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'50 Is the New 30' ('Marie-Francine'): Film Review

'50 Is the New 30' ('Marie-Francine'): Film Review
Given that people experiencing a midlife crisis might prefer to gloss over the reality that not everything is fun, games and tight skin anymore, it feels almost appropriate that the bittersweet — emphasis on the bitter — French dramedy 50 Is the New 30 (Marie-Francine) is being sold to domestic audiences as something more uncomplicated and attractive: a straightforward comedie populaire. That said, the real reason behind this marketing bait-and-switch probably has more to do with the fact that director, star and co-writer Valerie Lemercier is most famous locally for her roles in broad, mainstream entertainments, among them Les Visiteurs,...
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Cannes 2017: Women in Motion Announces Young Talents Award Details & Names Isabelle Huppert as Face…

Cannes 2017: Women in Motion Announces Young Talents Award Details & Names Isabelle Huppert as Face of ProgramCredit: Kering

The film lineup for the 70th Cannes Film Festival will be announced in a couple days, but in the meantime, a few other fest details have been announced to tide us over. “Elle” actress Isabelle Huppert will be the official face of the third Kering’s Women in Motion program. And according to Deadline, French actress and director Sandrine Kiberlain is this year’s Camera d’Or jury president.

The release for the program states: “Women in Motion endeavors to focus our attention on the crucial role of women in film, and to the importance of continuing to fight for greater equality and access to opportunities for talented young women.” Throughout the festival, Women in Motion will host discussions that “compare and contrast experiences and views on women’s contribution to film, and to share their recommendations for greater representation.” These talks are open to journalists and film industry players.

Referring to Huppert as an icon, the Women in Motion announcement describes her as “a leading actress universally acclaimed for her filmography featuring the world’s greatest directors.” She was selected to represent the program because “her career, like the roles she plays, is a genuine source of inspiration for the public.”

Huppert served as Jury president at Cannes in 2009. She won the fest’s Best Actress prize for 2001’s “La Pianiste” and 1978’s “Violette Nozière.” Huppert received an Oscar nomination this year for “Elle.” Her other recent credits include Mia Hansen-Løve’s “Things to Come,” “Valley of Love,” and “Louder Than Bombs.”

Kering’s Women and Motion will bestow its two awards May 21. One prize will go to “an emblematic figure in film, whose career inspires others and embodies the program’s values.” The second, the Young Talents Award, honors a rising star in the film industry. The Young Talents winner will also receive €50,000 (about $53,000 Usd) to help fund their project(s).

Actresses Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, and directors Leyla Bouzid, Gaya Jiji, and Ida Panahandeh received the 2016 Women in Motion Awards.

Last year’s Women in Motion initiative featured conversations with Jodie Foster, Juliette Binoche, Sarandon, Davis, Chloë Sevigny, Houda Benyamina, Alice Winocour, and Salma Hayek. Women and Hollywood Founder and Publisher Melissa Silverstein was also a participant. She sat down with Francine Raveney of the European Women’s Audiovisual Network and a Elsa Keslassy from Variety for “Show Us the Money,” a panel that addressed the lack of funding for female-directed films and the gender imbalance in Hollywood.

Elsewhere, Sandrine Kiberlain is set to head the Camera d’Or jury, the group that selects the best debut feature from each competition. She previously served as a feature film jury member at the fest’s 2001 edition. Kiberlain’s acting credits include Cannes picks “A Self-Made Hero” and Maiwenn’s “Polisse.”

Among Kiberlain’s other films are “Being 17,” “Violette,” Valérie Lemercier’s “Quadrille,” and Nicole Garcia’s “A View Of Love.” She received the Best Actress César for “9 Month Stretch” in 2014 and directed the short “Bonne Figure” in 2016.

The Cannes International Film Festival will be held May 17–28. Check out our festival wishlist here.

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Afm: Gaumont launches Juliette Binoche comedy 'Baby Bump(s)'

Exclusive: Binoche-starrer tops comedy driven slate.

Gaumont has taken on world sales of Noémie Saglio’s comedy Baby Bump(s) starring Juliette Binoche as a devil-may-care, forty-something mother who falls pregnant at the same time as her daughter.

Camille Cottin plays the long-suffering daughter who is horrified when she discovers her mother, who had a hang-up about being a grandmother, is also expecting.

It is the third feature of rising comedy director Saglio after Parisian Bitch and I Kissed A Girl.

The film — produced by Pan-Européene and Flamme Films — is currently in post-production for a March 2017 release by Gaumont in France.

Gaumont is putting the accent on comedy at this year’s Afm.

Other titles on its slate include box office hit Brice From Nice, starring Oscar-winning Jean Dujardin as the hapless Mediterranean surfer dude Brice, who swaps his native Nice for Hawaii in his latest adventure.

The picture drew more than one million spectators in its
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Gaumont launches Valérie Lemercier’s comedy 'Homecoming'

Gaumont launches Valérie Lemercier’s comedy 'Homecoming'
Exclusive: Gaumont unveils Lemercier comedy Homecoming [pictured] and Kev Adams’s feelgood drama To The Top.

Gaumont has launched sales on Valérie Lemercier’s comedy Homecoming about a woman in her 50s who goes through a second youth when a change in professional and personal fortunes forces her to move back in with her parents.

It marks a fifth time in the director’s chair for popular French actress Lemercier after comedies including Palais Royal! and The Ultimate Accessory.

Lemercier also stars as the central character of Marie-Francine who has to contend with her over-bearing parents while rebuilding her life.

Edouard Weil’s Rectangle Productions is producing the film which began shooting April 20 for delivery in the second half of 2017.

Gaumont has also taken on sales of Serge Hazanavicius’s To The Top starring box office draw Kev Adams as a champion snowboarder with aspirations of taking on Mount Everest.

He heads to the French snowboarding Mecca Chamonix
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Deneuve is César Award Record-Tier; Stewart Among Rare Anglophone Nominees in Last Four Decades

Catherine Deneuve: César Award Besst Actress Record-Tier (photo: Catherine Deneuve in 'In the Courtyard / Dans la cour') (See previous post: "Kristen Stewart and Catherine Deneuve Make César Award History.") Catherine Deneuve has received 12 Best Actress César nominations to date. Deneuve's nods were for the following movies (year of film's release): Pierre Salvadori's In the Courtyard / Dans la Cour (2014). Emmanuelle Bercot's On My Way / Elle s'en va (2013). François Ozon's Potiche (2010). Nicole Garcia's Place Vendôme (1998). André Téchiné's Thieves / Les voleurs (1996). André Téchiné's My Favorite Season / Ma saison préférée (1993). Régis Wargnier's Indochine (1992). François Dupeyron's Strange Place for an Encounter / Drôle d'endroit pour une rencontre (1988). Jean-Pierre Mocky's Agent trouble (1987). André Téchiné's Hotel America / Hôtel des Amériques (1981). François Truffaut's The Last Metro / Le dernier métro (1980). Jean-Paul Rappeneau's Le sauvage (1975). Additionally, Catherine Deneuve was nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category
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French TV Animation Production Drops 16% and Theatrical Admissions of Toons Fall 18.6% in 2012

French TV Animation Production Drops 16% and Theatrical Admissions of Toons Fall 18.6% in 2012
Annecy, France — French TV animation production dropped 16.3% to 181.8 million Euros ($246.7 million) while theatrical admissions of animated features fell 18.6% to 26.4 million tickets sold in 2012.

Figures were unveiled on Wednesday in Annecy, during a conference presented by the National Film Board (Cnc) head of statistics Benoit Danard, Cnc prexy Frederique Bredin, Unifrance co-managing director Isabelle Giordano, Unifrance president Jean-Paul Salome and TV France Intl. managing director Mathieu Bejot.

The B.O. for animated features was also down 20% to 170 million Euros. On par with 2011, French toons sold 4.6 million tickets sold, repping 17.3% of all admissions.

“More than half of admissions for French animated films are sold in international markets,” said Danard, noting, however, the weak performance of Gallic titles in the U.S.

Addressing the issue, Giordano said Unifrance was working on several initiatives to boost the appeal of homegrown fare in the States and attract younger auds. The org is notably collaborating with
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'Controversial' Adele set for release in France

Wild Bunch Distribution awaits first figures to see whether controversy has impacted film’s performance at the box office.

Filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche may have declared he didn’t want Adèle: Chapter 1 & 2 to be released after a public bust-up with its co-stars over his directing techniques but it has been business as usual for the film’s French distributor Wild Bunch Distribution (Wbd).

The Palme d’Or-winning picture, also known as Blue is the Warmest Colour, opens on 300 screens across France tomorrow [Oct 9].

“We expect the film to seduce a wide audience in spite of its length (179 minutes) and it’s 12-certificate. Wherever it has played it has been hailed as a masterpiece. We’re aiming for at least 800,000 admissions,” Wbd chief Thierry Lacaze told ScreenDaily.

“The Palme d’Or put Adèle: Chapter 1 & 2 in a category apart in French cinema which also includes Under the Son of Satan, A Man and a Woman, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and most
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Rome Review: 'Hand In Hand' Is A Gently Surreal Parisian Romantic Comedy Featuring Your New French Crush

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Whimsical and high-concept, and featuring a standout performance from our new boyfriend Jérémie Elkaïm, who has just won Best Actor at the Rome Film Festival for this role (clearly the jury was crushin' on him too), "Hand in Hand" ("Main dans la Main") is a gentle, quirky take on the mystical and somewhat random power of attraction and love. By contrast with the artifice of the other French rom-com we reviewed in Rome, "Populaire," writer-director (and supporting star and Elkaïm's wife) Valérie Donzelli's lightness of touch evokes more the sensibility of a loved-up Miranda July in its attention to off-kilter but grounded detail. Or maybe it's just that lead actress, well-respected French thesp Valérie Lemercier, also excellent, here reminds us of July. It's the hair. Whatever the case, the film bubbles along nicely, with our two appealing leads bringing nuance to an idea that in the wrong hands...
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This week's new films

The Imposter (15)

(Bart Layton, 2012, UK) Frédéric Bourdin, Charlie Parker, Carey Gibson. 99 mins.

Documentaries don't come much stranger than this. The film begins with the discovery in Spain in 1997 of a 16-year-old boy. Could this really be Nicholas Barclay, who went missing aged 13 from his home in San Antonio, Texas? Well, no. Nicholas's family welcomed this "boy" into their home without realising that he was in fact a 23-year-old French-Algerian master of deception named Frédéric Bourdin. Then things got really weird.

Shadow Dancer (15)

(James Marsh, 2012, UK/Ire) Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough, Aidan Gillen, Gillian Anderson. 102 mins.

An embittered mother dedicated to the Ira struggle is forced to turn informer by MI5. This stark and suspenseful thriller returns documentary-maker Marsh to scripted drama after Man On Wire and Project Nim.

The Watch (15)

(Akiva Schaffer, 2012, Us) Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, Vince Vaughn, Richard Ayoade, Rosemarie DeWitt, Mel Rodriguez. 102 mins.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop
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This week's new films

Magic Mike (15)

(Steven Soderbergh, 2012, Us) Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Cody Horn, Matthew McConaughey, Olivia Munn. 110 mins

The roles are reversed but the themes are familiar in this rise-and-fall tale of male strippers, making and losing their way in a (sort of) woman's world. It's like a cross between The Full Monty, Boogie Nights and Showgirls, sketching a landscape of exploitation and desperation – even as it participates in it by serving up the barely clad Tatum and other beef products.

Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World (15)

(Lorene Scafaria, 2012, Us) Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Patton Oswalt. 101 mins

Do passion and the apocalypse mix? Or Carell and Knightley? This faltering effort tries anyway.

Detachment (15)

(Tony Kaye, 2011, Us) Adrien Brody, Marcia Gay Harden. 98 mins

No provocation left behind in this scathing schoolroom drama with a starry cast.

Ice Age 4: Continental Drift (U)

(Steve Martino, Mark Thurmeier, 2012, Us) Ray Romano, Denis Leary.
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Are you Palme or Cesar?

On my way out from my interview with Sophie Dulac I picked up the magazine Signe Barriere and found this important quiz by Ariane Massenet in Signe Barriere, Spring 2012. Oh la la, so French!

Les ateliers du court metrage offer you more below.

This is for all you French film lovers!

1. In the kitchen, are you

A. Cesar salad made in 2 minutes, including bacon

B. Palm oil

C. Starter(s), main course(s), cheese dessert(s), petit fours, the visitor’s book and the bill

2. A film

A. Cesar and Cleopatra starring Vivien Leigh

B. Uncle Boonmee, Who Can Recall His Past Lives (and the film?)

C. Oscar, starring Louis de Funes (a 1967 French comedy of errors)

3. In your opinion, art is:

A. The compressed Cesar trophy

B. Obviously the film that won the Palme d’or

C. Abstract

4. You favorite hobby

A. Exhibitions in the city

B. Flippers, masks and snorkels

C. Slot machines at Caesars Palace

5. What is your astral sign?

A. Sagittarius

B. Aries

C. Whelk

6. For a fancy dress party, you dress up as

A. Cesar

B. A prophet

C. Donald Duck

7. An award winning actress’s speech is

A. “Although I was not expecting this, I prepared a speech just in case”

B. “Films are life”

C. “The most beautiful role of all is being a mother”

8. The place to be

A. At Hotel Fouquet’s Barriere in Paris

B. At the Majestic Barriere in Cannes.

C. The Hotel de Flots de Marolles-les-Buis (though remember that if you are reading this magazine, then you are in a Barriere hotel!)

9. Your favorite type of film

A. La grand vadrouille (“Don’t Look Now…We’re being shot at!” a 1966 Anglo-French comedy starring Terry Thomas)

B. A feature length Turkish film shot along the Yemen border, shown in its original version, without subtitles.

C. The entire series of Josephine ange gardien (“Josephinne the Guardian Angel”, a long-running French TV series)

10. A legendary couple

A. Valerie Lemercier & Gad Elmaleh

B. Juliette Binoche & Gerard Depardieu

C. Isabelle Huppert & Jamel Debbouze

11. Your first language

A. French

B. Thai

C. Stewed tongue of beef

12. A moment’s reading

A. Cesar by Marcel Pagnol

B. A Fishing Rod for My Grandpa by Xing Jian Gao

C. The visitor’s book and the bill

13. Your ideal vacation

A. Anywhere near Paris

B. Anywhere in the south

C. Anything!

Majority of A answers: You are more of a Cesar, more of a prophet than Uncle Boonmee. In fact you do not like Thailand for its films, but for its beaches and cuisine. Anyway, subtitles annoy you because, you must admit, you have never been able to do two things at once, and even if you did not know who Tabar Rahim was to begin with, your ignorance has been repaired thaks to Jacques Audiard. So, Gentlemen, without letting the prophet notion go to your head, there’s only one thing left to do: after a concert, head for the red carpet with Melanie Thierry, Emmanuelle Devos or Mademoisellle Chambon on your arm, you can pretend to be a good-looker! What? You are a woman? No problem. For you, Ladies, at the end of the day, you will be dressed in Coco Chanel when you arrive at the ceremony, escorted by Niels Arestrup. Plans for the end of the evening? Ok, after the Cesar awards, what could be nicer or simpler than enjoying one for the road at Fouquets? (Please note the author’s huge effort to quote as many names from the 2010 Cesar Awards, Applause)

Majority of B answers: You are more of a Palme d’or, Lung Boonmee raluek Chat (Bless you! Translated Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives) directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (if you manage to pronounce his name correctly first go, you’ll win a free cocktail at the bar). Like Mathieu Amalric, who is away on tour, what matters for you are these actors and gods who deserve Grand Prizes, in Cannes, you can pretend to be Juliette Binoche, female replica of your husband who thinks he is (depending on the day) the Biutiful Javier Bardem, or Elio Germano, the hero of your Nostra Vita…But never mind, for you la nostra vita puts the leap years into rhyming poetry; he’s the man who asks who told you from the top of the stairs (This time it was far more complicated trying to discreetly slip in a Cannes Film Festival 2010 winner!) If you have seen all these films, another free cocktail awaits you at the bar.

Majority of C answers: You may be completely exhausted; you still haven’t got a clue! No Palmes or Cesars for you! So not interested in Deauville, Dinard, La Baule or La Rochelle? Toronto, Venice Film Festival, Golden Globbes or Marrakech? Still nothing? And what about Les Victoires de la Musique (an annual French awards ceremony that recognizes the best singers of the year), Nrj radio station awards, Mirande Country Music Festival or Enghien Jazz Festival? Still fail to ring a bell? Don’t despair, try musical chairs. There are 2 of you and 1 chair. When the music stops, you must rush to sit on the chair first. If you are the one still standing, you’re lost. If this is the case, you’re having a bad time and I’m afraid your lucky number is 0 and your favorite color black. My advice: Stay in your hotel room and order room-service.

Workshop for Short Films. The first workshop production of short film where you learn how to write and direct a silent film that speaks volumes!

In 1900, the Cinematograph gave us our first taste of film and we planned short, taut, comic adventures.

Participate in all stages of the creation of a silent film.

The Cinematography workshop takes the foundations of the seventh art through a workshop dedicated to the secrets of making a film, from writing a screenplay, the interpretation of characters up to the realization (the frame, the organization of a board and its various businesses).

Training lasts about 90 minutes and continues by also filming for 90 minutes. Cinématograf The workshop can accommodate 10 to 400 people, divided into groups (sets) 10 to 18 people supervised by a coach.

See the finished films from the first workshop here.
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Cannes 2012. Directors' Fortnight Lineup

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Edouard Waintrop, Artistic Director of Directors' Fortnight, has presented the lineup for this year's edition, running from May 17 through 27.

Features

Merzak Allouache's El Taaib. Evene claims it's an angry film aimed at the malaise of Algerian society.

Rodney Ascher's Room 237. A documentary about the plethora of theories that have sprung up over the years regarding just what Stanley Kubrick was up to when he made The Shining (1980). More here. IFC Midnight picked up North American rights just yesterday.

Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar and Benjamin Renner's Ernest et Célestine. From the makers of A Town Called Panic, this is an animated adaptation of a series of books about a little mouse who doesn't want to become a dentist and a big bear who doesn't want to become a notary. Site.

Benjamin Ávila's Infancia clandestina. From the San Sebastian Film Festival: "Juan lives in clandestinity. Just like his mum,
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Catherine Deneuve: Film Society of Lincoln Center Chaplin Award Recipient

Catherine Deneuve Catherine Deneuve, 68, will be the recipient of the Film Society of Lincoln Center's 39th Chaplin Award. The annual fundraising gala benefiting Lincoln Center programs will be held on Monday, April 2, at the Alice Tully Hall in New York. The evening will include films clips and a party. [Full list of Film Society of Lincoln Center (Fslc) Chaplin Award Honorees.] Catherine Deneuve's career spans more than five decades, from André Hunebelle's Les collégiennes / The Schoolgirls (1957), Jacques-Gérard Cornu's L'homme à femmes / Ladies Man (1960), and Michel Fermaud and Jacques Poitrenaud's Les Portes claquent / The Door Slams 1960) to her latest efforts: Christophe Honoré's Les Biens-aimés / The Beloved, shown at last year's Cannes Film Festival; Thierry Klifa's Les Yeux de sa mère / His Mother's Eyes; and Laurent Tirard's upcoming Astérix et Obélix: Au Service de Sa Majesté / Astérix et Obélix: On Her Majesty's Secret Service, as Cordelia, the Queen of England, opposite frequent co-star Gérard Depardieu and Edouard Baer.
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First image from Asterix

This from Comicus.it... What you see is the first official image of Asterix & Obelix: God Save Britannia , the fourth film adaptation of the adventures of the characters created by Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo , whose work began in recent weeks in Malta. The photo shows the actors Gerard Depardieu in the role of Obelix and for the first time Edouard Baer in to Asterix. The film, which will be directed by Laurent Tirard , among other features in the cast Catherine Deneuve , Charlotte Le Bon , Fabrice Luchini , Valerie Lemercier , Guillaume Gallienne and Vincent Lacoste . The theatrical release is scheduled for October 12, 2012.
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Hollywood lights up Paris

Hollywood lights up Paris
Paris -- This summer, the famous "Hollywood" sign might have been more appropriately placed in front of the Eiffel Tower. From "Gossip Girl" to the "Material Girl" to Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese, Paris' streets have been sparkling with Tinseltown star power during what typically are slow summer months in the French capital.

Although the city always has provided aesthetically pleasing backdrops and culinary and cultural delights, the Eiffel Tower and croissants alone aren't responsible for the sudden onslaught of activity. The fact that they're all on sale, however, is.

France's 20% tax rebate for foreign productions, capped at €4 million, has sparked a filming frenzy in Paris with such major directors as Clint Eastwood, Christopher Nolan, Woody Allen and Scorsese plus U.S. studios including Paramount and Universal taking advantage of both the country's technical savvy and the lower cost of shooting.

"Production has been more concentrated on Paris this year than other regions of France,
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Sneak Peek: Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester and Katie Cassidy on the Run in Paris

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Sneak Peek: Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester and Katie Cassidy on the Run in Paris
The side entrance pops open with a bang and Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester and Katie Cassidy - intent upon escaping their tour group tour - come bursting out, rushing down steps. The director, Tom Bezucha, shouts "Cut!," and the girls dissolve into giggles before, arms around each other, resuming their places for another take.  It was the scene at the Eiffel Tower early Monday morning as the shooting of Monte Carlo, a romantic comedy costarring Glee's Corey Monteith, set for release next year.  After seven weeks filming together inside Budapest studios, one on set source tells People, they couldn't wait
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Marion Cotillard Photo: César 2010

Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard — her Oscar was for La Vie en Rose (2007) — served as the 2010 César ceremony’s honorary president. Cotillard was assisted by co-presenters Gad Elmaleh and Valérie Lemercier. Cotillard began the proceedings by saying: "This evening we share the same dream of the movies and we’re all lucky to be in a country that, for 115 years, has been making this dream possible … Dear French cinema, I now announce the beginning of the 35th César ceremony." Jacques Audiard’s A Prophet was the evening’s big winner, with nine Césars including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Tahar Rahim), and Best Supporting Actor (also Rahim). Isabelle Adjani was the best actress for Skirt Day. Photo: Courtesy [...]
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A Prophet: Césars for Best Picture, Director, Actor

A Prophet, Jacques Audiard’s internationally acclaimed prison drama, was the big winner at the 2010 César Awards ceremony held at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard served as the ceremony’s honorary president. She was assisted by co-presenters Gad Elmaleh and Valérie Lemercier. Starring relative newcomer Tahar Rahim as a new inmate who must fend off for himself while prison, A Prophet won a total of nine Césars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay (Audiard, Thomas Bidegain, Abdel Raouf Dafri, and Nicolas Peufaillit), Best Actor (Rahim), and Best Male Newcomer (also Rahim), and Best Supporting Actor (Niels Arestrup). Previously, A Prophet had won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival, France’s Louis Delluc Prize, [...]
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Les visiteurs (The Visitors)

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This is not the best French comedy I've seen although it contains a few good laughs. However, the film was seriously pleasant to watch. In fact, it's unashamedly hilarious without being silly to the point that you'd consider it as a film targeting children.

In 1123, Count Godefroy de Montmirail (Jean Reno) is about to marry Frénégonde de Pouille (Valérie Lemercier) after he had fought under the command of king Louis VI. Unfortunately, Godefroy did a terrible mistake that will make Frénégonde run away from him. In order to make sure that he'll have descendants, Godefroy asks Eusebius, a wizard, to send him (by serving him a potion) along with Jacquouille (Christian Clavier), his servant, back at the moment when the mistake was done.

However, given that Eusebius forgot to put an essential ingredient in the potion, Godefroy and Jacqouille are sent in 1993. In this period, Godefroy and Jacquouille will meet
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Lemercier set as host for Cesar Awards

Lemercier set as host for Cesar Awards
PARIS -- French actress, writer and director Valerie Lemercier has been named mistress of ceremonies and will present the 31st edition of France's Cesar Awards on Feb. 25, organizers said Tuesday. Lemercier, who won the Cesar for best supporting actress in 1994 for her role in The Visitors, and was nominated in the same category in 1992 for L'Operation Corned-Beef, recently directed and acted in Palais Royal!, a spoof on Europe's royal families. The Cesars are judged each year by the 3,300 members of the French Academy for Cinema Arts and Techniques -- the Gallic equivalent of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The ceremony, widely regarded as a curtain-raiser to the Oscars, will be held at the Theatre du Chatelet in the heart of Paris and broadcast live on French television by Canal Plus.

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