Rendez-vous with French Cinema
NEW YORK • Walter Reade Theater • Ongoing
|A record 212 French films were produced in 2003, and the United States has become the largest market for French cinema abroad. |
Rendez-vous with French Cinema 2004 features Alain Resnais's Not On the Lips, an adaptation of a 1920s operetta that blends songs with action. This year's selection also features films from two of the most important directors working today, with Bruno Dumont's Twentynine Palms, a powerful exploration of sex and relationships, and Michael Haneke's post-apocalyptic exploration of human behavior under extreme circumstances, Time of the Wolf. And with Chouchou, Merzak Allouache's comedy about diversity and tolerance in contemporary France.
Anne Fontaine and Noémie Lvovsky return to Rendez-vous 04 to present their latest works. Anne Fontaine's Nathalie stars Fanny Ardant, Emmanuelle Béart, and Gérard Depardieu in an unsettling but deeply moving story about trust and jealousy, and Noémie Lvovsky's Feelings, winner of this year's prestigious Louis Delluc prize, features a performance by Nathalie Baye in an inventive tale of romantic intrigue and betrayal.
Other acclaimed directors returning to present new work are Guillaume Nicloux (Le Poulpe, R-V 1999), who continues to redefine the contemporary crime thriller with his new work starring Josiane Balasko, Hanging Offense. And Philippe Le Guay, whose powerful Nightshift was one of the revelations of R-V 2001, here shows with The Cost of Living a comedic approach equally replete with social observation.
Attending the 2004 festival will be actors Nathalie Baye, Philippe Torreton, and Elsa Zylberstein; directors Siegrid Alnoy, Gilles Bourdos, Antoine de Caunes, Bruno Dumont, Anne Fontaine, Michael Haneke, Philippe Le Guay, Noémie Lvovsky, Gilles Marchand, Guillaume Nicloux, Robert Salis, and Pierre Salvadori; and producers Béatrice Caufmann, Michèle Halberstadt, Pierre Kubel, Philippe Martin, Marie-Castille Mention Schaar, Laurent Pétin, Christophe Rossignon, and Anne-Dominique Toussaint.
The French Institute Alliance Française will honor Nathalie Baye, one of France's most distinguished and admired actresses, and acclaimed director Jean-Paul Rappeneau with retrospective tributes
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