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Paris — Tapping into the growing market for indie family entertainment fare and canine film lovers, Nicolas Vanier’s “Belle And Sebastien” has lured over one million moviegoers and scored an estimated 6.6 million Euros ($8.2 million) from 320 screens in Italy, where it’s being distributed by Notorious Pictures.
Based on Cecile Aubry’s children’s TV classic, the well-polished movie takes place in the French Alps, amid WWII, and follows the adventures of a six-year-old motherless boy and his friend, a big white dog, as they thwart Nazi attempts to capture French Resistance fighters.
Released in Italy on Jan. 30, “‘Belle And Sebastien’ has joined the handful of majority-French productions that have sold over one million admissions in Italy,” said Adeline Falampin, Gaumont’s international sales manager who inked the deal with Notorious.
- Elsa Keslassy
If Oscars were given out for consistent box office performance (there's already a prize for that and it's called "money") Julia Roberts would have won her Oscar in the 1990s when everything she churned out was a $100 million slam dunk and Leonardo DiCaprio would have followed suit right about now for a long run of the same incredible trick. Most of Julia's big triumphs were in the popular thriller or romantic comedy genres but Leo seems to be a special case making practically anything (save the dimly lit dim of wit J. Edgar) into a $100 million grosser whether it's a foul-mouthed 3 hour comedy, a mixed review prestigious literary adaptation, or any other genre really. He might be the only mega star who is worth his full asking price given that his marketability doesn't seem to be tied to anything but his beloved creased-brow face.
Julia and Leo both, who received »
- NATHANIEL R
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 20 Feb 2014 - 05:40
The unloved films of 2009 provide the focus in our final list of the 2000s' overlooked greats...
The year 2009 will partly be remembered as the year Avatar dominating the box office, with audiences flocking to see James Cameron's leafy pulp epic in shimmering 3D. Making almost $2.8bn worldwide, Avatar was a true behemoth, besting Cameron's own Titanic as the highest-grossing film of all time (not adjusted for inflation) and hastening a rush of 3D films in the years that followed.
Films such as 2012, Sherlock Holmes and boozy comedy The Hangover were also among the top 10, but as always, some of the most memorable and individual films of the year were far from the most financially successful. So to round off our series of underrated flicks of the 2000s, here's our selection of 2009's overlooked films...
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It’s not only my favorite Francois Truffaut film, but it’s also my favorite French New Wave picture. While Godard’s Breathless is often cited as the quintessential French New Wave movie—and it is indeed a hallmark of the movement—for me it’s Jules and Jim that fully represents that important development in cinema history. It contains all the recognizable stylistic and thematic qualities that those French upstarts brought to their films (what? French critics becoming filmmakers? How dare they!), but it’s also a darned good story with wonderful performances by its three leads. And while the movie ends on a bittersweet, somewhat tragic note, Jules and Jim is really a feel-good movie because of the way Truffaut chose to tell the tale. The director has never shied away from pathos and sentimentality—something the filmmaker was very good at »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
On Jan. 16, cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel picked up his fourth Best Cinematography Oscar nomination to date, for the Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis." He has previously been nominated for "Amelie" in 2001, "A Very Long Engagement" in 2004 (for which he won the American Society of Cinematographers Award) and "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" in 2009. A few days before nominations were announced, I finally got around to talking with Delbonnel about his work on the film, which is really one of the shining examples of the medium this year. We discussed, among other things, his philosophy of carrying a »
- Kristopher Tapley
On his travels: a scene from Jean-Pierre Jeunet's The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet.
With the buyers and sellers safely despatched from Paris to Sundance this weekend it's the turn of the international media to move into the Grand Hotel for interviews with more than 100 actors and directors lining up for films to be released shortly in different countries as part of the 16th Unifrance Rendez-vous With French Cinema.
Among the talent talking up their films is Audrey Tautou (for the third part in the Pot Luck series, Chinese Puzzle, as well as Michel Gondry’s Blue Indigo after Boris Vian); Tautou’s Amelie director Jean-Pierre Jeunet with his new title The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet with Kyle Catlett, Helena Bonham Carter, Judy Davis and Callum Keith Rennie; Ludivine Sagnier for the romcom Love Is In The Air and former footballer Eric Cantona joining an orgy »
- Richard Mowe
Paris – A glam slam of Audrey Tautou (“Amelie,” “The Da Vinci Code”), Francois Cluzet (“The Intouchables”) and director François Ozon (“Swimming Pool,” “8 Women”) figure among about 140 French thesps and directors who will talk up upcoming French releases abroad at the 16th UniFrance Rendez-vous.
Launched in 1946, UniFrance sets the standard for international movie promotion of a whole country’s cinema. With 150 journalists, mostly from Europe but also Quebec and Israel, the UniFrance junket is already the biggest of the tear for French films, and one, if not the, biggest act of official national movie promotion in the world.
That said, the junket alone, while featuring 1,000 interviews, is just not enough; more could be done, said UniFrance prexy Jean-Paul Salome. While journalists around the world will always have Paris, and its January Rendez-vous, from 2014 UniFrance will be activating new strategies to promote French movies abroad.
Tautou and helmer Cedric Klapisch will take journalists through “Chinese Puzzle, »
- John Hopewell
Ah the Bunny Boiler! The most feared creature on the planet amongst men. Hopelessly infatuated with the male (or occasionally female) person of their choice, the Bunny Boiler, who usually suffers from a personality disorder or other deep psychological problems, relentlessly pursues the object of her adoration, never taking no for an answer. She usually displays murderous proclivities when push comes to shove and in these altercations, she takes on an almost supernatural power of invincibility. It’s hard to keep a good Bunny Boiler down.
The years 1992-1993 were vintage years for films featuring deranged female Bunny Boilers and it is from that time period that most of the films in the list are culled from. Bunny Boilerism is a sad fate to contract because the sufferers are normally very beautiful and talented in their own way. They are just a little bit too… intense.
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- Clare Simpson
Paris — Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, has acquired U.S. rights to Studiocanal-repped “Mood Indigo,” the fantasy-filled surreal romantic tale helmed by Michel Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”).
Adapted from Boris Vian’s novel “L’Ecume des Jours,” the Paris-set romance turns on two newlyweds, Chloe (Audrey Tautou, “Amelie”) and Colin (Romain Duris, “The Beat My Heart Skipped”), whose courtship is tested when an unusual illness plagues Chloe — a flower begins to grow in her lungs.
“Not since ‘Amelie’ have we seen Audrey Tautou so undeniably whimsical and charming,” said Drafthouse Films founder Tim League. “Her storybook romance with co-star Romain Duris is set perfectly within a quirky, visually-stunning fantasyland that only Michel Gondry could imagine.”
- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell
Drafthouse Films has acquired Michel Gondry's "Mood Indigo" for a stateside release. The film, starring Audrey Tautou, Romain Duris and Omar Sy, has no release date set as of yet. It world premiered at the Karovly Vary Film Festival last year and received its Us debut at Fantastic Fest in September."Not since 'Amelie' have we seen Audrey Tautou so undeniably whimsical and charming," said Drafthouse Films founder TimLeague, "and her storybook romance with co-star Romain Duris is set perfectly within a quirky, visually-stunning fantasyland that only Michel Gondry could imagine." The deal was negotiated by James Emanuel Shapiro on behalf of Drafthouse Films and Vanessa Saal Senior VP international sales at Studiocanal. Watch a trailer for the film below: »
- Nigel M Smith
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