7 of the best French films touring for the Alliance Française French Film Festival

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The Alliance Française French Film Festival is returning this year for its 28th season.

Hitting Palace Cinemas from March, the event will see a whopping 43 features and two documentaries showcase the crème de la crème of French cinema. It’s a big program, so before you work your way through it right here, we’ve done a lot of the leg work for you.

Here’s our shortlist of the best of the Festival.

The Dancer (La Danseuse) 
Stéphanie Di Giusto  
Perhaps one of the most hyped films of the festival, La Danseuse is a biographical drama following American dancer, Loïe Fuller, and her complicated relationship with protégé and rival, Isadora Duncan. It stars Soko, Lily-Rose Depp and Mélanie Thierry, so there are at least three good reasons to watch it.

150 Milligrams (La fille de Brest)
Director: Emmanuelle Bercot 
150 Milligrams tops the list for its label as ‘the French Erin Brockovich’. The film follows a lung specialist, delving into a suspected link between patient deaths and a medication. This one’s all about female power and taking on the system.

Director: Rebecca Zlotowski
This one stars Natalie Portman and Lily-Rose Depp (enough said). The two star as American sisters in 1930s Paris, looking for their big break.

Being 17
Director: André Téchiné
Multi-award winning, Being 17 follows a discovery of sexuality for two 17-year-old boys. It’s a true coming-of-age drama which touches on bullying, desire and growing up.

From the Land of the Moon (Mal de Pierres)
Director: Nicole Garcia
If you’ve ever wanted to see Marion Cotillard in an actual French film, this is your chance. The story follows Cotillard’s character who is suffocated by an arranged marriage and obsessed with the idea of true love, much to the dismay of her family.

In Bed with Victoria (Victoria)
Director: Justine Triet 
We all love a romcom. If you deny it, we’ll know you’re lying. In Bed with Victoria follows a cynical thirty-something lawyer battling the world of the courtroom and her personal life.

Tomorrow (Demain)
Directors: Mélanie Laurent & Cyril Dion
If you’re concerned with the state of the climate, this one will be worth a watch. If not, we suggest you watch it anyway. Filmmaker, Mélanie Laurent, has teamed up with ecological rights advocate, Cyril Dion, to spotlight today’s environmental problems. The film explores how local communities across the globe are coming together to create solutions for one of the world’s most pressing issues.

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The Alliance Française French Film Festival kicks off on March 7 in Sydney. For full dates and schedule, click here.


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