The 18th edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Unifrance Films’ annual showcase of the best in contemporary French film, is scheduled to run between February 28 and March 10 at Manhattan’s The Film Society, the IFC Center and BAMcinématek. The festival will feature a range of talented filmmakers, including such auteurs as Jean-Claude Brisseau and Damien Odoul, rising independent voices including Héléna Klotz and Shalimar Preuss, and master filmmakers François Ozon, Patrice Leconte, Raymond Depardon, Nicolas Philibert and the late Claude Miller.
Film Society of Lincoln Center Director of Programming, Year-round, Robert Koehler, said, “This year’s edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema offers another entertaining and informative look at the current state of cinema by the French, with a celebration of fresh and upcoming talent behind the camera and today’s prominent directors as well as a healthy nod to the film artists of the past. It is a varied and rich collection of films by a diverse group of filmmakers and actors, several of whom will be on hand for their screenings as well.”
This year’s lineup will include the final film from Miller, ‘Thérèse Desqueyroux,’ which adapts François Mauriac’s modern classic of a woman’s growing resistance to her suffocating marriage, and features Audrey Tautou as the disturbed titular heroine. The 1962 original, which was directed by Georges Franju and starred ‘Amour’ Academy Award Best Actress nominee Emmanuelle Riva, Philippe Noiret and Edith Scob, will also be screened.
A new addition to the RendezVous with French Cinema lineup this year is the free Convergence event, ALT_MINDS and the Art of French Transmedia. One of Europe’s leading transmedia designers, Eric Viennot, will present an event that spans a web series, mobile applications and live events that thrust the audience into the heart of an action-packed thriller.
For the second year in a row, RendezVous with French Cinema will collaborate with Emerging Pictures on a select number of titles. The films will screen in venues across the country contemporaneously with their showings at Lincoln Center via Emerging’s network of digital theaters. Q&A’s from the Film Society venues will be broadcast live too many of the national locations.
General Public Tickets for the 2013 Rendez-Vous series are now on sale. Tickets are available online for each participating venue at www.filmlinc.com, www.ifccenter.com and www.BAM.org/BAMcinematek respectively, as well as directly from the box offices. For more information, call The Film Society at (212) 875-5601, the IFC Center at (212) 924-7771, or BAMcinématek at (718) 636-4100 x2.