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Michel Hazanavicius, the helmer of Oscar-winning “The Artist,” “Oss 117” and “The Search,” is a leading figure of the French film industry, as well as an outspoken advocate for social/political issues and civic liberties. Hazanavicius, who has a taste for burlesque comedy and provocative satire as shown in Jean Dujardin starrer “Oss 117,” penned a razor-sharp open letter to Isis explaining it can’t defeat France’s epicurean lifestyle and values.
Here are some excerpts:
Daechois, Daechoises (Daech is a word for Isis):
So that’s it, it’s official, you are at war against us. What’s frustrating is that you wear no uniform or distinctive sign so we don’t know how to identify you, and we therefore have no one to fight against.
Frustration which I hope won’t lead to wrong accusations.
Even if every death represents for you a victory, you must know that you »
- Elsa Keslassy
Gaumont is rolling off a stellar American Film Market, having closed major pre-sales on Pixar-style toon feature “Ballerina,” period biopic “Monsieur Chocolat” with Omar Sy and Jean Dujardin starrer “Up For Love.”
One of Europe’s most ambitious animated feature projects, “Ballerina,” which marks the first animated feature produced by Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou and Nicolas Duval at Quad Films (“Intouchables,””Heartbreaker”), pre-sold to eOne in the U.K., Videa in Italy, Belga/uDream in Benelux, Idc for Latin America, Monolith in Eastern Europe, Volga in Russia, A Contracorriente in Spain, Ascot Elite in Switzerland, Pan Cinema in South Korea and Odeon in Greece. Sales were inked following a private screening of a 40-minute cut of the film held on the eve of the Afm in Los Angeles.
- Elsa Keslassy
Three years ago Jean Dujardin became the first French actor ever to win a Best Actor Oscar, for The Artist. That charming film, meticulously designed in the style of a late-1920s black-and-white silent film, was transformed from an ingenious stunt into something more by Dujardin’s brilliance as a swashbuckling Hollywood star circa 1928. A pastiche performance, yes, particularly paying homage to Douglas Fairbanks, but nonetheless one with delicacy and emotional depth. Few Americans heard of him before The Artist’s sleeper triumph. Fewer still of its writer-director Michel Hazanavicius. Yet they were already something of a signature creative duo in France, on the basis of two movies that got just moderate arthouse exposure in the U.S. but were big commercial hits abroad. Some of us who had seen them enjoyed The Artist very much—but semi-guiltily still preferred the brassier, vulgar, laugh-out-loud joys of Oss 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006) and its sequel, »
To celebrate the release of The Connection, out on DVD now, HeyUGuys are giving 2 lucky winners the chance to win a copy of the DVD. The Connection follows young investigating magistrate Pierre Michel (Jean Dujardin) who arrives in Marseille, a city riddled with organised crime, in 1975 with his wife (Céline Sallette, House Of
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To celebrate the release of The Connection, out now on DVD, What Culture are giving 2 lucky winners the chance to win a copy of the DVD.
The Connection follows young investigating magistrate Pierre Michel (Jean Dujardin) who arrives in Marseille, a city riddled with organised crime, in 1975 with his wife (Céline Sallette, House Of Tolerance, Rust and Bone, Marie Antoinette) and children. He sets to work tackling the French Connection, a mafia organisation that exports heroin around the world. Despite protests from his family and colleagues, he sets his own safety aside to embark on a personal crusade against Gaëtan Zampa (Gilles Lellouche, Little White Lies, The Players, Point Blank), the iconic underworld figure and untouchable godfather of the French Connection. But as he delves deeper into the case, Pierre realises his old methods no longer apply.
A blend of style and intensity, The Connection is a visually stunning »
- Laura Holmes
Director: Cédric Jimenez
Running Time: 135 minutes
Based on true events, The Connection might make you think of Friedkin’s much lauded 1971 thriller, The French Connection—and you’d be right. This is the European side of the story, the so-called ‘French connection’ or production of heroin in Turkey, sent to the States via France in the ’70s. It’s an intriguing glimpse into the murky crime syndicates which lie beneath the sparkling, crystalised veneer of sunny Mediterranean glamour.
- Claire Joanne Huxham
Cedric Jimenez‘s The Connection is a handling of a scenario touched upon from an American perspective in William Friedkin’s classic 1971 film The French Connection. A nicely mounted production peppered with several visually arresting moments and fine attention to period detail doesn’t have the same powerful draw as the earlier title. Unfortunately, Jimenez’s film often feels a bit too derivative by today’s standards of true crime epics. A great cast, headlined by Jean Dujardin and Gille Lelouche are reason enough to give the title a look, while it’s mid-July theatrical release (following mostly positive reviews out of the premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival) yielded mild box office.
- Nicholas Bell
Read More: Watch: Charlie Kaufman Explains Why Making Movies 'Sucks' (Tiff Talk) Legendary French filmmaker Claude Lelouch has had a career that's spanned more than five decades and that has earned him the Palme d'Or at Cannes and two Academy Awards. Currently 77 years old and turning out new movies mostly every other year, Lelouch descended on the Toronto International Film Festival with his latest romance, "Un Plus Une," starring Oscar winner Jean Dujardin opposite Elsa Zylberstein and Christopher Lambert. Dujardin stars as Antoine, a charming and successful Parisian film composer who jets off to India to work on a Bollywood adaption of "Romeo & Juliet." On his first night there, he attends a dinner in his honor hosted by the French ambassador (Christophe Lambert). Although he attend these kinds of tedious affairs all the time, Antoine ends up seated beside the ambassador's wife, Anna (Elsa Zylberstein), whose curious personality catches his. »
- Zack Sharf
[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. Today's pick, "The Connection," is available now On Demand. Need help finding a movie to watch? Let TWC find the best fit for your mood here.] Read More: Exclusive: Jean Dujardin's Methods Aren't Quite Legal In Clip From Crime Drama 'The Connection' Magistrate Pierre Michel (Jean Dujardin) — the "French cowboy," as he’s known around Marseilles, France — enacted illegal surveillance techniques and filed false arrest reports in his obsessive pursuit to link kingpin Tany Zampa (Gilles Lellouche) to the famous French Connection drug trade. Now standing in Zampa’s nightclub, he doesn’t know he also lost his wife and kids (though only for a brief time). As he stares down his target through a mirrored door, the blaring disco lights cast a pitch-black shadow across the left side of his face, further »
- Nick Romano
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
Disney is once again, after a reasonable hiatus, back in the business of princesses. Since the studio’s surprise success and subsequent exploitation of Frozen, the Mouse House seems destined to resurrect all their classic animated female characters in a manner resembling Marvel’s superhero line-up. After the empty and muddled special-effects spectacles that were Alice in Wonderland and Maleficent, the proposition of »
- TFS Staff
Paramount Pictures has acquired the worldwide rights to Charlie Kaufman‘s “Anomalisa” following its screening at the Toronto International Film Festival. The stop-motion film was co-directed by Kaufman, known for writing “Being John Malkovich” and “Adaptation,” and Duke Johnson, who has worked on animated projects like “Mary Shelley‘s Frankenhole” and “Moral Orel.” Kaufman also wrote the script. The film follows a depressed motivational speaker (David Thewlis) who meets an enigmatic woman (Jennifer Jason Leigh) during a speaking engagement. Also Read: Toronto: Jean Dujardin Talks Love, Success and 'Artist' Co-Star Uggie The film raised over $400,000 on Kickstarter. It premiered at the 2015 Venice Film. »
- Joe Otterson
Oscar-winning actor to return for comedy sequel.
Jean Dujardin has returned to the beaches of the South of France for a reprise of one his most popular French-language characters, the hapless surfer Brice.
Brice 3, a sequel to the 2005 comedy hit The Brice Man (Brice de Nice), kicked off a 10-week shoot in Nice on Sept 14, which will also set down in Bordeaux, Paris and Thailand.
The production reunites Dujardin with James Huth, who directed the original film, as well as his old co-stars Clovis Cornillac and Bruno Salomon in the roles of fellow wannabe surfers Marius de Fréjus and Igor d’Hossegor.
Dujardin, who originally developed the big screen character of Brice from one of his comedy sketches, co-wrote the screenplay with Huth. French comedian and writer Christopher Duthuron also collaborated on the adaptation and dialogue.
The actor - who won an Oscar, Golden Globe and Bafta for The Artist in 2012 - is currently garnering critical acclaim »
Jean Dujardin has worked steadily since he won the Oscar for Best Actor in 2012 for his role in “The Artist,” but few of his subsequent parts have been as memorable as his new one, in Claude Lelouch’s lyrical “Un Plus Une.” The film had its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this week. As a film composer whose playboy ways take a hit when he finds himself drawn to the wife of a French diplomat in India, Dujardin brings abundant charm but also depths of sadness to Lelouch’s moving romantic comedy. He answered TheWrap’s questions through a translator. »
- Steve Pond
Jean Dujardin is slipping back into yellow T-shirts, baggy black pants and floppy blond wig to play Brice de Nice, the hapless wannabe surfer who's always ready with a good burn and searching for the perfect wave. The first film, 2005's Brice De Nice, was a massive success in France and set Dujardin on his way to superstar status — he followed it up with the Oss series of 007 spoof films and then won an Oscar for The Artist. Brice 3 has just started shooting in the south… »
Exclusive: String of deals on Claude Lelouch feature following Tiff world premiere.
UK sales outfit Mister Smith Entertainment has inked a string of deals on Oscar-winning director Claude Lelouch’s romance, Un Plus Une, following the film’s world premiere in Toronto on Friday (Sept 11).
Deals have closed in Israel (United King), Switzerland (Ascot Elite), Baltics (Acme), Turkey (Aqua Group), Croatia, Slovenia and Serbia (Blitz), Greece (Odeon) and Middle East (Jaguar).
Oscar-winner Jean Dujardin (The Artist) stars alongside Elsa Zyblerstein and Christophe Lambert in the story of a successful composer who falls in love when he travels to India to work on a retelling of Romeo and Juliet.
Cast and Metropolitan Films producers Samuel and Victor Hadida were in Toronto for the film’s debut screening.
Un Plus Une will release in France on December 9.
Mister Smith’s David Garrett said: “We are honoured to be presenting the latest work from such an iconic filmmaker with such »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
With five life partners and seven children under his belt along with a vast film oeuvre of surpassingly Gallic fluffiness, Claude Lelouch is back to let us know he’s still a fool for love. Well, loves to be exact, and the more, and more tortured, the merrier. “Un plus une,” a slow-burning, cheerfully retro romance between two strangers in a shamelessly exorcized India, should have considerable appeal for older audiences, depending on whether they rate Lelouch as a hopeless romantic or a hopeless misogynist working under cover of worshiping the opposite sex.
Let it be said that Lelouch’s lively co-writer is a woman, Valerie Perrin, and even the director has a quizzical eyebrow slightly raised at his own vanities here. But he also means every word of it, and if (like this critic in early adolescence) you judged “A Man and a Woman” the last word in lovelorn weepies, »
- Ella Taylor
Passage Over India: Lelouch’s Romantic Dramedy an Overstuffed Pilgrimage
French auteur Claude Lelouch, now well into his seventies, maintains a prolific career, striding through a sixth decade of filmmaking. However, the director, who scored his greatest successes following the inception of the New Wave with 1966’s A Man and a Woman, a simplistic love story which took home the Palme d’Or and the Foreign Language Oscar, continues a dismaying practice of busybodied narratives gone haywire with his latest effort, Un plus Une (the masculine and feminine form of ‘a’). While his masterpiece is widely regarded as the 1981 musical epic Les uns et les autres (known in the Us as Bolero), a decades spanning, multicultural wonder, it also represents a tidemark of ambitious narrative scope often repeated since but with little success (including an inhibited 1986 sequel to A Man and a Woman). Starring two notable French stars, both overall »
- Nicholas Bell
Exclusive: Here’s a clip from Oscar-winning French director Claude Lelouch’s Un Plus Une, the romantic drama that has its world premiere tonight in the Special Presentation section at the Toronto Film Festival. Fellow Oscar winner Jean Dujardin (for The Artist) speaks in this one, playing a successful film composer who falls in love when he travels to India to work on a Bollywood retelling of Romeo And Juliet. Elsa Zylberstein plays his love interest, and Christopher… »
Read More: The 2015 Indiewire Tiff Bible: All the Reviews, Interviews and News Posted During The Festival Over four days, registered Toronto International Film Festival delegates can hear talent from this year's biggest films talk about their movies with the staff of Indiewire. Guests include talent behind some of the year's most acclaimed films, such as Cannes sensation "Son of Saul," and some of the Tiff's most anticipated premieres, like Michael Moore's "Where to Invade Next." All of Indiewire's 2015 Tiff Talks will take place at Glenn Gould Studio at 250 Front St W. The schedule is as follows. Be sure to show up early to claim a seat! Saturday, September 123:15pm - 3:45pm: "Son of Saul," featuring director Lazlo Nemes. Moderated by Eric Kohn.3:45pm - 4:15pm: "Un Plus Une," featuring director Claude Lelouch and stars Jean Dujardin, Elsa Zylberstein and Christopher Lambert. Moderated by Dana Harris. »
- Zack Sharf
Though last year’s two biggest stars, Robert Downey, Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch, are nowhere to be found on the official, confirmed list of stars attending this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, you can’t say that Toronto will be left wanting in terms of star power.
Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, and Kevin Bacon will be in town promoting their Boston-set crime flick, Black Mass, in co-star Cumberbatch’s absence. Also, though Iron Man won’t make it up north for the Festival, Marvel’s Kate Mara (Fantastic Four) and Sebastian Stan (Captain America) will be backing up Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon, and Chiwetel Ejiofor on the red carpet for this year’s undisputed big ticket, The Martian. Jake Gyllenhaal will also be on-hand in support of Tiff's opening film, Demolition.
There is also a large contingent of Hollywood legends also heading to Toronto this year, including Michael Caine, »
- Sasha James
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