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Audiences will be getting ready to satiate their tastebuds with the big screen adapation of Richard C. Morais’ international best-selling novel The Hundred-Foot Journey. Releasing on Friday 5th September 2014 by Entertainment One UK, The Hundred-Foot Journey is an uplifting and feel-good cultural feast full of Indian spices, French sophistication and British wit.
Directed by Lasse Hallström and produced by Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and Juliet Blake, the film stars Academy Award winning actress Helen Mirren as the icy proprietress of a Michelin starred classical French eatery in Southern France, veteran Indian film actor Om Puri (East is East, The Reluctant Fundamentalist), Manish Dayal (Law & Order, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Bollywood film Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna) and Canadian-French actress and television personality, Charlotte Le Bon. The screenplay is written by Steven Knight.
This highly-anticipated culinary delight that is The Hundred-Foot Journey also stars a stellar cast of Indian and »
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The jury described the film as “a somewhat ordinary and rather undramatic story that still – or perhaps precisely because of this – becomes a very special film treasure.” Uip will distribute the film in Norway.
Leif Lindblom’s bittersweet comedy “Raspberry Boat Refugee ” picked up The Nordic Film kudo which honors the best director of a Nordic movie.
“We have decided on a seemingly light-hearted and wild comedy, but it has a double meaning, drawing attention to naïve and simplified perceptions of the difference between two neighboring countries,” declared the jury, adding that “It is also about feeling unable to fit into the role one is expected to fill.”
Produced by Mrp Matila Rohr Productions, “Raspberry” tells the tale of a Finnish man who’s always wanted to be a Swede. »
- Elsa Keslassy
The Deauville Film Festival heads have unveiled the make-up of the 40th edition of the fest, and naturally this coming September, we’ve got a Sundance-infused edition being readied for the North West coastal town. Celebrating several new American indie auteurs, noteworthy filmmakers from Park City include Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night), A.J. Edwards (The Better Angels), Mark Jackson (War Story) and Damien Chazelle’s much acclaimed Whiplash. Also found in the 14 In Comp slate we find Nathan Silver’s Uncertain Terms — which our Nicholas Bell called “uneasy, uncomfortable, and certainly uncertain”. Also on tap: the French premieres of Before I Go to Sleep and director Chris Messina’s Alex of Venice. Here is the full selection and you can make a detour here to see who is being celebrated at the fest.
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Ana Lily Amirpour
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- Eric Lavallee
Haugesund, Norway– Deauville will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a strong competition lineup of U.S. indies, leading up with Anton Corbijn’s “A Most Wanted Man” and Reese Witherspoon starrer “The Good Lie.”
The Normandy-set festival will also play Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight alumni: Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash” and Jim Mickle’s “Cold in July,” as well as David Robert Mitchell’s “It Follows,” a Critics’ Week competitor. Other contenders include Nathan Silver’s “Uncertain Terms,” Mark Jackson’s “War Story,” Ira Sachs’s “Love is Strange,” Mike Cahill’s “I Origins,” Carter Smith’s “Jamie Marks is Dead” and Gregg Araki’s “White Bird in a Blizzard.”
Beyond “Whiplash,” which won Sundance’s grand jury prize, Deauville will play three other feature debuts: Ana Lily Amirpour’s “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,” A.J. Edwards’ “The Better Angels” and Saar Klein’s “Things People Do.”
Deauville will also »
- Elsa Keslassy
Amir here, with the weekend’s box office report. Forecasts were uncertain whether Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles still had the appeal to take the multiplex by storm. The turtles are as popular as ever, apparently, crushing Guardians of the Galaxy in its second week. I have no doubt that you’re all sick of me bitch and moan about Michael Bay and Marvel week after week – but see? I have a point; we do have to talk about them every week; there’s no escape. So we’ll skip them for the good news: Boyhood passed 10 million and is still expanding.
Weekend Box Office
01 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $65 *New*
02 Guardians Of The Galaxy $41.5 (cum. $175.9) Review
03 Into The Storm $18 *New*
04 Hundred Foot Journey $11.1 *New*
05 Lucy $9.3 (cum. $97.3)
06 Step Up All In $6.5 *New*
07 Hercules $10.7 (cum. $52.3)
08 Get On Up $5 (cum. $22.9) Review
09 Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes $6.4 (cum. $47.5) Reviewish & Podcast
10 Planes Fire & Rescue $5.5 (cum. »
- Amir S.
Box office ticket sales are rallying from a slow summer as the live-action version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles blew past expectations for a $65 million haul over the weekend. Naturally, this means that we're in for a sequel: Paramount chief Brad Grey and producer Michael Bay immediately announced a second Tmnt for June 3, 2016. Last week's box office champ, Guardians of the Galaxy, held strong at $41.5 million, bringing its domestic total to $175.9 million. The disaster thriller Into the Storm debuted in third with $18 million, and Lasse Hallström's food porn-y The Hundred-Foot Journey, starring Helen Mirren, came in fourth with $11.1 million. Lucy, meanwhile, rounded out the top five with $9.3 million. The fifth Step Up film, Step Up All In, opened in sixth with $6.6 million — a new low for the franchise. Um, maybe it's time to step down? »
- E. Alex Jung
Directed by Lasse Hallstrom
“Food is memory,” says the doll-like vision of a woman named Charlotte le Bon to our young hero Hasaan, played with a striking sensitivity by the little-known Manish Dayal (where were you hiding, young man?)
If food is indeed memory then this film about food, love, loyalty and ambition would serve us well in the years to come.
I would certainly count The Hundred-Foot Journey among the most visually and emotionally rich films I’ve seen in recent times. Dwelling on the compelling culture of culinary confrontation this finely written and robustly performed film immediately transports us into a world where the taste buds simmer in provocative possibilities opened up in the kitchen and transported to a world beyond the physical.
- Subhash K Jha
Helen Mirren delivers another captivating performance in Lasse Hallström’s “The Hundred-Foot Journey” as Madame Mallory, the icy chef proprietress of a fancy Michelin-starred French restaurant in the south of France. When a boisterous new Indian restaurant opens directly across the road from her own establishment, her irritation escalates into a heated competition between the two […]
- Sheila Roberts
Young culinary genius Hassam Kadam (Manish Dayal) embarks on a life-altering journey that transforms him into an internationally renowned chef in Lasse Hallström’s The Hundred-Foot Journey. When tragedy strikes, his restaurateur family leaves their native Mumbai and settles in a quaint village in the south of France. They open a colorful Indian curry house directly […]
- Sheila Roberts
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Now playing in theaters is director Lasse Hallström’s (Chocolat) adaptation of the Richard C. Morais novel, The Hundred-Foot Journey. The story centers on the Kadam family, who set up an Indian restaurant in a small village in the south of France, unknowingly beginning a rivalry with the nearby classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren). However, this rivalry eventually turns into friendship as the two establishments begin to learn and appreciate the other’s cuisine. Produced by Oprah and Steven Spielberg, the film also stars Manish Dayal, Om Puri, and Charlotte Le Bon. For more on the film, watch the trailer or our exclusive video interviews with Lasse Hallström and Charlotte Le Bon. At the Los Angeles press day for the film, I landed an extended video interview with producer Juliet Blake. She talked about producing her first feature, how she acquired the rights from author Richard C. Morais, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
“Fat noses have no place in the Hindi film industry,” Om Puri is fond of saying. “But it is not so in the West — otherwise Anthony Quinn would have never been an actor.” Puri certainly nose — make that knows — of what he speaks. When he was starting out as a film actor in the 1970s, his own mighty, bulbous proboscis seemed as sure an impediment to stardom as the pockmarked face that surrounded it, the vestige of a childhood bout of smallpox that nearly killed him (as it did six of his seven siblings). Yet that very face — weathered and wise, a face of experience — has gone on to become one of the most recognizable in Indian cinema and a familiar presence on movie screens around the world, too.
Now it is front and center in the new Disney/DreamWorks movie “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” in which Puri stars as Papa, »
- Scott Foundas
"The Hundred-Foot Journey," which opened Friday to respectful reviews, looks like a sure-fire contender at the Golden Globes. Expect it to reap nominations for both Best Comedy/Musical and leading lady Helen Mirren, who has won three of her previous 12 Globe bids. And, if it takes off at the box office, newcomer Manish Dayal may contend for his starring role as could veteran actor Om Puri for his scene-stealing featured turn. Lasse Hallstrom also helmed the similarly-themed "Chocolat," which reaped four Globe nominations. -Break- It is never too early to dish the Golden Globes & Oscars Join the red-hot debate in our fiery forums right now rated establishmen. After an initial clash, Mallory realizes...' »
This weekend, avoid "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" at all costs and, instead, dive into an eclectic batch of indies and docs hitting theaters and VOD platforms. Lasse Hallstrom's east-meets-west foodie film, "The Hundred-Foot Journey," opens today for those seeking a visual feast (in 35mm!). Adventurous moviegoers should also check out "Deepsea Challenge 3D," from producer James Cameron, at multiplexes. Millennial rom-com "What If," starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan as what-else-but mixed-up 20-somethings looking for companionship, hits select cities, as does "The Dog," Drafthouse Films' doc about the true story behind "Dog Day Afternoon," and art doc "Fifi Howls From Happiness," about a visionary Iranian painter. If you're feeling like a layabout this weekend, look for James Ward Byrkit's micro-budget (re: no-budget) sci-fi brain-bender "Coherence," and Gia Coppola's wistful teen drama »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Chicago – “The Hundred-Foot Journey” is as manufactured and flavorless as a frostbitten Lean Cuisine. However, as the impresario of a Michelin-starred Restaurant in the south of France, Helen Mirren implores her staff that food is not an old tired marriage, it is a passionate affair.
It’s ironic that the film containing that speech is such a limp, forgettable piece of Oprah-endorsed uplift with not one genuine emotion to be had.
Director Lasse Hallstrom aims for the sort of light middlebrow European feature that goes down easy. He throws a little bit of everything into the mix, a dash of tragedy here, a pinch of love story, and the swelling music that goes along with those tugs on the heartstrings – but instead of creating a symphony of surprising flavors, his concoction never quite comes together.
At the center of it all is the Kadam clan, an Indian family »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
What ingredients go into a movie that’s part foodie pic and part heartwarming ode to family? A dash of Steven Spielberg, a soupcon of Oprah Winfrey, and a heaping helping of actors — including Helen Mirren and Om Puri. Stirring the batter are director Lasse Hallstrom, who last lovingly shot French pastries in “Chocolat,” and first-time feature producer Juliet Blake, who, up to now, has been more accustomed to working with crocodiles and Muppets.
A producer at National Geographic who was formerly president of Jim Henson Television, Blake hadn’t ever produced a theatrical feature when she came across the novel “Hundred-Foot Journey” when it was still in galleys and was inspired to option it. The 2010 Richard Morais novel about the culinary rivalry between a staid French restaurant and a boisterous Indian establishment across the road was inspired by the author’s friendship with the late producer Ismail Merchant, an accomplished chef and cookbook author. »
- Pat Saperstein
New release The Hundred-Foot Journey is a beautifully-shot drama produced by Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg, who likely hope it will prove a hit along the lines of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Formidable British actress Helen Mirren gets top billing as strict French restauranteur Madame Mallory. Her establishment has a Michelin star and brings in big name political figures. However, Madame Mallory's work and life isn't the main focus of this colorful film from Lasse Hallstrom (Chocolat, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen), adapted by Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) from a novel by Richard C. Morais.
A family of refugees, the Kadams from Mumbai, moves into the vacated building across the street from Madam Mallory's restaurant. Papa (veteran Indian actor Om Puri, Gandhi) wants to open an Indian restaurant in this quiet French village, with the help of son and aspiring chef Hassan (Manish Dayal, 90210, Switched at Birth) and other »
- Elizabeth Stoddard
This week, Lasse Hallström's The Hundred-Foot Journey premieres in the Us, a story about two restaurants making each other's existence miserable, until mutual respect and romance get the upper hand. But what caught my eye here was the actress playing the tyrannical proprietress of one of the eateries: the great Helen Mirren. For decades, Helen Mirren has been very, Very visible in films across all genres and qualities. Some of her roles are mainstream, some rather more daring, and some quite controversial. But whether she's wearing a crown, holding a gun, or both, she is always awesome, effortlessly switching from smoldering to icy within a second, if need be. So once again I'm going to use ten close-ups of one of my favourite thespians to...
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While earlier, Hollywood films were allowed more kisses and smooches even for films certified for all ages, now in a bid to stop allegations of discrepancy in the certification of Indian and international films, the censor board has decided to treat kissing scenes in Indian and non-Indian films in the same line of moral vision.
The Censor Board Of Film Certification (Cbfc) has clamped down on a deep-mouth French kiss in the Lasse Hallstrom's The 100 Foot Journey which features Om Puri and Helen Mirren as two warring restaurateurs who come together to cook up a romantic dish.
No, don't get your hopes up high. The torrid kiss that the Cbfc objected to doesn't feature Puri and Mirren. It's Manish Dayal who plays Om's son Hassan Kadam and his French girlfriend played by Charlotte le Bon who share a torrid tongue-to-tongue that sent the Cbfc into a tizzy.
Says a source, »
So are you just getting your appetite back after experiencing the “foodie” film delight of the surprise box office hit from May, Chef (hmm. those were some filling, satisfying Cuban sandwiches!)? Master cinema chefs/producers Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg along with director Lasse Hallstrom (Safe Haven) and screenwriter Steven Knight (Locke) have whipped up an opulant movie entrée based on the best selling work from Richard C. Morais, The Hundred-foot Journey. So after the big, bombastic blockbusters this Summer are audiences ready to head back to the kitchen to watch the balletic, almost action-star choreographed, cooks and servers trying to prepare succulent dishes in record time? Perhaps that’s part of the appeal of the many, many reality cooking and restaurant reality TV shows. Just make sure you’ve had a substantial meal before heading to the multiplex, because with all the culinary delights on display, the popcorn (tasty »
- Jim Batts
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