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MK2 Acquires Worldwide Rights to Agnes Varda, Jacques Demy Films’ Library

12 May 2017 8:48 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

MK2 Films, one of France’s leading production, international sales and exhibition companies, has acquired worldwide rights to the library of films helmed by French New Wave icons Agnès Varda and Jacques Demy.

The deal, signed with the company founded by the Varda-Demy family, covers France and international, except for DVD and French theatrical distribution of Varda’s and Demy’s movies.

The library includes the pair’s features, shorts and documentaries, most of which have been restored and digitized. Varda’s most critically acclaimed films include “The Beaches of Agnes,” “Les glaneurs et la glaneuse” and “Cléo de 5 à 7.” Some of Demy’s best-known films are “Les Parapluies de Cherbourg,” which won Cannes’s Palme d’Or in 1964 and launched the acting career of Catherine Deneuve, and “Les Demoiselles de Rochefort.”

Varda, who is still a prolific filmmaker, is presenting her latest documentary, “Visages Villages,” which she co-directed with French artist Jr, »

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Film Festival Roundup: BAMcinemaFest Unveils Full Slate, Siff Picks Lineup, Laff Announces Opener and More

4 May 2017 3:31 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Lineup Announcements

– BAMcinématek has announced the full lineup for the ninth annual BAMcinemaFest (Jun 14 – 25, 2017), which features 24 New York premieres, one North American premiere, and two world premieres. Opening the festival on Wednesday, June 14 is the New York premiere of Aaron Katz’s “Gemini.” This year’s Closing Night selection is the New York premiere of Brooklyn filmmaker Alex Ross Perry’s fifth feature, “Golden Exits.”

Other highlights include “En el Séptimo Día,” “A Ghost Story,” “Landline,” and “Whose Streets.” Check out the full lineup here.

– The Greenwich International Film Festival is proud to announce the full film slate and programming for the 3rd annual festival running June 1 – 4, 2017 in Greenwich, Connecticut.

“Bending the Arc,” a documentary about the extraordinary team of doctors and activists whose work thirty years »

- Kate Erbland

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Colcoa French Film Festival Prizes Go to ‘Mr. and Mrs. Adelman,’ ‘A Woman’s Life’

4 May 2017 1:46 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Franco-American Cultural Fund has released the winners for the 21st annual Colcoa French Film Festival, which wrapped May 2.

Directed by Nicolas Bedos, “Mr. and Mrs. Adelman” won the Colcoa audience award, while “A Woman’s Life“ was awarded the Colcoa critics award by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Jury. The latter film, which will be released in the U.S. by Kino Lorber later this month, also garnered Colcoa’s Coming Soon award,  given in association with Kpcc 89.3 to a film presented with an attached U.S. distributor.

Co-written and directed by Christian Duguay, the audience special prize went to “A Bag of Marbles,” and the critics’ special prize went to “Elementary,” written and directed by Hélène Angel.

Co-written and co-directed by Xavier de Lauzanne, “Little Gems” received the best documentary award, and the first feature award went to Tunisian-French co-production “Hedi,” written and directed by Mohamed Ben Attia. Introduced »

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'Mr. & Mrs. Adelman', 'A Woman’s Life' triumph at Colcoa

3 May 2017 4:15 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Colcoa French Film Festival wrapped on May 2.

Nicolas Bedos’s Mr. & Mrs. Adelman has won the Colcoa Audience Award, the Franco-American Cultural Fund announced on Wednesday.

In another key prize, Stéphane Brizé’s A Woman’s Life (pictured) received the Colcoa Lafca Critics Award presented by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

A Woman’s Life will open this month in the Us through Kino Lorber and also won the Colcoa Coming Soon Award presented to a film with Us distribution.

A Bag Of Marbles by Christian Duguay won the Audience Special Prize, while the Critics Special Prize went to Hélène Angel’s Elementary.

Little Gems by Xavier de Lauzanne received the Best Documentary Award, and the First Feature Award went to Tunisian-French co-production Hedi directed by Mohamed Ben Attia.

The inaugural American Students Award went to Polina by Angelin Preljocaj and Valérie Müller-Preljocaj.

Among the Colcoa Television winners were Call My Agent for the TV Series »

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21st Colcoa French Film Festival Adds Vr and Web Series Categories, Unveils Full Expanded Festival Slate

6 April 2017 7:27 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Colcoa is keeping up with the times. Now in its twenty-first year, the lauded French film festival, sponsored by the Franco-American Cultural Fund, has added a pair of forward-thinking new categories for its newest edition. This year will include a virtual reality program and a web series competition, in addition to its Cinema, Television and Shorts competitions.

“These two new popular formats offer more opportunities to showcase the creativity of French producers and filmmakers as well as the diversity of French production,” said François Truffart, Colcoa Executive Producer and Artistic Director. “While entertainment is still the key word for the program, with a balanced mix of comedies and dramas, several topical issues will cover the program this year, including the environment, discrimination, racism, terrorism, and the role of the artist in society. More than ever, Colcoa will offer a unique opportunity to see these universal topics from different angles.”

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- Kate Erbland

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Colcoa French Film Festival Opens With Claude Lelouch’s ‘Everyone’s Life’

4 April 2017 6:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Claude Lelouch’s “Everyone’s Life” will open the 21st Colcoa French Film Festival on April 24.

“Everyone’s Life” (Chacun sa vie), a North American premiere, celebrates 50 years of cinema with cast of 50 French actors, including Johnny Hallyday and Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin.

The festival, which will be held at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, will showcase a record 82 films, television series and, for the first time, web series. A total of 70 of these will be in competition for Colcoa awards.

The cinema competition will close on May 2, with the North American premiere of Eric Lavaine’s new romantic comedy, “You Choose,” starring Alexandra Lamy.

“Colcoa will reach a new level in 2017 with two new categories – a virtual reality program and web series competition – added to the Cinema, Television, and Shorts competitions,” said François Truffart, executive producer and artistic director. “These two new popular formats offer »

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'Mr. & Mrs. Adelman': Film Review

22 March 2017 10:44 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Chronicling four decades in the life of a quintessentially French couple, Mr. & Mrs. Adelman reveals the highs and lows, passions and betrayals, pontifications and intellectual masturbation of a writer and his wife from the 1970s to the present day.

It’s an ambitious first feature for comic Nicolas Bedos and real-life partner Doria Tillier, who co-wrote and co-star in the film, but the result often feels closer to cinematic pastiche than to an actual movie. With references galore ranging from Woody Allen to Ingmar Bergman to Paul Thomas Anderson, and a pair of lead characters who can be more grating »

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MK2/Mile End Scores First Pickup With Nicolas Bedos’ ‘Mr & Mrs Adelman’

12 January 2017 2:33 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris – MK2/Mile End, the newly launched Canadian distribution company of MK2 and Charles Tremblay, has acquired Nicolas Bedos’s period romance “Mr & Mrs Adelman,” the company’s first pickup.

“Mr & Mrs Adelman” is being repped in international markets by Le Pacte, whose sales are handled by Camille Neel.

Opening in 1971, the film charts the lifelong, epic romance between a renowned writer (Bedos) and his muse (played by newcomer Doria Tillier) over the course of 45 years.

Denis Podalydès, Antoine Gouy and Christiane Millet complete the cast.

“I’m particularly happy that our first acquisition is a film about a long and beautiful love story, which is a rare thing in cinema,” said Tremblay, who co-founded Canadian outfit Metropole and worked there for 10 years before launching MK2/Mile End with MK2.

Tremblay said he believed “Mr & Mrs Adelman” marked the birth of a promising director, Nicolas Bedos.

For his directorial debut, »

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