8 posts categorized "French Cinema"

September 19, 2017

D'après une histoire vraie - de Roman Polanski - Bande-Annonce

September 08, 2017

Cinematographer Caroline Champetier: Shaping the Light

French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) presents


Cinematographer Caroline Champetier:

Shaping the Light

Tuesday, September 19–Tuesday, October 31

 FIAF  Florence Gould Hall; 55 East 59th Street, NYC


New York, NYSeptember 8, 2017 — This fall, the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), New York’s premiere French cultural center, presents the new CinéSalon series Caroline Champetier: Shaping the Light. On Tuesday, October 24, Champetier comes to FIAF in person for a special Q&A after the 4pm screening of The Innocents and 7:30pm screening of Holy Motors.

Award-winning director of photography Caroline Champetier is a master of her craft. The orchestrator of lighting and camerawork on more than 100 films, her art is often felt as much as it is seen. Champetier has a rare ability to shape light to create palpable energy, evoke powerful emotions, and transform movie sets into fully-realized worlds. 

Champetier is the cinematographer behind some of France’s greatest filmmakers, past and present. A student of William Lubtchantsky, she has worked with generations of pioneering filmmakers, from Jean-Luc Godard and Jacques Rivette to Chantal Akerman, Arnaud Desplechin, and Léos Carax. 

This fall’s CinéSalon series features some of Champetier’s most striking films, including Holy MotorsOf Gods and Men, and films recently restored under her supervision.

Caroline Champetier: Shaping the Light coincides with the New York premiere, on electronic billboards surrounding Times Square, of Voir la mer, from France’s foremost conceptual artist, Sophie Calle. Featuring cinematography by Caroline Champetier, the series of intimate, evocative video portraits reveals the emotional response of Istanbul residents seeing the sea for the first time. Voir la mer is presented as part of FIAF’s celebrated Crossing the Line Festival.

Series curated by Caroline Champetier and Delphine Selles-Alvarez.

About CinéSalon

In the spirit of the French ciné-clubs and literary salons, CinéSalon pairs an engaging French film with a social post-screening wine & beer reception. Every 7:30pm screening will be introduced by a high-profile personality in the arts.

Films in French with English subtitles unless otherwise noted.

CinéSalon is free for all FIAF Members.

CinéSalon Caroline Champetier: Shaping the Light

Of Gods and Men (Des hommes et des dieux)

Tuesday, September 19 at 4 & 7:30pm

5:30–8pm: Wine & Cheese Tasting

Xavier Beauvois, 2009. 122 min. Color.

With Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale, and Olivier Rabourdin

In French and Arabic with English subtitles.

The true story of seven French Trappist monks who were kidnapped from their monastery in Tibhirine and killed during the Algerian Civil War, Of Gods and Men surpasses the tragically topical by focusing on the monks’ faith and their spiritual commonality with their Muslim neighbors. A surprise box office smash upon its release, this powerful film is an enduring paean to faith in the face of fundamentalism.

Caroline Champetier won the 2011 César for Best Cinematography for her superb work here, notably in a bravura scene inspired by the “Last Supper” and set to Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.

"Beautiful, somber and rigorously intelligent."—The New York Times 

7:30pm screening will be introduced by Kirsten Johnson, award-winning director and cinematographer.

Part of FIAF’s Fall Open House. Complimentary Wine & Cheese Tasting from 5:30–8pm.

About Kirsten Johnson

Kirsten Johnson’s film Cameraperson was named one of the Top Ten Films of 2016 by The Washington Post and The New York Times. It premiered at Sundance, was short-listed for an Academy Award, won the National Board of Review Freedom of Expression prize, and won the Cinema Eye Outstanding Nonfiction Feature Award. Her short,The Above which premiered at the 2015 New York Film Festival, was nominated for the IDA Best Short of 2016. Kirsten’s camerawork appears in the Cannes premiere, Risk, Academy Award-winning Citizenfour, Academy Award-nominated The Invisible War, Tribeca Documentary winner, Pray The Devil Back To Hell, and Cannes winnerFahrenheit 9/11. She shared the Sundance 2010 Cinematography Award with Laura Poitras for their work on The Oath. She is currently a Sundance Art of Non-Fiction Fellow and was just awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. She studied at the French National Film School, La Fémis, where she was the first American to graduate from the Cinematography Department.

Gang of Four (La Bande des Quatre)

Tuesday, September 26 at 4 & 7:30pm

Jacques Rivette, 1989. 160 min. Color.
With Bulle Ogier, Benoît Régent, Laurence Côte, Fejria Deliba 

In French with English subtitles.

Four students at a prestigious all-female acting school happily live together in the suburbs of Paris until a mysterious stranger warns them that their classmate Cécile is in danger. The young women soon discover that their world of theater is closely connected to the shadowy recesses of contemporary reality. While the entrancing Gang of Four is full of trademarks of the most playful of New Wave directors—the back and forth between theater and reality, the plot as an enigmatic game of snakes and ladders, the focus on female protagonists—it stands out as one of Rivette’s most enjoyable films. 

"Gang of Four offers an accessible and entertaining vision of how the New Wave has survived and evolved long after it was declared dead."—The New York Times

Special guest speaker to be announced.

Enjoy complimentary wine & beer after both screenings.

Related Event:

Sophie Calle: Voir la mer (New York Premiere)

Presented as part of FIAF’s Crossing the Line Festival in partnership with Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) and Times Square Arts

Sunday, October 1 through Tuesday, October 31, nightly from 11:57pm–midnight

On Times Square electronic billboards from 42nd–49th Streets between 7th Avenue and Broadway

Free and open to the public

Since the late 1970’s, Sophie Calle—“France’s foremost conceptual artist” (The New York Times)—has been making provocative and often controversial work that confronts issues in her personal life. She is well-known for her sleuth-like explorations of human relationships, which have led her to follow strangers, and find work as a hotel chambermaid.

Calle’s work has been shown at international venues including the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, MoMA (New York), the Guggenheim Museum (New York), The Tate Gallery (London), Crossing the Line Festival 2011, and recently a site-specific installation in Greenwood Cemetery (Brooklyn) for Creative Time.

In Istanbul, a city surrounded by the sea, Sophie Calle met people who had never seen it. For Voir la mer, as Calle describes it, “I took them to the shore of the Black Sea. They came to the water’s edge, separately, eyes lowered, closed, or masked. I was behind them. I asked them to look out to the sea and then to turn back towards me to show me these eyes that had just seen it for the first time.” Magnified on Times Square’s electronic billboards, five of these intimate video portraits silently reveal their emotional response to this evocative experience.
Image: Caroline Champetier

For details visit www.crossingthelinefestival.org

La Sentinelle

Tuesday, October 3 at 4 & 7:30pm

Arnaud Desplechin, 1992. 139 min. Color.
With Emmanuel Salinger, Thibault de Montalembert, Jean-Louis Richard

In French with English Subtitles

La Sentinelle is the haunting tale of a medical student who arrives in Paris to discover a human head in his luggage. Determined to identify his “charge,” the young man wades deep into the murky waters of Cold War diplomacy. A profound meditation on recent European history and a wry depiction of Paris’s elite circles, this brilliant debut feature introduced audiences to Arnaud Desplechin, one of France’s most significant contemporary writer-directors. In choosing to work with the fledgling director, Caroline Champetier launched her important collaboration with a younger generation of filmmakers that would shape the French cinema of our era. 

"An absorbing, psychologically resonant portrait of French student life."—The New York Times

Special guest speaker to be announced.

Enjoy complimentary wine & beer after both screenings. 

Presented as part of FIAF’s First Tuesdays. See fiaf.org for info.

Toute une nuit

Tuesday, October 17 at 4 & 7:30pm

Chantal Akerman, 1981. 90 min. Color. 
With Aurore Clément, Natalia Akerman, Paul Allio

In French with English subtitles.

From sunset to dawn over the course of a single summer night in Brussels, a variety of couples come together—or apart. Set to Italian pop hits of the eighties, this nearly wordless gem plays both like a perfectly choreographed extended dance piece and a deliriously woozy wander into the nocturnal heat, with entire relationships playing out in brief street-corner scenes. In her first feature as solo director of photography and her only collaboration with the late, great Chantal Akerman, Champetier beautifully captures the sights and textures of a sultry summer night in the city. 

“One of the most ravishing films I have ever seen"—Huffington Post

Special guest speaker to be announced.

Enjoy complimentary wine & beer after both screenings.

The Innocents (Les innocentes)

Tuesday, October 24 at 4pm

Anne Fontaine, 2016. 115 min. Color. 
With Lou de Laâge, Agata Buzek, Agata Kulesza, Vincent Macaigne

In French, Polish, and Russian with English subtitles

Mathilde, a Red Cross doctor stationed in Poland shortly after World War II, is urgently called to a Benedictine convent, where she learns that several nuns are on the verge of giving birth after having been raped by Soviet soldiers. Deciding to go against Red Cross protocol and the wishes of a fanatical Mother Superior, she fights to save the young women and their babies. Based on true events, this gripping period piece convincingly recreates a particularly dark pass in modern history, while evoking the plight of every innocent caught in the crossfire between rampaging armies and dogmatic beliefs. 

“Uniquely powerful and beautiful."—Le Monde
Screening followed by a Q&A with Caroline Champetier

Enjoy complimentary wine & beer after the Q&A.

Holy Motors

Tuesday, October 24 at 7:30pm


Leos Carax, 2012. 115 min. Color. 
With Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Eva Mendes, Kylie Minogue

In French, English, and Chinese with English subtitles

Climb into a white stretch limo with mysterious master of disguise Monsieur Oscar (played by the virtuoso Denis Lavant) and embark on an astounding trip through contemporary Paris. As Oscar changes identities, the film shifts gears from fantasy to musical comedy, from Henry James to CGI, and from family drama to hardboiled action. The sum total is a caustic, visionary representation of a world transformed by technology, haunted by materialism, but still lifted by director Leos Carax’s trademark dark romanticism. A disorienting, exhilarating masterpiece by one of the major artists of our era, Holy Motors is a must-see. 

“Carax’s ultimate definition of the cinema, and it’s one of the best and grandest that a movie has ever offered."
—The New Yorker

“Best French film of the 21st century!”—Indiewire

Screening followed by a Q&A with Caroline Champetier

Enjoy complimentary wine & beer after the Q&A.

Hannah Arendt

Tuesday, October 31 at 4pm

Margarethe von Trotta, 2012. 113 min. Color. 
With Barbara Sukowa, Janet McTeer, Julia Jentsch.

In English & German with English subtitles

Starting with the kidnapping of Adolf Eichmann by the Mossad in Argentina, Hannah Arendt describes the writing of Arendt’s classic account of the Eichmann trial in Jerusalem and the controversy that followed its publication in The New Yorker, recreating a long-lost New York émigré intellectual milieu along the way. If film as intellectual history sounds arduous, a single scene of Hannah Arendt and Mary McCarthy arguing out ideas while playing pool will convince you otherwise: Margarethe von Trotta’s gripping dramatization succeeds not only in bringing complex ideas to life without dumbing them down, but in teasing out their emotional stakes.

“Stimulating and inspiring.”—The Huffington Post 

Enjoy complimentary wine & beer after the screening.

Grandeur et Décadence d’un petit commerce de cinéma

Tuesday, October 31 at 7:30pm

Jean-Luc Godard, 1986. 92 min. Color.
Jean-Pierre Léaud, Marie Valera, Jean-Pierre Mocky, Caroline Champetier.

In French with English subtitles.
Previously unreleased in theaters, this newly restored gem finds Godard straying from his commission to make a film noir for television in order to tell the story of a down-on-his-luck producer and a director preparing his new film. Godard is as irreverent and thought-provoking as ever in his assessment of cinema marginalized by the unprecedented expansion of television in the 1980s. Yet Grandeur et décadence is more than an SOS sent out from the shores of cinema: it is also a love letter to the dream factory and an essential chapter in Godard’s storied career. 

"Deeply moving and funny, indisputably accurate, today more than ever.”—Slate

Special guest speaker to be announced.

Enjoy complimentary wine & beer after the screening.

About FIAF

The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) is New York’s premiere French cultural and language center. FIAF's mission is to create and offer New Yorkers innovative and unique programs in education and the arts that explore the evolving diversity and richness of French cultures. FIAF seeks to generate new ideas and promote cross cultural dialogue through partnerships and new platforms of expression. www.fiaf.org


Special thanks to the Institut français and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

Special thanks to Julien Rejl (Capricci Films), Arianna Turci (Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique), John Kochman (Cohen Media Group), Courtney Vlaming (Music Box Films), Michael DiCerto (Sony Pictures Classics), Matt Pierson (Swank Motion Pictures), Nadège Le Breton (Why Not Productions), Nancy Gerstman (Zeitgeist Films).

CinéSalon is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. CinéSalon is sponsored by Air France and Delta Air Lines, BNP Paribas, and Renault Nissan. Wine courtesy of Vinadeis, the exclusive wine sponsor of CinéSalon. Beer courtesy of Kronenbourg 1664, the exclusive beer sponsor of CinéSalon.

Program Sponsors: Air France and Delta Air Lines, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, Engie, Enoch Foundation, French American Cultural Exchange (FACE), Florence Gould Foundation, Hermès Foundation within the framework of the New Settings Program, Howard Gilman Foundation, Institut français, JCDecaux, National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, Office de Tourisme de Boulogne-Billancourt, Performing Arts Fund NL, and Pommery.





Caroline Champetier: Shaping the Light


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May 27, 2016











St. Honoat



David McKenzie with Chris Pine and Ben Foster at HELL OR HIGH WATER screening.

Ben Foster

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Dinner w: pals

April 25, 2016


Mike Lacy and I drink "The Truth Double IPA" (from Flying Dog) and discuss "Day for Night" in our third episode.


The Jury of the 69th Festival de Cannes

The 69th Festival de Cannes will be presided by the Australian director, screenwriter and producer, George Miller.

Cannes has always sought to adopt a universal and international approach, and in tune with this tradition, George Miller will be surrounded by eight luminaries of world cinema, from Iran, Denmark, United States, Italia, France, Canada and Hungary. The Jury will therefore include four women and four men around George Miller. Their task will be to decide between the 21 films in Competition in order to select the winners – to be announced on stage at the Closing Ceremony on Sunday 22nd May. The film awarded by the Palme d’or will be screened this same evening, in the presence of the Jury and the entire team of the winning film.
George MILLER – President
(Director, Writer, Producer – Australia)
Arnaud DESPLECHIN (Director, Writer – France)
Kirsten DUNST (Actress– United States)
Valeria GOLINO (Actress, Director, Writer, Producer – Italia)
Mads MIKKELSEN (Actor – Denmark)
László NEMES (Director, Writer – Hungaria)
Vanessa PARADIS (Actress, Singer – France)
Katayoon SHAHABI (Producer – Iran)
Donald SUTHERLAND (Actor – Canada)
Arnaud Desplechin, Director, Writer (France)
Arnaud Desplechin became an official competitor at Cannes with The Sentinel, his first feature film. He then made My Sex Life... or How I Got into an Argument, which introduced a new generation of actors. The artists in his films have regularly been awarded the most prestigious prizes, notably the 61st Festival de Cannes Prize for Catherine Deneuve in A Christmas Tale. In 2016, he won the César for Best Director for his film My Golden Days. He recently directed his first theatre play, August Strindberg's The Father at the Comédie-Française, to great acclaim.
Kirsten Dunst, actress (United States)
Kirsten Dunst made her breakthrough performance at the age of 11 in Interview with the Vampire by Neil Jordan earning her a Golden Globe nomination. She played in Sofia Coppola’s independent film, Virgin Suicides, in theSpider-Man film series by Sam Raimi, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind by Michel Gondry, Marie Antoinetteby Sofia Coppola, On the Road by Walter Salles, Midnight Special by Jeff Nichols, and won the Best Actress Award at the 2011 Festival de Cannes for her performance in Lars von Trier's Melancholia. She received a Golden Globe nomination for her role on the FX miniseries Fargo. She can next be seen in Kate & Laura Mulleavy’s Woodshock.
Valeria Golino, actress, director, producer, writer (Italy)
Early on in her career, Valeria Golino was awarded the Prize of Best Actress for her role in Francesco Maselli’sA Tale of Love at the Venice Film Festival and her career became international. She notably appeared in Barry Levinson’s Rain Man (1988), Emanuele Crialese’s Respiro (2002), Valeria Bruni Tedeschi’s Actrices (2007) and Paolo Virzì’s Human Capital (2013). In 2013, she directed her first film, Miele, screened at the Festival de Cannes in the Un Certain Regard selection, and received the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury. She recently appeared in Giuseppe M. Gaudino’s Per Amor Vostro, which won her the Best Actress Award at the Venice Film Festival. She is currently working on directing her next feature-length film.
Mads Mikkelsen, actor (Denmark)
Mads Mikkelsen rose to fame as an actor in the Nicolas Winding Refn’s Pusher film trilogy. He became widely known internationally for his role as the main antagonist Le Chiffre in the James Bond film, Casino Royale(2006). Other credits include Susanne Bier’s After the Wedding (2006), Nikolaj Arcel’s Royal Affair and his Festival de Cannes Best Actor Award-winning role in Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt (2012), Arnaud Des Pallières’s Michael Kohlhaas premiered in Cannes in Competition (2013). He will appear in Marvel’s 2016 film,Doctor Strange, and Disney’s 2016 Star Wars film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
László Nemes, director, writer (Hungary)
László Nemes was born in Budapest, he became interested in filmmaking at an early age. After studying History, International Relations and Screenwriting, he worked as Béla Tarr's assistant during the filming of The Man from London. His 2015 debut feature film, Son of Saul, was screened in Competition at the 2015 Festival de Cannes, where it won the Grand Prix. He is the first Hungarian director whose film has won a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. His film, Son of Saul, is the second Hungarian film to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Vanessa Paradis, Actress, Singer (France)
An actress and singer of great renown, Vanessa Paradis has pursued both careers internationally, be it recording albums, performing concerts or shooting films. She played notably in Girl on the Bridge by Patrice Leconte (1999), Heartbreaker by Pascal Chaumeil (2010), Café de Flore by Jean-Marc Vallée, Fading Gigolo by John Turturro. In music, she has notably collaborated with Serge Gainsbourg and Matthieu Chedid. Her most recent album, “Love Songs”, won her a 2014 Victoire de la Musique award. 
Katayoon Shahabi, producer (Iran)
She worked as a film promoter in Farabi Cinema Foundation (FCF), before establishing in 1994 her own company, Sheherazad Media International (SMI), the most important private company active in the worldwide distribution of features, documentaries and co-production with foreign companies. SMI has introduced films from acclaimed directors to the world. In 2012, she launched her company, Noori Pictures too, with which Tales by Rakhshan Banietemad and Wednesday, May 9 were awarded in Venice in 2014 and Nahid by Ida Panahandeh in Un Certain Regard 2015.
Donald Sutherland, actor (Canada)
He is one of the most respected, prolific and versatile actors, with over one hundred and fifty film credits, including such classics as Robert Aldrich’s The Dirty Dozen, Robert Altman’s M*A*S*H, (Palme d’or 1970) Robert Redford’s Ordinary People, Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1900, Alan J. Pakula’s Klute, Federico Fellini’s Fellini’s Casanova, Oliver Stone’s JFK and Joe Wright’s Pride and Prejudice. Sutherland was ‘President Snow’ in the hugely popular The Hunger Games film series. Upcoming films include Milton’s Secret and Measure of a Man.

March 15, 2016

CANNES 2016 Naomi Kawase: President of The Cinéfondation & Short Films Jury


 In 2015, Un Certain Regard opened in poetic fashion with Sweet Bean (An) by Naomi Kawase. The Festival de Cannes is honoured to announce that the Japanese director will preside the Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury for its 69th edition. 

There are some directors whose careers are constantly intertwined with the Festival, much to its delight. The story with Naomi Kawase began back in 1997 when aged 27, she became the youngest winner of the Caméra d’or for her film Suzaku (Moe no Suzaku). The promise of this early discovery has since been reaffirmed time and again – as borne out by the selection in Competition of a whole series of her feature films: Shara (Sharasojyu) in 2003, The Mourning Forest (Mogari no Mori) in 2007, Hanezu (Hanezu no tsuki) in 2011 and Still the Water (Futatsume no mado) in 2014. In 2013, as a member of the Feature Film Jury, Naomi Kawase played a key role on the Croisette alongside Steven Spielberg.

In her films Naomi Kawase uses limited budgets and prefers non-professional actors – a sign of the director’s beginnings in the documentary genre, which first brought her to prominence after she graduated from the Photography School of Osaka. Her 1992 documentary Embracing (Ni tsutsumarete), in which she charts her search for the father who abandoned her, and Genpin in 2010, in which she explores the subject of women who have opted for natural childbirth, are two outstanding examples. 

With The Mourning Forest (Mogari no Mori) in 2007, which picked up the Grand Prix in Cannes, the director’s fame grew still further. Film buffs throughout the world began to discover a rich, sensitive, intimate œuvre, with a distinctive blend of hyperrealism and spirituality. In film after film, Kawase experimented with a variety of genres and formats to explore the autobiographical themes she holds dear: family bonds, our relationship to time and to loss, and a celebration of nature, particularly in her native region of Nara in the centre of Japan.

It was also in this region in 2010 that this internationally reputed director – who now stands out across the entire Asian continent – founded the International Nara Film Festival, dedicated to promoting the work of young directors – a commitment that Naomi Kawase will no doubt be keen to uphold during her presidency of the Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury.

When her appointment was announced, Naomi Kawase said: “Films enrich people’s lives, and their worlds inspire new possibilities. It is a little over 100 years since the advent of films, and their potential is ever expanding. They are exceptional media that can embody the diversity of world cultures, and their stories are like another life that enchants the audiences who see them.

Short films are exceptionally difficult, facing the question of how much of a story can be experienced in their short duration, while they also contain myriad possibilities yet unseen. And among films created by students there will be the discovery of hidden brilliance like a gemstone, which makes me very much look forward to participating in this jury, a journey of adventure."

Gilles Jacob added: “From her Japanese roots, Naomi Kawase (Caméra d'or 1997) takes her extreme delicateness, refined manners and moral elegance. Her pointillist talent has helped generate a cinematic intelligence and a subtle art full of poetic mystery and graceful simplicity, conveyed through the great emotions of life and the tiny gestures of everyday existence. This year she will join a long line of great presidents of the Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury, from Martin Scorsese and Abbas Kiarostami, to Jane Campion, Hou Hsiao Hsien, John Boorman and the Dardennes brothers."

February 02, 2016


NEW YORK, NY (FEBRUARY 2, 2016) – The Film Society of Lincoln Center and UniFrance announce the 21st edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the celebrated annual showcase of the best in contemporary French film, March 3-13 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Special thanks to our Premiere sponsors Lacoste & Renault.

Please join us for advance press screenings at the Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.


Opening Night
Valley of Love
Guillaume Nicloux, France/Belgium, 2015, DCP, 92m
English and French with English subtitles
Guillaume Nicloux’s sui generis, elegiac road movie puts a meta twist on a familiar setup: titans Gérard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert star as famous French actors Gérard and Isabelle, a long-divorced couple whose son Michael has committed suicide six months prior to their Californian rendezvous in Death Valley, occasioned by an enigmatic letter from Michael that seems to have been written some time after his death. The letter asks them to visit a series of sites in the area; at the end of this tour, Michael claims he will appear before them. What follows is an utterly singular trip of a film, by turns melancholic and funny, self-reflexive and surreal. In their first film together since Maurice Pialat’s Loulou in 1980, Depardieu and Huppert astound with their enthralling portrayal of grieving parents who, to an ambiguous degree, appear to be versions of themselves, making for a tour de force as moving as it is complex. A Strand Releasing release.
Thursday, March 3, 6:00pm (Intro only by Isabelle Huppert and Guillaume Nicloux)

Closing Night
Jacques Audiard, France, 2015, DCP, 109m
French with English subtitles
Jacques Audiard (A Prophet, Rust and Bone) won the Palme d’Or at Cannes for this daring, genre-bending portrait of three Sri Lankan refugees—Dheepan (Antonythasan Jesuthasan), Yalini (Kalieaswari Srinivasan), and Illayaal (Claudine Vinasithamby)—who form a fake family unit to emigrate. When they find themselves living together in a violent, gang-dominated housing project outside Paris, they start to reevaluate the terms of their intimacy. Like his character, the actor and novelist Jesuthasan was a member of the militant nationalist army LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) before fleeing the country and settling into a series of odd jobs in Paris, while eventually renouncing all ties to the Tigers. When, in its bloody last act, his character has to fall back on his military training, Dheepan becomes something darker: a harrowing reckoning with the past. A Sundance Selects release.
Sunday, March 13, 6:00pm and 8:30pm

21 Nights with Pattie / 21 nuits avec Pattie
Jean-Marie & Arnaud Larrieu, France, 2015, DCP, 115m
French with English subtitles
The Larrieu brothers make oddball, tonally mixed comedies unlike anything else in French cinema today. In their latest, a slightly prim woman Caroline (Isabelle Carré) arrives in a small village in the Pyrénées to bury her estranged mother. There, she befriends Pattie (Karin Viard), who offers tales of her sexual adventures with the local men, including a priapic half-man, half-beast creature (Denis Lavant). Caroline’s ongoing debate between pride and pleasure is just one link in a chain of increasingly wild events: the mysterious disappearance of her mother’s body, the ensuing surreal police investigation, and some shocking revelations about her mother’s former lover, who may or not be the writer J.M.G. Le Clézio—played to perfection by André Dussollier. U.S. Premiere
Friday, March 11, 1:30pm
Saturday, March 12, 6:45pm

The Apaches / Des Apaches
Nassim Amaouche, France, 2015, DCP, 97m
French with English subtitles
Les Inrocks accounted for the six years it took Nassim Amaouche to release his second feature by calling him “a director with a temperament as patient, roving and reflective as his films.” He stars as Samir, a young French-Algerian man lured by a dubious “family” lawyer (André Dussollier) into making an occult business deal within a similarly marginalized setting: one of Paris’s largest and most diverse Kabyle communities. Having been drawn into the family bar business by his estranged father, Samir still agonizes over the memory of his late mother, while falling in love with a beautiful and mysterious single mom (Laetitia Casta). The Apaches is a delicate movie that doubles as a tense negotiation drama and a quiet, reflective memory play. U.S. Premiere
Friday, March 4, 4:00pm
Sunday, March 13, 1:30pm

Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story)
Eva Husson, France, 2016, DCP, 98m
French with English subtitles
Eva Husson’s debut feature, shot and set in the wealthy coastal suburbs of Biarritz, is an unapologetically blissed-out, frankly explicit anthology of the sexual experiments a cluster of teenagers undertake over the course of one summer. Determined to keep the attentions of her favorite boy Alex (Finnegan Oldfield), George (Marilyn Lima) encourages her group of horny friends and acquaintances to start hosting elaborate, sunlight-drenched, EDM-filled swingers parties. Husson doesn’t ignore the students who abstain, but she’s utterly entranced by the excesses, risks, and temptations of George’s universe—a pulsating, slow-motion bacchanal pitched somewhere between the world of Spring Breakers and that of Larry Clark. A Samuel Goldwyn Films release. U.S. Premiere
Friday, March 4, 9:15pm (Q&A with Eva Husson)
Sunday, March 6, 1:00pm (Q&A with Eva Husson)

Dark Inclusion / Diamant noir 
Arthur Harari, France/Belgium, 2016, DCP, 115m
French with English subtitles

"You want them to pay? You have to be lucid, cool, precise. You go there, you see, and you take—that’s payback." Arthur Harari’s first feature is a poised, stylish, and utterly assured revenge thriller in which violence erupts suddenly amid tense, hushed stretches of talk. Pier Ulmann (Niels Schneider) comes from a family of powerful diamond dealers based in Anvers. After his estranged father’s death, he vows vengeance against his relatives who had abandoned him and returns to the business with an elaborate robbery in mind. Featuring menacing tracking shots; a cool, metallic color palette; surprising third-act reversals; and a terrific ensemble cast, Dark Inclusion is a movie precisely attuned to the logistical and moral complexities that accompany lives of luxurious crime. U.S. Premiere
Thursday, March 10, 1:30pm
Saturday, March 12, 9:15pm 

A Decent Man / Je ne suis pas un salaud
Emmanuel Finkiel, France, 2015, DCP, 111m
French with English subtitles
“I am not a bastard!” The literal French translation of the title of Emmanuel Finkiel’s taut, intelligent morality play captures its tone perhaps better than its American name. In the film’s first act, Eddy (Nicolas Duvauchelle) is in a position of strength. Having just been injured in a mugging, he’s earned the sympathy and attention of his estranged family and gotten back on his feet. The same cannot be said for Ahmed (Driss Ramdi), whose life starts falling apart after he’s wrongly accused of the crime. When the case against Ahmed starts to unravel, Eddy has to go back on the defensive…U.S. Premiere
Saturday, March 5, 1:00pm
Monday, March 7, 1:45pm

Alice Winocour, France/Belgium, 2015, DCP, 101m
French with English subtitles
Alice Winocour’s follow-up to Augustine (Rendez-Vous 2013)—her study of the 19th-century neurologist Jean-Marie Charcot’s fraught relationship with one of his hysteria patients—is another finely tuned drama of unstable intimacy and mental imbalance. Having just returned from Afghanistan, Vincent (Matthias Schoenaerts) suffers from night terrors, pummeling headaches, and bouts of paranoia. To distract himself, he gets a job working security at the extravagant chateau of a Lebanese financier, whose beautiful wife (Diane Kruger) he’s soon hired to protect after the husband goes away on business. Disorder evolves from an exercise in nervous, slow-burn suspense into a tense domestic thriller. A Sundance Selects release.
Saturday, March 5, 6:30pm (Q&A with Alice Winocour)
Monday, March 7, 4:00pm

Philippe Faucon, France, 2015, DCP, 79m
French and Arabic with English subtitles
Middle-aged single mother Fatima (Soria Zeroual) lives with her two teenage daughters and works cleaning jobs to pay their way through school. Inspired by a true story and the poetry of the North African writer Fatima Elayoubi, who immigrated knowing very little French and slowly taught herself the language, Faucon’s eighth feature—winner of the prestigious Louis Delluc Prize for Best French Film—is a patient, reflective study of a woman pressured by her children and her neighbors alike to assimilate into a culture of which she’s wary. Despite the display of everyday racism, both veiled and overt; internal domestic disputes; and external gestures of inhospitality, Fatima offers an uplifting experience and one of recent French cinema’s most trenchant and moving portraits of immigrant experience.
Friday, March 4, 2:00pm
Sunday, March 13, 4:00pm

The Great Game / Le Grand jeu
Nicolas Pariser, France, 2015, DCP, 100m
French with English subtitles
Pierre (Melvil Poupaud), a onetime darling novelist disgusted with the publishing world, lets a duplicitous government insider (André Dussollier) tempt him into ghostwriting a manifesto designed to transform the landscape of French public opinion—a shift with risky consequences for the activist (Clémence Poésy) with whom he soon becomes involved. Nicolas Pariser’s debut feature is an elegant political thriller that makes much use of its stellar cast, particularly with the brittle, uneasy rapport between Poupaud—the soulful young man at the center of Eric Rohmer’s A Summer’s Tale and Xavier Dolan’s Laurence Anyways—and Dussollier, a resourceful and protean actor who commits to his character’s malevolence with relish. U.S. Premiere
Friday, March 4, 6:30pm (Q&A with Nicolas Pariser, Clémence Poésy and Melvil Poupaud)
Saturday, March 5, 9:15pm (Q&A with Nicolas Pariser, Clémence Poésy and Melvil Poupaud)

Julie Delpy, France, 2015, DCP, 99m
French with English subtitles
Writer, director, actor, composer: Julie Delpy is one of current French cinema’s great renaissance talents. In her new movie, a four-string black comedy that develops on the thinking at work in her recent 2 Days in New York, a world-weary fashionista (Delpy) finds her happy new relationship with a divorced, slightly unpolished computer programmer (Dany Boon) threatened by the machinations of her wheeling, malevolent son (Vincent Lacoste). Delpy is a filmmaker with a wise, prickly comic sensibility, and her movies often slide—like screwball comedies—from cerebral verbal banter to outright farce. Lolo is no exception, although it’s also her darkest, riskiest, and most startling movie to date. A FilmRise release. U.S. Premiere
Tuesday, March 8, 6:30pm (Q&A with Julie Delpy and composer Mathieu Lamboley)
Wednesday, March 9, 9:30pm (Introduction by Julie Delpy)

Much Loved
Nabil Ayouch, France/Morocco, 2015, DCP, 104m
Arabic and French with English subtitles
“What do you know about men?” a voice asks over the opening credits of Nabil Ayouch’s provocative portrait of several female sex workers in Marrakech. “Men are like makes [of cars]: high-end, medium, and sons of bitches. All that matters is the cash.” Noha (Loubna Abidar), Randa (Asmaa Lazrak), and Soukaina (Halima Karaouane) are professional, thick-skinned, and practical about their line of work, which ferries them up and down the city’s class ladder and renders them vulnerable to a catalog of possible abuses. Controversially banned in Morocco for its “contempt for moral values,” Much Loved offers such a candid and unblinking picture of a subculture that it’s a perilous job to represent on screen.
Thursday, March 10, 7:00pm
Friday, March 11, 4:00pm

My King / Mon roi
Maïwenn, France, 2015, DCP, 128m
French with English subtitles
Tony (Emmanuelle Bercot, in a performance that won her the Best Actress Award at Cannes) and Georgio (Vincent Cassel) are an odd match—or so Tony’s brother Solal (Louis Garrel) thinks when she tells him that they’re falling quickly, recklessly in love. Actor-director Maïwenn’s fourth feature captures the couple’s tempestuous 10-year relationship in retrospect as a string of flash points, eruptions, betrayals, tender reconciliations, and life-altering decisions. At the center of My King’s wide, expansive frames are Bercot and Cassel for nearly every second of its runtime, and the movie stakes itself on their harrowingly committed, nerve-fraying performances. Maïwenn’s formidable new film is one of French cinema’s most memorable recent amour fous. U.S. Premiere
Wednesday, March 9, 6:30pm (Q&A with Maïwenn and Louis Garrel)
Thursday, March 10, 9:45pm (Introduction by Maïwenn)

The New Kid / Le Nouveau
Rudi Rosenberg, France, 2015, DCP, 81m
French with English subtitles
In this delectable and vivacious debut feature, shy 14-year-old Benoît (Réphaël Ghrenassia) moves to Paris and a new high school, where he’s rejected by his cooler classmates and reluctantly sidelined into a precarious friendship with the “freaks and geeks.” The New Kid is a rare case among coming-of-age movies: a portrait of allegiances made and broken among middle-schoolers that calls special attention to the uglier, less picturesque aspects of passing through puberty. The movie’s rhythm never stalls and its tone stays charmingly light partly thanks to its wonderful cast—a skilled and magnetic group of first-time young actors. U.S. Premiere
Monday, March 7, 6:30pm (Q&A with Rudi Rosenberg)
Wednesday, March 9, 1:30pm

Parisienne / Peur de rien
Danielle Arbid, France, 2015, DCP, 120m
French with English subtitles
The French title of Danielle Arbid’s fourth feature, a luminous study of a young Lebanese woman restlessly accommodating herself to her new home in Paris during the mid-’90s, translates to “fear of nothing.” Lina might sometimes be afraid, but—as played by the great young actress Manal Issa—she’s also intrepid, adventurous, confident, independent, and breathtakingly self-possessed. Parisienne follows her as she flees the abusive uncle in whose care she’s been placed, flits from bed to bed, passes in and out of university classes, makes friends on both extreme sides of the political spectrum, takes a handful of lovers, and, in the movie’s climax, fights a legal battle to stay in the city that’s become hers.
Thursday, March 10, 4:00pm (Q&A with Danielle Arbid)
Saturday, March 12, 1:30pm (Q&A with Danielle Arbid)

Standing Tall / La Tête haute
Emmanuelle Bercot, France, 2015, DCP, 119m
French with English subtitles
Emmanuelle Bercot’s fourth feature, which opened last year’s Cannes, is a candid, sympathetic, impassioned study of a teenage delinquent surrounded by adults both callous and supportive. On the latter side is a warm-hearted juvenile court judge (Catherine Deneuve) and a devoted social worker (Benoît Magimel); on the other side stand, it can seem, most other authority figures. Sixteen-year-old Malony (Rod Paradot) is clearly a victim of his circumstances and poor parenting from his basket case of a mother (Sara Forestier), but he’s also a bully, a brute, and a sexually violent offender. Part of the strength of Standing Tall is that it refuses to entirely absolve its central character; instead, it counts on Paradot, a powerful new actor, to render him as a convincingly troubled, tempestuous soul. A Cohen Media release.
Sunday, March 6, 3:30pm (Q&A with Emmanuelle Bercot)
Sunday, March 6, 9:00pm (Introduction by Emmanuelle Bercot)

Story of Judas / Histoire de Judas
Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche, France, 2015, DCP, 99m
French with English subtitles
French-Algerian director-actor Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche boldly renders the final days of Jesus of Nazareth from the perspective of Judas Iscariot in this utterly novel reenvisioning of the key biblical tale. Ameur-Zaïmeche himself stars as Judas, Jesus’s closest disciple, as the two men find themselves swept up in political tumult amid tensions between the Jews and the Romans over the escalating popularity of the man who claims to be the Son of God. Story of Judas is both strikingly stylized (with shimmering, physical cinematography by Irina Lubtchansky, daughter of the late, legendary DP William) and compelling in its engagement with the myth of Judas, interweaving recent revelations about the role he may or may not have played in the real-life Passion story. The result is a ravishing and genuinely new addition to the Jesus film canon. Winner of a Jury Prize in the Forum section at last year’s Berlinale. U.S. Premiere
Saturday, March 5, 3:45pm
Tuesday, March 8, 1:45pm

Summertime / La Belle saison
Catherine Corsini, France/Belgium, 2015, DCP, 105m
French with English subtitles
Acclaimed director Catherine Corsini has made melodramas that range in tone from the bleak and violent to the tender and emotionally warm. At first glance, her Locarno prize-winning new film is one of her brightest and most bucolic. Soon after Delphine (Izïa Higelin) moves from her conservative parents’ farm near Limoges to Paris in 1971, she meets the older Carole (Cécile de France), a feminist organizer with whom she embarks on a passionate, mutually invigorating love affair. When a family sickness pulls Delphine back to the farm, Carole has to decide whether to follow her into hostile territory—and Summertime becomes something more complicated and fraught than its seductive, luminous visual palette initially suggests. A Strand Releasing release. U.S. Premiere
Tuesday, March 8, 9:15pm (Introduction by composer Gregoire Hetzel)
Saturday, March 12, 4:30pm

Three Sisters / Les Trois soeurs
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, France, 2015, DCP, 110m
French with English subtitles
“Life is hard. It seems to many of us dull and hopeless; but yet we must admit that it goes on getting clearer and easier, and it looks as though the time were not far off when it'll be full of happiness.” For her latest project, commissioned by Arte and starring members of the Comédie-Française, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi shot an idiosyncratic, half-modernized adaptation of one of Chekhov’s greatest, most expansively melancholy plays. The three sisters of the title—two unmarried, one unhappily married—congregate in their family’s ancestral house and, along with the additional soldiers, debtors, pensioners, and spouses who populate the play, struggle to give their futures a shape. From a translation by André Markowicz and Françoise Morvan. U.S. Premiere
Wednesday, March 9, 3:30pm (Q&A with Valeria Bruni Tedeschi)
Friday, March 11, 6:30pm (Q&A with Valeria Bruni Tedeschi)

Two Friends / Deux amis
Louis Garrel, France, 2015, DCP, 102m
French with English subtitles
One of France’s most distinguished and recognizable actors for over a decade now, Louis Garrel makes his much-anticipated feature-length directorial debut with this clever and moving twist on the ménage à trois. Garrel stars as Abel, a gas-station attendant with literary ambitions, an underage girlfriend, and an always-active libido. Abel is all too accustomed to seducing away the crushes of his best friend, movie-extra Vincent (Vincent Macaigne)—but when an incognito convict working at a pastry counter in the Gare du Nord (Golshifteh Farahani) enters Vincent’s orbit (and, by extension, Abel’s), a comic, manic, and eminently romantic love triangle soon unfolds. Co-written by his frequent collaborator Christophe Honoré, Two Friends marks an auspicious and heartfelt first feature for Garrel, striking a pitch-perfect balance between tragedy and charm. U.S. Premiere
Sunday, March 6, 6:30pm (Q&A with Louis Garrel)
Monday, March 7, 9:00pm (Introduction by Louis Garrel)

Winter Song / Chant d’hiver
Otar Iosseliani, France, 2015, DCP, 117m
French with English subtitles
There’s no mistaking the tone and structure of a film by the 81-year-old Georgian director Otar Iosseliani: caustic, mordant, detached, extremely funny, and dizzyingly panoramic. Like several of his earlier films, Winter Song doesn’t center on a single figure so much as a dense cluster of interrelated characters, all united by objects (an executed aristocrat’s skull), places (the apartment building where most of them live), historical events (from the French Revolution to the Russo-Georgian War), and pure coincidence. An aging upper-crust patriarch burning his letters; a tramp hoping to avoid the advances of a steamroller; an 18th-century nobleman who insists on taking his pipe to the guillotine: Winter Song is a well-stocked encyclopedia of human variety, eccentricity, and folly, elevated by an exquisite cast that include Rufus, Pierre Étaix, and Mathieu Amalric. U.S. Premiere
Tuesday, March 8, 4:00pm
Friday, March 11, 9:15pm

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January 05, 2016

French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) presents CinéSalon 2016

This winter, the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), New York’s premiere French cultural center, presents Lhomme Behind the Camera, a new CinéSalon series honoring Pierre Lhomme, the pioneering cinematographer whose beautiful camerawork helped shape the careers of iconic directors including Chris Marker, Jean-Pierre Melville, and James Ivory.

FIAF CinéSalon

With an oeuvre spanning the incredible technological innovations and evolving filmmaking practices of the past half century, Pierre Lhomme’s films are marked by a mastery of low light, and a gift for psychological realism in any genre. A selection of Lhomme’s greatest works—many newly restored— will be presented from January 12 – February 23 at CinéSalon.

Films include:

  • Le Sauvage, dir. Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Tuesday, January 12 at 4 & 7:30pm.
  • The Army of Shadows, dir. Jean-Pierre Melville, Tuesday, January 19 at 4pm.
  • The Mother and the Whore, dir. Jean Eustache, Tuesday, January 19 at 7:30pm.
  • The Flesh of the Orchid, dir. Patrice Chéreau, Tuesday, January 26 at 4 & 7:30pm.
  • Maurice, dir. James Ivory, Tuesday, February 2 at 4 & 7:30pm. Director James Ivory will participate in a Q&A following the 7:30pm screening.
  • Le Combat dans l’île, dir. Alain Cavalier, Tuesday, February 9 at 4 & 7:30pm.
  • Le Joli Mai, dir. Chris Marker & Pierre Lhomme, Tuesday, February 16 at 4 & 8pm.
  • Cyrano de Bergerac, dir. Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Tuesday, February 23 at 4 & 7:30pm.

French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) presents CinéSalon

Lhomme Behind the Camera

Tuesday, January 12 –Tuesday, February 23, 2016

FIAF · Florence Gould Hall; 55 East 59th Street, NYC

New York, NY, Monday, December 21, 15This winter, the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), New York’s premiere French cultural center, presents Lhomme Behind the Camera, a new CinéSalon series honoring Pierre Lhomme, the pioneering cinematographer whose beautiful camerawork helped shape the careers of iconic directors including Chris Marker, Jean-Pierre Melville, and James Ivory.

With an oeuvre spanning the incredible technological innovations and evolving filmmaking practices of the past half century, Pierre Lhomme’s films are marked by a mastery of low light, and a gift for psychological realism in any genre. A selection of Lhomme’s greatest works—many newly restored— will be presented from January 12 – February 23 at CinéSalon.

Sparks fly between Catherine Deneuve and Yves Montand in the recently restored Le Sauvage (1975), directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau. A runaway bride seeks refuge on a tropical island inhabited by a reclusive perfumer in this manic screwball comedy, dazzlingly filmed on location in New York, Provence, and Venezuela.

Simone Signoret and Lino Ventura star in The Army of Shadows, Jean-Pierre Melville’s recently rediscovered 1969 masterpiece about the activities of a group of resistance fighters in Nazi occupied France. The film’s muted, stark palette highlights the protagonists’ bleak lives and grim choices in this thrilling examination of the steep price of heroism in Europe’s darkest hour.

Presented in a rare 35mm screening, The Mother and the Whore (1973) stars Jean-Pierre Léaud, Bernadette Lafont, and Françoise Lebrun in a story of love and betrayal in post-1968 Paris. Widely considered one of the greatest French films of the post-war era, the film’s success is a testament to the trust and artistic complicity that developed between Pierre Lhomme and director Jean Eustache over the course of a manic four-week shoot.

In The Flesh of the Orchid (1975), Charlotte Rampling stars as an enigmatic, disturbed young heiress fleeing imprisonment by her diabolical aunt. In flight she meets and falls for Louis (Bruno Cremer), himself on the run from two gangsters. Pierre Lhomme was nominated for a César Award for his luscious, rain-drenched cinematography in this debut feature from legendary director Patrice Chéreau.

Director James Ivory’s graceful direction and Pierre Lhomme’s lush cinematography delicately capture repressed passion among early 20th-century English aristocracy in Maurice. James Ivory won the Silver Lion and Hugh Grant and James Wilby shared the Best Actor award at the 1987 Venice Film Festival for their roles as posh Cambridge students who fall in love in the face of societal restrictions. James Ivory will take part in a Q&A following the 7:30pm screening. 

Jean-Louis Trintignant is a wealthy right-wing terrorist married to Romy Schneider in Alain Cavalier’s noir thriller Le Combat dans l’île (1962). Pierre Lhomme’s crisp black-and-white cinematography elegantly highlights the simmering political tensions in France in the shadow of World War II and the last throes of the Algerian War.

In May of 1962, at the conclusion of the Algerian War, Pierre Lhomme teamed up with Chris Marker to direct the documentary Le Joli Mai. In this iconic work of cinéma vérité, the filmmakers interrogate Parisians across the social and political spectrum—from social workers to journalists, policemen to stockbrokers, factory workers, and soldiers—on their daily lives, dreams, and aspirations in this vibrant portrait of the City of Light.

Gérard Depardieu is a soldier and poet with an enormous heart and an even more impressive proboscis as the titular character in Jean-Paul Rappeneau’s Cyrano de Bergerac (1990). Gloriously filmed by Lhomme, the swashbuckling tale of love and self-image in seventeenth century France won the César for Best Cinematography and the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

Curated by Delphine Selles-Alvarez.

About CinéSalon

CinéSalon is more than just a night at the movies! Every Tuesday at 4 and 7:30pm, join us for a great film, drinks, and conversation. 7:30pm screenings will be introduced by guest speakers. After the movie, have a drink in the FIAF Gallery. These lively gatherings are the perfect place to discuss the movie.

Lhomme Behind the Camera 

Le Sauvage

Tuesday, January 12 at 4 & 7:30pm

DCP. Restored.

Jean-Paul Rappeneau. 1975. Color. 107 min.

With Yves Montand, Catherine Deneuve, Luigi Vannucchi, Tony Roberts

In French with English subtitles

A young bride (Catherine Deneuve) escapes her impending nuptials with a priceless painting hidden in her luggage. Pursued across Venezuela by her jilted lover, she maroons herself on an island with a sullen but handsome stranger (Yves Montand) who is also on the run from his past.

Pierre Lhomme captures the emotional depth of tropical landscapes in this adventuresome rom-com.

"Frantic and exotic"—L’Express

Free wine & beer following each screening.

Special guest speaker to be announced.


The Army of Shadows (L’Armée des ombres)

Tuesday, January 19 at 4pm

DCP. Restored.

Jean-Pierre Melville, 1969. Color. 145 min.

With Lino Ventura, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Paul Meurisse, Simone Signoret

In French, German, and English with English subtitles.

Equal parts beautiful and brutal, this psychological drama follows the clandestine movements of a cell of determined Resistance fighters who risk everything for a seemingly hopeless cause. Cold, spare, and visually arresting cinematography captures the pervasive atmosphere of fear and mistrust in France during World War II.

Based on the novel by Joseph Kessel and director Jean-Pierre Melville’s own experiences as a young man, this wartime masterpiece won a New York Film Critics Circle’s award upon its US release in 2006, 37 years after its creation.

“Thrilling…a masterpiece."— The New York Times 

Free wine & beer following each screening.


The Mother and the Whore (La maman et la putain)

Tuesday, January 19 at 7:30pm


Jean Eustache, 1973. B&W. 220 min.

With Bernadette Lafont, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Françoise Lebrun

John Eustache’s intimate portrait of youth after May 1968 is one of the most influential films in the history of French cinema. In this wayward epic, Lhomme’s long shots mirror Alexandre’s (Jean-Pierre Léaud) meandering days spent in cafés, unable to choose between the bourgeois girlfriend (Bernadette Lafont) who supports him and the promiscuous mistress (Françoise Lebrun) who falls for him in spite of her better judgment.

Don’t miss a rare chance to see this unforgettable classic, not available online or on DVD.

“Emotionally shattering, historically earthshaking” – The New Yorker 

Free wine & beer following each screening.

Special guest speaker to be announced.


The Flesh of the Orchid (La Chair de l’orchidée)

Tuesday, January 26 at 4 & 7:30pm

35mm. Restored.

Patrice Chéreau, 1975. Color. 110 min.

With Charlotte Rampling, Bruno Cremer, Edwige Feuillère, Simone Signoret

In French with English subtitles.

Stage director Patrice Chéreau’s first film follows a fugitive heiress (Charlotte Rampling) on the run from her wicked aunt and a pair of murderous gangsters. In this foreboding, rain-soaked thriller, it seems just about everyone is after her fortune.

“Murky psychological thriller”– The Guardian

Free wine & beer following each screening.

Special guest speaker to be announced.



Tuesday, February 2 at 4 & 7:30pm


James Ivory, 1987. Color. 140 min.

With James Wilby, Hugh Grant, Rupert Graves, Denholm Elliott

In English

Adapted from E.M. Forster’s posthumously published tale of forbidden love, this stunning period piece follows a love triangle between Cambridge students Maurice (James Wilby), Clive (Hugh Grant), and Clive’s gameskeeper Scudder (Rupert Graves) as they navigate their sexuality in stifling, pre-WWI England. 

“Sprawling and spectacular”— The Washington Post

Free wine & beer following each screening.

7:30 screening followed by a special Q&A with director James Ivory


Le Combat dans l’île

Tuesday, February 9 at 4 & 7:30pm


Alain Cavalier, 1962. B&W. 104 min.

With Romy Schneider, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Henri Serre, Diane Lepvrier

A love triangle—between an angry young fascist, his battered wife, and the friend who takes them in—is ground for an exploration of the political tensions in France in the early 1960s in this elegant thriller. Lhomme’s beautifully framed shots are the foundation for director Alain Cavalier’s first film.

“Silvery and smoky cinematography”– The New York Times

Free wine & beer following each screening.

Special guest speaker to be announced.


Le Joli Mai

Tuesday, February 16 at 4 & 8pm

DCP. Restored.

Chris Marker & Pierre Lhomme, 1963. B&W. 165 min.

In French with English subtitles

Students, stockbrokers, poets, and construction workers discuss their lives during a moment of peace between war and cultural revolution. Told in impromptu interviews shot on the streets of Paris, this legendary collaboration between Lhomme and Chris Marker captures the attitude of the city in May 1962.

Pierre Lhomme is credited as co-director on this groundbreaking documentary, one of the first of its kind to use emerging technology to capture daily life.

“One of the key works of French cinema vérité” – Criterion

Free wine & beer following each screening.

Special guest speaker to be announced.


Cyrano de Bergerac

Tuesday, February 23 at 4 & 7:30pm

Jean-Paul Rappeneau, 1990. Color. 137 min.

With Gérard Depardieu, Anne Brochet, Vincent Pérez

In French with English subtitles.

The tragic tale of a selfless romantic with a larger-than-life personality—and a longer than average nose—is perfectly told in this adaptation set in the royal court.

This lavish and beloved period piece won a record-breaking 10 César awards, including best cinematography and best actor for a virtuoso performance by Gérard Depardieu.

“A physically elaborate period spectacle"— The New York Times

Free wine & beer following each screening.

Special guest speaker to be announced.

About FIAF

The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) is New York’s premiere French cultural and language center. FIAF's mission is to create and offer New Yorkers innovative and unique programs in education and the arts that explore the evolving diversity and richness of French cultures. FIAF seeks to generate new ideas and promote cross cultural dialogue through partnerships and new platforms of expression. www.fiaf.org


Special thanks to Renée and Pierre Lhomme, James Ivory, Charles Cohen, Tim Langa (Cohen Media Group) Melissa Chung, Eric Le Roy & Jean-Baptiste Garnero (CNC), Daniel Bish (Georges Eastman Museum Archives), Anne-Catherine Louvet (Institut Français), LiviaBloom (Icarus Films), Philippe Leconte (Pyramide), Amélie Rayroles (Tamasa Distribution), Jacob Perlin (The Film Desk), and Eric di Bernardo (Rialto Pictures)

CinéSalon is made possible by the NY State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NY State Legislature, the Institut français, & the Cultural Services of the French Embassy

CinéSalon is sponsored by Air France and Delta Air Lines, BNP Paribas, Nespresso, and Renault Nissan. Wine courtesy of Xavier Wine Company, the exclusive wine sponsor of CinéSalon. Beer courtesy of Kronenbourg 1664, the exclusive beer sponsor of CinéSalon.

FIAF Winter 2016 Season Sponsors: Air France and Delta Air Lines, the official airlines of FIAF; Altour; BNP Paribas; Cultural Services of the French Embassy; The American Society of French Legion of Honor; Office Tourisme de Boulogne-Billancourt; Enoch Foundation; Florence Gould Foundation; FACE (French American Cultural Exchange); Institut français; New York State Council on the Arts; and New York State Regional Economic Development Council.



CinéSalon: Lhomme Behind the Camera


Times and titles detailed above.


FIAF – Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street

(between Park & Madison Avenues)


$13; $7 students; Free for FIAF Members; Advanced tickets $3*

*Free FIAF Member tickets distributed day-of. Show your Membership card at the Box Office. Member tickets may be purchased in advance for $3.


800 982 2787 | fiaf.org  


212 355 6160 | fiaf.org  


4, 5, 6, N, R and Q to 59th Street & Lexington Avenue


F to 63rd Street & Lexington Avenue; E to 53rd Street & 5th Avenue


Bus - M1, M2, M3, M4, Q31 to 59th Street; M5 to 58th Street

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