The Film Society of Lincoln Center and UniFrance have announced the official lineup for the 21st edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the annual showcase of the best in contemporary French film. This year’s event runs March 3-13 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The lineup, which consists of 21 feature films making their New York, U.S., or North American premieres, proves just how essential, challenging and inspiring French cinema continues to be.
"We are extremely pleased to continue our 21-year partnership with UniFrance to bring a brilliant selection of French films to New York," said Film Society of Lincoln Center Associate Director of Programming Florence Almozini in an official statement. "This year’s lineup exemplifies the diverse creativity coming out of the country year-round, including a record eight films directed by women."
Opening the festival will be Guillaume Nicloux’s "Valley of Love," starring the illustrious pairing of Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu as a long-divorced couple who reconnect six months after their son’s suicide. Both Nicloux and Huppert will be at the screening in person. Jacques Audiard’s Palme d’Or–winning "Dheepan" will close the festival with its harrowing portrait of three refugees who flee Sri Lanka only to end up in violent housing projects outside Paris. Other festival favorites stopping at Rendez-Vous include "Lolo," "Mon roi" and "Disorder."
Filmmakers and talent who will be in attendance at this year’s festival include, in alphabetical order: Nabil Ayouch, Emmanuelle Bercot, Julie Delpy, Emmanuel Finkiel, Louis Garrel, Gregoire Hetzel, Isabelle Huppert, Eva Husson, Maïwenn, Guillaume Nicloux, Nicolas Pariser, Melvil Poupaud, Rudi Rosenberg, Alice Winocour, and more to be confirmed at a later date.
Tickets will go on sale Thursday, February 18, with early access for Film Society members beginning Thursday, February 11. Below is the complete lineup for this year’s Rendez-Vous with French Cinema. Information provided by FSLC and UniFrance.
"Valley of Love"
Guillaume Nicloux, France/Belgium, 2015, DCP, 92m
English and French with English subtitles
Jacques Audiard, France, 2015, DCP, 109m
French with English subtitles
"21 Nights with Pattie" / "21 nuits avec Pattie"
Jean-Marie & Arnaud Larrieu, France, 2015, DCP, 115m