Embrace the Daffy World of Bruno Dumont at Ciné Lumière

Slack Bay

16 - 29 June

New Release

Summer 1910, North of France. Some mysterious disappearances have thrown the Slack Bay area into turmoil and the infamous Inspector Machin and his shrewd assistant carry out an investigation. They find themselves at the heart of a peculiar love story between Ma Loute, the elder son of the Brufort, a curious family of fishermen, and Billie, the offspring of the degenerate Van Peteghems bourgeois. Bruno Dumont’s exhilarating, absurdist and dark comedy features a first class French cast.

+ Q&A with director Bruno Dumont on Friday 16 June

What's On

Master & Tatyana

14 June

Special Screening

Lithuanian photographer Vitus Luckus is considered one of the most influential artists of his time by his contemporaries. Misunderstood and censored by the Soviet authorities, he disappeared into oblivion at the age of 43. With a vast amount of archive material, fellow photographers, friends and his wife Tatyana look back on his tumultuous life.

+ Q&A with director Giedre Zickyte

The Graduation

15 June

Special Screening

In The Graduation, French director Claire Simon opens the door of La Fémis, the cinema school that gave the likes of Louis Malle or François Ozon their first shot at filming. She observers aspiring filmmakers as they cross the threshold of this institution for the first time, and for some the last...

+ Q&A with director Claire Simon


17 June

Special Screening

When the strong-willed Bahar catches the attention of wealthy landowner Salar, she faces the prospect of a forced marriage to someone 40 years her senior. Unhappy and desperate for control over her own destiny, she decides to run away with her true love.

Et Dieu créa la femme

13 & 18 June

Bold Women of French Cinema

Shortly after her marriage, an 18-year-old girl finds that she is attracted to other men, particularly to her brother-in-law. This was the film in which the new sex symbol reared her pretty, pouting, kittenish head and put Saint-Tropez on the map.

Preceded by a Q&A with Ginette Vincendeau on Tue 13 June

La Maman et la putain

18 June

Focus on Bernadette Lafont

Considered by many critics as the crowning achievement of the French New Wave, Jean Eustache’s marathon drama focuses on three twentysomething Parisians in a bizarre love triangle.

From the Land of the Moon

Until 22 June

New Release

Married to a man she didn't choose and vowed to love, Gabrielle (Marion Cotillard) becomes ill and is sent away to a cure in the Alps. There, she meets André (Louis Garrel) who rekindles the passion buried in her.

Coming Soon


23 - 29 June

Did You Miss It?

In this gripping psychological noir thriller, a successful businesswoman gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down the man who assaulted her. The film won Isabelle Huppert the Golden Globe and César award for Best Actress.


23 June - 8 July

New Release

Liliane (Isabelle Huppert) was once “Laura”, a rising star in the singing world. Today, everyone has forgotten her brush with fame, and she works in a pasta factory. But when she meets Jean (Kévin Azaïs), a 20-year-old boxer, her dreary life is suddenly turned upside down.

La Fête du Cinéma

25 - 28 June

From 25 to 28 June, celebrate the 7th Art at Ciné Lumière with La Fête du Cinéma, the second London edition of a French rendezvous for cinema enthusiasts. Let’s get the party started!

All tickets as part of La Fête du Cinéma are at £5

Lucky Draws

Win 2 Tickets for Slack Bay

16 June

For a chance to win a pair of tickets to the screening of Slack Bay and meet director Bruno Dumont, send 'Ma Loute' to offers@institutfrancais.org.uk by Wed 14 June at 3pm.

Win 2 Tickets for the Concert of Robi

17 June

To discover the magnetic French singer-songwriter Robi in our next Music Rendezvous send "Robi" to offers@institutfrancais.org.uk by Wed 14 June at 3pm.

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The Red Turtle

by M. Dudok de Wit | DVD w/ French subs

17 shorts films from la Fémis

- subtitled in French | Culturethèque selection

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