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Deneuve is César Award Record-Tier; Stewart Among Rare Anglophone Nominees in Last Four Decades

13 hours ago | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Catherine Deneuve: César Award Besst Actress Record-Tier (photo: Catherine Deneuve in 'In the Courtyard / Dans la cour') (See previous post: "Kristen Stewart and Catherine Deneuve Make César Award History.") Catherine Deneuve has received 12 Best Actress César nominations to date. Deneuve's nods were for the following movies (year of film's release): Pierre Salvadori's In the Courtyard / Dans la Cour (2014). Emmanuelle Bercot's On My Way / Elle s'en va (2013). François Ozon's Potiche (2010). Nicole Garcia's Place Vendôme (1998). André Téchiné's Thieves / Les voleurs (1996). André Téchiné's My Favorite Season / Ma saison préférée (1993). Régis Wargnier's Indochine (1992). François Dupeyron's Strange Place for an Encounter / Drôle d'endroit pour une rencontre (1988). Jean-Pierre Mocky's Agent trouble (1987). André Téchiné's Hotel America / Hôtel des Amériques (1981). François Truffaut's The Last Metro / Le dernier métro (1980). Jean-Paul Rappeneau's Le sauvage (1975). Additionally, Catherine Deneuve was nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category »

- Steve Montgomery

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Literary Adaptation Biz Heat Up in France

20 January 2015 2:23 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– Underscoring producers’ appetite for tried-and-test material,  the French film industry has warmed up to literary adaptations.

Today, one out of five Gallic movies is based on a book, and nearly 40% of the films that sell over 500,000 admission in France are based on books, according to Unifrance, the promo org which hosted a roundtable with author David Foenkinos (“Delicacy”), producer Anne-Dominique Toussaint (“French Kissers”), literary agent Francois Samuelson and editor Paul Otchakovski-Laurens during its annual Rendez-Vous market in Paris.

The spike in popularity for literary adaptations has led many French producers to launch divisions dedicated to scouting for book rights, as it’s done in the U.S., pointed out Samuelson, who added that U.S. execs are more and more inclined to acquire rights to novels before they even get published.

“Deals are done differently in France, however, due to the fact that authors here have a bigger status than American ones, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Q&A: Benoit Jacquot Chats About Berlin-bound ‘Chambermaid’ And Upcoming Projects

20 January 2015 1:24 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– Benoit Jacquot, a French New Wave-inspired director whose career spans nearly forty years, returned to the forefront of the international film scene with Lea Seydoux starrer “Farewell, My Queen,” a critical hit that competed at Berlin in 2012 and earned 10 Cesar (France’s Oscar equivalent) nominations. This year, Jacquot will be back at the fest with “Diary of a Chambermaid,” another period drama toplining rising French star Seydoux and repped by Elle Driver in international markets. Addressing social and political themes that are still relevant today, the film follows a young and ambitious woman who worked as a chambermaid for wealthy families at the turn of the 20th century. An adaptation of Octave Mirbeau’s novel, “Chambermaid” is produced by Jean-Pierre Guerin’s new Jpg Prods. and Kristina Larsen at Les Films du Lendemain. The novel has already been brought to the bigscreen in 1946, with Jean Renoir’s Hollywood-set English-language makeover, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Films Boutique Acquires Berlin Competition Player Sabu’s ‘Chasuke’s Journey’ From Backup (Exclusive)

19 January 2015 9:08 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– In the run-up to its competition unspooling at Berlin, arthouse shingle Films Boutique has snatched up international sales rights to critically aclaimed Japanese helmer Sabu’s “Chasuke’s Journey” from Paris-based Backup.

Sabu is no stranger to Berlin. But while he has presented eight movies at the festival, it will be his first venture in competition.    Sabu said he was particularly happy to finally nab a competition slot without having “to bend his sense of humor.” He added that his “partners (encouraged him) to prioritize his artistic values during the making” of the movie.    Pic tells the tale of an angel who comes to Earth to save a woman after accidentally causing her death.    “Sabu is one of today’s more daring and innovative filmmakers, and ‘Chasuke’s Journey’ is a film that could please both arthouse and genre-film lovers. It’s rare to see a film mixing fantasy, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Berlin 2015: complete competition line-up revealed

19 January 2015 5:16 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

World premieres of Wim WendersEvery Thing Will Be Fine, Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Elser (13 Minutes) and Pablo Larraín’s The Club added to programme.

The 65th Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 5-15) has unveiled its full Competition line-up.

Some 21 of the 23 titles will be world premieres, and 19 features from across Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia will compete for Golden and Silver Bears.

New additions include Wim WendersEvery Thing Will Be Fine, which will play out of competition. The film, shot in 3D, stars James Franco as a writer who accidentally hits and kills a child while out driving. Co-stars include Charlotte Gainsbourg and Rachel McAdams.

As previously announced, Wenders will be awarded an Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement and will have ten of his films screened as part of the Homage strand.

Also playing out of competition will be the world premiere of Elser (13 Minutes) from Oliver Hirschbiegel, the German »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Berlin Competition Final Lineup Includes Wim Wenders, Oliver Hirschbiegel

19 January 2015 3:15 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

With under three weeks to go, the Berlin Film Festival has completed its competition roster, adding new titles from Pablo Larraín, Wim Wenders and Oliver Hirschbiegel. In total, 19 of the 23 films in the program will be vying for Golden and Silver Bears. Twenty-one of the titles are world premieres including new addition El Club from Larraín whose 2012 No scored an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. World premiering out of competition is Wenders’ drama Everything Will Be Fine with James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rachel McAdams and Marie-Josée Croze. The veteran helmer nabbed his third Best Documentary Feature Oscar nomination last week with The Salt Of The Earth. He’s also the subject of an homage at this year’s Berlin fest, and will be presented with an Honorary Golden Bear for his lifetime achievement.

Also in an out-of-competition world premiere is Downfall and Diana director Hirschbiegel’s Elser (13 Minutes »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Berlin Film Festival Completes Competition Lineup

19 January 2015 2:08 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Berlin Film Festival chief Dieter Kosslick has completed his Competition section lineup, with films by Wim Wenders, Pablo Larrain and Oliver Hirschbiegel among the latest additions.

Wenders’ 3D film “Every Thing Will Be Fine” stars James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Rachel McAdams. Franco plays Tomas, a writer who accidentally causes the death of a child and spends the next 12 years examining the effect of the tragedy on his life and that of Kate, the child’s mother.

As previously announced, the festival is to present Wenders with an honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement, and will screen 10 of his movies as part of an homage. Wenders directed seminal pics like “Paris, Texas” and “Wings of Desire,” and has been nominated three times for an Oscar, most recently for “The Salt of the Earth.”

Larrain’s “The Club,” which was shot off the radar, turns on four disgraced priests, who »

- Leo Barraclough

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Through the Looking-Glass…Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2016: Picks 100 to 6

16 January 2015 10:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

While DC and Marvel might already have a lock on several future release dates past the 2015 campaign with the Coen Bros. circling February on their calendars, for the most part, when it comes to American independent and foreign film flavored items, 2016 is still cloudy with a chance of…. 2015 just broke (we already have plenty to look forward to (Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films / Top 25 Most Anticipated Studio Films / Top 100 Most Anticipated American Independent Films – soon!) but we’re already excited about what is in store for several of our favorite auteurs. Here are picks 100 to 6, with our Nicholas Bell providing further analysis on current top five for 2016. Pictured above is Peter Strickland, who sits in our number six spot.

100. Untitled Edward Munch Project – Erik Poppe

99. Bastille DayJames Watkins

98. Live By NightBen Affleck

97. Imagine – Benoit Graffin

96. Pete’s DragonDavid Lowery

95. Bella LunaIvan Fila

94. Bat, Butterfly, Moth – Sergio Caballero »

- Eric Lavallee

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Berlinale First Look: Nicole Kidman and James Franco Star in Werner Herzog's 'Queen of the Desert'

15 January 2015 11:29 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Along with seven other films from Jafar Panahi, Benoit Jacquot, Bill Condon and more, Germany's biggest film festival added Werner Herzog's latest to its competition slate this morning. Herzog will attend the Berlin premiere of "Queen of the Desert," starring Nicole Kidman as British Intelligence officer and cartographer Gertrude Bell opposite Robert Pattinson as T.E. Lawrence (better known as Lawrence of Arabia) and James Franco as British army officer Henry Cadogan. Naomi Watts was reportedly originally cast in the role of Bell before it went to fellow Aussie Kidman. Damian Lewis costars. Herzog penned and directed the $36 million epic, which wrapped in Spring 2014 (around the time when we hoped to see the film at his Telluride stomping grounds) and was shot in Morocco, Jordan and London. This is Herzog's first narrative feature since 2009's hilarious, acid entertainment "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans" starring Nicolas Cage. Now celebrating its 65th. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Berlin Fest Adds Werner Herzog's 'Queen Of The Desert,' Lea Seydoux's 'Diary,' Jafar Panahi's 'Taxi' & More

14 January 2015 5:27 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

As if the Berlin International Film Festival wasn't already awash in promising debuts, organizers today have announced their latest slate of films, and some very anticipated pictures have joined the lineup. The most notable is Werner Herzog's "Queen Of The Desert," a starry biopic of Gertrude Bell which was shuffled off a fall premiere after post-production delays held up the film's completion. Other films of note include: Benoit Jacquot's "Diary Of A Chambermaid" starring Lea Seydoux; Bill Condon's "Mr. Holmes" with Ian McKellen which we also figured for the fall festival season; and surprisingly "Taxi," from Jafar Panahi. Check out the list of new movies in the press releases below. The Berlin International Film Festival runs from February 5th to 15th. ---------- Sebastian Schipper, Werner Herzog, Benoit Jacquot and Further Titles Added to the Selection Another eight films have been selected for the »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Berlin Adds Competition Titles From Werner Herzog, Jafar Panahi and Bill Condon

14 January 2015 5:15 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The 65th Berlin International Film Festival added eight films to its main competition this morning, including new titles from Werner Herzog, Benoit Jacquot, Bill Condon and Jafar Panahi. The festival also added an additional 14 films to its Generation selection, which is comprised of features and shorts aimed at youths. Herzog will be in Berlin with "Queen of the Desert" starring Robert Pattinson as T.E. Lawrence (aka Lawrence of Arabia), alongside Nicole Kidman as British Intelligence officer Gertrude Bell. Condon's follow-up to his poorly received "The Fifth Estate" is titled "Mr. Holmes" and stars Ian McKellen, who starred in Condon's "Gods and Monsters." Panahi's new film "Taxi" will be his third to run in competition in Berlin. The director has been banned from making movies for 20 years by his native Iran, but has continued to release new work. As previously announced, Berlin will also world premiere Terrence Malick's »

- Nigel M Smith

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Berlin Adds Competition Titles From Jafar Panahi, Werner Herzog, Bill Condon

14 January 2015 3:04 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

With only a few weeks to go until the Berlin Film Festival unspools, much of the competition lineup still remains a mystery. However, today has added some clarity with several titles unveiled. Among them, Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi’s latest effort. The director, who is under house arrest and a 20-year filmmaking ban, nevertheless manages to get a movie out every couple of years. His last, Closed Curtain, stirred up controversy in Iran when it won the screenwriting prize in Berlin in 2013. This latest film, Taxi, stars the director, although other details were not immediately available.

Also in the mix is the world premiere, out of competition, of Bill Condon’s Mr. Holmes, starring Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker, Hiroyuki Sanada and Hattie Morahan. McKellen plays the titular detective as he nears the end of his days and revisits an unsolved case which forced him into retirement.

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- Nancy Tartaglione

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Daily | Berlinale 2015 Lineup, Round 5

14 January 2015 2:57 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Last month, the Berlinale announced the first seven titles lined up for the Competition, including world premieres of the new films by Terrence Malick, Peter Greenaway and Andrew Haigh. Today, the festival releases the Kraken with its second round of eight titles: Bill Condon's Mr. Holmes, Di Phan Dang's Cha và con và, Werner Herzog's Queen of the Desert, Benoit Jacquot's Journal d'une femme de chambre, Jafar Panahi's Taxi, Sebastian Schipper's Victoria, Malgorzata Szumowska's Body and Wen Jiang's Yi bu zhi yao. » - David Hudson »

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Berlin 2015: Herzog's Queen of the Desert joins competition

14 January 2015 2:43 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Queen of the Desert, starring Nicole Kidman and Robert Pattinson, added to Berlinale competition line-up; Mr. Holmes, starring Ian McKellen as an aged Sherlock, to play out of competition.

The 65th Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 5-15) has added a further eight titles to its Competition programme, ahead of the complete line-up next week.

The films, which originate from across Europe, Asia, the Us and the Middle East, include the world premiere of Queen of the Desert, Werner Herzog’s biopic based on the life of British explorer Gertrude Bell.

Nicole Kidman plays the 19th century explorer, known as the female Lawrence of Arabia, and her co-stars include James Franco, Damian Lewis and Robert Pattinson (as Te Lawrence).

Berlinale 2015: new Competition films

Body

Poland

By Malgorzata Szumowska (Stranger, Elles, In the Name of)

With Janusz Gajos, Maja Ostaszewska, Justyna Suwala

World premiere

Cha và con và (Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories)

Vietnam / France / Germany »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Berlin 2015: Herzog, Condon, Panahi in competition

14 January 2015 2:43 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sebastian Schipper, Werner Herzog, Benoit Jacquot and Further Titles Added to the Selection

Another eight films have been selected for the Competition Programme of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival.

The productions are from the following countries: Belgium, France, Germany, Hong Kong/China, Iran, the People’s Republic of China, Poland, the USA, the United Kingdom and Vietnam.

Body

Poland

By Malgorzata Szumowska (Stranger, Elles, In the Name of)

With Janusz Gajos, Maja Ostaszewska, Justyna Suwala

World premiere

Cha và con và (Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories)

Vietnam / France / Germany / Netherlands

By Di Phan Dang (Bi, Don’t Be Afraid)

With Do Thi Hai Yen, Le Cong Hoang, Truong The Vinh

World premiere

Journal d’une femme de chambre (Diary of a Chambermaid)

France / Belgium

By Benoit Jacquot (Farewell, My Queen; Three Hearts)

With Léa Seydoux, Vincent Lindon, Clotilde Mollet, Hervé Pierre, Vincent Lacoste

World premiere

Mr. Holmes

United Kingdom

By Bill Condon (The Fifth Estate)

With »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Jafar Panahi, Werner Herzog, Bill Condon Films to Play at Berlin Film Festival

14 January 2015 2:40 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Dieter Kosslick, the chief of the Berlin Film Festival, has added to his Competition Section lineup, which will include films by Jafar Panahi, Werner Herzog and Bill Condon.

Among the additions are Panahi’s “Taxi,” Condon’s “Mr. Holmes,” starring Ian McKellen and Laura Linney, and Herzog’s “Queen of the Desert,” starring Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Damian Lewis and Robert Pattinson.

Panahi’s credits include 1995’s “The White Balloon,” which won the Golden Camera for best debut at Cannes, 2000’s “The Circle,” which won the Golden Lion at Venice, and 2006’s “Offside,” which won the Silver Bear at Berlin.

Panahi was arrested in his native Iran in 2009, and subsequently banned from making films for 20 years. Despite this, he has produced two films since, “This Is Not a Film” and “Closed Curtain,” which played at Berlin in 2013, and won the Silver Bear for screenplay.

As a writer, Condon won »

- Leo Barraclough

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Snubbed French Oscar hopeful 'Saint Laurent' leads Lumière Awards nominations

12 January 2015 5:42 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The nominations for France's Lumière Awards were announced this morning, and leading the way was the film's Oscar foreign film entry "Saint Laurent" (which sadly didn't make it past the initial culling with the Academy). The film picked up four nominations and will compete for best film with Cannes hit "Girlhood," "La Famille Bélier," "Pas son genre," fellow Oscar foreign hopeful "Timbuktu" and "Three Hearts." Check out the full list of nominees below. Winners will be announced on Feb. 3. And oh yeah: The Circuit. Best Film "Girlhood" "La Famille Bélier" "Pas son genre" "Saint Laurent" "Timbuktu" "Three Hearts" Best Director Lucas Belvaux, "Pas son genre" Bertrand Bonello, "Saint Laurent" Benoît Jacquot, "Three Hearts" Cédric Kahn, "Wild Life" Céline Sciamma,"Girlhood" Abderrahmane Sissako, "Timbuktu" Best Actor Guillaume Canet, "La prochaine fois je viserai le cœur," "In The Name of My Daughter" Romain Duris, "The New Girlfriend" Mathieu Kassovitz, "Wild Life" Pierre Niney, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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‘Timbuktu,’ ‘Three Hearts’ and ‘La Famille Belier’ Compete for Best Film at Gaul’s Lumiere Awards

12 January 2015 8:57 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Benoit Jacquot’s “Three Hearts,” Abderrahmane Sissako’s “Timbuktu” and Eric Lartigau’s “La Famille Belier” are part of the eclectic mix of movies set to compete at the Lumiere awards, the French equivalent to the Golden Globes.

A love triangle drama, “Three Hearts,” which opened in Venice, stars Charlotte Gainsbourg and Chiara Mastroianni as two sisters who fall in love with the same man. Pic marks Jacquot’s follow-up to “Farewell, My Queen.” His next movie, “Diary of a Chambermaid,” is expected to open in Berlin.

A politically engaged and aesthetically pleasing movie, “Timbuktu” chronicles the lives of several Malians facing Jihadist occupation in their region. Mauritania’s first foreign-language Oscar candidate, “Timbuktu” has been shortlisted. Sissako was also nominated in the director category.

Set in the French provinces, “La Famille Belier,” the only truly popular movie competing for best film, is a dramedy centering on a teenager »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Lumière Awards nominations unveiled

12 January 2015 4:01 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Two Days, One Night, Mommy and Fevers nominated in French-language foreign film category.Scroll down for full list of nominations

The Lumière Awards, France’s version of the Golden Globes, has announced the nominations for its 20th anniversary edition. There is no clear front-runner this year.

Bertrand Bonello’s Yves Saint Laurent biopic Saint Laurent, Benoît Jacquot’s 3 Hearts, starring Gainsbourg and Chiara Mastroianni as sisters who unwittingly fall for the same man, and Eric Lartigau’s Christmas hit La Famille Bélier, about an aspiring singer growing up in deaf family, lead the field with four nominations each including best film.

Céline Sciamma’s gritty urban drama Girlhood (Bande de Fille) and Lucas Belvaux’s chalk-and-cheese romance Not My Type(Pas Mon Genre) and, which were also nominated in the best film category, followed behind with three nominations.

Franco-Mauritanian Abderrahmane Sissako Timbuktu about the impact of Islamic fundamentalism on a rural community in Mali, is the sixth »

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #18. Benoit Jacquot’s Journal d’une femme de chambre

9 January 2015 6:30 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Journal d’une femme de chambre

Director: Benoit Jacquot // Writers: Benoit Jacquot, Helene Zimmer

French auteur Benoit Jacquot tends to get overlooked, though his recent international success with Berlin premiered Farewell, My Queen (2012) seems to have boosted his status, even though he’s been making excellent films since the 1970s and used to serve as Assistant Director to Margeurite Duras (India Song; Nathalie Granger). He’s worked several times with Isabelle Huppert (The School of Flesh; Keep It Quiet; False Servant; Villa Amalia) and Isild Le Besco (A Tout de Suite; Deep in the Woods), and generally tends to favor female perspectives. His latest, 3 Hearts, competed in Venice and starred Catherine Deneuve, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Chiara Mastroianni. We’re thrilled to see he’s following in the footsteps of Jean Renoir and Luis Bunuel with an update of Octave Mirabeau’s Diary of a Chambermaid, reuniting him with the exciting Lea Seydoux, »

- Nicholas Bell

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