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 20×24 Project in the Furman Gallery.

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).