Institut français d'Ecosse

May 2016


Regards croisés sur les "ailleurs" fantasmés

Talk - Thu 5 May

In this talk in French, specialist of postcolonial studies Françoise Kral sheds light on the major imprint left by Orient in the cultural productions in France and Britain since the 18th century. A collaboration between the Institut français, the Diaspolinks Research Group, the University of Edinburgh's French Section and Caen University's ERIBIA.

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Coming Soon

Jour de fête

Cinéma - Tue 10 & Wed 11 May

Whether it is sunny or raining outside, don't miss Jour de fête as it will turn the cinema room into a festive and shiny village of France! Follow the clumsy postman on his daily delivery round and enjoy Tati's great talent for burlesque. Tuesday's screening introduced by University of Edinburgh's Martine Pierquin.

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Le mystère de la tonalité locale

Conférence - Thu 19 May

As he travelled through France, Jean-Christophe Bailly meditated on the idea of a country's identity. This experience is at the origin of his 2011 book Dépaysement. Follow his steps as a traveller and a writer, and discover along the road what makes a country an open space and an invitation to think.

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Les îles du Ponant

Family Saturday - Sat 21 May

Hear ye hear ye little sailors! Embark with us for a cruise to the western isles of France! We count on your creativity to paint a great sea fresco, so get your paintbrushes ready and join us for an afternoon of stories, drawings and fun.

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L'UE : Mode d'emploi

Café Histoire - Mon 23 May

As the European Union faces some of the most challenging moments of its existence, Patrick Landri offers an insight on the history and potential future of this one of a kind politico-economic union.

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(Science): Organisation des gènes dans le noyau

Parenthèse - Wed 25 May

Cells, genes, DNA... sounds familiar? Refresh your scientific knowledge with a fascinating talk in French on the structure of the human organism. Biologist Charlène Lemaitre will discuss the causes and consequences of gene positioning in human development.

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Bordeaux : rive droite / rive gauche

Wine Tasting - Fri 27 May

No need to choose between the right and left bank of the Gironde estuary, Maurice Mallet will take you to both sides to discover the best wines from the Bordeaux region. While you taste vintages, learn more about the barrel and bottle ageing processes.

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We Recommend

La chasse au lion à l'arc

5 May, 6.10pm
Folk Film Gathering, Filmhouse

Jean Rouch's documentary follows the journey of traditional Nigerien lion hunters who go on a quest to find 'the American', a lion that has been killing their livestock. As part of the Folk Film Gathering festival and introduced with tales from a Scottish storyteller, this rare documentary relies on oral culture and magical realism.

L'entente 'choirdiale'

14 May, 7.30pm
St. Michael's Parish Church, Linlithgow

To celebrate their 25th anniversary, the Linlithgow RFC Male Voice Choir have invited le C(h)oeur des Rugueux from Langon, France. They will also be joined by the Linlithgow Reed Band for a wonderful evening of music from the Scottish and French participants. Bon anniversaire, and long live the Auld Alliance!

Ubu Roi by Ludens Ensemble

27/28/29 May
Hidden Door Festival, Edinburgh

We're delighted to support Ludens Ensemble's new production which combines music, masks puppetry and mapping projections. A unique multimedia theatre adaptation of Afred Jary's satire that will premiere at the Hidden Door Festival in Edinburgh. Our students are invited to the preview on Fri. 26 May, 19:30. Contact us to reserve your seat.

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