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Heart to Heart to Heart: Jacquot’s Romantic Drama Can’t Cover Every Angle
Despite sporting the likes of Charlotte Gainsbourg and Catherine Deneuve, Three Hearts, the latest from Benoit Jacquot often feels like a rather stilted endeavor. The follow-up to his most internationally renowned title to date, Farewell, My Queen, Jacquot’s underwhelming love story uses a contrivance often seen in romantic comedies, only he replaces the comedy with a somber indifference that seems to work against the believability of the film.
The film seems as if it belongs to an earlier era of filmmaking, a time where repressed feelings would roil just beneath the surface until they boiled over to cause living hell for all affected parties lost amidst the unmitigated power known as love. This is the stuff of classic melodrama, and the three hearts at the center of this triangle often feel more like archetypes than actual people, »
- Nicholas Bell
After premiering last week at the Toronto Film Festival, Broad Green Pictures has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the French film Samba.
The picture comes from Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, who made the 2012 hit The Intouchables, which broke box-office records in France and has since become the highest grossing French-language film in the U.S. in the last decade. The project reunites the directors with Omar Sy, who starred in The Intouchables and plays a Senegalese immigrant ordered to leave France after 10 years of working day and night. Nakache and Toledano adapted the film from Delphine Coulin »
- Jake Perlman
Bgp plans to release the film in the second half of 2015 in theaters across the United States and build upon the box-office success of its predecessor.
Samba had it’s world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.
The film stars a French powerhouse trio with Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Tahar Rahim in the latest offering from Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano whose The Intouchables broke box office records in France and was the top grossing French-language film in the U.S. in the last decade.
- Melissa Thompson
2 Tiff pickups of films covered on this blog: First, Broad Green has taken Us distribution rights to "Samba," the latest dramedy from Frenchman Omar Sy, which made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film, directed by Sy's "Intouchables" helmers - Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano - co-stars Charlotte Gainsbourg and Tahar Rahiin in a tale of a Senegalese worker who battles to stay in France with the help of an immigration worker. Broad Green plans a second half 2015 release of the film, which might suggest they have awards aspirations for it, especially given how well it was received at Tiff. I'm surprised that The Weinstein »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Bgp plans to release “Samba” in the second half of 2015. The deal for “Samba” is the second Toronto acquisition for Bgp, which bought the rights to the Andrew Garfield-Michael Shannon drama “99 Homes” earlier this week.
“Samba” also stars Charlotte Gainsbourg and Tahar Rahim and is adapted from Delphine Coulin’s book “Samba pour la France.” Gaumont produced “Samba” with Yann Zenou, Laurent Zeitoun and Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky from Quad Productions.
Sy stars as a Senegalese immigrant who’s ordered to leave France after working day and night for the last ten years, trying to support his family back in »
- Dave McNary
Broad Green Pictures has acquired U.S. distribution rights to “Samba,” Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano's follow-up to their 2012 hit “The Intouchables,” the company announced Thursday. Bgp plans to release the film in the second half of 2015 in theaters across the U.S. and build upon the incredible box-office success of its predecessor. “The Intouchables” broke box office records in France and was the top grossing French-language film in the U.S. in the last decade. The film stars Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Tahar Rahim. Samba Sy) has worked day and night for the last 10 years, trying to support his. »
- Jeff Sneider
They’ve yet to sink their teeth into the complexities of the game, but Broad Green Pictures (going by the acronym of Bgp) are in full swing mode. Building their future slate, after lassoing Ramin Bahrani’s 99 Homes (we publish our Tiff review tomorrow), the distrib have picked up Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s Samba and have pegged it with a second-half of 2015 release.
Gist: Samba, a Senegalese man (Omar Sy) who’s been living in Paris for ten years, gets by doing odd jobs. Alice (Charlotte Gainsbourg) is a high-level business woman suffering a burnout. He’s been doing every thing he can to get his French identity papers, while she’s trying to pull herself together by doing volunteer work for an immigrant association. Both are trying to find a way out of the impasse their lives are in, until the day that their paths cross.
Worth Noting: Call it a mutual, »
- Eric Lavallee
Broad Green plans to release Samba theatrically in the second half of 2015. The film received its world premiere in Toronto and marks Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s follow-up to their 2012 smash The Intouchables.
Earlier this week it emerged that the company had taken Us rights to Ramin Bahrani’s 99 Homes.
Broad Green brokered the deal with CAA and Gaumont International.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
After the runaway success of “The Intouchables,” French writing-directing duo Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache were positioned to tackle nearly any project they pleased, especially if comedic muse Omar Sy agreed to be involved. It speaks volumes about the trio’s priorities that they decided to challenge themselves and their built-in mainstream audience with “Samba,” a more-serious-than-not cross-cultural romance starring Sy as a Senegalese dishwasher with feelings for the immigration caseworker (Charlotte Gainsbourg) who could be his last chance at staying in Paris.
Given the country’s widespread concern with immigration and integration (not just resistance to the arrival of outsiders, but objections to how they adapt to the Gallic way of life), xenophobia has been the pervasive subtext of French cinema for at least the past decade — if not the text itself, as in this year’s runaway B.O. phenom, “Serial (Bad) Weddings,” in which a father freaks »
- Peter Debruge
Nymphomaniac Extended Director's Cut will be released on VOD on October 2nd in the Us, Canada, Spain, The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Estonia as well as in Lars von Trier's native Denmark with more territories to follow in the weeks to come. Take a look at the poster below for the new Extended Director's Cut.
In Lars von Trier's native country, Denmark, the director's cut version has received rave reviews in connection with its theatrical release and event screenings. Danish critics have handed out 5 and 6-star reviews to the film which met the audience for the first time at Berlin International Film Festival (Vol. 1) earlier this year and Venice Film Festival (Vol. 2) about a month ago.
The upcoming releases and festivals completes the circle for one of the most unusual and extraordinary releases seen in a long time.
Nymphomaniac is produced by Louise Vesth for »
More often than not, when a studio releases a director’s cut of a film, it’s met with positive feedback from the audience. A chance to peek behind the curtain to see the filmmaker’s vision in its pure, untainted form. For Nymphomaniac, though — Lars Von Trier’s unflinching opus about the life of a sex addict — things might be a little, well, different.
Nevertheless, the renown Danish director is set to release his own five-and-a-half-hour-long director’s cut of the film — which was originally split into two volumes in every territory bar Denmark — alongside Nymphomaniac’s upcoming VOD release on October 2nd.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Von Trier is also planning to screen the uncut version “at special festival events across North America, as well as in several European countries including Spain, the Netherlands, Poland, the Czech Republic and in Trier’s native Denmark.”
In essence, Nymphomaniac »
- Michael Briers
I haven’t had the ‘pleasure’ of watching either of director Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac as yet, but I did manage to catch most of the clips leading up to release. None shocked me more than the 23-second ‘director’s cut’ teaser that debuted just over a couple of weeks ago. I’m not easily shocked, and truly believe that I’m quite liberal, but this is very, very hard stuff. It really does not get much more Nc-17 than this, a rating I’m sure that it will receive upon release, which we’re told will be in October. The release will be both in cinemas, and VOD, and will also expand to Spain, the Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic and Denmark. Notice the exclusion of the UK in that list. I really don’t know how they’re going to get around the, let’s face it, pornographic content over here. »
- Paul Heath
Lars von Trier's five-and-a-half-hour-long director's cut of Nymphomaniac is set for a theatrical release.
The erotic epic was originally put out in two feature length volumes in everywhere but Denmark.
However, the complete version will now be shown in theatres across North America and a number of European countries from October 2.
Spain, The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Estonia will get the film in full, with more territories expected to follow.
Martin previously spoke to Digital Spy to discuss shooting the film's much-discussed sex scenes, her co-star Labeouf and the film's provocative ending.
Watch a trailer for Nymphomaniac below: »
Benoît Jacquot’s Three Hearts (3 coeurs) with Benoît Poelvoorde, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve, premiered in competition in Venice and now screens in Toronto before opening in France next week. "It’s a carefully made film but not a patch on, say, Claire Denis’s similar Vendredi soir," finds Sight & Sound editor Nick James. But at the Av Club, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky argues that "Jacquot is trying—successfully—to tease out the sense of danger and tension most romances sorely lack." We have more reviews and the trailer. » - David Hudson »
Directed by Benoit Jacquot
French filmmaker Benoit Jacquot often crops up in discussions of overlooked auteurs of contemporary French cinema. His work is quiet, understated and rarely find a wide audience. Yet, efforts like Farewell my Queen, A Single Girl and The School of Flesh are heralded among the best French efforts of their respective years. However, for every effort that wins the heart of niche audiences, the rest of his films are divisive and alienating. While perhaps a lack of consistency is working against him, many of his contemporaries are even bigger gambles: Francois Ozon is responsible for some beautiful films, but more of his efforts were outright misses and even heavy weights like Assayas deliver as many misses as successes. Perhaps it is the quietness of Jacquot’s style that works against him, his best efforts coming across »
- Justine Smith
Lars von Trier’s sex drama to receive North American premiere at the festival in Austin.
Nymphomaniac Director’s Cut has been selected for Us genre festival Fantastic Fest (Sept 18-25), where it will receive its North American premiere.
The first volume of Lars von Trier’s sex epic received its world premiere at the Berlinale in February while the second part debuted at Venice last week (Sept 1).
The full five-and-a-half hour film is now set to be screened at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas.
Nymphomaniac is produced by Louise Vesth for Zentropa Entertainments31 in co-production with Bettina Brokemper for Zentropa International Köln, Marianne Slot for Slot Machine, Bert Hamelinck for Caviar and Arte France Cinéma, Film i Väst and Group Grand Accord: Arte G.E.I.E, with »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
A recent migrant to France fights to stay in his adopted country with the help of a rookie immigration worker.
An illegal immigrant named Samba who has been caught by French authorities is assisted by a group of volunteer social workers one of whom develops a personal interest in him; complications arise when he finds the girlfriend for one of his friends and they have a brief affair. Samba tries to stay under the authorities’ radar while doing odd jobs like being a security guard, construction worker and window washer.
Unlike Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things) who tends to explore the dark underbelly of society, co-directors and writers Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano address social issues with more of a light-hearted touch. The absent-minded antics of Alice set the tone for »
- Trevor Hogg
Sneak Peek more Nsfw footage from the two-part dramatic feature film "Nymphomaniac", starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Uma Thurman, Mia Goth, Shia Labeouf, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Jamie Bell, Christian Slater and Connie Nielsen:
"...'Joe' (Gainsbourg), who is a self-diagnosed 'nymphomaniac' sex addict, is found by 'Seligman' (Skarsgård) beaten in an alley.
"Seligman takes her home to care for her, and Joe recounts the story of her life, from birth to the age of 50..."
"We are making two films", said the movie's producer.
"It is a big operation...We will shoot both and edit both – and we want to finish both at the same time."
There will also be two versions of each film: an 'explicit' cut and a 'softer' cut.
"The movie is what you think it is," said former "Transformers" star Labeouf.
"For instance, there's a disclaimer at the top of the script that basically says we're doing it for real. »
- Michael Stevens
If the 2014 festival circuit were a contest — and why shouldn’t it be, since these lofty-minded sprocket operas pit the directors whose work they screen in competition against one another? — then the Venice film festival emerges the winner. That will come as sacrilege to some, who consider Cannes the undisputed titan among international film showcases. And it may baffle the Oscar-obsessed, who look to Telluride and Toronto for indications of what will win Academy Awards.
This year, the litmus test came down to which fest would land the director’s cut of Lars Von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac.” And Venice scored the coup, programming the 5-hour-and-25-minute atom bomb of a movie amid a lineup that included stellar new films from Alejandro G. Inarritu (“Birdman”), Roy Andersson (“A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence”), Ramin Bahrani (“99 Homes”) and Larry Clark (whose “The Smell of Us” is like a French “Kids”).
- Peter Debruge
As the plight of illegal immigrants remains a hot-button issue in American and international politics, many current films have looked at this struggle in unique, singular ways. Titles like Sin Nombre, A Better Life and Dirty Pretty Things have dramatized a collection of sad, squalid tales that need to be told in today’s inflamed political arena. However, few of them boast much in the way of laugh-out-loud comedy.
Samba, the new film from The Intouchables directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, uses the appeal of its lead star, Omar Sy, to generate crowd-pleasing moments in what is likely the cheeriest movie ever made about the immigrant’s plight. Despite its light touch, the levity works.
Sy plays Samba Cissé, a man from Senegal who has worked a lot of low-paying jobs after arriving in France a decade earlier. He sends much of his measly paycheck to his family back home. »
- Jordan Adler
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