French Institute Alliance Française, Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th St. between Madison & Park Aves.
Wednesday, November 4, and Thursday, November 5, $50, 7:30
Acclaimed actor and director Mathieu Amalric has been rather busy in New York City, celebrating his fiftieth birthday with appearances at a pair of film festivals being held in his honor, “Mathieu Amalric: Renaissance Man,” at Anthology Film Archives and the French Institute Alliance Française. But most exciting, on November 4 and 5 he’ll be making his U.S. theatrical debut at FIAF, starring opposite Anne-Laure Tondu in the sixty-minute drama Fight or Flight (Le Moral des ménages). The play, about a forty-year-old musician facing a midlife crisis, is based on the 2002 novel by award-winning Parisian writer Eric Reinhardt and is adapted and directed by Stéphanie Cléau, Amalric’s wife, who was also his costar in his latest directorial effort, The Blue Room. (Amalric and Cléau will participate in a Q&A following the 7:30 screening of the film at FIAF on November 3.) Amalric is an extraordinarily sensitive actor, as seen in such films as Julian Schnabel’s The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Olivier Assayas’s Late August, Early September, and Arnaud Desplechin’s Kings & Queen, while also displaying a mischievous sense of humor, as exemplified in the French version of Wes Anderson’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox, so this stage production should be a real treat.