eventsFrom 16 January to 16 February 2015, film lovers from around the world will have access to the complete selection from this, the world’s first online festival of French cinema, created by UniFrance films.
Jan 16 - Feb 16, 2015
Sept 2014 - Feb 2015The Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago presents a series of events to commemorate the WWI centennial in partnership with Midwest institutions.
eventsDancing is living : Benjamin Millepied Directed by Louis Wallecan | 2014 Run Time: 57 Language : French and English with english subtitles This engaging documentary chronicles Benjamin Millepied (choreographer of Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan), the newly appointed director of the Paris Opera Ballet and founder of L.A. Dance Project, as a globe-trotting ambassador for dance: in rehearsal with his company in L.A., hanging out with Lil Buck, and sharing his ideas about life and dance. Screening with: Little Opera Louis Wallecan, France, 2012, HDCAM, 53m Italian, French, and English with English subtitles An intimate look at the historical and cultural roots of the Italian and American kinships with grand opera, featuring profiles of numerous notable figures, from renowned tenor Roberto Alagna to legendary Amato Opera Theatre founder Tony Amato. With the generous support from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York.
WALTER READE THEATER
eventsBetween the Ras Jdir check-point separating Tunisia and Libya, and the town of Ben Guerdanne, there isn’t much except open countryside. During spring 2011, more than a million refugees of various nationalities and languages flocked to Tunisia, fleeing escalating combats in Libya between revolutionaries and pro-Gaddafi forces. Only a few weeks after the Tunisian revolution, a temporary town had to be built in the south of the country in order to accommodate the refugees as quickly as possible. The film tells the life and death of a Babylon
THE OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS 2015 will showcase all the Academy-Award nominated shorts for Best Live Action Short Film. This will include the French co-productions AYA and BUTTER LAMP. Additionally, the short animated SWEET COCOON will also be screened.
Céline is an 11-year old who holds her family together as she bears the weight of sexual abuse by her unemployed father while her mother earns money as a waitress. During a school trip to the seaside, she runs away and hides out in the cab of a freight truck driven by a sweet middle-aged man from Scotland who is in the midst of dealing with his own trauma.
Fed up with her abusive family situation, lack of school prospects and the “boys’ law” in the neighborhood, Marieme starts a new life after meeting a group of three free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her style, drops out of school and starts stealing to be accepted into the gang. When her home situation becomes unbearable, Marieme seeks solace in an older man who promises her money and protection. Realizing this sort of lifestyle will never result in the freedom and independence she truly desires, she finally decides to take matters into her own hands.
Abdellah is a young gay man navigating the sexual, racial and political climate of Morocco. Abdellah is caught between a distant father, an authoritarian mother, an older brother whom he adores, and a handful of predatory older men. As a college student, Abdellah moves to Geneva and while faced with the new possibilities of freedom, he still grapples with the loss of his homeland.
eventsJoin the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) for the CinéSalon series Eccentrics of French Comedy, every Tuesday from January 6th to February 24th, 2015 at 4 & 7.30 p.m.
Jan 6 - Feb 24, 2015