Liaison - May 2007


For a listing of the French Cultural Events in the U.S. and the French movies on U.S. Television check the pages of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy



The Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N. State Street; Tel: 312-846-2600


A tribute to one of France’s most important filmmakers, with the screening of the mythical 12 hour-long Out 1 as the centerpiece. Not to be missed! Presented with the support of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

JPEG Out 1 (aka Out 1: Noli Me Tangere) (1971; 746 min.). Starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, Juliet Berto, Bulle Ogier and Michel Lonsdale. Often referred to as the holy grail of cinema or the longest film ever made, and considered one of the definitive pieces on 60’s counterculture, Out 1 follows the story of two rival theater companies staging different productions of Aeschylus. The film was recently presented for the first time in the U.S. at sold-out screenings in New York. It will be screened only once and divided into two separate evenings, each programmed as a double feature with a dinner break. May 26 at 2:30 pm (Episodes 1 and 2 / 191 min.) and 7:00 pm (Episodes 3 and 4 / 208 min.), with a dinner break in between. May 27 at 2:30 pm (Episodes 5 and 6 / 183 min.) and 6:45 pm (Episodes 7 and 8 / 164 min.), with a dinner break in between. Please check the website for special pricing for this film. Box lunches available in advance.
Please note: OUT 1: SPECTRE, Rivette’s 255-min. reworking of the footage for OUT 1, will be screened on June 9.

JPEG L’Amour fou (1968; 252 min.). Starring Bulle Ogier and Jean-Pierre Kalfon. The marital and emotional break-up of a stage director and his actress-wife. May 19 at 3:00 pm; May 24 at 6:00 pm.

JPEG Céline and Julie Go Boating (1974; 193 min.). Starring Juliet Berto, Domnique Labourier and Bulle Ogier. A story-within-a-story featuring two exuberant and imaginative young women. May 12 at 3:00 pm; May 17 at 6:30 pm.

JPEG Jacques Rivette, the Night Watchman / Jacques Rivette, Le Veilleur (1990; 123 min.). Directed by Claire Denis. An dispensable introduction to the man and his work. May 18 at 7:30 pm; May 22 at 6:00 pm.

JPEG Paris Belongs To Us / Paris nous appartient (1961; 140 min.). Starring Betty Schneider and Françoise Prévost. In Rivette’s first feature, a provincial girl gets entangled in a Parisian tale of intrigue involving a stage production of Pericles. May 15 at 6:00 pm.

The Jacques Rivette retrospective continues through June 20. Look for the information in the next issue of LIAISON or on the Film Center’s website.

Also at the Gene Siskel Film Center:

Poison Friends / Les Amitiés maléfiques (2006; 100 min.). Directed by Emmanuel Bourdieu; starring Thibault Vinçon and Natacha Régnier. Four young university friends compete for literary fame. May 25-30; check for showtimes.

Patrick Cazals. This prolific documentary filmmaker screens and discusses two recent works, May 16 at 6:30 pm:

- Sergueï Paradjanov, Le Rebelle (2004; 52 min.), about the Armenian and Georgian filmmaker renowned for his portrayal of ethnic cultures.

- Rouben Mamoulian, l’Age d’or de Broadway et Hollywood (2006; 63 min.)., about the successful Hollywood and Broadway producer, also originally from Georgia.

Music Box Theatre
3733 N. Southport Ave; Tel: 773-871-6604

JPEG The Exterminating Angels / Les Anges exterminateurs (2006; 104 min.). A sexual thriller by the director of Secret Things. Directed by Jean-Claude Brisseau. May 11-17.

Alliance Française of Chicago
54 W. Chicago Ave.
Tel: 312-337-1070

Coup de torchon (1981: 128 min.). Directed by Bertrand Tavernier; starring Philippe Noiret. May 16 at 7:30 pm.


JPEG Pierre-Laurent Aimard. The internationally celebrated French pianist performs in a unique program for two pianos and percussion. Works by Eötvös, Ligeti, Kurtag, Reich and Nacarrow. Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave. May 13 at 3:00 pm. Tel: 312-294-3000.

JPEG Air. The world famous electronic duo returns to Chicago May 4 at 8:00 pm at the Riviera Theatre, 4764 N. Racine. www.jamusa/

JPEG Ba Sissoko. This kora master from Guinea and his group make their U.S. debut with a variety of musical influences mixed with traditional African sounds. May 5 at Hothouse, 31 E. Balbo. Tel: 312-362-9707.

JPEG Les Nubians. This French-African sensation, a hip-hop / soul duo of sisters, appears at Hothouse for two special limited-capacity performances. May 9 at 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm. 31 E. Balbo. Tel: 312-362-9707.

Moussa and the Burning Heads. Touré Moussa, a French musician with origins in the Ivory Coast, performs a joyful mixture of blues, pop, Afro-jazz, reggae and more. He is accompanied by the orchestra Les Troubadours and a trio of back-up singers who call themselves the Burning Heads. Sundays in May (except Mother’s Day) from 8:00 to 10:00 pm at the Underground Wonder Bar, 10 E. Walton.

JPEG For information on performances by French jazz singer and bass player Cécile Savage in the Chicago area, please visit


Béatrice et Bénédict. This opera by Berlioz is based on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Presented by Chicago Opera Theater; featuring Joseph Kaiser and Sandra Piques Eddy; conducted by Jan Latham-Koenig. At the Harris Theatre for Music and Dance, Millennium Park, 205 E. Randloph Drive. Tel: 312-704-8414. May 23, 25, 27 and 31; June 2.


Roxanne Butterfly. This tap and percussive artist from France is considered one of the world’s foremost tap dancers. She performs as part of the Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s "Windy City Rhythms," taking place May 24-26 at 8:00 pm at Vittum Theatre, 1012 N. Noble. Tel: 773-281-1825. Please note that Roxanne Butterfly returns to Chicago in the fall to perform with her French company.


JPEG "Cézanne to Picasso: Ambroise Vollard, Patron to the Avant-Garde." This exhibition assembles works one of the most influential art dealers of the turn of the last century showcased in his exhibitions, including pieces by Matisse, Picasso, Gauguin, Bonnard, Vuillard and Van Gogh (a never before seen triptych), all of whom Vollard was one of the first to support and / or represent. The exhibition also includes objects from the dealer’s archives, such as correspondence and purchase orders. Through May 12. Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave. Tel: 312- 443-3600. (Photo: Pierre Bonnard. Ambroise Vollard with His Cat, c. 1924. Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, PPP 3052)

Chicago-based French artist Chantal Philipon-Cegede is part of a group show May 11 at 6:00 pm. 2nd Fridays Art Crawl, 4Art Gallery, 1932 S. Halsted St.

Chicago-based French artist Helena Engel is part of a group show entitled "’Caffeine" at Peter Jones Gallery,1806 W. Cuyler. Through May 20. Tel: 773-501-7730. Closing reception May 20 from 3:00 to 11:00 pm.


"Love of the Same, Love of the Other: Gay Marriage, Race and Nation." Lecture by French academic, author and leading intellectual on sexual politics Eric Fassin, from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. May 1st at 1:30 pm at the University of Chicago’s Center for Gender Studies, 5733 S. University Avenue.

Yasmina Khadra (AKA Mohamed Moulessehoul), the award-winning Algerian author of such novels as Les Hirondelles de Kaboul, A quoi rêvent les loups and Les Agneaux du seigneur, reads and discusses his work. May 14 at 6:15 p.m. at the Alliance Française of Chicago, 54 W. Chicago Ave. Tel: 312-337-1070.

Decorative Arts Symposium. "French Porcelain." Lecture by Ghenete Zelleke, the Art Institute of Chicago. May 10 at 11:30 am with coffee served at 11:00 am. Second in a three-part series. Registration required. Alliance Française of Chicago, 54 W. Chicago Ave. Tel: 312-337-1070.

The 2007 French presidential elections. Michael Loriaux, Associate Professor of political science at Northwestern University, discusses the outcome and ramifications of the recent elections. May 22 at 12:00 pm at the Alliance Française of Chicago, 54 W. Chicago Ave. Tel: 312-337-1010.

"Cézanne to Picasso: Ambroise Vollard, Patron of the Avant-Garde." Gloria Groom, one of the Chicago curators for this exhibition at the Art Institute, discusses Vollard and his influence. May 1st at 12:00 pm. Alliance Française of Chicago, 54 W. Chicago Ave. Tel: 312-337-1010.


"Vwa Lakay: The Voice from Home." Frantz Rémy, Patrick Augustin and other Haitians present music, news, and culture from the diaspora as well as the motherland, in Creole and French. Fridays from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. on WHPK 88.5 FM.

"The Old Songs" Traditional and folk music from North America, the British Isles and France. Mondays 4:00 - 5 :00 p.m. on WHPK 88.5 FM.

TV5, The International Channel: programs in French from France, Belgium, Switzerland, Africa and Canada. Around the clock throughout the United States. Now available on TV via satellite. Information: 1-888-902-5322 or 303-267-5801. or

Le Journal de 20h de France 2 (in French with English Subtitles):

Monday through Friday from 8:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., on RCN, channel 65 on Chicago Cable.

Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 8:30 p.m. on COMCAST channel 240 on Chicago cable.

Radio France International: For information on Francophone music, visit RFI Musique at

Two shows on French culture:
France Feelings: (program in French) CAN TV 21. May 3 at 8:00 pm.

Canapé: (program in English), CAN TV 21. May 8 at 11:00 p.m.


Alliance Française of Chicago
54 W. Chicago Ave.
Tel: 312-337-1070.

Café-conversation level 2: Tuesdays at 4 pm in the lounge.

Café-conversation level 1: May 9 and 23 at 6:30 pm in the médiathèque.

Café Littérature. Les Particules élémentaires by Michel Houellebecg. May 29 at 5:30 p.m. in the library.

Café Théâtre. Partage de midi by Paul Claudel. May 7 and 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the salon.

Café Philosophique. Led by Professor Souleymane Diagne, philosophy professor at Northwestern University. May 23 at 6:00 p.m. in the médiathèque.

Café Poésie. May 14 at 6:00 p.m. in the médiathèque. "Histoires" and "Paroles" by Jacques Prévert.

Wednesdays from 6:15 to 10:00 p.m. Informal gathering of Francophiles and Francophones at Portillo restaurant, 100 W. Ontario. Information at 312-255-0567.

Groupe Professionnel Francophone. Francophones from various professions meet for cocktails, French conversation and networking in French. Great Street Restaurant, Renaissance Hotel, 1 W. Wacker Drive. The last Thursday of every month, starting at 5:30 pm; Tel: 773.525.5776.

Alliance Française of the North Shore

Café Conversation: May 7 at 10:00 am at Panera Bread, 1199 Wilmette Avenue.

Café Conversations, Evening Edition: May 14 at 7:30 pm at Panera Bread at 6059 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago.

"Déjeuner de Printemps". May 21 at noon at Restaurant Michael, 64 Green Bay Road, Winnetka. Reservations required.

"Les Bavards," a monthly francophone dinner and converstation group in DesPlaines. Information: or
Tel: 847-698-7436. May 2 at 6:30 p.m.

"Les Bavards du Nord,” a monthly francophone lunch and conversation group in Buffalo Grove.
or Tel: 847-921-7864. May 19 at 1:00 p.m.

L’Institut Francophone. Weekly francophone gathering, every Monday at Bad Dog Tavern, 4535 N Lincoln Ave, from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Last modified on 30/04/2007

top of the page