Al­liance Française French Film Fes­ti­val

We se­lect the choice morsels of the an­nual feast of Gallic cin­ema. Bon ap­pétit!

Time Out (Sydney) - - INSIDE -

THE LAT­EST FRUITS of the vi­brant French film in­dus­try screen this month, span­ning com­edy, biopics, drama, war sto­ries, an­i­ma­tion and ro­mance. They in­clude new movies from the Dar­denne Broth­ers, Anne Fon­taine and Ber­trand Tav­ernier, and stars such as Is­abelle Hup­pert, Daniel Au­teuil, Omar Sy, Au­drey Tautou and many, many more. Gen­der equal­ity is es­pe­cially strong, with 17 new movies from women di­rec­tors. Here are Time Out’s 12 picks to look out for in the fes­ti­val...

1The Jac­ques Cousteau story: The Odyssey The vis­ually im­pres­sive open­ing night film stars Lam­bert Wil­son as un­der­sea ex­plorer and in­ven­tor of the aqualung, Jac­ques Cousteau, with Au­drey Tautou as his wife Si­mone. 2 A psy­chic in Paris: Plan­e­tar­ium

In this provoca­tive drama Natalie Port­man and Lily-Rose Depp play Amer­i­can sis­ters trav­el­ling through 1930s Eu­rope, the younger of whom per­forms a clair­voy­ant show. 3 A star-stud­ded melo­drama: It’s Only the End of the World En­fant ter­ri­ble Xavier Dolan ( Mommy) won the Grand Prix of the Cannes Fes­ti­val with this story of a play­wright (Gas­pard Ul­liel) re­turn­ing home af­ter a 12-year ab­sence to in­form fam­ily mem­bers (in­clud­ing Léa Sey­doux, Vin­cent Cas­sel and Mar­ion Cotil­lard) of his ter­mi­nal ill­ness. 4 Back­pack­ing mis­ad­ven­tures: Lost in Paris A kooky Cana­dian (co-di­rec­tor Fiona Gor­don) ar­rives in Paris to help her el­derly aunt (the late Em­manuelle Riva), who promptly dis­ap­pears, in a com­edy pay­ing homage to Jac­ques Tati. 5 Race pol­i­tics and ac­ro­bat­ics: Mon­sieur Choco­lat Omar Sy ( The In­touch­ables) stars as the for­mer slave who be­came a huge cir­cus star in 19th cen­tury France. Cir­cus in­no­va­tor James Thier­rée (a grand­child of Char­lie Chap­lin) co-stars. 6 Vet­eran CinephilesFrench film­maker Cin­ema re­joice: Ber­trand A Tav­ernier Jour­ney pin­points Through 7 three un­in­hib­ited things mo­rals,that make and French grace­ful movies pes­simism.great: style, A The Dar­denne Un­known Brother­sGirl mur­der mys­tery: The Days, Bel­gianOne Night) masters have of a so­cial doc­tor re­al­ism(Adèle Haenel)( Two in­ves­ti­gat­ing­pleas for help the she death ig­nored.of an African wo­man whose 8 A A Bag true of Holo­caust Mar­bles sur­vival story: A young Jewish sons French­mana map and (Pa­trick­some cash Bruel) and gives send­shis two them off to es­cape Nazi-oc­cu­pied Paris. 9 Non-im­mac­u­late con­cep­tions: The In­no­cents The new film by Anne Fon­taine ( Coco Avant Chanel) sees a French Red Cross worker (Lou de Laâge) in post­war Poland sum­moned to a con­vent where sev­eral sis­ters are in dif­fer­ent stages of preg­nancy. 10 An­other great Is­abelle Hup­pert per­for­mance: Things to Come Os­car-nom­i­nated for Elle, Hup­pert shines in the story of a phi­los­o­phy teacher whose life is turned up­side down af­ter her hus­band leaves her. 11Daniel Au­teuil in venge­ful mode: Kalinka The great French ac­tor plays An­dré Bam­ber­ski, who spent 27 years prov­ing the guilt of the Aus­trian doc­tor he be­lieves raped and killed his daugh­ter. 12Women sol­diers cop­ing with PTSD: The Stopover Or­dered to re­lax at a re­sort in Cyprus af­ter fight­ing in Afghanistan, two sol­diers, Aurore and Marine, try to ef­face their trauma with par­ties, al­co­hol and drugs. àPalace Verona, Palace Nor­ton Street, Chau­vel & Hay­den Or­pheum.­french­film­fes­ti­ Mar 7-30.

A Bag of Mar­bles

Lost in Paris

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