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FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL
Those damn Frenchies: they always manage to produce films that are equal parts
charming, romantic and subversive. The annual Alliance Francaise French Film
Festival scores a spot on every francophile and film buff’s calendar – we ask Carine
Bougnague, director of the Alliance Francaise de Perth, for her top picks.
“I loved it because the film relays a moment of history that could have changed
the face of the most beloved capital in the world, Paris. The film is a breathtaking
psychological thriller between two characters/actors at the very top of their game.”
2. THE BÉLIER FAMILY
“This is the feel-good film of the festival. Don’t miss this wonderful family movie!
Laughter and tears guaranteed.”
3. LES GAZELLES
“A good comedy for the ladies, Les Gazelles is a sharp look at the daily life
of a group of girls. I could be one of these Gazelles...”
4. FRENCH RIVIERA
“A prestigious cast and director, this is an exciting mystery as well as a love story
between two star-crossed lovers. I just loved it.”
5. THE CONNECTION
“A thrilling gangster film in the vein of Scorsese, with excellent performances
by the gorgeous Jean Dujardin and Gilles Lellouche.“
Cinema Paradiso, The Windsor, Luna on SX, Mar 19-Apr 7.
Full details and online bookings at scoop.com.au/film
Catch homegrown hits
and knockouts from the
international circuit at
this year’s Flickerfest.
Expect comedy, drama,
animation... each film
less than fifteen minutes.
Cinema, Mar 5-8 .
OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL
Pun-lovers may cackle
at the main film’s title,
Devocean, but we
guarantee the audience
will be in tears at the
story of paraplegic surfer
and diver, Bruno.
State Theatre Centre,
FREE FLICKS FOR KIDS
Parents, rejoice! Kick
back with a glass of
wine and some brie
while your kids run
around with other
hyped-up minors at the
Northbridge Piazza. And
don’t lie, we know you’ll
secretly love screenings
like The Lego Movie and
Lilo and Stitch.
every Saturday until
Over the superficial
and redundant stories
that frequent the big
screens? Check out
Human Rights Arts and
Film Festival, featuring
art and films exploring
human rights issues.
TBA, May 7-21.
Spanish Film Festival
If you like your films colourful and electrifying (and complemented by a platter of
empanadas and authentic Spanish Cava) then the Spanish Film Festival is one to check
out. Palace Cinemas – the brains behind the Lavazza Italian, Scandinavian and Israeli
film festivals – are bringing the best of Spanish-speaking film to Perth once again, with
Spanish, Peruvian, Ecuadorian, Mexican and Argentinian films we wouldn’t otherwise
get to see. National festivals manager Genevieve Kelly reckons Perthies flock to the
festival for more than just the complementary food and wine (although hey, that
doesn’t hurt). “There is a certain humour and sex appeal that attracts people to the
Spanish culture,” she explains. Although Genevieve is tight-lipped about the yet-to-
be-released program, she coyly tells us the opening-night film is going to be a banger.
She also let slip there’ll be a number of thrillers that caused a buzz on the Spanish film
scene. Olé! Date and venue TBA.
Sitting still in a movie theatre isn’t usually
the sport of choice for adrenalin junkies,
but The Banff Mountain Film Festival
is an exception. The festival, which
showcases the best of mountain-culture
docos, could get even an artichoke
heart racing. Director Jemima Robinson
recommends Africa Fusion, a climbing
film that features Banff alumni Hazel
Findlay and Alex Honnold – expect
a comical study of their relationship,
and gorgeous shots of South African
landscapes. She also praises Into The
Empty Quarter, which follows two British
adventurers trying to emulate Wilfred
Thesiger’s journey through the Arabian
Peninsula (aka the hottest and most
inhospitable desert in the world).
“This film is full of highs and lows,
as well as the surprise discovery of
a country filled with people who are
kind, curious, generous and endlessly
helpful,” Jemima says. Also hot on her
list are three short reels that are less than
ten minutes long – perfect for those of
us with restless legs. “The Ridge follows
world-renowned trails rider Danny
MacAskill riding an insane ridge line on
the Isle of Skye in Scotland,” she says.
“The combination of the incredible
location and incredible skill of MacAskill
creates a captivating seven-minute film
that will have you holding your breath.”
Afterglow, a nighttime ski film in which
champion skiers and snowboarders
don LED lights, will “bring to life big-
mountain skiing like you have never seen
it before”, while Touch follows an expert
paraglider flying with precision to touch
some spectacular scenery.
State Theatre Centre, May 4-9 .
Ocean Film Festival.
Will Gadd climbing
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