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One of a dozen projects announced in March by Flagship Entertainment, the joint venture between Warner Bros., China Media Capital and broadcaster Tvb, “The Adventurers” will start shooting this summer at Prague Studios and in and around the Czech capital, Karlovy Vary, Lednice, Bouzov and other locations through September. Then it will move to France.
- Panos Kotzathanasis
Szabolcs Hajdu’s sharply observed portrait of dysfunctional Hungarian couples “It’s Not the Time of My Life” scored the Grand Prix in Karlovy Vary Saturday — plus best actor nod for Hajdu’s perf — at a glitzy gala in the western Czech Republic town marked by dancers swimming through zoetrope-inspired images in the Thermal Hotel.
The Crystal Globe, along with a $25,000 check, was doled out for pic’s expert handling of complex and bittersweet character interactions.
“Zoology,” an ironic look at nonconformity in Russia, took special jury prize and a $15,000 kitty for writer-director Ivan I. Tverdovskiy.
The jury tapped Damjan Kozole for the intrigue “Nightlife,” a Slovenia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina co-production, for best director, while Zuzana Mauréry won actress honors for “The Teacher,” a Czech-Slovak look at insidious corruption by Jan Hřebejk.
“By the Rails,” a tense Romanian-Swedish relationship study by Catalin Mitulescu, won special jury mention, as did »
- Will Tizard
Karlovy Vary — A number of major international productions have begun shooting in the Czech Republic this year as the local industry reports continued growth in the sector for six years in a row.
Among the TV productions shooting in the Czech Republic are A+E Studio’s Templar Knight series “Knightfall” for History and Sky’s Roman Empire skein “Britannia” from Rick McCallum’s Czech shingle Film United. Both productions will spend a total of Czk 2 billion ($82 million) in the Czech Republic.
“Numerous international productions are choosing the »
- Ed Meza
One of a dozen projects announced in March by Flagship Entertainment — the joint venture between Warner Bros., China Media Capital and broadcaster Tvb — “The Adventurers” is a treasure hunt actioner set in France and the Czech Republic. Taiwanese actress Shu Qi also stars.
Terence Chang’s Mannix Pictures is producing the film, with Prague-based Milk and Honey Pictures co-producing. The pic will shoot this summer at Prague Studios and in and around the Czech capital, Karlovy Vary, Lednice, Bouzov and other locations through September.
The production will spend at least Czk 200 million ($8.2 million) in the country, according to the Czech State Cinematography Fund.
Reno, who is attending this year’s Karlovy Vary Film Festival to accept the Festival President’s Award, has shot a number of projects in the Czech Republic, »
- Ed Meza
The Karlovy Vary Film Festival, which kicked off Friday, looks set to be another major success as local festgoers lineup for the popular Czech event, and Hollywood stars play a very important part in the popularity of these movie fiestas.
Last year, some 40,000 festgoers descended on the Bohemian spa town and fest organizers are bracing for similar crowds this year, in addition to some 550 filmmakers and 1,000 film professionals.
“We expect full cinemas, as usual,” said Karlovy Vary Film Festival artistic director Karel Och. “The traditional online reservations of 10% of the tickets five days before the festival proved the interest of the audience, for which we are grateful — 8,800 tickets booked in six minutes.”
The fest is set to get a dose of star wattage from the likes of Michael Shannon, Jamie Dornan, Willem Dafoe, Jean Reno and Toby Jones. “The star power and the glamour is a natural part of any A-category festival, »
- Ed Meza
French actor Jean Reno will be presented with the honorary president’s award at the 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (July 1-9).
Three-time César award-nominated actor Reno will receive the president’s award prize alongside a screening of Léon: The Professional, in which he stars as an assassin who takes a young girl under his wing.
Gaining international recognition with appearances in films like Mission Impossible and Godzilla, Reno’s recent roles include in Sean Penn’s The Last Face, where he plays a doctor working in war torn Africa. His upcoming films include The Promise, Terry George’s period drama in which a love triangle plays out during the last »
The Karlovy Vary fest will honor veteran French action thesp Jean Reno with its President’s Award in the Czech Republic on July 4, the org has announced.
Fest will also host the European preem of Michael Shannon starrer “Complete Unknown,” directed by Joshua Marston (“Maria Full of Grace”) and produced by Jay Van Hoy. The trio will all be in attendance at the fest while Van Hoy will serve on the Karlovy Vary main jury.
Pic also toplines Rachel Weisz, Kathy Baker and Danny Glover and was scripted by Marston with Julian Sheppard. Story sees Tom (Shannon) startled to recognize a woman from his past (Weisz) appear at a dinner party he is hosting with his wife. She initially denies knowing him but soon proves to »
- Will Tizard
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- Gary Collinson
Year after year, Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival (running July 14th–August 2nd) is our favorite event of the year. Always showcasing amazing films and their respective filmmakers, films like At The Devil’S Door (I dare you to ask me how much I love that film) and The Demolisher were brought to our attention thanks to the fest and this year, celebrating its 20th Anniversary, Fantasia has announce its first wave of films and some exciting and impressive guests. Also unveiled, is the 20th anniversary poster art, courtesy of award-winning Quebec visual artist Donald Caron, showcasing iconic themes from previous years. Read on and be on the lookout for info on F.I.F.F’s Frontiéres international co-production market and Industry Rendez-Vous weekend being held July 21–24. The full lineup of over 130 feature films will be announced July 5th but until then, here is enough info the make you fright fanatics go nuts. »
- Jerry Smith
The first programming has been revealed for the 20th annual Fantasia International Film Festival. Taking place from July 14th–August 2nd in Montreal, this year’s Fantasia will honor Guillermo del Toro with the Cheval Noir Award, and the newly revealed first wave of programming includes screenings of Lights Out, Abattoir, In a Valley of Violence, Under the Shadow, Trash Fire, Teenage Cocktail, and more:
Press Release: Montreal, May 26, 2016 – The Fantasia International Film Festival will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary in Montreal this summer, taking place from July 14-August 2, with its Frontiéres international co-production market and Industry Rendez-Vous weekend being held July 21-24. The full lineup of over 130 feature films will be announced July 5th. In the meantime, the festival is excited to announce a selected first wave of titles, along with several special happenings.
For Fantasia’s 2016 poster, the festival has once again turned to award-winning Quebec visual artist Donald Caron. »
- Derek Anderson
Exclusive: Deals with Im Global, Sf Studios and Radiant Films.
Swiss distributor Ascot Elite has closed deals on a hat-trick of anticipated titles fresh from the Cannes Marche including sports biopic Borg Vs McEnroe, Elizabeth Banks-starrer Rita Hayworth With A Hand Grenade and André Øvredal’s fantasy thriller Mortal.
The film, which is sold by Sf Studios, centres on the rivalry between the two tennis stars, who met in 14 matches between 1978 and 1981, each winning seven apiece. But it is the 1980 Wimbledon final that became the stuff of legend, and is considered to be one of the greatest tennis matches of all time.
Ascot jumps on ‘Grenade’
Ascot Elite has also »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Charlize Theron and Sean Penn reunited at the photcall for their new film, The Last Face, at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday. The former couple, who called off their engagement in June 2015 after nearly two years together, kept their distance while posing for photos with Javier Bardem, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Zubin Cooper, and Jean Reno and also managed to avoid standing near each other at the movie's red carpet premiere later that evening (Charlize stars in the film with Javier and Adèle, while Sean is the director). Sean did stick close to his 25-year-old daughter, Dylan Penn, and son 22-year-old Hopper, whom he shares with ex-wife Robin Wright, and he and Charlize eventually shared a sweet hug and kiss at the top of the staircase before heading inside. Coincidentally, it was at last year's Cannes Film Festival that Charlize first showed off the massive diamond engagement ring that Sean gave »
- Brittney Stephens
Sean Penn‘s “The Last Face” is the last high-profile film to screen at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival — and perhaps by design. The romance, starring Charlize Theron, Javier Bardem and Jean Reno about aid workers in an African nation, was ripped apart by critics and social media users alike. Called laughable, insensitive and just plain awful, none were spared. “Elapsed time in ‘The Last Face’ before the audience started laughing at it: Maybe 30 seconds. That’s not an exaggeration,” wrote Twitter user @gemko. Also Read: 'The Last Face' Cannes Review: Sean Penn's Humanitarian Romance Misfires on Every »
- Matt Donnelly
Sean Penn's Cannes competition film "The Last Face" got off to a rocky start Friday when an opening title card about war in Sudan and a man and woman in love drew laughter from many members of the audience. Things didn't get much better after that. Early reviews of the film have been largely negative, and IndieWire's own Eric Kohn called the film Penn's "worst movie." A love story between the head of an international aid organization (Charlize Theron) and a doctor (Javier Bardem) set against the backdrop of war-torn refugee camps in Africa, "The Last Face" deserves credit for creating amazingly realistic environments of civil war in South Sudan. The difficulties the two main characters have sustaining their romance, however, doesn't play well when interwoven with the much more consequential, true story of war. The remaining cast portraying doctors and aid workers includes french actors Adèle Exarchopoulos and Jean Reno and the. »
- Graham Winfrey
Updated: Sean Penn’s humanitarian romance “The Last Face” is being savaged on Twitter after premiering Friday at the Cannes Film Festival. Commenters on social media are describing the film, which stars Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem, as the worst of the fest. Others are also quipping that the picture is so awful that it destroyed Penn’s relationship with Theron. The duo broke up a year ago.
When critics weighed in, they largely echoed the flash reactions that bubbled up online.
Variety Chief Film Critic Owen Gleiberman faulted Penn for spending so much time on the love story between Theron and Bardem, writing, “no matter how ‘well-meaning’ a director may be, there’s something inherently eye-rolling about being asked to care about the tragedy of African children through the Pov of two lovelorn glamour pusses.”
IndieWire’s Eric Kohn branded it the worst film of Penn’s career, writing »
- Brent Lang
Exclusive: Upcoming hit-man thriller The Last Step co-starring Sarah Lind sells for Moviehouse.
The France-Canada-uk co-production is due to be shot in Saskatchewan, Canada, this November with Sarah Lind (The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford) on board to co-star.
Turning Tide writer Frédéric Petitjean will direct the feature from producer Laurent Tolleron (Frontier(s)) of Seven 52 and Corrinne Benichou and Florence Moos of Eight 35. Mark Montague, James Fler and Michael Paszt produce for Berserker in Canada and Mark Vennis and Phillips produce for Moviehouse.
Set in the wilds of northern Canada, Reno will play the worlds’ most wanted and anonymous hitman, now retired and hiding away in a remote cabin whose solitude is violently interrupted by the arrival of a young »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
It’s been nearly a decade since Sean Penn‘s last directorial feature, Into the Wild, and 15 years since he last stopped by Cannes with his own film (The Pledge), but he’ll be back next month. The Last Face, which stars Charlize Theron, Javier Bardem, Adèle Exarchopoulos and Jean Reno, has been selected to premiere in competition at Cannes Film Festival, and today the first look has arrived.
Below, one can see Theron, who plays the director of an international aid agency in Africa, who meets a relief aid doctor (Bardem) during a political/social revolution. In the situation, they are presented with difficult choices when it comes humanitarianism amidst civil unrest. Penn is certainly no stranger to injecting politics into his cinema, so hopefully this one turns out more interesting that the last time he was on screen with The Gunman. Check back for our review next month from the festival, »
- Jordan Raup
London — Thirty years since the Edinburgh Film Festival opened with the U.K. premiere of Jean-Jacques Beineix’s “Betty Blue,” the fest is to devote one of its retrospectives to the Cinéma du Look wave of 1980 and early 1990s French filmmaking. Another retrospective, “Pow!!! Live Action Comic-Strip Adaptations: The First Generation,” delves into the evolution of the live-action comic-strip adaptation in cinema.
The Gallic retro will focus on the work of Beineix, Luc Besson and Leos Carax, the three directors around which Cinéma Du Look revolved. Titles in the strand will include Beineix’s “Betty Blue” (1986) and “Diva” (1981), Besson’s “Subway” (1985), “The Big Blue” (1988) and “La Femme Nikita” (1990), and Carax’s “Mauvais Sang” (1986) and “Les Amants Du Pont-Neuf” (1991).
The films showcase performances by Jean Reno, Christophe Lambert, Michel Piccoli, Isabelle Adjani, Juliette Binoche, Jeanne Moreau, Dominique Pinon and Julie Delpy. Several of the stars will attend the festival, which is headed by Mark Adams. »
- Leo Barraclough
Repackaged and retitled to sound like a spinoff, it makes up for its lack of Winstonian gravity with pace and paper-thin characters
Un peu cheeky, this. After Nick Love’s big-screen Sweeney rehash elicited lukewarm responses in 2012, its producers stuck the script on the Eurostar and saw it remade as something called Antigang. That film has now been repackaged and retitled into what sounds like a franchise-expanding spinoff, yet its Mo is near-identical: blokey – albeit newly subtitled – surveillance-van banter between burly womaniser Jean Reno and sidekick Alban Lenoir (as “Cartier”); much Saab-ad flash applied to careworn maverick cop business; thunderous rounds of ammo passing through paper-thin characterisations. No longer bound by Winstonian gravity, it’s the pacier watch, but these knuckles can only be dragged so far before tiredness sets in.
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- Mike McCahill
Starring the legendary Jean Reno, The Sweeney: Paris smashes into cinemas and exclusively on Sky Store from April 15. To celebrate, we are giving 3 of you the chance to get your hands on a thrilling DVD bundle, containing action-packed films such as The Sweeney, Bronson, A Second Chance, Monsters: Dark Continent and Maggie. Buren
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