MAY 2020
Cultural Agenda

In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, many of us are home-bound. But culture can provide a thrilling escape, even from your couch.
Below, we have rounded up some of our favorite videos, playlists, and more so you can take a deep dive into contemporary and classic French and Francophone cultures––without leaving your apartment.

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Above all, stay safe, stay creative, and stay in touch!

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Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States


High Museum of Art - Atlanta

This fall, the High presented the first museum exhibition devoted to the work of Virgil Abloh, the modern, genre-bending artist and designer who became creative director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear in 2018.

Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech” offers an unprecedented survey of Abloh’s creative work over nearly two decades and pulls back the curtain on his process. The exhibition presents prototypes alongside finished artworks, product designs, and fashion to reveal his myriad inspirations—from centuries-old paintings to commonplace construction signs. Running throughout the exhibition is an emphasis on dialogue, which Abloh creates through his inventive use of language and quotation marks, turning the objects he designs and the people who wear his clothing into “figures of speech.”

Michael Darling, Alsdorf Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gave a special in-depth look at Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech.” Abloh’s artistic endeavors encompass fashion, architecture, music, and design.

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High Museum of Art - Atlanta

Late nineteenth to early twentieth centuries French masterworks were given this year to the High Museum by Doris and Souky Shaheen.
Collected over four decades, this impressive collection of paintings includes works from the pre-Impressionist realism to the expressive modernism through the Impressionism.
Eugène Boudin, Claude Monet, Henri Matisse are among the artists on display from now to every visit of the High Museum.

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Scad fash - Atlanta

Masters of Cut brings together sleek designs and impeccably tailored looks by beloved French designer Azzedine Alaïa (1935–2017) and American designer Gilbert Adrian (1903–1959). Garments on view display the intricate detailing of Adrian’s suits — the mitered stripes, clever seaming, and unexpected appliqués — in dialogue with Alaïa’s body-celebrating designs. Pairing their work, the exhibition reveals the designers’ intertwined and enduring legacies.
Alaïa-Adrian: Masters of Cut is curated by French fashion historian and curator Olivier Saillard and organized for SCAD FASH by Rafael Gomes, director of fashion exhibitions.

Olivier Saillard and director of fashion exhibitions Rafael Gomes took us on a private tour of “Alaïa-Adrian: Masters of Cut” to get a closer look at Azzedine Alaïa’s and Gilbert Adrian’s impeccable designs for #MuseumfromHome!

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Now - Until May 25

Good news, the STAY HOME edition of MyFrenchFilmFestival is extended until May 25, 2020! We are delighted to announce that a selection of 20 feature-length films from the past 10 editions of the festival will be added to this special edition. We hope that these films provide solace, distraction, and entertainment during this period and in the weeks to come.

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TV5MONDE is the premier source for movies in French broadcast in the US. Along with our premium programs and entertainment, we pride ourselves of showcasing the very best of French language cinema from across the globe.

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May 29 - June 7

The festival will feature programming curated by the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Guadalajara International Film Festival, International Film Festival & Awards Macao (IFFAM), Jerusalem Film Festival, Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI), Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival, Marrakech International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, San Sebastian International Film Festival, Sarajevo Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Tokyo International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival and Venice Film Festival.

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Netflix opened its new Paris office earlier this year, and the results are already pouring in. From critically acclaimed dramas to musical extravaganzas, these are some of the films and shows you should be watching in your free time.

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May 2 - May 6

Due to COVID-19, the full performance of The Misanthrope, a production of Molière in the Park, directed by Lucie Tiberghien, at the LeFrak Center at Lakeside in Prospect Park, originally scheduled from May 13th-23rd is postponed until further notice.

However the theater will come to you and you will be able to watch the virtual presentation of The Misanthrope at your home from May 2nd to 6th!


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Friday, May 1 at 6.30 pm | Live on Zoom and Facebook

Xavier Flouret, Founder of Xavier Flouret Wines, and Hortense Bernard, General Manager of Millesima USA, will present an interactive masterclass featuring three of Flouret’s distinctive boutique wines: a rosé from Cotes de Provence, a white wine from Loire Valley, and a complex red wine from South Africa.

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Friday, May 8 at 12 pm | Live on Zoom and Facebook

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Ariane Daguin, native of southwest France, will host an interactive cooking masterclass from her home kitchen featuring one of her favorite recipes: magret duck breast with apples and sautéed mushrooms (hen of the woods).

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Until the End of May

Great news! Culturethèque, the digital library of l’Institut Français, is accessible all over the world and is now free until the end of May.

With more than 1000 books, 200 graphic novels, 400 magazines, 300 videos and countless learning manuals, you can have access to high quality content from the comfort of your own home.


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So we’re stuck inside. That doesn't stop our imaginations from wandering! Let these texts take you far away—to other cities, other countries, other eras, and other realities. You’ll find stories of journeys to distant lands, to other worlds, and even inner travel. This is a non-exhaustive list for young and old to suit any taste. All works are in French and freely accessible on the Culturethèque website.

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Today, we come together to celebrate the Earth. On this occasion, enjoy a bit of fresh air from the confines of your living room (or, if you're lucky, your backyard) by discovering some new environmentally-themed reads.

Here are a few books, podcasts, and various reflections of the state of nature that will help you celebrate Mother Earth and its living beings. May it be source of inspiration to you.


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Bestseller Histoire mondiale de la France  (France in the World, A New Global History) by Historian Patrick Boucheron  is now read every day by actors in France -- from Joana Preiss, Lyes Salem, Marie-Sophie Ferdane, Laurent Poitrenaux, Misha Lescot, among others --  an initiative from Théâtre National de Bretagne, Rennes.


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Let’s discover, between mysticism and politics, Dostoevsky’s masterpiece, "Crime et Châtiment", in a translation by André Markowicz, read by Guillaume Gallienne.

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Enjoy this musical rendez-vous by Atlanta’s favorite French flutist Matthieu Clavé, a moment of music in the spirit of The Soundscape Series celebrating composers such as Debussy, Nicole Chamberlain, Meira Warshauer Composer, Honegger, Ferroud, Piazzolla.

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Deadline: July 5th

We are pleased to share with you a call for applications open for researchers from the US and other countries for the Make Our Planet Great Again program. This initiative supports international postdoctoral researchers wishing to conduct further research in France on a topic related to:
- earth systems
- climate change and sustainability
- the energy transition
- societal challenges of environmental issues
Researchers holding a doctoral degree obtained within the last 5 years are encouraged to apply.
French institutions hosting the laureates will be financed up to 50 000€ for a period of 12 months to support the selected postdoctoral researcher.
The deadline to apply for postdoctoral research funding is July 5th 2020. Questions should be addressed to

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