ECU Film Festival 9-11 April, 2021

ECU Film Festival ECU Film Festival offers the European cinema-loving public much more than a full program of quality and riveting independent films. Every year, the festival provides a unique, inspiring and interactive experience that all attendees are encouraged to partake in. Whether it is workshops taught by industry professionals, in-depth discussions with “Official Selection” directors in the Q&As that follow every screening session or other various events - there is something for everyone to enjoy. ECU Film Festival's “Official Selection” films are original and represent the best quality, creativity and innovation within the independent film industry. This level of excellence has helped to create a well-respected film festival whose focus is to discover fresh and cutting-edge filmmaking talent. This dedicated search goes beyond Europe: it is a global hunt for those that foster the ÉCU mission. ÉCU 2020 had a total of 802 films submitted from 91 countries. 87 fi…
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Virtual visit: Black & White: an aesthetic of photography

The Black & White exhibition has been hung, everything is on the walls, but the public is kept at bay.

After three (!) attempts to open the exhibition to the public "Black & White: an aesthetic of photography Collection of the National Library of France", the Rmn - Grand Palais has innovated and put virtual tours online until 18 June. Their hope is that the public will enjoy the exhibition anyway, but FUSAC reporter Judith Bluysen was not convinced.

The Noir & Blanc : une esthétique de la photographie exhibition presents black and white masterpieces from the photographic collections of the National Library of France (BnF), exceptionally brought together for the occasion. Nadar, Man Ray, Ansel Adams, Willy Ronis, Helmut Newton, Diane Arbus, Mario Giacomelli, Robert Frank, Wil…

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New albums : Melody Gardot & Thomas Dutronc

Melody Gardot's new album came out 23 October : "Sunset in the Blue" includes the song  called "Little Something", a duet with Sting! A lovely pop/electro duet... a different style for Melody! Madame Figaro says this album is "sans doute le plus beau des albums de cette année".For those who don't know her yet, Melody Gardot is an American jazz singer who has been influenced by blues and jazz artists such as Judy Garland, Janis Joplin, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Stan Getz and George Gershwin as well as Latin music artists such as Caetano Veloso. She has also been nominated for a Grammy Award!

She was in other musical headlines recently. She wanted to send a strong message that art and love will always break through, even during hard times. She decided to put together a collaborative video clip that featured submissions from musicians all over the world to create a new piece of music called “From Paris with …

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Le Musée de la Vie Romantique

Article by Iasmina Iordache who loves to discover the quiet contemplative spots of Paris.

The Musée de la Vie Romantique in the 9th arrondissement of Paris is one of those little-known yet fascinating places that played an important part in the history of Paris.

The museum is set in romantic painter Ary Scheffer's former house and workshop, a beautiful and quaint Restoration-style residence in a neighborhood that used to be known as the “New Athens”, home of many of Paris’s romantic artists during the 19th century.

The 1820s, when the neighborhood was built, were a time of great population growth in Paris. Many of those who wanted to get away from the crowded and unsafe center of Paris made for the slopes of Montmartre, previously occupied by orchards and guinguettes (open-air drinking establishments).

“New Athens” refers to the classical architecture that i…

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David Lively, An American with rhythm in Paris

His name is Lively, David Lively. With a name like that he's got to have rhythm, so much so that he's put out an album called I Got Rhythm (La Musica). David Lively is a French concert pianist with origins in the United States. He was born within spitting distance of the Ohio River in Ironton, Ohio, then grew up near Chicago, Milwaukee, and finally in Saint-Louis. When he was 16 his piano teacher in pulled some [piano] strings and got David a university scholarship to study in France even though he hadn't finished high school. He spent the next couple years in the late sixties getting an education in life and piano in the land of Debussy and Ravel. Then he stayed. And stayed. He's been in France ever since and is called the most American of French pianists. But, as we all are, he's still hard wired to his roots even after nearly 50 years abroad and although he performs many different composer's music he has an attachment to American piano music. The album I Got Rhythm is a r…
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Paul Landowski? who’s he?

Here's a famous sculpture that everyone recognizes, Christ the Redeemer in Rio, but do you know who created it? Here's a bridge in the center of Paris with a sculpture of the patron saint of Paris, Genevieve, and a little girl holding a boat representing the city of Paris, we've seen it many times, but do we know who created it? This well-known statue of Michel de Montaigne on the rue des Ecoles, you've walked past it many times and enjoyed his benevolent gaze, but who is the sculptor? This is the Porte de Saint Cloud in Paris 16th which we at FUSAC see every day on the way to the office. It has been just renovated. But do  we know who designed these fountains covered with bas-reliefs which depict Paris, the Seine and all the goodness of Ile de France? How about the magnificent bronze doors on the Faculté de médecine in the 6th arrondissement or the monument to the fallen at Trocadéro? The answer to all these is Paul Landowski. No one knows his na…
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Baptiste W. Hamon, entre folk US et chanson française

Baptiste W. Hamon, entre folk US et chanson française Baptiste W. Hamon sort son premier ALBUM intitulé L’INSOUCIANCE, entre songwriting folk US et chanson réaliste française, comme une évidence pour ce passionné d’histoire et de cultures américaines autant que de belles lettres. « J'ai d’abord commencé à écrire des poèmes vers 17 ans, tout en écoutant des vieux disques de Townes Van Zandt et Leonard Cohen. A force d’émotions et de frissons procurés par leurs mots et leurs voix (avec quelques autres comme Bob Dylan, John Prine, ou Guy Clark), j’ai eu envie de m’y mettre aussi et d’essayer d’en faire autant avec mes mots à moi, dans ma langue à moi ». Après avoir commencé par écrire des chansons en anglais sous le nom de Texas in Paris - il a ainsi approché la scène folk scandinave quand il finissait ses études en ingénierie à Trondheim en Norvège - il se met à son retour à écrire dans sa langue maternelle. « C’est après avoir beaucoup écouté Barbara, Serge Reggiani et Ge…
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Exhibition Le Chat – Philippe Geluck

Le Chat  is, as you may know, a comic strip by the Belgian cartoonist Philippe Geluck. It is one of the bestselling Franco-Belgian comics series. The title character, an adult, human-sized, anthropomorphic cat, first appeared in March 22, 1983 in a daily newspaper called "Le Soir". Le Chat is deeply embedded in Belgian  (and French) culture.

The character often comes up with elaborate reasonings which lead to hilariously absurd conclusions e.g. by taking metaphors literally or by adding increasingly unlikely what-ifs to ordinary situations. "Can we laugh about everything?" was wondering the French humorist Pierre Desproges. According to Philippe Geluck, the answer is yes! Le chat can be very controversial and politically incorrect which is something the cartoonist wanted to voice through his famous character. In regard to people who are uncomfortable with this belief, Geluck insists that “people who don’t li…

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