Tastier than the finest truffle… It’s the 2013 Alliance Française French Film Festival!
The 24th annual Alliance Française French Film Festival will return to Palace Cinemas in 2013 with a mouthwatering selection of Gallic fare, incorporating 43 new films and documentaries. Fans of the event will be able to learn about the full programme and book advance tickets when the Festival’s website goes fully live on Thursday, 31 January.
The acclaimed gastronomic delight, Haute Cuisine (Les Saveurs du Palais), screening courtesy of Transmission Films, will launch the Festival’s gala opening in Sydney on Tuesday 5 March with celebrated chef, Gabriel Gaté as the evening’s compère in the presence of Danièle Mazet-Delpeuch, the Festival’s guest-of-honour.
The fascinating Mazet-Delpeuch, whose experiences as private chef to President François Mitterrand inspired Haute Cuisine, will visit Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra during her time with the Festival.
A cook from the Périgord region, who founded Foie Gras Weekend, a pioneering class teaching the region’s cuisine, as well as creating the famed École d’Art et Tradition Culinaire du Périgord and her renowned
restaurant, Mazet-Delpeuch was called to the Elysee Palace following President Mitterrand’s request for a “woman from his country, in his kitchen!” As the only female to have ever cooked at the Elysée, what followed was an incredible, and not always tranquil, two-year period, which is recreated in Haute Cuisine by esteemed actress Catherine Frot as the character inspired by Danièle Mazet-Delpeuch and Académie Française stalwart, Jean d’Ormesson, in his first ever film role, as The President.
Presented by the Alliance Française in association with the Embassy of France in Australia and the gracious support of Gold Sponsor Peugeot, the 24th Festival’s extensive highlights, many of which have received 2013 César Award nominations, include After May, Augustine, The Big Night, Camille Rewinds, Ernest & Celestine, Farewell My Queen, FEU by Christian Louboutin, Happiness Never Comes Alone, In the House, The Invisibles, Journal de France, Louise Wimmer, The Man Who Laughs, Our Children, Renoir, Sister, Thérèse Desqueyroux, and Marcel Carné’s 1945 masterpiece, Children of Paradise (Les Enfants du Paradis), which will screen on closing night via a gorgeously restored version.
National dates and venues for the 2013 ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL are:
SYDNEY: 5 – 24 March Chauvel Cinema, Palace Norton Street, Palace Verona &
Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace
MELBOURNE: 6 – 24 March Palace Balwyn, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Westgarth Cinemas & Kino Cinemas
CANBERRA: 7 – 26 March Palace Electric Cinema
BRISBANE: 14 March - 4 April Palace Barracks Cinemas & Palace Centro Cinemas
ADELAIDE: 19 March - 7 April Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas
PERTH: 19 March - 7 April Cinema Paradiso, Luna on SX & Windsor Cinema
For booking and session details, visit the Festival’s official website from 31 January at:
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