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Review - In Safe Hands

Review - In Safe Hands

The movie tells the story of Theo, a baby who was given up at birth. We follow Theo's life as he's put into the foster care system and they search for him to be adopted, as well as that of a potential adopted parent in single woman Alice (Elodie Bouchez). Theo is looked after by father Jean (Gilles Lelouche) and case worker Karine (Sandriner Kiberlain) as they realize there may be something wrong [...]

Review - Memoir of War

Review - Memoir of War

This movie is an adaptation of Marguerite Duras' semi-autobiographical 1985 novel La Douleur. It looks at Duras (Melanie Thierry) as she searches desperately for information on her husband after he was arrested by the Nazis in 1944. This includes befriending the officer that arrested him.
This is a heavy and uncompromising depiction of a certain grief.[...]

Review - Lola and Her Brothers

Review - Lola and Her Brothers

Lola (Ludivine Sagnier) is the younger sister of Benoit (Jean-Paul Rouve, who also directed) and Pierre (Jose Garcia). Despite her young age, she acts as the mother to the orphaned trio due to their differing levels of immaturity. This movie follows roughly a year of their lives, with Lola getting into a relationship with a man whose divorce she handled [...]

Review - An Impossible Love

Review - An Impossible Love

Rachel (Virginie Efira) meets and falls in love with Philippe (Niels Schneider). Their passionate tryst results in the birth of a girl, Chantal. However, after becoming pregnant, Philippe shows less and less interested in Rachel. Over the course of the next 40 years, we see Rachel coping with the maturation of her daughter and the random moments Philippe chooses [...]

Amazing French Words We Use Every Day

Amazing French Words We Use Every Day

French is an absolutely beautiful language. It has been able to captivate people since centuries mainly because of its structure and the influence it has over multiple languages especially English. A staggering fact tells us that nearly 29% of words in English are from the French language which is also one of the highest spoken […]

10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Tours in France

10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Tours in France

Modern, green, trendy, cultural and historical – you can never get bored in Tours. Born and raised in Tours, I could easily lose all sense of objectivity when it comes to describing my hometown. However, a quick glance into what the many wonders the city has to offer will prove me right: Tours is an […]

5 Great Things about French Culture

5 Great Things about French Culture

There are literally hundreds of movies that depict France as somewhat mystical. It’s a combination of artistry, enigma and culture and it lives on every street of the amazing country. Unlike other cultures, the French culture is somewhat more diverse and is present in everything of the country. Starting from the food & music to […]

5 Reasons to Visit France

5 Reasons to Visit France

10 Good Reasons to learn French

10 Good Reasons to learn French

France is the land of wine, fine dining and love. The country is rich in culture and history with millions visiting the country every year. The language, French, is among one of the most popular languages in the world and today, let’s discuss why we should learn it: Global language It is a language that […]

Ten Interesting Facts about France

Ten Interesting Facts about France

From the world’s most popular tourist destination to the Europe’s Highest mountains. Here are ten staggering facts about France: France is the world’s most popular tourist destination. Statistics indicate that nearly $82.6 million tourists visited the country in 2016. France is a leader in food preservation as it was the first country that actually banned […]

Dining in Paris with a Twist

Dining in Paris with a Twist

After all those visits to quirky shopping locations HERE or unusual cultural outings HERE, you will certainly want to take a well deserved break. It is often difficult to choose from the huge variety of restaurants and cafés in Paris. And because you don’t want to end up in the same bistrot or brasserie as everyone else, we […]

Quirky Cultural Outings in Paris

Quirky Cultural Outings in Paris

Enter your text here… We continue our series of ‘Quirky Things to Do in Paris’. The first one was about shopping, since that’s what many visitors love doing in the capital of fashion. If you haven’t read it yet, click HERE. If you are a culture buff then this one is for you… From museums […]

Quirky Shopping Experience in Paris

Quirky Shopping Experience in Paris

Of course, everyone visiting Paris expects to see the Tour Eiffel, Montmartre, Notre Dame… However, Paris has so much more to offer. Today, we start a series of 3 blog posts helping you to discover quirky and hidden places in the French capital. First up on the list – shopping, bien sûr! The fashionable capital is home […]

Bon Voyage

Bon Voyage

an exhibition by artist Gana Roberts 6 April – 3 May 2017 Bon Voyage is an enquiry into the interaction of contingency and freewill in the shaping of identity. The video presentation reflects on a self’s tumbling journey in a world devoid of stable reference. This enquiry segues into a more collective mode, and looks […]

Cork Lifelong Learning Festival 2017 at AFCork

Cork Lifelong Learning Festival 2017 at AFCork

We are proud to take part again this year in the 14th Cork Lifelong Learning Festival. With a motto Investigate – Participate – Celebrate, the Festival promotes and celebrates learning of all kinds across all age groups, abilities and interests. Events at Alliance Française de Cork (admission free, all welcome): Monday 3 April 2017 @1.30 […]

10 Expressions You’ll Hear In Paris

10 Expressions You’ll Hear In Paris

Ah, Paris…The city of lights, love and art… We all know it as a wonderful destination for a romantic city break… …but what about Parisians themselves? The city dwellers don’t exactly have a reputation for being the friendliest or most welcoming of people. However, what if you could use some typical Parisian expressions to win […]

28th Cork French Film Festival

28th Cork French Film Festival

Under the patronage of His Excellency Michael D Higgins, President of Ireland 28th Cork French Film Festival brings you a sensational programme with a strong emphasis on contemporary French Cinema, dynamic directing, a wealth of new releases, and a host of up and coming new names from France. Cork French Film Festival is especially honoured […]

Call For Volunteers  – 28th Cork French Film Festival

Call For Volunteers – 28th Cork French Film Festival

If you are interested in cinema and have some free time, join 28th Cork French Film Festival volunteer team! 5th  – 12th March 2017 Positions include but are not limited to:Technical support, festival film production team, marketing, social media support, welcoming, ushering, and others. Volunteers attend film screenings for free. Download  CFFF17 Volunteer Application Form HERE and CFFF17 […]

Open Evening

Open Evening

If you are interested in joining a French or Irish course, but have some questions to ask first, we are hosting an Open Evening before Spring term starts, so as to meet you and answer your questions. Come & see our premisses (classrooms, Galerie, médiathèque). 7pm join a FREE 30min French class with our senior […]

Christmas Markets in Brussels (25/11-1/01)

Christmas Markets in Brussels (25/11-1/01)

Time flies… it’s already December and 2016 is almost over… Even though we cannot say that this year has been the happiest one for French and Belgian people, today we invite you to travel to the heart of Europe for Christmas. On paper, Brussels can be kind of bland – for a lot of people, […]

What’s a Beaujolais Nouveau?

What’s a Beaujolais Nouveau?

Did you know that the third Thursday of November is the official day for the release of the newest wine on the market, Beaujolais Nouveau? As stipulated in the French law, Beaujolais Nouveau will be released onto the market at the stroke of midnight – precisely 12:01 am. Each autumn this release is followed by […]

7 Best French TV Programmes For Learning French

7 Best French TV Programmes For Learning French

Well, I know, it isn’t always easy to learn a foreign language… that learning process sometimes can seem a bit too tedious… But there’s a way to improve your language skills that’ll entertain you and be useful in equal measures – watch some TV series… This way, while following a compelling story and having some […]

Un géant du cinéma français nous a quitté

Un géant du cinéma français nous a quitté

The great Pierre Étaix, a giant of French cinema, has sadly passed away on Friday 14th October 2016. Étaix, clown, magician, screenwriter, actor-director, was one of the kings of French Comic Cinema, having worked in the course of his outstanding career with greats like Jacques Tati and Jean-Claude Carrière, with whom he became firm friends. […]

Soirée Musicale – Concert of French Music

Soirée Musicale – Concert of French Music

An evening of 19th Century & Contemporary French Composers, with Maria Mulcahy (Flute) and David O’Sullivan (Keyboard) Venue: Alliance Française de Cork Galerie Date: Wednesday 9th November 2016 Time: 6.30pm Admission free, all welcome! Places are limited – booking essential. We are delighted to welcome you to Alliance Francaise de Cork Galerie for our upcoming […]

Replanting the Blue Snail Garden

Replanting the Blue Snail Garden

an exhibition by Canadian artist Heidi Etsell 26th October– 16th December 2016 In 2011, Heidi began planting what she calls the Blue Snail Garden: a place with imagination for soil and where stories, drawings, paintings and decorative objects grow in abundance. In 2016, Heidi ‘washed up’ on the shore of Ireland after a failed attempt to move […]

Most Common Belgicismes in Belgian French [PART 2]

Most Common Belgicismes in Belgian French [PART 2]

Belgium doesn’t have its very own language; indeed ‘le Belge’ doesn’t exist… Maybe that’s why Belgium has not just one but three official languages: French, Dutch and German (easy, no?). However, it is French and Dutch that are the most widely spoken in Belgium. This multilingualism leads to the creation of new expressions, called “Belgicismes” […]

Urban October 2016

Urban October 2016

Celebrating Cork City Centre’s city spaces. We are delighted to take part in EcCoWell, Cork City Council  and CORE initiative celebrating our city centre and all that’s it got to offer. Free events at AFCork on Thursday 6th October 2016: French language: 6-7.30pm Elementary French Conversation class Irish art: ‘Edge of Place’ exhibition by Cork  artist […]

Can You Understand Belgian French? [PART 1]

Can You Understand Belgian French? [PART 1]

When we talk about the French language, the very first country that crosses our minds is, of course, France. However, as we well know, it is not only in France that we can speak French. Indeed, Belgium is another European country, where we can practise the language of Molière. Even if the French and the […]

Common Grammar Mistakes in French

Common Grammar Mistakes in French

We continue outlining most common mistakes English speakers make in French. Here’s a brief overview of typical pitfalls that await when we try to compose a grammatically correct sentence in French. It’s only a brief list that’ll help you refresh your knowledge and build your confidence. The use of adjectives in French is different from the ones in […]

Cork Culture Night 2016 at AFCork

Cork Culture Night 2016 at AFCork

Friday 16th September 2016 6pm – 11pm Alliance Française de Cork is pleased to take part in Cork Culture Night again this year. This year we celebrate French music and Irish art: 7pm – 8pm International band Soupe du Jour will entertain the public with classic chansons françaises, as well as contemporary pieces with a […]

Avoid These Common Pronunciation & Vocabulary Mistakes in French

Avoid These Common Pronunciation & Vocabulary Mistakes in French

English learners of French often make these mistakes when speaking the language. While some of the below mentioned mistakes will not prevent you from communicating with relative success, others might cause quite a bit of confusion or even become a cause for offence. In this brief list we cover the most common mistakes English speakers […]

French Girls’ Irish Adventures [Part 3]

French Girls’ Irish Adventures [Part 3]

As our intership in Cork draws to a close, we share a few final words about facts of life that surprised us in Ireland and some broken stereotypes about Irish food…(CONTINUED): Food is life Before coming to Ireland, we had some prejudices concerning the food. One of the clichés about Irish people in France is that they […]

Edge of Place

Edge of Place

an exhibition by Cork artist Pascal Ungerer 15th September – 14th October 2016 Edge of Place is lens-based audiovisual installation of work, by photographer and artist Pascal Ungerer. The work examines the geo-political landscape of some of the borderland regions within Europe. Borders form an intersection between society and place and are demonstrative of how people define space in […]

Surprising Things in Ireland [Part 2]

Surprising Things in Ireland [Part 2]

We, two French interns, arrived to Cork, Ireland for a few months of internship. These past few months turned out to be a truly inspiring cultural and linguistic experience with a few surprises along the way (CONTINUED): ALSO READ: Things That Surprised Us In Ireland [Part 1] ALSO READ: French Girls Irish Adventures [Part 3] 4. […]

Open Day

Open Day

  Your last chance to avail of early booking discount! Join us for refreshments & croissants in our galerie. Try our sample French class at 1pm. Meet some of our teachers. Get your level assessed. Children, Second level, adults all welcome! Date: Saturday 3 September 2016 Time: 11am – 2pm Venue: Alliance Française de Cork You can […]

Things That Surprised Us In Ireland [part 1]

Things That Surprised Us In Ireland [part 1]

Before arriving to Ireland, we had heard of a few clichés: luxurious green fields, sheep everywhere, lots of redheads… …but there were many things we didn’t really expect, and had a few – good and bad – surprises during our stay. Here are some things that caught us, two French interns, off-guard in Cork and Ireland. […]

10 French Films to See This Summer

10 French Films to See This Summer

Summer is always a good occasion to go out and travel. But sometimes it also feels good to just chill and stay at home with a nice cup of tea, right? We’ve compiled a small list of interesting French films for you to watch as you relax on a quiet (maybe rainy) day… Belle et Sébastien […]

5 French Books for a Relaxed Holiday

5 French Books for a Relaxed Holiday

Holidays are here! Time to relax at home or take the opportunity to travel with your friends or family. Whatever your plans are, you probably want to keep up your French and what better way to maintain your level than to read books by French authors? Here is our selection of 5 easy-to-read French books for […]

Best Holiday Spots in France – Foodie Destinations [5 of 5]

Best Holiday Spots in France – Foodie Destinations [5 of 5]

When we think about France, inevitably we think of food and, of course, wine – food is something many of us travel for and even bring back home as souvenirs. So with that in mind, here are a few suggestions for interesting foodie destinations. Bretagne: crêpes France is famous for her crêpes  but did you […]

Irish Writers and Eternal France

Irish Writers and Eternal France

How Irish writers responded during the Occupation, 1940 A talk by Thomas McCarthy, poet Venue: Alliance Française de Cork Galerie Date: Wednesday 25th May 2016 Time: 6.30pm At the outbreak of the Second World War Ireland declared her Neutrality, but Irish writers and intellectuals

Lille – a Bustling City in the North of France

Lille – a Bustling City in the North of France

As a young girl from the North of France, I had always heard about Lille as being the perfect city for students as it is big, full of life and keeps you busy. So when I moved there last September, I was glad to discover that what I’d heard was true. What are the nicest […]

Irish Émigrés in France in the 18th century: Irish Colleges and ‘Wild Geese’

Irish Émigrés in France in the 18th century: Irish Colleges and ‘Wild Geese’

A talk by Diarmaid Ó Catháin Venue: Alliance Française de Cork Galerie Date: Wednesday 4th May 2016 Time: 6.30pm Diarmaid Ó Catháin has been interested for many years in the ‘Wild Geese’ – the Irish émigrés in continental Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries.  The Irish connection with France was particularly strong in that period, and traces […]

Full Circle

Full Circle

An exhibition by Cork artist Dermot Browne  19th May – 15th July 2016 Full Circle reviews Browne’s paintings spanning almost 20 years since his first solo exhibition at the A.F. in Cork. Browne’s earlier interest in painterly figuration passed through a long period of interest in modernist abstraction, which has now begun to return to […]

Lille – Shopping, Going Out and Celebrating

Lille – Shopping, Going Out and Celebrating

Any nice place for shopping? Of course, like any other big city, Lille is perfect for shopping. The city centre is full of famous brands and shopping centres. Street of Bethune and a shopping centre of Euralille is the place to be if you love shopping. But don’t forget about the ‘Vieux Lille’ area, the shops […]

Fête de la musique

Fête de la musique

A free musical evening with ‘Soupe du jour’ Venue: Alliance Française de Cork Galerie Date: Tuesday 21st June 2016 Time: 7pm Every year on 21st June France celebrates music in all its forms by organising free concerts in various locations. We are delighted to join this annual celebration and have prepared for you a musical evening with classic chansons as […]

Best Holiday Spots in France – the Seaside [part 1 of 5]

Best Holiday Spots in France – the Seaside [part 1 of 5]

Are you staring at your computer screen and…. …instead of writing a report, secretly dreaming about a white sandy beach somewhere warm, where you absolutely need your sunglasses, a long flowy dress and a magnificent straw hat…? Here are five French destinations which will perfectly fit your dreams, especially, if you are planning to make […]

Bastille Day – Café Français à la Galerie

Bastille Day – Café Français à la Galerie

Free event for all the family in celebration of 14 julliet. Venue: Alliance Française de Cork Galerie Date: Thursday 14 July 2016 Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm Drop in to Alliance Française de Cork for a relaxed francophone morning.   Enjoy Live French Music and flowing conversation à la française over café, croissants, pains au chocolat, as AF team entertain […]

Best Holiday Spots in France – City Breaks [part 2 of 5]

Best Holiday Spots in France – City Breaks [part 2 of 5]

If asked to name a city in France, most people would mention Paris…. …but what about the rest of France? …cities that have enormous riches to offer to those who love architecture, culture, shopping and everything else that can only be experienced in a city. With this in mind we have compiled a list of […]

Best Holiday Spots in France – Historic & Archaeological Sites  [3 of 5]

Best Holiday Spots in France – Historic & Archaeological Sites [3 of 5]

When it comes to history and archeology, France boasts some of the most exciting archeological sites, some of the most opulent architectural gems with their wealthy museums and turbulent histories. Here’s a selection of four exciting historic attractions in France, absolute must-see places for any serious history fan. Carcassonne If you love historic sites then you […]

Silent Vigil in Solidary with the People of France

Silent Vigil in Solidary with the People of France

Alliance Française de Cork will hold a Silent Vigil  in solidarity with the people of France, the French community in Cork, and particularly those who lost their loved ones and those who were injured in Nice during Bastille Day celebrations Date: Monday 18th July Time: 6pm Venue: at the National Monument, Grand Parade, Cork All welcome


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