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Francophiles unite for Rockhampton French Film Festival

FILM FUN: Elise Crawford and Kerrie Hoch toast the French Film Festival happening this weekend with a Kir Royale.
FILM FUN: Elise Crawford and Kerrie Hoch toast the French Film Festival happening this weekend with a Kir Royale. Contributed

ROCKHAMPTON residents have the unique opportunity to visit Paris, Manhattan, Britain and Cannes this weekend, all without having to leave town.

The Alliance Française de Rockhampton is holding its fourth French Film Festival this weekend, at its new home at the Birch Carroll and Coyle Cinemas at Stockland.

Co-ordinator Pat Handley said there was something for everyone among the five films.

"I think the opening night movie Paris-Manhattan, will be very interesting," she said. "In it there's a young lady whose choices in life are shaped by her love of Woody Allen or ideas of Woody Allen.

"I think the Asterix and Obelix film (on Saturday) will be great for the kids and people who like that kind of movie. It's a good range really - the Sunday one (Journal de France) I'm looking forward to as well."

The films are all in French with English subtitles and everyone is welcome to attend.

Ms Handley said those at the opening tonight would be in for a treat.

"There's canapés and French wine called Kir Royale which is a bubbly wine with a little bit of cassis - it's a fairly traditional French drink," she said.

"Arrive at 6.15 for a drink and French canapés and then 7pm for the film."

ET VOILA!: Kaitlin Ronan and Sophie Yates attending last year’s Rockhampton French Film Festival.
ET VOILA!: Kaitlin Ronan and Sophie Yates attending last year’s Rockhampton French Film Festival. Rokfrenchfestival

She said there were Alliance Française groups all around the world.

"The Alliance (in Rockhampton) each year has about 70 members and there are a number of French people living in the city," Ms Handley said.

"The Alliance itself was actually established for the French to spread their culture throughout the world - there's 950 branches in 138 countries - in Australia there are 31 branches."

The program for the French Film Festival is available at afrockhampton.com, and bookings can be made through Birch Carroll and Coyle on 4926 6977 or at the cinema. Tickets are $8 for children, $12 for concession and $15 for adults, season passes for all five films are also available.

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