Alliance Française de Tulsa

Un Film Dramatique

Museum Films is partnering with Cinema Guild to deliver the best of new world cinema straight to your living room! We’re pleased to share Un Film Dramatique, a charming and thought-provoking festival highlight that follows a group of French middle-school students over a period of four years.   

One $12 ticket is good for a 3-day pass to see Un Film Dramatique. 50% of each sale supports OKCMOA and its mission. Passes available February 26, 2021.

Questions about how to watch? Click here to learn more


“Shot over a period of four years, Un Film Dramatique follows the creative intuitions of 20 budding Parisian artists at Dora Maar Middle School in Saint-Denis as they experiment with cameras on their own terms, theoretically reflect on the medium, and debate issues of ethnicity, discrimination, and representations of power and identity. Humorous, intimate, and illuminating, Éric Baudelaire’s film is a testament to cinema’s collaborative nature, in which the young filmmakers become co-authors and subjects of their own lives.” -NYFF


Director Éric Baudelaire | 2019 | In French with English subtitles | 114 minutes | NR 

The Power of Storytelling

NIGHT OF THE KINGS – OPENS FRI FEB 26 Drama, Fantasy – Rated R – 93min – French and Doula with English subtitles

Night of the Kings
La Nuit des Rois

Back for a full run after premiering at Circle Cinema in the 2021 Sundance Film Festival! The film is also Ivory Coast’s official selection for the Best International Film Oscar.
A young man is sent to “La Maca,” a prison in the middle of the Ivorian forest ruled by its inmates. As tradition goes with the rising of the red moon, he is designated by the Boss to be the new “Roman” and must tell a story to the other prisoners. Learning what fate awaits him, he begins to narrate the mystical life of the legendary outlaw named “Zama King” and has no choice but to make his story last until dawn.

Schedule this next film on your calendar too:


French Exit – Opens Friday, April 2nd

An aging Manhattan socialite living on what’s barely left of her inheritance moves to a small apartment in Paris with her son and cat. Starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Lucas Hedges, and Tulsan Tracy Letts.

Apéro – Francophonie

Monday, March 15, 2021
4:30pm PST / 5:30pm MST / 6:30pm CST/ 7:30pm EST
Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans
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To launch the Semaine de la Francophonie, Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans will host a virtual apéro francophone ! What is an apéro ? Read more here. 

We invite anyone from New Orleans to Lafayette, New York to San Francisco, Paris to Quebec, and everywhere in between to join us to kick off our this week of Francophone cultural events.

This event is en français and is free.  Please click here to register.

Animation First

Animation First
Your Weekend Watch List
Online through Mon, Feb 15
Available Across the US

Cuddle up with your Valentine and enjoy a treasure trove of animation!

Calamity Jane is back by popular demand, Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs added to the program, Shooom’s Odyssey warms the heart, and two of the shorts, Genius Loci and Traces, were shortlisted for the 2021 Oscars. See program highlights below.

Get the $20 pass for access to the entire Festival. Films have a 72-hour watch window* once you hit play.
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*A watch window is the time available to you to finish watching a film after you first hit play. Bambi and Isle of Dogs have 24-hour watch windows and must be started by Sun, Feb 14 before 6pm ET and 7:30pm ET respectively. Unlock Calamity Jane by 11:45pm ET Mon, Feb 15 and watch within 24 hours. All remaining films can be unlocked until 11:45pm ET Monday and have 72-hour watch windows.
Nominated for the 2021 Césars
Calamity JaneNominated for Best Animated Feature,
2021 César Awards
Available through Mon, Feb 15
Dir. Rémi Chayé, 2020
Ages 6 & up
If you missed Calamity Jane on opening night, catch it over the final days of the Festival. This feminist western centers on the early life and adventures of the legendary Wild West figure Martha Jane Cannary. Learn more.
JosepNominated for Best Animated Feature,
2021 César Awards
Available through Mon, Feb 15
Dir. Aurel, 2020
Mature Audiences
A touching tribute from one illustrator to another, this debut feature film by Le Monde cartoonist Aurel recounts a painful chapter of French history through the life of Catalonian artist Josep Bartolí. Learn more.
Shooom’s OdysseyNominated for Best Animated Short,
2021 César Awards
Available through Mon, Feb 15
Dir. Julien Bisaro, 2019
Ages 3 & up
This heartwarming tale is set in a seaside town inspired by a lush Louisiana bayou. Born in the midst of a storm, baby owl Shooom must fend for herself and her unhatched sibling. Learn more.
Shortlisted for the 2021 Oscars
Genius Loci and Traces
Shortlisted for Best Animated Short,
2021 Oscars
Available through Mon, Feb 15

Genius Loci, directed by Adrien Mérigeau, is part of Best of Annecy. Reine, a young loner, discovers in the urban chaos a lively and vibrant movement, a kind of spirit guide.
Tracespart of New French Shorts, beautifully imagines the creation of the Ardèche cave paintings 36,000 years ago. Directed by Hugo Frassetto and Sophie Tavert Macian.

Watch them, along with all the Animation First shorts programs.
Wes Anderson Selects
Acclaimed American filmmaker Wes Anderson, a special guest this year, selected four films that have inspired him and his own Isle of Dogs for the Festival.
Isle of DogsAvailable until Sun, Feb 14, 7:30pm ET
Dir. Wes Anderson, 2018
Ages 13 & up
Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs, follows a young boy’s epic journey in search of his lost dog. This critically-acclaimed 2018 stop-motion sci-fi adventure from Wes Anderson was nominated for an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA. Learn more.
BambiHindi- and French-dubbed VersionsAvailable until Sun, Feb 14, 6pm ET
Dir. David Hand, 1942
Ages 5 & up
Disney’s quintessential masterpiece remains as beautiful and timely as ever, one of the first environmental films and a poignant commentary against violence. Learn more.

Also selected by Wes Anderson: A Doonesbury SpecialThe Plague Dogs, and Peter and the Wolf
Special Presentations
Focus on African Animation
Available through Mon, Feb 15
Curated by Dr. Boukary Sawadogo, founding director of the Harlem African Animation Festival.
A selection of shorts showcases the richness and diversity of African animation, as well as contemporary issues facing the continent. For mature audiences.
The 2013 feature film Aya of Yop City brings to the screen the best-selling graphic novels by Marguerite Abouet about three teenage friends. For ages 10 & up.
Tribute to Paul GrimaultAvailable through Mon, Feb 15Legendary French animator Paul Grimault’s The King and the Mockingbird—based on a Hans Christian Andersen tale—is a wildly satirical and surreal masterpiece about the corrupting nature of power. For ages 8 & up.
The Animated World of Paul Grimault, a selection of newly restored shorts, showcases Grimault’s trademark poetic style, exquisite colors, and wry wit.
Spotlight on Florence MiailheAvailable through Mon, Feb 15
Miailhe’s richly picturesque films explore subjects such as femininity, the human body, and desire. For mature audiences. View the shorts.

Plus, enjoy a peek at Miailhe’s soon-to-be-released debut feature film, The Crossing, the story of two young migrant siblings.
View Full Festival Program
Festival Lead Sponsors
The Florence Gould Foundation, The Kleinschmidt Family Foundation, Pôle Image Magelis (Angoulême), and Tikehau Capital
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Micro ouvert à tous (Open Mic)

FREE Attend online

How about trying an informal open mic hosted by the Alliance in North Shore (Evanston, IL) with us on Saturday, February 20th at 1:00pm? Read aloud a short text (under 5 minutes, please) in French (fiction, nonfiction, drama, poetry). If you wish, tell us why you chose your piece.

As it’s difficult to read several paragraphs on-screen, they will compile the texts you submit into one document and send it ahead of time to those who RSVP. Please send your text—or at least your name, the title of your text, and the author’s name—by 6 PM on Wednesday, February 17, to info@afnorthshore.org

This event is free to all. Those not presenting are most welcome.

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STAY TUNED: AF Tulsa is planning to host our own version of “Micro ouvert à tous (Open Mic)” during a regularly set cafe-conversation, Saturday, March 27th, in celebration of Le Printemps des Poètes

Take these two steps to participate during our March 27th cafe-conversation:

  1. Send your text by March 13th to rsvp@aftulsa.org
  2. RSVP and receive the virtual link to participate on our MEETUP

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Coco Chanel: The woman who dressed the world

Friday, February 12, 2021 Recording available
“Coco Chanel: The woman who dressed the world”
Chanel biographer Rhonda Garelick
in conversation with Pamela Druckerman
 
Coco Chanel, born into poverty in rural France, was – by age 40 – a multimillionaire and a household name. Her Chanel Corporation is still the highest-earning privately owned luxury goods manufacturer in the world. You can still see Chanel’s taste reflected in what ordinary women wear: little black dresses, flat shoes, costume jewelry and cardigan sweaters. Yet her clothes also embody her own era, and were influenced by war, nationalism and social change.
 
How did Chanel do it? What was the woman herself really like? Rhonda Garelick, cultural commentator and author of Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History, will explain Chanel’s unique genius for absorbing the zeitgeist, and reflecting it back to the world in her designs.
 
Rhonda Garelick is dean of the School of Art and Design History and Theory, at Parsons School of Design/The New School in New York. She’s the author of three books, and writes on fashion and cultural politics for New York Magazine, The New York Times and many other publications. Garelick received her B.A. and Ph.D. in comparative literature and French from Yale.

 Coco Chanel: The woman who dressed the world,
with Rhonda Garelick, author of Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History

If you missed the virtual event, you can still click this link to view the recorded interview.

This event was co-sponsored by the Federation of Alliances Françaises USA, which promotes French language and culture through 100+ Alliance Française chapters across the U.S. www.afusa.org
Pamela Druckerman is the author of five books, including the rhyming picture book for children Paris by Phone.