8 French language films to see at Sydney Film Festival  

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Last week was about the Agnès Varda retrospective, this week it’s about the other French language films at the Sydney Film Festival 2019.

The Sydney Film Festival 2019 starts today, 5 June and runs through until 16 June.


Austrian director Markus Schleinzer’s visually stunning, scathing drama tells the life story of an 18th century African man kept in a gilded cage by European nobility.

Screens 5 and 7 June

Ghost Town Anthology

Canadian maverick Denis Côté (Vic + Flo Saw a Bear SFF 2013, Joy of Man’s Desiring SFF 2014) returns with a beguiling tale set in a grief-stricken Québécois village.

Screens 5 and 12 June

Just Don’t Think I’ll Scream

French filmmaker Frank Beauvais’ documentary is a haunting, mesmerising ode to lost love composed entirely of hundreds of movie clips, narrated with dreamlike intensity.

Screens 6 and 12 June


Les Misérables

Fresh from Cannes where it was the winner of the Cannes Jury Prize, this thrilling, explosive feature debut takes us into Paris’s diverse and tense outer suburbs as a routine police patrol goes horribly wrong.

Screens 13 and 16 June


The Miracle of the Little Prince

The nature of language and culture, in particular the world’s disappearing indigenous languages, is explored through Antoine Saint-Exupéry’s classic book, The Little Prince, in this captivating documentary.

Screens 6 and 8 June

My Nudity Means Nothing

In this documentary, Parisian writer, actor and director Marina de Van bares all in this raw and emotional self-portrait about personal image in the age of apps and digital dating.

Screens 10 and 12 June


School’s Out

Teacher Pierre Hoffman arrives at prestigious St Joseph’s after his predecessor leaps out of the window during class. The substitute soon suspects something is very wrong with his gifted pupils.

Screens 5 and 11 June



You’re warned to proceed with caution into Nadav Lapid’s intense, neurotic fever dream about a young Israeli man who goes to Paris to erase his identity. Winner, Berlinale Golden Bear.

Screens 10 and 12 June

If you’re keen to see more French language films at Sydney Film Festival 2019, there’s also the Agnès Varda retrospective we wrote about last week. You can read all about it here.


What’s your favourite French film?

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