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Afm: Backup Media Pacts for Three Asian Pics

7 November 2014 6:23 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris-based film financier Backup Media is diving deeper into high-profile Asian arthouse and genre films.

Bolstered by its partnership with producer Lorna Tee, Backup Media has acquired three Asian pics: Takashi Miike’s “Yakuza Apocalypse,” Sabu’s “Ten no chasuke” and Ifa Isfansyah’s “The Golden Cane Warrior.”

“We are convinced that Europe is the main secondary market for Asian director-driven films. Europe is where these films can still have natural theatrical ambitions,” said Joel Thibout, who co-founded Backup Media with Jean-Baptiste Babin and David Atlan-Jackson.

Thibout described “Apocalypse” as “a vampire meets yakuza” pic. It’s produced by Japanese studio Nikkatsu.

“Chasuke” is produced by Office Kitano. “Warrior” is an Indonesian martial art feature produced by Mira Lesmana. All three Asian projects will be pitched to international buyers in early 2015.

Backup Media is also keeping its focus on ambitious French movies. It’s co-financing Nicolas Saada’s “Taj Mahal »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Isabelle Huppert to head Marrakech jury

21 October 2014 3:47 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

French actress known for roles in The Piano Teacher and Amour to preside over festival jury.

Isabelle Huppert is to head the competition jury at the 14th International Film Festival of Marrakech (Dec 5-13).

The French actress said: “I will take great pleasure in meeting the Moroccan audiences, and sharing their curiosity, enthusiasm and thirst to discover films from around the world - the way the festival has in its previous selections.”

Huppert’s breakthrough came in 1977 with her performance in Claude Goretta’s The Lacemaker. The following year, she won the Best Actress award in Cannes for her lead role in Claude Chabrol’s Violette.

The actress has since worked with French filmmakers such as Jean-Luc Godard, Maurice Pialat and Benoit Jacquot, as well as international directors such as Michael Cimino, Andrzej Wajda, Marco Ferreri and Joseph Losey.

She also has a special relationship with Michael Haneke, whose film The Piano Teacher won her a second »

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

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St Petersburg Forum examines Russian co-pros

6 October 2014 3:37 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

A roundup of news from the inaugural St Petersburg International Media Forum includes a busy French delegation and a local controversy brewing over Leviathan.

The King Of Madagascar, a kind of Russian answer to the pirate adventure films à la Pirates of the Caribbean, is being set up as a $ 16m international co-production by producer-director Oleg Ryaskov’s Moscow-based Bft Movie.

Speaking at the opening of St Petersburg International Media Forum’s (Spimf) co-production market this morning, producer Ryaskov revealed that the project - which is based on real historical events abouta Russian expedition by Peter The Great to the island of Madagascar in danger of being thwarted by Great Britain’s King George  - has Spain’s Smartline Spain and the Us casting company Scott Carlson Entertainment on board as partners and is currently in talks with French and German production companies to join.

Ryaskov added that he intends to have American, European and Russian »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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St Petersburg Forum examines state of Russian co-productions

6 October 2014 3:37 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

A roundup of news from the inaugural St Petersburg International Media Forum includes a busy French delegation and a local controversy brewing over Leviathan.

The King Of Madagascar, a kind of Russian answer to the pirate adventure films à la Pirates of the Caribbean, is being set up as a $ 16m international co-production by producer-director Oleg Ryaskov’s Moscow-based Bft Movie.

Speaking at the opening of St Petersburg International Media Forum’s (Spimf) co-production market this morning, producer Ryaskov revealed that the project - which is based on real historical events abouta Russian expedition by Peter The Great to the island of Madagascar in danger of being thwarted by Great Britain’s King George  - has Spain’s Smartline Spain and the Us casting company Scott Carlson Entertainment on board as partners and is currently in talks with French and German production companies to join.

Ryaskov added that he intends to have American, European and Russian »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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St. Petersburg Intl. Media Forum Launches

1 October 2014 9:47 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The St. Petersburg Intl. Media Forum launched Wednesday with a lineup of screenings spread across 10 programs, each curated by a leading Russian film critic.

Catherine Mtsitouridze, Spimf’s concept creator and general producer, said that the curators of programs had enjoyed complete freedom during the selection process.

“For the film selection for the Media Forum, it was essential to ensure 100% freedom of expression for the curators, our friends and like-minded fellows. Trust is the key success factor in our work,” she said.

The event opens with Xavier Dolan’s “Mommy” and closes with the world premiere of Susanne Bier’s “Serena,” which stars Jennifer Lawrence.

The Mamentum section features four films by French directors that appeared at Cannes: Olivier Assayas’ “Clouds of Sils Maria,” Francois Ozon’s “The New Girlfriend,” Bertrand Bonello’s “Saint Laurent” and Benoit Jacquot’s “Three Hearts.”

The section’s curator, Alexander Mamontov, commented: “Our »

- Leo Barraclough

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The Dreamers: Valérie Donzelli Completes Casting for “Marguerite et Julien” (aka Abandoned Truffaut Project)

30 September 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Valérie Donzelli, the actress-turned director who we most recently caught as a supporting player in the garishly dressed Saint Laurent, Bertrand Bonello’s stylized biopic might have found a taste for risky content as cameras are set to lense next week on her fourth feature film. The Cineuropa folks report that Donzelli has completed the casting on Marguerite et Julien, a project that François Truffaut flirted with but ultimately passed on. Completing the cast we find Aurélia Petit (The Science of Sleep), vet thesps Sami Frey and Geraldine Chaplin, reuniting with her fellow Declaration of War‘s Frédéric Pierrot and Bastien Bouillon who join the previously announced duo of Anaïs Demoustier (you can find her in Ozon’s latest, the recently acquired Cohen Media’s The New Girlfriend) and Jérémie Elkaïm (full-time collaborator with Donzelli who we also discovered in Declaration of War). Rectangle ProductionsEdouard Weil (Benoît Jacquot’s »

- Eric Lavallee

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Three Hearts | 2014 Tiff Review

19 September 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Heart to Heart to Heart: Jacquot’s Romantic Drama Can’t Cover Every Angle

Despite sporting the likes of Charlotte Gainsbourg and Catherine Deneuve, Three Hearts, the latest from Benoit Jacquot often feels like a rather stilted endeavor. The follow-up to his most internationally renowned title to date, Farewell, My Queen, Jacquot’s underwhelming love story uses a contrivance often seen in romantic comedies, only he replaces the comedy with a somber indifference that seems to work against the believability of the film.

The film seems as if it belongs to an earlier era of filmmaking, a time where repressed feelings would roil just beneath the surface until they boiled over to cause living hell for all affected parties lost amidst the unmitigated power known as love. This is the stuff of classic melodrama, and the three hearts at the center of this triangle often feel more like archetypes than actual people, »

- Nicholas Bell

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Morena Films, Alexandra Lebret Launch Mare Nostrum Productions (Exclusive)

18 September 2014 12:13 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid – Morena Films (“Comandante,” “Che,” “Cell 211”), one of Spain’s best-financed and most international of producers, and Alexandra Lebret (pictured), managing director of the European Producers Club, have teamed to launch Mare Nostrum Productions, a joint venture film production house based out of Paris.

Lebret will head up Mare Nostrum as its president. For Morena, which opened offices in L.A. in September 2013 under producer Pedro Uriol, the move into France now gives it a production presence in the world’s two most significant movie production/sales hubs, while it will continue to also produce in and out of Spain.

As managing director from 2002 of the European Film Producers Club, a networking assn., as well as think-tank and lobby grouping 50 of Europe’s top producers, Lebret brings to the table an enviable host of producer contacts ranged across all of Europe.

First up, Mare Nostrum is co-producing two high-profile Morena productions. »

- John Hopewell

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Tiff Review: Benoît Jacquot's 'Three Hearts' Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni & Catherine Deneuve

14 September 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The word "melodrama" tends to be used as a pejorative these days, and that's because there are few movies or TV shows that execute the specifics of the genre well. When it works, an accomplished melodrama allows the audience to fully invest in the emotional lives of its characters, even if the plot machinations are manipulative or don't hold up under close scrutiny. It's a genre powered by performance and atmosphere, and it requires committed work by the actors, an assured handle on tone by the director, and a script that can allow suspension of disbelief to stretch but not break. And while it's not perfect, and though at times you can see rigging of the structure, Benoît Jacquot's "Three Hearts" is a satisfying melodrama about love at first sight, the cruelty of fate, and passion that never fades. The film kicks off with a "Before Sunrise"-like prologue. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Daily | Toronto 2014 | Benoît Jacquot’s Three Hearts

12 September 2014 11:31 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Benoît Jacquot’s Three Hearts (3 coeurs) with Benoît Poelvoorde, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve, premiered in competition in Venice and now screens in Toronto before opening in France next week. "It’s a carefully made film but not a patch on, say, Claire Denis’s similar Vendredi soir," finds Sight & Sound editor Nick James. But at the Av Club, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky argues that "Jacquot is trying—successfully—to tease out the sense of danger and tension most romances sorely lack." We have more reviews and the trailer. » - David Hudson »

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Tiff 14: ‘Trois Coeurs’ is not a credible romance

10 September 2014 2:12 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Trois Coeurs

Written by Benoit Jacquot and Julien Boivent

Directed by Benoit Jacquot

France, 2014

French filmmaker Benoit Jacquot often crops up in discussions of overlooked auteurs of contemporary French cinema. His work is quiet, understated and rarely find a wide audience. Yet, efforts like Farewell my Queen, A Single Girl and The School of Flesh are heralded among the best French efforts of their respective years. However, for every effort that wins the heart of niche audiences, the rest of his films are divisive and alienating. While perhaps a lack of consistency is working against him, many of his contemporaries are even bigger gambles: Francois Ozon is responsible for some beautiful films, but more of his efforts were outright misses and even heavy weights like Assayas deliver as many misses as successes. Perhaps it is the quietness of Jacquot’s style that works against him, his best efforts coming across »

- Justine Smith

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Toronto: Pandora Film Looks at Chances to Develop Homegrown Talent

7 September 2014 3:57 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Karl “Baumi” Baumgartner, a leading figure on the global arthouse scene, died in March but his company, Pandora Film, lives on.

Cologne-based Pandora has four films in Toronto and had three in Venice, testament to the company’s standing in the arthouse world. Berlinale chief Dieter Kosslick says Baumgartner was a “great and brave producer and distributor.”

The Toronto lineup reflects how varied its production slate is: Norwegian helmer Bent Hamer’s offbeat comedy “1001 Grams,” French director Benoit Jacquot’s love triangle drama “Three Hearts,” Martin Rejtman’s Argentine absurdist laffer “Two Shots Fired” and Chilean comedy drama “Voice Over,” helmed by Cristian Jimenez.

“We try to follow the path that our founder, Karl Baumgartner, set, which is to bring auteur cinema from places we don’t know so well to audiences in Germany and around the world,” says Christoph Friedel, one of a team of four producers at Pandora, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Versatile adds La Patota to Tiff slate

5 September 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Other new additions include Jerome Bonnell’s A Trois, On Y Va.

Paris-based sales agent Versatile has picked up Argentine Santiago Mitre’s social thriller La Patota about an idealistic lawyer who is attacked by a gang while doing charity work in an impoverished border-town. 

Other additions to Versatile’s Tiff slate include France’s Jérôme Bonnell’s upcoming A Trois, On Y Va, a love triangle comedy starring Anais Demoustier, Sophie Verbeeck and Félix Moati.

Mitre’s second film after The Student, which won the Locarno’s special jury prize in 2011, La Patota has just started shooting in Misiones in north-east Argentina, with Argentine actress Dolorès Fonzi in the lead role.

Inspired by late compatriot filmmaker Daniel Tinayre’s 1960 classic, it revolves around lawyer Pauline who ditches a glittering career in Buenos Aires to help the inhabitants of her impoverished hometown on the Argentine border with Paraguay and Brazil.

Within days of »

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‘Fury’, ‘Foxcatcher’, ‘Mr. Turner’ headline BFI 58th London Film Festival 2014

3 September 2014 9:47 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Fury (David Ayer)

[via the BFI]

The programme for the 58th BFI London Film Festival launched today, with Festival Director Clare Stewart presenting this year’s rich and diverse selection of films and events. The lineup includes highly anticipated fall titles including David Ayer’s Fury, Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, the Sundance smash Whiplash, Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language 3D, The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, Jason Reitman’s Men, Women and Children and Jean-Marc Vallee’s Wild.

As Britain’s leading film event and one of the world’s oldest film festivals, it introduces the finest new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience, offering a compelling combination of red carpet glamour, engaged audiences and vibrant exchange. The Festival provides an essential profiling opportunity for films seeking global success at the start of the Awards season, promotes the careers of British and »

- John

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Venice 2014: 'Three Hearts' review

1 September 2014 10:40 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★☆☆☆Director Benoît Jacquot returns to the Venice Lido with Three Hearts (2014), a slickly presented and thespy relationship drama which flounders on its own lack of originality, humourlessness and absence of credibility. Marc (Benoît Poelvoorde, in his second film of the festival), a tax inspector from Paris, misses his train and finds himself trapped in a provincial town for the night. A chance encounter with a woman Sylvie (the obligatory Charlotte Gainsbourg) leads to a Before Sunrise-style wander through the streets until sunset. The encounter is chaste and coy - they neither exchange names nor phone numbers - but the two are obviously attracted to each other and arrange to meet in Paris at a fountain.

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- CineVue UK

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Venice Film Festival’s U.S. Presence Subdued, Art Pics Dominate

31 August 2014 12:19 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Venice — The absence of hefty U.S. fare is beginning to be felt as the Venice Festival enters its second stretch.

Many of this year’s really big guns — the Weinstein Co.’s Oscar hopeful “The Imitation Game,” Denzel Washington starrer “The Equalizer,” David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” and Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice” — are now firing off at Telluride, Toronto and even, in Anderson and Fincher’s case, the New York Film Festival.

Ethan Hawke starrer “Good Kill,” sold by Voltage Pictures and on paper Hollywood’s biggest indie commercial play at Venice, has still to world preem on the Lido. Given the high costs of opening a film on the Lido, especially for star-studded U.S. movies, however, Venice’s 71st edition raises the question of whether the balance of fest power is shifting to North America.

In the past two decades, Venice has held world premieres for several hundreds of U. »

- John Hopewell

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Catherine Deneuve Pic ‘Three Hearts’ Gets U.S. Distribution (Exclusive)

31 August 2014 10:51 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In one of the banner deals on a high-profile title at this year’s Venice Film Festival, Cohen Media Group has acquired U.S. rights to “Three Hearts” starring Catherine Deneuve, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni and Benoit Poelvoorde.

Directed by Benoit Jacquot (“Farewell My Queen,” “Sade”), “Three Hearts” will play also as in a special presentation at the Toronto film fest.

Renewing Cmg’s love affair with French cinema, “Three Hearts” is described by the New York distributor as “a modern twist on classic romantic melodramas, from ‘An Affair To Remember’ to ‘Before Sunrise.’”

Written by Jacquot and Julien Boivent, “3 Hearts” turns on Marc, a tax official who meets Sylvie in a provincial town after missing the last train back to Paris. They wander the streets until morning, talking about everything – except themselves. They arrange to meet again in Paris but misfortune befalls Marc and he fails to make the date. »

- John Hopewell

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Review Capsules: Three Of Hearts and Hungry Hearts

31 August 2014 8:59 AM, PDT | IMDb Blog - All the Latest | See recent IMDb Blog - All the Latest news »

Director Benoit Jacquot has made all kinds of films from 1995′s widely lauded A Single Girl (which was, for me, a tedious extended tracking shot) to 2012′s Versailles drama Farewell, My Queen.

Three Hearts is an immensely watchable French potboiler with three excellent leads in Benoit Poelvoorde (also seen in Venice in The Price Of Fame), Charlotte Gainsbourg (also here in the extended cut of Nymphomaniac I and Nymphomaniac II), and Chiara Mastroianni (also in The Price Of Fame).

Poelvoorde plays Marc, a tax auditor who, stressed out, is pacing the streets of Lyon one night when he runs into Sylvie (Gainbourg). They have an immediate attraction towards one another but, instead of rashly acting out on it, they promise to meet in Paris the next Friday, at 6:00Pm. Sylvie goes home to her long-suffering boyfriend and announces that she’s fallen in love with someone. The »

- keithsim

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Why France Has Become a More Formidable Player at Film Festivals

30 August 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The French movie industry has been fiercely debating key issues: Exorbitant movie budgets, release windows, the difficulties of domestic distribution. But as a formidable festival force, France reigns near supreme in the sheer quantity of quality production.

Its presence has grown in the second half of 2014. At major festivals, only the U.S. bests France — quite obviously — at Toronto and Sundance.

The 71st Venice edition has made up for a lack of glam with early, well-received films from France and the U.S. such as Fox Searchlight’s “Birdman” and Ramin Bahrani’s “99 Homes” from Hyde Park Intl., Xavier Beauvois’ “La Rancon de la gloire” and Benoit Jacquot’s “Three Hearts.”

With still-to-play productions in Venice sections — Abel Ferrara’s “Pasolini,” produced by Paris’ Capricci Prods., Amos Gitai’s “Tsili,” Laurent Cantet’s “Return to Ithaca” — France has also made the most moves in the build-up to the Venice Film Market. »

- John Hopewell

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Venice Film Review: ‘Three Hearts’

30 August 2014 1:40 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

More than 40 years ago, at the outset of his filmmaking career, Benoit Jacquot worked as an assistant director to the great French novelist and helmer Marguerite Duras, and now, with “Three Hearts,” he has made a film that feels more indebted to her romantic values than anything else in his oeuvre. Here, beneath the surface of a cool, contempo love triangle involving a Parisian man (Benoit Poelvoorde) and a pair of provincial French sisters (played by Charlotte Gainsbourg and Chiara Mastroianni), are all the values Duras held dear: love at first sight, spontaneous tears, all-consuming desire and impossible, self-destructive decisions.

The difference — since it’s entirely possible that the Duras connection never crossed Jacquot’s mind — is that the helmer can’t help but turn these archetypes into characters. The passion remains, but the underlying poetry has been traded in for something more tangible, brought down to earth so that audiences might relate. »

- Peter Debruge

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