La Villette hosts a vast exhibition on Napoleon Bonaparte, in the bicentennial year of this still controversial figure. Migrants in times of Covid-19 is the subject of a photographic series by the French Agnès Derbheys, who traveled to Ecuador for this work. We also told them about the movie premieres and the French-American male trio Slim & The Beast.
Napoleon reigns at the La Villette exhibition center, in the north of Paris. It is a vast exhibition in the framework of the bicentennial of the death of Bonaparte, a controversial character who has fascinated throughout history.
“Napoleon has always fascinated. It was someone who came from a relatively modest family, from the island of Corsica. At 30 he was the absolute head of France, to later conquer almost all of Europe and place members of his family on the different thrones on the continent. And all this in a very short time, in just 14 years. Napoleon was going at the speed of light ”, Bernard Chevallier, one of the curators of the exhibition, explained to Carrusel de las Artes.
The exhibition at La Villette brings together objects that belonged to Napoleon, such as the Sword of Consecration and numerous audiovisual resources to understand his complex and controversial personality.
Migrant women and Covid-19 in Ecuador
The migrant crisis and Covid-19 in northern Ecuador. The French photographer Agnès Dherbeys set her objective in this part of the world to describe in images the precariousness of many women, mothers and young people. Vulnerable people fleeing countries like Venezuela or Colombia to start a new life elsewhere. This work is part of the collective exhibition ‘Double pain, refugees in the health crisis’ by Agence Myop, presented at the Visa pour l’image Festival in Perpignan.
Two films set in France
Acclaimed American director Wes Anderson breaks into movie theaters with ‘The French Dispatch’, a film spoken in English, but filmed in the French city of Angouleme, is a collection of short stories taken from an imaginary newspaper, in an imaginary city , Ennuie-sur-Blasé, which evokes the Paris of the 1950s. The journalists of this newspaper tell entertaining stories, such as that of a psychopath who ends up being an art genius, the events of May ’68 or a gastronomic chronicle.
It is a French fantasy in the best style of Wes Anderson, starring a shower of Hollywood stars and some French celebrities such as Timothée Chalamat, Léa Seydoux and Mathieu Amalric.
The most recent French news is the setting for ‘La fracture’ by Catherine Corsini. This choral film narrates the breakup of a couple in a Parisian hospital on the brink of collapse, while a violent protest by the yellow vests takes place in the capital.
The public hospital is the setting where different social layers, claims, aspirations, shortcomings and stories of a French population on the brink of rupture coexist.
Male voices trio
In our musical chronicle, we went to meet the French-American group Slim and The Beast, who have made a place for themselves on the French indie pop scene.
This trio is made up of Aurélien Amzallag and the twins Aaron and Samuel Lopez-Barrantes, these three different voices now form a solid block. Each one has his story, his instrument, but the common base is to find his voice and his family.