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  • Film Screening & Talk [IN-PERSON], 10/26-27

    SCREENING: Beauty and the Beast (1946 film) by Jean Cocteau

    Thursday 26th October 2023 — 7:00pm to 9:00pm

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    Beauty and the Beast

    France, 1946 | 93 minutes | Black & White | in French with English subtitles

    Jean Cocteau’s sublime adaptation of Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s fairy-tale masterpiece—in which the pure love of a beautiful girl melts the heart of a feral but gentle beast—is a landmark of motion picture fantasy, with unforgettably romantic performances by Jean Marais and Josette Day. The spectacular visions of enchantment, desire, and death in Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bête) have become timeless icons of cinematic wonder. (The Criterion Collection)

    Join us for a screening of this beautiful French classic by French poet and filmmaker Jean Cocteau. The screening will last for an hour and a half and will be followed by a glass of wine and a light reception.

    DISCUSSION: Beauty and the Beast, Diary of a Film by Jean Cocteau

    Friday 27th October 2023 — 7:00pm to 8:00pm

    The next day, October 27th at 7:00 pm, don't miss a discussion about the film and Jean Cocteau's diary, which he kept while making the film and which was published as Journal D'Un Film / Diary of a Film. NYC-based film expert and translator Nicholas Elliott will join us to discuss his new English translation. Sign up here.

    Tickets for the discussion

    Apply code AFDC2142 for a free entrance to the discussion if you sign up for a film screening the day before.

  • Celebrate Proust with AFDC, 11/01-03

    This year, 2023, marks the 110th anniversary of the publication of the first volume of À la recherche du temps perdu / In Search of Lost Time. In partnership with the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France (Villa Albertine), the AFDC is delighted to bring to you a series of events, celebrating Marcel Proust:

    FILM SCREENING: Time Regained

    Wed, Nov 1, 2023, 7:00 PM


    Tickets: $5 for AFDC members; $10 General Admission

    Description: We invite you to join us at the Embassy of France for a screening of a film by Raul Ruiz, Time Regained (1999, 163 min, in French with English subtitles), in which the director brilliantly manages to "distills all of Marcel Proust’s iconic In Search of Lost Time into a single epic feature."


    PANEL DISCUSSION: Reading Marcel Proust Today

    Thu, Nov 2, 2023, 7:00 PM

    Reception to follow


    Tickets: $5 members of the AFDC; $10 General Admission

    Description: Join us at the Alliance Française of Washington for a Panel Discussion in which we will discuss what it means to read Marcel Proust today and how relevant his works still are these days.


    Marcel Proust Reading Night

    Fri, Nov 3, 2023, 7:00 PM


    Tickets: FREE for AFDC members, $10 General Admission

    Description: Immerse yourself in the universe of Marcel Proust! Join us at the Embassy of France for an evening of reading Proust. Participants will recite their favorite passages from À la recherche du temps perdu / In Search of Lost Time in different languages: French, English, Italian, Turkish, etc.

  • Summer Camps 2023

    Summer Camps 2023

    Summer camps are back in-person from June 26 to August 18. Age 5 to 11. 

    See our Covid Restrictions and policies here.

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  • AFDC Library - Reduced Hours in August

    The AFDC Library will have limited opening hours between August 3 - August 18.

    Please note that the library will be partially closed from August 3 - August 18, as I will be away. The library will have limited opening hours and will be manned by a volunteer or other staff member. Please see the calendar for exact dates and times.

    I apologize for the inconvenience. For any questions, please contact

    Kelsey Hammer | AFDC Director of Library Programs

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