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‘My Lady’, the French title for ‘The Children’s Act’ is an absorbing film currently showing at the cinema Mazarin: in the midst of a marital crisis, a UK High Court judge must decide if she should order a life-saving blood transfusion for a teen with cancer despite his family’s refusal to accept medical treatment for religious reasons. It’s based on the novel by Ian McEwen who also wrote the screenplay. (more…)

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  1.  The newly-created arts and cultural centre , LUMA, based in the old railway sheds, has a handful of shows starting tomorrow.  Headlining them is Gilbert & George : THE GREAT EXHIBITION (1971-2016), an 80-work retrospective which will be taking place until 6th January. http://www.arles-agenda.fr/index.php?id=19685.  I also like the sound of ‘Une Histoire Avec Vincent’.  Young photographer Lily Gavin has been given access to the set of a new film ‘At Eternity’s Gate’, based on 8 weeks in the life of Van Gogh. Shot at Saint-Rémy by Julian Schnabel, her photos show the daily evolution of the story.
  2. The massive ‘Rencontres d’Arles’ photographic show enters its 49th year.  There are exhibitions all over town. The best starting point is the tourist office who will sell you a large map with details of every one of them – and go where your fancy takes you.
  3. Moisson en Provence, by Vincent Van Gogh

    SOLEIL CHAUD, SOLEIL TARDIF. LES MODERNES INDOMPTÉS (HOT SUN, LATE SUN. UNTAMED MODERNISM) can be seen at the Fondation Van Gogh until 28th October.  It includes work by Van Gogh, plus of course Picasso who is everywhere this summer, and, Adolphe Monticelli, Sigmar Polke, Giorgio De Chirico, Germaine Richier, Alexander Calder, Joan Mitchell, Etel Adnan, Sun Ra.


So much to see in Arles right now.  Lunch will of course be necessary.  We enjoyed the medieval ambiance at Le Jardin des Arts ( details here: https://aixcentric.com/2014/04/13/lunch-in-arles/ or you could try the restaurant who served a meal to Daniel Craig aka James Bond, and family, when he had been turned away elsewhere! – great story here: https://aixcentric.com/2018/01/07/when-james-bond-visited-provence/

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Thursday 28th:  the Patrouille de France aerobatic team is supposed to be doing a display above Aix tomorrow morning – no time given, so keep a look out….

Friday 29th, Saturday 30th, Sunday 1st: Aix Beach Volley in Les Allees Provencales.

Saturday 30thTown Vide Grenier at Trets

Sunday 1st-4th July: Fete du Cinema.  This is an event that takes place across France.  Entry is 4€ per film.

Sunday 1st July: Festival de la Gastronomie en Provence. Now in its 26th year, this is a meeting between renowned chefs, patissiers, wine-makers and local producers……and hungry diners who can sample the fare from the stalls and pop-up restaurants.  All the details are below….

What a range of activities for the coming weekend in and around Aix!

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There’s a good film in V.O. at the cinema in Aix, ideal if you want to get away from the wind and rain forecast. (more…)

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Aix Cinema News

How lucky we are in Aix to have such excellent cinemas. Here’s just some of the latest news: (more…)

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Being the first Sunday of the month, there is free access to public museums in Aix and the Musée Granet is adding a programme of music (more…)

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It’s good the annual run of film awards happens early in the new year – it always coincides with cold weather during January just when it’s so tempting to snuggle down in the warmth of the cinema.

First up, ‘3 Billboards, Les Panneaux de  la Vengeance’ or ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri’ has just opened at the Renoir in VO  and it is every bit as magnificent as reviews have claimed. Lead player Frances McDormand is excellent as the grief-stricken mother looking for vengeance, up against her nemesis in the local police played by Sam Rockwell.  It is fascinating and surprising to realise that this quintessentially small-town American narrative was written and directed by a British/Irish film-maker, Martin McDonagh. What a talent.

Still playing, ‘Les Heures Sombres’, ‘The Darkest Hour’ is based on the true story of Churchill’s first days as prime minster in WW2.  It has had audiences standing up applauding in the US.  At the Cézanne.

Very much looking forward to ‘The Pentagon Papers’ or ‘The Post’ which starts in Aix on Wednesday 24th Jan. It was made by Steven Spielberg in just 9 months as he felt impelled to tell this story of press freedom as quickly as he could.  A partnership of Meryl Streep on screen with Tom Hanks for the first time promises to be electrifying.

In the meantime Aix audiences can enjoy the annual Télérama festival, a one-week showing for last-year’s best films.  Started yesterday – details below.


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