November 2014

The daring scribes who weave moments of ambivalence or assuredness into these texts with the needle of tone and the thread of language have long caught the attention of critics and thinkers on both sides of the Atlantic. This November, we offer the editors and authors of fiction and literary critique, as seen in journals and publications (or revues), a new haven for collaboration and reflection.

Making a wish for more bilingual education in schools

Support the French Bilingual Revolution

Free French classes and West African culture at Malian Cultural Center in Harlem

Every Saturday, Assetou Sy drives her mini van across the Bronx and as far as Queens to pick up young francophone students for the French class at the Malian Cultural Center in Harlem. “Madame Sy,” as she is better known, has been doing that with the help of her husband for 5 years, and she makes a point in having all children attend.

Bring bilingual education to children in NYC public schools!

Support the French Bilingual Revolution

Public School in NYC Welcomes 1st French Dual Language International Baccalaureate Program in Grades 6-12

The School for International Studies (Cobble Hill, Brooklyn) in partnership with the French Embassy and French American Cultural Exchange (FACE Foundation) will become New York City's first French Dual Language Program 6-12 International Baccalaureate program.
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Street of Thieves

Exiled from his family for religious transgressions related to his feelings for his cousin, Lakhdar finds himself on the streets of Barcelona hiding from both the police and the Muslim Group for the Propagation of Koranic Thoughts, a group he worked for in Tangier not long after being thrown out on the streets by his father.


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The Knight and His Shadow

A brilliant tour de force, this book tells the tale of Lat-Sukabé’s quest to find his former lover, Khadidja. As Lat-Sukabé recounts his past with Khadidja, reality shapeshifts and takes on a dreamlike quality. A lyrical novel from a master of Senegalese literature, where postmodernist sensibilities meet postcolonial concerns .
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In a house on a suburban street in Nagasaki, meteorologist Shimura Kobo lives quietly on his own. Or so he believes. Indeed, food begins to go missing. This Académie Française prize‐winning novel is a moving tale of alienation in the modern world.
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Free Jazz / Black Power

This treatise on the racial and political implications of jazz and jazz criticism remains a testimony to the long ignored encounter of radical African American music and French left-wing criticism. A classic volume that developed a radical new understanding of free jazz and African American culture.
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Happy Are the Happy

The internationally acclaimed playwright and novelist Yasmina Reza stages a band of eighteen characters at war with their lives, with only humor to sustain them. A spiky, brilliantly observed novel about marriage, infidelity, dreams and disillusion.

Top 10 French Books of the Year—Book Department Picks

It probably won't come as a huge surprise that here at the Book Department, one of our favorite things about the holiday season is having more time to read. If you're still wondering what books to check out this winter, look no further. We've compiled our picks for the year's top 10 titles, from psychological thrillers to beaux livres, from the more buzzed about titles to those critics may have overlooked.

10 French Books on US "Best of 2014" Lists

Quite a few French books are making "Best Books of the Year" lists here in the US. Wondering where to start? Read on for our (far from exhaustive) list of 10 titles in translation that won critics over this year.



Jean-Michel Pilc Concerts in New York

Noted French-American jazz pianist Jean-Michel Pilc will perform a number of dates in New York City in January 2015, including two performance at the second edition of the French Quarter Jazz Festival.

Quatuor Hermès on Tour in February and March

The celebrated French ensemble, "Quatuor Hermès" will perform a US tour in February.

Stromae on Tour in 2015

The Belgian music superstar Stromae returns in 2015 with several major shows including New York's legendary Madison Square Garden in October.

French Nominees for the 2015 Grammy Awards

The French are back again with many nominations for the Grammy Awards, with winners to be announced live on February 8, 2015.

French Acts at globalFEST 2015

Jan 11, 2014 | 7 PM
Webster Hall
The biggest event celebrating music from around the world in New York, globalFEST returns to Webster Hall on January 11, 2015 and includes two French-produced acts among its varied, genre-defying lineup.

French Quarter Jazz: The Best of French Jazz Returns to NYC

Jan 12 - 14, 2014
New York City // Several Locations
Featuring France's biggest jazz talents alongside American greats, the French Quarter festival returns to three New York venues in January 2015 for it's second year.

Visual & Performing Arts


Laurent de Brunhoff

November 18 - December 23, 2014
Mary Ryan Gallery
On the occasion of publication of the newest Laurent de Brunhoff's book Babar on Paradise Island, Mary Ryan Gallery dedicates an exhibition to the French writer Laurent de Brunhoff: original Babar illustrations will be on view from November 18 to December 23, 2014.

Xavier Le Roy in Conversation with Will Rawls, in Movement Resarch

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy are glad to share Xavier Le Roy’s interview by Will Rawls part of Movement Research / Critical Correspondance about the recent museum survey of the French artist and choreographer Xavier Le Roy: Retrospective that took place at MoMA PS1 from October 2nd to December 1st, 2014.


December 4 - December 28, 2014
The Invisible Dog Art Center
The Invisible Dog’s first winter group show Wonderland, curated by Risa Shoup features paintings, photographs, sculptures, and illustrations from 18 different artists. You are sure to recognize artists from past exhibitions at the Invisible Dog and others from its studios – but the rest are new talent for you to discover.

Claude Rutault

November 20, 2014 - January 03, 2015
Galerie Perrotin
Galerie Perrotin presents a collection of works by Claude Rutault, the French artist’s first solo exhibition in America following four-decades of prominent and influential practice in France.

The seventh Meurice Prize has been awarded to Mark Geffriaud

The seventh Meurice Prize for contemporary art has been awarded to Mark Geffriaud.The artist, represented by the gallery gb agency, has been chosen for his project “Sketches” conceived as a diptych comprising a film and a sculpture, both in Bolivia and in Chile.

Interview with Fanette Mellier, French Graphic Designer

Fanette Mellier’s work will be displayed at the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York when it reopens on December 12, 2014. Visual Arts Program Officer Dorothée Charles interviews the artist below.

Film, TV & New Media


Our Christmas Film Wish List !

We tell you what we want, what we really really want for Christmas.

Futur en Seine Call for Proposals

Futur en Seine, the biggest European festival dedicated to digital innovation, takes place each year in Paris from June 11th to June 14th. The festival offers a profusion of events related to digital culture from tech demos to workshops and concerts taking place in the heart of Paris.

Jean-Claude Carrière to Receive Honorary Oscars

Jean Claude Carrière will be honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the sixth annual Governors Awards on November 8th in Los Angeles for his whole film career.

FIAF Presents CinéSalon: The Art of Sex and Seduction

Nov 4 - Dec 16, 2014
Join the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) for CinéSalon: The Art of Sex and Seduction series, every Tuesday from November 4, to December 16, 2014.

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.

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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