A screening of The Intouchables will open the event, held in the presence of François Cluzet and the film's directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano. The Weinstein Company Inc. has acquired distribution rights for the film in the USA, with its release slated for late May 2012.
A selection of recent French films will be showcased in American premieres held at the Walter Reade Theater, the IFC Center (in Manhattan), and the BAM (in Brooklyn):
17 filles (17 Girls) by Delphine and Muriel Coulin (which has been acquired by Strand Releasing), 38 Témoins (38 Witnesses) by Lucas Belvaux, Les Adieux à la Reine (Farewell, My Queen) by Benoit Jacquot, Americano by Mathieu Demy (acquired by the MPI Media Group), Les Chants de Mandrin (Smugglers' Songs) by Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche, La Délicatesse (Delicacy) by David and Stéphane Foenkinos (acquired by the Cohen Media Group), Dernière Séance (Last Screening) by Laurent Achard, Des vents contraires (Headwinds) by Jalil Lespert, La Fille du puisatier (The Well Digger's Daughter) by Daniel Auteuil (acquired by Kino Lorber ), Les Hommes libres (Free Men) by Ismaël Ferroukhi (acquired by Film Movement), Ici-bas (Here Below) by Jean-Pierre Denis, L'Illusion comique (The Screen Illusion) by Mathieu Amalric, Impardonnables (Unforgivable) by André Téchiné (acquired by Strand), Louise Wimmer by Cyril Menneguin, Low Life by Nicolas Klotz, Les Lyonnais (A Gang Story) by Olivier Marchal (acquired by the Weinstein Company), Les Neiges du Kilimandjaro (The Snows of Kilimanjaro) by Robert Guédiguian, Pater by Alain Cavalier, Présumé Coupable (Guilty) by Vincent Garencq, Le Tableau (The Painting) by Jean-François Laguionie, Une Nuit (Paris by Night) by Philippe Lefebvre, and Zarafa by Rémi Bezançon and Jean-Christophe Lie.
For the first time this year, seven of these titles will be screened in over 40 American cities, in association with Emerging Pictures, held at the same time as screenings in New York. Thanks to Skype technology, spectators in Los Angeles or Chicago will now have the opportunity to converse with members of film crews present in New York.
Laurent Achard, Mathieu Amalric, Rabah Ameur-Zaïméche, Carole Bouquet, Pascal Cervo, Delphine Coulin and Muriel Coulin, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Mathieu Demy, Ismaël Ferroukhi, David Foenkinos and Stéphane Foenkinos, Benoit Jacquot, Nicolas Klotz, Jean-François Laguionie, Vincent Lindon, Frédéric Louf, along with Tahar Rahim and Audrey Tautou will be in New York to present their films. Those artists representing the eight films that have already been snapped up by North American distributors will take part in interviews with American media.
The 2012 Rendez-vous with French Cinema in New York will offer an occasion for the fifteen films that have not yet secured distribution deals to boost their visibility with American professionals and potential buyers.
The following seven films will also be presented in a short film program: 12 heures d'autonomie (Autonomy: 12 Hours) by Christophe Tobin, Brûleurs (Burners) by Farid Bentoumi, La Dernière Caravane (The Last Caravan) by Foued Mansour, Elvis de Nazareth (Elvis of Nazareth) by Ranni Massalah, Mon amoureux (My Sweetheart) by Daniel Metge, Nijinsky 1912 by Christiane Comte, and Les Yeux de la tête (A Real Eye Opener) by Pierre Mousquet and Jérôme Cauwe.
As part of the Rendez-vous event, the BAM will also play host to Michel Ciment, who will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of Positif magazine with a screening of La Permission de minuit (Moon Child) by Delphine Gleize and Quelques jours avec moi (A Few Days with Me) by Claude Sautet.