French cinema heads to New York


PARIS -- French cinema will be in the spotlight on the East coast at Unifrance's 13th annual Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in New York Feb 29 - March 9, organizers said Monday.

The event, coordinated in collaboration with The Film Society of Lincoln Center, will host U.S. premieres of 15 Gallic titles at the Walter Reade Theater and the IFC Center.

Titles include: Anne Le Ny's "Those Who Remain," Christophe Honore's "Love Songs," Sophie Marceau's "La Disparue de Deauville," Sandrine Bonnaire's "Her Name is Sabine," Jean-Marc Moutout's "The Feelings Factory," Noemie Lvovsky's "Let's Dance!," Eric Guirado's "The Grocer's Son," Charles Burns and Richard McGuire's "Fear(s) of the Dark," Cedric Klapisch's "Paris," Nicolas Klotz' "Heartbeat Detector," Audrey Estrougo's "Aint Scared," Mia Hansen-Love's "All is Forgiven," Emmanuel Mouret's "A Kiss, Please," Claude Miller's "A Secret" and Claude Lelouch's "Crossed Tracks."

"The festival will be the occasion for these films to increase their visibility among U.S. professionals and to find an eventual distributor," Unifrance said in a statement. Four of the films being showcased -- "Love Songs," "Her Name is Sabine," "Heartbeat Detector" and "Crossed Tracks" -- already have U.S. distributors, but the remaining titles are on the lookout for stateside representation.

Claude Lelouch will visit the big apple to present his "Crossed Tracks" as the opening night film. Other big names expected to attend include directors Cedric Klapisch, Christophe Honore and Claude Miller and actress Elsa Zylberstein.

Over a dozen French producers and distributors will accompany the films and their directors and talent across the Atlantic for the promotion.

The 2008 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema is sponsored by Societe Generale Private Banking and TV5 Monde with support from Maison de France and The Florence Gould Foundation. Additional sponsors include Agnes b., LVT Laser Subtitling, Sofitel and the French Cultural Services.