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Seuls en Scène Festival | Princeton U. Wallace Theater - Lewis Center For The Arts Princeton University 120 Alexander St, Princeton, NJ 08540
Seuls en Scène Festival | Princeton U. Wallace Theater - Lewis Center For The Arts Princeton University 120 Alexander St, Princeton, NJ 08540
Christophe Hutin at the CAB Chicago Architecture Biennial Graham Foundation Madlener House 4 West Burton Place Chicago, Illinois 60610

Fall Edito 2019

Dear Friends, 

It is my great pleasure and honor to take up the position of Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy in the United States this month, a role that Bénédicte de Montlaur filled with such dynamism over the past four years. I am already looking forward to meeting you all at our many upcoming cultural events. 

A full schedule awaits us, starting with the launch of Brooklyn Falls for France. The cultural season centered on French and francophone culture in Brooklyn includes many special projects across the eponymous borough. These include the play, The End of Eddy at BAM Fisher, adapted from the novel by Édouard Louis; an exhibition by the artist JR at the Brooklyn Museum; a concert by composers Christine Groult and Beatriz Ferreyra at the ISSUE Project Room; a premiere presentation of films by the New Wave icon, Juliet Berto; a series of conversations organized by Éditions de l’Épure at Invisible Dog, among many others. Find the full program here. 

The return of the fall is synonymous with the Rentrée littéraire, France’s season of abundant literary new releases, so head over the Albertine, our French and English bookstore to check out the best of new French books and to hear talks with some of their authors. Events are slated to feature Jean-Baptiste Del Amo, Maylis de Kerangal, and author-illustrator Yann Kebbi. More information here

The Albertine Book Club, open to students and Albertine members, also reunites this month with a selection of classic and contemporary works including Three Strong Women by Marie N’Diaye, The Unknown Masterpiece by Honoré de Balzac, and Hold Fast Your Crown by Yannick Haenel. 

Several authors will discuss their latest works in English. Jean-Baptiste del Amo, recipient of the Goncourt Prize for his first novel, will make stops in Boston, New York, Washington DC, and Seattle; historian Jacques Semelin will appear in Atlanta, Boston, and New York; author Maylis de Kerangal will travel to New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, while Haitian novelist Lyonel Trouillot will be in San Francisco, New Orleans, and Miami. More information here

Festival Albertine, an annual event featuring conversations between French and American authors, artists, and intellectuals, returns this year from November 8th through 10th for its sixth edition. With author and journalist Bill McKibben as curator, guests Nicolas Hulot, Fabrice Hyber, Naomi Klein, Raj Patel, Lauren Groff, and many others, will be prompted to explore the subject of climate change from social, economic, political, industrial, and artistic angles. See the full program here

As for visual art, an exhibition of works by the French-Moroccan artist Yto Barrada will take place on Governor’s Island. Performing arts lovers will enjoy Princeton University’s Seuls en scène festival in September, featuring established and emerging artists. And in December in New York, don’t miss ACT’s program of Caribbean plays from Haiti, Martinique, Guadeloupe, and beyond, all translated into English. 

For the film lovers, the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center returns for a new edition in September and will highlight the best of French cinema with films by Olivier Assayas, Agnès Varda, Arnaud Desplechin, and Céline Sciamma, most notably. Also in New York, FIAF will feature a series around the actress Isabelle Adjani. In the Midwest, Franco-Senegalese director Alain Gomis will travel to Chicago, Columbus, Oxford (Ohio), and Cincinnati in late September to present his films. 

As for tech, November marks the start of a new edition of the Créative Lab North America, in which a new group of French startups from the cultural, creative, and tourism industries will come discover the New York and Montreal ecosystems in preparation for launching their own companies stateside. 

The Thomas Jefferson Fund, which supports French-American university research collaborations, has revealed the 32 new projects that it will support. They span the subjects of renewable energy, dark matter, medicine, and more. You can consult all of them here

And finally, some excellent news: three new schools have joined the network of bilingual public schools in New York: the Charles Dewey (IS136) and Eugenio de Hostos (IS318) middle schools and the Ronald McNair (PS05) elementary school. More information here

Countless other events and projects relating to French culture will take place throughout the country this fall, and we invite you to consult them via our website, FrenchCulture.org. 

I wish all of you a beautiful fall season. 

Gaëtan Bruel
Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy