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7 items from 2015


Cannes: New Movies From Pixar, Woody Allen Expected at 68th Film Festival

26 March 2015 11:55 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There are still three weeks to go before the Cannes Film Festival unveils its official-selection lineup, but so far, the latest Pixar 3D animated extravaganza and new films from Woody Allen, Todd Haynes, Jeff Nichols, Denis Villeneuve and Arnaud Desplechin appear to be securing their positions in the event’s 68th annual edition (May 13-24).

In keeping with his longtime habit of avoiding festival accolades, Allen will likely receive an out-of-competition berth for his 45th feature, “Irrational Man,” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone (who starred in the director’s “Magic in the Moonlight”). Among other U.S. fare, Cannes will get an early start on the summer blockbuster season with Disney/Pixar’s feature toon “Inside Out,” marking a second trip to the Croisette for director Pete Docter (who co-helmed with Ronaldo Del Carmen) after his “Up” opened the festival in 2009. As already announced, George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road, »

- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy

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And the Cannes line-up is…?

26 March 2015 4:05 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Gazing into the crystal ball, Screen rounds up its Cannes predictions.

With the unveiling of Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection now exactly three weeks away buzz over the titles that Thierry Fremaux and his team will select for the 68th edition is hitting fever pitch.

Official teaser announcements have started to roll this week, led by the confirmation on Wednesday that George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road would premiere in an Out of Competition screening on May 14.

Earlier the week, Cannes unveiled its poster featuring Ingrid Bergman to mark the centenary of the late big screen’s birth and it was announced that Stig Bjorkman’s documentary Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words would show in Cannes Classics as part of the commemorations.

For the rest of the Official Selection, except perhaps the opening film which is traditionally revealed in advance, Cannes watchers will have to wait for the announcement press conference in Paris on April »

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The Conversation: One Never Cannes Tell… 2015 Cannes Film Fest Predictions

9 March 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

With the world’s most prestigious film festival just around the corner, cineastes have been lasciviously salivating about what’s going to show up at Cannes, with wish lists appearing almost immediately after Berlin (a fest that had one of their most impressive line-ups ever) announced their awards. The remainder of the 2015 fest circuit looks to be a plentiful, diverse porridge, with many of the world’s most renowned auteurs’ sporting brand new titles. While many prognosticators will be sharing the same lists, more or less, hopes are incredibly high for a handful of sure bets, and a gaggle of hopefuls. The main competition always seems easier to postulate, though Thierry Fremaux always throws a few curves, (After the Battle in 2012, The Hunt in 2013 or last year’s Timbuktu, which won the Cesar for Best Picture recently, are a couple ready examples of under-the-radar titles).

Italy seems primed for saturation at the fest. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Buzz About the Cannes Lineup Hits Berlin

9 February 2015 10:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Even before the Berlin festival is over, and the Oscars remain under wraps, the thoughts of many executives have turned to Cannes.

At this stage, the selectors of Cannes different sections have seen very little, so there is no such thing as a certainty.

Following some of the chatter and looking at which films might have the right credentials comes up with a strongly international selection for Thierry Fremaux and his team to choose from.

From Europe, two-time Grand Prix-winner Matteo Garrone’s period fantasy-horror, “The Tale of Tales,” seems a likely competition contender, with Salma Hayek and Vincent Cassel heading the cast.

Fellow Italian, and previous Palme d’Or-winner Nanni Moretti, has “My Mother” (aka “Mia Madre”) while Paolo Sorrentino’s Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel-starrer “Youth” (aka “La Giovinezza,” aka “In the Future”) is also a strong competition contender.

Buzz is strong for “The Lobster,” the English-language »

- Patrick Frater

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Memento sells Giannoli’s Marguerite worldwide

26 January 2015 2:54 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Paris-based sales agent does good business at Unifrance Rendezvous.

Memento Films International is reporting good sales on French director Xavier Giannoli’s upcoming Marguerite, starring Catherine Frot as an aspiring opera singer with a terrible voice.

The period drama – inspired by the real-life tale of the world’s worst soprano Florence Foster Jenkins – revolves around Marguerite Dumont, a wealthy 1920s chatelaine who believes she has a wonderful voice.

“Distributors were immediately impressed with the footage we showed, Catherine’s performance is outstanding and direction and photography are remarkably beautiful,” said Tanja Meissner, Mfi’s head of international sales and acquisitions

In Europe, the film has sold to Benelux (Imagine), Switzerland and Lichtenstein (Praesens Films), Poland (Kino Swiat), Spain (A Contracorriente), Germany (Concorde), Portugal (Alambique) and Hungary and Romania (Ads Service).

In Asia, it has been picked for Hong Kong and Macau (Edko), Japan (Kino Films), Taiwan (Maison Motion) and Korea (Green Narea).

Other territories include Israel »

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‘Belier,’ Wild Bunch Promo, ‘Daddy or Mommy’ Highlights at 2015 UniFrance Rendez-vous (Exclusive)

20 January 2015 4:47 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris – Snd French blockbuster “La Famille Belier,” a Wild Bunch promo reel and a new Pathe comedy “Daddy or Mommy” proved highlights at a packed 17th UniFrance Rendez-vous with French Cinema – 600 foreign distributors attended, up 9% vs. 2013 – which had begun to spark first deals by its wrap on Monday.

“Caprices,” “The Tournament,” “Fidelio” and “Memories” proved other sought-after or buzz titles. Yet others, projects or movies in production or post, were pitched with an eye to further pre-sales at Berlin’s European Film Market.

Inevitably, the Charlie Hebdo massacre played out over the French film mart. Sales co Kinology received 45 petitions in the five days after the slaughter from distributors, festivals and TVs, all requesting the French documentary “Cartoonists: Foot Soldiers of Democracy,” by Stephanie Valloatto: Either for the whole film or extracts. Playing out of competition at Cannes, “Cartoonists” was added to the Rdv’s screenings line-up. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry »

- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #34. Xavier Giannoli’s Marguerite

8 January 2015 7:30 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Marguerite

Director: Xavier Giannoli // Writer: Xavier Giannoli

French director Xavier Giannoli has previously helmed five features, two of them playing in competition in Cannes, including perhaps his best known work, The Singer (2006, starring Cecile de France) and 2009’s In the Beginning. He’s also premiered in Venice, with his last feature, 2012’s Superstar, which also headlined Cecile de France. He’s now working with one of France’s most accomplished and underrated actresses, Catherine Frot, last seen in Us theater in 2013 with The Weinstein Company’s distribution of Haute Cuisine. Known mainly for her comedic talents, she’s equally mesmerizing in dramatic fare, such as Safy Nabbou’s Mark of an Angel and Denis Dercourt’s The Page Turner. Giannoli is directing her in Marguerite, a 1920’s period piece based on the life of Florence Foster Jenkins, otherwise known as the world’s worst soprano (although she though rather the »

- Nicholas Bell

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