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Us Trailer for Claire Denis' 'Let the Sunshine In' with Juliette Binoche

"If I were you, I wouldn't torture myself." Sundance Selects + IFC Films have released an official Us trailer for the latest film from French filmmaker extraordinaire Claire Denis, titled Let the Sunshine In, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year. Also titled Un beau soleil intérieur in French, the film stars Juliette Binoche as a middle aged, confident French woman dealing with a variety of unsuitable suitors in this romantic comedy. She meets a number of different men, each who have their own perks and quirks, and downsides as she figures out what romance means to her at this point in her life. The cast includes Xavier Beauvois, Philippe Katerine, Josiane Balasko, Sandrine Dumas, Nicolas Duvauchelle, and Alex Descas. This is a fun film with some fine French humor, but definitely not one of Claire Denis' best. Enjoy. Here's the official Us trailer (+ French poster) for Claire Denis' Let the Sunshine In,
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‘Let the Sunshine In’ Trailer: Juliette Binoche and Claire Denis Made a Rom-Com — Watch

‘Let the Sunshine In’ Trailer: Juliette Binoche and Claire Denis Made a Rom-Com — Watch
Whether you translate its title as “Let the Sunshine In” or “Bright Sunshine In,” the new Claire Denis movie remains an exciting prospect for the simple fact that, well, it’s the new Claire Denis movie. Juliette Binoche stars in the romantic comedy, marking the first collaboration between the two icons of French cinema; their work first saw the light of day at Cannes, where it opened the Directors’ Fortnight program. Watch the trailer below.

Here’s the synopsis: “Isabelle (Binoche) is a divorced Parisian painter searching for another shot at love, but refusing to settle for the parade of all-too-flawed men who drift in and out of her life. There’s a caddish banker (Xavier Beauvois) who, like many of her lovers, happens to be married; a handsome actor (Nicolas Duvauchelle) who’s working through his own hang-ups; and a sensitive fellow artist (Alex Descas) who’s skittish about commitment.
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'The Rider', 'A Ciambra' among Directors’ Fortnight winners

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'The Rider', 'A Ciambra' among Directors’ Fortnight winners
Sponsor prizes also go to Claire Denis comedy and Philippe Garrel drama.

Chloé Zhao’s The Rider, Jonas Carpignano’s A Ciambra and Claire Denis’ Let The Sunshine In were among Directors’ Fortnight films to pick up awards tonight.

Although the strand is a non-competitive, some sponsors hand out prizes.

The Art Cinema Award for a feature film went to Chloé Zhao’s The Rider, which was recently snapped up by Sony Classics for North America, Latin America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Eastern Europe.

The film tells the story of a cowboy (played by Brady Jandreau) who embarks on a road trip through America after a near death accident.

The Sacd Award for a French-speaking feature was given jointly to Philippe Garrel’s Lover For A Day and Claire Denis’ Let The Sunshine In.

The latter, an unusual change of gear for Denis, is an eccentric relationship comedy of ideas, starring [link=nm
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Cannes: Sundance Selects Buys Claire Denis’ ‘Let the Sunshine In’ Starring Juliette Binoche

Sundance Selects, the division of IFC Films known for distributing critically acclaimed foreign-language films, has acquired the North American rights to Claire Denis’ “Let the Sunshine In,” Variety reports. The dramedy screened in the Cannes Film Festival’s Director’s Fortnight sidebar and follows a single mom and divorced artist named Isabelle (Juliete Binoche) who is looking for love.

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Written by Denis and Christine Angot, “Let the Sunshine In” co-stars Gérard Depardieu, Xavier Beauvois, Josiane Balasko, Philippe Katerine and Nicolas Duvauchelle.

“We absolutely loved Claire’s touching and funny take on finding love and are thrilled to be back in business with her, Juliette Binoche and our friends at Film Distribution,” IFC Films/Sundance Selects co-presidents Jonathan Sehring and Lisa Schwartz said in a statement.

Cannes: Neon and Vice Buy U.S. Rights
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Sundance Selects Nabs ‘Let the Sunshine In’ With Juliette Binoche (Exclusive)

Sundance Selects Nabs ‘Let the Sunshine In’ With Juliette Binoche (Exclusive)
Sundance Selects has picked up all North American rights to “Let the Sunshine In” following its debut at the Cannes Film Festival this week.

The dramedy stars Juliette Binoche as a middle-aged artist and divorced mother, following her attempts to find romantic fulfillment. It earned strong reviews at the festival. Variety’s Guy Lodge called the picture an “exquisitely judged romantic comedy” and hailed it for documenting “the transient pleasures, pitfalls and emotional culs-de-sac of midlife dating.”

Xavier Beauvois, Philippe Katerine, Josiane Balasko, and Nicolas Duvauchelle co-star in the film, which has a script from Denis and Christine Angot. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Sundance Selects is an offshoot of IFC.

“We absolutely loved Claire’s touching and funny take on finding love and are thrilled to be back in business with her, Juliette Binoche and our friends at Film Distribution,
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First image: Juliette Binoche in Claire Denis' 'Let The Sunshine In'

First image: Juliette Binoche in Claire Denis' 'Let The Sunshine In'
English title for Un Beau Soleil Intérieur, set to open Directors’ Fortnight, also announced.

The first image and the English-language title for the new Claire Denis film have been unveiled.

Let The Sunshine In (Un Beau Soleil Intérieur) will open Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes. Formerly known as Dark Glasses, it is adapted from Roland Barthes’ A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments and also stars Gérard Depardieu, Bruno Podalydès and Josiane Balasko.

The 1977 novel is seen from a lover’s point of view and explores the language of love, drawing upon a number of different philosophers.

Paris-based Films Distribution is handling international sales on the title, which was produced by Olivier Delbosc’s Curiosa Films.

Directors’ Fortnight artistic director Edouard Waintrop said of the film: “What touched us is that it marks a radical change in tone for Claire Denis. We like it when film-makers try something new.”

Denis was previously nominated for the Palme d’Or in 1988 for
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First image: Juliette Binoche in Claire Denis's 'Let The Sunshine In'

First image: Juliette Binoche in Claire Denis's 'Let The Sunshine In'
English title for Un Beau Soleil Intérieur, set to open directors’ fortnight, also announced.

The first image and the English-language title for the new Claire Denis film have been unveiled.

The still from Let The Sunshine In (Un Beau Soleil Intérieur), which will open Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, depicts star Juliette Binoche lying down on a bed.

The movie - formerly known as Dark Glasses - is adapted from Roland Barthes’ A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments and also stars Gérard Depardieu, Bruno Podalydès and Josiane Balasko.

The 1977 novel is seen from a lover’s point-of-view and explores the language of love, drawing upon a number of different philosophers.

Paris-based Films Distribution is handling international sales on the title which was produced by Olivier Delbosc’s Curiosa Films.

Directors’ Fortnight Artistic director Edouard Waintrop said of the film: “What touched us is that it marks a radical change in tone for Claire Denis. We like it
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First Look at Juliette Binoche in Claire Denis’ ‘Let the Sunshine In’

After the best surprise possible to kick off the new year — the announcement that Claire Denis would be imminently beginning production on a new drama, one starring Juliette Binoche, Gérard Depardieu, and Xavier Beauvois — the Beau travail director was also able to finish it in in times for Cannes. Now set to open Directors’ Fortnight, the first look has arrived.

Adapted from Roland Barthes‘ A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments, which deconstructs the language of love, the film also has a new title after initially going by Dark Glasses. Screen Daily reports the English title is Let the Sunshine In (aka Un Beau Soleil Intérieur). Also starring Bruno Podalydès and Josiane Balasko, Directors’ Fortnight Artistic director Edouard Waintrop, says of the film. “What touched us is that it marks a radical change in tone for Claire Denis. We like it when film-makers try something new.”

See the Amazon synopsis for Barthes
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Cannes: Directors' Fortnight reveals 2017 line-up

Cannes: Directors' Fortnight reveals 2017 line-up
Baker, Nyoni, Jasper and Carpignano join Cannes veterans Denis, Ferrara, Dumont, Garrel and Gitai.Scroll Down For Full List

Tangerine director Sean Baker, the UK’s Rungano Nyoni and Italo-American film-maker Jonas Carpignano will be among the buzzed-about names premiering new works at the 49th edition of Cannes Directors’ Fortnight this year (18-28 May).

Artistic director Edouard Waintrop unveiled the eclectic selection, comprising 19 feature-length films and another 11 shorts, at a press conference at the Cinéma Le Grand Action in Paris on Thursday (20 April).

Read more: Cannes 2017: Official Selection in full

Opening And Closing Films

Claire Denis will open the 49th edition – running May 18-28 - with Un Beau Soleil Intérieur starring Juliette Binoche, Gérard Depardieu and Xavier Beauvois.

Us director Geremy Jasper’s debut feature Patti Cake$ - which world premiered at Sundance this year has been selected as the closing film.

Us Presence

It is one of two Sundance titles in this year’s selection
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French Phenomenon? Actresses, Directors On Plethora Of Parts For Women Over 50

French Phenomenon? Actresses, Directors On Plethora Of Parts For Women Over 50
French cinema has a long-standing relationship with older women which sees many of them receiving more and more interesting offers in their later years. Contrary to some other countries, French actresses enjoy careers at home that often extend well past their 50s and 60s. Think Catherine Deneuve, Fanny Ardant, Nathalie Baye, Yolande Moreau, Isabelle Huppert and Josiane Balasko. The latter two are spending time at the Unifrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema where I caught…
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Lavaine Moves Into Social Comedy With ‘Back to Mom’s’

Lavaine Moves Into Social Comedy With ‘Back to Mom’s’
Popular French comedy director Eric Lavaine (“Barbecue”) explores social comedy in his most recent film “Retour chez ma Mère” (“Back to Mom’s”) which is to be released by Pathé in early 2016. The film tells the story of a successful architect in her early forties (Alexandra Lamy) who has recently lost her father, her business and divorced her husband, losing custody of her son. Penniless, she returns to live with her mother (Josiane Balasko), but feels ashamed about her sudden change in fortunes. Lushly lensed in Aix-en-Provence, Lavaine adopts a highly personal approach for the pic, inspired in part by his own life experiences, but focusing primarily on the female leads. Whereas the mother seems to be very old school and out of touch with modernity, during the course of the film she reveals that her thinking is actually far more modern than that of her children. Variety interviewed the
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Les Gazelles | 2015 My French Film Festival Review

Girls Just Wanna Have: Achache’s Breezy Sophomore Feature

After adapting Muriel Barbery’s celebrated novel The Hedgehog for her 2009 debut, director Mona Achache returns with her latest feature, Gazelles, based on the successful one woman show “Camille Attaque” of its star Camille Chamoux. Fans of her fantastic first outing may be a bit disappointed by the slightness of her latest, which feels akin to English language female buddy comedies, but happens to be a bit more refreshing due to its realistic female characters. Given its familiar scenario, Achache and Chamoux manage an energetic rendition of heterosexual female thirtysomethings finding empowerment as they overcome the building ennui of pre-mid-life crises brought on by refusing to accept standards they’ve had no say in creating. But even with its frank, sexual embrace in tow, there is a constant itchy niggle shadowing every scene because that fact of the matter is, we
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Penn Is Latest Hollywood Celeb to Take Home French Academy's Honor

Sean Penn: Honorary César goes Hollywood – again (photo: Sean Penn in '21 Grams') Sean Penn, 54, will receive the 2015 Honorary César (César d'Honneur), the French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts has announced. That means the French Academy's powers-that-be are once again trying to make the Prix César ceremony relevant to the American media. Their tactic is to hand out the career award to a widely known and relatively young – i.e., media friendly – Hollywood celebrity. (Scroll down for more such examples.) In the words of the French Academy, Honorary César 2015 recipient Sean Penn is a "living legend" and "a stand-alone icon in American cinema." It has also hailed the two-time Best Actor Oscar winner as a "mythical actor, a politically active personality and an exceptional director." Penn will be honored at the César Awards ceremony on Feb. 20, 2015. Sean Penn movies Sean Penn movies range from the teen comedy
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Michel Gomez: ‘In a Very Tense Environment, Paris Hosted Major Domestic and Foreign Shoots in 2014′

Michel Gomez: ‘In a Very Tense Environment, Paris Hosted Major Domestic and Foreign Shoots in 2014′
The Paris Film Office was set up in 2002 as part of the Mission Cinema project launched the same year. Both are integrated within the city council, the Mairie de Paris. Their goal is to provide a one-stop shop for French and foreign professionals that will handle all logistical aspects required for shooting in the French capital — which is not only one of the world’s most highly filmed cities but also one of the busiest, meaning that shooting there requires careful preparation. Two permits are required for filming in Paris: one issued by the Paris Film Office and one by the Préfecture de Police, the city’s police authority.

Since its launch, the Paris Film Office has inked agreements to improve filming conditions in the capital and set up a bilingual website to help French and international productions to prepare shoots. The site provides images of key locations and information
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Cinéast(e)s: Women Filmmakers on International Women’s Day at the French Institute Alliance Française in New York

Cinéast(e)s and Action! French & American Women Filmmakers with Deborah Kampmeier, Rebecca Zlotowski, Axelle Ropert, Stacie Passon, Julie Gayet, Isabelle Giordano, Ry Russo-Young, Katell Quillévéré and Justine Triet at the French Institute Alliance Française in New York Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze On International Women’s Day at the French Institute Alliance Française in New York, "not a filmmaker" Julie Gayet presented Cinéast(e)s: Women Filmmakers she made with Mathieu Busson. Directors interviewed include Agnès Varda, Mia Hansen-Løve, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Josiane Balasko, Julie Delpy, Lola Doillon, Sophie Letourneur, Lisa Azuelos, Rebecca Zlotowski, and Katell Quillévéré.

Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in New York filmmakers participating in the panel discussion moderated by Isabelle Giordano, executive director of uniFrance films, were Justine Triet, Axelle Ropert, Rebecca Zlotowski, Katell Quillévéré along with Us directors, Stacie Passon, Deborah Kampmeier, and Ry Russo-Young.

President of the French Institute Alliance Française Marie-Monique Steckel welcomed the participants.
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Film Review: ‘Demi-soeur’

Film Review: ‘Demi-soeur’
One might think, given the experience and talent of those involved, that someone would have noticed that “Demi-soeur” was a recipe for disaster: A comedy about a mentally disabled person, while not necessarily a bad idea, is extremely tricky territory. Unfortunately, French actress-writer-director Josiane Balasko plunges in with all the finesse of a hopped-up Pollyanna, her simplistic interpretation of an impaired sexagenarian coming close to outright parody; vet comic thesp Michel Blanc’s Ecstasy-fueled transformation from raging misanthrope to beaming softie equally fails to convince. The outlook is dismal for this Rialto release, voted one of 2013’s worst films by Premiere.

Her mother having died recently, Nenette (Balasko, in a short gray bob and shapeless dress) has nowhere to go but a nursing home. Once ensconced there, however, she learns she cannot keep her best friend and pet tortoise, Totoche,” with her. She packs up and leaves, unnoticed. Setting out
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Demi-soeur Charts the Adventures of a Developmentally Disabled Senior Citizen

Demi-soeur Charts the Adventures of a Developmentally Disabled Senior Citizen
A misbegotten dramedy about the hijinks of the mentally handicapped, Demi-sœur charts the adventures of developmentally disabled senior citizen Nénette (Josiane Balasko, who also directs) after the death of her mother compels her to track down her father — a search that instead leads to a reunion with heretofore unknown pharmacist brother Paul (Michel Blanc).

Nénette chats incessantly with her pet tortoise and befriends a heavy metal singer who gives her a bag of ecstasy he calls "sweeteners," which Nénette then puts in uptight Paul's coffee, turning him into a drugged-out loon who, the film posits in an especially sour joke, is now on her intellectual and emotional plane.

Out of his mind, Paul bonds with Nénette (by setti...
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Isa of the Day: StudioCanal makes First Run Deal for Rialto Premieres in U.S.

Specialized distributor Rialto Pictures has acquired all U.S. rights to five first-run films from French giant Studiocanal. The five films, all U.S. premieres, will go out under Rialto’s new label “Rialto Premieres.” First release for Rialto Premieres will be director Clément Michel’s hit romantic comedy The Stroller Strategy, starring Raphaël Personnaz and Charlotte Le Bon. Also starring, French heartthrob Personnaz (The Princess of Montpensier, Anna Karenina) as a Parisian who accidentally becomes the guardian of an infant – then pretends to be his real father in order to win back Le Bon, the girlfriend who dumped him a year before. This will be Michel’s directorial debut, and the it is set to open at New York’s Angelika Film Center on June 14. Other first-run Studiocanal films in the new deal with Rialto include Hotel Normandy, starring Eric Elmosnino (Gainsbourg) and Helena Noguerra, and Demi-Soeur, directed by and starring Josiane Balasko. Since its founding, New York-based Rialto’s close partnership with Studiocanal has included major reissues of such jewels of the French company’s classic library as Grand Illusion, The Third Man, and Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria. For the past year, Rialto has been the U.S. theatrical distributor of Studiocanal’s catalogue of over 2,000 titles. Described by the Los Angeles Times as “the gold standard of reissue distributors," New York-based Rialto Pictures was founded in 1997 by Bruce Goldstein. Adrienne Halpern joined him as co-president a year later, with Eric Di Bernardo joining the company as National Sales Director in 2002. Rialto’s vast library of classics includes films by Godard, Fellini, Renoir, Kurosawa, Buñuel, Costa-Gavras, Pontecorvo, Carol Reed, Michael Powell, Jules Dassin, Jean-Pierre Melville, and many others. 2012 marked Rialto’s fifteenth anniversary, a milestone celebrated with a retrospective at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The company’s re-releases this year include Godard’s rarely-seen Le Petit Soldat; Jean-Pierre Melville’s final film, Un Flic, starring Alain Delon and Catherine Deneuve; Joseph Losey’s The Servant, written by Harold Pinter; and Claude Autant-Lara’s A Pig Across Paris (La Traversée de Paris), starring Jean Gabin. Also beginning in June, Rialto will tour “The Hitchcock 9” -- Alfred Hitchcock’s nine surviving silent films, all newly restored by the British Film Institute -- in collaboration with the BFI and Park Circus Films. The “Hitchcock 9” tour will kick off in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
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Rialto Pictures Acquires U.S. Rights to 5 French Studiocanal Films

Rialto Pictures Acquires U.S. Rights to 5 French Studiocanal Films
Specialized film distributor Rialto Pictures has announced the formation of its new banner Rialto Premieres, under which it will debut five first run Studiocanal films in the Us. The first release for the new label will be Clement Michel’s romantic comedy "The Stroller Strategy," starring Raphael Personnaz and Charlotte Le Bon. In the film, Personnaz ("Anna Karenina") plays a Parisian who accidentally becomes the guardian of an infant, and then pretends to be his real father in order to win back Le Bon, the girlfriend who dumped him a year before. The film will open at New York’s Angelika Film Center on June 14. Other films in the deal include "Hotel Normandy," starring Eric Elmosnino ("Gainsbourg") and Helena Noguerra, and "Demi-Soeur," directed by and starring Josiane Balasko. Before now, Rialto has specialized in re-releases, having built an impressive collection of classics since 1997. This year their re releases have included.
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Hedgehog

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 12, 2012

Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray $34.98

Studio: Neoclassic Films

Movies with heart always have a place on our shelves, and The Hedgehog has plenty.

The foreign film tells the coming-of-age story of gifted 11-year-old Palmona (Garance Le Guillemic). As her next birthday looms closer, she wonders what’s the point in growing if all the adults are hypocrits. She starts recording them with her dad’s old camcorder and begins to learn about life from her building’s stuffy janitor (Josiane Balasko, French Twist). When Paloma discovers that the usually gruff matron reads Tolstoy to her cat, an unlikely friendship emerges, and Paloma starts to not worry so much about growing up.

Based on the worldwide best-selling novel The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, the drama movie is the first film written and directed by Mona Achache, who we expect to see more from in the future.
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