Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2012

Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2012

Friday, March 2 - Thursday, March 8, 2012

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Rendez-Vous with French Cinema returns to IFC Center, celebrating its 7th year downtown with a showcase of the best in French filmmaking. Co-presented by Unifrance Films and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Additional screenings take place at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and BAM, visit rendezvouswithfrenchcinema.com for more information.


38 Witnesses

38 Witnesses

Friday, March 2, 2012
A woman is brutally murdered in front of an apartment building, but all of the residents claim to have seen and heard nothing in this taut, haunting thriller from RAPT director Lucas Belvaux. Inspired... more...



Pater

Pater

Friday, March 2, 2012
Star Vincent Lindon in person! France’s most unpredictable filmmaker, the wonderful Alain Cavalier (Le combat dans l’île, Thérèse) teams up with an actor in every way his... more...



Zarafa

Zarafa

Saturday, March 3, 2012
An old man gathers his grandchildren to tell them the story of 10-year-old Maki, who is kidnapped by slave traders. He quickly escapes to find himself on an epic journey. Maki is determined to rescue his... more...



Louise Wimmer

Louise Wimmer

Saturday, March 3, 2012
A tall, middle-aged woman rushes through her chambermaid duties, confronts her manager about more hours, and then goes off to a diner for coffee and smokes. After that, it’s on to her cramped car, which... more...



A Gang Story

A Gang Story

Saturday, March 3, 2012
A solid return to the gangster genre—in the French style, of course. Momon (Gérard Lanvin) was head of one of the most notorious crime syndicates (known as Les Lyonnais), until the gang was pretty much... more...



Farewell, My Queen

Farewell, My Queen

Saturday, March 3, 2012
SOLD OUT! Director in person! Direct from its World Premiere as Opening Night at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, the new film from director Benoît Jacquot (A Single Girl, Deep... more...



17 Girls

17 Girls

Saturday, March 3, 2012
Co-director Muriel Coulin in person! Premiered at last year’s Critics’ Week in Cannes, 17 Girls takes its inspiration from a real, headline-grabbing incident in Gloucester,... more...



The Intouchables

The Intouchables

Sunday, March 4, 2012
SOLD OUT! Directors and star François Cluzet in person! A phenomenon in France, where it shattered box-office records to become the second most successful film of all time, The Intouchables... more...



Free Men

Free Men

Sunday, March 4, 2012
Director and star Tahar Rahim in person! During the German Occupation of France, an Algerian black marketeer (A PROPHET star Tahar Rahim) is coerced into spying on the denizens of the... more...



Americano

Americano

Sunday, March 4, 2012
Director Mathieu Demy & star Chiara Mastroianni in person! When thirty-something Martin (played by actor-writer-director Mathieu Demy) is summoned from Paris to Los Angeles to settle... more...



Here Below

Here Below

Sunday, March 4, 2012
France at the end of 1943. Signs are appearing that the German military offensive is starting to crack, and the Resistance begins to step up its activities. While working as a hospital nurse, nun Sister... more...



The Screen Illusion

The Screen Illusion

Monday, March 5, 2012
Director Mathieu Amalric in person! Part of an ongoing project sponsored by La Comédie-Française—in which filmmakers are given 12 days to adapt a classic French play using actors from... more...



Low Life

Low Life

Monday, March 5, 2012
Off partying one night, a group of students interrupt their revels to become involved in a protest against the clearing if some squats. The march explodes into a full-scale confrontation with the police;... more...



Headwinds

Headwinds

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
One of France’s finest young actors, Jalil Lespert can now, on the strength of his second film as director, be seen as one of its most promising filmmakers as well. Based on the best-seller by Oliver... more...



The Snows of Kilimanjaro

The Snows of Kilimanjaro

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Star Jean-Pierre Daroussin in person! One of contemporary cinema’s most assiduous chroniclers of the politics of daily life, Robert Guédiguian (Marius and Jeanette, The Town is... more...



Paris By Night

Paris By Night

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
With a tour-de-force lead performance by Roschdy Zem, PARIS BY NIGHT is a searing voyage into the depths of some of the City of Light’s darkest corners. Police commander Simon Weiss (Zem), head of... more...



Unforgivable

Unforgivable

Friday, June 29 - Thursday, July 19, 2012
In the latest from acclaimed director Téchiné (The Witnesses, Wild Reeds), a blocked mystery novelist (André Dussollier) newly arrived in Venice falls for an expat real estate agent... more...



Smugglers’ Songs

Smugglers’ Songs

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Director in person! Louis Mandrin was a notorious, Robin Hood-like bandit in the years before the French Revolution; eventually, he was captured and executed, but his legend lived on in... more...



The Last Screening

The Last Screening

Thursday, March 8, 2012
Filmmakers in person! The Cinema Empire, a slightly run-down repertory house in a provincial town offers daily screenings of Jean Renoir’s French Can Can to a small but loyal... more...



The Well-Digger’s Daughter

The Well-Digger’s Daughter

Thursday, March 8, 2012
Star Jean-Pierre Darroussin in person! Daniel Auteuil, who shot to international fame for his work in the Claude Berri adaptations of Marcel Pagnol’s Jean de Florette and Manon... more...



Guilty

Guilty

Thursday, March 8, 2012
Equally fascinating and unsettling, Vincent Garenq’s second feature is a breathtaking journey into a Kafka-esque judicial nightmare. Alain Marecaux (an extraordinary performance by Philippe Torreton)... more...





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