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The Conquest - Movie Review

15 November 2011 9:12 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Denis Podalydès seems to be more like Nicolas Sarkozy than the president himself is this political tragi-comedy. Director Xavier Durringer.s political docu-comedy of French President Nicolas Sarkozy may be the best of the year. Reminiscent of the 2009 British political send up, .In the Loop,. .The Conquest. takes us into the backrooms of politics where the sausage is made. Although the film is nominally a work of fiction, it is based entirely on public documents and first person accounts. It is so thoroughly researched as to leave the average viewer shaking one.s head in wonderment. That is, if the viewer is not too busy laughing. This is a unique film, in that it is about a president »

- Ron Wilkinson

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Film: Movie Review: The Conquest

9 November 2011 10:04 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

American cinema has a long history of films that delve into the compromises of politics and depict ethically shaky lunges for power, frequently drawing on real people and real events. Xavier Durringer’s The Conquest (co-written with Patrick Rotman) transfers the template of the American-style insider-y political drama to present-day France, dramatizing the rise to power of current French president Nicolas Sarkozy. Denis Podalydès plays Sarkozy as a shrewd hustler, willing to change his positions for the sake of a vote, and perpetually catching his political opponents unprepared with his habit of telling them exactly what he’s thinking »

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The Conquest (La conquéte) starring Denis Podalydes – trailer review

29 October 2011 8:42 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

The Conquest (La conquéte)

Directed by: Xavier Durringer

Starring: Denis Podalydes, Florence Pernel, Bernard Le Coq

Rating: Unrated

Release Date: November 4, 2011 (limited)

Trailer Score: 7/10

Thoughts by Tsr: Not your typical political film. This cinematic take on the rise of Nicolas Sarkozy seems more satiric and tongue in cheek than other recent American and British political films, like W. or The Deal. He’s a controversial figure in international politics (as any G8 world leader is) and still in office so it seems odd to come at it from that angle. Also, the film seems to focus on the relationship Sarkozy and then wife Cécilia as much as his election campaign. You gotta love the French. Despite or because of the unusual take, I’m interested in this film. I have to wonder what Sarkozy thinks as well.

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- Megan Lehar

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Watch Nicolas Sarkozy Rise To Power In First Trailer For The Conquest

20 October 2011 2:36 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Today is a good day for French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Last night he and his wife, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, gave birth to a new daughter, the president's fourth child and first girl. Now, as though it's here to celebrate, we have the first trailer for The Conquest, a biopic about Sarkozy's rise to power. Check it out below or in HD over on Yahoo! This is kind of a strange trailer. While it does have its dramatic elements and people looking stressed out and grim, the music playing over the entire thing is so happy and upbeat that anyone who doesn't know about the movie might think that it's either a comedy or a parody (and for as much as I know about French politics it may be). Could this be the French equivalent of Oliver Stone's W.? The movie was directed by Xavier Durringer and stars Denis Podalydès, Florence »

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The Conquest movie trailer

19 October 2011 1:36 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Check out the trailer for The Conquest, starring Denis Podalydès, Florence Pernel and Bernard Le Coq. Xavier Durringer directs and adapts from a script by writer/documentary filmmaker Patrick Rotman. Political journalist Michaël Darmon served as writing consultant. The Conquest is a droll fly on the wall French drama about Nicolas Sarkozy's rise to power and was an Official Selection for the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. The day is May 6, 2007, France's run-up to the presidential elections. As the French people are getting ready to go to the polls to elect their new president, presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy has shut himself away in his home. Though Sarkozy soon knows he has won the election, he is alone, gloomy and despondent. For hours he has been trying to reach his wife, Cécilia but to no avail. The last five years unfurl before our eyes, recounting Sarkozy's unstoppable »

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The Conquest movie trailer

19 October 2011 1:36 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Check out the trailer for The Conquest, starring Denis Podalydès, Florence Pernel and Bernard Le Coq. Xavier Durringer directs and adapts from a script by writer/documentary filmmaker Patrick Rotman. Political journalist Michaël Darmon served as writing consultant. The Conquest is a droll fly on the wall French drama about Nicolas Sarkozy's rise to power and was an Official Selection for the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. The day is May 6, 2007, France's run-up to the presidential elections. As the French people are getting ready to go to the polls to elect their new president, presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy has shut himself away in his home. Though Sarkozy soon knows he has won the election, he is alone, gloomy and despondent. For hours he has been trying to reach his wife, Cécilia but to no avail. The last five years unfurl before our eyes, recounting Sarkozy's unstoppable »

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The Conquest Trailer

19 October 2011 8:22 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Music Box Films has released the first trailer for The Conquest, which opens in New York and Los Angeles on November 11. Click on the video player below for your first look at this drama centering on the 2007 French presidential elections.

Click to watch The Conquest Trailer!

The day is May 6, 2007, France's run-up to the presidential elections. As the French people are getting ready to go to the polls to elect their new president, presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy has shut himself away in his home. Though Sarkozy soon knows he has won the election, he is alone, gloomy and despondent. For hours he has been trying to reach his wife, C&#233cilia but to no avail. The last five years unfurl before our eyes, recounting Sarkozy's unstoppable ascent, riddled with in-party backstabbing, media manipulation, riots, sarcastic confrontations and extra-marital affairs. The Conquest chronicles the volatile right-leaning Sarkozy's startling rise to become »

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French Connection Mumbai: French films at 13th Mumbai Film Festival

10 October 2011 4:52 AM, PDT | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

Still from The Artist

The 2011 edition of Mumbai Film Festival can boast of a strong French connection. Not only does it include a strong line-up of French films in a special section, but it will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of Cannes Critics Week by presenting a retrospective of 25 films.

The special section called ‘Rendez-vous with French Cinema’ will be co-organized with the French Embassy in India and Unifrance. For those who remember, this is the fourth edition of the event in Mumbai which has been merged with the Mumbai Film Festival this year. The past three editions were held separately as film festivals. This section will bring to Mumbai some of the critically acclaimed contemporary French films which include The Artist by Michel Hazanavicius, The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Robert Guédiguian and Declaration of War by ValérieDonzelli.

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- Nandita Dutta

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13th Mff welcomes French artists for '4thRendez-vous with French Cinema'

7 October 2011 3:58 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

The 13th Mumbai Film Festival, a Reliance entertainment initiative is all set to welcome some of the best new French cinema and artists for the 4th edition of the Rendez-vous with French Cinema co-organized with the French Embassy in India and Unifrance. The festival will see renowned French cinema personalities such as Delphine Coulin, Muriel Coulin, Nassim Amouache, Martin Provost, Jose Alcala and Stephane Robelin amongst others in attendance. Jean-Raphael Peytregnet, Consul General of France said, "We are happy to be associated with the Mumbai Film Festival. The Mumbai Film Festival has certainly etched a place for itself, to be recognized as one of the best film festivals both in India and Internationally. The '4thRendez-vous with French Cinema' section will showcase some of the best new French Cinema, with the participation of some well-known French stars." The special section seeks to establish an exhilarating platform for showcasing the various facets of French contemporary cinema, »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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13th Mumbai Film Festival to focus on French films

21 September 2011 12:11 AM, PDT | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

The 13th Mumbai Film Festival will have France as the Country in Focus in its 2011 edition.

The festival will host a special section ’4me Rendez-Vous’, in collaboration with Unifrance, Embassy of France in India and Consulate General of France in Mumbai.

Films like The Artist by Michel Hazanavicius (2011), The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Roebert Guédiguian (2010), The Conquest by Xavier Durringer (2011) and Declaration Of War by Valérie Donzelli (2011) will be presented in this section.

“This year the country focus will be France, so you will have a large selection of French films… and we expect a large delegation of artists and filmmakers from France to attend the festival,” Amit Khanna, one of the trustees of the festival said in a press conference held on Tuesday.

The festival will also offer a special presentation by Lee Yong Kwan, director Busan International Film Festival who will present a selection of latest Asian films from Busan. »

- NewsDesk

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Cannes Deal Update: Music Box Acquires Sarkozy Drama The Conquest

1 June 2011 4:24 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Music Box Films has acquired all Us rights to Xavier Durringer's political drama The Conquest, about the ambitious political rise of French president Nicolas Sarkozy. Based on documents and first person interviews, The Conquest reveals Sarkozy's personal drive, backstage manipulations and emotional conflicts with rivals and family. In winning the highest political office, what did Sarkozy lose? Music Box plans an aggressive U.S. theatrical release in advance of the American presidential primary season. Music Box partners Edward Arentz and William Schopf closed the deal with Cecile Gagnet and Yohann Comte of sales company Gaumont. “The Conquest will give Us audiences a front row seat to France’s most popular political reality show," said Arentz. "And, more soberingly, it offers an appropriately cynical view of the international »

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Cannes 2011. Out of Competition. "Wu Xia," "Pirates 4," "Bollywood," More

19 May 2011 1:45 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Updated through 5/19.

Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, which opened the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday, already has its own entry, of course (and it's still being updated, too), but it's here that I'll collect all that's notably linkable related to the films in the Official Selection yet screening Out of Competition (excluding Special Screenings, which'll have their own upcoming roundup). We already have plenty on Jodie Foster's The Beaver here; and I'm sure Christophe Honoré's Beloved will warrant an entry of its own when it closes the Festival on May 22.

 

"Bursting with light and color, and a torrent of martial arts action both swift and savage (arguably the best that lead actor Donnie Yen has choreographed for years), Wu Xia is coherently developed and stylishly directed by Peter Ho-Sun Chan to provide unashamedly pleasurable popular entertainment," writes Maggie Lee in the Hollywood Reporter, where Karen Chu interviews Chan. »

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Review: La Conquête (The Conquest)

18 May 2011 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

What should have been a daring portrait of Nicolas Sarkozy's rise to power falls flat like a cold soufflé

Heralded as the French answer to Stephen Frears's The Queen, a daring portrait of Nicolas Sarkozy's rise to power, La Conquête (The Conquest) promised to shake up French cinema, no less. Teams of lawyers had to read the script for fear of legal retaliation. How audacious, how brave was the team behind the film, director-writer Xavier Durringer and the producers, the Altmeyer brothers.

La Conquête promised all but delivers little, and sadly falls flat like a cold soufflé. First of all, we don't learn anything new. No new insight, no daring hypothesis, no cunning analysis on the kind of political animal Nicolas Sarkozy is. Performances by Denis Podalydès, interpreting Sarkozy, and Bernard Le Coq, playing Chirac, may be tremendous, with all the right mimics, tics, grimaces and more importantly the perfect voice intonations, »

- Agnès Poirier

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Sarkozy Biopic Bores Cannes Thanks to Strauss-Kahn Scandal

18 May 2011 12:45 PM, PDT | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Getty French President Nicolas Sarkozy

Call it bad timing. As the evolving Dominique Strauss-Kahn Affair continues to eclipse Cannes Festival prime-time coverage on the French nightly news, the long-awaited biopic on President Nicolas Sarkozy, by French director Xavier Durringer was met with amused chuckles but tepid applause at this morning’s world-premiere screening.

Hyped as the first biopic ever shown while a President is serving  office, actor Denis Podalydes is remarkably convincing mimic of Sarko’s unstoppable Duracell rabbit image, »

- Lanie Goodman

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Cannes 2011. The Trailers So Far

9 May 2011 1:32 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Updated through 5/9.

Along with the trailer for Hong Sang-soo's The Day He Arrives, another's just appeared for Kim Ki-duk's Arirang. Both will be screening in Un Certain Regard and, if you're checking the entry rounding up all the current news on the lineup of the Official Selection, you'll see, first, that it's being continuously updated (as are the entries on Critics' Week and Directors' Fortnight), and second, another trailer: the one for Na Hong-jin's Yellow Sea. And of course, you've seen the trailers for Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life and Lars von Trier's Melancholia. Let's have a look at a few more.

Here's one for Joseph Cedar's Footnote:

And here's another and another.

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's The Kid with a Bike:

Update, 5/9: The Playlist has two clips.

Julie Leigh's Sleeping Beauty:

Nanni Moretti's We Have a Pope, with Michel Piccoli »

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Cannes 2011: The Conquest/La conquete Poster

27 April 2011 10:27 AM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Are you ready for some new images? I know you like to watch some nice pics while drinking your coffee and reading our reports, so here we are!

This time, Cannes again, and a fresh poster from the upcoming Xavier Durringer‘s project titled The Conquest, a movie that will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 18, Out of Competition. That’s exactly the same day of its release in French theaters.

As you already know, The Conquest focuses on French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s rise to power, telling in flashback, the story of his rise to power, kicking off in 2002 when Jacques Chirac wouldn’t appoint him as prime minister.

Delving into both his personal and political life, the film has drawn comparisons to ‘The Queen’ and ‘The West Wing’ and should be a juicy bit of drama. The project is written by Patrick Rotman, man best known »

- Fiona

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La Conquete Poster Mocks President Sarkozy

26 April 2011 8:31 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Nicolas Sarkozy is probably not pleased about a movie recounting his quest for power. He might be even less now that the official poster of La Conquête has been released. And it may offer some hints on the tone of the film.  The image is full of symbolism and mockery, the most obvious one being his small size - Sarkozy's detractors and almost everyone I know in France often make fun of his height. Perched on a very high stool, a metaphor for both his great ambitions and high functions, his head is cut off as if to say we don't need to see his face to know who it is. Check it out after the jump. The poster was designed by the English agency Creative Partnership, which has done the artwork for other political movies, including In the Loop, Armando Iannucci's Oscar-nominated black satire about Anglo-American foreign policy and the Iraq War. »

- Talia Soghomonian

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Cannes 2011. Lineup

21 April 2011 1:16 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Updated through 4/20.

Gilles Jacob and Thierry Frémaux announced that, out of 1715 submissions, 49 features from 33 countries have been selected in total for this year's Cannes Film Festival — four of them made by women, a record. 19 titles are lined up for the Competition so far, leaving room for surprise announcements from here on to the Opening Ceremony on May 11.

 

 

 

Competition

Pedro Almodóvar's The Skin I Inhabit. As noted yesterday, here's what Variety's Justin Chang had heard as of this past weekend: "In late March, it seemed that Almodóvar, a Cannes veteran who won prizes for All About My Mother and Volver, might skip the event altogether this year. Since 2004's Bad Education, the helmer has presented every one of his films in competition at the May fest, usually following a spring local release. The Sept 2 Spanish release date for The Skin That I Inhabit (which Sony Classics will release Stateside in »

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Cannes Film Festival 2011: Film Lineup: The Tree Of Life

15 April 2011 8:25 AM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

The Film Lineup for the 2011 Cannes Film Festival (Competition, Un Certain Regard, Out of Competition) has been announced. The 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival (le Festival de Cannes), ”founded in 1946, is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious film festivals. The private festival is held annually (usually in May) at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, in the resort town of Cannes, in the south of France…The President of the Jury is American actor Robert De Niro.” One of the surprises for the 2011 Cannes Film Festival is that “Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris opens the festival on May 11. The film’s all-star cast of Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Carla Bruni, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates, Gad Elmaleh, Léa Seydoux and Adrien Brody are expected to attend the Croisette to launch the festival. The film is being screened out of competition. Although the juries have not yet been finalized, »

- filmbook

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Lineup announced for the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival

14 April 2011 5:30 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

The complete line up for the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival, which takes place 11th – 22nd May, has been announced and this year seems like a less than stellar competition, with only a handful of serious competitors airing “in competition”. Although this year it seems the festival has decided to at least *try* and widen their horizons with a whopping four films directed by women!

Opening film (out of competition)

Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen) Closing Film

To be announced

In Competition

L’Apollonide – Souvenirs de la Maison Close (Bertrand Bonello) Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn) Footnote (Joseph Cedar) Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (Takashi Miike) Hanezu No Tsuki (Naomi Kawase) Le Havre (Aki Kaurismäki) The Kid with the Bike (Dardenne Brothers) Melancholia (Lars von Trier) Michael (Markus Schleinzer) Once Upon A Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan) Pater (Alain Cavalier) Polisse (Maiwenn) The Skin that I Inhabit (Pedro Almodóvar) Sleeping Beauty »

- Phil

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