Audrey Tatou is one of those actresses who skyrocketed to fame overnight, following the massive critical and commercial success of the French film Amélie, in which she plays the title role. What many don’t know, however, is that Tatou’s artistic endeavors extend beyond that of the actor – she’s also a great lover of photography, and will debut her first exhibition as a shutterbug next month.
Speaking to The New York Times about the show, Tatou explained, “I needed to do it. Maybe because of what happened to me with this huge celebrity suddenly – it was a way for me to take a bit of distance from the storm.”
She said of her process: “I adapt myself to the location, which is always some intimate place – a place that I owned or at my parents’ house. Once I take the photos, I don’t retouch and I don’t change the framing at all. I don’t cheat on anything.”
The photo exhibition will be held at the Rencontres d’Arles festival in France, which runs from July 3 through September 24. The series will include staged self-portraits, in which props, set, and lighting are heavily used, as well as captured moments of the journalists she’s engaged with over the years. There’s also images of animals and plants.
Here’s a sweet little taste of what’s to come:
After consuming five Absinthe cocktails, a five-course French meal by a Top Chef finalist, and a screening of Amelie, myself and the rest of the overstuffed audience at Nitehawk Cinema were as jolly as Christmas morning. And why not? In our classroom desk-style Nitehawk seats, we were waited on like Business Class patrons jetting off to Rome. The event: Film Feast, the theatre’s latest signature series, where celebrity chefs create tasting menus inspired by their favorite film, and serve it to epicurean folk during the movie.
Nitehawk’s Film Feast requires multitasking, since it’s hard to prioritize whether you want to look up at the actors’ expressions, tear apart your pillowy mussels like a caveman, or glare at the very loud munchers behind you. So, inevitably, a bit is lost cinema-wise, especially in the case of Amelie, which features subtitles, thus requiring extensive reading mid-cocktail swigging and duck crepe-cutting. It’s a lot to ask.
But nonetheless, this is Nitehawk’s novel concept: on any regular night, the theatre transforms the rote dinner-and-a-movie experience into a simultaneous, trendy experience. And with Nitehawk’s Film Feast series, the theatre pushes the concept even farther, giving you a glimpse at the surprising interests – both food and film-wise – of NYC’s award-winning chefs. Plus, you eat and drink way more.
Stay tuned for news on the next Film Feast series…
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MONDAY: Meat & Greet At The Meatpacking Fundraiser
Diane von Furstenberg and Theory’s Andrew Rosen are among the boldface names coming out tonight for the Meatpacking District Improvement Association’s inaugural fundraiser. Highline Stages will host, with the whole neighborhood on hand for sampling. The Misshapes and Nancy of LCD Soundsystem are on DJ duty. Food and booze will be provided by the likes of Catch, Bagatelle, and Serafina. Joie, Jay Godfrey and, of course, VF highlight the sample sales.
Open Market at Highline Stages (440 W. 15th St., the Meatpacking District) starts 8pm, Monday the 18th. General admission tickets are $150. To learn more about the event space, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.
TUESDAY: A Reel Cool Time At Nitehawk
Nitehawk Cinema takes dinner and a movie to a new level as part of their Tuesday night series known as “Film Feast.” Chef Sarah Nguyen of Marc Forgione lays out five courses of French cuisine while you enjoy the Parisian flair of Amélie. Absinthe will be paired, d‘accord.
Film Feast’s Améliescreening is at Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg) at 7:30pm, Tuesday the 19th. Tickets are $95. To learn more about the cinema, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.
SATURDAY: Say Cheese
Pop-up competition The Big Cheesy returns with seven melt masters squaring off at Openhouse Gallery. Returning champs Melt Shop will defend their grilled cheese crown against the likes of Murray’s Cheese Bar, ’wichcraft, and Sons of Essex.
The Big Cheesy at Openhouse (201 Mulberry St., Nolita) runs from noon–7pm on Saturday the 23rd and Sunday the 24th. Tickets are $25. To learn more about the gallery and event space, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.
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The New York Beer Company (Theatre District) – Ticker over the bar shows fluctuating pint prices, but remember: you don’t buy beer, you only rent it.
Amèlie (Greenwich Village) – Fine Gallic and Cali vintages straight out of San Fran’s Nob Hill.
The Bellwether (Williamsburg) – Small plates and DJs from Anella and Calyer peeps.