The biggest festival of French films outside of France!
Now in its 28th year, the AF (Alliance Française) French Film Festival is the biggest film festival in Australia but also the biggest festival of French films outside of France.
Last year, the AF offered 2,450 sessions nation-wide with a programme comprising 48 movies!
This festival is an opportunity to see the best of contemporary French cinema.
This year, it will be screening from the 7th to the 30th of March, opening with “The Odyssey” (Directed by Jérôme Salle / Starring Lambert Wilson, Audrey Tautou & Pierre Niney) and closing with the movie “A bun in the oven” (Directed by Nadège Loiseau / Starring Karin Viard, Philippe Rebbot & Hélène Vincent).
The festival will be presenting no less than 45 different movies in total from directors such as Emmanuelle Bercot, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Nicole Garcia, Benoît Jacquot and Mia Hansen-Løve, Philippe Lioret, Martin Provost, Jérôme Salle, Bertrand Tavernier and Roschdy Zem.
Do you know Le Forum?
Because if you don’t, well, then, you should!
Le Forum is a bookshop which was established in Fremantle in 2004. It is an independent bookstore dedicated to bring the best of French culture to Australia’s doorstep. All of their products are also accessible via their online-selling shop and available to be shipped across Australia and New Zealand. If you are in the Perth Area, you can even visit their shop (address below)!
- Australia’s largest selection of French language books
- French Authors translated into English
- Resource material for students and French teachers
- Books about Australia for our overseas visitors
- DVDs: A selection of French movies subtitled or available in both languages.
In Addition, they organise:
- Story telling sessions
- Book club
- Book signing, meet the author
Events will be announced on the ‘home’ page of their website (see below).
Another wonderful initiative is French Books on Wheels Inc (Le Van du Livre) which is a registered not-for-profit association in Australia. The project aims at meeting francophiles and francophones and familiarise them with French language publications through cultural exchanges all over Australia. With their partner ‘Le Forum’, a selection of books, magazines and DVDs is for sale in the van.
Working in the Van is Anne Mangeant, who has been living in Australia for 15 years and who represents Bayard and Milan Presse, the educational magazines for children and young adults. Also working in the Van is Jacques Bernard, who set up the first and only French bookshop Le Forum in Australia 10 years ago. He is very active in the Association Internationale des Libraires Francophones (AILF) which is based in Paris.
I have had the pleasure to meet them both and must say that they are extremely nice and helpful! Definitely part of my “Amazing Frenchies in Australia” category!
So do not waste any more time and go and browse their well-stocked website or shop!
Le Forum, your French bookshop in Australia
3 Westgate Mall, Fremantle WA
(between Adelaide and Cantonment street)
(08) 9 3355 730 – firstname.lastname@example.org
ABN: 45 161 606 496