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Given the evocative look and setting of the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis," it's not surprising that Bruno Delbonnel snagged the cinematography award yesterday from the New York Film Critics Circle. He exquisitely captures the coldness, sadness, unhappiness, and loneliness of Oscar Isaac's struggling folk singer in Greenwich Village of '61. The French cinematographer ("Big Eyes," "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," "Amelie") doesn't like to reference other movies, but the archival research from the period was predominately desaturated. So he decided to make it more personal and lit it like a folk song, using the cover of "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" as a starting off point. "I wanted to find another palette that was uncomfortable, and that was magenta," Delbonnel explains. "I wanted it to be disturbing. And I bloomed the white in the grading so the skin tones are softer. It's a very grounded color palette." In "Llewyn Davis, »
- Bill Desowitz
The Hollywood Reporter has released the third video in their annual series of Oscar roundtables, this time giving the cinematographers a chance to speak. Featured in this roundtable are Barry Ackroyd (Captain Phillips), Sean Bobbitt (12 Years a Slave), Bruno Delbonnel (Inside Llewyn Davis), Stuart Dryburgh (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) and Phedon Papamichael (Nebraska). One of the most interesting subjects covered is the idea of digital vs. film after it's brought up that many of them actually shot their respective movies on film. Delbonnel, who's shot films ranging from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to Amelie, gets things started with this: What's annoying me is, they are pushing toward digital but we have no choice. And I like to have the choice of saying, "I think this movie should be done on film. On Super 8, or whatever." But I have no choice. The choice is talking about what we want to achieve. »
- Brad Brevet
Alexandr Sokurov's interpretation of Faust is one extraordinary, hallucinatory trip. It starts with Dr. Faust (Johannes Zeiler) dissecting a corpse, looking for/failing to locate the exact location of the soul. Living in extreme poverty, he tries to pawn his ring to a dark eyed, deformed, devilish pawnbroker (Anton Adasinsky). Instead, the pawnbroker convinces Faust to sign away his soul in blood (ink is expensive!) in exchange for one night with virginal Magarete (Isolda Dychauk), whose brother he just killed during a fit of rage in a bar brawl. Shot by renowned French cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel (Amelie, Harry Potter and a Half-Blood Prince, Inside Llewyn Davis), Faust is an amazing looking film. Even though it is not shot all in one take like Sokurov's festival favorite, Russian...
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Imagine, if you will, that we're back in 1994 and instead of Robert Zemeckis the job of directing Forrest Gump had been handed to Jean-Pierre Jeunet who had somehow blasted the 2001, Amelie era version of himself back in time to take the job. And then imagine that instead of shrimp and romance tying the modern day storyline of the film together that the here and now was occupied with a hundred year old man stealing a suitcase crammed full of drug money and set off cross country with it. Presto! You've got the Felix Herngren directed adaptation of Jonas Jonasson's hugely popular - over three million copies sold - novel The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared. Here's how...
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Hélène Vincent, Guillaume Gouix, and Bernadette Lafont in Attila Marcel French filmmaker Sylvain Chomet will return to the French Film Festival UK this year with his first full foray into live action Attila Marcel, which has been selected as the opening gala film.
Chomet - who spent five years in Scotland making the animated hit The Illusionist - will attend the film's premieres in London, Edinburgh and Glasgow to help kick off the 21st edition of the UK touring event that was founded in Scotland. He expects to be accompanied by his producer Claudie Ossard who has been responsible for some of France’s biggest hits of recent decades, including Amelie, Delicatessen and In The House.
The title of Attila Marcel comes from a song Chomet wrote for his first big hit Belleville Rendez-vous. He said: “I had the title and I knew it was going to be a film »
- Amber Wilkinson
Ecstatically received at this year's Cannes Film Festival where it won the Grand Prize of the Jury, Joel and Ethan Coen's folk music dramedy "Inside Llewyn Davis" opens stateside December 6th. Ahead of its release, Indiewire is pleased to exclusively premiere three new stills from the film and from behind-the-scenes. Read More: The 9 Best Things Said by the Coen Bros., Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake at the 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Cannes Press Conference The gorgeous-looking drama (shot by "Amelie" Dp Bruno Delbonnel) centers on an aspiring singer-songwriter (Oscar Isaac in a breakthrough performance) who navigates the 1960s folk-music scene in New York City’s Greenwich Village. T Bone Burnett produced the film’s soundtrack that includes music performed by, among others, Isaac, Marcus Mumford, Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan. »
- Ohad Amram
In a satisfying confluence of source material and director, Jean-Pierre Jeunet brings his signature abundance to bear on the richly stuffed adventures of Tecumseh Sparrow Spivet, Reif Larsen’s pint-sized Montana whiz kid whose genius gets him to the Smithsonian. “The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet” is the perfect 3D vehicle and Jeunet takes full advantage, offering a feast of amusing visual flourishes suited to the book’s playfulness. Like “Hugo,” however, guessing the target audience will be tricky. An Imax 3D French rollout in mid-October could help the Weinstein Company gauge how to market their yet-to-be-dated Stateside release.
Campaign strategists will need to figure out whether the kid protag and the pic’s visualization of a precocious child’s vivid imagination jive with the very adult expletives used by Judy Davis’ Smithsonian undersecretary, Ms. Jibsen. Given the repeated cuss words, it’s likely the producers are hoping for a mid-teen and older crowd, »
- Jay Weissberg
This weekend, a muscle-head attempts to break his porn addiction in "Don Jon," things get heated in the period race-rivalry flick "Rush," and food- animal hybrids wreak havoc in "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2."
Writer, director, and star Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays the title character in "Don Jon," a New Jersey womanizer who can't hold down a real relationship -- not because he's a player, because he's addicted to porn. When Don meets and falls for Barbara (Scarlett Johansson), he starts to give real love a chance, until she catches him watching porn, that is. The sex comedy also stars Tony Danza as Don's father (his older, muscled counterpart), Julianne Moore, and Brie Larson. Will Don toss out the dirty movies for a potential shot a real love? Let's hope so, especially since it's ScarJo.
- Erin Whitney
When he was eight, Jean-Pierre Jeunet would marvel at 3D pictures on his View-Master. It was a popular toy where someone could see a sequence of stereoscopic images printed on a cardboard disc inserted into a handheld viewer. “It my first step into cinema,” the director of Amelie fondly recalled, “because I would adjust the frame in the viewer to change the order, and I’d imagine a new kind of film.” Little did Jeunet know that his beloved View-Master would lead to him to direct an entire film in 3D 52 years later. Jeunet was speaking about the pleasures — […] »
- Allan Tong
Peter Debruge: Looking back on 11 days and several hundred movies, it’s somewhat disheartening to realize this is the year that Oscar hype all but overwhelmed the Toronto Film Festival. Things have been gradually building up to this, considering that the festival served to launch such best-picture winners as “American Beauty,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “The King’s Speech” and “Argo,” among others, but it’s unfortunate that this hollow chatter has taken the place of substantial conversation about the merits of the many films on offer, the vast majority of which were conceived with no designs on earning little gold statues.
There’s a silver lining for those who’ve been following from a distance all the buzz around such heftily financed pictures as “12 Years a Slave,” “August: Osage County,” “Rush,” “Gravity” and “Prisoners,” as well as the scrappy, super-indie “Dallas Buyers Club,” a movie no one wanted to make but »
- Scott Foundas, Justin Chang and Peter Debruge
In the film, an adaptation of Reif Larsen's 2009 debut novel "The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet," 12-year-old inventor T.S. Spivet sets out on a solo adventure to Washington, D.C. after winning a Smithsonian Institute contest. Kyle Catlett, best known for his recurring role on the Fox serial killer series "The Following," stars as T.S. -- a "gifted child and scientist," as he describes himself in the following trailer.
"This trip scares me, but that's that. I'm leaving tomorrow for Washington, D.C.," the boy genius says before setting off on his incredible journey to claim his prize.
- Laura Larson
French director Claude Miller's final ever film, Thérèse Desqueyroux (2012) is anchored by a performance of great subtlety and depth by Audrey Tautou (Amelie) as the titular character, whilst she's also ably matched by Gilles Lellouche as her husband. To celebrate the DVD and Blu-ray release of Thérèse Desqueyroux this coming Monday (9 September), we've been given Three DVD copies of Miller's period drama to give away to our well-read supporters, courtesy of the team at world cinema specialists Artificial Eye. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
In the French region of Landes, not far from the city of Bordeaux, marriages are arranged to merge land and unite neighbouring families. Thus, young Thérèse Larroque (Tautou) becomes Mrs. Desqueyroux. However, her avant‐garde ideas quickly clash with local conventions. »
- CineVue UK
You've got to check out this fantastically wonderful new trailer for Jean-Pierre Jenet's upcoming film The Young and Prodigious Spivet. The 3D movie is an adaptation of Reif Larsen's The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet. For those of you not familiar with Jenet's work, he directed the amazing film Amelie, and as you'll see in this trailer it's got that same visually charming tone that I enjoy seeing from the director.
A 12-year-old cartographer secretly leaves his family's ranch in Montana where he lives with his cowboy father and scientist mother and travels across the country on board a freight train to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute.
The movie will be released in France in mid-October. There's no word yet on when the rest of us will get to see it. »
- Joey Paur
International sales: Pathe
With his live-action debut, French animation auteur Sylvain Chomet has transposed the offbeat charm, singular characters and richly layered visual style of his Oscar-nommed hand-drawn toons, “The Triplets of Belleville” and “The Illusionist,” to “Attila Marcel.” A passion project for Chomet — who also penned the screenplay — the musical comedy stars French up-and-comer Guillaume Gouix as a traumatized orphan who gets help from a mysterious woman using herbal medicine and music. Anne Le Ny (“The Intouchables”) and Bernadette Lafont (“Paulette”) play eccentric twin sisters who raise him.
Budgeted at €8 million ($10.7 million), the film is repped by French mini-major Pathe and produced by Claudie Ossard (“Amelie”) at Paris-based Eurowide Film Prod. Pic’s crew includes art director Stephane Cressend (“Now You See Me”) and production designer Carlos Conti (“On the Road”).
It has pre-sold to Australia, Benelux, Brazil, France, Greece, Israel, New Zealand, South Korea and Switzerland. »
- Variety Staff
Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie, Delicatessen) has adapted Reif Larson’s debut novel The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet for his latest feature. The story centers on a 12-year-old cartography enthusiast in an eccentric family, who travels across country hidden on board a freight train after being invited to the Smithsonian Institute. The $34 million France-Canadian co-production shot for 72 days, was all filmed in 3D, using the same team who shot Martin Scorsese’s Hugo. Jeunet– whose lengthy filmography includes Delicatessen, Alien Resurrection, and City of Lost Children – delivers his usual trademark style, and so we know from at least a visual standpoint, the film will not disappoint. The cast also includes Helena Bonham Carer as T.S.’s mom, Callum Keith Rennie as his dad, Judy Davis as the head of the Smithsonian, along with Rick Mercer, Niamh Wilson, Robert Maillet and Jakob Davies. Hit the jump to check out the trailer. »
A couple years ago, we reported that director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie) was set to adapt Reif Larson’s debut novel The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet. The story centers on 12-year-old inventor T.S. Spivet (Kyle Catlett), who embarks on a cross-country adventure from Montana to Washington D.C., after he wins a contest at the Smithsonian Institute. During his journey he learns life lessons from eccentric characters he meets along the way. The trailer is very reminiscent of Amelie with the descriptions and visualizations of the leading characters, and it also looks like it has the same mix of humor and heart. Hit the jump to check out the trailer and images. The film also stars Niamh Wilson, Helena Bonham Carter, Callum Keith Rennie, and Judy Davis. The Young and Prodigious Spivet opens in France on October 16th, and will likely be released in the U.S. sometime in 2014. Trailer via Twitch. »
- Matt Goldberg
Back in May, the Weinstein Company acquired the U.S. theatrical rights to "The Young and Prodigious Spivet," an adaptation of Reif Larsen's charming illustrated novel "The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet," from "Amelie" director Jean-Pierre Jeunet. While no domestic release date for the English-language 3D movie has even been tentatively penciled in, it's still coming out in October in France (in IMAX, no less) and thanks to a newly released trailer and a bunch of new stills, we can at least get a little taste for what the noted stylist has up his sleeve. Prepare yourself; heartstrings will be tugged. Basically, 'Spivet' is about a young inventor (played by adorable newcomer Kyle Catlett) who wins a contest at the Smithsonian Institute. So he packs up and leaves his eccentric family's ranch, headed for his destiny. Of course, along the way he meets a bunch of equally eccentric weirdos »
- Drew Taylor
Due for release in France in mid-October, a new trailer has arrived online for Jean-Pierre Jeunet's 3D adaptation of Reif Larsen's The Selected Works Of T.S. Spivet starring Helena Bonham Carter, Kathy Bates, Judy Davis, Callum Keith Rennie, Dominique Pinon and Kyle Catlett. A 12-year-old cartographer secretly leaves his family's ranch in Montana where he lives with his cowboy father and scientist mother and travels across the country on board a freight train to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute.If you're a fan of Amelie thinking to yourself right now "Hey, this could be kind of amazing and right back to the sort of charmingly quirky stuff that made me love Jeunet in the first place," then this trailer is here to say you are correct....
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The European Film Academy has announced its People’s Choice Award nominees.
Voting is open now and the winner will be announced on Dec 7 at the EFAs ceremony in Berlin.
This year’s nomineesAnna Karenina (UK) Joe WrightThe Best Offer (Italy) Giuseppe TornatoreThe Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium) Felix van GroeningenThe Deep (Iceland-Norway) Baltasar KormakurThe Gilded Cage (Portugal-France) Ruben AlvesI’m So Excited (Spain) Pedro AlmodovarThe Impossible (Spain) Ja BayonaKon-Tiki (Norway-Denmark-uk-Germany-Sweden) Joachim Rønning & Espen SandbergLove Is All You Need (Denmark) Susanne BierOh Boy! (Germany) Jan Ole GersterSearching For Sugar Man (UK-Sweden) Malik Bendjellou »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
Dan Messe of the Brooklyn-based indie band Hem has been tapped to compose, and he made the announcement on his band’s Facebook page.
“So not the best kept secret, but still I’m happy to announce that I’ve been commissioned to adapt the film ‘Amelie’ for Broadway,” he wrote Aug. 13.
Playwright Craig Lucas and co-lyricist Nathan Tysen are set to co-write the musical.
The movie followed Audrey Tautou as the title character, a young waitress in a whimsical version of Paris. The Jean-Pierre Jeunet-directed movie was a commercial and critical success, garnering five Oscar nominations and grossing $173.9 million worldwide.
Though the Paris-inspired score is one of the most iconic aspects of the film, Messe recently told Paste magazine that he isn’t interested in doing Parisian music. »
- Alex Stedman
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