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After a successful career as an illustrator and as a writer, Joann Sfar tackled the medium of cinema in 2010 when he directed Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque), a beautiful and surprisingly oneiric biopic about the famous French singer. He then followed up with two animated films, one he adapted from his own work (The Rabbi's Cat, 2011) and a second one for which he directed one segment (Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet, 2014). With La Dame dans l'Auto avec des Lunettes et un Fusil (The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun), Sfar comes back to live cinema with this adaptation of Sébastien Japrisot's homonymous novel, which was already transposed once in 1970 by Anatole Litvak. Sfar himself stated that he wanted to make a...
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Joann Sfar has taken his acclaim as a comics artist and used that momentum to bring his particular visual flair to the world of filmmaking, making his directorial debut with 2010 biopic "Gainsbourg." While narratively uneven, the film undoubtedly boasts strong imagery which renders his foray into genre movies via the upcoming "The Lady In The Car With Glasses And A Gun" all the more intriguing. Read More: Review: 'Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life' Is An Ambitious Biopic That's Disappointingly Incomplete Starring Freya Mavor, Elio Germano, Benjamin Biolay and "Nymphomaniac" star Stacy Martin, and based on the book by Sébastien Japrisot, the story kicks off when an enigmatic woman takes her employer's car for a joyride. Along the way, she encounters a variety of people who claim to have seen her before, and things become even more twisted when a dead body is discovered in the trunk. My curiosity is certainly piqued. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Paris – Snd French blockbuster “La Famille Belier,” a Wild Bunch promo reel and a new Pathe comedy “Daddy or Mommy” proved highlights at a packed 17th UniFrance Rendez-vous with French Cinema – 600 foreign distributors attended, up 9% vs. 2013 – which had begun to spark first deals by its wrap on Monday.
“Caprices,” “The Tournament,” “Fidelio” and “Memories” proved other sought-after or buzz titles. Yet others, projects or movies in production or post, were pitched with an eye to further pre-sales at Berlin’s European Film Market.
Inevitably, the Charlie Hebdo massacre played out over the French film mart. Sales co Kinology received 45 petitions in the five days after the slaughter from distributors, festivals and TVs, all requesting the French documentary “Cartoonists: Foot Soldiers of Democracy,” by Stephanie Valloatto: Either for the whole film or extracts. Playing out of competition at Cannes, “Cartoonists” was added to the Rdv’s screenings line-up. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
3 items from 2015
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