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This edition: February 2009

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Original tape date: February 19, 2009.

 1/ Shanbehzadeh Ensemble
Music both defines place and travels from place to place these days as fast as you can download to an Ipod.  Globalfest 2009 in New York offered world music fans a chance to sample the traditions of southern Iran as played by the Shanbehzadeh Ensemble, a family affair that reaches from origins lost in the past to a musician studying in France today. CANAPE was on hand to listen.

2/ Rendezvous with French Cinema
To be sure, Paris is the best place to see French films. No surprise there. Second place honors, some would argue, go to the Film Society at Lincoln Center in New York for their annual presentation of the best of recent productions in Rendezvous with French Cinema.
CANAPE stops by for a look.

3/ Justice
For justice all you need are two Frenchmen Xavier de Rosnay and Gaspard Auge. The creative duo who make up the band Justice pulled down a Grammy for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical. They just released a CD A Cross the Universe with an accompanying DVD documentary directed by Romain Gavras about their experiences. CANAPE chats with the tunesters about their music and their film.

4/ 40th Anniversary of the Director?s Fortnight at Cannes 
“It was 40 years ago today, Sgt. Pepper taught his band to play, “ sang The Beatles. In 2008 the Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival was singing its own tune celebrating a 40th anniversary that began in the psychedelia of The Beatles era. The-then Artistic Director of the rich set of events and competitions Olivier Pere took time to talk with CANAPE about the creation, development, and importance today of what happens in Cannes every May.
5/ The Story of French by Jean-Benoit Nadeau
What did Catherine the Great, Frederic II of Prussia, and the guides for the Lewis & Clark Expedition have in common? They all spoke French. It was their contact language with the world. Why was that so? Where did French come from? And where has it gone? Author Jean-Benoit Nadeau tells CANAPE about his book The Story of French, which addresses these questions and more.

6/ Taken by Pierre Morel
The movies are good at creating dreams and their evil twin: nightmares. What if your daughter is kidnapped as she vacations in Paris? What if you happen to be the kind of retired CIA agent dad who might just be able to get her back? That’s the premise of the most recent thrill ride by French producer Luc Besson. Directed by Pierre Morel, the film Taken stars Liam Neeson. CANAPE visits the nightmare.

7/ French short films at the Academy Awards : 
“And the Oscar goes to …” Millions of people around the world wait to hear those worlds. This year the eager listeners include several French filmmakers  nominated in the category of short film.  CANAPE offers a glimpse of the animated Oktapodi and the live action Manon sur le bitume.

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