Fff: C'est La Vie

Opening on March 22

Celebrate the Opening Night, 22nd March, of the Alliance Francaise French Film Festival 2018 with C'est La Vie!, the new hit comedy by directing duo Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache - an entertaining look at a disastrous day in the life of a wedding planner. Max has been a caterer for 30 year... Read more

Mary Magdalene

Opening on March 22

MARY MAGDALENE is an authentic and humanistic portrait of one of the most enigmatic and misunderstood spiritual figures in history. The biblical biopic tells the story of Mary (Rooney Mara), a young woman in search of a new way of living. Constricted by the hierarchies of the day, Mary defies her... Read more

Fff: Aurore

Opening on March 23

Aurore has separated from her husband, has lost her job and discovered that she is going to be a grandmother. Society is gently pushing her toward the exit, but when Aurore re-encounters the love of her youth by accident, she starts to resist, rejecting the scrapheap she seems destined for. What ... Read more

Fff: Dr. Knock

Opening on March 23

Knock is a retired crook who learnt the skills of the medical profession in rather particular circumstances ‘on the job’ on board a ship. After some years ‘in training’, he takes up a post as a doctor in the small village of Saint-Maurice in the French Alps. Knock is determined to boost h... Read more

Fff: Redoubtable

Opening on March 23

Paris, 1967. Jean-Luc Godard — arguably the most renowned filmmaker of his generation — is shooting La Chinoise with the woman he loves, Anne Wiazemsky, 20 years his junior. They are happy, attractive, in love. They even get married. But the film’s reception unleashes a profound self-exami... Read more

Fff: Ava

Opening on March 24

Thirteen-year-old Ava is on vacation when she learns that she will lose her sight earlier than predicted. Her mother decides to behave as though nothing has changed so they can spend the loveliest summer of their lives by the seaside. Ava, however, deals with the problem in her own way. Read more

Fff: Barbara

Opening on March 24

An actress prepares to play the singer Barbara as the film shoot is about to start. She rehearses, works on her character, sings, dances, reads her script, moves in and out of her role. Whilst she relives the singer’s life, the actress finds herself overwhelmed by her own performance and absorb... Read more

Fff: Bloody Milk

Opening on March 24

Pierre, 30-something, is a dairy farmer. His life revolves around his farm, his veterinarian sister and his parents, whose farm he has taken over. When one of his beloved cows falls ill, he is faced with his worse nightmare. Read more

Fff: Back To Burgundy

Opening on March 25

After ten years away from his home and family, Jean returns to Burgundy upon hearing of his father’s ailing health. Plunged once again into the midst of the family he left, Jean must reconnect with his brother Jérémie and sister Juliette, as they attempt to both save the family vineyard and r... Read more

Fff: The Big Bad Fox And Other Tales

Opening on March 25

Whoever thinks the countryside is calm and peaceful is mistaken. On a farm we find a collection of particularly agitated animals: a fox that mothers a family of chicks, a rabbit that acts like a stork, and a duck who wants to replace Santa Claus. If you want to take a quiet vacation, keep driving… Read more

Fff: The Guardians

Opening on March 25

1915, rural France. A mother and daughter have taken over the farmwork from the men who have gone to war. They work relentlessly, their lives following the rhythm of hard labour and the occasional return of the men on leave. Hortense, the mother, hires Francine, a young woman who grew up in state... Read more

La Luna & The Gadjos, With Pierre La Bouche

Opening on March 25

French gypsy swing and Vintage Piaf From the drama of French Chanson to the steamy Paris hot clubs, La Luna and her Gadjos deliver a fun-loving mix of gypsy swing, cabaret and joie de vivre. The fabulous chanteuse La Luna is joined by Raconteur extraordinaire “Pierre la Bouche!” who bri... Read more

Fff: Dalida

Opening on March 26

From her birth in Cairo in 1933 to her worldwide hit Gigi l’Amoroso in 1974, this intimate portrait retraces the life of a complex and legendary woman and singer. Married to Lucien Morisse — director at the time of Europe 1 radio station — Dalida’s heyday was made of disco nights, perform... Read more

Fff: Double Lover

Opening on March 26

Loosely based on a novel by Joyce Carol Oates, Double Lover follows the story of Chloe, an emotionally delicate former model who turns to therapy to try to stabilise her life. Enthralled at once by the enigmatic psychoanalyst Paul, her perfect romance is soon disrupted when Chloe finds out that h... Read more

Fff: Return Of The Hero

Opening on March 26

1809, France. Captain Neuville (Jean Dujardin) is sent out to the front line, leaving behind a heartbroken bride. Having heard no news of the young captain, the bride’s sister Elisabeth (Mélanie Laurent) writes to her on his behalf to cheer her up. Fabricating a heroic tale of Neuville’s dar... Read more

Fff: Ismael's Ghosts

Opening on March 27

Arnaud Desplechin’s Ismael’s Ghosts introduces the idyllic relationship between Sylvia (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and Ismael (Mathieu Amalric), a widowed filmmaker in the early stages of a new work. Everything changes when Carlotta (Marion Cotillard), Ismael’s missing wife, returns to reclaim t... Read more

Fff: Number One

Opening on March 27

Emmanuelle Blachey is a brilliant and determined engineer who has risen up through the ranks of her company — a major French energy firm — and now sits on the board of directors. When an influential women’s network approaches her to take the lead of one of the stock exchange’s top compani... Read more

Early Man

Opening on March 29

Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of Dug, along with sidekick Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City to save their home. Stars: Maisie Williams, Tom Hiddleston, E... Read more

Fff: Jealous

Opening on March 29

Almost overnight, Nathalie Pêcheux, a middle-aged divorced university professor, changes from being an affectionate woman to being irrepressibly jealous of everyone close to her: her best friend, her new colleague, her ex-husband, her neighbours and even her daughter Mathilde, an aspiring ballet... Read more

Fff: Reinventing Marvin

Opening on March 29

Martin Clément, born Marvin Bijou, escapes from his small village in the Vosges Mountains, leaving behind the intolerance and rejection he suffers from his peers and his family. It is his high school teacher who offers him a way out when discovering his talent for theatre. Moving to Paris, he fi... Read more

Fff: See You Up There

Opening on March 29

November 1919. France glorifies the dead but is incapable of helping the survivors of the war. Albert and Édouard, two survivors of the trenches, one a humble accountant, the other a brilliant designer, decide to set up a war memorial scam. In the France of the Roaring 20s, the undertaking will ... Read more

The Party

Opening on March 29

In Sally Potter's new dark comedy THE PARTY, Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) is hosting an intimate gathering of friends in her London home to celebrate her political ascension, while her husband, Bill (Timothy Spall), seems preoccupied. Janet's acerbic best friend, April (Patricia Clarkson), arrive... Read more

Fff: 9 The Movie

Opening on March 30

They come in nines: nine situations, nine slices of life occasionally intersecting, nine views on the modern ills of loneliness and isolation. Seeking the advice of “Communic-Action” specialist Marc Gélinas, our nine heroes search for a way to dispel their inner void. But when the expert is ... Read more

Fff: Bpm (beats Per Minute)

Opening on March 30

Drawing on the events of the AIDS crisis in the early 1990s, BPM (Beats Per Minute) tells the story of ACT UP, a group of AIDS activists fighting against an obstinate government and callous pharmaceutical industry to gain education and treatment. We experience this tumultuous period in history th... Read more

Fff: Faces Places

Opening on March 30

When octogenarian French New Wave legend Agnès Varda and 30-something photograffeur JR embark together on a journey across France, expect more than the usual road trip. As they travel through the country, they discover and profile characters they meet in small villages, on the docks and at the l... Read more

Fff: Gauguin

Opening on March 30

1891. Painter Paul Gauguin is already well known in Parisian artistic circles but is tired of the moral, political, and aesthetic conventions of the so-called civilised Europe. Abandoning his wife and children, he exiles himself to the other side of the world and arrives in Tahiti with the intent... Read more

Fff: The Exes

Opening on April 1

If Paris is the city of lovers, it is also that of… exes. Antoine no longer dares to become involved with anyone, Didier regrets breaking up with his ex-wife, Laurent is obliged to celebrate the marriage of his ex Julie, Serge is hassled by Lise, his current girlfriend’s ex, while Greg finds ... Read more

Fff: A Woman Is A Woman

Opening on April 2

A Woman Is a Woman tells the story of the fraught relationship between Angela, an exotic dancer, and her boyfriend Émile. Angela’s overwhelming desire to have a child causes endless arguments between the two. In the face of Émile’s resistance, Angela gives him an ultimatum, threatening to t... Read more

Fff: Belle & Sebastion: Friends For Life

Opening on April 2

Two years after the events of Belle & Sebastian, the Adventure Continues (2016 AFFFF), Sebastian, now 12 years old, does not want to follow his father and Angelina to Canada. He wants to stay in the Alps to watch over Belle who has become the mother of three beautiful pups. When a stranger arrive... Read more

Fff: Rodin

Opening on April 2

Paris 1880. At 40 years of age, Rodin at last receives his first public commission and creates his famous unfinished portal The Gates of Hell, a sculptural group work composed of many figures (some of these, such as Le Baiser and Le Penseur, will become his most famous pieces). It is at this time... Read more

Fff: Makala

Opening on April 5

In the southern province of Katanga in the Congo, young villager Kabwita hopes to offer his family a brighter future. Working for days in the surrounding bush to craft charcoal from hand-felled trees, his physical struggle is only the beginning of his Herculean journey. Travelling dangerous and e... Read more

Fff: Tour De France

Opening on April 6

After a violent altercation, Far’Hook, a young rapper, must go off the radar and leave Paris to reassess his behaviour. On the suggestion of his producer Bilal, he becomes an unlikely and unwilling chauffeur to Bilal’s father Serge (Gérard Depardieu) as they make a tour of all of the ports o... Read more

Fff: This Is Our Land

Opening on April 7

Pauline, a self-employed nurse in a former mining district in the north of France, is raising her two children alone while also looking after her father, a former steelworker. Devoted and generous, all her patients love her. Yet nobody sees that Pauline, who finds herself facing an increasingly h... Read more

Fff: Montparnasse Bienvenue

Opening on April 8

With a cat under her arm, no money and no work, facing closed doors and broken relationships, Paula returns to Paris after a long time overseas. Landing in Montparnasse, Paula is set on starting over. Even if she has no idea which direction she is heading or how to get there, she’ll do it with ... Read more

Fff: Orchestra Class

Opening on April 8

Simon, approaching fifty, is a distinguished but disillusioned violinist. He winds up teaching a 6th-grade orchestra class at a Parisian middle school. One young student, Arnold, is painfully shy, but finds that he has a natural talent for the violin. Inspired by Arnold’s raw talent and the war... Read more

Roh: The Winter's Tale

Opening on April 8

King Leontes, possessed by a mad jealousy, believes his pregnant wife Hermione to be having an affair with his childhood friend King Polixenes. His actions tear their families apart. Hermione’s baby daughter is abandoned and Hermione and their son die of distress. The baby Perdita, rescued b... Read more

Fff: The Brigade

Opening on April 10

It’s a hot summer in the south of France. Fires are starting everywhere and tempers are flaring at the local fire station where Bénédicte has begun her new job, leading a group of seasoned veteran fire fighters who have difficulty in accepting a woman in her position. But in the heat of the c... Read more

Fff: Mrs. Hyde

Opening on April 11

Madame Géquil is a timid and eccentric teacher despised by her colleagues and students. On a stormy night, she is struck by lightning and faints. When she wakes up, she feels decidedly different, filled with a new, mysterious and dangerous energy… Will Madame Géquil manage to keep the powerf... Read more

Roh: Carmen

Opening on April 15

Carmen declares that any man she loves should beware. However, even she is unprepared for what will happen when she decides to seduce Don José, an army corporal who initially appears uninterested in her charms. Don José soon abandons his sweetheart Micaëla and his army job for Carmen, and j... Read more

Roh: The Age Of Anxiety

Opening on April 29

In a New York bar in wartime four lonely strangers attempt to find spiritual meaning in an industrialized world. The Royal Ballet’s Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett created The Age of Anxiety on the Company in 2014. After his dark, probing narrative works Sweet Violets and Hansel and Grete... Read more

An American In Paris – The Musical

Opening on May 17

This breathtakingly beautiful Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the Oscar® winning MGM film, tells the impassioned story of discovering love in the ‘City of Light’. Featuring the gorgeous music and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin (including the classic hits ‘S Wonderful ... Read more

Bolshoi: Romeo and Juliet

Opening on March 25


Met Opera 2017-18 Season: Tosca

Opening on March 25

Rivaling the splendor of Franco Zeffirelli’s Napoleonic-era sets and costumes, Sir David McVicar’s ravishing new production offers a splendid backdrop for extraordinary singing. Kristine Opolais stars as the title prima donna alongside Vittorio Grigolo and Bryn Terfel. Andris Nelsons conducts. Read more

NT Live 2017-18 Season: Follies

Opening on March 25

Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas. New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Folli... Read more

NT Live 2017-2018 Season: Young Marx

Opening on April 12

Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London, the production is directed by Nicholas Hytner and reunites the... Read more

L`Elisir d`Amore (Met Opera)

Opening on May 6

Anna Netrebko and Matthew Polenzani star in Bartlett Sher's new production of one of the greatest comic gems in opera, as the fickle Adina and her besotted Nemorino. Mariusz Kwiecien is the blustery sergeant Belcore and Ambrogio Maestri is Dulcamara, the loveable quack and dispenser of the elixir. Read more

NT Live 2017-2018 Season: Julius Caesar

Opening on May 13

Ben Whishaw (The Danish Girl, Skyfall, Hamlet) and Michelle Fairley (Fortitude, Game of Thrones) play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder (The Lost City of Z, The Hatton Garden Job) plays Caesar and David Morrissey (The Missing, Hangmen, The Walking Dead) is Mark Antony. Broadcast live from The Brid... Read more

Met Opera 2017-18 Season: La Bohème

Opening on May 20

The world’s most popular opera returns in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production, with a series of exciting casts. Angel Blue, Anita Hartig, and Sonya Yoncheva (left) share the role of the fragile Mimì, with Dmytro Popov, Russell Thomas, and Michael Fabiano alternating as the poet Rodolfo. A... Read more