Lovers of French cinema will be spoiled for choice during the Alliance Francaise French Film Festival which opens in Perth on Tuesday, March 19.
Forty three films will be shown over a hectic 20 days, with as many as four sessions a day at Cinema Paradiso and many of the films also showing at Luna on SX and the Windsor Cinema.
This is the 24th French Film Festival, which has been organised by Alliance Francaise teams in five States and Canberra, together with the French Embassy in Australia.
Last year 126,000 patrons attended at sessions across Australia.
Among the stars appearing are Audrey Tautou, Juliette Binoche, Kristin Scott Thomas, Gerard Depardieu, Sabine Azema and Pierre Ardidi.
The season opens at Cinema Paradiso with the premiere of Haute Cuisine, based on the true story of the challenges faced by President Francois Mitterand’s private cook in a world of political intrigue.
The screening will be followed by an opening night party at The Bakery Artrage, with entertainment by LEZAMIS and catering by Martineaus Patisserie and JP Sancho Boulangerie.
Other special events include a family afternoon on Saturday, March 23, with entertainment and the latest Asterix and Obelix in Britain adventure.
The closing night film, at Cinema Paradiso on Sunday, April 7, is a newly restored version of Children of Paradise, made in 1945 and regarded by many as the greatest French film of all time.
For full details and screening dates check www.affrenchfilmfestival.org and www.lunapalace.com.au. Advance tickets can be booked by credit card at both websites or in person at the three cinemas (cash sales only).