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Omar Sy Starrer ‘Dr. Knock’ Sells Widely for TF1 Studio (Exclusive)

TF1 Studio has closed a bevy of pre-sales to key territories on Lorraine Levy’s “Dr. Knock,” a French film starring Omar Sy as a hustler-turned-doctor.

The film, which is now in production, has sold to Germany, Austria (Wild Bunch), Switzerland (Pathe), Spain (Filmax), Greece (Seven Group), Portugal (Lusomundo), Russia (Top Film), Israel (New Guys), Middle East (Empire), Latin America (California Filmes), Hungary (Vertigo).

The film, based on Jules Romains’ 1923 satirical play “Knock ou le Triomphe de la médecine,” follows a charming man who travels to a small mountain village in the 1950s, determined to make his fortune as a doctor. He starts diagnosing everyone he sees with an illness, real or imaginary. Because of his charisma, Knock becomes popular and successful in the village, subsequently provoking jealousy from some folks, including a someone reminding him of his shady past.

Comparing it with Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s “Amelie,” Sabine Chemaly, who
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WTFilms Boasts Sales On Terrorism-Themed ‘Inside The Cell’ (Exclusive)

Nicolas Boukhrief’s “Inside The Cell,” the gripping Paris-based terrorism thriller whose theatrical release was pulled in the aftermath of the Nov. 13 attacks in the French capital, is set to travel to a flurry of territories.

After hosting a market premiere at the Afm, WTFilms – the Parisian sales company headed by Dimitri Stephanides and Gregory Chambet — has sold “Inside The Cell” (“Made in France”) to China (Quik E), Belgium (Cineart), Latin America (California), Turkey (Mars) and Greece (Odeon), among other territories.

The company is showing the film on Jan. 15 at the UniFrance Rendez-Vous in Paris which kicks off today.

Lensed before the Charlie Hebdo attacks a year ago, the thriller follows a journalist who infiltrates a terrorists cell in Paris and befriends four aspiring Jihads who plot a deadly assault in the French city.

The release of the film, whose posters displayed a large Kalashnikov against a picture of the Eiffel Tower,
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Gaumont’s 'Heartstrings' pulls sales

Exclusive: Violin prodigy Alix Vaillot [pictured] stars as a musician battling blindness.

Gaumont has been pulling in sales on Michel Boujenah’s touching drama Heartstrings, starring French violin prodigy Alix Vaillot as a young musician battling blindness, ahead of its official roll-out at the Afm. Other cast include Charles Berling and Pascal Elbe.

The film has sold to Japan (Kino Films), Canada (Az Films) and Korea (Woo Sung). A deal to Germany and Switzerland (Ascot Elite) was announced over the summer. “It’s rare to get a Japanese pre-sale on a script for a French film,” comments Gaumont’s deputy head of international sales Yohann Comte.

The comedy-drama – based on Pascal Ruter’s best-seller Le Coeur en Braille – is in the vein of this year’s French box-office hit La Famille Bélier, adds Comte. Vaillot plays a young girl with musical aspirations, battling her parents’ plans to put her in an institution for the blind. Such a move
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Afm: Gaumont’s 'Heartstrings' pulls sales

Exclusive: Violin prodigy Alix Vaillot [pictured] stars as a musician battling blindness.

Gaumont has been pulling in sales on Michel Boujenah’s touching drama Heartstrings, starring French violin prodigy Alix Vaillot as a young musician battling blindness, ahead of its official roll-out at the Afm. Other cast include Charles Berling and Pascal Elbe.

The film has sold to Japan (Kino Films), Canada (Az Films) and Korea (Woo Sung). A deal to Germany and Switzerland (Ascot Elite) was announced over the summer. “It’s rare to get a Japanese pre-sale on a script for a French film,” comments Gaumont’s deputy head of international sales Yohann Comte.

The comedy-drama – based on Pascal Ruter’s best-seller Le Coeur en Braille – is in the vein of this year’s French box-office hit La Famille Bélier, adds Comte. Vaillot plays a young girl with musical aspirations, battling her parents’ plans to put her in an institution for the blind. Such a move
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Blu-ray Review: Lorraine Levy’s ‘The Other Son’ Transcends Cultural Boundaries

Chicago – Remember that episode of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” where Rob and Laura Petrie become convinced that the baby they took home from the hospital is not their own? Imagine if they were right and that 18 years had passed before they came to this crushing realization. And imagine if the birth parents weren’t a kindly black couple, and instead the Petrie’s sworn enemies?

That’s what occurs, more or less, in Lorraine Levy’s deeply moving French drama, “The Other Son,” in which two sets of parents—one Israeli, the other Palestinian—learn that they’ve been mistakenly raising each others’ child. Instead of devolving into a knee-jerk melodrama where speechifying compensates for character depth, Levy’s film unfolds into a warmly humanistic, richly empathetic portrait of families learning to transcend the boundaries of their culture. Since Levy is neither Israeli nor Palestinian, she’s able to bring a clear-eyed,
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The Other Son Movie Review

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Title: The Other Son (Le fils de l’autre) Cohen Media Group Director: Lorraine Lévy Screenwriter: Lorraine Lévy, Nathalie Saugeon Cast: Emmanuelle Devos, Pascal Elbé, Jules Sitruk, Mehdi Dehbi, Areen Omari, Khalifa Natour, Mahmoud Shalabi Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 9/5/12 Opens: October 21, 2012 The other day I posed a question to myself. Osama bin Laden, like hundreds of millions of fellow Muslims, believed that Christians and Jews and most people in the West are infidels. Let’s imagine that bin Laden had been born in Paris of parents who are both French Catholics. What would his religion be? Catholic, of course. Conclusion? What a person believes theologically depends on geography [ Read More ]
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Quentin Tarantino to Receive Honorary César Award

The nominations for this year’s César Awards (France’s Oscar equivalent) has been announced. In addition the awards ceremony has also chosen Quentin Tarantino as the recipient of the ceremony’s honorary award. Alain Terzian, the president of the Académie des arts et techniques du cinéma announced at a press conference this morning confirmed that the director would be present to ick up his award in person.

It is also worth noting that there are three American movies among the seven nominees for Best Foreign Film: Inception, The Social Network and perhaps the biggest surprise, Invictus.

The 36th edition of the Césars will take place on February 25 in Paris.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

Best Movie

L’arnacoeur by Pascal Chaumeil

Le nom des gens by Michel Leclerc

The Ghost Writer by Roman Polanski

Tournée by Mathieu Amalric

Des Hommes et des Dieux by Xavier Beauvois

Gainsbourg
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First online French Film Festival by Unifrance from Jan 14-29

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Indian viewers can now enjoy a festival of French films on the internet for a small fee. The Unifrance agency, which promotes French cinema abroad, is breaking new ground internationally for it is organising the first edition of online fest MyFrenchFilmFestival from January 14-29.

The selected films can be viewed via video-on-demand for a charge of €1.99 (Rupees 120 approx.) per feature outside France (where the price is aligned with national VoD sites) with the exception of Latin America and Russia where access will be free. Pacs systems are also offered.

The films will be available in ten languages (German, English, Arabic, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Russian; there will also be a Korean version on the website of partner KT) and the website includes film trailers and interviews with the directors and actors.

There are some top-quality flicks in the feature film selection, including Nassim Amaouche’s Goodbye Gary
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Montreal World Film Festival 2010 Awards

Hans Van Nuffel's Oxygen. The Montreal World Film Festival winners were announced on Sept. 7. Feature Films Grand prix des Americas: Oxygen (Adem) by Hans Van Nuffel (Belgium/Netherlands) Special Grand Prix of the jury : Dalla Vita In Poi (From The Waist On) by Gianfrancesco Lazotti (Italy) Best Director ex-aequo: Limbo by Maria Sødahl (Norway/Sweden/Denmark/Trinidad and Tobago) TÊTE De Turc by Pascal Elbé (France) Best Actress : Eri Fukatsu for the film Akunin (Villain) by Lee Sang-Il (Japan) Best Actor : FRANÇOIS Papineau for the film Route 132 by Louis Bélanger (Canada) Best Screenplay: De La Infancia (From Childhood) by Carlos Carrera, screenplay by Silvia Pasternac, Fernando Leon, Carlos Carrera (Mexico) Best Artistic Contribution : Venice (Wenecja) by Jan Jakub Kolski (Poland) Innovation Award: Tromper Le Silence (Silence Lies) by Julie Hivon (Canada)   Short Films : 1st prize : El Vendedor Del AÑO (Salesman Of The
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