Thursday, March 1, 2012

Rendez-vous with French Cinema 2012 Preview:

Coinciding with The Artist grabbing the Best Picture at the Oscar, Rendez-vous with French Cinema 2012 kicks off tonight with fluffy Intouchables (dir. Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano) at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center and continues through March 11. I got to see only a couple of films this year at Rendez-vous preview screening. To be honest, the roster this year doesn't seem that exciting.
Here is the complete line up of Rendez-vous with French Cinema 2012, March 1-11

My to see list was like this:

17 Girls - Coulin
Farewell, My Queen - Jacquot
The Last Screening - Achard
The Screen Illusion - Amalric
Unforgivable - Téchiné

In the end, I only got to see these two stellar films:

Farewell My Queen
(2012) - Jaquot
Diane Kruger (Inglorious Basterds) is Marie Antoinette. Yes it's yet another one of those, but as if Léa Seydoux (Beautiful Person, Inglorious Basterds, Midnight in Paris)'s loveliness wasn't enough, Jaquot had to throw in Virginie Ledoyen (8 Women, Late August Early September, A Single Girl). The screen sizzles.
Full Review pending upon its own theatrical run.

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17 Girls (2011) - Coulin
16 yr old high school girls in a declining sea port town decide to form a pregnancy pact. Taking a cue from an American tabloid headline, 17 Girls falls somewhere btwn Andrea Arnold and Sophia Coppola territory. Still, no one does better doing films about being adolescents than French. Directed by sisters Delphine and Muriel Coulin.
Full Review pending upon its own theatrical run.

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If you are a fan of French cinema and wondering about what films to watch this weekend, try the above films. You won't be disappointed!