October 2014

Showcasing its mission as a space for French-American intellectual exchange, Albertine, the new reading room and bookshop in the French Embassy, will soon host to a six-day free festival featuring leading French and American thinkers and artists. Among the distinguished speakers will be Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, filmmaker Olivier Assayas, author Mary Gaitskill, screenwriter, author, and film director Emmanuel Carrère, graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi, Nobel Prize-winning mathematician John Nash, and Fields Medal-winning mathematician Cédric Villani.

French Dual Language Programs in the U.S.

2015 Trends and Supports on French Immersion and Bilingual Education. A Report of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy to the United States.

Exclusive Patrick Bruel Interview and Ticket Giveaway

One of France's most important stars of the 90s, Patrick Bruel announces a US tour for October and November.

Poe, Poetry, and the Marquis de Sade

Novelist and nonfiction author John Galbraith Simmons tells us about his translation of the long neglected uncannily philosophical novel by Marquis de Sade, Aline and Valcour.
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The Critique of Everyday Life: The One-Volume Edition

Henri Lefebvre's classic analysis of daily life under capitalism in one complete volume

Wébinaires pédagogiques

Wébinaire n°5 : jeudi 15 mai 2014 de 15h30 à 17h00 (Eastern Time) Formateur du CLA : Evelyne BÉRARD Thème proposé : « Enseigner avec l'image et la vidéo en classe de FLE ». Comment intégrer les images fixes et animées dans ses pratiques de classe ?


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The Bloody Hand

A masterpiece of French war literature, complete and unabridged for the first time in English.
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The Strange Death of Sullivan Chance

Part mystery, part adventure, part satire, this audacious novel unravels the tale of Sullivan Chance, a hick picked by a scheming TV producer to be the star of a new reality show (Roaring Forties Press, November 2014).
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Full Speed Ahead! How Fast Things Go

Did you know a tornado travels faster than a racecar? The vintage-style illustrations by Cruschiform directly compare the speeds of animals, modes of transport and forces of nature in a clear and visually-striking album format for children (Abrams & Chronicle Books, November 2014).
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Birth of a Bridge

From one of the most exciting novelists writing in France today, comes Birth of a Bridge, the story of a handful of men and women of various backgrounds and classes, who assemble around the construction of a giant suspension bridge in Coca, a fictional city somewhere in a mythical and fantastic California.
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Promises to Keep - A Novel

The second book of "Love In Provence" series has just come out! Falling in love with the south of France was no surprise to Katherine. Choosing to walk away from her past and start over was completely unexpected. A new country, a new lover, and the promise of a bright future beginning in mid-life … who knew? It was all so perfect, until it wasn’t.

"Liberté et destin", a conference with Pascal Bruckner

Nov 6, 2014 | 7 PM
La Maison française of New York University
A conference in French with Pascal Bruckner, French philosopher, novelist, and essayist, about "Liberty and Destiny", from the philosophy of the ancient Greeks and Romans to our today's reality.



The piano sounds of Jonas Vitaud

November 2, 2014 | 4:00 p.m.
The Phillips Collection

The Cultural Service of the Embassy of France is delighted to announce that French pianist Jonas Vitaud will accompany Korean-born soprano Sumi Hwang for a concert at The Phillips Collection on


Angélique Kidjo With Very Special Guests at Carnegie Hall

Nov 5, 2014 | 8 PM
Carnegie Hall
Famed world musician Angélique Kidjo will perform a tribute to South African music legend and political activist Miriam Makeba at Carnegia Hall.

Patrick Bruel in concert

November 5, 2014 | 8:00 p.m.
Warner Theater

With 30 years of career, more than 14 million albums sold, many Victoires de la Musique won, around fifty movies, a nomination at the French ceremony Les Césars for Best Actor Performance, a Gold Swan for Best Actor at Cabourg’s


The second edition of FUSION presents: Adam Laloum in concert

October 24 and 26, 2014
Embassy of France

French pianist Adam Laloum is the feature artist in the second edition of FUSION.


France Rocks October Playlist: Halloween

A monthly feature, the France Rocks Playlist in October features a spooky slew of songs from French-produced musicians, old and new.

Visual & Performing Arts


Henri Matisse, The Cut-Outs: An Interview with MoMA Curators

Interview with Karl Buchberg, Senior Conservator, and Jodi Hauptman, Senior Curator, with Samantha Friedman, Assistant Curator, on "Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs" an upcoming exhibition opening at the MoMA October 12 2014.

Divinités noires - a photography exhibition by Dany Leriche and Jean Michel Fickinger

November 13 - December 12, 2014
Embassy of France

The Cultural Service of the Embassy of France, in partnership with the photography festival, FotoWeek DC, presents Divinités noires, a photography exhibition by


Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain Celebrates 30 Years

This year the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain will celebrate its thirtieth anniversary with a series of exhibitions, performances and digital projects, beginning with Vivid Memories, a five month long rotating exhibition looking back acr

Ultraviolet (Grenoble, FR 1935 – New York, NY 2014)

The French-American artist Isabelle Collin Dufresne, better known as Ultraviolet, died on Saturday, June 14th in New York.

Call for Applications Fieldwork: Marfa 2015

Marfa is the joint project of two leading European art academies, Les Beaux-Arts de Nantes and HEAD – Genève (Geneva University of Art and Design). This international researcher-in-residence program is dedicated to the practice of art in public space, critical approaches to landscape and borders and artistic projects based on field investigation methods.

Special Mention for Jean Louis Cohen at International Architecture Exhibition in Venice

The 14th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale opened last week. During the opening ceremonies, awards were given out by the exhibition jury for the most noteworthy contributions to this year's festival. France's pavillion, Modernity: promise of menace?, curated by Jean Louis Cohen, received one of three "Special Mentions," along with Canada and Russia.

Film, TV & New Media


19th Annual Arabian Sights Film Festival

November 7, 2014 | 6:30 p.m.
Embassy of France

The Cultural Service of the Embassy of France is partner of the 19th edition of the Arabian Sights Film FestivalOn November 7th, a double-feature cinematic evening will be p


Abderrahmane Sissako Won Best Director Award at the 50 Edition of Chicago International Film Festival

Director Abderrahmane Sissako won few days ago the Silver Hugo grand prize for best director for his film Timbuktu, at the 50th Chicago International Film Festival.

Lyon Lumière Festival’s Classic Film Market: Cohen Media Group ink bought 8 French films to Gaumont

For the occasion of the second edition of Lyon Lumière Festival’s Classic Film Market, Cohen Film Collection has acquired North American rights to eight films from Gaumont.

13 French films and co-productions in the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award 2015 Selection

French cinema will be well represented at the 87th Academy Awards next February 22nd, with 2 French films and 11 French co-productions out of the 76 features which are running the Oscar race.

A special documentary at the Embassy of France

November 11, 2014 | 6:00 p.m.
Embassy of France

On November 11, Armistice Day, the first two episodes of the new documentary series Apocalypse: World War One, will be presented by the Embassy of France.


TV5MONDE launches first HD package in the US

TV5MONDE USA has significantly expanded its relationship with Charter Communications, resulting in the recent launch of two channels ̶ TiVi5MONDE Kids and TV5MONDE Info. Charter customers in select markets will now have access to three HD channels offering high quality French language programming.
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