Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Zazie dans le métro de Louis Malle

Thursday 8 April at 6.30pm

Screening. As a prelude to the Franco-Irish Literary Festival, the Alliance Française has the pleasure of offering you the chance to attend a screening of the 1960 cult classic film Zazie dans le métro.

Louis Malle's fourth film, based on the novel by Raymond Queneau, is an absurdist wonder to behold, halfway between slapstick comedy and poetry. A sassy young girl embarks on a madcap Parisian adventure when she visits her transvestite uncle and takes a raucous sightseeing tour of the city.

The film will be introduced by UCD Lecturer Dr Laurent Marie.

Admission free but ticketed.
To book your ticket please contact the IFI box office: 01 679 34

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The writing competition is over!

Dear writers,

The Writing Competition is now over.

We would like to thank you all for your participation. The Short Story-Poem Competition has been set up for the first time, this year and it has been a real success that we did not expect.

If you get a chance to go to the Festival, which is held at Dublin Castle on the 16th and 17th April and at the Alliance Française on the 18th of April, you will get the opportunity to read the 31 stories and poems in English and French of all candidates.

We all hope to see you at the Festival.

The organisation team of the festival

Monday, March 22, 2010


Talk. Sean Hillen was raised in Newry and studied at the Belfast College of Art. In 1982, he travelled to London to continue his studies at the London College of Printing, and then at the Slade School of Fine Art. The Man from IRELANTIS shows many examples of his highly acclaimed work from the 1980’s up to his most recent and talks about its genesis and history. The exhibition Return to Irelantis is currently on display in our gallery. Read a review here from the Irish Independent.

Tuesday 30 March at 6.30pm
Admission Free RSVP:


Screening. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Francophonie the Cinéclub is giving you the opportunity this month to see a screening of Le Grand voyage, a wonderful film by the director of Maroccan origin, Ismaël Ferroukhi. This universal and humanist road movie is carried by the performances of two intense actors, Nicolas Cazalé and Mohamed Majd. Le Grand voyage won the Luigi De Laurentiis Award at the 2004 Venice Film Festival.

Thursday 25 March - 7.30pm
French/Arab version with English subtitles, 108 min.

Information and booking:
Admission Free. Seats are limited to 15 and restricted to Members.


Screening. What starts as a tribute to a hero of the European art film becomes an affecting meditation on the pursuit of happiness in this hauntingly beautiful offering from writer-director Mia Hansen-Løve.

The shamblingly charismatic Louis-Do de Lencquesaing plays an unfailingly-enthused, financially-doomed, producer obviously modelled on the late Humbert Balsan. For a while, we’re hooked by the film’s brutally honest depiction of the sharp end of independent cinema, but as worries begin to weigh more heavily, the focus shifts to the
long-suffering wife (Alice Gautier) who is obviously wondering, like us, whether this masculine rage to build a legacy is actually depriving her and her children of a life in the meantime.

Tuesday 23 March at 8.40pm

Ticket: €7 AF members / €9.50 Non-members

Irish Film Institute

Monday, March 8, 2010


Parade. To celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, the Alliance Française will take part in the Dublin parade and be represented by the Bagad (traditional Breton music group), Glaziked of Pouldergat. The group which was created in 1946, has evolved locally since 1990 under the direction of Pascal Le Friant. This ensemble is made up largely of pipers, bombards and drums from the Pouldergat locality, trained at the school of band music. The repertoire is mainly traditional Breton tunes occasionally influenced by traditional tunes from elsewhere. The Costumes known as Glazik are very bright in colour and quite characteristic of the geographical location of Pouldergat (Finistère). This event is supported by Région Bretagne, ULAMIR du Goyen and the St Patrick’s Festival Committee.

17 March From 12-noon to 2pm - starting at Parnell Square, D1

Breton evening. To complete the Breton experience the Alliance Française invites you to come and try out our Crêpes event. In partnership with French Crêpes we offer you the opportunity to enjoy a crêpe meal in a festive ambiance provided by the Glaziked band, who will introduce you to traditional Breton music.

17 March from 6.30pm to 9pm at the Alliance Française

Price: AF members €8 / Non-members €12 Tickets include one drink and one traditional Breton crêpe. Online registration is available. For further information, contact Reception: (01) 676 17 32 or


Véronique Pestel is a singer/song-writer musically trained from an early age (song, dance, piano). She started her career in the early 80s and soon she was playing support for major singers such as Nougaro, Serge Reggiani and Juliette Greco. As an artist, she puts music to poèmes, in the great French tradition. She also covers work by other authors mixing styles and genres. Throughout her career she took part in many French and French-speaking festivals such as Bourges, La Rochelle, Lausanne, Charleroi, Montréal. This event is organised in collaboration with the Cultural Service of the French Embassy and the Festi’Val de Marne.

Wednesday 10 March at 8pm

Tickets: AF Members €10 / Non-members €15 (tickets on sale at AF Reception or at the Sugar Club one hour prior to the show)

The Sugar Club 8 Leeson Street, Dublin 2

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Alert! Last month of the Short Story-Poem Competition

The Short Story-Poem Competition is now in its last month.
Don’t forget to take part in this challenge and write a short story or poem on the theme of “The City”.

Find the rules below
- You can write in either French or English.
- Your story or poem must be between 500 and 1000 words.
- Send your completed story or poem by email to or post in on the blog of the Alliance Francaise of Dublin.

-The closing date for entries is 31st March 2010.
-All stories will be displayed during the Franco-Irish Literary Festival.

I look forward to reading from you.