At long last, the 27th edition of the nation’s most cherished filmic event has arrived! The 2016 Alliance Française French Film Festival will commence its Adelaide season this Thursday 31 March, with a Gala Opening at Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas, with notable guests to include Grace Portolesi, Antonio Zeccola (founder and executive chairman of Palace Cinemas and Palace Films), Emmanuelle Denavit-Feller (Cultural and audiovisual attaché at the French Embassy and Artistic Director of the Festival), and Morgane Blondel (National Festival Manager). Hugh Chevrant-Breton (Managing Director, Singapore Airlines Adelaide) will introduce the Festival on behalf of the Alliance Française. Anya Anastasia who was a winner Best Cabaret, Adelaide Fringe 2016, will entertain guests with her alterego Marie-Antoinette.
The Festival’s opening film is the Australian Première of director Julien Rappeneau’s acclaimed dramatic comedy, Rosalie Blum (screening courtesy of Palace Films). Guests will celebrate the launch of the Festival with a lavish Opening Night Party. In commending the Festival, Jean-Christophe Trentinella, Director Alliance Française d’Adélaïde, says this quote by Director Jean-Luc Godard (whose film wraps up the Festival) says it all: “I just want to talk about cinema, why talk about anything else? With cinema we can talk about everything, because it touches everything.”
Presenting 42 engrossing new features plus an innovative programme strand showcasing four of France’s most fêted television series, the 27th Festival will close on Sunday 24 April with the screening of a fully restored version of Jean-Luc Godard’s 1963 classic, Contempt (Le Mépris) starring Brigitte Bardot, Jack Palance, Michel Piccoli and Fritz Lang. Special events during the Festival include:
OPERASHION20S – MARGUERITE Thursday 7 April at Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas –- 6.00pm Function / 7.00pm Screening Guests will enjoy a glass of wine, dress-up party, entertainment and film screening. Tickets: Alliance Française d’Adélaïde and Palace Movie Club members $30 / non-members $35
WINE NOT? – FIRST GROWTH Thursday 14 April at Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas – 6.00pm Function / 7.00pm Screening Wines from six different regions throughout France will be showcased at a special tasting prior to the film screening. Tickets: Alliance Française d’Adélaïde and Palace Movie Club members $35 / non-members $40 CLOSING NIGHT – CONTEMPT Sunday 24 April at Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas – 6.30pm Function / 7.00pm Screening Welcome drinks on arrival. The film will be preceded by a 15-minute introduction by Ben McCann, Associate Professor in French Studies at the University of Adelaide, and specialist in French cinema. Tickets: Alliance Française d’Adélaïde & Palace Movie Club members $25 / non-members $30
Visit the official Festival website at: http://www.affrenchfilmfestival.org