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March of the Penguins is getting a sequel

15 May 2016 8:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In news coming out of Cannes, Variety is reporting that Wild Bunch is shopping around a sequel to the Academy Award-winning documentary March of the Penguins.

The sequel, titled March of the Penguins 2: The Call, was shot in 4K last winter in Antarctica, and is once again directed by Luc Jacquet. There’s no word yet as to whether Morgan Freeman will be back to narrate.

March of the Penguins was released in 2005 and grossed $127.4 million worldwide, making it one of the most successful documentaries of all time.


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Exclusive image: 'March Of The Pengiuns 2'

14 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Morgan Freeman-narrated original won the Best Documentary Oscar in 2006.

Paris-based Bonne Pioche has released first images of Luc Jacquet’s March Of The Penguin 2 – The Call, the sequel to the Oscar-winning documentary that made $127.4m at the box office following its release in 2005.

Jacquet spent two months shooting mainly in 4K in Antarctica last winter using submarines and drones.

The narrator has yet to be confirmed. Morgan Freeman did the voiceover for the the original documentary. 

This new story follows a young penguin about to embark on his first journey, driven by the mysterious instinctual call that pushes every penguin when winter comes to leave for an unknown destination.

Bonne Pioche – which produced March Of The Penguins, The Fox And The Child, Once Upon A Forest – is lead producing with Paprika Films in association with Wild Touch and Disney France.

Wild Bunch has launched sales in Cannes and handles all world rights apart from France and the »

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"March of the Penguins" Sequel Planned

13 May 2016 9:03 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Luc Jacquet's Oscar-winning documentary "March of the Penguins" is getting a sequel.

"March Of The Penguins 2: The Call" was shot mostly in 4K in the Antarctica last winter with Jacquet directing and Bonne Pioche and Paprika producing the film. No word if Morgan Freeman will return to once again provide the narration.

Wild Bunch has acquired international sales to the project and is shopping it at Cannes. A U.S. studio is circling the project.

Source: Variety »

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Cannes 2016: A ‘March Of The Penguins 2’ has already been shot

13 May 2016 7:15 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Some more news coming out of Cannes as it has been revealed that filmmaker Luc Jacquet has already shot a follow-up to the superb documentary March Of The Penguins!

March Of The Penguins 2: The Call has been shot in super high-def 4K, and will feature stunning submarine and drone imagery, so reports Deadline. The trade blog reports that the ‘story’ this time revolves around ‘a young penguin about to embark for his first journey as he hears the mysterious call that compels the species to leave home for an unknown destination.’ They add that along with the young penguin in The Call, an older one — age 45 — will observe the journey, recalling the memories of his decisive moment and the doubts and fears which accompanied him.

The first film was memorably voiced by Morgan Freeman (in the English-language version), and while there’s no word on whether he’ll return, »

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‘March Of The Penguins’ Sequel In Works; Wild Bunch & CAA Selling – Cannes

13 May 2016 6:41 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

March Of The Penguins helmer Luc Jacquet returned to Antarctica this past winter to accompany a scientific expedition and film the follow-up, March Of The Penguins 2: The Call. Shot under the radar and largely in 4K, incorporating unique submarine and drone footage, the new story sees a young penguin about to embark for his first journey as he hears the mysterious call that compels the species to leave home for an unknown destination. The original film, about the… »

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‘March of the Penguins’ Sequel in the Works (Exclusive)

13 May 2016 6:33 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes — A sequel of Luc Jacquet’s “March of the Penguins,” the Oscar-winning documentary feature narrated by Morgan Freeman, is in the works, Variety has learned.

Titled “March Of The Penguins 2: The Call,” was shot mostly in 4K in the Antarctica last winter.

Wild Bunch has acquired international sales to the project and is shopping it at Cannes. Jacquet is back to direct it with Bonne Pioche and Paprika producing.

A U.S. studio is circling the project. CAA reps U.S. rights. Disney will release in France.

One of the highest-grossing documentaries of all time, “March of the Penguins” grossed $127.4 worldwide.

The sprawling and fascinating documentary follows the journey of emperor penguins of the South Pole as they travel to their traditional breeding grounds.


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Kering Topper Francois-Henri Pinault Puts Women-Focused Initiatives Front and Center

10 May 2016 10:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

At the helm of luxury powerhouse Kering since 2005, Brittany-born billionaire businessman Francois-Henri Pinault signed a landmark deal with Cannes Film Festival to launch the Women in Motion program in 2015, at a time when the festival was being attacked for the under-representation of women in the official selection.

Not only did the initiative receive the full endorsement of the fest’s artistic director Thierry Fremaux and president Pierre Lescure, it also attracted a bevy of stars and filmmakers — Salma Hayek (Pinault’s wife), Isabelle Huppert, Claire Denis and Matthias Schoenaerts, among others — who participated in Women in Motion talks.

Fremaux is also involved in selecting the recipients of the Women in Motion Awards, which last year went to Jane Fonda and Megan Ellison.

The worlds of film and fashion have never been as intertwined as they are today, with actresses signed as the faces of brands and brands recruiting top directors »

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Kering and the Festival de Cannes Poster 2016 'Women in Motion'

5 May 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

The second edition of the 'Women in Motion' program will take place in Cannes from May 11 to 22, 2016 at the 69th Festival de Cannes.

The year’s official poster is of Frances McDormand whose presentation at last year’s first edition illuminated gender bias practices within the film industry in the most captivating, funny and serious presentation of the several presentations given.

During her Talk on 22 May 2015, the actress addressed the impact gender discrimination had on budget negotiations for female filmmakers, the lack of money being one of the main issues faced within the industry. Frances McDormand made her point hit home:

"We don't need help, we need money. We don't need more initiatives; we need money."

"Women in motion - it's done! We are moving, we just need to catch up."

Read more on SydneysBuzz about the inaugural sessions of Women in Motion, Cannes 2015.

Launched jointly by Kering and the Festival de Cannes in 2015 as part of an official five year partnership, the 'Women in Motion' program celebrates women's talent in cinema. In keeping with the first edition, the 'Women in Motion' program will be comprised of its two founding pillars: the 'Women in Motion' Talks and the 'Women in Motion' Awards.

The Talks will be announced ahead of the Festival, and will highlight the contribution of women and discuss their role in the film industry.

In addition to the Talks, the first 'Women in Motion' Award will reward the exemplary contribution of a laureate to both the film industry and women's causes. The second Award will be attributed to one or several up-and-coming talents in the film industry, chosen from a shortlist of individuals compiled throughout 2015.

To watch Frances McDormand's Talk on 22 May 2015 visit Here

"I am proud that ‘Women in Motion’ has once again been given the chance to feature in the program of such a major event as the Festival de Cannes this year. In 2015, ‘Women in Motion’ proved to be a powerful platform for supporting women in cinema.

With ‘Women in Motion’ – and even more so this year, given the real support we are providing to several female directors – we are taking another step towards real awareness and tangible changes, promoting a film industry that is more representative of the richness and diversity of our societies." -François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO of the Kering Group

The ‘Women in Motion’ Talks: discussing the role and importance of women in film

Taking place as morning sessions throughout the entire competition, this year’s ‘Women in Motion’ Talks will welcome guests from outside the film industry to enrich the discussions about the place and contribution of women in cinema and underline solutions which would make the industry more representative.

· During the first edition of the ‘Women in Motion’ Talks held in 2015, a number of high-profile men and women eagerly joined the debate. Isabella Rossellini, Claire Denis, Salma Hayek Pinault, Matthias Schoenaerts, Melvil Poupaud, Isabelle Huppert, Sylvie Pialat, Agnès Varda, Thierry Frémaux, Frances McDormand and Deniz Gamze Ergüven all expressed their views on women and cinema during a series of interviews open to journalists and industry professionals.

The ‘Women in Motion’ Awards: celebrating talented women

· In addition to the talks, the 69th Cannes International Film Festival will also be marked by the presentation of the ‘Women in Motion’ Awards.

· In 2015, two honorary awards were attributed; the first to actress, producer and committed philanthropist Jane Fonda, who also holds two Oscars for best actress; and the second to independent producer Megan Ellison to celebrate the launch of the ‘Women in Motion’ programme. Both women are emblematic of their cinematic generations.

· In 2016, the first award will be presented to a laureate who has made an exemplary contribution to both the film industry and women’s causes. The first award winner will then be offered the chance to choose the recipient(s) of the second award, intended to support up-and-coming talents in the film industry, from a shortlist of individuals compiled throughout 2015. The second award will be accompanied by financial support for an ongoing film project.

· The awards will be presented on 15 May 2016, during the ‘Presidential Dinner’ organised by Kering and the Festival de Cannes and hosted by François-Henri Pinault, Pierre Lescure and Thierry Frémaux

A long-term commitment to both Women and Cinema

Kering and cinema

· From financing films and restoring works to producing documentaries and supporting producers and feature films, Kering and its Corporate Foundation have supported a number of films with a strong message: “Desert Flower” by Sherry Hormann (2009), “Home” by Yann-Arthus Bertrand (2009), “Brave Miss World” by Cecilia Peck (2013), and “Ice and Sky” by Luc Jacquet (2015).

· Kering has also been a partner of the Ecole de la Cité film school, part of the Cité du Cinéma complex created by Luc Besson, since its launch in 2012.

· Through its brands, Kering has also supported high-profile film institutions and festivals, such as the Tribeca Film Institute (New York), Britdoc (London), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Lacma) and the Lumière Festival (Lyon).

Kering and women

· Kering has been committed to empowering women for many years, primarily through the Kering Foundation, created and chaired by François-Henri Pinault, Kering Chairman and CEO, as well as the Chime for Change initiative launched by Gucci, to empower women and girls around the world.

About Kering

A world leader in apparel and accessories, Kering develops an ensemble of powerful Luxury and Sport & Lifestyle brands: Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Brioni, Christopher Kane, McQ, Stella McCartney, Tomas Maier, Boucheron, Dodo, Girard-Perregaux, JeanRichard, Pomellato, Qeelin, Ulysse Nardin, Puma, Volcom, and Cobra. By 'empowering imagination' in the fullest sense, Kering encourages its brands to reach their potential, in the most sustainable manner.

Present in more than 120 countries, the Group generated revenues of more than €11.5 billion in 2015 and had more than 38,000 employees at year end. The Kering (previously Ppr) share is listed on Euronext Paris (Fr 0000121485, Ker.Pa, Ker.Fp). »

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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. »

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The 20th Colcoa French Film Fest Kicks Off with ‘Monsieur Chocolat’

29 March 2016 7:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Colcoa French Film Festival (April 18-26) is celebrating its 20th year with its most ambitious program yet, bolstered by it’s first-ever TV competition, four world premieres, a special tribute to writer-director Jean-Paul Rappeneau, and the U.S. premiere of Nicolas Boukhrief’s home-grown terrorism thriller, “Made in France,” which was not theatrically released in France due to sensitivity following the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris.

L.A.’s annual French-language showcase, conveniently held under one roof at the DGA headquarters on Sunset Blvd. and designed as a promotional exchange between the French and U.S. film industries, will open with Roschdy Zem’s “Monsieur Chocolat,” about France’s most famous black circus performer during the Belle Epoque era, starring Omar Sy, who toplined the 2011 boxoffice smash, “The Untouchables.”

The closing offering will be Laurent Tirard’s “Up For Love,” a romantic comedy starring Oscar winner Jean Dujardin (“The Artist »

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Us Briefs: Music Box acquires 'Ice And The Sky'

18 January 2016 12:31 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Plus: Order Of Arts And Letters for Michael Keaton; Oscar Wilde honours for Sarah Greene.

Chicago-based distributor Music Box Films has acquired North American rights to Luc Jacquet’s documentary Ice And The Sky and set a second quarter theatrical release. The film centres on glaciologist Claude Lorius, who pioneered the study of ice cores in Antarctica to understand the impact of global warming. Music Box Films president William Schopf brokered the deal with Carole Baraton of Wild Bunch.

Spotlight star Michael Keaton was named Officer Of The Order Of Arts And Letters by France’s Minister Of Culture And Communication, Fleur Pellerin, at a ceremony in Paris on Monday. Spotlight earned six Oscar nominations last week and opens in France on January 27.Sarah Greene will be honoured along with James Corden and Snow Patrol for the Us-Ireland Alliance’s Oscar Wilde Awards on February 25 in Santa Monica. Greene can currently be seen in the TV series »

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Climate Change Documentary ‘Ice and the Sky’ Bought by Music Box for U.S.

18 January 2016 10:49 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Music Box Films has acquired North American rights to climate change documentary “Ice and the Sky” and plans a second quarter release.

“Ice and the Sky,” which was the closing night film at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, centers on Claude Lorius who, over the course of multiple expeditions to Antarctica, pioneered the study of ice cores to identify and understand the human impact on global warming. He began researching in Antarctica in 1957 by measuring carbon dioxide bubbles in ice (some of it 800,000 years old) and was among the first scientists to make the case for global warming.

The film is directed by Luc Jacquet, who won an Oscar for “March of the Penguins.”

Luc Jacquet is a proven documentarian with an eye for finding the narrative in nature,” said Music Box Films’ president William Schopf. “With ‘Ice and the Sky,’ he’s introduced the world to a man »

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Music Box Films Acquires Documentary ‘Ice And The Sky’

18 January 2016 10:09 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Music Box Films has acquired all North American rights to the eco-documentary Ice And The Sky, filmmaker Luc Jacquet’s project about the life of glaciologist Claude Lorius, who began studying the Antarctic ice in 1957 and was the first to raise a red flag on global warming back in 1965. Jacquet is the filmmaker behind one of the more successful documentaries of all time — March of the Penguins, which earned $127.4M worldwide and won the Oscar for Best Feature Documentary… »

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Film Review: Ice and the Sky

3 January 2016 2:54 AM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ It's testament to an overdue and definitive shift to mainstream debate that a documentary on climate change was chosen to close this year's Cannes Film Festival. A decade on from the cuddly tale of monogamy and perseverance that was March of the Penguins (2005), Luc Jacquet again returns to the Antarctic. Much like the beloved subjects of his world renowned animal odyssey the French director's latest project, Ice and the Sky (2015), details a life lived predominantly in the unrelenting bitterness of sub-zero temperatures.


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