The Intouchables (2011)

Fans of French cinema will want to clear their schedules for early March because the 17th Annual Rendez-Vous With French Cinema line-up has just been announced! Film Society of Lincoln Center and Unifrance Films are teaming up once again to bring dozens of new films from France to New York, along with Q&As, appearances, and restored masterpieces.

The festivities kick off March 1 at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall with the New York premiere of The Intouchables, the record-smashing hit that has been impressing French critics and audiences for some time. Directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano and star François Cluzet will be in attendance on opening night.

Some highlights from this year’s celebration include Farewell, My Queen, the Opening Night Film of the 2012 Berlin Film; Audrey Tautou’s newest film, Delicacy, with Tautou in person; and a restoration of the 1945 classic Children of Paradise. Children will love The Painting and Zarafa, two fun adventures featuring beautiful animation.

Sister directors Delphine Coulin and Muriel Coulin will be on hand to show their debut film, 17 Girls, based on a news story about a pregnancy pact between a group of young girls. Mathieu Demy will show Americano, the new film that he wrote, directed, and starred in opposite Salma Hayek. Fans of our Scary Movies series will want to check out Last Screening, which weaves together horror and cinephilia through the story of an old moview theater with some dark secrets. If it scares you too much, you can take it up with director Laurent Achard, who will be in attendance along with his producer and the film's star.

Rendez-Vous With French Cinema runs from March 1 – 11. For a full list of films showing at the festival, check out the press release.