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About Djaïli Amadou Amal and Fabienne Kanor ONLINE @ University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa @Georgia State University in Atlanta, @University of Iowa @Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States - Atlanta Office.

The 26th Edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema

UniFrance and Film at Lincoln Center announce the complete lineup for the 26th edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the celebrated annual festival that showcases the variety and vitality of contemporary French filmmaking, scheduled for March 4-14 in the FLC Virtual Cinema.

Get a glimpse at the exciting lineup of this 26th edition, available nationwide for the first time, and with Emmanuelle Béart as their official Guest of Honor!

Opening Night
Little Girl / Petite Fille by Sébastien Lifshitz, 2020, France, 85m
With immense sensitivity and empathy, Little Girl follows Sasha and her family as they strive to reclaim an ordinary childhood, while capturing the social stigmas that still persist around gender dysphoria. A Music Box Film release.
Available March 4 at noon ET to March 9 at noon ET

À l’abordage! by Guillaume Brac, 2020, France, 95m
This latest tale from Guillaume Brac (Tonnerre, Rendez-Vous 2014; July Tales, Rendez-Vous 2018) details its characters with a rare acuity, and entwines their matters of the heart and their political and existential yearnings with humor and wit reminiscent of Jacques Rozier’s films.
Available March 12 at noon ET to March 17 at noon ET

The Big Hit / Un triomphe by Emmanuel Courcol, 2020, France, 106m
Inspired by a true story, this Cannes 2020 selection is a rousing testament to the power of expression. Its bittersweet humanism flows effortlessly from its assured ensemble.
Available March 10 at noon ET to March 15 at noon ET

Still from The Big Hit

Faithful / De nos frères blessés by Hélier Cisterne, 2020, France, 96m
Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread) and Vincent Lacoste (Christophe Honoré’s Sorry Angel, NYFF56) bring a firebrand vitality to this 1950s-set true story of revolutionary conviction and romantic passion. Lacoste plays real-life communist dissident Fernand Iveton, who, on a brief trip to Paris for medical tests, falls in love with headstrong Hélène (Krieps), an escapee from an oppressive regime in Poland.
Available March 6 at noon ET to March 11 at noon ET

Final Set / Cinquième set by Quentin Reynaud, 2020, France, 113m
Quentin Reynaud’s masterful interior portrait of an athlete infuses nerve-wracking mental and physical stakes into each exhilarating set. A Film Movement release.
Available March 13 at noon ET to March 18 at noon ET

Gagarin / Gagarine by Fanny Liatard & Jérémy Trouilh, 2020, France, 97m
In this soulful Cannes 2020 selection, a breakout Alseni Bathily stars as 16-year-old engineering whiz Yuri, who industriously sets about renovating the housing project where he lives, Cité Gagarine, to save it from demolition. A Cohen Media release.
Available March 6 at noon ET to March 11 at noon ET

Still from Gagarine

Ibrahim by Samir Guesmi, 2020, France, 78m
With a simmering breakout performance from Bendaher, this Cannes 2020 selection is a thrilling slice of social realism, sensitive to the barriers of race and class as Ibrahim and Ahmed forge upwardly mobile futures.
Available March 11 at noon ET to March 16 at noon ET

Lifelines / Si demain by Fabienne Godet, 2020, France, 86m
Featuring BPM (Beats Per Minute)’s Arnaud Valois in an intriguing supporting role, Lifelines injects an enigma into a moment of crisis to ask what—and who—matters most in life.
Available March 9 at noon ET to March 14 at noon ET

Love Affair(s) / Les Choses qu’on dit, les choses qu’on fait by Emmanuel Mouret, 2020, France, 120m
In the hands of Emmanuel Mouret (Mademoiselle de Joncquières, Rendez-Vous 2019), Love Affair(s) is a lush, philosophical tale of serendipitous timing and the unpredictable flow of desire. Nominated for 13 César Awards including Best Film, Best Director, and all four acting categories.
Available March 9 at noon ET to March 14 at noon ET

Still from Love Affair(s)

Lovers / Amants by Nicole Garcia, 2020, France, 103m
In this noirish love triangle from actress and filmmaker Nicole Garcia (From the Land of the Moon, Rendez-Vous 2017), the stakes heighten with each knotty, seductive twist.
Available March 11 at noon ET to March 16 at noon ET

Mandibles / Mandibules by Quentin Dupieux, 2020, France/Belgium, 77m
Although rumpled loser Manu (Grégoire Ludig, of Dupieux’s Keep an Eye Out!) is initially contracted to transport a suitcase between shady businessmen, life has other plans. When he opens the trunk of his stolen car, he finds a living, breathing housefly the size of a Great Dane. A Magnolia release.
Available March 12 at noon ET to March 17 at noon ET

Still from Mandibles

Margaux Hartmann / L’Étreinte by Ludovic Bergery, 2020, France, 100m
The great Emmanuelle Béart of La Belle Noiseuse and Manon des Sources anchors Margaux Hartmann in the fluidity of the unknown. Six months after her husband’s death, middle-aged Margaux (Béart) moves into her half-sister’s guest house in Versailles to enroll in a local Master’s program. 
Available March 6 at noon ET to March 11 at noon ET

My Donkey, My Lover, and I / Antoinette dans les Cévennes by Caroline Vignal, 2020, France, 95m
In this Cannes 2020 selection, Caroline Vignal embraces the long and winding path over the final destination with much heart and humor. Nominated for seven César Awards including Best Film, Best Actress, and Best Original Screenplay.
Available March 5 at noon ET to March 10 at noon ET

Red Soil / Rouge by Farid Bentoumi, 2020, France/Belgium, 90m
César-winner Zita Hanrot (Fatima) delivers an extraordinary performance at the unflinching eye of this environmental thriller’s storm. With each harrowing revelation, Red Soil pulls apart a conspiracy at the damning intersection of pollution and globalist exploitation. A Cannes 2020 selection.
Available March 5 at noon ET to March 10 at noon ET

Still from Red Soil

Should the Wind Drop / Si le vent tombe by Nora Martirosyan, 2020, France/Armenia/Belgium, 100m
Brought to life by a lively ensemble cast and a compassionate performance from Colin, this Cannes 2020 selection announces a sharp and forward-thinking new voice in Nora Martirosyan.
Available March 7 at noon ET to March 12 at noon ET

Slalom by Charlène Favier, 2020, France, 90m
Anchored by a sensitive and gripping performance by Abita, Charlène Favier’s ever-surprising debut deftly dissects the power dynamics of ambition and consent. A Kino Lorber release.
Available March 7 at noon ET to March 12 at noon ET

Spring Blossom / Seize printemps by Suzanne Lindon, 2020, France, 73m
An official selection at Cannes, San Sebastian, and TIFF, this charming debut feature from 20-year-old Suzanne Lindon offers a bold and exploratory twist on a coming-of-age tale. A KimStim release.
Available March 8 at noon ET to March 13 at noon ET

Still from Spring Blossom

Summer of ’85 / Été ’85 by François Ozon, 2020, France/Belgium, 100m
Awash in sun-kissed pastels and period-appropriate tracks from The Cure, Summer of ’85 is a cursed romance in the key of Rimbaud and Verlaine that pulls apart the comforts of nostalgia in the heat of the present. A Music Box release. Nominated for 12 César Awards including Best Film, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Available March 13 at noon ET to March 18 at noon ET


TALKS

How Music Makes the Film
Monday, March 8, 1pm ET
Creating an original score is a complex, collaborative, and sometimes intense exchange between a director and a composer that can elevate the film to a whole new level. It involves many crucial decisions: At what point in the filmmaking process should a composer be brought in? How can a director effectively communicate with their composer to achieve the desired vision? In this discussion, French and American experts will provide insights into the creative process of scoring films and the relationship between the director, composer, and the music team.
This Rendez-Vous with French Cinema Talk is organized in partnership with French In Motion, SACEM, and The Gotham Film and Media Institute.

Vive la Résistance
Saturday, March 6, 2pm ET
Just as France and America both have long histories of political, social, and economic progress emerging out of grassroots activism, French and American cinema likewise share a tradition of celebrating stories in which individuals and disempowered communities take a stand against corruption, inequality, and systemic abuses of power. This talk brings together French and American filmmakers whose recent work has engaged deeply with these topics to discuss their creative choices and challenges.