November 2018 #148


The IFI French Film Festival once again brings a rich and eclectic mix of French cinema to Dublin with over 25 new and classic films. These films bear witness and bring insights of our times, showcasing a national cinema that is vibrant and alive, audacious, engaging, and richly visual. The programme includes portraits of family and individuals, men and women facing challenges in their daily life, dealing with social injustice, gender inequality, prostitution, sexual abuse, and young people looking for their place in an increasingly fragmented world.
Among the special guests attending this year’s Festival is Guest of Honour Cédric Kahn, who will participate in a Q&A following the screening The Prayer on Friday 16th and also conduct a masterclass on Saturday 17th. Director Claire Burger will attend the Opening Gala Screening of Real Love on Wednesday 14th, while Andréa Bescond & Eric Métayer will take part in a Q&A following a screening of Little Tickles, which screened in competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, on Wednesday 22nd.

Marie-Pierre Richard, French Film Festival Director, Irish Film Institute

French Courses Screenings
Winter Term
19 November - 26 January
Short Shorts
Film Festival 2018

Winter Term 19 Nov - 26 Jan
Free placement test every Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 5pm-7pm


Our next term will start on November 19th! The Winter Term is open to both former and new students of all ages and abilities. General French courses, conversation courses, refresher classes, specialised workshops, preparation for international diplomas, for adults and courses for teenagers, children & toddlers are available all day from Monday to Saturday for 8 weeks.

Assessments are free of charge and no appointment is required. You don't need an assessment if you are a complete beginner or if you are already a student, you can enrol directly online.


Monday 5 November –  6.30pm

The European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) is proud to present a new edition of the Short Shorts Film Festival with screenings of the best short films from all over Europe supported by 7 countries in the Eunic Ireland cluster: Alliance Française / French Embassy, the Austrian Embassy, the British Council, Culture Ireland, the Goethe-Institut, the Instituto Cervantes /  AECID, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura; along with 3 shorts supported by the Galway Film Festival, Cork Film Festival and the Irish Film Institute.
Audience members will be asked to vote for their favourite film after the screening.

Download full programme

Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Dublin 2

Theatre / Competition Teachers' Training
Tartarus Theatre:
Le Petit Prince
  Create an Escape Game
in your class

6 - 10 November 8pm
€15 / 20% discount for Members

The Little Prince, Antoine De Saint-Exupery’s iconic novella makes its way to Smock Alley Theatre this November 6th-10th thanks to Tartarus theatre company. Venture beyond the stars alongside the Prince as he voyages through the cosmos, uncovering answers and unearthing knowledge about love, humanity and life. Meeting an array of interplanetary vagabonds and faux philosophers, he discovers life in the universe may not be exactly what he expected.
You're in for a treat as Alliance Française Members get a 20% discount using the promo code PrincePals.
Win tickets on our Twitter!

Smock Alley's Boys School, Temple Bar, D8


Tuesday 6 November – 5.30-7.30pm
Admission free 

An Escape Game is a themed life-sized getaway game, in which players solve a series of puzzles within a limited period of time to get out of a room.
Applied to the classroom, the Escape Game both entertains students and fulfils a number of important learning objectives, including team work and moral support, instilling enthusiasm and developing transferable skills: The Escape Game allows you to merge several subject areas together and encourage students to acquire interdisciplinary skills. Perfect for a project with Transition Year students!

More information on our services for teachers

Library's Workshop Networking
Learn to use your
Digital Library
  Journée des associations
françaises en Irlande

Thursday 8 November – 12.30pm
Admission free 

This bring-your-own-device workshop is designed to simplify the user's experience of our digital and online resources and offer technical support. Our team of librarians will explain and install everything you need to get started.

They will also showcase the revolutionary platform Culturethèque and a wide selection of apps and digital services for learning, playing and entertaining!

Booking is advised as places are limited


Saturday 10 November – 2-5pm
Admission free / No booking

For the second time the French Embassy in Ireland is gathering most of the French associations in Ireland for an afternoon meeting at the Alliance Française, with exhibition stands in both La Cocotte Café and the French Library.

Come and discover the variety and vitality of the local French representation in Ireland, create contacts and make new friends – this is a perfect place to start for a newcomer!

Admission is free and includes a raffle entry!

Science Festival

French Festival at Science Week 2018

14-19 November More information

Taking place from 11 to 18 November, Science Week Ireland is a yearly festival which celebrates science and research with more than 1,000 events organised throughout Ireland. This year, the Embassy of France in Ireland and Alliance Française Dublin have partnered with researchers, artists and performers to offer a line-up of events with a special French touch: the French Festival at Science Week!
Science shows, comic art exhibition, talks and interactive workshops for all ages: there will be plenty for you to discover!


Science Show

Wednesday 14 November
€8 / €5 


Exhibition & Talk
My Thesis... in a Comic Strip!

Thursday 15 November
Admission free


Learning Sciences on your phone

Thursday 15 November
Admission free


Children's Workshop
Native Scientists

Saturday 17 November –
Admission free


Science Show / Workshop
Les Cellules Déambulent

Monday 19 November
Admission free


Make sure to book your seats
well in advance, places are limited!

Film Festival

IFI French Film Festival / Alliance Française Screening

14 - 25 November     

We are proud to be the cultural partner of the Irish Film Institute's French Film Festival 2018! (Re)discover over 25 French films including 19 Irish premieres, classics, a Henri Georges Clouzot Season, and meet Cédric Kahn for an exclusive Masterclass and other very special guests.
Don't miss the Alliance Française Special Screening on Wednesday 21 November, Guillaume Senez' Nos Batailles (Our Struggles). The Franco-Belgian drama starring Romain Duris and Laure Calamy received rave reviews during its world premiere for the International Critics' Week at the Cannes Film Festival 2018. Alliance Française Members get a discounted price of €9.50 and may win free tickets on Twitter. There will be prizes to be won including French courses, Memberships & goodies!

Special Event   Exhibition Opening
Le Beaujolais Nouveau
est arrivé !
  Photo Exhibition:
Shooting Stars

Friday 16 November – 6.30pm
Admission free

Following the huge success of Bastille Day 2018, French Friday, Le Petit Journal Dublin and The Church are teaming up again in partnership with Alliance Française Dublin for the celebration of another famous French tradition celebrated worldwide: the official release of the Beaujolais Nouveau wine !
The evening will start softly  with an apéro and  quiz with numerous prizes to be won – including French courses and Memberships.
The second part of the evening will be one for your dancing shoes with a DJ set of French & International music.

The Church, Mary St & Jervis St, Dublin 1


Wednesday 21 November – 6:30pm
Admission free

The Shooting Stars exhibition curated by DartBLAY offers a photographic glance at the legends of French cinema from the 60s and 70s, prominent film personalities that have become cult symbols.
Passionate about cinema, DartBLAY is Marie Darblay, a cinema enthusiast who since 2015 has been collecting  vintage photos from the cinematic world: on-set photographs, cult scenes, press shots and black and white portraits.
Her first exhibition of exceptional prints from her personal collection, Legends  organized in Paris in 2016, has led to a series of exhibitions related to her life-long passion.

Screening & Talk   Screening / Competition
Irish Premiere:
Et mon cœur transparent
Les petits mouchoirs

Thursday 22 November – 6.30pm
Admission free 

Et mon cœur transparent (And My See-Through Heart) is the first feature film by David and Raphael Vital-Durand who started their careers making short films, ads and music videos for French and international stars.

Based on the book by Véronique Ovaldé (Prix France Culture-Télérama), the Vital-Durand brothers' thrilling adaptation plunges us into the bewildering life of Lancelot Rubinstein, whose wife’s sudden disappearance leaves him with many unanswered questions. Starring Julien Boisselier, Caterina Murino and Sara Giraudeau.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A in English with director David Vital-Durand.


Thursday  29 November – 7.40pm
€5 with a free glass of wine / Free for Premium Members  

Join us every month for a subtitled screening of one of the most popular box-office hits in French cinema history, preceded by an informal presentation with a free glass of wine!
This month, (re)discover the 2010 French cult comedy/drama Les petits mouchoirs (Little White Lies) written and directed by Guillaume Canet, starring an ensemble cast of François Cluzet, Marion Cotillard, Benoît Magimel, Gilles Lellouche, Jean Dujardin, Laurent Lafitte, Valérie Bonneton and Pascale Arbillot.

The Cinéclub is free for AF Premium Members. Win tickets on our Twitter!

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