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October 2014

Showcasing its mission as a space for French-American intellectual exchange, Albertine, the new reading room and bookshop in the French Embassy, will soon host to a six-day free festival featuring leading French and American thinkers and artists. Among the distinguished speakers will be Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, filmmaker Olivier Assayas, author Mary Gaitskill, screenwriter, author, and film director Emmanuel Carrère, graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi, Nobel Prize-winning mathematician John Nash, and Fields Medal-winning mathematician Cédric Villani.
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Official Drawing: French Culture Games Contest

An official drawing was conducted at the new Albertine reading room and bookshop within the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York City on October 31 to determine the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners of the French Culture Games contest.
events

Gisèle Vienne: Kindertotenlieder

October 29 - November 1, 2014
New York Live Arts
Making her New York Live Arts debut, Gisèle Vienne, in collaboration with Dennis Cooper and KTL - Stephen O'Malley & Peter Rehberg, takes audience members on an emotionally stirring journey that blurs the lines between reality and fiction. A true hybrid dance-theater work set in the visually arresting scenic landscape of a snowy winter night, Kindertotenlieder takes inspiration from the “uncanny” as presented by Sigmund Freud. The work examines the representation of horrifying dread as something both familiar and alien, triggering a cathartic, ceremonial experience.
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Six Characters in Search of an Author

October 29 — November 2, 2014
BAM Harvey Theater
An identity crisis for the theater itself, Luigi Pirandello’s 1921 epitome of absurdism is a masterpiece of blurred dramatic lines, brought cleverly to life in this production from director Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota and Théâtre de la Ville, Paris.
interview

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.
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Best of French Animation !

Nov 5, 2014
School of Visual Arts Theater
Join the School of Visual Arts & the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival for the Best of French Animation ! on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 at 7 pm.

books

new titles

The Bloody Hand

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

The Strange Death of Sullivan Chance

Part mystery, part adventure, part satire, this audacious novel unravels the tale of Sullivan Chance, a hick picked by a scheming TV producer to be the star of a new reality show (Roaring Forties Press, November 2014).
new titles

Full Speed Ahead! How Fast Things Go

Did you know a tornado travels faster than a racecar? The vintage-style illustrations by Cruschiform directly compare the speeds of animals, modes of transport and forces of nature in a clear and visually-striking album format for children (Abrams & Chronicle Books, November 2014).
new titles

Babar on Paradise Island

Shipwrecked on a desert island, Babar and his familymeet fabulous creatures as they explore their temporary home.This newest book in the beloved series is sure to delight longtime fans as well as new readers!
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French Books USA: Week In Review

The winner of the Grand Prix du roman is announced, Mark Polizzotti writes about what it's like to translate Patrick Modiano, and "l'Obs" pays tribute to Daniel Boulanger.
new titles

Birth of a Bridge

From one of the most exciting novelists writing in France today, comes Birth of a Bridge, the story of a handful of men and women of various backgrounds and classes, who assemble around the construction of a giant suspension bridge in Coca, a fictional city somewhere in a mythical and fantastic California.

music

events

Hélène Tysman at Alice Tully Hall (with Riverside Symphony)

Nov 1, 2014 | 8 PM
Alice Tully Hall
Widely acclaimed French classical pianist Hélène Tysman will perform with the Riverside Symphony at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall on November 1st.
news

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.
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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.
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Angélique Kidjo with Very Special Guests at Carnegie Hall

Nov 5, 2014 | 8 PM
Carnegie Hall
Famed world musician Angélique Kidjo will perform a tribute to South African music legend and political activist Miriam Makeba at Carnegia Hall.
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Belgian Rock Star Arno to Play Joe's Pub

Nov 13, 2014 | 9:30 PM
Joe's Pub
Famed for both his solo output and his work with legendary Belgian rock group TC matic, Arno will play one night at the New York venue, Joe's Pub.

Visual & Performing Arts

events

Gisèle Vienne: Kindertotenlieder

October 29 - November 1, 2014
New York Live Arts
Making her New York Live Arts debut, Gisèle Vienne, in collaboration with Dennis Cooper and KTL - Stephen O'Malley & Peter Rehberg, takes audience members on an emotionally stirring journey that blurs the lines between reality and fiction. A true hybrid dance-theater work set in the visually arresting scenic landscape of a snowy winter night, Kindertotenlieder takes inspiration from the “uncanny” as presented by Sigmund Freud. The work examines the representation of horrifying dread as something both familiar and alien, triggering a cathartic, ceremonial experience.
events

Six Characters in Search of an Author

October 29 — November 2, 2014
BAM Harvey Theater
An identity crisis for the theater itself, Luigi Pirandello’s 1921 epitome of absurdism is a masterpiece of blurred dramatic lines, brought cleverly to life in this production from director Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota and Théâtre de la Ville, Paris.
interview

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.
events

Stéphane Sednaoui: Search and Rescue at Ground Zero

November 5, 2014 at 12 p.m.
9/11 Memorial Museum
Over three nights, Sednaoui worked tirelessly along with thousands of other volunteers digging through the wreckage, desperately hoping to find survivors. He had brought along a small Ricoh camera, and in those moments when the workers would pause to listen for sounds that might help them locate a person who might have been trapped beneath a mountain of debris, he would take pictures. A stunning archive documenting the terrible beauty of that unreal landscape.
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Monument to Cold War Victory

October 7 - November 7, 2014
Cooper Union
Monument to Cold War Victory is a conceptual project curated by the artist Yevgeniy Fiks and Stamatina Gregory, taking the form of an open-call, international competition for a public, commemorative work of art.
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Performance: CHAIR “ARCHIVOGRAPHY"

November 10 - 11, 2014
Swiss Institute
David Gordon talks with Valda Setterfield about the first accidental appearance and subsequent purposeful utilization in his movement and theater work, since 1974, of the pedestrian metal folding chair.

Film, TV & New Media

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Lookin4Galt, the first Hip Hop road movie at Videology

Nov 3, 2014
Videology
Join Videology and French directors "Gasface" for the special screening of Lookin4Galt on Monday, November 3rd at 10.30pm.
events

Best of French Animation !

Nov 5, 2014
School of Visual Arts Theater
Join the School of Visual Arts & the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival for the Best of French Animation ! on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 at 7 pm.
news

Abderrahmane Sissako Won Best Director Award at the 50 Edition of Chicago International Film Festival

Director Abderrahmane Sissako won few days ago the Silver Hugo grand prize for best director for his film Timbuktu, at the 50th Chicago International Film Festival.
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Gold Coast International Film Festival

Nov 3-7, 2014
Gold Coast International Film Festival
Join Gold Coast International Film Festival for the special screening of 3 French films: Paulette; If you don't I will; Dior and I; from November 3 to November 7, 2014
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Lyon Lumière Festival’s Classic Film Market: Cohen Media Group ink bought 8 French films to Gaumont

For the occasion of the second edition of Lyon Lumière Festival’s Classic Film Market, Cohen Film Collection has acquired North American rights to eight films from Gaumont.
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13 French films and co-productions in the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award 2015 Selection

French cinema will be well represented at the 87th Academy Awards next February 22nd, with 2 French films and 11 French co-productions out of the 76 features which are running the Oscar race.
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