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Rome – Segueing from it’s Cannes world preem, British director Asif Kapadia’s well-received Amy Winehouse docu “Amy” will open Italy’s Biografilm Festival, the unique event billed as a cinematic celebration of human lives.
Docu “Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans” and Belgian director Jaco Van Dormael’s wacky comedy “The Brand New Testament,” in which God is a mean guy in Brussels operating behind a computer screen, will also be unspooling fresh from the Croisette, while the fest’s closer will be Alex Gibney’s “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” in its first European outing after bowing at Sundance.
The Bologna-based fest, headed by Italo critic and film industry entrepreneur Andrea Romeo, will also hold its second industry meet, called Bio to B, which will feature docu project presentations and pitches to Italian and international producers.
The 11th Biografilm fest will run June 5- »
- Nick Vivarelli
The film, which is directed by Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna, tracks the making of McQueen’s motor-racing movie “Le Mans” in 1970. “It is the story of his pursuit of the ultimate racing movie,” Clarke told Variety. The production of “Le Mans” did not go to plan, and the actor’s personal and professional life also started to skid.
Clarke and McKenna found an ally in McQueen’s son, Chad McQueen, who is also a motor-sport fan, and is in Cannes to support the launch.
The star of the documentary is the archive footage the filmmakers tracked down, alongside interviews with Chad McQueen, and Steve McQueen’s producing partner Bob Relyea, who died in 2013. Archive material includes interviews with John Sturges, »
- Leo Barraclough
The actress has signed on to star in Red & Black Films’ supernatural horror film on the Content international sales slate.
Content first partnered with Red & Black Films on James’ sci-fi thriller The Machine.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
“When you’re racing, it’s life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting”
Film-maker and journalist Gabriel Clarke, well-known to British viewers for his football reporting on ITV, has teamed up with John McKenna to direct the documentary about one of the greatest movie stars of all time, and the film that almost destroyed him. Steve Mcqueen: The Man & Le Mans is the new documentary that has, both motor racing and film fans extremely excited, due to the wealth of remarkable unseen footage and outtakes featured in the pic. Described as a story of obsession, betrayal and ultimate vindication, The Man & Le Mans follows McQueen’s quest to make a movie in the early 1970s about the famous 24-hour race in France. The making of the film was plagued with several problems; starting with director John Sturges quitting on set, McQueen’s marriage falling apart, »
Steve McQueen was at his absolute height as a movie star when he began work on his passion project Le Mans (1971). Thanks to a string of successes like Bullitt and The Thomas Crown Affair, he was one of the most powerful figures in Hollywood, able to choose his own projects and set his own terms. Fans revered him as the coolest, most charismatic actor of his generation. »
While we all know the big titles vying in the Competition slots at Cannes, the festival also does a great job each year of honoring cinema's past, both by screening restored films and highlighting new projects about legendary figures. And this year, some light will be shining on Steve McQueen, with a documentary about the notorious making of his 1971 film "Le Mans." And a couple of clips have arrived for those who can't make it to the Croisette. Directed by Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna, the duo explore a movie that was sort of the "Mad Max: Fury Road" of its day. "Le Mans" featured little in the way of dialogue or plot, but was heavy on driving, as you might expect from a racing movie. However, this was before CGI, and everything was shot on location with actual vehicles during the real race. This meant no shortage of danger, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna's "Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans," premiering in the Cannes Classics section, follows the king of cool's journey to make a film in the 1970s about France's 25-hour race, "Le Mans." During the six months he worked on the film, his director John Sturges quit, his marriage disintegrated, his Solar Productions neared bankruptcy and he was rumored to be on Charles Manson's kill list. "Le Mans" ultimately went to director Lee H. Katzin and flopped at the 1971 box office. Content Media will be selling the documentary in the Cannes Market, and according to Variety it's “an extraordinary, moving, white-knuckle drive with one of the greatest movie stars of all time, and the film that almost destroyed him.” McQueen's son Chad McQueen will be in Cannes to present "The Man & Le Mans" alongside the filmmakers. Read More: Cannes Classics Programs Welles, Hitchcock and »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The documentary, which Content Media will be selling in the Cannes Market, is described as “an extraordinary, moving, white-knuckle drive with one of the greatest movie stars of all time, and the film that almost destroyed him.”
The pic, which is directed by Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna, follows McQueen’s quest to make a movie in the early 1970s about the 24-hour race in France, Le Mans. Over a six-month period, McQueen’s director John Sturges quit, his marriage fell apart, and his company was on the brink of bankruptcy; and all the while he was in constant fear for his life after learning that he was on the top of Charles Manson’s “death list.”
The docu inter-weaves interviews »
- Leo Barraclough
Ahead of its premiere at Cannes this month, a first poster has arrived online for Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans, a feature-length documentary detailing the making of the Hollywood icon’s 1971 passion project Le Mans. Take a look via Deadline…
The documentary is co-directed by Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna, and “features never-before-seen film that had remained untouched in basements and garages in Paris and L.A., and exposes audiences to the driven, complex movie idol as he fought to save his film — set to the soundtrack of his own voice.”
- Gary Collinson
Source: Deadline »
- Paul Heath
If you’re a racing fan, there’s a great new documentary on the horizon on the amazing driving career of Paul Newman.
Perfectly timed to open over Memorial Day weekend, known for its infamous races the Coca-Cola 600 and Indianapolis 500, the new trailer for Winning: The Racing Life Of Paul Newman looks at the actor who said in a 1973 interview, “If I could be a competitive automobile driver, I’d chuck this in a minute. It’s pretty hard to start something like that when you’re 47.”
This fascinating documentary – from Adam Carolla and co-director Nate Adams – features Paul Newman (archive footage), Robert Redford, Patrick Dempsey, Mario Andretti, Jay Leno, Robert Wagner, Joanne Woodward (archive footage), Arthur Newman, Tom Cruise (archive footage), Michael Andretti, Bob Sharp, Sam Posey, Sebastien Bourdais and many other racers.
The world knows Paul Newman as an Academy Award winning actor with a fifty-plus year »
- Michelle McCue
It should come as no surprise that Cannes Film Festival will play host to Kent Jones’s doc on the touchstone of filmmaking interview tomes, Hitchcock/Truffaut (see photo above). The film has been floating near the top of this list since it was announced last year as in development, while Jones himself has a history with the festival, having co-written both Arnaud Desplechin’s Jimmy P. and Martin Scorsese’s My Voyage To Italy, both of which premiered in Cannes. The film is scheduled to screen as part of the Cannes Classics sidebar alongside the likes of Stig Björkman’s Ingrid Bergman, in Her Own Words, which will play as part of the festival’s tribute to the late starlet, and Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna’s Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans (see trailer below). As someone who grew up watching road races with my dad in Watkins Glen, »
- Jordan M. Smith
Exclusive: Content Media's documentary Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans will have its world premiere in the Cannes Classics section of the Cannes Film Festival later this month. Described as "Senna meets Bullitt," it traces the complex making of the legendary star's 1971 racing movie Le Mans. Check out the exclusive poster for the film below. By 1970, McQueen was a major force in Hollywood with pics like The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, The Cincinnati Kid, The San… »
Set in the late 1800s, the film focuses on the aftermath of a Native American attack on a wagon train, where two wounded frontiersmen make a desperate last stand against a group of fearless young Braves, whose transition to manhood is defined by their ability to confront their enemies. The story pointedly does not take sides, but shows the honest clash of wills when the frontiersmen’s quest for a new life comes up against the honorable duty of the Native Americans to protect their homeland from the relentless invaders.
Rehmeier wrote the screenplay for “Bullet” and is directing the film.
Distributors worldwide will be introduced to the project in Cannes by Content’s president of film »
- Leo Barraclough
The film takes place in the late 1800s as two wounded frontiersmen make a last stand against young Braves defending their homeland.
Rehmeier will direct from his screenplay. Casting is underway and principal photography is scheduled to begin in the third quarter.
“This is a visceral ride, stripped down to the most primal fight-or-flight level possible,” said Rehmeier.
“For me, this film is an opportunity to combine several of my favourite genres in an exciting way, to create something that hasn’t been seen before in the cinema – and to tell an important and balanced story about a very particular moment in the Us’s history. I’m hoping the wall-to-wall action, the authenticity and intense emotion will captivate audiences worldwide.”
“I was very drawn to the purity, skill and courage »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
This year's Cannes Classics -- the section of the Cannes Film Festival dedicated to heritage films -- will pay tribute to filmmaker Costa-Garvas, winner of the 1982 Palme d'or for "Missing," who served on the Jury in 1976. The festival will also celebrate Ingrid Bergman and Orson Welles, as well as feature a tribute to Manoel de Oliveira and an evening with Barbet Schroeder. Along with these tributes, documentaries about cinema and restorations from around the world will also be featured. The festival will also feature new films by Barbet Schroeder ("Amnesia") and Eric Hannezo ("Rabid Dogs"). Read More: Cannes Wish List: 20 Films We Hope to See at the 2015 Festival Below is the Cannes Classics lineup, courtesy of the festival: Documentaries about cinema"Hitchcock/Truffaut" by Kent Jones (2015)"Depardieu Grandeur Nature" by Richard Melloul (2014)"Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans" by Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna »
- Jena Keahon
Costa-Gavras has been named guest of honour at this year’s Cannes Classics section of the Cannes Film Festival (May 13-24).
The Greek-French film director and producer won the Palme d’or with Missing in 1982, was member of the jury in 1976 that crowned Taxi Driver and picked up the award for best director with Section spéciale in 1975.
The filmmaker will be present for a screening of Z, which won the jury prize in 1969, and has had the original negative scanned in 4k and restored frame by frame in 2K, supervised by Costa-Gavras.
Marking 100 years since the birth of Orson Welles, Cannes will screen restorations of films from the legendary Us actor, director, writer and producer, who died in 1985.
The titles include his staggering debut Citizen Kane (1941), which has received a 4k restoration completed »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Paris– Critically-acclaimed Franco-Greek helmer Costa-Gavras will be feted as guest of honor at Cannes Classics, the selection dedicated to heritage films.
A Cannes vet, Costa-Gavras won the Palme d’or with “Missing” in 1982, served on the Jury in 1976 and won the Jury Prize with “Z” in 1969. “Z,” which won both an Oscar and a Golden Globe, will play at Cannes Classics in its restored version.
As part of Orson Welles’ Centennial celebration, Cannes will play his cult film “Citizen Kane” (restored by Warner Brothers Motion, pictured above) , Carol Reed’s “The Third Man” (restored by Studiocanal) and Wells’ “Lady from Shanghai” (restored by Sony Pictures), as well as two documentaries, Elisabeth Kapnist’s “Orson Welles, Autopsie d’une légende” and Clara and Julia Kuperberg’s “This Is Orson Welles.”
Cannes Classics will also pay tribute to late Portuguese master Manoel de Oliveira and will unspool his posthumous film “Visita ou Memórias e Confissões. »
- Elsa Keslassy
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