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At the Institut français

Do you want your pupils to discover France?
The Institut français welcomes you in the heart of South Kensington, cette petite France, to make you and your pupils discover the best of French culture and language. Come and watch a French film in our recently refurbished cinema, and snoop around the resources of the biggest and most beautiful French library overseas.
Don’t wait any longer to offer your pupils a real linguistic and cultural experience.

We offer 3 options to suit your needs, interests and timetable:

School Screenings

Bring your class to watch a celebrated French film from our general programme at Ciné Lumière – £5 per student, free for teachers.

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Set French Days

Immerse your pupils in French culture for a full day with linguistic or cultural activity in the morning and a school screening in the afternoon. There are several dates and themes to choose from – £6 per student, free for teachers

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Upcoming Set French Days

French Days à la Carte

Not available on Mondays
(tailor-made)
For those who want it all and the flexibility to choose their date and film, the French Day à la Carte includes an interactive library visit or a language activity on the film and a school screening – £10 per student, free for teachers, minimum 30 pupils

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SPECIAL SCREENING

LES FOURBERIES DE SCAPIN BY MOLIERE – PLAY BY LA COMÉDIE FRANÇAISE
Tues 16 Jan – 10.30-12.30pm & Tues 30 Jan – 2.00-4.00pm | Ages 12-18 | £5 per student, free for teachers

Texts by Molière, Production by Denis Podalydès

Do not miss this occasion to make your students practice their French while (re)discovering Molière’s Les Fourberies de Scapin played by the actors of the renowned Académie de la Comédie-Française on the big screen.

Educational resources in French and in English will be available.
For more details and bookings please contact us @ schools@institutfrancais.org.uk

SPECIAL SCREENING

L’ILLUSIONNISTE – as part of the European film celebration Are the Kids Alright?
Fri 12 Jan – 12.45pm | 80min | All Ages | by Sylvain Chomet | £3 per student, free for teachers | in French with English subtitles

Ever since rock-and-roll and pop stars have taken all the attention, it is hard to make ends meet for the Illusionist. Leaving the unwelcoming Parisian scene, he sets off to London to try his luck, never really making a break through. Until one day, in Scotland, he meets a young girl named Alice, who will change his life completely.
Are the Kids Alright? is a European film celebration by and for the youth, curated in partnership with the National Film and Television School and presenting coming-of-age films and a selection of some of the best recent European shorts.

For more details and bookings please contact us @ schools@institutfrancais.org.uk

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

THOMAS PESQUET, SPACE CORRESPONDENT – as part of BEFORE THE NIGHTT
Tue 23 Jan – 4.45pm | 60min | 12+ | by Jürgen Hansen & Pierre-Emmanuel Le Goff | £5 per student | in French with English subtitles
At 38, Thomas Pesquet is the youngest French astronaut to be selected for a 180-day mission in the International Space Station. We follow his physical and mental preparation for seven years, in the most legendary spacial Conquests Centres, alongside Russian pilot, Oleg Novitskiy and American astronaut, Peggy Whitson.
For more details and bookings please contact us @ schools@institutfrancais.org.uk

THOMAS PESQUET, HOW TO BECOME AN ASTRONAUT – as part of BEFORE THE NIGHTT
Tue 23 Jan – 3pm | 72min | 12+ | by Jürgen Hansen & Pierre-Emmanuel Le Goff | £5 per student | in French with English subtitles
For six months French astronaut Thomas Pesquet shares his daily life on board the International Space Station, from his scientific experiments to his more personal sentiments in the confinement of the station or facing the infinite void of space. This incredibly intense documentary allows us to contemplate the blue planet’ s beauty and to dream of one day travelling to space.
For more details and bookings please contact us @ schools@institutfrancais.org.uk
Double bill with the two documentaries on Thomas Pesquet: £7/pupil

REINVENTING MARVIN – as part of BEFORE THE NIGHT
Wed 24 Jan – 10.30am | 115min | 15+ | by Anne Fontaine | £5 per student, free for teachers | in French with English subtitles
Marvin Bijou (Finnegan Oldfield), a young gay boy from a working-class family in a small French village, suffers constant bullying at school and home for being too sensitive and too feminine. A chance encounter with a drama teacher opens the doors to a world that offers him the chance to escape his situation. A compelling and searing chronicle by Anne Fontaine (The Innocents), Reinventing Marvin is a free adaptation of critically acclaimed novel by Edouard Louis, The End of Eddy.
For more details and bookings please contact us @ schools@institutfrancais.org.uk

WOMEN AND MEN – as part of BEFORE THE NIGHTT
Wed 24 Jan – 2pm | 105min | 13+ | by Frédérique bedos | £5 per student | in French with English subtitles
From North to South, from Westernised cities to the most remote villages, gender inequality persists worldwide. Giving an impactful picture of ‘herstory’, this documentary by Frédérique Bedos offers an in-depth look at the historical, political and economic issues related to the discrimination of women through eloquent testimonies, experts’ inputs and facts meticulously garnered around the world, and reveal surprising economic and social advantages of women empowerment.
Followed by a Q&A with director Frédérique Bedos (tbc)
For more details and bookings please contact us @ schools@institutfrancais.org.uk