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French and English (1)
French and the Académie française
French and English (2)
The future of French?
French and English (3)
A frozen French?
French and English (4)
Cultural diplomacy and regional languages
French and English (5)
Synopsis: Two children get up to go to school. Like every morning, they invent games for themselves, continuing their rituals of cruelty and complicity. But this morning something has changed...
After studying cinema and philosophy in Paris, Katell Quillevéré, together with Sébastien Bailly, created the Brive Rencontres du Moyen-Métrage in 2004. Her first short film, À bras le corps, was presented at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes and selected for the 2007 Césars. Her first feature film, Love Like Poison (“Un poison violent") (2010), received the Jean Vigo Award.
Born in 1958, Laurence Ferreira Barbosa was previously an assistant, actor and director of several short films and documentaries. Her first feature film, Normal People Are Nothing Exceptional (“Les gens normaux n'ont rien d'exceptionnel”) (1993), praised by critics, also launched the careers of Valéria Bruni-Tedeschi and Melvil Poupaud.
Synopsis: Ibrahim, a refugee, is hired by a French mutual insurance company which repatriates the bodies of Africans who died in France to their countries of origin. He soon attends his first post-mortem examination in an apartment in the Paris suburbs.
Born in 1970, Danielle Arbid left Lebanon at the age of 17 to settle in Paris. She works as a journalist and covered news about the Arab world before moving into cinema. Since 2000 and her film Alone with War (“Seule avec la guerre), her works have been recognised notably at the Locarno Film Festival and the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes.
Synopsis: Eight teenagers from the north of France are spending a day travelling to look at The Raft of the Medusa at the Louvre. Suddenly, the car breaks down high above the cliffs. They’re stranded on the sandy beach, under the dazed eyes of an exhausted chaperon.
A graduate of the Femis, Delphine Gleize won the César for Best Short Film in 2000 for her film Dirtie Basterdz (“Sale battars”). Les Méduses competed at Cannes as part of Critics Week in 2000.
Synopsis: In a village deserted by its inhabitants, flattened by the summer heat, Joshua wants to commit suicide, as his best friend has already done. Determined to first find a new family for his brother, he meets the strange Icebergs gang, threatening and armed...
Jonathan Vinel studied film editing at La Fémis, and Caroline Poggi studied Creation and audiovisual and cinematographic techniques in Corsica. Together they have made several films, including the short film As long as Shotguns Remain, which won the Berlinale Golden Bear in 2014.
Synopsis: Awa spends her days and nights snacking on nuts. One day she decides to challenge the monster who terrorises the souls around her, in a strange duel.
After graduating from La Fémis in 1992, Barbara Creutz Pachiaudi continued her training at the Film and Television Institute of India. A designer of sets, costumes and staging for cinema and live shows, in 2004 she produced Awa, her first film.
Synopsis: Djal is sixteen. His dream: to run like his idol, Usain Bolt.
A graduate of the European Conservatory of Audiovisual Writing in 2012, Louis Aubert has worked on more than thirty films and TV movies as a location manager, assistant director, scriptwriter, show runner, consultant and director. He is a member of the Les Indélébiles collective.
Synopsis: Léo, nineteen years old, dreams of just one thing: to gain the coveted position of “stroke” on the "eight", the most technical role on the most prestigious boat in rowing. But he is far from alone in aiming for this spot. To convince the intractable coach, Léo will need to go above during his final training session.
A student at the École de la Cité, Mathieu Mouterde trained in cinematography on eight major productions. He himself was a high-level rower.
Synopsis: Charlotte, who has just joined big sister Nat's football team, prefers to tan during practice. Nat, determined to win, forces Charlotte to change teams. The two sisters are now playing against each other.
A graduate of the Femis, Alice Douard saw her capstone project film, Extrasystole, screened at many festivals. Les Filles continues her exploration of femininity, the search for an identity within a group and romantic relationships.
Synopsis: Between fiction and documentary, this contemplative film follows a group of skateboarding farmers in the remotest reaches of Dordogne.
Influenced by Raymond Depardon and Bruno Dumont, Antoine Besse, a young director of video clips and ads, shot a film intended for the internet, without a producer, in Dordogne with his skater friends. Having racked up 300,000 views on Dailymotion in two weeks, the short film began to tour festivals.
In L’Errance est humaine, Jeanne Mordoj explores the movement of the ephemeral and the fragility of the human condition. She continues her quest for traces, meaning and rituals through a confrontation with her inner voice.
Jeanne Mordoj imagines and performs shows that give shape to a contemporary and intimate vaudevillian performance which reveal the strangeness in all of us.
Lazare le merveilleux (“Lazare the Marvelous”) follows the journey of this philosophical poet and his three associates, Hamlet the red balloon, Neptunia the clumsy, mischevious plant, and Gilburd the chubby, clowning bird. A series of surreal scenes and manipulations of painstakingly controlled objects offer an off-kilter perspective on our daily lives.
Created in 2012 by juggler Antoine Terrieux and clown-juggler Julien Mandier, the Blizzard Concept Company develops projects combining new magic, visual arts and circus.
In an artificial world dominated by tyrannical machines which imitate human behaviour, a child rebels, attempting to lead the enslaved angels around her in a revolt.
Raphaëlle Boitel, director and choreographer, created L’Oublié(e) Company in 2012. His visual universe combines theatre, circus, dance, music and cinema.
The five dancers and acrobats of Fractales form an uninterrupted swirl of bodies, becoming objects and actors in turn, matching their internal states with the outside world and using the languages of mathematics, biology and astrophysics.
Fanny Soriano, founder of the Libertivore company, is developing a body of work which combines circus, dance and research into organic matter.
M comme Méliès was developed based on correspondence and interviews with the brilliant inventor of special effects for cinema.
Born in Argentina, Martial di Fonzo Bo was educated in dramatic arts at the École du Théâtre National de Bretagne. An actor, stage designer and director, he runs the Comédie de Caen-Centre Dramatique National de Normandie.
Originally created for four male acrobats, the all-female version of Face Nord offers a unique performance of a show in the form of a circus competition, full of humour.
The company Un loup pour l’homme, created in 2005 thanks to an encounter between Alexandre Fray, a French acrobatic base, and Frédéric Arsenault, a Quebecois flyer, explores the evolution of movements and patterns which cause chain reactions.
A performance based on a pole and three supporting wires, Instable depicts the stubbornness of a man who is desperately trying to control an imbalance of his own making.
Nicolas Fraisseau, after discovering the Chinese pole during his training as a juggler at the National Circus School in Châtellerault, perfected his technique at the Rosny-sous-Bois National School of Circus Arts and at the National Circus Centre in Châlons-en Champagne.
Hektor, the battered hero of La Fuite, reinvents the vaudevillian hero of silent cinema, who bravely confronts the ups and downs life throws his way. The acrobat, mime, and dancer finds himself tangled up in a series of inextricable situations and hilarious gags.
Olivier Meyrou, director and producer trained at the FEMIS and recipient of a Sur Mesure residency (formerly Villa Médicis hors les murs), notably produced La Petite File aux allumettes (“The Little Match Girl”) at the Comédie-Française.
The result of an 8-month correspondence with the 13 musicians of the groups Deux boules vanille and La Colonie de vacances, Ouverture consists of a large fresco made up of manuscripts and postcards surrounded by a bewitching sound system.
The show was designed by Tsirihaka Harrivel and Vimala Pons for the inauguration of La Maison des Artistes at La Brèche (Cherbourg-en-Cotentin) on 13th March 2019.
Inspired by the novel Before I burn by Gaute Heivoll, Ashes blends the story of a young man who set fire to homes in a small village in southern Norway with that of the writer who, a generation later, will use the events as literary material. In this work created in 2014, these two tragically ordinary beings, tortured by their inner demons, struggle to slow down their death by self-immolation.
Created in 2008 by Norwegian Yngvild Aspeli, the Plexus Polaire, a cosmopolitan theatre troupe located in Auxerre, designs and distributes human-sized puppets.
Created in 2003 by Camille Boitel, acrobat, dancer, musician juggler and former handbalancer at the Académie Fratellini, The Man of Hus faces a series of rebellious objects which want to prevent him from facing the audience at all costs. This muscular struggle, full of repeated disasters and accidents, transforms the stage into a chaotic battlefield, a cacophony of noises and cries, in the midst of which the Man of Hus struggles to survive.
Camille Boitel founded the company L’Immédiat in 2012. Its speciality: political acrobatic works.
Influenced by Samuel Beckett’s The Lost Ones (“Dépeupleur”), Renaud Hérbin designed Milieu as a closed microcosm in which puppet and puppeteer are trapped without hope of release. The puppet evolves in a constantly changing environment, trying to maintain its constantly-threatened balance. The strings that connect him to man, at once obstacles and the source of his illusory life, generate confusing sensations.
In Tri Fata, the puppeteer in turn embodies the three Fates Nona, Décima and Morta: the one that gives birth, the one that gives life and the one that kills, thus summarising within the boundaries of the show the entire existence of an old lady living out her final hours.
A company founded in 2003 by Estelle Charlier and Romuald Collinet, La Pendue works with "living theatre, puppets and metamorphoses", sometimes in traditional productions using hand-puppets, and sometimes entering the realm of contemporary creation through numerous techniques (notably marionettes and shadow puppets).
Three solitary neighbours, with their hopelessly ordinary existences, improvise a Grand Guignol show, resulting in disaster after disaster. Gosh! is both a satirical show and a piece of melodramatic theatre.
The company Le fils du grand réseau, based in Brest and directed by Pierre Guillois, claims to produce a "bold popular theatre".
Through their games and arguments, before our eyes pieces of rope are transformed into images from everyday life, holidays and dreams. End to end brings to life ephemeral creatures which emerge and transform into minimalist paintings made from lines drawn by strings.
For 25 years, Marina Montefusco and her company Le Clan des Songes have been developing a theatre of images. Their preferred tools are puppets and animated shapes.
Pinocchio evokes, in four movements, the birth of a child-puppet creature. Created from several series of photographs of children staged as though they were inanimate puppets, produced in France and Mongolia, the performance will be presented for the first time at the Carreau du Temple in Paris on 3rd May 2019, at the opening of the International Puppet Arts Biennial.
The company was created in 2002 by Alice Laloy.
By combining cubes manipulated by hand with video projections, Cubix seeks to reconnect the viewers with their childhood games of construction and deconstruction, to better rediscover their ability to create and dream.
Founded in 1977 by Pierre Blaise, Théâtre sans Toit creates a realistic puppet theatre adapted from the traditional Taiwanese model.
Hullu tells a story of escape and imprisonment in an imaginary world filled with strange, disconcerting little beings with a fantastical spirit.
Blick Théâtre was founded in 2012 as a studio for creating and designing shows which deal notably with monstrosity and the other.
Created in 2016, Brut offers a tale of the physical metamorphosis which characterises adolescence, through testimonials from children and adults.
The Vent des Forges, a claymation theatre, was created in 2005 following an encounter between actor Odile L’hermitte and pottery artist Marie Tuffin.
This fountain, which evokes the maternal breast, a symbol of femininity and life-giving energy, is at the heart of the exhibition "Sing and Drink for Trespassing" presented at the Palais de Tokyo in 2018. Within a circular architecture, the work invites visitors to pause as they pass through the exhibition’s post-apocalyptic garden of Eden.
With its words of welcome sprinkled across marble floors and window panes, the exhibition "Softer and Rounder so as to Shine Through Your Smooth Marble” transformed the Salt Galata in Istanbul. A series of optical illusions aimed at evoking the invisible and ignored employees who maintain the site.
“The Wet Wet Wanderer" made the ground floor of the RotterdamWitte de With into an underwater bar , exhibited in 2017. The installation was inspired by The Wanderer, a feature film made by Laure Prouvost in 2012, and itself based on the English translation of a Kafka novel produced by Roy Macbeth, who did not speak German and didn’t use a dictionary. By combining sculpture, video and sound, Laure Prouvost creates a Kafkaesque atmosphere, full of illusions and deceit. Literature is transformed into films and sculptures.
The exhibition “Dropped Here and Then, to Live, Leave it All Behind” offered visitors to the Consortium a series of immersive and sensory experiences. Through the staging of everyday objects, in an atmosphere evoked through lights and smells, they were invited to get lost in an unexpected environment that sent them back to their identities and roots.
In a maze made up of memories of daily existence and evocations of family myths – grandfather, an artist who disappeared in the tunnel which he dug between France and Morocco, and the interloping grandmother who took over his work and hijacked it – the exhibition at the Frankfurt MMK left visitors wandering the alternative, dreamlike universe of Laure Prouvost.
Through this exhibition, designed as an ideal museum in which the building adapts to the works, Laure Prouvost wanted to pay tribute to her grandfather, using various installations, paintings, videos and sculptures.
Depicting a swimming pool devastated after a stormy night, “A Way to Leak, Lick, Leek” juxtaposes manufactured and organic waste against a blue resin floor, and a video, Lick, of an improvised hip-hop performance by a group of Los Angeles teenagers.
Laure Prouvost completed the installation during her residency at the FLAX Foundation, directed by Martha Kirzenbaum, in 2016.
Laure Provost’s first exhibition in the People’s Republic of China, “Into All That Is Here” continues her series focused on the figure of her – fictional – grandfather, who disappeared in the tunnel he was digging to Morocco. The installation penetrates a chaotic underground world in which we dig straight into the unknown, to escape our state as prisoners of human existence and the idea of death.
The final manifestation of Laure Prouvost’s investigations of adolescence and travel, the blurring of identities, inter-individual communication, image, the idealized world and the freedom to get lost, the exhibition, presented at the Rochechouart Departmental Museum of Contemporary Art, included notably The Smoking Image, a groundbreaking installation.
In For Forgetting, her first American exhibition, Laure Prouvost continues her work deconstructing buildings, rearranging the relationships between language, image and sensory perception and challenging the relationship between reality and imagination. Combining a collage wall, a multichannel video installation, various sculptures and the film How to Make Money Religiously, the installation evokes differences in perception, memory and concealment related to the relationship between power and money.
Born in 1930 in Romania, Ștefan Bertalan is interested in the growth of plants, the evolution of which he follows through drawing, journalling and photography. He is exhibiting his photograms of this artistic transformation. Sunflower is part of the exhibition "La Brique, The Brick, Cărămida" devoted to contemporary Romanian art at the Kunsthalle in Mulhouse. Presented from 14th February to 28th April 2019, the exhibition reveals an active Romanian artistic scene, from the dawn of the 20th century to the present day. The works come from the collection of Ovidiu Șandor, a collector and patron from Timisoara, a twin town of Mulhouse.
Born in 1982 in Romania, Răzvan Boar produces monumental paintings, drawings on paper, along with collages and sculptures, in which drawings turn into fantastical characters, combining sketches and acrylic paint. Study for P. is being presented in Brest, at the Gateway Center for Contemporary Art from 2nd February to 27th April 2019 as part of an exhibition dedicated to the Romanian artist, “The Paintings of Răzvan Boar”.
An ironic reflection on the artist’s investment in today’s world, Artists Talk by Gianina Cărbunariu puts big thoughts and little statements into perspective. The play is being performed at the Théâtre des Célestins in Lyon, from 5th to 7th April 2019, alongside OMG by Ioana Păun. Gianina Cărbunariu and Ioana Păun are two iconic figures of the new contemporary Romanian stage, whose dynamic, sharp writing holds up a mirror to their era.
In If A Tree Were to Fall, two bodies interrogate their ability to articulate emotions independently. What happens when motion capture is rendered precisely in a foreign body? If the technology evolves beyond a simple tool which obeys our commands, can it give rise to new sensations? The performance is presented at the Mirage Festival, an overview of digital cultures taking place from 3rd to 7th April 2019 in Lyon, as part of the “Creative Romania” programme.
The White Team (Satan) by Ioana Nemeșis is being presented at the Museum of Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean in Marseille from April 4th to June 23rd 2019 as part of the “Persona [România]” exhibition. An exhibition that examines ideas of identity through masks, both contemporary and traditional. Eight visual artists from the new contemporary Romanian scene have been invited to enter into dialogue with the MUCEM collections, specifically items with Romanian ethnographic backgrounds, under the curatorship of Diana Marincu.
Long-standing friends – both of whom were trained in the workshop of Gustave Moreau – Matisse and Pallady communicated only in letters from 1940 onwards, when Pallady returned home for an exhibition in Romania and never managed to leave the country again. “A Romanian Season at the Centre Pompidou" presents works produced during this period by the two friends, as well as their letters and photographs revealing Matisse's approach. From 28th November 2018 to 20th May 2019 at Centre Pompidou.
Under the direction of Cristian Mandeal, on 30th November 2018 the Romanian Youth Orchestra played the Romanian Rhapsodia by Enesco, Manfred by Tchaikovsky, and Concerto no. 2 by Saint-Saëns, at the Paris Philharmonic with Fazil Say accompanying on piano. This event thus launched the France-Romania 2019 Season.
Bridging tradition and modernity, Marius Mihalache & Band's Saftita project offers a unique mix of Romanian folklore and the rhythms of the Balkans. A mix of synthesizers and traditional instruments, such as the cimbalom, which refreshes the power of the region's pop music. The concert took place in Ground Control in Paris on 12th December 2018, opening Travel in Transylvania, beyond the forests of Romania ("Voyage en Transylvanie, au-delà des forests de Romania").
This work is one of the two fluorescent-paint canvases that make up Double Diptych. Their arrangement next to one another is left up to the curators at the place of exhibition: the artist himself switched the two canvases around during their creation. Born in 1989, Hugo Capron uses an abstract style of painting descended from conceptual painting. His paintings are intended as physical experiences, beyond mere representation.
Inspired by many spiritual and religious practices, La Big Cérémonie invites the spectator to attend the festive, joyful and magical rituals of a group of fantastical animals celebrating one of their own, now disappeared. The puppet show was produced in 2016 by Simon Moers, an actor-puppeteer, in collaboration with Coline Rosoux, a sculptor. Simon Moers was trained at the Institut supérieur des arts in Brussels and the École nationale supérieure des arts de la marionnette in Charleville-Mézières.
Mimosa Echard’s “Pulsion Potion” exhibition consists of sculptures and films made from natural and industrial debris. It was presented in London in 2017 at the Cell Project Space. Born in Alès in 1986, the artist likes to play on the combination of living and dead materials.
In Exile (2016) Rithy Panh evokes the memory of his relatives who disappeared during the genocide perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. The Franco-Cambodian director born in Phnom Penh in 1964 is, notably, the creator of France is our Mother Country (“La France est notre patrie”) (2015) and The Missing Picture (“L’Image manquante”) (2013).
Created in 2017, Rafales is a romantic encounter between the wind, a landscape and a polymorphous couple, almost a hermaphroditic creature. The couple seek out a shared rhythm through the belly-dancing and breathy beats. For Benjamin Bertrand, choreographer, dancer and founder of the company RADAR, which has been based in Poitiers since 2015, dance is where skin, space and sound meet.
An ephemeral sculpture, Just an Illusion, After Ed Ruscha was made with photographic film unmarred by any image. The work is inspired by the Word Paintings of Edward Ruscha, an American photographer who influenced the history of art during the 1960s in the realms of pop art and conceptual art. Born in 1965, a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie in Arles, Isabelle Le Minh seeks to explore the essence and limits of photography.
This “C” is part of the new visual identity of the Olivier Debre Contemporary Creation Centre in Tours, designed in 2016 by the Baldinger.Vu-Huu graphic design workshop. In 2008, André Baldinger and Toan Vu-Huu created the graphic design workshop which bears their names. He also teaches typography at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Decoratifs in Paris and the Haute École d’art in Zurich.
This Japanese paper cover was designed to decorate the menu at an event organised in 2016 by Hermès at the Taillevent restaurant in Paris. The Laurel Parker Book Workshop specialises in the design and manufacture of books by artists and exceptionally-presented objects. Laurel Parker is its artistic director, Paul Chamard its production manager.
A creator, designer and developer of video games trained at Insart Digital, in 2014 for the 25th anniversary of the Game Boy Christophe Galati produced “Save Me Mr Tako”. The game features Tako as its hero, a small pacifist octopus which saves a woman who has fallen into the water and receives the gift of being able to breathe on the surface in exchange for promising not to hate humanity. “Save Me Mr Tako” was selected for the 2016 Tokyo Game Show.