French Cinema Week, a New French Film Festival in New York

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The second largest French film festival, the Angoulême Francophone Film Festival (FFA) is coming to New York. It will present a selection of films and early screenings at a brand new French film event in New York, French Cinema Week, from Tuesday, November 12 to Thursday, November 14. Three venues will host the event: French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) in Midtown East, the Lycée Français de New York on the Upper East Side, and the Landmark cinema in Midtown West.

Founded in 2007 by Marie-France Brière and Dominique Besnehard, the festival isn’t arriving in New York by chance. The city of New York was once considered to be the “New Angoulême” by Europeans, according to the nickname given in 1524 by the explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano, in honor of King Francis I of France, Count of Angoulême from 1496 until his coronation in 1515.

The program of events includes three days of screenings, talks and round tables with actors and directors. Charlotte Gainsbourg, Yvan Attal, Anastasia Mikova, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Zabou Breitman, Dominique Besnehard, Marie-France Brière and historian Florent Gaillard will attend.

Full schedule of screenings:

Tuesday, November 12
Et si New York s’appelait Angoulême (What if New York was called Angouleme), by Marie-France Brière (4 p.m.)
Mon chien stupide
(My dog stupid), by Yvan Attal (7:30 p.m.), which will officially launch the festival.

Wednesday, November 15
Demain est à nous (Forward), by Gilles de Maistre (1:30 p.m.)
Woman, by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Anastasia Mikova (6:30 p.m.)

Thursday, November 14
Les hirondelles de Kaboul (The Swallows of Kabul), by Zabou Breitman (6:30 p.m.)

Films in French, with English subtitles

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