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The Mustang in U.S. Theaters

Co-produced by Robert Redford and screened at the Sundance festival, The Mustang, in U.S. theaters on Friday, is the first film by young French filmmaker Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre. It tells the story of a convict in an isolated Nevada prison tasked with taming a wild horse. Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre’s favorite movie is Wim Wenders’ Paris, Texas, which she sees as a...

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Greta, a Psychological Thriller Starring Isabelle Huppert

Isabelle Huppert and Chloë Grace Moretz star in the new film by Neil Jordan, released in U.S. theaters this Friday. The film tells the story of an encounter that spirals out of control. Two years after Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, which was nominated for two Oscars, Isabelle Huppert is back in Greta, the new film from Neil Jordan (Interview with a Vampire, Byzantium,...

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Sorry Angel in U.S. Theaters

The latest film by Christophe Honoré, inspired by his own youth, will be released in U.S. theaters on Friday, February 15. Arthur, 20 is a student in the city of Rennes in Brittany during the early 1990s. His life changes when he meets Jacques, a writer who lives in Paris with his son. Over a summer, Arthur and Jacques develop a...

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Jihadists, a Divisive Movie in American Theaters

A documentary aiming to shed light on the Salafist ideology while showing the daily horrors of living under Sharia law in the Sahel region of Africa has caused controversy in France. It was initially banned for anyone under 18, before the age-limit was dropped to under 16s. The polemical movie will be shown in certain cinemas in New York and...

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The French Comedies That Inspired Hollywood

The American remake of the hit French comedy Intouchables, out in U.S. theaters on January 11, is not a first. American filmmakers have long drawn inspiration from French comedies. And while the results are not always a success, sometimes the remakes work wonders. Here are four that won over audiences. Trois hommes un couffin (1985) / Three Men and a...

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The Upside, Remake of Hit French Comedy, in U.S. Theaters

The hit movie Intouchables was seen by 20 million people in French theaters in 2012, and a U.S. remake is set to be released in January 2019. American critics are waiting to pounce, having already denounced the racial prejudices in the original film. The question is, will this comedy drama on the theme of disability win over American audiences? Do...

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The Photographer: Jacques Perrin’s Road Trip Across the American West

The French director and producer behind nature documentaries Microcosmos and Winged Migration (nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary in 2003) is preparing a new film on the national parks of the great American West. Research has begun in the field and at Stanford University in California. The scouting mission was given to co-director Thierry Machado and Antoine de Cazotte,...

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Van Gogh: A Portrait of the Artist as a Madman

Are Van Gogh’s talent and madness indissociable? This is the question asked by American director Julian Schnabel in At Eternity’s Gate, an Impressionist portrait of the painter behind the Sunflowers series, coming to U.S. theatres this Friday. Following in the footsteps of Kirk Douglas (1956), Tim Roth (1990), Martin Scorsese (1990), Jacques Dutronc (1991), and Benedict Cumberbatch (2010), it is...

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“Maria by Callas” in U.S. Theaters

In this documentary made using never-before-seen archive footage, out in the U.S. on November 2, French director Tom Volf pays homage to opera singer Maria Callas, who was born to Greek parents in New York in 1923 and passed away in Paris at the age of 53. The cantatrice who won the hearts of opera enthusiasts and the general public...

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“The Sisters Brothers”: The American Frontier Through the Eyes of a Frenchman

In his very first western, French director Jacques Audiard combines a Canadian screenplay, American actors, and scenes filmed in Spain and Romania. The result, released in the U.S. on September 21, loses its way in parts but offers a beautiful take on America during the Gold Rush. This project was long the stuff of fantasy for movie buffs. But those...

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“Colette” in U.S. Theaters

British actress Keira Knightley is cast in the role of the French renowned novelist in this biographical movie, out in the U.S. on September 21, looking back over her nascent literary career and turbulent private life. In 1893, despite their 14-year age difference, a young Burgundy girl named Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette marries Willy, an egocentric writer and womanizer. He introduces her...

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“The Apparition” in U.S. Theaters

In Xavier Giannoli's latest film, out in U.S. theaters on September 7, Vincent Lindon plays a reporter who is hired to investigate a divine apparition. Vincent Lindon (The Measure of a Man, Mademoiselle Chambon, Welcome) plays Jacques, a highly-regarded reporter for a French daily newspaper who receives a mysterious call from the Vatican. In a small town in Southern France, an...

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“In the Realm of Perfection”: McEnroe From all Angles

In his latest documentary, out in U.S. theaters on August 22, French filmmaker Julien Faraut takes a close look at American superstar John McEnroe, a tennis player who became a case study on perfectionism in sports. Julien Faraut is the director of several documentaries blending sports and cinema, and exhumed 600 meters of “instructional” film reel designed to teach tennis technique...

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“Memoir of War,” an Excruciating Wait

Memoir of War is an adaptation of a semi-autobiographical work by Marguerite Duras. It recounts the novelist’s seemingly endless wait for her husband, Robert Antelme, who was imprisoned at Buchenwald during World War II. Director Emmanuel Finkiel offers a heartrending movie which was chosen to represent France at the 2019 Oscars ceremony. June, 1944. France is still living under Nazi...

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“Gauguin”: Voyage to Tahiti

French director Edouard Deluc devotes his latest movie to the Fauvist painter and his exile in Tahiti, in U.S. theaters from July 11. After Cézanne and I by Danièle Thompson last year and the recently released Rodin by Jacques Doillon, a third biographical movie has now arrived in theaters. This time the subject is Gauguin, another leading, 19th-century French artist...

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“Custody,” a Portrayal of Domestic Violence

The first feature-length movie by Xavier Legrand offers an intimate depiction of a couple in the midst of a divorce, and picked up two awards at the last Venice International Film Festival. A striking work combining documentary, thriller, and social drama genres. The film opens with a scene set in a judge’s office. Miriam and Antoine Besson are going through...

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French Movie Nights Makes Way in Westchester and NYC

French Movie Nights is ending their year with The Return of the Hero, starring Jean Dujardin and Mélanie Laurent, on June 7 at the Emelin Theater in Mamaroneck, NY. The monthly rendezvous will begin again on September 20, bringing a fresh look on French cinema and its place in American society. Created in 2016 by Carina de Naurois, the monthly...

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“Rodin” in U.S. Theater

A century after his death, Auguste Rodin is the world’s most famous sculptor after Michelangelo. A film coming out in the U.S. on June 1 explores the most inventive yet tormented period of the artist’s life. It is hard to imagine that this tremendous artist was still unknown at the age of 40 in 1880. However, that year he was...

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Outdoor French Movies Are Back in New York for the Summer

June 1 through September 6, the Films on the Green festival returns to New York City for its 11th year with 12 classic and contemporary films surrounding the topic of gastronomy in French culture, thanks to the productions of the French Embassy, FACE Foundation, and NYC Parks. The free outdoor screenings begin at sunset, just in time to make you salivate about...

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French Movies on the Bill at the New York African Film Festival

The 25th edition of the African Film Festival is taking place in New York from May 16 through 22. The program includes homages to the pioneers of African cinema along with a selection of Francophone works broaching subjects such as the suburban banlieue areas, adolescence, and the relationship with one’s origins. The short film Gagarine filmed in 2015 by Fanny...

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“Revenge” in U.S. Theaters

The first feature-length film from French director Coralie Fargeat, out in the U.S. on May 11, combines the revenge-movie and western genres. Three 40-something CEOs say goodbye to their wives and families, and set off for a secluded house in a desert strewn with canyons for their annual hunting weekend. The yearly firearm-fest is a way to relieve stress and assert...