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French Director Cyril Morin Recreates New York 1984 with Love and Sadness

30 September 2016 1:38 PM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

NY84” will have a gala opening and theatrical release this October 14 at the Arena Theater in Hollywood.

A unique venue for a unique film written and directed by Cyril Morin and starring Sam Quartin, Chris Schellenger and Davy J. Marr, “NY84” follows the adventures of three young artists in the downtown New York art scene in the early 1980s. Young and carefree, Kate, Anton, and Keith party, photograph, paint, sing, and play their way through the clubs and lofts of Alphabet City.

The party ends in 1984 when Anton and Keith contract a mysterious illness known as the “gay cancer.” We gain an intimate glimpse into their creative and emotional lives as the three lose their youth and innocence.

Cyril Morin

This is a lyrical poetic paen to those times some of us were lucky enough to have lived through. The sexual revolution and its sexual freedom in effect then for the newly liberated homosexual community, also opened the way for Kate to express herself. And it opened a door for transexuals, women and the whole diversity of humanity to assert itself today. »

- Sydney Levine

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Cannes: Chantal Chateauneuf, Georgia Poivre Win Cannes Film Market’s Cinando Best Seller Award

20 May 2016 2:52 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes — Mongrel International’s Chantal Chateauneuf and Georgia Poivre, at Films Distribution, won ex aequo the Cannes Marche du Film’s first-ever plaudit, a Cinando Best Seller Award, presented on Wednesday evening at the Cannes Film Market’s Festivals & Sales Agents Mixer, a networking event.

An early evening earlier, Poivre and Chateauneuf were among 13 young sales agents who had pitched “Codename: Madeleine,” to four jury members, three distributors – Sony Pictures ClassicsDylan Leiner, Norio Hatano at Japan’s Longride, Ira Von Gienanth, from Germany’s Prokino – and producer-sales agent Raphael Berdugo, founder of France’s Cite Films.

It was no easy sell. A real project from Pan Nalin (“Samsara,” “Angry Indian Goddesses”), “Codename: Madeleine” turns on Noor Inayat Khan. Anybody who’s read about WWII espionage may remember photos of a young Indian woman of extraordinary beauty and deep intense eyes, the daughter of a Sufi master, who fled with »

- John Hopewell

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