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RENDEZ-VOUS With FRENCH CINEMA 2014 3/6-16 nyc

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RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA 2014

The 19th edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Unifrance Films’ celebrated annual showcase of the best in contemporary French film, hits screens at The Film Society, the IFC Center and BAMcinématek,

The lineup includes established masters like Bertrand Tavernier, Agnès Jaoui, François Ozon, and Jacques Doillon; critics’ favorites Serge Bozon, Michel Gondry, and the Larrieu brothers; and polymath talents, actor-turned-directors Emmanuelle Bercot, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, and Nicole Garcia, who have fully come into their own as filmmakers.

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Alongside these known names are the key figures of what has been called France’s next New Wave: a whole raft of emerging talents, including first- and second-time directors Ruben Alves, Sébastien Betbeder, Guillaume Brac, Thierry de Peretti, Katell Quillévéré, Axelle Ropert, Justine Triet, and Rebecca Zlotowski. And as the original New Wave was very much a boys’ club, it’s worth noting that nearly half the films in this year’s selection were directed by women.

March 6 – 16, 2014.

Films, Descriptions & Schedule
Main Venues: BAMcinématek (BAM)/Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center (EBM)/
IFC Center (IFC)/Walter Reade Theater (WRT)
Opening Night: The Paris Theater (PARIS)

OPENING NIGHT
ON MY WAY
Emmanuelle Bercot, France, 2014, 113m
In French with English subtitles
Catherine Deneuve plays against type and delivers a performance unlike any other in her legendary career as Bettie, a former Breton beauty queen turned bistro owner, in Emmanuelle Bercot’s fourth feature. When her mother (Claude Gensac) tells her that her married lover has ditched her for a 25-year-old beautician’s assistant, Bettie takes to the road with no particular destination in mind and eventually winds up at a dive bar named Le Ranch, where an evening of drunken revelry sets the stage for much tomfoolery to come. Bettie’s resentful daughter Muriel (French pop musician Camille) then asks her mother to chauffeur her son Charly (Nemo Schiffman) to his grandfather’s, and the pair sets out on a trip that will ultimately lead Bettie to revisit her past even as she travels further away from it. Nominated for two 2014 César Awards: Catherine Deneuve (Best Actress) and Nemo Schiffman (Most Promising Actor). A Cohen Media Group release.
Thursday, March 6, 7:30pm – PARIS; Friday, March 7, 6:45pm – BAM; Saturday, March 8, 7:00pm – IFC
In Person: Catherine Deneuve      

CLOSING NIGHT

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THE FRENCH MINISTER (QUAI D’ORSAY)
Bertrand Tavernier, France, 2013, 113m
In French with English subtitles
The veteran auteur Bertrand Tavernier returns to Rendez-Vous with a sly, energetic film about the daily grind of diplomacy. Arthur (Raphaël Personnaz), a graduate of all the right schools, is the new speechwriter for the Minister of Foreign Affairs (a hilarious Thierry Lhermitte). While he tries to navigate internal politics, the various strong personalities around him (such as a ruthless policy advisor played by Julie Gayet), and the stress of finding the Minister’s “voice,” Arthur must also write a speech for the Minister that will hopefully put them both in the history books. Based on co-screenwriter Antonin Baudry’s own graphic novels about his experience working in the Foreign Ministry under former Foreign (and Prime) Minister Dominique de Villepin, The French Minister takes us for a breathless ride through the halls of French government. Nominated for three 2014 César Awards: Julie Gayet (Best Supporting Actress), Niels Arestrup (Best Supporting Actor), and Antonin Baudry, Christophe Blain and Bertrand Tavernier (Best Adapted Screenplay). A Sundance Selects release.
Sunday, March 16, 3:40pm, 9:00pm – WRT
In Person: Bertrand Tavernier & Screenwriter Antonin Baudry

2 AUTUMNS 3 WINTERS (2 AUTOMNES 3 HIVERS)
Sébastien Betbeder, France, 2013, 90m
In French with English subtitles
Director Sébastien Betbeder follows his acclaimed debut, Nights With Theodore, with an endearing, inventive romantic comedy, steeped in offbeat charm and an offhand cinephilia. Sad-sack Arman (Vincent Macaigne) first meets Amélie (Maud Wyler) when he bumps into her while jogging; his attempts at connecting with her fail one after the other, until circumstances grant him the opportunity to rescue her from would-be muggers. Thus begins the story of a relationship by turns breezy and momentous. Alongside his longtime friend from art school, Benjamin (Bastien Bouillon), Arman navigates life with his newfound love. Directly addressing the camera and in monologues that comment on their respective situations, these winning characters describe the trajectory of old-fashioned relationships in this millennial age. A Film Movement release.
Saturday, March 8, 4:00pm – WRT; Sunday, March 9, 5:30pm – IFC
In Person: Sébastien Betbeder

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
AGE OF PANIC (LA BATAILLE DE SOLFÉRINO)
Justine Triet, France, 2013, 90m
In French with English subtitles
During a time of great political change, a frazzled young mother tries to keep it together on the home front. Laetitia (Laetitia Dosch), a cable news reporter off to cover the 2012 French presidential elections, leaves her daughters in the care of a hapless babysitter (Marc-Antoine Vaugeois) with strict instructions to keep them away from Vincent (Vincent Macaigne), her ex-husband and their father. But Vincent, determined to see his kids, disrupts the already chaotic household by enlisting a neighbor to negotiate a divorce agreement with Laetitia – while she’s out reporting amid election crowds in front of Socialist Party headquarters. In her enormously promising first feature, a very funny comedy of discomfort infused with documentary-style energy, director Justine Triet pits micro social problems against the macro body politic of France, all within the frame of one manic day in Paris. Nominated for Best First Film in the 2014 César Awards.
Friday, March 7, 6:30pm – WRT; Saturday, March 8, 3:00pm – BAM; Sunday, March 9, 7:30pm – IFC; Monday, March 10, 1:00pm – WRT
In Person: Justine Triet

LES APACHES
Thierry de Peretti, France, 2013, 82m
In French with English subtitles
On the island of Corsica, a tension constantly simmers between the wealthy tourists and the lower-class locals. Aziz and his friends aren’t considering any of this when they break into an empty seaside house, looking for some illicit fun and a pool to lounge beside. But when the owners arrive for their vacation, there are dire consequences for the teenagers, who prove exceedingly easy to track down. Unbeknownst to Aziz, his pals also stole a pair of hunting rifles during the break-in, and might not be as loyal to him as he is to them. An atmospheric thriller simmering with adolescent sexuality,

Films, Descriptions & Schedule
Main Venues:
BAMcinÉmatek (BAM)/
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center (EBM)/
IFC Center (IFC)/
Walter Reade Theater (WRT)
Opening Night: The Paris Theater (PARIS)
OPENING NIGHT
ON MY WAY
Emmanuelle Bercot, France, 2014, 113m
In French with English subtitles
Catherine Deneuve plays against type and delivers a performance
unlike any other in her legendary career as Bettie, a former Breton
beauty queen turned bistro owner, in Emmanuelle Bercot’s fourth
feature. When her mother (Claude Gensac) tells her that her married
lover has ditched her for a 25-year-old beautician’s assistant,
Bettie takes to the road with no particular destination in mind and
eventually winds up at a dive bar named Le Ranch, where an evening of
drunken revelry sets the stage for much tomfoolery to come. Bettie’s
resentful daughter Muriel (French pop musician Camille) then asks her
mother to chauffeur her son Charly (Nemo Schiffman) to his
grandfather’s, and the pair sets out on a trip that will ultimately
lead Bettie to revisit her past even as she travels further away from
it. Nominated for two 2014 CÉsar Awards: Catherine Deneuve (Best
Actress) and Nemo Schiffman (Most Promising Actor). A Cohen Media
Group release.
Thursday, March 6, 7:30pm – PARIS; Friday, March 7, 6:45pm – BAM;
Saturday, March 8, 7:00pm – IFC
In Person: Catherine Deneuve
CLOSING NIGHT
THE FRENCH MINISTER (QUAI D’ORSAY)
Bertrand Tavernier, France, 2013, 113m
In French with English subtitles
A must-see film. Who realized Tavernier was funny? Outtakes during credits?
We loved his first film, THE CLOCKMAKER, above all, but we have a sneaking
suspicion this may become our second favorite.
The veteran auteur Bertrand Tavernier returns to Rendez-Vous with a
sly, energetic film about the daily grind of diplomacy. Arthur
(RaphaËl Personnaz), a graduate of all the right schools, is the new
speechwriter for the Minister of Foreign Affairs (a hilarious Thierry
Lhermitte). While he tries to navigate internal politics, the various
strong personalities around him (such as a ruthless policy advisor
played by Julie Gayet), and the stress of finding the Minister’s
“voice,” Arthur must also write a speech for the Minister that will
hopefully put them both in the history books. Based on
co-screenwriter Antonin Baudry’s own graphic novels about his
experience working in the Foreign Ministry under former Foreign (and
Prime) Minister Dominique de Villepin, The French Minister takes us
for a breathless ride through the halls of French government.
Nominated for three 2014 CÉsar Awards: Julie Gayet (Best Supporting
Actress), Niels Arestrup (Best Supporting Actor), and Antonin Baudry,
Christophe Blain and Bertrand Tavernier (Best Adapted Screenplay). A
Sundance Selects release.
Sunday, March 16, 3:40pm, 9:00pm – WRT
In Person: Bertrand Tavernier & Screenwriter Antonin Baudry
2 AUTUMNS 3 WINTERS (2 AUTOMNES 3 HIVERS)
SÉbastien Betbeder, France, 2013, 90m
In French with English subtitles
Director SÉbastien Betbeder follows his acclaimed debut, Nights With
Theodore, with an endearing, inventive romantic comedy, steeped in
offbeat charm and an offhand cinephilia. Sad-sack Arman (Vincent
Macaigne) first meets AmÉlie (Maud Wyler) when he bumps into her
while jogging; his attempts at connecting with her fail one after the
other, until circumstances grant him the opportunity to rescue her
from would-be muggers. Thus begins the story of a relationship by
turns breezy and momentous. Alongside his longtime friend from art
school, Benjamin (Bastien Bouillon), Arman navigates life with his
newfound love. Directly addressing the camera and in monologues that
comment on their respective situations, these winning characters
describe the trajectory of old-fashioned relationships in this
millennial age. A Film Movement release.
Saturday, March 8, 4:00pm – WRT; Sunday, March 9, 5:30pm – IFC
In Person: SÉbastien Betbeder
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
AGE OF PANIC (LA BATAILLE DE SOLFÉRINO)
Justine Triet, France, 2013, 90m
In French with English subtitles
A tough film to gauge. The mix of documentary footage is exhilirating,
but the constant presence of  lead actor Vincent Macaigne, perhaps France’s
answer to the American mumblecore style of acting, is unexpected but not
always welcome. As much as The Marchers depicts the France of 1983, does this
film embody the spirit of France in 2012 and do the leads then embody different
aspects of the French spirit or body politic?
During a time of great political change, a frazzled young mother
tries to keep it together on the home front. Laetitia (Laetitia
Dosch), a cable news reporter off to cover the 2012 French
presidential elections, leaves her daughters in the care of a hapless
babysitter (Marc-Antoine Vaugeois) with strict instructions to keep
them away from Vincent (Vincent Macaigne), her ex-husband and their
father. But Vincent, determined to see his kids, disrupts the already
chaotic household by enlisting a neighbor to negotiate a divorce
agreement with Laetitia – while she’s out reporting amid election
crowds in front of Socialist Party headquarters. In her enormously
promising first feature, a very funny comedy of discomfort infused
with documentary-style energy, director Justine Triet pits micro
social problems against the macro body politic of France, all within
the frame of one manic day in Paris. Nominated for Best First Film in
the 2014 CÉsar Awards.
Friday, March 7, 6:30pm – WRT; Saturday, March 8, 3:00pm – BAM;
Sunday, March 9, 7:30pm – IFC; Monday, March 10, 1:00pm – WRT
In Person: Justine Triet
LES APACHES
Thierry de Peretti, France, 2013, 82m
In French with English subtitles
On the island of Corsica, a tension constantly simmers between the
wealthy tourists and the lower-class locals. Aziz and his friends
aren’t considering any of this when they break into an empty seaside
house, looking for some illicit fun and a pool to lounge beside. But
when the owners arrive for their vacation, there are dire
consequences for the teenagers, who prove exceedingly easy to track
down. Unbeknownst to Aziz, his pals also stole a pair of hunting
rifles during the break-in, and might not be as loyal to him as he is
to them. An atmospheric thriller simmering with adolescent sexuality,
Les Apaches explores aspects of French culture that the mainstream
cinema often ignores. The title refers to the slang term used by
Paris police for juvenile delinquents, and the film, whose young
characters are of Arab and Moroccan descent, narrows in on the
subject of racial tension with considerable intelligence and nuance.
Monday, March 10, 12:00pm – EBM; Tuesday, March 11, 6:30pm – WRT;
Wednesday, March 12, 8:00pm – IFC
In Person: Thierry de Peretti will attend the March 12 screening
A CASTLE IN ITALY (UN CHÂTEAU EN ITALIE)
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, France, 2013, 104m
In English, French and Italian with English subtitles
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi’s semi-autobiographical third feature — her
first film since the acclaimed Actresses (2007) — is as restless as
the character she plays in it. The actress-director-screenwriter (she
co-wrote the film with NoÉmie Lvovsky and AgnÈs de Sacy) crafts a
sad, whimsical and tender portrait of a family whose glory days are
over, and who must confront some ugly facts about their present
reality: financial troubles, a younger brother dying of AIDS, a
sprawling estate they can no longer maintain. Louise (Bruni Tedeschi)
herself is approaching her mid 40s, and wants desperately to have a
child and find enduring love. This boldly self-revealing, possibly
cathartic work draws both directly and obliquely from Bruni
Tedeschi’s real life: Louis Garrel, her former partner, plays Nathan,
her young French lover; Nathan’s father in the film is a renowned
filmmaker who directs his son, as does Garrel’s father, Philippe; and
Valeria’s own mother, pianist Marisa Borini, simply plays herself.
Marisa Borini is nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the 2014
CÉsar Awards.
Monday, March 12, 6:00pm – IFC; Thursday, March 13, 9:00pm – WRT;
Sunday, March 16, 6:30pm – WRT
EASTERN BOYS
Robin Campillo, France, 2013, 128m
In English, French and Russian with English subtitles
Arriving from all over the Eastern Bloc, the men who loiter around
the Gare du Nord train station in Paris are scraping by however they
can, forming gangs for support and protection, ever fearful of being
caught by the police and deported. When the middle-aged, bourgeois
Daniel (Olivier Rabourdin) approaches a boyishly handsome Ukrainian
who calls himself Marek for a date, he learns the young man is
willing to do anything for some cash. What Daniel intends only as
sex-for-hire begets a home invasion and then an unexpectedly profound
relationship. The drastically different circumstances of the two
men’s lives reveal hidden facets of the city they share. Presented in
four parts, this absorbing, continually surprising film by Robin
Campillo (director of Les Revenants and a frequent collaborator of
Laurent Cantet’s) is centered around relationships that defy easy
categorization, in which motivations and desires are poorly
understood even by those to whom they belong.
Monday, March 10, 9:30pm – IFC; Tuesday, March 11, 8:45pm – WRT;
Wednesday, March 12, 1:00pm – WRT
In Person: Robin Campillo
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
THE GILDED CAGE (LA CAGE DORÉE)
Ruben Alves, France/Portugal, 2013, 95m
In French and Portuguese with English subtitles
JosÉ (Joaquim de Alameida) and Maria (Rita Blanco), a middle-aged
Portuguese couple, have been living in Paris for 30 years. He is a
respected construction foreman and she is the concierge at the ritzy
apartment building where they live in a cramped ground-floor flat.
Their life has been a fulfilling one, with a grown daughter and a
teenage son who have spent their lives in France. But when JosÉ
inherits the family winery and the opportunity to finally return home
becomes tantalizingly within reach, they begin to question the level
of comfort they’ve achieved and whether it all has been worth the
cost. Alves’s immensely likable semi-autobiographical comedy-drama
features a sprawling cast of oddballs and mixes farcical situations
with razor-sharp observations about class and generational
differences and the difficulty of balancing family and work.
Nominated for Best First Film at the 2014 CÉsar Awards.
Sunday, March 9, 9:30pm – WRT; Tuesday, March 11, 6:00pm – IFC;
Saturday, March 15, 7:15pm – WRT
US PREMIERE
GOING AWAY (UN BEAU DIMANCHE)
Nicole Garcia, France, 2013, 95m
In French with English subtitles
Veteran director-actress Nicole Garcia’s refreshingly understated
seventh feature follows the formation of an improbable bond between
Baptiste (Pierre Rochefort), a commitment-averse substitute teacher,
and Mathias (Mathias Brezot), a young student emotionally neglected
by his separated parents. Filling in as a temporary surrogate father
for Mathias, Baptiste soon finds himself entangled with Mathias’s
hard-working, hard-partying mother, Sandra (Louise Bourgoin). When a
couple of thugs show up to collect an outstanding debt, the
chivalrous Baptiste takes it upon himself to resolve the conflict.
Full of sharply and empathetically drawn characters (embodied by an
excellent cast, including Dominique Sanda as Baptiste’s mother),
Garcia’s intimate film also speaks profoundly about the
responsibilities bound up in the connections people forge.
Friday, March 7, 6:00pm – IFC; Monday, March 10, 4:00pm – EBM;
Saturday, March 15, 9:30pm – WRT
GRAND CENTRAL
Rebecca Zlotowski, France/Austria, 2013, 94m
In French with English subtitles
A nuclear power plant serves as the setting for a forbidden romance
as volatile as the facility itself in the intense, brilliantly acted
second feature from Rebecca Zlotowski (Belle Epine). Gary (A
Prophet’s Tahar Rahim) is a poor, unskilled laborer looking for easy
money and a place to fit in. Karole (LÉa Seydoux) is the fiancÉe of
longtime plant employee Toni (Denis MÉnochet), one of the many
underpaid men and women who daily brave illness and possible death
from radiation poisoning. Soon Gary and Karole fall rapturously in
love, and their moonlit trysts in the bucolic surrounding countryside
pose a growing threat to the staff’s tight-knit bonds. Zlotowski
focuses both on the everyday routines of the workers and on the
swooning passions of the love triangle at the film’s heart, with
electronica pulsating on the soundtrack as her characters gamble ever
more perilously in work and love. Olivier Gourmet is nominated for
Best Supporting Actor at the 2014 CÉsar Awards.
Friday, March 7, 9:00pm – WRT; Saturday, March 8, 4:45pm – IFC;
Sunday, March 9, 4:30pm – BAM; Monday, March 10, 3:30pm – WRT
In Person: Rebecca Zlotowski
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
HIS WIFE (SON ÉPOUSE)
Michel Spinosa, France/India/Belgium, 2014, 108m
In English, French and Tamil with English subtitles
In Michel Spinosa’s emotional, superbly acted drama, a widower named
Joseph (Yvan Attal) travels to India to meet Gracie (Janagi), a young
Tamil newlywed who knew his late wife, Catherine (Charlotte
Gainsbourg), and whose erratic behavior suggests that she may be
possessed by the dead woman. Soon enough, Joseph’s journey to the
small village near Pondicherry where Gracie lives unveils itself to
be not only a form of tribute to Catherine but also a bid for
forgiveness. Spinosa (who co-wrote Rendez-Vous 2013 selection Renoir)
coaxes magnetic, complex performances from Attal and especially
Janagi, who is a revelation as a woman under the influence – of grief
and even more mysterious forces.
Friday, March 7, 10:15pm – IFC; Wednesday, March 12, 1:00pm – EBM;
6:30pm – WRT
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
IF YOU DON’T, I WILL (ARRÊTE OU JE CONTINUE)
Sophie FilliÈres, France, 2014, 102m
In French with English subtitles
Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Devos are Pierre and Pomme, a couple
whose marriage is on the verge of collapsing. As Pierre goes through
the motions of his daily routine while hardly disguising his anger, a
bewildered Pomme slowly absorbs all the signs of impending crisis,
searching for ways to reconnect with her partner. “We don’t dance
anymore, we grow old,” she complains, before pulling Pierre onto the
dance floor at a party. But their attempts to rekindle the passion
are inevitably, sometimes comically, thwarted. Can they redefine
their relationship or will they end up going their separate ways?
During one of their weekend hikes, Pomme reaches a breaking point.

Love Battles

Love Battles

Jacques Doillon | 2013 | 99 mins

North American Premiere! Director Jacques Doillon in person!

Two lovers unable to get on the same page, psychosexually speaking, strive to resolve the impasse through beautifully filmed wrestling matches that test their bodies as much as their souls.

For lovers of mud wrestling. Not quite Last Tango.

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Monday, March 10

6:30pm

Love Is the Perfect Crime

Love Is the Perfect Crime

Arnaud Larrieu | Jean-Marie Larrieu | 2013 | 110 mins

U.S. Premiere!

Mathieu Amalric plays a university professor whose perfect life turns sour when his latest undergraduate conquest goes missing in this darkly funny thriller with an explosive finale.

One of the better films at the festival with subtle tonal shifts, gorgeous scenery and settings, and twists that are ultimately satisfying. It’s good to be Marc. Played by the reliably terrific Mathieu Amalric (Bond villain in Quantum of Solace), he holds a prestigious teaching position at what must be the world’s most beautiful university and is desired by seemingly every comely coed in the Swiss Alps. But this idyllic existence goes awry the morning after, when his latest undergraduate conquest vanishes. Suddenly, it’s not so good to be Marc. A detective begins snooping around and asking questions. Marc’s supervisor, who has a thing for Marc’s sister (whose affections for Marc appear more than familial), informs him that his position may no longer be secure. A sexy student from a prominent family wishes to supplement her education with some extracurricular instruction. And then there’s the matter of the missing coed’s gorgeous and unrelenting stepmother… Everything comes together in this darkly funny thriller with an unexpectedly explosive finale from Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu.

Friday, March 07

1:00pm

Monday, March 10

9:15pm

The Marchers
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The Marchers

Nabil Ben Yadir | 2013 | 120 mins

North American Premiere! Director Nabil Ben Yadir in person on March 9!

This rousing film reconstructs a decisive event in the history of French racial politics: a Mitterrand-era demonstration against racism and inequality in which nine people marched 930 miles from Marseilles to Paris.

A moving and quietly outstanding film that effectively recreates the time and emotions of 1983 France. Clearly one of our favorites of the festival this year. Nominated for a 2014 Lumiere Award for Best screenplay.

Nabil Ben Yadir’s rousing sophomore feature reconstructs a decisive event in the history of French racial politics: a Mitterrand-era demonstration against racism and inequality in which nine people marched 930 miles from Marseilles to Paris, where they were met by more than 100,000 supporters. Compelled to undertake their transnational trek when Mohamed (Tewfik Jallab) and Hassan (Jamel Debbouze) are victimized by the police, the band of protesters—inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi—have their resolve tested, but are obliged to soldier on when a Maghrebi teenager is brutally murdered, encountering ever more prejudice en route. The Marchers is a monument to the courage of a handful of activists as well as an edifying account of how a small group can bring about enormous shifts in the national consciousness.

Following the March 9 screening, Nabil Ben Yadir and filmmaker/producer Electra Weston will participate in a discussion on telling history through film and the depiction of minority groups in France and the USA.

Sunday, March 09

1:30pm

Friday, March 14

3:30pm

Miss and the Doctors

Miss and the Doctors

Axelle Ropert | 2013 | 100 mins

New York Premiere! Director Axelle Ropert in person on March 8!

Two sibling doctors take on a young diabetic patient and both fall for the girl’s lovely mother, who tends bar at a local watering hole, testing their fraternal bonds and professional relationship.

Another favorite of ours because of its understated charm, truthful performances and memorable soundtrack. Sibling doctors Boris (filmmaker Cédric Kahn, in a revelatory performance) and Dimitri (Laurent Stocker) share a pediatric practice in a working-class Paris arrondissement. But their fraternal bonds and professional relationship are tested when they take on a young diabetic patient and both fall for the girl’s lovely mother (Louise Bourgoin), who tends bar at a local watering hole. The possibility of sharing a life with this woman and her daughter represents something quite different for each brother, and director Axelle Ropert (The Wolberg Family) places their burgeoning rivalry at the heart of this witty, passionate, beautifully observed drama. The cinematography by Céline Bozon (the sister of Tip Top director Serge) gives the urban setting, with its high-rise apartment blocks and Chinese restaurants, a sense of everyday magic, as does Benjamin Esdraffo’s lilting score.

Saturday, March 08

1:00pm

Monday, March 10

1:50pm

Mood Indigo

Mood Indigo

Michel Gondry | 2013 | 95 mins

New York Premiere! Michel Gondry in person!

Romain Duris plays a wealthy bachelor who puts aside his eccentric hobbies to find love (with Audrey Tautou, naturally) in Michael Gondry’s manic, visionary adaptation of Boris Vian’s Foam of the Daze.

Our impression of it was solely as an art piece to be experienced as one would a museum piece. Other critics had more favorable opinions than ours. Your mileage may vary, but be forewarned. Not one of our favorites at this festival.

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Sunday, March 09

7:00pm

Playing Dead
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Playing Dead

Jean-Paul Salomé | 2013 | 104 mins

North American Premiere! Director Jean-Paul Salomé in person on March 8!

A down-and-out actor takes a gig in a homicide reenactment at a ski resort, sparking an antagonism-turned-romance with the chief investigator and hilariously complicating every step of the process.

It hit us at the right wintry moment and we found it very appealing. Loved the actors, enjoyed the film. We believe the Dardenne brothers served in a producer capacity, but it has a life of its own.

North American Premiere! Director Jean-Paul Salomé in person on March 8!

In Jean-Paul Salomé’s seventh feature, the hilarious François Damiens plays Jean, a down-and-out and underemployed actor (not to mention a former César winner!) who, after years of playing tiny roles on canceled TV shows and starring in embarrassing commercials, takes a gig as a performer in a homicide reenactment “produced” by the police at a ski resort in the French Alps. Being an expert at unnecessarily complicating or otherwise ruining any situation in which he finds himself, Jean quickly gets in the way of the case’s chief investigator (Géraldine Nakache), sparking an antagonism-turned-romance as well as a suspenseful whodunit rich with twists, turns and amusing instances of Jean taking himself much too seriously. Filming the reenactment as though it were a movie shoot, Salomé slyly juxtaposes the worlds of forensics and film making, and the result is a rare, uproarious murder mystery.

Saturday, March 08

9:00pm

Friday, March 14

1:00pm

School of Babel
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School of Babel

Julie Bertuccelli | 2013 | 89 mins

North American Premiere!

Shot over a year at a secondary school in Paris’s 10th arrondissement, this observational documentary is a kind of nonfiction counterpart to The Class and a multifaceted look at the French melting pot.

See it. Extremely touching.

North American Premiere!

At a secondary school in Paris’s 10th arrondissement there is a “reception class,” where students between the ages of 11 and 15 are taught their first lessons in French. Some of these immigrant children, newly arrived, know a few phrases in the language of their adopted country; others can’t speak a word. Their families have come from all across the globe, from Ireland, Senegal, Morocco, Brazil, and China, fleeing persecution or just looking for a fresh start. Shot over a year, this observational documentary by Julie Bertuccelli (Since Otar Left, The Tree) is a kind of nonfiction counterpart to Laurent Cantet’s Palme d’Or-winning The Class, staying within the confines of the school and recording the children’s candid, sometimes heated discussions and interactions between parents and teachers. The result is both illuminating and extremely touching, a multifaceted look at the French melting pot, its frustrations and its hopes for the future.

Sunday, March 16

1:30pm

Suzanne
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Suzanne

Katell Quillévéré | 2013 | 94 mins

New York Premiere! Director Katell Quillévéré in person on March 9!

A teenage mother takes up with a local bad boy while her widowed father and older sister try their best to keep the family together in this coming-of-age story of epic proportions.

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Sunday, March 09

4:30pm

Wednesday, March 12

4:00pm

Tip Top
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Tip Top

Serge Bozon | 2013 | 106 mins

U.S. Premiere! Director Serge Bozon in person!

An eccentric internal affairs agent (Isabelle Huppert) and her mousy new partner are summoned to investigate the murder of an Algerian informant in this one-of-a-kind screwball procedural.

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Friday, March 14

1:00pm 9:00pm

Tonnerre
tonnerre

Tonnerre

Guillaume Brac | 2013 | 100 mins

North American Premiere! Director Guillaume Brac in person on March 14!

A struggling musician moves home to write and soon gets wrapped up in a fling with a beautiful young journalist that ends as suddenly as it started, leading to a dark and troubling obsession.

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Wednesday, March 12

4:00pm

Friday, March 14

6:30pm

Under the Rainbow

Under the Rainbow

Agnès Jaoui | 2013 | 112 mins

New York Premiere!

The arrival of Prince Charming in a young woman’s life is complicated by a fork in the road guided by a very different but equally charming man in this contemporary fairy tale filled with twists and sharp humor. Fabulous and seamless editing.

Twenty-four-year-old Laura (Agathe Bonitzer) has faith that someday her Prince Charming will suddenly appear. But when such a man does turn up, so does another one—charming in a different way, but dark and alluring. In a flash, all of Laura’s assumptions about life and the future become conventional and wrong. Under the Rainbow is a contemporary fairy tale with more than its share of twists, imbued with the sharp existentialist humor we have come to expect from the duo of Agnès Jaoui and Jean-Pierre Bacri (The Taste of Others, Look at Me). Both once again collaborate on the script and co-star as Pierre and Marian, a comically neurotic middle-aged pair who, despite being a generation older than Laura, face a similar predicament: how to lead their lives in relation to their sometimes wild dreams and expectations.

Wednesday, March 12

9:00pm

Friday, March 14

3:45pm

Young & Beautiful

Young & Beautiful

François Ozon | 2013 | 95 mins

New York Premiere! Director François Ozon and actress Géraldine Pailhas in person!

Ozon’s latest tracks a pivotal year in the life of a 17-year-old, observing her journey without judgment and reflecting on the emotions and insecurities that define her entrance into adulthood.

Ozon is a master. “No one’s serious at 17,” wrote Arthur Rimbaud. For Isabelle (Marine Vacth), the 17-year-old at the center of François Ozon’s Young & Beautiful, this sentiment may justify the choices she makes over the course of a pivotal year. Divided into four seasons, Isabelle’s foray into prostitution is motivated not by a need for money or control, but rather by an overwhelming desire for self-discovery. Ozon observes her journey without judgment, reflecting on the emotions and insecurities that saturate a young person’s entrance into adulthood. One year removed from In the House (Rendez-Vous ’13), Ozon again proves a master at coaxing strong performances from young actors; Marine Vacth, in her first leading role, is a revelation. Nominated for two 2014 César Awards: Géraldine Pailhas (Best Supporting Actress) and Marine Vacth (Most Promising Actress). A Sundance Selects release.

Saturday, March 08

6:30pm

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