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Good Time Gal: Barthes’ Sensible Remake of Flaubert’s Classic Novel
Few literary protagonists have reached the heights of notability as the infamous Madame Bovary, from the proto-feminist novel written by French author Gustave Flaubert in 1857. Examining the selfish and inevitably tragic actions of a discontented wife, the titular character is also rather hard to sympathize with considering a multitude of understandable yet frustrating actions. As many literary figures, she’s been resurrected for the big and small screen on multiple occasions over the decades, generally to troubled critical reception. Though Claude Chabrol’s 1991 adaptation is somewhat regarded as the definitive film version, this latest examination is the first to be directed by a woman, a detail being used as a selling point for tuning in. But even if you can ignore the fact that a notoriously bi-sexual French man originally penned the material inspiring this English language co-production, it »
- Nicholas Bell
Grimur Hákonarson’s Rams has picked up the Un Certain Regard prize at the 68th Cannes Film Festival.
Review: RamsINTERVIEW: Grimur Hákonarson
Following 2010’s Summerland, Icelandic director Hakonarson’s second feature centres on two estranged brothers who have to reunite to save their sheep during an outbreak of disease.
It proved a hot title for New Europe Film Sales, which sold the film around the world during the Cannes Marché, having sold French rights to Arp Selection before the festival.
As winner, Rams will be shown at the end of Cannes’ closing ceremony tomorrow (May 24).
Review: The High Sun
The Zagreb-born writer-director is best known for his 2002 feature Fine Dead Girls but has also had two shorts »
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Exclusive: Kurosawa shoots first ever French-language film.
Gourmet plays Stephane, a former fashion photographer obsessed with an old 19th century photography technique, said to have given eternal after-life to the souls of the people whose image it captured.
Rahim plays Jean, a new assistant, who quickly falls under the spell of Marie, Stephane’s only daughter and model. When Marie takes a mysterious fall one evening, the difference between image and reality becomes much harder to decipher.
Kurosawa’s first French language film, it is currently in post-production having shot earlier this year on the outskirts of Paris.
It is produced by Paris-based Michiko Yoshitake of Film-in-Evolution and Jérôme Dopffer Les Productions Balthazar are co-producing with Tokyo-based Bitters End, with the backing of Franco-German broadcaster Arte.
Kurosawa is in Cannes »
London – Marking its first big French auteur pickup, David Garrett’s Mister Smith Entertainment will launch international sales at the Cannes Festival on “Un plus une,” the latest film from Academy Award-winning Claude Lelouch (“A Man and a Woman,” “Les Unes et les autres”).
Starring Jean Dujardin, who became the first French thesp to win a best actor Academy Award, for his performance in “The Artist,” “Un plus une” is produced by Lelouch, Samuel and Victor Hadida, and Marc Dujardin. The Hadida brothers’ Metropolitan Films, one of France’s biggest and most respected indie distributors, will release “Un plus une” in France on Dec. 9.
Mister Smith’s pickup also marks the first time an international sales company is handling a Lelouch title. Now in post-production, “Un plus une” knits many of Lelouch’s hallmarks since he broke through to fame in 1966, winning a Cannes Palme d’Or and two Oscars »
- John Hopewell and Leo Barraclough
Frédéric Tellier’s intense thriller SK1 (L’Affaire SK1) stars Raphaël Personnaz, Nathalie Baye, Olivier Gourmet, Michel Vuillermoz and Adama Niane. SK1, named for the first serial killer identified through DNA analysis in France, is based on journalist Patricia Tourancheau’s book about the case, Guy Georges: La Traque.
Frédéric spoke with me about his upcoming project with SK1 producer Julien Madon, how Bertrand Tavernier's L.627 and Henri Verneuil's Mélodie En Sous-Sol (Any Number Can Win), starring Jean Gabin and Alain Delon, play a detective role, finding his Guy Georges, the nature of evil and the response of the inspectors involved in the case when they saw the film.
Baye is Maître Frédérique Pons, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
The Sauvage family in 40-Love (Terre Battue), portrayed by Olivier Gourmet, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Charles Mérienne build tennis suspense in the tradition of Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers On A Train. Stéphane Demoustier spoke with me about comparing the role of shoes in Paolo Virzì's Human Capital (Il Capitale Umano), working with Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, an equally "danger-free" experience to that Cédric Kahn had with them producing Wild Life (Vie Sauvage) and where the fascination with shopping malls originated.
Demoustier, who also co-wrote the screenplay (in collaboration with Gaëlle Macé), makes poignant choices with his debut feature in what he lays bare and what he leaves to our imagination. The when and how of people's communication is crucial and the mis-matched couple's state of mind »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Having worked with some of the best directors on both sides of the Atlantic - starting with Robert Wise and including François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Maurice Pialat, Claude Chabrol, Bertrand Tavernier, Steven Spielberg and even Guillaume Canet - Nathalie Baye comes to the 20th Anniversary of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in New York with Frédéric Tellier’s intense thriller SK1 (L’Affaire SK1), co-starring Raphaël Personnaz and Olivier Gourmet.
Convicted murderer Guy Georges (Adama Niane), known as the "Beast of Bastille" due to his 11th arrondissement hunting ground, brutally raped and killed seven women over a period of years in the 1990s before a complicated investigation led to his arrest.
Baye is Maître Frédérique Pons, the lawyer who agreed to represent the man nobody wanted to defend. She "doesn't believe in the Devil, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
This year's Rendez-Vous with French Cinema opens with Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni and Benoît Poelvoorde in Benoît Jacquot's 3 Hearts (3 Coeurs). Quentin Dupieux's Reality (Réalité) starring Alain Chabat, featuring Philip Glass’s Music With Changing Parts closes the festival.
There are first-rate performances from Mathieu Kassovitz and Céline Sallette (who also stars with Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lellouche and Benoît Magimel in Cédric Jimenez' The Connection (La French)) in Cédric Kahn's Wild Life (Vie Sauvage), Guillaume Canet in Cédric Anger's Next Time I’ll Aim For The Heart (La Prochaine Fois Je Viserai Le Coeur), Olivier Gourmet and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi in Stéphane Demoustier's 40-Love (Terre Battue), Adèle Haenel with Kévin Azaïs in Thomas Cailley's Love At First Fight (Les Combattants »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Paris –Pathe’s “Daddy or Mommy,” Wild Bunch’s “Do Not Disturb” and The Other Angle’s “Discount” will compete next week for one of Europe’s most valuable non-official crowns: the UniFrance Paris Rendez-vous Most Popular New Comedy.
Also in the running: Gaumont’s “I Kissed a Girl,” Kinology’s “Caprices,” EuropaCorp’s “Bis” and “Buddy Guards,” Studiocanal’s “Chic!”, Versatile’s “A trois, on y va,” “Valentin, Valentin,” from Sbs Productions, and TF1.’s Intl.’s “Boomerang.”
Having punched a robust first five-day $3.7 million through Jan. 4, Patrice Leconte’s “Do Not Disturb” opens Paris’ 17th UniFrance Rendez-vous with French Cinema, Europe’s biggest film mart after Cannes, Berlin, Venice, San Sebastian and Locarno.
Running Jan. 15-19, and screening an announced 86 French movies, 47 market premieres per UniFrance, the Rendez-vous will unveil a score-or-so of new comedies. With Rdv buzz helping to galvanize boffo sales and even double –or sometimes »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
9 items from 2015
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