The season commences with Dior & I, which sees Frédéric Tcheng go behind the scenes at one of Europe’s most illustrious fashion houses, at its most illustrious period of creative history under Raf Simons' brilliant curation. Next up comes the bold, bright and intensely contemporary Girlhood, a coming-of-age saga about a young girl navigating society, sexuality and finding her own identity. (Look out for that memorable scene where she and her friends sing Rihanna, we loved it).
Next comes Wild Tales, a savage but brilliant laugh-as-you-wince satire about the most extreme encounters in Argentinian society from the Damián Szifron and produced by the inimitable Pedro Almodóvar. It will keep you on the edge of your seat. We promise. Then, for a chance of tack completely, 45 Years: one of the year's most critically lauded films and featuring performances from two of Britain's greats , Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay.
Then they'll be screening Yorgos Lanthimos' knuckle-biting follow-up to Dogtooth, The Lobster. Rife with deadpan surrealism, Lanthimos' film is littered with witty observations about society's unwritten codes. Following this comes possibly our favourite film of the year Force Majeure, Watch the bitingly intelligent Swedish psychodrama from director Ruben Östlund, a film that explores marital relations and gender expectation in a subtle way that still manages to be laugh-out-loud funny.
Then AMY from director Asif Kapadia, a documentary about Amy Winehouse that paints an honest, uncompromising picture of the girl beneath the media frenzy. Followed by Quebecois director Xavier Dolan's Mommy: an enfant terrible follow-up to I Killed My Mother: a Cannes favourite and a complex Oedipal tale.
Finally, two very different films that address difficult issues pertaining to human rights and poverty: The Salt of the Earth: Wim Wenders' beautifully shot documentary about photographer Sebastião Salgado, and Timbuktu, nominee for Best Foreign Film at last year's Oscars and a stunning philosophical exploration of jihad and sharia law.
A great chance to catch up on all of last year before Oscar season comes knocking again: trust the Ciné Lumière's judgement – we highly recommend all the above.
Culture Whisper's favourite films of 2015
|What||The Ten Best Films of 2015 in the Cinema, Ciné Lumière|
|Where||Institut Français, 17 Queensberry Place , London, SW7 2DT | MAP|
|Nearest tube||South Kensington (underground)|
11 Jan 16 – 21 Jan 16, Various times and dates
|Price||£8 (£6 concessions)|
|Website||Click here to go to the French Institute website|