Founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center works to recognize established and emerging filmmakers, support important new work, and to enhance the awareness, accessibility and understanding of the moving image. Each year, the organization presents or collaborates on a number of festivals and programs, including the contemporary film showcase Rendez-vous with French Cinema. From March 19th to April 6th, the Oaks Theater will play host the series, which features six selections from some of the country’s newest and best filmmakers.
2 Autumns, 3 Winters
At the age of 33, Arman decides it’s time to change his life. To begin, one Saturday he goes jogging in a park. As he turns a corner, he bumps into Amélie. The first meeting is a shock ; the second will be like a stab in the heart. Benjamin is Arman’s best friend. One evening he collapses and falls over into a hedgegrow. Doctors diagnose a stroke. Between two autumns and three winters, the lives of Amélie, Arman and Benjamin intermingle and are filled with meetings, accidents, love stories and memories.
Age of Panic
Cable news reporter Laetitia is covering the French presidential elections, while Vincent, her ex-husband, demands to see their two young daughters. It’s a manic Sunday in Paris: two agitated girls, a frazzled babysitter, a needy new boyfriend, a grumpy lawyer and France cut in half!
Two policewomen (played by Isabelle Huppert and Sandrine Kiberlain) from Internal Affairs arrive in a provincial precinct to investigate the death of an Algerian woman who was an informer.
Under the Rainbow
Laura is still waiting for Prince Charming at the age of 24. So when Sandro appears at a party, exactly like her Prince would in her dreams, she thinks she’s found the right one. But then again, when she meets Maxime, Laura starts to wonder if some Princes could be more charming than others? Of course Sandro has problems of his own : his father, Pierre, just bumped into Madam Irma at his father’s funeral and this reminded him of the date of his own death which Madame Irma had predicted ages ago. Now Pierre is unable to make any plans, not with his new partner Eleonore, nor with Sandro. And Maxime has his own problems, and so does Eleonore, Marianne, Jacqueline and many others. But don’t worry, in the end, they’ll all live happily ever after.
In this documentary from Julie Gayet and Mathieu Busson, twenty French women filmmakers (including Agnès Varda, Josiane Balasko, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Rebecca Zlotowski, Valérie Donzelli, Céline Sciamma, Julie Delpy, Mia Hansen Love, Katell Quillévéré, and Tonie Marshall) are brought together in front of the same camera to talk about their profession and their status in the movie industry. They respond to questions from Gayet, such as: Do women have a different viewpoint? Can we identify a specific women’s cinema that is distinctly different from films made by men? Are there differences or specific ways that women from older and younger generations work on set? Gayet challenges her interviewees by evoking contrasting perspectives, such as feminist and misogynous viewpoints, to broaden the debate.
In 1983, in a France where intolerance and racial violence were on the rise, three teenagers and the priest from the Minguettes housing project in Marseilles launched a pacific march against inequality and racism. The 620 mile-long march went from Marseilles to Paris. Despite the difficulties and hurdles encountered on the way, their movement would give rise to a genuine surge of hope, like that created by Ghandi and Martin Luther King. When the group arrived in Paris, more than 100,000 people from every walk of life would be there to greet them, changing the face of France.
All films screen at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8, $6 for senior (62 and up), youth (17 and under), and students (with ID).