French Series Witnesses available in the US: Interview with Marie Dompnier: “The director had advised me to watch The Killing and Homeland for inspiration”
“I’m a… punk. In a sense, I try to break rules any time I can… The entire project Fort McMoney was driven from the start by the idea of combining documentary film and video games, auteur perspective and spectator freedom”.
On the occasion of the US release of Swim Little Fish Swim this September, French Culture met directors Ruben Amar and Lola Bessis to discuss the film, their projects and New York.
In this video the film’s director Bertrand Tavernier, describes how he came to direct the film and the unique appeal of this political comedy. “It’s an autobiographical graphic novel,” Tavernier says, “The author of the book (Abel Lanzac) has lived all that.
On the occasion of the US release of her latest film, Pour une femme (For A Woman), acclaimed French filmmaker Diane Kurys is touring the country for a series of screenings, masterclasses and lectures. She arrived in New York just a few days before the theatrical release of For A Woman. Florence Almozini and Romain Rancurel, respectively Program Officer and Assistant Program Officer for Cinema at the French Embassy, spoke with Diane Kurys at the headquarters of Film Movement, the film’s US Distributor. A must-read exclusive interview !
On the occasion of the 700th issue of Cahiers du Cinema, FIAF and Cahiers du Cinema have collaborated for a special curated series of underrated gems and a special “Carte Blanche” to more recent films strongly supported by the magazine. Florence Almozini, Program Officer for Cinema at the French Embassy, had a few questions for the curators of the show, Delphine Selles – film curator at FIAF - Nicholas Elliott - the New York correspondent for Cahiers du Cinéma - and Jean-Philippe Tessé - Associate Editor in Chief of Les Cahiers.
For the 22nd French Film Festival in Richmond, VA, the Cultural Service of the Embassy of France provides its support to the documentary programming. This year’s selection includes: Cinéast(e)s by Mathieu Busson and Julie Gayet, Il est minuit, Paris s’éveille by Yves Jeuland, and Faire quelque chose by Vincent Goubet.
On the occasion of the 19th edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, Florence Almozini, Program Officer for Cinema at the French Embassy, interviewed Denis Lim, the Director of Cinematheque Programming at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
On the occasion of the Kidscreen Summit and the second International Emmy® Kids Awards in New York, Sandra Muller, journalist for La lettre de l’Audiovisuel, met with Mathieu Béjot, Executive Director at TV France International, the trade association which promotes French TV programs worldwide, to discuss French animation and its role in the American market.
On the occasion of the 14th edition of Film Comment Selects at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Denis Dercourt will be in New York to present his latest film, The Flesh of My Flesh. We were fortunate enough to ask director Denis Dercourt a few questions.
On the occasion of Ernest & Célestine’s US release, we were lucky enough to ask Benjamin Renner, co-director of the film, a few questions about the making of his first feature film, his influences, his understanding of Daniel Pennac's message and his future projects. Ernest & Célestine won the 2013 César for “Best animated Film” and has recently been nominated for the 2014 Oscars.
On the occasion of My French Film Festival 2014, Adeline Monzier from Unifrance asked Mark Rupp - COO and co-founder of SpectiCast - a few questions about his channel’s participation in this year's edition of the festival.