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8 items from 2015


Buzz About the Cannes Lineup Hits Berlin

9 February 2015 10:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Even before the Berlin festival is over, and the Oscars remain under wraps, the thoughts of many executives have turned to Cannes.

At this stage, the selectors of Cannes different sections have seen very little, so there is no such thing as a certainty.

Following some of the chatter and looking at which films might have the right credentials comes up with a strongly international selection for Thierry Fremaux and his team to choose from.

From Europe, two-time Grand Prix-winner Matteo Garrone’s period fantasy-horror, “The Tale of Tales,” seems a likely competition contender, with Salma Hayek and Vincent Cassel heading the cast.

Fellow Italian, and previous Palme d’Or-winner Nanni Moretti, has “My Mother” (aka “Mia Madre”) while Paolo Sorrentino’s Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel-starrer “Youth” (aka “La Giovinezza,” aka “In the Future”) is also a strong competition contender.

Buzz is strong for “The Lobster,” the English-language »

- Patrick Frater

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Marion Cotillard, Kristen Stewart land 2015 César Awards nominations

28 January 2015 10:35 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It was a battle of Yves Saint Laurent biopics at the Césars (the French Oscars, if you will) this year as both the French foreign language Oscar submission "Saint Laurent" (leader of the pack with 10 nods) and "Yves Saint Laurent" picked up a ton of mentions. Oscar players that popped up include "Two Days, One Night" star Marion Cotillard and animated feature "Song of the Sea." Foreign film Oscar nominee "Timbuktu" also had a major showing. And of course, in the Césars' foreign category, films like "Boyhood," "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "12 Years a Slave" are duking it out. Check out the full list of nominees below, and remember to keep track of it all at The Circuit. Best Film "Les Combattants" "Eastern Boys" "La Famille Bélier" "Saint Laurent" "Hippocrate" "Sils Maria" "Timbuktu" Best Director Céline Sciamma, "Bande De Filles" Thomas Cailley, "Les Combattants" Robin Campillo, "Eastern Boys" Thomas Lilti, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Saint Laurent leads Cesar nominees

28 January 2015 3:03 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Designer biopic leads the pack with 10 nominations; Kristen Stewart, Marion Cotillard and Juliette Binoche in the running for actress awards.Scroll down for full list of nominees

Bertrand Bonello’s Saint Laurent and Olivier Assays’ Sils Maria are the hot favourites in France’s 40th annual Cesar awards.

France’s Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences unveiled the nominations for this year’s César Awards at its traditional news conference at Le Fouquet’s restaurant on the Champs Elysées on Friday morning.

Biopic Saint Laurent - exploring fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent’s life from 1967 to 1976 - led the pack with 10 nominations including best film, best director for Bonello, best actor for Gaspard Ulliel and best supporting actor for Louis Garrel.

Jalil Lespert’s rival biopic, Yves Saint Laurent, secured seven nominations. While it missed out in the best film and director categories, it scored nods with Pierre Niney for best actor, Charlotte Le Bon for best »

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César Nominations: ‘Saint Laurent’, ‘Timbuktu’, Kristen Stewart In Mix – Full List

28 January 2015 2:25 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Update, 2:25 Am Pt: Last year’s dueling Yves Saint Laurent biopics each picked up several nominations this morning for France’s César Awards. Bertrand Bonello’s Saint Laurent, the country’s entry for the Foreign Language Oscar, leads the pack with 10 mentions, followed by Thomas Cailley’s Directors’ Fortnight title Les Combattants with nine, and Oscar nominee Timbuktu with eight. Yves Saint Laurent, from helmer Jalil Lespert, took seven nods. Otherwise, there are a number of usual suspects in the batch including Best Actress Oscar nominee Marion Cotillard for Two Days, One Night, as well as Juliette Binoche for Olivier Assayas’ Sils Maria. In something of a departure — and a first — for the French Académie, they nominated American actress Kristen Stewart for her supporting turn in that Cannes competition entry. (Adrien Brody won the Best Actor prize in 2003 for The Pianist.) There are also six nominations for late 2014 release La Famille Bélier. »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #32. Joachim Lafosse’s The White Knights

8 January 2015 8:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The White Knights

Director: Joachim Lafosse // Writer: Zelia Abadie, Bulle Decarpentries, Joachim Lafosse, Thomas van Zuylen

Belgian director Joachim Lafosse seems fascinated with incredibly uncomfortable subject matters, known for transgressing awkward familial dynamics in films like the Isabelle Huppert headlined Private Property (2006), an inappropriate student/teacher relationship in Private Lessons (2008), and in his most notable title to date, infanticide in Our Children (2012), which played in Un Certain Regard at Cannes and nabbed Emilie Dequenne a special Best Actress prize in that sidebar (the film also starred Tahar Rahim and Niels Arestrup). His next title, which stands as Lafosse’s sixth feature film, The White Knights, focuses on humanitarian work and stars Vincent Lindon as the head of an Ngo working to extract 300 children from a civil war raging in Chad so that they may be relocated to adoptive French families. Lindon is an incredibly prominent screen presence in France, lately »

- Nicholas Bell

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‘Daddy,’ ‘Disturb,’ ‘Discount’ Showcased at UniFrance Rendez-vous

7 January 2015 4:55 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris –Pathe’s “Daddy or Mommy,” Wild Bunch’s “Do Not Disturb” and The Other Angle’s “Discount” will compete next week for one of Europe’s most valuable non-official crowns: the UniFrance Paris Rendez-vous Most Popular New Comedy.

Also in the running: Gaumont’s “I Kissed a Girl,” Kinology’s “Caprices,” EuropaCorp’s “Bis” and “Buddy Guards,” Studiocanal’s “Chic!”, Versatile’s “A trois, on y va,” “Valentin, Valentin,” from Sbs Productions, and TF1.’s Intl.’s “Boomerang.”

Having punched a robust first five-day $3.7 million through Jan. 4, Patrice Leconte’s “Do Not Disturb” opens Paris’ 17th UniFrance Rendez-vous with French Cinema, Europe’s biggest film mart after Cannes, Berlin, Venice, San Sebastian and Locarno.

Running Jan. 15-19, and screening an announced 86 French movies, 47 market premieres per UniFrance, the Rendez-vous will unveil a score-or-so of new comedies. With Rdv buzz helping to galvanize boffo sales and even double –or sometimes »

- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

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Le Pacte Unveils Ada Loueilh’s ‘So Long Africa’ at Unifrance’s Rendez-Vous

7 January 2015 1:09 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– Le Pacte is set to distribute and handle international sales on Ada Loueilh’s “So Long Africa” (“Papa Lumiere”) which will be unveiled at the Unifrance Rendez-Vous.

Set in 2011, “Africa” stars Niels Arestrup as Jacques, a longtime expat who gets exiled in France with Safi, a daughter he hardly knows, to escape the political uprising that shook Abidjan that year. The movie charts their journey across France and depicts Safi’s longing for her mother, Gloria, who is still trapped in the turmoil back in Abidjan.

Julia Coma, Natacha Lindinger and Bruno Todeschini complete the cast.

“Papa lumiere” earned Loueilh the Sopadin prize for best script in 2012. Some themes in the film are inspired by Loueilh’s life experience, as she grew up on the Ivory Coast before moving to France to study.

A promising writer-turned-helmer, Loueilh graduated from France’s prestigious film school La Femis and also attended »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Variety Critics Pick Their 2015 Oscar Nominees

6 January 2015 12:45 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Film critics, we’re often told, don’t vote for the Oscars — but if they did, here’s what at least three of their nomination ballots might look like. We listed our top five choices for best director, actor/actress, supporting actor/actress, original/adapted screenplay and cinematography. For best picture, we allowed ourselves 10 choices, based on the unlikely but theoretically possible outcome of 10 nominees in that category.

Justin Chang

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Best Picture

Bird People

Boyhood

Foxcatcher

Gone Girl

“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Interstellar

Mr. Turner

Selma

Under the Skin

“Winter Sleep”

Best Director

Ava DuVernay, “Selma

Jonathan Glazer, “Under the Skin

Mike Leigh, “Mr. Turner

Richard Linklater, “Boyhood

Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher

Best Actor

Haluk Bilginer, “Winter Sleep”

Ralph Fiennes, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Oscar Isaac, “A Most Violent Year

David Oyelowo, “Selma

Channing Tatum, “Foxcatcher

Best Actress

Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”

Essie Davis, “The Babadook

Scarlett Johansson, »

- Variety Staff

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