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Olivier Assayas’ ‘Sils Maria’ Wins Louis Delluc Prize

16 December 2014 11:23 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Olivier Assayas’ “Sils Maria” won the Louis Delluc prize, a prestigious film kudo which is voted on by French film critics and kicks off Gaul’s awards season.

Headed by Gilles Jacob, Cannes film festival’s former president, the Louis Delluc jury chose “Sils Maria” over Abderrahmane Sissako’s “Timbuktu,” Bertrand Bonello’s “Saint Laurent,” Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language,” Claus Drexel’s “Au bord du monde,” Pascal Ferran’s “Bird People,” Benoit Jacquot’s “Three Hearts” and Robin Campillon’s “Eastern boys.”

A multi-layered character study, “Sils Maria,” which is repped by MK2 and world premiered in competition at Cannes to warm reviews, stars Juliette Binoche as a middle-aged actress facing insecurities. Kristen Stewart toplines as Binoche’s young assistant.

The female-driven pic was produced by Charles Gillibert’s CG Cinema. A former top exec at MK2, Gillibert launched CG Cinema over two years ago and his recent »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Marrakech Matures Into Full-Fledged International Film Festival

13 December 2014 2:35 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Marrakech — Turning 14 this year, the Marrakech International Film Festival has matured into a full-fledged fest that not only showcases world cinema highlights but also breeds local talent.

Jeremy Irons, during his career tribute on the second day of events, recalled the attribulated first edition in December 2001, which initially seemed at risk after the 9/11 attacks in New York. He underlined how far the festival has evolved since then.

Brainchild of late French producer Daniel Toscan du Plantier, the Marrakech fest in its early years were highly influenced by European cinema, in particular by French films. It also showcased Hollywood talent, including self-confessed Moroccophiles, such as Martin Scorsese, who was jury prexy in 2013 and is godfather to the Esav, Marrakech’s leading film school, which he inaugurated in 2007.

“For me, Morocco and the movies have always gone hand in hand, so when the festival was founded back in 2001, I was eager to help out, »

- Elsa Keslassy and Martin Dale

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Casting Net: Chris Pine to narrate high-school debate documentary

10 December 2014 6:53 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Chris Pine is set to narrate the high-school debate documentary, This Is Not A Club. Ari Levinson is directing the film, which tracks four debate teams over the course of a year as they compete in two-person speech competitions and, eventually, the annual National Speech and Debate tournament in Las Vegas. [Deadline] • Ewan McGregor will lend his voice as narrator of Humpback Whales. Greg MacGillivray is directing the underwater, 3D documentary for IMAX and giant-screen theaters. It follows humpback whales in their slow recovery after nearly being hunted to extinction. Stephen Judson is writing and editing. Expect it to hit theaters Feb. »

- C. Molly Smith

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Depardieu, Lindon and Kiberlain Board Benoit Jacquot’s ‘Bain’ (Exclusive)

10 December 2014 1:41 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Marrakech — Benoit Jacquot, the acclaimed French director of “Farewell, My Queen” and “Three Hearts,” has lined up a stellar cast including Gerard Depardieu, Vincent Lindon and Sandrine Kiberlain for his next movie, a mystery drama titled “Bain de minuit.”

Jacquot, whose career spans 40 years, unveiled details on his next project while in Marrakech to participate in a master class and present his latest film, “Three Hearts,” at the film festival.

Gilles Taurand, a vet scribe whose credits include Jacquot’s “Farewell, My Queen,” “La belle personne” and “Wild Reeds,” is writing the script of “Bain,” which is an adaptation of George Harrar’s “Reunion at Red Paint Bay.”

Set in Red Paint, a small town in Maine, the book centers around a sturdy family man working as newspaper editor.  His picture-perfect life starts to unravel after he starts receiving postcards from a mysterious stalker who is threaten him and his »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Marrakech Opens with Career Tribute to Adel Imam

6 December 2014 1:04 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Friday’s opening ceremony of the 14th edition of the Marrakech international film festival, saw a bevy of international directors and actors, including Isabelle Huppert, Alan Rickman and Jeremy Irons, walk the red carpet into the Palais des Congres.

Since its debut edition in 2001, the Marrakech fest has established itself as one of the leading cultural events in Africa and the Arab world.

Each year, the festival has succeeded in attracting high-profile names from throughout the world, with regular repeat guests who are enthusiastic to return to the Red City. This year’s edition is no exception.

The daily televised red carpet entrances and gala tributes, replete with television crews and press photographers, have ensured that Marrakech has become an important promotional platform for filmmakers from throughout the world.

The fest’s glamorous atmosphere is further reinforced by the fact that top guests stay in some of Marrakech’s most luxurious locations, »

- Martin Dale

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‘Timbuktu,’ ‘Saint Laurent’ and ‘Sils Maria’ Compete For Louis Delluc Prize

28 November 2014 7:28 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– Kicking off France’s awards season, Abderrahmane Sissako’s “Timbuktu,” Bertrand Bonello’s “Saint Laurent” and Olivier Assayas’ “Sils Maria” are among the eight films set to compete for the prestigious Louis Delluc prize.

Headed by former Cannes film festival president Gilles Jacob, the Louis Delluc jury – made up of film critics — also selected Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language,” Claus Drexel’s “Au bord du monde,” Pascal Ferran’s “Bird People,” Benoit Jacquot’s “Three Hearts” and Robin Campillon’s “Eastern boys.”

As every year, the lineup is almost entirely made up of Cannes’ official selection players:”Saint Laurent” (Gaul’s foreign-language Oscar candidate) starring Gaspard Ulliel as the famed French designer, “Goodbye to Language,” which won Cannes’ jury prize (shared with Xavier Dolan’s “Mommy”), “Sils Maria,” “Bird People” and “Timbuktu.”

The second Delluc prize will honor the best directorial debut among six films, including Thomas Cailley’s “Love at First Fight, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Cannes Pics Vie For Delluc Prize; China Plans 6 ‘Three Body’ Films: Global Showbiz Briefs

28 November 2014 5:30 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The shortlist for France’s Louis Delluc Prize, one of the country’s highest film honors, has been released with 14 films making the cut across two categories: Best Film and Best Debut Feature. Among the eight main movies, six hail from this year’s Cannes crop. Saint Laurent – which is France’s entry for the Foreign Language Oscar – by Bertrand Bonello; Olivier AssayasJuliette Binoche/Kristen Stewart-starrer Clouds Of Sils Maria; veteran Jean-Luc Godard’s 3D Goodbye To Language; Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu; Pascale Ferran’s Bird People, starring Josh Charles; and Claus Drexel’s Au Bord Du Monde will vie alongside Venice pics Trois Coeurs, by Benoît Jacquot, and Robin Campillo’s Eastern Boys. Godard, Ferran and Jacquot are all former Delluc laureates. The Debut Feature shortlist is made up of Thomas Cailley’s well-received Fortnight film Love At First Fight; Camera d’Or winner Party Girl; Virgil Vernier »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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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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