Adelaide Film Festival 2020: 5 Films in French

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The Adelaide Film Festival 2020 program is currently on sale and the festival will be in cinemas from 14 to 25 October 2020. Of the many films in the program, there are 11 which are in French, from France or have a French theme.

Adelaide Film Festival 2020 - films in French

In this article we tell you about the 5 films in French and in our next article we will tell you about the non-French language films from France and one with a French theme, also not in French.


Get your tickets quickly!

Cinema tickets are being sold in a checkerboard pattern with every second seat unavailable for sale meaning there are fewer seats available than usual. If a film takes your fancy, you should jump online and grab your Adelaide Film Festival 2020 tickets quickly before you miss out! More details on ticketing at the end of the article.

Adelaide Film Festival 2020: Films from France


Genius Loci

Adelaide Film Festival 2020 - Genius Loci

Genius Loci was the 2020 Berlinale winner for Best Short Animation, in which an eventful night in Paris is captured through masterfully crafted imagery

This film is part of the Animation Shorts program at Adelaide Film Festival 2020.

FROM: France

IN: French


Adelaide Film Festival 2020: Films in French – COPRODUCTIONS from France and other countries 



Adelaide Film Festival 2020- Jumbo

Jeanne (Noémie Merlant from Portrait of a Lady on Fire), who has been working summers at the local amusement park, falls in love with the giant tilt-a-whirl machine. The machine (Jumbo) falls in love with her too. But despite some steamy, or rather, oily sex, the path of true love between woman and fairground attraction is rarely smooth.


Strap yourself in for a wild ride as Spielberg meets Freud in this delirious film. The moral of the story? It doesn’t matter who you love, so long as you’re prepared to go all the way.

FROM: Belgium, France and Switzerland

IN: French


Adelaide Film Festival 2020: Films in French but not from France


Nadia, Butterfly

Adelaide Film Festival 2020 - Nadia, Butterfly

If there’s one thing Australians know and appreciate, it’s competitive swimming. Set at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics (okay, so it’s a fantasy), butterfly champion Nadia is facing her final race as a member of the Canadian medley relay team. If you are a professional athlete, your whole life has been coached and focussed on specific goals. Retire, and suddenly the future seems vast and friendless and frighteningly open-ended.


Nadia, Butterfly is a film made by people who are channelling the very personal experiences of their own lives. Director Pascal Plante retired from an Olympic-level swimming career to go to film school, while lead actress Katerine Savard represented Canada at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, where she won bronze. Canada’s sole selection for this year’s virtual Cannes film festival.


IN: French, English


My Little Sister

A film from female director team Véronique Reymond and Stéphanie Chuat who have known each other since childhood.

Adelaide Film Festival 2020 - My little sister

 The Berlin theatre scene provides the background for this moving and widely praised exploration of family ties. Lisa is a playwright who has put her career on hold and moved to Switzerland to support her husband, but she is also nursing her twin brother Sven (Lars Eidinger from Babylon Berlin), a brilliant, erratic actor stricken with leukaemia. Nina Hoss, one of Germany’s leading actresses (and Christian Petzold’s favourite leading lady), gives a performance of terrific intensity and subtlety in this deeply felt exploration of the ties between brother and sister, ties that will endure until death.

From: Switzerland, Germany

In: German, French, English



Adelaide Film Festival 2020 - Aalto

This Finnish documentary from director Virpi Suutari is a captivating exploration of Alver Aalto, the defining figure in Scandic design and one of Europe’s greatest modern architects. The documentary focusses on his remarkable and loving partnership with wife, Aino.


Theirs was a profoundly humanist vision that put people at the centre of design, and ranged from work in furniture design through to huge architectural projects. They mixed with, and influenced, major figures of modernist art and design including Le Corbusier, Gropius, Moholy-Nagy, and Frank Lloyd Wright.


Come on a cinematic tour of their iconic buildings all over the world, from a library in Russia, a student dormitory at MIT, an art collector’s private house near Paris, to a pavilion in Venice.


Narrated by experts in the field and featuring never before seen archive footage, Aalto tells the love story of an extraordinary couple with a great passion for human scale architecture.

FROM: Finland

IN: English, Finnish, Swedish, German, French, Italian


Adelaide film festival 2020 Tickets

Adelaide Film Festival 2020 has a number of ticketing options available to cater to those who want to see one or a few films right up to those who want to go to see every single film at AFF 2020.



Individual ticket prices are $20 plus booking fee for adults ($17 plus booking fee for concession card holders or film industry and $10 plus booking fee for youth.



Then there are 3, 7 and 10 film multi-passes which range from $50 plus booking fee to $120 plus booking fee for adults.



The Adelaide Film Festival 2020 Gold Pass costs $299 plus booking fee and gets you 1 ticket to every standard screening and an official Adelaide Film Festival 2020 lanyard. While the Platinum pass, which costs $499, gives you the following additions: 1 ticket to each of the Opening nights and Galas, Party invitations, special events, concierge service to help you book tickets on your pass.


You can purchase the various passes or tickets via this link:



You can view the entirety of the Adelaide Film Festival 2020 program here


Which films are you going to see at Adelaide Film Festival 2020?


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If you’re in Brisbane rather than Adelaide, you might like these articles about the Brisbane International Film Festival which is also on in October 2020:

BIFF 2020 – Films from France 

Brisbane International Film Festival 2020 French language films


If you’re not in Adelaide or Brisbane, and want to watch some French films at home the following articles may interest you:

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

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

AFFFF 2020 films to stream

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