Talk Sex and Seduction with a French Twist at FIAF

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The temperature may be falling, but this autumn is going to be hot at the French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF) with films, discussions, and a photography exhibit all focused on love, sex, and desire.

The CineSalon, “The Art of Sex and Seduction,” which will extend over two months, deciphers the mysteries of love and sex with an oh-so-seductive program of French films. Screenings will take place Thursdays at 4pm and 7:30pm. The classics will be presented: Le Dernier Tango a Paris, an account of a sadomasochistic relationship between a couple famously played by Marlon Brando and Maria Schenider; Lady Chatterly, La Piscine (the Francois Ozon version); and L’homme qui aimait les femmes, by Francois Truffaut. Two more recent films will be honored: L’Inconnu du Lac by Alain Guiraudie and Une vielle maitresse, by Catherine Breillat, which uncovers the secrets of a Parisian marriage in the 19th century.

Three discussions, on October 22nd, and November 5th and 19th, will immerse you in the twists and turns of love. Experts will be present, such as Daniel Bergner, author of What do Women Want? and Toni Bentley, who wrote The Surrender: An Erotic Memoir. On the 22nd, the discussion will focus on obsession, “from the Marquis de Sade to Fifty Shades of Grey.” November 5, on infidelity. Finally on November 19, a focus on love and sex in the digital age. The conferences are in English.

Finally, the FIAF Galllery will welcome an exhibition by Jean-Daniel Lorieux titled “Seducing the Lens.” It will run from October 30th to December 6th. The photographer has worked for major fashion icons like Vogue, Dior, and Lanvin. In his photographs, he creates sensual and erotic portraits of idealized and glorified women.

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