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The Alliance Française de Napa Valley has a full calendar of French and francophone events, films, lectures and conversation groups. Never miss a French-related happening in Napa Valley: sign up for our free e-newsletter and browse our calendar of courses and events. PLEASE note that we have 2 kinds of events - Events we organize and present, and events we recommend because of their French cultural value.

Until further notice, all events shall be via Zoom.
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Cesar et Rosalie Trailer

SUN, SEPT 20th, 2020 at 7 pm
"SESAR ET ROSALIE"
By Claude Sautet 1972
Rated PG
With english subtitles

The divorced Rosalie (Romy Schneider) is attending a family wedding with her new lover, the wealthy scrap metal merchant César (Yves Montand), when she encounters her ex-boyfriend David (Sami Frey), a cartoonist newly back from America. At the reception, David tells César that he still loves Rosalie, and César can see that the feeling isn’t entirely one-sided. Thus begins Sautet’s magnificent ménage-à-trois César and Rosalie, in which these two very different men compete for the fickle affections of their impulsive lady love, only to slowly form their own grudging friendship. Montand is simply extraordinary as the cigar-chomping César, a self-made man accustomed to getting his way and using money to make himself and others happy. And Schneider, in the third of her five Sautet collaborations, was never more enigmatically beautiful. The obvious comparison is to Truffaut’s Jules and Jim, though as the decades pass, César and Rosalie may seem the even greater achievement. Look fast for the teenage Isabelle Huppert, in one of her first screen appearances, as Schneider’s precocious younger sister.
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FRI, OCT 2nd, 2020 at 7 pm, In English.
SUN, OCT 4th, 2020 at 4 pm, in French.
A Presentation
"ADVENTURES IN ALBI AND AVIGNON"
By AMAR AND VINITA SINGH.
Q & A after the presentation.

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La Cathedrale de Sainte-Cécile
Cité épiscopale d'Albi

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Palais des Papes, Avignon

Amar Singh, Board Member of the Alliance Française de Napa Valley, will present “ Amar and Vinita explore Albi, Avignon and the South of France”, featuring photos and anecdotes about their frequent visits to the South of France, an area of unparalleled beauty, delicious food, the historic Gaillac wine region, the Pyrenees Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea.

What started as a cultural exchange in 2001 between choral groups in Palo Alto, California and Albi, France became a love affair with the French countryside, its people, language and culture, forming lifelong friendships and unforgettable memories.  We have lived with several French families for days or weeks at a time, have travelled by car and train across several regions, lived in student housing and taken intensive classes at Alliance Francaise in Toulouse, climbed mountains, swam at midnight in the sea, and sang with 100 other choral singers in a 12
th century cathedral.

The presentation with showcase the beautyand history of Albi and Avignon and surrounding regions, with some photos also of other well-known sites in the south of France. We will also talk about finding places to stay and trying to live like the locals.

The Zoom link will be sent out to everyone on the Alliance mailing list, and if you are not on that list and would like to attend, do please email the Alliance at
info@afnapa.com



SUN, OCT 11th, 2020 at 7 pm.

"INDIGENES"
"DAYS OF GLORY"
2015 -Rated R - With english subtitles.




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DAYS OF GLORY follows the experiences of a group of Algerian Arab soldiers enlisted into the French army during World War II. (Through the course of the film, they go on multiple missions that cross years and continents.) Sent to training camp are Saïd (Jamel Debbouze), Yassir (Samy Nacéri) and his younger brother, Larbi (Assad Bouab), and Abdelkader (Sami Bouajila), who has already earned the rank of corporal and believes that "The army means equality." The first battle is especially brutal and a horrified Saïd is saved by Sergeant Martinez (Bernard Blancan), who makes him his personal assistant. Saïd comes to realize that his position comes with prejudice and exploitation. When the men are dispatched to France, Martinez and Abdelkader argue over racist divisions of food onboard the ship. The Muslims are at once necessary for the French war effort and a threat, since they refuse to submit to injustice beyond the usual inequities of military ranking. When soldier Messaoud (Roschdy Zem) meets the beautiful Margueritte (Mélanie Laurent), he is further convinced that equality is possible: She's white and in love with him.

Days of Glory is alternately a rousing war picture and a somber mediation on the lingering effects of racism. It was a 2007 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film and was produced in part to encourage the French government to reimburse the pensions of all North African soldiers who fought for France in World War II.
While the war brings on the soldiers' optimism, it is, of course, also terrible and traumatic. Depicted in breathtaking long shots (bodies like dots against desert landscapes; shadowy figures making their way quietly through snowy woods) and harrowing close-ups (faces frozen in pain or anguish), the Arab soldiers struggle with their loyalties (at one point, they're solicited by Nazi leaflets inviting them to "cross over" to a nation that will welcome them as brothers). As each man comes to terms with his limits and hopes, the film never loses sight of the broad context with which they must all contend.


Roger Eber critic
https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/days-of-glory-indigenes-2007

NYT critic
https://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/06/movies/06glor.html