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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
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
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
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
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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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
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" »
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
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
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
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.
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
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
While You Were Peeping: Godet’s Elegy Brimming with Belabored Emotion
With his sophomore directorial effort, Fabienne Godet’s A Place on Earth (Une place sur la Terre) once again places Belgian actor Benoît Poelvoorde in the midst of a doomed romantic entanglement. Surprisingly, the generally comedic thespian excels at these melancholy, brooding types, as evidenced by recent stints in Jean-Pierre Ameris’ Romantics Anonymous (2010) and Benoit Jacquot’s Three Hearts (2014). As an uninspired photographer, Poelvoorde’s equally forlorn here, though he’s on the less dramatic end of the comparable occupationally challenged protagonist featured in Godet’s first feature, Burnt Out (2005). However, the film’s dramatic conflict inevitably ends up feeling a bit forced, the emotionally unstable natures of its romantic leads vaguely administered, which casts an extemporaneous pallor over the script that should leave us feeling as devastated as the roiling soundtrack and sweeping visuals urge.
A struggling photographer, »
- Nicholas Bell
The nominations for France's Lumière Awards were announced this morning, and leading the way was the film's Oscar foreign film entry "Saint Laurent" (which sadly didn't make it past the initial culling with the Academy). The film picked up four nominations and will compete for best film with Cannes hit "Girlhood," "La Famille Bélier," "Pas son genre," fellow Oscar foreign hopeful "Timbuktu" and "Three Hearts." Check out the full list of nominees below. Winners will be announced on Feb. 3. And oh yeah: The Circuit. Best Film "Girlhood" "La Famille Bélier" "Pas son genre" "Saint Laurent" "Timbuktu" "Three Hearts" Best Director Lucas Belvaux, "Pas son genre" Bertrand Bonello, "Saint Laurent" Benoît Jacquot, "Three Hearts" Cédric Kahn, "Wild Life" Céline Sciamma,"Girlhood" Abderrahmane Sissako, "Timbuktu" Best Actor Guillaume Canet, "La prochaine fois je viserai le cœur," "In The Name of My Daughter" Romain Duris, "The New Girlfriend" Mathieu Kassovitz, "Wild Life" Pierre Niney, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Paris — Benoit Jacquot’s “Three Hearts,” Abderrahmane Sissako’s “Timbuktu” and Eric Lartigau’s “La Famille Belier” are part of the eclectic mix of movies set to compete at the Lumiere awards, the French equivalent to the Golden Globes.
A love triangle drama, “Three Hearts,” which opened in Venice, stars Charlotte Gainsbourg and Chiara Mastroianni as two sisters who fall in love with the same man. Pic marks Jacquot’s follow-up to “Farewell, My Queen.” His next movie, “Diary of a Chambermaid,” is expected to open in Berlin.
A politically engaged and aesthetically pleasing movie, “Timbuktu” chronicles the lives of several Malians facing Jihadist occupation in their region. Mauritania’s first foreign-language Oscar candidate, “Timbuktu” has been shortlisted. Sissako was also nominated in the director category.
Set in the French provinces, “La Famille Belier,” the only truly popular movie competing for best film, is a dramedy centering on a teenager »
- Elsa Keslassy
Two Days, One Night, Mommy and Fevers nominated in French-language foreign film category.Scroll down for full list of nominations
The Lumière Awards, France’s version of the Golden Globes, has announced the nominations for its 20th anniversary edition. There is no clear front-runner this year.
Bertrand Bonello’s Yves Saint Laurent biopic Saint Laurent, Benoît Jacquot’s 3 Hearts, starring Gainsbourg and Chiara Mastroianni as sisters who unwittingly fall for the same man, and Eric Lartigau’s Christmas hit La Famille Bélier, about an aspiring singer growing up in deaf family, lead the field with four nominations each including best film.
Céline Sciamma’s gritty urban drama Girlhood (Bande de Fille) and Lucas Belvaux’s chalk-and-cheese romance Not My Type(Pas Mon Genre) and, which were also nominated in the best film category, followed behind with three nominations.
Get ready for some inventive strangeness from Belgian auteur Jaco Van Dormael, who won the Camera d’Or back in 1991 for his inspired debut, Toto, the Hero. But he’s most famous for his lavish 2009 English language production, Mr. Nobody, a sort of philosophical sci-fi extravaganza that starred Jared Leto. The film cost upwards of 33 million euros and was greeted with an incredibly cool reception, not even available for Us audiences until 2013 when Leto’s Oscar campaign for The Dallas Buyers Club was in full force. Now, Van Dormael has scaled it back a bit (he did have a demure 2011 title, Kiss & Cry, which has yet to see any kind of release here) with his latest, Le tout Nouveau Testament (The Brand New Testament), which professes to tell the story of God and his exacerbated relationship »
- Nicholas Bell
17 items from 2015
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