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In addition, he is an active producer, director, and writer. An Emmynominated Senior Producer for City University Television (CUNY-TV), he created and produces the series CITY CINEMATHEQUE about film history, CANAPE about French-American cultural relations, and NUEVA YORK (in Spanish) about the Latino cultures of New York City. As an independent producer, his recent work includes the Showtime Network’s production Dirt, directed by Nancy Savoca. He was educated at Williams College (B.A.) and the University of Chicago (A.M. & Ph.D.). In 1998, he was inducted by France as a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques.

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Weekend Overview FRIDAY, DEC. 4


OPENING NIGHT 7:30 pm Demain dès l’aube | Tomorrow at Dawn Dir. Denis Dercourt - 2009 Q&A with actor Vincent Perez and director Denis Dercourt Hosted by Jerry Carlson



12:00 pm

Adieu Gary | Goodbye Gary Cooper Dir. Nassim Amaouche - 2008

2:00 pm

Incognito | Incognito Dir. Eric Lavaine - 2008

5:00 pm

Romaine par moins 30 | Romaine 30° Below Dir. Agnès Obadia - 2008 Q&A with actor Pascal Elbé Hosted by Johanna Safar

8:00 pm

Tellement proches | So Close So Far Dir. Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano - 2008 Q&A with actor Vincent Elbaz Hosted by John Farr


SUNDAY, DEC. 6 10:00 am

Le Petit Nicolas | Little Nicholas Dir. Laurent Tirard - 2008

12:00 pm

Une semaine sur deux | Alternate Weeks Dir. Ivan Calbérac - 2009

2:30 pm

Le Petit Nicolas | Little Nicholas Dir. Laurent Tirard - 2008

5:00 pm

Le Dernier pour la route | One for the Road Dir. Philippe Godeau - 2009

7:30 pm

Quelque chose à te dire | Blame it on Mum Dir. Cécile Telerman - 2008 Q&A with actor Pascal Elbé Hosted by Jerry Carlson



Program and dates are subject to change

All screenings in French with English subtitles IN FRENCH (WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES) 2009


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Vincent Perez From Queen Margot’s lover to Marcel Proust via the gothic figure of The Crow, Vincent Perez impersonates a whole range of characters.

SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY 2009 Demain dès l’aube | Tomorrow at Dawn, dir. Denis Dercourt 2007 Arn - Tempelriddaren | Arn: The Knight Templar, dir. Peter Flinth 2004 Nouvelle-France | Battle of the Brave, dir. Jean Beaudin 2003

Vincent Perez is one of the heartthrob, romantic actors of a whole generation of French comedians. Born in Lausanne, Switzerland, he always dreamed of becoming an actor, although sculpture, painting and even photography were among his initial interests. He studied acting at the Conservatoire National d’Art Dramatique of Geneva and later in Paris. In 1986, he joined Patrice Chéreau and his comedians at the Theatre des Amandiers of Nanterre (Paris).

Fanfan la tulipe, dir. Gérard Krawczyk Le Pharmacien de garde | The Pharmacist, dir. Jean Veber Anne Rice’s Queen of the Damned, dir. Michael Rymer 2001 Bride of the Wind, dir. Bruce Beresford Les morsures de l’aube | Love Bites, dir. Antoine de Caunes

From stage to screen


He makes his screen debut in Gardien de nuit (1986, dir. Jean-Pierre Limosin), then plays in Hotel de France the same year. In 1989, he gains worldwide success with Cyrano de Bergerac directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau, a classic in which he co-stars opposite Gérard Depardieu. The large-scale Oscar-winning production Indochine by Regis Wargnier wins the Oscar for Best Foreign Picture, and launches his international career, confirmed by his role as Marguerite de Valois’ lover in La Reine Margot (1993) by Patrice Chéreau, awarded Best Director at the Cannes Film festival.

I Dreamed of Africa, dir. Hugh Hudson

Hollywood is calling In 1996, Perez takes on the lead role in The Crow, replacing the late Brandon Lee, hereby breaking his image of the romantic lover. Another costume film Le Bossu (1997) by Philippe de Broca, is followed by I dreamed of Africa by Hugh Hudson, where he shares the lead with Kim Basinger. His role as a transvestite in Those Who Love Me Can Take The Train by Patrice Chéreau awards him the César of Best Supporting Actor in 1998. Also directing

1999 Le Temps retrouvé | Marcel Proust’s Time Regained, dir. Raoul Ruiz 1998 Ceux qui m’aiment prendront le train | Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train, dir. Patrice Chéreau 1996 The Crow: City of Angels, dir. Tim Pope 1994 La reine Margot | Queen Margot, dir. Patrice Chéreau 1992 Indochine | Indochina, dir. Régis Wargnier 1990 Cyrano de Bergerac , dir. JeanPaul Rappeneau 1987

In 1992 he presents in Cannes his first short film, L’Échange, followed in 1999 by Rien Dire. In 2002, he cowrites and directs his first feature film Peau d’Ange. In 2007, he directs Si j’etais toi (The Secret) produced by EuropaCorp, headed by Luc Besson. IN FRENCH (WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES) 2009

Hôtel de France, dir. Patrice Chéreau 1986 Gardien de la nuit | Guardian of the Night, dir. Jean-Pierre Limosin 11

Denis Dercourt Talented, Denis Dercourt ? For sure. A gifted musician, a brilliant student, he also is one the most interesting emerging French directors. Where the music and cinema meet. dossier de press demain ok3:Mise en page 1



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Denis Dercourt was trained as a musician and still is one today. A Classical education

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Demain dès l’aube Un film de Denis Dercourt

Born in Paris, son a piano teacher and a film producer, he sang in the very prestigious child chorus, Les Petits chanteurs à la Croix de bois and studies viola, and later alto. He also starts shooting several short works on video and super-8. After acquiring his degrees in Political Science and Philosophy, he joins the French Symphonic Orchestra in 1988 as an alto soloist. He performs in places like the Salle Pleyel and Carnegie Hall. He has also freelanced for French and foreign pop-music groups. Music and Movies In 1993, he becomes a viola and chamber music teacher at the Strasbourg Conservatory. In 1996, he makes a medium-length film, Le Déménagement, the same year he founded a production outfit (“Les films à un dollar”) with his brother Tom, who produces all his films. His first feature film, Les Cachetonneurs, is a comedy about freelance musicians trying to find jobs. After his second film, Lise and André, a road-movie, he directs, in 2003, Mes enfants ne sont pas comme les autres, in which Richard Berry manages his own two children, both gifted musicians. International recognition His third feature film, La Tourneuse de pages (The Page Turner, 2006), featuring Catherine Frot and Déborah François, is selected for the section “Un certain regard” at the Cannes Film Festival. This story of a well-known pianist and her page turner, who is waiting in her shadow for revenge grants him large international success. It also marks his debut in the thriller genre, which he pursues in his fifth film, Demain dès l’aube.



Demain dès l’aube Tomorrow At Dawn

Friday, December 4 7:30 pm




This film explores the relationship between two brothers, the younger of whom is so enthralled by historical battles that he has lost touch with reality. In response to the insistent demands of his cancerstricken mother, a piano teacher, the older brother tries to cure the younger of his strange obsession. In doing so, he discovers a mysterious passion, for which director Denis Dercourt consulted with battle reconstruction specialists.

Genre Drama/Thriller Director Denis DERCOURT Screenwriter Denis DERCOURT Director of Photography Rémy CHEVRIN

Cast Vincent PEREZ Jérémie RENIER Aurélien RECOIN Anne MARIVIN Françoise LEBRUN

Runtime 1h 40mn Production France, 2008 French release 08/12/09 Distributor Films distribution




Denis Dercourt, Director

           QUOTES            Denis Dercourt | Director When did you discover these fans of Napoleonic historical reconstructions, who provided the inspiration for Tomorrow at Dawn? A long time ago, when I watched a documentary and found it rather cinematic. I had also read that in Napoleon’s army, musicians were known as «Far from the bullets» because they were kept away from the frontline. Putting these two pieces of information together, I thought: Here we have a subject for a film.


2009 Demain dès l'aube Tomorrow at Dawn 2005 La Tourneuse de page The Page Turner 2003 Mes enfants ne sont pas comme les autres My Children are Different 2000 Lise et André Lise and André 1998 Les Cachetonneurs The Freelancers 13


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Adieu Gary Goodbye Gary Cooper

Saturday, December 5 12:00 pm


In a deserted town, where life used to be centered around a factory, a few inhabitants have decided to stay more by choice than necessity because that's all they have ever known. Francis is the conscientious factory worker, whoses son, Samir, returns there after a long absence. Maria, the neighbor, lives with her son José who believes his father is Gary Cooper, and waits for him everyday in the street of this modern no man's land. Yasmine Belmadi, who plays Samir in the film, tragically died in a motorcycle accident on July 18, 2009, at the age of 33. He started his carreer in 1997 and played a leading role in Beur blanc rouge in 2006.


2009 - Cannes’ International Critics’ Week (SIC) Grand Prize

           QUOTES            Nassim Amaouche| Director

Genre Drama Director Nassim AMAOUCHE Screenwriter Nassim AMAOUCHE Director of Photography Samuel COLLARDEY Cast Jean-Pierre BACRI Dominique REYMOND Yasmine BELMADI Mhamed AREZKI Sabrina OOUAZANI Alexandre BONNIN Runtime 1h 15mn Production France, 2008 French release 07/22/09 Distributor StudioCanal


Why did you refer to Gary Cooper, instead of other Hollywood figures such as John Wayne? I never much liked John Wayne. Gary Cooper had more of an old fashioned glossy magazine touch, that makes him farther removed from our times. Gary Cooper gave me the means to go deep into the power of the myth, of the legend (…) When it came to my film, it seemed amusing to think that someone, who is a little bit crazy, could imagine that Gary Cooper, the triumphant myth of capitalism, would come and solve all his problems. It’s symbolic.


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Incognito Incognito


Saturday, December 5 2:00 pm


Lucas, a little-known singer from the 1990s, becomes ten years later the king of the new French pop-rock scene by appropriating the songs of his friend Thomas, who has long disappeared. Thomas, however, reappears one day and thus begins five days of hell for Lucas as he tries to hide his immense fame. Lucas decides to let Thomas believe that he is still a ticket controller for the RATP, and that his luxury house and Mercedes car are owned by his goofy friend Francis, an out-of-work mime actor whom Lucas presents as a celebrity. In Memoriam

Genre Comedy Director Eric LAVAINE Screenwriter Eric LAVAINE, Hector CABELLO REYES, BÉNABAR Director of Photography Stéphane CAMI Music BÉNABAR Cast BÉNABAR Franck DUBOSC Jocelyn QUIVRIN Anne MARIVIN Isabelle NANTY Gérard LOUSSINE Runtime 1h 34mn Production France, 2008 French release 05/29/09 Distributor Pathé distribution

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           QUOTES            Bénabar| Actor As a singer, did you recognize yourself in Lucas? No, but I do recognize the problems the singer in the film encounters, the feeling of being an impostor that comes as soon as one gets successful, even if it is for just a moment. If you look around you, when you succeed as a singer, you are actually better paid than a surgeon, which is very troublesome. I always had this feeling... but you get over it very quickly, I can assure you. (...) It is a bit the story of the film: the dishonesty of the singer as he becomes famous through the songs written by another.



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SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY 2009 Neuilly sa mère !, dir. Gabriel La Ferrière Quelque chose à te dire | Blame it On Mum, dir. Cécile Télerman

Pascal Elbé Pascal Elbé likes comedies, but he adds drama to his characters, as in Quelque chose à te dire, Comme les autres, and Romaine par moins 30.

Romaine par moins 30 | Romaine 30° Below, dir. Agnès Obadia 2008 Comme les autres | Baby Love, dir. Vincent Garenq L’Emmerdeur | A Pain in the Ass, dir. Francis Veber Cortex, dir. Nicolas Boukhrief 2007 Le Dernier gang | Masked Mobsters, dir. Ariel Zeitoun La Tête de maman | In Mom’s Head, dir. Carine Tardieu 3 Amis, dir. Michel Boujenah Les Insoumis | Crossfire, dir. Claude-Michel Rome 2006 Mauvaise foi | Bad Faith, dir. Roschdy Zem 2005 Le Cactus, dir. Michel Munz & Gérard Bitton 2004 L’Amour aux trousses, dir. Philippe de Chauveron 2003 Les Mauvais joueurs | Gamblers, dir. Frédéric Balekdjian 2002 Tout pour plaire | Thirty-Five Something, dir. Cécile Telerman Père et fils | Father and Sons, dir. Michel Boujenah 2001 Vertiges de l’amour | Love Vertigo, dir. Laurent Chouchan 1998 Les Parasites, dir. Philippe de Chauveron 1997 XXL, dir. Ariel Zeitoun 1996 Fallait pas, dir. Gérard Jugnot 20

After a childhood spent in Strasbourg, Pascal Elbé begins his acting career on stage. He co-writes with two friends two comic plays which had great success at the Splendid and at the Cafe de la Gare: Charité bien ordonnée (1992) and Tout baigne (1999). Simultaneously, he appears on screen in Gerard Jugnot’s comedy Fallait pas (1996). Pascal Elbé becomes successful in 2003 thanks to the sweet comedy Père et Fils, directed by Michel Boujenah, in which he plays the role of one of Philippe Noiret’s three sons. Co-starring with Charles Berling and Bruno Putzulu, he is the revelation of this film that he co-wrote, and is nominated for the “Best Male Newcomer” César award. He then works on a succession of tandem comedies (L’amour aux trousses with Jean Dujardin, 2004, Le cactus with Clovis Cornillac, 2005). The same year, he makes a great performance in the thriller Les Mauvais joueurs (Gamblers). Heartthrob in some roles (Tout pour plaire, 2002, by Cécile Telerman), best buddy in others (Mes amis mes amours, 2006), he plays with his image of handsome man in the gay comedy Comme les autres (2008) where he is Lambert Wilson’s partner. Pascal Elbé, trustful friend, meets again with the directors of his debut in 2007: Ariel Zeitoun (Le Dernier Gang) and Michel Boujenah (Trois amis). When he decides to direct his first film (La Tête de turc) in 2009, he gives the lead role to Roschdy Zem who directed him in Mauvaise foi (Bad Faith, 2006). IN FRENCH (WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES) 2009

Romaine par moins 30 Romaine 30° Below

Saturday, December 5 5:00 pm . U.S RE MIE PRE


Romaine is thirty years old. Justin, her fiancé, decides to take her to Québec's far northern territories for Christmas and to start a new life. But, over the Atlantic Ocean, upon learning that the plane is going to crash, Romaine decides that she doesn't want to die without telling Justin the truth she's always kept hidden from him. However, nothing unfolds exactly as planned. Previous episodes of Romaine's life have been interpreted until now by Agnès Obadia herself. For her second film about Romaine, the director decides to separate herself from her alter ego, and offers up Sandrine Kiberlain in the role of the gawky, clumsy girl. SCREENING FOLLOWED BY Q&A WITH ACTOR PASCAL ELBÉ


Genre Comedy Director Agnès OBADIA Screenwriter Agnès OBADIA, Lydia DECOBERT, Laurent BÉNÉGUI, Louis BÉLANGER Director of Photography Steve ASSELIN Cast Sandrine KIBERLAIN Pascal ELBÉ Elina LÖWENSÖHN Pierre-Luc BRILLANT Louis MORISSETTE Runtime 1h 25mn Production France, 2008 French release 04/29/2009 Distributor UGC Distribution


           QUOTES             Agnès Obadia | Director

Agnès Obadia, Director

Aside from some exceptions, your character is recurrent and follows you from film to film. How did Romaine come to be? It was wonderful to be able to offer this role to Sandrine Kiberlain. I was very curious to see how she would play the part, immerse herself in the role. I have been admiring Sandrine for a very long time, she has a natural elegance without trying to be so, comic without slapstick humor, and graceful whilst being clumsy.


2009 Romaine par moins 30 Romaine 30° Below 2000 Du poil sous les roses Hair Under the Roses 1997 Romaine



2009 Bancs publics | Park Benches, dir. Bruno Podalydès Tellement proches | So Close So Far, dir. Eric Toledano & Olivier Nakache

Vincent Elbaz Acclaimed by French directors such as Cédric Klapisch, Philippe Harel and Bruno Podalydes, Vincent Elbaz is as much at ease in popular comedies.

2007 J’aurais voulu être un danseur | Gone for a Dance, dir. Alain Berliner Le Dernier gang | Masked Mobsters, dir. Ariel Zeitoun 2005 Ma vie en l’air | Love Is in the Air, dir. Rémi Bezançon Le Parfum de la dame en noir | The Perfume of the Lady in Black, dir. Bruno Podalydès 2002 Rue des plaisirs | Love Street, dir. Patrice Leconte Un monde presque paisible | Almost Peaceful, dir. Michel Deville

Embrassez qui vous voudrez | Summer Things, dir. Michel Blanc

Beginning his career on stage, Vincent Elbaz acted in Sam Shepard, Goldoni, and Fassbinder’s plays. He makes his debut on the big screen in Le Péril jeune, directed by Cédric Klapisch, along with a whole new generation of French actors: Romain Duris, Hélène de Fougerolle and Élodie Bouchez. He, later, meets Klapisch again, playing in Peut-être (1999) and Ni pour ni contre (2002).


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Ni pour, ni contre (bien au contraire) | Not for or Against, dir. Cédric Klapisch

La Parenthèse enchantée | Enchanted Interlude, dir. Michel Spinosa 1999 Peut-être | Perhaps, dir. Cédric Klapisch Le Sourire du clown | The Clown Smiles, dir. Eric Besnard 1997 La Vérité si je mens | Would I Lie to You?, dir. Thomas Gilou Les Randonneurs | Hikers, dir. Philippe Harel 1996 Enfants de salaud | Bastard Brood, dir. Tonie Marshall 1995 Le Plus bel âge | Those Were the Days, dir. Didier Haudepin Le Péril jeune | Good Old Daze, dir. Cédric Klapisch 22

After small parts in Le plus bel âge (1995) and Enfants de salaud (1996), Vincent Elbaz tops the box office with two popular comedies in 1997: Les randonneurs and La Vérité si je mens !, where he plays the sassy yuppie, Dov. Vincent Elbaz has now become the unavoidable actor in the French cinema world. He successfully specializes in young, seductive rebels as in the film Petits désordres amoureux (dir. Olivier Péray, 1998), Un pur moment de rock’n’roll (dir. Manuel Boursinhac, 1999), Rue des plaisirs, (dir. Patrice Leconte), and Embrassez qui vous voudrez, (dir. Michel Blanc 2001). Recipient of the Jean Gabin Award in 1998, he makes fun of himself in Quasimodo del Paris (dir. Patrick Timsit, 1999) and Absolument fabuleux (dir. Gabriel Aghion, 2001). In 2005, he co-stars with Marion Cotillard in the romantic comedy Ma vie en l’air. Outstanding irresponsible father in Tel père, telle fille in 2007, he features his cool attitude on screen, in Le Dernier gang, directed by Ariel Zeitoun and in Bancs publics, directed by Bruno Podalydès. IN FRENCH (WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES) 2009

Tellement proches So Close So Far

Saturday, December 5 8:00 pm

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Have you ever heard your mother say, "be careful who you marry because you're also marrying their family"? When Alain married Nathalie, he wasn't quite aware of the extra baggage that came along with his happilyever-after: her family. Saturday night usually means dinner at his brother-in-law's, but Alain has reached his limit. He's fed up with the unsolicited life advice, sick of his niece's soporific, pretentious, pre-dinner singing recitals, weary of watching an old wedding video for the millionth time, and has definitely had enough of his sister-in-law, who is constantly on the verge of a psychotic breakdown due to her ticking biological clock. But he hasn't seen the worst of it yet... until he realizes that perhaps there's some affection beneath the insufferable hysteria - one might even say love. SCREENING FOLLOWED BY Q&A WITH ACTOR VINCENT ELBAZ

Genre Comedy Director Eric TOLEDANO & Olivier NAKACHE Screenwriter Eric TOLEDANO & Olivier NAKACHE Director of Photography Rémy CHEVRIN

Cast Vincent ELBAZ Isabelle CARRé François-Xavier DEMAISON Jean BENGUIGUI Audray DANA Omar SY Runtime 1h 42mn Production France, 2008 French release 06/17/09 Distributor Mars distribution



           QUOTES             Eric Toledano & Olivier Nakache | Directors

Éric TOLEDANO & Olivier NAKACHE, Directors

How do you manage together on the set ? O. Nakache: We don’t have isolated tasks, we are both up there in the thick of it all. (..) When one of us is checking the light with the director of photography, the other one is dealing with the costume designer. É. Toledano: Being two directors on the set allows us to have twice the ideas, twice the energy, there’s always one of us ready to go upfront. For now we have found a balance and it has lasted 15 years.


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Le Petit Nicolas Little Nicholas


Sunday, December 6 10:00 am & 2:30 pm


Nicolas has a happy existence, parents who love him, a great group of friends with whom he has great fun, and all he wants is that nothing changes... However, one day, he overhears a conversation that leads him to believe that his life might change forever: His mother is pregnant! He panics and envisions the worst: soon a little brother will be there, taking up so much space that his parents will not have time to take care of him anymore, and they might even abandon him in the forest like Tom Thumb...

           QUOTES            Laurent Tirard | Director I really like the story-telling style inherent in the original work. In the Hollywood films of the 30s to 50s, screenwriters had no other choice, in order to avoid censorship, than to have the actors say the essence in sub text. Today, when one watches these films again, the real sense of the dialogues, that might have appeared smooth and neat, is obvious. (...) It is not the case with Le petit Nicolas: the characters are always very nice and polished. However, one senses their flaws, their frustrations, their anxieties. When you read Le Petit Nicolas to a child, he will not have the same perception as an adult. The differences in interpretation demonstrate the intelligence and the treasure of this work.

Candies and other treats will be distributed to the audience after the screening. IN FRENCH (WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES) 2009

Genre Family comedy Director Laurent TIRARD Screenwriter Laurent TIRARD & Grégoire VIGNERON, from the series from GOSCINNY & SEMPÉ Director of Photography Denis ROUDEN

Cast Valérie LEMERCIER Kad MERAD Maxime GODART Sandrine KIBERLAIN François-Xavier DEMAISON Michel DUCHAUSSOY Daniel PRÉVOST Michel GALABRU Runtime 1h 30mn Production France, 2008 French release 09/30/09 Distributor Wild Bunch


Laurent Tirard, Director 2009 Le petit Nicolas Little Nicholas 2007 Molière 2004 Mensonges et trahisons et plus si affinités... The Story of My Life 25

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Une semaine sur deux Alternate Weeks

Sunday, December 6 12:00 pm



Twelve-year-old Léa wishes she could live in another family. A united family, with no separations, where her mother would understand her better, her father would be more down to earth and her younger "green" brother would stop bothering her about the time she spends taking a shower under the pretext that the planet is running out of water.... This year, Léa is entering 7th grade. Whilst her father and mother are trying to rebuild their lives, she will experience her first love, the one that sways all her certainties about the world and her parents. It's the kind of experience that leaves you forever changed. That year, each member of the family slowly finds their way and opens themselves to others...

           QUOTES            Yvan Calbérac | Director

Genre Romantic Comedy Director Ivan CALBÉRAC Screenwriter Ivan CALBÉRAC Director of Photography Denis ROUDEN Cast Mathilde SEIGNER Bernard CAMPAN Bertille CHABERT Grégori DERANGÈRE Judith DAVIS Danièle LEBRUN Jean-Baptiste FONCK Runtime 1h 38mn Production France, 2009 French release 07/22/09 Distributor TFM Distribution


I used an intimate camera with the actors, using close-ups, and often in movement, accompanying for instance, the children in their comings and goings, such as on the bridge that separates the father and the mother which has a symbolic value... Such as the bonsai that Léa carries, which not only helped the seasons to go by, but also takes on various symbolic meanings: it evokes both an artificial halt in her development and a need for the young adolescent to find her roots.


Yvan Calbérac, Director 2009 Une semaine sur deux Alternate Weeks 2006 On va s'aimer 2002 Irène


Le Dernier pour la route One For The Road

Sunday, December 6 5:00 pm


Hervé, boss of a press agency, realizing that he risks losing everything, makes the decision to give up his alcohol addiction. In doing so, Hervé meets others who face similar circumstances and who encourage him to pull through and start a new life. The film is inspired by the true story of Hervé Chabalier, a well-known TV producer and head of CAPA, a respected documentary production company. He explained in a book, Le dernier pour la route : Chronique d'un divorce avec l'alcool, (One for the Road, Chronicle of a Divorce with Alcohol) how much he was suffering because of his addiction, and, most important, how he managed to make it through.

           QUOTES            Philippe Godeau| Director Was your intention to turn this grave theme into an enjoyable moment? Absolutely. I like films in which one enjoys oneself. I like the idea that a film can change our way of seeing things. As a producer, it is a pleasure to work for over two years on a story and characters who are the opposite of myself. For instance, I was totally hypochondriac when I bought the rights to Marie de Hennezel’s book La mort intime and its adaption for screen. C’est la vie de Jean-Pierre Ameris also changed me a little, and I hope that it will also be the case for the viewers of Le dernier pour la route.


Genre Drama Director Philippe GODEAU Screenwriter Agnès DE SACY & Philippe GODEAU, adapted from the book by Hervé CHABALIER Director of Photography Jean-Marc FABRE Music Jean-Louis AUBERT Cast François CLUZET Mélanie THIERRY Michel VUILLERMOZ Eric NAGGAR Lionnel ASTIER Raphaëline GOUPILLEAU Runtime 1h 47mn Production France, 2009 French release 09/23/09 Distributor Wild Bunch


Philppe Godeau, Director 2009 Le Dernier pour la route One For the Road


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Quelque chose à te dire Blame It On Mum


Sunday, December 6 7:30 pm



The Cellier family is an ordinary family: its members are completely insane. Mady, the mother, in her sixties, spends her time criticizing her two daughters and her retired husband. Henry, ex-captain of industry, seems to have acquired bizarre habits since his retirement. Antoine, the older brother, is incapable of managing a company and runs from one bankruptcy to another. Alice, the sister, compulsively paints depressive and toxicomanic madonnas. Annabelle, a nurse in the intensive care unit, desperately tries to save her kin in predicting their future in the cards. One night Alice, in one of her depressive evenings, had met Jacques, a solitary and disillusioned cop “by chance”. This event will change their lives for better or for worse.

Genre Comedy Director Cécile Telerman Screenwriter Cécile Telerman & Jérôme Soubeyrand Director of Photography Robert Alazraki Cast Mathilde Seigner Pascal Elbé Olivier Marchal Charlotte Rampling Patrick Chesnais Runtime 1h 40mn Production France, 2008 French release 05/27/09 Distributor Studio Canal



           QUOTES             Cécile Telerman | Director

I wanted to make a film about a family and its conflicts. I wanted to tell a story of a family, but above all, its transmissions, meaning: What do we receive from our parents? How does this heritage condition our existence, how do we select its values? And to avoid writing a family saga, I chose to make the story a little complicated.


Cécile Telerman, Director 2009 Quelque chose à te dire Blame it on Mum 2006 Tout pour plaire

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Brochure of tthe First In French (with English Subtitles!) Film Festival, December 4-6 2009, Manhattan, New york

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