On Monday 29th January, we discussed "L'amour dure trois ans/ Love lasts three years" by Frédéric Beigbeder published in 1997. In
this novel, inspired by the author's life, Beigbeder tells about Marc Maronnier's desperate love life. This book plenty of humor and cynicism has also been adapted into a film in
2012, that you could watch after reading the novel. You can get the book here :
L'Amour dure trois ans
The Alliance Française de Cardiff held an Open Day on Saturday 6th January from 11 am to 2.30 pm. It was a great opportunity to see our new premises and to share some delicious and traditional galette des rois ! There were activties for all the family including some games and a raffle.
On Monday 11th November at 6 pm we were discussing "Une vie" by Simone Veil published in 2007. In her memoir, Simone Veil tells us about major events in her life such as how she survived Auschwitz and later, whilst minister of health, gave French women the right to abortions. It is a striking book written by one of the most significant French women of this century.
On Friday 1st December at 8.30 pm, Chapter screened the film "Happy End" by the award winning director Michael Haneke. In this drama, the director depicts the life of a bourgeois family in Calais which is hit by a wave of refugees.
On Saturday 18th November, la Société Franco-Britannique in collaboration with the Alliance Française de Cardiff, screened the French film "Les saveurs du Palais" directed by Christian Vincent. It tells the story of Hortense Laborie, a renowned cook living in Périgord. The French President at that time names her as his personal cook at the Elysée Palace, an unexpected decision which surprises her.
The Alliance Française was happy to invite you to come to the Radisson Blu for the Beaujolais Day.
The Alliance Française de Cardiff was at Chapter for the 5th edition of the Wales African Film Festival "Watch Africa". The film "Félicité"by Alain Gomis was the last film screened during this special day. It tells the story of Félicité, a bar singer in Kinshasa. Her life completely changes when her fourteen year-old son is injured in a motorbike crash accident. In order to save him, she begins a tiring trek across the city, an electric city, surrounded by music and dreams.
On Monday 6th November we held our monthly Club de lecture where we discussed "La Place" (114 pages) written by Annie Ernaux in 1984. "La Place" is an autobiographical novel written after the author's father died. This tragic event leads to the story of the writer's childhood and family life.
On Friday 20th October a talk about French strikes was organised at the Club de Français. The Club de Français de Cardiff was founded in 1978 for all those interested in France, its people and culture. They organise every month talks and conferences linked to French culture. During this meeting, our director Anthony Thirion explained how strikes are organized in France and questioned cultural stereotypes.
On Saturday 7th October at 1.30pm, Chapter Arts Centre screened the French documentary untitled "Voyage à travers le cinéma français" ("My Journey Through French Cinema"), directed by Bertrand Tavernier. In this film, released in 2016, Bertrand Tavernier, well-known and several times awarded cinema Director, paid tribute to all the figures who embodied French cinema.
Chapter Arts Centre screened Cédric Klapisch’s film "Back to Burgundy" (Ce qui nous lie) at 6pm. The film tells the story of Jean (Pio Marmaï), who must return to his hometown ten years after leaving when his father falls ill. There, he is reunited with his siblings, Juliette (Ana Girardot) and Jérémie (François Civil), and as they work on their family-owned vineyard, they must overcome problems that have arisen between them over the years.
On Monday 18th October, we discussed "Claude Gueux", a short story written by Victor Hugo in 1934. It is considered an early example of "true crime" fiction, and contains Hugo's early thoughts on societal injustice which thirty years later he would flesh out in his novel "Les Misérables".
Chapter Arts Centre screened "Souvenir" by Belgian director Bavo Defurne's on Thursday 27th July at 6:30pm. In this comedy, Isabelle Huppert is Liliane, a factory worker who once took part in the European Song Contest. However, one of her colleagues recognises her and tries to convince her to reignite her past as a singer. We gave a short presentation in the cinema just before the film beginned.
On Monday 17th July, we discussed Anna Gavalda's short stories : Je voudrais que quelqu'un m'attende quelque part.
At 6pm on Monday 10th July, Chapter Arts Centre screened Bruno Dumont's film Slack
Bay. This comedy was selected last year to compete for the Palme d’or at the Cannes Film festival. Starring French actors Juliette
Binoche, Fabrice Luchini and Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, the film follows a quirky family and their antics on holiday on the Northern French coast during the summer of 1910. They even come across a
police investigation in the area!
We had a fun, informal chat in French in the foyer before the film.
In June, the Chapter Arts Centre screened a brilliant selection of films for everyone to enjoy. We talked about our favourites below!
My Life as a Courgette (PG)
This beautiful stop-motion animation tells the tale of Icare, a boy who has recently lost his parents and now tries to bond with the other children in the orphanage, in the process learns the meaning of trust and love. This Oscar-nominated family-friendly film is sure to delight people of all ages.
Showed 2nd-8th June. For more information, please click here.
The Red Turtle (PG)
Studio Ghibli's latest film was also nominated for an Oscar, and deals with the journey of a man who, shipwrecked on a tropical island, befriends a giant red turtle. Immersive and whimsical, this fairy tale shows is a magical treat for the whole family.
Showed 2nd-18th June. For more information, please click here.
Heal the Living (12A)
When an tragic accident involving three surfers leaves one family devastated, they must make a heart-breaking decision that will affect not only them, but those around them. A moving adaptation of Maylis De Kerangal's bestselling novel that shows just how closely human lives are entwined, Heal the Living is a brutally honest representation of life, death and healing.
Showed 9th-15th June. For more information, please click here.
Le Havre (PG)
This comedy tells the story of shoe-shiner Marcel, who takes in a young refugee arriving at Le Havre. A tale of friendship and generosity, this deadpan comedy is sure to brighten your day.
Showed 18th-20th June. For more information, please click here.
In the aftermath of World War II, a young German woman visits her husband's grave, only to find a mysterious man laying flowers on it. Shot in black and white, this film uncovers the truth about grief and lost love on both sides after the end of the war.
Showed 23rd-29th June. For more information,please click here.
On Monday 19th June, 6-7.30pm, our book club discussed Nord perdu by Nancy Huston. Nancy Huston is a Canadian-born novelist who writes primarly in French. In Nord Perdu, she reflects on her experience of living abroad and learning a language.
Got an eye for photography? Then take part in our photo competition! Every year, the Fondation Alliance Francaise organises an annual photo competition. This year’s theme is ‘Fashion and Dress codes’ which we are inviting you all to participate in, with a chance to win a week in Paris as well as having your artwork displayed.
What we wear is a way of expressing ourselves and forms part of our identity. Our clothing is a symbol of who we are. Fashion can be used to express our personal individuality and uniqueness. Whether it be traditional costume, occasion wear, party outfits, sports gear, religious clothing, etc., they are all ways of dressing in specific contexts and every individual’s clothing is both an aesthetic and a social statement.
The Alliance Française de Cardiff is organising its own local competition to select the winner who will then go on to represent Cardiff at the international contest in Paris.
How to enter the competition:
The competition is open to anyone who is over the age of eighteen. You are not eligible to enter if you are a professional photographer (recognised for your artwork and it being your sole source of income). Participants should submit 2 photos on the theme of ‘Fashion and Dress codes’ and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
10th of April: Opening of the contest
18th of June: Deadline to submit your photos to the Alliance française de Cardiff
When the winner has been selected, their photos will then be entered into the international contest in Paris, who will announce their winner before the 31st of December 2017.
The winner of the Alliance française de Cardiff will get a £70 voucher for a meal at Côte Brasserie.
A selection of the finalists works chosen by the jury of the Fondation Alliance Française, will be exhibited in Paris and/or in the gallery of the Fondation Alliance Française.
The selected photos will be published in the specialized press arts and photography magazine. The "1st prize winner" will be offered a week’s stay in Paris. The Alliance Française Foundation will provide transportation (return ticket), accommodation for the week (FIAP, Cité Internationale des Arts or equivalent) and 40 € a day spending money.
To find out more information about the competition, visit www.fondation-alliancefr.org
Chapter Arts Centre screened the 2016 film ‘Cézanne et Moi’ directed by Danièle Thompson on Monday 29th May at 6pm. The film follows the friendship between two of France’s most famous cultural figures, Paul Cézanne and Emilie Zola, played by Guillaume Gallienne and Guillaume Canet. L’Alliance Française de Cardiff was in the cinema foyer at 5pm to chat about cinema in French, followed by a short presentation in the cinema before the film was shown.
On Tuesday 23rd May our Club de Lecture de l'Alliance française Cardiff discussed Paris sera toujours une fête (128 pages) - a celebration of Paris by various authors including Jacques Prévert and Victor Hugo.
A selection of some of the book's pages can be found on the website of the publishing house, including the beautiful Caligrammes by Guillaume Apollinaire, a poem arranged in the shape of the Eiffel Tower.
On Thursday 4th May Alliance Française de Cardiff, in collaboration with Cardiff University, screened the film "Rue Case-Nègres/ Sugar Cane Alley" by Euzhan Palcy, based on the 1950 novel by Joseph Zobel. Students from the School of Modern Languages gave a presentation and led a discussion about the film.
Thursday 4th May, 2pm - 4.30pm - free event. 26-28 Churchill Way, CF10 2DY, first floor.
On Saturday 1st April at 8.15pm Chapter Arts Centre screened the highly acclaimed French thriller Elle, starring Isabelle Huppert. The story follows Michèle, CEO of a video game company. When she is shockingly attacked in her home she resolutely tracks down her attacker and both are drawn into a cat and mouse game of control. Huppert was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance. The unpredictable and action-packed plot makes this a must-see film.
L’Alliance Française de Cardiff were present in the cinema foyer at 7.00pm and gave a short presentation at 8pm, in the cinema just before the film began.
On Saturday 18th March, France faced Wales in the final weekend of the 6 Nations rugby championship.The match was highly exciting and was not to be missed by anyone!
We supported our French team and met other rugby fans in Old Market Tavern (20-21 Trinity Street, Cardiff CF 10 1BH).
In the run up to the French presidential elections, l'Alliance française de Cardiff, in partnership with Cardiff University School of Modern Languages organised a talk and open discussion in
Special guest: Madame Brousseau-Navarro, Honorary Consul of France in Cardiff
Presentation of the French electoral system
"The vote of French expats" - Madame Brousseau-Navarro
"Challenges presented by this system" - Monsieur Anthony Thirion, Director of l'Alliance française, Cardiff
The audience listened enthusiastically, discussed opinions and asked questions on the topics presented.
After the discussion, refreshments were available and we chose the topic of our next discussion together.
Cardiff University School of Modern Languages 4pm-5pm, 66A Park Pl, Cardiff CF10 3AS, room 2-26,
Our Club de lecture de l'Alliance française Cardiff for March took place on Monday 13th and we discussed Ritournelle de la faim (2008) by J.M.G. Le Clézio. We also enjoyed tea, coffee and biscuits!
On Monday 24th April, we talked about "Un Balcon en forêt" (1958) by J.Gracq.
An intermediate level of French is required.
13/03/2017 - £2 - 6pm-7.30pm, Alliance française Cardiff 26-28 Churchill Way, first floor, Cardiff, CF10 10DY