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First look: Matthias Schoenaerts and Reda Kateb in 'Close Enemies'

First look: Matthias Schoenaerts and Reda Kateb in 'Close Enemies'
Project from French director David Oelhoffen.

Bac Films has unveiled a first image of Matthias Schoenaerts and Reda Kateb in French director David Oelhoffen’s thriller Close Enemies.

The pair play childhood friends Manuel and Driss, who hail from a tough suburb and whose lives have gone in radically different directions.

Manuel (Schoenaerts) has chosen a life of crime with one of the local gangs, while Driss (Kateb) joined the police. The One World Films thriller is in post.
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Buyers flock to Paolo Virzi's 'Notti Magiche' for Bac (exclusive)

Buyers flock to Paolo Virzi's 'Notti Magiche' for Bac (exclusive)
Paris-based company also unveils sales on Ellen Page post-zombie era pic.

Paris-based Bac Films International has unveiled a raft of pre-sales on Paolo Virzi’s upcoming Rome-set comedy noir Notti Magiche revolving around the mysterious death of a film producer.

On the basis of the script and images, the picture has sold to China (Time Vision), Brazil (Imovision), Poland (Against Gravity), Greece (Strada Films), Israel (Lev Films), Turkey (Filmarti) and Switzerland (Filmcoopi).

“We expect to close more territories here after showing a first promo. All Virzi’s movies have sold well at the Berlinale while in post-production,” said Bac’s head of sales Gilles Sousa, who previously launched the director’s Human Capital at the Efm.

In other deals, Bac also unveiled new sales on David Freyne’s post-zombie era picture The Cured, starring Ellen Page, to Mexico (View Link), China (Time Vision), Italy (Movie Inspired) and Eastern Europe (HBO).

Other upcoming films on the Bac slate include
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First poster and trailer for Submergence starring James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander

Lionsgate has debuted the first trailer and poster for the upcoming romantic thriller Submergence. Directed by Wim Wenders, the film stars James McAvoy, Alicia Vikander, and Alexander Siddig; take a look here…

Submergence is a love story that takes us into the extremely different worlds of our two protagonists, Danielle Flinders (Alicia Vikander) and James More (James McAvoy). They meet by chance in a remote hotel in Normandy where they both prepare for a dangerous mission. They fall in love almost against their will, but soon recognize in each other the love of their lives. When they have to separate, we find out that James works for the British Secret Service. He’s involved in a mission in Somalia to track down a source for suicide bombers infiltrating Europe. Danielle ‘Danny’ Flinders is a bio-mathematician working on a deep sea diving project to support her theory about the origin of life on our planet.
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Wim Wenders' Submergence Trailer Unites James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander

Lionsgate UK has released the first international trailer for Submergence, which stars James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander. This all-star cast is directed by the incomparable Wim Wenders, who has made more than 60 films in his iconic career.

Submergence is a love story that takes us into the extremely different worlds of our two protagonists, Danielle Flinders (Alicia Vikander) and James More (James McAvoy). They meet by chance in a remote hotel in Normandy where they both prepare for a dangerous mission. They fall in love almost against their will, but soon recognize in each other the love of their lives. When they have to separate, we find out that James works for the British Secret Service. He's involved in a mission in Somalia to track down a source for suicide bombers infiltrating Europe.

Danielle 'Danny' Flinders is a bio-mathematician working on a deep sea diving project to support her theory
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Alicia Vikander in First UK Trailer for Deep Sea Thriller 'Submergence'

"I want to be beside you..." Lionsgate UK has debuted the first official trailer for a romantic drama thriller titled Submergence, which also happens to be the latest feature film made by prolific German filmmaker Wim Wenders (yeah, seriously). The film stars Alicia Vikander and James McAvoy as great lovers, but with a only-in-the-movies pitch: "In a room with no windows on the eastern coast of Africa, an Englishman, James More, is held captive by jihadist fighters. Thousands of miles away in the Greenland Sea, Danielle Flinders prepares to dive in a submersible to the ocean floor. In their confines they are drawn back to the Christmas of the previous year, where a chance encounter on a beach in Normandy led to an intense and enduring romance." The cast includes Alexander Siddig, Celyn Jones, and Reda Kateb. This reminds me a bit of Zemeckis' film Allied, but with a deep sea,
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New image of Alicia Vikander in Submergence

Oscar winner Alicia Vikander is set to follow up her role in March’s Tomb Raider by heading underwater for director Wim Wenders’ romantic thriller Submergence, and thanks to Empire we’ve got a new image from the film; check it out here…

James More is a water engineer who is taken hostage in Somalia by Jihadist fighters who suspect that he is a British spy. Danielle ‘Danny’ Flinders is a bio-mathematician working on a deep sea diving project to support her theory of the origin of life on the planet. James and Danny only met a few weeks earlier, in an isolated hotel on the Atlantic coast, where they were both preparing for their dangerous missions. The last thing they had in mind was falling in love, yet that is what’s happening to them: they recognize in each other the love of their lives. Except they’re now worlds apart,
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Bac Films Kicks Off ‘We Need Your Vote’ (Exclusive)

Bac Films Kicks Off ‘We Need Your Vote’ (Exclusive)
Bac Films has come on board “We Need Your Vote,” a comedy set in the French political world directed by Michel Sapin, a high-profile French comicbook artist.

Sapin wrote the graphic novel “Le Château – Une année dans les coulisses de l’Élysée” (The Castle – a year behind the scenes at the Elysée”). He knows well France’s political environment, having spent 12 months following the campaign of former France President Francois Hollande in 2012.

“We Need Your Vote” stars well-known French actrice Alexandra Lamy (“Stand Up”) as Agnes, a ruthless communications manager for the campaign of a presidential candidate, and Finnegan Oldfield (“Marvin”), as Arnaud, a young, bright and inexperienced staffer who joins Agnes’s team. Although he is new to this intrepid world, Arnaud is able to navigate between the twists of the campaign, the rivalries inside the team, and unexpectedly outsmarts his own boss, Agnes.

“Sapin is one of the country’s most celebrated comicbook artist and his
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Versatile boards Sandrine Bonnaire-starring drama 'L'Enkas' (exclusive)

Sarah Marx’s debut feature explores the challenges of life after prison.

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Sandrine Bonnaire

Paris-based sales company Versatile has boarded French filmmaker Sarah Marx’s upcoming debut feature L’Enkas exploring the challenges of life after prison through the tale of an ex-convict who sets up a business selling ketamine out of a food truck at raves to make ends meet.

Marx, whose career to date spans music videos, documentaries and shorts, co-wrote the screenplay with French rappers Hamé and Ekoué, founders of the long-running, pro-social justice rap group La Rumeur.

Sandor Funtek stars as the young protagonist Ulysee who returns home after a stint in jail to the harsh reality of a severely depressed mother, played by Sandrine Bonnaire, and mounting bills.

“Ulysee is an ex-convict, fresh out of prison, who has to confront a different kind of incarceration: that of his mother’s illness,” says Marx.

“Right away he has
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‘Rock ’N Roll,’ ‘Ava,’ ‘Into the Forest’ Compete at 2018 MyFrenchFilmFestival

‘Rock ’N Roll,’ ‘Ava,’ ‘Into the Forest’ Compete at 2018 MyFrenchFilmFestival
Paris — Guillaume Canet’s mid-life crisis faux documentary “Rock ’N Roll,” Léa Mysius’ “Ava,” a coming-of-age drama-thriller, and Gilles Marchand’s eiree family psycho-thriller “Into the Forest” are among 10 features competing at the 8th MyFrenchFilmFestival.

This year’s edition runs online from Jan. 19 through Feb. 19.

Launched in 2011 by French film promotion org UniFrance to target a primarily young millennial audience – more than half Mfff’s viewers are under 40 – Mfff focuses primarily on emerging directorial talent from France: There is also a large emphasis on short films from almost inevitably little or unknown young directors.

That said, the most common characteristic of the movies presented Tuesday morning in Paris by UniFrance president Serge Toubiana and managing director Isabelle Giordano is their robust diversity.

“We want to show young French cinema in all its diversity,” said Simon Helloco, Mfff co-director with Quentin Deleau.

MyFrenchFilmFestival is screening to an ever-wider audience. earning 560,000 film views in 2015, but 6.4 million in 2016 and 6.7 million
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Django Movie Review

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Django Director: Etienne Comar Written by: Etienne Comar, Alexis Slako, adapted from Alexis Salatko’s novel “Folles de Django” Cast: Reda Kateb, Cécile de France, Bea Palya, Bimbam Merstein, Gabriel Mireté, Vincent Frade, Johnny Montreuil Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 12/30/17 Opens: January 5, 2018 Overlooked by most of the world, which believe that only Jews […]

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Robin Campillo’s ‘Bpm (Beats Per Minute)’ Leads France’s 2017 Lumieres Nominations

Robin Campillo’s ‘Bpm (Beats Per Minute)’ Leads France’s 2017 Lumieres Nominations
Robin Campillo’s “Bpm (Beats Per Minute),” the French foreign-language Oscar candidate, is leading nominations at the Lumieres Awards, France’s equivalent of the Golden Globes.

“Bpm,” a sprawling and intense drama following French AIDS activists in 1980s Paris, will compete in six categories, including best film, director, actor (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart), male newcomer (Arnaud Valois), script (Campillo and Philippe Mangeot) and score (Arnaud Rebotini). Since winning Cannes Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize, “Bpm” has nabbed several prizes overseas, notably the New York, Los Angeles and Washington critics’ awards for best foreign-language film, as well as prizes at Chicago and San Sebastian film festivals.

Mathieu Amalric’s “Barbara,” which world premiered at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard, and Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s contemporary dramedy “C’est La Vie” each garnered four Lumieres nominations, while Albert Dupontel’s “Au revoir là-haut” and Alain Gomis’s “Felicité,” winner of Berlin’s Silver Bear, will each compete
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Canal Plus Orders Thomas Lilti’s ‘Hippocrate’ Medical Series

Canal Plus Orders Thomas Lilti’s ‘Hippocrate’ Medical Series
French helmer Thomas Lilti will be making his TV debut with “Hippocrate,” a medical drama series inspired by his 2014 film, which world premiered at Cannes’ Critics’ Week.

The contemporary series, comprising eight one-hour episodes, has been commissioned by French TV channel Canal Plus.

Lilti created the series with Anais Carpita (“Call My Agent!”), Claude Le Pape (“Love at First Fight”) and Julien Lilti. “Hippocrate” is being produced by Lilti’s regular partners, Agnes Vallée and Emmanuel Barraux at 31 Juin Films.

The plot will revolve around a public hospital located in suburb of a major city where doctors have being quarantined due to a health hazard. The series follows three interns lacking experience and a forensic medical expert who don’t know each other and must join forces to handle the entire hospital and patients alone while the quarantine gets unexpectedly extended.

Hippocrate” the film was sold by Le Pacte in major territories and turned out to be a
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Bac Films Boards David Oelhoffen’s ‘Close Enemies’ With Matthias Schoenaerts, Reda Kateb (Exclusive)

Bac Films has taken French distribution and international sales rights to David Oelhoffen’s “Close Enemies,” a Paris-set contemporary crime thriller starring Matthias Schoenaerts (“Our Souls at Night”) and Reda Kateb (“Django”).

The film, which will start lensing on Nov. 27 in Paris, centers on Driss and Manuel, two close friends who were born and raised in a suburb riddled by drug trafficking who end up taking opposite paths: Manuel chose to embrace the thug life, while Driss becomes a cop. When Manuel’s biggest deal goes terribly wrong, the two men meet again and come to realize they both need each other to survive in their worlds.

“Close Enemies” reteams Oelhoffen with his producer on “Far From Men,” Marc Du Pontavice at One World Films. “Close Enemies” marks Oelhoffen’s third feature film after “Far From Men” and “Nos retrouvailles.”

Oelhoffen earned a widespread critical acclaim with “Far From Men,” a drama based
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Afm: Indie Sales Launches ‘Romulus and Remus,”Gangsta,”Paris Pigalle’ (Exclusive)

Afm: Indie Sales Launches ‘Romulus and Remus,”Gangsta,”Paris Pigalle’ (Exclusive)
Paris-based company Indie Sales is rolling into Afm with a slate headlined by Matteo Rovere’s “Romulus and Remus, The First King,” Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah’s “Gangsta” and Cédric Anger’s “Paris Pigalle.”

“Paris Pigalle” follows an undercover investigation of the 80s Parisian porn industry. The movie stars Guillaume Canet, Gilles Lellouche, Michel Fau and Xavier Beauvois.

The movie is produced by Anne Rapczyk for Sunrise Films (Anger’s 2014 feature “Next Time I’ll Aim for the Heart”), Olivier Delbosc (“Let the Sunshine In”) for Curiosa Films. Mars Films and Umedia are co-producing. Mars Film will release the film in France in 2018.

“Romulus and Remus, the First King” centers on the journey of the two legendary brothers who created the Roman empire.

The movie will topline Alessandro Borghi, who starred in “Suburra,” both the Netflix series and the film. The pic will shoot in Proto-Italic language, the ancestor of Latin.

Rovere’s credits
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Diaphana Boards Ciro Guerra’s ‘Birds of Passage’ (Exclusive)

Diaphana Boards Ciro Guerra’s ‘Birds of Passage’ (Exclusive)
Rolling off Ciro Guerra’s Oscar-nominated “Embrace of the Serpent,” French distribution outfit Diaphana has boarded the rising Colombian auteur’s followup, “Birds of Passage.

Berlin-based Films Boutique, which co-produced and reps the film in international markets, is unveiling the movie’s first images at the Afm. Cristina Gallego co-directed the pic with Guerra.

Now in post, “Birds of Passage” takes place in Colombia in the 1970s, when the demand for marijuana hits Colombia, quickly turning farmers into seasoned businessmen. Unfolding in the Guajira desert, “Birds of Passage” follows an Wayuu indigenous family who takes a leading role in this new drug trade, and discovers the perks of wealth and power, but with a violent and tragic downside.

“Birds of Passage” was penned by Maria Camila Arias and Jacques Toulemonde.

Guerra’s most ambitious film to date, “Birds of Passage” was described by Films Boutique’s head of sales Louis Balsan as a “film noir, a western
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Video: Un Certain Regard Winners – 2017 Cannes Film Festival

While Kantemir Balagov’s Closeness counted as my revelation of Cannes 2017 and would have been my personal frontrunner for the Camera d’Or and Un Certain Regard section prizes, the jury composed of Uma Thurman, Mohamed Diab, Reda Kateb, Joachim Lafosse and Karel Och (from the Karlovy Vary Film Fest) awarded Mohammad Rasoulof’s A Man of Integrity with the highest honors.

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Film News Roundup: Music Biopics ‘Dalida,’ ‘Django’ Land U.S. Releases

Film News Roundup: Music Biopics ‘Dalida,’ ‘Django’ Land U.S. Releases
In today’s film news roundup, two music biopics get domestic distribution and Harvey Weinstein launches an animated films label.

Acquisitions

Under the Milky Way has acquired U.S. domestic theatrical rights to the music biopics “Dalida” and “Django,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Dalida,” directed by Lisa Azuelos, will open in the fall. The film stars Sveva Alviti as the Egyptian-born Italian singer who became one of France’s biggest pop stars from the 1950s to the 1980s. Recording in more than five languages, Dalida sold a record-breaking 170 million albums during her lifetime. Riccardo Scamarcio, Jean-Paul Rouve, and Nicolas Duvauchelle also star.

Django,” meanwhile, launches early next year. Directed by Etienne Comar, the film stars Reda Kateb as gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, with Cecile de France playing his muse. The movie, which opened this year’s Berlin Film Festival, is set in 1943 Paris amid the occupation by Nazis, who oppose his “hot jazz” as being degenerate
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Under the satellite by Anne-Katrin Titze

Until The End Of The World director Wim Wenders with Paul Auster and Sam Shepard at Balthazar in 2005: "Actually, he [Sam] is the guy I offered the film first." Photo: Tom Farrell

In the second instalment of my conversation with Wim Wenders on the 25th anniversary of his masterwork from 1991, he discussed the influence that Sam Shepard had on Until The End Of The World (Bis Ans Ende Der Welt) and how it was his "dream come true" that Jeanne Moreau "accepted to travel all the way to Australia with us and spend months and months in the Outback."

Wim spoke about the relationship between Max von Sydow and William Hurt, the contributions from Peter Carey and Michael Almereyda on the script, the scenes of Tom Farrell (Paris, Texas, and Lightning Over Water), and that in the end the film is Solveig Dommartin's and his story.

Jeanne Moreau (Edith
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Cannes 2017: Un Certain Regard winners revealed

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Cannes 2017: Un Certain Regard winners revealed
Mohammad Rasoulof’s A Man Of Integrity among winners.

Mohammad Rasoulof’s A Man Of Integrity took home the Un Certain Regard Prize in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard strand, which presented 18 films from 22 countries.

The Iranian drama charts the story of a goldfish farmer who finds his principles under serious threat.

Jasmine Trinca won best actress for her performance in Fortunata by Sergio Castellito and best director went to Taylor Sheridan for Wind River.

Trinca plays a young mother fighting for her dream to open a hair salon in the well-sold Italian feature.

Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner star in Sheridan’s feature directorial debut about an inexperienced FBI investigator who teams up with a Wyoming game tracker to solve a murder on a Native American reservation.

The prize for ‘the best poetic narrative’ went to Mathieu Amalric’s Un Certain Regard opener Barbara and the jury prize went to Mexican director Michel Franco’s April’s Daughter
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‘A Man of Integrity,’ ‘Wind River,’ ‘Barbara’ Take Un Certain Regard Awards at Cannes

‘A Man of Integrity,’ ‘Wind River,’ ‘Barbara’ Take Un Certain Regard Awards at Cannes
Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof’s “A Man of Integrity” won the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival this evening, beating a diverse international selection of 17 other titles to the honor. The award was presented by this year’s Un Certain Regard jury president Uma Thurman, heading a panel that also included filmmakers Joachim Lafosse and Mohamed Diab, actor Reda Kateb and Karlovy Vary festival director Karel Och.

Other prizewinners included U.S. writer-director Taylor Sheridan’s Sundance-premiered debut feature “Wind River” and actor-filmmaker Mathieu Amalric’s section opener “Barbara.”

More details to come in an update of this report. The full list of Un Certain Regard winners is as follows:

Un Certain Regard Award: “A Man of Integrity,” Mohammad Rasoulof

Best Director: Taylor Sheridan, “Wind River

Jury Prize: Michel Franco, “April’s Daughter

Jury Award for Performance: Jasmine Trinca, “Fortunata

Special Award for Poetry of Cinema: Mathieu Amalric,
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