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French Culture in July & August



The Cultural Services of the French Embassy is pleased to announce a selection of French cultural events that will be presented in Washington, DC and its consular district this summer.



Bay of Angels

July 10 | 7:00 p.m | 1963 – France – 84 min | Embassy of France - La Maison Française

This precisely wrought, emotionally penetrating romantic drama from Jacques Demy, set largely in the casinos of Nice, is a visually lovely but darkly realistic investigation into love and obsession. A bottle-blonde named Jackie (Jeanne Moreau) is at her blithe best as a gorgeous gambling addict, and Jean Fournier (Claude Mann) a young bank clerk drawn into her risky world. Featuring a mesmerizing score by Michel Legrand, Bay of Angels is among Demy’s most somber works.

 In French with English subtitles.

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Diary of a Chambermaid

July 24 | 7:00 p.m | 1964 – France – 98 min | Embassy of France - La Maison Française

This wicked adaptation of the Octave Mirbeau novel is classic Luis Buñuel. Celestine (Jeanne Moreau) is a beautiful Parisian domestic, who upon arrival at her new job at a provincial estate in 1930s France, entrenches herself in sexual hypocrisy and scandal with her philandering employer (Buñuel regular Michel Piccoli). Filmed in luxurious black-and-white Franscope, Diary of a Chambermaid is a raw-edged tangle of fetishism and murder and a scathing look at the burgeoning fascism of the 1930s.

In French with English subtitles.

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The Goddesses of Food

July 21 | 6:30 p.m | 2017 – France – 90 min | Embassy of France - La Maison Française

In the male dominate food universe, discover the women changing the game on all levels. Vérane Frediani presents the best female chefs, including multi Michelin star chefs Dominique Crenn and Barbara Lync, and introduces rising new stars and those making incredible food in all corners of the world. A global journey exploring the female strength in gastronomy. Prominent chefs and journalists investigate on what holds women chefs back in the modern mediated world of cuisine and what needs to be done to change the way women in the food industry are viewed.
In partnership with DC FIlm Fest +.

In Chinese, English, French and Spanish with English subtitles.

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The Lightbox Film Center presents: Cold Water

July 27 | 7:00 p.m | 1994 – France – 92 min | Lightbox Film Center - Philadelphia

An acclaimed early work by Olivier Assayas that has long remained unavailable, the deeply felt coming-of-age drama Cold Water at long last makes its way to U.S. theaters. Drawing from his own youthful experiences, Assayas revisits the outskirts of Paris in the early 1970s, telling the story of teenage lovers Gilles (Cyprien Fouquet) and Christine (Virginie Ledoyen), whose open rebellion against family and society threatens to tear them apart.

In French with English subtitles.

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August 08 | 9:00 p.m | Flash Nightclub

Having established a fervent fanbase in his native France, Fakear, aka Théo Le Vigoureux, has gifted his globally-tuned dance music to an even larger audience after dates across the US and Canada. He’s made waves, garnering deserved notice from a consistently attention.
He released his second album "All Glows" in April. This summer, he will be on tour all around the world to display his talents and play his new tracks ‘La Lune Rousse’, ‘Kids’ or ‘Morning In Japan’ which became anthems on the electronic world stage.

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Jean-Luc Ponty 'The Atlantic Years'

August 19 | 7:30 p.m | The Birchmere Music Hall

Jean-Luc Ponty is one the most renowned jazz violonist on the world stage. Born in France, he studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris before later emigrating to Los Angeles.
Both critics and his peers consider his music as groundbreaking in the post be-bop-era of jazz. In the seventies, most music magazines saw him as the best violonist of the world. He worked on multiple projects, with leading jazz and rock musicians of twentieth century, such as Frank Zappa, Elton John, Chick Corea and Stéphane Grappelli.

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Cézanne Portraits - Last Days

March 25 - July 8 | National Gallery of Art

Bringing together some 60 paintings drawn from collections around the world, Cézanne Portraits is the first exhibition devoted exclusively to this often-neglected genre of his work. This revelatory exhibition explores the pictorial and thematic characteristics of Paul Cézanne's (1839–1906) portraits, the chronological development of his style and method, and the range and influence of his sitters. The exhibition traces the development of Cézanne's portraits and the changes that occurred through style and method and the understanding of resemblance and identity.

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Monet’s The Artist’s Garden at Vétheuil

May 18 – July 29 | National Gallery of Art

In September 1878, Claude Monet took up residence at Vétheuil, a village northwest of Paris. In 1881, Monet began to work on a group of four closely related canvases showing a private garden bursting with sunflowers. Of the four paintings, the work now in the Norton Simon collection is closest to the one in Washington, and has long been thought to have been the model for the more detailed Washington picture. Yet, recent examinations have called this theory into question. Separated in 1882, these two paintings have been reunited for the first time in this special installation.

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Napoleon: Power and Splendor

June 9 - September 28 | Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Step inside the private world of Napoléon Bonaparte (1769–1821) and discover the exquisite works of art that crafted Napoléon’s image, as well as the Imperial Household that supported his audacious rise to power. More than 200 works of art—many of which have never before been exhibited in the United States—reveal the intricacies of the Emperor’s daily life and the range of works commissioned by and for him. This exhibition of international loans includes major masterpieces of painting, decorative arts, sculptures, engravings, and more—brought together from the Château de Fontainebleau, the Louvre, the Musée de l’Armée in Paris, and other world-class collections.

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Heavy Metal - Women to Watch #5

June 28 - September 16 | National Museum of Women in the Arts

Heavy Metal, the fifth installment in NMWA’s Women to Watch exhibition series, showcases contemporary artists investigating the expressive possibilities of metalwork through a wide variety of object. This exhibition seeks to disrupt the predominantly masculine narrative that surrounds metalworking.
Among the featured artists of the exhibition, Charlotte Charbonnel is a French artist who challenges our traditional perceptions onto the different states of matter and substances with mesmerizing forms.

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The Gastronomic Tales of Stéphane Hénaut and Jeni Mitchell

July 14 | 6:00 p.m | Politics and Prose

Join Stéphane Hénaut and Jeni Mitchell, authors of A Bite-Sized History of France: Gastronomic Tales of Revolution, War, and Enlightenment, at Politics and Prose, Union Market for a discussion on their new book.
From Marie Antoinette’s possibly apocryphal “let them eat cake” to Napoleon’s “an army marches on its stomach,” French history and cuisine have deeply informed each other. In this sparkling cultural survey, the authors trace the larger socio-economic roles of iconic French foods and wines. So sparkling that it is in the Time's "List of the Best Summer Books" !

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