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In a time marked by tragedy, culture continues to draw us together and open our minds to the world, to its diversity and nuance, and sow seeds of mutual understanding.
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France, Story of a Childhood

This moving tale of imprisonment and escape, persecution and loss, is narrated by the daughter of an alleged Harki, an Algerian soldier who fought for the French during the Algerian War for Independence. It was the fate of such men to be twice exiled, first in their homeland after the war, and later in France, where fleeing Harki families sought refuge but instead faced contempt, discrimination, and exclusion.
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Infidels

Set in Salé, Morocco—the hometown Abdellah Taïa fled, but to which he returns again and again in his acclaimed fiction and films—Infidels follows the life of Jallal, the son of a
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Mr. Hulot at the Beach

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Sandtown Murals

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy is pleased to present the project Sandtown Murals led in partnership with CrossCurrents Foundation.
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Transatlantic Friendship & Mobility Initiative: Second Bilateral Seminar Held in Paris

The Transatlantic Friendship and Mobility Intitiative, a joint declaration made on May 13, 2014 by the U.S.

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France, Story of a Childhood

This moving tale of imprisonment and escape, persecution and loss, is narrated by the daughter of an alleged Harki, an Algerian soldier who fought for the French during the Algerian War for Independence. It was the fate of such men to be twice exiled, first in their homeland after the war, and later in France, where fleeing Harki families sought refuge but instead faced contempt, discrimination, and exclusion.
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Sweating Blood

First published in French in 1893, “Sweating Blood” describes the atrocities of war in thirty tales of horror and inhumanity from the pen of the “Pilgrim of the Absolute”, Léon Bloy. Writing with blood, sweat, tears, and moral outrage, Bloy drew from anecdotes, news reports, and his own experiences as a franc-tireur to compose a fragmented depiction of the 1870 Franco-Prussian war, told with equal measures of hatred and pathos, and alternating between cutting detail and muted anguish.
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Charlotte

The gorgeous, haunting, and ultimately redemptive bestselling French novel, recounting the tragic life of artistic visionary Charlotte Salomon, who died in Nazi gas chambers at the age of 26.
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Happy People Read and Drink Coffee

The international phenomenon described as Under the Tuscan Sun set in Ireland, about a recent widow who moves to the Irish coast and begins a tumultuous but ultimately healing relationship with her neighbor, a brooding Irish photographer.
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Constellation

This best-selling debut novel from one of France’s most exciting young writers is based on the true story of the 1949 disappearance of Air France’s Lockheed Constellation and its famous passengers.
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Agatha: The Real Life of Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie: a life of mystery, invention and adventure ” The life of Agatha Christie was as mysterious and eventful as her fiction. This insightful, surprising and definitive graphic novel traces the life of the Queen of the Whodunit from her childhood in Torquay, through a career filled with success, drama and adventure, to her later years as “Dame Agatha”. Revealing a side to Christie that will startle and delight many readers, "Agatha" introduces us to a free-spirited and thoroughly modern woman who, among other things, enjoyed flying, travel and surfing. Centring around an episode in 1926 when Christie staged her own disappearance, "Agatha" is a fast-paced, intriguing and enlightening exploration of the twentieth century’s best-loved crime novelist.

music

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The Phillips Camerata, 75th Anniversary Celebration Event

May 29, 2016 | 4:00 pm
The Phillips Collection
The Phillips Collection presents The Phillips Camerata, 75th Anniversary Celebration Event with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
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Les Petits Chanteurs de Strasbourg in the US

Les Petits Chanteurs de Strasbourg - Master of the Opéra national du Rhin were created in 2001 by Philippe Utard. The choir is comprised of children, it exports the picture of youth and excellence of the Opera House, the city of Strasbourg and Alsace throughout Europe during concerts. Since 2009, they are part of the musical organization of the Opéra national du Rhin. The choir admits singers aged from 7 to 18 years after an entrance audition. These children come from diverse backgrounds without solfegic training, provided they are motivated and have a healthy voice for a thorough job. They will be performing a tour of the United States that notably includes a concert at Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York on April 12th
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Les Arts Florissants in the United States

Celebrated conductor William Christie and his acclaimed early-music ensemble Les Arts Florissants explore the hedonistic side of the French Baroque with the rarely staged opéra-ballet Les Fêtes Vénitiennes, by André Campra (1660-1744), famed successor to composer Jean-Baptiste Lully. Gamblers, carnies, gypsies, and jilted lovers—baring lots of leg via scanty updates on period dress—populate a series of stories in this crimson-hued carnival of courtly music, dance from Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, and Venetian decadence, originally conceived in the anti-authoritarian ferment surrounding the Sun King Louis XIV’s final days. Play-within-a-play plot devices, melodies borrowed from Lully’s opera Atys, gliding gondolas, and dancing sheep round out Campra’s whimsical nod to French libertinism. They will perform in New York at the Guggenheim on April 11th and the Brooklyn Academy of Music from April 14th through 17th, as well as select dates around the country.
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Open Call For Applications: French American Jazz Exchange (FAJE)

The guidelines and online application for the next grant round of the French-American Jazz Exchange (FAJE) program are now available. Co-administered by FACE Foundation (French-American Cultural Exchange) and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, FAJE supports projects jointly conceived by French and American professional musicians that encourage artistic exploration, foster intercultural dialogue and contribute to the dynamism of jazz as an art form.
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Caravan Palace Announces Tour

Parisian 7 piece electronic big band Caravan Palace is set to tour the U.S. this spring in support of their critically acclaimed third full-length album, <|°_°|>, out now on Le Plan Recordings. See below for a full list of dates.Since its release, <|°_°|> has received extensive critical praise. In premiering the record, KCRW noted that “this new album keeps the good times coming, with a potent mix of fun-loving genre mashups.” Host Marco Werman of PRI’s “The World” commented on air, “you can see my body moving, because…it is!” and PopMatters named the album the “#2 Pop Record of 2015.” The record also saw chart success, reaching #3 on Billboard’s Electronic/Dance Album chart and #5 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart; it has remained on the Billboard Electronic/Dance chart for over 20 weeks.
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Asaf Avidan on Tour

International creative force Asaf Avidan is a unique voice in today’s music scene. A bestselling, Platinum certified, mass followed star across Europe, he will be winning the hearts of a new audience this April on a nationwide US tour. Living all over the world, Avidan left the continent of America untrodden until just two years ago, and so was less known state side. Once introduced, he quickly garnered the attention of critics. Described by the New York Times as “an artist that writes like Leonard Cohen, sings like Robert Plant, and has the charisma of a cabaret performer” and NPR drawing comparisons to Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin, and Bob Dylan “but they add up to a wholly original sound, with songs that are beautifully written and fervently performed”, Avidan is set to continue building his following across America with the upcoming tour dates.

Visual & Performing Arts

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Paysage Exposé, Paysage figurant

May 6, 2016 | 6:00 p.m
Cross MacKenzie Gallery
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy announces the exhibition "Paysage Exposé, Paysage figurant" by Cuban-born French artist Rafael Torres Correa, presented at Cross MacKenzie Gallery.
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Wajdi Mouawad: New Director of Théâtre national de la Colline

In April 2016, playwright, actor, and director Wajdi Mouawad was appointed director of the Théâtre national de la Colline in Paris.
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Designers Screenings: Part 1 at MAD Museum

May 13, 2016 | 7 PM
The Museum of Arts and Design
As part of the citywide festival NYCxDesign, MAD has invited design theorist Alexandra Midal to guest curate a two part cinema program titled Designers Screenings, on May 13 and 20, 2016.
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Sandtown Murals

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy is pleased to present the project Sandtown Murals led in partnership with CrossCurrents Foundation.
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Camus: A Stranger in the City

March 26-April 19, 2016

This spring marks the 70th anniversary of Camus’s one and only trip to the United States.

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Interview with Pascal Yonet, Director of the Rural Art Center Vent Des Forêts

Pascal Yonet has been the head of the the Association Vent des Forêts in the département of La Meuse since 2008, a rural contemporary art space dedicated to research and artistic production in forest and agricultural territories. A philosopher by training, he served as a freelance editor and since 2011, as deputy director of the Centre national de l’édition et de l’art imprimé (Cneai – Chatou).

Film, TV & New Media

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Victory in Europe Day : premiere screening of AFTER HITLER

Thursday, May 5, 2016
Embassy of France
On May 5, at 7 pm, the Embassy of France in the United States, in partnership with France 2 and Cineteve, is proud to present the premiere screening of "After Hitler" to commemorate the Victory in Europe Day.
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European Month of Culture: Mustang & Sandtown Project

May 4, 2016 | 7:00 p.m.
Embassy of France
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy presents the 2015 film Mustang by Deniz Gamze Ergüven and 2016 documentary Sandtown Project by Francescu Artily, as part of the European Month of Culture.
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Screening: BAND OF OUTSIDERS (BANDE À PART)

05/05/2016
Cinefamily
An earnest tribute to crime cinema told via the idiosyncrasies of three young Parisians, BAND OF OUTSIDERS sketches a naïve love triangle’s inexorable march to destruction.
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Sandtown Murals

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy is pleased to present the project Sandtown Murals led in partnership with CrossCurrents Foundation.
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French Films Extravaganza

Back by popular demand! Under The Milky Way will again be offering a collection of 50 French films at discounted prices for the month of May.
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The French Cinémathèque at the Avalon Theatre Presents: The Great Man

May 18, 2016 | 8:00 p.m.
Avalon Theater
The monthly French Cinémathèque series at the Avalon Theatre, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, presents the screening of the 2015 film The Great Man by Sarah Leonor.
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