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January 26, 2007

2007 Rendez-vous with French Cinema Lineup at WRT


The line-up for this year's Rendez-vous with French Cinema at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater has been finalized. I'm looking forward to several of these, especially Christophe Honoré's new film Dans Paris and the Edith Piaf biopic, La Vie en Rose. The program runs from February 28 to March 11.

La Vie en Rose / La Mome (Olivier Dahan, 2007) – Opening Night
The Valet (Francis Veber, 2006) – Closing Night

Ambitious (Catherine Corsini, 2006)
Blame it on Fidel (Julie Gavras, 2006)
Il sera une fois (Sandrine Veysset, 2007)
Don’t Worry, I'm Fine (Philippe Lioret, 2006)
Flanders (Bruno Dumont, 2006)
Prete-moi ta main (Eric Lartigau, 2006)
Dans Paris (Christophe Honoré, 2006)
The Man of My Life (Zabou Breitman, 2006)
Chacun sa nuit (Pascal Arnold & Jean-Marc Barr, 2006)
La tourneuse de pages (Denis Dercourt, 2006)
Quand j'etais chanteur (Xavier Giannoli, 2006)
Tell No One (Guillaume Canet, 2006)
The Untouchable (Benoît Jacquot, 2006)
Humbert Balsan: Rebel Producer (Anne Andreu, 2006) – Tribute Program

Posted by acquarello on Jan 26, 2007 | | Filed under 2007, Quick Notes


I've seen only 4 of these... (a couple of them aren't released in France yet) although I don't feel bad missing them.
Dans Paris is an excellent cinephiliac gem.
I also recommend La Tourneuse de Pages.
The Untouchable, however was a big disappointment, superficial and self-important, without any insight on either being an actor, and the Indian identity.
That's all I can say.

Posted by: HarryTuttle on Jan 30, 2007 5:14 PM | Permalink

Thanks, Harry. I'm definitely looking forward to Honoré's new film, less so Flanders. La tourneuse de pages sounded good from the description, so I'll shoot for that too. Even though I tend to like Jacquot's films, there's always a little, gnawing something in them that keeps me from loving them, so I'm not surprised by your reaction to The Untouchable. The ideas behind his films tend to be more interesting than his execution.

Posted by: acquarello on Jan 31, 2007 1:29 AM | Permalink

I forgot to mention Flandres (I thought you had seen it already), it is very much recommended (second to Dans Paris on my list above). Half of the offering up there is "mainstream success" rather than critics' choice.

To represent great French Cinema last year, the following films are missing from the line up:
- Là-bas (2006/Chantal Akerman/Belgique)
- Coeur (2006/Resnais/France)
- Klimt (2006/Raoul Ruiz/France)
- Renaissance (2006/Christian Volckman/France)
- Changement d’adresse (2006/Emmanuel Mouret/France)
- Lady Chatterley (2006/Pascale Ferran/Belgium/France/UK)
- Bled Number One (2006/Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche/France)
- La Raison du plus faible (2006/Lucas Belvaux/Belgium/France)
- Ces Rencontres avec eux (2006/Straub/Huillet/Italy/France)
- De particulier à particulier (2006/Brice Cauvin/France)
- Le Pressentiment (2006/Darroussin/France)*
- OSS 117: Le Caire nid d'espions (2006/Hazanavicius/France)*

(*) unseen

Posted by: HarryTuttle on Jan 31, 2007 1:13 PM | Permalink

Thanks for the run-down. Actually, I too was wondering why the Belvaux wasn't screening. They did the trilogy a few years back and he's ideal for the Rendez-vous series. FSLC seems to have a love/hate relationship with Akerman, I don't know why. The Straub/Huillet is screening at Film Comment Selects instead, so I'll catch it then. :)

Posted by: acquarello on Jan 31, 2007 8:40 PM | Permalink

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