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The Alliance Française de Perth and Luna Palace Cinemas are pleased to announce 4 movies to be presented as special school screenings during the 2018 Alliance Française French Film Festival.

Teaching kits are now available for downloading HERE!

BELLE & SEBASTIAN, FRIENDS FOR LIFE (PG – recommended for Y11 to Y12)

(Belle & Sébastien, troisième chapitre)

Director: Clovis Cornillac
Country: France
Voiced by: Felix Bossuet, Tcheky Karyo, Clovis Cornillac
Duration: 97 min
Date of Release: 14/02/2017
Recommended For: Y11-Y12
Genre: Adventure, Family


School Program Options:


The Belle & Sebastian adventure began in 2013 when a six-year-old and his dog sought to foil a Nazi attempt to capture French resistance fighters. As the name suggests, such an incredible friendship between boy and beast continues in this third instalment of the film series, Belle & Sebastian, Friends for Life.

Picking up where its predecessor left off, Sebastian (Félix Bossuet) is now aged 12, and has decided not to follow his father and Angelina to Canada, choosing instead to remain in the French Alps with César (Tcheky Karyo) to watch over Belle who’s now become mother to three beautiful pups. When a stranger arrives claiming to be Belle’s rightful owner, Sebastian finds himself in a position where he must protect his best friend and her little ones.

The second feature by César award-winning actor-turned-director Clovis Cornillac (Blind Date, AF FFF2016), Belle & Sebastian, Friends for Life comes from the pen of Juliette Sales and Fabien Suarez who wrote the other two films in the series. It also rekindles the magic of original stars, Bossuet and Karyo, as Sebastian and César respectively.

THE SCHOOL OF LIFE (PG – recommended for Year 6 to Year 10)

THE SCHOOL OF LIFE (L'ecole Buissonniere)

Director: Nicolas Vanier
Country: France
Cast: François Cluzet, Éric Elmosnino, François Berléand
Duration: 116 mins
Date of Release: 11/10/2017
Recommended For: From Y 6 to Y10
Genre: Comedy / Drama


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Filmmaker Nicolas Vanier (director Belle and Sebastian 2013; see Belle and Sebastian in this year’s Festival) borrows from his own childhood experiences growing up in Sologne to inform The School of Life – a gratifying, feelgood story about a boy whose miserable existence in a Parisian orphanage is changed forever when he is taken to live in rural France.

Paul (Jean Scandel) has only ever known the dark, prison-like world of high walls, fear and melancholy of the orphanage in which he lives. When entrusted to the care of Célestine (Valérie Karsenti) and Borel (Éric Elmosnino, The Bélier Family, AF FFF2015) Paul is whisked away to leafy forests, misty ponds and vast fields of Count de la Fresnaye for whom Célestine and Borel work.

When he befriends an eccentric poacher, Totoche (François Cluzet, The Intouchables, 2011), Paul learns about life, the many secrets of the Count’s mysterious forests and that his coming to Sologne was more than just pure chance.

Breathtakingly photographed, Vanier’s film is a loving child’s-eye ode to the beauty of the natural world – and what it can teach us about life and death – that cannot help but make everyone who sees it smile.  

BIG BAD FOX & OTHER TALES (G – recommended for Year 6 to Year 7)

(Le grand mechant renard et autres contes)

Director: Benjamin Renner, Patrick Imber
Country: France
With: Céline Ronté, Boris Rehlinger, Guillaume Bouchède, Magali Rosenzweig
Duration: 80 mins
Date of Release: 21/06/2017
Recommended For:  Y6-Y7
Genre: Family, Animated Film

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Academy Award-nominated director of Ernest & Celestine (AF FFF2013), Benjamin Renner, is joined again with his collaborator Patrick Imbert to wow young audiences with their genius in animation with The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales, a screen adaptation of Renner’s own graphic novel.

If you think the countryside is calm and peaceful, then you might want to think again. France’s most unconventional farm plays home to a number of mixed-up animal folk. We are introduced to a fox that thinks he is a chicken, a rabbit that acts like a stork and a duck that wants to replace Father Christmas. Not surprisingly, their shenanigans are as hilarious as their identity confusion.

Featuring the voices of Céline Ronté and Boris Rehlinger, The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales is a charming, heart-warming and very, very funny film, as confirmed by its embracing at the 2017 Annecy Animation Festival. Drawing inspiration from Looney Tunes, Renner and Imbert’s styling and knack for creating exuberantly irreverent characters are guaranteed to delight children, as well as the child within us all.

ORCHESTRA CLASS (CTC – recommended for Year 11 and Year 12)

(La Melodie)

Director: Rachid Hami
Country: France
With: Kad Merad, Samir Guesmi, Alfred Renely, Jean-Luc Vincent
Duration: 102 mins
Date of Release: 08/11/2017
Recommended For:  Y11-Y12
Genre: Family

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Comedic actor Kad Merad (Nicholas On Holiday, AF FFF2015; Baron Noir, AF FFF2016) takes a sharp turn against type playing a po-faced violinist in Rachid Hami’s gallic rendering of the ‘inspirational teacher’ sub-genre of world cinema, Orchestra Class.

Recalling the likes of Sérgio Machado’s The Violin Teacher (2015) or even James Clavell’s To Sir, with Love (1967), Simon Daoud (Merad) is a down-on-his-luck musician who, despite his talents, winds up teaching a sixth-grade orchestra.

As far as depictions of contemporary Parisian middle-school life go, this is a realistic one, with Simon’s multicultural class of rambunctious, trash-talking 12-year-olds proving a test for his patience, but there is one in which he ends up seeing potential, a painfully shy but gifted boy, Arnold. Simon makes a promise to his class to take them to perform at the Paris Philharmonic. But will they make it?

Plucking at the heart (and violin) strings, Orchestra Class is a welcome reprieve from more challenging cinematic offerings, ultimately offering an exalting viewing experience that vividly edifies the power of the human spirit. It also comes warmly scored by “the Danny Elfman of France“, Bruno Coulais.





The cost is $11 per student with a complimentary ticket for one accompanying teacher for every 20 students per group.


Please fill in the Booking Form/Tax Invoice below and return it with the subject line AF FFF School Screenings attn: Lucy Gibson by e-mail at:
We will confirm bookings promptly upon receipt and send you an invoice accordingly (see payment section below).  FINAL_AF-FFF-2018_School-screenings_Perth.docx (1.8 MB)

Please note that bookings will not be taken over the phone at the cinemas, but only via Alliance Française de Perth as mentioned above.

PAYMENT: at the cinemas

Payment must be made either by cash at the cinema’s box office or by cheque made out to Luna Palace Cinemas according to your invoice/booking form.

Total amount of original booking is to be paid in full; there will be no discount for absent students on the day, or any refund.


Cinema Paradiso
164 James Street, Northbridge | (08) 9227 1771

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98 Stirling Hwy, Nedlands | (08) 9386 3554

For any queries regarding the school screenings, please contact Valeriane Mathieu, Events Manager AF Perth, by e-mail at: or by phone on: 9386 7921.