Winter Edito

In 2017, we wish to renew our commitment to a spirit of openness, transatlantic cooperation, and intellectual rigor across all of our programs.

Oscar Nominations for French Films!

The official Oscar nominations were announced Tuesday, January 24th. French and French Language films represent six categories, with eight total nominations!
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Jean Renoir: A Biography

Originally published in France in 2012, Pascal Mérigeau’s definitive biography of legendary film director Jean Renoir is a landmark work—a study of one of the most fascinating and creative artistic figures of the twentieth century.
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Lost Profiles Memoirs of Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism

Poet Alan Bernheimer provides a long overdue English translation of this French literary classic—Lost Profiles is a retrospective of a crucia
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Glenn Gould: A Life Off Tempo

This graphic novel biography seeks to understand the eccentric personality behind the child genius who became a worldwide superstar of classical music remembered for, among others, his almost revolutionary interpretations of Bach.


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Harvest of Skulls

In 1994, the akazu, Rwandan’s political elite, planned the genocidal mass slaughter of 500,000 to 1,000,000 Tutsi and Hutu who lived in the country.

Talk with Catherine Cusset

FEB 28, 2017 | 7pm - 9pm
Alliance Française of Westchester

Catherine Cusset, the author of a dozen of acclaimed novels including 2008 award-winning ''Un brillant Avenir'' (Gallimard, 2008) and ''L'autre qu'on adorait" (Gallimard, 2016), shortlisted for the 2016 Goncourt and Renaudot, give


French Books USA: Week in Review

Édouard Louis’s ‘The End of Eddy Bellegueule’ featured in The Guardian, Joyce Zonana receives a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant, The passing of Tzvetan Todorov, A walk around Paris, with Shakespeare and Company’s owner

California Dreaming at Turn of the Corkscrew

MARCH 10, 2017 | 7pm
Turn of the Corkscrew Books and Wine

Turn of the Corkscrew Books and Wine hosts the french comics author Pénélope Bagieu on March 10 for a talk about her lastest comic book, California Dreamin’: Cass Elliot Before the Mamas and the Papas


I'm Drawn This Way: Cartoonists on Cartooning - Pénélope Bagieu at Strand

MARCH 13, 2017 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Strand Book Store

I'm Drawn This Way: Cartoonists on Cartooning

Join Strand Books Store for a conversation about how these diverse cartoonists draw their lives and those of other women, taking risks in their art and stor

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California Dreamin'

Before she became the legendary Mama Cass—one quarter of the mega-huge folk group The Mamas and the Papas—Cass Eliot was a girl from Baltimore trying to make it in the big city.



Ballake Sissoko and Vincent Segal at FIAF and on Tour

March 3, 2017 | 8PM
Florence Gould Hall (FIAF)
When Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Ségal released their first collaborative album, Chamber Music, they caught the music world by surprise. Everything about this duo was unexpected: the Malian master of the kora; the French cellist with the unlikely background in trip-hop; and the elegant, soulful music they made together.

Démos: Philharmonie de Paris enlarges access to culture

Launched in 2010 by the Philharmonie of Paris, DEMOS is an initiative aiming to give access to musical and orchestral education to children coming from rural and low-income communities.

Marie-Jo Thério in Concert

March 8, 2017 | 7PM
Lycée Français de New York (LFNY)
Lycée Français de New York presents music from Quebec with this concert of Marie-Jo Thério in March 2017.

CharlElie Couture to Perform in California

CharlElie Couture has not only made a name for himself as a talented singer/songwriter, he has also established an excellent reputation as a painter, photographer and producer. He will be joined by Karim Attoumane (guitar) and Blake Miller (accordion, banjo and violin) to perform new songs as well as his classic hits in a set of two-night engagements in Los Angeles at the Raymond Kabbaz Theatre on March 24th and 25th and the 26th and 27th at the Lycée Français de San Francisco.

Paris Combo on Tour

Paris Combo will perform across North America in February, beginning on the 11th in Arizona and continuing through the 25th near Boston. Along the way, the group will stop through City Winery venues in Chicago and New York (the 19th and 21st respectively), among other dates.

Franck Vigroux in Collaboration with Antoine Schmitt and Kurt D'Haeseleer

Tempest is a live audio and video performance by Franck Vigroux in collaboration with Antoine Schmitt. Just after the big bang, the universe was completely shapeless, filled with matter and energy, but irregularities were born, which became atoms, suns and planets…Within the primitive soup on Earth, indistinct molecules started to group as bacterias, to become life, animals, humans…Tempest recreates the sound and fury of these original maelstroms within which it searches for the origin of form, it looks for other forms. As an audio and visual performance, Tempest associates the analog instruments of Franck Vigroux with the visual algorithms of Antoine Schmitt, to create a real system-universes of pure chaos, that can be seen in the movements of millions of particles and can be heard through the roaring of air. By manipulating the internal forces of this chaos, the performers give birth to audio and visual shapes that develop in time, with more or less stability, more or less evidence.

Visual & Performing Arts


Kader Attia at Lehmann Maupin

Jan 13 - Mar 4, 2017
Lehmann Maupin Gallery
Lehmann Maupin presents its second solo exhibition for Kader Attia, winner of the the 2016 Prix Marcel Duchamp. This will be the New York debut of Attia’s multimedia video installation, 'Reason’s Oxymorons' (2015), which premiered at the 13th Biennale de Lyon in 2015.

The Centre Pompidou celebrates its 40th anniversary!

Meet Serge Lasvignes, President of the Centre Pompidou, on the occasion of its 40th anniversary.

Black Cowboy at the Studio Museum, Harlem

Nov 17, 2016 - Mar 5, 2017
Studio Museum Harlem
'Black Cowboy' is a group show organized by Amanda Hunt, Associate Curator at the Studio Museum. It includes works by French artist Mohamed Bourouissa.

Talk with Esther da Costa Meyer at the Jewish Museum

Mar 9, 2017
The Jewish Museum
On March 9, 2017, The Jewish Museum invites you to a talk with Esther da Costa Meyer, curator of the exhibition "Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design"

Francis Picabia at MoMA

Nov 21, 2016 - Mar 19, 2017
'Francis Picabia: Our Heads Are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change Direction' is a comprehensive survey of Picabia’s audacious, irreverent, and profoundly influential work across mediums. This is the first exhibition in the United States to chart his entire career.

The Lyon Opera Ballet in New York: March 19, 21 & 23

March 19, 21 and 23
David H. Koch Theater
The Lyon Opera Ballet will interpret Summerspace by Merce Cunningham, as guest company invited by Paul Taylor Dance Company as part of its season at the David H. Koch Theater, on March 19, 21, and 23.

Film, TV & New Media


SPIN Season 1 Available on Walter Presents

New SVOD Service – backed by UK Broadcaster Channel 4 – curates the Foreign Language Drama series, including French TV show SPIN (LES HOMMES DE L'OMBRE).

The Pan African Film Festival

February 9-20, 2017
PAFF collaborates with other festivals from around the world, giving to an audience that is truly international. Not only is it the largest and most prestigious black film festival in America but PAFF-LA is the largest Black History Month event in the US during the month of February. PAFF is the quintessential Black festival.

Oscar Nominations for French Films!

The official Oscar nominations were announced Tuesday, January 24th. French and French Language films represent six categories, with eight total nominations!

List of Animated TV Series Available for Kids on VOD platforms

Here is a list of some of the best animated TV series available for kids on VOD platforms in the U.S. From famous Heidi, Zorro and Yakari to new characters SamSam and Inami, you’ll find something for all ages!

List of French T.V. Series Available on VOD Platforms

The Film Department has prepared a list of some of the best French TV series available on VOD platforms as Amazon, Hulu and Netflix. With themes like sex (BORGIA, MAISON CLOSE and VERSAILLES), murder, suspense (BRAQUO, THE BUREAU and WITNESSES), humor (CALL MY AGENT), and art, they are definitely worth a watch!


With the generous support of the French Embassy, the College of Staten Island offered scholarships to eight City University of New York students allowing them study abroad. Travelling with their professor in July 2016, the students (six from the College of Staten Island and two from the Graduate Center) became filmmakers in the city of Tours. As a group, they brought with them a wide range of interests in the arts—filmmaking, photography, theater, animation, and writing. With these talents, the students created a short film, L’ÉTÉ EN SUSPENS (A SUMMER PAUSED).
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