French Film Festival movies win big at the prestigious César Awards!

Catch the winners, including Best Film, at this year’s Alliance Française French Film Festival!

The 45th César Awards – France’s equivalent to the Oscars – were held on Friday night at the Salle Pleyel in Paris and Brisbane audiences will soon be able to watch the winning films themselves when they screen at this year’s Alliance Française French Film Festival from March 18 to April 14.

Ladj Ly’s powerful drama, inspired by the 2005 French riots, Les Misérables, was nominated for 11 awards and walked away with Best Picture, Best Male Newcomer for Alexis Manenti, Best Editing and the People’s Choice Prize.

These honours cap off an impressive season for the film which was awarded the jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Best European Film at the Goya Awards and received both Oscar and Golden Globe nominations.

Nicolas Bedos’ charmingly nostalgic film, La Belle Epoque won Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress for the legendary Fanny Ardant and Best Set Design. La Belle Epoque will screen at the Alliance Francaise French Film Festival Special Event, A Taste of France on Thursday March 26 at Palace Barracks.



Other winners include Anais Demoustier who won Best Actress for her role in the political comedy/drama, Alice and The Mayor, Roschdy Zem who took home the Best Actor award for his role in true crime drama Oh Mercy and the team behind The Wolf’s Call which won Best Sound.

These films will all screen at the 2020 Alliance Française French Film Festival!

National dates and venues for the 2020 Alliance Française French Film Festival are:

SYDNEY: 10 March – 8 April
Palace Norton Street, Palace Verona, Chauvel Cinema, Palace Central & Hayden Orpheum Cremorne

MELBOURNE: 11 March – 8 April
Palace Balwyn, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Westgarth, Kino Cinemas & The Astor Theatre

PERTH: 11 March – 8 April
Palace Raine Square, Cinema Paradiso, Luna on SX, Windsor Cinema & Camelot Outdoor Cinema

CANBERRA: 12 March – 8 April
Palace Electric Cinema

ADELAIDE: 17 March – 14 April
Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas, Palace Nova Prospect Cinema

BRISBANE: 18 March – 14 April
Palace Barracks & Palace James Street

HOBART: 19 – 28 March
State Cinema

AVOCA BEACH: 19 March – 1 April
Avoca Beach Picture Theatre

PARRAMATTA: 26 – 29 March
Riverside Theatres Parramatta

BYRON BAY: 31 March – 12 April
Palace Byron Bay

BENDIGO: 17 – 19 April
Star Cinema

BALLARAT: 17 -19 April
Regent Cinemas