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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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Foucault Against Himself

In his private life, as well as in his work and political attitudes, Michel Foucault often stood in contradiction to himself, especially when his expansive ideas collided with the institutions in which he worked. In Francois Caillat's provocative collection of essays and interviews, leading contemporary critics and philosophers reframe Foucault's legacy in an effort to build new ways of thinking about his struggle against society's mechanisms of domination, demonstrating how conflict within the self lies at the heart of Foucault's life and work.
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Suite Française: Storm in June

This dramatic and stirring graphic novel, translated from the French and faithful to the spirit of Nemirovsky's story, focuses on Book 1, entitled "Storm in June", in which a disparate group of Paris citizens flees the city ahead of the advancing German troops. However, their orderly plans to escape are eclipsed by the chaos spreading across the country, and their sense of civility and well-being is replaced by a raw desire to survive.
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The Owner's Manual to Terrible Parenting

The Owner's Manual is the perfect antidote to frustrating car rides filled with "Are we there yet?" and epic battles over homework. Delisle's effortless pacing and witty punch lines reign supreme here, making each vignette zip along to its conclusion.
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The Bureau of Misplaced Dads

This funny and heartwarming picture book covers a subject every child can relate to — the fear of getting separated from a parent. However, in Éric Veillé's original story, the roles are reversed and the child is the one searching, while the dads are all “lost” and waiting to be picked up. The illustrations by Pauline Martin highlight quirky details of the fathers, bringing a light touch to the subject.
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Citizenship

The question of what it means to be a citizen has, from the dawn of Western politics, been anything but clear and straightforward; and modernity has shown it to be even more enigmatic and contested. So are there too many antinomies within citizenship? Balibar does not shy away from these antimonies, but he knows that to renounce citizenship would be to abandon the chance to create new modes of collective autonomy, in short, to democratize democracy.

books

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The Arab of the Future

The Arab of the Future, the #1 French best-seller, tells the unforgettable story of Riad Sattouf's childhood, spent in the shadows of 3 dictators--Muammar Gaddafi, Hafez al-Assad, and his father.
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Rochester Knockings: A Novel of the Fox Sisters

The Fox Sisters grew up outside of Rochester, NY, in a house with a reputation for being haunted, due to a series of strange “knockings” that plagued its inhabitants. Fed up with the sounds, the youngest of the sisters (aged twelve) challenged their ghost and ended up communicating with a spirit who had been murdered in the house and buried in the cellar.
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French Books USA: Week in Review

What the French are reading; Georges Didi-Huberman and Laurent Binet win acclaimed awards; Louis IV and the beginnings of high fashion; Controversy in the publishing world
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Foucault Against Himself

In his private life, as well as in his work and political attitudes, Michel Foucault often stood in contradiction to himself, especially when his expansive ideas collided with the institutions in which he worked. In Francois Caillat's provocative collection of essays and interviews, leading contemporary critics and philosophers reframe Foucault's legacy in an effort to build new ways of thinking about his struggle against society's mechanisms of domination, demonstrating how conflict within the self lies at the heart of Foucault's life and work.
new titles

Suite Française: Storm in June

This dramatic and stirring graphic novel, translated from the French and faithful to the spirit of Nemirovsky's story, focuses on Book 1, entitled "Storm in June", in which a disparate group of Paris citizens flees the city ahead of the advancing German troops. However, their orderly plans to escape are eclipsed by the chaos spreading across the country, and their sense of civility and well-being is replaced by a raw desire to survive.
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Louis I, King of the Sheep

Louis’s increasingly elaborate fantasy of what comes with being a supreme ruler: the pleasures, the responsibilities, the capriciousness. “What’s good for me is good for my people,” thinks King Louis in this clever fable about the randomness and absurdity of power, but also its abuses, and the hidden dangers in a society built on conformity.

music

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Terakaft on Tour

Terakaft (meaning “caravan” in Tamasheq) is a genuine desert rock band, sculpted by the pure searing air and the endless rolling sands of the Sahara. The stark, harsh conditions of the desert have permeated their wild riffs, and as a result they are the perfect embodiment of all that is wild and free in desert blues today. Terakaft was formed in 2001 with a line-up that included two former members of Tinariwen, and they have since made the electric guitar their own. They will be touring the US in September, including performances in New York at Joe's Pub and at the Chicago World Music Festival.
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Jean-Yves Thibaudet's Upcoming US Performances

One of today’s most sought-after soloists, Jean-Yves Thibaudet has the rare ability to combine poetic musical sensibilities and dazzling technical prowess.
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Inna Modja Invited to #ShareHumanity Event at UN for World Humanitarian Day

The United Nations and partners will bring together humanitarian workers, media innovators, celebrity musicians and influencers on the eve of World Humanitarian Day (WHD) in the name of inspiring the world’s humanity using the power of social media. The event will be punctuated by storytelling and musical performances and place a spotlight on humanitarian crises around the world – with the ultimate goal of galvanizing a greater sense of global citizenship through this year’s groundbreaking #ShareHumanity digital campaign.
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Ensemble Intercontemporain Touring the US in November

The Ensemble Intercontemporain will be on tour in the US from Nov. 3rd until Nov. 16th. The Ensemble is a contemporary music ensemble of 31 soloists, dedicated to the performance and promotion of music from the 20th and 21st centuries. Under the artistic direction of Matthias Pintscher they are united by a shared passion for new music. They accompany composers in the exploration of new musical realms, nourished by inventions (new performance and extended techniques, computer music, etc.) and encounters with other forms of artistic expression such as dance, theatre, video and visual arts.
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French-American Piano Society Scholarship Recipient Awarded First Prize at the XVI Dorothy MacKenzie Piano Competition

The French-American Piano Society is delighted to congratulate 17-year old French pianist Marie-Ange Nguci (pictured 3rd from the right) on her extraordinary win at the XVI International Keyboard Institute and Festival's MacKenzie Competition on August 2nd in New York City. A student at the Conservatoire de Paris, Marie-Ange outplayed 35 international candidates and captivated the audience and jury with her artistry, originality, and technical mastery. We are also pleased congratulate Tanguy de Williencourt who placed in the semi-finals of the competition. See full press release here.
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France Rocks, Vol. 2

Presenting FRANCE ROCKS, Vol. 2 from Bureau Export New York, featuring music from of the most exciting up-and-coming French indie-pop and electro artists beginning to break through in the US. Distributed to over 200 college radio programers across North America, France Rocks, Vol. 2 launched to widespread enthusiasm on July 14, 2015 thanks to support from The Syndicate, SACEM, and Institut Français. France Rocks, Vol. 2 includes tracks from fifteen of the most exciting acts coming out of France today, from international pop superstars making waves with American audiences, like Stromae, Lilly Wood & the Prick, and Christine and the Queens, to underground electro acts like Cotton Claw, Bobmo, and Einleit.

Visual & Performing Arts

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Interview with Rodolphe Dana at Seuls en Scène Festival

This September at Seuls en Scène, the French Theater Festival at Princeton University, Rodolphe Dana, Director of Le Collectif Les Possédés, will be performing Loin d'eux, an adaptation of the eponymous novel by Laurent Mauvignier, which Dana also directed. We had the opportunity to chat with Rodolphe about the production, which will play September 26 and 27.
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Opening of the New Cinémathèque de la Danse in Paris

The new Cinémathèque de la Danse will open on October 3 in Paris. Following the Ministry of Culture’s decision in 2012 to merge the Cinémathèque de la Danse and the Centre National de la Danse (CND), renovations are underway in progress to create a space within the CND which will accommodate the new Cinémathèque, as well as a new projection room. The consolidated cultural center will be a formidable presence in Paris, promoting the art of dance in and around the city.
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Joris Lacoste at Fringe Arts Festival

Sept 15 - 16, 2015
Fringe Arts
French director Joris Lacoste will present his latest piece Suite n°2 on September 15 and 16 in Philadelphia. This will be part of Fringe Arts Festival 2015.
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Interview with Martial Chazallon and Martin Chaput, of Projet in Situ

Interview with choreographer duo Martial Chazallon and Martin Chaput, who together form Projet in Situ. Chazallon and Chaput have brought their immersive site-specific project called La Ronde (The Round) to Vermont Performance Lab in Brattleboro, Vermont.
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Interview With Virginie Bobin, Editor of Composing Differences

Read our interview of Virginie Bobin, editor of Composing Differences, a book echoing ART²: An International Platform on Contemporary Art organized in April 2014 and initiated by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York along with other participants.
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French Designer Samy Rio Awarded Grand Prix at Design Parade

French designer Samy Rio who was awarded with the Grand Prix of this year's Design Parade at Villa Noailles, for using bamboo to create functional and recyclable designs pieces. His work had previously been presented at Wanteddesign in New York.

Film, TV & New Media

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The French Cinémathèque Presents: Deux jours, une nuit

September 8, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
Embassy of France
The monthly French Cinémathèque series presents the screening of the 2014 film Deux jours, une nuit (Two Days, One Night) by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. Sandra Bya, a working mother who just went through depression, returns to her job after a medical leave and finds out that her position is jeopardized. The company has offered its employees to receive the bonuses they have been promised but Sandra would lose her job.The 16 members of Sandra's team work have already voted in favor of the bonuses, but the company agrees to a second ballot.
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The French Cinémathèque at the Avalon Theatre Presents: On a failli être amies

September 16, 2015 | 8:00 p.m
Avalon Theatre
The monthly French Cinémathèque series at the Avalon Theatre, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, presents the screening of the 2014 film On a failli être amies (The Chef's Wife) by Anne Le Ny. Carole has been successfully managing her husband star chef Sam's restaurant on the outskirts of Orléans for years. Feeling overshadowed by Sam's stardom, she decides to go to a center for professional re-education and re-insertion to explore different options for her future. Marithé, an organized officer, is in charge of handling Carole's case although the chef's wife does not reveal at first what her job is. Marithé eventually finds out the night she is taken to diner at Sam's restaurant for her birthday what Carole does for a living.
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Dolares de Arena by Israel Cárdenas and Laura Amelia Guzmán

September 17, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.
American Film Institute (AFI)
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy support the screening of the 2015 film Dolares de Arena (Sand Dollars) by Israel Cárdenas and Laura Amelia Guzmán, organized by the Embassy of Dominican Republic in partnership with the American Film Institute.
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10 Films That Take You on a Mediterranean Journey

10 films that fit Films on the Green 2015's theme, La Méditerranée, to relive or embark on a journey through the vibrant Mediterranean.
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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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