Non-French language movies from France at BIFF 2021

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There are two non-French language movies from France at BIFF 2021. We tell you about them and tickets in this article. Both are the first English language features from these acclaimed directors. Find out more below.

movies from France at BIFF 2021

Bergman Island

QUEENSLAND PREMIERE (24 October & 31 October)
Mia Hansen-Løve
France, Sweden (2021)
112 MIN

movies from France at BIFF 2021Bergman Island is the first English language film from French-Swedish director Mia Hansen-Løve who you might know for her French language films. Among them, Things to come (L’avenir) with Isabelle Huppert, Goodbye First Love and Father of my children.


It tells the story of an American filmmaking couple, Chris (Vicky Krieps) and Tony (Tim Roth), who search inspiration in the surrounds of the mythical Fårö island for the Summer. The same breathtaking landscape where Ingmar Bergman lived and shot his most celebrated pieces.


As Chris spends time separately to Tony, she finds herself facing resurfaced memories of her first love. The couple are torn apart through the blurring of the lines separating reality and fiction.


Bergman Island was acclaimed at Cannes, and is another study of relationships and how they exist, can only exist within a specific time and place.



QUEENSLAND PREMIERE (31 October – closing night gala)

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Colombia, France, Thailand (2021)

136 MIN

LANGUAGES: English, Spanish

Special Event: Closing night gala $30

Secure a seat to be a part of the 2021 closing night Gala. Tickets for this memorable event include popcorn, a drink on arrival and gala screening of Memoria. CURRENTLY SOLD OUT – JOIN THE WAITLIST ON THE FILM PAGE

Memoria, an exploration of the power of memory and the significance of relationships, won the 2021 Grand Jury Prize at Cannes.


As Bergman Island, mentioned above, was for Mia Hansen- Hansen-Løve, Memoria is also the first English language feature from celebrated and award-winning auteur Apichatpong Weerasethakul.


Memoria stars Tilda Swinton in the role of Jessica. She is a British botanist based in Medellin, is already dislocated when the movie begins, abruptly awoken by a deep, explosive thump that materialises out of nowhere.


Jessica travels to Bogotá to visit her sister (Agnes Brekke), whose husband puts her in touch with a sound engineer named Hernán (Juan Pablo Urrego) to categorise and explain the noise phenomena. This quest has a certain reflexive quality as Jessica travels further to understand the sound and its origin.



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:


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)


Have you purchased tickets to see any movies from France at BIFF 2021?


You can also read our articles about movies in French at BIFF and mutli-language movies which include French here.



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