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Please join us in welcoming critically acclaimed Italian-Ghanaian filmmaker and activist, Fred Kuwornu, to campus February 26th and 27th. He will be presenting clips from his film in progress, BlaxpoItalian: Blackness in Italian Cinema, on Thursday, February 26 (5-6:15) in 10 Blegen Hall and screening his film,18 IUS SOLI, a documentary that traces the twisted path to citizenship for the children born of immigrants in modern Italy, on Friday, February 27 (3:00-5:00PM) in 275 Nicholson Hall. Friday's screening will be followed by a Q&A session.


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Emphasizing the enduring attachment to historiography's moral function in post-Machiavelli France, this talk will focus on the ways in which humanist national histories sought to "move" their readers before, during and after the Wars of Religion.

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Film: The Zigzag Kid, by Vincent Bal (opening 8/25)

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The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul presents:

The Zigzag Kid
Netherlands • 95 min • Dutch/English/French w/English subtitles • 2012 • Narrative
Directed by: Vincent Bal
The film is opening Friday, October 25 at the St Anthony Main Theater.

Based on the beloved novel by David Grossman, The Zigzag Kid uses wit and humor to explore the most fundamental questions of good and evil and to speak directly to adults and teenagers.

A witty, spirited and action-packed adventure about an almost-thirteen-year-old boy named Nono, his world of confusions, fears and fantasies…

Nono longs to be a good detective like his father, a famous police inspector, but his wild nature constantly gets him into trouble. Gaby, his father's secretary, cherishes Nono and recognizes his anguish, which comes from his lack of knowledge about his mother, who died when he was very little. Two days before his bar mitzvah, he is sent off to his uncle's to be disciplined yet again. Once on the train, the over-imaginative boy discovers one last chance to prove himself. Together with charming international thief Felix Glick, an old acquaintance of his father's, he travels to the French Rivera and enters a world of disguises and crazy pursuits, crossing paths with the famous singer Lola Ciperola (played by Isabella Rossellini) and Zohara, a mysterious woman whose secrets will forever change Nono's life.

Event: "Mirrors and Opposite," Sunday, Sep. 15 (4-6pm)

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An art song recital featuring compositions from Tours, France and Minneapolis. Experience the joy of collaboration with song, art and community!

Mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski and pianist Mark Bilyeu will perform in a recital, Mirror & Opposite. They have returned from the Académie Francis Poulenc in Tours, France, and will share their experiences working with musicians from around the world. During this tour they attended workshops and performances devoted to La Mélodie Française or French art song. Sponsored by Minneapolis and Tours Sister Cities, Alliance Française Minneapolis–St. Paul, Fredrikson & Byron, and WAM. Join us in the West Wing of the Weisman Art Museum for a performance after their return from France surrounded by all the wonderful visual art the Weisman has to offer!

Film: In The House, by François Ozon (7/12-7/18)

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The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul presents:

In The House
France • 105 min • French w/English subtitles • 2012 • Narrative
Directed by: François Ozon
The film is opening Friday, July 12 at the St Anthony Main Theater.

A dark, tense, and wryly funny French comic thriller by François Ozon, opening July 12 in honor of Bastille Day!

The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul is offering a special student price of $5 in celebration of Bastille Day! Just mention this Bastille Day Special at the box office and get a reduced admission to any screening of IN THE HOUSE (DANS LA MAISON), a dark, tense, and wryly funny French comic thriller by director François Ozon and starring Kristin Scott-Thomas, playing July 12-18 at St. Anthony Main Theatre (115 SE Main St, Mpls).

Please inform your students, friends, and colleagues about this great film and offer!

Event: Bastille Day celebration (7/13, 4pm-12am)

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Brought to you by Alliance Française:

Saturday, July 13, 2013

4pm - 12am
Hotel Sofitel in Bloomington

There will be fun events for the entire family.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the event ($10 for AF members and children under 10).

Bastille Day is the French Independence Day, July 14, 1789, when French citizens overthrew the monarchy and stormed the infamous prison in Paris, the Bastille.

Film and Event: Becoming Traviata, by Philippe Béziat

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The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul presents:

Becoming Traviata
France • 111 min • French w/English subtitles • 2013 • Documentary
Directed by: Philippe Béziat

The film is opening Friday, June 28 at the St Anthony Main Theater.


Pre-screening Party and LIVE OPERA Performance
with opera conductor/director Craig Fields
and an outstanding cast of opera singers

Monday, July 1, 2013
6-7:30 pm
Aster Café’s River Room
125 SE Main St, Minneapolis

$25 General / $20 Film Society Members
Ticket Includes:
performance & discussion | hors d’oeuvres & cash bar
Screening of Becoming Traviata

Films: 8 Pierre Étaix films throughout August

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Comedian, illustrator, gagman, film director - Pierre Étaix has done it all, and yet he remains largely unknown outside his homeland. Janus Films is proud to correct that situation with 8 new prints: five features and three shorts produced between 1961 and 1971, all beautifully restored in 35mm. Praised by directors as diverse as Truffaut, Bresson, Godard, and David Lynch, Étaix's films combine exquisite physical comedy with inventive sight gags and a slightly surreal visual sensibility. This retrospective is an unprecedented opportunity to discover a neglected master of comic filmmaking.

Weekends, August at The Trylon microcinema in Minneapolis.

Film: Renoir, by Gilles Bourdos, starts 4/26

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Landmark Theaters presents:
Renoir, writer/director Gilles Bourdos, 111 min, France
In French with English Subtitles
Showing starts April 26th at the Uptown Theater and Edina 4

Starring: Michel Bouquet, Christa Théret, Vincent Rottiers

Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Gilles Bourdos’ lushly atmospheric drama RENOIR tells the story of celebrated** Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir**, in declining health at age 74, and his middle son Jean, who returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I.

Over the last twenty years, French philosopher Bernard Stiegler has written more than thirty books, publishing widely on time, memory, individuation, consumerist culture, post-capitalism and pharmacology.

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Congratulations to Mary Franklin-Brown:

The American Comparative Literature Association has awarded the 2103 Harry Levin Prize to Mary Franklin-Brown, Associate Professor in French and Italian, for her book Reading the World: Encyclopedic Writing in the Scholastic Age (University of Chicago).

Film: Café de Flore, by Jean-Marc Vallée (12/21-12/27)

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at St Anthony Main Theater, brought to you by the MSP Film Society.

Canada • 120 min • French w/English subtitles • 2011 • Narrative • 35mm • NR
Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée

Café de Flore is a love story about people separated by time and place but connected in profound and mysterious ways. Atmospheric, fantastical, tragic and hopeful, the film chronicles the parallel fates of Jacqueline, a young mother with a disabled son in 1960s Paris, and Antoine, a recently divorced, successful DJ in present day Montreal. What binds the two stories together is love - euphoric, obsessive, tragic, youthful, timeless love.

"This is a gorgeous, flashy, widescreen epic...about the most essential things in life: Family, friends and love. But most of all, love." - Miami Herald

Video and Audio from Sex, Lies, and Paradise

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Sex, Lies, and Paradise: The Assassins, Prester John, and the Fabulation of Civilizational Identities: A talk by Geraldine Heng 11/05/12

The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul presents:
Demande à ton Ombre, by Lamine Ammar-Khodja, 83 min, France, Algeria, 2012.
Arabic, French with English Subtitles

Le Theatre de la Chandelle Verte, will perform their current hilarious production of the well-known medieval farce: La Farce de maître Pierre Pathelin

Le Théâtre de la Chandelle Verte is an alliance of professional artists and scholars from universities across the United States, dedicated to performing theatre in French to audiences nationwide.

The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul presents:
The Intouchables, by Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano, 112 min, France, 2011.
In French with English subtitles.
Showing - Fri, Oct 5 through Thurs, Oct 11 at St. Anthony Main Theatre.

Francophone, Francophile, French-Canadian ancestry…or know someone who is, or is interested? Consider passing this post along, about a very special event in Minneapolis September 28-29, 2012. Here is the final, detailed program: 2012 Franco-Fete Final Program.pdf

Franco-Fête will include all the elements of a fine program: family, food, fun…along with academics, history, music…

Friday, September 28, 2:30 pm, 112 Folwell Hall
Lynn Festa: "The Cook, the Thief, the Knife, and the Other: Possession and Loss in Eighteenth-Century Tahiti"
Dept. of English, Rutgers University. Lynn is a comparatist working in the 18th century. She is doing a TEMS presentation on Enlightenment birds-eye views (intersection among aesthetics, science, and history).

Lectures and Events: Celebrating Venice!

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Join the James Ford Bell Library this fall as we celebrate the entrancing city of Venice, long a capital of Mediterranean trade, through an exhibition, lectures, workshops, and other cultural events.

David Kertzer -- Professor, Brown University

"Evil Conspiracies and Common Enemies: Mussolini, the Vatican, and the Origins of the Italian Racial Laws"

Monday, September 24, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Cowles Auditorium, HHH
Reception following in the atrium.

Kino Lorber is proud to present the U.S. theatrical release of THE WELL-DIGGER’S DAUGHTER (La Fille du Puisatier), opening in Minneapolis at Landmark’s Lagoon Cinema on Friday, August 17 until Thursday, August 23. This exquisite adaptation of Marcel Pagnol's classic tale is directed by Daniel Auteuil, who starred in Claude Berri’s adaptations of Marcel Pagnol’s JEAN DE FLORETTE and MANON OF THE SPRING.

A conference entitled French-American Conversations on Psychoanalysis, will be held at the University of Chicago on October 14 -15, 2011.

The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul presents:
The Woman In The Fifth, Director Pawel Pawlikowski, 85 min, France, 2012.
In French with English subtitles.
Showing - Fri, Jun 29 through Thurs, Jul 5 on Screen 3 at St. Anthony Main Theatre.

American writer Tom Ricks (Ethan Hawke) arrives in Paris to be closer to his young daughter who is living with his estranged ex-wife. Completely broke, he accepts a job as a night guard for a local crime boss. Stationed in a basement office, his only task is to push a button when a bell rings. The tranquility of the night, he hopes, will help him focus on his new novel.

Check it out: Univocal Publishing

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Univocal Publishing is a small, local, and independent publishing house that specializes in philosophy, art, technology, and poetry. Inspired by the philosopher Gilles Deleuze’s deployment of the concept of univocity, the press strives to publish thinkers and writers whose voices are singular and diverse.


The Conquest -- a film by Xavier Durrigner

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The Conquest, Director Xavier Durrigner, 105 min, France, 2010,
In French with English subtitles.
Showing - Fri, Feb 10 through Thurs, Feb 16

The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul presents a larger-than-life account of Nicholas Sarkozy’s 2007 taking of the French presidency in Xavier Durringer’s The Conquest, showing theatrically on Screen 3 at St. Anthony Main Theatre Fri, Feb 10 - Thurs, Feb 16.

Denis Podalydès delivers a witty yet commanding portrayal of Nicolas Sarkozy and his rise to the French presidency through the lens of his unraveling marriage to then-wife Cecilia (Florence Pernel). Never one to disguise his ambition, the film’s Sarkozy curries favor with predecessor Jacques Chirac (Bernard Le Coq) and spars gamely with glib rival Dominique de Villepin (Samuel Labarthe). This lampoon depicts the future president of France as a bold and unashamed virtuoso of political combat, whose inattention to his disintegrating domestic partnership emerges as his chief vulnerability.

With leads brilliantly etching sharp characterizations of living politicians, director Xavier Durringer need never veer too far from reality, even while deploying fictional embellishments and a larger-than-life sense of humor that—with Nicola Piovani’s buoyant score—giddily evoke a circus-like atmosphere. (Description courtesy Music Box Films)

Official Selection - Cannes Film Festival 2011

The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul presents the very best of national and international independent cinema on Screen 3 at St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, MN 55414. www.mspfilmsociety.org | Press Release online: http://bit.ly/yJDRsK

Claire Nouvet, "Annihilation Through Consumption: Dali’s Double Game"
Date: 03/02/2012
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: 123 Folwell Hall
Cost: Free
Annihilation Through Consumption: Dali’s Double Game

Relentlessly and shamelessly, Dali claims to expose in his literary corpus all of his "secrets" which he "feeds," one by one, to his avid readers. One, in particular, will be exposed, most notably in La Vie Secrète de Salvador Dali: the vital role that Gala (his wife and muse) played in making any creative act possible. For all this exposure, the name of "Gala" will be shown to mark in fact the site of a secret that remains intractable. A maternal figure, Gala indeed stands in for an originary and annihilating experience of consumption that preempts self-constitution. And it is ultimately this annihilating consumption that Dali not only "feeds" to the oblivious consumers of his works, but also turns into a creative matrix of sorts.
Name: Department of French & Italian
E-mail: frit@umn.edu
Phone: 612.624.4308
Sponsored by: French & Italian

6 December 2011 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM 1210 Heller Hall


Dépêche de Northfield: Meeting Maryse Condé

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Our own Déborah Ferrand shares glowing notes from her trip to Carleton College, with Sarah Boardman and Séverine Bates, to hear Maryse Condé last week:

Some of us had the extreme pleasure to attend the lecture given by Maryse Condé at Carleton University on April 20th. As graduate students and future specialists of francophone literature, it was really an honour to meet such an incredible woman and author.

CSCL Colloquium featuring Greta Bliss: 3:30, 3/25 (Nicholson 325)

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"Translation Routes"
Friday March 25th at 3:30pm
Nicholson Hall 325

Akshya Saxena, "In Other Words: Reading Dainik Jagran's Sangini"
Dan Dooghan, "Polytopic Texts and Incremental Apprehension: Republican China's Contribution to Translation Theory"
Michelle Baroody, "The Untimeliness of World Literature"
Greta Bliss, "Looking Back, Looking Forward: The Vital Antagonisms of Maghrebi Untranslation"
The 2011 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival launches next month! is slated for April 14 through May 5 - presenting over 180 films from some 60 countries at the five-screen St. Anthony Main Theatre. For three weeks, the Twin Cities celebrates the arrival of the best of international and independent filmmaking in the region. We are thrilled to present 13 French films in conjunction with the Year of France in Minnesota!

Performance: "Albertine en cinq temps" (4/15, 7pm, St. Kate's)

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The Department of International Languages and Literatures at Saint Catherine University and its French colleagues from the ACTC institutions including Hamline, St Thomas, and Macalester would like to invite you to attend a single evening's performance of Albertine en cinq temps, an adaptation of the play by French Canadian playwright Michel Tremblay, by Théâtre de la Chandelle Verte on Friday April 15, Friday, 2011 at Saint Catherine University in the Recital Hall located in the Music Building on the Saint Paul campus.

CIEE: Encountering Contemporary French Theory

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Interested in an intensive academic summer experience? Consider CIEE's program with the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris. Open to graduate students and undergraduates.

This Friday (3/11) UMN's political theory colloquium will host Jill Locke (Political Science and Women's Studies, Gustavus Adolphus College). Jill will briefly present her work "Rousseau, The Misfit's Hero," followed by a longer discussion. The colloquium will be in 1314 Social Sciences at 1:30; coffee will be served.

The paper is at http://www.polisci.umn.edu/centers/theory/schedule.html

Language Study in French for Graduate Students

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Are you interested in perfecting your French? Consider Bryn Mawr's Avignon Institute, which is one of the few with a graduate component.

Dépêche de Paris: Lia Mitchell from the rue Oberkampf

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Lia Mitchell, our Exchange Fellow in Paris, writes us about Canals on Mars, the invasion midwestern vowels of Paris, and the so-called original LouLou :

Alliance Française: "La Nuit de la Pub!" (3/7, 7pm)

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The Alliance Francaise of Minneapolis/St. Paul and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design will be featuring an evening of French advertisements "La nuit de la Pub" (The Night of the Ad) on Monday, March 7th at 7:00 p.m. Founder and Director of the "media think tank" La Maison de la Pub in Paris, Anne Saint Dreux will lead the evening with screenings of French and International commercials focused on women in advertisements.

Alliance Française: "Soirée à La Fontaine des Abeilles" (2/26, 7pm)

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The Alliance Française de Minneapolis/St. Paul invites you to "Soirée à La Fontaine des Abeilles". Whether you are familiar with the famous French fabulist, Jean La Fontaine or not, this will be an evening you do not want to miss! Join us at the Alliance for an evening of singing, performances and a presentation by Professor Max Adrien, of Hamline University, on Saturday, February 26 from 7:00-10:00 p.m. Entrance is free and all presentations will be in French. The event is for all ages and we encourage families, students and all Francophiles to attend!

A ne pas oublier: fabula.org!

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Quelle mine d'information!

The French and Francophone Studies Dept at Macalester invites you in the context of our lecture series to :

Hollywood, Pirated Videos and Child Soldiers
, Dr. Emmanuel Dongala

"'"Oy Vey!"':" Houellebecq and BHL in conversation, reviewed

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Ian Buruma reviews the translation of M Houellebecq and B-H Lévy's dialogic musings in Public Enemies: Dueling Writers Take On Each Other and the World (Random House, 2010).

Gonzo Theatre's "No Exit" at the Lowry Lab Feb 3-12

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Dramaturged by our very own Sophie Kerman!

Dépêche de Montpellier: Liz Panting

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At the end of a really busy semester, MA student Liz Panting found some time to write us from Montpellier. She's spending the year on one our department's Fellowships as a lectrice at UPV...

Doctoral candidate Sylvie Ngilla was in Paris last month and interviewed filmmaker Claire Denis...

Dépêche de Paris: On sabbatical with Professor Dan Brewer

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Dan Brewer takes time out of his sabbatical to write...

It's the season of dispatches back to the States getting published, so here's one from Paris. It's not in the grand style of Janet Flanner's or Adam Gopnick's gem-like letters in the New Yorker. Nor will Julian Assange be much interested in it. But it carries a sense of this dix-huitiémiste's pleasure, wonderment, and delight at having spent the fall in the City of Light while on sabbatical....

Film Premiere: Enemies of the People

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Please join the Human Rights Program at the University of Minnesota in a discussion with the Director/Producer of the award-winning documentary, Enemies of the People, Thursday, November 11 from 3:30 to 5:00 pm in Room 614 Social Sciences, University of Minnesota.

Enemies of the People Director/Producer Rob Lemkin will join Patricia Hampl, award-winning author and U of Minnesota Regents Professor of Creative Writing, to discuss documenting human rights violations through film and writing. Short clips from the documentary will be shown.

Paris apartment locators

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Every once in a while, someone asks about finding an apartment in Paris.

Here are two on-line services

lokim.com. Used to be called paris-be-a-part-of-it.  Luckily they changed their name.  Reputed to be "user-friendly and professional, and there are a range of prices."

France-USA Contacts has a very active site with professional and private rental availabilities:  fusac.com.

Any other suggestions?


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