9 French animated films to see at Melbourne International Film Festival 2019

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The Melbourne International Film Festival 2019 starts this week and runs from 1 to 18 August. Across several articles this week, we will let you know about French films showing at Melbourne International Film Festival 2019.

First up, animated films. There are some in French and others from France but not in French. Find out more below!



Buñuel in the Labyrinth of Turtles

This absorbing animated effort tells the tale behind an inimitable cinematic talent and one of his most controversial works: avant-garde Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel and his 1933 short documentary Las Hurdes.



Winner of Best Feature Film at the 2018 Annecy International Animated Film Festival, and featuring the voices of Bérénice Bejo and Louis Garrel, this meticulous, hand-drawn recreation of Cambodian life under the Khmer Rouge isn’t easily forgotten.


I lost my body/J’ai perdu mon corps

A severed hand goes in search of its owner in this endlessly inventive, surprisingly moving animated adventure that won the Cannes Critics Week Grand Prix.


The Swallows of Kabul

Love in a time of tyranny: this stunning animation directed by the two-woman team of Zabou Breitman and Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec chronicles life under the Taliban, and bravely doesn’t shy away from either brutality or hope.




Accused #2: Walter Max Sisulu

South Africa’s Rivonia Trial resulted in the life sentences handed to Nelson Mandela and nine other ANC activists, including Walter Max Sisulu, but also began the long process of ending Apartheid. This VR experience places you in the courtroom as Sisulu gives his testimony.

From France, in English.


And Then The Bear/L’Heure de l’Ours

The wild can be found within.

An under-appreciated young boy finds a surprising friend in nature. That night, houses burn and grown men tremble in their boots.

Official selection Cannes 2019.

From France, no dialogue


Mr. Mare/Lidérc úr

In the dead of night, a man unknowingly births a tiny creature.

From France and Hungary. No dialogue.



Memories of a genocide overlay the site of a nondescript factory.

In the absence of a physical monument to honour those who perished, survivors of the Omarska concentration camp recollect their experiences in order to construct a memorial on film.

Special Mention at Berlinale 2019.



Are we born or made?

A traumatic and loveless childhood sets one man on a dark and disturbing journey.

From Argentina and France. No dialogue.


What’s your favourite French animated film?



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Swiss National Day 2019: where and how to celebrate in Australia!

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Next Thursday 1 August is Swiss National Day 2019. If you’re looking for Swiss National Day 2020, click here

Below we tell you about places around Australia at which you can celebrate the event.



Swiss Club of South Australia

Swiss National Day celebration – 3 August 2019

Swiss Club SA promises you an unforgettable night full of gooey cheese, hot potatoes, gluhwein, a traditional lantern parade and bonfire.

For young, old and everyone in between. This event is child friendly but last year the 20 year olds were laughing alongside 90 year olds and the 30 year olds eating sausages with 60 year olds so don’t be shy, come and see what all the fuss is about.

When: Saturday 3 August 2019

Time: 4pm arrival, food served from 5pm, lantern parade will start once it gets dark.

Where: Aldgate Oval Hall, 18 Churinga Rd, Aldgate (keep an eye out for the Swiss flags)

What: bring your own drinks and a Swiss salad or dessert to share. Please bring your own cutlery, glassware and crockery. Special enamel mugs will be available for purchase.

Pricing: To make for a smooth evening with minimal line-ups tickets need to be pre-purchased by 27 July.

  • $16* members (adults)
  • $11* children (all children)
  • $26* non-members* Inclusive of $1 online booking fee

What’s included: The ticket price gets you raclette (melted cheese on potatoes with condiments) and traditional sausages. Plus salads, desserts, water, tea and coffee.

What else should you know?

  • A special address by our Consulate of Switzerland in Adelaide, Patrick Wille
  • National anthem moment (read about the history of the anthem here)
  • A game or two with prizes
  • Lantern parade around the oval (we have some spare lampions but bring your own if you have a favourite)
  • A bonfire to keep you toasty (bring your own marshmallows and roasting sticks)
  • There is parking on site (limited) but more parking on Churinga Road. If you need a lift get in touch so we can connect you with another member.

We’re striving for a waste free event so please bring your own plates and cutlery to avoid single use rubbish at the end of the night.


BOOK YOUR TICKETS BEFORE Saturday 27 JULY 2019 via this link: http://www.swissclubsa.com.au/store/swiss-national-day-tickets 



Swiss Society of Queensland



The Red Cow

The Red Cow is celebrating Swiss National Day 2019 with a number of products that will go on sale between today 26 July and 4 August. These include the 8 person classic raclette party grill, Gstaad mountain cheese, Mount Vully Noir cheese, Swiss Emmental AOP, Swiss raclette pepper, Sap Sago – Glarner Schabziger Stöckli.

For prices and to purchase:





Swiss Club ACT



Canberra Swiss Club



Join members to celebrate the National Day with swiss food and traditions.


Entry is free for current Canberra Swiss Club members. Entry for non-members is at a cost and by member invitation only.


Members – If you are already a Canberra Swiss Club Member then please request to join the closed group.  This is the best way to access the private members group linked to this page. Here you will have access to a map and directions and other details that not are not available to the public.


BYO – Mug and a dessert to share.


Not a member – And you wish to join our club, then please click the sign up link at the top of the Facebook page to be directed to the clubs 2019 membership form.  Canberra Swiss Club loves to see new faces join its ever growing Swiss/Australian community.


For more information about the Canberra Swiss Club and to join: https://www.facebook.com/Canberra-Swiss-Club-395218967724172



The Swiss Australian Society of Hobart is having a dinner for Swiss National Day but no further information has been provided.




Swiss Club of Victoria

As always, the Swiss Club of Victoria has several events planned to celebrate Swiss National Day.


Lantern Parade, Thursday 1 August, 6pm – 8pm

Federation Square, Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne


Come along to the annual Lantern Parade along the Yarra River back to the Swiss Club to celebrate Swiss National Day 2019.


Meet at Federation Square at 6 pm.


Bring your own lantern, handmade or bought and join in the fun.


Complimentary for Swiss Club members, non-members please inquire about cost via email to [email protected] 


National Day Dinner Dance Thursday, 1 August, 7pm – 11pm

Club Restaurant 89 Flinders Lane Melbourne 


Celebrate Swiss National Day 2019 at the Swiss Club of Victoria for a Swiss evening among friends. 


Kapelle Gruetzi Mitenand will entertain you.


Price includes dinner and entertainment. Drinks at bar prices.

Bookings: www.trybooking.com/BCWSU


Swiss Yodel Choir Matterhorn – Sunday 4 August 12pm- 4pm

Swiss Family Picnic



Swiss Club of WA

The Swiss Club of WA is having its Swiss National Day 2019 celebration on 3 August 2019.


On the menu is: Heisse Fleischchäs and Heisse Schinke (supplied by the club’s trusted Swiss Butcher); salads prepared by the Club President: potato, celeriac (if available, otherwise beetroot), carrot and green salads.


You are required to bring a contribution to a fantastic Dessert Buffet.


The Alphorn Players will play for and the Swiss National Anthem will be played for a sing-along.


The cost (which is to be paid at the event in cash) is as follows:

  • Children up to 6 years: Gold Coin donation
  • Children up to 15 years of age: $10
  • Upwards of 15 years of age: $25


Please let Ruth know if you will be attending and confirm you will bring dessert by sending an email to [email protected] 





CJs French & Fondue


Celebrate Swiss National Day 2019 with a warm and cheesy Swiss-style Cheese Fondue at CJ’s for the occasion!


Swiss Club of NSW 

Unfortunately, the Swiss Club of NSW is not hosting a National Day event this year but encourages you to take part in the event organised by the Swiss Yodelers of Sydney (details below).



Swissotel will be celebrating Swiss National Day for the whole month of August.

You can enjoy Swiss Fondue, one of Switzerland’s most famed dishes. Enjoy a hearty pot of oozing cheese goodness served alongside a selection of traditional side dishes. Also available is a chocolate alternative with the whole works for the serial dessert lovers.


Crossroads Bar will also be offering a specific Swiss Cocktail – Lucerne Lush for the entire month of August. Swiss Fondue diners enjoy it at $15 while the public at $18.

Lucerne Lush: Swissotel Archie Rose Gin, St Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Campari, Cranberry juice and Bitters



Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 6.00pm to 9.00pm
until 31 Aug 2019



Cheese Fondue: $34pp (minimum of 2 persons)
– A pot of cheese fondue
– Crusty bread, cornichons, picked onions and cos salad*

Chocolate Fondue:$25pp (minimum of 2 persons)
– A pot of chocolate fondue
– Marshmallows, pound cakes, strawberries, pineapples, kiwifruit, crushed peanuts and almond flakes*

*Additional sides can be purchased

**In addition, AccorPlus members enjoy 10% off their bill and a complimentary glass of wine



To book for Cheese Fondue, click here.
To book for Chocolate Fondue, click here.



Swiss Yodelers of Sydney 

Swiss National Day Picnic, 28 July 10:30am – 5:30pm

The Swiss Yodelers of Sydney will host the annual Swiss National Day 2019 Picnic at Castle Hill Showground. 


There will be a BBQ and drinks (Please no BYO) with Swiss meats and beverages available, including: Bratwurst, Cervelats and Fleischkäse; soft drinks, wine, beer, schnapps, coffee and tea.


In addition, there will be a huge variety of stalls selling Swiss delicacies and products and many attractions for the kiddies, such as rides, a petting zoo and bottle fishing. There will also be a silent auction with fantastic prizes on offer and Swiss lampions for sale.


For further information regarding tickets, terms and conditions, please contact Alois Kretz on 9419 7277 or email [email protected]

Bring your Swiss Flags and Lampions!


You can also watch a YouTube video of the 2018 event: https://youtu.be/flt3TQBPArE

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We will be having some Swiss chocolate and maybe some fondue to celebrate the day. How are you celebrating Swiss National Day 2019?



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