Special events

Romain Duris, Self Assignment, August 2012

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Special Screening Romain Duris at BAM
Whether playing a gangster torn between his life of crime and his master pianist skills in The Beat That My Heart Skipped or a dashing and indecisive exchange student in Cédric Klapisch’s L’Auberge Espagnole and Russian dolls, French actor Romain Duris has always been a captivating, often raw presence onscreen.

His performance in 2010 highest-grossing French film Heartbreaker or in the Douglas Kenendy’s adaptation of The Big Picture confirms that he’s one of the most talented French actors. Bam is presenting two films in the presence of Romain Duris on Friday, March 1st :
7 pm : Populaire by Régis Roinsard
9.40 pm: Persecution by Patrice Chéreau



Directed by Patrice Chéreau
With Romain Duris, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jean-Hugues Anglade

A brutally intimate close-up of the moment-to-moment dissolution of a love affair, this psychological drama stars Romain Duris as a brooding, bestubbled Parisian juggling a hot-and-cold relationship with a jet-setting careerist (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and the intrusions of a middle-aged male stalker (jean-Hugues Anglade) who has claimed him as the love of his life. Fueled by emotionally charged dialogue and nervy, passionate performances, Persecution continues Chéreau’s masterful observation of human desire in all its intricacies and contradictions.


The River
Boudu Saved from Drowning

The Rules of the Game

Special screenings : Jean Renoir
THE RIVER by Jean Renoir
Sunday, March 3 at 1:00 pm @ Walter Reade Theater

Cast : Nora Swinburne, Esmond Knight, Arthur Shields, Suprova Mukerjee

First color film by Renoir, presented in a restored print, which remains a special and deeply emotional work in the master filmmaker’s oeuvre.One of a British upper middle-class family of eight living on the banks of the Ganges River, teenage Harriet grows up in a tolerant and loving atmosphere that blends East and West. But when a dashing captain arrives at a neighbor’s home, the girl’s passions are ignited in ways she can barely fathom or control.

Renoir’s classic, first color film, presented in a gorgeously restored print, remains a special and deeply emotional work in the master filmmaker’s oeuvre. Stars Patricia Walters, Nora Swinburne, Esmond Knight. Restored by The Academy Film Archive in cooperation with The British Film Institute and Janus Films. Restoration funding provided by The Film Foundation and The Hollywood Foreign Press Association.



Saturday, March 2, 1:00 pm @ IFC Center

Cast : Michel Simon, Marcelle Hainia, Charles Granval

Boudu (the irrepressible and unforgettable Michel Simon), a Parisian tramp, tries to end it all with a plunge into the river, only to be saved by a well-meaning bookseller.But when his rescuer offers him shelter, Boudu’s anarchic charms rock the household to its foundations. Shot largely on location along the quays of the Seine, Renoir’s freewheeling satire of bourgeois respectability is one of the master’s most innovative early works; it remains, in the words of critic Dave Kehr, “as informal, beguiling, and subversive as its eponymous hero.” Screening in a digital restoration.




Sunday, March 3, 2:30 pm @ BAMcinématek

Cast : Marcel Dalio, Julien Carette, Jean Renoir, Paulette Dubost
Renoir’s finest achievement and consistently praised as one of the best films ever made, The Rules of the Game is essential cinema; entire styles of filmmaking (Altman’s for one) are unthinkable without it. As a cast of characters from all classes assembles at a country house, the farce and melodrama commence, giving occasion for everything from hunting parties and gala balls to extramarital affairs and finally even murder.






ALT_MINDS and the Art of French Transmedia by Eric Viennot at EBM

ALT_MINDS and the Art of French Transmedia by Eric Viennot
Saturday, March 2, 5:00 pm @ EBM (free)

Eric Viennot in person!

When six promising scientists disappear while on assignment, their kidnapping sparks a man hunt that criss-crosses Europe. Mysterious online videos, mind bending puzzles, and clues that point to a dark conspiracy of vast proportions threaten to ensnare the team of investigators charged with unraveling the mystery.This isn’t the plot of the most recent Hollywood blockbuster it is the set up for ALT_MINDS a fast paced immersive experience that casts YOU, the audience, in the role of the investigator. In an experience the spans the web, television, and live events, ALT_MINDS asks it’s player/viewers to take part in the action, playing an integral part in the expanding narrative.

The product of partnership between French telecom company Orange and award winning game designers Lexis Numérique, ALT_MINDS is at the forefront of multiplatform storytelling (or transmedia) marrying the tenants of filmmaking, game design, and live theater to create worlds where the boundaries between reality and fiction are purposefully blurred. As a group, the French community of transmedia creators has emerged as leaders in this new and experimental form of storytelling.

Film Society of Lincoln Center is thrilled to invite you to attend a special presentation on ALT_MINDS and the future of the project as well as the state of the art of transmedia as part of Rendez-Vous our annual celebration of French Cinema.