For this CinéSalon series, acclaimed French filmmaker Arnaud Desplechin selected five films that have inspired his artistic vision and nourished his lifelong love affair with cinema. From international blockbusters to lesser-screened films by cult filmmakers, including Martin Scorsese and Ingmar Bergman, all the films delve into matters of love.
On March 8, the 7:30pm screening of Diane will be followed by an exclusive in-person Q&A between Arnaud Desplechin and the film’s director Kent Jones (former director of the New York Film Festival).
View complete film schedule below.
Arnaud Desplechin is known for his award-winning films Oh Mercy! and Kings & Queen. His new film Deception will screen at Rendez-Vous with French Cinema at Film at Lincoln Center this March.
Arnaud Desplechin: “Thinking of Madam Bovary or Anna Karenina, Philip Roth said that adultery was most definitely the main theme of 19th century novels. Stanley Cavell established that divorce and remarriage was the big concern in American comedy. Having just adapted Philip Roth’s Deception, I want to offer you an appreciation of infidelity in cinema. But, is it really about conjugal infidelity or about being true to oneself? I think of love as an instrument of knowledge. Conjugal relations can either take away or illuminate it, while romantic adventures kindles it. And cinema has always known how to capture that spark. Over the course of these five films, five times you’ll see a woman and a man launching into a romantic adventure and by leaving, they find themselves.”