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Paris– Adele Haenel (“Love at First Fight”), Anais Demoustier (“The New Girlfriend”) and Reda Kateb (“Lost River”) are among the 10 Talents to Watch selected by Unifrance, the French film promotion org.
The other actors and directors selected by Unifrance are actors Raphael Personnaz, Celine Salette, Gaspard Ulliel and four femmes directors Celine Sciamma, Mia Hansen-Love, and Alix Delaporte and Melanie Laurent, who is also a popular actress.
Haenel, who delivered a breakthrough performance in Katell Quillevere’s “Suzanne,” showed her range in Thomas Cailley’s “Love at First Fight” (“Les Combattants”), in which she played the lead actress. A fresh romantic dramedy set in an Army survival program, “Love at First Fight” proved to be Directors’ Fortnight hit, winning a record four awards.
Haenel also starred in Andre Techine’s “French Riviera” which played at Cannes in the official selection.
Demoustier made her debut at age 13 in Michael Haneke’s »
- Elsa Keslassy
Ushering in the fall festival season, Venice kicks off on Wednesday with a lineup that’s heavy on French titles. Among them, David Oelhoffen’s Far From Men (Loin Des Hommes) will make its world premiere in Competition before heading to Toronto in a Special Presentation berth. Viggo Mortensen stars in the adaptation of a short story by Albert Camus. Set in 1954 Algeria, two very different men are thrown together by a world in turmoil and are forced to flee across the Atlas mountains. Mortensen plays a reclusive teacher who must escort Mohamed (Reda Kateb), a villager accused of murder, as they are pursued by vengeful settlers and horsemen seeking summary justice. Mortensen, who’s recently done a fair bit of work in foreign films including this year’s Danish-language Cannes Un Certain Regard pic Jauja and 2012 Argentine crime drama Everybody Has A Plan, here shows off his talent for speaking French. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
The pic will screen in Venice and Toronto. From The Playlist: Mortensen’s latest is “Far from Men,” an adaption from a short story by Albert Camus (“L’Hôte” from »
- Sasha Stone
Set to have its North American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, the first trailer for David Oelhoffen's Algerian War drama Far from Men has premiered. The pic stars Viggo Mortensen and Reda Kateb and also features a score from Nick Cave and Warren Ellis (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), which may actually be reason enough for many people to check it out. Here's the official synopsis: Algeria, 1954. While the rebellion rumbles in the valley, two very different men thrown together by a world in turmoil are forced to flee across the Atlas mountains. In the midst of an icy winter, Daru, a reclusive teacher, has to escort Mohamed, a villager accused of murder. Pursued by horsemen seeking summary justice and vengeful settlers, the two men decide to confront the unknown. Together, they fight to gain their freedom. Along with the trailer I also »
- Brad Brevet
Today we have an internation trailer for "Far From Men," starring Viggo Mortensen and Reda Kateb (Zero Dark Thirty, A Prophet). Check it out below. Plot: The year is 1954, the Algerian War is beginning, and village schoolteacher Daru (Mortensen), who formerly served with the French army, is caught in the crossfire. Born in Algeria but Spanish by lineage, he's a man out of time and place, perceived as alien by ethnic Algerians and their French colonizers alike. When Daru is ordered to escort a dissident named Mohamed (Kateb) to a regional police garrison, he's prompted to question where his loyalties truly lie. That inquiry becomes all the more pointed as rebels and soldiers begin to clash, forcing Daru and his captive to form a tenuous alliance as they flee through the treacherous, wintry Atlas mountains. The new movie is written and directed by David Oelhoffen, and is set to premiere »
A man without a true home finds an unlikely ally as he fights for survival in the first international trailer for Far from Men. Viggo Mortensen stars as Daru, a teacher who is caught in the crossfire of the Algerian War, where he is forced to escort a dissident named Mohamed (Reda Kateb) to the police. As the war gets more dangerous, Daru and Mohamed must work together to escape through the Atlas mountains.
In addition, we also have new photos from director David Oelhoffen's drama, which will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 1, before its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9.
The year is 1954, the Algerian War is beginning, and village school teacher Daru (Viggo Mortensen), who formerly served with the French army, is caught in the crossfire. Born in Algeria but Spanish by lineage, he's a man out of time and place, »
"Your brothers may be dead or gone, but you're alive!" This looks fantastic! An early trailer has debuted for a film titled Far From Men, starring Viggo Mortensen along with Reda Kateb (seen in A Prophet, Zero Dark Thirty) set during the beginning of the Algerian War with France, in 1954. It's premiering at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals coming up next month, which is why there's a trailer out for it and it looks way better than I was expecting. The story follows the friendship these two men strike up in the midst of a war, and it looks very endearing, beautifully shot and compelling on many levels. Then again, it is Viggo Mortensen and pretty much everything he does turns out pretty good, so who am I kidding - it looks great. Here's the first trailer for David Oelhoffen's Far From Men, from YouTube (via The Film »
- Alex Billington
The 71st Venice Film Festival announced its lineup this morning, highlighted by films from American directors, including David Gordon Green, Barry Levinson, Peter Bogdanovich, Lisa Cholodenko, Andrew Niccol, and James Franco. As had been previously announced, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, starring Michael Keaton and many others, will be the opening film when the festival begins on Aug. 27.
Click below for the entire list of 55 films playing in Venice.
A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence, directed by Roy Andersson
Starring Holger Andersson, »
- Jeff Labrecque
The 39th Toronto International Film Festival has announced its initial slate of galas and special presentations, which includes 37 world premieres and several films with Oscar ambitions. The Judge, which stars Robert Downey Jr. as a big-city lawyer who reluctantly returns home and ends up defending his revered father (Robert Duvall) against criminal charges, will have its world premiere in Toronto. His Avengers pal, Chris Evans, will unveil his own directorial debut in Toronto, titled Before We Go.
- Jeff Labrecque
The Toronto International Film Festival has announced over 40 titles — a mix of awards contenders, star-powered indies, and international art-house fare — screening in its Gala and Special Presentations program this September, including Denzel Washington’s “The Equalizer,” a pair of Reese Witherspoon projects and closing night film “A Little Chaos,” Alan Rickman’s period pic starring Kate Winslet as a landscape gardener assigned to construct the garden at Versailles.
World-preeming Galas announced this morning at the Tiff Bell Lightbox also include “Pawn Sacrifice,” Ed Zwick’s biopic on the legendary Cold War-era chess match between Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) and Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber), and “Black and White,” Mike Binder’s tale of a grieving widower (Kevin Costner) in a custody battle, as well as WB fall releases “The Judge” (Robert Downey Jr.) and Shawn Levy’s dysfunctional family comedy-drama “This Is Where I Leave You.”
International titles world-preeming on the »
- Jennie Punter
The Toronto International Film Festival announced its initial wave of 2014 premieres and galas this morning and it features some familiar awards titles, some big stars and some unexpected studio titles. Among the major studio films, David Dobkin's "The Judge" with Robert Downey Jr. and Antoine Fuqua's "The Equalizer" each received gala slots and should premiere over the festival's opening weekend. Other announced galas so far include Bennett Miller's acclaimed "Foxcatcher," which debuted at Cannes, and Mike Binder's "Black and White" starring Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer and Anthony Mackie. Toronto has also scheduled special gala screenings for David Cronenberg's "Map to the Stars" with Julianne Moore and Robert Pattinson, François Ozon's "The New Girlfriend," Ed Zwick's "Pawn Sacrifice" with Tobey Maguire, Lone Scherfig's "The Riot Club," Jean-Marc Vallée's "Wild," Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano's "Samba" and Shawn Levy's "This is Where I Leave You »
- Gregory Ellwood
The 10 pics championed by variety critics selected to screen at the Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival next month are an eclectic mix of the year’s best-reviewed Euro-backed features. Representing a wide sample of different genres, countries and languages (and yet still managing to include two films with “Blind” in the title), the choices range from French indie “Insecure” (fresh from Cannes) to Fantastic Fest favorite “Grand Piano” (an ultra-tense Spanish thriller starring Elijah Wood), pictured above.
The sidebar is presented in conjunction with European Film Promotion.
A lithe, quicksilver portrait of a woman whose loss of sight only serves to sharpen her creative imagination, this standout debut feature for screenwriter Eskil Vogt retains many of the literate, self-reflexive touches Vogt brought to his collaborations with helmer Joachim Trier while finding its own alternately droll, sexy, heartbreaking rhythms.
About the director: Though Vogt graduated from the directing »
- Peter Debruge
Filmmakers with significant life experience outside the creative arts are becoming ever rarer creatures, but France’s Thomas Lilti exploits his original career to the fullest in his fitfully engaging comedy-drama “Hippocrates.” A trained doctor who still occasionally practices as a primary-care physician alongside his work as a writer and director, Lilti has fully applied the “write what you know” ethos to his sophomore feature, which follows a junior doctor’s eventful initiation into his profession. Of presumably strong appeal to health workers and their families, the pic should prove significantly less contagious among the general population, especially outside Francophone territories.
For his first stint as an intern doctor at a Paris hospital, young Benjamin (tousle-haired, boyish-looking Vincent Lacoste) has the advantage — if it may be so termed — of his father (Jacques Gamblin) already working there in a senior role. But with resources dwindling, Benjamin quickly makes a serious error »
- Charles Gant
Hendricks dazzled in a sheer black beaded Alberta Ferretti gown, while Smith looked stylish in a blue three-piece suit and Gosling dapper in a navy suit and white shirt.
A tuxedo-clad Adrien Brody made an appearance at the screening and was pictured boogying his way down the red carpet. He pointed his fingers towards photographers and shuffled his feet as guests looked on. »
Not content with being a Hollywood heartthrob and acclaimed actor, Ryan Gosling comes to Cannes in the guise of director, writer and producer with Lost River. Does he fare as well off screen as on? Alas, he flounders, but this is a brave effort.
Bones (Iain De Caestecker, who looks a lot like Gosling) lives with mom Billy (Christina Hendricks) and baby brother Franky in a dilapidated house in a run-down town, the eponymous Lost River. Neighbour and would-be girlfriend Rat (Saoirse Ronan) states that Lost River refers to the old town submerged by the reservoir. Her grandma (Barbara Steele) used to live there and her husband died working on the reservoir. Since then she has never spoken, remaining a silent figure, watching her wedding video on a loop while decked out like Bette Davis in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. She’s not the only element of faded glamour in the film. »
- Jo-Ann Titmarsh
We've missed you, Ryan Gosling! The 33-year-old star attended a photo call for his upcoming directorial debut "The Lost River," at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on Tuesday. How sexy does the "Drive" star look directing on-set (below)? The 33-year-old heartthrob was joined by the flick's leading lady Christina Hendricks and fellow stars Matt Smith, Iain De Caestecker and Reda Kateb. Missing from the photo call was Ryan's girlfriend, Eva Mendes, who also appears in the movie. "The Lost River," which was originally titled "How To Catch A Monster," follows the life of a single mother (Hendricks) who's taken to a dark underworld when her son discovers a secret underwater city. While Gosling looked in great spirits at the photo call, his film has generated mixed reviews since premiering at the film festival. Check out the teaser for "The Lost River" below and take a look »
- tooFab Staff
Had Terrence Malick and David Lynch somehow conceived an artistic love-child together, only to see it get kidnapped, strangled and repeatedly kicked in the face by Nicolas Winding Refn, the results might look and sound something like “Lost River,” a risible slab of Detroit gothic that marks an altogether inauspicious writing-directing debut for Ryan Gosling. “Lost” is indeed the operative word for this violent fairy tale about a fractured family trying to survive among the ruins of a city overrun by thugs, sexual predators and other demons, nearly all of them cribbed from the surreal cinematic imaginations of other, vastly more intuitive filmmakers. It’s perversely admirable to the extent that Gosling has certainly put himself out there, sans shame or apology, but train-wreck fascination will go only so far to turn this misguided passion project into an item of even remote commercial interest.
“Nobody’s coming back,” says one »
- Justin Chang
Actor Ryan Gosling is bringing his directorial debut Lost River (formerly known as How to Catch a Monster) to the Cannes Film Festival this week, where it will have its world premiere on Tuesday, May 20. Today, we have the first clip from this fantasy thriller, featuring Doctor Who star Matt Smith as Bully and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Iain De Caestecker as Bones. The story centers on a Billy (Christina Hendricks), whose life in a dilapidated town is transformed after Bones discovers a secret road to an underwater town. Watch as bicycles and houses catch on fire while Bully screams, "Look at his muscles!" in this tease of what's to come.
Lost River comes to theaters in 2014 and stars Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan, Eva Mendes, Matt Smith, Iain De Caestecker, Ben Mendelsohn, Barbara Steele, Reda Kateb. The film is directed by Ryan Gosling. »
Exclusive: Veteran producer to adapt Joseph Conrad’s novel.
Written in 1897 and drawing on his own experience in the Congo, it deals with two European men who are assigned to a trading post in a remote part of the African jungle. But as isolation demoralises the pair and diseases weaken them, the story ultimately ends in tragedy.
The film will shoot in Angola, close to the location in which Conrad wrote the story, and will be directed by Hugo Vieira Da Silva. The cast is led by Nuno Lopes. It will be made through Leopardo Filmes and Amour Fou Vienna as a Portuguese-Austrian coproduction.
Meanwhile, together »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Geoffrey Macnab)
★★☆☆☆Adèle Exarchopoulos' return to Cannes following Blue Is the Warmest Colour's Palme d'Or win might be the headline from Marianne Tardieu's French thriller Insecure (2014), but the film itself sadly doesn't reach the promise of what its star might attract. Exarchopoulos is, in fact, only in a handful of scenes, as we follow the life of Chérif (Reda Kateb), struggling to make good on his ambitions in working-class Brittany. He's a security guard at a mall in the city of Rennes, hampered by his cranky boss and kids from his estate who remorselessly bully him. It's a part-time gig until he passes his nursing exam, but trying to make ends meet whilst attempting the impossible begins to take its toll.
- CineVue UK
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