Opening Nights

Someone, Somewhere (Deux Moi)

This year we’ve partnered with our friends at Alliance Francaise to deliver an exciting line up of events to celebrate the launch of the 2020 French Film Festival and the New Zealand premiere of Someone, Somewhere (Deux Moi).

Rémy and Mélanie, two Parisian thirty-year old’s, are both victims of loneliness who unknowingly live only a few steps away from each other in the same Parisian neighborhood.

So close but totally unaware of each other, they head down two parallel paths with Mélanie losing faith in Tinder one-night stands and Remy struggling to get a date. Someone Somewhere highlights the reality of loneliness despite living in a hyper connected world where one would think meeting someone would be easier. Can Mélanie and Remy turn a series of missed opportunities into a life-changing first encounter?

When and where

Wellington, Thursday 12th March, Penthouse Cinema

Join us at Penthouse Cinema by Alliance Francaise Wellington, your ticket includes a glass of wine or kombucha from our local sponsors Clos Henri and Good Buzz, a selection of cheeses from La Fromagerie, as well as a goodie bag full of surprises!

Thu 12 Mar, Drinks from 7.30pm, movie starts 8.30pm, Penthouse Cinema
$30 or $25 for AF Member. Tickets can be purchased directly from the Penthouse Cinema website

Dunedin, Thursday 12 March, Reading Cinemas

Join Alliance Franciase Dunedin for an opening night gala at Reading Cinemas before the film to enjoy some great wine and delicious nibbles provided by Southern Clams Ltd.

Reading Cinema, Thu 12 Mar, Gala from 6.30pm, film starts at 8.00pm. Tickets $35 general public, $25 AF members.

Tickets can be purchased directly from the Reading Cinemas Dunedin website

Palmerston North, Thursday 12th March, Event Cinemas

The New Zealand French Film Festival 2020 kicks off in Palmerston North with a grand event for the opening night screening of Someone, Somewhere (Deux Moi). Tickets include a complimentary glass of wine, canapés and petit fours. Enjoy the ambiance of French culture with live entertainment on arrival.

Tickets are $30 ($25 for Alliance Française members). Events Cinema, Thu 12th Mar, Gala from 7.45 PM for a 8.30 PM screening.

Tickets can be purchased directly from the Event Cinemas website

Nelson, Thursday 12th March, The Suter

Join Alliance Francaise Nelson Tasman for an opening night gala at The Suter before the film to enjoy some great local wine and delicious nibbles.

Opening Gala at The Suter, Thu 12 Mar, doors open 5:45 pm, film starts 7:00 pm

Tickets $30 general public, $25 AF members. Tickets can be purchased directly from the State Cinemas website

Havelock North, Thursday 12th March, Events Cinemas

Join Association Francaise de Hawke’s Bay for the opening night gala at Pipi Café before the film and enjoy Pipi pizza and wines from Clearview Estate Winery.

Thursday 12 March, $35, Pipi café (side entrance) for wine & pizza from 5.30pm. Film starts at 6.30pm (Event Cinemas Havelock North).

Tickets can be purchased directly from the Event Cinemas website

Christchurch, Saturday 14th March, Christchurch Art Gallery

Join Alliance Francaise Christchurch for an opening night gala at The Christchurch Art Gallery before the film to enjoy some great local wine and delicious nibbles.

7:30pm, Tickets can be purchased directly from The Lumiere Cinemas website

Hamilton, Thursday 19th March, Lido Cinema

Join the Alliance Française de Hamilton for a great evening to welcome the annual festival which showcases the best of French cinema. Enjoy a French themed atmosphere with music from Burty Bedeux,  back by popular demand, a slice of a delectable French tarte, and some tasty treats courtesy of La Cave, French Deli and Cellar.  Watch out for a few surprises in store from our sponsors! Beverages and drinks can be purchased at the Lido counter.

The pre-screening event will start at 7.30 pm, followed by the feature film at 8.30 pm. Book your ticket now at the cinema or at!  

Auckland Opening Night – an Evening with Zabou Brietman

Thursday 19 March, Monterey Takapuna

Join us at Monterey Cinemas Takapuna for an opening night reception (at 6:30pm for the opening night gala with the screening of Swallows of Kabul beginning at 7:30pm. In addition to film admission, your ticket also includes an invitation to the opening night reception, glass of wine and cheese provided by our generous sponsors Maison Vauron and La Fromagerie respectively, and a goodie bag full of surprises! Further you will have an opportunity to discuss her film with Zabou after the screening. For more information click here.

Opening night gala begins at 6.30pm, film starts from 7.30pm. Monterey Cinemas Takapuna. $30 general admission ($25 Alliance Française members). Tickets at


The French Film Festival has grown to become the foremost French cultural event and the second largest film festival in New Zealand!


12 March 2020
Opening Night Wellington

13 March 2020
Opening Night Christchurch

19 March 2020
Opening Night Auckland

12 March – 8 April 2020
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