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Festivals & events

19 February 2015 à 11:03

Special moments at the 20th Rendez Vous With French Cinema in New York

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and UniFrance Films announce special events to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, March 6-15.

The 20th Anniversary of New York Rendez-Vous With French Cinema, the Film at Lincoln Center and UniFrance films’ celebrated annual showcase of the best in contemporary French film, sweeps across screens at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the IFC Center, and BAMcinématek, March 6-15.

As previously announced, this anniversary year marks a special acknowledgment in support of French cinema with the appointment of two festival Co-Chairs, Nathalie Baye and Martin Scorsese. In addition, the Film Society and UniFrance films have added special events to the lineup, as well as partnered with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy NY and the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) on programs around town. An outline of all special events can be found below.

FREE TALKS (Sponsored by HBO®)

The 21st Century Cinephile ? (Saturday, March 7, 5:30pm)
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 smart phones, 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. Have these new practices led to a different rapport with the moving image? 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 (journalist), Thierry Lounas (SO FILM magazine), Florence Ben Sadoun (ELLE magazine) and Serge Toubiana (Cinémathèque Française)
Moderators: Isabelle Giordano, Executive Director of UniFrance films and Dennis Lim, Director of Programming for the Film Society of Lincoln Center
Venue: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center’s Amphitheater

Actress on Actress: Nathalie Baye & Mélanie Laurent (Sunday, March 8, 5:00pm)
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 Inglorious Bastards, Beginners and Enemy and discuss their career, working with U.S. directors and much more. SK1 and Breathe are official selections in the 20th Anniversary Rendez-Vous with French Cinema lineup, for more information visit
Venue: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center’s Amphitheater

Guillaume Canet (Tuesday, March 10, 5:30pm)
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 films will premiere at Rendez-Vous with French Cinema and will yet again showcase Canet’s impressive acting skills and the layers of complexity he brings to his roles. A major figure in French cinema today, the conversation will cover his career, his vision as a director, and his love of American cinema.
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. Limit one complimentary ticket per person, subject to availability. For those unable to attend in person, video from the event will be available online at

Special Closing Night Live Musical Performance
A special live musical performance will take place on Closing Night of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, Sunday, March 15 in the Furman Gallery, comprised of a trio of musicians from LoW Entertainment, responsible for the scores of Hippocrates and Party Girl. The performance will be held in celebration of French New Wave composing, with all its eclecticism and dynamism and represented in the Closing Night selection of Reality from director Quentin Dupieux (also known as Mr Oizo for his music) to Para One (Girlhood) to Hit & Run (responsible for Love at First Fight score) to Flairs (The French Kissers) and Syd Matters (Heartbeat Detector). Ticket holders for the Closing Night film, Reality, can attend the event. For more information, visit 

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York to house pop-up Galerie Cinema created by Parisian producer Anne-Dominique Toussaint from March 10 – April 10

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York will host a group photo exhibition featuring works by film directors, cinematographers, photographers, and actors such as Raymond Depardon, Agnès Godard, and Ed Lachman from March 10 to April 10, 2015, transporting the Parisian concept of the Galerie Cinema – an art gallery devoted to cinema – to a new American audience.

The French Embassy’s Stanford White-designed mansion will showcase the work of directors Cédric Klapisch, Atiq Rahimi, cinematographers Ed Lachman and Agnès Godard, actors James Franco and Vincent Perez, photographers Kate Barry and Harry Gruyaert, and director-photographer Raymond Depardon.  An opening reception will take place on March 9, 2015. Parisian producer Anne-Dominique Toussaint opened the first Galerie Cinema in Paris’ Marais district in September 2013.  The inaugural New York Galerie Cinema exhibition reinforces the French Embassy’s mission to promote French-American intellectual and creative exchange. The temporary New York exhibition organized with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy is made possible by Le Fonds Culturel Franco-Américain (DGA/MPA/SACEM/WGAW), Natixis, and the optics manufacturer Angénieux.  Support is provided by the Aperture Foundation and Piper-Heidsieck. The exhibit is free and open to the public, visit for more information. 

Benoit Jacquot : Leading Ladies
The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) will present "Benoit Jacquot: Leading Ladies" in conjunction with the 20th Anniversary of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema. Jacquot’s latest film 3 Hearts will open the festival on March 6 at Alice Tully Hall, followed by a nationwide release.

French director Benoit Jacquot’s signature is undeniably his talent for directing actresses. From Léa Seydoux as Marie Antoinette’s maid, to Viginie Ledoyen as a pregnant 19-year old, Jacquot creates vivid portraits of singular women on the brink of change. This homage to Benoît Jacquot opens with a special appearance by the director himself, introducing The Disenchanted on Tuesday, March 3. Screenings will take place every Tuesday throughout March, and will be followed by a free wine reception. Admission is free for FIAF Members, $13 for Non-Members, and $7 for students. Visit for more information.

The 2015 edition of Rendez-Vous will also focus on extending special offers and collaborations with local high schools and colleges. On Monday, March 9 at 11:30am director Cédric Kahn will present his latest film Wild Life to students. The film will have its North American Premiere at this year’s festival and also received a special jury prize at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. Kahn has created a riveting true story (based on the case of Xavier Fortin) of a father’s reckless but all-consuming love, and stars Mathieu Kassovitz, who gives the performance of his career while Céline Sallette is extraordinary as the desperate mother fighting to reunite with her sons. For more information on the screening, contact Adeline Monzier, . The New School has also collaborated with the Film Society and UniFrance to include director Cédric Anger’s film Next Time I’ll Aim for the Heart in their class syllabus and will attend a screening of the film at the festival, study the filmmaking and then write about it for their current college course.  

20x24 Exhibit
To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the festival, the Film Society and the 20x24 Project have partnered to host an exhibit in the Furman Gallery, which will consist of influential French filmmakers and talent captured over the course of the last four years at the Film Society. The exhibit will include such notables as Olivier Assayas, Agnes B., Isaach de Bankolé, Juliette Binoche, Bertrand Bonello, Catherine Breillat, Claire Denis, Jean DuJardin, Isabelle Huppert, Francois Ozon, Abderrahmane Sissako and many more. Photographer Myrna Suarez has been the primary portraitist with occasional guest appearances by Chuck Close and Elsa Dorfman.  These images grace the walls of the Elinor Bunin Munroe and Walter Reade theaters year round, and the collection continues to grow. The exhibit will be up for the entirety of the festival, March 6 – 15, and will be open during regular theater hours. Check for more information. 

Special thanks to the following 20th Anniversary Rendez-Vous with French Cinema sponsors for their support: Renault-Nissan, Lacoste, Piper-Heidsieck, L'Oreal Paris, TV5 Monde, La Sacem and to our partners the Cultural Services of the French Embassy NY and the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF).

General Public Tickets for the 2015 Rendez-Vous series at all three locations will go on sale Thursday, February 19. Tickets are available online for each participating venue at,, and respectively, as well as directly from the box offices. Tickets for Opening Night at Alice Tully Hall will be available online at

FSLC’s Walter Reade Theater is located at is 165 West 65th St. (between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway) and the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center’s is located at 144 West 65th Street (between Amsterdam and Broadway). The IFC Center is located at 323 Sixth Ave. at West 3rd Street. BAMcinématek is located at 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn. Alice Tully Hall is located at 1941 Broadway.

Author : Grégory Alexandre

Latest update : 09 April 2015 à 11:03 CEST


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