Throughout the month of March, La Maison Française New York University will feature – among several other distinguished speakers and events – the philosopher Marc Crépon offering a lecture on the death penalty as seen through the writings of Camus and Derrida; cinematic director Gilles Bourdos and Anne Deneys-Tunney in conversation about his recent film Renoir; and the novelist Patrick Deville, invited guest of this month’s French Literature in the Making series.


Unless otherwise noted, the March events are free and open to the public at La Maison Française, located at 16 Washington Mews (corner of University Place), New York, N.Y. (Tel.: 212.998.8750; Email:

What follows is the March schedule. For more information, please visit

Monday, March 3, 7:00 p.m.

French Department Lecture

La Maison Française
16 Washington Mews

Professor of French, Rutgers University; visiting professor, NYU; author of « Or ne mens ». Couleurs de l’Éloge et du Blâme chez les « Grands Rhétoriqueurs » ; Sujet caduc, noble sujet. La poésie de la Renaissance et le choix de ses « arguments »

« Curieuses invencions, des espritz fatiguez recreatives » : vertus et périls de la fiction chez Lemaire, Bouchet et Rabelais


Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2014

Screenings presented in cooperation with Unifrance, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, and the IFC Center.

IFC Center
323 Sixth Avenue at West 3rd Street
Tickets: $15. General Admission
$10 with NYU i.d. (these screenings only)
Contact: 212-924-7771

Saturday, March 8, 9:45 p.m.
The Marchers (La Marche)

2013, France/Belgium, 120 min. French and Arabic with English subtitles.

Q&A with director Nabil Ben Yadir
Nabil Ben Yadir’s feature reconstructs a decisive event in the history of French racial politics: a Mitterrand-era demonstration
in which nine people marched 930 miles for equality and against racism from Marseilles to Paris, where they were met by more than 100,000 supporters.

Monday, March 10, 9:30 p.m.
Eastern Boys

2013, France, 128 min. English, French, and Russian with English subtitles.

Q&A with director Robin Campillo
Arriving from all over the Eastern bloc, the men who loiter around the Gare du Nord are scraping by however they can, forming gangs for support and protection, ever fearful of
being caught and deported.

Tuesday, March 11, 8:00 p.m.
Love Battles (Mes Séances de lutte)

2013, France, 99 min. French with English subtitles.

Q&A with director Jacques Doillon
“All my strength, all the force of my love… if I heaped it on you, I’d demolish you”: Jacques Doillon’s latest is a bruising investigation into the fault lines that separate and connect eroticism and violence. With James Thiérrée (grandson of Charlie Chaplin) and Sara Forestier.

Wednesday, March 12, 8:00 p.m.
Apaches (Les Apaches)

2013, France, 82 min. French with English subtitles.

Q&A with director Thierry de Perreti
On the island of Corsica, tension constantly simmers between the wealthy tourists and the lower-class locals. The title refers to the term used by the police for juvenile delinquents, and the
film, whose characters are of Arab and Moroccan descent, narrows in on the subject of racial tension with intelligence and nuance.

Thursday, March 13, 9:30 p.m.
Tip Top

2013, France/Luxembourg/Belgium, 106 min. French and Arabic with English subtitles.
Q&A with director Serge Bozon
Meticulous and eccentric internal-affairs investigator Esther (Isabelle Huppert) and her mousy new partner Sally (Sandrine Kiberlain), recently demoted due to a mysterious ethics violation, are summoned to look into the Villeneuve police department after the murder of an Algerian informant.

For the complete schedule of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema screenings at IFC Center, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, and BAM, visit


Tuesday, March 11, 7:00 p.m.

Co-sponsored with AIANY and Center for Architecture

Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place


Professor, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU; author of Architecture in Uniform. Designing and Building for the Second World War; The Future of Architecture. Since 1889; Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes

Architecture in Uniform

Reservations (this event only): (go to Calendar > March 11)
Tickets: $10. General Admission
Free for AIA members and students with valid i.d.
Free for 2013-2014 contributors to NYU Maison Française (Please register by email:


Thursday, March 13, 7:00 p.m.

Co-sponsored with Glucksman Ireland House

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, NYU
70 Washington Square South

The Bordeaux-Dublin Letters, 1757: Correspondence of an Irish Community Abroad

A collection of 125 letters taken from a captured Irish ship on its return to Dublin from France during the Seven Years’ War and left unopened until 2011 is the basis for The Bordeaux-Dublin Letters, 1757: Correspondence of an Irish Community Abroad (Vol. 53 of the British Academy’s Records of Social and Economic History, Oxford University Press, 2013). Two of the editors of the volume, professors John Shovlin and Tom Truxes of NYU, discuss the accompanying exhibition, on view at Bobst Library through April 2014.

Reservations (this event only): 212-998-3950 (option 3) or email
Photo i.d. required to enter the library.


Saturday, March 15, 3:00 p.m.

Five Boroughs Music Festival

La Maison Française
16 Washington Mews

Les Délices

French Baroque specialists Les Délices present Conversations galantes, a program which explores rarely heard instrumental gems from the salons of 1750s Paris. Featuring works from the French Rococo—music from the eve of an aesthetic revolution—these works from the 1740s and 1750s (by François-André Philidor, Louis-Gabriel Guillemain, Jean-Marie Leclair, Louis de Caix d’Hervelois, and Jean-Philippe Rameau) challenge expectations about Baroque music.

Debra Nagy, baroque oboe
Julie Andrijeski, baroque violin
Scott Metcalfe, baroque violin
Michael Sponseller, harpsichord
Emily Walhout, viola da gamba

Tickets: $30. General Admission
$15. Students with valid i.d.
Purchase tickets online:


Monday, March 24, 7:00 p.m.

New French Philosophy

La Maison Française
16 Washington Mews


CNRS; Director, Department of Philosophy, École Normale Supérieure; author of Vivre avec, la pensée de la mort et la mémoire des guerres; La guerre des civilisations; Élections, de la démophobie

L’avant-dernier jugement: une lecture croisée de Camus et Derrida


Thursday, March 27, 7:00 p.m.

La Maison Française
16 Washington Mews

Renoir (le film) ou l’exercice de la sensualité au cinéma


Film director, screenwriter: Disparus; Inquiétudes; Afterwards; Renoir (2012; selected as French entry for Best Foreign Language Film for the 86th Academy Awards)

- in conversation with -


Professor of French, NYU; author of Écritures du corps, de Descartes à Laclos; Un Autre Jean-Jacques Rousseau

In French.


Monday, March 31, 7:00 p.m.

Florence Gould Event

La Maison Française
16 Washington Mews

French Literature in the Making


Literary Director, Maison des Écrivains Étrangers et des Traducteurs de Saint-Nazaire; author of Pura Vida; Equatoria; Kampuchéa; Peste & Choléra (Prix Femina)

- in conversation with -


Writer, journalist, television producer and host, Un Livre un jour (France 3 and TV5); author of L’Ami posthume: Gérard Philipe; Je ne suis pas là; Le Fils perdu, co-author, La Vie
culturelle dans la France occupée

In French.

Presented with the additional support of Sofitel, the Centre National du Livre, and Open Skies.

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