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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, out in the U.S. on August 17, combining literature and cinema. June, 1944. France is still living under Nazi occupation....

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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...

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“Racer and the Jailbird” in U.S. Theaters

Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue is the Warmest Color) and Matthias Schoenaerts (Of Rust and Bone) star in this combination of an American film noir and a French crime movie, out in the U.S. on May 4. After a stint in Hollywood with The Drop, a 2014 thriller adapted from a short story by Dennis Lehane, young director Michaël Roskam has returned...

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“The Guardians”: The Great War Through the Eyes of Women

Seven years after his acclaimed Of Gods and Men, director Xavier Beauvois is back to pay homage to the women of rural France who were obliged to work in the fields when the men left to fight in World War I. His latest movie, The Guardians, will be out in the U.S. this Friday. France, 1915. The country is at...

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The Americans of the Cannes Film Festival

Homages, anniversaries, and women. Among all its themes, the 71st Cannes Film Festival beginning May 8, 2018, has certainly not forgotten the United States. Kristen Stewart and Spike Lee will be back on La Croisette, while Martin Scorsese is set to receive an award for his life’s work. With two movies in the official selection, and several feature-length films screened out...

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COLCOA: French Cinema Shines Bright in Hollywood

The COLCOA festival on the West Coast is a showcase for Francophone cinema and a major event for U.S. distributors. The leading event is back in Los Angeles from April 23 through 30, 2018. Launched by the Franco-American Cultural Fund in 1996, the COLCOA festival (City of Lights City of Angels) is a bridge between the movie industries of Paris...

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Focus on French Cinema: 18 French Movies to be Screened

The Focus on French Cinema festival is organized by the Greenwich Alliance Française in partnership with the Cinémania Francophone film festival in Montreal, and is set to return to Connecticut and Manhattan from April 27 through May 1, 2018. Some 18 Francophone movies are set to be screened for the festival’s 14th year, including seven for the first time in...

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“Cannes Can’t Refuse Netflix Movies Much Longer”

The 71st Cannes Film Festival will be opening on May 8, 2018, and has refused to include movies screened exclusively online. The origins of this heated debate are rooted in the differences in how cinema is financed in France and the United States, according to Nathalie Dupont, associate professor in American civilization at the Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale in...

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Godard, a Biographical Comedy

The latest film by Michel Hazanavicius, Godard Mon Amour, out in the U.S. this Friday, portrays Jean-Luc Godard in the midst of an existential crisis during the May 1968 events. Jean-Luc Godard, the star director of the Nouvelle Vague, a figure as loved as he was misunderstood, is now a living legend at the age of 87. And it was...

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“This Is Our Land” in U.S. Theaters

The tenth movie from Lucas Belvaux analyzes the message and methods used by a far-right, populist political party to gain a following in a village in France. Pauline is a visiting nurse in Northern France and well-liked by her patients. One day she is approached by high-ranking members of a far-right party called the Patriotic Block, and is asked to...

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“The Workshop” in U.S. Theaters

Staying true to his cherished themes, Laurent Cantet (Palme d’Or at Cannes for The Class in 2008) — has teamed up with co-writer Robin Campillo (César Award for Best Film for 120 Beats Per Minute in 2018) to offer another vision of youth and social ties. We asked the director three questions while he was in New York for the...

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“A Bag of Marbles” in U.S. Theaters

A Bag of Marbles (Un Sac de billes), in U.S. theaters on March 23, is a new adaptation of Joseph Joffo’s best-selling novel, and portrays two Jewish boys fleeing the war through Occupied France during the 1940s. Following on from Jappeloup and Belle & Sébastien, his two previous movies shot in France, Quebecer director Christian Duguay has chosen to bring Joseph...

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“Ismael’s Ghosts” in U.S. Theaters

A tale of love and death featuring Marion Cotillard and Mathieu Amalric, the latest film by Arnaud Desplechin is coming to U.S. theaters on March 23. Ismael Vuillard (Mathieu Amalric) is an alcoholic filmmaker haunted by his past. As he prepares to direct a new movie, his life is turned upside-down by the reappearance of Carlotta (Marion Cotillard), his ex-wife who disappeared...

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“Back to Burgundy” in U.S. Theaters

The latest movie by Cédric Klapisch (Family Resemblances, The Spanish Apartment) takes audiences to Meursault in the Burgundy wine country. In his portrayal of a group of winegrowing siblings, the director shows how wine is made and how heritage is passed down through the generations. Following on from Chinese Puzzle — his previous feature-length movie filmed in New York in...

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“12 Days”: Madness in the Face of Justice

Documentary filmmaker Raymond Depardon gives a voice to people in a psychiatric hospital interned without their consent. The movie shines a light on the line between sanity and madness, and the limits of the justice system. In the past in France, the decision to intern someone against their will was the sole responsibility of a psychiatrist, and was not subject...