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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, »

- Brad Brevet

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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, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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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 »

- Anthony Breznican

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

29 June 2014 11:55 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Antonin Baudry with Bertrand Tavernier on The French Minister (Quai d’Orsay): "I fell in love immediately with Antonin's book, because it was dealing with politics in, for me, the best way possible." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

I met up in New York with Bertrand Tavernier and Antonin Baudry, who co-wrote the screenplay for The French Minister (Quai d’Orsay), based on Baudry's (aka Abel Lanzac) autobiographic graphic novel about his adventures as a speech writer in the French Ministry. The film stars Thierry Lhermitte, Raphaël Personnaz and Niels Arestrup who at times seem to channel the working methods of Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell in His Girl Friday or the serious madness surrounding Peter Sellers in The Party. Howard Hawks, Billy Wilder, Blake Edwards, Jacques Becker, Stanley Kubrick and John Ford pop up in precise reference throughout the conversation.

Thierry Lhermitte as Alexandre Taillard de Worms with Raphaël Personnaz »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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"You Will" Want To Have Some Wine Handy For This

27 June 2014 1:09 AM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

At a beautiful vineyard in Southern France, wine-maker Paul de Marseul (Niels Arestrup) is looking for an heir worthy of taking over the family business. He is unsure that his son Martin (Lorant Deutsch), who still lives on the property with his wife, is up to the task. When his estate manager Francois Amelot (Patrick Chesnais) falls ill and receives a terminal diagnosis from his doctor, Francois’ son Philippe (Nicolas Bidet) comes home to say goodbye to his father and inadvertently attracts the attention of Paul with his wine-making skills. Paul becomes obsessed with grooming Philippe to be his successor and the son he always wanted while also pushing Martin away emotionally and questioning his manhood.

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Cannes: Zeitgeist Films Picks up U.S. Rights To Volker Schlondorff’s ‘Diplomacy’ (Exclusive)

21 May 2014 11:33 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes–  New York-based distributor Zeitgeist Films has acquired U.S. rights to Volker Schlondorff’s historical drama “Diplomacy” from Gaumont. 

Taking place on the day Paris was liberated by the Allies, “Diplomacy” chronicles the tense confrontation between the Swedish ambassador (Andre Dussollier, “Same Old Song”) and the German military governor of Paris, Dietrich von Choltitz (Niels Arestrup, “A Prophet”). The latter was ordered by Adolf Hitler to blow up the city, but he chose to ignore the Fuhrer’s command after being convinced by the ambassador.

“Diplomacy,” which Gaumont has has now nearly sold worldwide, is produced by Marc de Bayser and Frank Le Wita at Gaul’s Film Oblige.

“Diplomacy” world-premiered at the Berlinale’s Special Gala section and garnered strong reviews. Variety’s Scott Foundas described the film as “passionate, engaging and emotional in its depiction of the relationship between Dietrich von Cholitz, the German military governor of occupied Paris, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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