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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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mk2 boards new Corneliu Porumboiu project 'Gomera'

Exclusive: The company has also come onboard as a producer.

Paris-based mk2 films has boarded sales on Romanian director and Cannes regular Corneliu Porumboiu’s upcoming black comedy Gomera.

The film, set on the Canary Island of La Gomera, stars long-time Porumboiu collaborator Vlad Ivanov as a Romanian policeman on a mission to free a crooked businessman from prison which involves learning the local coded whistled language, known as El Silbo.

The company has also come on board the $3.87m project as a co-producer alongside Sylvie Pialat’s Les Films du Worso, Julie Gayet and Nadia Turincev’s joint company Rouge International, and Apaches in Spain. Porumboiu was last in Cannes in 2015 with The Treasure, which premiered in Un Certain Regard.

Gomera is among a trio of titles boarded by mk2 films on the eve of Cannes, including Mikhaël Hers’ third film Amanda and directorial duo Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel’s debut feature Jessica Forever.

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Rendez-Vous With French Cinema Runs March 1-12, includes Films By Ozon, Bonello and Dumont

It goes without saying that few nations have contributed to the forward progression of cinema throughout the art’s history more than France. Home to not only some of cinema’s greatest achievements but artists whose impact will be felt until the time ends, France is one of the few true titans of world cinema. And that’s not changing anytime soon.

Starting Wednesday, Film Society Of Lincoln Center and UniFrance are teaming up yet again for the 22nd edition of the beloved film series Rendez-Vous With French CInema. An “annual series showcasing the variety and vitality of contemporary French filmmaking,” Rendez-Vous is a yearly collection of screenings and panels that take a rather intriguing cross-section view of modern French filmmaking.

I’ve already written at length about the lineup as a whole, and some of the highlights that sparked much discussion upon this lineup’s reveal (Nocturama is apparently a Netflix release,
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Cesar Awards 2017: Isabelle Huppert and Xavier Dolan Lead This Year’s Winners

Cesar Awards 2017: Isabelle Huppert and Xavier Dolan Lead This Year’s Winners
Before Hollywood takes the spotlight this weekend, the film world turns its eyes to France for the annual Cesar Awards. Presented by the French Academy, this year’s nominees represent a distinct blend of international favorites, festival standouts and homegrown hits.

Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle” led this year’s nominees, scoring 11 nominations for Verhoeven as Best Director, lead actress Isabelle Huppert, Best Adapted Screenplay and a trio of other acting awards.

Read More: ‘Elle,’ Isabelle Huppert, Xavier Dolan Nominated in France’s Cesar Awards

The evening’s winners at Paris’ Salle Pleyel featured a variety of upsets and sure things. Huppert, going into a busy weekend in the States, won her category. In a pair of surprises, Xavier Dolan and Gaspard Ulliel both won their respective categories for Dolan’s “It’s Only the End of the World.” Houda Benyamina’s debut feature “Divines” also won big, taking home prizes for Best First Film,
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‘Elle,’ Isabelle Huppert, Xavier Dolan Nominated in France’s Cesar Awards

‘Elle,’ Isabelle Huppert, Xavier Dolan Nominated in France’s Cesar Awards
France’s film community congratulated Isabelle Huppert on her Oscar nomination, adding yet another to her growing list of accolades for her performance in “Elle.” The French Academy announced its nominees for what Americans call the “French Oscars” on Wednesday morning. “Elle” received 11 nominations in total, including best film and best director for Paul Verhoeven.

Following in a close send was Francois Ozon’s “Frantz,” which garnered 10 nominations, and Bruno Dumont’s “Slack Bay,” which received nine. Xavier Dolan received a best director nomination for “It’s Only the End of the World.” Actors Vincent Cassel, Gaspard Ulliel, and Nathalie Baye were all nominated for their work in Dolan’s film as well.

Read More: Oscars 2017 Surprises and Snubs: Amy Adams and ‘Weiner’ Out, Mel Gibson and ‘Passengers’ In

The Cesars have little import on the Oscars, though there is often some crossover. The French Academy did recognize Kenneth Lonergan
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‘Elle,’ ‘Frantz,’ ‘Slack Bay’ Lead Cesar Awards Nominations

‘Elle,’ ‘Frantz,’ ‘Slack Bay’ Lead Cesar Awards Nominations
Paris – Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle” with Oscar-nominated Isabelle Huppert, Francois Ozon’s period drama “Frantz” and Bruno Dumont’s “Slack Bay” lead the nominations at the 42nd Cesar Awards, France’s equivalent of the Oscars.

Elle” and “Frantz” scored 11 Cesar nominations each. “Slack Bay” received nine.

Elle,” which competed at Cannes, has already earned Huppert a Golden Globe award and an Oscar nomination for best actress. Set in France and produced by Said Ben Said and Michel Merkt, “Elle” has been described as a powerful rape-revenge thriller laced with dark humor. Huppert recently received a honorary prize from the French culture ministry and promotional organization UniFrance. The movie was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics at Cannes.

Her nomination for “Elle” marks Huppert’s 16th Cesar nod. She has won only once, for her performance in Claude Chabrol’s “La Ceremonie.”

Frantz,” starring Pierre Niney (“Yves Saint Laurent”), turns on a
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‘Love at First Fight’ Producer Pierre Guyard Boards Pair of Vincent Lacoste Projects (Exclusive)

‘Love at First Fight’ Producer Pierre Guyard Boards Pair of Vincent Lacoste Projects (Exclusive)
Pierre Guyard, the French producer of Cannes’ Directors Fortnight hit “Love at First Fight,” has boarded “Les deux fils” (“The Two Sons”), the directorial debut of French actor Felix Moati, which will topline rising star Vincent Lacoste (“Lolo”).

Lacoste also starred in Moati’s last short film, “Après Suzanne,” which competed at Cannes.

Set to shoot next summer in Paris, Moati’s film centers on the strong bond uniting a father and his two young sons, a 13-year old boy and his older brother. The elder brother will be played by Lacoste. Guyard, who is producing the film at Nord-Ouest Productions, said the film was a tender comedy drama boasting crisp dialogue, blending elements of movies by Woody Allen and Arnaud Desplechin.

Guyard is also on board to produce another film by a promising filmmaker, Mikhaël Hers’s “Amanda,” a melodrama starring Lacoste as a 22-year-old man who is forced
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[Review] Diary of a Chambermaid

About halfway through both Jean Renoir’s and Luis Buñuel’s interpretations of Octave Mirbeau’s 1900 class satire, A Diary of A Chambermaid, there’s a scene where Joseph – the sociopathic valet – proclaims his obsession with Célestine. “We may be different on the surface, but we’re the same underneath,” Joseph slithers out as he grabs her.

For Buñuel, it’s the emergence of a pattern of wanton perversion, a moment that showcases the director’s personal fondness for abrasion, while also blurring his intentions with Célestine. For Renoir, it’s the Hollywood introduction of a sinister villain, a possessive sadist who covets Celestine for her perceived impurity. But in Benoît Jacquot’s psychologically sublimated adaptation, the scene never comes.

Joseph (Vincent Lindon) isn’t the hunter, he’s the prey, and as much as Célestine talks about being tangled in his lurid magnetism, she’s fully in control of both of their fates.
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Maid to measure by Anne-Katrin Titze

Benoît Jacquot: 'For me, there is something very specific with Vincent Lindon' Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze Having just completed À Jamais, based on Don DeLillo's The Body Artist, starring Mathieu Amalric and Jeanne Balibar with costumes by Raf Simons (Dior And I), Benoît Jacquot joined me in New York for a conversation on his penetrating Diary Of A Chambermaid (Journal d'Une Femme De Chambre), co-written with Hélène Zimmer and starring Léa Seydoux.

Vincent Lindon heads a formidable supporting cast that includes Clotilde Mollet, Hervé Pierre, Yvette Petit, Dominique Reymond, Mélodie Valemberg, Patrick d'Assumçao, Joséphine Derenne, Rosette and Vincent Lacoste. Costume designer Anaïs Romand, also known for Farewell My Queen, Léos Carax's Holy Motors and Guillaume Nicloux's The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq, captures the period with precision and grace.

Jacquot's adaptation of Octave Mirbeau's novel, focuses on the myriad ways female bodies were treated as commodities, as
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Cannes Film Review: ‘In Bed With Victoria’

In what is pretty much the closest thing French cinema will produce to a Hollywood-style romantic comedy this year, Justine Triet’s “In Bed With Victoria” offers both the candor and the schmaltz of “Trainwreck.” Innovative to the extent that it recognizes the sexual allure, as well as the desires, of its leading lady (played by Virginie Efira), without turning her into an object of lust, the commercially minded film centers on a Paris lawyer who’s as shrewd as they come in a courtroom, but something of a disaster in her private affairs. The pic should get a boost in France, if not so much abroad, from the fact it kicks off Cannes Critics’ Week.

Efira, a blonde actress with a baby-doll face and wolf-whistle curves (but nary a trace of Amy Schumer’s physical comedy instincts, alas), Victoria struggles with the responsibilities of single-motherhood, pawning off her two young daughters,
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Léa Seydoux Leads U.S. Trailer For Benoît Jacquot’s ‘Diary of a Chambermaid’

Crafting one of the most eclectic careers in recent memory, following James Bond, Léa Seydoux will be seen in the latest films from Yorgos Lanthimos and Xavier Dolan this year. One of her other features, Diary of a Chambermaid, which premiered last year at the Berlin Film Festival, will finally hit U.S. theaters this summer thanks to Cohen Media Group, and today we have a new trailer.

Directed by Benoit Jacquot, following in the footsteps of Renoir and Bunuel, the story follows Seydoux as a servant who doesn’t exactly fit into her surroundings. Check out the trailer below for the film also starring Vincent Lindon, Clotilde Mollet, Hervé Pierre, Mélodie Valemberg, Patrick D’Assumçao, Vincent Lacoste, Joséphine Derenne, and Dominique Reymond.

Léa Seydoux follows in the footsteps of Paulette Goddard and Jeanne Moreau as Célestine, a resentful young Parisian chambermaid who finds herself exiled to a position in
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Bully boy by Anne-Katrin Titze

Julie Delpy: "Blake Edwards is really the inspiration for this film." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Doris Day and Rock Hudson, Pink Panther with Peter Sellers, Wolf Rilla's Village Of The Damned, Mervyn LeRoy's - not Nick Cave's - The Bad Seed and designing with Emmanuelle Duplay and Pierre-Yves Gayraud, came up as Karl Lagerfeld goes underground in Julie Delpy's poking Lolo, starring Vincent Lacoste, Danny Boon, Karin Viard and Delpy herself.

Julie is also featured in Caroline Suh's The 4%: Film’s Gender Problem with Anjelica Huston, Patricia Clarkson, Judd Apatow, Christine Vachon, Mira Nair, Michael Moore, Lake Bell, Amy Berg, James Franco, Kristen Wiig, Michael Mann, Paul Feig, Catherine Hardwicke, A. O. Scott, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Dawn Hudson, Jill Soloway, Mary Harron and Amy Heckerling.

Violette (Julie Delpy): "Of course it's not autobiographical."

In Delpy's vivacious comedy of ill-manners. she plays Violette, divorced mother to a pouting,
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Julie Delpy: ‘I Don’t Want to Be in My Films Anymore, I’m Sick of Myself’

Julie Delpy: ‘I Don’t Want to Be in My Films Anymore, I’m Sick of Myself’
For “Lolo,” her sixth film as director, Julie Delpy has created a dark comedy perfectly suited to her talents. The offbeat farce stars Danny Boon as Jean-Rene, a recently divorced father who falls for Violette (Delpy), a driven but neurotic producer in the fashion industry. The main problem is Violette’s 19-year-old son, the titular Lolo (Vincent Lacoste), a brilliant but disturbed youth who will go to great lengths to keep the couple apart.

The comedy is by turns sweet and vulgar, kept on track thanks to Delpy’s assured hand. A two-time Oscar nominee for co-scripting “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight,” she also co-wrote the “Lolo” screenplay with Eugénie Grandval. The outspoken actress talked to Variety about making the film, working with actresses and how she’s not opposed to making special effects-driven blockbusters.

Congratulations on the film; I love movies about bad seed children.

It’s funny you
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Lolo | Review

A Child is Waiting: Delpy’s Return to RomCom a Mixed Bag

Julie Delpy has managed to balance a terrific (and prolific) career as an actress and director, breaking out over the past decade as a pragmatic purveyor of romantic entanglements thanks to her twin titles 2 Days in Paris (2007) and 2 Days in New York (2012). Although The Countess (2008), her curious English language examination of the bloodthirsty historical figure Countess Bathory was unfortunately belabored, her tendency to portray complex romantic scenarios masquerading as fluff has proven to be her overarching strength. Which is exactly why her latest, Lolo, a sometimes pleasant endeavor, feels like more of a crass disappointment than it really is. Examining an overworked single mother’s attempt to rediscover romance despite the secret sabotage of her spoiled adult child, the narrative’s dependence on familiar tropes, not to mention the neglect of its central romance, bears remarkable similarity
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'Lolo' Interview: Julie Delpy on Directing Her Sixth Feature: "I Have All the Problems You Can Possibly Imagine"

'Lolo' Interview: Julie Delpy on Directing Her Sixth Feature:
"I'm starting to look like Christopher Walken. I've had people say that to me. It's a little scary," Julie Delpy told me during our interview about her sixth feature, "Lolo," which FilmRise opens stateside on March 11. It's the sort of flippant non-sequitur you can expect from the French writer, director and actress whose trademark is her manic charm. So, true to the form of her neurotic and often coordination-impaired characters, Delpy was strapped into an ankle brace for an injury that, yes, she assured, she brought with her to the festival, where her new French farce made its North American premiere. Delpy writes, directs and stars in "Lolo" as Violette, a forty-something single mother and fashion director living in Paris who is romantically fretting over Jean-René (Dany Boon), a less-than-hip engineer who is not in her league. Their courtship gets heated with anxiety and confusion as Violette's tyrannical teenage son
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Watch: Julie Delpy Expresses Her Frustrated Chastity in 'Lolo' Exclusive Clip

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Watch: Julie Delpy Expresses Her Frustrated Chastity in 'Lolo' Exclusive Clip
Read More: Julie Delpy on Directing and Why She's Neurotic: "I Have All the Problems You Can Possibly Imagine" A love triangle is never easy to maintain, especially when that triangle involves a affable computer geek and a cankerous teenage son. Julie Delpy follows up her last directorial outing, "Two Days in New York," with yet another heartwarmingly funny film concerning romance, middle age and all the hang-ups that come along with it. Written, directed and starring the two-time Academy Award-nominated Delpy, "Lolo" tells the story of Violette (Delpy), a 40-something fashion industry workaholic, who barely has enough time to care for her havoc-wrecking teenage son, Lolo (Vincent Lacoste). But things begin to become more complicated as she begins to fall for a charming and sweet nerd, Jean-Rene (Danny Boon), who starts vying for Violette's heart. Jean-Rene must face obstacle after obstacle in his determination to win over the tumultuous Lolo,
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Berlin Film Review: ‘Saint Amour’

Berlin Film Review: ‘Saint Amour’
Not everyone in France is a wine connoisseur. In “Saint Amour,” country bumpkin cattle farmer Bruno (Benoit Poelvoorde) tosses back the stuff just to get drunk, estimating that he’s been plastered twice a week for the past 25 years (multiplied out, that’s at least 2,500 times). At the Paris Agricultural Show, Bruno grabs his best friend (helmer Gustave Kervern) and heads straight for the wine stand, aiming to do a virtual tour of France’s wine-producing regions without even leaving the fair — a scenario that’s not even funny for five minutes, even with an overweight Gerard Depardieu playing his exasperated dad. Fortunately, Kervern and co-director Benoit Delepine don’t stop there, delivering a surprisingly sweet, if not entirely successful addition to their unabashedly strange oeuvre.

With a sense of humor that would be right at home on Adult Swim, the French comedy conspirators know a thing or two about orchestrating anarchic road-movie premises,
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Berlinale ’16: Saint Amour review

Saint Amour review: A comedy cracker from writing and directing Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern, and a perfect end to Berlinale ’16.

Saint Amour review by Paul Heath at the Berlin Film Festival, 2016. Sideways goes French in this quirky new comedy which stars Gérard Depardieu as a widowed farmer who’s willing to go to the lengths and breadths of rural France to bond with his son.

Saint Amour is the latest feature from writing and directing duo Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern, a fantastic, funny, farcical effort that delights from the first sip. Depardieu is Jean, a bull breeder from the country who is attending the annual horticulture show in Paris along with his son Bruno (Benoît Poelvoorde), who would much rather be getting pissed that showing off their bull, Nabuchodonosor. With a few days to spare before the judging of their prized breeding bull, Bruno convinces Jean to hit
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2016 Berlin Intl. Film Festival: Nicholas Bell’s Top 5 Most Anticipated Films

Returning with another diverse, auteur heavy line-up with their 66th edition, the Berlin International Film Festival continues to impress just as much with selections available outside of the titles competing for the coveted Golden Bear (including the festival’s second edition of a Critics’ Week, where the latest titles from Andrzej Zulawski and Philippe Grandrieux are playing). New items from Bence Fliegauf, Eugene Green, Anna Muylaert, Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Doris Dorrie are also significant highlights, but here’s a glance at my top five most anticipated.

#5. An Outpost of Progress – Dir. Hugo Vieira da Silva

Portuguese director Hugo Vieira da Silva returns with this adaptation of a Joseph Conrad story (the author considered this his best work), a tale of two colonial officials in a remote ivory trading post on the Congo. Conrad remains a difficult author to translate to the screen (some great exceptions from Coppola, Patrice Chereau, and
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Full competition line-up for the 66th Berlin Film Festival revealed

The full competition line-up for this year’s Berlin Film Festival has been revealed. The 66th annual Berlin Film Festival festival officially kicks off in Germany on 11th February. This year will mark the first time The Hollywood News will have covered the prestigious event, and our coverage kicks off in the city on the 11th.

Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq is amongst the new announcements, and will screen out of competition with its international premiere,.

The awards ceremony will take place at the Berlinale Palast on February 20 with Meryl Streep presiding over the jury. Here are the films playing.

24 Wochen (24 Weeks)

Germany

By Anne Zohra Berrached (Two Mothers)

With Julia Jentsch, Bjarne Mädel, Johanna Gastdorf, Emilia Pieske

World premiere

Chang Jiang Tu (Crosscurrent)

People’s Republic of China

By Yang Chao (Passages)

With Qin Hao, Xin Zhi Lei

World premiere

Chi-Raq

USA

By Spike Lee (Malcom X, Do the Right Thing)

With Nick Cannon,
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