2 films in French to see at BIFF 2021

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The Brisbane International Film Festival 2021 (BIFF 2021) program has been released and there are 2 films only in French (and 6 others with French and other languages) among the line-up. Find out about the films in French at BIFF 2021 below. You’ll find ticket info and dates at the end of the article. We’ll tell you about multi-language films that include French in a separate article next week.

Films in French at BIFF 2021

Petite Maman

AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE (22, 29 & 30 October)

Céline Sciamma

France (2021)


72 MIN

Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire) presents a charming film about friendship, family, and love. This is a modern-day fairy tale and a favourite with critics around the world. Nelly has just lost her grandmother and is helping her parents clean out her mother’s childhood home. She explores the house and the surrounding woods. One day she meets a girl her same age building a treehouse. The girls quickly become friends and talk about the future and the past as casually as they would talk about anything else. The girls soon discover they have something in common. French auteur Céline Sciamma’s latest film is a gorgeous and captivating intergenerational drama.




23 & 20 October

Gasper Noé

France (2021)


135 MIN

From the legendary provocateur Gasper Noé (Irreversible, Climax), comes an unexpected turn, a subtle and controlled depiction of the last days of an elderly couple stricken by dementia. The wife (Françoise Lebrun) is in the last stages of her illness, her partner (played by horror legend Dario Argento, Suspiria) is unable to accept or concede his inability to cope as things begin to fall apart.


And yet to despite the subtlety and thoughtfulness of Noé’s depiction of the couple’s plight, Vortex is immediately obvious as one of his works: from his use of split screen filmmaking last seen in Lux Æterna now used to follow and contrast the wanderings of husband and wife, to a structure that thematically and formally evokes his breakthrough film Irreversible’s tagline, Time Destroys Everything. Bleakly stunning.




WHAT: Brisbane International Film Festival 2021 (BIFF 2021)

WHERE: various cinemas in Brisbane

WHEN: 21 to 31 October 2021

HOW: Buy tickets via the website: www.biff.com.au


Regular film sessions: $18* for adults and $15* for concession.

Special events have individual pricing. Check specific film and event pages for special pricing and registration requirements. Transaction or booking fees apply.

Festival Multi-Pass $90 or $75 for concession card holders (Attend 6 Films for the price of 5)


What films are you planning to see at BIFF 2021??



For other things happening around Australia and online in October, take a look at our article, What’s on in October.

For French films you can stream at home, take a look at the following articles:

Alliance Française 2020 French Film Festival films to stream/rent online

Melbourne, you don’t have to miss out on the AFFFF 2020 films!

11 French movies from the 2019 Alliance Française French Film Festival to watch on SBS on Demand

Feel like you’ve watched all of Netflix? Ritz cinemas has 134 French films available for stream rental

7 French films from the AFFFF 2019 to watch for free at home



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