Bibliotheque Quentin Blake Opening


The Children’s Library of the Institut français becomes ‘Bibliothèque Quentin Blake’

After several months of remodeling and refurbishment, the second step of the Renovation project will be completed shortly.

The new Bibliothèque Quentin Blake is a space doubled in size offering the best of children’s literature, a library for families featuring a cosy and practical environment, a resource centre with the latest technology for French learners, and a school-friendly space.

The Bibliothèque Quentin Blake will be inaugurated on 12 September 2015.
Join us for the Grand opening and discover the new library with fun and free activities ! More info (click here)

Thank you! You were 130 individuals and 8 companies to participate and fund the renovation: we would not be able to launch the project if it was not for you.
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Focus: Drôle de Comédie

Skip the annual Back to School blues with this hilarious (& French) selection. Start your new year now and with a smile, and get ahead of all those fools who think it begins in January.

  • Intégrale des enregistrements, Boby Lapointe | CD
    With his imperfect elocution and his complicated puns and wordplay, Boby Lapointe’s syntactical gymnastics and verbal juggling left an indelible mark on French music history
  • La Famille Bélier, dir. by Eric Lartigau (2014) | DVD (French subtitles available)
    In the Bélier family, everyone is deaf except sixteen-year-old Paula.
    She is an indispensable interpreter for her parents in the daily running of the family farm and the selling of their homemade cheeses at the market.
  • Jacky au Royaume des Filles, dir. by Riad Sattouf (2014) | DVD (French & English subtitles available)
    In the Democratic and Popular Republic of Bubunne, women have the power. They rule and fight wars, while men wear headscarves and look after the home. Among them, Jacky a twenty-year-old male, has the same impossible fantasy as all the rest of the single men in his country: to marry the Colonel, the dictator’s daughter, and have lots of baby girls with her.
  • Les Combattants, dir. by Thomas Cailley (2015) | DVD (French subtitles available)
    Between his buddies and the family firm, Arnaud’s summer is shaping up to be peaceful… Peaceful until his encounter with Madeleine, as beautiful as she is a pain, a block of tense muscles and catastrophic prophecies.
  • My Autobiography by me too, by Bouzard | Comic Book
    Everything is in the title. And it’s hilarious.
  • Les Vieux Fourneaux – Ceux qui restent, by Wilfrid Lupano & Paul Cauuet | Comic Book
    The funny story of a bunch of cranky old friends.
  • Le ravissement de Britney Spears, by Jean Rolin | Novel
    Some qualified it as bizarre or crazy even. But this novel set in Los Angeles and Tadzhikistan, it’s a humorous look at espionage and at the paparazzi with a homage to the City of Angels. It might be impossible to categorize, but it is funny for sure.
  • Au bonheur des ogres, by Daniel Pennac | Novel
    There is something strange – some would even say abnormal – about the Malaussène family. But if you take a closer look, no one could be happier than this cheerfully chaotic family.
  • Candide ou l’optimisme, Voltaire | Easy French Book & CD
    This philosophical tale follows the series of unfortunate events encountered by the young, yet blindly optimistic Candide. Shifting from one adventure to the next, Voltaire’s signature piece does not cease to grip its audience with its humorous criticism of power, wealth, love, religion, philosophy and especially optimism.

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Our Cinema specialist’s picks

  • The New Girlfriend, dir. by François Ozon, 2014 | DVD (with French subtitles)
    A young woman (Anaïs Demoustier) makes a surprising discovery about the husband (Romain Duris) of her late best friend.
  • Girlhood, dir. by Céline Sciamma, 2014 | DVD (with French subtitles)
    For 16-year-old Marieme, life is like a succession of prohibitions. The neighborhood’s censorship, boys ruling the roost, school’s dead end. Her encounter with three liberated girls changes everything. They dance, fight back, talk loudly, laugh at everything. Marieme becomes Vic and joins the gang, to make the most of her youth.
    Festival de Cannes 2014 – Directors’ Fortnight – Opening Film
  • Timbuktu, dir. by Abderrahmane Sissako, 2014 | DVD (with French subtitles)
    Not far from Timbuktu, now ruled by religious fundamentalists, Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and Issan, their twelve-year-old shepherd. In town, the inhabitants suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned. Women have become shadows but resist with dignity. Every day, the new improvised courts issue tragic and absurd sentences. Kidane and his family seem to be spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu. But their destiny changes when Kidane accidentally kills Amadou, the fisherman who slaughtered “GPS,” his beloved cow. He now has to face the new laws of the foreign occupants.
    7 Cesar Awards 2015 – Best director, best film, best sound, best cinematography, best music written for a film, best original screenplay, best editing.

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Our Children’s Librarian loves

You already probably know that the Children’s library reopens on Saturday 12 September. Completely modernised, bigger & comfier, we have also created a brand new section : French Mangas! Here is a sneak peek :

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Our Comic book specialist says

  • L’Arabe du futur T.2, by Riad Sattouf | Graphic Novel
    Arab of the Future is the story of Sattouf’s childhood, growing up as the son of a passive French mother and an over-the-top Syrian father. Sattouf’s dad is, in his recounting, a goofy academic and idealistic Pan Arabist who drags his family along with him to a succession of strange teaching jobs under menacing but barely functioning political regimes.
  • Vivre à en mourir, by Puchol & Galandon | Comic Book
    Vivre a en mourir is the tale of Marcel Rayman life. Pacifist, jewish, Polish who has to take up arms to fight the nazis abominations, to win through violence he cannot obtain peacefully.
  • Herakles T.3, by Edouard Cour | Comic Book
    Haunted by nightmares, Herakles consults with the the renowned Delphic oracle. But Pythia refuses to reveal her visions.
  • Le Rapport de Brodeck, L’Autre – T.1, by Manu Larcenet | Comic Book
    Adapted from Claudel’s masterpiece, Manu Larcenet gives the text a new dimension, both dark and tragic. A surprising black and white chef d’oeuvre.

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