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Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's new film Two Days, One Night premiered at Cannes in May and has already opened in several European territories and while it will be playing the Toronto Film Festival in September, it will be hitting UK and Ireland theaters this coming Friday. Meanwhile, Sundance Selects has yet to set an official Us release date. As such, the film is getting some additional promotion across the pond and Artificial Eye has released a new clip from the movie featuring star Marion Cotillard as she plays Sandra, a woman who returns to work after suffering from depression to find out that her colleagues have chosen to take a bonus at the expense of her job. She has just one weekend to change their minds. Olivier Gourmet co-stars. Watch the clip below. yt id="MLA_fovLifw" width="640" »
- Brad Brevet
★★★☆☆Rebecca Zlotowski's Grand Central (2013) arrives in UK cinemas this week after bagging the Prix François Chalais at Cannes last year. Zlotowski again anchors her film with the naturalism of Léa Seydoux after working together on her debut film, 2010's Belle Épine. With the backdrop of a nuclear power plant in Austria, Grand Central focuses on the plant's workers and their itinerant existence in a campsite close by. Into this closed community comes Gary (Tahar Rahim), a young man looking for a fresh start and a surrogate family. Taken under the wing of Gilles (Olivier Gourmet) and Toni (Denis Ménochet), Gary appreciates the dignity of hard labour and the comradeship of his fellow colleagues.
- CineVue UK
After making waves in one of last years best films, Blue Is The Warmest Colour, Lea Seydoux is once again finding herself involved in the romantic side of life with Grand Central. The film sees Seydoux seduce her husband’s new protege at the power plant where they all work. Crumbs, talk about fallout. Judging by the intense trailer, things get even more out of hand t the affair starts putting people’s lives at risk.
Seydoux reunites with Belle Epine director, Rebecca Zlotowski for her second feature film in the director’s chair. Grand Central has already picked up a number of awards at international festivals and in its home country of France. Zlotowski even won the Francois Chalais Award at the Cannes Film Destival in 2013, a prize awarded to films with messages of life affirmation and journalism.
- Luke Ryan Baldock
While "Grand Central" is a decent enough name for the Lea Seydoux and Tahar Rahim starring romance, a more fitting title might be, "Love In The Time Of Nuclear Power." The Rebecca Zlotowski directed film follows an affair that's heated up not just by the individuals involved, by also by the looming nuclear power permanently in the distance.... The story follows Gary (Rahim), who finds work on the maintenance team at a local power station, where Gilles (Olivier Gourmet) serves as the team lead. But it's Toni (Denis Ménochet) who takes an interest in Gary, looking out for the new recruit, but sparks fly when Gary and Toni's fiancee Karole (Lea Seydoux) start an affair. And it's charged stuff with our review out of Cannes noting the film's "quiet intelligence and empathy" and the moral that " love...can blossom, and perhaps even thrive in the most toxic of environments." "Grand Central" opens in. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Portrait of an Artist: Provost’s Examination a Showcase for Devos
Continuing with the resuscitation of another female artist, which was the subject of his 2008 film Seraphine, an international success, director Martin Provost examines the life of author Violette Leduc with the simply named Violette (also the title of a late 70’s film by Chabrol starring the young Huppert as a murderess—also a true story). While comparison to his previous work may potentially render a less favorable critique of this latest venture, it’s still a compelling resurrection of an author whose reputation is still overshadowed by her more famous mentor and contemporary, Simone De Beauvoir. As a portrait of the relationship between these two women, the film is exceptionally engaging and engrossing. Emmanuelle Devos and Sandrine Kiberlaine deliver rewarding performances, strikingly at odds as they are genuinely complimentary.
During WWII, Violette Leduc (Emmanuelle Devos) is hiding in the »
- Nicholas Bell
“The only way to stop crying is to fight for your job.” One can rarely accuse Belgian filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne of cutting to the chase, but less than ten minutes pass in Two Days, One Night before Manu (Fabrizio Rongione) plainly explains to Sandra (Marion Cotillard) — and the viewer — what she must do: spend the weekend convincing her colleagues that they should forsake their bonuses so she can keep her job at a local solar panel manufacturer. It’s the closest thing the Dardennes have had to a high-concept premise. These Belgian brothers specialize in unscored, handheld dramas about their country’s working class, and while Days is no exception in its naturalistic depiction of low-key economic concerns, it does offer a simple hook and a bonafide movie star. One can hardly say the same for L’Enfant or The Kid with a Bike (no offense, Cécile De France). However, said »
- William Goss
★★★☆☆With an unprecedented third Palme d'Or firmly in the brothers' sights, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne return to the Croisette this year with a tale at the hard end of the financial crisis, Two Days, One Night (2014). Shucking off her Hollywood glamour, Marion Cotillard plays Sandra, a worker at a factory that makes solar panels which is feeling the economic squeeze. The plant's boss, M. Dumont (Batiste Sornin), has given the workers a stark choice: they must decide between keeping their €1000 annual bonus or letting Sandra go. Bullied by their foreman Jean-Marc (Olivier Gourmet), who tells them if Sandra isn't fired one of them will be, they initially vote to selfishly keep their financial incentive.
- CineVue UK
"That was one of my best experiences," Marion Cotillard tells the La Times plainly about working with Luc and Pierre Dardenne on their upcoming "Two Days, One Night." "They offered me everything I had always wanted in a relationship between an actress and a director — well, two directors in that case. They work a lot, and I love to work a lot. Their level of demand is the highest I've ever encountered in my career, and that's what I'm looking for. They pushed me as far as I could go and maybe beyond. I would have done anything they asked me." And that work will shortly be on evidence at the Cannes Film Festival where the movie will once again find the filmmakers in Competition. This time around, the duo tell a story that centers on a young woman who has only one weekend to convince her colleagues they must »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Nick Cave documentary 20,000 Days on Earth and titles set for Cannes among Sydney Film Festival competiton contenders.
In an unusual move the Sydney Film Festival has included among its official competition contenders, the June 4 opening night film 20,000 Days on Earth, which digs deep into the life of Australian-born musician and artist Nick Cave and won the top prize for documentary at the Sundance Film Festival.
This year will also see the biggest number of Australian films in the competition. David Michôd’s The Rover will come fresh from Cannes and the other two are Ruin, which writer/directors Amiel Courtin-Wilson and Michael Cody filmed in Cambodia, and Fell, a debut film from Kasimir Burge that will have its world premiere at the annual event. Burge won a Crystal Bear at Berlin for his short Lily.
See below for the full list of the finalists in the seventh year of the A$60,000 ($56,000) competition.
Finishing off the »
- Sandy.George@me.com (Sandy George)
Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at next month's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's "Two Days, One Night." The directors: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Belgian, 63 and 60 years old). World cinema's favorite fraternal directing duo, and the pre-eminent figures in Belgium's spotty filmmaking history, the pair grew up in the French-speaking Wallonia district, studied drama and philosophy respectively, and co-founded the Derives documentary production company in 1977 -- it stands to this day. After a decade of non-fiction work, they made their first narrative feature, "Falsch," in 1987; their third feature, 1996's "La Promesse," proved the breakthrough, premiering at Toronto, winning a couple of major Us critics' awards, »
- Guy Lodge
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.
(Source: Thompson on Hollywood)
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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
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