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On December 8, 2020, Paris’s Olympia Theatre protested that cultural venues were seen as “not essential” by the government. Philippe Dufreigne/Twitter

Debate: France, the nation where culture was left behind

The French government, by prioritizing only “essential” sectors during the Covid-19 pandemic, is ignoring the importance of its culture and cultural assets.
The French film School’s Out is a masterpiece. Avenue B Productions, Canal+, OCS

Five films not to miss from the 2019 Sydney Film Festival

A flawless French film, a Macedonian parable and a documentary following alt-right strategist Steve Bannon are three of the stand out films from this year’s festival.
Filmmaker Agnes Varda holds the Honorary Palme d'Or award at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, France. Varda, a central figure of the French New Wave who later won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, has died. She was 90. AP/Thibault Camus

Agnès Varda, a pioneering artist who saw the extraordinary in the ordinary

Beloved film director Agnès Varda died at age 90, on March 29th. She was a pioneer of French New Wave cinema and admired for her ability to understand time and see beauty outside of mechanical norms.
The grief expressed at the Notre Dame fire is not just because it is a beautiful building – some places become more important to us because of history, culture and our own memories of them. Julien De Rosa/EPA/AAP

Why are we so moved by the plight of the Notre Dame?

Images of Notre Dame on fire have elicited an outpouring of grief around the world and online. This response raises the question of why we feel more connected to some heritage places than others.
People are still drawn to cinema to share the mass experience of watching a movie. Shutterstock.com

Cannes is right, Netflix movies just aren’t the same

Netflix’s Chief Content Officer has said the streaming service is the future of film. But cinemas have survived many other threats to their dominance.
Visitors look at the painting The Visit from 1939 by Paul Delvaux during the 2011 exhibition Surrealism in Paris. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

Explainer: Surrealism

As the longest-running avant-garde movement of the 20th century, Surrealism’s scope and richness is perhaps unparalleled in its influence of modern art and culture.

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