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Humor on the hoardings spotted before the first round of the French elections: “John Goodman (Jean Gentilhomme) for President,” the candidate of the “Nice Peoples' Party. That would make a change. © Paris Update












Paris Update What’s On

Links to events happening this week in Paris.

Silent films from Switzerland?


> They’re rare, but they do exist and can be seen at the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé, Paris, through May 2.

Voices from the North
> The Pølar Festival celebrates Northern European culture with films, concerts, talks and more. Various locations, Paris, through April 29.

Photo walk
> Eight Paris galleries hold special photography shows and events for Parcours Fotofever. Various locations, Paris, through May 1.

Photo shows galore
> Le Mois de la Photo has been moved from autumn to spring, with 96 exhibitions taking place all over the greater Paris area. See Web site for locations and dates.

Art videos
> The theme of this year’s Videobox Festival is “noise and movement.” Carreau du Temple, Paris, April 27-29.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Nicolas Boukhrief’s La Confession, preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, April 28.

Virtual reality
> Drop in on Saturday or Sunday from 2pm to 8pm for a free virtual trip at the VR Express festival. Forum des Images, Paris, through June 30.

Dance in historic sites
> Monuments en Mouvement offers free dance performances in national monuments like the Pantheon in Paris, the Abbaye de Cluny and châteaux. Various locations, through Oct. 21.

African culture festival
> The 100% Afriques festival showcases dance, theater, music, fashion, design, art, food and more from all over the continent. La Villette, Paris, through May 28.


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des hommes et des dieux

"Des Hommes et des Dieux" ("Of Gods and Men") was one of the top five French films in France in 2010 and may be nominated for an Oscar.

A few miscellaneous statistics to kick off the new year:

• In 2010, 62 of the most popular TV series shown in France were made in America, led by The Mentalist.

• The French went to the movies more often last year than they had in 2009, with attendance up 2.7 percent, representing 206 million spectators, a record for the past 40 years. Once again, they showed an overwhelming preference for American products: nine of the top 15 films were made in the States. The five most popular French movies were Les Petits Mouchoirs, Camping 2, L’Arnacœur, Des Hommes et des Dieux (Of Gods and Men, France’s candidate for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and certainly the most highbrow of the top five movies) and Arthur 3.

• On the museum front, the Louvre also set a new record last year, with 8.5 million visitors.

• The French may be culture vultures, but they are not too smart when it comes to smoking. In spite of a number of recent anti-tobacco moves, the number of regular smokers has risen by 2 percent over the past five years, to 28.7 percent of the population.