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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Alliance Francais presents A Very Naughty Valentine


For couples and singles

Screening of The Realm of the Senses*, directed by Nagisa Oshima

“Baring much more than bodies, Oshima delves deeply into subconscious carnal desires under the influence of society, and the eternal human contradictions between liberating sexual impulses and erotic enslavement.” Newsblaze

Alliance Française of Johannesburg, Saturday 13 February, from 7pm, followed by an initiation to sensuality with Shakti Gardens.

Prepare yourself for a very, very naughty Valentine’s Day! DIBUKA* invites you to the open-air screening of Nagisa Oshima's long-awaited erotic French-Japanese masterpiece, The Realm of the Senses*, at the Alliance Française of Johannesburg.

Thirty four years after its production and still censored in Japan, Nagisa Oshima's film is still one of the most controversial films to have ever been completed. A graphic portrayal of insatiable sexual desire, Oshima's film, set in 1936 and based on a true incident depicts a man and a woman consumed by a transcendent, destructive love while living in an era of ever escalating imperialism and governmental control. Less a work of pornography than of politics, the Realm of the Senses is a brave, taboo-breaking milestone. Widely banned when it was first released, the Realm of the Senses was seen by few viewers during its initial theatrical run. So don’t miss the chance to see it!

During this naughty Valentine's Day, a picnic Love Basket will be available for sale, for couples and singles wishing to indulge in the best French cuisine that will induce orgasmic flavours even in the most jaded of palates.

After the screening, Shakti Gardens, a sanctuary dedicated to sensuality will make you surrender into a complete sensory experience, and offers you an initiation to tantric sensual healing massage.

How singles can be comfortable in such an event? Mrs Serena will organise for you a fast dating that may allow you to find the love of your life!

And as if it wasn’t enough, DJ Ben Montrésor will make you lose your mind with his sexy music selection.

But when midnight strikes, time to move to the MOLOKO or the LATINOVA! Half price coupons will be available at the Alliance Française of Johannesburg on the night of the event.

So bring along your favourite picnic blanket, put on your sexiest dancing shoes, and join us for a night full of surprise under the Jozi dazzling night sky!

*Contains highly explicit content, recommended for adult audiences

*DIBUKA, the result of a partnership between the French Embassy in South Africa, the French Institute of South Africa and the Alliance Française of Johannesburg, is a multi-media library and information centre focusing on France and contemporary francophone culture. Through its multimedia collections, it offers an access to francophone news, and acts as a resource hub for all learners and educators of the French Language. (

For more information and/or media queries please contact

Emilie Demon: 0730750352/ 0116461115