Lincoln Center Film Society Announces RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA 2013 Lineup

Christian Duguay, 2013, France, 130m
A true sports story that utterly defies the odds, Duguay's film captures the wild ups and downs of the Olympics-bound career of legendary equine star Jappeloup and his troubled rider, locked in a tense relationship with his horseman father and forever uncertain of his own skills as an equestrian. Stars Guillaume Canet, Daniel Auteuil, Marina Hands and Tchéky Karyo.
Sat. Mar. 2, 9:40pm - IFC; Wed. Mar. 6, 3:30pm - WRT; Sat. Mar. 9, 5:30pm - WRT

Journal de France
Raymond Depardon & Claudine Nougaret, 2012, France, 100m
Depardon's brilliant self-portrait (co-directed by his longtime collaborator and sound engineer Claudine Nougaret) takes a surprising point of view on the great documentarian's life-not only as a filmmaker, but as a photographer of expressive precision, capturing the entirety of French society over the decades. The patience of this imagemaker's practice is testament to an alternative to the hyper-fast, instant delivery of digital images that now dominates the culture.
Mon. Mar. 4, 8:30pm - IFC; Fri. Mar. 8, 4:15pm - WRT; Sun. Mar. 10, 12:15pm - WRT

A Lady in Paris/Une Estonienne À Paris
Ilmar Raag, 2012, France/Belgium/Estonia, 94m
Offered a job in Paris to look after a fellow Estonian-born woman, Anne leaves her homeland and finds herself in an emotional hornet's nest. Frida, the elderly Estonian, gives new meaning to the word prickly and won't be tended to, even though that's exactly what Frida's younger ex-lover wants. Stars a stunning, flinty and memorable Jeanne Moreau, Laine Magi and Patrick Pineau.
Sat. Mar. 2, 4:30PM - IFC; Sun. Mar. 3, 3:15pm - WRT; Mon. Mar. 4, 9:15pm - WRT
In person: Ilmar Raag

La maison de la radio
Nicolas Philibert, 2013, France, 103m
Radio France is a massive 24/7 operation, a national network which explores every aspect of life from breaking news to live cultural events. Applying his attuned senses to the mega-complex that is Radio France, non-fiction film master Philibert reveals the vast, rich and unexpected world of radio production and the imaginative power of sound.
Fri. Mar. 1, 3:30pm - WRT; Sat. Mar. 2, 3:15pm - WRT; Sun. Mar. 3, 1:00pm - IFC
In person: Nicolas Philibert

My Blue-Eyed Girl/Ma belle gosse
Shalimar Preuss, 2012, France, 80m
Preuss' uncommonly sensitive and nuanced debut follows the eldest daughter of a family on holiday as she navigates her growing desires for a prison inmate with her heartfelt but fraying familial love. Under the film's placid surface is a teenage, and very human, restlessness that suggests impulsive curiosity, yet also wisdom. Stars Lou Aziosmanoff, Jocelyn Lagarrigue, Victor Laforge.
Mon. Mar. 4, 10:20pm - IFC; Tues. Mar. 5, 4pm - WRT; Sun. Mar. 10, 4:40pm - WRT

The Nun/La religieuse
Guillaume Nicloux, 2013, France/Germany/Belgium, 114m
Drawing on the same Denis Diderot classic as Jacques Rivette's 1966 film, Nicloux's version provides a fresh take on the 18th-century story of a young woman's (a stunning Pauline Etienne) harrowing experiences in nunneries, one run by a too-loving Mother Superior (Isabelle Huppert). Young Suzanne's discovery that she's an illegitimate child compels her to a life in the convent, where inhumanity rules and battles of wills ensue. With Louise Bourgoin, Martina Gedeck, Françoise Lebrun.
Fri. Mar. 1, 7:00pm - IFC; Sat. Mar. 2, 9pm - WRT; Sun. Mar. 3, 8pm - BAM
In person: Guillaume Nicloux

Patrice Chéreau, 2009, France, 100min
A brutally intimate close-up of the moment-to-moment dissolution of a love affair, this psychological drama stars Romain Duris as a brooding, bestubbled Parisian juggling a hot-and-cold relationship with a jet-setting careerist (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and the intrusions of a middle-aged male stalker who has claimed him as the love of his life. Fueled by emotionally charged dialogue and nervy, passionate performances, Persecution continues Chéreau's masterful observation of human desire in all its intricacies and contradictions. With Jean-Hugues Anglade.
Fri. Mar. 1, 9:40pm - BAM
In person: Romain Duris

Gilles Bourdos, 2012, France, 111m
Set in 1915, a pivotal time in the lives of master painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir and his war-wounded son Jean (who'd become one of cinema's great masters), Bourdos' atmospheric drama explores the ways in which creative powers wax and wane as one generation gives way to the next. Key to the changes that father and son experience is a female model who's the elder painter's last inspiration, and the figure who may turn Jean's life around. Stars Michel Bouquet, Christa Théret, Vincent Rottiers, Thomas Doret, Romane Bohringer. A Samuel Goldwyn Films release.
Sat. Mar. 2, 6pm - WRT; Sun. Mar. 3, 5:00pm - BAM; Wed. Mar. 6, 7:00pm - IFC
In person: Gilles Bourdos

Rich Is The Wolf/La richesse du loup
Damien Odoul, 2012, France, 82m
Perplexed at the sudden disappearance of her husband, a wife watches hours of videotape that he's recorded over the previous seven years to piece together some clues. Odoul's most daring feature, whose color and black-and-white images are culled from his own videotaping, confirms his place as one of France's genuinely exploratory filmmakers. Stars Marie-Eve Nadeau, Damien Odoul.
Mon. Mar. 4, 6:45pm - IFC; Sat. Mar. 9, 3:30pm - WRT

The River (Le Fleuve)
Jean Renoir, 1951, France/India/US, 99 min.
One of a British upper middle-class family of eight living on the banks of the Ganges River, teenage Harriet grows up in a tolerant and loving atmosphere that blends East and West. But when a dashing captain arrives at a neighbor's home, the girl's passions are ignited in ways she can barely fathom or control. Renoir's classic, first color film, presented in a gorgeously restored print, remains a special and deeply emotional work in The Master filmmaker's oeuvre. Stars Patricia Walters, Nora Swinburne, Esmond Knight. Restored by The Academy Film Archive in cooperation with The British Film Institute and Janus Films. Restoration funding provided by The Film Foundation and The Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Sun. Mar. 3, 1:00pm - WRT

The Rules of the Game/La Regle Du Jeu
Jean Renoir, 1939, France 106m
Renoir's finest achievement and consistently praised as one of the best films ever made, The Rules of the Game is essential cinema; entire styles of filmmaking (Altman's for one) are unthinkable without it. As a cast of characters from all classes assembles at a country house, the farce and melodrama commence, giving occasion for everything from hunting parties and gala balls to extramarital affairs and finally even murder.
Sun. Mar. 3, 2:30pm - BAM
In person: Introduction by Renoir director Gilles Bourdos

The Suicide Shop/Le magasin des suicides
Patrice Leconte, 2012, France, 105m
Master filmmaker Leconte makes a startling and unforgettable departure from his previous work with this whimsical animated 3D musical about a family business offering certain special "end-of-life" services. Rather than succumbing to a purely mordant perspective, the movie switches course and mood, driven by the family's perpetually happy child whom they can't control. Based on the novel by Jean Teulé and with the voices of Bernard Alane, Isabelle Space, Kacey Mottet Klein, Isabelle Giami, Laurent Gendron.
Thurs. Mar. 7, 9:30pm - IFC; Fri. Mar. 8, 6:30pm - WRT; Sat. Mar. 9, 8:15pm - WRT

Thérèse Desqueyroux (2012)
Claude Miller, 2012, France, 110m
The late Miller's final film elegantly adapts François Mauriac's modern classic of a woman's growing resistance to her suffocating marriage, and showcases a remarkable Audrey Tautou as the disturbed titular heroine. With Gilles Lelouche, Anaïs Demoustier, Catherine Arditi. An MPI Pictures release.
Fri. Mar. 1, 6:15pm - WRT; Sat. Mar. 2, 6:00pm - BAM; Sun. Mar. 3, 3:30pm - IFC
In person: Annie Miller (producing partner and widow of director Claude Miller), Audrey Tautou

Thérèse Desqueyroux (1962)
Georges Franju, 1962, France, 109m
Franju's adaptation of François Mauriac's novel adheres closely to the source's flashback structure, while set in a somewhat more contemporary setting, thus providing fascinating contrast to Claude Miller's new version. Continuing to tap into the extremities of human behavior that engrossed him as an artist, Franju crucially assembled a brilliant cast, including Emmanuelle Riva, Philippe Noiret and Edith Scob, with a magnificent Maurice Jarre score.
Sat. Mar. 2, 1pm - WRT

Three Worlds/Trois Mondes
Catherine Corsini, 2012, France, 101m
A hit-and-run accident involving a hotshot car salesman and an émigré worker from Moldavia triggers a chain of dramatic events with life-altering consequences. Corsini's complex narrative traces the small yet crucial events that expose a character's true self, and the rottenness at the core of certain nouveau riche. A Film Movement release.
Tues. Mar. 5, 9:30pm - IFC; Wed. Mar. 6, 6:15pm - WRT; Thur. Mar. 7, 9pm - WRT;
In person: Catherine Corsini, Raphaël Personnaz

You, Me and Us/Un enfant de toi
Jacques Doillon, 2012, France, 136m
The tentative nature of relationships is explored in dazzling, three-dimensional fashion in this cleverly written and directed roundelay between current and former lovers. Aya, the mother of a bright young daughter, struggles to come to terms with the end of her marriage, while hoping to have a child with her new lover. Stars Lou Doillon, Samuel Benchetrit, Malik Zidi, Olga Milshtein.
Sun. Mar. 3, 8:45pm - IFC; Mon. Mar. 4, 6pm - WRT; Tues. Mar. 5, 6:00pm - WRT
In person: Jacques Doillon

You Will be My Son/Tu Seras Mon Fils
Gilles Legrand, 2012, France, 102m
Instead of grooming his son to inherit his lucrative wine-growing business, an imperious vintner (Niels Arestrup) looks to a talented California-based grower, rendering a harvest of jealousy and worse. Legrand's narrative takes on Shakespearean qualities, driven by a titanic performance by Arestrup, while the film's observations on the wine-growing business are thoroughly engrossing. A Cohen Media Group release.
Sun. Mar. 10, 6:30pm - WRT
In person: Gilles Legrand, Niels Arestrup


Some of the most exciting advances in storytelling are taking place in France, with independent creators, corporations, and game companies reshaping how audiences consume stories. At the forefront of this transmedia revolution is the epic pan-European immersive experience ALT_MINDS. When six scientists disappear while on assignment their kidnapping sparks a multinational manhunt. Mysterious online videos, mind-bending puzzles, and clues that point to a dark conspiracy of vast proportions threaten to ensnare the investigators charged with unraveling the mystery. The trick is that in this interactive experience the part of investigator is not played by an actor but assumed by the audience. Game designer, Eric Viennot of Lexis Numérique, will discuss this genre-bending project and the future of storytelling.
Sat. Mar. 2, 5:00pm- EBM (Free)
In person: Eric Viennot

Founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, under the leadership of Rose Kuo, Executive Director, and Robert Koehler, Year Round Program Director, works to recognize and support new directors, and to enhance the awareness, accessibility and understanding of film. Among its yearly programming of film festivals, film series and special events, the Film Society presents two film festivals in particular that annually attract global attention: the New York Film Festival, led by Program Director Kent Jones, which just celebrated its 50th edition, and New Directors/New Films which, since its founding in 1972, has been produced in collaboration with MoMA. The Film Society also publishes the award-winning Film Comment Magazine, and for over three decades has given an annual award-now named "The Chaplin Award"-to a major figure in world cinema. Past recipients of this award include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, and Sidney Poitier. The Film Society presents its year-round calendar of programming, panels, lectures, educational and transmedia programs and specialty film releases at the famous Walter Reade Theater and the new state-of-the-art Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center.

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About Unifrance FILMS
Founded in 1949, Unifrance Films is a government-sponsored association of French film industry professionals dedicated to the international promotion of French films. With offices in Paris, New York, Tokyo and Beijing, Unifrance Films provides financial and logistical support to theatrical distributors and major film festivals showcasing new and recent French cinema throughout the world. For more information, visit