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Abel Ferrara Planning Film About Politician; Will Incorporate Clinton, Berlusconi and Dsk Elements

29 December 2011 5:30 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After various rumors surfing through the web these past few days, THR reports that longtime director Abel Ferrara is not developing a film based on the Dominique Strauss-Khan affairs. Gerard Depardieu and Isabelle Adjani were rumored to star, but Wild Bunch executive Vincent Maraval is denying such claims.

Maraval told Gallic media that there “is no project of this kind in production” and that “Ferarra is currently writing a script about politics, the weakness of today’s politician, who is at the same time all-powerful and lost, miserable in his personal life.” However, on a more non-fiction note, he did add that “there will be, without a doubt, a little bit of Clinton, a little bit of Berlusconi and a little bit of Dsk in the script.”

According to Maraval, the rumors began circulating on the set of Ferrara‘s last film, 4:44 Last Day on Earth, when he “jokingly »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Wild Bunch Shoots Down Reports of Dominique Strauss-Kahn Film in the Works

28 December 2011 2:38 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Dominique Strauss-Kahn sex scandal has played out like a Hollywood movie, but a top European film company is denying reports that it is involved in a Dsk-inspired film. Wild Bunch, the production, distribution and international sales company, told French press on Wednesday that rumors that it is working on a film based on the scandal are false. Reports surfaced this week that director Abel Ferrara is helming a project about the French politician who was accused of sexually assaulting an immigrant hotel housekeeper before the charges were ultimately dropped. Gerard Depardieu and Isabelle Adjani were said to

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- Rebecca Leffler

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Abel Ferrara Lining Up Movie Inspired By Dominique Strasse-Kahn, Gerard Depardieu & Isabelle Adjani Eyed For Roles

28 December 2011 8:55 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Update: Wild Bunch has clarified the film will not be about Dominique Strasse-Kahn specifically, but more generally about politicians. "Abel Ferrara is currently writing a script about politics, the weakness of today’s politician, who is at the same time all-powerful and lost, miserable in his personal life," Vincent Maraval said. Both Depardieu and Adjani are nowhere near to being locked. As you were. [THR]  Controversial filmmaker Abel Ferrara (“Bad Lieutenant,” “4:44 Last Day On Earth”) is lining up a new project that sounds as intriguing as it does tentative. Ferrara is working with screenwriter Christ Zois (who previously co-wrote Ferrara’s 1997 film “The Blackout,” and not much else) on a script that will be somewhat inspired by the sexual assault scandal involving former Imf chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Gérard Depardieu and Isabelle Adjani have been linked to the project, which will be greatly »

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Filmmaker Abel Ferrara To Helm Drama Based on Dominique Strauss-Kahn Sex Scandal

27 December 2011 9:43 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Veteran indie filmmaker Abel Ferrara, best known for his gritty dramas King of New York, Bad Lieutenant and Dangerous Game, joined producer Vincent Maraval of Wild Bunch for a drama based on the recent sex scandal of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former International Monetary Fund chief and a possible presidential candidate for France. According to Deadline, Ferrera co-wrote a screenplay with Christ Zoiz that reportedly uses elements of Strauss-Kahn’s recent sex scandal involving a New York hotel maid as well as incidents involving other famous politicians including Bill Clinton and Silvio Berlusconi. Talks began with French veterans Gérard Depardieu and Isabelle Adjani to headline the movie. »

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Filmmaker Abel Ferrara To Helm Drama Based on Dominique Strauss-Kahn Sex Scandal

27 December 2011 9:43 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Veteran indie filmmaker Abel Ferrara, best known for his gritty dramas King of New York, Bad Lieutenant and Dangerous Game, joined producer Vincent Maraval of Wild Bunch for a drama based on the recent sex scandal of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former International Monetary Fund chief and a possible presidential candidate for France. According to Deadline, Ferrera co-wrote a screenplay with Christ Zoiz that reportedly uses elements of Strauss-Kahn’s recent sex scandal involving a New York hotel maid as well as incidents involving other famous politicians including Bill Clinton and Silvio Berlusconi. Talks began with French veterans Gérard Depardieu and Isabelle Adjani to headline the movie. »

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Filmmaker Abel Ferrara To Helm Drama Based on Dominique Strauss-Kahn Sex Scandal

27 December 2011 9:43 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Veteran indie filmmaker Abel Ferrara, best known for his gritty dramas King of New York, Bad Lieutenant and Dangerous Game, joined producer Vincent Maraval of Wild Bunch for a drama based on the recent sex scandal of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former International Monetary Fund chief and a possible presidential candidate for France. According to Deadline, Ferrera co-wrote a screenplay with Christ Zoiz that reportedly uses elements of Strauss-Kahn’s recent sex scandal involving a New York hotel maid as well as incidents involving other famous politicians including Bill Clinton and Silvio Berlusconi. Talks began with French veterans Gérard Depardieu and Isabelle Adjani to headline the movie. »

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Daily Briefing. "60 Seconds of Solitude in Year Zero"

27 December 2011 12:53 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

I've only just now caught wind of a one-time-only event that took place in the Port of Tallinn last Thursday, 60 Seconds of Solitude in Year Zero, via Alison Nastasi at Movies.com: "An international collective of directors… contributed their shorts to the single 35mm film anthology that was screened for an audience one time — as part of Estonia's 2011 European Capital of Culture celebration — and then burned to the ground (along with the screen itself). Why, exactly? The project's website describes it as 'flying in the face of the cynicism of marketing, production, business operators, and the moral majority … dedicated to preserving freedom of thought in cinema.'" The roster of participating directors and artists is pretty impressive:

Brian Yuzna (USA), Michael Glawogger (Austria), Aku Louhimies (Finland), Ken Jacobs (USA), Gustav Deutsch (Austria), Tom Tykwer (Germany), Mark Boswell (USA), Malcolm Le Grice (UK), Aki Kaurismäki (Finland), Bruce McClure (UK), Mika Taanila »

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In The Works: Depardieu May Be Up to Play Scandal Monger Dominique Strauss-Khan for Ferrara

27 December 2011 11:27 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Gerard Depardieu, the stolid French star, is reportedly eager to take on the character of mysterious international economist Dominique Strauss-Khan, who found himself mired in a sex scandal with New York hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo. The twisting and evolving story surrounding the chief of the International Monetary Fund sent the one-time politicsl player back to France and scuttled his run at the French presidency. Depardieu is said to be eager to play the role opposite actress Isabelle Adjani in a project to be directed by American indie Abel Ferrara. Deadline confirms that Ferrara and his collaborator Christ Zois are developing a script; they hope to use the Strauss-Khan affair as »

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Movie News in 60 Seconds: French Sex Scandal May Head to Big Screen (Eventually), American ‘War Horse’ Impresses, French Art House Protest

27 December 2011 8:37 AM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

  French Sex Scandal: Call this wishful thinking, but a movie about sexual addiction from director Abel Ferrara, potentially starring Gerard Depardieu and Isabelle Adjani, would be worth wishing for, right? Ferrara is working on a script with occasional collaborator Christ Zois that may “include elements inspired by the lives of other politicians like Bill Clinton and Silvio Berlusconi along with [Dominique] Strauss-Kahn; Depardieu and Adjani (who first appeared together in 1976's Barocco, above) have talked with the director about working together. (Deadline) Holiday Box Office Estimates: Steven Spielberg’s War Horse broke out of the gate with two days of impressive estimated earnings, taking in more than $15 million. As expected, Mission...

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- Peter Martin

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Dominique Strauss-Khan Scandal Might Get Its Own Movie, Gerard Depardieu

27 December 2011 6:23 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

We’ll probably never know what happened between the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Khan and the hotel maid who accused him of sexual harassment, Nafissatou Diallo. It’s a modern scandal that resulted in the high scrutiny of a potential contender for the French presidency and ended with the charges being dropped completely. Still, it was enough to stop Strauss-Khan’s political aspirations – perfect for any conspiracy theorist looking for something fresher than JFK. Now, according to Deadline Neuilly, Gerard Depardieu is pissing himself to play the role and he may team up with actress Isabelle Adjani. At the front of it all is director Abel Ferrara (the original Bad Lieutenant). He and collaborator Christ Zois are working on a script that will apparently utilize the Strauss-Khan story in a larger narrative about “addiction and politicians,” according to Wild Bunch producer Vincent Maraval. Current events are definitely fodder for stories, especially »

- Cole Abaius

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn sex scandal inspires Abel Ferrara film

27 December 2011 4:27 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Gérard Depardieu and Isabelle Adjani in talks for movie that may also draw from lives of Bill Clinton and Silvio Berlusconi

Abel Ferrara, the iconoclastic director of Bad Lieutenant and The King of New York, is working on a film about political sex scandals partly inspired by the one that engulfed Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former International Monetary Fund chief and one-time French presidential hopeful.

According to website Deadline, Ferrara, who was worked intermittently in recent years but maintains a powerful reputation as a film-maker with a unique vision, is in talks with Gérard Depardieu and Isabelle Adjani to star in the project, which is still in the early stages of development. The screenplay, by Ferrera and Christ Zois, may also include elements from the lives of other politicians, such as Bill Clinton and Silvio Berlusconi, who found themselves embroiled in sex scandals.

"One thing we do know is that there's a common desire amongst Depardieu, »

- Ben Child

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Gerard Depardieu Circles Dominique Strauss-Kahn Drama

26 December 2011 12:00 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Actors G&#233rard Depardieu and Isabelle Adjani are circling roles in an untitled drama based on the Dominique Strauss-Kahn sex scandal.

Director Abel Ferrara and screenwriter Christ Zois are currently developing the project, and have met with Dominique Strauss-Kahn and his wife, Anne Sinclair. Here's what Wild Bunch head Vincent Maraval had to say about the project.

"One thing we do know is that there's a real common desire amongst Depardieu, Adjani and Ferrara to work together. But like every day in this business, we have to see if there's a film there. Today, the only reality is that they are writing something inspired by Strauss-Kahn that will focus on addiction and politicians. It's more that than the Strauss-Kahn scandal itself. If it becomes a serious thing, I'm not even sure it will be the same film with Adjani and Depardieu. If we feel there's a movie, we'll go further. »

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Zinta’s romance in Paris

14 December 2011 10:27 PM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

If you had thought that Preity Zinta had gone missing in Mumbai you would be mistaken.  The actress is in fact having the time of her life in the city of romance but for Preity the romance is simply with her work. Miss Zinta is currently in Paris for her new film Ishq in Paris, which is also her first production venture.

Tweeting about her experience Preity said “Enjoying every bit of my ‘Evening in Paris!’ The air is crisp, the mind is relaxed and the Christmas lights bring a smile to my face Ting!”

Paris being one of the most expensive cities in the world to shoot in means that no time or effort is being wasted on Preity’s next project.  In Ishq In Paris, an Indo-French project, Preity is to play a half-Indian, half-French girl who falls in love in Paris.

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- Janine Gall

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Preity Zinta signs on French actress Isabelle Adjani for Ishkq In Paris

3 December 2011 3:23 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Preity Zinta, who is just done with wrapping up her chat show Up Close and Personal with Pz, is now busy with her maiden production venture Ishkq In Paris. Preity has now gone ahead and signed award-winning French actress Isabelle Adjani to play the central role in Ishkq In Paris. Isabelle Adjani is a French film actress and was named 'The most beautiful woman in film' by Time magazine, this year. Preity and director Prem Raj sent Isabelle the script a few months ago and within a few days they got a reply from her saying she loved the script and would meet them in Paris to discuss the details. Isabelle plays the narrator in the film, who introduces the characters and the city of Paris. Ishkq In Paris is a passionate love story set against the backdrop of the Parisian fashion world. Isabelle has already started learning Hindi, while »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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Preity Zinta signs on French actress Isabelle Adjani for Ishkq In Paris

3 December 2011 3:23 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Preity Zinta, who is just done with wrapping up her chat show Up Close and Personal with Pz, is now busy with her maiden production venture Ishkq In Paris. Preity has now gone ahead and signed award-winning French actress Isabelle Adjani to play the central role in Ishkq In Paris. Isabelle Adjani is a French film actress and was named 'The most beautiful woman in film' by Time magazine, this year. Preity and director Prem Raj sent Isabelle the script a few months ago and within a few days they got a reply from her saying she loved the script and would meet them in Paris to discuss the details. Isabelle plays the narrator in the film, who introduces the characters and the city of Paris. Ishkq In Paris is a passionate love story set against the backdrop of the Parisian fashion world. Isabelle has already started learning Hindi, while »

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Preity Zinta signs French actress Isabelle Adjani for 'Ishq in Paris'

3 December 2011 2:43 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Preity Zinta has reportedly signed French actress Isabelle Adjani to star in her home production, Ishq in Paris. Directed by Prem Soni, Ishq in Paris is a passionate love story set against the backdrop of the Parisian fashion world. A source told The Times of India: "Preity and Prem sent Isabelle the script a few months ago. Within days they got an email from her saying she loved the script, and could meet them in Paris to discuss the details. Isabelle plays the narrator in the film, who introduces the characters and the city of Paris. "After Isabelle agreed to be part of the cast, she started learning Hindi as she will (more) »

- By Priya Joshi

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Mike Leigh: Berlin Film Festival 2012 Jury President (Better Not Invite Isabelle Adjani)

2 December 2011 2:28 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Mike Leigh will chair the jury of the 2012 Berlin Film Festival. Among the 68-year-old filmmaker's best known efforts are the Oscar-nominated Secret and Lies, New York Film Critics Circle Best Film winner Topsy-Turvy, Naked, Vera Drake, Another Year, and Happy-Go-Lucky. "Over the course of his nearly 40-year film career, Mike Leigh has distinguished himself as one of the most outstanding film-makers of auteur cinema and protagonists of New British Cinema," the festival said in a statement. "Leigh portrays British society in a bluntly realistic but humorous style. His films have received countless international awards and several Oscar nominations." Writing for The Guardian / The Observer, Leigh said the following about Secrets and Lies and the Oscars: Secrets and Lies then went on to be nominated for five Oscars, my first nominations. We lost out on everything to the blimmin' English Patient, which seems horrid to say now that poor Anthony [Minghella] is dead, »

- Anna Robinson

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Andrzej Zulawski's "Possession"

2 December 2011 12:43 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Andrzej Zulawski's Possession (1981) opens today at New York's Film Forum for a week-long run and, at Slant, Budd Wilkins writes that it's "a French/German co-production filmed on location throughout West Berlin (and hitting many of the same spots Wim Wenders would later use in Wings of Desire)" and "likewise bears the benchmarks of an entity divided against itself. It's certainly no coincidence that the film opens with shots of armed soldiers patrolling the Berlin Wall's liminal no man's land. Divisiveness and duplicity are at the heart of Zulawski's notorious cult film, and Possession's dramatic structure is almost as schizoid as its protagonists, married couple Mark (Sam Neill) and Anna (Isabelle Adjani), whose relationship inexplicably comes apart: The film's first half comes on like Scenes from a Marriage as directed by Lars von Trier and played at 2x speed, a lacerating depiction of disintegration both marital and psychological, »

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Mike Leigh to head 2012 Berlinale jury

2 December 2011 10:03 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Mike Leigh, the seemingly mild-mannered master of contemporary British realism, is famously a man who takes no prisoners, and one imagines this extends to the jury table at film festivals. While serving as a Cannes juror in 1997, Leigh and jury president Isabelle Adjani are said to have butted heads repeatedly: "She's simply not very bright," he airily wrote years later. So the jurors at next year's Berlin Film Festival in February will have to be on their game, as Leigh will be presiding over events: the first time, to my knowledge, that the director has headed the jury at any »

- Guy Lodge

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Juliette Binoche to Lead Bruno Dumont’s ‘La Creatrice’

26 November 2011 5:35 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

If you were to ask a cinephile who the best working actress is, at least half of them would bestow that honor upon Juliette Binoche. The reason for that answer is kind of a complicated one, but, to put it more simply, you don’t work with Godard and Kiarostami in the same lifetime if you don’t have a tremendous amount of skill in you. Despite this, she isn’t exactly a Daniel Day-Lewis type; Binoche has several projects in some state of development at the moment, with the next probably being David Cronenberg‘s already-shot Cosmopolis.

As Cineuropa (via ThePlaylist) reports, she’ll soon be working with Hadewijch helmer Bruno Dumont on the semi-biopic La Creatrice. 3B Productions and Arte France Cinéma are behind the film, which tells the true story of Camille Claudel, a woman who, in 1914, “was committed by her family to a mental asylum in »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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