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3 Hearts (3 coeurs) Cohen Media Group Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for CompuServe ShowBiz. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: A- Director: Benoît Jacquot Screenwriters: Benoît Jacquot, Julien Boivent Cast: Benoît Poelvoorde, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 2/25/15 Opens: March 13, 2015 You may have seen articles with the title “Why nice girls date bad boys,” which hold that girls find handsome, carefree, irresponsible guys on motorcycles to be exciting to date. But they marry ordinary-looking accountants and lawyers who, they believe, will make good fathers. In a drama about a romantic triangle, this one dealing with a more carefree woman and her more family-oriented [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Lea Seydoux is having a pretty good time right now, hanging out with James Bond in the new movie Spectre. But before we have a chance to see her running around next to Daniel Craig, we can see her in Benoît Jacquot’s new adaptation of the Octave Mirbeau novel, The Diary of a Chambermaid.
The film features Seydoux as the titular chambermaid Celestine, who joins a new household and becomes the object of lust for her older employer…much to the chagrin of her mistress. The maid is aware of the seductive power she wields, but winds up caught in the power struggles going on within the marriage and the household.
The Diary of a Chambermaid has already seen two adaptations, one by French auteur Jean Renoir, and the other by master surrealist Luis Bunuel. The latter is among the better known of the two, taking the novel’s themes of sex, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
At the moment, Lea Seydoux is currently in some exotic location, hanging out with Daniel Craig, and shooting the next Bond movie "Spectre." But just this month the actress appeared in the far more humble picture "The Diary Of A Chambermaid," which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, and the first international trailer has arrived. Based on the 1900 Octave Mirbeau novel, previously tackled in movies by Jean Renoir and Luis Buñuel, Benoît Jacquot ("3 Hearts," "Farewell My Queen") put his hands on the material that tells the story of a young chambermaid who becomes embroiled in games of jealousy, lust and shame in the household in which she works. Our own Jessica Kiang wasn't really a fan, saying it was skippable "except to Seydoux completists," but that's reason enough for many. Cohen Media Group will release the film in the U.S., but no date has been set. "The »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Anne-Dominique Toussaint’s Parisian Galerie Cinema comes to New York with an exhibition featuring photos by Cédric Klapisch, Atiq Rahimi, Edward Lachman, Agnès Godard, James Franco, Vincent Perez, Kate Barry, Harry Gruyaert and Raymond Depardon as a special event of the 20th Anniversary of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema.
The Bling Ring director Sofia Coppola, Julianne Moore during the filming of Todd Haynes's Far From Heaven, and Vincent Perez's Cyrano De Bergerac co-star Gérard Depardieu will be among the portraits on display at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
Nathalie Baye, Guillaume Canet, Cédric Kahn, Christophe Honoré, Celine Sallette, Mélanie Laurent, Abd Al Malik, Frédéric Tellier, Armel Hostiou, Thomas Cailley, Stéphane Demoustier, Cédric Anger, Alain Chabat, Claire Burger, Cédric Jimenez, Lucie Borleteau and Ariane Lebed »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Hot projects new to Screenbase include Nicolas Winding Refn feature The Neon Demon, Pope Francis biopic Francisco, Brady Corbet’s directorial debut The Childhood Of A Leader and a new adaptation by Wim Wenders.Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon
Principal photography will begin in Los Angeles on March 30. Gaumont and Wild Bunch are co-selling the title.
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Paris– Xavier Lardoux, former co-deputy chief of promotion org Unifrance Films, has been appointed head of film at France’s National Film Board Cnc.
Prior to joining Unifrance in 2010, Lardoux worked at the Paris city hall, handling cultural affairs.
While at Unifrance, Lardoux helmed MyFrenchFilmFestival, an online fest that garnered up to 4 million viewings in 2014. A showcase of French movies, the festival, whose latest edition wraps tomorrow, attracted 25 digital partners, including the U.S.’ Amazon, iTunes and Google Play, Canada’s Shaw, France’s Dailymotion, Spain’s Filmin and China’s Youku.
Last June, Lardoux published a report outlining an European policy on film education for the Cnc, and he’s written various books, including “Le Cinema de Benoit Jacquot.”
As topper of the Cnc’s film department, Lardoux will report to president Frederique Bredin, and will be in charge of spearheading subsidy programs for films, as well as shaping »
- Elsa Keslassy
While You Were Peeping: Godet’s Elegy Brimming with Belabored Emotion
With his sophomore directorial effort, Fabienne Godet’s A Place on Earth (Une place sur la Terre) once again places Belgian actor Benoît Poelvoorde in the midst of a doomed romantic entanglement. Surprisingly, the generally comedic thespian excels at these melancholy, brooding types, as evidenced by recent stints in Jean-Pierre Ameris’ Romantics Anonymous (2010) and Benoit Jacquot’s Three Hearts (2014). As an uninspired photographer, Poelvoorde’s equally forlorn here, though he’s on the less dramatic end of the comparable occupationally challenged protagonist featured in Godet’s first feature, Burnt Out (2005). However, the film’s dramatic conflict inevitably ends up feeling a bit forced, the emotionally unstable natures of its romantic leads vaguely administered, which casts an extemporaneous pallor over the script that should leave us feeling as devastated as the roiling soundtrack and sweeping visuals urge.
A struggling photographer, »
- Nicholas Bell
What does it say that we've both put off discussing the new Werner Herzog film? I must admit my profound disappointment at Herzog's first fictional feature film since his two-shot salvo of The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans and My Son, My Son, What Have You Done? in 2009 and certainly his most expansive drama for decades. With a cast of James Franco, Robert Pattison, and Damian Lewis led by Nicole Kidman, Queen of the Desert adapts the true saga of Gertrude Bell, an utterly unique woman who at the turn of the last century plunged into the deserts of the Middle East by herself and become better acquainted and more influential among its myriad tribes and factions than anyone else before and probably since.
Yet for a director so adept at discovering, eliciting and pursuing a kind of inspired mania and adventurousness in his fellow man, »
- Daniel Kasman
Promising a kind of raunchiness, or at least sauciness, never delivered upon, and a confessional, intimate tone never achieved, "Diary of a Chambermaid," the latest title from French director Benoit Jacquot ("3 Hearts," "Farewell My Queen") is a film in search of a reason to exist, other than to set up unflattering comparisons between its director and the two greats who previously assayed the same material: Jean Renoir and Luis Bunuel. Based on the 1900 Octave Mirbeau novel, Jacquot's adaptation brings little new to the neatly-set table, except Lea Seydoux, and perhaps that would even have been enough, had the film served her performance as well as it does her luscious, sulky luminosity. But where Jacquot largely knows what he's doing on a micro-level within individual scenes, and the sets and costuming are pretty special, he seems unable to assemble the parts into a coherent, consistent whole. So the film meanders and hiccups, »
- Jessica Kiang
Cohen Media Group has acquired North American rights to Diary of a Chambermaid, Benoit Jacquot's period drama, starring Lea Seydoux, from Elle Driver. The film, which premiered in competition in Berlin last week, is the latest adaptation of Octave Mirbeau's novel from 1900 about the relationship between a simple chambermaid and the lecherous master of the house. The book has previously been adapted by Jean Renoir (1946) and Luis Bunuel (1964). Read more Berlin Roundtable: Five Fest Actors Talk Sex Scenes, Tough Directors and Dream Roles The deal for Chambermaid was negotiated by Cmg senior vp John Kochman and Elle
- Scott Roxborough
★★★☆☆ Benoît Jacquot's adaptation of Diary of a Chambermaid, based on Octave Mirbeau's 1900 novel, is engaging and visually stylish but loses momentum towards its end. Léa Seydoux plays the eponymous heroine who is desperate to escape domestic servitude and carve out a new life for herself. Célestine has had plenty of positions as a maid but for various reasons they haven't worked out. Against her better judgement she reluctantly accepts a job in the country. As she arrives at the Lenlaire's provincial home in Normandy, Célestine reflects on her previous jobs - those she left of her own accord and those she was forced to vacate. Since she was twelve, Célestine has had to fight off the advances of men.
- CineVue UK
The project was announced by Alfama’s Paulo Branco during the Efm. The film is an adaptation of the play by Peter Handke. It will star Reda Kateb and Sophie Semin. Handke himself is likely to have a cameo. The film will be an Alfama/Road Movies coproduction, to be sold by Alfama.
The film marks a reunion between Wenders and veteran Portuguese producer Branco, who co-produced Wenders’ The State Of Things in 1982 and has worked with him several times since.
Wenders’ Every Thing Will Be Fine is screening out of competition, sold by Hanway.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Geoffrey Macnab)
Minus the six minutes of credits, Sebastian Schipper's amazing Victoria is a single 134-minute shot. Now, if you're going to pull a stunt like this, you'd damn well better dream up, construct and hone a project that warrants the gimmick. And Schipper, with his co-writers Olivia Neergaard-Holm and Eike Schulz, most certainly have. Also in today's Berlinale Diary: Jayro Bustamante's Ixcanul Volcano, in which ancient Mayan traditions run up against the contemporary world. And Benoît Jacquot's Diary of a Chambermaid: After adaptations by Jean Renoir (1946) and Luis Buñuel (1964), is this one really necessary? » - David Hudson »
A degree of hubris is required for any current Continental auteur to re-adapt Octave Mirbeau’s 1900 succes de scandale “Diary of a Chambermaid,” given its enduring association with the names Jean Renoir and Luis Bunuel. In this slender, slippery update, however, Benoit Jacquot has at least balanced his with a measure of kinky japery: While it’s the least vivid of the three versions, it arguably comes closest to matching the sauciness of the source. Starring an ideally cast Lea Seydoux as the secretive servant of the title, seeking self-advancement at the expense of her snooty employers, the film milks some brisk comedy from its upstairs-downstairs peekaboo, but is too breezy to convince in its depiction of obsessive erotic fixation — making for a “Diary” that oddly feels less exposing as it goes along.
Seydoux’s name and other attractive trappings guarantee a degree of international distributor interest in a project »
- Guy Lodge
On Thursday, Isabel Coixet became only the second female director in the 65 years of the Berlinale to open the festival after Margarethe von Trotta did so with Das Versprechen in 1995. This year’s lineup puts a strong spotlight on women directors, such as Sonja Heiss’ Forum entry Hedi Schneider Is Stuck, about a woman whose life slips out of control when she gets panic attacks, Benoit Jacquot’s competition film Diary of a Chambermaid, starring Lea Seydoux, and Coixet’s Nobody Wants the Night, starring Juliette Binoche. Then, of course, there’s Fifty Shades of Grey, one of the most hotly anticipated
- Georg Szalai
Don’t know where to start with the jumbo-sized Berlin festival lineup? Join “The Club,” as the latest film from Oscar-nominated “No’s” director Pablo Larrain is called. The good news is that this year’s program offers plenty of enticing titles, clustered around a few intriguing trends.
A Platform for Hollywood
Last year, Berlin set “The Grand Budapest Hotel” off on the right foot. The film went on to become the highest-grossing film of Wes Anderson’s career. Universal has even bigger expectations for “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which plans to seduce its first crowds in Berlin. On the more demure side, Disney will unwrap its live-action, Kenneth Branagh-made “Cinderella,” while “Twilight” director Bill Condon offers a low-key, late-life look at suddenly ubiquitous Sherlock with “Mr. Holmes.”
Films We Expected to See in Park City
There are a handful of titles that skipped U.S. fests to premiere in Berlin. »
- Peter Debruge
Sold by Elle Driver, “Diary” is directed by Benoit Jacquot (Farewell, My Queen”). Deal was negotiated by Cmg senior VP John Kochman and Elle Driver co-founder Adeline Fontan Tessaur. Pic is set for a late 2015 U.S. theatrical release.
Set in the French provinces in the early part of the last century, “Diary” stars Seydoux as Celestine, an ambitious new chambermaid at the Lanlaire household who rebuffs her master’s advances, endures the authoritarian Madame Lanlaire, and falls for an enigmatic gardener, Joseph (Vincent Lindon, “Bastards,” “The School of Flesh”).
- John Hopewell
Representatives of French production company Capa Drama – Guillaume de Menthon, managing director, Capa Drama – and of two key locations: the Palace of Versailles (Olivier Josse and Jeanne Hollande) and the Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte (Alexandre de Vogue) attended a round table chaired by Olivier Rene-Veillon, prexy of the Ile de France Film Commission, during the Paris Images Location Expo (Feb. 3-4) to discuss one of France’s most ambitious TV series in recent years :“Versailles” – a €27 million ($30 million) 10 hour English-language Franco-Canadian co-production, sold internationally by Zodiak Rights.
Capa Drama’s De Menthon explained that the maximum financing level that can be raised in France for a major TV series is €11 million ($12,5 million).
This led Capa to produce the series in English because they calculated that if the series was shot in English the potential international sales would be ten times higher than if it were a shot in »
- Martin Dale
Paris – France’s Mikros Image, with headquarters in Paris and offices in Montreal, Los Angeles, Liège, Brussels, Luxembourg and Milan, plans to reinforce its animation and VFX work, revolving primarily around its three-main operation centers: Paris, Belgium and Montreal.
With a 250-strong workforce, the company is one of France’s veteran and most highly-respected VFX shingles.
Mikros rose to international recognition with its 2010 Oscar-winning toon short “Logorama” and bowed a dedicated animation division in June 2012 in Levallois-Perret, Paris.
Its first animation feature, Louis Clichy and Alexandre Astier’s €37 million ($42 million) “Asterix: the Land of the Gods,” was released in France on Nov. 26, clocking up 0.93 million admissions for distributor Snd in its opening week. The film’s cumulative 3.2 million admissions, complemented by worldwide sales, makes it one of the most successful French toon pics ever.
- Martin Dale
The Oscar-nominated film, about the impact of Islamic fundamentalism on a rural community in Mali, has taken on new resonance in France following a series of terrorist attacks by extremists in Paris last month.
The other contenders for best film comprised Bertrand Bonello’s Yves Saint Laurent biopic Saint Laurent, Benoît Jacquot’s 3 Hearts, Eric Lartigau’s La Famille Bélier, Céline Sciamma’s Girlhood (Bande de Fille) and Lucas Belvaux’s Not My Type (Pas Mon Genre).
Belgian Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne’s Two Days, One Night - for which lead actress Marion Cotillard is nominated for an a best actress academy award - won the best prize for best foreign, Francophone film.
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