24 - 29 January
at the Institut français du Royaume-Uni

In the run-up to the Night of Ideas on 30 January, a film programme will be exploring the two main themes of the Night, Nature And Us and Machines Like Us, providing further food for thought!

Fri 24 Jan - 18:45

All About Yves + Q&A

FRA | 2019 | 107mins | dir. Benoît Forgeard, with William Lebghil, Doria Tillier | cert tbc | in French with EN subs

When wannabe rapper Jerem becomes the new product tester for a smart fridge called Yves, he soon begins to form a relationship with the appliance. In this eccentric comedy, Yves soon becomes Jerem’s best friend, providing everything from lifestyle choices to dating advice.

Followed by a Q&A with director Benoit Forgeard.

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Sat 25 Jan - 18:20

The Nine Muses + Q&A

UK | 2012 | 90 mins | dir. John Akomfrah | doc | cert. PG | in English | 35mm

Divided into nine overlapping musical chapters echoing the nine Greek mythological muses and mixing a vast array of archival material, The Nine Muses offers a modern recasting of Homer’s epic The Odyssey as a tone poem about journeys, migration, time and space, memory, the power of elegy and our relation to the environment.

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Sat 25 Jan - 20:30

Alphaville

FRA | 1965 | 99 mins | dir. Jean-Luc Godard, with Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina | cert. tbc | in French with EN subs

Lemmy Caution (Eddie Constantine) is a secret agent from the ‘Outlands’ whose aim is to destroy Alpha 60, a machine which controls all the city of Alphaville and its inhabitants through electronic and luminous signals. Despite the ban on human emotions, there is hope: love comes to Lemmy Caution though the poetry of Paul Eluard and Anna Karina’s character, Natasha Von Braun.

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Sun 26 Jan - 16:00

Nostalgia for the Light

FRA/CHE/GER | 2010 | 107 mins | dir. Patricio Guzmán | doc | cert. 12A | in Spanish with EN subs

Melding celestial and earthly quests, mutli-awarded documentary Nostalgia for the Light is a gorgeous, moving, and deeply personal odyssey into astronomy, archaeology, geology and human rights.

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Sun 26 Jan - 18:15

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

THA | 2010 | 103 mins | dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul | cert. 12 | in Isan & Thai with EN subs

Eerie, poetic and masterful, 2010 Palme d’or-winning film Uncle Boonmee creates an enchanted world where fauna and flora converge to convey a magical, sublime atmosphere. Uncle Boonmee has chosen to spend his final days surrounded by his loved ones in a remote forest, an important place from his childhood and, he believes, the possible location of his former existences…

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Mon 27 Jan - 18:40

Becoming Animal

CHE/UK | 2018 | 78 mins | cert. tbc | dir. Emma Davie & Peter Mettler | in English

Shot in Grand Teton National Park, this immersive essay film draws together the distinct sensibilities of filmmakers Emma Davie (I Am Breathing), Peter Mettler and environmental philosopher David Abram to encounter the spaces where humans and animals meet. A subversive nature film in which we pique our senses to witness the so-called natural world—which in turn witnesses us, tracing how we sense the ‘more than human’ world and exploring how it also senses us.

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Tue 28 Jan - 20:30

Nostalgia for the Light

FRA/CHE/GER | 2010 | 107 mins | dir. Patricio Guzmán | doc | cert. 12A | in Spanish with EN subs

Melding celestial and earthly quests, mutli-awarded documentary Nostalgia for the Light is a gorgeous, moving, and deeply personal odyssey into astronomy, archaeology, geology and human rights.

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Tue 28 Jan - 18:20

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

THA | 2010 | 103 mins | dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul | cert. 12 | in Isan & Thai with EN subs

Eerie, poetic and masterful, 2010 Palme d’or-winning film Uncle Boonmee creates an enchanted world where fauna and flora converge to convey a magical, sublime atmosphere. Uncle Boonmee has chosen to spend his final days surrounded by his loved ones in a remote forest, an important place from his childhood and, he believes, the possible location of his former existences…

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Tue 28 Jan - 18:30

Humans: Destroyers of Earth + Q&A

L’Homme a mangé la Terre
FRA | 2019 | 98 mins | Jean-Robert Viallet | doc | cert. tbc | in French with EN subs

Global warming, deforestation, floods and dwindling resources are addressed with an extraordinary breadth of archives in this documentary by Jean-Robert Viallet – based on The Shock of the Anthropocene: The Earth, History and Us by Christophe Bonneuil and Jean- Baptiste Fressoz – that goes back to the beginning of the environmental crisis.

Followed by a Q&A with historian and writer Jean-Baptiste Fressoz (EHESS).

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Wed 29 Jan - 18:20

Alphaville

FRA | 1965 | 99 mins | dir. Jean-Luc Godard, with Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina | cert. tbc | in French with EN subs

Lemmy Caution (Eddie Constantine) is a secret agent from the ‘Outlands’ whose aim is to destroy Alpha 60, a machine which controls all the city of Alphaville and its inhabitants through electronic and luminous signals. Despite the ban on human emotions, there is hope: love comes to Lemmy Caution though the poetry of Paul Eluard and Anna Karina’s character, Natasha Von Braun.

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Wed 29 Jan - 18:30

Little Joe + Q&A

UK | 2019 | 105 mins | dir. Jessica Hausner, with Emily Beecham, Ben Whishaw, Kerry Fox | cert. 12A | in English

Single mother Alice (Emily Beecham) is a dedicated senior scientist who has just developed a special species of flower that can make people happy. When she takes a flower home to her son, she realises that it may not be as harmless as she initially thought. A chilling drama about the genetic manipulation of plants, ambiguously perched between sci-fi, paranoia and realism that won Emily Beecham the Best Actress Prize in Cannes in 2019.

Followed by a Q&A with Emily Beechman and scriptwriter Géraldine Bayard.

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