French Language movies at NZIFF

The NZ International Film Festival is on in Dunedin 8-30 August, with films playing at both The Regent Theatre and The Rialto Theatre. There’s a wonderful range of films from New Zealand and around the world. Tickets are available for purchase now. The full programme is available on their website, and below is a list of the french language films that will be playing. You can also come along to the DUNEDIN PUBLIC ART GALLERY on Sat 29th of JULY at 2pm for a FREE sneak preview of a collection of the films screening in this year’s NZIFF (Presented by the Dunedin Film Society, NOT focused on French movies)!

BPM (Beats Per Minute)  120 battements par minute

Robin Campillo

A wary newcomer to the radical activist life risks his heart with one of its firecracker stars in this stirring and moving exploration of the ACT UP movement that protested government inaction on AIDS in the 90s.

France  In French with English subtitles

Call Me by Your Name

Luca Guadagnino

This gorgeous and moving adaptation of André Aciman’s acclaimed novel, directed by Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love), stars Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet as lovers in sun-kissed northern Italy.

France / Italy  In EnglishFrench and Italian with English subtitles

Faces Places – Visages villages

Agnès Varda, JR

In this utterly charming documentary, octogenarian French director Agnès Varda takes to the road with the young photo-muralist JR, creating artworks, looking up old friends and finding new ones.

France  In French with English subtitles


François Ozon

This elegantly mounted drama explores regeneration in the aftermath of World War I through the complex relationship of a young German woman (Anna Beer) and a French soldier (Pierre Niney) brought together by shared loss.

France / Germany  In French and Germanwith English subtitles

Gabriel and the Mountain / Gabriel e a montanha

Fellipe Barbosa

Brazilian Fellipe Barbosa’s richly layered road movie retraces his friend’s Africa-on-$3-a-day travels through Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia, based on the fond recollections of the people he befriended along the way.

Brazil  In ChichewaEnglishFrenchPortuguese and Swahili with English subtitles

Happy End

Michael Haneke

Jean-Louis Trintignant is the failing patriarch and Isabelle Huppert his daughter in this satirical dissection of a powerful French construction dynasty from Austrian director Michael Haneke (AmourCaché).

France  In French with English subtitles

Heal the Living Réparer les vivants

Katell Quillévéré

A catastrophic accident leaves one family in ruins and bestows another with precious hope in a hospital drama immeasurably enhanced by the delicate sensitivity of Katell Quillévéré’s script and the poetic force of her direction.

Belgium / France  In French with English subtitles

Let the Sunshine In  / Un beau soleil interieur

Claire Denis

Juliette Binoche lights up every frame of Claire Denis’ frank and rueful dramedy of romantic hope springing eternal, written in collaboration with the controversially confessional novelist and playwright Christine Angot.

France  In French with English subtitles

The Midwife / Sage femme

Martin Provost

Catherine Frot stars as a conscientious midwife reluctantly reconnecting with Catherine Deneuve as the flamboyant step-mother who absconded 30 years earlier, in this lively drama from writer/director Martin Provost (Séraphine)

Belgium / France  In French with English subtitles

My Life As a Courgette (Subtitled) / Ma vie de Courgette

Claude Barras

This soulful and subversive Oscar-nominated feature uses stop-motion animation to tell the story of an orphan named Courgette. From the key animator on Fantastic Mr Fox, and adapted for the screen by Girlhood’s Céline Sciamma.

France / Switzerland  In French with English subtitles (there is also an English dubbed version)

To Stay Alive: A Method

Erik Lieshout

Iggy Pop and French writer Michel Houellebecq head up a superbly crafted documentary about struggling artists, many struggling with mental illness, who fight against the odds to make their art.

The Netherlands  In English and French with English subtitles

A Woman’s Life / Une vie

Stéphane Brizé

In a literary adaptation styled with striking immediacy, Stéphane Brizé relates the tragedy of an adventurous young 19th-century noblewoman harshly judged for an unfortunate marriage.

Belgium / France  In French with English subtitles

The Workshop / L’atelier

Laurent Cantet

Laurent Cantet (Human ResourcesThe Class) makes an enthralling return to form, drawing topical debate and socially conscious thrills from the true story of a writer intrigued and disturbed by a troubled student.

France  In French with English subtitles