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Review: Black Strobe - Godforsaken Roads

Wed, 12 Nov 2014

Black Strobe's Godforsaken Roads sees Arnaud Rebotini move from the field of EBM to a territory
more associated with the likes of Nick Cave, albeit with a mostly electro backdrop.

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Review: Moodoïd - Le Monde Möö

Wed, 12 Nov 2014

I've been looking forward to the realease of Moodoïd's debut album Le Monde Möö for a while,…

A Tribute to Techno Legend Dr Mu

Wed, 12 Nov 2014

The untimely, sudden and recent death of Dr Mu (real name Noël Fuchs) has left the London queer…

Three-concert series by French violinist Renaud Capuçon

Wed, 08 Oct 2014

‘A rite of passage for every violinist’ – Renaud Capuçon on the Beethoven Violin Sonatas

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French Film Festival 2014: 'Once in a Lifetime' Q&A

Institut français (28 min)

Anne Gueguen is more than just a high school history teacher: she actually cares about the troubled, inner-city students whom she’s supposed to educate. And this year, it’s tougher than usual....…

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South Ken Kids Festival 2014: Meeting Judith Kerr

Institut français (55 min)

Fans young and old are invited to join legendary children’s author and illustrator Judith Kerr and ask her about her stories and childhood memories in Paris. For fun facts about The Tiger Who...…

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French Film Festival 2014: 'Longwave' Q&A with director

Institut français (25 min)

April 1974. Two radio journalists are sent to Portugal to report on Swiss aid there. Bob, a technician nearing retirement, accompanies them in his faithful Volkswagen van. But in Portugal, nothing...…

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French Film Festival 2014: 'School of Babel' Q&A

Institut français (22 min)

Presenting a patchwork of nationalities and personal goals, but all united with one common goal. Learning French and trying to fit in where they don’t belong. They are between 11 and 15 years...…

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Special Screening: Restoration of 'Playtime' by Jacques Tati

Institut français (13 min)

Now diligently and wonderfully restored, audiences can once again enjoy Jacques Tati’s masterpiece, Playtime, considered by many as his most daring film. Taking ten years to prepare and make,...…

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Emmanuel Carrère presents: 'Back to Kotelnich'

Institut français (24 min)

Kotelnich is a small town 800 kilometres to the East of Moscow. On his first visit Emmanuel Carrère was searching for a Hungarian prisoner who had spent 55 years in a psychiatric hospital. He...…

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58th BFI London Film Festival: 'Far From Men'

Institut français (24 min)

Based on an Albert Camus story, Loin des Hommes is more or less a two-hander for a duo of the most magnetic actors in current cinema. In 1950s Algeria, a teacher in a remote village (Viggo...…

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58th BFI London Film Festival: 'Mon amie Victoria'

Institut français (14 min)

Adapted from a story by Doris Lessing, My Friend Victoria is a complex, poignant portrait of two young black women in contemporary Paris. The film follows them from childhood into adulthood, with...…

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58th BFI London Film Festival: 'La Marche à suivre'

Institut français (22 min)

In a quiet Quebecois town, the local high school houses hundreds of impressionable young minds, each bursting with ideas, passions, frustrations and aggression. With his third feature-length...…

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58th BFI London Film Festival: 'Fishing Without Nets'

Institut français (25 min)

Fishing Without Nets explores Somali piracy from the perspective of Abdi, a young Somalian father and husband who reluctantly turns to crime in order to provide for his family. Expanding on an...…

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58th BFI London Film Festival: 'Eden'

Institut français (13 min)

Hansen-Løve gives us a fictionalised account of the French house boom that spawned Daft Punk, Cassius and others. With a loose narrative spanning two decades, Eden revolves around aspiring DJ...…

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Christian Clavier presents: 'Serial (Bad) Weddings'

Institut français (20 min)

Already a breakout hit in France, this family comedy stars Christian Clavier as the hilariously beleaguered patriarch of a stuffy, upper-class family. Marie and Claude Verneuil have four...…

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The Fate of Europe's Treasures after WW2 – Perspectives from France, Germany, Italy, Austria and the UK

Institut français (1 hr 38 min)

This was a launch evening which brought a new light to looted art – in the context of the recent discovery of the Gurlitt hoard in Munich and the release of 'Monuments Men' – broaching the...…

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Dialogue with Margaret MacMillan and Stéphane Audoin-Rouzeau

Institut français (1 hr 56 min)

On 4 June 2014, Margaret MacMillan and Stéphane Audoin-Rouzeau, two major historians who have renewed the historiography of the Great War discussed the interaction between their filiation and...…

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Claude Lelouch Presents: 'Un homme et une femme'

Institut français (46 min)

Winner of two Oscars (one for Best Foreign Film) and the 1966 Palme d’Or, this charming, free-wheeling love story made the international reputation of director Claude Lelouch and also gave birth...…

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Claude Lelouch Presents: 'Salaud, on t'aime'

Institut français (42 min)

Legendary director Claude Lelouch (A Man and a Woman) continues his cinematic exploration of the perils of the human heart: from flamboyant romances to rocky familial bonds and complex...…

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Noir is the Colour: Monsieur Hire

Institut français (41 min)

Leconte’s breakthrough film with the British audience is a tense reworking of the Simenon story that formed the basis for Duvivier’s Panique. Blanc is on top form as a lonely man with...…

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Louise Bourgoin presents: 'Tirez la langue, mademoiselle'

Institut français (34 min)

Director Axelle Ropert (The Wolberg Family) places a burgeoning family rivalry at the heart of this witty, passionate, beautifully observed drama. Sibling doctors Boris and Dimitri share a...…

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Simon Hantaï: Round Table Discussions

Institut français (2 hrs 6 min)

The work of the Hungarian painter Simon Hantaï (1922-2008) has gained increasing recognition in the last few years, particularly in terms of major retrospectives at the Centre Pompidou in Paris...…

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Hiroshima mon amour with Ian Christie

Institut français (30 min)

A cornerstone film of the French New Wave, Alain Resnais’ multi-award- winning Hiroshima mon amour is one of the most influential films of all time. A French actress and a Japanese architect...…

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Life of Riley Q&A

Institut français (38 min)

Resnais’ last feature is an ebullient, beautifully stylised adaptation of the work of British playwright Alan Ayckbourn – whom he turned to twice before – aided by a dazzling ensemble cast....…

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Terry Gilliam & Albert Dupontel present: 9 Month Stretch

Institut français (14 min)

Albert Dupontel’s second feature is a visually inventive, high-energy black comedy starring French favourite Sandrine Kiberlain and Dupontel himself. When Ariane Felder, an uptight and...…

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Raphaël Personnaz presents: Quai d'Orsay

Institut français (29 min)

Bertrand Tavernier’s adaptation of the hit graphic novel on French foreign minister (and later prime minister) Dominique de Villepin is a sparkling and savvy political comedy. Arthur (Raphaël...…

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Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Helena Bonham Carter present: The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet

Institut français (38 min)

Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s (Amélie) adaptation of Reif Larsen’s best-selling novel is an amusing, poignant and visually stunning feature designed to delight young and old alike. Tecumseh Sparrow...…

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French Radio London Podcast: English Language and TV

Lucie Oriol (2 min)

French Radio London created a series of bi-lingual podcasts during the Totally Serialized festival, 2014 edition at the Institut français.…

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French Radio London Podcast: Women and Television

Lucie Oriol (4 min)

French Radio London created a series of bi-lingual podcasts during the Totally Serialized festival, 2014 edition at the Institut français.…

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French Radio London Podcast: Netflix

Lucie Oriol (5 min)

French Radio London created a series of bi-lingual podcasts during the Totally Serialized festival, 2014 edition at the Institut français.…

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French Radio London Podcast: Trends in French TV

Lucie Oriol (3 min)

French Radio London created a series of bi-lingual podcasts during the Totally Serialized festival, 2014 edition at the Institut français.…

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French Radio London Podcast: The Returned

Lucie Oriol (4 min)

French Radio London created a series of bi-lingual podcasts during the Totally Serialized festival, 2014 edition at the Institut français.…

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French Radio London Podcast: Death in Paradise & The Tunnel

Lucie Oriol (5 min)

French Radio London created a series of bi-lingual podcasts during the Totally Serialized festival, 2014 edition at the Institut français.…

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French Radio London Podcast: Coproduction

Lucie Oriol (4 min)

French Radio London created a series of bi-lingual podcasts during the Totally Serialized festival, 2014 edition at the Institut français.…

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French Radio London Podcast: British Humour

Lucie Oriol (3 min)

French Radio London created a series of bi-lingual podcasts during the Totally Serialized festival, 2014 edition at the Institut français.…

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Plot for Peace: Q&A

Institut français (31 min)

This documentary thriller tells the true, untold story behind Nelson Mandela’s release from prison featuring a protagonist straight out of a John le Carré novel. His name: Jean-Yves Ollivier,...…

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Yves Saint Laurent Film Preview

Institut français (31 min)

Further confirming the apparently boundless talent of Comédie francaise actor Pierre Niney, Yves Saint Laurent traces the life of the precocious talent, who took over from his mentor, Christian...…

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Ludivine Sagnier presents: 'Love is in the Air'

Institut français (20 min)

Julie (Ludivine Sagnier) is making sure that she has taken care of everything before returning to Paris. Casanova Antoine (Nicolas Bedos), on the other hand, awakens late, surrounded by empty...…

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Masterclass: Why Don't More Women Write For TV?

BAFTA // Institut français

Given the raft of talent in literature, why aren’t more women writing for television? Virginie Brac (Spiral), Paula Milne (The Politician’s Husband, White Heat, Small Island) and Emma Reeves...…

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Totally Serialized 2014: Mafiosa UK Premiere Screening

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The third edition of Totally Serialized organized by the Institut français took place from 16 to 19 January 2014 and showcased the best of recent French and British TV series. The programme...…

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Totally Serialized 2014: "World Without End", "Crossing Lines", "The Pillars of The Earth" Case Study

Institut français (58 min)

The third edition of Totally Serialized organized by the Institut français took place from 16 to 19 January 2014 and showcased the best of recent French and British TV series. The programme...…

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Totally Serialized 2014: How to write and create for European co-productions

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The third edition of Totally Serialized organized by the Institut français took place from 16 to 19 January 2014 and showcased the best of recent French and British TV series. The programme...…

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Totally Serialized 2014: Writing and Producing 'The Tunnel'

Institut français (45 min)

The third edition of Totally Serialized organized by the Institut français took place from 16 to 19 January 2014 and showcased the best of recent French and British TV series. The programme...…

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Alexandra Lamy presents "J'enrage de son absence"

Institut français, UK (35 min)

J’enrage de son absence is an emotionally charged psychological drama about a father who tries to purge the demons of his son’s death. Unable to deal with having been behind the wheel during...…

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South Ken Kids Festival: Oksa Pollock, The art of novel writing

Institut français (1 hr 4 min)

Have you always dreamt of becoming the new J.K. Rowling? Here’s your chance to discover the making of the world-famous teen series Oksa Pollock! The authors – Anne Plichota and Cendrine Wolf...…

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South Ken Kids Festival: Cackling away with Les P'tites Poules

Institut français (1 hr 9 min)

Come meet the creators of the acclaimed series ‘Les P’tites Poules’ – Christian Heinrich and Christian Jolibois! They will tell you how their long-lasting friendship led to the exciting...…

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French Film Festival: Honey

Institut français (26 min)

Renowned Italian actress Valeria Golino makes her debut as a feature film director with this impressive topical drama. Irene, aka Honey, is an independent young woman with a seemingly...…

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French Film Festival: Suzanne

Institut français (22 min)

Suzanne (Sara Forestier) isn’t just the subject but also the troublesome centre – and sometimes the perplexing absence – of this ambitious and fascinatingly slippery family drama from Katell...…

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French Film Festival: The Man Who Laughs

Institut français (26 min)

From the director of Romantics Anonymous comes a gloriously theatrical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic novel, The Man Who Laughs. Gwynplaine has a scar on his face, giving him a kind of...…

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Episode 1: Oxford, Villes-mondes

France Culture // Martin Quénéhen // Gaël Gillon // Catherine Liber // Maison Française

This first episode unveils the Oxford University college system and what the Purple Turtle stands for. The tour guides includes a writer, three students, two historians and (as ever so nicely...…

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Episode 2: Oxford, Villes-mondes

France Culture // Martin Quénéhen // Gaël Gillon // Catherine Liber // Maison Française

The second episode sifts through the cult symbols of Oxford: rowing, choristers, and "that" shark stuck in a roof. The podcast will stay online for three years on the website, so there are...…

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French Film Festival: Sylvain Chomet

Institut français (29 min)

This first live action feature from Belleville Rendez-Vous director Sylvain Chomet is a charming comedy full of wry humanism and musical interludes. Guillaume Gouix plays Paul, a sweet man-child...…

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BFI London Film Festival: Nicolas Philibert presents 'La Maison de la radio'

Institut français (26 min)

Structured as a day-in-the-life in the workings of Radio France (but compiled from footage shot over half a year), this latest gem from the great French documentarist Nicolas Philibert provides...…

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