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