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New York hosts Rendez-Vous with French Cinema

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- 24 features and a delegation of 15 filmmakers come together for the 19th edition of the event organised by Unifrance, which starts today

New York hosts Rendez-Vous with French Cinema
Catherine Deneuve in On My Way, by Emmanuelle Bercot

Tonight in New York’s Paris Theater, Emmanuelle Bercot’s On My Way [+see also:
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will open the 19th Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, in the presence of its lead actress, Catherine Deneuve. Taking place until 16 March, and organised by Unifrance and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the event will be offering a selection of 24 feature films and will be paying particular homage to female filmmakers and a very promising young generation of directors.

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On the programme of screenings due to take place at the IFC Center (Manhattan), the BAM (Brooklyn) and the Film Society of Lincoln Center are six titles that were discovered at Cannes: Suzanne [+see also:
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interview: Katell Quillévéré
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by Katell Quillévéré, Rebecca Zlotowski’s Grand Central [+see also:
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interview: Rebecca Zlotowski
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, A Castle in Italy [+see also:
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interview: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
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by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, François Ozon’s Young and Beautiful [+see also:
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interview: François Ozon
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, Les Apaches [+see also:
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by Thierry De Peretti and Tip Top [+see also:
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interview: Serge Bozon
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by Serge Bozon (read the interview).

Also on the menu are the Venice award winner Eastern Boys [+see also:
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interview: Robin Campillo
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by Robin Campillo (read the interview), the Berlinale selections If You Don’t, I Will [+see also:
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by Sophie Fillières and Love Battles [+see also:
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by Jacques Doillon, the Locarno-screened Tonnerre [+see also:
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by Guilllaume Brac and Quai d’Orsay [+see also:
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by Bertrand Tavernier (which won an award at San Sebastian and will be closing the event).

The line-up also includes feature films directed by bankable stars, such as Un beau dimanche [+see also:
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by Nicole Garcia, Jean-Paul Salomé’s Playing Dead [+see also:
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, Love Is the Perfect Crime [+see also:
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by Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu, Under the Rainbow [+see also:
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by Agnès Jaoui and Michel Gondry’s L’Ecume des jours [+see also:
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making of
interview: Michel Gondry
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(read the interview). Promising French arthouse productions are also part of the programme, including La Bataille de Solférino [+see also:
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by Justine Triet, 2 automnes, 3 hivers by Sébastien Betbeder, and Axelle Ropert’s Tirez la langue, mademoiselle [+see also:
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.

Also being showcased are the hit comedy La cage dorée [+see also:
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by Ruben Alves, the socially committed La Marche [+see also:
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interview: Nabil Ben Yadir
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by Belgian director Nabil Ben Yadir and two titles that will be released in French theatres on 12 March: the documentary School of Babel [+see also:
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by Julie Bertuccelli and His Wife [+see also:
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by Michel Spinosa (read the article).

Interestingly, 15 filmmakers will come to present their films to the New York audience, and six of the selected titles will also be broadcast to movie theatres in 40 American cities, either at the same time as the New York screenings or with a delay.

With 63 French films having been released in the US in 2013, taking €44.4 million worth of admissions in the process, the American market is an especially attractive target for Unifrance. The firm has signed partnership deals with cinema networks (both arthouse theatres like Specticast and multiplexes through the Galaxy and Arcangelo networks) in order to allow French films that are still without American distributors to be screened in movie theatres.

(Translated from French)

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