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First time France submits film by non-French national since 1977.
France’s National Cinema Centre (Cnc), which oversees the selection process, made the announcement on Monday (Sept 26).
Verhoeven’s French-language debut stars Isabelle Huppert as a video game company boss who seeks revenge on a brutal rapist.
It is the first time France has submitted a film by a non-French national since Israeli director Moshé Mizrahi’s Madame Rosa, starring Simone Signoret as a retired prostitute, in 1977. It went on to win the Foreign Language category.
Entertainment One, Sons of Manual, and MK2 made the announcement on Friday.
“Xavier is a truly standout filmmaker whose work resonates with audiences around the world, across languages and borders,” said Anick Poirier, Seville International’s senior vice president of sales. “Together with our partners, we could not be more excited to be on this journey with him and this captivating film.”
The film made its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May, where it took home the prestigious Grand Prix. “It’s Only the End of the World” is an adaptation of the play of the same name by Jean-Luc Lagarce, and tells the story of a young author who, after 12 years of absence, returns to his »
- Arya Roshanian
Xavier Dolan’s film will fly the flag for his country, Telefilm Canada announced at a press conference on Friday.
The film (French-Canadian title Juste La Fin Du Monde) is a Canada majority co-production with France and marks Dolan’s third Academy Award submission after I Killed My Mother in 2009 and Mommy in 2014.
The story was financed through Telefilm’s Canada Feature Film Fund and is based on the play by dramatist Jean-Luc Lagarce about a young writer’s homecoming to announce his impending death.
“This will be a wonderful journey into Us territory for It’s Only The End Of The World and its director,” said Carolle Brabant, executive director of Telefilm Canada.
“This selection by Canada will kick off an exciting promotional campaign in the United States. We are confident »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Our first look at some real footage of Scarlett Johansson’s controversial “Ghost In The Shell” adaptation has arrived in the form of five quick teases that are sure to leave you scrambling for more. The action thriller, based on Masamune Shirow’s landmark manga series of the same name, has been battling controversy over the casting of Johansson in the lead role, but Paramount is pushing forward with a cryptic marketing campaign well in advance of the film’s March 2017 release date.
Johansson plays Major, a highly trained, special ops human-cyborg who leads the elite task force known as Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals, Major finds herself trying to stop a singular enemy who wants to wipe out advancements in cyber technology. The new teasers are void of any plot, solely »
- Zack Sharf
Christophe Gans’ retrofitted retelling of the classic “Beauty and the Beast” fairy tale opens in appropriate fashion: With a pair of wide-eyed youngsters being read a fable from a distractingly large storybook. That their narrator is played by Lea Seydoux is the first indication that the tale will have a happy ending — after all, she’s telling her own story, that of the warm-hearted beauty Belle and the misunderstood Beast she came to love (and ultimately save). But Gans isn’t especially concerned with the outcome this coupling, instead reveling in overwrought and often bloated storytelling, lush details and some of the year’s most unnerving CGI. In this “Beauty and Beast,” the happy ending can’t come soon enough.
Gans’ script (written alongside Sandra Vo-Anh, in »
- Kate Erbland
Not all of this year’s animated Oscar contenders involve talking or singing animals. Several also explore female adventure: Disney’s “Moana,” Gkids’ “Miss Hokusai” and “April and the Extraordinary World” and “Long Way North” from the kid-friendly Shout! Factory.
Indeed, for “Long Way North,” first-time director Rémi Chayé pursued a passion for sumptuous landscapes and subtle hand-drawn stylization. It’s the story of story of Sasha, a young Russian aristocrat who sets out to find her grandfather and his missing ship that disappeared during an expedition to the North Pole.
“Long Way North” was inspired by Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914–17), the first attempted land crossing of the Antarctic continent.
“Russia is exciting for me because it’s huge [unlike France] and for me that impression is very inspiring and so was the Endurance Expedition,” Chayé told IndieWire. He relied on a simple color palette and employed long takes whenever possible. »
- Bill Desowitz
Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve’s classic fairy tale “The Beauty and the Beast’ has been adapted to film and television numerous times. There’s Jean Cocteau’s 1946 version, the 1987 CBS TV series starring Ron Perlman and Linda Hamilton, and of course, the 1991 animated Disney musical film. While there’s a highly-anticipated live-action Disney adaptation of the fable, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens as Belle and Beast respectively, set to be released next year, audiences can check out a different adaptation very soon. Christophe Ganz’s French-language “Beauty and the Beast,” starring Léa Seydoux and Vincent Cassel, will be ready for theaters this week.
The film follows the original tale’s story: A widowed, financially-ruined merchant (André Dussollier) is forced to flee into the woods after a debtor threatens to harm »
- Vikram Murthi
While Disney is gearing up for its release of the live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast” next year, it’s also celebrating the original animated film’s 25th anniversary. On Sunday, September 18, during a special screening of the Disney classic at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City, actress Angela Lansbury revived her Mrs. Potts character and surprised audiences by singing “Beauty and the Beast.”
The 90-year-old award-winning actress took the stage, accompanied by the film’s composer Alan Mencken on piano, to perform the heartwarming melody.
Calling the film “one of the great movies that she was involved with,” Lansbury told the press, “The thing about this particular story is that the characters are so real, and the voices are played by great actors — I don’t count myself necessarily among them.” As for singing the song in front of audiences, she stated, “Believe me »
- Liz Calvario
Shout! Factory Films Highly-anticipated Motion Picture Directed By Christophe Gans Beauty And The Beast (La Belle et la Bête) Starring Vincent Cassel And Léa Seydoux With André Dussollier Opens in Select U.S. Cinemas on September 23, 2016 Directed by Christophe Gans (Silent Hill, The Brotherhood of the Wolf), Beauty And The Beast (La Belle Et …
You wait for a live-action rendition of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and suddenly two come along at once – only this time, there’s a twist.
Whereas before we’ve clocked eyes on Hollywood’s long-standing case of double vision – Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman spring to a mind as a recent example – this alternate take on the fairytale classic hails from French filmmaker Christophe Gans (Brotherhood of the Wolf, Silent Hill).
Finding Vincent Cassel and Spectre alum Léa Seydoux as the Beast and Belle, respectively, it appears that Gans is cooking up a darker interpretation of the famed legend. That’s judging by this most recent, haunting clip for Beauty and the Beast, which comes to us via The Film Stage and sees Cassel’s rampaging Beast deliver a chilling promise. Amélie star André Dussollier is also among the ensemble.
Beauty and the Beast is »
- Michael Briers
Ahead of Disney’s live-action version next year, this month a new French adaptation of Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont‘s classic tale, Beauty and the Beast, will arrive. Helmed by Christophe Gans (Brotherhood of the Wolf, Silent Hill) and featuring a cast including Vincent Cassel as the titular Beast and Léa Seydoux as the Beauty, we’re pleased to exclusively premiere a clip today.
Filled with haunting imagery as we follow Cassel’s Beast encounters the father of Belle, who has stolen his precious rose for his daughter. In turn, he vows to kill his family, setting up quite a darker fable than what we imagine Disney will offer next year. Ahead of a release later this month, check out the exclusive clip below.
1810. After the wreck of his ships, a financially-ruined merchant (Andre Dussollier) exiles himself in the countryside with his six children. Among them is Belle (Lea Seydoux), his youngest daughter, »
- Jordan Raup
Before Disney brings its animated classic to the big screen next year, filmmaker Christophe Gans is set to deliver a French-language adaptation of the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, and we have a new clip from the film ahead of its release in September; take a look below after the official synopsis…
1810. After the wreck of his ships, a financially-ruined merchant (André Dussollier) exiles himself in the countryside with his six children. Among them is Belle (Léa Seydoux), his youngest daughter, a joyful girl full of grace. One day, during an arduous journey, the merchant stumbles across the magical domain of the Beast (Vincent Cassel), who sentences him to death for stealing a rose. Feeling responsible for the terrible fate which has befallen her family, Belle decides to sacrifice herself and take her father’s place. At the Beast’s castle, it is not death that awaits Belle, »
- Amie Cranswick
According to The Hollywood Reporter, apices of human attractiveness Charlie Hunnam (Sons Of Anarchy) and Léa Seydoux (The Lobster) might finally mate in a new film by Equals director Drake Doremus. There are no details about the currently untitled project other than that it’s a “unique love story,” though presumably not so unique that you can’t expect hot people to fall in love and get it on.
Coming off Equals, a sci-fi love story about humans trying to snuff out their emotions that The A.V. Club called “involving” but “dopey,” Doremus likely feels right at home depicting love and lust in future societies. Perhaps this time around, the population of Future Earth will be divided by hair color, with blond people forced into servitude and brunettes enjoying upper-class lifestyles. Hunnam and Seydoux could fall in love and plan a fair-haired revolution. Since Doremus tends to aim somewhere »
- Matt Wayt
We didn’t hear much from Natalie Portman for a few years there, but the actor, producer and now writer/director is back in a big way. After “Knight of Cups” and “A Tale of Lover and Darkness,” her busy 2016 is set to continue with Rebecca Zlotowski’s “Planetarium,” which is se to premiere in Venice before stopping in Toronto as well. Find the film’s first poster below.
Lily-Rose Depp and Emmanuel Salinger co-star in the film, Zlotowski’s followup to “Belle Épine” and “Grand Central,” both of which were headlined by Léa Seydoux. “Planetarium” is the story of two sisters in 1930s France (Portman and Depp) who perform as spiritualists and catch the attention of a film producer.
- Michael Nordine
With his sci-fi romance “Equals” still in theaters, writer/director Drake Doremus has already lined up his next project. Described as “a unique love story,” the untitled film will star Charlie Hunnam and Léa Seydoux. No plot details are being revealed at this time. The Hollywood Reporter first broke the story.
Rich Greenberg, best known for his theater and television work, is writing the screenplay. Prior to “Equals,” which stars Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart as two members of a future society in which all emotional displays are verboten (they fall in love, natch), Doremus came to attention for writing and directing “Breathe In” and “Like Crazy.”
Hunnam will soon appear in both James Gray’s »
- Michael Nordine
Billed as a “unique love story,” Scott Free Productions is on board to produce – extending its collaboration with the filmmaker following work on Equals – though plot details are practically non-existent at such an early stage. We understand that Rich Greenberg is the brain behind the script, though, and that Léa Seydoux and Charlie Hunnam are central to the goings-on of Doremus’ latest.
Granted, the director may have split audiences with the Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult sci-fi film Equals, but Like Crazy – which featured Felicity Jones and the late Anton Yelchin – displayed the director’s deft touch for all things romance, a knack he’ll no doubt call upon for this latest project.
In terms of Drake Doremus‘ newfound duo, we know that Seydoux, »
- Michael Briers
After a promising initial line-up, the Toronto International Film Festival has delivered more titles with their full Canadian slate. Among the line-up is Xavier Dolan‘s It’s Only the End of the World, Bruce MacDonald‘s new feature Weirdos, Deepa Mehta‘s Anatomy of Violence, as well as Two Lovers and a Bear, starring Tatiana Maslany and Dane DeHaan, which we have the first trailer for today.
We said in our review from Cannes, “Kim Nguyen’s Two Lovers and a Bear is a film that suffers from a bit of an identity crisis. Like an indie playlist stuck on constant shuffle, unapologetically reveling in a sort of manic unclassifiable genre. This isn’t always necessarily a bad thing, but, for some reason, Nguyen’s scattershot tonal shifts — which hop between a romance on the rocks; a self-serious study of grieving; and a surreal buddy comedy — can prove quite jarring. »
- Jordan Raup
Our five most anticipated Canadian films at #TIFF16Our five most anticipated Canadian films at #TIFF16Adriana Floridia8/3/2016 11:56:00 Am
For a Canadian filmmaker, having your film play at the Toronto International Film Festival is a pretty big deal.
One of the biggest film festivals in the world (and with the amount of films, quantitatively, Tiff plays more new movies than anywhere else), launching your new film at not just a prestigious event, but in a place that you can call home, is a beautiful thing.
As Canadians, we take a certain pride in our homegrown cinema, and Tiff is a major launching pad for these films. Today the festival revealed all of the Canadian films that are playing throughout various programs in the festival, adding to the already announced Special Presentations and Galas, and giving us a sneak peek into the Tiff Documentaries, Masters (films made by iconic directors), Contemporary World Cinema, »
- Adriana Floridia
Not to be confused with the upcoming Disney release, a trailer and poster have arrived online for director Christophe Gans’ French language adaptation of the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast which stars Vincent Cassel, Léa Seydoux and André Dussollier; take a look below…
1810. After the wreck of his ships, a financially-ruined merchant (André Dussollier) exiles himself in the countryside with his six children. Among them is Belle (Léa Seydoux), his youngest daughter, a joyful girl full of grace. One day, during an arduous journey, the merchant stumbles across the magical domain of the Beast (Vincent Cassel), who sentences him to death for stealing a rose. Feeling responsible for the terrible fate which has befallen her family, Belle decides to sacrifice herself and take her father’s place. At the Beast’s castle, it is not death that awaits Belle, but a strange life in which fantastical moments mingle with gaiety and melancholy. »
- Amie Cranswick
"A beast, fulfill a woman like me?" Shout has premiered the official Us trailer for the upcoming release of Christophe Gans' version of Beauty and the Beast, which was released in most of Europe back in 2014, but is just now arriving in the Us. Disney is preparing its own live-action take on the classic story next year (see the first teaser trailer here), but this one is much more fantastical and gothic in its approach. French actress Léa Seydoux stars as Belle, and Vincent Cassel plays the Beast, in this very French take on the classic story. The cast includes André Dussollier, Eduardo Noriega, Myriam Charleins and Audrey Lamy. As much as I'm happy to see a new film by Christophe Gans, this looks filled with way too much CGI and excessively colorful imagery that makes me disinterested. Maybe it's better to wait for Disney's version. Here's the new »
- Alex Billington
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