VANCOUVER – IN THE INTENSE NOW @ VIFF 2018-02-21T20:06:17+00:00

Made following the discovery of amateur footage shot in China in 1966 during the first and most radical stage of the Cultural Revolution, In The Intense Now speaks to the fleeting nature of moments of great intensity. Scenes of China are set alongside archival images of the events of 1968 in France, Czechoslovakia, and, to a lesser extent, Brazil. In keeping with the tradition of the film-essay, they serve to investigate how the people who took part in those events continued onward after passions had cooled. The footage, all of it archival, not only reveals the state of mind of those filmed—joy, enchantment, fear, disappointment, dismay—but also sheds light on the relationship between a document and its political context. What can one say of Paris, Prague, Rio de Janeiro, or Beijing by looking at the images of the period? Why did each of these cities produce a specific sort of record?

Narrated in first person, the film reflects on that which is revealed by four sets of images: footage of the French students’ uprising in May of 1968; the images captured by amateurs during the invasion of Czechoslovakia in August of the same year, when forces led by the Soviet Union put an end to the Prague Spring; shots of the funerals of students, workers, and police officers killed during the events of 1968 in the cities of Paris, Lyon, Prague, and Rio de Janeiro; and the scenes that a tourist—the director’s mother—filmed in China in 1966, the year of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution.

Screenings from March 23th to March 28th (except March 27th).

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MOVIE CLUB “1:54” 2018-02-21T19:57:13+00:00

Wednesday, May 30 – 7:30pm
Alliance Française de Vancouver

$4 for non-members / Free for AF members 
ENGLISH SUBTITLES 

“1:54”
2016
Movie from Yan England
With : Antoine-Olivier Pilon, Sophie Nélisse, Lou-Pascal Tremblay
Genre : Drame
Durée : 1h46

Tim, a shy 16 years old athlete, is both brilliant and talented. But the pressure he undergoes pushes him to the edge, where human limits reach the point of no return.

VANCOUVER – DOUBLE LOVER @ VIFF 2018-02-21T20:07:13+00:00

The virtuoso and unpredictable François Ozon turns his hand to the erotic thriller in this febrile and fiendish psychological striptease. Chloé (Marine Vacth), a fragile young woman, falls in love with her psychoanalyst, Paul (Jérémie Renier). A few months later she moves in with him, but comes to suspect that her lover is concealing something from her: another side of his personality, perhaps, or something altogether more alarming. Picking up where Brian de Palma left off, Ozon’s adaptation of a Joyce Carol Oates’ story embraces the idea that we’re multifaceted when it comes to desire…

“The doubling imagery, the recurring spiral staircases, and so much else engulfing Chloé make this thriller unusually engrossing. Double Lover nods a bit to David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers (1988) and Roman Polanski’s The Tenant (1976), two arguably classic thrillers on doppelgängers and madness, and Mr. Ozon’s stylistic gymnastics sometimes bring to mind Brian De Palma, who made a film about good/bad twins early in his career. But Double Lover which Mr. Ozon ’freely adapted’ from the Joyce Carol Oates book Lives of the Twins, spins its influences into a frenzy that ultimately reveals the story to be very much its own thing. And a crazy, and eventually strangely moving, thing it is. As elaborate as its visuals are, the movie is also intimate. There aren’t many characters besides Chloé and the twins, which adds to the frisson late in the movie when the great Jacqueline Bisset makes her entrance.” Glenn Kenny, New York Times

“Nothing about this film feels remotely safe.” Alan Zilberman, Washington Post

“It’s like Dead Ringers meets Body Double with a kinky, winking full-frontal Gallic twist.” Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

Screenings on March 23 at 10:30pm, March 25 at 9:35pm & March 27 at 4pm. For more information: www.viff.org

VANCOUVER – C’EST LA VIE @ VIFF 2018-02-21T20:05:57+00:00

The latest comedy from the directors of The IntouchablesC’est la vie! tracks a wedding day from the point of view of the caterer, Max (Jean-Pierre Bacri). This is to be a grand affair, at an ancient chateau. But Max’s team is falling apart. Jealousy, laziness, incompetence, food poisoning and an insufferably arrogant bridegroom all contribute to what will be a night to remember…

“This is an expertly assembled, tartly played and hugely enjoyable romp… Like expert jugglers at a slapstick circus, the directors keep most of the characters and their faults and needs neatly in the air, with the rhythm hardly flagging and the tone buzzy and bustling throughout…[the film] offers carefully crafted character comedy, some hilarious slapstick and a cute love story or two as well as a few solid musical moments.” Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter

“A broad delight… co-directors and screenwriters Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache pull another magical trick out of the hat with a ruthlessly-plotted breeze of ensemble good humour,” Finn Halligan, Screen International

Screenings daily (except April 6). For more information: www.viff.org

VANCOUVER – The printemps de la Francophonie comes back for its 8th edition ! 2018-02-21T14:37:41+00:00

The Bureau des affaires francophones et francophiles (BAFF) of Simon Fraser University (SFU) announces the 8th edition of the Printemps de la Francophonie, which will take place from February 19th to March 30th. This event celebrates Canadian and international francophone cultures through many cultural activities: this year you will be able to attend conferences, workshops, screenings, on the three different campuses of the university and other select venues in Metro Vancouver. This a unique opportunity to meet francophone researchers, public personalities, musicians and artists.

You will also get the chance to go to see Aude Rey in a live show on March 1st, a panel discussion about the gender question on March 6th, or movie nights.

You can download the full program here : sfu_pf2018_programmation

for further information, please click here.

VANCOUVER – The French Touch: Adama (Free screening) @ VIFF 2018-02-09T11:52:26+00:00

On the occasion of the Black History Month, Spark CG and the VIFF Vancity Theatre, in collaboration with Institut Français and the Consulate General of France in Vancouver present ADAMA, a  free all-ages screening.

In this evocative animated feature, a 12-year-old West African boy tracks his older brother’s journey from village to port, to troop carrier and on to the war-torn fields of France, 1914. Despite the chaos, he clings to the hope that his brother can be returned home safely.

For more information and to book your ticket, visit VIFF Theatre.
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Tickets are free, but booking ahead is recommended. Seats are not guaranteed and will be allotted to ticket-holders on a first-come, first-served basis.

VANCOUVER – EXHIBITION “RUES DE MONTRÉAL” BY GABRIEL MARTINS 2018-02-07T18:01:13+00:00

Opening: March 13 / 6pm – 9 pm

Exhibition : From March 12 to April 13

Alliance Française de Vancouver

On the occasion of the Capture Photography Festival, Alliance Française de Vancouver is pleased to present the exhibition of the photograph Gabriel Martins.

Gabriel Martins:


Originally from São Paulo, Brazil, Gabriel Martins’ interest in photography was inspired by his trips across 24 countries and the work of the renowned photojournalist Sebastião Salgado.

With over 10 years of experience in technology and a Masters Degree in the field, Gabriel moved to Vancouver in 2014 and decided to pursue his passion for photography. He graduated from the Professional Photography Diploma at Langara, where he developed his skills and sharpened his sight.

He believes that the photographer should never be more important than the story or subject, and would like to leave a legacy through his work.

Exhibition description:

The exhibit portrays the streets of Montréal through photographs taken during the Summer of 2017, when the city celebrated its 375th anniversary. Street festivals, street performers and some of the best murals of the world are featured in this exhibit, which shows the vibrancy of Montréal, and aims to question our usage of public spaces and how people interact through them.

EUROPEAN BOOK CLUB : “THE DOUBLE” 2018-02-07T14:46:12+00:00

Saturday, February 10, 2018 – 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Alliance Française de Vancouver

Organized by the Consulate General of Portugal in Vancouver and EUNIC Canada-Vancouver, with the support of the Camões Institute for Cooperation and Language, the next meeting with the EU Book Club, moderated by Sandy Gualdino, will be with a Portuguese novel by José Saramago.

“The Double”
(“O Homem Duplicado”) 

In 1998, the Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to José Saramago, the first and only Portuguese writer to receive such an honour. To mark the 20thanniversary of the award, the book club will be dedicated to his novel “O Homem Duplicado”, the duplicated man translated in English as “The Double”. Published in 2002, it tells the story of Tertuliano Maximo Afonso an ordinary history teacher that becomes obsessed with a man he sees while watching a movie and that looks exactly like him. Against his own better judgment he decides to pursue his double. As he establishes the man’s identity, what begins as a whimsical story becomes a dark meditation on identity and, perhaps, on the crass assumptions behind cloning – that we are merely our outward appearance rather than the sum of our experiences.

A “wonderfully twisted meditation on identity and individuality” from a Nobel Prize–winning author who pushes fiction to its very limits (The Boston Globe).

VANCOUVER – INTERNATIONAL FRANCOPHONIE DAY : PÊCHEURS DE RÊVES, LE RÉCITAL” 2018-02-07T14:34:21+00:00

Friday, March 2, 2018 – 7pm
Alliance Française de Vancouver

FREE EVENT
Registration mandatory : please send an email to [email protected]

« PÊCHEURS DE RÊVES » : LE RÉCITAL
… when music marries drama! 

“Keep the French language and our country’s, our francophone’s culture alive.”

Laurent Brunetti and Mario Pacchioli, two Swiss artists settled in Paris, pursue the richness of encounters with the francophone’s audience from all around the world.

C’est vrai, que les temps changent ! (“It is true, times are changing”). But through Laurent Brunetti’s lyrics, set to music by Mario Pacchioli, sleeping memories from our childhood might be awoken. So, here or there, during this recital made entirely of original compositions, some great names of French chanson might come to our minds. It is an invitation to relive the time when words took shape and arose feel secret and mysterious emotions deep into each of us.

The artists:

Laurent Brunetti – Lyrics, vocals

Laurent Brunetti, born in Vevey (canton of Vaud, Switzerland) has been introduced to an audience at a very young age. He has a great interest in words and has this essentiel need of authenticity and truth. Inspired by the discrepancies of life, Laurent Brunetti is a modern-day narrator, with a nostalgic plume.
From Switzerland to Quebec, from France to Belgium, in Latin America, in Asia, he gained a lot of stage experience. Whether it be only with a piano or with a symphony orchestra, Laurent Brunetti makes his voice resonate in multiple artistic projects. With five albums and a training in acting, Laurent Brunetti works actively to link theatrical art and the interpretation of his texts.

Mario Pacchioli – Composition, arrangement, piano

Mario Pacchioli, born in Ilanz (Grisons, Switzerland) started his training of piano and classical singing at the age of seven, already convinced that melody will be the guiding thread of his life.
Gold record in Switzerland, and with three albums to his credit, Mario Pacchioli perfects his art at the Musicians Institute of Technology of Hollywood. Very eclectic in his artistic research, he started his training as a theater actor in 2009 at the Académie Internationale des Arts du Spectacle in Versailles.
Always looking for the melody, Mario Pacchioli arranges with the necessary freshness, humility and silences.

Find the full program here(Duration: 1hr15 minutes)

VANCOUVER – LES MONOLOGUES DU VAGIN 2018-02-07T14:08:58+00:00

Friday, February 16, 2018 – Doors open at 7:00pm, show starts at 7:30pm
Alliance Française de Vancouver

Admission by donation (minimum $5, the funds will be donated to V-Day and Réseau-Femmes Colombie-Britannique)

RESERVE HERE!

2018 marks the 20th Anniversary of V-Day, a g lobal activist movement to end violence against women and girls.

On this occasion, many NGOs organise creative events in order to increase public awareness and raise funds.

It is in this context that we are organising the show “Les Monologues du Vagin”!

The award-winning play is based on V-Day Founder/playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women. With humor and grace, the piece celebrates women’s sexuality and strength. Through this play and the liberation of this one word, countless women throughout the world have taken control of their bodies and their lives. For almost 20 years, The Vagina Monologues has given voice to experiences and feelings not previously exposed in public and brought a deeper consciousness to the conversation around ending violence against women and girls.


By taking part in this amateur, original and very successful show, you will contribute to this significant cause for women! 

Director: Marie Quincey
Actresses: Hélène Creusot, Ania Rezala, Jehanne El Mrabet, Muriel Marc, Nathalie Lopez-Gutteriez, Millie Collin

Drinks and food available for purchase.