The event will open with a screening of Populaire by Régis Roinsard held in the presence of the director and cast members Romain Duris and Déborah François. The film has been acquired by the Weinstein Company and is slated for release in the summer.
A selection of recent French films will be presented in US premieres at the Walter Reade Theater, the IFC Center (in Manhattan), and the BAM (in Brooklyn):
Adieu Berthe - l'enterrement de mémé by Bruno Podalydès, Atomic Age by Hélena Klotz, Augustine by Alice Winocour (acquired by Music Box), In the House by François Ozon (acquired by Cohen Media), The Girl from Nowhere by Jean-Claude Brisseau, Jappeloup by Christian Duguay, Day of the Crows by Jean-Christophe Dessaint, Journal de France by Raymond Depardon and Claudine Nougaret, My blue-eyed girl by Shalimar Preuss, Magasin des suicides by Patrice Leconte, La Maison de la radio by Nicolas Philibert, Bad Girl by Patrick Mille, The Nun by Guillaume Nicloux (acquired by XXX), Renoir by Gilles Bourdos (acquired by Samuel Goldwyn), Rich is the Wolf by Damien Odoul, Thérèse Desqueyroux by Claude Miller (acquired by MPI), Three Worlds by Catherine Corsini (acquired by Film Movement), Tu seras mon fils by Gilles Legrand (acquired by Cohen Media),You, Me and Us by Jacques Doillon, and A Lady in Paris by Ilmar Raag.
For the second year running, eight of these titles, along with Persecution by Patrice Chéreau, will be showcased as part of a homage to Romain Duris, in screenings organized in collaboration with Emerging Pictures in over 40 American cities at the same time as the New York screenings. Thanks to Skype, spectators in Los Angeles or Chicago will have the chance to converse with film crews in New York.
Audrey Tautou, Déborah François, Romain Duris, Raphaël Personnaz, Niels Arestrup, François Ozon, Catherine Corsini, Bruno Podalydès, Nicolas Philibert, Gilles Bourdos, Guillaume Nicloux, Jacques Doillon, Gilles Legrand, Patrick Mille, Alice Winocour, Jean-Christophe Dessaint, and Régis Roinsard will be in New York to present their films.
The actors and directors accompanying the 7 films acquired by American distributors will take part in interviews with the US media.
The New York Rendez-Vous with French Cinema Today - 2013 will offer the 13 films that have not yet secured a buyer added exposure with American professionals and boost their chances of a release in the USA.
A restored version of three films by Jean Renoir (Boudu, Le Fleuve, and La Règle du Jeu), and Thérèse Desqueyroux by Georges Franju, will also be screened as part of the festival, as well as a program of French short films.