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'K.O.': Film Review

'K.O.': Film Review
Less of a K.O. than a Wtf, writer-director Fabrice Gobert’s second feature stars French pretty boy Laurent Lafitte (Elle) as a TV executive caught in a Mobius strip-style plot that has him dying, resurrecting, falling in and out of love with Chiara Mastroianni, and acting like a d-bag for most of the film’s two-hour running time.

It’s a lot to ask an audience to get hooked on, especially with a lead character who really has nothing to commend except his perfectly etched beard, but Gobert — who created the well-regarded supernatural TV series Les Revenants — manages to keep the...
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Cannes 2017: who's in the running?

Screen investigates which films from around the world could launch on the Croisette, including on opening night.

With just over a month to go before the line-up for this year’s Cannes Film Festival is unveiled in Paris, Croisette predictions and wish lists are hitting the web thick and fast.

Screen’s network of correspondents and contributors around the world have been putting out feelers to get a sense of what might or might not make it to the Palais du Cinéma or one of the parallel sections.

Just like the Oscars, this year’s festival is likely to unfold amid a politically-charged atmosphere. Beyond Trump and the rise of populism across the globe, France will be digesting the result of its own presidential election on May 7. Against this background, the festival will be feting its 70th edition.

Below, Screen reveals which titles might - and might not - be in the running for a place at the
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New Jean-Luc Godard, Omar Sy films on 2017 Wild Bunch slate

Exclusive: Paris-based company reshuffles sales team as Carole Baraton steps down as head of sales.

Wild Bunch will launch sales on new films by Jean-Luc Godard, Christian Carion, Michel Ocelot, Raymond Depardon as well as a feel-good, Senegal-set drama starring Omar Sy at Unifrance’s upcoming Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris (Jan 12-16).

The event will also mark the first outing for the company’s reconfigured sales team following Carole Baraton’s decision to step down as head of sales to set-up her own company.

Baraton’s long-time territories the Us, France and the UK will be carved up between the sales team, now consisting of Silvia Simonutti, Emilie Serres, Olivier Barbier, recent hire Fanny Beauville and Esther Devos for festivals.

Notably, Beauville will co-handle Canada and the Us in partnership with La’s Creative Artist Agency (CAA), working closely with the agency’s film finance and sales group co-chief Roeg Sutherland and his team.

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The Returned: Creator Teases Season Three Possibility

Season two of the French series The Returned debuts on Sundance TV on Halloween, but is there more story to tell? The creator of the series, Fabrice Gobert, spoke about the series with Digital Spy, and he is not against a third season.

"I think there can be a third, but season two is really constructed as a mirror to season one. There are a lot of questions, a lot of mysteries, a lot of stories that began in season one, and those had to be completed in season two.  So we can imagine easily season three, but I think it would be different from the two first chapters."

Two members of the cast, Pierre Perrier and Jenna Thiam, also teased the possibility of a third season. However, season two will give fans a satisfactory ending.

Are you a fan of The Returned? Would you want more? Tell us
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How did series 1 of The Returned end? Read our handy refresher

Warning: This article contains spoilers that some readers may prefer to avoid.

Good news - The Returned is back, with its beautiful people, Gallic drama and Mogwai chords. Bad news - the first series aired in 2013 and, two years on, all we can remember is "the Lake Pub".

Great news - Digital Spy has prepared a handy guide, for anyone looking to refresh their memories ahead of tonight's (superb) series two premiere:

The basics

The dead have begun returning to life in a small French mountain town. But these are no flesh-chomping zombies - beyond a ferocious appetite, the 'Returned' appear perfectly healthy and normal.

The town, though, is plagued by other strange phenomena - power outages, the reservoir's water level dropping dramatically and strange marks appearing on the bodies of both the living and dead.

What happened in series one's finale?

Remember Toni (Grégory Gadebois), manager of the Lake Pub?
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The Returned series 2: the delay, Us remake, and answers

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The Returned series 2 arrives on More4 in the UK tonight, Friday the 16th of October. We spoke to its creators and cast…

Fabrice Gobert, the French creator of supernatural drama The Returned, speaks good English. An inevitability of using a second language though, is the odd grammatical slip. One such slip made by Gobert at the press launch for The Returned series two is too perfect to let pass by. A pitfall of writing fantasy TV, Gobert said, is that “you can lost yourself”.

Add a capital letter to the ‘l’ word, and you can say that again.

During its enviably long run, Lost became both the high and low benchmark for atmospheric, existentially fraught TV dramas. Its early seasons gripped viewers, but its later runs frustrated many by failing to achieve the perfect ratio of mysteries to answers. That’s the tricky challenge The Returned is facing in series two.
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There could be a third series of The Returned, says creator Fabrice Gobert

The Returned is back for a second series - but will these next eight episodes bring the story to a close?

Fabrice Gobert, creator of the chilling French drama, told press including Digital Spy that he is not ruling out a third series.

"I think there can be a third," he said. "But season two is really constructed as a mirror to season one. There are a lot of questions, a lot of mysteries, a lot of stories that began in season one, and those had to be completed in season two.

"So we can imagine easily season three, but I think it would be different from the two first chapters."

Gobert had planned the climax of The Returned to the very final image. However, while that image does still feature in series two's finale, it is no longer the last shot.

"I had it [in my head] when I wrote season one,
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The Returned cast weren't fans of the Us remake: 'It was bad, so I stopped watching'

The Us remake of chilling French drama The Returned ran for just one season - and it's fair to say the team behind the original show were not fans.

Pierre Perrier (Simon) and Jenna Thiam (Lena) told press including Digital Spy that they were not impressed by what little they saw of the American series.

"I saw ten minutes of it," Perrier admitted. "It was the same shots. But... bad. So I stopped it."

"I've seen it very briefly," Thiam added. "But there's no artistic movement behind it. It's just, 'Oh this was a big hit, let's copy it'. - it's a different way of thinking."

Fabrice Gobert, creator of the original Les Revenants, confirmed that he played no role in the Us remake, but did speak briefly with its showrunner, Lost veteran Carlton Cuse.

"They asked me if I wanted to participate, but I couldn't, because I was writing season two [of the French show]," he explained.
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The Returned is back for series 2 - but why has it taken 2 years?

Spooky French drama The Returned is back for a second series - but why has it taken over 2 years for new episodes to reach our screens?

In fact, there's been a 3-year gap since the first series aired in its naive France - but creator Fabrice Gobert told press including Digital Spy that the French television industry is simply not equipped to work at a faster pace.

"It's a problem in France. and we have to solve it," he said. "As a spectator, when I love a series, I expect it to have 10 episodes every year. I would be very frustrated if Game of Thrones stopped for three years.

"So we know that we have to improve that in France, everybody knows that, but it's difficult to imagine a system where we have to make 10 episodes every year.

"In France, you have to write every script before shooting. So you
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Fancy a drink in The Lake Pub? The Returned's infamous tavern is real

If you're a fan of spooky French series The Returned, we've got some exciting news for you - the Lake Pub is real.

The drinking establishment - and its curiously Anglicised name - became a bit of a mini-obsession for UK viewers when Channel 4 screened the first series of The Returned in 2013.

Both the pub and the diner that feature on the show are real locations, near Annecy in south-eastern France where the series films.

"They are real places - we didn't invent them," The Returned creator Fabrice Gobert told press including Digital Spy.

"In the script, the pub had a French name, but we found that place and it was wonderful and called 'The Lake Pub' - and we thought, 'It's a little bit Twin Peaks but...'"

So there you have it. Next time you're affecting a terrible French accent to mimic one of the cast of The Returned,
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The Returned Season 2 Trailer Arrives

The Fabrice Gobert created supernatural show The Returned was a big favorite around these parts when it premiered a few years back. A slow cooker, with atmosphere and Wtf moments aplenty, the show revolved around the residents of a provincial French town who had to deal with loved ones returning from the dead.. but were not undead in the modern zombie sense... they were seemingly fully alive, and with no memory of their deaths. It's as if they just woke up from a nap. More Twin Peaks than The Walking Dead, Gobert and company gave us one killer first season and then went off to craft season 2, which, if you live in France, has been three years in the making, and two for us...

[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]
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Watch: 'The Returned' Season 2 Trailer and Poster Prove a French Zombie's First Death Is Not Its Last

Watch: 'The Returned' Season 2 Trailer and Poster Prove a French Zombie's First Death Is Not Its Last
Read More: Toronto Review: With Season 2 of 'The Returned,' the Best Mystery on TV is Back SundanceTV has released the full-length trailer for the thrilling second season of the International Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series “The Returned." After a three-year absence, creator Fabrice Gobert is excited to debut the second season at a perfect time considering the themes of the series: Halloween. SundanceTV's official synopsis reads: "The second season picks up six months after the deceased disappeared into the mountains with Simon, Camille, her mother, Claire, Julie and the mysterious youngster Victor. Since then, nothing has been heard of them. Now, Adèle is about to give birth to Simon's child, part of the town is still flooded and the dam remains under surveillance. Rumors abound that the dead have returned, but the authorities refuse to believe them. The rare witnesses have chosen to remain silent or are not taken seriously,
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Watch: 'The Returned' Season 2 Trailer and Poster Prove a French Zombie's First Death Is Not Its Last

Watch: 'The Returned' Season 2 Trailer and Poster Prove a French Zombie's First Death Is Not Its Last
Read More: Toronto Review: With Season 2 of 'The Returned,' the Best Mystery on TV is Back SundanceTV has released the full-length trailer for the thrilling second season of the International Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series “The Returned." After a three-year absence, creator Fabrice Gobert is excited to debut the second season at a perfect time considering the themes of the series: Halloween. SundanceTV's official synopsis reads: "The second season picks up six months after the deceased disappeared into the mountains with Simon, Camille, her mother, Claire, Julie and the mysterious youngster Victor. Since then, nothing has been heard of them. Now, Adèle is about to give birth to Simon's child, part of the town is still flooded and the dam remains under surveillance. Rumors abound that the dead have returned, but the authorities refuse to believe them. The rare witnesses have chosen to remain silent or are not taken seriously,
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Toronto Review: With Season 2 of 'The Returned,' the Best Mystery on TV is Back

In the pantheon of recent television shows steeped in mystery more than solutions — from "Lost" to the first season of "True Detective" — no recent program has recaptured the creepy elegance of "Twin Peaks" better than "The Returned" ("Les Revenants"). With two episodes previewed this week in the Toronto International Film Festival's Primetime section, the show continues to provide a unique narrative experience that propels viewers to think things through, even if they still don't add up. Read More: Coming Back from the Dead, French-Style The French series, the first season of which made its way to North America two years ago on Sundance TV, explores the bizarre circumstances under which the dead come back to life in a small town, unaware of their postmortem state or why they came back. With a layered approach and massive ensemble, creator Fabrice Gobert juggles an extraordinary number of ambiguous situations united by a.
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Toronto Review: With Season 2 of 'The Returned,' the Best Mystery on TV is Back

In the pantheon of recent television shows steeped in mystery more than solutions — from "Lost" to the first season of "True Detective" — no recent program has recaptured the creepy elegance of "Twin Peaks" better than "The Returned" ("Les Revenants"). With two episodes previewed this week in the Toronto International Film Festival's Primetime section, the show continues to provide a unique narrative experience that propels viewers to think things through, even if they still don't add up. Read More: Coming Back from the Dead, French-Style The French series, the first season of which made its way to North America two years ago on Sundance TV, explores the bizarre circumstances under which the dead come back to life in a small town, unaware of their postmortem state or why they came back. With a layered approach and massive ensemble, creator Fabrice Gobert juggles an extraordinary number of ambiguous situations united by a.
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Tiff 2015’s tv-focused Primetime Programme lineup announced

The rise in critical acclaim for television shows over the years has been well-documented, with a corresponding rise in interest among viewers to discuss and analyse television the way films are at festivals. While festivals dedicated to television shows, such as Atx and PaleyFest, are on the rise, film festivals still outweigh them.

For its 2015 incarnation, however, the Toronto International Film Festival will be doing something unique, beginning a programme dedicated to television. Titled the Primetime Programme, the section of the festival will conduct screenings and Q&A sessions just like the films that play at Tiff, focusing on specific episodes of shows instead. The lineup for the inagural Primetime programme has now been announced, and can be seen below.

Casual Season 1, Episodes 1 and 2, created by Zander Lehmann and directed by Jason Reitman, making its World Premiere

Festival favourite Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air) directs this wonderfully endearing
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Tiff unveils first Primetime roster

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Tiff unveils first Primetime roster
Toronto brass on Thursday paid homage to arguably the most dynamic and provocative content format in entertainment, announcing the festival’s inaugural slate of six TV projects from the likes of Baltasar Kormákur, Jason Reitman and Lucía Puenzo.

The selections highlight what Tiff director and CEO Piers Handling called a “cross-pollination” of the film and TV worlds from international storytellers, broadcasters and streaming services.

The six selections appear below. All are world premieres except The Returned, which is an international premiere.

Casual (Us), created by Zander Lehmann and directed by Jason Reitman.

Episodes 1 and 2 of the comedy from Hulu and Lionsgate that follows a dating site entrepreneur and his therapist sister who move in together after the latter’s recent divorce.

Starring Tommy Dewey, Michaela Watkins and Tara Lynne Barr.

Cromo (Argentina), created by Lucía Puenzo and Nicolás Puenzo.

Episodes 1, 2 and 8 of the eco-thriller from directors Lucía Puenzo (Xxy, Wakolda), Pablo Fendrik (Blood Appears, El Ardor) and Nicolás Puenzo
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Tiff unveils first Primetime roster

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Tiff unveils first Primetime roster
Toronto brass on Thursday paid homage to arguably the most dynamic and provocative content format in entertainment, announcing the festival’s inaugural slate of six TV projects from the likes of Baltasar Kormákur, Jason Reitman and Lucía Puenzo.

The selections highlight what Tiff director and CEO Piers Handling called a “cross-pollination” of the film and TV worlds from international storytellers, broadcasters and streaming services.

The six selections appear below. All are world premieres except The Returned, which is an international premiere.

Casual (Us), created by Zander Lehmann and directed by Jason Reitman.

Episodes 1 and 2 of the comedy from Hulu and Lionsgate that follows a dating site entrepreneur and his therapist sister who move in together after the latter’s recent divorce.

Starring Tommy Dewey, Michaela Watkins and Tara Lynne Barr.

Cromo (Argentina), created by Lucía Puenzo and Nicolás Puenzo.

Episodes 1, 2 and 8 of the eco-thriller from directors Lucía Puenzo (Xxy, Wakolda), Pablo Fendrik (Blood Appears, El Ardor) and Nicolás Puenzo
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Tiff's New TV Slate Includes 'The Returned,' Jason Reitman's 'Casual,' Keith Richards Doc

Tiff's New TV Slate Includes 'The Returned,' Jason Reitman's 'Casual,' Keith Richards Doc
As is the new normal for festivals looking for audiences where they really are nowadays, Toronto has added a television slate to buttress its unspooling film program. The international lineup features shows new and returning from Baltasar Kormákur, Jason Reitman, Morgan Neville, Fabrice Gobert, Lucía Puenzo and Tim Kring. France's elegant life-after-death saga "The Returned" is back for season two, while Jason Reitman's Hulu series "Casual" will show its first two episodes. Morgan Neville's (an Oscar contender for "Best of Enemies") Netflix Original "Keith Richards: Under the Influence" will also premiere. New series "Trapped" from Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur, whose "Everest" opens Venice next month, is a noirish procedural that follows the investigation of a nasty murder in a small town at the bottom of a fjord. Read More: Baltasar Kormákur Launches 'Trapped,' Icelandic Crime...
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Tiff's First-Ever TV Lineup Includes Jason Reitman's 'Casual' and 'Heroes Reborn'

Tiff's First-Ever TV Lineup Includes Jason Reitman's 'Casual' and 'Heroes Reborn'
Joining in the growing movement to include television programming at film festivals, the Toronto International Film Festival announced today its inaugural lineup for Primetime, a section showcasing the best international television out there. Featuring episodic content from France, Iceland, Argentina and the United States, the new program will be made up of six total entries.  Most notable is the upcoming Hulu series from Jason Reitman. "Casual," created by Zander Lehmann and directed by Reitman, will make its world premiere alongside "Cromo," an eco-thriller from directors Lucia Puenzo ("Xxy") and Pabo Fendrik ("Blood Appears"); "Keith Richards: Under the Influence," director Morgan Neville's portrait of the Rolling Stones musician; and "Trapped," a noir-ish thriller from "Everest" director Baltasar Kormákur. "The Returned," a French series created by Fabrice Gobert, is the only show not...

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