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Opening Night – World Premiere
David Fincher, USA, 2014, Dcp, 150m
David Fincher’s film version of Gillian Flynn’s phenomenally successful best seller (adapted by the author) is one wild cinematic ride, a perfectly cast and intensely compressed portrait of a recession-era marriage contained within a devastating depiction of celebrity/media culture, shifting gears as smoothly as a Maserati 250F. Ben Affleck is Nick Dunne, whose wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) goes missing on the day of their fifth anniversary. Neil Patrick Harris is Amy’s old boyfriend Desi, Carrie Coon (who played Honey in Tracy Letts’s acclaimed production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) is Nick’s sister Margo, Kim Dickens (Treme, Friday Night Lights) is Detective Rhonda Boney, and Tyler Perry is Nick’s superstar lawyer Tanner Bolt. At once a grand panoramic vision of middle America, a uniquely disturbing exploration of the fault lines in a marriage, »
"Sorry to insist..." Artificial Eye has debuted the first full UK trailer for the latest film from the Dardenne Brothers, called Two Days, One Night starring Marion Cotillard. You may have heard buzz about this film back in May when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and went on to open in France later that month. Cotillard plays a working-class woman desperately trying to keep her job as she must convince her co-workers to vote for keeping her in a company-wide decision. It's one of the best films I've seen all year so far, moving swiftly and yet maintaining an incredibly sharp focus on what they're saying and what they're accomplishing. Marion Cotillard looks much more disheveled than before but that's all part of her like look in the film, which plays even more into her character. Riveting to watch - I highly suggest catching this film. Here's the »
- Alex Billington
The UK’s Artificial Eye is bowing Marion Cotillard-starrer Two Days, One Night in a crowded field of more mainstream fare on Friday that includes Warner Bros’ Into The Storm. It’s also a week that’s got a lot of ladies in the mix. Sin City: A Dame To Kill For is releasing with a cast that includes Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson and Eva Green, as is Luc Besson’s Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson. But packing a plea, rather than a pistol, in Two Days, Cotillard plays a woman who has one weekend to convince her co-workers to give up their bonuses so that her job can be saved. The film, which is also going out on-demand in the UK this week, debuted in competition in Cannes where it won raves, if not prizes. The unusually accessible drama from Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne showcases the talents »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Marion Cotillard features in a new clip from Two Days, One Night.
The Dark Knight Rises actress stars in the Dardenne brothers' latest film.
The pair play a woman and her husband who have one day to convince her colleagues to give up their annual bonuses so that she can keep her job.
The film received strong praise when it premiered at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
Titled Deux jours, une nuit in France, Two Days, One Night will open in UK cinemas on August 22. It is yet to set a Us release date. »
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's new film Two Days, One Night premiered at Cannes in May and has already opened in several European territories and while it will be playing the Toronto Film Festival in September, it will be hitting UK and Ireland theaters this coming Friday. Meanwhile, Sundance Selects has yet to set an official Us release date. As such, the film is getting some additional promotion across the pond and Artificial Eye has released a new clip from the movie featuring star Marion Cotillard as she plays Sandra, a woman who returns to work after suffering from depression to find out that her colleagues have chosen to take a bonus at the expense of her job. She has just one weekend to change their minds. Olivier Gourmet co-stars. Watch the clip below. yt id="MLA_fovLifw" width="640" »
- Brad Brevet
Yes, the Dardennes have done it again. It's almost a crime how easy they make it look, and this year they hit Cannes with another new film, and as usual, they earned rave reviews. Now, "Two Days, One Night" is making its way to theatres in the UK and the festival circuit in North America, and a new clip has arrived. Marion Cotillard leads the movie telling a very simple story, following a woman who has one weekend to convince her co-workers to give up their bonuses so she can keep her job. And while that might seem like a bit of a downer, Jessica Kiang wrote in her review out of Cannes that the film is ultimately "uplifting and affecting." And of course, Cotillard is in top form, with this clip showing what she can do by not saying a word, and simply listening to Petula Clark's "La nuit n'en fini plus. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Blood Ties, 2013.
Directed by Guillaume Canet.
Chris (Clive Owen) has just been released from prison on good behaviour, several years after he was involved in a gangland murder. Waiting for him reluctantly outside is his younger brother, Frank (Billy Crudup), a cop with a bright future. Hoping that Chris has changed, Frank is willing to give his brother a chance – he shares his home, finds him a job and helps him reconnect with his children and ex-wife. But Chris’ past quickly begins to catch up with him and his descent back into a life of crime becomes inevitable.
When you read a synopsis like the one for Blood Ties, you can’t help but think that it’s a fairly generic and familiar story. Thankfully it’s nowhere near »
- Gary Collinson
Having made films in the English language as an actor, Guillaume Canet is yet to make a film in the States as a director, but now remakes a film he once starred in, to bring us Blood Ties. We had the great pleasure in speaking to Canet, who discussed why he chose this particular story, why he has turned down big Hollywood scripts in the past years, and what it was like directing his partner, Marion Cotillard.
No, to be honest, it was the first time in my life I was reading a script as an actor and that I had this weird feeling when I was reading it, I really wanted to direct it. Which was weird for me. »
- Stefan Pape
Considering the acclaim that French director Guillaume Canet has rightly received for his previous endeavours, Tell No One and Little White Lies, it became increasingly likely that he would make the move across the Atlantic, and test his abilities in the States – a move he has now made with his first English production, Blood Ties. However here is a film overwhelmed by its influences, feeling more like a homage to the work of Sidney Lumet and John Cassavetes, rather than find its own, unique voice.
Blood Ties is a remake of the 2008 production Les Liens Du Sang – which Canet himself took s starring role in – and the director has since moved this story to New York in the 1970s, where we meet cop Frank (Billy Crudup), who unwittingly puts up his brother Chris (Clive Owen) following the latter’s release from a lengthy jail sentence. The pair have a distinct conflict of interests, »
- Stefan Pape
The New York Film Festival Main Slate official selection has landed, with 30 features including many Cannes entries and potential Oscar contenders. They include French actor Mathieu Amalric’s adaptation of Georges Simenon’s novel "The Blue Room" (Sudnance Selects), Lisandro Alonso's 19th century road quest "Jauja," starring Viggo Mortensen, Asia Argento's autobiographical "Misunderstood," Olivier Assayas' "Clouds of Sils Maria" starring Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart (IFC), David Cronenberg's "Maps of the Stars," starring Cannes-winner Julianne Moore and Rob Pattinson (EOne), Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne's "Two Days, One Night" starring Marion Cotillard (IFC), Jean-Luc Godard’s first 3D feature, "Goodbye to Language," Mike Leigh's "Mr. Turner" starring Cannes-winner Timothy Spall (Sony Pictures Classics), Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher," starring Steve Carell »
- Anne Thompson
The Toronto International Film Festival announced more selections Tuesday for the upcoming 2014 edition of the annual awards season kick-off. The majority of the festival's program was announced last month, but this group includes intriguing world premieres from notable directors such as Todd McCarthy ("The Cobbler") and Gina Prince-Bythewood ("Beyond the Lights"). A number of the titles revealed have screened at other festivals including the underrated "Infinitely Polar Bear" and "Laggies" from Sundance as well as Cannes players "Two Days, One Night," "The Search" and "Clouds of Sils Maria." And yes, the presence of "Sils Maria," which is a favorite of this particular writer, means Kristen Stewart will likely hit one of the festival's many red carpets. As you'd expect for Toronto, the world premieres feature some big names including Josh Hutcherson and Benicio Del Toro in "Escobar: Paradise Lost," Jean Dujardin in "The Connection (La French)," Dustin Hoffman in "Boychoir, »
- Gregory Ellwood
This morning the Toronto Film Festival added several more films to their lineup including the world premiere of Thomas McCarthy's The Cobbler which stars Adam Sandler as a New York City cobbler who, disenchanted with the grind of daily life, stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way. The film co-stars Method Man, Ellen Barkin, Melonie Diaz, Dan Stevens, Steve Buscemi and Dustin Hoffman. Additionally, Sundance standouts Infinity Polar Bear and Laggies starring Keira Knightley and Chloe Grace Moretz were added to the Gala selection. Joining The Cobbler as new additions to the Special Presentations field include Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria starring Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche and Two Days, One Night from Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne and starring Marion Cotillard. Both films made a splash at Cannes earlier this year, »
- Brad Brevet
The 2014 Toronto Film Festival, which begins Sept. 4, added seven Galas and 17 Special Presentations to its lineup, including a semi-serious Adam Sandler project from Tom McCarthy, the director of The Station Agent and The Visitor. In The Cobbler, Sandler plays a man who has the unique ability to walk in his customers’ shoes. The movie features Dustin Hoffman, who also stars in Boychoir, François Girard’s tale of an orphan’s steep learning curve at a prestigious music school. In Welcome to Me, Kristen Wiig plays a mentally unstable woman who wins the lottery and decides to sink her winnings into a talk show. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Expect to see a bevy of stars on the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival this September. Today, more Gala and Special Presentation titles were announced, with some star-studded projects in the mix. Now, Escobar: Paradise Lost, starring Benicio del Toro as the infamous drug lord, will have its world premiere at Tiff, as will The Forger, with John Travolta, Christopher Plummer and Tye Sheridan.
Other promising projects newly announced to be screening at Tiff are Win Win director Thomas McCarthy’s The Cobbler, which finds Adam Sandler taking on a rare dramatic role; Clouds of Sils Maria, which stars Juliette Binoche as an aging actress who confronts the young starlet (Chloe Grace Moretz) taking on the role that made her famous decades earlier; and Gemma Bovery, starring Gemma Arterton as the sensual object of a French food critic’s affection. Check out the full list of new »
- Isaac Feldberg
An orphaned 12-year-old boy is sent to prestigious music school where he struggles to join an elite group of world-class singers. No one expects this rebellious loner to succeed, least of all the school’s relentlessly-tough conductor who wages a battle of wills to bring out the boy’s extraordinary musical gift. Starring Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, Josh Lucas, Kevin McHale, Eddie Izzard, Debra Winger and Garrett Wareing.
Marseille, 1975. Pierre Michel, a young police magistrate with a wife and children, has just been transferred to help crack down on the city’s organized crime. He decides to take on the French Connection, a Mafia-run operation that exports heroin all over the world. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
The Toronto International Film Festival added more than 100 features to its 2014 slate today, with pics starring Dustin Hoffman, Kristen Wiig, Benicio del Toro, Diane Keaton, John Travolta, Keira Knightley, Adam Sandler, Jennifer Connelly and Arnold Schwarzenegger among the two-dozen titles joining the Gala and Special Presentations programs.
Contemporary World Cinema adds 51 (22 world preems), City to City shines the spotlight on Seoul with eight pics (two world preems), and Wavelengths delivers 46 titles, including 13 features.
Gala world preems “Boychoir,” which marks the return of Quebec helmer Francois Girard (“Silk”) to the big screen and stars Hoffman as the tough conductor of a world-class music school, as well as Italian multi-hyphenate Andrea Di Stefano’s feature bow “Escobar: Paradise Lost,” starring del Toro as the notorious Colombian drug lord.
- Jennie Punter
August is upon us, which invariably means withering heat and a hell of a lot of bad cinema. Worn out by the time the dog days hit, the studios enter hibernation mode, concerned mostly with counting their early summer blockbuster returns (or licking their wounds). There's hope around the corner — the fall festivals loom — but that moment isn't here yet. The last month of summer is usually barren.
Except when it isn't.
It certainly wasn't 35 years ago — August 15, 1979, to be exact, when Francis Ford Coppola »
Locarno –Designing a brace of novel industry initiatives that may well be taken on board by other major international film powers, Gallic promotion org UniFrance Films is forging ahead with new industry alliances.
Banner focuses feature novel exhibition link-ups, a play for young target groups, a presence in key and underserved markets and a constant lobby presence in Brussels, tne seat of the E.U.’s all-powerful Commission.
Delivered at the Locarno Festival by Jean-Paul Salome and Isabelle Giordano, UniFrance president and managing director, the drill-down on UniFrance policy comes as Luc Besson’s “Lucy” powers toward $100 million Stateside and France accounts for 13 of the 50 movies playing Locarno’s main three sections – a reminder of France’s central position in both mainstream and arthouse filmmaking in Europe.
“What we’re really pleased about is the diversity of the French presence, »
- John Hopewell
Why did Two Days, One Night work so well for me? It's not easy to explain. This is especially the case, considering this is my first experience watching a film by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, and the fact I know nothing about modern-day Belgium's working-class. Given this lack of knowledge, the film is a capsule, a bitter pill of ethical and moral dilemma that simply shows humanity for what it is, for better or worse.Two Days, One Night throws us into a troubled weekend where Sandra (the always wonderful Marion Cotillard) stresses about convincing her workmates to make a powerful decision. After a bout of depression, Sandra returns from a hiatus to her employment. Her manager and his boss, the unseen Jean-Marc have other plans, however, as...
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When Marion Cotillard took on Edith Piaf she lived the part, willing herself into the role of a tortured genius. Such commitment is harder now that she has a toddler. But, as Stephanie Rafanelli discovers, that doesnt stop her trying
Peter Bradshaws Cannes review of Two Days, One Night
- Stephanie Rafanelli
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