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8 items from 2016


'The Odyssey' to close San Sebastian

12 August 2016 5:24 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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 »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Power and Resistance: Andrzej Żuławski’s "On the Silver Globe"

28 March 2016 3:42 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

“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, »

- Zach Lewis

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UniFrance Launches First French Film Market at Miami Fest

8 March 2016 9:37 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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 »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Harker’s Hits: new on DVD/Blu-ray!

23 February 2016 5:31 PM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

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 »

- Harker Jones

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Andrzej Zulawski, Polish Director, Dies at 75

17 February 2016 12:53 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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 »

- Carmel Dagan

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Daily | Andrzej Zulawski, 1940 – 2016

17 February 2016 4:26 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

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

14 February 2016 2:00 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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 »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Niney, Exarchopoulos, Haenel, Kateb Headline UniFrance Rendez-Vous

4 January 2016 10:41 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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. »

- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

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