FILM: ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS DE PLUS BELLE
6 Apr 2018 | 8.00pm - 9.40pmBook Tickets
How do you regain a positive body image if you never had one in the first place? Costume-designer-turned-debut-director Anne-Gaëlle Daval enlists renowned French stand-up comedienne Florence Foresti (Barbecue, AF FFF15) in a slightly more serious, yet bountifully life-affirming, turn as 40-year-old Luci; a cancer survivor looking to regain her footing in the world.
Breast cancer is well behind Luci, as confirmed by her doctor brother (Jonathan Cohen, Divorce French Style 2, 2016; Max & Leon, AF FFF17) but she cannot seem to move forward. Then she enters a wig shop and meets Dalila (Nicole Garcia, Divorce French Style 2, 2016, director of Mal de Pierres, 2016), who believes performing a public striptease will make Luci feel better about her body. The dashing but dreadfully arrogant Clovis (Mathieu Kassovitz, Amélie, 2000; The Bureau, AF FFF16) starts to show interest in Luci, although she cannot fathom why.
With lashings of girl-power and self-deprecation, Ladies is the perfect prescription for treating a largely unexplored topic in cinema with the respect it deserves. Filmmaker Daval conquers this topic in a wonderfully assured manner that will have you leaving the cinema with a smile on your face.
English title: Ladies
Director: Anne-Gaëlle Daval
Cast: Florence Foresti, Mathieu Kassovitz, Nicole Garcia, Jonathan Cohen
Child under 16: $13
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FILM: HARMONY DAY SCREENING: HOPE ROAD
21 Mar 2018
10.00am - 12.00pm
A refugee from the Sudanese civil war, Zacharia (one of the ‘lost boys’ of Sudan) lives in Sydney, Australia, with his partner and daughter. He desperately wants to do something for his village, now in the newly created nation of South Sudan.