Rendez-Vous with French Cinema returns 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. Co-presented with Unifrance Films, the 22nd edition of Rendez-Vous will demonstrate that the landscape of French cinema is as fertile, inspiring, and distinct as ever.
Artistic direction by Florence Almozini and Dennis Lim.
In conjunction with Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, FIAF presents Agnès Varda: Life as Art, taking place February 28–March 21.
Thursday, March 2
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Walter Reade Theater
Walter Reade Theater
Walter Reade Theater
Walter Reade Theater
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Saturday, March 11
Rendez-Vous with French Cinema returns 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. Co-presented with Unifrance Films, the 22nd edition of Rendez-Vous will demonstrate that the landscape of French cinema is as fertile, inspiring, and distinct as ever.Tickets on sale now!
In conjunction with Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, FIAF presents Agnès
Varda: Life as Art, taking place February 28–March 21.
Opening Night · North American Premiere · Étienne Comar, Reda Kateb, and Cécile de France in personThe world and music of legendary jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt (Reda Kateb) are brought vividly to life in this riveting saga of survival, resistance, and artistic courage set against the tumultuous backdrop of World War II-era Paris.
Closing Night · U.S. Premiere · Q&A with Jérôme Salle on March 11Lambert Wilson is magnetic in this grandly lyrical dramatization of legendary explorer-turned-filmmaker Jacques Cousteau. Set against the backdrop of cross-generational family drama, The Odyssey is an epic ode to exploration and documentary filmmaking, and a celebration of the human drive to seek out new realms of discovery.
Q&A with Stéphanie Di Giusto and choreographer Jody Sperling on March 6thThis visually sumptuous drama set amidst the opulence of La Belle Époque Paris charts the true-life saga of American-born modern dance icon Loïe Fuller and boasts a fiercely committed lead performance by Soko.
Q&A with François Ozon on March 2ndBased on Ernst Lubitsch’s 1932 antiwar drama 'Broken Lullaby', the new film from acclaimed director François Ozon is a sublime, heartrending saga of guilt, forgiveness, and forbidden love in post–World War I Europe. A Music Box Films release.
Q&A with Nicole Garcia on March 3rdMarion Cotillard delivers a performance of searing emotional intensity as a troubled woman in love with a terminally ill lieutenant (Louis Garrel) in this psychologically charged, 1950s-set saga of 'amour fou'. A Sundance Selects release.
Q&A with Marc Fitoussi on March 5thAn idealistic teenage girl gets a crash course in the less-than-rosy reality of the corporate world when she interns at her mother’s office in this emotionally complex look at parents, children, and the moral compromises we make.
Q&A with Bertrand Bonello on March 4th · Introduction on March 5thThe audacious new film from Bertrand Bonello (Saint Laurent) is both a precision-crafted thriller about a mass-scale terrorist attack on Paris and a provocative exploration of consumerism and millennial disaffection. A Netflix release.
Film Comment Presents · Q&A with Julia Ducournau and actress Garance Marillier on March 7th · Introduction by Ducournau and Marillier on March 8thA young vegetarian’s taste for flesh is awakened in this emotionally resonant, blood-spattered coming-of-age nightmare. A Focus Features release.
Q&A with Christophe Honoré on March 4th · Introduction by Christophe Honoré on March 8thAn enchanting fable for adults and kids alike, the latest from director Christophe Honoré captures the imaginative freedom of childhood as seen through the eyes of a mischievous young girl growing up in 19th-century chateau.
Q&A with Antonin Peretjatko on March 6th · Introduction by Antonin Peretjatko on March 7thThis wild slapstick satire plays something like a Jerry Lewis gag-fest meets 'Survivor' as a middle-aged intern overseeing the creation of a South American ski resort embarks on a surreal journey through the Amazon jungle.
Moderated by critic Melissa Anderson
French New Wave pioneer Agnès Varda has been a major voice in world cinema for more than sixty years. Join Varda in this special live event as she reflects on her voluminous body of work, influences, and approach to filmmaking.
On view in the Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery.8 ½ was Federico Fellini’s last black-and-white film after more than a decade of directing. Although the film’s images were never intended to be seen in color, Piero Servo—a frequent camera operator for Fellini—recently found the late photographer Paul Ronald’s long-forgotten box of color negatives. These rediscoveries are the focus of this year’s Rendez-Vous with French Cinema exhibition, curated by Sam Stourdzé, the director of the esteemed Les Rencontres d’Arles, and accompanied by recollections from one of the film’s stars, Anouk Aimée.
Free ScreeningAt a top-tier talent firm in Paris, a group of agents juggle their personal and hyper-competitive work lives after experiencing an unexpected crisis. Watch the first episode of the first season of the hit French miniseries at this special free screening.
Free Talks & Events
Producers from the U.S. and France will sit down to discuss the strategies and challenges of French and American co-productions, from the creative to the technical, and everything in between. Presented in partnership with IFP and French in Motion.
In response to the disillusionment and frustration currently felt worldwide, a selection of directors, including Emmanuelle Bercot (150 Milligrams, a Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2017 selection), Bertrand Bonello (Nocturama, a Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2017 selection), Mira Nair (Queen of Katwe), and Ira Sachs (Little Men, Love Is Strange) will discuss how films can address political turmoil or social unrest and operate as whistle-blowers.
French touch (aka French house) musicians Pedro Winter, Para One, and Jacques will discuss their perspectives on and experiences with French electronic music following a free screening of Julian Starke’s French Waves, an immersive documentary that pinpoints key moments of French Touch since the 1990s.
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