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Isabelle Huppert Leads New Trailers For ‘Things to Come’ and ‘The False Secrets’

3 August 2016 6:38 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Isabelle Huppert might as well be crowned queen of the 2016 festival circuit. Her first film of the year, Mia Hansen-Løve‘s Things to Come, premiered at Berlin, followed by Paul Verhoeven‘s Elle at Cannes; then, at Tiff, she’ll have those two films, as well as the premiere of Bravo Defurne‘s Souvenir. But before that, she’s starring alongside Louis Garrel in Luc Bondy‘s The False Secrets, which will screen at the Locarno Film Festival this weekend.

Today we have a pair of new trailers for two of the films — first from Things to Come, which is one of our favorites of the year. As we said in our review, “While Hansen-Løve certainly deserves credit for writing such a compelling character, it’s difficult to imagine anyone realizing Nathalie as consummately as Huppert, who, even by her exceptionally high standards, pulls off a superlative performance.”

Following that, »

- Jordan Raup

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Mia Hansen-Løve Announces Two New Projects

14 July 2016 11:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

“Goodbye First Love” writer-director Mia Hansen-løve revealed information about two new projects in an interview with ScreenDaily.

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- Laura Berger

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Mia Hansen-Løve Announces Two New Projects, Including Film Inspired by Relationship with Olivier Assayas

12 July 2016 1:48 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Mia Hansen-Løve fosters no illusion about how her films’ connect to those in her close circle, be it deceased mentors (The Father of My Children), herself (Goodbye, First Love), her brother (Eden) — who, speaking for his family, told me that the experience “is a bit strange, but… I don’t know, we have to deal with it, anyway” — or her mother (the still-to-be-released Things to Come). One territory that has never quite been covered, as far as I can tell, is perhaps the most interesting: her marriage to the great Olivier Assayas, a filmmaker whose influence has been felt more in common narrative and formal interests than the content of stories and traits defining characters.

Perhaps this was only a matter of time: speaking to Screen Daily, Hansen-Løve announced two titles that are in varying states of development, and one of which is “inspired partly” by her husband. (Read: not necessarily some exposé, »

- Nick Newman

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Review: ‘Bang Gang: A Love Story’ Is A Transgressive Teen Sex Drama

15 June 2016 1:34 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Welcome to every parent’s worst nightmare. A fully erect middle finger to the idea of abstinence-only education, Eva Husson’s “Bang Gang: A Love Story” is the opposite of a cautionary tale — it’s a salaciously soft-core movie about the upside of indiscriminate teen sex. Opening with a permissive Carl Jung quote that speaks to the trajectory of self-improvement (“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious”), Husson’s directorial debut is too derivative of forebears like “Kids” and “The Rules of Attraction” to earn a spot alongside them, but it nevertheless moves along on the strength of its slyly transgressive undertow.

Here is a rare new entry in that smallest of sub-genres: Movies that don’t punish teens for fucking their brains out (surprise surprise: it’s French). Which isn’t to say that the kids get off without any consequences, but rather that their libidos don’t sentence them to an after-school special. Kids, if you value the freedom to make your own mistakes, do everything in your power to prevent your parents from seeing this film.

Bang Gang” (more on that title later) begins with a flash-forward that’s hard to shake, the camera tracking through an airy house in the affluent coastal city of Biarritz as dozens of naked teenagers hump each other in all manner of positions; the scene is like the orgy sequence from “Eyes Wide Shut” as it might have been shot by Terry Richardson.

But Husson doesn’t let you gawp at all the lithe young bodies for long, as the film soon begins to feel the weight of some unknown heaviness. “It was the year no one could forget,” an anonymous voiceover solemnly intones, genuflecting on some past trauma with the same wistful sense of wisdom with which Leonardo DiCaprio remembered his time on a remote Thai beach.

Not that it matters much, but we’ll later learn that the voice belongs to Alex (the English-born Finnegan Oldfield), a lanky high school senior whose only discernible quality is a general disregard for other people’s feelings. He and his clownish best friend Nikita (Fred Hotier, one of the film’s numerous first-time actors) can often be found smoking a blunt somewhere and streaming videos of porn star Sasha Grey in action. These two boys own several of the opening scenes, but Husson’s attention seems anchored to the first girls with whom we see Alex and Nikita fool around: Laetitia (Daisy Broom) is a virginal brunette with a strict father. George (potential breakout star Marilyn Lima) is a compact blonde who looks like an Olsen twin by way of Vanessa Paradis.

Their roles seem codified by the color of their hair, especially when George and Alex have sex while their two comparatively demure friends watch from the sidelines, but Husson is itching to test your assumptions, and the dynamic between these characters is soon twisted beyond recognition with the introduction of a shy, curly-haired fifth wheel named Gabriel (Lorenzo Lefebvre).

Read More: Two Teens Discuss an Awkward Encounter in Exclusive Clip from ‘Bang Gang: A Love Story

Betrayal! Anger! Jealousy! All of it shot with the dreamy poeticism of Andrea Arnold and glazed with a blissed-out electronic score by M83 collaborator White Sea. Alex doesn’t care about George — she’s a conquest, and he disposes of her as soon as she’s reaffirmed his self-worth. But George has an idea to ease her pain, an inclusive plan for all their friends that will allow her to view people as interchangeably as Alex does: She calls them “bang gangs,” but they’re basically orgies. Games of truth or dare in which “truth” isn’t an option. These kids are ready to maul each other to begin with, but sprinkle in some throbbing house music and a flurry of cocaine and you’re off to the races.

Each of these characters threaten to make this their movie at some point, and while that lack of focus prevents them from achieving even the slightest whiff of depth, it also endows Husson’s story with the mutability of teenage friendships, which tend to shift with the tides. To some extent, these kids become as interchangeable to us as they are to each other. As the film’s latter half descends into an overlong blur of bang gangs, the anonymity of all that sex increasingly begins to seem like the point, as George and her friends eagerly reduce their bodies to dildos and vessels because they all just want to feel wanted, no matter the cost.

You’ve never seen a high school movie with such a conspicuous absence of body shaming, as these horny teens give each other a satisfaction that they can’t give themselves. “We all have superpowers,” George declares to the camera before getting railed by a half-dozen dudes off-screen (Husson only shows enough of the action to make viewers believe in what’s happening behind closed doors, and her camera ogles the male cast members almost as much as it does the girls). But maybe they shouldn’t be quite so eager to record the sexcapades on their phones — welcome to the age of Chekhov’s YouTube video.

Storm clouds are clearly forming on the horizon from the start, as Husson repeatedly interlaces scenes with radio reports of a gruesome train derailment. It’s a clumsy attempt at illustrating the myopia of her characters, and one that doesn’t work without the sociopolitical heft that “A Bigger Splash” recently used to anchor the same technique. These boys and girls are clearly sticking their heads into the ground (or whatever holes they can find), but their broad tunnel-vision is spread too thin to maintain much of its taste. “Bang Gang” may have a bit more sizzle than Mia Hansen-Løve’s similarly themed “Goodbye, First Love,” but it desperately misses that film’s wonderful sensitivity.

But Husson, to her credit, does succeed in “making the darkness conscious” for these thirsty young fuck buddies. Their story is so whitewashed that it flirts with irresponsibility — there’s no violence, and any STDs contracted can be cured with a pill.

At one point, a girl refers to the simplicity of her abortion as “a modern day fairytale,” and the same description could be applied to the whole film. But if “Bang Gang” climaxes a bit too cleanly, its moral rings true all the same: Kids have to be kids before they can become adults.

Grade: B

Bang Gang: A Love Story” opens in theaters on Friday.

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- David Ehrlich

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In Honor of Adele's Birthday Here Are 10 Times Her Song Lyrics Gave Us Life

5 May 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Happy birthday to you, Adele! The British songbird turns 28 today, and to celebrate the anniversary of her arrival in this world, we've compiled a list of her lyrics that have given us life through the years. Life, and tears. And happiness. And soul. And where would you get your most heartfelt Instagram captions if not for Adele?! 19 chronicled first love, early disappointments and regrets. 21 is a breakup album. 25 is a make-up album. All three of Adele's hauntingly beautiful albums contain treasure troves of wisdom, from "First Love" to "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)," and there's a lesson to be learned from each song. But we've whittled it down to »

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The Best Films at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival

24 February 2016 8:50 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival wrapping up this week, we’ve highlighted our five favorite films from the slate. Make sure to stay tuned in the coming months as we learn about distribution news for the titles. Check out our favorites below, followed by our complete coverage, and one can see the winners here.

Creepy (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)

One has to appreciate Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s winking self-awareness in calling his new feature Creepy. It’s as if the Coen brothers released a film entitled Snarky, or Eli Roth named his next stomach-churner Gory. Kurosawa, who’s still best known for Cure (1997) and Pulse (2001), two rare outstanding examples of the highly variable J-Horror genre, instills a sense of creepiness into virtually anything he does, regardless of subject matter. His latest, which sees him return to the realm of horror after excursions into more arthouse territory, certainly lives up to its name »

- TFS Staff

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Why 'Things to Come' Filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve Refuses to Get Caught Up in Ideologies

18 February 2016 9:15 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Berlin Review: In 'L'Avenir,' Isabelle Huppert Takes Stock of Her Life One of the very best films to emerge from this year's Berlinale, the competition entry "Things to Come" was written and directed by the French director Mia Hansen-Løve, with the always-charismatic Isabelle Huppert in the lead role in a gentle, poignant story about a philosophy teacher whose life falls apart when her husband leaves and her mother dies. For Huppert's Nathalie, the only way to cope with it is to let time take its course — something that proves to be both a curse and a blessing at the same time. In a way, the film resonates with the filmmaker's previous work: While "Goodbye, First love" and "Eden" were films about passions of youth that wane with time, in "Things to Come," Nathalie has been in love with philosophy her whole life, but ultimately discovers she loves life even more. »

- Tina Poglajen

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Berlinale 2016. Women Poets and Philosophers

16 February 2016 3:30 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

A Quiet Passion. Johan Voets © A Quiet Passion Ltd/Hurricane Films 2016Two films have emerged as Berlin's finest this year intertwined by the fates of festival scheduling. The echoes are simple, but that hardly effaces their power, nor the fact that cinema, an art founded in the magic of images changing over time, can make two films separated by time, in viewing, and history, in setting, part of an enchanted continuum.If Emily Dickinson had lived today, could she perhaps resemble Isabelle Huppert's fair, adult and satisfied philosophy professor, wife and mother in Mia Hanson-Løve's tender contemporary drama Things to Come? Nearly 150 years earlier, the pleading desire for contentment and the strangling despair of disappointment lays upon the American poet, played briefly by Emily Bell young and Cynthia Nixon until death, in Terence Davies' exquisite biopic A Quiet Passion. Yet how an agile female intelligence and a willful »

- Daniel Kasman

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Berlinale 2016: Things to Come Review

15 February 2016 12:33 PM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Ever since Mia Hansen Love made her debut with Tout est Pardonné (2007) at the age of just 26, it always felt like she was on the verge of something truly special. She followed it up with Father of My Children (2009) before releasing Goodbye First Love (2011) – accomplished endeavours certainly, but nothing truly

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- Stefan Pape

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Sundance Selects picks up 'Things To Come'

15 February 2016 10:48 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Mia Hansen-Love’s Berlinale world premiere stars Isabelle Huppert.

Sundance Selects has picked up Us rights from Films du Losange to the Isabelle Huppert starrer following its world premiere in Berlin.

Things To Come tells of a married philosophy professor who gets a new lease of life when her husband leaves her and her overbearing mother dies. 

The acquisition marks Sundance Selects’ second collaboration with Films du Losange on a Hansen-Love film and the third from the director after The Father Of My Childen and Goodbye First Love.

Charles Gillibert of CG Cinema served as producer. »

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Berlin: Isabelle Huppert’s ‘Things to Come’ Bought by Sundance Selects

15 February 2016 10:42 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sundance Selects bought U.S. rights to Mia Hansen-Love’s French drama “Things to Come,” four days after its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival.

Things to Come” stars Isabelle Huppert as a married philosophy professor whose life revolves around her books, her students and her overbearing mother. When her husband leaves her and her mother passes away, she begins a new life alone except for her cat.

Things to Come” is the third collaboration between Sundance Selects and Hansen-Love following “The Father of My Children” and “Goodbye First Love.”

Charles Gilbert is the producer. It’s a CG Cinema production in co-production with Canal+, Arte France, Pro-Cirep, Cnc and Hessen Film Fund in association with Cofinova 12 and Cineimage 10.

Variety‘s Guy Lodge said in his Berlin review: “Following widespread distribution for the dazzling but younger-skewing ‘Eden,’ the arthouse future for Hansen-Love’s latest is surely a bright one. »

- Dave McNary

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Sundance Selects Acquires Domestic Rights to ‘Things to Come’

15 February 2016 10:05 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sundance Selects has acquired the domestic rights to Mia Hansen-Love’s “Things to Come,” the distribution company announced Monday. The film starring Isabelle Huppert had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival. The acquisition marks the third Hansen-Love film Sundance Selects has released, following “The Father of my Children” and “Goodbye First Love.” “Things to Come” follows a married philosophy professor whose life revolves around books. When her husband leaves her and her mother passes away, she is left alone with a life full of possibilities. Also Read: IFC Films, Sundance Selects Promotes Lisa Schwartz to Co-President “Anchored by a deeply moving performance. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Sundance Selects Acquires Berlin Pic ‘Things To Come’

15 February 2016 9:54 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Sundance Selects acquired U.S. rights to Things To Come, director Mia Hansen-Love’s film that stars Isabelle Huppert. The deal followed the film’s Berlin Film Festival premiere. This is Sundance Selects’ second collaboration with Films du Losange on Hansen-Love's films. It is also the third film directed by Hansen-Love the company will release following The Father Of My Children and Goodbye First Love. Things To Come tells the story of a married philosophy professor whose… »

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Things to Come (L’Avenir) | 2016 Berlin Intl. Film Festival Review

15 February 2016 9:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Things Fall Apart: Hansen-Love Crafts Superb Scenario for Huppert

Director Mia Hansen-Løve breathes majestic layers of complexity into her fifth feature, Things to Come, documenting the post-divorce anguish a woman faces in the wake of her husband’s infidelity and other personal and professional woes. Though the scenario is certainly nothing new to cinema, rarely has so simple, familiar examination seemed as compelling as it is authentic, especially as laid out across a particularly academic landscape. Of course, Hansen-Løve receives mighty assistance from the inimitable Isabelle Huppert in a role outfitted for the performer’s notable range, guiding us through a grieving process free of sensational melodrama. Fans of the actress will revel in her astute portrayal of an intellectual woman whose life is suddenly, irreparably upended in a period of life when the opposite is expected.

High school philosophy professor Nathalie (Huppert) lives a comfortable existence, having raised two »

- Nicholas Bell

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Belinale ’16: L’avenir (Things To Come) review

13 February 2016 9:53 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

L’avenir (Things To Come) review: A reflective drama featuring a superb central perforance from Isabelle Huppert.

L’avenir (Things To Come) review: A middle-aged woman, Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert), from Paris, is happy with her existence – a great job teaching philosophy; great husband, and two children that have happily flown the nest. Then, there are the two homes, and the holidays in Brittany, but things are about to change as her husband reveals that he has met another woman, and has chosen to be with her; so, after 25 years of marriage, Nathalie must ultimately reinvent herself to accommodate the change.

Mila Hansen-Løve‘s fifth film explores many subjects, some that most can relate to. It explores open roads, pastures new and blank canvasses, as well as heartbreak, loneliness and loss. Key to the story is the wonderful central performance from Isabelle Huppert, a superb actress known to western audiences for »

- Paul Heath

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[Berlin Review] Things to Come

13 February 2016 10:45 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The twists and turns of fate and the ways in which individuals react to them constitute the central preoccupations of Mia Hansen-Løve’s cinema. Her exceptional second feature, Father of My Children, observed a film producer’s escalating desperation in the face of snowballing debt, and then considered the impact of his unexpected suicide on the family he left behind. Her disappointing follow-ups, Goodbye First Love and Eden, charted the progressive dissolution of its protagonists’ idealism over a period of several years – a teenage couple’s fanciful notions of love and a DJ’s chimeric aspirations of success, respectively. Considering the largely universal relatability of the former and the fact that the latter represented a fictionalization of her own brother’s / co-writer’s path as a DJ, the tremendous accomplishment of Things to Come, which centers on the emotional tribulations of a woman in late middle-age, suggests that the 35-year-old »

- Giovanni Marchini Camia

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Berlin: Kristen Stewart, James Franco, Helena Bonham Carter to Star in 'Jt Leroy' (Exclusive)

8 February 2016 3:09 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Kristen Stewart, James Franco and Helena Bonham Carter are circling the biopic Jt Leroy, a Hollywood-set transgender story. Justin Kelly, who directed James Franco in 2015's I Am Michael, will helm the film from a script he wrote. The true story goes behind the scenes of the hoax of Jt LeRoy, a woman who pretended to be a man who identifies as transgender, tricking the rich and famous in Hollywood, the fashion world and elite literary circles. { "nid": 822486, "type": "news", "title": "Kristen Stewart on Suppressing Emotions and Giving in to First Love", "path": "

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- Rebecca Ford, Pamela McClintock

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Watch: Experience the Seductive Dark Side of Virtual Reality in 'Creative Control' Trailer

2 February 2016 11:35 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: SXSW Review: 'Creative Control' is a Fresh and Exciting Sci-Fi Cautionary Tale After making a huge splash at SXSW last year, where it won a special jury prize for visual excellence and got picked up by Amazon and Magnolia Pictures, "Creative Control" is now ready for public consumption. The distributors have just released a new trailer for the sci-fi drama, which you can check out above, courtesy of The Verge. Written and directed by Benjamin Dickinson ("First Love"), the film takes the on increasingly popular trend of virtual reality. After an executive tries out his company's brand new invention, a pair of glasses known as Augmenta, he suddenly finds himself immersed in a new realm of consciousness. Soon, he uses the glasses for his own professional and personal advantage, carrying out an affair with his best friend's girlfriend.  The indie stars Dickinson opposite Nora Zehetner and Reggie Watts. »

- Mike Lown

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #5. Mia Hansen-Løve’s Things to Come

14 January 2016 11:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Things to Come

Director: Mia Hansen-Løve

Writer: Mia Hansen-Løve

With four features under her belt, French director Mia Hansen-Løve has become a prolific auteur, following the success of titles such as The Father of My Children (2009), Goodbye First Love (2011) and Eden (2014). For her latest feature, she’s tapped Isabelle Huppert to star in Things to Come (formerly known as L’avenir), where in the prolific actress stars as Nathalie, a philosophy professor who has been married for years to a man in the same profession. One day, her husband announces his love for a younger woman and his plans to move in her with, while Nathalie’s mother dies in the same timeframe. Love’s intention, as indicated by the original title, was an ironic commentary about a woman forced to start a new, unexpected life while heading into her last decades. Of note, Huppert starred as Love’s mother »

- Nicholas Bell

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New Films From Mia Hansen-Løve, Thomas Vinterberg, Lav Diaz, and More Will Premiere at Berlin 2016

11 January 2016 7:50 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

As if new films from the Coens and Jeff Nichols weren’t enough, the 2016 Berlin Film Festival has further expanded their line-up, adding some of our most-anticipated films of the year. Mia Hansen-Løve, following up her incredible, sadly overlooked drama Eden, will premiere the Isabelle Huppert-led Things to Come, while Thomas Vinterberg, Lav DiazAndré Téchiné, and many more will stop by with their new features. Check out the new additions below, followed by some previously announced films, notably John Michael McDonagh‘s War on Everyone.


Cartas da guerra (Letters from War)


By Ivo M. Ferreira (Na Escama do Dragão)

With Miguel Nunes, Margarida Vila-Nova

World premiere

Ejhdeha Vared Mishavad! (A Dragon Arrives!)


By Mani Haghighi (Modest Reception, Men at Work)

With Amir Jadidi, Homayoun Ghanizadeh, Ehsan Goudarzi, Kiana Tajammol

International premiere

Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea) – documentary

Italy / France

By Gianfranco Rosi (Sacro Gra, El Sicario »

- Jordan Raup

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