Actress Catherine Deneuve attended the 2014 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema opening night premiere of "On My Way" at Paris Theater on March 6, 2014 in New York City and Examiner.com was on the red carpet. Other notables we spotted included writer/director Rebecca Zlotowski, Katell Quillevere, director Justine Triet, actress Axelle Ropert, Sebastien Betbeder, Executive Director of Unifrance Films Isabelle Giordano and film director/president of Unifrance Jean-Paul Salome, Thierry Ragobert, Antonin Baudry, actress Geraldine Pailhas and Francois Ozon, to name a few.
"We are very proud to have this opening night with Catherine Deneuve because she's a kind of an ambassador for French Cinema, but mostly she's the queen of young cinema, she's working a lot with young directors and this is very important for us, to know that we have a lot of young talents and tonight we can discover new films and new directors," Executive Director of Unifrance Films Isabelle Giordano told us.
When the legendary Catherine Deneuve arrived the photographers went crazy. She was wearing a chic black and white fur coat. She spoke with french journalists about her recent New York Magazine shoot. She said in French that she did the shoot "Because it was with Dominique Issermann…he said, 'Would you like to do some photos at a hotel with a team?' So we started doing the photos like that...I had faith that the photos would be interesting, he's a great photographer."
We also spoke with Geraldine Pailhas who stars in "Jeune & Jolie" also known as "Young & Beautiful" directed by François Ozon. She was nominated for a 2014 César Award for her work in the film. She said she is very excited to be in New York presenting her film. "It's the first movie that I'm presenting here in the United States and of course that's an event in any actress' life especially with this movie because Francois Ozon is to me one of the most interesting French directors … so it's the second time I'm working with him and he asked me to come, so it's a real pleasure for me." She said her film is "about a young girl, she's turning 17 at the beginning of the movie and she will discover sexuality, but not exactly the way you want for a mother (that I play) for her daughter to discover sexuality because she's going to be a prostitute, so that's very violent for a mother to discover such a thing from your baby and it's about the silence that can be in your family that can lead you to such a terrible situation and it's also about metamorphosis that any adolescent could get through - of course I hope not that way."
For more information on Rendezvous With French Cinema visit here. It is presented by Film Society Lincoln Center, Lacoste, Emerging Films and UniFrance.