LOVE springs eternal at this year’s Alliance Française French Film Festival with a bouquet of passionate films to enjoy.
Artistic director Karine Mauris has acknowledged the collective stress the world has been under, serving up an escapist feast for the eyes.
“2021 is the year of renaissance and like all things French, love is also a recurring theme in this year’s Festival,” Mauris says.
“Its complexities are explored with sensitivity in Love Affair(s), humour and finesse in The Wedding Speech, fragility in Summer of 85 and in Delicious, the story of France’s first restaurant, we look at the great passion that the French have always had with food.
“And on the subject of love, we could not have hoped for a more inspiring opening night film than Eiffel, a thrilling tale about one of France’s most iconic structures, which depicts a love story between Gustave Eiffel (Romain Duris) and a mysterious woman from his past, portrayed by Emma Mackey.”
Mauris says there are many outstanding performances in the 37 films being screened.
“Isabelle Huppert shines in her role as a police translator who gets involved in the wrong side of the law in The Godmother, which is one of the must-see films of the festival,” she says.
“And the performance and direction of Valerie Lemercier in Aline – a story inspired by the career of Celine Dion – is also incredible.
“I was particularly touched by The Man Who Sold His
Skin, starring newcomer Yahya Mahayni and Monica Bellucci, about art and human rights, which, incidentally, represents Tunisia in the Oscar race for Best International Feature Film this year.
“It was directed by a wonderful French Tunisian female director called Kaouther Ben Hania.”
The 2021 Alliance Française French Film Festival is at cinemas across Perth, including Luna Leederville and Palace Raine Square, from March 10 – April 7. For tix and more info go to http://www.affrenchfilmfestival.org/schedule/perth
by STEPHEN POLLOCK