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Justine Triet: “Motherhood Is Barely Portrayed in Cinema”

French director Justine Triet’s third feature-length film, Sibyl, turned heads at Cannes in 2019 and will be inaugurating Lincoln Center's virtual cinema festival on September 11. Actress Virginie Efira plays Sibyl, an alcoholic psychoanalyst and mother who decides to become a novelist. However, her life is turned upside down after meeting Margot (Adèle Exarchopoulos), a troubled actress about to have...

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Rebecca Zlotowski: “I Am Offering an Eroticized Vision of Existence”

In her fourth movie, An Easy Girl, available on Netflix in the United States since August 13, Rebecca Zlotowski directs French-Algerian actress, designer, and model Zahia Dehar, who was in the media spotlight for her role in an underage prostitution scandal involving French soccer players. Ten years after the fact, the filmmaker turns her camera to the beautiful Dehar, examining...

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Confinement: 10 French Films and Series to Watch on Netflix

This is your new reality: Your local movie theater is shut down, and you are confined at home for the foreseeable future. In partnership with FrenchFlicks, the definitive website for French films and series available in the U.S., France-Amerique has compiled the ultimate top 10 list of the best French-language films and series to stream on Netflix right now. 1....

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I Love You, Mon Amour: Ten Legendary French-American Couples

The following portraits are of artists, designers, writers, diplomats, and actors. Half are French, half are American. And all of them are in love! In celebration of Valentine’s Day, France-Amérique has taken a closer look at ten legendary French-American couples whose passionate or thwarted romances have gone down in 20th-century history. Juliette Gréco & Miles Davis Miles Davis could well have...

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Céline Sciamma: The French Director Winning Over U.S. Critics

With Portrait of a Lady on Fire, screened in a selection of U.S. theaters in early December before its national release on February 14, Céline Sciamma has found a following in America. Everyone has applauded her liberated perspective and her approach to feminine eroticism freed from objectification. Somewhere on a Breton island during the 18th century, painter Marianne (Noémie Merlant)...

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The French Engineer Who De-Aged Robert De Niro

French engineer Stéphane Grabli and his team will be in the running for the Oscar for Best Visual Effects on Sunday for their work on the movie The Irishman. The latest film from Martin Scorsese, produced by Netflix, is a narrative rollercoaster. Via ellipses, flashbacks, and flashforwards, audiences meet gangster Frank Sheeran at different times in his life. But when...

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Les Misérables: The French Banlieues in American Theaters

The first feature-length movie by Ladj Ly, out in U.S. theaters on Friday, sounds the alarm on the explosive situation in the French projects and could represent France at the Oscars. The film follows a dramatic day in the life of three police officers patrolling Montfermeil (Seine-Saint-Denis) near Paris, where the 39-year-old director was born and still lives. In the...

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Talent Is No Longer an Excuse for Crime

The French cultural world has been shaken to its core by the sexual misdemeanors of director Roman Polanski and the admissions of pedophilia by writer Gabriel Matzneff. Both men considered that their talent put them above the law and the common norms of decency in our societies. Victims are now speaking out. While their predators saw them as muses, they...

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Varda by Agnès: The Last Documentary

In this autobiographical documentary filmed in 2018, the iconic New Wave director who passed away on March 29 at the age of 90 takes one last look at her life and work. The movie will be released in a selection of American theaters starting on November 22. “I'm disappearing into a blur, I’m leaving you.” These prophetic words accompanied by...

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By the Grace of God in U.S. Theaters

François Ozon's latest film, an investigation of the pedophilia scandal in the French Catholic Church, will be released in U.S. theaters on Friday. When Alexandre (Melvil Poupaud), a family man and practicing Catholic, learns that the priest who abused him as a boy is still working with children, he decides to report him to the religious authorities of the diocese...

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The Wolf’s Call, a Deep Sea Thriller on Netflix

Former diplomat turned filmmaker Antonin Baudry has directed his first feature-length movie, taking audiences aboard a nuclear submarine. Following its success in France, the film has been released on Netflix in the United States this summer. “There are three types of people: Those who are alive, those who are dead, and those who are at sea.” This quote from Aristotle...

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At War in U.S. Theaters

In this film coming out in the U.S. on July 19, French director Stéphane Brizé is back with his go-to actor, Vincent Lindon, portraying a social struggle that gets out of hand. Stéphane Brizé made a name for himself outside of France with The Measure of a Man, which earned its lead Vincent Lindon the Best Actor Award at Cannes...

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Kursk in U.S. Theaters

Producer Luc Besson’s disaster movie starring Léa Seydoux, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Colin Firth, out on Friday, depicts the tragic accident that cost the lives of 118 Russian sailors in 2000. Based on a true story, the movie is an adaptation of the book A Time to Die: The Kursk Disaster by British investigative journalist and Soviet Union expert Robert Moore....

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My Son in U.S. Theaters

After Merry Christmas and Farewell, director Christian Carion has once again teamed up with Guillaume Canet, who plays a father in search of his missing son. This unapologetic thriller filmed in a single week with a half-improvised screenplay will be released in the United States on Friday. Julien (Guillaume Canet) has been absent as both a husband and a father,...

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L’Invité, Interviews at the Cannes Film Festival

An eight-minute interview with a headline-making personality is the successful concept of L’Invité, show broadcast every day from Monday through Friday at 1:45 pm EST on TV5MONDE. As part of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival from May 14 through 25, special editions of L'Invité will be broadcast from the iconic town. The line-up will include interviews with leading directors, actors, and other...

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Non-Fiction in U.S. Theaters

The latest film by Olivier Assayas, in U.S. theaters on May 3, offers a peek into the lives of the Parisian bourgeoisie. A satirical comedy carried brilliantly by Juliette Binoche, Guillaume Canet, and Vincent Macaigne. Presented in competition at the last Mostra de Venise, Non-Fiction tells the story of Alain (Guillaume Canet), a renowned, fortysomething publisher in Paris married to...

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Nathan Ambrosioni, the Young Prodigy of French Cinema

At 19 years old, French director Nathan Ambrosioni already has heads turning. His feature-length film, Paper Flags (Les drapeaux de papier), paints an emotional picture of a man released from prison who reconnects with his sister after a 12-year absence. The movie has been praised by critics and audiences alike. The young director has already been compared to Ken Loach...

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Abd Al Malik: “In France, We Are Living in a Two-Tier Society”

May Allah Bless France! is an autobiographical film by Abd Al Malik, a French rapper of Congolese origin, and will be screened on April 12 at NYU as part of the Black Experience in French Cinema festival. In 2015, we met with the artist and spokesperson for underprivileged populations. France-Amérique: May Allah Bless France! is the adaptation of your autobiographical...

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Sauvage in U.S. Theaters

The latest movie by Camille Vidal-Naquet, in U.S. theaters on April 10,  follows a young man who sells his body on the streets of Paris for a bit of cash. Léo (Félix Maritaud), 22, works as a prostitute to earn a little money in the Bois de Boulogne park in Paris or outside an airport. The romantic but "wild" young man...

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High Life: A Space Odyssey with Juliette Binoche and Robert Pattinson

For her first English-language movie, in U.S. theaters on Friday, French director Claire Denis has made a successful foray into the science-fiction genre. The result is a space odyssey carried by Juliette Binoche and Robert Pattinson. We last heard from Claire Denis with Let the Sunshine In, a romantic comedy that arrived in U.S. cinemas last spring. This year, we...

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Agnès Varda, a French Filmmaker in California

Agnès Varda, the leading light of the French New Wave who passed away on March 29 at the age of 90, was as much at home in Paris as in California, where she directed six films between 1967 and 1981 and where she received an Honorary Oscar in November 2017. We met up with the French artist in 2013 when she was...