Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2015

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March 6 – 15

Rendez-Vous with French Cinema returns with another program of features and shorts that exemplify today’s most innovative French artistry. The films on display, by emerging talents and established masters, raise ideas both topical and eternal, and many take audiences to entirely unexpected places. Co-presented with Unifrance Films, this year's Rendez-Vous demonstrates that the landscape of French cinema has never been more fertile, and the voices issuing from it never more diverse.

In commemoration of its 20th anniversary, this year's Rendez-Vous with French Cinema includes a host of special events including free talks with Mélanie Laurent, Nathalie Baye (co-chair of this year's festival with Martin Scorsese), and Guillaume Canet in the Film Center Amphitheater; a Closing Night live musical performance by composers LoW Entertainment; a pop-up Galerie Cinema by Anne-Dominique Toussaint at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy; a retrospective of films by the director of Opening Night film 3 Hearts, Benoît Jacquot: Leading Ladies at the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF); and an exhibitition of giant Polaroid portraits of French film luminaries by Myrna Suarez and the 20x24 Project in the Furman Gallery.

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema avec style with a VIP Experience Pass! For more information, contact the Patron Desk at patrons@filmlinc.com or (212) 875-5668.

Special thanks to the following 20th Anniversary Rendez-Vous with French Cinema sponsors for their support: Renault-Nissan, Lacoste, Piper-Heidsieck, L’Oreal Paris, TV5 Monde, La Sacem, and to our partners the Cultural Services of the French Embassy NY and the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF).

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3 Hearts

3 Hearts

Benoît Jacquot | 2014 | DCP | 106 mins

Opening Night

Benoît Jacquot and Charlotte Gainsbourg in person

A quiet Parisian fails to keep a rendezvous, only to unknowingly fall for his paramour’s sister in this romantic and tragic roundelay starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni, and Catherine Deneuve, and expertly directed by Benoît Jacquot (Farewell, My Queen).

Special Ticket Price: $25 General Public / $20 Member & Student

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Friday, March 06

7:30pm
Reality

Reality

Quentin Dupieux | 2014 | DCP | 102 mins

Closing Night

Q&A with actress Élodie Bouchez at 6:45pm screening and live musical performance by composers LoW Entertainment in the Furman Gallery

This multi-threaded Lynchian house of mirrors involving tapes found in animal intestines and amateur filmmakers questing for the perfect scream is unique, hilarious, and much more than the sum of its quirks.

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Sunday, March 15

6:45pm

Sunday, March 15

9:15pm
40-Love

40-Love

Stéphane Demoustier | 2014 | DCP | 95 mins

Q&A with Stéphane Demoustier

When Jérôme (Olivier Gourmet) loses his job and his wife, he’s forced to become a more involved parent to his tennis-prodigy son in this touching drama that clears the net on every serve thanks to the conviction of its cast.

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Friday, March 13

6:45pm
Breathe

Breathe

Mélanie Laurent | 2014 | DCP | 91 mins

Q&A with Mélanie Laurent on March 7

Internationally acclaimed actress Mélanie Laurent’s second feature is a perceptive account of youthful angst and obsession, focusing on a shy 17-year-old’s volatile relationship with the new girl in her school. Nominated for two César Awards.

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Saturday, March 07

3:00pm

Monday, March 09

4:15pm
The Connection

The Connection

Cédric Jimenez | 2014 | 35mm | 135 mins

U.S. Premiere

Q&A with Cédric Jimenez, Céline Sallette, Gilles Lellouche, and Audrey Diwan

The Artist’s Jean Dujardin plays radically against type as a magistrate determined to nail a heroin czar in this gripping thriller detailing the same criminal ring that inspired The French Connection. Nominated for two César Awards.

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Saturday, March 07

6:00pm
Eat Your Bones

Eat Your Bones

Jean-Charles Hue | 2014 | DCP | 94 mins

U.S. Premiere

Introduced by producer Thierry Lounas

A teenage Romani finds his values tested when his half-brother returns from prison in this dynamic and absorbing glimpse at a community seldom depicted on film that earned director Jean-Charles Hue the 2014 Prix Jean Vigo.

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Monday, March 09

6:45pm
Fidelio, Alice’s Odyssey

Fidelio, Alice’s Odyssey

Lucie Borleteau | 2014 | DCP | 97 mins

Q&A with Lucie Borleteau and Ariane Labed

Engineer Alice joins the crew of a freighter and finds that the captain is a former lover in this rounded portrait of a woman in a male milieu, featuring a memorable star turn by Ariane Labed. Nominated for two César Awards including Best Debut Feature.

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Saturday, March 14

9:00pm
Gaby Baby Doll

Gaby Baby Doll

Sophie Letourneur | 2014 | DCP | 88 mins

North American Premiere

As the awkward, insecure Gaby, Lolita Chammah suggests a Gallic Greta Gerwig in one of her not-quite-formed-adult roles, starved for companionship and endearingly pursuing a fellow neurotic.

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Thursday, March 12

9:30pm
Hippocrates

Hippocrates

Thomas Lilti | 2014 | DCP | 102 mins

North American Premiere

Q&A with composers Low Entertainment

Writer/director and practicing MD Thomas Lilti explores apathy and collusion at a Paris hospital in this biting dramedy, positing that “Hippocratic” and “hypocrite” share more than linguistic affinities. Nominated for seven César Awards including Best Film.

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Friday, March 13

9:30pm
In the Courtyard

In the Courtyard

Pierre Salvadori | 2014 | DCP | 97 mins

A poignant tale of unlikely friendship between elegant retiree Mathilde (masterfully played by national treasure Catherine Deneuve in a César Award-nominated performance) and the depressed custodian (Gustave Kervern) on whom she comes to depend.

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Saturday, March 07

1:00pm

Tuesday, March 10

4:15pm
In the Name of My Daughter

In the Name of My Daughter

André Téchiné | 2014 | DCP | 116 mins

North American Premiere

Introduction by Guillaume Canet at 6:45pm screening

André Téchiné returns with another penetrating psychological drama, this time an atmospheric recounting of the real-life Affaire Le Roux, set against the backdrop of 1970s Nice and featuring a regal turn from Catherine Deneuve.

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Wednesday, March 11

1:45pm

Wednesday, March 11

6:45pm
Love at First Fight

Love at First Fight

Thomas Cailley | 2014 | 98 mins

Q&A with Thomas Cailley and composers Hit and Run

Easygoing Arnaud becomes smitten with hard-charger Madeleine and follows her to boot camp in this warm and refreshing coming-of age story that was a triple winner at last year’s Cannes Directors’ Fortnight. Nominated for nine César Awards including Best Film.

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Thursday, March 12

6:45pm

Sunday, March 15

2:00pm
May Allah Bless France!

May Allah Bless France!

Abd Al Malik | 2014 | DCP | 95 mins

Q&A with Abd Al Malik

Rapper and spoken word artist Abd Al Malik won the FIPRESCI Discovery Prize at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival for his directorial debut, a frank account of his journey from delinquency to redemption in the housing projects of Strasbourg. Nominated for two César Awards including Best Debut Feature.

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Sunday, March 08

4:00pm
Métamorphoses

Métamorphoses

Christophe Honoré | 2014 | DCP | 102 mins

North American Premiere

Q&A with Christophe Honoré and producer Philippe Martin on March 8

A cinematic experience like no other, Christophe Honoré’s Métamorphoses transplants the mythology of Ovid’s poem to contemporary France, as Jupiter leads schoolgirl Europa into a world where the gods have their way.

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Sunday, March 08

9:15pm

Monday, March 09

2:00pm
My Friend Victoria

My Friend Victoria

Jean-Paul Civeyrac | 2014 | DCP | 95 mins

North American Premiere 

A young black orphan spends one night with a bourgeois Parisian family and for years recalls the world she once inhabited in Jean-Paul Civeyrac’s refreshing treatise on race and class.

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Sunday, March 08

2:00pm

Thursday, March 12

4:15pm
Next Time I’ll Aim for the Heart

Next Time I’ll Aim for the Heart

Cédric Anger | 2014 | DCP | 111 mins

Q&A with Cédric Anger and Guillaume Canet on March 10

A notorious serial killer is also a gendarme tasked with his own apprehension in this darkly ironic thriller from former Cahiers du Cinéma critic Cédric Anger, based on a true story. Nominated for two César Awards.

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Tuesday, March 10

6:45pm

Wednesday, March 11

4:15pm
Party Girl

Party Girl

Marie Amachoukeli-Barsacq | 2014 | DCP | 96 mins

U.S. Premiere

Q&A with Claire Burger and composers Low Entertainment on March 14

An aging bar hostess receives a marriage proposal from a smitten customer and must decide if she’s ready for domesticity and the reunion of her four grown children at the nuptials in this Un Certain Regard standout and Camera d’Or winner from last year’s Cannes. Nominated for two César Awards including Best Debut Feature.

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Friday, March 13

2:00pm

Saturday, March 14

6:00pm
Portrait of the Artist

Portrait of the Artist

Antoine Barraud | 2014 | DCP | 127 mins

North American Premiere

Introduction by actress Marta Hoskins

Director Bertrand Bonello stars as “Bertrand,” a filmmaker obsessed with monstrosity as the central theme of his new work in this disquieting yet fascinating (and funny!) mixture of body horror and character study.

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Sunday, March 15

4:00pm
SK1

SK1

Frédéric Tellier | 2014 | DCP | 120 mins

U.S. Premiere

Q&A with Frédéric Tellier, Nathalie Baye, and William Nadylam

The multi-year hunt, arrest, and trial of serial killer Guy Georges—nicknamed The Beast of the Bastille—is the subject of director Frédéric Tellier’s suspenseful and sophisticated feature debut, based on Patricia Tourancheau’s harrowing book.

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Saturday, March 07

9:15pm
Stubborn

Stubborn

Armel Hostiou | 2015 | DCP | 85 mins

North American Premiere

Q&A with Armel Hostiou, actor Murray Bartlett, co-writer Lea Cohen, and producers Gaëlle Ruffier & Jasmina Sijercic on March 10

When Barbara (Kate Moran) tires of her brief relationship with Vincent (Vincent Macaigne), he resolves to win her back and follows her to America in Armel Hostiou’s unabashedly romantic, New York–set drama.

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Tuesday, March 10

9:30pm

Thursday, March 12

2:00pm
Wild Life

Wild Life

Cédric Kahn | 2014 | DCP | 102 mins

North American Premiere

Q&A with Cédric Kahn, Céline Sallette, and producer Kristina Larsen

A wife’s decision to remove herself and her children from their nomadic existence prompts her husband to commit a desperate act in Cédric Kahn’s riveting true account of a father’s all-consuming love, which won a special jury prize at the San Sebastian International Film Festival.

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Sunday, March 08

6:30pm
Young Tiger

Young Tiger

Cyprien Vial | 2014 | DCP | 87 mins

In relating the trials and tribulations of Punjabi teenager Many, in France to pursue his education, Cyprien Vial (director of the Cannes prizewinning short In Range) tells a story both particular to the Indian diaspora and universal to the plight of immigrants being pulled in all directions.

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Monday, March 09

9:30pm

Tuesday, March 10

2:00pm
Rendez-Vous Shorts Program

Rendez-Vous Shorts Program

| DCP | 93 mins

Q&A with Cécile Ducrocq and Alice Douard on March 11

Brevity is the soul of wit, and our four acclaimed shorts, all directed by talented and up-and-coming female directors, have wit and soul in abundance.

The Smallest Apartment in Paris (Hélèna Villovitch, 15m)
Back Alley (Cécile Ducrocq, 29m)
The Space (Eléonor Gilbert, 14m)
Extrasystole (Alice Douard, 35m)

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Wednesday, March 11

9:30pm

Friday, March 13

4:15pm

FREE TALKS

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Free Talks: Benoît Jacquot & Charlotte Gainsbourg

Free Talks: Benoît Jacquot & Charlotte Gainsbourg

| 60 mins

Free event!

In advance of the highly anticipated Rendez-Vous with French Cinema Opening Night screening of 3 Hearts, Director of the New York Film Festival Kent Jones will moderate a discussion with director Benoît Jacquot and star Charlotte Gainsbourg, who will talk about their recent collaboration.

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Friday, March 06

5:30pm
Free Talks: The 21st-Century Cinephile

Free Talks: The 21st-Century Cinephile

| 60 mins

Free event!

In a world where images circulate ever faster and instant access is the norm, what place is there for the love of cinema? Join a group of French and American journalists to discuss the role of cinephilia today and how France and the United States have approached fostering the love of movies in future generations.

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Saturday, March 07

5:00pm
Actress on Actress: Nathalie Baye & Mélanie Laurent

Actress on Actress: Nathalie Baye & Mélanie Laurent

| 60 mins

Free event!

SK1 star Nathalie Baye, who started her career with François Truffaut, Maurice Pialat, and Jean-Luc Godard, will sit down with Breathe director Mélanie Laurent, well known for her roles in Inglourious Basterds, Beginners, and Enemy and discuss their career, working with U.S. directors, and much more.

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Sunday, March 08

5:30pm
Free Talks: Guillaume Canet

Free Talks: Guillaume Canet

| 60 mins

Free event!

French actor/screenwriter/director Guillaume Canet will discuss his career as an actor, his vision as a director, and his love of American cinema.

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Tuesday, March 10

5:30pm