Le Cinema

Film, Outdoor cinema
Le Cinema
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Get mulled wine, a blanket and a movie in the outdoor cinema component of the Bastille Day Festival

From the guys who brought you Mov'in Bed Outdoor Cinema comes this four-day season of movies, screening on the lawn outside the MCA (which is called the Tallowoladah Lawn – who knew?) 

Part of Bastille Festival, Le Cinema will feature five movies from France (plus two Hollywood efforts set in France) and just 50 deckchairs per screening. To get a deckchair and a blanket it's $18; $23 to add on mulled wine; and $28 to also add on popcorn. You'll be able to see the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge from your seat, so the setting ain't too shabby at all. 

So what's screening? OSS 117: Lost in Rio​ is France’s answer to James Bond, but with a dash of Austin Powers too, and Jean Dujardin as the titular spy. What’s in a Name?, starring Patrick Bruel, is a comedy about how a young couple’s choice of baby name threatens to tear their circle of friends apart. Les Bronzés Font du Ski is a (nearly) 40-year-old cult classic, the French equivalent of Muriel’s Wedding or The Castle.


La Vie en Rose saw Marion Cotillard win the 2008 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as France’s most celebrated singer, Edith Piaf. Sofia Coppola’s ​Marie Antoinette is a stunning period piece that won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Costume Design. ​

Top-notch Pixar animation Ratatouille, about a rat who dreams of becoming a chef, also screens. Luc Besson’s brililant sci-fi piece The Fifth Element also gets an outing.

Be super-quick to book your tickets: some screenings are already sold out. To book, click on the Dates and Times tab above.