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The Lumière Festival was created by Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux and Lumière Institute President Bertrand Tavernier six years ago here in Lyon, the birthplace of cinema. As the week-long event that wraps tomorrow has grown, it has become a favorite stop on the calendar for filmmakers, film buffs and friends of Frémaux to attend. It includes restorations, masterclasses and retrospectives, but no competition. And it’s not just art-house either — tonight’s program includes an Alien marathon presented by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and a screening of Die Hard with John McTiernan hosting. Last year’s Prix Lumière winner, Quentin Tarantino, spent several days soaking up the scene here in 2013. This year’s recipient of the Lumière Prize, which has previously also gone to Milos Forman, Gérard Depardieu, Ken Loach and Clint Eastwood, was Oscar-winning Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar.
On Friday night, a two-and-a-half hour tribute to Almodovar concluded with a rousing »
- Nancy Tartaglione
He who dares, wins. Now entering its sixth edition, Gran Lyon’s Lumière Festival, launched by Thierry Fremaux and Bertrand Tavernier from the Institut Lumière, is firmly established on the festival calendar as one of the two major meets in Europe for classic film specialists, with the Bologna Cineteca’s Il Cinema Ritrovato, and also, remarkably, a major hit with the people of Gran Lyon who flock to its screenings. There seems nothing like it in the rest of the world. Having added a Classic Films Market (Mfc) in 2013, its rise is now not only a reflection of, but also a driver of the heritage movie business. Variety talked to Fremaux, the Lumière Festival director – as well as head of the Cannes Festival – days before its the 6th edition.
After five editions, to what extent do you think that the Lumière Festival is now a global event?
The Lumière Festival »
- John Hopewell
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Synopsis: A ten-year-old cartographer secretly leaves his family’s ranch in Montana where he lives with his cowboy father and scientist mother and travels across the country aboard a freight train to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute.
Director Jean-Pierre Jenuet paints a distinctive pallet of work from Delicatessen (1991) to A Very Long Engagement (2004), but you’d probably be most familiar with the wonderful Amelie starring Audrey Tautou. Never a stranger to taking an alternative look at a story, his beautiful visuals continue in The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet alongside a strong blood-beating heart to take hold of.
T.S. Spivet tells the story of its namesake, a ten-year boy who’s a genius and impeccably portrayed by Kyle Catlett in his feature film debut. Spivet lives in Montana »
- Dan Bullock
★★☆☆☆After his lacklustre previous film Micmacs (2009) proved that high levels of visual ingenuity are nothing without a decent narrative, Jean-Pierre Jeunet returns with The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2013), an adventure film based on Reif Larsen's 2009 book The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet. Somewhat known for taking known literary works and adapting the written word into vivid worlds of meticulously designed wonderment, Jeunet takes Larsen's novel and the artwork therein and brings them illustriously to life. Kyle Catlett stars as the titular Spivet, a precocious 10-year-old with a passion for cartography and scientific invention, who lives on a Montana ranch with a family indifferent to his talents.
- CineVue UK
To celebrate the release of The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet on DVD and download from 6th October, we’ve got 3 to giveaway thanks to those folks at eOne.
From the talented director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelié) comes a heart-warming tale of one boy’s determination to pursue a career in science. Adapted from the novel The Selected Works of T.S Spivet by Reif Larsen, this childhood adventure is brought to life as The Young and Prodigious T.S Spivet arrives on DVD and download on 6 October 2014 from eOne.
The film stars Kyle Catlett as he makes his film debut as the young and gifted T.S. Spivet; BAFTA award winning Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech, Alice in Wonderland) as caring mother Dr. Clair; Callum Keith Rennie (The Killing, Californication) as Spivet’s cowboy father; and Judy Davis (To Rome With Love, The Starter Wife) as undersecretary of the Smithsonian Museum G. »
- Dan Bullock
"Whiplash" writer-director Damien Chazelle is hyper-articulate in two languages — his father is French, his mother's American and he attended school in both France and the Us — but he was near-speechless in both tongues when his film won the Audience Prize and the Grand Prix at the 40th Deauville Festival of American Film. It didn't hurt that the top prize was announced by jury president Costa-Gavras whose fellow jurors included Claude Lelouch, Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Cannes Film Festival prez Pierre Lescure. This was my 21st Deauville. Many of my French colleagues found this 40th anniversary edition too calm, low on glamour and lazy in its programming. I dunno. I saw some good movies and, at press conferences, I got to breathe some of the same air molecules as Helen Mirren and Mick Jagger (neither of whom are famous for being, uh, American.) While the fest is an undeniably pleasant event in an adorable setting, »
- Lisa Nesselson
The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival (Tiff) has announced its Special Screenings line-up of high-profile films from Japan and abroad.
Aside from previously announced opening and closing films - Big Hero 6 and Parasyte - world premieres in Special Screenings include Mamoru Oshii’s Japan-Canada coproduction Garm Wars The Last Druid, a “hybrid animation fusing pioneer CG and live-action technologies”.
Also, Isshin Inudo’s romance Miracle: Devil Claus’ Love And Magic, Sebastian Masuda’s The Nutcracker 3D and Kiyotaka Taguchi’s The Next Generation - Patlabor - Episode 10, a live action version of Mobile Police Patlabor with special footage to screen with commentary from general director Oshii.
The festival will run Oct 23-31.
Title/country/director, Wp - World Premiere
- email@example.com (Jean Noh)
Tokyo – Two new movies by sci-fi auteur Mamoru Oshii will unspool in the special screenings section of the
Tokyo International Film Festival, (Oct. 23-31)
The 21-title section showcases movies set for release in Japan in the fall and winter and includes a strong local sci-fi contingent.
In addition to the previously announced “Parasyte,” the Takashi Yamazaki alien invasion pic that will close the festival, the section will screen live-action/animation hybrid “Garm Wars — The Last Druid” and the live-action “The Next Generation — Patlabor (episode ten).” Oshii is credited as the general director on the latter picture, Kiyotaka Taguchi as the director.
- Mark Schilling
Madrid – In the run-up to Spain’s 62nd San Sebastian Festival, which kicks off Friday, Adolfo Blanco’s A Contracorriente Films has taken off the table for Spain one of its biggest draws at this year’s event: Antonio Banderas’ starrer “Automata.”
Also having bought San Sebastian closer “Samba,” A Contracorriente no packs with Golem thebiggest punch of any Spanish distributor at the Festival: Six picks in all, including two of Spain’s four competition entries.
World premiering Sunday in competition at San Sebastian, “Automata” will boast Banderas’ presence, the biggest budget of any new bow at the Festival. “Automata” also marks Banderas bow in the sci-fi genre, and his highest-profile production to date at his Spain-based Green Moon shingle, founded in »
- John Hopewell
Ana Lily Amirpour’s “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” won the Cartier prize for best film from the Revelation jury — comprising Audrey Dana, Anne Beres, Lola Bessis, Christine & the Queens, Freddie Highmore and Clemence Poesy.
The Michel »
- Elsa Keslassy
Sundance winner Whiplash won the Grand Prize in Deauville Saturday night, awarded by the jury including incoming Cannes president Pierre Lescure and legendary French directors Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Claude Lelouch, Andre Techine and Costa-Gavras. The drumming drama from director Damien Chazelle, which received a long standing ovation at its screening, also won the audience award for favorite film of the festival. Chazelle said that receiving the prize from the jury stacked with Oscar, Cesar and Palme d'Or winners was a special honor. "I feel like Deauville has taken a little piece of me, mostly my money at the casino, but this
- Rhonda Richford
Seeds of Yesterday: Horovitz’s Debut a Tonally Uncomfortable Adaptation
Playwright and screenwriter Israel Horovitz makes his directorial debut with My Old Lady, an adaptation of his own play which originally opened back in 2002. At times a richly observed portrait of coming to terms with the traumatic events of the past when we’re finally forced to, more often than not, the film’s awkward tonal shifts lends the film a generally unpleasant ambience. There’s no smooth segue from its belabored setup from hokey comedy to unctuous soap opera of seedy family secrets. Fans of its three main star attractions will find Kline, Smith, and Scott-Thomas in overall fine form, though the artificial quality of the material often makes their interactions feel forced.
A down and out New Yorker in his late 50’s, Mathias Gold (Kevin Kline) thinks he’s solved all his financial problems when his estranged father »
- Nicholas Bell
Jessica Chastain was the darling of Deauville Friday night, accepting a career honor from incoming Cannes president Pierre Lescure at the opening ceremony just three short years after receiving the newcomer award at the festival. "I'm such a fan of French cinema. I take so much inspiration from your filmmakers, writers, actors and actresses. To be welcomed and encouraged by you is a dream come true for me," she said, as she stood onstage with legendary directors Costa-Gavras, Andre Techine, Claude Lelouch and Jean-Pierre Jeunet. In his speech, Lescure, whose tenure officially started in July, called Chastain
- Rhonda Richford
Visionary director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie) puts a surreally disorientating spin on the series as Sigourney Weaver's Ripley endures her fourth encounter with the nastiest xenomorphs in the universe. Here, she is resurrected by geneticists who - somewhat foolishly- have cloned her in an attempt to replicate the alien DNA that has been impregnated within her for 200 years. So when a crew of space smugglers (including Ron 'Hellboy' Perlman and a mysterious Winona Ryder) intercept the research vessel she's on, they get more than they bargained for. »
The first time I recall Terry Gilliam‘s name being used to sell me on a movie it was City of Lost Children, but that was through a critic blurb making a comparison between the Brazil director and City‘s Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro. Prior to that, though, he’d actually lent his name as a presenter for their Delicatessen. I might not have discovered those movies without the endorsement. Later, Gilliam also put his name in a similar manner on Bill Plympton’s Idiots and Angels. As a Gilliam fan, I fell in love with Jeunet’s work immediately, while I’d already been into Plympton and now had more reason to appreciate the animation legend. I don’t know that Gilliam attached his name to anything before, between or after those two — I’m not counting the BBC TV adaptation of the book The Last Machine: Early Cinema and the Birth of the »
- Christopher Campbell
There may be no other genre of film that juggles trends as often and openly as horror. One decade it’s the slasher; one decade it’s the ghost story; the next it’s found footage. The door does and will continue to revolve. That’s not going to change.
Fortunately for fans of this diabolical branch of celluloid, every now and then those shifts come on the heels of a landscape-altering production or the birth of a franchise destined to change the way we view film. We’ve seen movies evolve so much in the last 80-plus years it’s insane.
It’s almost hard to grasp, but it happens. And it often takes career-defining projects and game-changing films to make the shift a reality. Here are 15 horror franchises that enhanced or completely altered the face of horror as we know it.
Ridley Scott’s greatest achievement, »
- Matt Molgaard
Paris– Adele Haenel (“Love at First Fight”), Anais Demoustier (“The New Girlfriend”) and Reda Kateb (“Lost River”) are among the 10 Talents to Watch selected by Unifrance, the French film promotion org.
The other actors and directors selected by Unifrance are actors Raphael Personnaz, Celine Salette, Gaspard Ulliel and four femmes directors Celine Sciamma, Mia Hansen-Love, and Alix Delaporte and Melanie Laurent, who is also a popular actress.
Haenel, who delivered a breakthrough performance in Katell Quillevere’s “Suzanne,” showed her range in Thomas Cailley’s “Love at First Fight” (“Les Combattants”), in which she played the lead actress. A fresh romantic dramedy set in an Army survival program, “Love at First Fight” proved to be Directors’ Fortnight hit, winning a record four awards.
Haenel also starred in Andre Techine’s “French Riviera” which played at Cannes in the official selection.
Demoustier made her debut at age 13 in Michael Haneke’s »
- Elsa Keslassy
Haugesund, Norway– Deauville will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a strong competition lineup of U.S. indies, leading up with Anton Corbijn’s “A Most Wanted Man” and Reese Witherspoon starrer “The Good Lie.”
The Normandy-set festival will also play Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight alumni: Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash” and Jim Mickle’s “Cold in July,” as well as David Robert Mitchell’s “It Follows,” a Critics’ Week competitor. Other contenders include Nathan Silver’s “Uncertain Terms,” Mark Jackson’s “War Story,” Ira Sachs’s “Love is Strange,” Mike Cahill’s “I Origins,” Carter Smith’s “Jamie Marks is Dead” and Gregg Araki’s “White Bird in a Blizzard.”
Beyond “Whiplash,” which won Sundance’s grand jury prize, Deauville will play three other feature debuts: Ana Lily Amirpour’s “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,” A.J. Edwards’ “The Better Angels” and Saar Klein’s “Things People Do.”
Deauville will also »
- Elsa Keslassy
London — U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 revealed today that the new chief of its filmmaking division, Film4 — which has backed Oscar-winning pics like Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” and Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire” — would be David Kosse, who is president, international, at Universal Pictures. Variety spoke to Kosse about his new role.
Kosse, who joins Film4 on Nov. 1, said it was a bit early to speak about specific plans for Film4, but added that he had no intention of changing the “creative remit” of the production unit. “There continues to be a focus on emerging filmmakers, young talent and creative risk-taking,” he said.
Recent pics from emerging U.K. talent backed by Film4 include Yann Demange’s feature debut “’71,” which premiered in Berlin competition, and Daniel Wolfe’s first film “Catch Me Daddy,” which bowed in Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight.
- Leo Barraclough
Kosse joins from Universal Pictures where he is president, international, and will take up his new post on Nov. 1.
Kosse will oversee the development, financing and green-lighting of all feature films, and support for the production and distribution of all Film4-backed releases both in the U.K. and internationally.
See Also: Film4’s New Chief David Kosse Speaks to Variety About Challenges of Role
Upcoming pics include Lone Scherfig’s drama about a boisterous Oxford student dining club, »
- Leo Barraclough
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