Open House – Last Tuesdays

OPEN HOUSE – FINAL TUESDAYS

Tuesday, May 30th Facebook

Make a date with Alliance Française on Final Tuesday this spring! Enjoy cheese, wine and conversation en français, from 6:30 to 9:00 pm and take a Free trial Class : Introduction to French Class from 7:30 to 8:30pm or Advanced level Conversation from 7:30 to 9:00 pm.
SPECIAL OFFER: Register for a class at the Open House and receive a 10% discount!
Bring friends and meet fellow Francophiles!
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Soirée Jeux de Société

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BOARD GAMES NIGHT

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Thursday, June 15th from 6 to 8 pm

Join us at alliance Française of Los Angeles and practice your French while playing board games en Français ! Players will be grouped according to their level of French:

  • Beginner                               | Bingo, UNO and Jeux de l’Oie
  • Intermediate & Advanced | Scrabble, Monopoly or/and Cluedo

Free for AF members and $10 for non members

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History Workshop

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HISTORY WORKSHOP – Thursday, June 8th

Paris vs Marseille : Deux pôles extrêmes de l’Histoire de France

Presented by Sami Ayari

History Workshop_FlyerParis became the cradle and the crucible of French History only in the early Middle-Ages. Marseilles on the other hand, a 2600 years old city, has always been the beacon of the “South” within the characteristics Nordic/Southern duality of France.
This workshop will concentrate on the historic contributions of these two fascinating cities through the lens of North/South opposition.

The History Workshop : You like french history? You want to learn more about French culture and history? If you do, enroll to our History Workshop!

Fee: $30 for AF members, $40 for non-members

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Cine Club – Jappeloup

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CINE CLUB – Wednesday June 7th

Jappeloup by Christian DuguayFront page widgetFrom childhood, Pierre Durand has always had a love for horse-riding. In the early 1980s, he gives up a promising career as a lawyer so that he can devote himself completely to this overriding passion. Encouraged by his father, Pierre puts all of his energies and his faith into training a young, temperamental and undersized horse named Jappeloup, which no one else believes is championship material.

Cesar nominated film, “Jappeloup” takes an essentially self-contained, relatively decorous sport — show jumping — and turns it into a suspenseful, nail-biting series of death-defying equine leaps. French helmer Christian Duguay uses every trick in the genre playbook — slo-mo action, a sweeping score, endless reactive cutaways and shamelessly manipulative editing — to goose viewers viscerally. “The horse has heart and more than that,” is the consensus and if you can bear three falls within the first ten minutes, you will agree. There is more than a touch of romance, and combined with stunning and dramatic cinematography this film should entertain a wide audience, not just the horse enthusiast.

Presented in French with English subtitles

A discussion will follow the film. Refreshments provided!

Free for Members – $10 for non-members

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Grammar Workshop

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Tuesday May 23rd 2017 at 06:30 pm

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Learn how to express yourself during a debate. Structure your thought and opinions to be able to present opposing sides of an issue. Students will engage in debate and learn how to give emphasis to one idea over another.

The Grammar Workshop : You like french language and want to become fluent? You want to meet other francophones? If you do, enroll to our Grammar Workshop!

Fee: $35 for AF members, $45 for non-members

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book club May

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Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Je m’en vais is a 1999 Prix Goncourt-winning novel by the French author Jean Echenoz.

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Jean Echenoz uses his own approach and has his own style which is the reason why he has so rapidly become France’s leading writer, with only five novels prior to this one under his belt.

Je m’en vais begins simply enough: the hero, an urbane Parisian art dealer, tells his wife he’s leaving her, drops his keys on the table, and walks out forever. His new existence is as madcap and unpredictable as his old was staid. French phenomenon Jean Echenoz’s newest novel is a bitingly humorous look at the uncertainties of love at midlife, a suspenseful crime caper, and a witty, satirical foray into corruption in the international art market.

Free for AF members|$10 for non members.

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Sing Along – French Karaoke

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SING ALONG  

Saturday, June 10th

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Having trouble retaining French verbs? Do you want to learn French catch phrases? Come and join fellow students and teachers! Singing can boost your memory, give you an inside look at French culture, improve your comprehension and help you sound like a native French speaker. This is one of the best ways to add vocabulary and reinforcing your knowledge!

Come and join us at the Alliance on June 10th for fun, popular French songs. You don’t need to be a good singer, this is not ‘American Idol’! And you don’t need to be in any advanced French classes.
Just come and have fun with us!

Cheese and Wine provided 🍷

$10 for Members – $15 for non-members

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Colcoa – French Film Festival

COLCOA FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL

9 Days of Film and TV Premieres in Hollywood

COLOATeaserAlliance Francaise is pleased to sponsor Colcoa.

COLCOA, the largest French Film Festival in the world was founded in 1997 by the Franco-American Cultural Fund, a unique collaborative effort of the Directors Guild of America, the Motion Picture Association, the Writers Guild of America West, and France’s Society of Authors Composers and Publishers of Music (SACEM). COLCOA is also supported by l’Association des Auteurs-Réalisateurs-Producteurs (ARP), the Film and TV Office of the French Embassy in Los Angeles (French Consulate), the CNC, TVFI and UNIFRANCE.

COLCOA is the acronym of “City of Light, City of Angels” the original name of an event celebrating relationships between filmmakers from Paris and Los Angeles, the two historic capitals of cinema. Since 2015, the festival’s name has officially become COLCOA April 24th to May 2nd, in the prestigious theaters of the Directors Guild of America on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood (3 theaters, a 210 capacity lounge and a 1,500 capacity lobby).

COLCOA is committed to promoting new French films in the U.S. and to showcasing the diversity of French cinema and French television programs.

Join us for a screening of Le Fils de Jean, on Thursday, April 27th. Book tickets here.

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Cine Club – Les Choristes – Thursday, May 11

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CINE CLUB – Thursday May 11th

Les Choristes by Christophe Barratier

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One night, the celebrated orchestra conductor Pierre Morhange receives an unexpected visit from Pépinot, someone he has not seen since his days in a grim boarding school during the late 1940s. Pépinot brings with him the diary of Clément Mathieu, the reluctant teacher who succeeded in changing both their lives. As they read the diary, both men are transported back to 1949, to the day when Clément arrived at the school, an establishment which was run with an iron fist by a despotic headmaster and where the pupils ran riot. The new teacher is dismayed by the animosity and brutality that surrounds him. But then he sees an opportunity to make a change for the better – by introducing his class of miserable rebels to the beauty of choral music…

For all its homespun simplicity, overly safe narrative style and occasional moments of shameless sentimentality, Les Choristes is a beautifully rendered and achingly effective film, one that will move virtually any audience to tears. The story is a simple one, a kind of latter day parable, in which a man who has failed in his own life manages to make a positive impact on the lives on others. Gérard Jugnot is perfectly cast as the film’s main character, playing the kind of modest, downtrodden yet sympathetic hero which has become his trademark and which has earned him his reputation as one of France’s best loved film actors of his generation. This is the first full length film to be directed by Christophe Barratier, a trained musician whose uncle, Jacques Perrin, makes a brief appearance in the film.

Presented in French with English subtitles

A discussion will follow the film. Refreshments provided!

Free for Members – $10 for non-members

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A conversation with Guillaume Serina

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CONVERSATION WITH GUILLAUME SERINA – Thursday, May 4th

Reagan/Gorbachev: Reykjavik, 1986

GUILLAUME-SERINA-696x406Moderated by Samy Ayari, Guillaume Serina will comment on the Reykjavik summit, which came close to ending the nuclear competition between the East and the West, and discusses how this historical meeting — which remains curiously unknown — revealed the political climate, the strengths, and the weaknesses of both leaders.

Programme :
7 :00pm : Presentation
8 :00pm : Q&A
8 :30pm : Reception

Presented in English. Q&A in French or English

Free for AF members and $10 for non members

Biography : Guillaume Serina is the correspondent of both Le Journal du Dimanche and Le Parisien Magazine and is based in Los Angeles and specializes in North American History. He is the author of Barack Obama ou l’Amérique nouvelle (L’Archipel, 2008), as well as Obama face aux dix plaies de l’Amérique (L’Archipel, 2012). In 2008, he founded “L’Agence France USA Media” and an online magazine Nouveau Monde (NouveauMondeMagazine.com).

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