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Spring Edito

In a time marked by tragedy, culture continues to draw us together and open our minds to the world, to its diversity and nuance, and sow seeds of mutual understanding.
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Charlotte

The gorgeous, haunting, and ultimately redemptive bestselling French novel, recounting the tragic life of artistic visionary Charlotte Salomon, who died in Nazi gas chambers at the age of 26.
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The Phillips Camerata, 75th Anniversary Celebration Event

May 29, 2016 | 4:00 pm
The Phillips Collection
The Phillips Collection presents The Phillips Camerata, 75th Anniversary Celebration Event with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
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Existential Monday: Philosophical Essays

Existential Monday, the first selection of Benjamin Fondane's philosophical work to appear in English, includes four of his most thought-provoking and important texts, “Existential Monday and the Sunday of History,” “Preface for the Present Moment,” “Man Before History,” and “Boredom.” Here Fondane, until now little-known except to specialists, emerges as one of the enduring French philosophers of the twentieth century.
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A History of the Grandparents I Never Had

A History of the Grandparents I Never Had cannot bring Matès and Idesa--overcome by the tragedies of the twentieth century: Stalinism, the mounting dangers in Europe during the 1930s, the Second World War, and the destruction of European Jews--back to life, but Ivan Jablonka succeeds in bringing his grandparents, as he soberly puts it, to light. The result is a gripping story, a profound reflection, and an absolutely extraordinary history.
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Remembering François Morellet

We are saddened by the news that contemporary French painter, sculptor and light artist François Morellet died on May 11, 2016 in his native Cholet, France at the age of 90.

books

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Charlotte

The gorgeous, haunting, and ultimately redemptive bestselling French novel, recounting the tragic life of artistic visionary Charlotte Salomon, who died in Nazi gas chambers at the age of 26.
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Lacombe Lucien: The Screenplay

Patrick Modiano and Louis Malle’s screenplay for the Oscar-nominated film tells a powerful story set in World War II France of a sevente
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Villa Triste

This novel by Nobel Prize–winning author Patrick Modiano is one of the most seductive and accessible in his oeuvre: the story of a man’s memories of fleeing responsibility, finding love, and searching for meaning in an uncertain world.
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France, Story of a Childhood

This moving tale of imprisonment and escape, persecution and loss, is narrated by the daughter of an alleged Harki, an Algerian soldier who fought for the French during the Algerian War for Independence. It was the fate of such men to be twice exiled, first in their homeland after the war, and later in France, where fleeing Harki families sought refuge but instead faced contempt, discrimination, and exclusion.
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Sweating Blood

First published in French in 1893, “Sweating Blood” describes the atrocities of war in thirty tales of horror and inhumanity from the pen of the “Pilgrim of the Absolute”, Léon Bloy. Writing with blood, sweat, tears, and moral outrage, Bloy drew from anecdotes, news reports, and his own experiences as a franc-tireur to compose a fragmented depiction of the 1870 Franco-Prussian war, told with equal measures of hatred and pathos, and alternating between cutting detail and muted anguish.
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Liberty or Death: The French Revolution

In this provocative new history, Peter McPhee draws on a lifetime's study of eighteenth-century France and Europe to create an entirely fresh account of the world's first great modern revolution-its origins, drama, complexity, and significance. Was the Revolution a major turning point in French-even world-history, or was it instead a protracted period of violent upheaval and warfare that wrecked millions of lives? McPhee evaluates the Revolution within a genuinely global context: Europe, the Atlantic region, and even farther.

music

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The Phillips Camerata, 75th Anniversary Celebration Event

May 29, 2016 | 4:00 pm
The Phillips Collection
The Phillips Collection presents The Phillips Camerata, 75th Anniversary Celebration Event with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
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Harvardwood Presents: Furuya Sisters Trio Plays RAVEL

May 29, 2016 | 5:30PM - 7PM
National Opera Center - Scorca HAll
The Furuya Sisters Trio performed at the White House this last December, and were thanked by Michelle Obama, who wrote "The President and I are so grateful for your wonderful performance." The great Hungarian pianist Gyorgi Sandor praised their "superior talent". Among those who have admired them are actresses Joan Fontaine, Olivia de Havilland, and Rhonda Fleming. Cellist Mimi Furuya has won numerous awards. She is also a composer, whose work has been performed by the Juilliard Orchestra and the American Brass Quintet. Pianist Sakiko Furuya has performed at Alice Tully Hall, Weill Hall, and Merkin Hall in New York, and was a winner of the Gina Bachauer Competition at Juilliard. Violinist Harumi Furuya '95 PhD '06 has performed at, among others, Alice Tully Hall and Prague's Dvorak Hall.​
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DC Jazz Festival presents: The Lafayette Suite

June 8, 2016 | 8:00 p.m.
Embassy of France
DC Jazz Festival presents "The Lafayette Suite" concert by French pianist Laurent Coq and American saxophonist Walter Smith III, with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
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Classical Saxophone Project at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall

June 8, 2016 | 8PM
Weill Recital Hall
losing another great season of unique musical events in New York City, the Classical Saxophone Project returns to the Carnegie Hall stage. The program offers an eclectic mix of musical styles our audiences have come to love and expect. Featuring music by Bach, Berlioz, Mozart, and a world premier by P. Kellach Waddle.
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Les Petits Chanteurs de Strasbourg in the US

Les Petits Chanteurs de Strasbourg - Master of the Opéra national du Rhin were created in 2001 by Philippe Utard. The choir is comprised of children, it exports the picture of youth and excellence of the Opera House, the city of Strasbourg and Alsace throughout Europe during concerts. Since 2009, they are part of the musical organization of the Opéra national du Rhin. The choir admits singers aged from 7 to 18 years after an entrance audition. These children come from diverse backgrounds without solfegic training, provided they are motivated and have a healthy voice for a thorough job. They will be performing a tour of the United States that notably includes a concert at Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York on April 12th
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Les Arts Florissants in the United States

Celebrated conductor William Christie and his acclaimed early-music ensemble Les Arts Florissants explore the hedonistic side of the French Baroque with the rarely staged opéra-ballet Les Fêtes Vénitiennes, by André Campra (1660-1744), famed successor to composer Jean-Baptiste Lully. Gamblers, carnies, gypsies, and jilted lovers—baring lots of leg via scanty updates on period dress—populate a series of stories in this crimson-hued carnival of courtly music, dance from Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, and Venetian decadence, originally conceived in the anti-authoritarian ferment surrounding the Sun King Louis XIV’s final days. Play-within-a-play plot devices, melodies borrowed from Lully’s opera Atys, gliding gondolas, and dancing sheep round out Campra’s whimsical nod to French libertinism. They will perform in New York at the Guggenheim on April 11th and the Brooklyn Academy of Music from April 14th through 17th, as well as select dates around the country.

Visual & Performing Arts

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Philosophy for Kids

On March 19, 2016, as part the Tilt Kids Festival, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York initiated a one-of-a-kind event for children, inspired by the French books "Les Goûters Philo". Under the starry ceiling of Albertine Books, 80 children gathered in small groups to deep dive into philosophy and express their thoughts on subjects such as friendship and the infinite. The workshops were led by Critchley’s PhD students, who shared their experiences with us following this first-time event.
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Oui Design During NYCxDESIGN Draws Thousands

From May 7 through 20 in New York City, Oui Design, the French Embassy’s program that fosters creative exchange in design between France and the U.S., co-presented over 20 events within the framework of NYCxDESIGN, New York’s official city-wide celebration of design. Oui Design brought the work of 27 international designers and curators as well as 15 manufacturers and institutions to New York.
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Barbie celebrated in Paris

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris is presenting an exhibition from March 10 to September 18, 2016, around the iconic doll, Barbie, whose story has many dimensions and has made an indelible mark on the socio-cultural history of toys in the 20th and 21st centuries. More than 700 Barbie dolls are deployed next to works from the collections of the Museum (dolls, gowns), but also works by contemporary artists, documents (newspapers, photos, video) that contextualize the « Barbie’s lives ».
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Interview with Curator Béatrice Gross

Read an interview with Béatrice Gross, who has co-curated 'Drawing Dialogues: Selections from the Sol LeWitt Collection', on view at The Drawing Center through June 12, 2016.
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Remembering François Morellet

We are saddened by the news that contemporary French painter, sculptor and light artist François Morellet died on May 11, 2016 in his native Cholet, France at the age of 90.
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Interview with Dancer Alexandre Hammoudi

French dancer Alexandre Hammoudi has been a soloist at the American Ballet Theater since 2012. For the 2016 ABT Spring Season at the Met Opera, Alexandre will perform in several ABT repertory pieces and a new production, including works by Alexei Ratmansky.

Film, TV & New Media

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"Black Girl" directed by Ousmane Sembène at BAMCinematek

May 18 - 24, 2016
BAMCinematek
Father of African cinema Ousmane Sembène’s feature debut is one of the most important films ever made about race. Senegalese housemaid Diouana (Diop) is brought to France by the white family she works for, finding herself isolated in an unfamiliar country and trapped in a life of domestic servitude, a situation that the dignified Diouana refuses to accept.
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The National Gallery of Art presents: Chantal Akerman: A Traveler’s Tale

June 4-12, 2016
The National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art presents "Chantal Akerman: A Traveler’s Tale" with the support of the Cultural services of the French Embassy.
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Sandtown Murals

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy is pleased to present the project Sandtown Murals led in partnership with CrossCurrents Foundation.
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French Films Extravaganza

Back by popular demand! Under The Milky Way will again be offering a collection of 50 French films at discounted prices for the month of May.
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ARTE, the European culture channel, now available in English and Spanish

ARTE, the European culture channel, now offers a selection of programmes subtitled in English and in Spanish, alongside French and German. Thanks to these two free offerings, ARTE in English and ARTE en español, web users can watch new, high quality programmes every week throughout the world.
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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.
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