By Mark Bell | April 26, 2012

The inaugural Champs-Élysées Film Festival, taking place June 6-12, 2012 in Paris, has announced their full lineup. The festival will also have a tribute to Harvey Weinstein, screening a retrospective of 11 films throughout the week. From the official press release:

The Champs Elysees Film Festival will present a jam-packed line up and full program of events at the inaugural edition of the 7-day Festival, June 6-12, President Sophie Dulac announced today. The Champs Elysees Film Festival will be comprised of the following sections: Official Selection of American Independent Films, French Galas, American Galas, Oscar Nominated Foreign Language Films and Shorts. A tribute to Harvey Weinstein will be presented on June 6 at an event to celebrate his career. Weinstein will participate in a roundtable conversation to discuss French/American co-productions and a Retrospective of 11 of his films will be shown throughout the week.

The American independent films selected as part of the inaugural program include Richard Linklater’s BERNIE with Jack Black, Shirley Maclaine and Matthew McConaughey; JESUS HENRY CHRIST with Toni Collette and Michael Sheen; Bruce Beresford’s PEACE, LOVE & MISUNDERSTANDING starring Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener and Elizabeth Olsen and MARINA ABRAMOVIC: THE ARTIST IS PRESENT. An Audience Award will be given out to the most popular American Independent. American Galas include Jennifer Westfeldt’s FRIENDS WITH KIDS and Wes Craven’s MY SOUL TO TAKE in 3D.

French films include COMME UN HOMME directed by Safy Nebbou; JOURNAL DE FRANCE directed by Claudine Nougaret and Raymond Depardon; VOUS N’AVEZ ENCORE RIEN VU directed by Alain Resnais and WRONG helmed by Quentin Dupieux.

In addition, the Festival is launching U.S. in Progress, an enterprise created to present American independent films in post-production to European buyers with the intent to promote the distribution of American independent films in Europe. The program works to forge inroads between the generation of talented American filmmakers emerging today and European buyers. U.S. in Progress is a joint initiative of the American Film Festival in Wroclaw Poland, the Champs Elysees Film Festival and Paris-based Black Rabbit Film.

Dulac explains the impetus to launch the Champs Elysees Film Festival, “As Paris’ first truly international film festival, our mission is to create a bridge between the independent American and French film industries. In the most beautiful city in the world and one with a worldwide association to cinema, the Champs Elysées Film Festival will be a celebration of film promoting the work of young filmmakers and honoring the work of established directors.” She adds, “We want to throw a spotlight on independent film from France and the U.S. We will welcome famous names, offer new films, open up discussions between members of the film industry, give short films a special showcase and invite audiences to gala previews.”

The Champs Elysees Film Festival has selected esteemed French Actor Lambert Wilson for the role of French President and Michael Madsen has accepted the role of the Festival’s U.S. President.

The festival will pay tribute to the actor Donald Sutherland who will be at the Festival to host a screening of the masterpiece KLUTE directed by Alan J. Pakula followed by a “Hollywood Conversation” with the iconic actor. Frederic Mitterrand will bestow Sutherland with the medal of Commander of Arts and Letters that evening.

Official Selection of American Independent Films

BLANK CITY, a documentary directed by Celine Danhier’s

BERNIE directed by Richard Linklater starring Jack Black, Shirley Maclaine and Matthew McConaughey

JESUS HENRY CHRIST with Toni Colette, Jason Spevack and Michael Sheen

KEEP THE LIGHTS ON directed by Ira Sachs

LUV directed by Sheldon Candis

MARINA ABRAMOVIC: THE ARTIST IS PRESENT, Matthew Akers acclaimed documentary

NOT WAVING BUT DROWNING directed by Devyn Waitt

PEACE, LOVE & MISUNDERSTANDING directed by Bruce Beresford starring Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener and Elizabeth Olsen

TABLOID, Errol Morris fascinating documentary

THE PERFECT FAMILY, directed by Anne Renton and starring Kathleen Turner, Emily Deschanel and Jason Ritter

French Galas

ADIEU BERTHE directed by Bruno Podalydès

COMME UN HOMME directed by Safy Nebbou

DU VENT DANS MES MOLLETS directed by Carine Tardieu

JOURNAL DE FRANCE directed by Claudine Nougaret and Raymond Depardon

LA CLINIQUE DE L’AMOUR directed by Artus de Penguern

L’AIR DE RIEN directed by Grégory Magne and Stéphane Viard

MAINS ARMEES directed by Pierre Jolivet

QUAND JE SERAI PETIT directed by Jean-Paul Rouve

VOUS N’AVEZ ENCORE RIEN VU directed by Alain Resnais

WRONG helmed by Quentin Dupieux.

American Galas

AFTER LIFE directed by Agnieszka Wojtow

BRAKE directed by Gabe Torres

BITCH SLAP directed by Rick Jacobson

FRIENDS WITH KIDS directed by Jennifer Westfeldt

MY SOUL TO TAKE (3D) directed by Wes Craven

PERFECT HOST directed by Nick Tomnay

TERRI, directed by Azazel Jacobs

SUMMERTIME directed by Matthew Gordon.

The Champs Elysees Film Festival intends to reflect the diversity of international production by offering the public a selection of the 2012 Oscar nominated foreign language films, some never before seen in France:

BULLHEAD directed by Michael R.Roskam (Belgium)

DANS SES VEUX directed by Juan José Campanella (Spain/Argentina) (2010)

MONSIEUR LAZHAR directed by Philippe Falardeau (Canada)

UNE SEPARATION directed by Asghar Farhadi (Iran)

72 DAYS directed by Danilo Serbedzija (Croatia)

LETTERS TO ANGEL directed by Sulev Keedus (Estonia)

VOLCANO directed by Runar Runarsson (Iceland)


More than thirty short films comprise the Champs Elysees Film Festival’s Official Selection of Short Films which were selected by a French industry team as well as four major film school programs: University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and Columbia University’s Columbia University Film Festival for the United States and Paris-based film school La Femis for France:

French Shorts Selection

HURLEMENT D’UN POISSON directed by Sébastien Carfora

IT’S A MIRACUL’HOUSE directed by Stéphane Freiss

LES MEUTES directed by Manuel Schapira

MON CANARD directed by Emmanuelle Michelet & Vincent Fouquet

LES GROSSESSES?DE CHARLEMAGNE directed by Nicolas Slomka and Matthieu Rumani,

PLUME directed by Barry Purves

PERSONNE(S) directed by Marc Fouchard

LA FILLE DE L’HOMME directed by Manuel Schapira

KISS & KILL directed by Alain Ross

USC School of Cinematic Arts Shorts Selection

LITTLE SPOON directed by Lauren Fash

ELLEN directed by Kyle Hausmann-Stokes

EFRAIN directed by Matthew Breault

FIG directed by Ryan Coogler

THE NATURE OF FALL directed by Tomer Stolz

New York University Tisch School of the Arts Shorts Selection

LITTLE HORSE directed by Levi Abrino

BORDER LAND directed by Alexander Smolowe

PREMATURE directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green

DOWN IN NUMBER 5 directed by Kim Spurlock

Columbia University Film Festival Shorts Selection

ROLLING ON THE FLOOR LAUGHING directed by Rusel Harbaugh

MOTHERLAND directed by Shario Siddiqui

HATCH directed by Christoph Kusching

CROSSING directed by Gina Atwater

OFF SEASON directed by Jonathan Van Tulleken

THE HIROSAKI PLAYERS directed by Jeff Sousa

La Femis Shorts Selection

GOOSE directed by Morgan Simon

DEMAIN CE SERA BIEN directed by Pauline Gay

ON TRAKS directed by Laurent Navarri

BYE BYE WILD BOY directed by Julie Lena

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