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FRENCH film cul­ture will be cel­e­brated across in Perth with the 27th Al­liance Fran­caise French Film Fes­ti­val.

Re­turn­ing to Luna Palace Cin­e­mas for 2016, the fes­ti­val will mes­merise with a daz­zling lineup of con­tem­po­rary fea­tures, a clas­sic and a new pro­gram strand that will show­case five of France’s premier tele­vi­sion se­ries.

The fes­ti­val will kick off with open­ing night film Rosalie Blum, which marks ac­claimed screen­writer Julien Rap­pe­neau’s di­rec­to­rial de­but.

Rosalie Blum tells the story of Vin­cent (Kyan Kho­jand), a 30-some­thing hair­dresser who ex­pe­ri­ences a pow­er­ful deja-vu when he meets the gaze of the mys­te­ri­ous Rosalie Blum (Noemie Lvovsky) and be­gins fol­low­ing her, a de­ci­sion that will have un­ex­pected and far-reach­ing con­se­quences.

Lovers of cinema clas­sics should en­joy the chance to see a fully re­stored ver­sion of JeanLuc Go­dard’s 1963 clas­sic, Con­tempt (Le Mepris) star­ring Brigitte Bar­dot, on clos­ing night.

The fes­ti­val runs from March 16 to April 7. Visit www.af­french­film­fes­ti­val.org and www. lu­na­palace.com.au.

Ros­alieBlum will open the 27th Al­liance Fran­caise French Film Fes­ti­val in Perth.

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