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Festival du film – très, très bien

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The Alliance Française French Film Festival 2023 presents a complete crème-de-la-crème program of contemporary French films. The 34th edition of the largest celebration of French film outside of France, arrives Australia-wide in mid March.

The culturally curious will once again venture to the cinema and be seduced by a season of electrifying French storytelling.

Setting the scene with a heady dose of glamour, lust and manipulation, Nicolas Bedos’ Mascarade opens the festival. An official selection of Cannes Film Festival 2022, the sexy and oh-so-French drama starring Pierre Niney, Isabelle Adjani and Marine Vacth transports cinemagoers to the dreamy shores of Côte d’Azur. Closing the festival on a bittersweet high, is a road trip of sublime joy and tears in Didier Barcelo’s Freestyle, featuring rising star Benjamin Voisin and the enchanting Marina Foïs.

Speaking on the festival’s immanent arrival, Karine Mauris, Festival Artistic Director and Cultural Attachée to the French Embassy in Australia, said the 2023 festival represents our most dynamic program to-date. ‘The hilarity of a meta-zombie comedy, suspenseful thrillers and historical dramas that will have you clinging to the edge of your seat, family-friendly flicks and of course, l’amour in all its forms! With over 153,000 eager spectators in attendance last year alone, we’re looking forward to reaffirming our emphasis on discovering the latest and greatest French talent and bringing impactful storytelling to new audiences.’

The Alliance Française French Film Festival is at the Palace Cinema, Byron Bay, from 16 March to 5 April.

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