Enjoy conversation, wine, and beer after both screenings
Henri Verneuil, 1961. 110 min. B&W. 35mm. With Jean Gabin, Bernard Blier, Renée Faure, Henri Crémieux. In French with English Subtitles.
A formidable retired prime minister returns to the fray to prevent his corrupt former protégé from being appointed to head the French government. As played by the great Jean Gabin, Prime Minister Beaufort is a lion in winter: armed with devastating quips and unshakable integrity, he fights for his ideals and his country despite the encroachment of old age.
Based on a novel by George Simenon, The President is a highly entertaining meditation on the nature of politics, full of white-knuckle political showdowns and the kind of private moments that are generally lost to history.
Struggle for Life is presented as part of "Young French Cinema", a program of UniFrance and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
Series curated by Delphine Selles-Alvarez and Léonore Chastagner.
Special thanks to Justin DiPietro (IFC Films), François Scippa-Kohn and Clémence Taillandier (Distrib Films), Véronique Jimenez (Europa Corp), Jonathan Howell (Big World Pictures), Amélie Garin-Davet (Cultural Services of the French Embassy), Adeline Monzier (UniFrance), Ilaria Gomarasca (Pyramide International), Elodie Dupont (Festival Agency), Pierre Daude (Gaumont Pathé Archives), Jean-Luc Tesson (Galatée Films), Louise Rinaldi (Ecce Films), Jennifer Houlihan Roussel (WNYC), Miriam Bridenne (Albertine).
CinéSalon is made possible
by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. CinéSalon is sponsored by Air France and Delta Air Lines, BNP Paribas, Lacoste, and Renault Nissan. Wine courtesy of Vinadeis, the exclusive wine sponsor of CinéSalon. Beer courtesy of Kronenbourg 1664, the exclusive beer sponsor of CinéSalon.
Program Sponsors: Air France and Delta Air Lines, American Society of the French Legion of Honor, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, Engie, French American Cultural Exchange (FACE), Florence Gould Foundation, Hermès Foundation within the framework of the New Settings Program, Howard Gilman Foundation, Institut français, JCDecaux, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), Office de Tourisme de Boulogne-Billancourt, and Pommery