Five fabulous films to discover this year at the Aotearoa French Film Festival

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New Zealand’s annual celebration of Gallic cinema is back.

The 2022 edition of Aotearoa French Film Festival will take place in 15 different cities across the country over the next two months.

Festival director Fergus Grady said the 21 fabulous films have all been carefully selected and curated, with the aim of “fully immersing audiences in a culture known for its passion, style, sophistication and of course its cuisine. , through a selection of dramas, thrillers and comedies”.

Lineup includes Vincent Lindon with downsizing drama Another World, globetrotting comedy Employee of the Month, WWII drama Adieu, Mr. Haffmann, Gérard Depardieu as Maigret, psychological thriller Madeleine Collins , the dance-infused father-daughter tale Rumba Therapy and romantic dramas The Young Lovers and Hear Me Out.

However, after browsing through the schedules and having the opportunity to preview some of the titles, Stuff to Watch has come up with our five favorites that we invite you to pick up.

Between two worlds, Murder Party and OSS 117: From Africa with Love are among the fabulous films screened this year as part of the Aotearoa French Film Festival.

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Between two worlds, Murder Party and OSS 117: From Africa with Love are among the fabulous films screened this year as part of the Aotearoa French Film Festival.

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Entre deux mondes is a drama set in the world of poorly paid industrial cleaners.

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Entre deux mondes is a drama set in the world of poorly paid industrial cleaners.

Between two worlds

Reminiscent of the social dramas of the Dardenne Brothers (Two Days, One Night, The Kid With a Bike), Juliette Binoche stars in this revealing dramatization of Florence Aubenas’ 2010 bestseller The Night Cleaner. She plays Marianne, a supposedly unlucky divorcee who has moved to Caen to start a new life.

However, his immersion in the world of low-wage and thankless work isn’t really for the money, but rather to inspire his latest book. Over time, however, the more his fondness for his colleagues grows, the more his empathy for their plight grows.

Jean Dujardin is Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, between known as French secret agent OSS 117.

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Jean Dujardin is Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, between known as French secret agent OSS 117.

OSS 117: From Africa with love

Fans of the Roger Moore version of 007 — or the Austin Powers movies — should definitely check out this hilarious, pitch-perfect parody of James Bond.

This is actually the third time that Oscar winner Jean Dujardin has performed the role of Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, after previous adventures in 2006 and 2009, when the character was the subject of seven feature films between 1956 and 1970.

This time it’s 1981 and the man codenamed OSS 117 faces threats from a young upstart, developing IT and feminism. Then there is his mission, to ensure that rebel forces do not prevent the re-election of an African president.

Nicolas Duvauchelle and Marilyn Lima play seemingly cursed lovers in A Mermaid in Paris.

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Nicolas Duvauchelle and Marilyn Lima play seemingly cursed lovers in A Mermaid in Paris.

A mermaid in Paris

A sort of cross between Splash, Amelie and The Shape of Water, this charming romantic fantasy is filled with memorable images, music and characters.

Gaspard (Nicolas Duvauchelle) is the lead singer of a famous but declining barge-cabaret, the Flowerburger, who sings to try and ease the pain of his broken heart. But when Lula (Marilyn Lima) washes up on her doorstep, he finds himself captivated by her charms, even though she warns him that such affection could be fatal.

Filled with twists and turns and surprise twists, Murder Party is a riot from start to finish.

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Filled with twists and turns and surprise twists, Murder Party is a riot from start to finish.

murder party

If you loved Knives Out, Ready or Not, or can’t wait for the next season of Succession, then jump into this gritty, murderous comedy.

Architect Jeanne (Alice Pol) thinks she might be in the running for a dream job, renovating the lavish mansion belonging to the king of the board game empire Cesar Daguerre (Eddy Mitchell). However, when she arrives for an on-site interview, she becomes embroiled not only in a multidimensional family spat, but also in a supposedly real murder mystery manipulated by a killer who wants to put everyone left behind through a series of potentially lethal tests.

Filled with many surprise twists and turns, this candy-colored confection is a riot from start to finish.

Gérard Depardieu and Kev Adams team up for La Villa.

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Gérard Depardieu and Kev Adams team up for La Villa.

The villa

Depending on your sensibilities, it’s either the French answer to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel or a buddy comedy in the vein of The Intouchables.

After his impatience with others finally goes a bit too far, carefree Milann (Kev Adams) finds himself forced into community service at a nursing home. As he struggles to meet the needs of the sometimes demanding and manipulative residents, they gradually warm to his spell as he uncovers a disturbing truth about their shared home.

The impressive supporting cast includes Gérard Depardieu, Daniel Prevost, Liliane Rovère and Marthe Villalonga.

The 2022 L’Or French Film Festival Aotearoa will pass through Auckland (June 1-19), Tauranga (June 2-19), Masterton (June 2-19), Palmerston North (June 2-19), Hamilton (June 2-22), Wellington (June 7-26), Matakana (June 9-19), Napier (June 23-July 10), Havelock North (June 22-July 10), New Plymouth ( June 30 to July 14), Nelson (July 8 to 26), Dunedin (June 16 to July 3), Christchurch (June 23 to July 10), Arrowtown (July 6 to 14) and Wānaka (July 14 to 27) . For more information, locations and session times, see frenchfilmfestival.co.nz

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