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Vincent Cassel & Emmanuelle Bercot in Full Us Trailer for 'My King'

28 June 2016 6:51 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"We don't know each other." Film Movement has debuted an official Us trailer for the upcoming release of Maïwenn's My King, originally titled Mon roi, a French relationship drama starring Vincent Cassel & Emmanuelle Bercot. Bercot plays Tony, a woman who wakes up in a hospital after a serious ski accident and recounts her "turbulent relationship" with a man named Georgio. The full cast includes Louis Garrel, Isild Le Besco and Chrystèle Saint Louis Augustin. This is actually a solid trailer, using music to help enhance the emotions in each scene rather than dialogue. And the film seems like a very powerful look and romance and love and the troubles that come with passion. Worth a watch even if you're unsure about this. Here's the official Us trailer for Maïwenn's My King, from Film Movement's YouTube (via Tfs): Tony is admitted to a rehabilitation center after a serious ski accident. »

- Alex Billington

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U.S. Trailer for Vincent Cassel-Led ‘My King’ Pairs Romance And Heartbreak

28 June 2016 1:47 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Actor-turned-director Maïwenn made a name for herself behind the camera in 2011 with the acclaimed Polisse, which followed a journalist having an affair with one of her subjects. Now, the U.S. trailer has arrived for her follow-up My King (aka Mon Roi), which premiered at Cannes last year and has received mostly positive reviews. The story follows Tony (Emmanuelle Bercot, who won Best Actress at Cannes) who, after a skiing accident, enters a rehabilitation center where she remembers her rocky romance with Georgio (Vincent Cassel).

The trailer is set almost entirely over “Easy” by Son Lux, a strong choice that allows the compositions and performances to shine. My King looks to be in turns romantic and utterly heartbreaking, as Tony and Georgio laugh, cry, and fight over the hypnotic track. The final moments are a brilliant way to break the “silence,” allowing the trailer to end on a poignant and somber note. »

- Mike Mazzanti

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‘My King’ Exclusive Trailer: Emmanuelle Bercot Goes Wild In Cannes-Winning Performance

24 June 2016 11:07 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last year’s Cannes Film Festival was a banner event for beloved French actress and filmmaker Emmanuelle Bercot, as her “Standing Tall” (which she both wrote and directed) opened the festival and then she walked away from the fest with the Best Actress prize for her stunning turn in Maïwenn’s “My King” (“Mon Roi”).

Read More: ‘Mon roi’ Trailer: Vincent Cassel and Emmanuelle Bercot Fall Apart in Maïwenn’s Cannes-Winning Drama

It’s easy to see why Bercot picked up the award for her work in the film, a daring new take on France’s many tales of amour fou, and one that hinges on her all-timer of a performance, bolstered by a wonderful turn by her co-star Vincent Cassel. The film went on to be nominated for eight César Awards including Best Picture, Actress and Actor, and will soon open in the States.

The film follows Bercot’s Tony, »

- Kate Erbland

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French director Maïwenn on Mon Roi and the challenges of being a female filmmaker

26 May 2016 7:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

  Though you may recognise Maïwenn for her performances in the likes of Leon and The Fifth Element, the French artist has since established herself as a force behind the camera, helming the the indelible production Polisse back in 2011. She’s now back with her relationship drama Mon Roi, starring Vincent Cassel and Emmanuelle Bercot – […]

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- Stefan Pape

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Mon Roi Review

24 May 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

  When first introduced to Emmanuelle Bercot’s Tony, in Maiwenn’s profound relationship drama Mon Roi, she is in rehabilitation for her knee, which she shattered in a skiing accident. Evidently suffering psychologically as well as physically, we learn that she has come out of a tumultuous relationship, and as she reflects back, we candidly explore […]

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- Stefan Pape

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Vincent Cassel, Romain Duris, Sandrine Kiberlain Boards ‘Fleuve Noir’ (Exclusive)

16 May 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A topnotch French cast, including stars Vincent Cassel, Romain Duris (“Heartbreaker”) and Sandrine Kiberlain (“Being 17”), will topline Erick Zonca’s French drama “Fleuve Noir.”

Cassel is one of France’s biggest stars, with films such as Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan,” Maiwenn’s “Mon Roi” and the upcoming “Jason Bourne.” In “Fleuve Noir,” Cassel will star as a disillusioned cop who starts investigating the death of a child when his estranged delinquent son walks back into his life.

Films Distribution has taken international sales rights and is co-producing the film, which is being produced by Olivier Delbosc’s Paris-based shingle Curiosa.

“‘Fleuve Noir’ marks our first collaboration with Curiosa and we expect there will be many more to come. Olivier Delbosc and I have known each other for 20 years and we have similar tastes,” said Nicolas Brigaud-Robert, co-founder of Films Distribution, which has three films playing in Cannes: Brillante Mendoza’s competition title “Ma’Rosa, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Friends, foes and lovers by Anne-Katrin Titze

13 May 2016 5:35 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Louis Garrel on Paul Thomas Anderson, Eric Rohmer, Jacques Demy and Federico Fellini, I Vitelloni moments Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Arnaud Desplechin, César Best Director for My Golden Days and Cannes jury member along with Valeria Golino, Donald Sutherland, Katayoon Shahabi, Mads Mikkelsen, Kirsten Dunst, Vanessa Paradis, László Nemes, headed by George Miller, has announced that Mathieu Amalric, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Marion Cotillard and Louis Garrel will star in his next film, Les Fantomes D’Ismaël.

Mona (Golshifteh Farahani) with Abel (Louis Garrel) and Clément (Vincent Macaigne)

Garrel's Two Friends (Les Deux Amis), written with Métamorphoses director Christophe Honoré, stars Golshifteh Farahani (of Asghar Farhadi's About Elly), Vincent Macaigne (Mia Hansen-Løve's Eden) and Garrel. The director is also featured in Maiwenn's My King (Mon Roi) with Emmanuelle Bercot, Isild Le Besco and Vincent Cassel.

Both films had their World Premieres at last year's Cannes Film Festival and screened at »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Cannes archives: Screen's Jury Grid 2015 - 'Carol', 'The Assassin' tie

9 May 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

In our final instalment before this year’s Cannes Film Festival, we look back at the highs and lows of Screen’s 2015 Jury Grid.

Last year, as ever, Screen’s Jury Grid of critics cast their judgements on the films in Competition at Cannes.

It was a year for strong women, on screen at least, as Todd Haynes’ winter romance Carol and Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s refined martial arts film The Assassin tied for first place on the Jury Grid.

Haynes was awarded the festival’s Queer Palm for the adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1950’s lesbian love story ‘The Price of Salt’, and The Assassin won best director for Cannes first-timer Hsiao-Hsien. The films both scored 3.5 apiece out of a possible 4, but neither claimed the festival’s top prize.

Instead the Palme d’Or went to Jacques Audiard’s Paris-set immigrant drama Dheepan, which scored 2.5 on the Jury Grid. Dheepan was Audiard »

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Watch the trailer for Mon Roi starring Vincent Cassel and Emmanuelle Bercot

5 May 2016 10:40 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its UK release in three weeks, a trailer has arrived online for director Maïwenn’s upcoming romantic drama Mon Roi which stars Vincent Cassel, Emmanuelle Bercot, and Louis Garrel; take a look below after the official synopsis…

Mon Roi tells the story of Tony, who is admitted to a rehabilitation centre after a serious ski accident. Dependent on the medical staff and pain relievers, she takes time to look back on a turbulent relationship that she experienced with Georgio. Why did they love each other? Who is this man that she loved so deeply? How did she allow herself to submit to this suffocating and destructive passion? For Tony, a difficult process of healing is in front of her, physical work which may finally set her free.

Mon Roi is set for release on May 27th in the UK and on July 15th in the States.

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- Amie Cranswick

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Watch: New Trailer For Maiwenn's Cannes Film Festival Award Winner 'Mon Roi' Starring Vincent Cassel

28 April 2016 7:51 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This year’s Cannes Film Festival is right around the corner, and yet it feels like only yesterday that last year’s festivities were wrapping up. Perhaps it’s due to the fact that it takes at least a year for some of the titles to reach theaters (“Green Room” being the most recent example). Read More: Cannes Review: Maïwenn's 'Mon Roi' Starring Vincent Cassel And Emmanuelle Bercot While some of us were fortunate enough to catch these films at Cannes, or later at other fests, the rest of us are still excited to see these interesting films. One of which is Palme d’Or nominee “Mon Roi” (or “My King” in the states), the latest effort from Maïwenn (“Polisse”). The relationship deconstruction drama follows Tony (Cannes Best Actress winner Emmanuelle Bercot), who after a skiing accident takes her rehabilitation time to reflect on her relationship with »

- Ryan Oliver

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Colcoa Announces 20th Anniversary Line-Up

14 April 2016 3:29 PM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

The Franco-American Cultural Fund, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, has announced the program for the 20th Colcoa French Film Festival that will run April 18-26 at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles. The festival will showcase a record 70 films and television series - among them 64 in competition for Colcoa Awards - including four World Premieres, seven International Premieres, 19 North American or U.S. Premieres, 17 West Coast Premieres - and 21 new shorts. Colcoa, is now the world's largest event dedicated to French films and television.

"This 20th anniversary deserves a spectacular, strong program that reflects the diversity of French production, as well as the creativity and dynamism of French filmmakers and producers," stated François Truffart, Colcoa Executive Producer and Artistic Director. "More than ever, we are about to involve audiences in a journey that will stir them, make them laugh, cry, tickle their curiosity, and help them remain optimistic, while recognizing the urgent world zeitgeist."

 "20 years is an achievement for any film festival in Hollywood. This would not have been possible without the commitment of the Franco-American Cultural Fund - a unique partnership of the DGA, the Mpa, la Sacem and the WGA West - creator of the festival in 1996 and supporter of its subsequent development. We also salute French sales companies, official supporters, sponsors, and U.S. distributors, whose loyalty and trust have given the festival its continuing excellence," he added.

Colcoa will open Monday, April 18th with the North American Premiere of "Monsieur Chocolat," a biopic about the first French black clown, co-written by Cyril Gely, Olivier Gorce, Gérard Noiriel, Roschdy Zem, directed by Roschdy Zem, and starring Omar Sy and James Thiérrée. The film will be presented in association with Gaumont, which celebrates its 120th anniversary.

The festival will close its competition on Monday, April 25th with the World Premiere of "Up For Love," the new romantic comedy written and directed by Laurent Tirard, starring Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin and Virginie Efira. "Call My Agent" (Season 1), the most popular French TV series of the year, about a talent agency with actors playing their own roles, will close the Colcoa TV Competition.

Two other TV series, shown for the first time in North America, will be part of the program, presented in association with TV France International and Titrafilm: "The Disappearance," a drama co-written by Marie Deshaires and Catherine Touzet and directed by Charlotte Brändström; and "The Secret of Elise," a supernatural drama written by lsa Marpeau, Marie Vinoy, Marie Deshaires, and Catherine Touzet and directed by Alexandre Laurent, Samir Boitard, Mathieu Simonet, and Mehdi Meskar. The first two episodes of each series will be shown to the Colcoa audience.

To complete the competition, five TV movies will premiere at Colcoa: the North American Premiere of "Borderline," a thriller co-written and directed by Olivier Marchal, the International Premiere of "Carpets and Chaos," a comedy co-written and directed by Nader Takmil Homayoun, the International Premiere of "Stolen Babies," a drama written by Julie Jézéquel and directed by Golden Globe winner Alain Berliner; the International Premiere of "The Wall-Crosser," a fantasy written and directed by Dante Desarthes, based on Marcel Aymé's book; and the North American Premiere of "Woman Under the Influence," a drama written and directed by Claude-Michel Rome

The feature film selection (40 features and documentaries and 21 shorts), will feature exclusive presentations. "Fanny's Journey," an epic drama written and directed by Lola Doillon, starring Cecile de France, is also a World Premiere. The U.S. Premiere of the thriller "Made in France," written and directed by Nicolas Boukhrief, is a film which did not have theatrical release in France because of sensitivity following the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.  Colcoa also will present the U.S. Premiere of Robert Guédiguian's provocative film about the Armenian genocide, "Don't Tell Me the Boy Was Mad." The U.S. Premiere of Oscar ® winner Claude Lelouch's new film "Un plus Une," starring Jean Dujardin and Elsa Zylberstein, will screen, in addition to another U.S. Premiere of "All Gone South," the comedy sequel co-written and co-directed by Nicolas Benamou and Philippe Lacheau, two years after the success of Babysitting at Colcoa in 2014.

Several established writers/directors return and other known artists have been selected: Academy Award nominee Christian Carion ("Come What May"- with Cohen Media Group), Anne Fontaine ("The Innocents" - with Music Box Films), Vincent Garencq ("Kalinka"), Academy Award nominee Jean-Paul Rappeneau ("Families"), Christian Vincent ("Courted"), Maïwenn ("My King" - with Film Movement)

Every year, the Colcoa program is dedicated to a new generation of talent, many of whose films are included in Colcoa's French NeWave 2.0 Series: Samuel Collardey ("Land Legs"), Clément Cogitor ("Neither Heaven Nor Earth" - with Film Movement), Philippe Faucon - the writer/director of the 2016 César Best film winner ("Fatima" - with Kino Lorber), Emmanuel Finkiel ("A Decent Man"), Eva Husson ("Bang Gang" - with Samuel Goldwyn), Laurent Larivière ("I am a Soldier"), and Orelsan and Christophe Offenstein ("Uncompleted Song").

The After 10 Series at Colcoa invites audiences to explore new frontiers with an exclusive program, including the French-Belgian co-production from writer/director Bouli Lanners ("The First, the Last"), the new dark comedy from Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern, starring Gérard Depardieu ("Saint Amour"), and Frédéric Schoendoerffer ("Past Convoy").

Two anticipated films about women in Muslim countries will be part of theWord Cinema Produced by France Series: the Franco-Moroccan co-production, "Much Loved," written and directed by Nabil Ayouch, premiered at the Director's Fortnight in 2015, and remains banned in Morocco; and, "As I Open My Eyes," a Franco-Tunisian film from female writer/director Leyla Bouzid (with Kino Lorber). The Argentine film, "Eva Doesn't Sleep," written and directed by Pablo Agüero will complete the series.

Two documentaries focusing on significant environmental issues will premiere at Colcoa: the closing film of the last Cannes Film Festival, "Ice and the Sky" (with Music Box Films) from Academy Award winner Luc Jacquet (March of the Penguins), and a special presentation following the United Nations screening of the 2016 Cesar winner for Best Documentary, "Tomorrow," written and directed by Cédric Dion and Mélanie Laurent. "The Frankenstein Complex," a tribute to the creators of big screen creatures, written and directed by Gilles Penso and Alexandre Poncet, will complete this high profile documentary series.

All other Colcoa series are back in 2016: the Colcoa Classics Series with an exclusive program of digitally restored premieres (see February 19th press release); the Happy Hour Talks PanelSeriesin association withVariety (April 19-25); the Short Film Competition (Sunday, April 24 -  March press release); the Focus on a Filmmaker, this year with writer/director Jean-Paul Rappeneau (Thursday, April 21); and the Focus on a Producer will be with Dominique Besnehard (Saturday, April 23).

Animation, an important part of the French film industry, will be shown at Colcoa with the premiere of Rémi Chayé's new film: "Long Way North" (with Shout Factory).

 As is Colcoa tradition, comedieswill join the program almost every day, including the romantic comedy "Love at First Child," co-written and directed by Anne Giaffieri, starring Patrick Bruel and Isabelle Carré, Benoît's Graffin's "Hopefully," with Sandrine Kiberlain and Edouard Baer, Jean-Francois Richet's "One Wild Moment," starring Francois Cluzet and Vincent Cassel, and the new French hit "One Man and His Cow," written and directed by Mohamed Hamidi.

This last film will also be shown to the 3,000 students and teachers who will attend the now five High School Screenings (April 19-25) as part of the Colcoa Educational Program presented in association with Elma (European Languages and Movies in America). Two master classes for college and university students will complete the program.

For the ninth year, Lafca will partner with Colcoa Cinema for the Critics' Awards. The complete recipients list of the 2015 Awards - including the U.S. distributor winner of the Colcoa Coming Soon Award, presented in association with Kpcc, will be announced on Wednesday, April 27. Colcoa Awards are presented in association with Titrafilm, TV5 Monde USA, and Air Tahiti Nui. »

- Sydney Levine

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The 20th Colcoa French Film Fest Kicks Off with ‘Monsieur Chocolat’

29 March 2016 7:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Colcoa French Film Festival (April 18-26) is celebrating its 20th year with its most ambitious program yet, bolstered by it’s first-ever TV competition, four world premieres, a special tribute to writer-director Jean-Paul Rappeneau, and the U.S. premiere of Nicolas Boukhrief’s home-grown terrorism thriller, “Made in France,” which was not theatrically released in France due to sensitivity following the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris.

L.A.’s annual French-language showcase, conveniently held under one roof at the DGA headquarters on Sunset Blvd. and designed as a promotional exchange between the French and U.S. film industries, will open with Roschdy Zem’s “Monsieur Chocolat,” about France’s most famous black circus performer during the Belle Epoque era, starring Omar Sy, who toplined the 2011 boxoffice smash, “The Untouchables.”

The closing offering will be Laurent Tirard’s “Up For Love,” a romantic comedy starring Oscar winner Jean Dujardin (“The Artist »

- Steve Chagollan

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Tall order by Anne-Katrin Titze

27 March 2016 8:12 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Emmanuelle Bercot's smile Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Emmanuelle Bercot's Cannes Film Festival opener, upright Standing Tall (La Tête Haute) starring Catherine Deneuve, Sara Forestier, with César winning performances by Rod Parodot and Benoît Magimel, co-written by Marcia Romano (Xavier Giannoli's collaborating writer on Marguerite), screened at Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in New York along with Maïwenn's My King (Mon Roi), in which Bercot shines with Vincent Cassel, Two Friends (Deux amis) director Louis Garrel and Isild Le Besco.

Malony with his mother Séverine (Sara Forestier): "He is not protected by the adult in his life…"

Abdellatif Kechiche's L'esquive (Games Of Love And Chance), Luc Dardenne and Jean-Pierre Dardenne's fairy tales, Sara Forestier in Katell Quillévéré's Suzanne, using a landscape to breathe, writing the story, the actors helping to create their characters, casting baby faces and being given a second chance entered into our conversation. »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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New York Rendez-Vous with French Cinema encore highlights by Anne-Katrin Titze

3 March 2016 12:47 PM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

New York Rendez-Vous with French Cinema at Lincoln Center Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

As Guillaume Nicloux's Valley Of Love, starring Gérard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert opens this year's Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in New York tonight, here are four more highlights. Emmanuelle Bercot and Vincent Cassel are brilliant in Maïwenn's My King (Mon Roi) with Isild Le Besco and Two Friends (Deux Amis) director Louis Garrel. Garrel's film, co-written with Christophe Honoré, stars Golshifteh Farahani (Asghar Farhadi's About Elly), Vincent Macaigne and Garrel.

Isabelle Carré, Karin Viard, Denis Lavant (of Léos Carax's Holy Motors fame) and André Dussollier in Jean-Marie Larrieu and Arnaud Larrieu's alluring 21 Nights With Pattie (21 Nuits Avec Pattie) and Catherine Corsini's hot Summertime (La Belle Saison) Izïa Higelin, Cécile de France and Noémie Lvovsky with a score by Grégoire Hetzel (composer of Mathieu Amalric's The Blue Room) add to the early bird highlights. »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Rendez-Vous With French Cinema in New York Kicks Off With ‘Valley of Love’

3 March 2016 8:26 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — The Rendez-Vous With French Cinema in New York, a festival jointly organized by UniFrance and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, is kicking off today with the North American premiere of Cannes competition entry “Valley of Love,” with helmer Guillaume Nicloux and star Isabelle Huppert in attendance.

Valley of Love” stars Huppert and Gerard Depardieu as a divorced couple who are forced to reunite at Death Valley in the U.S. following the suicide of their son and embark together on a spiritual journey. The movie won best cinematography at the Cesar awards and earned Huppert and Depardieu Cesar nominations.

The opening night screening will be followed by a French Waves party showcasing top French electro DJs such as Pedro Winter, Boston Bun, Superpoze and Jacques.

The Rendez-Vous is not merely a red carpet event as it will place a large emphasis on French industry players such as directors, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Helmers and Minorities Out in Force at 21st Annual Rendez-Vous With French Cinema

2 March 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Emmanuelle Bercot’s “Standing Tall,” Julie Delpy’s “Lolo,” Maiwenn’s “Mon Roi,” Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi’s “Les Trois Soeurs,” Catherine Corsini’s La Belle Saison” and Alice Winocour’s “Maryland” are among the eight pics directed by woman that are set to play at the Rendez-Vous With French Cinema in New York, a joint initiative of UniFrance and the Film Society Of Lincoln Center.

The lineup also includes the work of up-and-coming women directors such as Eva Husson with “Bang Gang” and Danielle Arbid with “Parisienne.”

The selection of 21 films features many movies with social or political themes that are either directed by or portraying minorities. These include Nabil Ayouch’s “Much Loved,” a drama about prostitution in Marrakech that was banned in Morocco after its world premiere at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight; Philippe Faucon’s “Fatima,” about a devoted single mother who raises her two teenage daughters the best she »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Cesar Awards: Philippe Faucon’s Drama ‘Fatima’ Wins Best Film

26 February 2016 11:33 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Underscoring the diversity of this year’s Cesar lineup, Philippe Faucon’s “Fatima,” a tale of a Moroccan-born single mother, won best film, supporting actress and adapted screenplay at the 41st Cesar Awards ceremony which took place Friday night at the Chatelet Theater in Paris.

Although the big win for “Fatima” was unexpected, it resonates strongly with the current divide in France and sheds light on the second and third generations of North African immigrants in France. The country was hit by its deadliest ever terror attack in November and has seen the Far Right party gaining grounds in the run up to the 2017 presidential election.

A contemporary social drama loosely based on Fatima Elayoubi’s poems “Priere a la lune” (“Prayer to the Moon”), “Fatima” turns on a single mother who emigrated from Morocco and faces cultural challenges as well as prejudice in France, where she raises her »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Variety Critics and Pundits Weigh in on the Year In Cinema

23 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

We asked Variety’s top critics and awards aficionados to discuss how 2015 shaped up cinematically. Here they answer the following questions:

1. How do you rate 2015 against previous years cinematically?

2. What is the scandal/most talked about or not talked about issue of the year?

3. What aspect of the year in film made you stand up and cheer?

Justin Chang, chief film critic

1. A good year, not a great one. If I were forced to redo my year-end list for 2015, I would probably call first place a tie between “The Assassin” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” (1) — both long-gestating action movies, directed by auteurs working at the height of their powers — followed by about 20 or 30 unranked honorable mentions.

2. The ongoing challenges of diversity and representation have shaken the industry to the core, and not a moment too soon. With the recent outcry on behalf of women and people of color — and the »

- Tim Gray, Jenelle Riley, Andrew Barker, Peter Debruge, Justin Chang and Kristopher Tapley

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Studiocanal Seals First Sales on Marion Cotillard, Daniel Auteuil, Fatih Akin, Adele Exarchopoulos Movies (Exclusive)

23 February 2016 4:24 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Led by Marion Cotillard-starrer “From the Land of the Moon,” Euro film-tv group Studiocanal has announced 50 sales deals off its Berlin’s European Film Market on a slate of prestige European titles with often big festival promise plus the scale to play select multiplexes abroad.

Dealings demonstrate the benefits of film-by-film production-financing-sales alliances with some of the best producers in Europe’s business, as well as the big plus of movies helmed by name directors such as Nicole Garcia (“From the Land of the Moon”) and Fatih Akin (“Goodbye Berlin”) and starring Cotillard, Pierre Niney, Daniel Auteuil and Adele Exarchopoulos and Guillaume Gallienne.

Produced by Alain Attal at Les Productions du Tresor, the company behind Maiwenn’s Vincent Cassel-toplining “My King” — and a case in point — “From the Land of the Moon” will be distributed in Europe’s by far three biggest territories of France, the U.K. »

- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

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Emmanuelle Bercot’s Cannes Winner ‘My King’ Set for U.S. Release

12 February 2016 6:53 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Film Movement has acquired U.S. rights to Maïwenn’s “My King,” which garnered a Best Actress prize for Emmanuelle Bercot at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

The film co-stars Vincent Cassel and will make its U.S. premiere at New York City’s “Rendez-vous with French Cinema” on March 9 and 10. Film Movement made the deal with Studiocanal and will release the film theatrically later this year.

“My King” opens with Bercot’s character recovering from a skiing accident at a rehabilitation center and looking back on the turbulent relationship she experienced with the charming but extremely self-centered lothario Georgio (Cassel). While she recovers physically, she explores her metaphysical pain, questioning what attracted her to Georgio in the first place.

Variety‘s Peter Debruge gave the film a strong review at Cannes: “Bercot is heartbreaking, and Cassel has never been better, while the supporting cast — especially Louis Garrel as Tony’s »

- Dave McNary

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