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Title: Samba Director: Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache Starring: Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tahar Rahim, Izia Higelin. While watching the latest film of the ‘Intouchables’ directors you will be pervaded by a sense of déjà vu. But whereas the delicate subject matter of the friendship between a quadriplegic and his assistant was attenuated by unpolitically correct humour, ‘Samba’ doesn’t seem to have the same courage in mocking cultural identity. Racism turns out to be a more sensitive topic to fool around with. Hence, at times the movie seems to be filled with an excessive dose of moral and benevolent behaviour. The French dramedy by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano tells [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Berlin — On Monday, Variety teamed up with MoDrei to host a European Film Market party at uber-cool club Anita Berber on Gerichtstraße in Berlin.
For those not acquainted with the night-spot, they may have thought they had been lured to their doom at the murky end of a parking lot, but instead they found a warm and good-spirited gathering of some of the nicest people at the Berlin market dancing to music by DJ Flo Motion.
Moritz Hemminger, one of the partners behind MoDrei and an executive at Arri Worldsales, said they came up with the idea of the Berlin party “mainly to have a fun evening with our friends from the industry. We wanted to create an event that is more casual than the many more official Berlinale receptions taking place these days. And now with Variety on board we have the perfect partner for the MoDrei venue,” Hemminger said. »
- Leo Barraclough
In one of the widest-open Cesar races in recent years, Abderrahmane Sissako’s Oscar-nominated “Timbuktu” will face off for best picture with Olivier Assayas’ “Sils Maria,” Bertrand Bonello’s “Saint Laurent” and talked-up newcomer Thomas Cailley’s “Love at First Fight” at France’s 2015 Cesar Awards.
“Timbuktu,” which world premiered at Cannes, earned eight Cesar nominations and will also compete foreign-language Oscar next month.
The Cesar race is dominated by “Saint Laurent” with 10 noms. Coming second is “Love at First Fight,” a performance-driven romantic comedy that proves to be yet another gem discovered by Directors’ Fortnight topper Edouard Waintrop (following last year’s “Me, Myself and Mom,” which ended up winning five Cesar kudos).
Also making the best picture cut, in a nomination line-up underscoring France’s wide production range: Robin Campillo’s “Eastern Boys,” French dramedy blockbuster “La Famille Belier,” helmed by Eric Lartigau, and Thomas Lilti’s admired medical drama “Hippocrates. »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
The first edition of the San Cristóbal De Las Casas festival has reached its end. It was a nice way to begin the year and a second edition seems to be a given, as pretty much each and every screening I attended was packed. The official press release indicates there were 13,000 people attending the festival during eight days. On Friday, January 24, the fest screened as closing film Samba, the latest from The Intouchables' Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, and announced the award winners. Check them out below: Short Film Competition Jury: Javier Solórzano, Eduardo Trías and José Ramos Winner: Esclava (dir. Amat Escalante, Mexico) Special Mention: Slikebal (dir. Bernardino López, Mexico) and Outono (dir. Marco Amaral, Portugal) Documentary Feature Competition Jury: Imunga Ivanga,...
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For the occasion, “Lucy” star Scarlett Johansson recorded a video introduced by Unifrance’s managing director Isabelle Giordano during a packed press conference, attended by not only Besson but also Oscar-nominated “Timbuktu” producer Sylvie Pialat, France’s minister of culture Fleur Pellerin, Cnc president Frederique Bredin, and helmers Michel Gondry, Joachim Lafosse and Nadav Lapid, among many others.
“The qualities that really drew me to work with Luc Besson — and is a huge part of the success of ‘Lucy’ — is his passion to achieve greatness. Luc is a perfectionist, and he has a certain idea of what he wants and won’t stop at anything to get it, and that’s what inspires everyone to strive for their greatest, »
- Elsa Keslassy
New documentaries by Boris Mitic, Vitaly Mansky and Salome Jashi are among the projects being pitched at this year’s East Doc Platform in Prague (March 2-8).
Broadcasters, distributors, film funders, festivals and producers from Europe and North America will attend pitching sessions for the East European Forum, Project Market and the second edition of the cross-media showcase Doc Tank.
200 applications were submitted for the 15th edition of the East European Forum which will be presenting ten projects including:
Georgian film-maker Salomé Jashi’s The Station about the aspirations of the only journalist and anchor-woman of a small provincial TV station
Estonian Jaak Kilmi’s People From Nowhere which will also be presented at next week’s When East Meets West co-production gathering in Trieste
Jakub Piatek’s A Film For My Mom, a home video documentary with fictional scenes
Vitaly Mansky’s highly topically Close Relations – The Ukraine Crisis, My Family »
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6 items from 2015
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