French on Film: FIAF screens the Best César-Winning Actress Performances

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Golden Globes, Emmys, Oscars, oh my! While the US gets excited for its awards season, France gears up for theirs. Enter: Les Césars.

The equivalent of the Oscars, the Césars recognizes the year’s best work in film. In preparation for France’s big night on March 2, New York City’s FIAF will host weekly film screenings of some of the most notable performances by actresses who won a César de la meilleure actrice.

Beginning on January 9 with a free screening of La Vie en Rosea favorite French film for Americans (second possibly only to Amélie) starring Marion Cotillard as Edith Piaf, the series will feature a selection of films from a range of genres and eras. The one consistency: all feature impressive, César-winning French actresses in leading roles. Isabelle Adjani stars in the psychosexual thriller L’Été meurtrier (One Deadly Summer), Catherine Deneuve dazzles in Le dernier métro (The Last Metro) with Gerard Depardieu, and Isabelle Huppert, the most recent meilleure actrice, thrills in Elleto name a few.

Films screen Tuesdays at either 4:30pm, 7pm, or both depending on the film, from January 9 until March 6. The final screening will be the audience-favorite film featuring an actress that earned a César de la meilleure actrice for her performance.

Films will be screened in French with English subtitles. Entry is free for FIAF members, and $14 for non-members, with tickets available to purchase online. See the full schedule here.

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