15 items from 2013
Led by Marie-Laure Montironi, EuropaCorp’s sales team has closed pre-sales on “Mansions” in key countries including Germany (Universum), Japan (Asmik Ace), South Korea (Daisy), U.K. (Warner Bros.), Canada (Vvs), Latin America (California Filmes), Scandinavia (Scanbox), China (Fundamental) and Turkey (Tmc).
Produced by EuropaCorp and Relativity Media, as part of their co-production and co-financing deal, Camille Delamarre’s “Mansions” — a remake of Luc Besson-penned “District B13″ — is lensing in Canada. Relativity Media will release the pic Stateside.
Meanwhile “Saint-Laurent” pre-sold to Scandinavia (Scanbox), Portugal (Lusomundo), Indonesia (Pt Amero) and Singapore (Shaw) ahead of its October shooting.
All outstanding territories are in negotiations, per Montironi.
- Elsa Keslassy
The title takes its name from the shell of a former hospital that dominates the downtown slums of the Argentinean capital. Surrounding this redundant hollow structure are a maze-like network of streets, where, among the poorest of the city, lives Father Julian (Ricardo Darrin). On a daily basis Julian battles corrupt politicians, interfering police and violent gangs, all in the effort to help the needy. When he discovers he is suffering from a terminal illness, Julian, calls upon a young, headstrong Catholic priest Father Nicolas (Jeremie Renier) to take over his work.
Trapero drew inspiration from the real life of Father Carlos Mugica, a martyr gunned down in the slums that he was trying to help. This »
- Joe Walsh
This hard-hitting tale of Catholic priests working in the slums of Argentina thrills from start to finish
This excellent, hard-hitting movie from one of Latin America's rising talents centres on two dedicated priests, the Argentinian Father Julián (Ricardo Darín) and the French Father Nicolas (Jérémie Renier), battling with the cautious church leaders and corrupt politicians to serve their slum parish and build a hospital while trying to keep the peace between rival drug gangs. The material is familiar, but the milieu is vividly realised and there's both an arresting opening when Father Nicolas sees the Indians he's been serving in the jungle butchered by a punitive military mission and a superbly staged climax during a riot in the slum district. The two actors are both formidable and sensitive, and Federico Barga is terrific as the dedicated social worker Nicolas falls for and has a transgressive affair with. The election of »
- Philip French
Iron Man 3 (12A)
Fears of post-Avengers superhero blowout fatigue are briskly swept away by Marvel's latest epic, whose snappy, poppy script packs in twists and quips between the bludgeoning (but technically seamless) action. It's Kingsley's Bin Laden-esque Mandarin and Pearce's creepy scientist who are out to de-swagger Tony Stark this time round, but there are surprises in store for everyone.
The Look Of Love (18)
Despite the Soho excess, the retro kitsch, the racy subject matter and the great cast, this biopic of Britain's pornographer-in-chief Paul Raymond somehow never feels like it's telling the full story. »
- Steve Rose
It isn't clear where the focus lies in Pablo Trapero's drama about priests trying to save a sprawling Buenos Aires slum
The Argentinian film-maker Pablo Trapero has always brought muscular confidence and flair to his work, and White Elephant is no exception, a movie about faith and hope to which the new papal election has given an arrowhead of relevance. It is set in the Villa Virgin barrio, the toughest shantytown in Buenos Aires, a grim place dominated surreally by the gigantic ruined TB hospital built in the 1930s; now a deserted wreck and cathedral of poverty known as the "white elephant" where the homeless camp and drug-dealers ply their trade. (It looks, to me, creepily like the Ceaușescu presidential palace in Bucharest.) Two priests work tirelessly to help the people there: Father Julián (Ricardo Darin) and his new younger Belgian colleague, Father Nicolás (Jérémie Renier), who believes in actively mediating drug wars. »
François Ozon has been knocking out roughly a film a year since the late 1990s: some camp and frivolous (Sitcom, Potiche), others intense (5x2, Time to Leave), each one zesty and provocative. Occasionally he will make something truly exceptional: Under the Sand, starring Charlotte Rampling as a woman falling apart after the disappearance of her husband, was rightly considered a masterpiece by the late Ingmar Bergman.
But though Ozon has had commercial success in France, he is still chasing the sort of career-changing international breakthrough on a par with, say, Pedro Almodóvar's Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown or Michael Haneke's Hidden. If there is any justice, his new film In the House will change that. It's a witty, »
- Ryan Gilbey
French actor-turned-director Jalil Lespert (whose filmography behind the camera includes the unreleased in the U.S pair of 24 Measures and Headwinds) has nabbed a deal with The Weinstein Company for his bio-pic take on the rise of fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent. This will be the second time in just as many years that the Weinsteins grabbed a French film bio portrait that was simultaneously re-made in another shape or form – last year they had one of the two competing The War of the Buttons (“La Guerre des Boutons”) adaptations which had a unique duel showdown in France. We think we could Lespert’s Ysl portrait around the Vogue September issue month.
Gist: Starting as a designer/assistant for Christian Dior, Saint Laurent became one of the biggest names in modern fashion. Today, his name is still synonym with exuberance and class. Nonetheless, as most other geniuses, the designer lived a turbulent life, »
- Carlos Aguilar
DVD Release Date: April 2, 2013
Price: DVD $27.99
Studio: Strand Releasing
Critically acclaimed, foreign movie White Elephant was an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival, as well as others.
The drama film stars Ricardo Darin (The Secret in Their Eyes) and Jeremie Renier (Atonement) as Julian and Nicolas, priests working to help the local poor people in the slums of Buenos Aires. Julian is working hard to build a hospital, and Nicolas joins the project after another project he was working on failed when paramilitary forces killed members of the community.
Troubled, Nicolas finds peace with Luciana (Martina Gusman, Carancho), an atheist social worker. As his beliefs wane, tension and violence grows between drug-dealing cartels in the slums, and when a ministerial decree stops work on the hospital, the faith of the community is tested.
White Elephant didn’t hit theaters in the U.S. but was screened in the AFI Los Angeles, »
Hollywood's Costner takes home Honorary Award Speaking of Hollywood, the French Academy has frequently given its Honorary César (an equivalent to the Lifetime Achievement Award) to some curious group of Hollywood celebrities. Among those are Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Quentin Tarantino, Hugh Grant, Will Smith, Johnny Depp, Spike Lee, Andie McDowell, and Sylvester Stallone. This year, they've made another curious choice: Kevin Costner, whose Honorary Award was a tribute to his "fabulous contribution to cinematic history." Costner, among whose movie credits as actor and/or director are Dances with Wolves, Bull Durham, JFK, The Bodyguard, The Postman, and Waterworld, thanked the French Academy of Film Arts and Sciences for embracing him "for who I am." Other César winners Among this year's other César winners were, in the supporting categories, Valérie Benguigui and Guillaume de Tonquédec for What's in a Name? / Le Prénom, directed by Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre de la Patelliere. »
- Andre Soares
Chicago – All this fuss about Ben Affleck not getting nominated by the Academy after directing three decent flicks is even more inane in light of the fact that Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, arguably the greatest directing duo in modern cinema, haven’t garnered any Oscar attention. At all. Their latest naturalistic triumph, “The Kid with a Bike,” snagged a mere Golden Globe nod several months before it even premiered on U.S. screens.
The alleged edge-of-your-seat suspense in “Argo” has all the tautness of a snail race compared to the blistering tension conjured by the Dardenne Brothers as their camera confines the audience within the solitude, desperation and mounting dread of their troubled protagonists. “The Kid with a Bike” is the Dardennes’ most excruciatingly suspenseful and emotionally galvanizing effort since their 1996 breakthrough, “La Promesse.” Both films center on self-sufficient boys in danger of deteriorating into destructive products of their environment, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
From the first minutes of "The Kid with a Bike," marked by an energetic shot of its young protagonist, Cyril, careening through a field and climbing over a fence, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's latest is an exercise in kinesis. It's not just that Cyril's always running: he's running away. The Belgian duo's 2012 Cannes Grand Prix-winner, available this week on Blu-ray and DVD from the Criterion Collection, stars Thomas Doret as the tough-minded, frustrated adolescent desperate to reconnect with the father (Jérémie Renier) who's abandoned him. He also wants his bike back: his father sold it to make some quick getaway cash, and with it Cyril's sense of possibility. It's as though Cyril, always streaming before the camera, believes that to stop moving is somehow to give up the chance to escape to a better life. Yet for being somewhat lighter on its feet than the Dardennes' other work, moving fluidly alongside. »
- Matt Brennan
Tuppence Middleton ("Cleanskin") has joined the cast of Andy and Lana Wachowski's sci-fi epic "Jupiter Ascending." Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth and Sean Bean are also onboard.
The story is set in a time when humans are at the bottom of the evolutionary ladder, follows a woman targeted for assassination by the queen of the universe. [Source: Variety]
Wan is directing from a script by Leigh Whannell, who also wrote the first film. Wilson and »
- Garth Franklin
There’s an extraordinary moment in Rosetta, the Dardenne Brothers’ Palme d’Or winning slice of grungy life from 1999. About 22 minutes in, Emilie Dequenne’s sooty faced street urchin turns her ballistics up to eleven, and savagely cusses out her mother’s would-be John, then immediately greets her romantic interest by tearing him off his moped and trying to kick the living snot out of him. It’s a stunning display of unfocused rage, and firmly establishes Rosetta as a young woman capable of shockingly violent hysteria; a baby-faced waif consumed by anger and frustration that’s set on a hair trigger.
The Dardennes’ latest, The Kid with a Bike, is a grueling 87 minutes of such moments, as the Brothers reassert their mastery of desperate stories about screwed up young people. Set once again in the environs of Liege, Belgium, the film introduces us to, and quickly immerses us in, »
The nominations for the César Awards aka the French Oscars were announced. "Farewell, My Queen," "Amour," "Camille Redouble," "In the House," "Rust & Bone," "Holy Motors," and "What's My Name" are competing for the Best Picture category. We'll find out the winners on February 22nd.
Here's the full list of nominees of the 2013 César Awards:
Farewell, My Queen
In The House
Rust & Bone
What.s In A Name
Benoît Jacquot, Farewell, My Queen
Jacques Audiard, Rust & Bone
Catherine Frot, Les Sauveurs Du Palais
Marion Cotillard, Rust & Bone
Léa Seydoux, Farewell, My Queen
Patrick Bruel, What »
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 12, 2013
Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray $39.99
In the movie, 12-year-old Cyril (Thomas Doret), all coiled anger and furious motion, is living in a group home but refuses to believe he has been rejected by his single father (Jérémie Renier, Summer Hours). He spends his days frantically trying to reach the man, over the phone or on his beloved bicycle. It is only the patience and compassion of Samantha (Cécile de France, Hereafter), the stranger who agrees to care for him, that offers the boy the chance to move on.
Well-received by the critics, who noted that it was spare and unsentimental but genuinely tender, the PG-13-rated The Kid With a Bike enjoyed film »
15 items from 2013
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