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First Teaser for Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s ‘The Woman in the Silver Plate’ Starring Tahar Rahim and Mathieu Amalric

9 June 2016 10:12 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Kiyoshi Kurosawa is on quite the roll: nine months after Journey to the Shore and four since Creepy premiered, both of which we highly recommend, we have a new teaser for his French-language debut, The Woman in the Silver Plate, which collects some of the country’s best actors — Tahar Rahim, Mathieu Amalric, Olivier Gourmet (Belgian, albeit French-speaking), and Constance Rousseau (Simon Killer) — for (surprise!) an eerie tale involving the mystical and unknown.

Aside from a likely festival appearance, the thing’s still some ways off — a French theatrical release won’t be underway until late November, and there’s no U.S. distributor yet announced — but at least we have a teaser. However brief, it’s a cinematographic and formal beauty, perhaps early evidence that Kurosawa’s transition to a new language and continent hasn’t dulled the man’s intoxicating sense for capturing images.

See the preview below »

- Nick Newman

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Cannes 2016. Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne's "The Unknown Girl"

19 May 2016 10:50 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The Dardennes, the Belgian brothers and directors, have finally gone full genre. Well, in so far as the two-time Palme d'Or winners, famous for their scrupulously social realist dramas made after a less-known career in documentaries, desire to make torque their liberal politics, masterfully unshowy style, and often stunning denouements of spiritual redemption into a film that follows mainstream conventions. L’enfant (2005) began this subtle evolution, telling the story of a father looking for his child as if it were a thriller. The Kid with the Bike (2011), somewhat controversially for these filmmakers who famously work with non-professionals or unknowns, added a French star to the cast (Cécile de France), while their last movie doubled down on that artifice by not only putting Marion Cotillard in the lead of Two Days, One Night (2014), but wrote that film in such a structured, fatalist manner ask to nearly resemble a film by Fritz Lang. »

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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Unknown Girl’

18 May 2016 4:39 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In Jean Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s very best films, you know exactly what you’re getting — until the quiet dramatic pivot that gently ensures you don’t. In “The Unknown Girl,” only the first half of that assessment is true, though what we get is largely exemplary: a simple but urgent objective threaded with needling observations of social imbalance, a camera that gazes with steady intent into story-bearing faces, and an especially riveting example of one in their gifted, toughly tranquil leading lady Adèle Haenel. What’s missing, however, from this stoically humane procedural tale of a guilt-racked Gp investigating a nameless passer-by’s passing, is any great sense of narrative or emotional surprise: It’s a film that skilfully makes us feel precisely what we expect to feel from moment to moment, up to and including the long-forestalled waterworks. Though it will receive the broad distribution practically guaranteed »

- Guy Lodge

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Ex-con Francois Troukens to co-direct 'Above The Law'

12 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Former gangster Francois Troukens will co-direct the $7m crime thriller.

Reformed gangster Francois Troukens turned Belgian media celebrity is to co-direct new $7m (€6m) crime thriller Above The Law (Au-Dessus Des Lois).

Jacques-Henri Bronckart of Belgian outfit Versus has revealed details of the production, which is due to shoot in the summer and will be handled internationally by TF1.

The film centres on a small-time crook who is framed for murder and has to go on the run to prove his innocence.

Troukens was an armed robber, targeting security vans in the 1990s. He was convicted and sentenced to 28 years in prison while on the run and was finally caught in 2004.

In jail, he studied philosophy and turned his life around prior to being released conditionally for good behaviour in 2010. Since his release, he has gone on to become a well-known TV personality, with his own show, Un Crime Parfait.

The former »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Cannes: A-z Films Takes Wild Bunch Trio (Exclusive)

10 May 2016 4:22 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes: Underscoring the importance of the Cannes festival, both its market and selection, for foreign distributor buys, Antoine Zeind’s A-z Films has acquired three 2016 Cannes Competition films: Cristian Mungiu’s “Graduation,” Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s “The Unknown Girl” and Cristi Puiu’s “Sierra Nevada.”

Based out of Quebec, Zeind’s distribution-production company has also taken “The Red Turtle,” which world premieres in Un Certain Regard.

Wild Bunch sells, finances and sometimes co-produces three of these titles: “Graduation,” “Girl” and “The Red Turtle.” “Sierra Nevada” is repped by Elle Driver, a Wild Bunch company, a sign of A-z Films’ strong connection with France.

The latest from Mungiu, whose “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” won Cannes’ 2007 Palme d’Or, the consecration of the so-called Romanian New Wave, “Graduation” is a father-daughter ethical drama turning on a small-town doctor’s ambitions for his clever daughter to win a scholarship outside Romania.

From Belgium’s Dardenne brothers, »

- John Hopewell

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Sundance Selects acquires Cannes duo

14 April 2016 3:54 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The distributor has picked up Us rights to newly announced Cannes selections Graduation and The Unknown Girl.

Cristian Mungiu’s Graduation (aka Bacalaureat) is a family drama that takes place in small Romanian town where everybody knows everybody.

Adrian Titieni, Maria Dragus and Lia Bugnar star. Mungiu’s Mobra Films produced with Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne of Films du Fleuve; Pascal Caucheteux and Grégoire Sorlat of Why Not Productions; Vincent Maraval of Wild Bunch; and Jean Labadie of Le Pacte. Tudor Reu is executive producer.

Sundance Selects negotiated with Wild Bunch for The Unknown Girl – also known as The Son Of Joseph (La Fille Unconnue) – from Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.

Adele Haenel, Jeremie Renier, Olivier Gourmet, Fabrizio Rongione and Thomas Doret star in the story about a young doctor who investigates the identity of a mysterious dead body. Denis Freyd and the Dardennes produced. 

The buys bring to four the number of Cannes competition selections in the »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Cannes: Sundance Selects Buys U.S. Rights to ‘Graduation,’ ‘Unknown Girl’

14 April 2016 2:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sundance Selects has acquired U.S. rights from Wild Bunch to a pair of films in competition at the Cannes Film Festival — Cristian Mungiu’s “Graduation” and Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s “The Unknown Girl.”

Sundance Selects made the announcement Thursday, shortly after the Cannes official selection lineup was unveiled.

The distributor noted that it had already acquired U.S. rights to another Cannes competition title with Nicole Garcia’s “From the Land of the Moon” while its sister company IFC Films has Olivier Assayas’ “Personal Shopper” in competition.

“Graduation,” directed and written by Mungiu, stars Adrian Titieni, Maria Dragus and Lia Bugnar. The film was produced by Mungiu’s Mobra Films; Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne of Films du Fleuve; Pascal Caucheteux and Grégoire Sorlat of Why Not Productions; Vincent Maraval of Wild Bunch; and Jean Labadie of Le Pacte.

The film is a family drama that centers on themes »

- Dave McNary

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First Looks at New Films from Bertrand Bonello, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, and Tran Anh Hung

4 April 2016 2:29 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It is just ten days until what is perhaps the most exciting cinematic event of every year comes to bear: an announcement of the Cannes Film Festival lineup. We’ve featured glimpses of some of titles that might make their way to southern France next month, and today we’ve collected first looks at three more, all of which are greatly anticipated. How anticipated? So anticipated, in fact, that just an image warrants a post.

The first, from Wild Bunch, showcases Bertrand Bonello‘s Paris Is Happening — now being referred to as Nocturama in the native tongue — a picture about youths who take it upon themselves to sabotage the city of love with a series of explosions. Yes, even the writer-director is uncomfortable with that level of relevance — especially the writer-director, actually — as he told me back in December. Combine this tension and the fact that his last film was »

- Nick Newman

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Review: 'April and the Extraordinary World' is an Ingenious & Sumptuously Designed Steampunk Marvel

25 March 2016 3:54 PM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

An invention, the tangible result from an idea constructed in the human imagination, represents a piece in the puzzle that is the course of progress whether it means advancement through bellic endeavors, the simplification of tasks, or the preservation of life. Modern civilization is the result of a sequence of inventions and discoveries that evolved through the efforts of tireless men and woman dedicated to science and technology; however, as it’s always the case, mankind has been know to use its most creative minds for selfish and power-hungry pursuits.

Setting these concepts and preoccupations in an alternative steampunk reality based on the graphic novel by Jacques TardiChristian Desmares and Franck Ekinci’s  “April and the Extraordinary World” navigates the curious possibility of a world where innovation stalled and in which humans must deal with the ramifications of this occurrence and adapt their lifestyles to the available practices. What emerges from this concoction of brilliant notions inspired by the source material and the filmmakers’ input is a highly ingenious and sumptuously designed tale anchored to an assertive, intellectual, and unconventional heroine. This delightfully sophisticated charmer firmly establishes itself as a visual marvel and one of the most originally confected animated films ever made. 

Distancing its premise from similarly themed science fiction escapades, which work under the pretense that audiences must accept the universe at hand without much insight into its inner workings and origins, the film commences with a brief introduction that singles out a historical event responsible for the retrograde state of development. In this whimsical revision set in the mid-1900s Napoleon's lineage still reigns, as a major conflict with France's major enemy to the east was avoided. The consequential outcome for this deviation is a world in which coal, rather than oil, becomes the preferred fuel leading to massive deforestation and smog substitutes air. Scientists are perceived as a commodity whose brilliance must benefit the empire in its pursuit of new lands with forests to harvest. Fighting a war with the Us over Canada’s natural resources to fulfill its power needs is France’s priority while another threat develops under its surface.

Academically gifted an empowered by an audacious spirit, April (Marion Cotillard) is a young woman whose perpetual mission is to find her parents, Paul (Olivier Gourmet) and Annette (Macha Grenon), and grandfather Pops (Jean Rochefort), all of whom are scientist that disappeared 10 years prior under mysterious circumstances after being persecuted by the authorities just as they were about to test a serum that would make any living creature immortal. Now, April, whose chemistry knowledge is unparalleled, is attempting to recreate said formula and reunite with her singular pack.

Given that her venture and those of her immediate family have such immeasurable stakes, there are a few less than friendly figures seeking to capture her. Pizoni (Bouli Lanners), a robust, arrogant, and insanely persistent officer, wishes to use her as a vehicle for discovering where Pops is. Enlisting Julius (Marc-André Grondin), a scrawny young man willing to do the dirty work to avoid punishment for his deeds, to follow her, Pizoni hopes to regain the status he lost because of April’s folks. Thankfully, the brave girl has her talking cat Darwin (Philippe Katerine) as her most valuable comrade. Talking animals have never been so unforgettably enchanting and comically joyful as April's pet. Romantic and irreverent, Darwin is a scene-stealer that keeps one grinning continuously due to his amusingly tongue-in-cheek one-liners.

An array of characters like this pair with astoundingly intelligent writing makes for a framework that is taken to its greatest possible potential for wonder via the gorgeously crafted animation in display. Add a large portion of explosively candid humor to the mix, and the formula for a perfect work of wondrous art is created. From Einstein playing in a band, to a visual gag on what the Statue of Liberty would like if France wouldn’t have been friendly towards Americans, to its mesmerizing reimagining of Paris with two Eiffel Towers and uniquely appropriate public transport and infrastructure, “April” grabs hold of cell animation and dips it in a potion distilled from the works of iconic Japanese masters and considerable influence from other successful graphic novel adaptations into the medium.

Its genre-bending aspects are so fabulously calibrated, that is hard to pinpoint an exact designation for the spell the film casts other than how deliciously twisty it is. Near its final act, “April” introduces a group of villains directly extracted from a deranged fable, in the most authentically surprising manner. This coincides with the sensibilities of a film that isn’t afraid to fully experiment with the freedoms that fiction in this vein permits. Desmaeres and Ekinci’s leading lady, voiced with grace and chutzpah by Academy Award-winner Marion Cotillard, comes from a long line of male scientists, but though the fact that she is the first female born in the family to also pursue the field, her gender is never observed as an impediment or particularly special trait. It’s never about whether she can do it not based on her being a woman, but about how her unquestionable abilities can be used for good. When so much of current media glorifies instant fame or content about exploiting physical beauty for financial gain, to see an intrepid role model focused on the significance of using one’s hard work for the greater good utterly reinvigorating.

Power corrupts, especially in the hands of temperamental beings, and that’s a crucial point that “April” tackles from a thoroughly enjoyable perspective. Since selfish pursuits are common occurrences in our past and present, it’s clear humanity can’t be trusted with its own treasures. Therefore, erudite thinkers are recruited as pawns in a new intergalactic plan to save Earth’s beautiful vegetation. The uncompromising ambition of the film’s scope is as captivating as the detailed cinematic frames that convey it, and in that sense, the exuberant journey it follows from its opening sequence to the riveting conclusion feels like a natural progression. Not a single contrived or even lightly forced plot point in sight.

As the pages reminiscent of comic books from a much more artistically driven bygone era grace the screen in their moving iteration, “April and the Extraordinary World” transcends the constraints of steampunk literature and embraces traditional animation is if the two had been in perfect symmetry from the beginning. What “April” argues underneath the aesthetically extraordinary frames and its thrilling action is that science is magic at human reach, which takes our perseverance and purpose as a metaphorical wand. Choosing to use each newly found incantation for benevolent causes and not malevolent desires is the real battle.

"April and the Extraordinary World" is now playing in New York and Los Angeles. The film is being released by Gkids, the 8-time Academy nominated independent animation distributor. 

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- Carlos Aguilar

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[Review] April and the Extraordinary World

24 March 2016 11:34 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Most writing on Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci‘s April and the Extraordinary World speaks as though they’ve adapted one of revered Frenchman Jacques Tardi‘s graphic novels. This isn’t quite the case. What they’ve actually done is bring his unique “universe” to life with help from previous collaborator Benjamin Legrand (writer of Tardi’s Tueur de cafards) instead. Legrand and Ekinci crafted this alternate steampunk version of Paris as something inspired by the artist’s work rather than born from it. Tardi in turn helped by drawing original work later brought to life by Desmares’ animation team. The whole is therefore a culmination of its six-year production schedule populated by multiple creative minds working in tandem throughout. It may look familiar, but it’s very much brand new.

Their world is built on steam and coal because the best scientific minds have disappeared. Electricity wasn’t »

- Jared Mobarak

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‘Persepolis’ Producers Offer French Steampunk Actioner In ‘April and the Extraordinary World’ Trailer

21 March 2016 12:53 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Since premiering last summer, the animated picture April and the Extraordinary World has earned fine notices, being praised for both the beauty of its animation and unique stylings of its world. It was only a matter of time before this ’40s-era, Paris-set steampunk tale came to the U.S., and GKids are supporting its English-language overhaul with a release this Friday — just after a domestic trailer arrives.

There are no signs of its original French cast — which included Marion Cotillard, Olivier Gourmet, and Jean Rochefort — but what we get isn’t so bad: J.K. Simmons, Tony Hale, Susan Sarandon, and Paul Giamatti have stepped in, while Angela Galuppo takes the lead role. This preview will give some sense of its narrative and visual approach, two components that reviewers noted as being in harmony with one another.

Watch it below:

Synopsis:

Paris, 1941. A family of scientists is on the brink of »

- Nick Newman

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Cannes: who's in the running?

21 March 2016 2:39 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Screen rounds up the films from across the globe that could launch at Cannes…

With less than a month to go until the Cannes Film Festival announces its line-up at its annual Paris press conference on April 14, Screen looks at what could make it into Official Selection and the parallel sections of Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week.

UK and Ireland

The UK could have one of its strongest Cannes for years with hot favourites for a competition slot including Andrea Arnold’s Shia Labeouf-starring Us road movie American Honey and Ken Loach’s gritty Northern England-set drama I, Daniel Blake. It would be Loach’s 12th time in competition.

Ben Wheatley is also reportedly gunning for an Official Selection slot for his 1970s Boston-set, gangland thriller Free Fire, potentially Out of Competition or in Midnight Screenings. He was last in Cannes with Sightseers in Directors’ Fortnight.

Other UK hopefuls include Stephen Frears’ Florence Foster Jenkins and Indian »

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Aaron Reviews Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci’s April and the Extraordinary World [Piff 2016]

13 February 2016 8:00 AM, PST | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

April and the Extraordinary World is a uniquely French animated tale, with elements of steampunk and Jules Verne. It is set in an elaborate revisionist, alternate history, where the world was drastically altered from the Napoleonic era. By the 1930s, the world’s technology is still centered on steam and coal, and there is a decidedly anti-science stance from the empire in power. Rather than gas powered automobile, railway or aircraft for transportation, they rely on steam-powered automobiles, dirigibles, and cable cars. The latter will allow someone to travel from Paris to Berlin in a mere 82 hours.

The animated images of this alternate version of Paris are almost always captivating, and sometimes breathtaking. The aesthetic complements the fast-paced, adventurous narrative, as April dangerously tries to continue her parents illicit scientific legacy. It is a riveting and enjoyable journey with strong voice acting from familiar stars such as Marion Cotillard, Jean Rochefort and Olivier Gourmet. »

- Aaron West

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Asghar Farhadi mystery project draws buyers

12 February 2016 9:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Iran-set film co-stars Taraneh Alidoosti and Shahab Hosseini.

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s upcoming untitled Farsi-language project – which is in post-production having shot over the winter in Iran – has been luring buyers.

Paris-based Memento Films International (Mfi) has sealed deals to Benelux (Cinéart), Switzerland (Frenetic), Italy (Lucky Red), Japan (Doma Inc), South Korea (Challan), Poland (Gutek Films), Portugal (Alambique), Ex-Yugoslavia (Megacom), Israel (Lev Cinema), Greece (Seven Films), Scandinavia (Scanbox) and Middle East (Falcon).

Although the fine details of the project are largely under wraps, Farhadi has revealed that it is a contemporary tale revolving around a couple whose relationship turns violent due to societal pressures.

Long-time Farhadi collaborators Taraneh Alidoosti, who played the titular role in About Elly, and Shahab Hosseini, who appeared in Farhadi’s Golden Bear and Oscar-winning A Separation, co-star as the central couple.

Mfi also reported pre-sales on writer-director Martin Provost’s The Midwife – co-starring Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Frot and [link »

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Daily | In the Works | Hong, Denis, Cuarón

9 February 2016 8:32 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

"Reuniting almost exactly a year after filming the critically-acclaimed Right Now, Wrong Then, director Hong Sang-soo is currently shooting his new film with stars Kim Min-hee and Jung Jae-young," reports Pierce Conran for KoBiz. Also in today's roundup, we have the latest on Claire Denis's English-language science fiction debut, High Life, with Robert Pattinson, Patricia Arquette and Mia Goth and co-written with Zadie Smith and Nick Laird. Jonás Cuarón, who co-wrote Gravity and wrote and directed Desierto, has been tasked with bringing [Zorro back] to life. Martin Provost begins shooting La Sage Femme with Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Frot and Olivier Gourmet, Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are teaming up for a musical comedy—and much more. » - David Hudson »

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2015 Was an Outstanding Year for Co-Productions and Foreign Films Shooting in Poland

4 February 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

2015 was a successful year regarding the quantity and quality of foreign productions shot in Poland. At the beginning of the year, Anne Fontaine (“Coco Before Chanel,” “Perfect Mothers”) filmed a French-Polish co-production “Agnus Dei” in Warmia, which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The film features Polish and French actresses among others Lou de Laage, Agata Kulesza, Agata Buzek and Joanna Kulig.

In the spring, the crew of a Polish-German-French-Belgian co-production about the life of Maria Sklodowska-Curie (dir. Marie Noelle) spent 20 days on the set in among others Lodz, Leba and Krakow. The cast is international, and the film is made in French. The Polish Nobelist is portrayed by Karolina Gruszka (“Oxygen”).

The summer brought about increased activity of German producers. A Zdf TV show, “Ein Sommer in…” was filmed in two resort towns in the north-eastern Poland – Mikolajki and Mragowo. Ard and Tvp collaborated on the set of "Polizeiruf 110" ("Police Call 110"), which was filmed in July and August among others in a Polish border-town – Swiecko. Also in July began the shooting of a new part of detective TV series "Der Usedom-Krimi" filmed on both the Polish and German side of the Usedom island.

However, a true influx of foreign productions took place in the autumn. American-Polish thriller “Chronology” was filmed in Poznan. The cast includes William Baldwin (TV series "Gossip Girl," "Adrift in Manhattan") and Danny Trejo (“Machete,” “From Dusk till Dawn”).

The Goetz Palace in Brzesk, in Malopolska hosted filmmakers from India who for six days were shooting “Fitoor,” an Indian adaptation of Dickens's “Great Expectations.” The crew consisted of over 40 Indians and almost 80 Poles. Another crew from India – this time from the so-called Kollywood in the south of the country – spent twenty days on the set in various Polish locations (among others Zakopane, Walbrzych, Krakow, Leba). The film titled “24” features Surya, a Tamil superstar, in the main role.

The autumn months were also very intensive in Lodz with three simultaneous big film sets. Andrzej Wajda (“The Promised Land,” “Walesa. Man of Hope”) worked on his new film “Powidoki”; Opus Film, the producer of “Ida”, organized for an Israeli partner eleven-day shoot to a film set in 1970s – “Past Life,” directed by Avi Nesher; and American director Martha Coolidge (“The Prince and Me,” TV shows “Sex and the City,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Weeds”) filmed her project “Music, War and Love,” whose producer is among others Fred Roos known from such films as “Apocalypse Now,” “The Godfather” or “Lost in Translation.” The picture features Adelaide Clemens (“The Great Gatsby”), Connie Nielsen (“Gladiator”), Toby Sebastian (“Game of Thrones”) and Stellan Skarsgård (“Nymphomaniac”).

The end of the year was also very successful for Malopolska and Krakow. Two movies were filmed in the region – an American-British biography of Martin Luther commissioned by PBS with Padraic Delaney (“The Wind that Shakes the Barley,” “The Tudors”) in the main role; and a feature titled “True Crimes” starring two-time winner of a Golden Globe – Jim Carrey (“The Truman Show,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “The Mask”) as the protagonist. The crew spent 32 days on the set in Krakow. The picture was directed by Greek Alexandros Avranas (“Miss Violence”), written by Jeremy Brock (“Brideshead Revisited,” “The Last King of Scotland”), and produced by Brett Ratner (“X-Men 3: the Last Stand,” TV series “Rush Hour”). Accompanying Jim Carrey were Charlotte Gainsbourg (“Nymphomaniac,” “Antichrist”); Marton Csokas (“The Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”) and Polish actors Agata Kulesza (“Ida”) and Robert Wieckiewicz (“Walesa. Man of Hope”).

The first information about productions planned for 2016 has already been released. In January, Krakow will host the crew of French black comedy “Grand Froid,” Gérard Pautonnier's debut featuring Jean-Pierre Bacri (“The Taste of Others,” “Let It Rain”), Olivier Gourmet (“Rosetta,” “The Son”) and Arthur Dupond (“Bus Palladium”). The project won the first edition of the Krakow International Film Fund. »

- Sydney Levine

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Catherine Deneuve comedy-drama 'The Midwife' inks key pre-sale

4 February 2016 2:53 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: German-speaking Europe and Switzerland deal for upcoming Martin Provost title.

Ascot Elite has pre-bought all rights for German speaking Europe and Switzerland to writer-director Martin Provost’s (Séraphine) upcoming comedy-drama The Midwife (La Sage Femme), set to star Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Frot and Olivier Gourmet.

Ascot Elite inked the deal with Memento Films International (marking the first collaboration between the two companies), whose anticipated script was among the buzz projects at UniFrance’s Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris last month.

The Midwife tells the story of a passionate midwife named Claire (Frot) who one day, after decades of silence, is unexpectedly called upon by her late father’s ex-lover Beatrice (Deneuve), who informs her of some important news. Claire and Beatrice couldn’t be more different from one another but despite their differences, they slowly but surely grow closer and nothing remains, what it once was.

Fidelite/Curiosa Films (Marguerite) produce the film which is due »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Catherine Deneuve drama 'The Midwife' inks key pre-sale

4 February 2016 2:53 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: German-speaking Europe and Switzerland deal for upcoming Martin Provost title.

Ascot Elite has pre-bought all rights for German speaking Europe and Switzerland to writer-director Martin Provost’s (Séraphine) upcoming comedy-drama The Midwife (La Sage Femme), set to star Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Frot and Olivier Gourmet.

Ascot Elite inked the deal with Memento Films International (marking the first collaboration between the two companies), whose anticipated script was among the buzz projects at UniFrance’s Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris last month.

The Midwife tells the story of a passionate midwife named Claire (Frot) who one day, after decades of silence, is unexpectedly called upon by her late father’s ex-lover Beatrice (Deneuve), who informs her of some important news. Claire and Beatrice couldn’t be more different from one another but despite their differences, they slowly but surely grow closer and nothing remains, what it once was.

Fidelite/Curiosa Films (Marguerite) produce the film which is due »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Catherine Deneuve drama 'The Midwife' inks key pre-sale for Memento

4 February 2016 2:53 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: German-speaking Europe and Switzerland deal for upcoming Martin Provost title.

Ascot Elite has pre-bought all rights for German speaking Europe and Switzerland to writer-director Martin Provost’s (Séraphine) upcoming comedy-drama The Midwife (La Sage Femme), set to star Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Frot and Olivier Gourmet.

Ascot Elite inked the deal with Memento Films International (the first collaboration between the two companies), whose anticipated script was among the buzz projects at UniFrance’s Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris last month.

The Midwife tells the story of a passionate midwife named Claire (Frot) who one day, after decades of silence, is unexpectedly called upon by her late father’s ex-lover Beatrice (Deneuve), who informs her of some important news. Claire and Beatrice couldn’t be more different from one another but despite their differences, they slowly but surely grow closer and nothing remains, what it once was.

Fidelite/Curiosa Films (Marguerite) produce the film which is due »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Paris Film Office’s Michel Gomez on Terrorist Attacks: ‘Production Levels Quickly Returned to Normal’

3 February 2016 8:10 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Paris int’l shoot levels ‘quickly returned to normal’ after November Terrorist attacks, says Paris Film Office head Michel Gomez, who also talked to Variety about recent and upcoming shoots, and new Paris Film Office initiatives

What were the main French and international shoots in Paris in 2015?

French:

Chocolat” by Roschdy Zem (Mandarin Cinéma) with Omar Sy , 20 days in Paris

Personal Shopper,” by Olivier Assayas (CG Cinema), with Kirsten Stewart, seven days

“Heureux en France” (”The Jews”), by  Yvan Attal (La Petite Reine) with Charlotte Gainsbourg, 12 days.

“L’esprit d’équipe,”  by Christophe Barratier (Galatee Films), with  François-Xavier Demaison, 10 days

Planetarium,” by Rebecca Zlotowski (Les Films du Velvet), with Nathalie Portman and Lily Rose Depp, 14 days

International :

Bonjour Anne,” by Eleanor Coppola, with Diane Lane and Nicolas Cage, four days in Paris

“La Femme à la plaque argentique,” from the Japanese director  Kijoshi Kurosawa, with Tahar Rahim, Olivier Gourmet and Constance Rousseau. »

- Martin Dale

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