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2014 | 2010 | 2009

15 items from 2014


Cannes: Kino Lorber Acquires Alain Resnais’ ‘The Life of Riley’ (Exclusive)

18 May 2014 3:13 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Late French master Alain Resnais’ last film, “The Life of Riley,” has found a home Stateside: Kino Lorber has acquired all U.S. rights to the pic, which world-premiered in Berlin this year.

Kino Lorber expects to roll out the film in the late summer or early fall at a major U.S. festival, before releasing it theatrically in the U.S.

Richard Lorber’s company will then look to give the movie a national theatrical run in 30 American markets.

Pic will also be released on all digital platforms in winter 2015 and on homevideo, including a special Blu-ray collectors’ edition.

Produced by Resnais’ longtime producer, Jean-Louis Livi at F Comme Film, “Riley” is an adaptation of an Alan Ayckbourn play and boasts a cast of well-known French actors, including many Resnais’ regulars: Sabine Azema, Hippolyte Girardot, Sandrine Kiberlain and Andre Dussolier.

Le Pacte released the film in France in March. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Cannes Directors’ Fortnight to honour Alain Resnais

23 April 2014 1:48 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Cannes Directors’ Fortnight had already decided to honour the French filmmaker before his death in March.

The French Film Directors’ Guild, which runs Directors’ Fortnight, will pay tribute to late filmmaker Alain Resnais, by posthumously feting him with its Carrosse d’Or (Golden Carriage) award on the opening night of the parallel Cannes section.

“Last January, directors of the guild unanimously decided to give this prize to Alain Resnais, who died in March,” the body said in a statement.

Directors’ Fortnight will screen Resnais’ 1958 short La Chant du Styrène, a 13-minute documentary in praise of plastic commissioned by French manufacturer Péchiney, and his 1977 feature Providence, starring Sir John Geilgud, on May 15.

There will be a tribute to the filmmaker at the opening ceremony of Directors’ Fortnight attended by Jean-Louis Livi, the producer of his last three films, and the filmmaker’s long-time assistant Christophe Jeauffroy, who worked on productions such as Life of Riley, You Ain’t Seen »

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The Noteworthy: "Art of the Real", Remembering Resnais, "Pulverizing Plots"

5 March 2014 6:20 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The Film Society of Lincoln Center have unveiled their incredible lineup for the forthcoming "Art of the Real" series, which includes work from Corneliu Porumboiu, Robert Greene, Thom Andersen, James Benning, and more:

"The thin and often blurry line between fact and fiction will be prodded in the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s revamped Art of the Real, a two-week series (April 11-26) dedicated to an expansive definition of nonfiction filmmaking."

 For The New York Times, Dave Kehr remembers Alain Resnais:

"Mr. Resnais had a full head of white hair that the French newspaper Le Monde said he had sported for so long that one could forget he was ever young. He exhibited a youthful energy well into his 80s and was working on drafts of his next project from his hospital bed when he died, the producer Jean-Louis Livi said.

Despite the serious nature of his films, »

- Adam Cook

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Alain Resnais Dies at the Age of 91

2 March 2014 7:18 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I have only seen two of French director Alain Resnais' films, those being Last Year at Marienbad and Wild Grass, which is to say I have a lot to catch up with from Hiroshima, mon amour to Night And Fog. His latest film, Aimer, Boire et Chanter (Life of Riley) recently played in competition at the Berlin Film Festival, winning the Alfred Bauer Award, and sadly it will prove to be his last. Resnais passed away on Saturday night in Paris, his producer Jean-Louis Livi said this morning. Obviously, with such a limited amount of knowledge when it comes to Resnais' work I can only add so much other than to point you to my review of Criterion's Blu-ray release of Marienbad and point you to the following short film of his from 1958, La chant de la styrene, of which Jean-Luc Godard once wrote, "Alain Resnais is the second »

- Brad Brevet

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Alain Resnais dies aged 91

2 March 2014 6:04 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

His latest film, The Life of Riley, premiered in Berlin.

Veteran French filmmaker Alain Resnais has died at the age of 91.

His death — in Paris on Saturday — comes just weeks after his latest film, The Life Of Riley (Aimer, boire et chanter), premiered at the Berlinale, where it won the Fipresci prize and the Alfred Bauer Prize (see Screen’s review here).

The director will be remembered as part of the French New Wave, while also changing with the times in subsequent decades — his prolific career includes nearly 50 features.

His 1959 Hiroshima Mon Amour was Oscar nominated for best screenplay. He won Venice’s Golden Lion in 1969 for Last Year at Marienbad, and Berlin’s Silver Bears for best director for Smoking/No Smoking and The Same Old Song. He first attracted attention with his 1955 documentary Night and Fog, a BAFTA nominated portrait of Nazi concentration camps.

Dieter Kosslick, festival director of the Berlinale, said: “We mourn »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Alain Resnais dies at age 91

2 March 2014 6:04 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

His latest film, The Life of Riley, premiered in Berlin.

Veteran French filmmaker Alain Resnais has died at the age of 91.

His death — in Paris on Saturday — comes just weeks after his latest film, The Life Of Riley (Aimer, boire et chanter), premiered at the Berlinale, where it won the Fipresci prize and the Alfred Bauer Prize (see Screen’s review here).

The director will be remembered as part of the French New Wave, while also changing with the times in subsequent decades — his prolific career includes nearly 50 features.

His 1959 Hiroshima Mon Amour was Oscar nominated for best screenplay. He won Venice’s Golden Lion in 1969 for Last Year at Marienbad, and Berlin’s Silver Bears for best director for Smoking/No Smoking and The Same Old Song. He first attracted attention with his 1955 documentary Night and Fog, a BAFTA nominated portrait of Nazi concentration camps.

Cannes honoured Resnais with a lifetime achievement award in 2009. Previously, he won »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Rip Cinema Giant Alain Resnais

2 March 2014 5:30 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

One of the greatest film directors of the 20th century, Alain Resnais died yesterday at the age of 91, it was announced by his long-time producer, Jean-Louis Livi. Just a few weeks ago, I saw what has turned out to be his last film, Life of Riley, at Berlinale. The film is about the illness and death of a character who never appears in the film, which seems oddly fitting. Resnais' work in experimental and avant-garde cinema was behind the camera, and his later work combining film and theatre, has left an incredible legacy.Resnais' early work in short documentary film led to Night and Fog in 1955, which arguably put him on the world map. Using  a combination of contemporary colour footage of the abandoned concentration...

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Last Year at Marianbad Director Alain Resnais Dies

2 March 2014 4:30 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Alain Resnais, the seminal French filmmaker whose cryptic Last Year at Marianbad extended its influence across generations, has died. He was 91, and was editing drafts of his next project from his hospital bed, according to producer Jean-Louis Livi, who was working on the film with him. Resnais, who died Saturday, was renowned for reinventing himself during each of his full-length films, which included the acclaimed Hiroshima Mon Amour in 1959 and most recently Life of Riley which was honored at the Berlin Film Festival just weeks ago. "He was a man of the highest quality, a genius," Livi told France Info radio on Sunday, »

- Associated Press

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French New Wave director Alain Resnais dies, aged 91

2 March 2014 4:06 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

French Director Alain Resnais has died, aged 91.

Renais passed away in Paris yesterday (March 1), his producer Jean-Louis Livi has confirmed.

The influential director, known as a pioneer of the New Wave movement, had been involved in the movie industry for over 60 years.

Renais - who was awarded a lifetime achievement prize at Cannes Film Festival in 2009 - helmed movies including 1961's Last Year at Marienbad and Nazi concentration camp documentary Night and Fog.

Life of Riley, the director's last film, was shot in 2013 and won a prize for innovation at the Berlin Film Festival last month.

Renais is survived by his wife Sabine Azema.

Watch the trailer for Last Year in Marienbad below: »

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Alain Resnais obituary

2 March 2014 3:43 AM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Alain Resnais on the set of Life Of Riley Alain Resnais Photo: Unifrance The veteran of the French New Wave, director Alain Resnais has died in Paris, aged 91. His passing yesterday evening (1 March 2014) was confirmed by his producer Jean-Louis Livi. He was surrounded by family and friends.

Resnais despite his advancing years never stopped working. Two years ago he made the gloriously theatrical You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet (Vous n’avez encore rien vu) and only last month his new film, Life of Riley (Aimer boire et chanter) - taken from a play by his soul-mate the English playwright Alan Ayckbourn - premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and won a a Fipresci award and a prize for innovation.

The organisers of this year's French Film Festival UK already were planning a tribute to Resnais with a restored digital copy of his first fiction feature made in 1959 Hiroshima Mon Amour. »

- Richard Mowe

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Alain Resnais Dies

2 March 2014 3:29 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Alain Resnais, directorial great and unique filmmaking voice, has died aged 91. According to his long-time producer, Jean-Louis Livi, the Frenchman died in Paris on Saturday. Resnais, who filmmaking career spanned six decades, was known best for the radically experimental approach to storytelling that made Last Year At Marienbad and Night And Fog so influential - "a special nonrealistic language that has musicality" is how he described it - and as an influential grand frère to the French New Wave.Born in Brittany in 1922, his love affair with the medium began as a teenager shooting 8mm shorts. In 1943, he enrolled for the newly-founded Institut Des Hautes Etudes Cinématographique. Louis Malle and Costa-Gavras would later pass through the film school but Resnais, frustrated with its heavy onus on theory, left after a year and took a series of acting jobs, before returning to short filmmaking in the late 1940s.It was in »

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Alain Resnais dies at 91

2 March 2014 3:09 AM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Alain Resnais arrives for the photocall of You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet! (Vous n'avez encore rien vu!) presented in competition at the 65th Cannes film festival in 2012. Photo: Vous n'avez encore rien vu © Fif/Lf (Courtesy Cannes Film Festival) French director Alain Resnais has died at aged 91.

The Last Year In Marienbad director - whose latest film The Life Of Riley won an award for innovation and the Fipresci prize at last month's Berlin Film Festival - passed away on Saturday, surrounded by his family, his producer Jean-Louis Livi told the French press agency Afp.

Born in 1922, the filmmaker enjoyed a career that spanned more than some six decades and more than 45 films, including Private Fears In Public Places, Night And Fog, Wild Grass and the BAFTA winning Hiroshima Mon Amour.

In 2009, he was given a special award from the Cannes Film Festival for his body of work.

Read our full obituary. »

- Amber Wilkinson

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French Film Master Alain Resnais Dies

2 March 2014 3:05 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Alain Resnais, a cinema pioneer and a leading light of the French New Wave, died Saturday in Paris, his longtime producer and friend Jean-Louis Livi said. He was 91.

One of the most critically-aclaimed French helmers of all time, Resnais directed such arthouse masterpieces as “Hiroshima Mon Amour,”a flagship pic of the New Wave, which earned writer Marguerite Duras an Oscar nom for original screenplay in 1961, and “Last Year at Marienbad,” a major influence on such directors as David Lynch.

Resnais, who began his career with a number of art documentaries and then broke through with the gripping 1955 “Night and Fog,” about the Jewish Holocaust in WWII, was one of the more intellectually rigorous members of the new wave of filmmakers who overturned the French film industry in the late ’50s.

The French cinema world is mourning Resnais today as critics, industryites, festivals’ toppers and fans pay him homage.

“As »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Asian triumph at the Berlinale

16 February 2014 5:15 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Asia was the big winner at the 64th Berlin Film Festival, taking home four Bears, including the Golden Bear for Best Film and Silver Bear for Best Actor (Liao Fan) for Diao Yinan’s Black Coal, Thin Ice (Bai Ri Yan Huo).Click here for full list of winners

Another of the three Chinese titles, Blind Massage, picked up the Silver Bear for Outstanding Achievement, which again went to a cinematographer, Zeng Jian. Last year had seen DoP Aziz Zhambakiyev receive the prize for his camerawork on Harmony Lessons.

At the ceremony on Saturday night, the Silver Bear for Best Actress was presented to Haru Kuroki for her performance in The Little House by veteran Japanese director Yoji Yamada.

There were a further six prizes or special mentions for films from Asia in the decisions of the Generation and independent juries (Fipresci and Netpac).

Black Coal, Thin Ice is the fourth Chinese film to win the Golden »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #122. Alain Resnais’ Life of Riley

13 February 2014 8:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Life of Riley

Director: Alain Resnais

Writers: Alain Resnais, Jean-Marie Bessett, Laurent Herbiet, Caroline Silhol

Producer: Jean-Louis Livi

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Sandrine Kilberlain, Sabine Azema, Andre Dussollier, Hippolyte Girardot

Another great auteur that’s had a considerable increase in output over the past several years has been Alain Resnais. He follows up his experimental 2012 film You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet with this film, which sees him returning with some regular cast members like Azema (we’d be shocked not to see her in the lineup since she’s married to the director), Dussollier and Girardot. While this sounds a bit like a wizened version of some recent Gallic films like Little White Lies, we’re sure this will be customary offbeat Resnais, and penned by writer/director Ayckbourn who penned the 2006 Resnais film, Private Fears in Public Places.

Gist: The story begins with a group »

- Nicholas Bell

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