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Rendez-Vous With French Cinema 2018

Image: "Barbara" directed by Mathieu Amalric

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and UniFrance present the complete lineup for the 23rd edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the celebrated annual series showcasing the variety and vitality of contemporary French filmmaking, March 8-18. The 24 diverse films on display, by emerging talents and established masters, raise ideas both topical and eternal, and take audiences to entirely unexpected places.

The Opening Night selection is the U.S. premiere of Mathieu Amalric’s transfixing, meta-cinematic Barbara, starring Jeanne Balibar as the iconic French chanteuse. The film was nominated last week for nine César Awards, including Best Film, Actor, and Actress. Amalric, who also co-wrote and co-stars, will appear in person along with Balibar at the festival.

The 2018 festival will also place a spotlight on young people by hosting a “Salut les Jeunes” day on Monday, March 12,  featuring four handpicked screenings of films from the lineup that focus on the experiences of young people today, with special perks for attendees under 30. In conjunction, the festival is holding a contest for people in this age group: 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 year’s subscription to TV5 Monde. Find some more information here


Screenings - Main Slate

Barbara
Directed by Mathieu Amalric
Year: 2017
Duration: 98 min
In French with English subtitles
> Thursday, March 8 - 6:30pm & 9:00pm
Opening night - Openings by Mathieu Amalric and Jeanne Balibar

12 Days (12 jours)
Directed by Raymond Depardon
Year: 2017
Duration: 87 min
In French with English subtitles
> Thursday, March 15 - 6:30pm
Q&A with Raymond Depardon and Claudine Nougaret

Ava
Directed by Léa Mysius
Year: 2017
Duration: 105 min
In French and Spanish with English subtitles
> Sunday, March 11 - 8:30pm
> Friday, March 16 - 9:15pm

Before Summer Ends (Avant la fin de l'été)
Directed by Maryam Goormaghtigh
Year: 2017
Duration: 80 min
In French and Persian with English subtitles
> Saturday, March 17 - 1:00pm

C'est la vie! (Le sens de la fête)
Directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano
Year: 2017
Duration: 117 min
In French with English subtitles
> Saturday, March 10 - 9:30pm
> Sunday, March 18 - 7:45pm

Comfort and Consolation in France (Pour le réconfort)
Directed by Vincent Macaigne
Year: 2017
Duration: 91 min
In French and English with English subtitles
> Wednesday, March 14 - 8:45pm (Q&A with Vincent Macaigne)
> Sunday, March 18 - 1:00pm

Custody (Jusqu'à la garde)
Directed by Xavier Legrand
Year: 2017
Duration: 93 min
In French with English subtitles
> Sunday, March 11 - 3:00pm (Q&A with Xavier Legrand)

Endangered Species (Espèces menacées)
Directed by Gilles Bourdos
Year: 2017
Duration: 105 min
In French with English subtitles
> Sunday, March 11 - 5:30pm (Q&A with Gilles Bourdos and writer Richard Bausch)
> Thursday, March 15 - 1:30pm

The Guardians (Les gardiennes)
Directed by Xavier Beauvois
Year: 2017
Duration: 138 min
In French with English subtitles
> Friday, March 16 - 6:00pm (Q&A with Xavier Beauvois)

Jeannette, The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Jeannette, l'enfance de Jeanne d’Arc)
Directed by Bruno Dumont
Year: 2017
Duration: 105 min
In French with English subtitles
> Friday, March 9 - 6:30pm (Q&A with Bruno Dumont)
> Tuesday, March 13 - 4:15pm

July Tales (Contes de juillet)
Directed by Guillaume Brac
Year: 2017
Duration: 68 min
In French with English subtitles
> Sunday, March 18, 3:00pm

Just to be Sure (Ôtez-moi d'un doute)
Directed by Carine Tardieu
Year: 2017
Duration: 100 min
In French with English subtitles
> Friday, March 16 - 6:00pm (Q&A with Xavier Beauvois)

The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Le lion est mort ce soir)
Directed by Nobuhiro Suwa
Year: 2017
Duration: 103 min
In French with English subtitles
> Friday, March 9 - 4:00pm
> Thursday, March 15 - 9:15pm

A Memoir of War (La douleur)
Directed by Emmanuel Finkiel
Year: 2017
Duration: 127 min
In French with English subtitles
> Thursday, March 15 - 3:45pm
> Saturday, March 17 - 3:00pm (Q&A with Emmanuel Finkiel)

Montparnasse Bienvenüe (Jeune femme)
Directed by Léonor Serraille
Year: 2017
Duration: 110 min
In French with English subtitles
> Friday, March 9 - 9:30pm (Q&A with Léonor Seraille and Julie Roué)
> Monday, March 12 - 1:15pm (Salut les Jeunes day)

Number One (Numéro une)
Directed by Tonie Marshall
Year: 2017
Duration: 110 min
In French and English with English subtitles
> Saturday, March 10 - 6:30pm (Q&A with Tonie Marshall)
> Saturday, March 17 - 9:15pm

Orchestra Class (La mélodie)
Directed by Rachid Hami
Year: 2017
Duration: 102 min
In French with English subtitles
> Wednesday, March 14 - 6:00pm (Q&A with Rachid Hami)

A Paris Education (Mes provinciales)
Directed by Jean-Paul Civeyrac
Year: 2018
Duration: 137 min
In French with English subtitles
> Monday, March 12 - 3:30pm (Salut les Jeunes day)
> Saturday, March 17 - 6:00pm (Q&A with Jean-Paul Civeyrac)

Petit Paysan
Directed by Hubert Charuel
Year: 2017
Duration: 90 min
In French with English subtitles
> Sunday, March 11 - 1:00pm
> Wednesday, March 14 - 4:00pm

See You Up There (Au revoir là-haut)
Directed by Albert Dupontel
Year: 2017
Duration: 117 min
In French with English subtitles
> Tuesday, March 13 - 8:45pm
> Sunday, March 18 - 5:15pm

The Sower (Le semeur)
Directed by Marine Francen
Year: 2017
Duration: 98 min
In French with English subtitles
> Saturday, March 10 - 3:30pm (Q&A with Marine Francen)
> Tuesday, March 13 - 2:00pm

Tomorrow and Thereafter (Demain et tous les autres jours)
Directed by Noémie Lvovsky
Year: 2017
Duration: 91 min
In French with English subtitles
> Saturday, March 10 - 1:00pm
> Friday, March 16 - 2:00pm


Screenings - Film Comment Presents

Waiting for the Barbarians (En attendant les barbares)
Directed by Eugène Greene
Year: 2017
Duration: 76 min
In French with English subtitles
> Tuesday, March 13 - 6:30pm (Q&A with Eugène Greene)
> Friday, March 16 - 4:00pm

The Workshop (L'atelier)
Directed by Laurent Cantet
Year: 2017
Duration: 113 min
In French with English subtitles
> Monday, March 12 - 6:30pm (Q&A with Laurent Cantet - Salut les Jeunes day)
> Wednesday, March 14 - 1:30pm


Free Talks

Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
Though French cinema is a world leader in making female directors central to the industry, there is still a strong male chauvinism throughout society, pervasive in both art and in the workplace. Director Tonie Marshall—whose latest film, Number One, depicts how women still have to struggle to climb the social ladder—will join special guests for a special talk about issues around female empowerment and the place of women in the French film and corporate industries.
> Friday, March 9, 7:00pm
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, Amphitheater, 144 West 65th Street

First Films
What does it take to make a first feature? And how is it different to do so in France, as opposed to the U.S.? First-time filmmakers Marine Francen (The Sower), Xavier Legrand (Custody), Reinaldo Marcus Green (Monsters and Men, winner of the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Outstanding First Feature at Sundance), and Jeremiah Zagar (We the Animals), alongside producers Amy Lo (Mental Pictures) and Jean-Louis Livi (Ava), will discuss strategies and challenges in producing and directing a successful debut film. Presented in partnership with French in Motion & IFP.
> Monday, March 12, 7:00pm
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, Amphitheater, 144 West 65th Street

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