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7 items from 2015


TF1 at 40: Network Invests in Fresh Talent and Concepts

1 April 2015 10:01 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

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. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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‘Memories’ to Open Focus on French Cinema Festival

13 March 2015 7:44 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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 »

- Dave McNary

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German distributors score Efm spree

18 February 2015 4:59 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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 »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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

20 January 2015 4:47 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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 »

- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

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Juliette Binoche Joins Cast of Angelin Preljocaj’s Feature Debut ‘Polina’ (Exclusive)

15 January 2015 6:55 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Unifrance Rendez-vous in Paris to go ahead as planned

13 January 2015 4:35 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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

13 January 2015 4:35 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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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