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A Tribute to the French Resistance

On the 24th August 1944, the German garrison occupying Paris surrendered. Thanks to the efforts of the French Resistance, the country's capital city was finally free, after four years of Nazi control. Now in 2014, we are just a few months away from the seventieth anniversary of this momentous event, and to celebrate, the Institut français du Royaume-Un is hosting screenings of French films and conferences about those who fought in World War II. Screenings will be held at the Cine Lumiere, with English subtitles.

A Self-Made Hero
Un héros très discret, 1996, 105 mins
13th June, 6.30pm

Directed by Jacques Audiard, A Self-Made Hero is a psychological study set in post-war Paris. Albert Dehousse used to be a travelling salesman in order to avoid labour in Germany. Now he wants to forget his past, and reinvent himself as a hero by weeding out traitors in France. The film will include a post-show introduction.

The Liberation of France: Histories and Memories
13th & 14th June, £10

A two day conference held at the university. It will feature witness testimonies, comments from authors, and scholarly discussion.

Female Agents
Les Femmes de l'ombre, 2008, 117 mins
14th June, 3.45pm

Five female commandos parachute into occupied France to rescue a captured British scientist. Directed by Jean-Paul Salomé, the film was inspired by the accomplishments of decorated SOE agent Lisé de Baissac.
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When: 13th & 14th June
Phone: 020 7871 3515
Where: Institut Francais Du Royaume Uni
Cost: £10
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