Film

Casque d’Or

Tuesday, January 8, 2019
4 & 7:30pm
Followed by a wine and beer reception

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Jacques Becker’s masterpiece is the heartbreaking story of reformed criminal Manda and the prostitute Casque d’Or. From love at first sight to the guillotine, this story set in the Belle Epoque Paris features an incandescent performance by Simone Signoret.

Rendezvous in July

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
4 & 7:30pm
Followed by a wine and beer reception

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

This leisurely social comedy from Jacques Becker is an irresistible portrait of the generation of Parisians that came of age in the postwar period, roaming dark Paris streets with a love of jazz and theater, dreams of exploration, and hearts waiting to be broken.

Le Trou

Tuesday, January 22, 2019
4 & 7:30pm
Followed by a wine and beer reception

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

In one of the greatest prison break films of all time, four hardened cellmates about to carry out a long-planned escape must decide whether to trust the well-bred young convict newly assigned to their cell in Paris’s infamous La Santé prison. Directed by Jacques Becker.

Kirikou and the Sorceress

Friday, January 25, 2019
7pm
Followed by Opening Night Party

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Michel Ocelot introduces the 20th anniversary screening of his beloved film, Kirikou and the Sorceress. The film enchanted audiences worldwide and marked a turning point in the industry, unleashing a renewed interest for original and audacious animated filmmaking in France.

Ivan Tsarevitch and the Changing Princess

Saturday, January 26, 2019
11am–12pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Using his gorgeous trademark silhouetted style, Michel Ocelot conjures far-away lands of Indian palaces and Slavic castles in this film, named after a figure from Russian folklore.

Only Yesterday

Saturday, January 26, 2019
12:45–2:45pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

A special homage to the late Isao Takahata, renowned filmmaker and co-founder of Japan’s famed Studio Ghibli, Only Yesterday will be introduced by Animation First’s Guest of Honor Michel Ocelot.

Funan

NY Premiere

Saturday, January 26, 2019
7:45–9:45pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Inspired by the life of his mother, Funan by Denis Do is a beautiful story of resilience in the face of unspeakable hardship.

Robinson & compagnie

Sunday, January 27, 2019
11am–12:15pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Jacques Colombat offers a poetic, whimsical, and original take on the Daniel Defoe classic, Robinson Crusoe.

White Fang

Sunday, January 27, 2019
12:45–2:45pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Based on the novel by Jack London, this elegantly-animated adaptation follows a young wolf-dog pup through a series of encounters in the Yukon Territory during the 1890s gold rush.

Goupi mains rouges

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
4 & 7:30pm
Followed by a wine and beer reception

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

The arrival of a city slicker unleashes the cupidity driving the Goupis, an extended clan of rural innkeepers and landowners. This surprisingly dark vision of the French countryside is lifted by Becker’s gift for comedic characterization and dynamic camera style. Directed by Jacques Becker.

The Paris Opera & Ballet
Thierrée / Shechter / Pérez / Pite

NY Premiere HD Screening
Ballet

Sunday, February 3, 2019
1pm
Introduced by Adrian Danchig-Waring, Principal Dancer with NYC Ballet

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Featuring four contemporary choreographers’s work for the Paris Opera’s resident ballet company, this diverse program includes James Thierrée’s take-over of the Palais Garnier’s public spaces, Crystal Pite’s dazzling The Seasons’ Canon, Iván Pérez’s premiere for ten male dancers and Hofesh Shechter’s new version of The Art of Not Looking Back.

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
4 & 7:30pm
Followed by a wine and beer reception

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

This outlier in Jacques Becker’s filmography finds the legendary Fernandel leading a dazzling widescreen adaptation of the tale of Ali Baba, complete with eye-popping colors, belly-dancing numbers, and the displaced Marseille accents of its Provençal cast.

Falbalas

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
4 & 7:30pm
Followed by a wine and beer reception

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

An affair between a celebrated fashion designer and his best friend’s fiancée leads to tragedy in this gripping melodrama set in the world of haute couture. Jacques Becker’s stylish direction contrasts Paris glamor and the passion simmering beneath the surface.

Edouard and Caroline

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
4pm
Followed by a wine and beer reception

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

As struggling young couple Edouard and Caroline eagerly prepare for his potentially career-launching piano recital at her rich uncle’s penthouse, a missing waistcoat and a daringly altered dress threaten to put an end to their marital harmony. Directed by Jacques Becker.

Antoine and Antoinette

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
7:30pm
Followed by a wine and beer reception

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

In Jacques Becker’s zippiest, most stylish romantic comedy, the loss of a winning lottery ticket sends a young couple on a hunt through the streets of Paris, producing a vivid picture of working class life in the post-war years.

The Paris Opera & Ballet
Les Contes d’Hoffmann

NY Premiere HD Screening
Opera

Sunday, February 24, 2019
1pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Tenor Ramón Vargas stars in Offenbach’s episodic romance Les Contes d’Hoffmann in a spectacular production directed by Robert Carsen and conducted by Paris Opera’s Music Director Philippe Jordan. This adaptation of three tales by E.T.A. Hoffmann, with a sprinkling of Goethe’s Faust, portrays the German poet as both narrator and hero recounting his love affairs with Olympia, Antonia, and Giulietta.

Touchez pas au Grisbi

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
4 & 7:30pm
Followed by a wine and beer reception

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Jacques Becker defined the atmospheric shimmer and existential complexity of French film noir with this study of Max, a world-weary but debonair gangster whose plans for retirement are foiled by a ruthless mobster after the loot from his last big heist.