• Let the festival begin.....

    Let the festival begin.....

  • Felipe Bernabo and Isabelle Foure

    Felipe Bernabo and Isabelle Foure

  • Laura Scollen-Smith, Chloe Granger, Kristen Downes and Georgia Ring

    Laura Scollen-Smith, Chloe Granger, Kristen Downes and Georgia Ring

  • Jonathan Efkarpidis, Karen and Antonio Zeccola, George Konstantinou and Eric Soulier

    Jonathan Efkarpidis, Karen and Antonio Zeccola, George Konstantinou and Eric Soulier

  • Susan Henderson and Mike Lynskey

    Susan Henderson and Mike Lynskey

  • Champagne Madame? Mais oui, merci beaucoup.

    Champagne Madame? Mais oui, merci beaucoup.

  • Richard Morrison and Rose Holley

    Richard Morrison and Rose Holley

  • Garth Britton, Joanne and Richard Payne and Helena Britton

    Garth Britton, Joanne and Richard Payne and Helena Britton

  • Lydie Bertrand and Bridgette Joyce

    Lydie Bertrand and Bridgette Joyce

  • Karelle Duchesne, Gwladys Renaudon, Caroline Arnaud-Goddet, Vincent Brousse and Chloe Pradaz-Morand

    Karelle Duchesne, Gwladys Renaudon, Caroline Arnaud-Goddet, Vincent Brousse and Chloe Pradaz-Morand

Alliance Francaise French Film Festival 2015

6 March 2015

The Alliance Francaise French Film Festival for 2015 is underway at Palace Electric and as always an eclectic mix of delights have been chosen for you entertainment. The opening night film Gemma Bovary was a quirky piece of cinematic contrivance where bread was at the heart of a tale of love and lust as the baker’s imagination supposes the newly married English couple who move in across the road in his tiny Normandy village are a modern version of the characters in Madame Bovary. Why you wonder, has he lost his mind? Well the baker in his former life was a books editor who has gone bush to take over his late father’s bakery. From books to baguettes, and a new mélange of possibilities await.

So Gemma ( Gemma Arterton ) becomes for our tiny town baker Martin the focus of his desires and we are privy, as is his dog, to the unraveling of a tale that has lots of sensuous kneading, lustful encounters and you know it’s all going to end in tears. Director Anne Fontaine ( Coco Avant Chanel a former FFF final film) has mixed a cast of odd characters, woven a story around Flaubert’s Madame Bovary and put it firmly in glorious countryside where the rustle of the wind through the trees, the sensual and sexual are played out for our titillation.

But there’s more. And you can check the program at affrenchfilmfestival.org. with a recommendation for the special event screening of ‘Diplomacy’ on  12 March at Palace Electric with drinks and cheese before the 7.15 screening.
And we too for the opening night enjoyed wine, bubbles and beaucoup de fromage. Magnifique