PARIS– Catherine Deneuve starrer “On My Way,” Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu’s “Love Is The Perfect Crime” and Serge Bozon’s “Tip Top” are among the 24 films set to make their North American premieres at the 19th edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in New York.
Bertrand Tavernier’s political satire “The French Minister” with Raphael Personnaz and Thierry Lhermitte will close the festival.
In line with last year’s edition, the New York rendez-vous will mostly feature auteur-driven dramas and very few mainstream comedies and genre pics.
Under the leadership of prexy Jean-Paul Salome and exec director Isabelle Giordano, the fest will highlight emerging French directors boosting what the org calls the “next New Wave.”
Among the up-and-comers set to be showcased by Unifrance are: Sebastien Betbeder (“2 Autumns, 3 Winters”), Guillaume Brac (“Tonnerre”), Thierry de Peretti (“Les Apaches”), Katell Quillevere (“Suzanne”), Axelle Ropert (“Miss And The Doctors”), Justine Triet (“The Age of Panic”) and Rebecca Zlotowski (“Grand Central”). The event will also bring together well-established actors such as Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Louis Garrel, Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Louise Bourgoin, as well as rising talent such as Sara Forestier, François Damiens and Vincent Macaigne.
“We’re delighted to be welcoming back such a distinguished roster of established names to Rendez-Vous with French Cinema,” said Dennis Lim, the Film Society’s head of programming. “But we’re no less thrilled to be introducing audiences to an exciting young generation of directors and actors.”
Added Lim, “The films of this latest French New Wave are notable for their freewheeling energy and immediacy and for their willingness to tackle head-on the complexities and contradictions of 21st-century France. More than a third of the films in our selection are first or second features. It’s also worth noting — as the original French New Wave was very much a boys’ club — that nearly half were directed by women.”
Giordano said the fest will showcase first and second feature films to illustrate the “vitality, renewal and richness of French creativity” and turn the spotlight on films directed by women — deemed by Giordano as “one French film industry’s specificities.”
“As David Lynch once said, ‘I hope that every movie will be a moment when the spectator will be stirred or amazed,'” quipped Giordano.
Hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Unifrance Films, the Rendez-Vous will be playing films at The Film Society of Lincoln Center, the IFC Center and BAMcinematek. Unifrance has also reupped its collaboration with Emerging Pictures on a select number of titles. Under the partnership, pics will screen simultaneously at the Lincoln Center and across digital theaters that are part of Emerging’s network. Each screening will be followed by a Q&A with the talent in attendance.
More to come…