Thursday, March 21, 2019

 

WORLD POETRY DAY



POETRY

STORIES, PERFORMANCES & REVIEWS from
QPORIT

Today is the official World Poetry Day.  Here are some poetry posts from QPORIT.

Essay: SONNETS AS DRAMATIC SPEECH
https://sonnetsbyshakespeare.blogspot.com/2011/11/sonnets-as-dramatic-speech.html

ANALYSIS OF SONNET 65
https://sonnetsbyshakespeare.blogspot.com/2006/06/sonnet-65.html

PERFORMANCE OF SONNET 65
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4FRae1XRkI

Preview story: LOVE'S FINE WIT (with me)
https://sonnetsbyshakespeare.blogspot.com/2011/04/loves-fine-wit-with-me-april-23-at.html

Report: SONNET SLAM IN CENTRAL PARK
https://qporit.blogspot.com/2016/03/sonnet-slam-april-22-2016-central-park.html

For the 2019 slam, see:

https://www.shakespearesonnetslam.com/

Review: JULIE TAYMOR'S EXUBERANT MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM
https://qporit.blogspot.com/2013/11/julie-taymors-exuberant-midsummer.html#.XJPmYChKiUk

Review: ROMEO AND JULIET
https://qporit.blogspot.com/2013/11/romeo-and-juliet-with-condola-rashad.html

Review: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
https://qporit.blogspot.com/2013/02/much-ado-about-nothing-at-tfana.html

Review: THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
https://qporit.blogspot.com/2011/11/blackfriars-conference.html

Review: SAM WATERSTON AS KING LEAR
https://qporit.blogspot.com/2011/11/sam-waterston-as-king-lear.html

Essay: LOVE IS MY SIN
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2010/03/love-is-my-sin.html

Review: THE TEMPEST & JULIE TAYMOR
https://qporit.blogspot.com/2010/12/tempest-julie-taymor.html

Report: CLASSNOTES: AN EVENING OF CHAMBER MUSIC AND POETRY
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2008/12/classnotes-concert-fri-dec-12.html

Review: ALBATROSS
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2017/01/review-albatross.html

LOVE'S WILL: LOVE POETRY FOR VALENTINE'S DAY (PERFORMANCES)
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2008/02/loves-will-love-poetry-for-valentines.html



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COLLABORATE WITH BACH!


Check out today's Google Doodle. You can compose a melody/line of music, and Johann Sebastian Bach, himself (aided by AI), will harmonize it for you. There's also a story about it on the same page. It's fun!


On the same topic, more or less, here's a book that shows you how you can program a bot to play Go, and learn about Deep Learning at the same time:

DEEP LEARNING AND THE GAME OF GO
https://livebook.manning.com/#!/book/deep-learning-and-the-game-of-go/about-this-book/


A more elementary do-it-yourself book about AI that shows exactly how you can teach a computer to tell a cat from a dog is:

MAKE YOUR OWN NEURAL NETWORK
by Tariq Rashad

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Monday, March 11, 2019

 

Review: BE MORE CHILL


BE MORE CHILL


BE MORE CHILL is a first rate Broadway show. It opens with great energy. Even before the first note of the overture, the instruments lurking in the back of the stage promise something new that's old. Yes, the overture opens with the sounds of a theramin, the classic 90 years old, futuristic, electronic music instrument, played live, together with an additional array of carefully chosen instruments.

BMC opens with great energy, a cast that is diverse, and music that is deceptively sophisticated. And it maintains that energy throughout, even building as it reaches the set-pieces of the climax.

Like anything really well done, it seems simple, like any kid could do it. But look closely and it's skillfully directed, choreographed, written (book, lyrics and music) and expertly acted and sung. Every element has been carefully tweaked. It's satirical and genuine, sci-fi-ish and retro, serious and nonsensically escapist. 

The play is about high school kids in New Jersey.

It is very funny. It's not just for kids: I was among the oldest in the audience and I laughed more than I do for most overt "comedies". It even has some sly throw-away comments on current issues in social media networking that go beyond the basic story. The songs (music and lyrics) are simultaneously happy and sad, banal in subject matter and profound in emotion. The lyrics are unusually important in telling the story and, happily (and somewhat unusually), both the lyrics and the unsung words were so completely well articulated that everything was clear.

The composer and lyricist, Joe Iconis, is well known in indie theater circles.  He will be doing a cabaret show at FEINSTEIN'S / 54 BELOW in April and May. This is his first Broadway show. GL Joe!




After a preview... 
a crowd waiting for the cast at the stage door
Photo by Eric Roffman, QPORIT


BE MORE CHILL

Joe Iconis - Music and lyrics
Joe Tracz - Book
Stephen Brackett - Director
Chase Brock - Choreography
Emily Marshall - Music direction and vocal arrangements
Charlie Rosen - Music supervision and orchestrations
Ned Vizzini - Original source novel
Gerald Goehring - Lead producer
Michael F Mitri - Producer
Jennifer Ashley Tepper - Producer

Will Roland - Jeremy Heere
George Salazar - Michael Mell
Stephanie Hsu - Christine Canigula
Jason Tam - The Squip
Jason Sweettooth Williams - Mr Heere/Mr Reyes/Scary Stockboy
Britton Smith - Jake Dillinger
Katlyn Carlson - Chloe Valentine
Lauren Marcus - Brooke Lohst
Gerard Canonico - Rich Goranski
Tiffany Mann - Jenna Rolan 



LINKS

BE MORE CHILL
http://bemorechillmusical.com/ 
(FYI - This site is not broken. It's doing that on purpose!)

JOE ICONIS - HOME PAGE
https://mrjoeiconis.com/

JOE ICONIS & FAMILY - AT FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW
https://mrjoeiconis.com/events/2019/4/22/joe-iconis-amp-family
















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Friday, March 08, 2019

 

NETFLIX CATEGORIES / SUB-GENRES


I do not know what ogres-crypt is. Or who runs it. Or whether it is safe. Or whether if it is safe now, it will stay safe. So to be safe, use it with your eyes wide open and your defender on.

But several sites I more or less trust have pointed out that this site has a valuable list of genres, subgenres, languages, directors, actors and more that can be used to fine tune -- or broaden -- your search for things to watch on NETFLIX. And it is easy to use.

However, note that these categories are so specific, many have just one, or even no films attached to them. For example, 

Movies starring Sam Waterston (305)
Has only one film, "Anesthesia".

Here's the link:

A LIST OF LOTS OF CATEGORIES ON NETFLIX
http://ogres-crypt.com/public/NetFlix-Streaming-Genres.html












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Friday, March 01, 2019

 

ZUCKED, EXTENDED REALITY, AMAZON & NYC


"ZUCKED" by Roger McNamee

and
EXTENDED REALITY (XR)
AMAZON & NYC

Seconds after Amazon posted its notice cancelling plans to build a new HQ in NYC, news appeared in a text flash on CNBC, and a few seconds later there were tweets on twitter.

In 1951, a major event happening at around lunch time, would be in an afternoon newspaper probably by 5:00.  (Historical note: There were morning, afternoon, and evening newspapers in 1951.)

There were no smart phones in 1951. President Kennedy would not become President for more than 10 years, to announce the space program, leading to satellite communications, and GPS. TV’s were rare, large, heavy, and bulky, but with small, low resolution, black and white screens. Transistors were still in the laboratory – radios used vacuum tubes. That was less than 70 years ago.

Since the commercial introduction of transistors, the power of computation has doubled every 2 to 3 years (“Moore’s law”).  That’s exponentially. When something doubles every few years it means that every few years, in each new cycle, we can do, again, as much as we ever did in all the previous years put together.

eXtended Reality is the combination of VR, AR, MR, AI, IoT, 5G computing, and all the other content and technology made possible, now, by this exponential growth in computing power.

A computing system’s main subsystems include: the inputs (for example, IoT sensors); the computations and applications (for example, AI), the communications within and amongst all its parts (for example 5G), and the outputs (for example, VR, MR, and AR). And when these systems work together new hybrid applications are possible (for example, Social Media; and Robots, including autonomous vehicles).

Unfortunately, while computing power is increasing exponentially, social and human evolution is not.

A decade from now the current versions of Facebook, Apple, Google, Smart Phones, automobiles, health care, and jobs, will have been totally obliterated, made obsolescent by new technologies.  But people and social institutions may not keep up with the changes in technology.

The opposition to Amazon’s headquarters in NYC came from people who are concerned about the disconnect between the business opportunities made by and for Amazon, Amazon's business practices, and the lack of concern for the real-life, current and future prospects for the people and neighborhood where the HQ was to rise, including the needed infrastructure improvements.
  
NYC needs the Amazon HQ, but NY was not properly prepared, and did not properly prepare for Amazon’s arrival.

The support for Trump in “rust” states came from the disconnect between the business opportunities for those in tune with exponential technology power (mostly on the coasts), and those whose professional and social progress was not only not exponentially growing, but facing headwinds from technology.

One cannot… Not even a president, not even a king, not even a mythical figure (King Canute), can stop the tide. Neither can the exponential growth in the power of technology be stopped. We will have as much change in the next few years as all the change we've had since 1951!

Since change started in the 1950’s with the use of the transistor, change has become about 220 times faster, that’s about a million times faster, and in a few years it will be 2 million times faster, every few years making possible as much new change as has ever happened before.

Our job is to help social evolution evolve to adapt to the exponential growth in opportunity, allowing its benefits, and preventing its potential harm.

Roger McNamee saw the potential benefits from social connections engineered by Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook. He now sees the potential harm and has written about it powerfully in “ZUCKED.

He sees the danger in the ability of Facebook to get users to contribute personal, private information about themselves. One danger is the ability of others to use that information to improperly influence elections, as Russians and their enablers did in the 2016 election.

He sees the danger in the inability of Facebook to prevent false, malicious, dangerous, and even murderous communications being efficiently sent from bad actors to huge numbers of Facebook users.

ZUCKED is a clear, penetrating look at some of the current and potential dangers of Facebook and other social media companies, and a stab at some ways to prevent, or mitigate, or correct the problems.

Moreover, McNamee is working to create a conversation on these issues, and is working directly to effect positive change.  The final appendix in the book includes an excellent bibliographic reference for additional self-education on the power and harm of social media.

Privacy, Security and Convenience are at war with each other. A’s desire for security is at war with A’s desire for convenience. Also, A’s desire to keep its privacy, is at war with B’s desire for A to be transparent. And vice versa: Think Apple (wants security) vs the government on encryption (wants Apple’s transparency); and the government on classified documents (wants secrecy) vs newspapers (want the government to be transparent).

It’s not a simple question of value: Consumers value the convenience of using Social Media for connections much more than they value the security of their personal information (until they are affected directly).  Consumers value clear automated information much more than ad-hoc human advice (despite GPS directions that may send them to a dead end, a dangerous crossing, or the middle of a lake).

The problems that McNamee is calling our urgent attention to, will be both ameliorated by the fact that exponential growth of the elements of eXtended Reality will make obsolete the current versions of Facebook and other companies, and exacerbated by the exponential growth of new opportunities for help and harm.

Our job is to understand the mismatch in the rate of change between technology and people, and devote substantial effort to understanding and then implementing how to manage progress so it is a positive force.

In ZUCKED, McNamee has done a vital service in furthering this understanding, and beginning to plan the implementation of policies for management of the future.


MEETS

Roger McNamee will be speaking about ZUCKED at the Greene Space, on Monday March 4.
http://www.thegreenespace.org/events/thegreenespace/2019/mar/04/team-human-live-roger-mcnamee-and-ron-kim/



LINKS

ZUCKED – AT AMAZON

ROGER MCNAMEE – ON WIKIPEDIA

EXTENDED REALITY – ON QPORIT








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Thursday, February 28, 2019

 

EXTENDED REALITY (XR)


XR
eXtended Reality

eXtended Reality (XR) is the convergence of interrelated new technologies, including Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR), AI, IoT, 5G and more... that enable us to understand and interact with our world.



eXtended Reality consists of

• display technologies like VR, AR, MR,
• sensing technologies like IoT and XR cameras,
• computing technologies like AI and Fog / ambient computing,
communications protocols like 5G,

 hybrid technologies like robotics (including autonomous vehicles),
• and other advances spurred by exponentially increasing computational power.
All these technologies AND all the related content! are interrelated and interdependent, and this is all one field!

AND it is GROWING EXPONENTIALLY!


We have created a Meetup for everyone (from beginner to expert, from consumer to creator/developer) who wants to know and understand more about this vital field, which now, already! affects and will increasingly affect every area of our business and personal lives!

NYXR
The New York eXtended Reality Meetup


Please JOIN us at

NYXR - the New York eXtended Reality Meetup



LINKS

XR - (XR = VR A+ AR + MR +... + ) - SOME VARIATIONS ON REALITY

A WORKING OUTLINE OF EXTENDED REALITY

EXTENDED REALITY AND THEATER





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PRODUCING COMMERCIAL THEATER



THREE DAY INTENSIVE
CTI, THE COMMERCIAL THEATER INSTITUTE

https://www.commercialtheaterinstitute.com/product/three-day-intensive/


The Gold Standard for an introduction to how Broadway and the commercial theater works is the Three Day Intensive at CTI, the Commercial Theater Institute. 

I have been there, and it was terrific!

Many, if not most, producers of commercial theater have been to this program -- either as attendees or presenters!

The next CTI Three-Day starts TOMORROW! (3/1/2019)

Here's the program:




Course Details

38th Annual Three-Day New York Weekend Intensive
An Introduction to Commercial Producing
For almost four decades, CTI’s Three-Day Intensive has offered a comprehensive education in commercial theater producing.
At the 38th Annual Three-Day Intensive, presentations and panel discussions will be led by some of Broadway’s most acclaimed producers, general managers, entertainment attorneys, marketing executives, and press representatives. Whether you want to produce on or off-Broadway – or are just beginning to explore this exciting profession – this is the place to learn the ins and outs of the industry.
Sessions will examine case histories, budgets, sample agreements, and marketing strategies, all with an eye to illuminating the many aspects of an ever-evolving business.
At evening cocktail events, you’ll network with theater professionals and Broadway’s hit-makers as well as fellow early-career producers, allowing you to make the essential connections you’ll need as you move forward.
Friday, March 1st
8:40am – 9:00am   Registration/Coffee
9:00am – 9:15am   Welcome Remarks – Tom Viertel, The Commercial Theater Institute
9:15am – 10:00am   Key Note – Eva Price, Maximum Entertainment
10:00am – 10:45am   Getting Started – Sarah Galbraith, Galbraith and Company
10:45am – 11:00am    Break
11:00am – 12:00pm   Development Path and Creating Your Team – Marisa Sechrest, Altair Entertainment
12:00pm – 1:00pm  Budgets – Maggie Brohn, Adventureland
1:00pm – 1:15pm   Remarks – Victoria Bailey, Executive Director of TDF and Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League                    
1:15pm – 2:15pm    Lunch on Your Own
2:15pm – 3:15pm   Working with Artists: The Creative Team of Benny & Joon –  Tom Viertel (Moderator), The Commercial Theater Institute, Jack Cummings III, Transport Group, Mindi Dickstein, Lyrics, Nolan Gasser, Music, Kristen Guenther, Book, Larry Hirschhorn, H2H Productions
3:15pm – 4:15pm   Finding Investors – Hal Luftig (Moderator), The Hal Luftig Company, Rob Ahrens, Robert Ahrens Productions, Jamie deRoy, Jamie deRoy & Friends, Bruce Robert Harris, SunnySpot Productions Inc, Alia Jones-Harvey, Front Row Productions
4:15pm – 4:30pm   Break
4:30pm – 5:15pm   Marketing Trends – Damian Bazadona, Situation Interactive
5:15pm – 6:00pm   Why Produce at All? – David Stone, Stone Productions
6:00pm – 6:05pm  Closing Remarks – Tom Viertel, The Commercial Theater Institute
6:05pm – 7:30pm  Cocktail Reception – Characters, 243 West 54th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue)
Saturday, March 2nd
8:40am – 9:00am  Coffee and Registration
9:00am – 9:15am   Welcome Remarks – Tom Viertel, The Commercial Theater Institute
9:15am – 10:15am   Authors Agreement – Stefan Schick, Loeb & Loeb
10:15am – 11:15am   Co-Producer Agreements – Steven Chaikelson, Columbia Law School
11:15am – 11:45am   Break
11:45am – 12:45pm   Offering Documents – Jason Baruch and Jason Aylesworth, Sendroff & Baruch, LLP
12:45pm – 1:45pm   Lunch on Your Own
1:45pm – 2:15 pm    Press – Keith Sherman and Brett Oberman, Keith Sherman and Associates 
2:15pm – 3:30pm    Advertising – Kyle Fox and Louis Schermerhorn, SpotCo                    
3:30pm – 3:45pm   Break
3:45pm – 4:45pm   Early Career Producing – Mike Isaacson (Moderator) The Muny, Andrew Beall, Musical Director/ Composer,  Ray DeForest, DeForest Theatricals, Christine Rea, HHWTS Productions, LLC, Rachel Weinstein, Regina Productions,  
4:45pm – 5:30pm   How to Decide What to Produce – Ric Wanetik (Moderator), Broadway Investor Relations, LLC, Julie Boardman, Untitled Theatricals, Cody Lassen, Cody Lassen & Associates, Harriet Leve, Leve Productions, Marc Routh, Broadway Asia                        
5:30pm – 5:45pm   Closing Remarks – Tom Viertel, The Commercial Theater Institute
6:00pm – 7:30pm   Cocktail Reception – Hurley’s Saloon, 232 West 48th Street, 3rd Floor (between Broadway and 8th Avenue)
Sunday, March 3rd
8:45am – 9:00am   Coffee and Registration
9:00am – 9:15am   Welcome Remarks – Tom Viertel, The Commercial Theater Institute
9:15am – 10:45am   Be More Chill Marketing Team – Tom Viertel,(Moderator) The Commercial Theater Institute, Micayla Brewster, Marathon Digital, Greg Brunswick, Ghoslight, Sean Fry, AKA, Jerry Goehring, Patriot Productions,  Marc Jablonski, AKA, Sam Maher, YesBroadway, Keith Sherman, Keith Sherman and Associates    
10:45am – 11:00am   Break
11:00am – 12:30pm   Be More Chill Creative Team – Tom Viertel,(Moderator) The Commercial Theater Institute, Stephen Brackett, Director, Chase Brock, Choreographer, Jerry Goehring, Patriot Productions, Joe Iconis, Composer/Lyricist, Emily Marshall, Music Director, Charlie Rosen, Music Supervision and Orchestration, Jennifer Ashley Tepper, Producer, Joe Tracz, Book Writer    
12:30pm – 1:15pm   Creative Producing – Kevin McCollum, Alchemation Productions
1:15pm – 1:30pm   Closing Remarks – Tom Viertel, The Commercial Theater Institute

LINKS

THE COMMERCIAL THEATER INSTITUTE - HOME PAGE
https://www.commercialtheaterinstitute.com/

THE COMMERCIAL THEATER INSTITUTE - ABOUT CTI
https://www.commercialtheaterinstitute.com/about/

THREE DAY INTENSIVE
https://www.commercialtheaterinstitute.com/product/three-day-intensive/


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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

 

RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA 2019


THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER
AND UNIFRANCE
PRESENT

RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA
FEBRUARY 28 – MARCH 10

Opening Night
Pierre Salvadori’s The Trouble with You,
nominated for nine César Awards


The RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA is always one of my favorite film events of the year.  

Each year there seems to be some idea, theme, mood, or special emphasis. This year there appears to be an emphasis on women directors, and a certain unease about the state of the world. 

Several actors and directors in this year's event have director or appeared in films seen here earlier. One returning director, Eva Husson, and one returning actor, Melvil Poupaud, visited New York in person two years ago, and I had the opportunity to speak with them. Here are my interviews with them from that visit. (See the links, below.)



Here is the Festival’s announcement of the RENDEZ-VOUS:

The 24th edition of the annual French cinema showcase features new work from Bruno Dumont, Mia Hansen-Løve, Quentin Dupieux, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, and more

The 2019 Opening Night selection is the New York premiere of The Trouble with You, the latest comic whirlwind from Rendez-Vous alum Pierre Salvadori (In the Courtyard), just nominated for nine César Awards including Best Film, Director, Screenplay, and all four acting categories. A standout of the 2018 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, this hilarious yet tender film stars Adèle Haenel as a woman coping with the recent loss of her husband, and features supporting performances by Audrey Tautou, Vincent Elbaz, and Damien Bonnard.


THE TROUBLE WITH YOU



Other highlight's of this year's lineup include...




This year’s lineup will showcase a number of films directed by women, including




The festival will also feature new work from Rendez-Vous favorites, including 




Additionally, Rendez-Vous with French Cinema will feature several directorial debuts, including




This year, Russell Banks will be UniFrance’s American ambassador for Rendez-Vous with French Cinema. A writer and poet known for his novels The Sweet Hereafter, Cloudsplitter, and Continental Drift, Banks will present a special screening of François Truffaut’s seminal French New Wave film The 400 Blows and participate in a free talk on French cinema with writer and filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier. 


The 2019 festival will place a spotlight on young people, with educational screenings of The 400 Blows and Invisibles. In conjunction, the festival is holding a contest for cinephiles under 30: interested writers can submit a review of a Rendez-Vous film of their choice, and the best critique will win a round-trip flight to Paris and a free one-year subscription to TV5MONDE. 

Visit filmlinc.org for more information in the coming weeks.


Tickets go on sale Friday, February 8, with early access for Film Society members beginning Monday, February 4. Tickets are $17; $12 for members, students, seniors, and persons with disabilities; Opening Night tickets are $25; $20 for members and students. Learn more at filmlinc.org.


FILMS & DESCRIPTIONS

All films screen digitally in the Walter Reade Theater (165 W. 65th St.) unless otherwise noted.

Opening Night
The Trouble with You / En liberté!
Pierre Salvadori, France, 2018, 108m
French with English subtitles
New York Premiere
A heartfelt performance from Adèle Haenel anchors the latest comic whirlwind from Pierre Salvadori, whose In the Courtyard played at Rendez-Vous in 2015. Haenel’s Yvonne is coping with the recent loss of her husband (Vincent Elbaz), a fellow police investigator and something of a folk hero in their small Riviera town. After she discovers that her partner’s golden reputation is totally fabricated, with one faux heist resulting in the jailing of an innocent jeweler (Pio Marmaï), Yvonne strives to salvage this man’s fate—and in the process tumbles through slapsticky fisticuffs and romantic intrigue. With supporting turns from Audrey Tautou and Damien Bonnard (Staying Vertical), this brilliantly written Cannes Directors’ Fortnight standout serves up a hilarious yet tender story of integrity and redemption. Nominated for nine César Awards including Best Film, Director, Screenplay, and all four acting categories.

Preceded by:
Les Indes galantes
Clément Cogitore, France, 2018, 5m
At the Paris Opera, members of three Krump street-dancing collectives collaborate to perform an excerpt from Jean-Philippe Rameau’s ballet in this electrifying short documentary from director Clément Cogitore and The Trouble with You renowned producer Philippe Martin.
Thursday, February 28, 6:30pm (Introduction by Pierre Salvadori and Pio Marmaï)
Thursday, February 28, 9:00pm (Introduction by Pierre Salvadori and Pio Marmaï)

The 400 Blows / Les Quatre cents coups
François Truffaut, France, 1959, 99m
French with English subtitles
When film critic François Truffaut was challenged to put into practice what he’d been preaching, he chose to tell the story of a 13-year-old wild child in Paris whose adventures were based on his own adolescence. Rejected or rebuffed by school, family, and community, young Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud) sets out on his own, propelled toward one of the most famous of all movie endings: the legendary snapshot of a childhood on the brink. The 400 Blows marked the birth of Jean-Pierre Léaud as crown prince of the French New Wave, and of Truffaut as its runaway auteur.
Saturday, March 2, 1:00pm (Introduction by Russell Banks and Serge Toubiana)

Amanda
Mikhaël Hers, France, 2018, 107m
French with English subtitles
U.S. Premiere
Vincent Lacoste leads Mikhaël Hers’s poignant new feature about trauma and its aftershocks. At first, David (Lacoste) is just beginning to figure out life in his early twenties, helping his sister (Ophélia Kolb) raise her 7-year-old daughter, Amanda (Isaure Multrier), and gently initiating a romance with a pianist (Stacy Martin, Nymphomaniac). This era of placidity is brutally ruptured, and a grief-stricken David must assume new responsibility for Amanda as a potential guardian. With an understated directorial touch, Hers creates a touching story of resilience deepened by delicately nuanced performances. Nominated for César Awards for Best Actor and Original Score.
Saturday, March 2, 6:00pm (Q&A with Mikhaël Hers)
Saturday, March 9, 1:30pm

THE ART OF SEDUCTION

The Art of Seduction / Mademoiselle de Joncquières
Emmanuel Mouret, France, 2018, 110m
French with English subtitles
In Emmanuel Mouret's witty twist on Denis Diderot’s 18th-century novel Jacques the Fatalist, also the inspiration for Bresson’s Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne, passion dissipates into jealousy and hardens into vengeance. The widowed Madame de La Pommeraye (Cécile de France) prides herself on maintaining a rational distance from matters of the heart, but against her better judgment, she gives in to a persistent and charming Marquis (Edouard Baer). When the affair loses its glow and the Marquis slips back into his libertine lifestyle, the Madame concocts an elaborate revenge plot, and finds two susceptible pawns in a mother and daughter duo (Alice Isaaz and Natalia Dontcheva) whose own social standing was sabotaged by a dishonest husband. Of a deliciously calculating piece with Dangerous Liaisons, The Art of Seduction weds a critique of privilege to an enthralling tale of deception. Nominated for six César Awards including Best Actress, Actor, Screenplay, Cinematography, and Costumes.
Friday, March 1, 9:00pm (Q&A with Emmanuel Mouret)
Monday, March 4, 4:00pm

Coincoin and the Extra-Humans
Bruno Dumont, France, 2018, 200m
French with English subtitles
U.S. Premiere
Bruno Dumont’s sequel to 2014’s Li’l Quinquin, which signified his bold break from social realism into madcap experimentalism, revisits its ragtag characters in a new absurdist epic that reckons with xenophobia in northern France. As gobs of ectoplasmic gunk fall from the sky without warning, the now-teenaged Coincoin must again evade the spluttering police captain Van der Weyden and his deputy Carpentier as they zoom through sparse pastoral vistas, on the hunt for clues. Although they’re utterly ill-equipped to connect these splats to the sudden materialization of identical twins around town, their moments of prophetic lucidity are as surprising as they are revealing. Across this expansive canvas, Coincoin and the Extra-Humans channels Jacques Tati, Antonin Artaud, and Invasion of the Body Snatchers into a deadpan fever dream, wholly singular and undeniably Dumont.
Sunday, March 3, 1:00pm (Q&A with Bruno Dumont)

The Freshmen / Première année
Thomas Lilti, France, 2018, 92m
French with English subtitles
New York Premiere
Thomas Lilti, whose hospital drama Hippocrates played Rendez-Vous in 2015, draws upon his experience as a doctor once again for this affectionate tale of two medical-school freshmen. Antoine (Vincent Lacoste) is beginning his third attempt at the first year, which culminates in a cutthroat entrance exam before one can even opt into the medical concentration. When classes commence, he meets Benjamin (William Lebghil), an endearingly aloof new student whose upbringing in a medical family helps him intuitively grasp course concepts. As the two become fast friends and study partners, they embark on a year that pits academic automatism against the emotional highs and lows of discovering one’s calling in life. Nominated for a Best New Actor César Award.
Thursday, March 7, 9:00pm
Saturday, March 9, 3:45pm

GIRLS OF THE SUN

Girls of the Sun / Les Filles du soleil
Eva Husson, France/Belgium/Georgia/Switzerland, 2018, 111m
English, French, Kurdish, and Arabic with English subtitles
An unshakable Golshifteh Farahani, as Bahar, the commander of an all-female unit of resistance fighters in Iraqi Kurdistan, holds the center of Girls of the Sun. Bahar’s squadron is comprised entirely of former captives who survived a massacre in Corduene, and their rage to fight stems from the grief of witnessing the slaughter of their loved ones. A French war journalist (Emmanuelle Bercot) assigned to cover ISIS’s invasion of Mount Sinjar is struck by Bahar’s adamant rejections of her fellow male soldiers’ more cautious strategies; instead, she suggests working together to pull off a riskier, but total, infiltration of the enemy headquarters. Drawing from true events, Eva Husson takes an uncompromising, female-driven look at the collective and individual strength it takes to resist oppression.
Friday, March 1, 1:30pm
Sunday, March 3, 8:30pm (Q&A with Eva Husson)

In Safe Hands / Pupille
Jeanne Herry, France/Belgium, 2018, 109m
French with English subtitles
Jeanne Herry crafts a story stemming from a delicate two-and-a-half-month state of limbo for a newborn child, Théo, who becomes a ward of the state after his mother gives him up for adoption at birth. In Safe Hands choreographs parallel strands of action: the search for potential parents undertaken by the social workers managing Théo’s case (Sandrine Kiberlain and Clotilde Mollet), the care and vigilance required for Théo’s foster father (Gilles Lellouche) to properly nurture him in the interim, and the nine-year journey of adoption applications and fractured marriage embarked upon by a possible mother (Élodie Bouchez). Within this institutional balancing act, Henry’s characters swing between intense determination, uncertainty, and, ultimately, joy: all par for the course while seeking the proper equilibrium for a person’s life to begin. Nominated for seven César Awards including Best Film, Director, Actor, Actress, and Screenplay.
Monday, March 4, 6:15pm (Q&A with Élodie Bouchez)

Invisibles / Les Invisibles
Louis-Julien Petit, France, 2018, 102m
French with English subtitles
North American Premiere
With pathos and institutional nuance, Louis-Julien Petit’s third social-realist drama transforms its source nonfiction text by Claire Lajeunie into a spirited ensemble piece about a daytime shelter for homeless women. Following the municipal government’s decision to shut down the institution, largely due to the optics of meager reintegration statistics, the shelter’s conscientious all-female staff launches into action to help secure employment for as many women as possible. However, their increasingly assertive coaching sessions compel the social workers to confront the ways in which they, too, might be focusing more on printed résumés than people. In this buoyant character-driven study indebted to Stephen Frears and Ken Loach, Petit lays bare the broken and oppressive systems plaguing Paris’s approach to homelessness, while also emphasizing the social element of social work.
Thursday, March 7, 6:15pm
Friday, March 8, 1:30pm

Keep an Eye Out! / Au poste!
Quentin Dupieux, France, 2018, 73m
French with English subtitles
New York Premiere
Tires and TVs have come to life—and thirsted for blood—in two of Quentin Dupieux’s earlier features, Rubber and Reality (Rendez-Vous 2015) respectively. With Keep an Eye Out!, the ever-unpredictable filmmaker and Brainfeeder-signed electronic musician returns with a seemingly intimately scaled bottle narrative: a minutiae-obsessed police inspector (a perfectly cast Benoît Poelvoorde, Man Bites Dog) bumbles and doubles back through the most agonizing interrogation of all time, much to the chagrin of the interviewee (Grégoire Ludig), who stumbled upon a dead body in front of his apartment building. When Poelvoorde’s inspector momentarily steps outside and leaves an anxious one-eyed officer (Marc Fraize) in charge, the story morphs into something more off-kilter. As one might expect from Dupieux, this is but one of several surprises in a film that is constantly in mesmerizing and darkly comedic flux.
Tuesday, March 5, 8:15pm
Sunday, March 10, 7:45pm

MAYA

Maya
Mia Hansen-Løve, France/Germany, 2018, 107m
English and French with English subtitles
New York Premiere
Across a remarkably contemplative range of work—including Goodbye First Love, Eden, and Things to Come—Mia Hansen-Løve has conjured visceral points of entry into philosophical themes; in Maya, she thoughtfully probes the private intricacies of rehabilitation. Four months after he was taken hostage in Syria, war journalist Gabriel (Roman Kolinka, Things to Come) returns home to France. Still coping internally with his trauma, Gabriel unmoors himself from now-alienating familiar faces and decamps to India, where he spent his childhood. While staying at his family’s old house in Goa, he strikes up a rapport with his godfather’s daughter, Maya (Aarshi Banerjee), who, feeling out of place, recently dropped out of school in London. As the two bond over their mutual restlessness, Hansen-Løve gently questions whether Gabriel’s self-imposed, ever-moving isolation truly constitutes healing. With Alex Descas and Johanna ter Steege.
Wednesday, March 6, 6:00pm (Q&A with Mia Hansen-Løve)
Thursday, March 7, 2:00pm

Meteorites / Les Méteorites
Romain Laguna, France, 2018, 85m
French with English subtitles
North American Premiere
After 16-year-old Nina (Zéa Duprez) sees a meteorite fall from the sky, she can’t find any physical evidence to prove what she witnessed. Instead, the mysterious event catalyzes an exploratory and quietly momentous summer, which sets the scene for Romain Laguna’s atmospheric first feature. Adrift after dropping out of school, Nina pursues love and lust with Morad (Billal Agab), her best friend’s older brother, who hails from an Algerian family in their otherwise culturally homogeneous village in the south of France. As their time passes, Nina senses a slight rift between the personal and shared stakes of their relationship, but the journey emerges as one of crucial self-discovery. Laguna crafts an evocative and tactile portrait of the hunger for experience that shapes our teenage years, and Duprez’s remarkably assured performance introduces a poised new talent.
Thursday, March 7, 4:15pm
Sunday, March 10, 3:30pm

Paul Sanchez Is Back! / Paul Sanchez est revenu!
Patricia Mazuy, France, 2018, 110m
French with English subtitles
North American Premiere
The police are reticent to believe that the notorious murderer Paul Sanchez is, indeed, back 10 years after he vanished without a trace. Yet adventure-hungry junior-officer Marion (César-winner Zita Hanrot, Fatima) can’t help obsessing over bread crumbs of hearsay, especially once a local reporter (Idir Chender, Occidental) begins receiving mysterious e-mails supposedly sent by Sanchez himself. Also starring Elle’s Laurent Lafitte, this long-awaited fifth feature from Patricia Mazuy (The King’s Daughters) spins a gripping caper with ample commentary on sensationalistic media narratives—but far from prosaic, it’s also an adrenaline rush of the imagination propelled by a percussive original score from John Cale.
Friday, March 8, 8:30pm
Saturday, March 9, 5:45pm

Raising Colors / Volontaire
Hélène Fillières, France, 2018, 100m
French with English subtitles
U.S. Premiere
Much to the chagrin of her pacifist family, Sorbonne-educated Laure Baer (Diane Rouxel) ends up taking the first job offer she receives: an administrative position in the French Navy. As training begins, Laure assumes her post supporting the austere and withdrawn Commander Rivière (Lambert Wilson), she is surprised by how resonant she finds the codes of honor and discipline that structure military life. When her curiosity is piqued by the possibility of trying out for special ops, she commits herself to the challenge despite sexist dismissals of her capabilities, and strives to prove herself to the Chief Training Officer (Alex Descas). The second feature-film outing by actress Hélène Fillières (Tied) as a director captures a palpable electricity within the formality of ceremony, inextricable from a search for self.
Friday, March 1, 4:00pm
Sunday, March 3, 5:45pm (Q&A with Hélène Fillières)

SCHOOL'S OUT

School’s Out / L’Heure de la sortie
Sébastien Marnier, France, 2018, 103m
French with English subtitles
North American Premiere
In his Venice-selected sophomore thriller, Sébastien Marnier (Faultless, Rendez-Vous 2017) sets his sights on a chilly class of gifted and talented students in the French countryside. After their teacher commits suicide during an exam, Pierre Hoffman (Laurent Lafitte, Elle) is called in as a long-term substitute. Expecting a class collectively reeling from this traumatic shock, Pierre is surprised to encounter a group of seemingly affectless mid-teens, mostly concerned with accelerating at an appropriate pace through their advanced-level courses. His sense that something is askew only grows more acute when he notices a strange turn-the-other-cheek approach to physical violence—both from the students and his fellow faculty members. As Pierre spirals further into a wormhole that references both J.G. Ballard and Patti Smith, Marnier maintains a sense of creeping unease that expands into a chilling capitalist critique.
Friday, March 8, 3:45pm
Saturday, March 9, 8:30pm (Q&A with Sébastien Marnier)

Sink or Swim / Le grand bain
Gilles Lellouche, Belgium/France, 2018, 122m
French and Sinhalese with English subtitles
With buoyant energy, Gilles Lellouche choreographs and directs a stellar ensemble in pursuit of grace and discarded dreams—that is, a group of varyingly coordinated middle-aged men who find an outlet in synchronized swimming. Bertrand (Mathieu Amalric, soulful yet understated) is the newbie to the group, having signed up on a whim to take his mind off of his unemployment and depression. As he gets to know his fellow swimmers, played by Guillaume Canet, Benoît Poelvoorde, Jean-Hugues Anglade, and Philippe Katerine, he uncovers shared frustrations and disappointments, but also hope in a hobby that’s less about skill than teamwork. After a year of awkward and charmingly comedic practice sessions, Bertrand’s proposal that his motley crew train for the world championships fuels their conviction to prove that time has not passed them by. Nominated for 10 César Awards including Best Film, Director, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Screenplay, and Cinematography.
Saturday, March 2, 8:45pm
Monday, March 4, 9:00pm

Film Comment Presents:
Sophia Antipolis
Virgil Vernier, France, 2018, 98m
French with English subtitles
North American Premiere
Virgil Vernier's follow-up to his acclaimed debut feature, Mercuriales (ND/NF 2015), takes stock of the state of the French socioeconomic order as embodied by the eponymous, dystopian business park and an eclectic ensemble of cult members, militiamen, and more. Once again working in richly textured Super 16mm, Vernier moves episodically from one character to another, tracking their movements, thoughts, and desires in the aftermath of the discovery of a young girl’s body, apparently burned alive, in one of the park's factories. A group portrait of disappointment, disillusionment, and disaffection in a veritable hothouse of late capitalism, Sophia Antipolisis a work as singularly political as it is sophisticatedly drawn.
Tuesday, March 5, 4:00pm
Sunday, March 10, 5:30pm

The Summer House / Les Estivants
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, France/Italy, 2018, 122m
French with English subtitles
U.S Premiere
The inherent slippage between reality and narrative becomes a power unto itself in Valeria Bruni Tedeschi’s new feature. During an annual summer vacation to the family villa on the French Riviera, filmmaker Anna (Bruni Tedeschi) conceals a sudden split from her husband from her relatives and their spouses, all of whom are more volatile than usual while coping with the death of her brother. Palpably in her own head while interacting with her sister (Valeria Golino), her daughter (real-life daughter Oumy Bruni Garrel), and her screenwriting partner (real-life co-writer Noémie Lvovsky), Anna also prepares a film based on this recent loss, which is received coldly by her family. Meanwhile, the domestic staff (including Yolande Moreau and François Négret) negotiates for better pay and work conditions with a family they find increasingly self-absorbed. Like Bruni Tedeschi’s A Castle in Italy (2013), The Summer House invites autobiographical readings while also complicating the idea of art as personal exorcism.
Tuesday, March 5, 1:30pm
Friday, March 8, 6:00pm

The Time of the Pirates / Seuls les pirates
Gaël Lépingle, France, 2018, 89m
French with English subtitles
North American Premiere
Winner of the Grand Prix in the French competition at FIDMarseille, The Time of the Pirates boasts a structure that is at first vignette-based and patchwork before it quickly settles on a focal thread: the story of Géro, the spunky owner of a community theater troupe in the Loire Valley. As the local government threatens to demolish his house and theater to make way for public housing, the anarchy-loving actor, undeterred after losing his voice from his battle with cancer, plots an idiosyncratic defense against the forces that threaten to drain the life from both of his homes. Gaël Lépingle (Julien) rounds out this earnest and vibrant mosaic of quotidian resistance with Géro’s aspiring-playwright nephew Léo and a cohort of like-minded friends and refugees.
Tuesday, March 5, 6:15pm
Wednesday, March 6, 2:00pm

The Truk
Sarah Marx, France/Ukraine, 2018, 83m
French with English subtitles
North American Premiere
After being released early from prison, Ulysse (Sandor Funtek, Blue Is the Warmest Color) must take over as the primary caregiver for his mother (devastatingly fleshed out by Sandrine Bonnaire), who is undergoing treatment for severe depression. Confronted by overwhelming debts and health-care costs, Ulysse reconnects with an old friend who plans to covertly sell ketamine from a food truck at an EDM festival. As Sarah Marx widens the range of parties involved in this drug ring, she emphasizes the broader contexts that give rise to their increasingly cutthroat desperation, throwing Ulysse’s precarious solution into jeopardy. The film’s handheld camerawork grounds each scene in a fragile immediacy evoking the Dardennes in this stinging debut feature about the bitter casualties of class disparity.
Wednesday, March 6, 4:00pm
Sunday, March 10, 1:30p

When Margaux Meets Margaux / La Belle et la belle
Sophie Fillières, France, 2018, 97m
French with English subtitles
New York Premiere
This irresistible fantastical tale from Sophie Fillières (If You Don’t, I Will, Rendez-Vous 2014) centers on a chance meeting between an impulsive but aimless twentysomething named Margaux (Fillières’s daughter Agathe Bonitzer, Right Here Right Now) and a disenchanted fortysomething who’s not only coincidentally named Margaux (Sandrine Kiberlain, Tip Top)… but also is Margaux. Accurately pulling from her past self’s proclivities, social circles, and future life events, the wiser Margaux revisits her memories and regrets to give herself retroactive advice and, possibly, a way to start over, including a stirring romance with a handsome suitor (Melvil Poupaud). From this surreal premise, Fillières crafts a lovingly philosophical ode to our personal paths and stumbles through love and life.
Friday, March 1, 6:15pm (Q&A with Sophie Fillières)
Wednesday, March 6, 8:45pm

Whatever Happened to My Revolution / Tout ce qu'il me reste de la révolution
Judith Davis, France, 2018, 88m
French with English subtitles
North American Premiere
Angèle’s parents first fell in love on the front lines of Maoist protests; now they are separated, and Angèle, an idealistic urban planner, struggles with the compromises her family has made in exchange for comfortable lives. Actress Judith Davis’s playful and passionate feature directorial debut follows Angèle, played by Davis herself, into a contemporary Paris that missed the revolutionary memo, long after the movements sparked by May ’68 have faded into history. Fueled by a bleeding activist heart that sometimes backs her into a corner, Angèle strives to reconcile her radical values with relatives who are trending more and more bourgeois. And faced with the opportunity to reconnect with her estranged mother (Mireille Perrier, J’entends plus la guitare), who has retreated from the dreams that Angèle is now pursuing, she locates the strength of her convictions in her dedication to meaningful interpersonal connection.
Saturday, March 2, 3:30pm (Q&A with Judith Davis)
Monday, March 4, 1:30pm


And here are the organizations that make this all possible! 

UNIFRANCE
For 70 years, UniFrance has been using its experience of the international marketplace to support French cinema worldwide. UniFrance is based in Paris and also has representatives in New York, Seoul, Beijing, and Tokyo. Its membership brings together around 1,000 French producers, filmmaking talents, agents, and sales companies, which are working together to promote French film among foreign audiences, industry executives, and media.
UniFrance receives generous, year-round support from CNC, the French Ministry of Culture, the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Institut français, PROCIREP, Alliance Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi,  Lacoste, Air France, and TitraFilm. The 24th edition of Rendez-vous with French Cinema benefits from the support of CNC, the French Ministry of Culture, the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, PROCIREP, Alliance Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, Lacoste, TV5 Monde, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Sacem, and The ENGIE Foundation. For more information, visit en.unifrance.org

FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER
The Film Society of Lincoln Center is devoted to supporting the art and elevating the craft of cinema. The only branch of the world-renowned arts complex Lincoln Center to shine a light on the everlasting yet evolving importance of the moving image, this nonprofit organization was founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international film. Via year-round programming and discussions; its annual New York Film Festival; and its publications, including Film Comment, the U.S.’s premier magazine about films and film culture, the Film Society endeavors to make the discussion and appreciation of cinema accessible to a broader audience, as well as to ensure that it will remain an essential art form for years to come.

The Film Society receives generous, year-round support from Shutterstock, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. American Airlines is the Official Airline of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. For more information, visit www.filmlinc.org and follow @filmlinc on Twitter.


LINKS

EVA HUSSON


(Although these are essentially the same interview, the 3D version was marked for only age appropriate viewers – perhaps because of the subject matter of the film, THE BANG GANG.)


MELVIL POUPAUD


2D 360 VERSION - https://youtu.be/_7QQeAewdI8


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