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A Rendezvous with Young French Cinema

The Rendez-Vous With French Cinema festival is coming back to the Lincoln Center in New York from March 1 to 12, 2017. Adeline Monzier is the U.S. representative for UniFrance, the organization behind the festival. We talked with her about the event’s line-up, which showcases young women directors and the vitality of French cinema. France-Amérique: Some 10 of the 23 movies featured this...

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“My Life as a Zucchini,” the Story of a Quite Extraordinary Childhood

Lauded at Cannes and nominated at the Golden Globes, the Césars and the Oscars, My Life as a Zucchini proves that French animation can more than hold its own against Hollywood’s 3D blockbusters. Directed by Swiss film maker Claude Barras and written by French screenwriter Céline Sciamma, the movie was made using one of the oldest techniques in cinema, called...

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Madeline Fontaine, a French Costume Designer in Hollywood

Madeline Fontaine has dressed Audrey Tautou, Asterix, Yves Saint Laurent and Jacqueline Kennedy. The French costume designer, who originally entered the profession “almost by accident,” received the César Award for Best Costume Design for A Very Long Engagement (2005) and Séraphine (2009). This Sunday, she will be in the running to receive an Oscar for Best Costume Design for Jackie,...

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A Bouquet of Pure, French Elegance

From elegant bouquets to sophisticated compositions, the floral creations by Agnès de Villarson adorn inauguration ceremonies, charity galas, Fashion Week shows and celebrity weddings. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, France-Amérique met up with this French florist, who has been working in New York for seven years. Agnès de Villarson’s Upper East Side living room is a treasure trove of beautiful...

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A Century of American Art Inspired by Matisse

Ever since his first exhibition in the United States in the early 1900s, Matisse has continued to inspire artists across America. Until June 18, the Montclair Art Museum (New Jersey) is presenting an exhibition highlighting Matisse’s lasting impact on American modern art. France-Amérique had a chat with Chief Curator Gail Stavitsky to discuss the French painter’s far-reaching influence on American...

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“The Salesman” by Asghar Farhadi Arrives in American Cinemas

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s latest offering, The Salesman, portrays a couple tearing itself apart in modern Iran. The co-produced Franco-Iranian work won the Best Actor Award and Best Screenplay Award at the Cannes Film Festival, and will be available in U.S. cinemas from Friday 27, January. The Salesman deals with Asghar Farhadi’s preferred themes. First noticed for his 2011 movie,...

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The Researcher Cataloguing all the French Statues in the United States

The Statue of Liberty is the most famous French statue in the United States, but almost 20,000 other French creations also dot the country in places as diverse as Philadelphia, Honolulu, and Duluth in Minnesota. This collection piqued the curiosity of Laure de Margerie, a former documentarist from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, and inspired her to create an online...

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Iconic: The Hermès Scarf

This square, silk scarf has been an icon of French elegance since 1937. Long associated with chic style, it can be worn in a multitude of different ways. Tied in a knot as a neck scarf, as a head band, on a bag strap, or even as a belt. Every year sees the arrival of traditional themes ranging from the...

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A French Short Film Nominated for an Oscar

Sélim Azzazi's short film Enemies Within (Ennemis Intérieurs) will represent France at the next Academy Awards ceremony, on February 26. The film will also be available online through February 13 as part of My French Film Festival. The trailer:

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Wax Tailor: the French DJ Hits the Road

The latest album from French DJ Wax Tailor, entitled By Any Beats Necessary, was designed in the style of an American road-movie soundtrack, and blends influences from jazz, rap, hip hop, blues and rock ‘n’ roll. The album was recorded in New York with a panoply of artists including Lee Fields, Tricky and Ghostface Killah from the Wu-Tang Clan, and...

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An Online Showcase for French Cinema in the United States

Some 28 French movies are now available to stream until February 13 as part of My French Film Festival. UniFrance, an organization in charge of promoting French cinema throughout the world, is the instigator of this event, and hopes to reach eight million viewers this year compared with six million in 2016. French director Jean-Paul Salome (Belphegor Phantom of the...

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A Fantastic Short Film, Shot Between Paris and New York

Nicola Rose, a young American puppeteer living in Manhattan, is filming her first short film between New York and Paris. Nicola Rose, 28, was loosely inspired by her own experience to write the script of her first short film, Creative Block (Bloc et Blocage). The film’s main character, Claire, a young New York puppeteer suffering from artist’s block, is dumbstruck...

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French Art Professionals United in the States

Founded by two French expats in Miami, the association French Arts Associates brings together French art professionals based in the United States. French Arts Associates was launched on November 18, 2016, with an inaugural event in the gallery owned by Parisian-born Lélia Mordoch in Wynwood — the Miami neighborhood hosting the Art Basel fair every year. The association founded by Sophie Blachet...

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Iconic: Shalimar, the Perfume of the Roaring Twenties

Created by Jacques Guerlain in 1921, this intoxicating perfume and its Baccarat crystal vial sated a French appetite for the Far East during the Roaring Twenties. Shalimar is now Guerlain’s most iconic perfume and its best-selling fragrance after La Petite Robe Noire, with 108 bottles sold every hour across the world. Once upon a time in 17th-century India, the Mughal Emperor...

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“The Temple”, the Spiritual Heart of the Burning Man Festival

Laurent Le Gall, the French director of the series L'Amérique dans tous ses états broadcast on TV5 Monde, has returned to his favorite subject, the American festival Burning Man. The director has already made a number of films about this annual gathering, including Sensation: A Trip to Burning Man (2002), Voyage in Utopia (2007), From Sin City to Black Rock (2011),...

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The Final Word: Confetti

A linguist, lexicologist and creator of the Petit Robert dictionaries, the eminent specialist of the French language, Alain Rey, dissects a word that rhymes with end-of-the-year party: confetti. The enormous number of Italian words adopted by the French language includes the fields of art, music and pasta, but also the joy of the carnival — also an Italian word — with...

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Aspen and Megève, a Jet Set Playground

The resorts of Aspen and Megève are winter holiday hotspots for international jetsetters, and owe their reputation to the boom in the skiing industry. We took a look at these two traditional mountain villages, respectively in Colorado and Haute-Savoie. Aspen: Snow-capped silver mines Aspen was not always an alpine village home to the upper echelons of Hollywood. The land originally...[Subscriber]

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Virtual Reality: the New Age of Images

Living through an attack on a market in Aleppo, doing time in solitary confinement in prison, and witnessing the melting of the ice caps in Greenland are just a few of the rather unsettling experiences made possible today by virtual reality. Originally from the French city of Angers, Cédric Gamelin produces films by Nonny de la Peña, a pioneer of...

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The invention of Santa Claus: From Thomas Nast to Coca-Cola

Père Janvier, Father Christmas, Christkindl, Santa Claus…Whatever name you happen to give him, Father Christmas and his origins still spur controversy. Coca-Cola may have claimed ownership of the symbol and widely circulated the image of a bearded and smiling Father Christmas, yet the brand didn’t actually invent anything. Much earlier, the American cartoonist Thomas Nast (1840-1902) fashioned Father Christmas’s image...[Subscriber]

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Honor, Country and the Pursuit of Medals

What do Parisian Aurélie Dupont and American serviceman Alek Skarlatos of Roseburg, Oregon have in common? Answer: Dupont, until recently the prima ballerina of the Paris Opera, and Skarlatos, who helped subdue a terrorist on the Amsterdam-Paris train, were both awarded the Légion d’Honneur in 2015. Dupont was among the 544 citizens who received France’s iconic national decoration in the...[Subscriber]

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Iconic: The Jacquard Sweater

Retro style, chunky knitwear and colorful, geometric patterns; for Generation Y (or millennials, as people born between 1980 and 1995 are known), the jacquard weave evokes more grandma’s knitting than haute couture. But now the 1980s are in fashion once again, this “made in France” motif is back in the spotlight, and used to create skirts, dresses, ponchos and cardigans....[Subscriber]