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Cinéma : L’or des MacCrimmon + Q&A

Monday 25 March 2019 18:45-20:15

In addition to the Institut français d’Ecosse’s regular cinéma programme, with film screenings each Wednesday, we are also happy to collaborate with filmmakers and other cultural partners to offer you unique, one-off film events, such as this screening of L’or des MacCrimmon (MacCrimmons’ Gold), followed by a Q&A with the film’s director Gérard Alle and its protagonist, the celebrated musician Patrick Molard.

Piobaireachd or Ceol Mor is a musical genre full of spirituality, born in the Scottish Highlands. Each of the 9 notes of the bagpipe seems to express the memory of an extinct world. Patrick Molard became, despite his Breton origins, one of the highest ranking custodians of this Scottish musical tradition, having been trained by the disciples of the great masters of Piobaireachd: the MacCrimmons.

It all starts with an ancient manuscript found in an attic. Patrick Molard is one of the few able to decipher its content, unknown compositions that have not been played for the last 300 years. He applies the same method as his masters, linking each composition to emotions and legendary tales. These manuscripts maybe hold the keys to the mysterious origins of Piobaireachd and the end of an era where clans ruled the Scottish Highlands, before being chased from their lands.

About Gérard Alle
Minority languages and cultures specialist, he has held different jobs before dedicating himself fully to writing in 1998, as a writer of detective novels and documentary books. Since 2013, he makes documentary films for television, 4 of which have been produced by Tita Productions.

About Patrick Molard
He is currently considered as one of best European specialists in highland bagpipe. Taught by famous bagpipe player Bob Brown, he integrated Alan Stivell’s band as a professional musician. Winner of the MacAllan Trophy at the Festival Interceltique de Lorient for three consecutive years, in 1980, 1981, and 1982.

See the trailer here

L’or des MacCrimmon (MacCrimmons’ Gold) + Q&A
(dir. Gérard Alle | 2018 | 60min)
Monday, 25 March | 6.45pm - 8.15pm
In English, Scottish Gaelic, and French with English subtitles

Institut français d’Ecosse
Salle Emilienne Moreau-Evrard (first floor)
West Parliament Square
Edinburgh EH1 1RF

Access Details
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Cinema and IFE Membership
The Institut’s regular film screenings (on Wednesdays) 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.

Image Credit: Tita Productions

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