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    Lineup Announced for 26th Edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema



    Petite fille/Little Girl

    [Blurbs and text from UniFrance and FLC]

    UniFrance and Film at Lincoln Center announce the complete lineup for the 26th edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the celebrated annual festival that showcases the variety and vitality of contemporary French filmmaking, scheduled for March 4-14 in the FLC Virtual Cinema.

    “This year’s edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema is a special one with virtual presentations of the films due to the Covid-19 crisis, but we’re making the most of these challenging times and are pleased to share French cinema beyond our beloved New York audience,” said Daniela Elstner, Managing Director of UniFrance. “All the cinephiles in the U.S. will have access to our exciting selection of bold new voices and returning filmmakers, including our opening film, Sébastien Lifshitz’s remarkable and moving Little Girl, which is the first documentary ever to open the festival. We are also thrilled to have Emmanuelle Béart as our official Guest of Honor for the 26th edition. Emmanuelle’s career as an actress and activist highlights what French cinema represents for American audiences today: a leading voice and vision on world issues and our collective consciousness.”

    The 2021 Opening Night selection is Sébastien Lifshitz’s moving documentary Little Girl, which follows a young girl’s experience with gender dysphoria with remarkable sensitivity. The 18-film lineup showcases new work from returning Rendez-Vous filmmakers, including Emmanuel Mouret’s Love Affair(s), one of Cahiers du Cinema’s top 10 films of 2020; beloved oddball director Quentin Dupieux’s Mandibles, in which two bumbling friends try to turn a mutant insect into an absurd business opportunity; Farid Bentoumi’s Red Soil, about a nurse who exposes corruption at a chemical factory; Nicole Garcia’s seductive noir Lovers; Guillaume Brac’s witty road caper À l’abordage!; and François Ozon’s Summer of ’85, a dark, nostalgic queer romance with an evocative soundtrack by The Cure.

    First-time feature filmmakers make up a third of this year’s program. Among the debuts are Nora Martirosyan’s Should the Wind Drop, a timely drama set in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region; Suzanne Lindon’s Spring Blossom, a charming twist on a coming-of-age tale; Charlène Favier’s Slalom, about an aspiring young Olympian navigating consent in the high-stakes world of sports; Fanny Liatard & Jérémy Trouilh’s Gagarin, about a teenager fighting the demolition of his housing project; and actor-turned-director Samir Guesmi’s Ibrahim. Ludovic Bergery’s Margaux Hartmann, also a debut, features a memorable performance by the great Emmanuelle Béart (Ozon’s 8 Women, Jacques Rivette’s The Beautiful Troublemaker), who will serve as this year’s Rendez-Vous Guest of Honor. Béart will participate in an extended opening conversation with Columbia University Professor Richard Peña about her career, recent French cinema, and this year’s Rendez-Vous lineup—additional details to be announced.

    Other festival highlights include Hélier Cisterne’s Faithful, starring Vicky Krieps and Vincent Lacoste in a tale of romance and revolution based on a true story; Quentin Reynaud’s exhilarating portrait of an aging tennis star, Final Set; Fabienne Godet’s existential mystery Lifelines; and several Cannes 2020 selections, such as Emmanuel Courcol’s The Big Hit and Caroline Vignal’s My Donkey, My Lover, and I, just nominated for seven César Awards.

    “We are truly delighted to celebrate 26 years of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema with our partners at UniFrance,” said Florence Almozini, FLC Senior Programmer at Large. “This year’s festival demonstrates the vigorous diversity of French cinema today with exciting new films from returning directors François Ozon, Nicole Garcia, Guillaume Brac, and Quentin Dupieux, as well as memorable debuts from Charlène Favier, Nora Martirosyan, and Suzanne Lindon. While it has been a challenging year for so many people, we hope to bring the audience some entertainment, comfort, and enlightenment with this compelling lineup of new French gems.”

    The festival will also present several free talks: How Music Makes the Film, about the complex collaborative process between directors and composers, and Vive la Résistance, a conversation exploring the depiction of grassroots activism in recent French and American cinema. All 18 films will also screen with virtual Q&As. Virtual moviegoers will have the chance to give a prize to their favorite festival film with the second annual Rendez-Vous Audience Award.

    A selection of festival titles are also available at arthouses across the U.S. for virtual bookings as part of the inaugural A Taste of Rendez-Vous program. Additionally, this year’s school screening is Gagarin, available for middle-school, high-school, and college students.

    Organized by Florence Almozini and Madeline Whittle in collaboration with UniFrance.

    Virtual tickets go on sale Friday, February 19 at noon, with early access for Film at Lincoln Center members beginning Tuesday, February 16 at noon. Tickets are $12; Opening Night tickets are $17. A discounted festival All-Access Pass will also be available. FLC members save 20% on all individual rentals and the All-Access Pass. Become a member by February 13 at midnight to access Rendez-Vous member benefits AND save 15% on select memberships. Learn more about the limited-time membership offer here.

    FILMS & DESCRIPTIONS

    Opening Night
    Little Girl / Petite Fille

    Sébastien Lifshitz, 2020, France, 85m
    French with English subtitles. AlloCiné press rating 4.3.
    Sasha has known she was a girl since she was just three years old, but her second-grade teachers refuse to accept her gender identity. In this remarkable documentary, Sébastien Lifshitz (Les invisibles) embeds with Sasha’s family for a year as they confront dismissive school administrators. But the film dwells equally on Sasha’s everyday life outside of school—we see her at home with her loving parents and siblings, who encourage her to express herself freely, and alongside her unfaltering mother Karine in appointments with child psychiatrists, who validate Sasha’s experiences. With immense sensitivity and empathy, Little Girl follows Sasha and her family as they strive to reclaim an ordinary childhood, while capturing the social stigmas that still persist around gender dysphoria. A Music Box Film release.



    À l’abordage!
    Guillaume Brac, 2020, France, 95m

    French with English subtitles. Unreleased. Berlin debut Feb. 14, 2020.
    After a chance meeting and a night spent dancing by the Seine, Félix (Eric Nantchouang) is smitten with Alma (Asma Messaoudene). But when dawn breaks, she hurries to the train to join her family on vacation in the south of France. Undeterred, Félix and his friend Chérif (Salif Cissé) decide to go camping in the same lush, mountainous region, only to end up stranded with their dorky carpool driver (Édouard Sulpice) 600 km away from home… and it still remains to be seen how Alma will respond to Félix’s surprise. This latest tale from Guillaume Brac (Tonnerre, Rendez-Vous 2014; July Tales, Rendez-Vous 2018) details its characters with a rare acuity, and entwines their matters of the heart and their political and existential yearnings with humor and wit reminiscent of Jacques Rozier’s films.


    Un triumphe/The Big Hit

    The Big Hit / Un triomphe
    Emmanuel Courcol, 2020, France, 106m

    French with English subtitles. France release Mar. 21, 2121.
    When jaded retired actor Étienne (Kad Merad, Orchestra Class, Rendez-Vous 2018) begins leading theater workshops at a correctional facility, he’s inspired by what he sees: as the inmates rehearse a series of fables, their performances reveal a humor and authenticity that’s often repressed by their daily routines. Perceiving existential parallels between the inmates’ experiences and Waiting for Godot, Étienne convinces the prison staff to let the troupe stage Samuel Beckett’s classic. But as Étienne learns the ropes of directing a full-length play, he also faces friction with bureaucratic administrators. Inspired by a true story, this Cannes 2020 selection is a rousing testament to the power of expression. Its bittersweet humanism flows effortlessly from its assured ensemble.


    Vincent Lacoste in Faithful

    Faithful / De nos frères blessés
    Hélier Cisterne, 2020, France, 96m

    French and Arabic with English subtitles
    Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread) and Vincent Lacoste (Christophe Honoré’s Sorry Angel, NYFF56) bring a firebrand vitality to this 1950s-set true story of revolutionary conviction and romantic passion. Lacoste plays real-life communist dissident Fernand Iveton, who, on a brief trip to Paris for medical tests, falls in love with headstrong Hélène (Krieps), an escapee from an oppressive regime in Poland. Entranced by each other’s devotion to their principles, they marry and move to Algiers, where Fernand came of age among Marxist radicals. As the revolution explodes, Fernand throws himself into the Algerian resistance, while Hélène, aware of the suffering she witnessed before starting a new life, must reckon with just how much her husband is willing to sacrifice.


    5ème Set: Alex Lutz

    Final Set / 5ème Set
    Quentin Reynaud, 2020, France, 113m

    French with English subtitles
    At 37 years of age, seasoned tennis player Thomas (Alex Lutz) finds himself at a crossroads. Still driven by unfulfilled dreams of superstardom, he’s determined to clinch a career-defining championship ranking, but after 18 years in the game, he’s battling worsening arthritis in his knee. As he throws himself into qualifying matches against players two decades his junior, he juggles a mounting series of pressures off the court, including an increasingly surreal public-relations circus, the necessity of making ends meet for his wife (Ana Girardot) and son, and friction with his mother (a steely Kristin Scott Thomas), who owns a tennis club. Quentin Reynaud’s masterful interior portrait of an athlete infuses nerve-wracking mental and physical stakes into each exhilarating set. A Film Movement release.

    Gagarin / Gagarine
    Fanny Liatard & Jérémy Trouilh, 2020, France, 97m

    French with English subtitles. Unreleased. Cannes 2020.
    In this soulful Cannes 2020 Competition film, a breakout Alseni Bathily stars as 16-year-old engineering whiz Yuri, who industriously sets about renovating the housing project where he lives, Cité Gagarine, to save it from demolition. With the help of his closest friends (Jamil McCraven and Lyna Khoudri) and an eccentric scrapyard owner (Denis Lavant in a memorable cameo), Yuri slowly reinvigorates his building’s splintered, diverse community, but he can only do so much in the face of an unsympathetic housing board—which compels him to draw some imaginative inspiration from his and his home’s namesake, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. With dreamlike set pieces and evocative sound design, Gagarin’s flights of the fantastic vibrantly resist the displacement of the marginalized. A Cohen Media release.


    Abdel Bendaher in Ibrahim

    Ibrahim
    Samir Guesmi, 2020, France, 78m

    French with English subtitles
    Ibrahim (Abdel Bendaher) is a solitary 17-year-old trade school student who lives in a cramped banlieue housing project with his intense father, Ahmed (director Samir Guesmi), and dreams of soccer success. When his close friend Achille (Rabah Naït Oufella, Nocturama, Rendez-Vous 2017) starts flirting with petty robbery, a reluctant Ibrahim is swept up in a plan that goes awry. With money already tight after Ahmed allocates funds for an important dental procedure, Ibrahim resolves to make up the difference himself. With a simmering breakout performance from Bendaher, this Cannes 2020 selection is a thrilling slice of social realism, sensitive to the barriers of race and class as Ibrahim and Ahmed forge upwardly mobile futures.

    Lifelines / Si demain
    Fabienne Godet, 2020, France, 86m

    French with English subtitles. Unreleased.
    Esther (Julie Moulier) is still reeling from a tumultuous breakup when a package with no return address arrives at her doorstep. Inside, Esther finds an anonymous diary, whose 20-year-old entries were written by a young woman who lost her lover in a motorcycle accident. This mysterious occurrence draws Esther out of her depression and into a tantalizing paper trail. With the encouragement of her best friend (Lucie Debay), she travels to Toulouse in search of the diary’s owner—but Esther’s adventure may lead her to run out a clock she didn’t realize was ticking. Also featuring BPM (Beats Per Minute)’s Arnaud Valois in an intriguing supporting role, Lifelines injects an enigma into a moment of crisis to ask what—and who—matters most in life.


    Niels Schneider, Guillaume Gouix in Love Affair(s)

    Love Affair(s) / Les Choses qu’on dit, les choses qu’on fait
    Emmanuel Mouret, 2020, France, 120m

    French with English subtitles. Cannes selection 2020. AlloCiné press rating 4.3.
    When Daphné (Camélia Jordana) picks up her partner’s cousin Maxime (Niels Schneider, Dark Inclusion, Rendez-Vous 2016) from the train station, their idle chatter is at first innocuous. He’s hoping to work on a novel while visiting Daphné and François (Vincent Macaigne, Non-Fiction, NYFF56) in the country; she’s three months pregnant and looking forward to starting a family. But as they wander through local châteaux while waiting for François to return from a work emergency, stories of the past open up Rohmerian curlicues of passion and fidelity. In the hands of Emmanuel Mouret (Mademoiselle de Joncquières, Rendez-Vous 2019), Love Affair(s) is a lush, philosophical tale of serendipitous timing and the unpredictable flow of desire. Nominated for 13 César Awards including Best Film, Best Director, and all four acting categories.


    Stacy Martin, Pierre Niney in Amants

    Lovers / Amants
    Nicole Garcia, 2020, France, 103m

    English and French with English subtitles
    Hotel-school student Lisa (Stacy Martin, Nymphomaniac) is wrapped up in a passionate romance with Simon (Pierre Niney, François Ozon’s Frantz), who makes a living dealing drugs to wealthy clients. When one of his customers overdoses on bad coke, Simon is forced to skip town, possibly never to see a heartbroken Lisa again. But three years later, their desire is sparked anew when they reunite by chance on an island in the Indian Ocean, where Lisa is traveling with her real-estate developer husband (Benoît Magimel, The Piano Teacher). In this noirish love triangle from actress and filmmaker Nicole Garcia (From the Land of the Moon, Rendez-Vous 2017), the stakes heighten with each knotty, seductive twist.

    Mandibles / Mandibules
    Quentin Dupieux, 2020, France/Belgium, 77m

    French with English subtitles
    Although rumpled loser Manu (Grégoire Ludig, of Dupieux’s Keep an Eye Out!) is initially contracted to transport a suitcase between shady businessmen, life has other plans. When he opens the trunk of his stolen car, he finds a living, breathing housefly the size of a Great Dane. Sensing an opportunity, Manu’s pal Jean-Gab (David Marsais) suggests that if they trained the jumbo insect to move like a drone and steal goods, they could make a fortune. Escalating mishaps—including a torched RV and a case of mistaken identities, with an unforgettable turn by Blue Is the Warmest Color’s Adèle Exarchopoulos—hilariously prove that domesticating a mutant bug is easier said than done. In the hands of the inexhaustibly imaginative Dupieux (Deerskin, Rendez-Vous 2020), a surprisingly tender portrait of friendship emerges along the way. A Magnolia release.


    Vincent Dedienne, Emanuelle Béart in L’Étreinte

    Margaux Hartmann / L’Étreinte
    Ludovic Bergery, 2020, France, 100m

    French with English subtitles
    The great Emmanuelle Béart of La Belle Noiseuse and Manon des Sources anchors Margaux Hartmann in the fluidity of the unknown. Six months after her husband’s death, middle-aged Margaux (Béart) moves into her half-sister’s guest house in Versailles to enroll in a local Master’s program. Her fellow students, who are much younger, quickly take a liking to her and, despite her grief, Margaux gradually comes out of her shell to embrace new friends (Vincent Dedienne) and romantic interests (Tibo Vandenborre). A self-assured and sensual directorial debut from Ludovic Bergery, Margaux Hartmann probes the possibilities of seeking a new beginning on one’s own terms.


    Antoinette dans les Cévennes

    My Donkey, My Lover, and I / Antoinette dans les Cévennes
    Caroline Vignal, 2020, France, 95m

    French with English subtitles
    Primary schoolteacher Antoinette (Laure Calamy, Sibyl, NYFF57) is elated about her upcoming vacation with her married lover, Vladimir, but life quickly intervenes: he cancels on her to take a hiking trip with his wife and young daughter, who’s one of Antoinette’s pupils. Fueled by impulse, Antoinette heads to the same mountainous region of Cévennes National Park with an itinerary inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes. On her spur-of-the-moment mission, she forges quick bonds with an idealistic innkeeper (Marie Rivière, Rohmer’s The Green Ray) and Patrick, the cantankerous donkey she’s rented to help her up the mountain. In this Cannes 2020 selection, Caroline Vignal embraces the long and winding path over the final destination with much heart and humor. Nominated for seven César Awards including Best Film, Best Actress, and Best Original Screenplay.


    Zita Hanrot, Sami Boujila in Rouge

    Red Soil / Rouge
    Farid Bentoumi, 2020, France/Belgium, 90m

    French with English subtitles
    César-winner Zita Hanrot (Fatima) delivers an extraordinary performance at the unflinching eye of this environmental thriller’s storm. When Hanrot’s Nour, a nurse, is put on probation after a fatal accident at her emergency room, she takes charge of the infirmary of the chemical factory where her father (Sami Bouajila, César-winner for André Téchiné’s The Witnesses) has worked for nearly 30 years. As she starts scheduling routine check-ups, Nour is struck by odd gaps in the records and a general skepticism from the workers. Her suspicions build when a reporter (Céline Sallette, House of Tolerance) raises concerns about undisclosed toxic waste dumps. With each harrowing revelation, Red Soil pulls apart a conspiracy at the damning intersection of pollution and globalist exploitation. A Cannes 2020 selection.

    Should the Wind Drop / Si le vent tombe
    Nora Martirosyan, 2020, France/Armenia/Belgium, 100m

    English, French, Armenian, and Russian with English subtitles
    The disputed landlocked region of Nagorno-Karabakh is an eight-hour drive from the closest airport, but French auditor Alain (Claire Denis’s frequent muse Grégoire Colin) could change this if he determines that the war-torn republic’s inactive Stepanakert Airport can safely reopen. As he spends a week getting to know the locals, Alain discovers an area struggling to rebuild itself two decades after a fragile ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and realizes that his regulatory decision could seal the global fate of a society on the verge of disappearance. Brought to life by a lively ensemble cast and a compassionate performance from Colin, this Cannes 2020 selection announces a sharp and forward-thinking new voice in Nora Martirosyan.


    Jérémie Renier, Noée Abita in Slalom

    Slalom
    Charlène Favier, 2020, France, 90m

    French with English subtitles
    Lyz (Noée Abita, Ava, Rendez-Vous 2018) is a 15-year-old athlete on the brink of a breakthrough. She’s the newest recruit of a selective ski club, and her intense coach (Jérémie Renier, Double Lover) singles her out as a top contender for the Olympic gold. Lyz strives to prove she’s game for his grueling training sessions and hardens herself to its pressures, but with each win, her coach sweeps her further away from her closest confidantes—not only her teammate and friend Justine (Maïra Schmitt), but also her mother (Marie Denarnaud), who has moved to Marseille for work. Anchored by a sensitive and gripping performance by Abita, Charlène Favier’s ever-surprising debut deftly dissects the power dynamics of ambition and consent. A Kino Lorber release.

    Spring Blossom / Seize printemps
    Suzanne Lindon, 2020, France, 73m

    French with English subtitles
    An official selection at Cannes, San Sebastian, and TIFF, this charming debut feature from 20-year-old Suzanne Lindon offers a bold and exploratory twist on a coming-of-age tale. Lindon plays Suzanne, a 16-year-old student daydreaming through a mundane high-school spring. While walking home, she catches sight of a handsome theater actor, Raphaël (Arnaud Valois, BPM (Beats Per Minute)), similarly lost in his own thoughts. They’re intrigued by each other, and their conversations eventually whisk them into a world of their own, which Lindon brings to life with freewheeling musical numbers and oneiric vignettes. A refreshing jaunt with a hidden wavelength, Spring Blossom coaxes Suzanne’s dreams out into the open. A KimStim release.


    Benjamin Voisin and Félix Lefebvre in Summer of 85

    Summer of ’85 / Été ’85
    François Ozon, 2020, France/Belgium, 100m

    English and French with English subtitles. Jul. 14, 2020 release. AlloCiné press rating 3.9.
    The French Riviera, 1985. Budding teenage writer Alexis (Félix Lefebvre, School’s Out, Rendez-Vous 2019) capsizes while he’s out sailing on a stormy afternoon, but he’s saved from certain death by the statuesque, mercurial David (Benjamin Voisin). They become fast friends, and Alexis starts working for David’s affectionate but scattered mother (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, star and director of A Castle in Italy). Alexis’s attraction to David soon blossoms into passion, but turns, by the end of the summer, into a deeper meditation on mortality and the unknown. Awash in sun-kissed pastels and period-appropriate tracks from The Cure, Summer of ’85 is a cursed romance in the key of Rimbaud and Verlaine that pulls apart the comforts of nostalgia in the heat of the present. A Music Box release. Nominated for 12 César Awards including Best Film, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

    TALKS

    How Music Makes the Film
    Monday, March 8, 1pm ET

    Creating an original score is a complex, collaborative, and sometimes intense exchange between a director and a composer that can elevate the film to a whole new level. It involves many crucial decisions: At what point in the filmmaking process should a composer be brought in? How can a director effectively communicate with their composer to achieve the desired vision? In this discussion, French and American experts will provide insights into the creative process of scoring films and the relationship between the director, composer, and the music team.

    This Rendez-Vous with French Cinema Talk is organized in partnership with French In Motion, SACEM, and The Gotham Film and Media Institute.

    Vive la Résistance
    Saturday, March 6, 2pm ET

    Just as France and America both have long histories of political, social, and economic progress emerging out of grassroots activism, French and American cinema likewise share a tradition of celebrating stories in which individuals and disempowered communities take a stand against corruption, inequality, and systemic abuses of power. This talk brings together French and American filmmakers whose recent work has engaged deeply with these topics to discuss their creative choices and challenges.

    UNIFRANCE
    For more than 70 years, UniFrance has been using its experience of the international marketplace to support French cinema worldwide. UniFrance is based in Paris and also has representatives for the U.S., China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia and India. Its membership brings together around 1,000 French producers, filmmaking talents, agents and sales companies, which are working together to promote French film among foreign audiences, industry executives and media.

    UniFrance receives generous, year-round support from CNC, Gouvernement, and PROCIREP. The 26th edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema benefits from the support of TV5 Monde and Cultural Services of the French Embassy. For more information, visit en.unifrance.org.
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    The Rendez-Vous begins today: schedule

    All films are available for five days following their premiere times, which are listed below.

    Thursday, March 4 at noon ET – available to watch through March 9 at noon ET
    Opening Night: Little Girl / Petite Fille

    Friday, March 5 at noon ET – available to watch through March 10 at noon ET
    My Donkey, My Lover, and I / Antoinette dans les Cévennes
    Red Soil / Rouge

    Saturday March 6 at noon ET – available to watch through March 11 at noon ET
    Faithful / De nos frères blessés
    Gagarin / Gagarine
    Margaux Hartmann / L’Étreinte – Bonus! Enjoy a special conversation with the film star and this year's Guest of Honor, Emmanuelle Béart. Watch here
    Free Virtual Talk: Vive la Résistance (2:00pm ET, registration required)

    Sunday, March 7 at noon ET – available to watch through March 12 at noon ET
    Should the Wind Drop / Si le vent tombe
    Slalom

    Monday, March 8 at noon ET – available to watch through March 13 at noon ET
    Spring Blossom / Seize printemps
    Free Virtual Talk: How Music Makes the Film (1:00pm ET, registration required)

    Tuesday, March 9 at noon ET – available to watch through March 14 at noon ET
    Lifelines / Si demain
    Love Affair(s) / Les Choses qu’on dit, les choses qu’on fait

    Wednesday, March 10 at noon ET – available to watch through March 15 at noon ET
    The Big Hit / Un triomphe

    Thursday, March 11 at noon ET – available to watch through March 16 at noon ET
    Ibrahim
    Lovers / Amants
    FLC Member Film Club: Love Affair(s) (6:00pm ET, registration required)

    Friday, March 12 at noon ET – available to watch through March 17 at noon ET

    À l’abordage!
    Mandibles / Mandibules

    Saturday, March 13 at noon ET – available to watch through March 18 at noon ET
    Final Set / Cinquième set
    Summer of ’85 / Été ’85
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    LITTLE GIRL/PETITE FILLE (Sébastien Lifshitz 2021)


    The 2021 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema's opening night film is a hushed documentary that feels like fiction for a while. Plunges us into the world of a trans child and her supportive mother. But there was little access to the problematic school environment.

    Stay tuned for three or four more reviews today.

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    GAGARINE/GAGARIN (Fanny Liatard, Jérémy Trouilh 2020)

    This new twist on a Paris "banlieue" story turns from gangs and drugs to community and dreams, using the actual demolition of an early sixties communist housing project into exploration of a young man's brilliance and dreams. Variety called it "wondrous." Possibly my favorite of the festival.
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    RED SOIL/ROUGE (Farid Bentoumi 2020)

    An urgent eco-thriller about generational labor conflict and safety issues. Two of the main characters and the director are of Arab descent. Great cast, plotline a bit familiar.

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