Posts Tagged ‘Des Racines et des Ailes’

What a rainy weekend for the launch of the new hiking trail!  If you missed walking some of it, which I have to admit I did, we can all catch up from the warmth of our sofas on Wednesday evening when France 3 is showing a programme featuring the GR2013.   ‘Des Racines et des Ailes’ is dedicating its documentary slot (and very good it is too) to MP2013: the first part will concentrate on ‘La Metamorphose de Marseille’ (!) while the second part focuses on the new hiking trail.  20:45-22:40. I believe that they have filmed a section in Aix and will be covering the work of the Ely family who have been photographing the town for over a century.  If so, this will be fascinating.

There’s the new Festival de Paques starting on 26th March – it brings 20 concerts in 10 days to the Grand Theatre de Provence.  There is a special ticket counter in the Office de Tourisme or you can book on www.festivalpaques.com.

manet-affiche_400Another treat is in store if you missed the major Manet expo in London which ends just after Easter.  I did actually go to this but my gallery-going-buddy and I found it almost impossible to see the pictures.  The expo focuses on his portraits with some beautiful paintings but I have to say it was frustrating not to have the space and calm needed to appreciate his work.  There were also some gaps – his most famous paintings like Olympia couldn’t leave Paris and the Bar at the Folies-Bergeres remained at the Courtauld.

But we can all soon enjoy a filmed visit complete with expert commentary (art historian Tim Marlow) in the comfort of the Cézanne cinema on April 11th at 20:00.  In English with French subtitles. Online booking is now open…but 12€ seems a little steep.  Nearly as much as the expo itself!

Finally a word about Ulysses who seems to be popping up as a character and a theme during MP2013.  Leafing through the various leaflets show his presence throughout the year as a symbol of the Mediterranean spirit of travel but it is his wife Penelope who has inspired a new show in Aix.  ‘Tisser des Liens’  has weaving and threads as its theme.  Various artists have been invited to create a work, each of which inhabits one of the small rooms in the Pavillon de Vendôme.  Some are intriguing like Carolle Bénitah’s white handkerchiefs each embroidered with red threads spelling out her younger-self’s aspirations; I also liked Marie Ducaté’s fabric construction of fish, crabs and shells with golden nets which linked to the existing fresco of the goddess of plenty on the ceiling above.  But some of the exhibits left me baffled.  No photos I’m afraid as they won’t let you take any (why?). Click here for the press release  press.  On til 16th June and to be followed by two more ‘weaving-themed’ exhibitions.

What really should be fun is an all-night reading of the Odyssey taking place on 3rd May. Starting at 18:00 in the place de l’Hotel de Ville, it will go on until 5am.  There will be 20 readers, plus dancers and musicians – more detail nearer the time!

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At last – ‘Indian Palace’ arrives at the Mazarin cinema in Aix this week.  Called ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel‘ in the UK, it has a cast which includes some of Britain’s finest actors.

Judi Dench, newly widowed,  is one of the pensioners who chooses to go to India to live in the eponymous hotel.  Along with her is Maggie Smith who, far from her ‘grande dame’ persona, does a splendid turn as a East End racist. Of course Bill Nighy is excellent in an unhappy marriage with Penelope Wilton. What will happen when these assorted characters arrive in India?

The run-down hotel, managed by Dev Patel from ‘Slumdog Millionnaire’, is not at all what they were expecting, but India works its charm on most of them and their lives begin to take new shape.

It’s a light film, romantic, well-scripted and of course impeccably delivered; for me it was a great opportunity to spend a couple of hours transported to the delights, the colours and the scents of Jaipur. 

Out in DVD on Wednesday is Carnage, Polanski’s film about two couples who meet up to resolve issues following a spat between their sons.  It was originally a stage play, so all the action happens in one place – a far cry from having a cinematic trip to Jaipur.  But again good acting carries the day – Kate Winslet and Jodie Foster are brilliant.

France 3 has some interesting programmes this week.

‘Des Racines et des Ailes’ which features regions of France on Wednesday focuses on the world’s 5th biggest French-speaking city – Londres!  It’s always fascinating to see the UK through French eyes. 

Thursday night sees an excellent film ‘Le Concert’ – the story of a Russian conductor who is removed from his post because he won’t sack Jews from the orchestra.  Reduced to being a janitor in the theatre, one day he intercepts a fax requesting the orchestra to travel to play in Paris – and he decides to recreate his old orchestra – a moving story.

Finally Thalassa on Friday is featuring Porquerolles. A must-see.

Happy Viewing!

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