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11 items from 2015


Venice Film Festival: Johnny Depp’s ‘Black Mass’ And New Works From Charlie Kaufman, Alexander Sokurov Expected At 72nd Edition

20 July 2015 10:07 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – With less than ten days to go before the Venice Film festival reveals its lineup, several high-profile U.S. studio/specialty titles appear to be secured, including Scott Cooper-directed Johnny Depp gangster drama “Black Mass,” from Warner Bros., and Luca Guadagnino’s Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton-starrer “A Bigger Splash, which Fox Searchlight is releasing stateside.

Also likely to be Lido-bound are Charlie Kaufman’s stop motion animation “Anomalisa” and new works from international heavyweight auteurs Alexander Sokurov, Amos Gitai, and Marco Bellocchio, as well as younger directors like Argentinian Pablo Trapero’s hot crimer “The Clan,” which Fox will release in Latin America.

Word on what pics will surface at Venice is more muted than usual this year, with artistic director Alberto Barbera believed to be making down to the wire decisions and several potential contenders, including Sean Penn-directed Liberia-set romance “The Last Face,” thought instead not to be ready. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Cannes Unveils 2015 Official Selection Lineup

16 April 2015 3:12 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Star-studded English-language dramas from Todd Haynes, Gus Van Sant, Denis Villeneuve, Justin Kurzel, Paolo Sorrentino and Matteo Garrone will vie for the Palme d’Or alongside new films by Valerie Donzelli, Jacques Audiard, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Jia Zhangke at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival, which unveiled its official selection lineup on Thursday.

While there are only two U.S. directors in competition — Haynes with “Carol,” a 1950s lesbian love story starring Cate Blanchett, and Van Sant with his suicide drama “The Sea of Trees,” pairing Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe — this year’s Palme race looks to feature more high-profile Hollywood talent than any in recent memory. Canada’s Villeneuve (“Prisoners,” “Enemy”) will bring his Mexican drug-cartel drama “Sicario,” with Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin, while Australia’s Kurzel (“The Snowtown Murders”) secured a Palme berth for “Macbeth,” his Shakespeare adaptation toplining Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. »

- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy

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Memento, Binoche board Bruno Dumont’s 'Slack Bay'

7 April 2015 2:49 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Ensemble cast features Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi; sales to launch at Cannes Marché.

Memento Films International (Mfi) has secured sales rights to Bruno Dumont’s Slack Bay (Ma Loute), co-starring Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi.

The quirky, dark comedy revolving around an investigation into a series of mysterious disappearances on the beaches of northern France.

The film follows Dumont’s Li’l Quinquin, the four-part TV series that premiered at Cannes in Directors’ Fortnight last year to rave reviews and marked a change in genre for the director of Cannes Grand Prix winners Humanité and Flanders. Some 1.4 million viewers watched the series when it was broadcast in France in September 2014.

Bruno Dumont’s brilliant and hilarious script is a breath of fresh air,” said Mfi sales chief Tanja Meissner.

“We’ve always loved Bruno’s cinema but Li’l Quinquin truly surprised us, becoming a cult »

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Memento boards Bruno Dumont’s 'Slack Bay'

7 April 2015 2:49 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Paris-based sales company, which recently handled Still Alice and Winter Sleep, set to launch sales at Cannes.

Memento Films International (Mfi) has secured sales rights to Bruno Dumont’s Slack Bay (Ma Loute), a quirky, dark comedy revolving around an investigation into a series of mysterious disappearances on the beaches of northern France.

The film follows Dumont’s Li’l Quinquin, the four-part TV series that premiered at Cannes in Directors’ Fortnight last year to rave reviews and marked a change in genre for the director of Cannes Grand Prix winners Humanité and Flanders. Some 1.4 million viewers watched the series when it was broadcast in France in September 2014.

Bruno Dumont’s brilliant and hilarious script is a breath of fresh air,” said Mfi sales chief Tanja Meissner.

“We’ve always loved Bruno’s cinema but Li’l Quinquin truly surprised us, becoming a cult item at once. We’re very excited to work on this project »

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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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