Palace Cinemas French Film Festival

Each New Year heralds a sense of excitement and never more so than 2019 which marks the 30th anniversary of Australia’s most tantalising multi-cultural movie event, the Alliance Française French Film Festival.

Screening at Palace Cinemas, The Barracks throughout March until mid-April, this cherished celebration of French culture will be presented by the Alliance Française in association with the Embassy of France in Australia and Unifrance Films. For such a momentous birthday, Artistic Director, Philippe Platel, has lovingly selected a superlative line-up of 54 features and documentaries – the biggest in the Festival’s proud history.

This very special Festival edition, which will showcase its innumerable delights across 12 distinct categories with self-explanatory titles ranging from “Paris Snapshots,” “Summertime,” “Lighten Up,” and “Critically Acclaimed,” will also present a selection of outstanding movies from Belgium, Canada and Switzerland via its “Across Borders” category including The Fall of the American Empire (La chute de l’empire Américain), a richly amusing comedy drama from renowned Canadian director Denys Arcand, which is essential viewing.

As in previous years, this internationally renowned event – acknowledged as the largest assemblage of French cinema outside of France - will celebrate the artistry of several
emerging young filmmakers, such as Dominique Rocher (The Night Eats the World / La nuit a dévoré le monde), Coralie Fargeat (Revenge), Elsa Amiel (Pearl), Yann Gonzales (Knife+Heart / Un couteau dans le coeur), Cécila Rouaud (Family Photo / Photo de famille) and Lukas Dhont (Girl). Many of these films will feature in the Festival’s thrilling new “Dangerous Sphere” strand.

The festival begins in Brisbane from the 14th of March to the 14th of April at Palace Cinemas in The Barracks so be sure to come along and enjoy an afternoon of entertainment and a celebration of culture. 


Palace Cinemas hosted their opening night festivities on Thursday night, the 14th of March. There was delicious food and plenty of laughs! Check out the photos below.