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Bertrand Tavernier: “French Cinema is not Limited to the Nouvelle Vague”

Bertrand Tavernier is the man behind "Coup de torchon," "A Sunday in the Country," "Round Midnight" and "Captain Conan," and is now back with a documentary looking at 50 years of French cinematic history. The French filmmaker will be presenting his work in Los Angeles on June 15 and in New York on June 20-24. The film will then be released...

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Open-Air French Cinema Returns to New York

The tenth edition of the Films on the Green festival will be taking place from June 2 to September 7, 2017. The event gives New-Yorkers a chance to enjoy their city’s parks while rediscovering works by Méliès, Carné, Truffaut, Ozon and Gondry. In true, tenth-anniversary style, the Films on the Green festival is inviting ten leading American figures to submit...

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Agnès Varda in Californialand

The French New Wave icon will be the focus of a retrospective at the BAMcinématek in New York from May 31 to June 13, 2017. Her six films set in the United States between 1967 and 1981 will be the focus of this homage. We met up with the French artist in 2013 when she was a guest at the...

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From “Dumbo” to “Pulp Fiction”: 70 Years of American Palmes d’Or

Today marks the kick-off of the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. It is an opportunity to revisit the 22 American films that have been awarded the Grand Prize or the Palme d'Or since the festival's inauguration in 1939. Initially, the highest award granted by the festival was called "Grand Prize of the International Film Festival." But in 1954, the...

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The United States Are Top of the Steps at the Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Film Festival was also a promise made to the United States. Founded at the beginning of World War II, the event wasn’t held for the first time until 1946. The festival’s posters have often drawn inspiration from U.S. cinema ever since, and the Americans are out in force on La Croisette almost every year. After all, they’ve been...

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Soccer Goes to the Movies at Kicking + Screening in New York

The Kicking + Screening festival will be back to celebrate the beautiful game on the big screen from June 6 until 9, 2017, with four international films including a French entry. The festival’s American founder, Rachel Markus, explains how she managed to combine soccer and cinema. France-Amérique: How was the Kicking + Screening festival born? Rachel Markus: I traveled a lot as part...

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The Americans at the Cannes Film Festival

Americans have always been stars of the red carpet in Cannes. The festival’s 70th edition kicks off on Wednesday, May 17, and is no exception. Jessica Chastain and Will Smith will be members of the Palme d’or jury, Uma Thurman will be president of the Un Certain Regard jury, and ten American movies will be screened over the two-week festival. Noah Baumbach / The Meyerowitz...

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Open-Air French Cinema at Miami Beach

The Films on the Beach festival is returning to Miami Beach until May 30, with a line-up of films shown in an open-air setting. The fourth edition of the festival, on the theme of “French Teen Spirit,” will include seven French movies. Organized with the cultural services of the French embassy in Washington, the Films on the Beach festival is using this...

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Europe Celebrated in Images

The Panorama Europe Film Festival is returning to New York from May 5 to 21, 2017. The diverse line-up offers 17 European movies, and invites audiences to a journey across the Old Continent! The ninth edition of the Panorama Europe festival offers New York cinephiles a selection of films from France, Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Malta...

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The African Youth Revolution Portrayed Through Cinema

The African Film Festival (AFF) is back again this year, aiming to create a dialogue between the African continent and American audiences through cinema. The 24th edition of the New York festival will be held from May 3 to 9, 2017. Some 25 movies and 36 short films on the theme of “the people’s revolution” will be shown at the Walter Reade Theater...

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“Tomorrow,” An Environmental Road Movie

After a successful run in France, environmental activist Cyril Dion and actress Mélanie Laurent’s film tries its luck on the big screen in America. It’s the story of a small documentary film funded thanks to a crowd-sourcing website, after a lack of initial interest from producers. Two years later, the film has drawn more than a million spectators in France....

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Francophile Film Distributors Make Tracks for Los Angeles

The biggest French cinema festival outside of France will be taking place in Los Angeles from April 24 through May 2. Organized between the Oscars and Cannes, the COLCOA festival offers Francophone cinema a prestigious showcase in Hollywood. The COLCOA festival was founded 20 years ago by the Franco-American Culture Fund. Drawing its name from “City Of Lights City Of...

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“Heal the Living” by Katell Quillévéré Arrives in U.S. Theaters

Simon, 17, is in a brain-dead state following an accident. His initially reluctant parents finally decide to donate his organs, and the gift of his heart will save another’s life. The film is based on the successful novel, Mend the Living, by French writer Maylis de Kerangal, and was released in U.S. theaters on April 14, 2017. France-Amérique : Maylis...

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“Wings” Remembered

Winner of the Oscar for Best Picture in 1929, William Wellman’s Wings is a classic of the American silent film era. Upon the centennial of America entering the First World War, the film will be shown in New York, Chicago, Washington, St. Louis and Minneapolis from April 6 to 16. An epic tale with an air of tragedy, Wings is a story about...

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“Zola Was a Humanist, Cézanne Was Hypersensitive”

Filmmaker, screenwriter and director Danièle Thompson is a leading figure of French cinema. We met with her as part of the release of her movie Cézanne and I in the United States on March 31. The film follows the turbulent friendship and rivalry between painter Paul Cézanne (played by Comédie Française actor Guillaume Gallienne) and writer Emile Zola (Guillaume Canet), who were both from Aix-en-Provence...

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Focus on French Cinema: A Tribute to Quebec

This year’s Focus on French Cinema festival will be screening 20 Francophone films — including six from Quebec — in New York, Stamford and Greenwich (Connecticut) from March 27 to April 2, 2017. Festival president Renée Ketcham talked us through this year’s selection. France-Amérique: Can you tell us about your decision to showcase Quebecer cinema this year? Renée Ketcham: Focus on French Cinema is...

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“Frantz” by François Ozon Arrives in U.S. Theaters

Calling all film buffs! François Ozon’s latest film, Frantz, is arriving in American movie theatres on Wednesday 15 March! Starring actors Pierre Niney and Paula Beer, this surprisingly classical film takes audiences back to Germany in 1919. Forewarned is forearmed: it should be noted that Frantz is a quite disconcerting work. Other than the occasional scene filmed in color, the...

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An Activist Film Festival in New York

The Socially Relevant Film Festival will be taking place in New York from March 13 to 19, 2017. Some 46 films will be screened over the event, including six French productions. In memory of her uncle and her cousin, both murdered by a Muslim fundamentalist, Egyptian actor and director Nora Armani created a film festival that isn’t afraid to open its mouth. The Socially...

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Iconic : Emmanuelle Khanh’s Extravagant Eyewear

Boasting oversized, cat’s eye and butterfly frames, and prints such as tortoiseshell, the avant-garde eyewear created by French designer Emmanuelle Khanh, who died at 79 on February 17, 2017, made a splash in fashion during the 1970’s. The products were handmade in the Jura region in France, and contributed to female emancipation. Despite disappearing in the early 1990’s, the brand...

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A Rendezvous with Young French Cinema

The Rendez-Vous With French Cinema festival is coming back to the Lincoln Center in New York from March 1 to 12, 2017. Adeline Monzier is the U.S. representative for UniFrance, the organization behind the festival. We talked with her about the event’s line-up, which showcases young women directors and the vitality of French cinema. France-Amérique: Some 10 of the 23 movies featured this...

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“My Life as a Zucchini,” the Story of a Quite Extraordinary Childhood

Lauded at Cannes and nominated at the Golden Globes, the Césars and the Oscars, My Life as a Zucchini proves that French animation can more than hold its own against Hollywood’s 3D blockbusters. Directed by Swiss film maker Claude Barras and written by French screenwriter Céline Sciamma, the movie was made using one of the oldest techniques in cinema, called...