Winter Edito

Dear friends,As 2015 comes to a close and the promise of 2016 lies ahead, this winter season is a time for reflection and renewal.

Discours du Dr. Ronald W. Tobin

Retrouvez le discours de bienvenue prononcé par le Dr. Ronald W. Tobin au déjeuner francophone d'ACTFL à San Diego le 21 novembre 2015 !
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Couple Mechanics

At once sexy and feminist, this is a story of a woman who decides to fight for her marriage after her husband confesses to an affair with a notable politician. Juliette, a computer engineer, and Olivier, a journalist, have two young children and the busy lives of a modern Parisian couple. When Olivier confesses to having an affair, Juliette’s world is shattered.
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Cruising through the Louvre

Author David Prudhomme meanders through the Louvre, feeling as if in the panels of a giant comic while he himself is creating his own. In this institution, all manner of people from all over the world rub elbows quietly. So he decides to cruise through the Louvre at a quick pace, not to look at the art but to observe the people and their interaction with it.


April 15 - 24, 2016
Coachella Festival
April 15, 2016-April 24, 2016 l Indio. It’s back: Coachella returns to Indio, California in 2016 with some major surprises. But certainly not least of all, Coachella 2016 welcomes a veritable treasure trove of French pop and electro acts performing during the perenially sold-out two weekend April festival. In 2016, brace yourselves from performances by Christine and the Queens, M83, St Germain, Ibeyi, Tchami, Amine Edge & Dance, Lido, and Melody’s Echo Chamber.
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Green Capital A New Perspective on Growth

Many believe economic growth is incompatible with ecological preservation. Green Capital challenges this argument by shifting our focus away from the scarcity of raw materials and toward the deterioration of the great natural regulatory functions (such as the climate system, the water cycle, and biodiversity).



Translated Titles 2015

Thanks to the invaluable help of 1100 of our contacts in publishing, we have built a near-complete list of 2015’s titles in translation from the French, of which, as far as we're aware, there is no equivalent. The fact that this list is not exhaustive serves to show the sheer volume of titles published.

A Diverse Nation: The French Model of Integration

Feb 9, 2016 | 6:30pm
Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, Pulitzer Hall, Lecture Room 3rd Floor
Panel Discussion: A Diverse Nation: The French Model of Integration Panel discussion with Patrick Simon, Andreas Wimmer, and Riva Kastoryano, moderated by Alexander Stille. Panelists discuss how the French model of integration is responding to the growing diversity within French society. They explore some of the findings of a new large-scale study co-authored by Patrick Simon for the INED, Trajectoires et origines, which traces the social trajectories of 1st and 2nd generation immigrants in France through their experiences with education, employment, family formation, identity formation, and experiences of discrimination. Sociologist Riva Kastoryano discusses the impact of immigrant organization and mobilization on national and group identity in France. Andreas Wimmer contributes a French-U.S. comparative perspective to questions of integration and identity within diverse societies and examines some of the tensions diversity can create.

Discussion with Ambassador Pierre Vimont

Feb 9, 2016 | 12:30pm
Baker & McKenzie LLP
Please join the French-American Foundation Board of Directors for a luncheon and discussion with Ambassador Pierre Vimont, who served as Ambassador of France to the United States from 2007 to 2010. Space is limited and a reservation is required. Please purchase tickets to this event.

The EU, the U.S., and the Crisis in Ukraine | Pierre Vimont, Alex Cooley, and Tarik Cyril Amar, moderated by Adam Tooze

Feb 8, 2016 | 6pm
Columbia Maison Française Buell Hall
Panel Discussion: Pierre Vimont, Alex Cooley, and Tarik Cyril Amar, moderated by Adam Tooze The European Union and the United States have joined efforts to try to contain and resolve the crisis in Ukraine. Speakers at this roundtable discussion will compare the EU and U.S. approaches to the crisis and efforts to address it, and will also present their visions of possible outcomes to the conflict.

French Literature in the Making: Pierre Bayard

Feb 8, 2016 | 7pm
NYU - Maison Française
In conversation with Olivier Barrot. PIERRE BAYARD is a psychoanalyst, writer, Professor of French literature at Université de Paris VIII, and author of Comment parler des livres que l’on n’a pas lus ?; Comment parler des lieux où l'on n'a pas été ?; Aurais-je été résistant ou bourreau ?; and Aurais-je sauvé Geneviève Dixmer ?

Mute Memory: Ahmed Bouanani's Morocco

Feb11, 2016 | 7pm
NYU - Maison Française
With Omar Berrada. Omar Berrada is a writer and translator, and the director of Dar al-Ma’mûn, a library and residency center for artists, scholars and translators located on the outskirts of Marrakech. Previously, he hosted public programs at the Centre Pompidou and radio shows on France Culture, including La nuit la poésie and Lumières d’août.



Opera Lafayette presents: Une Éducation Manquée

February 2 & 3, 2016 | 7:00 pm
The Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
Opera Lafayette, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, presents Emmanuel Chabrier’s opera Une Éducation Manquée (An Incomplete Education) with libretto by Eugène Letterier and Albert Vanloo at The Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.

Alex Grenier Trio on Tour

A French jazz guitarist, Alex Grenier has appeared in various settings almost everywhere in Europe and worldwide (Europe, the United States, Japan, Canada). He will be touring the United States in February.

Pierre Bensusan on Tour in 2016

Described by the L.A. Times as “one of the most unique and brilliant acoustic guitar veterans in the world music scene today”, Pierre Bensusan was voted “Best World Music Guitar Player in 2008″ by Guitar Player Magazine Readers Choice. His name became synonymous with contemporary acoustic guitar genius, long before the terms New Age, New Acoustic Music or World Music were invented. He has the ability to make a single guitar sound like an entire band as he brings the audience on a mesmerizing musical journey. Pierre will perform across North America in 2016, including a stop at New York’s Iridium jazz club.

Cyrille Aimee at LFNY

Feb 24, 2016 | 7PM
Lycée Francais de New York (LFNY)
Cyrille Aimée is a based in Brooklyn French jazz singer known for rhythmic songs with roots in jazz and gypsy styles. She won the Montreux Jazz Festival Competition in 2007, was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2010, and won the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Competition in 2012. She will perform at the Lycée Français in New York on February 24th.

Alexandre Tharaud on Tour in 2016 in America

Acclaimed French pianist, Alexandre Tharaud, whose latest recording of Bach's 'Goldberg' Variations (Erato) was named one of the 25 "best classical music recordings of 2015" by the New York Times, will be performing a number of concerts with various major orchestras and diverse programming, throughout the United States in 2016. "This admirable French pianist took a nine-month sabbatical to hone his interpretation of Bach’s “Goldberg” Variations. Beginning with a spacious Aria, Mr. Tharaud offers imaginatively ornamented renditions of each movement, his playing — full of contrasts — spirited and poetic by turn." - THE NEW YORK TIMES

'Alone on Christmas Day' Featuring Phoenix with Bill Murray

Phoenix release “Alone on Christmas Day”, a cover of a long-lost Beach Boys holiday track from 1979 that was never formally released. Phoenix’s version features a little help from Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, former “Letterman” musical director Paul Shaffer, and New York Dolls’ David Johansen, and appears in the Netflix original holiday special, A Very Murray Christmas, directed by Sofia Coppola. All profits from the song will go to UNICEF.

Visual & Performing Arts



February 12-14, 2016
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
February 12-14, 2016 | Los Angeles. Printed Matter's L.A. Art Book Fair will be visited by several French publishing houses, including Antoine Lefebvre Editions, DoPe Press and onestar press. Taking place at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, this years fair is not one to miss.

A Scratching Not a Biting at Bureau Gallery

January 10-February 14, 2016
Bureau Gallery
Group exhibition A Scratching Not a Biting will take place at Bureau Gallery from January 10 to February 14, and will feature Paris and Brussels-based duo Daniel Dewar & Grégory Gicquel.

Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Cinderella at New York City Center

February 18-20, 2016
New York City Center
Acclaimed company Les Ballets de Monte Carlo will perform Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Cinderella at New York City Center from February 18 to 20.

dance2016: A French-American Year of Dance and Ideas

dance2016, a bridge between France and the United States, is built on the long-standing and fruitful relationship between multiple partners on both sides of the Atlantic.

Call for Submissions for Prix Versailles 2016

The Prix Versailles, the world architecture award for hotels, stores and restaurants, has released a call for submissions.

Rodin: Evolution of a Genius

November 21, 2015 - March 13, 2016
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy are pleased to support the exhibition Rodin: Evolution of a Genius, on view at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) from November 21, 2015 to March 31, 2016. Featuring nearly 200 works by the sculptor, the exhibition explores his techniques, materials, models and assistants, unveiling his working process.

Film, TV & New Media


The French Cinémathèque at the Avalon Theatre Presents: Hitchcock/Truffaut

February 17, 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 Hitchcock/Truffaut by Kent Jones.

Le CiNéMa Club: a new free online cinema

Le CiNeMa Club is a new form of online theater. It presents one film at a time, screening it for a week, for free. Le CiNeMa Club showcases gems from independent cinema — works of new directors, rare films, and selected documentaries.

Announcing the 26th Washington Jewish Film Festival

February 24 - March 6, 2016
Various Locations
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy announce the 26th edition of the Washington Jewish Film Festival.Six French films or French co-productions will be presented during the 2016 edition.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that the shorts Chez Moi and Ave Maria are finalists!

Six Films of Chantal Akerman Available for Free on Hulu

The famed Belgian filmmaker and pioneer of modern feminist cinema Chantal Akerman passed away on October 5, 2015. In a tribute to the filmmaker, distributor Janus films is offering free access to six of her films on HULU.


The digital distributor Under The Milky Way offers a wide selection of films from all around the world, including France. They have now created a monthly newsletter highlighting their key releases!
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