s 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cinematography by Jeanne LapoirieAn arrangement between a French businessman and a young Ukrainian male prostitute begets a home invasion and then an unexpectedly profound relationship in this absorbing, continually surprising film by Robin Campillo (BPM: Beats Per Minute).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Unifrance and Film at Lincoln Center announce the complete lineup for the 27th edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the celebrated annual festival that exemplifies the variety and vitality of contemporary French filmmaking, taking place March 3–13. Read More
Rendez-Vous with French Cinema returns in March with another edition that exemplifies the variety and vitality of contemporary French filmmaking. The films on display, by emerging talents and established masters, raise ideas both topical and eternal, and many take audiences to entirely unexpected places. Read More
North America’s leading showcase for the best in French film, co-presented with UniFrance and opening with Guillaume Nicloux’s Valley of Love starring Gérard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert, demonstrates that the landscape of French cinema has never been more fertile, and the voices issuing from it never more diverse. Read More
Rendez-Vous with French Cinema returns with another program of features and shorts that exemplify today’s most innovative French artistry. Co-presented with Unifrance Films, Rendez-Vous demonstrates that the landscape of French cinema has never been more fertile, and the voices issuing from it never more diverse. Read More
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 More
French cinema is as varied and vital as ever in 2013, and this year’s edition of Rendez-vous with French Cinema covers the wide spectrum from grand and engaging entertainments to the work of uncompromising auteurs, rising independent voices, and master filmmakers. Presented by Unifrance Films and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Read More