Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris return in Chinese Puzzle, 15
years after The Spanish Apartment and 10 years since its
sequel Russian Dolls. Photos supplied.
Dorothy Brown's Cinema has unveiled its menu of Gallic
cinematic delicacies as part of this year's national Alliance
Francaise French Film Festival.
Francophiles will be in heaven with a slate of contemporary
films and documentaries to choose from in the boutique
Arrowtown picture house, depicting on the silver screen
intrepid adventures, music and literature, the glamorous,
inspiring and the heart-warming, cinema manager Samantha
Opening night on April 10 has already sold out and will
screen at 6pm the New York-set French comedy Chinese
Puzzle, starring Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou.
On April 11 at 11am, Mademoiselle C documents the
launch of a new fashion magazine by influential fashionista
Then, in the adventure drama Turning Tide at 6pm,
Francois Cluzet stars as a skipper of a high-tech yacht
competing for the Vendee Globe, a strictly solo, three-month,
round-the-world yacht race, who discovers a stowaway on
Belle and Sebastian, about the friendship forged
between a lonely Swiss boy and a wild mountain dog as the
Nazis arrive in their alpine village, is presented on April
12 at 1.30pm.
Virginie Efira plays an uptight late-30-something woman in
fashion magazine publishing opposite rising star Pierre
Niney as her unlikely younger lover in the romantic comedy
The family drama is followed at 3.30pm by Attila
, a whimsical comedy drama about a 30-something
virtuoso pianist attempting to break free of his aristocratic
Sex, ambition and age differences in the world of Parisian
publishing is the focus of the comedy It Boy at
Chinese Puzzle plays again on April 13 at 1.30pm,
followed at 4pm by Bright Days Ahead, a comedy drama
starring Fanny Ardant, about a newly retired woman's new
lease on life and love.
American neo-cons, corrupt Russians and money-grabbing
Chinese are the least of the troubles of a minister's young
speechwriter in the comedy Quai d'Orsay at 6pm.
Turning Tide returns on April 14 at 11am, as does
Attila Marcel at 6.30pm.
There is another chance to see Bright Days Ahead on
April 15 at 11am, then at 1.30pm a long-divorced couple put
their differences aside to help their only child in the road
Cycling with Moliere
Guillaume Gouix stars as a pianist trying to escape his
life sheltered by his aristocratic aunts in Attila Marcel.
, a comedy about two bickering
actors taking on Moliere's challenging comedy of manners The
, screens at 6.30pm.
Belle and Sebastian is back on April 16 at 11am,
followed by Suzanne at 8.30pm. Sara Forestier takes
the title role in a drama about a reckless woman's life
choices, which have huge consequences for her loving
A boy's life changes when he discovers a neighbouring village
and meets a beautiful young girl in the animated fable The
Day of the Crows on April 17 at 11am.
Under the Rainbow at 1.30pm is a live action modern
day patchwork of fairytale characters and plots written by
the Academy Award-nominated screen-writing duo of Agnes Jaoui
and Jean-Pierre Bacri.
A misfit teacher, a boy and the boy's fragile estranged
mother form a family, but their bond is soon tested in the
romantic drama Going Away at 8.30pm.
Cycling with Moliere makes an encore on April 18 at
11am, then a die-hard middle-aged Tour de France fan decides
to live his childhood dream and compete in the cycle race in
Tour de Force at 6.30pm.
Tour de Force, starring Clovis Cornillac, pedals back
on April 19 at 1.30pm.
At 6pm, a reluctant young law student is asked by his father
to go to Algeria and save the family house from demolition,
but his attitude changes when he falls in love with a
beautiful girl from the village in Homeland.
The final day of April 20 features The Day of the
Crows again at 1.30pm and at 6pm is The Finishers,
a drama about a disabled son who wants to bond with his
father by competing as a team in the Ironman triathlon in the