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Ooh La La Festival – October 12

October 12, 2012 Rickshaw Stop Tomorrow’s World/ Citizens!/ Housse of Racket/ Lescop Originating in Los Angeles in 2009, OohLaLA! continues to push the boundaries of discovery as they consistently strive to present the best and most interesting talent emerging from France, exposing enthusiastic attendees to breakout performances. Tomorrow’s World is set to make their US stage debut in … Continue reading

Couleurs Mécaniques: Films of Rose Lowder

San Francisco Cinematheque presents: Wed, October 10 – Pacific Film Archive Sun, October 14 – Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Rose Lowder in Person Hailing from the south of France, filmmaker, curator, and archivist Rose Lowder has created a remarkable body of 16mm films that explore visual perception and the mechanics of the cinematic … Continue reading

Mill Valley Film Festival

October 4 – October 14 Mill Valley Film Festival All the program HERE AMOUR Directed by Michael Haneke With Emmanuelle Riva, Jean-Louis Trintignant Winner of the Palme d’Or Prize at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival Cinema feeds on stories of love and death, but how often do filmmakers really offer new or challenging perspectives on … Continue reading

Voices of Strenght – A Two-Night Celebration of Contemporary Dance and Theater by Women from Africa

NIGHT 1: Nelisiwe Xaba & Kettly Noël, Correspondances Nadia Beugré, Quartiers Libres Fri, October 19  •  8 pm  •  YBCA Forum YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS NIGHT 2: Maria Helena Pinto, Sombra Bouchra Ouizguen, Madame Plaza Sat, Oct 20  •  8 pm  •  YBCA Forum Ace tickets: $25 Regular  •  $20 students, senors, te “The work of art and the work of culture is to pave the way … Continue reading

French Cinema Now

October 24 – October 30 San Francisco Film Society Landmark Embarcadero This year’s French Cinema Now offers a vast range of impressive francophone work, from the comedic delights of Mobile Home and My Worst Nightmare to more dramatic portraits of modern life such as Sister and Donoma. Stars like Isabelle Huppert, Léa Seydoux, Jane Fonda, Pierre Richard and directors including Anne Fontaine, … Continue reading

Let Us Find The Words

World Premiere, Opening Night Thursday, October 18, 2012 The Contemporary Jewish Museum In this world-premiere, renowned European actors Dominique Frot (Sarah’s Key) and Alexander Muheim bring to life the legendary correspondence between two great twentieth-century poets, Paul Celan and Ingeborg Bachmann. A tragic, yet profound love story conducted across the European continent between 1948 and … Continue reading

Grand Illusions: French Cinema Classics, 1928–1960 – PFA

September 14, 2012 – December 9, 2012 Pacific Film Archive A common canard of film history is that the French New Wave of the late 1950s swept aside the French cinema that had come before it, replacing a staid “tradition of quality” with a new, breathless energy. But even for Truffaut, Godard, and their Cahiers … Continue reading

Almayer’s Folly – Chantal Akerman

Thu, October 11  •  7:30pm Sat, October 13  •  7:30pm Sun, October 14  •   1pm Yerba Buena Center for the Arts   Somewhere in Southeast Asia, in a little lost village on a turbulent river, a European man clings to his pipe dreams out of love for his daughter. A story of passion, loss and madness, freely adapted from … Continue reading

Maurice Pialat: We Won’t Grow Old Together

September 27 – September 30 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts New 35 mn print This autobiographical film from French master Maurice Pialat (À nos amours, Loulou) is the harrowing account of a relationship in breakdown, with Jean Yanne (who won Best Actor at Cannes for this role) as a domineering and philandering filmmaker whose … Continue reading

“Theatre de la Ville Rhinoceros”

September 27 – September 29 CalPerformances – Berkeley   The esteemed Parisian theater company presents a legendary production! Director Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota has reunited his remarkable 2004 cast of actors for encore performances of Eugène Ionesco‘s masterpiece of the absurd, Rhinocéros. When first presented in Paris, critics were ecstatic. “A masterpiece,” raved Le Monde. “A veritable … Continue reading

Opening: The Woman in the Fifth

Opening June 15 San Francisco Film Society In this unsettling thriller set in Paris’s little-seen Fifth Arrondissement, an unhappy American writer attempts to mend fences with his wife and young daughter but instead falls under the spell of a mysterious woman. Soon after arriving in the City of Light, author Tom Ricks (Ethan Hawke) is … Continue reading

CocoRosie featuring Tez and The Rajasthan Roots

June 6, 2012 The Regency Ballroom CocoRosie was formed in Paris, France by American sisters Bianca Casady (Coco) and Sierra Casady (Rosie). Definition eludes these artists as CocoRosie blends and manipulates what critics have described as indie, hip-hop, pop, blues, opera, and electronic music. They find duality between their unique vocal stylings, expanding those differences … Continue reading

Radio Samedi Culture – Cyrille Aimée

De passage à SF pour deux concerts au fameux club de jazz le Yoshi’s, Cyrille Aimée nous a accordé un peu de son temps pour répondre à nos questions. Née en 1984 en région parisienne, Cyrille Aimée grandit dans des cultures différentes, entre les manouches de son village d’enfance, la République dominicaine dont est originaire … Continue reading

An evening of readings and music celebrating the life of Edith Piaf

Carolyn Burke author of No Regrets: The Life of Edith Piaf with musical accompaniment by local chanteuse Betty Roi Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 7:00 P.M. Tosca Cafe, 242 Columbus Avenue San Francisco, CA 94133 City Lights in conjunction with Litquake’s Epicenter Reading Seriespresent The iconic French singer comes to life in Carolyn Burke‘s biography, which … Continue reading

Samedi Culture – Nathalie Talec

A l’occasion de l’ouverture, le 21 avril, de son exposition au Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), Samedi Culture a interviewé Nathalie Talec, artiste contemporaine française, née en 1960. A travers son oeuvre, Nathalie Talec examine la condition humaine, en la transposant à travers des objets, des mots, des personnages héroïques et en mêlant … Continue reading

HOT CLUB OF DETROIT with Cyrille Aimee

Tuesday May 15th Yoshi’s San Francisco “One of those singers whom nonsinging musicians call ‘a musician¨ The New York Times Cyrille Aimée Cyrille’s vocal stylings are synonymous with musical genius. Her culturally rich background has supplied her with the driving force of Dominican rhythm and the incredible swing of the French Gypsies. Taking these natural … Continue reading

Jean-Louis Milesi – From Paris To Berkeley

Discover the man who wrote the movie ‘The Snows of Kilimanjaro” (SFIFF 2012) “Jeannette and Marius‘ with Robert Guédiguian, Jean Louis Milesi  and learn everything about his next project Don’t Give Up the Ghost

Grand Illusion – 75th anniversary

June 1 – June 3 Castro Theater 75th ANNIVERSARY NEW 35mm PRINT! “A  MAGNIFICENT RESTORATION WE SHOULD ALL BE GRATEFUL FOR!” – Martin Scorsese “IF I HAD ONLY ONE FILM IN THE WORLD TO SAVE, IT WOULD BE GRAND ILLUSION.” – Orson Welles Internationally acclaimed, GRAND ILLUSION received Best Foreign Film awards from the New … Continue reading

Children of Paradise – A new restoration of french masterpiece

Children of Paradise May 19 – May 21 Castro Theater One of the most eagerly awaited events at Cannes last year was the unveiling of Pathé’s newly restored version of Marcel Carné’s Children of Paradise (1946), arguably the most beloved masterwork of French cinema. Set in the Parisian theatrical world of the 1840’s, Children tells … Continue reading

Endgame and Play

May 9–June 3, 2012 American Conservatory Theater Tony Award winner Bill Irwin stars in Beckett’s iconic dark comedy Two powerful and absurd dark comedies from master playwright Samuel Beckett. In Endgame, Tony Award winner Bill Irwin takes on the role of Hamm, who is trapped between life and death with his young servant, Clov. Together … Continue reading