The Alliance Française French Film Festival launched in the capital [fr]
The Alliance Française French Film Festival has been in full swing in New Zealand for three weeks ! After Auckland, Christchurch, Nelson and Timaru, the festival opened last night in Wellington with the film The Bélier Family.
In front of packed venue at the Embassy theatre, Sarah Reese, festival director, Stephen Hay, President of the Alliance Française Wellington and H.E. Mrs Florence Jeanblanc-Risler, Ambassador of France to New Zealand expressed their delight at launching the festival in Wellington.
In a speech translated in sign language, Mrs Jeanblanc Risler said she was impressed at the enthusiasm demonstrated by the New Zealand public for this new edition of the Alliance Française French Film Festival. This enthusiasm is shared around the world as 2014 was a record year for French cinema, with more than 200 million tickets sold in France and more than 110 million tickets were sold for French films worldwide.
The Ambassador also hailed the formidable work done by the festival team, the quality of the line-up as well as the initiative ‘Stars of tomorrow’ which showcases the work of emerging French talents, with this year, Julie Georgia Bernard, director of the documentary ‘Handmade with love’ (Le temps suspendu).
She also encouraged everyone to discover the biopic Apocalypse, screened as part of the centenary of the First World War; especially since the producer Josette Normandeau is currently in New Zealand and will engage in a Q&A with the audience after the film on Saturday.
Over 700 people attended the evening amongst who were representatives of the diplomatic corps, of the Governement and of Wellington City Council. The film also attracted a large representation of the deaf community.
For more information on the festival, check out the website: frenchfilmfestival.co.nz
Missed out on the opening night in your town? Follow the festival team in their special video: Behind the scenes.