Wisconsin Events with a Francophone Flavor

February, 2002

[Franco Wisconsin Map] Throughout the month For a list of French movies available on US television during the month of September see le site web du service culturel de l'ambassade de France

Saturdays throughout the month, Milwaukee. 7-9 pm. Jacques' French Café features French & Québécois tunes performed by Kevin Soucie - Chansonnier
Jacques French Cafe, Deli Market
1101 S. Second (Walker's Point)
Tel: (414) 672-1040

Saturday, February 2, 2002. French for Travellers - One day course for Beginners: Learn simple French linguistic skills necessary for communicating in everyday situations encountered by tourists visiting France and the Francophone world. 10:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Alliance Française centre. Cost :$90.00 for AF members and $100.00 for non-members. Please, call to pre-register: 414/964-3855.

Sunday, February 3rd 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. Join us at the Alliance Française office to watch the quarter-final soccer matches of the African Cup of Nations held in Mali. The games will be broadcast in French on TV5. RSVP: (414)964-3855.

February 5, 2002 Pedagogical Evening at the French House. FRENCH HOUSE, 633 NORTH FRANCES STREET, Madison (Park on Lake Street Ramp). 4:30 UNTIL 6:30 P.M. (PRESENTATION STARTS AT 5 P.M.), FOR ANYONE WHO IS INTERESTED IN THE TEACHING OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES - FREE EVENT. DPI Clock Hours available for teachers who attend a minimum of two meetings.

Saturday, February 9th Mardi Gras Party from 3 to 6 pm at the Alliance Française de Milwaukee 1800 E. Capitol Drive, Shorewood tel : (414) 964-3855 Great activities :
· costume contest for children AND adults
· mask workshop for children
· ...and of course lots of « crêpes » to eat

Please bring either $3 per person or some crêpes. Call Corine (414) 963-4212 or Anne at the Alliance Française to let us know you're coming.

UWM French Film Festival 2002: February 8-10 & February 15-17
UWM Union Theater - 2200 East Kenwood Blvd. Milwaukee, WI, 53201

All films except The Town is Quiet are free to the public. This program is made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture. Co-sponsored by UWM Union Programming, UWM Union Theatre, the Department of French, Italian, and Comparative Literature, Center for International Education, Film Studies Program, Department of Film, Alliance Francaise of Milwaukee, Certificate Program in French and Francophone Studies.

A new feature in 2002 will be the film presentations by Dr. Raphaël Lambert, a specialist on French and American cinema, and talk-back sessions following the screenings.

Friday, February 8 , Saturday, February 9, Sunday, February 10, 8 PM "La ville est tranquille" (The Town is Quiet) dir by Robert Guediguian (2000), who directed "Marius et Jeanette"

Saturday and Sunday-- February 9 & 10, 6 PM "Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse" (The Gleaners and I), dir. by Agnès Varda (2000) Best documentary, Chicago Int'l film festival & European Film Awards.

Saturday and Sunday-- February 9 & 10 8 PM "La ville est tranquille" (The Town is Quiet) dir by Robert Guediguian (2000).

Friday, February 15, 8 PM "Le Temps retrouvé" (Time Regained), dir. by Raul Ruiz (1999). Featuring Emmanuelle Béart, Catherine Deneuve, John Malkovich

Saturday, February 16, 6 PM "Ressources humaines" (Human ressources), dir. by Laurent Cantet (1999) Best First Film and Most Promising Young Actor, César Awards (2001), European Discovery of the year, European Film Awards (2000)

Saturday, February 16, 8 PM "Faat-Kine", dir. by Ousmane Sembene (Senegal, 2000)

Sunday, February 17, 6 PM "Faat-Kine", dir. by Ousmane Sembene (Senegal, 2000)

8 PM "Le Goût des autres" (The Taste of Others) dir by Agnès Jaoui (1999). Featuring Jean-Pierre Bacri, Agnès Jaoui, Christine Millet. Best Film, Screenplay, César Awards (2001, European Film Awards, Montréal World Film Festival


Friday-Sunday, February 8-10 - 8pm The Town is Quiet *Milwaukee Premiere (Robert Guediguian, France, 132min, French w/English Subtitles, 35mm, 2000) Like Robert Guediguian's previous films (including the 1997 hit Marius and Jeannette), The Town is Quiet portrays working-class life in Marseilles with enormous sympathy and insight. Depicting Marseilles as a city in crisis, similar to Robert Altman's Nashville, through a large cast of intersecting characters which include Ariane Ascaride as a hard-bitten but compassionate fish market-worker with a drug addicted daughter, Gerard Maylan as a moody bartender with a shocking secret life, a Georgian boy piano prodigy playing for handouts, a North-African ex-convict trying to rebuild his life, and a wealthy cynic estranged from his music teacher wife. "A masterpiece...establishes Mr. Guediguian as a major international filmmaker...not to be missed."-Stephen Holden, The New York Times ($4 Discount, $5 General) [Contains Adult Content: drug use, sex, and violence]

Saturday -Sunday, February 9-10 - 6pm The Gleaners and I *Milwaukee Premiere (Agnes Varda, France, 82min, French w/English Subtitles, 35mm, 2000) An intimate, picaresque inquiry into French life as lived by the country's poor and its provident, as well as by the film's own director, Agnès Varda. The aesthetic, political and moral point of departure for Varda are gleaners, those individuals who pick at already-reaped fields for the odd potato, the leftover turnip, and in previous generations were immortalized by the likes of Millet and Van Gogh. Varda isn't particularly interested in immortalizing today's gleaners but in investigating the reasons that lead the anonymous (desperate and quixotic both) and the celebrated (including a famous chef) to sift through our detritus. (From New York Film Festival catalogue) "Beautiful, absorbing, and touching! This film is a mind expanding experience not to be missed!" The Chicago Reader [Suitable for all ages]

Friday, February 15 - 8pm Time Regained (Raul Ruiz, France, 158min, French w/English Subtitles, 35mm, 1999) Marcel Proust's epic masterwork, Remembrance of Things Past comes to shimmering life in this mesmerizing and ingenuous adaptation of its final volume by acclaimed director Raoul Ruiz. Set among a group of French aristocrats during and after the Great War, Time Regained is an extraordinary visualization of one man's memory of lost loves, long ago friendships and a world of seemingly genteel society, which hides many dark secrets. The all-star cast includes Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuelle Bert, John Malkovich, Marcello Mazzarella, Marie-France Pisier, and Vincent Perez. "Altogether triumphant! The daring of its conception is matched only by the brilliance of its execution!" J. Hoberman, Village Voice [Mature Themes]

Saturday, February 16 - 6pm Human Resources * Milwaukee Premiere (Laurent Cantet, France, 100min, French w/English Subtitles, 35mm, 2000) This human morality tale, which skillfully intertwines both filial love and political ideologies, is an incisive treatise on class warfare. Franck, a fresh faced Paris business-school graduate returns home as a management trainee in the factory where both his father and sister have toiled for years. His ambitions for bettering the workers conditions are subverted by management and used to layoff older, higher-paid workers like his father. When Frank is forced to choose sides between either management or the workers devastating consequences ensue. Using a realistic style of shooting and a cast of mostly non-professionals, first time director Laurent Cantet won the Cesar Award for Best First Film 2001. [Mature Themes]

Saturday, February 16 - 8pm; Sunday, February 18 - 6pm Faat-Kine *Milwaukee Premiere (Ousmane Sembene, Senegal, 118min, French and Wolof w/English Subtitles, 35mm, 2000) An inspiring heroine, Faat Kine is a brash, bawdy, self-made woman who is managing a gas station, supporting her mother, and putting two children through college. Disowned as a teenager by her father when she became pregnant by her professor, then betrayed and abandoned by the father of her second child, Kine worked her way up form gas station attendant to financial security. The film's mixture of celebration and accusation climaxes in a raucous graduation party where the undeserving men are driven out and the deserving one welcomed into Kine's arms. Ousmane Sembene, recently called "the greatest of all African filmmakers" (Jonathan Rosenbaum, Film Comment), directed this easygoing comedy with an outspoken social consciousness and a strong feminist slant. "This intelligent easygoing masterpiece ranks close to Semebene's best work."-David Sterrit, Christian Science Monitor [Mature Themes]

Sunday, February 17 - 8pm The Taste of Others (Agnes Jaoui, France, 112min, French w/English Subtitles, 35mm, 2000) A beautifully nuanced, deliciously sly social satire about the attraction of opposites in a world balkanized by the dictatorship of taste. Castella, a coarse, curmudgeonly, but very successful Rouen businessman who, dragged one evening to a theatre performance of Berenice, by his wife Angelique, is smitten by the lead actress. Infatuated, he bulldogs his way into her theatre circle of highbrow thespians, gay painters and a pot-selling waitress (played by director Agnes Jaoui). This witty, well-acted and unsentimental romantic comedy was a runaway hit in France! 2001 Cesar Awards for Best Film, Best Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actors [Mature Themes]

Spring Meeting of SWAAF – Southeastern Wisconsin Academic Alliance in French

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2002, 9:30 AM—2:00 PM
6701 N. Jean Nicolet Road, Glendale, WI 53217
(near I-43 and Good Hope)
D-Wing Library


Rencontre avec nos amis sénégalais installés au Wisconsin

SWAAF –Southeastern Wisconsin Academic Alliance in French – is an alliance of French teachers, K through 16, founded in 1996. SWAAF members include French teachers from all over SE Wisconsin.

The goals of SWAAF are the following: to promote collaboration among French teachers at all levels, from kindergarten to post-graduate; to share ideas and resources related to French and francophone studies with other teachers, both through regular meetings and electronically; to work together in organizing joint French-related activities for our students. SWAAF meets three times a year (Fall, Winter, Spring) and is hosted by various area schools and colleges. Each meeting focuses on a particular topic, such as “Apprendre le français par la musique” or “Le Québec,” and includes presentations by teachers who have special expertise or experience. Several teachers have shared their recent professional development experiences in francophone countries with the group. All teachers and future teachers are invited to the meetings.

After meeting for five years, SWAAF is about to become an officially recognized consortium, which will allow us to list SWAAF activities on our resumés and apply for grants. We will discuss new organization and opportunities for SWAAF at the February 2002 meeting.

Special topic for February 9: VIVE LE SÉNÉGAL! Hosted by Judy Worm, Nicolet High School. Did you know that there is a large Senegalese community in SE Wisconsin? A recent exchange agreement between UW-Milwaukee and l’Université Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar has strengthened formal ties with Sénégal. Our Senegalese friends who have settled in SE Wisconsin and are active in many professions, are eager to make their country and culture known to others. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect your classroom with dynamic representatives of the francophone world. Presentations on Sénégal will be led by Jean-Pierre Biagui and Fatoumata Keita (T.A. in French at UWM), who will give us a little lesson in Wolof. UWM Anthopology Professor Cheryl Ajirotutu, who led a study tour to Sénégal in summer 2001 and is preparing another in 2002, will share her experience as well (in English). Teacher Kristin Fletcher (Messmer High School) will speak about her summer study in Bénin. The meeting will include a taste of West African cuisine, with dishes brought by our Senegalese friends. All participants are asked to make $5 contribution to help defray the cost of the food. Tentative Agenda:
9:30 AM SWAAF business and planning meeting
10:30 AM Sénégal – Bénin presentations
12:30 PM Food and conversation

If you plan to attend, please return the RSVP to Judy Worm or E-mail Gabrielle Verdier

February 8 -- 14, Green Bay Film, Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain at Historic West Theater.

Tuesday February 12 Appleton. Meeting of the Alliance Française de la Vallée du Renard. 7pm conversation. 7:30 pm lecture by Professor Simon Sibelman. Contact Ken Fleurant for information.

WAFLT Winter Workshop
Saturday, February 16, 2002
Edgewood College, Madison
8:45 a.m.-3 p.m.

Morning Keynote Workshop:

An Introduction of the European Union in the Foreign Language Classroom. Presented by Dr. Martina U. Lindseth and Katie M. Gustad (Department of Foreign Languages, Center of Excellence for Faculty and Undergraduate Student Research Collaboration, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire).

Afternoon sessions:

How, When, and Why German Youth Make Critical Life Decisions.

A New Currency for the New Millennium: Spain and the Euro.

Cross-Cultural Student Perceptions: German and American.

A French Website Focusing on Euro Lesson Plans for all Languages.

Workshop Cost: $20 WAFLT Members, $30 non-members (includes registration, materials and lunch). Participants will receive five DPI Equivalency Clock Hours if desired.

Registration: Please use the form on page 70 of the 2001 Fall Conference Program Booklet, or send the following information with registration payment to Cheri Bokern, Stevens Point Area Senior High, 1201 N. Point Drive, Stevens Point WI 54481, by Friday, February 8, 2002:

Your name
Your institution
Your mailing address
Languages Taught
E-mail address
Work and home phones
Special Dietary Needs

Participants will receive registration confirmation and final details.

Full Workshop Schedule:

8:45-9:15 Arrival and check-in, Anderson Auditorium, Predolin Humanities Center.

9:15-10:45 Welcome and Keynote Workshop: An Introduction of the European Union in the Foreign Language Classroom. Presented by Dr. Martina U. Lindseth and Katie M. Gustad (Department of Foreign Languages, Center of Excellence for Faculty and Undergraduate Student Research Collaboration, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire).

11-11:45 Language Association Business Meetings.
AATF: Predolin 116
AATG: Predolin 114
AATSP: Predolin 306
11:50-12:50 Lunch, Washburn Heritage Room, Regina Hall.

1-2 p.m. Afternoon Sessions, Predolin Humanities Center

A. How, When, and Why German Youth Make Critical Life Decisions (Marge Hecker and Joe Hesse, Stoughton High School) Predolin 116.

B. A New Currency for the New Millennium: Spain and the Euro (Paul J. Hoff, UW-Eau Claire) Predolin 114.

2:10-3:10 Afternoon Sessions, Predolin Humanities Center

A. Cross Cultural Student Perceptions: German and American (Rhinehart Lintonen and Kyle Gorden, Elkhorn Area HS), Predolin 114.

B. A French Website Focusing on Euro Lesson Plans for All Languages (Jeanine Kopecky, Lake Geneva Middle School), Predolin 116.

For further information:
Paul J. Hoff (Chair, WAFLT Member Services)
Department of Foreign Languages
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Eau Claire WI 54702
Phone: (715) 836-4287

Le Concours National de l'Alliance Française aura lieu le samedi, 16 février de 10h00 à 12h00 à Marquette University, Lalumiere Language Hall, 14th and Clybourn. Salle 216. (Free parking in visitor parking, 16th and Wells - also numerous parking meters available on Clybourn).

Le concours est ouvert aux étudiants de français du lycée, de l'université ainsi qu'aux étudiants de l'Alliance Française. Pour obtenir une fiche d'inscription ou pour des renseignements supplémentaires, veuillez contacter Anne Herrison Leplae a l'Alliance Française ou Marie Fossier ( (Les fiches d'inscription seront disponibles environ trois semaines avant le concours.)

Saturday, February 23rd. Le français des relations professionnelles workshop: This short course is for adults who would like to become proficient in the modes of communication used when conducting business in French.(Intermediate to advanced levels).Time: 8:30am-10:30am
Location: Alliance Francaise de Milwaukee
Cost: $45.00 for non-members, $39.00 for AF members Please, call to pre-register: 414/964-3855. Thursday February 28, Milwaukee. First annual Franco-Belgian Networking event at the Univerisity of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, from 5:30 -8 PM. This event is co-hosted by the French American Chamber of Commerce - Chicago Chapter and the Belgian Business Club of Chicago, and sponsored by UWM. Cost is $20 per person, refeshments included compliments of Jacques' Cafe in Milwaukee and Michel Picard wine c/o Brown Foreman Beverages Worldwide in Lake Zurich, IL. Please extend the invitation via email or broadcast fax to your contacts, and note that rsvp's will be taken by Lindsay Smith, Assistant Director, French American Chamber of Commerce - Chicago Chapter at: 312.595.9524 ext.2 or

Cafe Bar Tabac Trocadero
1758 Water Street (North of Brady, near Holton Bridge)
Tel: (414) 272-0205
Open Mon-Fri, 7 AM- 1 AM
Sat, 7 AM- 2 AM
Seats 100
Café Trocadéro will have a kiosque with French and International newspapers and magazines.

For events in Chicago see the web page for the French Consulate in Chicago.

For other francophone events in the Midwest visit the Cultural Services of the French Embassy

Through the month, Milwaukee. Cafe Bar Tabac Trocadero
1758 Water Street (North of Brady, near Holton Bridge)
Tel: (414) 272-0205
Open Mon-Fri, 7 AM- 1 AM
Sat, 7 AM- 2 AM
Seats 100
Café Trocadéro will have a kiosque with French and International newspapers and magazines.

For events in Chicago see the web page for the French Consulate in Chicago.

For other francophone events in the Midwest visit the Cultural Services of the French Embassy

If you have a Wisconsin event with a francophone flavor to anounce, send us the information in advance and we would be pleased to include it in the WFC calendar.


[Cow with fleur de lys spots] Webmaster Ken Fleurant
University of Wisconsin--Green Bay
Green Bay, Wisconsin 54311