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June 2019
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Enluminures – Christian Lacroix / Stéphane Lavoué

June 19 | 12:00 am - June 26 | 6:00 pm
Institut français, London,
17 Queensbery Pl
Kensington, SW7 2DT United Kingdom

For more than twenty years, the iconic and internationally celebrated French fashion designer Christian Lacroix and the Comédie-Française have been working together skilfully dressing the actors on various productions. Christian Lacroix was invited by Éric Ruf, Administrateur Général de la Comédie-Française, to illuminate their portraits, shot by Stéphane Lavoué, thus revealing the mark each actor has left on him. Embellished with collages and doodles by the great master, the colourful 62 portraits are presented for the first time outside the Comédie-Française.   Free…

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£7

Masterclasses with the Comédie-Française Troupe

June 21 | 2:30 pm - June 23 | 5:00 pm
Institut français, London,
17 Queensbery Pl
Kensington, SW7 2DT United Kingdom

On the occasion of the return of the Comédie-Française in London, the Institut français hosts three exceptional masterclasses with the actors from the cast of The Damned, presented at the Barbican. Each masterclass will be led by a trio of actors discussing the production, their career and their work in the legendary Parisian institution.

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£12

The Music Room

June 23 | 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Institut français, London,
17 Queensbery Pl
Kensington, SW7 2DT United Kingdom

Voted one of the greatest films of all times by Sight and Sound, Satyajit Ray’s The Music Room brilliantly evokes the crumbling opulence of the world Roy, fallen aristocrat, desperately clinging to a fading way of life in his zamindar’s palace. His greatest joy is the music room in which he has hosted lavish concerts over the years – now a shadow of its former vivid self. New digitally restored version As part of the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival

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£5 - £15

Mi-Sa Yang & Jonas Vitaud

June 27 | 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Institut français, London,
17 Queensbery Pl
Kensington, SW7 2DT United Kingdom

The unparalleled duet formed by violinist Mi-Sa Yang and pianist Jonas Vitaud performs pieces from their new album dedicated to Mozart’s violin sonatas (Mirare). Whether as soloists or chamber musicians, they both won numerous international competitions such as the ARD Music Competition in Munich for Jonas Vitaud or the 55th edition of the Maria Canals International Music Competition in Barcelona for Mi-Sa Yang. Programme Mozart, Sonata for Violin and Piano in D major, K306 Mozart, Variations for Violin and Piano in G…

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£7

Food: All About the Plate

June 28 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Institut français, London,
17 Queensbery Pl
Kensington, SW7 2DT United Kingdom

V&A curators Catherine Flood and May Rosenthal Sloan present Food: Bigger than the Plate, a major new exhibition at the V&A. Joined by artist Elaine Tin Nyo, whose project This little pig features in the exhibition, and author and illustrator, Guillaume Long, known for his illustrated cookbooks (To Drink and Eat: Tastes and Tales from a French Kitchen) and his culinary drawn blog A boire et à manger in Le Monde, they will discuss the importance of the senses, and explore how artists and designers are bringing together the politics and pleasures of food.…

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£12

Le Dernier métro

June 30 | 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Institut français, London,
17 Queensbery Pl
Kensington, SW7 2DT United Kingdom

Set in Paris in 1942, Truffaut’s stirring tribute to the Resistance and to theatre is Deneuve’s first pairing with Gérard Depardieu. Marion takes over the theatre managed by her German-Jewish husband after he goes into hiding. She hires Bernard (Depardieu) as the star of her new production, and as rehearsals proceed, an attraction grows between them. A calm, powerful film about love, drama and the place of art and performance in war time. Le Dernier métro was nominated for the Academy Awards…

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£5

Foodnotes: Three Films by Vivian Ostrovsky

June 30 | 6:40 pm - 6:50 pm
Institut français, London,
17 Queensbery Pl
Kensington, SW7 2DT United Kingdom

Avant-garde filmmaker and curator Vivian Ostrovsky takes us from three star Michelin restaurants to food festivals in the South of France, via childhood memories in the 1960s Brazil and USSR with a selection of three short films – Nikita Kino, Eat and *** (Trois étoiles) – shot between 1987 and 2002. Followed by a Q&A with director Vivian Ostrovsky This screening is part of the Great Exhibition Road Festival and echoes the Food: Bigger than the Plate exhibition at the V&A.

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July 2019
£5

More than Honey

July 2 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Institut français, London,
17 Queensbery Pl
Kensington, SW7 2DT United Kingdom

Fifty years ago, Einstein already insisted that “if bees were to disappear from the globe, mankind would only have four years left to live.” As 80% of plant species require bees to be pollinated and without pollination, there can be no fruits or vegetables, bees appear to be as indispensable to the economy as they are to man’s survival. In More than Honey, Markus Imhoof examines how, since the 1980s, numerous colonies of bees throughout the world have mysteriously been decimated.…

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£5

Our Daily Bread

July 2 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Institut français, London,
17 Queensbery Pl
Kensington, SW7 2DT United Kingdom

Welcome to the world of industrial food production and high-tech farming! To the rhythm of conveyor belts and immense machines, the film, with its sumptuous cinematography, looks into the places where food is produced in Europe: monumental spaces, surreal landscapes and bizarre sounds – a cool, sanitized environment which leaves little space for our fantasies of small, bucolic farms. Screening introduced by Catherine Flood and May Rosenthal Sloan, curators of the Food: Bigger than the Plate exhibition at the V&A (tbc). This…

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£5

Bloody Milk

July 4 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Institut français, London,
17 Queensbery Pl
Kensington, SW7 2DT United Kingdom

A surprise of Cannes Critics week 2017 and a huge success in France, Bloody Milkwon 3 César awards, including Best First Film, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress. Pierre is a 30-yearold dairy farmer. His life revolves around the family farm he took over, his cows, his veterinarian sister and his parents. When the first cases of an epidemic disease break out in France, Pierre finds out that one of his animals is infected. Losing his cows is not an option…

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£5

The Biggest Little Farm

July 4 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Institut français, London,
17 Queensbery Pl
Kensington, SW7 2DT United Kingdom

Following its UK premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival, Emmy Award winner John Chester’s The Biggest Little Farm chronicles his eight-year quest with his wife Molly, incited by the love of a rescue dog to trade city life for 200 acres of barren farmland in California, and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Featuring breathtaking cinematography and captivating animals, this outstanding documentary provides us all with a vital blueprint for saving and nurturing our endangered biodiversity. See also Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse by…

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£7

Louis XIV: Hero or Villain?

July 4 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Institut français, London,
17 Queensbery Pl
Kensington, SW7 2DT United Kingdom

The greatest art patron of his age, Louis XIV made of Versailles a showroom for the glory of France and a travel destination for Europeans, and encouraged women’s education. Yet he launched four European wars and killed French Protestants and banned their religion. In his new biography King of the World, Philip Mansel sees Louis XIV as global and European as well as French, and leaves readers to decide whether he made France stronger or weaker. Chaired by Prof. Tim Blanning, Emeritus Professor of…

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£12

Woman at War

July 6 | 8:00 am - July 13 | 5:00 pm
Institut français, London,
17 Queensbery Pl
Kensington, SW7 2DT United Kingdom

Environmental activist Halla embarks on a one woman war with the local aluminum plant to protect her homeland’s pristine Highlands. As Halla’s actions grow bolder, she learns that her application for adoption has been accepted. Before embracing her new life as a mother, she plans a final radical act of sabotage. Benedikt Erlingsson’s follow up to Of Horses Of Men is a delightful and witty take on a topical issue: how to bring new life into a broken world?

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£12

Yuli: The Carlos Acosta Story

July 10 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Institut français, London,
17 Queensbery Pl
Kensington, SW7 2DT United Kingdom

Following the world acclaimed Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta, nicknamed ‘Yuli’ by his father, from the streets of his native Havana, through his time at the Cuban National Dance School, to performing at London’s prestigious Royal Ballet, Iciar Bollain’s film tells the amazing true story of one of ballet’s most athletic and lauded prodigies. Special screening as part of FranceDance UK launch evening, attended by choreographer Emanuel Gat

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£12

Happy as Lazzaro

July 13 | 8:00 am - July 17 | 5:00 pm
Institut français, London,
17 Queensbery Pl
Kensington, SW7 2DT United Kingdom

Revealed at the Director’s Fortnight in 2011 and awarded with the Grand Prix at Canne’s Film Festival in 2014, Alice Rohrwacher is critically acclaimed worldwide. Her third film, Happy As Lazzaro, which tells the improbable alliance between Lazzaro, a candid young peasant, and Tancredi, a young nobleman, who set to orchestrate Tancredi’s own kidnapping, comes, with no surprise, with a shower of well-deserved prizes and nominations including Best Screenplay Award at last year’s Cannes Film Festival.

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£12

Les Plages d’Agnès

July 21 | 4:50 pm - July 26 | 4:15 pm
Institut français, London,
17 Queensbery Pl
Kensington, SW7 2DT United Kingdom

Returning to the beaches that have been part of her life, Agnès Varda invents a kind of self-portrait-documentary. Agnès stages herself among excerpts of her films, images and reportages; weaving public and private struggles, loves and friendships, films and people, and the history of French cinema. Idiosyncratic, engaging and deeply moving, The Beaches of Agnès is the autobiography of a magnificent artist and a woman of vital curiosity.

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