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15 items from 2016


Kassovitz Joins Haneke's "Happy End"

27 June 2016 9:01 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Mathieu Kassovitz ("Amelie") has joined the cast of Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke's next project "Happy End" for Les Films du Losange, X Filme and Wega Film.

The story follows a well-off family in northern France living in a bourgeois bubble unaware of the despair and human misery unfolding in migrant camps around the port town of Calais, a few miles from their home.

Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Louis Trintignant also star in the project which just began shooting in Nord-Pas-de-Calais ahead of a 2017 release.

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- Garth Franklin

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Michael Haneke’s Calais-set 'Happy End' secures deals as shoot begins

27 June 2016 4:11 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Les Films du Losange secures key deals; Matthieu Kassovitz joins cast also featuring Jean-Louis Trintignant and Isabelle Huppert.

Paris-based Les Films du Losange has unveiled pre-sales on Michael Haneke’s next film Happy End as the first day of shooting begins in the northern French region of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais today.

Few details on the production have been revealed publicly bar that the film will revolve around a well-off French family living in a bourgeois bubble in northern France, oblivious to the human misery unfolding in migrant camps around the port town of Calais, a few miles from their home.

As previously reported by one French media outlet, Matthieu Kassovitz has recently joined the cast which also features the previously announced Jean-Louis Trintignant and Isabelle Huppert as well as a host of younger new faces.

A number of distributors who released Haneke’s 2013 Palme d’Or and Oscar-winning Amour – which made $34m at global box office — have »

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Michael Haneke’s Calais-set 'Happy End' secures key deals as shoot begins

27 June 2016 4:11 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Les Films du Losange secures deals; Matthieu Kassovitz joins cast also featuring Jean-Louis Trintignant and Isabelle Huppert.

Paris-based Les Films du Losange has unveiled pre-sales on Michael Haneke’s next film Happy End as the first day of shooting begins in the northern French region of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais today.

Few details on the production have been revealed publicly bar that the film will revolve around a well-off French family living in a bourgeois bubble in northern France, oblivious to the human misery unfolding in migrant camps around the port town of Calais, a few miles from their home.

As previously reported by one French media outlet, Matthieu Kassovitz has recently joined the cast which also features the previously announced Jean-Louis Trintignant and Isabelle Huppert as well as a host of younger new faces.

A number of distributors who released Haneke’s 2013 Palme d’Or and Oscar-winning Amour – which made $34m at global box office — have signed »

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Casting Updates for Michael Haneke’s ‘Happy End’ and Steven Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’

6 June 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Whether you think he’s a titan of contemporary art cinema or a moralizing hack, Michael Haneke will dominate much of 2017’s cinematic discourse with his new feature, Happy End. Earlier reports were vague, albeit intriguing, telling us the Isabelle Huppert– and Jean-Louis Trintignant-led picture will concern a “bourgeois, European family, blind to what is going on in the wider world around them,” specifically with regard to Europe’s migrant crisis.

So said Huppert at this year’s Cannes Film Festival:

“‘But you can imagine what a Michael Haneke film called Happy Ending will be like. You can imagine there will be a certain irony, a certain…’ – she hesitates playfully, choosing her words – ‘clear-sightedness. For me, the title says everything about how lucidly Haneke sees the world.’ Apparently it’s about immigration, I hazard. ‘Apparently. That’s not all there is to it. We’ll see.'”

Casting has »

- Nick Newman

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Jacques Audiard’s films ranked from worst to best

8 April 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Matthew Lee ranks Jacques Audiard’s films from worst to best…

To coincide with the release of Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan [read our review here], the winner of last year’s Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival, we’re looking through this auteur’s back catalogue. With consistent critical acclaim, we’re here to see if such receptions still hold up, and to see if certain films still warrant such appraisal. We may also be able to detect recurring themes, motifs, and visual traits, and to see if they’ve matured in later projects, or have diminished in time. In short, we’re ranking the man’s films from worst to best.

6 – The Beat That My Heart Skipped

Jacques Audiard firmly roots himself in the crime underworld of Paris with his follow-up to Read My Lips. Thuggish broker Thomas Seyr (Romain Duris) involves himself in unscrupulous activity to assist in his real estate enterprise. »

- Matthew Lee

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Gina Prince-Bythewood, Lake Bell, and ‘The Tribe’ Helmer Set New Features; Michael Haneke’s Next Gets Funded

23 March 2016 10:53 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Despite its low box-office returns, Gina Prince-Bythewood‘s Beyond the Lights was something of a sleeper hit, in the time since its quiet release earning the praise of critics and filmmakers alike — including Rian Johnson, who liked the film so much that he hosted a BFI-supported screening and Q & A. Many will be pleased to read, then, that she’s set her next project: An Untamed State, which will reunite the helmer with Beyond‘s Gugu Mbatha-Raw, also of Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII. [Deadline]

Based on the novel by Roxanne Gay, who will co-write with Prince-Bythewood, it follows “a Haitian-American woman kidnapped for ransom in front of her husband and child” while thematically focusing on “the privilege that made her a target and the strength she must draw on to survive and reclaim her life.” Fox Searchlight are backing the endeavor.

Meanwhile, Variety has learned that Lake Bell will »

- Nick Newman

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The Forgotten: Giulio Questi's "Death Laid an Egg" (1968)

16 March 2016 3:19 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Maestro Giulio Questi is otherwise best known for Django... Kill! (1967), maybe the most extreme, sadistic and demented spaghetti western ever made. The following year he made a unique sort-of-giallo, Death Laid an Egg, which isn't specially extreme in terms of bloodletting (the competition there would be very stiff), but is simply one of the craziest films ever made in any genre, combining as it does two subjects of compelling interest to the public: homicide and intensive poultry farming.We open with eerie microscope images of a biological nature, with a soundtrack eerily evoking the effect of a computer, a piano and a suit of armor having sex while falling down a flight of metal stairs. Then the film launches into its first murder: seemingly our hero, Jean-Louis Trintignant, is addicted to knifing hookers in a motorway hotel. Trintignant is married to Gina Lollobrigida, and they live with Ewa Aulin in »

- David Cairns

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Cesar Awards: Philippe Faucon’s Drama ‘Fatima’ Wins Best Film

26 February 2016 11:33 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Underscoring the diversity of this year’s Cesar lineup, Philippe Faucon’s “Fatima,” a tale of a Moroccan-born single mother, won best film, supporting actress and adapted screenplay at the 41st Cesar Awards ceremony which took place Friday night at the Chatelet Theater in Paris.

Although the big win for “Fatima” was unexpected, it resonates strongly with the current divide in France and sheds light on the second and third generations of North African immigrants in France. The country was hit by its deadliest ever terror attack in November and has seen the Far Right party gaining grounds in the run up to the 2017 presidential election.

A contemporary social drama loosely based on Fatima Elayoubi’s poems “Priere a la lune” (“Prayer to the Moon”), “Fatima” turns on a single mother who emigrated from Morocco and faces cultural challenges as well as prejudice in France, where she raises her »

- Elsa Keslassy

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More Details About Michael Haneke’s 'Happy End' Revealed, Filming Begins This Summer

12 February 2016 6:05 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Right at the close of last year, fans of Michael Haneke received some great news: the director was finally moving forward with his next film. It was revealed he was reteaming with Isabelle Huppert ("Amour," "Time Of The Wolf," "The Piano Teacher") and Jean-Louis Trintignant ("Amour") for a project called "Happy End," one that would contain story elements about the refugee crisis in Europe. And now, as the film hits the European Film Market, some new details have arrived. Read More: Watch: First International Trailer For Mia Hansen-Løve's 'Things To Come' Starring Isabelle Huppert Screen Daily reveals that central focus of the movie will be on a bourgeois, European family, who don't take notice of the bigger world around them, with the refugee elements just being one aspect of the storyline. Perhaps Haneke is putting the 1% in his sights with this film? It'll be interesting to see. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Michael Haneke’s 'Happy End' launches at Efm

11 February 2016 9:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Amour director’s next film will revolve around a bourgeois European family.

Michael Haneke’s long-time producer Margaret Menegoz of Les Films du Losange has launched the Austrian director’s next film, Happy End, at the Efm and confirmed it will shoot in northern France this summer.

“We’re pleased to work again with our usual partners X Filme and Wega Film,” said Menegoz. “It will be an ensemble shot in French. It’s the first time Michael Haneke will shoot in provincial France.”

It will be Haneke’s first film for theatrical release since his Oscar and Palme d’Or-winning Amour, which grossed $34m worldwide.

The new $13.6m production will revolve around a bourgeois, European family, blind to what is going on in the wider world around them.

French media has suggested that the film would revolve around the immigrant crisis in Europe, but Menegoz said this was just an aspect of the storyline and not »

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Yves Montmayeur to explore feminism in Asian pop culture by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2016-01-20 15:22:20

20 January 2016 7:22 AM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Guy Maddin with Kim Morgan in photo booth in Yves Montmayeur's The 1000 Eyes Of Dr Maddin

The director of Michael H - Profession: Director, the documentary about Michael Haneke which features Jean-Louis Trintignant, Susanne Lothar, Josef Bierbichler, Béatrice Dalle, Juliette Binoche, Emmanuelle Riva and Isabelle Huppert, is off to Beijing, Taipei and Tokyo. Yves Montmayeur has his sights on Shu Qi (Hou Hsiao-hsien's The Assassin), Michelle Yeoh and Cheng Pei-Pei (Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Zhao Wei (Ma Jingle and Dong Wei's Mulan: Rise Of A Warrior) and Eihi Shiina (Audition, Tokyo Gore Police) for his "new documentary film on 'Amazons in the Asian Pop Culture'! Or how Asian warrior women are dealing with martial arts and feminism."

The 1000 Eyes Of Dr Maddin director Yves Montmayeur Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

His latest film, The 1000 Eyes Of Dr Maddin, which stars Isabella Rossellini, Udo Kier, Kenneth Anger, John Waters, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Italian Writer-Director Ettore Scola Dies at 84

19 January 2016 5:48 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ettore Scola, one of the last of a generation of great Italian writers and directors, who was best known for “Il Sorpasso” (1962), “We All Loved Each Other So Much” (1974), “A Special Day” (1977), “The Family” (1987) and “The Dinner” (1998), died late Tuesday at a Rome hospital. He was 84 and had fallen ill on Sunday.

Scola was perhaps best known for “We All Loved Each Other So Much,” a 1974 portrait of postwar Italy that starred Nino ManfrediVittorio Gassman and Stefania Sandrelli. He directed and co-scripted with Maccari the 1977 Sophia Loren-Marcello Mastroianni film “A Special Day,” which picked up Oscar nominations for best foreign film and best actor for Mastroianni. He and Loren played neighbors who meet in 1938 during Hitler’s visit to Italy.

Scola won best director at Cannes for 1976’s “Ugly, Dirty and Bad” and shared the festival’s best screenplay award for “La terrazza” (1980). Another film much applauded »

- Carmel Dagan

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The many faces of Isabelle Huppert by Richard Mowe

17 January 2016 9:39 AM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

On image: "People’s perception of you is strange and makes me laugh. I think it is associated with the roles you do …” Photo: Richard Mowe

As one of France’s most revered and prolific actresses, Isabelle Huppert never seems to stop working. Last year, at 62, she was in Cannes with two films - French director Guillaume Nicloux’s Valley Of Love (released on DVD and Blu Ray release next month) and Norwegian Joachim Trier’s Back Home (also known as Louder Than Bombs), both made in English. Nicloux’s film reunited her with Gérard Depardieu after almost two decades as parents mourning the death of a son while in Trier’s film it is about how her husband (Gabriel Byrne) and two sons cope with her death as a war photographer. She will appear with her Amour co-star Jean-Louis Trintignant in the new Michael Haneke project about Calais migrants. »

- Richard Mowe

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Through the Looking-Glass…Top 200 Most Anticipated Films of 2017: #1. Michael Haneke’s Happy End

15 January 2016 12:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Happy End

Director: Michael Haneke

Writer: Michael Haneke

In mid-2015, Michael Haneke officially confirmed he would be abandoning a project known as Flashmob and focusing on different film to be set in France. As usual, the auteur was rather terse as concerns details on either endeavor. In October, while being honored at the International Film Festival of Morelia, Isabelle Huppert (who has starred in three Haneke productions, The Piano Teacher, Time of the Wolf and Amour) announced she’d be re-teaming with Haneke for a fourth time. Finally, major news broke on the project the last week of December with the news of Amour star Jean-Louis Trintignant joining Huppert in Haneke’s Happy End. Plot details are still unconfirmed, but the focus of the film will be the notion of family while migrants will serve as a subtext.

Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant

Production Co./Producer(s): Pictanovo

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- Nicholas Bell

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The 100 Best Films of the 21st Century (So Far) - Part 2: #75-51

12 January 2016 5:49 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Our countdown of the 100 best films of the 21st century continues. This is Part 2 #75 through 51.

Click here for Part 1 (#100-76)!

The first decade and a half of the 21st century has brought a lot of changes to the landscape of film. The advancement and sophistication of computers has made realistic computer generated effects a mainstay in both big-budget and small-budget films. The internet and streaming technologies have given big Hollywood new competition in films produced independently and by non-traditional means. We went from purchasing films on yards of tape to plastic disks, and now we can simply upload them to the cloud. Advertisements for films have reached a higher, more ruthless level where generating hype through trailers and teasers is crucial for a film’s commercial success. Movie attendance has fluctuated along with the economy, but that hasn’t stopped films from breaking box office records, including having films gross »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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