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The Big Bad Wolves boys are coming to Hollywood, word breaking today that Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado - the Israeli duo behind Rabies and Big Bad Wolves - have signed on to direct a remake of Johnnie To's Vengeance. And, honestly, if you're going to remake a Johnnie To film, this is a pretty good one to pick given that the story of a French chef with a past traveling to Hong Kong to exact revenge on the people responsible for the killing of his family has a fantastic premise and flashes of To's signature style while also being severely hampered by a poor central performance from French singer Johnny Hallyday in the lead role. There's room to improve here, basically, where if you...
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has revealed the lineup for its brand new summer film showcase “The Wave Film Festival.”
This inaugural showcase will focus solely on an eclectic mix of eleven brand new French films, including “Playing Dead (Je fais le mort)” directed by Jean-Paul Salomé, “Not My Type (Pas son genre)” directed by Lucas Belvaux and “9 Month Stretch (9 mois ferme)” directed by Albert Dupontel.
“It’s fitting that as we approach the 30th anniversary Sbiff expands its programming and have more of a year round presence with the Wave Film Festival,” said Sbiff Executive Director Roger Durling. “In the future we hope to have several editions — or ‘waves’ — throughout the year, allowing for longevity and continued growth for Sbiff as well as the Santa Barbara community.”
The five day festival begins Wednesday, July 16 through Sunday, July 20 at the Riviera Theatre.
The full lineup is below, along with their official synopses. »
- Nikara Johns
A Man and His Women: Lelouch’s Latest a Lumbering, Bloated Ensemble
Nearing his 80’s and with over fifty credits to his name, Oscar and Palme d’Or winning director Claude Lelouch bows his latest venture, We Love You, You Bastard, co-written with writer/actress Valerie Perrin, a title that elicits the kind of chuckles the film itself does not. A dysfunctional family drama harpooned on a comedy of errors scheme flaccidly spins into an ellipses of Bunuelian progeny patterns before a sharp left into Agatha Christie territory extends the running time by an unnecessary forty five minutes. With a varied cast of major French talents, there are a handful of successful moments, but without pronounced payoff. At best, a fluff piece showcasing some industry pros, the increasingly erring narrative mistakes wonky details for subtle prowess and is unfortunately a grating effort from the master director, whose other more recent »
- Nicholas Bell
Euphemistically speaking, “seasoned” feels like the most apt way to describe lounge lizard Johnny Hallyday’s latest character, Jacques Kaminsky, a weary war photog who wraps his high-impact career snapping cow portraits from a posh Rhone-Alps chalet in Claude Lelouch’s shamelessly sentimental (and equally self-serving) “We Love You, You Bastard,” a paternal reconciliation fantasy which this corniest of French directors dedicates to his daughters. After years of familial negligence, the leathery old so-and-so spends his last lap around the sun hoping to make amends to his four girls, each born to a different mother and named after a different season.
Suitable only for little old ladies and Hallyday lovers, this baffling blend of genres begins as a romance (the first buds of spring), shifts into family melodrama (hot summer nights) and ends quite unexpectedly with a murder mystery (one that resolves itself in the dead of winter). There’s »
- Peter Debruge
The Franco-American Cultural Fund has announced the line-up for the 18th annual City of Lights, City of Angels (Colcoa) Film Festival. Held at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, the festival will present 41 features, which include three International Premieres, 17 North American/U.S. Premieres, and 20 new shorts. Opening night will be the North American premiere of "We Love You, You Bastard," directed by Oscar-winner Claude Lelouch, co-written by Valerie Perrin, and starring Johnny Hallyday, Sandrine Bonnaire, and Eddy Mitchell. The film opens in France today. The last film in competition is "Quantum of Love," which has its North American premiere on Sunday April 27th. The romance was penned and directed by Lisa Auelos, and stars Sophie Marceau, of "Braveheart" fame. Two films will have an exclusive presentation at Colcoa, a week before their French Release: The new romance, "Not My Type," written and directed by Lucas Belvaux and »
- Emerson Gordon
The Franco-American Cultural Fund has announced the lineup for the 18th edition of the City of Lights, City of Angels (Colcoa) film festival. Running April 21-28 at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, the fest will present 41 features, including three international premieres, and many North American and Us premieres. (Trailers below.) The opening night film is "We Love You, You Bastard," the new film from director Claude Lelouch ("A Man and a Woman") starring Johnny Hallyday and Sandrine Bonnaire. The closing night double bill, on April 28, will be announced during the festival. Other notable films on the lineup include Roman Polanski's Best Director Cesar-winning "Venus in Fur," Catherine Breillat's latest collaboration with Isabelle Huppert "Abuse of Weakness" and Francois Ozon's "Young and Beautiful," with Charlotte Rampling. Films "Marius" and "Fanny" by French actor Daniel Auteuil ("Cache") will also make their way to the fest, along with "Jacky in the. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Claude Lelouch’s We Love You, You Bastard to open Hollywood event.
The Franco-American Cultural Fund (Facf) has announced the programme for the 18th Annual City Of Lights, City Of Angels (Colcoa) film festival, set to run from April 21-28.
Tthe festival will present a total of 41 features, including three international premieres, 17 North American or Us premieres, 16 West Coast premieres and 20 new shorts.
“Colcoa has become not only a showcase but a brand to promote French films in the Us,” said Colcoa executive producer and artistic director François Truffart.
“Diversity remains the main feature of this 18th spectrum of French creativity, and also because American tastes for foreign films are actually quite varied.”
Colcoa will open on April 21 with the North American premiere of Claude Lelouch’s We Love You, You Bastard starring Johnny Hallyday, Sandrine Bonnaire and Eddy Mitchell. The film opens in France this week.
Closing the festival on April 28 are two films that will »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Salaud on t’aime
Director: Claude Lelouch
Writers: Claude Lelouch, Valerie Perrin
Producer: Jean-Paul De Vidas
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
While his 2007 film, Roman de Gare received notable art house play and served as an introduction to Lelouche’s new muse, Audrey Dana, his next film, 2010′s What War May Bring never received a Us release. But we’re thinking his latest film shouldn’t follow that same fate, featuring a stellar cast, headlined by the resplendent Sandrine Bonnaire, supported by Johnny Hallyday and Jacky Ido. But then, check it out, Irene Jacob and Valerie Kaprisky are in the supporting cast.
Gist: Lelouch describes the film as being about the four cardinal points of life: love, work, friendship and family.
Release Date: With an April domestic release in France, we’re thinking this might end up at Tribeca. »
- Nicholas Bell
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