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Rendez-Vous with French Cinema Reveals Complete Lineup for 18th Annual Festival

Rendez-Vous with French Cinema Reveals Complete Lineup for 18th Annual Festival

The full lineup for the 18th edition of Rendez-Vouz with French Cinema has been announced by The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Unifrance Films. The joint annual showcase of contemporary French cinema runs from February 28 – March 10, and will hold screenings at New York’s Lincoln Center, IFC Center, BAM, and the Paris Theater.

The festival is set to open with Regis Roinsard’s comedy “Populaire,” starring Deborah Francois and Romain Duris, while Giles Legrand’s drama “You Will Be My Son” closes the festival.

Among the other highlights among this year’s lineup are “In The House,” “The Bad Girl,” “The Nun,” and Gilles Bourdos “Renoir,” a biopic following the young French filmmaker’s relationship with his painter father after being wounded in World War I. Bourdos’ film will be accompanied in the festival by a partial retrospective of Jean Renoir’s filmography, including “The Rules of the Game” and “The River.”

Attendees of this year’s festival include actors Audrey Tautou, Patrick Mille, Romain Duris, Niels Arestrup, and François Ozon, whose contribution “In The House,” is nominated for the 2013 César for Best Film, Director and Actor.

In addition to the screenings held in New York, the festival has partnered with Emerging Pictures to offer a select number of the festival’s films in theaters across the country via the studios network of digital theaters. This will include a live stream of the festival’s Q&As following the NY screenings, allowing all audiences both in and out of the city to take part.

The Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2013 lineup with synopses courtesy of the Film Society of Lincoln Center can be found on page 2.



Régis Roinsard, 2012, France, 111m

Stuck in the provinces of 1950s France, Rose (Deborah François) is taken under the wing of her handsome boss (Romain Duris) and develops astonishing skills as a high-speed typist, leading to unexpected fame. In the grand tradition of French social comedy, Régis Roinsard has concocted a scintillating entertainment lovingly looking back on an idealized and innocent decade. Starring Deborah François, Romain Duris. The Weinstein Company will release the movie in July 2013.

Thurs., Feb. 28, 7:30pm – PARIS; Fri. Mar. 1, 7:00pm – BAM; Sat., Mar. 2, 7:00pm – IFC

In person: Romain Duris, Régis Roinsard, Deborah François


The Atomic Age/L’age atomique

Héléna Klotz, 2012, France, DCP; 68m

Arriving from the Paris outskirts for a round of weekend clubbing, good-looking Victor (Eliott Paquet) and his Central European friend Rainer (Dominik Wojcik) are full of self-confidence and a youthfully self-conscious hipness. But across the span of one night, their impulsive adventure tests emotional and physical limits the lads never before knew in Klotz’s impressively mesmerizing feature debut. Winner of the 2012 Prix Jean Vigo. A TLA Releasing film.

Wed. Mar. 6, 9:30pm – IFC; Thurs. Mar. 7, 4pm – WRT; Fri. Mar. 8, 9:00pm – WRT



Alice Winocour, 2012, France, 102m

Based on a true case, writer-director Winocour has adapted the story of a progressive 19th century doctor/therapist and his unusual patient into a study of personal wills, hidden desires and reversals of fate. A maid who suffers from seizures is sent to a mental hospital, where it seems she’ll be condemned for life until Professor Charcot finds in her the possibilities of testing his advanced notions of the sources of so-called “hysteria.” Soko as Augustine and Vincent Lindon as Charcot deliver astonishing performances. A Music Box Films release.

Sun. Mar. 3, 6pm – WRT (no talent); Tues. Mar. 5, 9:00pm – WRT; Wed. Mar. 6, 7:00pm – BAM; Thurs. Mar. 7, 7:00pm – IFC

In person: Alice Winocour


Bad Girl/Mauvaise fille

Patrick Mille, 2012, France, 108m

25-year-old Louise is suddenly hit with a double dose of life-altering reality: She learns that she’s pregnant and that her mother has had a relapse of advanced cancer. Justine Lévy has adapted her own novel with spiky humor and brilliance, and director Mille mines the complex family material for an amazingly wide range of tones from poignant to irreverent. Izïa Higelin, Carole Bouquet, Bob Geldof and Arthur Dupont co-star.

Tues. Mar. 5, 7:00pm – IFC; Wed. Mar. 6, 9:00PM – WRT; Thur. Mar. 7, 6pm – WRT;

In person: Patrick Mille   


Jean Renoir, 1932, France, 84 min.

Boudu (the irrepressible and unforgettable Michel Simon), a Parisian tramp, tries to end it all with a plunge into the river, only to be saved by a well-meaning bookseller. But when his rescuer offers him shelter, Boudu’s anarchic charms rock the household to its foundations. Shot largely on location along the quays of the Seine, Renoir’s freewheeling satire of bourgeois respectability is one of the master’s most innovative early works; it remains, in the words of critic Dave Kehr, “as informal, beguiling, and subversive as its eponymous hero.” Screening in a digital restoration.

Sat. Mar. 2, 1:00pm – IFC

The Day of THE Crows / Le jour des corneilles

Jean-Christophe Dessaint, 2012, France, 96m

Raised like a wild child in the woods by his bitter and fearsome father, a boy finds himself discovering the world beyond the forest in director Dessaint’s enchanting visualization of Jean-Francois Beauchemin’s novel. The sensitively rendered hand-drawn animation and depth of characterization seem like a tribute to the films of Hayao Miyazaki, and yet, this movie for all ages stands very much on its own. Featuring the voices of Jean Reno, Lorànt Deutsch, Isabelle Carré and the late Claude Chabrol in his final film credit.

Sat., Mar. 9, 1:00pm – WRT

In person: Jean-Christophe Dessaint



The Girl From Nowhere/La fille dE nulle part

Jean-Claude Brisseau, 2012, France, 91m

Lost in a maze of his philosophizing while trying to write a book, a retired math teacher is forced to deal with the real world when he must rescue a young woman from the clutches of a thug outside his Paris apartment. What the teacher doesn’t know is that this woman may be his muse, a mystical agent or an angel of death. Stars director Brisseau and Virginie Legeay. Winner of the Golden Leopard, Locarno Film Festival 2012.

Sat. Mar. 2, 2:45pm – IFC; Sun. Mar. 10, 2:30pm – WRT


Granny’s Funeral/Adieu Berthe: L’enterrement de mÉmÉ

Bruno Podalydès, 2012, France, 100m

Although he made no effort to see his grandmother in her waning years, pharmacist Armand (director Podalydès’ brother and co-writer Denis) must now deal with her funeral arrangements. This is awkward enough, but nothing like his emotional swings between a wife he can’t quite part from and a lover he can’t quite commit to, in a comedy stamped with the Podalydès brand of caustic, Gallic wit. With Valérie Lemercier, Isabelle Candelier, Catherine Hiegel and Benoît Hamon.

Fri. Mar. 1, 9:45pm – IFC; Sun. Mar. 3, 8:15pm – WRT; Mon. Mar. 4, 3:45pm – WRT



In the House/Dans la maison

François Ozon, 2012, France, 105m

Swept up in the increasingly dazzling and inventive fiction writing of a precocious student, a high school literature teacher and frustrated author (Fabrice Luchini) married to a gallerist (Kristin Scott Thomas) sees real life overtake the fiction. Ozon is at the height of his powers in this ironic, cautionary tale on the dangers of mentoring gone too far. With Emmanuelle Seigner and Ernst Umhauer. A Cohen Media Group release.

Fri. Mar. 1, 9:00pm – WRT; Sat. Mar. 2, 9:00pm – BAM; Sun. Mar. 3, 6:15pm – IFC

In person: François Ozon



Christian Duguay, 2013, France, 130m

A true sports story that utterly defies the odds, Duguay’s film captures the wild ups and downs of the Olympics-bound career of legendary equine star Jappeloup and his troubled rider, locked in a tense relationship with his horseman father and forever uncertain of his own skills as an equestrian. Stars Guillaume Canet, Daniel Auteuil, Marina Hands and Tchéky Karyo.

Sat. Mar. 2, 9:40pm – IFC; Wed. Mar. 6, 3:30pm – WRT; Sat. Mar. 9, 5:30pm – WRT


Journal de France

Raymond Depardon & Claudine Nougaret, 2012, France, 100m

Depardon’s brilliant self-portrait (co-directed by his longtime collaborator and sound engineer Claudine Nougaret) takes a surprising point of view on the great documentarian’s life—not only as a filmmaker, but as a photographer of expressive precision, capturing the entirety of French society over the decades. The patience of this imagemaker’s practice is testament to an alternative to the hyper-fast, instant delivery of digital images that now dominates the culture.

Mon. Mar. 4, 8:30pm – IFC; Fri. Mar. 8, 4:15pm – WRT; Sun. Mar. 10, 12:15pm – WRT

North american premiere

A Lady in Paris/Une Estonienne À Paris

Ilmar Raag, 2012, France/Belgium/Estonia, 94m

Offered a job in Paris to look after a fellow Estonian-born woman, Anne leaves her homeland and finds herself in an emotional hornet’s nest. Frida, the elderly Estonian, gives new meaning to the word prickly and won’t be tended to, even though that’s exactly what Frida’s younger ex-lover wants. Stars a stunning, flinty and memorable Jeanne Moreau, Laine Magi and Patrick Pineau.

Sat. Mar. 2, 4:30PM – IFC; Sun. Mar. 3, 3:15pm – WRT; Mon. Mar. 4, 9:15pm – WRT

In person: Ilmar Raag

North american premiere

La maison de la radio

Nicolas Philibert, 2013, France, 103m

Radio France is a massive 24/7 operation, a national network which explores every aspect of life from breaking news to live cultural events. Applying his attuned senses to the mega-complex that is Radio France, non-fiction film master Philibert reveals the vast, rich and unexpected world of radio production and the imaginative power of sound.

Fri. Mar. 1, 3:30pm – WRT; Sat. Mar. 2, 3:15pm – WRT; Sun. Mar. 3, 1:00pm – IFC

In person:  Nicolas Philibert



My Blue-Eyed Girl/Ma belle gosse

Shalimar Preuss, 2012, France, 80m

Preuss’ uncommonly sensitive and nuanced debut follows the eldest daughter of a family on holiday as she navigates her growing desires for a prison inmate with her heartfelt but fraying familial love. Under the film’s placid surface is a teenage, and very human, restlessness that suggests impulsive curiosity, yet also wisdom. Stars Lou Aziosmanoff, Jocelyn Lagarrigue, Victor Laforge.

Mon. Mar. 4, 10:20pm – IFC; Tues. Mar. 5, 4pm – WRT; Sun. Mar. 10, 4:40pm – WRT


The Nun/La religieuse

Guillaume Nicloux, 2013, France/Germany/Belgium, 114m 

Drawing on the same Denis Diderot classic as Jacques Rivette’s 1966 film, Nicloux’s version provides a fresh take on the 18th-century story of a young woman’s (a stunning Pauline Etienne) harrowing experiences in nunneries, one run by a too-loving Mother Superior (Isabelle Huppert). Young Suzanne’s discovery that she’s an illegitimate child compels her to a life in the convent, where inhumanity rules and battles of wills ensue. With Louise Bourgoin, Martina Gedeck, Françoise Lebrun.

Fri. Mar. 1, 7:00pm – IFC; Sat. Mar. 2, 9pm – WRT; Sun. Mar. 3, 8pm – BAM

In person: Guillaume Nicloux



Patrice Chéreau, 2009, France, 100min

A brutally intimate close-up of the moment-to-moment dissolution of a love affair, this psychological drama stars Romain Duris as a brooding, bestubbled Parisian juggling a hot-and-cold relationship with a jet-setting careerist (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and the intrusions of a middle-aged male stalker who has claimed him as the love of his life. Fueled by emotionally charged dialogue and nervy, passionate performances, Persecution continues Chéreau’s masterful observation of human desire in all its intricacies and contradictions. With Jean-Hugues Anglade.

Fri. Mar. 1, 9:40pm – BAM

In person: Romain Duris



Gilles Bourdos, 2012, France, 111m

Set in 1915, a pivotal time in the lives of master painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir and his war-wounded son Jean (who’d become one of cinema’s great masters), Bourdos’ atmospheric drama explores the ways in which creative powers wax and wane as one generation gives way to the next. Key to the changes that father and son experience is a female model who’s the elder painter’s last inspiration, and the figure who may turn Jean’s life around. Stars Michel Bouquet, Christa Théret, Vincent Rottiers, Thomas Doret, Romane Bohringer. A Samuel Goldwyn Films release.

Sat. Mar. 2, 6pm – WRT; Sun. Mar. 3, 5:00pm – BAM; Wed. Mar. 6, 7:00pm – IFC

In person: Gilles Bourdos


Rich Is The Wolf/La richesse du loup

Damien Odoul, 2012, France, 82m

Perplexed at the sudden disappearance of her husband, a wife watches hours of videotape that he’s recorded over the previous seven years to piece together some clues. Odoul’s most daring feature, whose color and black-and-white images are culled from his own videotaping, confirms his place as one of France’s genuinely exploratory filmmakers. Stars Marie-Eve Nadeau, Damien Odoul.   

Mon. Mar. 4, 6:45pm – IFC; Sat. Mar. 9, 3:30pm – WRT


Jean Renoir, 1951, France/India/US, 99 min. 

One of a British upper middle-class family of eight living on the banks of the Ganges River, teenage Harriet grows up in a tolerant and loving atmosphere that blends East and West. But when a dashing captain arrives at a neighbor’s home, the girl’s passions are ignited in ways she can barely fathom or control. Renoir’s classic, first color film, presented in a gorgeously restored print, remains a special and deeply emotional work in the master filmmaker’s oeuvre. Stars Patricia Walters, Nora Swinburne, Esmond Knight. Restored by The Academy Film Archive in cooperation with The British Film Institute and Janus Films. Restoration funding provided by The Film Foundation and The Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Sun. Mar. 3, 1:00pm – WRT


Jean Renoir, 1939, France 106m

Renoir’s finest achievement and consistently praised as one of the best films ever made, The Rules of the Game is essential cinema; entire styles of filmmaking (Altman’s for one) are unthinkable without it. As a cast of characters from all classes assembles at a country house, the farce and melodrama commence, giving occasion for everything from hunting parties and gala balls to extramarital affairs and finally even murder.

Sun. Mar. 3, 2:30pm – BAM

In person: Introduction by RENOIR director Gilles Bourdos


The Suicide Shop/Le magasin des suicides

Patrice Leconte, 2012, France, 105m

Master filmmaker Leconte makes a startling and unforgettable departure from his previous work with this whimsical animated 3D musical about a family business offering certain special “end-of-life” services. Rather than succumbing to a purely mordant perspective, the movie switches course and mood, driven by the family’s perpetually happy child whom they can’t control. Based on the novel by Jean Teulé and with the voices of Bernard Alane, Isabelle Space, Kacey Mottet Klein, Isabelle Giami, Laurent Gendron.

Thurs. Mar. 7, 9:30pm – IFC; Fri. Mar. 8, 6:30pm – WRT; Sat. Mar. 9, 8:15pm – WRT


Thérèse Desqueyroux (2012)

Claude Miller, 2012, France, 110m

The late Miller’s final film elegantly adapts François Mauriac’s modern classic of a woman’s growing resistance to her suffocating marriage, and showcases a remarkable Audrey Tautou as the disturbed titular heroine. With Gilles Lelouche, Anaïs Demoustier, Catherine Arditi. An MPI Pictures release.

Fri. Mar. 1, 6:15pm – WRT; Sat. Mar. 2, 6:00pm – BAM; Sun. Mar. 3, 3:30pm – IFC

In person: Annie Miller (producing partner and widow of director Claude Miller), Audrey Tautou

Thérèse Desqueyroux (1962)

Georges Franju, 1962, France, 109m

Franju’s adaptation of François Mauriac’s novel adheres closely to the source’s flashback structure, while set in a somewhat more contemporary setting, thus providing fascinating contrast to Claude Miller’s new version. Continuing to tap into the extremities of human behavior that engrossed him as an artist, Franju crucially assembled a brilliant cast, including Emmanuelle Riva, Philippe Noiret and Edith Scob, with a magnificent Maurice Jarre score.

Sat. Mar. 2, 1pm – WRT


Three Worlds/Trois Mondes

Catherine Corsini, 2012, France, 101m

A hit-and-run accident involving a hotshot car salesman and an émigré worker from Moldavia triggers a chain of dramatic events with life-altering consequences. Corsini’s complex narrative traces the small yet crucial events that expose a character’s true self, and the rottenness at the core of certain nouveau riche. A Film Movement release.

Tues. Mar. 5, 9:30pm – IFC; Wed. Mar. 6, 6:15pm – WRT; Thur. Mar. 7, 9pm – WRT;

In person: Catherine Corsini, Raphaël Personnaz   


You, Me and Us/Un enfant de toi

Jacques Doillon, 2012, France, 136m

The tentative nature of relationships is explored in dazzling, three-dimensional fashion in this cleverly written and directed roundelay between current and former lovers. Aya, the mother of a bright young daughter, struggles to come to terms with the end of her marriage, while hoping to have a child with her new lover. Stars Lou Doillon, Samuel Benchetrit, Malik Zidi, Olga Milshtein.

Sun. Mar. 3, 8:45pm – IFC; Mon. Mar. 4, 6pm – WRT; Tues. Mar. 5, 6:00pm – WRT

In person: Jacques Doillon



Gilles Legrand, 2012, France, 102m

Instead of grooming his son to inherit his lucrative wine-growing business, an imperious vintner (Niels Arestrup) looks to a talented California-based grower, rendering a harvest of jealousy and worse. Legrand’s narrative takes on Shakespearean qualities, driven by a titanic performance by Arestrup, while the film’s observations on the wine-growing business are thoroughly engrossing. A Cohen Media Group release.

Sun. Mar. 10, 6:30pm – WRT

In person: Gilles Legrand, Niels Arestrup



Some of the most exciting advances in storytelling are taking place in France, with independent creators, corporations, and game companies reshaping how audiences consume stories.  At the forefront of this transmedia revolution is the epic pan-European immersive experience ALT_MINDS. When six scientists disappear while on assignment their kidnapping sparks a multinational manhunt. Mysterious online videos, mind-bending puzzles, and clues that point to a dark conspiracy of vast proportions threaten to ensnare the investigators charged with unraveling the mystery.  The trick is that in this interactive experience the part of investigator is not played by an actor but assumed by the audience.  Game designer, Eric Viennot of Lexis Numérique, will discuss this genre-bending project and the future of storytelling. 

Sat. Mar. 2, 5:00pm– EBM (Free)

In person: Eric Viennot

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