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Marrakech Pays Tribute to Isabelle Adjani

Marrakech Pays Tribute to Isabelle Adjani
Marrakech, Morocco — On its penultimate night, the 16th Marrakech Film Festival paid tribute to acclaimed French actress Isabelle Adjani, the only person to have ever one five best actress prizes at France’s Cesar Awards. She has also been nominated for an Academy Award on two occasions, for François Truffaut’s “The Story of Adele H.” and Bruno Nuytten’s “Camille Claudel,” and twice won best actress at Cannes – for “Possession” and “Quartet.”

Adjani was visibly moved by the tribute, in particular by a medley of scenes from her most famous films, including “Camille Claudel” and “Queen Margot.”

As she walked up the red carpet to enter the Palais de Congres, she was asked whether she leaves a bit of her soul in each film, to which she replied: “Of course, we give a bit of our soul in each part we play. But we hope to renew it with each new film.
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Maiwenn on the rocky road of romance by Richard Mowe

Director in action: Maiwenn (right) with Emmanuelle Bercot and Vincent Cassel during the shoot of Mon Roi Photo: Unifrance

French actress, writer and director Maiwenn has been in the business from an early age appearing as a child in several films including One Deadly Summer with Isabelle Adjani. She was only 16 when she was involved in a relationship with producer and director Luc Besson with whom she had a daughter, Shanna. She spent time living in Hollywood and appearing in Besson’s Léon and The Fifth Element. Her break-up with Besson at 21 marked a return to living and working in France where she has become known simply by her Christian name (surname Lo Besco which her sister Isild, also an actress and director, uses). Maiwenn had a second child, Diego, with property developer Jean-Yves Le Fur before they split up. In 2006 she directed her semi-autobiographical first feature Pardon Me followed in 2011 by Polisse,
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‘Nymphomaniac’ Star Stacy Martin Leads U.S. Trailer for ‘The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun’

After leaving a big impression in both volumes of Lars von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac, we were hoping to soon see more from up-and-comer Stacy Martin. Before Brady Corbet’s The Childhood of a Leader and Ben Wheatley’s High Rise hit theaters, we’ll see her in The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun, a ’70s-influenced thriller with more than a bit of style to spare. (That period influence isn’t only aesthetic: this film is the second adaptation of Sébastien Japrisot’s novel, which was previously brought to the screen in 1970.)

The true lead, however, is Freya Mavor, as will be showcased in this preview — and that’s also the most this preview will tell you. It’s almost exclusively a collection of stylish, “propulsive” shots — set to the antiquated sounds of Wendy Rene’s “After Laughter (Comes Tears)” — which one of the only available reviews confirms is a key component.
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Wild Bunch unveils French slate

Sales company unveils new films by Donzelli, Sfar, Odoul and Garrel at Paris Rendez-vous.

Wild Bunch will kick off sales on nine new French titles at this year’s Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris (Jan 15-19), many of which will be completed in time for a potential Cannes slot, including an incestuous love story by Valérie Donzelli and First World War drama by Damien Odoul.

The company will also show first images of several previously announced productions including Jacques Audiard’s untitled drama revolving around Sri Lankan immigrants in Paris, which it is co-selling with Celluloid Dreams, and Julie Delpy’s France-set romance Lolo, in which she stars as a chic Parisian sophisticate who falls for a geeky It expert played by Dany Boon.

There will also be a promo-reel for Arnaud Desplechin’s My Golden Years (aka Three Memories of Childhood), revisiting the childhood of Paul Dédalus, the protagonist in his 1997 film My Sex Lifewho
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The Forgotten: Costa-Gavras' "The Sleeping Car Murders"

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Some movies just vanish.

While Costa-Gavras continues to enjoy a high reputation for his sixties and seventies political thrillers (perhaps more respected than watched, which is a shame) and to some extent for his later American movies (more watched than respected, also a shame), The Sleeping Car Murders (1965), one of his earliest works, is so hard to see that I wound up watching a pan-and-scanned off-air recording taped on VHS from Scottish Television sometime in the eighties, and dubbed into English. At least Simone Signoret seems to have done her own re-voicing, but her erring husband Yves Montand has that strained Amurrican tone I associate with Robert Rietty doing Orson Welles.

So Costa-Gavras' movie, formerly a missing person, turns up as a homicide victim, mutilated to prevent identification. With the performances defaced, the compositions utterly ruined, and the editing patterns minced in this copy (because a cut doesn't mean the
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Trailers from Hell Takes on Isabelle Adjani in Nsfw 'One Deadly Summer'

Trailers from Hell Takes on Isabelle Adjani in Nsfw 'One Deadly Summer'
Today on Trailers from Hell, film editor Mark Helfrich talks French director Jean Becker's 1983 thriller "One Deadly Summer," starring Isabelle Adjani as a woman on the verge. Several years after her remarkable performance as the star-crossed Adele Hugo in Truffaut's "The Story of Adele H.," Isabelle Adjani essayed yet another young woman gripped by obsession in 1983's "One Deadly Summer." The story, about an unstable femme fatale's revenge against her mother's attackers has a definite exploitation bent but the presence of Adjani and the score by Georges Delerue elevate the proceedings. Adjani won a Cesar for her trouble and the film was France's second highest grossing film of the year. Nsfw.
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One Deadly Summer

Several years after her remarkable performance as the star-crossed Adele Hugo in Truffaut's The Story of Adele H., Isabelle Adjani essayed yet another young woman gripped by obsession in 1983's One Deadly Summer. The story, about an unstable femme fatale's revenge against her mother's attackers has a definite exploitation bent but the presence of Adjani and the score by Georges Delerue elevate the proceedings. Adjani won a César for her trouble and the film was France's 2nd highest grossing film of the year. Nsfw.

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Actor-Director Maiwenn Saves the Children in French Drama 'Polisse'

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Maiwenn has been in the spotlight in her native France since she was a child. She began acting in films like "Next Year If All Goes Well" and "One Deadly Summer," and she was even more famous as the teenage girlfriend of director Luc Besson ("The Fifth Element"), giving birth to his daughter at age 16. But by 21, she broke up with Besson and resumed life as an actress, including a role in the horror film "High Tension."Yet Maiwenn, now 36, says she feels like she started her career only a decade ago, when she debuted her one-woman stage show "Le pois chiche" in Paris. She went on to write, direct, and star in the short film "I'm an Actress" in 2004, followed by her 2006 feature film "Pardon Me" and "All About Actresses" in 2008."My real passion is to make movies, to direct," she says. "It's good for...
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David Thomson on Isabelle Adjani

At her best, Adjani was always a victim going over the edge of sanity, and that seems to match Truffaut's account of her at work

It has never been safe to predict what Isabelle Adjani was going to do, or why. In 1974, François Truffaut was planning to make The Story of Adele H, about a daughter of Victor Hugo who falls in love with a young army officer and goes mad in her efforts to get him to return the love. He wanted someone new for the lead role, and was intrigued by Adjani in a recent hit comedy called La Gifle. Adjani was 19 and ravishing; but she was under contract as a stage actress to La Comédie-Française.

Truffaut pursued her. The theatre company declined to release her. The matter went to law. Adjani stayed quiet – but in the end she had her way. She would do Adele H. Truffaut
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Cannes 2011. Maïwenn's "Poliss"

Updated through 5/17.

Let's note right off the top, first, that the title's derived from the director's misspelling of "Police" and that the final "e" has been dropped for the English-language version. And second, that critics are split. We'll start with pan but work our way up.

"Polisse, a self-important French police procedural that feigns complexity while relishing in cliché, could very well be the worst film I see at Cannes this year," predicts Glenn Heath Jr at the House Next Door. "Supposedly based on the true stories of the Parisian Child Protective Unit, director Maïwenn Le Besco's film abrasively documents the professional and personal lives of the special police force tasked with arresting those who prey on the young…. As a social mosaic, Polisse is an insulting simplification of truly horrific issues like child rape and sex trade."

More predictions, these from Jonathan Romney in Screen: "It should flourish in France,
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Shooting kicks off on Iain Softley’s Trap For Cinderella

Shooting has officially commenced on director Iain Softley’s (Backbeat) new film Trap For Cinderella. The film is a contemporary psychological thriller set of the French Riviera. Take a look at the synopsis and full release below…

London, UK… 6 May 2011 – Iain Softley’s Trap For Cinderella has started principal photography and is shooting on location for six weeks in London and the south of France. Trap For Cinderella is financed by Prescience, the BFI and LipSync. Newly formed Ealing Metro is handling international sales.

Rising British actors Tuppence Middleton (Skeletons) and Alexandra Roach (soon to be seen as the young Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady) headline the cast which features supporting roles from Kerry Fox (Bright Star) and Frances de la Tour (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows).

Trap For Cinderella is written and directed by Iain Softley (The Wings of the Dove; Inkheart; K-pax) and produced by Robert Jones
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DVD Releases 5/11/10

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Daybreakers: "Dystopic films have to strike the right balance between the sterility of the future and the need to breathe some life into the movie (see Gattaca for a good examplre). The Spierig Brothers get the vampire dystopia right -- I really like the idea of huge corporations farming human blood for a mostly vampire population. But there's no razzmatazz, no charisma, no spirit, no fucking life force. It needs an occasional dose of humor; a Hannibal King; a sympathetic character. Something that might resonate with the audience, that we can relate to; that might make us give a damn about the smart ideas bubbling beneath asepsis." - Dustin Rowles

Edge of Darkness: "My guess is that a lot of critics and, in particular, box-office prognosticators, are taking a very noncommittal approach to Mel Gibson's first turn in front of the screen in seven years. How very
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