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Kleinman was an enthusiastic film lover who attended Nyu film school in the late 1970s during the time Jim Jarmusch, Barry Sonnenfeld and Spike Lee were getting their start. Moving to Los Angeles, he started working on album covers for acts including the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor. He then graduated from Yale Law School, and went to work with Arthur Klein at Frankfurt, Garbus, Klein & Selz, where he was involved in dealmaking with creatives including Al Pacino and Todd Solondz.
In 1990, Kleinman went to work for Jeff Berg as a VP at ICM, and in 1992 became president of Jodie Foster’s Egg Pictures. He was credited as producer of “Waking the Dead” and exec producer of “Home for the Holidays.” He returned »
- Variety Staff
Director: Mathieu Kassovitz.
Running Time: 136 minutes.
Synopsis: Set against the backdrop of the French presidential election campaign, Rebellion is a Guerrilla-styled docufilm which isolates and exposes a secret history from the depths of the Gossannah cave. Delivered from the perspective of one man bound by his duty to serve his nation, the film speaks retrospectively of an irascible voice of silenced injustice against oppression. It appears that you can silence a people, but you can’t stifle the echo of truths stored in the cavernous mines of libraries and electronic portals. You can close your eyes, but what the heart witnesses and the mind sees will play back time and time again in the dreams of individuals and the collective memory of future generations.
- Anouska Davies
Mathieu Kassovitz (La Haine) makes a powerful comeback in front of and behind the camera with this violent thriller, based on real-life events.It’s April 1988 on the Ouvéa Island in the French colony of New Caledonia. 30 police are kidnapped by Kanak separatists and in response 300 special-forces operatives are sent in to restore order. To avoid unnecessary conflict, Philippe Legorjus (Kassovitz), the captain of an elite counter-terrorism police unit, is sent in to the heart of the rebel base to negotiate a peaceful solution. But against the highly pressured backdrop of presidential elections in France, the stakes are high and all bets are off.Rebellion stars Mathieu Kassovitz, Malik Zidi, Alexandre Steiger, Daniel Martin, Jean-Philippe Puymartin, Philippe de Jacquelin Dulphé.
The film is released in »
- Anouska Davies
Director: Mathieu Kassovitz.
Running Time: 136 minutes.
Synopsis: Set against the backdrop of a French presidential election campaign, Rebellion is a Guerilla-style docufilm which isolates and exposes a secret history from the depths of the Gossannah cave. Delivered from the perspective of a man bound by duty to serve his nation, the film speaks retrospectively of how you can silence a people, but you can’t stifle the echo of truths stored in the cavernous mines of libraries and electronic portals.
Proving his tremendous dedication, zeal and cinematic brilliance as writer, director and actor, Mathieu Kassovitz has successfully adapted Captain Philippe Legorjus’ factual account of a ten-day standoff between the local Kanaks and French military forces in 1988. Through recollected memories and a gallery of photographs, Legorjus (Mathieu Kassovitz) relays his story of grappling with the shame and guilt born of his betrayal of »
- Anouska Davies
A soldier is at war with himself in a taut colonial thriller that marks a stunning return to form for the director of La Haine
Mathieu Kassovitz made his name in 1995 as writer-director of the fluent, inventive La Haine, a story of 24 hours in the lives of three rebellious working-class youngsters – an explosive Jew, a mercurial, streetwise Arab and an a handsome black boxer – harassed by racist cops in Paris. A key example of the 90s genre dubbed les films de banlieues, it was screened for his cabinet by prime minister Alain Juppé. Kassovitz hasn't made much of interest since then (his last films shown here were the feeble American horror flick Gothika and the muddled sci-fi thriller Babylon Ad). His ruggedly handsome face, however, is familiar from his appearances in such films as Amélie and Spielberg's Munich, in which he played one of the Mossad agents pursuing the Black September terrorists. »
- Philip French
When Terence met Brigitte
Some opening lines are tough to beat. I went to meet Terence Stamp at BFI Southbank last week as he celebrated the start of a career retrospective at the venue, running until the end of May. The season kicked off with the haunting Theorem, in which Stamp starred as the Visitor for Pier Paolo Pasolini. Stamp, now 74, still oozes calm and knows he's always going to be the coolest and most handsome person in the room. He's wearing a beige three-piece corduroy suit, which looks good even with socks and Birkenstocks. I congratulate him on the outfit. "Oh, yeah, this is a favourite when I'm in London. I had a blind date with Brigitte Bardot once and I wore this," he says, »
- Jason Solomons
It was eight years ago that Mathieu Kassovitz exploded onto the scene with La Haine (1995), celebrated as a modern cinematic masterpiece. So it is no surprise that here at Wages of Film, we were particularly excited at the prospect of sitting down with Mathieu Kassovitz to discuss his new film Rebellion (L'ordre et la morale), which as well as writing-directing credits, he takes on the lead role of Gign operative Capitaine Philippe Legorjus. Kassovitz offered an illuminating insight, sharing with us the difficulties he faced in bringing the story to the screen, the need for honesty to enable the film to play a part in healing the wounds of the past, the controversy following its release and how a French story is a reflection of stories that are embedded in every countries past, and his dissatisfaction with »
- Flickering Myth
The star and director of Evil Dead, Jane Levy and Fede Alvarez, stop by the Empire Podcast studio to talk blood, body parts and chainsaws this week, with only two of us fainting during the process.Elsewhere, La Haine director and Amelie star Mathieu Kassovitz drops in in honour of his latest, Rebellion, and the podcast team talk embarrassing interview questions, yearly Star Wars outings and funerals in the movies (for some reason...).P.S. Don't forget to check out our podcast photo gallery here and subscribe to the Empire Podcast via our iTunes page or this handy RSS feed. »
Any doubts over Mathieu Kassovitz's feelings towards his national film industry were cleared up last year when he tweeted: "Bugger French cinema. Go fuck yourself with your shitty films." He's done with France. He's moved to Los Angeles. The tweet was in response to the César nominations, France's equivalent of the Oscars. In a field dominated by The Artist and Untouchable, Kassovitz's sober political thriller, Rebellion, received just one nomination, for best adapted screenplay.
"I wasn't hurt because they didn't want to give me a César, I was hurt because they didn't care about that kind of movie any more," says Kassovitz, who has previously won three Césars and never turned up to collect them. "It's a French story. It's craftsmanship. We »
- Steve Rose
La Haine’s Mathieu Kassovitz returns, licking his wounds, to home soil following his less than auspicious results in Hollywood (he disowned the theatrical cut of his 2008 Vin Diesel apocalyptic actioner Babylon Ad). Not one to shy away from a challenge, he’s back in the directors chair, as well as co-writing, co-producing and starring in this true-life account French colonial unrest which resulted in severe military force. Thankfully, the film sees Kassovitz back on solid ground, displaying much of the cinematic pizzazz which characterised his earlier work.
The film opens with scenes which occur towards the end of the struggle, where things have gone seriously awry, leaving the audience with an impending sense of doom from the off. The director still manages to present a taut countdown to the outcome of events from 1988 which saw members of a separatist group from the Ouvea island of New Caledonia taking 27 French »
- Adam Lowes
Having burst onto the scene with the incendiary banlieue drama La Haine back in 1995, it's fair to say that French filmmaker Mathieu Kassovitz has never truly matched the raw, innovation of his sophomore project. That is until now, with the UK release of his intense real-life thriller Rebellion (L'ordre et la morale, 2011), in which Kassovitz also takes on the lead role of Gign operative Capitaine Philippe Legorjus. Recently, we were fortunate enough to sit down and discuss the movie with Kassovitz, who gave us a candid insight into the politics behind a film such as this, the controversy it has caused both at home and abroad, and also tells us exactly how he feels about the current state of French cinema.
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- CineVue UK
This month finally sees the UK release of Mathieu Kassovitz’s fact-based drama, Rebellion. The acclaimed film, co-written, directed and starring the Frenchman, centres on dissidents in a French colony who attacked a police station in 1988 and took hostages. Below we have all the details of a number of early screenings via the press release, which all include a question and answer session with Kassovitz.
Rebellion Q&A Screenings Next Sunday April 14th
Hackney Picturehouse – 2pm
Odeon Covent Garden – 4pm
Cine Lumiere – 6pm
It’s April 1988 on the Ouvéa Island in the French colony of New Caledonia. »
- Craig Hunter
Better the Devil You Know: Hosaini’s Debut a Vibrant Urban Street Drama
Sally El Hosaini’s directorial debut, My Brother the Devil, takes the overly familiar gangland drama genre and manages to make an engaging and effective film with well written characters and striking visuals. Thankfully, due to considerable awards recognition on the festival circuit, her film will see a theatrical release stateside, which isn’t always the case for similarly themed titles, as even Ben Drew’s street drama iLL Manors has yet to be released here. However, Hosaini’s film, which manages to avoid sinking into a swamp of miserabalism, also doesn’t shy away from the shocking violence that infiltrates the lives of youth in London’s East End, and treats us to a finale that is neither tragic nor overtly positive.
Growing up in a traditional Egyptian household on the streets of Hackney, brothers Rashid »
- Nicholas Bell
Originally known in its native France as L'Ordre Et La Morale, Rebellion sees Mathieu Kassovitz, the director/writer of La Haine, starring (and directing/writing) in his own take on the Ouvéa cave hostage taking in 1988 - and here's an exclusive quad poster from Name Creative to herald its arrival on British cinematic shores.For those not in the know about the Ouvéa cave affair in 1988, it was an international incident that saw a separatist group from the Melanesian island of Ouvéa, New Caledonia, hold 27 people hostage to demand instant independence from France.Forgoing a New Caledonian shoot, Kassovitz plumped for Tahiti but kept New Caledonia as the story's ostensible location. Kassovitz himself plays Capitaine du Gign Philippe Legorjus, a member of the team tasked with fixing the situation, a situation that involves exploding helicopters in the remarkably Collateral Damage-like poster above.The César Award-nominated Rebellion, which also stars Benoît Jaubert and Pierre Geller, »
Filmmaking is no picnic, as anyone who has seen anything from the Friedberg & Seltzer duo or Uwe Boll knows. Making an even sub-standard film requires a ludicrous amount of effort, and often, a filmmaker will sign on for a project with the best intentions, only for exterior factors to cause the final product to differ significantly from the original vision.
The result? Directors who hate their own movies, but thankfully, there is a semi-formal process should a director want to disown their film, and that’s by ascribing a pseudonym to the director’s credit.
Pre-2000, the name “Alan Smithee” was used when a director wanted to distance themselves from a project, and though all it takes these days is a Google click to find out who was the progenitor, it still allowed filmmakers a formal way to scratch an unsavoury project from their CV and basically pretend like it never happened. »
- Shaun Munro
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