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

Curator of the exhibition "America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting" is Yuriko Jackall, who studied and worked in France for 10 years before coming to Washington, DC to join the staff of the National Gallery of Art as curator of French 18th century paintings. Prior to the exhibition’s opening on Sunday, May 21, she talked about the show and its origins....

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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...

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Marcel Duchamp’s Urinal Celebrates its 100th Anniversary

A 29-year-old Frenchman shocked the New York art scene 100 years ago. Marcel Duchamp's Fountain, an icon of modern art, will be on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art through December 3. Curator Matthew Affron talked to us about the exhibition. France-Amérique: What is your objective for the Marcel Duchamp and the Fountain Scandal exhibition? Matthew Affron: We wanted to showcase what may...

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Francophile Film Distributors Make Tracks for Los Angeles

The biggest French cinema festival outside of France will be taking place in Los Angeles from April 24 through May 2. Organized between the Oscars and Cannes, the COLCOA festival offers Francophone cinema a prestigious showcase in Hollywood. The COLCOA festival was founded 20 years ago by the Franco-American Culture Fund. Drawing its name from “City Of Lights City Of...

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“Heal the Living” by Katell Quillévéré Arrives in U.S. Theaters

Simon, 17, is in a brain-dead state following an accident. His initially reluctant parents finally decide to donate his organs, and the gift of his heart will save another’s life. The film is based on the successful novel, Mend the Living, by French writer Maylis de Kerangal, and was released in U.S. theaters on April 14, 2017. France-Amérique : Maylis...

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World War I Through Children’s Eyes

On April 6, 1917, the United States declared war against Germany, officially entering World War I. An exhibition of 30 drawings from 1917 depicting the American contingent arriving in France as seen by French children, will be running at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, until October 15. From 1914 to 1918, Georges Huppen, a teacher at the...

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When Posters Went to War

As the United States entered the war alongside the Allies in April 1917, admen and artists alike joined forces to “sell the war” to Americans. 20 million propaganda posters were made between spring 1917 and the Armistice of 1918. Sixty original illustrations will be on display at the Museum of the City of New York until October 9. On April...

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“Wings” Remembered

Winner of the Oscar for Best Picture in 1929, William Wellman’s Wings is a classic of the American silent film era. Upon the centennial of America entering the First World War, the film will be shown in New York, Chicago, Washington, St. Louis and Minneapolis from April 6 to 16. An epic tale with an air of tragedy, Wings is a story about...

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Jean-Jacques Audubon in America

Like Lafayette before him, Jean-Jacques Audubon (1785-1851) is one of several French people who are less known in France but who enjoy immense popularity in the United States. The French ornithologist and naturalized U.S. citizen wrote the reference work The Birds of America, and spent the early 19th century exploring the American wilderness of Louisiana, Missouri and Mississippi, where he...

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The Graphic Novel Unveiling the Underbelly of Silicon Valley

In 2013, along with her husband and daughter, French cartoonist Laureline Duermael left Metz and moved their video games developing business to San Francisco. The experience quickly became a living nightmare. She started to blog her misadventures as a comic strip, which was then published as a graphic novel called Comme convenu (As Agreed) in 2015. She recently launched an online crowd-funding campaign to help...

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“Zola Was a Humanist, Cézanne Was Hypersensitive”

Filmmaker, screenwriter and director Danièle Thompson is a leading figure of French cinema. We met with her as part of the release of her movie Cézanne and I in the United States on March 31. The film follows the turbulent friendship and rivalry between painter Paul Cézanne (played by Comédie Française actor Guillaume Gallienne) and writer Emile Zola (Guillaume Canet), who were both from Aix-en-Provence...