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Spring Édito 2019

Dear Friends,

As sunny weather approaches, a multitude of events flourish on the calendar of the Culture Services of the French Embassy.  The list of 5 books competing against each other for the Albertine Prize will be revealed during the Prize’s launch party on April 3rd at the Cultural Services in New York, as well as on the website albertine.com, where you can vote for your favorite book until April 30.  We invite you to meet the laureate in New York on June 5th at the Cultural Services or via livestream at livestream.com/frenchembassy.

A variety of distinguished authors will tour the United States throughout May and April to give talks and present their books.  The historian Patrick Boucheron will discuss his collective book, France In the World: A New Global History, Delphine Minoui will speak about her book, I’m Writing You from Teheran, and Dominique Kalifa will also discuss her latest book, Vice, Crime, and Poverty: How the Western Imagination Invented the Underworld.  Fiction and illustrated novels will also be featured : Florent Ruppert  will speak about his latest graphic novel, The Perineum Technique; writer and illustrator Isabelle Simler will follow with her book Sweet Dreamers; and novelist and playwright Laurent Gaudé will tour the East Coast for his novel, Hear Our Defeats.

Springtime also marks the return of the design season in New York, and with that comes the return of Oui Design, a program that encourages the presence of French and Francophone creators in the United States.  During NYCxDESIGN (from the 10th to the 22nd of May), Oui Design, in partner with Wanted Design, will honor transatlantic exchanges through the new collaborations between four Franco-American duos of designers and artisans — such as Elyse Graham and the International Glass Art Center of Meisenthal, and Philippe Nigro and the Corning Museum of Glass, Glass Lab —.  This year, four French design schools (ENSCI, ENSAD, Strate, and Boulle) will also have the chance to participate in this international design program.  All of the projects will be presented at Industry City — Brooklyn.  

Music lovers, you are not forgotten!  In April, the Quatuor Ebène will begin their world tour Beethoven Around the World with concerts in New York, New Orleans, Durham, Philadelphia, before returning in 2020 for Beethoven’s 250th birthday.  June 17th, Jean-Michel Pilc will perform his new album at the well-known Blue Note club, as a part of the European Sound Series, in partner with the Blue Note Jazz Festival.

Don’t miss the Tribeca Film Festival, from April 24th to May 5th, and come discover three French-produced virtual reality experiences (particularly that of Jan Kounen) supported by French Immersion, our program that promotes French audio-visual immersive experiences.  

On the occasion of Claire Denis’s opening of High Life, there will be retrospectives of the director shown in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Austin, and Denver.  The festival “The Black Experience in French Cinema” presented by NYU’s Maison Française in April, will consist of documentaries, films and shorts that grapple will themes related to the colonial heritage of Afro-Americans in France.  Lastly, Films on the Green, our annual program of French and Francophone films outside, will return to the parks of New York City for a new season at the end of May, centered this year on female French and Francophone directors.  More information about this event coming very soon!

From May through July, the “Community College in France” bootcamps will take place in Caen, Montpellier, Paris, and Lyon.  This program invites American students and their affiliated establishments to take part in professional and cultural visits to France exploring themes such as the environment, sports, technology, and citizenship in the digital age.

A number of other events and projects will take place throughout the country, and we invite you to find out more under the visual arts, performing arts, books & ideas, music, cinema, family, French language, and higher education sections on our website, as well as the Albertine website.

I wish you all a fantastic Spring, and I hope you enjoy our events this season.

Bénédicte de Montlaur

Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy in the United States