A selection of recent French films will be presented in American premieres at the Walter Reade Theater, the IFC Center (Manhattan), and the BAM (Brooklyn).
Potiche will open the event at Le Paris cinema, in the presence of, amongst others, Catherine Deneuve, François Ozon, and Judith Godrèche. The Rendez-vous event will serve as a launch platform for the film in the United States in the lead-up to its release by Music Box Films in June.
Catherine Deneuve will make the most of her presence in New York by attending the first screenings of a 25-film retrospective dedicated to her at the BAM from March 4 through 31.
This year's line-up: The Big Picture by Eric Lartigau, La Campagne de Cicéron by Jacques Davila, Deep in the Woods by Benoit Jacquot, Free Hands by Brigitte Sy, Hand's Up by Romain Goupil, Happy Few by Antony Cordier, Leila by Audrey Estrougo, Living On Love Alone by Isabelle Czajka, The Long Falling by Martin Provost, Love Crimes by Alain Corneau (acquired by IFC Films), Love Like Poison by Katell Quilévéré, Mozart's Sister by René Féret (acquired by Music Box), The Princess of Montpensier by Bertrand Tavernier (acquired by IFC), The Queen of Hearts by Valérie Donzelli, Service Entrance by Philippe Le Guay, The Sleeping Beauty by Catherine Breillat (Strand Releasing has secured the US rights), Think Global, Act Rural by Coline Serreau, Top Floor, Left Wing by Angelo Cianci, and What Love May Bring by Claude Lelouch.
Catherine Breillat, René Féret, Benoit Jacquot, Eric Lartigau, Claude Lelouch, Martin Provost, Coline Serreau, Bertrand Tavernier, and Gaspard Ulliel will be present in New York to accompany their films.
The artists present for the films acquired by distributors will be on hand to give interviews to the American press. The Rendez-vous events are an opportunity for films yet to be bought to increase their visibility with American film industry professionals and to find a potential buyer. Eight sales agents and a producer will accompany the delegation, along with the president of Unifrance, Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre, and executive director, Régine Hatchondo.
Special events will be organized as part of the 16th Rendez-vous:
➢ The FIAF (French Institute) will welcome Bertrand Tavernier for an encounter with the public and Kent Jones, the famous film critic and executive director of the World Cinema Foundation, preceded by a screening of L627. The director will also discuss his career at the Walter Reade Theater during a session called "The Cinema Inside Me."
➢The FIAF will also welcome Coline Serreau for a special screening of La Crise and a Q&A session with the public.
➢"A Conversation with Claude Lelouch" will allow festival goers at the Walter Reade Theater to talk directly with the director, who present From One Film to Another, a documentary in the form of a self-portrait.
➢ The IFC Center will offer Catherine Breillat carte blanche.
➢ Série Noire will be presented in homage to Alain Corneau.
➢ Seven short films will be showcased in a special program.
With 13 million spectators regsitered to French films in 2010, the United States remains France's leading export market. The number of French-language films in American theaters is rising (29 titles in 2010 compared to 19 in 2009), as are overall admissions for French-language films (+36%).