French film festival fantastique et formidable
THERE'S an allure to the realness of characters and the beauty in the cinematrogphy where the surprising plots unfold in French films.
It's one of the many reasons the Alliance Francaise North Coast is enthusiastic about bringing the best French Films to the region.
This weekend, the language group is presenting another mini French Film Festival at the Ballina Fair Cinemas.
Alliance president Tracey Whitby said the French film festivals had always been extremely popular in Ballina, particularly as an alternative to the big Hollywood blockbuster.
"The people are real and they look real," she said.
"They think like real people and the cinematography is always extra special in French movies.
"They just have a knack of not making everything so explicit that you don't need to think for yourself.
"And they don't rely on action, it's a lot about relationships, and of course the beautiful French country itself."
At 2pm on Saturday 14, the Festival begins with Courted, (L'Hermine) starring Fabrice Luchini.
The film examines life inside and outside the court, dealing with confronting issues of class conflict, racial tensions and religious divisions.
The Measure of a Man (La Loi du Marché)
At 5pm Saturday the festival's most acclaimed film, The Measure of a Man, (La Loi du Marché) starring Vincent Lindon, follows the life of a security guard and focuses on problems in working-class France.
On Sunday's 15th, also at 2 and 5 pm, two excellent late release movies are showing.
Belle and Sebastian, The Adventure Continues
Belle and Sebastian, The Adventure Continues and Dheepan were also featured in this year's Australia-wide AF festival.
In Belle and Sebastian, the heart-warming story of a boy and his dog continues after WWII ends.
Dheepan is the story of a Tamil warrior in Sri Lanka when the civil war is reaching its end. This film won the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, starring Jesuthasan Anthonythasan.
Tickets are only available at the cinema and advanced purchase is recommended.
All the films have English subtitles.
For more information, go to www.afcdn.org.au