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Summer Edito

This summer marks the arrival in America of the Hermione — a full-scale replica of the ship on which Lafayette journeyed to the United States in 1780.
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Americanine: A Haute Dog in New York

A French dog recounts his trip to New York City to his pals back home.
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Mad Like Artaud

Exploring madness, in and around the work of Antonin Artaud.
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The Exchange of Princesses

Set in the French and Spanish courts of the eighteenth century, this novel is based on a true story about the fate of two young princesses caught in the intrigues and secrets of the moment.
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Cruel Tales from the 13th Floor

In sixteen ferocious short stories, French author Luc Lang encapsulates the brutality of everyday life. Each tale is an admixture of tragedy, comedy, ridicule, and pain. Compassion lurks somewhere, perhaps, but pity is conspicuous by its absence.
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The Festival of Insignificance

From the internationally acclaimed, bestselling author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being, an unexpected and enchanting novel—the culmination of his life's work.

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French Books USA: Week in Review

Free Jazz/Black Power published in English; Ideas Box finds unexpected outreach in Paris; Riad Sattouf's graphic novel sees U.S. release date and positive publicity; Milan Kundera's latest novel reviewed; James Baldwin's unpublished articles collected and compiled in new look at author's life.
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Savage Seasons

Kettly Mars’s "Savage Seasons" describes a pivotal and painful period in Haitian history by weaving together two stories: the personal story of Nirvah and her family and the universal story of Duvalier’s dictatorial regime and its abuses.
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French Books in the US - the 2015 edition

Once again, 2015 is filled with a multitude of French translated books, for all tastes and ages, to escape or educate, to discover and learn. We hope you will get to meet your match by browsing those inventories we prepared for you, whether you are looking for a beach-book or something to read later on, by the fireplace!
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30 Best French Books in Translation for the Summer

30 books, one every other day for the months of July and August: that seems like a reasonable goal for a bookworm's happy vacation, doesn’t it?
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Barthes Vision - by the Institut Français

This year, Roland Barthes would have turned 100 years old. In order to celebrate, the Institut Français has imagined an original and creative way to gather Internet users around Barthes and see the world through his words.
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French Books USA: Week in Review

The original manuscript of Baudelaire's Fleurs du mal containing edits by the poet is published in France; the 2017 Frankfurt Book Fair will welcome France as its guest of honor; second book of the graphic memoir series by Riad Sattouf makes it on French bestseller list; remembering author Jean Vautrin; and a biography of illustrator Tomi Ungerer is in the works.

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INTERVIEW WITH THE FRENCH ELECTRO PRODUCER THYLACINE

Thylacine began his music producer career in 2012, offering his audience a powerful version of electronic music guided by the female voices with whom he has collaborated with in the past several years. Drawing on influences such as Philipp Glass, Four Tet and Moderat, Thylacine aka William Rezé is accompanied on stage by Laetitia Bely's graphic projections, staging concerts that blur the boundaries between all the senses. We met William and Laetitia during their brief tour in the United States earlier this year. Their shows at SXSW and at Piano's in New York were well received, with the trip to New York also providing an opportunity for William to finally meet with Dyllan, who sang for the first time with him on stage. Since the interview the team headed to Vietnam and Russia before returning to France for summer festival season.
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Central Park SummerStage Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

An institution of the New York cultural landscape, Central Park SummerStage celebrated its 30th anniversary recently with a party at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
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Emmanuel Ceysson Named Principal Harpist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Emmanuel Ceysson, principal harpist at the Opéra National de Paris for the past decade, has won the audition at the Metropolitan Opera for the seat left vacant by Deborah Hoffman who died in February 2014. He will start in September, performing one his favorite pieces: Tannhäuser by Wagner.
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The Dø on Tour

The indie pop group The Dø will be in the US in May and June, stopping in New York City at the Bowery Ballroom and notably at the Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee, among other dates.
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Svart Crown on Tour

As part of the Metal Alliance tour, Svart Crown will perform throughout the United States in May and June, including 2 New York shows: at Gramercy Theater in NY and Saint Vitus in Brooklyn.
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Les Arts Florissants to Perform in the US

The vocal and instrumental ensemble Les Arts Florissants is one of the most renowned and respected early music groups in the world. They will play several US dates in 2015, including a performance at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in New York.

Visual & Performing Arts

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From the Bronx to the Seine

Thanks to the Contemporary Theater Fund, the project From the Bronx to the Seine offers adolescents living in the suburbs of both Paris and New York the opportunity to experience a theatrical journey.
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Haute Couture Ateliers: The Artisans of Fashion

On Tuesday, June 16th, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Albertine Books welcomed Hélène Farnault, France's leading authority on rare crafts at the heart of the arts ans fashion industries. She took us on a tour of fashion's backstage, introducing us to the world of little known but extraordinary traditional artisans.
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Artist-in-Residence Program in the U.S.: Winners, 2015

In 2014 the Institut français launched a new artist-in-residence program in visual and digital arts. Here is the list of the 2015 edition winners of the the two months residency in the United States.
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The Salomon Foundation Residency Award Recipient

The Salomon Foundation recently awarded French artist Anita Molinero the first annual Salomon Foundation Residency Award.
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Interview with Taymour Grahne, Director of Taymour Grahne Gallery

Interview with Taymour Grahne, the founder of Taymour Grahne Gallery, an international contemporary art gallery that opened in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood in Fall 2013.
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Conversation with Performer Thibault Lac

Thibault Lac was awarded a grant for a research time in New York by Institut français, part of the program "residence hors les murs". We met him and discussed his current search.

Film, TV & New Media

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The French Cinémathèque presents: L'Enfant sauvage

July 13, 2015 | 7:00 p.m
Embassy of France
The year is 1798 in the French town of Aveyron. One summer day, a feral boy is discovered in the forest on the outskirts of the city. Despite the diagnosis as mentally impaired cast upon the child, Jean Itard, a young doctor specialized in the education of deaf-mutes, is convinced that the boy, later named Victor, only suffered from a lack of contact with society. In his attempt to lead Victor into modern society, Dr Itard explores the way young people grow up and function creatively in the world.
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The French Cinémathèque at the Avalon Theatre presents: Gemma Bovery

July 15, 2015 | 8:00 p.m
Avalon Theatre
Martin Joubert left his Parisian life to convert into a baker in a Normandy village. Harboring a vivid passion for literature and for Gustave Flaubert in particulars, Martin Joubert has also a lively imagination. One day, an English couple moves into a small farm nearby. The names of the new arrivals are Gemma and Charles Bovery which lead Martin Joubert to convince himself that the couple is the very embodiment in flesh and bone of Gustave Flaubert’s heroes.
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Films on the Green on CUNY TV's Canapé Program

This month, Canapé, the Emmy-award nominated television show on CUNY TV co-produced with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, highlighted one of our favorite Embassy programs: Films on the Green. Filmed mainly at the June 12th screening of Pépé le Moko in Washington Square Park, this edition features interviews with three of the evening’s 800 guests.
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The Hermione Brings to Shore French Animated Films

June 10 & 11, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
Embassy of France
The Poitou-Charentes Region, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, is pleased to offer a cultural program to join the celebration of the Hermione in Washington, DC. Discover the series The Hermione Brings to Shore French Animated Films featuring two César award-winning French animated films.
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Two French TV Series Now Available in the US

Two of France’s most successful television dramas, A French Village and Witnesses are now available in the U.S.
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Applications Now Open for the Tournées Film Festival !

Since 2015, participating universities will now choose SIX FILMS: FIVE CONTEMPORARY (FEATURED AND/OR ALTERNATIVE SELECTION) + ONE CLASSIC FILM. The grant to cover the cost of screening SIX FILMS (either in digital or in 35 millimeter), will be $2,200.
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