Alliance Française 2013 programme launched
The national Alliance Française network was delighted to launch the Alliance Française French Film Festival 2013 programme last night in Auckland and Wellington. Various media representatives and sponsors were able to get a sneak peak at the festival line-up with a projection of Bruno Podalydès' Granny's Funeral, which premiered in the Director's Fortnight category of the Cannes International Film Festival 2012.
The festival will start on Thursday 21 February in Auckland and will then travel to ten other cities nationwide before finishing in Hamilton on Wednesday 24 April 2013. Official festival programmes can be found at participating cinemas and Alliance Française organisations. The full film selection of twenty feature films can also be found on www.frenchfilmfestival.co.
Opening night film
The festival's prestigious opening night film slot has been filled with Christian Vincent's “deliciously French” film Haute Cuisine, starring beloved French actress, Catherine Frot. Frot plays the role of a lifetime as a local chef from the Périgord region of France who is astonished when the President of the Republic appoints her as his private chef. The film is based on the incredible true story of President François Mitterrand's private cook, Danièle Mazet-Delpeuch. The film is such a unique celebration of French cuisine and traditions that festival organisers knew within minutes of watching the film that it should take the spotlight at the opening night functions nationwide.
Fun for all ages
Other films in the selection are split into six different categories covering various genres and targetting different age groups. The Fun for all Ages category showcases a selection of films specifically aimed at students from primary school to university age. These films include Jean-François Laguionie's animated The Painting and the new installment of Asterix and Obelix from the celebrated director of Le Petit Nicolas. Educational institutes are encouraged to bring students along to these sessions. Once a booking has been made, festival organisers can provide teachers with detailed course outlines for the film of their choice. They will provide a framework for how further learning can take place and combine with the NZQA school curriculum.
The France Yesterday, France Today category showcases French stories throughout history such as French maestro Alain Resnais' recent You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet and Jacques Tati's classic Mr Hulot's Holiday, which celebrates its sixtieth anniversary in 2013.
The festival will close with Noémie Lvovsky's break-out hit Camille Rewinds, which has just been nominated for 13 César awards, France's prestigious annual film awards.
A whole lot more excitement: in 3D!
The 2013 festival also sees the arrival of its first 3D film! Christian Louboutin, the celebrated designer behind the world-famous line of red-soled shoes, has teamed up with the legendary French cabaret institution, Crazy Horse Paris, to create Feu. Filmed in eye-popping 3D, the film is a sizzling collection of tableaux, mixing erotic cabaret with music, dance, space-age chic and some seriously stylish high heels!
Feu will screen in a one-off screening in Wellington and Christchurch during the festival. Early booking is advised.
The full film selection, ticket prices, session times and information about special events can be found on the official festival website www.frenchfilmfestival.co.nz