Rendez-Vous with French Cinema returns in February 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. Highlights from recent Rendez-Vous with French Cinema editions include Bertrand Bonello’s Nocturama, Julia Ducournau’s Raw, Bruno Dumont’s Jeannette, The Childhood of Joan of Arc, Robin Campillo’s Eastern Boys, Justine Triet’s Victoria, and Mathieu Amalric’s Barbara. Co-presented with UniFrance Films, the 24th edition of Rendez-Vous will demonstrate that the landscape of French cinema is as fertile, inspiring, and distinct as ever.
Organized by Dennis Lim and Florence Almozini
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Thursday, February 28
Friday, March 1
Saturday, March 2
Sunday, March 3
Monday, March 4
Tuesday, March 5
Wednesday, March 6
Thursday, March 7
Friday, March 8
Saturday, March 9
Are you an emerging critic under 30? Enter to win a trip to Paris by submitting a review of any film in the festival. See details here. Also, students are invited to see everything in the series with a $50 All Access Pass.
Introductions by Pierre Salvadori and Pio Marmaï on Feb. 28 · N.Y. Premiere · Opening NightAfter learning that her late husband’s golden reputation is totally fabricated, a police investigator (Adèle Haenel) makes unconventional amends in the latest comic whirlwind from Pierre Salvadori. Screens with the short Les Indes galantes.
Introduction by Russell Banks and Serge ToubianaWhen film critic François Truffaut was challenged to put into practice what he’d been preaching, he chose to tell the story of Antoine Doinel, a 13-year-old wild child in Paris whose adventures were based on his own adolescence.
Q&A with Eva Husson on March 3An unshakable Golshifteh Farahani holds the center of Eva Husson’s Girls of the Sun as the commander of an all-female unit of resistance fighters in Iraqi Kurdistan, whose resolve catches the attention of a French war journalist (Emmanuelle Bercot).
Q&A with Louis-Julien Petit and Deborah Lukumuen on March 7 · North American PremiereWith pathos and institutional nuance, Louis-Julien Petit’s third social-realist drama transforms its source nonfiction text by Claire Lajeunie into a spirited ensemble piece about a daytime shelter for homeless women.
Q&A with Mia Hansen-Løve on March 6 · New York PremiereA war journalist (Roman Kolinka, Things to Come) copes with trauma by decamping to India, where he spent his childhood. As he strikes up a rapport with his godfather’s daughter (Aarshi Banerjee), Mia Hansen-Løve thoughtfully probes the private intricacies of rehabilitation.
North American PremiereAfter 16-year-old Nina (Zéa Duprez) sees a meteorite fall from the sky, she can’t find any physical evidence to prove what she witnessed. Instead, the mysterious event catalyzes an exploratory and quietly momentous summer in Romain Laguna’s atmospheric first feature.
Q&A with Sébastien Marnier on March 9 · North American PremiereIn Sébastien Marnier’s sophomore thriller, Pierre Hoffman (Laurent Lafitte, Elle) is called in as a long-term substitute for a class whose teacher has committed suicide. He becomes obsessed with this mysteriously affectless group, seemingly undisturbed by physical violence.
North American Premiere · Presented by Film CommentVirgil Vernier's richly textured sophomore feature takes stock of the state of the French socioeconomic order as embodied by the eponymous, dystopian business park and an eclectic ensemble of cult members, militiamen, and more.
U.S. PremierePlaying a filmmaker whose family is coping with loss during an annual summer vacation, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (A Castle in Italy) invites autobiographical readings in her new feature while also complicating the idea of art as personal exorcism.
Q&A with Sophie Fillières and Agathe Bonitzer on March 1 · New York PremiereThis charming and lightly fantastical tale from Sophie Fillières (If You Don’t, I Will, Rendez-Vous 2014) stages a chance meeting between an impulsive but aimless twentysomething and a disenchanted fortysomething who just might be the same person.
Q&A with Judith Davis on March 2 · North American PremiereThe playful and passionate feature directorial debut of actress Judith Davis follows an idealistic urban planner, played by Davis herself, into a contemporary Paris that missed the revolutionary memo, long after the movements sparked by May ’68 have faded into history.
Free and open to the public!Special guests of this year’s edition will discuss the many themes and perspectives of humor that have emerged in recent French films; comedy’s role in addressing social and political issues; and the process of writing, directing, and acting for laughs.
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