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Cannes — One of the latest candidates to become the big French comedy of 2013, first-time feature director Mohamed Hamidi’s buzz title “Homeland” (Ne quelque part s’inspire) will receive a Cannes’ Official Selection Special Screening dedicated to school students.
Sold by Wild Bunch, “Homeland” is backed by “The Intouchables” producer Quad Films. Paris-based, Quad also teamed with Upi to produce romantic comedy “Heartbreaker,” which scored a weighty Euros 24 million ($31.1 million) in France.
Written by Hamidi and Alain-Michel Blanc, a regular Radu Mihaileanu co-scribe (“The Concert,” “The Source”), “Homeland” is a cleverly structured civil-status comedy, inspired in part by the director’s own return to his father’s village in Algeria after 20 years of absence.
In the film, Farid, a 26-year-old French law student (Tewfik Jallab) visits his father’s village in Algeria for the first time in his life, falls in love with the country and a beautiful girl in the village, »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
City of Lights, City of Angels (running at the Directors Guild Theater in Hollywood from from April 15 to 22) has confirmed its 2013 program of documentary features and short films, whetting our appetite with a few of its titles before the entire lineup is announced March 27. Three films will round out Col-coa’s French documentaries: Bruno LeBlanc’s “The Sons of Wind,” about the followers of jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt; “Becoming Traviata,” writer/director Philippe Béziat’s look at a modern staging of the titular Verdi opera; and Sébastien Lifshitz’s César-award winning “The Invisibles,” a doc tracing the milieu of homosexual society in France from the post-war to the present. Read The Hollywood Reporter’s review of “The Invisibles” from the 2012 Cannes Film Festival here. Along with 19 other shorts in competition, the French film festival will also premiere Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano's short film follow-up to their Oscar-nominated “The Intouchables »
- Ryan Lattanzio
A week before announcing the full line up of films in competition at the Col•Coa (City of Lights, City of Angels) awards, Hollywood's annual French film festival has revealed some of the titles slated to play during the 17th edition. Following their win of the festival's 2012 audience award, "The Intouchables" directing duo Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano will return to Hollywood to kick off the short films competition with their new short "Clean," starring Laurent Lafitte. Other additions to the lineup include the North American premiere of "The Sons of Wind," Bruno Le Blanc's documentary about the 'spiritual sons' of guitarist Django Reinhardt; "The Invisibles," winner of this year's Best Documentary César award, that traces the evolution of French society from the post-war to the present via the perspective of homosexuals; and "Becoming Traviata," an in depth look at the modern staging of Verdi's famous opera. The festival runs »
- Nigel M. Smith
Male bonding is a theme that has been explored in cinema for decades. Friendship and mutual trust provide for strong storytelling and quality film. Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano's French dramedy The Intouchables is yet another fine example of this human subject. The story involves two unlikely individuals who are joined together in a fairly simple scenario. The friendship that results in their pairing provides for one the most charming films of 2012. The Intouchables is a truly touching film which features two strong performances and now you can enjoy it in all its Blu-ray goodness.
- Randall Unger
Cast: Francois Cluzet, Omar Sy
Running Time: 1 hr 50 mins
Due Out: March 5, 2013
Plot: A paraplegic French aristocrat (Cluzet) starts an unlikely friendship with his lower-class immigrant caretaker (Sy).
Who’S It For? Fans of buddy comedies, especially ones with interracial concepts that aren’t actually self-conscious about ethnicity. This isn’t France’s version of The Blind Side.
Coming from a country that adores the buddy comedy, the French bro-mance The Intouchables is not a duet you haven’t heard before. This friendship’s structure is so susceptible to weakness its potential could be toppled by the wrong trailer. Though foreign movies have the most misleading trailers of any “genre,” thankfully The Intouchables doesn’t function like this: “Philippe’s (Cluzet) a grumpy paralyzed dude who learns that money can’t buy you happiness. And Driss (Sy »
- Nick Allen
The basis of The Intouchables is one we’ve seen several times before in which a plot will take two people who are seemingly nothing alike and from completely different backgrounds and put them together. Even though it’s the kind of premise that gets used quite often, directors/writers Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano manage to make it seem fresher than usual by using a good dose of humor and getting a touching pair of performances out of the leads.
The film focuses on Philippe (Francois Cluzet), a rich tetraplegic who is looking to hire a new helper since he is unable to do anything by himself. There is a long line of applicants that includes Driss (Omar Sy), who merely presents a piece of paper that he needs signed in order to show that he is actively looking for work. He is told to come back the next »
- Jeff Beck
Welcome back to This Week In Discs! As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. The Intouchables Philippe (François Cluzet) is a wealthy quadriplegic in need of a full-time caretaker. The list of applicants is long, but it’s a lower class Senegalese immigrant named Driss (Omar Sy) who gets the job because Phillipe wants someone who won’t look at him with pity. The relationship is bumpy at first, but the pair become fast friends through mutual respect and a shared sense of humor. Writer/directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano based their film on a true story, and while the subject of Philippe’s reality could very easily have made for a sappy melodrama, they wisely avoided that route. Instead the movie finds real humor and compassion in the developing friendship and the effect it has on these two lives. The script is surprisingly funny and never maudlin »
- Rob Hunter
You wouldn't think that a movie about an aristocrat and his caretaker from the projects would be a movie to make nearly half a billion dollars at the box office, but that's exactly what The Intouchables did last year. Directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, the French film had limited success in the United States, making a little over $10 million, but the movie was an absolute phenomenon overseas. And now that success is being translated as a new blockbuster role for one of the film's stars. Director Bryan Singer has once taken to his Twitter feed to make another big casting announcement, revealing that Omar Sy has been added to the cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past. The actor joins Peter Dinklage as the only actors signed on for the film that haven't been in a previous X-Men movie, and much the situation with the The Game of »
There’s something for everyone in next week’s Blu-Ray releases: Wreck-It Ralph will tickle your gaming bone, The Intouchables brings a bit of comedy to its drama, and one my favorite films of the nineties finally gets a Blu-Ray release.
Ready for the latest Blu-Ray releases? Then read on.
Director: Rich Moore
A 3D computer-animated family film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. The film was well-received by critics and viewers alike, and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film and the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
Plot: Wreck-It Ralph longs to be as beloved as his game’s perfect Good Guy, Fix-It Felix. Problem is, nobody loves a Bad Guy. But they do love heroes… so when a modern, first-person shooter game arrives featuring tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun, »
- C.P. Howells
Filmmaker Tom Shadyac is in talks to take the helm on The Intouchables English-language remake for The Weinstein Company. Colin Firth is said to be circling a lead role, but nothing has been solidified at this time. We also reported in November that Silver Linings Playbook star Chris Tucker showed interest in starring as well.
Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) is writing the screenplay that follows an aristocrat who was paralyzed after a hang-gliding accident. He hires a young man from an urban environment to take care of him, as they both form a unique bond of friendship. The original film was one of the Best Foreign Language Film nominees at the Oscars last weekend.
Tom Shadyac started his career with a successful string of comedies such as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Nutty Professor, Liar Liar, Bruce Almighty, and Evan Almighty. After he nearly died during a cycling accident, he left the business altogether, »
Exclusive: Tom Shadyac, once a prolific director of blockbuster comedies before a near-death experience sent him on a life-changing journey chronicled in his feature documentary I Am, is returning to laffer mode. Shadyac is in talks with The Weinstein Company to helm its remake of the Olivier Nakache/Eric Toledano French sensation The Intouchables. TWC has a script by Paul Feig, and Colin Firth has been circling to star, though casting is not locked. The picture seems primed for remake — it grossed $416 million overseas, and only $10 million domestic. That is a decent number for a foreign film but leaves a lot of room for an American audience to discover the story. TWC released it here and got remake rights as part of the bargain. Feig was once going to make it his directorial follow-up to Bridesmaids but he left the project after writing the screenplay about an aristocrat who, after »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Tom Shadyac, who launched his career with comedies like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective , The Nutty Professor and Liar Liar , is set to make a return to the genre with an English-language remake of Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano's The Intouchables . Released in 2011, The Intouchables is a French film that details the relationship between a rich quadriplegic and his new caretaker. Shadyac's history is an interesting one that also offers him a close personal connection to the source material. Shortly after his last comedy, 2007's Evan Almighty , Shadyac was in a cycling accident that threatened to leave him permanently immobile. Although he recovered, Shadyac decided to dedicate his life to working for the greater good and documented his quest to re-examine the world in the 2011 »
Wrapping up all the winners from the 65th annual BAFTA Ee British Academy Film Awards...
Sunday evening marked the biggest occasion in the British film calendar as Hollywood descended upon London's Royal Opera House for BAFTA's 66th annual British Academy Film Awards, which celebrated the very best in cinematic excellence from the past twelve months.
Tom Hooper's acclaimed musical Les Miserables may have won the most awards, taking home Best Supporting Actress (Anne Hathaway), Production Design, Sound and Make Up & Hair, but the night belonged to Argo, the CIA thriller picking up Best Film and Best Editing, while Ben Affleck was also named Best Director, despite failing to pick up as much as a nomination at the Academy Awards.
Elsewhere, Skyfall received Outstanding British Film (and also received the award for Best Original Music), while Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) and Emmanuelle Riva (Amour) were honoured in the lead acting categories. »
- Flickering Myth
That’s right folks – one awards ceremony down, many more to go. Last night saw London play host to the 2013 Ee British Academy Film Awards aka the BAFTAs. This star-studded event saw the likes of Ben Affleck, Anne Hathaway, Juno Temple and Quentin Tarantino (amongst many other) receive an accolade for their immense talent and dedication to film.
Here’s the official list of winners (and the other nominees) for anyone who didn’t stay awake long enough (winners highlighted in bold):
Fellowship – Alan Parker
Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema – Tessa Ross
Outstanding British Film
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
On Sunday the Ee British Academy Film Awards were held at London’s Royal Opera House and hosted by the always delightful Stephen Fry. The show was televised here in the States on BBC America. In a continuation of what Awards watchers have witnessed over the past weeks, Argo was named Best Film, Ben Affleck won the Director BAFTA and the film also took the Editing award.
Amour won the award for Film Not in the English Language and Emmanuelle Riva won Leading Actress. Leading Actor was awarded to Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln. Christoph Waltz won Supporting Actor for his performance in Django Unchained and the film’s writer/director Quentin Tarantino won the Original Screenplay BAFTA.
- Michelle McCue
The ceremony is over here in London, bringing together some of the finest and most talented people in the film industry under the same roof for one night. The BAFTAs are this country’s highest honour in film, and they have handed out their awards for the 66th time to those whom they deem the most deserving in the past year in film.
And since Ben Affleck is one of my favourite filmmakers of all time, I have been in a brilliant mood tonight, because he’s won (and very much earned) Best Director for Argo, and taken home the Best Film prize alongside his co-producers George Clooney and Grant Heslov. If you haven’t yet seen Argo, I can’t recommend enough how much you should see it as soon as possible.
If you were following Jon’s liveblog, or if you watched the BBC’s almost-live coverage of tonight’s proceedings, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Argo was named Best Film at tonight’s Ee British Academy Film Awards hosted by Stephen Fry, held at London’s Royal Opera House. And the British Academy of Film and Television Arts award winners are… Best Film Winner – Argo Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney Les MISÉRABLES Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh Life Of Pi Gil Netter, Ang Lee, David Womark Lincoln Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy Zero Dark Thirty Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow, Megan Ellison Outstanding British Film Anna Karenina Joe Wright, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Paul Webster, Tom Stoppard The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel John Madden, Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin, Ol Parker Les MISÉRABLES Tom Hooper, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh, William Nicholson, Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg, Herbert Kretzmer Seven Psychopaths Martin McDonagh, Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin Winner – Skyfall Sam Mendes, Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, John Logan »
- email@example.com (Hollywood News Team)
'Skyfall' has taken the first Award of the evening at the 2013 Baftas, currently taking place at London's Royal Opera House.
This caps a thrilling year for the James Bond franchise, celebrating its 50th year, with a record-breaking box office taking for 'Skyfall', which has become the most successful British film ever.
All The Winners Below... As Soon As They're Announced!
But the evening's big winner remains very much undecided, with awards being shared out between 'Argo', 'Life of Pi' and 'Les Miserables' - and nothing yet for the nominations leader 'Lincoln'.
Pictures just in from the press room at the Royal Opera House, where the winners go straight after collecting their gongs..
- The Huffington Post UK
The Oscars of the United Kingdom were held Sunday, Feb. 10 in London. Here are the winners of the 2013 BAFTA Awards (updating as the show goes along).
Outstanding British Film
Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, »
The Guardian film team predict who will win what at this year's ceremony
On Friday Xan Brooks assessed the field of this year's Bafta contenders and found it "a hazy huddle of frontrunners, all seemingly bobbing back and forth in front of the finish line".
So here's what we think will take home scary award masks this year. We've listed all the nominees. Our predicted winners are in bold.
Best British film
Ben Affleck, »
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