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FILM – FSLC and UniFrance announce complete lineup for Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, March 1-12

FSLC and UniFrance announce complete lineup for Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, March 1-12

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and UniFrance announce the complete lineup for the 22nd edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the celebrated annual series showcasing the variety and vitality of contemporary French filmmaking, March 1-12.

The lineup features 23 diverse films, comprised of highlights from international festivals and works by both established favorites and talented newcomers, including François Ozon’s Lubitsch adaptation Frantz, set after World War I; Bertrand Bonello’s Nocturama, a provocative exploration of a Paris terrorist attack carried out by young activists; Bruno Dumont’s oddball slapstick detective story Slack Bay, starring Juliette Binoche; Rebecca Zlotowski’s visually arresting Planetarium, with Natalie Portman as a touring psychic who catches the eye of a movie producer in 1930s Paris; Jean-Stéphane Bron’s The Paris Opera, a documentary that peeks behind the scenes of the famed institution; and, for the first time, a Film Comment magazine presentation within Rendez-Vous with French Cinema: Julia Ducournau’s cannibal thriller Raw, which titillated audiences at Toronto and Cannes.

This year’s programming, including the selected films, panels, and events, includes a special focus on the myriad of ways that French culture influences the arts in America, and vice-versa. As previously announced, the Opening Night selection is the North American premiere of Étienne Comar’s Django, starring Reda Kateb as the legendary jazz musician and Cécile de France, and the Closing Night selection is the U.S. premiere of Jérôme Salle’s The Odyssey, with Lambert Wilson as explorer Jacques Cousteau and co-starring Audrey Tautou and Pierre Niney.

Selections in this year’s edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema garnered an impressive 47 combined nominations for this year’s César Awards, which were announced last week. Best Film nominees include Frantz (eleven nominations), Slack Bay (nine nominations), Nicole Garcia’s Marion Cotillard showcase From the Land of the Moon (eight nominations), and Justine Triet’s offbeat rom-com In Bed with Victoria (five nominations). In addition, Emmanuelle Bercot’s gripping real-life drama 150 Milligrams, with Sidse Babett Knudsen as a doctor who challenged the French pharmaceutical industry, received nominations for adapted screenplay and Best Actress; up-and-coming filmmaker Stephanie de Giusto was nominated for Best First Film for The Dancer, which stars Soko as modern dance icon Loïe Fuller and Lily-Rose Depp as Isadora Duncan (both nominated); and additional nominations went to Sébastien Marnier’s Faultless, Katell Quillévéré’s Heal the Living, Sólveig Anspach’s The Together Project, and Salle’s The Odyssey.

Filmmakers and talent who will be in attendance at this year’s festival include, in alphabetical order: Emmanuelle Bercot, Bertrand Bonello, Étienne Comar, Caroline Deruas, Stéphanie Di Giusto, Julia Ducournau, Marc Fitoussi, Marina Foïs, Cécile de France, Nicole Garcia, Christophe Honoré, Reda Kateb, Sébastien Marnier, François Ozon, Antonin Peretjatko, Katell Quillévéré, Jérôme Salle, Justin Taurand, Justine Triet, Martin Wheeler, and Rebecca Zlotowski.

The 2017 edition of Rendez-Vous also features a number of special events, headlined by an intimate discussion with Agnès Varda on March 10 and a free public screening of an episode of the hit French TV series Call My Agent! on March 11. Free talks will include a panel on the many ways that film can function as political intervention; a conversation with French and American film producers about international co-producing; and the festival’s annual panel featuring French Touch musicians and film composers. A special exhibition imported from the esteemed photography festival Les Rencontres d’Arles will be on view in the Walter Reade Theater’s Furman Gallery throughout the festival, displaying newly discovered color photos from behind the scenes of Fellini’s black-and-white masterpiece 8 1/2, shot by the late Paul Ronald and accompanied by recollections from the film’s co-star Anouk Aimée.

Co-presented with UniFrance, Rendez-Vous with French Cinema demonstrates annually that the landscape of French cinema is as fertile, inspiring, and distinct as ever. Press screenings will take place February 15-22 and will be announced in the coming weeks.

Artistic direction: Florence Almozini and Dennis Lim

The 22nd edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema benefits from the support of CNC, the Ministry of Culture and Communication, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, PROCIREP, Renault Nissan, Lacoste, TV5 Monde, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Sacem, FIAF, Blum & Poe, and The ENGIE Foundation.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, February 16, with early access for Film Society members beginning Tuesday, February 14. Tickets are $16; $12 for seniors (62+); and $10 for students and members; Opening Night tickets are $25; $20 for members, seniors, and students. Learn more at

All films are screened digitally at the Walter Reade Theater (165 W. 65th St.) unless otherwise noted


Opening Night:
Étienne Comar, France, 2017, 115m
French with English subtitles
North American Premiere
The world of legendary Romani jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt is brought to vivid life in this riveting saga of survival, resistance, and artistic courage. Reinhardt (Reda Kateb) is the toast of 1943 Paris, thrilling audiences with his distinctive brand of “hot jazz” and charming his admirers (including an intrepid friend and muse played by Cécile de France). But even as the rise of Nazism and anti-Romani sentiment force Reinhardt—whose music is considered degenerate under the Third Reich—to make a daring escape from the city, he refuses to be silenced, his music becoming his form of protest. The feature debut from acclaimed screenwriter Étienne Comar (Of Gods and Men) immerses viewers in a tumultuous chapter in the life of one of the 20th century’s greatest musical geniuses.
Wednesday, March 1, 6:00pm and 8:30pm (Étienne Comar, Reda Kateb, and Cécile de France in person)

Closing Night:
The Odyssey / L’odyssée
Jérôme Salle, France, 2016, 122m
French with English subtitles
U.S. Premiere
Lambert Wilson is magnetic in this grandly lyrical dramatization of legendary explorer-turned-filmmaker Jacques Cousteau. Spanning half a century and criss-crossing oceans, the film charts Cousteau’s professional triumphs and personal failures as he achieves renown for the underwater documentaries he produced on his oceanographic expeditions, amid the constant struggle to secure financial backing for increasingly ambitious scientific (and cinematic) objectives. Set against the backdrop of cross-generational family drama—centered on his long-suffering wife Simone (Audrey Tautou) and his talented, deeply conflicted son Philippe (Pierre Niney)—The Odyssey is an epic ode to scientific exploration and documentary filmmaking, and a celebration of the human drive to seek out new realms of discovery.
Saturday, March 11, 6:00pm (Q&A with Jérôme Salle)
Sunday, March 12, 8:00pm

150 Milligrams / La fille de Brest
Emmanuelle Bercot, France, 2016, 128m
French with English subtitles
U.S. Premiere
A fearless everywoman stands up to a drug company in this gripping David vs. Goliath story, based on a real-life medical scandal. Irène Frachon (Sidse Babett Knudsen) is a pulmonologist at a hospital in Brest who begins digging into the connection between a widely prescribed diabetes drug and a spate of fatal valve disorders, with help from a research scientist (Benoît Magimel). Soon enough, Irène sets off a media firestorm, making powerful enemies in the pharmaceutical industry who will stop at nothing to suppress her story. Knudsen and writer-director Emmanuelle Bercot have created a memorably eccentric heroine, at once a tireless crusader and compelling human.
Saturday, March 4, 3:15pm (Q&A with Emmanuelle Bercot)
Monday, March 6, 4:15pm

The Dancer / La danseuse
Stéphanie Di Giusto, France/Belgium/Czech Republic, 2016, 108m
English and French with English subtitles
This visually sumptuous drama set amidst the opulence of La Belle Époque Paris charts the real-life saga of modern dance icon Loïe Fuller (Soko). Raised on the plains of the American Midwest, Fuller became the unlikely toast of turn-of-the-century France with her legendary performances, in which swirling swaths of silk fabric and dazzlingly colored lights created a kaleidoscopic spectacle of color and movement. Boasting lavish period detail, breathtaking dance sequences, and fiercely committed performances by Gaspard Ulliel, Mélanie Thierry, and Lily-Rose Depp as Fuller’s rival Isadora Duncan, The Dancer is an arresting chronicle of an artist’s struggle to realize her vision.
Thursday, March 2, 1:45pm
Monday, March 6, 9:30pm (Q&A with Stéphanie Di Giusto)

Daydreams / L’indomptée
Caroline Deruas, France, 2016, 98m
French and Italian with English subtitles
U.S. Premiere
Past and present, fantasy and reality collide in the boldly original feature debut from Caroline Deruas. A group of young French artists converge at Rome’s sun-dappled Villa Medicis for a one-year residency. Among them are Camille (Clotilde Hesme), a writer whose marriage to a famous novelist (Tchéky Karyo) is disintegrating, and Axèle (Jenna Thiam), an erratic photographer haunted by spectral visions of the villa’s past. Deruas conjures a subtly surreal atmosphere through striking stylistic flourishes—iris shots, color effects, dream sequences—in this beguiling tale of creative struggle, romantic rivalry, and ghosts.
Wednesday, March 8, 4:30pm
Friday, March 10, 6:45pm (Q&A with Caroline Deruas)

Faultless / Irréprochable
Sébastien Marnier, France, 2016, 103m
French with English subtitles
Out of money and options, 40-year-old Constance (Marina Foïs) abandons her life in Paris and returns to her suburban hometown in hopes of picking up where she left off. After she finds no real romance from her occasional lover (Benjamin Biolay), something finally snaps when she discovers that her old job as a real-estate agent has been given to a younger woman (Joséphine Japy). It soon becomes clear: Constance is dangerous, and will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Both a wild-ride thriller and a chilling character study, Faultless is driven by a riveting central performance: almost always onscreen, Foïs brings unexpected depth and poignant humanity to her portrayal of a coldly calculating sociopath.
Sunday, March 5, 6:15pm (Q&A with Sébastien Marnier and Marina Foïs)
Monday, March 6, 2:00pm

François Ozon, France/Germany, 2016, 113m
French and German with English subtitles
The new film from acclaimed director François Ozon is a sublime, heartrending saga of guilt, forgiveness, and forbidden love in post–World War I Europe. Based on Ernst Lubitsch’s 1932 antiwar drama Broken Lullaby, it charts the complex bond that forms between two strangers: Anna (Paula Beer), a young German woman grieving the loss of her fiancé, Frantz, in the war, and Adrien (Pierre Niney), a former French soldier. What plays out between them is a haunting investigation of postwar trauma and healing rendered in gorgeous black-and-white that occasionally gives way—gloriously—to psychologically charged bursts of color. A Music Box Films release.
Thursday, March 2, 9:15pm (Q&A with François Ozon)
Saturday, March 11, 1:00pm

From the Land of the Moon / Mal de pierres
Nicole Garcia, France/Belgium/Canada, 2016, 116m
French and Spanish with English subtitles
Marion Cotillard delivers a performance of searing emotional intensity in this psychologically charged, 1950s-set saga of amour fou. She stars as Gabrielle, a troubled young woman—sick in both body and mind—who is stuck in a loveless marriage. When she travels to Switzerland for a rest cure, she meets the handsome, terminally ill lieutenant André (Louis Garrel), beginning a decades-long romantic obsession that will shape the course of her life. Beautifully photographed in the sunny south of France and the snow-capped Swiss mountains, From the Land of the Moon is an exquisite showcase for one of the finest actresses working today. A Sundance Selects release.
Friday, March 3, 6:30pm (Q&A with Nicole Garcia)
Sunday, March 12, 1:00pm

Heal the Living / Réparer les vivants
Katell Quillévéré, France/Belgium, 2016, 103m
French with English subtitles
A medical drama of unusual depth and sensitivity, Heal the Living charts the disparate lives touched by a tragedy. Following a car accident, 17-year-old Simon (Gabin Verdet) is left brain-dead, setting into motion a chain of events that affects everyone from his family to the hospital staff to a mother of two (Anne Dorval) in need of a heart transplant. Director Katell Quillévéré weaves together the multistrand narrative with consummate grace, abetted by a remarkable ensemble cast (including Emmanuelle Seigner and Tahar Rahim), elegant camerawork, and a striking score by Alexandre Desplat. The result is an enormously affecting study of human interconnectedness that finds a silver lining of hope in a wrenching situation. A Cohen Media Group release.
Thursday, March 2, 6:30pm (Q&A with Katell Quillévéré)
Friday, March 3, 1:45pm

In Bed With Victoria / Victoria
Justine Triet, France, 2016, 97m
English and French with English subtitles
Victoria (Virginie Efira) is a hotshot lawyer with a disastrous personal life. Between juggling a demanding job, raising two kids, and fending off an ex-husband who’s slandering her on the Internet, she can barely be bothered with the hit-or-miss (mostly miss) online hookups she sets up. Around the time Victoria agrees to help her old friend Vincent (Melvil Poupaud) with a decidedly bizarre legal matter, she runs into a charming former client Sam (Vincent Lacoste). Now that a shot at real romance comes along, will the perpetually harried Victoria even recognize it? This refreshingly offbeat (how else to describe a film that features a trial in which the star witness is a Dalmatian?) farce is propelled by Efira’s irresistible performance as a heroine who’s raw, real, and complicated in ways that transcend the rom-com formula.
Saturday, March 4, 9:30pm (Q&A with Justine Triet)
Sunday, March 12, 3:30pm

In the Forest of Siberia / Dans les forêts de Sibérie
Safy Nebbou, France, 2016, 105m
English, French, and Russian with English subtitles
Based on the award-winning memoir by adventurer Sylvain Tesson, this tale of survival follows Teddy (Raphaël Personnaz), a young Frenchman who leaves everything behind to live in isolation in the icy Siberian taiga. But initial exhilaration soon gives way to the harsh reality of staying alive in a frozen wilderness miles from civilization with roaming bears, life-threatening blizzards, and no electricity. The film captures majestic footage of the unspoiled Siberian landscape, its bleak beauty underscored by jazz trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf’s plaintive soundtrack.
Sunday, March 5, 1:00pm
Thursday, March 9, 4:00pm

Journey to Greenland / Le Voyage au Groënland
Sébastien Betbeder, France, 2016, 98m
English, Inuktitut, and French with English subtitles
Scruffy, thirtysomething best friends both named Thomas (Thomas Blanchard and Thomas Scimeca) leave behind their struggling acting careers in Paris for an extended sojourn in a remote, snowbound stretch of Greenland. One is there to reconnect with his off-the-grid father, the other for adventure. What ensues is a perceptive, warm-spirited study of cross-cultural misunderstanding and connection, as the two men learn to survive in a place without alcohol, indoor plumbing, or a reliable Internet connection. Director Sébastien Betbeder balances wry, unforced comedy with casual insight into human relationships: between friends, family members, and the strangers who touch your life. A Netflix release.
Tuesday, March 7, 4:30pm
Wednesday, March 8, 6:45pm

Mum’s Wrong / Maman a tort
Marc Fitoussi, France/Belgium, 2016, 110m
French with English subtitles
When idealistic 14-year-old Anouk (Jeanne Jestin) embarks on a weeklong internship at her mom’s insurance company, she gets a crash course in the less-than-rosy reality of the corporate world, discovering some unsavory truths about her own mother along the way. An emotionally complex look at parents, children, and the moral compromises we make, Mum’s Wrong adroitly blends workplace satire with a compassionate social-issue message, while its leads Jestin and Émilie Dequenne (Rosetta, Our Children) create a nuanced, wholly believable portrait of a mother-daughter relationship undergoing a crisis.
Sunday, March 5, 3:30pm (Q&A with Marc Fitoussi)
Friday, March 10, 2:00pm

Bertrand Bonello, France/Germany/Belgium, 2016, 130m
French with English subtitles
The audacious new film from Bertrand Bonello (Saint Laurent) unfolds in two mesmerizing segments. The first is a precision-crafted thriller, following a multi-ethnic group of millennial radicals as they carry out a mass-scale terrorist attack on Paris. The second—in which the perpetrators hide out in the consumerist mecca of a luxury department store—is the director’s coup, raising provocative questions about everything that came before. Bonello stages his apocalyptic vision with stylishly roving camerawork, blasts of hip-hop, and a lip-synced performance to Shirley Bassey’s “My Way.” This is edgy, risk-taking filmmaking that is sure to ignite debate. A Netflix release.
Saturday, March 4, 6:15pm (Q&A with Bertrand Bonello)
Sunday, March 5, 9:00pm (Introduction by Bertrand Bonello)

The Paris Opera / L’Opèra de Paris
Jean-Stéphane Bron, France, 2017, 110m
French with English subtitles
U.S. Premiere
This all-access documentary goes behind the scenes of the Paris Opera, following the array of personnel—management, performers, costumers, cleaning crew—who work to bring breathtaking spectacle to audiences night after night. Over the course of a season, director Jean-Stéphane Bron nimbly juggles a dizzying number of storylines, from labor disputes to procuring a live bull for Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron to a PR crisis involving the head of the company’s ballet. Sweeping in scope yet full of intimate human moments, The Paris Opera offers a candid look at everything that goes into operating one of the world’s foremost performing arts institutions.
Thursday, March 2, 4:00pm
Saturday, March 11, 3:30pm

Rebecca Zlotowski, France/Belgium, 2016, 105m
English and French with English subtitles
Natalie Portman lends her star power to this dreamy, visually ravishing tale of magic and movies set in a glamorous vision of 1930s Paris. She and her sister (Lily-Rose Depp) form a psychic duo, touring the stages of Europe performing séances. When they catch the eye of a movie producer (Emmanuel Salinger), he resolves to make them stars and to capture an act of spiritualism on film. Forgoing traditional narrative structure in favor of swooning atmosphere, director Rebecca Zlotowksi revels in the Art Deco architecture, sumptuous period couture, and doomed decadence of prewar Paris. A Swen Group release.
Friday, March 3, 9:30pm (Q&A with Rebecca Zlotowski)
Tuesday, March 7, 2:00pm

Film Comment Presents:
Raw / Grave
Julia Ducournau, France/Belgium, 2016, 99m
French with English subtitles
When incoming freshman—and lifelong vegetarian—Justine (Garance Marillier) joins her older sister (Ella Rumpf) at a strangely decrepit veterinary college, she seems poised to be the school’s new star pupil. But a hazing ritual in which she’s forced to eat raw meat awakens something primal in Justine: a newfound—and highly disturbing—taste for flesh. The feature debut from Julia Ducournau marks the arrival of a bold new directorial voice, blending blood-spattered body horror, pitch-black comedy, and one of the most dysfunctional sisterly relationships ever depicted on screen into a potent, emotionally resonant coming-of-age nightmare. A Focus Features release.
Tuesday, March 7, 6:45pm (Q&A with Julia Ducournau)
Wednesday, March 8, 9:15pm (Introduction by Julia Ducournau)

Right Here Right Now/ Tout de suite maintenant
Pascal Bonitzer, France/Belgium/Luxembourg, 2016, 98m
French with English subtitles
Workplace drama doesn’t get any messier than in this intriguingly knotty tale of corporate backbiting and buried secrets. Nora (Agathe Bonitzer) is a bright young professional whose new job at a financial firm turns out to be a trial by fire when she learns that her bosses (Lambert Wilson and Pascal Greggory) share a tumultuous history with her prickly mathematician father (Jean-Pierre Bacri). Meanwhile, an interoffice romance with a competitive colleague (Vincent Lacoste) leads to even more complications, leaving Nora to navigate a minefield of delicate relationships as she climbs the corporate ladder. Isabelle Huppert costars and delivers a typically multilayered performance as one of many sharply etched characters populating this complex moral tale.
Friday, March 10, 9:30pm
Sunday, March 12, 5:45pm

Slack Bay / Ma Loute
Bruno Dumont, France/Germany, 2016, 122m
English and French with English subtitles
In a postcard-perfect seaside village in 1910, an eccentric (to put it mildly) leisure-class family whiles away the summer. But something troubling is afoot: what’s behind the string of tourists gone mysteriously missing? Former enfant terrible Bruno Dumont continues his surprising foray into farce—which began with 2014’s acclaimed Li’l Quinquin—with this surreal, oddball mix of slapstick and detective story. The director and his cast (which includes Fabrice Luchini, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, and a very game Juliette Binoche) stretch each joke to its breaking point, resulting in a winking, weirdly captivating comedy that’s in on its own absurdity. A Kino Lorber release.
Thursday, March 9, 6:30pm
Saturday, March 11, 9:00pm

Sophie’s Misfortunes / Les malheurs de Sophie
Christophe Honoré, France, 2016, 106m
French with English subtitles
U.S. Premiere
Based on the French children’s classic by the Countess of Ségur, the latest from Christophe Honoré is an enchanting fable for adults and kids alike, set in a light-filled 19th-century chateau. The film captures the imaginative freedom of childhood through the eyes of the irrepressible Sophie (Caroline Grant), a mischievous young girl whose life changes drastically after she’s left in the care of a severe stepmother (Muriel Robin)—a far cry from the life she had with her loving mother (Golshifteh Farahani). With the help of her two friends and their mother (Anaïs Demoustier), Sophie works to escape her stepmother’s wicked grasp. Throughout, Honoré combines gorgeous period detail with playful modern touches: a bouncy electronic score by Alex Beaupain, expressive handheld camerawork, and a menagerie of animated animals.
Saturday, March 4, 12:30pm (Q&A with Christophe Honoré)
Wednesday, March 8, 2:00pm (Intro with Christophe Honoré)

The Stopover / Voir du pays
Delphine & Muriel Coulin, France/Greece, 2016, 102m
French and Greek with English subtitles
On their way home from Afghanistan, a band of French soldiers stop in Cyprus for decompression: three-days at a sun-splashed resort, where they will undergo intense psychological debriefing. There, amidst the crystal-blue waters and hordes of vacationing tourists, Marine (Soko) and Aurore (Ariane Labed)—two of only three women in their male-dominated unit—confront rage, trauma, and army sexism as they struggle to readjust to “normal” life. This riveting drama—winner of the Best Screenplay award in the Un Certain Regard competition at Cannes—is an all-too-rare exploration of war’s psychological wounds on female soldiers. A First Run Features release.
Thursday, March 9, 9:00pm
Friday, March 10, 4:15pm

Struggle for Life / La Loi de la jungle
Antonin Peretjatko, France, 2016, 99m
French with English subtitles
In this wild, joke-a-minute slapstick satire, a middle-aged intern (Vincent Macaigne) is sent from France to French Guiana to oversee the creation of a South American ski resort led by Galgaric (Mathieu Amalric). There, he meets a beautiful intern at the National Forestry Office named Tarzan (Vimala Pons) and what ensues is a surreal journey through the Amazon jungle, with absurdist bureaucratic disasters, an aphrodisiac mishap, and a cannibal encounter. Playing something like a Jerry Lewis gag-fest meets Survivor, Struggle for Life combines anarchic black comedy with a scathing critique of colonialism.
Monday, March 6, 7:00pm (Q&A with Antonin Peretjatko)
Tuesday, March 7, 9:15pm (Introduction by Antonin Peretjatko)

The Together Project / L’effet aquatique
Sólveig Anspach, France/Iceland, 2016, 83m
English, French, and Icelandic with English subtitles
The final film from the late French-Icelandic director Sólveig Anspach is an irresistibly offbeat aquatic comedy. When gawky construction worker Samir (Samir Guesmi) encounters prickly swim instructor Agathe (Florence Loiret Caille), he’s immediately smitten. But his unconventional plan to win her over—pretending he can’t swim in order to take lessons from her—proves more than a little problematic. Sweet without being cloying, quirky without being grating, this romantic charmer succeeds thanks to the interplay between the two leads and Anspach’s breezy sincerity.
Friday, March 3, 4:00pm (Q&A with composer Martin Wheeler)
Thursday, March 9, 2:00pm


Live Talk with Agnès Varda
French New Wave pioneer Agnès Varda has been a major voice in world cinema for more than sixty years, ever since her 1955 debut feature La Pointe Courte. Her distinguished and varied career includes photography, nonfiction and fiction shorts and features, and, more recently, multimedia installations at museums and galleries around the world. Join Varda in this special live event as she reflects on her voluminous body of work, influences, and approach to filmmaking.
Presented in conjunction with the French Institute Alliance Française’s upcoming series Agnès Varda: Life as Art and Varda’s first exhibition in NYC at Blum & Poe gallery.
Friday, March 10, 6:00pm
*Venue: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater, 144 West 65th Street

Panel: International Co-Productions
Producers from the U.S. and France will sit down to discuss the strategies and challenges of international co-productions—from the creative to the technical, and everything in between. Scheduled panelists include Killer Films’ Head of Production & Development David Hinojosa (Wiener-Dog, Frank & Lola), Parts & Labor co-founder Jay Van Hoy (Beginners, Frank & Lola, The Witch), and Les films du bélier’s Justin Taurand (Heal the Living, 2016 IFCIC Award for Best Young Producer). Moderated by Eugene Hernandez. Presented in partnership with IFP and French in Motion.
Thursday, March 2, 5:30pm
*Venue: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater, 144 West 65th Street

Panel: Film as Political Intervention
In response to the disillusionment and frustration currently felt worldwide, directors from this year’s edition will discuss how films can address political turmoil or social unrest and operate as whistle-blowers.
Friday, March 3, 5:00pm
*Venue: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater, 144 West 65th Street

Panel: Julian Starke’s French Waves with French Touch DJs Pedro Winter, Para One and Jacques
French touch (aka French house) musicians Pedro Winter, Para One, and Jacques will discuss their perspectives on and experiences with French electronic music following a free screening of Julian Starke’s French Waves, an immersive documentary that pinpoints key moments of French Touch since the 1990s.
Saturday, March 4, 5:00pm
*Venue: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater, 144 West 65th Street

Free Screening: Call My Agent! / Dix pour cent
Episode 1 (“Cécile”), France, 2015, 60m
French with English subtitles
At a top-tier talent firm in Paris, a group of agents juggle their personal and hyper-competitive work lives after experiencing an unexpected crisis. Watch the first episode of the hit French miniseries, created by Dominique Besnehard and Fanny Herrero and featuring Cécile de France (who also appears in this year’s Opening Night film, Django), at this special free screening during Rendez-Vous with French Cinema. A Netflix original series.
Saturday, March 11, 4:30pm
*Venue: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater, 144 West 65th Street


Fellini, 8 ½ in Color
Curated by Sam Stourdzé
8 ½ was Federico Fellini’s last black-and-white film after more than a decade of directing. Although the film’s images were never intended to be seen in color, Piero Servo—a frequent camera operator for Fellini—recently found the late photographer Paul Ronald’s long-forgotten box of color negatives. These rediscoveries are the focus of this year’s Rendez-Vous with French Cinema exhibition, curated by Sam Stourdzé, the director of the esteemed Les Rencontres d’Arles, and accompanied by recollections from one of the film’s stars, Anouk Aimée.
Special thanks to Anouk Aimée, Piero Servo, Antonio Moraldi, and Stéphane Marti.
On view in the Furman Gallery in the Walter Reade Theater, March 1-12

For more than 65 years, UniFrance has been using its experience of the international marketplace for the good of French cinema. UniFrance is based in Paris, and also has representatives in New York, Seoul, Beijing, and Tokyo. Its membership brings together around 1,000 French producers, filmmaking talents, agents, and sales companies, who are working together to promote French film among foreign audiences, industry executives, and media.

UniFrance receives generous, year-round support from CNC, the Ministry of Culture and Communication, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Institut français, PROCIREP, Renault, Lacoste, Air France and Titra Film. For more information, visit

The Film Society of Lincoln Center is devoted to supporting the art and elevating the craft of cinema. The only branch of the world-renowned arts complex Lincoln Center to shine a light on the everlasting yet evolving importance of the moving image, this nonprofit organization was founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international film. Via year-round programming and discussions; its annual New York Film Festival; and its publications, including Film Comment, the U.S.’s premier magazine about films and film culture, the Film Society endeavors to make the discussion and appreciation of cinema accessible to a broader audience, as well as to ensure that it will remain an essential art form for years to come.

The Film Society receives generous, year-round support from The New York Times, Shutterstock, Variety, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. American Airlines is the Official Airline of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. For more information, visit and follow @filmlinc on Twitter.


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FILM — The 45th edition of New Directors/New Films (March 16-27) MoMA *nyc

The 45th edition of New Directors/New Films (March 16-27)

The Fits

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art announce the initial eight official selections for the 45th edition of New Directors/New Films (ND/NF), a festival dedicated to the discovery of new works by emerging and dynamic filmmaking talent.

Representing 13 countries from around the world, the initial eight selections are Zhao Liang’s Behemoth (China/France), Marcin Wrona’s Demon (Poland/Israel), Anna Rose Holmer’s The Fits (USA), Pietro Marcello’s Lost and Beautiful (Italy/France), Yaelle Kayam’s Mountain (Denmark/Israel), Gabriel Mascaro’s Neon Bull (Brazil/Uruguay/Netherlands), Raam Reddy’s Thithi(India/USA/Canada), and Clément Cogitore’s The Wakhan Front (France/Belgium).

The initial lineup includes three feature debuts: Yaelle Kayam’s Mountain, about a Jewish Orthodox mother who experiences an inner awakening; Raam Reddy’s Thithi, the winner of Locarno’s Best First Feature and Filmmakers of the Present Golden Leopard Awards, which follows a patriarch’s death and its effect on three generations of sons; and Clément Cogitore’s Cannes critical success The Wakhan Front, a tense, metaphysical thriller that takes place in war-torn Afghanistan.

Sundance audiences loved Anna Rose Holmer’s transfixing first narrative film, The Fits, about a pensive tomboy (Royalty Hightower, in a breakout performance) who seeks acceptance in a Cincinnati dance team with a mysterious affliction.

Gabriel Mascaro’s acclaimed follow-up to August Winds, Neon Bull, provides a provocative look at Brazilian rodeo subcultures that won awards at Venice and Toronto.

Rounding out the initial selections:

Pietro Marcello’s Locarno prizewinner Lost and Beautiful, a chronicle of a beloved shepherd’s dying wish that bears influence from both neorealism and commedia dell’arte;

The late Marcin Wrona’s enthralling horror-comedy Demon, in which a wedding getaway turns sinister when the groom unearths a vengeful spirit;


Zhao Liang’s Dante-inspired Behemoth, a harrowing documentary that combines images of pollution-ravaged Inner Mongolia with poetic visions of the environmental devastation.

Well into its fourth decade, New Directors/New Films has been a beacon for emerging directors eager to make their mark on contemporary cinema. The festival has introduced or cemented the status of some of the world’s most celebrated filmmakers, including Chantal Akerman, Pedro Almodóvar, Darren Aronofsky, Ken Burns, Agnieszka Holland, Spike Lee, Christopher Nolan, Steven Spielberg, and Wong Kar Wai. The past few years have featured the work of Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night), J.C. Chandor (Margin Call), Shane Carruth (Upstream Color), Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl), Jennifer Kent (The Babadook), Terence Nance (An Oversimplification of Her Beauty), Naji Abu Nowar (Theeb), Joshua Oppenheimer (The Act of Killing), Sarah Polley (Stories We Tell), Dee Rees (Pariah), Stevan Riley (Listen to Me Marlon), Justin Simien (Dear White People), Miroslav Slaboshpitsky (The Tribe), and Denis Villeneuve (Incendies), among others.

The New Directors/New Films selection committee is made up of members from both presenting organizations: from the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Dennis Lim, Florence Almozini, Marian Masone, and Gavin Smith, and from The Museum of Modern Art, Rajendra Roy, Joshua Siegel, and Sophie Cavoulacos. The complete lineup of selections for the 45th New Directors/New Films Festival will be announced in February.

Film Society and MoMA members may purchase tickets starting at noon on Monday, February 29. Tickets will be available for purchase by the general public at noon on Friday, March 4. To become a member of the Film Society or MoMA please and, respectively.

The eight official selections include:

Behemoth / Beixi moshuo
Zhao Liang, China/France, 2015, 91m
Mandarin with English subtitles
Political documentarian Zhao Liang draws inspiration from The Divine Comedy for this simultaneously intoxicating and terrifying glimpse at the ravages wrought upon Inner Mongolia by its coal and iron industries. A poetic voiceover speaks of the insatiability of desire on top of stunning images of landscapes (and their decimation), machines (and their spectacular functions), and people (and the toll of their labor). Interspersed are sublime tableaux of a prone nude body—asleep? just born? dead?—posed against a refracted horizon. A wholly absorbing guided tour of exploding hillsides, dank mine shafts, cacophonous factories, and vacant cities, Behemoth builds upon Zhao’s previous exposés (2009’s Petition, 2007’s Crime and Punishment) by combining his muckraking streak with a painterly vision of a social and ecological nightmare otherwise unfolding out of sight, out of mind. Winner of the environmental Green Drop Award at the Venice Film Festival. North American Premiere

Marcin Wrona, Poland/Israel, 2015, 94m
English, Polish, and Yiddish with English subtitles
Newly arrived from England to marry his fiancée Zaneta, Peter has been given a gift of her family’s ramshackle country house in rural Poland. It’s a total fixer-upper, and while inspecting the premises on the eve of the wedding, he falls into a pile of human remains. The ceremony proceeds, but strange things begin to happen… During the wild reception, Peter begins to come undone, and a dybbuk, that iconic ancient figure from Jewish folklore, takes a toehold in this present-day celebration—for a very particular reason, as it turns out. The final work by Marcin Wrona, who died just as Demon was set to premiere in Poland, is an eerie, richly atmospheric film—part absurdist comedy, part love story—that scares, amuses, and charms in equal measure. Winner of Best Horror Feature at Fantastic Fest. An Orchard release.

The Fits
Anna Rose Holmer, USA, 2015, 72m
The transition from girlhood to young womanhood is one that’s nearly invisible in cinema. Enter Anna Rose Holmer, whose complex and absorbing narrative feature debut elegantly depicts a captivating 11-year old’s journey of discovery. Toni (played by the majestically named Royalty Hightower) is a budding boxer drawn to a group of dancers training at the same rec center in Cincinnati. She begins aligning herself with one of the two troupes, the Lionesses, becoming immersed in their world, which Holmer conveys with a hypnotic sense of rhythm and a rare gift for rendering physicality—evident most of all when a mysterious, convulsive condition begins to afflict a number of girls. Set entirely within the intimate confines of a few familiar settings (public school, the gym), and pulsating with bodies in motion, The Fits encourages us to recall the confused magic of entering the second decade of life. An Oscilloscope release.

Lost and Beautiful / Bella e perduta
Pietro Marcello, Italy/France, 2015, 87m
Italian with English subtitles
Pietro Marcello continues his intrepid work along the borderline of fiction and documentary with this beautiful and beguiling film, by turns neorealist and fabulist, worthy of Pasolini in its matter-of-fact lyricism and political conviction. Shot on expired 16mm film stock and freely incorporating archival footage and folkloric tropes, it begins as a portrait of the shepherd Tommaso, a local hero in the Campania region of southern Italy, who volunteered to look after the abandoned Bourbon palace of Carditello despite the state’s apathy and threats from the Mafia. Tommaso suffers a fatal heart attack in the course of shooting, and Marcello’s bold and generous response is to grant his subject’s dying wish: for a Pulcinella straight out of the commedia dell’arte to appear on the scene and rescue a buffalo calf from the palace. With Lost and Beautiful, a documentary that soars into the realm of myth, Marcello has crafted a uniquely multifaceted and enormously moving work of political cine-poetry. Winner of two awards at the Locarno Film Festival. U.S. Premiere

Mountain / Ha’har
Yaelle Kayam, Denmark/Israel, 2015, 83m
Hebrew with English subtitles
Atop Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives, Zvia, a Jewish Orthodox woman, lives surrounded by an ancient cemetery with her four children and husband, a Yeshiva teacher who pays scant attention to her. Yaelle Kayam’s feature debut moves beyond the symbolic landscape of a woman’s isolation to offer a subtle and finely paced entryway into the character’s surprising inner life. On a nighttime walk through the tombstones, Zvia encounters a group of prostitutes and their handlers and gradually becomes an unlikely bystander to their after-hours activities, trading home-cooked meals for companionship—an usual sort, perhaps, but one that upends her existence as a mother and wife. Shani Klein’s arresting lead performance challenges clichés of female subjectivity in the filmmaker’s own society, culminating in Zvia’s dramatic attempt to bring change to her life; throughout, keenly observed frames, by turn luminous and moody, asserts the heroine’s volition with intention and finesse.

Neon Bull / Boi neon
Gabriel Mascaro, Brazil/Uruguay/Netherlands, 2015, 101m
Portuguese with English subtitles
A rodeo movie unlike any other, Gabriel Mascaro’s Venice and Toronto prize-winning follow-up to his 2014 fiction debut August Winds tracks handsome cowboy Iremar (Juliano Cazarré) as he travels around to work at vaquejada rodeos, a Brazilian variation on the sport in which two men on horseback attempt to bring a bull down by its tail. Iremar dreams of becoming a fashion designer, creating flamboyant outfits for his co-worker, single mother Galega (Maeve Jinkings). Along with Galega’s daughter Cacá and a bullpen worker named Zé, these complex characters, drawn with tremendous compassion and not an ounce of condescension, make up an unorthodox family, on the move across the northeast Brazilian countryside. Sensitive to matters of gender and class, and culminating in one of the most audacious and memorable sex scenes in recent memory, Neon Bull is a quietly affirming exploration of desire and labor, a humane and sensual study of bodies at work and at play. A Kino Lorber release.

Raam Reddy, India/USA, 2015, 120m
Kannada with English subtitles
Raam Reddy’s bold, vibrant first feature is closer to Émile Zola than it is to Bollywood. Filmed in India’s southern Karnataka state with nonprofessional actors, the sprawling narrative follows three generations of sons following the death of the family’s patriarch, their 101-year-old grandfather known as “Century Gowda.” The men’s respective vices—ranging from greed to womanizing to cut-and-dry escapism—bring deliciously comedic misadventures to their village in the days leading up to the thithi, a funeral celebration traditionally held 11 days after a death. This incisive portrait of a community in a time of radical change (while some are looking after their sheep, others are lost in their cell phones) yields exemplary humanist comedy. Winner of two awards at the Locarno Film Festival, the film equally affirms the advent of a new realism within Indian cinema, as well as an engaging new voice in contemporary world cinema.

The Wakhan Front / Ni le ciel ni la terre
Clément Cogitore, France/Belgium, 2015, 100m
French and Persian with English subtitles
The ingenious conceit of The Wakhan Front, a critical success at Cannes, is to transform the Afghan battlefield—dust and boredom and jolts of explosive violence—into the backdrop for a metaphysical thriller. Jérémie Renier stars as a French army commander who begins to lose the loyalty of his company, as well as his sanity, when soldiers start mysteriously disappearing one by one. Rarely is the madness of war conveyed on screen with such simmering tension and existential fear. Rarely, too, is the ignorance and mistrust between cultures—are the shepherd villagers innocent civilians or Taliban spies?—limned with such poetic insight. U.S. Premiere

About New Directors/New Films
Dedicated to the discovery and support of emerging artists, New Directors/New Films has earned an international reputation as the premier festival for works that break or re-cast the cinematic mold. The New Directors/New Films selection committee is made up of members from both presenting organizations: from the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Dennis Lim, Florence Almozini, Marian Masone, and Gavin Smith, and from The Museum of Modern Art, Rajendra Roy, Joshua Siegel, and Sophie Cavoulacos. For more information about the festival, visit and follow the festival on Facebook ( and Twitter (@NDNF, #NewDirectors).

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 Art of the Real, Dance on Camera, Film Comment Selects, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, New York African Film Festival, New York Asian Film Festival, New York Jewish Film Festival, Open Roads: New Italian Cinema, Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, and Scary Movies. 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 was 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.

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.

The Museum of Modern Art’s Department of Film marked its 80th anniversary in 2015. Originally founded in 1935 as the Film Library, the Department of Film is a dedicated champion of cinema past, present, and future. With one of the strongest international collections of motion pictures in the world—totaling more than 30,000 films between the permanent and study collections—the Department of Film is a leader in film preservation and a discoverer of emerging talent. Through The Celeste Bartos Film Preservation Center, a state-of-the-art storage facility in Hamlin, Pennsylvania, MoMA restores and preserves films that are shown across the world and in many of the Museum’s diverse programs, most notably in To Save and Project: The Annual MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation. The Department of Film engages with current cinema by honoring films and filmmakers that will have a lasting historical significance through its annual Film Benefit, which raises funds for the continued maintenance and growth of the collection, and The Contenders series, an annual series of the year’s best movies, as selected by MoMA Film curators from major studio releases and top film festivals. Always looking to the future, the Department of Film is constantly unearthing emerging talent and providing a venue for young filmmakers through programs such as New Directors/New Films and Documentary Fortnight. Playing an essential role in MoMA’s mission to collect, preserve, and exhibit modern and contemporary art, the department was awarded an Honorary Academy Award in 1978 “for the contribution it has made to the public’s perception of movies as an art form.”

New Directors/New Films is presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art and is supported by The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art, the Film Society’s New Wave, The New York Times, and American Airlines.

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We Recommend – Crowdfunding– Re-Discovering Fanon – the documentary — #IndieGoGo

Re-Discovering Fanon – the documentary

“Each generation must discover its mission, fulfill it or betray it, in relative opacity.” –FANON
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My interest in Frantz Fanon’s writings grew out of conversations in my family, as a youth coming of age in the South with incessant questions on the subjects of race and privilege. Early on, an uncle taught me the Law of Compensation, and from that I intuited that the enjoyments of privilege and entitlements—racial and otherwise, must not be without consequence.

Why Re-Discovering Fanon:

I was drawn to Fanon’s writings, like Black Skin and White Masks, because the idea of the global dimensions of racism mirrored experiences I had already lived, both in this country and abroad.  I viscerally understood Fanon’s axiom that the “fact of the juxtaposition of the white and black races has created a massive psychoexistential complex.”

So I always knew I wanted to work on a documentary on Fanon, long before I actually started doing it. After mulling it over for years, I finally made an initial preproduction visit to Fanon’s birthplace, Martinique, in December of 2005 and conducted extensive research at the Bibliotheque Schoelcher in Fort de France. The first shooting in Martinique took place in November of 2007, when I met Mikaella Rojas Fanon, a grand niece to Frantz.  She introduced me to her mother Dr. France-Lyne Fanon, a psychologist, and also to Fulbert Fanon, Frantz’s first cousin who had been his childhood playmate.

I also met Dr. Lewis Gordon, a philosopher and preeminent Fanon scholar at the Caribbean Philosophical Association (CPA) conference at the Malcolm Shabazz Center in Harlem in 2011.  He introduced me to Fanon’s daughter, Mireille Fanon-Mendès France, who was attending the CPA conference.

At that point the pieces finally began to fall together, and I felt strongly that creating a documentary about Fanon and his theories regarding race would shed light on current problems of race in the USA and elsewhere–from institutionalized anti-black discrimination to the continued killings of black people by police.

Our intent was that Re-Discovering Fanon  should go the distance toward unraveling the thorny issues of why racial problems persist, and why every black person from Fanon to a young Trayvon Martin will ultimately experience racism.  However this problem is not merely a “black problem” but a problem of society at large.  (Law of Compensation).

As did Fanon in his writings, the documentary incorporates diverse sources, including interviews, archives, and kinetic typography as it integrates personal accounts and historical perspectives. Visually, Re-Discovering Fanon will collage a variety of materials across different media platforms—interviews with Fanon’s family and colleagues, broadcast TV, cable, Internet, theatrical release –in a very hybrid technique intended to construct new meanings.

One of the primary strategies used in the production is the process of re-staging lived experiences from the past as well as period drama in the present. The production will also dramatize “les incidents racistes au quotidien.”


At the level of society, Fanon argued that ‘men change at the same time that they change the world.’

At the risk of seeming grandiose, I will admit that Re-Discovering Fanon is for us a small effort toward making real social change. So, yes, we want to help change the world!

Fanon tells us: “Each generation must discover its mission, fulfill it or betray it, in relative opacity.”

Realizing that making societal change is a generational mission, it makes perfect sense to make Re-Discovering Fanon a societal experience.

Won’t you join us on Indiegogo to fulfill a generational mission?

This documentary, already ten years in the making, is being shot in Martinique, France, Algeria and the USA.  It is a fully independent production.  It is an effort of love, and every dollar raised will be used to complete the documentary. Again, Re-Discovering Fanon has had a long period of gestation, and now the time is finally right to introduce it to the world–a powerful, documentary that speaks truth to power as Fanon did.

We have an incredible team of professionals and activists on our side. We have already completed 90% of the shooting and we have now begun editing. We need funds to purchase archival footage and for postproduction expenses. We are happy for the opportunity that Indiegogo provides to bring this campaign to you. Rest assured, whatever is the level of your contribution, it will be used and greatly appreciated.

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Technology -CES- Paris

 Carlton Bush, reporting…
 The Consumer Electronics and Technology Industry  has

sparked and developed global consumer interest beyond

holiday and gift shopping to full time needs, from efficiency

to leisure and security.

Women remain at the forefront of this industry, not only

as brilliant consumers, but also as suppliers, entrepreneurs,

designers, executives and innovators.

CES Unveiled Paris panelist Nathalie Collin, Deputy CEO

in charge of Digital Business and Communication of La Poste Group,

exemplifies the bright future women have forged in the global impact

of the industry.

CES Unveiled Paris highlights the dynamism of the consumer technology

industry, leading up to CES 2016, which will run January 6-9, 2015

in Las Vegas, Nevada.


CEA Announces Programming for Sold-Out CES Unveiled Paris

 Executives from La Poste, Legrand and Atol

to discuss tech adaptability in big industry

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® announced that panelists for the third annual CES Unveiled Paris will include top executives from La Poste, Legrand and Atol. CES Unveiled Paris is an industry event that brings innovative technology companies, top press, industry analysts, buyers and key consumer technology influencers together to showcase new products and tech trends leading up to CES® 2016.

Scheduled for Wednesday, October 21, 2015, the event will take place at the Pavillon Cambon-Capucines in Paris, France.


The sold-out event will feature a CES press conference with announcements from CEA president and CEO Gary Shapiro, a consumer technology trends presentation from CEA’s chief economist and sr. director of research, Dr. Shawn DuBravac, a panel featuring leading industry executives and an exhibition networking reception showcasing innovation from more than 40 companies.


“We are thrilled to see CES Unveiled Paris back for a third year with more exhibitors than ever and an innovative group of expert panelists,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “The French technology community is exceedingly influential both at CES and in the greater global consumer technology industry. I look forward to hearing these panelists bringing their expertise on technology making business more efficient and successful to the Unveiled stage later this month.”


The CES Unveiled Paris panel will discuss the challenge businesses face to use the Internet of Things to maximize value and consumer experience, including housing, health, and security technologies. The discussion will include Nathalie Collin, Deputy CEO in charge of Digital Business and Communication of La Poste Group, Bruno Barlet, VP France, Legrand and Philippe Peyrard, deputy CEO, Atol Les Opticiens with opening remarks from Philippe Wahl, Chairman and CEO, La Poste Group. François Sorel, a technology journalist, will moderate the panel.


François Sorel, a journalist for 01Net and BFM, will moderate the panel. In addition to being editor-in-chief of the IT channel on 01Net, Sorel is the host of two popular radio shows devoted to consumer technology in France and the co-author of a book about connected objects.


Welcome remarks will come from Philippe Wahl, chairman and CEO, La Poste Group. Wahl has been CEO of La Poste Group since 2013, after holding CEO positions at companies including La Banque Postale, the Caisse Nationale des Caisses d’Épargne Group, the Havas Group and RBS’ French subsidiary.


New this year, CEA is partnering with La Poste, France’s mail service provider, and Business France, a government agency supporting the international development of the French economy. As official partners, La Poste and Business France are committed to bringing innovative technology solutions to legacy industries in France.


Registration for CES Unveiled Paris opens at 1 PM and the event will run from 2-6 PM on October 21. Following is the current event schedule:


CES Unveiled Paris

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Pavillon Cambon-Capucines

Paris, France


1-2 PM: Registration


2-2:15 PM:  Welcome Remarks

Philippe Wahl, Chairman & CEO, La Poste Group


2:15-3 PM:     CEA Market Research Presentation

Dr. Shawn DuBravac, CFA, Chief Economist and Sr. Director of Research, CEA


3-3:30 PM:     CES Press Conference

Gary Shapiro, President and CEO, CEA


3:30-4 PM:    Panel Discussion

Moderator: François Sorel, Journalist, 01net and BFM


Bruno Barlet, VP France, Legrand

Nathalie Collin, Deputy CEO in charge of Digital Business and Communication of La Poste Group

Philippe Peyrard, Deputy CEO, Atol Les Opticiens

4-6 PM:     Exhibition Networking Reception


About CES:

CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for more than 40 years-the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. And because it is owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the technology trade association representing the $285 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry, it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers to a forum where the industry’s most relevant issues are addressed. Check out CES video highlights. Follow CES online at and on social.


About La Poste Group :

La Poste is a limited company in 100 percent public ownership since 1 March 2010 with a unique corporate model structured around five business units: Mail-Parcels-Services, La Banque Postale, The Network La Poste, GeoPost and Digital Services. The Group operates out of 40 countries on 4 continents. La Poste’s 17,000 retail outlets make it France’s leading local distribution network, each day serving 1.7 million customers. Every year, La Poste delivers 23.5 billion items worldwide (letters, printed ad media and parcels), 6 days a week. In 2013, Le Groupe La Poste generated 22.2 billion euros in revenues (17.9% outside France) and had a headcount of over 260,000. Le Groupe La Poste’s strategic plan, “La Poste 2020: Conquering the Future” outlines its ambitious objective of speeding up development in its five business units and expanding into new territories. La Poste puts human considerations and trust at the centre of customer relations. Greater synergies between its networks, accessible to everyone, everywhere, every day, are helping to make life easier for La Poste’s customers. The La Poste digital branch was established in April 2014 and brings together all of the group’s digital activities under one roof.  It comprises the digital division of La Poste and three BtoB subsidiaries: Docapost (a specialist in the digital transformation of companies), Mediapost Communication (digital media management and data processing) and Start’inPost (an industrial startup accelerator). It employs more than 5,500 people and expects a total turnover of more than EUR 1 billion in 2020.


About Business France:

Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. Business France has 1,500 personnel, both in France and in 70 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public- and private-sector partners. For further information, please visit:


  • CES Unveiled Paris – Register
    October 21, 2015, Paris, France
  • CEA Innovate! – Register
    November 8-10, 2015, New York, NY
  • CE Hall of Fame Dinner – Register
    November 9, 2015, New York, NY
  • CES Unveiled New York – Register
    November 10, 2015, New York, NY
  • CES Unveiled Las Vegas
    January 4, 2016, Las Vegas, NV
  • CES 2016
    January 6-9, 2016, Las Vegas, NV
  • CEA Winter Break
    March 21-24, 2016, Park City, UT
  • CES Asia 2016
    May 11-13, 2016, Shanghai, China

October 8, 2015 Posted by | BUSINESS, ENTREPRENEURS, opportunity, TECHNOLOGY, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BOOKS – Lonely Planet presents- a grand tasting tour through 327 wineries in 20 countries around the world! WINE TRAILS


Wine Trails: Plan 52 Perfect Weekends in

Wine Country

Wine expert or not, we’ve all experienced – whether watching a sunset in Italy with a glass of Prosecco or enjoying a Shiraz at a barbeque in Australia – that moment when travel and wine are the perfect pairing.
That’s why Lonely Planet is introducing Wine Trails: Plan 52 Perfect Weekends in Wine Country (Lonely Planet / $24.99 / October 2015), a grand tasting tour through 327 wineries in 20 countries around the world.
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From California’s cutting-edge wine scene to the cultural frontiers of winemaking in Lebanon, experience the world’s most acclaimed and up-and-coming wine-touring destinations. Read winery reviews by Lonely Planet’s team of wine connoisseurs, meet the knowledgeable winemakers behind them and discover what else there is to explore in each region.
 lonely planet Wine trails
Featured countries include:

  • Argentina
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Film / FESTIVALS — FANTASIA 2015 — More Films Announced! 7/14-8/4/15 *MONTREAL

This Year’s Festival gets BETTER and BETTER!



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Fantasia’s complete lineup of programming and special events will be revealed on July 7th. To tide you over until then, we’re thrilled to announce an incredible Second Wave of titles!


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Coming immediately after his OUTRAGE saga, Takeshi Kitano’s hilarious crime story stars screen legend Tatsuya Fuji (IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES) as a retired yakuza who realizes that the only way to break the monotony of his daily life by reuniting with his old gang. This is a funny and heartfelt meditation on growing old that only the master of Japanese cinema could deliver. International Premiere

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Fantasia will be presenting a special screening of Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s stylish adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s mystery thriller DARK PLACES, which reunites Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult following their appearance together in a certain innocuous Australian road movie. The film’s impressive cast also features Christina Hendricks, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Tye Sheridan.

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The directorial debut of Sonny Mallhi, producer of such singular horror works as THE STRANGERS and AT THE DEVIL’S DOOR. ANGUISH is a frightening and emotionally resonant film that offers supernatural explanations for debilitating adolescent mental illness, featuring a powerhouse lead performance by Ryan Simpkins (A SINGLE MAN). World Premiere

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David Keating burst onto the international genre cinema scene with his chilling 2010 occult horror film WAKEWOOD.  Now, he’s returned, re-teaming with screenwriter Brendan McCarthy (who, as a producer, was also behind LET US PREY and this year’s Sundance hit THE HALLOW) to deliver a demonic tale of desperate good intentions gone horribly, horribly bad. World Premiere.

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It’s been a long wait, but the dark god of hard-edged Hong Kong cinema is back. Alongside John Woo and Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam was key in defining the spirit of HK film in the late ’80s. Now, after a near-decade hiatus from feature filmmaking, he’s ready to show the world once again what happens when high-octane action and a hard-knock social conscience collide.  Canadian Premiere.

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The long awaited solo feature debut from Jacob Gentry, co-director of THE SIGNAL, SYNCHRONICITY is, in a word, brilliant. Chad Mcknight, AJ Bowen, Brianne Davis and Michael Ironside star in this individualistic and astonishing sci-fi Noir about a physicist who folds time, traveling into the past to prevent the theft of his invention.  World Premiere.

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A freshly unemployed worker from an asset management firm creates a website on the dark web, designed to appeal specifically to the financially obliterated. “Better than suicide”, it promises. “Trading.” One of the most blackly subversive social satires to antagonize the screen in years, TRADERS is smart, violent, empathetic and angry. The feature debut of Irish filmmaking team Rachael Moriarty and Peter Murphy, starring Killian Scott (CALVARY), John Bradley  (GAME OF THRONES), Nika McGuigan (PHILOMENA) and Barry Keoghan (’71).  International Premiere

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A captivating medieval fantasy from Denmark, directed by Kenneth Kainz (PARTERAPI) and scripted by the great Anders Thomas Jensen (ADAM’S APPLES, BROTHERS, AFTER THE WEDDING), THE SHAMER’S DAUGHTER tells the tale of a young girl who has inherited her mother’s supernatural ability to make people ashamed of themselves by staring into their souls.  International Premiere

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Directed by newcomer Victor Zarcoff and produced by the team behind the acclaimed FUNERAL KINGS (Fantasia 2010), this study in terror brings REAR WINDOW to the digital era. A young couple slowly fall apart, unbeknownst that their creepy landlord is scrupulously watching them through hidden surveillance cameras. Wonderfully acted by a cast straight out of a Tobe Hooper film, this domestic nightmare builds suffocating tension by exposing the fragility of our intimacy in today’s world.

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Chad Archibald and the talented team behind such Canadian horror breakouts at THE DROWNSMAN, ANTI-SOCIAL, SEPTIC MAN, and EJECTA are back with a brand new monster, a lot of flair, and a heck of a strong cringe factor. Join us for the World Premiere of this thrilling new film from some of Canada’s most striking new genre talent.


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Fantasia is proud to be showcasing the world premiere of KIDNAPPED director Miguel Angel Vivas’ English language debut EXTINCTION, an atmospheric and visceral post-apocalyptic monster movie that will blow audiences through the back of the theatre. EXTINCTION is co-scripted by Vivas and Alberto Marini (SLEEP TIGHT) and stars Matthew Fox, Jeffrey Donovan, Quinn McColgan – and some of the most astonishing prosthetic creature make-ups the screen has seen in years.

In addition to EXTINCTION (and the previously announced stop-motion feature POSSESSED), Fantasia will be screening the following Spanish productions:

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Spain  Dir: Alberto Rodriguez

A riveting period Neo-Noir police procedural thriller from the director of UNIT 7, winner of no fewer than 10 Goya Awards this year, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor.  Quebec Premiere.

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Spain  Dir: Javier Fesser

Spain’s cult superspy parody comic book explodes into life as a big budget blitzkrieg of slapstick 3D animation that won Goya Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Adapted Screenplay.  North American Premiere

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Spain  Dir: Esteban Roel and Juan Fernando Andrés

Macarena Gómez gives a riveting performance in this horrific and haunting psychodrama produced by Álex de la Iglesia that’s deservedly become a major hit on the international festival circuit.  Quebec Premiere.

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Spain  Dir: Santiago Segura

The completely insane fifth entry in Segura’s blockbuster franchise. TORRENTE: MISSION EUROVEGAS co-stars Alex Baldwin and had the largest Spanish theatrical opening in all of 2014 when it was released last October. An excruciatingly funny film, packed with absurd setpieces and a rogues gallery of familiar faces.  North American Premiere.


Buckle up as Fantasia Underground’s Year Two lineup reaches across the world to bring you eclectic and uncompromising new independent visions from France, Japan, Nigeria, Uganda and the USA.

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Japan  Dir: Lisa Takeba

One day, as Haruko is  zapping, her television unexpectedly transforms into a beautiful, shirtless, TV-headed stud! Welcome to HARUKO’S PARANORMAL LABORATORY, a personal and inventive vision signaling Takeba as Japan’s new Queen of Quirk. Official Selection: Rotterdam, Hong Kong, Yubari. Canadian Premiere.

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France  Dir : Nathan Ambrosioni

One of the most talked about horror works at the Cannes Film Market this year, HOSTILE marks the impressive debut of 14 year old director Nathan Ambrosioni. A TV show host answers the call of a mother terrified of her two adopted daughters. What starts with the familiar slowly builds into a poignant horror tale. International Premiere.

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Nigeria  Dir: C.J. ‘Fiery’ Obasi

OJUJU is a fascinating and well-staged transposition of the flesh-eating Zombie Film, bringing the living dead to Nigeria’s slums following what initially appears to be rabid river blindness due to a contaminated water supply. Winner for Best Nigerian film at the Africa International Film Festival. Canadian Premiere.

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USA  Dir: Kevin Cline, Zach Harris, and Sean Pierce

Don’t let the quirky title fool you, this is a visceral, heartfelt and violently confrontational slice of urban hell and personal apocalypse, detailing a young man’s breakdown over the course of a single terrible night in one of America’s most segregated cities. Think a socially conscious FALLING DOWN by way of COMBAT SHOCK. World Premiere.

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“Expect the Unexpectable!” Get ready for WAKALIWOOD – DIY COMMANDO CINEMA FROM UGANDA, as Fantasia proudly presents the film sensation WHO KILLED CAPTAIN ALEX? UGANDA’S FIRST ACTION MOVIE plus a fully loaded arsenal of Wakaliwood trailers, clips from never-before-seen new films, and a live Skype to Uganda with prolific DIY director/writer/editor/producer Nabwana IGG and his superstar crew of kung fu masters, cannibals, and supa commandos!

A viral explosion – “Wakaliwood” is the nickname for Wakaliga, the slum on the outskirts of Kampala, Uganda, where Nabwana IGG and his self-taught DIY team make wild action-packed movies with home-made equipment and the commando spirit. Totally off the grid, Wakaliwood is the last true cinematic Wild West and has taken the internet by storm. Fantasia proudly presents the first ever Wakaliwood festival screening – come experience “the best of the best movies” live!

Curated and hosted by journalist and Blue Sunshine Co-Founder David Bertrand – who recently returned from Uganda, having flown there to go on a location shoot with the Wakaliwood crew and perform in a film with them, the first outsider – let alone the first Canadian – to do so.

Note that Fantasia’s exploration of emerging African Fantastica doesn’t end with our screenings of  WHO KILLED CAPTAIN ALEX and OJUJU. Also worthy of major attention is our previously announced selection of Ethiopia’s surrealist Sci-Fi oddity CRUMBS, which will be shown in our Camera Lucida section.

Additional 2nd Wave Titles:

USA  Dir: Jordan Galland

Ava is recovering from demonic possession. With no memory of the past month, she is forced to attend a Spirit Possessions Anonymous support group. Ava’s life was hijacked by a demon, now it’s time to get it back in this horror farce from the creator of Fantasia favorite Alter Egos. Official Selection: SXSW.  Canadian Premiere

Norway  Dir: Hallvard Bræin

Roy is mad about cars and is soon challenged in an illegal race across the length of Norway. Fasten your seatbelts (well, it’s the law!) for an old-fashioned action-packed car race flick, faster than Cannonball Run and funnier than Smokey and the Bandit!  North American Premiere

Denmark  Dir: Jeppe Rønde

Teenage Sara arrives with her single father to a small village in the Welsh valley of Bridgend County, which is haunted by suicides amongst its young inhabitants. She falls dangerously in love with one of the troubled boys while her dad as the new town policeman tries to solve the mystery. This powerful, shattering film (a recent Tribeca Film Festival award winner) is based on true events.  Canadian Premiere

Finland  Dir: Joonas Makkonen

You’ve surely seen the jaw-dropping trailer by now, or at the least, heard a breathless account of it. Nothing can prepare for the lunacy of the actual film. Oh, Finland.  North American Premiere.

USA  Dir: Jon Watts

A pair of kids stumble across an unoccupied cop car, hop in and take it on a joyride across town, setting in motion a tense game of cat and mouse between them and a particularly corrupt and distinctly homicidal police officer (Kevin Bacon). Official Selection Sundance, Edinburgh International Film Festival.  Canadian Premiere

South Korea  Dir: Park Hye-mi

A tough, empathic little marvel of science-fantasy without illusions, simple yet satisfyingly solid in its design and execution, CRIMSON WHALE marks Park Hye-mi as an important new talent in Korean animation.  Canadian premiere.

France  Dir : Eric Cherrière

For years, timid Pierre Tardieu has been brutally slaughtering men and women without ever getting caught. The time to obtain his long due recognition has come. Crime novelist Eric Cherrière takes us on a dark journey into the disturbed mind of a serial killer.  Canadian Premiere.

USA  Dir: Douglas Schulze

In this visually stunning, dialogue-free, experimental thriller set on Michigan’s wintry frozen Great Lakes, a brutish serial killer imprisons his still-living latest victim in the watery depths. Thus begins a uniquely chilling story of survival and shocking revelation. This accomplished experiment in narrative storytelling tears every convention apart. You haven’t seen anything like it. Co-Starring Veronica Cartwright.  World Premiere

USA  Dir : Tim Kirk

A new lesson in cinephilia eccentricity brought to you by the team behind ROOM 237 and THE NIGHTMARE. While recording a commentary track, the director and the screenwriter of a forgotten – but authentic – Frankenstein movie recall a tragedy that occurred on set, a brutal crime that continues to terrify its witnesses decades after the fact.  International Premiere.

Germany Dir: Jörg Buttgereit, Michal Kosakowski, and Andreas Marschall

Three of German Cinema’s most ferocious underground talents have united to assault the screen with a deathly triptych of tales set against the evolving backdrop of Berlin. Featuring Jörg Buttgereit’s return to narrative filmmaking after a 22-year hiatus. Official Selection: Rotterdam International Film Festival.  North American Premiere.

USA / Argentina  Dir : Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia

Two women sharing the same name see their lives change for the worse when a strange occurrence seems to affect a small city. Both disturbing and poetic, H. is an imaginative tour de force that left a strong impression at Sundance and Berlin this year.  Canadian Premiere.

UK  Dir: Corin Hardy

A family who moves into a remote millhouse in Ireland unwittingly enter a fight for survival with pale-skinned demonic entities living in the foreboding woods. Superb practical monster FX buoys this intensely scary film, perhaps the best creature feature out of the UK since THE DESCENT.  Official Selection: Sundance, Seattle International Film Festival.  Canadian Premiere

Canada  Dir: Jason Krawczyk

Punk icon / author / spoken-word master Henry Rollins stars as a mild-mannered reluctant cannibal who tries to keep to himself yet ends up targeted by the mob. Co-starring Kate Greenhouse (a Fantasia award-winner for THE DARK HOURS).  Official Selection: SXSW.  International Premiere.

USA  Dir: Karyn Kusama

One of the smartest, scariest and most engrossing genre films in recent years, THE INVITATION is a masterpiece of ingeniously calculated, character-driven horror storytelling. Karyn Kusama is back, and she’s never been better. Official Selection: SXSW.  Canadian Premiere.

Japan  Dir: Masayuki Ochiai

Directly following last year’s JU-ON: THE BEGINNING OF THE END, this harrowing conclusion of Director Masayuki Ochiai’s reboot of J-Horror’s most beloved franchise generously brings all the goodies expected from fans. Prepare to squirm, screech and shudder because Toshio and Kayoko are determined to finish business with panache.  International Premiere

USA  Dir: J. Davis

Two mismatched brothers tour Hollywood’s notorious Charles Manson murder sites. One is a devoted family man and the other is devoted to The Family (yeah, that one!). When the bickering duo takes an eventful road trip, get ready for a hilarious (and kinda creepy!) “Odd Couple meets Helter Skelter” movie, produced by indie faves the Duplass Brothers. Official Selection: SXSW.  Canadian Premiere

Sweden  Dir: Alain Darborg

In this action/heist/revenge comedy, Charles Ingvar Jönsson (a character popular in Swedish films since the early ’80s) gathers three seemingly incompatible criminals to take vengeance upon the slippery creeps who killed his beloved uncle.  North American Premiere.

UK  Dir: Roger Graef and James Rogan

This love letter to Python fans goes behind the scenes of last summer’s record-setting live reunion and final tour of the Beatles of Comedy. Interviews all the surviving Pythons and special friends, plus charts the group’s history on stage. Dead parrot included! Official Selection: Tribeca Film Festival, Hot Docs.  Quebec Premiere

Japan  Dir: Sebastian Masuda

Sanrio’s 1979 stop-motion holiday movie, remixed, revamped, and rebooted by Sebastian Masuda, Harajuku’s “Godfather of kawaii.” A deliciously psychedelic pop-art phantasmagoria of super-sweet, candy-coloured cool.  North American premiere.

South Korea  Dir: Hur Bum-wook

A brooding existential nightmare unfolding within a densely detailed landscape of surreal biological monstrosity, animator Hur Bum-wook’s award-winning debut feature is an intense and troubling tale of violence and vulnerability, hope and despair.  Canadian premiere.

Turkey/Germany  Dir: Cem Kaya

Turkey in the 1960s-’70s churned out more movies than possibly any other country, often without a single page of original material! Get ready for bizarro Turkish knockoffs of E.T., Dracula, The Wizard of Oz, The Exorcist, Rambo, Superman, Star Trek and more, informatively chronicled in this thorough and uproarious documentary. Official Selection: Locarno Film Festival.  North American Premiere

South Korea  Dir: Lee Won-suk

A potent period drama embroidered with wit and wise insights, THE ROYAL TAILOR has its high-spirited mirth and heartbreaking tragedy sewn together masterfully. A great script, a great cast — and a truly wondrous array of magnificent garments! Official Selection: Udine, NYAFF.  Canadian premiere.

Mexico/USA  Dir: Adrián García Bogliano

The director of LATE PHASES, HERE COMES THE DEVIL and COLD SWEAT is back, re-teaming with Francisco Barreiro to deliver a savage black comedy / thriller that will leave audiences breathless. Official Selection: Tribeca Film Festival, Stanley Film Festival.  Canadian Premiere.

South Korea   Dir: Hong Seok-jae

Social media has scary consequences for two police-tech students and an Internet troll in this masterfully executed first feature film by Hong Seok-jae. Filled with stunning twists and keenly constructed characters, SOCIALPHOBIA ranks among the best independent Korean films in recent years. Winner of the NETPAC and DGK Awards at the Busan Film Festival.  Quebec Premiere

USA  Dir: Adam Egypt Mortimer

Ronen Rubinstein, Grace Phipps, Sierra McCormick and Noah Segan star in a bloody tale of a bullied teen sentenced to a juvenile delinquent camp that happens to be haunted by the murderous spirit of a victim of bullying. Official Selection: Stanley Film Festival.  Canadian Premiere.

Canada  Dir: Larry Kent

Director Larry Kent (THE BITTER ASH, HIGH, THE HAMSTER CAGE), Canada’s first underground filmmaker, has been making uncompromising works for 52-years. Now, he has made his first full-on horror film, a harrowing tale of organizers of a Planned Parenthood clinic under violent attack by fanatical evangelists.  World Premiere.

UK  Dir: Dominic Brunt

Two financially struggling independent businesswomen fall prey to a brutal money lender in this hard-hitting, vicious and socially conscious thriller that balances gripping drama and ferocious shock value to powerful effect. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Official Selection: Leeds Film Festival.  International Premiere

Austria  Dir: David Rühm

In 1930s Vienna, an infamous vampire count turns to none other than noted psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud to help him deal with various romantic entanglements. This delightful and sumptuously produced horror comedy evokes the Hammer Gothics of yore and Polanski’s classic Fearless Vampire Killers. A must for old-school fangbangers! Official Selection: Zurich Film Festival.  Canadian Premiere

USA  Dir: Ted Geoghegan

Ted Geoghegan’s super acclaimed directorial debut is finally coming to Canada. WE ARE STILL HERE stars Barbara Crampton, Larry Fessenden and Lisa Marie, features stunning visuals by Karim Hussain and is infused with the spirit of ’80s Lucio Fulci. What’s not to love? Official Selection: SXSW.  Canadian Premiere.

Japan   Dir: Daigo Matsui

With films like SWEET POOLSIDE, director Daigo Matsui proved himself a leading voice in coming-of-age films with lucid and accurate portrayals of Japanese youth and a taste for bizarre creativity. So when he steers his gaze to social media’s impact on two serial bloggers, expect to be disturbed, moved and amazed. Selected in Generation 14+ Section at Berlinale.  Canadian Premiere

Fantasia’s full lineup of screenings and events will be announced on July 7.

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BOOKS/ FESTIVAL — PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature NYC, May 4 – May 10, 2015


PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature NYC, May 4 – May 10, 2015
Celebrate the transformative power of the written word as 100 writers from 30 countries
gather in New York for the 11th Annual PEN World Voices of International Literature.
This year’s program, co-curated by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, takes you beyond the news
by providing a rare chance to hear voices and perspectives from contemporary Africa and its diaspora.
Join in a wide range of debates, readings, workshops, and performances in venues
from Lower Manhattan and Harlem to Brooklyn and the Bronx,
and engage with emerging and established international authors
in new and profound ways.

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FILM — #MoMA & #FSLC! The 44th annual NEW DIRECTORS/NEW FILMS March 18-29

Museum of Modern Art &

Film Society of Lincoln Center present

the 44th annual NEW DIRECTORS/NEW FILMS March 18-29

The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center

Complete Lineup for the

44th Annual New Directors/New Films

March 18-29

Marielle Heller’s award-winning The Diary of a Teenage Girl selected for Opening Night

Rick Alverson’s Entertainment selected for Closing Night

The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center host the complete lineup for the 44th New Directors/New Films (ND/NF), March 18-29. Since 1972, the festival has been an annual rite of early spring in New York City, bringing exciting discoveries from around the world to adventurous moviegoers. All aspects of cinema, from production to exhibition, have changed dramatically over the years, but the spirit of innovation and the element of surprise that have always defined this festival remain intact. Dedicated to the discovery of new works by emerging and dynamic filmmaking talent, this year’s festival will screen 26 international features and 16 short films.


Chief Curator of Film at The Museum of Modern Art, Rajendra Roy, said: “If I had to boil down the aspirations of New Directors/New Films to one word, it would be ‘unexpected.’ Familiarity is great when you spend an evening at a multiplex with a bucket of popcorn to watch your favorite superhero, but allowing yourself the freedom to engage with the unfamiliar is what this festival is all about.”


“The wonderful thing about a festival like New Directors/New Films is that, by definition, it renews itself every year,” said Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Director of Programming Dennis Lim. “We’re very excited about this lineup, which showcases the many forms that cinematic innovation can take. I think it also introduces New York audiences to some very distinctive voices, new and emerging auteurs who will be at the forefront of the art form in the years to come.”


The Opening Night selection, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, which premiered at Sundance and recently took the top prize in the Generation section at the Berlin Film Festival, recounts the coming-of-age adventures of 15-year-old Minnie Goetze in 1970s San Francisco. Brilliantly adapted for the screen by first-time writer/director Marielle Heller, and based on the acclaimed illustrated novel by Phoebe Gloeckner, the film is expertly cast, with British newcomer Bel Powley as Minnie, Kristen Wiig as her mother, and Alexander Skarsgård as the object of both of their desires.

The previously announced Entertainment, the latest from director Rick Alverson (The Comedy), will close the 2015 edition of New Directors/New Films. The film reteams Alverson with Tim Heidecker (here serving as co-writer), and takes the audience on a hallucinatory journey with anti-comedian Gregg Turkington (better known as Neil Hamburger) and a teenage mime (Tye Sheridan) as they encounter an assortment of characters, played by John C. Reilly, Michael Cera, Amy Seimetz, Dean Stockwell, and Heidecker along the way.

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The 2015 lineup stands out in many ways, but what is particularly exciting is a unifying sense of unconventional storytelling through visual experimentation and inventive dialogue (or a lack thereof). Whether told

in sign language without subtitles (The Tribe),

through beautifully shot landscapes and imagery shot on 16mm (Theeb, Mercuriales, Fort Buchanan, and Christmas, Again)

or visually arresting imagery on 35mm (in low-contrast black and white in Tu dors Nicole),

the integrity and importance of the story remains paramount.

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Several of the films in the lineup will also premiere after winning major awards on the festival circuit:

The Fool was awarded four prizes at the Locarno Film Festival, which also gave the Best Emerging Director prize to Simone Rapisarda Casanova for his feature documentary-hybrid The Creation of Meaning (La creazione di significato);

Court was the winner of top prizes at the Venice and Mumbai Film Festivals;

and Kornél Mundruczó’s White God won the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes.

Previously announced titles include

Charles Poekel’s Christmas, Again (USA),

Chaitanya Tamhane’s Court (India),

Rick Alverson’s Entertainment (USA),

Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz’s Goodnight Mommy (Austria),

Sarah Leonor’s The Great Man (France),

Nadav Lapid’s The Kindergarten Teacher (Israel/France),

Naji Abu Nowar’s Theeb (Jordan/Qatar/United Arab Emirates/UK),

Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s The Tribe (Ukraine),

and Kornél Mundruczó’s White God (Hungary).

Special thanks to the Consulate General of Argentine Republic; Consulate General of Israel; Drafthouse; Kino/Lorber; Magnolia; Radius; and Unifrance.

The New Directors/New Films selection committee is made up of members from both presenting organizations: from The Museum of Modern Art, Jytte Jensen, Rajendra Roy, and Joshua Siegel; and from the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Dennis Lim, Marian Masone, and Gavin Smith.

Tickets are $16; $12 for Film Society and MoMA Members as well as students. Tickets for Opening and Closing Night screenings are $20, $15 for members. Save with a 3+ film package starting at $36, $30 for members. Please note: Package option applies to the purchase of three films or more, excluding the Opening and Closing Night screenings. Visit for more information.


Opening Night

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Marielle Heller, USA, 2014, 100m

Minnie could be your typical 15-year-old girl, awash in the throes of sexual awakening. But because she’s growing up in the free-love-induced haze of 1970s San Francisco, instead of losing her virginity to a schoolmate, Minnie opts for an affair with her mother’s boyfriend. Based on Phoebe Gloeckner’s illustrated novel and brought beautifully to cinematic life by first-time writer/director Marielle Heller, The Diary of a Teenage Girl features a heroine who is smart, funny, and talented—with the cartoon characters she sketches occasionally coming off the page to offer additional insight into her psyche. As the precocious protagonist, British newcomer Bel Powley is a revelation, fearlessly embodying the curiosity, heartache, and pleasures of adolescence as Minnie stumbles along on her journey to adulthood. Powley is supported by the moving and tender performances of Alexander Skarsgård as Monroe, the object of both mother and daughter’s affection, and Kristen Wiig as the mom who sees her own youth slipping away in Minnie’s face. A Sony Pictures Classics release.

Closing Night


Rick Alverson, USA, 2015, DCP, 110m

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Following up his 2013 breakthrough, The Comedy, director Rick Alverson reteams with that film’s star, Tim Heidecker (here serving as co-writer), for a hallucinatory journey to the end of the night. Or is it the end of comedy? Cult anti-comedian Gregg Turkington (better known as Neil Hamburger) stars as a washed-up comic on tour with a teenage mime (Tye Sheridan), working his way across the Mojave Desert to a possible reconciliation with the estranged daughter who never returns his interminable voicemails. Our sort-of hero’s stand-up set is an abrasive assault on audiences, so radically tone-deaf as to be mesmerizing. Alverson uses a slew of surrealist flourishes and poetic non sequiturs to fashion a one-of-a-kind odyssey that is by turns mortifying and beautiful, bewildering and absorbing. John C. Reilly, Michael Cera, Amy Seimetz, Dean Stockwell, and Heidecker are among the performers who so memorably populate the strange world of Entertainment, a film that utterly scrambles our sense of what is funny—and not funny.

Christmas, Again

Charles Poekel, USA, 2014, DCP, 79m

A forlorn Noel (Kentucker Audley) pulls long, cold nights as a Christmas-tree vendor in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. As obnoxious, indifferent, or downright bizarre customers come and go, doing little to restore Noel’s faith in humanity, only the flirtatious innuendos of one woman and the drunken pleas of another seem to lift him out of his funk. Writer-director Charles Poekel has transformed three years of “fieldwork” peddling evergreens on the streets of New York into a sharply observed and wistfully comic portrait of urban loneliness and companionship. While Christmas, Again heralds a promising newcomer in Poekel, it also confirms several great young talents of American indie cinema: actors Audley and Hannah Gross, editor Robert Greene, and cinematographer Sean Price Williams.

Screening with:

Going Out

Ted Fendt, USA, 2014, 35mm, 8m

Liz thinks she’s going on a date with Rob to see RoboCop, but things take an unexpected (and inexplicable) turn. World Premiere


Chaitanya Tamhane, India, 2014, DCP, 116m

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Winner of top prizes at the Venice and Mumbai Film Festivals, Chaitanya Tamhane’s Court is a quietly devastating, absurdist portrait of injustice, caste prejudice, and venal politics in contemporary India. An elderly folk singer and grassroots organizer, dubbed the “people’s poet,” is arrested on a trumped-up charge of inciting a sewage worker to commit suicide. His trial is a ridiculous and harrowing display of institutional incompetence, with endless procedural delays, coached prosecution witnesses, and obsessive privileging of arcane colonial law over reason and mercy.


What truly distinguishes Court, however, is Tamhane’s brilliant ensemble cast of professional and nonprofessional actors; his affecting mixture of comedy and tragedy; and his naturalist approach to his characters and to Indian society as a whole, rich with complexity and contradiction. A Zeitgeist Films release. U.S. Premiere

The Creation of Meaning / La creazione di significato

Simone Rapisarda Casanova, Canada/Italy, 2014, 95m

Italian with English subtitles

Though its title arcs toward grand philosophical inquiry, the stirring power of Simone Rapisarda Casanova’s second documentary-fiction hybrid—winner of the 2014 Locarno Film Festival’s Best Emerging Director prize—lies in its intimacy of detail and wry political observation. Filmed with a painterly Renaissance beauty in Tuscany’s remote Apennine mountains, where memories of Nazi massacres and partisan resistance remain vivid, The Creation of Meaning centers on Pacifico Pieruccioni, an aging but defiant shepherd whose very livelihood and traditions are threatened by a New European reality of Berlusconi-caliber corruption (hilariously evoked in a profanity-laden radio talk show rant) and German land speculation. U.S. Premiere

Dog Lady

Laura Citarella & Verónica Llinás, Argentina, 2015, 95m

Spanish with English subtitles

An indelible and quietly haunting study of a nameless woman (memorably played by co-director Verónica Llinás) living with a loyal pack of stray dogs in silent, self-imposed exile in the Pampas on the edge of Buenos Aires. Almost dialogue-free, the film follows this hermit across four seasons as she patches up her makeshift shack in the woods, communes with nature, and forages for and sometimes steals food, making only the briefest of forays into the city and only fleetingly engaging with other people. She’s a distant cousin of Agnès Varda’s protagonist in Vagabond, perhaps, and just as enigmatic. Dog Lady is filmed with an attentive and sympathetic eye yet is careful never to “explain” its subject—but be sure to stay to the very end of the film’s extended final long shot. North American Premiere

The Fool

Yuriy Bykov, Russia, 2014, DCP, 116m

Russian with English subtitles


The lives of hundreds of the dregs of society are at stake in this stark and grotesque  portrait of a new Russia on the verge of catastrophe. Investigating a maintenance problem in a decaying provincial housing project, plumber and engineering student Dima (Artyom Bystrov) discovers two massive cracks running the length of the building. Convinced that the building is about to collapse, he rushes to alert the mayor, who is celebrating her birthday with a drunken crowd. The town’s councillors, who’ve siphoned off much of the town’s budget to feather their nests, greet his warning with skepticism and hostility—and as events spiral out of control during one long night, Dima learns that nobody, even those he’s trying to help, likes a whistle-blower. Building on his first film, The Major, about a police cover-up, writer, director, and actor Yuriy Bykov delivers a stinging rebuke to the endemic corruption of the Russian body politic that earned him four awards at the 2014 Locarno Film Festival.

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Benjamin Crotty, France/Tunisia, 2014, 65m

French with English subtitles

The feature debut of American-born, Paris-based writer-director Benjamin Crotty marks the arrival of something rare in contemporary cinema: a wholly original sensibility. Expanding his 2012 short of the same name, Crotty chronicles the tragicomic plight of frail, lonely Roger, stranded at a remote military post in the woods while his husband carries out a mission in Djibouti. Over four seasons, Roger (Andy Gillet, the androgynous star of Eric Rohmer’s The Romance of Astrea and Celadon) seeks comfort and companionship from the army wives of this leisurely yet sexually frustrated community, while trying to keep a lid on his volatile adopted daughter, Roxy. Shot in richly textured 16mm, Crotty’s queer soap opera playfully estranges and deranges any number of narrative conventions, finding surprising wells of emotion amid the carnal comedy. North American Premiere

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Gabriel Abrantes, Portugal/Sri Lanka/Denmark/France, 2014, DCP, 24m

Portuguese and French with English subtitles

A sensuous and debauched portrait of Portugal’s national poet Luís Vaz de Camões teetering on the borderline between Paradise and Hell. U.S. Premiere

Goodnight Mommy

Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz, Austria, 2014, DCP, 100m

German with English subtitles


The dread of parental abandonment is trumped by the terror of menacing spawn in Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz’s exquisite, cerebral horror-thriller. Lukas and Elias are 9-year-old twins, alone with their fantastical playtime adventure-worlds in a countryside home, until their mother comes home from facial-reconstructive surgery. Or is she their mother? Her head entirely bandaged, and her personality radically changed, the boys begin to wonder what this stranger has done to their “real” mother. They set out to uncover the truth, by any means their childish minds can conjure. As with most fairy tales, it turns out that children can imagine and endure things that cause more mature minds and bodies to wither from fear.


Produced by renowned auteur, and frequent script collaborator with Franz, Ulrich Seidl, Goodnight Mommy is an intelligent and engaging step forward for Austrian cinema. Fans of Michael Haneke’s work will find much to appreciate as well. Ultimately, this is a heartbreaking tale of love and loss wrapped in one of the scariest films of the year. A RADiUS-TWC release.

The Great Man

Sarah Leonor, France, 2014, DCP, 107m

French with English subtitles

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When we first meet Markov (Surho Sugaipov), he and fellow French Legionnaire Hamilton (Jérémie Renier) are tracking a wild leopard in a desert war zone, at the end of their posting in Afghanistan. An ambush results in an abdication of duty—despite it stemming from an act of fidelity. We learn that Markov had joined the Legion as a foreign refugee, hoping to gain his French citizenship and provide a better life for his young son. Ultimately, the complications of immigration and legal status seem petty when compared with the primal urge to do right by those who have committed their lives to saving others’. The intrinsic struggle between paternal/fraternal responsibility and unfettered mobility takes on a deeply moving dimension in Sarah Leonor’s alternately heartbreaking and empowering sophomore feature. A Distrib Films release. U.S. Premiere


Shim Sung-bo, South Korea, 2014, DCP, 111m

Korean with English subtitles

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First-time director Shim Sung-bo (screenwriter of Memories of Murder, the debut film of Haemoo’s producer Bong Joon-ho) distills a gripping drama from a real life incident and delivers a gritty, brooding spectacle of life and death on the high seas. With the country in the throes of an economic crisis, the Captain of run-down fishing boat Junjin sets out with his five-man crew to smuggle a group of Korean-Chinese illegal immigrants. During the hair-raising transfer of their human cargo from a freighter, rookie fisherman Dong-sik (Park Yu-chun) saves the life of Hong-mae (Han Ye-ri). Smitten and solicitous, he shelters the young woman in the engine room. But after a tense coast-guard inspection, things go horribly wrong and as the titular sea fog rolls in, the Captain forces his crew to set a new course from which there’s no turning back.

Los Hongos

Oscar Ruiz Navia, Colombia/Argentina/France/Germany, 2014, 103m

Spanish with English subtitles

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Cali street artists Ras and Calvin are good friends and collaborators despite hailing from disparate backgrounds. While one takes art classes, the other steals paint from his job in order to tag whatever surfaces he can find. Inspired by the Arab Spring protests, the pair bands together with a group of graffiti artists in order to paint a tribute to the student demonstrators. Oscar Ruiz Navia’s second feature could be termed a coming-of-age film, but Los Hongos heads in unexpected directions: while possibilities of hooking up abound, the pair’s mutual interest in making a statement that might also push forward new ideas in their own country expands what we usually see in characters growing up on-screen. This moment in the lives of two kids figuring it out encompasses all the possibilities: family, friends, sex, art, and, when they least expect it, the prospect of doing something of value. Full of color and great music, Los Hongos comprises a charming and vibrant portrait of a young, lively Colombia.


Darhad Erdenibulag & Emyr ap Richard, China, 2015, 88m

Mongolian with English subtitles


Franz Kafka’s unfinished novel The Castle is relocated to present-day Inner Mongolia, and the translation is startlingly seamless. Land surveyor K (Bayin) arrives in a frontier village, and soon discovers that his summons was a clerical error. Taking a job as a school janitor, K seeks an audience with the high-level minister he believes will resolve the situation, but cannot gain access to the castle where the local government is based. Intermittently aided by a barmaid and two hapless minions, K finds his efforts at clarification stymied by local hostility and administrative chaos alike. Produced by Jia Zhang-ke and rendered with great stylistic economy and a delirious sense of illogic, K is the rare literary adaptation that honors the source material even while reinventing it. At once familiar and strange, the film is both specific to its setting and faithful to Kafka in portraying faceless bureaucracy as a timeless and universal frustration. North American Premiere

The Kindergarten Teacher

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Nadav Lapid, Israel/France, 2014, DCP, 119m

Hebrew with English subtitles

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Nadav Lapid’s follow-up to his explosive debut, Policeman, is a brilliant, shape-shifting provocation and a coolly ambiguous film of ideas. Nira (Sarit Larry), a fortysomething wife, mother, and teacher in Tel Aviv, becomes obsessed with one of her charges, Yoav (Avi Shnaidman), a 5-year-old with a knack for declaiming perfectly formed verses on love and loss that would seem far beyond his scope. The impassive prodigy’s inexplicable bursts of poetry—Lapid’s own childhood compositions—awaken in Nira a protective impulse, but as her actions grow more extreme, the question of what exactly she’s protecting remains very much open. The Kindergarten Teacher shares the despair of its heroine, all too aware that she lives in an age and culture that has little use for poetry. But there is something perversely romantic in the film’s underlying conviction: in an ugly world, beauty still has the power to drive us mad.

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Nadav Lapid, Israel, 2015, DCP, 5m

French and Hebrew with English subtitles

A filmmaker is asked by Cahiers du Cinéma to choose the image that made him believe in cinema. North American Premiere

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Salomé Alexi, France/Georgia, 2014, 85m

Georgian with English subtitles

Things are tough all over. Mortgage crises and other economic woes have hit the entire world, including the Republic of Georgia. Nino is a fortysomething woman with a small shop in Tbilisi who grew up (along with her countrymen and -women) without thinking about the complexities of finance. But the advent of Capitalism in the former Soviet republic changed all of that. When the money gets tight, Nino goes about taking loan after loan, but even as the situation gets out of hand, Salomé Alexi maintains a beautifully light, comedic tone in her feature-film debut (her short Felicità showed in ND/NF 2010). Her camera observes the deadpan humor that exists alongside the desperate straits in which the people find themselves: entertaining a French tourist in her shop while finagling yet another loan with her employee, who’s been skimming money from her, Nino represents us all: someone trying to keep her head above water while working to make things right. North American Premiere

Listen to Me Marlon

Stevan Riley, UK, 2015, 100m


With a face and name known the world over, Marlon Brando earned acclaim for his astonishing acting range and infamy for his enigmatic personality. With unprecedented access to a trove of audio recordings made by the actor himself (including several self-hypnosis tapes), documentarian Stevan Riley explores Brando’s on- and off-screen lives, from bursting onto the cinematic scene with such films as The Men and A Streetcar Named Desire to his first Oscar-winning role in On the Waterfront. Archival news clips and interviews shed light on Brando’s support for the civil rights movement as well as on the many trials and tribulations of his children, Christian and Cheyenne. But between these many revelations and disclosures, Brando manages to tell his own story, filled with bones to pick, strong opinions, and fascinating traces of one of the most alluring figures in the history of cinema. A Showtime presentation.


Virgil Vernier, France, 2014, DCP, 100m

French and Russian with English subtitles


With an eclectic assortment of shorts, documentaries, and hybrid works to his name, Virgil Vernier is one of the most ambitious young directors in France today, and one of the hardest to categorize. Taking a cue from Godard’s 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her, Vernier’s most accomplished film to date trains his camera on the Parisian suburb of Bagnolet, shadowing two receptionists who work in the lobby of the titular high-rise (Ana Neborac and Philippine Stindel). As the girls drift from one enigmatic situation to the next—going to the pool, visiting a maze-like sex club, hunting for new employment—Vernier’s visual strategies and narrative gambits grow ever more inventive and surprising. Beautifully shot on 16mm by cinematographer Jordane Chouzenoux and set to James Ferraro’s haunting electronic score, Mercuriales is that rarest of cinematic achievements: a radical experiment in form that also lavishes tender attention on its characters. U.S. Premiere


Yohei Suzuki, Japan, 2014, HDCAM, 89m

Japanese with English subtitles



You might call this blackly comic indie whatsit a Japanese episode of The Twilight Zone—except that it’s not so easily classified. Jobless young Tetsuo and his girlfriend Yuriko are inexplicably immobilized after laying eyes on an orb-like object that appears out of nowhere, hovering near his bedroom’s ceiling. In short order, Tetsuo’s (secretly unemployed) father and several policemen find themselves likewise transfixed and when all are eventually released from their frozen state, they are left permanently catatonic. After a botched police inquiry, young journalist Deguchi sets out to get to the bottom of the mysterious happening. Given that the Japanese title, Maru translates as “Zero,” he has his work cut out for him. An enigmatic, deadpan mystery that just might be a comment on the social malaise and inertia of 21st-century Japan. U.S. Premiere


Lukas Valenta Rinner, Argentina/Austria/Uruguay, 2015, DCP, 75m

Spanish with English subtitles

A Buenos Aires office worker finishes his day, visits his father in a rest home, lodges his cat in a kennel, and cancels his phone service. (Did you overhear the news report of riots and social unrest on the radio?) The next day, he and 10 equally nondescript individuals are transported up the Tigre delta in blindfolds and arrive at a secluded, well-appointed resort for a vacation with a difference. Instead of yoga and nature walks, the days’ activities range from hand-to-hand combat and weapons instruction to classes in botany and homemade explosives. Welcome to boot camp for preppers, the destination of choice for the serious Apocalypse Tourist. Austrian filmmaker Lukas Valenta Rinner handles his material in his home country’s familiar style, with cool distance, minimal dialogue, and carefully composed frames, interpolating the action with extracts from the invented Book of Disasters, a must-read for anyone warming up for the collapse of civilization as we know it—people, are you in? North American Premiere

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Evan Johnson, Canada, 2014, DCP, 2m

A compact, chromatic visual essay on our way of seeing by Guy Maddin collaborator Evan Johnson. World Premiere


Naji Abu Nowar, Jordan/Qatar/United Arab Emirates/UK, 2014, DCP, 100m

Arabic with English subtitles

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A quietly gripping adventure tale that’s perhaps intended as a corrective to the romantic grandeur of Lawrence of Arabia, Naji Abu Nowar’s Theeb is classic storytelling at its finest. The year is 1916, the setting is a desert province on the edge of the Ottoman Empire, and it’s a time of war. Seeking help, a British Army officer and his translator arrive at an encampment of Bedouins, who, according to their traditions, provide hospitality and assistance in the form of a guide. The guide’s younger brother Theeb (Jacir Eid) follows and then tags along with the three grown-ups, who soon find themselves threatened by hostiles. As a boy who learns how to survive and become a man amidst the violent and mysterious agendas of adults, Eid carries this concise and unsentimental film on his young shoulders with amazing assurance.

Tired Moonlight

Britni West, USA, 2014, HDCAM, 76m

Britni West’s directorial debut, which won the Jury Award for Narrative Feature at this year’s Slamdance, discovers homespun poetry among the good folk of West’s native Kalispell, Montana. Kalispell is a small town populated by lonely hearts engaging in awkward one-night stands, children with starry eyes and bruised knees, stock-car drivers, junkyard treasure hunters, and bighorn sheep. Rarely has Big Sky Country ever cast such a sweetly comic and tender spell. Photographed in Super-16mm by Adam Ginsberg and featuring a mostly nonprofessional cast (with the exception of indie favorite Alex Karpovsky) in semi-fictionalized roles, Tired Moonlight is a sui generis slice of contemporary naturalism.

The Tribe

Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, Ukraine, 2014, DCP, 132m

A silent film with a difference, this entirely unprecedented tour de force was one of the must-see flash points at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. Why? Because its entire cast is deaf and mute and the “dialogue” is strictly sign language—without subtitles. Set at a spartan boarding school for deaf and mute coeds, The Tribe follows new arrival Sergey (Grigory Fesenko), who’s immediately initiated into the institution’s hard-as-nails culture with a beating before ascending the food chain from put-upon outsider to foot soldier in a criminal gang that deals drugs and pimps out their fellow students. With his implacable camerawork and stark, single-minded approach (worthy of influential English director Alan Clarke), first-time feature director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy overcomes what may sound like impossible obstacles to tell a grim but uncannily immersive story of exploitation and brutality in a dog-eat-dog world, delivering a high-school movie you won’t forget. A Drafthouse Films release.

Tu dors Nicole

Stéphane Lafleur, Canada, 2014, 93m

French with English subtitles

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With this disarmingly atmospheric comedy, Québécois director Stéphane Lafleur continues to secure his place high among the recent surge of talent flowing from French Canada. Tu dors Nicole follows the summer (mis)adventures of a band of utterly unique characters, centering on the coquettish 22-year-old Nicole (Julianne Côté), who leads an ostensibly carefree lifestyle. When the belatedly acknowledged reality of adulthood begins to nip at her heels and her older musician brother Rémi (Marc-André Grondin) enters the picture, complications prove inevitable. Shot in low-contrast black-and-white 35mm, Tu dors Nicole is a sweet and finely crafted ode to restless youth that, in its seductive and charming  way, recalls the likes of Aki Kaurismäki and Jim Jarmusch. A Kino Lorber release.


Bas Devos, Belgium/Netherlands, 2014, DCP, 82m

Flemish with English subtitles

The muted but harrowing tone of Violet emerges in the prologue, as closed-circuit monitors impassively display the stabbing death of a teenager at a mall. The victim’s friend Jesse (Cesar De Sutter), unable to intervene, is the lone witness to the murder. Between attending black-metal concerts and prowling the suburban sprawl with his BMX biker gang, Jesse grapples with the aftermath of the crime within his community. Favoring exquisitely fluid compositions and telling silences over dialogue, writer-director Bas Devos’s feature debut has a profoundly uneasy yet entrancing atmosphere, punctuated with bursts of online imagery and a meticulous, startling soundtrack. Reminiscent of Gus Van Sant’s Paranoid Park in its minimalist portrayal of aimless, maladjusted youth, Violet is a continually surprising exploration of pain and guilt, an interior voyage that only grows tenser and more affecting as it arrives at darker, less comprehensible regions of the soul.


Bill & Turner Ross, USA, 2015, 93m

Drug cartel violence and border politics threaten the neighborly rapport enjoyed for generations between Eagle Pass, Texas, and Piedras Negras, Mexico. In their trenchant and passionately observed documentary, Bill and Turner Ross render palpable the unease and uncertainty of decent, hardworking folk as they are buffeted by forces beyond their control, including senseless acts of torture, murders committed just outside their homes, and the temporary USDA ban on livestock trade. Drawing on archetypes of rugged individualism and community, Western focuses on Mayor Chad Foster, who presides over Eagle Pass with a winning, conspiratorial smile; José Manuel Maldonado, his kindly Piedras Negras mayoral counterpart; and Martin Wall, a cattle rancher whose Marlboro Man stoicism melts away in the presence of his young daughter, Brylyn. Western firmly positions the Ross brothers at the frontier of a new, compelling kind of American vernacular cinema.

White God

Kornél Mundruczó, Hungary, 2014, DCP, 119m

Hungarian with English subtitles

Thirteen-year old Lili and her mixed-breed dog Hagen are inseparable. When officials attempt to tax the mutt (a law that didn’t pass in Hungary, but was actually attempted), Lili’s father dumps Hagen on the street. While Lili tries in vain to find her dog, he goes through numerous trials and tribulations, along with other cast-off pets that wander alleyways looking for food and avoiding the pound. Hagen is taken in by some no-goods and trained to be a fighter, losing his domestic instincts in the process. When Hagen finally escapes with an army of canines in tow, they set out to take their revenge on the humans who wronged them, taking no prisoners. Kornél Mundruczó’s shocking fable, which won the Un Certain Regard prize in Cannes, captivatingly weaves together elements of melodrama, adventure, and a bit of horror in order to pose fundamental questions of equality, class, and humanity. A Magnolia Pictures release.


Shorts Program 1

Five short films by exciting new talents from around the world: San Siro (Yuri Ancarani, Italy, 24m), Boulevard’s End (Nora Fingscheidt, Germany, 15m), Blue and Red (Zhou Tao, Thaliand, 25m), Nelsa (Felipe Guerrero, Colombia, 13m), and The Field of Possible (Matías Meyer, Mexico/Canada, 10m).

San Siro

Yuri Ancarani, Italy, 2014, DCP, 24m

This portrait of Milan’s famed stadium is both clinical and otherworldly, casting game-time preparation as the subliminal, collective ritual of our day.

Boulevard’s End

Nora Fingscheidt, Germany, 2014, DCP, 15m

Venice Pier, where L.A. meets the ocean, draws people to play, flirt, and dream. Two immigrants recount their long journeys to this place shared by so many. North American Premiere

Blue and Red

Zhou Tao, Thailand, 2014, DCP, 25m

From anti-government protests in Bangkok to rural areas in China, the march of human life is bathed in vibrant colors as if under a microscope, in what the artist dubs an “epidermal touch.” World Premiere


Felipe Guerrero, Colombia, 2014, DCP, 13m

An obscure, trance-like tour of a place as menacing as it is incomprehensible. North American Premiere

The Field of Possible

Matías Meyer, Mexico/Canada, 2014, DCP, 10m

A single shot charts a Montreal residential building over the course of four seasons, deriving poetry from observation. World Premiere

Shorts Program 2

Seven short films by exciting new talents from around the world: Icarus (Nicholas Elliott, USA, 16m), The Chicken (Una Gunjak, Germany/Croatia, 15m), Heartless (Nara Normande & Tião, Brazil, 25m), I Remember Nothing (Zia Anger, USA, 18m), Discipline (Christophe M. Sabe, Switzerland, 11m), We Will Stay in Touch About It (Jan Zabeil, Germany, 8m), and Odessa Crash Test (Notes on Film 09) (Norbert Pfaffenbichler, Austria, 6m).


Nicholas Elliott, USA, 2014, DCP, 16m

Desire and emotion pervade this enigmatic hangout film in which a procession of mystery men emerge ex nihilo and seek shelter in a young woman’s cabin. World Premiere

The Chicken

Una Gunjak, Germany/Croatia, 2014, DCP, 15m

Bosnian with English subtitles

Six-year-old Selma is forced to confront the realities of life during wartime after she decides to let go of her birthday present.


Nara Normande & Tião, Brazil, 2014, DCP, 25m

Portuguese with English subtitles

These sun-kissed fragments of a coming-of-age tale follow a boy who, while on vacation at a fishing village, finds himself entangled with an enigmatically nicknamed local girl. U.S. Premiere

I Remember Nothing

Zia Anger, USA, 2015, DCP, 18m


A student, unaware that she is epileptic, tries to get through another day. Structured in five sections after the phases of a seizure. World Premiere


Christophe M. Saber, Switzerland, 2014, DCP, 11m

French, German, Arabic, and Italian with English subtitles

In this biting comedy of manners, it really does take a village.

We Will Stay in Touch About It

Jan Zabeil, Germany, 2015, DCP, 8m

After the shock of impact, reality suddenly seems out of reach. World Premiere

Odessa Crash Test (Notes on Film 09)

Norbert Pfaffenbichler, Austria, 2014, DCP, 6m

An iconic moment from Battleship Potemkin, remixed and reimagined. U.S. Premiere

NDNF 2015 Public Screening Schedule

Wednesday, March 18



Thursday, March 19

6:15PM VIOLET (82m) (MoMA)


8:45PM THE FOOL (116m) (MoMA)


Friday, March 20



8:45PM HAEMOO (111m) (MoMA)

9:00PM WHITE GOD (119m) (FSLC)

Saturday, March 21

1:00PM Shorts Program 1 (87m) (MoMA)

1:15PM VIOLET (82m) (FSLC)


3:45PM K (88m) (FSLC)

6:00PM WHITE GOD (119m) (MoMA)

6:15PM HAEMOO (111m) (FSLC)

9:00PM THEEB (100m) (MoMA)

9:15PM THE FOOL (116m) (FSLC

Sunday, March 22

2:45PM Shorts Program 2 (99m) (FSLC)

3:30PM WESTERN (92m) (MoMA)

5:30PM THEEB (100m) (FSLC)

6:00PM K (88m) (MoMA)


8:30PM TU DORS NICOLE (93m) (MoMA)

Monday, March 23

6:00PM Shorts Program 2 (99m) (MoMA)

6:15PM Shorts Program 1 (87m) (FSLC)

8:45PM PARABELLUM (75m) + COLOURS (2m) (MoMA)

8:45PM WESTERN (93m) (FSLC)

Tuesday, March 24



8:30PM OW (89m) (MoMA)


Wednesday, March 25



9:00PM OW (89m) (FSLC)

9:15PM DOG LADY (95m) (MoMA)

Thursday, March 26

6:15PM MERCURIALES (100m) (MoMA)

6:30PM DOG LADY (95m) (FSLC)

8:45PM LINE OF CREDIT (85m) (MoMA)

9:00PM COURT (116m) (FSLC)

Friday, March 27

6:15PM THE GREAT MAN (107m) (MoMA)


9:00PM THE TRIBE (132m) (MoMA)


Saturday, March 28



3:30PM THE GREAT MAN (107m) (FSLC)

3:45PM COURT (116m) (MoMA)



8:45PM THE TRIBE (132m) (FSLC)

9:30PM LOS HONGOS (103m) (MoMA)

Sunday, March 29


4:00PM LOS HONGOS (103m) (FSLC)



About New Directors/New Films

Dedicated to the discovery and support of emerging artists, New Directors/New Films has earned an international reputation as the premier festival for works that break or re-cast the cinematic mold. The New Directors/New Films selection committee is made up of members from both presenting organizations: from The Museum of Modern Art, Jytte Jensen, Rajendra Roy, and Joshua Siegel; and from the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Dennis Lim, Marian Masone, and Gavin Smith.


The Museum of Modern Art’s Department of Film was established as the Film Library in 1935, and presented its first series as circulating exhibitions in 1936. The Film Department organizes over 50 film exhibitions every year, including annual programs such as To Save and Project: The MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation, Documentary Fortnight, and The Contenders. The Department also organizes exhibitions in MoMA’s galleries, including Tim Burton (2009-10), Dante Ferretti: Design and Construction for the Cinema (2013-14), and 100 Years in Post-Production: Resurrecting a Lost Landmark of Black Film History (2014-15). The department also has an extensive archive of over 27,000 film and video works, including the world’s largest institutional collections of the works of D.W. Griffith, Andy Warhol, and Stan Brakhage. Rajendra Roy is the current Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, appointed in May 2007.


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.

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New Directors/New Films is presented by The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center and is supported by Kenneth Kuchin, The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art, the Film Society’s New Wave, The New York Times, American Airlines, and Stella Artois.

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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

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2nd Edition Showcases a Broader Slate of Timely, Issue Oriented Films


The 2nd edition of the SR SOCIALLY RELEVANT FILM FESTIVAL NEW YORK runs from March 16 – 22, 2015 at Tribeca Cinemas, Maysles Cinema and SVA.

The festival’s timely and socially engaging selection offers World and U.S. premieres, in addition to a slate of tributes and industry panels.

Films from over 30 countries including Armenia, Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Haiti, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kurdistan, Lebanon, Liberia, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Palestine, Patagonia, Peru, Romania, Russia, South Korea, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Tibet, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE and the USA will be screened in 4 venues.

SR SOCIALLY RELEVANT FILM FESTIVAL NEW YORK is a new not-for-profit film festival showcasing socially relevant film content. The films selected raise awareness to social problems and current issues.

The Festival was inaugurated in March 2014 with a program of 55 films from 18 countries at the Quad Cinema. Nora Armani, Actor/Filmmaker and Founding Artistic Director of SR, created the festival in response to the proliferation of violence and violent forms of storytelling. “I strongly believe that the violence portrayed on our screens and in video games is responsible for the banalization of evil in our societies and the proliferation of violent forms of communication. Most films today encourage mis-representation, reinforce stereotypes and create an escapist passive attitude in youth and adults towards major social issues. In reverse, simply by focusing more on socially relevant themes, positive social change can be promoted through the powerful medium of cinema.”

Why SR is so socially relevant this year?

This year’s lineup includes films that address a wide range of issues including:

  • Gun control & police brutality

  • Race relations & discrimination

  • Violence against women & empowering women

  • LGBT rights

  • Conflict in the Mideast

  • The environment & climate change

  • The US economy & oil rush

  • Immigration & exile


The Festival opens with

the US premiere of the Turkish/German/French co-production

COME TO MY VOICE (WERE DENGÊ MIN), directed by Hϋseyin Karabey,

which will screen at CUNY Graduate Center, Proshansky Auditorium 365 5th Avenue on March 16th, and is by invitation through the Festival. The film premiered at the Berlinale in 2014. Sponsored by the German Consulate General in New York in partnership with SR Film Fest and MEMEAC (Middle East Middle East America Center) at CUNY Graduate Center.

The opening party will be held at the newly opened and modern Botequim Brazilian Restaurant near Union Square on Monday, March 16th, sponsored by One Five Hospitality and Fair Vodka.

Industry Panels will be held at the School of Visual Arts MFA SocDoc (136 W 21st Street, in Chelsea). The panels will address such issues as: Distribution, Storytelling and Diversity Casting.

The closing party and awards ceremony is Sunday, March 22nd, also at Botequim Brazilian Restaurant.

The Festival’s other sponsors and partners include: Unifrance, The French Embassy Cultural Services, Cinema Libre Studio, MFA SocDoc School of Visual Arts, The Left Tilt Fund, Alouette Communications, IndiePix, Film Freeway, Final Draft, InkTip, The Candy Factory, Copenhagen Restaurant, Dailymotion, French Morning, Go Magazine, and a number of Industry and Media partners and supporters (see website for full list).

For tickets and more information visit the web site:

Below is a list of the competition titles and highlights:

Screenings will take place at Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick Street

Maysles Cinema, 343 Malcolm X Blvd / Lenox Ave (Between 127th and 128th Streets)

The Center for Remembering& Sharing (CRS), 123 4th Avenue near Union Square

Industry Panels will take place at SVA MFA SocDoc in Chelsea, 136 W 21st Street, 1st Floor, Chelsea



Founding Artistic Director of SR, Actor & Filmmaker

Nora Armani is an award-winning actor/filmmaker with International stage and screen credits in many languages. She has curated and organized film events, and guest-curated film festivals internationally and in the US:  AFI in Los Angeles and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Under her Paris-based film production company Square Mango Films, she has also organized film events with The Pompidou Center in Paris, ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art) London, The British Library, Cine Lumière London, Edinburgh Film Festival, Kerala Film Festival India, Birmingham, Inverness and Cardiff. She has presented papers at conferences such as Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) at Harvard University and Harriman Institute at Columbia University, and LSE Media Studies, on Sergei Paradjanov, Cultural Identity in Cinema, and Socially Relevant films and their power is promoting positive social change. She holds a M.Sc. degree in Sociology from The London School of Economics (LSE) and a BA in Sociology and English from AUC.

As feature film producer Armani’s films were screened in the official selections of the Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard), IFF Rotterdam (Competition), Paris, London, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Denver, Oregon, Monaco, Shanghai, and New York. As a filmmaker Nora recently wrote & directed her debut film, ‘Moving Stories’ that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and screened at a number of US, and International Film Festivals.

Nora recently worked as an actor on two feature films: Bourek by Vladan Nikolic, and Good Funk by Adam Kritzer, and two shorts: Hungry by Jillie Simon and Derya by Yonca Talu. Nora is currently based in New York after many years in Los Angeles and Paris. For full bio and filmography visit her websiteor on IMDb.


Official Selection SR Film Fest

Narrative Feature Competition – Full List (In alphabetic order)


1. Come To My Voice (Were Dengệ Min) – 101′- Germany/Turkey/France – 2014 – (US Premiere)

Directed by Hϋseyin Karabey

Opening Night Film at CUNY Graduate Center – Note: Screens out of competition

In a remote Kurdish mountain village, little Jiyan is worried about her father who is arrested by the Turkish police as a suspected guerilla. He will be released when his family surrenders his gun. Only he has never possessed one! With her grandmother Jiyan embarks on a journey crossing mountains and valleys to find the elusive gun and save her father from prison.

Themes: Discrimination, Gun control, Turkish/Kurdish conflict

The film was screened at the Berlinale in 2014

Sponsored by the German Consulate General New York and MEMEAC CUNY


2. Destination: Planet Negro -102′- USA 2014 – (New York Premiere)

Directed by Kevin Willmott

In this slapstick comedy we see a witty satire about influential African-American figures, W.E.B DuBois and George Washington Carver. They time warp to the present to discover unbelievable developments like young men with drooping pants and the election of a black president.

Themes: Race Relations in the USA

Q & A with the director or producer or actors


3. The Challat of Tunis -90′ – Tunisia, France, Canada, UAE – 2014 – (US Premiere)

Directed by Kaouther Ben Hania

A man on a motorcycle known as The Challat terrorizes the women of Tunisia by slashing their bottoms with a razor. Ten years after these ‘incidents’ a young determined film director decides to investigate the mystery of the Challat of Tunis.

Themes: Violence against women, video games, empowering women and girls

Tunisian Ambassador will be present (tbc)


4. We Will Live Somewhere Else – 75′-France – 2013 – (US Premiere)

Directed by Nicolas Karolszyk

The story of a struggling African man named Zola who embarks on a dangerous sea journey to across the sea to France in hopes of finding answers and a better life…

Themes: Immigration, Racial discrimination

Q & A with the director (Sponsored by Unifrance)


Official Selection – SR Film Fest

Documentary Feature Competition – Full List (In alphabetic order)


1. All in Her Stride – 55′ – Australia – 2014 (New York Premiere)

Directed by Fiona Cochrane

This film depicts elements of Australian actor Leverne McDonnell’s life and documents her facing a terminal diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, with discussion of the topic of euthanasia and her death.

Themes: Cancer, euthanasia


2. Black Harvest – 87′ – Luxembourg/USA – 2014 (North American Premiere)

Directed by Jean-Louis Schuller and Sean Clark

On the remote and barren plains of North Dakota, in what could be considered the “gold rush” of modern times, two men search for redemption by trying to overcome their past.

Themes: US economy, homelessness and the oil rush

Q & A after the screening


3. Cinema Palestine – 79′ – Canada/ Palestine – 2014 – (New York Premiere)

Directed by Tim Schwab

Told through intimate in-depth interviews the film explores the life and work of multiple generations of Palestinian filmmakers and media artists, questioning what it means to be a Palestinian artist in the context of the larger struggle for nationhood.

Themes: Palestinian identity, Middle East Conflict.

Q & A after the screening

High Hopes, directed by the award winning Guy Davidi (director of 5 Broken Cameras), and featuring the soundtrack (High Hopes) donated by Pink Floyd, precedes the film.


4. Gaucho Del Norte – 55′ – USA/Patagonia – 2014 – (East Coast Premiere)

Directed by Sofian Khan/ Andres Caballero

The nomadic two-year journey of Patagonian sheepherder Eraldo Pacheco recruited to work in Idaho with his herd of more than a thousand sheep, as he faces the ups and downs of a psychologically demanding job far away from his home and family.

Themes: Nomadic life – migration

Q & A after the screening


5. In an Ideal World – 83′ – USA – 2014 – (New York Premiere)

Directed by Noel Schewerin

The film follows three men inside a California prison over seven years of time. Direct from America’s locked down racial system their stories highlight a true human drama at its core.

Themes: Racial segregation in California Prisons – Soledad.

Q & A after the screening with the prison warden, and one or two of the former inmates in the film, and a criminologist from John Jay School of Criminology (tbd).


6. Lighter Than Orange – 62′ – Germany 2014 – (New York Premiere)

Directed by Matthias Leupold

Ten North Vietnamese veterans tell about their memories of the war and Agent Orange as well as the struggles they have faced as a consequence of both.

Themes: Vietnam War and Agent Orange

Q & A after the screening


7. Love Is The Highest Law – 83′ – USA – (School of Visual Arts student) – 2014 – (New York Premiere)

Directed by Liliya Anisimova

A unique, firsthand look into three powerful stories connected through the strength of overcoming the stringent same-sex laws both in Russia and the United States and of love triumphing over hardship.

Themes: LGTB rights, discrimination

Q & A after the screening


8. Send in the Clowns – 83′ – USA/ Haiti – 2014 – (New York Premiere)

Directed by Sam Lee

A film about artists with good intentions slowly reveals Haiti’s crippling and conflicted relationship with an arguably more absurd global aid industry.

Themes: Humanitarian aid in Haiti

Q & A after the screening with the Brooklyn-based filmmaker


9. Truth Through a Lens – 92′ – USA – (School of Visual Arts Student) – 2014 (World Premiere)

Directed by Justin Thomas

This stunning feature length debut follows the evolution of Dennis Flores from Brooklyn street kid, subway train tagger to local community organizing legend in the backdrop of recent social issues.

Themes: Police Brutality and gun control

Q & A after the screening with the filmmaker and Activist Dennis FLores


10. We Cannot Go There Now My Dear(*)- 42′- Lebanon 2014 – (New York Premiere)

Directed by Carol Mansour

The story of Palestinian refugees living in Syria and their lives that are continuously being rebuilt awaiting a return to the homeland ever since they were forced to flee Palestine in 1948.

Themes: Palestinian Refugees fleeing Syria

Q & A after the screening

Carol Mansour is the winner of the 2014 SR Documentary Film Competition Award for her film Not Who We Are, and will be Skyped in for an interview conducted by Christa Salamandra, Professor of Anthropology and Syria specialist at Lehman College.



(*)Official Selection Short Documentary Competition


Highlights From: Documentary Short Films Official Selection – SR Film Fest


  • High Hopes- 14’20 – Palestine – 2014

Directed by Guy Davidi

In 1997-1998, many Bedouin refugees living under Israeli Occupation were forcibly displaced by Israel to a garbage dump. High Hopes covers the struggle for peace and a viable existence of a Palestinian state. Soundtrack donated by Pink Floyd.

Themes: Israel-Palestine Conflict

Precedes: Cinema Palestine a documentary on Palestinian cinema.


  • A Search For Justice- 13’05- USA – 2014 – (New York Premiere)

NY Times Series – Series creator Chris Buck –  Exec. Prod. Kyra Darnton 60 Minutes

Nearly 35 years after the murder of four American churchwomen in El Salvador, the case continues to take surprising turns… and focuses attention on the United States’ involvement.

Themes: US foreign intervention, extra-judicial killings and justice

Precedes: Lighter Than Orange a documentary on Vietnam and Agent Orange.


  • A Syrian Story- 13′ – Canada – 2014 – (New York Premiere)

Directed by Samer Beyhum

Through the striking images and testimonies of activists, Jessica tells the story of the terrible tragedy for Syrian people over three difficult years.

Themes: Middle East Conflict, War

Director will be present

Precedes: We cannot Go There Now My Dear a documentary on Palestinian refugees from Syria.


  • Born in Adana- 15′ – Canada – 2014 – (East Coast Premiere)

Directed by David Hovan

The surrender of Adana to Turkey by the French, causes yet another upheaval and further deportation of the Armenians of that city in search for a new home.

Themes: Genocide, Collective memory

In a program of shorts on the Armenian Genocide, exile and displacement


  • A Stage for Size- 21’59 – USA/Romania – 2014 –  (US Premiere)

  • Directed by Corina Maritescu

Together, prideful overweight women explore new and radical ways of looking at bodies and advocating for their (and everyone’s) right to define beauty and health for themselves.

Themes: Stereotypes, discrimination, obesity

In a program of shorts on women and sexuality

  • Nasbandi: Conversations About Female Sterilization in Rural India – 23’15” – India – 2014
    Directed by Anne Munger, Zoe Hamilton

The stories of four women (Sarita, Pushpa, Sundara Devi, and Roopa) as they reflect on their decisions to get – or not get – sterilized, in a remote village in Uttarakhand, India.

Themes: Women, Sexuality, oppression

Directors will be present


Highlights From: Narrative Short Films Official Selection – SR Film Fest


  • Butterflies – 18’55”- Canada – 2013 – (New York Premiere)

Directed by Cayman Grant

A story inspired by true events about a teenage cancer survivor who learns to live life to the fullest with a new friend who faces his own battle with Leukemia.

Themes: Cancer, teenage love


  • Counter- 11’20 -USA – 2014 – (New York Premiere)

Directed by Nicholas Bouier

Set in 1942 Indianapolis, Bayard Rustin, stages a reckless one person sit-in at a local diner run by Junior Ray, a rare female business owner.

Themes: Discrimination, Civil Rights, Police brutality


  • È Stata Lei (It Was Her)- 21’24 – Italy – 2014 – (US Premiere)

Directed by Carolina Popolani

The film questions the prison system as the right place for a recovery process and repentance for the violent man. The story is set in Regina Coeli prison in Rome, an intimate universe of violent and delicate relationships.
Themes: Violence against women, empowering women


  • Miss Klara – 17’15”- Germany – 2014 – (New York Premiere)

Directed by Robert Spaeth

Miss Klara follows her daily routine in attendant of Lady Sonnenwend, who became mute.  One day Lady Sonnenwend’s voice awakens…


  • Najes- 19’06 – Iran – 2014 – (New York Premiere)

Directed by Bahram Ark and Bahman Ark

While driving in a dark night, a Moslem man hits a dog badly. He wants to care for it but his religion considers dogs ‘unclean’. His humane gesture creates havoc.

Themes: Religion, Family


  • Pearl – 21′ -Denmark – 2014 – (World Premiere)

Directed by Perjman Khorsand-Jamal

The film depicts problems that accompany actor Anoush Lafzi due to his middle-eastern background as he auditions in Denmark.

Themes: Ethnicity, acting stereotypes

Q & A after the screening


  • The Handkerchief – 12′ – New Zealand – 2013 – (New York Premiere)

Directed by Linda Niccol

A blind man looking for love meets the woman of his dreams on a park bench in a rose garden. He charms her with his other very finely tuned senses.

Themes: Blindness and perception

Q & A after the screening


  • Zacharie Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (Zacharie ne vit plus ici) – 18′ – France/Italy – (New York Premiere)

Directed by Alberto Segre

Madalena, the Spanish immigrant housemaid of a Paris family, becomes completely desperate when the child left in her care disappears….

Themes: Immigration, Family

Q & A after the screening





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