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  • French Classes & Education

    C’est la rentrée !

    From 4 September 11:54 to 25 September 12:54


  • French Classes & Education

    EUSA Freshers’ Expo

    Monday 9 September 11:00-16:00

    Interested in learning or improving your French? Come meet staff and teachers from the Institut français d’Ecosse at the University of Edinburgh’s Freshers’ Expo.


  • Info

    Library closure: Thursday, 3 October 2019

    From 10 September 09:00 to 12 September 09:30

    The Médiathèque Sir Patrick Geddes will be exceptionally closed on Thursday, 3 October 2019


  • French Classes & Education

    EUSA Freshers’ Expo

    Tuesday 10 September 11:00-16:00

    Interested in learning or improving your French? Come meet staff and teachers from the Institut français d’Ecosse at the University of Edinburgh’s Freshers’ Expo.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : Gueule d’ange

    Wednesday 11 September 14:00-16:00

    One day, Marlene suddenly chooses to abandon her daughter for a man she has just met during yet another night of excess. Elli must confront her mother’s demons to get her back.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : Gueule d’ange

    Wednesday 11 September 18:45-20:45

    One day, Marlene suddenly chooses to abandon her daughter for a man she has just met during yet another night of excess. Elli must confront her mother’s demons to get her back.


  • Visual Arts

    The Victor Murphy Trust: Wemyss Ware Exhibition

    From 14 September 10:00 to 30 September 16:30

    We are proud to host the Victor Murphy Trust’s exhibition of Wemyss Ware, one of the most important examples of Scotland’s pottery heritage, dating as far back as 1817


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : Place Publique

    Wednesday 18 September 14:00-16:00

    A provocative but has-been TV host spends a bumpy reunion at a countryside party along with his ex-wife, his daughter, and his producer hiding his potential termination.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : Place Publique

    Wednesday 18 September 18:45-20:45

    A provocative but has-been TV host spends a bumpy reunion at a countryside party along with his ex-wife, his daughter, and his producer hiding his potential termination.


  • Library & Book Events

    Groupe de lecture: Laurent Seksik

    Thursday 19 September 13:00-14:00

    Every month the group meets to discuss a book selected in advance (from classical to contemporary French literature) and discover the other members’ views on them. In September, it will discuss Les derniers jours de Stefan Zweig by Laurent Seksik.


  • Cinema

    Ciné-Récré : Griffes, Plumes, Poils et Moustaches

    Friday 20 September 14:00-15:00

    Our film for kids this week is a selection of short films about all sorts of animals: “GRIFFES, PLUMES, POILS ET MOUSTACHES”.


  • Dance

    Fest-noz: Ceilidh from Brittany

    Friday 20 September 20:00-23:00

    The Robert Fish Band and a colourful mix of Breton artists are putting on a Fest-noz, the traditional form of ceilidh in Brittany.


  • Talks & Ideas

    DOD Lecture Series: Property Repair Seminar

    Monday 23 September 12:00-13:00

    This lecture is part of the week-long Doors Open Days lecture series. Find out from traditional building experts how to keep your traditional home in well maintained and good repair, plus guidance on working with your neighbours for common repairs such as those in Edinburgh beautiful tenements.


  • Talks & Ideas

    DOD Lecture Series: North Bridge Renovation

    Tuesday 24 September 12:00-13:00

    This lecture is part of the week-long Doors Open Days lecture series. As well as discussing the structure’s comprehensive history, the Balfour Beatty site management team will demonstrate some of the innovative technologies being used on the project, including some ‘behind the hoarding’ insights, 3D digital scanning and 360° photography.


  • Visual Arts

    Wemyss Ware Exhibition Talks

    Tuesday 24 September 14:00-15:30

    As part of the Victor Murphy Trust’s Wemyss Ware exhibition, the Institut is hosting a series of talks providing a bit of insight into the exhibition and some of the individual pieces on display.


  • Cinema

    Take One Action!: The Time of Forests

    Tuesday 24 September 17:30-20:00

    As part of the Take One Action! Film Festivals, we are hosting a screening of "The Time of Forests", directed by François-Xavier Drouet


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : Les Grands Esprits

    Wednesday 25 September 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 25 September 18:45-20:45

    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.


  • Talks & Ideas

    DOD Lecture Series: Building stone in Scotland

    Wednesday 25 September 19:00-22:00

    This lecture is part of the week-long Doors Open Days lecture series. Paul Everett will present a synopsis of Scotland’s history of building in stone, set against a geological background, and will demonstrate how geological knowledge and understanding is helping to maintain and conserve our country’s priceless stone-built heritage.


  • Talks & Ideas

    DOD Lecture Series: Edinburgh and the Origins of Global Conservation

    Thursday 26 September 12:00-13:00

    This lecture is part of the week-long Doors Open Days lecture series. Dr Sean O’Reilly, Director of The Institute of Historic Building Conservation will discuss how approaches to conservation vary on a global scale and the influence of Edinburgh in the global conservation movement.


  • Cinema

    German Cinema: Vor der Morgenröte

    Thursday 26 September 18:45-20:45

    In partnership with the Goethe Institute
    "Vor der Morgenröte" charts the years of exile in the life of famous Jewish Austrian writer Stefan Zweig, his inner struggle for the "right attitude" toward the events in war torn Europe, and his search for a new home.


  • Talks & Ideas

    DOD Lecture Series: Thinking globally and acting locally - about Edinburgh

    Thursday 26 September 19:00-20:00

    This lecture is part of the week-long Doors Open Days lecture series. Cliff Hague will set Edinburgh in its European and global context and explore disruptions that could shape its future.


  • Talks & Ideas

    DOD Lecture Series: Henry Cockburn and the work of the Cockburn Association

    Friday 27 September 12:00-13:00

    This lecture is part of the week-long Doors Open Days lecture series. It will look at the legacy of Lord “Henry” Cockburn and work of the organisation founded in his honour.


  • Talks & Ideas

    DOD Lecture Series: Scots Baronial meets the New York Five

    Friday 27 September 19:00-20:00

    This lecture is part of the week-long Doors Open Days lecture series. Architect Crichton Wood will discuss the key concepts of Scots baronial architecture used in the work of American Architect and theorist, Louis Kahn.


  • Architecture

    Doors Open Days 2019

    From 28 September 10:00 to 29 September 18:00

    For the 5th consecutive year, the Institut français d’Ecosse and the Consulate General of France in Edinburgh are participating in Doors Open Days


  • Library & Book Events

    Atelier littérature - In Ludere

    Saturday 28 September 11:45-13:15

    Pour la première séance de cette année, nous aborderons le livre d’Erri de Luca, "La tour de l’oie" (Gallimard, 2019).


  • Music

    French Music for the Piano: Around Debussy and Ravel

    Saturday 28 September 19:00-20:00

    Pianist Maxime Zecchini will offer a travel through some of the best works of French music, from Charles-Valentin Alkan to Michel Legrand.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : Edmond

    Wednesday 2 October 14:00-16:00

    December 1897, Paris. Edmond Rostand is not yet thirty but already two children and a lot of anxieties. He has not written anything for two years. Edmond starts writing this piece which nobody believes. For now, he has only the title: "Cyrano de Bergerac".


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : Edmond

    Wednesday 2 October 18:45-20:45

    December 1897, Paris. Edmond Rostand is not yet thirty but already two children and a lot of anxieties. He has not written anything for two years. Edmond starts writing this piece which nobody believes. For now, he has only the title: "Cyrano de Bergerac".


  • Info

    Library closure: Thursday, 3 October 2019

    Thursday 3 October 09:00-17:00

    The Médiathèque Sir Patrick Geddes will be exceptionally closed on Thursday, 3 October 2019


  • Library & Book Events

    Atelier jeunesse : Madly Chatterjee, The Children of Slowville

    Saturday 5 October 10:30-11:30

    Children books author and illustator Madly Chatterjee will offer a reading of her latest stories followed by a workshop which will blend drawing and colouring with story-making.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : Comme des garçons

    Wednesday 9 October 14:00-16:00

    The story of the first all-female soccer team in France, which started as a provocation but became a revolution. Reims, France, 1969. Paul Coutard, a 30-year-old sports journalist, has the crazy idea to organize a women’s football match for the first time. With the help of Emmanuelle, his discreet and beautiful executive assistant, the project grows to unexpected proportions, as does their romance.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : Comme des garçons

    Wednesday 9 October 18:45-20:45

    The story of the first all-female soccer team in France, which started as a provocation but became a revolution. Reims, France, 1969. Paul Coutard, a 30-year-old sports journalist, has the crazy idea to organize a women’s football match for the first time. With the help of Emmanuelle, his discreet and beautiful executive assistant, the project grows to unexpected proportions, as does their romance.


  • Cinema

    Costa-Gavras : L’aveu

    Tuesday 15 October 18:45-21:00

    Anton Ludvik, aka Gerard, is vice-minister of Foreign Affairs of Czechoslovakia. He realizes he is watched and followed. One day, he is arrested and put into jail, in solitary confinement. We are shown the mental tortures during the investigation and how a faithful top-ranking civil servant is made to confess to treason. Based on the true story of Czechoslovakian communist Artur London.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : Primaire

    Wednesday 16 October 14:00-16:00

    Florence is a school teacher devoted to her students. When she encounters young Sacha, a child with problems, she will do everything she can to help him, even to the point of neglecting her own children, her own life, and of questioning her vocation.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : Primaire

    Wednesday 16 October 18:45-20:45

    Florence is a school teacher devoted to her students. When she encounters young Sacha, a child with problems, she will do everything she can to help him, even to the point of neglecting her own children, her own life, and of questioning her vocation.


  • Cinema

    German Cinema: In den Gängen

    Thursday 17 October 18:45-20:45

    In partnership with the Goethe Institute
    Christian begins to work as a shelf stacker at a supermarket and finds himself in a new, unknown world: the long aisles, the bustle at the checkouts, the forklifts.


  • Cinema

    Costa-Gavras : Z

    Tuesday 22 October 18:45-21:00

    “Z,” Costa-Gavras’s extraordinarily compelling thriller is one of the fastest, most exciting political melodramas ever made. Following the murder of a prominent leftist, an investigator tries to uncover the truth while government officials attempt to cover up their roles.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : La promesse de l’aube

    Wednesday 23 October 14:00-16:15

    Adaptation of the autobiographical novel by Romain Gary, in which he recalls his youth in Lithuania, his exodus with his family to the south of France to escape the consequences of the arrival to power of Hitler in Germany and his career in the French Air Force


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : La promesse de l’aube

    Wednesday 23 October 18:45-21:00

    Adaptation of the autobiographical novel by Romain Gary, in which he recalls his youth in Lithuania, his exodus with his family to the south of France to escape the consequences of the arrival to power of Hitler in Germany and his career in the French Air Force


  • Cinema

    Ciné-Récré : Les malheurs de Sophie

    Friday 25 October 14:00-16:00

    From her castle, the little Sophie cannot resist the temptation of the forbidden and what she loves most is to do stupid things with her cousin Paul.


  • Library & Book Events

    Atelier littérature - Extensible identité

    Saturday 26 October 11:45-12:45

    Pour la deuxième séance, nous aborderons le livre de Mathias Enard, « Parle-leur de batailles, de rois et d’éléphants » (ed. Actes Sud, 2010).


  • Library & Book Events

    History Talk: The Life of a French Resistant

    Tuesday 29 October 18:45-20:00

    *THIS EVENT IS IN FRENCH* Stéphanie Trouillard will present her book, "Mon oncle de l’ombre - Enquête sur un maquisard breton", dedicated to the life of her great uncle, a member of the French Resistance who died in 1944.


  • Cinema

    Costa-Gavras : Un homme de trop

    Tuesday 29 October 18:45-20:45

    Set in central France, the film follows French resistance fighters who press the battle on the Germans. Along the way, they break into a prison and release some German prisoners, but discover there may be a spy planted to flush them all out.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : De chaque instant

    Wednesday 30 October 14:00-16:00

    How do young students deal with pain, illness, fear and death? Nicolas Philibert follows students during three years of nursing school, and in three chapters he reveals just how hard it is for them. Each of the parts—respectively focusing on theory, practice and performance reviews—is preceded by a sentence from a poem by Yves Bonnefoy.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : De chaque instant

    Wednesday 30 October 18:45-20:45

    How do young students deal with pain, illness, fear and death? Nicolas Philibert follows students during three years of nursing school, and in three chapters he reveals just how hard it is for them. Each of the parts—respectively focusing on theory, practice and performance reviews—is preceded by a sentence from a poem by Yves Bonnefoy.


  • Cinema

    Costa-Gavras : Compartiment tueurs

    Tuesday 5 November 18:45-20:45

    Six people travel in a railroad sleeping car from Marseilles to Paris. Upon their arrival, a woman is found dead in one of the berths. The police investigate the other five passengers, suspecting that one of them committed the homicide, but the suspects are killed one by one. The last two must solve the case themselves before they become the next victims.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : Les drapeaux de papier

    Wednesday 6 November 14:00-16:00

    After spending 12 years in prison, a 30-year-old man who has an explosive temper moves in with his younger sister and makes a desperate attempt to reintegrate into society.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : Les drapeaux de papier

    Wednesday 6 November 18:45-20:45

    After spending 12 years in prison, a 30-year-old man who has an explosive temper moves in with his younger sister and makes a desperate attempt to reintegrate into society.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : Il se passe quelque chose

    Wednesday 13 November 14:00-16:00

    Avignon. Irma, who no longer finds her place in the world, meets Dolores, a free and uninhibited woman missioned to write a gay-friendly tour guide on a forgotten corner of Provence. The improbable duo goes on the road together. For each of them, it is an initiatory journey.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : Il se passe quelque chose

    Wednesday 13 November 18:45-20:45

    Avignon. Irma, who no longer finds her place in the world, meets Dolores, a free and uninhibited woman missioned to write a gay-friendly tour guide on a forgotten corner of Provence. The improbable duo goes on the road together. For each of them, it is an initiatory journey.


  • Cinema

    German Cinema: Toni Erdmann

    Thursday 14 November 18:45-21:30

    In partnership with the Goethe Institute
    A practical joking father tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO’s life coach.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : Paul Sanchez est revenu

    Wednesday 20 November 14:00-16:00

    Paul Sanchez, criminal disappeared since ten years, has been overview at the station of Les Arcs sur Argens. In the police station, they don’t believe it, except perhaps the young Marion.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : Paul Sanchez est revenu

    Wednesday 20 November 18:45-20:45

    Paul Sanchez, criminal disappeared since ten years, has been overview at the station of Les Arcs sur Argens. In the police station, they don’t believe it, except perhaps the young Marion.


  • Cinema

    Ciné-Récré : Bécassine!

    Friday 22 November 14:00-16:00

    Bécassine, a naive and clumsy farm girl, is hired as a nanny in a bourgeois family. César-winner Bruno Podalydès returns with a family movie adapted from the beloved French comic book Bécassine


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : Les chatouilles

    Wednesday 27 November 14:00-16:00

    Odette is a 8-yr-old girl who loves to dance and draw. Why should she distrust a friend of her parents’ who offers to "tickle" her? Once she has become an adult, Odette realizes she was abused, and immerses herself body and soul in her career as a dancer while trying to deal with her past.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : Les chatouilles

    Wednesday 27 November 18:45-20:45

    Odette is a 8-yr-old girl who loves to dance and draw. Why should she distrust a friend of her parents’ who offers to "tickle" her? Once she has become an adult, Odette realizes she was abused, and immerses herself body and soul in her career as a dancer while trying to deal with her past.


  • Library & Book Events

    Atelier littérature - Session 3

    Saturday 30 November 11:45-13:15

    Pour la troisiième séance, nous annoncerons bientôt le livre retenu.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : La quête d’Alain Ducasse

    Wednesday 4 December 14:00-16:00

    With 18 Michelin stars, Alain Ducasse creates restaurants for our times, builds schools and pushes the boundaries of his profession. This public, yet secretive man agreed to be followed for 2 years, thereby revealing his evolving universe.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : La quête d’Alain Ducasse

    Wednesday 4 December 18:45-20:45

    With 18 Michelin stars, Alain Ducasse creates restaurants for our times, builds schools and pushes the boundaries of his profession. This public, yet secretive man agreed to be followed for 2 years, thereby revealing his evolving universe.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : La belle et la belle

    Wednesday 11 December 14:00-16:00

    Margaux is a 25-year-old, living a carefree but unsatisfying life punctuated by frequent one-night stands. She can’t help herself! One night at a party she meets another Margaux, 20 years her elder. Troubling details and similarities seem to link the two women…


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : La belle et la belle

    Wednesday 11 December 18:45-20:45

    Margaux is a 25-year-old, living a carefree but unsatisfying life punctuated by frequent one-night stands. She can’t help herself! One night at a party she meets another Margaux, 20 years her elder. Troubling details and similarities seem to link the two women…


  • Cinema

    Ciné-Récré : Soundiata Keita, le Réveil du Lion

    Friday 13 December 14:00-16:15

    Thirteenth century in the kingdom of Mandé. Soundiata is a young prince of 25 years disabled of both legs. Despite this his father, the King Naré Maghan set him as the heirdom of the throne. Indeed, according to a prophecy, Soundiata would be the one who would make Mande the greatest empire in Africa.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : Santa et Cie

    Wednesday 18 December 14:00-16:00

    There’s no more going on Christmas Eve: the 92,000 elves who make children’s gifts all get sick at the same time! It’s a blow for Santa Claus... he has no choice: he must go to Earth urgently with his reindeer to seek a cure.At his arrival, he will find allies to help save the magic of Christmas.


  • Cinema

    Cinéma : Santa et Cie

    Wednesday 18 December 18:45-20:45

    There’s no more going on Christmas Eve: the 92,000 elves who make children’s gifts all get sick at the same time! It’s a blow for Santa Claus... he has no choice: he must go to Earth urgently with his reindeer to seek a cure.At his arrival, he will find allies to help save the magic of Christmas.


 
Institut Français Écosse 2019