Francophones of Singapore, this one is for you! This March, come celebrate the French language in all its diversity with a mix & match of fun events and gatherings. Award-winning and Oscar-nominated movie, iconic comics, world music and topical conferences… You name it!
This year again, Alliance Française is teaming up with the embassies of France, Belgium, Canada and Switzerland along with the Lycée Français to bring you the best of Francophone culture: promising talents as well as established artists will contribute further to the unique and vibrant local cultural scene.
With no less than 4 conferences, 9 premiere movies, 2 workshops, 1 exhibition and 1 concert there is definitely something for everyone during the Francophonie Festival.


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And for all of you studying French, there is a special day designed for you on Saturday 10 March!

Francophonie Day 

Date: Saturday, 10 March 2018

Venue: Alliance Française Lobby

3pm — 6pm: The Francophone world in Singapore will gather on the 10th of March at Alliance Française to celebrate the Day of La Francophonie. The Alliance will again welcome booths featuring games and food from the participating Francophone countries. La médiathèque will be under the spotlight, driving the game “Dis-moi dix mots”. In collaboration with French Teachers in Singapore, the embassies of Belgium, Switzerland and France and the High Commission of Canada, and thanksto the dedication of individuals from different francophone communities, the event will bring together the most festive elements of the Francophonie culture. It promises to be a unique opportunity to see how rich and varied the members of La Francophonie are!

3pm — 5 pm: The AF will hold a special quiz for students in its Theatre.

6pm — 8pm: We will hold the Prize Giving Ceremony of the Tan Sri Dr Runme Shaw Challenge Cup – a traditional rendezvous for Alliance Française’s best Singaporean students, and the 27th French Alumni French Language Award. We bring the celebration to a close with a series of performances and French songs.

In collaboration with French Teachers of Singapore, the embassies of Belgium, Switzerland and France and the High Commission of Canada, and thanks to the dedication of individuals from different Francophone communities, the event brings together the most festive elements of the Francophone culture. A unique opportunity to see how rich and varied the members of La Francophonie are!

Download the full program: here

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Francophonie is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for cinephiles who will feast on our handpicked selection of Francophone movies (France, Canada, Belgium, Senegal…), all of them Singapore premieres.
We are delighted to invite you to the premiere of Visages Villages (Little Gems) as the Francophonie Festival 2018 Opening Night, with a cocktail reception before the movie at 7pm. And don’t miss the screening of Noces (A Wedding) in the presence of director Stephan Streker ! Full programme below

Ticketing Information | Screeening at Alliance française Theatre, Level I

Regular screenings
S$13.00 (AF members) and S$15.00 (non-members)

Opening night: Cocktail reception + Visages Villages screening
Tickets : S$18.00 (AF members) and S$21.00 (non-members)

Francophonie Opening Night
Singapore Premiere


Rating: PG13 – Disturbing scenes
In French with English subtitles
France, 2017, 89mins
Date: Thursday, 8 March 2018 | 7pm Cocktail Reception | 8pm Screening
Director: Agnès Varda and JR
Cast: Agnès Varda and JR
Genre: Documentary
Synopsis: Agnès Varda, whose unique cinematic vision since the 1950s has earned her a loyal following of enthusiastic cinephiles around the world, and the iconic photographer/muralist JR, boasting over a million followers on Instagram, have more in common than one might imagine. Both share a lifelong passion for images and how they are created, displayed, and shared. Agnè s chose to explore her passion through cinema and documentary, JR through his emotionally arresting open-air photo installations. VISAGES VILLAGES documents their heart-warming journey through rural France and the unlikely, tender friendship they formed along the way.

Tickets: $18.00 (AF members) and $21.00 (Non-members) | Book now |

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LE BRIO (Premiere)

Rating: NC16 – Some coarse language
In French with English subtitles
France, Belgium, 2017, 95mins

Date: Friday, 9 March 2018 – 8 pm
Director: Yvan Attal
Daniel Auteuil, Camélia Jordana, Yasin Houicha

Synopsis: Neïla is enrolled in AssasUniversity in Paris to realise her dream of being a lawyer. On the very first day of class, she is berated by the brilliant but controversial law professor, Pierre Mazard in front of the entire amphitheatre, with the latter dishing out a racist rant that quickly goes viral. As a result, Mazard is eprimanded by his boss and forced to coach Neïla for a prestigious rhetoric competition as a way to demonstrate that he’s not a complete bigot. Pierre could be the mentor Neïla eeds… But first, they need to overcome the prejudices they have against each other.

Tickets: $13.00 (AF members) and $15.00 (Non-members) | Book now |


FÉLICITÉ (Premiere)

Rating: NC16 – Some nudity
In Lingala and French with English subtitles
France, Belgium, Senegal, Germany, Lebanon, 2017, 129mins

Date: Sunday, 11 March 2018 – 7pm
Director: Alain Gomis
Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu,
Gaetan Claudia, Papi Mpaka
Genre: Drama, Music

Synopsis: Félicité is a proud, free-willed woman working as a singer in a bar in the Congo’s capital Kinshasa. Her life is thrown into turmoil when er 14-yearold son, Samo, gets into a terrible car accident. Samo needs to be quickly operated on, otherwise he risks a leg amputation. But in order for the surgeon to consent to operate on it, Félicité must collect a substantial sum of money. To raise the money to save him, she sets out on a breakneck race through the streets of electric Kinshasa – a world of music and dreams, where she crosses paths with Tabu.

Tickets: $8.00 (AF members) and $10.00(Non-members) | Book now |

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Rating: M18 – Nudity
In French with English subtitles
Switzerland, 2016, 72mins

Date: Tuesday, 13 March 2018 – 8pm
Director: Jacob Berger
Bruno Ganz, André Wilms, Aurélien Patouillard

Synopsis: Switzerland 1942. The war seems far away in the small Swiss town of Payerne. A group of Nazi sympathizers want to do something pecial to commemorate Adolf Hitler’s upcoming birthday. They decide to select and kill a Jewish citizen as a scapegoat for the “sins of Israel.” The itizen they choose is a wellknown livestock dealer, Arthur Bloch. At a local cattle festival, the extremists lure Bloch into a barn under the pretence of elling him a cow. They kill him and dismember his body. The crime is witnessed by a local boy who grows up to write a book about the incident

Tickets: $13.00 (AF members) and $15.00(Non-members) | Book now |

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Rating: R21
Belgium, Luxembourg, France, 2015, 122mins

Date: Thursday, 15 March 2018 – 8pm
Jaco Van Dormael
Pili Groyne, Benoît Poelvoorde, Catherine Deneuve
Comedy, Fantasy

Synopsis: God lives in human form as a cynical writer with his young opinionated daughter, Ea in present-day Brussels, Belgium. Like her brother efore her, Ea has had enough of her father’s abuse and when she spies the right opportunity, she hacks into his computer and leaks to the entire world – by text message – the only thing he has over them: their inevitable death date. Ea, after escaping and with her father in pursuit, gathers six apostles and writes her own New Testament to try to fix the mess her father has made of humanity in order to achieve a status quo.

Tickets: $13.00 (AF members) and $15.00(Non-members) | Book now |

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1:54 (Premiere)

Rating: R21 – Homosexual content
In French with English subtitlesCanada, 2017, 106mins

Date: Friday, 16 March 2018 – 8pm
Yan England
Cast: Antoine-Olivier Pilon, Sophie Nélisse, Lou-Pascal Tremblay
Genre: Drama, Sport

Synopsis: Tim is a Grade 11 student dealing with the passing of his mother several years ago and his own sexuality as a 16-year-old going on 17. At the age of 12, he was a star runner with his mother as his coach. Her death caused him to give up running and he is often harassed and bullied by the jocks at school. Tim eventually decides to start running again and expands his circle of friends. Jeff, his main competitor on the track, continues to harass Tim and blackmails him to hurt Tim’s performance on the track with disastrous results.

Tickets: $13.00(AF members) and $15.00(Non-members) | Book now |

Following the screening, Carmine Filice, Personal Academic Counselor at the Singapore American School and Leow Yangfa, Executive Director of Oogachaga, an LGBTQ counselling and support organisation, will take part in a Q&A discussion.

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RAZZIA (Premiere)

Rating: NC16 – Some coarse language and sexual references.
In French with English subtitles
France, Morocco, Belgium, 2017, 119min

Date: Saturday, 17 March 2018 – 8pm
Nabil Ayouch
Cast: Maryam Touzani, Arieh Worthalter, Amine Ennaji
Genre: Drama

Synopsis: Casablanca. Vibrant and rough, inviting yet unforgiving. Four souls in search of truth. Hakim, living in the conservative medina, dreams of being a rock star. Salima, struggles to free herself from a society that wants to define her.Joe, a Jewish restaurant owner, chooses to live in the Casablanca he fantasizes about. Inès, young and rich, is torn between tradition and modernity as she deals with her sexual awakening… More than three decades earlier, a passionate teacher in the Atlas Mountains was put to silence… Through the echo of his shattered dreams, their isillusions embody the sparks that will light the city in flames.

Tickets: $13.00(AF members) and $15.00(Non-members) | Book now |

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LES MOOMINS (Premiere)

Rating: PG
In English
Finland, France, 2015, 80mins

Date: Sunday, 18 March 2018 | Snack: 4pm | Screening: 4.30pm
Directors: Xavier Picard, Hanna Hemilä
Maria Sid, Russell Tovey, Mats Långbacka
Animation, Comedy, Family

Synopsis: The Moomins, along with Little My and Snorkmaiden, go on a sea journey that, aft er storms and desert island dangers, leads the family to the Riviera, the place that puts their unity to the test. Snorkmaiden is dazzled by the attention of a playboy and Moomin learns that jealousy’s sting is the most painful of all. When Moominpappa befriends an aristocrat and adopts the name ‘de Moomin’, an exasperated Moominmamma etires to the relative calm of their trusty old boat, to wait for her family to come to their senses. For the very fi rst time, the unity of the Moomins is threatened.

Tickets: $13.00 (AF members) and $15.00(Non-members) | Book now |

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NOCES (Premiere)

Rating: PG13
In French with English subtitles
Belgium, 2017, 98 min

Date: Thursday, 22 March 2018 | 7pm Cocktail Reception | 8pm Screening
Stephan Streker
Cast: Lina El Arabi, Sébastien Houbani, Babak Karimi
Genre: Drama

Synopsis: Zahira, 18, is a rather determined college student living with her Muslim family in a quiet Belgian suburb. Like most girls her age, she ants to be able to make her own choices in life, including those about which boys she can date. She is very close to her family until her parents ask her to follow Pakistani tradition to choose a husband. Although the suitor seems nice, the whole idea of marriage is far from Zahira’s mind, especially aft er she falls in love with a local mechanic. Torn between family customs and her western lifestyle, she turns to her brother and confi dant Amir for help.

Tickets: $8.00 (AF members) and $10.00(Non-members) | Book now | Part of Smash the Glass Film Festival

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Rating: PG
In French and Arabic with English subtitles
France, 2017, 86mins
Date: Tuesday, 6 March 2018 – 8pm
Lidia Terki
Cast: Tassadit Mandi, Zahir Bouzerar
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: At the age of 70, Rekia decides to leave her village in Kabylie to go to Paris to bring her husband home. But her hero, has become a stranger.

Free admission (AF members) and S$10.00 (non-members) | Book now |

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Rating: M18 – Nudity
In French with English subtitles
France, Belgium, 2017, 103mins
Date: Tuesday, 20 March 2018 – 8pm
Emmanuel Courcol
Cast: Romain Duris
Genre: History
Synopsis: In the early 1920s, Georges Laffont leaves his life behind and travels to West Africa. Things do not go as planned and he decides to return whereupon he is confronted with complications with his family

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Rating: TBC – Please wait for rating to be out before buying tickets for 21 years and below.
In French with English subtitles
France, 2017, 100mins
Date: Tuesday, 27 March 2018 – 8pm
Sara Forestier
Cast: Sara Forestier, Redouanne Harjane,
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: Lila and Mo meet at a bus stop. Lila has a paralyzing speech impediment. Mo is chatty and exuberant. Opposites attract, and they fall in love but Mo carries a secret burden.

S$9.00 (AF members) and S$11.00 (non-members) | Book now




Date: Saturday, 24 March 2018, 7.30pm – 9pm
Venue: Esplanade Concert Hall
Ticketing: $48, $68, $88

Figure8 Agency, in collaboration with Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, is thrilled to present the Tuareg Grammy-winning sensation Tinariwen in Singapore! Tinariwen is an iconic desert blues band originally from northern Mali, a country which has given the world Toumani Diabaté and the great Ali Farka Touré, among others. Rooted in traditional Tuareg music but influenced by the likes of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley, their music addresses political awakening, problems of exile, repression, and sovereignty. The band has become a rallying point for the disenfranchised nation, while helping to garner global interest in desert blues, a hypnotic and danceable combination of blues, Tuareg folk, rock and more. Outlawed in Algeria and Mali, their fi rst two albums found an international audience, and paved the way for a wave of Tuareg desert blues artists such as Bombino and Tamikrest. Their praises have been sung by some of the planet’s most infl uential musicians— Thom Yorke, Damon Albarn, Robert Plant and Chris Martin, to name just a few.

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Date: Thursday, 1 March 2018, 7.30pm – 8.30pm (followed by 30 min book sales, signing and drinks)
Venue: Alliance française Theatre, Level I

Hailed as “one of the greatest cartoonists of our age” by The Guardian, Canadian animator and cartoonist Guy Delisle is best known for his award-winning graphic travelogues. In this session, Delisle will speak about his process of documenting countries and cities including Pyongyang, Jerusalem and Myanmar. This session is organised by Words Go Round, an outreach programme of the Singapore Writers Festival, in conjunction with the month of Francophonie.
Seats for this free session are limited.

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Date: Wednesday, 21 March 2018, 7.30pm
Venue: Alliance Française de Singapour, la médiathèque
Free – Talk conducted in French

From Sully Prudhomme, fi rst Nobel in 1901, to Patrick Modiano in 2014, France has pocketed 15 Nobel Prizes for literature, a world record. Contemporary French literature is oft en decried by French critics whom they consider to be self centered, snobbish or elitist. How can French literature, despite its peculiarities, be considered a world-literature? Come to this debate with journalist and writer Laure Adler and writer Yannick Haenel, laureate of the Prix Médicis 2017. Seats for this free session are limited.

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Date: Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 8pm
Venue: Alliance Française de Singapour, la médiathèque
Free – Talk conducted in English

Florence Aubenas has covered numerous events in Rwanda, Kosovo, Algeria, Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as several major trials in France. She is particularly known for her coverage of the trial of Outreau, having been one of the fi rst to express, in particular in her book La Méprise, her doubts on the guilt of the defendants fi nally cleared, as well as for the taking of hostages, of which she and her Iraqi guide were the subject in 2005. What is the job of a great reporter, both in everyday life in drama and emotion? The life of Florence Aubenas merges with this profession and refl ects its requirements, its joys and its dangers, from Baghdad to Kabul.

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Dates: 2 March – 7 April
Venue: Alliance Française – La Galerie, Level II


Tuesday – Friday: 1pm – 7.30pm  (until 8pm on Tuesdays)
Saturday: 9.30am – 5.30pm

A renowned comic artist from Canada, Guy Delisle has been able to create over the years a unique style of his own through an autobiographical personage with an observant and spontaneous look. A master of serious lightheartedness, his work represents little snapshots of everyday life and speaks volumes about humanity. From the “Aventures de Louis” to the “Chroniques de Jérusalem”, Alliance Française de Singapour and Editions Delcourt invite you to discover or rediscover the works of this master of journalistic comics.

Born in 1966 in Quebec (Canada), he is a passionate child-at-heart for classic Franco- Belgian comics such as Asterix, Tintin, Blake and Mortimer, and especially Lucky Luke, such that he decided to become a comic artist himself. His works have been translated into fifteen languages. In 2013, he returned to humourous comics with Le guide du mauvais père (The Owner’s Manual to Terrible Parenting), the first volume of which has sold over 85,000 copies to date.

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Musical Theatre Workshop

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Alliance Française de Singapour in collaboration with Sing’theatre Academy is proud to present an exciting new workshop to celebrate the FRANCOPHONIE.

Immerse yourself in the futuristic world of Starmania and be part of the “Black Stars” rebellion. The workshop will be conducted by Sing’theatre Artistic Director, Nathalie Ribette and TJ Taylor, Head of Sing’theatre Academy and Vocal Coach at LaSalle College of the Arts.

During this 15 hours workshop, students will learn singing, breathing techniques, body coordination, improvisation theatre before presenting a 20mn performance at the AF Theatre during the Francophonie Day.

No need to be a singer, dancer or an actor to join. But you need to come with an open mind and the desire to create with others an exceptional moment to share. We will make the most of everyone’s hidden talents in the group!

Workshop: Monday 5 March –to Friday 9 March 1pm –to 4pm at af theatre
Public performance: Saturday 10 March
Price: s$260 (GST included)

no minimum level of French required

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Ink and Writing Workshop with Madame


Date: Saturday, 17 March 2018
Time: 10am – 12pm or 2.30pm – 4.30am
Ticketing: $10

Participate in unique creative workshops related to “Dis-moi dix mots”. After guiding you to select your favourite French word, sentence or quote, the French artist MADAME will show you how to write it down with invisible ink on rice paper strips. You will be able to write down your personal creation and get your own gift.

Workshops will be conducted in English with a little French touch! All levels welcome – For adults only.

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Dates: 1-31 March

Venue: Alliance Française, la médiathèque


This year, join the library team to celebrate the French language and take part in our free “Dis-moi dix mots” competition. The 2018 edition is entitled “Dis-moi dix mots sur tous les tons” and explores the theme of orality. The words shortlisted for this year’s edition are: Accent, Bagou, Griot, Griotte, Jactance, Ohé, Placoter, Susurrer, Truculent/ente, Voix, Volubile.

From 1 – 31 March, all French students, from beginner to advanced levels, can participate in la médiathèque’s grand competition. The quiz must be completed and submitted by 31 March. Class or individual participations are welcome! The grand prize winner will get a free general course session (24 hours). Winners will be notifi ed personally at the beginning of April.



Date: Saturday, 10 March, 10.30am

Storytelling is an interactive activity allowing little ones to nurture their creative mind. It boosts memory and increases listening skills in a joyful and fun atmosphere.

About Roger
Roger Jenkins is a Singaporean storyteller whose warm, spontaneous and comedic style makes him a popular choice in schools, libraries and festivals here and in the region.

About Alice
Italian by nationality and upbringing, Alice Bianchi-Clark has a penchant for European fairytales and music. Since premiering her fi rst story at Roger’s 398.2 Storytelling Festival in Singapore, she has told in festivals and schools in Malaysia and India.



Francophonie celebration is all around Singapore. Lycée Français de Singapour will be hosting the Journées Presse et Francophonie 2017 for their students from 19 to 29 March. In the presence of: Sandra LABOUCARIE, Florence AUBENAS, Yannick HAENEL, Laure ADLER and Michel VAN ZEVEREN.
On 21 & 28 March, Alliance Française will welcome Laure ADLER & Yannick HAENEL (21) and Florence AUBENAS (28) for a conference open to all. See the “Talks” tab.