11 items from 2013
As mainstream French films continue to lose market share to Hollywood pics at home, Pathe, one of Gaul’s biggest film production and distribution institutions, has laid off nine people and is planning to drastically reduce its lineup.
The pinkslips hit the distribution department at the Paris office. The international sales division and U.K. office were not affected by the layoffs.
Pathe will have released 20 movies by the end of the year and, according to French trade Le Film Francais, the studio is looking to reduce its distribution slate to 10 pics going forward and be more selective in its choice of French films.
While Pathe remains France’s No. 1 distributor in 2013, it was severely hit by the poor B.O. performance of higher-profile local pics such as Fabien Onteniente’s “Turf” (pictured above), Daniele Thompson’s dramedy “It Happened in Saint-Tropez” and Daniel Auteuil’s “Marius” and “Fanny,” adapted »
- Elsa Keslassy
It’s among France’s prestigious award films with a legacy dating back to 1937 (see entire wiki-list of winners) and it’s one that I’ve made a habit of predicting wrong. While this year’s batch of eight nominations excludes Claire Denis’ Bastards and includes Arnaud Desplechin’s Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian), I’d be tempted to say this is a two horse race between the best from Cannes. I’d be tempted to call it a second win for Abdellatif Kechiche (he claimed the prize for The Secret of the Grain back in ’07) but my horrible track record at predicting the prize means I’m second guessing the consensus and pointing towards Alain Guiraudie’s Stranger by the Lake as the possible winner (December 17th) for the Best Film Award. Look for the Best First Film noms to be mentioned shortly. Here are the eight: »
- Eric Lavallee
Wild Bunch Distribution awaits first figures to see whether controversy has impacted film’s performance at the box office.
Filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche may have declared he didn’t want Adèle: Chapter 1 & 2 to be released after a public bust-up with its co-stars over his directing techniques but it has been business as usual for the film’s French distributor Wild Bunch Distribution (Wbd).
The Palme d’Or-winning picture, also known as Blue is the Warmest Colour, opens on 300 screens across France tomorrow [Oct 9].
“We expect the film to seduce a wide audience in spite of its length (179 minutes) and it’s 12-certificate. Wherever it has played it has been hailed as a masterpiece. We’re aiming for at least 800,000 admissions,” Wbd chief Thierry Lacaze told ScreenDaily.
The ironies keep piling up alongside the dead bodies in the pacey and preposterous man-on-the-run thriller “The Prey.” Gallic helmer Eric Valette (“State Affairs”) invests this giddily implausible crime yarn with a propulsive sense of energy, much of it derived from Albert Dupontel’s impressively physical turn as a bank robber whose escape from prison sets off an unpredictable whirlwind of violent mayhem. A 2011 French release making a belated Stateside bow, the film seems unlikely to travel much farther but could snare quite a few fans as a vigorous VOD item; remake potential is considerable.
“I don’t do trust,” Franck Adrien (Dupontel) says more than once, and it serves not only as a handy bit of character description but a clue as to how to watch “The Prey.” Almost every character in this harrowing story — good, bad or somewhere in between — has at least one occasion to hide the »
- Justin Chang
With the advent of bullet-cam and the various slo-mo elements used as visual punctuation, American blockbusters often veer into muscle-bound, shoot-'em-up fantasy. Eric Valette's action thriller The Prey (La Proie), on the other hand, roots itself in the realm of the possible, if not always the plausible. Convicted bank robber Franck Adrien (Albert Dupontel) trusts the wrong man in prison, and soon his former cellmate, sex offender Jean-Louis Maurel (Stéphane Debac), has placed his wife and child in jeopardy, and is framing him for a string of teen killings. When Adrien breaks out of prison to protect his family, detective Claire Linné (Alice Taglioni) is pulled away from dismantling a crime family and charged with tracking him down. DNA evidence points to < »
If you were to just look at this U.S. trailer for “One Missed Call” director Eric Valette’s French action/thriller “The Prey”, you would swear it had nothing to do with the plot synopsis laid out below. But it’s the same movie. Which one is right and which one is misdirection? I dunno. I’m going with the synopsis, even if the trailer makes it look like some kind of caper/revenge film. They’re really selling the whole “The Fugitive” angle pretty hard, too. Nevertheless, it looks like a pretty cool movie, and putting a really attractive French policewoman on the poster with tight jeans and a belt buckle? Wow. Is this movie set in France or Texas? I dunno, but consider me intrigued. Franck Adrien (Albert Dupontel), a bank robber convicted of a heist and sentenced to six months in prison, shares a cell with seemingly weak Jean Louis Morel. »
French action thriller “The Prey” will be in select theaters nationwide June 7 thanks to Cohen Media Group. The film, directed by Eric Valette (“One Missed Call,” “Malefique”) will be a great fit for you if you’re a fan of “Taken;” it tells the story of a bank robber who has to catch a serial killer before it’s too late. Here’s more on “The Prey.” “Franck Adrien (Albert Dupontel), a bank robber convicted of a heist and sentenced to 6 months in prison, shares a cell with seemingly weak Jean Louis Morel. But once Morel gets released from behind bars, Adrien learns that Morel is really a sadistic serial killer [ Read More ]
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The Chase Begins: Valette’s Latest Shows Promise, Falls Short
French director Eric Valette, whose 2002 debut Malefique was an overbaked grindhouse misfire (even though it certainly didn’t lack in perverse flair), has made his most promising film yet with the poppy, pulpy and generically titled The Prey. While languishing in forgettable material since for some time now (including the English language version of One Missed Call), Valette still doesn’t transcend B movie trappings with this latest, but he manages to use his likeable lead in a slickly paced exercise stuffed with plenty of entertaining details to hold your interest.
We meet Franck Adrien (Albert Dupontel) in the middle of sexual interlude with his wife Anna (Caterina Murino), though we quickly realize that Franck is in prison and this is a conjugal visit. It turns out that Franck was responsible for a lofty bank heist, and he was never »
- Nicholas Bell
Title: The Prey (La proie) Cohen Media Group Director: Eric Valette Screenwriter: Laurent Turner, Luc Bossi Cast: Albert Dupontel, Alice Taglioni, Stéphane Debac, Sergi López, Nathacha Régnier, Serve Hazanavicius Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 5/29/13 Opens: June 7, 2013 One might guess that Eric Valette, who directs “The Prey,” was influenced by Tom Tykwer’s 1998 movie “Run Lola Run.” That one found a German woman needing to get a large sum of money to her boyfriend in twenty minutes before he robs a supermarket. “La proie,” as this film is called in its original French, does not follow the same concept but not since 1998 have I ever seen so [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
See the poster as well as new images from Cohen Media Group's The Prey, starring Albert Dupontel and Alice Taglioni. The film opens in New York on June 7th, under the direction of Eric Valette. Scripted by Laurent Turner and Luc Bossi, the story follows Franck Adrien (Albert Dupontel), a bank robber convicted of a heist and sentenced to six months in prison, who shares a cell with seemingly weak Jean Louis Morel. Not long after Morel’s release, it is revealed that Morel is a sadistic serial killer, and knows private details of Adrien’s life. Adrien must break out of prison, pursue Morel, and evade the most elite French police teams hunting him. »
Odd List Aliya Whiteley Feb 19, 2013
Covering 85 years of cinema, Aliya provides her pick of 25 stylish, must-see French movies...
I’m going to kick this off in best New-Wave style by pointing out that we should be praising each great director’s body of work rather than showcasing favourite movies in a list format; after all, France came up with the concept of the auteur filmmaker, stamping their personality on a film, using the camera to portray their version of the world.
Yeah, well, personality is everything. So here’s a highly personal choice, arranged in chronological order, of 25 of the most individualistic French films. They may be long or short, old or new, but they all have one thing in common – they’ve got directorial style. And by that I don’t mean their shoes match their handbags.
The Passion Of Joan Of Arc (1928)
There are no stirring battle scenes, »
11 items from 2013
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