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Culture in France - the best of 2019

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Still from Mona Lisa: Beyond the Glass, part of the Leonardo da Vinci retrospective at the Louvre museum in Paris that opened 24 October 2019.
Still from Mona Lisa: Beyond the Glass, part of the Leonardo da Vinci retrospective at the Louvre museum in Paris that opened 24 October 2019. Courtesy Emissive and HTC Vive Arts
By: Arnab Béranger
32 min

From France's top literature prize, the Prix Goncourt, to the International Comics Festival and the premier film event Cannes...not to mention Tutankhamen's Paris visit and the biggest ever exhibition of Leonardo Da Vinci at the Louvre. Take a listen to 2019's cultural highlights in France by clicking on 'Play'.

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Literary events

In January, Michel Houllebec, the bad boy of French literature, released his new novel Serotonin.

France’s top literary prize, the Goncourt, went to Jean-Paul Dubois for his book All Men do not Inhabit the World in the Same Way.

In January, The Grand Prix at the International Comics Festival at Angouleme, southern France, went to famous Japanese manga author Rumiko Takahashi.

The year in Cinema

In January, the Césars, the equivalent of the French Oscars, were topped by the film Custody, a French drama directed by Xavier Legrand.

In May, the Cannes Film Festival's jury  was presided by Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu.

The Golden Palm in 2019 went to Korean filmmaker Bong Joon Hoo for his scathing social satire Parasite.

Art and exhibitions

Tutankhamen, treasures of the Golden Pharoah became the most visited exhibition in France with nearly 1 and a half million visitors.

The biggest ever exhibition of legendary Italian maestro Leonardo Da Vinci opened at the Louvre.

Listen to this and much more on our podcast by clicking 'Play' above.

(Thanks to radio technicians Yann Bourdelas and Guillaume Buffet)

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