Walter Reade Gears Up for Another "Rendez-vous with French Cinema"
by Brian Brooks
As New York settles into another winter deep-freeze, a sign of the spring thaw is on the horizon with the announcement of the "Rendez-vous with French Cinema" series, which takes place annually at the Walter Reade Theatre. This year's program, which opens March 7th with 14 New York premieres, includes Olivier Assayas' "corporate thriller," "demonlover," which screened as part of the 2002 Cannes as well as director/producer Claude Berri with his latest film, "Housekeeper."
Also scheduled for "Rendez-vous" is Benoit Jacquot's adaptation of Benjamin Constant's classic French novel, "Adolphe," about a bored young man who turns his eyes on the mistress of a French nobleman and its subsequent fallout. "Untouched by the West" by Raymond Depardon, adapted from a novel by Diego Brosset, offers an African story that is not an encounter between Europeans and Africans, but of "free men of the Sahara." Also included in the screenings are films directed by celebrated actors, Nicole Garcia ("Place Vendome") and Michel Blanc ("Le Grands Ducs"). Garcia's film, "L' Adversaire," is a mystery centering on a man who kills his family and the surprising investigation. "See How They Run," based on the British novel "Summer Things" (Joseph Connolly), directed by Blanc follows two couples and their children hoping to leave their lives behind, to little avail, on summer holiday.
Rendez-vous with French Cinema, in conjunction with Alliance Francaise will also honor film personalities Jeanne Moreau ("Cet amour-la") and Berri with retrospectives featuring rarely screened films in the United States. Both Moreau and Berri will speak at their programs. The series continues through March 16th at Walter Reade in Manhattan.