French Film Director Bertrand Tavernier In New York From February 25 To March 19, 2014

French Film Director Bertrand Tavernier In New York From February 25 To March 19, 2014

New York, February 21, 2014 — On the occasion of the U.S. theatrical release of Bertrand Tavernier’s latest film, The French Minister (original title: Quai d’Orsay) at IFC center on March 21st by Sundance Selects, the French director will be in New York, for a series of screenings and Master Classes (detailed program below).

Bertrand Tavernier has directed 30 films over a long and distinguished filmmaking career. Although his early work was dominated by mysteries, his later work is characterized by a more overt social commentary, highlighting his leftist views (Life and Nothing ButCapitaine Conan), and often presenting a critical picture of contemporary French society (Ça commence aujourd’huiHistoires de vies brisées: les double-peine de Lyon). His films have garnered many awards including the Prix Louis Delluc, the Special Jury Prize award at the 24th Berlin International Film Festival, the BAFTA for Best Film not in the English Language, the Golden Bear Award at the 45th Berlin International Film Festival, and four César Awards. The French Minister is his first comedy. It won the Best Screenplay award at the San Sebastian Film Festival and is nominated for 3 César Awards including Best Screenplay, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress.

This program is coordinated by the Film department of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US.

FULL PROGRAMTuesday, Feb. 25, 6-9 p.m., Columbia University

Public screening of Round Midnight (1986). RSVP neededFollowed by a panel discussion with Maxine Gordon (wife of Dexter Gordon, currently working on his biography), Mark Ruffin (jazz critic) and John Swzed (director of Columbia’s Center for Jazz Studies)Miller Theater at Columbia University (2960 Broadway, New York, NY 10027, at 116th Street)

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 6 p.m., Magno Review 1Press screening of The French Minister (original title: Quai d’Orsay)Followed by a Q&A with Bertrand Tavernier (& Antonin Baudry tbc)Magno Review 1 (729 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY  10019, btw 48th & 49th Str.)

Thursday, Feb. 27, Columbia University Bertrand Tavernier graduate Master ClassFor graduate students by application onlyClips selected from L’Appat, Coup de Torchon, Life and Nothing But, Princess of Montpensier, Round Midnight

Friday, Feb. 28, Columbia UniversityBertrand Tavernier undergraduate Master Class on the Hollywood BlacklistOpen to undergraduates in film studies and French

Friday, March 7, Columbia UniversityBertrand Tavernier undergraduate Master Class on the French Films under the OccupationOpen to undergraduates in film studies and French

Monday, March 10, 5-8.30 p.m., Hunter College Screening of Coup de Torchon (1981). RSVP neededFollowed by a Q&A with Bertrand Tavernier and Prof. Lynn A. Higgins, author of Bertrand Tavernier (Manchester Press, 2011) and a receptionHunter College, Cécile Insdorf Screening Room of the Chanin Language Center (695 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065, at 68th Street)

Wednesday, March 12, 6 p.m., Columbia UniversityPublic screening of Life and Nothing But (1989)Followed by Q&A with Bertrand TavernierColumbia University Maison Française East Gallery, Buell Hall (515 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10027)

Thursday, March 13, Columbia UniversityBertrand Tavernier graduate Master Class, with guest professor Larry Gross, a screenwriter and critic.

Sunday, March 16, at 3.40 p.m. and 9 p.m., Film Society of Lincoln CenterPublic screening of The French Minister (US Premiere), Closing Night of Rendez-Vous with French CinemaWalter Reade Theatre (165 West 65th Street, New York, NY 10023, btw Broadway & Amsterdam ave.)

Tuesday March 18, 7 p.m., Bard CollegePublic screening of Platinum Blonde (Capra, 1931) and Wild River (Kazan, 1960) introduced by Bertrand Tavernier.Center for Moving Image Arts Theater at Bard College (55 Blithewood Avenue, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504) –

Wednesday, March 19, 1.30 p.m., Bard CollegePublic discussion with Bertrand Tavernier – “American cinema as seen by French eyes”Center for Moving Image Arts Theater at Bard College (55 Blithewood Avenue, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504)

Members of the media who wish to attend one of these events should contact:Emilie Cabouat-Peyrache / 212-439-1417 /

Additional screenings of The French Minister are also available (without Bertrand Tavernier):

Friday, February 28 at 2:15 p.m. Official Rendez-Vous With French Cinema Press Screening – Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street, between Broadway & AmsterdamTuesday, March 11 at 10:30 a.m. IFC Center, 323 Avenue of the Americas at West 3rd StreetFor more info and to RSVP, please contact: Ryan Werner /

During Bertrand Tavernier’s residency in New York, he is a “Visiting French Artist” at Columbia University, invited by the Columbia University Maison Française and School of the Arts Film Division. His residency is generously supported by UNIFRANCE.


THE CULTURAL SERVICES OF THE FRENCH EMBASSY provides a platform for exchange and innovation between French and American artists, intellectuals, educators, students, the tech community, and the general public. Based in New York City, Washington D.C., and eight other cities across the US, the Cultural Services develops the cultural economy by focusing on six principal fields of action: the arts, literature, cinema, the digital sphere, French language and higher education.

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