Rendez-vous – French Film Festival in Rome 2024

Rendez Vous festival

The Cinema Nuovo Sacher will host Rendez-Vous 2024

The 14th-edition of Rendez-vous, the festival dedicated to new French cinema, will be held in Rome and will then make stops, with special sections and guests, in Bologna, Florence, Turin, Milan and Naples. In the capital it runs from April 3rd to April 7th, at the Cinema Nuovo Sacher. The program allows local audiences to explore contemporary French cinema in all its diversity, from arthouse to mainstream films.

This is the most important Italian film event dedicated to French cinema; it was born from an initiative of the French Embassy in Italy, and is co-organized by the Institut français Italia and Unifrance, the French cinema and audio-visual promotion agency in the world. The project manager is Rémi Guittet and the artistic direction is entrusted to Vanessa Tonnini.

The guest of honor of this 14th edition is an icon of international cinema: CATHERINE DENEUVE.

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Rendez Vous
Les Films du Kiosque / Carole Bethuel

Presented in the Cannes Première section in 2023, the film tells the passionate and artistic relationship between the renowned painter Pierre Bonnard and his artistic and life companion, Marthe, portrayed by a formidable pair of actors: Vincent Macaigne and Cécile De France. It is on this double portrait of the couple that Provost focuses his gaze, investigating love, passion, and the artist’s life in a work of great sensuality, imbued with light and melancholy. In his eighth film, the director revisits the themes that are closest to his heart: the relationship between life and creation, but above all, women’s emancipation, their relationship to the world of art and institutions.

L’ÉTOILE FILANTE | by Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon

Rendez Vous
Moteur S’il Vous Plaît

Seven years after the success of “Paris Pieds Nus,” presented at the Rendez-Vous festival, Abel and Gordon return with their unmistakable charm, both burlesque and poetic, in a comedy tinged with noir. In their fifth feature film, premiered at the Locarno Festival 76, we find the two tightrope walkers embarking on an eccentric detective investigation.

With sophisticated gags, refined choreography, and quirky humor, along with a harmonious palette of primary colors, the duo, delving into the characters’ past, illuminates their present. A pure distillation of joyful and childlike melancholy, a concentrated essence of the cinema to which Abel and Gordon have accustomed us.

RIEN A PERDERE | by Delphine Deloget

Rendez Vous
David Koska / Curiosa Films

Deloget’s debut work confirms her directing skills, as well as Virginie Efira’s talent in the intense and moving role of a mother fighting against a miscarriage of justice that took away her son. A rhythmic and emotional social drama, explored with a pure, detached gaze, with the camera glued to its protagonist. “I wanted to film,” says the director, “what remains in a family when everything explodes.” The film was presented at Cannes in the Un Certain Regard section in 2023.

LE RAVISSEMENT | by Iris Kaltenbäck

Rendez Vous
Mact Productions / Marianne Productions / JPG Films / BNP Paribas Pictures

Presented at the Semaine de la Critique, highly acclaimed and loved by critics, Kaltenbäck’s debut film is a moving and mysterious soul thriller, entrusted to the excellent performance of Hafsia Herzi. How can a lie turn everything upside down and reveal a greater truth? From these questions arises a poetic chronicle of urban loneliness of a young woman in an unusual Paris, another reflection on motherhood and femininity.


Rendez Vous
Laurent Champoussin / Karé Productions

Léa Domenach creates an irreverent and unconventional biopic: the portrait of a woman who breaks free from her stereotype to become a feminist icon, embodied by a Catherine Deneuve who is both pop and regal.

Bernadette Chodron de Courcel (Catherine Deneuve) is the first lady of France, wife of President Jacques Chirac (Michel Vuillermoz). When she finally enters the Élysée Palace, after a lifetime of working in the shadow of her husband, she hopes to obtain the position she deserves. Set aside because she is considered too old-fashioned, cold, and austere, Madame Chirac decides to take her revenge by becoming the most beloved first lady by the French people.


3 – 7 April 2024

Cinema Nuovo Sacher (Largo Ascianghi, 1)

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