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Befilmiff launches as buyer showcase

30 September 2014 1:42 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: New York-based festival veteran Laurence Asseraf is launching the invite-only Be Film International Features Festival as a platform to enable global films to find Us distribution.

This year’s inaugural event runs from October 24-26 in New York and will feature global films with a focus on Argentina.

“What we are trying to accomplish here, is bring home, in an intimate, relaxed, but highly professional setting certain foreign films that might have escaped the eyes of Us distributors while on their tour to all major festivals abroad,” said Asseraf (pictured).

“I knew Argentina very well since I lived there as a child,” said the French industry veteran, who also founded Be Film The Underground Film Festival. “Their cinema is very European and speaks to the world.”

The Argentinian Consulate will sponsor the opening night reception.

The line-up of screenings includes:

Muerte En Buenos Aires (Argentina) – Natalia Meta’s 1980s set mystery-drama in Buenos Aires starring [link=nm »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Befilmiff launches as film showcase

30 September 2014 1:42 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: New York-based festival veteran Laurence Asseraf is launching the invite-only Be Film International Features Festival as a platform to enable global films to find Us distribution.

This year’s inaugural event runs from October 24-26 in New York and will feature global films with a focus on Argentina.

“What we are trying to accomplish here, is bring home, in an intimate, relaxed, but highly professional setting certain foreign films that might have escaped the eyes of Us distributors while on their tour to all major festivals abroad,” said Asseraf (pictured).

“I knew Argentina very well since I lived there as a child,” said the French industry veteran, who also founded Be Film The Underground Film Festival. “Their cinema is very European and speaks to the world.”

The Argentinian Consulate will sponsor the opening night reception.

The line-up of screenings includes:

Muerte En Buenos Aires (Argentina) – Natalia Meta’s 1980s set mystery-drama in Buenos Aires starring [link=nm »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Wallonia Brussels Federation Backs 47 Projects

23 September 2014 3:58 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jaco Van Dormael’s “The Brand New Testament,” Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzani’s “Let The Bodies Sunbathe” are among the 19 feature films selected by the Wallonia Brussels Federation to receive funding.

The org will be injecting more than 3.2 million Euros ($3.8 million) into 47 projects, including feature films, shorts, documentaries and TV movies.

Van Dormael’s “Testament” is a surrealist comedy co-written by Thomas Gunzig. The film, which is now shooting in Belgium, stars Benoît Poelvoorde, Catherine Deneuve and Yolande Moreau. Le Pacte handles international sales. It’s produced by Terra Incognita Films.

Cattet and Forzani, whose latest singular films, “The Strange Color of Your Bodies’ Tears” and “Amer,” were extensively showcased at festivals and sold worldwide, will next venture into a film noir with “Let The Bodies Sunbathe,” an adaptation of Jean-Patrick Manchette’s novel. Anonymes Films is producing.

Production fund will also go to “AnimaL,” Frédéric Dumont’s follow-up »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Wallonia Brussels supports 47 films

22 September 2014 12:14 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Total 47 film projects selected for Federation Wallonia-Brussels support.

The film selection committee of the Federation Wallonia Brussels hasselected 19 features, 10 shorts, 14 documentaries and four TV films for script, development or production support for a total amount of €3,267,000 ($4.2m).

Among the selected projects are new projects by Jaco Van Dormael, Thierry Michel, Olivier Masset-Depasse and Pauline Etienne.

Among the features selected for support are surrealist comedy Le Tout Nouveau Testament by Jaco Van Dormael, which he co-scripted with Thomas Gunzig and for which shooting in Belgium with Benoît Poelvoorde, Catherine Deneuve and Yolande Moreau has already started.

Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani, whose Amer and L’étrange couleur des larmes de ton corps won festival prizes, will make a film noir with the adaptation of a novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette, Laissez bronzer les cadavres.

Production support will also go to Animal, Frédéric Dumont’s second feature effort following Un ange à la mer, as well as »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Three Hearts | 2014 Tiff Review

19 September 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Heart to Heart to Heart: Jacquot’s Romantic Drama Can’t Cover Every Angle

Despite sporting the likes of Charlotte Gainsbourg and Catherine Deneuve, Three Hearts, the latest from Benoit Jacquot often feels like a rather stilted endeavor. The follow-up to his most internationally renowned title to date, Farewell, My Queen, Jacquot’s underwhelming love story uses a contrivance often seen in romantic comedies, only he replaces the comedy with a somber indifference that seems to work against the believability of the film.

The film seems as if it belongs to an earlier era of filmmaking, a time where repressed feelings would roil just beneath the surface until they boiled over to cause living hell for all affected parties lost amidst the unmitigated power known as love. This is the stuff of classic melodrama, and the three hearts at the center of this triangle often feel more like archetypes than actual people, »

- Nicholas Bell

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Tiff Review: Benoît Jacquot's 'Three Hearts' Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni & Catherine Deneuve

14 September 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The word "melodrama" tends to be used as a pejorative these days, and that's because there are few movies or TV shows that execute the specifics of the genre well. When it works, an accomplished melodrama allows the audience to fully invest in the emotional lives of its characters, even if the plot machinations are manipulative or don't hold up under close scrutiny. It's a genre powered by performance and atmosphere, and it requires committed work by the actors, an assured handle on tone by the director, and a script that can allow suspension of disbelief to stretch but not break. And while it's not perfect, and though at times you can see rigging of the structure, Benoît Jacquot's "Three Hearts" is a satisfying melodrama about love at first sight, the cruelty of fate, and passion that never fades. The film kicks off with a "Before Sunrise"-like prologue. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Daily | Toronto 2014 | Benoît Jacquot’s Three Hearts

12 September 2014 11:31 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Benoît Jacquot’s Three Hearts (3 coeurs) with Benoît Poelvoorde, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve, premiered in competition in Venice and now screens in Toronto before opening in France next week. "It’s a carefully made film but not a patch on, say, Claire Denis’s similar Vendredi soir," finds Sight & Sound editor Nick James. But at the Av Club, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky argues that "Jacquot is trying—successfully—to tease out the sense of danger and tension most romances sorely lack." We have more reviews and the trailer. » - David Hudson »

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Tiff 14: ‘Trois Coeurs’ is not a credible romance

10 September 2014 2:12 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Trois Coeurs

Written by Benoit Jacquot and Julien Boivent

Directed by Benoit Jacquot

France, 2014

French filmmaker Benoit Jacquot often crops up in discussions of overlooked auteurs of contemporary French cinema. His work is quiet, understated and rarely find a wide audience. Yet, efforts like Farewell my Queen, A Single Girl and The School of Flesh are heralded among the best French efforts of their respective years. However, for every effort that wins the heart of niche audiences, the rest of his films are divisive and alienating. While perhaps a lack of consistency is working against him, many of his contemporaries are even bigger gambles: Francois Ozon is responsible for some beautiful films, but more of his efforts were outright misses and even heavy weights like Assayas deliver as many misses as successes. Perhaps it is the quietness of Jacquot’s style that works against him, his best efforts coming across »

- Justine Smith

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Venice 2014: 'Three Hearts' review

1 September 2014 10:40 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★☆☆☆Director Benoît Jacquot returns to the Venice Lido with Three Hearts (2014), a slickly presented and thespy relationship drama which flounders on its own lack of originality, humourlessness and absence of credibility. Marc (Benoît Poelvoorde, in his second film of the festival), a tax inspector from Paris, misses his train and finds himself trapped in a provincial town for the night. A chance encounter with a woman Sylvie (the obligatory Charlotte Gainsbourg) leads to a Before Sunrise-style wander through the streets until sunset. The encounter is chaste and coy - they neither exchange names nor phone numbers - but the two are obviously attracted to each other and arrange to meet in Paris at a fountain.

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- CineVue UK

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Catherine Deneuve Pic ‘Three Hearts’ Gets U.S. Distribution (Exclusive)

31 August 2014 10:51 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In one of the banner deals on a high-profile title at this year’s Venice Film Festival, Cohen Media Group has acquired U.S. rights to “Three Hearts” starring Catherine Deneuve, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni and Benoit Poelvoorde.

Directed by Benoit Jacquot (“Farewell My Queen,” “Sade”), “Three Hearts” will play also as in a special presentation at the Toronto film fest.

Renewing Cmg’s love affair with French cinema, “Three Hearts” is described by the New York distributor as “a modern twist on classic romantic melodramas, from ‘An Affair To Remember’ to ‘Before Sunrise.’”

Written by Jacquot and Julien Boivent, “3 Hearts” turns on Marc, a tax official who meets Sylvie in a provincial town after missing the last train back to Paris. They wander the streets until morning, talking about everything – except themselves. They arrange to meet again in Paris but misfortune befalls Marc and he fails to make the date. »

- John Hopewell

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Review Capsules: Three Of Hearts and Hungry Hearts

31 August 2014 8:59 AM, PDT | IMDb Blog - All the Latest | See recent IMDb Blog - All the Latest news »

Director Benoit Jacquot has made all kinds of films from 1995′s widely lauded A Single Girl (which was, for me, a tedious extended tracking shot) to 2012′s Versailles drama Farewell, My Queen.

Three Hearts is an immensely watchable French potboiler with three excellent leads in Benoit Poelvoorde (also seen in Venice in The Price Of Fame), Charlotte Gainsbourg (also here in the extended cut of Nymphomaniac I and Nymphomaniac II), and Chiara Mastroianni (also in The Price Of Fame).

Poelvoorde plays Marc, a tax auditor who, stressed out, is pacing the streets of Lyon one night when he runs into Sylvie (Gainbourg). They have an immediate attraction towards one another but, instead of rashly acting out on it, they promise to meet in Paris the next Friday, at 6:00Pm. Sylvie goes home to her long-suffering boyfriend and announces that she’s fallen in love with someone. The »

- keithsim

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Venice Film Review: ‘Three Hearts’

30 August 2014 1:40 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

More than 40 years ago, at the outset of his filmmaking career, Benoit Jacquot worked as an assistant director to the great French novelist and helmer Marguerite Duras, and now, with “Three Hearts,” he has made a film that feels more indebted to her romantic values than anything else in his oeuvre. Here, beneath the surface of a cool, contempo love triangle involving a Parisian man (Benoit Poelvoorde) and a pair of provincial French sisters (played by Charlotte Gainsbourg and Chiara Mastroianni), are all the values Duras held dear: love at first sight, spontaneous tears, all-consuming desire and impossible, self-destructive decisions.

The difference — since it’s entirely possible that the Duras connection never crossed Jacquot’s mind — is that the helmer can’t help but turn these archetypes into characters. The passion remains, but the underlying poetry has been traded in for something more tangible, brought down to earth so that audiences might relate. »

- Peter Debruge

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Watch: First Trailer For 'Three Hearts' With Charlotte Gainsbourg & Chiara Mastroianni Playing Venice & Tiff

29 August 2014 7:40 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Benoît Jacquot is a festival veteran, last doing the rounds with 2012's costume drama "Farewell, My Queen." Now he's back with a more contemporary tale, riffing on an old theme, while rounding some exciting talent to tell his story. The film is called "Three Hearts," and with screenings at Venice and Tiff coming up soon, the first trailer has dropped. Benoît Poelvoorde, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve star in the film, which Jacquot co-wrote and directed, about a love triangle that develops between a man and two sisters. After Marc has a fling in small town France with Sylvie, he meets Sophie, falls deeply in love, and marries her. The twist? Sophie and Sylvie are close siblings, and when all is revealed, the drama cranks up a few notches. Intriguing stuff, with a great cast to take it on, so we'll keep an eye out. Watch the trailer below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Close Up: Man Bites Dog – Controversy & Censorship

29 August 2014 5:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

The only way is ethics for Man Bites Dog, a pseudo-documentary, which focuses its lens on the media’s obsession with on-screen violence and so-called “Reality TV” and our obsession with watching it.  It is probably the most controversial film in Belgian history, and it continues to repel and intrigue audiences in equal measure.

Written, directed and produced by Remy Belvaux, Andre Bonzel and Benoit Poelvoorde (all of whom play starring roles), Man Bites Dog is a cross between mock-cinema verité, à la  Spinal Tap but with the violence turned up to eleven, and the ultimate reality TV show. The film shows an amateur film crew who are following a loquacious and charismatic serial killer named Ben. Ben kills to make a living. Strangely he is not seeking revenge or attempting to surmount a past trauma, in fact an interview with his mother reveals that as a child he was »

- Will Roberts

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Venice: Lido Digs Story Of Charlie Chaplin Graverobbers ‘The Price Of Fame’

28 August 2014 3:17 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Of Gods And Men director Xavier Beauvois and screenwriter Etienne Comar unveiled their Competition pic La Rançon De La Gloire (The Price Of Fame) in Venice today. They were accompanied by Eugene Chaplin, the son of a key figure in the 1970s-set picture. Charlie Chaplin is the basis of the movie because it’s his coffin that is stolen from a Swiss cemetery by two down-on-their-luck immigrants.

Based on real events, The Price Of Fame has received largely positive reviews here on the Lido. (I personally could have done without an overlong exposition and some frustrating scenes of huffing and puffing graveside…) Eugene has a small role in the movie that recounts the events of March 1978 when, a few days after his father’s death, a pair of Polish and Bulgarian men dug up his grave and held the body for ransom. The film switches the nationalities of the men »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Venice 2014: 'The Price of Fame' review

28 August 2014 9:05 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★☆☆☆☆When Charlie Chaplin died on Christmas Day in 1977, the whole world paid tribute to the passing of a comic genius. However, two down-on-their luck, unemployed immigrants living in Switzerland saw his passing as an opportunity - the answer to all their problems - and hatched a plan to dig up and steal his coffin and then hold the grieving Chaplin family to ransom. This is the initially intriguing premise for award-winning Of Gods and Men (2010) director Xavier Beauvois' latest film and Venice Golden Lion hopeful The Price of Fame (2014), but unfortunately the execution proves extremely poor. The talented Benoît Poelvoorde ;plays Belgian crook Eddy, a thief who has just been released from prison.

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- CineVue UK

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The Price Of Glory and Tales reviews

28 August 2014 7:59 AM, PDT | IMDb Blog - All the Latest | See recent IMDb Blog - All the Latest news »

The Price of Glory (La Rancon de la Glorie) is based on the bizarre but true story that took place in the waning days of 1977, right after Charlie Chaplin had died. In this forgotten saga two men came up with the hare-brained idea to dig up his corpse and attempted to to ransom it back to his family. The two criminals here are Eddy, played by Benoit Poelvoorde, and Osman, played by Roschdy Zem. Neither Eddy nor Osamn are very good as kidnappers. Osman is a family man with a young daughter and a sick wife, which makes him desperate to figure out a way to cover her medical bills. Eddy is a seemingly dim bulb who comes up with the scheme.

The film is directed by Xavier Beauvois, who is best known for Of Gods and Men, which is a much more »

- keithsim

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Venice Film Review: ‘The Price of Fame’

28 August 2014 4:51 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Like the glorious, overripe Michel Legrand score lavished over an otherwise quiet affair, there’s something knowingly, beguilingly out of time about “The Price of Fame,” . Xavier Beauvois’ first film since 2010’s somber Cannes Grand Prix winner “Of Gods and Men” — and the first comic outing of his career — riffs jovially on the true 1978 story of two blue-collar immigrants in small-town Switzerland who exhumed Charlie Chaplin’s remains in a botched ransom attempt. Facts have been liberally altered, however, to suit Beauvois’ conception of the tale as a human comedy worthy of the Little Tramp himself. Wry, sentimental and carried with shaggy charm by Benoit Poelvoorde and Roschdy Zem as the lovable crooks, “Fame” should parlay its helmer’s cachet and the universality of the Chaplin connection into widespread arthouse exposure.  

Overlength is the principal failing of a film that otherwise negotiates the balance between whimsy and gravitas with considerable »

- Guy Lodge

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Cineart reveals ownership changes

26 August 2014 5:44 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Leading Benelux distributor Cineart has announced details of a change in its ownership structure and confirmed new acquisitions.

The company, founded by Eliane DuBois who died last summer, is now jointly controlled by Stephan De Potter in Belgium and Marc Smit in the Netherlands. The two have bought out the shares owned by DuBois’ son, Hichame Alaouie, who will remain as an ‘honorary participant’ on the Cineart board.

Next year marks the 40th anniversary of Cineart.

The company is continuing to ramp up its VOD activities. Through Twin Pics, its joint venture with music distributor Pias, Cineart is an iTunes aggregator.

The company has also snapped up François Ozon’s new feature Une Nouvelle Amie. The drama, starring Romain Duris and set to screen at Toronto next month, is sold by Films Distribution

Cineart will also handle the Dardenne brothers’ next project, which is at script stage.

The company is also releasing Benoit Jacquot’s latest feature »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Kristen Wiig and Adam Sandler have late additions to the 2014 Toronto Film Festival

12 August 2014 12:56 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Toronto International Film Festival announced more selections Tuesday for the upcoming 2014 edition of the annual awards season kick-off. The majority of the festival's program was announced last month, but this group includes intriguing world premieres from notable directors such as Todd McCarthy ("The Cobbler") and Gina Prince-Bythewood ("Beyond the Lights"). A number of the titles revealed have screened at other festivals including the underrated "Infinitely Polar Bear" and "Laggies" from Sundance as well as Cannes players "Two Days, One Night," "The Search" and "Clouds of Sils Maria." And yes, the presence of "Sils Maria," which is a favorite of this particular writer, means Kristen Stewart will likely hit one of the festival's many red carpets. As you'd expect for Toronto, the world premieres feature some big names including Josh Hutcherson and Benicio Del Toro in "Escobar: Paradise Lost," Jean Dujardin in "The Connection (La French)," Dustin Hoffman in "Boychoir, »

- Gregory Ellwood

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