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From France With Love: Gender And Identity In French Romantic Comedy
By Mary Harrod (I. B. Tauris, £62/ $99)264 pages. Hardback. Isbn: 9781784533588
Review by Diane Rodgers
French romantic comedy has been enjoying something of a popularity boom, beginning slowly in the 1990s and showing no sign of waning two decades later. The 'comédie romantique' (still a relatively new term in the French language) now firmly standardised as a popular film genre in France. The rom-com genre has outperformed all others financially, responsible for around 50% of domestic box office takings and the lion's share of French film production. So why, Mary Harrod poses, has the area been so badly neglected by scholarly research?
This book is not, perhaps, for those with a casual or passing interest in the genre; some degree of academic knowledge and awareness of related literature is assumed here. However, throughout the study, Harrod makes a strong case for academic »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
If Michel Gondry’s movies were books, they’d come with hand-stitched covers, fold-out pop-ups and a progression of flipbook-style doodles in the bottom corner of every page. No other working director brings quite the same lo-fi, do-it-yourself quality to his filmmaking, and yet, Gondry’s inventive charm has often proven to be his own worst enemy, overtaking and cutesifying stories that might play better without all the confetti and curlicues. With “Microbe and Gasoline,” the French writer-director has wisely restrained his usual flourishes, allowing the two teenage leads in his relatively calm summer-vacation coming-of-age comedy to assume center stage, imbuing them with creative agency, rather than forcing them to compete with the film’s own style. What emerges is an admittedly small, but wonderfully sincere portrait of two adolescent outsiders determined to pave their own way in the world.
Quietly released in France after being slighted by the festival circuit, »
- Peter Debruge
Flying mostly under the radar, Michel Gondry's "Microbe And Gasoline" is yet another very budget endeavor for the filmmaker who always manages to find new ways to repurpose cardboard. While the phrase Gondry-esque is perhaps thrown around too often, this latest is one you truly can't imagine coming from anybody else. Ange Dargent and Théophile Bacquet lead the movie (which also has an appearance by Gondry's "Mood Indigo" star Audrey Tautou) in the tale of Microbe and Diesel, two pals who decide that summer with their respective families won't be any fun. Instead, they build their own wacky car and hit the highway for an adventure that takes them across France. Read More: Interview: Michel Gondry On 'Mood Indigo,' Fancy Props, And The Future Of Stop-Motion Animation The film opens in France on July 8th. There's no U.S. distribution yet, so no word on if/when it might land here. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
This sounds like it's going to be so much fun. The first photo from the new Michel Gondry film has hit the web. Gondry moves quickly and quietly when working in France, we didn't even know this was shot yet. Microbe et Gasoil, as it's titled (or Microbe and Gasoil), is already filmed and stars Ange Dargent and Théophile Baquet as the two boys, along with Audrey Tautou. This first photo won't make sense until you hear the plot, then you'll have a big smile on your face when you realize. "As the summer holidays approach, the two friends don't want to spend two months in the company of their families, so they build their own 'car' out of a motor mower and some planks of wood, and set off on an adventure on the roads of France." Here's the first photo for Microbe et Gasoil, posted by Film Divider »
- Alex Billington
Dashing, refined and articulate, 26-year-old French actor Pierre Niney gained mainstream popularity in France with EuropaCorp romantic laugher “It Boy,” and broke out last year on a larger stage in Jalil Lespert’s “Yves Saint Laurent.” His performance as the famed fashion designer earned him a Cesar award for best actor.
Niney trained at the prestigious Comedie-Francaise, and started his acting career in theater, but he has a soft spot for silent film comedy. “I grew up watching Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton,” he says. “When preparing a role, I work first on the body language and physical aspects of the performance; the psychological dimension comes naturally, once I’m in character.”
Niney wowed the crowd with his versatility at the recent Colcoa fest celebrating French films in L.A., playing a troubled writer in Yann Gozlan’s Alfred Hitchcock-influenced thriller “A Perfect Man” (which »
- Elsa Keslassy
From finished films in competition to big packages on the horizon, here’s the hottest titles from around the world up for grabs at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Director: Marc Forster
Film centers on a blind woman and her husband who, upon restoration of her sight, begin to discover previously unseen and disturbing details about themselves, their marriage and their lives.
Director: Andrea Arnold
Key cast: Shia Labeouf
A runaway teenager gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard-partying, law-bending and young love.
Sales: Protagonist Pictures
Director: Ewan McGregor
- Variety Staff
The mainly New York-set saga, spanning three continents and a period running from just before the Second World War to the present day, is based on Us writer Nicole Krauss’s international bestseller.
Hurt will play Leo, an elderly Polish Jewish immigrant still mourning the loss of his childhood sweetheart in the chaos of war, who is strangely linked to a teenage girl through a long, lost book on love… subtitled ‘the most loved woman in the world’.
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- Jeff Bayer
I didn't particularly enjoyed either of the two previous Dan Brown novel adaptations, not The Da Vinci Code (a book that was so bad I had to stop reading it) or Angels and Demons (a book I actually enjoyed and a movie that was even worse than Da Vinci). Next up is Inferno, with Tom Hanks back to star as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and Ron Howard back to direct. Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) was already announced as a co-star and today Sony announced three more names joining the cast and they are, in fact, reason to possibly get interested. First off, Jones will star opposite Hanks as Dr. Sienna Brooks, a doctor tending to Langdon at the beginning of the story after he's grazed by a bullet and eventually becomes mixed in his latest mystery drawing from Dante's dark epic poem. amz asin="B00AXIZ4TQ" size »
- Brad Brevet
“An incredible selection” was the verdict given by jury president Darren Aronofsky about the Berlinale’s 2015 competition line-up.
Speaking at the the closing gala, Aronofsky said: “Hats off to Dieter [Kosslick], the curators have made an incredible selection. It’s been incredibly difficult to decide on the prizes (…) there were so many quality films that it was hard not to award many, many of the films.“
In fact, the International Jury, which included actors Daniel Brühl and Audrey Tautou and the former Golden Bear winner Claudia Llosa from Peru, gave awards to nine of the 19 Competition titles by splitting two of the prizes, and showed the unanimity of its decisions by all being on stage together for the presentation of the awards in the Berlinale Palast.
- email@example.com (Martin Blaney)
The Notebook's Adam Cook and Daniel Kasman have been covering the Berlin International Film Festival since its opening day, and the 2015 awards have just been announced. The jury this year consisted of Darren Aronofsky, Daniel Brühl, Bong Joon-ho, Martha de Laurentiis, Claudia Llosa, Audrey Tautou, and Matthew Weiner.
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Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize
The Club (Pablo Larraín)
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Alfred Bauer Prize
Ixcancul Volcano (Jayro Bustamente)
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Radu Jude (Aferim)
Malgorzata Szumowska (Body)
Charlotte Rampling (45 Years)
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Tom Courtenay (45 Years)
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Patricio Guzmán (The Pearl Button)
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Outstanding Artistic Contribution
"Sturla Brandth Grøvlen for the camera in Victoria"
The film captures life in contemporary Iran through interactions with passengers in a Tehran cab. Taxi is Panahi’s third feature since the Iranian authorities banned him from making films at the end of 2010, following This is Not a Film and Closed Curtain, which was in competition in Berlin 2013.
Panahi, who was also banned from travelling and giving interviews in 2010 sentence, was not able to travel to Berlin for the premiere of his film.
This time around, Panahi has circumvented the ban by turning a yellow cab into a mobile film studio with a camera placed on the dashboard. As the cab drives through the vibrant and colourful streets of Tehran, it picks up »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
The International Jury of the 65th Berlinale, presided over by Darren Aronofsky and whose other members are Daniel Brühl, Bong Joon-ho, Martha De Laurentiis, Claudia Llosa, Audrey Tautou and Matthew Weiner, has presented the Golden Bear to Jafar Panahi's Taxi. Pablo Larraín's The Club wins the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize. More awards: Alfred Bauer Prize: Jayro Bustamante's Ixcanul Volcano. Two directors win Silver Bears: Radu Jude (Affirm!) and Małgorzata Szumowska (Body). The two acting Silver Bears go to the leads of Andrew Haigh's 45 Years, Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay. Best Script: Patricio Guzmán for The Pearl Button. Two Silver Bears for Outstanding Artistic Contribution go to cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grøvlen for Victoria and to cinematographers Evgeniy Privin and Sergey Mikhalchuk for Under Electric Clouds. The complete list goes on—and we've got it. » - David Hudson »
The hotly-anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey movie is finally released in cinemas today (February 13) to coincide with Valentine's Day this weekend, and it's got our minds racing about just one thing....
The most ridiculously silly orgasms in movie history, obviously!
Virginal, apple pie-bonking Jim Levenstein can't believe his luck when his history tutoring with sexy Slovakian exchange student Nadia (Shannon Elizabeth) turns into something more. So excited is Jim, however, that he barely contains himself at her touch, only lasting a few more seconds on second go, until he, er, explodes again.
Sadly Stifler (Seann William Scott) had previously coerced Jim to set up a webcam in his room so they can all watch the frisky teenage pair, but he unwittingly »
Asked by the evening’s host, Anke Engelke, whether it was difficult to enjoy watching movies as a filmmaker, Aronofsky said: “When movies are really good I still get lost. I know movies are working when I am not thinking about anything but what’s happening.”
Engelke joked that there were more than 400 films in the festival, and “you are going to love each and every film that North Korea allows you to see.”
- Leo Barraclough and Patrick Frater
Above: David Bordwell drops science on that horrific and longstanding practice we know as "Pan & Scan." Joining President Darren Aronofsky on the International Jury at the Berlinale next month are the following: Daniel Brühl, Bong Joon-ho, Martha De Laurentiis, Claudia Llosa, Audrey Tautou, and Matthew Weiner. For Grantland, Steven Hyden has written a wonderful article on Gene Hackman:
"He couldn’t have planned it this way, but Hackman had aged into a screen persona — he looked like he had spent years driving a truck or working as a doorman before lucking into the movies, because that’s basically what had happened. Hackman might’ve studied the Method under Lee Strasberg (“He played with people’s heads a lot,” he recalled derisively of Strasberg in 2001), but he could just be and be authentic onscreen."
Jafar Panahi's Taxi, the third film of his to premiere since he was banned from directing in Iran, »
Festival boss Dieter Kosslick said Tuesday that Rush actor Daniel Bruhl, The Host director Bong Joon-ho, "Hannibal" producer Martha De Laurentiis and Claudia Llosa, the director of The Milk of Sorrow, will also be among those deciding who gets the Berlinale's Golden Bear and Silver Bears awards.
The jury will be led by director Darren Aronofsky, who was previously announced.
The Berlin event, which runs Feb. 5-15, is the first of the year's major European film festivals.
- Cineplex.com and contributors
As previously reported, Darren Aronofsky will preside over seven-person group
Those six, bookended by the “Rush” star Brühl and the “Mad Men” creator, will join previously announced Darren Aronofsky as the jury at the 65th Annual Berlin International Film Festival. Aronofsky is the group’s president.
Also Read: TheWrap’s Exclusive Sundance Portraits (Photos)
- Tony Maglio
London — The Berlin Film Festival has revealed the names of the international jury, which is presided over by Darren Aronofsky, as previously announced. The international jury decides who receives the Golden Bear and Silver Bears of the Berlinale competition.
The other members of the jury will be “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner, “Rush” actor Daniel Bruhl, “Snowpiercer” director Bong Joon-ho, “Hannibal” producer Martha De Laurentiis, “The Milk of Sorrow” director Claudia Llosa, and “Amelie” actress Audrey Tautou.
Weiner is the creator, executive producer and writer of television series “Mad Men,” whose seventh and last season is running in the U.S. To date, he has received nine Emmys, two Baftas, three Golden Globes and numerous WGA awards. As a director, he has been nominated twice by the DGA for his work behind the camera. “Are You Here,” starring Owen Wilson and Amy Poehler, marks his feature film debut as a writer, »
- Leo Barraclough
The Berlin International Film Festival, which opens Feb 5 with Isabel Coixet’s Nobody Wants The Night, has announced its international jury line-up, with Daniel Brühl, Bong Joon-ho, Martha De Laurentiis, Claudia Llosa, Audrey Tautou and Matthew Weiner joining Jury President Darren Aronofsky.
This year’s jury has a typically cosmopolitan composition with leading German actor Daniel Bruhl (Goodbye Lenin; Rush) joined by Korean director Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer), producer Martha De Laurentiis (Hannibal), Peruvian filmmaker Claudia Llosa (The Milk of Sorrow), French actress Tautou (Amelie) and U.S. showrunner Matthew Weiner (Mad Men).
The festival runs through Feb. 15.
- Ali Jaafar
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