Though little-known to American moviegoers, Patricia Mazuy has earned a reputation and a dedicated following among French audiences and international festival patrons for her bracing, singular directorial vision, developed over three decades across a small but distinguished filmography of narrative features, documentaries, and TV movies, after getting her start as an editor on the films of Agnès Varda. Many of her keen-eyed period dramas, wry examinations of modern workplace dynamics, and lean, brooding chamber pieces of familial angst have screened at Cannes, and her work has earned the admiration of Jacques Rivette. In addition to multiple collaborations with composer John Cale, who scored three of her features, Mazuy has drawn quietly virtuosic performances from the likes of Sandrine Bonnaire, Isabelle Huppert, and Laurent Lafitte, each contributing to a vividly textured portrait of French social life. On the occasion of her fifth feature, Paul Sanchez Is Back! (screened in this year’s Rendez-Vous with French Cinema), Film at Lincoln Center welcomes Mazuy in person for this first American showcase of her work.
Highlights of Rebel Spirit: The Films of Patricia Mazuy include the period drama The King’s Daughters, a starkly realized vision of 17th-century France starring Isabelle Huppert that marks Mazuy’s first collaboration with Cale; the 1970s-set television film Travolta and Me, following a teenage couple as they develop an awkward yet intense romance, preceded by a surprise short; Mazuy’s latest feature Paul Sanchez Is Back!, a gripping, imaginative caper starring Laurent Lafitte; Of Women and Horses, a riveting drama set in the world of competitive dressage starring Bruno Ganz and Marina Hands; and her debut feature, the intimate, vaguely sinister family fable Peaux de vaches, shot by legendary cinematographer Raoul Coutard.
Organized by Florence Almozini and Madeline Whittle. Presented in collaboration with Unifrance and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
Saturday, November 16
Q&A with Patricia Mazuy on November 15Isabelle Huppert stars in this rich social parable set in the Maison Royale de Saint Louis, a boarding school for young girls from impoverished noble families. Mazuy’s vision of late 17th-century France brings dusky light and sumptuous textures into close contact with the grime and grit of the pre-industrial age.
Q&A with Patricia Mazuy on November 16Boasting quietly virtuosic performances from Marina Hands and Bruno Ganz and an electrifying score from John Cale, this riveting drama set in the world of competitive dressage illuminates the fraught intersection of gender and class, and offers potent study of a woman driven by fierce private ambition.
Q&A with Patricia Mazuy on November 16Ten years after Gerard and his brother Roland set fire to their barn in rural France and unwittingly killed a man, Roland returns to the farm where Gerard lives with his wife (Sandrine Bonnaire) and young daughter. The ensuing chamber drama simmers and roils with vaguely sinister angst, shot with lucid intensity by Raoul Coutard.
Q&A with Patricia Mazuy on November 16A young police officer (César-winner Zita Hanrot, Fatima) is the only one on the force who believes that a notorious murderer has resurfaced ten years after he vanished without a trace. Also starring Elle’s Laurent Lafitte, and featuring Mazuy’s third collaboration with composer John Cale. A 2019 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema selection.
Free and open to the public! · Q&A with Patricia MazuyMade as part of a critically acclaimed anthology series conceived around decade-specific rock-and-roll soundtracks, Mazuy’s television film centers on Christine, a high schooler in late 1970s France who is enamored of John Travolta, and falls into an obstacle-ridden romance with a Nietzsche-loving peer.
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