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Netflix – Cuties

By Cassandra Yany

One of Netflix’s newest films, Cuties, has garnered much attention and backlash since its Sep. 9 release on the streaming platform. The coming-of-age film depicts a young girl as she tries to navigate her life as a pre-teen growing up in a Muslim family living in Paris.

Many critics have spoken out against the film, which currently holds the no. 7 spot in Netflix’s ‘Top 10,’ for its depiction of 11-year-old girls dancing and behaving in an indecent manner. According to the New York Times, the movie was first deemed controversial in the U.S. in August when Netflix released the promotional artwork. The original marketing for the film displayed an image of four young girls in skimpy dance costumes posing provocatively.

This, along with the trailer, prompted opposers to start petitions online and call for the removal of the film from Netflix’s catalog. Netflix apologized and changed the artwork for the film to a more innocent photo of the same four characters walking down the street with shopping bags, donning bras and underwear over their clothes.

Last week’s release of the film has sparked conversation once again amongst parents, politicians and others, causing #CancelNetflix to trend on Twitter. Lina Nealon, the Director of Corporate and Strategic Initiatives at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation has spoken out against the film saying “While we commend Director Maïmouna Doucouré for exposing the very real threats to young girls having unfettered access to social media and the internet, we cannot condone the hypersexualization and exploitation of the young actresses themselves in order to make her point.” She called for Netflix to cut the “sexually-exploitive” scenes from the film, or remove the film from the platform altogether.

On Friday, Hawaii Rep. Tulse Gabbard tweeted, “@Netflix child porn ‘Cuties’ will certainly whet the appetite of pedophiles & help fuel the child sex trafficking trade. 1 in 4 victims of trafficking are children… Netflix you are now complicit.”

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz penned a letter to Attorney General William P. Barr Friday calling for the Department of Justice to start an investigation into the production and distribution of the film to “determine whether Netflix, any of its executives, or anyone involved in the making of ‘Cuties’ violated any federal laws against the production and distribution of child pornography.”

Cruz wrote that “the film routinely fetishizes and sexualizes these pre-adolescent girls as they perform dances simulating sexual conduct in revealing clothing, including at least one scene with partial nudity” falsely claiming that there’s a scene exposing a “minor’s bare breast.” The Associated Press reported that one of Cruz’s representatives, Lauren Aronson, said that the senator has not seen the film.

According to the Washington Times, some critics are even calling on the Obama’s— who have a production deal with Netflix— to take action against the film. Deadline stated that “The reality appears to have been lost in the storm, and the truth is very few of the people reacting so strongly will have actually seen the film.”

Netflix told USA TODAY “‘Cuties’ is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children. It’s an award winning film and a powerful story about the pressure young girls face on social media and from society more generally growing up— and we’d encourage anyone who cares about these important issues to watch the movie.”

Director Maïmouna Doucouré defends the film, saying that it works to shed light on these issues so they can be fixed. Cuties first premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 23, where it won the Directing Jury Award for the dramatic film category. According to the New York Times, the movie did not stir up much conversation in France after its theatrical release (as Mignnonnes in French) in August.

Deadline reports that Doucouré did not see the promotional material prior to when it was circulated on the internet. She said that she received death threats as the outrage grew over these images. She told the news site that the film is not apologetic about the hypersexualization of children, but instead is her “…personal story as well as the story of many children who have to navigate between a liberal western culture and a conservative culture at home.”

Cuties was Doucouré’s feature directorial debut. Similar to the film’s main character, Amy, Doucouré is of Senegalese descent and grew up in a Muslim culture in Paris. In an interview at Sundance, she said she first had the idea for the movie after attending a neighborhood gathering in Paris where she saw a group of 11-year-old girls doing a stage performance of a “sensual” dance. She was shocked to see girls that age dance like that in short clothing. “We can’t continue to close our eyes about that,” she told the interviewer.

Doucouré researched for a year and a half, meeting with hundreds of pre-teens who told her their stories. She learned about their ideas of femininity, and how their self image is affected by the emphasis of social media in today’s society. According to IndieWire, the young actresses’ parents were on board with the project to spread awareness of the issue, and there was a psychologist working with the girls throughout filming who is still helping them throughout the release process.

The film is centered around Amy, an 11-year-old girl who has recently moved to a housing development in a poor suburb of Paris with her Senegalese, observant Muslim family. She looks out for her brothers, takes care of responsibilities around the house, and is in the process of being taught how to ‘be a woman’ by  her aunt.

One day after prayer, Amy walks by the laundry room and sees a girl her age dancing to music playing from her phone. In a subsequent scene, Amy is seen trying to straighten her hair with a clothing iron, burning part of it off as a result. 

Amy learns that her father, who is still in Senegal, has taken a second wife and will be coming to Paris soon to have the wedding. Her mother, Mariam, tries to hide her reaction to the news, but Amy sees her grow upset and take her frustrations out on herself. This is where Amy’s behavior begins to shift; she starts to reject her culture and identity, and instead tries to conform to fit in with the other girls at school. 

At school, Amy is teased for her clothes and lack of fashion sense, so she begins to wear her younger brother’s t-shirt to match the crop tops that her classmates wear. After seeing a group of girls her age dancing after school, Amy steals her cousin’s iPhone to learn how to dance, herself. She comes across their social media accounts and begins taking selfies, imitating what she sees on their profiles. 

Amy finds herself a spot in the girls’ friend group and dance troupe, and as a result, begins to neglect her responsibilities at home. Amy starts to show more self expression, wearing her hair natural rather than pulling it back. She also begins to explore the internet more, finding videos of almost-naked women dancing rather suggestively and moving their bodies in ways that an 11-year-old probably shouldn’t be watching. 

Taking what she found online, Amy practices dancing with her friends and teaches them how to twerk. This is where the movie begins to make viewers slightly uneasy. It was jarring to see these young, innocent girls tainted by this inappropriate content and doing dance moves that they didn’t understand the implications of. It appears that this was the intention of director Doucouré, as she stated in an interview with Netflix that the film is “…a mirror of today’s society; a mirror sometimes difficult to look into and accept but still so true.”

Some of the scenes, frankly, are very disturbing to watch. These include the girls dancing provocatively for two older male workers at a laser tag facility so that they wouldn’t get in trouble for sneaking in, as well as Amy beginning to undress for her cousin once he found she had stolen his iPhone in an attempt to smooth over the situation. Perhaps the most disturbing scene is when Amy takes a picture of her genitals to post on her social media profile so that people at school would think she’s mature. While there was no nudity shown in this scene, the implied action was horrifying to watch. 

At the end of the film, Amy performs with her dance troupe at a local competition. Dressed in revealing outfits, they dance immodestly in front of a crowd of people who quickly seem unsettled. (This is the scene from which the original promotional photos were taken.) Toward the end of the song, Amy freezes as she begins to think about her mom, then runs off the stage crying. She goes home where she asks her mom not to attend her father’s wedding. Her mom continues to get ready for the event, but tells Amy that she doesn’t have to go.

Instead of going to the wedding, Amy steps outside and begins jumping rope. This scene depicts a mixture of her two identities: she is wearing jeans and a crop top with her hair down, but is surrounded by people of her culture dressed in traditional garments. After suppressing her family’s background for a majority of the movie, Amy is finally able to find the balance where her multiple cultures intersect in order to be her honest self. 

After watching Cuties, it is evident that it is not meant to promote this behavior among young girls, but instead provide commentary on what is happening today and warn the adults who see the movie. The harsh reality is that more pre-adolescents are exposed to this type of content than we think. Any child who has access to a smart device and social platforms have the potential to see a video not meant for them. Take TikTok for example: racy dances to Cardi B and Meg Thee Stallion’s “WAP,” as well as a recent trend where women make “thirst traps” to Beyoncé’s “Rocket” are some of the most popular videos on the app right now. Young TikTok users can easily see creators on their For You Page enjoying themselves while engaging in these trends, causing the young viewer to want to do the same.

When speaking to Deadline, Doucouré said, “What happens is young girls see images of women being objectified, and the more the woman becomes an object, the more followers and like she has— they see that as a role model and try to imitate these women, but they’re not old enough to know what they’re doing.” In a separate interview, she posed the question, “Isn’t the objectification of a woman’s body that we often see in our Western culture not another kind of oppression?”

Overall, Cuties shows the dangers of uncensored media for young children and displays how impressionable they can be. It also shows the journey of Amy’s self-discovery and learning how to blend her multiple cultures in order to shape her identity. Unfortunately, the risqué nature of the film overshadows the storyline and the message is lost for a number of audience members.

In various articles, Doucouré is quoted discussing the meaning of the film in the broad context of femininity and what it means for young girls to enter womanhood in this digital age. During her aforementioned interview with Netflix, she stated “The real question of Cuties is can we, as women, truly choose who we want to be, beyond the role models that are imposed upon us by society?”

Rustic and beautiful suite at The Refuge de la Traye

The Refuge de la Traye 

Experience an authentic take on French living at The Refuge de la Traye.

Once COVID cases diminish and we begin to travel safely again, this French oasis should be at the top of your list. In the heart of the ski area of Les Trois Vallées, nestled in a green haven between the lake and the mountain, the Refuge de la Traye offers its guests a mesmerizing experience. With meditative spa services and a stunning natural surroundings, the Refuge de la Traye is a must-see luxury resort for your travels.

The buildings themselves hold plenty of charm and sustainable features. Constructed using local natural materials like stone, old larch wood, and lauze, the Refuge evokes the authentic style of the original 1982 mountain refuge. Also, nestled in a fabulous preserved natural site, the Refuge advocates for an eco-responsible approach through active and preventative actions such as solar panels and electric vehicles.

In terms of what to do beyond enjoying the grounds, the Refuge offers many exciting activities and outings for guests. Skiing trips, dog sled rides, snowshoe hikes, zipline adventures, and hot-air balloon trips are all offered at the Refuge. In addition, the on-site animal pen so visitors can learn about the innerworkings of bee hives or the gentle manner of Valais Backnose sheep.

For those looking for a more mellow stay, guests can enjoy fine dining with both cozy indoor and vast outdoor seating options. Others will enjoy fine wines in the wine cellar or artisan cheeses at the cheese counter, nestled under a stone vault.All in all, Le Refuge de la Traye is the first prestigious mountain refuge present to today with a restaurant, spa, tearoom, wine cellars, gift shop, conference room, chapel, and more. Before dining, guests can enjoy a hay bed, a milk bath, an outdoor Jacuzzi, and other relaxing spa and meditative practices. But, for those who cannot travel to the Refuge now, check out some of our favorite at-home spa treatments.

The Refuge de la Traye can arrange accommodations for events such as weddings, baptisms, seminars, product launches and conferences with a chapel and conference rooms on-site. In terms of dining, guests have many options to dine in style by enjoying a meal in an igloo, a marquis or even a teepee at the Refuge.

From business to leisure, the Refuge offers anything and everything guests could want in a vacation. Enjoy an unforgettable trip at the Refuge de la Traye by going to their website and booking your stay now.

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Top 5 European Countries That Offer Freelance Visas

An increasing number of Americans are seeking options for better living—long-term—beyond the U.S. borders, however to earn a living while away requires something beyond a tourist visa. A new report from International Living explores the top five European countries that offer the best freelance visas.

“If you’ve paid attention to headlines in recent weeks, you’ll have likely seen all the many stories about Americans wanting to escape the US Covid crisis,” says Jeff D. Opdyke, editor of The Savvy Retiree, a publication of International Living. “Stories on how to seek second passports. Stories on countries where Americans are increasingly seeking information on emigration. Stories on certain countries and Caribbean islands aiming to attract Americans for a year abroad.

“What’s often missing amid all these many words is the story of how to live abroad for longer than a year without having to spending $100,000 or more buying a passport. For the fact is, a number of countries, particularly in Europe, offer ‘freelance’ visas specifically aimed at those who want to live and work in a particular country for the long haul.

“This report addresses that. Because, frankly, that’s often the quickest and easiest way for the average American to gain permission to live and work legally in Europe.

“Only a limited handful of European countries offer freelance visas. In most countries, you’ll need a job offer from a local firm, or you’ll need to work for a multinational will local operations that transfers you into a particular country. For most of us, that’s not an option. Instead, we have to look to countries that specifically welcome the independent, freelance worker.”

The report explores the five best countries to consider in Europe:

Czech Republic

“I chose to pursue a freelance life two years ago in Prague, one of Europe’s most comfortable and picturesque cities, after careful consideration of other European destinations,” says Opdyke. “Primary among those reasons is the fact that the Czech Republic offers what’s known locally as a Zivno, widely regarded as one of the best freelance-worker options in Europe.

This isn’t a visa, and it not specifically targeted at foreigners. Instead, the Zivno is effectively a national registry of independent workers, whether they’re native-born Czechs or foreigners with long-term residence status. As such, applicants will need a long-residence visa to pair with the Zivno.

“But assuming you have marketable skills in something that allows you to earn income online or even locally – as, say, a language teacher,” says Opdyke, “you will likely obtain your Zivno and with that it is easier to qualify for a one-year, long-term residence visa, a stamp in your passport. Then, assuming you play by Czech rules (pay your taxes and the mandatory health and social security insurance – combined, about $200 a month, minimum), you’ll apply for and receive a biometric, long-term residence card good for two years and renewable for another two. After five years, you can apply for permanent residence/citizenship, if that appeals to you. (Note: Because the Czech Republic is part of the European Union, its passport is one of the five best in the world.)”

Prague, the capital, is a wonderful city to call home—folks are close to so much in terms of weekend getaways or longer trips. The lifestyle is relaxing. The city is eye-candy pretty much everywhere you go. And the food is great. A couple can live the good life there on a budget of $1,900 a month.

Germany

“Here, you want the Freiberufler, Germany’s self-employment visa,” reports Opdyke. “It’s not terribly difficult to obtain, so long as you jump through various paperwork hoops that exist – and Germany has lots of paperwork hoops, including revenue plans, letters of intent or contracts from potential or existing clients, and various other documents.”

Folks will also need to prove income sufficiency, which generally means at least €5,000 (just over $5,900) in a (preferably) German bank account.

Freiberufler is good for six months to three years, depending on the application, and it’s renewable. The primary challenge is that an applicant will (probably) need to prove he or she has German freelance clients. Once armed with the Freiberufler, should a freelancer ultimately want permanent residence in Germany, it’s possible to apply after eight years.

Germany offers an excellent standard of living, with good infrastructure and quality healthcare. However, Germany’s cost of living tends to be higher than the European Union average. A monthly budget for a couple living in a suburban area, close to Munich, runs $3,610 to $4,160.

Spain

The autónomo is what freelancers pursue in the land of sangria.

“The process, while not especially difficult, can be lengthy – taking upwards of six months to complete, which means a 90-day tourist visa for the Schengen Zone (of which Spain is a member) will often expire before you receive your autónomo,” advises Opdyke. “So, you need to plan for that by completing as much of the process as you can outside of Spain. Conversely, as your 90-day limit approaches you can hop across to a non-Schengen country such as Ireland or the UK for a few weeks or months to stop your Schengen clock from winding down.”

The autónomo is identical to the Czech Zivno in that it’s good for one year. An applicant can apply for two, two-year extensions, and after five years of surviving on tapas, then, apply for permanent residency/citizenship if he or she wishes to remain in Spain as a naturalized citizen eligible for an EU passport.

Granada, overlooked by the snow-capped peaks of the majestic Sierra Nevada, is a timeless city of many layers, many people, and many stories. The city is quickly gaining ground as a top choice in Spain—the climate and weather of Granada justify why so many peoples have sought to be here. And the nearly 500-year-old University of Granada plays a major role in the city’s youthful vibe. Here a couple can live well on a monthly budget of $2,476.

Portugal

This is, perhaps, the easiest freelance/self-employed visa to pursue in the EU, which makes it quite popular for those seeking a visa that allows for both long-term residence and permission to earn a living in Europe.

There are two options:

1) residence visa for independent work (working locally for Portuguese clients as a contract employee);

2) residence visa for entrepreneur work (essentially the digital nomad stuff collecting clients from around the world).

“Under Portugal’s ‘non-habitual residency’ program,” says Opdyke, “income generated outside of Portugal for certain types of ‘high-value’ activities is eligible for a tax exemption, meaning you pay no local taxes (you will still owe self-employment taxes to the States, and, potentially, personal income taxes, depending on how much money you earn living abroad).

Permanent residency/citizenship rules in Portugal follow the Spanish and Czech model in that you can apply after five years.

Porto, the second-largest metropolitan area in Portugal after Lisbon, is an increasingly popular city amongst digital nomads. Porto is a living, breathing picture-postcard of European charm, with plenty to see and do. There’s a proverbial banquet of exciting activities, from historic city walks to wine tastings across the river in Vila Nova de Gaia’s wine caves. But best of all, it’s good value. A couple can live well here on a monthly budget of $1,550.

France

“France’s entrepreneur/profession libérale visa is similar to Portugal in terms of ease of attainment,” says Opdyke. “It’s an ideal way for Francophiles to gain legal permission to live and work in France.

“You need to demonstrate that you can fend for yourself financially by proving you earn at least the French legal minimum wage (about €1,540 per month, or $1,800). Beyond that, there are typical documents and whatnot that are necessary for the application, but nothing particularly difficult.”

And despite widespread misconceptions about cost of living in France, outside of Paris the country is a pretty affordable place to call home.

Given its ideal placement along the French Riviera, the coastal city of Toulon in southeastern France provides an idyllic lifestyle for residents and short-term visitors. Away from the hustle-and-bustle of big “resort” towns like Nice, Cannes, and St. Tropez, unassuming Toulon lies a bit off the radar. A couple can live well here on a monthly budget of $1,986 to $2,228.

The full report, including information on a bonus country, The Netherlands, can be found, here: 5 Best Freelance Visas in Europe

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ABOUT ARIANA PAPADEMETROPOULOS

Ariana Papademetropoulos (b. 1990, Pasadena, CA, USA) lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Papademetropoulos completed her BFA at California Institute of the Arts in 2012. Solo exhibitions include Vito Schnabel Gallery, New York, NY (forthcoming), Soft Opening, London, UK (forthcoming), Just Like Arcadia, The Breeder, Athens, Greece (2019), Sunken Gardens, Soft Opening, London, UK (2018), and The Man Who Saved a Dog from an Imaginary Fire, Wilding Cran, Los Angeles, CA (2017). Selected group exhibitions include All of them Witches, Deitch Projects, Los Angeles, CA (2020), and Anima Mundi , Manifesta , Marseille, France (forthcoming) . In 2017 she curated Revenge of the Crystal at SADE, Los Angeles and in 2014 she organised Veils, an exhibition at The Underground Museum in Los Angeles.

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Bastille Day Cocktail illustrated by Mina Tocalini for 360 MAGAZINE.

D’USSE Bastille Basil

As you may know, the bold, yet remarkably smooth character of D’USSE Cognac was conceived at the prestigious Château de Cognac – a 200-year-old venue and one of the oldest Cognac houses in France. Thus, making it an opportune time to explore an exclusive cocktail from the brand to celebrate Bastille Day! 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Parts D’USSE
  • 1 1/2 Parts French Rosé Wine
  • 3/4 Part Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 Part Simple Syrup
  • 1 1/2 Part Sparkling Water

Garnish

  • ​4 Basil Leaves
  • 1 Lemon Wheel

Method

Add D’USSE, Rosé, lemon, simple syrup and basil leaves into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into an ice filled glass. Top with sparkling water. Garnish with a lemon wheel and a sprig of fresh basil.

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Bastille Day Gourmet Tasting Kit

With Bastille Day just around the corner, Francophiles are getting ready to celebrate Le Quatorze Juillet in true Parisienne style. To help you join in on France’s most festive fête from the comfort of your home, beloved French liqueur brand St-Germain and NYC-based Gastronome Catering have teamed up to design an exclusive gourmet tasting kit, Menu du Quatorze Juillet, scheduled to launch on July 14 (details below).

While New Yorkers have started slowly venturing out since the Phase 2 reopening last month, the vast majority have realized the truth of the matter – apartment dining will not be going away any time soon. But preparing a meal for two doesn’t have to be a laborious chore. In fact, quite the opposite. The deluxe Bastille Day tasting kit – created by St-Germain and Gastronome whose high-profile clientele includes Fendi, Alice & Olivia, One King’s Lane, Tribeca Film Festival and Mark Cross to name a few – offers a 4-star tasting experience in the comfort of our homes.

Available for purchase through August 14, the kit will be equipped with everything you need to enjoy an elevated evening – including a Drizly code for the ingredients to make a St-Germain Spritz cocktail, paired with a Parisian-inspired tasting menu from award-winning chef Alex Ureña (bio below). This collaboration is an extension of the St-Germain Moment du Jour social initiative that aims to inspire creativity, elevate daily rituals and design special moments in people’s daily lives at this time.

ABOUT ST-GERMAIN MOMENT DU JOUR

In collaboration with a collective of lifestyle experts and local bartenders from around the country, The St-Germain Moment Du Jour platform offers a series of lifestyle tips — spanning culture, gastronomy, style, and home décor — and cocktail pairings to help inspire creativity and design special moments in our daily lives. The program brings together local artisans and bartenders, who have been impacted in these challenging times, to share weekly tips on the St-Germain Instagram.

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Daniel Boulud Opens Dubai Restaurant

Award-winning, Michelin-starred Chef, Daniel Boulud, to open first Dubai restaurant in Sofitel Dubai Wafi

Brasserie Boulud, a new dining concept by Daniel Boulud – chef-owner of award-winning restaurants around the globe – is set to open its doors this September within Sofitel Dubai Wafi in the United Arab Emirates. Inspired by the French art de vivre, Boulud’s very first restaurant in the Middle East will offer French-inspired contemporary cuisine, rooted in tradition.

While Boulud hails from outside Lyon, France, it is in New York, that he has truly mastered the dining scene and is today considered one of America’s leading culinary authorities. Renowned for the modern appeal he adds to soulful cooking in authentic French classics, he has continuously evolved his cuisine and expanded his dining concepts in Washington DC, Miami, Palm Beach, Toronto, Montreal, London, Singapore, and now Dubai.

Drawing on his vast culinary knowledge, Boulud has chosen French Chef de Cuisine Nicolas Lemoyne to take the helm of Brasserie Boulud. Bringing more than 15 years of experience under his chef’s apron including working at Restaurant Daniel, Boulud’s flagship restaurant in New York, Lemoyne will bring a completely new French experience to Dubai’s current dining scene. The menu is inspired by the rhythm of the seasons and the finest ingredients, with specialties such as Melon Soup with Shrimp and Lemongrass, Homemade Duck and Foie Gras Rillette, Terrine of Spiced Lamb with Eggplant, Dover Sole Veronique with Romanesco Broccoli, BB Burger with Tomato Confit, Arugula and Raclette Cheese, Chicken Tagine with Saffron Cauliflower and Green Olives, Apricot Clafoutis with Pistachio, and Tarte au Chocolat et Framboises.

Stepping into timeless elegance, the beautiful décor of Brasserie Boulud will capture the imagination of the most discerning of diners. As guests walk into the restaurant, the art deco design theme is apparent throughout the venue as modern styles are combined with fine craftsmanship and rich materials. Eyes immediately gravitate to the soaring mirrored ceiling accentuated by modern chandeliers and the classic neutral color palette provides an understated, modern and relaxed atmosphere. The open kitchen offers a multi-sensory dining experience as the chefs showcase their skills. During weekends, live entertainment will accompany the dining experience, inviting guests to take refuge from a busy city life and live the French way.

Said Daniel Boulud of the partnership, “We are so excited to be bringing Brasserie Boulud to our friends in the Middle East for the very first time and we cannot imagine a better partner than Sofitel, a brand that echoes so many of the principles we stand for. They share in our passion for excellence in both hospitality and cuisine, and we look forward to providing an extraordinary experience to their guests.”

When it comes to eating and drinking well, Dubai’s dining scene is renowned for its diverse and globally driven nature. However, Brasserie Boulud is set to be a unique destination in itself – a bastion of taste and the true meaning of gastronomie française.

About Chef Daniel Boulud

Daniel Boulud is Chef-Owner of several award-winning restaurants and the Feast & Fêtes catering company. While he hails from outside Lyon, France, it is in New York that he has truly mastered the dining scene and is today considered one of America’s leading culinary authorities. Raised on his family’s farm in the village of Saint-Pierre-de-Chandieu, the chef remains inspired by the rhythm of the seasons and menus driven by fine ingredients.

Since arriving in New York City in 1982, he has continually evolved his cuisine and expanded his reach across the U.S., as well as London, Toronto, Montreal and Singapore. His culinary empire has brought him many accolades, including two Michelin-starred flagship, Daniel in New-York. Boulud’s culinary style and reverence to mentorship is also reflected in ten books, including the definitive DANIEL: My French Cuisine (Grand Central Publishing, 2013), My Best: Daniel Boulud (Ducasse Books, 2014) and a recently updated version of Letters to a Young Chef (Basic Books, 2017. In 2015, the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awarded Boulud the Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award for his success as a restaurateur, businessman, and ‘chef who is revered as one of the world’s finest.’

About Sofitel Dubai Wafi

A sophisticated and chic address in the epicenter of luxury, Sofitel Dubai Wafi elegantly merges modern French art de vivre and ancient Egyptian heritage with the essence and culture of the UAE. Adorned with a gold pyramidion and in the shape of an obelisk, representative of the Luxor Obelisk currently in Paris, Sofitel Dubai Wafi majestically thrones in the heart of Dubai. Connected to Wafi, a premium shopping and leisure destination, the hotel is just 10 minutes away from Dubai International Airport, as well as major cultural and tourist attractions in the city.

Polo and Pan – “Feel Good”

Parisian electro duo Polo & Pan today released their first single since last summer, a timeless and joyful record to lift spirits. “Feel Good,” is the lead track off their forthcoming EP of the same name, a bite-sized look into their second full-length album currently in the works. Much like their previous releases, “Feel Good,” is a menagerie of kaleidoscopic sounds that underscore their pop sensibilities and legacy as French Touch innovators.

Listen to “Feel Good” here.

Last month the French visionaries crafted a grandiose mixtape of rare edits and globally-sourced records – a hallmark of their eclectic palette. “Home Sweet Home” served as a primer for their new music on the way as well as a groovy sonic voyage that provided an escape for listeners in isolation. To date, the duo have earned over 280 million streams worldwide, continuing to build on success from their only album released thus far, the critically-acclaimed Gold and Platinum work, Caravelle.

Polo & Pan have spent the better part of the last two years traveling their live show around the world, performing to sold-out crowds in notable venues like LA’s Novo, London’s Printworks, NY’s Terminal 5, and Montreal’s MTELUS. The run saw them play to 30,000 fans in North America alone, with rave performances across leading festival stages including Coachella, CRSSD, Corona Capital, and more. With the postponement of their marquee headline at The Hollywood Bowl this summer, Polo & Pan are back in the studio perfecting their next transportive body of work, sure to push the boundaries of their culturally rich soundscapes once again.

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Chilean International Film Festival

The Chilean audiovisual industry’s main sectors, including animation, fiction, and documentaries, are taking part in key international film festivals and markets organized in France, Spain, and the UK in June. A delegation of over 60 Chilean companies accompanied by ProChile and CinemaChile, ChileDoc and Chilean Animation, will present their productions at the special 100%-online editions of various European events; in France, the Annecy Festival and its International Animation Film Market (MIFA), Cannes Festival Marché du Film, and International Marketplace for Documentary & Narrative Experiences – Sunny Side of the Doc; Sheffield Doc/Fest; Sheffield International Documentary Festival in the UK, and Conecta Fiction Reboot in Spain.

This year, the organizers of these events have made unprecedented efforts to develop innovative platforms and virtually reproduce the traditional spaces where people can meet and network.

“At ProChile, we decided to respond positively and to accompany our delegations in these spaces as a great way to continue boosting growth in the audiovisual industry,” explains Ignacio Morandé, ProChile director in France, “The industry is fundamental to the economic and social growth of the country, which has been severely impacted by the paralysis caused by the pandemic. Returning to these spaces offers our producers an excellent opportunity to build alliances, look for funding, and get their projects back up and running quickly.

Annecy Film Festival (France) – ONLINE June 15 to 20 2020

One film in the official selection and four productions being pitched

Nahuel y el libro mágico [Nahuel and the Magic Book] is a 95-minute 2D-animated feature film for children and families that will put Chile center stage at one of the world’s biggest animated film festivals. The film is a blend of adventure, fantasy, and Chilean myths that recounts the story of a 12-year-old boy who has to rescue his father, captured by a wicked sorcerer, while also facing his deepest fears. A coproduction between Chile (Carburadores) and Brazil (Levante Films), it is also the first work by Chilean director Germán Acuña.

As well as seeing one of its films in the official selection for the third consecutive year, Chile also has four productions taking part in the pitch sessions for developing coproduction and distribution agreements. A delegation consisting of 30 companies armed with a catalog of 52 animated films in development, production, or ready. for distribution is representing Chile at the festival.

Cannes Festival Marché du Film (France) – ONLINE June 22 to 26 2020

Launch of the Chilean international film catalog

The new Chilean international film catalog will be launched at the Marché du Film, as it is every year. The catalog features Chile’s main productions with feature-length, short fiction films, and documentaries alongside virtual reality projects. Despite this year’s unusual online-only form, Chile has again decided to choose the event as the springboard for its productions, ensuring they feature at the various markets and festivals around the world

The Chilean delegation at the Cannes Festival Marché du Film will consist of 16 producers and a total of 28 projects in search of funding, coproduction, distribution, and sales agreements.

Chile is also running a special program on June 22, 2020, at the Producers Network, a special space organizing meetings and unique events for experienced producers, with five representatives of Chilean cinema featured this year.

Throughout the event, Chilean productions will be shown in the virtual Cinema Chile, one of the festival’s official screening rooms, where participants will be able to view a comprehensive and fascinating line-up.

SheffieldDoc/Fest (UK) – ONLINE June 10 to July 10 2020
Sunny Side of Doc (France) ONLINE June 22 to 25 2020.

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Visit Loire Valley

Perhaps best known around the world for its exceptional Sauvignon Blanc wines, the charming village of Sancerre and its surroundings in France’s Centre Val de Loire region offer so much more for travelers- from picturesque medieval stone streets and feudal castles to some of the best goat cheese in France and yes, some incredible white, red and rosé wines. Below is an itinerary for travelers to dream up their next trip to the Loire Valley, once travel restrictions are lifted.

A weekend in Sancerre should necessarily begin with a visit to the Tour des Fiefs the only remaining part of the ruined feudal castle of Sancerre from the late 14th century. From atop the tower, visitors can get the lay of the land with a 360-degree view of Sancerre, its vineyards and the surrounding areas of the Loire Valley.  From there, it’s off to eat, drink and adventure around the area.

The Sancerre appellation is located along the left bank of the Loire River, with 330 wine growers stretching across 7,413 acres, where vines have been growing since ancient times. During the 12th century, the Saint-Satur Augustine monks and the ruling counts of Sancerre began to seriously cultivate the vines, particularly Pinot Noir, which was exported from the region along the Loire River. After a phylloxera outbreak destroyed most of the Pinot Noir vineyards at the end of the 19th century, the vineyards were replanted with Sauvignon Blanc grape vines, which are particularly suited to the local climate.

For a modern-day introduction to the wines of Sancerre, oenophile travelers can kick off their weekend in the region with visits to the following
sites:

  • Maison des Sancerre:
    Visiting the visitors’ center at The Maison des Sancerre offers an entertaining and interactive introduction to the wines of Sancerre and all their unique qualities through the use of state-of-art 4-D technology.
  • Domaine Henri Bourgeois:
    For 10 generations, the Bourgeois family has been passionately devoted to producing wines of character, while respecting the environment and the terroir. The vineyard estate, which in 2019 was recognized as the 43rd best in the world by William Reed magazine, also features a tasting space for guests to discover the best of Sancerre’s wines.

Aside from its superb wines, the Sancerre region is also beloved for its famous Crottin de Chavignol goat cheese, one of the five varieties of goat cheese produced in the Loire Valley (out of 13 produced in France). This small cylindrical goat cheese is the claim to fame of the village of Chavignol, just a few minutes from Sancerre, where it has been produced since the 16th century. Travelers can sample the cheese throughout the region, including at:

  • Domaine Eric Louis:
    The Domaine Eric Louis, already known for its production of Sancerre wine, recently opened its own goat farm, which serves as an educational center where visitors can come and learn the art of production of Crottin de Chavignol, as well as the opportunity to taste and purchase the cheese.
  • Ferme des Chapotons:
    At the family-run Ferme des Chapotons, visitors can not only taste and buy their Crottin de Chavignol, but can also visit the goat farm and assist with the goat milking (Monday through Saturday at 4pm), or admire them grazing in the meadow.

Outdoors Around Sancerre

Once travelers have had their fill of wine and cheese, the area around Sancerre offers a wealth of outdoor activities to keep them fit and busy until their next meal.

  • Canoeing and Kayaking on the Loire River:
    With Canoe Evasion, visitors can explore a beautiful part of the Loire Valley by canoe or kayak, along a 5.5-mile stretch of the river from Sancerre, floating past river’s various islands, sand beaches and some of the stunning fauna and flora.
  • Loire by Bike:
    Following the Loire River and its side channel from Belleville-sur-Loire to Saint-Satur and Sancerre, even a beginner cyclist can enjoy a smooth ride through the small valleys of Sancerre and the landscape of the Loire Valley.

Flying Over Sancerre:

  • In a balloon or light plane with Aeroplum:
    An unforgettable way to tour Sancerre is a sunrise flight in a hot-air balloon. Travelers can enjoy the rarefied experience of soaring over Sancerre’s beautiful hills and vineyards with winemaker Sophie Rimbault in her balloon, followed by a wine tasting once back on the ground.  The experience is also available via light plane.
  • In a biplane with Rêv D’ailes:
    Visitors can also experience Sancerre from above via biplane flights of five to 20 minutes.
  • Traditional Boat Trip on the Loire:
    A journey on a traditional boat of the Loire River, such as Le Raboliot in Saint-Satur, can be a nice way to disconnect. Captained by Sylvain Trevel, who is also a fisherman, the boat ride includes the option of sampling local Sancerre wines and cheeses, as well as the freshest fish from the river.
  • Explore the Remarkable Garden:
    Created 30 years ago by Marie Marcat, a passionate and talented gardener, the Jardin de Marie (Marie’s Garden) is now known as “Jardin Remarquable” (The Remarkable Garden). The five-acre, naturally landscaped garden includes a rose garden (produving more than 500 varieties of roses), as well as a vegetable garden, orchard, grass garden and a pond.  The garden also hosts a number of events and exhibitions through the year.

Where to Eat

  • Auberge Joseph Mellot:
    One of the oldest restaurants in Sancerre, the Auberge Joseph Mellot has been welcoming visitors (including Claude Monet and Maréchal Juin) since 1882. Steeped in tradition and with a convivial atmosphere, the Auberge combines a love of wine and respect of terroir, with a menu that evolves with the seasons: a variety of Crottin de Chavignol in all its forms, the green lentils of Berry prepared by the chef and products from the market.
  • Au P’tit Goûter:
    This traditional restaurant located right in the heart of the village of Chavignol is the perfect place to enjoy local products and meals based on Chavignol cheese (and other cheeses) in a warm atmosphere.

Where to Stay

  • Hôtel Restaurant Famille Bourgeois:
    Located in the vineyards of the small village of Chavignol, the Hotel Restaurant Famille Bourgeois has 12 peaceful rooms, a gastronomic restaurant with a Michelin Plate and a more casual bistro.
  • Hôtel Le Panoramic:
    With its breathtaking views over the Sancerre vineyards, Hotel Le Panoramic is a stone’s throw from the old town of Sancerre and famous wine villages, such as Chavignol.
  • B&B Le Cep en Sancerrois:
    In the heart of the wine village of Sancerre, Le Cep en Sancerrois features four suites in a charming house, as well as a wellness area downstairs.