The best of French Film. Where Cannes? No Mate, CAIRNS!


Following a successful debut in 2010, the Alliance Francaise Touring French Film Festival returns to Cairns in 2013 for a three day run at the cairns Centre for Contemporary Arts (COCA) from 7 – 9 June.

The Touring French Film Festival provides a rare opportunity for regional centres to enjoy a taste of the largest French Film Festival in the world, which this year is showing an incredible 43 French films in the Australian capital cities.

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Cairns will see three films from the 2013 Festival, Camille Rewinds, Journal de France, and Paris-Manhattan, and two of the most popular films from last year’s festival, Romantic Anonymous and Against the Wind. All have English sub-titles.

These are all crowd pleasing, accessible films, that will appeal to all tastes. Camille Rewinds will be shown on our opening night on Friday the 7th of June. Come along and soak up the French atmosphere while you enjoy a pre-screening glass of champagne.

Camille Rewinds is a hilarious flashback fairy-tale that asks, what would happen if we could go back in time and do things differently? This bright and breezy comedy closed the Cannes Director’s Fortnight with Noémie Lvovsky applauded for her hilarious and touching performance as Camille.

Against the Wind tells the story of Sarah (Audrey Tautou) who vanishes without a word, leaving her husband Paul (Little White Lies’ Benoît Magimel) and their young son and daughter reeling. Against The Wind is a radiant, emotional and superbly realised story of one father’s challenge to keep his family together

The eternal wisdom of Woody Allen informs Paris-Manhattan, writer/director Sophie Lellouche’s romantic comedy about a young woman whose choices in life and love are shaped by the philosophies of her favourite filmmaker.

Journal de France is a stunning documentary that follows legendary filmmaker and photographer Raymond Depardon as he travels around France with a large-format camera for six years to shoot the country’s ordinary life and landscapes. This very personal story, told from the point of view of a passionate artist, was given a special screening at the Cannes Film Festival last year.

Two chocolate makers find the perfect recipe for love in Romantic Anonymous, a moving comedy that has wowed French audiences. Jean-René (Benoît Poelvoorde) is the owner of a chocolate factory. Angélique (Isabelle Carré) is a talented chocolate maker who wants to remain anonymous. As fate would have it, Jean-René employs her to sell his factory’s chocolates. They are both emotionally-challenged people too shy to talk to others but both of them, desperately suffering from this illness, are willing to cure themselves.

Tickets are available at the door, or in the What’s On section from the COCA website at the link below:

http://www.centre-of-contemporary-arts-cairns.com.au

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