What's up this summer in the Midwest?

July 11, 2019 | The Block Museum of Art - Evanston
July 12, 2019 | The FilmFront - Chicago

We invite you to join us two nights in a row to (re)discover Agnès Varda's most remarkable short films that she crafted throughout her six-decade career. Not to be miss as most of her shorts are very rarely screened, and therefore remain lesser known; yet these are a fundamental part of her legacy, like pieces of a mosaic in an immense body of work that is inspiring, free and original as few others.
(Imported 35mm & 16mm prints courtesy of the Institut Français)

Program I | Block Cinema | July 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

Program II | FilmFront | July 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

Our free French films in Chicago parks series continues!

From the streets of Montmartre to the rooftops of the Grand Opera, Films on the Lake 2019 invites you to different parks accross Chicago to explore Paris through the lens of famous filmmakers. Follow an ambitious cabaret owner, an anguished young singer, a scalawag schoolboy, a dreamy little girl and an insolate thug passionate about his American lover, in their wanderings through the City of Lights.

Driven by the summer scents, you may even fly to Quebec for an evening with the music Legend La Bolduc...

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July 2 | Harold Washington Park

Félicie, a young orphan, is determined to go to Paris and to fulfil her dream: become part of the Paris Opera Ballet.

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July 6 | Walsh Park

Cléo, a beautiful French singer, meanders through the streets of Paris for ninety minutes, awaiting the important results of her medical test...

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July 9 | Trebes Park

Who is La Bolduc, the bewitching singer that livens up the musical stage of Montreal, in the 1920's French Canada?

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July 16 | Montgomery Wald Park

Come and meet Antoine Doinel, a troubled 12-year-old in revolt against parents and school, and the hero of this masterpiece by François Truffaut.

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July 12-14 | Playwrights' Center, Minneapolis

Inspired by a month long residency of African and African American playwrights in France, the Afro-Atlantic Playwright Festival is a free three-day festival in Minneapolis, that will include workshops, panel discussions, and staged readings of the works completed during their residency.

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July 19-20, 2019 | Minneapolis

As part of the 2019 National Puppetry Festival, the French puppetry company Les Anges au Plafond will present Le Cri Quotidien (The Daily Scream) in Minneapolis. A cellist, an actress and paper marionettes will enchant the stage for a magical moment.

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July 21–September 15, 2019 | Saint Louis Art Museum

The works in this exhibition will take visitors on a journey through Gauguin’s artistic output, from early Impressionist paintings to iconic works from Brittany and Tahiti to fascinating three-dimensional objects.

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Listen to our latest podcast episode with artist Mickalene Thomas and her partner and muse Racquel Chevremont on French Impressionism, Visibility of Black Women Artists, and Living in Giverny in conversation with Bénédicte de Montlaur, Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy.

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July 19, 2019 | Thalia Hall - Chicago & July 20, 2019 | Pitchfork Music Festival - Chicago

The Franco-British post-rock pioneering band Stereolab is back for the first time in a decade this summer with two concerts in Chicago as part of Pichfork Music Festival.

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July 21, 2019 | Pitchfork Music Festival - Chicago

The critically acclaimed French-Cuban twin sister duo Ibeyi is back in North America for only one concert in Chicago as part of the Pitchfork Music Festival. Not to miss!

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July 31 | Concord Music Hall - Chicago

The Lollapalooza Aftershow will feature French musician French Kiwi Juice for a fantastic concert at the Concord Hall of Chicago.

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July 22, 2019 | Ravinia Music Festival (IL) & July 27, 2019 | Blossom Music Festival (OH)

Critically-acclaimed cellist Gautier Capuçon will be performing with well-known pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet at Ravinia and the Cleveland Orchestra as part of the Blossom Music Festival this summer.

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July 12-18 | Minneapolis

Now in it’s 4th year, Lumières Françaises is a week-long film festival celebrating the brightest talent in French language cinema presented by MSP Film Society at the St. Anthony Main Theatre in Minneapolis.

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July 10 | Chicago Cultural Center

An improbable friendship begins to form between a popular young rapper and the crotchety father of his producer as the two embark on a tour of France's ports in the footsteps of painter Joseph Vernet.

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July 10, 2019 | Alliance Française de Chicago

French cinema legend Agnès Varda teamed up with street photographer JR to make art with and about the ordinary folks they encounter during their road trip in France.

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Check out regularly our Facebook's events page and French Flicks website for upcoming French films playing this summer in the Midwest.


July 13, 2019 | Navy Pier

Join the French community in celebrating the French National Day!

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Join the celebration! Great events are planned all around the Midwest for the French National Day.

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