Eli and Charlie Sisters are the Sisters Brothers, two guns-for-hire on their way to carry out a contract killing in California during the 1850s goldrush.

An American Western seems an unlikely choice for the 2019 Alliance Francaise French Film Festival, but in the hands of acclaimed French director Jacques Audiard The Sisters Brothers is far from your usual Wild West fare.

Part slapstick, part in-your-face brutality, the film features Joaquin Phoenix as the violent Charlie Sisters, with the versatile John C. Reilly (Oliver Hardy in Stan and Ollie) as his more thoughtful but equally ruthless older brother Eli.

The brothers have been hired to kill the mysterious Hermann Kermit Warm (Riz Ahmed). John Morris, a private detective played by Jake Gyllenhaal, is also after Warm.

The four disparate characters come together in an explosive climax as they experiment with Warm’s secret formula, said to make gold glow under water in the dark.

The film is tipped to be one of the highlights of the 2019 French Film Festival, which celebrates its 30th birthday with a record 54 films to be shown between March 15 and April 10.

The festival opens with The Trouble With You, a comedy/thriller directed by Pierre Salvadori (Beautiful Lies, Priceless) and starring Adele Haenel as a detective who tries to make amends for the misdeeds of her late husband, a corrupt police chief.

On closing night there will be a reception at Palace Raine Square, followed by Kiss And Tell, a witty comedy starring Charlotte Rampling.

Films not to be missed include The World is Yours, with Isabelle Dajani and Vincent Cassell; Claire Darling, with Catherine Deneuve; Amanda, with Vincent Lacoste; High Life, with Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche; The Fall of the American Empire, with Alexandre Landry; Non Fiction, with Juliette Binoche; and a newly-restored version of Alain Resnais’

1959 masterpiece Last Year at Marienbad.

The films will be screened at five venues: Cinema Paradiso, Palace Raine Square, the Windsor Cinema, Luna On SX and Camelot Outdoor Cinema.

For full details check www.affrenchfilmfestival.org or pick up a program booklet at any of the venues.

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