French Embassy

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 month.


The Triplets of Belleville

October 9 | 7:00 p.m. | 2003 – France – 78 min | Embassy of France - La Maison Française

When her cyclist grandson Champion is kidnapped during his bid to win the Tour de France, Madame de Souza hits the road to find and rescue him. Along the way, she meets the Belleville Sisters, veterans of the Vaudeville stage, now turned improvisational performers, who happen to be willing to help. Using only their wits, this unlikey quartet combines forces to track down Champion's captors.

This screening replaces When the Cat's Away by Cédric Klapisch.

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Hôtel du Nord

October 23 | 7:00 p.m. | 1938 – France – 95 min | Embassy of France - La Maison Française

On the banks of the Canal St. Martin in Paris, the Hôtel du Nord welcomes families, couples, travelers, prostitutes and many others. The many personalities' comings and goings make the Hotel a special place where the lives of its occupants intertwine and influence the course of each one’s destiny. This film focuses tells the story of Renée and Pierre, a depressed young couple who are lost in the dullness of their life...

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Best of French TV Shows #2: Baron Noir

October 4 | 7:00 p.m. | 2016 - France - 2 x 55 min | Embassy of France - La Maison Française

Whether you are enticed by political dramas, action thrillers, or comedies, “Best of French TV Shows” will guide you through the best French TV has to offer! Often described as the “French House of Cards”, Baron Noir focuses on French politician Philippe Rickwaert (Kad Merad) whose career is in shambles after he is betrayed by his former mentor Francis Laugier (Niels Arestrup). Rickwaert is willing to do everything in his power to return the limelight and satisfy his thirst for vengeance. Praised by The New York Times<> for “the way it sheds light on the unexpected current state of French politics,” the success of Baron Noir lies both in its realism and the exceptional performance of International Emmy Award nominee Kad Merad.

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The French Cinématheque at the Avalon Theatre presents: School of Life

October 17 | 8:00 p.m. | 2017 - France - 116 min | Avalon Theatre

Paris 1930. Paul has always had one and only one view: the high walls of the orphanage, a douer building in the Parisian working class suburbs. When he is entrusted to Célestine and Borel, a Bohemian couple from the countryside, he gets a glimpse of the wide world that he has yet to discover.

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Promise at Dawn

October 18 | 7:30 p.m. | 2017 - France - 131 min | Bethesda Row Cinema

This filial love story based on Romain's Gary eponymous autobiographical novel, featuring the excellent Charlotte Gainsbourg as Nina, Gary's overbearing mom, and César-winner Pierre Niney as the accomplished author. From Gary's childhood in Lithuania to his adolescence in the South of France, to his adventures as a bombardier in WWII, his mother always professes her pride in and convictions as to the future of her beloved son. Her aspirations for him are monumental, that he will become a war hero, a great writer, or a French Ambassador; nonetheless, the beleaguered boy remains determined to realized them.

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Arabian Sights Film Festival

October 18 - 28 | AMC Mazza Gallerie Theatres

For its 23rd year, the Arabian Sights Film Festival returns with a program of some of the most oustanding works from the Arab world. This year, the festival presents two French productions, (Lola Pater by Nadir Moknèche, 2017 and Orchestra Class by Rachid Hami, 2017), and several French co-productions.

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Tiger Trio

October 6 | 6:30 p.m.| Christ Church, Philadelphia | October 7 | 7 p.m. | CapitalBop, Washington D.C.

Tiger Trio, the brilliant union of pianist Myra Melford, bassist Joëlle Léandre and flutist Nicole Mitchell, brings an rare lucidity to the art of spontaneous composition. After their 2016 release Unleashed, the three pioneering women embark on their first tour together throughout the U.S. The French bassist and composer Léandre has become a dominant figure in new European music, having worked with the eminent Merce Cunningham and John Cage as well as improvisational giants such as Derek Bailey, Anthony Braxton, John Zorn and Steve Lacy.

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Les Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset

October 18 | 8:00 p.m. | Library of Congress

To celebrate Couperin’s 350th birthday, harpsichordist and conductor Christophe Rousset leads the dynamic Les Talens Lyriques through a selection of the French composer’s Baroque works including selections from the Concerts Royaux composed for the court of Louis XIV, excerpts from the hauntingly expressive Leçons de ténèbres written for the Abbey of Longchamp, selections for solo harpsichord, and one of Couperin's final works in Suite No. 1 from the Pièces de violes.

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Reverso - Suite Ravel

October 19 | 5:45 p.m. & 7:15 p.m. | Philadelphia Art Museum | October 20 | 8 p.m. | Atlas Performing Arts Center

Reverso – Suite Ravel presents the confluence of American trombonist and composer, Ryan Keberle, and French pianist and composer, Frank Woeste, in an album bridging jazz and chamber music, realized by an outstanding quartet featuring French cellist, Vincent Courtois, and drummer and percussionist superstar, Jeff Ballard.

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October 29 | 7:00 p.m. | 9:30 Club

Multicultural pop French singer Jain was influenced by the many places she called home as a child. She latched onto the music of these many regions – French Techno, Arabic percussion, and African rhythms – and combining them into a personal and unique style. After a very successful debut album in Zanaka, Jain comes back this fall with sophomore effort Souldier .

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Berthe Morisot: Woman Impressionist

October 21, 2018 - January 14, 2019 | Barnes Foundation

Berthe Morisot (1841–1895), one of the major impressionists, worked alongside Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. This exhibition traces the exceptional path of a woman who defied the social norms of her time to join the Parisian avant-garde. Through her portrayal of the human figure, Morisot explored impressionist themes of modernity: the intimacy of contemporary bourgeois living and family life, the taste for resorts and gardens, the importance of fashion, and women’s domestic work.

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Juggling the Middle Ages

October 16, 2018 - February 28, 2019 | Dumbarton Oaks Museum

Juggling the Middle Ages focuses on a medieval tale known often as Le Jongleur de Notre Dame or Our Lady’s Tumbler. The exhibit follows the story from its rediscovery by scholars in the 1870s to its modern interpretations in children’s books. Through its exploration of the many incarnations of the tale, the exhibit encourages viewers to reflect on the role of the Middle Ages in the fashioning of modern European and American identities through architecture, art, music, and other media.

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Boris Charmatz

October 6 | 3:00 p.m. | Barnes Foundation

French dancer and choreographer Boris Charmatz will give a one-day free exhibit of live dance at the Barnes Foundation on Saturday, October 6 from 3pm to 9pm. The Barnes will be animated by live dance in every corner and by, public warm-ups with Boris Charmatz and his dancers. In the evening, the choreographer will present danse de nuit – a work that radically rethinks public assembly.

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Kids Euro Festival 2018

October 20 - November 4 | Various locations

Now in its 10th year, Kids Euro Festival  brings Europe’s most talented children’s entertainers to the DC metro area each fall for two weeks of free performances, concerts, workshops, movies, storytelling, puppetry, dance, magic, and cinema. With programs both for the general public and for school groups, more than 10,000 DC-area children and their families enjoy Kids Euro Festival programs each year.

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François-Régis Gaudry: Let's Eat France

October 15 | 7:00 p.m. | Embassy of France - La Maison Française

Join us for a discussion between France's popular food critic François-Régis Gaudry and Washington Post food reporter Tim Carman. Together they will celebrate French cuisine and the release of Gaudry’s latest book Let’s Eat France!, a mouthwatering anthology of 1,250 specialty foods, 375 iconic recipes, 350 topics, 260 personalities, plus hundreds of maps, charts, tricks, tips, and anecdotes and everything else you might want to know about the food of France. Wine reception and book signing to follow the discussion.

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French series: Societies facing Terrorism

October 16 | 6 p.m. | Embassy of France - La Maison Française

Almost two decades after 9/11 and two years after the Paris attacks, American and European societies still bear the effects of terrorist violence. How are societies recovering from it? What are the signs of a resilient society? Has this resilience evolved since 9/11? What role is the media playing today in that recovery process? With Professor Bruce Hoffman, Director of the Center for Security Studies and tenured Professor at Georgetown University and French sociologist Gérôme Truc, author of Shell-shocked: The Social Response to Terrorist Attacks. Moderated by Vivian Salama, White House Reporter for The Wall Street Journal.

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Official Portraits of French and American Presidents

October 7 | 7 p.m. | Alliance Française de Washington DC

Vanessa Badré dives into the history behind presidential portraiture. Why do these portraits have so much to tell about the French constitution, democracy and the relationship with power? How do they mirror the evolution of society? What can we learn when we look at them alongside similar portraits of American presidents? A close look at a number of French and American portraits will help answer some of these questions.

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Eric Vuillard: The Order of the Day

October 30 | 7:00 p.m. | Politics and Prose at Union Market

Éric Vuillard is a writer and filmmaker and the author of The Order of the Day for which he won the Prix Goncourt in 2017 (one of the most prestigious French literary prize). The Order of the Day is a behind-the-scenes account of the manipulation, hubris, and greed that together led to Nazi Germany’s annexation of Austria. This vivid, compelling history, warns against the perils of willfully blind acquiescence, and offers a crucial reminder that, ultimately, the worst is not inescapable.

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