Happy New Year! If you’re ringing in the new year in Paris, or simply looking for something fresh, fun and filmic to do in the City of Lights, let this list guide you through the first month of 2018!
On January 1, there will be a Grande Parade on the Champs-Elysées! Floats, brass bands, and a myriad of activities will keep the Champs festive all day!
Looking to dip your toe into the world of contemporary French film? Look no further than the formidable Lost in Frenchlation, which is presenting Le Brio by Yvan Attal this month (with subtitles in English), on Friday, January 5 at Club de l’Étoile. There will be a reception with snacks and drinks before the screening, in order to meet and mingle with fellow French film-lovers.
Montmartre is undoubtedly one of the most enchanting areas in Paris, and filmmakers have been keen to notice, making this rive droite darling the centerpiece of their works. Until January 14, the Musée de Montmartre is hosting an exhibition devoted to the cinema’s use of this legendary district’s streets, featuring posters, prints, costumes and scenes from the cutting room floor.
January 19 2018, The CNC (National Center of Cinema and the Moving Image) will host a free cine-concert for the public, comprised of films directed by George Meliés, to honor French talent in the field of special effects. If you love classic films, make sure to reserve your places!
Until January 29 2018, the Grand Palais, in partnership with MoMA in New York, is presenting a retrospective of Irving Penn, on the occasion of the centenary of his birth. The exhibition traces more than 70 years of his iconic works, including over 240 portraits of people such as Pablo Picasso, Audrey Hepburn and Alfred Hitchcock. A can’t-miss expo!
Want a fun, artsy activity to do with friends or family? Book tickets for a 2 hour treasure hunt at the Louvre, to see one of the most beautiful museums in the world like you’ve never seen it before!