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French Films to Shine at PIFF
Each February, Portland celebrates international film with the state's largest film festival, the Portland International Film Festival (PIFF). This year's event, February 6-22, will feature 140 films; close to 40,000 festival-goers are anticipated. The 2014 line-up includes many French-language films, sponsored by TV5MONDE, the Alliance Française de Portland, and FAIS. The Alliance's pick this year is Alceste à bicyclette (English title: Cycling with Molière) starring Lambert Wilson and Fabrice Luchini. Click here for the trailer and here for the complete PIFF film schedule. Click on "Films & Schedules" then by country - be sure to check out the French-language films from France, Canada and Switzerland. View trailers to check on the language mix; all are subtitled. 
Cara Black and Murder in Pigalle

International best-selling author Cara Black will visit Portland to present on her new book, Murder in Pigalle, on Wednesday, March 5 at 5:30 pm. Cara is a favorite presenter at the Alliance; her books are praised by the New York Times Book Review as "Forever young, forever stylish, forever in love with Paris - forever Aimée," and by USA Today: "No contemporary writer of noir mysteries evokes the spirit of Paris more than Cara Black..." The book, to be released the day prior to her presentation in Portland, will be available for purchase and signing by the author. Click here to register for the presentation (which will be mostly in English); $5 for Alliance members and $10 for non-members.  

New Workshop: Venting in French!
Ever wish you could spontaneously come up with the right interjection or exclamation for a given occasion? Then consider the new workshop that will guide non-native speakers of French towards an understanding of how to express themselves in moments of surprise, frustration, etc. We'll also discuss cultural and societal roots as they relate to incidents such as Sarkozy's infamous outburst. The workshop, led by Alliance staff on Friday, Feb. 28 at 6:15pm, will be offered first in English (1 hour) followed by the same material explained in French (1 hour); sign up for one or both. Cost is $7 per session, or both for $14, for members (non-members: $10 per session or $20 for both). Click here to register. Students of French and native speakers are welcome. 
Portland Job Announcements
Two job announcements in FLE education (Français langue étrangère) 
   The French American International School is seeking teachers and persons experienced with childcare to work in their Summer Camp program, July 14 through August 22. Ages served will be Preschool to grade 5. Send CVs as soon as possible tojobs Megan Buckle mbuckle@faispdx.org and be sure to indicate the weeks of availability and which ages you have experience with. French fluency is preferred; proficiency is acceptable. 
   L'Alliance Française de Portland, the nation's 8th largest, is currently interviewing for full-time, three-quarters and part-time teachers, in some cases combining program or administrative responsibilities. Candidates with native or C1-level fluency should email their CVs to lindaw@afportland.org. Candidates must have the right to work in the U.S.; visas are not sponsored.
Standards "Lingo" & What's Your Level?
The CIEP (Centre international d'études pédagogiques) is a French institution that oversees key standardized testing as guided by Common European Framework of Languages (also called CECR for Cadre Européen Commun de Référence). The Alliance Française  ranks all its classes by CECR level and conducts assessments of students' fluency levels year-round. Written assessments via our online placement test combined with an oral test with our pedagogy manager are complimentary for prospective students; assessments for TAPIF applicants cost $47. Note that French universities often require the DELF/DALF exams. The CIEP only allows one DELF/DALF test facility per region; GIMS (Gilkey International Middle School) is the local center and will hold testing March 24-28; registration opens in February and costs $75-$125. Email eburk@faispdx.org for testing info; contact the Alliance for prep classes or tutoring for the exams
Dates to Remember
Feb. 6-22: PIFF Festival
Feb. 18: Balzac & Flaubert at Literary Arts
Feb. 19: Blazers French Night at the Moda Center (Rose Garden)
Feb. 28: Venting in French - A Unique Workshop!
Mar. 5: Cara Black Presents on Murder in Pigalle
Quick Web Links


Winter Term (Jan.-March) now in progress. Some openings available. 

Call 503.223.8388. 




Hosted by Alliance staff or board members. Drop-ins welcome; membership is encouraged but not required.

NW Portland

St Honoré on NW Thurman on Wed., Feb. 5 & 19 at 6:00 p.m.

SE Portland

At Chez Machin, Mon., Feb. 10 at 7:00p.m. and at Vie de Bohème weekly on Sundays, 4-5:30 p.m.


Lapellah Restaurant in Vancouver, Tues., Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m.



In-Kind Sponsors







Host Families Sought for Teens, Internship Sought in Law,
Table for Sale and More      
   Host Families: Local nonprofit Andeo International Homestays is seeking host families for teens from France for a few weeks this spring. Three-four week hosting opportunities begin in February, March and April. Find out more at www.andeo.org or contact Marie@andeo.org (Marie is an Alliance student and member).
   Internship Sought in Legal Field: Alliance member Robyn Branzell has a friend, Alizee Bonamigo, who is a law student at UPMF/Stendhal in Grenoble, France. Alizee would like to complete an unpaid internship with a law firm in Portland next summer for at least 4 weeks during July/August. She visited Portland as an exchange student in 2010. She has lodging assistance and orientation through Robyn. Alizee can be contacted at alizee-1994@hotmail.fr. Feel free also to contact Robyn at hopebark2@msn.com.
   Highlights of the Canals and Rivers of France: Joan and Neil Malling, partnering with Terri and Bill Fogarty of Portland-based Euro Escapes (Alliance organization members who are European barge, river and vacation specialists), presented to a sold-out crowd of 40 on January 17 at the Kamm House. Click here for the event photos. Merci to docuBatumPic2011mentary photographer Heather Heaton.
  Blazers French Night: Ticket sales are brisk for the special group night on February 19 at the Moda Center (formerly called the Rose Garden). Click here for details and for how to get your ticket to this special annual event, before it's too late!
  Best Falafel in Paris: When you're wandering in Paris and wondering if any of the falafel places are really any good, just whip out your handy new list of recommended falafel restaurants, just published. Click here.
   Prévert Contest: Shown here (at left) is Jane Murray, the winner of the recent Prévert contest. Félicitations, Jane!
   Fascinating Facts: Did you know that eccentric Frenchman Alphonse Bertillon (shown here at right, from the Wikipedia page on him, and not to be confused with the ice cream . . .) was the inventor of the mugshot, in the late 1800s? Also circulating on the web currently is a mugshot of his young son, ostensibly taken when the toddler committed "the crime" of eating too many pears! Click here for that bit of whimsy which also sheds light on the period's norms for the definition of gluttony.  
   Table for sale: The Alliance has this conference table for sale at the beginning of February. Sturdy, attractive faux-wood laminate surface. 8' long. $200 or best offer; chairs not included. Email info@afportland.org. 
   Most popular links in the last bulletin were: 1) the link to the Blazers' French Night event and 2) the photos of the Beards' apartment in Paris (for rent at a discount to Alliance members). Find recent bulletins in the online archive
   SOIREE en avril: Interested in helping with the organizing of the Alliance's second annual dinner/auction set for April 19 at the MAC? Email lindaw@afportland.org.


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