Alliance Française French Film Festival launches in style à Melbourne

Jules et Jim - Truffaut - My French Life™ - French Film FestivalThere’s nothing we love more than a good media launch – especially when it’s for the most anticipated event in the Australian Francophile’s calendar.

We’re referring, of course, to none other than the Alliance Française French Film Festival in Australia.

Communications and Editorial interns Gabrielle and Alex, along with me, Hannah (Coordinating Editor), were delighted to give up our Friday morning to watch a French film and goûter some French treats afterwards. (Who wouldn’t be?)

Fanny Ardant was all grace, beauty and poise in ‘Les Beaux Jours‘ (‘Bright Days Ahead’), embodying the ultimate cliché of the French women. And yet, she pulled it off – even with blonde hair that made her look less Ardant and more Bardot.

As the scene opened on a woman driving to a club for retirees in Pas-de-Calais, my generational prejudices kicked in and I wasn’t so sure I wanted to give up the next two hours for this. But being the young fool I am, I was soon set straight, and thoroughly enjoyed the film.

Afterwards, we were treated to Louis Bouillot champagne by Negociants, fromage by L’Artisan Cheese and delicious desserts from Cacao. A wonderful fin de semaine for notre équipe, and a delightful start to one of our favourite French festivals!

Alliance Française French Film Festival

Un tout grand merci to the Alliance Française de Melbourne and Palace Cinemas for including us!

Will you be attending any French Film Festival screenings or events? Which films are you most excited to see?

1. Jules et Jim movie still via Alliance Française French Film Festival, graphic ©
2. Courtesy Alliance Française de Melbourne, via their Facebook page.

About the Contributor

Hannah Duke

“I’m a Melbourne-based journalist, editor, photographer, and blogger dreaming of la vie européenne. I love all things French except for the pigeons: film, food, literature, fashion, and I indulge in this passion as often as possible! Find me on Twitter, or Google+.”

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