So Frenchy, So Chic – The Alliance Française French Film Festival opens
Pratiquez votre français – the largest French event on New Zealand’s cultural calendar has arrived for 2014. Showcasing the best of contemporary French film, the festival kicks off on the 20th of February at Hoyts Northlands.
Here’s what we’ll be heading along to in this year’s extensive programme:
Chinese Puzzle (Casse-tête chinois) – selected as an opening night film for a reason, this modern comedy features French acting royalty Romain Duris and Audrey Tatou (remember Amelie?) and is set against the colourful backdrop of New York, as Duris’ character Xavier tries to make sense of the Chinese puzzle that is his life. Variety billed it as “…a seductive advertisement for modern living.”
Our Heroes Died Tonight (Nos Héros Sont Mort Ce Soir) – this neo-noir crime tale in the tradition of Scorcese and Tarantino is set in the professional wrestling world of the 1960s. Tough guys, tense moments and gripping set pieces abound in this brooding and atmospheric thriller.
It Boy (20 ans d’écart) – Alice is a thirty-something woman whose climb up the career ladder at a fashion magazine has been stalled on the middle rungs. However, she discovers a new path to advancement when she meets and has a series of misunderstandings around the 20-year-old “It Boy” Balthazar, unleashing her inner cougar. Zut alors! This light romantic comedy takes a look at sex, ambition and age differences.
Madamoiselle C – an absolute must for fashion fans, this doco follows Carine Roitfield, who ran French Vogue for 10 years, as she launches her spectacular new magazine CR Fashion Book. A rare glimpse inside Roitfield’s professional world, Marie Claire called it “the ultimate fashion insider trip”. Be warned: watching this film may make you want to book the next available flight to Paris.
The 23 other films on offer include more comedies, romance, documentaries, heart-warming pieces, action, film history, and even politics (both fictional and non-fictional!). For full details and session times, view the festival programme at www.frenchfilmfestival.co.nz.
Alliance Française French Film Festival 2014
Hoyts Northlands, 20th February – 2 Marchl
Adult tickets: $16.50 (Festival opening night gala tickets $30)