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Best in the City in January

Bonne Année 2020! May this new year be filled with joy and happiness!!!



FILMS

Varda: A Retrospective which started in December will continue until January 6th at Lincoln Center. Click here for the film schedule and location. On January 5th, as part their annual French Serie, the MOMA will show I Lost my Body, a Macabre, melancholic, but ultimately life affirming animation movie. Also available on Netflix.

On January 11th, The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales Directed by Benjamin Renner & Patrick Imbert, will be screening at PS110 in Brooklyn, at 2:30pm. This animated movie is suited for children 5 and up. On January 13th special screening + Q&A of Mon Chien Stupide. Charlotte Gainsbourg lets her comedic instincts shine in this riotous comedy of family life, her latest film with her real-life partner, actor-director Yvan Attal.

From January 15th-28th, The Jewish Museum and Film at Lincoln Center will present the 29th annual New York Jewish Film Festival (NYJFF),the festival’s 2020 lineup includes 30 wide-ranging and exciting features and shorts. Among them many French movies. More info here.

In January 25th, The Boerum Hill school will show " Comme un Lion" the story of Mitri, a talented soccer player, who dreams of leaving Senegal and playing for a big European club. When a scout sees him play and takes him to Europe, Mitri's dream gets turned inside out.

On January 21st, Savvy Sirens of the French New Wave, 1956 – 1965: A screening of four rarely seen short films from the French New Wave era at the National Art Club

On January 22nd, French pianist Lucas Debargue presents a selection of works that catapulted him to miraculous success at the 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition and have a profound personal significance to him.


MUSIC

On January 10th, Gatsby in Paris: French Chansons & Jazz Standards From the ’20s to the ’40s, featuring enchanting French singer Chloé Perrier and her new band, the French Heart Jazz Band.

Now in its seventh edition, French Quarter, initiated by Paris Jazz Club, will bring 30 French and American jazz musicians to various venues throughout New York City from January 11 through 14, 2020. On January 17th (also 19th and 23nd) Jacques Brel Chansons In French with The story of Brel Feat. Alfredo Merat.


ART:

Only a few days left to see Fashion, Women and the First World War” at the Bard Gallery. Garments by Coco Chanel and Jeanne Lanvin, two of many French women leading fashion houses during World War I, will be displayed in the United States for the first time ( Until January 5th)

Also, still On view at the Brooklyn Museum, until May 3rd 2020, JR: Chronicles is the first major exhibition in North America of works by the French-born artist. Working at the intersections of photography, social engagement, and street art, JR collaborates with communities by taking individual portraits, reproducing them at a monumental scale, and wheat pasting them—sometimes illegally—in nearby public spaces.

FOOD and WINES.

On January 7th Galette des rois celebration. Indulge in delicious galettes by Dominique Ansel Kitchen and cider from Romilly Cidre at this special edition of Rendez-Vous, FIAF’s monthly conversation en français evenings.

This month again, the city will offer numerous social gatherings,wine tasting and cooking classes. Here are a short selection. On January 4th, winter wine tasting social at Le p'tit bistro in Brooklyn.

Join an “Authentic Provençal French Fare” cooking class with Chef Mikki for an intimate 3-hour culinary experience and 3-course meal. On January 25th Tasting the Wines of France: Bordeaux, Burgundy, & Beyond. Taste and learn our way through eight wines from around France, all inside a 1921 townhouse in Midtown that is now home to the Church of Sweden.


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