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Back in 2013, a film was announced of Don DeLillo's novel The Body Artist. Luca Guadagnino was set to direct a cast including Isabelle Huppert, Denis Lavant, Sigourney Weaver and David Cronenberg in one of his rare acting roles. Sadly that project never came to fruition, but the novel is now on its way back to the screen in a new form. Benoît Jacquot is now the director, and Mathieu Amalric and Jeanne Balibar are set to star.The Body Artist - a slim 2001 novella following DeLillo's colossal 1997 Underworld - is often described as a ghost story, but is really not quite that. A meditation on perception, time and grief, the book features long passages in which characters make breakfast or stare at webcam footage of empty roads in Finland. It does, however, involve the enigmatic appearance of a young man in an apartment, who may or may not be real. »
Despite his critical acclaim, and hipster caché, there has only been one movie to date, based on a novel by Don DeLillo, brought to the big screen. That picture, of course, is David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis," which earned mixed reviews, though some fans say its loyal to the text. However, it seems we're in for something of a mini DeLillo deluge. Alex Ross Perry is working on bringing "The Names" to cinemas, and overseas, Benoit Jacquot ("The Diary Of A Chambermaid," "Farewell, My Queen") is putting together "The Body Artist." And the French filmmaker is now assembling his cast. Mathieu Amalric and Jeanne Balibar will star in the picture, that tells the story of performance artist Lauren Hartke, grieving after the suicide of her film director husband, who becomes increasingly alienated until she discovers a mysterious man in her house. And while I'm sure this iteration will do just fine, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Director Josh Mond with the Revelation Prize for James White, writer Bahareh Azimi (representing Us director Ramin Bahrani) with the Grand Prize for 99 Homes and director Trey Edward Shults with the Critics' Prize for Krisha' pose at the end of the 41st Deauville American Film Festival Photo: François Durand After week of glorious sunshine the Deauville Festival of American Cinema ended last night (September 12) in a torrential downpour - and a flurry of prizes.
The Competition jury under the presidency of French director Benoît Jacquot bestowed its grand prize on Ramin Bahrani’s 99 Homes, which is about the indignities and suffering inflicted on families in the State by enforced evictions.
Michael Shannon as Rick Carver - 'A true monster spiced with malice and charm' Our review also praised the film which stars Andrew Garfield, Laura Linney and Michael Shannon: “Audiences are bound to recognise the situations confronted by »
- Richard Mowe
Ramin Bahrani’s 99 Homes was number one Saturday night, taking the grand prize at the Deauville Film Festival. The eviction drama stars Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon. It’s the second film with star Shannon to take the top prize at the festival, following 2011’s Take Shelter. Shannon was in Deauville earlier in the week to present the film to festival audiences. The jury was headed by French director Benoit Jacquot (Farewell, My Queen), with director Pascal Bonitzer (Made in Paris), actresses Louise Bourgoin(The Love Punch), Marie Gillain (Valentin Valentin) and Marthe Keller (The Witness), actor Louis-Do de Lencquesaing (Marseille), novelist Marc Dugain, director Sophie Filieres (If You Don't, I Will) and Cesar-winning
- Rhonda Richford
A French period drama, “Marguerite” stars Catherine Frot (“Haute Cuisine,” “Chaos,” “Un air de famille,” “The Page Turner”) as Marguerite Dumont, a character loosely inspired by 1920s socialite Florence Foster Jenkins, a wannabe opera singer who believed she had a beautiful soprano voice. The world begged to differ from that opinion.
“Marguerite” world premieres at Venice, having struck major territory pre-sales across the world. Cohen Media Group plans a major market theatrical release in the spring. Cohen Media Group senior vice president John Kochman and Tanja Meissner, head of international sales and acquisitions at Paris-based Mfi, negotiated the distribution agreement.
- John Hopewell
Robert Pattinson and Elizabeth Olson will be on hand at the 41st Normandie-set Deauville film festival to receive the Hollywood Rising Star Awards and present the French premiere of their respective movies, “Life” (pictured above) directed by Anton Corbin, and “The Green Inferno” helmed by Eli Roth.
Following the footsteps of Gail Ann Hurd, Paula Wagner and Brian Grazer, vet producer Lawrence Bender will receive Deauville’s career tribute and participate in a masterclass co-organized by the PGA and the French producers guild, Apc.
Deauville’s competition roaster brings together Sophie Barthes’ “Madame Bovary” with Mia Wasikowska, Ezra Miller and Paul Giamatti, Ramin Bahrani’s “99 Homes” with Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon and Laura Dern, Jon Watts’ “Cop Car,” Zoe Cassavetes’ “Day Out of Days,” Rick Famuyiwa’s “Dope,” Adam Salky’s “I Smile Back” with Sarah Silverman, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Robert Pattinson receiving the New Hollywood Award in Deauville Photo: Richard Mowe
The 41st edition of the festival in the sedate Normandy seaside resort will see both stars in attendance to receive their New Hollywood Awards.
Keanu Reeves - special tribute in Deauville Photo: Deauville American Film Festival
- Richard Mowe
French beachfront festival unveils full line-up.Scroll down for full line-up
The 41st edition of the beachfront festival, taking place in the northern French resort of Deauville, announced the new prize at its line-up press conference on Monday (Aug 24).
Opening and closing films
The Deauville American Film Festival is set to pay homage to American star Keanu Reeves during its 41st edition which is set to take place Sept.4-14.
As part of the tribute, Deauville will host a retrospective of Reeves’s most popular movies.
“Forever Neo from ‘Matrix,’ Jonathan Harker in ‘Dracula’ or Le Chevalier Danceny in ‘Dangerous Liaisons,’ Keanu Reeves has demonstrated his ability to take on extremely varied roles during his long and impressive movie career. He has worked with directors such as Gus Van Sant, Francis Ford Coppola, Bernardo Bertolucci and more recently Richard Linklater,” the festival said.
Reeves, who will be present in Deauville, made his directorial debut on Chinese/U.S. co-production “Man of Tai Chi,” a martial arts drama inspired by the life of stuntman Tiger Chen that came out in 2013.
- Elsa Keslassy
This year, the Santiago International Film Festival (Sanfic) will take place August 25-30, and will present more than 90 films, including 22 Latin American premieres, 11 worldwide premieres, and 38 local debuts. It will also feature a new horror section, Blood Window, along with a retrospective of films by Benoit Jacquot and a new Sanfic Families section. Here is the festival's announcement on Blood Window: Blood Window is the marketplace for fantasy cinema that takes place in Buenos Aires in the context of Ventana Sur, and which concentrates the greatest production of films in the region. The event supports and promotes projects in development and works in progress, as well as co-production encounters and panels with specialized members from the international industry. In this opportunity,...
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'Everest' 2015, with Jake Gyllenhaal at the Venice Film Festival. What global warming? Venice Film Festival 2015 jury: Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón president The 2015 Venice Film Festival, to be held Sept. 2–12, has announced the members of its three main juries: Venezia 72, Horizons, and the Luigi De Laurentiis Award for Best Debut Film. In case you're wondering, “Why Venezia 72”? Well, the simple answer is that this is the 72nd edition of the festival. Looking at the lists below, you'll notice that, as usual, Europeans dominate the award juries. The only two countries from the Americas represented are the U.S. and Mexico, and here and there you'll find a sprinkling of Asian film talent. Golden Lion jury The Golden Lion – Venezia 72 Competition – jury is comprised by the following: Jury President Alfonso Cuarón, the first Mexican national to take home the Best Director Academy Award (for the Sandra Bullock-George Clooney »
- Anna Robinson
Premiering at the 2014 Venice Film Festival with little fanfare, and received a limited theatrical release in March, 2015 in the Us, Benoit Jacquot’s latest somehow feels as if its been neglected. Despite its high pedigree cast, including names familiar to the American public, like Charlotte Gainsbourg and Catherine Deneuve, it didn’t receive much attention, though will assuredly be the type of sought after gem for fans of either the director or the cast member in decades overcoming its initial frostiness.
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.
3 Hearts seems as if it belongs to an earlier era of filmmaking, a time where repressed feelings would roil just beneath the surface until »
- Nicholas Bell
Exclusive: Key deals for Backup Media on Cannes Directors’ Fortnight entry.
French finance outfit Backup Media, which represents Takashi Miike’s Directors’ Fortnight entry Yakuza Apocalypse, has closed deals on the action-horror with German-speaking territories (Koch), France (The Jokers) and Benelux (Cineart).
Nikkatsu is handling Asian rights to the film about a yakuza vampire boss, starring The Raid’s Yayan Ruhlan and Riri Furanki (Like Father, Like Son).
The outfit has backed a host of ambitious French, European and Us films to date, including Nicolas Saada’s Taj Mahal, Yann Gozlan’s thriller A Perfect Man, Benoit Jacquot’s Diary of a Chambermaid, Ma Ma, starring Penelope Cruz, Pablo Virzi’s Human Capital and Martin Koolhoven’s upcoming thriller Brimstone.
Prolific cult Japanese director Miike played in competition »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
The film, sold by Alfama and due to shoot later in the year, follows the young artist Danilov as he travels to Stalin’s secret residence to present the his plans for a monument to the dictator.
The news of Seigner’s casting was revealed by veteran producer Paulo Branco.
Branco also further casting and production news on his packed Cannes slate.
One new title is Fred Vargas adaptation The Chalk Circle Man (L’ homme aux cercles bleus), directed by Nikolay Levy-Beff, starring Malik Zidi, Elsa Zylberstein and Gregory Gadebois. Shooting is due to begin in September.
Also in development »
- email@example.com (Geoffrey Macnab)
If there was one item that you did not find in a video store (not excluding Kim’s video) was a book to film translation of a Don DeLillo oeuvre, but it now looks like the celebrated author is keen on seeing some of his creations being adapted to the big screen. After Cronenberg took a limousine tour via Cosmopolis, and Benoît Jacquot recently landing The Body Artist (still in pre-production), it is Alex Ross Perry‘s turn to join the cult. In a short time lapse, Perry has been mentioned for the family turf Winnie the Pooh studio project and now, Variety reports that Perry will both write and direct The Names. He’ll co-produce alongside (La última película executive producer) Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, a producing figure who is definitely is a class of his own (among the Megan Ellisons in the biz) in terms of his support of auteur filmmakers. »
- Eric Lavallee
"The world is no longer a predictable place," we hear in Parabellum as we follow the featureless man and a group of blindfolded tourists into a swamp delta for a survival training unlike any other. Lukas Valenta Rinner directs with confidence and a detached gaze the goings-on in the explorer's camp that offers courses on homemade explosives and the mandatory survival underwater training. John Huston's The African Queen and Benoît Jacquot's Farewell, My Queen are about two different kind of personal survival. Austrian parallels come into play with his New Directors/New Films colleagues, Goodnight Night Mommy directors, Veronika Franz, and Severin Fiala, as well as Michael Haneke and Ulrich Seidl. Pablo Seijo connected with his character through Michel Houellebecq's books.
The participants »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Anne-Dominique Toussaint’s Parisian Galerie Cinéma is here in New York with an exhibition featuring works by Cédric Klapisch, Atiq Rahimi, Edward Lachman, Agnès Godard, James Franco, Vincent Perez, Kate Barry, Harry Gruyaert and Raymond Depardon as a special event of the 20th Anniversary of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema. The exhibition includes photographs of Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve who star in Benoît Jacquot's 3 Hearts (3 Coeurs), Isabelle Huppert, Sofia Coppola, Julianne Moore, Emmanuelle Bercot, Gérard Depardieu, Patrice Chéreau and a video loop of James Franco channeling Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho.
Just before the opening reception, attended by SK1 (L’Affaire SK1) star Nathalie Baye »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
CinéSalon's Benoît Jacquot: Leading Ladies (March 3 - 24), curated by Delphine Selles-Alvarez at the French Institute Alliance Française in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in New York included screenings of The Disenchanted (La Désenchantée) starring Judith Godrèche, Marcel Bozonnet and Ivan Desny, introduced by Jacquot; A Single Girl (La Fille Seule) - Virginie Ledoyen, Benoît Magimel, Dominique Valadié introduced by choreographer Blanca Li, who has worked with Pedro Almodovar and Michel Gondry; Villa Amalia - Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Xavier Beauvois and À Tout De Suite - Isild Le Besco, Ouassini Embarek, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Laurence Cordier.
Léa Seydoux is lovely and tough as the reader and our heroine in Farewell, My Queen Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
On Tuesday, March 24 at 7:30pm, Eye For »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
RiverRun International Film Festival has unveiled the full lineup for its 17th edition, expanding from 10 to 11 days and running April 16-26.
Overall, the festival will screen 165 films, 74 of which are features, from 35 countries.
Its narrative competition will screen 10 films, including Jessica Hausner’s Amour Fou, Keith Miller’s Five Star and Naomi Kawase’s Still the Water, while Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence and Nick Broomfield’s Tales of the Grim Sleeper are among the 10 films screening in the documentary competition.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Sandwell)
A romantic drama with the sensibility of a thriller, Benoît Jacquot’s 3 Hearts is a good example of how a talented director and cast can elevate the most tired of concepts. The film finds meaning in its stylistic dissonances, right from the beginning. It opens with a man (Benoît Poelvoorde) missing a train back to Paris and making his way to a small café by the station. He spies a woman (Charlotte Gainsbourg) who wanders into the café briefly. He follows her out and strikes up a conversation with her. Meanwhile, the soundtrack blares dramatic blasts of noise; you might be forgiven for thinking you’ve wandered into an Inception remake.What’s going on here? Beneath the casual (though not particularly realistic) dialogue, emotional tectonic plates are shifting. The man, Marc, is a tax inspector; the woman, Sylvie, co-owns a local antique shop; they’re not remarkable people, but »
- Bilge Ebiri
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