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Dan Stevens ("Downton Abbey") will star in adaptation of Arthur Ransome's classic 1930 children's book "Swallows and Amazons". Stevens will be playing Uncle James in the project which begins shooting this Summer.
The book is the first in a series about the Walker children who set sail on the Swallow and head for Wild Cat Island. Their days are disturbed by the Blackett sisters, the fierce Amazon pirates. The Swallows and Amazons decide to battle it out. [Source: The Sun]
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Hollywood's Costner takes home Honorary Award Speaking of Hollywood, the French Academy has frequently given its Honorary César (an equivalent to the Lifetime Achievement Award) to some curious group of Hollywood celebrities. Among those are Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Quentin Tarantino, Hugh Grant, Will Smith, Johnny Depp, Spike Lee, Andie McDowell, and Sylvester Stallone. This year, they've made another curious choice: Kevin Costner, whose Honorary Award was a tribute to his "fabulous contribution to cinematic history." Costner, among whose movie credits as actor and/or director are Dances with Wolves, Bull Durham, JFK, The Bodyguard, The Postman, and Waterworld, thanked the French Academy of Film Arts and Sciences for embracing him "for who I am." Other César winners Among this year's other César winners were, in the supporting categories, Valérie Benguigui and Guillaume de Tonquédec for What's in a Name? / Le Prénom, directed by Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre de la Patelliere. »
- Andre Soares
The César Awards aren't quite the final stop on the circuit for "Amour" ahead of Sunday's Oscars. There is still the Independent Spirits Awards tomorrow. But it was probably the last opportunity for the film to have a big final hurrah of the season, and it seized it. Michael Haneke's film swept the top categories, winning Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Original Screenplay. Will Emmanuelle Riva turn the same trick at the Oscars that she did at the BAFTAs and now the Césars? We'll see. Elsewhere, Benoît Jacquot's "Farewell, My Queen" predictably muscled through the crafts »
- Kristopher Tapley
Chicago – Benoît Jacquot is a director clearly enraptured by the beauty of young women. This was eminently clear in his early ’90s-era vehicles for Virginie Ledoyen (“A Single Girl,” “Marianne”), an actress who turned up in his latest picture, “Farewell, My Queen,” still looking startlingly youthful. Yet she is no longer the center of Jacquot’s universe.
Taking Ledoyen’s place is 27-year-old Léa Seydoux, a smoldering French starlet harboring the remarkable ability to simultaneously appear achingly vulnerable and coldly calculating within the same take. She has such a potent presence that it earned her the role of a cardboard villain in “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.” Thankfully, Jacquot realized that she was far more than a broodingly pretty face, and offered her what is truly her finest and most complex role to date.
DVD Rating: 4.0/5.0
Every frame of “Farewell, My Queen” is viewed through the eyes of Sidonie (Seydoux), a »
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The nominations for the César Awards aka the French Oscars were announced. "Farewell, My Queen," "Amour," "Camille Redouble," "In the House," "Rust & Bone," "Holy Motors," and "What's My Name" are competing for the Best Picture category. We'll find out the winners on February 22nd.
Here's the full list of nominees of the 2013 César Awards:
Farewell, My Queen
In The House
Rust & Bone
What.s In A Name
Benoît Jacquot, Farewell, My Queen
Jacques Audiard, Rust & Bone
Catherine Frot, Les Sauveurs Du Palais
Marion Cotillard, Rust & Bone
Léa Seydoux, Farewell, My Queen
Patrick Bruel, What »
Editor's Note: You may have figured out over the years that The Film Experience is more than a little fond of France and French cinema. Sadly I've never been to France. This year I've asked my friend in Paris, Julien to keep us up to date so he sent in the following article about this year's nominations. You should follow Julien Kojfer on Twitter because he's great. Just pretend you understand French whenever he goes there! - Nathaniel R
Julien takes it from here.
Three Films that also made waves Stateside
Here’s one for all you francophiles out there. France’s very own AMPAS, the César Academy, revealed its own set of nominees this morning. Since I’m guessing a lot of you won’t be familiar with most of the anointed films and performers, I’ll guide you through the major categories - a usual mixed bag of auteurist fare, »
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Nominations for the Cesar Awards, France's equivalent to the Oscar, have been announced. Noemie Lvovsky's "Camille Redouble" scored 13 nominations, while Michael Haneke's "Amour" received 10. Leos Carax's "Holy Motors," Benoit Jacquot's "Farewell, My Queen," and Jacques Audiard's "Rust & Bone" also scored Best Picture nods. Full list below. Meanwhile, Ben Affleck's "Argo" and Nikolaj Arcel's "A Royal Affair" made it into the Best Foreign-Language nominees. Best Picture Farewell, My Queen Amour Camille Redouble In The House Rust & Bone Holy Motors What’s In A Name Best Director Benoît Jacquot, Farewell, My Queen Michael Haneke, Amour Noémie Lvovsky, Camille Redouble François Ozon, In The House Jacques Audiard, Rust & Bone Leos Carax, Holy Motors Stéphane Brizé, »
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Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 15, 2013
Price: DVD $24.98, Blu-ray $29.98
Studio: Cohen Media
Diane Kruger is Marie Antoinette in Farewell, My Queen.
The sumptuous-looking 2012 period drama Farewell, My Queen is based on the international best-selling novel by Chantal Thomas.
Set in 18th Century France, the film stars Léa Seydoux (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) as Sidonie, one of Marie Antoinette’s (Diane Kruger, Unknown) ladies-in-waiting. Though she appears to be a seemingly an innocent, Sidonie is quietly working her way into her mistress’ special favors—until history tosses her fate onto a decidedly different path. As the story of the revolt by the starving French people against their arrogant royal rulers develops, the action—not to mention Marie and the royal family—moves from the gilded drawing rooms of the nobles to the back quarters of those who serve them.
Directed by acclaimed director Benoît Jacquot, Farewell, My Queen (or Les adieux a »
9 items from 2013
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