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Château de Blérancourt Restored with Two Million Dollars from U.S. Patrons

The Franco-American museum, Château de Blérancourt, in Picardy, has been closed for renovation for 12 years, and will reopen on Sunday, June 25. This major project was made possible by a U.S. charity, the American Friends of Blérancourt. The Executive Director of the American Friends of Blérancourt, Larry Horne, is preparing for the big day in his office, located on...

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French-Speaking Comedians On-Stage in New York

The French Comedy Festival offers five French-speaking comedians a chance to perform on-stage in New York from June 21 to 24, 2017. The French Comedy Festival was founded in 2016, and this year will be hosting five comedians — two French, one American, one Canadian and one Belgian — across four New York venues. “The festival aims to promote French culture through humor,”...

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Bertrand Tavernier: “French Cinema is not Limited to the Nouvelle Vague”

Bertrand Tavernier is the man behind "Coup de torchon," "A Sunday in the Country," "Round Midnight" and "Captain Conan," and is now back with a documentary looking at 50 years of French cinematic history. The French filmmaker will be presenting his work in Los Angeles on June 15 and in New York on June 20-24. The film will then be released...

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Los Angeles Swings to Jazz by Django Reinhardt

The Lycée Français de Los Angeles is celebrating all things swing! The Lycée's Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz will be hosting the first edition of a festival in honor of renowned French jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt on June 17 and 18, 2017. Jean Reinhardt was born in Belgium in 1910, and his life could well have taken a turn for the worse....

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300 Years of French Culture in Alabama

Sixteen years before they founded New Orleans, the French established a settlement on the Gulf of Mexico, a town now called Mobile, in Alabama. To celebrate the bi-centennial of its annexation by the United States, Alabama is organizing a symposium on its French heritage this weekend. We asked Steve Murray, director of the Alabama Department of Archives and History, to...

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Acrobats from Compagnie XY on Tour in the United States

Compagnie XY is taking off for the United States. The Lille-based collective will be in Houston (Texas), Charleston (South Carolina) and New York from June 2 to July 22 performing "It’s Not Yet Midnight," an acrobatic show where everything happens… in the air. The show It’s Not Yet Midnight won the hearts of French audiences at its premiere performance at the 2014...

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Bilingual Students in Brooklyn Pay Homage to Refugees

French theater troupe L’Oiseau Bleu will be supporting refugees all over the world by performing a play with the students at the Boerum Hill School for International Studies in Brooklyn on June 6 and 17, 2017. May 13, 1939. Some 937 German Jews boarded the Saint-Louis ocean liner in Hamburg. The passengers were fleeing Nazism and the looming threat of war,...

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Open-Air French Cinema Returns to New York

The tenth edition of the Films on the Green festival will be taking place from June 2 to September 7, 2017. The event gives New-Yorkers a chance to enjoy their city’s parks while rediscovering works by Méliès, Carné, Truffaut, Ozon and Gondry. In true, tenth-anniversary style, the Films on the Green festival is inviting ten leading American figures to submit...

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Agnès Varda in Californialand

The French New Wave icon will be the focus of a retrospective at the BAMcinématek in New York from May 31 to June 13, 2017. Her six films set in the United States between 1967 and 1981 will be the focus of this homage. We met up with the French artist in 2013 when she was a guest at the...

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“There Is Much to Discover About 18th-Century French Painting”

While the French Impressionists are well known from many exhibitions across the years, the same is not true of their 18th century predecessors. In fact, Watteau, Fragonard, and many of their contemporaries are sometimes dismissed as merely decorative artists without the depth and complexity of later French painters and sculptors. That doesn’t mean that acquisitive American collectors didn’t include them...

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From “Dumbo” to “Pulp Fiction”: 70 Years of American Palmes d’Or

Today marks the kick-off of the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. It is an opportunity to revisit the 22 American films that have been awarded the Grand Prize or the Palme d'Or since the festival's inauguration in 1939. Initially, the highest award granted by the festival was called "Grand Prize of the International Film Festival." But in 1954, the...

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The United States Are Top of the Steps at the Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Film Festival was also a promise made to the United States. Founded at the beginning of World War II, the event wasn’t held for the first time until 1946. The festival’s posters have often drawn inspiration from U.S. cinema ever since, and the Americans are out in force on La Croisette almost every year. After all, they’ve been...

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Soccer Goes to the Movies at Kicking + Screening in New York

The Kicking + Screening festival will be back to celebrate the beautiful game on the big screen from June 6 until 9, 2017, with four international films including a French entry. The festival’s American founder, Rachel Markus, explains how she managed to combine soccer and cinema. France-Amérique: How was the Kicking + Screening festival born? Rachel Markus: I traveled a lot as part...

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The Americans at the Cannes Film Festival

Americans have always been stars of the red carpet in Cannes. The festival’s 70th edition kicks off on Wednesday, May 17, and is no exception. Jessica Chastain and Will Smith will be members of the Palme d’or jury, Uma Thurman will be president of the Un Certain Regard jury, and ten American movies will be screened over the two-week festival. Noah Baumbach / "The Meyerowitz...

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Open-Air French Cinema at Miami Beach

The Films on the Beach festival is returning to Miami Beach until May 30, with a line-up of films shown in an open-air setting. The fourth edition of the festival, on the theme of “French Teen Spirit,” will include seven French movies. Organized with the cultural services of the French embassy in Washington, the Films on the Beach festival is using this...

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Europe Celebrated in Images

The Panorama Europe Film Festival is returning to New York from May 5 to 21, 2017. The diverse line-up offers 17 European movies, and invites audiences to a journey across the Old Continent! The ninth edition of the Panorama Europe festival offers New York cinephiles a selection of films from France, Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Malta...

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The African Youth Revolution Portrayed Through Cinema

The African Film Festival (AFF) is back again this year, aiming to create a dialogue between the African continent and American audiences through cinema. The 24th edition of the New York festival will be held from May 3 to 9, 2017. Some 25 movies and 36 short films on the theme of “the people’s revolution” will be shown at the Walter Reade Theater...

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An Exhibition About Yves Saint Laurent to Open in Virginia

After an acclaimed 4-month stint in Seattle, an exhibition chronicling the life and remarkable 44-year career of the famed French designer will open this Saturday, May 6, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Yves Saint Laurent pioneered modern women’s wear with such designs as the safari jacket and Le Smoking. His willingness to borrow from menswear prompted many to view his creations...

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Discussing Politics with an American: How to Avoid a Screaming Match?

En ce moment aux Etats-Unis, il y a de grandes chances qu’un sujet lié à la politique, l’immigration, la religion ou les questions raciales s’invite dans la discussion. Mais "small talk" et débats d’idées ne font pas bon ménage ! Le "small talk" est par essence consensuel et poli : sa pratique ne se prête guère aux sujets politiques. Un débat à...

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“Tomorrow,” An Environmental Road Movie

After a successful run in France, environmental activist Cyril Dion and actress Mélanie Laurent’s film tries its luck on the big screen in America. It’s the story of a small documentary film funded thanks to a crowd-sourcing website, after a lack of initial interest from producers. Two years later, the film has drawn more than a million spectators in France....

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The U.S. Residencies Drawing French Artists

American residencies funded by private foundations are giving French and other international artists a chance to devote themselves fully to their artistic projects. Thanks to the foundation headed up by art collector Eileen Kaminsky, French artist Laurence de Valmy, 43, was given a studio to work in for three months at the Mana Contemporary cultural center. The artistic organization founded...