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Blu-ray Review: “You Will Be My Son” (“Tu Seras Mon Fils”), Directed By Gilles Legrand, From Cohen Media Group

26 November 2014 9:58 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Fred Blosser

Stories about domineering fathers and neglected offspring are at least as old as the Bible and Shakespeare.  Gilles Legrand’s “You Will Be My Son” (2012) is a worthy addition to the genre.

Paul de Marseul (Niels Arestrup) is distressed to learn that his friend Francois Amelot (Patrick Chesnais) has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Paul is the wealthy owner of a French vineyard, and Francois has served for more than 30 years as his estate manager: “a fancy name for winemaker,” Francois comments. When Francois announces that he’s too weak from his illness to begin the new production season, Paul’s son Martin (Lorant Deutsch) steps up, eager to take on the responsibility. He handles sales for the company, and he knows Francois’ routine through years of observation. But Paul has no faith in Martin’s abilities as a vintner, and the two men moreover have a strained personal relationship. »

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‘Diplomacy’ is a suspenseful two-hander

25 November 2014 9:51 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Diplomacy

Directed by Volker Schlöndorff

France, 2014

It’s the odd film where two men talking in a hotel room is more exciting than tanks and resistance members on the streets below, but that’s exactly the case in Volker Schlöndorff’s new Diplomacy. World War II is drawing to a close. As the Allies near Paris, Swedish Consul Raoul Nordling (André Dussollier) attempts to convince Nazi General von Choltitz (Niels Arestrup) not to ignite the charges that would leave the City of Light in ruins.

The large majority of the film takes place in said hotel room, and Schlöndorff utilizes the small space expertly, blocking Nordling and Choltitz in a dizzying array of interactions, thereby removing any feeling of staginess. The explosion is to go off at dawn, and cinematographer Michel Amathieu slowly brings the balcony’s natural light from an opaque black to a soft blue, one of the »

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Film Review: A Pivotal Debate in World War II Drama ‘Diplomacy’

14 November 2014 5:43 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – It’s late August in the year of 1944, and Paris is about to be destroyed by a vacating Nazi party. “Diplomacy” is a chamber film that imagines the crucial conversation between a Nazi general and a Swedish diplomat that is said to have saved Paris, a riveting story of personal actions influencing the course of world history.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Adapted from the play of the same title from Cyril Gely, “Diplomacy” begins with Paris in its hostage state during World War II. The Allied forces are moving swiftly towards the City of Lights, which Adolf Hitler had dreamed would one day be topped by Berlin in beauty. Now, the Nazis have decided to destroy Paris on their way out. Intricate bombs are planted around the Seine, torpedoes are aimed at the legs of the Eiffel Tower, and the city’s population of 1.5 million is considered but another casualty of a vicious war. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Diplomacy Review

24 October 2014 3:15 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

A friendly discussion of life and death passes the time as the Allies storm the last Nazi defenses of the City of Lights.After watching Volker Schlöndorff’s (Oscar-winning German director of “The Tin Drum”) touching, scary and occasionally funny rendition of an imaginary meeting that decided the fate of Paris you may never watch “My Dinner With Andre” in the same way again. Meeting in the last hours before the Allies’ WWII liberation of Paris, Swedish consul Raoul Nordling (André Dussollier) and Nazi Général von Choltitz (Niels Arestrup) debate the practicalities, sensibilities, mandates and options of turning the gem of Europe […] »

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Diplomacy | Review

15 October 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Paris is Burning: Schlondorff Continues Plumbing the Depths of WWII

Playwright Cyril Gely (who also wrote the play upon which Safy Nebbou’s 2010 film Dumas was based), adapts his own play, Diplomacy for Volker Schlondorff. Though the film isn’t far removed from its roots as a stage play, Schlondorff gets its energy from the performances of two French cinematic alums, often settling for the single chamber setting of their deliberation, infrequently stepping into the ravaged outdoors to show us the scuffling, frantic, wartorn desperation going on within the streets of Paris on the eve of liberation during WWII.

Volker Schlondorff, a titan that hails from the New German Wave, has been steadily working since then, though his recent works are often overlooked or ignored, still wallowing in the shadows of masterworks like The Tin Drum or The Lost Honor of Katharine Blum. Contemporaries like Wim Wenders, Werner Herzog »

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Diplomatic talk, part 2 by Anne-Katrin Titze

15 October 2014 2:49 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

André Dussollier as Swedish consul-general Raoul Nordling: "On the other hand, Nordling needs the General…"

Volker Schlöndorff discusses more Diplomacy, the link to Josephine Baker and André Dussollier in Alain Resnais' On Connaît La Chanson, The Ninth Day, Billy Wilder's comedy of manners, whether or not he has an Emperor Waltz in his past and Ernst Lubitsch, Walter Reisch, Conrad Veidt and Alma Hitchcock's blackout training.

Based on Cyril Gély's play Diplomatie, which starred Niels Arestrup as German General Dietrich von Choltitz and André Dussollier as Swedish consul-general Raoul Nordling on stage in Paris, Schlöndorff, with the actors recreating their roles, shows us an intimate portrait of two men at odds, dueling with more than their lives at stake.

Niels Arestrup as General Dietrich von Choltitz and André Dussollier as consul-general Raoul Nordling, in Volker Schlöndorff's gripping Diplomacy (Diplomatie)

Anne-Katrin Titze: In Diplomacy you have a scene »

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Schlondorff's Diplomacy Is a Love Letter to Paris During World War II

14 October 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Volker Schlöndorff revisits World War II with Diplomacy, a love letter to Paris set during a night in 1944 when its very existence was at stake. Schlöndorff (The Tin Drum) spent a formative decade in Paris, and the German director's affection is expressed through the demeanor of Paris-born Swedish Consul Raoul Nordling (André Dussollier), who attempts to convince Nazi commander General Dietrich von Choltitz (Niels Arestrup) not to destroy his beloved city. Cyril Gély, who adapted his play with Schlöndorff, toyed with history to create this encounter. Nordling and von Choltitz did negotiate during the final days of the four-year German occupation, and each was credited with saving Paris from Hitler's ordered destruction. But they never »

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Angelina Jolie to direct Africa

19 September 2014 12:31 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The multi-hyphenate, expected to be an awards contender this season with the upcoming Unbroken, will direct Skydance Productions’ epic.

Africa will be based on Eric Roth’s screenplay about paleo-archaeologist Richard Leakey’s battle with ivory poachers that threaten the existence of the African elephant population.

Skydance head David Ellison will produce alongside Jolie, Dana Goldberg and John Peters. Jolie will reunite with her Unbroken cinematographer Roger Deakins.

“I’ve felt a deep connection to Africa and its culture for much of my life, and was taken with Eric’s beautiful script about a man drawn into the violent conflict with elephant poachers who emerged with a deeper understanding of man’s footprint and a profound sense of responsibility for the world around him,” said Jolie.

Jolie is currently in production on By The Sea for Universal, which she is directing from her original script. She will star alongside husband Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent and [link »

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Diplomatic talk, part 1 by Anne-Katrin Titze

16 September 2014 5:33 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Diplomacy director Volker Schlöndorff: "This movie for me is less about the Second World War but about French German relationships." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Volker Schlöndorff talks Diplomacy (Diplomatie) with Niels Arestrup as his German General Dietrich von Choltitz and André Dussollier as Swedish consul-general Raoul Nordling. The connection between Alain Resnais' Hiroshima Mon Amour and the story of the orders to destroy 1944 Paris in Diplomacy chillingly rings true. Schlöndorff was hired to work with Alain Resnais on [film]Last Year In Marienbad[/ilm] (L'Année Dernière à Marienbad) after being an intern on Louis Malle's Zazie Dans Le Métro and he says Marguerite Duras "knew what she was talking about."

Based on Cyril Gély's play Diplomatie, which starred Arestrup and Dussollier on stage in Paris, Schlöndorff shows us an intimate portrait of two men at odds, dueling with more than their lives at stake.

Emmanuelle Riva in Hiroshima Mon Amour »

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First Photos: Pitt, Jolie In "By The Sea"

15 September 2014 1:59 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The first three photos have been released from "By the Sea," Angelina Jolie's third directorial effort which began production a few weeks ago in Malta. The project marks the first on screen re-teaming of Jolie with husband Brad Pitt since 2005's "Mr. and Mrs. Smith". EW, which published the photos, has also included a synopsis:

"Set in France during the mid-1970s, Jolie plays Vanessa, a former dancer, and Pitt is her husband Roland, an American writer. As they travel the country together, they seem to be growing apart, but when they linger in one quiet, seaside town they begin to draw close to some of its more vibrant inhabitants, such as a local bar/café-keeper (Niels Arestrup) and hotel owner (Richard Bohringer)."

Production is slated to continue through mid-November. Universal Pictures has the worldwide rights to the film which hasn't set a release date as yet.

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First Look at Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 'By the Sea'

15 September 2014 12:57 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in July, Universal Pictures acquired the worldwide rights to Angelina Jolie's third directorial effort, By the Sea, which reunites the actress with her husband Brad Pitt for the first time on screen since 2005's Mr. and Mrs. Smith. With production already under way, Entertainment Weekly has released the first three photos, featuring Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and their co-star Niels Arestrup. Check out the images below, then read on for more details from the director.

Production began September 8 in Malta, just a few weeks after Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt got married after a decade-long relationship. While no plot information was given in the July report, Entertainment Weekly has revealed the first story details below.

"Set in France during the mid-1970s, Jolie plays Vanessa, a former dancer, and Pitt is her husband Roland, an American writer. As they travel the country together, they seem to be growing apart, »

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First Look at Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 'By the Sea'

15 September 2014 12:17 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

We learned back in July, Angelina Jolie's next project following this December's Unbroken would be a smaller film in which she would star opposite hubby Brad Pitt and now Entertainment Weekly brings us the above first picture from By the Sea as well as this more detailed synopsis and word Niels Arestrup (A Prophet) and Richard Bohringer co-star: Set in France during the mid-1970s, Jolie plays Vanessa, a former dancer, and Pitt is her husband Roland, an American writer. As they travel the country together, they seem to be growing apart, but when they linger in one quiet, seaside town they begin to draw close to some of its more vibrant inhabitants, such as a local bar/cafe-keeper (Arestrup, pictured below) and hotel owner (Bohringer). EW doesn't know for sure, but suggests the film may have taken inspiration from the Emily Dickinson poem of the same name. Jolie, »

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First Look at Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 'By The Sea'

15 September 2014 11:58 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

By The Sea will be the third Angelina Jolie joint when it comes out. She's writing, directing, producing, and starring in it. In the Land of Blood and Honey and this December's Unbroken are the other two.

This one is also her first time being on screen with her now-husband Brad Pitt since Mr. and Mrs. Smith in 2005. Not a lot was known about the project, even though it started shooting on the 8th of this month. Universal will eventually distribute the movie, but hasn't set a release date yet. Since, you know, it's not a superhero franchise. Now we know a bit more because Entertainment Weekly got the details and first look photos of a very moody looking romance/drama.

Set in France during the mid-1970s, Jolie plays Vanessa, a former dancer, and Pitt is her husband Roland, an American writer. As they travel the country together, they seem to be growing apart, »

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First Look: Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt In 'By The Sea'

15 September 2014 11:15 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It looks like there are now two Angelina Jolie Oscar campaigns we have to think about.  There's her WWII survivor story "Unbroken" coming in December, but the actress/director/screenwriter is already at work on her next movie "By The Sea," co-starring new husband Brad Pitt. And after only a week of shooting, the first images have arrived. And even more, there are some plot details as well. Here's the synopsis via EW:  Set in France during the mid-1970s, Jolie plays Vanessa, a former dancer, and Pitt is her husband Roland, an American writer. As they travel the country together, they seem to be growing apart, but when they linger in one quiet, seaside town they begin to draw close to some of its more vibrant inhabitants, such as a local bar/café-keeper (War Horse and A Prophet‘s Niels Arestrup, pictured below) and hotel owner (Richard Bohringer, The Cook, »

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First By The Sea Images Reveal Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt as a Married Couple

15 September 2014 11:13 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Newlyweds Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are revealed as a not-so-happily-married couple onscreen in the very first By the Sea images from their new film.  Jolie wrote, produces, and is directing the feature, which takes place in 1970s France and revolves around a marriage that’s collapsing on itself.  Jolie plays a former dancer and Pitt plays an American writer, and the story finds the disenchanted couple growing closer together in a quiet seaside town as they meet its inhabitants and begin sharing stories.  Cinematographer Christian Berger (The White Ribbon) is shooting the film using mostly natural light, and the supporting cast includes Niels Arestrup (War Horse) and Richard Bohringer (The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover). Check out the first By the Sea images after the jump, along with an explanation from Jolie as to why she chose to set the film in the 1970s.  The pic »

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First Look: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt swept away in romantic drama 'By the Sea'

15 September 2014 10:17 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

“But no man moved me till the tide / 
Went past my simple shoe /And past my apron and my belt /
And past my bodice too / And made as he would eat me up / 
As wholly as a dew…”

Whether or not this poem by Emily Dickinson, published under the title By the Sea, served as inspiration for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s new film of the same name, the spirit seems to match up with its story of a woman caught in an undertow of passion and rejuvenation while visiting a seaside village with her husband.

By the Sea »

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The art of adaptation by Anne-Katrin Titze

14 September 2014 8:46 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Diplomacy director Volker Schlöndorff with Anne-Katrin Titze at Lincoln Center on Anton Corbijn's A Most Wanted Man: "Actually, I always compared Niels Arestrup to Philip Seymour Hoffman." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

At the 2014 Telluride Film Festival, Volker Schlöndorff was awarded the Silver Medallion and Diplomacy (Diplomatie), starring Niels Arestrup and André Dussollier was screened, as well as Billy, How Did You Do It? (Billy Wilder, Wie Haben Sie's Gemacht?) and Baal starring Rainer Werner Fassbinder. In New York, we discussed his adaptations from The Tin Drum by Günter Grass to Cyril Gely's play Diplomatie and dubbing Dustin Hoffman in German with Otto Sander in Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman. Working with Sam Shepard on Voyager, Arestrup's correspondence with Philip Seymour Hoffman in Anton Corbijn's A Most Wanted Man, Bertrand Tavernier's The French Minister and Ralph Fiennes' Max Frisch desires are explored.

Anne-Katrin Titze: As far as adaptations are concerned, »

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Jerusalem presents 'fresh' doc stories

10 July 2014 11:24 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

A trip by Israeli reggae producers to Jamaica, Final Solution architect Heinrich Himmler, new immigrant angst and a pit ball rescue centre are among the many worlds explored in this year’s Israeli Documentary Competition.

“We were focused on both the film language and the subject matter. We wanted films that were both fresh in the way they were shot but also challenging socially or intellectually,” says filmmaker Anat Zuria, who was on the festivals four-person selection committee for documentaries.

The 15-title selection kicks off today with a sold-out premiere screening of filmmaker and journalist Uri Misgav’s Life of Poetry: The Story of Avraham Halfi [pictured].

Combining interviews with friends and archive footage, the picture explores the life of the publicity shy late poet, described by Misgav as an “anonymous hero”, whose work Adorned Is Your Forehead formed the basis for one of Israel’s most popular Hebrew songs.

Other contenders include Yossi Aviram’s The Polgar »

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Jerusalem presents 'fresh' documentary stories

10 July 2014 11:24 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

A trip by Israeli reggae producers to Jamaica, Final Solution architect Heinrich Himmler, new immigrant angst and a pit ball rescue centre are among the many worlds explored in this year’s Israeli Documentary Competition.

“We were focused on both the film language and the subject matter. We wanted films that were both fresh in the way they were shot but also challenging socially or intellectually,” says filmmaker Anat Zuria, who was on the festivals four-person selection committee for documentaries.

The 15-title selection kicks off today with a sold-out premiere screening of filmmaker and journalist Uri Misgav’s Life of Poetry: The Story of Avraham Halfi [pictured].

Combining interviews with friends and archive footage, the picture explores the life of the publicity shy late poet, described by Misgav as an “anonymous hero”, whose work Adorned Is Your Forehead formed the basis for one of Israel’s most popular Hebrew songs.

Other contenders include Yossi Aviram’s The Polgar »

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Antonin Baudry and Bertrand Tavernier in conversation on Weapons of Mass Diplomacy and The French Minister (Quai d’Orsay)

3 July 2014 2:21 PM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Edmund White and Frank Rich with Antonin Baudry at Quai d’Orsay - Weapons of Mass Diplomacy Drawing The Line at McNally Jackson in New York: "I remember it was really like being in film school."

Bertrand Tavernier's The French Minister (Quai D’Orsay) stars Thierry Lhermitte, Raphaël Personnaz, Niels Arestrup and Anaïs Demoustier, with Jane Birkin impersonating a version of Toni Morrison and Julie Gayet as a potent advisor.

Eric Rohmer, Jean-Luc Godard and going beyond Mel Brooks with Frankenstein and the Seven Dwarfs are discussed in the second half of my conversation with Bertrand Tavernier and Antonin Baudry.

At McNally Jackson Books in New York, two days before July 4, Edmund White and Frank Rich were discussing Drawing The Line with Antonin Baudry. Here is a highlight.

Weapons of Mass Diplomacy Drawing The Line invitation

Anne-Katrin Titze: The past times we spoke, Bertrand Tavernier was always in the room. »

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