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Amazon Boards Deutsche Telekom's 'Germanized'

Amazon is joining Bavaria Fiction, German telecom giant Deutsche Telekom and France’s Newen on the original series Germanized.

The series will premiere as its first Prime Original in France, with Amazon distributing it in France and Belgium on its platform and taking exclusive rights for French-speaking Switzerland and Luxembourg.

Titled Deutsche-Les-Landes in French, the show is a culture clash comedy about a struggling small village welcoming a German corporation and all its employees. The 10-episode series was announced at Mipcom in October as Deutsche Telekom's first original series.

The series joins French actors Marie-Anne Chazel, Sylvie Testud and Roxanne Duran with...
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Amazon Confirms Culture-Clash Comedy as First French Original Series (Exclusive)

Amazon has continued moving into international originals with “Deutsch-Les Landes,” its first in France. The series is a co-production between Germany’s Bavaria Fiction and France’s Newen and is set in a French village on the verge of bankruptcy that welcomes a German company and hundreds of German workers, setting up a culture-clash comedy.

French talent includes Marie-Anne Chazel, Sylvie Testud, Roxane Duran (pictured), and it is directed by Denis Dercourt. The series was penned by Alexandre Charlot and Franck Magnier who were behind French comedy film “Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis.”

In Germany, the series is called “Germanized,” and is the first original for telco Deutsche Telekom’s EntertainTV service. The show is French- and German-language, and German talent includes Christoph Maria Herbst (“Stromberg”).

“We are very happy with the development and pre-production activities for ‘Germanized,'” said Wolfgang Elsaesser, head of Deutsche Telekom’s TV business. “Bavaria Fiction
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'The Visitors: Bastille Day' scores sales for Gaumont

Exclusive: Co-stars Jean Reno and Christian Clavier to hit Cannes today (May 15).

Gaumont’s The Visitors: Bastille Day, a reboot of the popular French 1990s film franchise starring Jean Reno and Christian Clavier, has been racking up buyers since its launch at the Efm.

The film, which is in post-production, has sold to Benelux (Paradiso Filmed Entertainment), Spain (A Contracorriente Films), Switzerland (Jmh Distributions), Cis (Luxor Entertainment), Greece (Odeon), Turkey (Ozen Film), China (H.G.C. Entertainment), Middle East (Four Star), Portugal (Outsider Films) and Gaumont has done a pan-European deal with Monolith/Freeman.

The cast of the film, led by Reno and Clavier as comic time travellers Godefroy the Hardy and Jacquasse the Crass, will hit the Croisette today (May 15) to meet buyers.

“The franchise is back…fresh, modern and blending all generations of actors for a large audience,” said Gaumont sales chief Cécile Gaget.

Directed by franchise creator Jean-Marie Poire, The Visitors:
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Gaumont’s Visitors return for French revolution

Gaumont’s Visitors return for French revolution
Exclusive: New sequel to hit French time travel film starring Jean Reno and Christian Clavier set for 2016.

Some 20 years after Gaumont’s comic time travellers Godefroy the Hardy and Jacquasse the Crass first touched down in 1990s France, they are set to hit the big screen again next year in The Visitors: Bastille Day.

Gaumont International will launch sales on the third instalment of the highly successful time travel franchise at Berlin’s European Film Market (Efm) (Feb 5-13).

“The first two films were hits at home and also did well across Europe. We’re expecting it to be one of our top-selling titles at the Efm,” said Gaumont deputy head of sales Yohann Comte.

Popular French actor Christian Clavier, who is on a roll at the moment after the success of Serial (Bad) Weddings and Do Not Disturb, will reprise his role as Jacquasse the Crass, the uncouth servant of bumbling knight Godefroy the Hardy, played
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Fanny | Review

Fanny Feast: Auteuil’s Underwhelming Trilogy Continues

The mid-section of his Pagnol tribute, Fanny promises to give us the female perspective in the crossed lover’s situation established in preceding chapter, Marius. But just as the opening portion revolved at needless length around an eponymous character who is given little more to do than moon over finding his dream job on a big boat, the next segment feels more of a weary inevitability of the morose narrative than rather than signaling a differing viewpoint.

While Alexandre Desplat’s score dips less uneasily into insistent whimsicality in this more serious minded portion, it’s still more of a sycophantic simper than anything adroitly engaging with the material at hand. One can assume the final segment, Cesar, will suffer from the same slights, but unfortunately Auteuil’s extreme respect (and unnecessary proximity) in his adaptation of Pagnol’s material is exactly what
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Marius | Review

You’re Horrible, Marius: Auteuil’s Next Stop on the Pagnol Train

At the very least, actor Daniel Auteuil’s return to the director’s seat with the first chapter of his remake of Marcel Pagnol’s Marseille Trilogy, Marius (the original 1931 version was helmed by Alexander Korda) is less aggravating than the 2011 remake of another Pagnol title, The Well Digger’s Daughter, but that’s not saying much. Slight in every conceivable aspect, it’s the initial chapter in a continuing provincial trilogy of wayward love and strict adherence to social norms, here related without any kind of additional panache, a workmanlike homage to the vintage cinema Auteuil desperately wants to evoke.

In the Old Port of Marseille, Cesar (Daniel Auteuil) the crusty owner of Bar de la Marine, runs his humble business with the help of his son, Marius (Raphael Personnaz). While Marius moons for his one true love,
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Les visiteurs (The Visitors)

This is not the best French comedy I've seen although it contains a few good laughs. However, the film was seriously pleasant to watch. In fact, it's unashamedly hilarious without being silly to the point that you'd consider it as a film targeting children.

In 1123, Count Godefroy de Montmirail (Jean Reno) is about to marry Frénégonde de Pouille (Valérie Lemercier) after he had fought under the command of king Louis VI. Unfortunately, Godefroy did a terrible mistake that will make Frénégonde run away from him. In order to make sure that he'll have descendants, Godefroy asks Eusebius, a wizard, to send him (by serving him a potion) along with Jacquouille (Christian Clavier), his servant, back at the moment when the mistake was done.

However, given that Eusebius forgot to put an essential ingredient in the potion, Godefroy and Jacqouille are sent in 1993. In this period, Godefroy and Jacquouille will meet
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