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Paris –Abdellatif Kechiche’s “Blue Is the Warmest Color” won the Cannes Palme d’Or. But the Wild Bunch-sold title has some serious competition at France’s Cesar Awards – the country’s equivalents of the Oscars.
Announced Friday by France’s Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences at the Fouquet restaurant on the Champs Elysees Friday, “Blue” scored in eight categories, two behind Gaumont’s “Me, Myself and Mum,” the directorial debut of Comedie Française-trained actor Guillaume Gallienne, which, having won two prizes at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight, broke out to a more than two million tix sales at the French box office, making it one of France’s only considerable hits of last year.
“Blue” and “Me, Myself and Mum” are two gems discovered at Cannes: »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
Paris– French major Gaumont has closed key sales deals on “Diplomacy,” Volker Schlondorff’s WWII drama that’s set to open in the Berlinale’s Special Gala section.
In the run up to Berlin, “Diplomacy,” which centers on the real-life story of a German officer who saved Paris from destruction, has sold to Brazil (Providence), Spain (A Contracorriente), Greece (Odeon), Benelux (Lumiere), Portugal (Lusomundo), Former Yugoslavia (Cinemania) and Middle East (Four Star). It was previously snatched up by Koch Media for Germany and German-speaking territories, Jmh for Switzerland and Metropole for Canada.
Yohann Comte, Gaumont’s deputy head of sales, said the company was also in negotiations to close Italy.
Taking place on the day Paris was liberated by the Allies, “Diplomacy” chronicles the tense confrontation between the Swedish ambassador (Andre Dussollier, “Same Old Song”) and the German military governor of Paris, Dietrich von Choltitz (Niels Arestrup, “A Prophet”). The »
- Elsa Keslassy
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