The Alliance Française French Film Festival is back in 2023

Get set for a season of enchanting cinematic escapes as the 34th edition of the Alliance Française French Film Festival returns to Melbourne from the 8th of March to the 5th of April 2023.

The world’s largest showcase of French cinema outside of France promises to deliver an amazing experience for all of us and delight cinephiles and Francophiles alike. 

The Film Festival’s Artistic Director, Karine Mauris, teases her ‘coups de cœur’* highlights ahead of the festival. Speaking on the line-up, Mauris says:

“Our 2023 edition is bursting with effervescence as it tells tales of resilience and limitless hope”.

“We can’t wait for festivalgoers to experience our most eclectic line-up to-date of the best contemporary French cinema. The 2023 program will offer something for everyone, whether it be the hilarity of a meta-zombie comedy, tragic journeys with gripping consequences or adventures of l’Amour in all its forms”.

This year, the leading ladies of French entertainment take centre stage, with mesmerising performances from Juliette BinocheMarion CotillardVirginie Efira and Léa Seydoux, not to mention Call My Agent! favourite Laure Calamy.

Alongside this year’s biggest French box office successes, November and The Innocent, the Alliance Française French Film Festival 2023 also offers the opportunity to discover a new school of emerging French talent: newcomer Paul Kircher’s performance in Winter BoyCéline Devaux’s directorial debut in the wickedly funny Everybody Loves Jeanne and the 2023 Academy Awards contender for Best International Feature (France) Saint Omer by Alice Diop, featuring rising star Kayije Kagame

Below, we have selected our personal favourites in each category: 


  • OTHER PEOPLE’S CHILDREN (Les enfants des autres)
  • ONE FINE MORNING (Un beau matin)
  • MASQUERADE (Mascarade)
  • LIE WITH ME (Arrête avec tes mensonges)


  • NOVEMBER (Novembre)
  • SAINT OMER (Saint-Omer)
  • ON THE WANDERING PATHS (Sur les chemins noirs)
  • TENOR (Tènor)


  • TWO TICKETS TO GREECE (Les Cyclades)
  • THE INNOCENT (L’Innocent)


  • ANNIE’S FIRE (Annie Colère)
  • PARIS MEMORIES (Revoir Paris)


  • FREESTYLE (En roue libre)
  • WINTER BOY (Le Lycéen)


  • RIDE ABOVE (Tempete)

Tickets are now on sale via the Alliance Française French Film Festival website here:

*coup de cœur – a sudden falling in love

Lucie Charles

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