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EVENTS IN JANUARY 2016

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8 January, Film; 11 January, Book Club; 22 January, Film; 22 January, Meetup Group;

23 January, Alliance Française Open Day; 28 January, Film Study Day;

 

EVENTS IN NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2015

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NOVEMBRE

2 November, football; 4 November, French language meetup group; 8 November, Franco-Cuban music; 11 November, Careers for Graduates in French; 13 November, film; 13 November wine and cheese; 14 November – 21 December, French Christmas markets; 16 November, book club; 16 November, film; 18-23 November, film; 19-21 November, theatre; 19 November, Beaujolais nouveau; 20 November, Beaujolais nouveau; 25 November, lecture; 27 November, film; 27 November, atelier d’expression; 30 November, film; 1 December, French language meetup group; 3 December, rencontre; 11 December, film; 14 December, book club

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EVENTS IN OCTOBER 2015

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OCTOBRE
1-3 October, show by French theatre company; 2 October, film; 8 October, bar crawl; 6 October, Meetup Group; 9 October, climate change event; 10 October, bike tour; 13 October, student meeting; 15 October, public lecture; 16 October, film; 19 October, book club; 26 October, movie night; 30 October, hip-hop/electro music

 

 

 

 

 

EVENTS IN SEPTEMBER 2015

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1 September, French Language Meetup Group;  5 September, Alliance Française Open Day; 18 September, film; 18 September, French Language Meetup Group; 20 September, Christian meeting; 21 September, Book Club; 23 September, French Social; 25 September, talk on rugby; 26 September, guided tour; 29 September, Francophone Society;

EVENTS IN AUGUST 2015 

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4 August, French Language Meetup Group; 5 August, film; 21 August, French Language Meetup Group

EVENTS IN JULY 2015

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3 July, Film; 12 July, Bastille Day Altrincham French Festival; 12 July, Film; 17 July, Meet-up;                  19 July, Film + Q&A

EVENTS IN JUNE 2015

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1 June Film ; 1 June Film ; 1 June Film ; 2 June French Language Meetup Group; 5 June Film ; 12 June Conference ; 15 June Book Club ; 17 June Meetup Group; 19 June Film ; 27 June Guided Tour ; 30 June Presentation

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1 May Film ; 1 May Film ; 2 May Film ; 5 May French Language Meetup Group; 7 May Concert ; 7 May Concert ; 8 May Film ; 10 May Great Manchester Run ; 15 May Conference ; 18 May Book Club ; 23 May Guided Tour

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1 April French Language Meetup Group ; 10 April Film ; 13 April Exhibition ; 17 April French play; 20 April Book Club ; 21 April Dictée; 26 April Day of Song

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3 March French Language Meetup Group ; 3 March Film ; 5 March Film; 6 March Film ; 11 March Film ; 11 March Film; 11 March Reading Group; 15 and 18 March Film  ; 15 March French Language Meetup Group (rugby) ; 16 March Book Club ; 18 March Bretey Lecture ; 20 March Film ; 21 March Guided Tour ; 27 March Québec Information Evening ; 28 March Competition ; 28 March Fête du Livre; 31 March Guided Tour/Book presentation; to 14 June Photo Competition

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FEVRIER

16 January – 16 February, Film Festival; 3 February French Language Meetup Group; 6 February film; 7 February Meetup Group; 10-11 February film; 13 February concert; 14 February French Evening; 16 February Book Club; 18 February film; 18 February Writing and Sound Editing Workshop; 2o February film; 21 February Guided Tour; 28 February French Language Meetup Group (rugby); to 14 June, photo competition

JANUARY 2015

janvier9 January, film; 13 January to 24 March, French for toddlers; 16 January, Meetup Group; 16 January – 16 February, Film Festival; 17 January, Guided Visit; 19 January, Book Club; 19 January – 21 February, photo exhibition; 23 January, film; 24 January, Alliance Française de Manchester Open Day; 30 January, Round Table (Are We Charlie?);  to 14 June, photo competition

DECEMBER 2014

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To 15 December, Photo competition; 2 December, Manchester French Language Meetup Group; 5 December, Soirée St Nicolas à l’Alliance Française; 11 December, Film screening; 12 December, Film; 12 December, Concert; 15 December, Book Club

NOVEMBER 2014

download 2 and 5 November Film;  4 November French Language Meet-up Group;  6 November Film (Jewish Film Festival);  8 November 2014 Film (Jewish Film Festival);  11 November Movie Night;  13 November UoM French Reading Group;  14 November French Food Evening;  14 November Film;  15 November Library Tour;  16 November Film (Jewish Film Fesitval);  17 November Book Club Alliance Française;  19 November Christmas Markets;  20 November Film (Jewish Film Festival);  20 November Film;  20 November French Cinema lecture; 20-23 November, Festival; 21 – 27 November, Film;  21 November Wine Tasting;  21 November Film trip;  21 November Meetup Group;  22 November Guided Tour;  23 November Film (Jewish Film Festival);  25 November French screenwriter conversation;  26 November seminar with French screenwriter; 27 November Guided Tour;   28 November Film

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October 2014

Film 3 October;  Workshop on buying French property 10 October;  Book club 13 October;  Film 17 October;  Meetup group 17 October; Guided tour in French 18 October; Art talk 24 October; film 31 October

September 2014 diary dates

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2 September, Meetup Group;  6 September, Open Day AF;  8-12 September, Refresher Course for Uni;  11 September, film + concert;  16 September, film;  18 September, film; 19 September, film; 20 September, tour in French; 20 September, Meetup Group; 22 September, book club;  24 September, concert

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To 3 July Film; To 3 July Film; To 3 July Film; 4 July Guided Tour; 4 July Film; 8 July Film; 10 July Film; 13 July Festival; From 18 July Film; 25 July Meetup Group

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JUNE is the month of the Fête de la Musique – find out about it here and see below for our very own Music Day in Manchester on 21 June!

Film 6 June; Film 6-12 June; Ballet 13-14 June; Children’s film 14 June; Meetup Group 14 June; Book club 16 June; Film 20 June; Music Day 21 June;  Film 27 June – 3 July; Film from 27 June; Guided tour 28 June.

MAY 2014 DIARY DATES

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Mai, extrait des Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry (vers 1410-1416), musée Condé, Chantilly, ms.65, f.5.

6 May, talk on singer; 9 May, documentary film; 10 May, children’s film; 12 May, book club; 13 May, Meetup Group; 23 May, French Rock Band; 30 May, talk with French author

All/part of month

19-24 May, exhibition; 23-25 May, Fat Out Fest 2014 with French Bands;  30 May – 5 June, film

APRIL 2014 DIARY DATES

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Avril, extrait des Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry (vers 1410-1416), musée Condé, ms.65, f.4.

1-10 April, film; 2 April French Soc Social; 4-10 April, film; 11 April, film; 14 April, book club; 7-18 April, University French support classes; 14-17 April, AS level and A2 level support classes; 26 April, guided tour in French; 27 April, RNCM Day of Song

April, date tbc, film

WIN AN EASTER EGG (UoM students)

MARCH 2014 DIARY DATES

Mars, extrait des Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry (vers 1410-1416 puis années 1440).
Mars, extrait des Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry (vers 1410-1416 puis années 1440).

28th February – 6th March, film;  28th February – 6th March, film;  1st March, Guided tour;  4th March, Concert;  5th March, French Reading Group;  6th March, film; 7th March, Film; 8th March, Meetup Group; 12th March, lecture; 12th March, French Reading Group; 18th March, grammar class; 19th March, INTERNATIONAL FRANCOPHONE DAY;  19th March, Manchester French Language Meetup Group; 19th March, French Reading Group; 21st March, film; from 21st March, film; 24th March, book club; 21st-27th March film; 25th-26th March, French PlayCANCELLED; 26th March, French Reading Group; from 28 March, film

All/part of month:

Film (Cornerhouse), dates tbc

Regular event, open to all:

French Reading Group

FEBRUARY 2014 DIARY DATES

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Février, extrait des Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry (vers 1410-1416), musée Condé, Chantilly, ms.65, f.2.

4th February, Manchester French Language Meetup Group; 5th February, French Media, radio documentary screening; 7th February, Film and peer mentor trip; 9th February, Manchester French Language Meetup Group (6 Nations); 11th February; Rock concert; 11th February, film screening;12th February, French Media workshops; 21st February, History of art workshop; 21st February, Manchester French Language Meetup Group; 21st February, Manchester French Language Meetup Group (6 Nations);  24th February, book club;  26th February, 2014, French peer mentors pub quiz; 27th February, wine tasting; 28th February, History of art workshop

All/part of month

Film (Cornerhouse), dates tbc; Film (Cornerhouse), dates tbc; until 21st February, exhibition (Alliance française)

JANUARY 2014 DIARY DATES

From 3 January, film;  10 January, history of art workshop; 10 January, film; 17 January, history of art workshop; 17-23 January, film; 20 January, book club; 22 January, French Language Meetup Group; 24 January, history of art workshop; 24 January, film; artist film and video work, date tbc, 25 January, Open Day, Alliance Française de Manchester; 30 January, crêpes and games party

All/part of month 

6th December -21st February, exhibitio n (Allliance française); Until 8th January 2014 – Exhibition of book illustrations and French Studies Undergraduates Competition (John Rylands Library); 14th September -5 January, Double Indemnity Art Exhibition (Cornerhouse); Until 12th January 2014 – fashion exhibition (Gallery of Costume)

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DECEMBER 2013 DIARY DATES

UNTIL 15TH DECEMBER, photo competition; 1st December, film (Cornerhouse); 3rd December, Manchester French Language Meetup Group; 4th December, film (Cornerhouse); 10th December, film (Cornerhouse); 13th December, film (Alliance Française); 14th December, guided tour; 16th December, book club; 18th December, public talk

All month 

Every Tuesday and Wednesday, Singing in French; from 15th November – 22 December, Christmas Markets; 6th December – 21st February, exhibition; Until 8th January 2014 – Exhibition of book illustrations and French Studies Undergraduates Competition; 14th September -5 January, Double Indemnity Art Exhibition (Cornerhouse); Until 12th January 2014 – fashion exhibition

NOVEMBER 2013

1st November, film (Alliance Française); 6th November, Working with French; 6th November, Singing in French; 13th November, talk on Christian Dior; 13th November, Manchester French Language Meetup Group; 15th November, film (Alliance Française); from 15th November, film (Cornerhouse); from 15th November – 22 December, Christmas Markets; 18th November, book club (Alliance Française); 22nd November, wine eveningManchester French Language Meetup Group; 26th November, Reading Group; 22nd-28th November, film (Cornerhouse); from 28th November, film (Cornerhouse); 29th November, film and talk (Alliance Française); 29th November – 5th December, film (Cornerhouse); from 29th November, film (Cornerhouse); 29th November – 5th December, film (Cornerhouse).

All month 

Every Tuesday and Wednesday, Singing in French; Until 8th January 2014 – Exhibition of book illustrations and French Studies Undergraduates Competition; Until 24th November – Art exhibition; Until 12th January 2014 – fashion exhibition; 14th September -5 January, Double Indemnity Art Exhibition (Cornerhouse)

OCTOBER 2013

27th September – 3rd October, film (Cornerhouse); 1st October, Manchester French Language Meetup Group; 2nd October, film (Alliance Française); 9th October, PAGeSfilm screening (University); 10th October, French Freshers Bar Crawl; 11th October, soirée concert; 11th October, gig; 16th October, singing in French;  film screening (University); 17th October, public presentation; 18th October, film (Alliance Française), 22nd October, Reading Group; 22nd October, singing in French; 23rd October, French Studies Speed Networking EventFrench Food Party; 26th October, visite guidée en français.

All month 

7th September – 31st October, photo exhibition; From 16th October, every Tuesday and Wednesday, Singing in French; Until 8th January 2014 – Exhibition of book illustrations and French Studies Undergraduates Competition; Until 24th November – Art exhibition; Until 12th January 2014 – fashion exhibition; 14th September -5 January, Double Indemnity Art Exhibition (Cornerhouse)

SEPTEMBER 2013

From 6th September, film (Cornerhouse); 7th September, Open Day, Alliance Française;   from 13th September, film (Cornerhouse); 14th September, Curator and Artist Tour and Talk (Cornerhouse); 19th – 20th September, Comedy Films, Alliance Française; The Art of Verbs/l’Art de conjuguer, Alliance Française; 20th-26th September, film (Cornerhouse);  23rd September, Book club; 27th September – 3rd October, film (Cornerhouse).

All Month 

7th September – 31st October, photo exhibition; Until 8th January 2014 – Exhibition of book illustrations and French Studies Undergraduates Competition; Until 24th November – Art exhibition; Until 12th January 2014 – fashion exhibition; 14th September – 5 January, Double Indemnity Art Exhibition (Cornerhouse).

AUGUST 2013

All month (until 18th August) – art exhibition;  All month (until 12th January) – fashion exhibition; 8th August – 8th January – exhibition of book illustrations;Film (Cornerhouse), 9th-15th August; Film (Cornerhouse), 16th-22nd August; Film (Cornerhouse), from 16th August.

JULY 2013

FEATURE – BASTILLE DAY – Altrincham French Festival

Altrincham French Festival
All month (until 18th August) – art exhibition; All month (until 12th January) – fashion exhibition;  Film (Cornerhouse), 2nd July; The Manchester French Language Meetup Group (The Old Monkey Pub), 2nd July;  Film (Cornerhouse), until 11th July; Film (Alliançe Française), 12th July; Festival (13th -14th July); The Manchester French Language Meetup Group (The Paramount Pub), 19th July;  Film (Manchester International Festival), 19th-20th July;   Show and outdoor performance (20th July)

JUNE 2013

All month (until 18th August) – art exhibitionFilm (Cornerhouse, with post-screening discussion 3rd June); Jean-Luc Nancy Lectures 3rd and 4th June EVENT CANCELLED; Christian Dior Exhibition 7th June – 13th January; Film (Cornerhouse), from 7th June; Film (Alliance Française Manchester), 8th, 12th and 15th June, Musical drama; 14th June; Tour of John Rylands Library, 15th June; Fête de la Musique / World Music Day, 21st June; Film (Cornerhouse) from 21st June; Book Club, 24th June; Conference, 28th June; Film (Cornerhouse) from 28th June; Film (Alliance Française Manchester), 28th June; Film, 29th June

MAY 2013

FEATURE – 30 MAY 2013 IS THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF LE SACRE DU PRINTEMPS/THE RITE OF SPRING – WATCH THE INTERNATIONAL SCREENDANCE COLLAGE!

MAY 2013

All month (until 18th August) – art exhibition;1st May – Singing in French and French Reading Group; 2nd May – French cuisine; 7th May – French language meetup; 8th May – Theory intensive; 9th May – Cinema and Theatre event; 10th May, film; 15th, 16th, 19th May – Music; 18th May – Film Forum; 24th May – French language meetup; from 24th May – Film; 24th and 29th May, Musical drama; 30th May, Evening of Fashion, Music, Art and Marcel Proust

Regular UoM Activities – Reading Group and Singing in French

APRIL 2013

1-4 April – French Film; 5th April – French Film; 10th April – Art and the City Event; 12th April – French Language Meetup Group; 17th April – Wine Event, 19th April, French Film; 24th April, Symposium; 26th April, Music; 27th April, Sport; 28th April, Tour; 30 April, Singing in French

MARCH 2013

8th March – French Film; 15 March – Dance; 15 March – Lecture; 16 March – Fashion;           21 March – TheatreLecture;  22nd March – French FilmMeet- Up; 29th March – French Film

FRENCH PLAY TODAY 21ST MARCH!  ONE NIGHT ONLY!

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THE MANCHESTER FRENCH LANGUAGE MEETUP GROUP

Friday, March 22, 2013
6:00 PM

Une soirée au Paramount

Hosted by Rob Gannon

The Paramount (also called Wetherspoons)                                                                            33-35 Oxford Street                                                                                                     Manchester M1 4BH

*** This event is capped at 50 attendees – if you reply ‘yes’ on the website, please make sure you come – merci ! ***
Rencontrons-nous à partir de 18h00 pour parler francais et boire quelques verres.
Ceux qui ont faim pourront aussi commander à manger

Tuesday 12 March 2013 20:00

The Rodin Project

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After the triumph of his Olivier Award-nominated and Critics’ Circle National Dance Award-winning AfterLight, this new production is inspired by the works of the great French sculptor, Auguste Rodin.
Choreographer Russell Maliphant has collaborated with a group of extraordinary performers using influences from dance forms such as popping, breaking and contemporary dance, alongside his own language of flow, form and dynamics.
The Rodin Project is performed to a newly commissioned score by Russian composer
Alexander Zekke and made in collaboration with lighting designer Michael Hulls, set designers Es Devlin and Bronia Housman and costume designer Stevie Stewart.
Co-produced by Théâtre National de Chaillot, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, and The Joyce Theater New York.
Supported by Arts Council England.
‘Dancing bodies rarely look more beautiful than in the work of Russell Maliphant.’The Guardian

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE MANCHESTER

Ciné Club, Cycle “Engagez-vous !” 
On alternative Fridays, 6-9pm @ AF de Manchester

8 March, Le nom des gens by Michel Leclerc, Comedy, 2010, 104 min

22 March, Lumumba by Raoul Peck, History, 2000, 116 min

Ciné-goûter – L’île de Black Mor (2004, 81 min)


Sat 16 March, 1.30pm @ AF de Manchester

L’Ile de Black Mor deals with the story of Kid, a 15-year-old hard labourer, who steals a map that promises to reveal the location of the notorious pirate Black Mor’s treasure. Together with his crew — MacGregor, Beanpole, Taka and Jim the monkey — Kid procures a vessel and sets out to sea.

Our ciné-goûter is open to every child, the film will be in French with English subtitles. £2/child. Snack after the film.

Friday 8 March @ 6pm at the Alliance Française

Ciné-Club – Cycle Engagez-vous !

Le nom des gens
In French with English subtitles
£2 Members / £3 Non-Members

By Michel Leclerc
Comedy, 2010, 105 min
With Sara Forestier, Jacques Gamblin, Zinedine Soualem…
Bahia Benmahmoud is a young woman with strong political ideas and such an involvment that she’s ready to sleep with men. Indeed, by doing this she wants to turn them into humanists. And…it works. But one day she meets Arthur Martin and all her stereotypes collapse.

Trailer available HERE

Snacks and wine after the film.

FRENCH READING GROUP

Wednesday 27th February, 5-6pm:

Meet on the sofas at the end of the 3rd floor, South Wing of Sam Alex.

petit prince Join us for a friendly, informal discussion in French (with native speaker Myassa from the AF) about chapters 3-7 of Le Petit Prince. (Free online+ copies arriving at Language Centre soon.)
Don’t worry if you don’t have time to read everything before then- just come along and get a feel for the group and how much it will help your French language improve.
There will also be free food and drink!

Contact joanna.fox@student.manchester.ac.uk. for more details

Enjeux de la presse poster 2013

Alliance Française de Manchester

Ciné-clubDes plumes à la bobineFrom 11 January to 22 February – 6pm in French with English subtitlesAF de Manchester£2 for members, £3 for non-members New cycle of our ciné-club, Des plumes à la bobine will tackle books or comics adapted into movies. Upcoming programme:11 January – Les beaux gosses by Riad Sattouf, Comedy, 90 min, 2009
25 January
 – Poil de Carotte by Julien Duvivier, Drama, 91 min, 1932
8 February, 5.45 pm 
 La princesse de Montpensier by Bertrand Tavernier, Action, Drama, History, 139 min, 2012
Le film sera diffusé à 18h00 en français avec sous-titres en anglais
Pour voir la bande annonce du film, cliquez ici
Pour plus d’infos 
22 February – Le chat du rabbin by Joann Sfarr, Antoine Delesvaux, Animation, Adventure, 100 min, 2011Snacks and wine after the film

Cornerhouse Cinema

Hors Satan

From Friday 4 January
Hors Satan is an enigmatic and compelling film from French director Bruno Dumont. Set on the French coast, in an unnamed hamlet, the film follows a loner, billed simply as ‘the guy’ who struggles through his strange existence, poaching, praying and building fires. A girl from a local farm takes care of him and feeds him. They spend time together in the wild scenery of dunes and woods, mysteriously engaging in private prayer at the edge of the ponds, where the devil is prowling…

CAST: DAVID DEWAELE, ALEXANDRA LEMÂTRE, VALÉRIE MESTDAGH, SONIA BARTHÉLÉMY, JULIETTE BACQUET

Country: France
Year: 2011
Subtitles: Full English

Babette’s Feast / Babettes Gæstebud

6th January, 12.00; 9th January, 13.30

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  • Gabriel Axel
  • In Danish, French, Swedish
  • 104 mins

Showing as part of Matinee Classics

Adapted from the short story by Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen),Babette’s Feast is a mouth-watering classic, which sees an exiled Parisian chef bring gastronomic indulgence to two pious sisters and their austere community in 19th century Denmark.Babette’s Feast is at once poignant and funny, and above all, joyful in its celebration of life’s pleasures.

CAST: STÉPHANE AUDRAN, BODIL KJER, BIRGITTE FEDERSPIEL, JARL KULLE, BIBI ANDERSSON

Country: Denmark
Year: 1998
Subtitles: Full English

 

ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE MANCHESTER

Photo Competition – Métiers du Monde / Jobs around the world

The third competition of photos of the fondation Alliance française has been launched in all Alliances françaises worldwide. So if you want your photo to take part of the next exhibition which will travel all around the world, to won an all-paid trip to Paris and the unique opportunity to see your photos in an art gallery, register and send your two photos before the 11th of January 2013 by sending an e-mail to Myassa at event@afmanchester.org

For more information, please visit their website.

ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE MANCHESTER

 

SportMulti-racket tournamentThe second Multi-racket tournament is launched! From 3 December to 7 July play against members, students or teachers. Tennis, squash and badminton will be played.For more information, please contact Myassa at event@afmanchester.org.Places are limited, booking required before 3 December.

LANGUAGE EVENT

“Les pronoms toniques?  Can I have a gin with mine?”

THIS EXTRA VOLUNTARY CLASS WILL GO OVER Y, EN, EMPHATIC OR TONIC PRONOUNS AND THE IMPERATIVE

When: Monday 10th December

From: 5-6pm

Venue: Sam Alex A115

French Reading Group

The third meeting of the reading group took place on 6th December at 5pm on third floor, south wing of Sam Alex. All welcome. For more information and dates of future meetings contact Joanna.Fox@student.manchester.ac.uk or Finola.Preston@student.manchester.ac.uk

Intouchables

Did you enjoy the film Intouchables? Now let’s read the book…

What is it? The peer mentors have created a French Reading Group. It’s open to all year groups and not affiliated with any courses.

How does it work?  First of all we watched the film again but if you missed it you can watch it on DVD at the Language Centre, where there are copies of Le Second Souffle by Philippe Pozzo di Borgo (the real-life Philippe!) available to borrow. We know that everyone is busy, so we focus on just a few key extracts, and then meet up to discuss them (usually in English so there’s no need to be intimidated!).

The point? Reading in French is one of the best ways to improve your language and we hope that by doing it together it will be fun and not too difficult.

UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

Chanter en français

Do you sing like a pan or like a nightingale (most excellent French expression!)  It really doesn’t matter!

Singing has huge benefits for language learning – it helps with nerves, is great for pronunciation and intonation, helps with vocab and is a wonderful insight into French culture and society.

In our singing group we try everything from traditional music, to pop and soul – maybe you could suggest your favourite tunes for us to have a go at? 

So why not give it a try?  Once again, you do not need to be able to sing, just want to have fun and use your French.

This event takes place every Wednesday until week 11; you can come once or every week from 3 till 4 so just come along to room A7 (Samuel Alexander building) or email Catherine Franc for more details (c.franc@manchester.ac.uk).

CORNERHOUSE CINEMA 

until 12th December

Rust & Bone 5

Rust and Bone / De rouille et d’os

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  • Jacques Audiard
  • In French
  • 123 mins

Boasting an excellent performance from Marion Cotillard and from the BAFTA award-winning director of A Prophet (Jacques Audiard), Rust and Bone was one of the most anticipated films of this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

This tender and assured melodrama tells the tale of two very different people coming to terms with dramatic life changes. Ali has always been a distant father, but when he must take care of his five-year-old son alone for the first time, he struggles with the responsibility. Homeless, penniless and friendless he moves from northern France to Antibes to take refuge with his sister. There Ali encounters Stephanie, a beautiful and talented animal trainer who dismisses his advances. But when Stephanie is the victim of a terrible accident, Ali and Stephanie are reunited and his no-nonsense approach is life-changing.

Cast: Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Armand Verdure
Country: France, Belgium
Year: 2011
Subtitles: Full English

Amour / Love

Until 13th December

Love

12A

  • Michael Haneke
  • In French
  • 127 mins

Michael Haneke’s stunning 2012 Cannes Film Festival Palme d’or winner is a powerful and deeply moving film, which details the tender and loving relationship between two elderly musicians. Anne and Georges’ happy marriage is tested when Anne suffers a series of devastating strokes and Georges insists on caring for her at home, a decision their daughter (played by the wonderful Isabelle Huppert) fails to understand. But the couple continue with their life, creating an increasingly private world, and their long-standing devotion to each other is unshakeable. Haneke’s film is a masterwork which boasts a heartrending portrayal of Anne’s physical and mental decline from Emmanuelle Riva.

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Cast: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert, Alexandre Tharaud, William Shimell
Country: France, Germany, Austria
Year: 2012
Subtitles: Full English

 

French Reading Group

The third meeting of the reading group took place on 6th December at 5pm on third floor, south wing of Sam Alex. All welcome. For more information and dates of future meetings contact Joanna.Fox@student.manchester.ac.uk or Finola.Preston@student.manchester.ac.uk

Intouchables

Did you enjoy the film Intouchables? Now let’s read the book…

What is it? The peer mentors have created a French Reading Group. It’s open to all year groups and not affiliated with any courses.

How does it work?  First of all we watched the film again but if you missed it you can watch it on DVD at the Language Centre, where there are copies of Le Second Souffle by Philippe Pozzo di Borgo (the real-life Philippe!) available to borrow. We know that everyone is busy, so we focus on just a few key extracts, and then meet up to discuss them (usually in English so there’s no need to be intimidated!).

The point? Reading in French is one of the best ways to improve your language and we hope that by doing it together it will be fun and not too difficult.

Chanter en français
De nombreux étudiants aiment chanter en français pour le plaisir car ils ont découvert lors de leur séjour en pays francophone (ou même avant) des artistes et chansons intéressants. Nous voudrions vous inviter à continuer à chanter en français ou pour les novices à commencer à le faire régulièrement. En effet, chanter dans une langue étrangère a de nombreux bénéfices :

  • Cela aide à apprendre du vocabulaire
  • A développer ses compétences grammaticales en répétant des structures authentiques
  • A adopter une prononciation correcte du français en particulier du point de vue de l’accentuation des mots et phrases
  • A découvrir une partie de la culture francophone
  • A réduire l’anxiété attachée à l’expression orale d’une langue étrangère.

Nous vous proposons de chanter dans des contextes qui pourront s’adapter à la personnalité de chacun :

  • Individuellement à l’aide des vidéos et documents audio postés sur Blackboard
  • En groupe à travers des activités organisées par le département de français dont les détails vous seront annoncés au cours de l’année.

Nous espérons aussi que vous partagerez avec nous vos goûts musicaux, vos coups de cœur et votre voix, que vous chantiez comme des rossignols ou comme des casseroles. En effet, nous ne cherchons pas de nouvelles Edith Piaf ou de nouveaux Johnny Halliday, mais juste des gens qui ont envie de chanter (en français) !

Pour plus d’informations, contactez  c.franc@manchester.ac.uk

Chaque semaine (mercredi) de 3-4h en salle A7 (Samuel Alexander building)

 

PAGeS

Nous invitons les étudiants de quatrième année à participer à des sessions de grammaire lors desquelles ils pourront aider des étudiants de première année à travailler leur grammaire.

Ca y est…PAGeS 2012 a commencé avec une soixantaine de participants ce semestre.  Si jamais vous voyez de petits groups d’étudiants de français sur le campus qui semblent s’amuser en faisant … de la GRAMMAIRE…. ne vous inquiétez pas, ils ne sont pas fous (enfin, probablement pas). Ils font partie du projet PAGeS, notre programme de ‘peer assisted grammar sessions’ et ils sont en train de travailler leur grammaire de façon fun et relaxe. Si vous êtes intéressé, voire jaloux, contactez Annie Morton pour plus de détails – il y aura une autre opportunité de vous inscrire à PAGeS (en tant que qu’animateur ou membre d’équipe) au mois de janvier.

annie.l.morton@manchester.ac.uk

French Reading GroupThe third meeting of the reading group took place on 6th December at 5pm on third floor, south wing of Sam Alex. All welcome. For more information and dates of future meetings contact Joanna.Fox@student.manchester.ac.uk or Finola.Preston@student.manchester.ac.ukIntouchablesDid you enjoy the film Intouchables? Now let’s read the book…What is it? The peer mentors have created a French Reading Group. It’s open to all year groups and not affiliated with any courses.How does it work?  First of all we watched the film again but if you missed it you can watch it on DVD at the Language Centre, where there are copies of Le Second Souffle by Philippe Pozzo di Borgo (the real-life Philippe!) available to borrow. We know that everyone is busy, so we focus on just a few key extracts, and then meet up to discuss them (usually in English so there’s no need to be intimidated!).The point? Reading in French is one of the best ways to improve your language and we hope that by doing it together it will be fun and not too difficult.

 

Theory Intensive On Derrida and Technicity

CIDRAL Wednesday 5 December

4-6pm in Roscoe, 1.003

Professor Vicki Kirby (UNSW, Australia) and Professor Joanna Hodge (MMU)
On Derrida and Technicity
Originary Humanicity: on supplements and ciphers
An enduring theme in Jacques Derrida’s work has been an interrogation of the special properties and capacities that have come todefine human species being against its others. In the seminal meditation, “The Writing Lesson,” we observe a scene of first contact, documented by Claude Lévi-Strauss as the coming of writing (hierarchy, politics, technology and deception) to the naïve and unsuspecting Nambikwara. It is through the acquisition of writing and its ability to mediate and transform Nature’s raw experience that this Amazon tribe will inevitably forfeit Eden and join humanity proper. Unfortunately, the more provocative implications in Derrida’s engagement with the nature/culture distinction in Tristes Tropiques are rarely explored. Instead, the lesson of “The Writing Lesson” goes something like this: Lévi-Strauss is shown to be quite wrong, indeed, ethnocentric, in his assumption that the Nambikwara are without writing. This error is corrected by revealing that speech (self-presence, Nature) was always writing (mediation, dissembling, Culture); in other words, these purportedly primitive people were never alien and outside what constitutes the exceptional complexity of humanity’s sovereign identity. Can we be satisfied with this anthropocentrism that secures technology/writing as properly human? And if anthropocentrism is not something we can simply diagnose and dispense with, indeed, if we might risk suggesting that there is “no outside anthropocentrism,” what then?

The recommended readings are:

  1. “Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences” and “Discussion.” In The Languages of Criticism and the Sciences of Man: The Structuralist Controversy, edited by R. Macksey and E. Donato (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007).
  2. “Writing and Man’s Exploitation by Man” in Jacques Derrida, Of Grammatology (Baltimore: John Hopkins Press, 1976). pp. 118 – 140 (all of chapter one included in pdf)

Download readings for the seminar

All academic staff and postgraduate students welcome!

French Reading Group

The first 2 meetings of the French Reading Group took place recently (see below) – for information on future meetings contact Joanna.Fox@student.manchester.ac.uk or Finola.Preston@student.manchester.ac.uk

Intouchables

Did you enjoy the film Intouchables? Now let’s read the book…

What is it? The peer mentors are creating a French Reading Group. It’s open to all year groups and not affiliated with any courses.

How will it work? First of all we have just watched the film again but if you missed it you can watch it on DVD at the Language Centre, where there are copies of Le Second Souffle by Philippe Pozzo di Borgo (the real-life Philippe!) available to borrow. We know that everyone is busy, so we will start with just a few key extracts, and then meet up and discuss them (probably in English so there’s no need to be intimidated!).

The point? Reading in French is one of the best ways to improve your language and we hope that by doing it together it will be fun and not too difficult.

Dates:

The first meeting (although we can run others depending on interest): Thursday 22nd November, 5pm, Kro Bar, Oxford Road.

The book will be introduced by Myassa Djebara from the Alliance Française

ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE MANCHESTER

Ciné-club – Cycle (Ir)révérence à Versailles

Ridicule
Friday 30 November – 6pm in French with English subtitles
AF de Manchester
£2 for members, £3 for non-members

By Patrice Leconte

Drama, Comedy, Romance, France, 1996, 102 min

With Charles Berling, Jean Rochefort, Fanny Ardant…

Ridicule is the story of a poor French lord who go the court in order to earn some money for a personal project. Through him, we discover all the games in Versailles; games all about the King… When the ridicule is stronger than the spirituality, welcome to Versailles!

Trailer  – Snacks and wine after the film

 Royal Northern College of Music 

Concert featuring music by French Composers

Spotlight: An Evening with Darius Milhaud

An evening of rarely heard music by composer Darius Milhaud, including works for cello and piano, and string dectet. Listen to some music by Milhaud here.

Date & Time – Tue 4 Dec 2012, 6:30PM

Venue – Carole Nash Recital Room; Ticket Price – Free admission, no ticket required

French Reading Group Thursday 29th November

Second meeting of the French Reading Group
It was lovely to meet some of you on Thursday and thanks for making it through that vile weather, those hot chocolates were a good call!
For those of you who couldn’t make it you are still very much welcome.
Our next meeting is going to be on Thursday from 5 ’til 6pm. We will be using the “coin-canapé” at the end of the Third Floor South Wing corridor in Sam Alex (where Gill’s office is!) and once again there will be some light refreshments to support our discussion!
We will continue discussing the two chapters we began but didn’t finish:
‘Les Ailes Brisés’, 87- 95
‘Abdel Associé’, 115-121
We would also like to look at the opening chapter: ‘Mémoires délivrées’, 17-21.
As on Thursday we will begin discussing vocabulary and difficulties with/ comments on reading. It would also be nice if you could each bring a point for discussion.
We will also discuss the future of the group and how it is going to evolve.


MARTIN HARRIS CENTRE

Walter Carroll Lunchtime Concert – Gweneth Ann Jeffers and Simon Lepper

Thursday 29th November 2012

Olivier Messiaen – Harawi  Click here to listen on You Tube

A vocal and pianistic marathon of virtuosity and endurance, Messiaen’s show-stopping song-cycle Harawi of 1945 is seldom heard live. It is the first work in the composer’s so-called ‘Tristan Trilogy’, which share themes of Love and Death.  This is Messiaen at his most uncompromising –  from the exotic and sensuous to the thumping and raw!

Please Note: this concert will finish at 2.15pm.

Venue: The Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall
Time: 13:10 – 14:15
Admission Price: FREE

 JOURNALISM AND PROTEST MUSIC IN FRANCE

A workshop with JD Beauvallet
Wednesday 28th November – 2-4pm 

Samuel Alexander Lecture Theatre

This event is sponsored by the ‘Social Responsibility in the Curriculum’ Fund of the University of Manchester, and supported by the Alliance Française de Manchester. Attached to the final-year undergraduate unit ‘Protest Music in France’ (convened by Dr Barbara Lebrun), the event is open to all with an interest in French media, French popular music and music in France, and the notion of ‘protest’. It will be led in both French and English. Free and open to all, but places are limited: please contact barbara.lebrun@manchester.ac.uk
See also Les Inrockuptibles

French Film Festival UK 2012

Sun 25 Nov 2012 – Thu 29 Nov 2012

A selection of highlights from the annual French Film Festival UK which celebrates its 20th edition this winter. The festival’s Manchester programme presents some of the best recent contemporary French cinema, including tense family drama, culture clash comedy and a timely look at love in a harsh economic climate.

http://www.cornerhouse.org/film/cinema-listings/a-better-life

For more information visit www.frenchfilmfestival.org.ukSupported by the Alliance française de Manchester

Cornerhouse Francophone Film Festival

The new film season ‘The French Connection?’ begins at Cornerhouse later this month and will run from 18th October to 15th November 2012. Organised in partnership with The University of Manchester and the Alliance Française de Manchester, it will showcase a diverse range of recent and classic films from Francophone countries including Canada, Senegal and Belgium. Highlights include a preview of ‘Laurence Anyways’, the latest film from 23-year-old film prodigy Xavier Dolan, and ‘War Witch’, a tale of civil war, resilience and love set in sub-Saharan Africa.

http://www.cornerhouse.org/film/cinema-listings/war-witch
For more information visit www.cornerhouse.org/film/film-events

 


ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE MANCHESTER

An evening of Brel and Piaf

  • Saturday 24 November 2012, 7:30pm
  • Clonter Opera
  • £18. £10 for students

Flossie Malavialle will be singing classics such as Padam Padam, Je Ne Regrette Rien, La Vie en Rose, Milord and many, many more. Click here to see and hear Flossie on YouTube..

Alliance française de Manchester, 3rd Floor, 55 Portland Street, Manchester, M1 3HP, Tel : 0161 236 7117. Opening hours: Mon – Thurs: 9.30am – 8.30pm, Friday: 9.30am – 4.30pm, Saturday: 9.30am – 12.30pm

For more information on this and other events, please visit: http://www.afmanchester.org/prog_cult.php?lang=en&PHPSESSID=a54cc52318e0a1b47852a85ddb3f9665

MARTIN HARRIS CENTRE

Walter Carroll Lunchtime Concert

Thursday 22nd November 2012

Maurice Ravel                 Sonata for Violin and Cello  (click here to listen on You Tube)
Peter Maxwell Davies    Sonatina for Violin and Cimbalom

The performance will also include new works by students from The University of Manchester

Benedict Holland violin
Jennifer Langridge cello
Tim Williams cimbalom

Lean and lustrous, Ravel’s Sonata is a duet for two survivors in the new world in 1918. Peter Maxwell Davies wrote his Sonatina as a wedding present for friends.

Venue: The Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall
Time: 13:10
Admission Price: FREE

Walter Carroll Lunchtime Concert

MARTIN HARRIS CENTRE
University of Manchester, Bridgeford Street, Manchester, M13 9PL

22nd November 2012
Maurice Ravel                 Sonata for Violin and Cello  (click here to listen on YouTube)
Peter Maxwell Davies    Sonatina for Violin and Cimbalom

The performance will also include new works by students from The University of Manchester

Benedict Holland violin
Jennifer Langridge cello
Tim Williams cimbalom

Lean and lustrous, Ravel’s Sonata is a duet for two survivors in the new world in 1918. Peter Maxwell Davies wrote his Sonatina as a wedding present for friends.

Venue: The Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall
Time: 13:10
Admission Price: FREE

CORNERHOUSE CINEMA

Untouchable / Intouchables
until 15 November

  • Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache
  • In French
  • 112 mins

Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s comedy-dramaUntouchable took the French Box Office by storm when it was released in November 2011, and the film is now France’s foreign language submission for the Oscars in 2013.

Paralysed from the neck down following a paragliding accident, millionaire Philippe lives a quiet life in a stylish Parisian apartment. When he hires Driss, a forthright ex-con as his carer, their unlikely friendship and growing bond give Philippe a new lease of life. Omar Sy was awarded the Best Actor César for his performance as Driss, beating The Artist’s Jean Dujardin to the coveted prize.

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE MANCHESTER

Beaujolais nouveau party- Bal Musette 16th November from 6pm

£5 Members / £8 Non-Members

Come and join us to dance to the accordion rhythm!

On Friday 16th November from 6pm, AF de Manchester is organising a party to celebrate the Beaujolais Nouveau. In addition to a French buffet, you will be able to enjoy a typically French atmosphere. Travel back to the ’50s with the sound of accordion and the bal musette. Come and enjoy this very special corner of France in Manchester!

Tickets on sale at AF reception at the price of £5 for Members and £8 for Non-Members. Booking required. Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment!

For more information, please visit their website.

 Royal Northern College of Music 

Concert featuring music by French Composers

 

Monday Recital Series

 

EVENT INFORMATION:

Date & Time – Monday, 12 November 2012, 1:15PM; Venue – RNCM Concert Hall; Ticket Price – Free admission, no ticket required

Claude Debussy Estampes, Ryan Drucker piano; Maurice Ravel Tzigane; Christoph Gluck (arr Kreisler) Melodie; Rebecca Else violin, James Hendry piano

 

Round Table: What’s so French about Francophone cinema? Friday 26 Oct @ Alliance Française de Manchester, 6pm-7.30pm, in English, Free, Booking required.

As part of the season “The French Connection?”, Alliance Française de Manchester is organising a round table to discuss the place of French culture in cinema from the Francophone world. Through discussion, extracts of movies and questions from the public, discover more about intercultural representations.
This event will be held in English and led by specialists on the topic, and is open to everyone.
Snacks and wine will be available at the end.

Book your place now by emailing: event@afmanchester.org
Speakers: Dr Isabelle Vanderschelden (Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University), Dr Darren Waldron (Senior Lecturer at The University of Manchester) and Dr Joseph McGonagle (Lecturer at The University of Manchester).

 

MARTIN HARRIS CENTRE, University of Manchester

Quatuor Danel Lunchtime Concert

Thursday 8th November 2012

  • Fauré Quartet in E minor Op. 121
  • Delius Quartet (1916)
  • Grieg Quartet in G minor, Op. 27

Like Debussy and Ravel, Fauré and Delius composed just one string quartet apiece: the Frenchman’s is an elusive successor to those works; the Englishman’s characteristically ecstatic and best known for its slow movement ‘Late Swallow’.

Venue: The Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall

Time: 13:10
Admission Price: FREE

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