Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2014

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March 6 – 16

This edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, a co-presentation of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Unifrance Films, attests to the sheer variety and vitality of contemporary French filmmaking. The lineup includes established masters, critics’ favorites, and actor-turned-directors who have fully come into their own as filmmakers, alongside some of the emerging talent from what has been called France’s next New Wave.

Read Film Comment magazine's preview of this year's lineup.

In celebration of International Women's Day, French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) will present a panel discussion about women filmmakers in France and America that includes Rendez-Vous directors Katell Quillévéré (Suzanne), Axelle Ropert (Miss and the Doctors), Justine Triet (Age of Panic), and Rebecca Zlotowski (Grand Central) on March 8.

Special Offer: Present your Rendez-Vous ticket stub at the box office for discounted $10 tickets to our one-week run of a restored 35mm print of Alain Resnais's Last Year at Marienbad.

In This Series

On My Way

On My Way

Emmanuelle Bercot | 2014 | Digital projection | 113 mins

Opening Night, U.S. Premiere!

Catherine Deneuve in person!

Catherine Deneuve plays against type and delivers a performance unlike any other in her legendary career as a former Breton beauty queen turned bistro owner who sets off on an unusual road trip.

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The French Minister

The French Minister

Bertrand Tavernier | 2013 | Digital projection | 113 mins

Closing Night! U.S. Premiere!

Director Bertrand Tavernier and screenwriter Antonin Baudry in person!

A new Foreign Ministry speechwriter must navigate strong personalities, internal politics, and the stress of finding his boss’s “voice” in Tavernier’s sly, energetic film about the daily grind of diplomacy.

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2 Autumns, 3 Winters

2 Autumns, 3 Winters

Sébastien Betbeder | 2013 | Digital projection | 90 mins

New York Premiere! Director Sébastien Betbeder in person!

Director Sébastien Betbeder follows his acclaimed debut, Nights With Theodore, with an endearing, inventive romantic comedy, steeped in offbeat charm and an offhand cinephilia.

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Age of Panic

Age of Panic

Justine Triet | 2013 | Digital projection | 90 mins

U.S. Premiere! Director Justine Triet and actor Arthur Harari in person!

During a time of great political change, a frazzled young mother tries to keep it together on the home front in this enormously promising first feature that mixes comedy with documentary-style energy.

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Les Apaches

Les Apaches

Thierry de Peretti | 2013 | Digital projection | 82 mins

New York Premiere! Director Thierry de Peretti in person on March 11!

A group of poor Corsican teenagers breaks into a seaside house owned by wealthy tourists, setting the scene for an atmospheric thriller that intelligently explores class and racial tensions.

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A Castle in Italy

A Castle in Italy

Valeria Bruni Tedeschi | 2013 | Digital projection | 104 mins

New York Premiere!

Valeria Bruni Tedeschi directs and stars, alongside former partner Louis Garrel, in this boldly self-revealing, possibly cathartic work—a tender portrait of a family whose glory days are over.

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Eastern Boys

Eastern Boys

Robin Campillo | 2013 | Digital projection | 128 mins

New York Premiere!

Director Robin Campillo in person for both screenings!

When a middle-aged, bourgeois Parisian approaches a boyishly handsome Ukrainian at Gare du Nord, the sex-for-hire encounter begets a home invasion and then an unexpectedly profound relationship.

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The Gilded Cage

The Gilded Cage

Ruben Alves | 2013 | Digital projection | 95 mins

North American Premiere!

José and Maria, a middle-aged Portuguese couple, have been living in Paris for 30 years are faced with a difficult decision when they inherit a family winery back home.

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Going Away

Going Away

Nicole Garcia | 2013 | Digital projection | 95 mins

U.S. Premiere!

This intimate, empathetic drama follows the formation of an improbable bond between a commitment-averse substitute teacher and a young student emotionally neglected by his separated parents.

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Grand Central

Grand Central

Rebecca Zlotowski | 2013 | Digital projection | 94 mins

New York Premiere! Director Rebecca Zlotowski in person!

A nuclear power plant serves as the setting for a forbidden romance as volatile as the facility itself in this intense, brilliantly acted drama starring Tahar Rahim and Léa Seydoux.

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His Wife

His Wife

Michel Spinosa | 2014 | Digital projection | 108 mins

North American Premiere! Introduction by filmmaker Gilles Bourdos (Renoir) at 6:30pm screening!

A widower travels to India to meet a young Tamil newlywed who knew his late wife (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and whose erratic behavior suggests that she may be possessed by the dead woman.

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If You Don’t, I Will

If You Don’t, I Will

Sophie Fillières | 2014 | Digital projection | 102 mins

North American Premiere!

Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Devos, the stars of Kings and Queen, reunite in Sophie Fillières’s intimate portrait of a couple whose marriage is on the verge of collapsing.

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Love Battles

Love Battles

Jacques Doillon | 2013 | Digital projection | 99 mins

North American Premiere! Director Jacques Doillon in person!

Two lovers unable to get on the same page, psychosexually speaking, strive to resolve the impasse through beautifully filmed wrestling matches that test their bodies as much as their souls.

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Love Is the Perfect Crime

Love Is the Perfect Crime

Arnaud Larrieu | Jean-Marie Larrieu | 2013 | Digital projection | 110 mins

U.S. Premiere!

Mathieu Amalric plays a university professor whose perfect life turns sour when his latest undergraduate conquest goes missing in this darkly funny thriller with an explosive finale.

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The Marchers

The Marchers

Nabil Ben Yadir | 2013 | Digital projection | 120 mins

North American Premiere! Director Nabil Ben Yadir in person on March 9!

This rousing film reconstructs a decisive event in the history of French racial politics: a Mitterrand-era demonstration against racism and inequality in which nine people marched 930 miles from Marseilles to Paris.

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Miss and the Doctors

Miss and the Doctors

Axelle Ropert | 2013 | Digital projection | 100 mins

New York Premiere! Director Axelle Ropert in person on March 8!

Two sibling doctors take on a young diabetic patient and both fall for the girl’s lovely mother, who tends bar at a local watering hole, testing their fraternal bonds and professional relationship.

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Mood Indigo

Mood Indigo

Michel Gondry | 2013 | Digital projection | 95 mins

New York Premiere! Michel Gondry in person!

Romain Duris plays a wealthy bachelor who puts aside his eccentric hobbies to find love (with Audrey Tautou, naturally) in Michael Gondry’s manic, visionary adaptation of Boris Vian’s Foam of the Daze.

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Playing Dead

Playing Dead

Jean-Paul Salomé | 2013 | Digital projection | 104 mins

North American Premiere! Director Jean-Paul Salomé in person on March 8!

A down-and-out actor takes a gig in a homicide reenactment at a ski resort, sparking an antagonism-turned-romance with the chief investigator and hilariously complicating every step of the process.

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School of Babel

School of Babel

Julie Bertuccelli | 2013 | Digital projection | 89 mins

North American Premiere!

Shot over a year at a secondary school in Paris’s 10th arrondissement, this observational documentary is a kind of nonfiction counterpart to The Class and a multifaceted look at the French melting pot.

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Suzanne

Suzanne

Katell Quillévéré | 2013 | Digital projection | 94 mins

New York Premiere! Director Katell Quillévéré in person on March 9!

A teenage mother takes up with a local bad boy while her widowed father and older sister try their best to keep the family together in this coming-of-age story of epic proportions.

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Tip Top

Tip Top

Serge Bozon | 2013 | Digital projection | 106 mins

U.S. Premiere! Director Serge Bozon in person!

An eccentric internal affairs agent (Isabelle Huppert) and her mousy new partner are summoned to investigate the murder of an Algerian informant in this one-of-a-kind screwball procedural.

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Tonnerre

Tonnerre

Guillaume Brac | 2013 | Digital projection | 100 mins

North American Premiere! Director Guillaume Brac and actor Vincent Macaigne in person on March 14!

A struggling musician moves home to write and soon gets wrapped up in a fling with a beautiful young journalist that ends as suddenly as it started, leading to a dark and troubling obsession.

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Under the Rainbow

Under the Rainbow

Agnès Jaoui | 2013 | Digital projection | 112 mins

New York Premiere!

The arrival of Prince Charming in a young woman’s life is complicated by a very different but equally alluring man in this contemporary fairy tale filled with twists and sharp existentialist humor.

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Young & Beautiful

Young & Beautiful

François Ozon | 2013 | Digital projection | 95 mins

New York Premiere! Director François Ozon and actress Géraldine Pailhas in person!

Ozon’s latest tracks a pivotal year in the life of a 17-year-old, observing her journey without judgment and reflecting on the emotions and insecurities that define her entrance into adulthood.

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