Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2012 Mar 01 – Mar 11

Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2012
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  • $14 General Public
  • $12 Seniors
  • $10 Members
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Tickets now on sale to the general public. For a quick overview of the schedule, download a PDF copy of the festival brochure.

North America’s leading showcase for the best in contemporary French film returns with two dozen New York premieres, including French box-office sensation The Intouchables, new work from master directors André Téchiné, Benoît Jacquot and Alain Cavalier, plus Delicacy, the latest from Audrey Tautou, who will join us to present the film!

This year also marks the first collaboration with Emerging Pictures on a select number of titles including 17 Girls, Moon Child, Smugglers' Songs, Pater, The Last Screening, The Well-Digger's Daughter and The Screen Illusion. The films will show in over 50 venues across the country contemporaneously with their showings at Lincoln Center via Emerging's network of digital theaters. Q&As from the Film Society venues will be broadcast live to many of those locations.

Additional New York screenings take place at IFC Center and BAM, visit the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema website for more information.

Join us at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center for additional programs as part of our Rendez-Vous + sidebar, including a selection of recent French documentaries, short films, rarely-screened classics, and more!

Presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and UniFrance films. Funding for this series was made possible with the generous support of the Grand Marnier Foundation.

Past Films

Americano

Americano

Mathieu Demy | 2011 | 105 mins

In person: Mathieu Demy and Chiara Mastroianni!

When thirty-something Martin (played by actor-writer-director Mathieu Demy) travels from Paris to Los Angeles to settle his estranged mother’s estate, the journey dredges up long-submerged emotions...and unexpected revelations about a woman he hardly knew. 

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Children of Paradise

Children of Paradise

Marcel Carné | 1945 | 190 mins

Special Centerpiece Screening!

Positif magazine editor Michel Ciment in person!

A magnificent new restoration of one of the best-loved masterworks of French cinema, Marcel Carné’s classic tale of a notorious actress/courtesan and the four men who pine for her in 1830s Paris.

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Delicacy

Delicacy

David Foenkinos | Stéphane Foenkinos | 2011 | 108 mins

Audrey Tautou returns with this touching portrait of a woman trying to put her life back together after the loss of her husband, including embarking on an unexpected affair with a co-worker. A charming adult fable about starting over.

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18 Years Old and Rising

18 Years Old and Rising

Fred Louf | 2011 | 92 mins

Director Fred Louf in person!

As France prepares for a presidential election that will determine the fate of François Mitterand, a young man from the provinces falls head over heels for a bourgeois girl from Paris in this charming and inventive spin on a classic tale of first love.

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Farewell, My Queen

Farewell, My Queen

Benoît Jacquot | 2012 | 97 mins

In person: Director Benoît Jacquot for both screenings!

A brilliant snapshot of the final days of Marie Antoinette, starring a terrific Diane Kruger as the ill-fated Queen and rising star Léa Seydoux (Midnight in Paris) as her quietly ambitious lady-in-waiting. 

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Free Men

Free Men

Ismael Ferroukhi | 2011 | 99 mins

In person on March 3: Director Ismael Ferroukhi and star Tahar Rahim!

During the German Occupation of France, an Algerian black marketeer (A Prophet star Tahar Rahim) is coerced into spying on the denizens of the Paris Grand Mosque, whereupon he discovers a clandestine operation to provide North African Jews with fake Muslim IDs.

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A Gang Story

A Gang Story

Olivier Marchal | 2011 | 102 mins

Based on the autobiography of a real crime boss, A Gang Story follows aging ex-gangster Momon (Gérard Lanvin) as he agrees to break his old partner (Tchéky Karyo) out of prison. A solid return to the gangster genre—in the French style, of course!

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Guilty

Guilty

Vincent Garenq | 2011 | 102 mins

A breathtaking, fact-based journey into a Kafka-esque judicial nightmare: a provincial court bailiff (the extraordinary Philippe Torreton) is accused of horrifying crimes against children. Imprisoned, he maintains his innocence, even as his reputation and family life are destroyed.

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Headwinds

Headwinds

Jalil Lespert | 2011 | 91 mins

Benoît Magimel (The Piano Teacher) gives perhaps his greatest performance as a struggling writer who tries to start a new life in the coastal Brittany of his youth after his wife (Audrey Tatou) mysteriously vanishes. Based on Oliver Adam’s best-selling novel.

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Here Below

Here Below

Jean-Pierre Denis | 2012 | 100 mins

The brief, tempestuous relationship between a nun and a priest working for the French Resistance is the focus of director Denis’s taut, suspenseful look at closing months of WWII and the transformation of private passion into national politics.

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The Intouchables

The Intouchables

Olivier Nakache | Eric Toledano | 2011 | 112 mins

Opening Night! In person: Eric Tolenado, Olivier Nakache and François Cluzet!

A phenomenon in France, where it shattered box-office records to become the second most successful film of all time, The Intouchables tells the fact-based story of the unlikely friendship between a handicapped white millionaire (François Cluzet) and his unconventional Senegalese caretaker (breakout star Omar Sy). 

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The Last Screening

The Last Screening

Laurent Achard | 2011 | 81 mins

In person for both screenings: Director Laurent Achard, actor Pascal Cervo and producer Sylvie Pialat!

Cinema Paradiso meets Psycho in a provocative genre film about the dutiful manager/projectionist of a repertory cinema in the French provinces...and the many secrets he holds.  

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Louise Wimmer

Louise Wimmer

Cyril Mennegun | 2011 | 80 mins

In a tough, unapologetic work of social realism, director Mennegun observes the daily life of a middle-aged chambermaid (the riveting Corinne Masiero) who lives out of her car while desperately trying to make a fresh start.

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Low Life

Low Life

Nicolas Klotz | Elisabeth Perceval | 2011 | 120 mins

In person: Director Nicolas Klotz in person on March 4!

Carmen, a young French student, enters into an intense affair with Hussain, an Afghan poet living illegally in the country, in this bracingly radical movie about the revolt of the human spirit against a heartless, unjust world.

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New French Shorts

New French Shorts

| 99 mins

Wonderful things can sometimes come in very small packages, as this prize-winning selection of provocative short films from France amply demonstrates. See tomorrow’s auteurs today!

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The Painting

The Painting

Jean-François Laguionie | 2011 | 76 mins

Family Film!

In Person: Jean-François Laguionie & Annick Le Ray!

A touching, wonderfully inventive animated fable, The Painting takes place within the borders of an unfinished canvas, where the fully drawn and colored creatures lord their privilege over the half-drawn and merely sketched underclasses. In French with English subtitles read aloud.

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Paris by Night

Paris by Night

Philippe Lefebvre | 2012 | 100 mins

Roschdy Zem gives a tour-de-force performance as a police commander supervising Paris’s demi-monde of bars, discos and strip clubs in this searing voyage into the City of Light’s darkest corners.

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Pater

Pater

Alain Cavalier | 2011 | 105 mins

Actor Vincent Lindon in person for both screenings!

France’s most unpredictable filmmaker, Alain Cavalier, teams up with actor Vincent Lindon for a witty, semi-improvised look at men, power and politics, starring Cavalier himself as a fictional French President and Lindon as his newly appointed Prime Minister. 

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The Screen Illusion

The Screen Illusion

Mathieu Amalric | 2011 | 77 mins

In person: Director Mathieu Amalric for both screenings!

Commissioned by La Comédie-Française, actor-director Mathieu Amalric’s wildly inventive update of Corneille’s popular 17th century tragicomedy follows a hotel concierge on the trail of a missing young man who seems to have left many a young female heart aflutter. 

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17 Girls

17 Girls

Delphine Coulin | Muriel Coulin | 2011 | 90 mins

Director Muriel Coulin in person for both screenings!

Based on a headline-grabbing incident in the U.S., sisters Delphine and Muriel Coulin’s provocative debut feature follows the fallout in a sleepy French coastal town when a group of teenage girls all decide to become pregnant at the same time. 

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Smugglers’ Songs

Smugglers’ Songs

Rabah Ameur-ZaÏmeche | 2011 | 97 mins

Director Rabah Ameur-Zaïméche in person for March 8 screening!

The 18th century folk hero and bandit Louis Mandrin is the inspiration for this strikingly relevant period tale, tracing the efforts of Mandrin’s followers to distribute his songs and stories in the build-up to the French Revolution. 

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The Snows of Kilimanjaro

The Snows of Kilimanjaro

Robert Guédiguian | 2011 | 107 mins

Actor Jean-Pierre Darroussin in person at the March 10 screening!

When a newly retired union rep is robbed, thwarting a dream vacation to Kenya, he finds himself reflecting on the many compromises and lost ideals of his career. An engaging, affecting drama from one of the cinema’s great observers of the politics of everyday life.

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38 Witnesses

38 Witnesses

Lucas Belvaux | 2012 | 104 mins

A woman is brutally murdered in front of an apartment building, but all of the residents claim to have seen and heard nothing in this taut, haunting thriller from Rapt director Lucas Belvaux. Inspired by New York’s infamous 1964 Kitty Genovese case.

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Unforgivable

Unforgivable

André Téchiné | 2011 | 111 mins

In person: Carole Bouquet!

In the latest from acclaimed director Téchiné, a blocked mystery novelist (André Dussolier) on vacation in Venice falls for an expat real estate agent (Carole Bouquet). Then jealousy rears its head and the writer puts a detective on the trail of this possibly unfaithful femme. 

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The Well-Digger’s Daughter

The Well-Digger’s Daughter

Daniel Auteuil | 2011 | 107 mins

In person: Jean-Pierre Daroussin!

Daniel Auteuil, veteran of Marcel Pagnol adaptations Jean de Florette and Manon des sources, returns to Pagnol for his first work as a director, telling moving story of a hardscrabble well digger, his eldest daughter and her passion for the son of a local shopkeeper. 

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Zarafa

Zarafa

Rémi Bezançon | Jean-Christophe Lie | 2011 | 78 mins

Family Film!

In this beautiful hand-drawn animation,10-year-old Maki and the orphaned giraffe, Zarafa, go on an epic adventure from the Sudan, where Maki escapes from slave traders, to Alexandria, Marseille and Paris. Ages 7+. In French with English subtitles.

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