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Trailer for ‘Les Affamés’ (‘Ravenous’) Looks Like it Slays!

Trailer for ‘Les Affamés’ (‘Ravenous’) Looks Like it Slays!
A remote village in Quebec is terrorized by a flesh-eating plague, in the latest from Robin Aubert. Actor Marc-André Grondin (Goon) stars in the arthouse horror thriller Les Affamés (Ravenous), alongside actress Monia Chokri (Venice/Tiff 2016 selection Réparer les vivants), Veteran actresses Micheline Lanctôt (My Internship in Canada) and Brigitte Poupart (Monsieur Lazhar). Directed by Aubert, who also penned the script, “The film follows a group of rural villagers […]
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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Ravenous’

Toronto Film Review: ‘The Ravenous’
The zombie apocalypse subgenre has proven sufficiently durable and extensive to encompass everything from traditional horror to romantic comedy, sociopolitical metaphor to knockabout farce. But it’s doubtful that any previous movie or TV drama about the voracious undead has deserved the label of “contemplative” as much as writer-director Robin Aubert’s “The Ravenous” (“Les Affames”), an eerily melancholy horror story set in a contemporary Quebec countryside, where the line between life and death is relentlessly smudged and the survival instinct is repeatedly undermined by fatalistic resignation.

To be sure, Aubert plays by the rules of the game when it comes to establishing the particulars of his plot: Flesh-eating zombies of unknown origin infect or devour humans; the creatures can be terminated only with bullets to the head or through the energetic application of sharp instruments; an increasingly desperate and gradually dwindling group of survivors take their last best shot at traveling toward a safe haven.

But
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Tiff Review: ‘Les Affamés’ Bites Comfortably Into Zombie Clichés

The zombie film will never die, and as long as it’s popular, people from all over the world will take a stab at cashing in on the success of shows like The Walking Dead or films like World War Z. With Robin Aubert’s Les Affamés, French-Canadian cinema tries its hand at tackling the undead, and the results are mixed at best. The problem with taking on such a ubiquitous subgenre of horror is that it takes a lot to stand out from the herd; people have to either reinvent the wheel, or give it one hell of a spin in order to make a lasting impression. Aubert’s film falls somewhere in between those two outcomes by showing off strong technical skills but within a generic story.

Aubert structures his film around eight different characters trying to survive the aftermath of a zombie outbreak in rural Quebec. There
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Vicious ‘Ravenous’ Footage Slays a Zombie with a Machete!

Vicious ‘Ravenous’ Footage Slays a Zombie with a Machete!
A remote village in Quebec is terrorized by a flesh-eating plague, in the latest from Robin Aubert. Actor Marc-André Grondin (Goon) stars in the arthouse horror thriller Les Affamés (Ravenous), alongside actress Monia Chokri (Venice/Tiff 2016 selection Réparer les vivants), Veteran actresses Micheline Lanctôt (My Internship in Canada) and Brigitte Poupart (Monsieur Lazhar). Directed by Aubert, who also penned the script, “The film follows a group of rural […]
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Official Us Trailer for Drama 'Heal the Living' Featuring Tahar Rahim

"We can try to figure out what Simon would have wanted." Cohen Media Group has debuted an official Us trailer for the French indie drama Heal the Living, based on the book of the same name (Réparer les vivants) by Maylis De Kerangal. The film stars Tahar Rahim (from A Prophet and The Past) as Thomas Rémige, a doctor who is tasked with caring for a young teenage surfer boy who is in a coma after a car crash. The story follows the lives of three different people, and how they connect after a horrific accident. The cast includes Emmanuelle Seigner, Anne Dorval, Bouli Lanners, Kool Shen, Monia Chokri, and Alice Taglioni. The film already played at film festivals last fall, and opens this month. This has some stunning cinematography, and it looks like a tender, emotional film about grief. This trailer totally got my attention. Here's the official Us
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Heal The Living Review: We are all connected.

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Heal The Living Review: We are all connected.
Heal The Living (Réparer les vivantes) Director: Katell Quillévéré Written by: Katell Quillévéré, Gilles Taurand from the novel “The Heart” by Maylis de Kerangal Cast: Tahar Rahim, Emmanuelle Seigner, Anne Dorval, Bouli Lanners, Kool Shen, Monia Chokri, Alive Taglioni Opens: April 14, 2017 “We’re all connected” sounds like a tagline for a phone company and […]

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Toronto: Marc-Andre Grondin Starring in Horror-Thriller ‘Ravenous’

Toronto: Marc-Andre Grondin Starring in Horror-Thriller ‘Ravenous’
Marc-André Grondin is starring as the lead in the horror thriller “Ravenous” (Les Affames) opposite Monia Chokri, Micheline Lanctôt and Brigitte Poupart, Variety has learned exclusively.

The film is currently in production in Quebec with Alma Cinema handling international sales at the Toronto Film Festival. “Ravenous” is produced by Stéphanie Morissette’s La Maison De Prod.

Robin Aubert is directing from his own script, which follows a group of rural villagers as they try to escape their family and friends, who have turned into flesh-eating predators.

Grondin’s credits include “Goon” and “Goon: Last of the Enforcers,” the series “Spotless” and Stéphane Lafleur’s “Tu Dors Nicole,” which premiered at Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes. Aubert’s directing credits include “Crying Out” and “St. Martyrs of the Damned.”

Alma Cinema is also selling “In Between,” which is playing in the Contemporary World Cinema section at Toronto, and “As You Are,” which premiered at Sundance.
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Venice Film Review: ‘Heal the Living’

Venice Film Review: ‘Heal the Living’
A 17-year-old car crash victim lies brain-dead in hospital, as doctors urgently pitch the virtues of organ donation to his distraught parents; over in another town, a middle-aged mother of two with a severely degenerative heart condition goes on the waiting list for a transplant. What sounds like fodder for a routinely gripping episode of “ER” is complicated with rare depths of personal and sensual detail in French director Katell Quillévéré’s sublimely compassionate, heart-crushing third feature “Heal the Living.” More polished but no less authentically humane than her previous works “Suzanne” and “Love Like Poison,” this spidering ensemble piece — adapted from Maylis de Kerangal’s internationally acclaimed 2014 novel — boasts beautifully pitched performances from a handpicked cast that includes Tahar Rahim and Emmanuelle Seigner. But it’s Quillévéré’s soaring visual and sonic acumen (with an assist from composer Alexandre Desplat, here in matchless form) that suffuses a potentially familiar hospital weeper with true grace.
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Tiff 2016 Reveals Platform Line-Up With ‘Jackie,’ ‘Nocturama,’ ‘Moonlight,’ and More

Toronto International Film Festival continues to add to its already eclectic slate by announcing their Platform line-up today. Beginning last year as a special program to highlight auteur-driven features from around the world, this year’s line-up looks remarkably strong, opening with Bertrand Bonello‘s Paris-set terrorism drama Nocturama.

Also featuring new films from Fien Troch, Zacharias Kunuk, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Ivan Sen, Katell Quillévéré, Khyentse Norbu, Pablo Larraín, William Oldroyd, Mijke de Jong, Barry Jenkins, Mathieu Denis, and Simon Lavoie, check out the line-up below.

Daguerrotype (Le Secret de la chambre noire) Kiyoshi Kurosawa, France/Japan/Belgium

World Premiere

Kiyoshi Kurosawa makes his first film outside Japan with this French-language ghost romance fantasy, about an aging photographer whose obsession with an archaic technique draws his young assistant and beautiful daughter into a dark and mysterious world. Starring Tahar Rahim, Constance Rousseau, Olivier Gourmet, and Mathieu Amalric. ***

Goldstone Ivan Sen, Australia
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My French Film Festival: Morgan Simon Segues From ‘Die’ to ‘A Taste of Ink’

Young French helmer Morgan Simon competes in the online My French Film Festival with ” Try to Die Young,”

His fourth short, it turns on a father and son’s conflictive relationship that hardens over one birthday night where they end competing for the same girl.

Pic “turns on a verified fact: Birthday nights turn often into nightmares. It’s the day you measure how people love you. The more you grow up, the more they disappoint. The film explores a harmful situation with someone you care about with all these things you never said. It’s the night where things go too far and about how you try to extricate yourself,” Simon told Variety.

A Paris La Femis film school alum, where he studied screenwriting, he describes the cinema he aims to make as “free and open-hearted.” Simon has just finished the shoot of his feature debut “A Taste of
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First Trailer For ‘Endorphine,’ Directed By ‘Mommy’ and ‘Incendies’ Cinematographer André Turpin

Following the rare footsteps of Nicolas Roeg, Mario Bava, Barry Sonnenfeld, Zhang Yimou, Jack Cardiff, and more, cinematographer André Turpin also tries his hand at directing every so often. After beautiful work on Mommy, Tom at the Farm, Incendies, he recently returned to Tiff with his first directorial work in 14 years, the mystery drama Endorphine. We now have the first trailer following the premiere, which has us highly intrigued with its evocative imagery and plotting, and hopefully U.S. distribution will follow soon.

“The intricately crafted script keeps us constantly uncertain whether what we’re seeing is present, past, future, or alternate reality,” Tiff’s Magali Simard says. “Turpin compounds the complexity with an extraordinary editing technique, putting the images through an obsessive process of repetition that reveals layer after layer of meaning. From its mysterious opening sequence to its absorbing conclusion, Endorphine is a relentless intellectual stimulant, inducing an
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MyFrenchFilmFestival line-up unveiled

Unifrance has announced the titles competing in this year’s online event focused on French-language features and shorts that have had limited international exposure.

Unifrance has unveiled the line-up of the fifth edition of its MyFrenchFilmFestival.com, its online event focused on French-language features and shorts that have had little international exposure as yet.

Running January 16 to February 16 2015, the festival will showcase 10 features and 10 shorts.

This year’s jury will be presided over by Michel Gondry and also feature Belgium director Joachim Lafosse, Israeli Nadav Lapid and Mauritanian Abderrahmane Sissako.

The winning film will be awarded €15,000 to be divided equally between the director, producer and sales agent.

The festival will be available on 25 partner platforms worldwide.

The Line-up

Feature-length Competition

How I Came to Hate Maths (Comment j’ai détesté les maths), dir. Olivier PeyonEastern Boys, dir. Robin CampilloThe Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears, dir. Hélène Cattet and Bruno ForzaniGazelles, dir Mona AchacheHippocrate
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Karlovy Vary Film Review: ‘All Yours’

Karlovy Vary Film Review: ‘All Yours’
Generally under-represented in queer cinema, the “B” quadrant of Lgbt culture gets some gentle, thoughtful attention in David Lambert’s refreshingly polysexual romantic comedy “All Yours.” Tracing the open-ended love triangle that develops when a charismatic Argentine hustler finds himself caught between the affections of a lonely Belgian baker and his female employee, “All Yours” consistently surprises with the maturity and generosity of its emotional outlook, though a third act that flirts with stakes-raising issue drama is a little less sure-footed. Preeming in competish at Karlovy Vary, Lambert’s latest should follow his Cannes-tapped 2012 debut, “Beyond the Walls,” down similar specialty distribution avenues, even if it’s slightly less sexy a sell.

There was a deft balance of practical eroticism and complex domestic detail in Lambert’s debut that evoked the work of U.S. auteur Ira Sachs; the similarity comes to mind once more in “All Yours,” particularly as
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2014 SXSW Award Winners: Grand Jury Prize Spills onto Margaret Brown’s The Great Invisible

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Margaret Brown’s exploration of a havoc-wreaking oil spill from those directly affected by the events, and Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers’ portrait of an aimless pair are the big winners at this year’s SXSW Film Festival. The Great Invisible took the top honors, grabbing the Grand Jury prize in the Docu Feature Comp, while Fort Tilden beat out the field of eight in the Narrative Feature Comp. Here are the complete list of winners.

Feature Film Jury Awards

Narrative Feature Competition

Grand Jury Winner: Fort Tilden

Director: Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers

Special Jury Recognition for Courage in Storytelling: Animals

Actor & Screenwriter: David Dastmalchian

Special Jury Recognition for Best Acting Duo: 10,000Km (Long Distance)

Natalie Tena

David Verdaguer

Documentary Feature Competition

Grand Jury Winner: The Great Invisible

Director: Margaret Brown

Special Jury Recognition for Political Courage: Vessel

Director: Diana Whitten

Special Jury Recognition for Editing & Storytelling: Print the
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'Fort Tilden' Wins Grand Jury Prize For Narrative Feature At SXSW [Complete List Of Winners]

Fort Tilden from directors Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers took home the coveted Narrative Feature jury award, and True Detective took home the Film Design Award for Excellence in Title Design at SXSW.

Fort Tilden is a comedy film about two friends, Allie and Harper, and their hellish adventure to get to the beach from Williamsburg. Embracing the hipster trend, Bliss and Rogers managed to capture the viewers by winning the Grand Jury prize for Narrative Feature.

Special awards were given to Jen McGowan, who directed this year’s Kelly & Cal starring Juliette Lewis. Kelly & Cal is McGowan’s feature debut and she was awarded with the special SXSW Gamechanger Emergent Woman Director Award. Special mention for the award went to Kat Candler, director of Hellion.

Full List Of SXSW Jury Award Winners

Feature Film Jury Awards

Narrative Feature Competition

Grand Jury Winner: Fort Tilden

Director: Sarah-Violet Bliss & Charles Rogers
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SXSW: 2014 Jury and Special Award winners announced

SXSW: 2014 Jury and Special Award winners announced
The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival announced the winners of this year’s Jury and Special Award winners in a ceremony held Tuesday night in Austin, Texas, and hosted by comedian Jerrod Carmichael (Neighbors). Among the winners are Richard Linklater’s Boyhood (Louis Black “Lone Star” Award) and True Detective (Excellence in Title Design).

Check out the complete list of winners below:

Feature Film Jury Awards

Narrative Feature

Grand Jury Winner: Fort Tilden, Directed by Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers

Special Jury Recognition for Courage in Storytelling: Animals, actor and screenwriter: David Dastmalchian

Special Jury Recognition for Best
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SXSW Film Awards: ‘Fort Tilden,’ ‘The Great Invisible’ Win Top Prizes

SXSW Film Awards: ‘Fort Tilden,’ ‘The Great Invisible’ Win Top Prizes
The polarizing, quirky millennial comedy “Fort Tilden,” from directors Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers, won the narrative feature grand jury prize at this year’s SXSW Film Festival, while Margaret Brown’s Bp oil spill expose “The Great Invisible” nabbed the honors for best documentary feature.

Narrative competion juror Oliver Platt presented the kudo to “Fort Tilden,” noting that the decision had been unanimous. The film stars Clare McNulty and Bridey Elliott as a pair of twentysomething roommates who find themselves in a trek across “deep Brooklyn.” Last year’s winner was the widely embraced drama “Short Term 12.”

“Sitting in that chair for the last half-hour was the best workout I could have had,” Bliss said as she accepted the prize with Rogers. “My heart is pounding so fast.”

Brown accepted the award for “The Great Invisible” onstage with her crew.

“This was a three-and-a-half year effort,” said the director,
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Fort Tilden wins top SXSW award

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Fort Tilden wins top SXSW award
Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers’ comedy earned the narrative feature competition grand jury prize while Margaret Brown’s Deepwater Horizon disaster film The Great Invisible prevailed in the documentary section.Scroll down for winners list

The awards were handed out at the festival’s ceremony on March 11 in Austin, Texas.

Actor and screenwriter David Dastmalchian earned special jury recognition for courage in storytelling in the narrative competition for Animals and Natalie Tena and David Verdaguer garnered special jury recognition for best acting duo for 10,000Km (Long Distance).

In the documentary special jury recognitions, Vessel director Diana Whitten was cited for political courage and Print The Legend directors Luis Lopez and Clay Tweel were praised for editing and storytelling.

In the short film awards, Quelqu’un D’extraordinaire director Monia Chokri won the narrative shorts strand as Person To Person director Dustin Guy Defa was cited for special jury recognition and Krisha director Trey Edward Shults earned special
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Fort Tilden wins SXSW

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Fort Tilden wins SXSW
Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers’ comedy earned the narrative feature competition grand jury prize while Margaret Brown’s Deepwater Horizon disaster film The Great Invisible prevailed in the documentary section.

The awards were handed out at the festival’s ceremony on March 11 in Austin, Texas.

Actor and screenwriter David Dastmalchian earned special jury recognition for courage in storytelling in the narrative competition for Animals and Natalie Tena and David Verdaguer garnered special jury recognition for best acting duo for 10,000Km (Long Distance).

In the documentary special jury recognitions, Vessel director Diana Whitten was cited for political courage and Print The Legend directors Luis Lopez and Clay Tweel were praised for editing and storytelling.

In the short film awards, Quelqu’un D’extraordinaire director Monia Chokri won the narrative shorts strand as Person To Person director Dustin Guy Defa was cited for special jury recognition and Krisha director Trey Edward Shults earned special recognition for cinematography.

Kehinde Wiley: An Economy Of Grace director
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Denis Côté, Denis Villeneuve & Xavier Dolan Selected Among 2013 Canada’s Top Ten Films

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Last night in a packed theatre at the Tiff Bell Lightbox an eclectic group of film critics, the who’s who of top local film producers and filmmakers, and Tiff executives gathered to hear the unveiling of the 13th annual Canada’s Top Ten films of the year. The room buzzed with excitement with many discussing the Nyfcc winners, predicting the Board of Review winners and, of course, noting which filmmakers were in attendance (assuming that was a clear cut sign of who made the list).

A hushed silence came over the crowd when Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of Tiff, took to the podium on stage to introduce the evening’s host, beloved local comedian Steve Patterson. “As a 15 year veteran of comedy, I know what it’s like not to be recognized”, Patterson cracked, making light of Canadian gems often going overlooked on the world stage. This year, however,
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