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'Jealous' ('Jalouse'): Film Review

'Jealous' ('Jalouse'): Film Review
Although she hasn’t lined up as many masterpieces as Isabelle Huppert, nor does she have the cinema populaire appeal of Sophie Marceau, 51-year-old actress Karin Viard has carved an impressive niche for herself in French films of the past decade or so.

In movies like My Piece of the Pie, 21 Nights With Pattie, On Air and Lulu femme nue, she’s used her impeccable comic timing and deadpan delivery to portray women going through tricky midlife crises, yet managing to come out on top through a mix of serendipitous encounters, sexual awakenings or good old Gallic sang-froid.

Her latest starring...
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China's Huayi Brothers to Remake Sophie Marceau's 'The Party'

China's Huayi Brothers to Remake Sophie Marceau's 'The Party'
Chinese film studio Huayi Brothers Media has partnered with French mini-major Gaumont to co-produce a Chinese-language remake of French comedy The Party (La Boum, 1980), the first film to star Sophie Marceau.

Also partnering on the project is Shanghai-based production company Aim Media, best known for the hit Chinese reality series Running Man, and later film adaptation of the same name, along with the hit romantic comedy Beijing Love Story. Aim's CEO Li Yaping will serve as a producer on the remake, along with Huayi Brother's CEO Jerry Ye.

The partnership was announced at a Huayi Brothers-hosted party on the eve...
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Gaumont Expands Heritage Film Activities Abroad

Gaumont Expands Heritage Film Activities Abroad
Paris — Boasting one of Europe’s biggest movie libraries, the 120-year-old French company Gaumont is seeking to expand the scope of its activities linked to heritage films.

Launched about five years ago, Gaumont’s work around its heritage movies is starting to pay off.

The studio has recently started partnering with international festivals, markets and film institutions to showcase its films as well as team up on restoration.

The French company recently hosted a film retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and showed a portion of its “Gaumont: 120 Years of Cinema” exhibit and film retrospective in Singapore. Next up, Gaumont’s classic films will travel to Myanmar (formerly Burma) for the fourth edition of the Memory! festival, which will pay tribute to Gaumont’s president Nicolas Seydoux.

After restoring director Louis Malle’s movies last year, the Paris-based mini-major will also be partnering with a prominent
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'The Odyssey' to close San Sebastian

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Biopic based on the life of Jacques Cousteau.

The 64th San Sebastian Festival (Sept 14-24) is to close with the world premiere of The Odyssey, a film based on the life of Jacques Cousteau, written and directed by Jérôme Salle.

The €35m film looks at the challenging relationship between the underwater exploration pioneer and his son Philippe. The screenplay is based on the books Mon père, le Commandant Jacques-Yves Cousteau, by Jean Michel Cousteau, and Capitaine de la Calypso, by Albert Falco.

Salle is perhaps best known for writing action romance The Tourist, starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, and directing both Cannes 2013 closer Zulu and César-nominated Anthony Zimmer, which starred Sophie Marceau.

The Odyssey stars Lambert Wilson, Pierre Niney and Audrey Tautou in the parts of Cousteau, his son Philippe and his wife, respectively.

Wilson’s, known for performances in Xabier Beauvois’ Of Gods and Men and André Téchiné’s Rendez-vous, will make his
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Power and Resistance: Andrzej Żuławski’s "On the Silver Globe"

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“There is in every one of us, even those who seem to be most moderate, a type of desire that is terrible, wild, and lawless.”—The Republic, Book IX 572bWhat’s the best way to describe the mania of an Andrzej Żuławski film? William Grimes, eulogizing Żuławski for The New York Times chose “emotionally savage.” J. Hoberman used “hyperkinetic,” “frenzied,” and “‘awful’ in its root sense of inspiring dread. Daniel Bird, writing about the most recent Lincoln Center screenings in New York, chose “deeply disturbing.” These descriptors make perfect sense after experiencing a Żuławski film, but I’ve never been able to sell his films to a newcomer this way. How could I? They’re much too primal for adjectives in our delicate English language, crafted to communicate Enlightenment-era ideas in a pleasing series of vibrations. The intensity of this director’s films could only be described in some sort of ancient Lovecraftian squelching,
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UniFrance Launches First French Film Market at Miami Fest

UniFrance Launches First French Film Market at Miami Fest
UniFrance, the French film promotion org, is launching the first edition of Mercado del Cine Frances, a mini-mart hosted this week during Miami Intl. Film Festival.

As part of the mini-mart, UniFrance is organizing 26 screenings of French films in theaters of the Regal chain. The first edition has drawn 17 French sales agents including Wild Bunch, Le Bureau, Elle Driver, Le Pacte, Bac, Gaumont, Snd and Versatile, and 27 Latin American distributors, including Mexico’s Mantarraya and Nueva Era Films, which organizes a French Film Tour all year around in Mexico and central America, Brazil’s Imovision, Argentina’s Cdi and Cine Colombia.

The Mercato is part of our strategy to organized targeted events in key markets around the world — we already have the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in Paris, New York, Seoul and Tokyo,” said Gilles Renouard, managing director of UniFrance. “The Latin American is growing very rapidly — Mexico actually boasts
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Harker’s Hits: new on DVD/Blu-ray!

Harker’s Hits: new on DVD/Blu-ray!
This week delivers up a wealth of joy. Cannibal Women! Zombies! Curses! Sinful Dwarfs! Doctor Who! So let’s dive in and see just how we’re going to spend our week!

Cannibal Women In The Avocado Jungle Of Death

With a title like that, do you even need to know more? Yeah? Well, it stars 1982 Playboy Playmate of the Year Shannon Tweed. And Adrienne Barbeau from Swamp Thing and Creepshow. (Fun Fact: Adrienne Barbeau played Rizzo in the original Broadway production of Grease! And got a Tony nom for it! What!) And Bill Maher, before he got all respectable with his own HBO show and all. To avoid an avocado shortage, an anthropology professor (Tweed!) heads into the avocado jungle of Southern California to confront the man-eating Piranha Women tribe. How the cannibals are affecting the avocado crops is anyone’s guess. But, hey, I live in SoCal, and
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Andrzej Zulawski, Polish Director, Dies at 75

Andrzej Zulawski, Polish Director, Dies at 75
Andrzej Zulawski, a Polish director who spent most of his professional life in France after irking the Communist government at home, died Feb. 17 after a long struggle with cancer. He was 75.

Zulawski was known for an idiosyncratic approach to storytelling and films characterized by “explosions of violence, sexuality, and despair,” according to website Culture.pl, which also noted that “the vision of the world portrayed in his films has been described as tragic, shocking and hysterical”; his methods yielded from actresses including Romy Schneider, Isabelle Adjani and Sophie Marceau some of the best performances of their careers.

Zulawski’s son Xawery, himself a film director, wrote on Facebook late Tuesday that his father was “terminally ill with cancer and undergoing intensive therapy in hospital in Poland.”

Zulawski had not made a film in more than a decade until coming out with “Cosmos,” which starred Sabine Azema and won best director
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Daily | Andrzej Zulawski, 1940 – 2016

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Le Monde is among the many French papers reporting today that Polish director and novelist Andrzej Zulawski passed away last night, succumbing at the age of 75 to his battle with cancer. Just yesterday, news broke that Kino Lorber would be bringing Cosmos, Zulawski's first feature in 15 years, which premiered last year in Locarno, where it won the best director award, and has just screened in Berlin's Critics' Week, to the Us. During his years in France, Zulawski worked with the likes of Romy Schneider, Isabelle Adjani and Sophie Marceau. J. Hoberman in the New York Times: "His movies are seldom more than a step from some flaming abyss, with his actors (and audience) trembling on the edge." » - David Hudson
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Emir Kusturica to head Shanghai fest jury

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Emir Kusturica to head Shanghai fest jury
Ian McKellen will attend the festival on behalf of the BFI and British Council’s Shakespeare on Film programme.

Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica will head the jury for the Golden Goblet Award at this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival (Siff), which will run June 11-19.

Kusturica has won the Cannes Palme d’Or twice, for When Father Was Away On Business in 1985 and Underground in 1995.

This year’s Siff will also present a special Shakespeare on Film programme with the British Film Institute and British Council. Ian McKellen will attend Siff and take part in an event on June 12 to discuss his 1995 film Richard III, directed by Richard Loncraine.

Siff will also build on its collaborations with the Tokyo International Film Festival (Tiff) and Busan International Film Festival (Biff). In 2015, Siff recommended three Chinese features to Tiff – Young Love Lost, which was selected for Tiff’s Asian Future section, and River and
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Niney, Exarchopoulos, Haenel, Kateb Headline UniFrance Rendez-Vous

Paris – “Five,” featuring Pierre Niney, “Boss’s Daughter,” a Wild Bunch market premiere, and “Irreplaceable,” on Le Pacte’s books, will all screen at the 18th UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the biggest national film market in the world.

Other potential highlights, of new films screening, take in Indie Sales’ “Dofus – Book 1: Julith,” Bac’s “The Great Game,” Films Distribution’s “Good Luck Sam,” a EuropaCorp drama, “Stop Me Here,” Elle Driver’s “Jailbirds,” Pathe’s “Come What May” and The Other Angle’s “The Roommates Party.”

Running Jan. 14-18 in Paris, the Rendez-Vous will also highlight the state and direction of France’s movie export industry, the biggest in the world after the U.S. in its sales agents numbers and, with the U.K. –depending on the definition of what constitutes a U.K. film – in theatrical gross and companies revenues.

Putting this into perspective, the French and U.
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Afm: Elle Driver signs films from Bouchareb, Grau, Cleven, Dana

Exclusive: Oscar-nominated Bouchareb explores plight of parents who lose children to Isis.Elle Driver has boarded Jorge Michael Grau’s earthquake drama 7.19 am and Rachid Bouchareb’s Road to Istanbul [pictured], about a mother who goes in pursuit of her Isis recruit daughter, ahead of the American Film Market (Afm). The company also start pre-sales on Audrey Dana’s comedy If I Were a Boy, in which she stars as a woman who wakes up with a penis, and Harry Cleven’s fantasy romance Angel. Franco-Algerian Bouchareb’s Road to Istanbul stars Belgian actress Astrid Whettnall as a single mother on a quest to find her 18-year-old daughter after she leaves Belgium to join the Islamic State with a Jihadist boyfriend. “My goal is to film the incomprehension of a mother totally caught off guard by the changes in her daughter on reaching legal age… Alone, divorced and abandoned by the authorities, she must try
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Spotlight on the films of Women Horror Directors

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Although relatively scarce, horror movies directed by women are out there. You may have to turn over a few rocks to know who they are and their material might be a little more difficult to get your hands on, but these directors deserve just as much attention and scrutiny as their male counterparts, who have long dominated the genre. The following discusses selections of female directors’ forays into the business of terror. (This post contains spoilers)

Antonia Bird

The late director Antonia Bird’s Ravenous is a bizarre amalgamation of humor and horror that explores cannibalism with warped nuance. The strangely cacophonous score builds up tension as craven outcasts face a glutinous and depraved attacker whose strength seems fortified by his consumption of human flesh. Set during America’s westward expansion, the metaphor of humanity’s insatiable appetite for power is plain to see, but its execution indulges in such
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Countdown to Spectre – The World Is Not Enough Review

Ricky Church continues his countdown to Spectre with a review of The World Is Not Enough

Over the years The World Is Not Enough, James Bond’s 19th adventure, has proven to be a rather divisive film. Some fans love it for its somewhat grounded plot and strong female roles while others hate it for the few crazy elements and nearly goofy villains. While perhaps not the best in Pierce Brosnan’s time as Bond, it is certainly not the worst of his films or of the franchise.

After playing an unwitting part in the assassination of an oil baron, MI6 assigns Bond to protect Elektra King, the late man’s daughter, from the terrorist Renard. This leads him into a conspiracy to destroy her family’s pipeline, but Bond soon discovers things are much murkier than they appear, especially in Elektra’s case.

Brosnan does a better job this
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Dsm: Oettinger stresses special case for film industry

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Dsm: Oettinger stresses special case for film industry
The principle of territoriality should be preserved for the European film industry in the European Commission’s (EC) plans for a Digital Single Market (Dsm) strategy, according to Günter Oettinger, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society.

Speaking at this year’s Munich Media Days conference, Oettinger argued that “if one is striving for a digital single market and has a digital vision of Europe, then, as a general rule, national boundaries should no longer be observed because they were created by Napoleon” and then re-drawn at international conferences in Vienna, Versailles, Potsdam and Yalta after the Napoleonic, First and Second World Wars, respectively.

“Napoleon knew little about digital services and communication or about electronic media,” he observed. “National boundaries may be important for culture, language, economic policy and education, but I regard national and regional boundaries to be increasingly irrelevant in the digital sector.”

Turning to the case of the film industry in Europe, he pointed
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European Film Communities Support Refugees With ‘For A Thousand Lives’ Appeal

European Film Communities Support Refugees With ‘For A Thousand Lives’ Appeal
A powerhouse of film industry players including Michel Hazanavicius (“The Artist”), Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Laurent Cantet, Béla Tarr will be speaking out for refugees at the European Parliament today.

Their appeal, named “For a Thousand Lives: Be Human,” aims at bringing European governments to “respond to refugee matters by acting jointly, in solidarity, and with humanity, in accordance with the EU’s founding values,” stated the delegation.

“The European Union must offer legal ways for people fleeing war and terror to seek protection in the EU.

European nations must act in solidarity. The Dublin Convention has led to precarious situations for refugees and unjust burdens on the EU’s border countries,” read the appeal.

The petition also says equitable relocation of refugees among the E.U. states is not enough — “European countries must create living conditions for refugees that embrace personal freedom, physical safety without restriction, and offer access to work and education.
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Jessica Chastain wants to play a Bond villain, and we want her to too

Jessica Chastain wants to play a Bond villain, and we want her to too
Jessica Chastain would like to play a Bond villain, and the more we think about it, the more we want her to play a Bond villain too.

The award-winning Crimson Peak, Interstellar and Zero Dark Thirty veteran would make a fantastic antagonist to 007, so don't go suggesting any Bond Girl roles.

"One of my goals is to play a villain in a Bond film," Chastain told W Magazine.

"People ask me if I want to be a Bond girl, and I say, 'No, I want to be the villain'. I'm waiting for that call!"

She's previously alluded to her Bond bad guy desires back in 2013, when she told The Playlist: "Enough of the graceful characters, I want to get my hands dirty."

Previous female villain roles in the Bond canon include Octopussy's, um, Octopussy (Maud Adams), A View to a Kill's May Day (Grace Jones) and The World Is Not Enough
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Busan: ‘Immortal,’ ‘Walnut Tree’ Share Top Prizes

Busan: ‘Immortal,’ ‘Walnut Tree’ Share Top Prizes
Top prizes at the Busan Film Festival were shared between Iranian director Hadi Mohaghegh’s “Immortal” and Kazakh director Yerlan Nurmukhambetov’s “Walnut Tree.”

Prizes for the New Currents competition section were announced Saturday morning and selected by a jury headed by Taiwanese actress, director and screenwriter Sylvia Chang.

The awards were formally presented to the winners Saturday evening at a closing ceremony ahead of the screening of Chinese film “Mountain Cry.” The closing ceremony took place under the rain and with attendees wearing rain jackets.

Kurdish singer Helly Luv performed “Revolution,” a song from Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi’s “A Flag without a Country.” According to Kim Ji-seok, the festival’s executive programmer, the festival had kept Luv’s performance under wraps until the very last minute, as she has repeatedly threatened by the Islamic State. “Revolution” conveys a message of peace and anti-war, as well as anti-is. New
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8 Worst Bond Girls Of All Time

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The part may not appeal to students of Stanislavski’s system, but there’s more to being a Bond girl than the ability to pout on demand. Nobody’s going to accuse Diana Rigg, Sophie Marceau or Eva Green of coasting on their looks, and it’s worth noting that neither actress made it to the end credits in their respective films. Action, romance and tragedy – sounds like a good role.

That said, there are also actresses who, for one reason or another, just didn’t work out. They were appearing in a bad film, they didn’t possess “It” or maybe their character was a joke that didn’t come off.

For instance, if you attempt to kid the audience that the buxom female lead, who wears shorts and a tight top, is also a nuclear physicist, you may be underestimating the intelligence of your audience a tad.
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Ivans Xtc | Retrospective for Bernard Rose at the American Cinematheque Review

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Notes from Hollywoodland: Rose’s Heady, Meaningful Tolstoy Update

“It is as if I had been going downhill while I imagined I was going up,” realizes the titular protagonist of Leo Tolstoy’s famed novella The Death of Ivan Ilyich. Considered a masterpiece of Russian literature and published in 1886, director Bernard Rose takes the text and transposes it to the turn of the following century in Hollywood with his 2000 film Ivans xtc., an undertaking that sounds tedious but actually makes for quite an apt and inspired adaptation. One hardly needs to be readily familiar with Tolstoy’s novella to appreciate or understand what the film is ultimately up to, but doing so provides an alternative subtext in approaching what Rose is doing—specifically that one of humankind’s most enduring tragedies is to embrace the superficialities of existence instead of building a meaningful life, just as as Tolstoy’s character
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