Young French Cinema 2016 (07/01-08/03)


Young French Cinema 2016, a series of ten films that showcases emerging French filmmakers. All films in the series are Chicago premieres.

No other national cinema has highlighted youth so centrally and consistently. The tradition dates back to the time of the French New Wave, when Francois Truffaut’s 1959 debut THE 400 BLOWS focused attention on a celebrated movement that saw 97 new directors make their first films within a period of three years.

New directors and first films have been supported by such state-sponsored institutions as UniFrance, which promotes French cinema abroad, and the Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC), which earmarks funds for emerging filmmakers, with a mandate to favor films that are “independent” and “audacious.” Typically, 35-40% of the yearly total of French films are made by first-timers. As film historian Tim Palmer has written, “This systematic emphasis upon young cinema makes France unique.”

More at Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago 164 N. State Street | Chicago, IL 60601 Hotline: (312) 846 2800

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