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December 2019

A Prize For Proust: The 1919 Prix Goncourt

December 13 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Institut français, London,
17 Queensbery Pl
Kensington, SW7 2DT United Kingdom

Lecture by Edward Hughes In December 1919, Marcel Proust won the prestigious Prix Goncourt for A l’ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs, the second volume in what would later emerge as one of the great novels of the twentieth century, A la recherche du temps perdu. Professor Edward Hughes (Queen Mary University London) explores the context in which Proust was working in 1919, the coverage given to the award and how A l’ombre can be read as the novel of modernity. As part of a wider…

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The Captive

December 13 | 8:15 pm - 10:00 pm
Cine Lumiere,
17 Queensberry Place
London, SW7 2DT United Kingdom

Loosely inspired by Proust’s The Prisoner, Akerman’s hypnotic exploration of erotic obsession circles around the relationship between the seemingly pliant Ariane and the disturbingly jealous Simon. Special screening preceded by a talk with Pr Edward Hughes (Queen Mary University London) on 13 Dec at 7pm. Marking the 100th anniversary of the publication of A l’Ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs, awarded the Prix Goncourt the same year.

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FROZEN II at Ciné Lumière

December 14 - December 15
Cinema Lumiere,
17 Queensberry Place
London, London SW7 2DT United Kingdom
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The secret of Elsa’s powers continues to threaten the people of Arendelle. To find out clues on the origins of those menacing gifts, she sets out on a perilous journey together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven. The screening on 14 Dec will be preceded by a Frozen-themed magic show and followed by an Olaf appearance! More info on screenings and timings here.  

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French Play Party Powered by GamePad

December 14 | 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Institut français, London,
17 Queensbery Pl
Kensington, SW7 2DT United Kingdom

Gaming today is more inclusive than ever! Men, women, from all ages, and families from diverse cultural backgrounds all enjoy video games. Whether you’re experienced or new to the gaming world, join us for an afternoon of video games demos, tournaments, VR experiences, multi-lingual escape games, French learning through board games and fun for everyone with Mayamada/GamePad.

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January 2020

Michel Legrand: Let the Music Play

January 4, 2020 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cine Lumiere,
17 Queensberry Place
London, SW7 2DT United Kingdom

Three-time Oscar winner Michel Legrand composed some of the most famous soundtracks of all time. Carried along by Legrand’s own tunes, as well as film clips and some surprising archive footage, this documentary, nominated for the 2019 International Emmy Award, is a moving dialogue between an artist and his passion. An exhilarating portrait with an unusual and iconoclastic style, just like Michel Legrand himself!

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Moulin Rouge

January 6, 2020 | 7:00 pm - 9:10 pm
Cine Lumiere,
17 Queensberry Place
London, SW7 2DT United Kingdom

Winning two Oscars, John Houston’s Moulin Rouge follows artist Toulouse- Lautrec who tends to forget his worries by drinking and mingling at the Moulin Rouge in Paris, sketching the ambience behind the scenes. Lonely and convinced that his crippled state means he will be alone forever, he is delighted to meet Marie, a young girl in need of help. The two become lovers, but even the fate of bohemian lovers can be cruel… Special screening on the occasion of the Exhibition Into the Night, Cabarets…

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Melodia!

January 7, 2020 | 6:30 pm - January 31, 2020 | 10:00 pm
Cine Lumiere,
17 Queensberry Place,
London , SW7 2DT United Kingdom

Discovering Musicals from Russia and the Caucasus A thrilling season of classic and contemporary musicals from Russia and the Caucasus, Melodia! celebrates the diversity and complexity of the genre across Soviet, Russian and Caucasian cultures. A rare opportunity for UK based audiences to explore Eldar Ryazanov’s Carnival Night, Gerbert Rappaport’s Cheryomushki and Karen Shakhnazarov’s comedic delight We Are from Jazz – and many more.

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Atlantics

January 8, 2020 | 6:50 pm - 8:45 pm
Cine Lumiere,
17 Queensberry Place
London, SW7 2DT United Kingdom

Grand Jury Prize at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, Mati Diop’s Atlantics is a hypnotic, genre-shifting portrait of a girl’s awakening in today’s Senegal. Ada and Souleiman are in love. Souleiman, tired of not getting paid for his work on the gleaming towers of Dakar, sets out across the Atlantic with his friends, leaving Ada to face impending marriage to another man. Senegal’s Entry to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. The screening will be preceded by a pre-recorded interview…

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Dining Out with the Free French in Wartime London

January 13, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Institut français, London,
17 Queensbery Pl
Kensington, SW7 2DT United Kingdom

The Douglas Johnson Memorial Lecture At the same time as bringing rupture and change in the composition of the French ‘colony’ in London, the Second World War provides a pivotal point that looks backwards to the London French restaurant culture established in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and also forwards to the twenty-first. Professor Debra Kelly (University of Westminster) will discuss how familiar war-time tales of culinary privations mask other stories of plenty and paradox, and not least when we sit down at…

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The Great Upheaval in French Politics: What’s Next?

January 13, 2020 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Institut français, London,
17 Queensbery Pl
Kensington, SW7 2DT United Kingdom

When President Macron came to power in France in 2017, his election blew a wind of change in the domestic political landscape. His willingness to reform the country was however challenged a year ago when the Yellow Vests crisis erupted, revealing a deep social and territorial divide in the country. To comment on this issue, two of France’s leading columnists and political commentators, Nicolas Baverez, economist and lawyer, and Olivier Duhamel, president of Sciences Po and member of the independent public policy…

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Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion

January 19, 2020 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Cine Lumiere,
17 Queensberry Place
London, SW7 2DT United Kingdom

Our favourite Gauls, Asterix, Obelix and Miraculix set out to find a druid to whom Miraculix could pass on the mystery of his magical potion. While the three seek a worthy successor, the evil Heretix works out a dark plan to get hold of the highlypraised recipe.

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Night of Ideas

January 30, 2020 | 5:00 pm
Institut français in London,
17 Queensberry Place
London, SW7 2DT United Kingdom
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Launched by the Institut français in 2016, the NIGHT OF IDEAS is a project staged simultaneously in Paris, London and worldwide, taking place on Thursday 30 January 2020. For the 2020 edition, the Institut français du Royaume-Uni, the Higher Education, Research and Innovation Department and the Cultural Department of the French Embassy are putting together a thought-provoking programme of debates, performances and screenings. Scientists, artists, intellectuals and citizen-activists raise these issues in many ways: by campaigning for animal rights, researching…

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