November 2014

The daring scribes who weave moments of ambivalence or assuredness into these texts with the needle of tone and the thread of language have long caught the attention of critics and thinkers on both sides of the Atlantic. This November, we offer the editors and authors of fiction and literary critique, as seen in journals and publications (or revues), a new haven for collaboration and reflection.

Interview with the choreographer, visual artist, and puppeteer, Gisèle Vienne

From October 29th and November 1st, 2014, New York audiences have the opportunity to see the U.S. premiere of Kindertotenlieder at New York Live Arts, a collaboration between Gisèle Vienne, the author Dennis Cooper and musicians Peter Rehberg and Stephen O’Malley with whom she has been collaborating for many years.

Jean Grémillon at the Museum of the Moving Image

Nov 21 - Dec 21, 2014
Museum of the Moving Imag
Join Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI) for the Jean Grémillon series from Friday, November 21 to Sunday, December 21, 2014.

French Dual Language Programs in the U.S.

2015 Trends and Supports on French Immersion and Bilingual Education. A Report of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy to the United States.

Exclusive Patrick Bruel Interview and Ticket Giveaway

One of France's most important stars of the 90s, Patrick Bruel announces a US tour for October and November.

FHLP Brings the Colors of French Together

On Saturday, May 31st, 2014, students from the French Heritage Language Program (FHLP) at the International High School of Prospect Heights made their debut in the organization’s first ever benefit concert, Color My French at the Lycée Français de New York. The objective of this creative fundraiser was to bring attention to this non-profit organization and reveal the talents it has nurtured among its diverse youth.


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Letter to Jimmy

A celebration of James Baldwin published on the Twentieth Anniversary of his death (published by Soft Skull Press, December 9th, 2014)
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The Lady in White

Christian Bobin's book gives a poetic imagined account of Emily Dickinson's life and the work that the beloved and enigmatic poet gave the world. A lyrical rendering of the white recluse.
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Night and Fog - A Film in History

An engrossing account of Alain Resnais’s incomparable film, this book documents how a film that began as a cinematic spin-off of an educational exhibition became a significant step in the building of a collective consciousness of the tragedy of World War II. A unique interpretation of the interworking of biography, history, politics, and film in one cultural moment.
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The Bloody Hand

A masterpiece of French war literature, complete and unabridged for the first time in English.

French Books USA: Week In Review

Literary prize season comes to a close, Montreuil ramps up for its Salon next week, the BnF opens an exhibition on l'Oulipo, and other news

Obituary: Abdelwahab Meddeb

Internationally renowned writer and scholar of Islamic studies Abdelwahab Meddeb died in Paris on November 6 after a months-long battle with cancer.



Denis Levaillant University Tour

French composer and pianist Denis Levaillant travels the US performing and conducting masterclasses at universities with Jean-Michel Goury and Yves Josset.

Le Concert d'Astrée at Alice Tully Hall

Nov 30, 2014 | 5 PM
Alice Tully Hall
The French Baroque performers Le Concert d'Astrée return to Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall for an anticipated performance of works by Handel on November 30th. There will be a pre-concert lecture at 3:45 PM.

French Actor and Musician Louis-Ronan Choisy on Tour

A frequent actor and indie rock artist in France, where he has collaborated with celebrated filmmaker François Ozon, Louis-Ronan Choisy will perform three concerts in the US in November and December.

Wax Tailor Album Release Parties

Following a recorded tour with a live orchestra of 50 musicians in Europe, noted trip-hop DJ Wax Tailor returns to the US with four album release party screenings and DJ sets on both coasts.

ARPA Concert and Poetry in New York

Dec 5 - 19, 2014
New York City
Arpa, a project of poetry and "new traditional music" from the Balagan Company perform a series of shows in the New York area and Canada from December 5th through 19th.

Visual & Performing Arts


The Made in Brooklyn Holiday Market

November 22 & 23, 2014
Industry City
WantedDesign is introducing its inaugural design-focused shopping event at Industry City in partnership with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. The Made in Brooklyn Holiday Market will gather creative Brooklyn-Made products including furniture, lighting, housewares, accessories, jewelry, and food -- all framed by the inspiring environment of Brooklyn’s newest design destination, Industry City.

Interview with the French gallerist Christian Berst

Paris-based gallerist Christian Berst has opened a new space on Rivington Street in New York City, with a group show entitled Do The Write Thing: Read Between the Lines. Known for his passion and dedication to art brut, Christian Berst aims to continue his quest for gems and the expansion of this specific market in America, together with gallery director Phillip March Jones, and gallery associate Daniel Klein. We visited Christian the day before the opening on October 30th, 2014 to ask him about the meaning and future of art brut, as well as this first group show, while the white paint was still fresh.

Camille Blatrix received the 16th Ricard Foundation Award

The French artist Camille Blatrix received the 16th Ricard Foundation Award for his scultpures I want to spend the rest of my life (Je veux passer le reste de ma vie avec toi) and Still'elle that were part of the group exhibition The time, moods, values, attention curated by the French independent curators castillo/corrales at the Fondation d’entreprise Ricard in Paris.

Julien Prévieux won the 2014 Marcel Duchamp Award

On Saturday October 25th, 2014, the French artist Julien Prévieux received the 2014 Marcel Duchamp Award at the Paris FIAC (Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain) for his work entitled What shall we do next ? created between 2006 and 2011.

Eva Barois De Caevel: ICI’s 2014 Independent Vision Curatorial Award

Eva Barois de Caevel, independent curator based in Paris and assistant curator at Raw Material Company in Dakar (Senegal), has been named as the Independent Vision Curatorial Award Honoree this year.

Apocryphal Times

October 30 - December 13, 2014
Friedman Benda
Apocryphal Times is an exhibition that presents the work of eleven international artists who grapple with the ultimate-elusive concept of time. Among the eleven artists, the French artist Julien Salaud presents his work "Grotte Stellaire;” a dark dome within which he draws images reminiscent of Paleolithic Cave Paintings with cotton threads illuminated by black light.

Film, TV & New Media


The 6th Edition of In French With English Subtitles Film Festival

Nov 21-23, 2014
Join Fiaf, Altour and French Feeling Films for In French With English Subtitles, a French film festival dedicated to promoting French movies with English subtitles, from Friday, November 21 through Sunday, November 23, 2014.

In the Breath of an Animal, a Cross-Media Installation in Harvestworks

Nov 21-23, 2014
Join Harvestworks for Benoit Bories' In The Breath Of An Animal, a cross-media installation questionning our relationship to animals due to industrial breeding practices from Friday, November 21st to Sunday, November 23rd.

Jean-Claude Carrière to Receive Honorary Oscars

Jean Claude Carrière will be honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the sixth annual Governors Awards on November 8th in Los Angeles for his whole film career.

FIAF Presents CinéSalon: The Art of Sex and Seduction

Nov 4 - Dec 16, 2014
Join the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) for CinéSalon: The Art of Sex and Seduction series, every Tuesday from November 4, to December 16, 2014.

22nd African Diaspora International Film Festival

Nov 28 - Dec 14, 2014
African Diaspora International Film Festival
The African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) presents from Friday, November 28 throught Sunday, December 14 an eclectic mix of urban, classic, independent and foreign films that depict the richness and diversity of the life experience of people of African descent and Indigenous people all over the world.

Everything Is Cinema - Antoine de Baecque in Conversation with Richard Brody at Albertine

Dec 15, 2015
Albertine Books in French & English
Join us Monday December 15 at Albertine for a conversation between film critic Antoine de Baecque and New Yorker film editor Richard Brody, internationally well-known New Wave experts, to discuss French and American perspectives on Godard, Truffaut, Rohmer, and their heirs.
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