Qu’est-ce que c’est, la Francophonie? La Francophonie, it’s more than 175 million French-speaking people from over 50 different countries representing a carnival of cultures spanning the continents from Marrakesh to Montréal and from Toulouse to Tahiti. Get your passeport to our month-long Festival de la Francophonie and travel around the world without having to leave the tarmac… or go through airport security!
Bienvenue à tous, et que la fête commence!
Soirée Commune: Kick-Off Evening
Friday, March 4, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Children $5, Adults $15
Sample delicacies from Belgique, Canada, France, Québec, Romania and Switzerland, offered by our partners, the French-speaking consulates, governments and associations of Chicago; dance to DJ Lady D spinning La Francofolie, a mix of classics, hits and techno-ethnic; and…Pourquoi pas? Belt out your own version of La Vie en Rose and let your inner Céline Dion bust loose during the Karaoke de la Francophonie. Prizes for the brave!
Please pre-register early by clicking here. Places are limited for this popular program.
Festival du Film Francophone
Saturday, March 19. Starting at 1 :30 p.m.
In French with English subtitles.
Pre-registration : $7. for 3 movies
At the door : $10 for 3 movie-pass/$7 for 1 movie
An all-day celebration of francophone filmmaking from around the world – three movies never seen before in Chicago!
1 :30 p.m. : Une femme pas comme les autres/ A woman like no others (2008), a comedy about polygamy by Abdoulaye Dao from Burkina-Faso.
3 :30 p.m. : Aliker (2009) by Guy Deslauriers, the story of André Aliker, the Martinican journalist assassinated in 1934, with a script by novelist Patrick Chamoiseau and starring Cape Verde-born hip-hop singer Stomy Bugsy.
6 :30 p.m.: Route 132 (2009), introduced by Québec director Louis Bélanger. Gilles and Bob, two old friends and small time crooks, decide to hit the road: destination unknown. Filled with unpredictable events, their journey will take an unexpected turn, leading both of them on the path of hope and renewal.
In partnership with Le Festival du Film Francophone de Kalamazoo at Western Michigan University.
Soirée France/Canada/Québec: La Nuit du Conte Francophone
Friday, March 25 at 6 :00 p.m.
Free Admission. IN FRENCH, with a touch of…créole, cajun and other « dialects »
An evening of storytelling with raconteurs Mimi Barthélémy, Barry Jean Ancelet, Myriame El Yamani and Bienvenu Bonkian, and stories from the Greater Antilles, Louisiana, Acadia, Quebec, Morocco and West Africa.
This program is presented in partnership with the Délégation générale des Alliances françaises USA ,the Center for Francophonie in the Americas and TV5 Monde.
Soirée Canada/Quebec : Film screening
Tuesday, March 29, 6:30 p.m.
Le Divan du Monde/ Everybody's Couch, 2009, by Dominic Desjardins.
In French with English subtitles. Free Admission.
Everybody's Couch is a road movie cum romantic comedy tracking Zoe and Alex from one French community to the other as they cross Canada.