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French Film Festival 2017

Please see below for a list of films featured in this years French Film Festival.


The Apparition

Director: Xavier Giannoli
Jacques is a journalist at a large regional newspaper in France. His reputation as an impartial and talented investigator attracts the attention of the Vatican who recruits him for a special task; taking part of a committee to investigate the veracity of a saintly apparition in a small French village – a true canonical investigation.

Upon his arrival, he meets the young and sensitive Anna who claims to have personally witnessed the apparition of the Virgin Mary. A profound devout, she's garnered an impressive following in the village and is torn between her faith and the many solicitations she receives.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Friday 02 Mar 201821:00     
Tuesday 06 Mar 201818:30     

Leon Morin Priest

This brilliant adaptation of Béatrix Beck's autobiography centres on a young atheist, communist widow Barny (Emmanuelle Riva), and her developing love for a handsome unconventional priest (Jean-Paul Belmondo) who tries to convert her. Seen through the eyes of Barny, their dual-like encounters walk a thin line between religious passion and sexual tension, delicately constructed through Henri Decaë's low-key photography, effective editing, and skillful use of voice-over.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Saturday 03 Mar 201813:15     


Upon turning 50, divorced literature teacher Nathalie (KarinViard, The Bélier Family, AF FFF2015 and A Bun in the Oven AFFFF2017) slowly devolves from an accomplished professional and loving mother into an irritable, narcissistic and jealous monster who detests the happiness and success of others around her. Beginning with her strikingly beautiful dancer daughter, Mathilde (played by debutant Dara Tombroff, a former member of the Bordeaux Opera Ballet Company), Nathalie's noxious envy soon extends to include her friends, colleagues and neighbours with far-reaching consequences.

Why has Nathalie's life lost so much meaning that she is now turning on others? Will she escape this hellish spiral that appears beyond her control? The Foenkinos brothers avoid neatly packaged answers to the many questions that swirl around this conundrum and, in doing so, create a film that never rests on cliché or lets its audience settle within a comfort zone.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Saturday 03 Mar 201816:15     
Sunday 04 Mar 201818:45     


Director: Xavier Legrand
The hard-hitting and largely naturalistic French drama Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) dissects a family's struggles with the fallout of a divorce and the resulting joint-custody arrangement for the kids. The latter is an acrimonious point because the mother had requested full custody for herself, arguing that the children did not want to see their father, who had been violent towards them, though she could not produce any proof of this in front of a judge.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Saturday 03 Mar 201818:40     

Racer and the Jailbird

Director: Michaël R Roskam
The Racer is Bibi (Adèle Exarchopoulos), a young racing driver and the daughter of a wealthy construction magnate. The Jailbird is Gigi (Matthias Schoenaerts), a dashing playboy with, it seems, time and money to burn, but with secrets to keep. They fall in love, but when Bibi finds out what her man gets up to on one of his weekends away – and when one of those weekends goes disastrously wrong – their relationship is tested to the hilt.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Saturday 03 Mar 201821:00     

The Red Circle

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
One of the greatest heist movies ever made, Melville's impeccably stylish thriller stars Alain Delon as a master thief who – together with an alcoholic ex-cop and an escaped criminal – plans a breathtakingly daring robbery at an upmarket Parisian jewellery store. Melville's aim was to shoot a film noir in colour, and he creates a muted, murky world pervaded by existential gloom where the distinction between cops and villains is fatally blurred.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Sunday 04 Mar 201813:00     

The Guardians

Adapted from the novel by Ernest Pérochon, The Guardians covers many years on the Paridier farm, beginning in 1915 when the men must leave for war. The matriarch of the household, Hortense (Nathalie Baye, Moka, AF FFF2017; It's Only the End of the World, AF FFF2017), rallies her daugher, Solange (Laura Smet), and new farmhand, orphan Francine (newcomer Iris Bry in a revelatory performance), to shoulder the back-breaking farm duties.

In this visually sumptuous pastoral setting, the women learn self-sufficiency, despite the hardships, and even fall in love. It all culminates in a final scene that acts as a fitting homage to the closing moments of Stanley Kubrick's classic, Paths of Glory.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Sunday 04 Mar 201816:00     

Let The Sunshine In

Denis introduces us to Isabelle; a 'divorcee' with a child who is searching for love but finding only callous suitors whose actions lend her experiences an acid-laced comedic edge.

Fans of Denis will note that her hot-blooded sensuality and precision-point scrutiny of human nature take this film beyond regular rom-com territory into something far more prescient; reality without the pessimism.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Sunday 04 Mar 201821:15     

Catch The Wind Q & A

Director: GAËL MOREL
Actor-turned-screenwriter-director Gaël Morel re-imagines the migrant experience in his celebrated oeuvre Catch the Wind – as well as an audacious antidote to the Eat, Pray, Love skew on midlife crisis.

The world of Edith – played by César-award winning actress Sandrine Bonnaire (Under the Sun of Satan, 1987) – is turned upside-down when the factory at which she has worked all her life relocates to Tangier. The workers are left with a choice – unemployment or Morocco. Estranged from her son and with no real ties to France, Edith is the only employee to take up the offer to move.

She establishes a friendship with Mina (Mouna Fettou), the owner of the guesthouse where she resides. But living in Morocco is testing, with Edith additionally demoted from quality control inspector to seamstress in harsher working conditions. Under Mina’s stewardship – and through her preparedness to embrace local customs and cultural mores – Edith turns the page on an exciting new chapter in her life.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Monday 05 Mar 201818:30     

C'est La Vie!

The dynamic directorial duo behind the 2011 smash The Intouchables – Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache – reunite for the Opening Night film C'est la vie!, in which a wedding threatens to erupt into an utter nightmare for the party's cantankerous planner, Max.

Over a career spanning more than 30 years, Max Angély (Jean-Pierre Bacri, for whom the role was penned) has enjoyed a celebrated career as a caterer and event organiser. Today, it's all hands on deck for Pierre and Héléna's nuptials in a breathtaking 17th century French chateau.

As per usual, Max has everything precisely organised but, as the celebrations get underway, Murphy's Law takes over, and his perfectly planned occasion risks disintegrating into a chaotic farce. Can Max and his team pull together to make Pierre and Héléna's special day memorable for all the right reasons?

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Monday 05 Mar 201821:15     
Wednesday 07 Mar 201818:45     

The Workshop

Laurent Cantel (Cannes Palme d'Or winner for The Class) here returns to top form by mixing social relevance and tension as his characters, all high school students off for the summer, at tend a workshop for fictional writing headed by well-known French novelist Olivia (Marina Foïs). The multiculturalism is, like most of France, represented in the group with Arabic, African, and Spanish among the dozen or so students attending the workshop. The main character, Antoine (Matthieu Lucci), is a white-nationalist-minded teenager who, in his free time, watches right-wing videos about guns and reflects on France's lost cultural identity. Olivia soon finds herself fascinated by the angry-eyed Antoine, because, for all of his troubling views, he happens to be an astute literary critic.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Tuesday 06 Mar 201821:15     

Reinventing Marvin + Short

Director:  Anne Fontaine
A young man runs away from his family to become an actor.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Wednesday 07 Mar 201818:30     
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