WIN 1 of 10 double passes to the Alliance Française French Film Festival

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Calling all French film lovers! The Alliance Française French Film Festival is set to kick-off tomorrow in Sydney, before heading around Australia.

This excellent news for all francophiles downunder, giving them the chance to immerse themselves in all things French! With an impressive array of French films and special guests, this year’s festival is certain not to disappoint.

So what’s on?


From classics like Marcel Carné’s 1945 production of ‘Children of Paradise’ (pictured above), to the romantic comedy ‘Happiness Never Comes Alone’ starring Sophie Marceau and Gad Elmaleh, there’s truly something for everyone.


Be sure to catch Benoit Jacquot’s French Revolutionary masterpiece ‘Farewell My Queen’, starring the inimitable Diane Kruger as the royal highness herself (pictured above). Be delighted by the enchanting tale of a chef turned personal cook for the President in ‘Haute Cuisine‘ (pictured below).


Discover the story of Auguste and Jean Renoir (artist and filmaker respectively), and the woman who came between them in ‘Renoir’, or see another stunning performance from Audrey Tatou in ‘Thérèse Desqueyroux’.

For the full festival program, visit the official website.

WIN 1 of 10 double passes to the Alliance Française French Film Festival

MaVieFrançaise® magazine and the Alliance Française would like to give ten lucky members the chance to WIN a double pass to any showing at the French Film Festival in their closest capital city.

To win, all you have to do is:

1. JOIN the Ma Vie Française® community for free and

2. In a COMMENT below this article, tell us which film you would like to see at the festival, and why. (Click here to see the full program).

We will then select the ten best answers as our winners at 4.30pm AEST, Friday, 8 March 2013.

Please note that this competition is only open to Australian residents.

Bonne chance!

All images courtesy Alliance Française French Film Festival

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  1. Katerina Forrester Mar 4, 2013 at 12:34 PM - Reply

    At uni this semester I am studying an amazing French subject about the ‘matters of taste’… French food! I am hoping to team this fabulous theme of food with the beautiful Haute Cuisine at the French film festival!

  2. georgetaleb Mar 4, 2013 at 1:29 PM - Reply

    Renoir!, as a child it was the first art exhibition that I had ever been to that inspired my journey as a young artist and my obsession with everything french that had led me to live in Paris for 3 months. Since than nothing will ever be the same. The opportunity to get to be apart of this will keep me connected to the amazing memories that I had created till I get back to France one day soon….

    George Taleb

  3. marymont Mar 4, 2013 at 1:36 PM - Reply

    Gad Elmaleh stars in quite a few of my favourite French films, so I would love to see Happiness Never Comes Alone. Another step in my Francophile journey…

  4. dpons Mar 4, 2013 at 1:47 PM - Reply

    I would love to win tickets to see Benoit Jacquot’s French Revolutionary masterpiece ‘Farewell My Queen’ as I adore the story of Marie Antoinette and have been enchanted with the Chateau Versailles most of my life. To visit it in person several times while living in Paris was a magical experience. It will be amazing to relive some of it’s visual beauty and historical significance via this film at the Alliance Francaise French Film Festival this year among fellow francophiles!

  5. Mar 4, 2013 at 5:01 PM - Reply

    Farewell, My Queen. I love this period for its costumes, way of speaking, opulence, décor and history, and would love to win tickets to see this beautiful film!

  6. Louise Mar 4, 2013 at 5:12 PM - Reply

    As a recent victim of several “bad” internet dating experiences, I think “Meet Me In Real Life” would be appropriate viewing

  7. mt40 Mar 4, 2013 at 5:21 PM - Reply

    Les Enfants du Paradis. The magic of this 1945 film first entranced me when it was thirty years old and I somewhat younger… I must see this restored version. “Baptiste’s love never goes away” nor does my love of romance!

  8. Ian Shephard Mar 4, 2013 at 8:26 PM - Reply

    With all the troubles in the world at the moment, “The fields of enchantment” is my chance to be remember the power of the imagination, and to enter a world through two children’s eyes, .. a world that requires so very little dialogue. It is remarkable and reassuring to me that a film can speak so directly to so many people around the world , because of this! Thank you Claude and Marie, for giving us an hour of sheer poetry and magic.

  9. dan Mar 4, 2013 at 9:54 PM - Reply

    I’d like to see “Farewell my Queen”.
    Having read much about French Queens and seen the film “Queen Margo”, I’d be facinated to see this latest depiction.

  10. alice elizabeth Mar 5, 2013 at 9:11 AM - Reply

    Thérèse Desqueyroux – I cannot lie, I find Audrey Tautou completely mesmerising as an actress and to see Claude Miller’s final piece of work is compelling enough. Beautiful setting, beautiful cast – I cannot wait to see it!

  11. janette Mar 5, 2013 at 11:25 AM - Reply

    I would love to see “Welcome Aboard”. The notion of two very different people, a rejected teenage girl and a much older very depressed man, who meet and journey throughout the beautiful countryside of France, and during that journey find the healing they both need,is a pilgrimage I would like to make with them.

  12. coco80 Mar 5, 2013 at 10:13 PM - Reply

    I would see the new Raymond Depardon film “Journal de France”. I’ve been lucky enough to see his documentaries about the French legal system (“Délits flagrants” and “10eme Chambre”) as well as his documentary trilogy about rural French life, “Profils Paysan”. They rank among the best documentaries that I have ever seen. Unfortunately, it is very rare to get an opportunity to see his films with English subtitles. So, the screening at the AFFFF will be something special.

  13. shoppergirl8 Mar 7, 2013 at 4:31 PM - Reply

    Haute Cuisine would be a fantastic and light hearted film to see. Showcasing delicious french food, what else could you ask for? Bon appetit!

  14. abielle Mar 8, 2013 at 7:22 PM - Reply

    Media, such as the internet and film, has the great power of being able to unite and connect. This competition is in the same vein. We all love things French and a double pass offers the chance to create a connection over an experience shared together. That’s really what life’s about and that’s what Meet Me In Real Life is about: trying to find a connection with other humans, no matter how awkward, natural or raw. I’d relish the opportunity to connect with a friend over this film… 🙂

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