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French film star to be president of the Dinard British Film Festival’s 25th edition.
The Dinard British Film Festival (Oct 8-12) has named French film star Catherine Deneuve as its President of the competition jury for its 25th edition.
Deneuve, best known for her roles in Belle du Jour and Repulsion and more recently François Ozon’s Potiche, has more than 100 film credits to her name. Her breakthrough role was in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg in 1964 and she went on to work with directors including Francois Truffaut, Luis Buñuel and Roman Polanski.
Deneuve was nominated for an Oscar in 1993 for her performance in Indochine. She won César Awards for Indochine and The Last Metro (1980). She has also appeared in several English-language films such as 1983 cult classic The Hunger. In 2008, she appeared in her 100th film, Un conte de Noël.
The 70-year-old actress won the lifetime achievement award from the European Film Academy last December. Her last film »
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Paris– Jalil Lespert, whose latest movie “Yves Saint Laurent” was just released in the U.S. by The Weinstein Company, is set to direct “Versailles,” an English-language historical drama skein penned by Simon Mirren (“Without a Trace”) and David Wolstencroft (“Spooks”).
The show is produced by Capa Drama, and co-produced by Zodiak, which also reps international sales (excluding Canada), French pay TV giant Canal Plus and Canadian shingle Incendo.
Mirren and Wolstencroft will act as showrunners and write five episodes of the series. The pair will be serve as executive producers along with Anne Thomopoulos (“Rome”).
“Louis Xiv didn’t just reinvent what it meant to be a King. In building Versailles he created the world’s first global brand. This is a contemporary story of power, betrayal, and family that just so happens to be set in the 17th century,” said Mirren and Wolstencroft.
Lespert will direct the first two episodes of the series. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Produced and sold by Paulo Branco’s Alfama, “The Blue Room” was snatched up by Germany/Austria (Arsenal), Latin America (Telexcel), South Korea (Nouveau Film), Switzerland (Look Now), Belgium/Luxembourg (Les Films de L’Elysee), Portugal (Leopardo), Taiwan (Movie Cloud), Greece (Weird Wave) and Bulgaria (Film Vision).
An adaptation of a 1964 Georges Simenon mystery, “The Blue Room” stars Amalric, Stephanie Cleau and Lea Drucker.
The film, which was previously acquired by IFC Films for North American distribution, world-premiered in Un Certain Regard and earned warm reviews with 80% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Amalric had won a directing prize in 2010 for the burlesque ensemble comedy “On Tour.”
- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell
With Cannes past its midpoint, a major guessing game on the Croisette is: What’s going to Venice?
It’s a bit premature, because Venice topper Alberto Barbera and his team have yet to see plenty of what’s out there. However, two titles, Turkish-German auteur Fatih Akin’s “The Cut” and French helmer Benoit Jacquot’s “Three Hearts,” are believed to be locked in already, according to sources.
What’s sure is that there is no scarcity of promising pictures that could surface in a Lido slot. Fest runs Aug. 27-Sept. 6.
From the U.S. these include: J.C. Chandor’s thriller “A Most Violent Year,” with Alessandro Nivola and Jessica Chastain; David Fincher’s “Gone Girl,” starring Ben Affleck; Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman,” from Fox Searchlight; and David Gordon Green’s “Manglehorn,” in which Al Pacino plays an ex-con.
- Nick Vivarelli
Exclusive: Veteran producer to adapt Joseph Conrad’s novel.
Written in 1897 and drawing on his own experience in the Congo, it deals with two European men who are assigned to a trading post in a remote part of the African jungle. But as isolation demoralises the pair and diseases weaken them, the story ultimately ends in tragedy.
The film will shoot in Angola, close to the location in which Conrad wrote the story, and will be directed by Hugo Vieira Da Silva. The cast is led by Nuno Lopes. It will be made through Leopardo Filmes and Amour Fou Vienna as a Portuguese-Austrian coproduction.
Meanwhile, together »
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Exclusive: Benoit Jacquot’s upcoming drama 3 Heartshas been finding plenty love with buyers on the back of first images.
Paris-based sales company Elle Driver has sold 3 Hearts into several territories including the UK (Metrodome), Canada (Métropole), Portugal (Leopardo Filmes), Cis and Baltics (Russian Report), Latin America (HBO Olé), Brazil (Mares Filmes), Spain (Golem), Switzerland (Agora Films), Australia (Madman) and Italy (Bim)
The picture stars Benoit Poelvoorde as a man who unwittingly falls in love with two sisters, played by Chiara Mastroianni and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Catherine Deneuve also features in the cast as their mother.
Elle Driver has also done good business on Audrey Dana’s French Women - starring an ensemble cast featuring Isabelle Adjani, Laetitia Casta, Vanessa Paradis and Sylvie Testud - which it is world premiering in the market at Cannes.
Territories to have picked up the film include Brazil (Mares Filmes), Cis (Premium Films), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Spain (Vertigo Films) and Germany/Austria (Wild Bunch Germany »
Powered by Adeline Fontan Tessaur and Eva Diederix, Paris-based Elle Driver has shifted into high gear with high-caliber French projects like “Standing Tall” and Benoit Jacquot’s “Diary of a Chambermaid,” an adaptation of Octave Mirbeau’s classic novel toplining Lea Seydoux and Vincent Lindon.
Co-written by Helene Zimmer, “Chambermaid” brings together Jacquot, his “Farewell, My Queen” star Seydoux, sales company Elle Driver and producers Kristina Larsen for Les Films du Lendemain and Jean-Pierre Guerin for Jpg Films.
Deneuve plays a children’s magistrate that centers on a young delinquent’s coming of age. Benoit Magimel (“Little White Lies”) and Sara Forestier (“Suzanne”) also star. Les film du Kiosque is producing with Wild Bunch, which is also distributing in France.
- Elsa Keslassy
On the eve of the Cannes Film Festival’s official selection announcement, a major competition prospect has emerged in Tommy Lee Jones’ frontier drama “The Homesman,” starring Jones and Hilary Swank as a claim jumper and a pioneer woman undertaking a perilous journey across the Midwest. Also featuring Meryl Streep, William Fichtner and Hailee Steinfeld, the film marks Jones’ first directorial outing since his 2005 Western, “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada,” which walked away from the Croisette with two major prizes. Like “Three Burials,” “The Homesman” was financed and produced by Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp, which is also handling international sales on the film.
Also set to make its world premiere in Cannes is 20th Century Fox/DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” which will receive an out-of-competition screening, in keeping with the festival’s tradition of bowing a U.S. studio blockbuster the first weekend. The sequel, »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
Lambert Wilson Set As Master Of Ceremonies At Cannes French actor Lambert Wilson has been tapped to launch the 67th Cannes Film Festival on May 14. He also will welcome the president Jane Campion and her jury to the stage at the Palais des Festivals and host the prize ceremony on May 24. The versatile actor’s credits range from humour to thrillers and from art house to romcoms, and he has worked with such French film greats as André Téchiné, Benoît Jacquot, Bertrand Tavernier and Alain Resnais. Wilson made his first appearance in Cannes in 1985, with Téchiné’s Rendez-vous and has returned several times both as an actor and as president of the Un Certain Regard jury in 1999. Darlow Smithson Productions Taps Emily Dalton As Managing Director Endemol UK said Friday that Emily Dalton has been appointed Managing Director of factual producer Dsp. Ben Bowie is stepping down from the post to pursue a new venture. »
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A belated festival premiere for Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” and a powerhouse showing for British filmmakers including Mike Leigh and Ken Loach — plus appearances by other usual suspects such as David Cronenberg, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nuri Bilge Ceylan and the Dardenne brothers — are among the strong possibilities hovering over the lineup of the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival.
In recent years, festival topper Thierry Fremaux and his selection committee have tended to push their final decisions to the very last minute under a nearly impenetrable veil of secrecy, defying the intense media scrutiny and endless speculation that always swirl around the Cannes lineup at this time of year. Although anything could change between now and April 17, when the official selection is unveiled — there are still enough hotly anticipated titles in the mix to warrant some educated guesswork about what is shaping up to be a promisingly diverse slate of auteurs. »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
Last month, we unveiled our all-encompassing, most anticipated films for the current year in film. Now we peer into a future that is a little past the limits of 2014 thus we find ourselves with a quickie overview of the Top 100 Most Anticipated Films for 2015. Curated by our Nicholas Bell, with a little luck, we might see less than a finger count on one hand sum of films break this year, but for the most part, a good deal of these projects have planned 2014/15 production start dates. Here are 100 projects/filmmakers worth keeping tabs on (picks 100 to 11)
99. Lila & Eve – Dir. Charles Stone III
98. Legacy of Secrecy – Dir. David O. Russell
97. The Theory of Everything – James Marsh
96. Elvis and Nixon – Dir. Liza Johnson
95. Hier – Dir. Balint Kenyeres
92. Rocketman – Dir. Dagur Kari
90. Sweet Cheeks – Dir. »
- Nicholas Bell
Director: Duane Hopkins
Writer: Duane Hopkins
Producer: Samm Haillay
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Steve McQueen, Ben Wheatley and Andrea Arnold might be leading the charge of new British filmmaker talents and are already well-established internationally with more than three features in, but filmmaker Duane Hopkins (2008′s Better Things) will surely become a household name member of the clique. Hopkins revisits a shipwrecked youth generation featuring George MacKay (who recently shined in another new filmmaking talent in Paul Wright’s For Those in Peril) and Felicity Gilbert (appears in Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac: Volume I as the dissed secretary). Worth mentioning: Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurriaans also collaborated on the project.
Gist: This shows in graphic detail the life of Tim (MacKay). His habits, his hustle, his family, his responsibilities, his conflicts, his hopes, his fears, his character, his existence. Through this we understand his present, »
- Eric Lavallee
Director: Benoit Jacquot
Producers: Edouard Weil
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Though he’s been working steadily since the mid-70’s, director Benoit Jacquot’s films tend not to get much attention in the Us, even his growing handful of Isabelle Huppert starring titles (The School of Flesh; Keep It Quiet; False Servant; Villa Amalia) don’t get theatrical or DVD releases here. But the 2012 critical success of his 2012 film, Farewell My Queen seems to have snagged him some more international attention. While Lea Seydoux was originally slated to return for this latest film (scheduling conflicts have caused her to be replaced by Mastroianni), the presence of Deneuve and Gainsbourg should make this an undoubted item of interest.
Gist: One night, in the countryside. Marc misses his train to head back to Paris and meets Sylvie. »
- Nicholas Bell
The 64th Berlin International Film Festival kicks off tomorrow, offering dozens (and dozens) of world premieres across multiple sections. By the time the festival's Golden and Silver Bears are handed out next weekend, we'll have a good idea as to some of the best world cinema coming to theaters near you (eventually, that is -- some of last year's program is just coming out Stateside now). In the past few years, the festival has proven itself -- perhaps more than it has in some time -- as an excellent platform for emerging and proven talent in world cinema to debut their work. The past couple years have collectively offered the likes of Călin Peter Netzer's "Child's Pose," Bruno Dumont's "Camille Claudel 1915," Sebastián Lelio's "Gloria," Asghar Farhadi's "A Separation," Wim Wenders' "Pina," Paolo & Vittorio Taviani's "Caesar Must Die," Michael R. Roskham's "Bullhead," Benoit Jacquot's "Farewell My Queen, »
- Peter Knegt and Eric Kohn
14 items from 2014
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