The 11th edition of the world’s first online French-speaking film festival opens today. From now until February 15, you can enjoy the best of new-generation French-language cinema from the comfort of your home.
The concept of the festival is simple: 33 films are available for one month on 60 online platforms, with free viewing in many countries. Starting today through February 15, 2021, you can take advantage of the best of new generation French-language cinema from the comfort of your own home!
Click here for all the details about the film lineup and jury members for this year’s 11th edition of the festival.
STANDOUT NATIONAL EVENTS
Set for January
The free national events continue on Zoom in 2021. The Cultural Offerings committee, a team of eight volunteers on the Federation board, has arranged a line-up that includes exciting new events in the realm of the performing arts. January events include an exceptional event featuring Mark Markham, world-renowned pianist (performing French compositions). The Paper Bullets event features author/historian Jeffrey H. Jackson. The Adrian Leeds event is an encore of the event from the fall that drew over 600 registrants.
Let us know what French-inspired fun you’ve been up to lately: firstname.lastname@example.org
There’s just one month to go before the festival opens: watch the stunning teaser for MyFrenchFilmFestival 2021 directed by Julie Caty.
In the four corners of the globe, we know you are waiting excitedly: MyFrenchFilmFestival will be back in 2021 to bring you the best of new generation French-language cinema online!
From January 15 through February 15, 2021, you will have the chance to discover, from the comfort of your own home, more than 30 films (features and shorts) that have been handpicked just for you! Comedies, romcoms, dramas, documentaries, animations, cinema classics, VR works, films for young audiences… we will shine a light on all the genres representing the diversity of French-language cinema.
The complete program for the festival and the names of the international jury members will be revealed on January 5. We are eagerly awaiting sharing this with you!
Julie Caty is a French animation director. In her films, she allows a lush, poetic, psychotropic, and reflexive pop-punk universe unfold. Her latest film, Normal, was selected for the 2020 UniFrance Short Film Award.
About the teaser: “Even though MyFrenchFilmFestival didn’t wait for this strange pandemic episode in order to propose an online festival, I thought above all about movie theaters and wanted to pay tribute to them through this teaser. Because we all know how much we miss this collective and individual experience that is cinema! By exploiting the cliché, I’m directing spectators from all over the world, and inviting them to gather on the red seats of a laptop cinema as if to say ‘From the four corners of the world, let’s go to the cinema together! From the four corners of the world, let’s share this generous and curious selection of French-language films!’” — Julie Caty
So, take care of yourselves and long live cinema!
“Who is Emmanuel Macron and where is he taking France?”
with William Drozdiak, author of The Last President of Europe: Emmanuel Macron’s Race to Revive France and Save the World, in conversation with Simon Kuper
In 2017, 39-year-old Emmanuel Macron became France’s youngest leader since Napoleon. Who is this man from small-town Amiens, who passed through the elite ENA school and briefly worked as a banker? What is his project for France – and which bits of it has he managed to realize amid the turmoil of gilets jaunes protesters, strikes and the pandemic? What is his worldview? How does he see the US, China and Putin? What is his approach to Islam and to Islamism? And why, when he’s admired by so many outside France, does he inspire such hatred in so many French people?
William Drozdiak is the perfect guide. For his book The Last President of Europe he conducted a series of long interviews with Macron and other insiders in the Elysées palace.
Drozdiak is a former foreign editor of the Washington Post and a veteran foreign correspondent.Before journalism, he played professional basketball in the United States and Europe for seven years. His acclaimed book “Fractured Continent: Europe’s Crises and the Fate of the West” was selected by the Financial Times as one of the best political books of 2017. He now lives in Washington D.C., working as senior advisor for Europe with McLarty Associates and as nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.
Simon Kuper is a columnist for The Financial Times.
with William Drozdiak, author of The Last President of Europe,
in conversation with Simon Kuper
We’re delighted to be co-sponsored by the Federation of Alliances Françaises USA, which promotes French language and culture through 100+ Alliance Française chapters across the U.S.
We’re also pleased to be co-sponsored by The American Library in Paris. ALP is the largest English-language library on the European continent, now celebrating its 100th year as a cultural bridge between France and the US.
The official bookseller is Shakespeare and Company — an English-language bookshop in the heart of Paris, on the banks of the Seine, opposite Notre-Dame. Since opening in 1951, Shakespeare and Company has been a meeting place for anglophone writers and readers, becoming a Left Bank literary institution.
PANDEMONIUM U: Free, live Zoom classes taught by world-class experts.
How does it work? We host classes several Fridays per month at noon NY time. Just check the schedule in this newsletter or on our website and show up for any class. Connect via this Zoom link. Listen/watch/learn, then ask questions in chat. Each class lasts about 50 minutes. Are the classes recorded? Yes, you can watch past classes here. (While you’re there, please subscribe to our YouTube channel!)
Why is it free? We launched PAN U as a public service at the start of the pandemic. All speakers and organizers are volunteers, and many friends of PAN U
Why is it so French?
We live in Paris and try to bring you the interesting people and ideas that cross our paths. Some of these are (inevitably) related to France.
I’ve got thoughts. How do I reach you?
Our email is PandemoniumU2021@gmail.com.
See you in class!
Pamela Druckerman & Simon Kuper
Beaujolais nouveau arrives on Thursday, November 19, 2020.
Our “Tasting wines virtually” series continues!
Get your preferred bottle and join us in a Zoom tasting by 7pm CT (Tulsa/Oklahoma City) by paying this $5 entry fee to receive our Zoom link in a confirmed email receipt as a reminder the evening prior to our event.
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Virtual wine tasting! Celebrating the young wine, beaujolais nouveau!
In Tulsa, stock should be available by noon at these suggested retailers:
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