French Summer in the U.S.: The End

By Didier Allouch, host of Rendez-vous d'Amérique.

My dear francophile, francovorous and francophageous friends, summer is almost over. We saw in those last few weeks that France was kind of everywhere on America’s cultural map. Will it be the same in the next season? Oh heck yeah.

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In September, in Los Angeles, we will see the new edition of the COLCOA festival. COLCOA, aka City Of Lights City Of Angels, is the biggest French film festival in America. It was usually in April, but they are trying for a new date, in the fall. Which will give the festival another meaning.

Let me explain. Judging by the last Cannes, the level of French cinema this year is unbelievably high. This year in Cannes, we saw impressive movies like Les Misérables, Portrait de La Jeune Fille en Feu, Sybil, etc.  A great year for French movies.  But only one of them will be able to represent France at the next Oscars. And since most of those films will probably play at COLCOA, the reaction of the audience will be a perfect indicator of the movie that will be the most able to represent France at the Academy Awards. And all of a sudden, the festival will take on another meaning, and will be more followed than ever.

Music wise, the American stages will be as packed with French artists as they were the previous season. And it will all start on the East coast; at a festival the fans of electronic music fans know perfectly well. New York’s highly anticipated Electric Zoo Festival. Over Labor Day weekend August 30, 31 & September 1, 2019 at Randall’s Island Park in New York City there will be 4 French produced DJs in the line up: Diplo, Malaa, Dombresky and Charles Meyer.

As for the exhibition, it’s just going to be crazy. Just in New York.

Do not miss French fashion designer Pierre Cardin's retrospective Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion at the Brooklyn Museum from July 20, 2019 to January 5, 2020.

From November 1-24, Performa will invite Tarik Kiswanson for a series of performances. This project received the support of Etant Donnés. Discover three Manet paintings from the Norton Simon Museum at the Frick Collection. These canvases are lent to the Frick from October 16, 2019 to January 5, 2020. Yto Barrada will be also present outside of New York City at the Neuberger Museum Of Art from September 25 to December 22, 2019.

Yes it will be a crazy season of French cultural events in the U.S. And guess what? We’ll talk about all this, and more, in the new season of Rendez-vous d’Amérique.


To learn more about COLCOA, the Electric Zoo Festival, and other happenings that define Francophone culture in America, read our blog, and tune in to our episodes of Rendez-vous d’Amérique on TV5MONDE USA. Click here for more information.

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