MM turns 5: 5 years in numbers

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Yesterday we celebrated our 5th birthday! Can you believe it? So we thought it fitting to look back but not just over the last year, but all of our years. Read on to find out what we’ve done in the last 5 years!

5 years in numbers

 

We’ve published 684 articles across topics from food and wine to festivals to national holidays and interviews with French and francophone people living in Australia as well as those touring the country for performances across various sectors of the arts.

In our 5 years, we’ve published 146 interviews ! Our most popular interview was with Canadian Brent Ray Fraser known as The Naked Artist who has appeared on France’s version of “has got talent” ahead of his live painting performance at Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

 

Film reviews

We’ve written 85 reviews of films, theatre, music and festivals. Of our French film reviews, our most popular are for Roxane and Two is a Family.

 

Most popular articles

Our top 5 most read articles are:

  • our what’s on of French and francophone events around Australia but also online (particularly during COVID lockdowns). We’ve published the What’s on since March 2018 – that’s 54 months we’ve searched high and low to let you know about events to fill your agenda – see this month’s what’s on here
  • where to find the Galette des Rois in Australia each year (because you’re hungry for it and we were the first to tell you where to find it in Australia!
  • where to find the Bûche de Noël in Australia
  • where to celebrate Bastille Day in Australia
  • Le Marché Willoughby – a bimonthly French market in North Sydney

Festival

We’ve told you about 51 festivals from French festivals through to wider arts festivals and festivals celebrating champagne.

 

Wine

We’ve shared 21 different wine days with you from well-known champagne through to the lesser known Carménère, Chenin and Carignan. We’ve told you where you can get your hands on the Beaujolais Nouveau each year that it’s been possible to do so (COVID supply chain issues made that somewhat impossible one year in particular).

 

We’ve built relationships with French wine importers who contribute to our regular articles about different wine varietals. Our article about where to find French wines in Australia that you can’t find elsewhere has drawn the attention of French winemakers looking to export their product to the Australian market and put them in contact with French wine importers.

 

Food

We’ve highlighted days like World Chocolate Day but also days that are celebrations of truly French foods such as croissants, escargot, fondue, soufflé, macarons, and chocolate truffles.

National Days

We’ve let you know where you can celebrate the national days of France, Belgium, Canada and Switzerland.

 

Where you are

Our readers are all around the world with the top 5 countries being Australia, US, France, Canada and UK.

So that’s just a taste of our last 5 years.  What would you like to see us do more of? Is there something you’d like to hear about that we haven’t written about before? Someone you think we should interview?

 

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Adelaide Film Festival 2022: 7 multilingual films from France and the Francophonie

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The program for Adelaide Film Festival 2022 was announced on Monday night. 2022 sees the festival become a yearly event. Across two articles, we’re sharing with you films from France and the Francophonie that are and aren’t in French.  This time, we’re letting you know about multilingual films where French is one of the languages.

Adelaide Film Festival 2022

AEIOU – A Quick Alphabet of Love

Director: Nicolette Krebitz

Country: Germany, France

Languages: French, German

“A whimsical romantic drama championing female desire” (Screen Daily)

 

As fading actress Anna nears sixty and finds job offers and her sexual desires dwindling, she is mugged by a teenager outside a Berlin bar. She encounters the young man, Adrian, once again as a student in a speech class she has taken on to pay the bills. Gently and sweetly, an unlikely romance blooms between the misfit pair as they begin to mend their fractured souls and plan an escape to the French Riviera. Charmingly offbeat, presented without judgment and featuring sparkling performances, Nicolette Krebitz delivers a unique lesson in human drama.

 

Close

Director: Lukas Dhont

Country: Belgium, France, Netherlands

Languages: Dutch, French

Close is a film about friendship and connection. 13-year-olds Leo and Remy have grown up together in the vibrant Belgian countryside, spending summer riding bikes and playing games of pretend. It is an idyll too good to last. When high school starts, their closeness marks them out from their peers, and Leo’s attempts to distance himself have far-reaching consequences. Lukas Dhont’s study of boys’ loss of tenderness, and his understated treatment of guilt and grief made this the most controversial film at Cannes, though everyone agrees on its undoubted emotional affect.

 

Dream on Léon (SHORT FILM)

Director: Roger Gariépy

Country: Canada

Language: French

Léon is old, his body is letting him down. And so he sleeps. Yet above all, Léon dreams. Of love and sausages, of freedom and running wild. A real dog’s life.

 

No dogs or Italians allowed

Director: Alain Ugetto

Countries: France, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Portugal

Languages: French, Italian

Happy are those who have bread and polenta.

But really, if you’re Italian, you must see this. Animator Alain Ughetto provides a love letter to his grandparents, peasants from the Piedmont region, where there is too much war, too many children, and not enough food. The only option is to emigrate, and France is hungry for labourers who will do whatever it takes to put polenta in the pot. Ughetto’s charming animation provides houses made from cardboard and forests of broccoli. The effect is quietly magical in this love letter to all families forced into exile to survive.

READ OUR REVIEW OF NO DOGS OR ITALIANS ALLOWED HERE

 

Return to Seoul

Director: Davy Chou

Country: France, Germany, Belgium

Languages: English, French, Korean


“…strange, deep, changeable and wise” (Variety)

 

Freddie knows nothing of Korea because she was adopted as a baby and taken to France. She returns on a whim, but doesn’t understand the language, the etiquette of soju drinking, and the incomprehensible men. The search for her biological parents leads her to internalise the gulf between cultures. Debut actress Park Ji-min won plaudits at Cannes for her extraordinary performance. Cambodian director Davy Chou—himself raised in France—explores the costs of living in exile in this slow-burning though often exuberant examination of rebellion and despair born of rootlessness.

 

The Blue Caftan

Director: Maryam Touzani

Country: Morocco, France, Belgium, Denmark

Language: Arabic, French


A satin textured tale of forbidden relationships.

 

The Blue Caftan is a delicate, humane three-hander where the characters are filled with empathy and complexity. Director Maryam Touzani is an expert at conveying intimacy, each shot unfolding with an almost tactile beauty. From the narrow streets of a romantic but repressive Morocco emerges this lovingly handcrafted love triangle. Master tailor and closeted gay man Halim runs a struggling business with wife Mina. When the couple hire a handsome assistant, the two men begin to weave a tender relationship. However, as Mina battles cancer, she and Halim strengthen a bond tied by years of understanding.

 

Xalé

Director: Moussa Sene Absa

Country: Senegal

Languages: French, Wolof

An African tale told by griots.

 

15-year-old Awa and Adama are twins: they share the same angels, angels who do not always have their best interests at heart. Adama dreams of escaping to Europe, while Awa tries to balance school, work, and attention of men. Senegal’s Moussa Sène Absa blends tragedy with the Senegalese traditions of griots (storyteller/singers) and vibrant West African colour and music to bring alive the dilemmas of African youth, caught between family and modernity. The exciting stylisation of his storytelling provides a distinctive means of showing African cinema rising to the challenges of today.

 

KEY INFO FOR ADELAIDE FILM FESTIVAL 2022

WHAT: Adelaide Film Festival 2022

WHERE: Various cinemas across Adelaide including Palace Nova East End and Prospect, Mitcham Wallis, Odeon Star Semaphore, The Capri Goodwood, and Her Majesty’s Theatre

WHEN: 19 – 30 October 2022

HOW: Purchase your ticket/passes via the official website

HOW MUCH: There are various ticket options available from single tickets, to passes for 3, 7 or 10 films or the Gold Pass and Platinum Pass for those who want to attend every single screening!

Prices (exclusive of booking fees) are as follows:

  • Individual film sessions $20 or $17 for Concession/Industry
  • Opening Night – Film and Party $109/ $99 for AFF members
  • Gala screenings $49/$45 for Concession/Industry
  • Multipass 3 (standard screenings): $50/$43
  • Multipass 7 (standard screenings): $99/$85 Concession/Industry
  • Multipass 10 (standard screenings): $120/$99 Concession/Industry
  • Gold Pass (1 ticket to all standard screenings): $299/$255 for Concession/Industry
  • Platinum Pass (1 ticket to all standard sceenings including opening night, closing night and galas. Party invitations. Special Events. Concierge service and AFF Lanyard): $599/$525 Concession/Industry

 

Which films do you want to see at Adelaide Film Festival 2022?

 

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