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FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL

FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL

Forum 6 Cinemas and Alliance Française de Wagga Wagga are delighted to present our annual French Film Festival, showcasing eight fantastic films over 6 days 14th to 19th July 2017.

  • Runtime: 138 Minutes
    Starring: Lambert Wilson, Pierre Niney, Audrey Tautou
    Language: French and English, with English subtitles
    Jérôme Salle’s dazzling biopic will sweep you up in its sails as it follows the chaotic life of celebrity oceanographer Jacques Cousteau; one rich in accomplishments, yet teeming with turmoil. It is 1943 and the eccentrically ambitious naval officer Cousteau (Lambert Wilson) dreams of adventure. His magnificent new invention of the Aqua-Lung promises to bring him just that. Newly armed with the ability to breathe underwater for long periods of time, Cousteau dedicates his life’s work to his obsession with the sea, becoming the first to create underwater films that dazzle audiences worldwide. His success comes at a cost, however, as his wife Simone (Audrey Tautou) and sons Philippe (Pierre Niney) and Jean-Michel (Benjamin Lavernhe) struggle to keep up with the stormy seas of Cousteau’s fierce and unfailing determination, the ultimate price of which is yet to come. Through a dazzling array of global exploration locations, we undertake this lyrical journey almost as if a member of Cousteau’s crew, experiencing the epic highs and excruciating lows of this pioneer’s astounding career which changed humanity’s relationship with the sea forever.
  • Runtime: 128 Minutes
    Starring: Dorian Le Clech, Patrick Bruel, Batyste Fleurial, Elsa Zylberstein
    Language: French, with English subtitles
    Based on the famous and acclaimed memoirs of Joseph Joffo, A Bag of Marbles brings a new version of his incredible story to the screen as it follows the experiences of two young Jewish boys living in France during World War II. When Joseph Joffo was ten years old, his father (Patrick Bruel, Love at First Child) gave him and his brother Maurice some money and a map and sent them on a dangerous mission to escape Nazi-occupied Paris in 1941. Making their way to the demilitarised zone in the South, the boys become unavoidably caught in the whirlwind of war. Aided by the occasional kind soul, the two young boys swerve and dart through obstacles set by Nazi soldiers to avoid succumbing to the dreadful fate of so many others in this situation. Christian Duguay is a filmmaker well versed on World War II issues, and his skilled direction combined with immaculate period detail and stunning scenery of the French countryside make this is an essential and moving story told from a unique perspective.
  • Runtime: 130 Minutes
    Starring: Marie Féret, Marc Barbé, Delphine Chuillot, David Moreau
    Language: French, with English subtitles
    A sumptuous feast for the eyes, ears and heart, this vivacious costume drama deftly blends fact and fiction to explore the fascinating little-known story of the talented elder sister of a cherished creative genius. Feeling repressed in the shadows of her prodigy brother, 14-year-old Nannerl (a sublime performance by director René Féret’s daughter, Marie) harbours a desperate desire to create music for which she is cruelly mocked. Despite her own brilliance, she is relegated to accompany her brother Wolfgang on the piano, her father forbidding her from playing the violin, claiming it to be an instrument unfit for a girl. Frustrated by the limitations placed on her, Nannerl discovers romance through the Dauphin (Clovis Fouin) who nurtures Nannerl’s dreams of acceptance both as a musician and a woman. Partly filmed in the stunning Palace of Versailles, this handsome period piece conjures a breathtaking world of 18th-century pre-revolutionary France. By bringing an exuberant era alive with the joy of music, this inspirational tale of creative passion is destined to be adored by music and cinema lovers alike.
  • Runtime: 115 Minutes
    Starring: François Damiens, Cécile de France, Alice de Lencquesaing, André Wilms, Guy Marchand
    Language: French, with English subtitles
    When 45 year old widower Erwan discovers by accident that the man who raised him isn't his real father, he begins a search for his biological father. He soon locates the mischievous, 70 something Joseph, whom his mother knew briefly. Erwan falls not only for his charm, but that of the impetuous Anna, who has ties to them both. The conflicting familial loyalties soon become compounded by the pregnancy of his own daughter Juliette, who defiantly refuses to name the father.
  • Runtime: 143 Minutes
    Starring: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Benoît Magimel, Isabelle De Hertogh, Charlotte Laemmel, Lara Neumann
    Language: French, with English subtitles
    The inspirational crusade of one dedicated nurse against a large-scale pharmaceutical company forms the basis of acclaimed director, screenwriter and actress Emmanuelle Bercot’s (Mon Roi) super-charged adaptation of real-life whistle blower Irène Frachon’s bestselling memoir. Irène (Sidse Babett Knudsen) is a hospital lung specialist who begins to suspect a connection between recent patient deaths and a medication called Mediator. Seeking solid proof to justify her suspicions, she joins forces with the hospital’s head of research Antoine, played by Cannes Best Actor Award winner Benoît Magimel (The Connection). What follows is a long and rough road strewn with shady coverups, impenetrable institutional frameworks and powerful figures who are either corrupt or simply have their heads buried deep in the sand. Irène's determination in pursuing the cause catapults her into the spotlight. By challenging one unscrupulous company, she shakes the foundations of a system that has become inexcusably complacent. Knudsen’s remarkable performance as the steely heroine displays a dynamic energy which penetrates each and every scene as Irène battles to maintain her own humanity under adverse conditions.
  • Runtime: 117 Minutes
    Starring: Isabelle Huppert, André Marcon, Édith Scob, Roman Kolinka, Sarah Le Picard
    Language: French, English and German, with English subtitles
    The incomparable Isabelle Huppert is at her marvellous best in the internationally celebrated new film from Mia Hansen-Løve, the profoundly moving story of a fifty something woman who, after living comfortably for many years, must suddenly reinvent her life. Nathalie (Huppert) teaches philosophy at a college in Paris. Married with two grown-up children, her spare time is devoted to the books she publishes as a sideline, to former students who have become friends and, above all, to her overly possessive mother (the great Édith Scob). But out of nowhere, Nathalie’s husband Heinz (André Marcon) announces he is leaving her for another woman, the first of a series of events that will completely upend Nathalie’s world, and force her to reassess her future. Tender and contemplative, Things to Come depicts a story that, whilst common in real life, is rarely presented with such warmth and intelligence on screen. Having garnered extraordinary critical acclaim at major festivals worldwide, it certifies Hansen-Løve as one of the most distinguished voices in French cinema.
  • Runtime: 114 Minutes
    Starring: François Cluzet, Marianne Denicourt, Isabelle Sadoyan, Félix Moati
    Language: French with English subtitles
    French box-office star François Cluzet (The Intouchables) headlines this heartwarming and engaging medical drama from popular doctor-turned-director Thomas Lilti. Jean-Pierre Werner (Cluzet) is a kind, no-nonsense, firmly established country doctor, who works gruelling hours and whose role in the community often extends beyond simply overseeing the physical wellbeing of his patients. When he is diagnosed with an illness which demands he stop work, he is forced to take on a replacement who, to his dismay, is the inexperienced Nathalie (Isabelle Sadoyan, Thérèse Desqueyroux). Jean-Pierre struggles to accept his reality and let go of his work, entirely unconvinced that Nathalie has what it takes to replace him. This only serves to make the handover more challenging, but little does Jean-Pierre know that beyond Nathalie’s often humorous beginner faux-pas lies a strong and resourceful woman who is determined to meet the demands of the role, and break the ice with his loyal – albeit quirky – patients. Superbly cast and emotionally complex, this is a moving and funny character drama, which will undoubtedly leave you with a joie de vivre.
  • Runtime: 132 Minutes
    Starring: Catherine Frot, Catherine Deneuve, Olivier Gourmet, Quentin Dolmaire, Mylène Demongeot
    Language: French, with English subtitles
    Screen legends Catherine Frot and Catherine Deneuve unite for award winning writer, director Martin Provost’s hugely-anticipated new film. Claire (Frot) is a wonderfully gifted midwife. But over the years her sensitive ways and sense of pride and responsibility have started to clash with the efficiency driven methods of modern hospitals. Closer to the end of her career than its beginning, she has started to question her skills and the life she has chosen. Out of the blue, she receives a call from Béatrice (Deneuve), the extravagant mistress of her deceased father, who wants to meet again, 30 years after disappearing without a trace. Despite being opposites in every way, the over-conscientious Claire and the free-spirited Béatrice learn to accept one another and, by revealing long-held secrets, try to make up for lost years. With The Midwife, Provost (whose brilliant 2008’s Séraphine won seven César Awards) has created a deeply affecting tale of two singular, strong women, and a celebration of two of French cinema’s most beloved stars.