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Episode Details

Original tape date: June 23, 2011.

1/ "La Seduction, How the French play the game of life" by Elaine Sciolino
Nobody said seduction was simple. What if it was the key to understanding a whole culture? That’s the idea behind the new book by the former head of the New York Times Paris Bureau Elaine Sciolino La Seduction: How the French Play the Game of Life. She “turns stereotypes into insights,” says one reviewer. CANAPE meets with the author to see how she plays the game.

2/ "Apichatpong Weerasethakul" at theNew Museum
The filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul has been walking away with prizes in recent years for his French produced works portraying his native regional culture in Thailand. In 2010 Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall Past Lives earned the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. The New Museum in New York is exhibiting the ambitious multimedia offshoot of that film titled Primitive. Curator Massimiliano Gioni talks with CANAPE about the scope of the multiplatform work with eight videos and more.

3/ "Viva Riva" by Djo Munga
Perhaps you can go home again. Congolese filmmaker Djo Munga was trained in Brussels but decided to set his first feature film Viva Riva! in his home city Kinshasa. The film boasts recognizable elements of film noir. But this is a tropical African version where the city of Kinshasa might just be the real protagonist. One critic describes the crime thriller as “sexy, vicious, and throbbingly realistic.” CANAPE talks to director Munga.

4/ Maripol at Clic Gallery
In 1976 French artist Maripol moved to New York and joined the vibrant downtown scene. A portrait of motion, she hasn’t stopped creating for thirty five years. Clubber, boutique owner, art director for Cher or Elton John, she practices constant reinvention. CANAPE spies her at the launch for her new book.

5/ "Kings of Pastry" by D.A. Pennebaker
Reality television has created many silly, artificial competitions. Melodrama meets more melodrama. But there is nothing silly or melodramatic about the very real Meilleurs Ouvriers de France competition to name the best pastry chef. It’s a great national honor. The new documentary Kings of Pastry captures the process as pressure and suspense mount. CANAPE chats with filmmaker D. A. Pennebaker and chocolate maker Jacques Torres.

Guest List

Massimiliano Gioni Curator at the New Museum

Chris Hegedus Film Director

Maripol Film Director

Djo Munga Film Director

D.A. Pennebaker Film Director

Elaine Sciolino Author

Jacques Torres Pastry Chef