The Alliance Française French Film Festival has firmly established itself as the largest French cultural event on New Zealand’s national cultural calendar.  Following more than a seven-fold increase in attendance figures since 2012, the festival is one of the largest and fastest growing French film festivals outside France.

Following the success of the 2016 Festival, which marked 10 years of celebrating the best of French cinema, the 2017 Festival will feature over 30 of the finest films from France and French-speaking regions.  As New Zealand’s premier event celebrating French culture, the 2017 Alliance Française French Film Festival will continue to bring scintillating French cinema to an audience spanning 12 cities around the country – including Christchurch.

The 2017 Festival offers both intimate films and big entertainment, showing a wide range of genres and themes, showcasing many talents.

The Festival takes place in Christchurch from the 9th – 26th of March at Northlands Hoyts Cinema.  You can view the timetable of the Festival here.

Two movies that are picked to be unmissable this year are:

La fille inconnue, a simple yet sophisticated film that follows a young doctor who is haunted by the death of a stranger that she feels she could have prevented.  The film is told in an unadorned manner, but what elevates this film is the stunning performance of lead actress Adèle Haenel.

L’Odyssée is a biopic that charts the life and career of Jacques Cousteau. Cousteau, the man, is revealed to be a complex individual whose unrelenting ambition makes life difficult for those close to him. This story is about the extraordinary life of this extraordinary individual.


Tell us in the comments below if you’ll be heading along!