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Tiff Review: ‘C’est la vie!’ is an Uproarious Comedy of Errors from ‘The Intouchables’ Duo

I went into Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s latest film C’est la vie! knowing nothing about it. My assumption from their two previous works, Intouchables and Samba, was that it would prove a charmingly funny dramedy tinged with relevant politics and racial complexity. Well, I was wrong. Whereas the latter film honed in on the former’s politics, this one strips them away completely to focus solely on the comedy. The result is an uproariously contemporary riff on Robert Altman’s underrated classic A Wedding. While it doesn’t spread out quite so large a net—focusing almost exclusively on wedding planner Max (Jean-Pierre Bacri) and his eccentric crew—it still wonderfully distills the fiscal and logistical absurdity of such formally traditional celebrations with biting satire, broad pratfalls, and expertly rendered caricature to its essence.

They don’t ease us in either as the tone immediately reveals itself.
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Film Review: ‘Dalida’

Film Review: ‘Dalida’
“Poor Dalida!” sighs every glossy frame of Lisa Azuelos’ handsomely mounted but gooey, Lifetime-style biopic of the famous French-Egyptian singing star: “Poor, poor Dalida!” In her montage-heavy, surface-level skitter across a tear-streaked life of meteoric professional success and devastating personal setback, French director Azuelos (“Lol”) leaves no life-story cliche behind. Dalida, born Yolanda Cristina Gigliotti in Cairo, reigned over the European charts for 30 years, reinventing herself from smoky chanteuse to disco diva, and her original recordings, used unsparingly throughout the film, stand as testament to her gift for communicating passion, sadness and sentiment through song. But she was also hounded by personal demons and beset by tragedy: Her ex-husband and two of her lovers committed suicide before Dalida herself took her own life in May 1987 at the age of 54. And it is her torture, not her talent, that is the inevitable focus of the melodramatic “Dalida.” giving the film its lurid, lachrymose sheen.
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Film News Roundup: Music Biopics ‘Dalida,’ ‘Django’ Land U.S. Releases

Film News Roundup: Music Biopics ‘Dalida,’ ‘Django’ Land U.S. Releases
In today’s film news roundup, two music biopics get domestic distribution and Harvey Weinstein launches an animated films label.

Acquisitions

Under the Milky Way has acquired U.S. domestic theatrical rights to the music biopics “Dalida” and “Django,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Dalida,” directed by Lisa Azuelos, will open in the fall. The film stars Sveva Alviti as the Egyptian-born Italian singer who became one of France’s biggest pop stars from the 1950s to the 1980s. Recording in more than five languages, Dalida sold a record-breaking 170 million albums during her lifetime. Riccardo Scamarcio, Jean-Paul Rouve, and Nicolas Duvauchelle also star.

Django,” meanwhile, launches early next year. Directed by Etienne Comar, the film stars Reda Kateb as gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, with Cecile de France playing his muse. The movie, which opened this year’s Berlin Film Festival, is set in 1943 Paris amid the occupation by Nazis, who oppose his “hot jazz” as being degenerate
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The New Adventures Of Aladdin On VOD May 16th

The New Adventures Of Aladdin opens on VOD Nationwide on Tuesday, May 16 on all major platforms including iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Microsoft, Vudu, Comcast, Charter, Cox, Verizon, Vimeo, and various other cable operators. The film will be released in both English-dubbed and French language versions (With English Subtitles).

On Christmas Eve, Sam and his best friend Khalid both dress up as Santa Claus to steal everything they can at their local department store. Quickly, Sam is stopped by a group of children asking for a story… the story of Aladdin. Or his own version of it. In Aladdin’s shoes, Sam embarks on a journey that will take him to the heart of the city of Baghdad, a place of infinite wonders.

Unfortunately, behind the picture-perfect setting, people are suffering from the tyranny of the terrible Vizir, known for his ferocity and questionable breath. Helped by his Genie, will the
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Poster and trailer for comedy The New Adventures of Aladdin

With just three weeks to go until its VOD release, a new poster and trailer have arrived online for the upcoming comedy The New Adventures of Aladdin. Directed by Arthur Benzaquen, the film stars Kev Adams, Jean-Paul Rouve,Vanessa Guide,William Lebghil, Audrey Lamy, Eric Judor, and Michel Blanc; check them out below…

On Christmas’ eve, Sam and his best friend Khalid both dress up as Santa Claus to steal everything they can at their local department store. Quickly, Sam is stopped by a group of children asking for a story… the story of Aladdin. Or his own version of it. In Aladdin’s shoes, Sam embarks on a journey that will take him to the heart of the city of Baghdad, a place of infinite wonders.

Unfortunately, behind the picture-perfect setting, people are suffering from the tyranny of the terrible Vizir, known for his ferocity and questionable breath. Helped by his Genie,
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Pathé’s ‘Dalida’ To Open 2017 UniFrance Rendez-Vous With French Cinema in Paris

Pathé’s ‘Dalida’ To Open 2017 UniFrance Rendez-Vous With French Cinema in Paris
Marking an appropriate curtain-raiser to an event distinguished this year by the large number of movies directed by women and often about women, “DalidaLisa Azuelos’ time-shifting bio of the tragic superstar chanteuse, will open the 19th UniFrance Rendez-Vous With French Cinema,

The biggest national film market in the world, the 2017 Rendez-Vous runs from Jan. 12 to Jan. 16 in the august Intercontinental Paris-Le Grand, abutting the Place d’Opera.

Co-produced, distributed and sold internationally by Pathé, and hitting the Rendez-Vous with a good buzz, partly accrued through an Olympia music hall preview, broadcast at cinema cheaters throughout France on Nov. 30, the fifth feature from France’s Azuelos (“Lol: Laughing Out Loud”) presents in part the on-stage triumphs of Dalida who sold 170 million records before her suicide in 1987.

A dead ringer, Italian model-turned-actress Sveva Alviti incarnates Dalida. Equally, “Dalida” also covers the singer’s professional or romantic involvement with the men in her life,
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‘The Intouchables’ Directors, Gaumont Reteam on Comedy (Exclusive)

‘The Intouchables’ Directors, Gaumont Reteam on Comedy (Exclusive)
The Intouchables” director duo Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache are reteaming with Gaumont on “C’est la vie,” an ensemble comedy turning on the behind-the-scenes of a lavish wedding.

Set over the course of one night in an 18th century French castle, “C’est la vie” chronicles a crazed wedding party from the perspectives of its caterer, photographer and DJ.

Budgeted at $14 million, “C’est la vie” will star Jean-Pierre Bacri (“The Taste of Others”), Vincent Macaigne (“The Two Friends”), Kevin Azais (“Love at First Fight”), Suzanne Clement (“Mommy”), Gilles lellouche (“La French”), Judith Chemla and Jean-Paul Rouve.

Nakache and Toledano are best-known for directing “Intouchables” which grossed $426.6 million worldwide, earned a Golden Globe nomination and launched the international career of Omar Sy.

Like “Intouchables” and “Samba”, “C’est la vie” will carry some social themes such as diversity within French society, although Toledano told Variety the light mood of
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Cannes: Pathé to launch Django Reinhardt drama, Canet comedy, Dalida biopic

Cannes: Pathé to launch Django Reinhardt drama, Canet comedy, Dalida biopic
Reda Kateb to star as legendary jazz guitarist while Pathé will also launch sales on Marion Cotillard-Guillaume Canet comedy Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Pathé International is set to launch sales on a quartet of new titles in Cannes, led by Guillaume Canet’s mid-life crisis comedy Rock ‘n’ Roll, in which he stars as himself opposite Marion Cotillard as his wife and Django Reinhardt drama Django

“It’s sort of Guillaume Canet and Marion Cotillard playing themselves but not quite. It’s a fantastic concept. It’s sort of based on their real life together but it’s not. It’s very sarcastic, very funny,” says Sauzay of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Canet stars as Guillaume Canet, a 42-year-old actor who decides to overhaul his life when a beautiful young co-star on a film he is shooting tells him he is no longer ‘rock ‘n’ roll’ or high-up on her list of ‘bangable’ actors.

The actor-director
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Cannes: Pathé to launch Django Reinhardt drama, Dalida biopic

Cannes: Pathé to launch Django Reinhardt drama, Dalida biopic
Reda Kateb to star as legendary jazz guitarist while Pathe will also continue to sell Marion Cotillard-Guillaume Canet comedy Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Pathé International has boarded sales on Etienne Comar’s upcoming biopic Django Melodies starring French actor Reda Kateb [pictured] as the legendary French jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt.

The feature focuses on Reinhardt’s adventures during World War Two when he tried to flee France to escape persecution by the Nazi because of his Roma ethnicity.

The jazz guitarist – who co-founded the iconic Quintette du Hot Club de France with violinist Stéphane Grappelli in the 1930s - was at the peak of his career when war broke out in 1939, performing regularly in the top clubs of Paris as well as collaborating with Us artists such as Louis Armstrong or Dizzy Gillespie.

It is a directorial debut for Colmar, who is best known as screenwriter on Of Gods And Men and producer on some 20 titles, including
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TF1 at 40: Network Invests in Fresh Talent and Concepts

TF1 at 40: Network Invests in Fresh Talent and Concepts
For decades, TF1 was best known for its stable of high-rating yet aging French TV dramas like “Navarro,” “Julie Lescaut” and “Josephine Guardian Angels,” but shortly after Nonce Paolini took the reins in 2007, the network started shaking up its French fiction slate, investing in fresh talent and concepts. TF1’s wake-up call came in 2008, when local media reports showed that nearly all of France’s top-rated series were American, notably “House” and the “CSI” franchise.

“These American shows revolutionized the tastes of audiences and forced TF1 to push its limits,” says Fabrice Bailly, who was appointed head of programs in 2012. But while U.S. imports are still crucial to draw large audiences to TF1, the network has ramped up its local drama skeins for the past six years with police shows such as “Falco” and “Profilage,” and dramedy series like “Clem,” about a teenage-girl-next-door raising a child with her parents.
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‘Memories’ to Open Focus on French Cinema Festival

‘Memories’ to Open Focus on French Cinema Festival
Focus on French Cinema has scheduled eight premieres for its five-day festival, starting March 27 in Connecticut with the U.S. premiere of Jean-Paul Rouve’s family dramedy “Memories” (Les Souvenirs).

The closing night film will be comedic thriller “Number One Fan” (Elle l’adore).

The festival, now in its 11th year, will include U.S. premieres of “The Little Queen,” which is based on the true story of a young cyclist who became embroiled in one of Canada’s biggest sports scandals; “I Kissed a Girl,” a comedy about a gay man who discovers he may be a closeted heterosexual; Swiss romantic drama “Pause”; “The Clearstream Affair,” a thriller about an investigative journalist who uncovered Luxembourg’s financial scandal; and the animated comedy “Asterix: Le Domaine des dieux.”

The festival will also host the world premiere of the documentary “The Pursuit of Endurance … On the Shoulders of Shackleton,” which follows
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German distributors score Efm spree

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German distributors score Efm spree
German distributors Neue Visionen and Salzgeber & Co. Medien each acquired a raft of new titles at this year’s European Film Market (Efm).

Berlin-based Neue Visionen continued the run of French titles in its line-up by securing the rights to Eric Besnard’s comedy The Sense Of Wonder and Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar’s tragicomedy Once In A Lifetime, currently riding high in the French box office, from TF1 International.

Last year saw Neue Visionen post over 3.5 million admissions at the German box office with the Christian Clavier comedy Serial (Bad) Weddings, and it will release its next French comedy, Jean-Paul Rouve’s Les Souvenirs with Serial star Chantal Lauby, in German cinemas on March 23.

In addition, Neue Visionen picked up Japanese film-maker Naomi Kawase’s CineMart 2014 project An-Sweet Red Bean Paste from German co-producer Twenty Twenty Vision Filmproduktion and Assad Fouladkar’s German-Lebanese comedy Halal Sex from producer Razor Film Produktion.

Moreover, the company
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‘Belier,’ Wild Bunch Promo, ‘Daddy or Mommy’ Highlights at 2015 UniFrance Rendez-vous (Exclusive)

Paris – Snd French blockbuster “La Famille Belier,” a Wild Bunch promo reel and a new Pathe comedy “Daddy or Mommy” proved highlights at a packed 17th UniFrance Rendez-vous with French Cinema – 600 foreign distributors attended, up 9% vs. 2013 – which had begun to spark first deals by its wrap on Monday.

“Caprices,” “The Tournament,” “Fidelio” and “Memories” proved other sought-after or buzz titles. Yet others, projects or movies in production or post, were pitched with an eye to further pre-sales at Berlin’s European Film Market.

Inevitably, the Charlie Hebdo massacre played out over the French film mart. Sales co Kinology received 45 petitions in the five days after the slaughter from distributors, festivals and TVs, all requesting the French documentary “Cartoonists: Foot Soldiers of Democracy,” by Stephanie Valloatto: Either for the whole film or extracts. Playing out of competition at Cannes, “Cartoonists” was added to the Rdv’s screenings line-up. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
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Juliette Binoche Joins Cast of Angelin Preljocaj’s Feature Debut ‘Polina’ (Exclusive)

Juliette Binoche Joins Cast of Angelin Preljocaj’s Feature Debut ‘Polina’ (Exclusive)
Paris– Juliette Binoche has joined the cast of “Polina,” a ballet-themed drama that will mark the feature debut of famed choreographer Angelin Preljocaj.

TF1 International is handling worldwide sales on “Polina” and will start pre-sales at the Unifrance Rendez-Vous in Paris, which kicks off today. An adaptation of the popular French comicbook, “Polina” will topline Nastya Shevtzoda, a Russian dancer. Cast will be completed by Niels Schneider (“Heartbeats”) et Jérémie Belingard, who are both ballet dancers at the Paris Opera. Co-directed and co-written by Preljocaj and Valerie Müller, the film opens in Moscow in the early 90’s and follows the journey of Polina, a gifted ballerina from a modest background who joins the prestigious school of Professor Bojinsky and becomes a Bolshoi dancer at 18. Pic turns on Polina’s love story with a French dancer who initiates her to contemporary dance and leads her to travel to different parts of the world.
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Unifrance Rendez-vous in Paris to go ahead as planned

Annual event set to showcase 90 French productions, 48 of them market premieres.

Unifrance’s annual Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris will kick-off as planned on Thursday (Jan 15), a week after a series of terrorist attacks, in which 17 people were killed, rocked the capital.

France remains on high alert after the shooting of 12 people at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, by two radicalised brothers offended by its cartoon depictions of the Islamic prophet Mohammed; the shooting of a police woman and the slaughter of four people at a kosher supermarket in the east of the city.

The French government announced on Monday that it was deploying 10,000 troops to protect vulnerable sites across the country — including Jewish schools and neighbourhoods – amid news that security forces believed at least six members of the terrorist cell that plotted the attacks may still be at large.

Charlie Hebdo’s surviving staff have responded to the attack with a new edition of the
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Unifrance Rendez-vous in Paris to go ahead

Annual event set to showcase 90 French productions, 48 of them market premieres.

Unifrance’s annual Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris will kick-off as planned on Thursday (Jan 15), a week after a series of terrorist attacks, in which 17 people were killed, rocked the capital.

France remains on high alert after the shooting of 12 people at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, by two radicalised brothers offended by its cartoon depictions of the Islamic prophet Mohammed; the shooting of a police woman and the slaughter of four people at a kosher supermarket in the east of the city.

The French government announced on Monday that it was deploying 10,000 troops to protect vulnerable sites across the country — including Jewish schools and neighbourhoods – amid news that security forces believed at least six members of the terrorist cell that plotted the attacks may still be at large.

Charlie Hebdo’s surviving staff have responded to the attack with a new edition of the
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Luc Besson and Louise Bourgoin discuss The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec

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Director Luc Besson and actress Louise Bourgoin discuss how they brought Adele Blanc-Sec to the big screen.

Visionary director Luc Besson (Leon, The Fifth Element) brings his unique style to the big-screen adaptation of Jacques Tardi's acclaimed comic book, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec. Louise Bourgoin plays the title character, and in a recent Q&A, the director and actress discussed the film.

Luc Besson Q&A

Q: Tell us about how you met Jacques Tardi.

Besson: It's a long story. I first fell in love with his heroine, Adèle, about ten years ago. I tried to contact Tardi, but unfortunately he had agreed to do Adèle with another director. At the time, I was a bit saddened, but pleased that he had chosen a "great" director and wished him the best of luck. I waited impatiently to see the movie, which never came out. After three or four years,
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Luc Besson’s The Extraordinary Adventures Of ADÈLE Blanc-sec Arrives on August 13

The Duchess of Cambridge is a headwear fashion inspiration to so many, including Adèle Blanc-Sec, the stylish French heroine of Luc Besson’s The Extraordinary Adventures Of ADÈLE Blanc-sec. Adèle and her gorgeous hats, travel from Paris to Peru and Egypt at the turn of the 20th century to unlock an ancient secret in the hopes of curing her near catatonic sister.

The year is 1912. This is the story of an intrepid young reporter Adèle Blanc-Sec and her quest for the power of life over death. Her journey would take her to distant lands to face many dangers beneath the sands. She will go to any lengths to achieve her aims, including sailing to Egypt to tackle mummies of all shapes and sizes. Meanwhile in Paris, a 136 million-year old pterodactyl egg on display in the natural history museum has mysteriously hatched, and the creature subjects the city to a reign of terror from the skies.
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Luc Besson’s Animated The Extraordinary Adventures of ADÈLE Blanc-sec

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This summer, let your imagination run free. Journey into an awe-inspiring world of action fantasy and visual wonder with popular French comics heroine Adèle Blanc-Sec as she leaps from the pages to the screen! On August 13, 2013, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with EuropaCorp, invite families and the young-at-heart across America to be captivated by one of the most highly anticipated international motion pictures of all time when Luc Besson’s The Extraordinary Adventures Of ADÈLE Blanc-sec unleashes on DVD and on two-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack. The Blu-ray combo pack allows viewers to enjoy The Extraordinary Adventures Of ADÈLE Blanc-sec on the platform of their choice and includes spectacular movie presentation on Blu-ray, DVD and a digital copy of the movie compatible with PC, Mac, iTunes, iPhone and AppleTV.

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Brimming with heart-pounding action, breathtaking cinematography and visceral special effects, this acclaimed feature illustrates the magical power of moviemaking,
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The Extraordinary Adventures Of Adèle Blanc-Sec Comes Home August 13th

There’s a real winner on the horizon. Unfortunately, it’s a ways off. Still, we’ve got the news about The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec coming to Blu-Ray and DVD, and it’s worth taking a look. Based on a wildly popular French comic, the story gives us something akin to the young, female Indiana Jones, and just off the trailer (nevermind the critical acclaim the film has already received), it looks like a fantastic family film.

Take a look a the trailer, and get all the details below.

Synopsis

The year is 1912. This is the story of an intrepid young reporter Adèle Blanc-Sec and her quest for the power of life over death. Her journey would take her to distant lands to face many dangers beneath the sands. She will go to any lengths to achieve her aims, including sailing to Egypt to tackle mummies of all shapes and sizes.
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