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French Film Biz Hits Toronto With Hopes for Big Export Deals

French Film Biz Hits Toronto With Hopes for Big Export Deals
The French film industry finds itself in an improbable bind: as domestic box office grows, international receipts are falling, and sometimes for the very same reason.

For more than a decade, broad comedies have fueled the French box office, as significantly less-expensive homegrown productions have held their own against blockbuster imports. The public’s seemingly limitless appetite for comedy sketch shows and stand-up tours has bred several generations of polished comic performers, who in turn have been able to expand TV familiarity into movie star muscle. That strong roster has helped grow box office admissions over the past few years, including a 3% uptick in homemade productions.

Local funnyman Dany Boon — whose 2008 film “Welcome to the Sticks” remains the most successful film in French cinema history, and whose latest entry “Raid, Special Unit” is the year’s top domestic production — has emerged as the industry’s most reliably bankable director and star, while
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Why Cannes Still Matters

This week, Neil Calloway looks at how winning in Cannes affects a film’s box office…

Cannes remains the most important film festival in the world, and one of the most important events of any type (think of an annual event that gets the same coverage and you’re searching for a while). The latest festival ends tonight.

There are three parts to Cannes – the market, where bad movies get sold to international distributors so the producers can finance their next straight to DVD Nazi-Vampire-Kung Fu flick, there’s the promotional part, where young, pretty actresses get photographed next to old directors, and there is the competition.

The top prize at the competition, and unquestionably the top prize at any film festival anywhere, is the Palme d’Or. Does winning it help a film, though?

Looking at films who won over the past ten years – even when directed by
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Cannes: Dardenne Brothers Show Producing Power at Festival

Cannes: Dardenne Brothers Show Producing Power at Festival
Much has been made about Amazon having an unprecedented five pics across the Cannes Official Selection, but so do Belgian filmmakers the Dardennes brothers. A key difference being that the venerable brothers, who direct and produce movies together, have also helmed one of the five titles bowing in Cannes under their Les Films du Fleuve label. They are among a handful of auteurs who have won the Palme d’Or twice.

In this, a banner year, Les Films du Fleuve produced the Dardennes’ new drama, “The Unknown Girl,” and co-produced Romanian director Cristian Mungiu’s “Graduation” and Ken Loach’s “I, Daniel Blake,” all in competition, plus Italian noir “Pericles the Black Man” and French costumer “The Dancer,” both in Un Certain Regard.

Their Cannes clout stands as testimony to the force of cross-border European production as a means to counter Amazon and Netflix.

It also means “The Unknown Girl
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Versatile Boards Mickey Rourke Documentary ‘Guapo Siempre’

Paris — Paris-based Versatile has come on board to handle worldwide sales on Richard Aujard’s “Guapo Siempre,” a documentary portaying Mickey Rourke in the run up to a special boxing exhibition in Moscow in 2014.

“Guapo Siempre” is produced by the shingles Bonne Pioche Cinema, the outfit behind Oscar-winning “March of the Penguins,” and Canto Bros Productions, the Cantona brothers’ outfit whose credits include Ken Loach’s Cannes-competing “Looking for Eric.”

“Guapo Siempre” plunges audiences into the mystical mind of Rourke during the days leading up to his comeback in the ring at the age of 62. His soul naked, his nerves raw, Rourke looks back over his life and career, while mourning the death of his dog, Guapo.

A renown photographer with a passion for the biking and boxing worlds, Aujard has been close to Rourke and the Cantona brothers for more 20 years. He previously directed various critically-claimed shorts and documentaries,
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Mickey Rourke bio-doc 'Guapo Siempre' heads to Cannes with Versatile

Documentary revolves around actor’s 2014 return to the boxing ring in Moscow.

Paris-based sales company Versatile has acquired world sales rights to French photographer and director Richard Aujard’s bio-doc Guapo Siempre, a portrait of Mickey Rourke’s return to the boxing ring in Moscow in 2014.

The film, which is in post-production, follows actor and retired boxer Rourke as he prepares at the age of 62 to take on a fighter half his age in a special boxing exhibition in the Russian capital, after a 20-year absence from the ring.

A few days before the fight, Rourke’s beloved dog Guapo dies, plunging the boxer into a mystical state for his comeback fight.

Aujard, who is a long-time acquaintance of Rourke, captures the actor-boxer as he looks back over his life and career.

“The film will be ready for this summer,” said Versatile co-chief Pape Boye. “It’s very cinematic but one of the things that makes it particularly
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Godard, Desplechin sign Calais migrants petition

Godard, Desplechin sign Calais migrants petition
27,000 people sign petition spearheaded by French filmmakers in four days.

A petition initiated by French filmmakers last week calling on the French government to do more to help the inhabitants of the Calais “jungle” in northern France is gathering momentum, with Jean-Luc Godard and Arnaud Desplechin among the signatories.

The population of the squalid camps around the port of Calais has swollen to 6,000 people over the past month, due to the rising numbers of migrants arriving in Europe, as well as tighter security measures around the port and Channel Tunnel.

French filmmakers Nicolas Philibert, Ariane Doublet, Catherine Corsini and Christophe Ruggia spearheaded the petition initiative after visiting the camps last week, kicking it off on Wednesday (Oct 21) with the support of some 800 French artists.

More than 28,000 people had signed the petition by Sunday evening (Oct 25). The objective is to garner at least 35,000 signatures.

Philibert, Doublet, Corsinin and Ruggia said they had been shocked by the “appalling living
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Guy Ritchie calls David Beckham a "fabulous actor" and casts him in two films

Guy Ritchie calls David Beckham a
David Beckham could be following in the footsteps of Eric Cantona and swapping football for movies.

Guy Ritchie has taken the former Manchester United and England captain under his wing and cast him in two of his upcoming films.

What a beautiful day today is going to be... I want to wish my mate and his beautiful bride an amazing day where friends and family come together to celebrate what they have and are going to create together over the years to come... Have an amazing day you two... Oh and by the way don't miss Man from U.N.C.L.E .. Proud to have played a small part ... @guyritchie

A photo posted by David Beckham (@davidbeckham) on Jul 30, 2015 at 4:29am Pdt

He will be making a small cameo in The Man From U.N.C.L.E, where he plays a projectionist, but Ritchie teased a bigger
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Watch Thierry Henry line up with Wayne Rooney and Alan Shearer in mighty new Premier League advert

Sky Sports may have just released its mightiest Premier League advert yet.

Pundit and ex-Arsenal player Thierry Henry previews the 2015/16 season, joined by the likes of Wayne Rooney, Alan Shearer and Eric Cantona as Henry revisits some of the greatest moments in the League's history.

Henry has imposed himself into scenes including glorious goal scoring and celebrations, a rather vocal Roy Keane arguing near the changing rooms and managers invading the pitch following wins.

Henry even runs alongside himself on the pitch - celebrating a win for Arsenal.

Some of the players featured include Rooney, Shearer and Cantona, alongside Steven Gerrard and Sergio Aguero.

Closing the advert, Henry watches Chelsea celebrate winning the competition and tells the viewer directly: "That is why this is the best league... in the world."

The Premier League kicks off on Saturday, August 8.
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10 classic Tfi Friday moments, from Shaun Ryder swearing to Freak or Unique

In 1996, Chris Evans and Danny Baker launched a show that would become as synonymous with 1990s as the Spice Girls and Eric Cantona.

Tfi Friday was the perfect show of its time, airing every Friday evening on Channel 4 and featuring as much Britpop and silly anarchic humour as you could ask for.

Ahead of its one-off comeback show this Friday (June 12), Digital Spy has collected just some of the most memorable and hilarious moments from its five years on air.

1. Shaun Ryder says "f**k" on live TV. In front of your mum.

Pity Chris Evans. With a mouth dodgier than the bizarre moustache he was sporting at the time, it was always going to be something of a liability bringing indie music's chief party-monster Shaun Ryder onto a family show that aired at just 6pm.

"If you don't swear tonight, I'll give you my shoes!" promised Evans, only
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Alpha Violet Picks Up Kowalski’s ‘Raging Rose’

Paris-based Alpha Violet has taken international sales rights to Julia Kowalski’s feature debut “Raging Rose,” a France-Poland co-production selected for 2015 Cannes festival’s Acid section whose producers include Palme d’Or competing director Valerie Donzelli.

“Raging Rose” centers on Rose, a turbulent, emotionally charged French teenager who offers to help Jozef, a blue-collar Pole who arrives in France to find his son Roman. Rose will end up falling desperately in love with Roman.

Produced by Mina Driouche, Valerie Donzelli and Jeremie Elkaim at France’s Les Films de Françoise and Maria Blicharska and Monika Sajko-Gradowska of Poland’s Donten & Lacroix Film, “Raging Rose” was co-financed by the Polish Film Institute and supported by France’s Cnc and the Media program.

“The main theme of the film is sexual desire and how to deal with this drive at the age of 15,” said Alpha Violet co-founder Virginie Devesa.

“Raging Rose” will market preem at Cannes,
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The Salvation review: Mads Mikkelsen film for western fans only

The Salvation review: Mads Mikkelsen film for western fans only
Director: Kristian Levring; Screenwriter: Kristian Levring, Anders Thomas, Jensen; Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Eric Cantona, Jonathan Pryce; Running time: 92 mins; Certificate: 15

Every now and then a western will come along that threatens to revive the genre, but The Salvation - although stunningly photographed with cutting-edge technology - isn't one of those. In many ways it's resolutely old-fashioned and although putting a Dane (Mads Mikkelsen) at the heart of the story is an unconventional move, it's also an act of defiance, or indifference - a refusal to pander to a modern, mainstream audience. In short, this is a western strictly for people who love westerns.

Revenge is the spark for a traditionally simple plot that uses archetypes and clichés like a sort of cinematic comfort blanket, except that shocking bursts of violence keep it from being too warmly nostalgic. The worst of it comes at the beginning
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The Salvation Review

Director: Kristian Levring.

Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Mikael Persbrandt, Eric Cantona, Douglas Henshall, Jonathan Pryce.

Certificate: 15

Running Time: 92 minutes

Synopsis: After the murder of his wife and child, Jon (Mikkelsen) enacts revenge, only to find the brother and widow of his family’s murderer now too want their revenge.

It is both fascinating and liberating to see the western genre adopted by countries all around the world. Spaghetti westerns were always around, but in the last decade we’ve seen efforts from Korea, Japan, and now Denmark. Whether set far from the American frontier, or right in the middle of it (as this effort is), each film manages to capture something about humanity starting a fresh in a promised but unforgiving land. The Salvation certainly recreates what is great about westerns, while also adding in a quiet and reserved Scandinavian nature.

The film starts very bleakly,
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Eric Cantona to play synchronised swimmer in comedy The Mermaid Man

Eric Cantona to play synchronised swimmer in comedy The Mermaid Man
Eric Cantona is to lead a new comedy film about a synchronised swimming coach.

The former Manchester United footballer will star in The Mermaid Man as Franck, a widower who sets up a swimming group made out of unemployed men as they struggle through depression and poverty.

The Full Monty-style film will be set in the Thatcher era of the 1980s, with Cantona's men hoping to win an international competition in honour of his late wife, a former swimming champion.

Stéphane Giusti will direct the film, while David C Barrot will produce with a British film crew.

Since retiring from football, Cantona has had a successful acting career, with Elizabeth and Looking for Eric among his most high-profile projects.

He will soon star in western The Salvation alongside Mads Mikkelsen and Eva Green, which releases at cinemas on April 17. Watch a trailer below:

Watch a trailer below:
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10 World-Class Players You Didn’t Know Man Utd Nearly Signed

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There are few clubs that polarise opinion like Manchester United. Love them or loathe them, you can never ignore them. United have been one of the biggest clubs in the world for decades and are one of the best supported clubs in the world.

Naturally, a club of United’s stature are nearly always linked with players from all over the world.

For a club that has always looked to its youth ranks for talent, United have never been shy of bringing in star players. Even back in the 1960’s George Best and Bobby Charlton, graduates from the youth team were joined by Denis Law, whose transfer from Torino was a British record.

Fast-forward to the Alex Ferguson era, and the like of Giggs, Beckham, Scholes, the Nevilles and Nicky Butt found themselves rubbing shoulders with Eric Cantona, Juan Sebastian Veron and Ruud van Nistelrooy.

However,
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The Salvation trailer: Mads Mikkelsen wants revenge in the Old West

The Salvation trailer: Mads Mikkelsen wants revenge in the Old West
Mads Mikkelsen is on a mission of vengeance in the trailer for The Salvation.

The period drama casts Hannibal star Mikkelsen as a Danish settler in the American Old West, who seeks revenge for his family's murder.

Jon (Mikkelsen) takes on a violent criminal gang all on his own when townspeople refuse to take a stand in the wake of the murders.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan plays the ruthless gang leader responsible for the vicious crimes, while Eva Green appears as the gang leader's sister-in-law.

Eric Cantona, Jonathan Pryce and Michael Raymond-James also have roles in The Salvation, which was shot on location in South Africa.

The Salvation opens on April 17 in the UK.
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10 Things Eric Cantona Wants You To Forget

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Eric Daniel Pierre Cantona is an icon of the Premier League and revered by most modern-day football fans as a true genius of the sport.

And like many a genius, King Eric is certainly not without his fair share of controversies and flaws.

In amongst the titles, cups, international caps, and various other accolades achieved during Cantona’s career, there are a multitude of misdemeanours that make you question whether Eric was a few sardines short of a sandwich.

Whilst many remember his flamboyant arrogance, his match-winning goals, his ice-cool penalties, and the up-turned collar, Cantona’s backstory is filled with many a moment that The King would rather forget.

Despite often standing by some of the heinous acts that he carried out over the years, there are still a whole host of horrible happenings that surely Eric Cantona would love for fans to conveniently forget.
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The Western Makes A Comeback In New Trailer For The Salvation

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Westerns have been very few and far between over the last few years, and with the exception of Django Unchained, they haven't really found a place with modern audiences. That could all change with The Salvation, a tribute to classic westerns of years past, that perfectly captures the classic and mythic nature of this beloved genre. The above trailer does a great job of showing exactly what director Kristian Levring wants to achieve with The Salvation, and couples a strong lead performance from Mads Mikkelsen with an impressive supporting cast, including Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Eric Cantona (yes, really. He's proven himself a competent actor since he gave up football). I have a feeling, years from now, this could be said in the same breath as other classic westerns, like Once Upon a Time in the West, Tombstone, and Unforgiven. Released: 17th April Synopsis: In the 1870s, among new settlers and outlaws,
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Watch: Mads Mikkelsen Seeks Vengeance In New Trailer For ‘The Salvation’

Hannibal star Madds Mikkelsen finds himself embroiled in a New World showdown in the latest trailer released by IFC Films.

Ticking all the boxes for a classic Western tale, The Salvation sees Danish ex-soldier Jon (Mikkelsen) experience the untamed savagery of the New World when his family is brutally murdered by a pair of convicts on the same day that they arrive. After seeking vengeance, Jon finds himself the target of notorious gang leader Delarue (played by Watchmen star Jeffrey Dean Morgan), whose brother was one of the convicts who killed Jon’s family.

Directed by Kristian Levring who also co-wrote the script with fellow Dane Anders Thomas Jensen, The Salvation found a home at Universal Pictures International Entertainment who acquired the feature at Tiff Isa last September. Distributed by IFC Films, the film also stars Eva Green, Eric Cantona, and Mikael Persbrandt (The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies
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