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Cine Club: Stop-Over

Stop-Over (L’Escale) (2013) a documentary by Kaveh Bakhtiari SYNOPSIS: In the course of living long months with a group of Iranian illegals in Athens, the director examines this radical choice of pursuing a better life through the most perilous of possibilities: clandestinity. Trailer Read More »

Cine Club: The Taste of Others

The Taste of Others (2000) by Agnes Jaoui SYNOPSIS: Three men, three women, opposites, possibilities, and tastes. Castella owns a industrial steel barrel plant in Rouen; Bruno is his flute-playing driver, Franck is his temporary bodyguard while he negotiates a contract with Iranians, his wife Angélique does frou-frou interior decorating and loves her dog. The conventional Castella hires a forty-year-old ... Read More »

Cine club : Le combat dans l’île

Le combat dans l’île (1962) by Alain Cavalier SYNOPSIS: The son of a French industrialist, Clément is a right wing extremist who belongs to a secret militant right wing organization that uses whatever means necessary, including violence, to achieve its goals. His wife Anne, a former German actress who gave up her career to be the doting wife, knows somewhat ... Read More »

French Film Festival: Amour et Romance

French Film Festival: Amour et Romance The Federation of Film Societies of India and Alliance Française du Bengale present The French Film Festival from the 26 May to 28 May. The theme will be Love and Romance. The inauguration ceremony will be held on 26th may at 6:15 PM. PROGRAMME: On 26th May 4:30PM – Les Neiges du Kilimandjaro by Robert ... Read More »

Cine Club: Black Venus

Black Venus (2010) (original title: Venus Noire) by Abdellatif Kechiche SYNOPSIS: Paris 1817, the Royal Academy of Medicine. “I have never seen a human head so similar to that of an ape’s”. Standing by a molded cast of Saartjie Baartman’s body, anatomist Georges Cuvier’s verdict is categorical. Seven years earlier, Saartjie left her native South Africa with her master, Caezar, to ... Read More »

International Museum Day

For the 37th year in a row, the international museum community will celebrate International Museum Day (IMD) on 17 May, 2014. Events and activities have been organised in thousands of museums all over the world to celebrate this festive day for the museum community. This year, more than 35,000 museums are getting ready to celebrate the event in more than ... Read More »

Patrick Faigenbaum, a French photographer in residency in Kolkata

Conference with Patrick Faigenbaum, winner of the Henri Cartier-Bresson Award The Alliance française du Bengale welcomes Patrick Faigenbaum, a renowned French photographer, in residency in Kolkata. Mr. Faigenbaum won the famous Henri Cartier-Bresson Award last year for his project “Kolkata”. We invite him to deliver a talk on his work on Thursday 16th May 2014. Patrick Faigenbaum is a major ... Read More »

Cine Club: La clé de la chambre à lessive

La clé de la chambre à lessive (2013) by  Floriane Devigne SYNOPSIS: The key to the communal laundry room in the block of flats on the Rue de Genève 85 in Lausanne serves a much greater function than merely unlocking the door. This encounter between a symbol of typical Swiss mentality with a penchant for order and the tenants who have ... Read More »

Cine Club: Games of love and chance

Games of love and chance (2003) by Abdellatif Kechiche SYNOPSIS Games of Love and Chance (French: L’Esquive) is a 2003 French film drama directed by Abdellatif Kechiche and starring Sara Forestier. It won the Cesar Award for Best Film, Best director, Best Writing and Most Promising Actress. A group of teenagers from the housing projects of the Paris suburbs practice a passage from the play ... Read More »

Urban Designing: International Perspectives

As part of the mission “heritage architecture and urbanism”, organized by the Alliance française du Bengale and the French Institute in Delhi, Florence Bougnoux, architect and urban planner from France, will give on “Urban Designing: International Perspectives” a talk at The Palladian Lounge (on Monday 5 May 2014 from 5:30 pm) She will present some new town projects in France, as well ... Read More »