Each 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.

Film
Five Funny French Films
At 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.

Rock'n Roll
Friday, March 23, 2018 7 p.m.

Rock'n Roll

Friday, March 23, 7 p.m.
French with English subtitles,
Digital, Color, 122 minutes
Directed by Guillaume Canet

Middle-aged filmmaker Guillaume Canet (playing himself) is told by a young co-star that he's no longer considered hip by young filmgoers and is not as successful as he has been in the past. The comment overwhelms Canet’s life and he tries to prove the starlet wrong by enlisting help from his Oscar-winning actress girlfriend, Marion Cotillard (playing herself) and his old friend, played by the late icon Johnny Halliday. From self-tanning and Botox to bodybuilding and plastic surgery, Canet hilariously transforms into an embarrassing version of a movie star refusing to accept the aging process.



Paris pieds nus (Lost in Paris)
Saturday, March 24, 2018 7 p.m.

Lost In Paris

Saturday, March 24, 7 p.m.
Directed by Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon
(France/Belgium, 2016, 83 min, in English and French with English subtitles)

In this whimsical comedy, Fiona (Fiona Gordon), a librarian in Canada, rushes to Paris after receiving a mysterious letter from her elderly Aunt Martha (delightfully portrayed by the late Emmanuelle Riva). In a crazy sequence of mishaps, Fiona discovers that her aunt is missing and crosses paths with Dom (Dominique Abel), a charismatic tramp living in a tent near the Seine. Their efforts to find the missing octogenarian lead to a series of eccentric characters, including a wonderfully choreographed cameo by beloved comedian Pierre Richard! Using a highly original style that has been compared to Jacques Tati with a touch of Pina Bausch, this filmmaking couple makes delightful use of Parisian landmarks to tell a story infused with oddball charm.



Embrasse-moi! (Kiss Me)
Saturday, March 24, 2018 8:45 p.m.

Kiss Me

Saturday, March 24, 8:45 p.m.
Directed by Océane Michel and Cyprien Val
(France, 2017, 86 min., in French with English subtitles)

Océanerosemarie (Océane Michel) is a vivacious massage therapist who likes to party. She has no shortage of friends – a fair number of whom are ex-girlfriends. When she meets Cécile (Alice Pol), a photographer, she is convinced (not for the first time) that she has found her perfect soul mate. Océanerosemarie’s mother and friends are not convinced, but she is certain that this time Cupid has hit the mark. She is even ready to leave Paris to begin a new life with the woman of her dreams. But when Cécile sees Océanerosemarie kissing an old flame, it looks as if their romantic idyll is over before it has even begun.



Radin! (Penny Pincher)
Sunday, March 25, 2018 3 p.m.

Penny Pincher (Radin!)

Sunday, March 25, 3:00 p.m
Directed by Fred Cavayé
(France, 2016, 89 min., in French and Spanish with English subtitles)

François Gautier (Danny Boon), a talented concert violin player, has been a cheapskate all his life. His days are regulated around his obsessive frugality, making him the subject of jokes and scorn from his colleagues and neighbors. But his routine takes a different direction in a single day: he falls in love with a beautiful cellist (Laurence Arné) and discovers that he has a 16-year-old daughter (Noémie Schmidt), who is under the false impression that he is a generous philanthropist! François finds himself spinning a web of lies that grows out of control, until a sudden revelation inspires him to value what is truly important.



Mes trésors (Family Heist)
Sunday, March 25, 2018 5 p.m.

Family Heist (Mes trésors)

Sunday, March 25, 5 p.m.
Directed by Pascal Bourdiaux
(France, 2017, 91 min., in French with English subtitles)

Carole (Camille Chamoux) is an introverted computer geek who still lives with her mother. Caroline (Reem Kherici) is a glamorous pickpocket who plies her trade in luxury hotels. The two women are strangers and have nothing in common . . . except for their father (Jean Reno), who disappeared before they were born. A high-profile burglar, he creates a ruse to bring his daughters together to assist him with a heist involving a rare Stradivarius violin. This stylish, fast-paced comedy is set in the French Alps town of Courchevel, Museum audiences will enjoy the art historical references!

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.

French Cultures Festival




Theater
UN AIR DE FAMILLE
(A Family Affair)

A comedy by Agnès Jaoui and Jean-Pierre Bacri

un affair famille

Every Friday night, the Ménard Family gets together to have diner at a famous restaurant. But that night is like no other. As the evening wears on, bitter sibling rivalries and decades long grudges slowly reveal themselves.

Direction: Laurence Sebeyran

Cast: Gilles Flavien, David Fouchard, Steve Hari, Ines Muñoz, Olimpia Petzold, Valérie Thomas-Collignon.

In French with English surtitles.

"A Family Affair" (Un air de famille) is a French comedy written by Agnès Jaoui and Jean-Pierre Bacri. It premiered in 1994 at the Théâtre de la Renaissance in Paris. The play won two Molière awards in 1995, Molière for the best comedy and Molière for the best actress in a supporting role to Catherine Frot. In 1996, Cédric Klapisch adapted the play for the screen. The film won three César awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay.

Dates: March 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th and 17th 2018 at 8:00PM
Venue: Talento Bilingüe de Houston 333 S. Jensen Drive, Houston, TX 77003
Price: $15 Adults; $10 Seniors (+65), children (-18), students
Reservation: www.etvoilatheatre.net
Information: info@etvoilatheatre.net

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Film
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 (2017)
Friday, March 23, 2018: 7 p.m.
French with English subtitles,
Digital, Color, 122 minutes
Directed by Guillaume Canet
Middle-aged filmmaker Guillaume Canet (playing himself) is told by a young co-star that he's no longer considered hip by young filmgoers and is not as successful as he has been in the past. The comment overwhelms Canet’s life and he tries to prove the starlet wrong by enlisting help from his Oscar-winning actress girlfriend, Marion Cotillard (playing herself) and his old friend, played by the late icon Johnny Halliday. From self-tanning and Botox to bodybuilding and plastic surgery, Canet hilariously transforms into an embarrassing version of a movie star refusing to accept the aging process.

Lost In Paris

Lost in Paris (Paris pieds nus) 2016,
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!)

Kiss Me (Embrasse-moi!) 2016,
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.

pennypincher

Penny Pincher (Radin!) 2016,
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.

familyheist

Family Heist (Mes trésors) 2017,
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.

French Cultures Festival


The Work of International Reporter and Correspondent Worldwide

A meeting-conference conducted by :
Patrice Vanoni, international Reporter-Film director,
for the students of journalism schools.
With the support of Institut Francais & Alliance Francaise

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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.

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The Wine School at the Alliance Française

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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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Santé!


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!)

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