omplete QPORIT

Monday, March 02, 2015

 

Preview: RENDEZ VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA 2015


THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER
AND UNIFRANCE FILMS
20TH RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA
MARCH 6-15

Opening Night
U.S. Premiere of Benoît Jacquot’s 
3 Hearts
with Charlotte Gainsbourg,
Chiara Mastroianni, and Catherine Deneuve,

Closing Night
Reality
A comedy from director Quentin Dupieux

In Person Appearances will include
Cédric Anger, Nathalie Baye,
Lucie Borleteau, Thomas Cailley, Guillaume Canet,
Stéphane Demoustier,Charlotte Gainsbourg,
Christophe Honoré, Armel Hostiou, Benoît Jacquot,
Cédric Jimenez, Cédric Kahn, Ariane Labed,
Melanie Laurent, Abd Al Malik,
Chiara Mastroianni, Celine Sallette, Frederic Tellier,
and many more


With the 20th Anniversary of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, March 6-15, 2015, the Film Society of Lincoln Center and UniFrance films celebrate the best in contemporary French film at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the IFC Center, and BAMcinématek.

The lineup consists of 22 feature films and four short films making their New York, U.S., or North American premieres.



This anniversary year marks a special acknowledgment in support of French cinema with the appointment of two festival Co-Chairs, Nathalie Baye and Martin Scorsese.

The lineup includes a focus on New French Noirs, in the great tradition of Jean-Pierre Melville and Claude Chabrol, with



The festival will also introduce new talent—



Several seasoned directors will return to introduce their latest oeuvres,




The Opening Night selection features the return of master filmmaker Benoît Jacquot and the U.S. premiere of 3 Hearts, a touching and tense drama about destiny, connections, and passion surrounding a classic love triangle between Benoît Poelvoorde (Man Bites Dog), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Nymphomaniac, Melancholia), and Chiara Mastroianni (Persepolis).

Director Quentin Dupieux (Rubber) will close the festival with his latest film, Reality, a comedy shot in Los Angeles that stars the hilarious French veteran Alain Chabat with Eric Wareheim and Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), and features Philip Glass’s Music with Changing Parts. The film weaves together the journeys of an 8-year-old girl who finds a mysterious VHS tape, a failed filmmaker shooting his first horror movie, and a culinary TV host who loses his self-confidence because of an imaginary skin disease.

The 20th Anniversary edition of the festival will also introduce audiences to new voices, including



Many established actors and filmmakers will also be celebrated this year—in very new roles.



Audiences will also have an opportunity to watch the remarkable Catherine Deneuve, who stars in three films this year—3 Hearts, In the Courtyard (for which she received a César nomination), and In The Name of My Daughter. The latter also stars Guillaume Canet (Tell No One director), who can also be seen in Next Time I’ll Aim for the Heart, in which he plays notorious serial killer Alain Lamare (here renamed Franck Neuhart) opposite Ana Girardot (The Returned).

Award winners are well represented throughout the lineup, including



The 20th Anniversary also marks the fourth year collaborating with Emerging Pictures on a select number of titles. The films will screen in venues across the country contemporaneously with their showings at Lincoln Center via Emerging’s network of digital theaters. Q&As from the Film Society venues will be broadcast live to many of those locations. The selected titles include Eat Your Bones, Gaby Baby Doll, Hippocrates, In the Courtyard, Love at First Fight, Portrait of the Artist, and Stubborn.

In addition to the film program, there will be a number of special events, including Free Talks with Nathalie Baye, Guillaume Canet, and Mélanie Laurent, a photo exhibit of influential French filmmakers, live musical performances, a retrospective of director Benoît Jacquot, and much more! (See the details of these events after the descriptions of the films!)





TICKETS


General Public Tickets for the 2015 Rendez-Vous series at all three locations are available online for each participating venue at


filmlinc.com
ifccenter.com, and 
BAM.org/BAMcinematek

respectively, as well as directly from the box offices. 

For more information, please visit 


rendezvouswithfrenchcinema.com

Tickets for Opening Night at Alice Tully Hall will be available online at 


filmlinc.com.

FSLC’s Walter Reade Theater is located at is 165 West 65th St. (between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway)

The Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center is located at 144 West 65th Street (between Amsterdam and Broadway).

Alice Tully Hall is located at 1941 Broadway. 

The IFC Center is located at 323 Sixth Ave. at West 3rd Street. 

BAMcinématek is located at 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn. 



FILM DESCRIPTIONS & SCREENING SCHEDULE



Main Venues: 
BAMcinématek (BAM)
IFC Center (IFC)
Walter Reade Theater (WRT)

Opening Night: 
Alice Tully Hall (ATH)



Opening Night

3 Hearts / 3 Coeurs

Benoît Jacquot, France/Germany/Belgium, 2014, DCP, 106m
French with English subtitles

While traveling through a small provincial town, reserved and melancholic Parisian Marc (Benoît Poelvoorde, Man Bites Dog) meets by chance Sylvie (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a mysterious and beautiful stranger. The two spend a magical night together and fall madly in love. Without exchanging names or information, they agree to meet by a fountain in Paris, à la An Affair to Remember—but as in that classic tearjerker, fate conspires against them. Thinking herself jilted, Sylvie returns to her past life, whereupon Marc meets and woos Sophie (Chiara Mastroianni)—blissfully unaware that she’s Sylvie’s sister. Benoît Jacquot, whose Farewell, My Queen was a highlight of Rendez-Vous 2012, directs this romantic and tragic roundelay, co-starring the luminous Catherine Deneuve (Mastroianni’s mother on-screen and off-). A Cohen Media Group release. U.S. Premiere






Closing Night

Reality / Réalité

Quentin Dupieux, France/Belgium, 2014, DCP, 102m
French and English with English subtitles

Quentin Dupieux, the architect of Rubber (which, in case you missed it, was about a sentient, murderous tire), lets his imagination take flight again, resulting in a multi-threaded Lynchian house of mirrors. The only “reality” on view here is a little girl by that name (Kyla Kenedy) who finds a VHS tape inside the carcass of a boar her father is planning to stuff. Meanwhile, the cameraman (Alain Chabat) of a show hosted by a man in a bear suit (Jon Heder, Napoleon Dynamite himself) needs to record the perfect scream for his pet project, a film about killer TVs. You won’t want to miss this unique and hilarious reverie—much more than the sum of its quirks—featuring Philip Glass’s Music with Changing Parts, a perfect sonic analog to Dupieux’s ineffable vision. An IFC Midnight release.






40-Love / Terre battue

Stéphane Demoustier, France/Belgium, 2014, DCP, 95m
French with English subtitles

When Jérôme (Olivier Gourmet), a fiftyish department-store sales manager, loses his job, and his wife Laura (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) leaves him for another man, all he has left are his pipe dreams and his son Ugo (first-time actor Charles Mérienne). Though only 11 years old, Ugo already shows great promise as a tennis pro, with a trainer eager to recruit him. Jerome cares for Ugo’s auspicious career only grudgingly until a startling development forces him to rethink his priorities. Playing another of his harried “ordinary men,” Gourmet brings trademark authenticity to a role that (like the film’s tennis-entendre English title) skirts both silliness and melancholy. Thanks to his efforts and the preternaturally confident young Mérienne, this first feature by Stéphane Demoustier clears the net on every serve.



BREATHE
RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA 2015
Photo copyright Alice Dardun - Gaumont


Breathe / Respire

Mélanie Laurent, 2014, France, DCP, 91m
French with English subtitles

Internationally acclaimed actress Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds) follows up her 2011 feature directorial debut, The Adopted, with a perceptive account of high-school angst and obsession. Shy 17-year-old Charlie (Joséphine Japy) becomes fast friends with Sarah (Lou de Laâge), a new arrival in their school. The outgoing Sarah coaxes Charlie out of her shell and becomes a fixture in her home, but when the two go on holiday together their relationship turns sour. Laurent trusts her gifted young stars with challenging long takes and they reward her faith in abundance. Featuring César winner Isabelle Carré (Beautiful Memories) as Charlie’s dysfunctional mother, Breathe echoes Blue Is the Warmest Color in broad strokes but paints its own striking portrait of youthful ardor and codependency. Nominated for two César Awards.



JEAN DUJARDIN
THE CONNECTION
RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA 2015

The Connection / La French

Cédric Jimenez, France, 2014, DCP, 135m
French with English subtitles

Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin (The Artist) plays radically against type in this gripping thriller from the files of the same criminal ring that inspired William Friedkin’s classic The French Connection. Dujardin is Pierre Michel, a Marseilles magistrate who dedicates himself to apprehending fearsome heroin czar Gaetano Zampa (Gilles Lellouche, Little White Lies). As in the policiers by Jean-Pierre Melville that it evokes, the principled antagonists of The Connection are two sides of a coin, more like one another than the rats in their respective organizations. Director Cédric Jimenez uses late-70s music and fashion to resurrect the disco-age backdrop against which their vendetta played out. Though highlighted by Dujardin’s Delon-esque turn, the all-star French cast includes Benoît Magimel (Isabelle Huppert’s pupil/pursuer in The Piano Teacher), and the luminous Céline Sallette (House of Pleasures) as Pierre Michel’s wife. Nominated for two César Awards. A Drafthouse Films release. U.S. Premiere






Eat Your Bones / Mange tes morts

Jean-Charles Hue, France, 2014, DCP, 94m
French with English subtitles

After his documentary/fiction hybrid debut The Lord’s Ride, which portrayed the gypsy communities of northern France, director Jean-Charles Hue reunited several of that film’s nonprofessional stars to tell the story of another Romani family. Eighteen-year-old Jason (Jason François), on the verge of baptism, finds his values tested when half-brother Fred (Frédéric Dorkel) returns from a 15-year prison stint anything but rehabilitated. The two, along with a third brother and a cousin, team up to steal a truckload of copper, but they prove to be inept criminals and unstable partners. For this dynamic and absorbing glimpse at an underrepresented culture, Hue received the 2014 Prix Jean Vigo, awarded annually to one director by the Cinema of France “for their spirit of independence and extraordinary style.” U.S. Premiere



FIDELIO
RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA 2015

Fidelio, Alice’s Odyssey / Fidelio, l’odyssée d’Alice

Lucie Borleteau, France, 2014, DCP, 97m
French, Romanian, Tagalog, Norwegian, and English with English subtitles

Actress Lucie Borleteau makes her feature directing debut with this insightful study of a woman situated in an almost exclusively male milieu. Sailor Alice (Ariane Labed) joins the freighter Fidelio as a replacement engineer, soon discovering that the captain, Gaël (Melvil Poupaud), is a man with whom she was once romantically involved. Though she leaves behind a fiancé on land (Anders Danielsen Lie, Oslo, August 31st), she finds her feelings for Gaël have not abated. Buttressed by a remarkable international cast, Fidelio, Alice’s Odyssey presents a rounded portrait of a passionate woman faced with difficult choices. Greek actress Labed won Best Actress at Locarno for her memorable performance. Nominated for two César Awards including Best Debut Feature.






Gaby Baby Doll

Sophie Letourneur, France, 2014, DCP, 88m
French with English subtitles

As the awkward, insecure bubbly Gaby, Lolita Chammah (Farewell, My Queen) suggests a Gallic Greta Gerwig in one of her not-quite-formed-adult roles. Upon arriving in the country, she’s promptly discarded by her boyfriend, and as solitude is not an option, the companionship-starved Gaby seeks out a replacement. She finds it in Nicolas (Benjamin Biolay), a seemingly hirsute vagabond whose shack she invites herself to share. Director Sophie Letourneur’s follow-up to 2012’s Les coquillettes is a tentative pastoral romance filled with endearing neuroses and an organically unpredictable plot, charming and moving in its investigation of why it is that some simply cannot bear to be alone. North American Premiere





Hippocrates / Hippocrate

Thomas Lilti, France, 2014, DCP, 102m
French with English subtitles

Following up his debut feature, 2007’s Les yeux bandés, Thomas Lilti takes us inside a Paris hospital—an environment he knows well, being a practicing doctor himself. Novice doctor Benjamin (Vincent Lacoste), interning in his father’s ward, makes a rookie mistake that costs a patient his life. The administration quickly covers up his wrongdoing, but the dead man’s wife begins asking questions and Benjamin’s overworked colleagues resent his nepotism. Reda Kateb (A Prophet, Zero Dark Thirty) provides the film’s moral center as Abdel, a skilled physician forced to work as an intern due to his immigrant status, struggling mightily and alone to place patient welfare ahead of staff impunity. Recalling both Arthur Hiller’s The Hospital in its cynical view of the profession and Maïwenn’s Polisse in its tough depiction of state institutions, Lilti’s biting dramedy posits that “Hippocratic” and “hypocrite” share more than linguistic affinities. Nominated for seven César Awards including Best Film. A Distrib Films release. North American Premiere





In the Courtyard / Dans la cour

Pierre Salvadori, France, 2014, DCP, 97m
French with English subtitles

National treasure Catherine Deneuve sinks her teeth into the role of Mathilde, a former social worker inhabiting an upscale apartment with her husband Serge (Féodor Atkine). When slovenly musician Antoine (Gustave Kervern) applies by chance for a caretaker job in their building, Mathilde insists Serge hire him, despite his rough manners and lack of qualifications. An unlikely friendship develops between the depressed custodian and the elegant retiree, whose dependence on Antoine increases as her grasp on reality begins to slip. Best known for light comedies like Après Vous, director Pierre Salvadori handles the shifts in tone adroitly, abetted by nuanced turns from Kervern (himself a director) and the always masterful Deneuve in a César Award-nominated performance. A Cohen Media Group release.





In the Name of My Daughter / L’Homme qu’on aimait trop

André Téchiné, France, 2014, DCP, 116m
French with English subtitles

André Téchiné, whose previous film Unforgivable was a Rendez-Vous 2012 selection, returns with another penetrating psychological drama. In 1976 Nice, young divorcee Agnès Le Roux (Adèle Haenel) falls for shady lawyer Maurice Agnelet (Tell No One director Guillaume Canet), allowing him to manipulate her into handing the casino run by her mother, Renée (Catherine Deneuve), over to the mob. The subsequent disappearance of Agnès and Maurice’s emigration to Panama with her money convinces Renée that he has murdered her, and so she swears to see justice served. Téchiné’s atmospheric recounting of the real-life Affaire Le Roux features a regal turn from Deneuve and further evidence of Haenel’s immense versatility and remarkable talent. A Cohen Media Group release. North American Premiere




Love at First Fight / Les Combattants

Thomas Cailley, 2014, France, DCP, 98m
French with English subtitles

A triple winner at last year’s Cannes, where it played in the Directors’ Fortnight, Love at First Fight offers a warm and refreshing coming-of-age story. Easygoing and naïve Arnaud (Kévin Azaïs) plans to spend the summer helping his brother in the family carpentry business. But when he meets Madeleine (Adèle Haenel), a steely young woman determined on the harshest military service and preoccupied with visions of the apocalypse, he adoringly follows her to boot camp. Thomas Cailley’s first feature may feel unmistakably familiar, yet it offers two alluring and empathetic protagonists (portrayed by equally likable actors), well-wrought humor, and gorgeous cinematography by David Cailley (the director’s brother). Nominated for nine César Awards including Best Film. A Strand Releasing release.





May Allah Bless France! / Qu’Allah bénisse la France!

Abd Al Malik, France, 2014, DCP, 95m
French with English subtitles

Celebrated rapper and spoken word artist Abd Al Malik makes his directorial debut with May Allah Bless France!, a candid account of his early life and artistic awakening that earned him the FIPRESCI Discovery Prize at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Born Régis Fayette-Mikano to Congolese immigrants, he grew up in Strasbourg’s housing projects, participating in petty crimes that cost the lives of his friends. He found release in writing and performance, converting to Sufism at age 24 and penning the memoir that informed this adaptation. Marc Zinga ably inhabits the role of young Régis, movingly limning his journey to redemption. Shot in black and white, the film visually and thematically recalls Mathieu Kassovitz’s seminal urban crime drama La Haine. Nominated for two César Awards including Best Debut Feature.





Métamorphoses

Christophe Honoré, France, 2014, DCP, 102m
French with English subtitles

Perhaps the most ambitious undertaking in this year’s Rendez-Vous, Métamorphoses brings to the screen reimagined tales from Ovid’s magnum opus. The narrative poem, which interweaves mythology with a history of Roman civilization, is transplanted to present-day France, where Jupiter (Sébastien Hirel) absconds with schoolgirl Europa (newcomer Amira Akili). Nestled within their courtship are interludes with Narcissus, Orpheus, and Bacchus, and humans repeatedly changed into animals. Stylist Christophe Honoré (director of the musical melodrama Love Songs, a Rendez-Vous 2008 selection) renders scenes of breathtaking natural beauty and, as befits the gods’ dalliances with mortals, near-constant eroticism. A cinematic experience like no other. North American Premiere





My Friend Victoria / Mon amie Victoria

Jean-Paul Civeyrac, France, 2014, DCP, 95m
French with English subtitles

Based on the story “Victoria and the Staveneys” by Nobel laureate (and oft-filmed author) Doris Lessing, My Friend Victoria relocates its black London heroine to contemporary Paris while retaining her essential, puppet-like passivity. As an 8-year-old orphan, Victoria (Keylia Achie Beguie) is taken into the home of a white bourgeois family for a single night, fueling her dreams of comfort and privilege for the rest of her life. As an adult (now beautifully played by Guslagie Malanda), she reconnects with the youngest son of her host family, bearing his child after a brief affair. All the while she drifts from job to job, independent yet lacking focus—except for that one night from her childhood and its revelations. Director Jean-Paul Civeyrac manages a treatise on race and class that’s subtle, moving, and refreshingly non-didactic, refusing to reduce the characters to symbols or dilute the richness of Lessing’s prose. North American Premiere






Next Time I’ll Aim for the Heart / La Prochaine fois je viserai le coeur

Cédric Anger, France, 2014, DCP, 111m
French with English subtitles

Cédric Anger, once a critic for Cahiers du Cinéma, wrote and directed this chilling chronicle of notorious serial killer Alain Lamare (here renamed Franck Neuhart and played by Guillaume Canet). In a truly mordant twist, while Lamare was terrorizing France in the winter of 1978-79, he was also an outstanding gendarme tasked with apprehending the killer. His victims were all helpless young women, whom he stalked and shot while trying to start a love affair with his pretty cleaning lady (Ana Girardot). Anger follows in the footsteps of Friedkin and Fincher in divesting all glamour from crime, instead showing the dead ends that vex the crime fighters and the dark souls that plague the criminals. The evocative period soundtrack includes Johnny Thunders and The Velvet Underground. Nominated for two César Awards.






Party Girl

Marie Amachoukeli-Barsacq, Claire Burger & Samuel Theis, France, 2014, DCP, 96m
French with English subtitles

Angélique (Angélique Litzenburger) is a sixtyish eccentric hostess living in a small room above a bar in Lorraine. For decades she’s worked for drinks and tips but she clearly loves this flamboyant unconventional way of life. One night, smitten customer Michel (Joseph Bour) proposes marriage. This could be a way out of her unsustainable lifestyle—but is she suited to domesticity? Moreover, is she prepared to reunite with her four children, all from past relationships, including a 16-year-old daughter who grew up in foster care? Inspired by the sudden wedding of actress Litzenburger, mother to co-director Theis, the gritty slice-of-life Party Girl took home two awards at Cannes (including the Camera d’Or), where it was a standout in Un Certain Regard. Nominated for two César Awards including Best Debut Feature. A Distrib Films release. U.S. Premiere





Portrait of the Artist / Le dos rouge

Antoine Barraud, France, 2014, DCP, 127m
French with English subtitles

Renowned director Bertrand Bonello (House of Pleasures and Saint Laurent, as well as the subject of a retrospective at the Film Society this May) stars as “Bertrand,” a filmmaker approaching his next project with a peculiar obsession—monstrosity. Convinced it should be the central theme of his film, he fixates on the notion of monstrous imagery, visiting museums and even hiring a mysterious art historian (played simultaneously by Jeanne Balibar and Géraldine Pailhas) to help him find the painting that best embodies the idea (considering works by Francis Bacon, Caravaggio, and others). But to his shock, the mania consuming his mind begins to manifest itself in his body as a monstrous red stain takes shape on his back. A disquieting yet fascinating (and funny!) mixture of body horror and character study, co-starring Barbet Schroeder as a physician and Joana Preiss as Bertrand’s wife Barbe. North American Premiere





SK1 / L’Affaire SK1

Frédéric Tellier, France, 2014, DCP, 120m
French with English subtitles

The multi-year hunt, arrest, and trial of serial killer Guy Georges is the subject of director Frédéric Tellier’s suspenseful feature debut, based on Patricia Tourancheau’s harrowing work of nonfiction, Guy Georges: La Traque. Sentenced to life imprisonment in 2001 for the murder of seven women, Georges (Adama Niane) was described by psychiatrists as “a narcissistic psychopath” and nicknamed The Beast of the Bastille. With great sophistication, Tellier renders the police’s dogged (though often clumsy) pursuit of Georges in all of its shocking twists and menacing turns. Featuring frequent Dardennes collaborator Olivier Gourmet, Christa Théret (star of Rendez-Vous 2013’s Renoir), Raphaël Personnaz (star of Rendez-Vous 2014’s The French Minister), and four-time César winner Nathalie Baye. U.S. Premiere





Stubborn / Une histoire américaine

Armel Hostiou, France, 2015, DCP, 85m
French and English with English subtitles

Experimental filmmaker and video artist Armel Hostiou expands his 2013 short Kingston Avenue into his second feature film (after 2011’s Day), a story about the steps we’ll take and the lies we tell ourselves in the name of love. Artist Barbara (Kate Moran) tires of her (very) brief relationship with Vincent (Vincent Macaigne) and leaves him behind in Paris. But the resolute Vincent follows her to America, determined to win back her affections. Shot in New York in wintertime and featuring daytime soap veteran and star of HBO’s Looking Murray Bartlett as Barbara’s new love interest, Stubborn, like its hero, is unabashedly romantic, utterly captivating, and often uncomfortably hilarious. North American Premiere






Wild Life / Vie sauvage

Cédric Kahn, Belgium/France, 2014, DCP, 102m
French with English subtitles

Carole and Philippe (Céline Sallette and Mathieu Kassovitz), tired of propriety and consumerism, opt to renounce civilization and live off the land. Calling themselves Nora and Paco, they lead a nomadic life in their caravan, gradually adding children to the mix. But when Nora tires of their itinerant lifestyle and gains custody of their sons, Philippe refuses to allow his progeny to be raised according to the societal codes he abhors. What follows is the riveting true story (based on the case of Xavier Fortin) of a father’s reckless but all-consuming love, directed by Cédric Kahn, whose underrated thriller Red Lights also portrayed a husband driven to extremes. Kassovitz gives the performance of his career while Sallette is extraordinary as the desperate mother fighting to reunite with her sons. The film received a special jury prize at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. North American Premiere






Young Tiger / Bébé tigre

Cyprien Vial, France, 2014, DCP, 87m
French with English subtitles

Young Tiger marks the inaugural feature of Cyprien Vial, having written and directed four short subjects (including Cannes prizewinner In Range). Here he relates the experiences of eager and touching Punjabi teenager Many (Harmandeep Palminder), in France to pursue his education, torn between his desire to establish a life in his new country and the pressure to send money back home. Skipping school and forced to take illegal and dangerous jobs that pay him under the table, he finds himself on a slippery slope into criminal activity, while deceiving his girlfriend, Elisabeth (Elisabeth Lando), and his foster family. Basing his film on first- and secondhand experiences, Vial tells a story both particular to the Indian diaspora and universal to the plight of immigrants being pulled in all directions.






Shorts Program

Brevity is the soul of wit, and our four acclaimed shorts, all directed by talented and up-and-coming female directors, have wit and soul in abundance. Whether testing grounds for tomorrow’s feature filmmakers or stylistic departures for today’s top directors, our richly textured shorts prove that depth is in no way tied to duration.



The Smallest Apartment in Paris / Le Plus petit appartement de Paris

Hélèna Villovitch, France, 2014, DCP, 15m
French with English subtitles

Carla and François are forced to share a 16 square meter studio in this whimsical sketch addressing the housing crisis that all urban dwellers are sure to identify with. North American Premiere


Back Alley / Le Contre-allée

Cécile Ducrocq, France, 2014, DCP, 29m
French with English subtitles

A streetwalker since the age of 15, Suzanne finds her livelihood threatened by the arrival of African prostitutes on her turf in this heartbreaking winner of the Small Golden Rail prize at Cannes.


The Space / Espace

Eléonor Gilbert, France, 2014, DCP, 14m
French with English subtitles

A young girl wants to play soccer at recess but schoolyard sexism prevents it. So, with pencil and paper, she charts her grievances, urging her peers to take back the playground. U.S. Premiere


Extrasystole

Alice Douard, France, 2013, DCP, 35m
French with English subtitles

When student Raphaëlle, subject to cardiac contractions, meets enigmatic teacher Adèle, it’s not just her condition that makes her heart skip a beat.





SPECIAL EVENTS

FREE TALKS
Sponsored by HBO®

The 21st-Century Cinephile
In a world where images circulate ever faster and instant access is the norm, what place is there for the love of cinema? With the growth of the Internet and the preponderance of smartphones, new viewing habits have appeared. More and more, people do their watching on smaller and smaller screens, and the content itself has seen radical changes: from six-second Vines to 10-hour YouTube videos and Netflix binge-watching. Have these new practices led to a different rapport with the moving image? Can we see in this the birth of a new kind of cinephilia, fueled by new media and how younger viewers relate with the images they consume? Join a group of French and American journalists to discuss the role of cinephilia today and how France and the United States have approached fostering the love of movies in future generations.

Participants: Melissa Anderson (journalist), Thierry Lounas (SOFILM magazine), Florence Ben Sadoun (ELLE magazine), and Serge Toubiana (Cinémathèque Française)
Moderators: Isabelle Giordano, Executive Director of UniFrance films, and Dennis Lim, Director of Programming for the Film Society of Lincoln Center




Actress on Actress: Nathalie Baye & Mélanie Laurent
SK1 star Nathalie Baye, who started her career with François Truffaut, Maurice Pialat, and Jean-Luc Godard, will sit down with Breathe director Mélanie Laurent, well known for her roles in Inglourious Basterds, Beginners, and Enemy and discuss their career, working with U.S. directors, and much more. SK1 and Breathe are official selections in the 20th Anniversary Rendez-Vous with French Cinema lineup, for more information, visit filmlinc.com.


ADELE HAENEL AND GUILLAUME CANET
IN THE NAME OF MY DAUGHTER
RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA 2015
Photo courtesy Cohen Media Group

Guillaume Canet
In the Name of My Daughter, Next Time I’ll Aim for the Heart 
French actor/screenwriter/director Guillaume Canet will sit down with Variety critic Scott Foundas to discuss his latest films, In the Name of my Daughter by master filmmaker André Téchiné and crime thriller Next Time I’ll Aim for the Heart by former Cahiers du Cinéma critic Cédric Anger. Both yet again showcase Canet’s impressive acting skills and the layers of complexity he brings to his roles. A major figure in French cinema today, Canet will cover his career, his vision as a director, and his love of American cinema.



Free tickets to the talks will be distributed at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center box office (144 West 65th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam) on a first-come, first-served basis starting one hour prior to the conversations. Limit one complimentary ticket per person, subject to availability. For those unable to attend in person, video from the event will be available online at filmlinc.com.


Special Closing Night Live Musical Performance
A special live musical performance will take place on Closing Night of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, Sunday, March 15 in the Furman Gallery, comprised of a trio of musicians from LoW Entertainment, responsible for the scores of Hippocrates and Party Girl. The performance will be held as part of a celebration of composing in the films of the French New Wave, with all its eclecticism and dynamism and represented in the Closing Night selection of Reality from director Quentin Dupieux (also known as Mr Oizo in the music world) to Para One (Girlhood) to Hit & Run (responsible for the Love at First Fight score) to Flairs (The French Kissers) and Syd Matters (Heartbeat Detector). Ticket holders for the Closing Night film, Reality, can attend the event. For more information, visit filmlinc.com. 


The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York to house pop-up Galerie Cinema
created by Parisian producer Anne-Dominique Toussaint
from March 10 – April 10
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York will host a group photo exhibition featuring works by film directors, cinematographers, photographers, and actors such as Raymond Depardon, Agnès Godard, and Ed Lachman from March 10 to April 10, transporting the Parisian concept of the Galerie Cinema—an art gallery devoted to cinema—to a new American audience. 

The French Embassy’s Stanford White designed mansion will showcase the work of directors Cédric Klapisch, Atiq Rahimi, cinematographers Ed Lachman and Agnès Godard, actors James Franco and Vincent Perez, photographers Kate Barry and Harry Gruyaert, and director-photographer Raymond Depardon.  An opening reception will take place on March 9. Parisian producer Anne-Dominique Toussaint opened the first Galerie Cinema in Paris’ Marais district in September 2013. The inaugural New York Galerie Cinema exhibition reinforces the French Embassy’s mission to promote French-American intellectual and creative exchange. The temporary New York exhibition organized with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy is made possible by Le Fonds Culturel Franco-Américain (DGA/MPA/SACEM/WGAW), Natixis, and the optics manufacturer Angénieux.  Support is provided by the Aperture Foundation and Piper-Heidsieck. 




French Institute Alliance Française  (FIAF) will present
Benoît Jacquot: Leading Ladies
The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) will present the retrospective Benoît Jacquot: Leading Ladies in conjunction with the 20th Anniversary of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema. Jacquot’s latest film, 3 Hearts, will open the festival on March 6 at Alice Tully Hall, followed by a nationwide release.

Director Benoît Jacquot’s signature is undeniably his talent for directing actresses. From Léa Seydoux as Marie Antoinette’s maid, to Viginie Ledoyen as a pregnant 19-year-old, Jacquot creates vivid portraits of singular women on the brink of change.





Education

The 2015 edition of Rendez-Vous will also focus on extending special offers and collaborations with local high schools and colleges. On Monday, March 9 at 11:30am director Cédric Kahn will present to students his latest film, Wild Life, which will have its North American Premiere at this year’s festival and also received a special jury prize at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. Kahn has created a riveting true story (based on the case of Xavier Fortin) of a father’s reckless but all-consuming love, and stars Mathieu Kassovitz, who gives the performance of his career, while Céline Sallette is extraordinary as the desperate mother fighting to reunite with her sons. For more information on the screening, contact Adeline Monzier, adeline.monzier@unifrance.org. The New School has also collaborated with the Film Society and UniFrance to include director Cédric Anger’s film Next Time I’ll Aim for the Heart in their class syllabus and will attend a screening of the film at the festival, study the filmmaking, and then write about it for their current college course.   


20x24 Exhibit

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the festival, the Film Society and the 20x24 Project have partnered to host an exhibit in the Furman Gallery, which will consist of influential French filmmakers and talent captured over the course of the last four years at the Film Society. The exhibit will include such notables as Olivier Assayas, agnès b., Isaach De Bankolé, Juliette Binoche, Bertrand Bonello, Catherine Breillat, Claire Denis, Jean Dujardin, Isabelle Huppert, François Ozon, Abderrahmane Sissako, and many more. Photographer Myrna Suarez has been the primary portraitist with occasional guest appearances by Chuck Close and Elsa Dorfman.  


SOME LINKS TO STORIES IN QPORIT FROM
RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA


2014

Preview: RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA 2014
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2014/03/rendez-vous-with-french-cinema-2014.html



"LOVE IS THE PERFECT CRIME"
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2014/02/love-is-perfect-crime.html

"GRAND CENTRAL"
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2014/02/love-is-perfect-crime.html 

SARA FORESTIER
"L0VE BATTLES" AND "SUZANNE"
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2014/03/sara-forestier-suzanne-love-battles.html



2008 - 2013

Preview: RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA 2013

http://qporit.blogspot.com/2013/02/preview-18th-rendez-vous-with-french.html

Preview: RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA 2012

http://qporit.blogspot.com/2012/03/rendez-vous-with-french-cinema-2012.html

Preview: RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA 2011

http://qporit.blogspot.com/2011/03/rendez-vous-with-french-cinema-2011.html

ANAIS DEMOUSTIER

(Note: Her brother, Stephane, directs 40-LOVE in RENDEZ-VOUS 2015)
qporit.blogspot.com/2011/03/anais-demoustier.html

Preview: RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA 2010

http://qporit.blogspot.com/2010/02/rendez-vous-with-french-cinema-2010.html

Preview: RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA 2009

http://qporit.blogspot.com/2009/02/rendez-vous-with-french-cinema-2009.html

Preview: RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA 2008

http://qporit.blogspot.com/2008/02/rendez-vous-with-french-cinema-2008.html



Unifrance FILMS

Founded in 1949, UniFrance films is a government-sponsored association of French film industry professionals dedicated to the international promotion of French films. With offices in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Mumbai, and Beijing, UniFrance films provides financial and logistical support to theatrical distributors and major film festivals showcasing new and recent French cinema throughout the world and a French film festival online. For more information, visit http://en.unifrance.org/.




FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER

Founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center works to recognize established and emerging filmmakers, support important new work, and to enhance the awareness, accessibility, and understanding of the moving image. The Film Society produces the renowned New York Film Festival, a curated selection of the year’s most significant new film work, and presents or collaborates on other annual New York City festivals including Dance on Camera, Film Comment Selects, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, NewFest, New York African Film Festival, New York Asian Film Festival, New York Jewish Film Festival, Open Roads: New Italian Cinema and Rendez-Vous with French Cinema. In addition to publishing the award-winning Film Comment magazine, the Film Society recognizes an artist's unique achievement in film with the prestigious Chaplin Award, whose 2015 recipient is Robert Redford. The Film Society’s state-of-the-art Walter Reade Theater and the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, located at Lincoln Center, provide a home for year-round programs and the New York City film community.

SPONSORS: Special thanks to the following 20th Anniversary Rendez-Vous with French Cinema sponsors for their support: (Without sponsors, we'd never get to see these films!) Renault-Nissan, Lacoste, Piper Heidsiek, L'Oreal, TV5 Monde, La Sacem and to our partners the Cultural Services of the French Embassy NY and the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF).

Labels: , , , , , , , ,


Saturday, February 21, 2015

 

OSCARS - FEB 22, 2015


87th Academy Awards®
7 PM (EST) ABC

NOMINEES & WINNERS


(Note 1: Where the categories overlap, Golden Globe Nominees are marked with  - GG, and GG Winners with  - GGW .  UPDATE 2/22 - HERE are the INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD WINNERS - ISW - practically moments before the OSCAR broadcast - and nearly the same as GGW!)

(Note 2: The list of all Nominees and ==> Winners for all categories continues below, following the preview/trailers for BEST FILMS!)

Nice opening!
FILMS


BEST PICTURE

American Sniper
==>Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) - GG - ISW
Boyhood - GGW
The Grand Budapest Hotel - GGW
The Imitation Game - GG
Selma - GG
The Theory of Everything - GG
Whiplash


FILM PREVIEW/TRAILERS

AMERICAN SNIPER




BIRDMAN



BOYHOOD




THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL




THE IMITATION GAME



SELMA




THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING




WHIPLASH



BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

==>Big Hero 6 - GG
The Boxtrolls - GG
How to Train Your Dragon 2 - GGW
Song of the Sea
The Tale of Princess Kaguya


BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Wild Tales (Damián Szifrón; Argentina)
Tangerines (Zaza Urushadze; Estonia) - GG
Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako; Mauritania)
==>Ida (Pawel Pawlikowski; Poland) GG
Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev; Russia) - GGW


BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM

==>CITIZENFOUR - ISW
Finding Vivian Maier
Last Days in Vietnam
The Salt of the Earth
Virunga


BEST DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

==>Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Joanna
Our Curse
The Reaper
White Earth


BEST SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
==>Feast
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life


BEST SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

Aya
Boogaloo and Graham
Butter Lamp
Parvaneh
==>The Phone Call



ACTORS


BEST ACTOR

Steve Carell, Foxcatcher - GG
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game - GG
Michael Keaton, Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) - GGW - ISW
==>Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything - GGW


BEST ACTRESS

Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything - GG
==>Julianne Moore, Still Alice - GGW - ISW
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl - GG
Reese Witherspoon, Wild - GG


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Robert Duvall, The Judge - GG
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood - GG
Edward Norton, Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) - GG
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher - GG
==>J.K. Simmons, Whiplash GGW - ISW


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

==>Patricia Arquette, Boyhood - GGW - ISW
Laura Dern, Wild
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game - GG
Emma Stone, Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) - GG
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods - GG



WRITING, DIRECTING, 
EDITING AND CINEMATOGRAPHY


BEST DIRECTOR

==>Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) - GG
Richard Linklater, Boyhood - GGW - ISW
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel - GG
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game


BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

American Sniper, Jason Hall
==>The Imitation Game, Graham Moore - GG
Inherent Vice, Paul Thomas Anderson
The Theory of Everything, Anthony McCarten
Whiplash, Damien Chazelle


BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

==>Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), 
....Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris,Jr. 
....and Armando Bo - GGW
Boyhood,
....Richard Linklater - GG
Foxcatcher, 
....E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
The Grand Budapest Hotel, 
....Screenplay by Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson &Hugo Guiness - GG
Nightcrawler, 
....Dan Gilroy - ISW


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

==>Birdman (The Unexpected Virute of Ignorance), Emmanuel Lubezki - ISW
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Robert D. Yeoman
Ida, (Ryszard Lenczweski and Lukasz Zal
Mr. Turner, Dick Pope
Unbroken, Roger Deakins


BEST FILM EDITING

American Sniper, Joel Cox and Gary Roach
Boyhood, Sandra Adair
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Barney Pilling
The Imitation Game, William Goldenberg
==>Whiplash, Tom Cross - ISW



STYLING


BEST COSTUME DESIGN

==>The Grand Budapest Hotel, Milena Canonero
Inherent Vice, Mark Bridges
Into the Woods, Colleen Atwood
Mr. Turner, Jacqueline Durran
Maleficent, Anna B. Sheppard


BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Foxcatcher
==>The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy


BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

==>The Grand Budapest Hotel (Adam Stockhausen; Anna Pinnock)
The Imitation Game (Maria Djurkovic; Tatiana Macdonald)
Interstellar (Nathan Crowley; Gary Fettis, Paul Healy)
Into the Woods (Dennis Gassner; Anna Pinnock)
Mr. Turner (Suzie Davies; Charlotte Watts)


BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
==>Interstellar
X-Men: Days of Future Past



MUSIC AND SOUND


BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

==>The Grand Budapest Hotel (Alexandre Desplat)
The Imitation Game (Alexandre Desplat) - GG
Interstellar (Hans Zimmer) - GG
Mr. Turner (Gary Yershon)
The Theory of Everything (Jóhann Jóhannsson) - GGW


BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

“Lost Stars” from Begin Again
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
“Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie
==>“Glory” from Selma - GGW
“Grateful” from Beyond the Lights



BEST SOUND EDITING

==>American Sniper
Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar
Unbroken


BEST SOUND MIXING
American Sniper
Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Interstellar
Unbroken
==>Whiplash






Labels: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?

TWITTER UPDATES:

    follow me on Twitter


    QPORIT --
    Quick PREVIEWS Of Random Interesting Things

    (c) Copyright 2005-2009 Eric H. Roffman
    All rights reserved