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Paris Update This Week’s Events

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French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Hélène Angel's Primaire. Cinéma Le Brady, Paris, Feb. 24

Virtual reality on show
> Virtuality will host speakers and networking sessions on this hot topice. Centquatre, Paris, Feb. 24-26.

Contemporary textile art
>Miniartextil is an exhibition of new textiles from around the world. Le Beffroi, Montrouge, Feb. 22-March 19.

A barnyard in Paris

> The Salon International de l'Agriculture brings the best of the country's livestock and crops and the products made from them to Paris. Porte de Versailles, Paris, Feb. 25-March 5.

Before and after ecological disaster
> The Chic Planète festival presents two types of films, those celebrating the bounty of the earth and science-fiction views of what will happen after an ecopalypse. Forum des Images, Paris, March 1-April 13.

Paris semi-marathon
> Starts and ends on the Esplanade du Château de Vincennes, March 5.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Matthew Lancit's Flâneurs (Street Rambles). Cinéma MacMahon, Paris, March 3.

Literary conversations
> The festival New Writings, New Styles brings well-known Irish and French writers together to discuss contemporary literature in the two countries. Irish Cultural Centre, Paris, March 3-4.

Indian film scene
> The festival India Express takes a tour of new and classic films focusing on the subcontinent’s major cities. Forum des Images, Paris, through Feb. 26.

Young European photographers
> The Festival Circulation(s) features emerging photographers. Centquatre, Paris, through March 5.

Frank Capra Retrospective
> The great American director in the spotlight. Cinémathèque Française, Paris, through Feb. 27.


Art - Temporary Exhibitions


Paris Update Art Notes


ParisUpdate-EmpreinteduGeste-Pascal Oudet

A sculpture made from a tree trunk, by Pascal Oudet.

A small exhibition, “L’Empreinte du Geste” (through April 3), at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, part of the annual Journées Européennes des Métiers d’Art (see “Events” below), celebrates the use of traditional crafts techniques by artists, with some impressive results. One of my favorites was “Anthropocene Cell,” a work by Romain Langlois and Éric Papon. It consists of a dead tree branch petrified through a process of calcification. A peek inside this humble leftover of nature reveals a surprise: its hollow interior is lined with luxurious polished bronze. Pascal Oudet also works with trees, creating delicate, lacy sculptures from thin slices of tree trunks, as does Bertrand Lacourt, who carves chunky chairs from whole trunks. Antoine Brodin makes hand-blown glass objects, which he glazes using a technique learned in Japan and gathers into sculptural installations. The public can met them and the other artists at a series of events associated with the show. Click here for more information. Free admission. Heidi Ellison