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  • French Courses

    DELF-DALF Exams in December 2018

    From 1 October to 1 November

    Plan your exam well in advance !


  • Party

    Pot de rentrée de la communauté française

    Friday 19 October 18:30-20:30

    We invite the French community in Edinburgh to come to the Consulate General of France in Scotland and the Institut français d’Ecosse to have a drink and learn about our services.


  • Talk

    Rethinking the Celts of the Iron Age

    Monday 22 October 17:00-18:00

    French Archaeologist and Iron Age expert, Dr Olivier Buchsenschutz, will give a talk in French on the Celts of the Iron Age. A fascinating history about the ancestors of the Scottish People!


  • Cinema

    Cinéma: Cherchez la femme

    Wednesday 24 October 14:00-16:00

    Franco-Iranian director Sou Abadi, takes a contemporary French spin on the Billy Wilder classic "Some Like it Hot" by updating it to the age of Islamic fundamentalism.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma: Cherchez la femme

    Wednesday 24 October 18:45-20:30

    Franco-Iranian director Sou Abadi, takes a contemporary French spin on the Billy Wilder classic "Some Like it Hot" by updating it to the age of Islamic fundamentalism.


  • Cinema

    Franco-Scottish Society: French Film Festival UK 2018 Preview

    Wednesday 24 October 19:00-21:00

    In this Franco-Scottish Society and Institut français d’Ecosse coproduction, Festival co-director Richard Mowe gives a sneak peek into what’s on offer at this year’s French Film Festival UK.


  • For Kids

    Goûter littéraire: Semaine du goût

    Friday 26 October 15:00-16:00

    Goûter littéraire is a season of monthly gatherings at the Institut français d’Ecosse’s médiathèque, where older children and young teens meet to discuss all things literary.


  • Literary Workshops

    Livres et vous - Le roman entre poésie, mythe et histoire

    Saturday 27 October 11:45-13:15

    Pour la deuxième séance, nous aborderons le dernier roman de Gwenaëlle Aubry, La Folie Elisa (2018)


  • Cinema

    Cinéma: Les Grands Esprits

    Wednesday 31 October 14:00-16:00

    Olivier Ayache-Vidal’s first full-length feature film, "Les Grands Esprits," is a classroom comedy about a teacher moving from France’s most prestigious high school to one of its numerous schools struggling in the Parisian banlieue.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma: Les Grands Esprits

    Wednesday 31 October 18:45-21:00

    Olivier Ayache-Vidal’s first full-length feature film, "Les Grands Esprits," is a classroom comedy about a teacher moving from France’s most prestigious high school to one of its numerous schools struggling in the Parisian banlieue.


  • Talk

    We Suggest: Tangible Landscapes of Memory

    Thursday 1 November 17:15-18:45

    In the second research seminar in a series organised by the University of Edinburgh’s French & Francophone Studies department, PhD candidate Ellen Davis-Walker examines space and memory in the context of the Paris Massacre of 1961


  • French Courses

    2019 Winter Term

    From 3 November to 25 December

    Our WINTER Term classes will start on 14 January for kids, teens and adults. Enrol before 25 December to benefit from a 10% early bird discount.


  • Cinema

    Cinema: 2 Automnes 3 Hivers | 2 Autumns 3 Winters

    Wednesday 7 November 14:00-15:30

    Our cinéma programme for Institut members is back in full force, screening a new film every Wednesday at 2:00pm and 6:30pm. These events are free, but for members only. We invite you to book early and if you are not yet a member of the Institut français d’Ecosse, we invite you to join. Our film this week is 2 Automnes 3 Hivers | 2 Autumns 3 Winters by Sebastien Betbeder


  • Cinema

    Cinema: 2 Automnes 3 Hivers | 2 Autumns 3 Winters

    Wednesday 7 November 18:45-20:00

    Our cinéma programme for Institut members is back in full force, screening a new film every Wednesday at 2:00pm and 6:30pm. These events are free, but for members only. We invite you to book early and if you are not yet a member of the Institut français d’Ecosse, we invite you to join. Our film this week is 2 Automnes 3 Hivers | 2 Autumns 3 Winters by Sebastien Betbeder


  • Music

    World War I Centenary: Debussy Concert

    Saturday 10 November 19:00-21:00

    As part of a daylong programme of commemoration, celebration, and culture on the day before the centenary of Armistice Day, Florian Kaplick will perform a concert of works composed by Debussy in the shadow of World War I


  • Cinema

    Cinema: Le dernier diamant

    Wednesday 14 November 14:00-16:00

    Simon has just been released from prison and is on parole. His friend, Albert, lures him back to his old ways for one more hit. To steal the priceless diamond Florentin. Simon’s plan to steal the diamond goes sour. Others are also after the diamond, such as gangsters and ruthless killers.


  • Cinema

    Cinema: Le dernier diamant

    Wednesday 14 November 18:45-20:45

    Simon has just been released from prison and is on parole. His friend, Albert, lures him back to his old ways for one more hit. To steal the priceless diamond Florentin. Simon’s plan to steal the diamond goes sour. Others are also after the diamond, such as gangsters and ruthless killers.


  • For Kids

    Ciné-récré: selection of short films

    Friday 16 November 14:00-15:00

    During our second family-friendly Ciné-récré of the 2018-2019 season, we will be screening a list of short-films, recommended from 3 years old..


  • Library

    Book Launch : L’odyssée de Kumiko by Marie-Alice Harel

    Saturday 17 November 10:30-12:00

    On Saturday 17 November at 10h30, the Institute will welcome Marie-Alice Harel, illustrator of l’Odyssee de Kumiko. She will present some original drawings, introduce her work and sign books.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma: Lola Pater

    Wednesday 21 November 14:00-15:30

    A tale of a son who goes looking for his father, only to realise that he became a woman 25 years earlier. A film by Nadir Moknèche, "Lola Pater" features Fanny Ardant in the title role.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma: Lola Pater

    Wednesday 21 November 18:45-20:30

    A tale of a son who goes looking for his father, only to realise that he became a woman 25 years earlier. A film by Nadir Moknèche, "Lola Pater" features Fanny Ardant in the title role.


  • Literary Workshops

    Livres et vous - La parole dans la littérature – « ÉCRIRE LA VOIX »

    Saturday 24 November 11:45-13:15

    Pour la troisième séance, nous aborderons le livre de Guillaume Meurice, Cosme (Flammarion, 2018).


  • Cinema

    Cinéma: La Bataille de Solférino

    Wednesday 28 November 14:00-15:30

    A comedy about ex partners, their children, and a presidential election, Justine Triet’s "La Bataille de Solférino" stars Laetitia Dosch, who was recently in Edinburgh for "Jeune Femme" (Filmhouse) and "La Maladie de la mort" (EIF).


  • Cinema

    Cinéma: La Bataille de Solférino

    Wednesday 28 November 18:45-21:00

    A comedy about ex partners, their children, and a presidential election, Justine Triet’s "La Bataille de Solférino" stars Laetitia Dosch, who was recently in Edinburgh for "Jeune Femme" (Filmhouse) and "La Maladie de la mort" (EIF).


  • Talk

    Talk: Border Politics and Policy in Today’s Europe

    Thursday 29 November 18:45-20:15

    As part of a two-day programme on migration and border politics in Europe, Virginie Guiraudon (PhD, 1997, Harvard) delivers this keynote address followed by a discussion with Professor Christina Boswell (University of Edinburgh)


  • Wine & Gastronomy

    Wine Tasting: Fêtes de fin d’année

    Thursday 29 November 19:00-21:00

    Join us in the Bistrot for the last wine tasting of 2018, higlighting a selection of wines that will perfectly accompany your meals and festivities for the end of the year!


  • Exhibition

    Poster Exhibition: Concours d’écriture créative 2018

    From 1 December 10:00 to 21 December 18:00

    Following the award ceremony for the 2018 concours d’écriture créative, this exposition highlights the winning texts in posters created by Edinburgh Napier University graphic design students


  • Music

    Concert: The Consort of Voices present "Auld Alliance"

    Saturday 1 December 18:00-19:00

    Edinburgh-based a cappella chamber choir The Consort of Voices, in collaboration with the Institut français d’Ecosse, perform traditional French and Scottish music in a charity concert, raising funds for the Marie Curie Hospice at Fairmilehead, Edinburgh


  • Cinema

    Cinéma de Noël: Caprice

    Wednesday 5 December 14:00-15:30

    An average guy meets an actress who is more beautiful than he could ever imagine. But then a pesky girl materializes to make his life a living hell. His perfect girlfriend now thinks that he is involved with this Caprice.


  • Music

    European Christmas Carol Service

    Wednesday 5 December 18:00-19:00

    Organised by the European Commission in Scotland, this Christmas Carol Service at St. John’s Church on Princes Street brings European countries together to mark the 200th anniversary of "Silent Night".


  • Cinema

    Cinéma de Noël: Caprice

    Wednesday 5 December 18:45-20:30

    An average guy meets an actress who is more beautiful than he could ever imagine. But then a pesky girl materializes to make his life a living hell. His perfect girlfriend now thinks that he is involved with this Caprice.


  • For Kids

    Ciné-récré: Neige et les arbres magiques

    Friday 7 December 14:00-15:00

    For our last ciné-récré of the year, we will be screening "Neige et les arbres magiques" composed of 4 beautiful and surprising short films, each one a discovery and celebration of nature in its own right.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma: Fatima

    Tuesday 11 December 14:00-15:30

    One of 2015’s most lauded films, Philippe Faucon’s "Fatima" went on to win the 2016 César for best film, adaptation, and most promising actress (Zita Hanrot).


  • Talk

    Talk: Molière’s Legacy: Masks and Mirrors in Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt’s Plays

    Thursday 13 December 16:30-17:45

    Professor Nobuko Akiyama (Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo) delivers the keynote address of the conference "Behind the Masks: Representations of the Face in Japanese and Western European Literature and Theatre from the Early Modern Period to the Present," organised by the University of Edinburgh


  • Cinema

    Cinéma: 21 nuits avec Pattie + Post-Show Discussion

    Wednesday 9 January 2019 14:00-16:30

    Caroline goes to a village in the south of France where she must organise the funeral of her mother. But soon after arriving, she discovers that her mother’s body has disappeared...


  • Cinema

    Cinéma: 21 nuits avec Pattie + Post-Show Discussion

    Wednesday 9 January 2019 18:45-21:15

    Caroline goes to a village in the south of France where she must organise the funeral of her mother. But soon after arriving, she discovers that her mother’s body has disappeared...


  • Cinema

    Cinéma: Abrahadabra + Post-Show Discussion

    Wednesday 16 January 2019 18:45-20:30

    Director Yannik Ruault presents his film "Abrahadabra," originally screened in the French Film Festival UK 2017. The film follows 14-year-old Jan Cavalieri as she copes with losing her father in a terrorist atttack.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : Une vie

    Wednesday 23 January 2019 14:00-16:00

    Almost overnight, Nathalie Pêcheux, a divorced French teacher, changes from a loving mother into a jealous monster. Her first target is her stunning 18-year-old daughter Mathilde, a ballet dancer, but her field of attack soon extends to her friends, colleagues, and even her neighbours


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : Une vie

    Wednesday 23 January 2019 18:45-20:45

    Almost overnight, Nathalie Pêcheux, a divorced French teacher, changes from a loving mother into a jealous monster. Her first target is her stunning 18-year-old daughter Mathilde, a ballet dancer, but her field of attack soon extends to her friends, colleagues, and even her neighbours


  • Literary Workshops

    Livres et vous - "Fiction et Histoire"

    Saturday 26 January 2019 11:45-13:15

    Pour la quatrième séance, nous aborderons les romans « L’ordre du jour » d’Eric Vuillard (Ed. Actes Sud et Prix Goncourt 2017) et « La Disparition de Josef Mengele » d’Olivier Guez (Ed. Grasset et Prix Renaudot 2017).


  • Literary Workshops

    Workshop - Livres et Vous

    Saturday 23 February 2019 11:45-13:15

    Un samedi par mois, un rendez-vous littéraire à l’Institut.


  • Literary Workshops

    Workshop - Livres et Vous

    Saturday 30 March 2019 11:45-13:15

    Un samedi par mois, un rendez-vous littéraire à l’Institut.


  • Literary Workshops

    Workshop - Livres et Vous

    Saturday 27 April 2019 11:45-13:15

    Un samedi par mois, un rendez-vous littéraire à l’Institut.


  • Literary Workshops

    Workshop - Livres et Vous

    Saturday 25 May 2019 11:45-13:15

    Un samedi par mois, un rendez-vous littéraire à l’Institut.


  • Literary Workshops

    Workshop - Livres et Vous

    Saturday 22 June 2019 11:45-13:15

    Un samedi par mois, un rendez-vous littéraire à l’Institut.


 
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