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Alliance Francais French Film Festival set to grace Bunbury in April

Claudette RizziSouth Western Times
A French adaptation of The Three Musketeers is set to be a highlight at The Alliance French Film Festival.
Camera IconA French adaptation of The Three Musketeers is set to be a highlight at The Alliance French Film Festival. Credit: Ben King

The Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre (BREC) has partnered with Alliance Francaise Perth to bring the French Film Festival to Bunbury, with the chance to showcase French cinema and culture in the South West.

Launched in 1989 by French culture and language institution Alliance Francaise, the French Film Festival is the biggest film fest dedicated to contemporary French films outside of France and is set to host some 176,00 people across all it’s screenings in Australia.

In its 35th year, the Alliance Francaise Film Festival will hold events in different locations around the country, with BREC being the only regional WA location.

It will bring a welcome addition of more films after the recent conclusion of the BREC International Film Festival this summer.

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Film lovers will be in for a treat as French films are often a favourite among cinema buffs who attend other festivals at BREC.

The Alliance Francaise Film Festival will feature seven French films with six of them enjoying their Australian premiere as part of the four-day festival from April 18 to 21.

The festival will begin for the first time in Bunbury with a VIP event in the Sky Bar, catered by local French caterers La Pause Miam and a glass of champagne on arrival before a screening of The Three Musketeers: D’Artagnan.

Throughout the festival French croissants will be served in place of the usual film festival panini, adding to the celebration of all things French.

BREC executive director Fiona de Garis said she was thrilled to be included in a national festival bringing French culture and film to regional communities,

“After meeting with Thomas Felstein, the general manager of the Alliance Francaise Perth, it was an easy decision to partner with them to bring the 35th Alliance Francaise French Film Festival to BREC,” she said.

“Not only do our audiences love French films but the Alliance Francaise team share our belief that regional people deserve the same access to arts and culture as our metro counterparts.

“It’s an honour to be the first regional community in WA to host a selection of this year’s most absorbing new French films and I can’t wait to see the Sky Bar abuzz with conversation as we immerse Bunbury in this marvellous cultural experience for the first time.”

The Alliance Francaise Film Festival will feature films set to surprise, provoke and enchant with something for everyone in the mix.

For more information visit www.bunburyentertainment.com.au.

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