Alliance Française French Classes – Term 3 – Enrol NOW!

Registrations are now open for all Alliance Française Term 3 French classes.

Did you know research shows that learning a foreign language can lead to better critical thinking skills, improved problem solving skills as well as greater memory, mental flexibility and increased cultural awareness.

So why not enrol now – we provide classes for all ages (from preschool to adults) and all levels of French (beginners to advanced and bilingual classes for kids).

Check out our website for more details or email: or call David Moir: 03 487 9776 / 027 689 5051


French Language movies at NZIFF

The NZ International Film Festival is on in Dunedin 8-30 August, with films playing at both The Regent Theatre and The Rialto Theatre. There’s a wonderful range of films from New Zealand and around the world. Tickets are available for purchase now. The full programme is available on their website, and below is a list of the french language films that will be playing. You can also come along to the DUNEDIN PUBLIC ART GALLERY on Sat 29th of JULY at 2pm for a FREE sneak preview of a collection of the films screening in this year’s NZIFF (Presented by the Dunedin Film Society, NOT focused on French movies)!

BPM (Beats Per Minute)  120 battements par minute

Robin Campillo

A wary newcomer to the radical activist life risks his heart with one of its firecracker stars in this stirring and moving exploration of the ACT UP movement that protested government inaction on AIDS in the 90s.

France  In French with English subtitles

Call Me by Your Name

Luca Guadagnino

This gorgeous and moving adaptation of André Aciman’s acclaimed novel, directed by Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love), stars Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet as lovers in sun-kissed northern Italy.

France / Italy  In EnglishFrench and Italian with English subtitles

Faces Places – Visages villages

Agnès Varda, JR

In this utterly charming documentary, octogenarian French director Agnès Varda takes to the road with the young photo-muralist JR, creating artworks, looking up old friends and finding new ones.

France  In French with English subtitles


François Ozon

This elegantly mounted drama explores regeneration in the aftermath of World War I through the complex relationship of a young German woman (Anna Beer) and a French soldier (Pierre Niney) brought together by shared loss.

France / Germany  In French and Germanwith English subtitles

Gabriel and the Mountain / Gabriel e a montanha

Fellipe Barbosa

Brazilian Fellipe Barbosa’s richly layered road movie retraces his friend’s Africa-on-$3-a-day travels through Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia, based on the fond recollections of the people he befriended along the way.

Brazil  In ChichewaEnglishFrenchPortuguese and Swahili with English subtitles

Happy End

Michael Haneke

Jean-Louis Trintignant is the failing patriarch and Isabelle Huppert his daughter in this satirical dissection of a powerful French construction dynasty from Austrian director Michael Haneke (AmourCaché).

France  In French with English subtitles

Heal the Living Réparer les vivants

Katell Quillévéré

A catastrophic accident leaves one family in ruins and bestows another with precious hope in a hospital drama immeasurably enhanced by the delicate sensitivity of Katell Quillévéré’s script and the poetic force of her direction.

Belgium / France  In French with English subtitles

Let the Sunshine In  / Un beau soleil interieur

Claire Denis

Juliette Binoche lights up every frame of Claire Denis’ frank and rueful dramedy of romantic hope springing eternal, written in collaboration with the controversially confessional novelist and playwright Christine Angot.

France  In French with English subtitles

The Midwife / Sage femme

Martin Provost

Catherine Frot stars as a conscientious midwife reluctantly reconnecting with Catherine Deneuve as the flamboyant step-mother who absconded 30 years earlier, in this lively drama from writer/director Martin Provost (Séraphine)

Belgium / France  In French with English subtitles

My Life As a Courgette (Subtitled) / Ma vie de Courgette

Claude Barras

This soulful and subversive Oscar-nominated feature uses stop-motion animation to tell the story of an orphan named Courgette. From the key animator on Fantastic Mr Fox, and adapted for the screen by Girlhood’s Céline Sciamma.

France / Switzerland  In French with English subtitles (there is also an English dubbed version)

To Stay Alive: A Method

Erik Lieshout

Iggy Pop and French writer Michel Houellebecq head up a superbly crafted documentary about struggling artists, many struggling with mental illness, who fight against the odds to make their art.

The Netherlands  In English and French with English subtitles

A Woman’s Life / Une vie

Stéphane Brizé

In a literary adaptation styled with striking immediacy, Stéphane Brizé relates the tragedy of an adventurous young 19th-century noblewoman harshly judged for an unfortunate marriage.

Belgium / France  In French with English subtitles

The Workshop / L’atelier

Laurent Cantet

Laurent Cantet (Human ResourcesThe Class) makes an enthralling return to form, drawing topical debate and socially conscious thrills from the true story of a writer intrigued and disturbed by a troubled student.

France  In French with English subtitles

Dunedin Film Society showing 4 French movies!

Le deuxième semestre de la Dunedin Film Society commence le 12 juillet. Douze films sont proposés jusqu’à la mi-octobre, dont quatre films français : Fatima de Philippe Faucon (2015) le 9 août, L’homme de Rio de Philippe de Broca (1964) avec Jean-Paul Belmondo et Françoise Dorléac le 13 septembre, Le Sauvage de Jean-Paul Rappeneau (1975) avec Yves Montand et Catherine Deneuve le 20 septembre, et Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy? de Michel Gondry (2013) le 27 septembre.

L’abonnement pour le deuxième semestre coûte 35 dollars, et 30 dollars pour les étudiants et sans emploi. Un pass 3 films est aussi disponible au prix de 25 dollars. Plus de renseignements sur

Suivez les événements de la Dunedin Film Society sur FaceBook.


The Dunedin Film Society’s second semester starts on 12 July. 12 films are offered until mid-October, including 4 French films: Philippe Faucon’s Fatima (2015) on 9 August, Philippe de Broca’s That Man From Rio (1964) with Jean-Paul Belmondo and Françoise Dorléac on 13 September, Jean-Paul Rappeneau’s Le Sauvage (1975) with Yves Montand and Catherine Deneuve on 20 September, and Michel Gondry’s  Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy? (2013) on 27 September.

Membership for the second semester only costs $35, or $30 for students/unwaged. A $25 three-movie pass is also available. More info on

You may also susbcribe to the Dunedin Film Society FB events.

New Member Benefit: Marbecks Foodstore – Special Tour de France and Bastille Day

The Alliance Française Dunedin is proud to announce our new partnership with Marbecks Foodstore: all our members are now entitled to 25% discount on food and retail products on presentation of their membership card and by quoting “entertainment voucher” (discount can’t exceed $20 on a transaction).


Don’t miss Marbecks’ special events this month:

  • Tour de France – Tour of Cheese! Each week discover new cheeses related to the region crossed by the runners of the Tour de France
  • Bastille Day special dish: their French chef Julien will propose some typical French dishes on Friday 14th, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th

Marbecks Foodstore is a restaurant and deli offering products imported from all over Europe and especially from France and Belgium. You can find Artisan French pastries every week on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Marbecks is located in the Wall Street Mall, 211 George St, Dunedin, NZ.
Open: Mon-Fri 9am till 6pm and Sat-Sun 10am till 5pm.

Check their Facebook page for more information.

Check-out your other AF Dunedin Member benefits.

Reminder Bastille Day Raclette 2017: See you on Saturday 6:30pm

SOLD OUT! Bastille Day Raclette Night

Samedi 15 juillet, 18h30 / Saturday 15 July, 6.30pm

Our Raclette Night has been extremely popular this year, with it being sold out in 3 days only!! We hate having to turn people down so we will look into hiring a larger venue next year so we can accomodate more people.

For those registered, it will be a great night on Saturday, see you there! 🙂

Bastille Day Raclette 2017: Register Now!

Bastille Day Raclette Night

Samedi 15 juillet, 18h30 / Saturday 15 July, 6.30pm

Come celebrate our “French National Day” in style by enjoying a delicious winter Raclette. Please book your space now as places are limited.

Price includes full raclette cheese meal, charcuterie (cured hams), salad, dessert & drinks :
Complementary Kir !

Alliance Francaise Members $35.00
General Public $45.00
Children up to 12 – $1.00 for each year of their age
$5.00 discount per family or couple bringing a homemade dessert

There is a limit of 40 seats.

Please ensure your booking by paying in full into our bank account 03-09030389432-000. Include the word RACLETTE in the payment references and email to confirm your details (nbr of members/non-members and children’s age).

Reminder: Café Scientifique – Thursday 29 June, 6pm

“ Brain and Sex: How and Why are Men and Women Sexually Different?”


Come enjoy tea/coffee and a stimulating talk by Dr Elodie Desroziers, Postdoctoral Fellow . Department of Physiology, University of Otago

  • Why are women and men so different physically but also behaviorally?
  • How and why is the brain sexually differentiated?

Over a 40min presentation, Elodie will try to answer these questions by taking example of the control  of fertility and sexual behavior by the brain.

Presentation will be in English but Q&A session can also take place in French. Feel free to bring some snack food.

Gold Coin Donation

Save the Date – Fête Nationale / Bastille Day Raclette Night – Sat 15 July, 6.30pm

Everything is in the title! Save the Date – Fête Nationale / Bastille Day Raclette Night – Sat 15 July, 6.30pm- Details to come in the next P’tit Potin edition!

Samedi 15 juillet à partir de 18h30, nous fêterons la fête nationale française avec une délicieuse soirée raclette! Marquez la date dans vos calendriers et gardez un œil sur la prochaine édition du P’tit Potin!