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"French Touch" in New York

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Today marks the opening of the 13th edition of the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, which will screen 15 French features in US avant-premieres until March 9 at the Walter Reade Theatre and the IFC Centre in New York.

Co-organised by Unifrance, the event will be attended by almost all the directors featured, including Cédric Klapisch (see interview) for Paris [+see also:
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; Sandrine Bonnaire with Her Name Is Sabine [+see also:
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]
; Claude Miller, accompanying Un secret [+see also:
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; and Claude Lelouch, who will open the occasion with Crossed Tracks [+see also:
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.

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The young generation of French filmmakers will be represented by Christophe Honoré (Love Songs [+see also:
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), Emmanuel Mouret (Shall We Kiss? [+see also:
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), Jean-Marc Moutout (The Feelings Factory [+see also:
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]
), Mia Hansen-Love (All Is Forgiven [+see also:
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interview: David Thion
interview: Mia Hansen-Löve
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]
), Audrey Estrougo (Ain’t Scared [+see also:
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) and Éric Guirado (The Grocer’s Son [+see also:
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]
).

US audiences will also have a chance to discover Nicolas Klotz’s gripping film Heartbeat Detector; as well as Anne Le Ny’s Ceux qui restent [+see also:
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(“Those Who Remain”); Noémie Lvovsky’s Faut que ça danse [+see also:
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(“Let’s Dance!”); the collective animated film Fear(s) of the Dark [+see also:
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]
; and Sophie Marceau’s Trivial [+see also:
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]
.

Four of the above-mentioned films have already found a US distributor – Heartbeat Detector [+see also:
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which will be released on March 14, Love Songs on March 21, Crossed Tracks on April 25 and Her Name Is Sabine – and ten or so producers and exporters will accompany the artistic delegation that also includes actors Louis Garrel and Elsa Zylberstein.

French cinema experienced mixed fortunes in 2007 in the US with 36 films released in theatres, generating €31.8m in box-office earnings (i.e. approximately 6.6m admissions) representing a decline compared to previous seasons (€74m in 2006 and €125m in 2005). Olivier Dahan’s La Vie en Rose [+see also:
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was among those launched last year, garnering $10.5m in box-office takings and catapulting Marion Cotillard to Oscar stardom.

Forthcoming releases planned for the US include Olivier Assayas’ Boarding Gate [+see also:
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(March 14); Pierre Salvadori’s Priceless [+see also:
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(March 28); Céline Sciamma’s Water Lilies [+see also:
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]
(April 4); Michel Hazanavicius’ OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (May 9); and Catherine Breillat’s The Last Mistress [+see also:
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]
(July 2).

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(Translated from French)

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