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FESTIVALS | Rendez-Vous Unveils 13th French Run Across the Pond

Dominique Pinon and Fanny Ardant in a scene from Claude Lelouch's "Roman de gare." Image courtesy of the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Fifteen films will screen as U.S. or New York debuts at the 13th Rendez-Vous with French Cinema series hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Unifrance February 29 through March 9. As previously announced, Oscar-winner Claude Lelouch's thriller "Roman de gare" will launch the popular event at the Walter Reade Theater. Fanny Ardant stars in the films as a best-selling author researching her next crime story. Other veteran French filmmakers making their return this year include Cedric Klapisch ("L'Auberge Espagnole") with "Paris," described as "an emotional tour of the city through the eyes of a man waiting for a heart transplant, starring Romain Duris and Juliette Binoche.

Writer/director Noemie Lvovsky tells the story of a Holocaust survivor turning 80 in "Let's Dance!," while Christophe Honore celebrates the movie musical in "Love Songs," featuring 13 new songs composed by Alex Beaupain and performed by a cast including Louis Garrel, Ludivine Sagnier, Chiara Mastroianni and Clotilde Hesme.

Claude Miller's "A Secret," which has received multiple Cesar nominations starring Mathieu Amalric, Patrick Bruel and Julie Depardieu is set to screen in addition to Nicolas Klotz's "Heartbeat Detector," about a troubled corporate psychologist.

The annual Rendez-Vous with French Cinema takes place at the Walter Reade Theater in New York's Upper West Side as well as the IFC Center in Greenwich Village.

13the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema line up (information provided by the Film Society of Lincoln Center):

"Ceux qui restent," directed by Anne Le Ny (US premiere)
"Les Chansons d'amour," directed by Christophe Honore (NY premiere)
"La Disparue de Deauville," directed by Sophie Marceau (US premiere)
"Elle s'appelle Sabine," directed by Sandrine Bonnaire (NY premiere)
"La Fabrique des sentiments," directed by Jean-Marc Moutout (North American premiere)
"Faut que ca danse," directed by Noemie Lvovsky (North American premiere)
"Le Fils de l'epicier," directed by Eric Guirado (North American premiere)
"Paris," directed by Cedric Klapisch (North American premiere)
"Peur(s) du noir," (various) (NY premiere)
"La Question humaine," directed by Nicolas Klotz (NY premiere)
"Regarde-moi," directed by Audrey Estrougo (North American premiere)
"Roman de gare," directed by Claude Lelouch (NY premiere)
"Tout est pardonne," directed by Mia Hansen Love (US premiere)
"Un baiser s'il vous plait," directed by Emmanuel Mouret (North American premiere)
"Un Secret," directed by Claude Miller

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