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World War II dramas are prime contenders for Oscar consideration. It’s an accepted fact. Yet, The Weinstein Company are steering one of their upcoming titles, Suite Francaise, toward a far less starry showcase. Its world premiere will take place at the American Film Market in Santa Monica this November – and depending on its reception, it may hit Us screens in the new year. Whatever happens, there’s still plenty of buzz surrounding the pic, which looks to contain another compelling performance from Michelle Williams.
Based on the best-selling novel by Irene Nemirovsky, the film is set during the German occupation of France and chronicles a romantic affair between an unlikely couple. Williams takes on the role of a French woman who falls for a Nazi officer (Matthias Schoenaerts) who commandeers charge of her town.
The latest trailer that’s arrived today focuses on the tension between the couple, as »
- Gem Seddon
AFM runs Nov. 5-12 in Santa Monica with over 415 films screening. “Suite Francaise,” directed by Saul Dibb and based on the Irene Nemirovsky novel, also stars Matthias Schoenaerts, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sam Riley, Ruth Wilson, Lambert Wilson and Margot Robbie.
TF1 International is selling international rights. The Weinstein Co. has U.S. rights.
Other notable world premieres include “How to Make Love Like an Englishman” with Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek and Jessica Alba (The Solution); Helen Hunt’s “Ride” (6 Sales); “The Last Knights” with Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman (Arclight); and “Any Day,” starring Sean Bean, Kate Walsh, and Eva Longoria (Vmi).
- Dave McNary
Could it be that we are about to see a romantic comedy that is actually a fresh and original idea? I don’t want to get ahead of myself here but, even though my instincts dictate a cautious approach, I cannot help but be optimistic about Posthumous – the feature length debut of writer-director Lulu Wang, starring Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) and Brit Marling (The East) – for which we now have a poster.
The film introduces us to Liam Price (Huston) – a struggling artist in Berlin. When false reports of his death send the popularity of his name and his work skyrocketing, he decides to perpetuate and benefit from the myth by posing as his own brother. His plan hits an obstacle, however, when he begins to fall for McKenzie Grain (Marling) – a reporter assigned to cover the story. Lambert Wilson (The Matrix Reloaded), Tom Schilling (Generation War) and Alexander Fehling »
- Sarah Myles
Jack Huston cast in 'Ben-Hur' remake? 'Boardwalk Empire' actor to follow in the footsteps of Ramon Novarro and Charlton Heston Jack Huston, best known for playing World War I veteran-turned-bootlegger-cum-assassin Richard Harrow in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, may star in the latest Ben-Hur "remake," to be jointly produced by Paramount and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. I have "remake" between quotes because officially this fourth big-screen version of the semi-biblical epic (more on that below) isn't an actual remake of either the multiple Oscar-winning 1959 Ben-Hur or its 1925 predecessor, but a direct adaptation of former Civil War general Lew Wallace's 1880 bestselling novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, which happens to be conveniently in the public domain. Timur Bekmambetov, whose credits include the Angelina Jolie-James McAvoy thriller Wanted and the supernatural cult classic Night Watch, has been attached as director of what is in fact A Tale »
- Andre Soares
Title: Vinodentro (Wine Within) Director: Ferdinando Vicentini Orgnani Starring: Vincenzo Amato, Pietro Sermonti, Daniela Virgilio, Lambert Wilson, Giovanna Mezzogiorno. A pretentiously inebriating film is what could define ‘Vinodentro’ (i.e. Wine Within). The actual drama begins with Giovanni Cuttin’s first sip of wine, which changes his carrier, his marriage, and his attitude to life in general. In a Faust-like setting, the main character sells his soul to a fiendish-wine entity who enables him to get a promotion, become a Don Juan and an expert in wine tasting. What interferes with his newly accomplished life is the mysterious death of his wife, which seems to frame him as the culprit. The investigations [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Hollywood, sadly, has turned its back on traditionally-styled, 2D animation for the big screen. With the rare exception of The Princess and the Frog, animated films from the major studios have all recently been of the computer-generated variety, barely separated from big visual effects movies by the look of the characters. To find films that celebrate the traditional style, one has to turn to those created in other countries, such as the works of Miyasaki or, in this case, the French film Ernest & Celestine. Read my Ernest & Celestine Blu-ray review after the jump. Based on the Belgian book series by Gabrielle Vincent, the tale of Ernest & Celestine is a simple one of fear, hate and prejudice and of those who dare to challenge those beliefs. The mice fear the big, bad bears; the bears hate the subterranean dwelling mice. Celestine (Mackenzie Foy, English version; Pauline Brunner, French version) is a »
Indie: Odds are you missed the delightful Ernest & Celestine (Cinedigm/GKids) in theaters, although the title might ring a bell since it was one of the five Best Animated Feature nominees at this year’s Oscars. If you haven’t seen it yet, don’t let this charmer pass you by. Little mouse Celestine and big, hungry bear Ernest are on opposite ends of the food chain, but they become unlikely friends who shake up their world. I think animated films are the one genre where the subtitles-versus-dubbing purism is kind of pointless, since they’re All dubbed, even in their original language. So whether you’re a fan of subtitles (the French cast includes Lambert Wilson and Féodor Atkine) or not (the English dub offers an all-star lineup including...
- Alonso Duralde
Each year, devoted cinephiles around the world are treated to an array of filmic adaptations of popular novels, plays, or tales merely inspired by real events. It’s by no means a bad thing – but often an audience can crave an original, unique idea. Well it seems that the French are subverting the notion intriguingly, as following on from Roman Polanski’s Venus in Fur, which studied and explored Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s eponymous novel, comes Philippe Le Guay’s Cycling With Moliére. In this instance the source material is The Misanthrope, yet rather than merely adapt the play, instead the characters in the film sub-consciously reflect the characters within it, all while deconstructing the original text, in what is effectively an adaptation within an adaptation.
The picture tells the story of an actor named Gauthier Valence (Lambert Wilson), who travels to meet his old friend, and colleague, Serge Tanneaur »
- Stefan Pape
This is a French comedy with claws, a film about two ageing and narcissistic actors planning a stage version of Molière’s The Misanthrope. Lambert Wilson plays Gauthier Valence, a good-looking old thespian who plays a surgeon in a highly successful TV show. Serge (Fabrice Luchini) hasn’t acted in three years and is living a hermit-like existence in a seaside town. »
The film premiered at Tribeca and tells of an aspiring writer’s affair with the wife of a diplomat. IFC brokered the deal with CAA and Wme Global on behalf of the filmmakers. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The NYC-based distributor has acquired writer-director Victor Levin’s romantic dramedy that premiered at Tribeca in April. IFC Films hasn’t set a U.S. release date for 5 To 7, which stars Anton Yelchin as an aspiring novelist who has an affair with a French diplomat’s wife (Berenice Marlohe). Cultures, worldviews, personal ethics and dietary preferences clash as love deepens. Olivia Thirlby, Lambert Wilson, Frank Langella and Glenn Close co-star in the film produced by Julie Lynn and Bonnie Curtis for Mockingbird Pictures, Sam Englebardt and William Johnson for Demarest Films. Executive producers are David Greathouse, Ruth Mutch and Benjamin and Theresa […] »
Producers are Julie Lynn and Bonnie Curtis for Mockingbird Pictures, Sam Englebardt and William Johnson for Demarest Films; exec producers are David Greathouse, Ruth Mutch, and Benjamin and Theresa Castellano-Wood.
Yelchin portrays an aspiring novelist who has an affair between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. with the beautiful wife (Marlohe) of a French diplomat.
Variety’s Peter Debruge said in his review at Tribeca that “5 to 7″ was “refreshingly articulate.”
Levin’s TV credits include being »
- Dave McNary
IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to writer-director Victor Levin's romantic dramedy “5 to 7,” which premiered in April at the Tribeca Film Festival, the company announced Tuesday. The film stars Anton Yelchin, Bérénice Marlohe, Olivia Thirlby, Lambert Wilson, Frank Langella and Glenn Close. “5 to 7” was produced by Julie Lynn and Bonnie Curtis for Mockingbird Pictures and Sam Englebardt and William Johnson for Demarest Films. The film was executive produced by David Greathouse, Ruth Mutch and Benjamin and Theresa Castellano-Wood. Also read: Voltage to Finance Joe Dante's ‘Burying the Ex’ Starring Anton Yelchin, Ashley Greene (Exclusive) Set in New York, »
- Jeff Sneider
The Jury of this 67th Festival de Cannes, presided over by Jane Campion, revealed the names of the prize winners this evening during the Awards Ceremony. Lambert Wilson hosted Uma Thurman and Quentin Tarantino on the stage of the Grand Théâtre Lumière to award the Palme d’or to the best of the 18 films in Competition. Sergio Leone’s Per un pugno di dollari (A Fistful of Dollars) presented by Quentin Tarantino, was screened at the end of the ceremony. An the winners are: Feature Films Palme d’or Winter Sleep by Nuri Bilge Ceylan Grand Prix Le Meraviglie (The Wonders) by Alice Rohrwacher Best Director Award Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher Jury Prize ex-aequo Mommy by Xavier Dolan Adieu Au Langage (Goodbye to language) by Jean-Luc Godard Best Screenplay Award Andrey Zvyagintsev and Oleg Negin for Leviathan Best Actress Award Julianne Moore in Maps To The Stars by David Cronenberg »
- Josh Abraham
The 67th Cannes film festival ends with the ceremony to announces which of the 18 films in competition has won this year's Palme d'Or from Jane Campion's jury
News: Winter Sleep wins the Palme d'Or at the Cannes film festival
And that's it from the Cannes prize-giving ceremony for this year. You can read Catherine Shoard's news story about Nuri Bilge Ceylan's win here and we'll have a reaction blog from Peter Bradshaw soon. He's a Ceylan fan, so he's no doubt staring quietly out the window at a gently rolling hillside in tribute.
Thanks for reading. We're off to cry, find and thank Jane Campion and think back on our years in "this crazy business" Au revoir!
Giant cheer as the Turkish director's name is called. Some said his new film, another meditative drama set in the Anatolian countryside, stretched the audience's patience too thin to win. »
- Henry Barnes
After 11 days of films, the Cannes Film Festival wrapped up Saturday night with the closing ceremony. The top prize, the Palme d'Or, went to Winter Sleep. Videos: Cannes: Steve Carell, Marion Cotillard, Cate Blanchett Preview Their Upcoming Movies President Jane Campion and her jury including Sofia Coppola, Willem Dafoe, Nicolas Winding Refn and Gael Garcia Bernal picked the prizes from this year’s selection of 18 films in competition. Iconic French actor Lambert Wilson served as master of ceremonies at the event. Cannes Film Festival president Gilles Jacob, who will step down after this year, received a long standing ovation
- Rebecca Ford, Rhonda Richford
Nicole Kidman At Cannes
At the afternoon photocall, Kidman wore a white calf-length wrap dress with sleeves that featured cutouts. She wore her hair down with a loose curl and went bold with bright red lipstick. She was joined at the photocall by costars Tim Roth, Paz Vega and Jeanne Baliebar as well as director Olivier Dahan.
On Wednesday night, Kidman attended the opening ceremony and premiere of Grace of Monaco in a stunning blue beaded Armani gown and jewelry by Harry Winston. After everyone was seated at the theater for the occasion, Master of Ceremony Lambert Wilson asked Kidman to dance, and the movie star graciously obliged.
Unusual for the opening film at the Cannes Film Festival, Kidman’s Grace of Monaco has been slammed by critics, »
Riding out of a storm of much-publicized controversies and mixed reviews, “Grace of Monaco’s” premiere may not ended like a fairy tale, but it managed to deliver a fairly glamorous Cannes opening night. Onscreen royal couple Nicole Kidman and Tim Roth were all smiles on the red carpet, in contrast with producer Pierre-Ange Le Pogam and helmer Olivier Dahan, who appeared tense. Also on hand to boost the evening’s star-power: jury president Jane Campion, jury members Sofia Coppola, Willem Dafoe, Gael Garcia Bernal, Nicolas Winding Refn, Carole Bouquet, Leila Hatami, Jia Zhangke and Jeon Do-yeon.
As previously reported, pic’s U.S. distributor Harvey Weinstein was a no-show.
Notable opening night guests included French culture minister Aurelie Filipetti, Metropolitan Filmexport’s co-founder Samuel Hadida, French producer Eric Altmayer, Gaumont’s chairman Sidonie Dumas and president Nicolas Seydoux. Stars Jane Fonda, Zoe Saldana and Blake Lively also graced the red carpet. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Wang’s partner at Flying Box Productions, Bernadette Bürgi, produces. The German co-producers are Skady Lis of Getaway Pictures, Andro Steinborn of Arden Film, and Frank Evers, Helge Neubronner and Kristian Stern of Cine Plus.
The project is supported by the German Federal Film Fund.
“Lulu does a great job creating a whirlwind cinematic romance that’s still very much »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
These days, the number of indies premiering on a weekly basis can be both thrilling and intimidating. To help sift through the number of new releases (independent or otherwise), we've created the Weekly Film Guide. Below you'll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for today's fresh offerings. Happy viewing! Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. today, Friday, April 25th. (Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.) Bicycling with Moliere Director: Philippe Le Guay Cast: Fabrice Luchini, Lambert Wilson, Maya Sansa, Camille Japy, Annie Mercier Synopsis: "A kind of theatrical odd couple, Serge Tanneur (Fabrice Luchini) and Gauthier Valence (Lambert Wilson) aren’t really friends but they’re willing to pretend if it’s to their mutual advantage. And perhaps it is: Gauthier is the star of a hit TV show, but he has an itch to stage Moliere’s Le Misanthrope, and he wants to persuade Serge, »
- Steve Greene
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