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iPOP at the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire March 17, 2004 at 2:0AM

iPOP at the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema
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iPOP at the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema

by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

A sign of pending spring in New York City is the annual Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, produced by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the French Film Office/Unifrance USA, which spotlights the latest in... you guessed it... French film. Invited guests made their way to the French Consulate on Manhattan's Upper East Side, a beautiful building overlooking Central Park, for a cocktail party with members of the French delegation along with the film community and others. France's trois couleurs flew at half-staff outside the stately building out of respect for EU partner Spain's recent tragedy, although inside, a "sedately festive" atmosphere reigned.




Catherine Verret-Vimont, executive director of the French Film Office/Unifrance USA greets PBS talk show host Charlie Rose in the ornate marble reception room on the second floor of the French Consulate to mark the formal start of the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2004. The series continues through March 21, primarily at the Walter Reade Theater.


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Film Society of Lincoln Center head Richard Pena at the cocktail party. He later gave a brief speech during the party saying that he tells people who want to do similar events to "see how the French do it" as a standard for organizing.


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Director Anne Fontaine (center) at the party with her film "Nathalie," along with Wellspring's Marie Therese Guirgis, Al Cattabiani (center), and Rob Williams. Wellspring will release the film this autumn.


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Interrupted for a photo from iPOP mid-conversation. From left to right: Empire Pictures' Ed Arentz, Philippe Torreton, star of "Monsieur N." (an Empire Pictures release), Antoine de Caunes, the film's director, and Ed Schwartz from Empire Pictures.


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Lookin way hot in red, "A Sight for Sore Eyes" star Julie Ordon hangs at the party with the film's director, Gilles Bourdos.


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Listening to opening remarks while sipping French wine and/or Pommery Brut Royal champagne, the French Film Office's Catherine Verret-Vimont (left), Béatrice Caufman, producer of "She's One of Us," Siegrid Alnoy, director "She's One of Us," and Elsa Zylberstein who stars in "Monsieur N."


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Sony Pictures Classics' Dylan Leiner and Dori Begley, who adhered to the invitation's request for "cocktail attire" as did most of the other guests.


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Palm Pictures' Cindy Banach and Neal Block arrived at the consulate with indieWIRE in a taxi on time despite the heavy Manhattan traffic (thanks Cindy for paying the fare) and were able to stake out a place close to the bars and circulating snacks.


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Miramax's Arianna Bocco (left) and Sundance Film Festival sales office head Joy Newhouse hanging out reminiscing about Sundance.


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