The Alliance Française Classic Film Festival
Alliance Française presents with Studiocanal and in association with Palace Cinemas, Hayden Orpheum Cremorne and the Backlot Studios, this exciting complement to the renowned Alliance Française French Film Festival, taking place from late August onwards in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth. The annual Alliance Française Classic Film Festival aims to rediscover masterpieces of French cinema, highlighting a talent, actor or director who has made an indelible contribution to France’s celebrated film industry.
The 2017 season is focusing on the iconic Jean-Paul Belmondo, alias “Bébel” showcasing restored versions of 6 of his most renowned films from 1961 to 1974. Considered a key figure of the French New Wave, Belmondo’s career of almost 60 years has been internationally fêted through Awards such as the César, the Golden Lion and the Golden Camera, a Career Achievement Award at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, and an honorary Palme d’Or from the Cannes Film Festival. In recognition of his influence beyond the confines of cinema, Belmondo was also honoured with the National Order of the Legion of Honour in 2007 and the National Order of Merit in 2017.
Between thriller and drama, comedy and adventure, audiences will be invited to savour these films as they were meant to be experienced on the big screen. You will rediscover ‘Bébel’s’ magnificence in the company of actors Charles Boyer, Serge Reggiani, Emmanuelle Riva, Gérard Depardieu, Françoise Dorléac, Raymond Devos, François Périer, Anna Karina, and many more.
The Festival will present 6 films in 5 cinemas across 4 Australian cities, encompassing 30 sessions, including an Opening Night event in each city.
The Alliance Française French Film Festival
With more than 174,000 admissions in 2017, the Alliance Française French Film Festival’s 28th edition was the most successful season.
The Festival has become a highly anticipated and extremely popular event on the Australian cultural calendar. It is not only the biggest film festival in Australia; it is also the biggest festival of French films outside of France.
Each year the festival curates a selection of the best contemporary French films, including comedies, dramas, documentaries and much more. Blockbusters and independent films alike screen over nine weeks in seven cities: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth and Hobart. The festival also includes glamorous opening nights, Q&As and special events with renowned figures of French film.
French culture, and in particular French cinema, has never been more popular in Australia than it is right now. The Alliance Française French Film Festival audience includes Australians, French, Francophiles and movie buffs – all keen to experience the latest sophisticated, vibrant and daring films from France.
The annual Festival is a collaboration between the Embassy of France in Australia and six Alliances Françaises around the country. The Alliance Française is an independent, not-for-profit language and cultural organisation that has been actively promoting a Franco-Australian exchange for over 130 years.
Having entered its second quarter century, the Alliance Française French Film Festival proudly continues its international celebration of the best new cinema from France.
The Alliance Française
The Alliance Française is an independent, not-for-profit language and cultural organisation promoting Franco-Australian exchange since 1899. With an ambitious mission to spread the French language and culture well beyond the borders of France, there are around 819 Alliances Françaises existing in 137 countries all over the world.
The Alliance Française Classic Film Festival is the result of collaboration between the Alliances Françaises of Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth:
ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SYDNEY: Jean-Baptiste Milcamps, General Manager | Laurie-Anne Pecqueux, Deputy General Manager | Morgane Blondel, National Festival Manager | Dominique Giovanangeli, Finance & Administration Manager | Mercedes Chatelin, Festival Assistant | Vanessa King, Marketing & Events Coordinator
ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE MELBOURNE: Michel Richard, Director | Françoise Libotte, Deputy Director | Sian Mitchell, Volunteer Festival Assistant | Mathieu Vendeville, Communication, Graphic & Web Designer | Valentine Louf, Carole Guilbert, Festival Interns
ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE CANBERRA: Patrice Gilles, Director and Chief Representative of Fondation Alliance Française in Australia | Jessica Choquet, Deputy Director | Vincent Brousse, Business Development Manager | Lorine Vasseur, Cultural Assistant
ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE PERTH: Carine Bougnague, Managing Director | Valériane Mathieu, PR & Events Manager | Ludivine Chopard, Cultural Event Assistant | Yann Le Flour, Education Coordinator
FRENCH EMBASSY IN AUSTRALIA: H.E. Mr. Christophe Penot, Ambassador of France to Australia | Bertrand Pous, Cooperation and Cultural Counsellor | Philippe Platel, Cultural and Audiovisual Attaché, Artistic Director of the Festival
We would like to take this opportunity to say merci to our valued Festival partners!
TO ALL NATIONAL AND LOCAL SPONSORS: without your financial and in-kind support the Festival would not be possible.
EXHIBITION PARTNER PALACE CINEMAS: Antonio Zeccola, Benjamin Zeccola, Elysia Zeccola Hill, Antony Zeccola, Stephanie Zeccola, Paulette Arvizu, Alice McShane, Kim Petalas, Kimberley Allan, Renato Fonti, Gina Rubiano and Zak Hepburn
FESTIVAL PARTNERS EXHIBITORS: Paul Dravet, Rachel Baker, Zak Hepburn, Ian Hale, Mathew Kesting
SPECIAL THANKS to DPPP
GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Catherine Spinks & Jenny Wong
WEBSITE: Mathieu Vendeville
PUBLICITY: Annette Smith (Ned & Co), Angela Tolley, Neil Ward & Coralie Wood