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Forty years after its original release, Marie-Claude Treilhou’s “criminally overlooked” debut film Simone Barbes or Virtue remains vital and vivid in its depiction of a young woman’s nocturnal perambulations against the landscape of Parisian nightlife. Treilhou’s film was produced under the banner of Paul Vecchiali’s production house Les Films Diagonale, which the filmmaker and critic Serge Bozon (Mrs. Hyde, NYFF55) has characterized as “the last important school of French cinema after the New Wave.” Marking the NYFF58 Revivals premiere of the film’s new restoration, we’re honored to host Treilhou in a conversation with Bozon about the making and the enduring legacy of Simone Barbes.