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Xavier Giannoli’s “Marguerite” and Arnaud Desplechin’s “My Golden Years” are leading the nominations at this year’s Cesar awards, along with “Mustang,” Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Oscar-nominated feature debut, and Jacques Audiard’s Palme-d’Or winning “Dheepan.”
The nominations for the 41st Cesar awards were unveiled today by Alain Terzian, prexy of the French Academy of Arts and Sciences, during a press conference hosted at the Fouquets restaurant.
Set in the roaring 20s, “Marguerite” stars Catherine Frost as a wealthy woman who embarks on a journey to become an Opera singer in spite of her limited singing talent. Nominated for 11 Cesar nods – best film, actress, director, original screenplay — the pic world premiered at Venice. Fidelite Films produced.
“My Golden Years,” which opened at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Director: Benoît Jacquot
Writer: Benoît Jacquot
We’re still sulking over the initial plans Luca Guadagnino had for adapting Dom Delillo’s novella The Body Artist back in 2013, a project that fell apart soon after a cast comprised of Isabelle Huppert, Sigourney Weaver, David Cronenberg, and Denis Lavant was announced. Producer Paulo Branco reassembled the package for French director Benoît Jacquot, who re-wrote the screenplay with actress Julia Roy (If You Don’t, I Will, 2014), deciding on a different approach for the material, now featuring notables such as Amalric and Balibar. Jacquot, often an underrated filmmaker, has had a prolific few years following the success of Farewell, My Queen (2012), competing in Venice a year later with 3 Hearts (2014) and popping up in competition at Berlin 2015 with an adaptation of The Diary of a Chambermaid (previously filmed by Jean Renoir and Luis Bunuel). We’re excited to see how Jacquot »
- Nicholas Bell
Les Malheurs de Sophie
Director: Christophe Honoré
Writers: Christophe Honoré, Gilles Tourand
One of France’s most underrated directors (at least judging on the level of attention he receives overseas) is Christophe Honoré, who is perhaps best known for his 2007 film, Love Songs, which played in the Main Competition at Cannes. A unique and utterly charming musical, Honore followed up his collaboration with Alex Beaupain with less success for 2011’s Beloved, which closed the Cannes Film Festival. Usually casting either Louis Garrell, Chiara Mastroianni or both in nearly all his features, his latest, Metamorphoses (2014), an adaptation of the famed text by Greek poet Ovid, premiered at Venice Days with little fanfare. Honore’s also responsible for the provocative George Bataille adaptation, Ma Mere (2004) which features an infamous performance from Isabelle Huppert. His tenth feature film, Les Malheurs de Sophie (Sophie’s Woes), is loosely based on a famed children’s »
- Nicholas Bell
Paris – Paris-based Other Angle Pictures, headed by Olivier Albou and Laurence Schonberg, has entered movie production, boarding Solange Cicurel’s contempo relationship comedy “Don’t Tell Her,” boasting a French-Belgian ensemble cast including French singer Jenifer Bartoli, one-woman show star Camille Chamoux (“Les Francis”) and comedy actor Arie Elmaleh (“Caged”).
In another sign of growth at Other Angle, which launched in 2008, one of its comedy flagships, Gerard Depardieu-starrer “A Mighty Team,” will open 2016’s 18th UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema.
Pushing from the get-go its brand as the go-to sales company for French comedic movies. The Other Angle diversified into English-language movies selling John Hay’s post World War II espionage thriller “Lives in Secret,” with Tim Roth and Kelly Reilly, Zoe Cassavetes’ “Day Out of Days,” starring Alexia Landau and Eddie Izzard; and Sam Friedlander’s “Larry Gaye, Renegade Male Flight,” starring “Royal Pains” Mark Feuerstein, Rebecca Romijn and Stanley Tucci. »
- John Hopewell
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