01 avril 2015

French Films at QFT … in April.

French Films at QFT … in April.


Continues until Thursday 2 April

Fri 27 Mar – Thurs 2 Apr


Dir: Frédéric Tcheng • France • 2014 • 1 Hr 30 Mins • Partially Subtitled

Dior and I brings the viewer inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’ first haute couture collection as its new artistic director.

Sun 19 Apr, 1pm


Dir: Bruno Dumont • France • 2014 • 3 Hrs 20 Mins • Subtitled

Bruno Dumont’s absurdist metaphysical murder mystery prompts inevitable comparisons to Twin Peaks and True Detective. Featuring Bernard Pruvost as the Clouseau-like detective on the case and charismatic young Alane Delhaye as the title prankster, Li’l Quinquin is proof that even an auteur like Dumont, best known for uncompromising and austere dramas, is capable of shifting gears without conceding his signature.

Sun 26 Apr, 4pm

A Cat in Paris

Dir: Jean-Loup Felicioli & Alain Gagnol • France/Netherlands/Switzerland/Belgium
• 2010 • 1 Hr 5 Mins • Subtitled

A Paris cat called Dino leads an unlikely double life when he becomes embroiled in this tale of animated adventure. A jazzy film noir for children,A Cat in Paris is a cinematic delight celebrating traditional old school animation.

The film 'The Gunman' just released in the UK is based on one of the most influential French romans noirs, The Prone Gunman, by Jean-Patrick Manchette, and isHowever this article on  'The Conversation' website carries words of warning …...

Following the issues raised by the Charlie Hebdo killings in France you may find the programme 'A Nation Divided' broadcast on BBC3 on 30th March interesting. You can find it on iPlayer at …..

À bientôt, Philip

10 mars 2015

Chenonceau: Ray Largan: 11 mars 2015

Another of our seasoned travellers, Ray returns to share his love of history and location through his colourful presentation on the lovely chateau of Chenonceau in the Loire valley. 

He promises equally colourful tales of romance and intrigue!

03 février 2015

Deux roues, deux langues: Drew MILLAR: 11 février

Our next talk, on 11 February, is a personal account of a motorbike journey made by Cercle member, Drew Millar.

It was a journey that took him from here to France and on to Morocco.  Drew explains that the trip that had been intended to last a couple of weeks took considerably longer.....

Here's how he puts it himself:

At 8 o’clock on the 20th September 2008 I got onto a very scruffy and clumsily overloaded Yamaha xt600e trail bike and my wife said ‘be serious now – where are you going and how long will you be?’
My perfectly honest reply was ‘I don’t where I’m going but I’ll be at least a fortnight.’

Ruth next saw me nearly two months later, I was a lot slimmer, I spoke confident (if ungrammatical) French and my motorbike had sand from the Sahara in every nook and cranny’

It sounds a fascinating story, in which as well as presenting pictures from along the route, Drew be sharing anecdotes in relation to the French language. 

A bientôt ! Bonne route !