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. Highlights from recent Rendez-Vous with French Cinema editions include Bertrand Bonello’s Nocturama, François Ozon’s Frantz, Bruno Dumont’s Slack Bay, Robin Campillo’s Eastern Boys, Justine Triet’s Victoria, and Benoît Jacquot’s 3 Hearts. Co-presented with UniFrance Films, the 23rd edition of Rendez-Vous will demonstrate that the landscape of French cinema is as fertile, inspiring, and distinct as ever.
Organized by Florence Almozini and Dennis Lim
Are you an aspiring or emerging cinephile in love with French cinema? During the 23rd edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema on March 8-18, UniFrance and the Film Society of Lincoln Center invite any attendee under 40 years of age to write a review in our “Salut les Jeunes Critiques” contest, and you could win a trip to Paris. See more details here.
Through the festival, stop by the Furman Gallery for the photography exhibit Face to Face with French Cinema. It is impossible to sum up an entire national cinema in a single image, but the unique sensibility of French film comes through in these photographs of faces. Each of these actors or directors has given audiences around the world their own rendez-vous with French cinema. UniFrance is delighted to present the elegant photography of Jean-Baptiste Le Mercier.
Opening Night · U.S. Premiere · Introductions by Mathieu Amalric and Jeanne BalibarA chameleon-like Jeanne Balibar stars in this tantalizing, meta-cinematic tribute to Barbara—a legendary chanteuse and enduring icon of French culture—from actor-director Mathieu Amalric.
N.Y. Premiere · Q&A with Raymond Depardon and Claudine NougaretContinuing a 30-year collaboration with sound recordist and producer Claudine Nougaret, renowned photographer and documentarian Raymond Depardon has made a startling, face-to-face look at mental illness and the French legal system.
N.Y. Premiere · Introductions by producer Jean-Louis LiviThe breathtakingly bold debut feature from Léa Mysius—about a 13-year-old girl taking in as much of life as she can before she goes blind—is a coming-of-age tale unlike any other.
N.Y. PremiereThree thirty-something Iranian friends embark on a late summer road trip through the sunny South before one of them heads back to Iran in this endearingly wry and perceptive travelogue about what it means to be an outsider in a foreign country.
U.S. PremiereThe behind-the-scenes planning of an elaborate wedding makes for a deliciously deadpan comic soufflé from the directors of the smash hit The Intouchables.
North American Premiere · Q&A with Vincent Macaigne on March 14One of France’s most distinctive rising talents, Vincent Macaigne directs this daringly iconoclastic chamber drama about the clash between France’s haves and have-nots.
N.Y. Premiere · Q&A with Xavier LegrandWinner of the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival, this riveting domestic drama is a harrowing study of a family coming undone in the midst of a bitter custody battle.
U.S. Premiere · Q&A with Gilles Bourdos and writer Richard Bausch on March 11Drawing from Richard Bausch’s short stories, Renoir director Gilles Bourdos delivers an explosive emotional epic about the tangled relationships among parents, children, husbands, wives, and lovers.
U.S. Premiere · Q&A with Xavier BeauvoisA resilient young woman weathers the turbulence of World War I in the quietly affecting new film from Of Gods and Men director Xavier Beauvois.
N.Y. Premiere · Q&A with Bruno Dumont on March 9The ever-unpredictable Bruno Dumont (Slack Bay) takes another thrilling hairpin turn with this audacious heavy metal musical about the spiritual awakening of a young Joan of Arc.
North American PremiereTwo languorous summer days, two tales of romantic misunderstanding: this deceptively breezy diptych channels the spirit of Rohmer as it explores the thorny relationships between men and women.
N.Y. PremiereLife gets complicated for a middle-aged man when he discovers his father is not his father—and his girlfriend may be his half-sister—in this witty, winning seriocomic charmer.
North American PremiereLiving legend Jean-Pierre Léaud stars in this self-reflexive ghost story—a playful consideration of cinema, mortality, and the actor’s own status as an emblem of film history.
North American Premiere · Q&A with Emmanuel Finkiel & star Melanie Thierry on March 17Marguerite Duras’s autobiographical memoir—a heartrending reflection on wartime grief—receives a haunting and hypnotic adaptation starring a profoundly moving Mélanie Thierry. Thursday, March 15, 3:45pm Saturday, March 17, 3:00pm (Q&A with Emmanuel Finkiel)
New York Premiere · Introduction by composer Julie Roué on March 9A newly single young woman attempts to restart her life in this refreshingly complex portrait of an all-too-human heroine veering between instability and strength. Winner of the Camera d’Or at Cannes for best first film.
U.S. Premiere · Q&A with Tonie Marshal on March 10Emmanuelle Devos stars as an ambitious businesswoman navigating a sexist corporate minefield as she attempts to crash the boardroom boys’ club in this timely feminist drama from Tonie Marshall (Venus Beauty Institute).
U.S. Premiere · Q&A with Rachid HamiA violinist is tested when he signs on to teach music to a class of middle-school students on the multicultural outskirts of Paris in this refreshingly naturalistic ode to the transformative power of music.
North American Premiere · Q&A with Jean-Paul Civeyrac on March 17A movie-mad jeune homme discovers the pleasures and perils of the bohemian life when he moves to Paris in this bittersweet ode to cinema and the heady days of youth.
N.Y. PremiereA farmer’s desperate attempts to save his cows from a deadly epidemic yields a surprisingly tense thriller rooted in everyday life.
N.Y. PremiereThis spectacularly surreal comic caper—in which an ex–World War I soldier and artist embark on an audacious get-rich-quick scheme—is a whimsical wild ride through Jazz Age Paris.
U.S. Premiere · Q&A with Marine Francen on March 10Writ in bucolic, golden-hued images that recall the paintings of Jean-François Millet, this quietly provocative, Napoleonic-era fable imagines a community of women into whose midst wanders a lone male.
U.S. Premiere · Introductions by producer Jean-Louis LiviAs her mother steadily loses her grip on reality, a young girl escapes into a fantasy world of her own in this alternately enchanting and cathartic family portrait from acclaimed actress-director Noémie Lvovsky.
North American Premiere · Q&A with Eugène Green on March 13Six strangers confront their uniquely 21st century anxieties with the help of a sorcerer in this playful performance art consciousness-bender-cum-ghost story about the search for meaning in the age of social media.
N.Y. Premiere · Q&A with Laurent Cantet on March 12The Class director Laurent Cantet returns with a tense, provocative exploration of contemporary French society as seen through the eyes of the next generation.
Sponsored byDirector Tonie Marshall—whose latest film, Number One, depicts how women still have to struggle to climb the social ladder—will join special guests for a special talk about issues around female empowerment and the place of women in the French film and corporate industries.
Sponsored byWhat does it take to make a first feature? And how is it different to do so in France, as opposed to the U.S.? First-time filmmakers and emerging producers–featuring Marine Francen (The Sower), Xavier Legrand (Custody), Reinaldo Marcus Green (Monsters and Men, Jeremiah Zagar (We the Animals), Amy Lo (Mental Pictures), and Jean-Louis Livi (Ava)–will discuss strategies and challenges in producing and directing a successful debut film.
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