20 French pics to unspool at Unifrance event

Francois Ozon’s “Potiche,” Kristin Scott Thomas starrer “Love Crime” and Eric Lartigau’s “The Big Picture” are among the 20 Gallic pics set to unspool at the Unifrance’s French fest, which runs March 3-13 in New York.

Selection boasts a mix of pics from emerging directors — including Katell Quillevere’s coming-of-age drama “Love Like Poison” and Audrey Estrougo’s musical dramedy “Leila” — with films from vet helmers, notably Bertrand Tavernier’s “The Princess of Montpensier,” Catherine Breillat’s “Sleeping Beauty” and Claude Lelouch’s “What Love May Bring.”

Out of these 20 films, only five have found a U.S. distributor: Sundance Selects has “Love Crime” and “The Princess of Montpensier,” Strand Releasing has “Sleeping Beauty,” Music Box has “Potiche” and “Mozart’s Sister.”

Fest will pay homage to late French helmer Alain Corneau (“Love Crime”) Claude Lelouch will be feted with the unspooling of “From One Film to Another,” a self-portrait docu. Following the screening, Lelouch will reflect on his 50-year career in cinema during a Q&A featuring clips.

The Rendez-Vous will also host a public conversation with Bertrand Tavernier and dedicate a Movie Night to Breillat, during which the thought-provoking helmer will discuss and screen her personnal favorite films.

The New York event will also draw Catherine Deneuve (“Potiche”), helmer Benoit Jacquot (“Deep in the Woods”), Martin Provost (“The Long Falling”), thesps Ludivine Sagnier (“Love Crime”) and Gaspard Ulliel (“The Princess of Montpensier”) and scribe Coline Serreau (“Think Global, Act Rural”).

Films will screen at the Film Society, IFC Center and BAMcinematek.

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