Every year in the month of March, we celebrate the international month of francophonie. Join us for lectures in French and English, a photo exhibition and films, both at the Alliance (a French-language Swiss film) and at the  Museum of Fine Arts, Houston for the popular  Five Funny French films series! And don’t miss Un Air de famille, a play in French with English language surtitles from our friends at Et Voilà Théâtre.

(A Family Affair)
A comedy by Agnès Jaoui and Jean-Pierre Bacri

un air de famille

Conférence animée par Patrice Vanoni
8 mars à 19 heures

35 ans de grands reportages


Patrice Vanoni a commencé sa carrière comme journaliste pour la presse écrite. Il collabore ensuite pour plusieurs magazines, y compris Charlie Hébdo, radios et pour le quotidien Le Monde. Il devient Grand Reporter et correspondant dans de nombreux pays pour plusieurs grandes chaînes françaises de télévision (TF1, Canal +, I Télé, Arte) durant plus de trente ans. Il a réalisé des reportages et documentaires couvrant de grandes actualités internationales : les guerres et conflits, notamment en Afrique, mais aussi des évènements politiques, des portraits de stars (dont Serge Gainsbourg, Johnny Hallyday, Jean d'Ormesson) et des sujets de société. Après 3 ans à Houston attaché culturel, il était chargé de Mission au Ministère des Affaires Etrangères à Paris. Depuis 2014 il a fait des conférences et atelier en Chine, en Inde, en Afrique du Sud et aux Etats Unis.

Patrice VANONI began his journalistic career in magazines and newspapers, including Le Monde. He then became an international reporter for French television networks (TF1, Canal +, I TV, Arte) for over 30 years. Beginning in 2008, put this experience to work for the French governmental institutions, serving as audiovisual attaché at the Embassy of France in India, seconded to Mumbai, then cultural attaché at the Embassy of France to USA seconded to Houston. Until late 2013, he was staff on Mission to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris. In 2014, he began lecture tours on the never-a-dull-moment life of a Grand Reporter.

This illustrated lecture will be in French.

Film Suisse
Ma vie de courgette
à l'Alliance
dimanche 4 mars à 16 heures


presented by Honorary Consul Margrit Young-Zellweger

Alliance Française de Houston 427 Lovett Blvd.
There is no charge and all are invited.
In French with English surtitles.

French Cultures Festival
Kick-Off Concert

Friday, March 9 6-10p.m.
Discovery Green


Illustrated lecture in English
Le Puy-en-Velay & Rocamadour:
Where Pilgrims Climbed to Heaven
by Dr. Lynda Kelly
Wednesday, March 28, 7 p.m.

un air de famille

Wednesday, March 28, 7 p.m.
427 Lovett Blvd

In the 11th century, the tomb of St-James at Santiago de Compos became a popular pilgrimage destination. By the 12th century, four main pilgrim routes led through France to the Pyrenees. They began in Paris, Vézelay, Le Puy-en-Velay, and Arles. Churches along the routes competed to attract pilgrims with relics of saints to venerate.

Le Puy and Rocamadour are centers of the cult of the Virgin Mary who, having been taken directly into Heaven, left few relics. Chtres cathedral claims to have her tunic. At Le Puy and Rocamadour Mary is venerated symbolically through statues of black Madonnas holding the Christ child on their lap. . Notre-Dame de Rocamadour is one of the few to have survived the Revolution. The statue at Le Puy is a copy, the original having been burned by sansculottes.

Both Le Puy-en-Velay and Rocamadour have spectacular physical settings, which make their amazing architecture even more spectacular.

This richly-illustrated lecture will be presented by scholar and historian Dr. Lynda Kelly and her husband, photographer and architect, Frank Kelly. The Alliance is pleased to welcome them back for another of their ever-popular presentations and a reception in their honor. There is no charge and all are invited to attend.

Five Funny French Films
At The the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Join us for the 8th annual edition of this popular film series! These films’ casts include performances by many popular French actors, including brief roles by Emmanuelle Riva and Johnny Hallyday that offer great tributes to two iconic talents.

Generous support has been received from l’Alliance Française de Houston and Nina and Michael Zilkha.

Five Funny French Films 2018
Tickets & Admissions for MFAH Films
Please purchase tickets early
by clicking on the link,
as these films usually sells out.
rockn roll

Rock'n Roll
Friday, March 23, 2018: 7 p.m.
French with English subtitles,
Digital, Color, 122 minutes

Directed by Guillaume Canet
A middle-aged filmmaker goes overboard trying to stay “young” in this comedy starring Guillaume Canet, Marion Cotillard, and the late Johnny Hallyday.

Lost In Paris

Paris pieds nus (Lost in Paris)
Saturday, March 24, 2018: 7 p.m.
France/Belgium in English and French with English subtitles
Digital, 83 minutes

Directed by Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon
In this delightful story infused with oddball charm, a Canadian librarian searches for her missing octogenarian aunt in Paris

Kiss Me (Embrasse-moi!)

Embrasse-moi! (Kiss Me)
Saturday, March 24, 2018: 8:45 p.m.
in French with English subtitles
Digital, 89 minutes

Directed by Océane Michel and Cyprien Val
A talented concert violinist and renowned cheapskate learns about a teen daughter he never knew existed—and she thinks he’s a generous philanthropist.


Radin! (Penny Pincher)
Sunday, March 25, 2018: 3 p.m.
in French and Spanish with English subtitles
Digital, 89 minutes

Directed by Fred Cavayé
A talented concert violinist and renowned cheapskate learns about a teen daughter he never knew existed—and she thinks he’s a generous philanthropist.


Mes trésors (Family Heist),
Sunday, March 25, 2018: 5 p.m.
in French with English subtitles.
Digital, 91 minutes

Directed by Pascal Bourdiaux
Jean Reno stars as a high-profile burglar who reconciles with his two daughters to assist him with a heist involving a rare Stradivarius violin.

Paris Intime
At The Alliance Française

Continuing through March, Paris Intime, an exhibition of photographs by Susan Backes, who says "As an avid street photographer what particularly interests me are the quotidian activities in a large city. Paris lends itself to a more intimate view with its inherent cinematic backdrops and a certain air de romance."


The Wine School at the Alliance Française


The knowledgeable and ever-entertaining Charles M. "Bear" Dalton, Spec's Fine Wine Buyer, continues his popular Wine School classes at the Alliance.

Reservations are required.
For more information visit bearonwine.com

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Vente de livres

Take advantage of our vente de livres d’occasion (used book sale) at the Alliance. As we continue to clean out our shelves to make room for new acqusitions, we have a wide variety of used books on offer; text books, novels, history and children’s books, and more. And all books are priced at just $1. (Oui! Un dollar!)