FIAF's Events (280)

May 3, 2018
Thursday
  • Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran

  • May 3, 2018 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
  • Location: FIAF Florence Gould Hall
  • Description:

    Internationally renowned dramatist, novelist, and director Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt stars in this theatrical adaptation of his beloved novella Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran.

    Set in Paris in the 1960s, the play tells the story of Moses, a wayward teen whose distant father is haunted by memories of the Holocaust. When he's caught stealing from Monsieur Ibrahim’s neighborhood shop, Moses develops an unlikely friendship with the Sufi shopkeeper.

    As funny as it is poignant, this touching coming-of-age story has been performed in more than twenty-two countries, published in thirty-nine languages, and taught in countless schools. Actor Omar Sharif won a César and a Lion d’Or for his role in the Golden Globe-nominated 2004 film adaptation. For one night only in New York, see the tale brought back to life by its very own author.

    “A stylistic gem, sparkling with emotion and humor.”
    —Télérama


    In French with English supertitles

  • Created by: FIAF
April 25, 2018
Wednesday
  • Focus on French Cinema Festival Closing Night

  • Apr 25, 2018 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Location: FIAF Florence Gould Hall
  • Description:

    Join filmmaker Gaël Morel for the NY premiere of his latest film Catch the Wind at the closing night of the Focus on French Cinema Festival.

    Screening will be followed by a Q&A with Morel and a festive after-party with wine and hors d’œuvres.

    Prendre le large
    Dir. Gaël Morel, 2017. 103 min. Color.
    With Sandrine Bonnaire, Mouna Fettou, Kamal El Amri, Ilian Bergala, Farida Ouchani
    In French & Arabic with English subtitles

    When her textile factory closes, Edith, a seamstress, astonishes everyone when she decides to forgo her severance package to follow her job to Morocco, where the factory has been relocated. What unfolds is more than a fish out of water story, as Edith must contend not only with new surroundings, but challenging workplace conditions and customs.

    Catch the Wind is beautifully shot and elegantly composed and Sandrine Bonnaire’s performance as Edith proves that she is one the finest actresses working today.

    "This is Gaël Morel’s best film, as convincing in the delicacy of his

  • Created by: FIAF
April 18, 2018
Wednesday
  • PIAF! THE SHOW

  • Apr 18, 2018 at 3:00pm to Apr 20, 2018 at 5:00pm
  • Location: FIAF Florence Gould Hall
  • Description:

    Inspired by the award-winning movie La Vie en rose, PIAF! THE SHOW is a musical celebration of the life and music of the legendary French chanteuse.

    Conceived and directed by the Nice-based theatrical maverick Gil Marsalla, this special concert stars the internationally acclaimed Anne Carrere, a young French performer hailed as "Edith Piaf's legitimate musical heiress."

    In two 45-minute acts, the show narrates the rags-to-riches story of the Parisian singer's career through her unforgettable songs, complemented by a visual tapestry of previously unreleased photographs and images of famous locations of the Edith Piaf era.

    PIAF! THE SHOW premiered in 2015 as a tribute to "The sparrow of Montmartre" on the centennial of her birthday. With over half a million tickets sold in more than 30 countries—including a sold-out one-night-only performance at Carnegie Hall in January, 2017—and rave reviews worldwide, this is your chance to see the show in the New York!

    In French
    115 minutes, with interm

  • Created by: FIAF
March 3, 2018
Saturday
  • Joël Pommerat: Little Red Riding Hood

  • Mar 3, 2018 at 7:00am to Mar 4, 2018 at 7:00am
  • Location: FIAF Florence Gould Hall
  • Description:

    [Pommerat] is one of the most outstanding and creative directors working today.”— The Guardian

    Once upon a time, there was a fearless little girl. A workaholic single mother. A homemade flan. And a crafty wolf. With projections, imagination, and a velvety voice, a stoic narrator guides audiences on an unforgettable adventure and a powerful rite of passage.

    Visionary French director Joël Pommerat makes Little Red Riding Hood startlingly new in this contemporary staging of the oft-told fairytale. Created by Pommerat to introduce his young daughter to the magic of theater, this dynamic production of Little Red Riding Hood revolutionized the way theater is made for young people, in France and around the world. With the aim of speaking truth, Pommerat creates wholly original theater that radiates warmth, empathy, and curiosity for audiences of all ages.

    Don’t miss this rare stateside performance of this celebrated landmark production!

  • Created by: FIAF
February 27, 2018
Tuesday
  • Iconic French Speaker Luncheons with Olivier Barrot: Jacques Attali: An Unusual Destiny

  • Feb 27, 2018 from 7:30am to 9:30am
  • Location: FIAF Le Skyroom
  • Description:

    Jacques Attali—the widely influential French economist, social theorist, writer, political advisor—will discuss his unusual life in an intimate conversation with journalist and French TV personality Olivier Barrot.

    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.

    He 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

  • Created by: FIAF
February 14, 2018
Wednesday
  • Valentine's Day Champagne & Chocolate Masterclass

  • Feb 14, 2018 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Location: FIAF, Le Skyroom
  • Description:

    Bring your valentine to the Skyroom for the ultimate date night: a decadent tasting of esteemed French champagnes paired with exquisite Belgian chocolates.

    Experts from three renowned French champagne houses will each bring a brut and a rosé champagne. Master chocolatier Benoit Racquet, owner of BE Chocolat, pairs each tasting with one of six carefully selected milk and dark Belgian chocolates, handcrafted in US.

    Champagne List

    • Champagne Joseph Perrier Cuvée Royale Brut
    • Champagne Joseph Perrier Cuvée Royale Brut Rosé
    • Champagne Ayala Brut Majeur
    • Champagne Ayala Rosé Majeur
    • Champagne Bollinger Special Cuvée
    • Champagne Bollinger Rosé

    Presenters

    • Nefissa Sator, Moderator
    • Cyril Delarue, US Commercial Director at SJB
    • Benoit Racquet, Belgian Master Chocolatier at BE Chocolat
    • Fréderic Goossens, Managing Director at Baron François

    In English.
    Must be 21+ to attend.

  • Created by: FIAF
January 10, 2018
Wednesday
  • A Proust Sonata

  • Jan 10, 2018 at 2:30pm to Jan 12, 2018 at 2:30pm
  • Location: FIAF Florence Gould Hall
  • Description:

    Marcel Proust’s epic literary masterpiece comes to life in a stunning new production from Da Camera of Houston created by artistic director Sarah Rothenberg. Equal parts concert and theater, A Proust Sonata transforms music, painting and literature into a moving performance.

    Excerpts from In Search of Lost Time and the memoirs of Proust’s housekeeper and confidant, Céleste Albaret, are interwoven with sound collage, paintings, photographs, and the music that inspired Proust to evoke the author's themes of memory and childhood as well as Parisian salons and his final reclusive years when he withdrew from society to complete his magnum opus.

    “The queen of theater lighting,” (Politico) Jennifer Tipton sets the stage for an award-winning cast, including Obie-winning actor Henry Stram.

    The performance features the music of Fauré, Schumann, Debussy, Chopin, Ravel, Beethoven, Leon Delafosse, and Proust’s lover and artistic collaborator, Reynaldo Hahn.

    "Its seven tableaux/movements echoing Remembr

  • Created by: FIAF
November 18, 2017
Saturday
  • TV Series Marathon: Baron Noir

  • Nov 18, 2017 from 5:00am to 5:30pm
  • Location: French Institute Alliance Française
  • Description:

    In celebration of the International Emmys, we’re screening the full first season of France’s most gripping new TV show in one epic marathon session complete with complimentary drinks, snacks, and a panel discussion.

    French politician Philippe Rickwaert (Kad Merad) finds his career in shambles after his mentor Francis Laugier (Niels Arestrup) betrays him to save his own presidential campaign. Step by step, Philippe abandons his sense of civic duty to plot his revenge.

    As deceitful as he is sincere, Philippe cultivates friendships with anyone useful, from the police to the criminal underworld. His life is a fascinating study of organized chaos, as he willfully battles his enemies and his own demons alike. The result is eight hours of gripping, satirical suspense that take you deep inside the nefarious minds and petty motives of political players.

  • Created by: FIAF
November 7, 2017
Tuesday
  • Lambert Wilson Sings Yves Montand

  • Nov 7, 2017 from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Location: French Institute Alliance Française
  • Description:

    French-Italian actor and singer Yves Montand had a voice that was one in a million, cut with an inimitable vibrato and Mediterranean charm. A true 20th century icon, he was discovered by Edith Piaf, and went on to appear in more than 50 films including The CrucibleZ, and Let’s Make Love. But, 25 years after his death, what is left of Yves Montand’s legacy? 

    Contemporary French actor Lambert Wilson takes on both the man and his milieu in an original new stage show. Singing greatest hits from Montand’s repertoire, Wilson tells the captivating story of a boy from a working class family whose talent, ambition, and luck propelled him to stardom. The result is an extraordinary portrait composed of poetry, text, and well-known songs. 

  • Created by: FIAF
November 6, 2017
Monday
  • Corporate

  • Nov 6, 2017 from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Location: French Institute Alliance Française
  • Description:

    When a beleaguered employee commits suicide in a corporation’s Paris headquarters, hot-shot HR executive Emilie Tesson faces a legal investigation about her secret program to force workers to resign. As her situation at the office becomes increasingly strained, Emilie forms a surprising alliance with the work inspector assigned to investigate the case.

    Without a gun or a car chase in sight, Corporate functions both as a gripping psychological thriller and a chilling depiction of contemporary corporate culture. Leading lady Céline Sallette beautifully captures Emilie Tesson’s messy moral awakening, while Lambert Wilson’s turn as her ice-cold supervisor will make you shiver. 

  • Created by: FIAF
October 28, 2017
Saturday
  • Midnight Moment: Voir la mer + Meet the Artist: Sophie Calle

  • Oct 28, 2017 from 7:30pm to 8:00pm
  • Location: Duffy Square
  • Description:

    View Midnight Moment with Sophie Calle and enjoy a glass of hot cider.

    In Istanbul, a city surrounded by the sea, Sophie Calle met people who had never seen it. For Voir la mer, as Calle describes it, “I took them to the shore of the Black Sea. They came to the water’s edge, separately, eyes lowered, closed, or masked. I was behind them. I asked them to look out to the sea and then to turn back towards me to show me these eyes that had just seen it for the first time.” Magnified on Times Square’s electronic billboards, five of these intimate video portraits silently reveal their emotional response to this evocative experience. 

    Free and open to the public 

    Times Square
    Screened on electronic billboards from 42nd-49th St, 
    Between Broadway and 7th Ave, NYC

  • Created by: FIAF
October 24, 2017
Tuesday
  • Holy Motors

  • Oct 24, 2017 from 3:30pm to 6:00pm
  • Location: French Institute Alliance Française
  • Description:

    Climb into a white stretch limo with mysterious master of disguise Monsieur Oscar (played by the virtuoso Denis Lavant) and embark on an astounding trip through contemporary Paris. As Oscar changes identities, the film shifts gears from fantasy to musical comedy, from Henry James to CGI, and from family drama to hardboiled action.

    The sum total is a caustic, visionary representation of a world transformed by technology, haunted by materialism, but still lifted by director Leos Carax’s trademark dark romanticism. A disorienting, exhilarating masterpiece by one of the major artists of our era, Holy Motors is a must-see.

  • Created by: FIAF
 
  • The Innocents

  • Oct 24, 2017 from 12:00pm to 2:30pm
  • Location: French Institute Alliance Française
  • Description:

    Mathilde, a Red Cross doctor stationed in Poland shortly after World War II, is urgently called to a Benedictine convent, where she learns that several nuns are on the verge of giving birth after having been raped by Soviet soldiers. Deciding to go against Red Cross protocol and the wishes of a fanatical Mother Superior, she fights to save the young women and their babies.

    Based on true events, this gripping period piece convincingly recreates a particularly dark pass in modern history, while evoking the plight of every innocent caught in the crossfire between rampaging armies and dogmatic beliefs.

  • Created by: FIAF
June 13, 2017
Tuesday
  • Wine Tour de France 2017: A Summer Rosé Tasting

  • Jun 13, 2017 from 3:00pm to 5:30pm
  • Location: FIAF le Skyroom
  • Description:

    Taste some of France’s top rosés with Wine Enthusiast's Managing Editor Joe Czerwinski.

    One of the most food-friendly wines in the world, rosé also offers a style for every palate. Learn how terroir and winemaking influences what’s in the glass in this masterclass showcasing six prestigious rosé wines.

    Wine List

    • Château de la Clapière 2016 Cru Classé Rosé (Côtes de Provence)
    • Château de la Deidière 2016 Rosé (Côtes de Provence)

    Presenters

    • Romain Roccoli, Export Director, Fabre en Provence

    Additional wines and presenters will be announced prior to the tasting.

    Delicious breads and a selection of cheese and charcuterie will also be served.

    In English. Must be 21+ to attend.

    Part of the Wine Tour de France 2017 series

  • Created by: FIAF
May 30, 2017
Tuesday
  • CinéSalon - Gaz de France

  • May 30, 2017 from 3:30pm to 6:00pm
  • Location: FIAF Florence Gould Hall
  • Description:

    Part of CinéSalon series Liberté, Égalité, Fantasy: French Politics on Film

    With President Bird’s popularity at an all-time low, his chief strategist Michel Battement gathers a panel of “atypical advisors” to plan a last-chance televised address. Cloistered in a basement bunker while activists storm the presidential palace, Battement and his gang of eccentrics plot to save their inept parvenu of a president—or sink him once and for all. Set in a disturbingly familiar alternate universe, this oddball gem is a savagely witty satire of political pundits and their so-called expertise, a hilarious nightmare of what happens when incompetence reigns. Dystopia has never been funnier

  • Created by: FIAF
May 23, 2017
Tuesday
  • CinéSalon - Special Section

  • May 23, 2017 from 3:30pm to 6:00pm
  • Location: FIAF Florence Gould Hall
  • Description:

    Part of CinéSalon series Liberté, Égalité, Fantasy: French Politics on Film

    August 1941. Following the murder of a German soldier by the communist resistance, the collaborationist Vichy government institutes special courts to placate the Nazis with retributive executions. Weaving in dozens of characters from the highest echelons of the French regime to the victims of the courts’ retroactive sentences, great political director Costa-Gavras reveals how quickly the rule of law gives way to the rule of might, exposing the mechanisms of collaboration and repression with piercing concision. This scrupulously factual account of a dark pass in France’s institutional history is a timely reminder of what happens when state policy trumps justice. 

  • Created by: FIAF
May 16, 2017
Tuesday
  • CinéSalon - Pater

  • May 16, 2017 from 3:30pm to 6:00pm
  • Location: FIAF Florence Gould Hall
  • Description:

    Part of CinéSalon series Liberté, Égalité, Fantasy: French Politics on Film

    This deeply engaging experiment in the representation of politics finds veteran director Alain Cavalier asking movie star Vincent Lindon to join him in an onscreen exploration of the relationship between a French president and his prime minister. Taking turns filming each other with a video camera, alternating documentary scenes of their conversations in Cavalier’s home and fictional scenes in which they act out their parts, the two artists reveal as much about themselves as about the inner workings of political life. This profoundly unusual but totally accessible hybrid of a film is a high-water mark of French political cinema. 

    "It’s politics as a movable feast, where men of power play at make-believe, a bit like in cinema."—The New York Times

  • Created by: FIAF
May 9, 2017
Tuesday
  • CinéSalon - Struggle for Life

  • May 9, 2017 from 3:30pm to 6:00pm
  • Location: FIAF Florence Gould Hall
  • Description:

    Part of CinéSalon series Liberté, Egalité, Fantasy: French Politics on Film

    When bumbling Marc Chataîgne snags an internship with the French Ministry of Normativity, his hopes are high. Then he gets sent to French Guiana to oversee an indoor ski slope…and gets lost in the jungle. Luckily, his guide is a fellow intern as charming as she is deft with a machete, and what started out as an uproarious sendup of French bureaucracy turns into a delightfully kooky adventure-romance. Starring “it” actors Vincent Macaigne and Vimala Pons, this is that rare comedy to seamlessly blend caustic wit, goofy sight gags, and breathless romanticism. 

    “A powerful libertarian eroticism and political sensuality that today only Guiraudie and a few others can claim as well.”—Le Cahiers du Cinéma

  • Created by: FIAF
May 5, 2017
Friday
  • Raymond Depardon Special Screening - Journal de France

  • May 5, 2017 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
  • Location: FIAF Florence Gould Hall
  • Description:

    http://fiaf.org/events/spring2017/2017-05-05-film.shtml

    Screening will be introduced by Raymond Depardon

    Get a look inside the life and work of internationally acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Raymond Depardon in advance of his exhibition Correspondance New-Yorkaise 2017 in the FIAF Gallery, May 12-July 1.

    Directed by Raymond Depardon 
    and Claudine Nougaret, 2012. 100 min. 
    In French with English subtitles.

    "An enticing amuse-bouche to an artist whose body of work has become essential viewing"—Variety

    For six years, internationally acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Raymond Depardon travelled through France in an RV, capturing his home country with a large format camera. This long, solitary road trip provided fertile ground for the creation of a remarkable travel journal with his long-time partner and collaborator Claudine Nougaret. The journey brings Depardon back to important places from his past as a reporter—Chad, Venice, Cannes.

    Documentary footage of the photographer in action is i

  • Created by: FIAF
May 3, 2017
Wednesday
  • Say Bonjour to the Lady - Talk & Book Signing

  • May 3, 2017 from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
  • Location: Haskell Library at FIAF
  • Description:

    http://fiaf.org/events/spring2017/2017-05-03-booktalk.shtml

    Join us for an exclusive talk with Florence Mars and Pauline Lévêque for their new book, Say Bonjour to the Lady, a humorous, illustrated look at French and American parenting.

    The authors, two Parisian moms raising children in New York, poke fun at the extremes of both parenting styles, while celebrating two of the greatest cities in the world. Florence Mars is vice president of the high-end French children's fashion line Bonpoint in the United States. Pauline Lévêque is a journalist turned illustrator and creator of the Beep Beep children's book series. 

    In English.
    Talk will be followed by a book signing.
    Book will be available for purchase.
    Sparkling wine, juice, and water will be served.


    Space is limited. Children are welcome.

  • Created by: FIAF