15 items from 2014
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne will be returning to Cannes this year with Two Days, One Night, their latest drama starring Marion Cotillard as a young woman assisted by her husband, who has only one weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses so that she can keep her job. Fabrizio Rongione and Olivier Gourmet co-star. Today, thanks to Thompson on Hollywood and The Playlist we have a batch of several pictures from the film along with a poster and the first trailer. The film is playing In Competition at Cannes and if you haven't looked over the list just yet you can find it right here. Check out the trailer, poster and more pictures below. »
- Brad Brevet
While we'll leave it to the experts to wager on what movie has the best shot at the Palme d'Or, you can't count out the Dardennes. They are two-time Palme winners, not to mention the numerous other awards they've picked up in the south of France, and their latest, "Two Days, One Night" looks like they'll have another shot. Here's the trailer in case you missed it, but if you're wanting more, a batch of new images has landed. Seemingly touching on some of the recent financial problems that have affected people at home and abroad, Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione and Olivier Gourmet star in the film that follows a young woman who has only one weekend to convince her colleagues they must give up their bonuses in order for her to keep her job. As you'll see in the pics, there is no shortage of tears, hugs and tough »
- Kevin Jagernauth
With a filmography spanning nearly 4 decades, Belgian filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have made a name for themselves in the international film community. With movies such as La Promesse, L’Enfant, and The Kid With a Bike, many were curious to see what the brothers would do next, anticipation that increased with the news that the duo was working on their first new feature since 2011. Titled Two Days, One Night, or Deux jours, une nuit, the film stars Marion Cotillard, Olivier Gourmet, and Catherine Salée. Ahead of the film’s premiere at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, the first trailer has been released, and can be seen below.
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- Deepayan Sengupta
With the Cannes lineup dropping early this morning, a first trailer has arrived for the Dardenne brothers' latest, "Two Days, One Night," starring Marion Cotillard as a woman who has a single weekend to convince her colleagues to forgo their bonuses so she can keep her job. The title's playing in competition, natch. Fabrizio Rongione and Olivier Gourmet also star. Sundance Selects has already scooped up Us rights, but no word yet on a release date. The French trailer is unsubtitled, but check it out nonetheless to get a sense of the look and feel of the film -- and Cotillard's performance, which looks superb. And for those of you French speakers, well, pas de problème. »
- Beth Hanna
Another Cannes Film Festival is upon us, and festival mainstays Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's are returning in 2014 with "Two Days, One Night." And if you know your French, the first trailer for the film here. And as per usual, the sibling directors are serving up what looks to be another powerful, slice of life tale. Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione and Olivier Gourmet co-star in the film that follows a young woman who has only one weekend to convince her colleagues they must give up their bonuses in order for her to keep her job. And quite frankly, this looks like a helluva showcase for Cotillard, and it seems the Dardennes are on the form we always expect from the directors — so yeah, this is one to keep an eye on at Cannes. Sundance Selects has the U.S. rights for the movie, but no release date has been set yet. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Tommy Lee Jones, Bennett Miller, David Cronenberg and Atom Egoyan will duke it out with Jean-Luc Godard, Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, Michel Hazanavicius and the Dardenne brothers for the Palme d’Or at the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival, which unveiled its official selection lineup this morning in Paris by fest topper Thierry Fremaux.
The wide-ranging competition slate is typically heavy on French filmmakers, with Olivier Assayas’ international co-production “Clouds of Sils Maria” and Bertrand Bonello’s fashion-designer biopic “Saint Laurent” joining Hazanavicius’ “The Search” and Godard’s 3D experiment “Goodbye to Language.” Fremaux noted that Godard, famously a no-show at the 2010 Cannes premiere of his “Film socialisme,” had “promised he’ll be there — which doesn’t mean he will!”
One of the more intriguing developments of this year’s competition is the unusual dominance of Canadian auteurs. »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
Hovering around the twenty-one to twenty-four feature film mark with at least a quarter of those films belonging to first time filmmakers, the Quinzaine des Realisateurs (a.k.a Directors’ Fortnight) has in the past couple of years, counted on a healthy supply of French, Spanish and Belgium produced film items, and has been geared towards the offbeat genre items as with last year’s edition curated by Edouard Waintrop and co. To be unveiled on the 22nd, as we attempted with our Critics’ Week predix, Blake Williams, Nicholas Bell and I (Eric Lavallee) are thinking out loud and hedging our bets on what the section might look like or what the programmers might be looking at for 2014. Here is our predictions overview:
- IONCINEMA.com Contributing Writers
Rebecca Zlotowski: "This maybe the film Grand Central - someone coming to this new dangerous masculine world and then be driven by desire." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Léa Seydoux and Tahar Rahim create electricity in Rebecca Zlotowski's precise and fiery Grand Central with powerful performances by Olivier Gourmet, Denis Ménochet and Camille Lellouche adding to the volatile mix.
Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers On A Train and Robert Bresson's Pickpocket come to mind as we meet Gary (Rahim) on a train to a place undisclosed and two noticeable cuts for Seydoux set the tone early - the cut of her shorts in Grand Central and the cut of her hair after the making of Abdellatif Kechiche's Blue Is The Warmest Colour.
Rebecca Zlotowski on scoring the film with her composer Rob: "It was a real challenge…" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Part prison one enters voluntarily, part futuristic neon-white belly of a nuclear whale, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Probably the closest the Belgian auteur siblings have ever gotten to a "mainstream" film (though its French language will ensure its place in arthouses, instead of multiplexes), Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's "Two Days, One Night" is notable not just for being the next effort from the usually flawless filmmakers, but also boasting a major name in the lead role, in what sounds like an unusually topical movie from the directors. Marion Cotillard stars in the movie, and the first images from flick have arrived. Fabrizio Rongione and Olivier Gourmet co-star in the film that follows a young woman who has only one weekend to convince her colleagues they must give up their bonuses in order for her to keep her job. It sounds like the Dardennes will be lending a commentary on the economic crises that have gripped Europe the past few years, in what already sounds like a potentially wrenching tale. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Deux jours, une nuit (Two days, One night)
U.S. Distributor: Sundance Selects
The Dardennes might have dropped “working” with kids, but are still obsessed with the “working” class. As was the case with Cécile De France (The Kid with a Bike), the brothers will do what they do best, straddle their viewers in and make their a-list starlet (Marion Cotillard) dissappear into her character. Two days, One night is what Cannes dreams are made of.
Gist: The film follows 30-year old Sandra (Cotillard) and her husband (Rongione) on their hunt across the city for colleagues prepared to sacrifice their bonuses so she can keep her job.
Release Date: Production began in June of last year, so this will receive a red carpet Main Comp showing »
- Eric Lavallee
Directed by Rebecca Zlotowski
Set against the imposing backdrop of a nuclear power station, Rebecca Zlotowski’s second feature is more a critique of France’s working class macho culture than the exploitative nature of the industry itself. The tremendous cooling towers dominate the screen like malignant remnants of the industrial age, but it is the young men themselves, unskilled, reckless and amoral, that appear to be the problem. Lured by the promise of easy money, they are happy to expose themselves daily to ‘the dose’ of radioactivity but show little respect for the danger this entails or for their fellow workers.
Grand Central focuses on Gary (Tahar Rahim) who, despite having a criminal past and no qualifications, impresses the other men with his casual intelligence, confident attitude and ability to ride a mechanical bull. Plant veterans Gilles (Olivier Gourmet »
- Rob Dickie
Director: Sophie Barthes
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Her Sundance preemed Cold Souls, a zany, wry and at times acidic wink to Being John Malkovich-like and homage to Woody Allen was an overlooked oddity that worked with discriminating tastes and received a chickpea sized reception. A long six years later, we hope that her sophomore portrait and take on an a French classic feels fresh and falls along the lines of what Wuthering Heights turned out like under Andrea Arnold’s guise. Re-teaming with her hubby dp Andrij Parekh, Madame Bovary will definitely look the part and hopefully with the Ezra Miller and Mia Wasikowska pairing will bring us characters occupying hazardous emotional spaces. »
- Eric Lavallee
Director: Arnold de Parscau
Writer: Benoit Delepine
Producers: Jpg Films, Nexus Factory, No Money Productions
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
This is Arnold de Parscau’s feature debut, based on a 2012 short film he directed of the same name. Besides a fantastic cast of Gallic greats, what’s even more exciting is that the screenplay was penned by Benoit Delepine, who has co-directed a number of brilliantly bizarre films with Gustave de Kervern, such as Mammuth and Le Grand Soir. We’re sure this will be equally offbeat as well as a notable title in the coming year. Here’s the trailer.
Gist: The story begins with a man waking up one morning in an open field, half-naked, with no memories of his mishaps of the previous day. As soon as he gets back to his hotel, »
- Nicholas Bell
Paris –Abdellatif Kechiche’s “Blue Is the Warmest Color” won the Cannes Palme d’Or. But the Wild Bunch-sold title has some serious competition at France’s Cesar Awards – the country’s equivalents of the Oscars.
Announced Friday by France’s Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences at the Fouquet restaurant on the Champs Elysees Friday, “Blue” scored in eight categories, two behind Gaumont’s “Me, Myself and Mum,” the directorial debut of Comedie Française-trained actor Guillaume Gallienne, which, having won two prizes at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight, broke out to a more than two million tix sales at the French box office, making it one of France’s only considerable hits of last year.
“Blue” and “Me, Myself and Mum” are two gems discovered at Cannes: »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
Acclaimed French scribe/helmer Regis Wargnier, who’s best known for his Oscar-winning “Indochine,” has teamed up with Sidonie Dumas’ Gaumont and Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh to bring Francois Bizot’s bestselling autobiographical novel “The Gate” to the big screen.
The French studio is co-producing, handling international sales and will distribute in France. Jean Cottin and Laurent Taieb at Les Films du Cap are producing with Genevieve Lemal at Scope Pictures and Rithy Panh at Bophana Prod..
The epic autobiographical drama features a strong French cast including Raphael Personnaz, who just won a Lumiere nod (Gaul’s equivalent to the Golden Globes) for his performance in Bertrand Tavernier’s “Quai d’Orsay,” and Olivier Gourmet (“The Kid With A Bike”).
“The Gate” stars Personnaz as a French ethnologist, Bizot, who was imprisoned in the Cambodian jungle by the tyrannical Khmer Rouge in 1971. For four months, Bizot was chained up and relentlessly interrogated by Douch, »
- Elsa Keslassy
15 items from 2014
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