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New York hosts the Rendez-Vous With French Cinema

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- 22 feature films are gracing the programme of the event’s 25th edition, organised by UniFrance and the Lincoln Center Film Society and running 5 to 15 March

New York hosts the Rendez-Vous With French Cinema
An Easy Girl by Rebecca Zlotowski

The majority French production The Truth [+see also:
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by Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-eda will open the 25th Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in New York this evening, a mini-festival set to run until 15 March under the aegis of UniFrance and the Lincoln Center Film Society. The event will be far less glamorous than usual, given that - as a result of Coronavirus - the agency promoting French film abroad has decided to cancel the appearance of a great many French artists (filmmakers and actors) who were due to deliver the usual film presentations and take part in discussions with New York audiences.

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Of course, the key ingredients, from a cinephile’s perspective, remain unaffected: the films. This year, 22 full-length works are featuring in the programme, including four titles set to enjoy their North American premieres: An Easy Girl [+see also:
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interview: Rebecca Zlotowski
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by Rebecca Zlotowski (unveiled at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight), Isadora’s Children [+see also:
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interview: Damien Manivel
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by Damien Manivel (which scooped a prize in Locarno), School Life [+see also:
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interview: Zita Hanrot
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by Grand Corps Malade and Mehdi Idir (1.8 million admissions in France) and Spellbound by Pascal Bonitzer.

Six American premieres are also on the agenda, namely The Specials [+see also:
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by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano (which closed the Cannes Film Festival and won over a total 2.1 million viewers in France), Joan of Arc [+see also:
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interview: Bruno Dumont
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by Bruno Dumont (which scooped an award on the Croisette, within the Un Certain Regard section), Burning Ghost [+see also:
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by Stéphane Batut (crowned the Jean Vigo prize-winner in 2019), South Terminal [+see also:
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by Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche (unveiled in competition in Locarno), Who You Think I Am [+see also:
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interview: Juliette Binoche
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by Safy Nebbou and Spread Your Wings [+see also:
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by Nicolas Vanier.

Stealing particular focus among the 12 New York premieres topping the bill are Alice and the Mayor [+see also:
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interview: Nicolas Pariser
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by Nicolas Pariser (which was well-received at the Directors’ Fortnight and just won Anaïs Demoustier the 2020 Best Actress César) and five films by female directors: Proxima [+see also:
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interview: Alice Winocour
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by Alice Winocour (awarded prizes in Toronto and San Sebastian), Cuties [+see also:
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by Maïmouna Doucouré (awarded prizes at Sundance and in the Berlinale’s Generation line-up), Papicha [+see also:
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interview: Mounia Meddour
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by Mounia Meddour (which took home the 2020 Césars for Best First Film and Best New Actress last Friday), The Dazzled [+see also:
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by Sarah Suco and Perfect Nanny [+see also:
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by Lucie Borleteau.

Also set to be showcased are three further feature films coming via Cannes (Deerskin [+see also:
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interview: Quentin Dupieux
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by Quentin Dupieux, On A Magical Night [+see also:
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interview: Christophe Honoré
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by Christophe Honoré and The Best Years of a Life [+see also:
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interview: Claude Lelouch
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by Claude Lelouch), alongside Happy Birthday [+see also:
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by Cédric Kahn and Someone, Somewhere [+see also:
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by Cédric Klapisch.

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(Translated from French)

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