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Nominees for the 2010 Globes de cristal

29 December 2009 5:16 PM, PST | The Cultural Post | See recent The Cultural Post news »

Yesterday, the nominees for the Globe de cristal were announced. The purpose of this event is to allow the French press hand out awards in arts and culture. The artistic domains in question are cinema, television, architecture/design, literature, music, fashion, cultural exhibitions (read: museums) and stage shows.

1. Cinema:

Best film of 2009:

* Un prophète, by Jacques Audiard.

* Welcome, by Philippe Lioret.

* Oss 117: Rio ne répond plus, by Michel Hazanavicius.

* Le concert, by Radu Mihaileanu.

* À l'origine, by Xavier Giannoli.

Best actress of 2009

* Isabelle Adjani in La journée de la jupe.

* Chiara Mastroianni in "Non ma fille, tu n'iras pas danser".

* Kristin Scott Thomas in Partir.

* Marie-Josée Croze in Je l'aimais.

* Maïwenn Le Besco in Le bal des actrices.

Best actor of 2009

* Vincent Lindon in Welcome.

* Tahar Rahim in Un prophète.

* Yvan Attal in Partir.

* Jean Dujardin in Oss 117: Rio ne répond plus.

* François Cluzet in À l'origine. »

- (Anh Khoi Do)

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Tribeca, French Actresses, Gay History

1 May 2009 11:03 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Next week blogging will return to normal but this weekend I'm mostly offline. That's normally hard for me (My name is Nathaniel and I'm an internet addict) but this wedding weekend is such a blast that I haven't much though of movies... except for when we passed the Alamo Ritz earlier.

Before I left I took in my last Tribeca film, All About Actresses [Q & A] which is a French mockumentary about actresses and their neurosis. The actresses play themselves... but comedic false versions of themselves. The writer/director/star Maïwenn looked So familiar to me and I just couldn't place her. This is what IMDb is for. Turns out she played the diva Plavalaguna in The Fifth Element. Well, how about that? I always loved her scene in that movie. Her new film is... unusual... but despite my francophilia, I feel like more knowledge of French cinema would have definitely helped »


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Q&A: All About Actresses

30 April 2009 5:30 AM, PDT | | See recent Tribeca Film news »

French actress Maïwenn Le Besco (Haute Tension, The Fifth Element) has been gravitating towards a career behind the camera as a writer/director. In her second directorial film, All About Actresses, she brings it all together: Le Besco wrote the screenplay and then played herself in the movie, as a director of a documentary about the lives, dreams and careers of French actresses. There are also musical numbers. After the screening, Maïwenn flipped the usual order of a Q and A and threw a question to the amused audience 'Did you understand that it was not a documentary?' She wanted the audience to be uncertain. 'Is it real? It is false?' she asked. 'Is it a documentary or a fiction? That was the goal.' She cites This is Spinal Tap as an inspiration for her musical mockumentary 'You have to see that movie. It's so great.' »

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