Complete lineup announced for Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2012

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RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA 2012              

COMPLETE LINEUP ANNOUNCED

FRENCH SENSATION THE INTOUCHABLES SELECTED FOR OPENING NIGHT

IN-PERSON APPEARANCES INCLUDE MATHIEU AMALRIC, CAROLE BOUQUET, FRANCOIS CLUZET, MATHIEU DEMY, BENOIT JACQUOT, VINCENT LINDON, TAHAR RAHIM, AUDREY TAUTOU AND MANY MORE


NEW YORK – February 6, 2012 – The 17th edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Unifrance Films’ celebrated annual showcase of the best in contemporary French film, hits screens at The Film Society, the IFC Center and BAMcinématek, March 1-11. More than two dozen New York premieres will be showcased during the series, including box-office sensation THE INTOUCHABLES; new work from master directors André Téchiné, Benoit Jacquot and Alain Cavalier, a beautifully restored print of one of the best-loved masterworks of French cinema and our special Centerpiece, Marcel Carné’s CHILDREN OF PARADISE; plus the Closing Night selection, DELICACY, the latest from Audrey Tautou, who will be on hand to present the film.

This year also marks the first collaboration with Emerging Pictures on a select number of titles including Delphine Gleize’s MOON CHILD, Rabah Ameur-Zaïméche's SMUGGLERS’ SONGS, Alain Cavalier's PATER, Laurent Achard's THE LAST SCREENING, Daniel Auteuil's THE WELL-DIGGER'S DAUGHTER and Mathieu Amalric’s THE SCREEN ILLUSION. The films will be showing in over 50 venues across the country contemporaneously with their showings at Lincoln Center via Emerging's network of digital theaters. Q&A's from the Film Society venues will be broadcast live to many of those locations.

Film Society of Lincoln Center Program Director Richard Pena notes, "Rendez-Vous with French Cinema is always a great event in the annual cycle of the Film Society; we're very proud of all its success over the years, and this year our line-up once again provides solid evidence of how vital, varied and challenging the French cinema remains."

Filmmakers and talent who will be in attendance at this year festival include - Mathieu Amalric, Laurent Achard, Carole Bouquet, Pascal Cervo, François Cluzet, Delphine and Muriel Coulin, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Mathieu Demy, Ismael Ferroukhi, David and Stéphane Foenkinos, Benoit Jacquot, Nicolas Klotz, Jean-François Laguionie, Vincent Lindon, Frédéric Louf, Olivier Nakache, Sylvie Pialat, Tahar Rahim, Audrey Tautou, Eric Toledano and Rabah Ameur-Zaïméche.

Opening Night launches with THE INTOUCHABLES, an unprecedented box-office phenomenon in France, where it shattered records to become the second most successful French film of all time. THE INTOUCHABLES tells the true story of the unlikely friendship between a handicapped white millionaire and his unconventional Senegalese caretaker. Paralyzed from the neck down in a paragliding accident, Philippe (TELL NO ONE star François Cluzet) has grown weary of the pitying attentions of his live-in help. So he hires Driss (Omar Sy, in a breakout performance), a recently paroled convict who only applied for the job in order to continue receiving his welfare payments. Gradually, these two men from very different worlds grow close, sharing in the joy and pain of each other’s lives in this hilarious and heartwarming crowd-pleaser from directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, who will be in attendance along with François Cluzet. The Weinstein Company plans to release the film May 2012.

Other highlights at this year’s festival include New French Shorts, a prize-winning selection of provocative short films from France; a 60th anniversary tribute to pioneering French film magazine Positif with Michel Ciment, the founding editor in person presenting some of his favorite seldom-seen films; and screenings for the family, including a beautifully hand-drawn animated film ZARAFA, and, a collaboration with the New York International Children’s Film Festival for a special screening of Jean-François Laguionie’s wonderfully touching animated fable THE PAINTING.

“We’re happy to provide a rich selection of new French films for the 17th edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema,” says Régine Hatchondo, Executive Director of Unifrance Films. “The impact of this film festival is underscored by the partnership and efforts of the Film Society, IFC Center and BAM to offer New York City fans of French cinema greater access to see these new films. We’re also very excited about a new initiative presented by Emerging Pictures in conjunction with the Film Society and Unifrance Films, offering a selection of films in 50 cities throughout the United States.”

For the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Patrons and Members have an advance on-sale date of February 9th. IFC Center Members may purchase tickets to IFC Center screenings starting February 9th. BAM Cinema Club members may purchase tickets to BAMcinématek screenings beginning Monday, February 13. General Public Tickets for the 2012 Rendez-Vous series at all three locations will go on sale February 16th.

Tickets are available online for each participating venue at www.filmlinc.com, www.ifccenter.com and www.BAM.org/BAMcinematek respectively, as well as directly from the box offices. For more information, call The Film Society at (212) 875-5601, the IFC Center at (212) 924-7771, or BAM at (718) 636-4100 x2 or please visit: www.rendezvouswithfrenchcinema.com. Tickets for Opening Night are available online at www.filmlinc.com and at Alice Tully Hall Box Office, 1941 Broadway (on 65th St between Broadway and Amsterdam).

FSLC’s Walter Reade Theater’s address is 165 West 65th St. (between Amsterdam
Avenue and Broadway), the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center’s address is 144 West 65th Street (between Amsterdam and Broadway) and Alice Tully Hall, 1941 Broadway (on 65th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam). The IFC Center is located at 323 Sixth Ave. at West 3rd Street. BAM is located at 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn.

Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2012, March 1-11
Films, Descriptions & Schedule

Alice Tully Hall (ATH)/ BAMcinématek (BAM)/Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center (EBM)/IFC Center (IFC)/Walter Reade Theater (WRT)

OPENING NIGHT
THE INTOUCHABLES (INTOUCHABLES)
Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, 2011, France; 112m
A phenomenon in France, where it shattered box-office records to become the second most successful film of all time, The Intouchables tells the true story of the unlikely friendship between a handicapped white millionaire (François Cluzet) and his unconventional Senegalese caretaker (breakout star Omar Sy). A Weinstein Company release.
*Thurs., March 1, 7:30pm – ATH; *Sun., March 4, 1:05pm - IFC
*In person: Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache and François Cluzet

CLOSING NIGHT
DELICACY (LA DÉLICATESSE)
David and Stéphane Foenkinos, 2011, France, 108 min.
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. A Cohen Media Group release.
*Sun., March 11, 6pm & 9pm - WRT
*In person: David & Stéphane Foenkinos and Audrey Tautou

17 GIRLS (17 FILLES)
Delphine Coulin and Muriel Coulin, 2011, France, 90 min.
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. A Strand Releasing film. 
*Fri., March 2, 9:15pm – WRT; *Sat., March 3, 9:30pm – IFC; *Sun., March 4, 1pm - WRT
*In person: Delphine and Muriel Coulin

18 YEARS OLD AND RISING (J’AIME REGARDER LES FILLES)
Fred Louf, 2011, France, 92 min.
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.
Mon., March 5, 6pm – IFC; *Sat., March 10, 3:45pm - WRT
*In person: Frédéric Louf

38 WITNESSES (38 TÉMOINS)
Lucas Belvaux, 2012, France/Belgium, 104 min.
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.
Fri., March 2, 7pm – IFC; Sat., March 10, 6:15pm – WRT; Sun., March 11, 1:30pm – WRT

AMERICANO
Mathieu Demy, 2011, France, 105 min.
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. Salma Hayek and Geraldine Chaplin co-star. An MPI release.
*Sat., March 3, 6:30pm – WRT; *Sun., March 4, 6:45pm – IFC; *Tues., March 6, 7:30pm - BAM
*In person: Mathieu Demy

SPECIAL CENTERPIECE SCREENING!
CHILDREN OF PARADISE (LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS)
Marcel Carné, 1945, France, 163 min.
At last year’s Cannes Film Festival, one of the most eagerly awaited events was the unveiling of Pathé's newly restored version of Children of Paradise, one of the best-loved masterworks of French cinema and our special Centerpiece at this year’s Rendez-vous. In 1830s Paris, theatrical mime Baptiste (the amazing Jean-Louis Barrault) falls in love with an actress and notorious woman about town, Garance (Arletty, enough said); when she’s falsely accused of a crime, Garance must seek the protection of one of her admirers. Yet Baptiste’s passion, once kindled, never really dies. Made in the last years of the War, Children boasted the largest set ever constructed for a French film, a tour-de-force for legendary production designer Alexander Trauner (who worked in secret because of the occupation) and a sparkling script from acclaimed poet and screenwriter Jacques Prévert. Carné moves the action effortlessly between stage and audience, teeming streets and intimate boudoirs, bringing the world of these characters to pulsing, vibrant life. A Janus Films release, opening on March 9th at Film Forum.
*Wed., March 7, 7pm – WRT
*In person: Positif editor Michel Ciment

FAREWELL, MY QUEEN (LES ADIEUX À LA REINE)
Benoit Jacquot, 2012, France, 97 min.
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. This was the Opening Night Film, 2012 Berlin Film Festival.
*Fri., March 2, 6:30pm – WRT; *Sat., March 3, 1:30pm – WRT; *Sat., March 3, 7pm – IFC; *Sun., March 4, 6pm – BAM
*In person: Benoit Jacquot

FREE MEN (LES HOMMES LIBRES)
Ismael Ferroukhi, 2011, France, 99 min.
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. A Film Movement release.
Fri., March 2, 1pm – WRT; *Sat., March 3, 9:15pm – WRT; *Sun., March 4, 4pm - IFC
*In person: Ismael Ferroukhi and Tahar Rahim.

A GANG STORY (LES LYONNAIS)
Olivier Marchal, 2011, France, 102 min.
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! A Weinstein Company release.
Sat., March 3, 4:45pm – IFC; Thurs., March 8, 8:45pm – WRT; Fri., March 9, 4pm - WRT

GUILTY (PRESUMÉ COUPABLE)
Vincent Garenq, 2011, France, 102 min.
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.
Mon., March 5, 6:15pm – WRT; Tues., March 6, 1:30pm – WRT; Thurs., March 8, 10:25pm – IFC

HEADWINDS (DES VENTS CONTRAIRES)
Jalil Lespert, 2011, France, 91 min.
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. He is joined by an all-star cast, including Isabelle Carré, Bouli Lanners and Aurore Clement. Based on Oliver Adam’s best-selling novel.
Tues., March 6, 6pm – IFC; Thurs., March 8, 4pm – WRT; Fri., March 9, 6:15pm - WRT

HERE BELOW (ICI-BAS)
Jean-Pierre Denis, 2012, France, 100 min.
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.
Sat., March 3, 4:15pm – WRT; Sun., March 4, 9:30pm – IFC; Wed., March 7, 4:40pm - WRT

THE LAST SCREENING (LA DERNIÈRE SÉANCE)
Laurent Achard, 2011, France, 81 min.
CINEMA PARADISO meets PSYCHO in a provocative genre film about the dutiful manager/projectionist (Pascal Cervo) of a repertory cinema in the French provinces...and the many secrets he holds. 
*Tues., March 6, 8:30pm – WRT; *Thurs., March 8, 6pm – IFC; *Sat., March 10, 1:30pm – WRT
*In person: Laurent Achard, Pascal Cervo and producer Sylvie Pialat

LOUISE WIMMER
Cyril Mennegun, 2011, France, 80 min.
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.
Sat., March 3, 3pm – IFC; Mon., March 5, 2pm – WRT; Tues., March 6, 6:15pm - WRT

LOW LIFE
Nicolas Klotz and Elisabeth Perceval, 2011, France, 120 min.
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.
*Sun., March 4, 8:30pm – WRT; *Mon., March 5, 10:05pm – IFC; Wed., March 7, 2pm - WRT
*In person: Nicolas Klotz

THE PAINTING (LE TABLEAU)
Jean-François Laguionie, 2011, France, 76 min.
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. Presented in collaboration with the New York International Children’s Film Festival
Sat., March 3, 1:15pm – EBM; *Sun., March 4, 11am - IFC
*In person: Jean-François Laguionie

PARIS BY NIGHT (UNE NUIT)
Philippe Lefebvre, 2012, France, 100 min.
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.
Mon., March 5, 4pm & 8:30pm – WRT; Tues., March 6, 10:10pm - IFC

PATER
Alain Cavalier, 2011, France, 105 min.
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.
Fri., March 2, 3:45pm – WRT; *Fri., March 2, 9:15pm – IFC; *Sat., March 3, 6:30pm – BAM; *Sun., March 4, 3:30pm - WRT
*In person: Vincent Lindon

THE SCREEN ILLUSION (L’ILLUSION COMIQUE)
Mathieu Amalric, 2011, France, 77 min.
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.
*Sun., March 4, 6:15pm – WRT; *Sun., March 4, 9pm – BAM; *Mon., March 5, 8pm – IFC; *Tues., March 6, 4pm - WRT
*In person: Mathieu Amalric

SMUGGLERS’ SONGS (LES CHANTS DE MANDRIN)
Rabah Ameur-Zaïméche, 2011, France, 97 min.
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.
*Wed., March 7, 9:30pm – IFC; *Thurs., March 8, 6:15pm – WRT; Fri., March 9, 1:30pm - WRT
*In person: Rabah Ameur-Zaïméche

THE SNOWS OF KILIMANJARO (LES NEIGES DU KILIMANDJARO)
Robert Guédiguian, 2011, France; 107m
When a newly retired union rep (Jean-Pierre Darroussin) 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.
*Tues., March 6, 7:45pm – IFC; Thurs., March 8, 1:30pm – WRT; *Sat., March 10, 9pm – WRT
*In person: Jean-Pierre Darroussin

UNFORGIVABLE (IMPARDONNABLES)
André Téchiné, 2011, France/Italy, 111 min.
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. A Strand Releasing Film.
*Wed., March 7, 6:30pm – IFC; *Fri., March 9, 8:45pm – WRT
*In person: Carole Bouquet

THE WELL-DIGGER’S DAUGHTER (LA FILLE DU PUISATIER)
Daniel Auteuil, 2011, France, 107 min.
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. The cast also includes Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Sabine Azema, and Kad Merad. A Kino Lorber release.
*Thurs., March 8, 8pm – IFC; *Sun., March 11, 3:45pm – WRT
*In person: Jean-Pierre Darroussin

ZARAFA
Rémi Bezançon and Jean-Christophe Lie, 2011, France; 78m
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.
Sat., March 3, 1:15pm – IFC; Sun., March 4, 1:15pm – EBM; Sun., March 11, 10am – EBM

NEW FRENCH SHORTS
Sun., March 4, 7:20pm – EBM; Wed., March 7, 4pm - EBM

BURNERS (BRÛLEURS)
Farid Bentoumi, 2011; 15m
Departing Oran with his new camcorder in hand, Amine, a young Algerian, tracks his and his friends’ boat journey across the Mediterranean.

AUTONOMY: 12 HOURS (12 HEURES D’AUTONOMIE)
Christophe Tobin M’B, 2010; 19m
Rudy, a young thief, is approached by Gael, an underage fugitive who is miopathic and moves about in a heavy electric wheel chair.  Gael, whose breathing aid has only 12 hours of battery life, joins Rudy in his wanderings and soon asks him for a favor. 

MY SWEETHEART (MON AMOUREUX)
Daniel Metge, 2011; 22’40
Roman is my love. We French kiss, will marry and have children.  We’ll even have sex. But this is forbidden at Eglantine, so on Saturday my sister will pick us up and take us to the countryside.

NIJINSKY 1912
Christiane Comte, 2011; 3’30
Reconstruction of a lost Nijinsky film based on historic footage. 

A REAL EYE OPENER (LES YEUX DE LA TETE)
Pierre Mousquet, Jerome Cauwe, 2011; 7m
While playing golf in France, an American actor gets hit in the face and loses one eye.  But he can count on the excellent European medicine and the emergence of Chinese economy to recover.

THE LAST CARAVAN
Foued Mansour, 2012; 16m
On a small construction site lost in the middle of nowhere, three workers receive the dreaded visit of a representative of their employer.

ELVIS OF NAZARETH
Ranni Massalha, 2011; 16m
A street boy of Nazareth develops a friendship with a 72 year-old man who imagines himself as Elvis.
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A FEW DAYS WITH ME (QUELQUE JOURS AVEC MOI)
Claude Sautet, 1988, 131 min.
In a César nominated performance, Daniel Auteuil plays the sensitive Martial, heir to a chain of department stores run by his mother (Gallic acting doyenne Danielle Darrieux) in this comic fable meets bourgeois critique by acclaimed director Sautet. Emerging from a nervous breakdown, Martial is sent to the provincial town of Limoges, where he has a dalliance with a young waitress and prostitute (Sandrine Bonnaire), and discovers that the chain’s regional director (a frostily understated Jean-Pierre Mariell, also César nominated) is embezzling money. An exploration of the contemporary upper class and its laissez-faire mores, this charmingly affable sketch of France in the 80s is an underrated discovery.
*Mon., March 5, 7pm
*In person: Positif editor Michel Ciment


MOON CHILD (LA PERMISSION DE MINUIT)
Delphine Gleize, 2011, France, 110 min.
Vincent Lindon and Emmanuelle Devos star in this affecting drama about Romain, a teenager afflicted since birth by a rare genetic disorder that makes him unable to stand exposure to daylight. Romain finds a surrogate father figure in David, a dermatologist who is passionate about his case and has treated him since infancy, but both of their lives are thrown into turmoil when David must leave to take a job in Switzerland.
With Vincent Lindon, Emmanuelle Devos and Quentin Challal.
*Sat., March 3, 9:30pm
*In person: Vincent Lindon

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