The 2016 Alliance Française French Film Festival will return to Brisbane for its 27th season next month, with a line-up of 42 contemporary feature films, one timeless classic and a new strand that will showcase five of France’s premier television series.

Screening in Brisbane from Friday 11 March to Sunday 3 April at the Palace Barracks and Palace Centro cinemas, this celebration of French artistry is staged by the Alliance Française in association with the Embassy of France in Australia and the support of presenting sponsor Peugeot.

The opening night screening at this year’s festival will be Rosalie Blum, based on the series of graphic novels by Camille Jourdy. Other highlights of this year’s festival include a fully restored version of Jean-Luc Godard’s 1963 classic Contempt; Microbe & Gasoline, the latest film from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind director Michel Gondry; new films starring international superstars like Marion Cotillard, Julie Delpy, Vincent Cassel, Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche and Gérard Depardieu; and an array of French-themed special events and première screenings.

Director of the Alliance Française in Brisbane, Jacques Bounin, says this year’s French Film Festival will grant Queenslanders the opportunity to enjoy France’s exquisite culture and film production.

“Last year we saw more than 21,000 Queenslanders attend the Brisbane French Film Festival, so the Alliance Française is working hard to ensure this year’s Festival is the best yet,” Mr Bounin says.

“Due to the ever-growing popularity of the Film Festival in Brisbane, the three-week event will take over two Palace Cinemas, with screenings in both Palace Centro in Fortitude Valley and Palace Barracks in Petrie Terrace.

“With each Festival season, Australian audiences continue to display a deep interest in our screening programme, which also contributes to the strengthening of cultural ties between France and Australia.

“Once again this year, the French Film Festival will screen a representative selection of new French films, with something to please everyone.”

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