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The AVIFF-Art Film Festival was started in 2008 as a contemporary art fair. Back then it was referred to as Art Show Cannes and in 2010 its name changed to the AVIFF-Art Film Festival.

Helmy Nouh 'A Night for The senses'
Helmy Nouh ‘A Night for The senses’, an AVIFF entry.

The goal of AVIFF is to promote video art all over the world. When a participating film is selected for AVIFF it then travels internationally and is presented to partner festivals, cultural institutions and contemporary art centers. Every year, new partners are envisaged. It has seen several participants invited to present their work as a way of following up its vision to encapsulate video art from all over the world. For example, in 2014, Chinese artist Yang Zhenzhong was invited to present a section of his filmography work where he presented seven videos and was awarded the Special Jury Prize.

My Family Pies – Debut on AVIFF-Art Film Festival

My Family Pies - Porn in Family?
My Family Pies – Porn in Family?

This long-awaited debut of My Family Pies is coming to AVIFF. That’s great information for all lovers of quality porn with family members. Step siblings playing naughty under one roof with parents have always been an ultimate fantasy for many people all around the world. With this series you can be sure the quality and actors base is #1. After all Nubiles studio has created this one and after a long time of waiting – it’s here. It’s not everyday that you see a quality pornographic production on such film festivals, but exceptions are made – My Family Pies being one!

AVIFF is all about contemporary art and therefore it becomes difficult to categorize or fit the films presented into a particular genre. Art’s sweet, bitter truth is that it’s difficult, almost impossible, to define or categorize. As far as defining the films presented at AVIFF is concerned, the viewer has to look between documentaries and fiction, experimental cinemas, artistic videos, contemporary art and cinema. They’re bound to find themselves thinking outside the normal classifications. The beauty of these films is that you’ll simply want to watch them more than concerning yourself with which genre they fall into.

Christian Pouligo, founder of the AVIFF
Christian Pouligo, founder of the AVIFF.

The organizers invite films from all over the world. In 2015, they received around 2000 films which included cartoon films, narrative short stories, documentaries, fictional parodies and video performances. Of the presented films, only 27 met the event criteria. This probably demonstrates some lack of understanding as to what the judges could be looking for, but nevertheless, it’s a learning experience for all. However, there has been a clarion call by the judges to have filmmakers and artists attend subsequent festivals together for a chance to learn more about artistic videos.

As the year unfolds there is plenty of culture waiting for you here in the City of Lights. Remember you can always count on France if you’re looking to update yourself on the latest happenings in the world of fashion, art, music and any other discipline where entertainment and design matters, not to mention the beautiful women.

Read on for a list of exhibitions happening from this autumn into early winter.

Biennial Of Contemporary Arab World Photography

Dates: 13th September – 12th November 2017

Where: Institute du Monde la Cite International des Arts, Arabe, Maison Europeenne de la Photography, four art galleries and the 4th arrondissement town hall.

This will be the second edition of the Biennial of contemporary Arab World photography. There’s a lot of work on display, offering a multi-layered and diverse perspective of the Arab world as evidenced by contemporary photographers. 50-odd artists are displaying here with Algerians and Tunisian photographers exhibiting.

Monet Collector

Dates: 14th September – 14th January 2018

Where: Marmottan Monet Museum

Inside Marmottan Monet Museum
Inside Marmottan Monet Museum

Marmottan Monet Museum owns the largest Monet collection, paintings by the iconic French artist. The exhibition to be held here will bring together art works from some of the world’s biggest museums and private collections, including drawings, paintings and sculptures. You’ll have a chance to see the works of some of the most famous artists like Renoir, Corot, Manet and others. Works by other little-known artists are on display also.

European Heritage Days

Dates: 16th – 17th September 2017

Where: Participating venues

This exhibition has been around for the past 30 years. It gives the general public access to Parisian monuments to learn about the country’s history and culture. There are various special events taking place in different venues and the exhibition is usually free of charge. Some of the top attractions include Musee d Orsay, Arc de Triomphe and Elysee Palace with some buildings like The Fondation Loius Vuitton, Cite de la Mode et du Design and Philharmonie de Paris being accessible.

To see a list of participating venues follow this link.

Glass, The Inventive Middle Ages

Dates: 20th September – 8th January 2018

Where: Musee de Cluny

Musée de Cluny display
Some intriguing displays in Musée de Cluny.

The creativity of the middle ages is showcased at the museum of Cluny where ten centuries of technical and artistic developments in glassmaking are on display. The technique of stained glass was perfected in the fifth century by the master glassworkers, and it’s at this time that glass started being used in society. There are over 150 glass works from the middle ages on display in this exhibition, showing how glass has had an impact on scientific discoveries, its symbolism, and importance.

You can follow this link to the event website.

Irving Penn

Dates: 21st September – 29th January 2018

Where: The Grand Palais

Grand Palais
The colorful and stunning Grand Palais.

MoMA in New York is partnering with the Grand Palais to showcase the works of Irvin Penn, the famous photographer of the 20th century. Penn is remembered for capturing photos of famous personalities like Audrey Hepburn, Pablo Picasso and Alfred Hitchcock among others. The dates for the exhibition coincide with the centenary of his birth, the perfect occasion to honor his legacy. There are more than 240 photos on display picked from his 70-year career.

Click here to visit the exhibition website.

There you have it. This is our list of unmissable exhibitions for art enthusiasts and beginners alike. There’s much more to learn from these exhibitions than meets the eye, so they are well worth your time.

A lot is happening in the film industry here in France and the world over as 2017 rolls on. If you are one of the many movie enthusiasts in Paris, here are the some of the best flicks coming to big screens this year.

American Made

Available From: September 13, 2017

American made movie posterTom Cruise is back in American Made, saving the world once again – let’s wait and see whether his signature runs will come in handy here! See how it all unfolds in this action-packed movie based on a true story of pilot Barry Seal, who was recruited by CIA and ended up becoming a smuggler for the Medellin drug cartel.

Blade Runner 2049

Available From: October 4, 2017

Blade Runner 2049 movie poster
Blade Runner 2049 movie poster

Blade Runner 2049 is probably the most anticipated film of this year. The project was dead in the water until Harrison Ford signed up followed by director Denis Villeneuve casting Ryan Gosling. Get to a cinema near you to see what happens when Officer K, a new blade runner, discovers a long-buried secret that could bring chaos to society. He also finds a clue on where former blade runner Rick, who went missing more than 30 years ago, could be.

Thor: Ragnarok

Available From: October 25, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok movie screen grab
Thor: Ragnarok movie screen grab

Taika Waititi is directing here, where Thor is racing against time to prevent his home world from being destroyed by the powerful Hela. His Asgardian civilization is under threat too. Thor: Ragnarok screams fun. The director has promised to bring back the true 80s vibe of Thor.

 

Red Sparrow

Available From: November 8, 2017

Red Sparrow trailer screenshot
Red Sparrow movie trailer screenshot.

Will Jennifer Lawrence manage to pull off the accent this time round? We’ll just have to wait and see as she plays a Russian agent who, in order to achieve her goals, must consider betraying her country. Make sure you watch this captivating film where J-Law once again reunites with Francis Lawrence.

 

 

Murder On The Orient Express

Available From: November 29, 2017

Murder On The Orient Express cover
A mystery film by Kenneth Branagh.

This is one of Agatha Christie’s greatest detective stories and the ending is truly one-of-a-kind. This marvelous act features Kenneth Branagh as mustache-twiddling Poirot with Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley and Judi Dench as his fellow guests on the beautiful Orient Express. You can’t afford to Miss Murder on the Orient Express in late November.

Paddington 2

Available From: December 6, 2017

Paddington 2 poster
The movie is about a bear living in Paris.

Paddington can’t afford to buy a unique pop-up book for his Aunt Lucy for her 100th birthday, so he takes on an array of odd jobs. When the book gets stolen, the gang take on the even bigger task of catching the thief. Will it all end happily ever after?

 

Make sure to catch all the action as it unfolds and before we bid 2017 adieu, you can also see another list of best upcoming releases for 2017 as compiled by our friends at Thrillist.

When you land in the City of Lights you will be awestruck to gaze upon a place where almost everything seems to have fallen in place. You’ll find structures depicting unparalleled architectural ingenuity, mouth-watering food, and fashion at its best the overall charming culture and above all, the beautiful women. What you may not know is what the beholders of such beauty have endured.

Paris, and by extension France, has been known as the fashion capital of the world, the City of Lights and a plethora of other pseudonyms, due to the creativity of its people and their love of opulence. It then goes without saying that, in a country that is famed for fashion and designs, an immense amount of pressure is put on its female population to “look the part”, as it were.

French beauty routine
A French woman doing her daily beauty routine.

The quintessential vision of French beauty has been referred by some writers as effortless. They are expected to look stunning and put a lot of effort on it, while still maintaining an easy, natural and understated style. Furthermore, it’s not negotiable; the standards have already been set. On the other hand, you may indeed look at it as effortless, since French women themselves have become accustomed to looking this way and it’s now embedded in their blood – a French woman simply has a natural flair for beauty.

French women will be the first to admit that the routine and constant practice to perfect the art of maintaining personal beauty is tough going. They equate beauty to sports where you become a pro after constant practice and hard work.

French makeup artist
A french girl looking great with her huge makeup collection.

French women will tell you their routine starts early; they are taught art and art history early in school. They start being exposed to paintings, architecture, sculptures, beauty, etc. early in life. In fact, parents pass it down to their kids. Even when going out to play with peers, young girls have to go through a detailed beautification process. Young girls’ attire is prepared well in advance to fit the following day’s event and it’s the mother’s duty to make sure their daughters look the part. Once honed, beauty never departs the French woman, even in her later life; you’ll commonly see ladies of 80+ years taking great care of their skin and posture.

Women from this part of the world are also taught not to broadcast what they do to look good to the world. On the other side, the fact that they are taught to take care of themselves for themselves from a tender age, they grow up knowing what’s best for their skin, hair and body, together with the latest fashion trends, which makes it easy for them to handle their own personal beauty, thereby lowering the cost.

But it is not all as glamorous as it looks. Some have come to admit the pressure to look ideal – an ideal most women have not defined for themselves – is sometimes unbearable. One woman admitted to having suffered greatly for beauty; the pressure starts from home and extends out into wider society. She narrates how she had to endure criticism from her mother any time she wanted to be herself and had to revert to the long, arduous process of complying with beauty standards in order to fit in with general society.

So, you may be idolizing a French woman across the street, but you never know what goes behind the scene, or the tears that have been shed for them to look so glamorous.

Every year, the world’s finest female golfers get the chance to put their skills to good use in the LPGA tournaments happening in various corners of the world. To be precise, there are five major LPGA championships today. The tours were founded in the fifties and have evolved several times since then, with the number of tours averaging two to three per year. That time is behind us now; currently there are five annual LPGA championship tours after the Evian Championship joined the league of the most coveted tournaments in women golf in 2013.The other four are the ANA Inspiration, U.S. Women’s Open, Women’s PGA Championship and Women’s British Open.

Prior to becoming the Evian Championship in 2013, the tournament used to be known as the Evian Masters and it was just a regular LPGA stop.  By becoming the fifth LPGA tour championship, it has once again elevated France on the global map, being the only women’s major in continental Europe. It all started in 1994, when Antoine Ribond the founder and former president of Danone, together with his son, thought of creating a platform to showcase golf competitions on the Ladies European Tour (LET). It continued to feature as a major LET destination until 2000 when it became an official LPGA Tour event. The event continued on a growth trajectory with its prize money increasing accordingly. Currently, its purse holds $3.65 million, making it the second-richest in women’s golf after the US Women’s Open, which has prize money of $5 million.

The Evian Championship logoThe Evian Championship is held at the Evian Resort Golf Club in Evian-Les-Bains which is one of the most picturesque sceneries at the foot of the Evian Mountain. It has become commonplace for players to gush about the scenery as they stroll the course amid majestic views overlooking Lake Geneva. Suzann Petterson, who was the first major winner immediately after the contest was elevated to the Evian Championship in 2013, could not hold her jubilation at becoming the first winner in an event which she claimed was on the top of her bucket list. She gave her take on the scenery which she referred to as breathtaking, romantic and unique. She noted how it made her feel rejuvenated every time she awoke in the morning, to spend another day in a place surrounded by such stunningly beautiful topography.

Evian Resort Golf club
An event ongoing in the beautiful Evian Resort Golf Club

The event used to take place from June to July but it was pushed back to September upon acquiring its new title, making it the last competition of its kind in the calendar year. This year, women champions are expected to battle it out between September 14th and 17th in the event that is expected to see more than 120 of the best women golfers participate. Last year it saw 120 players start it off, with only 72 surviving to the end. Normally the cut is set at 70 scores, and after the second round, those scoring 70 and below continue to participate in the remaining rounds, with the winner determined at the end of the tournament based on overall performance.

Those scoring above 70 are eliminated after the second round. Last year the competition took place between September 15th and 18th, where South Korean In Gee Chun won with 21 under par and took home more than $520,000 in prize money. She also set a new world record for the lowest score in a major tournament for both genders.

The Evian Championship continues to offer a one-of-a-kind platform for women golfers to showcase their skills on the world stage. Yet again, France features highly as a country of diverse possibilities and a top destination to shop, sport and be entertained.