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Marking an appropriate curtain-raiser to an event distinguished this year by the large number of movies directed by women and often about women, “Dalida” Lisa 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.
- John Hopewell
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.
- Elsa Keslassy
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.
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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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