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5 items from 2015


Film Review: ‘The Last Hammer Blow’

18 March 2015 3:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Classical music fans have learned to anticipate the infamous hammer blows that fall at the end of Gustav Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, waiting with bated breath for the percussionist, who stands with giant mallet raised, to deliver the tragic strokes of fate: one, two and (if the orchestra is so inclined) a third and final crippling boom to smite whatever hope remained. The bastard son of a celebrated symphony conductor, 13-year-old Victor knows nothing about classical music at the outset of Alix Delaporte’s “The Last Hammer Blow,” but fate has already been plenty cruel in his short time on earth. Art-film aficionados may assume they can tell where the narrative is headed in this modest French drama, and yet the curiously noncommercial film defiantly resists sentimentality while teasing whether tragedy will strike again as the headstrong teen attempts to reconnect with his estranged father.

It would have been so »

- Peter Debruge

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Michel Gomez: ‘In a Very Tense Environment, Paris Hosted Major Domestic and Foreign Shoots in 2014′

28 January 2015 10:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Paris Film Office was set up in 2002 as part of the Mission Cinema project launched the same year. Both are integrated within the city council, the Mairie de Paris. Their goal is to provide a one-stop shop for French and foreign professionals that will handle all logistical aspects required for shooting in the French capital — which is not only one of the world’s most highly filmed cities but also one of the busiest, meaning that shooting there requires careful preparation. Two permits are required for filming in Paris: one issued by the Paris Film Office and one by the Préfecture de Police, the city’s police authority.

Since its launch, the Paris Film Office has inked agreements to improve filming conditions in the capital and set up a bilingual website to help French and international productions to prepare shoots. The site provides images of key locations and information »

- Martin Dale

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Emilie Cherpitel on ‘Eva & Leon,’ A ‘Mother-Meets-Son’ Movie

15 January 2015 9:57 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The art decoration of “Eva & Leon” is sublime, its impact immediate in the measured static shots of Eva’s chic and huge arrondissement Paris flat, classical in the carefully contrasting tones of white, gray, blue and salmon, setting off of furniture, curtains, drapes, sofas, cushions, gray and walls, high ceilings. A life-size flamingo stands by the mantelpiece. But such luxury is not enough. Eva, 35 (Clotilde Hesme), svelte, a dandy, an flaneur, cultured, immature, no children, absent mother, recluse father, termigant sis, lives a privileged life few can dream of, at least  seriously. But, as the film suggests, she needs Leon, 10, an orphan who has escaped from his reception miles away outside France to try to find his birth-mother, to give her life an emotional anchor. Emilie Cherpitel’s film portrays their growing relationship of an odd couple. Distributed in France and sold abroad by Pyramide, one of Europe’s top arthouse production-distribution-sales companies, »

- John Hopewell

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‘Daddy,’ ‘Disturb,’ ‘Discount’ Showcased at UniFrance Rendez-vous

7 January 2015 4:55 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris –Pathe’s “Daddy or Mommy,” Wild Bunch’s “Do Not Disturb” and The Other Angle’s “Discount” will compete next week for one of Europe’s most valuable non-official crowns: the UniFrance Paris Rendez-vous Most Popular New Comedy.

Also in the running: Gaumont’s “I Kissed a Girl,” Kinology’s “Caprices,” EuropaCorp’s “Bis” and “Buddy Guards,” Studiocanal’s “Chic!”, Versatile’s “A trois, on y va,” “Valentin, Valentin,” from Sbs Productions, and TF1.’s Intl.’s “Boomerang.”

Having punched a robust first five-day $3.7 million through Jan. 4, Patrice Leconte’s “Do Not Disturb” opens Paris’ 17th UniFrance Rendez-vous with French Cinema, Europe’s biggest film mart after Cannes, Berlin, Venice, San Sebastian and Locarno.

Running Jan. 15-19, and screening an announced 86 French movies, 47 market premieres per UniFrance, the Rendez-vous will unveil a score-or-so of new comedies. With Rdv buzz helping to galvanize boffo sales and even double –or sometimes »

- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #73. Catherine Corsini’s La belle saison

6 January 2015 7:45 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

La belle saison

Director: Catherine Corsini // Writers: Catherine Corsini, Laurette Polmanss

French director Catherine Corsini isn’t very well known in the Us, though many should be familiar with her 2009 title Leaving, which headlined Kristin Scott Thomas. She’s premiered at Cannes on four occasions, last in 2012 in Un Certain Regard with Three Worlds (which happens to be one of her weaker efforts—Corsini played in the Main Comp in 2001 with La Repetition). Her latest, La belle saison (The Beautiful Summer), is set in 1971, and concerns the budding relationship between two women from very different walks of life, something which throws both their lives into turmoil (which sounds an awful lot like post-war Diane Kurys material). Corsini (who often features striking actresses in her work, including Catherine Frot, Scott Thomas, and Clotilde Hesme) snags Cecile de France as one part of this duo, not to mention the always engaging Noemie Lvovsky. »

- Nicholas Bell

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