8 films in French to see at the Mardi Gras Film Festival 2022 in Sydney and online

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The Mardi Gras Film Festival, which starts next week, is a showcase of the best of LGBTIQ+ cinema. There are 8 films in French or in French and other languages to see at the festival. 5 feature lengths and 3 shorts. Read on to find out about the films in French showing at Mardi Gras Film Festival 2022. Plus, find out how to win one of 3 double passes to the festival!

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FILMS ONLY (OR MAINLY) IN FRENCH AT MARDI GRAS FILM FESTIVAL

 

Benedetta

IN CINEMA: 2 March

Countries: Belgium, France, Netherlands

Languages: French and Latin with English subtitles

Director: Paul Verhoeven

Virginie Efira stars as a 17th century nun whose visions of Jesus propel her to seek pleasures of the flesh and punishment of those who oppose her.

Directed by Paul Verhoeven (Basic Instinct, Showgirls, Elle), Benedetta is true to form, delivering a violent, sexual tale.

 

Ma Belle, Ma Beauty

IN CINEMA: 18 Feb

ON DEMAND 

Countries: France, USA

Languages: English and French with English subtitles

Director: Marion Hill

Ex-lovers Bertie, Fred and Lane were once happily ensconced in a polyamorous relationship in New Orleans. Now, years later, Bertie and Fred are married and living in a picturesque villa in the South of France.

 

The Divide (La Fracture)

IN CINEMA: 23 and 27 Feb, 11 and 19 March

Country: France

Languages: French with English subtitles

Director: Catherine Corsini

Over the course of one volatile night, two women on the verge of breaking up find themselves in the ER of an overtaxed French hospital amidst citywide Parisian demonstrations.

The film has a wonderful cast of Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Marina Foïs, Pio Marmaï and it won the Queer Palm Award at Cannes, 2021.

 

MULTILINGUAL FILMS AT MARDI GRAS FILM FESTIVAL

 

Poppy Field (Câmp de Maci) 

IN CINEMA: 22 February

Country: Romania

Languages: Romanian, French, Arabic and English with English subtitles

Director: Eugen Jebeleanu

In Eugen Jebeleanu’s directorial debut, Cristi (Conrad Mericoffer) is a young Romanian police officer struggling to negotiate his sexuality with his working life in a hypermasculine environment, where sharing one’s feelings is a sign of weakness.

 

While his long-distance French boyfriend, Hadi, is visiting him, Cristi and his colleagues are called to a movie theatre, where an ultra-nationalist, homophobic group has interrupted the screening of a queer film – an event based on a real protest that interrupted a Romanian screening of The Kids Are Alright. Whilst there, someone recognises him, which causes his two worlds to collide. Jebeleanu’s direction deftly contrasts this tense confrontation with moments of stillness giving a glimpse into Cristi’s personal conflict.

 

ON DEMAND

 

Being Bebe

Country: USA

Languages: English and (some) French with English subtitles

Get behind the wigs and make up, glitz and glamour of BeBe Zahara Benet, the original winner of the first season of the global phenomenon of Rupaul’s Drag Race. From her humble beginnings in Cameroon to a new life fresh on the drag scene of Minnesota, USA, this documentary charts BeBe’s tumultuous journey to becoming the global superstar she is today.

 

SHORT FILMS IN FRENCH AT MARDI GRAS FILM FESTIVAL

 

BONHOMME

IN CINEMA: 2 March (part of the Guy on Guy shorts – screening with The Night Train (Nattåget) below)

Country: France

Languages: French with English subtitles

19-year-old rugby player Anthony is on a night out with friends when, in a game of dares, they challenge him to kiss the bar’s new waiter. Determined to win, he does just that, but it’s a kiss that changes everything.

 

On My Way

IN CINEMA: 24 February (part of the Gay + shorts)

Country: Belgium

Language: English and French with English subtitles

The unexpected arrival of a Nigerian migrant in the Belgian countryside shakes up the fragile daily life of two men living a secret relationship.

 

The Night Train (Nattåget)

IN CINEMA: IN CINEMA: 2 March (part of the Guy on Guy shorts – with BONHOMME above)

Country: Sweden

Languages: Swedish and French with English subtitles

Oskar is on the night train, heading home after an interview in Stockholm. With a long night ahead of him, he makes eye contact with Ahmad. For the first time he meets the gaze of someone who feels the same desire as he does.

 

KEY INFO FOR MARDI GRAS FILM FESTIVAL

WHAT: Mardi Gras Film Festival 2022

WHERE: Cinemas in Sydney and online on demand

WHEN: 17 February to 3 March

HOW: Purchase your tickets online via the festival website https://tix.queerscreen.org.au/Sessions/ and via the individual film links

HOW MUCH:

In cinema pricing

  • Queer Screen Members $17.50
  • Full Price $21
  • Concession $18.50

 

Festival passes (for in cinema use)

5 sessions:

  • $75 Members
  • $95 Non-members

10 sessions:

  • $145 Members
  • $190 Non-members

 

On Demand tickets

Single ticket prices

  • $12 full price
  • $10 for members

 

Support Queer Screen and buy a household ticket.

  • Full Price Household Tickets $18
  • Member Household Tickets $15

COMPETITION

Mardi Gras Film Festival have kindly given us 3 double passes to give away to people able to attend the festival in Sydney. To enter, find the competition post on our social media feed, tag a friend and tell us which film you want to see at Mardi Gras Film Festival 2022.

You can find us at the following social media links:

Facebook

Instagram – ENGLISH VERSION

 

Have you been to the Mardi Gras Film Festival before?

 

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Sneak peek at the first 10 films of the Alliance Française French Film Festival 2022

 

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