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15 March 2019 à 18:03
A very fine 24th edition of the Rendez Vous with French Cinema in New York
The 2019 edition of the Rendez-Vous With French Cinema à New York, an event jointly organized by UniFrance and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, came to an end on March 10, after eleven days of encounters between New York audiences and the cream of French arthouse cinema. Once again, the event drew big crowds.
The 24 edition, held from February 28 through March 10, took place in the presence of a dozen French artists who came to present the 22 films selected (including one classic) by Dennis Lim and Florence Almozini, from the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
A total of 7408 admissions (including 11 sold-out sessions) were registered over the event's ten days – which took place at the Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater – without forgetting the 420 students who came from Queens, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Connecticut to discover The 400 Blows and Invisibles, the first presented by Serge Toubiana and writer Russell Banks, this edition's patron, and the second by actress Déborah Lukumuena.
All the Student Passes were sold, encouraging the Lincoln Center to offer more for future editions.
After an opening night during which Pio Marmaï and Pierre Salvadori, who had come to present The Trouble with You, charmed the crowd, all the directors present met with the public during Q&A sessions following the screenings.
Four masterclasses were also organized in different New York universities and institutions (Columbia University, NYU, Fordham University), and three discussions took place at the Lincoln Center ("French New Comedies," "Filming Abroad," and a master-class between Russell Banks and film director/screenwriter Paul Schrader), along with a pitch session undertaken by the ten French exporters who had come to meet US producers and present their line-ups.
Alongside these events, the Metrograph theater paid tribute to Michel Legrand with the screening of the documentary Michel Legrand - Sans demi-mesure by Gregory Monro, and a screening of Cleo from 5 to 7, both introduced by French plastician Prune Nourry.
Last but not least, UniFrance was present at the CulturalServices of the Ambassade de France for the presentation ceremony of the Legion of Honor to the Francophile American distributor Charles S. Cohen (Cohen Media Group), also in the presence of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Isabelle Huppert.
You can find a portfolio of the 24th edition's high points below.
Latest update : 17 March 2019 à 18:03 CET