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Watch the UK trailer for Jacques Cousteau biopic ‘The Odyssey’

20 June 2017 4:04 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Altitude have released the UK trailer for the upcoming Jacques Cousteau biopic The Odyssey, which is being directed by Jérôme Salle (Zulu, Anthony Zimmer) and starring Audrey Tautou (Amelie, The Da Vinci Code), Lambert Wilson (Ernest & Celestine, Of Gods and Men) and César Award winning actor Pierre Niney (FrantzYves Saint Laurent). The film is set to open in the UK and Ireland on 18 August 2017.

The film examines the life of ocean-explorer and adventurer Jacques Cousteau, one of the iconic figures of the 1960s. Here’s the official synopsis:

Jacques Cousteau, his wife and his two sons are living in paradise, in a beautiful house overlooking the Mediterranean. But all Cousteau can think of is adventure. Thanks to his invention, an independent aqualung allowing divers to breathe under water, he has discovered a whole new world. Now all he wants to do is explore this world. And he is willing »

- Paul Heath

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Why foreign-language films are struggling in UK cinemas

2 June 2017 1:18 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Releasing arthouse films is as challenging as ever, but there are grounds for optimism.

“For foreign-language films, you really have to have something quite exceptional to break the £1m ($1.3m) mark,” says Louisa Dent, managing director and acquisitions chief at UK arthouse distributor Curzon Artificial Eye.

Given the UK’s shared language with the dominant provider of film and its overall cultural pivot towards North America rather than continental Europe, the territory has always been seen as a challenge for sellers of foreign-language fare.

The advent of digital distribution has created a more crowded marketplace than ever. But Dent suggests the problem is not so much that audiences are dwindling as the changing nature of the product.

“If you get a really good classical piece of French cinema, a Coco Before Chanel or an Amélie, they still work,” she says. “But that sort of film hasn’t cropped up as much. What we are »

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China's Hishow acquires Gaumont duo

22 May 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Chinese outfit picks up Christmas & Co and Gaston.

Beijing-based distributor Hishow Entertainment has acquired two titles from France’s Gaumont – Christmas & Co, directed by and starring Alain Chabat, and family comedy Gaston, from Pierre Francois Martin-Laval.

Chabat plays Santa Claus in Christmas & Co, a combination of live-action and CGI, which also stars Audrey Tautou [pictured]. Currently in production, the film is produced by Gaumont, Legendaire, France 2 Cinema and Nexus Factory.

Martin-Laval is also serving as both director and star of Gaston, an adaptation of a French classic that will be mostly live-action with some animation sequences. Also starring Theo Fernandez and Alison Wheeler, the film is produced by Les Films du Premiers, Les Films du 24 and TF1 Film Production.

Hishow has previously worked with Gaumont on animated feature Ballerina, which it released theatrically in China over Chinese New Year.

During Cannes Marché, the company has also acquired French animation Tall Tales from Pgs and On Animation. »

- (Liz Shackleton)

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Cannes: China’s Hishow Buys Gaumont’s ‘Gaston’ and ‘Christmas & Co.’ (Exclusive)

21 May 2017 1:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

China’s Hishow Entertainment has picked up mainland Chinese rights to “Christmas & Co.” and “Gaston.” Both films were acquired from France’s Gaumont.

“Christmas & Co.” stars comedian Alain Chabat and Audrey Tautou, who is pictured above, and directed by Chabat. Mixing live action and animation, the film tells the story of Santa Claus’ attempt to cure his sick reindeer in time to deliver gifts on Christmas Eve.

“Gaston,” produced by Gaumont and Ugc, is a film adaptation of Andre Franquin’s cult comic strip franchise Gaston Lagaffe. “Gaston” will be mostly shot in live action with some animation, provided by French VFX studio MacGuff.

Pierre Francois Martin-Laval is directing the picture on a budget of $21 million (19 milion euros), making it one of the biggest-budget films from France for 2018. Martin-Laval also stars in the film as Gaston, alongside Theo Fernandez (“The Tuche Family”) and Alison Wheeler (“Going to Brazil”).

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- Patrick Frater

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Ridley Scott Eyes Michelle Williams for ‘All The Money In The World,’ Golshifteh Farahani to Lead ‘Santa & Cie,’ and More

3 April 2017 4:29 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With Alien: Covenant on its way — and his announcement that he’d like to helm many more of them — director Ridley Scott also has plans to direct All The Money In The World, according to Deadline. The film tells the true story of the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III by mob-tied captors, and the desperate attempts of his grandfather to get him back. While Natalie Portman was originally circling the film, Michelle WilliamsMark Wahlberg, and Kevin Spacey are now in talks to star in the ticking-clock thriller.

The 79-year-old Scott has also added another film to his sky-high pile of potential projects. Deadline reports he’s now attached to a World War II drama based around the Battle of Britain, a major skirmish fought in the air that was a major coup for Allied forces. Scripted by Matthew Orton, who also wrote the upcoming Oscar Isaac-led Nazi-hunting thriller Operation Finale, »

- Mike Mazzanti

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Alain Chabat, Gaumont Team on ‘Santa & Cie’ With Audrey Tautou, Golshifteh Farahani (Exclusive)

31 March 2017 3:24 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris – Popular French actor-director Alain Chabat (“Houba! On the Trail of the Marsupilami”) is teaming with Gaumont for his next directorial effort, “Santa & Cie,” a $28 million family comedy.

Golshifteh Farahani (“Paterson”), Audrey Tautou (“Amelie Poulain”) and Pio Marmai (“The First Day of the Rest of Your Life”) star in the film.

Legende, the outfit behind Marion Cotillard starrer “La vie en rose” is producing the film with Gaumont, which is also handling sales and will be distributing in France on Dec. 6.

The fantasy-filled comedy, which started shooting Tuesday, boasts a strong key crew, notably Bryan Jones, whose credits include “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”

The movie follows the journey of Santa Claus when he is forced to travel to Earth to find a cure for his sick elves a few days before Christmas. He comes across a young Parisian family who help him complete his mission, including delivering all the gifts. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Capturing the Cousteau allure by Anne-Katrin Titze

14 March 2017 2:38 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Jérôme Salle on Lambert Wilson as Jacques-Yves Cousteau: "It helps when you ask a very nice person to be a very tough person."

Once again, inside the Furman Gallery at Lincoln Center during the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema exhibition of Paul Ronald's color photographs from Federico Fellini's 81/2, where I met Christophe Honoré for a conversation on Les Malheurs De Sophie, The Odyssey (L'Odyssée) director Jérôme Salle spoke with me on the performances of Lambert Wilson and Audrey Tautou. Bill Murray and Cate Blanchett in Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, composer Alexandre Desplat, Calypso captain Albert Falco (Vincent Heneine), nicknamed Bébert (which recalls for me the cat featured in Emmanuel Bourdieu's Louis-Ferdinand Céline), were also washed ashore.

Jérôme Salle at Paul Ronald's 81/2 circus photos: "Audrey is wonderful." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The Odyssey (shot by Matias Boucard, screenplay, co-written with Laurent Turner) is »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Now, voyager by Anne-Katrin Titze

13 March 2017 6:03 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Jérôme Salle: "I'm the kind of director who loves to tell stories with pictures more than words." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

In 2015, at an Oceana event hosted by Cobie Smulders, I spoke with Jacques-Yves Cousteau's granddaughter and Expedition Blue Planet filmmaker, Alexandra Cousteau. In my conversation with The Odyssey (L'Odyssée) director, Jérôme Salle, we explore the world around Alexandra's grandfather portrayed by Lambert Wilson in his film with Audrey Tautou as Jacques' wife Simone, Pierre Niney (Adrian in François Ozon's Frantz) and Benjamin Lavernhe as their sons.

Simone (Audrey Tautou) and Jacques Cousteau (Lambert Wilson)

With a screenplay, co-written with Laurent Turner, loosely based on the books by Jean-Michel Cousteau (My Father, the Captain: Life with Jacques Cousteau) and Albert Falco (Capitaine de La Calypso) and a score by longtime Wes Anderson composer Alexandre Desplat, Salle takes us on a personal family journey at sea.

We go from "Cousteau »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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25 films all but guaranteed to cheer you up

9 March 2017 11:51 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Joe Richards Mar 24, 2017

Need to find a bit of movie happiness? Here are 25 films that might just do the trick...

Let's face it, we could all probably do with a little bit of cheering up right about now. Times are scary and times are tough, so it's perfectly natural to look for some kind of reassurance that everything will indeed be all right in the end.

Film is perhaps one of the most powerful and effective tools in doing this. It can be a transportative experience, an escape from reality, and, most importantly, it can act as a reminder of all that is good in the world.

With that in mind, here’s a list of 25 movies that are almost-guaranteed to make you smile and restore your faith in humanity...

City Lights

In truth, any of Charlie Chaplin’s films are perfect for those times when you just need to smile. »

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Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Ivanhoe Pictures form Sk Global

8 March 2017 3:07 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The original companies will continue to release film and TV projects under their respective labels.

Backed by what representatives called “substantial equity investment” from China Cultural And Entertainment Fund (Ccef), the parties have merged to create a film and TV producer-financier.

Ske chairman and CEO Sidney Kimmel (main picture) and Ivanhoe Pictures chairman Robert Friedland (middle picture) will serve as co-chairmen of Sk Global.

Chairwoman Yang Liu and managing director Alick Dong of China-focused private equity fund and investment management company Ccef will oversee the investment and provide strategic advice to Sk Global as the venture seeks to expand throughout Asia.

Dong will join Kimmel, Friedland and Ivanhoe Pictures co-founder and Ske president John Penotti (pictured below Friedland) on the Sk Global board alongside Kimmel advisor Matthew Kamens and Ivanhoe Pictures vice-chairman Gary Gartner.

Sk Global will control the combined libraries of both companies including all current productions, comprising more than 75 features. 

These include »

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Rendez-Vous with French Cinema opening night in New York by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2017-03-02 22:27:51

2 March 2017 2:27 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Class of 2017 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema opening night Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Pictured above from left to right are: Frantz's François Ozon, uniFrance General Director Isabelle Giordano, Reda Kateb and Cécile de France, stars of Django, a highlight of the festival, Mal De Pierres' Nicole Garcia, Django's Étienne Comar, Réparer Les Vivants' Katell Quillévéré, composer Martin Wheeler for 150 Milligrams and Sólveig Anspach's L'Effet Aquatique, Planetarium's Rebecca Zlotowski, La Fille De Brest's Emmanuelle Bercot, and in the front row, Florence Almozini, Associate Director of Programming for the Film Society of Lincoln Center with Agnès Varda for the Opening Night of the 22nd edition of New York's Rendez-Vous with French Cinema on March 1 at the Walter Reade Theater.

Rendez-Vous with French Cinema at the Film Society of Lincoln Center Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Jérôme Salle’s The Odyssey (L'Odyssée) starring Lambert Wilson as Jacques Cousteau with Audrey Tautou »

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New York Rendez-Vous with French Cinema Early Bird Highlights by Anne-Katrin Titze

24 February 2017 2:21 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Marion Cotillard stars with Alex Brendemühl and Louis Garrel in Nicole Garcia's From The Land Of The Moon (Mal De Pierres) Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

New York's Rendez-Vous with French Cinema opens with Étienne Comar’s biopic Django, starring Reda Kateb (Wim Wender's Les Beaux Jours d'Aranjuez) as Django Reinhardt with Cécile de France (Catherine Corsini's Summertime) and closes with Jérôme Salle’s The Odyssey (L'Odyssée) starring Lambert Wilson as Jacques Cousteau with Audrey Tautou and Pierre Niney (Jalil Lespert's Yves Saint Laurent).

Emmanuelle Bercot, Stéphanie Di Giusto, Caroline Deruas, Sébastien Marnier, Marina Foïs, François Ozon, Nicole Garcia, Katell Quillévéré, Justine Triet, Rebecca Zlotowski, Marc Fitoussi, Bertrand Bonello, Julia Ducournau, Christophe Honoré, Antonin Peretjatko, and Martin Wheeler are expected to attend.

La Danseuse (Soko, Lily-Rose Depp, Gaspard Ulliel, Mélanie Thierry); Nocturama (Finnegan Oldfield); Frantz (Paula Beer, Niney), and From The Land Of The Moon (Mal De Pierres - Marion Cotillard, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Watch: Audrey Tautou's Star-Making Audition for “Amélie”

17 February 2017 11:30 AM, PST | | See recent Backstage news »

Ask any 10 people what their favorite movie is, and at least five will probably say “Amélie.” Jean Pierre Jeunet’s whimsical 2001 romantic comedy about a lonely Parisian waitress who plays guardian angel in the lives of strangers quickly became—and remains to this day—a cult favorite for misfits everywhere. Jeunet originally wrote the role for English actor Emily Watson but rewrote it for a French actress due to scheduling conflicts and Watson’s difficulty speaking the language. Audrey Tautou was already an up-and-comer in her native France, but her role as the titular heroine was her springboard to international stardom.  Even without subtitles, it's easy to see Tautou's exceptional ability to communicate with her eyes and through body language. Also notable is her use of an actual phone as a prop. Before she went on to charm audiences, Tautou had clearly won over her auditioners, whose laughs can be heard off-screen. »

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Rendez-Vous with French Cinema Exclusive Trailer: Annual Series Celebrates the Very Best in Contemporary French Cinema

16 February 2017 10:57 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

For the twenty-second year in a row, The Film Society of Lincoln Center and UniFrance have lined up a sparkling slate for their Rendez-Vous with French Cinema screening series, which aims to showcase “the variety and vitality of contemporary French filmmaking.” The series runs from March 1 – 12. This year’s programming, including the selected films, panels, and events, includes a special focus on the myriad of ways that French culture influences the arts in America, and vice-versa.

Read More: ‘Django’ Review: Etienne Comar’s Django Reinhardt Biopic Dazzles Despite Striking a Few Flat Notes — Berlinale 2017

The series will open with the North American premiere of Étienne Comar’s “Django,” starring Reda Kateb as the legendary jazz musician and Cécile de France, and will close with the U.S. premiere of Jérôme Salle’s “The Odyssey,” with Lambert Wilson as explorer Jacques Cousteau and co-starring Audrey Tautou and Pierre Niney.

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Exclusive: Phillipa Soo Embraces Amélie’s Freedom and Whimsy in New Broadway Adaptation

8 February 2017 9:17 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

“We can’t get rid of each other,” Phillipa Soo says fondly of her former Hamilton co-stars. After a year playing Eliza Schuyler Hamilton in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway musical, the Tony-nominated actress -- like most of the core original cast members -- left the show last summer to focus on the next step of her career, which will see her playing Amélie in the Broadway musical adaptation of the 2001 French romantic comedy starring Audrey Tautou. “You have a little bit of sadness, because you’re like, ‘Oh, this means it’s the end of something,’” Soo said last year, just before departing. “But it’s the beginning of something else.”

In the months since leaving Hamilton, she joined Moana, providing the voice for one of the villagers in the Disney animated film for which Miranda composed original music. And most recently, the Schuyler sisters -- Soo, Renee Elise Goldsberry and Jasmine Chephas Jones -- reunited »

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Film Festival Roundup: Rendez-Vous with French Cinema Announces Lineup, Louisiana Film Prize Announces Sixth Competition and More

2 February 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Lineup Announcements

– The Film Society of Lincoln Center and UniFrance announce the complete lineup for the 22nd edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the celebrated annual series showcasing the variety and vitality of contemporary French filmmaking, March 1 – 12.

The lineup features 23 diverse films, comprised of highlights from international festivals and works by both established favorites and talented newcomers, including François Ozon’s Lubitsch adaptation “Frantz,” set after World War I; Bertrand Bonello’s “Nocturama,” a provocative exploration of a Paris terrorist attack carried out by young activists; Bruno Dumont’s oddball slapstick detective story “Slack Bay,” starring Juliette Binoche; Rebecca Zlotowski’s visually arresting “Planetarium,” with Natalie Portman as a touring psychic who catches the eye of a movie producer in 1930s Paris; and Jean-Stéphane Bron’s “The Paris Opera, »

- Kate Erbland

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Etienne Comar’s ‘Django’ Opens RDV With French Cinema in New York (Exclusive)

18 January 2017 11:08 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– After world premiering on opening night at Berlin Film Festival, Etienne Comar’s ‘Django’ will have its North American bow at the start of the 22nd Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the Manhattan-set festival organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and French film promotion org UniFrance.

Rather than a traditional biopic, the film chronicles the tumultuous life of jazz legend Django Reinhardt and his family during WWII and his escape from Nazi-occupied France. The film stars rising French actor Reda Kateb (“Hippocrate”) in the title role, opposite Cécile de France (“The Young Pope”) who plays Reinhardt’s friend and muse.

Django” marks the directorial debut of Comar, a well-seasoned French producer and screenwriter whose credits include Maiwenn’s “Mon Roi” and Xavier Beauvois’s “Of Gods and Men,” both of which competed at Cannes. “Mon Roi” won best actress (for Emmanuelle Bercot) and “Of Gods and Men” took home the grand prize. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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