Opening Night Gala - Summertime

Opening Night Gala - Summertime
Opening Night Gala - Summertime

Start your 2016 Mardi Gras Film Festival with this beautiful and sensual film which screened at Toronto International Film Festival and won the Variety Piazza Grande Award at Locarno International Film Festival.

France 1971, Delphine lives a hard working life on her parents' farm in Limousin. Striving for independence and something more, she packs a suitcase and heads to Paris. A chance encounter on the street with Carole, sees her quickly join a group of feminists as they battle the patriarchy during the dawn of feminist activism in 1970s Paris. Enthralled by the charismatic Carole, the chemistry between the pair is palpable as Delphine is surprised to discover that Carole has a live in boyfriend, Manuel. Undeterred she takes a chance that changes the course of both of their lives forever.

When a family emergency sends Delphine back to her parent’s farm, Carole must decide whether to stay in Paris or to follow Delphine to a life and culture she knows little about.

Summertime (La Belle Saison) is a luminous film from veteran French Director Catherine Corsini (Replay, Three Worlds); with stellar performances from Izïa Higelin as Delphine and Belgian star Cécile de France (High Tension, Spanish Apartment Trilogy) as Carole. Together they bring this passionate and moving story to life.

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"Perhaps the world is finally ready for a lesbian romance as direct and unapologetic as Summertime." - Variety

"Their chemistry is so real and natural you can't help but root for them to be together." - Hollywood Reporter

"A must-see lesbian movie." - After Ellen

Festival opened by Hon Tanya Plibersek MP

Tickets are available for the film only, or join us for our always fun Opening Night party, by purchasing a Film and Party Ticket.
For those using a Flexi pass, but also wish to attend the party, buy the Flexi Party Add-On ticket.

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Original Title: La Belle Saison
Classification: 15+
Runtime: 105 mins
Year: 2015
Director: Catherine Corsini
Country: France
Language: French
Cast: Cecile De France, Izia Higelin, Noemie Lvovsky, Jean-Henri Compere
Awards: Winner Festival del Film Locarno Variety Piazza Grande Award
Company Credits: Australian Distributor: Palace Films | Presented in conjunction with the Alliance Fran├žaise de Sydney
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