MAY 2019
Cultural Highlights

May 8, 2019
Facets Cinematheque - Chicago

French director Michaël Dacheux will be in Chicago to present his debut feature movie Love Blooms (L'Amour debout).  Join us for a free screening and post-film Q&A, moderated by Ray Pride of the magazine New City. With this sensitive film, Michaël Dacheux puts a fresh spin on the stylistic and thematic tropes of the French New Wave and its immediate descendants, filming the lives and loves of young people on the streets of Paris much like his predecessors did.

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The Goethe-Institut Chicago and the Cultural Service at the Consulate of France in Chicago are delighted to announce the Artistic Scholarship winners as part of Between Gestures, a 2019 program that aims to connect Chicago and the Midwest to the European Scene in contemporary performance and dance. Congratulations to the 4 Midwest artists who will attend an immersion and training program at Impultanz (Vienna) or Camping, C ND (Paris) this summer!

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May 1 -17, 2019
Chicago & Midwest

The Bridge: A transatlantic network for jazz and creative music is back for many public concerts in Chicago & the Midwest with another ensemble borne out of its network from France and the US , dedicated to presenting original transatlantic ensembles of musicians who explore new creative directions.

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May 2 & 7, 2019
Alliance Française de Chicago & University of Chicago

Patrick Boucheron (Collège de France) will talk about the recent best-selling book that he edited, Histoire mondiale de la France (2017, Seuil), and share reflections on the discussions and debates, both in France and beyond, that it has generated.

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May 3-7, 2019
Alliance Française de Chicago, City Lit Books & Seminary Co-Op Bookstore

Multi-award winning French novelist and playwright Laurent Gaudé will talk and read from his latest book Hear Our Defeats (Ecoutez nos défaites). Timely and provocative, Hear Our Defeats is a novel about the battles that define us. The battles lost, won, and those still being fought.

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As part of a partnership with the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago, Mana Contemporary will host visual artist Laurent Proux from May 1st to June 15, 2019 who received an artistic research grant from the Centre National des Arts Plastiques (CNAP).

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May 26–Sep 8, 2019 | The Art Institute of Chicago

The first Art Institute exhibition devoted exclusively to Édouard Manet in over 50 years focuses on the transformation of the artist’s style in his later years.

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Until June 3, 2019 | Doc Films - Chicago

Discover or rediscover this spring the craftsman par excellence of the French New Wave Claude Chabrol! Imported 35 & 16 mm prints from the Institut Français's vault in Paris.

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Until June 27, 2019 | Film Streams - Omaha (NE)

After a record-breaking winter in Omaha, everyone deserves a vacation. So, join Film Streams to escape with friends and family to Paris through their Forever Young Family & Children’s Series.

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Application deadline: MAY 31, 2018

Apply for a Tournées Film Festival grant to fund a French film festival on your campus! The applications for the 2019-2020 season of Tournées Film Festival are now open!

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Truly moved by all the messages and support we received from our Midwest partners, friends and followers for Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris - Merci! If you wish to support the restoration of the Notre-Dame Cathedral, you can make a donation to the Foundation du Patrimoine heritage fund for the cathedral’s reconstruction. The U.S.-based public charity Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris is also accepting donations from Americans to help rebuild the cathedral.

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Check out the list of French artists and bands touring this month which include Yann Tiersen, L’Impératrice, FKJ and Perturbator.

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Cultural Service of the French Embassy, 205 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60601