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20 items from 2016


Dardenne Brothers’ First Cannes Win Opened Door for Belgian Cinema

15 May 2016 11:16 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne’s “Rosetta” snatched the Palme D’Or from under Pedro Almodóvar’s nose in 1999 — the Spaniard was considered the hot favorite with “All About My Mother” that year — it was one of the biggest upsets in Cannes history. At the time, the David Cronenberg-led jury was accused of favoring, and possibly even patronizing, the underdog, just to snub commercial European arthouse cinema.

Fast-forward 17 years and not only are the Dardennes eyeing the prospect of an unprecedented three-time win, but Belgium’s Wallonia region has become a fertile breeding ground for talent, with a star system that has brought us Benoît Poelvoorde, François Damiens, Cécile de France and Bouli Lanners.

Today, the importance of “Rosetta” to the French-speaking film industry cannot be overstated.

“There was hardly an industry in Wallonia before this amazing Palme d’Or win,” says Philippe Reynaert, CEO of funding body Wallimage »

- Damon Wise

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Cannes: Other Angle Reps Yvan Attal’s ‘The Jews’ (Exclusive)

11 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Other Angle has acquired international sales rights to Yvan Attal’s “The Jews” (Ile sont partout), a provocative comedy dismantling deep-rooted anti-Semitism in France.

“The Jews” stars a high-profile cast including Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dany Boon and Francois Damiens, Benoît Poelvoorde, Valérie Bonneton, Grégory Gadebois, Denis Podalydès, Gilles Lellouche as well as Attal.

The movie centers on a Jewish man (Attal) who attends therapy sessions to talk about how he was persecuted by growing anti-Semitism in France. His sessions are punctuated by a series of tragi-comic short stories showcasing the most tenacious anti-Semitic stereotypes.

The movie is produced by Thomas Langmann at La Petite Reine. Wild Bunch will distribute the film in France on June 1.

Olivier Albou, co-founder of Other Angle, told Variety that the movie has already sparked interest for distributors in major territories. “The Jews” will likely premiere at a fall festival.

In Cannes, Other Angle is also selling »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Other Angle Pictures takes on the '#TheJews'

11 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Paris-based sales company takes on provocative film.

Paris-based Other Angle Pictures has taken on international sales of Yvan Attal’s provocative tragicomic portmanteau film #TheJews exploring antisemitism and the clichés surrounding the Jewish race.

The film – produced by Oscar-winning producer Thomas Langmann (The Artist) - was born out of Israeli-French actor and director Attal’s personal sense of persecution and a growing antisemitism amid reactions from his friends and family that he was over-reacting. 

“Yvan tackles several clichés surrounding the Jews from ‘They’re everywhere’, to ‘They killed Jesus Christ’ in a series of sketches – each of them tragi-comic in tone,” explains Other Angle chief Olivier Albou.

Attal has pulled together an ensemble cast including wife Charlotte Gainsbourg as well as Dany Boon, Benoit Poelvoorde, François Damiens, Gilles Lelouche, Gregory Gadebois, Denys Podalydes and Valerie Bonneton.

“Obviously, it’s controversial topic but it’s also a timely one,” said Albou of the film which is due to »

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The Brand New Testament review – holy fantastical irreverence

17 April 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In this unruly Belgian satire, God is a sadistic, filing-fixated resident of Brussels

In Jaco Van Dormael’s playfully blasphemous Belgian fantasy, God exists, lives in Brussels, and is a total bastard to his wife and daughter. Locked in a Gilliam-esque room of filing cabinets, his unholiness (played by Benoît Poelvoorde, who once turned heads and stomachs in Man Bites Dog) spends his days sadistically abusing the world’s population. Then, resourceful, resentful daughter Ea (Pili Groyne) commandeers his computer, texts the time and date of their deaths to every living soul, and escapes through a washing machine into the wonderland of the world. Here, she must assemble six random apostles while steering clear of her wrathful dad, who is getting a taste of his own earthly medicine. It’s divertingly unruly stuff, which comes on like a cross between Powell and Pressburger’s A Matter of Life and Death »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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Movie Review – The Brand New Testament (2015)

13 April 2016 7:05 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Brand New Testament, 2015.

Directed by Jaco Van Dormael.

Starring Pili Groyne, Benoit Poelvoorde, Catherine Deneuve and Yolande Moreau.

Synopsis:

God is alive and living in Brussels, but he’s not as you imagine him.  Bad tempered, scruffy and more than fond of a drink, he locks himself away in a vast office in front of his computer, where he invents laws and irritations to make life more difficult for us mere mortals.  He’s less than benevolent to his long-suffering wife and also has a young daughter, as well as the son that everybody knows about.  But when he pushes the girl too far, she gets her revenge by hacking into his computer so that everybody receives a text telling them their individual death date.  It’s a life changer, regardless of how long they’ve got left.  Or not.

We all know we’re going to die at some time – death, »

- Freda Cooper

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5th Panama International Film Festival Builds in Industry Events, Regional Lineup

7 April 2016 1:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Panama City — Paddy Breathnach’s Cuban-set “Viva,” set in Havana’s drag nightclubs and selected as Ireland’s entry in this year’s foreign language film Oscar race, will open the fifth Panama International Film Festival (Iff Panama), which bows this Thursday, April 7.

Director Pituka Ortega Heilbron and artistic director Diana Sanchez consider this year’s edition the strongest to date, given the breadth of films slated, the range of guests, the record number of industry events and – key — the unprecedented number of films screening from Central America and the Caribbean.

“There are incredible films now coming out of this region,” says Heilbron. “We’re fortunate to have the perfect prerequisites for a coordinated and well-functioning festival, given the location of Panama City, its connectivity, infrastructure, hotels, access and support from the government, private sector and the local business sector.”

In a mere four years, Iff Panama has carved out »

- Martin Dale

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Face of Cannes Critics’ Week by Richard Mowe - 2016-03-31 12:01:20

31 March 2016 4:01 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Jessica Chastain in a scene from Take Shelter - the poster image for the 55th Cannes Critics’ Week (Image La Semaine de la Critique).

As it celebrates its 55th anniversary this year, Cannes Critics’ Week organisers have chosen an image of actress Jessica Chastain in a scene from Jeff Nichols’s second feature Take Shelter, as the “face” of the new edition devoted to first or second features by directors from all over the world.

The film received the Grand Prix Nespresso during the 50th edition of the selection chosen by the French film critics. The organisers said that the image symbolised the emergence of new talents on the international arena. Such film-makers as Chris Marker, Denys Arcand, Bernardo Bertolucci, Jean Eustache, Philippe Garel, Barbet Schroeder, Ken Loach, Merzak Allouache, Romain Goupil, Leos Carax, Amos Gitai, Wong Kar-wai, Arnaud Desplechin, Benoît Poelvoorde, Guillermo del Toro, Jacques Audiard, Kevin Smith, François Ozon, »

- Richard Mowe

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Music Box Acquires U.S. Rights to ‘The Brand New Testament’ (Exclusive)

29 March 2016 4:08 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Music Box Films has picked up all U.S. rights to Jaco Van Dormael’s Golden-Globe nominated “The Brand New Testament,” a Brussels-based eccentric and surreal comedy starring Benoit Poelvoorde as a tyrannical God.

The movie, which world premiered at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight and repped Belgium in the Oscars’ foreign-language race, reimagines God as a jerk living in Brussels who clashes with his daughter, the 10-year old Ea. Setting off to save humanity from her father, Ea hacks into his computer and leaks to the entire world via text message their date of death. Poelvoorde stars alongside Catherine Deneuve, Francois Damiens and Yolande Moreau.

Deal was negotiated between Music Box Films’ president William Schopf and Camille Neel, head of international sales at Le Pacte.

“For American audiences unfamiliar with Jaco Van Dormael’s singular vision, they are in for a unique treat. Comedic, surreal, philosophical, deadly serious and visually witty, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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The Conversation: Das ist Berlin

22 February 2016 10:15 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Berlin International Film Festival continued to challenge expectations in its 66th edition, landing another auteur heavy competition line-up, albeit a slightly less sensational one than the landmark 2015 program. Although an attempt continues to be made to establish grand motifs between films in competition and the more experimental sidebars, topical issues seemed to be the name of the game across the board, particularly immigration. This culminated with this year’s Golden Bear winner, Gianfranco Rosi’s Fire at Sea, a documentary which was the clear early favorite and remained so up until the awards ceremony. Rosi has now won two major film festivals with his documentary work (previously taking home the top prize at Venice 2013 for Sacro Gra), and further solidifies an argument for the Cannes Film Festival to follow suit and allow documentary titles to play in the main competition. Berlin notably had two documentaries in the main competition this year, »

- Nicholas Bell

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Berlin Film Review: ‘Saint Amour’

20 February 2016 1:29 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Not everyone in France is a wine connoisseur. In “Saint Amour,” country bumpkin cattle farmer Bruno (Benoit Poelvoorde) tosses back the stuff just to get drunk, estimating that he’s been plastered twice a week for the past 25 years (multiplied out, that’s at least 2,500 times). At the Paris Agricultural Show, Bruno grabs his best friend (helmer Gustave Kervern) and heads straight for the wine stand, aiming to do a virtual tour of France’s wine-producing regions without even leaving the fair — a scenario that’s not even funny for five minutes, even with an overweight Gerard Depardieu playing his exasperated dad. Fortunately, Kervern and co-director Benoit Delepine don’t stop there, delivering a surprisingly sweet, if not entirely successful addition to their unabashedly strange oeuvre.

With a sense of humor that would be right at home on Adult Swim, the French comedy conspirators know a thing or two about orchestrating anarchic road-movie premises, »

- Peter Debruge

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Berlinale ’16: Saint Amour review

19 February 2016 1:05 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Saint Amour review: A comedy cracker from writing and directing Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern, and a perfect end to Berlinale ’16.

Saint Amour review by Paul Heath at the Berlin Film Festival, 2016. Sideways goes French in this quirky new comedy which stars Gérard Depardieu as a widowed farmer who’s willing to go to the lengths and breadths of rural France to bond with his son.

Saint Amour is the latest feature from writing and directing duo Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern, a fantastic, funny, farcical effort that delights from the first sip. Depardieu is Jean, a bull breeder from the country who is attending the annual horticulture show in Paris along with his son Bruno (Benoît Poelvoorde), who would much rather be getting pissed that showing off their bull, Nabuchodonosor. With a few days to spare before the judging of their prized breeding bull, Bruno convinces Jean to hit »

- Paul Heath

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2016 Berlin Intl. Film Festival: Nicholas Bell’s Top 5 Most Anticipated Films

11 February 2016 9:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Returning with another diverse, auteur heavy line-up with their 66th edition, the Berlin International Film Festival continues to impress just as much with selections available outside of the titles competing for the coveted Golden Bear (including the festival’s second edition of a Critics’ Week, where the latest titles from Andrzej Zulawski and Philippe Grandrieux are playing). New items from Bence Fliegauf, Eugene Green, Anna Muylaert, Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Doris Dorrie are also significant highlights, but here’s a glance at my top five most anticipated.

#5. An Outpost of Progress – Dir. Hugo Vieira da Silva

Portuguese director Hugo Vieira da Silva returns with this adaptation of a Joseph Conrad story (the author considered this his best work), a tale of two colonial officials in a remote ivory trading post on the Congo. Conrad remains a difficult author to translate to the screen (some great exceptions from Coppola, Patrice Chereau, and »

- Nicholas Bell

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Snd Boards ‘An Indian Tale’ With Benoit Poelvoorde, Pitobash Tripathy

28 January 2016 10:09 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris-based Snd has boarded “An Indian Tale” (“Un conte Indien”), a culture-clash comedy starring Belgian thesp Benoit Poelvoorde (“The Brand New Testament”) and Hindi actor Pitobash Tripathy (“Shor in the City”).

Directed by Héctor Cabello Reyes, “An Indian Tale” is produced by Léonard Glowinski (“The Diving Bell & The Butterfly”) at 22h22 and Philippe Carcassonne (“Gemma Bovery”) at Ciné-@. UMedia Production (“The Artist”) in Belgium is co-producing.

“An Indian Tale” is a high-concept comedy set at the French/Belgium border and laced with a social undertone and absurd humor.

Poelvoorde toplines as a grumpy bachelor living in a small town in Northern France, who crosses path with a lost and lonely Indian man (Tripathy) after a cow falls from the sky. Alexandra Lamy (“Ricky”) also stars.

Poelvoorde, one of France’s leading actors who has earned three Cesar nominations, most recently starred in Jaco van Dormael’s Golden-Globe nominated “The Brand New Testament. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Snd boards Héctor Cabello Reyes’s 'An Indian Tale'

28 January 2016 7:19 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Cross-cultural tale features India’s Million Dollar Arm star Pitobash oppposite Benoît Poelvoorde.

Snd has boarded Chilean director Héctor Cabello Reyes’s debut feature An Indian Tale (Un Conte Indien), a French-language cross-cultural comedy about an unexpected friendship between a disgruntled French man and homesick Indian immigrant.

Benoît Poelvoorde actor is set to play Pierre, a grumpy bachelor living in a small town in the north of France, who strikes up a friendship with homesick Indian Ajit, played by Indian actor Pitobash, when a cow falling from the sky causes their paths to cross.

Popular Belgian actors Poelvoorde’s recent credits include The Brand New Testament and he is soon to be seen in Benoit Delépine and Gustave Kervern’s Saint Amour which will premiere at the Berlinale.

Indian actor Pitobash is best known internationally for his role in Craig Gillespie’s Million Dollar Arm about a sports agent who tries to recruit Indian cricket players to Us Major »

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Full competition line-up for the 66th Berlin Film Festival revealed

20 January 2016 8:02 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The full competition line-up for this year’s Berlin Film Festival has been revealed. The 66th annual Berlin Film Festival festival officially kicks off in Germany on 11th February. This year will mark the first time The Hollywood News will have covered the prestigious event, and our coverage kicks off in the city on the 11th.

Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq is amongst the new announcements, and will screen out of competition with its international premiere,.

The awards ceremony will take place at the Berlinale Palast on February 20 with Meryl Streep presiding over the jury. Here are the films playing.

24 Wochen (24 Weeks)

Germany

By Anne Zohra Berrached (Two Mothers)

With Julia Jentsch, Bjarne Mädel, Johanna Gastdorf, Emilia Pieske

World premiere

Chang Jiang Tu (Crosscurrent)

People’s Republic of China

By Yang Chao (Passages)

With Qin Hao, Xin Zhi Lei

World premiere

Chi-Raq

USA

By Spike Lee (Malcom X, Do the Right Thing)

With Nick Cannon, »

- Paul Heath

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Daily | Berlinale 2016 Lineup, Round 11

20 January 2016 5:57 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

The Berlinale's announced that the Competition lineup for its 66th edition (February 11 through 21) is now complete. The titles added today are Anne Zohra Berrached's 24 Weeks, Yang Chao's Crosscurrent, Spike Lee's Chi-Raq, Dominik Moll's News from Planet Mars, Mohamed Ben Attia's Hedi, Lee Tamahori's The Patriarch, Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern's Saint Amour with Gérard Depardieu, Benoît Poelvoorde, Vincent Lacoste and Céline Sallette, and Rafi Pitts's Soy Nero. We're collecting notes on the new additions. » - David Hudson »

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Berlin completes Competition line-up; adds Spike Lee's Chi-Raq

20 January 2016 5:41 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

New films from Lee Tamahori and Anne Zohra Berrached also added.

The Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 11-21) has completed the line-up of its Competiton programme, of which 18 out of 23 will vye for the Golden and Silver Bears. A total of 19 titles of the films are world premieres.

Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq will receive its international premiere as part of the strand, but will play out of competition.

The film stars Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris and Wesley Snipes, and is a modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago.

Germany’s Anne Zohra Berrached, who premiered Two Mothers at the Berlinale’s Perspektive Deutsches Kino in 2013, returns with 24 Weeks (24 Wochen). The film centres on the dilemma faced by a woman who is already six months pregnant when she learns that her unborn child will have Down‘s syndrome as well as a serious heart defect »

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

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Spike Lee’s ‘Chi-Raq’ to Play at Berlin Film Festival, Competition Lineup Complete

20 January 2016 5:20 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The 66th Berlin Film Festival has completed its Competition program, and has added Spike Lee’s satire “Chi-Raq” as an out-of-competition title. Among the world premieres added Wednesday are Lee Tamahori’s “The Patriarch” and Dominik Moll’s “News from Planet Mars.”

Eighteen of the 23 films in the Competition program will be vying for the Golden and Silver Bears; 19 films are world premieres. The awards ceremony will take place at the Berlinale Palast on Feb. 20.

The following films have been added to the Competition program lineup:

24 Wochen (24 Weeks)

Germany

By Anne Zohra Berrached (Two Mothers)

With Julia Jentsch, Bjarne Mädel, Johanna Gastdorf, Emilia Pieske

World premiere

Chang Jiang Tu (Crosscurrent)

China

By Yang Chao (Passages)

With Qin Hao, Xin Zhi Lei

World premiere

Chi-Raq

U.S.

By Spike Lee (Malcolm X, Do the Right Thing)

With Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Teyonah Parris, Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson »

- Leo Barraclough

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #41. Gustave Kervern & Benoit Delepine’s Saint Amour

10 January 2016 3:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Saint Amour

Directors: Gustave Kervern, Benoit Delepine

Writers: Gustave Kervern, Benoit Delepine

Eclectic Belgian directing duo Gustave Kervern and Benoit Delepine have created a variety of bizarre scenarios together ever since their 2004 debut Aaltra. Notable titles also included 2010’s Mammuth starring Gerard Depardieu and Isabelle Adjani, as well as their not-to-be-missed 2012 title Le Grand Soir, which won the top prize out of Directors’ Fortnight. In Venice 2014, they unveiled Near Death Experience while Kervern has been appearing on other French projects in front of the camera, opposite Catherine Deneuve in In the Courtyard (2014) as well as 2015’s delightfully offbeat Ashphalte from Samuel Benchetrit (unveiled out of competition at Cannes). They often recycle the same cast mates in their feature, and a few of them populate their next feature, Saint Amour (previously known as The Wine Route), with leads Depardieu and Benoit Poelvoorde (The Brand New Testament; 3 Hearts) as father and son »

- Nicholas Bell

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Hilarious Oscar Shortlisted and Golden Globe-Nominated 'The Brand New Testament' at Psiff

6 January 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

"The Brand New Testament" is absolutely hilarious. And yes, the great Catherine Deneuve falls in love with a big gorilla and they have a passionate affair. Who'd have thunk it?

God exists. He lives in Brussels today. He’s odious to his wife and daughter. He's a real jerk who has a talented computer and thus he gets to create reality - at his stupid whims.

We know a lot about his son, the famous Jc, but very little about his daughter. Her name is Ea and she’s 10 years old. One day, she rebels against her father, hacks his computer and texts everyone in the world the date they will die. Then she escapes out their apartment door to Earth / reality, where she recruits six really strange Apostles to create a Brand New Testament.

Laugh-out-loud funny, this is from Jaco Van Dormael ("Toto the Hero" and "Mr. Nobody") mixes religious satire and ironic fantasy to hilarious effect.

No longer subject to God’s all-seeing eye, the general populace feels free to act on their basest instincts and hidden desires.

For Catherine Deneuve, that means going to bed with a gorilla.

Meanwhile, now outcast, the former God is a snarling Benoit Poelvoorde playing God as a grumpy bastard, formerly given to managing Earth’s affairs while clad in a bathrobe and pajama bottoms.

Wonderful French comedienne Yolande Moreau is his mild wife who comes into her own when given God like powers (e.g. the design she decides on for the sky above - hilarious!!)

Dormael's latest is one of nine shortlisted films in the running for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award and is nominated for a  Golden Globe as Best Foreign Language Film.

Isa: Le Pacte. U.S. Distribution : None Yet.

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- Peter Belsito

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