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13 items from 2016

Michel Gondry’s ‘Microbe and Gasoline’ Sells to Screen Media Films

26 April 2016 1:52 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Screen Media Films has acquired U.S. rights to Michel Gondry‘s “Microbe and Gasoline” from StudioCanal, the company announced Tuesday. Screen Media will release the film on July 1 in New York (Landmark Sunshine Cinema) and Los Angeles (Nuart Theater) before expanding in a traditional platform release throughout July and August. “Microbe & Gasoline,” which premiered at the 2015 New York Film Festival, follows two young friends who embark on a road trip across France in a vehicle they built themselves. Ange Dargent and Theophile Baquet star alongside Audrey Tautou of “Amelie” fame. Also Read: Michel Gondry's 'Mood Indigo' Starring Audrey Tautou Acquired. »

- Jeff Sneider

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Michel Gondry’s ‘Microbe & Gasoline’ Acquired By Screen Media Films

26 April 2016 11:43 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Screen Media Films has acquired U.S. rights to writer-director Michel Gondry’s Microbe & Gasoline, which bowed at the 2015 New York Film Festival. A July 1 release is planned in New York (the Landmark Sunshine Cinema) and Los Angeles (the Nuart Theatre) ahead of a platform release. The StudioCanal pic is about two young friends who embark on a road trip across France in a vehicle they built themselves. Ange Dargent, Theophile Baquet and Audrey Tautou star. Georges Bermann… »

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Us Briefs: Miramax options rights to 'The Reason You're Alive'

25 April 2016 7:40 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Plus: Sylvia Hoeks joins Alcon’s Blade Runner sequel; Screen Media acquires Michel Gondry’s Microbe & Gasoline; and more…

Miramax announced on Tuesday that it has optioned film rights to Matthew Quick’s upcoming novel The Reason You’re Alive.

Allison Shearmur (Cinderella, the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) will produce the story about a Vietnam veteran who undergoes brain surgery and sets out to atone for a past injustice affecting his son.

Quick’s previous book was The Silver Linings Playbook.

Dutch actress Sylvia Hoeks has been hired in a leading role alongside Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas and Dave Bautista in Alcon Entertainment’s Blade Runner sequel. Denis Villeneueve is scheduled to start shooting in July. Hoeks starred in local box office hit Tirza, the Dutch foreign-language Oscar submission in 2010. Warner Bros will distribute the sci-fi project in North America and Sony Pictures Releasing International in remaining global territories »

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Altitude, Pan-Européenne team on Cousteau story 'The Odyssey'

11 April 2016 2:54 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Film starring Lambert Wilson - as legendary oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau - and Audrey Tautou to hit UK screens at the end of 2016.

Altitude Film Entertainment and Pan-Européenne UK have entered a joint venture for the UK release of Jérôme Salle’s The Odyssey, capturing the life of legendary ocean explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau aboard his ship the Calypso.

It will be the first UK release for London-based Pan-Européenne UK, since its creation last year by French producer and distributor team Philippe Godeau and Nathalie Gastaldo Godeau.

The pair are producers on The Odyssey through their Paris-based production and distribution house Pan-Européenne alongside Olivier Delbosc and Marc Missonnier at Fidélité Films

Shot over five months in South Africa, the Antarctic and across the Mediterranean, the picture stars Lambert Wilson as Cousteau alongside Audrey Tautou as the explorer’s first wife Simone and Pierre Niney as their youngest son Philippe. It is currently in post-production.

Altitude and Pan-Européenne »

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First Looks at New Films from Bertrand Bonello, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, and Tran Anh Hung

4 April 2016 2:29 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It is just ten days until what is perhaps the most exciting cinematic event of every year comes to bear: an announcement of the Cannes Film Festival lineup. We’ve featured glimpses of some of titles that might make their way to southern France next month, and today we’ve collected first looks at three more, all of which are greatly anticipated. How anticipated? So anticipated, in fact, that just an image warrants a post.

The first, from Wild Bunch, showcases Bertrand Bonello‘s Paris Is Happening — now being referred to as Nocturama in the native tongue — a picture about youths who take it upon themselves to sabotage the city of love with a series of explosions. Yes, even the writer-director is uncomfortable with that level of relevance — especially the writer-director, actually — as he told me back in December. Combine this tension and the fact that his last film was »

- Nick Newman

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Cannes: who's in the running?

21 March 2016 2:39 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Screen rounds up the films from across the globe that could launch at Cannes…

With less than a month to go until the Cannes Film Festival announces its line-up at its annual Paris press conference on April 14, Screen looks at what could make it into Official Selection and the parallel sections of Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week.

UK and Ireland

The UK could have one of its strongest Cannes for years with hot favourites for a competition slot including Andrea Arnold’s Shia Labeouf-starring Us road movie American Honey and Ken Loach’s gritty Northern England-set drama I, Daniel Blake. It would be Loach’s 12th time in competition.

Ben Wheatley is also reportedly gunning for an Official Selection slot for his 1970s Boston-set, gangland thriller Free Fire, potentially Out of Competition or in Midnight Screenings. He was last in Cannes with Sightseers in Directors’ Fortnight.

Other UK hopefuls include Stephen Frears’ Florence Foster Jenkins and Indian »

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Winter Song | 2016 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema Review

8 March 2016 1:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Off With Head: Iosseliani Returns with Breezy Cluster of Vignettes

Fans of Georgian auteur Otar Iosseliani will be delighted to find the octogenarian in top form with his latest effort, Winter Song (Chant d’hiver), as the filmmaker enters his sixth decade in filmmaking. Revealing a new title every five years or so, Iosseliani continues to work in French, though this latest filmed partially in Georgia as well. Lovers of his first French production, 1984’s masterful Favorites of the Moon should be pleased to note his latest is modeled via the same series of vaguely interconnected vignettes across time periods. Several notable names float around in the vast cast in this mirthful, even silly portrait of a modern Parisian apartment block unknowingly haunted and connected to the skull of a French aristocrat who met an unhappy end with the guillotine. Hardly as macabre as its grisly beginning would indicate, Iosseliani »

- Nicholas Bell

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Berlin: Pathe Intl. Marks Big Sales for ‘United,’ ‘Cezanne’ and ‘Eternity’ (Exclusive)

15 February 2016 11:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Pathe Intl. is winding up a bullish Efm market with a diverse slate of French and English-language pics, headlined by Rosamund Pike starrer “A United Kingdom,” Daniele Thompson’s “Cezanne et moi” and Tran Anh Hung’s “Eternity.”

Based on true events,  “A United Kingdom” tells the story of Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo), the King of Botswana, who fell in love with London office worker Ruth Williams (Pike, “Gone Girl”) in 1947. Amma Asante directs. Adapted from Susan Williams’ “Colour Bar,” the movie was penned by Guy Hibbert (“Five Minutes of Heaven”).

After showing a promo of “A United Kingdom,” Pathe’s sales team, headed by Muriel Sauzay, sold nearly all key territories, including Germany (Telepool), Italy (Videa), Australia/New Zealand (Transmission), Scandinavia (Mis Label), Portugal (Cinemundo), Greece (Feelgood), Turkey (Bir Film), Middle East (Gulf Film) and Benelux (Paradiso). Deals with Spain and South Korea are still in negotiation.

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- Elsa Keslassy

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Efm: Pathé Cow comedy attracts herds

10 February 2016 9:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Pre-sales revealed for feel-good, cross-cultural comedy.

Pathé International is hoping to capitalise internationally on growing domestic buzz for French cross-cultural comedy One Man And His Cow (La Vache) after it swept the awards at the Alpe d’Huez International Comedy Film Festival in January.

Fatsah Bouyahmed won best actor for his performance as an Algerian farmer who crosses France on foot with his prize cow Jacqueline to fulfill a life-long dream of attending the Paris Agricultural Show.

The film — produced by Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Yann Zenou, Laurent Zeitoun of Quad Films (the team behind global hit Untouchable) alongside popular actor Jamel Debbouze — also clinched the Grand Prix and the audience award.

The film has already pre-sold to Germany and Austria (Alamode), Belgium (Alternative Film) and Switzerland (Pathé) and Pathé International sales chief Muriel Sauzay says there is a potential for the film to travel even wider.

“It’s a really positive, feel-good film about »

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Music Box Films Acquires Anne Fontaine’s Sundance Player ‘The Innocents’

9 February 2016 9:55 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Berlin– Chicago-based distributor Music Box Films has acquired all U.S. rights to Anne Fontaine’s “The Innocents” (formerly “Agnus Dei”) which world premiered at Sundance.

Set in Poland, in December 1945,” The Innocent” stars Lou de Laâge (“Breathe”) as Mathilde, a young French Red Cross doctor based in Warsaw who crosses paths with a nun seeking her help. Entering into a cloistered Benedictine convent, she soon discovers that the entire order has been profoundly traumatized and several other nuns are pregnant from a series of brutal sexual assaults by the “liberating” Red Army. Although Mathilde is a non-believer, she becomes the nuns’ only hope.

“We were riveted by Anne’s richly humanistic, deeply moving, beautifully shot new film,” says Edward Arentz, Music Box managing director. “It was one of our primary acquisition targets leading into Sundance and it’s a pleasure to be working with Anne, Mandarin Films and Films Distribution again. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Mikros Image Developing New ‘Asterix’ Movie (Exclusive)

28 January 2016 2:02 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Confirming its status as a driving force on France’s animation scene, Mikros Image Group, the Paris and Montreal-based animation/VFX house, is working on a new “Asterix” animated feature project that follows up its 2014 hit “Asterix: The Mansion of the Gods.” Details are being kept under wraps but the movie is once again expected to be directed by Louis Clichy – who worked as an animator on Pixar’s “Wall-e” and “Up” – and Alexandre Astier, “Mansions’” screenwriter.

Produced by M6 Studios and distributed in France, and sold abroad by Snd, “Mansions” sold 3 million tickets – about  $24 million in gross box office – in France from a Nov. 2014 bow.

The group’s Montreal operation – that delivered “Mune” and “The Little Prince” in 2015 – is also working on two further animation movies: a yet undisclosed toon feature and  “Sahara,” directed by Pierre Coré and produced by La Station Animation.

Produced by On Ent., “The Little Prince, »

- Martin Dale

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #48. Tran Anh Hung’s Eternité

10 January 2016 8:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »


Director: Tran Anh Hung

Writer: Tran Anh Hung

Vietnamese auteur Tran Anh Hung had a smoldering early career, snagging the Camera d’Or at Cannes for his 1993 debut Scent of the Green Papaya and nabbing the Golden Lion in Venice for his 1995 sophomore film, Cyclo. A five year break brought The Vertical Ray of the Sun in 2000, and then nine years later Hung premiered his ill received English language debut, I Come With the Rain, which starred Josh Hartnett. An adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s celebrated novel Norwegian Wood was better received, though received a delayed and limited theatrical run in the Us. He’s back with an exciting new project, his French language debut Eternité (Eternity), set to star three French beauties, Melanie Laurent, Beatrice Bejo, and Audrey Tautou, based on Alice Ferney’s celebrated novel which concerns a story from the late 19th century to the end »

- Nicholas Bell

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The Definitive Romantic Comedies: 50-41

9 January 2016 4:03 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

We all have predisposed notions about the infamous “romantic comedy.” As with other genres, there’s a large subsection of offerings, giving it a bad name. But, for every tired, cliché-driven comedy, there is another impressive offering that redefines the genre, garners plenty of laughs, and tells an honest story about love and relationships, however warped they may be. In the coming weeks, we’ll take a look at the fifty romantic comedy films that should be seen. These may not all be classic films, but they certainly put a stamp on the industry and the genre we affectionately call “rom-coms.”

 #50. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

Most of Wes Anderson’s films could be described as romantic comedies, but his 2012 effort stands out, as its central story focuses on young love and the need to find acceptance. In Anderson’s world, while quirks abound, true connections between characters are commonplace. With Moonrise Kingdom, »

- Joshua Gaul

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