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10 features and 10 shorts will be on offer.
UniFrance is launching the fourth edition of myFrenchFilmFestival.com, which will run Jan 17 to Feb 17.
Last year’s festival saw 750,000 viewings in 189 countries.
New for the 2014 edition are the addition of platforms including iTunes in 80 territories. SpectiCast will make the selections available to more than 1,000 cinemas worldwide, and 400 airlines will offer the films via partner Skeye.
The festival will showcase 10 first and second features and 10 shorts.
The jury for the filmmakers award will be led by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and also include Lynne Ramsay, Marco Bellocchio and Anurag Kashyap. A press award, audience award and social networks award will also be handed out.
The films are:
In a Rush, directed by Louis Do Lencquesaing
Little Lion, directed by Samuel Collardey
Maddened by His Absence, directed by Sandrine Bonnaire
The Virgin, the Copts and Me, directed by Namir Abdel Messeeh
The Rendez-Vous of Déjà-Vu, directed by Antonin »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
Marrakech, Morocco– Alice Winocour’s period drama “Augustine,” Jean-Christophe Dessaint’s artsy toon “The Day of The Crows,” and Marc Fitoussi’s comedy “Pauline Detective” are among the 10 pics set to compete at Unifrance’s fourth edition of MyFrenchFilmFestival.com, an online fest.
U.K.’s Lynne Ramsay (“We Need to Talk About Kevin”), Italy’s Marco Bellocchio (“Vincere”) and India’s Anurag Kashyap (“Ugly”) have come on board to serve on the filmmakers’ jury which will be presided by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (“The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet,” who succeeds “The Artist” helmer Michel Hazanavicius.
Pics will also vie for the international press, audience and social networks nods.
Web users will have access to 10 feature-lenghts and 10 shorts subtitled in 13 languages and available across 20 platforms, including iTunes, in 80 territories.
Fest was created by Unifrance to promote French films that are still available in many international territories. Although the initiative is not exactly lucrative, »
- Elsa Keslassy
French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet and his longtime visual effects expert Alain Carsoux will be among the top speakers at the Ile De France Film Commission’s annual ParisFX conference running Dec 4-5.
Carsoux, whose career kicked off as a digital compositor on Jeunet’s The City of Lost Children, now has more than 100 films credits to his name, including most recently Grace of Monaco and Turning Tide.
He will discuss his recent work on Jeunet’s The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet, which hit screens in France in October, and will also participate in a conversation with the director on their 20-year collaboration, which also included working together on the worldwide hit Amélie.
Other key speakers in the two-day conference devoted to the special effects industry, the programme of which was unveiled by the Ile de France »
In making Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s lastest film, The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet, stereographer Demetri Portelli was out to prove that 3D is creative, and that quality 3D footage could be shot on schedule and on budget. "3D is not just hitting a button in post," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "It is something discussed and planned and played with and it is very creative." Portelli, whose credits as a stereographer include Martin Scorsese's Hugo, claimed the use of 3D was unjustly blamed in some circles for that film's exceeding budget and schedule. "It was just a large
- Adrian Pennington
Imagine, if you will, that we're back in 1994 and instead of Robert Zemeckis the job of directing Forrest Gump had been handed to Jean-Pierre Jeunet who had somehow blasted the 2001, Amelie era version of himself back in time to take the job. And then imagine that instead of shrimp and romance tying the modern day storyline of the film together that the here and now was occupied with a hundred year old man stealing a suitcase crammed full of drug money and set off cross country with it. Presto! You've got the Felix Herngren directed adaptation of Jonas Jonasson's hugely popular - over three million copies sold - novel The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared. Here's how...
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As mainstream French films continue to lose market share to Hollywood pics at home, Pathe, one of Gaul’s biggest film production and distribution institutions, has laid off nine people and is planning to drastically reduce its lineup.
The pinkslips hit the distribution department at the Paris office. The international sales division and U.K. office were not affected by the layoffs.
Pathe will have released 20 movies by the end of the year and, according to French trade Le Film Francais, the studio is looking to reduce its distribution slate to 10 pics going forward and be more selective in its choice of French films.
While Pathe remains France’s No. 1 distributor in 2013, it was severely hit by the poor B.O. performance of higher-profile local pics such as Fabien Onteniente’s “Turf” (pictured above), Daniele Thompson’s dramedy “It Happened in Saint-Tropez” and Daniel Auteuil’s “Marius” and “Fanny,” adapted »
- Elsa Keslassy
The reaction to Ridley Scott's "Alien" pseudo-prequel "Prometheus" has been wildly varied (to say the least). A healthy outpouring of outrage has been directed at both Scott and screenwriter Damon Lindelof for their perceived lack of respect for the original franchise and inability to answer essential questions that were promised. Well, it still made a whole lot of money. And, as Scott recently confirmed, a sequel is being worked on.
During a press conference for his equally divisive new movie "The Counselor" (read our review here), Scott confirmed that work is chugging along on the sequel, according to Metro. The filmmaker, who is currently shooting the Biblical epic "Exodus" with Christian Bale in the role of Moses, said cagily that, "'Promethus' is being written right now. Number two." As Metro points out, earlier this year Rapace confirmed that she was committed to the sequel and had recently met with Scott to discuss it. »
- Drew Taylor
After being initially sqeezed out by Jean Pierre Jeunet’s 3D adventure drama “The Young and Prodigious Spivet,” Alfonso Cuaron’s phenomenon “Gravity” has finally snatched up a one-week slot at Gaul’s five Imax screens, kicking off tomorrow (Oct. 23).
Imax had sparked a heated debate in France and beyond because of its decision to reserve its screens to Jeunet’s pic for two weeks, from Oct. 16 to the 30th, which had made it impossible for Warner Bros. to release “Gravity” in Imax. The commitment to “Spivet” was presented by Imax as being part of its mandate to build relationships with local film industries and play a mix of homegrown indies and studio films. It previously screened such mainstream French comedies as Alain Chabat’s “Houba! On The Trail of The Marsupilami.” “In light of the smashing success of ‘Gravity’ we finally decided to program it for a week, before »
- Elsa Keslassy
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 17 Oct 2013 - 06:29
Here are 25 more great, unsung films - this time, from the year 1994...
Yes, 1994. The year cinemas were dominated by such whimsical wonders as The Lion King, Forrest Gump, The Mask and, erm, True Lies. It was also the year Gump dominated the Academy Awards, and Four Weddings And A Funeral loomed large at the Baftas.
As ever, there was so much more to the year's cinematic landscape than Tom Hanks' park bench ramblings or Hugh Grant mithering from beneath his gorgously crafted hair. To prove it, here's a list of 25 films that, in our estimation, are among its most underappreciated. There's much horror, drama, tears and laughter, plus a couple of classic documentaries, too.
The debate about the use and popularity of 3D in cinemas may be raging on but the San Sebastián International Film Festival has certainly embraced the format this year – and proved that content is the key to success. The Spanish festival opened with Juan José Campanella’s 3D animated family delight Foosball (Metegol), a comedy adventure which sees a soccer table champ take on a egotistical star with the help of his table-top team. The line-up also featured Alfonso Cuaron’s breathtakingly immersive space thriller Gravity midweek and closed with Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s endlessly inventive The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet. Jeunet’s film is an adaptation of the book by Reif […] »
- Amber Wilkinson
In a satisfying confluence of source material and director, Jean-Pierre Jeunet brings his signature abundance to bear on the richly stuffed adventures of Tecumseh Sparrow Spivet, Reif Larsen’s pint-sized Montana whiz kid whose genius gets him to the Smithsonian. “The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet” is the perfect 3D vehicle and Jeunet takes full advantage, offering a feast of amusing visual flourishes suited to the book’s playfulness. Like “Hugo,” however, guessing the target audience will be tricky. An Imax 3D French rollout in mid-October could help the Weinstein Company gauge how to market their yet-to-be-dated Stateside release.
Campaign strategists will need to figure out whether the kid protag and the pic’s visualization of a precocious child’s vivid imagination jive with the very adult expletives used by Judy Davis’ Smithsonian undersecretary, Ms. Jibsen. Given the repeated cuss words, it’s likely the producers are hoping for a mid-teen and older crowd, »
- Jay Weissberg
If you.re a Francophile or just an avid fan of French comedies, you probably know the works of Dany Boon. The celebrated comedian who starred in such sidesplitting movies as The Valet, My Best Friend and Jean-Pierre Jeunet.s Micmacs became a cheered director back in 2008 with the release of Welcome to the Sticks (or Bienvenue Chez Les Ch.tis as it.s known in France). The comedy he co-wrote, helmed, and fronted proved a big hit with critics and audiences in his native land, and even drew the notice of Will Smith, who pondered an American remake. Now, Boon.s looking to follow these achievements with a big breakthrough in America. Deadline reports Boon has recently moved to Los Angeles, and will make his Hollywood debut with The Ambassadors from the Fox-supported production company Invention Films. An ensemble comedy penned by Tripper Clancy, The Ambassadors will focus on »
When he was eight, Jean-Pierre Jeunet would marvel at 3D pictures on his View-Master. It was a popular toy where someone could see a sequence of stereoscopic images printed on a cardboard disc inserted into a handheld viewer. “It my first step into cinema,” the director of Amelie fondly recalled, “because I would adjust the frame in the viewer to change the order, and I’d imagine a new kind of film.” Little did Jeunet know that his beloved View-Master would lead to him to direct an entire film in 3D 52 years later. Jeunet was speaking about the pleasures — […] »
- Allan Tong
Peter Debruge: Looking back on 11 days and several hundred movies, it’s somewhat disheartening to realize this is the year that Oscar hype all but overwhelmed the Toronto Film Festival. Things have been gradually building up to this, considering that the festival served to launch such best-picture winners as “American Beauty,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “The King’s Speech” and “Argo,” among others, but it’s unfortunate that this hollow chatter has taken the place of substantial conversation about the merits of the many films on offer, the vast majority of which were conceived with no designs on earning little gold statues.
There’s a silver lining for those who’ve been following from a distance all the buzz around such heftily financed pictures as “12 Years a Slave,” “August: Osage County,” “Rush,” “Gravity” and “Prisoners,” as well as the scrappy, super-indie “Dallas Buyers Club,” a movie no one wanted to make but »
- Scott Foundas, Justin Chang and Peter Debruge
★★★☆☆ Audrey Tautou has never quite cast off the elfin shadow of her breakout role in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amélie (2001). Over the past decade, she's taken on her fair share of more austere roles, and few have seen her turn a performance as restrained as in Thérèse Desqueyroux (2012) - out now on DVD and Blu-ray. The second adaptation of one of Françoise Mauriac's most famous novels, the period drama was brought to the screen as the swansong of French director Claude Miller. As a whole, the film resembles its protagonist: a cool, staid veneer and languorous way of life giving way to surprisingly effective tension.
Thérèse (Tautou) is the free-spirited daughter of a wealthy landowner that spends hazy summers in the South of France staying with a doting aunt. She frolics her days away with best-friend, Anne (Anaïs Demoustier), and several years later she finds herself preparing for an arranged marriage to Anne's cloddish brother, »
- CineVue UK
When you love a filmmaker, it’s always exciting to see them stretch outside of their comfort zone. In the case of Sylvain Chomet, there was something undeniably fascinating about the idea of the man who made Triplets Of Bellville and The Illusionist trying his hand at a live-action filmmaker this year at The Toronto International Film Festival. After all, his aesthetic is so distinct, yet still identifiably based on the real world that it was easy to imagine Chomet being one of those live-action cartoon directors like Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, or even his countryman Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Sadly, based on his live action debut Attila Marcel, it might be best if Chomet sticks to the animation arena. Maybe it’s just that the script and concept for this were the misfire regardless of format, but even so Chomet’s sense of whimsy doesn’t seem to fly when applied to real people and locations. »
- Phil Brown
Frederick Wiseman’s Film Festival—now that would be something perfect for capturing the Tiff experience, with its swarms of filmmakers and volunteers and reviewers, its exhilaration and exhaustion. Then again, that festival might also be the granola screening room seen early on in Kelly Reichardt’s Night Moves, where perfunctory applause for a cinematic eco-pamphlet is followed by an awkward Q&A session straight out of Wiseman’s High School.
The scene smartly situates its protagonists, young activists played by Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning, as alienated not just from mainstream society but also from potential alternatives—on the fringe of the fringes, a familiar position for Reichardt’s characters. Their more radical form of protest (the bombing of a Portland dam) is revealed languidly, shard by shard, in a series of concise interactions stressing process (how to buy 500 pounds of ammonium nitrate fertilizer without the proper documentation? »
- Fernando F. Croce
In the film, an adaptation of Reif Larsen's 2009 debut novel "The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet," 12-year-old inventor T.S. Spivet sets out on a solo adventure to Washington, D.C. after winning a Smithsonian Institute contest. Kyle Catlett, best known for his recurring role on the Fox serial killer series "The Following," stars as T.S. -- a "gifted child and scientist," as he describes himself in the following trailer.
"This trip scares me, but that's that. I'm leaving tomorrow for Washington, D.C.," the boy genius says before setting off on his incredible journey to claim his prize.
- Laura Larson
As much as 2012 crowned French cinema with commercial and critical hits like “The Artist” and “The Intouchables,” which powered international biz, this year’s Berlin and Cannes markets revealed a more contrasted picture for Gaul.
The international sales business has been contracting on two kinds of films: high-profile English-language titles, such as Studiocanal’s Sean Penn starrer “The Gunman,” and smaller-budgeted homegrown laffers like Gaumont’s “Me, Myself and Mum” from first-timer Guillaume Gallienne. Select niche films from well-known helmers that either have a strong topic and/or a prestigious festival pedigree have managed to travel.
And while the bulk of indie sellers are facing shrinking opportunities for all-rights deals on smaller arthouse films, midsize companies like Memento, Rezo, Films Distribution, Bac, Kinology and Urban Distribution Intl. are »
- Elsa Keslassy
One can’t help but be a little upset at The Weinstein Company and their upcoming fall slate (or lack thereof). While the usual prestige pictures are aplenty, they haven’t said a peep about what they’re doing with a few of our most-anticipated titles, namely Snowpiercer, The Immigrant and Jean-Pierre Jeunet‘s The Young and Prodigious Spivet. Today brings [...] »
- Jack Cunliffe
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