Rendez-Vous with French Cinema Touring the US

February 22, 2013 | By French Culture
"Journal de France" by Raymond Depardon

The 18th edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Unifrance Films' annual showcase of the best in contemporary French film, hits screens at The Film Society of Lincoln Center, the IFC Center and BAMcinématek from February 28th and will run through in New York City.

This marks the second year that this series will be made available nationally by Emerging Pictures throughout the month of March. A selection of films (below) from the program will also via Emergings network of digital theaters. Live Q&As from Lincoln Center and IFC Center will be broadcast live to many of those locations.

French cinema is as varied and vital as ever in 2013, and this year's edition of 'Rendez-Vous Near You' covers the widest possible spectrum. This range includes new works from uncompromising auteurs like Damien Odoul and master filmmakers Patrice Leconte and the late Claude Miller, as well as films featuring French stars like Audrey Tautou, Romain Duris and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

About the Films

Augustine
Alice Winocour, 2012, FR
Based on a true case, writer-director Winocour has adapted the story of a progressive 19th century doctor/therapist and his unusual patient into a study of personal wills, hidden desires and reversals of fate. A maid who suffers from seizures is sent to a mental hospital, where it seems she'll be condemned for life until Professor Charcot finds in her the possibilities of testing his advanced notions of the sources of so-called hysteria. Soko as Augustine and Vincent Lindon as Charcot deliver astonishing performances. A Music Box Films release.


Granny's Funeral / Adieu Berthe: L'enterrement de mémé
Bruno Podalydès, 2012, FR
Although he made no effort to see his grandmother in her waning years, pharmacist Armand (director Podalydès brother and co-writer Denis) must now deal with her funeral arrangements. This is awkward enough, but nothing like his emotional swings between a wife he cant quite part from and a lover he cant quite commit to, in a comedy stamped with the Podalyds brand of caustic, Gallic wit. With Valérie Lemercier, Isabelle Candelier, Catherine Hiegel and Benoît Hamon.


Journal de France
Raymond Depardon & Claudine Nougaret, 2012, FR
Depardons brilliant self-portrait (co-directed by his longtime collaborator and sound engineer Claudine Nougaret) offers a surprising glimpse of the great documentarians lifenot only as a filmmaker, but as a photographer of expressive precision, capturing the entirety of French society over the decades. The patience of this imagemakers practice is testament to an alternative to the hyper-fast, instant delivery of digital images that now dominates popular culture.


Persécution
Patrice Chéreau, 2009, FR
A brutally intimate close-up of the moment-to-moment dissolution of a love affair, this psychological drama stars Romain Duris as a brooding, bestubbled Parisian juggling a hot-and-cold relationship with a jet-setting careerist (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and the intrusions of a middle-aged male stalker who has claimed him as the love of his life. Fueled by emotionally charged dialogue and nervy, passionate performances, Persécution continues Chéreau's masterful observation of human desire in all its intricacies and contradictions. With Jean-Hugues Anglade.


Rich Is The Wolf / La richesse du loup
Damien Odoul, 2012, FR
Perplexed at the sudden disappearance of her husband, a wife watches hours of videotape that hes recorded over the previous seven years to piece together some clues. Odouls most daring feature, whose color and black-and-white images are culled from his own videotaping, confirms his place as one of Frances genuinely exploratory filmmakers. Stars Marie-Eve Nadeau, Damien Odoul.


The Suicide Shop / Le magasin des suicides
Patrice Leconte, 2012, FR
Master filmmaker Leconte makes a startling and unforgettable departure from his previous work with this whimsical animated 3D musical about a family business offering certain special end-of-life services. Rather than succumbing to a purely mordant perspective, the movie switches course and mood, driven by the family's perpetually happy child whom they cant control. Based on the novel by Jean Teul and with the voices of Bernard Alane, Isabelle Space, Kacey Mottet Klein, Isabelle Giami, Laurent Gendron.


Thérèse Desqueyroux 
Claude Miller, 2012, FR
The late Millers final film elegantly adapts Franois Mauriacs modern classic of a woman's growing resistance to her suffocating marriage, and showcases a remarkable Audrey Tautou as the disturbed titular heroine. With Gilles Lelouche, Anaïs Demoustier, Catherine Arditi. An MPI Pictures release.


You, Me and Us / Un enfant de toi
Jacques Doillon, 2012, FR
The tentative nature of relationships is explored in dazzling, three-dimensional fashion in this cleverly written and directed roundelay between current and former lovers. Aya, the mother of a bright young daughter, struggles to come to terms with the end of her marriage, while hoping to have a child with her new lover. Stars Lou Doillon, Samuel Benchetrit, Malik Zidi, Olga Milshtein.


You Will Be My Son / Tu seras mon fils
Gilles Legrand, 2012, FR
Instead of grooming his son to inherit his lucrative wine-growing business, an imperious vintner (Niels Arestrup) looks to a talented California-based grower, rendering a harvest of jealousy and worse. Legrands narrative takes on Shakespearean qualities, driven by a titanic performance by Arestrup, while the films observations on the wine-growing business are thoroughly engrossing. A Cohen Media Group release.


Rendez-Vous Near You will take place in New York City as well as these venues around the country: Vogue Theater in San Francisco, CA, The FilmBar in Phoenix, AZ, Movies of Del Ray in Del Ray Beach, FL, Movies of Lake Worth in Lake Worth, FL, Cinema Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Pickford Film Center in Bellingham, WA, Mos' Art Theater in Lake Park, FL, Theatre N in Wilmington, DE, Cosford Cinema in Coral Gables/Miami, FL, Wilmette Theatre in Wilmette, IL, Cinematique Theater in Daytona, FL, Tivoli Cinema in Kansas City, MO, Circle Cinema in Tulsa, OK, Boedekcer Theater in Boulder, CO, Berkshire Museum Little Cinema in Pittsfield, MA, Bijou Theatre in Bridgeport, CT, Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury, VT, Silverspot Theatre in Naples, FL, Rose Theatre in Port Townsend, WA, Loft Cinema in Tuscon, AZ, Mary D. Fisher Theatre in Sedona, AZ, Arthouse Cinema 502 in Ogden, UT, Athena Cinema in Athens, OH, Camera 3 Cinema in San Jose, CA, Cape Ann Community Cinema in Gloucester, MA, O Cinema in Miami, FL.

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