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Wild Bunch to Sell Part of Its Library to Orange Studio (Exclusive)

1 July 2016 8:04 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Aiming to steady its financial footing after a tough year marked by its merger with Senator, Paris-based Wild Bunch Ag is finalizing a deal to sell a portion of its extensive library to Orange Studio, the film subsidiary of France’s leading telco company Orange, Variety has learned.

The deal, which will be officially unveiled in the coming months, is expected to cover about 10% of Wild Bunch’s library and is meant to enable Wild Bunch Ag to repay its debt to Orange Studio, which is dedicated to co-producing and acquiring French and European films.

Contacted by Variety, Wild Bunch declined to comment on the deal. It comes as the company, which was behind this year’s Palme d’Or winner “I, Daniel Blake,” prepares to release its results for the 2015-16 financial year ending March 31. Wild Bunch’s numbers for the first half of the financial year showed »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Berenice Bejo To Star in Tom Shoval’s ‘Shake Your Cares Away’ (Exclusive)

30 June 2016 10:07 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Berenice Bejo, who’s best-known for her roles in “The Past” and “The Artist,” is set to star in Israeli filmmaker Tom Shoval’s sophomore outing, “Shake Your Cares Away.”

Penned by Shoval with the collaboration of Oscar-winning writer/director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (“Birdman”), “Shake Your Cares Away” turns on Alma, a young Israeli woman from a wealthy family who leads a double life as Dafna, an idealistic woman who volunteers in a soup kitchen in southern Tel Aviv.

Pic marks Shoval’s follow-up to Shoval’s “Youth,” which won three prizes at Jerusalem Film Festival, and earned nominations at the British Film Institute Awards, as well as nominations at London, Tokyo, Jerusalem, Cph Pix film festivals.

The project was first pitched at Les Arcs’s Coproduction Village in 2014.

“Shake Your Cares Away” will start shooting in early 2017 in Israel and in France.

One of France’s most sought-after actresses, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Dakota Johnson, Michel Hazanavicius titles head to Italy

13 June 2016 5:04 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Rome-based distributor Cinema pre-bought six new titles at Cannes.

Italian distribution veteran Valerio De Paolis may have completed the sale of his company Bim to Wild Bunch two years ago but he shows no intention of retiring on the proceeds from the deal.

The distributor has announced a slew of Cannes acquisitions for his burgeoning Rome-based distribution label Cinema.

Pre-buys at Cannes included David Robert Mitchell’s La-set thriller Under The Silver Lake; Michel Hazanavicius’s 1960s-set Jean-Luc Godard tribute Redoubtable from Wild Bunch and Aki Kaurismaki’s The Other Side Of Hope from The Match Factory.

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Dakota Johnson, Michel Hazanavicus titles head to Italy

13 June 2016 5:04 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Rome-based distributor Cinema pre-bought six new titles at Cannes.

Italian distribution veteran Valerio De Paolis may have completed the sale of his company Bim to Wild Bunch two years ago but he shows no intention of retiring on the proceeds from the deal.

The distributor has announced a slew of Cannes acquisitions for his burgeoning Rome-based distribution label Cinema.

Pre-buys at Cannes included David Robert Mitchell’s La-set thriller Under The Silver Lake; Michel Hazanavicius’s 1960s-set Jean-Luc Godard tribute Redoubtable from Wild Bunch and Aki Kaurismaki’s The Other Side Of Hope from The Match Factory.

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Dakota Johnson, Michel Hazanavicus titles head to Italy with Valerio De Paolis' Cinema

13 June 2016 5:04 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Rome-based distributor pre-bought six new titles at Cannes.

Italian distribution veteran Valerio De Paolis may have completed the sale of his company Bim to Wild Bunch two years ago but he shows no intention of retiring on the proceeds from the deal.

The distributor has announced a slew of Cannes acquisitions for his burgeoning Rome-based distribution label Cinema.

Pre-buys at Cannes included David Robert Mitchell’s La-set thriller Under The Silver Lake; Michel Hazanavicius’s 1960s-set Jean-Luc Godard tribute Redoubtable from Wild Bunch and Aki Kaurismaki’s The Other Side Of Hope from The Match Factory.

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Arnaud Desplechin, Michel Hazanavicius, and Michael Fassbender Secure New Projects

4 May 2016 12:35 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

When interviewing Arnaud Desplechin last fall, I briefly got word of the film that will follow his recently released My Golden Days. As it went:

“I formed this character. It’s about this character, and I was thinking about Vertigo. It’s a melancholy… it’s not melancholy. It’s quite a tragic character… no, it’s not a tragic character. It’s a strange character. It’s a strange woman. She disappeared for 20 years, and she’s back, and I started to write some good scenes with this material, this woman who’s back from the dead. She was supposed to be dead and she’s back. The guy is surprised. I’m calling him Ismael right now. Just right now; I will change it later. Right now I’m calling him Ismael, and I realized that this woman is coming from Sabbath’s Theater.”

This is now coming to fruition. »

- Nick Newman

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Weekly Rushes. Godard Biopic, Film Comment Editors, Jarmusch Clips, Radiohead's "The Wicker Man"

4 May 2016 6:22 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.NEWSLa chinoiseSay what? The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius is slated to make a drama out of the relationship between French New Wave master Jean-Luc Godard and his actress/muse-one-time-wife Anne Wiazemsky around the time of Godard's 1967 film, La chinoise. Sounds potentially horrible, but it is officially based on Wiazemsky's memoir Un an après. In a bizarre generational echo, Louis Garrel, so well known for embodying his father, director Philippe Garrel, in is set to star as Godard.We keep waiting, and waiting, and waiting for Terrence Malick long-in-the-making IMAX documentary, Voyage of Time. Now The Film Stage has found reference to an October theatrical release date. We'll believe it when we see it, but here's hoping.After Gavin Smith left editorship of Film Comment magazine, the Film Society of Lincoln »

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Cannes archives: Screen's Jury Grid 2011 - winners and losers

4 May 2016 2:14 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

As Cannes approaches, Screen recalls what came top (and bottom) of our Jury Grid in 2011 - a year that included The Artist, Drive and a wave of controversy from Lars Von Trier.

In annual tradition, Screen’s illustrious jury of international critics delivered their verdict on the films in Competition at Cannes 2011 - the year that the Palme d’Or went to Terrence Malick for his experimental drama The Tree of Life.

The film marked the elusive Us auteur’s first return to the festival since winning best director for Days of Heaven in 1978.

But Screen’s jury was not as impressed. While The Tree of Life scored a respectable 2.8 out of 4, top marks went to atmospheric Turkish crime drama Once Upon a Time in Anatolia by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, with a score of 3.3.

The film was Ceylan’s fourth in Competition at Cannes, and tied for the Grand Jury Prize with Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s [link »

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Cannes archives: Screen's Jury Grid 2011

3 May 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

As Cannes approaches, Screen recalls what came top (and bottom) of our Jury Grid in 2011 - a year that included The Artist, Drive and a wave of controversy from Lars Von Trier.

In annual tradition, Screen’s illustrious jury of international critics delivered their verdict on the films in Competition at Cannes 2011 - the year that the Palme d’Or went to Terrence Malick for his experimental drama The Tree of Life.

The film marked the elusive Us auteur’s first return to the festival since winning best director for Days of Heaven in 1978.

But Screen’s jury was not as impressed. While The Tree of Life scored a respectable 2.8 out of 4, top marks went to atmospheric Turkish crime drama Once Upon a Time in Anatolia by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, with a score of 3.3.

The film was Ceylan’s fourth in Competition at Cannes, and tied for the Grand Jury Prize with Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s [link »

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Jean-Luc Godard biopic in works from director of The Artist

3 May 2016 9:18 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Pioneering new wave film-maker to be the subject of a love story from Oscar-winner Michel Hazanavicius, with Louis Garrel and Stacy Martin set to star

French new wave maverick Jean-Luc Godard is getting the screen treatment in the latest film from Michel Hazanavicius, director of The Artist.

Related: Cannes 2014 review: The Search - silence may be best policy on followup to The Artist

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- Nigel M Smith

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Daily | Louis Garrel as Godard, Stacy Martin as Anne Wiazemsky

3 May 2016 9:13 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Michel Hazanavicius will direct Louis Garrel as Jean-Luc Godard and Stacy Martin as Anne Wiazemsky in Redoubtable, a "lighted-hearted and affectionate" comedy that begins with the 1967 shoot of La Chinoise. In Cannes, Wild Bunch will also be pitching Arnaud Desplechin’s Les Fantomes d’Ismaël with Mathieu Amalric, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Marion Cotillard, Sergei Loznitsa’s A Gentle Creature, Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Loveless, Jacques Doillon’s Rodin with Vincent Lindon, Michaël R. Roskam’s The Racer and the Jailbird with Matthias Schoenaerts and Adele Exarchopoulos and Claire Denis’s High Life with Robert Pattinson, Patricia Arquette and Mia Goth. And that's just the opener of today's roundup of news and views. » - David Hudson »

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‘The Artist’ Director Michel Hazanavicius To Helm Jean-Luc Godard Love Story ‘Redoubtable’

3 May 2016 6:04 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Jean-Luc Godard has broken cinematic convention, marched by the beat of his own drum, and established a firm place in film history, but there is one thing the 85-year-old director has yet to see happen: becoming a character in a film. But that’s about to change. “The Artist” director Michel Hazanavicius has signed up to helm […]

The post ‘The Artist’ Director Michel Hazanavicius To Helm Jean-Luc Godard Love Story ‘Redoubtable’ appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Cannes: Wild Bunch to launch new Hazanavicius, Desplechin, Loznitsa

3 May 2016 4:28 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Slate includes films starring Louis Garrel, Marion Cotillard,

Wild Bunch will kick-off pre-sales at Cannes on Oscar-winner Michel Hazanavicius’s [pictured] new project Redoubtable revolving around the relationship between Jean-Luc Godard and actress Anne Wiazemsky in the late 1960s.

Based on Wiazemsky’s autobiographical account Un An Après, the production will star Louis Garrel as Jean-Luc Godard and Stacy Martin, last seen in High-Rise, as the director’s young muse.

The script kicks off with the 1967 shoot of La Chinoise – about a group of students who try to live by Maoists principles - and follows the couple through the late 1960s when Godard went through his so-called “revolutionary period”.

Wiazemsky – who met Godard when she was just 17-years-old and he was on the rebound from Anna Karina – was married to the filmmaker for more than a decade.

Like Hazanavicius’s Oscar-winning The Artist, the aesthetics and style of Redoubtable will take inspiration from the films around which the »

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Gaumont Hits French Box Office With Gross-Out Comedy ‘Pattaya’

7 March 2016 9:42 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — French audiences are now fully embracing their own brand of R-rated comedies with Gaumont’s gross-out adventure laffer “Pattaya,” which has scored an estimated 8.2 million Euros ($9 million) from 1.3 million admissions since its Feb. 24 bow.

Directed by Franck Gastambide, an animal-trainer-turned-helmer, the $11.8 million “Pattaya” drew the year’s second best opening for a French-language film so far, ranking just after “Les Tuche 2 – Le Rêve américain.” Gaumont released “Pattaya” on 307 prints and has just added another 40 playdates.

Pattaya” turns on two underachievers (Gastambide and Malik Bentalha) and their neighbor, a devout Muslim dwarf (Anouar Toubali), who leave their Paris project to travel to Pattaya in Thailand, where they take part in the world championship of Thai boxing for dwarfs. While in Thailand they get together with a pal (played by popular comedian Ramzy Bédia), an expat from their Paris suburb who’s made a fortune in Pattaya. Another well-known thesp, Gad Elmaleh, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Colcoa Announces French Classics and Focus on a Filmmaker Programs

24 February 2016 5:30 PM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Colcoa French Film Festival, "9 Days of Film Premieres in Hollywood," and its producer, the Franco-American Cultural Fund, have  announced the Focus on a Filmmaker program as well as an exclusive line up of predominantly digitally restored French Classics, presented as World, International or U.S. Premieres. All screenings will take place at the Directors Guild of America.

The Colcoa Classics Series will be shown from Tuesday 19 to Saturday 23 and on Monday April 25 as part of the 20th anniversary program.

Focus on a Filmmaker: Academy Award0 Nominee Jean-Paul Rappeneau

Colcoa will honor Academy Award-nominated writer-director Jean-Paul Rappeneau on Thursday, April 21 with the World Premiere of new digitally restored "A Matter of Resistance"  (1965), starring Catherine Deneuve and Philippe Noiret, as well as the U.S. Premiere of his new film "Families.," which had its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall. Rappeneau joins previous honorees, writer-directors Michel Hazanavicius, Cédric Klapisch, Bertrand Blier, Costa Gavras, Florent Siri, Julie Delpy and Alain Resnais, whose key bodies of work have been cited in past festivals.

Jean-Paul Rappeneau will make a rare personal appearance as well as meeting audience members for a Happy Hour Talk panel dedicated to his work. (Colcoa Classics + Panel +Premiere of "Families"). This focus is presented with the support of TF1 International.

International Premiere of Digitally Restored "More"

Writer-director Barbet Schroeder, feted at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, will have a Colcoa-presented International Premiere of his digitally restored masterpiece, "More" (1969), in association with Les Films du Losange and Janus Films. Initially banned in France, Schroeder's debut feature cast the myth of Icarus as a cautionary tale of free love and drug addiction in the shadow of the May '68 Paris, illustrated by an original score by The Pink Floyd. (Colcoa Classics)

45th Anniversary of "Delusions of Grandeur"

The digitally restored version of writer-director Gérard Oury's hit comedy, "Delusions of Grandeur" (1971), will have its U.S. Premiere at the festival. Co-written with his daughter, Danièle Thompson, and Marcel Jullian, this historical spoof of the Victor Hugo play,Ruy Blasfeatures a first -time collaboration of two French giants, Louis de Funès and Yves Montand ."Delusions of Grandeur" will be presented in association with French studio Gaumont (celebrating its own 120th anniversary). (Colcoa Classics)

- International Premeire of Digitally Restored "Marius"

Colcoa will present the digitally restored version of "Marius" (1931), the first part of the famous trilogy taking place in Marseille, created by novelist Marcel Pagnol and writer director Alexander Korda. It stars Pierre Fresnay, Fernand Charpin , Raimu and Orane Demazis. This exclusive presentation in the U.S. is made possible by the Franco American Cultural Fund (Facf), which supported the restoration, La Cinémathèque Française and Les Films Marcel Pagnol. (Colcoa Classics)

- Internatonal Premiere of the Digitally Restored "They Were Five"

A special 80th anniversary screening of digitally restored "They Were Five" (La belle équipe) (1936) will be offered to the Colcoa audience just weeks after its French release. Thus, the festival will pay tribute to writer-director Julien Duvivier (born 120 years ago) who was the first filmmaker to cast two French stars Jean Gabin and Charles Vanel in this classic, popular, social comedy (presented with the support of Pathé International - (Colcoa Classics)

- World Premiere of Digitally Restored Colcoa Hit: "On Guard"  

Romance and revenge are the main ingredients in this sweeping swashbuckler set in a lavish 17th century backdrop. "On Guard,"   which premiered 19 years ago at Colcoa, stars Daniel Auteuil, Philippe Noiret, Fabrice Luchini, three of the multi-star cast and co-written and directed by Philippe de Broca. The festival will present the World Premiere of the restored version for its U.S. release by The Cohen Media Group (Colcoa Classics)

From April 18 to April 26, 2016, filmgoers will celebrate the 20th edition of Colcoa French Film Festival  at the Directors Guild of America.

The full line-up of films in competition for the Colcoa Cinema and Television Awards, will be announced before March 29 .

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- Sydney Levine

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Crimson Peak; The Program; The Search; Bill; Hotel Transylvania 2; Lila & Eve – review

13 February 2016 10:59 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The blood flows in the lavish Crimson Peak, a Lance Armstrong biopic sticks in first gear and Michel Hazanavicius is all talk, sadly…

When Amicus Productions released The House That Dripped Blood in 1971, it hardly capitalised on the lurid promise of the title. It must have stuck with Guillermo del Toro, however: he has beautifully literalised the image in Crimson Peak (Universal, 15), a sweeping, swollen haunted house horror in which bricks and mortar become flesh and bone, veritably streaming with the ketchup-coloured residue of dead residents. Allerdale Hall, the crumbling Cumbrian mansion owned by dashing but damaged inventor Thomas (Tom Hiddleston) and his emotionally corseted sister Lucille (Jessica Chastain), is like Daphne du Maurier’s Manderley turned inside out; the ghosted gothic love story it houses, too, plays like a disarranged Rebecca, its most intense surges of feeling gushing from unexpected trapdoors.

To unpick the Hall’s unhappy history, of course, »

- Guy Lodge

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India’s Reliance and France’s Julie Gayet to Climb ‘nOmber One’

25 January 2016 2:44 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

India’s Reliance Entertainment has partnered with Julie Gayet’s Rouge International, and Elisa Soussan’s myFamily, to produce mountain-set action drama, “nOmber One.” The picture is to be directed by Serge Hazanavicius, actor-director, and brother of Michel Hazanavicius, who won the best director Oscar for “The Artist.”

Reliance Entertainment is the film investment and distribution operation of billionaire Anil Ambani. It recently confirmed its participation in Steven Spielberg’s new studio Amblin Partners.

Production will take in both France and India. Principal photography is expected to start in February 2016 in France, and the film will move to the Indian Himalayas in March and April. The lead role goes to Kev Adams (“Les Profs 2,” “Les Nouvelles Aventures d’Aladin”).

The screenplay is by written by Serge Hazanavicius, Mary-Noelle Dana, Alexis Galmot and Stephane Dan, a mountaineering expert who has been involved in some 100 movies.

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- Patrick Frater

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India’s Reliance to co-produce Serge Hazanavicius' 'nOmber One'

24 January 2016 9:56 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

India’s Reliance Entertainment is teaming with two French production companies –  Julie Gayet’s Rouge International and Elisa Soussan’s myFamily – to co-produce Serge Hazanavicius’ mountaineering drama nOmber One.

Hazanavicius, the brother of The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius, is best known as an actor (The Monuments Men, I’ve Loved You So Long) and TV director.

He has co-written and will direct nOmber One, a father-son relationship story, which is set to star French actor Kev Adams. Co-writers also include Stephane Dan, Mary-Noelle Dana and Alexis Galmot.

The film will start shooting in February 2016 in France before moving to the Indian Himalayas in March and April.

“nOmber One is the story of a quest, and of the ascension of a uniquely talented young man in a world gone mad – a world of commerce and mercantile deals,” said Reliance in a statement.

A major investor in DreamWorks, Reliance also recently became a co-founder of Steven Spielberg’s [link »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Reliance to co-produce Hazanavicius action drama

24 January 2016 9:56 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

India’s Reliance Entertainment is teaming with two French production companies –  Julie Gayet’s Rouge International and Elisa Soussan’s myFamily – to co-produce Serge Hazanavicius’ mountaineering drama nOmber One.

Hazanavicius, the brother of The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius, is best known as an actor (The Monuments Men, I’ve Loved You So Long) and TV director.

He has co-written and will direct nOmber One, a father-son relationship story, which is set to star French actor Kev Adams. Co-writers also include Stephane Dan, Mary-Noelle Dana and Alexis Galmot.

The film will start shooting in February 2016 in France before moving to the Indian Himalayas in March and April.

“nOmber One is the story of a quest, and of the ascension of a uniquely talented young man in a world gone mad – a world of commerce and mercantile deals,” said Reliance in a statement.

A major investor in DreamWorks, Reliance also recently became a co-founder of Steven Spielberg’s [link »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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What the Critics’ Choice Awards Can Tell Us About Oscar

18 January 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

The Broadcast Film Critics Association handed out their Critics’ Choice Awards last evening in Los Angeles and is the first awards ceremony since the Academy released their official nominations last Thursday.

Those looking to the Critics’ Choice Awards in hopes of fleshing out their Oscar predictions will notice a few differences between last week’s Golden Globes and Sunday’s awards in the major categories. Most notably is the fact that Spotlight won best picture after being entirely shut out by the HFPA at the Globes.

Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant), Sylvester Stallone (Creed), and Brie Larson (Room) all repeated their Globes success with acting wins, but Swedish actress Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) took home the best supporting actress award in lieu of Kate Winslet’s (Steve Jobs) win the week before.

Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller took home the night’s best director award, »

- Patrick Shanley

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