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VIVE LA FRANCE! 3/6-15/15 French Cinema

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My Friend Victoria / Mon amie Victoria,

SK1 / L’Affaire SK1,

May Allah Bless France! / Qu’Allah bénisse la France!,

Eat Your Bones / Mange tes morts,

Love at First Fight / Les Combattants,

3 Hearts / 3 Coeurs,



Films, Descriptions & Public Screening Schedule

Main Venues: BAMcinématek (BAM)/IFC Center (IFC)/Walter Reade Theater (WRT)

Opening Night: Alice Tully Hall (ATH)



Opening Night

3 Hearts / 3 Coeurs

Benoît Jacquot, France/Germany/Belgium, 2014, DCP, 106m

French with English subtitles

While traveling through a small provincial town, reserved and melancholic Parisian Marc (Benoît Poelvoorde, Man Bites Dog) meets by chance Sylvie (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a mysterious and beautiful stranger. The two spend a magical night together and fall madly in love. Without exchanging names or information, they agree to meet by a fountain in Paris, à la An Affair to Remember—but as in that classic tearjerker, fate conspires against them. Thinking herself jilted, Sylvie returns to her past life, whereupon Marc meets and woos Sophie (Chiara Mastroianni)—blissfully unaware that she’s Sylvie’s sister. Benoît Jacquot, whose Farewell, My Queen was a highlight of Rendez-Vous 2012, directs this romantic and tragic roundelay, co-starring the luminous Catherine Deneuve (Mastroianni’s mother on-screen and off-). A Cohen Media Group release. U.S. Premiere

Friday, March 6, 7:30pm – ATH (Intro by Benoît Jacquot, Charlotte Gainsbourg & Chiara Mastroianni)

Saturday, March 7, 5:00pm – IFC (Q&A with Chiara Mastroianni)


Closing Night

Reality / Réalité

Quentin Dupieux, France/Belgium, 2014, DCP, 102m

French and English with English subtitles

Quentin Dupieux, the architect of Rubber (which, in case you missed it, was about a sentient, murderous tire), lets his imagination take flight again, resulting in a multi-threaded Lynchian house of mirrors. The only “reality” on view here is a little girl by that name (Kyla Kenedy) who finds a VHS tape inside the carcass of a boar her father is planning to stuff. Meanwhile, the cameraman (Alain Chabat) of a show hosted by a man in a bear suit (Jon Heder, Napoleon Dynamite himself) needs to record the perfect scream for his pet project, a film about killer TVs. You won’t want to miss this unique and hilarious reverie—much more than the sum of its quirks—featuring Philip Glass’s Music with Changing Parts, a perfect sonic analog to Dupieux’s ineffable vision. An IFC Midnight release.

Sunday, March 15, 6:45pm – WRT (Q&A with actor Alain Chabat) & 9:15pm – WRT (intro by actor Alain Chabat)


40-Love / Terre battue

Stéphane Demoustier, France/Belgium, 2014, DCP, 95m

French with English subtitles

When Jérôme (Olivier Gourmet), a fiftyish department-store sales manager, loses his job, and his wife Laura (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) leaves him for another man, all he has left are his pipe dreams and his son Ugo (first-time actor Charles Mérienne). Though only 11 years old, Ugo already shows great promise as a tennis pro, with a trainer eager to recruit him. Jerome cares for Ugo’s auspicious career only grudgingly until a startling development forces him to rethink his priorities. Playing another of his harried “ordinary men,” Gourmet brings trademark authenticity to a role that (like the film’s tennis-entendre English title) skirts both silliness and melancholy. Thanks to his efforts and the preternaturally confident young Mérienne, this first feature by Stéphane Demoustier clears the net on every serve.

Thursday, March 12, 6:00pm – IFC (Q&A with Stéphane Demoustier)

Friday, March 13, 6:45pm – WRT (Q&A with Stéphane Demoustier)


Breathe / Respire

Mélanie Laurent, 2014, France, DCP, 91m

French with English subtitles

Internationally acclaimed actress Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds) follows up her 2011 feature directorial debut, The Adopted, with a perceptive account of high-school angst and obsession. Shy 17-year-old Charlie (Joséphine Japy) becomes fast friends with Sarah (Lou de Laâge), a new arrival in their school. The outgoing Sarah coaxes Charlie out of her shell and becomes a fixture in her home, but when the two go on holiday together their relationship turns sour. Laurent trusts her gifted young stars with challenging long takes and they reward her faith in abundance. Featuring César winner Isabelle Carré (Beautiful Memories) as Charlie’s dysfunctional mother, Breathe echoes Blue Is the Warmest Color in broad strokes but paints its own striking portrait of youthful ardor and codependency. Nominated for two César Awards.

Saturday, March 7, 3:00pm – WRT (Q&A with Mélanie Laurent)

Saturday, March 7, 6:00pm – BAM (Q&A with Mélanie Laurent)

Sunday, March 8, 6:45pm – IFC (Q&A with Mélanie Laurent)

Monday, March 9, 4:15pm – WRT


The Connection / La French

Cédric Jimenez, France, 2014, DCP, 135m

French with English subtitles

Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin (The Artist) plays radically against type in this gripping thriller from the files of the same criminal ring that inspired William Friedkin’s classic The French Connection. Dujardin is Pierre Michel, a Marseilles magistrate who dedicates himself to apprehending fearsome heroin czar Gaetano Zampa (Gilles Lellouche, Little White Lies). As in the policiers by Jean-Pierre Melville that it evokes, the principled antagonists of The Connection are two sides of a coin, more like one another than the rats in their respective organizations. Director Cédric Jimenez uses late-70s music and fashion to resurrect the disco-age backdrop against which their vendetta played out. Though highlighted by Dujardin’s Delon-esque turn, the all-star French cast includes Benoît Magimel (Isabelle Huppert’s pupil/pursuer in The Piano Teacher), and the luminous Céline Sallette (House of Pleasures) as Pierre Michel’s wife. Nominated for two César Awards. A Drafthouse Films release. U.S. Premiere

Saturday, March 7, 6:00pm – WRT (Q&A with Cédric Jimenez & Céline Sallette)

Saturday, March 7, 9:00pm – BAM (Q&A with Cédric Jimenez & Céline Sallette)

Sunday, March 8, 3:45pm – IFC (Q&A with Cédric Jimenez & Céline Sallette)


Eat Your Bones / Mange tes morts

Jean-Charles Hue, France, 2014, DCP, 94m

French with English subtitles

After his documentary/fiction hybrid debut The Lord’s Ride, which portrayed the gypsy communities of northern France, director Jean-Charles Hue reunited several of that film’s nonprofessional stars to tell the story of another Romani family. Eighteen-year-old Jason (Jason François), on the verge of baptism, finds his values tested when half-brother Fred (Frédéric Dorkel) returns from a 15-year prison stint anything but rehabilitated. The two, along with a third brother and a cousin, team up to steal a truckload of copper, but they prove to be inept criminals and unstable partners. For this dynamic and absorbing glimpse at an underrepresented culture, Hue received the 2014 Prix Jean Vigo, awarded annually to one director by the Cinema of France “for their spirit of independence and extraordinary style.” U.S. Premiere

Sunday, March 8, 9:00pm – IFC (Intro by producer Thierry Lounas)

Monday, March 9, 6:45pm – WRT (Intro by producer Thierry Lounas)


Fidelio, Alice’s Odyssey / Fidelio, l’odyssée d’Alice

Lucie Borleteau, France, 2014, DCP, 97m

French, Romanian, Tagalog, Norwegian, and English with English subtitles

Actress Lucie Borleteau makes her feature directing debut with this insightful study of a woman situated in an almost exclusively male milieu. Sailor Alice (Ariane Labed) joins the freighter Fidelio as a replacement engineer, soon discovering that the captain, Gaël (Melvil Poupaud), is a man with whom she was once romantically involved. Though she leaves behind a fiancé on land (Anders Danielsen Lie, Oslo, August 31st), she finds her feelings for Gaël have not abated. Buttressed by a remarkable international cast, Fidelio, Alice’s Odyssey presents a rounded portrait of a passionate woman faced with difficult choices. Greek actress Labed won Best Actress at Locarno for her memorable performance. Nominated for two César Awards including Best Debut Feature.

Saturday, March 14, 9:00pm – WRT (Q&A with Lucie Borleteau & Ariane Lebed)


Gaby Baby Doll

Sophie Letourneur, France, 2014, DCP, 88m

French with English subtitles

As the awkward, insecure bubbly Gaby, Lolita Chammah (Farewell, My Queen) suggests a Gallic Greta Gerwig in one of her not-quite-formed-adult roles. Upon arriving in the country, she’s promptly discarded by her boyfriend, and as solitude is not an option, the companionship-starved Gaby seeks out a replacement. She finds it in Nicolas (Benjamin Biolay), a seemingly hirsute vagabond whose shack she invites herself to share. Director Sophie Letourneur’s follow-up to 2012’s Les coquillettes is a tentative pastoral romance filled with endearing neuroses and an organically unpredictable plot, charming and moving in its investigation of why it is that some simply cannot bear to be alone. North American Premiere

Monday, March 9, 9:00pm – IFC

Thursday, March 12, 9:30pm – WRT


Hippocrates / Hippocrate

Thomas Lilti, France, 2014, DCP, 102m

French with English subtitles

Following up his debut feature, 2007’s Les yeux bandés, Thomas Lilti takes us inside a Paris hospital—an environment he knows well, being a practicing doctor himself. Novice doctor Benjamin (Vincent Lacoste), interning in his father’s ward, makes a rookie mistake that costs a patient his life. The administration quickly covers up his wrongdoing, but the dead man’s wife begins asking questions and Benjamin’s overworked colleagues resent his nepotism. Reda Kateb (A Prophet, Zero Dark Thirty) provides the film’s moral center as Abdel, a skilled physician forced to work as an intern due to his immigrant status, struggling mightily and alone to place patient welfare ahead of staff impunity. Recalling both Arthur Hiller’s The Hospital in its cynical view of the profession and Maïwenn’s Polisse in its tough depiction of state institutions, Lilti’s biting dramedy posits that “Hippocratic” and “hypocrite” share more than linguistic affinities. Nominated for seven César Awards including Best Film. A Distrib Films release. North American Premiere

Friday, March 6, 7:15pm – IFC

Friday, March 13, 9:30pm – WRT (Q&A with composers Low Entertainment)


In the Courtyard / Dans la cour

Pierre Salvadori, France, 2014, DCP, 97m

French with English subtitles

National treasure Catherine Deneuve sinks her teeth into the role of Mathilde, a former social worker inhabiting an upscale apartment with her husband Serge (Féodor Atkine). When slovenly musician Antoine (Gustave Kervern) applies by chance for a caretaker job in their building, Mathilde insists Serge hire him, despite his rough manners and lack of qualifications. An unlikely friendship develops between the depressed custodian and the elegant retiree, whose dependence on Antoine increases as her grasp on reality begins to slip. Best known for light comedies like Après Vous, director Pierre Salvadori handles the shifts in tone adroitly, abetted by nuanced turns from Kervern (himself a director) and the always masterful Deneuve in a César Award-nominated performance. A Cohen Media Group release.

Saturday, March 7, 1:00pm – WRT

Monday, March 9, 7:00pm – IFC

Tuesday, March 10, 4:15pm – WRT


In the Name of My Daughter / L’Homme qu’on aimait trop

André Téchiné, France, 2014, DCP, 116m

French with English subtitles

André Téchiné, whose previous film Unforgivable was a Rendez-Vous 2012 selection, returns with another penetrating psychological drama. In 1976 Nice, young divorcee Agnès Le Roux (Adèle Haenel) falls for shady lawyer Maurice Agnelet (Tell No One director Guillaume Canet), allowing him to manipulate her into handing the casino run by her mother, Renée (Catherine Deneuve), over to the mob. The subsequent disappearance of Agnès and Maurice’s emigration to Panama with her money convinces Renée that he has murdered her, and so she swears to see justice served. Téchiné’s atmospheric recounting of the real-life Affaire Le Roux features a regal turn from Deneuve and further evidence of Haenel’s immense versatility and remarkable talent. A Cohen Media Group release. North American Premiere

Tuesday, March 10, 9:30pm – IFC (Intro by Guillaume Canet)

Wednesday, March 11, 1:45pm & 6:45pm – WRT (Q&A with Guillaume Canet at 6:45pm screening)


Love at First Fight / Les Combattants

Thomas Cailley, 2014, France, DCP, 98m

French with English subtitles

A triple winner at last year’s Cannes, where it played in the Directors’ Fortnight, Love at First Fight offers a warm and refreshing coming-of-age story. Easygoing and naïve Arnaud (Kévin Azaïs) plans to spend the summer helping his brother in the family carpentry business. But when he meets Madeleine (Adèle Haenel), a steely young woman determined on the harshest military service and preoccupied with visions of the apocalypse, he adoringly follows her to boot camp. Thomas Cailley’s first feature may feel unmistakably familiar, yet it offers two alluring and empathetic protagonists (portrayed by equally likable actors), well-wrought humor, and gorgeous cinematography by David Cailley (the director’s brother). Nominated for nine César Awards including Best Film. A Strand Releasing release.

Thursday, March 12, 6:45pm – WRT (Q&A with Thomas Cailley & composers Hit and Run)

Thursday, March 12, 10:20pm – IFC (Q&A with Thomas Cailley & composers Hit and Run)

Sunday, March 15, 2:00pm – WRT


May Allah Bless France! / Qu’Allah bénisse la France!

Abd Al Malik, France, 2014, DCP, 95m

French with English subtitles

Celebrated rapper and spoken word artist Abd Al Malik makes his directorial debut with May Allah Bless France!, a candid account of his early life and artistic awakening that earned him the FIPRESCI Discovery Prize at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Born Régis Fayette-Mikano to Congolese immigrants, he grew up in Strasbourg’s housing projects, participating in petty crimes that cost the lives of his friends. He found release in writing and performance, converting to Sufism at age 24 and penning the memoir that informed this adaptation. Marc Zinga ably inhabits the role of young Régis, movingly limning his journey to redemption. Shot in black and white, the film visually and thematically recalls Mathieu Kassovitz’s seminal urban crime drama La Haine. Nominated for two César Awards including Best Debut Feature.

Saturday, March 7, 10:00pm – IFC (Q&A with Abd Al Malik)

Sunday, March 8, 4:00pm – WRT (Q&A with Abd Al Malik)

Sunday, March 8, 6:00pm – BAM



Christophe Honoré, France, 2014, DCP, 102m

French with English subtitles

Perhaps the most ambitious undertaking in this year’s Rendez-Vous, Métamorphoses brings to the screen reimagined tales from Ovid’s magnum opus. The narrative poem, which interweaves mythology with a history of Roman civilization, is transplanted to present-day France, where Jupiter (Sébastien Hirel) absconds with schoolgirl Europa (newcomer Amira Akili). Nestled within their courtship are interludes with Narcissus, Orpheus, and Bacchus, and humans repeatedly changed into animals. Stylist Christophe Honoré (director of the musical melodrama Love Songs, a Rendez-Vous 2008 selection) renders scenes of breathtaking natural beauty and, as befits the gods’ dalliances with mortals, near-constant eroticism. A cinematic experience like no other. North American Premiere

Sunday, March 8, 9:15pm – WRT (Q&A with Christophe Honoré & producer Philippe Martin)

Monday, March 9, 2:00pm – WRT

Monday, March 9, 8:00pm – BAM (Q&A with Christophe Honoré & producer Philippe Martin)

Tuesday, March 10, 7:00pm – IFC (Q&A with Christophe Honoré)


My Friend Victoria / Mon amie Victoria

Jean-Paul Civeyrac, France, 2014, DCP, 95m

French with English subtitles

Based on the story “Victoria and the Staveneys” by Nobel laureate (and oft-filmed author) Doris Lessing, My Friend Victoria relocates its black London heroine to contemporary Paris while retaining her essential, puppet-like passivity. As an 8-year-old orphan, Victoria (Keylia Achie Beguie) is taken into the home of a white bourgeois family for a single night, fueling her dreams of comfort and privilege for the rest of her life. As an adult (now beautifully played by Guslagie Malanda), she reconnects with the youngest son of her host family, bearing his child after a brief affair. All the while she drifts from job to job, independent yet lacking focus—except for that one night from her childhood and its revelations. Director Jean-Paul Civeyrac manages a treatise on race and class that’s subtle, moving, and refreshingly non-didactic, refusing to reduce the characters to symbols or dilute the richness of Lessing’s prose. North American Premiere

Saturday, March 7, 2:50pm – IFC

Sunday, March 8, 2:00pm – WRT

Thursday, March 12, 4:15pm – WRT


Next Time I’ll Aim for the Heart / La Prochaine fois je viserai le coeur

Cédric Anger, France, 2014, DCP, 111m

French with English subtitles

Cédric Anger, once a critic for Cahiers du Cinéma, wrote and directed this chilling chronicle of notorious serial killer Alain Lamare (here renamed Franck Neuhart and played by Guillaume Canet). In a truly mordant twist, while Lamare was terrorizing France in the winter of 1978-79, he was also an outstanding gendarme tasked with apprehending the killer. His victims were all helpless young women, whom he stalked and shot while trying to start a love affair with his pretty cleaning lady (Ana Girardot). Anger follows in the footsteps of Friedkin and Fincher in divesting all glamour from crime, instead showing the dead ends that vex the crime fighters and the dark souls that plague the criminals. The evocative period soundtrack includes Johnny Thunders and The Velvet Underground. Nominated for two César Awards.

Tuesday, March 10, 6:45pm –WRT (Q&A with Cédric Anger & Guillaume Canet)

Tuesday, March 10, 8:30pm – BAM (Q&A with Cédric Anger & Guillaume Canet)

Wednesday, March 11, 4:15pm – WRT

Wednesday, March 11, 9:00pm – IFC (Q&A with Cédric Anger & Guillaume Canet)


Party Girl

Marie Amachoukeli-Barsacq, Claire Burger & Samuel Theis, France, 2014, DCP, 96m

French with English subtitles

Angélique (Angélique Litzenburger) is a sixtyish eccentric hostess living in a small room above a bar in Lorraine. For decades she’s worked for drinks and tips but she clearly loves this flamboyant unconventional way of life. One night, smitten customer Michel (Joseph Bour) proposes marriage. This could be a way out of her unsustainable lifestyle—but is she suited to domesticity? Moreover, is she prepared to reunite with her four children, all from past relationships, including a 16-year-old daughter who grew up in foster care? Inspired by the sudden wedding of actress Litzenburger, mother to co-director Theis, the gritty slice-of-life Party Girl took home two awards at Cannes (including the Camera d’Or), where it was a standout in Un Certain Regard. Nominated for two César Awards including Best Debut Feature. A Distrib Films release. U.S. Premiere

Thursday, March 12, 8:10pm – IFC (Q&A with Claire Burger & composers Low Entertainment)

Friday, March 13, 2:00pm – WRT

Saturday, March 14, 6:00pm – WRT (Q&A with Claire Burger & composers Low Entertainment)


Portrait of the Artist / Le dos rouge

Antoine Barraud, France, 2014, DCP, 127m

French with English subtitles

Renowned director Bertrand Bonello (House of Pleasures and Saint Laurent, as well as the subject of a retrospective at the Film Society this May) stars as “Bertrand,” a filmmaker approaching his next project with a peculiar obsession—monstrosity. Convinced it should be the central theme of his film, he fixates on the notion of monstrous imagery, visiting museums and even hiring a mysterious art historian (played simultaneously by Jeanne Balibar and Géraldine Pailhas) to help him find the painting that best embodies the idea (considering works by Francis Bacon, Caravaggio, and others). But to his shock, the mania consuming his mind begins to manifest itself in his body as a monstrous red stain takes shape on his back. A disquieting yet fascinating (and funny!) mixture of body horror and character study, co-starring Barbet Schroeder as a physician and Joana Preiss as Bertrand’s wife Barbe. North American Premiere

Friday, March 6, 9:30pm – IFC

Thursday, March 12, 8:00pm – BAM

Sunday, March 15, 4:00pm – WRT


SK1 / L’Affaire SK1

Frédéric Tellier, France, 2014, DCP, 120m

French with English subtitles

The multi-year hunt, arrest, and trial of serial killer Guy Georges is the subject of director Frédéric Tellier’s suspenseful feature debut, based on Patricia Tourancheau’s harrowing work of nonfiction, Guy Georges: La Traque. Sentenced to life imprisonment in 2001 for the murder of seven women, Georges (Adama Niane) was described by psychiatrists as “a narcissistic psychopath” and nicknamed The Beast of the Bastille. With great sophistication, Tellier renders the police’s dogged (though often clumsy) pursuit of Georges in all of its shocking twists and menacing turns. Featuring frequent Dardennes collaborator Olivier Gourmet, Christa Théret (star of Rendez-Vous 2013’s Renoir), Raphaël Personnaz (star of Rendez-Vous 2014’s The French Minister), and four-time César winner Nathalie Baye. U.S. Premiere

Saturday, March 7, 9:15pm – WRT (Q&A with Frédéric Tellier & Nathalie Baye)

Sunday, March 8, 1:00pm – IFC (Q&A with Frédéric Tellier & Nathalie Baye)


Stubborn / Une histoire américaine

Armel Hostiou, France, 2015, DCP, 85m

French and English with English subtitles

Experimental filmmaker and video artist Armel Hostiou expands his 2013 short Kingston Avenue into his second feature film (after 2011’s Day), a story about the steps we’ll take and the lies we tell ourselves in the name of love. Artist Barbara (Kate Moran) tires of her (very) brief relationship with Vincent (Vincent Macaigne) and leaves him behind in Paris. But the resolute Vincent follows her to America, determined to win back her affections. Shot in New York in wintertime and featuring daytime soap veteran and star of HBO’s Looking Murray Bartlett as Barbara’s new love interest, Stubborn, like its hero, is unabashedly romantic, utterly captivating, and often uncomfortably hilarious. North American Premiere

Tuesday, March 10, 9:30pm – WRT (Q&A with Armel Hostiou, co-writer Lea Cohen & producers Gaëlle Ruffier and Jasmina Sijercic)

Wednesday, March 11, 7:00pm – IFC (Q&A with Armel Hostiou, co-writer Lea Cohen & producers Gaëlle Ruffier and Jasmina Sijercic)

Wednesday, March 11, 8:30pm – BAM (Q&A with Armel Hostiou, co-writer Lea Cohen & producers Gaëlle Ruffier and Jasmina Sijercic)

Thursday, March 12, 2:00pm – WRT


Wild Life / Vie sauvage

Cédric Kahn, Belgium/France, 2014, DCP, 102m

French with English subtitles

Carole and Philippe (Céline Sallette and Mathieu Kassovitz), tired of propriety and consumerism, opt to renounce civilization and live off the land. Calling themselves Nora and Paco, they lead a nomadic life in their caravan, gradually adding children to the mix. But when Nora tires of their itinerant lifestyle and gains custody of their sons, Philippe refuses to allow his progeny to be raised according to the societal codes he abhors. What follows is the riveting true story (based on the case of Xavier Fortin) of a father’s reckless but all-consuming love, directed by Cédric Kahn, whose underrated thriller Red Lights also portrayed a husband driven to extremes. Kassovitz gives the performance of his career while Sallette is extraordinary as the desperate mother fighting to reunite with her sons. The film received a special jury prize at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. North American Premiere

Saturday, March 7, 7:30pm – IFC (Q&A with Cédric Kahn, Céline Sallette & producer Kristina Larsen)

Sunday, March 8, 6:30pm – WRT (Q&A with Cédric Kahn)

Sunday, March 8, 9:00pm – BAM (Q&A with Cédric Kahn & Céline Sallette)


Young Tiger / Bébé tigre

Cyprien Vial, France, 2014, DCP, 87m

French with English subtitles

Young Tiger marks the inaugural feature of Cyprien Vial, having written and directed four short subjects (including Cannes prizewinner In Range). Here he relates the experiences of eager and touching Punjabi teenager Many (Harmandeep Palminder), in France to pursue his education, torn between his desire to establish a life in his new country and the pressure to send money back home. Skipping school and forced to take illegal and dangerous jobs that pay him under the table, he finds himself on a slippery slope into criminal activity, while deceiving his girlfriend, Elisabeth (Elisabeth Lando), and his foster family. Basing his film on first- and secondhand experiences, Vial tells a story both particular to the Indian diaspora and universal to the plight of immigrants being pulled in all directions.

Saturday, March 7, 1:00pm – IFC

Monday, March 9, 9:30pm – WRT

Tuesday, March 10, 2:00pm – WRT


Shorts Program

Brevity is the soul of wit, and our four acclaimed shorts, all directed by talented and up-and-coming female directors, have wit and soul in abundance. Whether testing grounds for tomorrow’s feature filmmakers or stylistic departures for today’s top directors, our richly textured shorts prove that depth is in no way tied to duration.


The Smallest Apartment in Paris / Le Plus petit appartement de Paris

Hélèna Villovitch, France, 2014, DCP, 15m

French with English subtitles

Carla and François are forced to share a 16 square meter studio in this whimsical sketch addressing the housing crisis that all urban dwellers are sure to identify with. North American Premiere


Back Alley / Le Contre-allée

Cécile Ducrocq, France, 2014, DCP, 29m

French with English subtitles

A streetwalker since the age of 15, Suzanne finds her livelihood threatened by the arrival of African prostitutes on her turf in this heartbreaking winner of the Small Golden Rail prize at Cannes.


The Space / Espace

Eléonor Gilbert, France, 2014, DCP, 14m

French with English subtitles

A young girl wants to play soccer at recess but schoolyard sexism prevents it. So, with pencil and paper, she charts her grievances, urging her peers to take back the playground. U.S. Premiere



Alice Douard, France, 2013, DCP, 35m

French with English subtitles

When student Raphaëlle, subject to cardiac contractions, meets enigmatic teacher Adèle, it’s not just her condition that makes her heart skip a beat.

Wednesday, March 11, 9:30pm WRT

Friday, March 13, 4:15pm WRT



About Unifrance FILMS

Founded in 1949, UniFrance films is a government-sponsored association of French film industry professionals dedicated to the international promotion of French films. With offices in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Mumbai, and Beijing, UniFrance films provides financial and logistical support to theatrical distributors and major film festivals showcasing new and recent French cinema throughout the world and a French film festival online. For more information, visit


Founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center works to recognize established and emerging filmmakers, support important new work, and to enhance the awareness, accessibility, and understanding of the moving image. The Film Society produces the renowned New York Film Festival, a curated selection of the year’s most significant new film work, and presents or collaborates on other annual New York City festivals including Dance on Camera, Film Comment Selects, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, NewFest, New York African Film Festival, New York Asian Film Festival, New York Jewish Film Festival, Open Roads: New Italian Cinema and Rendez-Vous with French Cinema. In addition to publishing the award-winning Film Comment magazine, the Film Society recognizes an artist’s unique achievement in film with the prestigious Chaplin Award, whose 2015 recipient is Robert Redford. The Film Society’s state-of-the-art Walter Reade Theater and the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, located at Lincoln Center, provide a home for year-round programs and the New York City film community.


The Film Society receives generous, year-round support from Jaeger-LeCoultre, American Airlines, The New York Times, HBO, Stella Artois, The Kobal Collection, Variety, Trump International Hotel and Tower, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

For more information, visit, follow @filmlinc on Twitter, and download the FREE Film Society app, now available for iOS (iPhone and iPad) and Android devices.



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