festival of films starring French/British actress Charlotte Gainsbourg (above, left) -- the daughter of France’s mythical couple, pop sensation and provocateur Serge Gainsbourg, and British actress and singer Jane Birkin.
Presented by the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) and taking place each Tuesday from January 12 (yeah, last week) through February 23, the series will include the New York premiere of Persécution (2009), one of Ms Gainsbourg's latest films. While I've seen many of the movies in the series (all of which are worth your time), there are several I still need want to catch -- Persécution, for instance -- and will report on here.
Charlotte Forever is the fest's title (taken from a phrase and film-title delivered by the actress' equally famous father: “Charlotte For Ever and forever in my heart.” And while you can still catch Ms Gainsbourg in one of the year's worst (but most-talked-about-on-the-fest-circuit) films -- AntiChrist -- I'd advise instead a look at the actress in any of the films below.
January 19 at 12:30 pm, 4 and 7:30
Directed by Yvan Attal, 2001. Color. 95 min.
With Charlotte Gainsbourg, Yvan Attal, Terence Stamp and Noémie Lvovsky
Gainsbourg and Attal, married in real life, are immensely charming as an onscreen couple in this shrewd comedy aimed at celebrity and romance. A journalist adores his actress wife, but is sent into a neurotic panic when she is cast as the love interest of a debonair international star. (This one is loads of fun and has some worthwhile things to say about celebrity and acting: TM)
FIAF presents CinémaTuesdays: Charlotte Forever
Times and titles detailed above.
FIAF - Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street
(between Park and Madison Avenues)
$10; $7 students; Free for FIAF Members
fiaf.org | 212 307 4100
fiaf.org | 212 355 6160
Subway - 4, 5, 6, N, R and W to 59th Street & Lexington Avenue;
F to 63rd Street & Lexington Avenue; E to 53rd Street & 5th Avenue
Bus - M1, M2, M3, M4, Q31 to 59th Street; M5 to 58th Street