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4 items from 2007


Depardieu to play 'Instinct' gangster

14 March 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

PARIS -- Gerard Depardieu will add his famous face to the first installment of Jean-Francois Richet's two-film project about infamous gangster Jacques Mesrine, known in France as "the man with 1,000 faces."

"L'Instinct de Mort" (Death Instinct) and "L'Ennemi Public no.1" (Public Enemy No. 1), penned by Abdel Raouf Dafri and produced by Thomas Langmann's production company La Petite Reine, will highlight the murders and mysteries surrounding Mesrine, played by Vincent Cassel.

Depardieu will play Mesrine's fellow gangster and mentor in "Instinct", and familiar faces Marion Cotillard and Eva Green also are rumored to be attached to the €35 million-€40 million ($46.2 million-$52.8 million) budget venture.

The confirmed cast for "Enemy" includes Samuel Le Bihan, Olivier Gourmet, Jean-Pierre Cassel and Gilles Lellouche.

The project came close to being made four years ago with Barbet Schroeder at the helm and financing provided by UGC, but Cassel pulled out and the films were put on hold until Langmann took over and opted to produce under his La Petite Reine production banner. »

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Depardieu to play 'Instinct' gangster

14 March 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Gerard Depardieu will add his famous face to the first installment of Jean-Francois Richet's two-film project about infamous gangster Jacques Mesrine, known in France as "the man with 1,000 faces."

L'Instinct de Mort (Death Instinct) and L'Ennemi Public no.1 (Public Enemy No. 1), penned by Abdel Raouf Dafri and produced by Thomas Langmann's production company La Petite Reine, will highlight the murders and mysteries surrounding Mesrine, played by Vincent Cassel.

Depardieu will play Mesrine's fellow gangster and mentor in Instinct, and familiar faces Marion Cotillard and Eva Green also are rumored to be attached to the €35 million-€40 million ($46.2 million-$52.8 million) budget venture.

The confirmed cast for Enemy includes Samuel Le Bihan, Olivier Gourmet, Jean-Pierre Cassel and Gilles Lellouche.

The project came close to being made four years ago with Barbet Schroeder at the helm and financing provided by UGC, but Cassel pulled out and the films were put on hold until Langmann took over and opted to produce under his La Petite Reine production banner. »

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'Congorama' nabs top Prix Jutra honors

20 February 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

MONTREAL -- Congorama, a subdued comedy about a Belgian man discovering his roots in rural Quebec, grabbed top honors Sunday night at the Prix Jutras, Quebec's film awards.

The French-language feature, which closed the Directors' Fortnight at last year's Festival de Cannes, earned Philippe Falardeau the best director and best screenplay trophies, and producers Luc Dery and Kim McCraw the Jutra for best film.

In addition, Congorama's Paul Ahmarani and Olivier Gourmet shared the best actor prize, while co-star Gabriel Arcand grabbed the trophy for best supporting actor.

The other big winner at this year's Jutras was the Rwanda drama Un dimanche a Kigali, which nabbed six trophies, all in craft categories. These included Pierre Mignot earning the best cinematography prize, Jorane getting the prize for best original music, and Michele Hamel earning the Jutra for best costumes.

Robert Favreau's Un dimanche a Kigali also earned a best art direction prize for Andre-Line Beauparlant, the best sound prized shared by Claude La Haye, Hans Peter Strobl, Marie-Claude Gagne, and the prize for best makeup by Marie-Angele Breitner. »

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Quebec films dominate Genie noms

9 January 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

TORONTO -- Quebec films dominated nearly all the major categories as nominations for the Genies, Canada's top film honors, were unveiled Tuesday in Toronto.

In the best picture competiton, Ivan Reitman-produced Trailer Park Boys: The Movie was the lone English-language Canadian entry. It will face off against four Quebecois films: Erik Canuel's Bon Cop, Bad Cop, Charles Biname's Maurice Richard/The Rocket, Jean-Francois Pouliot's Guide De La Petite Vengeance and Robert Favreau's Un Dimanche A Kigali.

The same quartet of French-language filmmakers surfaced again in the best director category, an all-Quebecois affair rounded out by La Vie Secrete Des Gens Heureux helmer Stephane Lapointe.

"Maurice Richard/The Rocket," a French-language drama about the legendary hockey player, led the Genies field with 13 nominations, followed by bilingual buddy comedy Bon Cop, Bad Cop with 10 nominations.

Terry Gilliam's Tideland, a British-Canadian co-production, grabbed five craft nominations and a best actress nod for Jodelle Ferland, while Julia Kwan's Eve and the Fire Horse earned a best supporting actress nomination for Vivian Wu and a best supporting actor nomination for Lester Chit-Man Chan. Otherwise, English-language Canadian movies, which garner a paltry 1% of cinema screen-time nationwide, look set to play second fiddle to their French-language counterparts when the Genies are handed out next month. Quebec films similarly overshadow the acting categories, with Colm Feore (Bon Cop) going up against Roy Dupuis (Maurice Richard), Belgian actor Olivier Gourmet (Congorama), Patrick Huard (Bon Cop) and Luc Picard (Un Dimanche A Kigali) in the best actor competition.

In the best actress category, Sigourney Weaver, nominated for her role in Snow Cake, will challenge Julie Le Breton (Maurice Richard), Fatou N'Diaye (Un Dimanche A Kigali), veteran Quebec star Ginette Reno (Le Secret De Ma Mere) and Jodelle Ferland (Tideland).

The Genie nominations, which came on the second day of Canada's actors strike, were announced at a Toronto press conference with no nominated directors or actors on hand for the assembled media. »

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