Saturday, December 6, 2008

Indy Events à la Française

Butler University students will sing Christmas carols in French during the annual party sponsored by the Alliance Française d'Indianapolis from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. tomorrow (7 December).

Guests are welcome to join in the fun in the Diversity Center, Atherton Hall, Butler campus in Indianapolis. Cost for non-members is $5. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Eloise Sureau, 317-924-3878.

"A Christmas Tale", one of the standout hits of the Cannes, Toronto and New York Film Festivals,opens 19 December at Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis (it's in French with English subtitles).

"A Christmas Tale" is Arnaud Desplechin's dazzling, big-hearted and brilliantly black comedy. In the role that garnered her the Special Prize at Cannes, Catherine Deneuve is Junon, the family matriarch, who greets the news of her life-threatening illness with calm equanimity.

Desplechin regular Mathieu Amalric gives one of the best performances of the year as the black sheep of the family who returns home after being banished for six years. Crowded under the same roof again, solidarity quickly, and hilariously, devolves into feuding, drunkenness and bed-hopping, as everyone struggles to make sense of the mysteries of family, life and what lies ahead. Desplechin's masterful narrative has the breadth of a sprawling novel and the nimble wordplay of a classic comedy.

Then, in January, the Alliance Française d'Indianapolis stages its annual Galette des Rois Celebration 11 January. It'll be held from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at the International School of Indianapolis. Tickets range in price from $4 to 12, depending on age and whether one is a member of the Alliance Française d'Indianapolis. Children under 10, however, get in free.

The invitation form is here, or send an email for more information.

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