This year's 10th edition of the Rendez-Vous with New French Cinema in Rome (held July 1–6) , organized by the Institut Français in collaboration with UniFrance, is one of the first festivals since the start of the Covid-19 health crisis to have been held both in public and in the presence of festival guests. Arnaud Desplechin was in attendance for the opening ceremony.
A screening of Oh Mercy! opened the festival, held in the presence of the film's director Arnaud Desplechin, who was the subject of a special focus at the event two years ago. The French Ambassador in Italy, Christian Masset, was also present at the opening ceremony, as was Nanni Moretti, who owns of the Arena Nuovo Sacher outdoor cinema where all of the screenings were held.
To showcase French cinema in the "feminine plural," this year's special edition of the Rendez-Vous event presented a selection of five films directed by women that have won awards at film festivals around the world.
The majority of these films were submitted by their Italian distributors, for whom this event serves as a launching pad for the films' commercial release in Italy.