18 items from 2015
Perhaps aware that the comparisons to “Rosemary’s Baby” will arrive from the start, playwright and theatre director David Farr, making his feature film debut, acknowledges the allusions to Roman Polanski’s picture from the first frames. Our first look of Clémence Poésy in the film bears a similar fragility to Mia Farrow, and the score by Adem Ilhan (“In The Loop”) evokes lullabye-style tones not unlike Krzysztof Komeda’s work on Polanski’s picture. However, Farr doesn’t simply trod over similar ground of its predecessor, but offers an intriguing proposition: what if Rosemary Woodhouse became a mother to a perfectly healthy baby, but was driven mad not by a satanic cult, but by “The Ones Below”? Kate (Poésy) and Justin (Stephen Campbell Moore) are the picture of a perfect couple. They each have successful careers, a lovely London flat, and a baby on the way. However, their little »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Changeling Chronicles: Farr’s Eerie Debut a Duel of Deserving Motherhood
Screenwriter and playwright David Farr makes his directorial debut with The Ones Below, a psychological quartet examining class issues, motherhood as a rite of passage, and the vulnerability of guilt. Tonally comparable to Polanski’s trio of horrific happenings in urban apartments, Farr channels the innate awkwardness of adult interactions and the unnamed tensions of familial competitions and contrived intermingling. As a genre film, the narrative plays out with almost disappointing predictability. But under the guise of a socioeconomic thriller operating as a nightmare of the privileged, Farr manages a striking portrait of the perverse relationship of building family vs. building community.
Kate (Clemence Poesy) and Justin (Stephen Campbell Moore) have been happily married for quite some time and are finally expecting their first child, the perfect addition to their life in the comfortably affluent suburbs of London. New »
- Nicholas Bell
Après La Famille BÉLIER voilà notre 2e production Demain, Tout Commence (co produit avec Vendôme). Un film d Hugo Gelin avec O.Sy & C.Poesy — Stephane Celerier (@stephanecel) September 11, 2015 Above, French producer Stéphane Célérier announces via his Twitter account the start of production on a new feature film titled "Two is a Family," which will be directed by Hugo Gélin, and will star Omar Sy and Clemence Poesy. Details on the project aren't in abundance, but we do know that the film (based on my translation from French to English) will see Omar Sy play a reluctant father to a child he never »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Following its French hit “The Family Belier,” Snd, the commercial arm of French network M6, is reteaming with Vendome Production and Mars Films for “Two Is a Family,” a dramedy starring Omar Sy and Clemence Poesy.
Set to start shooting at the end of the month, “Two Is a Family” will be directed by Hugo Gelin, who made his debut with “Comme des freres” in 2012 and penned the script for the popular comedy “La cage doree.”
Sy will play Samuel, a man whose carefree life on the French Riviera is turned upside down when a former fling suddenly reappears and introduces him to his baby girl before taking off. After tracking down his ex in vain all over London, Samuel eventually settles in the city, finds a job as stuntman in a TV show and proves to be a loving yet unconventional dad. »
- Elsa Keslassy
The 59Th BFI London Film Festival Announces Full 2015 Programme
You can peruse the programme at your leisure here.
The programme for the 59th BFI London Film Festival in partnership launched today, with Festival Director Clare Stewart presenting this year’s rich and diverse selection of films and events. BFI London Film Festival is Britain’s leading film event and one of the world’s oldest film festivals. It introduces the finest new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience. The Festival provides an essential platform for films seeking global success; and promotes the careers of British and international filmmakers through its industry and awards programmes. With this year’s industry programme stronger than ever, offering international filmmakers and leaders a programme of insightful events covering every area of the film industry Lff positions London as the world’s leading creative city.
The Festival will screen a »
The Toronto International Film Festival kicks off next week, and it's the place where awards season contenders start the road to potential Oscar glory. However, there are many other movies, in a variety of styles and genres, that are potential for breakout status too, and one to keep an eye on is "The Ones Below," and today we have an exclusive clip. Read More: Review: 'Last Love' With Clémence Poésy Clémence Poésy, David Morrissey, Stephen Campbell Moore, and Laura Birn star in the picture, directed by playwright David Farr, about a London couple whose arrival of a new baby, and the friendship with a new tenant that moves in downstairs, brings an increasing sense of paranoia. And as you'll see in this clip, strange things start happening around the home in this Polanski-esque drama. Here's the official synopsis: Kate (Clémence Poésy) and Justin (Stephen Campbell Moore) are an »
- Edward Davis
Unfolding in the same moral gray area as “Michael Clayton,” where ethical compromises resonate louder than gunshots, Nicolas Pariser’s “The Great Game” suggests how a sophisticated French helmer might spin the ingredients of a John Grisham-style potboiler. Amusingly enough, it is a book, not a bomb, that threatens to disrupt the country’s balance of power as a burnt-out novelist (the naturally introspective Melvil Poupaud) finds himself a pawn in a political game of chess. Such a refreshing emphasis on ideas over action should suit both locals and American arthouse-goers, though it’s worth noting that Pariser’s approach, while thoughtful, leaves ample room for a romantic subplot, climactic footchase and so on.
If anything, such genre-movie concessions distract from the qualities that make “The Great Game” such a distinctively French offering, with its enticing glimpse of how the wheels turn behind the facade of Paris’ Elysee Palace. »
- Peter Debruge
Potential awards season contenders Truth from James Vanderbilt and Marc Abraham’s I Saw The Light starring Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams land world premiere slots, while Paco Cabezas’s Mr. Right will close the festival.
London is the subject of the seventh annual City To City programme that features world premieres of Tom Geens’ Couple In A Hole starring Paul Higgins and Kate Dickie and Michael Caton-Jones’ Urban Hymn with Letitia Wright and Shirley Henderson. Elaine Constantine’s Northern Soul gets a North American premiere.
Tiff top brass also unveiled the Contemporary World Cinema section, featuring »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Author J.K. Rowling and her greatest creation, Harry Potter, both have birthdays today -- July 31. The author already tweeted her thanks to fans, but did you see the sweet birthday messages shared by several "Harry Potter" cast members to Time?
As Harry turns 35, his mum turns (it's not polite to say but the cast does refer to it) 50. Time celebrated J.K. Rowling's big milestone by getting 17 birthday notes from these movie stars: Alan Rickman (Snape), Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge), Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid), Natalia Tena (Tonks), David Thewlis (Lupin), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom), Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), Clemence Poesy (Fleur), movie director Chris Columbus, Oliver and James Phelps (George and Fred Weasley), Katie Leung (Cho Chang), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), Sean Biggerstaff (Oliver Wood), Frances de la Tour (Madame Olympe Maxime), Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley), and Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley).
While some of the messages were »
- Gina Carbone
The 68th Locarno Film Festival (August 5-15) will open with Jonathan Demme’s musical comedy-drama Ricki And The Flash, in which Meryl Streep stars as a musician who tries to make things right with her family after giving up everything to pursue her dream of rock-and-roll stardom.
Written by Diablo Cody, the film gets a Piazza Grande berth alongside Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Me And Earl And The Dying Girl, Catherine Corsini’s La Belle Saison and Antoine Fuqua’s Southpaw.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Sarah Cooper)
Lifetime, A+E and History will simulcast a limited series event in 2016 as part of a co-production with The Weinstein Co and the BBC, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
This television version will condense elements of Tolstoy's 1869 novel about the Napoleonic French army's invasion of Russia.
A+E Networks' announcement of the new War and Peace series comes on the same day as it commissioned a »
Brazilian indie distributor Tucuman Films is setting up a Paris-based French distribution operation of the same name to distribute films from Brazil and other Latin American countries in France, the world’s biggest art film market.
Bowing its distribution operations in September with “Chronicle of the End of the World,” an intimate father-son drama from first-time Colombian director Mauricio Cuervo, Tucuman Films will also release Geraldine Chaplin starrer “Sand Dollars” and Brazilian Eryk Rocha’s “Sunday Ball.”
Both screening at Toulouse CineLatino Festival, which kicked off Thursday, the FiGa Films-sold fourth feature from Dominican Republic-based scribe-helmer tandem Israel Cardenas and Laura Amelia Guzman has twinned large critical acclaim and sales.
Tucuman’s first distribution slate includes Brazilian screenwriter Luiz Bolognesi directorial debut “Rio 2096, A Story of Love and Fury,” which straddles four periods in Brazilian history and won the top Crystal Award at France’s 2013 Annecy Animation Festival. Tucuman »
- John Hopewell
We have a Beauty (that would be Emma Watson). We have a Beast (that’d be Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens). We also have Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Kevin Kline as Belle’s father, Maurice, and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts.
Can we all agree that whoever is casting Disney’s upcoming live adaptation of Beauty and the Beast is absolutely Nailing it? We don’t want to step on any toes, but we have a few suggestions for the rest of the cast:
Jean Dujardin as Lumiere
Dujardin was born to play the charming French candelabra. We literally cannot think of anyone who is more perfect for this part. And it’d be a good return to U.S. cinema, after mostly French films following his Oscar win for The Artist.
Gary Oldman as Cogsworth
A couple of actors immediately came to mind Cogsworth -- Nathan Lane has the »
Emma Thompson will portray Mrs. Potts in the upcoming live-action retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Disney announced in a statement released to People. Is there anyone better suited to the role of a doting, wisdom-dispensing mother who has no qualms about using hot tea as a weapon in a crisis? Also joining Thompson in the tale as old as time is Kevin Kline, who will play Belle's father, Maurice. Emma Watson leads the cast as the beauty herself, and Dan Stevens has been cast as her beastly prince. Luke Evans will play Gaston and Josh Gad his minion Le »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl
Emma Thompson will portray Mrs. Potts in the upcoming live-action retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Disney announced in a statement released to People. Is there anyone better suited to the role of a doting, wisdom-dispensing mother who has no qualms using hot tea as a weapon in a crisis? Also joining Thompson in the tale as old as time is Kevin Kline, who will play Belle's father, Maurice. Emma Watson leads the cast as the beauty herself, and Luke Evans has been cast as her beastly prince. Dan Stevens will play Gaston and Josh Gad his minion Le Fou »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl
The Tunnel 2: Debris will air early next year, reuniting detectives Karl Roebuck and Elise Wassermann on a new case not inspired by The Bridge.
Sky Atlantic boss Zai Bennett revealed to The Guardian that the second series will focus on an airliner that crashes in the English Channel.
Watch the trailer for The Tunnel's first series below: »
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- John Plunkett
“No bloody manners, the French,” puffs one British copper as he and his team square off with their Gallic counterparts over a body cut in half at the exact midpoint of the Channel tunnel. By poking fun at such ancient enmities, the makers of The Tunnel – a remake of stylish Scandinavian crime drama The Bridge – inject new life into their storyline. The Chunnel itself makes such a brilliantly creepy location, it’s a surprise Eurostar didn’t give a resounding “non” to Sky Atlantic’s 10-parter.
Two mismatched police officers swing into action: Karl, a jokey, flirty, blokey Brit played by Stephen Dillane; and po-faced French oddball Elise, brilliantly brought to life by Clémence Poésy. The murder heralds a spate of killings »
- Toby Manning
18 items from 2015
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