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On top of launching its mega studio, the Cite du Cinema, France is opening up public landmarks — from the insides of psychiatric hospitals, to schools, to factories — for filmmakers eager to go off the beaten path.
For years, big-name international helmers — including Martin Scorsese (with “Hugo”) and Quentin Tarantino (“Inglorious Basterds”) — visited France to capture a snapshot of monuments and landmarks before headijng to the U.K., Germany or Eastern Europe for the lion’s share of the shoot.
But now that the tax rebate for international productions is about to be raised to ¤10 million ($13 million), Olivier Rene Veillon, the Ile de France Film Commission’s managing director, predicts Gaul will soon be hosting longer shoots. He encourages filmmakers to explore locations and places that are not necessarily featured in postcards.
Besides the Louvre museum, Versailles and the Cite Universitaire campus, Paris and its suburbs contain multiple unusual sites open to filmmakers. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Paris — The Cannes Film Market is set to spotlight China’s emerging helmers with a Chinese Film Talents Fund Forum featuring six projects from newcomers.
Selected by Chinese sales shingle Champs Lis Intl., the projects that will be pitched include Wang Fan’s drama “Bejing Carmen”; Ma Kan’s 1944-set “Flower of Blusher”; Dai Vei’s romance “Four Lives in the Willow,” adapted from San Sha’s novel “The Girl Who Played Go”; He Ruibo’s comedy-fantasy “Missing Father”; Wu Hongwu’s action-comedy “Fight and Kill” and Dong Chengguang’s fantasy-actioner “Love Changes the World,” budgeted at $10 million — the selection’s most expensive project.
“Chinese cinema is gradually opening up to international,” said Cannes Market topper Jerome Paillard. “For many years, the only Chinese movies we got to watch were films that were banned at home, and today we’re finally seeing more and more directors eager to make movies »
- Elsa Keslassy
The 60th Sydney Film Festival has announced its 2013 lineup, which will open with Ivan Sen's "Mystery Road" and close with documentary "Twenty Feet From Stardom." The festival will run from June 5-16. "Mystery Road," which will screen as a world premiere, is an Outback-set murder mystery starring Hugo Weaving and written and directed by Sen. Among those screening in the Official Competition are "Only God Forgives," Sarah Polley's "Stories We Tell," Berlin Crystal Bear winner "The Rocket," and "The Broken Circle Breakdown." Films screening in Special Presentations include Noah Baumbach's "Frances Ha," David Gordon Green's "Prince Avalanche," the Australian premiere of "Before Midnight," and Michel Gondry's "Mood Indigo," among others. Check out the full festival program below. Opening Night The star-studded Opening Night Gala will be made even more special by the World Premiere of the Australian film "Mystery Road." Directed by AFI award-winning director. »
- Erin Whitney
Ah, Michel Gondry, how you continue to play with our minds with your clever twists on what we see and what we think we see. This is no sarcasm, this is pure praise, and it looks set to continue in this second trailer for Audrey Tautou-starring Mood Indigo. The Amelie stars in this charming-looking movie Romain Duris as Colin plus roles for Omar Sy, Jamel Debbouze and Gad Elmaleh that’s based on Boris Vian’s 1947 book “L’Ecume des jours” or “Froth on the Daydream” for those scrabbling for Google Translate.
It’s another romantic-based film, but Gondry’s films are all around the journey within the film itself and you’ll see almost instantaneously all the new, weird and wonderful contraptions that he’s put together. If you’re a fan of his films Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind and the Science Of Sleep, then you »
- Dan Bullock
- Ryan Adams
After interestingly taking on the subject of teenage friendships in 2012.s The We and the I, Michel Gondry . he who made both Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Green Hornet, somehow . reverted back to his French origins for an adaptation of Boris Vian.s wildly imaginative 1947 novel L.Ecume des jours, which translates to Foam of the Daze or Froth on the Daydream depending on who translates it. And beyond just having a Gondry-esque title, it seems as if the director was put on this planet specifically to bring these illusory images to life. Somehow there are even more enchanting images here than there were in Mood Indigo.s first trailer we showed you a few months back, and this one even has subtitles, even though it.s hard to read words while stars Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou are flying around in a mini-cloud spaceship thing. You »
Oscar-winning filmmaker Michel Gondry returns to theaters this year with Mood Indigo, which is his new testament to the power of imagination and love – in the face of life’s harsh realities – to rank alongside his previous critically-acclaimd features such as The Science of Sleep and, more famously, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Mood Indigo takes place in a surreal alternate reality, where Colin (Romain Duris) – the wealthy young inventor of “the cocktail-mixing piano” – falls in love with the woman named Chloe (Audrey Tautou), who is “the incarnation of a Duke Ellington tune.” However, after their wedding, Chloe becomes terribly sick due to a water lily that is growing inside her lung; thus, Colin’s commitment and creative spark is put to the test, in order for him to save his sweetheart’s life.
The Mood Indigo cast includes Omar Sy ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
StudioCanal has released the new trailer for Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo ("L'écume des jours"), starring Audrey Tautou, Romain Duris, Omar Sy, Gad Elmaleh, Philippe Torreton, Aïssa Maïga and Charlotte le Bon. The film is an adaptation of Boris Vian's international bestseller and is described as follows: In a world where you can travel around on a pink cloud or literally be swept off an ice-skating rink into a hole, Colin, a wealthy young man and inventor of the cocktail-mixing piano, wants to fall in love. With the help of his cook Nicolas and best friend Chick, he meets Chloe, the incarnation of a Duke Ellington tune. But soon after their wedding, Chloe falls ill. She has a water lily growing in her chest. Ruined by medical expenses, Colin resorts to increasingly »
After an opera adaptation and earlier cinematic efforts by Go Riju and Charles Belmont, Boris Vian’s supposedly unfilmable cult novel “Froth on a Daydream” has been adapted to the bigscreen as Michel Gondry’s often inventive but finally exhausting “Mood Indigo.” Gondry’s trademark do-it-yourself production design (“Be Kind Rewind,” “The Science of Sleep”) is given a big-budget showcase here, but the resulting yarn, about a rich man rendered penniless by his ailing g.f.’s need for flowers to stay alive, is emotionally stunted and lacks the requisite sense of tragedy. With Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou playing two iconic characters, initial local B.O. should be solid; offshore, “Mood” will be cooler.
Finally back on Gallic home turf after “The Green Hornet” and “The We and the I,” Gondry would seem the perfect filmmaker to adapt Vian’s work and bring to life such flights of fancy as the pianocktail, »
- Boyd van Hoeij
Paris -- What do a miniature mouse-man, a walking doorbell, a hall of rotating typewriters and a dining room table on roller skates have in common? You guessed it: They’re all part of Michel Gondry’s latest opus wackyus, Mood Indigo (L’Ecume des jours), adapted from Boris Vian’s famous novel of the postwar, jazz-loving, pipe-smoking, Saint-Germain-des-Pres epoque. Yet not only are these and many other handcrafted, stop-motion creations -- including guitar strings made of sunlight and a pair of shoes that hop around like puppies -- the major players here, but they are literally tossed together during
- Jordan Mintzer
Kanye West, Daft Punk and Chris Cunningham. A collaboration between those three would be mightily cool indeed and it looks like it might just happen. Daft Punk are currently busy promoting their upcoming album Random Access Memories ahead of its release next month and they've been discussing working with Kanye again after the rapper previously sampled them on his track "Stronger." However, the collaboration apparently won't appear on Random Access Memories, but rather on Kanye's next record, which he has started teasing in recent concert appearances. Adding to this circle of cool, Michel Gondry spoke to Rolling Stone and told them what he knew about the material they'd recorded. Reportedly, the long-time friend of Daft Punk met up with Kanye recently, who played him two songs he worked on with the electronic duo, and here's what he had to say about them. "One of them, I told him it sounded »
- Joe Cunningham
Next month Audrey Tautou will host the opening ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival, an honour only given to a select few. Is she finally overcoming the curse of her most successful film?
For someone as shy and discreet as Audrey Tautou, the next few weeks will be feel uncomfortably like putting her head above the parapet again, exposed to potshots from her Gallic critics.
On the other hand her British fans, who remember her as the pixie-faced heroine of The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain, one of the most successful French films of all time, can look forward to a feast after the famine.
Next month the film Thérèse Desqueyroux, an adaptation of the François Mauriac 1927 classic released in France last November, in which Tautou plays the title role of a repressed wife who poisons her domineering, misogynistic husband, will open in British cinemas.
Around the same time, Tautou »
- Kim Willsher
by Eddie Wright
Dark Horse Comics is pound for pound the best comics publisher in the world with super franchises like the "Hellboy" universe, "The Goon," the "Whedonverse," and "Star Wars" under its belt. They've also released Frank Miller's finest work (not published by Marvel or DC), and many new, cutting edge series and graphic novels. Dark Horse has more than proved its reputation as the biggest non-big two publisher, though it's yet to truly hit that Marvel movieverse or "Dark Knight" level of success at the multiplexes. The "Hellboy" flicks, "Sin City," "300," and "The Mask" were big but not Big. And we'll pretend the Pam Anderson vehicle "Barb Wire" never happened.
There are a number of great Dark Horse titles in various states of production including "R.I.P.D.," "Mind Mgmt," "The Goon," "Beasts of Burden," and others. Some of those could very well blow up the box office, »
- Splash Page Team
The We and the I, the latest feature film from Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Be Kind Rewind), is a glimpse at a bus ride home on the last day of school in the Bronx. Flirtations flicker, bullies torment, obnoxious guys are obnoxious and friends tease and giggle with each other.
There is not much of a constant adult presence in the movie (except for the bus driver, played by a real-life Mta driver), which leaves the teens to be themselves -- or at least however they want their peers to see them.
Gondry brought over his sketch of an idea for The We and the I to an afterschool program, The Point, after a screening of his movie Be Kind Rewind there. The kids he found through the program not only acted in the eventual film, but also collaborated on it. Indeed, most of the teenagers »
- Elizabeth Stoddard
French actress Audrey Tautou will host the opening and closing ceremonies for the 66th Festival de Cannes. Even though it is a largely ceremonial position that doesn’t hold any sway over what film will go home with the coveted Palme d’Or, Tautou is sure to be as Amélie-adorable as ever when she welcomes the awards jury, led by jury president Steven Spielberg, to the stage on May 15 at the famed Grand Théâtre Lumière.
Even though it’s been said that this year’s festival has a distinctly American vibe, with Spielberg leading the jury and The Great Gatsby »
- Lindsey Bahr
One of our most anticipated films of 2013, "Mood Indigo," is still without a U.S. distributor despite boasting the name of Michel Gondry in the director's chair, and a cast that includes familiar arthouse faces Audrey Tautou, Romain Duris and Omar Sy. So far, we've certainly been piqued by what we've seen -- a good serving of Gondry whimsy, combined with an adaptation of a beloved novel by Boris Vian -- and these five new clips certainly raise the stakes a bit more. Now, a warning -- there are no subtitles here, but they are all still worth a look, if only to take in the visuals on display. From our lead couple Colin and Chloe (Tautou and Duris), launching up into the sky, or looking out a glass walled limo, this is certainly Gondry in top, creative form. Even breakfast gets a distinct makeover from the filmmaker and perhaps most of all, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Tautou, who was present on screen and in person at last year's closing screening of the late Claude Miller's final film Thérèse Desqueyroux, currently appears in Michel Gondry's Boris Vian adaptation Mood Indigo (L'écume Des Jours) alongside Romain Duris and due for a French release this month.
Tautou and Duris also have hooked up again for Chinese Puzzle (Casse-tête Chinois) which is Cédric Klapisch's follow up to Pot Luck (L'auberge Espanol) and Russian Dolls with the same characters another 10 years on. It is due for French release in December.
Thierry Frémaux, Cannes artistic director, is set to reveal this year's official selection at a press conference in Paris on Thursday April 18 »
- Richard Mowe
Well, here's something nice. In an era where the music landscape is unpredictable at best, and soundtracks are increasingly pushed to digital-only release, the tunes for Michel Gondry's upcoming "Mood Indigo" are getting a nice spread on two discs. Not too shabby. Duke Ellington is the main player here, with four songs from the jazz legend making their way into the movie, and the rest is an interesting grab bag. Boz Scagg's "Lowdown" and Ray Shanklin's "Bertha's Theme" (which appeared in "Fritz The Cat") are here, along with The Lumineers' massively popular "Ho Hey" and a track by Mia Doi Todd (Gondry directed her video for "Open Your Heart" a couple years back). As for the actual score, it has been composed by Gondry's former Oui Oui bandmate, Étienne Charry, with Paul McCartney adding his bass on a few tunes, though the reported song by popular French chanteuse »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It looks like Omar Sy is ready to come to America. The French actor is already known to those keeping a pulse on international cinema, emerging as part of the comic duo Omar et Fred, he worked his way into the movies and broke through in a huge way with 2011's smash hit "The Intouchables," which managed to earn him a Best Actor at the Cesars, and roles in Michel Gondry's "Mood Indigo" and "X-Men: Days Of Future Past." And he's continuing to make an impression stateside, booking another role, though one quite different than his other more crowd-pleasing efforts. Sy is joining the previously reported Jason Clarke in "Traffic" writer Stephen Gaghan's next directorial effort, "The Candy Store." The film interweaves several storylines set against the underworld in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, and follows a former covert operative (Clarke), who discovers the organization he was dedicated to fighting »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Steve McQueen didn't make the list but Fassy still loves him (as do many of our contributors)Amir here, to bring you the first edition of Team Top Ten, a communal list by all of Film Experience’s contributors that will sit in for our regular Tuesday Top Ten list once a month. For our first episode, we’ve decided to rank the best new directors of the 21st century. These are all directors who have made their first film after 2000. (Short films, TV and theatre work didn’t render anyone ineligible. Only feature length fiction and documentary films were considered.)
I had a blast compiling the 18 lists of our contributors to arrive at the final ten because their submissions were incredibly eclectic and surprising. I’d made a bet with myself that Steve McQueen (Hunger, Shame) would top the list, and lo and behold, he failed to make the cut altogether, »
- Amir S.
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