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Bercot to become the first female director to open San Sebastian.
Emmanuelle Bercot’s 150 Milligrams (La fille de Brest) is to receive its European premiere as the opening film of the 64th San Sebastian film festival (Sept 16-24) - making it the first film directed by a woman to open the festival since its launch in 1952.
Based on Irène Frachon’s autobiographical book Mediator 150mg, the film centres on a doctor who discovered the direct relationship between a drug and a number of suspicious deaths, and sets out to reveal the truth.
Danish actress Sidse Babett Knudsen (Borgen) and French actor Benoît Magimel (La Haine) star in the film, which will world premiere at Toronto before going on to play in competition for the Golden Shell at San Sebastian.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
The central relationship in Maïwenn’s latest film, My King (Mon Roi), is familiar to anyone who knows a couple that seems perfect from the outside. Georgio (Vincent Cassel) and Tony (Emmanuelle Bercot) are the type of people whose interactions are enveloped in such a thick euphoria that the outside world may as well not exist. But this isn’t a grand romance, and that facade is just a narrative method to explore the arc of a dissipating relationship as it moves from whirlwind hook-ups to pregnancies and belated personal revelations.
Maiwenn begins the film near the end as Tony is recuperating in a seaside rehabilitation clinic after a major skiing accident and reminiscing about the emotional devastation of her relationship with her ex-husband, Georgio. In one of a few moments of blunt visual symbolism, she’s injured her knee — a joint that only allows backward flexibility. But while Maïwenn »
- Michael Snydel
After one of the best openings of the summer, Texas western “Hell or High Water” could become one of the strongest specialized releases of 2016. This bank robbery and pursuit thriller debuted at Cannes and scored among the best reviews of the year. CBS Films and Lionsgate opted to take the easier commercial route rather than chase awards via the standard September festival rollout.
“Hell or High Water” (Lionsgate) – Metacritic: 86; Festivals include: Cannes 2016
$592,000 in 32 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $18,500
A gamble paid off big-time for CBS Films, who acquired this independent Texas story of two struggling brothers (Chris Pine and Ben Foster) who rob a bank to save the family farm. Distributed by Lionsgate, “Hell or High Water” debuted well at Cannes. Knowing it had rave reviews, CBS decided to go broader than »
- Tom Brueggemann
In Maïwenn's My King (Mon Roi), co-written with Etienne Comar (Haute Cuisine), Vincent Cassel, ever more charming, sinister, and unpredictable, as Georgio, morphs before your eyes on screen. And that says a lot when you remember him as Jean-François Richet's shape-shifting Jacques Mesrine or the wild Otto Gross in David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method. Standing Tall director Emmanuelle Bercot is Tony, an independent, educated, attractive woman, who falls utterly and completely in love with him.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
There are few things in cinema more rewarding than a truly well made, engrossing slab of melodrama. With emotions as heightened as the performances, filmmakers can mine this mountain of emotion for deep seeded, profound truths about everything from love to loss, life to death. However, it’s a tricky rope to walk. Easily spilling over into insufferable histrionics or conversely never matching it’s emotion to its intellect, melodrama is as much about high emotional peaks as it is about narrative nuance.
And yet, here’s the latest film from Cannes-approved auteur Maiwenn. Entitled My King, the film introduces us to Tony (Emmanuelle Bercot), who after beginning physical therapy following a horrific skiing accident begins to reflect on a now decade old relationship she had with her ex-husband Georgio (Vincent Cassel). From their first flirtation in a bar to their courtship, through their marriage, son’s birth and their divorce, »
- Joshua Brunsting
Every week, a bevy of new releases (independent or otherwise), open in theaters. That’s why we created the Weekly Film Guide, filled with basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.
For August, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.
See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for August 2016
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, August 12. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.
Director: Sean Ellis
Synopsis: “Anthropoid” is based on the extraordinary true story of “Operation Anthropoid,” the code name for the Czechoslovakian operatives’ mission to assassinate SS officer Reinhard Heydrich. Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution, »
- Steve Greene
Following her enticing and spirited debut, Augustine, Alice Winocour again proves that she can package troubled states of mind in lush images and strong plots. Disorder (Maryland), written with Jean-Stéphane Bron, stars Matthias Schoenaerts (Jacques Audiard's Rust And Bone) and Diane Kruger with Paul Hamy (Katell Quillévéré's Suzanne, Maïwenn's My King), Zaïd Errougui-Demonsant, and Percy Kemp.
Vincent: "What is frightening for the character is to not have control over his own body."
Pascaline Chavanne's costumes (Jacques Doillon's Rodin, Emmanuelle Bercot's Standing Tall, Christophe Honore's Métamorphoses), Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, Michelangelo Antonioni's La Notte, Vincent Lindon, László Nemes's Son Of Saul, Guillaume Nicloux's Valley Of Love, Michel Houellebecq's Submission, Julien Lacheray's editing, Gesaffelstein's sound, John Carpenter, David Lynch's Lost Highway and William Holden - »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
This is a reprint of our review from the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. If you had maybe cherished hopes of being able to go into the first (of 2) Cannes 2015 Competition titles to be directed by a woman and not immediately view the story through the prism of gender, the themes of Maïwenn‘s “Mon […]
- Jessica Kiang
Locarno, Switzerland — New York-based Film Movement, a distributor in the U.S. and Canada of some of the world’s biggest festival hits, has acquired all rights to Koji Fukada’s Un Certain Regard winner “Harmonium,” sold by Paris-based MK2 Films.
The deal was announced by Film Movement at the Locarno Film Festival, where company president Michael E. Rosenberg will be on the lookout for further first-run, award-winning foreign or indie titles, Film Movement’s stock-in-trade.
Reprising much of the set-up, but hardly the tone, of black comedy “Hospitalite,” Fukada’s admired second feature, “Harmonium” won Un Certain Regard’s Jury Prize, its runner’s-up plaudit, this May at Cannes.
“Harmonium” will make its North American premiere at September’s Toronto Film Festival. This will be followed by a theatrical opening in early 2017, then a digital and home-video bow.
“Harmonium” was the film for which “Hospitalite” was intended as a pilot, »
- John Hopewell
"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
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
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”).
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
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 – […]
- Stefan Pape
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 […]
The post Mon Roi Review appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
- Stefan Pape
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.
“‘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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
- Amie Cranswick
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
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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