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The Alliance Francaise de Newcastle and event sponsors Newcastle Film Society and Hunter Imaging Group invite you to the 2019 French Fridays film programme.

 

Each French Friday begins at 6pm with our Little French Market stallholders offering delicious snacks and French-themed gifts. At 7pm, step into Event Cinemas’ luxurious VMAX screening room to view exciting French-language films, fresh from recent industry awards and critics' praises. All films have English subtitles.


Tickets $12 per adult, $8 concession. A pass for the 5-film season will be available for $45 per adult, $25 concession. 

 

Opening Night FRIDAY 12 APRIL 2019:  THE TROUBLE WITH YOU (En liberté !)
COMEDY / 2018 / 107 MINS / DIRECTED BY PIERRE SALVADORI / M
Starring: Adèle Haenel, Pio Marmaï, Audrey Tautou  
Detective Yvonne is the widow of Police Chief Santi, a local hero idolised by their young son. She discovers he sent Antoine, an innocent man, to prison to cover up his own crimes. Yvonne tries to make amends without revealing the truth while Antoine tries to come to grips with his life on the outside. Antoine soon blows a fuse which leads to a spectacular sequence of events.
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Bastille Day Special FRIDAY 12 JULY 2019:  ONE NATION, ONE KING (Un peuple et son roi)
DRAMA / 2018 / 121 MINS / DIRECTED BY PIERRE SCHOELLER / MA 15+
Starring: Gaspard Ulliel, Adèle Haenel, Olivier Gourmet
Paris, 1789. The Bastille has been stormed and a breath of liberty blows through the streets of Paris. Françoise, a young washerwoman, and Basile, without a family or a name, discover the exhilarations of love and revolution. With the working-class people of Paris, they begin to realise dreams of emancipation in the newly formed assembly where they witness the creation of a new political system.
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FRIDAY 16 AUGUST 2019:  NON-FICTION (Doubles Vies)
DRAMA / 2019 / 110 MINS / DIRECTED BY OLIVIER ASSAYAS / M
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Guillaume Canet, Vincent Macaigne
40-something Alain directs a successful Parisian publishing house that includes the novels of his bohemian friend Léonard. Alain’s wife Séléna stars in a popular TV series. Léonard’s partner Valérie supports his political work. When Alain hesitates to publish the latest manuscript from Léonard, the relationship between the four long-time friends becomes strained. Are the internet and social media killing literacy, or making us think about how we express ourselves like never before?
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FRIDAY 20 SEPTEMBER:  THE BRIGADE (Les hommes du feu)
DRAMA / 2017 / 93 MINS / DIRECTED BY PIERRE JOLIVET / M
Starring:  Roschdy Zem, Émilie Dequenne, Michaël Abiteboul
Bénédicte, a tough female firefighter, has just transferred to a small rural fire station near Carcassonne. She is welcomed by Philippe, the very experienced but kind-hearted captain of the brigade. It’s a hot summer with multiple fires blazing, some the result of arson. Tensions are high – on the job fighting fires but also within the team and Bénédicte finds herself at odds with one of them.
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FRIDAY 25 OCTOBER 2019:  THE RETURN OF THE HERO (Le Retour du héros)
COMEDY / 2017 / 90 MINS / DIRECTED BY LAURENT TIRARD / M
Starring: Jean Dujardin, Mélanie Laurent, Noémie Merlant
1809, France. Dashing Captain Neuville proposes to aristocrat Pauline, just as war breaks out, forcing him to depart for the front. Pauline's health fades while pining for him, so her sister Elisabeth secretly pens forged letters from the Captain. The letters depict the Captain as a true war hero rather than the coward he really is. Suddenly, he unexpectedly reappears in their lives. 

 

DATE: April - October

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