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French speakers, here is a page for resources and UK-based event listings to help you practice your language skills and immerse yourself in French culture without leaving the country!   Think we've missed something? Click here to send us your suggestions for listings!

Resources to help you immerse yourself in the language

Culturethèque - an online multimedia library offering a wide range of French audiobooks, e-books, lectures, films, documentaries and plays online! Institut Français Royaume-Uni - the French Cultural Institute's website is full of super handy event listings and resources! French radio stations - Listen Live has a comprehensive list of French radio stations that you can listen to through the magic of the internet! French newspapers - can't get to France to buy a newspaper? No problem, read one of these online instead! Alliance Français de Manchester - the Manchester equivalent of the French Cultural Institute  Manchester French Connections - a website for the French speaking world in Manchester!

 Cultural events across the UK

January 2015

10th-11th Jan: Lonely Circus (France), Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Acrobat Sébastien Le Guen and musician Jérome Hoffman teach you the art of falling in a physical dialogue with dark humour and a tense atmosphere.

20th Jan - 6th Feb: 'Andrea Chénier', Royal Opera House, London

David McVicar directs a new production of Umberto Giodarno's passionate drama of love and liberty in the French Revolution.

23rd-25th Jan: OKTOBRE (France), Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

An acrobat, a trapezist and a magician flirt with disaster at the maddest tea party since Alice visited Wonderland. Features three of France's top young circus-theatre talents.

February 2015

2nd Feb: Meeting Maylis de Kerangal & book signing, Institut Français Royaume-Uni

Maylis de Kerangal is one of the most promising French authors of her generation. She will be reading from her new novel, Réparer les vivants.

7th Feb - 21st March: Exhibition - Florian and Michael Quistrebert, Visions of Void, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee

This exhibition is dedicated to the collaborative French brothers at Dundee Contemporary Arts. You can see an accompanying exhibition at the Institut Français Ecosse.

10th Feb: The Spectrum of Radicalism - Fact and Fiction (and book signing), Institut Français Royaume-Uni

Karim Miské, known for his documentary work on the suburbs of Paris, will be in conversation with Kenan Malik, eminent specialist on jihadism and extremism, and Suzanne Moore, who analysed the recent Charlie Hebdo events for the Guardian. 

17th - 18th Feb: Cinema - Adieu Berthe, Institut Français Ecosse, Edinburgh

This film tells the story of Armand, a pharmacist in the Parisian suburbs, whose world shakes when his grandmother Berthe dies.

March 2015

18th March: Apollinaire and French poetry of the First World War, Europe House, London

To mark the celebration of francophonie week, the Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation is hosting an evening of poetry focusing on the French experience of the First World War and the literature it produced.

April 2015

25th April: RVA French Food Festival, Richmond, London.

The annual RVA French food festival is a celebration of everything French - from the food to the music! A delicious, family-friendly day out.

May 2015

5th May - 4th June: Cinema - 'The New Girlfriend', Institut Français Royaume-Uni

After the death of her life-long best friend, Claire vows to watch over her husband, David, and their young daughter. But when she makes a surprising discovery, her own subconscious desires are unleashed, taking her on a journey that will change her life irrevocably. Based on a story by Ruth Rendell, The New Girlfriend is a witty and hilarious take on gender and sexuality from internationally-acclaimed director François Ozon.

23rd May - 25th July: Café Philo, Institut Français Royaume-Uni

Open to everyone interested in discussing philosophical issues in an informal setting, the Café Philo meet every Saturday.


24th - 30th May: Festival du Film Merveilleux et Imaginaire, Ciné Lumière, Institut Français Royaume-Uni

Ahead of the 6th edition of the Festival du Film Merveilleux et Imaginaire in Paris next July, discover marvellous worlds, the realm of fancy and other fairy tales in a unique selection of short films. And after the show, the children will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite short film!

24th May - 26th July: Sunday French Classics, Institut Français Royaume-Uni

A chance to express your views on French classic movies by attending the Ciné Salons. Hosted by Nick Walker every 2 weeks, watch a film and then discuss it, with free nibbles! Sunday French Classics are currently dedicated to French Leading Ladies.

29th May - 28th June: Cinema - 'Timbuktu', Institut Français Royaume-Uni

Winner of 7 César awards, Timbuktu confirms Sissako’s status as one of the true humanists of contemporary cinema. Not far from Timbuktu, now ruled by the religious fundamentalists, Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his family and their twelve-year-old shepherd. Back in the city, the people suffer from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned.

30th May: Library Open Day, Institut Français Royaume-Uni

Join the fun for La Médiathèque open day. Families can drop in at any time and discover the next two steps of the library’s project. The team will be available to answer all of your questions and present the project in its very details.

31st May: Belle du Jour (part of Sunday French Classics),  Institut Français Royaume-Uni

The screening of this classic film will be preceded by an introduction and followed by a Ciné Salon with Nick Walker.

31st May - 6th June: Cinema - The Boy and the World, Institut Français Royaume-Uni

Looking for his father, a little boy leaves his hometown only to discover an extraordinary world inhabited by mecanic- animals and odd creatures. Embark on this lyrical and dreamy voyage illustrating modern world through the eyes of a child

June 2015

4th June: Documenting Nazi Atrocities, Institut Français Royaume-Uni

Right after the liberation of Germany, the Allied programme of ‘re-education’ aimed to confront the German population with their responsibility for the rise of National Socialism and its extermination policies. In this series of films that document the liberation of the camps and bear witness to the atrocities committed by the Nazis, we present the ‘official’ French film Le Camp de la mort (1945) as well as the more personal films Night and Fog by Alain Resnais (1955/56) and Henchman Glance (2010) by Chris Marker.

5th - 18th June: Cinema - The Connection, Institut Français Royaume-Uni

Marseille, 1975. Young investigating magistrate Pierre Michel embarks on a personal crusade against Gaëtan Zampa, an iconic underworld figure from the French Connection, a mafia organisation that exports heroin around the world. A high-octane and stylish crime drama boasting powerful performances from Gilles Lellouche and Oscar winner Jean Dujardin.

6th June: Café Philo, Institut Français Royaume-Uni

Open to everyone interested in discussing philosophical issues in an informal setting, the Café Philo meet every Saturday.


7th June: Rocco and His Brothers (part of Sunday French Classics), Institut Français Royaume-Uni

Rocco and His Brothers is the story of a family of Southern Migrants looking for a better life in Milan, a study in social realism that is not ashamed to turn into Greek tragedy. Luchino Visconti’s masterpiece offered Annie Girardot the role of a lifetime as Nadia, a harlot caught between two brothers, Rocco (Alain Delon) and Simone (Renato Salvatori).

9th June: Abderrahme Sissako: Short Films, Institut Français Royaume-Uni

To complement the Abderrahmane Sissako retrospective at the BFI Southbank, Ciné Lumière is screening a programme of his short films rarely seen on the big screen. The Game (1989), October (1992) and Rostov-Luanda (1997) are the first films he directed and are representative of Sissako’s political engagement which culminates in his latest feature Timbuktu.

10th June: Cinema - Standstill (with Q&A), Ciné Lumière

Arihote is a Kanienkehaka ‘Mohawk’, and war photographer, whose relationship with his son Karhiio has been strained ever since his wife left them. His life takes an unexpected turn when he happens upon the aftermath of the murder of his upstairs neighbour. Filmed mainly in moody black and white, Standstill is provocative, intense and deeply moving. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Wampanoag scholar and artist Gabe Hughes and director Majdi El-Omari.

12th June: Talk: Zola and Cinema, Institut Français Royaume-Uni

Since the early days of the cinema Zola’s novels have been a source of inspiration for successive directors, each offering their own, often highly personal, readings. A talk with Dr Russell Cousins (University of Birmingham).

12th - 25th June: Cinema - West, Institut Français Royaume-Uni

Between the years 1949 and 1990 roughly four million people left the GDR for West Germany. The film shows the interrogations conducted by the Allied secret services, which turned the Emergency Refugee Centre into a cold war location. With great personal and political power, West shows the difficulties of daring to start a new life – when the past has taken away all faith in the future.

12th June: Gett - The Trail of Vivianne Amsalen, Institut Français Royaume-Uni

A riveting drama from Ronit Elkabetz, who is also one of Israeli cinema’s most acclaimed actresses, and her brother Shlomi. Gett tells the story of Viviane’s five- year fight to obtain her divorce in front of the only legal authority competent for divorce cases in Israel, the Rabbinical Court. Viviane faces the uncompromising attitude of her husband, who refuses the divorce (gett) even though they’ve been separated for years. This screening is part of SERET, London Israeli Film and Television Festival.

14th June: Une femme est une femme (Part of French Sunday Classics), Ciné Lumière

Godard’s delightful tribute to MGM musicals casts Brialy as a man whose stripper girlfriend (Karina, in an award- winning role) wants a baby. He is not keen, so she turns to his best friend (Belmondo). Preceded by an introduction and followed by a Ciné Salon with Nick Walker.

15th June: 'Et bien, dansez maintenant!' A masterclass with Phillipe Decouflé, Ciné Lumière

Popping by Ciné Lumière on 15 June, this enfant terrible of dance will treat us with an exclusive masterclass, led by Harry Ross and illustrated with clips, spanning his 30-year hair-raising career.

17th June: Talk: From Soup to Silver - The Enduring Legacy of the Huguenots, Institut Français Royaume-Uni

A panel, chaired by Prof. Robert Tombs, with Prof. Dan Cruikshank, Dr Tessa Murdoch and Dr Bénédicte Miyamoto will focus on the surprising impact of this French cultural legacy.

18th June: Reading Group: Hiroshima mon amour, Institut Français Royaume-Uni

Duras’ clear, minimalist prose, stating and restating experience and feeling – desire, suffering, fear, passion, fury – sets a milestone in French cinema with this script.

18th June: Cinema - Death of the Serpent God, Ciné Lumière

Following a fight that ends badly, twenty-year-old Koumba is deported to Senegal. Having lived in France since early childhood, the troubled teenager now finds herself in a remote village, far from her family and Paris life. Director Damien Froidevaux spent five years charting Koumba’s journey as she viciously fights against the system and battles her own demons to take control of her own story again. Followed by a Q&A with director Damien Froidevaux.

19th June - 2nd July: Cinema - les Combattants (part of New French Faces season), Ciné Lumière

Thomas Cailley’s remarkable film featuring a sparkling onscreen chemistry between its two young leads took the top prize at Directors’ Fortnight during Cannes 2014. Arnaud’s summer looks set to be a peaceful one until he runs into Madeleine (Adèle Haenel, in a Best Actress César award performance), beautiful as she is brusque, a concrete block of tensed muscles and doomsday prophecies.

20th June: Café Philo, Institut Français Royaume-Uni

Open to everyone interested in discussing philosophical issues in an informal setting, the Café Philo meets every Saturday.

21st June: L'été Meurtrier (part of French Leading Ladies season), Ciné Lumière

Isabelle Adjani stars as Elle, a beautiful, moody and extremely feisty nineteen-year- old who returns to hometown in Provence to look after her ailing father and German mother. Initially, her arousing presence shakes up the usually quiet village, enthralling the young men; one, Pin Pon in particular. Using a shifting voice-over narration, an elaborate psychosexual mystery is woven which slowly uncovers Elle’s obsessions and her manipulative streak.

21st June: The Dardennes: Early Works, Ciné Lumière

Screenings of two films by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne: Pour que la guerre s’achève, les murs devaient s’écrouler and Leçons d’une université volante.


23rd - 25th June: Cinema - The Tribe, Ciné Lumière 

Spotted in Cannes 2014 where it was awarded Grand Prix de la Semaine de la Critique, The Tribe is a fascinating silent film contrasted by explicit sign language and violence. Deaf mute Sergey becomes embroiled in the illegal activities of the fearsome gang that rule the specialised boarding school he attends. His burgeoning love for a fellow student however, soon leads him on a collision course with the gang’s hierarchy.

24th June: Camus Revisited: an Evening with Kamel Daoud, Institut Français Royaume-Uni

The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud, winner of the Goncourt Prize for First Novel, is an attempt to do justice to ‘the Arab’ killed by the infamous Meursault, the antihero of Camus’s classic novel. On the occasion of its publication in the UK by OneWorld Publications, Kamel Daoud will debate questions raised by his book, from Arab identity in relation with the disastrous effects of colonialism in Algeria to Camus’s literary legacy. The event will be chaired by Jeremy Harding, from the London Review of Books.

24th June: Cinema - Quand Sisyphe se révolte, Ciné Lumière

A talk will be followed by a screening of the film. Traveling through France, Algeria and Greece, young philosopher Marion Richez explores the Camus ‘myth’ with interviews of intelectual figures such as Edgar Morin and Robert Badinter or Camus’s own daughter Catherine. This documentary highlights how essential Camus’s thinking was, and how it can still reflect on the major questions of our society.

26th June - 9th July: Cinema - Hippocrate, Ciné Lumière

Starring newcomer Vincent Lacoste and Reda Kateb (A Prophet & Zero Dark Thirty), Hippocrate tells the story of Benjamin, a boy who wants to become a great doctor, but will soon be forced to confront his limitations and fears after he goes to work in his father’s practice.

27th June: Café Philo, Institut Français Royaume-Uni

Open to everyone interested in discussing philosophical issues in an informal setting, the Café Philo meets every Saturday.

28th June: Madame Bovary (Sunday French Classics), Ciné Lumière

In 19th Century France, Emma Bovary, a farmer’s daughter brought up in an elegant convent, marries a dull country doctor. Full of romantic aspirations and dreams of luxury, she soon throws herself into love affairs to escape boredom. Claude Chabrol’s adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s novel offered Isabelle Huppert one of her best roles.

July 2015

August 2015

September 2015

October 2015

November 2015

4th Nov - 3rd Dec: French Film Festival, cinemas across the UK

French Film Festival UK is the only event on these shores that reaches a truly international audience of affluent, well-educated Francophiles.

December 2015

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