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Weekly Update for January 12: Women Centric, Directed, and Written Films Playing Near You

“Proud Mary”: Dana Starbard/CTMGFilms About Women Opening This Week

Proud Mary

Mary (Taraji P. Henson) is a hitwoman working for an organized crime family in Boston. Mary’s life is completely turned around when she meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes awry. (Press materials)

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Vazante — Co-Written and Directed by Daniela Thomas (Opens in NY and La)


The rugged landscape of Brazil’s Diamantina Mountains provides the backdrop for this striking, black and white drama set in 1821. Upon returning from a trading expedition, Antonio (Adriano Carvalho) discovers that his wife has died in labor. Confined to a decadent but desolate property in the company of his mother-in-law and numerous slaves, he marries his wife’s young niece, Beatriz (Luana Nastas). Separated from her family and left alone, Beatriz faces physical and emotional unrest beyond her years,
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Robin Campillo’s ‘Bpm (Beats Per Minute)’ Leads France’s 2017 Lumieres Nominations

Robin Campillo’s ‘Bpm (Beats Per Minute)’ Leads France’s 2017 Lumieres Nominations
Robin Campillo’s “Bpm (Beats Per Minute),” the French foreign-language Oscar candidate, is leading nominations at the Lumieres Awards, France’s equivalent of the Golden Globes.

“Bpm,” a sprawling and intense drama following French AIDS activists in 1980s Paris, will compete in six categories, including best film, director, actor (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart), male newcomer (Arnaud Valois), script (Campillo and Philippe Mangeot) and score (Arnaud Rebotini). Since winning Cannes Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize, “Bpm” has nabbed several prizes overseas, notably the New York, Los Angeles and Washington critics’ awards for best foreign-language film, as well as prizes at Chicago and San Sebastian film festivals.

Mathieu Amalric’s “Barbara,” which world premiered at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard, and Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s contemporary dramedy “C’est La Vie” each garnered four Lumieres nominations, while Albert Dupontel’s “Au revoir là-haut” and Alain Gomis’s “Felicité,” winner of Berlin’s Silver Bear, will each compete
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Nyff Announces 2017 Main Slate, Including ‘Call Me By Your Name,’ ‘The Florida Project,’ ‘Lady Bird,’ and More

Nyff Announces 2017 Main Slate, Including ‘Call Me By Your Name,’ ‘The Florida Project,’ ‘Lady Bird,’ and More
It’s beginning to look a lot like fall festival season. On the heels of announcements from Tiff and Venice, the 55th edition of the New York Film Festival has unveiled its Main Slate, including a number of returning faces, emerging talents, and some of the most anticipated films from the festival circuit this year.

This year’s Main Slate showcases a number of films honored at Cannes including Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or–winner “The Square,” Robin Campillo’s “Bpm,” and Agnès Varda & Jr’s “Faces Places.” Other Cannes standouts, including “The Rider” and “The Florida Project,” will also screen at Nyff.

Read MoreTIFF Reveals First Slate of 2017 Titles, Including ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Downsizing,’ and ‘Call Me By Your Name

Elsewhere, Aki Kaurismäki’s Silver Bear–winner “The Other Side of Hope” and Agnieszka Holland’s Alfred Bauer Prize–winner “Spoor” come to Nyff after Berlin bows.
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Plot 35’

Cannes Film Review: ‘Plot 35’
Small is rather beautiful, and also deceptively deep, in Eric Caravaca’s family-history documentary “Plot 35.” Across its slender 65-minute running time it packs the emotional resonance of many a longer feature, if only because, as much as it does describe an arc of change (by its close, there is a photograph on a gravestone where previously there was a gaping absence), it also understands that not all questions have satisfactory answers, and no matter how directly we confront our loved ones, they are their own people, and their secrets belong to them. “Plot 35” doesn’t just explore a family tragedy — it explores the tragedy of family, the way that loving our parents is not the same as understanding them, just as for them, loving their children does not always mean telling them the truth.

It’s noteworthy that Caravaca is an established French actor (he also heads up Philippe Garrel
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Cannes: Mubi Acquires Philippe Garrel’s ‘Lover for A Day’ for U.S., U.K. (Exclusive)

Cannes: Mubi Acquires Philippe Garrel’s ‘Lover for A Day’ for U.S., U.K. (Exclusive)
Global Svod service Mubi has acquired all rights to the U.S., U.K. and Ireland on veteran French auteur Philippe Garrel’s “Lover for a Day” which world premiered in Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight last week, sharing the Sacd prize from France’s Writers, Directors and Composers Guild with Clare Denis’ “Let the Sunshine In.”

Having driven into all rights acquisitions and theatrical releases of movies from the 2016 Berlin and Cannes festivals, Mubi will open “Lover For a Day” in theaters in the U.S., U.K. and Ireland before an exclusive streaming premiere on its site.

Produced by Said Ben Said’s Sbs Films, whose credits include Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle,” and Arte France, “Lovers For a Day” was sold by Sbs Distribution. Ben Said produces with Michel Merkt.

The third and final installment in Garrel’s trilogy of love which took in 2013’s “Jealousy” and 2015’s “In the Shadow of Women,
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'The Rider', 'A Ciambra' among Directors’ Fortnight winners

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'The Rider', 'A Ciambra' among Directors’ Fortnight winners
Sponsor prizes also go to Claire Denis comedy and Philippe Garrel drama.

Chloé Zhao’s The Rider, Jonas Carpignano’s A Ciambra and Claire Denis’ Let The Sunshine In were among Directors’ Fortnight films to pick up awards tonight.

Although the strand is a non-competitive, some sponsors hand out prizes.

The Art Cinema Award for a feature film went to Chloé Zhao’s The Rider, which was recently snapped up by Sony Classics for North America, Latin America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Eastern Europe.

The film tells the story of a cowboy (played by Brady Jandreau) who embarks on a road trip through America after a near death accident.

The Sacd Award for a French-speaking feature was given jointly to Philippe Garrel’s Lover For A Day and Claire Denis’ Let The Sunshine In.

The latter, an unusual change of gear for Denis, is an eccentric relationship comedy of ideas, starring [link=nm
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Cannes 2017. A Parisian Triangle—Philippe Garrel's "Lover for a Day"

French director Philippe Garrel has always only needed the barest means to make movie magic: a beautiful, tragic face, a sad wall to put behind it, a mournful, pensive walk alone on the street. He is back in Cannes at the Directors’ Fortnight, having first come in 1969 with Le lit de la vierge, and once again proves he is nearly alone is continuing the French New Wave’s revolution of creating celluloid myths from mere bedrooms and cafes. Lover for a Day, his newest, one of his most simple, is a lithe, splendid picture, dazzling in its clarity, direct emotional resonance and condensed storytelling. The set-up, co-written with Garrel’s partner Caroline Deruas-Garrel and his usual writer Arlette Langmann, along with Jean-Claude Carrière, is inspired: A young woman, Jeanne (Garrel’s daughter, Esther) breaks up with her boyfriend and must stay at the flat of his father, Gilles (Éric Caravaca), who,
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Memento Clinches Raft of Pre-Sales on Catherine Deneuve Starrer ‘Claire Darling’ (Exclusive)

Memento Films Intl. has clinched a raft of pre-sales on Julie Bertuccelli’s “Claire Darling,” a lighthearted drama with fantasy elements starring Catherine Deneuve and Chiara Mastroianni.

Memento has sold the project to Germany (Neue Visionen), Benelux (September Film), Switzerland (Frenetic), Austria (Filmladen), Greece (Seven), Israel (Lev) and Turkey (Fabula).

Adapted from Lynda Rutledge’s “Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale,” “Claire Darling” turns on a woman (Deneuve) who, convinced that she heard voices telling her that it’s her last day on Earth, decides to have a garage sale to get rid of all the objects she has collected. Each object stirs vivid memories that take her back in time in a series of flashbacks.

“Claire Darling” is being produced by Les Films du Poisson, the Paris-based company that has Eric Caravaca’s “Carré 35,” which is in the Cannes special screenings section. “Claire Darling” just started shooting.
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'Plot 35' ('Carre 35'): Film Review | Cannes 2017

'Plot 35' ('Carre 35'): Film Review | Cannes 2017
French actor Eric Caravaca, who headlined Patrice Chereau’s 2002 drama My Brother and is one of the leads of Philippe Garrel’s new Directors’ Fortnight premiere, Lover for a Day, tries to uncover his own complex family history in the documentary Plot 35 (Carre 35). The film focuses especially on his sister, who was born and who died before him, at the age of 3, and whose short existence was almost never talked about by his parents. But with forefathers that escaped from Spain to Morocco and Algeria and then had to leave for France when those countries became independent,...
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Lover for a Day’

Cannes Film Review: ‘Lover for a Day’
Defiantly independent French director Philippe Garrel continues to question how to love, be loved and overcome the inevitable disappointment when betrayal occurs in “Lover for a Day,” an alluring and very elegantly crafted — though largely predictable — romantic dramedy that should do well in territories where the French auteur is already known and esteemed.

The film opens with a young brunette sitting on the sidewalk at night, sobbing her heart out, so upset she can’t breathe. Judging by the big luggage she’s carrying, it’s likely that her lover has just thrown her out of the apartment. In the next scene, we hear a young woman’s sighing — only this time, it’s a gasp of pleasure, not of pain, as she enjoys illicit sex with an older lover in a university bathroom.

The sight of women crying is nothing new in Garrel’s films; in fact, most of them do,
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Cannes Review: ‘Lover for a Day’ is Intoxicating Work of Rare Clarity

Philippe Garrel, the 69-year-old veteran of the French New Wave, has produced a casual, bittersweet, and intoxicating study of relationships in flux starring his daughter Esther. In this swift, touching ode to lovers with heart-breaking, irreconcilable differences, the drama appears conventional on first glance, featuring that older-man-younger-women relationship frustratingly perennial in French art cinema, but this is a work of rare clarity by a director whose experience shows.

Completing a trilogy of sorts alongside fellow black-and-white dramas Jealousy and In The Shadow of Women, each clocking in at under 80 minutes, Lover for a Day (L’Amant d’un Jour) is a tale of dichotomies: loyalty to lovers compared with being faithful to yourself; young, optimistic love versus mature unsentimental love; animalistic craving for sex against the hard graft of being active in loving relationships. Garrel has said the film is in part his reflection on Freud’s Elektra complex, and
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‘Lover For a Day’ Review — Philippe Garrel Looks at Love in Shades of Gray, Again — Cannes 2017

‘Lover For a Day’ Review — Philippe Garrel Looks at Love in Shades of Gray, Again — Cannes 2017
Every couple of years, Philippe Garrel turns out a black-and-white tales of love and (in)fidelity among Parisian intellectuals. His detractors contend that he always makes the same film; his defenders say that’s the point. Like seeing a singer play two shows, the pleasures are found in subtle changes and rearrangements, noticing what they emphasize in this set as opposed to the last. In any case, “Lover for a Day” is unlikely to change anyone’s perspective.

There is one major departure: Instead of casting his son Louis Garrel, who either starred in or narrated his father’s previous five features, the director has gone with his daughter, Esther Garrel (of the Sundance sensation “Call Me By Your Name”). She stars as Jeanne, a young student experiencing her first pangs of heartbreak. Kicked out by her now ex and with nowhere to go, Jeanne ends up moving in with her father,
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Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni Set for Julie Bertuccelli’s ‘Claire Darling’ (Exclusive)

Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni Set for Julie Bertuccelli’s ‘Claire Darling’ (Exclusive)
Catherine Deneuve and her daughter Chiara Mastroianni are set to topline Julie Bertuccelli’s “Claire Darling,” a lighthearted drama with fantasy elements that Memento is pre-selling at Cannes.

The project is being produced by Les Films du Poisson, the Paris-based company that has Eric Caravaca’s “Carré 35,” which is a Cannes special screenings. “Claire Darling” just started shooting.

Bertuccelli’s last narrative feature, “The Tree,” with Charlotte Gainsbourg, premiered at Cannes on closing night in 2010.

Yael Fogiel, co-founder of Les Films du Poisson, said “Claire Darling” was a highly personal project for Bertuccelli. The film is shooting in the home of her grandmother in a northern French suburb.

“This film explores a mother-daughter relationship. It’s emotional, subtle and elegant, and it portrays strong women characters,” said Matthieu Delaunay, sales executive at Memento Films Intl.

Delaunay said “Claire Darling” was part of Memento’s slate of films powered by female protagonists,
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Efp names 2017 Producers on the Move ahead of Cannes

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Two of this year’s group have films playing at the festival.

The UK’s Chris Martin, Switzerland’s Ivan Madeo [pictured, left] and Poland’s Maria Blicharska [pictured, right] are among the 20 up-and-coming European producers to be selected for the 2017 edition of European Film Promotion’s (Efp) networking platform Producers On The Move, which takes place at Cannes Film Festival.

As in previous years, the five-day event (May 19-23) will include pitching sessions, one-to-one meetings, case studies and other meetings with the international industry gathered in Cannes.

Two of the producers from this year’s line-up have films in the festival’s programme: Poland’s Maria Blicharska will be presenting Frost in the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar, while France’s Didar Domehri was a co-producer on Argentinian director Santiago Mitre’s La Cordillera which will have its world premiere in the Un Certain Regard section.

Producers on the Move (PoM) from previous editions of the initiative also regularly return to Cannes
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First English trailer for Philippe Garrel's 'Lover For A Day'

First English trailer for Philippe Garrel's 'Lover For A Day'
Exclusive: Stylish, steamy and very French, Garrel’s new feature explores his trademark theme of relationships.

Screen can reveal a first English-language version of the teaser for Lover For A Day, through French producer Saïd Ben Saïd’s Paris-based production and distribution house Sbs, which is also handling international sales.

Watch below, or on mobile Here.

Philippe Garrel may be one of the only representatives of the French New Wave, alongside Agnès Varda, in Cannes this year as the festival marks its 70th anniversary, unless Jean-Luc Godard puts in a real-life appearance which is unlikely.

Garrel will not be premiering his latest work Lover For A Day in Official Selection, however, but rather Directors’ Fortnight.

The director, 69, has been a regular guest at the parallel section ever since attending its first edition in 1969 when it launched as a rebellious counterpoint to the main festival following the student and workers revolt of 1968.

Set in contemporary Paris and shot
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Cannes adds Roman Polanski, Ruben Östlund to line-up

Cannes adds Roman Polanski, Ruben Östlund to line-up
Santiago Mitre’s La Cordillera, Li Ruijun’s Walking Past The Future join Ucr.

Roman Polanski’s Based On A True Story is one of several additions to the Cannes line-up announced on Thursday.

The film will play out of competition and stars Eva Green, Emmanuelle Seigner and Vincent Perez and tells of a writer who gets involved with an obsessive fan.

Meanwhile Ruben Östlund’s The Square lands a competition slot. Elisabeth Moss and Dominic West star in the drama about a city square where there are no rules. Östlund’s last film, Force Majeure, won the Un Certain Regard jury prize in 2014.

There are two additions to Un Certain Regard. Political drama La Cordillera stars Ricardo Darin and is Argentinian director Santiago Mitre’s follow-up to his Cannes Critics’ Week 2015 Nespresso Grand Prize-winner Paulina. The other new selection is Walking Past The Future from Li Ruijun.

Joiing the Special Screenings roster are Barbet Schroeder’s [link
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Cannes 2017. Lineup

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The Festival de Cannes has announced the lineup for the official selection, including the Competition and Un Certain Regard sections, as well as special screenings, for the 70th edition of the festival:

COMPETITIONHappy End (Michael Haneke)Wonderstruck (Todd Haynes)Le Redoutable (Michel Hazanavicius)The Beguiled (Sofia Coppola)Rodin (Jaques Doillon)120 Beats Per Minute (Robin Campillo)Okja (Bong Joon-Ho)In The Fade (Fatih Akin)The Day After (Hong Sang-soo)Radiance (Naomi Kawase)The Killing Of A Sacred Deer (Yorgos Lanthimos)A Gentle Creature (Sergei Loznitsa)Jupiter's Moon (Kornél Mandruczó)Good Time (Benny Safdie & Josh Safdie)Loveless (Andrey Zvyagintsev) L'Amant Double (François Ozon)You Were Never Really Here (Lynne Ramsay)The Meyerowitz Stories (Noah Baumbach)The Square (Ruben Östlund)Un Certain REGARDOpening Night: Barbara (Mathieu Amalric)The Desert Bride (Cecilia Atan & Valeria Pivato)Lucky (Sergio Castellitto)Closeness (Kantemir Balagov)Before We Vanish (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)Beauty and the Dogs (Kaouther Ben Hania)L
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Cannes Adds Roman Polanski Film to Lineup

Cannes Adds Roman Polanski Film to Lineup
The Cannes Film Festival has announced the addition of seven new films to the 2017 lineup, including Roman Polanski’s “D’après une histoire vraie” (“Based on a True Story”). Written by Polanski and French filmmaker Olivier Assayas and based on the novel by Delphine de Vigan, the film will screen in the Out of Competition section. Other filmmakers whose work has been added include Swedish filmmaker Ruben Ostlund, Argentinian writer-director Santiago Mitre and Iranian-born Swiss filmmaker Barbet Schroeder.

Read More: Cannes: How to Get a Sales Agent or Distributor for Your Unfinished Film

The full list of the new additions are below.


The Square,” directed by Ruben Östlund

Out of Competition

“D’après une histoire vraie,” directed by Roman Polanski

Un Certain Regard

La Cordillera,” directed by Santiago Mitre

“Walking Past the Future,” directed by Li Ruijun

Special Screenings

Le Vénérable W.,” directed by Barbet Schroeder

“Carré 35,” directed by
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Roman Polanski’s Latest Movie Added to Cannes Film Festival

Roman Polanski’s Latest Movie Added to Cannes Film Festival
The Cannes Film Festival has added Roman Polanski’s “Based on a True Story” (D’Apres Une Histoire Vraie) to the official selection — playing out of competition — along with several other new titles.

Eva Green, Emmanuelle Seigner, and Vincent Perez star in Polanski’s French-language psychological thriller about a writer and her obsessive admirer. Olivier Assayas co-wrote the screenplay with Polanski, based on a novel by Delphine de Vigan. Sony Pictures Classics is the U.S. distributor, while Lionsgate is selling worldwide rights.


Cannes Lineup: Sofia Coppola, Todd Haynes and Noah Baumbach in Competition

Polanski was forced to resign as president of the Cesar Awards in January after protests from feminist organizations over his longstanding rape case, so another round of protests could be in store.

Force Majeure” director Ruben Ostlund’s art-world satire “The Square,” starring Elizabeth Moss and Dominic West, will play in competition. Sales are handled by Coproduction Office.
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Cannes Film Festival Adds Roman Polanski Film to Lineup

Cannes Film Festival Adds Roman Polanski Film to Lineup
The 2017 Cannes Film Festival has added seven more films to its lineup, including Roman Polanski‘s “D’après une histoire vraie,” Cannes organizers announced on Monday.

Other additions include films by Ruben Ostlund, Santiago Mitre and Barbet Schroeder.

The new additions:

Main Competition: “The Square” by Ruben Ostlund

Out of Competition: “D’après une histoire vraie” by Roman Polanski

Un Certain Regard: “La Cordillera” by Santiago Mitre “Walking Past the Future” by Li Ruijun

Special Screenings: “Le Vénérable W.” by Barbet Schroeder “Carré 35” by Éric Caravaca

Children’s Screening: “Zombillénium” by Arthur de Pins and Alexis Ducord

The bulk of
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