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UniFrance Ranks French Sales Agents, Producers of Top Films Exports

EuropaCorp, Snd, Kinology, Wild Bunch and Playtime sold the highest-grossing French-majority productions overseas in 2017, according to a report compiled by French film promotion organization UniFrance.

Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp leads the chart with 31.4 million theater tickets sold outside of France, primarily for “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.”

Snd, the commercial arm of French network group M6, sold a bunch of comedies, including “Two Is a Family” with Omar Sy, “Les As de la Jungle” and “A bras ouverts,” which garnered a combined 6.83 million admissions abroad.

Kinology ranks third with Antonio Negret’s action-packed “Overdrive,” the animated feature “Mune: Guardian of the Moon” and Rebecca Zlotowski’s “Planetarium” with Natalie Portman and Lily-Rose Depp, which collectively clocked 1.88 million admissions overseas.

Wild Bunch sold Julia Ducournau’s Cannes Critics’ Week player “Raw,” the animated feature “The Red Turtle,” which won a prize at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard, and Jerome Salle’s biopic of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, “[link
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Samuel Goldwyn Bringing The Cousteau ‘Odyssey’ To U.S.; Sundance Selects Lands Documentary ‘Far From The Tree’

Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired all U.S. rights to The Odyssey, director Jérôme Salle’s account of the relationship between Jacques Cousteau and his son Philippe. Written by Salle and Laurent Turner and set to hit theaters this winter, the film focuses on Philippe (Pierre Niney) returning from boarding school to find his father (Lambert Wilson) has become an international celebrity with megalomaniac dreams of grafting gills to humans and creating underwater cities…
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Five Cool Scenes in Movies That Take Place at the Aquarium

Since we can’t all be like Jacques Cousteau and travel the wide ocean finding the most beautiful and exotic specimens throughout the wilds beneath the waves we can do the next best thing, which is going to the local aquarium. It seems like the further inland a person goes the more of a treat such a thing really is since let’s face it, the ocean is kind of the province of those that live the closest to it. An aquarium however is something that everyone can enjoy and is typically a place where the natural habitat of those creatures that

Five Cool Scenes in Movies That Take Place at the Aquarium
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'Wonders of the Sea 3D': Film Review | San Sebastian 2017

Children, divers, icthyologists and stoners alike will find plenty to float their boats in Wonders of the Sea 3D, a somewhat unlikely collision of two truly world-renowned names: Jacques Cousteau and Arnold Schwarzenegger. A family affair for several descendants of legendary explorer and Palme d'Or-winning filmmaker Cousteau, completed near-exactly two decades after his death, it is co-produced, enthusiastically introduced and co-narrated by California's most famous former governor, a landlubber not previously noted for marine escapades. 

A feast for the eyes but something of a trial for the ears, the film is simultaneously cutting edge in its...
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San Sebastián: Arnold Wants to Save The World Again, This Time for Real with Cousteau Doc ‘Wonders of the Sea 3D’

San Sebastián: Arnold Wants to Save The World Again, This Time for Real with Cousteau Doc ‘Wonders of the Sea 3D’
San Sebastian – As the “Terminator” theme music played, assembled press scurried to the front of a packed hall to get photos of one of Europe’s greatest cinematic exports. Clean shaven with a smile a mile wide, Arnold Schwarzenegger, accompanied by the cast and crew of his most recent project, “Wonders of the Sea 3D,” took questions about their underwater documentary Monday afternoon.

If it ever seemed unlikely that a bodybuilder with a thick Austrian accent could become the most famous action star in the world, or that he would then become governor of the state of California, it must seem only slightly less so that he would be asked to be narrator on one of the biggest documentaries to screen at this year’s San Sebastián Film Festival.

It would be folly to insinuate that “Wonders of the Sea 3D,” the latest Cousteau documentary to come from the royal family of the aquatic kingdom, Schwarzenegger
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Final Portrait and The Odyssey: this week’s best films in the UK

Stanley Tucci directs a witty sketch about the great Swiss artist Giacometti, while Lambert Wilson stars in the definitive biopic of Jacques Cousteau

With Tate Modern’s Giacometti retrospective soon to close, here’s a more intimate encounter with the great Swiss artist, courtesy of Geoffrey Rush. Meanwhile, Armie Hammer is elegantly witty as the American writer who came for a brief portrait sitting, but stayed for a very odd sort of friendship.

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The Odyssey review – Jacques Cousteau biopic looks good underwater but doesn't go deep

This handsome, very conventional film tells the story of one of the last great adventurer-superstars – but it’s hard not to pine for The Life Aquatic

Ignore the title. This conventional, unadventurous biopic ploddingly tells the story of the French ocean explorer and film-maker Jacques Cousteau – though the underwater sequences are stunning.

Related: Jacques Cousteau sails again in new film

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San Sebastian to debut Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 'Wonders Of The Sea 3D'

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San Sebastian to debut Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 'Wonders Of The Sea 3D'
Festival adds three special screenings.

The San Sebastian Film Festival has added three special screenings, among them Arnold Schwarzenegger-narrated and produced nature documentary Wonders Of The Sea 3D, which is due to get its world premiere at the event.

The film, shot underwater over three years in locations from Fiji to the Bahamas, is directed by Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, together with Jean-Jacques Mantello.

Also added are Albert Dupontel’s See You Up There and Japanese animation Fireworks, Should We See It From The Side Or The Bottom?, both of which get their international premieres.

These three films make up the Official Selection special screenings section together with the already-announced Morir by Fernando Franco.

The festival has announced 18 of the Official Selection titles with more films still to be revealed.

Special screenings (synopses provided by San Sebastian):

Au Revoir LÀ-haut / See You Up Therealbert Dupontel (France)

November 1919. Two survivors of the trenches set up
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San Sebastian adds Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 'Wonders Of The Sea 3D'

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San Sebastian adds Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 'Wonders Of The Sea 3D'
Festival adds three special screenings.

The San Sebastian Film Festival has added three special screenings, among them Arnold Schwarzenegger-narrated and produced nature documentary Wonders Of The Sea 3D.

The film, shot underwater over three years in locations from Fiji to the Bahamas, is directed by Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, together with Jean-Jacques Mantello.

Also added are Albert Dupontel’s See You Up There and Japanese animation Fireworks, Should We See It From The Side Or The Bottom?.

These three films make up the Official Selection special screenings section together with the already-announced Morir by Fernando Franco.

The festival has announced 18 of the Official Selection titles with more films still to be revealed.

Special screenings (synopses provided by San Sebastian):

Au Revoir LÀ-haut / See You Up Therealbert Dupontel (France)

November 1919. Two survivors of the trenches set up a scam based on war memorials. One is a brilliant illustrator, the other an
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“There is no future if you’re French in La” – Lambert Wilson on The Odyssey, and why he’s staying in France

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Author: Stefan Pape

Though one of France’s most acclaimed actors working today, when sitting down to speak to Lambert Wilson, you could be fooled into think he’s from Britain, such is the accent in which he speaks; articulate and pronounced, confident in the English language. And yet in spite of that the actor still harbours little desire to move to the States and make movies for there, for in Wilson’s eyes – there’s no future for French actors in Hollywood.

Promoting his new film The Odyssey, where Wilson plays the esteemed explorer and filmmaker Jacques-Yves Cousteau – we had the pleasure of meeting him in Paris earlier in the year, as he speaks in-depth about the man he is inhabiting – and how he even sought advice from the subject, beyond the grave.

When offered a role of this nature – do you hesitate, or accept straight away?

My choices
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The Odyssey Review

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Author: Stefan Pape

Though on the surface Jérome Salle’s The Odyssey is just your archetypal biopic, of the relentlessly curious, resolutely ambitious explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the film’s dramatic edge and emotional core comes through the character of Philippe, his rebellious son. It’s a tried, tested and often triumphant technique within this sub-genre, to peer into the subject’s extraordinary life from an outside perspective, to allow for somebody else to steer the ship, which in the case of this great captain, makes for something of a change.

Beginning in the late 40s, Cousteau (Lambert Wilson) is enamoured by the sea. The sheer immensity of it, the ability, as he puts it, to fly, to be caught somewhere between the sun and the sea-bed, and so he manages to secure funding and begin an expedition to travel the world with a team of deep sea divers, to capture footage never seen before.
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Watch An Exclusive Clip From ‘The Odyssey’ – In UK Cinemas August 18th

Opening in UK cinemas this Friday 18th August, is The Odyssey, a film examining the life of French naval officer, explorer, conservationist, filmmaker, innovator, scientist, photographer, author and researcher Jacques Cousteau. To celebrate its release, we have an exclusive clip to share.

The Odyssey boasts an impressive cast, including Lambert Wilson, Pierre Niney and Audrey Tautou, and is directed by Jérôme Salle.

Jacques Cousteau, his wife and his two sons are living in paradise, in a beautiful house overlooking the Mediterranean. But all Cousteau can think of is adventure. Thanks to his invention, an independent aqualung allowing divers to breathe under water, he has discovered a whole new world. Now all he wants to do is explore this world. And he is willing to sacrifice everything to achieve this.

We reviewed the film earlier this week [read it here].

Watch our exclusive clip from The Odyssey below, and find the film in cinemas from this Friday,
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‘The Odyssey’ Review: Dir. Jérôme Salle (2017)

The Odyssey review: Jérôme Salle brings this biopic of pioneer, innovator, filmmaker, researcher and conservationist Jacques Cousteau to the big-screen.

The Odyssey review by Steve Palace.

Younger generations may not know the name Jacques Cousteau, but his legacy of undersea innovation and chronicling of the natural world lives on. Wes Anderson used him as inspiration for comedy The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, which struggled to match the real life spectacle the maverick Captain created with his crew aboard the Calypso. Can director Jérôme Salle do better with lush biopic The Odyssey/L’odyssée?

The film starts in the 1940s, with Cousteau (Lambert Wilson) having helped develop the Aqua-Lung, enabling divers to breathe easier beneath the waves. As a result he and his colleagues spend sustained periods recording hitherto-unseen features of deep sea existence, to the delight of rapt audiences. However when he decides to leave the Navy to concentrate
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Watch the UK trailer for Jacques Cousteau biopic ‘The Odyssey’

Altitude have released the UK trailer for the upcoming Jacques Cousteau biopic The Odyssey, which is being directed by Jérôme Salle (Zulu, Anthony Zimmer) and starring Audrey Tautou (Amelie, The Da Vinci Code), Lambert Wilson (Ernest & Celestine, Of Gods and Men) and César Award winning actor Pierre Niney (Frantz, Yves Saint Laurent). The film is set to open in the UK and Ireland on 18 August 2017.

The film examines the life of ocean-explorer and adventurer Jacques Cousteau, one of the iconic figures of the 1960s. Here’s the official synopsis:

Jacques Cousteau, his wife and his two sons are living in paradise, in a beautiful house overlooking the Mediterranean. But all Cousteau can think of is adventure. Thanks to his invention, an independent aqualung allowing divers to breathe under water, he has discovered a whole new world. Now all he wants to do is explore this world. And he is willing
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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ‘Wonders’ in 3D Sold to China’s Emperor (Exclusive)

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ‘Wonders’ in 3D Sold to China’s Emperor (Exclusive)
The Arnold Schwarzenegger-produced “Wonders of the Sea 3D” is set for a theatrical release in China. Directed by Jean-Michel Cousteau and narrated by Schwarzenegger, the film was picked up by China’s Emperor Films.

The deal was sealed between Emperor and producer Bruber Media Partners on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival. Deal terms were not disclosed. All other rights are represented by Conquistador Entertainment.

Emperor is planning a release of the 3D film on several thousand screens. That will be one of the first times that a documentary gets such a wide outing in China.

Bruber was represented by chairman and CEO Beryl Huang. Emperor was represented by its president and CEO Yang Gao. Also present at the signing were Schwarzenegger, Sally Zhao and Cousteau, the son of famous French explorer Jean-Jacques Cousteau.

“We are thrilled that mainland China is taking such a significant step towards
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The Best Movies to Ever Win Cannes’ Palme d’Or — IndieWire Critic Survey

The Best Movies to Ever Win Cannes’ Palme d’Or  — IndieWire Critic Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In honor of the Cannes Film Festival, the 70th edition of which starts this week, what is the best film to ever win the coveted Palme d’Or?

For a complete list of Palme d’Or winners, click here.

Erin Whitney (@Cinemabite), ScreenCrush

This question is impossible because I clearly haven’t seen all 40 Palme d’Or winners (it’s on my to do list, I swear). But I could easily say “Apocalypse Now,” “Paris, Texas,” “Taxi Driver,” “Amour,” or even “Pulp Fiction.” But since this is a personal question, I have to say “The Tree of Life.” No film has moved me
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Wes Anderson Movies Ranked From Worst To Best

Wes Anderson Movies Ranked From Worst To Best
Let’s get this out of the way right from the top: Wes Anderson has never made a bad movie, and — in all likelihood — he probably never will. He’s too particular, too immaculate, too in command of his craft. Of course, the fact that he has always been so sure of himself only makes it more tempting to chart the progress of his career and to measure his films against each other. Or maybe it’s just fun because there are still only eight of them, and everyone seems to have their own favorite. Who could say?

Read More: Wes Anderson’s Style: Watch 10 Iconic Movies That Influenced Him

Here are all of Wes Anderson’s feature films, ranked from “worst” to best.

8. “Bottle Rocket

Wes Anderson arrived fully formed (or close to it), and so much of his cinematic ethos can be distilled from the very first shot of his very first film,
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Tribeca 2017 Women Directors: Meet Sarah Adina Smith — “Buster’s Mal Heart”

“Buster’s Mal Heart”

Sarah Adina Smith’s first feature, “The Midnight Swim,” won six awards on the festival circuit, including the audience award from AFI Fest. She wrote and directed “Mother’s Day,” a segment of the horror anthology “Holidays,” which opened the Midnight section at Tribeca 2016 and had a worldwide release shortly thereafter.

“Buster’s Mal Heart” will premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival on April 26 and will open in theaters April 28.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Sas: “Buster’s Mal Heart” is about a man (played by “Mr. Robot’s” Rami Malek) with a heart so strong, it rips the fabric of space-time. It’s about a man running away from Fate, his heart screaming into the void, calling the gods to task and getting no answer. But it’s also funny and sweet, because it’s about all the awkward fumbling and messiness of trying to pick a fight with the Cosmos. I like to think of it as an atheist’s prayer.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

Sas: I made this film to talk to God in the only way I know how.

I wanted to tell a story about a man who was literally split in two. One incarnation of him is seeking a reckoning with his maker at the mountaintop while the other incarnation would rather run away, but has been swept out to sea and is forced to have that conversation. I also wanted to go back and tell the story of how this strange glitch came to be.

I tend to be interested in stories where the protagonist somehow defies the laws of the universe. Can the laws of physics ever be broken? And is Love the force that can do that?

W&H: What do you want people to think about when they are leaving the theater?

Sas: I hope they leave with a feeling, not a thought.

We don’t choose to be born. We didn’t create the universe. But here we are, stumbling around in the proverbial dark, looking for the goddamn light switch.

This movie doesn’t turn on the light switch — it short-circuits it.

I wanted to give the viewers a feeling of true peace inside their hearts, a brief respite from the existential storm. I suspect that’s the best we can hope for in this mad game of life, and once we experience that grace, we can work to become better at finding it again in each breath. But the waves will never stop crashing into the sand and we have to rediscover the peace again each time, in each moment — that’s what makes the whole comedy show so beautiful.

W&H: What was the biggest challenge in making the film?

Sas: We were ambitious with the scope of this movie, especially on our meager budget. We shot in the oceans off of Mexico, and in Glacier National Park in Montana. It was a lot of moving parts, a lot of characters, a lot of locations. We did all the things you’re not supposed to do in low-budget filmmaking: night shoots, animals, children, improv, water, weather.

Perhaps I feel that I’ve got something to prove as a woman. I have a lot of movies I want to make, and I don’t shy away from any challenge. I live by the motto “impossible missions are the only ones that succeed.” It’s a Jacques Cousteau quote, and it’s the thing I come back to before I begin any project. If you’re not pushing yourself beyond what’s possible, you’re not pushing yourself hard enough.

W&H: How did you get your film funded? Share some insights into how you got the film made.

Sas: I struggled for many, many years trying to raise money to get films made. I was incredibly fortunate to finally find a few financiers to take a risk on me with my earlier films and those same beautiful, brave people continued to lend me their support with “Buster’s Mal Heart.”

Once we had a little under half the funding in place, Gamechanger Films signed on to make up the difference. They are truly the most supportive company a filmmaker could ask for in terms of just asking the right questions but also believing 100 percent in the filmmaker’s vision. Jonako Donley — who produced “Buster” — and I enjoyed working with Gamechanger’s Mynette Louie so much as an executive producer on “Buster” that the three of us are teaming up to make my next film together.

W&H: What does it mean for you to have your film play at Tribeca?

Sas: I love Tribeca! I love New York! I went to college in the city so it feels like a homecoming for me. I came to Tribeca last year with my short film “Mother’s Day” that was a part of the feature anthology “Holidays” and it was a great experience. So I’m really excited to get to come back.

W&H: What’s the best and worst advice you’ve received?

Sas: Lately, the best advice I received was from a fellow director named Maurice Marable who reminded me there’s never any need to be anyone other than who you are. In an ocean of shifting forces, hang on tight to that life raft.

I can’t remember any of the worst advice, and that’s probably a good thing.

W&H: What advice do you have for other female directors?

Sas: I would tell them to do things their own way and don’t feel like you ever have to conform to the system, because the system was largely built by men. We need to take all the good lessons from the past and from those existing systems but also not be afraid to make our own rules.

W&H: Name your favorite woman-directed film and why.

Sas: I love “We Need to Talk About Kevin” by Lynn Ramsey. It’s so rare to find a perfect film and for me, that’s one of them. The psychological pacing is downright masterful.

I also really love the “Top of the Lake” series by Jane Campion. When I saw the first season, it kind of threw me off because it tonally reminded me of my own work. She and I must be on a similar wavelength.

W&H: There have been significant conversations over the last couple of years about increasing the amount of opportunities for women directors yet the numbers have not increased. Are you optimistic about the possibilities for change? Share any thoughts you might have.

Sas: I just finished a round of meetings pitching a new series idea and there were zero people of color on the other side of the table. And very few women. And most of the women in the rooms were working under men.

Until the business side of the equation changes, I don’t think the numbers on the creative side will change by much. Not because people aren’t trying or because people are prejudiced, but because all of us tend to feel most comfortable working with people that remind us of ourselves.

We tend to feel better about taking risks on people and stories we see ourselves in. I think that’s human nature. But I also think many good people of all colors and genders are doing their damnedest to check this natural inclination and see beyond themselves.

Change is happening, but slowly. If we want it to happen faster then the people at the top need to look more like the colorful fabric of America and less like Trump’s cabinet.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger to narrate 'Wonders Of The Sea 3D'

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Arnold Schwarzenegger to narrate 'Wonders Of The Sea 3D'
Conquistador Entertainment to screen 3D Entertainment Films doc in Cannes.

Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed on to narrate Wonders Of The Sea 3D co-directed by Jean-Michel Cousteau and Jean-Jacques Mantello.

Schwarzenegger is producing London and La-based 3D Entertainment Films’ feature documentary with François Mantello and will feature in the opening sequence.

Conquistador Entertainment will introduce the project to buyers and screen it in Cannes and the producers have earmarked a global release later in the year.

Cousteau, son of the legendary oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, shot the film over the course of three years in locations spanning Fiji to the Bahamas and explores the beauty of ocean life and the threats to its existence.

“From the very beginning, my wish was that the narrator of Wonders Of The Sea 3D be profoundly connected to the environment, and we could not have better fulfilled that mission,” Cousteau said.

“Arnold and I share the same enthusiasm about what should be done
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