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Have a Rendez-Vous with French Cinema at Lincoln Center

Mes Provinciales / A Paris Education
It seems extremely likely that the most popular—if, by no means, its most artistically distinguished—annual series at the Film Society of Lincoln Center is Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, which runs this year from March 8th through the 18th and features an unusually large number of internationally renowned directors, including Raymond Depardon, Xavier Beauvois, Nobuhiro Suwa, Emmanuel Finkiel, Noémie Lvovsky, Eugène Green, Laurent Cantet (the latter two’s latest are being presented by Film Comment), and Bruno Dumont, who has authored several impressive works—although his previous film, Slack Bay, which featured in this series last year, was one of his weakest—and here provides a “heavy-metal musical” set in the fifteenth century!
As distinguished as this slate of filmmakers is, it’s difficult to imagine that any title in the series will surpass in excellence the immensely moving, extraordinarily sensitive Mes Provinciales (A Paris Education) by the underrated and lesser-known Jean-Paul Civeyrac, the story of a youth from Lyons who comes to Paris to become acinéaste. The director here displays an uncanny ability to place the camera for maximum impact while drawing uniformly impressive performances from a cast of unknowns. This study of the urban artistic milieu is an uncommonly penetrating psychological portrait, elevated by the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and Gustav Mahler and handsomely shot in widescreen monochrome, although its one weakness is that the limitations of the digital format have not been entirely overcome—as outstanding as this is, this would surely have been an even greater achievement had it been photographed and printed in 35-millimeter. Mes Provinciales screens onMarch 12th and the 17th with the director in attendance at the latter showing. To the best of my knowledge, the film has no American distributor and thus should not be missed.
Rendez-Vous with French Cinema
March 8 - 18, 2018
Film Society of Lincoln Center

The Socially Relevant Film Festival Takes You From 19th Century Europe to Modern Day Nairobi & Beyond


Held at the historic Cinema Village theater (22 East 12th Street, NY, NY), the Socially Relevant Film Festival (SRFF) will be running a slate of films to give you a new perspective on life around the world. Running March 16 to the 22nd, the SRFF will show over 70 works, including narrative features, documentaries, and shorts. The festival opens with Lou Andreas-Salomé: The Audacity to be Free directed by Cordula Kablitz-Post and about the life of the controversial 19th century European intellectual, the first female psychoanalyst, and her reverberations into the lives of Friedrich Nietzsche and Paul Rée.

Utilizing Samsung Gear VR, the SRFF will also be screening a series of VR/360º films that will immerse viewers in the world of a toy scuba diver (Down to the Plastic Ocean), a slum on the outskirts of Nairobi (My Beautiful Home), the forests of Brazil (Our Nature - Honey Production), and more.

Festival Founder and Artistic Director Nora Armani says "We are proud to be able to support filmmakers who not only tell stories about socially relevant topics, but also filmmakers who push the boundaries of the artform and who take storytelling into the 21st century and beyond.”

To learn more, go to:

Socially Relevant Film Festival
March 16 - 22, 2018

Cinema Village
22 E 12th St.
New York, NY 10003

Athena Film Fest: Women's Voices from Around the World

A film festival celebrating women from all walks of life, the Athena Film Festival (February 22 - 25) at Barnard College is a revolutionary eye opening film festival. With Academy Award-nominated films, top-tier features, documentaries, and shorts — including U.S. and world premieres, the Athena Film Fest is a global look at the lives of women. The festival is a project of the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard and Women and Hollywood, a leading voice for women in the entertainment industry.

The opening night film is the Emma Stone/Steve Carell clash of the tennis giants, Battle of the Sexes. Other films include the Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin classic 9 to 5, and Chavela a documentary following the unconventional life of beloved performer Chavela Vargas, whose passionate renditions of Mexican popular music and triumphant return to the stage late in life brought her international fame. The festival also includes panels, workshops, and special screenings.

To learn more, go to:

Athena Film Festival
February 22 - 25

Barnard College
3009 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

2018 Int'l Children's Film Fest: Cinema for All Ages from Around the World

 Lu Over the Wall

With award winning shorts and features from around the world, the 2018 New York International Children’s Film Festival, gives viewers a unique insight into the lives, minds, and perspective of children around the world. The festival, now in its 21st year, is screening in theaters across New York City with some truly unique works of cinema for all ages from February 23 to March 18.

Highlights include the World premiere of Hilda, Luke Pearson’s episodic adaptation of his celebrated graphic novel series, in which plucky Hilda sets out on adventures evoking both Scandinavian folklore and Studio Ghibli.

Among NYICFF’s trio of North American premieres are Sing Song (Netherlands/Suriname), Mischa Kamp’s refreshing, inventive entry to the musical genre, in which a young singer travels to Suriname in search of her roots; Clovis Cornillac’s beautifully shot Belle and Sebastian, Friends for Life (France), the third installment of a Festival-favorite franchise set in the French Alps circa WWII; and Luc Jacquet’s March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step (France), a feat of cutting-edge 4K cinematography that allows audiences deep into the Arctic waters to witness a new generation of emperor penguins as they trek far and wide to survive. NYICFF’s premiere screenings of March of the Penguins 2 will be the film’s only theatrical showcase before its HULU release on March 23.

The 2018 Festival also features the US Premiere of Emelie Lindblom’s Room 213 (Sweden), a spooky, smart genre entrypoint for young audiences set at a haunted summer camp. 

Previously announced special screenings and events include Masaaki Yuasa’s Lu Over the Wall as Opening Night, Alexandre EspigaresWhite Fang as Opening Spotlight, and Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season 2, The Austere Academy as Centerpiece, along with inaugural edition of a kids and family-geared Virtual Reality mini-fest: VR JR.

To learn more, go to:

New York International Children’s Film Festival
February 23 - March 18, 2018

Various Locations Throughout NYC


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