What’s On This Month At The Institut francais

What’s On This Month At The Institut francais

The French Institute in London is not only a great place for learning French it is also one of our favourite cultural institutions in the city. There are always lots of great ongoing and new events to explore and enjoy plus lots of family orientated things to get the kids involved. Here’s our pick of some of the best events going on this month.


The Ciné Lumière is one of our favourite cinemas in London. Aside from having really nice comfy club class like seats it shows films from all around the world and specialises in having international film festivals.

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Image Gustave De Kervern and Catherine Deneuve in dans la court (In the Courtyard)

This month we like the look of the French Film Festival which will be showcasing movies from a country that has a rich and fine history of making great films. Catherine Deneuve is one of the most iconic French actresses and she gives a trademark moving and beguiling performance in Pierre Salvadori’s superb dans la court (In the Courtyard). Gustave De Kervern is brilliant too in the story of two middle aged people struggling along in life and whose paths cross on the way.  Other fine movies to try and catch include Abderrahmane Sissako’s film Timbuktu, a powerful and deeply moving condemnation of intolerance and Julie Bertuccelli’s School of Babel, portraying sensitively immigrant children in France.

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Image School of Babel and Timbukta part of French Film Festival at Cine Lumiere.

Also later this month Cine Lumiere will be screening films from the UK Jewish Film Festival. One of the highlights will be the showing of L’Antiquaire (The Art Dealer). This stylish and compelling Parisian drama in the form of a modern day detective story takes on the sensitive issue of art stolen during the Second World War. Plucky young journalist Esther Stegmann uncovers a web of betrayal and complicity as she investigates a story that has been carefully buried for decades by those closest to her. Director François Margolin lends the lightest of touches to this dark story, with backdrop shots of Paris and ravishing music to match.

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Image L’Antiquaire (The Art Dealer) showing as part of the UK Jewish Film Festival at the Cine Lumiere.


Digital Comics: Evolution and Revolution will be the topic for what promises to be a fascinating talk and debate this month.

Digital Comics: Evolution and Revolution

Multi-million hits for webtoons to multi-cursal, interactive hypercomics, the 9th Art has embraced the digital era with extraordinary results. Where is the medium heading now, and how will it develop next? Who better to answer than four industry insiders at the cutting edge:

  • Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, webcomics wizard and co-developer of new comics-making app Electricomics;
  • David Lloyd, co-founder/editor of the digital comics anthology ACES Weekly;
  • Chloe Pursey, UK Editorial Director of digital graphic novels publisher Seqential and Panel Nine;
  • Fabien Vehlmann, writer and co-founder of the French digital comics anthology Professeur Cyclope in association with Arte.

Their presentations and spirited discussions will be accompanied by demonstrations of digital comics innovations.

This conversation is hosted by graphic novelist Nye Wright and organised in association with the Comica Festival.

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Don’t forget the regular Cafe Philo philosophy meetings on Saturday mornings. The meetings are very popular and provide a platform for lively discussions on all manner of philosophical questions with topics proposed and put forward by the group. The meetings alternate from being in French and English so check site for schedule. Join different ages, nationalities and an open minded crowd loosely chaired by host Christian and maybe keep the discussion going over lunch and wine at the French Institute’s nice bistro. 

The Institut francais offer language lessons for all levels at their South Kensington and Kentish Town locations. Check website for more details.


Part 1 –  Editor’s Diary: Learning French at the Institut francais