“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 Festival — Axelle 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.
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
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
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,
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
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.
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.
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.
Here's the full list of nominees of the 2013 César Awards:
Farewell, My Queen
In The House
Rust & Bone
What.s In A Name
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
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
Jean-Pierre Bacri, Cherchez Hortense
Patrick Bruel, What
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,
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,
Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski
Written by Pawel Pawlikowski
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
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,
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.
An American writer moves to
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.
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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