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					                                     Cultural Newsletter
                                         April 2009

                       Consulate General of France in San Francisco


              Ballet Preljocaj Les 4 Saisons on the West Coast, April 2009
              April 15 in Carmel, April 17 at UC Davis, April 23-25 in Seattle
              Angelin Preljocaj in Les 4 Saisons breathes new life into Vivaldi’s music with provocative
              costumes and unconventional choreography.

              52 San Francisco International Film Festival
              April 23 – May 7, 2009
              20 French films and co-productions have been selected for the 52 SFIFF

                                         PERFORMING ARTS

                 Ballet Preljocaj Les 4 Saisons on the West Coast, April 2009
                  Vivaldi’s concerto The Four Seasons is probably one of the most well-known and abused
                  pieces of classical music in history. Collaborating with French artist Fabrice Hybert, Angelin
                  Preljocaj in Les 4 Saisons breathes new life into Vivaldi’s music with provocative costumes
                  and unconventional choreography.
                  "This is what the future holds, if we are very, very lucky." The San Francisco Chronicle
April 15, 2009, 8:00pm : Sunset Center, Carmel by the Sea
April 17, 2009, 8:00pm : Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, at UC Davis
April 23-25, 8:00pm: Meany Hall for the Performing Arts, Seattle
Ballet Preljocaj will be in Los Angeles, Long Beach and San Diego in May 2009

US tour supported by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and CulturesFrance

                      Voltaire’s Candide, or Optimism by Theatre of Yugen
                      April 30 – May 23, 2009
                     Thursday - Saturday at 8pm
                     Returning to its theatrical roots while branching out to reach new heights, Theatre of
                     Yugen celebrates its 30th Anniversary with a modern Kyogen-style adaptation of Voltaire's
                     Candide, or Optimism (which is celebrating its 250th anniversary). Stylized gesture, social
                     critique, and an endearing archness are trademarks of Kyogen. Classic Japanese comic
tradition sheds a "kinder, gentler" light on Voltaire's classic European satire.
In Candide, a bright young man grows up in a castle under the tutelage of the ever-optimistic Dr. Pangloss,
but soon circumstances drive the hero out into a hostile, frightening world. Can his innocent faith survive? In a
world in which the aristocracy is beyond reproach and religious zealotry rampant, is a reasonable life beyond
reach? Jubilith Moore's inventive adaptation poses these questions, fluctuating between humor and pathos,
drawing its audience into a space where love and laughter, suffering and death are all equally mysteries to be
Location: Theatre of Yugen, NOHspace, 2840 Mariposa Street (between Florida and Alabama Streets),
San Francisco


                   52nd San Francisco International Film Festival
                   April 23 – May 7, 2009
                  Peter Bratt’s La Mission will inaugurate the 52 San Francisco International Film Festival
                  on April 23. The festival will close with Alexis Dos Santos’ Unmade Beds starring French
                  actress Déborah François.
                  Robert Redford will be the recipient of the Peter J. Owens Award and Francis Ford
Coppola will receive the Founder's Directing Award. The awards will be presented to Redford and Coppola at
Film Society Awards Night on Thursday, April 30 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel. The Midnight Awards,
honoring Elijah Wood and Evan Rachel Wood will take place Saturday, April 25 at 10:30 pm at the W San
Francisco Hotel.
Among other films, the following French films and co-productions have been selected:

35 Shots of Rum (35 Rhums, Dir. Claide Denis, France/Germany, 100 min., 2007)
Bluebeard (Barbe bleue, Dir. Catherine Breillat, France, 78 min., 2009)
Bullet in the Head (Un tir dans la tête, Dir. Jaime Rosales, Spain/France, 84 min., 2008)
French Girl (Française, Dir. Souad El-Bouhati, France/Morroco, 84 min., 2008) New Directors competition
The Good Life (Dir. Andrés Wood, Chile/Spain/Argentina/England/France, 108 min., 2008)
The Heart of Amos Klein (Dir. Michal and Uri Kranot, 15 min., 2008)
Home (Dir. Ursula Meier, Switzerland/France/Belgium, 97 min., 2008) New Directors competition
Hooked (Dir. Adrian Sitaru, Romania/France, 80 min., 2008)
Kabuli Kid (L’enfant de Kaboul, Dir. Barmak Akram, France/Afghanistan, 97 min., 2008) New Directors
Khamsa (Dir. Karim Dridi, France, 110 min., 2008)
Kimjongilia (Dir. N.C. Heikin, France/USA/South Korea, 75 min.2009) documentary in competition for the
Mesrine : A film in two parts (Dir. Jean-François Richet, France/Canada/USA/Spain/England/Algeria, 110
min. & 130 min., 2008)
Modern Life (La vie moderne, Dir. Raymond Depardon, France, 90 min., 2008)
My Neighbor, My Killer (Dir. Anne Aghion, France/USA, 80 min., 2009), documentary in competition for the
Our Beloved Month of August (Ce cher mois d’août, Dir. Miguel Gomes, Portugal/France, 147 min., 2008)
The Other One (L’autre, Dir. Patrick-Mario Bernard and Pierre Trividic, France, 97 min., 2008)
Snow (Premières neiges, Dir. Aida Begic, Bosnia and Herzegovina/Germany/France/Iran, 100 min., 2008)
New Directors competition
Summer Hours (L’heure d’été, Dir. Olivier Assayas, France, 102 min., 2008)
Versailles (Dir. Pierre Schöeller, France, 113 min., 2008)
Z32 (Dir. Avi Mograbi, France/Israel, 81 min., 2008) documentary in competition for the GGA

Supported by the Cultural Services of the French Consulate in San Francisco
                     Jean-Luc Godard’s Made in USA at the Castro
                     April 1-7, 2009
                       (1966, 90 min, new 35 mm scope print)
                       Made in U.S.A. takes place in some bizarre hybrid Franco-American imaginary world
                       where a Parisian suburb is called Atlantic City, Anna Karina’s trenchcoated P.I. and/or
                       journalist Paula Nelson recalls a long tradition of Hollywood gumshoes, and various
                       characters are named David Goodis, Donald Siegel, Paul Widmark, Richard Nixon, and
Robert McNamara. Based on a crime novel by Richard Stark (aka Donald Westlake), Made in U.S.A.
incorporates events of the contemporaneous Ben Barka affair, in which a Marxist leader of the Moroccan left
was kidnapped, tortured, and killed by the French secret police and Moroccan authorities, and thus, in its
mixture of cartoonish impossibility and up-to-the-minute real life intrigue, realizes Nelson’s observation that
she is taking part in “a film by Walt Disney, but played by Humphrey Bogart—and therefore apolitical film.” -
Michael Joshua Rowin, Reverse Shot
Wed, Sat, Sun: 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm, 7:00pm, 9:00pm
Thur, Fri, Mon, Tu: 7:00pm, 9:00pm
Location: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro street, San Francisco

                       Winged Migration at SIFF
                       April 4, 10:00am
                        (Dir. Jacques Perrin, 2001, 98 min)
                        The ability to fly is miraculously realized in this breathtaking visual poem that takes
                        audiences mere feet away from the flying birds. Director Jacques Perrin exquisitely
                        captures the wonder and mystery of flight.
Location: SIFF Cinema, 321 Mercer Street at 3rd Avenue, McCaw Hall, Seattle

                       Lectures by Jean-Pierre Gorin at PFA
                       April 18-19, 2009
                       Jean-Pierre Gorin, filmmaker and professor at the University of California, San Diego,
                       will be presenting Pier Paolo Pasolini’s long unavailable episode of La rabbia and his
                       own Routine Pleasures on April 18 and 19.

Chronicle of a Summer (Jean Rouch, Edgar Morin, France, 1960–61, 90 mins). With short Toute la mémoire
du monde (Alain Resnais, France, 1956, 20 mins) : Sunday, April 5, 3:30 p.m.
The White Castle (Johan van der Keuken, The Netherlands, 1973, 78 mins): Wednesday, April 8, 7:00pm
From Today Until Tomorrow (Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub, Germany/France, 1997, 62 mins):
Tuesday, April 14, 7:30 p.m. Introduced by Erik Ulman
La rabbia di Pasolini (Pier Paolo Pasolini, Giuseppe Bertolucci, Italy, 2008, 83 mins followed by c. 40 min.
lecture) Lecture by Jean-Pierre Gorin : Saturday, April 18, 8:15pm
Routine Pleasures (Jean-Pierre Gorin, U.S./U.K./France, 1986, 81 mins). Lecture by Jean-Pierre Gorin:
Sunday, April 19, 2:00 p.m.
Location: Pacific Film Archive, Bancroft way, Berkeley, CA

Supported by the French Consulate in San Francisco

                           Cinécriture: Agnès Varda series at Pacific Film Archive
                           March 6 - April 18, 2009
                           Make sure to catch the last films of the Varda series at PFA.

                          Friday, April 3, 8:40 pm: The Playful Is Political: Short Films (U.S./France, 1967–76)
Saturday, April 4, 6:30 pm: La Pointe Courte (France, 1954)
Saturday, April 4, 8:20 pm: Lions Love (U.S., 1969)
Friday, April 10, 8:40 pm: The Beaches of Agnès (France, 2008)
Saturday, April 11, 6:00 pm: The Beaches of Agnès (France, 2008)
Saturday, April 11, 8:15 pm: Jacquot (France, 1991)
Sunday, April 12, 3:30 pm: Le bonheur (France, 1965). With short L’opéra-Mouffe (Agnès Varda, France,
Friday, April 17, 6:30 pm: Vagabond (France, 1985)
Friday, April 17, 8:40 pm: Mur murs (U.S., 1980). With short Les dites cariatides (Agnès Varda, France, 1984).
Saturday, April 18, 6:30 pm: The Gleaners and I (France, 2000)

Location: Pacific Film Archive, Bancroft way, Berkeley, CA

Supported by the Cultural Services of the French Consulate in San Francisco

                             Women’s Cinema from Tangiers to Tehran at PFA
                             March 1 - April 29, 2009
                             A celebration of women filmmakers from North Africa and the Middle East, as well
                             as the diaspora in Europe, this series represents a remarkable geographic, cultural,
                             and stylistic range.
                             Some French co-productions will be presented:
Thursday, April 2, 6:30 pm: Our Heedless Wars (Dir. Randa Chahal Sabbag, France, 1995)
Thursday, April 2, 7:50 pm:The Kite (Dir. Randa Chahal Sabbag, Lebanon/France, 2003)
Friday, April 10, 6:30 pm: A Door to the Sky (Dir. Farida Ben Lyazid, Morocco/Tunisia/France, 1989)
Location: Pacific Film Archive, Bancroft way, Berkeley, CA

                     The Future of the Past: Utopia/Dystopia, 1965-1984
                     SFMOMA, March 7-April 25
                    Presenting in conjunction with the architecture and design exhibition Patterns of
                    Specualtion: J. MAYER H., this film series explores the rich cinematic history of imagining
                    the future. Among other films are French productions and co-productions :
                    Fantastic Planet (La planète sauvage, Dir. René Laloux, 1973, 72 min.): April 2, 7:00pm
                    & April 4, 3:00pm
Alphaville (Dir. Jean-Luc Godard, 1965, 99 min.): April 16, 7:00pm & April 25, 1:00pm
Fahrenheit 451 (Dir. François Truffaut (1966, 112 min.): April 18, 3:00pm & April 23, 7:00pm
Location: SFMoMA, Phyllis Wattis Theater, 151 Third street, San Francisco
Supported by the Cultural Services of the French Consulate

Supported by the Cultural Services of the French Consulate in San Francisco
                      Film 50: History of Cinema
                      Pacific Film Archive, January 21 – May 6
                   PFA and the UC Berkeley Film Studies Program co-present the film-lecture course Film
                   50, now in its seventeenth year. An undergraduate course designed for non–film majors,
                   Film 50 is open to the public as space permits.
                   Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud, France, 2007), April 29, 3 :00pm
                   Location: PFA, 2575 Bancroft Way, Between College and Telegraph, Berkeley, CA

Series 69 at NorthWest Film Forum
The Virgin’s Bed (Le lit de la vierge, Philippe Garrel, France, 1969, 35mm, 114 min)
Wednesday, May 6 at 8:00pm
Thursday, May 7 at 8:00pm

                                   CONFERENCES & CLASSES

                    Conference by Bruno Racine, Director of the Bibliotheque Nationale
                    de France: Books, Libraries and the Bibliotheque nationale de
                    France: A Look Forward
                    Wednesday, April 8, 2009, 4:30pm
                      Bruno Racine will discuss the future of books and libraries, the role of national libraries in
                      shaping that future, the relationship between national libraries and education, and global
strategies for literacy.
Racine was appointed President of the Bibliothèque nationale de France in April, 2007. Over the years he has
held many senior positions within the French government, including Director General of Cultural Affairs for the
City of Paris (1988-1993), Director of the Policy Planning Staff, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1993-1995),
Director of the French Academy in Rome (1997-2002), and President of the Centre Pompidou (2002-2007).
He is also the author of both novels and best-selling non-fiction books, including Art of Living in Rome and Art
of Living in Tuscany, and has been awarded several major French literary prizes for his works.
Location: Bender Room, Bing Wing, Green Library, Stanford University
Contact: Sonia Lee, 650-736-9538,
Admission: the event is free, but seating is limited. Please respond to Sonia Lee by April 1 if you would like to

                     Abdelwahab Meddeb at Stanford University
                     April 14, 12:00pm-1:30pm
                     Abdelwahhad Meddeb, Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Paris, X-
                     Nanterre, will give a lecture on "The Clash of Interpretations: Readings of the Quran"
                     Abdelwahhad Meddeb was born in 1946 in Tunis and has lived in Paris since 1968. He is
                     a Franco-Tunisian writer, translator, poet and essayist as well as radio host for France
                     Culture for which he presents the show Cultures of Islam. Meddeb is the editor of the
                     journal Dédale and professor of Comparative Literature at the University of paris X-
                     Naterre. He was also visiting professor in many universities (inlcuding yale and Geneva).
Location: Encina Hall Central, Okimoto Conference Room, Stanford University
                       Postwar Paris: Art and Anxiety, a new class by Clark Poling at UC
                       Berkeley, OLLI
                       March 30-May 15, 2009
                       Thursdays 12:30-2:30pm
                         Anxiety and irony, humor and lyricism all appear in French art in reaction to the Second
                         World War and its aftermath. Beginning with Pablo Picasso and other modern masters
                         in the 1940s, this course studies new abstract art and its claim to “start from zero”(Jean
Fautrier), the discovery of children’s and outsider art (Jean Dubuffet), inner and outer journeys to “other
shores” of art (Antonin Artaud and Henri Michaux), existentialist meaning in the work of Alberto Giacometti,
and surrealist and psychological aspects of French art in the 1940s and 1950s.
Clark Poling is Professor Emeritus of Art History at Emory University, where he served as chair of the Art
History Department and director of the Michael C. Carlos Museum.
Location: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), Room 150, University Hall, 2199 Addison St., Berkeley,


                 Poulenc's Organ Concerto at San Francisco Symphony
                 April 22-26, 2009
                 Conducted by Yan Pascal Tortelier; Paul Jacobs, organ; Nadya Tichman, violin
                 San Francisco Symphony favorite Tortelier conducts a great 20th-century symphony,
                 supercharged music that grabs listeners, leads them through an inferno, and releases them
                 to catch their breath. In his concerto, Poulenc redefines organ music.
Bizet: Selections from L’Arlésienne
Poulenc: Organ Concerto in G minor
Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending and Symphony No. 4
Location: Davies Symphony Hall, Civic center, San Francisco

                   Yann Tiersen on tour
                   The artist behind the soundtrack of Amélie will be on tour in the U.S. this spring.

                   April 24 at BlueBird, Denver
                   Location: 3317 E Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

April 25 at Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City
Location: 241 S 500 E , Salt Lake City, UT

April 28 at Neumo’s, Seattle
Location: 925 E Pike St, Seattle, WA

April 29 at Wonder Ballroom, Portland
Location: 128 NE Russell St, Portland

May 1 at Great American Music Hall, San Francisco
Location: 859 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco
Other concerts:

Ahmad Jamal (jazz)
April 4 at San Francisco Jazz Festival
Location: Herbst Theatre , 401 Van Ness Ave # 110, San Francisco

Sebastien Tellier (electronic)
April 13 at Chop Suey
Location: 1325 E Madison St, Seattle
April 15 at Doug Fir Lounge
Location: 830 E Burnside St, Portland
April 17 at The Independent
Location: 628 Divisadero street, San Francisco

Salif Keita (World music)
April 16 at Washington Performing Arts Center
Location: 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia, WA 98501 (Downtown Olympia)
April 24 at San Francisco Jazz Festival



                     Yan Pei-Ming: YES! at San Francisco Art Institute
                     Location: The Walter and Mc Bean Galleries, 800 Chestnut street campus of San
                     Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco (Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11:00am-6:00pm)

                     SFAI’s exhibitions and public programs are supported in part by the Cultural Services of
                     the French Consulate in San Francisco

                     « The face of our Time » at SFMOMA, January 31-April 26, 2009
                     French-Morrocan photographer Yto Barrada, Leo Rubinfien, Judith Joy Ross and
                     Guy Tillim.
                     Location: SFMOMA, 151 Third street, San Francisco
                     Supported by the Cultural Services of the French Consulate in San Francisco
                     Portland Art Museum
                     La volupté du goût: French Painting in the Age of Madame de Pompadour
                     February 7 - May 17, 2009
                     Location: Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR

                     This exhibition has received major organizational support from FRAME (French Regional
                     and American Museum Exchange).

                       Artistic Luxury: Fabergé Tiffany Lalique
                       February 7 – May 31, 2009
                       Location: Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th Avenue & Clement Street, San

                       Yves Saint Laurent at the De Young Museum
                       Nov. 1, 2008 – April 5, 2009
                       Last Days! If you haven’t seen it, make sure to check out this beautiful retrospective of
                       the work of the legendary couturier
                       Location: De Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, in the Golden Gate
                       Park, San Francisco


                    Les Petits Livres, a new resource for children's books in French
                     Based on the successful business model of Netflix (for DVDs rentals) or Booksfree (for
                     paperback rentals), Les Petits Livres offers on-line rentals of children's books in French,
                     for ages 0 to 12.
                     Les Petits Livres offers a number of rental plans that suit each family's reading needs and
budget, with the flexibility to receive, for each child in the family, a given number of books each month. The
books are delivered and returned through the United States Postal Service (USPS) making it extremely
convenient to mail books back and forth (and therefore covering all 50 states of the United States).


                     The Villa Gillet Residency Program
                    The Villa Gillet Program, launched jointly by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
                    the Villa Gillet in 2005, provides a four to six-week residency to a literary translator. The
                    program’s goal is to encourage translations of French contemporary work that have not
                    yet been acquired by American or British publishers.
                    Application Deadline: June 30 of any given year
                                               OTHER EVENTS

                      Sandrine Hermand-Grisel at Rayko Photo Center
                      April 9 – May 20, 2009
                      Opening reception April 10, 6:00pm-8:00pm
                      Location: 428 Third street, San Francisco, CA

                       Improvisations at Lycée La Pérouse
                       May 1, 7:30pm
                       In French
                       La compagnie Ohé de Montpellier affronte la compagnie la D-Boussole de San
                       Location: Auditorium Lycée Français La Pérouse, 1201Ortega street, San Francisco

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