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CinémaTuesdays
Charlotte Forever
January & February 2010
Florence Gould Hall

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Screenings
January 12: The Science of Sleep
January 19: My Wife is an Actress
January 26: Happily Ever After
February 2: La Bûche
February 9: Lover
February 16: Charlotte for Ever
February 16: L’Effrontée
February 23: Kung-fu master!

Special Sneak Preview!
January 25: New York Premiere - Persécution

Charlotte Gainsbourg is one of the more fascinating actresses of her generation. Radiating timeless beauty and grace in all of her endeavors, Charlotte is known to audiences around the world as one of the stars of Michel Gondry’s international hit The Science of Sleep, as well as the recipient of the Best Actress award at last year’s Cannes Film Festival for her fearless performance in Lars von Trier’s Antichrist.

FIAF is very pleased to present a small retrospective of Gainsbourg’s impressive and diverse career in French cinema, including the New York Premiere of her upcoming film, Persécution, directed by Patrice Chéreau.


Gael García Bernal
& Charlotte Gainsbourg

The Science of Sleep
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
12:30, 4 & 7:30pm

Florence Gould Hall
Part of CinémaTuesdays: Charlotte Forever

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La science des rêves
Michel Gondry, 2006. Color. 105 min.
With Gael García Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alain Chabat
In French with English subtitles

Gorgeously inventive and achingly human, Gondry’s third feature finds him exploring memory, imagination, and love in his inimitable style. Stéphane (García Bernal) spends his days in an office and his evenings tinkering with homemade gadgets—and at all times, he pines for his neighbor, Stéphanie (Gainsbourg).

Review
A film full of extraordinary reveries. Sweet, crazy, and tinged with sadness… a wondrous concoction.
—J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

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Yvan Attal & Charlotte Gainsbourg

My Wife is an Actress
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
12:30, 4 & 7:30pm

Florence Gould Hall
Part of CinémaTuesdays: Charlotte Forever

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Ma femme est une actrice
Yvan Attal, 2001. Color. 95 min.
With Yvan Attal, Charlotte Gainsbourg
Terence Stamp, Noémie Lvovsky
In French with English subtitles

Gainsbourg and Attal, married in real life, are immensely charming as an onscreen couple in this shrewd comedy aimed at celebrity and romance. A journalist adores his actress wife, but is sent into a neurotic panic when she is cast as the love interest of a debonair international star.

Review
What gives 'My Wife is an Actress' its extra juice is the natural energy exchange between the spirited real-life couple, who conjure the sort of credibly warm interplay that is hard to fake and probably harder to reproduce in front of a camera.
L.A. Times

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Charlotte Gainsbourg & Yvan Attal

Happily Ever After
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
12:30, 4 & 7:30pm

Florence Gould Hall
Part of CinémaTuesdays: Charlotte Forever

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Ils se marièrent et eurent beaucoup d’enfants
Yvan Attal, 2004. Color. 100 min.
With Charlotte Gainsbourg, Yvan Attal,
Terence Stamp, Johnny Depp
In French with English subtitles

Gainsbourg’s second collaboration with Attal after the success of My Wife is an Actress finds three friends approaching middle age considering their past, present, and possibly future experiences with love. With great comic insight and graceful filmmaking, Attal examines fidelity, marriage, and the paths to happiness we sometimes struggle to find.

Review
Carried off with grace, wit and refinement.
The New York Times

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Charlotte Gainsbourg

La Bûche
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
12:30, 4 & 7:30pm

Florence Gould Hall
Part of CinémaTuesdays: Charlotte Forever

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La Bûche
Daniele Thompson, 1999. Color. 106 min.
With Sabine Azéma, Emmanuelle Béart, Charlotte Gainsbourg
In French with English subtitles

At Christmas time, three daughters reunite to assist their grieving mother after the funeral of their stepfather. Now adults who lead very different lives, these women gather to confront a shared past and redefine their family. Gainsbourg won a Best Supporting Actress César for her performance as Milla, the youngest daughter.

Review
Even if you hate everything about the holidays—and especially if you hate the kind of movies that herald them— you will find much to love in La Bûche.
—A.O. Scott, The New York Times

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Amoureuse

Lover
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
12:30, 4 & 7:30pm

Florence Gould Hall
Part of CinémaTuesdays: Charlotte Forever

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Amoureuse
Jacques Doillon, 1992. Color. 99 min.
With Charlotte Gainsbourg, Yvan Attal, Thomas Langmann
In French with English subtitles

Doillon, whose keen understanding of youth is without peer, offers with Lover the story of a girl who becomes the object of infatuation of an older man. Already dating another boy, Marie (Gainsbourg) struggles with the persistence of Paul (Attal), whose interference in her life is a distraction—and, possibly, a temptation.

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Charlotte & Serge Gainsbourg

Charlotte for Ever
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
12:30 & 7:30pm

Florence Gould Hall
Part of CinémaTuesdays: Charlotte Forever

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Charlotte for Ever
Serge Gainsbourg, 1986. Color. 94 min.
With Charlotte Gainsbourg, Serge Gainsbourg,
Roland Bertin, Roland Dubillard
In French with English subtitles

Note: Adult content. Mature audiences only.

A rare screening of this notorious and misunderstood film. Serge Gainsbourg wrote, directed, and starred in this dark and fascinating tale of a screenwriter grieving over his wife’s unexpected death. Suicidal, he turns for affection to the only remaining link to his wife—his daughter.

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Charlotte Gainsbourg

L’Effrontée
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
4pm

Florence Gould Hall
Part of CinémaTuesdays: Charlotte Forever

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L'Effrontée
Claude Miller, 1985. Color. 96 min.
With Charlotte Gainsbourg, Clothilde Baudon,
Bernadette Laffont, Jean-Claude Brialy
In French. NO English subtitles

Winner of the Prix Louis-Delluc, L’Effrontée earned Gainsbourg the “Most Promising Actress” César for this, her first starring role. As a teenager in rural France, Charlotte (Gainsbourg) is frustrated and bored with home life. But a young pianist upends her world with talk of opportunity elsewhere, far from her family.

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Charlotte Gainsbourg

Kung-fu master!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
12:30, 4 & 7:30pm

Florence Gould Hall
Part of CinémaTuesdays: Charlotte Forever

Kung-fu master!
Agnès Varda, 1988. Color. 80 min.
With Jane Birkin, Mathieu Demy,
Charlotte Gainsbourg, Lou Doillon
In French with English subtitles

Mary-Jane (Birkin), a divorced mother of two, grows close to a teenage boy she met at her daughter’s party. Through conversations, vacations, and video games, the pair’s relationship evolves in a way that confuses their families and even themselves.

Review
Varda’s empathetic direction anchors this delicate, but often powerful story. It is doubtless the most beautiful role played by Jane on the big screen.
—J. Nacache, La Revue du Cinéma

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Venue & Ticket Information

Venue
Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th Street

Ticket Prices
FIAF Members Free** ($2 advance tickets)
Non-Members $10
Students with ID $7

**Free tickets for FIAF Members are distributed on the day of the event. Please present your Membership card at the box office. Members may purchase tickets in advance for $2.

New York State Council on the Arts a State agency
American Airlines
Cultural Services of the French Embassy Florence Gould Hall

Curated by Marie Losier

Special thanks to the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, MK2, and Nathalie Hubert

Cinéma at FIAF is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency

Winter 2010 Sponsors:
American Airlines, the official airline of FIAF
Cultural Services of the French Embassy
Culturesfrance
Florence Gould Foundation
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency

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