Rendez-Vous features top French talent

Gondry, Lindon, Honore, Mastroianni among those on hand for fest

What: 15th Rendez-Vous With French Cinema

When: March 11-21

Where: Walter Reade Theater, IFC Film Center, BAM Cinematek, Fiaf


An annual gathering ground for Francophile film hounds and flesh-and-blood Frenchies, the Rendez-Vous showcases more than 20 feature premieres, shorts and master classes with a handful of leading Gallic actors and directors. The fest kicks off with Christian Carion’s Cold War saga “Farewell” and features such anticipated preems as Francois Ozon’s “The Refuge,” Cedric Kahn’s “Regrets” and Xavier Giannoli’s “In the Beginning.”

Vet actor Vincent Lindon will be on hand for a talk with Richard Pena, as well as to present award-winning drama “Welcome” and forlorn romancer “Mademoiselle Chambon,” while Michel Gondry will talk about his versatile career and introduce his docu “The Thorn in the Heart.”

At Florence Gould Hall (22 E 60th St.), thesp-helmer Yvan Attal will introduce his short “I Got a Woman” and his segment from “New York, I Love You,” followed by a talk with Variety critic Ronnie Scheib. Filmmaker Christophe Honore and actress Chiara Mastroianni will present 2007’s “Love Songs,” followed by a Q&A.

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