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What to see: David Bowie Is in Paris

Wed, 18 Mar 2015

David Bowie Is... back! For those of you who had missed the exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum two years ago, don't worry, you'll always have Paris. The iconic pop artist has taken over the French capital, where the exhibition will be held until the 31st of May.

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Les Victoires de la Musique 2015: Who won what

Thu, 05 Mar 2015

A brief look back at who won what at the Victoires de la Musique 2015 on Friday, and equally a look…

Report: Les Trans Musicales de Rennes 2014

Tue, 20 Jan 2015

Make no mistake, the Trans Musicales de Rennes is a lot to take in, with acts playing in both the…

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…

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Backstage Pass Episode 4: Dreaming With Ravel

Philharmonia Orchestra

Talking bats, humanlike cats and tall hats - welcome to the world of Ravel and his opera l'Enfant et les Sortilèges. This episode we talk to world renowned soprano Barbara Hannigan about her role...…

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The Bard on Holiday

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From Albion, to Saint-Omer, and back again. In November 2014, Rémy Cordonnier of the 'Bibliothèque d'Agglomération de Saint-Omer' stumbled upon a Shakespeare First Folio. How did it get there?...…

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Behind the Scenes of 'Banana' (E4)

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Suggestive London Underground adverts, good-looking actors and a whole lot of fun. Channel 4 and E4 released ‘Banana’, “a series of 8 witty, charming and unique stand-alone stories that...…

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Behind the scenes of 'Spiral': with Caroline Proust and Anne Landois

Institut français

Over one million viewers have tuned in to 'Spiral' (Fr. 'Engrenages'), the gripping French TV series all about the Parisian crime scene. The recent fifth season, shown on BBC4, spun the nation...…

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BAFTA Masterclass - Breaking and Entering TV Screenwriting

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Daniel Fajemisin Duncan, Marlon Smith (BAFTA winners – Run), Lucy Kirkwood (The Smoke, Skins), John Jackson (Being Human, In the Flesh) and Benjamin Dupas (Un Village Français, Kaboul Kitchen)...…

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Top Tips for Film Producers

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Catch up with Tony Grisoni, brush shoulders with Nicola Shindler and see what it's like to have a Life on Mars. Whether you're a novice in cinema, a budding film producer, or a pro-expert all...…

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Behind the Scenes: 'The Witnesses' (Les Témoins)

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Desecrated graves, dead bodies dug up and placed in show homes… Every time, the same ritual. Paul Maisonneuve, a retired Crime Squad legend in the North of France is forced to return to duty....…

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Peaky Blinders Case Study

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A gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England and centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby, who means to move up in the...…

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Top Tips for Screenwriters

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Pens, quills and typewriters at the ready! It's time to create your own TV series with the help of fantastic experts who have already "been there, done that, and got the BAFTA".

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Philippe Claudel at the Institut français

Institut français

Philippe Claudel, French writer and film director, talked to students about his writing techniques and experiences. Claudel has directed films such as 'I've Loved You So Long' (2008) starring...…

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Meeting Maylis de Kerangal

Institut français | Librairie la Page

Born in Le Havre and went on to study in Paris, Maylis is an award winning editor, novelist and writer. She has scooped up the Médicis Prize for Birth of a Bridge, a novel about "a dozen men and...…

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Guillaume Gallienne presents 'Les Garçons et Guillaume, à table !'

Institut français (42 min)

A cheerful and inventive comic confessional about Guillaume Gallienne’s upbringing, his relations with his mother, and his eventual embracing of his inner sexual identity after growing up as a...…

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William Boyd and Marc Dugain on Literature

Institut français (1 hr 23 min)

Wednesday 14 April 2010. Institut français du Royaume-Uni. Internationally-acclaimed novelist William Boyd (A Good Man in Africa, An Ice Cream War Brazzaville Beach, Any Human Heart) has been...…

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Phil Cox presents 'Love Hotel'

Institut français (28 min)

Pensioners, lawyers, married couples and teenagers are all regular clients at the Angelo Hotel in Osaka, one of the Love Hotels daily visited by 2.8 million people in Japan. And yet, the Angelo...…

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Cédric Anger and Guillaume Canet present: 'La Prochaine fois je viserai le coeur'

Institut français (46 min)

A highly efficient and meticulous police officer investigates a serial murder case in which young women have been killed. Guillaume Canet stars in this heart-pumping thriller based on the true...…

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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'

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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

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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

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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

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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'

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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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