Music and film festivals join for concert by Maxime Zecchini

Maxime Zecchini

WITH the Canberra International Music Festival just around the corner, an unusual hook between the 29th Alliance Française French Film Festival and Hotel Hotel will see French pianist and Ravel expert Maxime Zecchini performing tomorrow night just before the screening of the World War I era film “See You up There.”

Zecchini will play an extract from the “Piano Concerto for the Left Hand”, written by Maurice Ravel between 1929 and 1930 for Paul Wittgenstein, an Austrian concert pianist who lost his right arm in combat on the Russian front during the war.

He will also perform Scriabin’s “Prelude and Nocturne for the Left Hand”, along with arrangements of works by Verdi, Bellini, Massenet and Schulhoff.

A still from ‘See You Up There’Then at Palace Electric Cinema there’ll be a screening of Albert Dupontel’s film “See You up There”, (Au revoir là-haut). This strange film begins with one of the most compelling reconstructions of life in the trenches that you’ll ever see. It then proceeds into the story of two survivors, a humble accountant and his horribly disfigured fellow-survivor, a designer who hides behind elaborate masks, who together embark upon a scam, selling phoney war memorials In 1920s France. Against the odds, director Dupontel achieves a kind of affirmation of life through this tale.

A still from “50 is the New 30”

The Alliance Française French Film Festival continues its month-long run until March 28, when it will wind up with a screening of Valérie Lemercier’s mid-life crisis comedy “50 Is The New 30”.  The film will now screen in two cinemas simultaneously as the screening sold out early in the festival season.

Maxime Zecchini concert at Nishi Gallery (facing Palace Electric Cinema) 5.30pm, Tuesday, March 20 then at 6.30pm, followed by reception in the gallery. Concert/reception tickets sold separately at

Screening of “See You up There,” Palace Electric, 7.15pm preceded at 6.30pm by a reception in Palace Electric.

The Alliance Française French Film Festival, in Canberra until March 28. Bookings to


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