Created in 1963, the NYFF is a major American film festival. Film at Lincoln Center, which also partners with UniFrance for the Rendez-Vous With French Cinema à New York, oversees the selection and is the festival's central venue.
In addition to presenting the best of international cinema each year, the NYFF is also an event where avant-garde and repertory cinema are treated almost equally with contemporary cinema.
This year, the continued closure of the U.S. border to Schengen Area citizens makes it difficult for French artists to travel. For now, Julia Ducournau, Mia Hansen-Løve, Vicky Krieps, Agathe Rousselle, Vincent Lindon and Avi Mograbi have been confirmed, although the festival has invited all French artists with a selected film.
It should be noted that almost all the films in the Main Slate have American distributors. For example, the new distributor Utopia (launched in early 2020 by alumni of The Orchard) has notably purchased two French films recently: Vortex and Jane by Charlotte. French films continue to be acquired across the Atlantic despite a market that is only slowly starting up again, especially for independent films.
The French films selected at the 59th NYFF
Spotlight on Documentary
Also noteworthy is the programming of two films produced by the Fondation Cartier, presented in the Currents section: Nature by Artavadz Pelechian (63 mins) and 2 Pasolini by Andrei Ujica (10 mins).