Following Bastille Day celebrations, it seems like all francophiles are getting ready to get back to school these days.
The school of the Alliance française d’Austin announced that its next 7-week session would start August 31st (registration on Thursday the 27th from 5:30 to 7:30pm or Saturday the 29th from 1 to 4pm);
and Freestyle Language Center will hold an open house on Friday the 28th from 6 to 8pm;
while the different French schools in Austin prepare to resume classes (see the French In Austin directory of French schools).
But summer fun is not over, starting with an Under the Oaks concert tomorrow at the French Legation museum.
And the most exciting recent development for French fun is the relaunch of the Alliance française “ciné-club”, or a monthly screening of a French movie on the third Sunday of every month.
It was relaunched last weekend at the Austin Film Studios screening room by a French volunteer of the Alliance française d’Austin that is a movie professional, Julia Podgorsek McMahan, with a screening of La bataille de Solférino in French with English subtitles. So the new start of the Alliance française ciné-club was typically French: political, passioned, but also very far from the long and slow French movies stereotypes.
When I interviewed her for French Morning Texas, Podgorsek McMahan said her only criteria to select the movies from the French Institute catalog that the Alliance française can access for free was the “uniqueness” of the movie, so the selection should be pretty diverse.
Next screening, on August the 16th, will be of Grand Central by by Rebecca Zlotowski. Tickets are just 5$ (at the door; 4$ in advance), and only cover the cost of renting the Austin Film Studios screening room.
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