Screening

USA | 2022 | 107 mins | doc | dir. Nina Menkes, with Laura Mulvey, Rosanna Arquette, Julie Dash | in English | cert. 18

The first step of freedom is consciousness.’ So says director Nina Menkes, introducing her compelling documentary about the systemic use of gendered techniques in filmmaking and how these subconsciously impact the representation of women in society. Building upon her influential talk Sex and Power: The Visual Language of Cinema and making use of feminist film theorist Laura Mulvey’s landmark essay Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema, Menkes draws on excerpts from over 175 films to prove her point. You will never look at film the same way again after watching this brilliantly argued film that takes you on a journey through the history of cinema.
 



8.30pm Ciné Lumière II


Screening

USA | 2022 | 107 mins | doc | dir. Nina Menkes, with Laura Mulvey, Rosanna Arquette, Julie Dash | in English | cert. 18

The first step of freedom is consciousness.’ So says director Nina Menkes, introducing her compelling documentary about the systemic use of gendered techniques in filmmaking and how these subconsciously impact the representation of women in society. Building upon her influential talk Sex and Power: The Visual Language of Cinema and making use of feminist film theorist Laura Mulvey’s landmark essay Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema, Menkes draws on excerpts from over 175 films to prove her point. You will never look at film the same way again after watching this brilliantly argued film that takes you on a journey through the history of cinema.
 



1.30pm Ciné Lumière II


Screening

USA | 2022 | 107 mins | doc | dir. Nina Menkes, with Laura Mulvey, Rosanna Arquette, Julie Dash | in English | cert. 18

The first step of freedom is consciousness.’ So says director Nina Menkes, introducing her compelling documentary about the systemic use of gendered techniques in filmmaking and how these subconsciously impact the representation of women in society. Building upon her influential talk Sex and Power: The Visual Language of Cinema and making use of feminist film theorist Laura Mulvey’s landmark essay Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema, Menkes draws on excerpts from over 175 films to prove her point. You will never look at film the same way again after watching this brilliantly argued film that takes you on a journey through the history of cinema.
 



3.10pm Ciné Lumière II


Screening

USA | 2022 | 107 mins | doc | dir. Nina Menkes, with Laura Mulvey, Rosanna Arquette, Julie Dash | in English | cert. 18

The first step of freedom is consciousness.’ So says director Nina Menkes, introducing her compelling documentary about the systemic use of gendered techniques in filmmaking and how these subconsciously impact the representation of women in society. Building upon her influential talk Sex and Power: The Visual Language of Cinema and making use of feminist film theorist Laura Mulvey’s landmark essay Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema, Menkes draws on excerpts from over 175 films to prove her point. You will never look at film the same way again after watching this brilliantly argued film that takes you on a journey through the history of cinema.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Nina Menkes.
 



8.30pm Ciné Lumière I


Reading

Let your kids’ imagination run wild through listening to our librarians' favourite stories from French authors. For Beyond Words, let them discover tales about literature. This sessions is also a good occasion to develop the sensibility to French for young learners.



4pm


Talk

"Imagine a Stephen King thriller hijacked by Proust" Lee Langley (The Spectator)

Told in a rhythmic and propulsive prose that weaves seamlessly from one consciousness to the next over the course of a day, Laurent Mauvignier’s The Birthday Party is a deft unravelling of the stories we hide from others and from ourselves, a gripping tale of the violent irruptions of the past into the present. Meet Laurent Mauvignier, a major contemporary French writer in conversation with author and translator Lauren Elkin.

Readings by Félicité du Jeu
 



Related / Latest Publication:
Laurent Mauvignier, The Birthday Party (Fitzcarraldo, 2023)
7.30pm La Médiathèque
£9, £7


Learn more about
Laurent Mauvignier Lauren Elkin Félicité Du Jeu

Talk

Gallic Books launched 15 years ago with a mission to publish the very best of French into English, and have since gained a reputation for championing books that are brilliant, unique and always enjoyable. With Beyond Words, they are delighted to showcase three of the most exciting and successful authors from their pool: Jean-Baptiste Andrea, screenwriter, director and author of Devils and Saints; Antoine Laurain, international bestselling author of The Red Notebook; and Muriel Barbery, author of the global sensation The Elegance of the Hedgehog.

Join them for a special evening with award-winning journalist Viv Groskop. Together, they'll talk about their latest books, their writing lives and how publishing compares in France and in the UK.

Readings by Félicité du Jeu
 



Related / Latest Publications:
Jean-Baptiste Andréa, Devils and Saints (2022)
Antoine Laurain, An Astronomer in Love (2023)
Muriel Barbery, A Single Rose (2023)
6.30pm La Médiathèque
£9, £7


Learn more about
Jean-Baptiste Andrea Antoine Laurain Muriel Barbery Viv Groskop Félicité Du Jeu

Talk

In Lessons, Ian McEwan masterfully unravels a fascinating chronicle of our time. How do global events beyond our control shape our lives and our memories? What can we really learn from the traumas of the past? From the Cuban Missile Crisis to the fall of the Berlin Wall, from the COVID pandemic to climate change, one of the greatest British writers discusses his 500-page sociopolitical epic tour de force with Ted Hodgkinson, Head of Literature at Southbank Centre.

Readings by Olivia Ross
 



Related / Latest Publication:
Ian McEwan, Lessons, (Vintage Publishing, 2022)
6pm La Médiathèque
£9, £7


Learn more about
Ian McEwan Ted Hodgkinson Olivia Ross

Talk

In recent years, debates around France’s colonial past have multiplied in the public sphere and literature has played a significant political and critical role to address this legacy. From the Belgian colonisation in Congo (2012) to the Indochina War in An Honourable Exit (2022), Goncourt Prize-winning author Éric Vuillard deconstructs the official versions of History, a history written by the victors. He will discuss how literature aims to illuminate structural inequalities and oppression with Natalya Benkhaled-Vince, historian of the French Empire, decolonisation and post-colonial histories.

Pan McMillan
 



Related / Latest Publication:
Éric Vuillard, An Honourable Exit (Pan Macmillan, 2023)
6.30pm Les Salons
£9, £7


Learn more about
Éric Vuillard Natalya Benkhaled-Vince

Talk

Once a figure of scandal, now a literary icon – Colette (1873-1954) is being hugely celebrated in France as 2023 marks the 150th anniversary of her birth. Acclaimed authors Deborah Levy, Michèle Roberts, Emmanuelle Lambert and Diana Holmes join the celebration with a discussion on her colourful life but above all on her luminous writing, with its implicit feminism and affirmation of a profound joie de vivre.

Readings by Olivia Ross
 



Related / Latest Publications:
Emmanuelle Lambert, Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (Gallimard, 2022)
Deborah Levy, La Position de la Cuillère, translated by Nathalie Azoulai (Sous-Sol, 2023)
6.30pm La Médiathèque
£9, £7


Learn more about
Deborah Levy Michèle Roberts Emmanuelle Lambert Diana Holmes Olivia Ross