Friday, October 5, 2012 (12)

Oct 5, 2012
September 6, 2012
  • ThinkFrench

  • Sep 6, 2012 at 2:00pm to Oct 29, 2012 at 5:00pm
  • Location: Think Coffee meeting room
  • Description:

    Whether you are looking to start learning French, brush up on your skills, or take an advanced conversation class, ThinkFrench might be just what you need. The teachers at ThinkFrench are both university professors and native speakers, with over ten years of practice teaching French as a second language. Our classes offer a truly unique learning experience - each 8 week session gives you access to a private blog that has been specifically designed to help you master contemporary French, the kind of French that is being spoken on the streets of Paris today. The first 8 week sessions for levels 1, 2 and 3 are starting in early September. A few spots remain open at the moment. 
    Please visit our blog for more details :

    We look forward to hearing from you. À très bientôt.

    The ThinkFrench team. 

  • Created by: ThinkFrench
September 13, 2012
  • “So You Think You Can Dabkeh” Festival Celebrating the Folk Dance of the Levant

  • Sep 13, 2012 to Oct 13, 2012
  • Location: Alwan for the Arts
  • Description:

    Alwan for the Arts, New York’s leader in promoting the diverse culture and arts of the Middle East, presents So You Think You Can Dabkeh, a series exploring the traditional and popular line dances of the Levant region of the Middle East. Through participatory and performance events in Manhattan and Brooklyn from September 8 - October 13, 2012, Alwan will celebrate one of the most publicly performed and beloved traditional dances of Arab Americans. The events are open to the public and funded in part by NYSCA.

  • Created by: Alwan for the Arts
September 15, 2012
  • Sylvie Vermandel: Studies on the Beauty and Spirituality of Nature

  • Sep 15, 2012 at 7:00pm to Oct 5, 2012 at 2:00pm
  • Location: Agora Gallery
  • Description:


    Chelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature the original work of French artist, Sylvie Vermandel The opening reception will be held on Thursday night, September 20, 2012 from 6-8 pm

    About the Artist

    The oil paintings of French artist Sylvie Vermandel, which the artist refers to as ‘jewel paintings,’ are simultaneously representational and symbolic, reflective of the beautiful natural world that surrounds us as well as the spirituality and light that underscores everything we experience. Rather than using a palette, Vermandel mixes her colors directly on the canvas in thin layers, creating varying contrasts so that the observer is able to attain new perspectives on the painting. She adds an entirely new dimension of light and texture by incorporating such elements as crystals, gold leaf and silver sequins into each piece. What results is a harmony of color, tone and light that celebrates the artist’s great love for Mother Earth and is designed to bring out the positive side of life through sy

  • Created by: Amanda Michaels - Agora Gallery
September 20, 2012
  • 17 GIRLS

  • Sep 20, 2012 to Oct 26, 2012
  • Location: Lincoln Plaza Cinema
  • Description:

    17 GIRLS (Cannes Film Festival International’s Critics Week selection), is Delphine and Muriel Coulin’s provocative debut feature focusing on a group of bored teenage girls who all make an irrevocable pact, a story inspired by a true headline-grabbing case which took place in Massachusetts.

    When Camille (Louise Grinberg, The Class) accidentally becomes pregnant, she encourages her friends and fellow high-school classmates to follow suit, so they can raise their children collectively, an act at once unexpected and incomprehensible.  It’s only a matter of time, before seventeen girls in the high school are pregnant and the town is thrown into a world of chaos.  Set in the writer-directors’ small, seaside hometown of Lorient in Brittany, 17 GIRLS is a reflection on adolescence, body image, friendship and the perplexing realities of growing up.

    Prior to 17 GIRLS, Delphine (also a novelist) and Muriel Coulin (a documentary director) directed five award-winning short films together. Louise Gr

  • Created by: Aimee Morris
October 2, 2012

  • Oct 2, 2012 to Oct 14, 2012
  • Location: Film Society of Lincoln Center
  • Description:

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    André S. Labarthe in person for select screenings on 10/3 and 10/4!

    In 1964, film critic and filmmaker André S. Labarthe, together with Janine Bazin, widow of influential film theorist André Bazin, approached the French television channel ORTF about starting a program that would resemble the long, in-depth interviews with film directors that magazines such as Cahiers du cinéma and Positif regularly published. ORTF gave the green light, and Cinéastes de notre temps (Filmmakers of Our Time) was born. Many of the programs were dedicated to older directors, then in retirement or in the final stages of their careers. Instead of TV journalists, Labarthe and Bazin would often ask well-known film directors to make these programs: thus, Jacques Rivette on Jean Renoir, or Jacques Rozier on Jean Vigo.

    Cinéastes de notre temps lasted until 1971, when ORTF, for various clear and unclear reasons, decided to terminate production. Over the follo

  • Created by: Nathalie Charles
  • Francine leClercq: "Narcissus"

  • Oct 2, 2012 at 8:00am to Oct 27, 2012 at 2:00pm
  • Location: SOHO20 CHELSEA Gallery
  • Description:

    The painted Narcissus, attributed to Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio ca 1599, will be the focal image of french artist Francine LeClercq's installation, whereas the erring gaze of Narcissus, the visual echo reverberating between the illusionistic picture plane and the actual gallery setting, the existential reciprocity between the subject and object, form and content, …, are parallel notions and traits that LeClercq uses to investigate the modern context and premise within which a work may be produced, placed and perceived. 


    Narcissus, la nouvelle exposition de l'artiste française Francine LeClercq est à découvrir du 4 au 27 Octobre à la gallerie Soho20 à Chelsea. Cette installation tourne autour de l'oeuvre "Narcissus" attribuée à Caravaggio.

    For preview and images, please visit:

    For further information, please contact Jenn Dierdorf at


  • Created by: Francine LeClercq
October 5, 2012
  • NYFF50: Views from the Avant-Garde | Chris Marker - Sans Soleil

  • Oct 5, 2012 from 8:00am to 10:00am
  • Location: Francesca Beale Theater
  • Description:

    Chris Marker

    Sans soleil 
    1982 | France | 100m | 35mm | color | sound 

    An eccentric rumination on downtown Toyko, Chris Marker’s Sans soleil is philosophical journalism. Emerging from the compost of newsreels and travelogues, Sans soleil is rooted in the least pretentious, most debased documentary forms. But it’s as though Walter Benjamin or Jorge Luis Borges had scripted The Sky Above, the Mud Below.

    Sans soleil has the feel of a testament. It purports to be the footage of a peripatetic cameraman, accompanied by voiceover readings of his letters to the muse. Within this factoid fictional framework, the film plunges headlong into themes of memory and death by proposing itself as the Japanese bridge between a casual shot of three Icelandic children frolicking through a summer field and shots of the same town several years later buried up to its church steeple in molten lava.

    At 100 minutes, Sans soleil is too dense to easily assimilate on a single viewing, but, as Marker's surrogate say

  • Created by: Nathalie Charles
  • NYFF50: Views from the Avant-Garde | Raúl Ruiz - The Blind Owl

  • Oct 5, 2012 from 8:30am to 10:00am
  • Location: Howard Gilman Theater
  • Description:

    Raúl Ruiz

    The Blind Owl (La Chouette aveugle)
    1987 | France | 90m | 16mm | color | sound | Powerpoint subtitles

    H., 35, an Arabian immigrant, works as projectionist in an old cinema. One day, drawn by the music, he looks through the window of the booth and is fascinated: the dancer he sees on the screen seems to be looking straight into his eyes. He falls in love with her, but the vision last only a moment. Shortly afterwards, an elderly man storms into the projection booth and claims he is his uncle.
 H. wants to prepare a meal for him and reaches for the oil bottle: he sees the same dancer on the label…. H begins to find echoes of his own life in the images he projects. Everything changes when fiction and reality merge... For Ruiz, The Blind Owlwas not so much an adaptation as an adoption of the novels written by Sadegh Hedayat and Tirso de Molina. Free composition in a labyrinthine narrative, this explosion of imagination and creation celebrates the fantastical power of cinema in a f

  • Created by: Nathalie Charles
  • NYFF50: Views from the Avant-Garde | Nicolas Rey - anders, Molussien

  • Oct 5, 2012 from 11:00am to 12:30pm
  • Location: Howard Gilman Theater
  • Description:

    Nicolas Rey

    anders, Molussien (differently, Molussia) 
    2012 | France | 81m | 16mm

    A film in nine reels and nine chapters, shown in random order and based on fragments from the novel Günther Anders (English translation of “anders” is “differently”) wrote between 1932 and 1936, The Molussian Catacomb. Prisoners sitting in the cells of an imaginary fascist state, Molussia, transmit stories to one another about the outside world, in the form of series of philosophical fables.

    There are 362,880 ways of arranging the nine reels, and so one can reasonably regard every screening as a world premiere.

    “Nine reels of unbelievably gorgeous 16mm, eight of which feature allegories drawn from philosopher Günther Anders’s posthumously published 1931 novel The Molussian Catacomb, which exposes the fascism inside capitalism and vice versa. The sequencing of the reels—i.e. the stories and the way certain motifs, aesthetic strategies, and cinematic devices are introduced and worked through—is interchangea

  • Created by: Nathalie Charles
  • Ionesco’s Theater and the Absurdist Sensibility

  • Oct 5, 2012 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm
  • Location: Kimmel Center (Rosenthal Pavilion), NYU
  • Description:

    3439525068?profile=originalIonesco’s Theater and the Absurdist Sensibility

    Co-sponsored by NYU Center for French Civilization and Culture and the BAM 30th Next Wave Festival


    Location:  Rosenthal Pavilion, NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South

     With playwrights Edward Albee and Israel Horovitz, author Marie-France Ionesco, and Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota, director of BAM’s production of Rhinoceros.  Moderator: Tom Bishop, NYU. 

    No reservations. Seating is limited. Doors open at 4:30 pm

  • Created by: La Maison Française of NYU
  • NYFF50 || "Amour" by Michael Haneke

  • Oct 5, 2012 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Location: Alice Tully Hall
  • Description:


    Michael Haneke, 2012
    France/Austria/Germany | French with English subtitles | Format: DCP | 127 minutes

    The universally acclaimed winner of the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Amour is arguably Michael Haneke’s crowning achievement to date, a portrait of a couple dealing with the ravages of old age that is as compassionate as it is merciless. The great veteran French actors Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva are staggering as Georges and Anne, long-married music teachers living out their final years surrounded by the comforts of books and music in their warm Paris apartment. After Anne suffers a stroke, Georges attends to her with firmness shot through with love. The underlying unease, as well as some abrupt surprises, are hardly unexpected from Haneke, who challenges the viewer to confront the experience of his characters as directly as he does. But he rewards the effort with a film that is all the more moving for its complete avoidance of sentimentality

  • Created by: Nathalie Charles
  • NYFF50 || "Something in the Air" (Après Mai) by Olivier Assayas

  • Oct 5, 2012 from 5:15pm to 7:15pm
  • Location: Film Society of Lincoln Center (to be determined)
  • Description:

    Something in the Air

    Apres Mai | Olivier Assayas, 2012
    France | French with English Subtitles | Format: DCP | 122 minutes

    In the months after the heady weeks of May ’68, a group of young people search for a way to continue the revolution believed to be just beginning. For Gilles (newcomer Clément Mettayer), this means having to balance his political commitments with his desire to explore painting and filmmaking; for his girlfriend Christine (Goodbye, First Love star Lola Créton), this means throwing herself wholeheartedly into the task of organizing. Olivier Assayas (Carlos,Summer Hours) here describes the sentimental education of a generation that was too young to have been on the barricades; he brilliantly captures its explorations of new lifestyles, the arguments about strategies and tactics, and above all its music, a constant presence that becomes something like the artistic unconscious of an era. The period details are perfect, but what makes this film so special is the sense it

  • Created by: Nathalie Charles