French actress Louise Bourgoin charmed guests at the Alliance-Française Brisbane French Film Festival opening night

French actress Louise Bourgoin caused a flutter of excitement at the Alliance-Française French Film Festival’s Brisbane launch, held at Palace Centro on James Street

Guests enjoyed champagne in the cinema foyer before watching The Finishers, a touching tale of a severely handicapped teenager and his emotionally distant father, who jointly enter The Ironman championship in Nice.

Afterwards, mini French baguettes, macaroons and Côtes du Rhône were served in the cinema’s underground space.

The Alliance-Française French Film Festival is on now, until 25 March.