35th French Film Festival

35th French Film Festival
Image: THE THREE MUSKETEERS part 1. film still

The French Film Festival returns this year for its 35th presentation with a program consisting of 41 of the finest cinematic offerings.

Karine Mauris, the Artistic Director is so excited and cannot wait for festival enthusiasts to attend screenings of these French movies which boast the best directors and film stars France has to offer.

“When I curated this festival, I proposed movies which represented two values: diversity, and humanity. It’s a festival to connect people and to connect to your own emotions.”



Proudly presented to open the festival is the Australian premiere of the lavishly produced The Three Musketeers Part One, one of the biggest box office hits in France. Directed by Martin Bourboulon and starring Francois Civil, it’s based on Alexandre Dumas’ beloved classic novel by the same name.

“There have been several adaptations for the screen, but this version is very deep, dark, and spectacular. This blockbuster must be seen on the big screen, and you’ll definitely want to return for the second part!” enthused Mauris.

Part two of this movie screens during the festival, but there will be a special screening of both movies back-to-back in one session.


Comedies are always popular at this festival and Nature of Love is a must see for lovers of French comedy. It’s about the unexpected complications that humorously arise when a woman in a relationship falls madly in love with somebody else.

The closing night movie is the hilarious comedy Second Round which delves on a disgraced journalist who cannot believe what she has discovered about a frontrunner is a presidential election. It’s a satire directed and also starring Albert Dupontel.

For festival attendees who enjoy historical dramas the Australian premiere of The Edge Of The Blade should be perfect viewing.


“Set in Paris 1887, the world was changing, and the story surrounds a woman played by Doria Tillier who fights for her honour in a duel, during a time when women weren’t even allowed to vote let alone fight for their honour.”

Actor Johnny Depp appearing in the historical feature Jeanne Du Barry is the surprise of the festival. This movie opened the Cannes Film Festival and is a lavish drama which tells the true rags to riches story of King Louis XV’s (Johnny Depp) mistress.

“Johnny Depp plays the king who doesn’t speak much. But Depp gives much complexity to the role just through his facial expressions.”

Mauris laughs when the suggestion is made that attendees of this festival must be French.

“What I found surprising is that 85% of our audience is Australian. It’s a festival for French lovers and the movies in our program are challenging and inspirational.”


ALL YOUR FACES – A huge box office hit in France this drama details the French restorative Justice Program. This story of forgiveness and self-realization is an emotional experience. Stars a powerhouse cast and is directed by Jeanne Herry.

ROSALIE – Set in the 1870’s a woman holds a secret in this historical romantic drama. She fights for acceptance and honor within her community. A strong and beautiful movie. Directed by Stephanie Di Giusto.

ALONG CAME LOVE – Spanning many decades this is the beautiful story about love, family, and secrets. Set at the end of WWII a relationship blossoms between a university student and a single mother. Directed by Katell Quillevere.

March 5 – April 9

All Palace Cinemas


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