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Catherine Deneuve: 2013 European Film Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Catherine Deneuve has been named the recipient of the the European Film Academy’s 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award for her "outstanding body of work." And outstanding it is. Yesterday, I posted an article about Dirk Bogarde (Victim, Death in Venice, Despair), one of the rare performers anywhere on the planet to have consistently worked with world-class international filmmakers. The Paris-born Catherine Deneuve, who turns 70 next October 22, is another one of those lucky actors. (Photo: Catherine Deneuve at the Potiche premiere at the 2010 Venice Film Festival.) Deneuve’s directors have included an eclectic and prestigious list of filmmakers from various countries. Those include Belle de Jour and Tristana‘s Luis Buñuel; Le Sauvage and La Vie de Château‘s Jean-Paul Rappenau; The Hunger‘s Tony Scott; Un Flic‘s Jean-Pierre Melville; The Mississippi Mermaid and The Last Metro‘s François Truffaut »
- Andre Soares
French actress to receive Lifetime Achievement Award at European Film Awards.
The European Film Academy is to present French actress Catherine Deneuve with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The star of Roman Polanski’s Repulsion and more recently François Ozon’s Potiche and of will be an honorary guest at the 26th European Film Awards ceremony on Dec 7 in Berlin, where she will collect the honour.
The 69-year-old actrees first gained recognition for her portrayal of aloof and mysterious beauties in films such as Repulsion (1965) and Luis Buñuel’s Belle de jour (1967). 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.
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This is a talk given by French director of photography Caroline Champetier at the La Roche-sur-Yon International Film Festival in October 2012, originally published in two parts on the festival’s site (www.fif-85.com). This translation is being published with their kind permission. This year's festival will take place from October 16-21, Kelly Reichardt will be the guest of honor. Many thanks to Emmanuel Burdeau, programmer of the festival, Jordan Mintzer and Caroline Champetier.
Caroline Champetier: I’ve always tried to take a step back from what I’m doing. The more I work, however, the less I’m able to deal with this exercise. I just finished production on Claude Lanzmann’s The Last of the Unjust and have barely said goodbye to David Teboul, a young director who I worked with on Cinq avenue Marceau (2002), a film I think very highly of and that’s about Yves Saint Laurent’s last collection. »
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Sneak Peek footage and images from the R-rated 'Marie Antoinette' romantic feature "Farewell, My Queen ("Les Adieux à la reine") directed by Benoît Jacquot, based on the novel of the same name by author Chantal Thomas.
"...in 1789, on the eve of the 'French Revolution', the court at the 'Palace of Versailles' still live their routines, relatively unconcerned by the increasing turmoil in Paris a distance away.
"When news about the storming of the 'Bastille' reaches the Court, most aristocrats and servants desert the Palace, fearing that the government is falling.
"They abandon the Royal Family. But 'Sidonie Laborde', a young servant who is the Queen's reader, has a crush on the monarch and refuses to flee.
- Michael Stevens
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]
- Garth Franklin
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
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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 »
13 items from 2013
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