Last night marked the opening night of the 17th annual Rendez-Vous with French Cinema series, a veritable féte of contemporary French cinema presented by Film Society and Unifrance. For nearly two weeks, the cutely titled Rendez-Vous will take over screens at Walter Reade Theater, IFC Center, and BAMcinématek to bring NYC viewers about 30 of the latest feature length and short works. French language films are usually some of the highest grossing imports among foreign films playing in American theaters, which means even if you can't take advantage of the festival's NYC-based screenings, many of these films have a good shot at being picked up for US theatrical and online distribution, if they haven't already. Rendez-Vous is known for selecting films, from established auteurs and new talent alike, that gradually trickle into independent and arthouse theaters around the country.
Here are my picks from the 2012 Rendez-Vous lineup, and keep an eye out for select reviews in the coming weeks.
To see the full schedule of films, and purchase advance tickets, visit the Film Society website.