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Industry Players Weigh on Weinstein Company’s MIA Status at AFM: ‘Nobody Cares’

Industry Players Weigh on Weinstein Company’s MIA Status at AFM: ‘Nobody Cares’
Kicking off less than a month after bombshell reports accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault, this year’s Afm is the first in which the Weinstein Company will play no role — beyond fueling lively discussions of the scandal that brought down the disgraced mogul.

Local and foreign sales agents, producers, and financiers express elation, disappointment, and indifference over TWC’s troubles, depending on their experiences working with the 12-year-old company. Many note that TWC’s heyday had already appeared to be over by the time the scandal erupted, as the financially struggling company shrank its film slate in the last couple of years to focus on TV and animation.

“The absence of TWC will make almost no difference to Afm. For a few years now, the company has been scaling back as a film producer/seller. It has focused more on TV and on just a handful of prestige film titles for the Oscar race,” said
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Morelia: Toons Bookend 15th Annual Morelia International Film Festival

Morelia: Toons Bookend 15th Annual Morelia International Film Festival
Animation pics are bookending the Morelia International Film Festival for the first time in its 15-year history. Pixar Animation Studios’ latest opus, “Coco,” no less, receives its world premiere in Morelia on opening night, October 20, while Carlos Carrera’s “Ana & Bruno” marks its Latin American premiere when it wraps the fest on October 28.

Set in Mexico and against the country’s most important annual event, the Day of the Dead, “Coco” is an apt choice as Morelia and the nearby lakeside village of Patzcuaro are particularly renowned for their Day of the Dead festivities. Since the festival usually ends close to the eve of the holiday, some guests have stayed on to witness the pageantry.

Snagging the world premiere of Pixar’s latest animated feature began some two years ago when festival director Daniela Michel met Pixar Chief Creative officer John Lasseter at the Lumière Festival in Lyon where Lasseter told her that Pixar’s next project
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Charles Cohen to Play Bigger Role in French Film Landscape With Landmark Theater Acquisition

Charles Cohen, one of the leading distributors of French movies in the United States, is set to play a bigger role in Gaul’s film landscape.

A real estate tycoon turned movie mogul, Cohen just acquired La Pagode, a Japanese-styled iconic theater in Paris considered to be architectural gem dating back to 1896.

La Pagode marks Cohen’s first international theater acquisition and underscores his ambition to diversify and expand the footprint of his company, Cohen Media Group, beyond U.S. distribution activities.

Since acquiring and renovating the Quad in Greenwich Village, New York’s first multi-screen theater in New York, Cohen has been diving deeper into the exhibition business, purchasing the Larchmont Playhouse in Westchester County a few months ago, and the Carefree Theatre in West Palm Beach. Cohen also owns and presides over the Silver Screen Theatre inside the Pacific Design Center in L.A., although this venue is dedicated to non-commercial screenings.

Acquired from Élisabeth
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Antalya Film Festival’s New Chief Raises International Profile of Turkish Event

Antalya Film Festival’s New Chief Raises International Profile of Turkish Event
The Antalya Film Festival, which launched five decades ago to boost production of quality Turkish pics by showcasing them alongside global standouts, albeit separately, is undergoing a revamp and raising its international profile in an effort to counter the country’s current drift toward isolationism.

For its 54th edition Turkey’s most prominent film event has hired British producer and film industry expert Mike Downey as artistic director. His first move has been to merge the fest’s international and national competitions with the intention of forging greater cinematic ties with the rest of the world while also raising the overall bar.

“We are driven by three key buzzwords: global, quality and selectivity,” says Downey, who has long been active in the Balkans.

Accordingly, Antalya this year will open with the world premiere of Turkish-Bosnian co-production “Never Leave Me,” based on a true story about Syrian orphans living in a Turkish refugee camp, directed by Bosnian
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Harvey Weinstein: His Career Timeline of Sexual Harassment Allegations

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Harvey Weinstein: His Career Timeline of Sexual Harassment Allegations
In this week’s missile of a The New York Times story about the many alleged indiscretions of Harvey Weinstein, one of his past colleagues, former Miramax Los Angeles president Mark Gill, describes Weinstein’s professional climb from indie producer to Hollywood titan. “From the outside, it seemed golden — the Oscars, the success, the remarkable cultural impact.” Yet Gill said the persistent whispers that Weinstein was mistreating women were in fact “the biggest mess of all.”

While The Weinstein Co. co-founder publicly championed women’s rights, his accusers say that he was a hypocrite, secretly propositioning them for massages, kisses and more. One month after Weinstein distributed “The Hunting Ground,” a documentary about rapes on university campuses, he allegedly groped a college-aged woman in his office. Weinstein, 65, has a well-documented, on-the-record history of unflattering behavior, even against women (like in 2002, when he publicly berated director Julie Taymor at a screening of her film,
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Antalya Film Festival Lineup Accentuates Refugee Crisis

Antalya Film Festival Lineup Accentuates Refugee Crisis
Rome – The Antalya Film Festival will open its 54th edition with the world premiere of Turkish-Bosnian co-production “Never Leave Me,” based on a true story about Syrian orphans living in a refugee camp in Turkey. The country now hosts more than 3 million refugees, mostly from war-torn Syria.

Directed by prize-winning Bosnian writer-helmer Aida Begic (“Children of Sarajevo”), “Never Leave Me” (pictured), which will launch out-of-competition, is one of four films in the festival’s official selection that touch on the refugee crisis.

Also world-premiering at the Oct. 21-27 event in the Turkish resort city is Turkish director Andac Haznedaroglu’s “The Guest,” starring Jordanian actress Saba Mubarak as a Syrian named Meryem fleeing from war-torn Aleppo with two children whose parents have perished, and “Ugly Duckling,” a drama that mixes a young woman’s desire to have plastic surgery with the Kurdish-Turkish conflict, directed by first-timer Ender Ozkahraman.

They will compete for prizes alongside Chinese artist Ai Weiwei
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Anne Wiazemsky: a haunting, humane star who helped France discover itself

More than just a foil for Jean-Luc Godard, Wiazemsky was a vital performer – and exhilarating writer – who brought desire and compassion to the screen

It’s an uncomfortable irony that, after her life has ended, Anne Wiazemsky risks being seen as a bystander in her own story. In Michel Hazanavicius’s enjoyable but somewhat facetious new film Redoubtable, Wiazemsky, played by Stacy Martin, is depicted as a wry observer in her marriage to Jean-Luc Godard – the straight woman to his tormented clown.

Related: Anne Wiazemsky, French actor, novelist and muse to Jean-Luc Godard, dies aged 70

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Anne Wiazemsky, Jean-Luc Godard Muse and ‘Au Hasard Balthazar’ Star, Dead at 70

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Anne Wiazemsky, Jean-Luc Godard Muse and ‘Au Hasard Balthazar’ Star, Dead at 70
Anne Wiazemsky, the actress best known as the star of “Au Hasard Balthazar” and for her appearances in French New Wave movies, has died at 70 after a battle with breast cancer. Her brother confirmed the news with the Afp. Wiazemsky was the second wife of Jean-Luc Godard and appeared in his 1967 dramas “La chinoise” and “Week End.”

The actress got her breakthrough in 1966 when Robert Bresson cast her in the lead role of Marie in “Au Hasard Balthazar.” The film memorably chronicled the relationship between the character, a shy farm girl, and her beloved donkey as they grow old and drift apart. Wiazemsky was only 18 year old when she appeared in the movie but became an instant favorite of Bresson. Her acting career continued until the late 1980s and she starred in films directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini (“Teorema,” “Pigsty”) and Philippe Garrel (“L’enfant secret”).

Most recently, Wiazemsky had
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Anne Wiazemsky, French actor, novelist and muse to Jean-Luc Godard, dies aged 70

Actor appeared in films by Bresson, Pasolini and Godard, to whom she was married for 12 years and whose memoir of their relationship was adapted into the 2017 film Redoubtable

Anne Wiazemsky, the actor best known for her appearances in films of the French Nouvelle Vague and marriage to director Jean-Luc Godard, has died aged 70 after a battle with cancer. “Anne died this morning. She had been very sick,” her brother Pierre told Afp.

Related: 'Godard is not God!' … Michel Hazanavicius on his film about France's most notorious director

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Wild Bunch Boss Vincent Maraval Causes Stir With Tweets Aimed at AIDS Drama ‘BPM’

Wild Bunch Boss Vincent Maraval Causes Stir With Tweets Aimed at AIDS Drama ‘BPM’
Wild Bunch boss and co-founder Vincent Maraval has sparked a backlash after firing off tweets perceived as homophobic upon learning that Robin Campillo’s AIDS drama “BPM ( Beats per Minute)” was chosen to represent France in the foreign-language Oscar category. Maraval had backed Michel Hazanavicius’s “Redoutable,” which had been shortlisted by France’s Oscar committee and is being sold by Wild Bunch.

A prominent but divisive figure in the French industry, Maraval has cultivated a reputation for brashness for more than a decade through splashy declarations in the press and personal clashes with French officials and institutions such as UniFrance. Reacting to an article published in “So Film” – a magazine co-owned by Wild Bunch – on the selection of “Bpm” on Tuesday, Maraval tweeted (with several spelling mistakes) that he had “the uncomfortable sensation of being f—–.”

He followed that up with another tweet saying that Campillo’s gay-themed film “turned me over,” an
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Warner Bros. Signs First-Look Deal With French Company Marvelous Productions (Exclusive)

Paris – Warner Bros. has signed a first-look deal with Marvelous Productions, the Paris-based outfit launched at Cannes by former top-level execs at Pathé, Romain Le Grand and Vivien Aslanian and producer Marco Pacchioni.

Under the pact, Warner Bros. will have the opportunity to board any French-language project produced or co-produced by Marvelous Productions. The agreement underscores the Hollywood studio’s aim to increase its footprint in local production with strong partners.

“We have a deep respect for the talent and professionalism of the founders of Marvelous Productions, and we are convinced of their ability to deliver quality films that have a wide appeal,” said Iris Knobloch, president of Warner Bros. France.

Over the last few years, Warners Bros. has backed several French movies, most notably Michel Hazanavicius’s Oscar-winning film “The Artist” (pictured).

Le Grand and Aslanian were at the helm of Pathé for 19 years before exiting in 2016. Together, they produced and distributed many franchise-based French comedies
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The Rider trots off with top award at Deauville by Richard Mowe - 2017-09-10 12:12:00

Brady Jandreau plays himself in Chloe Zhao’s The Rider - winner of the Grand Prix Award at the 43rd Festival of American Cinema in Deauville The Rider took the top prize, the Grand Prix Award, at the Deauville Festival of American Cinema. The second feature by Chinese-American director Chloe Zhao, this cowboy drama has received many approving reviews and previously scooped the Art Cinema Award in the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival earlier in the year.

The Rider deals with a young cowboy Brady whose promising future as a top rodeo rider is suddenly jeopardised by a dreadful head injury. The clan are played by real-life family members Brady, Tim and Lilly Jandreau. Zhao met Brady before his real-life accident and developed the story out of the aftermath.

The jury, headed by The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius whose Redoubtable (the true story of how 17-year-old Anne Wiazemsky
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Chloe Zhao's 'The Rider' Takes Top Prize in Deauville

Chloe Zhao's 'The Rider' Takes Top Prize in Deauville
Chloe Zhao’s The Rider took the top prize at the Deauville Film Festival, but it’s safe to say that A Ghost Story was the big winner.

Zhao’s cowboy film, which took the Directors’ Fortnight prize in Cannes, won the best film prize, despite jury president and The Artist Oscar winner Michel Hazanavicius jokingly calling out La La Land.

“I fell in love with the heartland of America, which is a place that isn’t shown in the best light right now, which is unfair because these are some of the most amazing, kind and generous people I’ve ever met and I...
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‘A Ghost Story,’ ‘Menashe,’ ‘The Rider’ Win Prizes at 43rd Deauville American Film Festival

‘A Ghost Story,’ ‘Menashe,’ ‘The Rider’ Win Prizes at 43rd Deauville American Film Festival
David Lowery’s “A Ghost Story” was the big winner of the 43rd Deauville American Film Festival, scooping three awards, including the Revelation prize, the Critics prize and the Special Jury Special (shared with Joshua Z. Weinstein’s “Menashe”).

Chloé Zhao’s “The Rider,” which world premiered at Cannes’s Directors Fortnight and was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics, won the Grand Prize from a jury presided by Michel Hazanavicius (“The Artist,””Redoutable”).

Hazanavicius praised “The Rider” for his “humanity and poetry” as well as its “soft political reflection.”

When picking up his award from the Revelation jury president Emmanuelle Bercot, the French actress-turned-director, Lowery paid tribute to his wife and said their relationship served as inspiration for the film.

A Ghost Story” is supernatural drama reuniting Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara. The pair starred in Lowery’s last film, “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” which had also competed at Deauville. “A Ghost Story
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The 2017 IndieWire Tiff Bible: Every Review, Interview, and News Item Posted During the Festival

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The 2017 IndieWire Tiff Bible: Every Review, Interview, and News Item Posted During the Festival
Lineup and Pre-Festival Announcements and News

Tiff Reveals First Slate of 2017 Titles, Including ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Downsizing,’ and ‘Call Me By Your Name

Tiff Announces Midnight Madness and Documentaries Slate, Including ‘The Disaster Artist,’ ‘Super Size Me’ Sequel, and More

Tiff Announces Platform Lineup, Including ‘The Death of Stalin,’ ‘Euphoria,’ and ‘Brad’s Status’

Tiff Reveals Full Canadian Lineup, Including ‘Alias Grace’ Series Premiere and Restored Classics

Tiff 2017 Does TV: Primetime Line-Up to Premiere ‘The Deuce’ and ‘The Girlfriend Experience

Tiff Adds More Titles, Including ‘The Florida Project,’ ‘Molly’s Game,’ New Films From Brie Larson and Louis C.K., and Many More

Tiff Adds Lady Gaga Documentary & Performance to Special Events Slate

Pre-Festival Analysis

10 Toronto Film Festival Documentaries That Could Shake Up the Oscars

Tiff’s Platform Selection: How the Festival’s Buzziest Slate is Pivoting After Launching ‘Moonlight’

Tiff 2017: 12 Lgbtq Films We Can’t Wait to See
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Growing up backstage by Anne-Katrin Titze

Emmanuelle Devos joins Alice Winocour, Charlotte Le Bon, and Berenice Béjo on Michel Hazanavicius's Deauville Festival of American Cinema jury Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Emmanuelle Devos has had a special relationship with Arnaud Desplechin from her first film, La Vie Des Morts, with him as writer/director, on to La Sentinelle (a CinéSalon tribute to Caroline Champetier), My Sex Life... Or How I Got Into An Argument, Esther Kahn, Kings & Queen (Rois & Reine), and A Christmas Tale (Un Conte De Noël).

I met with Emmanuelle Devos at the French Institute Alliance Française (CinéSalon's Enigmatic Emmanuelle Devos) in New York for a conversation on Frédéric Mermoud's Moka, based on the novel by Tatiana de Rosnay in which she stars opposite Nathalie Baye with David Clavel, Olivier Chantreau, Diane Rouxel, and Samuel Labarthe.

Emmanuelle Devos on her first director Arnaud Desplechin: "Our relationship is really so intimate, so special …" Photo:
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Hazanavicius’s amour for American cinema by Richard Mowe - 2017-09-02 09:44:35

Deauville jury president Michel Hazanavicius: 'I’m a big fan of the ‘rebel’ cinema from the 1950s' Photo: Richard Mowe

With his affectionate homage to silent cinema The Artist as a reference there is no surprise that director Michel Hazanavicius should be a confirmed admirer of American cinema.

He said: “The period between 1921 and 1927 provided many masterpieces but the thrillers from the Thirties are amazing, the Westerns from the Forties gave the movies a whole new strand while I’m a big fan of the ‘rebel’ cinema from the 1950s.

“The big strength of American cinema is the fact that over the decades the blockbusters have always been accompanied by a strong independent sector - B movies or even Z movies.”

Who better then than Hazanavicius to head up as president the jury at the 43rd edition of Deauville’s Festival of American Cinema which opened last night with
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Full Line-Up Revealed For The 2017 BFI London Film Festival

The official line-up for the 2017 BFI London Film Festival has been revealed. The programme was announced at the Odeon Leicester Square in London this morning. Alexander Payne’s Downsizing has been named as one of the headline galas at the festival following a bow at Venice and Toronto.

Also amongst the line-up are Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, with Annette Bening and Jamie Bell; Saul Dibb’s Journey’s End, Yorgis Lanthimos’ Cannes-fave The Killing of a Sacred Deer and also Last Flag Flying from Richard Linklater.

Guillermo del Toro will debut The Shape of Water, starring Sally Hawkins, for British audiences, and Lynne Ramsay’s Cannes-winning You Were Never Really Here also makes a show.

Also showing will be David Fincher’s Netflix series Mindhunter to the event, Takashi Miike’s Blade of the Immortal, Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories, Dominic Cooke’s On Chesil Beach,
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Venice Opener ‘Downsizing,’ Linklater’s ‘Last Flag Flying’ Among London Film Festival Lineup

Venice Opener ‘Downsizing,’ Linklater’s ‘Last Flag Flying’ Among London Film Festival Lineup
Social division and immigration are set to be “hot topics” at the 61st BFI London Film Festival, according to festival director Clare Stewart. Announcing the lineup for the festival’s 2017 edition Thursday, Stewart said: “In these globally tumultuous times, filmmakers around the world have increasingly urgent stories to tell and more reasons than ever to reimagine our reality.”

Revealing the 242-film lineup, Stewart highlighted examples of films throughout the program that deal variously with issues of social division and immigration in modern society. These include Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing” (pictured), which just opened the Venice Film Festival and which receives its U.K. premiere with a Headline Gala in London; Palestinian official competition title “Wajib”; documentary competition title “Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time,” about life in an offshore detention center; first feature “Most Beautiful Island,” about a Spanish refugee in New York; and Martin McDonagh’s closing-night film, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,
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