Something tells us the French feminist filmmaker Catherine Breillat is not a fan of the princess trend so popular among today’s young girls. In 2009, she adapted Charles Perrault’s fairy tale Bluebeard, about a husband who murders his disobedient wives, to explore the not-so-empowering lessons learned by the story’s young female readers. Her newest film, The Sleeping Beauty, adapted from another Perrault tale, looks at mythologies told throughout history of girls in danger and how they shape our view of female behavior. On March 4, Breillat will discuss The Sleeping Beauty, at a screening at Walter Reade Theater as a part of the 16th annual Rendez-Vous With French Cinema series, presented by Unifrance. You can also catch the filmmaker on Monday at 7 at IFC (323 Sixth Avenue) for a screening and discussion about Elia Kazan’s very naughty Baby Doll, which concerns an older man whose child bride won’t allow him to touch her. We’re sure she’ll have plenty to say about that. Breillat will also be in attendance at two other screenings of The Sleeping Beauty: March 6 at 1 p.m. at IFC Center and March 8 at 1:30 p.m. at Walter Reade Theater.

Fri., March 4, 7 p.m., 2011