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Annecy– Marion Cotillard is set to topline “Mal de Pierres,” a period romance drama directed by critically-acclaimed auteur Nicole Garcia and produced by Alain Attal’s Les Productions du Tresor, one of France’s top independent film companies.
An adaptation of Milena Agus’ eponymous novel set after WWII, “Mal de Pierres” (“Mal di pietre”) spans 20 years, following the destiny of a passionate, free-spirited woman who is in a loveless marriage and falls for another man.
A bestseller, the book has been translated in more than 15 languages.
Cotillard will play the leading role. Garcia co-wrote the script with her regular co-scribe, Jacques Fieschi.
“It’s a passion project for both Nicole and us,” Attal told Variety.” It’s a very romantic and intense story about a woman whose quest for absolute love is the essence of life, her ‘raison d’etre.’” Attal added that Cotillard was taken by the script, the »
- Elsa Keslassy
★★☆☆☆ Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney clambers back into the director's chair for the fifth time with Second World War comedy caper, The Monuments Men (2014). Heading up yet another ensemble cast, including Cate Blanchett, The Artist's Jean Dujardin, John Goodman and Bill Murray, Clooney plays Frank Stokes, an art historian at the Fogg Museum (based on the real life George Stokes who served in the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives, or Mffa division). With presidential blessing, Stokes takes it upon himself to gather a group of like-minded art enthusiast who must travel to Europe to project the world's treasures from the clutches of the Nazis.
- CineVue UK
Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, and boasting a stellar cast, The Monuments Men is released on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on 9th June from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and we’ve got an exclusive deleted scene for you to watch.
With George Clooney making a return to directing, as well as starring, he’s assembled a great cast that includes Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and Cate Blanchett
This incredible story focuses on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by United States President Franklin Delano Roosevelt with the seemingly impossible mission of going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. They find themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, risking their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements. »
- Dan Bullock
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
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Death Proof: Kurt Russell, in a genius bit of casting, is serial killer Stuntman Mike, in Quentin Tarantino’s wickedly funny and smartly teasing grindhouse pastiche [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Downfall: audacious German film about Hitler’s final days, and source of the gone-viral clip in which the insane leader raves to his subordinates [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Inception: Christopher Nolan’s brilliantly twisty film is always good for another viewing [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video] The Young Victoria: Emily Blunt is the English queen as a young woman, in love and not yet in mourning black [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Get Smart: cheerfully goofy, surprisingly James Bond-ishly exciting, but not so good »
- MaryAnn Johanson
With the Home Entertainment release of The Monuments Men on June 9th, we’ve got an exclusive chat with Jean Dujardin (who plays Jean Claude Clermont), and you’ll also know him The Artist and The Wolf Of Wall Street – he’s a talented fella! Check it out below where he talks about his character, what he likes to indulge in and a little further insight into that upcoming George Clooney chap…
Q: Could you tell us a little more about the character you play?
Jd: My character is Jean Claude Clermont. He is the Frenchman of the team. He is an art dealer who comes from Marseilles, and who then fled to London with his family. He’s recruited by the Americans to be part of this group of experts to retrieve the artworks that were looted by the Nazis. So this is somebody who doesn’t really want to go to war, »
- David Agnew
I tried to approach George Clooney's The Monuments Men, based on the book by Robert M. Edsel, without any pre-conceptions or expectations with an understanding from its subject matter that it would not be entertainment in the traditional sense. The story of a little known group of art experts and museum personnel who comprised the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program (Mfaa) during World War II does not lend itself to the usual action-packed combat epic.
The Monuments Men is not for those who are looking for action, as they will quickly become bored with its often slow-paced and at times seemingly disjointed storyline. It is, on the other hand, an important piece of filmmaking, as it relates the story of how a group of individuals, thrust into an environment with which they were extremely uncomfortable and awkward, without logistical support and initially unsupported by the combat troops with whom they shared the field, »
Drafthouse Films has acquired the Us distribution rights to Cédric Jimenez’s period crime thriller La French starring Jean Dujardin. A dazzling eight minute promo reel debuted at this week’s Cannes Film Festival, resulting in a prebuy bidding war for distribution rights in multiple territories. This deal marks the first collaboration between Gaumont and Drafthouse Films.
Marseille. 1975. Pierre Michel, a young magistrate with a wife and children, has just been transferred to help in the crackdown on organized crime. He decides to take on the French Connection, a mafia-run operation that exports heroin the world over. Paying heed to no one’s warnings, he leads a one-man campaign against mafia kingpin Gaetan Zampa, the most untouchable godfather of them all. The European flipside to William Friedkin’s The French Connection, Cédric Jimenez’s La French is also based on a true story.
- Michelle McCue
Jean Dujardin's upcoming crime drama "La French" has been picked up for U.S. distribution by Drafthouse Films. After all, who wouldn't want to own the rights for a film starring France's George Clooney? The film is based on the real events surrounding the famous heroin scandal that hit France in the 1970s. Dujardin stars as a judge presiding over a case against a large mob boss. Drafthouse Films will also be distributing Michel Gondry's fantastical "Mood Indigo." "La French," directed by Cédric Jimenez, is currrently in production. »
- Eric Eidelstein
Jean Dujardin had an opportunity to choose any number of roles to follow up The Artist, which won multiple Oscars, including Best Actor for Dujardin. Ultimately he decided to star in a crime thriller called La French, which has the movie world buzzing after eight astounding minutes of footage premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. A bidding war for the distribution rights quickly ensued, with Drafthouse Films beating out others for the chance to bring a movie many are calling a milestone in French genre filmmaking to theaters. See an image from La French below. Billed as the flip side to one of our all-time favorite crime thrillers, The French Connection, La French follows a young officer of the law who leads a one-man battle against a seemingly untouchable mafia...
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Overseas, Jean Dujardin is the coolest cucumber around. Domestically, however, despite a Best Actor Oscar, Dujardin is just another handsome French actor, albeit one who stole the show in The Monuments Men and The Wolf Of Wall Street. Thanks to Drafthouse Films, however, that's looking to change. Jean Dujardin's about to hit our shores in the Frenchiest French movie that ever Frenched, La French. Drafthouse Films has announced they've nabbed the domestic distribution rights for the actioner, which showcased an eight minute sizzle reel at Cannes. Drafthouse Films CEO and founder Tim League awesomely says, "One of our goals is to get young audiences excited about foreign language film... We combed the market and devoured the official selections. Nothing excited us more than La French." Foreign films are behind the eight ball: U.S. box office for the top five foreign films has declined by 61% over the last seven years, »
“One of our goals is to get young audiences excited about foreign language film,” says Drafthouse Films founder and CEO Tim League. “We combed the market and devoured the official selections. Nothing excited us more than La French.”
Cecile Gaget, head of Gaumont International, who negotiated the deal said “We want to launch ‘La French,’ a movie we consider to be a milestone in French genre cinema, with a director-friendly partner who understands how cool this movie is. We think Drafthouse Films is the perfect match.”
La French will be released in select theaters in 35mm along with a collection of vintage 35mm classic crime »
- Elsa Keslassy
The Cannes Film Festival is officially over, and while plenty of films that played the overseas cinema showcase have landed distribution, one film that got picked up didn't actually screen at the festival. In fact, Cedric Jimenez's period crime thriller La French, starring Oscar winner Jean Dujardin, only screened a reel with eight minutes of footage, and that was enough to spark a bidding war with Drafthouse Films coming out on top with distribution in multiple territories. This comes as Drafthouse Films pick-up of Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo from Cannes in 2013 heads to theaters this summer. So what's this movie? First of all, here's the Cannes Film Market poster and the first photo from La French: The film is basically the French side of The French Connection, with Dujardin as Pierre Michel, a young magistrate in the French police, with a wife and children, who's just been transferred »
- Ethan Anderton
Cedric Jimenez’s crime-thriller starring Jean Dujardin impressed in Cannes.
Director Cedric Jimenez’s period crime-thriller was in-demand in Cannes after debuting on promo.
Dujardin stars as a French police magistrate who spends years trying to take down one of the country’s most powerful drug rings.
Cecile Gaget, head of Gaumont Intl., said: “We want to launch La French, a movie we consider to be a milestone in French genre cinema, with a director-friendly partner who understands how cool this movie is. We think Drafthouse Films is the perfect match.”
Director Jimenez »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
This is the Pure Movies review of The Wolf On Wall Street, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Jon Bernthal, Jon Favreau, Jean Dujardin and Joanna Lumley. Written by Dan Higgins for Pure Movies. McConaughey beats his chest slowly, sporadically emitting sounds from his mouth as he performs a tribal upper body dance fuelled by cocaine, alcohol and who knows what else. Then DiCaprio joins in. Humming and beating their chests in unison. It’s a great scene. The framing, the performances, the dialogue, the action is compelling. It is Martin Scorsese at his best. It is his beating heart, as it were. »
- Dan Higgins
Despite the tepid expectations going into Cannes, the festival turned out to be prolific with deals. In the latest, Drafthouse Films acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Cedric Jimenez’s period crime thriller La French, starring Jean Dujardin. This was a pre-buy based on an eight minute sizzle reel shown at Cannes. The buzz on that reel also got Jimenez signed by Wme. It’s the first collaboration between Gaumont and Drafthouse Films. Alain Goldman and Legende Films produced the pic and Dujardin stars with Gilles Lellouche. Gaumont International head Cecile Gaget and Yohann Comte brokered the deal with Drafthouse’s James Shapiro and Tim League. La French takes place in the late 1970s in Marseille and is based on the true story of the judge who tried to stop the French Connection, one of the most powerful drug organizations of its time. The film spans Marseille, which was »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Drafthouse Films has acquired Us distribution rights to director Cedric Jimenez's period crime thriller "La French" starring Jean Dujardin. Billed as Europe's answer to "The French Connection," the film ignited a pre-buy bidding war after Gaumont Film Company unveiled eight minutes of promo footage at Cannes this year. It marks the first collaboration between Gaumont and Drafthouse Films. Here's the synopsis: Marseille. 1975. Pierre Michel, a young magistrate with a wife and children, has just been transferred to help in the crackdown on organized crime. He decides to take on the French Connection, a mafia-run operation that exports heroin the world over. Paying heed to no one’s warnings, he leads a one-man campaign against mafia kingpin Gaetan Zampa, the most untouchable godfather of them all.Based on a true story, "La French" was produced by Alain Goldman and Legende Films, and it could be Jimenez's -- not widely known in the Us -- stateside breakout. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Exclusive: In a competitive situatiom, Wme has signed writer/director Cedric Jimenez. Jimenez’s Cannes Festival film, the Jean Dujardin-starrer La French, was just picked up by Picturehouse Entertainment and Altitude Film Distribution for the UK. The film, which is repped by Gaumont Intl. and produced by Legende Films, is produced by Alain Goldman. Several U.S. distributors are circling it. Set in the late 70s in Marseille, La French is based on the true story of the judge who tried to stop the French Connection, one of the most powerful drug organizations of its day. The film crisscrosses between Marseille, which was the world capital of drug trafficking and the main supplier of heroin in the U.S., and NYC. Jimenez continues to be repped by Film Talents in France. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
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What's It About? This is a tight, strange little nail-biter about a pianist with stage fright (Elijah Wood) whose triumphant return to the stage is ruined by a nasty message scrawled among his notes. If he plays one wrong key, he will die! Will he be able to make it through his performance without hitting one wrong note?
Why We're In: Forget Frodo! This is a new side to Elijah Wood, and we're diggin' it.
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"3 Days to Kill"
What's It About? Kevin Costner stars as a CIA badass and aging father who's trying to juggle his last mission and making nice with his teenage daughter. Also, he's dying and is on the hunt for an experimental drug that could save his life. This movie can't make up its mind!
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- Jenni Miller
The stylish thriller, which is repped by Gaumont Intl. and produced by Legende Films, is based on the true story of magistrate Pierre Michel’s six-year battle to bring down a powerful drug ring.
“La French” marks the first joint acquisition between Picturehouse and Altitude.
Cecile Gaget, head of Gaumont Intl., who negotiated the U.K. deal, said: “The film clicked with buyers because it gives an ambitious and modern vision of ‘The French Connection’.”
“I wasn’t interested in making a big testosterone thriller, »
- Elsa Keslassy and Leo Barraclough
The Weekend Watch is an open thread where you can share what you’ve recently watched, offer suggestions on movies and TV shows we should check out (or warnings about stuff to avoid), and discover queue-filling goodies from other Fsr readers. The comments section awaits. I’ll get the ball rolling with the movies/TV my eyeballs took in this weekend. The Monuments Men has everything going for it on the surface — a relatively solid director and star in George Clooney, an incredibly strong supporting cast including Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin and Cate Blanchett, and a look at a fascinating slice of history few people know about — but it surprises by being incredibly dull in its execution. The film never feels as important as Clooney and friends believe it to be. Tone is a big part of the problem as the movie tries to be lighthearted and funny even as events suggest a different route »
- Rob Hunter
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