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Bonne année!

I hope that you had an excellent holiday season surrounded by family and friends. And now for new beginnings. Bonne année!
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The Benjamin Franklin Travel Grant call for applicants is NOW OPEN !

The Benjamin Franklin Travel Grant call for applicants is NOW OPEN ! Complete applications must be submitted by March 13th 2015, 12pm (EST)
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The French Social Sciences and Humanities in Translation

In 2014, the Institut Français commissioned a study on the international circulation of works in the social sciences translated from the French. Centered on the importation of French authors into the markets of three countries—the United States, the United Kingdom, and Argentina—the study analyzes trends in, and obstacles to, translation, and provides recommendations to increase translations in the humanities.
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Guys Like Me

Dominique Fabre, born in Paris and a lifelong resident of the city, exposes the shadowy, anonymous lives of many who inhabit the French capital in a quiet, subdued tale. Set in palpably real Paris streets that feel miles away from the City of Light, "Guys Like Me" is a stirring novel of regret and absence, yet not without a glimmer of hope.
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There Are Two Sexes: Essays in Feminology

"Two Sexes" introduces to English-speaking readers the French psychoanalyst Antoinette Fouque, who cofounded the "Mouvement de Libération des Femmes" (MLF) in France in 1968. An invaluable title to understand how this intellectual and political puzzle was formed by what was called "French Feminism" some decades ago.
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Charlie Hebdo in the US

Over the past few days we have received many inquiries regarding this week's edition of the satirical paper Charlie Hebdo and where to purchase it in the US.

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authors on tour

Boubacar Boris Diop

April 27 - May 12, 2015
US

Born in 1946 in Dakar, Senegalese novelist, journalist and essayist Boubacar Boris Diop has established himself today as one of the most prominent contemporary francophone African writers.

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Circa 1914: The Parisian Avant-Gardes in the Wake of the Great War

January 29th, 2015 | 7 PM
Maison Française of NYU
On the occasion of Ara H. Merjian’s new volume, "Giorgio de Chirico and the Metaphysical City: Nietzsche, Modernism, Paris", three art historians will discuss the avant-gardes in Paris in the wake of the Great War, centering in particular on that lightning rod of modernist experimentation, Guillaume Apollinaire.
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On Translation - Speeches from the 2014 French Voices Ceremony

The French Voices Grand Prize Winner for 2014, translator Pascale-Anne Brault and Fordham University press for Barbara Cassin's "La Nostalgie", and Honorary Chair for the French Voices Ceremony Rick Moody kindly agreed on this occasion to share with us their thoughts on Cassin's book, but also more broadly, on the virtues of translation. Check here their speeches!
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French Books USA: Week In Review

Finalists and prize winners have been announced for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Prix Version Femina and the Angoulême Grand Prix. Plus, a list of 2014's top-selling authors of novels in France, and a new study on e-books in France.
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The French Social Sciences and Humanities in Translation

In 2014, the Institut Français commissioned a study on the international circulation of works in the social sciences translated from the French. Centered on the importation of French authors into the markets of three countries—the United States, the United Kingdom, and Argentina—the study analyzes trends in, and obstacles to, translation, and provides recommendations to increase translations in the humanities.
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Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees

The story of Nobel Peace Prize winning environmental and political activist Wangari Maathai is beautifully told by the words of Franck Prévot and the illustrations of Aurélia Fronty, from Maathai's childhood to the political fight of the movement she initiated — the Green Belt Movement. A standout tribute to Maathai’s perseverance and hard-won successes.

music

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Magma to Tour North America

Magma, a legendary band who weaves unique guitar lines around songs of ancient and apocalyptic tales sung in an invented language, will tour North America in April.
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Guitarist Thibault Cauvin on North American Tour

A French classical guitarist with international acclaim, Thibault Cauvin will tour North America in March and February to promote his latest album on Sony, 'The Albeniz Journey'
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Alexandre Desplat Nominated Twice for Soundtrack Oscar

Prolific French soundtrack composer Alexandre Desplat has done something rare - he competes against himself in 2015 at the Oscars for best film score.
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New Dirtyphonics EP and Tour Dates

The French "metal meets dnb" group will open for Steve Aoki on several dates as they tour to promote their latest EP via Dim Mak Records.
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Étienne de Crécy Releases Album, Announces Tour Dates

French Touch pioneer Étienne de Crécy is back with his first album in ten years and a North American tour to promote it.
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Ibeyi on Tour in North America

Recently signed to XL Recordings, Ibeyi are a French-Cuban twin sisters duo set to take North American stages in spring, promoting their new, self-titled debut.

Visual & Performing Arts

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Matt Bollinger: Reading Room

November 28, 2014 - January 30, 2015
Galerie Zürcher
Interested in books as a gateway to a parallel world that generates associations, Matt Bollinger presents the exhibition Reading Room. The two mural-scale works feature images of libraries, abandoned and ruined, left to the elements, and, in the case of Reading Room, collapsed. This seems to suggest to Bollinger himself, "that the potential for me to rediscover these worlds has an expiration date."
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Paris Match: Henri Samuel and the Artists He Commissioned, 1968-1977

November 7, 2014 - January 31, 2015
Demisch Danant Gallery
Beginning November 7, 2014, Demisch Danant Gallery will present Paris Match: Henri Samuel and the Artists He Commissioned, 1968-1977, an exhibition exploring the legendary decorator and international tastemaker’s unique engagement with French fine artists through the furniture and functional objects he commissioned in the 1970s from such figures as César, Francois Arnal, Philippe Hiquily, Guy de Rougemont, and Diego Giacometti.
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Robert Combas at Outsider Art Fair 2015

January 29 - February 1, 2015
Center 548
On the occasion of Outsider Art Fair 2015 that will take place in New York from January 29th to February 1st, 2015, the French gallerist Hervé Perdriolle will present Robert Combas's works.
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At the same time we were pointing a finger at you, we realized we were pointing three at ourselves...

January 24 - February 1, 2015
Peak Performances
South African choreographer Robyn Orlin returns to Peak Performances with the U.S. Premiere At the same time we were pointing a finger at you, we realized we were pointing three at ourselves...
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DANCE ON CAMERA: Robot by Bianca Li

February 2, 2015
Lincoln Center Film Society - Francesca Beale Theater
This radical vision from choreographer/director Blanca Li involves eight dancers whose extraordinary flexibility and expressivity are demonstrated as they explore the relationship between humans and machines.
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The 43rd edition of Dance on camera and Q&A with director Louis Wallecan

01/31/2015
WALTER READE THEATER
Dancing is living : Benjamin Millepied Directed by Louis Wallecan | 2014 Run Time: 57 Language : French and English with english subtitles This engaging documentary chronicles Benjamin Millepied (choreographer of Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan), the newly appointed director of the Paris Opera Ballet and founder of L.A. Dance Project, as a globe-trotting ambassador for dance: in rehearsal with his company in L.A., hanging out with Lil Buck, and sharing his ideas about life and dance. Screening with: Little Opera Louis Wallecan, France, 2012, HDCAM, 53m Italian, French, and English with English subtitles An intimate look at the historical and cultural roots of the Italian and American kinships with grand opera, featuring profiles of numerous notable figures, from renowned tenor Roberto Alagna to legendary Amato Opera Theatre founder Tony Amato. With the generous support from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York.

Film, TV & New Media

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Screening of Anna by director Pierre Koralnik

01/24/2015
Spectacle Theater
Originally made as the first color for French TV, Anna Karina stars as a shy artist who is unknowngly photographed one day and soon becomes the obsession of an advertising (played by French New Wave starwart Jean-Claude Brialy). He plasters her image up all over town in attempt to discover the mystery girl, whom he doesn't seem to notice is the same girl that he keeps bumping into whose wearing those nerdy-chic glasses...
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French Classics of the 1930s-40s at Anthology Film Archives

Jan23 - Feb 2, 2015
Anthology Film Archives
Join Anthology Film Archives for the French Classics of the 1930s-40s series from Friday, January 23rd, trought Monday, February 2nd, 2015.
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The 43rd edition of Dance on camera and Q&A with director Louis Wallecan

01/31/2015
WALTER READE THEATER
Dancing is living : Benjamin Millepied Directed by Louis Wallecan | 2014 Run Time: 57 Language : French and English with english subtitles This engaging documentary chronicles Benjamin Millepied (choreographer of Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan), the newly appointed director of the Paris Opera Ballet and founder of L.A. Dance Project, as a globe-trotting ambassador for dance: in rehearsal with his company in L.A., hanging out with Lil Buck, and sharing his ideas about life and dance. Screening with: Little Opera Louis Wallecan, France, 2012, HDCAM, 53m Italian, French, and English with English subtitles An intimate look at the historical and cultural roots of the Italian and American kinships with grand opera, featuring profiles of numerous notable figures, from renowned tenor Roberto Alagna to legendary Amato Opera Theatre founder Tony Amato. With the generous support from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York.
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Frames of war : screening of Babylon and discussion with the co-director Youssef Chebbi

02/07/2015
Momenta Art
Between the Ras Jdir check-point separating Tunisia and Libya, and the town of Ben Guerdanne, there isn’t much except open countryside. During spring 2011, more than a million refugees of various nationalities and languages flocked to Tunisia, fleeing escalating combats in Libya between revolutionaries and pro-Gaddafi forces. Only a few weeks after the Tunisian revolution, a temporary town had to be built in the south of the country in order to accommodate the refugees as quickly as possible. The film tells the life and death of a Babylon
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7 Oscars Nominations for France

France is nominated in 7 categories for the 2015 oscars.
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Release of French Series Maison Close, Season 1

Set in a lavish 19th century Parisian bordello, the edgy, provocative and ratings-busting Canal Plus+ Series arrives in the U.S. on February 10 available on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD (on iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, YouTube and Google Play).
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