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Rendez-vous with French Cinema, a co-presentation of Film Society of Lincoln Center and Unifrance Films, has become a de facto film festival for francophiles over the years. A showcase of contemporary French cinema, this year's lineup includes 22 features and four short films making their New York, U.S., or North American premieres. Celebrating its 20th year, Rendez-vous opens with Benoit Jacquot (Farewell My Queen)'s 3 Hearts, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve and closes with Quentin Dupieux (Rubber)'s new film Reality. The returning notable directors include - Jacquot, André Téchiné, Cedric Kahn, Jean-Paul Civeyrac and Christophe Honoré. The ever-diverse lineup includes gritty policiers (The Connection, Next Time I'll Aim for the Heart, SK1), comedies (Gaby Baby Doll, Reality) and several films starring Catherine...
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Apologies to T.S. Eliot, but March in New York is surely the cruelest month, often a 31-day mantle of cold or drizzle (or both) through which spring refuses to budge. Yet March does have its saving graces, among them the Film Society of Lincoln Center and UniFrance Films' annual Rendez-Vous With French Cinema, now in its twentieth year.
The festival, a showcase of new French films spanning genres and styles, and made by relative newcomers and veterans alike, has grown so much that it now takes place in three venues: the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the IFC Center, and BAMcinématek. The ten-day event kicks off on March 6 with Rendez-Vous stalwart Benoît Jacquot's stylish romantic melodrama 3 Hearts, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni, »
This year's Rendez-Vous with French Cinema opens with Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni and Benoît Poelvoorde in Benoît Jacquot's 3 Hearts (3 Coeurs). Quentin Dupieux's Reality (Réalité) starring Alain Chabat, featuring Philip Glass’s Music With Changing Parts closes the festival.
There are first-rate performances from Mathieu Kassovitz and Céline Sallette (who also stars with Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lellouche and Benoît Magimel in Cédric Jimenez' The Connection (La French)) in Cédric Kahn's Wild Life (Vie Sauvage), Guillaume Canet in Cédric Anger's Next Time I’ll Aim For The Heart (La Prochaine Fois Je Viserai Le Coeur), Olivier Gourmet and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi in Stéphane Demoustier's 40-Love (Terre Battue), Adèle Haenel with Kévin Azaïs in Thomas Cailley's Love At First Fight (Les Combattants »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
3 Hearts (3 coeurs) Cohen Media Group Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for CompuServe ShowBiz. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: A- Director: Benoît Jacquot Screenwriters: Benoît Jacquot, Julien Boivent Cast: Benoît Poelvoorde, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 2/25/15 Opens: March 13, 2015 You may have seen articles with the title “Why nice girls date bad boys,” which hold that girls find handsome, carefree, irresponsible guys on motorcycles to be exciting to date. But they marry ordinary-looking accountants and lawyers who, they believe, will make good fathers. In a drama about a romantic triangle, this one dealing with a more carefree woman and her more family-oriented [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Anne-Dominique Toussaint’s Parisian Galerie Cinema comes to New York with an exhibition featuring photos by Cédric Klapisch, Atiq Rahimi, Edward Lachman, Agnès Godard, James Franco, Vincent Perez, Kate Barry, Harry Gruyaert and Raymond Depardon as a special event of the 20th Anniversary of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema.
The Bling Ring director Sofia Coppola, Julianne Moore during the filming of Todd Haynes's Far From Heaven, and Vincent Perez's Cyrano De Bergerac co-star Gérard Depardieu will be among the portraits on display at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
Nathalie Baye, Guillaume Canet, Cédric Kahn, Christophe Honoré, Celine Sallette, Mélanie Laurent, Abd Al Malik, Frédéric Tellier, Armel Hostiou, Thomas Cailley, Stéphane Demoustier, Cédric Anger, Alain Chabat, Claire Burger, Cédric Jimenez, Lucie Borleteau and Ariane Lebed »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Earlier today, fellow film nerd Marc Heuck tweeted the following: Incompresa, the moving new @AsiaArgento film, still has no U.S. distributor. Wtf? Dozens of boutique labels here yet nobody's stepping up? — Marc Edward Heuck (@the_hoyk) February 17, 2015 I reached out to "Doctor Strange" director Scott Derrickson, who is a producer on the film and who talked to me about it before the Cannes Film Festival, where it absolutely flattened me. I asked him if it's true that the film is still without a distributor, and he told me they haven't been able to figure out anything. Not theatrical. Not VOD. Not even a basic DVD release. This is wrong. This is a mistake. Are you seriously going to tell me that there's not a single distributor out there who sees the merit in the film? Am I supposed to believe that there's no marketing hook you can craft around »
- Drew McWeeny
We asked Variety’s trio of top critics and our awards gurus to weigh in on 2014 cinematically with these questions:
1. How do you rate 2014 against other years cinematically?
2. What is the scandal/most talked or not talked about issue of the year?
3. What aspect of the year in film made you stand up and say bravo?
Here are their answers.
Tim Gray, Awards Editor
1. I can’t answer this question until 2030, when we see what movies held up. But until then, I would rate the year highly. That’s based on the fact that we have at least four movies that could easily win best picture, and deserve to. Some years, it’s slim pickings, but there are some terrific films this year.
2. The most unsettling story is the Sony hacking. I feel bad for all those people who had their Social Security numbers and private information made public. And »
- Variety Staff
Scott Foundas: Well, Peter, another Berlin Film Festival has come to a close, ending on a high note with the awarding of its top prize, the Golden Bear, to Jafar Panahi’s “Taxi.” Panahi’s film screened right at the start of the festival and emerged as an early consensus favorite among critics here. As it turns out, the Darren Aronofsky-led jury felt the same way, and I’d like to think their decision was based solely on the movie’s artistic merits, rather than the unfortunate position in which its director finds himself in his native Iran, where he’s been under house arrest for the last four years. It’s impossible, of course, to watch “Taxi” without thinking about the unusual circumstances under which it was made — something this highly self-reflexive film very much invites you to do. But what makes “Taxi” a great movie, I think, »
- Peter Debruge and Scott Foundas
Artificial Eye, the UK Home Entertainment distribution company, has officially announced the Blu-ray release of Lars Von Trier’s controversial drama Nymphomaniac: The Director’s Cut. The critically acclaimed two-part film, grossed almost $20 million in its limited release across Europe and Us, stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stacy Martin, Stellan Skarsgård, Uma Thurman, Shia Labeouf, Christian Slater, Connie Nielsen, Jamie Bell and Willem Dafoe.
Passed completely uncut by the BBFC, the new two-disc Blu-ray set will be released on May 11th. You can already purchase the theatrical cuts of the films over at Amazon UK.
When the well-read and knowledgeable bachelor Seligman (Skarsgård) finds a beaten and bruised young woman in an alleyway, he takes her home to his flat to tend to her injuries. The woman introduces herself as Joe (Gainsbourg), a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, whose carefree and hedonistic lifestyle has led to her situation. Seligman presses Joe to tell her story »
- Scott J. Davis
Valentine's Day tends to split people into two camps - the lovers and the haters. It's doesn't just break down into couples and singles - there are a hundred reasons why you might be a fan or foe of Valentine's Day.
Not wanting to leave anyone out, here are our top picks of films - all available to watch now on Netflix - for anyone who wants to celebrate or forget Valentine's Day:
Sometimes the obvious choice is the best one. Richard Gere and Julia Roberts star in this modern day Pygmalion as the uptight businessman and the hooker with a heart of gold, as if we had to tell you.
There are few films with more memorable moments than this: the shopping scene, the cutlery, the day at the races and the dental floss. If you want something straightforward and heart-warming for Valentine's Day, you can't do much better. »
"Fifty Shades of Grey" is in theaters this weekend. Have you heard? In celebration of this stunning cinematic achievement, we've trawled through all the streaming sites to bring you a list of five worthwhile erotic thrillers to watch online right now! Particularly useful for those who, you know, aren't interested in seeing "50 Shades" (they do exist!) but are nevertheless jonesing for some steely sexual tension to spice up their weekends. "Basic Instinct" (1992) The film that made Sharon Stone a star is still one of her best. Watch the aesthetically-gifted stunner command the screen with that placid, aquamarine stare. Forget the "no undies" leg crossing (or don't!) -- that interrogation scene is a classic for way better reasons than a single shot of Stone's naughty parts. "Nymphomaniac Pts. I and II" (2014) How about four hours of erotic thrillerisms? Charlotte Gainsbourg's commanding underbite does some of its best work in Lars von Trier »
- Chris Eggertsen
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Balikbayan #1 Memories of Overdevelopment Redux III
How silly is it that, as cinephiles, our happiness is so bound up with the films we watch? My mood fluctuates at festivals, often based on what film I watched last. One recent morning exemplified this. You and I went to see the press screening of Chilean director Pablo Larraín’s new film, The Club. I was keen on this one as his last film, No (2012), was superb (I recall the mysterious Celluloid Liberation Front wrote on it for us from Cannes). Unfortunately, this film was entirely different, not just in style, but in its relationship to its subject matter, its characters, the world. Where No was invested in people, The Club takes on a very heavy topic with a level of disdain that left me feeling cold. The film is about a group of priests, »
- Adam Cook
In today's Berlinale Diary: First impressions of Wim Wenders's Every Thing Will Be Fine with James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rachel McAdams and Marie-Josée Croze—plus beautiful work in 3D by cinematographer Benoît Debie, but also one of the most saccharine scores yet from Alexandre Desplat. Then there's Alexey German Jr.'s Under Electric Clouds, "saturated with references to Russian history, politics, art, literature and social issues," as Lee Marshall writes in Screen. Plus a recommendation: Moritz Krämer's Bube Stur. » - David Hudson »
Oscar-nominated for "Salt of the Earth," Wim Wenders returns to 3D for his long-awaited redemption drama "Every Thing Will Be Fine," starring James Franco as a writer in a decade-long emotional tailspin after a tragic hit-and-run accident pulls him into the lives of a single mother (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and her young son. The film co-stars Rachel McAdams and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Wenders is also receiving Berlin's honorary Golden Bear-- but does his latest live up to par? Not so far. Early reviews, and Berlinale press conference video, rounded up below. Variety: "'We can only try to believe that there’s meaning to this,' murmurs Charlotte Gainsbourg midway through 'Every Thing Will Be Fine' — voicing viewers’ thoughts for the first and only time in Wim Wenders’ labored, lumbering melodrama. An inglorious return to narrative filmmaking for the German master, this protracted study in grief and forgiveness does little to »
- Ryan Lattanzio
“We can only try to believe that there’s meaning to this,” murmurs Charlotte Gainsbourg midway through “Every Thing Will Be Fine” — voicing viewers’ thoughts for the first and only time in Wim Wenders’ labored, lumbering melodrama. An inglorious return to narrative filmmaking for the German master, this protracted study in grief and forgiveness does little to suggest his time hasn’t been better spent making documentaries for the past seven years. Imprisoning James Franco in the role of an emotionally constipated writer taking 10 years to process a fatal car accident, “Fine” is unlikely to arouse much empathy from auds, who may instead spend most of the running time wondering why Wenders chose to dramatize these dingy proceedings in advanced 3D. Despite this arthouse novelty and a name cast, the conviction of the title will not be echoed by’s conviction.
Coming from many other veteran auteurs, a film as »
- Guy Lodge
Starting at 9:30am Est on Tuesday, February 10 you can watch a live stream of the Berlinale press conference for Wim Wenders' "Every Thing Will Be Fine." Wenders and his stars James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Rachel McAdams are expected to take part in the talk. Here's the film's official synopsis: "A winter's evening. A country road. It is snowing, visibility is poor. Out of nowhere, a sledge glides down a hill. Brakes are slammed on, the car comes to a halt. Silence. Tomas, a novelist, is not to blame for this tragic accident, neither is little Christopher who could have kept a closer eye on his brother, nor Kate, the mother of the two, who could have called the children in earlier ...Afterwards, it is as if Tomas has fallen into a deep pit. The relationship with his girlfriend Sara collapses under this burden. He seeks refuge in »
- Nigel M Smith
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Samuel L. Jackson is in talks to join Eva Green and Asa Butterfield in Tim Burton's "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" at 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment. The film is slated to open March 4th 2016.
Burton will direct from a script by Jane Goldman, who adapted the Ransom Rigg novel about a teenager who finds himself on an island where he must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures out to destroy them. [Source: Variety]
Michael Sheen, Steve Buscemi, Josh Charles, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dan Stevens, Isaach De Bankole and Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi have joined Richard Gere on the cast of "Oppenheimer Strategies" at The Solution Entertainment Group.
Joseph Cedar directs the story of a man whose life changes dramatically after he befriends a young politician who becomes an influential world leader. Filming begins on Sunday in New York and Israel. »
- Garth Franklin
Efm: Michael Sheen, Steve Buscemi, Josh Charles, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dan Stevens, Isaach De Bankolé and Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi have joined Richard Gere on the cast of Oppenheimer Strategies, which The Solution Entertainment Group is selling at the Efm.
Joseph Cedar directs from his screenplay about the famous scientist. Gideon Tadmor and Tadmor Entertainment, Miranda Bailey and Cold Iron Pictures, David Mandil and MoviePlus Productions, Lawrence Inglee, Eyal Rimmon and Oren Moverman. Michal Graidy, Caroline Kaplan, Amanda Marshall, Jim Kaufman and Doug Mankoff serve as executive producers.
Principal photography is set to being on Sunday (February 8) in New York and Israel. ICM Partners handles Us rights.
The Solution has also come on to handle international sales on thriller Tokyo Vice to star Daniel Radcliffe. John Lesher’s Le Grisbi Productions produces with Adam Kassan and The Solution’s Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel are executive producers alongside Binn Jakupi. Production is set of this summer in Japan »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The Solution Entertainment Group is selling international rights at Berlin. ICM Partners is repping the project domestically.
The film is produced by Gideon Tadmor and Tadmor Entertainment, Miranda Bailey and Cold Iron Pictures, David Mandil and MoviePlus Productions, Lawrence Inglee, Eyal Rimmon and Oren Moverman; executive producers are Michal Graidy, Caroline Kaplan, Amanda Marshall, Jim Kaufman and Doug Mankoff.
Gere plays the titular character. His life dramatically changes after the young politician he befriended during a dark period in his life becomes an influential world leader.
Cedar’s 2011 film “Footnote” received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, »
- Dave McNary
The halls are starting to hum softly here in Berlin as the European Film Market swings into gear. The first deals were announced yesterday before the event officially opened, with The Weinstein Co notably boarding Im Global’s The Man Who Made It Snow. This morning, FilmNation unveiled a series of offshore output deals for titles from Open Road, which will kick off with the Jamie Foxx/Michelle Monaghan-starrer Sleepless Nights.
Though it’s not likely to be a frenzy, and with currency concerns in the market internationally, Berlin should see more action in the coming days. Distributors are looking for product for 2016 and beyond, and some memorable buys have emerged here in recent years. In 2014, The Weinstein Company made a record-setting $7M deal for The Imitation Game which has now made about $140M worldwide and has an armful of Oscar nominations to boot.
Much of the pre-buy buzz »
- Nancy Tartaglione
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