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French Institute Alliance Française presents
Burning Bright: New French Filmmakers
A Virtual CinéSalon Series on Kino Marquee
June 16–August 3

The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) announces the 2020 program for Burning Bright: New French Filmmakers, the fourth annual celebration of emerging French and Francophone voices in cinema. For the first time, this popular series will take place online, allowing even greater access to these films and increased visibility for these remarkable new talents. Running from Tuesday, June 16 through Monday, August 3, the series will present seven new feature films from a crop of exciting directors.

The films will be available to screen through the purchase of a digital ticket for $12 on Kino Marquee, the “virtual theatrical” releasing platform from distributor Kino Lorber; FIAF members receive coupons to watch the films for free.

From poignant if unconventional coming-of-age tales to examining relationships between elected officials and their communities, this year’s series includes four US Premieres and one NY Premiere. Four feature films are presented in partnership with Young French Cinema, a program of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States and UniFrance. Burning Bright is organized by FIAF Film Curator Delphine Selles-Alvarez with Louise Bertin and Louise Masson.

As part of the program, FIAF will host a special online conversation with one of the filmmakers, actor and director Jeanne Balibar, Thursday, July 2 at 5pm on Zoom and Facebook. Balibar's second feature film, Wonders in the Suburbs (Merveilles à Montfermeil), makes its US premiere as part of the series. The film will be available to screen Tuesday, June 30 through Monday, July 6.

In conjunction with Burning Bright, FIAF also presents the exclusive theatrical release of New French Shorts 2020 in New York City, running through August 3. This program of seven short films by emerging French filmmakers is also presented in partnership with Young French Cinema and Kino Marquee. A full press release about the program is available here.

Tuesday, June 16–Monday, June 22
US Premiere: Simon’s Got a Gift (La dernière vie de Simon)
DIr. Léo Karmann, 2019, 103 min
With Benjamin Voisin, Martin Karmann, Camille Claris, Julie-Anne Roth, Nicolas Wanczycki
In French with English subtitles
Eight-year-old Simon is an orphan who dreams of being adopted by a family. But Simon is not like other children, he is able to transform into other people whom he has touched. When his best friend dies in an accident, Simon takes on his identity and lives with his family. Winner of the audience award at the 2019 Festival d'automne de Gardanne, Mon premier Festival, and Festival de Brides-les-bains, this debut feature by Léo Karmann paints a magical tale that strikes at the core of who we are and those we love.

Tuesday, June 23–Monday, June 29
NY Premiere: Real Love (C’est ça l’amour)
Dir. Claire Burger, 2018, 98 min
With Bouli Lanners, Justine Lacroix, Sarah Henochsberg
In French with English subtitles
After his wife of 20 years leaves the family home, Mario, suddenly is left to care for his teenage daughters, Niki and Frida, alone. Niki, who is about to turn 18, wants to strike out on her own, and 14-year-old Frida is in love with one of her girlfriends. Meanwhile Mario decides to join a community theater group that rehearses in the same space where his wife works as a lighting technician. A follow-up to Claire Burger’s Camera d’Or–winning Party Girl, which she co-directed with Marie Amachoukeli and Samuel Theis, the film elicits a moving portrayal from Bouli Lanners, who brings warmth and vulnerability to Mario, while young actresses Sarah Henochsberg and Justine Lacroix offer auspicious performances as Niki and Frida, respectively.
Presented in partnership with Young French Cinema, a program of UniFrance and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

Tuesday, June 30–Monday, July 6
US Premiere: Wonders in the Suburbs (Merveilles à Montfermeil)
Dir. Jeanne Balibar, 2019, 109 min
With Jeanne Balibar, Ramzy Bedia, Emmanuelle Béart, Mathieu Amalric
In French with English Subtitles
As the new mayor of Montfermeil—an underprivileged commune on the outskirts of Paris—Emmanuelle Joly has great expectations. However, two of her staffers, Joëlle and Kamel, have just culminated their long separation with a finalized divorce. As the mayor starts implementing her quirky campaign promises—naps for all, rooftop farms, sexual assistance in the home, harmonization of breathing—political rivals start sabotaging her enthusiastic plans, while Joëlle and Kamel’s bickering further disrupt the administration and threaten this year’s Brioche Day.
FIAF will host a special conversation with actor/director Jeanne Balibar on Thursday, July 2 at 5pm, live on Zoom and Facebook.

Tuesday, July 7–Monday, July 13
Burning Ghost (Vif-argent)
Dir. Stéphane Batut, 2019, 104 min
With Thimotée Robart, Judith Chemla, Saadia Bentaïeb
In French with English subtitles
“A beautifully made minor-key tone poem about love, loss and death,” (Hollywood Reporter), this debut feature film by director Stéphane Batut centers around Juste, who can see dead people. He wanders the streets of Paris, escorting the ghosts he encounters into the afterlife after collecting their last memory. But Juste’s liminal existence is thrown into jeopardy when a young woman named Agathe recognizes him, and he falls madly and illicitly in love with her.
Presented in partnership with Young French Cinema, a program of UniFrance and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

Tuesday, July 14–Monday July 20
US Premiere: The Bare Necessity (Perdrix)
Dir. Erwan Le Duc, 2019, 100 min
With Swann Arlaud, Maud Wyler, Fanny Ardant
In French with English subtitles
In Erwan Le Duc’s debut feature film, he imagines the idyllic woods of the Vosges Mountains as home to revolutionary nudists, obsessive earthworm scientists, reenactors staging pyrotechnic facsimiles of World War II battles, and a host of other eccentrics. Police officer Captain Pierre Perdrix is the oddity, a regular guy whose buttoned-up life starts to unfurl when out-of-towner Juliette turns up after being robbed by a militant nudist. Perdix takes up the case and thus begins a fantastic odyssey, encountering a motley crew of characters, including the great Fanny Ardant as Perdrix’s quirky mother.
Presented in partnership with Young French Cinema, a program of UniFrance and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

Tuesday, July 21–Monday, July 27
US Premiere: Stars by the Pound (100kg d’étoiles)
Dir. Marie-Sophie Chambon, 2018, 88 min
With Laure Duchene, Angèle Metzger, Pauline Serieys, Zoé De Tarlé, Philippe Rebbot
In French with English subtitles
Sixteen-year-old physics whiz Lois wants one thing: to travel to space. But heavyset people like Lois don’t get to be astronauts. Weighed down by her genetic makeup, Lois starves herself to get trim and suffers a series of fainting spells that lands her in a clinic where she meets three other girls struggling with their own issues. Together they break out and embark on an adventure to a national science competition in Toulouse, and the opportunity to win a zero-gravity flight.
Presented in partnership with Young French Cinema, a program of UniFrance and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

Tuesday, July 28–Monday, August 3
Alice and the Mayor (Alice et le maire)
Dir. Nicolas Parisier, 2019, 103 min
With Fabrice Luchini, Anaïs Demoustier
In French with English subtitles
After 30 years in politics, the mayor of Lyon, Paul Théraneau (Fabrice Luchini), finds himself in the middle of an existential crisis. He feels empty and devoid of ideas. As his aides scramble to solve this problem, they hire Alice Heimann (Anaïs Demoustier), a brilliant young philosopher from Oxford, to a communications post. She becomes an intellectual sparring partner for Théraneau, helping him tap into his former progressive ideas, as well as question the roots of the power and the political system. A selection of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight, Demoustier won the César for Best Actress for her thought-provoking performance.

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coming Up at the
French Institute Alliance Française
June 15–30

Hit French Series The Bureau,
Interactive Children's Performance,
Molière in the Park's Tartuffe,
Live Talks, Virtual CinéSalon, and More!

Over the second half of June, FIAF is proud to continue its virtual programing with a series of events with the creators and producers of the hit French television series The Bureau, including a talk delving into the history of the show with creator Eric Rochant. FIAF will also premiere the virtual adaptation of the children’s play She No Princess, He No Hero, partner with Moliere in the Park for its production of Tartuffe starring Raùl Esparza and Samira Wiley, continue its series of virtual film screenings, and offer French language classes and summer camps for kids.

Free Streaming and Talk
The Bureau (Le Bureau des légendes)
Monday, June 15, 2020 at 5pm
Conversation with The Bureau Creator Eric Rochant
Live on Zoom and Facebook
In English
Based upon real accounts of former spies and inspired by contemporary events, The Bureau is a smart and stylish spy saga centered on France's "Bureau of Legends," a government agency overseeing the training and deployment of deep-cover agents predominately on missions in North Africa and the Middle East.
FIAF offers a special look inside the acclaimed French espionage series in this conversation with creator and showrunner Eric Rochant. Named one of the best foreign film series on television by The New York Times, The Bureau has lifted the veil off of the covert world of deep-cover agents and secret services through four harrowing and exhilarating seasons. As Season 5 premieres June 18 on SundanceNow, Rochant talks with Emma Tucker, Editor of The Sunday Times, about his popular saga, from its inspiration in true stories from real spies to his decision to leave following this season.
In addition, the first two episodes of The Bureau Season 5 will be available to stream for free. FIAF members have the opportunity to watch the entire series with a free 30-day subscription to Sundance Now. More information and links are available here.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at Noon ET
Free Virtual FIAF:Talk
Chaos in the Middle East: Conversation with Gilles Kepel
Live on Zoom and Facebook
In English
In conjunction with the launch of Season 5 of The Bureau, Gilles Kepel, a leading French scholar of Middle East studies, joins FIAF for a special online talk separating fiction from reality. In a conversation with New York Times journalist, Robert F. Worth, who was the paper’s Beirut bureau chief from 2007 to 2011, Kepel will present findings from his latest book Away from Chaos: The Middle East and the Challenge to the West. Together, they will discuss the causes of tension in the Middle East and its current prospects in light of the COVID-19 crisis, while sharing their personal experiences and observations.
More information is available here.

Saturday, June 20 at 11am ET
Free Virtual Performance for Families
She No Princess, He No Hero
Conception and direction by Johanny Bert
LIVE on Zoom and Facebook
Ages 7 & up • In English
Acclaimed French director Johanny Bert presented the world premiere of She No Princess, He No Hero at FIAF during the 2019 TILT Kids Festival. He has returned to this charming play about identity with an engaging new version adapted for Zoom and Facebook that allows kids to interact with the actors during the performance and a post-show Q&A.
Unfolding in two parts, the play is about Leïli and Nils, who are in the same class. Leïli likes to hunt, dress like boys, and gel her short hair. Nils likes to wear his hair long, shows his emotions, and is not physically strong. Neither conforms to gendered roles that society dictates. Told through the voices of Leïli and Nils, this intimate and poignant theater piece transports the audience into the minds of young boys and girls confronting the cultural stereotypes imposed on them as they come of age. Based on a text by acclaimed French playwright Magali Mougel, the play comes together like pieces of a puzzle, allowing the audience to deconstruct clichés about identity.
More information and RSVP here.

Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 2pm and 7pm ET
LIVE Virtual Performance
Tartuffe starring Raùl E. Esparza & Samira Wiley
In English with English and French closed captioning
Co-presented with Molière in the Park, and in partnership with the Prospect Park Alliance and LeFrak Center at Lakeside, FIAF is proud to present a live-stream presentation of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Wilbur’s translation of Molière’s Tartuffe, directed by Molière in the Park’s Founding Artistic Director Lucie Tiberghien. Starring Tony and Obie award nominee Raùl E. Esparza and Emmy award winner Samira Wiley, Tartuffe centers on a dubiously pious crook, happy to use the bible as a prop for personal gain. He preys on Orgon, a naïve and confused aging patriarch, desperately grasping onto his fleeting power. Chaos ensues within the family until lies and fallacy are exposed and extracted from the home.
A live 20-minute Q&A with the cast and creative team immediately follows both performances. A recording of the performance will also be available online through July 1 at 2pm.
More information and RSVP for the performance here.

Through August 3
Virtual CinéSalon
Burning Bright: New French Filmmakers &
New French Shorts 2020
Available to stream
Throughout the summer, FIAF will presenting the most exciting new voices in French Cinema, featuring seven extraordinary feature films and a program of seven delightful shorts, available on Kino Lorber's streaming platforms. Presented in partnership with Young French Cinema, a program of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States and UniFrance, the series highlights a film by an emerging director each week, from poignant if unconventional coming-of-age tales to examining relationships between elected officials and their communities. New French Shorts 2020 will be available continually through August 3.
See Burning Bright: New French Filmmakers press release here.
See New French Shorts 2020 press release here.

Francine Haskell Library Programs
The Francine Haskell Library continues its free conversation groups, language-learning programs, book clubs, and children's story time on Zoom. The online digital library, Culturethèque, also holds ebooks, magazines, podcasts, videos, bandes dessinées, and more. Upcoming programs include:
Les petites histoires du vendredi, children's story time in French, Fridays 2pm ET
Papotons conversation group, Wednesdays 4–5pm ET

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Parallel Exit
an At-Home Edition of
Now Streaming

Parallel Exit presents an at-home edition of its annual free physical theatre performance series MOVE IT! While normally performed in a live setting, this year's edition is presented through a video showcasing some of Parallel Exit's colleagues working in physical theatre, dance-theatre, mime, puppetry, circus and variety. MOVE IT! is now streaming for free online at

MOVE IT! is the only performance series dedicated to physical theatre in New York City. The purpose of the series is to elevate the public profile of physical and visual theatre, featuring a free and accessible evening of short works from New York City physical and visual theatre artists. Mark Lonergan, Artistic Director of Parallel Exit, chooses artists that represent the widest possible range in the field - mime, dance-theatre, puppetry, vaudeville, circus - to offer our audience a rich and diverse evening of performances. The series has presented over 70 artists and companies, presenting their work, and building a larger audience as a unified group.

MOVE IT! features performances by:
Physical Theatre Company: Parallel Exit: Danny Gardner, Joel Jeske, Ryan Kasprzak, Brent McBeth, and Derek Roland
Physical Theatre Company: Broken Box Mime Theater
Circus and Variety Artists: Jan Damm, Ariele Ebacher, Angelo Iodice, Chloe Somers, and Thom Wall
Creator/Sculptor/Performer/Puppeteer: Kevin Augustine of Lone Wolf Tribe
Performers: Derek Roland & Allison Mckenzie Scott
Host: Mark Lonergan, Artistic Director of Parallel Exit

Parallel Exit is a three-time Drama Desk nominee for Unique Theatrical Experience, dedicated to creating original works of physical theatre. New York City productions include THE ARTIST WILL BE WITH YOU IN A MOMENT at the A.R.T./New York Theaters, EVERYBODY GETS CAKE!, ROOM 17B, CUT TO THE CHASE, and THIS WAY THAT WAY (all at 59E59 Theaters), TIME STEP (New Victory Theater), and EXIT STAGE LEFT (Lincoln Center Institute). Led by Artistic Director Mark Lonergan since its initial informal launch in 1997 with the production of WHITE/NOISE/JUMP ("Best in the Fringe Festival - Excellence in Theatre," New York International Fringe Festival), the company engages in extensive artistic programming, artist capacity building, and youth education initiatives, throughout New York City's five boroughs, across the United States, and in countries around the world. Parallel Exit creates compelling stories that are often family-friendly, cultivating art that speaks to a culturally boundless audience of any age. Productions have received both local and international praise for their inventiveness, energy, and originality, with presentations at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the UK (winning a Spirit of the Fringe Award); and physical theatre festivals in Poland, Spain, Austria, and Japan. Following an extended 2014-2015 German tour in partnership with GOP Variety Arts Theatre Circuit, Parallel Exit served as the powerhouse behind Big Apple Circus' critically-acclaimed

The Grand Tour (2015), marking the beginning of a new chapter that radiates with excitement.

Theater Resources Unlimited
the First Virtual Presentation of
Featuring Two World Premiere Readings
Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 2:30pm EDT
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 2:30pm EDT

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the first virtual presentation of its 2020 TRU Voices New Plays Reading Series, presented with generous support from The Storyline Project. The series, a benefit for Theater Resources Unlimited to help make up for financial losses due to COVID-19, will take place on Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 2:30pm EDT and on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 2:30pm EDT. Information and ticketing can be found through at

The series will comprise world premiere readings of two timely and resonant plays: No Entry by Marc Paykuss, which follows Jews who were displaced after being liberated from Nazi camps and placed in interim detention camps, and Disbelief, a Cassandra Tale by Garret Jon Groenveld, which uses the Cassandra legend to catalog the struggle of women being believed and having their voices heard.

This year's TRU Voices Series is being performed under an agreement with the Performers' Unions through the Theatre Authority. Tickets are being offered for free during this time of crisis, with the hope that those who are able will support TRU with tax deductible donations.

World Premiere Reading
No Entry
by Marc Paykuss
Produced by James Simon
Directed by Melody Bates
Sunday, June 14 at 2:30pm EDT
No Entry is a fictional historical play centering around a group of liberated Polish Jews in a displaced persons camp, facing the challenges of rebuilding their lives, and waiting for the world to open its doors to them.

World Premiere Reading
Disbelief, a Cassandra Tale
by Garret Jon Groenveld
directed by Jess Cummings
Wednesday, June 17 at 2:30pm EDT
Disbelief is the story of Apollo's gift to Cassandra, rethought for today, from her point of view. This updated telling adds a contemporary perspective on how women are perceived and controlled and disbelieved (or dismissed). Scintillating language explores the parallels of belief in a higher power, with belief in a powerful man, versus a woman of power, struggling to be believed. And for the first time the two most famous women of the Trojan War, Helen of Troy and Cassandra, actually speak to each other, without a man around at all. The play draws a gentle parallel to our 2016 election, and a candidate who told the truth, was systematically undermined and disbelieved.

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit

Theater Resources Unlimited
June Panel via Zoom
Life on Hold, and What We Do in the Meantime
Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 7:30pm

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents the June Panel Life on Hold, and What We Do in the Meantime on Thursday, June 25, 2020 via Zoom. Networking begins at 7pm and the panel starts at 7:30pm. Reserve a spot on the event page at or by emailing and you will be put on a list to receive the Zoom link.

A message from Bob Ost, executive director of TRU:
"Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all TRU live events are being rescheduled while we wait for the all clear. To help bridge the gap of social distancing, this panel will be held virtually via Zoom. Email to be added to the invitation list and join our community. Stay positive, test negative, be safe!"

With guest speakers Jim Kierstead, producer (Hadestown, The Inheritance, Ain't Too Proud, Mrs. Doubtfire, Tony Award winner Pippin revival, M. Butterfly, Indecent, Natasha Pierre..., Sunset Boulevard, Kinky Boots, Waitress; Off-Broadway Thrill Me, Yank!) and founder of Broadway Virtual; James Morgan, artistic director of The York Theater; and Markus Potter, director and producing artistic director of NewYorkRep, an Off-Broadway theatre company with the mission of developing and producing new plays and musicals that inspire and compel social change.

How are producers and theater companies spending their time now - are they looking for and reading new plays for the 22-23 season? How far out are they planning? Are they using virtual platforms for development, and is that working? What will happen to the shows that have been put on hold, and how do you plan a season with so many unknown factors at play? What types of musicals/plays do they think the public will be hungry for once we can congregate again in a theater: new plays/musicals, old standbys, plays about the pandemic? Who will be in the audiences in the decade of the 20s - has virtual presentation possibly engaged new and younger theatergoers, and will they stay with us once we come back live?

Zoom room opens at 7:00pm for networking and roundtable introductions of attendees - come prepared with your best 20-second summary of who you are, and what you need. Panel starts at 7:30. Free for TRU members; pay what you can, everyone else - to keep TRU up and running (and yes, you may click the button for a free ticket). Please use the bright red reservation box on our web page, or email to be put on the invite list. (Note: Zoom space is limited so RSVP early.)

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Vangeline Theater / New York Butoh Institute
In collaboration with Howl Arts
Queer Butoh 2020 (DIGITAL)
Featuring Mee Ae, Dustin Maxwell and Scoop Slone
Available online on
June 22-28, 2020

In celebration of Pride 2020, Vangeline Theater/ New York Butoh Institute is proud to present Queer Butoh 2020 (DIGITAL) in collaboration with Howl Arts.
This year, we are proud to virtually present the works of Mee Ae, Dustin Maxwell, and Scoop Slone.
At its origin, the introduction of Butoh in Japan was widely controversial. The first homoerotic Butoh performance, Kinjiki (Forbidden Colors) created by Tatsumi Hijikata in 1958, caused controversy amongst its spectators.
"Butoh is essentially the dance of the marginalized, and the LGBTQ population is still largely marginalized in the world," says Vangeline, curator of this series. "This year, despite obvious challenges, it is particularly important to find ways to celebrate our LGBTQ artists for the 50th-anniversary celebration of Pride."
Artists Featured: Me Ae in Swoon; Dustin Maxwell in In a dark forest partly illuminated: portal, and Scoop Slone in Fragments.

Howl! Happening
Gallery | Performance Space | Archive
Like the neighborhood in which it was born and the Howl! Festival that began it all, Howl! Happening is a space of untamed creativity. Howl! Happening curates exhibitions and stages live events that showcase the historical legacy and contemporary culture of the East Village and Lower East Side. It is also dedicated to preserving the archives of artists who spent their creative lives working in this vibrant community and houses the Estates of artist Arturo Vega and the beloved performance artist, Tom Murrin aka "The Alien Comic." The history of the East Village is still being written. The mix of rock and roll, social justice, art and performance, community activism, gay rights and culture, immigrants, fashion, and nightlife are even more relevant now and Howl! Happening aims to shine a light on artists from the past in the place where their art came alive and where they played and worked. Howl! Happening is an Arturo Vega Project. Visit

This program was supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Works & Process at the Guggenheim
Announces WPA Virtual Commissions June Premieres

Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, is proud to announce June premieres for Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions.

June 7 Joshua Bergasse, Sara Mearns, Zoe Sarnak, and Margo Seibert
June 8 Dylan Crossman
June 13 Ryan McNamara
June 14 BalletX with Hope Boykin, Rena Butler, Caili Quan, and Penny
June 15 Larry Keigwin and Nicole Wolcott
June 20 Anthony Roth Costanzo, Dick Hyman, Adam Charlap Hyman, and
Zack Winokur
June 21 Pontus Lidberg
June 22 John Jarboe*
June 23 Victoria Sin*
June 24 Jack Ferver and Jeremy Jacob*
June 25 Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung*
June 26 Viva DeConcini*
June 27 Machine Dazzle*
June 28 Simone Dinnerstein, Isaac Mizrahi, Pam Tanowitz*
June 29 Tom Gold*

*In partnership with the digital exhibition The Guggenheim Circular: Embrace and NYC Pride.

To financially support artists and nurture their creative processes during these challenging times, Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, presents Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions. Through the generosity of our board and donors, over $150,000 in commissioning funds is being granted to artists to produce new video works while social distancing. Each under five minutes long, these virtual performances will spotlight leading creators who have participated in past Works & Process programs. New commissions are posted on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube (@worksandprocess) every Sunday and Monday at 7:30 pm.







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