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Paris Cinema Festival highlights

Key screenings and events

Bruno Podalydes’ “Bancs publics,” an ensemble film starring a bevy of well-known Gallic thesps, including Mathieu Amalric, will open the fest. Event closes with Ang Lee’s “Taking Woodstock,” which bowed at this year’s Cannes fest. …

Iconic Italian thesp Claudia Cardinale gets a 15-film retrospective and presents a restored copy of Mauro Bolognini’s “La Viaccia” at a special screening. …

Jean-Pierre Leaud, one of Gaul’s most versatile thesps, who rose to fame during the Nouvelle Vague period, is toasted with a 30-film retro and a screening of “La Maman et la putain,” directed by Jean Eustache, while Malaysian director Tsai Ming-liang presents “What Time Is It There?” a film celebrating the Nouvelle Vague featuring Leaud. Tsai also gets a retrospective of his features. …

A key producer of contemporary Spanish cinema, Lluis Minarro, will present Christophe Farnarier’s “Un Reve“; seven of the producer’s older films will also unspool. …

One of Japan’s rare femme directors, Naomi Kawase, will present “Hotaru” and Thailand-set “Nanayo.” …

Turkish helmer Nuri Bilge Ceylan also gets toasted with screenings of some of his most acclaimed films, including “Three Monkeys” and “Les Climats,” which he will be on hand to present. … Two panels discuss co-producing with Korea and Turkey, while another seminar focuses on the impact of VOD on independant distributors. …

Europa Distribution gathers key European distribs to debate release strategies, talk about collective-acquisitions work and discuss digital entertainment.

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