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In one of the widest-open Cesar races in recent years, Abderrahmane Sissako’s Oscar-nominated “Timbuktu” will face off for best picture with Olivier Assayas’ “Sils Maria,” Bertrand Bonello’s “Saint Laurent” and talked-up newcomer Thomas Cailley’s “Love at First Fight” at France’s 2015 Cesar Awards.
“Timbuktu,” which world premiered at Cannes, earned eight Cesar nominations and will also compete foreign-language Oscar next month.
The Cesar race is dominated by “Saint Laurent” with 10 noms. Coming second is “Love at First Fight,” a performance-driven romantic comedy that proves to be yet another gem discovered by Directors’ Fortnight topper Edouard Waintrop (following last year’s “Me, Myself and Mom,” which ended up winning five Cesar kudos).
Also making the best picture cut, in a nomination line-up underscoring France’s wide production range: Robin Campillo’s “Eastern Boys,” French dramedy blockbuster “La Famille Belier,” helmed by Eric Lartigau, and Thomas Lilti’s admired medical drama “Hippocrates. »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
The first edition of the San Cristóbal De Las Casas festival has reached its end. It was a nice way to begin the year and a second edition seems to be a given, as pretty much each and every screening I attended was packed. The official press release indicates there were 13,000 people attending the festival during eight days. On Friday, January 24, the fest screened as closing film Samba, the latest from The Intouchables' Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, and announced the award winners. Check them out below: Short Film Competition Jury: Javier Solórzano, Eduardo Trías and José Ramos Winner: Esclava (dir. Amat Escalante, Mexico) Special Mention: Slikebal (dir. Bernardino López, Mexico) and Outono (dir. Marco Amaral, Portugal) Documentary Feature Competition Jury: Imunga Ivanga,...
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For the occasion, “Lucy” star Scarlett Johansson recorded a video introduced by Unifrance’s managing director Isabelle Giordano during a packed press conference, attended by not only Besson but also Oscar-nominated “Timbuktu” producer Sylvie Pialat, France’s minister of culture Fleur Pellerin, Cnc president Frederique Bredin, and helmers Michel Gondry, Joachim Lafosse and Nadav Lapid, among many others.
“The qualities that really drew me to work with Luc Besson — and is a huge part of the success of ‘Lucy’ — is his passion to achieve greatness. Luc is a perfectionist, and he has a certain idea of what he wants and won’t stop at anything to get it, and that’s what inspires everyone to strive for their greatest, »
- Elsa Keslassy
3 items from 2015
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