10 décembre 2023

Kiki de Montparnasse

Chers Amis,

The next meeting of the Cercle Français de Belfast will take place on ….

mercredi 13 décembre 2023 à 19h30 and will be online as a Zoom meeting

(The Link will be emailed to members on 13 décembre 2023)

Topic: Kiki of Montparnasse

Speaker: Chris TRACEY

We go to the first half of the 20th century to examine the colourful life of Kiki de Montparnasse, born Alice Ernestine Prin. Liberated and flamboyant she became the muse of the avant garde generation. In this talk which contains some adult themes we’ll meet writers and artists. Many have been captivated by her story and we hope you will be too.

Looking forward to seeing you on 13 décembre.

À bientôt, Philip

05 novembre 2023

Ciné-cercle 15 novembre 2023

Chers Amis,

The next meeting of the Cercle Français de Belfast will take place on 

mercredi 15 novembre 2023 à 19h30 and will be online as a Zoom meeting.

Topic: Ciné-cercle

In this event we shall 'check out' a small sample of the films available on www.tv5mondsplus.com. Below you will find information on, and links to, three films from the TV5MONDE library .. a 'short', a comedy and a documentary. Like all films from TV5MONDE these are free to view and each is available with English subtitles.

If you would like to view one or indeed all of these before 15 November we can discuss (in bookclub fashion) your thoughts on them at the meeting. It will also be a chance to hear from you just what is available free, in French and subtitled on the many media platforms.

I am very much looking forward to hearing your views.

SHORT (2011, 17mins)


Charlotte Rampling is distraught. Her performance has been totally erased from the film "On ne Meurt que Deux Fois" and replaced by that of another actress... Furious, she's determined to find out exactly what happened.


FULL LENGTH (2018, 87 mins)


Keen to improve the relationship between his two diametrically opposed daughters, a father finds a way to bring them together for a weekend: Vali, a Céline Dion fan, has clinched an audition in Paris!.



LA COUR DE BABEL (2013, 90 mins)

They have just arrived in France from Ireland, Serbia, Brazil, Tunisia, China and Senegal. For one year, Julie Bertuccelli films the interactions, conflict and joy experienced by this group of high-school children-aged 11 to 15-as they join the same class to learn French.


Looking forward to seeing you on 15 novembre.

À bientôt, Philip

13 octobre 2023

CfB : Assemblée Générale 18 octobre 2023

 Chers Amis,

The next meeting of the Cercle Français de Belfast will take place on:

mercredi 18 octobre 2023, in the Ramada Hotel 20 Talbot St, Belfast BT1 2LD

Topic: Assemblée générale

You are warmly invited to our first in-person event of the new season on Wednesday 18 October at 7.30pm in the CS Lewis room of the Ramada Hotel, Cathedral Quarter, Belfast.  It’s our AGM and we promise to keep the formal part of our proceedings to a minimum leaving plenty of time for catch ups and a few French-themed items of interest including some music and a special book share for you to take away.

Please see our programme in the tab above.  You will see that most of our events will take place online while the venues for others will be notified prior to the event. 

We are planning to have occasional extra “café causerie” events where else but in our favourite café - The Dark Horse. Be sure then to be signed up for our regular monthly bulletin.

We will also keep you posted on France/French themed events we hear about locally and one such source has caught our attention at the Open Learning Centre at QUB. As well as language classes offered by Cercle stalwarts, Brigitte, Hélène and Vanessa there is also a series of French history talks by Sam Thompson who is the speaker at our February event which we are planning to host in the Queen’s Quarter.

For more information see … www.qub.ac.uk/ol

We hope you agree that it is a wide ranging programme.

Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday 18 October

À bientôt, Philip