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May 18
Talk: Maylis de Kerangal and Jessica Moore ONLINE EVENT The Center for Fiction 15 Lafayette Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11217

Winter Edito

Dear friends, 

As the days grow more glacial, our programming has all but frozen: a packed winter season of festivals, events, screenings, and exhibitions awaits you! 

In 2019, not one but five editions of the nocturnal intellectual marathons known as A Night of Philosophy/Night of Ideas will unfold across the United States. During these free events, visitors will be invited to listen to mini-talks by top philosophers from around the world, while also enjoying performances, screenings, readings, and live music. In conjunction with 65 other events developed across the world in partnership with Institut Français, the editions taking place in Houston (January 26), Washington D.C. (January 31), Los Angeles (February 1), New York (February 2) and San Francisco (January 2) will kindle collective reflection around the most pressing social topics, from international immigration to climate change. Renowned author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will speak at the Washington D.C. edition, and in Houston, artist Michel Blazy will present an exhibition on the evolutions of society in the robotics era. Los Angeles will tackle the theme of sustainable fashion through the lens of a vegan show; Brooklyn will take you on a 360° VR journey; and San Francisco will feature Gérard Araud, French Ambassador to the United States, and French artist JR. Read more about the intellectual marathons in The New York Times

The performing arts take center stage this season. A special focus on puppetry in January will include performances of company Plexus Polaire-Ingvild Aspeli’s latest show, Chambre Noirein New York and Chicago. Their emblematic play, Cendres, will also be shown in Atlanta and New York. 

If you missed Fabrice Melquiot’s critically acclaimed play, Pollock, which recounts the relationship between the artist and Lee Krasner, you’ll have another opportunity to see it this January. Four performances will be presented at Abrons Art Center in New York in January. During the same month, IPAY-International Performing Arts for Youth will present Olivier Letellier’s Oh Boy!, an adaptation of Marie-Aude Murail’s famous novel, in Philadelphia. On the occasion of the fourth edition of Tilt Festival, kids and their families are invited to discover the works of such renowned artists as Olivier Py and 2018 MacArthur Genius Grant winner Okwui Okpokwasili for a series of shows, screenings and artistic and musical workshops in New York, crafted around a central theme of instilling openness and diversity.

The cinephiles among you will already be looking forward to the festivals punctuating the season, many of which showcase French artists. The upcoming edition of the New York Jewish Film Festival will open in January with the US premiere of Eric Barbier’s La Promesse de l’Aube. At the Museum of the Moving Image, First Look will present three French guests: director Claire Simon, for the premiere of her Young Solitude, as well as directors Antoni Collot and Jean-Pierre Rehm. In San Francisco, Life Goes On, by French director Mia Hansen-Love, will be screened in presence of the director at BAMPFA (Berkeley) at the end of January. 

Two VR projects, Gloomy Eyes by Jorge Tereso and Fernando Maldonado, and Mechanical Souls by Python Blue will be presented at the next Sundance Film Festival, in Utah, in January. The end of winter will mark the return of an important rendezvous for the video game sphere, namely the Games Developer Conference in San Francisco, which will highlight French creators. 

As for music, the Winter Jazz Festival will return in early January with three French Quarter Nights, including performances by the Arnaud Dolmen Quartet, Bibi Tanga & The Selenites, Blick Bassy, and Baptiste Trotignon & Yosvany Terry, at venues such as Bitter End, Zinc BarSmalls Jazz Club and Nublu

Young readers and their parents have something exciting to look forward to in the New Year: the Albertine Prix Jeunesse, a readers’ prize for children ages 3 to 11, will invite kids to vote for their favorite Francophone book next May! It’s never too soon to get a head start on reading the selected titles. And for adults, as the year draws to a close, Albertine’s booksellers have compiled reading lists of their favorite fiction, food, children’s, and art books of the year. Take a look at all of the staff picks here. 

Many other events and projects will be taking place across the country this season in the spheres of Visual and Performing ArtsBooks and IdeasMusicFilmKids and Family Programs, French Language and Higher Education, as well as at Albertine

I wish you all a wonderful holiday. See you next year!

Bénédicte de Montlaur
Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy in the United States