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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
The actor posted a partial cast selfie to Instagram earlier today (on what also happens to be star Emma Watson’s 25th birthday) and the movie already looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun!
The only cast members missing are Emma Thompson who stars as Mrs. Potts, Gugu Mbatha-Raw who is playing Plumette, and Audra McDonald as the wardrobe Madame de la Grande Bouche. Rumours have been swirling that Oscar winner Jean Dujardin has been eyed for the role of Lumiere and we have to admit, that would pretty much be perfect casting. It was just confirmed »
- Rachel West
Pretty much the European flip side of The French Connection, real life, 70's set thriller The Connection, or La French as it is know in it's native France, sees Jean DuJardin as investigating magistrate Pierre Michel who puts his own safety to one side as he sets out to take down The French Connection, a mafia organisation that exports heroin out of Marseilles to the rest of the world, and it's leader Gatëan Zampa (Gilles Lellouche). This new international trailer promises a slick and incredibly tense throwback to the crime thrillers of the 1970's, helped immensely by being shot on 35mm, which gives it that really gritty feel. It's being a long since any movie has evoked the tone and feeling of that era's crime thrillers, and I have every feeling that The Connection won't fail to deliver. Released: 15th May (U.S.)/ 29th May (Irl/U.K.) »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Today, we’re pleased to debut four exclusive images from The Connection. The film is based on a true story and stars Jean Dujardin as a magistrate trying to bring down the most notorious drug smuggling operation in history: The French Connection. This operation was turned into a minor film in the 1970s you may have heard of; The Connection is the European side of that story. I’m fascinated by this film not only because of the plot, but by what it represents for Jean Dujardin’s career. He won the Oscar for Best Actor, but has stayed away from major roles in American pictures as opposed to his fellow French Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard, who has struck a balance between French features and American films. That’s not a criticism of Dujardin’s choices; simply an observation of how he’s gone in an unexpected direction. Check out The Connection images below. »
- Matt Goldberg
Two of director Philippe de Broca’s earliest renowned titles get new restorations and are available for the first time on Blu-ray, That Man From Rio (1964) and Up to His Ears (1965), the first two titles from a loose James Bond spoof trilogy featuring Jean-Paul Belmondo. Certainly ahead of his time, de Broca’s amusing adventure films are much more than the kind of lowbrow entertainment that would come to typify the genre known as spoof, and this became a notable inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones films, particularly 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Inspired by the adventures of Belgian cartoonist Herge’s Tintin adventures (which also provided the basis for a 2011 Steven Spielberg adaptation), a prized Amazonian statue is stolen from a Parisian museum. Three such statues left South American on an expedition that involved the late father of Agnes (Francoise Dorleac) and and two colleagues. Professor Catalan »
- Nicholas Bell
Since that Oscar win for The Artist, Jean Dujardin hasn't become as ubiquitous in Hollywood movies as we might have expected. Maybe Funny Or Die's sketch played out for real and he found himself pigeoned-holed and offered unappetising roles; maybe he was happy to stay local and moonlight in the likes of The Wolf Of Wall Street and The Monuments Men. Either way, he'll be back on our screens soon in The Connection, a taut Gallic policier that has a new trailer below. brightcove.createExperiences();There's a hint of Mesrine's stylised moodiness in there, underlined by the presence of Gilles Lellouche as the Fernando Rey to Dujardin's Gene Hackman. Lellouche is Neapolitan heroin trafficker Tony Zampa; Dujardin is Pierre Michel, the Marseilles magistrate trying to bring him down.It's the same tense terrain - and the same real-life case - that was tapped by John Frankenheimer's The French Connection »
The production and sales outfit, which has offices in Paris and L.A., is set to host a screening of Finnish hospital drama “The Replacements” at the confab. Set in the near future, the series centers on a nurse who falls in love with a man without knowing that he’s a clone created by her father to save her from a terminal blood disease. Produced by Matti Halonen and Miikko Oikkonen’s Fisher King, the 12-episode series has already been picked up Finnish broadcaster Nelonen.
Modeled on the U.S.’ fully integrated studios, Breton created Federation Entertainment in partnership with experienced execs and creatives, notably Alex Berger, a former Canal Plus senior exec, and French helmer-writer Eric Rochant, who are behind “The Bureau, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Read More: Watch: Nothing Can Stop Jean Dujardin in 'The Connection' Trailer Described as an "ultra-violent thriller," "The World Of Kanako" is headed to North America. Drafthouse Films has acquired the distribution rights to the film, fully expecting a controversy. Said Drafthouse COO James Emanuel Shapiro, "This movie is an all out depraved and constant assault on your morality and your senses and I loved every second of it." "Kanako" is based on a 2005 novel by Akio Fukamachi that was considered unfilmable due to its bloody narrative. The story centers on a former detective as he follows his missing daughter down a trail of sex, drugs and rock and roll violence. Director Tetsuya Nakashima previously helmed "Kamikaze Girls" and "Confessions." The film will screen in select theaters across North America and will be released on a variety of VOD platforms and digital, DVD and Blu-ray formats. Read »
- Elizabeth Logan
A stylish, 70’s-period crime thriller inspired by true events, it tells the story of real-life Marseilles magistrate Pierre Michel (Jean Dujardin) and his relentless crusade to dismantle the most notorious drug smuggling operation in history: the French Connection.
In his crosshairs is charismatic and wealthy kingpin, Gatean “Tany” Zampa (Gilles Lellouche), who runs the largest underground heroin trade into the States. Though the fearless and tenacious Michel, aided by a task force of elite cops, will stop at nothing–including boldly orchestrated drug raids, devastating arrests, and exacting interrogations–to ensure the crime ring’s demise, Zampa’s “La French »
- Michelle McCue
Drafthouse Films will release The Connection on May 15, a film probably best described as the French cousin to William Friedkin's classic The French Connection as it sets out to tell a story based on the same true events, only this time from the across the pond. Set in Marseille, 1975, the story focuses on Pierre Michel (Jean Dujardin), a young police magistrate with a wife and children, who's 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. Not paying heed to any warnings, he leads a one-man campaign against Mafia kingpin Gaetan Zampa, the most untouchable godfather of all. But Pierre Michel soon discovers that to get results he will have to change his methods. Cedric Jimenez directs with Gilles Lellouche, Celine Sallette and Beno?t Magimel co-starring. Check »
- Brad Brevet
Read More: Tokyo Film Festival Review: French-Language Crime Flick ‘The Connection’ Starring Jean Dujardin Fans of William Friedkin's "The French Connection" will have the opportunity to relive the glory days of the crime drama when Drafthouse Films releases"The Connection" this May. Directed and co-written by Cédric Jimenez, "The Connection" explores the European perspective on the notorious real-life French Connection heroin smuggling scheme, which served as the inspiration for Friedkin's iconic 1971 film. Oscar-winning actor Jean Dujardin ("The Artist") stars as Pierre Michel, a French magistrate who embarks on a relentless crusade to dismantle the most notorious drug smuggling operation in history. His efforts lead him to Gatean "Tany" Zampa (Gilles Lellouche), a charismatic and wealthy kingpin who runs the largest underground heroin trade between Europe and the United States. With its Scorsese-esque camerawork, a sultry »
- Zack Sharf
This year's 19th Colcoa French Film Festival will run April 20-28 at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles. Colcoa will open with the North American Premiere of Yann Gozlan's thriller "A Perfect Man," starring Pierre Niney and Ana Girardot, who starred in the creepy French TV series "The Returned." The festival will close its competition on Monday, April 27th with "White Soldier," a drama written and directed by Erick Zonca, and a still-secret feature announced opening day. Colcoa's first-ever Television program will include "Blue Pills," a drama directed by Jean-Philippe Amar, Dante Desarthe's dramedy "Ponzi's Scheme" and "Danbé, Head Up," a drama directed by Bourlem Guerdjou. Watch: Jean Dujardin Is the French Popeye Doyle in "The Connection" Trailer Three more TV series will premiere at Colcoa: "Chefs" (Season 1), a drama co-developed and co-written by Arnaud »
- Ryan Lattanzio
On behalf of Drafthouse Films we are excited to share the new trailer for The Connection, the action-packed European flip side to The French Connection. The film stars Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin and was Directed and co-written by Cédric Jimenez. This exciting new thriller hits stateside cinemas this summer, arriving on May 15th!
The Connection was entirely shot on 35 mm and is shows the complete opposite side to William Friedkin's masterpiece starring Gene Hackman. A stylish, 70's-period crime thriller inspired by true events, it tells the story of real-life Marseilles magistrate Pierre Michel (Jean Dujardin) and his relentless crusade to dismantle the most notorious drug smuggling operation in history: the French Connection. In his crosshairs is charismatic and wealthy kingpin, Gatean "Tany" Zampa (Gilles Lellouche), who runs the largest underground heroin trade into the States. Though the fearless and tenacious Michel, aided by a task force of elite cops, »
The Franco-American Cultural Fund on Tuesday announced the line-up for 19th Colcoa French Film Festival, set to run in West Hollywood from April 20-28.
The event will kick off with the North American Premiere of Yann Gozlan’s thriller A Perfect Man (pictured) starring Pierre Niney and Ana Girardot and close with a yet-to-be-announced feature and the international premiere of Erick Zonca’s television competition selection White Soldier.
The expanded nine-day event will showcase a record 68 films, of which three are world premieres, seven international premieres, 14 North American or Us Premieres and 16 West Coast premieres.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
With a classic style and plenty of intensity, the full theatrical trailer for the French crime thriller The Connection has just arrived, and it's simply excellent. Touted as the European side to the American classic The French Connection, the foreign film was picked up by Drafthouse Films to get a limited release this summer, and once you see this trailer for the film starring Oscar winner Jean Dujardin, you'll see why the cinephile distribution house wanted to get as many people to see it as possible. This looks like the kind of crime thriller they don't make anymore, with a vibe that calls back to the 70s filmmaking. Watch below! Here's the new trailer for Cédric Jimenez's The Connection, originally from Yahoo: You can still watch the previous red band teaser trailer for The Connection right here. The Connection (also known as La French) is directed by Cédric Jimenez »
- Ethan Anderton
We have a Beauty (that would be Emma Watson). We have a Beast (that’d be Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens). We also have Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Kevin Kline as Belle’s father, Maurice, and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts.
Can we all agree that whoever is casting Disney’s upcoming live adaptation of Beauty and the Beast is absolutely Nailing it? We don’t want to step on any toes, but we have a few suggestions for the rest of the cast:
Jean Dujardin as Lumiere
Dujardin was born to play the charming French candelabra. We literally cannot think of anyone who is more perfect for this part. And it’d be a good return to U.S. cinema, after mostly French films following his Oscar win for The Artist.
Gary Oldman as Cogsworth
A couple of actors immediately came to mind Cogsworth -- Nathan Lane has the »
It's somewhat amazing to realize that the release calendar for March 2017 is now complete with four different tent poles. The next (and potentially final) "Wolverine" is slated for March 3,* Legendary Pictures will bring forth their version of the King of the Apes in "Kong: Skull Island" on March 10, "Divergent" will end its cinematic run with "The Divergent Series: Allegiant - Part 2" on March 24 and, surprise, Walt Disney Pictures' live action "Beauty and the Beast" will now open on March 17. Can you guess which one will garner the most attention? *A Hugh Jackman movie opening less than two weeks after the Oscars? It didn't work for "Chappie," but, boy that would be an incredibly convenient time for him to host again, wouldn't it? On Monday, Walt Disney Studios confirmed "Beauty's" release date and the impressive cast which had leaked to the press over the past few months. Emma Watson will play Belle, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Le Chapitre Français: Jimenez’s Satisfactory Take on Famed Drug Smuggling Operation
Within the glut of cinematic dramas and thrillers contending with drug smuggling operations and underworld criminal organizations, epically administered and otherwise, Cedric Jimenez’s sophomore feature, The Connection (aka La French) may not appear to be anything special. And the truth of the matter is, it really isn’t, except for the fact that it’s loosely related to the long spanning series of drug related operations referred to as ‘the French Connection,’ which, of course, inspired William Friedkin’s iconic 1971 film The French Connection (which won Best Picture and spawned a John Frankenheimer directed sequel). Sporting an impressive production value and a handsome cast, Jimenez definitely gets the look and feel right, as far as our expectations are calibrated for how these things go. And yet, there’s something innately underwhelming about all this, and though Jimenez is, »
- Nicholas Bell
In the years since his Academy Award-winning performance in Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist, actor Jean Dujardin has had the opportunity to work with some brilliant American filmmakers - including Martin Scorsese and George Clooney. He has not left behind his roots, however, and his next big release comes from his native home in France. This film is The Connection, and you can watch its badass red band trailer below: Based on a true story, The Connection centers on Pierre Michel (Jean Dujardin), a French investigator who worked to dismantle the notorious drug smuggling operation known as The French Connection back in the 1970s. Along with his task force of expertly trained police officers, he sets his sights on taking down Gatean "Tany" Zampa (Gilles Lellouche), the kingpin of the operation. As precisely planned and executed as Michel's strikes are, the heroin-dealing criminal is constantly able to evade his grasp. »
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