AF French Film Festival – Some more must-see movies!

The Alliance Francaise French Film Festival is coming soon!

Have you checked out the full programme, which is now available here, and at the Rialto Cinema?

Here are a few more of our must-see movies:

 

Bloody Milk: With an unusual subject choice for a thriller, Bloody Milk is a gripping drama which breaks traditional conventions. This thriller will keep the viewers glued to the edge of their seat.

 

 

BPM (Beat Per Minute): Robin Campillo throws us into the milieu of sexual and political activism during François Mitterrand’s Government of the early 90’s and commemorates the legacy of ACT UP, a group of AIDS activists.

 

 

Dalida: From her birth in Cairo in 1933 to her worldwide hit Gigi l’Amoroso in 1974, this intimate portrait retraces the life of Dalida, one of Europe’s most famous singers from the late 1950s to the 1980s.

 

Festival films will be shown in Dunedin at the Rialto Cinema from 22 March to 4 April and in Arrowtown at Dorothy Browns from 5 to 15 April.

Dunedin Film Society showing 8 French movies!

Le premier semestre de la Dunedin Film Society commence le 28 février. 26 films sont proposés jusqu’à la mi-octobre, dont pas moins de huit films français : Les innocentes d’Anne Fontaine (2016) le 28 février, L’illusionniste de Sylvain Chomet (2010) le 14 mars, Mon oncle de Jacques Tati (1958) le 2 mai, La planète sauvage de René Laloux (1973) le 23 mai, Baden Baden de Rachel Lang (2016) le 18 juillet, Les cowboys de Thomas Bidegain (2015) le 1er août, Fidelio, l’odyssée d’Alice de Lucie Borleteau (2014) le 29 août, et Ni le ciel ni la terre de Clément Cogitore (2015) le 19 septembre.

L’abonnement pour l’année coûte 65 dollars, et 55 dollars pour les étudiants et sans emploi. Un pass 3 films est aussi disponible au prix de 25 dollars. Plus de renseignements sur http://dunedinfilmsociety.org.nz/

Suivez les événements de la Dunedin Film Society sur FaceBook.

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The Dunedin Film Society’s first semester starts on 28 February. 26 films are offered until mid-October, including no less than 8 French films: Anne Fontaine’s The Innocents (2016) on 28 February, Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist (2010) on 14 March, Jacques Tati’s Mon Oncle (1958) on 2 May, René Laloux’s Fantastic Planet (1973) on 23 May, Rachel Lang’s Baden Baden (2016) on 18 July, Thomas Bidegain’s Les Cowboys (2015) on 1 August, Lucie Borleteau’s Fidelio: Alice’s Odyssey (2014) on 29 August, and Clément Cogitore’s Neither Heaven Nor Earth (2015) on 19 September.

An annual membership only costs $65, or $55 for students/unwaged. A $25 three-movie pass is also available. More info on http://dunedinfilmsociety.org.nz/

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

First Book Club Meeting this week!

This is the start of another year for our book club!

The book club is the perfect opportunity to keep up with the latest books in French, to practice your reading skills and extend your vocabulary!

Members read and discuss around 8 examples of French literature per year (provided and selected by the Alliance) at a cost of approximately $35 (per year).

Our first meeting will be held on Thursday (8 March) at 5pm.

For more information, or further enquiry, feel free to contact us!

Moderate to advanced language skills advised.

Reminder: Events Coming Up in March

Coming up this March / Mars en bref

7 March: Talk by Amélie Lucas-Gary, the 2018 Laureate of the Randell Writers cottage residency in New Zealand – Castle C lecture theatre, Otago University, 5pm-6pm.

8 March: Meet and chat with Amélie Lucas-Gary at our monthly crêpe party (members only)

Sunday 11, Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 March: Boy Braille at the Fortune Theatre (studio) – 6 pm

14 March: Screening of Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist (2010), by the Dunedin Film Society – Red Lecture Theatre, Otago University – 7:30pm

22 March: Opening night of the Alliance Française French Film Festival at the Rialto Cinema – 5:30pm.

Fringe Festival: “Boy Braille” at the Fortune Theatre

Do you want to come and hear a story about one of France’s famous sons?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to read with your fingers?

Boy Braille is a one woman show that tells the story of the little French garcon – boy who, after an accident in his father’s workshop, goes on to invent the reading and writing system used by aveugle – blind people all around the world.

Read using the medium he created, that blind woman Julie Woods takes you on a journey of his life from small town France to the Pantheon in Paris. Like Louis and Julie, the audience will be plunged into darkness with part of the play being performed dans la noir -in the dark.

But don’t worry! Julie will be reading this story with the code Louis invented which she can do without the lights on!

For Julie this will be the reading aloud assignment of her life as she only learned braille as a 35 year old adult, and she’s never been this bold with her braille reading before. Find out where her reading fingers have taken her and discover her braille dream!

Listen to the letters written by Louis to his mother in the countryside and witness the affection Louis held for his family who’s love and support enabled him to triumph with his code.

This world premiere is part of the Dunedin Fringe Festival 2018 and is being produced by Double Trouble Productions, that’s two Dunedin sisters Julie Woods and Amanda Phillips who have co-written this story of Louis Braille after being so inspired by his story.

Come along and enter the world of the blind and leave with your name in braille.

Where:Fortune Studio

When:Sunday 11, Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 March at 6 pm

Tickets for the performance can be purchased from:

* direct from dunedinfringe.nz, in person at Fringe HQ 26 Princes Street, Dunedin 10am – 5 pm

* at the Fortune Theatre Box Office, 231 Stuart Street (cnr Stuart Street & Moray Place), 03 477 8323 or boxoffice@fortunetheatre.co. nz

Cash door sales available $10 Free admission for blind people

AF French Film Festival – Must-see movies!

The Alliance Francaise French Film Festival is coming soon!

Have you checked out the full programme, which is now available here, and at the Rialto Cinema?

Here are a few of our must-see movies:

C’est la vieThe Opening Night Movie is a very entertaining feature and the guarantee of a highly enjoyable, buzzy and funny comedy experience!

 

 

Aurore: Agnès Jaoui brings a touching, truer-than-life poignancy to an endearing portrait of the resilience of womanhood, as an everyday heroine on the road to (re)discovery.

Faces Places: Despite more than a half century age difference, documentary filmmaker Agnès Varda and artist JR have more in common than one may think: a curiosity for people and a passion for images!

 

Festival films will be shown in Dunedin at the Rialto Cinema from 22 March to 4 April and in Arrowtown at Dorothy Browns from 5 to 15 April.

Coming Up!

Do not forget to come at our upcoming events!

3 March: Petit-déjeuner / French breakfast, at the Alliance Française, from 10:30am

7 MarchTalk by Amélie Lucas-Gary, the 2018 Laureate of the Randell Writers cottage residency in New Zealand – Castle C lecture theatre, Otago University, 5pm-6pm.

8 March: Meet and chat with Amélie Lucas-Gary at our monthly crêpe party (members only)

Sunday 11, Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 March:  Boy Braille at the Fortune Theatre (studio) – 6 pm

22 March: Opening night of the Alliance Française French Film Festival at the Rialto Cinema – 5:30pm.

The AF French Film Festival Programme is Here!

The AF French Film Festival programme for 2018 is now available. Check it out online at http://frenchfilmfestival.co.nz/films/  or get a copy at the Dunedin Rialto Cinema!

 

And if you are out for a few recommendations, Kate Rodger, the 2018 Festival Patron, shares her picks here !

 

Festival films will be shown in Dunedin at Rialto Cinema from 22 March to 4 April and in Arrowtown at Dorothy Browns from 5 to 15 April.

Great weekend on Quarantine Island!

Our 2nd annual Quarantine Island French immersion weekend was once again a success!

There were 18 participants – aged 3 to 75 – and we survived the entire weekend (2 nights!) on the island, speaking French, eating A LOT of French food, drinking a lot of French beverages (there is a little bit of Pastis left), dreaming in French and exploring the island in French.

When we weren’t busy eating, highlights of the weekend included:

  • Speaking French with the Dutch keeper and his family and helping them with some jobs on the island,
  • Exploring the cave,
  • Feeding the ducklings and chickens,
  • Participating in the cooking class (also known as “making dinner”),
  • Exploring the shoreline on foot and by kayak,
  • Playing petanque,

and enjoying a full weekend of French!

Everyone joined in and helped out in the kitchen and around the island. It was wonderful to have a mix of new and returning faces and all were sad to farewell the island on Sunday. Check out the great photos of our trip on Facebook!