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Nicole Kidman is here in Cannes, so is Ang Lee, and Audrey Tautou, and a second-generation Jagger, and Justin Timberlake, and Cindy Crawford, and Cheryl Cole, and Pelé, and all of them have been rained on, stubbornly, for days. Rain at Cannes used to be rare, regulars say. Russell Crowe has an anecdote about sitting in a screening wearing sodden zip-ups back in 1991, and Bruce Willis got splashed by a freak wave in 2006 – but for a couple of decades straight, at least, this festival was a dry deal, screenings and parties staged outdoors, everyone "cooked to a turn" (as F Scott Fitzgerald described the local way of sunbathing). Then last year the roof of the Soixantième theatre blew off. »
- Tom Lamont
Audrey Tautou, Edouard Baer, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Patrick Ridremont and Patrick Descamps have joined the voice cast of the animated feature "Phantom Boy" for Folimage, Lunanime, France 3 Cinéma, and Rhône-Alpes Cinéma.
Thanks to him, an injured police officer and an intrepid journalist can both assume the roles of guardian angels when a disfigured gangster is threatening the city. A 2015 release is planned.
Source: Screen Daily »
- Garth Franklin
A slew of celebrities arrived for the opening of the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival today, kicking off the 66th annual event in full red-carpet glamour. Attendees included French actress Audrey Tautou, the host of the festival's opening ceremony; the cast of Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" (including the fantastical film's director himself); and the star-studded jury panel, this year featuring the likes of Nicole Kidman, "Django Unchained" star Christoph Waltz, director Ang Lee, and jury president Steven Spielberg. Nicole Kidman looked stunning in a sleek black dress with a modernized sweetheart neckline, and "Gatsby" star Carey Mulligan wowed in her own little black strapless number. Unlike his ultra-dapper character Jay Gatsby, Leonardo DiCaprio showed up sans-tie but looked slick nonetheless, while co-star and longtime pal Tobey Maguire stepped it up with a spotted necktie. Acclaimed directors and fellow festival jury members Ang Lee and Steven Spielberg appeared to have »
- Natasha Young
There was plenty of Baz-razzmatazz as the 66th Cannes Film Festival bowed with a mix of fun, lofty hopes and melancholy that F. Scott Fitzgerald would have appreciated.
In the spirit of opener “The Great Gatsby,” a troupe of dancers dressed in 1920s-style outfits burst out of a period car and performed a dance on the red carpet.
Throngs of fans lined the road to the Palais, where the stars of Warner Bros.’ “Gatsby” elicited screams and cheers, and big names glamming it up on the red carpet included Julianne Moore, Freida Pinto, Lana Del Rey, Florence Welch, Nicole Kidman, Cindy Crawford, Fan Bingbing, Ludivine Sagnier, Zhang Ziyi, Walter Salles, Michel Piccoli, Agnes Varda and Roskino CEO Katya Mtsitouridze. France’s Minister of Culture Aurelie Filipetti and Venice Film Festival topper Alberto Barbera were also in attendance.
See Also: Cate Blanchett »
- Timothy M. Gray and Elsa Keslassy
The Oscar-winning director criticised film funding in France, sheltered by state subsidy, high salaries and 'complacency'
Buttressed by state subsidies and partly sheltered from Hollywood predators, the French film industry has traditionally been regarded with envy by its European neighbours. Yet the Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius has painted an altogether different picture. The domestic industry, he claims, has been damaged by inflated salaries and a culture of complacency. Quantity not quality, he suggests, has become the order of the day.
Hazanavicius, who won the best picture and director Oscar for his silent comedy The Artist in 2012, took to the pages of Le Monde to lambast what he sees as a well-meaning but outmoded system of French film production. "Today our responsibility is to denounce the failings of a once virtuous system that is being devoured by gangrene."
The French film industry is reliant on around €700m in government subsidies, principally »
- Xan Brooks
The French film industry has always been among the worlds most important……at least to film studies professors. Most French movies are either funded by the French government or made with the support of government-linked media companies. Filmmakers face little market pressure in the creative process. That helps explain why they’re so boring!
Starbuck opens this weekend so we here at We Are Movie Geeks have decided to post this article about our favorite French films. Okay, so Starbuck is technically a Canadian film shot in Quebec, but its French language so, in our eyes that makes it French! The Hollywood remake is already in the can. It stars Vince Vaughn. The remake was originally tilted Dickie Donor but they’ve changed it to Delivery Man, so you just know they’ve screwed it up bad. This list may not line up with that of your typical French Cinema scholar. »
- Movie Geeks
Mon dieu! Keira Knightley is the latest star to take on the role of fashion icon Coco Chanel. We first got word of the Brit babe's chance to play the legendary designer last month, and now we finally have our first sneak peek at Knightley's take on the founder of the French fashion house. And just like Shirley MacLaine and Audrey Tautou, who have also played the legendary designer, Knightley is looking très chic as a young Chanel in the black-and-white film. Photos: Check out bridal designs for Keira Knightley The actress, who is currently the face of the label's Coco Mademoiselle fragrance, joined forces with the film's director Karl Lagerfeld to make »
Ah, Michel Gondry, how you continue to play with our minds with your clever twists on what we see and what we think we see. This is no sarcasm, this is pure praise, and it looks set to continue in this second trailer for Audrey Tautou-starring Mood Indigo. The Amelie stars in this charming-looking movie Romain Duris as Colin plus roles for Omar Sy, Jamel Debbouze and Gad Elmaleh that’s based on Boris Vian’s 1947 book “L’Ecume des jours” or “Froth on the Daydream” for those scrabbling for Google Translate.
It’s another romantic-based film, but Gondry’s films are all around the journey within the film itself and you’ll see almost instantaneously all the new, weird and wonderful contraptions that he’s put together. If you’re a fan of his films Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind and the Science Of Sleep, then you »
- Dan Bullock
After interestingly taking on the subject of teenage friendships in 2012.s The We and the I, Michel Gondry . he who made both Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Green Hornet, somehow . reverted back to his French origins for an adaptation of Boris Vian.s wildly imaginative 1947 novel L.Ecume des jours, which translates to Foam of the Daze or Froth on the Daydream depending on who translates it. And beyond just having a Gondry-esque title, it seems as if the director was put on this planet specifically to bring these illusory images to life. Somehow there are even more enchanting images here than there were in Mood Indigo.s first trailer we showed you a few months back, and this one even has subtitles, even though it.s hard to read words while stars Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou are flying around in a mini-cloud spaceship thing. You »
Oscar-winning filmmaker Michel Gondry returns to theaters this year with Mood Indigo, which is his new testament to the power of imagination and love – in the face of life’s harsh realities – to rank alongside his previous critically-acclaimd features such as The Science of Sleep and, more famously, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Mood Indigo takes place in a surreal alternate reality, where Colin (Romain Duris) – the wealthy young inventor of “the cocktail-mixing piano” – falls in love with the woman named Chloe (Audrey Tautou), who is “the incarnation of a Duke Ellington tune.” However, after their wedding, Chloe becomes terribly sick due to a water lily that is growing inside her lung; thus, Colin’s commitment and creative spark is put to the test, in order for him to save his sweetheart’s life.
The Mood Indigo cast includes Omar Sy ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
StudioCanal has released the new trailer for Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo ("L'écume des jours"), starring Audrey Tautou, Romain Duris, Omar Sy, Gad Elmaleh, Philippe Torreton, Aïssa Maïga and Charlotte le Bon. The film is an adaptation of Boris Vian's international bestseller and is described as follows: In a world where you can travel around on a pink cloud or literally be swept off an ice-skating rink into a hole, Colin, a wealthy young man and inventor of the cocktail-mixing piano, wants to fall in love. With the help of his cook Nicolas and best friend Chick, he meets Chloe, the incarnation of a Duke Ellington tune. But soon after their wedding, Chloe falls ill. She has a water lily growing in her chest. Ruined by medical expenses, Colin resorts to increasingly »
A host of recent Oscar and Palme d’Or winners will head up the jury for the 66th Cannes Film Festival, alongside the already announced president Steven Spielberg.
Those included are Life Of Pi director Ang Lee, Django Unchained’s Christoph Waltz, Aussie actress Nicole Kidman, Romania’s award-winning filmmaker Cristian Mangiu, Japanese director Naomi Kawase and We Need To Talk About Kevin’s acclaimed director Lynne Ramsey, who has recently caused controversy for not turning up to helm western thriller Jane Got A Gun. French actor Daniel Auteuil will also preside as will Bollywood superstar Vidya Balan.
The iconic festival’s artistic director Thierry Fremaux added:
We have only one criteria and that is already done for the president – the legitimacy. So for the jury, Steven Spielberg will be the center and we are finishing it with great people. We have a lot of filmmakers coming from all over the world. »
- Craig Hunter
Might it be the most star-studded Cannes jury in history? The world's most famous film festival has announced that this year's president, Steven Spielberg, will be joined by a cavalcade of heavyweight figures – including Oscar winners Ang Lee, Christoph Waltz and Nicole Kidman.
The glittering quartet will be joined by Britain's Lynne Ramsay, perhaps with time on her hands after exiting the Natalie Portman indie western Jane's Got a Gun, French cinema icon Daniel Auteuil, Romanian film-maker Cristian Mungiu, Japanese director Naomi Kawase and Bollywood star Vidya Balan.
Mungiu, Ramsay, Auteuil and Kawase are all past Cannes award-winners. Ramsay took a Youth prize in 2002 for her elliptical drama Morvern Callar, while Kawase won the Camera d'Or for Suzaku in 1997 and the Grand Prix in 2007 for The Mourning Forest. Auteuil won the best actor »
- Ben Child
After an opera adaptation and earlier cinematic efforts by Go Riju and Charles Belmont, Boris Vian’s supposedly unfilmable cult novel “Froth on a Daydream” has been adapted to the bigscreen as Michel Gondry’s often inventive but finally exhausting “Mood Indigo.” Gondry’s trademark do-it-yourself production design (“Be Kind Rewind,” “The Science of Sleep”) is given a big-budget showcase here, but the resulting yarn, about a rich man rendered penniless by his ailing g.f.’s need for flowers to stay alive, is emotionally stunted and lacks the requisite sense of tragedy. With Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou playing two iconic characters, initial local B.O. should be solid; offshore, “Mood” will be cooler.
Finally back on Gallic home turf after “The Green Hornet” and “The We and the I,” Gondry would seem the perfect filmmaker to adapt Vian’s work and bring to life such flights of fancy as the pianocktail, »
- Boyd van Hoeij
Possibly having gotten its inspiration from the U.S.-based Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca; the critics group that hands out the Critics Choice Awards) or, just as possibly, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA; the organization that hands out the Golden Globes), the European Film Academy has added a new category to its European Film Awards roster: European Comedy. As per a press release, the new category was decided by Efa's board at its latest meeting in Berlin to “pay tribute to a genre which has proven that it is able to unite and entertain audiences across Europe and beyond.” (Pictured above: Daniel Brühl in Wolfgang Becker's 2003 comedy Good Bye, Lenin!, winner of that year's Best Film trophy.) The release adds that this year's three nominations for in the new category "will be decided by a special committee," while the eventual winner "will be voted for by the »
- Andre Soares
He may not have won the Oscar for Lincoln but being named president of this year's Competition jury is a classy consolation prize. Spielberg's underlings have yet to be announced but you can expect the usual quota of one huge Hollywood star, one auteur only the most cinephilic have heard of and at least two women. Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt) chairs the panel for the Un Certain Regard sidebar; Jane Campion wields the gavel over on the Cinéfondation wing.
The heavy of credible American cinema (as well as dad of Laura) takes his first serious starring role in years in Nebraska, Alexander Payne's follow-up to The Descendants. Nebraska looks like a splice of that film (George Clooney family saga) and Payne's previous, Sideways (ill-fated »
- Catherine Shoard
The lineup for the Cannes Film Festival includes 19 films and lots of world cinema, including from some of the globe’s most difficult locales for artists.
Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux said Thursday that the high-profile festival protects talent in countries where freedom of expression is threatened.
Among the films in competition for the festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or, are Chadian work Grigris and Chinese film A Touch of Sin. A Mexican narco-film, Heli, shows the constants of family and love in crisis.
The festival will also have works from old favorites including Ethan and Joel Coen »
- Associated Press
La Haine’s Mathieu Kassovitz returns, licking his wounds, to home soil following his less than auspicious results in Hollywood (he disowned the theatrical cut of his 2008 Vin Diesel apocalyptic actioner Babylon Ad). Not one to shy away from a challenge, he’s back in the directors chair, as well as co-writing, co-producing and starring in this true-life account French colonial unrest which resulted in severe military force. Thankfully, the film sees Kassovitz back on solid ground, displaying much of the cinematic pizzazz which characterised his earlier work.
The film opens with scenes which occur towards the end of the struggle, where things have gone seriously awry, leaving the audience with an impending sense of doom from the off. The director still manages to present a taut countdown to the outcome of events from 1988 which saw members of a separatist group from the Ouvea island of New Caledonia taking 27 French »
- Adam Lowes
The official lineup for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival was officially announced in Paris earlier today.
Here’s the line-up in full…
Behind the Candelabra, dir: Steven Soderbergh
Venus in Fur (La Venua a la Fourrure), dir: Roman Polanski
Just 17 (Jeune & Jolie), dir: Francois Ozon
La Vie D’Adele by Abdellatif Kechiche
Soshite Chichi Ni Naru by Kore-eda Hirokazu
Tian Zhu Ding by Jia Zhangke
Grisgris by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
The Immigrant by James Gray
Le Passe by Asghar Farhadi
Heli by Amat Escalante
Jimmy P. by Arnaud Desplechin
Michael Kohlhaas by Arnaud Despallieres
Un Chateau En Italie by Valeria Bruni-tedeschi
- Joseph Dempsey
Locations in films are rarely the thing an average filmgoer remembers after watching a film; it’s always about the story, character and the lines they say that later form the proverbial ‘word of mouth.’ However, when you think of great confrontations, conversations and simple exchanges, they always take place in a nice public setting – although being surrounded by a group of unknowing people rarely dulls the impact of a tense interaction.
An epiphany came after some light people-watching during a mediocre pancake breakfast – they seem to take place in a restaurant, diner or some kind of eatery; a place where some of TV and film’s classic characters can settle an old score of even debate on pop culture over a cup of coffee:
Café des 2 Moulins, Paris (Amélie, 2001)
This quaint coffee shop, where young dreamer Amélie Poulain (Audrey Tautou) worked and interacted with a variety of characters, is based in Montmatre, »
- Katie Wong
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