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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...
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Tick, tick, boom. From the forest cries that saturate the opening sequence, The Rocket catapults you smack-bang into the mountains of Northern Laos. And with equally brutal force, western ideas of ‘development’ quite literally threaten to drown out the ancient traditions of the hill tribes that are forcibly displaced by an Australian consortium building a colossal hydro-electric dam system.  Born into this world, with a curse on his head, is Ahlo. It’s a curse kept secret by his greatest champion – his beautiful and free-spirited mother – and his paternal grandmother, matriarch of the family, a less benevolent force who holds the secret like a hammer poised over the child’s head. Protecting the traditions of the tribe – and securing their future – are noble aspirations but it’s a role that requires balls (as the matriarch would – and does, quite frequently – say) and the willingness to remove the...