David Stratton's reviews
"A hundred years ago, when major directors like Louis Feuillade and Abel Gance were making their early films,
France was in the forefront of innovation and entertainment in the relatively new art of the motion picture.
Forty years later, in 1958, the first features of Francois Truffaut (Les 400 coups) and Claude Chabrol (Le beau Serge) ushered in the 'Nouvelle Vague',
the movement that transformed not only French but also world cinema. Thanks to the enlightened system that exists in France to support not only the production of French films but also their distribution,
exhibition and international exposure – through Unifrance Film – French cinema has remained in the forefront of international cinema while the cinema in other countries has struggled to survive.
The French films I saw in Cannes and Venice this year, several of which are taking part in the 2018 Alliance Française French Film Festival, are testament to the ongoing quality and inventiveness of the French film industry.
It's an honour to be the Patron of this year’s event and I sincerely hope that Australians who explore the latest crop of French films will enjoy many stimulating, exciting and pleasurable hours in the cinema over the coming weeks."