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Odessa unveils works in progress

8 July 2014 5:59 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: The Battle of Sevastopol among ten projects being presented next week.

Sergei Mokritsky’s biopic-war drama The Battle of Sevastopol (working title) is among ten projects being presented as ‘works in progress’ at next week’s Film Industry Office programme (July 14-17), taking place during the fifth Odessa International Film Festival (July 11-19).

The €3.6m Ukrainian-Russian co-production between Kiev-based Kinorob and Russia’s New People had been pitched during last year’s Industry Office programme in Odessa, and has been shooting in Kiev and Odessa after an initial shoot on the Crimea at the end of the last year.

The historical drama centres on the life of Lyudmila Pavlichenko who killed over 300 Nazis during the Second World War as a highly decorated sniper.

Yulia Peresild has been cast as Pavlichenko, who enjoyed a 16-year friendship with Eleanor Roosevelt (played here by UK actress Joan Blackham) and inspired a song written by the legendary folk singer [link=nm »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Fanny Ardant on Obsessive Rhythms in Karlovy Vary

7 July 2014 6:17 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Asia Argento and Nuno Lopes in Obsessive Rhythms She was one of the original Nouvelle Vague stars. Now Fanny Ardant, who after more than 60 films, 25 theatre runs and a dozen-plus television series, has emerged as a grande dame of French cinema, although do not mention the phrase in her presence.

She continues to reinvent herself – not least behind the camera as a director. That’s the reason she’s at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival for presentations of Obsessive Rhythms (Cadences Obstinées) a drama about a former cellist stuck in a dead-end relationship with an obsessive architect and featuring an impressive cast of Asia Argento, Nuno Lopes, Ricardo Pereira, Gerard Depardieu, and Franco Nero.

"The point of view of someone else has always interested me" Photo: Richard Mowe The reviews may not have been wildly enthusiastic but Ardant is nonplussed because she never reads the critics. More successful was »

- Richard Mowe

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Gibson checks out the Czechs

24 June 2014 4:15 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Mel Gibson - honour for contribution to world cinema in Karlovy Vary

Mel Gibson will give a boost to the star power lining up for the 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival which runs from 4 to 12 July in the quaint spa town close to Marienbad.

The Festival will honour Gibson’s contribution to world cinema. Gibson (58), best known for his roles in Braveheart and Lethal Weapon, recently has played an ex-con who protects his estranged teenage daughter from murderous drug dealers in Blood Father, from French director Jean-François Richet. Erin Moriarty also stars and Peter Craig adapted the script from his novel.

Fanny Ardant - goes behind the camera for the third time

Another stellar name will be French actress and now director Fanny Ardant who will present her third film behind the camera Obsessive Rhythms (Cadences obstinées), in which Asia Argento stars as Margo, a brilliant classical musician who »

- Richard Mowe

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Karlovy Vary Film Festival to Honor Mel Gibson

24 June 2014 3:12 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Prague — The 49th Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival will honor Mel Gibson with its kudo for contribution to world cinema, and will host French helmer/thesp Fanny Ardant, screening her third film, “Obsessive Rhythms” (Cadences obstinees), organizers have announced.

Fest, running July 4-12 in the ornate western Czech spa town, will also see Laura Dern presenting the David Lynch Palme d’Or winner “Wild at Heart,” and its main prize jury will be headed by Spanish producer Luis Minarro, whose “The Mosquito Net” won the Karlovy Vary Crystal Globe in 2010. Co-jurors will be Slovak filmmaker Mira Fornay (“My Dog Killer”), cinematographer and helmer Phedon Papamichael (“Nebraska”), Icelandic rocker Kjartan Sveinsson of Sigur Ros, and Czech helmer/producer Viktor Taus.

Fest’s East of the West jury, awarding film from the former East Bloc, will be headed by Turkish director and fest organizer Ahmet Boyacioglu, while Israeli producer and sales agent »

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Karlovy Vary to honour Mel Gibson

24 June 2014 3:08 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Other guests of the festival will include Hollywood actress Laura Dern and French actress Fanny Ardant as well as directors Alice Rohrwacher, Bong Joon-ho and David Mackenzie among others.

Mel Gibson is to receive the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema at the 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Kviff), which runs July 4-12.

The actor and filmmaker will attend the festival in the Czech Republic to receive the honour and present a screening of his most recent work as a director, the 2006 action-adventure Apocalypto.

The Crystal Globe is the festival’s highest award and has been presented in previous years to John Travolta and Helen Mirren.

Gibson is best known for his roles in Mad Max and the Lethal Weapon series as well as for his award-winning turns as director of Braveheart and The Passion of the Christ. He will next be seen in action sequel The Expendables 3.

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Film Review: 'Bright Days Ahead'

20 June 2014 4:47 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆Written and directed by Marion Vernoux, making her return to the big-screen after a decade-long hiatus, Bright Days Ahead (2013) is an observant look at the simultaneous pangs and various liberties of ageing, detailing the story of a retiree who goes on something of a personal and sexual reawakening. The François Truffaut alumni and effortlessly alluring Fanny Ardant plays Caroline, a 60-year-old woman who has begun to reach an impasse in her unexpectedly dull post-retirement life. Caroline, at the behest of her daughters, begins attending classes at her local all-purpose seniors club, 'Bright Days Ahead', which offers fellow pensioners a selection of courses ranging from acting to wine-tasting.

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Callas, Streep, and "Master Class"

19 June 2014 10:37 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Tyne Daly played the role on BroadwayYou've undoubtedly heard the news by now that Meryl Streep will be playing opera diva Maria Callas in the film adaptation of the play Master Class, about Callas teaching a voice class at Juilliard. Well, telefilm adaptation I guess... so ink Streep down for the Emmy whenever that arrives since Hollywood is all about over-rewarding the winners. On stage the role has been played by Fanny Ardant, Zoe Caldwell, Faye Dunaway and Tyne Daly. Master Class is, in a way, a distant cousin to The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie as each involve an imperious older woman teaching students while also basically monologuing about her own glory days.

Terence McNally's play has been around since 1995 and as recently as last Winter Faye Dunaway, who played the role in a Los Angeles production, was still being interviewed about her struggle to get it on film. »

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Casting: Meryl Streep Reportedly Reteaming With Mike Nichols For Maria Callas Biopic & More

19 June 2014 7:18 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

While Hollywood has tried for years to mount a Maria Callas biopic (we haven't heard much about Niki Caro's developing movie for a while now), it's not like it hasn't been done. Over a decade ago, Fanny Ardant toplined Franco Zeffirelli's "Callas Forever," and now Meryl Streep — who will be showing off her pipes later this year in "Into The Woods" — is giving it a go. The actress is reportedly reteaming with Mike Nichols (“Silkwood,” “Heartburn,” “Postcards From the Edge,” “Angels in America”) for an adaptation of the Broadway play "Master Class." Told from the perspective of Callas, it frankly covers "her storied career and personal life, which included being dumped by Aristotle Onassis for Jacqueline Kennedy." The project is set up at HBO, and it would mark Nichols' first film since 2007's "Charlie Wilson's War," but it's not clear when shooting will begin. And will also curious »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Casting: Meryl Streep Reportedly Reteaming With Mike Nichols For Maria Callas Biopic & More

19 June 2014 7:18 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While Hollywood has tried for years to mount a Maria Callas biopic (we haven't heard much about Niki Caro's developing movie for a while now), it's not like it hasn't been done. Over a decade ago, Fanny Ardant toplined Franco Zeffirelli's "Callas Forever," and now Meryl Streep — who will be showing off her pipes later this year in "Into The Woods" — is giving it a go. The actress is reportedly reteaming with Mike Nichols (“Silkwood,” “Heartburn,” “Postcards From the Edge,” “Angels in America”) for an adaptation of the Broadway play "Master Class." Told from the perspective of Callas, it frankly covers "her storied career and personal life, which included being dumped by Aristotle Onassis for Jacqueline Kennedy." The project is set up at HBO, and it would mark Nichols' first film since 2007's "Charlie Wilson's War," but it's not clear when shooting will begin. And will also curious »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The HeyUGuys Interview: From Bright Days Ahead to Living in the Now – Marion Vernoux & Fanny Ardant

19 June 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Following a six year break from the director’s chair, Marion Vernoux returns with the optimistically titled Bright Days Ahead, starring icon of French cinema Fanny Ardant. Ahead of the theatrical release HeyUGuys had the pleasure to speak with both Vernoux and Ardant, who shared with us their thoughts on their careers, their creative approach and the need for real encounters and a belief in the present.

 Why your respective careers? Was there that one inspirational moment?

Marion Vernoux: I started when I was young. I wrote my first script when I was nineteen years old, and shot my first film when I was twenty four, although it wasn’t a project of a mature reflection. But that is only slightly true, because from the age of four I wanted to make films, and so I did wait fourteen years.

Fanny Ardant: There is always the mystery of »

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The HeyUGuys Interview: From Bright Days Ahead to Living in the Now – Marion Vernoux & Fanny Ardant

19 June 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Following a six year break from the director’s chair, Marion Vernoux returns with the optimistically titled Bright Days Ahead, starring icon of French cinema Fanny Ardant. Ahead of the theatrical release HeyUGuys had the pleasure to speak with both Vernoux and Ardant, who shared with us their thoughts on their careers, their creative approach and the need for real encounters and a belief in the present.

 Why your respective careers? Was there that one inspirational moment?

Marion Vernoux: I started when I was young. I wrote my first script when I was nineteen years old, and shot my first film when I was twenty four, although it wasn’t a project of a mature reflection. But that is only slightly true, because from the age of four I wanted to make films, and so I did wait fourteen years.

Fanny Ardant: There is always the mystery of »

- Paul Risker

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Bright Days Ahead Review

19 June 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Marion Vernoux’s Bright Days Ahead (Les Baux Jours) offers us a meditation on the turning points of life in the shape of a typical melodic French drama. The director’s interruption of the introductory montage of Caroline (Fanny Ardant) cut up by the bold white font of the cast credits with sharp angles, and the ominous score, opens the film with a sense of biting tension. It gives the impression that the comedy could be swept aside as darker undertones swirl beneath the surface, creating dangerous undercurrents that threaten to pull the film’s leading protagonist beneath the surface, and therein our latest experience of a light-hearted French drama.

But Vernoux knows how to offset pathos with comedy, and this approach is an effective prelude for Caroline, whose journey will be one, as is the tendency in this kind of story to learn that her life is not to be dismissed, »

- Paul Risker

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Bright Days Ahead Review

19 June 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Marion Vernoux’s Bright Days Ahead (Les Baux Jours) offers us a meditation on the turning points of life in the shape of a typical melodic French drama. The director’s interruption of the introductory montage of Caroline (Fanny Ardant) cut up by the bold white font of the cast credits with sharp angles, and the ominous score, opens the film with a sense of biting tension. It gives the impression that the comedy could be swept aside as darker undertones swirl beneath the surface, creating dangerous undercurrents that threaten to pull the film’s leading protagonist beneath the surface, and therein our latest experience of a light-hearted French drama.

But Vernoux knows how to offset pathos with comedy, and this approach is an effective prelude for Caroline, whose journey will be one, as is the tendency in this kind of story to learn that her life is not to be dismissed, »

- Paul Risker

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Film Review: Life’s a Transition for Fanny Ardant in ‘Bright Days Ahead’

13 May 2014 8:02 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – We are victims of our own circumstances, says the old adage. We are also prone to transitions, some caused by decisions we make, others thrust upon us through life itself. In a fascinating new French film, Fanny Ardant embraces a character transforming through such circumstance, and trying to understand what aging means to her in “Bright Days Ahead.”

Rating: 4.0/5.0

The title is a clever device, because it also is the name an activities center for senior citizens – think computer classes, yoga, acting – that Ardant’s character has signed up at, through a gift from her daughters. It is through that symbolically named place that her transition begins, from one life as a respected professional, wife and mother to an individual learning about rejuvenating her nerve endings. The film is blissfully French in atmosphere and attitude, in addition to being a showcase for the delicate beauty and truth of the lead actress. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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‘Bright Days Ahead’ a laid-back, but overly familiar French romantic drama

8 May 2014 9:16 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Bright Days Ahead

Written by Fanny Chesnel and Marion Vernoux

Directed by Marion Vernoux

France, 2013

The opening credits to the new French film Bright Days Ahead, so named for the senior club the lead character joins in the opening scenes offer a sense of the urgency that the film itself isn’t interested in matching. Director Marion Vernoux cuts between the credits, presented in a stylish and large font, and Fanny Ardant’s protagonist, and does so quickly. The movie that follows these credits, which are dealt with briskly, is more laid-back in its style and presentation. While fast pacing isn’t a requirement for quality filmmaking, the imbalance is hard not to notice, as it’s unclear what Vernoux’s choice belies. Did she mean to throw the audience off guard from the outset? Was it simply a case of her wanting to spend as little time as possible on non-story matters? »

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Tribeca Film Festival 2014: Bright Days Ahead

7 May 2014 3:45 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

In the past year, Caroline (Fanny Ardant) has lost her best friend to breast cancer, quit her job as a successful dentist, and fallen into a depression. Hoping to help their mother find a new purpose in life, Caroline’s daughters buy her a trial package to Bright Days Ahead, a local senior’s educational center. She finally agrees to give it a try and finds herself attracted to a much younger computer teacher Julien (Laurent Lafitte), and despite the age difference, the attraction is mutual. They start an affair, using extra classes at Bright Days Ahead as Caroline’s cover, and they spend their afternoons together smoking weed, eating cookies in bed, and having sex. When people around town start to notice the affair, Caroline has to make a choice between the womanizing Julien and her devoted husband Philippe (Patrick Chesnais).

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Screen Legend with Longest Film Star Career Turns 97 Today

1 May 2014 2:59 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Danielle Darrieux turns 97: Darrieux has probably enjoyed the longest film star career in history (photo: Danielle Darrieux in ‘La Ronde’) Screen legend Danielle Darrieux is turning 97 today, May 1, 2014. In all likelihood, the Bordeaux-born (1917) Darrieux has enjoyed the longest "movie star" career ever: eight decades, from Wilhelm Thiele’s Le Bal (1931) to Denys Granier-Deferre’s The Wedding Cake / Pièce montée (2010). (Mickey Rooney has had a longer film career — nearly nine decades — but mostly as a supporting player in minor roles.) Absurdly, despite a prestigious career consisting of more than 100 movie roles, Danielle Darrieux — delightful in Club de femmes, superb in The Earrings of Madame De…, alternately hilarious and heartbreaking in 8 Women — has never won an Honorary Oscar. But then again, very few women have. At least, the French Academy did award her an Honorary César back in 1985; additionally, in 2002 Darrieux and her fellow 8 Women / 8 femmes co-stars shared Best Actress honors »

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'Bright Days Ahead' Star Fanny Ardant on Never Slowing Down: 'I never think of life in terms of holidays'

25 April 2014 7:52 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Like many of her middle-aged French peers (Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Charlotte Rampling, Isabelle Huppert, and co.), Fanny Ardant remains an in-demand talent across the pond. Whereas in America, actresses over 50 are often delegated to playing the doting mom or frumpy grandma (if they're offered anything at all), in France, the roles seem to get better with time for celebrated actresses. At 65, Ardant (best known to American audiences for her role in 1981’s "The Woman Next Door," directed by her late partner François Truffaut) is afforded one of the best roles of her career in Marion Vernoux's "Bright Days Ahead," which opens today in select theaters (you can also catch it On Demand). In the drama, Ardant plays Caroline, a married, recently retired dentist with two daughters and grandchildren, who takes up computer classes at a senior center. There she meets a 40-ish computer consultant (Laurent Lafitte), and it's »

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We Love You, You Bastard (Salaud, on t’aime) | 2014 Colcoa Review

24 April 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

A Man and His Women: Lelouch’s Latest a Lumbering, Bloated Ensemble

Nearing his 80’s and with over fifty credits to his name, Oscar and Palme d’Or winning director Claude Lelouch bows his latest venture, We Love You, You Bastard, co-written with writer/actress Valerie Perrin, a title that elicits the kind of chuckles the film itself does not. A dysfunctional family drama harpooned on a comedy of errors scheme flaccidly spins into an ellipses of Bunuelian progeny patterns before a sharp left into Agatha Christie territory extends the running time by an unnecessary forty five minutes. With a varied cast of major French talents, there are a handful of successful moments, but without pronounced payoff. At best, a fluff piece showcasing some industry pros, the increasingly erring narrative mistakes wonky details for subtle prowess and is unfortunately a grating effort from the master director, whose other more recent »

- Nicholas Bell

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Capsule Movie Reviews (Apr. 23): 'A Promise' and four more

23 April 2014 3:09 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

A Promise

Not Rated, 1 Hr., 35 Mins.

Director Patrice Leconte seems to have cribbed from the Merchant Ivory playbook for a lukewarm tale of repressed desire set in 1912 Germany, where a young engineer (Richard Madden) comes between his sickly boss (Alan Rickman) and his wife (Rebecca Hall). It’s well made but drearily familiar, what with its stolen glances and pleas of “No, we mustn’t!” (Also available on VOD) B- —Chris Nashawaty

New Release

Blue Ruin

R, 1 Hr., 32 Mins.

Revenge is a dish best served cold, and the same can go for revenge movies. Looking more like a middle manager than Charles Bronson, »

- EW staff

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