4 items from 2015
Paris– Underscoring producers’ appetite for tried-and-test material, the French film industry has warmed up to literary adaptations.
Today, one out of five Gallic movies is based on a book, and nearly 40% of the films that sell over 500,000 admission in France are based on books, according to Unifrance, the promo org which hosted a roundtable with author David Foenkinos (“Delicacy”), producer Anne-Dominique Toussaint (“French Kissers”), literary agent Francois Samuelson and editor Paul Otchakovski-Laurens during its annual Rendez-Vous market in Paris.
The spike in popularity for literary adaptations has led many French producers to launch divisions dedicated to scouting for book rights, as it’s done in the U.S., pointed out Samuelson, who added that U.S. execs are more and more inclined to acquire rights to novels before they even get published.
“Deals are done differently in France, however, due to the fact that authors here have a bigger status than American ones, »
- Elsa Keslassy
French director Catherine Corsini isn’t very well known in the Us, though many should be familiar with her 2009 title Leaving, which headlined Kristin Scott Thomas. She’s premiered at Cannes on four occasions, last in 2012 in Un Certain Regard with Three Worlds (which happens to be one of her weaker efforts—Corsini played in the Main Comp in 2001 with La Repetition). Her latest, La belle saison (The Beautiful Summer), is set in 1971, and concerns the budding relationship between two women from very different walks of life, something which throws both their lives into turmoil (which sounds an awful lot like post-war Diane Kurys material). Corsini (who often features striking actresses in her work, including Catherine Frot, Scott Thomas, and Clotilde Hesme) snags Cecile de France as one part of this duo, not to mention the always engaging Noemie Lvovsky. »
- Nicholas Bell
While Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon -- an idea that came from the actor himself when, in 1994, he told Premiere magazine that he’s worked with everybody -- has become the ultimate trivia game, it may be time to re-think who’s actually at the nexus.
Thanks in large part to Friends -- the former NBC sitcom now streaming on Netflix -- Aniston worked with a number of stars well before they were famous. And in the years since the series ended, Aniston has shared the screen with a few but key number of A-listers. But it wasn’t until she earned a 2015 Golden Globe nomination for her role in Cake that we realized she’s practically worked with everyone in Hollywood.
Look: 2015 Golden Globe Nominees in Photos
Ahead of this year’s Golden Globes, we played »
It will be intriguing to see how Saul Dibb’s long-awaited adaptation of Irène Némirovsky’s novel deals with a problem that has often confounded British film-makers: how to portray French characters played by English-speaking actors in Nazi-occupied, wartime Paris without slipping into ’Allo ’Allo!-style caricature. Michelle Williams and Kristin Scott Thomas lead Dibb’s promising cast.
Released 13 March »
4 items from 2015
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