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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...

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A New Rendez-Vous With French Cinema in New York

The Rendez-Vous with French Cinema festival is back for its 26th year at the Lincoln Center in New York from March 8 through 18, 2018. This year’s line-up includes two movies starring Mathieu Amalric, a documentary by Raymond Depardon, and the return of Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano. The leading French film festival in North America will be opening to...

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“Souvenir” in U.S. Theaters

Isabelle Huppert is back on the American silver screens. She will appear in Souvenir, the second feature-length film by Belgian director Bavo Defurne, out in the U.S. on March 2. Liliane is an employee at a charcuterie factory, and one day she is recognized by Jean, one of her young colleagues. Liliane is in fact a former pop singer who enjoyed...

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“Double Lover”, François Ozon’s Erotic Thriller

French director François Ozon, known for 8 Women, Swimming Pool, and Frantz, is back with Double Lover (L'Amant double), a tale of sex, neurosis, and identical twins, coming to U.S. theaters on February 14. Double Lover was freely adapted from the novel Lives of the Twins, published in 1987 by Joyce Carol Oates under the pen name Rosamond Smith. The...

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Clint Eastwood’s “15:17 to Paris” Barges into Theaters

The latest Clint Eastwood blockbuster, a reconstitution of the 2015 attack on the Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris, will be in U.S. theaters on February 9, 2018 (and on February 7 in France). On August 21, 2015, a 25-year-old Moroccan man named Ayoub El Khazzani opened fire with a Kalashnikov on the Thalys train N°9364 traveling from Amsterdam to...

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The French Touch at the Oscars

Nine films and figures with links to France, Quebec, and Lebanon have been nominated for the Oscars, which will be taking place in Los Angeles on March 4, 2018. The ceremony will be broadcast live on ABC in the United States and on Canal+ in France. Victor Caire and Gabriel Grapperon / Garden Party / Best Animated Short Film This seven-minute...

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Three Questions to Director Ziad Doueiri

The Insult is the fourth feature film from France-based Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri, and is currently screening in the United States. The movie has been shortlisted in the Best Foreign Language Film category for this year’s Oscars, set for March 4, 2018. Following on from West Beirut (1998), Lila Says (2004) and The Attack (2012), the moviemaker who used to...

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“Lover For a Day”: Garrel at the Peak of his Art

After Jealousy and In the Shadow of Women, French filmmaker Philippe Garrel is back with a new work on the vagaries of love and desire, in U.S. theaters on January 12. Pleasure and pain. A student rushes down the steps at her university to meet her lover, while another is thrown out by her boyfriend and collapses in tears on...

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“Django”: Reinhardt Unchained

The first feature-length movie from Etienne Comar, out in U.S. theaters on January 5, portrays a little-known episode in the life of the great Romani guitarist Django Reinhardt. During the Nazi occupation of France in 1943, Romani jazz musician Django Reinhardt (Reda Kateb) got Paris on its feet at the Folies Bergère music hall. When the German propaganda department decides...

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“Happy End,” A Chilling Family Farce

After twice receiving the Palme d’or, for The White Ribbon in 2009 and Amour in 2012, Michael Haneke’s latest movie paints a cruel picture of a bourgeois family living in Northern France. The film also marks the director’s second film with on-screen duo Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Louis Trintignant. "All around us, the world, and we in its midst, blind." This...[Subscriber]

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Alain Gomis: “The Fight for African Cinema has Begun!”

Franco-Senegalese director Alain Gomis is the man behind Félicité, and offers a touching character study of singer struggling to get by in Kinshasa. The film features a black leading actress, an unfortunately rare occurrence in modern cinema. Driven by the intense performances of its cast and a hypnotically appealing soundtrack, the movie won the Silver Bear at the Berlin International...

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“120 Beats per Minute”, a Lust for Life

Director Robin Campillo follows the struggle of Act Up-Paris, an advocacy group founded in Paris in 1989 to combat the AIDS crisis, inspired by the original New York organization. The movie, which won the Grand Prix at Cannes and has been chosen to represent France at the 2018 Oscars, will be released in U.S. theaters on October 20. The movie...[Subscriber]

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“Faces Places”: A Journey Through France

Iconic Nouvelle Vague director Agnès Varda recently roamed across France with JR, an artist renowned for his giant, black-and-white photos displayed in public spaces. The resulting poetic road movie received the award for Best Documentary Film at Cannes this year and will come out in U.S. theaters on October 6. “Are you game?” asks JR at the start of the...[Subscriber]

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The Man Who Loved French Cinema

Charles Cohen is a renowned, wealthy real estate magnate, but also has a passion for cinéma d’auteur. He even went as far as making a second career out of it, and in just a few years has become one of the leading distributors of French films in the United States. After renovating The Quad, New York's first multiplex theater, he...

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“Loving Vincent”, a Masterpiece!

For the first time in cinematic history, a movie has been created exclusively using handmade paintings. The duo behind the film drew their inspiration from more than 120 works by Vincent van Gogh to retrace the incredible and misunderstood artist’s extraordinary life. The film will be out in New York on September 22, in Los Angeles on September 29, and...

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Polina, Portrait of an Artist in the Making

French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj has made his first foray into the world of fictional cinema by adapting a successful French graphic novel for the screen. Accompanied by co-director Valérie Müller, the movie "Polina," out in U.S. theaters on August 25, recounts the years of training undertaken by a young ballerina who, as she prepares to become a lead dancer, decides...

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The New Generation of French Theater Comes to Princeton

The French theater festival at Princeton University, Seuls en Scène, brings celebrated French performers and actors in the making to the New Jersey campus. Started by a French theater professor as a way of engaging his students, the festival has expanded to become a showcase of contemporary French theater in the United States. Florent Masse was directing plays in France...

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Hookups and French Geography

In his first feature-length film, "4 Days in France," French director Jérôme Reybaud takes the audience on a special tour de France in which two lovers travel the countryside using Grindr, a gay dating app. After his partner left with no explanation, Paul decides to go looking for him using the geo-tracker feature on Grindr that shows profiles of nearby...

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“The Midwife”: The Down-Trodden and the Diva

Starring Catherine Deneuve and Catherine Frot, the latest film by Martin Provost tells the story of an unlikely friendship between two totally opposed women. Claire (Catherine Frot) works as a midwife in a small maternity clinic threatened with closure in the Paris region. Her professional attitude and altruism have led her to sacrifice everything and devote herself entirely to her...