The Film Society of Lincoln Center and UniFrance films will present the 20th Rendez-Vous with French Cinema from March 6-15. The lineup consists of 22 feature films and four short films making their New York, U.S. or North American premieres, some of which are featured in this trailer below.
In addition to the feature films being presented (listed here), sponsorship partner HBO will present three (free!) talks during the festival:
The 21st-Century Cinephile
In a world where images circulate ever faster and instant access is the norm, what place is there for the love of cinema? With the growth of the Internet and the preponderance of smartphones, new viewing habits have appeared. More and more, people do their watching on smaller and smaller screens, and the content itself has seen radical changes: from six-second Vines to 10-hour YouTube videos and Netflix binge-watching. Can we see in this the birth of a new kind of cinephilia, fueled by new media and how younger viewers relate with the images they consume? Join a group of French and American journalists to discuss the role of cinephilia today and how France and the United States have approached fostering the love of movies in future generations. Participants: Melissa Anderson, Thierry Lounas, Florence Ben Sadoun, and Serge Toubiana. Moderators: Isabelle Giordano and Dennis Lim. Saturday, March 7, 5:30pm. Venue: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center’s Amphitheater.
Actress on Actress: Nathalie Baye & Mélanie Laurent
“SK1” star Nathalie Baye, who started her career with François Truffaut, Maurice Pialat, and Jean-Luc Godard, will sit down with “Breathe” director Mélanie Laurent, well known for her roles in “Inglourious Basterds,”and “Enemy” and discuss their career, working with U.S. directors, and much more. Sunday, March 8, 5:00pm. Venue: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center’s Amphitheater
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French actor/screenwriter/director Guillaume Canet will sit down with Variety critic Scott Foundas to discuss his latest films, “In The Name Of My Daughter” by master filmmaker André Téchiné and crime thriller “Next Time I’ll Aim For The Heart” by former Cahiers du Cinéma critic Cédric Anger. Both will premiere at Rendez-Vous with French Cinema . A major figure in French cinema today, Canet will cover his career, his vision as a director, and his love of American cinema. Tuesday, March 10, 5:30pm Venue: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center’s Amphitheater.
Free tickets to the talks will be distributed at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center box office (144 West 65th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam) on a first-come, first-served basis starting one hour prior to the conversations. For those unable to attend in person, video from the event will be available online at filmlinc.com.