22nd Rendez Vous with French Cinema in New York

22nd Rendez Vous with French Cinema in New York

The Film at Lincoln Center and Unifrance have announced the lineup for the 2017 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in New York, to be held from March 1 to 12. The event will open with a screening of Django by Étienne Comar and the closing night will feature Jérôme Salle's The Odyssey.

The Rendez-Vous With French Cinema à New York is, every year in New York, a unique opportunity to discover the best of French cinema through a highly curated selection of films, thanks to the Film at Lincoln Center, and to meet a major delegation of top notch French artists and industry representatives.
Once again, French cinema displays its uniqueness and its open-mindedness to diversity and gender equality with a strong representation of female directors.

Under French influence

Our annual Rendez-vous are also an exclusive event aiming at discovering the new trends and flavours of French culture : through film of course, but also TV series, gastronomy, music and photo…
This year's Rendez-vous highlights, more than ever, the vitality of the French Touch with a special multihyphenate program that shows the worldwide influence of French Culture and the bridges that connect French and American artistic scenes”

This always eagerly-anticipated event offers New York audiences a selection of the year's most outstanding French films. Held from March 1 to 12, this year's screenings will take place at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, which joins forces with UniFrance to host the event each year.

The 2017 slate—which comprises 23 French films making their New York, United States, or North American premieres—demonstrates that the landscape of French cinema is as fertile as ever and the voices issuing from it have never been more diverse.

These films, most of which have already been shown at the major international film festivals, will be screened in the presence of some of the great masters of contemporary French cinema. François Ozon (Frantz), Bertrand Bonello (Nocturama) (photo), Olivier Assayas (Personal Shopper), Katell Quillévéré (Heal the Living), and Rebecca Zlotowski (Planetarium) will be in attendance to meet with New York moviegoers, who are traditionally keen followers of French auteur films. Up-and-coming directors will also be present to introduce their work, including Julia Ducournau, for her film Raw, and Stéphanie Di Giusto (The Dancer), bearing witness to the vitality and constant renewal of talent in current French filmmaking.

The following actors and directors are also expected to attend the event: Emmanuelle Bercot, Étienne Comar, Cécile de France, Marc Fitoussi, Marina Foïs, Nicole Garcia, Christophe Honoré, Reda Kateb, Sébastien Marnier, Antonin Peretjatko, Jérôme Salle, and Justine Triet.

The whole artistic delegation can be found on the Rendez Vous 2017 page.


Special Events

A Live Talk with Agnès Varda will be held on March 10. One of the great names of French cinema, Agnès Varda is a pioneer in many aspects of filmmaking and acclaimed for the strong feminist and social commentary in her work. At this special live event, Ms. Varda will reflect on her extensive and multi-faceted body of work, ranging from fiction and documentary films to her recent multimedia installations.

A free panel discussion on the theme of International Co-Productions (March 2) will bring French and American producers together to discuss and compare the strategies and challenges of international co-productions, in terms of both artistic and technical concerns. The participants in this discussion will be, on the American side, the producers David Hinojosa (Killer Films) and Jan Van Hoy (Parts & Labor), and, on the French side, Justin Taurand (Les films du Bélier).

Another free panel event, entitled Film as Political Intervention will be held on March 3, in response to the disillusionment and frustration currently felt worldwide. Directors from this year’s edition will discuss how films can address political turmoil or social unrest and operate as whistle-blowers.

Fellini, 8 ½ in Color
Curated by Sam Stourdzé
8 ½ was Federico Fellini’s last black-and-white film after more than a decade of directing. Although the film’s images were never intended to be seen in color, Piero Servo—a frequent camera operator for Fellini—recently found the late photographer Paul Ronald’s long-forgotten box of color negatives. These rediscoveries are the focus of this year’s Rendez-Vous with French Cinema exhibition, curated by Sam Stourdzé, the director of the esteemed Les Rencontres d’Arles, and accompanied by recollections from one of the film’s stars, Anouk Aimée.
Special thanks to Anouk Aimée, Piero Servo, Antonio Moraldi, and Stéphane Marti.
On view in the Furman Gallery in the Walter Reade Theater, March 1-12

Following the screening of the documentary French Waves by Julian Starke (March 3), a free panel discussion will be held with French Touch (aka French house) DJs Pedro Winter and Jacques, in which they will share their perspectives on and experiences with French electronic music.

And finally, a special screening of the first episode of the mini-series Call My Agent!/Dix pour cent, directed by Cédric Klapisch, will be held in the presence of its lead actress Cécile de France.

All further information about the event can be found on the Lincoln Center website.

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