Events

EXHIBITION | OPENING OF SEA-ME-WE @ CLARK HOUSE

Come watch AF Bombay and Clark House unspool history through the exhibition SEA-ME-WE by Virgile Fraisse  based on telegraphic archives and on the current powers in the world of Indian telecommunications. SEA-ME-WE is a massive underwater fiber optic cable which runs from Marseille (France) all the way to Singapore and connects several cities on the way – including Mumbai. The exhibition takes its name from the same cable and traces the history of Indo-European relations. Free entrance & open to ... Read More »

Exhibition | Hermès – Fierce and Fragile: Big Cats in the Art of Robert Dallet

  Fierce and Fragile: Big Cats in the Art of Robert Dallet Hermès, the Parisian luxury house, and Panthera, the global wild cat conservation organization, have joined forces to pay homage to the extraordinary talent of the French artist and naturalist, Robert Dallet (1926 – 2006). Fierce and Fragile: Big Cats in the Art of Robert Dallet celebrates the beauty of big cats while raising awareness of their existence, forming part of a project to protect them from extinction. Launched at the Bruce Museum, ... Read More »

FRENCH CINEMA – Les contes de la nuit / Tales of the Night

Les contes de la nuit / Tales of the Night by Michel Ocelot (84′) “Tales of the Night” gives life to black silhouetted characters set off against exquisitely detailed backgrounds bursting with colour and kaleidoscopic patterns. The film weaves together six exotic fables each unfolding in a unique locale from Tibet, medieval Europe, an Aztec kingdom, the African plains, and even the Land of the Dead. In Ocelot’s storytelling, history blends with fairytale as viewers are whisked off to enchanted lands full of dragons, werewolves, ... Read More »

FRENCH CINEMA – A nos amours / To our loves

A nos amours / To our loves by Maurice Pialat (102′) Suzanne is enjoying life, sneaking out to fool around with her boyfriend, flirting with sailors until two key events alter her life and drive her into an unfulfilling cycle of pleasure seeking. After this she jumps from boy to boy while her relationships with her mother and brother escalates to violence. She continues to seek happiness in life without knowing how to love. ♦Trailer♦ In partnership with Institut Français Read More »

AF @ DR BHAU DAJI LAD MUSEUM

The Victory of Cézanne by Jacques Deschamps (53′) The documentary offers an insight into the legend of the forerunner of modern painting: Paul Cezanne. It follows the artist, first known as a ‘cursed painter’, ignored and disparaged, who later became acknowledged as the inventor of abstraction with record-breaking pieces on the art market.   In partnership with Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum Read More »

FRENCH CINEMA – Conte d’été / A summer’s tale

Conte d’été / A summer’s tale by Eric Rohmer (113′) The story revolves around Gaspard, a shy maths graduate, who meets three women in his life. But his mind is left in the state of confusion when all three of them fall for him. As Gaspard tries to juggle his girls, he fails to perceive that he’s sinking into the quicksand of little white lies. This film is like a thriller by Hitchcock – a Rohmer favorite – only with ... Read More »

MOOD INDIGO | CIRCUS: Soralino

  This year again, Alliance Française de Bombay continues its association with Asia’s largest and most anticipated festival, Mood Indigo, to provide a platform for special artists. We are happy to welcome the duo Soralino,  which is replacing La Folle Allure! “Inbox”  is a universe of balance that gives life to the most ordinary item, because in every “ordinary” item, there is charm and poetry if the touch is simple and the look curious. Performances Sat. 24th of December – 3-4 pm ... Read More »

FROM LITERATURE TO FILM @ PRITHVI

L’assassin habite au 21/ The Murderer Lives at Number 21 by Georges Clouzot (84’) A thief and killer stalks the streets of Paris, leaving a calling card from “Monsieur Durand” at the scene of each crime. But after a cache of these macabre identifications is discovered by a burglar in the boarding house at 21 avenue Junot, Inspector Wenceslas Vorobechik takes lodging at the infamous address in an undercover bid to solve the crime, with help from his struggling-actress girlfriend Mila. ... Read More »

FRENCH CINEMA – Ponette

Ponette by Jacques Doillon (107′) This film is the kind of intimate drama that stops you in your tracks and leaves you marveling at the magnificence of the human soul. Four-year-old Ponette has survived an automobile accident in which her mother was killed. Her father, who’s devastated by the tragedy, leaves Ponette with relatives. Her aunt tells her that her mother is with Jesus who rose from the dead. How does she deal with that information? What does death mean to ... Read More »

WHAT ABOUT ART – Van Gogh

Van Gogh by Maurice Pialat (158′) In late spring, 1890, Vincent Van Gogh moves to Auvers-sur-Oise, near Paris, under the care of Dr Gachet. Less than 70 days later, Vincent dies from a self-inflicted gunshot wound… Pialat’s visually striking picture concentrates entirely on the painter’s final three months. The film looks like a succession of paintings by Renoir and Monet, presumably to show how different Van Gogh’s vision was from that of the impressionists. They observed the world, whereas Van Gogh transformed it. ♦ ... Read More »