May 20 – 22
Birch Carroll & Coyle Cinema – Aquatic Place, Rockhampton
Five quality French films released in Australia for the first time at the capital cities’ French Film Festivals in March-April 2016 including their opening night film Rosalie Blum.
All films are subtitled in English
Opening night – Friday evening
Friday, 20 May, 6.30 pm
FRANCE • DRAMA-COMEDY • 96 MINS • 2016 • M
DIRECTOR: JULIEN RAPPENEAU
CAST: NOÉMIE LVOVSKY, KYAN KHOJANDI, ALICE ISAAZ, ANÉMONE, SARA GIRAUDEAU
Julien Rappeneau’s enchanting directorial debut Rosalie Blum is a warm, witty and impeccably performed drama-comedy about a random encounter that has unexpected and far-reaching consequences.
Thirty-something Vincent Machot (indelibly played by Kyan Khojandi) is a hairdresser, like his father before him. Life rotates around work, his overbearing mother who lives in the apartment upstairs, and a womanising cousin constantly trying to set him up. But one morning Vincent experiences a powerful déjà-vu when he meets the gaze of a grocery store clerk, Rosalie Blum (the fabulous Noémie Lvovsky). Intrigued by this mysterious woman, he begins following her…
To reveal more would only spoil the surprises of Rappeneau’s ingeniously structured tale, other than to say that a series of coincidences – both hilarious and dramatic – memorably brings together a group of lost souls in a manner reminiscent of Claude Berri’s wonderful Hunting and Gathering.
Indeed with its themes of fraternity, love and the need for human connection, Rosalie Blum delivers a timely reminder of the best that French culture has to offer. It’s a joy to watch.
21 May, 10.00 am
BELLE & SEBASTIAN: THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES
BELLE ET SÉBASTIEN, L’AVENTURE CONTINUE
FRANCE • FAMILY • 99 MINS • 2015 • PG
DIRECTOR: CHRISTIAN DUGUAY
CAST: FÉLIX BOSSUET, TCHÉKY KARYO, MARGAUX CHATELIER, URBAIN CANCELIER
The young boy and his big shaggy dog from 2014’s Belle & Sebastian are back in a new tale of adventure! Set at the close of the Second World War, Sebastian (Félix Bossuet) is now ten years old and ready for an action-packed search in the Alps for his friend Angelina (Margaux Chatelier) who has gone missing after a plane crash.
With great characters, spectacular scenery and one very gorgeous dog, this French box office hit will entertain the whole family.
21 May, 4.00 pm
THE SWEET ESCAPE
COMME UN AVION
FRANCE • COMEDY • 105 MINS • 2015 • CTC
DIRECTOR: BRUNO PODALYDÈS
CAST: BRUNO PODALYDÈS, AGNÈS JAOUI, SANDRINE KIBERLAIN, DENIS PODALYDÈS, VIMALA PONS
Pack your bags for a quirky, comedic adventure that’s perfect for all those who yearn to break out and live their dreams but just don’t quite know how – or why.
Cult director Bruno Podalydès stars in his own film as Michel, a deskbound average Joe who yearns to take to the skies in an airmail plane like The Little Prince author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. In just one of this wacky film’s left-turns, he finds this dream satisfied simply by taking to a river in a kayak!
Set against the gorgeous panoramas of Burgundy, lust-filled romance ensues for Michel with not only his wife (Sandrine Kiberlain of 2014 Festival highlight Violette) but the glamourous tavern employees, Laetitia (Agnès Jaoui) and Mila (Vimala Pons from Podalydès’ preceding film Adieu Berthe).
The outstanding cast also includes cameos from veteran Pierre Arditi in a slyly self-referential performance, and Podalydès’ own brother Denis of Comédie-Française fame. This touching, hilarious and melancholy confection will charm and challenge audiences in equal measure.
21 May, 7.00 pm
FRANCE • DRAMA • 127 MINS • 2015 • M
DIRECTOR: XAVIER GIANNOLI
CAST: CATHERINE FROT, ANDRÉ MARCON, DENIS MPUNGA, CHRISTA THÉRET
Wealthy Marguerite Dumont (the multi-award winning Catherine Frot) loves to sing passionately for an avid crowd of friends and devotees. The only problem is she’s terrible!
Marguerite is kept in the dark about her extreme lack of talent by her husband (André Marcon, Tour de Force – Festival 2014) and butler (Denis Mpunga, Dead ManTalking). However, an unexpected rave review leads her to plan a public recital – so how can the charade possibly continue?
As a web of deceit and delusion unfolds, Marguerite’s mammoth performance will fascinate, appal and amuse, often all at once. Based on the notoriously awful vocal career of Florence Foster Jenkins, director Xavier Giannoli has made a delectably sharp and mischievous satire which is the opposite of his previous serious exploration of music performance, The Singer. A merciless dissection of class pretensions, this was a resounding favourite on the Lido at the Venice International Film Festival in 2015.
Consummately filmed, richly complex and cringingly hilarious, this is one for all lovers of fine cinema done well, and great music done very badly.
22 May, 3.00 pm
THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT
LE TOUT NOUVEAU TESTAMENT
FRANCE, BELGIUM, LUXEMBOURG • DRAMA, COMEDY • 116 MINS • 2015 • MA 15+
DIRECTOR: JACO VAN DORMAEL
CAST: BENOÎT POELVOORDE, PILI GROYNE ,CATHERINE DENEUVE, YOLANDE MOREAU, FRANÇOIS DAMIENS
The Brand New Testament is an off-the-wall fantasy that sees God (Benoît Poelvoorde from last year’s film, 3 Hearts – Festival 2015) as a curmudgeon from Brussels whose spiteful excesses are only restrained by the actions of his plucky 10-year-old daughter, Ea (the much acclaimed Pili Groyne).
Ea, on the advice of her brother JC, hacks her father’s computer and sends everyone on Earth a text message with the date God has planned for their demise. Pursued by her wrathful father, Ea flees to Earth, enlisting bored wife Martine (Catherine Deneuve) as one of her disciples. Meanwhile, after God decides to leave his apartment for the first time he becomes trapped in the outside world, powerless and alone.
This brisk, idea-laden and absurdist film toys with the eternal struggle between fate and free will, asking the question – what would you do if you knew the hour of your doom?
Directed and co-written by Jaco Van Dormael, The Brand New Testament scored an Official Selection at Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2015 and was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globes in 2016.
Opening Night: $25 includes glass of wine and canapés (no concession price)
General admission: Adults $15 or $12*, Children (under 10) $8
*Concession (must book in person): Seniors, students, members of AF, Rocky Flix & Keppel Coast Flix
Bookings: Birch Carroll and Coyle, 1 Aquatic Place, North Rockhampton www.eventcinemas.com.au
(all films are subtitled in English)