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Discover some of the amazing events we've hosted at the Cultural Center!
Wednesday, October 4 | 6:30pm

[Brain Week]

The Brain is a Swiss and French documentary film directed by Jean-Stéphane Bron, released in 2021.
As researchers gradually uncover the mysteries of the human brain, the race is on between human intelligence and artificial intelligence. Jean-Stéphane Bron immerses us in the heart of today's science, discovering the work of five scientists, at the crossroads between the brain, consciousness and artificial intelligence...
Monday, October 2nd | 6:30pm

[Brain Week]

This panel talk was organized by the Lycée Français de New York and its new partner, the Paris Brain Institute
 
Moderated by Time magazine senior health correspondent Alice Park, the panel included guests such as Paris Brain Institute Scientific Director Bassem Hassan, and NYU Silver Professor of Biology and Neural Science Claude Desplan.

MOVIE NIGHT

Wednesday, September 6 | 6:30 PM

In this biopic, Simone Veil, a lawyer and politician, is portrayed by Elsa Zylberstein. A survivor of the concentration camps, Simone Veil left a profound impact on several generations through her writings, speeches, and actions, notably her instrumental role in authorizing abortion in France. "I prepared for the role for a year. I gained nine pounds. I worked endlessly, observing and imitating her way of speaking and walking... It's not mere mimicry; I wanted her soul to accompany me," says the actress Zylberstein.

In French with English subtitles

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MOVIE NIGHT

Aline | Valérie Lemercier

Wednesday, June 7 | 6:30 pm | Free event 

2022 | biopic/comedy | 2h08 

Three-time César Award winner Valérie Lemercier plays Aline from ages five to 50 in a fictional musical dramedy freely inspired by the life of Celine Dion.

In French with English subtitles.
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THEATER

Les Mémoires d'Hadrien #3
in partnership with NYU Maison Française

Wednesday, April 26  | 6:30 pm | $20 suggested donation 


With Mémoires d'Hadrien #3, Jean Pétrement adapted Yourcenar's work for theater and was praised at the Festival d'Avignon. As part of a partnership with NYU Maison Française, it will be performed in the Auditorium. 

Show in French. 
 
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CONCERT

Concert of Francophone Voices 
in partnership with the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) 


Monday, March 20 | 6:15 PM | 1h30


The Lycée Français de New York Cultural Center will celebrate the International Day of Francophonie 2023 with its Concert of Francophone Voices on Monday, March 20, 2023. This concert features world music in French, Creole or Fula by three renowned singers and musicians from across the French-speaking world: Natu Camara from Guinea & Hervé Coeur from Haiti.

Organized in partnership with the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), the Concert of Francophones Voices will be emceed by Aline Afanoukoé, made famous by her “Hola Todos” greetings every morning on France Inter.
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MOVIE NIGHT

Rise | Cédric Klapisch 

Wednesday, March 1 | 6:30 pm | Free event 

2022 | drama | 1h57 

Join us for ann exclusive screening of Klapisch's latest feature movie !

26-year-old ballet dancer Élise sustains an injury during a performance and is told she will probably never be able to dance again. She has lost her purpose and has to change her life. With the help of friends, she finds other work. This takes her to Brittany where she meets a company for modern dance. The new experiences and friendships rekindle the fire in her. Will she be able to dance again? 

In French with English subtitles.


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PANEL

Destination Mars : A User Guide

In partnership with ISAE-SUPAERO Student Associatioon

Tuesday February 7 | 6:30 pm | Free event 

Before leaving the Earth, researchers and aspiring astronauts simulate living conditions on other planets and conduct mock experiments through analog human missions. These missions are rich in scientific discoveries and essential for the preparation of future explorations. In the heart of Utah's desert, since 2001, the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) hosts teams of researchers and students, like the members of Crew 275 that include an alumna from the Lycée Français de New York, Marie Delaroche.

In this panel, members of Crew 275 Marie Delaroche and Jérémie Rabineau, scientist Victoria Da Poian & TIME  editor-at-large Jeffrey Kluger will discuss life conditions on Mars. Come and get ready to take off... without leaving the ground.
 
The discussion will be in English.


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MOVIE NIGHT

The Velvet Queen | Vincent Munier & Marie Amiguet 

Thursday, February 2 | 6:30 pm | Free event 

2021 | documentary | 1h32

In the heart of the Tibetan highlands, multi-award-winning nature photographer Vincent Munier guides writer Sylvain Tesson on his quest to document the infamously elusive snow leopard. Munier introduces Tesson to the subtle art of waiting from a blind spot, tracking animals, and finding the patience to catch sight of the beasts. Through their journey in the Tibetan peaks, inhabited by invisible presences, the two men ponder humankind's place amongst the magnificent creatures and glorious landscapes they encounter along the way.

In French with English subtitles. 



 
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MOVIE NIGHT

Notre-Dame on Fire | Jean-Jacques Annaud 

Wednesday, January 4 | 6:30 pm | Free event 

2022 | drama | 1h50

April 15, 2019. A violent fire breaks out in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The firemen will do everything to save the French monument. The Name of the Rose's director recreates this dramatic moment on screen, and takes us through the emotion that took over the world more than three years ago. He also pays tribute to the firemen mobilized. 


In French with English subtitles. 

CONCERT

Shostakovich and Short Pieces for Cello 

Monday, December 12 | 6:30 | Free 


The Cultural Center of the Lycée Francais de New York is delighted to welcome a new piano purchased through a partnership with Veronica Bulgari and Stephan Haimo and the Association of Parents of the Lycee 
To celebrate this event, we are organizing a concert on December 12th. On the program Shostakovich and short pieces for cello. 

With Aurélienne Brauner, cellist, super-soloist at the Orchestre National de France since 2021; Remy Loumbrozo, pianist and our "maestro" back at the Lycée for the occasion; and Christophe Gizycki, former violinist of the European Symphony Orchestra and new music teacher at the Lycée Français de New York.
Followed by a cocktail offered by the APL. 
 
Suggested donation: 20 $ in cash 

 

MOVIE NIGHT

Skies of Lebanon | Chloé Mazlo 

Wednesday, December 7 | 6:30 pm | Free event 

2020 | drama | 1h32

In the fifties, young Alice leaves her natal Swiss mountains for the sunny and vibrant shores of Beirut. She falls madly in love with Joseph, a quirky astrophysicist intent on sending the first Lebanese national into space. Alice quickly fits in among his relatives, but after years of bliss, the civil war threatens their Garden of Eden.

The movie, starring Wajdi Mouawad and Alba Rohrwacher, was selected for Cannes's 2020 Semaine de la Critique.

In French with English subtitles. 


PANEL

The Brain and Our Subjective Mind 
In partnership with Paris Brain Institute

Tuesday November 29 | 6:30 pm | Free event 
How do we actively construct our "inner cinema"? How do we project its images to the world? What impact on our relationship with the collective and on living together? In dialog with Dr. Lionel Naccache, researcher at  Paris Brain Institute, neurologist at Salpêtrière hospital and author; Dr. Gordon Baltuch, neurosurgeon and parent of the Lycée; Siri Hustvedt,  writer and lecturer in psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. They will discuss the role of fiction in subjective perception, the construction of empathy in relationships, and the future of the brain, from a transdisciplinary perspective.
 
The discussion, followed by book signings, will be in English.


PANEL

The Rise of Women's Sports : Laura Flessel in conversation with Alvin Patrick 

Thursday, November 10 | 6:30 pm | Free event 

Laura Flessel, five-time Olympic fencing champion and former French Minister of Sports, will honor us with her presence at the Lycée for two days of meetings and exchanges initiated by a senior student, Ariane Chevrier. 

In conversation with Alvin Patrick, executive producer at CBS News, and our student, Laura will answer questions about the rise of female athletes and discuss their challenges and opportunities. Other topics will include fair competition, equal finance and equity in the perspective of the 2024 Olympics. Don’t miss it !
 
The conversation will be in English.

 

MOVIE NIGHT

Animal | Cyril Dion 

Wednesday, November 2 | 6:30pm | Free

2021 | Documentary | 1h45

The 2021 documentary “Animal,” follows two 16-year-old environmentalists, Bella Lack and Vipulan Puvaneswaran, who travel the world and meet experts such as Jane Goodall. The film focuses on how to reverse the ecological crisis of mass extinction, and searches for another way of living alongside other species, as co-habitants rather than predators.

PANEL

Understanding Haiti Today: an Historical Approach

Thursday, October 27 |
6:30 pm | Free 

Please join us for a candid conversation looking back on Haiti's rich history as the first independent Black republic and the country's complex relationship with France and the United States. Dr. Laurent Dubois, Professor of History at Duke University, Co-Director of the Haiti Lab, and Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson, Vice-President of News Programming at NICK NEWS, LFNY alum and parent, will discuss how Haiti's past has informed Haiti's present.
 

MOVIE NIGHT

Gagarine | Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh

Wednesday, September 14 | 6:30pm | Free

2020 | drama/narrative | 1h35
 
Youri, 16, has lived all his life in Cité Gagarine, a vast red brick housing project on the outskirts of Paris. From the heights of his apartment, he dreams of becoming an astronaut. But when plans to demolish his community’s home are leaked, Youri joins the resistance. With his friends Diana and Houssam, he embarks on a mission to save Gagarine, transforming the estate into his own "starship" – before it disappears into space forever. The film was shot on the cusp of the actual demolition of the Cité Gagarine housing project in collaboration with its residents in Ivry-sur-Seine.

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Alumni Live in Concert To Celebrate Rémy Loumbrozo's Career

Wednesday, June 8 | 6:30pm | Free

At the Lycée Français de New York, music is a living tradition carried from one generation to the next by the musician and teacher Rémy Loumbrozo. Rémy has accompanied every Secondary student at the Lycée for the past 42 years. As he will retire from the Lycée at the end of this school year, we have asked his former student musicians to come and pay tribute to the maëstro. Headlined by singer Yamée Couture, who is currently preparing her first album and often performs as the opening act for her father CharlÉlie, musicians, singers and dancers come together to imagine an eclectic and moving concert whose only requirement, in homage to their teacher, is the quality.

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  • A Window on a Forgotten Heritage: Philosophy in Baghdad, Cordoba, and Cairo with Al Fârâbî, Averroès and Maïmonide

    By Professor Ali Benmakhlouf

    Conference | Thursday, May 12 | 6:30pm


    45-minute presentation followed by Q&A, in French with simultaneous translation into English.

    From the 9th century on, while Europe was sinking into the somber centuries of the Middle Ages, the Arab-Muslim empire experienced an enormous intellectual and scientific boom, becoming an important center of civilization whose influence extended far beyond the Mediterranean.  
    Through three great philosophers (Al Fârâbî, Averroès, Maïmonide) and three key cities (Baghdad, Cordoba, Cairo), Professor Ali Benmakhlouf will introduce you to this often-overlooked period of history. He will discuss the contribution of these thinkers to questions that are still very current, such as the relationship between science and religion. He will also discuss the influence of this intellectual boom on the European Renaissance, particularly in scientific fields such as medicine and cosmology.

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  • Why Forests Are So Important

    Panel Talk | Tuesday, April 26 | 6.30pm

    With JOE BAKER, member of the Delaware Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma and and co-founder executive director of Lenape Center in Manhattan, CHARLES McNEILL, Senior Advisor, Forests & Climate at UN Environment Programme (UNEP), PASCALE D'ERM, author and director of Natura, and MARY BETH GALLAGHER, Director of Engagement at Domini.

    In this panel, we will underline the role of forests and trees in our survival by listening to different voices. Trees surround us and we take them for granted when really they are of utmost importance and in danger. We will not solve the problems of deforestation during this panel but raise our awareness on this issue. Our guests will emphasize the reasons why trees are vital from a physical, ecological, and economic point of view, and the importance of preserving them.

    In English

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Peaceful (with special guest Gabriel Sara!)

Special Screening French Cinema Week + Q&A | Tuesday, April 5 & Wednesday, April 6 | 6:30pm

In De Son Vivant (Peaceful), the new film from French director Emmanuelle Bercot, a man refuses to accept his terminal illness. The cancer specialist who handholds him through this torturous process is played by real-life oncologist Dr Gabriel Sara, a Lebanese-born medic who also is former Lycée parent. We will have the chance to host him at the Lycée for a special Q&A after the screening.

In French with English subtitles

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Vicky and Her Mystery

Special Screening French Cinema Week | Wednesday, March 2 | 9am & 1.35am

After his wife's death, Stéphane moves to the mountains with 8-year-old daughter Vicky, who has stopped talking. One day, while walking in the forest, Vicky discovers a puppy that she decides to keep in secret. She names him Mystery. Soon, Stéphane realizes that the animal is actually a wolf and tries to separate his daughter from him, but the task is a lot harder than expected.

For 4th and 5th grades

Delicious by Éric Besnard

Special Screening French Cinema Week | Wednesday, March 2 | 6pm

The Lycée is excited to welcome parents and students back into the auditorium for a screening of the film Delicious. 
At the dawn of the French Revolution, Pierre Manceron, a daring but proud cook, is sacked by his master, the Duke of Chamfort. He meets an astonishing woman who wishes to learn the art of cooking at his side, helping restore his confidence. She pushes him to break free from his life as a servant, and undertake his own revolution. Together, they dream up a place of pleasure and sharing open to all: the first restaurant. An idea that will bring them customers… and enemies.
 
In French with English subtitles.

For parents, students, professors and administrative staff only

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