FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL IS BACK AT PALACE CINEMA THIS AGUST

The 2020 Alliance Française French Film Festival will screen from 14 July to 4 August across the country – and in BRISBANE at the Palace Barracks & Palace James Street

Following its premature closure due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the Alliance Française French Film Festival will be resuming its 31st season on Bastille Day, from 14 July to 4 August, at Palace Cinemas in BRISBANE.

Returning to 7 cities throughout Australia, this beloved cultural event has to date confirmed a standout selection of 28 features from the original March line-up, and is proudly presented by the Alliance Française in association with the Embassy of France in Australia, Unifrance Films and screening partner, Palace Cinemas.

And with the safety and well-being of their patrons uppermost, it has been confirmed that all participating cinemas will be adhering to strict social distancing and hygiene standards throughout the Festival in line with COVID-19 safety protocols.

Two outstanding films, which embody the spirit of optimism and reinvention, have been selected to bookend the July re-launch. For this incarnation of the Festival, first night audiences will be treated to the much fêted La Belle Époque, starring acting great Daniel Auteuil as Victor, a disillusioned man who is given the opportunity to recreate the great love-affair of his youth in the hope that it can restore his future, whilst The Bare Necessity (Perdrix), a whimsical tale of a family forced to re-evaluate their stagnant ways and finally live life to the fullest, will bid adieu to the 2020 season.

Festival films currently confirmed are as follows:

A FRIENDLY TALE (Le bonheur des uns)
Director: Daniel Cohen
Cast: François Damiens, Vincent Cassel, Bérénice Bejo

ALICE AND THE MAYOR (Alice et le maire)
Director: Nicolas Pariser
Cast: Fabrice Luchini, Anaïs Demoustier

AZNAVOUR BY CHARLES (Le regard de Charles)
A Film by Charles Aznavour, Directed by Marc di Domenico
Narrator: Romain Duris

THE BARE NECESSITY (Perdrix)
Director: Erwan le Duc
Cast: Swann Arlaud, Maude Wyler, Fanny Ardant

EDMOND
Director: Alexis Michalik
Cast: Thomas Solivérès, Olivier Gourmet, Mathilde Seigner, Dominique

THE EXTRAORDINARY (Hors normes)
Directors: Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
Cast: Vincent Cassel, Reda Kateb

FAREWELL TO THE NIGHT (L’adieu à la nuit)
Director: André Téchiné
Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Kacey Mottet Klein

HAPPY BIRTHDAY (Fête de famille)
Director: Cédric Kahn
Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuelle Bercot, Vincent Macaigne

HOW TO BE A GOOD WIFE (La bonne épouse)
Director: Martin Provost
Cast: Juliette Binoche, Yolande Moreau, Noémie Lvovsky, Edouard Baer

IN THE NAME OF THE LAND (Au nom de la terre)
Director: Edouard Bergeon
Cast: Guillaume Canet, Veerle Baetens, Anthony Bajon

LA BELLE ÉPOQUE
Director: Nicolas Bedos
Cast: Daniel Auteuil, Guillaume Canet, Doria Tillier

LES MISÉRABLES
Director: Ladj Ly
Cast: Damien Bonnard, Alexis Manenti, Djebril Didier Zonga

MY DAYS OF GLORY (Mes jours de gloire)
Director: Antoine de Bary
Cast: Vincent Lacoste, Emmanuelle Devos, Christophe Lambert

THE MYSTERY OF HENRI PICK (Le mystère Henri Pick)
Director: Rémi Bezançon
Cast: Fabrice Luchini, Camille Cottin, Alice Isaaz

NOTRE DAME
Director: Valérie Donzelli
Cast: Valérie Donzelli, Pierre Deladonchamps

OF LOVE AND LIES (Fourmi)
Director: Julien Rappeneau
Cast: François Damiens, Maleaume Paquin, André Dussollier

OH MERCY! (Roubaix, une lumière)
Director: Arnaud Desplechin
Cast: Roschdy Zem, Léa Seydoux, Sara Forestier

ONLY THE ANIMALS (Seules les bêtes)
Director: Dominik Moll
Cast: Denis Ménochet, Laure Calamy, Damien Bonnard

PROXIMA
Director: Alice Winocour
Cast: Eva Green, Zélie Boulant-Lemesle, Matt Dillon

ROOM 212 (Chambre 212)
Director: Christophe Honoré
Cast: Chiara Mastroianni, Benjamin Biolay, Vincent Lacoste

ROXANE
Director: Mélanie Auffret
Cast: Guillaume de Tonquédec, Léa Drucker

SCHOOL LIFE (La vie scolaire)
Directors: Mehdi Idir, Grand Corps Malade
Cast: Zita Hanrot, Liam Pierron, Soufiane Guerrab

SPREAD YOUR WINGS (Donne-moi des ailes)
Director: Nicolas Vanier
Cast: Jean-Paul Rouve, Mélanie Doutey, Louis Vazquez

THE SWALLOWS OF KABUL (Les hirondelles de Kaboul)
Directors: Zabou Breitman, Éléa Gobbé-Mévellec
Voices: Simon Abkarian, Zita Hanrot, Swann Arlaud

THE TRANSLATORS (Les traducteurs)
Director: Régis Roinsard
Cast: Lambert Wilson, Olga Kurylenko, Riccardo Scamarcio

TWO OF US (Deux)
Director: Filippo Meneghetti
Cast: Barbara Sukowa, Martine Chevallier, Léa Drucker

WE’LL END UP TOGETHER (Nous finirons ensemble)
Director: Guillaume Canet
Cast: François Cluzet, Marion Cotillard, Gilles Lellouche, Laurent Lafitte

ZOMBIE CHILD
Director: Bertrand Bonello
Cast: Louise Labèque, Wislanda Louimat, Katiana Milfort

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