In Israel there is neither civil marriage nor civil divorce; only Orthodox rabbis can legalize a marriage or its dissolution, which is only possible with the husband’s full consent. Viviane Amsalem (Ronit Elkabetz) has been applying for a divorce for three years, but her religiously devout husband Elisha (Simon Abkarian, Casino Royale, Persepolis) continually refuses. His cold intransigence, Viviane’s determination to fight for her freedom, and the ambiguous role of the rabbinical judges shape a procedure where tragedy vies with absurdity, and everything is brought out into the open for judgment.
On January 26th, 2015, Consul General of France Pauline Carmona decorated Professor Judith Butler with the insigna of Chevalier in the Order of Arts et Lettres for her contributions in philosophy, ethics, political and literary theories. The Consul General Pauline Carmona recognized the strength of her links with French scholars and intellectuals and the profound impact her work has had on France’s society, especially in the field of Feminism and gender studies.
The Benjamin Franklin Travel Grant call for applicants is NOW OPEN ! Complete applications must be submitted by March 13th 2015, 12pm (EST)
Finalists and prize winners have been announced for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Prix Version Femina and the Angoulême Grand Prix. Plus, a list of 2014's top-selling authors of novels in France, and a new study on e-books in France.
On January 21, the French Voices Ceremony - presided this year by Honorary Chair Rick Moody - took place for the second time and awarded our ten grantees for 2014. Among them, one has been elected by the French Voices Jury to be the recipient of the 2014 Grand Prize. Check it out!
Prolific French soundtrack composer Alexandre Desplat has done something rare - he competes against himself in 2015 at the Oscars for best film score.
French Touch pioneer Étienne de Crécy is back with his first album in ten years and a North American tour to promote it.