New York's Rendez-Vous With French Cinema 2021
Gagarine Gagarine
Gagarine and Lovers
The Big Hit (Country: France; Year: 2020; Director: Emmanuel Courcol; Writer: Khaled Amara, Emmanuel Courcol, Thierry de Carbonnières; Stars: Kad Merad, David Ayala, Lamine Cissokho, Sofian Khammes, Pierre Lottin, Wabinlé Nabié, Aleksandr Medvedev, Saïd Benchnafa, Marina Hands, Laurent Stocker, Mathilde Courcol-Rozès, Catherine Lascault, Yvon Martin, Adama Bathily, Brigitte Froment)
Drama about a prison theatre workshop, who are staging Waiting For Godot.
Faithful (Country: France, Belgium, Algeria; Year: 2020; Director: Hélier Cisterne; Writer: Joseph Andras, Antoine Barraud, Hélier Cisterne, Katell Quillévéré; Stars: Vincent Lacoste, Vicky Krieps, Jules Langlade, Marc Brunet, Thomas Ducasse, Jeanne Carré, Raphaël Thiéry, Yoann Zimmer, Meriem Medjkane, Abdelah Besseghir, Eric Borgen, Jacques Mazeran, Malik Benchiha, Madi Belem, Bertrand Bossard)
1956. Algeria is a French colony. Fernand and Hélène are madly in love. Fernand is an activist, fighting for independence alongside the Algerians. Hélène is fighting for Fernand’s life.
Final Set (Country: France; Year: 2020; Director: Quentin Reynaud; Writer: Quentin Reynaud; Stars: Alex Lutz, Ana Girardot, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tariq Bettahar, Quentin Reynaud, Damien Gouy, Hervé Pauchon, Alexandre Blazy, Fabienne Galula, Sandra Rosinsky, Rosa Bursztein, Tom Neal)
A former tennis prodigy returns to the game at the age of 37.
Gagarine (Country: France; Year: 2020; Director: Fanny Liatard, Jérémy Trouilh; Writer: Benjamin Charbit, Fanny Liatard; Stars: Alseni Bathily, Lyna Khoudri, Jamil McCraven, Farida Rahouadj)
Youri fights to save his home - which is also named after Yuri Gagarin - from demolition.
Ibrahim (Country: France; Year: 2020; Director: Samir Guesmi; Writer: Rosa Attab, Samir Guesmi, Camille Lugan, Sylvie Verheyde; Stars: Abdel Bendaher, Samir Guesmi, Rabah Nait Oufella, Luàna Bajrami, Philippe Rebbot, Marilyne Canto, Souad Arsane, Florence Loiret Caille, Djemel Barek, Jean-Charles Clichet, Riton Liebman, Farid Bouzenad, Abdelkrim Grini, Youssouf Gueye, David Loyola)
A youngster who gets on the wrong side of the law is determined to make it up to his father.
Slalom Slalom
Slalom and Spring Blossom
A l'abordage (Year: 2020; Director: Guillaume Brac; Writer: Guillaume Brac, Catherine Paillé; Stars: Salif Cissé, Asma Messaoudene, Soundos Mosbah, Benjamin Natchouang, Édouard Sulpice)
After a man meets a woman in Paris, he decides to surprise her... taking his best friend along for the adventure.
Lifelines (Country: France; Year: 2020; Director: Fabienne Godet; Writer: Fabienne Godet, Claire Mercier, Franck Vassal; Stars: Ana Brandão, Lucie Debay, Julie Moulier, Matilde Serrão, Maxime Taffanel, Arnaud Valois, Angelina Woreth)
Esther receives an anonymous diary, written 20 years ago by a young girl in hospital. The story resonates with her and she become obsessed with finding the author.
Little Girl (Petite Fille) (Country: France; Year: 2020; Director: Sébastien Lifshitz; Writer: Sébastien Lifshitz)
The portrait of eight-year-old Sasha, who questions her gender.
Lovers (Amants) (Country: France; Year: 2020; Director: Nicole Garcia; Writer: Jacques Fieschi, Nicole Garcia; Stars: Pierre Niney, Stacy Martin, Benoît Magimel, Roxane Duran, Mohamed Makhtoumi, Severino Negri, Mohamed Badissy, Magne-Håvard Brekke, Liberato Candiello, Jordano Ceresa, Jake Francois)
An inseparable couple are forced apart following a crime... and meet again by chance three years later.
Love Affair(s) (The Things We Say, the Things We Do, Les choses qu’on dit, les choses qu’on fait) (Country: France; Year: 2020; Director: Emmanuel Mouret; Writer: Emmanuel Mouret; Stars: Camélia Jordana, Niels Schneider, Vincent Macaigne, Émilie Dequenne, Jenna Thiam, Guillaume Gouix, Julia Piaton, Jean-Baptiste Anoumon, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Claude Pommereau)
François has to rush back to Paris to cover for a sick colleague, leaving his partner Daphné, three months pregnant, to welcome his cousin, Maxime. In the four days till Francois’ return Daphné and Maxime get to know each other, sharing increasingly intimate stories that bring them closer.
Love Affair(s) Love Affair(s)
Love Affair(s) and Summer Of 85
Mandibles (Country: France; Year: 2020; Director: Quentin Dupieux; Writer: Quentin Dupieux; Stars: Grégoire Ludig, David Marsais, Adèle Exarchopoulos, India Hair, Roméo Elvis, Coralie Russier, Bruno Lochet, Raphaël Quenard, Gaspard Augé, Thomas Blanchard, Philippe Dusseau, Olivier Blanc, Jean-Paul Solal, Jézabel Marques, Marie Narbonne)
When simple-minded friends Jean-Gab and Manu find a giant fly trapped in the boot of a car, they decide to train it in the hope of making a ton of cash.
Margaux Hartmann (Country: France; Year: 2020; Director: Ludovic Bergery; Writer: Ludovic Bergery, Julien Boivent; Stars: Emmanuelle Béart, Vincent Dedienne, Nelson Delapalme, Elisabeth Duda, Sandor Funtek, Eva Ionesco, Nico Rogner, Tibo Vandenborre, Arthur Verret, Marie Zabukovec)
Margaux, who just lost her older husband, starts a new life.
My Donkey, My Lover & I (My Donkey, My Lover And I, Antoinette dans les Cévennes) (Country: France, Belgium; Year: 2020; Director: Caroline Vignal; Writer: Caroline Vignal; Stars: Laure Calamy, Benjamin Lavernhe, Olivia Côte, Marc Fraize, Jean-Pierre Martins, Louise Vidal, Lucia Sanchez, Maxence Tual, Marie Rivière, François Caron, Ludivine de Chastenet, Bertrand Combe, Pierre Laur, Denis Mpunga, Dorothée Tavernier)
Antoinette, a school teacher, is looking forward to her long planned summer holidays with her secret lover Vladimir, the father of one of her pupils... but when she discovers he can't come, she decides to follow him.
Red Soil (Country: France, Belgium; Year: 2020; Director: Farid Bentoumi; Writer: Farid Bentoumi, Samuel Doux, Audrey Fouché, Gaëlle Macé; Stars: Zita Hanrot, Sami Bouajila, Céline Sallette, Olivier Gourmet, Henri-Noël Tabary, Alka Balbir, Thierry Rousset, Laurent Crozet, Evelyne Cervera, Thierry Simon, Maxime Bodolec, Antonia Buresi, Matthieu Loos, Olivier Faraggi, Vanessa Desmaret)
Nour, a young nurse, has just been hired at her dad’s chemical factory. Taking care of the infirmary, she uncovers long hidden secrets...
Should The Wind Drop (Si le vent tombe) (Country: France, Belgium, Armenia; Year: 2020; Director: Nora Martirosyan; Writer: Guillaume André, Nora Martirosyan, Emmanuelle Pagano, Olivier Torres; Stars: Grégoire Colin, Hayk Bakhryan, Arman Navasardyan, David Hakobyan, Vartan Petrossian, Narine Grigoryan, Amalya Ohanjanyan, Marianna Vorskanyan, Artak Mkrtchyan, Marat Hakobyan, Hayk Papyan, Rimma Kocharyan, Alla Arutyunyan, Veronika Yakubyan, Grigoriy Gasparyan)
An auditor tries to help an isolated territory to open up as he appraises its airport.
Slalom (Country: France, Belgium; Year: 2020; Director: Charlène Favier; Writer: Charlène Favier; Stars: Noée Abita, Axel Auriant, Muriel Combeau, Marie Denarnaud, François Godart, Catherine Marchal, Jérémie Renier, Maïra Schmitt)
Coming-of-age tale about a young skier who is drawn into an abusive relationship.
Spring Blossom (16 Printemps) (Country: France; Year: 2020; Director: Suzanne Lindon; Writer: Suzanne Lindon; Stars: Arnaud Valois, Frédéric Pierrot, Dominique Besnehard, Suzanne Lindon, Rebecca Marder, Philippe Uchan, Florence Viala, Françoise Widhoff, Raymond Aquaviva, Arthur Giusi)
A bored teenager finds herself torn between the love of an older man and her adolescence.
Summer Of 85 (Country: France, Belgium; Year: 2020; Director: François Ozon; Writer: Aidan Chambers, François Ozon; Stars: Félix Lefebvre, Benjamin Voisin, Philippine Velge, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Melvil Poupaud, Isabelle Nanty, Laurent Fernandez, Aurore Broutin, Bruno Lochet, Yoann Zimmer, Antoine Simoni, Patrick Zimmermann, Samuel Brafman-Moutier)
When 16-year-old Alexis capsizes off the coast of Normandy, 18-year-old David heroically saves him. Alexis has just met the friend of his dreams. But will the dream last for more than one summer?

Filming sensations Mathieu Amalric on Pierre Léon, Jeanne Balibar and the sounds and colours of Barbara

Character arc Seth A Smith on filming with a two-year-old and bringing marbling to life in The Crescent

Keeping up appearances Marcello Martinessi on cultural conservatism and filmmaking honesty in The Heiresses

A different space Kelly Macdonald on working with Marc Turtletaub on Puzzle

Out of the past Susanna Nicchiarelli on Trine Dyrholm and the costume design in Nico, 1988

The iconic man Jonathan Baker on Becoming Iconic and Inconceivable

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