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This edition: February 2011

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Original tape date: February 17, 2011.

(In French)
1/ Fashion Presentation Fall/Winter 2011 of French Fashion Designer Alice Ritter.

2/ Certified Copy by Abbas Kiarostami with Juliette Binoche French cinema has always welcomed the talents of foreign directors.  The German Fritz Lang and the
American Jules Dassin made key films in the land of the Gauls.  The most recent addition to this pantheon is the Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami, whose new film Certified Copy offers Academy Award winning Juliette Binoche another opportunity to demonstrate her range. CANAPE stops by the Cannes Film Festival to take a peek.

3/ Matthieu Ricard
Over thirtyfive years ago a young French cellular geneticist decided to study Buddhism in the Himalayas. He traded the laboratory for a contemplative life. What did he gain? It’s question that he’s addressed in a remarkable sequence of best selling books. The latest is Why Meditate: Working with Thought and Emotions. CANAPE talks with the French Buddhist Himalayan monk-author.

4/ Haiti Noir by Edwidge Danticat
Most simply,noir means black in French. Most folks know its metaphorical accent in the phrase film noir, the much beloved tradition of crime dramas. But in Haiti the lineage of the word is even richer. Noted Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat joins it all together in the new
anthology Haiti Noir which she has edited. She talks to CANAPE about the project and then reads from her story “Claire of the Sealight.”

5/ Of Gods and Men by Xavier Beauvois with Lambert Wilson
How do you tell the story of a group monks kidnapped by Islamic terrorists in Algeria? Most filmmakers would take the search and rescue route. Instead French director Xavier Beauvois examines their life in the weeks leading up to the incident. How do Christians conduct themselves with virtue in a dominantly Muslim community? His camera tracks their spiritual lives as well as individual foibles. CANAPE was on hand at the Cannes Film Festival for the
press conference with star Lambert Wilson and the director.

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