Winter Edito

Dear friends,As 2015 comes to a close and the promise of 2016 lies ahead, this winter season is a time for reflection and renewal.

Discours du Dr. Ronald W. Tobin

Retrouvez le discours de bienvenue prononcé par le Dr. Ronald W. Tobin au déjeuner francophone d'ACTFL à San Diego le 21 novembre 2015 !
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Couple Mechanics

At once sexy and feminist, this is a story of a woman who decides to fight for her marriage after her husband confesses to an affair with a notable politician. Juliette, a computer engineer, and Olivier, a journalist, have two young children and the busy lives of a modern Parisian couple. When Olivier confesses to having an affair, Juliette’s world is shattered.
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Cruising through the Louvre

Author David Prudhomme meanders through the Louvre, feeling as if in the panels of a giant comic while he himself is creating his own. In this institution, all manner of people from all over the world rub elbows quietly. So he decides to cruise through the Louvre at a quick pace, not to look at the art but to observe the people and their interaction with it.


April 15 - 24, 2016
Coachella Festival
April 15, 2016-April 24, 2016 l Indio. It’s back: Coachella returns to Indio, California in 2016 with some major surprises. But certainly not least of all, Coachella 2016 welcomes a veritable treasure trove of French pop and electro acts performing during the perenially sold-out two weekend April festival. In 2016, brace yourselves from performances by Christine and the Queens, M83, St Germain, Ibeyi, Tchami, Amine Edge & Dance, Lido, and Melody’s Echo Chamber.
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Green Capital A New Perspective on Growth

Many believe economic growth is incompatible with ecological preservation. Green Capital challenges this argument by shifting our focus away from the scarcity of raw materials and toward the deterioration of the great natural regulatory functions (such as the climate system, the water cycle, and biodiversity).



Translated Titles 2015

Thanks to the invaluable help of 1100 of our contacts in publishing, we have built a near-complete list of 2015’s titles in translation from the French, of which, as far as we're aware, there is no equivalent. The fact that this list is not exhaustive serves to show the sheer volume of titles published.

French Books USA: Week in Review

Édouard Louis's new book attracts attention; more Angoulême awards; Eisner Award nominees announced; Colette film courts Keira Knightley; a play on Proust.

French Books USA: Week in Review

Angoulême awards winners announced; Alain Finkielkraut is now Immortal; Maylis de Kerangal grafts poetic prose in The Heart; Ta-Nehisi Coates translated into French; Winter book season opens in France.

An Evening with Maylis de Kerangal

Feb 24, 2016 | 7pm
NYU - Maison Française
Introduced by Eugène Nicole, Professor of French, NYU. Award winning novelist Maylis de Kerangal began her career in publishing for Gallimard's youth department. Her work has been widely praised for its scope, originality, and use of language. Réparer les vivants, published to great acclaim, received rave reviews for its intimate look at the realities and philosophical questioning of organ donation. The book will be published in English as The Heart: A Novel this spring by Farrar Straus and Giroux.
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Dungeon Monstres, vol. 6: The Great Animator

In an automaton-themed volume, "The Great Animator" pits the predecessor to the Vaucanson castle and realm against a huge army of ruthless invaders. The great castle’s army automatons evens the fight but at great cost.
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Battle of the Vegetables

Short tales in graphic novel format describe three adventures in the vegetable garden, none of which ends happily—but all of which are wickedly funny.



Opera Lafayette presents: Une Éducation Manquée

February 2 & 3, 2016 | 7:00 pm
The Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
Opera Lafayette, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, presents Emmanuel Chabrier’s opera Une Éducation Manquée (An Incomplete Education) with libretto by Eugène Letterier and Albert Vanloo at The Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.

Alex Grenier Trio on Tour

A French jazz guitarist, Alex Grenier has appeared in various settings almost everywhere in Europe and worldwide (Europe, the United States, Japan, Canada). He will be touring the United States in February.

Pierre Bensusan on Tour in 2016

Described by the L.A. Times as “one of the most unique and brilliant acoustic guitar veterans in the world music scene today”, Pierre Bensusan was voted “Best World Music Guitar Player in 2008″ by Guitar Player Magazine Readers Choice. His name became synonymous with contemporary acoustic guitar genius, long before the terms New Age, New Acoustic Music or World Music were invented. He has the ability to make a single guitar sound like an entire band as he brings the audience on a mesmerizing musical journey. Pierre will perform across North America in 2016, including a stop at New York’s Iridium jazz club.

Le Poème Harmonique in New York

American Academy of Arts and Letters
A celebrated fixture of Miller’s early music series, the beguiling French ensemble Le Poème Harmonique first came to international attention over a decade ago with their performances of airs de cour, lauded as “more than a beautiful anthology, a journey into history” (Le Monde). These songs of passion and unrequited love captured the delicate beauty idealized by the French aristocracy and are a perfect fit for the ensemble’s impassioned performance style—and for the acoustically lush Academy of Arts & Letters, where this performance is presented.

Alexandre Tharaud on Tour in 2016 in America

Acclaimed French pianist, Alexandre Tharaud, whose latest recording of Bach's 'Goldberg' Variations (Erato) was named one of the 25 "best classical music recordings of 2015" by the New York Times, will be performing a number of concerts with various major orchestras and diverse programming, throughout the United States in 2016. "This admirable French pianist took a nine-month sabbatical to hone his interpretation of Bach’s “Goldberg” Variations. Beginning with a spacious Aria, Mr. Tharaud offers imaginatively ornamented renditions of each movement, his playing — full of contrasts — spirited and poetic by turn." - THE NEW YORK TIMES

'Alone on Christmas Day' Featuring Phoenix with Bill Murray

Phoenix release “Alone on Christmas Day”, a cover of a long-lost Beach Boys holiday track from 1979 that was never formally released. Phoenix’s version features a little help from Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, former “Letterman” musical director Paul Shaffer, and New York Dolls’ David Johansen, and appears in the Netflix original holiday special, A Very Murray Christmas, directed by Sofia Coppola. All profits from the song will go to UNICEF.

Visual & Performing Arts


dance2016: A French-American Year of Dance and Ideas

dance2016, a bridge between France and the United States, is built on the long-standing and fruitful relationship between multiple partners on both sides of the Atlantic.

Rodin: Evolution of a Genius

November 21, 2015 - March 13, 2016
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy are pleased to support the exhibition Rodin: Evolution of a Genius, on view at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) from November 21, 2015 to March 31, 2016. Featuring nearly 200 works by the sculptor, the exhibition explores his techniques, materials, models and assistants, unveiling his working process.

Call for Submissions for Prix Versailles 2016

The Prix Versailles, the world architecture award for hotels, stores and restaurants, has released a call for submissions.

Hervé Koubi West Coast Tour

Hervé Koubi, one of Europe's most distinctive and celebrated choreographers, will be touring the West Coast with his acclaimed dance performance, Ce que le jour doit à la nuit (What the Day Owes the Night).

Interview with Performance Artist Dorothée Munyaneza

Dorothée Munyaneza's Samedi détente -- an exploration of the will to survive and to find happiness amidst unimaginable horrors through spoken word, song and movement -- will premiere at The Public Theater’s Under The Radar Festival (January 14-17). Then, it will be presented Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California (January 21 to 23).

Interview with Jenny Jaskey, Director of The Artists' Institute

We sit down with Jenny Jaskey, the director of The Artists' Institute, to discuss the Institute's upcoming move and new publication.

Film, TV & New Media


The French Cinémathèque at the Avalon Theatre Presents: Hitchcock/Truffaut

February 17, 2016 | 8:00 p.m.
Avalon Theater
The monthly French Cinémathèque series at the Avalon Theatre, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, presents the screening of the 2015 film Hitchcock/Truffaut by Kent Jones.

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.

Announcing the 26th Washington Jewish Film Festival

February 24 - March 6, 2016
Various Locations
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy announce the 26th edition of the Washington Jewish Film Festival.Six French films or French co-productions will be presented during the 2016 edition.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that the shorts Chez Moi and Ave Maria are finalists!

Six Films of Chantal Akerman Available for Free on Hulu

The famed Belgian filmmaker and pioneer of modern feminist cinema Chantal Akerman passed away on October 5, 2015. In a tribute to the filmmaker, distributor Janus films is offering free access to six of her films on HULU.


The digital distributor Under The Milky Way offers a wide selection of films from all around the world, including France. They have now created a monthly newsletter highlighting their key releases!
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