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The annual Newcastle French Film Festival returns to Event Cinemas at Kotara this month, with six top-rating movies over three days.

Starting on Friday 21 May, the event – organised by the Alliance Française de Newcastle, promotes not only the beautiful language, but the culture in the region.

An uplifting offering about the challenges faced by autism support groups in Paris will feature on the opening night. 

By the same producers as the outstanding box office success, The Untouchables, The Extraordinary will have you laughing out loud at times and in tears at others.

Three films will continue the high standard the next day, starting with the engaging family flick, Spread Your Wings, which will screen at 2pm on Saturday 22 May.

A video games obsessed boy is reluctant to spend his holidays with his father, an ornithologist who studies wild birds. 

His attitude changes when he becomes enthralled with his dad’s research into wild geese and an amazing adventure results. 

The Mystery of Henri Pick is a fascinating mystery film where a young publisher searches for the authentic author of a novel, which she discovered and published, only to find that it became a best seller.

Beautiful scenery from Brittany in north-west France provides the background as she struggles with how a pizza shop owner could have written such a good book. 

Perfumes pits two very different characters together when Anne Walberg, an incredibly talented and complex perfume expert hires a chauffeur Guillaume, who desperately needs the job to gain custody of his daughter. 

Two intriguing films will complete the festival on Sunday 23 May, starting with Appearances, a psychological thriller, which looks at the life of a French couple, living in Vienna in a community of wealthy French expatriates.  

A classic will close the festival with the major international stars, Frenchman Jean-Paul Belmondo and American Jean Seberg, in a re-mastered version of the historic 1960 crime drama, Breathless.

It is one of the earliest and more influential examples of French New Wave. 

All movies are in French with English subtitles, so don’t worry if you don’t speak the language.

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