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4 items from 2015


Films Boutique Boards Golden Bear Contender ‘Under Electric Clouds’ (Exclusive)

6 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Berlin-based Films Boutique has snatched up international sales rights to Alexey German Jr.’s “Under Electric Clouds,” a dystopian sci-fi drama set to world-premiere in competition at Berlin.

Set in 2017 Russia, “Under Electric Clouds” follows different characters whose lives cross paths as a great new war is about to break out.  

German Jr.’s follow-up to “Paper Soldier,” “Under Electric Clouds” pursues the director’s exploration of human souls and Russian politics.

“The film is visually very sophisticated in its near-apocalyptic portrayal of a large city that has been abandoned and is slowly disintegrating,” said Films Boutique’s new head of sales and marketing Louis Balsan, who just joined the company from Paris-based Funny Balloons.

Films Boutique has two other films playing in competition at the Berlinale: Peter Greenaway’s “Eisenstein in Guanajuato” and Sabu’s action-packed fantasy “Chasuke’s Journey.”

Produced by Japan’s Office Kitano with Paris’ Backup Films, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Trio of Parisian Film Players Launch Edgy Production Outfit Vixens (Exclusive)

17 January 2015 10:40 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — A trio of well-connected, young film bizzers, former Wild Bunch sales agent Gary Farkas, former M&C Saatchi exec Olivier Muller and Full House staffer Clement Lepoutre, are joining forces to launch Paris-based production company Vixens.

Unveiled in the run-up to Berlin, the company already has four projects in the pipeline, notably an English-language film revenge thriller initiated by Noomi Rapace, who will also star.

“Vixens will mostly focus on emerging authors and directors working on genre movies, thrillers, social dramas and black comedies,” explained Farkas, who joined Wild Bunch in 2010 and worked in international sales for four years.

Muller, Farkas and Lepoutre said they named their outfit Vixens in reference to Russ Meyer’s films because they remain “cult and subversive movies that carry a strong message.”

The company’s development slate will be partly financed through Phantasm, their recently launched shingle specializing in advertising and music videos. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #7. Abdellatif Kechiche’s La blessure

9 January 2015 9:15 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

La blessure

Director: Abdellatif Kechiche // Writer: Abdellatif Kechiche, Francois Begaudeau

Few auteurs have reached the heights of emotional realism in narrative cinema as has Tunisian born director Abdellatif Kechiche. Starting out as an actor (his last stint in front of the camera was in Jeff Stanzler’s 2005 American indie Sorry, Haters with Robin Wright), Kechiche’s 2000 debut, Poetical Refugee premiered in Venice and starred a host of faces we’ve seen frequently, including Sami Bouajila, Elodie Bouchez, and Aure Atika. His coming titles would prove Kechiche’s preference for non-professional and/or character actors, including the excellent 2005 title Games of Love and Chance, which won Kechiche the Cesar for Best Film, Screenplay, and Director, and would introduce us to actress Sara Forestier. He’d win Best Film, Director, and Screenplay again at the Cesars in 2007, along with several awards in Venice, including the Special Jury Prize for The Secret of the Grain, »

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #100. Stephane Brize’s A Simple Man

5 January 2015 10:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

A Simple Man

Director: Stephane Brize // Writer: Stephane Brize

This will be the sixth film from director Stephane Brize, perhaps best known for his Cesar award winning 2009 film, Mademoiselle Chambon. Known for working class character studies, though his last feature, 2012’s Locarno premiered A Few Hours of Spring (see pic above) never received Us distribution. His latest, which will reunite Brize for the third time with Vincent Lindon, looks to be in a similar vein. While Brize’s profile has been slow to rise in the Us, he should be a name of note, recalling early works of Laurent Cantet or the Dardenne Bros. In A Simple Man, Lindon (pic above) plays Laurent, a man who starts a new job as a security guard and is asked to spy on his colleagues.

Cast: Vincent Lindon

Producers: Nord-Ouest Productions’ Christophe Rossugnon and Philip Boeffard (Les combattants)

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. »

- Nicholas Bell

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