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There are a few contenders out there for the biggest French star in the world. Vincent Cassel and Mathieu Amalric have enduring international appeal, Juliette Binoche is an auteurist favorite, and a new generation of actors like Jean Dujardin, Lea Seydoux, and Omar Sy are increasingly having as much success in the U.S. as they are at home. But if we're talking about cinematic legends — truly prolific, popular actors — the safest bets might be Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu. Across decades-long careers, the two actors have earned enormous acclaim, won virtually every prize available, and had every A-list director around the world lining up to work with them. They've only worked together twice, however, in 1974's "Going Places" and 1980's "Loulou," which makes their reunion 30 years on in Cannes competition entry "Valley Of Love" a major event. In the latest from director Guillaume Nicloux ("The »
- Oliver Lyttelton
When it comes to battles between cops and criminals, sometimes the key conflict isn't about gun fights and shootouts, but the intricacies of the law. Ideally, cops have to have to play by the book, and smart criminals know how to work around the rules, so taking down some of the biggest bad guys sometimes means stepping into to murky territory. And that's just what Jean Dujardin does in this exclusive clip from the gritty French crime drama "The Connection." Directed by Cédric Jimenez, co-starring Gilles Lellouche, Céline Sallette, Mélanie Doutey and Benoît Magimel, and inspired by true events, the movie tells the story of real-life Marseilles magistrate Pierre Michel and his relentless crusade to dismantle the most notorious drug smuggling operation in history: the French Connection and its kingpin, Gatean "Tany" Zampa. As you'll see in the scene below, this criminal enterprise is far-reaching and »
- Edward Davis
I suppose it’s a no-brainer that a movie about the French side of The French Connection would be called just The Connection (though its French title is, oddly enough, La French). One must never judge a movie by its title, of course, but it’s hard to shake the feeling that, for much of Cedric Jimenez’s film, the generic title matches the generic nature of the filmmaking. Based on true events and packed with detail, The Connection is dense, frantic, ambitious — but it often feels like it’s fast-forwarding through a dozen other films we’ve seen before, all of them better.The Connection lays out the years-long cat-and-mouse game played by dedicated magistrate Pierre Michel (The Artist’s Oscar-winner Jean Dujardin) and powerful drug kingpin Gaetan Zampa (Gilles Lellouche). The latter is at the center of the drug network pumping narcotics across the Atlantic and into New »
- Bilge Ebiri
Remaking a film or TV project is both an art and science. Shedding some light on the subject at the 12th Cannes Producers Network program Saturday was Argentine producer Jose Levy of Creative Andina, whose remake experience includes the U.S. version of Marcos Carnevale’s hit “Elsa & Fred,” starring Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer.
Levy also holds the remake rights to Carnevale’s other Argentine hit, “Corazon de Leon,” above, which Gaumont and Vvz Prods. are remaking with Jean Dujardin playing the lead. Fox Intl. Prods. (Fip) has bought the U.S. remake rights to the romantic comedy. Levy also holds the rights for Korea, India, Mexico, Brazil, France, Spain, China, Germany and Italy.
“The idea with Fip is to make a bilingual version, similar to ‘Instructions Not Included,’ in order to target both the Mexican and U.S. Hispanic markets,” said Levy, who estimates a $7 million budget and a 2016 release. »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
Jean Dujardin and Elsa Zylberstein star in Claude Lelouch’s feature “Une plus une,” which is in post-production. Mister Smith Entertainment launched international sales of the romantic drama at Cannes.
Film also stars Alice Pol and Christopher Lambert. Pic is produced by Lelouch, Samuel Hadida, Victor Hadida and Marc Dujardin. Samuel and Victor Hadida’s Metropolitan Films will release the film in France on Dec. 9.
In the film, Jean Dujardin plays a charming and successful film composer who travels to India to work on a score for a Bollywood retelling of “Romeo and Juliet.” There he meets Zylberstein’s character, who isn’t like him at all, but whom he finds irresistible.
- Variety Staff
The Connection is an old-school Gallic policier that taps the true-life story of a major 1970s heroin smuggling ring, encompassing both the criminals that ran it and the lawmen who fought to bring them down. There will be cops cutting into bags and tasting suspicious white powder (do you have to try it? Really?), pistols, car chases and, judging by this new clip, some moody face-offs between the white and black hats at the nucleus of the story. brightcove.createExperiences();While we’re figuring out the French for “we’re not so very different, you and I”, consider this: director Cédric Jimenez is clearly been confident enough to reference some classics of the genre in his stylish-looking crime drama. There are shades of Melville and Frankenheimer in the story – in fact, Frankenheimer’s French Connection II charts the same episode from a Popeye-view of Marseille's docks – and a conscious homage »
From finished films in competition to big packages on the horizon, here’s the hottest titles from around the world up for grabs at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Director: Marc Forster
Film centers on a blind woman and her husband who, upon restoration of her sight, begin to discover previously unseen and disturbing details about themselves, their marriage and their lives.
Director: Andrea Arnold
Key cast: Shia Labeouf
A runaway teenager gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard-partying, law-bending and young love.
Sales: Protagonist Pictures
Director: Ewan McGregor
- Variety Staff
In so many ways The Connection (La French) feels like a film Michael Mann would have made with its dedication to intense action sequences, shot with immediacy and edits that give the viewer an understanding of the space within which the characters are interacting. And, like Mann, director Cedric Jimenez doesn't forgo character, understanding even the small moments between husband and wife, father and son, are important in a crime epic, allowing us to get to know the characters on a more personal level, getting to know them as people rather than just as cop and criminal. Described as a "European flipside to William Friedkin's The French Connection", The Connection is much more than a marketing blurb intent on piquing the interest of hard-to-attract general audience members. This is a down-and-dirty '70s crime thriller, with all the texture of the 35mm film it was shot on. In fact, »
- Brad Brevet
Christoph Waltz is prepping his directorial debut, The Worst Marriage in Georgetown, for which he will also produce and star. In the film, Waltz will play Albrecht Muth, a man who sought to enter the social elite and the privileged political circles by marrying the wealthy, 71-year-old Viola Drath when he was just 26. The couple threw lavish parties as he climbed the social ladder, but Muth increasingly lied about his background, and he was ultimately revealed when Drath turned up murdered many years later. Muth was convicted of first-degree murder and was sentenced to 50 years in prison just last year.
The Worst Marriage in Georgetown is actually based on a New York Times Magazine article of the same name by Franklin Foer (read it here). Variety reports that Pulitzer Prize winner David Auburn (Proof) will be adapting the screenplay and that Erica Steinberg (Inglorious Basterds) and Nicolas Chartier will also be producing. »
- Brian Welk
FilmNation will be meeting with buyers on the Croisette to discuss Hhhh, a second Heydrich assassination story in the market alongside Altitude’s Anthropoid, which sees Sean Ellis lining up to direct Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy.
Clarke will play Heydrich, who became the highest ranking Nazi killed during WWII when he was slain by paratroopers in 1942. The actor stars as John Connor in summer tentpole Terminator: Genisys and will be seen in September release Everest.
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- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
A star-studded lineup of promising actors and great material… how could this go wrong? But remember, as "Child 44" taught us, anything is possible. So while this sounds awesome, we've got our guard up... Variety reports that Jason Clarke, Jack O’Connell, Mia Wasikowska, Rosamund Pike and Jack Reynor will star in "Hhhh," a title which will surely give some marketing team an interesting headache to overcome. Based on the novel by Laurent Binet and adapted by director Cedric Jimenez ("The Connection" starring Jean Dujardin) along with David Farr and Audrey Diwan, the film will tell the story of Nazi Reinhard Heydrich, who was the mastermind of the "Final Solution" and was assassinated by two resistance paratroopers. Here's the book synopsis: HHhH: “Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich,” or “Himmler’s brain is called Heydrich.” The most lethal man in Hitler’s cabinet, Reinhard Heydrich seemed indestructible—until two exiled »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Paris — Jason Clarke (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl”), Jack O’Connell (“Unbroken”), Mia Wasikowska (“Maps to the Stars”) and Jack Reynor (“Glassland”) are set to topline Cedric Jimenez’s “Hhhh,” a WWII-set drama depicting the meteoric rise and fall of Reinhard Heydrich in Nazi Germany.
Produced by Alain Goldman’s Legende Films (“La Vie en Rose,” “The Connection”) and Simon Istolainen’s Adama Pictures (“The Brats”), “Hhhh” will star Clarke as Heydrich, the highest-ranked Nazi officer who was considered to be the mastermind of the “Final Solution” and was assassinated by two resistance paratroopers (to be played by O’Connell and Reynor) in 1942.
The two paratroopers, who were Czech and Slovak-born, had been personally chosen by Winston Churchill and President of Czechoslovakia Edvard Beneš.
Pike will play Lina Heydrich, an aristocrat who was married to Heydrich and reportedly introduced her husband to the Nazi ideology. Wasikowska, meanwhile, will »
- Elsa Keslassy
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of "Crash" (on May 6, 2005), an all-star movie whose controversy came not from its provocative treatment of racial issues but from its Best Picture Oscar victory a few months later, against what many critics felt was a much more deserving movie, "Brokeback Mountain."
The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later. »
- Gary Susman
Chicago – As the Chicago Critics Film Festival (Ccff) – a film festival as programmed by the members of the Chicago Film Critics Association – heads into its last four nights, the variety and depth of the films that are being screened continues to astound and entertain. It all takes place at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, May 4 through 7, 2015.
HollywoodChicago.com contributors Nick Allen and Patrick McDonald have been sampling the best of the festival, and offer this preview of the final four nights of films. Each capsule is designated with Na (Nick Allen) or Pm (Patrick McDonald) – to indicate the author – or encapsulates the official synopsis from the festival.
’Quitters’ Screens on Monday, May 4th, at the Chicago Critics Film Festival
Photo credit: Chicago Critics Film Festival
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Since 1962, the James Bond franchise has come to define the spy genre, for good or ill. More broadly, every thriller and action film that comes out now either uses them as inspiration, or attempts to ignore or re-work the tropes that have come to be associated with the series.
Coming off the release of Kingsman: The Secret Service, and with the release of a new Bond film this year, now seems like the perfect time to take a look at a sample of the films which have been inspired by James Bond — either as homages, parodies or reactions.
The Ipcress File (1965)
Produced by James Bond producer Harry Saltzman as a more grounded alternative to the largesse of Bond, The Ipcress File is more concerned with the intricacies of real spy-work — the endless paperwork, »
The Connection (La French) Drafthouse Films Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: A- Director: Cédric Jimenez Screenwriter: Cédric Jimenez, Audrey Diwan Cast: Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lelloche, Céline Salette, Mélanie Doutey, Benoît Magimel Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 4/29/15 Opens: May 15, 2015 There’s a reason that users of illegal drugs are penalized for purchasing heroin, cocaine, and crack. If there were no users, there would be no distributors. The market would dry up, and the narcotics problem would go away. Here in the U.S. we have to face the fact that our users are responsible for the anarchy in Mexico, for the deaths of 60,000 [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
The May 1 release of Avengers: Age of Ultron marks the "official" start of the 2015 Summer Movie Season and with that in mind, it's only appropriate to offer up a look forward at what's ahead over the next four months. What is ahead over the next four monthsc Well, a lot of movies that cost a lot of money with a few smaller features mixed in for good measure, and as much as some of us may lament the fact studios have become so franchise focused, it's hard not to admit a desire to see some of these bigger features. As a means of whittling down the flock of films arriving over the next several months I've chosen to take a look at my 20 most anticipated, which does mean there are bound to be some titles I probably ought to mention, but didn't make the list for a variety of reasons. »
- Brad Brevet
London – Marking its first big French auteur pickup, David Garrett’s Mister Smith Entertainment will launch international sales at the Cannes Festival on “Un plus une,” the latest film from Academy Award-winning Claude Lelouch (“A Man and a Woman,” “Les Unes et les autres”).
Starring Jean Dujardin, who became the first French thesp to win a best actor Academy Award, for his performance in “The Artist,” “Un plus une” is produced by Lelouch, Samuel and Victor Hadida, and Marc Dujardin. The Hadida brothers’ Metropolitan Films, one of France’s biggest and most respected indie distributors, will release “Un plus une” in France on Dec. 9.
Mister Smith’s pickup also marks the first time an international sales company is handling a Lelouch title. Now in post-production, “Un plus une” knits many of Lelouch’s hallmarks since he broke through to fame in 1966, winning a Cannes Palme d’Or and two Oscars »
- John Hopewell and Leo Barraclough
Read More: Watch: Nothing Can Stop Jean Dujardin in 'The Connection' Trailer Employing a fun new marketing strategy, the Alamo Drafthouse has teamed up with the Odell Brewing Company to create a one-of-a-kind craft beer, inspired by the French film "The Connection." The beer, a limited batch brew, is meant to represent France. "It's going to be a really unique beer," said Bill Beymer, Odell's head brewer. Shot on 35mm and starring Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin ("The Artist"), "The Connection" has been called the "European flipside" to William Friedkin's "The French Connection." It's a crime thriller set in the 70s and inspired by the real-life story of Marseille magistrate Pierre Michel, who attempted to break up an infamous drug smuggling operation known as the French Connection. Read More: Madonna Banned From Alamo Drafthouse After Texting During '12 Years A Slave' Nyff Premiere »
- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
Every few years, a broad comedy catches France by storm, while causing barely a ripple in the U.S. Whereas Hollywood studio comedies tend to perform well in France, mainstream American moviegoers couldn’t be less interested in what makes the French laugh.
Los Angeles’ annual Colcoa French Film Festival is as good a place as any to sample a Gallic tickler. Given the event’s proximity to Hollywood — and the fact that many agents and industry pros scour Colcoa for fresh French talent — festival director Francois Truffart tends to favor polished, populist offerings over the more esoteric auteur fare featured at other Gallic film showcases.
“This year, we have a lot of comedy in the lineup,” Truffart tells Variety, unspooling such laffers as Anne Fontaine’s “Gemma Bovery” and Fanny Ardant starrer “Chic!” this week. “A few years ago, we opened the festival with Dany Boon’s fil, ‘Welcome to the Sticks. »
- Peter Debruge
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