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Gaumont Boards Franck Dubosc’s Directorial Debut, ‘Rolling To You’ (Exclusive)

Gaumont is partnering with Paris-based producer Lgm, the outfit behind Guillaume Gallienne’s “Me, Myself and Mum,” on high-concept comedy “Rolling to You,” which will be directed by Franck Dubosc.

Along with Dany Boon and Christian Clavier, Dubosc is one of France’s most bankable actors in French comedies. His recent movies include “Les tetes de l’emploi” ($3.4 million in domestic box office), “Camping 3” ($24 million) and “Boule et Bill” ($3.4 million).

On top of co-producing via his outfit Pour Toi Public Prods., Dubosc stars in “Rolling to You” opposite popular French actress Alexandra Lamy. Her recent credits include Harlan Coben’s miniseries “No Second Chance,” which was a hit on TF1, and Eric Lavaine’s “Back to Mom’s.”

Cecile Gaget, who heads up international co-production and distribution at Gaumont, said “Rolling to You” was intended to be as romantic and politically incorrect as “There’s Something About Mary.”

Dubosc stars as Jocelyn,
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Colcoa French Film Festival Opens With Claude Lelouch’s ‘Everyone’s Life’

Colcoa French Film Festival Opens With Claude Lelouch’s ‘Everyone’s Life’
Claude Lelouch’s “Everyone’s Life” will open the 21st Colcoa French Film Festival on April 24.

“Everyone’s Life” (Chacun sa vie), a North American premiere, celebrates 50 years of cinema with cast of 50 French actors, including Johnny Hallyday and Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin.

The festival, which will be held at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, will showcase a record 82 films, television series and, for the first time, web series. A total of 70 of these will be in competition for Colcoa awards.

The cinema competition will close on May 2, with the North American premiere of Eric Lavaine’s new romantic comedy, “You Choose,” starring Alexandra Lamy.

“Colcoa will reach a new level in 2017 with two new categories – a virtual reality program and web series competition – added to the Cinema, Television, and Shorts competitions,” said François Truffart, executive producer and artistic director. “These two new popular formats offer
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Colcoa brass unveil full festival line-up

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Colcoa brass unveil full festival line-up
Event backed by Franco-American Cultural Fund to showcase Vr, web series for first time.

Thirty-four features and documentaries will compete for the Colcoa Cinema Awards as part of the 21st Colcoa French Film Festival that runs from April 24-May 2 in Hollywood.

The competition kicks off on April 24 with the North American premiere of Claude Lelouch’s Everyone’s Life and ends on May 2 with the North American premiere of Eric Lavaine’s new rom-com You Choose starring Alexandra Lamy.

The line-up includes Marco Bellocchio’s Sweet Dreams, Stephane Brizet’s A Woman’s Life (pictured), Bruno Dumont’s Slack Bay, Lisa Azuelos’s Dalida, and Marie-Camille Mansion-Chaar’s Heaven Will Wait.

The event will showcase a record 82 films, television series and web series, 70 of which will compete for the Colcoa Awards.

The festival includes the After 10 Series, Colcoa Classics, Colcoa.Doc World Cinema Produced by France, Focus On A Filmmaker dedicated to Brizé, Film Noir Series
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Other Angle boards Senegalese resistance fighter drama 'Our Patriots'

Other Angle boards Senegalese resistance fighter drama 'Our Patriots'
Exclusive: Marc Zinga stars in war drama.

Paris-based sales agent Other Angle has boarded Gabriel Le Bomin’s Second World War drama Our Patriots about real-life Senegalese resistance fighter Addi Bâ.

Marc Zinga plays Bâ, who was nicknamed “der schwarze terrorist” (the black terrorist) by the Germans for his role in a French resistance division operating in the Vosges in eastern France.

Louane Emera, who shot to fame in the role of the talented musical daughter Paula Belier in box office hit La Famille Belier, and Alexandra Lamy are also in the cast as the women who helped hide Bâ from the Germans. Further cast members include Pierre Deladonchamps.

Other Angle chief Olivier Albou says the film is in a similar vein to Rachid Bouchareb’s Days Of Glory.

“There aren’t that many films looking at the role Africans played in fighting the Germans and none, as far as I know, about black resistance
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UniFrance Rendez-Vous: Hector Cabello Reyes on ‘An Indian Tale,’ Directing Actors, Its Characters Connecting With Life

UniFrance Rendez-Vous: Hector Cabello Reyes on ‘An Indian Tale,’ Directing Actors, Its Characters Connecting With Life
Paris — In “An Indian Tale,” which screened over the weekend at the 2017 UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in Paris, France-based, Chilean-born Hector Cabello Reyes makes his feature debut directing Belgium’s Benoit Poelvoorde (“The Brand New Testament”), France’s Alexandra Lamy (“Ricky”) and India’s Bollywood and Hollywood actor Pitobash (“Million Dollar Arm”).

Inspired by Ricardo Darin starrer “Chinese Take-Out,” “An Indian Tale” is an odd couple/second-chance-in-life dramedy, kicking off when Pierre, (Poelvoorde), an irascible, short-fused stand-offish hardware store owner with a compulsive obsession disorder rebuffs the love interest of Jeanne (Lamy), the beautiful and life-loving sister of a client. Then he stumbles across a Bengali immigrant, Ajit (Pitobash), who doesn’t speak a word of French. Pierre does everything to get Ajit off his hands, taking him to the police station, the Indian Embassy and to meet possible relations, but ends up having to put him up in his home,
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Locarno: ‘Interchange,’ ‘The Last Family,’ ‘Glory’ Close Sales (Exclusive)

Locarno: ‘Interchange,’ ‘The Last Family,’ ‘Glory’ Close Sales (Exclusive)
“Interchange,” “The Last Family” and “Glory” led early sales announcements at an ever more hectic Locarno Festival where “Moka” and “Paula” drew positive critical plaudits – boding well for break-out sales as top Locarno titles segue from the Swiss Alps to Toronto.

Harvey Keitel, Bill Pullman and Roger Corman collected career awards, lending an U.S. edge to an event which largely focuses on European arthouse and world cinema. The most significant industry presence was, however, that of Participant CEO David Linde who talked about his career as an independent producer and emphasised his belief – and that of Participant founder Jeff Skoll – in further growth in international markets as an estimated 5 billion people, largely in Asia and Africa, will come online for the first time in the next 5 years.

Attendance at Locarno’s Industry Days, which ran Aug. 6-8, came in at around 1,100, on a par with 2015, after sustained rapid growth
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French remake rights ordered for 'Chinese Takeaway'

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French remake rights ordered for 'Chinese Takeaway'
Exclusive: FilmSharks has licensed the hit Latin comedy for a remake that will be directed by Hector Cabello Reyes.

FilmSharks of Buenos Aires has licensed French remake rights on the hit Latin comedy Chinese Takeaway (Un Cuento Chine) to 22h22 Films.

Hector Cabello Reyes will direct Benoît Poolvoerde, Alexandra Lamy and Pitobash Tripathay in Brussels through the end of March.

The reconfigured story will centre on an Indian immigrant who clashes with a local shop owner following a tragic accident.

As previously announced, FilmSharks has licensed Indian remake rights to Gobsmack, while Pantelion and 3pas will handle the Mexican remake.

3 pas’ Ben Odell along with Pampa Films’ Pablo Buscarini and Pablo E. Bossi, Tornasol’s Gerardo Herrero and Telefe’s Axel Kuschevatzky produced the original comedy.

FilmSharks has also acquired worldwide remake rights to Alex de la Iglesia’s The Commonwealth (La Comunidad).

The story tells of a sinister community of residents in a building where an old
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Snd Boards ‘An Indian Tale’ With Benoit Poelvoorde, Pitobash Tripathy

Snd Boards ‘An Indian Tale’ With Benoit Poelvoorde, Pitobash Tripathy
Paris-based Snd has boarded “An Indian Tale” (“Un conte Indien”), a culture-clash comedy starring Belgian thesp Benoit Poelvoorde (“The Brand New Testament”) and Hindi actor Pitobash Tripathy (“Shor in the City”).

Directed by Héctor Cabello Reyes, “An Indian Tale” is produced by Léonard Glowinski (“The Diving Bell & The Butterfly”) at 22h22 and Philippe Carcassonne (“Gemma Bovery”) at Ciné-@. UMedia Production (“The Artist”) in Belgium is co-producing.

“An Indian Tale” is a high-concept comedy set at the French/Belgium border and laced with a social undertone and absurd humor.

Poelvoorde toplines as a grumpy bachelor living in a small town in Northern France, who crosses path with a lost and lonely Indian man (Tripathy) after a cow falls from the sky. Alexandra Lamy (“Ricky”) also stars.

Poelvoorde, one of France’s leading actors who has earned three Cesar nominations, most recently starred in Jaco van Dormael’s Golden-Globe nominated “The Brand New Testament.
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Snd boards Héctor Cabello Reyes’s 'An Indian Tale'

Snd boards Héctor Cabello Reyes’s 'An Indian Tale'
Cross-cultural tale features India’s Million Dollar Arm star Pitobash oppposite Benoît Poelvoorde.

Snd has boarded Chilean director Héctor Cabello Reyes’s debut feature An Indian Tale (Un Conte Indien), a French-language cross-cultural comedy about an unexpected friendship between a disgruntled French man and homesick Indian immigrant.

Benoît Poelvoorde actor is set to play Pierre, a grumpy bachelor living in a small town in the north of France, who strikes up a friendship with homesick Indian Ajit, played by Indian actor Pitobash, when a cow falling from the sky causes their paths to cross.

Popular Belgian actors Poelvoorde’s recent credits include The Brand New Testament and he is soon to be seen in Benoit Delépine and Gustave Kervern’s Saint Amour which will premiere at the Berlinale.

Indian actor Pitobash is best known internationally for his role in Craig Gillespie’s Million Dollar Arm about a sports agent who tries to recruit Indian cricket players to Us Major
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Lavaine Moves Into Social Comedy With ‘Back to Mom’s’

Lavaine Moves Into Social Comedy With ‘Back to Mom’s’
Popular French comedy director Eric Lavaine (“Barbecue”) explores social comedy in his most recent film “Retour chez ma Mère” (“Back to Mom’s”) which is to be released by Pathé in early 2016. The film tells the story of a successful architect in her early forties (Alexandra Lamy) who has recently lost her father, her business and divorced her husband, losing custody of her son. Penniless, she returns to live with her mother (Josiane Balasko), but feels ashamed about her sudden change in fortunes. Lushly lensed in Aix-en-Provence, Lavaine adopts a highly personal approach for the pic, inspired in part by his own life experiences, but focusing primarily on the female leads. Whereas the mother seems to be very old school and out of touch with modernity, during the course of the film she reveals that her thinking is actually far more modern than that of her children. Variety interviewed the
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Christian Carion’s ‘Come What May’ Rolls Out Sales (Exclusive)

Christian Carion’s ‘Come What May’ Rolls Out Sales (Exclusive)
Paris – Acquired by Cohen Media Group for the U.S., the Pathe Intl.-sold “Come What May,” directed by France’s Christian Carion, (Oscar-nominated “Merry Christmas,” “Farewell”), one of France’s most ambitious historical filmmakers, has closed pre-sales and early sales.

Sales unveil comes as Pathe has announced a highlight of the 18th UniFrance Rendez-Vous, the French cinema showcase kicking off Jan. 14: A private visit on Jan. 15 of the Cezanne collection at Paris’ Orsay Museum to set in context “Cezanne et Moi,” directed by Daniele Thompson (). Starring Guillaume Gallienne (“Yves Saint Laurent,” “Me, Myself and Mum””) as Cezanne and Guillaume Canet (“Tell No One,” “Jappeloup”) as Emile Zola, his lifelong friend from the age of 13, “Cezanne et moi” is shaping up as one of Pathé’s big 2016 late summer big fest bets.

A father-son love story set against the Fall of France, when from May 1940 about eight million French
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Christian Carion’s ‘Come What May’ Rolls Out Sales

Christian Carion’s ‘Come What May’ Rolls Out Sales
Paris – Acquired by Cohen Media Group for the U.S., the Pathe Intl.-sold “Come What May,” directed by France’s Christian Carion, (Oscar-nominated “Merry Christmas,” “Farewell”), one of France’s most ambitious historical filmmakers, has closed pre-sales and early sales.

Sales unveil comes as Pathe has announced a highlight of the 18th UniFrance Rendez-Vous, the French cinema showcase kicking off Jan. 14: A private visit on Jan. 15 of the Cezanne collection at Paris’ Orsay Museum to set in context “Cezanne et Moi,” directed by Daniele Thompson (). Starring Guillaume Gallienne (“Yves Saint Laurent,” “Me, Myself and Mum””) as Cezanne and Guillaume Canet (“Tell No One,” “Jappeloup”) as Emile Zola, his lifelong friend from the age of 13, “Cezanne et moi” is shaping up as one of Pathé’s big 2016 late summer big fest bets.

A father-son love story set against the Fall of France, when from May 1940 about eight million French
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Snd Boards Romain Duris’ ‘The Confession,’ Jean Reno’s ‘Family Heist’

Snd has come on board Nicolas Boukhrief’s WWII-set romance drama “The Confession,” the helmer’s follow-up to gritty contempo thriller “Made in France,” and Pascal Bourdiaux’s comedy adventure “Family Heist,” with Jean Reno (“The Da Vinci Code,” “The Squad”).

Now in production, “The Confession” toplines Romain Duris (“The New Girlfriend,” “The Beat That My Heart Skipped”) and Marina Vacth (“Young and Beautiful”). The period drama turns on a young woman who confesses, while lying on her deathbed, that she fell in love with a priest in Occupied France during the Second World War.

Boukhrief’s latest film, “Made in France,” follows a journalist who infiltrates a jihadist cell in Paris. Pic, which was shot before the Charlie Hebdo and recent Paris terror attacks, will soon by released in France. “The Confession” marks a departure for Boukhrief who is known for directing high-voltage, bold genre films such as “Off Limits” and “Cash Truck.
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The Artist's Jean Dujardin and Nathalie Péchalat Welcome Baby Girl Named Jeanne

The Artist's Jean Dujardin and Nathalie Péchalat Welcome Baby Girl Named Jeanne
Félicitations to Jean Dujardin and Nathalie Péchalat! The Artist actor, 43, and French ice dancer, 31, welcomed a baby girl named Jeanne Sunday night, Closer Magazine and People report. This is the first child for Péchalat and the third for Dujardin, who has two sons, Simon, 14, and Jules, 13, from a previous relationship. Dujardin and Péchalat have reportedly been together for a year. In 2013, the Oscar winner split from wife Alexandra Lamy after four years of marriage.  The Wolf of Wall Street actor made the breakup announcement at Quai Des Orfevres 2014 Literary Prize event in Paris, where he reportedly told journalists, "It has been eight months that tabloids have been trying to make...
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Emma on jury duty in Dinard by Richard Mowe - 2015-09-13 13:44:34

Emma de Caunes joins the jury for the 26th British Film Festival in Dinard Photo: Richard Mowe

Actress Emma de Caunes (daughter of former Eurotrash host Antoine de Caunes) will join president Jean Rochefort as a member of this year’s jury at the 26th edition of Dinard British Film Festival, it was announced today (13 Sept).

Among the other jurors at the event from 30 September until 4 October will be actress Melanie Doutey, Virginia Efra, Amara Karan, Alexandra Lamy, actor Bernard Lecoq and producer Bertrand Favre with a few names still to be confirmed. Among the awards to be deliberated will be the top accolade the Golden Hitchcock.

A Long Way Down, directed by Pascal Chaumeil and starring Pierce Brosnan, will be presented as a tribute to the director in the opening slot at the Dinard British Film Festival

The opening film will be A Long Way Down, directed by Pascal Chaumeil and starring Pierce Brosnan,
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Beta Cinema picks up Vincent And The End Of The World

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It is the latest feature from director Christophe van Rompaey, whose 2008 film Moscow, Belgium won three awards in Cannes Critics Week that year.

Beta Cinema will begin pre sales on Vincent And The End Of The World at Cannes.

Directed by Christophe van Rompaey and written by Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem - the director/writer team behind Cannes award winning Moscow, Belgium, - the dramatic comedy about a 17 year old ecologist (played by Spencer Bogaert) who drives his family crazy with his bid to reduce their carbon footprint, is currently shooting.

The cast of the French-Belgium co-production also includes Alexandra Lamy, Barbara Sarafian (who starred in Moscow, Belgium) and Geert van Rampelberg.

Beta Cinema’s 2015 Cannes slate includes the international market premiere of Sergio Castellitto’s You Can’t Save Yourself Alone, Colonia starring Emma Watson and Daniel Bruehl and the market premieres of Ghosthunters On Icy Trails and The Pasta Detectives.

“I am so happy
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Cannes: Beta Picks Up Christophe van Rompaey’s ‘Vincent and the End of the World’

Cannes — Beta Cinema has acquired Christophe van Rompaey’s dramatic comedy “Vincent and the End of the World,” which it will be pre-selling in the Cannes Film Festival’s market. The pic reunites the team behind Van Rompaey’s feature debut “Moscow, Belgium,” which won three prizes when it screened in Cannes Critics’ Week in 2008.

“Vincent,” which is a French-Belgium co-production by A Private View, Les Enragés and Les Films de la Croisade, is shooting and is scheduled to wrap on May 27. Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem, who co-wrote “Moscow, Belgium,” penned the script for “Vincent.” The cast includes Alexandra Lamy (“Ricky”), Barbara Sarafian (“Moscow, Belgium,” ”Bullhead”) and Geert van Rampelberg (“The Broken Circle Breakdown”), with 17-year-old Spencer Bogaert (“Labyrinthus”) playing the lead.

Vincent is a 17-year-old ecologist who drives his family crazy through his preachy agitation to reduce their carbon footprint — and making a point about it via numerous suicide attempts.
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TF1 at 40: Network Invests in Fresh Talent and Concepts

TF1 at 40: Network Invests in Fresh Talent and Concepts
For decades, TF1 was best known for its stable of high-rating yet aging French TV dramas like “Navarro,” “Julie Lescaut” and “Josephine Guardian Angels,” but shortly after Nonce Paolini took the reins in 2007, the network started shaking up its French fiction slate, investing in fresh talent and concepts. TF1’s wake-up call came in 2008, when local media reports showed that nearly all of France’s top-rated series were American, notably “House” and the “CSI” franchise.

“These American shows revolutionized the tastes of audiences and forced TF1 to push its limits,” says Fabrice Bailly, who was appointed head of programs in 2012. But while U.S. imports are still crucial to draw large audiences to TF1, the network has ramped up its local drama skeins for the past six years with police shows such as “Falco” and “Profilage,” and dramedy series like “Clem,” about a teenage-girl-next-door raising a child with her parents.
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Q&A: Harlan Coben Chats About ‘No Second Chance’ And Career Switch

Q&A: Harlan Coben Chats About ‘No Second Chance’ And Career Switch
While at Mipcom to present his first TV show, “No Second Chance,” popular American crime novelist Harlan Coben sat with Variety to discuss the new direction that his career is taking. The writer is back in France for “No Second Chance,” almost a decade after teaming with Guillaume Canet on the French adaptation of his book “Tell No One,” which turned out to be a hit in Gaul and abroad. And this year, Coben boasts a slate of TV projects in France and in the U.K., as well as three Hollywood movies based on his books – “Six Years,” “Missing Me” and the English-language redo of “Tell No One” — in development. Commissioned by French commercial network TF1, “No Second Chance” is an action/thriller mini-series that will be directed by Francois Velle (“Bones”) with Alexandra Lamy (“Never On The First Night”), Pascal Elbe (“The Other Son”) and Hippolyte Girardot (“The Girl King
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Q&A: Harlan Coben Talks About ‘No Second Chance’ And Career Switch

Q&A: Harlan Coben Talks About ‘No Second Chance’ And Career Switch
While at Mipcom to present his first TV show, “No Second Chance,” popular American crime novelist Harlan Coben sat with Variety to discuss the new direction that his career is taking. The writer is back in France for “No Second Chance,” almost a decade after teaming with Guillaume Canet on the French adaptation of his book “Tell No One,” which turned out to be a hit in Gaul and abroad. And this year, Coben boasts a slate of TV projects in France and in the U.K., as well as three Hollywood movies based on his books – “Six Years,” “Missing Me” and the English-language redo of “Tell No One” — in development. Commissioned by French commercial network TF1, “No Second Chance” is an action/thriller mini-series that will be directed by Francois Velle (“Bones”) with Alexandra Lamy (“Never On The First Night”), Pascal Elbe (“The Other Son”) and Hippolyte Girardot (“The Girl King
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