22 April 2013

Québec Dimensions Summer Institute for K-12 Professionals

Québec Dimensions Summer Institute for K-12 Professionals
June 23-28, 2013  .  Montreal & Québec City

Based in the North-American birthplace of New France and led by the Northeast National
Resource Center on Canada, the Institute will explore themes relevant to geography and history

Through briefings by experts and site visits we will investigate questions such as :
Could NAFTA make Québec increasingly detached from Canada and closer to the US?
- What are possible impacts of globalization on the future of French in Canada and in Québec?
- What ambitions does the Parti Québécois have for the province?

Rolling applications are accepted through May 15th .  
Registration is USD $649 and includes double-occupancy at four-star hotels, some meals,
transportation during the program, speaker and educational site fees, curriculum materials
and a certificate of clock hours.  Graduate credit is available for an additional $205.

Learn about Québec in Québec!  It is a province with three climate regions, one of the
largest rivers in the world: the St. Lawrence, and two of Canada's important cities:
Montreal - the 2nd largest French-speaking city in the world, and Québec City - a UNESCO
world heritage site.   

Itinerary and Registration:  www.umaine.edu/teachingcanada  

Northeast National Resource Center on Canada:  Professional Development  • Teacher Resources

16 April 2013

The Modern and Classical Language Association of Southern California - LA County (MCLASC)
is pleased to offer World Language Teachers the opportunity
"Unlock Students' Potential:
Developing 21st Century Skills Using Emerging Technologies" 
April 27, 2013, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Flintridge Preparatory School
Pre-Register by April 20, 2013, (post mark deadline). Space is limited.
 Please go the website:

Nouvelles de l’Alliance Française de Los Angeles
“Open House” le 7 mai 2013, de 17h à 20h: soirée “Portes Ouvertes” et présentation du programme d’été (du 24 juin au 16 août):
  • “Les Gamins”: ateliers et programme immersif pour les enfants de 5 à 10 ans.
  • “Les Ados”: cours de rattrapage ou de préparation pour les collégiens/lycéens souhaitant se mettre à jour ou se préparer pour leurs classes de français: niveaux 1-2-3-4-AP.
Pour tous renseignements appelez le 310-652-0306 ou écrivez à guy@afdela.org

09 April 2013

COL.COA - City of Lights, City of Angels and French Film Festival

Thursday April 18, 2013 at 2:30 pm - The Student Screening will be the U.S. Premiere of  THE MAN WHO LAUGHS (L'Homme qui rit), based on Victor Hugo's novel and directed by Jean-Pierre Améris (2012 - Running time: 93').  The screening will be followed by a Q&A with its writer/director.  Open to all students 17 and older including High School students. (See presentation of the film below).

The film will be shown in French with English subtitles. ADMISSION IS FREE.

Directors Guild of America,
7920 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90046


Professors may reserve by sending us the following information at masterclass@colcoa.org

• Where they teach
• Which screening(s) they would like to attend
• How many students plan to attend

Students may reserve individually by sending us their name and school information at masterclass@colcoa.org

In addition to the Student Screenings, all COL•COA screenings from Tuesday April 17 to Sunday April 21 are complimentary for teachers/professors participating in the Educational program. Students can also buy tickets on site or on colcoa.org at the reduced price of $3 for all screenings from Tuesday April 17 to Sunday April 21 except for films already shown as student screenings.
THE MAN WHO LAUGHS/ L’Homme qui rit
US Premiere
DCP • Scope 2:35 • Dolby Digital• Color • 93 min
Genre: Drama, Romance
France, 2012
Directed by: Jean-Pierre Améris
Written by: Guillaume Laurant
Cinematography by: Gérard Simon
Film Editing by: Philippe Bourgueil
Original Score by: Stéphane Moucha
Produced by: Thomas Anargyros, Edouard de Vésinne
Cast: Gérard Depardieu (Ursus); Marc-André Grondin (Gwynplaine); Emmanuelle Seigner (La duchesse Josiane); Christa Theret  (Déa); Arben Bajraktaraj (Hardquanone)
International Sales: EuropaCorp
Based on the Victor Hugo novel whose main character was the inspiration for Batman’s Joker, the story revolves around a vagabond named Ursus and his two surrogate children he rescued as foundlings. The younger Déa grows into a beautiful and virtuous blind girl. She loves Ursus’ older charge, Gwynplaine, a young man with a kind spirit but whose face is deformed by a scar that makes him look as though he's always laughing. This entourage of misfits scratches a living in the fairs and carnivals of an imaginary European country in the 17th century. Gwynplaine is the principal draw; crowds are provoked to laughter when he reveals his grotesque face. But when Gwynplaine’s growing fame as a clown earns the attention of royal patrons, the trappings of power and privilege soon tear him from the stage, and from the family where he belongs.
 Jean-Pierre Améris was born in 1961 in Lyon, France. After graduating the Institute for Advanced Film Studies, he gained notoriety with his second feature, Les Aveux de l'innocent in 1996, which took three prizes at the Cannes Film Festival. His early films were realist works dealing with social themes, but with Call Me Elizabeth in 2006, and in 2010 with Romantics Anonymous starring Benoît Poelvoorde, he began to move toward a more boldly visual style. Released in France in December 2012, after a World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival, The Man Who Laughs is Jean-Pierre Améris’ twelfth film and was co-written with Guillaume Laurant. A common thread throughout Améris’ work is wounded people, outcasts. “I identify with them,” he says. “I take people who are cast aside and put them at the center of the screen.”