New York's Rendez-Vous With French Cinema 2018
Woman Up! Woman Up!
Woman Up! and C'est La Vie!
12 Days (Country: France; Year: 2017; Director: Raymond Depardon)
New York premiere
Ava (Country: France; Year: 2017; Director: Léa Mysius; Stars: Laure Calamy, Noée Abita, Juan Cano)
Ava, 13, is spending the summer on the Atlantic coast when she learns that she will lose her sight sooner than expected. She confronts the problem in her own way.
New York premiere
Barbara (Country: France; Year: 2017; Director: Mathieu Amalric; Writer: Mathieu Amalric; Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Jeanne Balibar, Lisa Ray-Jacobs)
Filmmaking and real life start to blur for a director making a biopic about female singer Barbara.
Opening night
Before Summer Ends (Avant La Fin De L’été) (Country: Switzerland, France; Year: 2017; Director: Maryam Goormaghtigh)
Even after studying in France for five years, Arash hasn’t completely gotten used to the place, so he decides to return home to Iran. But friends Hossein and Ashkan are determined not to accept the loss of their closest pal.
New York premiere
Bloody Milk (Petit Paysan) (Country: France; Year: 2017; Director: Hubert Charuel; Stars: Swann Arlaud, Isabelle Candelier, Sara Giraudeau, Bouli Lanners, Valentin Lespinasse)
A man lives for his cattle herd, so when one of them becomes ill he will do anything to save the rest of his animals.
New York premiere
Jeannette: The Childhood Of Joan Of Arc Jeannette: The Childhood Of Joan Of Arc
Jeannette: The Childhood Of Joan Of Arc and July Tales
C'est La Vie! (Le sens de la fête) (Country: France; Year: 2017; Director: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano; Writer: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano; Stars: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Eye Haidara, Gilles Lellouche, Suzanne Clément, Jean-Paul Rouve, Judith Chemla, Kévin Azaïs, Vincent Macaigne, Yves Heck, Hélène Vincent, Jackee Toto, Louis Quinn, Anthony Darche)
A night of surprises unfolds at a wedding party in a chateau.
US premiere
Comfort And Consolation In France (Pour le réconfort) (Country: France; Year: 2017; Director: Vincent Macaigne; Writer: Vincent Macaigne; Stars: Pauline Lorillard, Pascal Rénéric, Emmanuel Matte, Laurent Papot, Joséphine de Meaux, Laure Calamy, Pauline Lorillard, Pascal Rénéric, Emmanuel Matte, Laurent Papot, Joséphine de Meaux, Laure Calamy)
After squandering their inheritance to siblings return to their ancestral estate and their childhood friends in the Loire Valley. Awaiting them is a tidal wave of pent-up resentment.
North American premiere
Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (Year: 2017; Director: Xavier Legrand; Writer: Xavier Legrand; Stars: Léa Drucker, Denis Ménochet, Thomas Gioria, Mathilde Auneveux, Mathieu Saikaly, Florence Janas, Saadia Bentaïeb, Coralie Russier, Sophie Pincemaille, Emilie Incerti-Formentini, Jérome Care-Aulanier, Jenny Bellay, Martine Vandeville, Jean-Marie Winling, Martine Schambacher)
A couple embark on a bitter custody battle for their son.
New York premiere
Endangered Species (Espèces Menacées) (Country: France, Belgium; Year: 2017; Director: Gilles Bourdos; Writer: Michel Spinosa, Gilles Bourdos, Richard Bausch; Stars: Alice Isaaz, Vincent Rottiers, Suzanne Clément, Pauline Etienne, Alice de Lencquesaing, Eric Elmosnino, Frédéric Pierrot, Damien Chapelle, Grégory Gadebois, Brigitte Catillon, Agathe Dronne, Carlo Brandt)
The stories of three families are interwoven.
US premiere
The Guardians (Les Gardiennes) (Country: France; Year: 2017; Director: Xavier Beauvois; Stars: Iris Bry, Nathalie Baye, Cyril Descours)
A matriach left to care for the family farm during World War One takes on a hardworking orphan as an assistant, but when her son returns, he struggles to fit in with the new order of things.
US premiere
Custody Custody
Custody and Barbara
Jeune Femme (Montparnasse Bienvenüe) (Country: France; Year: 2017; Director: Léonor Séraille; Writer: Clémence Carré, Bastien Daret, Léonor Serraille, Léonor Serraille; Stars: Laetitia Dosch, Souleymane Seye Ndiaye, Grégoire Monsaingeon, Jean-Christophe Folly, Nathalie Richard, Arnaud de Cazes, Ahmed Zirek, Philippe Lasry, Marie Rémond, Jean-René Lemoine, Bélinda Saligot, Philippe Vincent, Agathe Desche, Philippe Ferreira Gonçalo, Lou Valentini)
Broke, Paula is back in Paris and determined to make a new start.
New York premiere
Jeannette: The Childhood Of Joan Of Arc (Jeannette L'Enfance De Jeanne D'Arc) (Country: France; Year: 2017; Director: Bruno Dumont; Writer: Bruno Dumont, based on the play by Charles Péguy; Stars: Lise Leplat Prudhomme, Jeanne Voisin, Lucile Gauthier, Victoria Lefebvre, Aline Charles, Elise Charles, Anaïs Rivière, Gery De Poorter, Régine Delalin, Nicolas Leclaire)
Musical about the French heroine.
New York premiere
July Tales (Contes de juillet) (Year: 2017; Director: Guillaume Brac; Writer: Guillaume Brac; Stars: Hanne Mathisen Haga, Andrea Romano, Sipan Mouradian, Salomé Diénis Meulien, Roman Jean-Elie, Milena Csergo, Lucie Grunstein, Jean Joudé, Théo Chedeville, Kenza Lagnaoui, Hanne Mathisen Haga, Andrea Romano, Sipan Mouradian, Salomé Diénis Meulien, Roman Jean-Elie)
Two languorous summer days, two thorny tales of romantic misunderstanding.
North American premiere
Just To Be Sure (Ôtez-moi d'un doute) (Country: France, Belgium; Year: 2017; Director: Carine Tardieu; Writer: Baya Kasmi, Michel Leclerc, Raphaële Moussafir, Carine Tardieu; Stars: François Damiens, Cécile De France, Guy Marchand, André Wilms, Alice de Lencquesaing, Estéban, Lyès Salem, Sam Karmann, Brigitte Roüan, Julie Debazac, Loïc Baylacq, Nadège Beausson-Diagne, Heiko Dethier, Hervé Pierre, Emmanuelle Michelet)
A widowed father discovers that his own dad may not be his biological one, while learning that his budding love interest may actually be his sister.
New York premiere
The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Le lion est mort ce soir) (Country: Japan, France; Year: 2017; Director: Nobuhiro Suwa; Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Pauline Etienne, Jules Langlade, Adrien Cuccureddu, Adrien Bianchi, Louis Bianchi, Romain Mathey, Mathis Nicolle, Coline Pichon-Le Maître, Emmanuelle Pichon-Le Maître, Rafaèle Gelblat, Lou-Ann Mazeau-Guéguen, Arthur Harari, Maud Wyler, Noë Sampy)
Jean, an ageing actor caught by the past, settles himself secretly in an abandoned house where Juliette, the great love of his life, once lived. A group of young friends discover the same house, the perfect set to shoot their next horror movie... and an encounter ensues.
North American premiere
The Workshop The Workshop
The Workshop and 12 Days
Memoir Of War (La Douleur, Memoir Of Pain) (Country: France; Year: 2017; Director: Emmanuel Finkiel; Stars: Mélanie Thierry, Benoît Magimel, Elsa Amiel, Brett Gillen, Grégoire Gros, Christine Riviere-Anissa, Myriam Riviere-Anissa)
When she finds two old notebooks in a forgotten box, Marguerite Duras remembers her past and the unbearable pain of waiting.
North American premiere
Orchestra Class (La Mélodie) (Country: France; Year: 2017; Director: Rachid Hami; Writer: Rachid Hami, Guy Laurent, Valérie Zenatti; Stars: Kad Merad, Samir Guesmi, Alfred Renely, Jean-Luc Vincent, Tatiana Rojo, Slimane Dazi, Mathieu Spinosi, Zakaria-Tayeb Lazab, Youssouf Gueye, Mouctar Diawara, Shirel Nataf, Anaïs Meiringer, Amine Chir, Claudine Vinasithamby, Idaya Haddouche)
A jaded violinist begins to reconnect with the world when he starts to teach a class of youngsters.
US premiere
A Paris Education (Country: France; Year: 2018; Director: Jean-Paul Civeyrac; Writer: Jean-Paul Civeyrac; Stars: Swann Arlaud, Andranic Manet, Diane Rouxel, Jenna Thiam)
A farmer’s desperately tries to save his cows from a deadly epidemic.
North American premiere
See You Up There (Au revoir là-haut) (Country: France; Year: 2017; Director: Albert Dupontel; Writer: Albert Dupontel, based on the novel by Pierre Lemaitre; Stars: Albert Dupontel, Laurent Lafitte, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Niels Arestrup, Émilie Dequenne, Mélanie Thierry, Michel Vuillermoz, Frans Boyer, Nicolas de Lavergne, Philippe Duquesne, Grégoire Foessel, Carole Franck, Gilles Gaston-Dreyfus, Travis Kerschen, Kyan Khojandi)
November 1919. Two survivors of the trenches set up a scam based on war memorials.
New York premiere
The Sower (Le Semeur) (Country: France; Year: 2017; Director: Marine Franssen; Writer: Jacques Fieschi, Marine Francen, Jacqueline Surchat; Stars: Géraldine Pailhas, Pauline Burlet, Raphaëlle Agogué, Anamaria Vartolomei, Iliana Zabeth, Alban Lenoir, Françoise Lebrun, Théo Costa-Marini, Barbara Probst)
Love story set against the backdrop of a village, in 1852, where the men have been rounded up and removed by Bonaparte's soldiers
US premiere
Ava Ava
Ava and A Paris Education
Tomorrow And Thereafter (Demain et tous les autres jours) (Country: France; Year: 2017; Director: Noémie Lvovsky; Writer: Annette Dutertre, Noémie Lvovsky, Florence Seyvos; Stars: Luce Rodriguez, Noémie Lvovsky, Mathieu Amalric, Micha Lescot, Anaïs Demoustier, Elsa Amiel, India Hair, Julie-Marie Parmentier, Francis Leplay, Lydie Ledoeuff, Camille Rousselet, Rym Hachmi, Maxence Tual, Roxane Lebel-Davion, Axelle Philippot)
A fantastical tale of an eccentric mother, her precocious nine-year-old daughter and a pet owl.
US premiere
Waiting For The Barbarians (En attendant les barbares) (Country: France; Year: 2017; Director: Eugène Green)
Six strangers - fleeing hordes of much-feared, but never-glimpsed barbarians - seek refuge in the ancient home of a sorcerer and sorceress.
North American premiere
Woman Up! (Numéro une, Number One) (Country: France; Year: 2017; Director: Tonie Marshall; Writer: Raphaëlle Bacqué, Marion Doussot, Tonie Marshall; Stars: Emmanuelle Devos, Suzanne Clément, Richard Berry)
An ambitious woman treads a dangerous path as she attempts to crash the corporate boys’ club.
US premiere
The Workshop (L'Atelier) (Country: France; Year: 2017; Director: Laurent Cantet; Writer: Robin Campillo, Laurent Cantet; Stars: Marina Foïs, Matthieu Lucci)
An exploration of group dynamics in a young people’s writing workshop.
New York premiere

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