Featured Portland French Events
The Alliance Française holds cultural events throughout the year, large and small. They are mostly in English and are open to the public. Come join us!
The member discount is applicable for one ticket per member.
Guests must pay the non-member price. Please note that a reservation is only confirmed upon receiving payment.
If tickets are available, the Alliance can accept payment at the door by credit card, check, or cash.
- Registration for Alliance Française events can be made in person at our office, over the phone, by mail, or through the web site.
- Please make all checks payable to: Alliance Française de Portland. We accept Visa, Mastercard, and American Express.
Cancellations & Refunds:
- Refunds will be automatically issued if the Alliance cancels an event.
- If you need to cancel your registration for an event, you must do so at least 24 hours prior to the start of the program, and you will be fully credited toward a future event.
- Refunds must be requested in writing no less than 24 hours prior to the scheduled event and will incur a 4% credit card processing fee.
Cinema 21 presents Deux, writer/director Filippo Meneghetti riveting new film with Barbara Sukowa and Martine Chevallier. Meneghetti's film is France's Official Selection for the Best International Film category for the 93rd Academy Awards in 2021 and is also nominated for Best Picture, Foreign Language in the 2021 Golden Globes.
Two retired women, Nina and Madeleine, have been secretly in love for decades. Everybody, including Madeleine’s family, thinks they are simply neighbors, sharing the top floor of their building. They come and go between their two apartments, enjoying the affection and pleasures of daily life together, until an unforeseen event turns their relationship upside down and leads Madeleine’s daughter to gradually unravel the truth about them.
This virtual screening is presented by Cinema 21, Portland's independent art house theater. See all their current and upcoming films in their virtual theater at www.cinema21portland.com
Tickets to Deux are $12. After purchasing the ticket, you can view the film anytime in the next 30 days. (Once you start viewing, you have access for 72 hours.) Don't miss the exclusive discussion with director Filippo Meneghetti, star Barbara Sukowa, and French film icon Isabelle Huppert at the conclusion of the film.
French on the Go, the 4 week drop-in workshop series, opens this winter with a flurry of new offerings to fire up your French language skills. Each week explores a different topic or theme and are offered as drop-in workshops ($28) or the bundle of four ($105). The next series of workshops begin February 15, 2021.
FRENCH LANGUAGE ORIENTED WORKSHOPS (A1 to C1)
Exercise Your Grammar: Musical Edition
A2/B1 level: Wednesdays 10:30-12:00pm.
Who said studying grammar can't be fun? In this workshop you will improve your French grammar with contemporary French music.
Workshop 1 (A2/B1): Le passé composé and l'imparfait with Ainsi valse la vie, Black M.
Workshop 2 (A2/B1): Les questions and la description personnelle with Qui c'est celle là ?, Nach.
B2/C1 level, Wednesdays 6-7:30pm.
This series of workshops will allow you not only to develop your translation skills, but also learn how the French language works “from inside out” by comparing and contrasting it with English. Each workshop will introduce a specific translation challenge, illustrated...
March is “Le mois de la francophonie”. Did you know that French is the official language of 29 independent countries? There are over 369 million French speakers on earth. Follow us all month long as we highlight the diversity of the francophone world on our social media @afdeportland, #francophonieafpdx.
Join us for an exceptional online event with the talented actor and director, André Nerman, who is well known to the Alliance Française USA audience. André will share his in-depth knowledge of the great French playwright, Molière. This Zoom presentation will be in French and is suitable for persons with high-intermediate to advanced levels of French.
Retrouvez-nous pour une conférence exceptionnelle avec le talentueux comédien et metteur scène, André Nerman. Grand habitué de la scène des Alliances Françaises des Etats-Unis, André Nerman mettra son savoir au profit d’une conférence interactive sur le grand dramaturge français.
André Nerman : « Le génie de cet auteur, pourtant bien ancré dans son époque, a été de porter sans cesse un message universel dans l’observation critique de ses contemporains. S’il n’a jamais parlé de lui comme un esprit novateur Molière a profondément révolutionné le théâtre. Je vous parlerai de sa vie, de son œuvre, et des étapes marquantes de la façon dont ses pièces ont été interprétées par les metteurs en scène de notre temps. Nous verrons que quelle qu’en soit la lecture, la mise en perspective, les mots de Molière continuent de nous parler, toute génération confondue, de nous parler de...
The Alliance’s free weekly conversation group on Zoom, run by board members and other volunteers, is available for drop-in conversation on Wednesday nights at 5:15pm.
It attracts 20-30 registrants who converse in small groups (Breakout Rooms) of 4-5 people for 3-4 segments of 14 minutes. The groups get re-created/mixed so that everyone gets to chat with a new group.
Levels include lower-intermediate to advanced and native-level speakers. Most high-A2 to C1 students can feel comfortable in this mixed-level conversational setting. Not sure of your level? Check in with the AF Portland office for guidance.
Sign up to be added to the reminder emails for upcoming sessions (no need to sign up again if you’ve already signed up for an earlier session). These free groups are for Alliance members only. Sign up here for memberships. (Just $36 provides membership benefits for a full year and is tax-deductible. )
Register for Apéro-Conversation Reminder Emails
Oliver Gee, the host of the popular Paris podcast The Earful Tower, has lived in Paris since 2015. His podcast has 70,000 downloads per month and was recently lauded by the New York Times as a great way to travel by ear. He recently published his first book, Paris On Air, a memoir telling the often laugh-out-loud stories from his past five years in the French capital. He and his wife, Lina, have also published their first children’s book, Kylie the Crocodile in Paris.
Oliver knows the city of Paris intimately and will share five carefully curated and undiscovered secrets of the city with the Alliance Française audience. Great for planning your next trip to the City of Lights! Please note that if you attended the first Oliver Gee event last August, this event will include five ALL NEW secrets. The presentation will be in English with a smattering of French vocabulary, and will include time for your questions as well.
This event will be on Zoom and is free for all Alliance Française members. Register below, and if you are not yet a member, you can sign up for membership on the same form.
Concludes with a live Film Discussion Event on Zoom on March 16 from 5:30-6:30 pm!
The Alliance Française of Portland is pleased to offer a unique film event through March 16. Register online, and you’ll receive links to three short films, with a total runtime of 63 minutes. All are subtitled in English. These are award-winning short films that have been shown in a few select festivals, Sundance among them. These exclusive films are only available for viewing in the U.S. through the Alliance Française.
Watch the films at your leisure through March 16, then join us for a live group discussion at 5:30pm Pacific on Tuesday, March 16. We’ll have hosted breakout rooms in English and in French (your choice) to talk about the films and their messages! Short films are often thought-provoking; note that these films are appropriate for adults (also ok for teens 18 and older).
Miss Chazelles / Miss Chazelles (2019) Description: Clara and Marie are rivals. Clara is the first successor, while Marie won the Chazelles-sur-Lyon Prize. The tension rises between Clara’s friends and Maries’s family, but the girls are ambivalent.
Do you want to find more satisfaction in your body, your emotions, your relationships, your life’s goals? Do you love l’art de vivre à la française? Then join French-born and certified yoga therapist Elisabeth Perucca in this two-hour virtual discussion. Elisabeth walks you through l’art de vivre à la française, the way you can use it to be healthier and happier, and how you can complement this French savoir vivre with innovative wellness approaches.
Join Elisabeth via zoom at 4:30 pm Thursday, March 18, for a two-hour workshop in English.
Join journalist Simon Kuper in conversation with political scientist Catherine Fieschi as they discuss how the Le Pens built and changed the French far right. What French historical traditions are they drawing on? Might their party ever win power?
In 1972, Jean-Marie Le Pen founded the far-right Front National party. He led it until 2011, gaining a reputation for Holocaust denial and enmity to Islam. In 2002 he reached the run-off of the French presidential election. His daughter Marine succeeded him as leader and reached the runoffs in 2017. Jean-Marie was eventually expelled from the party, after refusing to attend his disciplinary hearing for having described the gas chambers as a "detail" of history. Jean-Marie’s granddaughter, Marion Maréchal, is tipped as the next leader of the party, which is now called Rassemblement National.
Catherine Fieschi is a leading expert on European politics and the French far right. She has followed the Le Pens since her PhD, for which she conducted many hours of interviews with Jean-Marie Le Pen, in the family château outside Paris. Fieschi is the Director of Counterpoint, a London-based research and advisory group that advises businesses, governments and NGOs on social and political risk. She...
Get a head start on the next level, have an in-depth review and practice during the two-week break between Winter and Spring term! The brand-new Kick-start French Program is a 4-day intensive brush-up class (2.5 hours per day with two short beaks) offered for A1+, A2 and B1 level students. Each class will focus on grammar, vocabulary and conversation skills.
The 4-day program price is $199. Early registration price is $170, until March 16. Use code Kickstart at checkout.
Beginning students (A1, 103-106)
Learn to command the French you already know in everyday situations. Class themes will evolve around family, daily routine, hobbies, outings and food. Grammar will include regular and irregular verbs in the present and near future tenses, negation, telling time, possessive adjectives, asking questions, adjectives, and articles.
Monday through Thursday, March 22-25, 5-7:30pm.
Intermediate students (A2, 201-206)
Practice telling a story, reflect on childhood memories, a favorite vacation or your unique family history while improving your knowledge of past verb tenses. Grammar will include past tenses (past, imperfect), object pronouns, and prepositions.
Monday through Thursday, March 22-25, 5-7:30pm.
High Intermediate students (B1)
Practice sharing an opinion. Discuss current events, political issues, and predict changes coming in...
French cooking doesn’t have to be complex—with Susan Loomis, it’s as easy as un, deux, trois ! The spirit of the plat du jour, the dish of the day, is simplicity, seasonal ingredients, and joyful time at the table. Whether it's a Boeuf Bourguignon, Poule au Pot, or a simple Salade Niçoise, the French classics in Plat du Jour, as well as the more contemporary dishes in the book, are made for the home cook. In Plat du Jour Loomis, partner in the new culinary video platform www.Dancingtomatoes.com and author of fourteen cookbooks, shows how to effortlessly transform any meal into an elegant and flavorful French masterpiece.
Having perfected each recipe, Loomis encourages and informs with step-by-step guidance and cooking tips, or astuces, to help you on your way to simple, do-able French culinary expertise. She’ll lead you through every course of you’re the plat du jour “formule,” from appetizers to desserts and major dishes in between, highlighting poultry, beef, pork, vegetables, eggs, and more. With gorgeous photography and fun facts from French culinary history, Plat du Jour is a must-have for any aspiring home cook with a craving for simple, often classical, easy to recreate seasonal French...
French for True beginners, Art Studio, Voyage Around the World - Who’s ready for fun?
After the online school day has ended and with few after-school programs available this winter, your child may want or need some additional French practice in subjects sure to spark their imagination and curiosity. The Alliance Française de Portland is excited to offer a brand new after-school immersion program for children ages 5 through 10. Whether your child is a true beginner or well on their way toward fluency, you will find a perfect fit to enhance and enrich their online school activities with French language practice and, more importantly, fun.
Introductory Immersion classes welcome beginning French students with some prior French experience. Continuing Immersion classes are designed for those already experienced in French language immersion. French for True Beginners is designed for those who are just starting to learn the language.
This spring, all classes are offered in two five-week modules. Spring 1 runs March 29 to May 1, Spring 2 runs May 3 to June 5.
FRENCH FOR TRUE BEGINNERS - AGES 7-10
Children ages 7-10 are invited on a journey through the francophone world. Guided by Felix, Lila and their friends from ZigZag, the children will immerse themselves in French...
Spring Term core classes are now open for registration. Choose from two five-week long modules, Spring 1: March 29 to May 1, or Spring 2: May 3 to June 5. Sign up for both parts in order to complete a level, or choose the first half and pick up the second part in the next term, if you like. All classes are taught on Zoom.
A core language curriculum is the fundamental key to learning success. Alliance Française offers Édito, Méthode de français as its cornerstone to mastering French. Whether a true beginner or advanced, there is an Édito class for every level of student.
Grammar is one of the most challenging skills to master in any language. Beginning winter 2021, Alliance will incorporate Grammaire progressive du français into the existing Édito series (true beginner through 105) to enrich the learning experience.
This spring, choose from two five-week long modules, Spring 1: March 29- May 1, or Spring 2: May 3 - June 5. Sign up for both parts, or choose just one. All classes are taught on Zoom.
Specialty and cultural classes are perfect to work on comprehension and communication skills. A certain level of French is required for each class. Please read carefully the pre-requisites for the class that interests you. If you're not sure about your level, take the self-assessment here. For further evaluation, please schedule an assessment with one of our teachers.
Civilisation de la Francophonie
Curious about the rest of the francophone world? Take a break from core classes and put your French skills to work while improving your reading and communication. Through the text, Civilisation progressive de la francophonie, learn about the diversity and richness of societies outside of France; the culture and civilization, traditional dances, food, transportation and more.
This class is offered for B1/B2 level students. Prerequisites: Edito 206 or equivalent.
Advanced level students may enjoy studying Jean-Paul Didierlaurent's, Le liseur du 6h27, and learn about this dynamic author. This class will be offered in two sections: for B1/B2 levels and...
Bibliothèque. Médiathèque. Culturethèque.
Alliance Française de Portland is pleased to offer our members Culturethèque, a digital library at your fingertips. You will have access to a world of French language content for adults and children alike from your computer, tablet or smartphone. Explore the possibilities that Culturethèque has to offer.
Delve into thousands of books, periodicals and comic books. Discover the latest new authors. Rediscover a classic novel. Stay current with your favorite newspaper or magazine. Unlock your inner child while reading a bande déssinée. Try a new recipe from the many cookbooks. Introduce your child to French through content designed especially for children.
Enjoy the latest in French and world music including classical, jazz, pop and the standards. Go behind the scenes with artist interviews and concerts. Listen to audio books, catch a lecture or plug in to a podcast, all on the go.
Enrich your French language learning through a vast array of educational resources catered to every...