Young French Cinema

“Sensuality & intellectual engagement,” “thrilling vibrancy” of “a booming new generation,” “emotional & carefree story-telling” distilling “a blend of style & intensity” ... contemporary French directors have consistently been singled out for praise by the international press in the last few years.

A program of UniFrance and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Young French Cinema offers a selection of today’s best French films and filmmakers. The program focuses specifically on rising talents from France, from high-profile independent works, to powerful documentaries and quirky discoveries. This program stands as proof that this young generation of contemporary French filmmakers is—more than ever—a genuine melting pot with a global vision and an amazing capacity to combine cultural influences. Across a wide range of subject matter, their work is innovative in both style and storytelling. Most of the films selected in this program have premiered in the US in one of the top US festivals, but do not currently have US distribution.