FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL KICKS OFF O LA LA IN BRISBANE

Tonight was another sold out event for Alliance Francaise 30th French Film Festival with the wonderful opening film The Trouble of You. Great selection of films have been highlighted for this year festival and will satisfy everyone taste. Tonight film was a great comedy that had a bizarre humor throughout and is a must see.

More than 50 films and documentaries will screen over the next four weeks!
And below are the TOP PICKS for Millennials, Foodies, Toad Trippers, First Dates, French Film lovers, newbies, music lovers, chick flicks, man films, rom-com fans, LGBTQ fans and a whole lots more…..

For Millennials
The Trouble With You
Screwball comedy at its best! When a principled French Riviera police officer discovers her late husband, the local police chief, led a criminal double life, causing an innocent man to be imprisoned for his crimes, she resolves to do her utmost to help return the hapless parolee adjust to life on the outside.
Genesis
Half-siblings Charlotte and Guillaume, are both at different stages in their own experiences of young amour. Guillaume wrestles with his unrequited attraction to his best friend, Nicolas, whilst Charlotte’s idyllic notion of love is put to the test when her boyfriend suggests trying an open relationship.
Sorry Angel
Memory, longing and regret linger throughout this romantic drama set in early 90s Paris. Jacques, a worldly writer and Arthur a much-younger man, on the verge of his acknowledging his true sexuality, find themselves falling for each other, but must first navigate several hurdles in this this life-affirming celebration of love and friendship.
A Faithful Man
In this oh-so-French romantic comedy, which spans several years, a dashing journalist finds himself abandoned by his girlfriend when she leaves to marry the father of her impending baby…who happens to be his best friend, sparking a tale of unexpected joy and heartbreak.
The Night Eats The World
On waking in his ex-girlfriend’s apartment following a raging party, Sam is horrified to discover that zombies have invaded the streets of Paris, and he is one of the lone survivors. Petrified, he barricades himself inside the building to survive. Can he bear the solitude or will he learn that he’s not alone after all?

Music Films
Le Grand Bal
Each summer, in an idyllic countryside estate south of Paris, several thousand people converge to dance over seven days and eight nights. Le Grand Bal chronicles this extraordinary annual event, where participants defy fatigue and gradually lose all sense of time as they lose themselves in the magic of dance.
In Your Hands
Mathieu, a housing project kid who is falling into petty theft, crosses paths with Pierre, director of a prestigious music conservatory, who hears him playing piano at a railway station. Using his influence to secure private lessons for the boy, Pierre has a secret agenda: to enter Mathieu into a prestigious, international piano competition.

Top 5 for First Time FFF goers
Jean Paul Gaultier: Freak & Chic
Taking a deep-dive into the eccentric universe of this iconic genius, documentarian Yann L’Hénoret follows the ambitious conception of the ultra-glamorous Fashion Freak Show cabaret, shooting the film’s footage across a six-month period in intimate and extravagant detail.
Sink or Swim
An uplifting comedy about a group of disenchanted middle-aged men, who, in the face of scepticism and ridicule, discover fresh self-esteem and a new purpose when they form their local pool’s first-ever all-male, synchronized swimming team.
Wine Calling
This sparkling documentary introduces us to a small but dedicated group of wine growers in the south of France, intent on developing natural methods of wine production. Over one year we follow these pioneers, from the harvest to the bottling, as they lead a rising global movement in the quest for taste and sustainability.
I Feel Good
In this hilarious tale, Jacques, an unstable ne’er-do-well with perennial delusions of grandeur, reappears in the life of Monique, his long-suffering sister, to try and persuade her to join him in an outlandish plan that he’s convinced will make them both rich.
The Trouble With You
Screwball comedy at its best! When a principled French Riviera police officer discovers her late husband, the local police chief, led a criminal double life, causing an innocent man to be imprisoned for his crimes, she resolves to do her utmost to help return the hapless parolee adjust to life on the outside.

Top 5 for experienced FFF goers
High Life
Far beyond our solar system, Monte and his infant daughter, Willow, the sole survivors of a prison crew where they were treated as human guinea pigs by the deranged Dr Dibs, drift closer to a black hole where all time and space cease to exist.
At War
After promising 1,100 employees that their livelihood would be safe if they made heavy financial sacrifices, the managers of a factory decide to close shop, sparking a ‘call-to-arms’ by the workers determined to do whatever it takes to reverse this brutal decision and save their jobs.
Le Grand Bal
Each summer, in an idyllic countryside estate south of Paris, several thousand people converge to dance over seven days and eight nights. Le Grand Bal chronicles this extraordinary annual event, where participants defy fatigue and gradually lose all sense of time as they lose themselves in the magic of dance.
One Nation One King
In 1789 the winds of change are blowing through the streets of Paris. As opposition grows against King Louis XVI and rioters take to the streets, a young couple, Françoise and Basile, begin to realise their dreams of emancipation in the newly created political system.
Who You Think I Am
Recovering from the betrayal of her ex-husband who cast her aside for a much younger partner, Claire, a 50ish university lecturer and mother, impulsively creates a fictional Facebook profile, posing as a 24 year-old woman. But what seems like titillating fun soon leads both of her identities into increasingly dangerous territory.

Road Trip Films
The Extraordinary Journey of The Fakir
This vividly calamitous comedy recounts the tale of Aia, a young man who survives by performing magical tricks on the streets of Mumbai in the guise of a fakir. On the death of his mother, Aia embarks upon a journey to Paris in search of his estranged father, but instead falls into a never-ending adventure.
Le Grand Bal
Each summer, in an idyllic countryside estate south of Paris, several thousand people converge to dance over seven days and eight nights. Le Grand Bal chronicles this extraordinary annual event, where participants defy fatigue and gradually lose all sense of time as they lose themselves in the magic of dance.
The Sisters Brothers
It’s 1851, and Charlie and Eli Sisters, both brothers and assassins, accept a contract to kill a mysterious chemist that sends them on a fraught journey through the Northwest to the gold fields of California, on an adventure that tests the deadly family ties that bind.

Rom-Coms
Our Happy Holiday
A mismatched couple – she’s happy sleeping out-of-doors, whereas he’s a strictly 5-star hotel sort of guy – recklessly decide to holiday together in Bulgaria, but the push-pull of their differing personalities soon leaves a trail of calamity across the Bulgarian countryside.
Dany
While serving a long-term jail sentence, habitual criminal Dany learns that his teenage son has sought a legal emancipation order. Determined to atone for being an absent father, Dany stages a prison escape, determined to repair their fractured relationship
Dumped
Two wildly different sisters decide to take their recently ‘dumped’ 60 year-old mother, Françoise, for a getaway on a beautiful tropical island. But when they plot to boost her morale by arranging for the suave Thierry to court her, events swiftly spiral out of control.
Rolling to you
An unscrupulous seducer, who relishes the thrill of the chase, pretends to be a paraplegic to secure the affections of a pretty young woman. However, when he falls in love with her sister, who really is in a wheelchair, he finds himself ensnared by his lies.

Food Films
Wine Calling
This sparkling documentary introduces us to a small but dedicated group of wine growers in the south of France, intent on developing natural methods of wine production. Over one year we follow these pioneers, from the harvest to the bottling, as they lead a rising global movement in the quest for taste and sustainability.

LGBTQ+ Films
Sorry Angel
Memory, longing and regret linger throughout this romantic drama set in early 90s Paris. Jacques, a worldly writer and Arthur a much-younger man, on the verge of his acknowledging his true sexuality, find themselves falling for each other, but must first navigate several hurdles in this this life-affirming celebration of love and friendship.
Knife + Heart
During a steamy 1979 Parisian summer, Anne, a gay porn producer, recently shunned by her girlfriend and editor, Lois, strives to regain her love by shooting her most ambitious film yet. But when one of the actors is brutally murdered, she finds herself implicated in a strange and twisted investigation.
Girl
An adolescent transgender girl from Belgium struggles not so much with her gender identity, but with her passion to become a professional ballerina. Supported by her family, she commences her journey into gender reassignment, yet her teenage impatience and the immense pressures of ballet, push her to the brink.
Genesis
Half-siblings Charlotte and Guillaume are both at different stages in their own experiences of young amour. Guillaume wrestles with his unrequited attraction to his best friend, Nicolas, whilst Charlotte’s idyllic notion of love is put to the test when her boyfriend suggests trying an open relationship.

Family films
Dilili in Paris
As a series of kidnappings grips Paris, Dilili, a six-year old stowaway from New Caledonia, takes it upon herself to solve the mystery, aided by her friend, local delivery boy, Orel. Together they encounter every major figure from the artistic heyday of the Belle Époque, who all play a part in their relentless investigation.
Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion
Marking the 60th anniversary of the beloved comic book series, Getafix, the venerable druid realises that it’s time to pass on the secret of his magic potion to ensure the safety of his village against would-be invaders, sparking a series of adventures and a bountiful supply of Romans for the indefatigable Obélix to battle.
Remi, Nobody’s Boy
An enchanting family epic, this is the story of Rémi, a ten year-old orphan, snatched from his gentle adoptive mother and entrusted to the care of Signor Vitalis, a mysterious, itinerant musician. As they journey across the France of a bygone era, their adventures lead Rémi to ultimately discover the secret of his origins.
The Ideal Palace
Set in the south of France in 1879, this is the remarkable true story of Cheval, a humble postman who dreams of life through the wonders of the magazines and postcards he delivers. When he falls in love with the beautiful Philomène, the arrival of their baby daughter, Alice, inspires him to build a castle fit for a princess.

Chick Flicks
Family Photo
In this hilarious, yet touching tale, the passing of their grandfather forces three very different siblings – Gabrielle, Elsa and Mao – to grudgingly reunite with their long-separated parents in order to solve the quandary that none of them wish to face; what to do with their beloved matriarch, Marnie?
Dumped
Two wildly different sisters decide to take their recently ‘dumped’ 60 year-old mother, Françoise, for a getaway on a beautiful tropical island. But when they plot to boost her morale by arranging for the suave Thierry to court her, events swiftly spiral out of control.
A Faithful Man
In this oh-so-French romantic comedy, which spans several years, a dashing journalist finds himself abandoned by his girlfriend when she leaves to marry the father of her impending baby…who happens to be his best friend, sparking a tale of unexpected joy and heartbreak.
Celebration: Yves Saint Laurent
Go behind-the-scenes to witness the one and only Yves Saint Laurent, as he prepares his final collection. Surrounded by icons of the fashion industry we meet this larger than life, yet incredibly complex man whose legend lives on.
Place Publique
In this riotous comedy, a provocative TV host whose star is on the wane, spends a fraught reunion at a countryside party, attended by his former wife, daughter and producer, who’s hiding the fact that moves are afoot to replace him with younger talent. Could this ‘idyllic’ afternoon be about to explode like a champagne cork?!

Man Films
The World is Yours
With a nod to Guy Ritchie and a wink to Brian De Palma, this hilarious gangster flick follows a small-time drug dealer who dreams of starting afresh as a Popsicle distributor. But when he finds his overbearing mother has spent his savings, he’s forced to pull off one last heist in Spain in order to secure the life he longs for.
Sink or Swim
An uplifting comedy about a group of disenchanted middle-aged men, who, in the face of scepticism and ridicule, discover fresh self-esteem and a new purpose when they form their local pool’s first-ever all-male, synchronized swimming team.
The Sisters Brothers
It’s 1851, and Charlie and Eli Sisters, both brothers and assassins, accept a contract to kill a mysterious chemist that sends them on a fraught journey through the Northwest to the gold fields of California, on an adventure that tests the deadly family ties that bind.
Through The Fire
Franck is a honourable fire-fighter, whose commitment to his job is mirrored in the loving relationship he shares with his young family. But when he’s horribly burned in the line of duty, the arduous physical and psychological journey back to health reveals that even a man as strong as Franck has his limitations.
The Trouble With You
Screwball comedy at its best! When a principled French Riviera police officer discovers her late husband, the local police chief, led a criminal double life, causing an innocent man to be imprisoned for his crimes, she resolves to do her utmost to help return the hapless parolee adjust to life on the outside.

Films for the more mature festival-goer!
The Image Book
This incredible work by Jean-Luc Godard, one of the luminaries of the French New Wave, is a wonder of audio-visual poetry that examines civilization, teetering on the precipice, through a provocative potpourri of cinema clips, news footage and narration, resulting in a stunning aural and visual collage.
A Man In a Hurry
When Alain (played by the magnificent Fabrice Luchini) the powerful CEO of a car manufacturer, whose work has always come first, suffers a major stroke, he finds he must completely rebuild his life and family relationships, in this surprisingly amusing take on physical rehabilitation.
Memoir of War
Desperate for news of her husband, arrested by the Gestapo, a writer and member of the French Resistance enters into a high-risk game of psychological cat and mouse with a Nazi collaborator. Based on Marguerite Duras’ La Douleur, considered one of the great literary works of the 20th century.

Thrillers
High Life
Far beyond our solar system, Monte and his infant daughter, Willow, the sole survivors of a prison crew where they were treated as human guinea pigs by the deranged Dr Dibs, drift closer to a black hole where all time and space cease to exist.
Knife and Heart
During a steamy 1979 Parisian summer, Anne, a gay porn producer, recently shunned by her girlfriend and editor, Lois, strives to regain her love by shooting her most ambitious film yet. But when one of the actors is brutally murdered, she finds herself implicated in a strange and twisted investigation.
The Night Eats The World
On waking in his ex-girlfriend’s apartment following a raging party, Sam is horrified to discover that zombies have invaded the streets of Paris, and he is one of the lone survivors. Petrified, he barricades himself inside the building to survive. Can he bear the solitude or will he learn that he’s not alone after all?
Girls of the Sun
Mathilde, a French journalist, traumatised by the recent death of her husband in Libya, arrives in a Kurdistan village to cover the story of Baha, a lawyer-turned-freedom fighter, and her army known as ‘Girls of the Sun’ as they prepare to liberate their village and free Baha’s son who has been taken hostage by extremists.
Revenge
In this feminist thriller, Jen is enjoying a romantic desert getaway with her wealthy, married boyfriend until his two sleazy friends arrive unannounced. Mounting tension culminates in a brutal act that sees her left for dead. But she survives and begins a relentless quest for bloody revenge.

Full festival details, including Special Events at www.affrenchfilmfestival.org
French Film Festival, Brisbane – 14 March to 14 April – Palace Barracks & Palace James Street

Official website: http://www.affrenchfilmfestival.org

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