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Marion Cotillard Sheds Star Skin, Taps Into Depression for ‘Two Days, One Night’

24 December 2014 6:52 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Marion Cotillard‘s careers travels the spectrum from commerical to indie, mainstream American popcorn fare to the international art house. Yet the thought of working with  Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, brothers known for their poignant films about the life of  underclass, seemed implausible.

“I didn’t even allow myself to dream about the Dardenne brothers, because I knew it would never happen,” Cotillard says in the 2015 Foreign Language issue of OscarWrap. “I couldn’t believe that they wanted to work with me, because of how different they usually work.”

Since her 2007 best actress Oscar for “La Vie En Rose,” Cotillard »

- Steve Pond

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Foreign Language Oscar Shortlist: A Preview Of Possibilities, Part 2

18 December 2014 4:17 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Below is Part 2 of my annual look at the films that have a shot at making the Foreign Language Oscar shortlist. There are 83 submissions this year with some truly remarkable films in the bunch — and no 100% frontrunner. Here’s a refresher on how the nine films are chosen for the shortlist which is expected to be revealed tomorrow: The phase one committee determines six of the candidates, and the other three entries are selected by the Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee. For the profiles below and yet to come, I spoke with the directors of the films about their inspirations and expectations. In many cases, I also checked in with the U.S. distributor about why they acquired the movies. Below is a look at the second group of four titles that have generated serious buzz over the past several weeks of screenings, Q&As and consulate lunches. For »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Sundance Selects swoops on Jacques Audiard film

16 December 2014 11:48 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sundance Selects has made an early move on Untitled Jacques Audiard Film, which is currently in production.

Audiard directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with Thomas Bidegain and Noé Debré.

Pascal Caucheteux and Grégoire Sorlat are producing the project, about a Sri-Lankan Tamil warrior who seeks political asylum in Paris and runs into a violent gang of drug dealers.

“Audiard is a master film-maker who consistently delivers unforgettable characters within exquisite films that stay with us long after the final credits roll,” said Sundance Selects/IFC Films president Jonathan Sehring.

“We could not be more excited to be working with him on his latest and with our friends at Celluloid Dreams, Why Not Productions and Wild Bunch.”

Sundance Selects/IFC Films svp of acquisitions Arianna Bocco brokered the deal with Hengameh Panahi of Celluloid Dreams with Wild Bunch co-representing.

Jaz Sinclair has joined the cast of Screen Gems’ psychological thriller When The Bough Breaks opposite Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Jacques Audiard’s Latest Feature Acquired By Sundance Selects

16 December 2014 10:56 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Sundance Selects has acquired U.S. rights to French director Jacques Audiard’s latest, currently untitled, feature film.

The film, currently shooting, centers on a Sri-Lankan Tamil warrior who flees his war-torn country and seeks asylum in France as a political refugee, posing as a husband and father to two fellow escapees. In the suburbs of Paris, he takes up a position as caretaker of a run-down housing block. His attempt to obtain a stable life is interrupted by the violent gang of the drug dealers that rules the derelict neighborhood. Unwillingly drawn into the conflict, the former soldier must make a difficult choice whether to take a violent path once more.

Audiard’s two previous films, Un Prophete and Rust And Bone, were acquired for the U.S. by Sony Pictures Classics. Audiard, one of France’s most acclaimed filmmakers, is known for his appreciation of American cinema. »

- Ali Jaafar

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Jacques Audiard's New Film, 'Erran', Acquired by Sundance Selects

16 December 2014 10:06 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I've made no mystery concerning my love for the films from Jacques Audiard having placed A Prophet at #1 on my top ten of 2009 and Rust and Bone at #9 on my top ten of 2012. So, to say I'm looking forward to his next film, which may or may not be titled Erran, is a no-brainer and today we learn Sundance Selects has acquired U.S. rights to the feature. Audiard co-wrote the screenplay with Thomas Bidegain (A Prophet) and Noe Debre (Les gamins) and the film is centered on a Sri-Lankan Tamil fighter who is a political refugee in France, where he works as a caretaker on an 'unruly' council estate in the Parisian suburbs. Filming is currently underway, assuming for a 2015 release and perhaps a Cannes premiere, but as of yet no word on who exactly is starring in the picture. Either way, I can't wait to see what Audiard has for us next. »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: 53-Minute Talk With Marion Cotillard About Working With The Dardennes, Her Desire To Do Comedy & Much More

11 December 2014 2:57 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It’s not enough to say that Marion Cotillard disappears into the roles she plays, she practically loses herself in them. Her level of dedication is that intimidating. The actress’ sense of passionate commitment has subsequently resulted in some of the most emotionally wrenching performances of the last couple of years. Cotillard, somehow, managed to effortlessly become Edith Piaf in Olivier Dahan’s “La Vie En Rose,” and she also fearlessly took on the role of a whale trainer who loses her legs in a freak accident—a part that might have been a disaster in a lesser performer’s hands—in Jacques Audiard’s “Rust and Bone.” She’s being rightly recognized for her superlative work this year in two very different films: James Gray’s great, underrated “The Immigrant,” where she plays the sad-eyed Polish immigrant of the film’s title—one who falls under the shadowy wing »

- Nicholas Laskin

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Kiyoshi Kurosawa Makes French Film Debut With Tahar Rahim (Exclusive)

10 December 2014 11:56 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Marrakech — Kiyoshi Kurosawa (“Penance”) is set to make his first venture outside of Japan with a romance-laced genre drama set around Paris with “The Past” thesp Tahar Rahim on board.

While in Marrakech to attend the homage to Japanese cinema, Kurosawa told Variety his next film is being produced by a French company and will start shooting in February. The helmer, whose latest movie, “Seventh Code,” opened at Rome and earned him the best director nod, said the movie will be a love story, with Rahim cast in one of the two leading roles.

Since breaking through with Jacques Audiard’s “A Prophet,” Rahim has been leading a strong international career and has worked with renowned auteurs including Lou Ye (“Love and Bruises”), Joachim Lafosse (“Our Children”) and Asghar Farhadi (“The Past”).

“It will talk about France today in a symbolic way, and it will have horror elements. It will not be a realistic movie, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Front Row locks 26 films from Afm

4 December 2014 2:01 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Oliver Stone and Audiard dramas, Mel Gibson action Blood Father and Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire among haul.

Middle East distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment has finalized deals for 26 films from the Afm, including Oliver Stone’s Untitled Snowden Project starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley, action-thriller Blood Father with Mel Gibson and Studio Ghibli’s When Marnie Was There, all from Wild Bunch.

Front Row continued to cement its long-standing relationships with the likes of Protagonist Pictures and HanWay Films, acquiring the former’s upcoming Ben Wheatley action film Free Fire, Rob Zombie’s 31, David Farr-directed horror The Ones Below and the untitled Joshua Marston drama with Rachel Weisz and Michael Shannon.

From HanWay, Front Row secured Thai Boxing action film A Prayer Before Dawn, set to star Charlie Hunnam, The Limehouse Golem, written by Jane Goldman and the Kinks’ biopic You Really Got Me, produced by Jeremy Thomas.

From Embankment »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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John C. Reilly Joins Thomas Bidegain’s ‘Les Cowboys’ (Exclusive)

25 November 2014 8:21 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — John C. Reilly has joined the cast of “Les Cowboys,” the anticipated feature debut of Thomas Bidegain, the critically-hailed screenwriter of “Rust and Bone” and “A Prophet.”

Reilly will play opposite French newcomer Finnegan Oldfield (“Bang Gang”) and well-seasoned Belgian thesp Francois Damiens (“Heartbreaker”).

Alain Attal’s Les Productions du Tresor, the outfit behind Cannes players such as Guillaume Canet’s “Blood Ties” and Maiwenn’s “Polisse,” is lead-producing the movie. Belgium’s Lumière and Les Films du Fleuve, the Dardennes brothers’ outfit, are co-producing.

Pathe has acquired international sales rights and will be distributing in France. Pic marks the first collaboration between Les Productions du Tresor and Pathe, the French studio that also handles English-language movies like Stephen Frears’ “Florence” with Meryl Streep.

Penned by Bidegain and regular co-scribe Noé Debré, “Cowboys” follows a father (Damiens) who teams with his son (Oldfield) to search for his daughter, who »

- Elsa Keslassy

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The Drop review

18 November 2014 6:37 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

A crime thriller starring Tom Hardy and a scene-stealing puppy. What more could you want?

It's not without reason that The Drop has so quickly become known as “that movie with Tom Hardy and the puppy.” Based on screenwriter Dennis Lehane's own short story Animal Rescue, the blue collar crime drama aspect of the film is somewhat overshadowed by the metaphors and sweetness of the dog adoption sub-plot.

Overall though, it's still about Hardy as Bob Saginowski, a nice guy in a rough neighbourhood, who tends a friendly local bar owned by his elder cousin Marv (James Gandolfini). But after hours, Cousin Marv's Bar is a drop bar, one of a number of Brooklyn bars that serves as a place of safekeeping for the Chechen mob's ill-gotten funds.

When a pair of young chancers hold up Bob and Marv at closing time one night and only make off with the contents of the till, »

- sarahd

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Tarantino buzz tops busy Afm

8 November 2014 10:56 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Afm 2014 has seen steady business on a number of indie packages, many of which came together at the eleventh hour, with plenty more business on the horizon.

However, market buzz has been dominated by a few must-have titles and a number of buyers have been left frustrated by the dearth of mid-range propositions.

One acquisitions veteran told Screen: “It has been slow with little great stuff but when there is a great film buyers will pay for it provided the economics aren’t crazy.”

Among in-demand titles have been Bloom’s The Nice Guys, with Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe and thriller Unlocked, FilmNation’s as-yet-untitled Woody Allen film, The Exchange’s Michael, Sierra/Affinity’s The Godmother, Lotus’ Replicas and The Crucifixion and Im Global’s The Secret in Their Eyes remake.

Im Global’s $65m Civil War drama The Free State of Jones, set to star Matthew McConnaughey, also had tongues »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Afm: Magnolia Acquires U.S. Rights To ‘Gentlemen’ From Wild Bunch (Exclusive)

8 November 2014 9:25 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Magnolia has acquired U.S. rights to Mikael Marcimain’s “Gentlemen,” a post-wwii-set tale of forbidden love and dark secrets turning on Sweden’s flamboyant Morgan brothers. 

Repped by Wild Bunch in international markets, “Gentlemen” – which world-premiered at Toronto and is playing at Stockholm — has also sold to Artificial Eye for the U.K. and Lumiere for Benelux at the Afm.     One of Scandinavia’s biggest and most internationally-driven films of the year, “Gentlemen” boasts a strong Swedish cast led by David Dencik, Sverrir Gudnason and Pernilla August.

  “Gentlemen,” based on Klas Ostergren’s bestselling novels, is taking place in the aftermath of WWII and is set against the backdrop of political corruption and economic boom.      Stockholm-based outfit B-Reel produced the film. Wild Bunch is also selling “Gangsters and Gentlemen,” a four-part mini-series which is based on Ostergren’s novels and has been commissioned by Swedish pubcaster Svt.  Wild Bunch »

- Elsa Keslassy

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International Star You Should Know: Tahar Rahim

7 November 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In 2009, Tahar Rahim galvanized audiences in Jacques Audiard’s gritty prison drama “A Prophet.” Since then, the 33-year-old French actor has built his career in acclaimed international arthouse pics, including Asghar Farhadi’s “The Past”; Rebecca Zlotowski’s “Grand Central”; and Joachim Lafosse’s “Our Children.”

He’ll next star in “Les Anarchistes,” by emerging filmmaker Elie Wajeman.


A Prophet” had sparked multiple offers from the international film community for Rahim, but the actor refused to take on “cliched roles such as terrorists or useless lovers,” which are in abundance for Arab or French actors. (Of Algerian descent, Rahim grew up in the small French town of Belfort.) Repped in the U.S. by UTA, the thesp looks forward to venturing into Hollywood films, and is open to any genre. “I’d rather have one good scene in a movie by a great director than a small role in a mediocre movie, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Billion Dollar Composer: Alexandre Desplat Has Ears of World’s Top Auteurs

5 November 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It all started a little over 10 years ago, when “Girl With a Pearl Earring” opened and everyone who heard its haunting, magical waltz theme asked, “Wow, who wrote that?”

The “who,” as everyone in the business knows by now, is French composer Alexandre Desplat. He earned a Golden Globe nomination for his music in the romantic ode to one of Johannes Vermeer’s most famous paintings, then followed it with a startling score for “Birth” — its fairy-tale flutes and child-like celeste serving to deepen that film’s almost ungraspable mystery — and he quickly became one of the most sought-after composers in Hollywood.

Except that he lived in Paris. And still does.

And while Desplat is content to call Paris home, he has quietly opened a second studio in L.A. to make it easier to confer with directors here and, as necessary, compose too, as he recently did with “The Imitation Game. »

- Jon Burlingame

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Celluloid launches new Audiard

30 October 2014 5:31 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Company to co-sell the title with Wild Bunch in Santa Monica. 

Ahead of the Afm, Celluloid Dreams has launched sales on Jacques Audiard’s upcoming untitled film, revolving around Sri Lankan Tamil exiles trying to build a life in Paris.

The company has already sent out the script to the distributors of Audiard’s last film Rust and Bone, who have until the Afm to make an offer and sign a deal.

Any territories remaining at the beginning of the market will be co-sold by Celluloid and Wild Bunch, with the former’s founding CEO Hengameh Panahi having the final say on the deals.

The film, produced by long-time Audiard collaborators Pascal Caucheteux and Grégoire Sorlat of Why Not Productions, and Audiard’s company Page 114, began shooting in Paris on October 22.

Based on a script by Audiard, Thomas Bidegain and Noé Debré, it revolves around three Sri Lankan asylum seekers housed in a tough Parisian suburb »

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Int’l Film Community (Literally) Voices Opposition To Trial Of Ukraine Helmer

14 October 2014 6:52 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Eight months after the arrest of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, a renewed plea has gone out for his release. The European Film Academy has joined with the French Directors’ Guild (aka Srf which organizes Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes) in support of Sentsov, who was detained by the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation on May 10. A new petition calling for the film community to read a statement during public appearances and interviews voicing their opposition to his detainment and trial has been signed by more than 300 people. They include The Impossible helmer Juan Antonio Bayona, Rust And Bone director Jacques Audiard, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo helmer Niels Arden Oplev, Costa Gavras, Starred Up’s David Mackenzie, actor Stellan Skarsgård and Venice Film Festival chief Alberto Barbera.

The signatories (full list here) will now read the statement below during any interview or public appearance they may have. The »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Jacques Audiard Lines Up 'Erran' as His Next Project

7 October 2014 10:15 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

As soon as I saw Jacques Audiard's A Prophet he became one of my favorite filmmakers. It didn't really matter what would come after or came before that film, I was simply in awe, watching the 2 hour and 35 minute epic back-to-back one night on a screener and then watching it again in theaters once it was screened for press here in Seattle. I have since caught up with his 2005 film The Beat That My Heart Skipped and also love his 2005 feature, Rust and Bone. Thing about Audiard, however, he doesn't exactly rush to make his next feature, which means a lot of time waiting for whatever it is he'll do next. Thankfully, that wait is over. Next up for Audiard is a film titled Erran, a film centered on a Sri-Lankan Tamil fighter who is a political refugee in France, where he works as a caretaker on an 'unruly' »

- Brad Brevet

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Directors: Jacques Audiard, Joe Dante, Antoine Fuqua And More Line Up New Projects

7 October 2014 9:20 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It has been two years since Jacques Audiard's bruising and beautiful "Rust And Bone," but the "A Prophet" director is getting ready to shoot his next project. On October 13th, cameras will start rolling on "Erran." Penned by Audiard, the story centers on "a Sri-Lankan Tamil fighter who is a political refugee in France, where he works as a caretaker on an 'unruly' council estate in the Parisian suburbs." Besides that, details are being kept under wraps at the moment. There's not even any word on the cast, but we'd wager that information is just around the corner. Production will go until mid-December, and one has to think that Audiard and the producers already have an eye on Cannes next spring for a premiere. [Cineuropa] Another day, another project with Antoine Fuqua's name on it. The filmmaker is now attached to direct an adaptation of Jeff Hobbs' "The Short »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Jeremy Thomas, James McAvoy, Sally Hawkins & More on London Film Fest Jury

23 September 2014 8:56 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Thomas has produced and executive-produced films including Nicolas Roeg's "Bad Timing," Bernardo Bertolucci's epic "The Last Emperor," David Cronenberg's "Crash" and recently Jim Jarmusch's "Only Lovers Left Alive." The jury will present the Best Film Award at an October 18 awards ceremony, among other prizes. Previous winners include Pawel Pawlikowski's "Ida," Lynne Ramsay's "We Need to Talk About Kevin" and Jacques Audiard's "Rust and Bone." (Here's this year's lineup.) Also sitting on the Official Competition jury to select the Best Film winner are Ahmad Abdalla (director of "Rags and Tatters"), actress Sally Hawkins (Oscar-nommed this year for "Blue Jasmine"), film producer Lorna Tee, BAFTA winner James McAvoy (this year seen in "Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby) and Variety Chief Film Critic Scott Foundas. The festival runs October 8-19 at venues across the UK capital. More info on the »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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France Sends ‘Saint Laurent’ to Campaign For Foreign-Language Oscar Nominations

22 September 2014 4:40 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– Bertrand Bonello’s “Saint-Laurent,” a sultry biopic of the French famed designer, is set to represent France in the foreign-language Oscar campaign.

The movie world-premiered in competition at Cannes where it was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics.

It’s produced by Eric and Nicolas Altmayer at Mandarin Cinema and Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp, which also handled international sales. Arte Cinema et Orange Studio co-produced. Thomas Bidegain, one of the screenwriters of Jacques Audiard’s “A Prophet,”co-wrote the script with Bonello. 

Bonello’s film stars Gaspard Ulliel, Louis Garrel and Lea Seydoux. The helmer’s credits include “House of Pleasures” (then titled “House of Tolerance”) and “Tiresia,” both of which competed at Cannes.

Another pic about the designer, “Yves Saint-Laurent,” directed by Jalil Lespert, was recently released by The Weinstein Company in the States.

Bonello’s take on Saint-Laurent is, however, more controversial and revealing than Lespert’s film, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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