'French With English Subtitles' Fest to Kick Off in New York Dec. 2

The three-day event will offer nine French films with English-language subtitles.


PARIS - New Yorkers will be speaking “French With English Subtitles” when the Francophone film festival kicks off at Florence Gould Hall on Dec. 2.

The three-day fest will hold true to its moniker and offer nine films in French complete with English-language subtitles.

The fest, now in its third year, is organized under the patronage of Unifrance, the French ambassador in the U.S., the French Embassy’s cultural services division and the General Consulate of France in New York.

“French with English Subtitles” will kick off with Franck Mancuso’s R.I.F. starring Yvan Attal for its New York premiere complete with a Q&A with Attal and producer Patrick Gimenez. The screening will be following by a cocktail and informal dinner and debate about the movie. Attal will also grace audiences with a Q&A for the world premiere of Christophe Ruggia’s In Turmoil.

French comedy Bienvenue a Bord starring Valerie Lemercier, Franck Dubosc and Gerard Darmon will add some laughs to the lineup with its international premiere. Stephane Kazandjian’s Moi, Michel G., Milliardaire, Maitre du Monde will also host its international premiere. Sam Garbarski’s Quartier Lointain will screen for the first time stateside.

NY premieres include Jennifer Devoldere’s Et Soudain, tout le monde me manque starring Inglourious Basterds actress Melanie Laurent, Frederic Schoendoerffer’s Switch, Philippe Claudel’s Tous les Soleils and kids’ movie Philippe de Chauveron’s L’Eleve Ducobu.

All festival proceeds from the 2009 and 2010 editions went to charity for donations totaling $30,000. This year’s profits will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York and Western New York and to the Entraide Francaise.