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Jacques Audiard named guest of honour at Rome’s upcoming Rendez-Vous

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- The 9th edition of Italy's New French Cinema Festival is set to run from 3 to 8 April, before heading off to Bologna, Florence, Milan, Naples, Palermo and Turin

Jacques Audiard named guest of honour at Rome’s upcoming Rendez-Vous
Jacques Audiard at the recent Venice Film Festival (© La Biennale di Venezia - foto ASAC)

On 3 April, the 9th edition of Rendez-Vous, New French Cinema Festival will open with Invisibles [+see also:
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by Louis-Julien Petit (a box-office champion in France with takings of over 10 million euros). The event organised by the Institut français - Italy, alongside UniFrance, will run until 8 April, bringing the best of recent French cinema to Rome. But that’s not all: after its time in the capital, the festival will journey on, with its focus and featured artists in tow, visiting Bologna, Florence, Milan, Naples, Palermo and Turin.

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The guest of honour at this year’s edition will be Jacques Audiard. The multi-award-winning French director will be in Rome to introduce The Sister Brothers [+see also:
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- his first English-language film and winner of the Silver Lion and of four Cesar awards - as well as a special segment organised in his honour, which will include a masterclass set to close the festival on 8 April. A tribute and masterclass will also be held in honour of Cédric Kahn, director of The Prayer [+see also:
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, who will introduce a selection of his feature films in Rome, Naples and Palermo. Also featuring among this year’s Rendez-Vous guests are Louis Garrel, who will present his second directorial work, A Faithful Man [+see also:
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, alongside Laetitia Casta in Rome and Milan, and the composer Alexandre Desplat, who will also lead a masterclass. Additional tribute will be paid to filmmaker Catherine Corsini, with screenings notably including her last feature film, An Impossible Love [+see also:
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, starring Virginie Efira and Niels Schneider.

Having surpassed the US and Canada to become 2018’s leading foreign market for French cinema, Italy will host a total of 24 new titles hailing from the other side of the Alps, in a rich mix of well-known directors and emerging talents, as put together by Rendez-Vous Artistic Director, Vanessa Tonnini. Other films on the programme include: Amanda [+see also:
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by Mikhaël Hers and starring Vincent Lacoste, To The Ends of the World [+see also:
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 by Guillaume Nicloux starring Gaspard Ulliel, I Feel Good [+see also:
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by Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern, starring Jean Dujardin and Yolande Moreau, and Maya [+see also:
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by Mia Hansen-Love, not to mention Real Love [+see also:
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 by Claire Burger (winner of the Venice Days competition section of the 75th Venice Film Festival), Edmond [+see also:
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by Alexis Michalik, The Wolf's Call [+see also:
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 by Antonin Baudry, starring Omar Sy, In Safe Hands [+see also:
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 by Jeanne Herry, Head [+see also:
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Above Water by Margaux Bonhomme and Whatever Happened to My Revolution [+see also:
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 by Judith Davis.

To access the programme city by city, please click here. Rendez-Vous, New French Cinema Festival, an initiative of the French Embassy in Italy, is overseen by Dragoslav Zachariev.

(Translated from Italian)

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