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Venice: Cohen Media Group Takes U.S. on Competition Player ‘Marguerite’

3 September 2015 2:39 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cohen Media group has acquired all U.S. domestic rights to Xavier Giannoli’s Venice competition player “Marguerite,” which is being sold by Memento Films Intl.

A French period drama, “Marguerite” stars Catherine Frot (“Haute Cuisine,” “Chaos,” “Un air de famille,” “The Page Turner”) as Marguerite Dumont, a character loosely inspired by 1920s socialite Florence Foster Jenkins, a wannabe opera singer who believed she had a beautiful soprano voice. The world begged to differ from that opinion.

Andre Marcon (“Rapt,” “The Page Turner”), Denis Mpunga (“Dead Man Talking”) and Christa Theret (“Lol,” “Renoir “) co-star.

Marguerite” world premieres at Venice, having struck major territory pre-sales across the world. Cohen Media Group plans a major market theatrical release in the spring. Cohen Media Group senior vice president John Kochman and Tanja Meissner, head of international sales and acquisitions at Paris-based Mfi, negotiated the distribution agreement.

Giannoli’s sixth film, “Marguerite” follows on his “Superstar, »

- John Hopewell

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3 Hearts | Blu-ray Review

28 July 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Premiering at the 2014 Venice Film Festival with little fanfare, and received a limited theatrical release in March, 2015 in the Us, Benoit Jacquot’s latest somehow feels as if its been neglected. Despite its high pedigree cast, including names familiar to the American public, like Charlotte Gainsbourg and Catherine Deneuve, it didn’t receive much attention, though will assuredly be the type of sought after gem for fans of either the director or the cast member in decades overcoming its initial frostiness.

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.

3 Hearts seems as if it belongs to an earlier era of filmmaking, a time where repressed feelings would roil just beneath the surface until »

- Nicholas Bell

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Canal Plus co-founder Alain de Greef dies

30 June 2015 5:53 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Creator of iconic French TV programmes such as Les Guignols de l’Info loses battle with cancer.

French television industry veteran Alain de Greef, one of the co-founders of Canal Plus alongside Pierre Lescure and André Rousslet in the 1980s, has died. He was 68.

The executive passed away in his home in Provence yesterday (June 29) after a battle with cancer.

De Greef oversaw the pay-tv channel’s content - firstly as director of production, then head of programmes, and finally as director general - from 1986 to 2000.

He was brought into Canal Plus by his long-time collaborator and friend Lescure, with whom he created the popular 1980s music programme Les Enfants du Rock for state-backed channel Antenne 2, now France 2.

Arriving at Canal Plus just two years after its official launch, de Greef is credited with creating a slew of iconic French TV programmes including the satirical puppet show Les Guignols de l’Info as well as the popular »

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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Brand New Testament’

17 May 2015 6:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In the beginning, things went a bit differently than the Good Book would have us believe — or at least, that’s the playful conceit behind Jaco Van Dormael’s “The Brand New Testament,” an irreverent (but otherwise harmless) ontological satire that puts a cartoonish spin on the Christian origin story. Incidentally, Van Dormael has volunteered an alternate creation myth of some kind in all four of his features (which also include “Toto the Hero,” “The Eighth Day” and “Mr. Nobody”), only this time, the Belgian idea-meister goes as far as to target God directly, “outing” Him as kind of a jerk who lives in Brussels and sits at His personal computer, conjuring natural disasters as a way of staving off boredom. When his daughter rebels and decides to simultaneously enlighten everyone on earth, all hell breaks loose, and the narrative starts to lose its thread, unspooling zany consequences that ought to convert skeptical distributors worldwide. »

- Peter Debruge

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Cannes: Le Pacte takes 'Saint Amour' starring Gérard Depardieu

7 May 2015 12:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Father and son wine tour tale reunites directorial duo Benoit Delépine and Gustave Kervern with Gérard Depardieu and Benoît Po

Le Pacte has picked up sales on Benoit Delépine and Gustave Kervern’s latest collaboration Saint Amour, starring Gérard Depardieu and Benoît Poelvoorde as a farmer and his son who bond and find love on an eventful wine tour.

Delépine and Kervern last worked with Depardieu on their 2010 comic road movie Mammuth, which premiered in Berlin, was a breakout arthouse hit in France and sold well internationally.

Poelvoorde is a frequent collaborator with Delépine and Kervern, starring most recently as middle-aged punk in Le Grand Soir – which won Un Certain Regard’s Grand Jury Prize in 2012.

In Saint Amour, Poelvoorde plays disheartened cattle breeder Bruno who is attending the Paris International Agriculture Show with his father Jean, played by Depardieu.

The latter is hoping their prize bull Nabucodonosor will finally take top honours at the event and that »

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Premieres galore at Sydney Film Festival

5 May 2015 5:40 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Neil Armfield.s Holding the Man, Simon Stone.s The Daughter, Jeremy Sims. Last Cab to Darwin and Jen Peedom.s feature doc Sherpa will have their world premieres at the Sydney Film Festival.

The festival program unveiled today includes 33 world premieres (including 22 shorts) and 135 Australian premieres (with 18 shorts) among 251 titles from 68 countries.

Among the other premieres will be Daina Reid.s The Secret River, Ruby Entertainment's. ABC-tv miniseries starring Oliver Jackson Cohen and Sarah Snook, and three Oz docs, Marc Eberle.s The Cambodian Space Project — Not Easy Rock .n. Roll, Steve Thomas. Freedom Stories and Lisa Nicol.s Wide Open Sky.

Festival director Nashen Moodley boasted. this year.s event will be far larger than 2014's when 183 films from 47 countries were screened, including 15 world premieres. The expansion is possible in part due to the addition of two new screening venues in Newtown and Liverpool.

As previously announced, Brendan Cowell »

- Don Groves

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2015 Directors’ Fortnight: Saulnier’s Green Room & Bidegain’s Les Cowboys Among “Dope” Selections

21 April 2015 4:40 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Takashi Miike (Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War Of The Underworld), Fernando León de Aranoa (A Perfect Day starring Benicio del Toro, Tim Robbins, and Olga Kurylenko) and Jaco Van Dormael (a top item on our most anticipated foreign films list, The Brand New Testament stars Catherine Deneuve, Benoît Poelvoorde, Yolande Moreau) are some of the veterans filmmakers joining the previously mentioned Philippe Garrel, Miguel Gomes and Arnaud Desplechin as part the 47th edition of the Directors’ Fortnight. Edouard Waintrop’s programming team happen to be the only ones to have selected Sundance Film Festival items this year with Rick Famuyiwa‘s Dope being selected as the closing night film and Chloé Zhao‘s Songs My Brothers Taught Me finds some love as well. Fellow American filmmaker Jeremy Saulnier also joins them — after having launched Blue Ruin in the section a couple of editions back, he now returns with Green Room. »

- Eric Lavallee

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Cannes: Directors’ Fortnight Unveils 2015 Lineup

21 April 2015 2:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

New works by Jaco Van Dormael, Takashi Miike, Jeremy Saulnier and Sarunas Bartas, as well as recent Sundance entries “Dope” and “Songs My Brothers Taught Me,” are among the films set to screen in the 47th annual Directors’ Fortnight program at the Cannes Film Festival.

As announced by artistic director Edouard Waintrop at a press conference on Tuesday, the Fortnight will unspool 19 features this year — three of them directed by Portuguese helmer Miguel Gomes, whose six-hour-plus trilogy, “Arabian Nights,” was announced by the Fortnight last week, as was “My Golden Years,” the latest from French auteur Arnaud Desplechin. Both Gomes and Desplechin were turned down from the main competition and opted to take their films to the other side of the Croisette rather than accept slots in Un Certain Regard — a major coup for Waintrop that signals one of the most openly competitive years for the official selection and Directors’ Fortnight in recent memory. »

- Justin Chang

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Cannes: New Movies From Pixar, Woody Allen Expected at 68th Film Festival

26 March 2015 11:55 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There are still three weeks to go before the Cannes Film Festival unveils its official-selection lineup, but so far, the latest Pixar 3D animated extravaganza and new films from Woody Allen, Todd Haynes, Jeff Nichols, Denis Villeneuve and Arnaud Desplechin appear to be securing their positions in the event’s 68th annual edition (May 13-24).

In keeping with his longtime habit of avoiding festival accolades, Allen will likely receive an out-of-competition berth for his 45th feature, “Irrational Man,” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone (who starred in the director’s “Magic in the Moonlight”). Among other U.S. fare, Cannes will get an early start on the summer blockbuster season with Disney/Pixar’s feature toon “Inside Out,” marking a second trip to the Croisette for director Pete Docter (who co-helmed with Ronaldo Del Carmen) after his “Up” opened the festival in 2009. As already announced, George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road, »

- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy

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Fandor Hosts Rotating Criterion Collection Films at Hulu Plus

21 March 2015 10:52 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Fandor, the premiere streaming service for independent, classic and critically-acclaimed films, shorts and documentaries, in a partnership with the Criterion Collection and Hulu Plus, is currently home to a rotation of uniquely curated bundles of Criterion films available to watch instantly via desktop, set top and mobile devices.

Every Tuesday, Fandor rolls out a new collection of films that share a common theme, genre, time period, film style, etc. These films are available on the site for 12 days before being replaced by a fresh new batch of featured Criterion masterpieces.

Fandor’S Criterion Picks For March

March 17-28: The Sixteenth Century

Carnival in Flanders(1935, Director Jacques Feyder): A small village in Flanders puts on a carnival to avoid the brutal consequences of the Spanish occupation. Ivan the Terrible(1944, DirectorSergei Eisenstein): As Ivan ascends to lead Russia, the Boyars are determined to disrupt his rule. Ivan’s relationship »

- Robert Greenberger

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Movie Review: 3 Hearts Is a Romance Shot Like a Thriller

13 March 2015 10:18 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

A romantic drama with the sensibility of a thriller, Benoît Jacquot’s 3 Hearts is a good example of how a talented director and cast can elevate the most tired of concepts. The film finds meaning in its stylistic dissonances, right from the beginning. It opens with a man (Benoît Poelvoorde) missing a train back to Paris and making his way to a small café by the station. He spies a woman (Charlotte Gainsbourg) who wanders into the café briefly. He follows her out and strikes up a conversation with her. Meanwhile, the soundtrack blares dramatic blasts of noise; you might be forgiven for thinking you’ve wandered into an Inception remake.What’s going on here? Beneath the casual (though not particularly realistic) dialogue, emotional tectonic plates are shifting. The man, Marc, is a tax inspector; the woman, Sylvie, co-owns a local antique shop; they’re not remarkable people, but »

- Bilge Ebiri

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Review: Benoît Jacquot's 'Three Hearts' A Satisfying Melodrama About Love At First Sight And The Cruelty Of Fate

12 March 2015 3:32 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. 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. Tax »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Review: 3 Hearts, A Showcase For Tender Side Of Charlotte Gainsbourg

11 March 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Marc (Benoit Poelvoorde of Man Bites Dog, Coco Before Chanel), a shlumpy tax investigator, just missed the train back to Paris. He now has to spend the night in a provincial town whether he likes it or not. By chance, he meets and chats up lovely Sylvie (Charlotte Gainsbourg, Science of Sleep, Antichrist, Nymphomaniac). The mutual attraction is there. Marc is glad that even though she seems a little anxiety stricken, she's willing to talk to him and show around the town in this sleepless night. Sharing smokes, they end up walking all night talking. This wasn't like one night passionate tryst of strangers. The tender encounter was some kind of sign from above, as if they were meant to be together (but of...

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3 Hearts | Review

11 March 2015 6:00 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, 3 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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3 Hearts Is a Passionate, Winning French Melodrama

10 March 2015 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

A man is the lead in 3 Hearts, the melodrama from director-writer and New Wave inheritor Benoît Jacquot (Farewell, My Queen). The director has the reputation of working well with women and focusing on their issues, and the feminist in all of us has gotten used to seeing the melodrama as a female province. So this is refreshing. And the film is so unabashed in showing the place of passion in a bourgeois world, how a missed connection can screw up a life forever, that plot implausibilities are forgiven. Marc (Benoît Poelvoorde) is a tax inspector, oddly bumbling, even quixotic. Missing his train back to Paris, he's stuck for the night in the tiny town of Valence, where he zeroes in on Sylvie (Charlotte Gainsbourg). Eyes "exchange" »

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The wild ones, part 1 by Anne-Katrin Titze

9 March 2015 3:04 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Wild Life (Vie sauvage) director Cédric Kahn Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The night after the Us premiere of Benoît Jacquot's 3 Hearts (3 Coeurs) starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni and Benoît Poelvoorde, I met up with Wild Life (Vie Sauvage) director Cédric Kahn for a conversation on his film, starring Mathieu Kassovitz and Céline Sallette. The suspense of Robert Bresson's Pickpocket mixes with Alfred Hitchcock's North By Northwest and turns into a "paranoiac world". Working with Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, choices and his role in Axelle Ropert's Miss And The Doctors came up.

20th Anniversary of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema at the IFC Center

Nathalie Baye, Frédéric Tellier - SK1 (L’Affaire SK1); Mélanie Laurent - Breathe (Respire); Christophe Honoré - Métamorphoses; Cédric Jimenez - The Connection (La French) with Gilles Lellouche and writer Audrey Diwan; and Abd Al Malik - May Allah Bless France (Qu’Allah Bénisse La France! »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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NY Rendez-Vous with French Cinema highlights by Anne-Katrin Titze

28 February 2015 1:25 PM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Catherine Deneuve and Guillaume Canet in André Téchiné's In the Name of My Daughter (L’Homme Qu’on Aimait Trop), also starring Adèle Haenel

This year's Rendez-Vous with French Cinema opens with Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni and Benoît Poelvoorde in Benoît Jacquot's 3 Hearts (3 Coeurs). Quentin Dupieux's Reality (Réalité) starring Alain Chabat, featuring Philip Glass’s Music With Changing Parts closes the festival.

There are first-rate performances from Mathieu Kassovitz and Céline Sallette (who also stars with Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lellouche and Benoît Magimel in Cédric Jimenez' The Connection (La French)) in Cédric Kahn's Wild Life (Vie Sauvage), Guillaume Canet in Cédric Anger's Next Time I’ll Aim For The Heart (La Prochaine Fois Je Viserai Le Coeur), Olivier Gourmet and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi in Stéphane Demoustier's 40-Love (Terre Battue), Adèle Haenel with Kévin Azaïs in Thomas Cailley's Love At First Fight (Les Combattants »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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3 Hearts (3 coeurs) Movie Review

27 February 2015 6:59 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

3 Hearts (3 coeurs) Cohen Media Group Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for CompuServe ShowBiz.  Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  A- Director:  Benoît Jacquot Screenwriters: Benoît Jacquot, Julien Boivent Cast:  Benoît Poelvoorde, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 2/25/15 Opens: March 13, 2015 You may have seen articles with the title “Why nice girls date bad boys,” which hold that girls find handsome, carefree, irresponsible guys on motorcycles to be exciting to date.  But they marry ordinary-looking accountants and lawyers who, they believe, will make good fathers.  In a drama about a romantic triangle, this one dealing with a more carefree woman and her more family-oriented  [ Read More ]

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- Harvey Karten

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Galerie Cinema photo exhibition set for New York by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2015-02-20 15:21:14

20 February 2015 7:21 AM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Charlotte Gainsbourg and Chiara Mastroianni in Benoît Jacquot's uncoupled 3 Hearts (3 Coeurs), also starring Benoît Poelvoorde

Anne-Dominique Toussaint’s Parisian Galerie Cinema comes to New York with an exhibition featuring photos by Cédric Klapisch, Atiq Rahimi, Edward Lachman, Agnès Godard, James Franco, Vincent Perez, Kate Barry, Harry Gruyaert and Raymond Depardon as a special event of the 20th Anniversary of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema.

The Bling Ring director Sofia Coppola, Julianne Moore during the filming of Todd Haynes's Far From Heaven, and Vincent Perez's Cyrano De Bergerac co-star Gérard Depardieu will be among the portraits on display at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

Sofia Coppola by Kate Barry © Galerie Cinema

Nathalie Baye, Guillaume Canet, Cédric Kahn, Christophe Honoré, Celine Sallette, Mélanie Laurent, Abd Al Malik, Frédéric Tellier, Armel Hostiou, Thomas Cailley, Stéphane Demoustier, Cédric Anger, Alain Chabat, Claire Burger, Cédric Jimenez, Lucie Borleteau and Ariane Lebed »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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‘Hippocrate,’ ‘Breathe,’ ‘Earth’ Win MyFrenchFilmFestival Prizes

17 February 2015 1:51 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– Thomas Litli’s “Hippocrate” won the Chopard Prize of MyFrenchFilmFestival, the online festival put together by Paris-based promo org UniFrance.

A critically-aclaimed dramedy set in the medical world, “Hippocrate” was chosen by a filmmakers’ jury presided by French helmer Michel Gondry (“Be Kind Rewinds”) with Belgian director Joachim Lafosse (“Our Children”) and Israeli helmer Nadav Lapid (“Policeman”).

Hippocrate,” which world-premiered at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight, turns on the unlikely friendship between Vincent Lacoste (“The French Kissers”) and Reda Kateb (“Zero Dark Thirty”), two hospital interns who come from opposite worlds.

The festival was created five years ago by UniFrance to test the VOD market and expand the worldwide auds for French movies beyond arthouse circuits.

Melanie Laurent’s sophomore outing “Breathe,” another Directors’ Fortnight alumni, nabbed the international press award; while Fabienne Godet’s drama “A Place on Earth” with Benoit Poelvoorde snatched up the Lacoste audience kudo.

“A Town Called Panic: The Christmas Log, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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