Francois Ozon’s “POTICHE,” starring Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu selected for Opening Night

3438633948?profile=originalThe 16th edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Unifrance’s celebrated annual showcase of the best in contemporary French film, hits screens at The Film Society, the IFC Center, FIAF and BAMcinématek, March 3-13. A wide selection of titles will be showcased during the series - all in their New York premieres – including films from Catherine Breillat, Francois Ozon, Bertrand Tavernier, Benoit Jacquot, Claude Lelouch, Eric Lartigau and the final film from the late Alain Corneau.


Filmmakers who will be in attendance at this year’s festival include - Catherine Breillat, Claude Lelouch, Benoit Jacquot, Eric Lartigau, René Féret, Martin Provost, François Ozon and Bertrand Tavernier. Among the actors/actresses attending are Catherine Deneuve, Judith Godréche and Gaspard Ulliel.


Opening Night launches with François Ozon’s POTICHE, which will have its New York premiere on Thursday, March 3 at The Paris (4 West 58 Street). Nominated for four Césars, and a bona fide critical and box office hit in France, POTICHE reunites French cinema legends Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu in Francois Ozon’s new comedy about a submissive, housebound ‘trophy housewife’ (or "potiche") who steps in to manage her wealthy husband's umbrella factory after the workers go on strike and take him hostage. Acclaimed writer-director Francois Ozon (SWIMMING POOL, UNDER THE SAND, TIME TO LEAVE) who had previously directed Ms. Deneuve in the international hit 8 WOMEN, twists the original play on its head to create his own satirical and hilarious take on the war between the sexes and classes.




“Rendezvous with French Cinema is one the Film Society of Lincoln Center's marquee international programs.  This year, we are thrilled to welcome film legends Catherine Denueve and Bertrand Tavernier, as well as introduce audiences to the work of Eric Lartigua and Gaspard Ulliel,” said Rose Kuo, Executive Director, The Film Society of Lincoln Center.


Other highlights at this year’s festival include: “A Conversation with Claude Lelouch” and a tribute to the late Alain Corneau. Lelouch, a winner of the Palme d’Or and Academy Award for A MAN AND A WOMAN (UN HOMME ET UNE FEMME), known for his lush visual style, will discuss his career and latest release, WHAT LOVE MAY BRING. FSLC Associate Director of Programming Scott Foundas will serve as moderator.


The tribute to Alain Corneau will feature the screening of his final film, LOVE CRIME (CRIME D'AMOUR). A delicious thriller of rivalry, seduction and humiliation set against office politics starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Ludivine Sagnier as mentor and ingénue that results in murder. Also screening as part of the tribute to Corneau will be the 1979 classic SÉRIE NOIRE. Based on Jim Thompson’s potboiler A Hell of a Woman, Corneau’s SÉRIE NOIRE is considered one of the most remarkable French crime dramas.


“The goal of our Rendez-Vous festival has always been to provide an incisive and broad ranging look at contemporary French cinema and this year’s selection of films is exceptional in that regard,” says Richard Peña, Program Director at The Film Society.




 “We’re happy to provide such a rich selection of new French films for this 16th edition,” says Régine Hatchondo, Executive Director of Unifrance. “The impact of this film festival is underscored by the partnership and efforts of Film Society, IFC Center, BAM and FIAF this year to offer New York City fans of French cinema greater access to see these wonderful films.”


For Lincoln Center screenings, Film Society of Lincoln Center Members enjoy an advance on-sale priority ordering period beginning on February 10th and Film Society Patrons enjoy priority ticketing starting on that same date. For IFC Center screenings, IFC Center Members enjoy an advance on-sale priority ordering period beginning on February 10th. General Public Tickets for the 2011 Rendez-Vous series at both locations will go on sale February 17th. Tickets for BAMcinématek will go on sale by mid-February.



The Big Picture

Director: Eric Lartigau Screenplay: Eric Lartigau & Laurent de Bartillat Cast: Romain Duris, Marina Foïs, Niels Arestrup,...

La campagne de Cicéron

Director: Jacques Davila Screenplay: Jacques Davila Cast: Synopsis: Unemployed because he has been dismissed from the play...

Deep in the woods

Director: Benoit Jacquot Screenplay:Benoit Jacquot Cast: Isild Le Besco, Nahuel Perez Biscayart, Jérôme Kirchner… Synopsis: France, 1865…...

Free Hands

Director: Brigitte Sy Screenplay: Brigitte Sy & Gaëlle Macé Cast: Ronit Elkabetz, Carlo Brandt, Noémie Lvovsky… Synopsis:...

From One Film to Another

Director: Claude Lelouch Synopsis: The company Les Films 13 enter its fiftieth year and a hundred films...

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Hands Up

Director: Romain Goupil Screenplay: Roumain Goupil Cast: Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Linda Doudaeva, Jules Ritmanic… Synopsis: March 22, 2067....

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Happy Few

Director: Antony Cordier Screenplay: Antony Cordier & Julie Peyr Cast: Marina Foïs, Roschdy Zem, Elodie Bouchez, Nicolas...


Director: Audrey Estrougo Screenplay: Audrey Estrougo & Juliette Sales Cast: Leila Bekhti, Benjamin Siksou, Cécile Cassel… Synopsis:...

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Living on Love Alone

Director: Isabelle Czajka Screenplay: Isabelle Czajka Cast: Anaïs Demoustier, Pio Marmaï… Synopsis: Julie Bataille, 23 years old,...

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The Long Falling

Director: Martin Provost Screenplay: Martin Provost & Marc Abdelnour Cast: Yolande Moreau, Pierre Moure, Edith Scob… Synopsis:...

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Love Crime

Director: Alain Corneau Screenplay: Alain Corneau & Natalie Carter Cast: Ludivine Sagnier, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patrick Mille…...

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Love Like Poison

Director: Katell Quillévéré Screenplay: Katell Quillévéré & Mariette Désert Cast: Clara Augarde, Lio, Michel Galabru, Stefano Cassetti…...

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Mozart’s Sister

Director: René Féret Screenplay: René Féret Cast: Marie Féret, Marc Barbé, Delphine Chuillot… Synopsis: Mozart had an...


Director: François Ozon Screenplay: François Ozon Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu, Fabrice Luchini, Karin Viard, Judith Godrèche,...

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The Princess of Montpensier

Director: Bertrand Tavernier Screenplay: Jean Cosmos, François-Olivier Rousseau & Bertrand Tavernier Cast: Mélanie Thierry, Lambert Wilson, Gaspard...

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The Queen of Hearts

Director: Valérie Donzelli Screenplay: Valérie Donzelli Cast: Valérie Donzelli, Jérémie Elkaïm, Béatrice de Staël … Synopsis: Thirty-something...

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Série noire

Director: Alain Corneau Screenplay: Alain Corneau & Georges Perec Cast : Patrick Dewaere, Myriam Boyer, Bernard Blier,...

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Service Entrance

Director: Philippe Le Guay Screenplay: Philippe Le Guay & Jérôme Tonnerre Cast: Fabrice Luchini, Sandrine Kiberlain, Carmen...

The Sleeping Beauty

Director: Catherine Breillat Screenplay: Catherine Breillat Cast: Carla Besnaïnou, Julia Artamonov, Kérian Mayan, David Chausse… Synopsis: In...

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Think Global, Act Rural

Director: Coline Serreau Screenplay: Coline Serreau Synopsis: «Alarmist and disaster films have been made, and they have...

Top Floor, Left Wing

Director: Angelo Cianci Screenplay: Angelo Cianci Cast : Hippolyte Girardot, Fellag, Ayman Saïdi… Synopsis: This is not...

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What Love May Bring

Director: Claude Lelouch Screenplay: Claude Lelouch & Pierre Uytterhoeven Cast : Audrey Dana, Laurent Couson, Raphaël, Samuel...


Tickets are available online for each participating venue at,,, and respectively, as well as directly from the box offices. For more information, call The Film Society at (212) 875-5601, the IFC Center at (212) 924-7771, or BAMcinématek at (718) 636-4100 x2 or please visit:
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  • Hi Miro, I am the organizer of the French Theatre meetup on, If you'd like to organize some group outings to some of these films, please send me an e-mail and I bet we could easily get a group together. It is
  • I will see about 12 of these films. Already have my tickets. Any one else going to any films? Would love to discuss thoughts, reactions, and observations about some of these films with those of you who go. Miro
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