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Mathieu Amalric & Marion Cotillard in First 'Ismael's Ghosts' Trailer

"C'est moi!" Another teaser for the Cannes Film Festival! Kicking off the 70th edition of the festival this May is this film, Ismael's Ghost (or Les fantômes d'Ismaël), from French director Arnaud Desplechin (of My Golden Days). The film stars Mathieu Amalric as a filmmaker named Ismael, who is just about to begin shooting his next feature. However, his long lost former lover suddenly shows up out of nowhere, freaking him out, sending him into a metnal "tailspin". Marion Cotillard plays his former lover, and Charlotte Gainsbourg plays his current lover, who also freaks out. The rest of the cast includes Louis Garrel, Alba Rohrwacher, Hippolyte Girardot, & Samir Guesmi. This looks really good, I'm very curious about it. Here's the first trailer for Arnaud Desplechin's Ismael's Ghost, from DailyMotion (via The Playlist): Ismaël Vuillard makes films. He is in the middle of one about Ivan, an atypical diplomat inspired by his brother.
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The French Kids Are Not Alright: Recent French Films Tell the Stories of Troubled Youth

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The French Kids Are Not Alright: Recent French Films Tell the Stories of Troubled Youth
This article was produced as part of the Locarno Critics Academy, a workshop for aspiring journalists at the Locarno Film Festival, a collaboration between the Locarno Film Festival, IndieWire and the Film Society of Lincoln Center with the support of Film Comment and the Swiss Alliance of Film Journalists.

“In France, young people get hell from the government who tells them to stop dreaming, to be more grounded.” – Axelle Ropert

During the conference following the press screening of her third feature film, “The Apple of My Eye” — which was competing for the Golden Leopard at the 69th Locarno International Film FestivalAxelle Ropert said that she “absolutely” wanted to depict today’s European youth in her new film. That will come as a surprise to those who have followed Ropert’s work as a screenwriter, director and film critic known for her disinterest in films that deal with modern-day concerns.
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Visit Films boards six for Efm

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Visit Films boards six for Efm
Exclusive: Buoyed by a fresh North American deal for Sundance hit Morris From America, Ryan Kampe jets into Berlin with a bevy of buzzy festival titles set to receive their market premieres.

The slate includes Ramzi Ben Sliman’s French drama and Berlinale selection My Revolution, about a French-Tunisian teenager who unwittingly becomes a poster boy for the Arab Spring as he tries to win the heart of his love.

Samuel Vincent, Anamaria Vartolomei, Lucien Le Guern, Lubna Azabal, and Samir Guesmi star. Visit represents worldwide rights excluding France.

Rotterdam title Suntan from Argyris Papadimitropoulos is a dark ‘coming-of-middle-age’ drama that just premiered in Holland and stars Makis Papadimitriou as a lonely, middle-aged doctor of a tiny holiday island who become obsessed with a young tourist.

Elli Tringou, Milou Van Groessen, Dimi Hart, Hara Kotsali, and Marcus Collen also star. Odeon will distribute in Greece and Cyprus.

Visit’s slate comprises several Sundance titles led by [link
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‘The Transporter Refueled’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Ed Skrein, Loan Chabanol, Ray Stevenson, Gabriella Wright, Tatiana Pajkovic, Wenxia Yu, Radivoje Bukvic, Noémie Lenoir, Yuri Kolokolnikov, Lenn Kudrjawizki, Samir Guesmi, Anatole Taubman | Written by Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Luc Besson | Directed by Camille Delamarre

I not going to hide the fact I’m a huge Transporter fan, from the very first movie to the more recent, if little seen here in the UK, TV show, I’ve enjoyed [to various extents] each and every entry in the franchise. So, unlike some out there, I was not afraid to see the film series rebooted with a new star and a new story. And that’s what we get with The Transporter Refueled. My only worry was that no-one connected to the original films, apart from Luc Besson, had any part of this film… But then that was also the case with the series, and I really enjoyed that!

Taking the reigns
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‘The Returned’: the case for a thinking person’s supernatural story

The Returned (original French title: Les Revenants)

Written by Fabrice Gobert, Emmannuelle Carrère, Fabien Adda, Nathalie Saugeon

Directed by Fabrice Gobert (episodes 1-4) and Frédéric Mermoud (episodes 5-8)

Premiered on November 26th 2012 on Canal+

Satisfying the hunger of movie and television consumers in dire need of original content grows more difficult with each and every passing year. Not only do the people who produce content want to release more of the same, but the very fact of the matter is that nearly every story has already been told. What bold, creative new ideas can emerge in this early 21st century, where the quantity of the content grows exponentially at a dizzying rate? Making a television show that looks, sounds, and most importantly feels like no other is no small order. One option is to genre mash; that is, splicing two or more disparate genres together to make something that, while familiar,
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‘The Returned’ Sails To Asia Following Its Intl. Emmy Win

‘The Returned’ Sails To Asia Following Its Intl. Emmy Win
Paris– Following its International Emmy win, “The Returned” has been snatched up across Asia, and is set to bow in Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea.

Zodiak Rights has sold the haunting supernatural drama to Thailand’s True Vision Group, Hong-Kong’s Now TV, Taiwan’s public broadcaster Pts and South Korea’s Axn.

Zodiak said the show will be the first French series to air on True Vision and NowTV.

Caroline Benjo and Jimmy Desmarais at Haut et Court produced the skein, known in France as “Les Revenants,” for pay TV giant Canal Plus.

The Returned” has been a huge hit in France, becoming Canal Plus’ highest-rated original drama ever. In the UK, the series ranked as the country’s top rated foreign drama since 2006, attracting an average audience of 1.8 million viewers on primetime Channel 4. Skein is currently airing on USA’s high-profile Sundance Channel. Chicago-based distributor
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Sundance Channel U..S. Nabs Hit French Supernatural Drama

Sundance Channel U..S. Nabs Hit French Supernatural Drama
Sundance Channel has acquired U.S. broadcast rights to critically-acclaimed French supernatural drama “The Returned.”

The U.S. channel will premiere the series on Halloween night. Chicago-based distributor Music Box has skedded a VOD and DVD/Blu-Ray roll-out in January.

Repped in international markets by Zodiak Rights, “The Returned” was commissioned and co-developed by French paybox for nearly five years before being greenlit. France’s first fantasy series, “The Returned” was a gamble for the Gallic cabler but it proved a successful: It scored the highest ratings for a French-language skein. It also garnered healthy ratings on Channel 4 in the U.K..

A contempo twist of classic zombie skeins based on Robin Campillo’s “Les Revenants,” “The Returned” is set in a mysterious mountain town where a seemingly random collection of people attempt to regain their homes and reclaim their lives without realizing that they’ve been dead for years.
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French Zombies Hit U.S. In "The Returned"

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Music Box Films has acquired U.S. rights to the French supernatural drama "The Returned" from Canal Plus.

Fabrice Gobert ("Lights Out") created the series which is set in a mysterious mountain town and follows a seemingly random collection of people who attempt to regain their homes and lives without realizing that they’ve been dead for years.

Their arrival coincides with a series of gruesome murders which bear resemblance to the work of a serial killer from the past. Anne Consigny, Clotilde Hesme, Celine Sallette, Guillaume Gouix, Frederic Pierrot and Samir Guesmi star.

An adaptation of Robin Camillo’s "Les Revenants," the series scored an average of 1.5 million viewers when it screened in the UK.

Music Box will roll out the series on VOD platforms on January 1st ahead of a DVD/Blu-Ray release on January 21st. The series will also premiere next month on a yet-to-be-announced major U.
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Music Box Films Plans VOD/DVD Release Of French Supernatural Series ‘The Returned’

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The Returned (Les Revenants) originally aired in France on Canal Plus last fall. Since then, the UK’s Channel 4 broadcast the first series, renamed Rebound, drawing an average 1.5 million viewers each week. A second season of eight episodes goes into production in France in early 2014. Zodiak is handling international and has sold all U.S. rights on the first season to Music Box Films for a VOD/DVD release in January. This will follow an as-yet undisclosed U.S. TV debut in October. Created by Fabrice Gobert and produced by Caroline Benjo, Jimmy Desmarais and Carole Scotta of Haut et Court, the show centers on a group of people in a small Alpine village who find themselves in a state of confusion, trying to return to their homes. What they don’t know is that they’ve been dead for several years, and no one is expecting them back.
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Music Box Films Brings Supernatural Drama “The Returned” Stateside

Music Box Films Brings Supernatural Drama “The Returned” Stateside
Chicago-based arthouse distributor Music Box Films has acquired U.S. rights to “The Returned,” the hit Canal Plus supernatural drama.

Bringing together film and TV talent on both sides of the camera, “The Returned” was created by Fabrice Gobert, whose debut feature, “Lights Out,” bowed at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard. It’s produced by Caroline Benjo, Jimmy Desmarais and Carole Scotta at Haut et Court, the company behind Laurent Cantet’s Palme d’Or-winning “The Class” and Audrey Tautou starrer.

Cast includes bigscreen talents Anne Consigny, Clotilde Hesme, Celine Sallette, Guillaume Gouix, Frederic Pierrot and Samir Guesmi.

Managed by Ed Arentz, Music Box Films will roll out the series on VOD platforms on Jan. 1 and DVD/Blu-Ray on Jan. 21, following its October bow on a major U.S. TV channel. The TV deal will be unveiled shortly.

The cinematic show, based on Robin Camillo’s “Les Revenants,” ranks as Canal Plus’ highest-rated French-language series.
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In Latest France-uk Alliance, Canal+ Hit ‘Les Revenants’ To Air Subtitled On Channel 4

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In what will be the first fully-subtitled drama to air on the UK’s Channel 4 in 20 years, the net has acquired premiere broadcast rights to French supernatural series Les Revenants. Zodiak is handling international sales on the thriller that was produced by Haut et Court for Canal Plus and originally aired to record numbers last fall. The show, re-titled Rebound in the UK, centers on a group of people in a small Alpine village who find themselves in a state of confusion, trying to return to their homes. What they don’t yet know is that they’ve been dead for several years, and no one is expecting them back. Fabrice Gobert created the show based on the 2004 feature Les Revenants by Robin Campillo. Anne Consigny, Clotilde Hesme, Celine Sallette, Frederic Pierrot, Samir Guesmi and Guillaume Gouix star. The UK is no stranger to subtitled fare – BBC Four airs
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César Awards Nominations Announced!

The nominations for the César Awards aka the French Oscars were announced. "Farewell, My Queen," "Amour," "Camille Redouble," "In the House," "Rust & Bone," "Holy Motors," and "What's My Name" are competing for the Best Picture category. We'll find out the winners on February 22nd.

Here's the full list of nominees of the 2013 César Awards:

Best Picture

Farewell, My Queen

Amour

Camille Redouble

In The House

Rust & Bone

Holy Motors

What.s In A Name

Best Director

Benoît Jacquot, Farewell, My Queen

Michael Haneke, Amour

Noémie Lvovsky, Camille Redouble

François Ozon, In The House

Jacques Audiard, Rust & Bone

Leos Carax, Holy Motors

Stéphane Brizé, Quelques Heures De Printemps

Best Actress

Catherine Frot, Les Sauveurs Du Palais

Marion Cotillard, Rust & Bone

Noémie Lvovsky, Camille Redouble

Corinne Masiero, Louise Wimmer

Emmanuelle Riva, Amour

Léa Seydoux, Farewell, My Queen

Hélène Vincent, Quelques Heures De Printemps

Best Actor

Jean-Pierre Bacri, Cherchez Hortense

Patrick Bruel, What
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The Woman in the Fifth DVD Review

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Directed and written by Pawel Pawlikowski, The Woman In The Fifth is a French-British-Polish mystery thriller based on the novel by American novelist Douglas Kennedy. As an adaptation of this deeply detailed novel, the film is a pensive and psychological drama, but it doesn’t quite fill you in on everything as you are constantly left to detect what’s real and what’s not.

The Woman In The Fifth centres around a college lecturer named Tom Wicks (Ethan Hawke) who flees to Paris to move closer to his six-year-old daughter Chloe (Julie Papillon), currently living with his estranged wife Nathalie (Delphine Chuillot), as he attempts to escape an implied troubling past couple of years. When robbed of all his possessions on his journey home, Tom takes a job as a watchman for a local crime boss, Sezer (Samir Guesmi), to earn his keep. Here he finds friendship in one of the waitresses,
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[Review] The Woman in the Fifth

  • The Film Stage
We need movies like The Woman in the Fifth, because they remind us how intensely on-fire Ethan Hawke can be. He stars here as Tom Ricks, in a grungy mystery-thriller that starts off as an atmospheric noir and quickly — the film’s barely a tick over 80 minutes — descends into a prickly little personality study. The writer-director, Pawel Pawlikowski (My Summer of Love), has adapted Douglas Kennedy‘s same-named novel with unshrinking ambiguity, allowing Hawke to sink in and fire off one mixed signal after another while never losing the compassion underneath. It’s a satisfying move.

Tom’s an American novelist with one Pulitzer Prize-shortlisted work under his belt. The film opens as he relocates to Paris, in an attempt to smooth things over with his bitter ex-wife, Nathalie (Delphine Chuillot), so that he can see his daughter, Chloé (Julie Papillon), on a more frequent basis. Things go poorly from the very beginning,
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The Woman in the Fifth Movie Review

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The Woman in the Fifth Movie Review
Title: The Woman in the Fifth Director: Pawel Pawlikowski Starring: Ethan Hawke, Kristin Scott Thomas, Joanna Kulig, Samir Guesmi A dark testimonial to the notion of artistic bloom and creative salvation through misery, Pawel Pawlikowski’s “The Woman in the Fifth” is an intellectually engaging puzzle box, a movie that happily dances about on both literal and metaphorical planes. Starring Ethan Hawke as an emotionally wayward novelist and Kristin Scott Thomas as his mysterious new muse, the very European film should find intrigued and mostly unpiqued embrace in the arms of Stateside arthouse audiences for whom the cast will be the main factor that gets them in the door. American author Tom Ricks (Hawke) arrives in Paris with the intent [ Read More ]
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‘The Woman in the Fifth’ is a fine exercise in mood and style

The Woman in the Fifth

Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski

Written by Pawel Pawlikowski

France/Poland/U.K, 2011

The psychological thriller is a fun little genre for it allows, first, the screenwriter and director to get creative with their storytelling by exploring clever, unexpected and unnerving ways for their characters to behave under significant duress and, second, the audience to experience a sense of tension that not only provides effective thrills but takes them down a path an amazing journey where the real takes on another dimension, one that has the protagonist and the audience guessing what might come next. The truth of the matter is that for any psychological tension to be had, there needs to be an emotional angle to the instigating point of conflict. Broken down familial ties is one such avenue filmmakers can easily use as a launchpad to delving into such territory. Director Pawel Pawlikowski invites
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Cannes 2012. Directors' Fortnight Lineup

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Edouard Waintrop, Artistic Director of Directors' Fortnight, has presented the lineup for this year's edition, running from May 17 through 27.

Features

Merzak Allouache's El Taaib. Evene claims it's an angry film aimed at the malaise of Algerian society.

Rodney Ascher's Room 237. A documentary about the plethora of theories that have sprung up over the years regarding just what Stanley Kubrick was up to when he made The Shining (1980). More here. IFC Midnight picked up North American rights just yesterday.

Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar and Benjamin Renner's Ernest et Célestine. From the makers of A Town Called Panic, this is an animated adaptation of a series of books about a little mouse who doesn't want to become a dentist and a big bear who doesn't want to become a notary. Site.

Benjamin Ávila's Infancia clandestina. From the San Sebastian Film Festival: "Juan lives in clandestinity. Just like his mum,
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Kristin Scott Thomas and Ethan Hawke Get Entangled In ‘The Woman in the Fifth’ UK Trailer

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The Woman in Black may be hitting theaters next month, but there is a film that could be just as scary on the horizon. Pawel Pawlikowski‘s The Woman in the Fifth premiered to Tiff, but I didn’t hear much buzz. It now has a UK release in February and a trailer has popped up via First Showing for the film starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Ethan Hawke as lovers who get entangled in a mysterious twist.

The cinematography looks strong, but the story seems a bit thin for a feature-length film. Scott Thomas is usually always great though, and as for Hawke, he has been absent since early 2010′s Daybreakers, but will return this year with the horror film Sinister and a brief appearance in Total Recall. Check out the trailer below for the film also starring Joanna Kulig and Samir Guesmi.

Synopsis:

An American writer moves to
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First Look Images: Kristin Scott Thomas & Ethan Hawke in The Woman in the Fifth

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We’re coming to the end of our first look images Toronto Film Festival image posts now and this one has been made in France, Poland and our very own United Kingdom. It’s called The Woman in the Fifth or La femme du 5è, directed by Pawel Pawlikowski and stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Ethan Hawke, Joanna Kulig and Samir Guesmi.

An American writer moves to Paris to be closer to his daughter and finds himself falling immediately on hard times. Befriended by a French Arab who offers him a job, Tom finds himself employed as a security agent as he struggles to write his second novel and see his daughter. Meanwhile, his personal life takes a turn as he becomes involved with a beguiling woman.

Ethan Hawke looks very odd in this shot below.
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2011 Sundance Line-Up Announced

It has been another great year of film. I still have but seven movies left to watch before I complete my “Best of the Year List” but we are already looking towards 2011.

The 57 feature films selected for the four competition programs of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival were announced today, and the titles include some exciting works from returning filmmakers. While the lineup isn’t has loaded with big names it does feature the return of James Marsh whose documentary Man on Wire won the Grand Jury Prize at the fest in 2008. Some interesting movies we should mention that appear on the list are Mike Cahill’s Another Earth, Carlos Moreno’s All Our Dead One (Todos Tus Muertos), Anne Sewitsky’s sexual drama Happy, Happy (Sykt Lykkelig) Rashaad Ernesto Green‘s Gun Hill Road, Sean Durkin‘s Martha Marcy May Marlene, Andrew Okpeaha MacLean‘s On the Ice, Dee Rees
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