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11 items from 2016


Colcoa Announces 20th Anniversary Line-Up

14 April 2016 3:29 PM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

The Franco-American Cultural Fund, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, has announced the program for the 20th Colcoa French Film Festival that will run April 18-26 at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles. The festival will showcase a record 70 films and television series - among them 64 in competition for Colcoa Awards - including four World Premieres, seven International Premieres, 19 North American or U.S. Premieres, 17 West Coast Premieres - and 21 new shorts. Colcoa, is now the world's largest event dedicated to French films and television.

"This 20th anniversary deserves a spectacular, strong program that reflects the diversity of French production, as well as the creativity and dynamism of French filmmakers and producers," stated François Truffart, Colcoa Executive Producer and Artistic Director. "More than ever, we are about to involve audiences in a journey that will stir them, make them laugh, cry, tickle their curiosity, and help them remain optimistic, while recognizing the urgent world zeitgeist."

 "20 years is an achievement for any film festival in Hollywood. This would not have been possible without the commitment of the Franco-American Cultural Fund - a unique partnership of the DGA, the Mpa, la Sacem and the WGA West - creator of the festival in 1996 and supporter of its subsequent development. We also salute French sales companies, official supporters, sponsors, and U.S. distributors, whose loyalty and trust have given the festival its continuing excellence," he added.

Colcoa will open Monday, April 18th with the North American Premiere of "Monsieur Chocolat," a biopic about the first French black clown, co-written by Cyril Gely, Olivier Gorce, Gérard Noiriel, Roschdy Zem, directed by Roschdy Zem, and starring Omar Sy and James Thiérrée. The film will be presented in association with Gaumont, which celebrates its 120th anniversary.

The festival will close its competition on Monday, April 25th with the World Premiere of "Up For Love," the new romantic comedy written and directed by Laurent Tirard, starring Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin and Virginie Efira. "Call My Agent" (Season 1), the most popular French TV series of the year, about a talent agency with actors playing their own roles, will close the Colcoa TV Competition.

Two other TV series, shown for the first time in North America, will be part of the program, presented in association with TV France International and Titrafilm: "The Disappearance," a drama co-written by Marie Deshaires and Catherine Touzet and directed by Charlotte Brändström; and "The Secret of Elise," a supernatural drama written by lsa Marpeau, Marie Vinoy, Marie Deshaires, and Catherine Touzet and directed by Alexandre Laurent, Samir Boitard, Mathieu Simonet, and Mehdi Meskar. The first two episodes of each series will be shown to the Colcoa audience.

To complete the competition, five TV movies will premiere at Colcoa: the North American Premiere of "Borderline," a thriller co-written and directed by Olivier Marchal, the International Premiere of "Carpets and Chaos," a comedy co-written and directed by Nader Takmil Homayoun, the International Premiere of "Stolen Babies," a drama written by Julie Jézéquel and directed by Golden Globe winner Alain Berliner; the International Premiere of "The Wall-Crosser," a fantasy written and directed by Dante Desarthes, based on Marcel Aymé's book; and the North American Premiere of "Woman Under the Influence," a drama written and directed by Claude-Michel Rome

The feature film selection (40 features and documentaries and 21 shorts), will feature exclusive presentations. "Fanny's Journey," an epic drama written and directed by Lola Doillon, starring Cecile de France, is also a World Premiere. The U.S. Premiere of the thriller "Made in France," written and directed by Nicolas Boukhrief, is a film which did not have theatrical release in France because of sensitivity following the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.  Colcoa also will present the U.S. Premiere of Robert Guédiguian's provocative film about the Armenian genocide, "Don't Tell Me the Boy Was Mad." The U.S. Premiere of Oscar ® winner Claude Lelouch's new film "Un plus Une," starring Jean Dujardin and Elsa Zylberstein, will screen, in addition to another U.S. Premiere of "All Gone South," the comedy sequel co-written and co-directed by Nicolas Benamou and Philippe Lacheau, two years after the success of Babysitting at Colcoa in 2014.

Several established writers/directors return and other known artists have been selected: Academy Award nominee Christian Carion ("Come What May"- with Cohen Media Group), Anne Fontaine ("The Innocents" - with Music Box Films), Vincent Garencq ("Kalinka"), Academy Award nominee Jean-Paul Rappeneau ("Families"), Christian Vincent ("Courted"), Maïwenn ("My King" - with Film Movement)

Every year, the Colcoa program is dedicated to a new generation of talent, many of whose films are included in Colcoa's French NeWave 2.0 Series: Samuel Collardey ("Land Legs"), Clément Cogitor ("Neither Heaven Nor Earth" - with Film Movement), Philippe Faucon - the writer/director of the 2016 César Best film winner ("Fatima" - with Kino Lorber), Emmanuel Finkiel ("A Decent Man"), Eva Husson ("Bang Gang" - with Samuel Goldwyn), Laurent Larivière ("I am a Soldier"), and Orelsan and Christophe Offenstein ("Uncompleted Song").

The After 10 Series at Colcoa invites audiences to explore new frontiers with an exclusive program, including the French-Belgian co-production from writer/director Bouli Lanners ("The First, the Last"), the new dark comedy from Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern, starring Gérard Depardieu ("Saint Amour"), and Frédéric Schoendoerffer ("Past Convoy").

Two anticipated films about women in Muslim countries will be part of theWord Cinema Produced by France Series: the Franco-Moroccan co-production, "Much Loved," written and directed by Nabil Ayouch, premiered at the Director's Fortnight in 2015, and remains banned in Morocco; and, "As I Open My Eyes," a Franco-Tunisian film from female writer/director Leyla Bouzid (with Kino Lorber). The Argentine film, "Eva Doesn't Sleep," written and directed by Pablo Agüero will complete the series.

Two documentaries focusing on significant environmental issues will premiere at Colcoa: the closing film of the last Cannes Film Festival, "Ice and the Sky" (with Music Box Films) from Academy Award winner Luc Jacquet (March of the Penguins), and a special presentation following the United Nations screening of the 2016 Cesar winner for Best Documentary, "Tomorrow," written and directed by Cédric Dion and Mélanie Laurent. "The Frankenstein Complex," a tribute to the creators of big screen creatures, written and directed by Gilles Penso and Alexandre Poncet, will complete this high profile documentary series.

All other Colcoa series are back in 2016: the Colcoa Classics Series with an exclusive program of digitally restored premieres (see February 19th press release); the Happy Hour Talks PanelSeriesin association withVariety (April 19-25); the Short Film Competition (Sunday, April 24 -  March press release); the Focus on a Filmmaker, this year with writer/director Jean-Paul Rappeneau (Thursday, April 21); and the Focus on a Producer will be with Dominique Besnehard (Saturday, April 23).

Animation, an important part of the French film industry, will be shown at Colcoa with the premiere of Rémi Chayé's new film: "Long Way North" (with Shout Factory).

 As is Colcoa tradition, comedieswill join the program almost every day, including the romantic comedy "Love at First Child," co-written and directed by Anne Giaffieri, starring Patrick Bruel and Isabelle Carré, Benoît's Graffin's "Hopefully," with Sandrine Kiberlain and Edouard Baer, Jean-Francois Richet's "One Wild Moment," starring Francois Cluzet and Vincent Cassel, and the new French hit "One Man and His Cow," written and directed by Mohamed Hamidi.

This last film will also be shown to the 3,000 students and teachers who will attend the now five High School Screenings (April 19-25) as part of the Colcoa Educational Program presented in association with Elma (European Languages and Movies in America). Two master classes for college and university students will complete the program.

For the ninth year, Lafca will partner with Colcoa Cinema for the Critics' Awards. The complete recipients list of the 2015 Awards - including the U.S. distributor winner of the Colcoa Coming Soon Award, presented in association with Kpcc, will be announced on Wednesday, April 27. Colcoa Awards are presented in association with Titrafilm, TV5 Monde USA, and Air Tahiti Nui. »

- Sydney Levine

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Berlin Review: The Surprising, Fond & Funny 'Saint Amour,' Starring Gerard Depardieu, Benoît Poelvoorde & Vincent Lacoste

20 February 2016 11:48 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Has there ever been a comedy in which every single joke struck you as equally funny? Just curious, because if the worst thing that French directing duo Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern's latest film, "Saint Amour" can be accused of is a certain reckless hit-and-miss quality, it's in pretty good company. A late-festival treat to wash away the brain grime accrued over the previous day's 8-hour Lav Diaz marathon, perhaps, or a sweet little bonbon served up as a reward for sticking around for this final weekend when so many others have skedaddled, its joyously tacky humor, and extreme, eccentric lovability, are a tonic and a trip. It shares narrative DNA with about half of the back catalogue of Alexander Payne, (equal parts "Nebraska" and "Sideways" with a faint of bouquet of "About Schmidt"), but "Saint Amour" is twice as funny as any of them, less than half as pretentious despite being ineffably. »

- Jessica Kiang

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Berlin Review: Funny, Big Hearted 'Saint Amour' Starring Gerard Depardieu, Benoît Poelvoorde & Vincent Lacoste

20 February 2016 11:28 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Has there ever been a comedy in which every single joke struck you as equally funny? Just curious, because if the worst thing that Belgian directing duo Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern's latest film, "Saint Amour," can be accused of is a certain reckless hit-and-miss quality, it's in pretty good company. A late-festival treat to wash away the brain grime accrued over the previous day's 8-hour Lav Diaz marathon, "A Lullaby To The Sorrowful Mystery," perhaps, or a sweet little bonbon served up as a reward for sticking around for this final weekend when so many others have skedaddled, its joyously tacky humor, and extreme, eccentric lovability, are a tonic and a trip. It shares narrative DNA with about half of the back catalogue of Alexander Payne (equal parts "Nebraska" and "Sideways," with a faint bouquet of "About Schmidt"), but "Saint Amour" is twice as funny as any of them, »

- Jessica Kiang

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Berlinale ’16: Paul’s Top Ten From This Year’s Festival

20 February 2016 1:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

I’ve been in Berlin for nearly ten days now and this year’s festival is coming to a close. We’ve covered tons of movies, attended a bunch of press conferences, mingled with Meryl (well, nearly), and met a whole bunch of cool people from around the world.

Ahead of tonight’s main awards, which will see Meryl Streep and her jury hand out awards to the best film, the best actress, best actor etc, via Silver/ Golden Bears, I thought I’d recount my top ten movies from Berlinale. They are, of course, not definitive in any way; its just my opinion.

We’ll bring you news of the main awards as they are announced later this evening.

10. Goat – Dir. Andrew Neel

I saw this late one night, actually at its Panorama premiere. An intense drama from the Us, fresh from Sundance, that features a breakthrough performance from Nick Jonas. »

- Paul Heath

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Berlinale ’16: Saint Amour review

19 February 2016 1:05 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Saint Amour review: A comedy cracker from writing and directing Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern, and a perfect end to Berlinale ’16.

Saint Amour review by Paul Heath at the Berlin Film Festival, 2016. Sideways goes French in this quirky new comedy which stars Gérard Depardieu as a widowed farmer who’s willing to go to the lengths and breadths of rural France to bond with his son.

Saint Amour is the latest feature from writing and directing duo Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern, a fantastic, funny, farcical effort that delights from the first sip. Depardieu is Jean, a bull breeder from the country who is attending the annual horticulture show in Paris along with his son Bruno (Benoît Poelvoorde), who would much rather be getting pissed that showing off their bull, Nabuchodonosor. With a few days to spare before the judging of their prized breeding bull, Bruno convinces Jean to hit »

- Paul Heath

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Saint Amour review: Gérard Depardieu irresistible as boozy farmer on road trip

19 February 2016 8:04 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Three unlikely heroes take to the road in this broad comedy (think Sideways sans pathos), featuring improbable sex and a kooky cameo from Michel Houellebecq

France does not cultivate “national treasures” in the same way the English do. But if it did, this film would make Gérard Depardieu’s status impregnable – and that of Michel Houellebecq, who contributes another of his extraordinary movie cameos. And writer-directors Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern might be taken yet further into France’s national heart.

Their new film, in competition at Berlin, features Depardieu (already an established Delépine-Kervern player) as a fleshy farmer seen at one stage stoically, if briefly, shovelling dung. Depardieu is the co-star of this gamey and outrageous road-trip comedy, with as strong a taste as the wine that the characters are habitually knocking back. Like all of Delépine and Kervern’s movies, Saint Amour is broad yet deadpan, with a »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Berlinale Completes Competition Lineup, Adds Spike Lee's 'Chi-Raq'

20 January 2016 9:04 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Spike Lee's "Chi-Raq" will screen out of competition at the 2016 Berlinale (its international premiere), the festival announced Wednesday—one day after the filmmaker made headlines with an open letter criticizing the Academy's "Lilly White" Oscar nominees. Other out-of-competition titles added to the Berlinale's lineup include films by Dominik Moll, Lee Tamahori, and Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern ("Saint Amour," starring Gérard Depardieu). Read: "Spike Lee's Open Letter Promising to Boycott the Oscars: 'We Can't Act?! Wtf?!'" The festival also rounded out its list of films in competition, with new additions from Germany, China, Tunisia, and Mexico. A total of 18 films will be in the running for the Golden and Silver Bears, to be handed out February 20 at the Berlinale Palast, including previously announced films from Lav Diaz, Thomas Vinterberg, Mia Hansen-Løve, Jeff Nichols, Michael Grandage, »

- Matt Brennan

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Full competition line-up for the 66th Berlin Film Festival revealed

20 January 2016 8:02 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The full competition line-up for this year’s Berlin Film Festival has been revealed. The 66th annual Berlin Film Festival festival officially kicks off in Germany on 11th February. This year will mark the first time The Hollywood News will have covered the prestigious event, and our coverage kicks off in the city on the 11th.

Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq is amongst the new announcements, and will screen out of competition with its international premiere,.

The awards ceremony will take place at the Berlinale Palast on February 20 with Meryl Streep presiding over the jury. Here are the films playing.

24 Wochen (24 Weeks)

Germany

By Anne Zohra Berrached (Two Mothers)

With Julia Jentsch, Bjarne Mädel, Johanna Gastdorf, Emilia Pieske

World premiere

Chang Jiang Tu (Crosscurrent)

People’s Republic of China

By Yang Chao (Passages)

With Qin Hao, Xin Zhi Lei

World premiere

Chi-Raq

USA

By Spike Lee (Malcom X, Do the Right Thing)

With Nick Cannon, »

- Paul Heath

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Daily | Berlinale 2016 Lineup, Round 11

20 January 2016 5:57 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

The Berlinale's announced that the Competition lineup for its 66th edition (February 11 through 21) is now complete. The titles added today are Anne Zohra Berrached's 24 Weeks, Yang Chao's Crosscurrent, Spike Lee's Chi-Raq, Dominik Moll's News from Planet Mars, Mohamed Ben Attia's Hedi, Lee Tamahori's The Patriarch, Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern's Saint Amour with Gérard Depardieu, Benoît Poelvoorde, Vincent Lacoste and Céline Sallette, and Rafi Pitts's Soy Nero. We're collecting notes on the new additions. » - David Hudson »

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Berlin completes Competition line-up; adds Spike Lee's Chi-Raq

20 January 2016 5:41 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

New films from Lee Tamahori and Anne Zohra Berrached also added.

The Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 11-21) has completed the line-up of its Competiton programme, of which 18 out of 23 will vye for the Golden and Silver Bears. A total of 19 titles of the films are world premieres.

Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq will receive its international premiere as part of the strand, but will play out of competition.

The film stars Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris and Wesley Snipes, and is a modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago.

Germany’s Anne Zohra Berrached, who premiered Two Mothers at the Berlinale’s Perspektive Deutsches Kino in 2013, returns with 24 Weeks (24 Wochen). The film centres on the dilemma faced by a woman who is already six months pregnant when she learns that her unborn child will have Down‘s syndrome as well as a serious heart defect »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Spike Lee’s ‘Chi-Raq’ to Play at Berlin Film Festival, Competition Lineup Complete

20 January 2016 5:20 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The 66th Berlin Film Festival has completed its Competition program, and has added Spike Lee’s satire “Chi-Raq” as an out-of-competition title. Among the world premieres added Wednesday are Lee Tamahori’s “The Patriarch” and Dominik Moll’s “News from Planet Mars.”

Eighteen of the 23 films in the Competition program will be vying for the Golden and Silver Bears; 19 films are world premieres. The awards ceremony will take place at the Berlinale Palast on Feb. 20.

The following films have been added to the Competition program lineup:

24 Wochen (24 Weeks)

Germany

By Anne Zohra Berrached (Two Mothers)

With Julia Jentsch, Bjarne Mädel, Johanna Gastdorf, Emilia Pieske

World premiere

Chang Jiang Tu (Crosscurrent)

China

By Yang Chao (Passages)

With Qin Hao, Xin Zhi Lei

World premiere

Chi-Raq

U.S.

By Spike Lee (Malcolm X, Do the Right Thing)

With Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Teyonah Parris, Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson »

- Leo Barraclough

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