The crème de la crème of contemporary French film is headed our way. Presented by Film Society of Lincoln Center and UniFrance, the 23rd edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema will run from March 8 to 18 at Film Society, featuring a vibrant, female-centric lineup. Opening with the U.S. premiere of Mathieu Amalric’s Barbara, this year’s series boasts a diverse slate of narrative and documentary features, Q&A’s, and free panels. We’re premiering the trailer for you, above. 

Among the 24 films making their North American, U.S., or New York debut at Rendez-Vous are favorites from international festivals including Cannes, Toronto, and Venice, helmed both by established masters and new talents. This year’s programming especially foregrounds the strength and creativity of women, featuring works from seven female directors and a slew of stories with women at the center –– from a coming of age tale about a teenage girl going blind (Léa Mysius’s Ava) to an intimate and imaginative mother-daughter portrait (Noémie Lvovsky’s Tomorrow and Thereafter).

Additional highlights include C’est la vie!, a wedding comedy from Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano (The Intouchables). Albert Dupontel’s Jazz Age crime epic See You Up There; Hubert Charuel’s dairy farm thriller Petit Paysan; and Tonie Marshall’s feminist corporate drama Number One; as well as Film Comment presentations of Eugene Green’s magic-laden Waiting for the Barbarians and Laurent Cantent’s cerebral social thriller The Workshop. You can peruse the full slate here. There’s even a heavy metal rendering of Joan of Arc’s early life, courtesy of Bruno Dumont’s Jeannette, The Childhood of Joan of Arc– a respectable alternative if you haven’t managed to score tickets to David Byrne’s musical take on the French heroine

And for all you aspiring under-40 critics, a special $40 pass is available which includes all-day March 12th screening access, a partial Film Society membership, and a bottle of champagne to boot. Bon appétit.