Film at Lincoln Center temporarily closed

Rendez-Vous with French Cinema abruptly halted

by Anne-Katrin Titze

Nicolas Vanier’s Spread Your Wings (Donne-Moi Des Ailes) and Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche’s South Terminal (Terminal Sud) screenings cancelled
Nicolas Vanier’s Spread Your Wings (Donne-Moi Des Ailes) and Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche’s South Terminal (Terminal Sud) screenings cancelled

UniFrance and Film at Lincoln Center’s 25th Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, which was to run through March 15 at the Walter Reade Theater in New York, was aborted yesterday due to the announcement by Governor Cuomo on the coronavirus pandemic limiting gathering in public spaces. Rebecca Zlotowski’s An Easy Girl (Une Fille Facile) which started at 4:00pm on Thursday was the last screening of the festival.

Burning Ghost (Friday, March 13, 6:30pm) director Stéphane Batut, who was in town and expected to participate in a Q&A had his screening canceled. On Wednesday, March 4, it was announced by UniFrance that the French delegation would not be attending. Who You Think I Am director Safy Nebbou and Rebecca Zlotowski, along with Batut were the only three filmmakers who attended.

Two films, Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche’s South Terminal (Terminal Sud) and Nicolas Vanier’s Spread Your Wings (Donne-Moi Des Ailes) were never shown because their only screenings were scheduled for Sunday, March 15.

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