MARCH 2019
French Culture in March

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy are pleased to announce a selection of French cultural events that will be presented in Washington, DC and its consular district this month.

FILM, TV & NEW MEDIA

March 12 | 7:00 p.m. | 2017 - France - 123 min | Embassy of France - La Maison Française

By Alain Gomis. Living her life in the chaotically vibrant Congolese capital of Kinshasa with a proud defiance, Félicité doesn't need marriage, a man, or even love to get by. But when her son is injured in a traffic accident, she must find a way to pay for his operation, and embarks on a double journey: through the punishing outer world of the city and the inner world of the soul. Félicité is tough, tender, lyrical, mysterious, funny, and terrifying, both responsive to the moment and fixed on its heroine’s spiritual progress.

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March 26 | 7:00 p.m. | 2018 - France, Qatar - 80 min | Embassy of France - La Maison Française

By Meryem Benm'Barek. When twenty-year-old Sofia buckles over in pain during a family gathering, her cousin Lena whisks her off to a hospital, telling her family she is taking her to the pharmacy to seek relief from a stomach ache. In fact, Sofia has gone into labor without knowing she was pregnant. From here, the viewer is embarked on a nightmarish journey... Benm’Barek’s confidence as a storyteller lifts Sofia above the level of social protest to reveal a profoundly complex, endlessly fascinating reality.

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March 15-19 | 7:00 p.m. | Embassy of France - La Maison Française

The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF) is the world’s premier showcase of environmentally themed films. Since 1993, its mission has been to celebrate Earth and inspire understanding and stewardship of the environment through the power of film. As part of the 27th edition of the DCEFF, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy are pleased to announce the screening of three recent French environmental films: A Modern Shepherdess (March 15), A Polar Year (March 18), and Mia and the White Lion (March 19).

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March 20 | 8:00 p.m. | 2018 - Suisse, France - 84 min | Avalon Theatre

By Jean-Luc Godard. Displaying an encyclopedic grasp of cinema and its history, Godard adds to his influential, iconoclastic legacy with this provocative collage film essay, a vast ontological inquiry into the history of the moving image and a commentary on the contemporary world. Winner of the first Special Palme d’Or to be awarded in the history of the Cannes Film Festival, The Image Book is another extraordinary addition to the French master’s vast filmography.

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March 28-31 | Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond

The Richmond French Film Festival is the most important French film festival in the United States. For 27 years, it has earned acclaim in the U.S. and in France, for introducing more than 700 French and francophone films to American audiences. The Festival has welcomed more than 850 directors, screenwriters, actors, cinematographers, music composers & artists-technicians. All films are presented by their directors and/or starring actors. This year, the festival welcomes special guest, most beloved French actor Thierry Lhermitte, who leads diverse delegation of filmmakers.

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March | 2017 - France - 52mn | Various channels

On the occasion of Women’s History Month in March 2019, the French documentary Anne Morgan’s War will make its United States premiere on public television stations with the assistance of the American Friends of Blerancourt. Anne Morgan’s War tells the little-known story of how one American woman became an exemplary force in the recovery of Northern France’s World War I wartime devastation, and highlights the legacy of a woman in the vanguard of feminism and humanitarian action.

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MUSIC

March 9 | 2:00 p.m. | Library of Congress

This imaginative young French harpsichordist is “an alchemist eager for experimentation” (Nelida Nassar), already a star in the early music universe and in demand for orchestra and chamber music collaborations. Rondeau’s concerts convey “a sense of absolute connection and improvisatory ease” (Gramophone). He is especially noted for memorable Bach performances, and has chosen for this matinée recital repertoire that includes transcriptions of several instrumental works, including one very seldom performed on the harpsichord: Brahms’ setting of the Chaconne in D minor.

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March 26 | 7:00 p.m. | Saint Ann Catholic Church

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of St. Ann Catholic Church 2019-2020, Vincent Dubois, Organist titular of Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris France will perform on the recently restored Létourneau organ at St. Ann parish. "Dubois set a new standard for Bach performance, the freedom and accuracy of his playing captivating from start to finish: the tempo relationships judged to perfection" (The Calgary Herald).

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BOOKS & IDEAS

March 14 | 6:00 p.m. | Embassy of France - La Maison Française

With Artificial Intelligence on the verge of revolutionizing our societies, controlling and managing it are vital to safeguarding national sovereignty and respect for human beings.This French Series panel discussion event will be moderated by Steve LeVine, Future Editor at Axios, and will feature Dr. Cara LaPointe, Senior Fellow at the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown University, creator of the Blockchain Ethical Design Framework, and Jeffrey Brown who manages the Bertelsmann Foundation’s project streams on the future of work and artificial intelligence.

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March 16 | 10:30 a.m. | Solid State Bookstore

Award-winning author-illustrator Marc Boutavant will discuss his latest illustrative work, Dumpster Dog!. Dumpster Dog wants someone to play with, someone who will take him on long walks. But he will soon learn that finding a good owner isn't as easy as it sounds, and that the world can be a dangerous place. Marc Boutavant will also introduce children to the other personalities from the many books he’s illustrated. He will show his inspiration, and work for the cartoons, many of which have become or are becoming a TV series. There will be an opportunity for kids to draw as well!

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MORE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS AT LA MAISON FRANÇAISE

March 21 | 6:30 p.m. | Embassy of France - La Maison Française

The Green Attitude Gala, featuring French singer Sheila, will benefit the incredible work of the Anne Fontaine Foundation, which “aims towards raising awareness about environmental issues through eco-friendly art and fashion, having as a primary goal the reforestation and protection of the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest (Mata Atlântica)”.

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March 29 | 7:00 p.m. | Embassy of France - La Maison Française

Get ready for a spectacular party with a French accent. Sample food and beverages from more than 30 embassies as you explore each nation’s unique attractions, traditions, and specialities.

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