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"Rendez-Vous with French Cinema" Hosts Screenings of Seven Contemporary French Films, Adds Interactive Q & As

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood March 21, 2012 at 2:08PM

Francophile Alert! This year, Unifrance Films is partnering with L.A.'s Laemmle Theatres, New York's Film Society of Lincoln Center, and Emerging Pictures to present "Rendez-Vous with French Cinema." The series sets out to highlight the best of contemporary French film by screening seven films in over 50 U.S. cities in March.
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Francophile alert! This year, Unifrance Films is partnering with L.A.'s Laemmle Theatres, New York's Film Society of Lincoln Center, and Emerging Pictures to present the 17th "Rendez-Vous with French Cinema." The series sets out to highlight the best of contemporary French film by screening seven films in over 50 U.S. cities in March.

This year for the first time digital specialty distributor Emerging Pictures' technology will turn some digital showings in select cities into interactive events by allowing audiences to participate in Q&A sessions with directors and actors, broadcast live from Lincoln Center's Walter Reade and Brooklyn's BAMcinematek Theaters.

2012's program includes Rabah Ameur-Zalmeche's period profile of folksinger/bandit Louis Mandrin, "Smugglers' Songs"; Laurent Achard's thriller "The Last Screening" (above), set in a reportory cinema; director-star Mathieu Amalric's update of Coreneille's tragicomedy ""Illusion Comique"; and "Pater," a political satire from another director-star, Alain Cavalier, who teams up with actor Vincent Lindon.

The promotional trailer for the series, posted below, showcases past and present French cinema.

This article is related to: Foreign, Festivals, Alain Cavalier, New Media & Technology, Festivals, Exhibition


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.