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July 2014

For a long time, summer has been linked with love. As heat waves rush through the air they too pervade our minds. Endlessly picked apart, revered, and smote in literature new and old, love is a topic we humans can’t get enough of.
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Cooling down with Frosty Reads

Some like it hot… but not this hot. The muggy air and heat wave are so passé. Canadian, Siberian and French winter settings cool our summer fevers.
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The Art of Laziness

Lackadaisical, carefree, dallying, indolent and idle desires run (or rather trudge) wild in this week’s summer reads selection.
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Chilling Crime Fiction & Mystery Novels

If you thought detective stories were invented in the US, then think twice. The French also have talented writers who know all about schemes and mystery, and we did some plotting of our own…
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Audio Boom: Musical Titles & Audiobooks

From our ancestral oral storytelling roots to the now-all-written world, we return to our traditions to listen once again to the deep voices of international griots narrating great stories…on audiobooks.
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Pierre Guyotat's Formation: Childhood, Awakening and Self-Writing

Pierre Guyotat's Formation (2007) remains the missing link, according to Patrick Lyons, for the completion of the French author's multivolume (and largely already-translated) autobiographical installment.

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Louis Rigaud

October 2014
US tour
Louis Rigaud graduated at the school of Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg in 2009. Since then, he has been working as a graphic and multimedia designer. In addition to websites, he creates and develops interactive games. Together with Anouck Boisrobert, they design pop-up books for children. Central to Louis Rigaud’s work is his will to create playful objects with surprising and interactive elements for all audiences.
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Cooling down with Frosty Reads

Some like it hot… but not this hot. The muggy air and heat wave are so passé. Canadian, Siberian and French winter settings cool our summer fevers.
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French Books USA: Week in Review

French publishing house Short Editions, has begun testing its algorithm made to determine the literary quality. Meanwhile, digital learning management systems are gaining more and more ground in education....
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The Art of Laziness

Lackadaisical, carefree, dallying, indolent and idle desires run (or rather trudge) wild in this week’s summer reads selection.
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A New Era of French Novels: The Inculte Collective

Thanks to Inculte’s work for the last decade, hybrid forms of literature, such as “documentary” novels have breathed new life into French novels.
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Jean-Godefroy Bidima

September, 2014
New York
A professor of French and Francophone Studies at Tulane University (New Orleans), Jean-Godefroy Bidima is the author of Law and the Public Sphere in Africa. The book examines the traditional African institution of palaver as a way to create dialogue in an effort to resolve conflict and promote democracy.

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France Rocks August Playlist: French Songs in US TV Shows

The France Rocks August Playlist, featuring songs by French artists that have appeared on US TV shows, is the perfect way to prep for the Emmy Awards (Aug 29th).
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Patrick Bruel Announces US Tour Fall 2014

One of France's most important stars of the 90s, Patrick Bruel announces a US tour for October and November.
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10 French Songs à la WHCS Hunter College Radio

Films on the Green, in partnership with Hunter College’s radio station WHCS, is delighted to bring you 10 French songs from WHCS
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France Rocks July Playlist: A French Summer

A MONTHLY FEATURE FROM FRANCE ROCKS, July's Playlist brings you the perfect tracks for A French Summer
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JUNE PLAYLIST: What's Next? French Electro

A new feature from France Rocks, our monthly playlist series, explores French-produced music of all stripes, new and old. Listen and read about the brightest new talents in French Electro music in June's installment.
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Emmanuel Ceysson and the National Gallery of Art Vocal Ensemble in Concert

June 1 and 8, 2014 | 6:30 p.m.
National Gallery of Art
As part of the 72nd Season of Concerts at the National Gallery of Art, the Cultural Service of the Embassy of France supports the concert by French harpist, Emmanuel Ceysson as well as the musical performance by the National Gallery of Art Vocal Ensemble. Both performances feature music by 19th century French composers.

Visual & Performing Arts

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Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain Celebrates 30 Years

This year the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain will celebrate its thirtieth anniversary with a series of exhibitions, performances and digital projects, beginning with Vivid Memories, a five month long rotating exhibition looking back acr
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Ultraviolet (Grenoble, FR 1935 – New York, NY 2014)

The French-American artist Isabelle Collin Dufresne, better known as Ultraviolet, died on Saturday, June 14th in New York.
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Call for Applications Fieldwork: Marfa 2015

Marfa is the joint project of two leading European art academies, Les Beaux-Arts de Nantes and HEAD – Genève (Geneva University of Art and Design). This international researcher-in-residence program is dedicated to the practice of art in public space, critical approaches to landscape and borders and artistic projects based on field investigation methods.
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Special Mention for Jean Louis Cohen at International Architecture Exhibition in Venice

The 14th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale opened last week. During the opening ceremonies, awards were given out by the exhibition jury for the most noteworthy contributions to this year's festival. France's pavillion, Modernity: promise of menace?, curated by Jean Louis Cohen, received one of three "Special Mentions," along with Canada and Russia.
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Performing Arts Festivals in France 2014

From street performances to avant-garde dance and cutting edge theater, France's many performing arts festivals offer a glimpse into current performance in the country and beyond. In addition to world-renowned festivals such as the Festival d’Avignon now under the leadership of Olivier Py or the Festival International de Théâtre et de la Rue in Aurillac, June Events (Paris) also offers innovative programming this summer.
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Musée Picasso Welcomes a New President

The Musée Picasso has a new president. Laurent Le Bon, currently director of the Centre Pompidou-Metz has been chosen to succeed Anne Baldassari as president of the museum.

Film, TV & New Media

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French Touch in the Toronto International Film Festival’s Lineup

Several French movies and co-productions in The 39th Toronto International Film Festival's film selection for the 2014 edition.
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Strong US Debut for Luc Besson’s TAXI BROOKLYN

"Taxi Brooklyn" continues to make inroads with American audiences, with 4.8 million viewers on Wednesday night (July 9th)
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Reminiscence: Alain Resnais

July 16 & 23, 2014 | 7:00 p.m.
Embassy of France

From an early age, he became passionate about all forms of art, particularly photography and literature. When he was 12 years old, he asked his father a Kodak camera for Christmas.

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Summer Movies: 10 French Films to Watch

For those of us that would like to be vacationing in France, but can’t afford those expensive plane tickets (most of us), we’re offering a cinematic tour of l’hexagone from the seaside villages of Brittany to the rocky hills of southern Provence.
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US Rights To Godard's 'Goodbye to Language' Acquired By Kino Lorber

Goodbye To Language premiered in competition at Cannes only six weeks ago but the film has already found a US distribution through Kino Lorber.
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Discover French Cinema In Paris With Columbia University

Since the invention of the cinematographe by the Lumière brothers in 1895, France has been a cornerstone of the development of the seventh art. This summer, the Columbia University School of the Arts - in partnership with the Columbia Global Center | Europe in Paris at Reid Hall – put together a three-week summer program open to all students to discover French Cinema in the City of Lights.
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