The 2014 Festival de la Francophonie seeks to celebrate the diversity and richness of French language and francophone communities around the world. In this regard, the Cultural Service of the Embassy of France participates in the programming of this year's Festival de la Francophonie with four events that showcase the creativity in French music, literature, film, and cuisine. 

Emmanuelle Riva - Film Retrospective
March 10, 11 and 17 | 7:00 p.m.

The Cultural Service of the Embassy of France, in partnership with the French-American Cultural Foundation, present a retrospective of Emmanuelle Riva, the highly-praised French actress who is perhaps best known for her starring role in Hiroshima mon amour (1959), directed by Alain Resnais and written by Marguerite Duras. 

 

Three films are included in this retrospective: Amour (2012), Liberté, la nuit (1983) and Léon Morin, prêtre (1961), which will be screened in French with English subtitles.

For more information and ticket reservations, please click here

 

La Femme
March 21 | 10:30 p.m.

The title of their debut album comes as no exaggeration: Psycho Tropical Berlin results into a powerful music blend of urban and psychedelic sounds that create a rather unique beat. A band that was born from a spontaneous encounter between two French musicians, Sachat Got (keyboard) and Marlon Magnée (guitarist) with Californian surfers who were looking for the best waves in Biarritz, La Femme currently includes eight members, featuring the vocals of Clémence Quélennec, Jane Peynot and Marilou Chollet. 

As part of the programming of this year's Festival de la Francophonie, the Cultural Service of the Embassy of France presents La Femme in concert. 

The band explains, however, that "the perfect female voice probably doesn’t exist so there are several singers on the album and it fits well with the group name. It suggests that the woman is a mystery." 

Inspired by some vintage elements by Kraftwerk and The Velvet Underground, Psycho Tropical Berlin emerges as a multi-layered production of psychedelia, rock, electro and punk-infused surf.  

“It’s a melting pot of strange, hypnotic and mental moods (Psycho), sunny, positive vibes and beachy surf (Tropical); and cold, binary electro (Berlin),” explains Marlon. “We like to use the name of a town as an adjective or concept; such as Berlin for a cold mood, or London for a weird mood, or L.A. or Frisco for a peaceful mood.

La Femme won the Best Newcomer's Album of the Year award for their album Psycho Tropical Berlin at this year's 29th Les Victoires de la Musique, a ceremony equivalent to the American Music Awards. 

The concert of La Femme at the Embassy of France will leave you pleasantly hypnotized. 

If you want to join us earlier, you can find the program here:

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. --- DJ Elodie Maillot
8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. --- Jomion and the Uklos
9:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. --- DJ Elodie Maillot
10:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. --- La Femme 

For ticket reservations, please click here.

The Art of French Pastry
April 3 | 7:00 p.m.

French cuisine holds a strong tradition of refinement and attention to detail. In this context, Jacquy Pfeiffer, Academic Dean for Academic Affairs at The French School of Pastry in Chicago, will present his book The Art of French Pastry, followed by a conversation with the audience and a tasting of some his delicacies and original creations. 

In addition, Kings of Pastry (2009) will be screened before the book presentation, a film in which Pfeiffer himself is the protagonist. 

For ticket reservations, please click here

Aimé Césaire
April 10 | 7:00 p.m. 

A. James Arnold, professor emeritus at the University of Virginia, will give a presentation of his publication Aimé Césaire - The Original 1939 Notebook of a Return to the Native Land, in its bilingual edition. 

This work serves as an hommage to the life and work of Aimé Césaire, a francophone author, poet and politician from Martinique. His Cahier d'un retour au pays natal is a widely acknowledged masterpiece that documents the colonial condition of the twentieth-century. In this text - as well as in Césaire's polemical essays and poetry - the author analyses the paradox of black identity under French colonial rule. 

Since 1966, Professor Arnold has had an established and fruitful academic career at the University of Virginia. At the Université de Paris he studied at the Institut de Préparation et Perfectionnement des Professeurs de Français à l'Étranger and at the Institut de Phonétique. From 1956-1966 he benefitted from a Fulbright scholarship to finish his doctoral research on Paul Valéry at the Valéryanum de la Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève.

Fifteen years after, the Université de Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle invited him to teach General and Comparative Literature in this prestigious French academic institution. In addition to his studies on Valéry, Professor Arnold has also led research on Sartre, and published under the label of Gallimard an edition of the first text of Caligula by Camus, and with the Harvard University Press, the first English edition of the poetry of Aimé Césaire.  

The film screening of Aimé Césaire: Le Masque des Mots (1987) by Sarah Maldoror will follow the book presentation for Aimé Césaire - The Original 1939 Notebook of a Return to the Native Land, which includes a book signing

For ticket reservations to this free event, please click here

------------------------------------------------------------------------

This programming is part of the 2014 Festival de la Francophonie. For more information, please click here

Embassy of France 4101 Reservoir Road NW Washington, DC 20009

Festival de la Francophonie

When
March 10 - April 10, 2014
Where
Embassy of France
4101 Reservoir Road NW
Washington, DC 20009

The 2014 Festival de la Francophonie seeks to celebrate the diversity and richness of French language and francophone communities around the world. In this regard, the Cultural Service of the Embassy of France participates in the programming of this year's Festival de la Francophonie with four events that showcase the creativity in French music, literature, film, and cuisine. 

Emmanuelle Riva - Film Retrospective
March 10, 11 and 17 | 7:00 p.m.

The Cultural Service of the Embassy of France, in partnership with the French-American Cultural Foundation, present a retrospective of Emmanuelle Riva, the highly-praised French actress who is perhaps best known for her starring role in Hiroshima mon amour (1959), directed by Alain Resnais and written by Marguerite Duras. 

 

Three films are included in this retrospective: Amour (2012), Liberté, la nuit (1983) and Léon Morin, prêtre (1961), which will be screened in French with English subtitles.

For more information and ticket reservations, please click here

 

La Femme
March 21 | 10:30 p.m.

The title of their debut album comes as no exaggeration: Psycho Tropical Berlin results into a powerful music blend of urban and psychedelic sounds that create a rather unique beat. A band that was born from a spontaneous encounter between two French musicians, Sachat Got (keyboard) and Marlon Magnée (guitarist) with Californian surfers who were looking for the best waves in Biarritz, La Femme currently includes eight members, featuring the vocals of Clémence Quélennec, Jane Peynot and Marilou Chollet. 

As part of the programming of this year's Festival de la Francophonie, the Cultural Service of the Embassy of France presents La Femme in concert. 

The band explains, however, that "the perfect female voice probably doesn’t exist so there are several singers on the album and it fits well with the group name. It suggests that the woman is a mystery." 

Inspired by some vintage elements by Kraftwerk and The Velvet Underground, Psycho Tropical Berlin emerges as a multi-layered production of psychedelia, rock, electro and punk-infused surf.  

“It’s a melting pot of strange, hypnotic and mental moods (Psycho), sunny, positive vibes and beachy surf (Tropical); and cold, binary electro (Berlin),” explains Marlon. “We like to use the name of a town as an adjective or concept; such as Berlin for a cold mood, or London for a weird mood, or L.A. or Frisco for a peaceful mood.

La Femme won the Best Newcomer's Album of the Year award for their album Psycho Tropical Berlin at this year's 29th Les Victoires de la Musique, a ceremony equivalent to the American Music Awards. 

The concert of La Femme at the Embassy of France will leave you pleasantly hypnotized. 

If you want to join us earlier, you can find the program here:

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. --- DJ Elodie Maillot
8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. --- Jomion and the Uklos
9:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. --- DJ Elodie Maillot
10:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. --- La Femme 

For ticket reservations, please click here.

The Art of French Pastry
April 3 | 7:00 p.m.

French cuisine holds a strong tradition of refinement and attention to detail. In this context, Jacquy Pfeiffer, Academic Dean for Academic Affairs at The French School of Pastry in Chicago, will present his book The Art of French Pastry, followed by a conversation with the audience and a tasting of some his delicacies and original creations. 

In addition, Kings of Pastry (2009) will be screened before the book presentation, a film in which Pfeiffer himself is the protagonist. 

For ticket reservations, please click here

Aimé Césaire
April 10 | 7:00 p.m. 

A. James Arnold, professor emeritus at the University of Virginia, will give a presentation of his publication Aimé Césaire - The Original 1939 Notebook of a Return to the Native Land, in its bilingual edition. 

This work serves as an hommage to the life and work of Aimé Césaire, a francophone author, poet and politician from Martinique. His Cahier d'un retour au pays natal is a widely acknowledged masterpiece that documents the colonial condition of the twentieth-century. In this text - as well as in Césaire's polemical essays and poetry - the author analyses the paradox of black identity under French colonial rule. 

Since 1966, Professor Arnold has had an established and fruitful academic career at the University of Virginia. At the Université de Paris he studied at the Institut de Préparation et Perfectionnement des Professeurs de Français à l'Étranger and at the Institut de Phonétique. From 1956-1966 he benefitted from a Fulbright scholarship to finish his doctoral research on Paul Valéry at the Valéryanum de la Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève.

Fifteen years after, the Université de Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle invited him to teach General and Comparative Literature in this prestigious French academic institution. In addition to his studies on Valéry, Professor Arnold has also led research on Sartre, and published under the label of Gallimard an edition of the first text of Caligula by Camus, and with the Harvard University Press, the first English edition of the poetry of Aimé Césaire.  

The film screening of Aimé Césaire: Le Masque des Mots (1987) by Sarah Maldoror will follow the book presentation for Aimé Césaire - The Original 1939 Notebook of a Return to the Native Land, which includes a book signing

For ticket reservations to this free event, please click here

------------------------------------------------------------------------

This programming is part of the 2014 Festival de la Francophonie. For more information, please click here

 

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