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Artist in Residence!

 

In the run up to the 2017 South Ken Kids Festival, French illustrator Edmond Baudoin will be artist in residence at the Institut français! Acting as Ambassador to your beloved festival, the author of Dali, Peau d’Ane, and Méditerranée (among so many others!) will be bringing his inks, paint and brushes to add a touch of French poetry to our newly renovated Médiathèque, as well as holding workshops and running around London to meet young illustrators for a whole week.

To top it all off, this residence will be closing with an extraordinary live drawing session on Wednesday 15 November at 7.00pm (stay tuned for further annoucements)

The Residence is supported by the Friends of the French Institute trust as part of Projet Lumière(s).

 


 

FOCUS

Graphic novels come in an array of of genres and styles and can tell any story imaginable — some of which are definitely not for kids.

Valérian et Laureline (1), La cité des eaux mouvantes, by Jean-Claude Mézière & Pierre Christin | Comic Book

also available in English : Valerian and Laureline (1) : The City of Shifting Waters

Dali, by Baudoin | Graphic Novel

La Légèreté, by Catherine Meurisse | Comic Book

Coquelicots d’Irak, by B. Findakly & L. Trondheim | Comic Book

Bon baisers d’Iran, by Lenaïc Vilain | Comic Book

Culottées 2, by Pénélope Bagieu | Comic Book

Le Chat du Rabbin (Tome 6) : Tu n’auras pas d’autre dieu que moi, by Joann Sfar | Comic Book

Par les chemins noirs, by David B. | Comic Book

L’Arabe du Futur, by Riad Sattouf (Fauve d’Or Angoulême 2015) | Graphic Novel

Come Prima, by Alfred (Best Album Prize Angoulême 2014) | Comic Book

Modigliani, Prince de la Bohème, by Laurent Seksik & Fabrice Le Henanff | Graphic Novel

Tokyo Sanpo, by Florent Chavouet | Comic Book

Jacky au Royaume des Filles, dir. by Riad Sattouf (2014) | DVD (French & English subtitles available)

Persepolis, dir. by Marjane Satrapi (2013) | DVD (French & English subtitles available)

The Extraordinary story of Adele Blanc-Sec, dir. by Luc Besson & Jacques Tardi (2011) | DVD (French & English subtitles available)

Access all the Bande Dessinées (in French & English) on Culturethèque now and for free !

Don’t miss a fascinating discussion with the creators of the groundbreaking French sci-fi comic Valerian and Laureline – followed by a screening of Luc Besson’s adaptation Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and a Q&A.

 


 

OUR HEARTS SKIP A BEAT FOR THIS SELECTION OF DOCUMENTS

Our Cinema specialist’s choices

Toutes nos envies, dir. by P. Lioret, 2016 | DVD (French subtitles available)

Claire, a young judge at the Lyons courts, encounters Stéphane, an experienced judge, who she drags into her fight against excessive debt. Something forms between them, in which revolt and feelings mingle, and above all the urgent need to live them.

L’Odysée, dir. by J. Salle, 2016 | DVD (French subtitles available)

1948. Jacques-Yves Cousteau, his wife, and his two sons, live in paradise, in a beautiful house looking out over the Mediterranean Sea. But Cousteau dreams only adventure. Thanks to his invention, an autonomous diving suit that allows him to breathe underwater, he has discovered a new world. Henceforth, he will explore this world. And he’s prepared to sacrifice everything to do so.

Our Children’s Librarians like

Yasuke, by Frédéric Marais | Picture Books

Un si terrible secret, by Evelyn Brisou-Pellen | Teens’ Novel

Mercredi, by Anne Bertier | Picture Book

Océano, by Anouck & Louis Rigaud | Pop-up Book

Comptines pour Compter, by C. Hudrisier | Audio Book

 
Discover our handpicked selection on of the latest Children’s e-book on Culturethèque

Our Music expert recommends

Le rock à l’endroit : Une histoire des lieux du rock en France, by Christophe Deniau | Non-Fiction Book

Ibifornia, by Cassius, 2016 | CD- Electro

Mammifères, by Christophe Miossec, 2016 | CD – Chanson française

Doni doni, by Erik Truffaz Quartet. Foufino productions, 2016 | CD – Jazz

Fearless, by Marian Kaye.Capitol, 2015 | CD- Pop

Our Comic book specialist says

La Légèreté, by Catherine Meurisse | Comic Book

Coquelicots d’Irak, by B. Findakly & L. Trondheim | Comic Book

Bon baisers d’Iran, by Lenaïc Vilain | Comic Book

Culottées 2, by Pénélope Bagieu | Comic Book

Le Chat du Rabbin (Tome 6) : Tu n’auras pas d’autre dieu que moi, by Joann Sfar | Comic Book

Par les chemins noirs, by David B. | Comic Book

Jour J (27) : Les ombres de Constantinople, by Fred Duval & Jean-Pierre Pécau | Comic Book

Our literature expert recommends

Manderley Forever, by Tatiana de Rosnay | Non-fiction (in French)

Le mariage de plaisir, by Tahar Ben Jelloun | Novel (in French)

Les enfants de Toumaï, by Thomas Dietrich, | Novel (in French)

The French Art of War, by Alexis Jenni (translated by Franck Wynne) | Novel (in English)

Un jeune homme superflu, by Romain Monnery | Novel (in French)

En Finir avec Eddy Bellegueule, by Edouard Louis | Novel
also available in English : The End of Eddy

Boussole, by Mathias Enard | Culturethèque – eBook

Maylis De Kerangal Reads Excerpts | Podcast – Culturetheque

Our Music specialist recommends

Jazz in Paris, by Harold Nicholas, June Richmond, Andy Bey,2016 | CD – Jazz

Higelin 75, by Jacques Higelin | CD – Chanson Française

Notre Père Rumba, by Papa Wemba, 2010 | CD – Wold Music

Mammifères, by Christophe Miossec, 2016 | CD – Chanson française

 
Discover Culturethèque’s extensive music selection! Browse through 68,000 artists from independent labels featured on 1Dtouch, a new fair-trade digital music platform available on Culturethèque, the free digital plateform of the Institut francais.

Our Language Students expert recommends

French in a Day, by Elisabeth Smith | Audio Book

French Verb Tenses, by Jeffrey Chamberlain | Book

French For Primary School Teachers, Angela McLachlan | Book & CD

La grammaire du français en 40 leçons et 201 activités, by Patrick Guédon | Book & CD

Perceval, by Chrétien de Troyes | Book & CD

Word Up, le dico de l’argot bilingue, by Maison des langues | Bilingual dictionary

 
Brush up your French with hundreds of online language resources on Culturethèque!

 


 

NEWS

Artist in Residence!

In the run up to the 2017 South Ken Kids Festival, French illustrator Edmond Baudoin will be artist in residence at the Institut français! Acting as Ambassador to your beloved festival, the author of Dali, Peau d’Ane, and Méditerranée (among so many others!) will be bringing his inks, paint and brushes to add a touch of French poetry to our newly renovated Médiathèque, as well as holding workshops and running around London to meet young illustrators for a whole week.

To top it all off, this residence will be closing with an extraordinary live drawing session on Wednesday 15 November at 7.00pm.

The Residence is supported by the Friends of the French Institute trust as part of Projet Lumière(s).

 


 

News Kids!

C’est les vacances ! Writing Workshops

Discover our range of activities for Kids and find the one that suits you best : here

 


 

FOCUS : Celebrating the “Grande Guerre” Centenary (1914-2014)

2014 marks 100 years since the start of the First World War.
This year, visit La Mediatheque, to learn about the First World War through the voices, books and pictures of those who were there.

 


 

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Thanks to this extension you can achieve researches and also browse your online account on YOUR Mobile.

Hurry up to discover our mobile friendly catalogue by connecting yourself to it thanks to our mobile.

 


 

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