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February 22, 2018

Iconic French Speaker Luncheons with Olivier Barrot

French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)

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Iconic French Speaker Luncheons

with Olivier Barrot

FRENCH SPEAKER LUNCHEONS

Tuesday, February 27  Jacques AttaliAn Unusual Destiny

Tuesday, March 27  Frédéric BeigbederLiterary Icon

Tuesday, April 24  Christophe Barbier: The Theater of Politics

FIAF · Le Skyroom; 22 East 60th Street

New York, NYFebruary 22, 2018The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), New York’s premiere French cultural center, is thrilled to launch Iconic French Speaker Luncheons, an incisive new series of conversations hosted by French journalist and TV personality Olivier Barrot. Over an elegant luncheon, Mr. Barrot will bring his unique insights into today’s most pressing issues as he interviews some of France’s greatest minds about their areas of expertise.

This season’s guests include economist, social theorist, writer, and political advisor Jacques Attali on Tuesday, February 27; author, literary critic, and TV presenter Frédéric Beigbeder on Tuesday, March 27; and journalist Christophe Barbier on Tuesday, April 24. All three events will take place at 12:30pm in FIAF’s Le Skyroom.

All talks will be in English.

About Olivier Barrot

Journalist, author, and television personality Olivier Barrot is a prominent voice in French cultural life. He hosts the daily literary TV program Un livre un jour on France 3 and TV 5 and teaches at Ecole polytechnique de Zurich. He also directs a series of public discussions about theater and acting with actors of the Comédie Française. He is the host of French Literature in the Making at New York University, a series of evenings with French writers speaking about their work.

This season, the Iconic French Speaker Luncheons series features:

Jacques Attali: An Unusual Destiny

Tuesday, February 27 at 12:30pm

Jacques Attali—the widely influential French economist, social theorist, writer, political advisor—will discuss his unusual life and work. Considered one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world (Foreign Policy Magazine), Attali has led a multi-faceted life and has found success at every turn.

Jacques Attali was Special Adviser to President François Mitterrand from 1981 to 1991. He helped to found and was the first President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London from 1991 to 1993. He was designated President of the Commission for the Liberation for French Economic Growth by President Nicolas Sarkozy in August 2007.

An unparalleled thinker, Attali has written over seventy books including texts on mathematics, economics, and sociology as well as plays, biographies, memoirs, children’s books, and novels.

Attali is also a university professor, investment banker, Honorary Member of the Council of State, CEO of the Paris-based international strategy consulting firm A&A, and President of the international non-profit microfinancing organization Positive Planet.

Frédéric Beigbeder: Literary Icon

Tuesday, March 27 at 12:30pm

French novelist, critic, TV personality, DJ, fashion model, and film director Frédéric Beigbeder is a true literary celebrity. Known for his wild side and his self-deprecating public persona, he is also a serious talent. Over lunch, Beigbeder will discuss his storied career, his approach to writing, and French literature.

An enfant terrible with a flair for provocation, Frédéric Beigbeder is known as much for his feverish coverage in celebrity magazines as for his distinguished career as an author and intellectual.

Born into a privileged family in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Beigbeder published his first novel, Mémoires d’un jeune homme dérangé, at the young age of 24. He subsequently worked as an advertising copywriter for various agencies including Young & Rubicam, an experience that would inspire his bestselling novel, 99 francs.

Alongside his advertising career, Beigbeder worked as a writer and literary columnist for French magazines including ElleParis MatchVoici, and GQ. He was an editor for Flammarion from 2003 to 2006, and co-founded two literary magazines, NRV (a pun on the word énérvé, meaning annoyed) and Bordel. Since 2013, he has been the executive editor of Lui, the legendary French men’s entertainment magazine.

Beigbeder created the Prix de Flore, which has been awarded to authors including Michel Houellebecq, Amélie Nothomb, and Christine Angot, and co-founded the Prix Sade. In 2005 he won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for his novel Windows on the World, and in 2009 he received the Prix Renaudot for Un roman français. Several of his novels have been adapted for the screen.

Christophe Barbier: The Theater of Politics

Tuesday, April 24 at 12:30pm

French journalist Christophe Barbier has been a major voice in French politics for over 30 years. An editor at L’Express from 1996–2016, the author of a dozen books, and recently, a stage actor, Barbier will share his unique perspective on theater and politics.

From composing a rap about President Emmanuel Macron to performing a headstand on a national television news program, Christophe Barbier is no stranger to the theater of politics.

He began his career as a political reporter at Le Point and on Europe 1 before becoming top political editor at the newsweekly L’Express in 1996. He was named editorial director in 2006, a position he held until 2016, and remains a member of the editorial team today.

Barbier hosted the morning news program on the Canal+ digital news channel I-Télé since 2011, before joining BFM-TV, France most-watched television news network, in 2016. He also makes frequent appearances as a political commentator on a variety of French television news programs.

Barbier has written over a dozen books on politics, including Les Derniers Jours de François MitterrandLa Comédie des Orphelins, and La Guerre de l’Elysée n’aura pas lieu.

Beyond his journalistic career, Barbier has directed over 60 plays and recently performed the one-man-show Le Tour du Théâtre en 80 minutes at the Théâtre de Poche Montparnasse. Barbier is the director of the Théâtre de l’Archicube, the theater company of his alma mater, the prestigious École Normale Supérieure.

About FIAF

The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) is New York’s premiere French cultural and language center. FIAF's mission is to create and offer New Yorkers innovative and unique programs in education and the arts that explore the evolving diversity and richness of French cultures. FIAF seeks to generate new ideas and promote cross cultural dialogue through partnerships and new platforms of expression. www.fiaf.org

Merci!

What:

Iconic French Speaker Luncheons

When:

·         Jacques Attali: An Unusual Destiny: Tuesday, February 27 at 12:30pm

·         Frédéric Beigbeder: Literary Icon: Tuesday, March 27 at 12:30pm

·         Christophe Barbier: The Theater of Politics: Tuesday, April 24 at 12:30pm

Where:

FIAF, Le Skyroom, 22 East 60th Street (between Park & Madison Avenue)

Admission:

FIAF Members $40; Non-Members $50

Tickets:

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Information:

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February 10, 2018

Good weather on Mon. Tues. Wed. to see NYC on Cole's "5th & Park" Walking Tour

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Monday 2/13, Tuesday 2/14, and Wednesday 2/5 promise ideal weather for my film and fiction walking tour of beautiful Carnegie Hill! A visit inside Central Park is on the list. 

There is much great culture to savor in Carnegie Hill, one of the country's oldest, and most architecturally rich neighborhoods. The tour combines Central Park, Museum Mile, lush mansions, celebrity homes, and countless filming locations — not to mention the chance of seeing a celebrity on the tour! Stranger things have happened on the rewarding streets of Carnegie Hill. 

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January 31, 2018

THE WORLD BEFORE YOUR FEET

 
Hey friends and colleagues (and all the fans and supporters of Magical Universe),
we're pleased to introduce you to our newest documentary film:

THE WORLD BEFORE YOUR FEET

World Premiere • SXSW Documentary Competition (March 2018)

For over 6 years, Matt Green, 37, has been walking every street in New York City – a total of more than 8000 miles. The World Before Your Feet tells the story of one man’s unusual quest and the journey of discovery, humanity, and wonder that ensues. 
 

From Filmmaker Jeremy Workman (Magical Universe)
From Executive Producers Jesse Eisenberg & Allen Altman

 
In the weeks ahead, we'll follow up with more information and more details on the SXSW World Premiere in March and other subsequent screenings. For now, we appreciate just having you on board as new friends and followers. We're really stoked to share this interesting and unique film with you all soon.

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THE WORLD BEFORE YOUR FEET
A film by Jeremy Workman featuring Matt Green

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January 24, 2018

INGMAR BERGMAN'S CINEMA — IN HONOR OF HIS 100th BIRTHDAY

INGMAR BERGMAN'S CINEMA IN HONOR OF HIS 100th BIRTHDAY
A comprehensive retrospective including new restorations of over 30 films spanning four decades of filmmaking — opens at New York's Film Forum Feb 7.

January 22, 2018

THE IRISHMAN — POSTER

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It's very telling that Martin Scorsese's latest gangster film is a Netflix production. The big studios have abdicated power by focusing solely on superhero movies. Netflix is the new sheriff in town. I suppose this is what it takes to get Joe Pesci out of retirement. Can't wait to see THE IRISHMAN the big screen, by which I mean the 75" projector screen in my living room. This poster is a fake but it is the one IMDB is using, and it damn sure is a scene from the movie so there. 

January 18, 2018

WINCHESTER – TRAILER & POSTER

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Helen Mirren is always great. I saw her a few months back at the Starbucks at 92nd and 3rd, and she looked great. WINCHESTER could well be the first good movie of 2018. Keep an eye out for my review in early February!

January 17, 2018

JANUARY PROGRAMMING ON THE CRITERION CHANNEL ON FILMSTRUCK!

       
 
JANUARY PROGRAMMING ON THE CRITERION CHANNEL ON FILMSTRUCK!
 
Includes No Country for Old Men,
a double bill of Cat People and Curse of the Cat People,
and Orson Welles's Mr. Arkadin!
 
Wednesday, January 17
The Piano Teacher: Edition #894

In this riveting study of the dynamics of control, Academy Award-winning director Michael Haneke takes on Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek's controversial 1983 novel about perverse female sexuality and the world of classical music. Haneke finds his match in Isabelle Huppert, who delivers an icy but quietly seething performance as Erika, a piano professor at a Viennese conservatory who lives with her mother in a claustrophobically codepen­dent relation­ship. Severely repressed, she satisfies her mas­ochistic urges only voyeuristically until she meets Walter (Benoît Magimel), a student whose desire for Erika leads to a destructive infatuation that upsets the careful equilibrium of her life. A critical breakthrough for Haneke, The Piano Teacher - which won the Grand Prix as well as dual acting awards for its stars at Cannes - is a formalist masterwork that remains a shocking sensation.SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES: interviews with Haneke and Huppert, a selected-scene commentary, and more.
 
Thursday, January 18
The Lure*: Edition #896

This genre-defying horror-musical mash-up - the bold debut of Polish director Agnieszka Smoczyńska - follows a pair of carnivorous mermaid sisters drawn ashore to explore life on land in an alternate 1980s Poland. Their tantalizing siren songs and otherworldly auras make them overnight sensations as nightclub singers in the half-glam, half-decrepit world of Smoczyńska's imagining. The director gives fierce teeth to her viscerally sensual, darkly feminist twist on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid," in which the girls' bond is tested and their survival threatened after one sister falls for a human. A coming-of-age fairy tale with a catchy synth-fueled soundtrack, outrageous song-and-dance numbers, and lavishly grimy sets, The Lure explores its themes of emerging female sexuality, exploitation, and the compromises of adulthood with savage energy and originality.SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES: a program about the making of the film, deleted scenes;Aria Diva (2007) and Viva Maria! (2010), two short films by Smoczyńska; and more.
 
Friday, January 19
Friday Night Double Feature: Cat People and The Curse of the Cat People

During his remarkable run at RKO in the 1940s, producer Val Lewton created a new breed of creature feature, one that was all the more terrifying for what it left to the imagination. With Cat People (1942), director Jacques Tourneur used shadowy noir aesthetics to tell the tale of a woman (Simone Simon) cursed to turn into a fearsome feline every time she finds herself in the heat of passion. The film's sequel, The Curse of the Cat People (1944), which marked Robert Wise's first directing credit and also starred Simon and Kent Smith in the same roles, strays into fairy-tale territory by focusing on a lonely young girl's fantasy life.
 
Tuesday, January 23
Tuesday's Short + Feature: And the Whole Sky Fit in the Dead Cow's Eye* and La Ciénaga

Take a trip into the intoxicating worlds of two female filmmakers from Latin America. In the 2016 short And the Whole Sky Fit in the Dead Cow's Eye, which won the award for best international narrative short at Sundance, Francisca Alegria captures the life of an eighty-five year old woman who believes a ghost has come to take her to the afterlife. With the 2001 film La Ciénaga, Lucrecia Martel became one of contemporary cinema's most exciting new voices. A work of tactile beauty and richly sensuous detail, the film observes how political and societal frustrations arise in the life of a bourgeois extended family.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
 
Wednesday, January 24
Rififi: Edition #115

After making noir classics in America (Brute Force, The Naked City) and England (Night and the City), the blacklisted director Jules Dassin went to Paris and embarked on his masterpiece: a twisting, turning tale of four ex-cons who hatch one last glorious robbery in the City of Light. Rififi is the ultimate heist movie, a mélange of suspense, brutality, and dark humor that was an international hit, earned Dassin the best director prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and has proven wildly influential on the decades of heist thrillers that have come in its wake. SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES: an interview with Dassin, a trailer, and more.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
 
Friday, January 26
Friday Night Double Feature: I See a Dark Stranger and Black Narcissus

In the late 1940s, Deborah Kerr was on the cusp of international stardom. This double bill features two magnificent breakthrough performances from the decade, for which she won the 1947 best actress award from the New York Film Critics Circle. In Frank Launder's seriocomic wartime thriller I See a Dark Stranger (1946), she plays a young Irish woman whose anti-British sentiment leads her down the path to becoming a Nazi spy. In Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's sumptuous Technicolor masterpiece Black Narcissus(1947), she stars as the Sister Superior of a group of Anglican nuns spiraling into madness in the Himalayas.
 
Monday, January 29
Observations on Film Art No. 15: Genre Play in The Player

Throughout his storied career, Robert Altman experimented with genre conventions, always finding new ways to put his idiosyncratic spin on everything from the western (McCabe & Mrs. Miller) to the detective film (The Long Goodbye). His 1992 Hollywood comeback,The Player, was no exception. A bitingly satirical crime drama that is also a film within a film, The Player centers on a Hollywood studio executive (Tim Robbins) who becomes the subject of a murder investigation. In this month's episode of Observations on Film Art, a Channel-exclusive series that takes a look at how great filmmakers use cinematic devices and techniques, scholar Jeff Smith delves into the genre elements at play in Altman's film and what they reveal about the director's complex attitude toward commercial cinema.
 
Tuesday, January 30
Tuesday's Short + Feature: (nostalgia) and Blow-Up

For this pairing, we're zooming in on two films that investigate the unreliable nature of photography and the limits of perception. In Hollis Frampton's 1976 short (nostalgia), artist Michael Snow narrates as a series of black-and-white photographs from early in Frampton's career catch fire on a hot plate. The film's final sequence has been interpreted as a retelling of Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow-Up, a countercultural classic that brings the Italian auteur's signature theme of existential anguish to swinging sixties London, where a photographer inadvertently captures a death on film.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
 
Wednesday, January 31
His Girl FridayEdition #849

One of the fastest, funniest, and most quotable films ever made, His Girl Friday stars Rosalind Russell as reporter Hildy Johnson, a standout among cinema's powerful women. Hildy is matched in force only by her conniving but charismatic editor and ex-husband, Walter Burns (played by the peerless Cary Grant), who dangles the chance for her to scoop her fellow news writers with the story of an impending execution in order to keep her from hopping the train that's supposed to take her to Albany and a new life as a housewife. When adapting Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur's smash hit play The Front Page, director Howard Hawks had the inspired idea of turning star reporter Hildy Johnson into a woman, and the result is an immortal mix of hard-boiled newsroom setting with ebullient remarriage comedy. Also presented here is a restoration of the 1931 film The Front Page, Lewis Milestone's famous pre-Code adaptation of the same material. SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES: an interview with film scholar David Bordwell, archival interviews with Howard Hawks, and more.
 
Complete list of films premiering on the Criterion Channel this month:

January 1
Anatomy of a Murder, Otto Preminger, 1959
No Country for Old Men, Joel and Ethan Coen, 2007
 
January 9
Together, Lukas Moodysson, 2000
 
January 10
The Complete Mr. Arkadin, Orson Welles, 1955
 
January 16
Yours Faithfully Edna Welthorpe (Mrs), Chris Shepherd, 2017
 
January 18
 
January 23
And the Whole Sky Fit in the Dead Cow's Eye, Francisca Alegria, 2016
 
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December 10, 2017

BILL FRISELL: A PORTRAIT — TRAILER

Bill Frisell, A Portrait - Trailer from Emma Franz on Vimeo.

Bill is my favorite guitarist. In you're in NYC, get down to the IFC Center and catch this promising documentary!

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December 06, 2017

Wes Anderson's 'ISLE OF DOGS' OPENS BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL

Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animated film ‘Isle of Dogs’ (featuring the voices of Bryan Cranston and Tilda Swinton) will premiere at the 2018 BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL on February 15. From the trailer, this looks like vintage Wes Anderson — kooky dry humor with an international bent of globalization. Yum. 

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