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Colcoa, the City of Light, City of Angels festival, joined forces with Variety to celebrate the French film industry, including one of its leading filmmakers, the Oscar-winning helmer Michel Hazanavicius.
The cocktail party, which took place on Thursday evening at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, gathered Hazanavicius, Pierre Niney (“An Ideal Man”), Yann Gozlan (“An Ideal Man”), Anne Fontaine (“Gemma Bovery”), Sabrina Van Tassel (“Silenced Walls”) and Shirel Amitay (“Atlit”). High-profile figures such as Pascal Rogard from Sacd (the society of authors, composers, directors), Mathieu Bejot from the promo org TV France International and Florence Gastaud from Arp (the guild of authors, directors and producers) also made the trip from Paris.
Spearheaded by its artistic director Francois Truffart, Colcoa hosted the Variety-sponsored cocktail party before the premiere of “The Search” (pictured above) — the latest film from Hazanavicius that competed at Cannes last year and stars Berenice Bejo »
- Elsa Keslassy
Tom Cruise clings to his action-stardom with the same ferocity with which he holds onto Scientology, but he might be returning to comedy for a brief stint. Disney has reportedly been eyeing Cruise to star in one of their upcoming musical comedies, Bob the Musical, for quite some time, and now it looks like it.s closer to happening. According to The Wrap, Cruise hasn't officially signed on for Bob the Musical, but he's circling the lead role, that of a regular guy who suffers a blow to the head. Now he can hear the inner songs of everyone.s heart, which, to his dismay, transforms his life into a musical. As the trade notes, the film has been in development since 2004. While The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius is being courted to helm the picture, The Lego Movie co-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, as well as Adam Shankman of »
Tom Cruise isn't the first guy you might think of to star in a movie called Bob the Musical, first because his name isn't Bob, and second because the movie is billed as a high-concept comedy and Cruise is better-known as an action guy, but according to The Wrap Disney has its hopes firmly set on the Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation star to lead the project. Cruise isn't officially attached to the project yet, but I count myself a Cruise fan and I have to say I am excited about the prospect of him playing the lead in a comedy again, especially one with an interesting premise. According to the report Disney hopes to reel in Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) to direct a script from Allan Loeb (Rock of Ages). The story is this: a regular guy can suddenly hear the inner songs of everyone's heart after suffering a blow to the head, »
- Jordan Benesh
Tom Cruise could follow up his string of action movies with something completely different. The A-lister is reportedly circling the title role in Bob the Musical, a Disney comedy about a guy whose life turns into a musical after he receives a blow to his head. Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) is being courted to direct. […]
- Angie Han
Tom Cruise will once again be running, fighting and gunning on the big screen this summer in Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, but the actor might be returning to the comedy genre in Disney's Bob The Musical. The Wrap is reporting that Cruise is considering taking the title role, and the site also says Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) is being courted to helm the high-concept musical comedy. According to The Wrap, Bob The Musical will follow "a regular guy who can suddenly »
- Jesse Giroux
Michel Hazanavicius (“The Artist,”””The Search”), Pierre Niney (“A Perfect Man”), Anne Fontaine (“Gemma Bovery”) were among the Gallic talent and filmmakers who spoke about the local movie biz at a Variety-sponsored panel at Colcoa, the Los Angeles-based festival dedicated to French films.
While the theme of the roundtable was the influence of Hollywood movies on French cinema, the filmmakers covered a range of topics, including the impact of the terrorist attack Charlie Hebdo and how it’s spurred creative freedom in France. Hazanavicus said the most sinister effect of the latest terrorist assaults is the rise of xenophobia and the far-right party. Fontaine, meanwhile, said the antisemitism in France had reached a peak and hadn’t been so ‘violent’in decades.
On the influence of American films, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Tom Cruise is circling the title role in Disney’s long-gestating musical comedy “Bob the Musical,” multiple individuals familiar with the high-concept project have told TheWrap. Cruise is not officially attached to star at the moment, but Disney has had its eye on the “Mission: Impossible” star since as far back as January. “The Artist” director Michel Hazanavicius is also being courted to direct. Representatives for Disney did not immediately respond to a request for comment, while a representative for Cruise declined to comment. Also Read: Tom Cruise Takes CinemaCon Behind the Scenes of His Death-Defying Plane Stunt in ' »
- Jeff Sneider
Every few years, a broad comedy catches France by storm, while causing barely a ripple in the U.S. Whereas Hollywood studio comedies tend to perform well in France, mainstream American moviegoers couldn’t be less interested in what makes the French laugh.
Los Angeles’ annual Colcoa French Film Festival is as good a place as any to sample a Gallic tickler. Given the event’s proximity to Hollywood — and the fact that many agents and industry pros scour Colcoa for fresh French talent — festival director Francois Truffart tends to favor polished, populist offerings over the more esoteric auteur fare featured at other Gallic film showcases.
“This year, we have a lot of comedy in the lineup,” Truffart tells Variety, unspooling such laffers as Anne Fontaine’s “Gemma Bovery” and Fanny Ardant starrer “Chic!” this week. “A few years ago, we opened the festival with Dany Boon’s fil, ‘Welcome to the Sticks. »
- Peter Debruge
Paris — European filmmakers including Michel Hazanavicius (“The Artist”), Wim Wenders (“Every Thing Will Be Fine”), Paolo Sorrentino (“La Grande Bellezza”), Ken Loach (“Jimmy’s Hall”) and Abderrahmane Sissako (“Timbuktu,” pictured above) have rallied to protect copyright laws, which the European Commission is now considering replacing with a Digital Single Market (Dsm) measure.
During the Rome Rendez-Vous with New French Cinema, about 20 directors got together to protest the European Commission’s proposal to swap existing copyright laws with the so-called Digital Single Market, a measure allowing for audiovisual and film works to circulate freely across Europe via pan-European licenses.
The filmmakers argue that the E.U.’s proposal would scrap the notion of territorial exclusivity, strip right-holders and solely benefit multiterritory platforms, like Netflix and Google. Abolishing existing copyright laws would also threaten the entire financing system that has allowed film industries and culture across Europe to flourish.
“Our films are a form of hope, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Some of Europe’s top directors have come together to issue a statement offering alternatives to the European Commission’s proposed Digital Single Market that could revolutionize — and decimate — the European film business. The likes of Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist), Mike Leigh (Mr Turner), Ken Loach (The Wind That Shakes The Barley) and Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah) have all signed a declaration, released during the Rome Rendez-Vouz, claiming they “want to redefine how… »
Bolster European players and force global internet giants to adhere to local fiscal and financial obligations related to culture, say directors.
Europe’s top filmmakers are urging the European Commission to consider alternatives to its proposed Digital Single Market (Dsm) to bolster the circulation of creative works across borders within the European Union.
“As copyright’s core principals are being questioned by some who erroneously think they hinder culture’s availability, we want to set out a new way of exhibiting cinema,” read the statement.
Their proposals come in response to the European Commission plans for a Digital Single Market (Dsm), which would involve overhauling copyright legislation – a move TV and film professionals across the region argue will destroy current financing models and leave Europe’s creative industries in tatters.
The film, which had its world premiere in the Berlinale’s Panorama section in February, won the ¨New Europe - New Names¨ competition at the festival, which ran from March 19 to April 2.
The film, about a former Olympic boxer who goes on a punishing ‘tour’ to raise some fast cash, also took home the Cicae Art Cinema Award.
Goat (Koza), which won the works in progress prize at last year’s Karlovy Vary, is handled internationally by fledgling sales company Pluto Film.
The ¨New Europe - New Names¨ jury, which included Chilean director Cristián Jiménez, Israeli actress Hadas Yaron, and Romanian actor Vlad Ivanov, gave its award for Best Director to Ukraine’s Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy for The Tribe and its acting honours to Hungary’s Márton Kristóf (Afterlife) and Bulgaria’s Margita Gosheva (The Lesson).
Meanwhile, the Baltic »
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Three Academy Award winners – Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist), Volker Schlöndorff (The Tin Drum) and Danis Tanovic (No Man’s Land) – are among 20 film-makers joining the protest against the European Commission’s plans to reform copyright law.
In their statement, also signed by Chantal Akerman, Luc Dardenne, Costa-Gavras, Jaco van Dormael and Julie Bertuccelli, they declared: “We are Europeans who still hear the echo of [European Commission] President Juncker saying that he would never accept creators being ‘treated like plastic manufacturers’, but now his College compare our work with selling a car or a tie.”
“We are Europeans shocked to hear of ‘breaking down national silos in copyright’, yet nothing to condemn ongoing violations of copyright, which hinder the development of online legal services.”
Commission declares backing for Digital Single Market
The film-makers’ joint declaration was issued ahead of the first debate held by the »
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Two days cut from festival, competition titles reduced and line-up almost halved in the face of tough economic circumstances.
Russia’s crumbling economy has forced the organisers of this year’s Moscow International Film Festival (Miff) to make swingeing cuts to the number of films shown and the festival’s duration.
Speaking to Russian daily newspaper Izvestiya, Miff programme director Kirill Razlogov revealed that the 37th edition will run from June 19-26, two days shorter than in 2014.
While Miff will retain its three competition sections for feature films, shorts and documentaries, the number of titles in the main international competition is likely to be reduced from 16 to 12, although the Free Spirit documentary competition will still have seven films in its line-up.
Razlogov suggested that the number of films invited to screen in Miff’s programme outside of the three competitive sections will be slashed by almost half - from 2014’s 250 to 150 at best.
Although the global »
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The U.S. premiere of Alan Rickman’s “A Little Chaos,” starring Kate Winslet as the landscape gardener commissioned to construct the grand gardens at Versailles, and Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Search,” an update of the 1948 film to war-torn Chechnya starring his wife, “The Artist” actress Berenice Bejo, will bookend the 18th Sonoma Intl. Film Festival, March 25-29.
“A Little Chaos” will open the fest, which takes place in Northern California’s wine country, and “The Search,” which also stars Annette Bening, will close the fest, which boasts fine wine and locally sourced cuisine as part of its allure, if not a key component of its programming in years past.
The event will present more than 100 films — from independent narrative features to documentaries to shorts to world cinema from 25 countries — shown at eight venues, all within walking distance of Sonoma’s downtown plaza.
Other highlights include the world premiere of “California High, »
- Steve Chagollan
A Little Chaos will receive its Us premiere as the opening film of this year’s Sonoma International Film Festival (Siff), which runs March 25-29.
This year’s Siff will show over 100 films from 25 countries across eight venues. Highlights include Kristian Levring’s The Salvation, Franco Lolli’s Gente de Bien, Kim Seong-hun’s A Hard Day and the world premiere of Barnaby & Matthew O’Connor’s California High.
Kevin W. McNeely, executive director, commented: “We are very proud of this year’s program celebrating the best in film, food and wine. Films ranging from thought-provoking documentaries on environmental and social issues, to the best in animation, world cinema, art and music, coupled with panels, parties and our »
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In the years since his Academy Award-winning performance in Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist, actor Jean Dujardin has had the opportunity to work with some brilliant American filmmakers - including Martin Scorsese and George Clooney. He has not left behind his roots, however, and his next big release comes from his native home in France. This film is The Connection, and you can watch its badass red band trailer below: Based on a true story, The Connection centers on Pierre Michel (Jean Dujardin), a French investigator who worked to dismantle the notorious drug smuggling operation known as The French Connection back in the 1970s. Along with his task force of expertly trained police officers, he sets his sights on taking down Gatean "Tany" Zampa (Gilles Lellouche), the kingpin of the operation. As precisely planned and executed as Michel's strikes are, the heroin-dealing criminal is constantly able to evade his grasp. »
Title: The Search Director: Michel Hazanavicius Starring: Bérénice Bejo, Annette Bening, Maksim Emelyanov, Abdul-Khalim Mamatsuiev, Zukhra Duishvili. Oscar director Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) returns with an epic film tackling the humanitarian disaster of the Second Chechen War. ‘The Search,’ explores the effects of this war on youngsters, through a story that leads to a happy ending and a tale of doom. Hadji is a nine-year-old Chechen boy (Abdul-Khalim Mamatsuiev) who escapes when his parents are murdered by Russian soldiers. He is so traumatised he becomes mute, but manages to make his way to a border town, where he establishes a wary relationship with EU official Carole (Bérénice Bejo). Meanwhile, Hadji’s [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Congratulations Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu, winner of the Oscar for Best Director! This is now four years in a row that I've interviewed the Best Director winner. Though at the time, I wasn't thinking about awards or anything else besides what to ask about the film and their process as a filmmaker. In an industry that loves data and obsessing over success, I can't help but notice a bit of a pattern here. Not that I am any indicator or predictor or grand wizard of the Oscars, but if anything I have my eye trained on very talented filmmakers and outstanding films. With Iñárritu winning this year, that makes four years in a row of winners interviewed, including Alfonso Cuarón, Ang Lee, even Michel Hazanavicius (of The Artist). Now here's the thing, behind-the-scenes there's a lot going on. Within my own realm, getting interviews is not as easy as it seems. »
- Alex Billington
As 21 of our 29 Oscars Experts predicted, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu won Best Director for "Birdman" on Sunday night. Though his chief rival Richard Linklater ("Boyhood") picked up a number of directing honors throughout the season, Inarritu won the Directors Guild Award, which has matched Oscar all but seven times in the DGA's 67-year history. -Break- This is the first Best Director Oscar for Inarritu, who earned one previous bid in the category for "Babel" (2006). That film started its derby strong by winning the Golden Globe for Best Picture, but ultimately Inarritu was no match for an overdue Martin Scorsese, who won his first ever Oscar for helming "The Departed." Inarritu's win is significant for another reason. The Mexican director is now the fifth consecutive non-American to win Best Director, following British Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech," 2010), Frenchman Michel Hazanavicius ("...' »
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