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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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Netflix Movies Turned Down at Cannes

The Cannes Film Festival has changed its rules. This year, movies exclusively released on streaming platforms such as Netflix, HBO Go, Hulu, or Amazon will be barred from the competition. Two Netflix movies entered the competition last year: The Meyerowitz Stories by Noah Baumbach and Okja by Bong Joon-ho. “When we selected these two films, I thought I could convince Netflix to release them in cinemas," explained Thierry Frémaux,...

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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...

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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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French Animation Gets a Festival in New York

Animated movies are not just for kids! In an effort to disprove the widely-held belief that they are, the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) will be organizing the first U.S. festival for French animated cinema in New York on February 2 through 4, 2018. As part of the upcoming event, the FIAF’s film curator, Delphine Selles-Alvarez, and the director of...

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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]