Cultural Events

Cine Club: La Baie des Anges

La Baie des anges (1963) A film by Jacques Demy SYNOPSIS: Jean Fournier (Claude Mann) is a young bank employee who is encouraged by his friend Caron to take an interest in gambling. After winning money in a game of roulette, he decides to vacation in Nice, where he falls in love with Jackie (Jeanne Moreau), divorced and mother to ... Read More »

An afternoon reflexion on colonial architectural heritage of Bengal

Promoting colonial architectural heritage of  Bengal in the context of the development of cultural tourism. Indeed, colonial architecture not only bears the traces of colonial exploitation but also highlights the assimilation of two distant foreign cultures. A study of these vestiges which are easily visible on 50 kilometres of bank of the river Hooghly, between Kolkata and the town of Tribeni, is an open air ... Read More »

Conference on the Indo-French nuclear relations (1948-1978)

Jayita Sarkar used to be a student of Alliance française du Bengale and is now finalizing a history thesis in the department of international history at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. This event is about exposing her thesis as a conference and an interactive discussion.This doctoral dissertation explores the dynamics of Franco-Indian nuclear relations in the backdrop of U.S. counter-proliferation ... Read More »

Grand Paris / les Halles redevelopment : what’s up now? Lessons for Megapolis

David Mangin and Florence Bougnoux, architects form  Paris, and who have  been working on the Grand Paris project, will present the redevelopment of one of  Paris’s iconic venues. They will also interact with the students and teachers of the Department of Architecture at BESU (Shibpur University). Please register if interested : Guest Speakers :   1.Florence Bougnoux : architect, town-planner and ... Read More »

Danses dialogues : Julie Nioche – Nos Solitudes

 Nos Solitudes is like a continuous free fall in which a woman’s body is suspended in space, with different cables and pulleys attaching it to widely-spaced different weights and counterweights, weaving through the space and triggering some of the dance movements. The suspended body has an entirely different relationship to the space and to gravity itself, changing the experience of ... Read More »

Le Vice-consul de Marguerite Duras

 Homage to Marguerite Duras on her birth centenary The French theatre company Compagnie du Barrage and the Alliance française du Bengale present, on the occasion of the birth centenary of Marguerite Duras, the theatre play Le Vice-consul [the Vice-Consul], adapted, produced and performed by Maud Andrieux.   Marguerite Donnadieu, known as Marguerite Duras ( 4 April 1914 –  3 March 1996), was a French writer ... Read More »

Cine club: L’Assassin habite au 21

L’ Assassin habite au 21 (1942) A film by Henri Georges Clouzot SYNOPSIS : Dapper Inspector Vorobechik (‘Wens’ for short) is assigned the case of a serial killer who leaves a calling card on his victims; Monsieur Durand. Wens’ mistress, struggling actress Mila Malou, determines to get publicity for herself by helping him. Learning that Durand is one of the ... Read More »

Cine Club : Le roi et l’oiseau

Le roi et l’oiseau (1980)   A film by Paul Grimault SYNOPSIS : The huge kingdom of Takicardia is ruled by a king under the unwieldy title of Charles V + III = VIII + VIII = XVI. He’s a heartless ruler, hated by his people as much as he hates them. The king is fond of hunting, but is unfortunately cross-eyed ... Read More »

French Film Festival – Hommage à Patrice Chéreau

This year the French Film Festival, presented  by Alliance Française du Bengale and Bhowanipore Film Society Calcutta, celebrates Patrice Chéreau’s work. Two films from the famous french filmmaker and from Claire Denis and Catherine Breillat will be shown on the 16th, 18th and 19th April at Nandan 3.   Two films will be screening every day during the Festival: on 4:30PM and on 6:30PM. The ... Read More »

Danse dialogues : Cette Immense Intimité (Boundless intimacy)

The Alliance Française du Bengale, the Institut Français in Delhi and Rabindranath Tagore Centre Kolkata are pleased to present a unique production: Cette Immense Intimité (Boundless intimacy) which will bring the human body, moving image and structure together in a fascinating new dance form. Never before seen in Kolkata, it will create for the audience a new space in which to ... Read More »