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Picks from the 2016 Alliance Française French Film Festival programme

The Alliance Française French Film Festival launches its 2016 season in Auckland this week, celebrating 10 years with their biggest line-up yet. Boasting a diverse range of French-language cinema that caters to all tastes, the 37-film programme includes the New Zealand premieres of Palme d’Or winner Dheepan, Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu vehicle Valley of Love, Pascale Ferran’s truly surreal (and recommended) Bird People, a new Michel …

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[AFFFF 2015 REVIEW] THE LAST HAMMER BLOW provides a fresh take on the familiar

An adolescent in crisis. Intimate, observational storytelling. Powerful naturalistic performances. Lovely magic hour cinematography. This could describe any number of contemporary neo-realist dramas produced in Europe each year, and if you were to reverse engineer such a film The Last Hammer Blow (Le dernier coup de marteau) might resemble the result. Despite its familiar trappings, however, Alix Delaporte’s …

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Picks from the 2015 Alliance Française French Film Festival programme + Win a double pass

The Alliance Française French Film Festival — a celebration of French cinema and culture which continues to display admirable growth each year — launches its 2015 event in Auckland this week, with César Award-nominee The Bélier Family (La Famille Bélier) opening the proceedings at Rialto Cinemas. This year’s programme boasts several high-profile French-language selections from the 2014 Cannes (The Blue Room), Venice (The Last …

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