April is a bumper month for French cinema in the United States because new French films will share billing in three festivals:
Tribeca Film Festival, City of Lights, City of Angels (Col-Coa), and the San Francisco International Film Festival.
6 French films will be presented from April 18 through 29 April during the 10thTribeca Film Festival, created by Robert de Niro and his associates, and directed for the first time by Frédéric Boyer:
Polisse, in the presence of Maïwenn, Une vie meilleure, in the presence of Cédric Kahn and Guillaume Canet, Chicken With Plums, in the presence of Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, Elles, in the presence of Malgorzata Szumowska and Juliette Binoche, Sleepless Nights, in the presence of Frédéric Jardin and Tomer Sisley, and 2 Days in New York, in the presence of Julie Delpy.
An evening dedicated to French films will be organized on April 22 to celebrate the presence of French artists at the Tribeca Film Festival.
For its 16th edition from April 16 through 23, Col-Coa will present 35 French films, including Farewell, My Queen, Polisse, 38 témoins, Zarafa, Cloclo as opening night film, and The Intouchables as closing night film.
Ten French artists will travel to the West Coast Rendez-vous With French Cinema festivals and a few will also go to San Francisco to present their films at the San Francisco International Film Festival (April 19 to May 3).
For its 55th edition, the SIFF will present 200 films from around the world and will invite a hundred or so filmmakers and actors to come and present their films to the San Francisco public. Each year this major event brings together more than 70,000 spectators. Farewell, My Queen is the opening night film on April 19, in the presence of Benoit Jacquot. Maïwenn will come and present Polisse shortly after the presentation of her film at Col-Coa.
Also worthy of note are two festivals that overlapped March and April.
The French Film Festival in Richmond celebrated its 20th anniversary with screenings of a dozen feature and short films. Stéphane Freiss (Camus), Claude Nuridsany and Marie Perennou (La Clé des champs), Philippe Guillard (Jo's Boy), Philippe Torreton and Vincent Garenq (Presumed Guilty), Philippe Lioret (All Our Desires), and Jean-Paul Rappeneau, for a special screening of Cyrano de Bergerac, had all made the trip to the Virginian city. A symposium composed of French film industry professionals was also organized. Each year, the festival attracts more than 20,000 spectators over 4 days.
Where Do We Go Now?, the Franco-Lebanese coproduction by Nadine Labaki, opened the 41st New Directors/New Films festival, which took place at the MoMA and Walter Reade Theater. The film will be distributed in the United States on May 11 by Sony Classics. Four other films were screened during the festival, whose selection only comprises first and second films: The Rabbi's Cat (in the presence of Joann Sfar), Donoma (in the presence of Djinn Carrénard), The Minister by Pierre Schoeller, and Omar Killed Me by Roschdy Zem.