3. FRENCH FILMS

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Noe´mie Lvovsky in Rosalie Blum, one of 37 fes­ti­val movies at Cin­ema Gold this week and next.

Fran­cophiles and film buffs have ev­ery rea­son to re­joice.

For the next 11 days, Cin­ema Gold hosts the 10th Alliance Française French Film Fes­ti­val. It’s a breath­tak­ing se­lec­tion.

Open­ing last night (Wed­nes­day) with Julien Rap­pe­neau’s first fea­ture Rosalie Blum, which screens twice more dur­ing the fes­ti­val, there are a fur­ther 36 films screen­ing at Cin­ema Gold. They in­clude a spe­cial sec­tion of films from the Cannes International Film Fes­ti­val, fes­ti­val pa­tron An­to­nia Preb­ble’s per­sonal favourites, and a num­ber of international French­language pro­duc­tions.

The sec­tion ‘‘Le Fes­ti­val de Cannes en Nou­velle-Zé­lande’’ fea­tures the New Zealand pre­mière out­ing of Palme D’Or win­ner Dheepan on Thurs­day March 31. This Satur­day 25, there’s the ex­tra­or­di­nary Val­ley of Love star­ring Is­abelle Hup­pert and Gérard Depar­dieu, with Sa­muel Benchetrit’s be­witch­ing Maca­dam Sto­ries and Pas­cale Fer­ran’s mod­ern tale Bird Peo­ple screen­ing on Mon­day 28. Later, there’s the poignant Mon Roi which earned Em­manuelle Ber­cot the Best Ac­tress Award last year at Cannes..

Also fea­tured are the first two episodes of two French tele­vi­sion se­ries. The Last Pan­thers is a thrilling crime drama based on real events, while the award-win­ning his­tor­i­cal drama Un Vil­lage Fran­cais is set in the small town of Vil­leneuve dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

The Fes­ti­val’s 2016 Ed­u­ca­tion Out­reach pro­gramme de­signed to en­gage, ed­u­cate and in­spire stu­dent au­di­ences by ex­pos­ing them to French lan­guage in con­text, con­tains four ti­tles, with down­load­able free-of-charge com­pre­hen­sive study guides avail­able.

The Alliance Française French Film Fes­ti­val runs through Easter un­til April 3. For the full line-up, visit french­film­fes­ti­val.co.nz

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Noe´mie Lvovsky stars in Julien Rap­pe­neau’s Rosalie Blum, one of 37 Alliance Fran­caise Film Fes­ti­val movies screen­ing at Cin­ema Gold through Easter.

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