Past Events | 2022


Exhibition

Eva Jospin
Wandering


November 10, 2022–January 11, 2023
Mon–Fri: 8am–8pm • Sat: 9am–4pm
FIAF Gallery

FIAF is thrilled to present French artist Eva Jospin’s first US solo exhibition, Wandering. Known for her elaborate carboard sculptures, Jospin explores her favorite theme of the forest in this exhibition of her most recent works.

FIAF Members’ Holiday Party


Wednesday, December 14, 2022
6:30–8:30pm
The French Consulate
SOLD OUT

Celebrate the holidays with your FIAF famille at a stylish soirée at the French Consulate’s beautiful mansion on Fifth Avenue. Enjoy a traditional Bûche de Noël, delicious hors d’oeuvres, inventive cocktails, and more.

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CinéSalon Series

The Offbeat Charm of the Larrieu Brothers

November 1–December 13, 2022
FIAF Florence Gould Hall
Free for FIAF Members!

Join FIAF on a cinematic journey into the offbeat charm of Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu. The brothers have been writing and directing films together for over three decades. This series of eccentric comedic romances, dramas and thrillers features seven rarely screened feature films beginning with their latest, Tralala (2021), and includes the Palme d'Or nominated, To Paint or Make Love (2005).

Exhibition

Serge July
A Love Letter to NYC


December 7–20, 2022
FIAF Skyroom

FIAF will present an exhibition of New York City photographs of journalist and photographer Serge July in the FIAF Skyroom from December 7–20.

FIAF:Talk

In Conversation: French Cinema Favorites

With Antonio Monda and Sean Price Williams

Monday, December 5, 2022
7pm
FIAF Tinker Auditorium

Rediscover French cinema favorites with Antonio Monda and Sean Price Williams as they discuss the films that have inspired them. Their secret selections (to be revealed during the talk) include a 1940s noir and a 1980s dystopian drama, amongst others that will surely surprise you!

Stand Up

Fary
Love Me If You Can

Opening Act: Jason Brokerss

One-Night Only!
Thursday, December 1, 2022
7:30pm
FIAF Florence Gould Hall
In French

Don’t miss French comedic phenom and Netflix superstar Fary at FIAF! Following a two-year absence, Fary returns to the stage with a new show, Love Me If You Can, an open letter to audiences addressing the subject of love.

FIAF:Talk

Tribute to Virgil Abloh

A Conversation with Faye McLeod, Florence Müller, Ansel Thompson, and Matthew Yokobosky

Thursday, November 17, 2022
7pm
Followed by a Cocktail Reception
In Person and Livestreamed
FIAF Skyroom
In English

Moderated by Claude Grunitzky

Join us for a discussion in homage to Virgil Abloh, one of the most influential fashion designers of the last few decades. One year after his tragic passing, we remember Abloh’s legacy as the iconic founder of Off-White and the Creative Director of Menswear for Louis Vuitton. Presented in partnership with Institut Français de la Mode.

Trophée des Arts Gala 2022


Tuesday, November 15, 2022
7pm Cocktails and Silent Auction
8pm Dinner and Live Auction
The Plaza Hotel

FIAF will honor acclaimed actor Jean Reno and Dr. Ilham Kadri, CEO and President of the Executive Committee at Solvay, at its 30th annual Trophée des Arts Gala on Tuesday, November 15 at The Plaza. Original artwork by renowned French artist Eva Jospin will be featured at the gala. The black-tie dinner and auction raises funds to support FIAF’s mission to teach French and celebrate the diversity of francophone cultures and creativity around the world.

TILT Kids Day


Saturday, November 12, 2022
10am–5pm
FIAF

Discover the enchanting world of forests at FIAF’s fall TILT Kids Day! Join us for a day filled with fun and exciting activities including a Drag Queen Story Hour, an arts and crafts session, a musical workshop, and a film screening. Each activity aims to inspire its participants to look at the beauty, variety, and ecological importance of forests.

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Festival

Crossing The Line Festival 2022

September 9–October 28, 2022
At FIAF and Partner Venues

Now in its 15th year, Crossing The Line is FIAF’s annual arts and performance festival presented in partnership with NYC’s leading art institutions. This year’s edition features a diverse group of audacious artists engaging with the most pressing issues of our time—including gender, sexuality, human connection, race and climate change—and exploring new territories in performing arts.

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CinéSalon Series

Burning Bright: New French Filmmakers 2022

September 6–October 25, 2022
FIAF Florence Gould Hall
Free for FIAF Members!

Burning Bright is back for the fifth edition, presenting recent prize-winning films by emerging French filmmakers. This new generation of French cinematic voices delivers a fresh and distinctive visual take on the world, introducing creative narratives and turning the lens on faces and places rarely seen on screen.

FILM + Q&A

Peaceful

De Son Vivant

Sneak Preview
Monday, October 17, 2022
7pm
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Post-Screening Q&A with director Emmanuelle Bercot, Dr. Gabriel A. Sara, and producer Denis Pineau-Valencienne

Dir. Emmanuelle Bercot, 2020
In French with English subtitles

In this heart-wrenching drama, a real-life medical doctor specializing in Oncology (Dr. Gabriel Sara, as himself) stars alongside a nurse (Cécile de France), working together to help a mother (Catherine Deneuve) and son (Benoît Magimel) accept the reality of a terminal illness.

Party

Sunset Soirée
at Le Bain


Wednesday, October 12, 2022
5–10pm
Le Bain at The Standard Hotel

Featuring DJ Prince Language

Join us inside Le Bain’s penthouse club, renowned for its indoor pool! Dance the night away on one of New York’s most iconic rooftop clubs, savor cocktails from the bar, speak a little French with a friend, and enjoy spectacular views of the city at night from the top of the Standard Hotel.

Event in Montclair

Conversation & Wine Reception
with Author Joël Dicker


Tuesday, September 13, 2022
7–9pm
Van Vleck House and Gardens
In English
Sold Out

FIAF Montclair is thrilled to welcome international literary sensation Joël Dicker for the debut of his newly-translated novel, The Enigma of Room 622, on Tuesday, September 13, 7-9pm at the historic Van Vleck House and Gardens. The conversation, moderated by Kate Tuttle, will be followed by a book signing and wine reception.

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Fall Open House

Fête de la Rentrée 2022

Tuesday, September 6–Friday, September 9
Free & Open to All

Fête de la Rentrée is a week-long celebration to kick off FIAF’s fall season. Join us for a series of free events that highlight FIAF’s wide range of educational and cultural offerings including free French film screenings, a rooftop dance party, an exhibition opening, free French trial lessons for all ages, and more. Throughout the week, 10% discounts will be available on memberships and fall French classes.

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CinéSalon Series

Valérie Donzelli:
The Triple Threat

June 7–July 26, 2022 • Tuesdays at 4pm & 7:30pm
FIAF Florence Gould Hall
Free for FIAF Members!

For the past ten years, director, screenwriter, and actress Valérie Donzelli has stood out in French cinema for her unique whimsical style. This retrospective gives New York audiences an opportunity to take a deep dive into her work with films like the award-winning Declaration of War, the rarely-screened Longwave, and the comedies Notre Dame and The Queen of Hearts.

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Bastille Day Screening

Azuro


Sneak Preview
Sunday, July 10, 2022
5:30pm
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

In this exclusive preview screening of Matthieu Rozé’s Azuro, starring Valérie Donzelli, a group of close friends are enjoying their annual summer vacation on the Mediterranean’s Blue Coast, just south-west of Marseille. Everything has the familiar feeling of past summers until an unexpected, seductive stranger arrives. The friend’s boring daily routines suddenly become more adventurous, challenging the group dynamics.

Fête

FIAF’s Bastille Day Celebration


Sunday, July 10, 2022
12–5pm
On Madison Avenue, from 59th to 63rd Street, NYC

Celebrate France’s national holiday with FIAF on New York’s famed Madison Avenue! FIAF’s Bastille Day fête populaire is back in person with myriad attractions for the whole family including live music and dance performances, wine and champagne tastings, a film screening, exciting prizes, and more than 40 booths showcasing the best of French food and Francophone culture.

Exhibition & Talk

FIAF Presents
NFT: New French Touch

A CryptoArt Salon • Part of NFT.NYC

Monday, June 20–Sunday, July 10, 2022

Exhibition Part I
On view June 20–July 10, 2022
FIAF Gallery

Exhibition Part II
On view June 20–22, 2022
FIAF Tinker Auditorium

In recognition of the incredibly vibrant crypto art scene in France and around the world, FIAF is participating in NFT.NYC. This unique exhibition celebrating NFTs the French way features the work of over 20 established and emerging crypto artists.

Screening & Discussion

Magnum Photographers
and the Moving Image


A Magnum Photos Cinema Night
Saturday, June 25, 2022
7:30pm
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Magnum Photos celebrates their 75th anniversary with a 90-minute cinematic program at FIAF exploring the past, present, and future potential of photography and the moving image. The evening will feature three compilations of short films each followed by a brief discussion with Magnum photographers. The conversation will be moderated by multimedia producer and program curator Adrian Kelterborn and film director Michael Almereyda.

Free Concert & Dance Party

Fête de la Musique at SummerStage

Featuring MC Solaar / Bon Entendeur / Hyphen Hyphen

Tuesday, June 21, 2022
6pm–10pm (New Time)
SummerStage, Central Park

Fête de la Musique, the annual worldwide music-for-all celebration originated in France. Join us on June 21 in Central Park for a concert and dance party with legendary French rapper MC Solaar, electronic superstar Bon Entendeur, and electronic pop band Hyphen Hyphen to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

Exhibition

Roxane Revon
Hidden Places


Opening Reception
Thursday, June 2, 2022
6–8pm

On View: June 2–June 15, 2022
FIAF Gallery

Inspired by the complexity, elegance, and hidden beauty of root systems, this solo exhibition by multi-disciplinary artist Roxane Revon features a series of ink drawings and oil pastels, as well as a video installation to bring these “hidden places” into view.

Screening and Q&A

Nona and Her Daughters

In-Person Screening and Q&A with Valérie Donzelli and Virginie Ledoyen

US Premiere • Episodes 1–3
Monday, June 13, 2022
7pm
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Dir. Valérie Donzelli, 2021, 3×30 min
In French and German with English subtitles

Actress, filmmaker, and screenwriter Valérie Donzelli and actress Virginie Ledoyen come to FIAF to present and speak about their new TV series Nona and Her Daughters. In this joyous and fanciful tale of magical maternity, feminism, and family, 70-year-old Nona and her 44-year-old triplet daughters grapple with Nona’s unexpected pregnancy.

HD Screening

The Paris Opera & Ballet
Romeo and Juliet


Online: Thursday, June 2–Thursday, June 9, 2022

In Person: Wednesday, June 1, 2022
7pm
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Video introduction by Aurélie Dupont, The Paris Opera & Ballet's Dance Director, and film director Nathan Benisty

FIAF is proud to present the fifth consecutive season of The Paris Opera & Ballet HD screenings. Rudolf Nureyev’s powerful ballet version of Romeo and Juliet is set to Sergei Prokofiev’s famous score and stars Ballet Étoiles Mathias Heymann, Myriam Ould-Braham, and Stéphane Bullion. It masterfully conveys both the beauty and tragedy that fuels Shakespeare’s classic tale.

Party

Sunset Dance Party
at Le Bain


Wednesday, June 8, 2022
5–10pm
Le Bain at The Standard Hotel

Join us at one of New York’s most iconic rooftops for a sunset party! Dance to vibrant new mixes with DJs Camille BWR and Alex from Queens, savor cocktails from the bar, speak a little French with a friend, and enjoy spectacular views of the city at night from the top of the Standard Hotel.

Rendez-Vous LIVE

New York : au cœur de la création contemporaine

A Conversation with Aude Adrien and Anne Picq

Thursday, June 2, 2022
7pm
In Person and Livestreamed
FIAF Skyroom
In French

Join Aude Adrien and Anne Picq for a conversation about their new book, New York : au cœur de la création contemporaine. Discover New York’s dynamic contemporary art scene, as they map the city’s most interesting artists and cultural institutions across the five boroughs.

Exhibition

Inès Longevial
Tomorrow is your lucky day


April 14–May 27, 2022
FIAF Gallery

Acclaimed French artist Inès Longevial makes her highly anticipated FIAF Gallery debut with Tomorrow is your lucky day. This deeply intimate new portrait series features vibrant color combinations that uniquely highlight the features of each of the subjects.

Jeanne Cherhal’s Love Letter to Music and Cinema
CinéSalon Series

From Varda to Lynch: Jeanne Cherhal Selects


May 3–31, 2022
Tuesdays at 4 & 7:30pm
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Enjoy a rare chance to see a collection of cinema masterpieces on the big screen! Along with her concert, Jeanne Cherhal has curated the May CinéSalon series. Her picks are profoundly eclectic and offer a diverse range of genres and styles, from comedy with Life is a Long Quiet River to the psychedelic drama Mulholland Drive and the tragic road trip Vagabond.

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Concert

Cinema in Song:
A Concert with Jeanne Cherhal


Wednesday, May 25, 2022
7:30pm
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Following a world premiere at Cannes, acclaimed French singer Jeanne Cherhal brings her Cinema in Song concert to the FIAF stage for a one-night only event. Cherhal will perform famous theme songs and soundtracks from beloved films by artists ranging from Serge Gainsbourg and Jacques Demy to Pedro Almodóvar.

Spring Pop-Up

Green Beauty Market

Curated by Clémence von Mueffling, founder of Beauty and Well-Being, and Romain Gaillard, founder of The Detox Market

Tuesday, May 24, 2022
11am–7pm
FIAF Skyroom

Join us for an extraordinary day of beauty—the French way! Discover exciting new brands at the forefront of sustainable cosmetics and cutting-edge treatments. With a deep focus on the revitalizing impact of natural ingredients, this one-day-only pop-up will feature the very best of green beauty including makeup, skincare and hair care products, and mini treatments. Light refreshments will be served throughout the day.

Wine Tour de France 2022
Tasting & Talk

The Nuances of Pinot Noir

With Jamal Rayyis, Audrey Herd-Smith, and Frederic Goossens

Thursday, May 19, 2022
7pm
FIAF Skyroom
In English • 90 min
Sold Out

Pinot Noir is widely regarded as the world’s most popular light-bodied red wine. This wine tasting masterclass will showcase premier Pinot Noir from different regions in France, including Burgundy, Loire, Alsace, and Languedoc.

Special Screening

The Girl Who Wore Freedom


NY Premiere
Monday, May 16, 2022
7pm
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Followed by a Q&A with director Christian Taylor, Dany Patrix from the film, and David Chapman, VP Government and Defense Michelin North America and former Defense Attaché to the U.S. Embassy in Paris

Dir. Christian Taylor, 2020
In English and French with English subtitles

FIAF presents a special screening of The Girl Who Wore Freedom, a touching tribute to D-Day and the longstanding friendship between France and America. The documentary unveils the untold stories of D-Day from the men, women, and children who lived through German occupation and Allied liberation of Normandy, France.

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Festival

TILT Kids Festival Weekend

Saturday, April 30 & Sunday, May 1, 2022
In Person at FIAF

Featured in The New York Times — 5 Things To Do This Weekend!

Fun for all ages, this year's TILT Kids Festival is dedicated to the natural world. Join us for an adventurous weekend of music, movement, and visual art with artists whose work connects us to plants, animals, and most of all, each other. Program features the People of Earth band, Broken Box Mime Theater, The Little Prince storytime, and creative workshops with Roxane Revon, Agnès de Villarson, and Emma Giuliani.

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CinéSalon Series

CinéSalon for the Climate

April 5–26, 2022
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

To coincide with Earth Month, this series will showcase recent French films that look at the beauty and fragility of the environment, the impact of the destruction caused by humans, and how activism and improved production practices can help reverse the damage before it is too late.

Wine Tour de France 2022
Tasting & Talk

Celebrate Rosé Champagne

With Whitney Schubert and Blaine Ashley

Thursday, April 21, 2022
7pm
FIAF Skyroom
In English • 90 min
SOLD OUT

Rosé Champagne has enjoyed a new popularity in recent years. It is often considered more complex since it is labor-intensive and time-consuming to produce. This masterclass will explore an array of grape varieties, terroirs, and vinification processes from a selection of top growers spanning the major sub-regions of Champagne.

Rendez-Vous LIVE

The Restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris


Online: Wednesday, April 20, 2022
6:30pm ET
In French • 60 min

Three years ago, the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, one of France’s most historic landmarks, was nearly destroyed in a tragic fire. Learn about the restoration efforts and their progress during this virtual discussion with National Geographic journalist Robert Kunzig and Jérémie Patrier-Leitus, Director of Communication, Development and Cultural Programming for the public establishment dedicated to the conservation and restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral.

Exhibition

Stephen Antonakos
FORM   COLOR   SPACE


On view February 24–April 2, 2022
FIAF Gallery

Stephen Antonakos called his work “real things in real spaces in the here and now.” There are no representations, allusions, symbols. This exhibition is an ideal presentation of two important, related directions in Antonakos’s work from the mid-1970s: a Neon Wall and three strong drawings.

Sneak Preview

Aline


Thursday, March 31, 2022
7pm
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Video introduction by director Valérie Lemercier

Dir. Valérie Lemercier, 2020
In French with English subtitles

Watch this fictional musical dramedy freely inspired by the life of Céline Dion at FIAF ahead of its US release! As Aline (Valérie Lemercier) climbs from local phenomenon to best-selling recording artist and international superstar, she embarks on the two great romances of her life: one with the decades-older Guy-Claude (Sylvain Marcel) and the other with her adoring fans.

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CinéSalon Series

Our Love Affairs:
Arnaud Desplechin Selects

March 1–29, 2022
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

For this series, acclaimed French filmmaker Arnaud Desplechin selected five films that have inspired his artistic vision and nourished his lifelong love affair with cinema. From international blockbusters to lesser-screened films by cult filmmakers, including Martin Scorsese and Ingmar Bergman, all the films delve into matters of love.

Celebrating Molière's 400th Birthday
HD Screening

Molière’s Uncensored Tartuffe
by Comédie-Française


US Premiere
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
7pm
FIAF Florence Gould Hall
In French with English subtitles

Directed by Ivo van Hove

See the Comédie-Française and Ivo van Hove’s visionary new interpretation of Tartuffe, which was broadcast widely across France in celebration of Molière’s 400 year legacy. Van Hove reimagines the original banned version of Tartuffe that outraged the Catholic Church in 1664, was censored by the King the day after its premiere, and performed only once in its history.

Celebrating Molière's 400th Birthday
FIAF:Talks

Modernizing Molière:
A Talk with Adam Gopnik and Erica Schmidt


In Person + Livestreamed:
Thursday, March 24, 2022
7pm
FIAF Skyroom
In English

Acclaimed author and essayist Adam Gopnik and Broadway director Erica Schmidt discuss Molière’s extraordinary literary and theatrical body of work and reveal its relevance in today’s world.

Celebrating Molière's 400th Birthday
Staged Excerpts

Molière Turns 400

17th Century Paris Meets
21st Century New York

World Premiere
Thursday, March 10–Saturday, March 12, 2022
7:30pm
Opening Night Reception on March 10
FIAF Florence Gould Hall
In English

Directed by Lucie Tiberghien
Starring Lisa Gorlitsky, Margaret Ivey, and Postell Pringle

Discover the sharp social critique hidden behind Molière’s most famous comedies: The Misanthrope, The School for Wives, and Tartuffe! With a selection of staged excerpts, director Lucie Tiberghien and a diverse company of actors remind us how unshakably pertinent these biting 17th-century satires remain today.

Staged Reading

Aimé Césaire’s
A Tempest


In Person & Livestreamed: Monday, February 28, 2022
7:30pm
FIAF Florence Gould Hall
Video On Demand: February 28–March 6, 2022
In English

Celebrated poet and activist Aimé Césaire strikingly adapts Shakespeare’s Jacobean play through a postcolonial lens, setting the story on an island in the Caribbean. Written in the tumultuous 1960s, A Tempest uses intelligence, wit, and beauty to confront complex intersections of race, power, and anti-imperialism.

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CinéSalon Series

Comedy on Film:
What Makes the French Laugh?

January 11–February 28, 2022
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Start the new year with a good laugh. The delightful new French and Francophone comedies featured in this series remind us that what really matters is how we respond to life’s misadventures. And everything is always better with a good dose of humor!

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Festival

Animation First 2022

In-Person at FIAF: Fri, Feb 11–Sun, Feb 13
Online Nationwide: Mon, Feb 14–Mon, Feb 21

FIAF is proud to celebrate the fifth anniversary of its popular Animation First Festival with a special edition featuring distinct programs in person and online. Join us for an exciting lineup of feature films, shorts, works in progress, discussions with filmmakers, and much more.

Concert

En avant, la musique!

Hosted by Anthony Roth Costanzo

Wednesday, January 19, 2022
7:30pm
In Person & Livestreamed
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Performances by Anthony Roth Costanzo, Paul Beaubrun, Pauline Jean, Malika Zarra, and a quartet from the New York Philharmonic

An evening of song, music, and conversation with performances by New York Philharmonic Artist-in-Residence Anthony Roth Costanzo, Roots/Blues artist Paul Beaubrun, Haitian-American songstress Pauline Jean, singer/composer/producer Malika Zarra, and a quartet from the Philharmonic. From the poetic work of Berlioz to the rhythm of Blues and Jazz, the program showcases the rich and longstanding exchange between musical traditions and languages like French and Creole.

FIAF:Talks

Dreaming of DIOR

A Conversation with Marie-France Pochna and Matthew Yokobosky

Thursday, January 13, 2022
7pm
In Person and Livestreamed
FIAF Skyroom

Christian Dior remains one of the most renowned and influential fashion designers of the 20th century. Marie-France Pochna, author of Christian Dior: Destiny: The Authorized Biography, and Matthew Yokobosky, who collaborated on the Brooklyn Museum’s current exhibition Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, will speak about the visionary couturier. A Q&A and book-signing will follow.

Exhibition

Roman Cochet
Supersonic Melancholia


November 11, 2021–January 28, 2022
FIAF Gallery

In Supersonic Melancholia, artist Roman Cochet explores the bleak realization of humanity’s destructive impact on the planet. Layered with architectural symbols, vanishing animals, and vegetation ruled by accelerating entropy, his paintings create a sense of urgency to cease our current culture of excess.

Performance

PROTOTYPE Festival
Stinney: An American Execution

Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 5pm
Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 3pm
Post-Show Talk on Saturday, January 12

Based on a true story, Stinney: An American Execution, a bold new opera by Frances Pollock, examines racial and social divides in a small town in South Carolina and the terrifying consequences it had on a fourteen year old black boy.

The Heart
Réparer les vivants

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
7:30pm

Don’t miss a special 300th performance of acclaimed French actor Emmanuel Noblet’s Molière Award-winning adaptation of Maylis de Kerangal’s international best-seller. A poetic medical masterpiece, The Heart is a stirring race against time that unfolds over a 24-hour deadline to transplant a human heart. In French with English supertitles.

Blanche Gardin
BONNE NUIT BLANCHE

Monday, June 17, 2019 at 7:30pm
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 7:30pm

The hottest female comedian on the French comedy scene today, Blanche Gardin, makes her North American debut at FIAF with her Molière Award-winning new show BONNE NUIT BLANCHE. Don’t miss this hilarious show in French!

Stephane Wrembel’s
Django L’Impressionniste

Thursday, November 21, 2019
7:30pm

Guitarist Stephane Wrembel, acclaimed for his innovative musical interpretations of Gypsy legend Django Reinhardt, makes his FIAF debut with the North American premiere of Django L’Impressionniste.

Juliette Deschamps
The Tragedy of Dido

Friday, December 6, 2019
7:30pm

Featuring acclaimed actor Gale Harold
Post-performance Q&A with Juliette Deschamps

Mixing captivating video projection, live jazz music, and powerful storytelling, The Tragedy of Dido created by French videographer Juliette Deschamps paints an extraordinary portrait of Queen Dido, the legendary founder of Carthage.

Patrick Timsit
Book of My Mother

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Thursday, January 30, 2020
7:30pm

Meet & Greet with Patrick Timsit after the Wednesday performance, and Q&A with Patrick Timsit and author Cécile David-Weill after the Thursday performance.

Acclaimed actor and humorist Patrick Timsit’s moving theatrical adaptation of Albert Cohen’s renowned memoir is a powerful tribute to “the mothers of the whole world.” Directed by Dominique Pitoiset.

Olivier Dubois
My Body

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
7:30pm

A New York Times dance pick!

Olivier Dubois, one of the 25 best dancers in the world according to Dance Europe magazine, presents the US premiere of My Body, a playful participatory celebration of contemporary dance.

Chantal?

Saturday, March 7, 2020
7pm

Melding live music with Chantal Akerman’s words and one of her short films, cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton creates a touching ode to her long-time collaborator and companion.

La Convivialité
La Faute de l’Orthographe

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
USA: 5pm ET
Central Europe: 11pm

Two Belgian ex-teachers, Arnaud Hoedt and Jérôme Piron, investigate the linguistic roots of the French language as well as its absurdities. Acclaimed in Paris as both enlightening and humorous, La Convivialité gently mocks grammarian dogma and forgives our French misspellings.

The Misanthrope
by Molière in the Park

Saturday, May 2, 2020
7pm ET

FIAF partners with Molière in the Park to present the classic French comedy of manners The Misanthrope in English, featuring special appearances from Samira Wiley and Stew.

Tartuffe
by Molière in the Park

Saturday, June 27, 2020
2 & 7pm ET

FIAF and Molière in the Park co-present two LIVE virtual performances of Molière’s most theatrical comedy Tartuffe starring Raúl E. Esparza and Samira Wiley.

Albert Camus’s The Fall
Performed by Ronald Guttman

Thursday, October 1, 2020
7pm ET

FIAF’s first live theatrical stream from Tinker Auditorium features Ronald Guttman as exiled Parisian lawyer Jean-Baptiste Clamence in Albert Camus’s La Chute (copyright 1956, Editions Gallimard) set in Amsterdam’s red-light district, circa 1956. Directed by Didier Flamand. Adapted by Alexis Lloyd.

Is this the end?

Live-Filmed Opera
Wednesday, November 25–Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Hovering between life and death, a teenage girl wanders through a labyrinthine netherworld. Is this the end? Belgian composer Jean-Luc Fafchamps’s haunting new pop requiem opens with this provocative question.

pen/man/ship

Saturday, December 12, 2020
2 & 7pm ET

A telling parable about violence, betrayal, faith, and freedom aboard a ship bound for Africa.

Melissa Errico & Adam Gopnik
Il Parle, Elle Chante
Love, Desire & Mystery

Love: October 14, 2020
Desire: January 28, 2021
Mystery: May 6, 2021

Broadway star Melissa Errico and New Yorker essayist and lyricist Adam Gopnik, through songs and conversation, investigate and illuminate the cycle that France first offered the world—of how love becomes desire, how desire is cloaked in mystery, and how then the mystery of desire reveals the madness of love again.

La Boxeuse amoureuse

Tuesday, February 16–Sunday, February 28, 2021

Singer/songwriter Arthur H and former Paris Opera Ballet étoile Marie-Agnès Gillot stage a poetic boxing match, filled with emotion and ambiguity, inside Boulogne-Billancourt’s La Seine Musicale. The show features Olympic boxing champion Souleymane Cissokho and athletes Staiv Gentis and Tom Duquesnoy.

The Paris Opera & Ballet
Play

Virtual HD Screening
Monday, March 8–Sunday, March 14, 2021

A joyful exploration of movement, Play turns the Paris Opera stage into a giant playground where dancers emulate loping deer, dive into a pool of 40,000 green balls, and push the boundaries of the form. Brimming with humor as well as depth, the ballet reacquaints us with our inner child in a profound examination of the human spirit. Presented by FIAF in collaboration with the American Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet.

Stephane Wrembel Band
Plays Stephane Wrembel

Thursday, March 18, 2021
7:30pm ET

Award-winning French guitarist Stephane Wrembel and his world-class band—Thor Jensen on guitar, Ari Folman-Cohen on bass, and Nick Anderson on drums—live stream a night of original compositions from FIAF’s Florence Gould Hall stage.

Tartuffe
by Molière in the Park

Join FIAF and Molière in the Park, in person and safely distanced outside at Prospect Park’s LeFrak Center for our staged reading of Tartuffe. Free performances on Wed, May 26, Sat, May 29, and Sun, May 30. A benefit evening will be held on Thu, May 27.

En avant, la musique!

Wednesday, January 19, 2022
7:30pm

An evening of song, music, and conversation with performances by New York Philharmonic Artist-in-Residence Anthony Roth Costanzo, Roots/Blues artist Paul Beaubrun, Haitian-American songstress Pauline Jean, singer/composer/producer Malika Zarra, and a quartet from the Philharmonic. From the poetic work of Berlioz to the rhythm of Blues and Jazz, the program showcases the rich and longstanding exchange between musical traditions and languages like French and Creole.

Aimé Césaire’s
A Tempest

In Person & Livestreamed: Monday, February 28, 2022
7:30pm

Celebrated poet and activist Aimé Césaire strikingly adapts Shakespeare’s Jacobean play through a postcolonial lens, setting the story on an island in the Caribbean. Written in the tumultuous 1960s, A Tempest uses intelligence, wit, and beauty to confront complex intersections of race, power, and anti-imperialism.

Molière Turns 400

Thursday, March 10–Saturday, March 12, 2022
7:30pm

Discover the sharp social critique hidden behind Molière’s most famous comedies: The Misanthrope, The School for Wives, and Tartuffe! With a selection of staged excerpts, director Lucie Tiberghien and a diverse company of actors remind us how unshakably pertinent these biting 17th-century satires remain today.

Cinema in Song:
A Concert with Jeanne Cherhal

Wednesday, May 25, 2022
7:30pm

Following a world premiere at Cannes, acclaimed French singer Jeanne Cherhal brings her Cinema in Song concert to the FIAF stage for a one-night only event. Cherhal will perform famous theme songs and soundtracks from beloved films by artists ranging from Serge Gainsbourg and Jacques Demy to Pedro Almodóvar.

Fary
Love Me If You Can

Thursday, December 1, 2022
7:30pm

Don’t miss French comedic phenom and Netflix superstar Fary at FIAF! Following a two-year absence, Fary returns to the stage with a new show, Love Me If You Can, an open letter to audiences addressing the subject of love.

Racine’s Phèdre

In Person & Livestreamed
Monday, February 20, 2023
7:30pm

Rediscover this timeless French classic updated for modern audiences! Tony Award winner Jennifer Ehle plays a model mother and devoted wife, Phèdre, who finds her resolve destroyed as her desire for her maturing stepson becomes all-consuming.

Queer Maximalism and the French Rococo

Wednesday, March 22, 2023
7pm

FIAF and Opera Lafayette present a musical evening delving into the striking parallels between the classic extravagance of French Rococo style and the over-the-top aesthetic of Queer Maximalism. Featuring costume designer Machine Dazzle, art historian Meredith Martin, tenor Oliver Mercer, musician Avi Stein, and bass-baritone Jonathan Woody, along with moderator Ryan Brown, founder and artistic director of Opera Lafayette.

An Evening of Music & Film with William Christie

Monday, April 24, 2023
7:30pm

FIAF presents an evening in celebration of American-born, French conductor William Christie. The program will include the documentary film, The Art of Giving, a performance by Christie and violinist Théotime Langlois de Swarte in advance of their Carnegie Hall show, and a conversation and Q&A moderated by Karin Brookes from Juilliard.

Isabella Rossellini
Darwin’s Smile

Monday, May 15, 2023
7:30pm

Come see Isabella Rossellini on stage at FIAF in her incredible one-woman show, Darwin’s Smile. In comical but heartfelt tones, Rossellini demonstrates how acting can be used to understand the mysterious nature of animals and their emotions.

Tatiana Desardouin
& Passion Fruit Dance Company
Trapped

Friday, September 8, 2023
6-8pm: Festival Kickoff Party
8pm: Performance

NY-based choreographer Tatiana Desardouin and Passion Fruit Dance Company bring their bold street and club dance styles to the stage, in an inspiring piece that shares the social and personal challenges faced by four women of different backgrounds—ultimately conveying a message of hope for all under-represented voices.

Tatiana Desardouin
& Nubian Néné
Les 5 Sens

Thursday, September 14, 2023
10pm–4am

NY-based choreographer Tatiana Desardouin and artist Nubian Néné create a conceptual, all-night experience at Manhattan’s famed club, Boom at The Standard, High Line. With live music, dance, food, and drinks, this immersive performance engages all five senses in a welcoming and diverse club-culture refresh.

Smaïl Kanouté
Never Twenty One

Wednesday, September 27, 2023
7:30pm

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement’s #Never21 hashtag, this deeply resonant piece by French-Malian choreographer/dancer Smaïl Kanouté pays tribute to young people of color who have lost their lives to gun violence all over the world before reaching the age of 21.

Olivier Tarpaga
Once the dust settles,
flowers bloom

Tuesday, October 3, 2023 at 7:30pm
Wednesday, October 4, 2023 at 7:30pm
Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 8pm
Friday, October 6, 2023 at 8pm
Saturday, October 7, 2023 at 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, October 8, 2023 at 2pm

Olivier Tarpaga’s powerful work acknowledges the strength of refugees from Africa’s Burkina Faso and its Sahel region—Tarpaga’s ancestral homeland—now settled in distant camps after fleeing violent jihadists.

Simon Senn
& Tammara Leites
dSimon

Friday, October 6 & Saturday, October 7, 2023
7:30pm

Swiss artist Simon Senn explores today’s most exciting and controversial technology, artificial intelligence (AI). This timely story relates the creation of an AI entity with Senn’s personality and personal data, and grapples with its transformation into an autonomous, disturbing, and yet familiar monster.

Isabelle Adjani
Marilyn’s Vertigo

Thursday, October 12 & Friday, October 13, 2023
7:30pm

This extraordinary homage to Marilyn Monroe is based on her final interview, two days before her death. Renowned French actress Isabelle Adjani, in a riveting solo stage performance, engages in a surreal dialogue with Monroe, exploring the complexities of stardom, identity, and legacy. The performances at FIAF conclude the worldwide run of the show.

Ola Maciejewska
Bombyx Mori

Thursday, November 2 & Friday, November 3, 2023
7:30pm

Part of Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels Festival

Come see Ola Maciejewska’s newest dance performance, Bombyx Mori, inspired by Loïe Fuller’s Serpentine Dance. Ola brings the iconic legend face to face with her paradoxes and intangible character. Dance, archives, and artifice are interwoven in this performance, engendering a metaphor for the hybrid nature of things.

Caroline Loeb
Françoise by Sagan

Monday, November 6, 2023
7:30pm

In this touching and audacious monologue, actress Caroline Loeb conveys the raw intensity and personal philosophies of famed French writer Françoise Sagan, who rocked French culture beginning at age 18 with her (then) scandalous 1954 novel Bonjour Tristesse.

The Imaginary Invalid

Monday, February 19
7:30 pm

Molière’s beloved comedy follows Monsieur Argan, a severe hypochondriac. Argan’s nonexistent illnesses blind him to the con men and women (his new wife, included) preying on his fears. Newly translated by Mirabelle Ordinaire and adapted for Red Bull Theater by Jeffrey Hatcher, it’s a brilliant satire of doctors, lawyers, and would-be patients who take self-care to staggering levels of pathological solipsism.

La Douleur

Wednesday, March 13 & Thursday, March 14
7:30 pm

In this wrenching play based on writer and filmmaker Marguerite Duras’ 1985 texts The War: A Memoir, French actress Dominique Blanc reprises her 2010 Molière Best Actress Award-winning role. La Douleur follows a member of the French Resistance awaiting her husband’s return from the Dachau concentration camp. Re-staged by Patrice Chéreau (Jahrhundertring) with choreography by Thierry Thieû Niang (Une jeune fille de 90 ans).

Under the weight of feathers

Saturday, April 27
1:30pm

Four dancers from the collective Pyramid Company plunge into a dreamlike world where the motion of mime, hip-hop, physical theater, burlesque, and object manipulation melds and intertwines with their every movement. The sweet, funny, impertinent performance presents a succession of sketches of everyday life.

Talk

Making of Josep

Thursday, February 11, 2021
6:30pm ET

Illustrator, graphic novelist, and Le Monde cartoonist Aurel will speak about his first feature film, a striking homage to illustrator Josep Bartolí. He will be joined by screenwriter Jean-Louis Milesi and Bartoli’s widow Bernice Bromberg.

Kristof Serrand’s Cabinet of Curiosities

Sunday, February 7, 2021
4pm ET

In this wonder-filled journey through the mind of a brilliant animator, Kristof Serrand will guide us through the paintings, films, and artists that have influenced his work. After a long and storied tenure at DreamWorks, Serrand is now at Netflix.

Work In Progress:
Sirocco and the Kingdom
of the Winds

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
6:30pm ET

César Award–nominated Benoît Chieux discusses his much-anticipated feature film Sirocco and the Kingdom of the Winds. Two sisters embark on an unforgettable adventure when they find a secret passage and step into the extraordinary universe of their favorite book.

Work In Progress:
The Island

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
6:30pm ET

Anca Damian, director of 2019’s award-winning Marona’s Fantastic Tale, returns to Animation First to share her newest project, The Island, a musical comedy and “upside-down Robinson Crusoe” story set in the Mediterranean.

Making of The Crossing

Friday, February 5–Monday, February 15, 2021

Acclaimed artist and animator Florence Miailhe, interviewed by Dimitri Granovsky, speaks about her soon-to-be-released debut feature film, The Crossing. The highly anticipated film tells the story of two young migrants—a brother and a sister—left to fend for themselves after their parents’ arrest.

Fontevraud Residency

Friday, February 5–Monday, February 15, 2021

Go inside one of the most desirable incubators for animated film, the International Residency for Animated Films at the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud in Loire Valley, and meet a new generation of French animators.

Conversation with Michel Ocelot

Saturday, January 26, 2019
3–4:30pm

Legendary director Michel Ocelot will discuss his career from the critical success of Kirikou and the Sorceress to his most recent feature, Dilili in Paris, which premiered in France in June 2018.

Video Game Panel

Saturday, January 26, 2019
5:30–6:45pm

Special guests from Atari and Ubisoft will discuss the history of video games, current trends, and predictions for the industry. They will address the various steps in making a video game, and skills needed to work in the industry.

The Legacy of the Pinscreen

Sunday, January 27, 2019
12:30–1:45pm (new time)

Join Canadian filmmaker Michèle Lemieux and representatives of France’s national agency for cinema (CNC) for an in-depth conversation on the pinscreen instrument.

Work in Progress:
The Swallows of Kabul

Sunday, January 27, 2019
2:30–3:45pm (new time)

Co-directors Zabou Breitman and Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec, and actress Hiam Abbass present an intimate behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Swallows of Kabul, a film based on the bestselling novel by Yasmina Khadra.

A Special Evening with Isabelle Huppert

Sunday, March 24, 2019
Screening at 5pm
Conversation with Adam Gopnik at 6pm

Join us for a special evening with celebrated French screen and stage actress Isabelle Huppert. A screening of the documentary I Love Isabelle Huppert (2017) will be followed by an exclusive conversation with Ms. Huppert and journalist Adam Gopnik.

Art and Wine at Versailles

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
12:30pm

Enjoy an intimate luncheon, featuring exclusive French wines and a fascinating conversation between Catherine Pégard, President of the Château de Versailles, and Philippe Sereys de Rothschild, co-owner of Château Mouton Rothschild. The conversation will be led by Philippe de Montebello, Director Emeritus of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Jean-Paul Agon on Cross-Cultural Management at L’Oréal

Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 7pm

Jean-Paul Agon, the visionary Chairman and CEO of L’Oréal, in conversation with acclaimed author Dr. Andrew Molinsky, will discuss the pillars of cross-cultural management in today’s changing digital landscape and his continued leadership in responsible innovation.

Behind the Scenes:
I Lost My Body

Saturday, February 8, 2020
12:30pm

Film editor Benjamin Massoubre will discuss his collaboration with director Jérémy Clapin and his role in shaping the award-winning film I Lost My Body (2019), as well as the stakes in editing in the animation industry.

Conversation with Jean-François Laguionie

Saturday, February 8, 2020
3:45pm

In this special conversation, Jean-François Laguionie, Animation First’s Guest of Honor, will discuss his rich body of work as a visual artist, writer, and filmmaker over the course of his 50-year career.

Brazen
(Culottées)

Saturday, February 8, 2020
5:30pm

In Brazen, directors Phuong Mai Nguyen and Charlotte Cambon de Lavalette adapt the best-selling graphic novel by Penelope Bagieu, which shines light on 30 women—some well-known and others less so—whose determination, boldness, and strength changed the times and societies in which they lived.

Mars Express

Sunday, February 9, 2020
1pm

Director Jérémie Périn (Lastman), screenwriter Laurent Sarfati, and producer Didier Crest present the process behind their forthcoming feature, Mars Express.

Women in Animation

Sunday, February 9, 2020
5:15pm

This discussion will bring together women from a variety of perspectives, who are currently working in animation in Europe. They will discuss the state of the industry, what is currently at stake for women, and challenges that lie ahead.

Chantal Akerman’s Legacy

Saturday, March 7, 2020
4:30pm

The discussion will delve into the themes and subjects that infused Chantal Akerman’s films, her process, and the wide-ranging inspirations that contributed to her rich and eclectic body of work.

Philanthropy Today:
Private Wealth, Public Actions

Thursday, March 26, 2020
7pm

Rob Reich, Stanford University Professor and philanthropy expert, Axelle Davezac, CEO of Fondation de France, and Hilary Pennington, Executive Vice President for Program at the Ford Foundation, engage in a cross-cultural conversation on the relationship of philanthropy to government.

Karin Tanabe
A Hundred Sons

Thursday, April 9, 2020
7pm ET

Join bestselling historical fiction author Karin Tanabe for a LIVE online event celebrating the release of her fifth book, A Hundred Suns. Set in 1930’s Indochine, the evocative tale is full of romance, suspense, and surprise twists.

Athletes in Quarantine

LIVE on Zoom and Facebook
Thursday, April 30, 2020
12pm ET

Eight-time BMX champion Matthias Dandois will perform acrobatics on his bike as part of a special FIAF:Talks event on how athletes have been coping with confinement during the COVID-19 crisis. He will be joined by former professional tennis player and sports broadcaster Patrick McEnroe.

Music & Reflection
with Renaud Capuçon

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
3pm ET

Acclaimed French violinist Renaud Capuçon shares a selection of his stunning “quarantine” videos, and in a conversation with New York Times classical music editor Zachary Woolfe, discusses how the pandemic has radically changed the music world.

Conversation
with Jacques Attali and Dambisa Moyo

Friday, May 15, 2020
12pm ET

Visionary intellectual Jacques Attali, joined by economist and New York Times bestselling author Dambisa Moyo, discusses the current pandemic, its impact on the world economy, and how we can look ahead with “positivism.”

The Fairy: Film Discussion with Dominique Abel & Fiona Gordon

Thursday, May 28, 2020
5pm ET

Filmmakers Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon will participate in a live discussion about The Fairy, part of FIAF’s May CinéSalon series. They will talk about their process on The Fairy as well as their longstanding collaboration as writers, directors and actors.

Visionary Leaders:
Conversation with Christo

Monday, June 1, 2020
7pm

In advance of a major retrospective at the Centre Pompidou, world famous artist Christo reflects on his career creating remarkable environmental works of art with his wife and artistic partner, Jeanne-Claude. He gives us an inside look at his upcoming project, Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (2020).

Love, Sex & Confinement:
Conversation with Maïa Mazaurette

Thursday, June 4, 2020
9pm ET

In solidarity with #blackouttuesday and #theshowmustbepaused, this event is postponed.

French sex expert and columnist Maïa Mazaurette leads a special late night conversation about how the current pandemic and consequent confinement are reshaping erotic relationships.

Chaos in the Middle East:
Conversation with Gilles Kepel

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
12pm ET

Dive into the world of Middle East history and politics that paint the backdrop of the French television show The Bureau. Gilles Kepel, a leading French scholar of Middle East studies, separates fiction from reality in a conversation with New York Times journalist, Robert F. Worth.

Young Patrons Virtual Dinner & Wine Tasting

Monday, June 29, 2020
6:30pm ET

Join FIAF Young Patrons for an evening of French cuisine—three delicious courses—paired with Pommery Brut Royal Champagne and Chapelle Gordonne 2019 wine. A panel of experts will share their tips on how to entertain in style and transform a dinner at home or a virtual gathering into an elevated memorable experience.

Wonders in the Suburbs

Tuesday, June 30–Monday, July 6, 2020

Watch the beautifully absurd political comedy Wonders in the Suburbs online and join us for a virtual discussion with the film’s director and star, the acclaimed French actress Jeanne Balibar.

Summer Beauty
with Frédéric Fekkai

Tuesday, July 14, 2020
5pm ET

Beauty innovator, entrepreneur, and sustainability advocate Frédéric Fekkai will talk about how he reinvented the salon experience. Additionally, the famous stylist will share summer self-care tips and simple hair routines that you can do at home.

Week Three: Award-Winning Animation

Starting Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Enjoy critically acclaimed French animation gems, from the Oscar-nominated I Lost My Body and the noir sci-fi film Renaissance voiced by Daniel Craig to a collection of exciting shorts from the César Awards and the Annecy International Animation Film Festival.

Week Four: Not for Kids

Starting Tuesday, August 25, 2020

No kids allowed—French animation is known for its daring use of the medium and has robust works in unexpected genres including eroticism, fantasy, science fiction, and suspense—all of which will keep you at the edge of your seat!

Week Five: A Salute to Our Guests of Honor

Starting Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Over three years of the Animation First festival, FIAF has honored three extraordinary pioneers of French Animation: Michael Dudok de Wit, Michel Ocelot, and Jean-François Laguionie. Rediscover some of their most iconic works!

Franco-American Perspectives on the 2020 Elections with Paul Begala and Célia Belin

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
6:30pm ET

The Democrats are gearing up to defeat Donald Trump in less than 60 days. American political strategist Paul Begala, former advisor to Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, and French political scientist Célia Belin, who spent months following Democratic candidates for her book Des Démocrates en Amérique, will offer their perspectives on this critical election.

Steven & William Ladd:
The Other Side

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
6:30pm ET

The Ladd brothers provide insight into their new exhibition that explores the turbulent world of inmates in NYC’s Department of Corrections.

From New York to Paris:
Building a New Feminism

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
5pm ET

Lindsey Tramuta, who profiles a new generation of feminists in The New Parisienne: the Women & Ideas Shaping Paris, discusses the #MeToo era with two of her profile subjects: journalist and host of feminist podcast “La Poudre” Lauren Bastide and entrepreneur Ariane Bernard.

Should Emily Pick Up More French?

Tuesday, December 1, 2020
1pm ET

Netflix’s breakout hit Emily in Paris has been hotly debated by fans and critics in both the US and France. New York Times bestselling author Elaine Sciolino leads a lively discussion about the show with French students from both sides of the Atlantic.

Making of Calamity Jane

Saturday, February 6, 2021
2pm ET

Animation First opens with a bang with the US premiere of Calamity Jane, a feminist western about the early life of the legendary Wild West figure Martha Jane Cannary. Only available on opening night, the film will be followed the next day by a special behind-the-scenes discussion with director Rémi Chayé.

Le Paris Noir: The Pioneers of the Left Bank

Thursday, April 8, 2021
12:30pm ET

The Left Bank, Paris’s engine of artistic innovation and political debate, has also been central to the Black experience in the City of Light. Kévi Donat of Le Paris Noir leads a tour exploring Black History across two centuries within a few blocks of this influential neighborhood.

Bordeaux: Laboratory of Architecture

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
6:30pm ET

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Bordeaux, for centuries, has been a city where architecture and urban planning have manifested profound concepts on how citizens live together. Barry Bergdoll, art history and archaeology professor at Columbia University, and Fabrizio Gallanti, director of arc en rêve centre d’architecture in Bordeaux, explore the idea of “city” through this tour of Bordeaux’s past and present.

Liberté d’expression, Free Speech, and “Cancel Culture”

Friday, April 23–Sunday, April 25, 2021

Three leading French cultural organizations based in New York bring together more than a dozen thinkers from the U.S. and France for a transatlantic festival investigating the state of liberté d’expression or free speech in the age of what has been called “cancel culture.”

From Picasso to Chagall:
The Art of Lithography
with Eric Mourlot

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
6:30pm ET

Eric Mourlot, in a conversation with Pepe Karmel, Professor of Art History at NYU, discusses the fascinating French Galerie Mourlot’s history and its groundbreaking collaborations with some of the most influential artists of the 20th century. The talk kicks off an exclusive 20% off sale of Mourlot Editions lithographic posters to benefit FIAF.

Jeff Koons in France

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
6:30pm ET

Jeff Koons, one of the most important, influential, and popular artists of the post-war era, in a conversation with art historian Joachim Pissarro, will look back at his longstanding connection to France, focusing on his extraordinary exhibition in Versailles.

The World of Elsa Schiaparelli

Wednesday, June 16, 2021
6:30pm ET

From Lady Gaga’s bespoke gown at President Biden’s inauguration to Beyoncé’s showstopper leather mini dress at the Grammy Awards, Maison Schiaparelli has made fashion headlines this year. CEO Delphine Bellini will talk about the fabulous heritage of this revolutionary Couture House and its unexpected revival.

Inside Château de Haroué

Discover the splendor of Château de Haroué, an unrivaled treasure of Gallic culture and heritage in the Lorraine region of France. Princess Minnie de Beauvau-Craon and her daughter, Victoria Botana de Beauvau-Craon take us inside their home and discuss their efforts to keep the castle’s legacy alive. Moderated by JC Agid.

The Future of Luxury in the US

Wednesday, November 3, 2021
8:30am

Meet Anish Melwani, Chairman & CEO of LVMH Inc at an exclusive breakfast at FIAF. Author Erwan Rambourg will interview Melwani about the ever-increasing demand for iconic luxury goods in the US and its impact on LVMH, particularly in terms of sustainability and consumer identity.

Greener, Bolder, More Inclusive:
Toward More Livable Cities

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
7pm

Roundtable discussion with Pierre-André de Chalendar, Chairman of Saint-Gobain; Kathryn Wylde, President & CEO of the Partnership for New York City; and Thaddeus Pawlowski, Managing Director of the Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes at Columbia University. Moderated by Diane Brady, Assistant Managing Editor of Forbes.

Dreaming of DIOR

Thursday, January 13, 2022
7pm

Christian Dior remains one of the most renowned and influential fashion designers of the 20th century. Marie-France Pochna, author of Christian Dior: Destiny: The Authorized Biography, and Matthew Yokobosky, who collaborated on the Brooklyn Museum’s current exhibition Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, will speak about the visionary couturier. A Q&A and book-signing will follow.

Little Nicholas

In Person: Saturday, February 12, 2022
3:30pm

Director Benjamin Massoubre presents the creative process behind the forthcoming feature Little Nicholas, based on the eponymous book series about a little boy. He will be joined, live from France, by co-director Amandine Fredon.

No Dogs or Italians Allowed

In Person: Saturday, February 12, 2022
1:30pm

In this Work in Progress, Alain Ughetto will discuss his journey in crafting this very personal film based on the story of his own family who left their homeland in Piedmont, Italy to settle in France at the turn of the 20th century.

Lastman (Season 2)

In Person: Saturday, February 12, 2022
11am

Director Jérémie Hoarau will discuss the process behind this new season and the important changes he introduced. He will be joined, remotely from France, by several of the series writers. The event will include the US premiere of the first full episode.

The Inventor

In Person: Sunday, February 13, 2022
1pm

In this Work in Progress, Ilan Urroz, executive producer, will be on hand to discuss this much anticipated film with clips and images. He will be joined online by filmmaker Jim Capobianco who will address the creative choices he made with Granjon for their stop-motion and 2-D drawn adventure film and how they work as a team from LA and the South of France.

Uncanny Stories

Uncanny Stories is a horror anthology conceived and created by artists passionate about the genre. For this exclusive prerecorded Work in Progress, all the writers gathered together to discuss the creation of the series and the artistic choices they made to adapt the classic horror stories.

Women in Animation

LIVE: Sunday, February 20, 2022
3pm ET

Co-presented with Women in Animation. The discussion will bring together women in their mid-career who work in different positions in the animation pipeline in France and the US.

The Restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris

Three years ago, the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, one of France’s most historic landmarks, was nearly destroyed in a tragic fire. Learn about the restoration efforts and their progress during this virtual discussion with National Geographic journalist Robert Kunzig and Jérémie Patrier-Leitus, Director of Communication, Development and Cultural Programming for the public establishment dedicated to the conservation and restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral.

New York : au cœur de la création contemporaine

Thursday, June 2, 2022
7pm

Join Aude Adrien and Anne Picq for a conversation about their new book, New York : au cœur de la création contemporaine. Discover New York’s dynamic contemporary art scene, as they map the city’s most interesting artists and cultural institutions across the five boroughs.

Tribute to Virgil Abloh

Thursday, November 17, 2022
7pm
Followed by a Cocktail Reception

Join us for a discussion in homage to Virgil Abloh, one of the most influential fashion designers of the last few decades. One year after his tragic passing, we remember Abloh’s legacy as the iconic founder of Off-White and the Creative Director of Menswear for Louis Vuitton. Presented in partnership with Institut Français de la Mode.

In Conversation: French Cinema Favorites

Monday, December 5, 2022
7pm

Rediscover French cinema favorites with Antonio Monda and Sean Price Williams as they discuss the films that have inspired them. Their secret selections (to be revealed during the talk) include a 1940s noir and a 1980s dystopian drama, amongst others that will surely surprise you!

PENCIL ON THE PULSE: Pitching and Producing in Today’s Animation Market

Friday, January 27, 2023
4:30pm

The entertainment industry is constantly evolving. While audiences and distributors are ravenous for content, it’s a difficult terrain for creators to navigate. This panel, co-hosted by non-profits FIAF and French in Motion, will discuss the current landscape of the animation industry, the genres, formats and pitches distributors are currently looking for, and the strategies for getting your idea in front of the right people.

The Siren

Saturday, January 28, 2023
12:30pm

In this Work in Progress, award-winning Iranian filmmmaker Sepideh Farsi will detail the artistic choices she made for her upcoming film, The Siren. The film tells the story of Omid, a young boy living in Abadan during the 1980 Iraqi siege of the Iranian petrol city.

Sempé and Le Petit Nicolas

Saturday, January 28, 2023
2:30pm

Join Little Nicholas – Happy as can be co-directors Amandine Fredon and Benjamin Massoubre, Françoise Mouly, the artistic director of the New Yorker, and gallerist Martine Gossieaux for an illuminating conversation surrounding the making of the film, and the continued appeal and appreciation of both Sempé and Le Petit Nicolas.

Chicken for Linda!

Saturday, January 28, 2023
4:15pm

In this Work in Progress, co-directors and co-writers Chiara Malta and Sébastien Laundenbach will discuss the creative process behind Chicken for Linda!, their new feature. The animated adventure features a mother on the frantic run to cook her daughter’s favorite dish, chicken with peppers.

A Conversation with Anca Damian

Sunday, January 29, 2023
3:45pm

Award-winning screenwriter, filmmaker, and Animation First 2023 Guest of Honor Anca Damian will discuss her new film, The Island, its AR companion piece, In Search of Paradise, as well as current projects and career highlights. The conversation and Q&A will be moderated by Richard Pena, former Director of Programming at New York Film Festival.

Dordogne

Sunday, January 29, 2023
1:30pm

Artist Cédric Babouche and producer Aymeric Castaing present a closer look at the making of the video game, Dordogne. The stunningly beautiful video game prototype allows players to delve into the Dordogne region of France, experiencing its vibrant landscapes within hand-painted watercolor environments. The conversation will be moderated by Francesco Antolini, Game Designer and Instructor at NYU Game Center.

The Future of Fashion

Thursday, March 2, 2023
8:30am

Patrice Louvet, President and CEO of Ralph Lauren Corporation, joins author and business analyst Erwan Rambourg for a conversation about French-American fashion, sustainability, and other issues currently facing the luxury retail market.

Decoding Gender Bias

Wednesday, March 15, 2023
7pm

Dr. Violetta Zujovic, a founding member of the Paris Brain Institute Gender Equity Committee, and Alyse Nelson, President of Vital Voices Global Partnership, will lead a conversation on the origins and impact of gender bias.

Re-landscaping Notre-Dame

In Person & Livestream
Wednesday, April 12, 2023
7pm ET

FIAF welcomes landscape designer Bas Smets to discuss his vision for redeveloping the historical landscape surrounding the Notre Dame de Paris cathedral. New York–based landscape architect James Corner joins Smets for this conversation moderated by Harvard professor Sara Zewde. The evening concludes with a wine reception.

Environmental Advocacy and Exploration on Screen

Thursday, May 25, 2023
7:30pm

FIAF welcomes filmmaker Luc Hardy in conversation with journalist Tim Sohn. The program will include a video presentation and insightful discussion surrounding environmental advocacy, as well as Hardy’s documentary film and photography projects.

An Evening with Comic Artist Joseph Kai

Wednesday, October 4, 2023
7pm

FIAF Montclair welcomes renowned Lebanese graphic novelist Joseph Kai for an evening of conversation to celebrate the newly published English translation of Kai’s acclaimed first book, L’Intranquille—now titled Restless (Street Noise, 2023). The book is a reflection on contemporary Beirut inspired by the author’s life, explored through the experiences of a young, queer comic book artist named Samar.

Allah is Not Obliged

Saturday, January 27
4:30pm

Graphic designer and filmmaker Zaven Najjar presents Allah is Not Obliged (Allah n’est pas obligé), his first feature film based on the eponymous international bestseller by Ivory Coast author Ahmadou Kourouma

Eugène

Sunday, January 28
1:30pm

Discover director Anaïs Caura’s latest work in progress, the Life of Eugène Falleni, or Eugène. Caura will discuss her interest in this real-life story and her graphic and narrative choices. Eugène relays the story of Eugène Falleni, an Italian-Australian transgender man convicted of the 1917 murder of his wife, and scrutinized for his identity.

TV Series

All the Way Up

Friday, October 1, 2021
9:30pm

Dir. Franck Gastambide, Charles Van Tieghem, Xavier Lacaille, 2020
In French with English subtitles

All the Way Up takes us into the world of French hip-hop through the journey of Clément (played by French musician Hatik), a talented young rapper with a difficult personal history.

Ex-Aequo!

Dir. Karine Chaunac, Jean-Charles Mbotti Malolo & Camille Duvelleroy, 2021
In English and French, Spanish, Portuguese, Flemish with English subtitles

Set over 10 minutes each and based on interviews with international athletes and sports professionals, Ex-Aequo! poignantly brings to life stories of discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation and disability.

Liberated!

Down with sexual diktats! Writers and broadcasters Ovidie and Sophie-Marie Larrouy examine prejudice and taboos around sex and encourage women to have it when they want, how they want, and most of all, if they want.

The Mysteries of Paris

One of France’s first serial novels, The Mysteries of Paris was originally published in 90 parts between 1842 and 1843 in the newspaper Journal des Débats. Keeping the serial format, this modern animated spin rejuvenates the story with the digitalization of the original engravings.

Nona and Her Daughters

Monday, June 13, 2022
7pm

Dir. Valérie Donzelli, 2021, 3×30 min
In French and German with English subtitles

Actress, filmmaker, and screenwriter Valérie Donzelli and actress Virginie Ledoyen come to FIAF to present and speak about their new TV series Nona and Her Daughters. In this joyous and fanciful tale of magical maternity, feminism, and family, 70-year-old Nona and her 44-year-old triplet daughters grapple with Nona’s unexpected pregnancy.

Special Event

Sunset Soirée
at Le Bain

Wednesday, June 28, 2023
5–10pm

Join FIAF at one of New York’s most iconic rooftop clubs! Enjoy lively DJ sets and drinks while watching the sunset, surrounded by the best views in NYC. On Wednesday, June 28, dance to vibrant new mixes by DJ Prince Language inspired by the theme, Été d’Amour!

Animation Jam

Friday, January 26–Sunday, January 28, 2024

Animation Jam returns for a second year! Students from the BRASSART School in France and the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore will be given 48 hours to complete an animation sequence inspired by the festival’s opening night film, Jérémie Périn’s Mars Express. The final sequences will be screened at the closing night and made available online.

Magical 2021 Members Party

Thursday, January 14, 2021
6pm ET

Ring in 2021 with your FIAF famille! Enjoy an interactive magic show with Johann Bayle LIVE from Paris, and make a delicious Champagne cocktail with Arnaud Dissais, former head bartender at DANIEL, and Rita Jammet, La Caravelle’s Chief Bubble Officer.

Fall Open House
& Free French Classes

Saturday, September 14, 2019
10am onwards

Get a taste of all FIAF has to offer! Enjoy free French classes for adults and kids, an animated film, an exhibition, library tours, a wine reception, a performance of Opening Night starring Isabelle Adjani, and more. Plus, get discounts on memberships, fall classes, and events.

Young Patrons Fall Fête

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
8–11pm

Join guest of honor Richard Frerejean Taittinger and fellow Young Patrons in FIAF’s Skyroom for the annual Young Patrons Fall Fête featuring cocktails, hors d’œuvres, and a DJ. Young Patrons receive complimentary tickets!

Trophée des Arts Gala 2019

Monday, November 4, 2019 at 7pm

FIAF will honor Charlotte Gainsbourg, actress and musician, and Dominique Senequier, President of Ardian, at its 2019 Trophée des Arts Gala. This annual benefit raises funds to support FIAF’s mission to teach French, promote Francophone culture, and strengthen the relationship between French and American peoples.

TUNISIAN SOUK
Holiday Pop-Up Market

Friday, December 6, 2019
Shopping & Book Signings 4–7:30pm
Wine & Kemia Reception 6–7:30pm

Saturday, December 7, 2019
Shopping & Book Signings 10am–7pm

Shop and discover leading and emerging Tunisian brands, designers, and artisans, showcased in a one-of-a-kind pop-up at FIAF. Just in time for the holidays!

FIAF Members’ Holiday Party
at The French Consulate

Thursday, December 12, 2019
6:30–8:30pm

Celebrate the holidays with your FIAF famille at a festive soirée at the French Consulate’s beautiful mansion on Fifth Avenue. Enjoy Bûche de Noël, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, live music, and more!

Galette des Rois Celebration

Tuesday, January 7, 2020
6:30–8pm

Start the New Year the French way with the delicious tradition of galette des rois! Featuring delicious galettes by Dominique Ansel Kitchen and cider from Romilly Cidre.

Fête de la Musique
Make Music Day

Sunday, June 21, 2020
from 10am ET

Fête de la Musique, the annual music-for-all celebration, will be held online this year. Twenty Francophone artists from all genres—jazz, soul, pop, house, and hip hop—will each live-stream half-hour sets on Bandsintown’s digital channel.

Le Petit Gala
Outside the Box

Monday, November 16, 2020
7pm

This exceptional Soirée Outside the Box featured three exhilarating commissions live-streamed from our theater, a festive dinner, an auction of splendid items, and a prize drawing to win a luxurious European cruise. The gala raises critical and much needed funds in support of our ambitious cultural, artistic, and educational programs.

Celebrating Serge Gainsbourg

Thursday, June 10–Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Three decades after his death, French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg remains a complex and vivid figure within music and culture. Join us for a virtual screening of La Comédie-Française chante Gainsbourg and a special conversation with the incomparable Jane Birkin, Gainsbourg’s former partner; accomplished actor/musician Charlotte Gainsbourg, Birkin and Gainsbourg’s daughter; and Comédie-Française’s Rebecca Marder.

Sunset Dance Party at Le Bain

Wednesday, September 15, 2021
5–10pm

FIAF is thrilled to partner with discothèque Le Bain for a dance party to welcome back our community and celebrate the re-opening of New York City! Dance the night away to French music by the exciting DJ duo Each Other and DJ Camille BWR at a sunset event on one of New York’s most iconic rooftops.

Trophée des Arts Gala 2021

Monday, November 15
7pm Cocktails and Silent Auction
8pm Dinner and Live Auction

Support FIAF and celebrate the very best of French culture in New York at FIAF’s annual black-tie benefit at The Plaza.

Novelist Marc Levy and Pierre-André de Chalendar, Chairman of Saint-Gobain, will be honored at the gala this year, and a special award will be presented to Marie-Monique Steckel, President of FIAF.

Celebrating Françoise Gilot’s 100th Birthday

In Person: Thursday, December 2, 2021
7pm

Françoise Gilot is one of the most highly regarded living artists in the international art world. This special evening in her honor will feature a screening of the new documentary Pablo Picasso and Françoise Gilot: The Woman Who Says No, introduced by director Annie Maïllis, and an exclusive conversation with Gilot’s daughters, Paloma Picasso and Aurélia Engel.

FIAF Members’ Holiday Party

Thursday, December 16, 2021
6:30–8:30pm

Celebrate the holidays with your FIAF famille at a festive soirée in the FIAF Skyroom! Enjoy live music, Bûche de Noël, hors d’oeuvres, wine, cocktails, and a fabulous prize drawing.

Green Beauty Market

Tuesday, May 24, 2022
11am–7pm

Join us for an extraordinary day of beauty—the French way! Discover exciting new brands at the forefront of sustainable cosmetics and cutting-edge treatments. With a deep focus on the revitalizing impact of natural ingredients, this one-day-only pop-up will feature the very best of green beauty including makeup, skincare and hair care products, and mini treatments. Light refreshments will be served throughout the day.

Sunset Dance Party
at Le Bain

Wednesday, June 8, 2022
5–10pm

Join us at one of New York’s most iconic rooftops for a sunset party! Dance to vibrant new mixes with DJs Camille BWR and Alex from Queens, savor cocktails from the bar, speak a little French with a friend, and enjoy spectacular views of the city at night from the top of the Standard Hotel.

Fête de la Musique at SummerStage

Tuesday, June 21, 2022
6pm–10pm (New Time)

Fête de la Musique, the annual worldwide music-for-all celebration originated in France. Join us on June 21 in Central Park for a concert and dance party with legendary French rapper MC Solaar, electronic superstar Bon Entendeur, and electronic pop band Hyphen Hyphen to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

Sunset Soirée
at Le Bain

Wednesday, September 7, 2022
5–10pm

FIAF is thrilled to partner with TEMPLON gallery as we return to Le Bain to celebrate the opening of TEMPLON’s new space in Chelsea and kick off the fall Arts and Cultural Season! Dance the night away with sets by the French-American DJ duo, Each Other (Justin Strauss & Max Pask), while enjoying the city’s spectacular views.

Sunset Soirée
at Le Bain

Wednesday, October 12, 2022
5–10pm

Join us inside Le Bain’s penthouse club, renowned for its indoor pool! Dance the night away on one of New York’s most iconic rooftop clubs, savor cocktails from the bar, speak a little French with a friend, and enjoy spectacular views of the city at night from the top of the Standard Hotel.

Trophée des Arts Gala 2022

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

FIAF will honor acclaimed actor Jean Reno and Dr. Ilham Kadri, CEO and President of the Executive Committee at Solvay, at its 30th annual Trophée des Arts Gala on Tuesday, November 15 at The Plaza. Original artwork by renowned French artist Eva Jospin will be featured at the gala. The black-tie dinner and auction raises funds to support FIAF’s mission to teach French and celebrate the diversity of francophone cultures and creativity around the world.

FIAF Members’ Holiday Party

Wednesday, December 14, 2022
6:30–8:30pm

Celebrate the holidays with your FIAF famille at a stylish soirée at the French Consulate’s beautiful mansion on Fifth Avenue. Enjoy a traditional Bûche de Noël, delicious hors d’oeuvres, inventive cocktails, and more.

Beauty and Wellness Market

Tuesday, February 14, 2023
10am–6pm

Join us for an extraordinary day of wellness and beauty on Valentine’s Day! Curated by Clémence von Mueffling, founder of Beauty and Well-Being, this winter pop-up is the perfect way to shop for exciting new products while discovering innovative treatments and techniques to refresh your daily routine.

Beauty and Wellness Market

Tuesday, May 23, 2023
11am–7pm

The beauty and wellness pop-up is back just in time for spring renewal! Discover the very best makeup, skincare, and self-care products and treatments aimed at improving overall wellness.

Art de Vivre Award 2023

Monday, June 5, 2023

The annual Art de Vivre Award recognizes influential leaders from the beauty, fashion, wine, and food industries for their outstanding contributions to the promotion of the French art of living. This year, FIAF honors the Chantecaille Family, world-renowned for their botanical skincare and cosmetics brand.

FIAF Bastille Day Celebration

Sunday, July 16, 2023
12–5pm

UPDATE: Indoor activities will proceed inside FIAF. Outdoor activities are cancelled due to the weather.

Join us at FIAF for live music performances, rosé & bubbly parties, prize drawings, a special film screening, and more.

Sunset Soirée at Le Bain

Wednesday, September 6, 2023
5–10pm

Join us at one of New York’s most iconic rooftops for our sunset soirée! Dance to vibrant new mixes with DJs Camille BWR and Alex from Queens, savor cocktails from the bar, speak a little French, and enjoy spectacular views of the city from the top of The Standard, High Line.

Fête de la Rentrée 2023

Saturday, September 16, 2023
9am–7pm

FIAF’s annual Fête de la Rentrée is back with a series of free events: trial French classes for adults and children, a book fair, a mini-French market, a video installation from artist Julian Charrière, and free screenings of Christophe Honoré’s family-friendly Sophie’s Misfortunes and Thomas Kruithof’s new film Promises, starring Isabelle Huppert. 10% discounts will be offered on memberships and fall classes.

Sunset Soirée
at Le Bain

Wednesday, October 11, 2023
5–10pm

Join us at one of New York’s most iconic rooftops for our Sunset Soirée! Dance to lively DJ sets, savor cocktails from the bar, speak a little French, and enjoy stunning views of the city from the top of The Standard, High Line.

 

Trophée des Arts Gala 2023

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

FIAF will honor actress Carole Bouquet and Bruno Pavlovsky, President of CHANEL SAS and CHANEL Fashion at its 2023 Trophée des Arts Gala. The black-tie dinner and auction raise funds to support FIAF’s mission to teach French and celebrate the diversity of francophone cultures and creativity around the world.

FIAF Members’ Holiday Party

Wednesday, December 13, 2023
6:30–8:30pm

Celebrate the holidays with your FIAF famille at a stylish soirée at the beautiful Fifth Avenue mansion of The Consulate General of France in New York. Enjoy a traditional Bûche de Noël, delicious hors d’oeuvres, inventive cocktails, a prize drawing, and more.

Animation Speak/Easy

Thursday, January 25, 2024
7:00pm

An evening of inspiration, conversation, and drinks for movie lovers, creators, and everyone in between!

Established by NYC-based animation filmmakers, Animation Speak/Easy is bringing its popular interactive bimonthly event to this year’s Animation First Festival. At the gathering, three guest artists will be asked to share an animated short that inspires them, after which a lively audience discussion will ensue.

Confluence of Creativity – Industry Panel

Thursday, January 25, 2024
4:30pm

Exploring Art, Narratives, and Technologies

This two-part panel, presented by French in Motion and with support from Villa Albertine, explores current projects by groundbreaking visual and virtual artists who are redefining artistic creation, narrative storytelling and technology.

Crossing The Line Festival

Christopher Myers
Fire in the Head

Friday, October 29, 2021 at 7:30pm
Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 7:30pm

A world premiere staged in Manhattan’s Chinatown, Fire in the Head salutes the tortured genius of the pathbreaking dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky, who, like many artists today, grappled with the confluence between global and personal crises.

Kaneza Schaal
KLII

Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 7:30pm
Friday, November 5, 2021 at 7:30pm
Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 5 & 7:30pm

Kaneza Schaal exorcises the ghost of King Leopold II through a mytho-biographical performance. She addresses the residue of colonialism in our everyday lives in this showcase of her multimedia work in progress KLII.

nora chipaumire
Nehanda

In-Person Listening Marathon
Saturday, October 30, 2021, from 11am–4:30pm
Artist Talk at 5pm

Created during the pandemic, Nehanda is based on a legend of a spirit venerated by the Shona people, native of Zimbabwe and central Mozambique. nora chipaumire brings together instruments and musicians from around the world to evoke the story of atrocities against indigenous communities in British-occupied Southern Rhodesia.

Somi

Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 7:30pm

Grammy-nominated singer Somi uses her songwriting to give voices to issues of social justice, transnationalism, womanhood, and global constructions of Blackness. For her debut at FIAF, she will perform some of her most iconic songs and give us a sneak preview of her upcoming album.

Okwui Okpokwasili
& Peter Born
Before the whisper
becomes the word

On View
October 20–November 6, 2021

Exhibition Opening
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 6pm
Artist Talk at 7pm

Working across media and disciplines, Igbo-Nigerian American artist Okwui Okpokwasili in collaboration with director Peter Born has conceived a room-sized video installation that investigates themes of remembrance, community mourning, and history.

Okwui Okpokwasili
& Peter Born
On the way, undone

Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 7:30pm
Friday, October 22, 2021 at 7:30pm
Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 7:30pm

Igbo-Nigerian American artist Okwui Okpokwasili and director Peter Born have designed an in-situ work that blends genres and media. Performers manifest a polyphonic chorus wearing sculptural headdresses that recall traditional West African hairstyles, exploring a sonic entanglement that summons the past to envision the future.

Omar Ba
Clin d’oeil

On View: Sep 9–Oct 28

In conjunction with his solo show at the new location of TEMPLON Gallery in Chelsea, FIAF presents one of Omar Ba’s most important historical works, Clin d’œil à Cheikh Anta Diop-Un continent à la recherche de son histoire (2017). The artwork, presented on corrugated cardboard spanning the entire height of the FIAF Gallery, pays homage to Senegalese historian and politician Cheikh Anta Diop.

Marion Siéfert
_jeanne_dark_

Wed, Sep 14 & Thu, Sep 15
7:30pm

Featured in The New York Times and The New Yorker!

Under the Instagram pseudonym _jeanne_dark_, 16 year-old Jeanne breaks her silence about being bullied in hopes of finding meaningful interactions online. Delicately addressing the pertinent issues of bullying and sexuality, director Marion Siéfert creates a striking work that breaks the fourth wall of theater through intimate live Instagram video.

Caroline Guiela Nguyen
FRATERNITY, A Fantastic Tale

Fri, Sep 16 & Sat, Sep 17
7:30pm

In Caroline Guiela Nguyen’s play FRATERNITY, an ensemble cast of professional and amateur actors take audiences on a wild adventure! In a freak incident, part of the human race disappears from the planet. Those who still remain try to heal and make sense of the unexpected loss, now navigating their world without partners, parents and friends.

Felwine Sarr
and Dorcy Rugamba
Freedom, I’ll have lived your dream until the very last day

Sat, Sep 24
7:30pm

This musical theatre performance directed by Dorcy Rugamba brings together the famous political views of poet René Char, psychiatrist and political philosopher Frantz Fanon, and economist Felwine Sarr. The theme, which celebrates diversity and equity at its core, stands against abjection and reminds us of the difficult relationship between individual consciousness and collective fate.

Christopher Myers
Fire in the Head

Thu, Sep 29 & Fri, Sep 30
7:30pm

A world premiere staged in Manhattan’s Chinatown, Fire in the Head salutes the tortured genius of the pathbreaking dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky, who, like many artists today, grappled with the confluence between global and personal crises.

Kimberly Bartosik
The Encounter

Thu, Oct 6–Sat, Oct 8
7:30pm

The Encounter blossomed in 2021 from the celebratory energy of choreographer Kimberly Bartosik’s return to the studio post-quarantine. The work is an encounter with oneself, pulling from what we are currently carrying in our bodies—grief, hope, fear, desire, newfound power—and pairs it with our dreams in this moment of reconciliation with time.

Fouad Boussouf
Näss

Tue, Oct 18 & Wed, Oct 19 at 7:30pm
Thu, Oct 20, Fri, Oct 21 & Sat, Oct 22 at 8pm
Sun, Oct 23 at 2pm

Moroccan choreographer Fouad Boussouf presents the NY premiere of Näss (People). Inspired by an array of dance traditions, the performance is comprised of a corps of seven dancers that respond to powerful beats of percussion and electronic music.

Bruno Latour
and Frédérique Aït-Touati
The Terrestrial Trilogy

Thu, Oct 27 at 7:30pm
Fri, Oct 28 at 7pm

The late philosopher Bruno Latour worked with director Frédérique Aït-Touati to make the stage a place for “scenic essays” and philosophical experimentation in The Terrestrial Trilogy, a reflection on the need for a profound renewal of our representations of the terrestrial world, living and non-living.

Kids & Family

Tunisian Cooking Workshops
for Kids

Saturday, December 7, 2019
11:30am & 1:15pm

Bring the kids to FIAF for fun holiday cooking workshops where they will learn to make the famous Tunisian sweet Kaber Ellouz. Workshops are for ages 5–10 and will be led in English. Kids will take home the treats they make.

Philosophy for Kids

Saturday, March 21, 2020
10:30–11am

Bring your budding intellectual to explore some of life’s biggest questions! This year, parents are also invited to engage in conversation about encouraging their children’s development.

Paper Plane

Saturday, March 21, 2020
11:20–11:40am • 1–1:20pm • 4–4:20pm

Be swept away on a magical voyage where characters jump off of the screen and immerse you in a wondrous universe of new sights and sounds.

Broken Box Mime Workshops

Saturday, March 21, 2020
11:45am–12:15pm • 1–1:30pm

Learn the basics of French pantomime, master the art of communicating through body language, and engage your imagination with NYC’s favorite silent storytellers!

Bounce!

Saturday, March 21, 2020
2–3pm

An international hit with audiences of all ages poses four musicians and dancers against an immense cube. Be amazed as they collide and bounce in a playful exploration of resilience.

Kids Afropeps Ball

Saturday, March 21, 2020
3–4pm

An exuberant dance party celebrating the songs and steps of West Africa, accompanied by live drumming. Dance traditional, ethnic, and urban moves! Kids are invited to dress up in their favorite party clothes.

Mr Chip’s Big Adventure

Saturday, March 21, 2020
10am–5pm

Explore renowned French illustrator Serge Bloch’s whimsical world and create your own playful illustrations! Embark on his adventure in an augmented reality treasure hunt!

She No Princess, He No Hero

New Date: Saturday, June 20, 2020
11am ET

Conceived by celebrated French director Johanny Bert, this intimate and poignant piece sheds light on the gender stereotypes young boys and girls must confront as they come of age. This newly revised online version of the play invites viewers to interact with the actors during the performance and Q&A.

Kids Afropeps Ball

Monday, July 13, 2020
12pm ET

Join us for an exuberant virtual dance party celebrating the songs and steps of West Africa. Break out your best traditional and urban moves! Kids are invited to dress up in their favorite party clothes.

Shivers

Saturday, October 10, 2020
11am ET

Johanny Bert and Magali Mougel, the team behind the acclaimed play She No Princess, He No Hero, reunite to bring Shivers—a new digital adaptation of their widely praised play Frissons—to U.S. audiences. A Q&A with artist Charlotte Melly, who created the work’s live-captured illustrations, and New York Times theater critic Laura Cappelle follows the play.

Drag Queen Story Hour
with Harmonica Sunbeam

Saturday, March 20, 2021
10:30am ET

Drag Queen Story Hour returns to FIAF to create a virtual space where kids—and adults—can present themselves in their own fabulous ways and how they wish. Harmonica Sunbeam reads a selection of French and American favorites in English.

Sprouting Colors
with Roxane Revon

Saturday, April 30, 2022
11am

Kids will find inspiration in the unique formations of sprouted potatoes to create their own artistic designs, learning how their lives are closely interwoven with the plant world, in this drawing workshop led by visual artist Roxane Revon.

People of Earth

Saturday, April 30, 2022
2pm

Bring your dancing shoes for a celebration of music and culture with powerhouse band People of Earth in a colorful and joyful exploration of world music!

Broken Box Mime Theater
Destination: Nature

Saturday, April 30, 2022
4pm

Join Broken Box Mime Theater for their newest show: Destination: Nature. In homage to French great Marcel Marceau, each child will mime their favorite animals, bringing the wonders of our natural world into the FIAF Skyroom.

Aquatic Wonderland
with Emma Giuliani

Saturday, April 30–Sunday, May 1, 2022
10am–4pm

Let’s have fun in the sun on a day “At the Sea!” Artist Emma Giuliani invites kids to imagine their own ocean world and create illustrations inspired by her new book.

The Little Prince

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Reading on Stage: 10:30am

Actor Jay DeYonker brings Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s beloved story, The Little Prince, to life on the FIAF stage in a dramatic reading animated by Saint-Exupéry’s enchanting drawings. Following the reading, kids will make their own crown and paper airplane to become a part of this magical story.

TILT Kids Day

Saturday, November 12, 2022
10am–5pm

Discover the enchanting world of forests at FIAF’s fall TILT Kids Day! Join us for a day filled with fun and exciting activities including a Drag Queen Story Hour, an arts and crafts session, a musical workshop, and a film screening. Each activity aims to inspire its participants to look at the beauty, variety, and ecological importance of forests.

TILT Kids Day

Saturday, March 11, 2023
11am–5pm

On March 11, we welcome families back for another TILT Kids Day — this time, exploring the theme of fashion. Come celebrate your own unique style and discover different aspects of the fashion world through a variety of fun, interactive workshops including a fashion show.

TILT Kids Day
C’est la fête !

Saturday, June 3, 2023
10:30am–5pm

FIAF welcomes families for the last TILT Kids Day before summer break — this time, exploring the theme of la fête (celebration)! Join us for an interactive mime performance, arts and crafts projects, a giant dance party, and more.

Petits potes
Storytime for Toddlers

Tuesdays, 10:30–11:15am

Bring your toddler to the FIAF Library for storytime in French! Little ones will enjoy interactive stories, games, and songs, all in a group setting. Held in the Library’s adorable Kids’ Room, each session will also include a fun arts & crafts activity.’

Please note: There will not be a Petits Potes story time on Tuesday, February 20th.

Les petites histoires du samedi

Saturdays, 11:30am and 1:15pm

Drop in on Saturdays for free family-style French storytime at the FIAF Library! Held in the main reading room and featuring books carefully curated from the library’s collection, each week will focus on a different theme.

FIAF First Tuesday

On the first Tuesday of each month, join us at Rendez-Vous, a free meet-up event for FIAF Members!

Rendez-Vous:
Valentine’s Day Theme

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
6:30–8:30pm

Join fellow French-speakers of all levels at FIAF for Valentine’s Day themed-games and a wine tasting presented by Gabriella Fine Wines.

Rendez-Vous: Fromage Edition

Tuesday, April 2, 2019
6:30–8pm

Join fellow French-speakers of all levels at FIAF for conversation, a special cheese and wine tasting, and fromage-themed trivia!

Rendez-Vous: Member Night!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
6:30–8pm

On May 7, we’re celebrating Member Night at FIAF First Tuesday! Join us for conversation en français, wine, and the CinéSalon screening of Love Blooms featuring a Q&A with director Michaël Dacheux. Members AND their guests can attend for free!

Rendez-Vous: Les Voyages

Tuesday, June 11, 2019
6:30–8pm

Join fellow French-speakers of all levels at FIAF for a special travel-themed evening with wine and games!

Rendez-Vous: Oct 2019

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
6:30–8pm

Join FIAF members, students, and friends in Tinker Auditorium for an opportunity to converse in French over a glass of wine. All levels of French welcome.

Rendez-Vous: Nov 2019

Tuesday, November 5, 2019
6:30–8pm

Join FIAF members, students, and friends in the Skyroom for an opportunity to converse in French over a glass of wine. All levels of French welcome.

Rendez-Vous: Dec 2019

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
6:30–8pm

Join FIAF members, students, and friends in the Skyroom for an opportunity to converse in French over a glass of wine. All levels of French welcome.

Rendez-Vous

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
6:30–8pm

Join us in the FIAF Skyroom to converse in French over a glass of wine and make new friends. All levels of French welcome. Free for FIAF Members!

Rendez-Vous

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
6:30–8pm

Join us in the FIAF Skyroom to converse in French over a glass of wine and make new friends. All levels of French welcome. Free for FIAF Members!

Conversation
with Author Marc Levy

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
5pm ET

Bestselling French author Marc Levy joins us for Rendez-Vous LIVE, a virtual reimagining of FIAF’s popular meet-up event. He discusses how personal freedoms are challenged during a global pandemic, and how to harness inspiration and creativity during times of stress.

Dominique Ansel
Everyone Can Bake

Tuesday, May 5, 2020
6:30pm ET

James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Dominique Ansel is joined by New York Times food columnist Melissa Clark to discuss the renowned chef’s just released book Everyone Can Bake.

Virtual Trivia Night!

Tuesday, July 7, 2020
7pm ET

Join us for a very special virtual Rendez-Vous Trivia Night this July. Test your knowledge of French culture over three fun rounds and win an exciting prize!

Virtual Trivia Night

Tuesday, August 4, 2020
7pm ET

Join us for virtual Trivia Night on August 4—it’s free and open to all. Test your knowledge of French Food & Wine, French Animation, and French History, and win a complimentary year of FIAF Membership perks!

Midnight in Paris with Oliver Gee

Monday, November 9, 2020
6pm ET

Oliver Gee (journalist, and host of the podcast The Earful Tower), accompanied by the ghost of Ernest Hemingway (portrayed by Samuél Lopez-Barrantes), takes us on virtual walk through Paris as he shares his favorite sites and stories about the City of Lights.

FIAF Members Only

Exclusive events that are open only to current FIAF Members!

Yoga en français!

Thursday, June 25, 2020
12pm ET

Hélène Kerhervé, an expert in Vinyasa and Restorative practices, will lead a special one-hour FIAF members-only yoga class en français!

Young Patrons Virtual Dinner & Wine Tasting

Monday, June 29, 2020
6:30pm ET

Join FIAF Young Patrons for an evening of French cuisine—three delicious courses—paired with Pommery Brut Royal Champagne and Chapelle Gordonne 2019 wine. A panel of experts will share their tips on how to entertain in style and transform a dinner at home or a virtual gathering into an elevated memorable experience.

Library Event

Practice and perfect your French through fun programs offered at the FIAF Library.

Petits potes
Storytime for Toddlers

Tuesdays, 10:30–11:15am

Bring your toddler to the FIAF Library for storytime in French! Little ones will enjoy interactive stories, games, and songs, all in a group setting. Held in the Library’s adorable Kids’ Room, each session will also include a fun arts & crafts activity.’

Please note: There will not be a Petits Potes story time on Tuesday, February 20th.

Les petites histoires du samedi

Saturdays, 11:30am and 1:15pm

Drop in on Saturdays for free family-style French storytime at the FIAF Library! Held in the main reading room and featuring books carefully curated from the library’s collection, each week will focus on a different theme.

Collaborations

France eMOTION
A Digitally Animated Exhibition

June 4–June 14, 2019

Embark on an animated journey through some of France’s most iconic sites and monuments including the Arc de Triomphe, Musée du quai Branly, and more. France eMotion features 35 original pieces that come alive through augmented reality and inspire viewers to (re)discover France’s rich heritage.

Event in Montclair

Festinema Junior 2019

Festival Dates: March 11–17, 2019

Festinema Junior, a French film festival and educational program geared toward children and teens will present screenings from March 11 to 17 for families and school groups at Montclair Film, Montclair Public Library, and Montclair Art Museum (MAM).

Serge Hamad
Temporal Perception

March 15–April 11, 2019

FIAF Montclair presents Temporal Perception, a new exhibition by French-Algerian artist Serge Hamad. Meet the artist at the opening reception on Friday, March 15, from 6-7pm.

Rendez-Vous in Montclair:
Special Francophonie Edition

Friday, March 15, 2019
6–9pm

FIAF Montclair invites you to a special Francophonie edition of Rendez-Vous! Preview artist Serge Hamad’s new exhibition, dance to live performances by Dan Zanes & Claudia Eliaza and Violette, and enjoy wine and delicious Haïtian snacks while you mingle en français.

Gwenn Seemel
Crime Against Nature

April 12–May 9, 2019

FIAF Montclair presents Crime Against Nature, a new exhibition by artist Gwenn Seemel. Meet the artist at the opening reception on Friday, April 12, from 6-7pm.

Rendez-Vous in Montclair

Friday, April 12, 2019
6–9pm

Kick off your weekend with an evening of art and mingling en français at FIAF Montclair. Join us for the opening reception from 6-7pm for Crime Against Nature, a new exhibition by artist Gwenn Seemel, and then stay to practice your French (all levels) at Rendez-Vous from 7-9pm.

Works On Paper I

May 10–June 6, 2019

Featuring three New Jersey-based artists—Debrah Block Krol, Jennifer Markovitz, and Michelle Tomasso—Works On Paper I showcases unique works in a variety of media.

Rendez-Vous in Montclair

Friday, May 10, 2019
6–9pm

Kick off your weekend with an evening of art and mingling en français at FIAF Montclair. Join us for the opening reception from 6-7pm for Works On Paper, a new exhibition by artists Debrah Block Krol, Jennifer Markovitz, and Michelle Tomasso, and then stay to practice your French (all levels) at Rendez-Vous from 7-9pm.

Rendez-Vous in Montclair

Friday, June 7, 2019
6–9pm

Kick off your weekend with an evening of art and mingling en français at FIAF Montclair. Join us for the opening reception from 6-7pm for Works On Paper, a new exhibition by artists Benedetta Balsimelli, Nanci Iovino, and Martha Kelshaw, and then stay to practice your French (all levels) at Rendez-Vous from 7-9pm.

Works On Paper II

June 7–September 13, 2019

Featuring three New Jersey-based artists—Benedetta Balsimelli, Nanci Iovino, and Martha Kelshaw—Works On Paper II showcases unique works in a variety of media.

Bastille Day Party in Montclair

Sunday, July 14, 2019
5–6pm: Cocktail Hour
6–9pm: Garden Party

Featuring a Cocktail Hour, a New Orleans-inspired buffet campagnard prepared by Michelin-rated chef Nicolas Houlbert and local owner/chef boulanger Arben Gasi, French wines, desserts, a concert by the renowned New Orleans Jazz band Gumbo Royale, and a chance to win fabulous prizes.

FIAF Montclair
Fall Open House

Saturday, September 14, 2019 • 1–5:30pm

Join us at our fall open house in Montclair, New Jersey. Sample our French classes for free and enjoy fun activities for all ages. Save on memberships and upcoming fall classes.

Rendez-Vous in Montclair

Friday, October 11, 2019
6–9pm

Kick off your weekend with an evening of art and mingling en français at FIAF Montclair. Preview the exhibition Ruminations & Reflections by artist Anjum Saeed, play French trivia, and practice your French over a glass of wine.

Possession

Friday, October 25, 2019
7:30pm

Was Isabelle Adjani truly possessed while shooting this allegorical fantasy about a couple separating in the shadow of the Berlin Wall? You might think so when you witness her César-winning performance as an alienated housewife and her doppelgänger in this paranoid masterpiece by Andrzej Zulawski.

Quartet

Saturday, October 26, 2019
7:30pm

This gripping Merchant Ivory adaptation of Jean Rhys’s acclaimed autobiographical novel features Isabelle Adjani as a penniless young woman who is toyed with by a wealthy British couple in 1920s Paris. Directed by James Ivory.

Camille Claudel

Sunday, October 27, 2019
7:30pm

With this emotionally bare biopic, Isabelle Adjani won her third César, was nominated for an Oscar, and righted a historical wrong by turning the spotlight on Camille Claudel, scorned mistress of Rodin (played by Gérard Depardieu) and an artistic genius in her own right. Directed by Bruno Nuytten.

Conversation & Book Signing
with Elaine Sciolino

Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 7pm

Meet Elaine Sciolino, best-selling author and former Paris bureau chief of The New York Times, at a special talk and book signing event celebrating the launch of her new book The Seine: The River That Made Paris.

The Science of Sleep

Friday, November 22, 2019
7:30pm

Charlotte Gainsbourg joins maverick director Michel Gondry to explore the tenuous line between dream and reality in this charming tale of a Mexican inventor who moves to Paris, falls in love with his neighbor and invites her into his dreams.

Melancholia

Saturday, November 23, 2019
7:30pm

Charlotte Gainsbourg’s second of three landmark collaborations with Danish auteur Lars von Trier starts with an epically botched wedding party and culminates in the earth’s collision with a rogue planet, delivering an aesthetically sublime vision of human frailty along the way.

Jane Eyre

Sunday, November 24, 2019
7:30pm

Franco Zeffirelli’s triumphant adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece beguiles with its visual elegance without sacrificing the novel’s emotional rawness. In the role of Jane Eyre, Charlotte Gainsbourg refined her trademark mix of deceptive fragility and fierce intelligence, delivering one of her finest performances.

My Mommy is in America, She Met Buffalo Bill

Saturday, December 7, 2019
3pm

For ages 5-10. Based on the award-winning book of the same name, this winner of the Special Jury Award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival is a beautifully moving tale about childhood loss and the need even for adults to hide from the truth at times.

Kelly Reilly
Altar

January 17–February 20, 2020

FIAF Montclair presents Altar, an exhibition of intriguing photograms by New Jersey-born artist Kelly Reilly. The photograms are elegiac observations of erosion, history, emptiness, and the ebb and flow of time.

Inna Bruter
Light through we

February 21–March 20, 2020

FIAF Montclair presents Light through we, an exhibition of works on paper by New Jersey-based, Moldova-born artist Inna Bruter. The works evoke and celebrate what is often private, reflecting emotions, dreams, and growth of personal wisdom.

Conversation & Wine Reception
with Author Joël Dicker

Tuesday, September 13, 2022
7–9pm

FIAF Montclair is thrilled to welcome international literary sensation Joël Dicker for the debut of his newly-translated novel, The Enigma of Room 622, on Tuesday, September 13, 7-9pm at the historic Van Vleck House and Gardens. The conversation, moderated by Kate Tuttle, will be followed by a book signing and wine reception.

The Postcard: A Conversation with Author Anne Berest

Thursday, May 11, 2023
6:30pm

Best-selling author Anne Berest joins us at the Montclair Literary Festival to celebrate the English language publication of her award-winning novel, The Postcard. She will speak about the book and her career with People magazine editor Kate Tuttle. The talk will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.

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