Here are 7 films you need to see:
Claire Denis is one of France’s most impressive and provocative contemporary filmmakers, with a collection of oeuvres that includes Beau Travail, Trouble Every Day and, more recently, Let the Sunshine In (AF FFF2018) starring Juliette Binoche (who also appears in Olivier Assayas’ Non-Fiction in the Festival).
French iconoclast Olivier Assayas makes a triumphant return to his native tongue after two award-winning films in English, 2014’s Clouds of Sils Maria (Best Supporting Actress, César Awards, 2015) and 2016’s Personal Shopper (Best Director, Cannes 2016).
SINK OR SWIM
Actor-turned-director Gilles Lellouche (In Safe Hands (Pupille) at this year’s Festival) has pulled off a box office coup with his directorial debut, Sink or Swim – almost four million ticket sales, an even bigger hit than C’est la vie! (AF FFF2018) in which he starred – and a standing ovation at the film’s premiere at Cannes.
CELEBRATION: YVES SAINT LAURENT
Two decades after its filming, Olivier Meyrou’s controversial yet exquisitely drawn portrait of France’s last great fashion designer, Yves Saint Laurent, has finally seen the light of day, having previously been withheld from release by Saint Laurent’s business partner, Pierre Bergé.
The latest cinematic treat from director Eloïse Lang and the superlative Camille Cottin (Call My Agent, AF FFF2016, and Family Photo in this year’s Festival) follows the surprise 2015 box office smash, Harry Me, and brings on the laughs in seismic waves – a farce-laden, mother-daughter comedy romp for everyone called Dumped.
THE SUMMER HOUSE
Continuing her propensity for semi-autobiographical projects, actor, co-writer and director Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (A Castle in Italy, AF FFF2014) stars alongside her real-life mother, Marisa Borini, and her daughter, Oumy, in The Summer House. The luminous Valeria Golino (The Very Private Life of Mr. Sim, AF FFF2016) takes on a role based on Bruni Tedeschi’s off-screen sister and former first lady of France, Carla Bruni, to turn this film into a genuine family affair.
DILILI IN PARIS
Animation maestro Michel Ocelot (Kirikou and the Men and Women, AF FFF2014; Tales of the Night, AF FFF2012) opened the 2018 Annecy International Animation Film Festival – selling out in just five minutes – with this exquisite journey back to Belle Époque Paris. Our heroine is a precocious six-year-old girl, Dilili, a stowaway from the Pacific island of New Caledonia.
Check the following dates for your city.
Sydney: 5 March – 10 April
Melbourne: 5 March – 10 April
Canberra: 7 March – 10 April
Perth: 13 March – 10 April
Brisbane: 14 March – 14 April
Hobart: 14 March – 14 April
Adelaide: 21 March – 18 April
Avoca Beach: 22 March – 27 March
Parramatta: 28 March – 31 March
For session times, tickets and more information on the 2014 Alliance Française French Film Festival, visit http://www.affrenchfilmfestival.org/