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Ciné Lumière

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Institut Français, 17 Queensberry Place, Kensington, London, SW7 2DT

The Ardennes

The Ardennes
  • 2015
  • Belgium
  • Directed by: Robin Pront
  • Cast: Jeroen Perceval, Kevin Janssens, Veerle Baetens

Subtle Belgian crime drama in which recently-released Kenneth (Janssens) comes to find out why girlfriend Sylvie (Baetens) didn't visit him in prison; then thing take a Lynchian twist.

Fri 9 Dec
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Thu 15 Dec

Chocolat

Chocolat
  • France
  • 159 min
  • Directed by: Roschdy Zem
  • Cast: Omar Sy, James Thierrée, Clotilde Hesme

The story of Rafael Padilla, a former slave in Cuba, who found fame as Monsieur Chocolat, the first black circus clown in France.

Sat 10 Dec
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Tue 20 Dec
Thu 22 Dec

Donkey Skin (Peau d'âne)

Peau D'ane (The Magic Donkey)
  • 1970
  • France
  • 100 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Jacques Demy
  • Written by: Jacques Demy, Charles Perrault
  • Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Jean Marais, Jacques Perrin, Delphine Seyrig

Bizarre musical fantasy about a king (Marais) who promises his dying wife (Deneuve) he will only re-marry someone more beautiful than her. But when he settles on his own daughter (also Deneuve), the fairy godmother descends and whisks the girl away, hiding her in a forest cottage and cloaking her in animal hide.

Sun 11 Dec

La Grande Vadrouille

La Grande Vadrouille
  • 1966
Fri 9 Dec
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Wed 14 Dec
Sun 18 Dec

Le père Noël!

Le père Noël!
  • 2014
  • 80 min
  • Directed by: Alexandre Coffre
  • Written by: Rachel Palmieri/Fabrice Carazzo
  • Cast: Tahar Rahim, Victor Cabal, Annelise Hesme

A young boy finds a burglar on his roof on Christmas Eve. Believing him to be Santa Claus, he joins him on his mission to rid the Parisian houses of their Christmas gifts.

Sat 10 Dec
Sun 18 Dec
Thu 22 Dec

Round Midnight

Sun 11 Dec

The Unknown Girl

  • 2016
  • Belgium
  • 113 min
  • Directed by: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardienne
  • Cast: Adèle Haenel, Fabrizio Rongione, Olivier Gourmet

Jenny (Haenel) is a brisk, kindly GP beloved of her patients. After a rare moment of carelessness, she is compelled to investigate the death of a young black woman. Haenel is compelling, and the story has plenty of resonance, but the surprisingly conventional narrative doesn't quite add up and it's worthy rather than inspired.

Fri 9 Dec
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Ciné lumière was founded in 1998 by Catherine Deneuve to promote the best in French and world cinema. Films screened are in their original language with English subtitles.

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