Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2011
- $14 General Public
- $11 Seniors
- $10 Members
- $10 Students
North America’s leading showcase for the best in contemporary French film returns! Works by several of France’s best-known filmmakers—Bertrand Tavernier, Claude Lelouch, Catherine Breillat, Benoît Jacquot—are included alongside outstanding debuts by Katell Quillévéré, Valérie Donzelli, and Angelo Cianci, and two programs of experimental media works. Finally, we are delighted to welcome back Catherine Deneuve, who will be with us to present the delightful Potiche. All films are New York premieres!
Support for Rendezvous is provided by the Grand Marnier Foundation and the French Cultural Services.
For the full lineup at all venues, please visit www.rendezvouswithfrenchcinema.com.
In This Series
Bringing new meaning to the term “identity crisis,” Romain Duris (one of France’s hottest young stars) plays a creatively frustrated lawyer and family man who makes the most out of one moment of violence. Adapted from Douglas Kennedy’s acclaimed novel, the film also stars Niels Arestrup and Catherine Deneuve. Director in person!Read more »
An “Oum Kalthoum”/Kama Sutra mash-up, Lech Kowalski on Robert Flaherty’s glorious Louisiana Story, Eisenstein reflecting on the beating of cineaste Joachim Gatti, and more. Curated by Nicole BrenezRead more »
Nuit bleue A lovelorn young woman returns to her island home after losing a relative at sea, in Corsican artist Ange Leccia’s spectacular song-driven saga without words.Read more »
A tender, engaging and bracingly militant drama from director Romain Goupil: a story of youth, solidarity and contemporary France, with Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi and a terrific cast of children. A Chechen woman named Milana, recalls the story of her near-deportation from France at the age of ten and the plan her young classmates hatched to save her. Director in person!Read more »
With clever, color-saturated numbers, this catchy musical love story about a pampered slacker and an ambitious Arab law student is a West Side Story for the 21st century set to the songs of the 60s and 70s in France and against the backdrop of the “sans papiers” protests that end with the occupation of Saint Bernard Church in Paris.Read more »
One of French cinema's vital new voices delivers an outlaw romance and social critique starring terrific newcomer, Anaïs Demoustier as a smart, bored twentysomething who finds an alternative to lackey work and high rents—running off with a guy and a gun.Read more »
Martin Provost re-teams with Séraphine star Yolande Moreau for this heartfelt drama, based on Keith Ridgway’s novel. The film follows the story of a long-suffering wife who takes revenge and bonds with her gay son in this suspenseful one-of-a-kind story of sin and salvation.Read more »
The late, great Corneau’s final film: corporate overlord Kristin Scott Thomas and underling Ludivine Sagnier cross swords in a cutthroat battle (to the death?). It is a delicious thriller of rivalry, seduction and humiliation set against office politics. A Sundance Selects release.Read more »
Fourteen-year-old Anna (fresh face Clara Augarde) comes home from Catholic boarding school to family turmoil and a gawky crush. She becomes caught between her own religious belief and sexual stirrings, awakened by a precocious choirboy friend. This award-winning debut from young French director, Katell Quillévéré, is a true discovery with a title taken from a Gainsbourg song. Winner of the Jean Vigo Award.Read more »
A dynamic biopic centering on the other musical prodigy in the Mozart family. Fourteen-year-old Nannerl is a second-banana prodigy, living in the shadow of her famous younger brother as they travel throughout Europe performing for royalty. However, with the encouragement of the handsome French Dauphin, she finds her own ways of challenging the established sexual and social order.Read more »
Catherine Deneuve delivers a glorious, career-crowning performance at the center of this frothy 1970s labor-relations farce from director François Ozon (Swimming Pool, 8 Women). Deneuve plays a submissive, housebound ‘trophy housewife’ (or "potiche") who steps in to manage her wealthy and tyrannical husband’s umbrella factory after the workers go on strike and take him hostage. Gérard Depardieu plays a former union leader and Suzanne's ex-beau who still holds a flame for her. A bona fide critical and box office hit in France, Potiche has been nominated for four Césars. A Music Box Films release.Read more »
Master director Bertrand Tavernier makes a grand return to large-scale period filmmaking with this powerful saga of unrequited love and diabolical intrigue in the French religious wars of the 16th century. Based on a short story by Madame de La Fayette. A Sundance Selects release.Read more »
A state persecutor (Hippolyte Girardot) gets sucked into a hostage crisis involving a Berber neighbor in this deft balance of the comedy of mistaken identity and the politics of terror. Winner of the FIPRESCI international press award at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival!Read more »
A woman reflects on her turbulent youth and all the men she has ever loved in her life in this inimitable romantic epic, which Lelouch calls “a remake of my 41 films,” spanning decades in the love life of a cinema usherette. With “cameos” from Belmondo et al.Read more »