THE CULTURAL FOUNDATION AND FILMS
The Cultural Foundation supports many cultural projects each year, including the annual Alliance Française French Film Festival and the Alliance Française Classic Film Festival, in conjunction with the Alliance Francaise de Sydney ("AFS"). The AFS organises the Alliance Française French Film Festival in collaboration with other Alliançes Françaises throughout Australia and with the French Embassy in Australia.
The Alliance Française French Film Festival is the biggest French film festival in the world outside of France and the leading French cultural event in Australia. Each year, approximately 50 contemporary films of all genres are selected to be screened for seasons of 3 to 5 weeks in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart and Byron Bay in association with Palace Cinemas.
Four years ago, the Alliance Française de Sydney unveiled the Alliance Française Classic Film Festival, which aims to rediscover masterpieces of French cinema by highlighting talents that have made a crucial contribution to France’s celebrated film industry. Personalities who have already been featured include Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jeanne Moreau.
In addition, the Alliance Française de Sydney organises many other events related to film and cinema such as Q&As with directors and actors, exclusive screenings and more.
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Please note that following the Australian Government’s additional restrictions on non-essential social gatherings, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone the remainder of the 2020 Alliance Française French Film Festival until further notice, to protect both our patrons and staff. Please rest assured we will be back offering sublime entertainment and a place to indulge and escape when it is safe to do so.
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This year marked the 30th anniversary of the Alliance Française French Film Festival, the largest and most successful festival of French cinema in Australia and worldwide (outside France), which saw a record number of attendances (63,000 in Sydney and 195,000 patrons nationally). Organised in conjunction with the French Embassy in Australia and venue partner Palace Cinema, this powerhouse season included many special events and screenings.
This milestone celebration included a launch at the Old Rum Store in Chippendale by the Ambassador of France to Australia His Excellency Mr Christophe Penot, an introductory speech by Creative Director Philippe Platel and address by President of the Alliance Française de Sydney, Lyn Tuit; a Q&A between David Stratton and internationally acclaimed French director Jacques Audiard following the screening of his film The Sisters Brothers which won him best director at the Venice Film Festival; a Canadian themed evening complete with Canadian nibbles and refreshments to match; a Q&A with beloved actor Gilles Lellouche to discuss his directorial debut Sink or Swim; a Date Night event which offered a glass of wine in addition to the Australian premiere of the comedy Happy Holidays and a Women’s Day event centred around Eva Husson’s unapologetically femme-centric film about the Kurdish women fighting ISIS in Iraqi Kurdistan followed by a Q&A with university lecturer Lucia Sorbera, to only name a few.
Another highlight included French director Zabou Breitman's thrilling behind-the-scenes account of her upcoming animated film Les hirondelles de Kaboul (which will be featured in the line-up of this year’s Festival). This beautiful adapted drama, which brings to life the poetry of Algerian author Yasmina Khadra’s 2002 novel by the same name, follows the tale of two couples living in the Afghan capital during the nineties, and the impact of the Taliban rule has on each relationship. It has since been lauded at film festivals around the world, from Portugal to Japan to France’s acclaimed Annecy International Animated Film Festival and Cannes.
We acknowledge the tireless work by the staff of the Alliance Française de Sydney in realising another incredible season of the Alliance Française de Sydney and the assistance and participation of numerous valued volunteers.
In addition, this year saw the triumphant return of the Alliance Française Classic Film Festival. This fifth edition was dedicated to the incomparable Isabelle Adjani, one of France’s most acclaimed stars and the only actor in history to win five César Awards. Renowned for her emotionally raw performances, particularly in representing tormented and tragic heroines, the Festival programme reflected her ongoing ability to captivate and enthral, transcending time.