Embassy of France
June 2017

French Cultural Events this Month


Once Upon a Time: From Books to Movies

June 13 & 27
Embassy of France - La Maison Française

Beauty and the Beast/La Belle et la Bête
by Jean Cocteau
1946 - France - 75 min
June 13 | 7:00 p.m

The only gift the daughter of a rich merchant asks from her father, when he returns from a long journey, is a red rose. Her sisters laugh at her, but once this unexpected wish is granted, everything becomes enchanting. A man is changed into a beast, the house has spells cast upon it, and, in the end, Prince Charming appears to delight Beauty.

Sophie's Misfortunes/Les Malheurs de Sophie
by Christophe Honoré
2015 - France - 144 min
June 27 | 7:00 p.m

From her castle, young Sophie can't resist the temptation of the forbidden and what she loves most of all is to get up to no-good with her cousin Paul. When her parents decide to go to America, Sophie is delighted. A year later, she's back in France with her horrible stepmother, Madame Fichini.
But Sophie will be able to count on her two friends, model little girls, and their mother, Madame de Fleurville to escape from her stepmother's clutches.

In French with English subtitles

Online registration is required for these free admission screenings.



June 22 | 7:00 p.m
Embassy of France - La Maison Française

by Max Ophüls
1937 - France – 102 min

Considered something of a curiosity in the oeuvre of French filmmaker Max Ophüls, Yoshiwara is the story of a love triangle between a geisha, a Russian military officer and a family servant. An intriguing example of France’s fascination with Japanese culture in the early 20th century – which also led to a craze for Utamaro’s work – this rarely screened classic also features the romantic themes and visual splendor of Ophüls’ better-known works.

In French with English subtitles

Online registration is required for this free admission screening.

This screening is organized in partnership with the Freer and Sackler Galleries.



The French Cinémathèque at the Avalon Theatre Presents: Cézanne et Moi

June 21 | 8:00 p.m
Avalon Theater

The monthly French Cinémathèque series at the Avalon Theatre, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, presents the screening of the film Cézanne et moi by Danièle Thompson.

Academy Award nominated French writer-director Danièle Thompson’s Cézanne et moi, a riveting 19th-century period drama starring Guillaume Canet and Guillaume Gallienne as two of French culture’s legends, the novelist Émile Zola and post-impressionist painter Paul Cézanne. Cézanne et moi chronicles the decade-long friendship between Cézanne, who was born into a wealthy family but struggled to make a living as a painter, and Zola, who came from a poor background but achieved notoriety as a novelist. The film traces the parallel paths of their lives and careers from Aix-en-Provence to Paris, while exploring their fears and ambitions.

In French with English subtitles.

For more information and ticket reservations, please click here.




June 14-18, 2017
Various venues

Mama Colonel/Maman Colonelle - U.S. PREMIERE
by Dieudo Hamadi
2017 - France/Democratic Republic of Congo - 72 min
June 15 | 6:30 p.m | AFI Silver
June 17 | 4:15 p.m | Landmark

In the war-torn capitol of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the headstrong Colonel Honorine Munyole leads a mission to serve and protect the women and children of her country when no one else will.

The Paris Opera/L'Opéra
by Jean-Stéphane Bron
2017 - France/Switzerland - 110 min
June 18 | 4:45 p.m | Landmark E Street

Documenting a season at the Paris Opera — a period set against terror attacks, ballet corps mutiny and a bull preparing for its stage debut — this portrait captures the majesty and chaos of a grand artistic institution.

In French with English subtitles

For tickets and more information, click here.





French Series - The Syrian Crisis: Migration and Refugee Challenges

June 14 | 6:00 p.m
Embassy of France - La Maison Française

Taking advantage of the visit of the Director general of Doctors of the World in Turkey, Mr. Hakan Bilgin, the French Embassy is pleased to invite you to our next French Series panel discussion event to discuss the situation of migrants and refugees, from Syria or elsewhere through Turkey or transiting countries until their settlement in western countries.

The panel discussion will be moderated by:

Arshad Mohammed, Diplomatic Correspondent for Reuters
Hakan Bilgin, President of Doctors of the World Turkey
Gideon Maltz, Executive Director of the TENT Foundation
Leila Hilal, Senior Fellow at The New America Foundation
Audrey Singer, Senior Fellow at the Urban Institute's Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center

Online Registration is required for this free admission event.

Register here.






June 6 | 7:30 p.m
Music Center - Strathmore

The French electronic duo of Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel is better known as Air. With a sensual, atmospheric sound inspired by Burt Bacharach and Brian Wilson as well as disco, new wave, and obscure Italian film soundtracks, Air may have been outliers in the late ’90s electronica boom, but they became one of the most influential electronic acts of the 2000s and beyond. Air is celebrated for their atmospheric, melodic soundscapes that intersperse experimental textures with rock and pop themes. The duo returned in 2016 to with a career-spanning retrospective titled Twentyears. On the heels of that release, expect a nostalgic set that revisits some of the group’s greatest hits.

For tickets and information, please visit Strathmore's website.



La Fête de la Musique

June 21 | 3 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Dupont Circle

A free annual outdoor concert series that occurs every year on the summer solstice! All-Day concerts that are fun for the whole family at Dupont Circle.

Support the festival here!





Spectacular Gems and Jewelry from the Merriweather Post Collection

June 10, 2017 - January 1, 2018
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

For centuries, extraordinary gemstones have been the centerpieces of stunning jewelry made to adorn royalty, aristocracy, high society, and Hollywood stars. Nearly sixty pieces that once belonged to Marjorie Merriweather Post, one of the greatest jewelry collectors of the twentieth century, will tell the story behind some of the remarkable stones and the jewelry into which they were transformed.

The exhibition is organized by Hillwood Estate, Museum & Garden.



Mohamed Bourouissa: Urban Riders

June 30 - October 2, 2017
Barnes Foundation

Mohamed Bourouissa: Urban Riders features approximately 85 works—including drawings, photos, costumes, sculptures, and a video—presented for the first time in the US. Since 2002, Bourouissa (b. 1978, Algeria; lives and works in Paris) has been developing a photography practice, drawing, and creating video rooted in social reality. Working primarily with representations of a contemporary urban environment, he is interested in the stereotypes associated with geographic and social spaces. Inspired by painting and contemporary photography, his works interweave fictional and documentary threads.

More information on the Barnes Foundation's website.



XYZT: Abstract Landscapes

June 1 - September 3, 2017

XYZT: Abstract Landscapes, a world-travelled installation by leading contemporary digital French artists and multimedia choreographers - Adrien M & Claire B - will be on view for three months as ARTECHOUSE's inaugural exhibition.

This interactive, multi-space digital arts experience lets you manipulate time and space. Offering an exploratory physical experience through ten digital landscapes, you'll be invited to play, dance and marvel at the landscape of lines, dots and letters in this virtual playground of four dimensions - X (horizontal), Y (vertical), Z (depth), and T (time). Whether you are walking on floors that react to footsteps, manipulating light particles within a giant digital cube or blowing into glass boxes and witnessing virtual letters that assemble and disassemble as by a touch of magic, you are in for an immersive sensory encounter.

More information here.



The People's Tower by Olivier Grossetete

June 3
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Brought to Dilworth Park by internationally renowned French visual artist Olivier Grossetete in partnership with Kimmel Center, hundreds of Philadelphians will construct The People's Tower --  a huge edifice without any cement or bricks! 1,400 carboard boxes and 18 miles of masking tape will rise into an 88 foot monumental-community-performance-architectural structure evocative of Independence Hall.

Join to help build the fantastical, epic, temporary The People's Tower!

More information here.





"At Their Doorstep" an evening with Charlotte Perret

June 2 | 7 p.m.
Alliance Française's Library

Author and museum educator Charlotte Perret will present her new coffee table photo book on the street fairs and carnival folk of Paris in the early 1900s. The book will be available for purchase and signing.

More Information and tickets here

In English



Discussion with the Shakespeare Theatre on the adaptation of Molière's "Le Misanthrope"

June 16 | 7 p.m.
Alliance Française's Library

Muse over Molière, Le Misanthrope and modern adaptations of the comedic masterpiece at a conversation about David Ives’s The School For Lies, beginning May 30 at Shakespeare Theatre Company. Dramaturg Drew Lichtenberg discusses Molière’s significance in modern theatre, Ives’s “translaptation” process and political satire through the ages.

More information and tickets here

In English


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