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French Institute Alliance Française Announces
Fall Programming
Sept 8–Oct 1
FIAF.org for information

• Paul Begala & Célia Belin on the 2020 election
• Albert Camus’s The Fall starring Ronald Guttman
• Virtual gallery tour & talk with the Ladd Brothers
• Virtual CinéSalon honors life of Michel Piccoli
New York, N.Y., September 2, 2020 — This fall the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) New York’s premier French-language center, continues to present a variety of thought-provoking cross-cultural online programming, spanning current events, film, art, and performance.

With the 2020 election upon us, political insiders Paul Begala and Célia Belin discuss the campaigns through a Franco-American lens on September 16. Belgian-American actor Ronald Guttman presents a devastating one-man performance of Albert Camus’s The Fall, the first live-streamed performance back in FIAF on October 1. Artists Steven and William Ladd will guide viewers through an online tour of their exhibition examining the prison system, The Other Side at the Invisible Dog Art Center, on September 23. And FIAF’s popular Virtual CinéSalon continues through September with a series honoring actor Michel Piccoli, who died in May.

Full listings of upcoming events follow.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 6:30pm
FIAF TALKS:
Franco-American Perspectives on the 2020 Elections
Paul Begala in conversation with Célia Belin
LIVE on Zoom
The election of Donald Trump in 2016 caused a political earthquake within the United States that left the Democratic Party stunned and rudderless. After a tumultuous presidency that has faced global conflicts, a health pandemic, and racial unrest, the Democrats are gearing up to defeat Donald Trump. The conversation will be followed by a Q&A.
Paul Begala, former advisor to Bill Clinton and Barack Obama’s reelection campaign, offers the best political strategies to ensure a victory for Vice President Joe Biden in November, which he details in his new book You’re Fired.
Célia Belin, a French political scientist who spent months following Democratic candidates for her critically acclaimed book Des Démocrates en Amérique, will offer a unique French perspective on this critical election followed closely around the world.
Co-presented with the French-American Foundation.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 6:30pm
FIAF:TALKS
Virtual tour and discussion of The Other Side exhibition with artists Steven and William Ladd
LIVE on Zoom
For the past nine years, brothers Steven and William Ladd have been working with inmates in the NYC Department of Corrections as part of their art practice. The Other Side, an exhibition on view at The Invisible Dog Art Center (September 12–October 17, 2020), is a culmination of their experience within the prison system and collaborations with inmates. On September 23, the duo will take viewers on a virtual tour of the show, providing insight into the personal stories behind paintings, drawings, and sculpture that depict the aesthetics and architecture of correctional facilities. The tour will be followed by a conversation with the artists and Lucien Zayan, curator and director of The Invisible Dog. The Ladds will detail their first-hand exposure to the criminal justice system and engagement with inmates and answer questions from the audience.
The Other Side is co-presented by The Invisible Dog Art Center, the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), and Cristina Grajales Gallery.

Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 7pm
PERFORMANCE: The Fall
Adapted for stage by Alexis Lloyd
Directed by Didier Flamand
Performance by Ronald Guttman
Based on La Chute by ALBERT CAMUS, copyright 1956, Editions Gallimard
LIVE on Vimeo
"You can never really prove anybody's innocence, but you can be sure we’re all guilty. Every man bears witness to the crimes of all the others.” — Jean-Baptiste Clamence, The Fall by Albert Camus.
New York-based, Belgian-born actor Ronald Guttman inhabits the role of anguished, exiled Parisian lawyer Jean-Baptiste Clamence, in Alexis Lloyd’s solo theatrical adaptation of Nobel Prize-winning French author Albert Camus’s The Fall.
In this elegant production, Clamence transports the audience to Mexico City, a bar in Amsterdam's seamy Red Light district, circa 1956. Positioned within the city's concentric rings of canals—paralleling Dante's circles of Hell—Clamence confesses his own descent that transformed him into a judge-repentant and postmodern prophet of the human condition. Set against the backdrop of post-Second World War Europe, this adaptation of Camus’s last complete work of fiction invokes the fall of man from the Garden of Eden as it explores themes of culpability, shame and regret.
Presented in partnership with the Lycée Français de New York.

Virtual CinéSalon Presents
Michel Piccoli … Tenderly, Tragically, Totally
One of the most esteemed and versatile actors of his generation, Michel Piccoli inhabited a wide range of memorable characters etching an indelible impression across his seven decades in cinema in France and beyond. Over the course of his career, he imbued tenderness, passion, and dedication in roles as varied as popes, cops, artists, and ordinary men. To commemorate Piccoli who died in May at the age of 94, FIAF will present a small retrospective of his work, showcasing the gravity and humor, cynicism and humanity he brought to roles in films by Claude Sautet, Alain Resnais, Leos Carax, and Jacques Rivette.
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Max and the Junkmen (Max et les Ferrailleurs)
Dir. Claude Sautet, 1971, 112 min.
With Michel Piccoli, Romy Schneider, Georges Wilson, François Périer
In French with English subtitles
Available on Kino Marquee
Frustrated by a gang of robbers he has failed to catch time and time again, the aloof Parisian detective Max (Michel Piccoli) decides to save face by enlisting an old acquaintance to entice the petty thieves into robbing a bank. Max poses as a rich banker and lures the lead criminal's girlfriend, Lilly, with promises of the enormous amounts of cash transferred through his bank. The gang of thieves takes the bait, unaware that the cops are lying in wait for them. But with Max's plan is coming to fruition, he realizes that he hasn’t fully considered all of its consequences. More information and streaming link here.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020
You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet (Vous n’avez encore rien vu)
Dir. Alain Resnais, 2012, 115 min
With Mathieu Amalric, Lambert Wilson, Sabine Azéma, Michel Piccoli
In French with English subtitles
Available on Kino Marquee
Featuring a who's-who of French acting royalty—Mathieu Amalric, Michel Piccoli, and Resnais’s frequent muse Sabine Azéma—this film brings together a group of performers who worked together on the stage to hear the reading of the last will and testament of their former colleague. While delivering his message from beyond the grave, the playwright (Denis Podalydès) asks the group to evaluate a recording of his Eurydice—a play they had all performed over the years. But as the video unspools, the seasoned thespians begin acting out the text alongside their youthful avatars. Gorgeously shot by cinematographer Eric Gautier evoking the French poetic realism of the 1930s, You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet is an alternately wry and wistful valentine to actors and the art of performance from a director long fascinated by the intersection of life, theater, and cinema. More information and streaming link here.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Bad Blood (Mauvais sang)
Dir. Leos Carax, 1986, 116 min.
With Michel Piccoli, Juliette Binoche, Denis Lavant, Julie Delpy
In French with English subtitles
Available on Kino Marquee
In a futuristic Paris, people are dying from a mysterious sexually transmitted disease, STBO, contracted by people engaging in emotionless sex. While an antidote exists, it remains locked away. A woman known as the American hires Marc (Michel Piccoli) and his associate Alex (Denis Lavant) to steal it. Nominated for a Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival and three César Awards—Best Actress (Juliette Binoche), Most Promising Actress (July Delpy), Best Cinematography (Jean-Yves Escoffier)—this drama-packed neo-noir explores the grand themes of life and love within a dystopian landscape where sex has been uncoupled from passion. More information and streaming link here.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
La Belle Noiseuse
Dir. Jacques Rivette, 1991, 238 min
With Michel Piccoli, Jane Birkin, Emmanuelle Béart, Marianne Denicourt
In French, Hebrew, and English with English subtitles
Available on Kino Marquee
Winner of the Grand Prix at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival, La Belle Noiseuse (The Beautiful Troublemaker in English) is legendary French New Wave director Jacques Rivette’s epic exploration of the convergence between artistry and eroticism. Edouard Frenhofer (Michel Piccoli) is a reclusive painter living in the French countryside with his wife (French cultural icon Jane Birkin). Their lives are radically upended with the arrival of a younger artist (David Bursztein) and his girlfriend (Emmanuel Béart), who becomes the muse that awakens Edouard’s fading passions. This layered character study, based on The Unknown Masterpiece by Honoré de Balzac, simultaneously offers one of the most incisive and immersive meditations on the creative process ever produced on film. More information and streaming link here.

French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) | 22 East 60th Street, NYC

 


 

Sheikh Zayed Book Award
Submissions open for 2021 Sheikh Zayed Book Award, one of the world’s most lucrative and prestigious literary prizes
Closing date 1 October
www.zayedaward.ae


Each winner receives a career-changing prize of AED 750,000 (USD 204,000)

Submissions open across nine categories including Literature, Translation and Arab Culture in Other Languages

Authors, translators, publishers and universities may all nominate works

Previous winners include Dame Marina Warner (UK), Amin Maalouf (France), Banipal Magazine (UK), Professor Philip Kennedy (US), Institut du Monde Arab (France)

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award, one of the Arab world’s most prestigious literary prizes is now open for submissions. The award, which has been described as the “ the Arab world’s equivalent to the Nobel prize ”, has a reputation for highlighting the most exciting, and often the most challenging
work from and about the Arab world.



STATIC APNEA (2020)
Thursday - Saturday from 1pm – 7pm
Sundays from 1pm to 5pm
September 12 - October 17
The Invisible Dog Art Center, Brooklyn

The american vicarious in collaboration with The Invisible Dog Art Center proudly present the New York Premiere of STATIC APNEA (2020) a socially distanced performative installation beginning performances on September 12, 2020.

Conceived and directed by Founding Artistic Director, Christopher McElroen, STATIC APNEA (2020) features text by Julia Watt and is performed by Isabella Pinheiro and Jenny Tibbels. The design team includes Troy Hourie (Installation Designer), Zach Weeks (Lighting Designer) and Andy Evan Cohen (Sound Designer).

The discipline of holding one’s breath underwater, motionless - static apnea. Breath has been taken away. By a virus. By a knee. By the uncertainty. The struggle to restore it has rendered us motionless, collectively holding our breath.

Do you know how long you can hold your breath? Would it be long enough to save yourself? Would it be long enough to save someone you love?

One audience member, surrounded by a tunnel of blue light, descends towards a single performer behind a wall of glass. In a 9 minute and 2 second performance – the female record for static apnea - this performative installation explores how far one might be willing to go to save a life.

STATIC APNEA (2020) is staged in a 40’ storage container that has been designed specifically for this production. It is open at both ends, has high powered fans and air purifiers to ensure proper air flow. Each audience member will be required to wear a face mask and a plexiglass wall will separate them from the performer.

STATIC APNEA premiered at the Performance Arcade, New Zealand in 2017. Sam Trubridge, Artistic Director.

Tickets are free. Reservations for specific entry times can be made at theamericanvicarious.org. Walk ups will be accommodated if entry times are available..

The Invisible Dog Art Center | 51 Bergen Street in Carroll Gardens.


 

SIBYL
A film by Justine Triet (In Bed with Victoria)
Opens in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, September 11 at Film at Lincoln Center and Laemmle's Virtual Cinemas

Starring Virginie Efira (In Bed with Victoria, Elle), Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue is the Warmest Color), Gaspard Ulliel (Saint Laurent),
Sandra Hüller (Toni Erdmann), Laure Calamy (Call My Agent), and Niels Schneider (Heartbeats)

FREELANCE3
Official selection: 2019 New York Film Festival’s Main Slate
Official selection: 2019 Cannes Film Festival
Official selection: 2019 Toronto International Film Festival

Director Justine Triet and cast are available for select interviews

Music Box Films is proud to announce that French director Justine Triet’s darkly comic psychodrama SIBYL, a selection of the Cannes, Toronto and New York Film Festivals, will be released in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, September 11 at Film at Lincoln Center and Laemmle's Virtual Cinemas, followed by other top markets throughout the US.

Sibyl (Virginie Efira), a jaded psychotherapist, abruptly decides to leave her practice to return to her first passion: writing. But her newest patient Margot (Adèle Exarchopoulos), a troubled up-and-coming actress, proves to be a source of inspiration that is far too tempting. Fascinated to the point of obsession, Sibyl becomes increasingly involved in Margot’s tumultuous life while negotiating her own demons.

In her second collaboration with rising star Virginie Efira, writer-director Justine Triet has created heroines of intense complexity, seamlessly intertwining past and present while maintaining a delicate balance between drama and acidic farce.

Justine Triet graduated from Paris’ École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. Following documentary and narrative short films, she made her debut feature with La Bataille de Solférino (Age of Panic), which earned her a César nomination for Best First Film. Her second feature, In Bed with Victoria, starring Virginie Efira, opened the 2016 Cannes Critics’ Week and received five César nominations including Best Film and Best Actress. SIBYL is her third feature.

"Justine Triet's second highly pleasurable collaboration with actress Virginie Efira is a witty, slinky psychodrama… Seals the arrival of Efira … A first-class leading lady of consistently expanding range and élan — with the emotional honesty and deadpan pluck to pull off the more outrageous character turns." - Guy Lodge, Variety

Running time: 101 minutes. In French with English subtitles. Not rated.

Directed by Justine Triet. Written by Justine Triet and Arthur Harari. Cinematography by Simon Beaufils. Edited by Laurent Sénéchal. Produced by David Thion and Philippe Martin. A Music Box Films release.


Theater Resources Unlimited
Annual Meet and Greet Introduction to TRU via Zoom
Staying TRU in Tough Times,
and What Our Community Can Offer You
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 5:00pm

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents its annual free Meet and Greet Introductory gathering, this year revamped for social distancing via Zoom and addressing the adjustments the organization has made during the current pandemic. You are invited to join us for Staying TRU in Tough Times, and What Our Community Can Offer You onTuesday, September 22, 2020 via Zoom. Reserve a spot on the event page at truonline.org/events/staying-tru/ or by emailing TRUStaff1@gmail.com - you will be put on a list to receive the Zoom link.

From Bob Ost, executive director of TRU: "Even at a safe distance, we have a strong, vibrant and creative community that we are honored to bring together virtually. We invite those who don't know us to come meet some of our key players, learn about our programs, and most important of all, discover a welcoming environment that supports and nurtures artists and producers during difficult times. Stay positive, test negative, be safe!"

This free-for-everyone seasonal kickoff and networking meet-and-greet is a chance to meet the program directors and illustrious board members of Theater Resources Unlimited who make it possible to bring you the range of programming we offer for producers and artists, and learn how we have adapted our programming for these pandemic days. Our confirmed lineup includes:
• TRU Vice-President and co-founder Cheryl Davis, award-winning playwright, attorney, General Counsel for The Authors Guild, and feedback panelist for How to Write a Musical That Works
• Board member Merrie L. Davis, producer (Company London revival, Dear Evan Hansen, Eclipsed, Gigi; off-Broadway Himself and Nora)
• Board member Cody Lassen, producer (upcoming How I Learned To Drive, Indecent, Spring Awakening revival; producing team of Tootsie, What the Constitution Means to Me, The Band's Visit, Significant Other)
• Board member Neal Rubinstein (On the Town, Hedwig and the Angry Inch revival, upcoming Dangerous the Musical)
• Board member Patrick Blake, producer (The 39 Steps, The Exonerated, Bedlam's Hamlet/St. Joan, Play Dead), founding AD of Rhymes Over Beats, faculty for Practical Playwriting workshop
• TRU Literary Manager Cate Cammarata, Faculty for Practical Playwriting and How to Write a Musical workshops)
• Producer Jane Dubin (The Prom, Tony winning The Norman Conquests, Farinelli and the King, Bandstand, Peter and the Starcatcher, An American in Paris)
• Ric Wanetik, producer (Tony nominated Twilight Los Angeles: 1992, Broadway's Marlene, Off-Broadway's Jolson and Company) who helps run our Director-Writer Communications Lab and is often a Speed Date producer.
• Plus two of the people who offer free consultations to new members: entertainment attorney Lee Feldshon and career consultant Joanne Zippel of Zip Creative.
Learn about our programs, including our Producer Development & Mentorship Program, Raising Money for Theater, Essentials of Successful Self-Producing and other Producer Boot Camps, Writer-Producer Speed Date, Director-Writer Communications Lab, How to Write a Musical That Works workshop and more. And let us know what we don't offer that you wish we did.

Doors open at 5:00pm for networking and refreshments, roundtable introductions of everyone in the room will start at 5:30pm - come prepared with your best half-minute summary of who you are, and what you need. Free for TRU members; usually $12.50 for non-members, but free for everyone for this season opener (with a pay-what-you-can if you'd like to support us). Please use the bright red reservation box on at truonline.org/events/staying-tru/, or call at least a day in advance (or much sooner) for reservations: 833-506-5550, or e-mail TRUStaff1@gmail.com



Vangeline Theater/New York Butoh Institute
presents
The New York Butoh Institute Festival 2020
(Online)
October 15-25, 2020

Vangeline Theater/New York Butoh Institute presents the New York Butoh Institute Festival 2020 online, October 15-25, 2020. The Festival will feature an exciting program of butoh workshops and exclusive Zoom performances of works by butoh dancers from Asia, Latin America, South Africa, New York, and the United States. Vangeline's nonfiction book, Butoh: Cradling Empty Space, will also be released during the Festival with a free book giveaway. Tickets are $5-$10 and can be purchased at www.vangeline.com/online-tickets.

Festival Highlights
Thursday,October 15, 2020 at 8pm ET
Sitting with it, a collection of butoh short films via Zoom.
The six short films are a hybrid between film, poetry, visual arts, and butoh. The last four of the short films featured are a direct response to the 2020 pandemic.

Friday, October 16 at 8pm ET
Broken Body by Ruta De La Memoria (Chile) via Zoom.
Broken Body tells the story of three pregnant women who disappeared during the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile. Presented in association with Theater for the New City.

Saturday, October 17 at 5pm and 8pm ET
Live butoh improvisation by Yuko Kaseki (Japan) via Zoom followed by a discussion with the artist.

Sunday, October 18, 12 to 3pm ET
Butoh Workshop with Yuko Kaseki via Zoom.

Thursday,October 22 at 7:30pm ET
Butoh: Cradling Empty Space Book Release Party with author Vangeline and guests (virtual). Winners of book giveaway announced. The first nonfiction book published by the New York Butoh Institute, Butoh: Cradling Empty Space, explores butoh through a scientific lens, challenging the current gender bias and shedding light onto this mysterious and often misunderstood art form.

Friday, October 23 at 8pm ET
Red Flag on a Red Planet, live performance by Vanessa Skantze (Seattle), followed by a discussion with the artist.

Saturday, October 24, at 5pm and 8pm ET
Rising of the Unchained Silent Screams, a solo created and performed by Tebby W. T. Ramasike (South Africa) via Zoom followed by a discussion with the artist.

Sunday, October 25, 12 to 3pm ET
Afrobutoh workshop with Tebby W. T. Ramasike (South Africa) via Zoom.

In partnership with the Hokkaido Butoh Festival, a free screening of Butoh dancer Saga Kobayashi's 2020 performance will be available online during the festival. Kobayashi was a principal dancer of the founder of butoh Tatsumi Hijikata.


 

Pandemic-Friendly Theatrical Walking Tour Premieres
VOYEUR: THE WINDOWS OF TOULOUSE-LAUTREC
September 30 - November 7th
Wednesday - Saturday and audiences depart every 20 minutes from 6pm-9pm.
Running time is approximately 1 hour.
Audience members must be able to climb stairs and be on their feet for the duration of the performance.
The Duplex

Beginning September 30, Bated Breath Theatre Company will present VOYEUR: THE WINDOWS OF TOULOUSE-LAUTREC, a pandemic-friendly theatrical walking tour inspired by their long-running immersive hit Unmaking Toulouse-Lautrec (named one of the “best immersive plays and interactive theatrical experiences” by Time Out). This open air, intimate theatrical experience guides a six-person audience through the dreams of iconic artist Toulouse-Lautrec as he recalls his final absinthe-laced years living and working in Montmartre.

The sidewalks, doorways and windows of Greenwich Village become the setting for VOYEUR as live accompaniment collides with the city’s soundscape, transporting attendees into the bohemian world of 1899 Paris. During the tour, audience members are led to iconic locations within the Village, including Judson Church, The Duplex and Chashama — with other secret stops along the way.

VOYEUR: THE WINDOWS OF TOULOUSE-LAUTREC is conceived and directed by Mara Lieberman with puppet design and construction by James Ortiz (Hercules, The Woodsman), set design by Sadra Tehrani, lighting design by Ebony Burton, and sound design by Mark Van Hare. Dmitiriy and Masha Umanskiy serve as music directors with choreography by Kelsey Rondeau and Leila Mire. Casting is TBA.

In an effort to maintain additional safety during the Covid-19 pandemic, audience members will be required to wear a mask at all times, maintain a safe social distance for the duration of the performance, and hand sanitizing stations will be available at stops throughout the tour. This theatrical walking tour is hosted primarily outdoors, with one short venture indoors into a spacious atmosphere capable of safe social distancing. A flexible ticket exchange policy will be offered to those who may feel ill in order to facilitate responsible event participation.

VOYEUR will run rain or shine (except in cases of extreme weather) and audience members are asked to check local weather forecasts and dress accordingly.

Tickets are $75 for General Admission or $84 including a pre-show, themed cocktail.
Visit www.unmakinglautrecplay.com for times, tickets and further details.

The Duplex | 61 Christopher Street at 7th Avenue South.


 




 

 

 



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