A Season of French Cinema

A Season of French Cinema

In an Australian first throughout August Odeon 5 Cinemas, in conjunction with StudioCanal, is presenting a stellar package of four of the best French films of 2018, direct from their successful run at this year’s edition of the Alliance Française French Film Festival.


The package is designed to give regional audiences a taste of the best of contemporary French film, showcasing poignant, entertaining and heartwarming foreign films that are not often released outside of major capital cities. Encompassing drama, comedy and romance, these delightful films will delight fans of upscale cinema.



Fresh from hit seasons at the Alliance Française French Film Festival 2018, the package includes Back to Burgundy, from the acclaimed director of Paris and The Spanish Apartment trilogy; Gauguin, starring veteran star Vincent Cassel (Black Swan) as the famed French painter; Return of the Hero, with hilarious performances from two of France’s biggest stars, Jean Dujardin (The Artist) and Mélanie Laurent (Inglorious Basterds); and Jealous, a fascinating comedy-drama starring Karin Viard (The Bélier Family) and helmed by the directors of Delicacy.

  • Runtime: 116 Minutes
    Starring: Vincent Cassel, Tuheï Adams, Malik Zidi, Pua-Taï Hikutini
    Language: French with English subtitles
    César Award nominated director Édouard Deluc teams with the incomparable Vincent Cassel (Black Swan, La Haine) playing renowned French painter Paul Gauguin during his self-imposed exile in Polynesia in 1891; a period that saw the creation of some of the artist’s most lauded works. Wonderfully photographed to capture the rich, exquisite colours of Tahiti that so stimulated Gauguin, Cassel brings a mesmerising screen aura and originality to the fore in what is a provocative examination of Gauguin’s experiences with colonialism and sexuality, and the lasting impact on his art. The film features an appropriately beautiful and evocative score from iconic Australian composer Warren Ellis.
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  • Runtime: 128 Minutes
    Starring: Pio Marmaï, Ana Girardot, François Civil, Jean-Marc Roulot
    Language: French with English subtitles
    With the death of his father looming, Jean (Pio Marmaï, The First Day of the Rest of Your Life) returns to his childhood home in Burgundy after a 10-year absence. He takes over the family’s vineyard along with his siblings, Juliette (Ana Girardot, A Perfect Man, Dr. Knock) and Jérémie (François Civil, Bus Palladium). Over the course of a year, they put aside their lingering resentments about the past as they seek to maintain their father’s legacy and defy expectations of those around them. Writer-director Cédric Klapisch (The Spanish Apartment, Paris, Chinese Puzzle) perfectly captures the transfixing beauty of seasonal change across one of France’s most famous winemaking regions. A heartfelt love letter to what could be argued as France’s greatest passions, Back to Burgundy is a nuanced parable of sibling camaraderie and imploding familial tension but ultimately one that arrives at the inevitable conclusion that love is like wine... it needs time.