French Classic Film Festival with Alliance Française
DATES: 8 to 11 November
LOCATION: Astor Theatre, Melbourne
The 2018 Alliance Française Classic Film Festival pays tribute to legendary Jeanne Moreau. The Alliance Française Classic Film Festival is returning to Melbourne for a fourth season of eternal #FrenchCinema from 8 to 11 November at the Astor Theatre.
In association with Palace Cinemas, Hayden Orpheum Cremorne and WA Maritime Museum, the Alliance Française and StudioCanal are holding this evocative event following the unparalleled success of the 2018 Alliance Française French Film Festival. Following its successful Sydney season, the Festival will now be heading to Melbourne and Perth to present6 enduring cinematic gems, along with an Opening Night event in both cities.
Since its debut, the Alliance Française Classic Film Festival has been showcasing French cinema classics, honouring the actors and directors who have made an enduring contribution to France’s much celebrated film industry. Featuring some 5500 titles spanning 100 years of the history of cinema, StudioCanal's film library is one of the finest and most comprehensive in the world. To grant as many people as possible access to these film masterpieces and ensure their longevity, a huge project to digitise them all started back in 2005: currently, half of the library is available in HD, and more than a hundred titles are available in 2K or 4K. Marcel Carné’s “Port of Shadows”, David Lynch’s "Mulholland Drive", Luis Buñuel’s “Belle de Jour”, Mike Nichols’ “The Graduate” and James Cameron's "Terminator 2" are just some of the films which have already been restored as part of StudioCanal's project.
With the sad passing of Jeanne Moreau, aged 89, last year, the Festival is paying tribute to this legendary actress of La Nouvelle Vague. The 2018 season will present 6 of her most renowned films from 1958 to 1991. Moving from stage to cinema in the 50s, Moreau achieved national recognition with starring roles in controversial and landmark films. She performed with many of the leading art-house directors of the time including Roger Vadim, Michelangelo Antonioni, Luis Buñuel, François Truffaut and Louis Malle who recognized her as “the prime stage actress of her generation”. Her professionalism and strength of character charmed many directors, including Orson Welles who considered her the “best actress in the world”.
Famed for her role in François Truffaut’s New Wave classic Jules and Jim, her international career was recognized with numerous Awards such as César for Best Actress and honorary César, an honorary Golden Lion, a BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress and an honorary Golden Bear at Berlin, to name but a few. Actors such as Michel Piccoli, Jean Paul Belmondo, Michel Serrault, Lino Ventura and many more will join Moreau under the spotlight for 4 memorable days in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.
The retrospective films list: http://afclassicfilmfestival.org/films/ (including the amazing Eva (1962) film)
Festival schedule and tickets available at: http://www.afclassicfilmfestival.org
Thanks to our friends at the festival management team Bohemian Rhapsody Club and Magazine is proudly covering selective festival films. Eva's review is coming up shortly ( media: Natasha Lukin) Please stay tuned for more details.