The Film Society of Lincoln Center Unifrance and The French Film Office/Unifrance USA together with The French Cultural Services Present 12 U.S. Premieres and 3 New York Premieres in
Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2005
March 11 - 20
Catherine DENEUVE, Isild LE BESCO, Laura SMET, Olivier ASSAYAS, Yvan ATTAL, Claire DENIS, FranÃ§ois FAVRAT, Lucile HADZIHALILOVIC, BenoÃ®t JACQUOT, Bernard JEANJEAN, Arthur JOFFÃ‰, Alexandra LECLÃˆRE, Olivier MARCHAL, Orso MIRET, Yolande MOREAU, Bertrand TAVERNIER, Arnaud VIARD, and Jean-Jacques ZILBERMANN to attend.
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Every March, New York's most passionate cinephiles and Francophiles flock to the Walter Reade Theater for what has become America's leading festival of French films, the Film Society of Lincoln Center's annual Rendez-Vous with French Cinema. Opening March 11 and celebrating its tenth anniversary, Rendez-Vous 2005 features new work by several of our favorite guests - among them Catherine Deneuve, Olivier Assayas, Claire Denis, BenoÃ®t Jacquot, and Bertrand Tavernier. In all, 17 films will be screened in the festival, of which 12 are U.S. premieres and 3 New York premieres.
French cinema's influence in the United States has never been stronger, with more French actors and directors involved in American films than ever before, and vice versa. In 2004, 40 French films were released in the United States, earning $73 million dollars at the box office and reflecting French cinema's strong appeal among American audiences. A cinematic powerhouse producing more than 200 films per year, France continues to exert a strong influence on cinema worldwide through the diversity of its films, from epic blockbusters to comedies and genre films, to the sophisticated, elegant films that are France's specialty.
All screenings are $10 general admission, $6 for members of the Film Society and co-sponsoring organizations, and $5 for seniors for weekday matinees. Note: Special student ticket price: $6. Tickets available at http://www.filmlinc.com or at the Walter Reade Theater box office. There is a $1.25 surcharge per ticket for tickets bought online. The Walter Reade Theater is located at 165 W. 65th St., plaza level. For more information, call (212) 875-5600.
Annual French buffet offers an array of international flavors, both original and orthodox
by Michael Atkinson
March 7th, 2005 6:49 PM
Rendez-Vous With French Cinema
March 11 through 20
In its 10th manifestation, Lincoln Center's annual buffet of Gallic entrÃ©es presents, among other things, a distinct vision of how internationally engaged French cinema is in contrast to larger, more self-involved industries. The majority of the 17 films culled from last year's releases—including those by familiar big guns like Claire Denis, Olivier Assayas, BenoÃ®t Jacquot, and AndrÃ© TÃ©chinÃ©—routinely hop continents; many of them take immigrational frisson as their landing zone. Perhaps more than that, the series generates a high-beam glare from France's current load of star amperage (as opposed to mere fame)—nowhere as ponderable as in Jacquot's Á Tout de Suite.