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Mickey Rourke bio-doc 'Guapo Siempre' heads to Cannes with Versatile

Documentary revolves around actor’s 2014 return to the boxing ring in Moscow.

Paris-based sales company Versatile has acquired world sales rights to French photographer and director Richard Aujard’s bio-doc Guapo Siempre, a portrait of Mickey Rourke’s return to the boxing ring in Moscow in 2014.

The film, which is in post-production, follows actor and retired boxer Rourke as he prepares at the age of 62 to take on a fighter half his age in a special boxing exhibition in the Russian capital, after a 20-year absence from the ring.

A few days before the fight, Rourke’s beloved dog Guapo dies, plunging the boxer into a mystical state for his comeback fight.

Aujard, who is a long-time acquaintance of Rourke, captures the actor-boxer as he looks back over his life and career.

“The film will be ready for this summer,” said Versatile co-chief Pape Boye. “It’s very cinematic but one of the things that makes it particularly
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This Week In Trailers: Before I Go To Sleep, Once Upon A Forest, The Tribe, Coherence, Level Five

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This Week In Trailers: Before I Go To Sleep, Once Upon A Forest, The Tribe, Coherence, Level Five
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This […]

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Hong Kong Filmart: Download THR's Day 1 Daily

Hong Kong Filmart: Download THR's Day 1 Daily
The Hollywood Reporter's first daily from 2014's Hong Kong filmart includes news, interviews and reviews from the festival. Titles reviewed are Second Coming 3D, The Midnight After, Blind Massage, Out of Inferno 3D, Mea Culpa, Once Upon a Forest, and Miss Granny. THR's daily features include:  Q&A With Director Vivian Qu The Beijing-based producer talks about becoming a director, her triumph at the Berlinale and changing Chinese filmmaking one movie at a time. -- Clifford Coonan Malaysia Makes Its Big Move Perhaps more so than anywhere else in the upwardly mobile markets of Southeast Asia, Malaysia is a film territory on the move.

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Elisabeth Moss on her 'Simpsons' guest spot -- and the final season of 'Mad Men'

Elisabeth Moss on her 'Simpsons' guest spot -- and the final season of 'Mad Men'
Before Elisabeth Moss returns to Manhattan, she’s making a pit stop in Springfield: The actress who stars as Peggy Olson on Mad Men is lending her voice to Sunday’s episode of The Simpsons (Fox, Nov. 17, 8 p.m.). Moss will play a pregnant woman named Gretchen whose baby Homer winds up delivering in an elevator. (Spoiler: It’s not Pete’s.) But when she names the baby Homer Jr. to recognize his good deed, Homer gets a little too attached to the little tyke. EW asked this unabashed Simpsons fan all about her big guest spot — and tossed in
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Tipped for Cannes

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Everyone's thoughts are turning towards the 66th edition of the Cannes Film Festival (from May 15th to 26th, 2013) and predictions abound about which films might be chosen by Thierry Frémaux. Overview of the main contenders for a selection on the Croisette, with an opening that would look good with The Great Gatsby by Australian director Baz Lurhmann, for example.

On the European side, where exceptionally Lars Von Trier and Pedro Almodóvar will be absent, the most widely expected contenders are Only God Forgives by Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn, Twelve Years a Slave (an American production) by British director Steve McQueen, La grande belleza by Italian director Paolo Sorrentino, and the French favourites: Un indien des plaines (Jimmy P.) by Arnaud Desplechin, Blue is the Warmest Colour by Abdellatif Kechiche, Bird People by Pascale Ferran, and possibly Venus in Fur by Roman Polanski if editing is speeded up. Amongst the outsiders, it is worth mentioning Nine Minutes Interval by Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu, Michael Kohlhaas by Arnaud des Pallières (starring Mads Mikkelsen), Un château en Italie by Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Jeune et jolie by François Ozon, Abus de faiblesse by Catherine Breillat and Bastards by Claire Denis.

Amongst the Old Continent’s other potential candidates for a trip to the Croisette are We Come As Friends by Austrian director Hubert Sauper, The Invisible Woman by British director Ralph Fiennes, A Field in England by Ben Wheatley, the German film Happy Birthday by French director Denis Dercourt, Nude Area by Urszula Antoniak, a Dutch director of Polish origin, the mysterious Dau by Russian director Ilya Khrzhanovsky, The Gambler by Hungarian director Szabolcs Hajdu, Oktober November by Austrian director Götz Spielmann, Histoire de la Meva Mort by Portuguese director Albert Serra, Open Windows by Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo and Goodbye to Language by Jean-Luc Godard.

The selection is not short of American possibilities this year, with notably The Nightingale by James Gray, Inside Llewyn Davies by the Coen brothers, The Bling Ring by Sofia Coppola, Nebraska by Alexander Payne, Her by Spike Jonze, Night Moves by Kelly Reichardt, and maybe Only Lovers Left Alive by Jim Jarmusch and The Butler by Lee Daniels. We can also dream about the out-of-competition screenings of The Wolf of Wall Street by Martin Scorsese, Blue Jasmin by Woody Allen and Pacific Rim by Guillermo del Toro. As for Canada, it will be placing its bets on Tom à la ferme by Xavier Dolan and An Enemy by Denis Villeneuve.

Asia could be in the running with, amongst others, Le Passé by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, The Congress by Israeli director Ari Folman, Snowpiercer by Korean director Bong Joon-ho, Diary of a Young Boyby Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-Liang, Blind Detective by Chinese director Johnnie To and three Japanese movies: A Perfect Day for Plesiosaur by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Like Father, Like Sonby Hirokazu Kore-Eda and Dog Eat Dog by Shinji Aoyama

While Africa will set its hopes on Grisgris by Chadian director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun,surprisescould come from Latin America where only Mexican productions appear in the predictions so far, with Manto Acuifero by Michael Rowe, Chavez by Diego Luna and A los ojos by Vicky and Michel Franco.

Finally, it is worth mentioning on the French side (probably out of competition), possibilities like Once Upon a Forest by Luc Jacquet, Mood Indigo by Michel Gondry(even if its release in April seems incompatible for the moment with the selection process), L’extravagant voyage du jeune et prodigieux T.S Spivet by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Blood Ties by Guillaume Canet, Grace de Monaco by Olivier Dahan and Malavita by Luc Besson. Also aiming for selection are Grand Central by Rebecca Zlotowki, Suzanne by Katell Quillevéré, Jacky in Women’s Kingdom by Riad Sattouf, Une autre vie by Emmanuel Mouret, Eastern Boys by Robin Campillo, Gare du Nord by Claire Simon,Tip Top by Serge Bozon, Tirez la langue mademoiselle by Axelle Ropert, L’inconnu du lac by Alain Guiraudie, Réalité by Quentin Dupieux and Dark Touch by Marina de Van. So many enticing titles for a hypothetical panorama, which is not exhaustive and that only Thierry Frémaux will clarify at the press conference on April 18th.

This article was written by Fabien Lemercier and also appeared in Cineuropa.org.
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2013 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: Luc Jacquet’s Once Upon a Forest

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#72. Luc Jacquet’s Once Upon a Forest

Gist: With Once Upon a Forest, Luc Jacquet invites the spectator into a never-before-seen world of natural wonder and staggering beauty. “For the first time, we will be able to watch a rain forest growing before our eyes…Only cinema can offer this unique voyage into a completely untamed universe, a world of perfect balance in which each living thing – from the smallest to the largest – plays an essential role. The film will deliver a complete sensory immersion in the primaeval splendor of one of nature’s richest mysteries, inviting the audience to enter, discover and marvel at a universe of untold treasures while joining its voice to the ever-growing awareness of the need to preserve our world.” So, basically, Jacquet got tired of waiting on Terry to finish Voyage of Time and went ahead and did it himself.

Prediction: Sounds like the
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