JUNE 2019
Cultural Highlights

Directed by Jean Renoir with Jean Gabin & Françoise Arnoul
Friday, June 21 | Osterman Beach Park
Movie showing in the park north of Bryn Mawr Ave., east of Lake Shore Drive

Beautifully photographed, this comedy drama chronicles the revival of Paris' most notorious French dance Le Cancan as it tells the story of a theater producer who turns a humble washerwoman into a star at the Moulin Rouge.
8:00 pm concert DJ Creature Island
8:30 pm screening

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Directed by Jean Luc Godard with Jean-Paul Belmondo & Jean Seberg
Saturday, June 29 | Belmont Harbor Park
Movie showing in the park south of Belmont Harbor, east of Lake Shore Drive

Breathless (À bout de souffle) is a timeless story of a charismatic gangster who is wanted by the authorities and reunites with a hip American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy. A masterpiece of the French New Wave!
8:30 pm screening

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Saturday, June 8 | 8pm
St. John Cantius Church | 825 N Carpenter Street | Chicago

St. John Cantius Church will host a free concert celebrating the spiritual and cultural significance of Notre-Dame de Paris in partnership with the Consulate General of France.

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The Cultural Services of the French Embassy has just released a bi-weekly podcast: The Thing About France, in which Cultural Counselor to the United States, Bénédicte de Montlaur, interviews distinguished American cultural figures like musician Dee Dee Bridgewater, writer David Sedaris, journalist Liesl Schillinger, Whitney Museum director Adam Weinberg, and novelist Claire Messud with notable connections to France about their experiences in both countries. Available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and SoundCloud.

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Wednesday, June 19 | 5:30pm
Discovery Partners Institute - Chicago

A moderated panel of French and American experts will discuss the challenges facing biodiversity and the changes that need to be made to ensure the continuity of our ecosystems. The French-American Climate Talks – Biodiversity (FACT-B) is a new series of high level conferences bringing together French and American speakers from academia, government agencies, NGOs and think tanks organized by the Office for Science and Technology at the Embassy of France in the United States in partnership with local institutions.

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Check out the list of French fiction, non-fiction, graphic books' authors on tour this fall. Call for applications for universities, libraries, bookstores, publishing houses, schools and other venues to host them for readings, signings, and lectures is open!

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We have been on Facebook and Twitter for awhile now, but we only just got started on Instagram. If you haven't already, follow us but also tag us on your activities related to French Culture, Education and Language in the Midwest !

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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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June 8 - Sept 14 | Taft Museum of Art - Cincinnati

A collection of some of the best examples of commercial lithograph posters from late 19th-century Paris is coming to the Taft Museum of Art this summer!

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June 15 - Aug 25 | Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

The exhibit features a collection of French prints and photographs celebrating the joys and foibles of French society and culture between 1830 and 1930.

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June 3, 2019 | Doc Films - Chicago

One of the best crime film of all time by the master of suspense Claude Chabrol! A ruthless film about the patterns of life that divide a rich family and their housekeeper. Imported 35 mm print from the Institut Français.

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June 5 | Highland Park Library

Author Catherine Cusset, shortlisted for the Prix Goncourt, France’s most prestigious literary award, will discuss her new book Life of David Hockney.

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July 10 | Chicago Cultural Center

An improbable friendship grows between a promising rapper and a crochety mason during a roundtrip of France’s ports in the footsteps of painter Joseph Vernet. Free

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