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Alliance Magazine Le magazine de l’Alliance Française de Melbourne

Mar · Apr · May 2013

Alliance Française French Film Festival

Melbourne 6 - 24 Mar Learn French

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10 Alliance Française French

19 Berthe Mouchette competition


20 Corporate courses

Film Festival 2013

& venue hire

Courses for high school students

12 Francophonie celebrations

21 Courses for children

13 Easter intensive courses

23 Library

14 15

Courses for adults

16 17

“Gestuelles” exhibition


25 Music & Cinema 26 27 “Passing by the tree” exhibition

Tests and diplomas & private tuition

28 The Melbourne Salon 29 Violette Fund & Alliance

Française de melbourne AGM

A team to welcome you Information and registration Elyne Astruc Nadie Butcher Clémence Ribaucourt Francine Schaepper Nicole Vu-Minter

Berthe Mouchette Competition Kellee Lewis

Tests and examinations, course coordinator Marion Nouvel

Director Saliha Lefevre

School visits, course assistant Elise Froumson Deputy director & cultural centre Françoise Libotte Communication and design Mathieu Vendeville Library Céline Boutteçon

Administration Penny Matthews

French courses and training manager Aurélie Pierre

Interns Matthieu Poupinel Estelle Pagès Sarah Ribet Anne-Sophie Saudrais

A teaching team of native French speakers: Alexandre Gaitan Guillaume Briand Aleksandra Kostecki Janina Starnawski De Saxce Anne-Claire Brunet Johan Brochet Anne-Laure Paillard Maité Dion-Larouche Anne-Sophie Pink Marion Collery Céline Dandoy Sarah Benoit Chantal Boisgontier Vincent Hanon Danielle Schilling Géraldine Louison

Contact us

Mon - Fri: 9.30am to 8.30pm / from 10am to 7pm Sat: 9am to 6pm / from 9am to 5pm Sunday: 1pm to 6pm / from 1.30pm to 5pm Closed from 29 March to 01 April 2013 included and closed on 25 April 2013 Mar - Apr - May 2013 Issue Editorial Contributions: Alliance Francaise team. Design & Layout: Mathieu Vendeville. Printed by Barney's Group Pty Ltd.

An active Board of Directors: Gilbert Ducasse, President Philip Anderson, Vice-president Peter Rohan, Treasurer Katherine Wynn, Secretary Robin Brett Mark Cleary Inez Dussuyer Warren Fagan Angela Jurjevic Randy Marshall Sophie Short Kay Stevens

Alliance Française de Melbourne 51 Grey Street, ST KILDA, VIC 3182, AUSTRALIA Tel: (61-3) 9525 3463 Fax: (61-3) 9525 5064 E-mail:

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« Cinema is a modern writing whose ink is light » Jean Cocteau



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The 24th edition of the Alliance Française French Film Festival (AF FFF) marks the return of the main French cultural event in Melbourne. This year’s program showcases the finest movies to emerge from France over the last 12 months, and, as in previous years, we are delighted to present many great stars of French cinema (Audrey Tautou, Juliette Binoche, Matthieu Kassowitz, Fabrice Luchini and Gerard Depardieu...) along with the latest works of Our local sponsors:

esteemed directors (Raymond Depardon, Alain Resnais, François Ozon, Bruno Podalydès…). The Festival is eagerly anticipated by a great many people beyond the local French community, as evidenced by the 126,000 patrons who attended the Festival in 2012 in Australia. Once again the Festival will embody the diversity of French cinema through an eclectic program of 42 films. Comedies, romances, cabarets, history, actions, thrillers and dramas feature on the

menu, with a notable section devoted to women as well as a compelling selection of movies about past and present French society. Besides the opening and closing nights, a number of special themed events will be on offer during the festival such as “Versailles Extravaganza”, “An Artist in Provence”, “Join the Circus” and “L’Amour Always”.


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06 mar

Opening night event Haute Cuisine

$60 Full/$55 Members

6.30pm for 7pm

Melbourne Premiere of Haute Cuisine (Les saveurs du Palais) in the presence of festival’s guest Danièle Mazet-Delpeuch whose life inspired the film. Followed by opening night gala.

Tickets are selling fast!

M- 2012- 95 mins Director : Christian Vincent With : Catherine Frot, Arthur Dupont, Jean d’Ormesson, Hippolyte Girardot, Arly Jover Based on the extraordinary true story of President

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François Mitterrand’s private chef, Danièle Mazet-Delpeuch, and her challenges to create culinary art in a world of political intrigue. Hortense, a successful chef in Périgord, is appointed as personal cook for the President at the Elysée Palace. She soon discovers that the real heat is not in the kitchen, but in the halls of the Palace with constant battles for influence over the Chief of State.

sun Closing night event 24 mar

Children of paradise

$33 Full/$28 Members

8.00pm for 8.45pm

Join us for complimentary drinks & canapés before the only festival screening of: Children of paradise (Les enfants du paradis) PG - 1945- 154 mins Director : Marcel Carné With : Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, Pierre Brasseur, Maria Casarès, Marcel Herrand Consistently hailed as the greatest French film of all time, Children Of Paradise finally returns to the big screen in a stunning, newly restored version.

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Set in 1830s Paris, the film follows the ill-fated relationship between a mime, Baptiste, and an actress, Garance. When Garance is falsely accused of a crime, she seeks the protection of one of her many admirers, however Baptiste’s love never goes away. Made under extraordinary conditions during the last years of the Second World War, this must-see classic film was the result of a collaboration between the poet, Jacques Prévert, and visionary director, Marcel Carné.

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07 mar

Join the Circus

The man who laughs

$28 Full/$23 Members

6.30pm for 7pm

Join us for wine & cheese followed by the Melbourne Premiere of The man who laughs (L’homme qui rit) PG - 2012 - 93 mins Director: Jean-Pierre Améris With : Gérard Depardieu, Emmanuelle Seigner, MarcAndré Grondin, Christa Theret Gwynplaine is a disfigured man with a scarred mouth that gives him a permanent smile. When Ursus, a travelling showman, finds the muthu

07 mar

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tilated and abandoned child, he takes him in and raises him along with Déa, a young blind girl. Together they travel from village to village. However, when Gwynplaine discovers he is the heir to a fortune, he becomes seduced by a life of luxury, forgetting the two people who always loved him. Based on an acclaimed Victor Hugo novel. Venice Film Festival 2012: Out of Competition

L’Amour Always The cherry on the cake

$28 Full/$23 Members

6.00pm for 6.30pm

Join us for a French cocktail and patisserie followed by the premiere of : The cherry on the cake (La cerise sur le gateau) 15+ - 2012 - 83 mins Director : Laura Morante With : Laura Morante, Isabelle Carré, Pascal Elbe, Samir Guesmi, Patrice Thibaud Amanda suffers from androphobia - an abnormal fear of men - that leads her to end love affairs before they get

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too serious. She jumps at any reason to dump a man. When Amanda connects with Antoine at a party and begins seeing him regularly, her friends are delighted. That is until they realise Amanda mistakenly believes Antoine to be gay. Amanda’s friends conspire to keep her in the dark until Antoine is so important to her that he can safely reveal his love without her bolting.


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Versailles Extravaganza Farewell, my queen

$28 Full/$23 Members

6.00pm for 6.30pm

Join us for chocolates (courtesy of Cacao Fine Chocolates & Patisserie) and a glass of bubbles before the screening of : Farewell, my queen (Les adieux à la reine) M - 2012 - 100 mins Director : Benoît Jacquot With : Léa Seydoux, Diane Kruger, Michel Robin, Virginie Ledoyen, Noémie Lvovsky It is 1789 – the eve of the French Revolution in the Court




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of Versailles. When news of the storming of the Bastille reaches the nobles, they all flee with their servants, fearing for their lives. One of Marie-Antoinette’s devoted ladies-in-waiting stays to be by her Queen’s side, certain that neither will be harmed. History, however, is already in motion… Berlin Film Festival 2012 : Official Competition Winner of The Louis Delluc Prize 2012

An Artist in Provence Renoir

$28 Full/$23 Members

6.00pm for 6.30pm

Join us for some Provencestyle refreshments before the premiere of: Renoir M - 2013 - 111 mins Director: Gilles Bourdos With: Michel Bouquet, Christa Theret, Vincent Rottiers, Thomas Doret, Romane Bohringer 1915, Provence. The painter Auguste Renoir is in his twilight years, tormented by the loss of his wife and the arthritic pains of old age. When young Andrée enters

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his life, the grand old artist finds his last model a source of renewed inspiration. At the same time, the painter’s son, future filmmaker Jean Renoir, returns home to convalesce after being wounded in action. Jean falls in love with the wild and beautiful Andrée against the wishes of his father. Based on the true story of muse Andrée Heuschling and the impact she had on two celebrated artists. Cannes Film Festival 2012: Un Certain Regard Selection

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Love is all around us

8 Love is all around us

Fantastic Prizes

Another woman’s life

Welcome aboard

Marie meets and falls madly in love with Paul. After spending the night with him, Marie wakes to find she has skipped a decade of her life! Juliette Binoche is wonderful in this high concept and utterly delightful comedy.

Taillandier is a washed-up artist. Marylou is a teenager rejected by her mother who leaves home. Although they have nothing in common, together they travel the French West coast. Along the journey, this lost pair might just find a reason to live.

(La vie d’une autre) M - 2012 - 97 mins Director: Sylvie Testud With: Juliette Binoche, Mathieu Kassovitz

First Prize: A Trip to Paris Second Prize: Escape for 2 with Peugeot Third Prize: Celebrate with Christofle Register now at Woman stories

Our children

(A perdre la raison) 15+ - 2012 - 111 mins Director: Joachim Lafosse With: Niels Arestrup, Tahar Rahim, Emilie Dequenne

Murielle and Mounir fall in love. Mounir lives with the wealthy Dr Pinget and at first Murielle is happy to move into their home. However the young couple become more dependent on Dr Pinget, and Murielle begins to suffocate under his influence.

Woman stories


(L’enfant d’en haut) M - 2012 - 97 mins Director: Ursula Meier With: Léa Seydoux, Kacey Mottet Klein, Jean-François Stévenin

Simon lives with his restless older sister Louise at the base of the Swiss Alps. Every day he pilfers from rich tourists, while Louise drifts through a series of part-time jobs and promiscuity. This deeply humanist drama explore the intimacy of two souls struggling with an unquenchable thirst for love.

(Bienvenue parmi nous) M - 2012 - 97 mins Director: Jean Becker With: Patrick Chesnais, Jeanne Lambert, Miou-Miou

When art goes to cinema

Feu par Christian Louboutin

18+ - 2012 - 78 mins - in 3D Director: Bruno Hullin With: The Crazy Horse Dancers

Christian Louboutin has teamed up with the legendary French cabaret institution, Crazy Horse Paris. This filmed version of a live production is mixing erotic cabaret with music, dance, paintings, space-age chic. Music by David Lynch and the Swizz Beatz.


When art goes to cinema

Thérèse Desqueyroux CTC - 2012- 110 mins Director: Claude Miller With: Audrey Tautou, Gilles Lellouche, Catherine Arditi

Thérèse is a young woman married off to the chauvinistic son of another local bourgeois dynasty. Her avant-garde ideas clash with the local conventions. Her freedom becomes tantalizingly close when she discovers that increasing her husband’s medicine dose makes him unwell. Back into the past


CTC - 2012 - 2012 mins Director: Alice Winocour With: Vincent Lindon, Soko, Chiara Mastroianni

19th Century, Paris. Professor Charcot witnesses Augustine, a young patient suffering a violent seizure. He takes her as his special project. Augustine gradually becomes the exclusive subject of Charcot’s work and his obsession, putting at risk both her mental stability and his marriage.

Highlights - alliance française French film festival 2013 Should we laugh?

What’s in a name?

(Le prénom) M- 2012 - 109 mins Directors: Matthieu Delaporte, Alexandre de la Patellière With: Patrick Bruel, Valérie Benguigui, Charles Berling

It’s a decision that faces every parent-to-be: what name will you give your child? Vincent announces to his entourage the name he has chosen for his son. The unexpected reactions from everyone present set off a chaotic night of heated arguments. Make me thrill

In the house

(Dans la maison) MA15+ - 2012 - 105 mins Director: François Ozon With: Cast Fabrice Luchini, Kristin Scott Thomas, Emmanuelle Seigner

High school literature teacher Germain despairs at the quality of his students’ writing until he reads a story that is both compelling and disturbingly voyeuristic. His talented student, Claude, writes of charming his way into his friend’s house and of his fascination with his friend’s mother.

Back into the past

After may

(Après mai) MA15+ - 2012 - 122 mins Director: Olivier Assayas With: Lola Créton, Clément Métayer, Félix Armand

In 1971, near Paris, Gilles is a high school student who meets political firebrand Christine and senses a kindred spirit. When one of their protests goes wrong, they escape to Italy where they live a bohemian life drifting and discovering that at their age everything is mutable. Beyond fiction

The invisibles

(Les invisibles) 15+ - 2012 - 115 mins Director: Sébastien Lifshitz

This documentary explores the lives of the so-called “invisibles” - homosexual men and women born in the interwar period (1919 to 1939). Eleven people share how they struggled to live openly within society, with all the joy, love, sex, homophobia and aggression they have experienced over their long lives.

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Bring your kids! Asterix and The Field of Obelix in Britain enchantment (Astérix et Obélix au service de sa majesté)

PG – 2012 – 110 mins Director : Laurent Tirard With : Gérard Depardieu,Catherine Deneuve, Dany Boon

It is 50 BC, Roman Empire. To help defend her country, Queen Cordelia enlists help from the famous village in Gaul that has withstood Caesar’s forces for so long. Armed with their magic potion, Asterix and Obelix set off to swinging Londinium, along with their chief’s teenage nephew, Justforkix, who needs to be made into a man.

(La clé des champs)

All ages – 2012 – 81 mins Directors : Claude Nuridsany, Marie Pérennou Narrated by Denis Podalydès

Directors of the multi-award winning Microcosmos, present their latest poetic vision of nature. A young boy is sent to the countryside to stay with relatives. Preferring animals to humans, he spends hours alone at a secluded pond observing life above and below the surface of the water. When a young girl appears, they are both drawn together by the pond’s mystery.

Ernest and Celestine

(Ernest et Célestine)

All age – 2012- 80 mins Directors: Benjamin Renner, Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Pa tar

Ernest & Celestine is a beautifully crafted children’s film based on the beloved books by Belgian author Gabrielle Vincent. It tells the story of Ernest, a grumpy but affable bear who wants to be an artist, and Celestine, a mouse who wants to avoid a dental career. This cartoon celebrates friendship and contains moments of delightful humour and suspense.

SPECIAL SCHOOL SCREENINGS The Alliance Française de Melbourne presents school screenings in various cinemas. Free educational kits with French language activities help students and teachers get the most from their cinematic experience. For further information and booking , please contact Marion Nouvel at

courses for high school students


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French VCE Immersion camp

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mar mar save the date

$390* Package all inclusive

This whole weekend is a unique opportunity to study the language and prepare for the exam whilst mixing with others of the same age and enjoying the stunning location at Portsea Camp. VCE Units 3&4 students will become more familiar with the final examination and will know what to expect on D-day. Register online: complete our placement test and save $5!

Check out our wide range of afterschool courses available for teenagers and Year 7 to Year 12 high school students. View our full program online.

Term 2



15 23 apr jun to

5% off when re-enrolling before 29 Mar

VCE courses $290*

courses for High shool students

Years 7 to 10 courses

1.5 hours a week over 10 weeks


1.5 hours a week over 10 weeks

Specially designed for units 1&2 and units 3&4 students.

For high school students already learning French at school.

Teens 1 to 4 courses

Ados francophones


1.5 hours a week over 10 weeks

Offered for teenagers who do not learn French at school.

$5 off Online enrolment discount

New student? Please note that you will need to take a quick placement test prior to purchasing your course

*Concession: I0% off above prices. Only available at front desk on presentation of a valid concession card or AfM membership card.

*Prices do not include registration fee or course books. Only one discount may be applied per purchase.


1.5 hours a week over 10 weeks

For bilingual teens who have lived in a French-speaking country or have a French-speaking parent and want to keep on maintaining their high proficiency in French. For more information, contact Aurelie Pierre at or call us on 9525 3463.

francophonie celebrations


La Francophonie In March, the Francophonie celebrations are back! Every year the French language and cultural diversity are celebrated throughout the world by French-speaking communities. This year again join us for some great events to celebrate everything French and Francophone!


22 Mar

Trivia Night FREE


We would like to invite all Francophiles to a night of fun trivia and friendly competition for free! Join us for our Francophonie trivia night: show off your knowledge of the French-speaking world and meet the Francophile and Francophone community of Melbourne during this convivial event! All French levels welcome. Beer, wine and delicious French food will be available for purchase. Awesome gifts for the winners! You can register yourself and your friends prior to Friday 15 March by contacting Anne-Sophie at or calling us on 9525 3463.

Celebrate the French language through photography! Every year 10 words are picked by Francophone organisations in order to raise awareness about the French language. At the Alliance Française de Melbourne, adults and teenagers will take an original photo to illustrate 1 word from the following list: “atelier, bouquet, cachet, coup de foudre, équipe, pro-


23 Mar

La dictée FREE


Tous à vos stylos pour la dictée de la francophonie ! Test your knowledge of French and participate in our dictation in French for a chance to win great prizes! For Alliance Française students only. All levels welcome. Register prior to 19 March by contacting Celine at or calling us on 9525 3463.

Photo competition Entries due by Friday 15 March

téger, savoir-faire, unique, vis-à-vis, voilà” and give it a short title including the word. Children will also be able to show their talent by drawing an illustration of one of the words. Prizes will be announced at our big Francophonie trivia night on Friday 22 March. For more information, contact Aurelie Pierre at

easter intensive courses


easter intensive courses COURSES for Adults Five days, five classes and up to 15 hours of French tuition! Our Easter intensive courses really are great value and an excellent opportunity to improve your existing skills or try out something completely new. A1



Discovery Level 3 hours a day over 1 week wine & ch eese inc.

A2 level $243*



Independent level 2 hours a day over 1 week

New! Art & Culture A conversation class allowing participants to expand their knowledge of France through audio documents and articles.

b2 level $195*

Advanced level 2 hours a day over 1 week

New! French ’n’ History Learn about key events and personalities whilst practicing your French conversation, reading and writing skills.

COURSES children

Intermediate level for 2.5 hours a day over 1 week

New! French in music Don’t be misled, this is not a singing class. Activities are based on popular French songs giving students the opportunity to discover French singers and review their vocabulary, pronunciation and language structures.




For children with a little or no knowledge of French, our holiday programs are fun courses to learn the basics of a new language.

Les P’tits Loups (3 to 5 years old) $195*



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5% off when re-enrolling before 25 Mar

COURSES for HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS We provide examfocused morning or afternoon classes for students wanting to consolidate their skills and gain real confidence in the language.

Years 7 to 10 $290*

3 hours a day over 1 week

VCE Exam Preparation $290*

3 hours a day over 1 week

IB on demand $290*

3 hours a day over 1 week

Contact Aurelie Pierre at to express your interest in an IB class. Please note that a minimum of 6 students is required and that the class would take place from 2.00pm to 5.00pm.

2 hours a day over 1 week

French is fun (6 to 10 years old) Online enrolment discount


3 hours a day over 1 week

New student? Please note that you will need to take a quick placement test prior to purchasing your course

*Concession: I0% off above prices. Only available at front desk on presentation of a valid concession card or AfM membership card.

*Prices do not include registration fee or course books. Only one discount may be applied per purchase.

courses for Adults


courses for Adults

“Spread your wings”

5% off when re-enrolling before Term 2 & Express A: 29 Mar Express B: 13 May




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2 hours a week over 10 weeks

20 19 Express

apr may

Courses A

25 23 Express

may jun

Courses B

4 hours a week over 5 weeks

These courses are very popular as we offer a wide choice of days and times. Classes may take place in the morning from 10.00am, in the evening from 6.00pm or at night from 8.00pm.

These courses, held on the weekend only, from 9.00am on Saturday mornings or from 1.30pm on Sunday afternoons are perfect for students who have limited time during the week and who wish to cover the content at a faster pace.

All levels offered!

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2 hours a week over 10 weeks

French for Travellers A1


French on TV

Get ready to deal with every travel situations from arrival to departure.

b1 Polish your listening, convervation and


French ’n’ Literature b2 level

Conversation & Grammar

Strengthen your reading and writing skills while discovering French-speaking authors.

b2 level

Current Affairs

New student? Please note that you will need to take a quick placement test prior to purchasing your course

to increase your proficiency



Saturday, 3.00pm to 4.30pm

Chill out over a coffee, tea and biscuits. Participant profile: From B1 independent level

mind and improve your language structure. Online enrolment discount

Casual conversation groups new

Practice conversation, stimulate your

$5 off

Take part in vibrant discussions and b2 debates on the latest news in French. level

Afternoon Tea

grammar skills through TV news and reports.

*Concession: I0% off above prices. Only available at front desk on presentation of a valid concession card or AfM membership card.

*Prices do not include registration fee or course books. Only one discount may be applied per purchase.

These groups are for students who wish to practice their French conversation in an informal atmosphere and are held during school term times only.

Café & Croissants Vin & Fromage From


Thursday, 10.30am to 12.00pm

Sit around a table laden with delicious coffee, tea and croissants. Participant profile: from A2 intermediate level.

Next Apéritif in French coming up on Thursday 30 May! Check on our website for more details.



Tuesday, 6.30pm to 8.00pm

Red and white wines are on offer with selection of French cheeses including blue cheese, goat cheese and the infamous Brie! Participant profile: open to all.



Gestuelles the art of transmission by aboriginal desert women

Official opening: Tuesday 16 April, 6.30pm to 8.00pm Alliance Française, 51 Grey Street, St Kilda Curated by IDAIA (International Development for Australian Indigenous Art) and supported by the Embassy of France in Australia, the travelling exhibition “Gestuelles” celebrates France’s role in the development and recognition of Australian Indigenous art, and the

role of Aboriginal women artists. This exhibition explores women’s painting and their gestures relating to transmission, from younger emerging artists to senior painters like international star Judy Napangardi Watson.



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About the Curator Since its creation in 2008, IDAIA (International Development for Australian Indigenous Art) has been dedicated to increasing the presence and the appreciation of a quality and ethical Australian Indigenous art among international audiences, through educating, curating, sourcing and facilitating numerous exhibition and acquisition projects. IDAIA’s Founder and Director, Solenne Ducos-Lamotte, was previously Head of the Aboriginal art department at Caruana & Reid Fine Art in Sydney. She also contributed to the Australian Indigenous Art Commission at the Musée du quai Branly in Paris. Gestuelles presents works of Aboriginal women painters from desert communities where the emergence of acrylic painting and the understanding of women’s role have significantly been encouraged by two prominent French women anthropologists : Françoise Dussart in Yuendumu and Barbara Glowczeski in Balgo Hills. The strong, historical links between France and Aboriginal art offer a rich and

fertile background – from the research and writing works of French ethnologists and anthropologists, their interventions in Aboriginal art communities, to the development of important public Aboriginal art collections in France and the exceptional Australian Indigenous Art Commission at the Musée du Quai Branly (which held the 2012 landmark exhibition ‘Tjukurrtjanu: Origins of Western Desert Art’).

The exhibition catalogue includes documentation and writings reflecting on the evolution of Aboriginal women’s gestures in acrylic painting, highlighting the interventions and achievements of French researchers in this field as well as the presence of Yuendumu and Balgo artists and their works in France.

tests and diplomas / private tuition




Mon 22 Apr

Registrations close 22 March, 5pm.



If you need to have your competency in French certified or if you plan to migrate to a Frenchspeaking country, we offer all the required tests and diplomas.


A1-A2 B1-B2 C1-C2

20-21 May


Registrations close 26 April, 5pm.

An effective evaluation of comprehension and expression skills in general French (TCFQ and TEFAQ intended for people who intend to settle in Quebec).






18-22 Mar

Divided into six diplomas from A1 to C2. At each level, 4 skills are evaluated: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Registrations close March 1, 5pm. Next session coming in November.

DELF Prim A1.1-A1-A2 Delf Junior $80

7-10 May

Registrations close 1 March, 5pm. Next session coming in October.


For children aged from 8 to 11 years who are beginners in French.


For further information please contact Marion Nouvel at

Private tuition

Private tuition is available for adults, teens and children at all levels of proficiency and is regarded as the best alternative to a group class for many reasons: • Lessons can take place at the Alliance française de Melbourne or at your home or office, throughout the day or evening;


11-14 Jun

Registrations close 31 May, 5pm.


• Lessons are tailored to address an individual or group’s particular needs; • A program of studies is designed according to level, interests, goals and future projects; • Packages are available for 1, 2, 3 or 4 students: the more participants, the better the value!


For young people aged from 12 to 17 years and young French citizens residing in a nonfrancophone country.



Customise your course: start anytime and benefit from flexible scheduling and personalised instruction! To talk about your needs and organise private tuition, please contact Elise Froumson at or call us on 9525 3463. You can also buy private tuition online:

berthe mouchette competition


berthe Mouchette competition “Making French your best subject at school” For centuries children have been reciting poetry off by heart in schools in France and we are proud to recreate this tradition for students (Y3-Y12) here in Victoria. What’s more…

Years 3 to 6

portray their impressions of the poems in our drawing competition “J’illustre mon poème”.

Years 11 to 12

oral conversation and written examinations - an excellent resource for VCE preparation.

Competition Periods

Y3-10: 6th May – 8th June Y11-12: 15th July – 16th August Assessments Monday to Saturday. The BMC has become an institution and the 119th edition will be one of our best ever with even bigger and better prizes on offer! Le Prix AFX Student Exchange / 5-week trip to France (BEST Year 12 participant) With the support of:


Functions & Meetings The Alliance Française de Melbourne is housed in Eildon Mansion, a property listed by Heritage Victoria and one of the oldest in St Kilda. The original central section named Barham House at the time was built in 1850. It was completely


Le Prix La Pérouse / 7-day trip to New Caledonia (BEST Year 11 participant) All participants receive a certificate while the winners at each year level are awarded beautiful French books, CD’s, DVDs and dictionaries. So to be in the running for these amazing prizes, enrol before the following deadlines: Year 3-10 - 22nd March Year 11-12 – 22nd April For the 2013 poetry selection and further details please visit our website or contact Kellee Lewis, competition coordinator on 9525 3463 or at

remodelled and extended with two wings in 1871 when pastoralist John Lang Currie purchased the property. The mansion named Eildon in 1877 has retained extensive original internal features. Various spaces are available for hire for corporate functions, wedding ceremonies, private functions and meetings. For further information, please contact Francoise Libotte at

corporate courses


corporate courses Gain a competitive edge in Francophone markets, enhance your business and travel experience in Frenchspeaking countries, improve communication with clients and colleagues, and foster team building within your company!

1. Competitive Pricing

4. Resources & Membership

Our prices are scaled to class size and organisational needs. The more employees enrolled, the better the value!

Corporate students may become members of the Alliance Francaise and gain access to cultural programs, special events and Melbourne’s largest French-language library.

2. Cultural Training Employees will not only learn how to speak right from day one, they will gain cultural training in addition to language instruction thanks to our native-French speaking tutors.

3. Custom Courses We will work with you to customise classes to reach your organisation’s goals.

5. Flexibility Individual or group instructions are available at all levels of proficiency with flexible scheduling throughout the day and evening. In addition, immersion courses, French-by-phone lessons and online classes are also available on request. For more information: please contact Aurelie Pierre at

5 reasons why the Alliance Française de Melbourne offers the best tailor-made courses to cater for companies’ and employees’ needs

courses for children


Courses for children The younger, the better!

Give your child the opportunity to expand his/her mind: at the Alliance française de Melbourne classes are on offer for all ages and profeciencies

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Children 1 to 4 courses

Les P’tits Loups

(6 to 10 years old only)

(3 to 5 years old only) $385*

2 hours a week, over 10 weeks

Based on the French kindergarten program, our Ptits Loups courses are amongst the most popular! Youngsters are stimulated and become more familiar with the French language through arts and crafts activities, songs and stories. A healthy snack is provided by the Alliance française de Melbourne whilst children have recreation time.

Enfants francophones (6 to 10 years old only) $290*

1.5 hours a week over 10 weeks

A course specially adapted to the needs of French-speaking children only who would like to keep on practicing and improve their French.

$5 off Online enrolment discount

New student? Please note that you will need to take a quick placement test prior to purchasing your course

*Concession: I0% off above prices. Only available at front desk on presentation of a valid concession card or AfM membership card.

5% off when re-enrolling before 29 Mar

*Prices do not include registration fee or course books. Only one discount may be applied per purchase.


1.5 hours a week, over 10 weeks

These courses are for children learning French as a foreign language. Our curriculum is based on the “Smart Steps to French” program, which allows a progression of learning objectives adapted to the age and level of the children. Through games, songs, stories, but also reading and writing activities, children discover the pleasure of speaking, understanding, writing and reading in a new language.

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Thursday from 4.30pm to 5.30pm

Our story telling group is designed for children aged 3 to 5 only. The workshop is packed with beautiful stories and lots of fun, hands-on activities.


For the best French books

visit Readings

French Parents Don’t Give In: 100 parenting tips Pamela Druckerman HB, $27.95

The French Kitchen Diana Holuigue HB, $89.95

Paris Stories Mavis Gallant PB, $23.95

Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert PB, $24.99

112 Acland Street, St Kilda. Open 7 days. Ph 9525 3852. Buy online and receive free shipping at



library Rien ne s’oppose à la nuit de Delphine de Vigan

Autobiographie sincère et émouvante. Delphine de Vigan a choisi de parler de sa mère. Elle raconte les joies, les bonheurs de sa famille, mais également les drames, les morts qui la jalonnent et surtout les secrets enfouis et leurs pouvoirs destructeurs.

Book club 17 apr



19 jun

from 6.30pm to 8.00pm

Vous souhaitez découvrir de nouveaux écrivains ? Vous aimez partager vos lectures ? Rejoignez-nous ! Activité gratuite pour les étudiants et les membres.

Belgique, Haïti,ÎIle Maurice, Québec, Rwanda… Come and discover our new library items celebrating “la francophonie”

l’espace adultes

Le dernier frère, Natacha Appanah

Notre-Dame du Nil, Scholastique Mukasonga


Il pleuvait des oiseaux, Jocelyne Saucier

l’espace enfants

Yanvalou pour Charlie, Lyonel Trouillot

Espace étudiants A1 A2 level


14 contes du Québec de Jean Muzi

DVD Kirikou et les hommes et les femmes de Michel Ocelot

Valse avec Bachir de Ari Folman

CD Contes d’afrique (Ushuaia Junior)

Alex Leroc journaliste, Mystère aux Antilles, Christian Lause



La valse des tarots, Régine Boutégège

Music & cinéma


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07 may

The Four Scoops $30



AFM Members or students

The Four Scoops are a combination of four unique working musicians from differing musical heritages bound by a love of back-beat groove. The groups musical heritage harks back to a time of melting musical styles as Jazz met early Rock n Roll. Their repertoire is wide and varied from Blues shouters Winonie Harris to Jazz back beat legend Louis Jordan to Fifties crooners to Bolero versions of Cold Chisel and Dragon hits. The Four Scoops love of variety in tunes and grooves has its basis in the diversity of the members.

The group is led by trombonist & singer Ben Gillespie who has been making music in Melbourne for twenty five years, in addition to a heavy international touring schedule with other groups. Ben has played and recorded with the likes of Gotye, Eric Burdon, Isaac Hayes, Tim Rogers and The Australian Art Orchestra. Lyn Wallis has been drumming for more than 45 years and is an undisputed national treasure of New Orleans jazz and backbeat grooves. Lyn has divided most of his musical life between Melbourne and

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24 apr

Casque d’Or

by Jacques Becker (1952) From $20



with: S. Signoret, S. Reggiani.

It is a Belle Époque tragedy, the story of an illfated love affair between gangster’s moll Marie and reformed criminal Manda.

Sydney performing most often with the Yarra Yarra jazz band, Roger Janes band and with Australian/American legend Tom Baker. He has also played with New Orleans legends trumpeter Alvin Alcorn and pianist Alton Purnell, a member of the famed George Lewis band. He lived and performed for three years throughout Europe and The United States with a wide variety of musicians. Booking essential online at: or 9525 3463

Watch a French movie and talk about it afterwards, whilst enjoying a glass of wine and a selection of French cheeses. wed

15 may

Les Neiges du Kilimandjaro

The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Robert Guédiguian (2011) From $20


with: A. Ascaride, J.P. Darroussin.

A union pensioner and his wife are robbed, but find that merely getting the assailants brought to justice is not enough for their consciences.



Passing by the Tree by Nathalie Hartog-Gautier Memory begins at the fingertips. It is like a momentary prick of anticipation where ‘pins and needles’ stitch together meanings. Life is filled with edges and surfaces that brush up against us as the literal fabric of life. Skin on skin, bodies make meaning among the relations we build as children and adults, emanating out through



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Official opening: Tuesday 5 February, 6.30pm to 8.00pm at the Alliance Française, 51 Grey Street, St Kilda

the worlds we inhabit. The looking that is invited through art making includes this aspect of skin. The eye is not a detached impassionate point of observation but remains a part of a body that inhabits space and all its relationships. The eye is alive like a fish swimming through a sea, always plotting a course of connection that

brings orientation and identity. Looking at this skin of memory has concerned Nathalie Hartog-Gautier for some time. In this body of work she brings it close to home as the works find their genesis in contemplating her relationship with her aunt. This important maternal figure from the art-

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ist’s life has recently suffered the affects of dementia. This has brought with it increased disorientation and a lack of logical communication. It has however heightened the artist’s awareness of the more peripheral aspects of intimate relations such as touch, sound and residual memory. Such intimate codes are forms of visceral communication filled with love and delight. Such art making does not give us detachment but brings the potential for touch. The exhibition title Passing by the Tree, references Marcel Proust’s observation that we can rescue the past even when it is otherwise hidden in the present. By activating the residual memory of objects, we unlock their haptic or felt power to evoke memory, where with shock, the past becomes present. We not only discover what has been lost but more potently we discover ourselves in relation with those things that we have loved. Instead of finding our energies dispersed such containers of memory make us alive to ourselves in new ways. Proust observes that through activating this poetic relation they ‘overcome death and return to share our life.’ Memory adds a thickness of time to our present moment and serves to orientate us people who love, and are in turn loved. To explore this territory of thick relations the artist has employed a number of artistic gestures. A suite of drawings obtained by the direct rubbing

of objects, indicates the subtle change of hand pressure and appear like photographs massaged into consciousness. They somehow mimic the touch of the eye on familiar household objects such as a clothes hanger, a chair, and a bag. The artist invites us to consider a vocabulary of intimate and often pre-verbal information through objects that carry the history of her family and their

meaning. They represent pattern and form as in language; yet contain idiosyncratic mysteries that thicken the nature of language to include atmosphere and relationships outside the frame. The artist recounts conversations with her aunt that did not use either French or English but a gobbledygook of speaking unfettered by logic. This is a language that goes back and

beyond the surface of logical or formal geometric composition sense of touch. These objects animate the human even as they declare themselves as ‘things’ devoid of character or personality. They act like sponges, filling up with the memory of their human handling, a tactile caressing that refuses to be shaken off. The vibrant abstracted colour drawings offer a contrasting gesture as they fizzle with energy and form. They mimic the logic of language in their construction yet evoke states of mind that are electric with

forth between two lives in a shared moment of meaning. It doesn’t make any sense but at the same time it means everything. These works serve as visual contemplations of this heightened awareness of communication that goes beyond the surface of logical or formal geometric composition. Excerpt from The Skin of Memory , a text written by Dr Rod Pattenden (curator and writer - Chair of the Blake Prize, exploring the spiritual and religious in Australian Art).

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thu The extravagant gas-lit 18 Second Empire of NapolĂŠon III apr

In words, music, portraits and photographs by David Hood. $15

includes cheese and wine

Following last year’s sell-out Napoleon exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, David Hood surveys the career of the “other Napoleonâ€? (nephew of NapolĂŠon I), who ruled France between 1848 and 1870.

David Hood is a musician and local celebrity himself. Long-time 3MBS FM broadcaster and previous pre-concert speaker for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, he has been sharing his love of Franz Liszt for years.

He rebuilt Paris, but no boulevard bears his name. He brought stability and prosperity to France, yet is almost erased from French history. Why? Alas, his erratic foreign policy (and his reign) ended in the catastrophic war with Prussia which saw France invaded and the City of Light besieged. This multi-media presentation uses portraits, photographs,

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the spoken word, and items from David’s collection to survey this fascinating era and its personalities. It is time to reappraise the man who created the Paris we know today, and who ruled longer than his famous uncle, in a period where art flourished and glamour ruled. Back by popular demand, David will play Chopin and Liszt at the keyboard. Not to be missed! Cover charge payable on the night (includes cheese and wine) – cash only please: $15 Bookings essential: (numbers strictly limited to 50).

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The Melbourne CinÊmathèque presents a selection of key films from the revolutionary Jean-Luc Godard. With a career spanning over 6 decades, Godard’s approach to filmmaking expands on his career as a critic at Cahiers du cinÊma. Exhibiting his ceaseless engagement with the world, this 3-week season includes Alphaville (1965), screening April 10. Visit for more info.

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VIOLETTE FUND Alliance Française de Melbourne (AFM) school building fund The Violette Fund was named in honour of Jean-Marie Violette (23/3/1944-27/6/2008), administrator and benefactor of the AFM. It was created in November 2011 to finance the significant ongoing maintenance required by our heritage listed home, Eildon Mansion.

You can help by donating to the fund – every little bit assists us to keep our home, your Alliance in top condition. Donations over $2 are 100% tax deductible!

Annual General 27 Meeting may mon

Alliance Française de Melbourne

Are you a current member of the Alliance Française de Melbourne? Then get involved in the Alliance Française de Melbourne’s life and come to meet your association’s board members at the 38th Annual General


Meeting on Monday 27 May 2013 at 8 pm, 51 Grey Street St Kilda. The meeting will be followed by cheese and wine. Gilbert Ducasse President, AFM

Sophie Russell Psychologue

Dip. E.P.P. (Paris) Psych Clin. MAPS

Enfants, adolescents, adultes. Consultation et thérapie en français ou anglais.

Mob: 0411 644 426 Suite 4, 546 Malvern Road, Prahran East VIC 3181

Medicare and major private health funds rebates

WALKING IN THE FRENCH ALPS Rear 274 Bay Street Brighton VIC 3186 T: (+61) 3 9530 8855 e:

Les nouvelles en français tous les jours.

Abonnement gratuit.


Come and join the walks in the French Alps with opportunities to practice your French, experience the food and wine from Savoie and see the 'heights' and 'sights' of Savoie in a unique way. Costs cover 7 days accomodation in comfortable hotels - breakfast, most lunches and dinners included, as well as local guides and transport.

2013 Dates

Week 1 - Saturday 7 to Saturday 14 September Week 2 - Saturday 14 to 21 september Possibilities also exist for cross country skiing and snow shoeing in late March/early April;

for further details contact Inez Dussuyer 0419 448 334

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