are thrilled to announce that due to popular demand we will have a 5 Trip Pass available at select venues this year! Head to here for details.