Film

Hors Normes


Do-Good, Feel-Good Film

By Heidi Ellison

Directors and screenwriters Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache seem to be making a career out of feel-good movies about gnarly subjects. Their huge hit, Intouchables (2011), the second most successful film ever made in France, was an upbeat film about … Read More

What's Happening in Paris This Week

For full details about an event, click on the title to visit the official Web site (in English when available).

Through January 19

Festival of lights

The ocean is the theme at this year’s edition Espèces en Voie d’Illumination, a unique nighttime light festival.

Jardin des Plantes, Paris

Throughout December

Festive activities

Magical châteaux, ice skating and family fun: a comprehensive list of Paris’s Christmas events.

Various locations, Paris

Throughout December

Christmas markets

Mulled wine and gifts galore: a full list of Christmas markets in Paris. Above: handmade gifts and treats for sale at the Marché de Noël #MADEIN18e in the 18th arrondissement.

Various locations, Paris

December 22-January 6

Fairytales for Christmas

Festive fun for all the family as classic children’s tales come to life at Noël aux Gobelins.

Mobilier National, Paris

December 15

Santa Dash

Thousands of people in Santa costumes take to the streets of Issy-les-Moulineaux for the 42nd edition of the Corrida de Noël, a 10K run.

Issy-les-Moulineaux, Île-de-France

December 21-January 5

Skating in the sky

An ice-skating rink on the roof of the Grande Arche de la Défense offers a 360-degree view of Paris and its suburbs.

Grande Arche de la Défense, Paris

Through December 20

Culture in the 12th arrondissement

Festival 12×12 showcases the best sculpture, photography, dance, music and theatre of the 12th arrondissement over 12 days.

Various locations, 12th arrondissement of Paris

Through January 5

Christmas equestrian show

Alice and the Enchanted Carousel: a Christmassy fairytale in the magical setting of the Domaine de Chantilly.

Domaine de Chantilly, Île-de-France

December 26-January 6

Holiday wonderland

The nineteenth-century photobooth takes center stage at this year’s edition of the Festival du Merveilleux.

Musée des Arts Forains, Paris

Through January 6

The art of cartography

Maps created by artists in the Middle Ages and Renaissance are the subject of the exhibition Quand les Artistes Dessinaient les Cartes.

Archives Nationales, Paris

Through March 8

World’s Fair architecture

An exhibition at the Musée Roybet Fould, Architectures Éphémères, looks at temporary buildings created for 19th-century World’s Fairs in France.

Courbevoie, Île-de-France

Through January 25

Alfred Hitchcock retrospective

The master of suspense is celebrated in a two-month-long retrospective at the Cinémathèque Française.

Cinémathèque Française, Paris

Through December 24

African music and film

The Africolor cultural festival puts African music in the spotlight.

Various locations in Paris suburbs

Through December 21

Experimental audiovisuals

Vidéobox welcomes Fresnoy, an internationally recognized incubator for emerging, innovative artists in the audiovisual field.

Carreau du Temple, Paris

Through December 31

Cultures of the world onstage

Music, dance, theater and ritual performances from around the world at the Festival de l’Imaginaire.

Various locations, Paris

Through February 9

Art of tomorrow, today

Performances and installations using new technology are on show at the Biennale Némo.

Various locations, Île-de-France

Through December 31

Contemporary arts festival

The Festival d’Automne presents leading talents in art, dance, film, theater and more from around the world.

Various venues, Paris & Île de France

December 12

French film with English subtitles

Lost In Frenchlation presents a newly restored version ofLa Piscine(1968), directed by Jacques Deray, to celebrate their fourth anniversary.

Luminor Hôtel de Ville, Paris