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Fall Edito 2018

Masha Gessen at Albertine Books, 2018 ©Beowulf Sheehan.

As the cool breezes of autumn return to wipe away the heat of summer, we, too, return to our fall programming.

The Rentrée Littéraire will kick off with tours from several highly acclaimed French authors: Léonora Miano will visit Illinois, Colorado, California, and Washington D.C. as she promotes her book Season of the Shadow; Gaël Faye will go to Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and New York as he presents Small Country; and Éric Vuillard will be in New York, Washington D.C., Massachusetts, Illinois, Mississippi, and California to talk about The Order of the Day, winner of the 2017 Prix Goncourt; Edouard Louis will be in California for the promotion of his lastest book, History of Violence

The fall season also brings with it the return of the Festival Albertine, in its fifth edition, curated by Russian-American journalist and author Masha Gessen. Guest panelists will consider the future of democracy through a series of six talks on subjects ranging from "A Post-Work World" to "Beyond States and Boarders" and "Redefining Normality and Disease" with guest panelists such as Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, performance artist Phia Ménard, and drag queen and visual artist Sasha Velour. All festival events are free and available via livestream here.

For the cinephiles among you, the 56th annual New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center begins on September 28th, and will screen 15 French films as part of its showcase of the best international cinema. Actors and directors like Claire Denis, Christophe Honoré, Vincent Lacoste, and Olivier Assayas will make the trip to New York to accompany their films. In October, Jeanne Balibar, who will be honored as part of the Crossing the Line festival, will meet the New York public and present her films at FIAF. Finally, starting November 6th, Columbia University’s Maison française will present a special program entitled “Blackness in French Cinéma,” which will welcome several young French directors, including Amandine Gay and Alice Diop.

Further south, Miami’s Films on the Beach series will begin in November. Revolving around the theme of the five senses, the program will screen films including Jacques Audiard’s Read My Lips (2001), Marcel Carné’s Children of Paradise (1945), and Agnès Varda’s Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962). Finally, the director and visual artist Marie Loisier, a longtime New Yorker, will return in November for a retrospective of her eccentric and joyous films at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

Music-lovers will not be left out either: several tours, which have been initiated as part of the program FAJE (French American Jazz Exchange), will take place in October and November. Abu Sadiya will come to New York and Washington at the end of October, and Thiefs—with Keith Witty, Chistophe Panzani, and David Frazier Jr.—will be in Seattle in October and New York in November. More information can be found here.

From November 6-13, nine French startups in the cultural and creative industries will participate in the new edition of Le Créative Lab North America. This year, the startups will experience the lively professional market of New York City as well as the burgeoning AI hub of Montréal.

A number of other events will be taking place across the country. You can find them on our website in the sections listed here: visual artstheater artsbooks and ideasmusicfilm-TV and new-mediakids and familiesFrench language, and higher education, as well as on Albertine’s website.

I wish you all a wonderful fall season!

Hervé Ferrage
Deputy Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy in the United States