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.
Takes place on Tuesday, May 2nd from 6 to 8 pm
Make a date with Alliance Française on First Tuesdays this spring! Enjoy wine and conversation en français, from 6:00 – 7:00 pm and take a trial Class, Introduction to French Class or Intermediate/Advanced level Conversation from 7:00 – 8:00 pm.
Bring friends and meet fellow Francophiles!
SPECIAL OFFER: Register for a class at the Open House and receive a 10% discount!
Moderated 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.
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).
The ultimate goal in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been to construct a machine (in today’s terms, to program a computer), which can simulate any and all aspects of human intelligence (e.g. logical reasoning, creativity, ability to learn, ability to communicate in a natural language, etc). As a field of study, AI has a long history. Indeed, over the centuries, some relatively simple aspects of human intelligence have been successfully simulated by mechanical means. However, the advent of the computer stimulated the research in AI, and among other accomplishments, the human ability “to think logically” was effectively simulated. We will present a survey of AI’s accomplishments and address its future from a technical and ethical point of view.
Presented in English with Q&A and cocktail reception.
Biography: Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, Prof. Gabrovsky studied cybernetics at Sofia University, and computer science at Warsaw University and Syracuse where he received his Ph.D. After working in the industry (with IBM as Senior Associate Programmer, and with UMB Financial as Executive Vice President), he taught at the University of Southern Main and, since 1989, at CSUN, as Professor of Computer Sciences. His research interests are in Artificial Intelligence, Logic Programming, and Non-standard (Alternative) Logics.
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!
Takes place on Saturday, May 13th from 2 to 4 pm
Make a date with Alliance Française on Saturday this spring! Enjoy crepes and conversation en français, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm and take a trial Class, Introduction to French Class Conversation from 2:30 – 3:30 pm.
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 May 13th for fun, popular French songs. You don’t need to be a good singer, this is not ‘The Voice’! And you don’t need to be in any advanced French classes.
Just come and have fun with us!
Je m’en vais is an 1999 Prix Goncourt-winning novel by the French author Jean Echenoz.
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.
Resume: 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.
The Book Club : You like french literature? Learn more about french culture and history? You want to meet other francophones? If you do, subscribe to our Book Club! A monthly meeting around an aperitif.
Book available for purchase at Alliance Francaise- $18
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
Paris/Marseille : Deux pôles extrêmes de l’Histoire de France
Paris 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!