Alliance Française Classic Film Festival

Welcome classic film-lovers! Join us for vintage cinema and rediscover masterpieces of French cinema with iconic actresses on the big screen.

The Alliance Française, in partnership with STUDIOCANAL and in association with Mercury Cinema is proud to present the Alliance Française Classic Film Festival.

A complement to the renowned Alliance Française French Film Festival, the Alliance Française Classic Film Festival aims to annually rediscover classic masterpieces of French cinema, highlighting a talent, actor or director who has made an indelible contribution to France’s celebrated film industry.

'Les Blondes' is the theme of this edition, celebrating emblematic actresses in iconic French films from 1952 to 1975:  Catherine Deneuve, Jean Seberg, Romy Schneider and Simone Signoret. Decorated figures of French cinema, with a certain je ne sais quoi, each artist is a revered symbol of French culture whose talent and presence has reverberated far beyond the confines of cinema.

Between romance and drama, comedy and adventure, the 2016 line-up promises to be glamourous. Experience all those masterpieces as they were meant to be experienced on the big screen.

Dates: 14 - 15 October 2016

Venue: Mercury Cinema

Tickets: Available online at:

Opening Night* Standard programme
Adult $25 $19.50
Concession**  $22
* Includes film and 1 drink
** Concession prices also apply to Alliance Française d’Adelaïde / Adelaide Cinémathèque / Media Resource Centre members, children as well as concession card holders. 

LOVERS LIKE US (Le Sauvage) (PG)  – 1975

Director: Jean-Paul Rappenau
Cast: Yves Montand, Catherine Deneuve…
Genre: Comedy, Adventure

Rappeneau’s Lovers like us, unites the elements for an enjoyable romantic and chaotic comedy: the exotic haven of Venezuela, and the dream couple of French cinema - Catherine Deneuve and Yves Montand. The two find themselves moving from antagonism to fondness

Opening night | Friday 14 October 2016 at Mercury Cinema (Function 6pm, screening 7pm)

CASQUE D’OR (PG) - 1952

Director: Jacques Becker
Cast: Simone Signoret, Serge Reggiani…
Genre: Drama

The story unfolds in a dancehall on the banks of the Marne, Marie (Signoret) who is already promised to Roland will fall instantly in love with Georges (Reggiani). Their passion triggers an underworld rivalry that rapidly descends into conflict, treachery and murder.

Saturday 15 Oct at Mercury Cinema - 4.30 pm

BREATHLESS (À Bout de Souffle) (PG) - 1960

Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Cast: Jean Seberg, Jean-Paul Belmondo…
Genre: Drama, Romance

Love, betrayal and escape pervade this romance between Michel (Belmondo), a young delinquent on the run and Patricia (Seberg) a young American. She struggles to decide between her dream to become a journalist in Paris, and her bourgeoning affection for this fearless young man.

Saturday 15 Oct at Mercury Cinema - 6.30 pm

CESAR AND ROSALIE (César et Rosalie) (M)- 1972  

Director: Claude Sautet
Cast: Romy Schneider, Yves Montand…
Genre: Drama, Romance

Everybody likes Rosalie (Schneider); she is beautiful, multilingual and free spirited. Cesar and Rosalie is the story of Cesar (Montand), Rosalie… and David aussi. It’s a love triangle with complications that will leave you reflecting on the intricacies of love, freedom and friendship.

Saturday 15 Oct at Mercury Cinema - 8.30 pm


All festival films are restricted to persons 18 years of age and over, unless specified (see classification recommendations). This relates not necessarily to the content of the films, but to the legal requirements of holding the festival, as set by the Classification Board.

Please check the venue ticketing page for box office hours. Amex and Diners Club Cards are not accepted by Mercury Theatre. There are no credit card surcharges. Seating is unreserved

Festival tickets, once acquired, are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. Lost or stolen tickets will not be replaced or refunded. Ticket price incl GST.

We anticipate that door sales will be available for most sessions, however this cannot be guaranteed.

Patrons are urged to purchase their tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. Patrons are encouraged to collect booked tickets 30 minutes prior to the session to avoid queues.

Dates, times and programs are correct at the time of publication, but may need to be altered due to unforeseen circumstances. We reluctantly reserve the right to withdraw, change and replace programmes without notice.

All non-English language films have English subtitles.