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New Wave at 50 Event

Le Beau Serge by Claude Chabrol
13 - 14 March 2009
At the Cinélumière, London

Event details

A celebration of the 50th anniversary of the French New Wave and its arrival on British shores.

The Nouvelle Vague– 50 years on


Friday 13-Saturday 14 March 2009

Guest of Honour : Bernadette Lafont, star of Les Mistons and Le Beau Serge

This two-day event consists of an international symposium with panel discussions and keynote speakers, as well as screenings introduced by a range of personalities, including star Bernadette Lafont and filmmaker Stephen Frears. Speakers drawn from France, the UK and the USA will discuss the legacy of the film movement that revolutionized the cinema at the turn of the 1960s, with particular emphasis on: filmmakers such as Jean-Luc Godard, Agnès Varda and Chris Marker; the relationship between the New Wave and politics; the New Wave and modernity; the critical reception of the New Wave; different cinematic practices on the ‘Right bank’ and the ‘Left bank’; and the international reach and influence of the New Wave – from Britain to Brazil.

Speakers include: Stephen Frears, Philip French, Geneviève Sellier, Antoine de Baecque, Vanessa Schwartz, Jean-Loup Bourget, Roland-François Lack, Jean Pierre-Esquenazi, Colin MacCabe, Chris Darke, Sarah Cooper, Valerie Orpen, Christophe Dupin, Emma Wilson, Yosefa Loshitzky, Isolde Standish and Lúcia Nagib.
Screenings (tbc) include: Les Mistons, Le Beau Serge, Les 400 Coups.

The event is organised by Geoffrey Nowell-Smith and Ginette Vincendeau of the Screen Studies Group (University of London) together with Lucy Mazdon and Catherine Wheatley of the AHRC-funded French Cinema in Britain Research Project (University of Southampton), in conjunction with the Cinélumière, Institut Français, London.

  • A programme is now online, and tickets will be available for purchase from January 12th from the Cinelumiere Box Office
    (visit "Nouvelle Vague at Institut français" in the 'Web links' section of this page for details of how to book).

Symposium Booking

Ciné lumière
Box Office: T. 020 7073 1350
Friday 13 March: £20 (£10 concessions)*
Saturday 14 March: £20 (£10 concessions)*
Full weekend: £40 (£20 concessions)*

*Please note that these prices exclude film screenings

Please note that bookings can be made only by phone or in person at the Institut's box office.

The Nouvelle Vague: season of screenings

3-22 March & 14-21 April

Ciné lumière's two-part season celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Nouvelle Vague offers the chance to see the movement's key films alongside those that inspired, or were inspired by, them. The first half (13–22 March) considers the influence of Hitchcock and film noir on the twisty French thrillers of Chabrol and Truffaut; the second (14–21 April) presents the films of the movement's precursor Jean Vigo alongside key films of 'New Hollywood' and of the British and Czech 'new waves'.

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