Avril 2018

Dear Community Member,

Even with the end of "March Madness", April proves to be as eventful. The Alliance Française French Film Festival will continue until 15 April, but don't forget your studies! The Alliance will also be offering the opportunity to work on your French even during the holidays until Term 2 starts on 30 April.

Le mois de mars fut fou, celui d’avril s’annonce festif et studieux. Festif parce que le French Film Festival se poursuit encore jusqu’au 15 avril. Studieux aussi parce que l’AF vous propose de travailler votre français même pendant les vacances en attendant la reprise des cours le 30 avril prochain.

At the Alliance Française this month:

French Film Festival - Wine and Cheese Night

Thursday 5 April - 6pm
Palace Nova Eastend, 3 Cinema Pl

Enjoy this refreshing comedy and the exquisite beauty of Burgundy landscapes with a glass of wine and cheese tasting. The night will begin at 6pm with a variety of delicious French cheeses and wines, followed by a special screening of Back to Burgundy.

More information and tickets here.


French Film Festival - Closing Night

Sunday, 15 April - 6:30pm
Palace Nova Eastend, 3 Cinema Pl

Enjoy this hilarious romantic comedy for the closing of the Festival. The night will begin at 6:30pm with a delectable array of canapes and French wines, before a special screening of the marvellous closing film, 50 Is The New 30.

More information and tickets here.



Due to the April school holidays, we will not be running Ciné-club this month, but will return in May.

In the meantime, make the most of the French Film Festival and see all the amazing and talented artists who have created some great films for this year's Festival.


Club de Lecture - Au-revoir là-haut

Wednesday, 18 April - 6:30pm
Alliance Française, 319 Young St, Wayville

For this month's Club de Lecture, the club will to discuss Au-revoir là-haut by Pierre Lemaitre, set after World War I as two soldiers - a disfigured but brilliant artist and an ex-accountant - start a memorial con.

An alternative way to practise your French, Club de Lecture allows you to develop and improve your reading and comprehension skills. If you would like to know more, please contact Laureline.


Alliance Française - Annual General Meeting

Tuesday, 22nd May - 6.30pm
Alliance Francaise, 319 Young St, Wayville

The AGM for Alliance Française d'Adelaide Incorporated will be held at Alliance Française, 6.30pm, Tuesday, 22nd May, where the new committee will be elected. 

Members of the Association wishing to nominate for election must submit an AF-Committee Nominee Background Form and an AF-Nomination Form by email to admin@af.org.au or in person to the Alliance by 16 May 2018.


DELF and DALF Exams

The first round of the DELF and DALF 2018 exams sessions will be taking place 21-25 May. Registrations will open on Monday, 16 April, and will close on Monday, 7 May 2018.

Find more information here.

AF School Advisory Group - Expression of Interest

We are looking to form a voluntary committee of 2 parents of current students, 2 current adult students and 2 current teachers to join Laurent, our Director, to give community input into the educational and cultural programs at the Alliance. 

If you are interested, please email Laurent at director@af.org.au

Term 2: 30 April - 7 July

Enrolment for Term 2 courses at the Alliance Française is still open
with classes filling up fast, so enrol today and learn French with us!
Enrolment and payment must be made prior to the start of classes (30 April).
Our courses are available for all ages, levels, and proficiencies, just contact us 
and we will help you find the class that is just right for you!

Year 11 and 12 Intensive

The Year 11 and 12 Intensive course is for students studying Year 11 or 12
SACE or IB French and are looking for additional preparation.
It will help them brush up on their grammar, listening, comprehension,
written and oral skills.

Dates and times:
10am-1pm, 16-19 April (Mon-Thurs), or 2-5pm, 16-19 April (Mon-Thurs)

Online or by telephone 8272 4281

Grammar and Phonetics Workshops

For those who need some extra help with their grammar and pronunciation,
the Alliance will be running short workshops to assist you with grammar
such as tenses, relative pronouns, as well as phonetic workshops
to get your pronunciation just right.

These workshops will run 10-26 April, so register by 6 April.
Enrol online today or call us on 8272 4281 is you have any questions.


Kids & Teens

Courses designed for everyone from complete beginners to proficient speakers. Enrich your child’s life and open their mind: enrol them in a French class!

X For this month's interview, we sat down with Ben McCann, Head of French Studies at The University of Adelaide, to discuss French cinema, this year's French Film Festival, and what makes a good film:

Quel est ton film français préféré ? Pourquoi ?
J’ai deux films préférés, en fait. Premièrement, j’adore les films de Marcel Carné, surtout Le Jour se lève (1939), qu’il a co-écrit avec Jacques Prévert, et avec Jean Gabin en tête d’affiche. C’est le film le plus beau du cinéma français de cette époque (le soi-disant « réalisme poétique »), et chaque fois que je le regarde, j’apprécie sa beauté visuelle et musicale de nouveau. A voir absolument. En plus, pour remonter le moral, je regarde sans cesse Tais-toi !, avec Reno et Depardieu. Une comédie délire ! 

Quelle est ton acteur ou ton actrice française préférée ?
Jean Gabin, bien sûr, mais aussi Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Romain Duris et Isabelle Huppert. Ils m’impressionnent toujours. 

Quel(s) film(s) recommandes-tu dans l’édition 2018 du French Film Festival ?
Deux : Le sens de la fête (C’est la vie!) et Les hommes du feu (The Brigade) : deux exemples de l’étonnante richesse du cinéma français contemporain – le premier c’est un film comique, touchant et plein d’esprit, avec une folle séquence avec un ballon blanc; le deuxième, c’est une « tranche de vie » qui raconte l’histoire d’une caserne de pompiers dans le sud de la France. C’est captivant. 

Selon toi, qu’est-ce qu’ « un bon film »  ?
Quelque chose qui nous fait penser, rire, et pleurer en même temps. A vrai dire, il n’y a ni de bons ni de mauvais films - mais simplement des films à apprécier, et à partager.

Canal+ Australie

Did you know that, as a member of the Alliance Française, you can receive Tout CanalSat, with Canal+ Australie, for $55 per month for the first 12 months, as well as $100 off the standard installation and 50% off the first 3 months! Just mention AF ADELAIDE.

To see more about this offer, and other offers available to AF members, click here. 


Alliance Française - Library

We have recently put our Library catalogue online, available to view here.

AF Members who would like to access the library catalogue should contact Reception at adelaide@af.org.au for your login and password so you can access the catalogue.

Unley High School

Unley High School will be holding a Special Interest Program Information Evening on Thursday, 5 April at 6:30pm, to discuss their three Special Interest Programs for Year 8 students in 2019. All programs are open for both in zone and out of zone student enrolments. Interested families of current Year 7 students are invited to attend.

See more here

Victor Harbor Encounter Celebration

To celebrate “The Encounter” this year, the Encounter Celebration Organisation will hold a festival on Warland Reserve, Victor Harbor, on Sunday, 8 April, with market stalls, entertainment, and “Encounter It All” trail for children. 

See more here

Oliver Latry

French organist, Olivier Latry, one of three titular organists at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris, will be performing at the Pilgrim Uniting Church, 12 Flinders St, Adelaide, on Wednesday, 18 April, 7:30-10:30pm. Go to our Facebook page for our ticket giveaway to this fantastic performance.

Book tickets now

Creative France - French Treasures in Australian Libraries

Creative France, along with What have the French ever done for us?, will be holding a public lecture by Professor Véronique Duché of the University of Melbourne on Thursday, 19 April, 6pm at the State Library of South Australia, to discuss French books in Australian libraries.

See more here

Panache Theatre - Questions de Famille

Thursday, 3 May - Saturday, 5 May
Star Theatres, 145 Sir Donald Bradman Dr, Hilton

Panache presents three plays which share the common theme of family life. Aquatic creatures, in-laws, and family ties and affection, there's everything in this dramatic and amusing play. In French with English surtitles.

Buy tickets here