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Cine club : La Grande Illusion

  La Grande Illusion (1937)   A film by Jean Renoir SYNOPSIS : During 1st WW, two French officers are captured. Captain De Boeldieu is an aristocrat while Lieutenant Marechal was a mechanic in civilian life. They meet other prisoners from various backgrounds, as Rosenthal, son of wealthy Jewish bankers. They are separated from Rosenthal before managing to escape. A few ... Read More »

Cine club : Pierrot le fou

Pierrot le fou (1965)   A film by Jean-Luc Godart SYNOPSIS : Pierrot escapes his boring society and travels from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea with Marianne, a girl chased by hit-men from Algeria. They lead an unorthodox life, always on the run. Read More »

Cine club : La bataille de Solférino

La bataille de Solférino (2013)   A film by Justine Triet SYNOPSIS : May 6, 2012. Cable news reporter Laetitia is covering the French presidential elections, while Vincent, her ex-husband, demands to see their two young daughters. It’s a manic Sunday in Paris: two agitated girls, a frazzled babysitter, a needy new boyfriend, a grumpy lawyer and France cut in half! Read More »

France and the Francophonie : Launch of a New Magazine

French and Francophone studies are not restricted to the geographical domain of a country and its one time colonies. Rather it widens the horizon, where literature, culture, language, media, philosophy, history,socio political thoughts walk hand in hand. This journal aims to touch these donmains and dreams to work as a bridge. With this concept the articles on French and Francophonic ... Read More »

PHOTOGRAPHY : Women’s Issues

On the double occasion of the Month of Photography and on the International Women’s Day, the Alliance, in collaboration with the Railways Metro of Kolkata, present a exhibition of two international photographers, the French Viviane Dalles and the Indian Uzma Moshin. Viviane Dalles, (b. 1978) completed her Master in 2003 at the National School of Photography in Arles, France after ... Read More »

Cine club : Aujourd’hui

Aujourd’hui (2013) Trailer A film by Alain Gomis SYNOPSIS : Today is the last day of his life. He knows this to be true even though he is strong and healthy. Nonetheless Satché (played by American actor-musician Saül Williams) accepts his imminent death. Walking through the streets of his home town in Senegal he takes in the sites of his past ... Read More »

Death and Glory, Boys!

Concert/Storytelling/Illustrations Commemorating 100 years since the beginning of the First World War, Death and Glory, Boys! is a mise en scene of the war through a young soldier’s diary with on the spot illustrations, music and storytelling. Renowned French author and illustrator Barroux came across the discarded  first-hand memoirs of a French soldier’s experiences in the trenches of the First World War. He adapted this ... Read More »

Hédi Kaddour : Literary morning

Interactive discussion and presentation. Alliance française du Bengale presents the writter Hédi Kaddour who is making a tour in India to interact about his works and the act of writting. Born in Tunisia in 1945, Hédi Kaddour is a French novelist, poet, columnist, and translator from English, German and Arabic. He teaches French literature at New York University (New York ... Read More »

Cine club : Les Quatre Cent coups

Les Quatre cent coups (1959) Trailer  A film by François Truffaut SYNOPSIS : A young Parisian boy, Antoine Doinel, neglected by his derelict parents, skips school, sneaks into movies, runs away from home, steals things, and tries (disastrously) to return them. Like most kids, he gets into more trouble for things he thinks are right than for his actual trespasses. Unlike ... Read More »

Marc BATARD : From the Himalayas to Calcutta

This new revised edition of “Out beyond the summits” includes two new chapters, providing the book with even more significance in today’s society. Through his book, Marc Batard, the first man ever to have climbed Mount Everest in less than 24 hours without oxygen tanks, father of three and granddad of six, gives us the means to address and reflect ... Read More »