35th Alliance Française French Film Festival

Palace Electric Canberra from 6 March 2024, and nationally on various dates

The full festival line-up and tickets are available at https://www.affrenchfilmfestival.org/tickets/schedule/canberra

Artistic Director Karine Mauris talks to Barbie about the Festival.

Opening Night: The Three Musketeers: D’Artagnan (Les Trois Mousquetaires – D’Artagnan)

Described as a wildly entertaining blockbuster film version of Alexandre Dumas’s beloved classic novel The Three Musketeers by director Martin Bourboulon

Set in the early 17th century kingdom of France, the opening instalment, D’Artagnan, follows a spirited young swordsman, Charles D’Artagnan (François Civil), on his journey from Gascony to Paris to join the King’s elite Musketeers of the Guard.

Along the way, he narrowly escapes death whilst heroically saving a woman from being kidnapped. In his efforts to enlist, D’Artagnan manages to offend the sensibilities of three of the most formidable Musketeers in the ranks, Athos (Vincent Cassel), Porthos (Pio Marmaï) and Aramis (Romain Duris).

Canberra festivalgoers can also enjoy a special screening of both part one: The Three Musketeers: D’Artagnan and part two: The Three Musketeers: Milady on 17 March

Ladies’ Night – 14 March 2024 – The President’s Wife (Bernadette)

French cinema legend Catherine Deneuve stars as Bernadette Chirac, the French version of Hillary Clinton, in this comedy based on actual events. 1995, Jacques Chirac is elected President of the French Republic. When Bernadette Chirac steps into the Elysée, she’s ready for the recognition she’s earned, having tirelessly supported her husband’s journey to the presidency.

Instead, she finds herself set aside and brushed off as old-fashioned, cold and sour-tempered. With the help of her chief of staff, Bernard Nique, Bernadette embarks on a light-hearted campaign to restore her reputation and assert her role as the first lady.

In her debut film, documentarian Léa Domenach skilfully blurs the lines between fact and fiction, presenting a satirical portrayal of an unexpected feminist figure.

Taste of France – 21 March 2024 The Taste of Things (La passion de Dodin Bouffant)

A sensual adaptation of Marcel Rouff’s classic 1924 novel The Life and Passion of Dodin-Bouffant blends cooking with romance, winning director Tran Anh Hung (The Scent of Green Papaya) the Best Director prize at Cannes 2023.

Other films with multiple screenings around Australia during the festival include:

  • The Animal Kingdom (Le règne animal)
  • All Your Faces (Je verrai toujours vos visages)
  • Jeanne Du Barry
  • Iris and the Men (Iris et les hommes)