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10 items from 2016


Golem co-founder Josetxo Moreno dies aged 62

25 July 2016 9:06 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

San Sebastian to dedicate this year’s edition to late exhibitor and distributor, a champion of independent filmmakers including Lars von Trier, Michael Haneke and Takeshi Kitano.

Josetxo Moreno, co-founder and co-chief of respected Spanish art-house distributor and exhibitor Golem has passed away at the age of 62-years-old.

Pamplona-born Moreno was passionate about cinema from an early age. He founded Golem in 1980 alongside Otilio Garcia Gobeo and Pedro Zaratiegui, having cut his distributor teeth running a series of cinema clubs throughout the late 1970s.

The trio caught the wave of cultural liberation and experimentation in Spain at the time, which followed the death of General Francisco Franco in 1975 and the end of his repressive 40-year dictatorship.

They grew the company into onto one of the most important art-house distributors in Spain.

Auteurs on Golem’s slate over the years included Lars von Trier, Thomas Vinterberg, Michael Haneke, Laurent Cantet, Ari Folman, Asghar Farhadi, Zhang »

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Venice Critics’ Week to open with Alice Lowe revenge-comedy

25 July 2016 4:46 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The strand will be bookended by Alice Lowe’s Prevenge and Xander Robin’s Are We Not Cats [pictured].Scroll down for line-up

The Venice International Film Festival’s (Aug 31 - Sept 10) 2016 Critics’ Week line-up has been revealed.

The independent section of the festival – dedicated to features from debut directors – includes seven titles from five continents.

Opening the strand with be UK director Alice Lowe’s Prevenge (out of competition), which stars Lowe as a pregnant woman on a killing spree and will have its world premiere at the festival.

Lowe was co-writer and co-star of Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers. The film is a Western Edge Pictures/Gennaker production and was shot in Wales last year.

Closing will be Xander Robin’s Are We Not Cats, which was one of three genre titles to screen as a work-in-progress at the Cannes Marche this year as part of an inaugural partnership between genre market Frontières and the Cannes Film Festival »

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Venice Film Festival Juries Announced: Laurie Anderson, Joshua Oppenheimer, Nina Hoss & More Headed to the Lido

24 July 2016 10:28 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Ahead of its official lineup being released last week (and amid rumors of what said lineup will consist of), the Venice Film Festival has announced the filmmakers and actors who will be on jury duty beginning late next month. Laurie Anderson, Gemma Arterton, Giancarlo De Cataldo, Nina Hoss, Chiara Mastroianni, Joshua Oppenheimer, Lorenzo Vigas and Zhao Wei will be heading the Competition jury alongside Sam Mendes, who’s serving as president this year.

Read More: Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Arrival’ and Tom Ford’s ‘Nocturnal Animals’ Are ‘Virtually Assured’ to Premiere at the Venice Film Festival

Heading the Orizzonti section, meanwhile, is French director Robert Guédiguian. He’ll be joined by J. Hoberman, Nelly Karim, Valentina Lodovini, Moon So-ri, José Maria (Chema) Prado and Chaitanya Tamhane. Kim Rossi Stuart is leading the “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film — Lion of the Future jury with Rosa Bosch, Brady Corbet, »

- Michael Nordine

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Robert Guédiguian, Kim Rossi Stuart to head Venice juries

8 July 2016 5:43 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Venice appoints additional jury presidents; Sam Mendes already on board as competition jury president.

Director Robert Guédiguian (Marius and Jeannette) has been set as president of Venice’s Orizzoniti Jury and actor-director Kim Rossi Stuart (Romanzo Criminale) will serve as president of the jury for the Luigi De Laurentiis Venice Award for a Debut Film - Lion of the Future.

French director Guédiguian, known for his focus on Marseille and working class life, presented La Ville Est Tranquille at the festival in 2000.

Kim Rossi Stuart’s films has often featured at Venice, including Le Chiavi Di Casa (2004) by Gianni Amelio and Vallanzasca (2010) by Michele Placido.

The Orizzonti section awards the Orizzonti Award for Best Film; Orizzonti Award for Best Director; Special Orizzonti Jury Prize; Orizzonti Award for Best Actor or Actress; Orizzonti Award for Best Screenplay; Orizzonti Award for Best Short Film.

The international Jury of the “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film awards »

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

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MK2 Films boards Haroun’s 'A Season In France' starring Sandrine Bonnaire

4 July 2016 3:04 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Eriq Ebouaney and Sandrine Bonnaire to co-star in asylum seeker love story.

MK2 Films has taken on world sales of Chadian director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s [pictured] upcoming drama A Season In France.

Eriq Ebouaney and Sandrine Bonnaire have signed to co-star in the film revolving around the relationship between an asylum seeker and a French woman.

Ebouaney – who was recently seen in Bastille Day – plays Abbas, a widower and teacher from the war-torn Central African Republic seeking asylum in France. Awaiting a decision on his application, he works in a food market on the outskirts of Paris to support his two young children.

Bonnaire will play Carole, a French woman who falls in love with Abbas and offers him a home.

Florence Stern of Paris-based Pili Films is producing the film, which is due to shoot in Paris and Northern France this October.

The production marks Haroun’s first feature shot in France after dramas set in »

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Cannes: MK2 to launch Marianne Faithfull doc by Sandrine Bonnaire

9 May 2016 2:12 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Company also adds new films by Guédiguian, Moussaoui and Risuleo on eve of Cannes.

Paris-based MK2 Films will launch sales in Cannes on an upcoming bio-doc about 1960s icon Marianne Faithfull [pictured] by French actress and director Sandrine Bonnaire.

Simply entitled Faithfull, it will follow the singer’s life journey, from being discovered at the age of 17 in 1960s ‘Swinging London’; to her rock ‘n’ roll life with Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger; her battle with drugs and alcohol addiction and rebirth as a performer in later life.

Developed in close co-operation with Faithfull, it is set to feature interviews with Jagger, Salman Rushdie, Anselm Kiefer, Nick Cave and Damon Albarn

It is Bonnaire’s second documentary after My Name Is Sabine, about her severely autistic sister, which premiered in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 2007. Paris-based Cinétéve is producing, with the backing of Arte, for a 2017 delivery.

New Talents: Moussaoui and Risuleo

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Colcoa French Film Festival Taps Into Zeitgiest With Issue-Driven Movies

15 April 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Colcoa French Film Festival (April 18-26), otherwise known as City of Lights, City of Angels festival, turns 20 this edition with a lineup rich in socially minded films reflecting the turmoils that France has faced in the past year.

The French-language showcase’s opening film, Roschdy Zem’s “Monsieur Chocolat,” a Belle Epoque biopic of Cuban artist Rafael Padilla, will set the tone. The Gaumont pic stars Omar Sy as Padilla, the first celebrated black clown in France and who faced prejudice his entire life, leading to his downfall.

“ ‘Chocolat’ is in line with the rest of the selection, which is meant to initiate Colcoa audiences to a variety of topics that are shaping French society today,” says Francois Truffart, Colcoa programmer and its longtime exec producer/artistic director. “Although it is a period film, ‘Chocolat’ addresses the presence and representation of minorities in the arts, which is a current »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Colcoa Announces 20th Anniversary Line-Up

14 April 2016 3:29 PM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

The Franco-American Cultural Fund, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, has announced the program for the 20th Colcoa French Film Festival that will run April 18-26 at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles. The festival will showcase a record 70 films and television series - among them 64 in competition for Colcoa Awards - including four World Premieres, seven International Premieres, 19 North American or U.S. Premieres, 17 West Coast Premieres - and 21 new shorts. Colcoa, is now the world's largest event dedicated to French films and television.

"This 20th anniversary deserves a spectacular, strong program that reflects the diversity of French production, as well as the creativity and dynamism of French filmmakers and producers," stated François Truffart, Colcoa Executive Producer and Artistic Director. "More than ever, we are about to involve audiences in a journey that will stir them, make them laugh, cry, tickle their curiosity, and help them remain optimistic, while recognizing the urgent world zeitgeist."

 "20 years is an achievement for any film festival in Hollywood. This would not have been possible without the commitment of the Franco-American Cultural Fund - a unique partnership of the DGA, the Mpa, la Sacem and the WGA West - creator of the festival in 1996 and supporter of its subsequent development. We also salute French sales companies, official supporters, sponsors, and U.S. distributors, whose loyalty and trust have given the festival its continuing excellence," he added.

Colcoa will open Monday, April 18th with the North American Premiere of "Monsieur Chocolat," a biopic about the first French black clown, co-written by Cyril Gely, Olivier Gorce, Gérard Noiriel, Roschdy Zem, directed by Roschdy Zem, and starring Omar Sy and James Thiérrée. The film will be presented in association with Gaumont, which celebrates its 120th anniversary.

The festival will close its competition on Monday, April 25th with the World Premiere of "Up For Love," the new romantic comedy written and directed by Laurent Tirard, starring Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin and Virginie Efira. "Call My Agent" (Season 1), the most popular French TV series of the year, about a talent agency with actors playing their own roles, will close the Colcoa TV Competition.

Two other TV series, shown for the first time in North America, will be part of the program, presented in association with TV France International and Titrafilm: "The Disappearance," a drama co-written by Marie Deshaires and Catherine Touzet and directed by Charlotte Brändström; and "The Secret of Elise," a supernatural drama written by lsa Marpeau, Marie Vinoy, Marie Deshaires, and Catherine Touzet and directed by Alexandre Laurent, Samir Boitard, Mathieu Simonet, and Mehdi Meskar. The first two episodes of each series will be shown to the Colcoa audience.

To complete the competition, five TV movies will premiere at Colcoa: the North American Premiere of "Borderline," a thriller co-written and directed by Olivier Marchal, the International Premiere of "Carpets and Chaos," a comedy co-written and directed by Nader Takmil Homayoun, the International Premiere of "Stolen Babies," a drama written by Julie Jézéquel and directed by Golden Globe winner Alain Berliner; the International Premiere of "The Wall-Crosser," a fantasy written and directed by Dante Desarthes, based on Marcel Aymé's book; and the North American Premiere of "Woman Under the Influence," a drama written and directed by Claude-Michel Rome

The feature film selection (40 features and documentaries and 21 shorts), will feature exclusive presentations. "Fanny's Journey," an epic drama written and directed by Lola Doillon, starring Cecile de France, is also a World Premiere. The U.S. Premiere of the thriller "Made in France," written and directed by Nicolas Boukhrief, is a film which did not have theatrical release in France because of sensitivity following the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.  Colcoa also will present the U.S. Premiere of Robert Guédiguian's provocative film about the Armenian genocide, "Don't Tell Me the Boy Was Mad." The U.S. Premiere of Oscar ® winner Claude Lelouch's new film "Un plus Une," starring Jean Dujardin and Elsa Zylberstein, will screen, in addition to another U.S. Premiere of "All Gone South," the comedy sequel co-written and co-directed by Nicolas Benamou and Philippe Lacheau, two years after the success of Babysitting at Colcoa in 2014.

Several established writers/directors return and other known artists have been selected: Academy Award nominee Christian Carion ("Come What May"- with Cohen Media Group), Anne Fontaine ("The Innocents" - with Music Box Films), Vincent Garencq ("Kalinka"), Academy Award nominee Jean-Paul Rappeneau ("Families"), Christian Vincent ("Courted"), Maïwenn ("My King" - with Film Movement)

Every year, the Colcoa program is dedicated to a new generation of talent, many of whose films are included in Colcoa's French NeWave 2.0 Series: Samuel Collardey ("Land Legs"), Clément Cogitor ("Neither Heaven Nor Earth" - with Film Movement), Philippe Faucon - the writer/director of the 2016 César Best film winner ("Fatima" - with Kino Lorber), Emmanuel Finkiel ("A Decent Man"), Eva Husson ("Bang Gang" - with Samuel Goldwyn), Laurent Larivière ("I am a Soldier"), and Orelsan and Christophe Offenstein ("Uncompleted Song").

The After 10 Series at Colcoa invites audiences to explore new frontiers with an exclusive program, including the French-Belgian co-production from writer/director Bouli Lanners ("The First, the Last"), the new dark comedy from Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern, starring Gérard Depardieu ("Saint Amour"), and Frédéric Schoendoerffer ("Past Convoy").

Two anticipated films about women in Muslim countries will be part of theWord Cinema Produced by France Series: the Franco-Moroccan co-production, "Much Loved," written and directed by Nabil Ayouch, premiered at the Director's Fortnight in 2015, and remains banned in Morocco; and, "As I Open My Eyes," a Franco-Tunisian film from female writer/director Leyla Bouzid (with Kino Lorber). The Argentine film, "Eva Doesn't Sleep," written and directed by Pablo Agüero will complete the series.

Two documentaries focusing on significant environmental issues will premiere at Colcoa: the closing film of the last Cannes Film Festival, "Ice and the Sky" (with Music Box Films) from Academy Award winner Luc Jacquet (March of the Penguins), and a special presentation following the United Nations screening of the 2016 Cesar winner for Best Documentary, "Tomorrow," written and directed by Cédric Dion and Mélanie Laurent. "The Frankenstein Complex," a tribute to the creators of big screen creatures, written and directed by Gilles Penso and Alexandre Poncet, will complete this high profile documentary series.

All other Colcoa series are back in 2016: the Colcoa Classics Series with an exclusive program of digitally restored premieres (see February 19th press release); the Happy Hour Talks PanelSeriesin association withVariety (April 19-25); the Short Film Competition (Sunday, April 24 -  March press release); the Focus on a Filmmaker, this year with writer/director Jean-Paul Rappeneau (Thursday, April 21); and the Focus on a Producer will be with Dominique Besnehard (Saturday, April 23).

Animation, an important part of the French film industry, will be shown at Colcoa with the premiere of Rémi Chayé's new film: "Long Way North" (with Shout Factory).

 As is Colcoa tradition, comedieswill join the program almost every day, including the romantic comedy "Love at First Child," co-written and directed by Anne Giaffieri, starring Patrick Bruel and Isabelle Carré, Benoît's Graffin's "Hopefully," with Sandrine Kiberlain and Edouard Baer, Jean-Francois Richet's "One Wild Moment," starring Francois Cluzet and Vincent Cassel, and the new French hit "One Man and His Cow," written and directed by Mohamed Hamidi.

This last film will also be shown to the 3,000 students and teachers who will attend the now five High School Screenings (April 19-25) as part of the Colcoa Educational Program presented in association with Elma (European Languages and Movies in America). Two master classes for college and university students will complete the program.

For the ninth year, Lafca will partner with Colcoa Cinema for the Critics' Awards. The complete recipients list of the 2015 Awards - including the U.S. distributor winner of the Colcoa Coming Soon Award, presented in association with Kpcc, will be announced on Wednesday, April 27. Colcoa Awards are presented in association with Titrafilm, TV5 Monde USA, and Air Tahiti Nui. »

- Sydney Levine

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'Monsieur Chocolat to open Colcoa French Film Festival

29 March 2016 8:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Franco-American Cultural Fund on Tuesday announced the line-up for the 20th anniversary edition of the French film festival set to run in Hollywood from April 18-26.

The North American premiere of Roschdy Zem’s Monsieur Chocolat (pictured) presented in association with Gaumont will open the festival, and the world premiere of Laurent Tirard’s rom-com Up For Love starring Jean Dujardin and Virginie Efira will close the event. Season 1 of Call My Agent will close the TV competition.

Overall Colcoa will screen a record 70 films and TV series. The programme includes four world, seven international and 19 North American or Us premieres.

Closing the festival is the

The feature film competition includes the world premiere of Fanny’s Journey by Lola Doillon starring Cecile de France, the Us premiere of Robert Guédiguian’s Armenian genocide drama Don’t Tell Me The Boy Was Mad, and the Us premiere of Nicolas Boukhrief’s thriller Made In France, which »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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'Monsieur Chocolat' to open Colcoa

29 March 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Franco-American Cultural Fund on Tuesday announced the line-up for the 20th anniversary edition of the French film festival set to run in Hollywood from April 18-26.

The North American premiere of Roschdy Zem’s Monsieur Chocolat (pictured) presented in association with Gaumont will open the festival, and the world premiere of Laurent Tirard’s rom-com Up For Love starring Jean Dujardin and Virginie Efira will close the event. Season 1 of Call My Agent will close the TV competition.

Overall Colcoa will screen a record 70 films and TV series. The programme includes four world, seven international and 19 North American or Us premieres.

The feature film competition includes the world premiere of Fanny’s Journey by Lola Doillon starring Cecile de France, the Us premiere of Robert Guédiguian’s Armenian genocide drama Don’t Tell Me The Boy Was Mad, and the Us premiere of Nicolas Boukhrief’s thriller Made In France, which did not »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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