The Alliance Française French Film Festival returns for another weekend of quality French cinema.
Friday April 23 – Sunday April 25
Tickets: Adults $19 / Members $17 / All concession $15 (No Free Tickets)
Bookings: all reservations through Star Cinema on 5446 2025
Council Chambers, upstairs at Eaglehawk Town Hall*
Friday: 5pm – 7pm & post-film – 10pm
Saturday: 2pm – 7pm & post-film – 10pm
Sunday: 2pm – 7pm
Enhance your festival experience by relaxing with a drink, before or after a film, at our licensed festival hub.
The hub will be serving locally sourced beverages and cheese plates (gluten free options available).
This is a rare opportunity to experience the grand old Council Chambers of the Borough of Eaglehawk. *stair access only
OPENING NIGHT: THE GODMOTHER (M) 104min
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama. Dir: Jean-Paul Salomé. French with English subtitles.
Friday April 23: 7pm
“The fantastic cast of characters, lighthearted tone, and delightful cinematography all make The Godmother a skillfully-crafted drama well-worth catching” – Sinema
The effervescent Isabelle Huppert returns to the Festival in The Godmother, where the gritty realism of Breaking Bad meets the stoner comedy of a Cheech & Chong movie.
Huppert will leave you grinning from ear-to-ear in her performance as Patience Portefeux, a middle-aged police interpreter who switches sides to become a wholesale narcotics trafficker. Armed with her insider knowledge of the law and a striking wardrobe of Hermès scarves, Patience reinvents herself as a drug lord.
As well as delivering laughs, The Godmother is a moving and heartfelt drama about female empowerment. The audience is encouraged to vicariously take delight in Patience’s transformation and gleefully relish the scenes where she dominates her competition in the drug trade and thwarts detection from her colleagues in the police.
Based on the award-winning novel by Hannelore Cayre – who also co-wrote the script – The Godmother is a beautifully crafted blend of French noir, drama and comedy with a triumphant performance by Huppert as a defiantly independent woman making her mark on the world with a bang rather than a whimper.
LOVE AFFAIR(S) (M) 122min
Genre: Romance, Drama. Dir: Emmanuel Mouret. French with English subtitles.
Saturday April 24: 1pm
Direct from the Cannes Film Festival, Love Affair(s) embodies many classic tropes of French cinema, by combining witty dialogue with emotionally resonate truths thatwill have you laughing, crying, yearning for romance and swearing off love forever. As its name would suggest, Love Affair(s) follows a series of interlocking tales of relationships and affairs, which have been described as ‘a more serious Love Actually’.
At the centre of it all is Daphné (Camélia Jordana), a pregnant woman whose boyfriend has left her alone in the French countryside with his cousin Maxime (Niels Schneider), who is nursing a broken heart. As Daphné and Maxime share stories of love gained and love lost, they become increasingly intimate with each other in the seclusion of the country house.
The tales range from the sensual to the frivolous, the profound to the ridiculous, and the comedic to the thoughtful. Throughout all the twists, emotional detours and unexpected connections, Love Affair(s) is an entertaining and surprising exploration of the complexities of modern love that will satisfy romantics, cynics and anybody in between who has ever experienced the messiness of love and desire.
BYE BYE MORONS (M) 87min
Genre: Comedy, Drama. Dir: Albert Dupontel. French with English subtitles.
Saturday April 24: 4pm
This crowd-pleasing film by writer/director/actor Albert Dupontel blends dark humour, social satire and tragedy into a frenetic and fast-paced story that leaves audiences delightfully giddy by its twists and turns. As a testament to its wildly entertaining characters and plot, Bye Bye Morons conquered the French box office in 2020 despite being released at the height of the curfews.
Suze Trappet doesn’t have long to live and she is going to make her last remaining days count. Determined to find the son she was forced to abandon almost three decades ago, Suze sets out on a madcap quest that is filled with adventure, peril and bewildering encounters.
While the whirlwind and borderline absurd style of the film delivers a series of glorious over-the-top comedic set-pieces, Dupontel ensures his film never loses its heart and embeds his characters with genuine empathy amid all the chaos. Dupontel himself is particularly endearing as Jean-Baptiste, who becomes one of Suze’s closest companions. Exhilarating, poignant and hilarious, this urban comedy is a refreshing blast of anarchic energy.
PERFUMES (M) 100min
Genre: Comedy. Dir: Grégory Magne. French with English subtitles.
Saturday April 24: 7pm
Perfumes is a classic odd-couple story about two people whose temperaments are poles apart; and yet, opposites attract. This personality clash comedy delivers a winning formula of social observation, character drama and empathy.
Desperately wanting to get shared custody of his daughter, sad-sack divorced dad Guillaume Favre (Grégory Montel, Call My Agent!) needs to keep his job as a chauffeur to pay for somewhere better to live. His resolve is put to the test when he is assigned a new client: gifted perfumer Anne Walberg (Emmanuelle Devos) whose skills at constructing and identifying scents are matched by her egotism and lack of tact. Unlike most people, Guillaume is bold enough to stand up to Anne and that’s something she respects. They don’t form an instant bond overnight, but at least she doesn’t fire him, so that’s a start.
MISS (M) 107min
Genre: Comedy. Dir: Ruben Alves. French with English subtitles.
Sunday April 25: 1pm
“a luminous and joyful ode to the acceptance of the self and of others.” – Cineuropa
Twenty years ago, Billy Elliot showed us that boys can dance and now Miss will win hearts as it proves that boys can compete in beauty pageants. The new film by Ruben Alves (The Gilded Cage) is a feel-good story about overcoming hardship and prejudice, with a fun and light-hearted commentary on how attitudes towards gender are shaped. It is the best kind of thought-provoking film: one that is celebratory and joyful.
Ever since childhood Alex (Alexandre Wetter) had wanted to enter the annual Miss France beauty pageant, despite being a boy. However, adolescence was not kind and Alex suffered huge blows to his self-esteem. When an unexpected encounter allows Alex to once more pursue his dreams, he does everything he can to transcend the traditional binary gender definitions that threaten to hold him back.
Miss is the first major acting role for Wetter, a model who has made a career out of defying gender norms. Wetter’s personal journey makes them the perfect person to play Alex in this inspirational film that inspires us to rethink the status quo.
GAGARINE (M) 95min
Genre: Drama. Dirs: Fanny Liatard & Jérémy Trouilh. French with English subtitles.
Sunday April 25: 4pm
“A wondrous debut feature that derives such a crackle of authenticity from the physical reality of its setting that its starry-eyed metaphysics seem uncannily plausible too.” – Variety
When reality tries to ground a teenage boy’s dreams of becoming an astronaut, it’s his imagination that elevates him to the stars, in this poetic blending of realism and fantasy.
Named in the 1960s after Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, Cité Gagarine is a condemned housing project in the suburbs of Paris where aspiring astronaut, 16-year-old Youri (newcomer Alséni Bathily), has lived his entire life. While it has been a tough existence, there is no way he will allow his home to be demolished without putting up a fight.
Enlisting the help of friends Houssam, (Jamil McCraven, Nocturama) Diana, and other members of his close-knit community, Youri attempts to save his building. However, as he transforms his apartment into a space capsule, he becomes increasingly isolated, eventually living like a lone survivor in a spaced-out world of his own creation.
Premiering at Cannes in 2020, Gagarine is a powerful story of class, race, imagination and wonder, that allows audiences to share Youri’s dreams of space and weightlessness. This film will make souls soar and hearts beat faster, as it races towards its nail-biting finale.
ALINE (M) 128min
Genre: Comedy, Biopic. Dir: Valérie Lemercier. French with English subtitles.
Sunday April 25: 7pm
It’s the 1980s and the music industry has a new star. A teenage girl from Quebec, Canada, has exploded onto the world stage to deliver stirring power-pop ballads with her once-in-a-lifetime singing voice, earning her millions of fans. Her name is Aline Dieu.
Inspired by the life, loves and legacy of real-life Quebecker singing sensation Céline Dion, Aline is bursting with music, drama and show-stopping performances that will sweep you off your feet. Following Aline’s evolution as a gifted child nurtured by her parents, to her early years being mentored by the producer who would one day also love her, to her global domination as a performer of breathtaking emotional intensity, this fictional biopic is a glorious tribute to the best-selling Canadian recording artist of all time.
Having previously directed, written and starred in Marie-Francine (AF FFF18), the multi-talented Valérie Lemercier once more assumes all three duties, capitalising on her remarkable physical resemblance to Céline Dion to play Aline. As a self-proclaimed fan, Lemercier has ensured that other loyal members of Team Céline will give their hearts to Aline and their hearts will go on and on.