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Altice Steps Into Feature Film With Agnes Jaoui’s ‘Place Publique’

Altice, Patrick Drahi’s global telco and communications group, is set to co-finance Agnes Jaoui’s “Place Publique,” the company’s first investment in a feature film.

Place Publique” is produced by Saïd Ben Saïd at Paris-based Sbs Productions, the outfit behind Paul Verhoeven’s Oscar-nominated “Elle.”

Place Publique” is written by Jaoui (pictured at Cannes this year, where she sat on the festival’s official jury) and her regular co-author Jean-Pierre Bacri, who is also the film’s protagonist. The two have collaborated, both before and behind the camera, on a flurry of movies that have become cult hits, notably “The Taste of Others.”

Bacri stars as Castro, a once-famous TV host who gets together with old friends, including his ex-wife, at a housewarming party on the outskirts of Paris. Over the course of the party, it becomes obvious that success has changed Castro, who used to share the idealistic political views of his former wife
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Director Agnes Jaoui and Sbs Films Team With Le Pacte for ‘Place Publique’ (Exclusive)

Agnes Jaoui, the French filmmaker and actress who is on the Cannes competition jury, is set to reteam with Jean-Pierre Bacri (“Under the Rainbow”) for her next directorial effort, “Place Publique” (working title).

Said Ben Said’s Sbs Films, which recently produced Paul Verhoeven’s Oscar-nominated “Elle,” is producing the film. Shooting will start in the summer.

“Place Publique” stars Bacri as Castro, a once-famous TV host who gets together with old friends, including his ex-wife, at a house-warming party on the outskirts of Paris. Over the course of that party, it becomes obvious that success has changed Castro, who used to share the idealistic political views of his former wife, and now has a more realistic, if not cynical, perspective on life. Jaoui also stars in the film.

Jean Labadie’s Le Pacte is co-producing, repping the film’s international sales and will distribute in France. Labadie, who previously
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Tribeca 2017 Women Directors: Meet Petra Volpe — “The Divine Order”

“The Divine Order”

Petra Volpe’s feature debut, “Dreamland,” was nominated for four Swiss film awards and played both the festival and theatrical circuit.

“The Divine Order” will premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival on April 21.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Pv: “The Divine Order” tells the story of a young housewife and mother in rural 1971 Switzerland. She realizes that the private is political and starts to fight for women’s right to vote. It’s a look back into a shameful chapter of Switzerland’s history — but it also shows the importance of civil courage, which makes the film very timely.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

Pv: That the women in Switzerland got to right to vote so late, and that they had to fight for it over 100 years. This fact has been swept under the rug and isn’t talked about much in history lessons. This is so typical of women’s history, which is so often untold.

I made this movie because I wanted to honor all the women who fought for so long and so hard. And by looking back at history, I also found an opportunity to show what still has to be done in order to achieve gender equality.

W&H: What do you want people to think about when they are leaving the theater?

Pv: I want them to be moved by the injustice, but also feel encouraged to fight for freedom and justice. It’s a movie about civil courage — and we need this today more than ever.

W&H: What was the biggest challenge in making the film?

Pv: The topic is so important to me; as a woman, feminist, and political person, it is so personal. I was scared to fail, and worried that the film wouldn’t do proper justice to all the women who fought.

My goal was not to give a history lesson, but to make a sensual, emotional movie that makes people understand how existential it was to get the right to vote.

The second challenge was the balance of humor and drama. It was very important to me to approach the story with a sense of humor, as it opens people’s hearts for more painful aspects of the story.

W&H: How did you get your film funded? Share some insights into how you got the film made.

Pv: We have a lot of federal funding in Switzerland. It was not difficult to gain funding for this movie — the juries saw the importance of its topic.

Unfortunately, there is a large, unjustifiable imbalance in Swiss federal funding. Men get 70 percent of all funds. This has attracted national attention, and we are fighting to achieve more equality. Sexism is still everywhere.

W&H: What does it mean for you to have your film play at Tribeca?

Pv: New York is my absolutely favorite city — I fell madly in love with it when I came here for the first time 26 years ago, fresh from a small, boring Swiss village. In fact, I was so overwhelmed that I ended up in Nyu’s emergency room with a Class-a panic attack. Nevertheless, it was the first time that I could be myself, and that was such a thrilling feeling.

Back then, I never could have imagined that I would make films. To have an international premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival is such a great honor. I’ve attended the festival many times as a guest and had lots of great and inspiring moments.

I’m also married to a Brooklynite, so I’m thrilled to share this experience with all of my New York friends and family.

W&H: What’s the best and worst advice you’ve received?

Pv: Best advice: Writing is re-writing. It sounds banal, but professionalizing my writing process has improved my general quality of life a lot. I don’t fall in such despair anymore when I write — I just re-write and re-write and re-write. I still believe that a good screenplay is crucial for a good film — you can’t fix it later. You have to fix it in the screenplay.

Worst advice: Not to fly too high because then you might fall deep. This mentality is very Swiss and Protestant — it’s just fear of failure. But falling and failing is important.

W&H: What advice do you have for other female directors?

Pv: To trust and value their own voices. To never stop being curious. To want to fly high without fearing the fall. To live their life intensely — it is from one’s own life experience where the best material comes from.

W&H: Name your favorite woman-directed film and why.

Pv: “The Taste of Others” by Agnès Jaoui. The film has a perfect balance of humor and drama. It’s tender, funny, and deeply moves me because it shows how vulnerable people are when it comes to love and desire.

W&H: There have been significant conversations over the last couple of years about increasing the amount of opportunities for women directors yet the numbers have not increased. Are you optimistic about the possibilities for change? Share any thoughts you might have.

Pv: I’m a member of the Film Fatales, who do amazing work, and I find it extremely inspiring and encouraging to meet all of my women colleagues regularly and exchange our knowledge. I’m also a member of the Pro Quote Regie in Germany, where we directors fight for a quota concerning funding, as well as job assignments for television.

Yes, some change can be seen — at least there is a greater awareness now. But it’s a frustratingly slow process. The sexism in our society is so deep and persistent because it’s about power and money. For this to change, we would need a much more profound shift in society. That starts with education. For this film, I did a lot of Q&A’s with teenagers, and that felt really meaningful.

Tribeca 2017 Women Directors: Meet Petra Volpe — “The Divine Order” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Cannes: Jessica Chastain, Will Smith Join Jury

Cannes: Jessica Chastain, Will Smith Join Jury
Jessica Chastain, Will Smith and The Young Pope director Paolo Sorrentino will join president Pedro Almodovar on this year's Cannes Film Festival jury.  

Two of the stars of last year's festival: German director Maren Ade (Toni Erdmann) and South Korean helmer Park Chan-wook (The Handmaiden) will be back this year in the judges' chair. Chinese star Fan Bingbing (Iron Man 3), French actress Agnes Jaoui (The Taste of Others) and Oscar-winning composer Gabriel Yared (The English Patient) complete this year's nine-person international jury.

The awards for the 70th festival will be handed out on the closing night of the...
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Europe Is King in Best Foreign-Language Film Category — How Does the Rest of the World Stack Up?

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

The greatest thing about the best foreign-language film category is the recognition of works from all around the world. Throughout the years, movies made outside the United States of America have gotten the recognition they deserve thanks to the implementation of this specific award. With the 2017 Oscars right around the corner, let’s take a look back at the distribution of nominations and wins across the seven continents that make up this big world we inhabit.

This year’s best foreign-language film contenders are: Toni Erdmann (Germany), The Salesman (Iran), Land of Mine (Denmark), A Man Called Ove (Sweden), Paradise (Russia), The King’s Choice (Norway), My Life as a Zucchini (Switzerland), It’s Only the End of the World (Canada), and Tanna (Australia). This site’s namesake, The Hollywood’s Scott Feinberg, lists the first five of those as frontrunners and the other four as major threats.
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New to Streaming: FilmStruck, ‘The Terrorizers,’ ‘Sausage Party,’ ‘Tickled,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Anthropoid (Sean Ellis)

Throw a dart at a map, and you can make a World War II movie set in whatever place you hit. Of course, pretty much any film about the Good War that doesn’t focus on the American (sometimes British) point of view of the conflict will probably seem “random” to the mainstream; one odd side-effect of Hollywood’s Oscar-baity love of the era. But there
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‘The Intouchables’ Directors, Gaumont Reteam on Comedy (Exclusive)

‘The Intouchables’ Directors, Gaumont Reteam on Comedy (Exclusive)
The Intouchables” director duo Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache are reteaming with Gaumont on “C’est la vie,” an ensemble comedy turning on the behind-the-scenes of a lavish wedding.

Set over the course of one night in an 18th century French castle, “C’est la vie” chronicles a crazed wedding party from the perspectives of its caterer, photographer and DJ.

Budgeted at $14 million, “C’est la vie” will star Jean-Pierre Bacri (“The Taste of Others”), Vincent Macaigne (“The Two Friends”), Kevin Azais (“Love at First Fight”), Suzanne Clement (“Mommy”), Gilles lellouche (“La French”), Judith Chemla and Jean-Paul Rouve.

Nakache and Toledano are best-known for directing “Intouchables” which grossed $426.6 million worldwide, earned a Golden Globe nomination and launched the international career of Omar Sy.

Like “Intouchables” and “Samba”, “C’est la vie” will carry some social themes such as diversity within French society, although Toledano told Variety the light mood of
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2015 Was an Outstanding Year for Co-Productions and Foreign Films Shooting in Poland

2015 was a successful year regarding the quantity and quality of foreign productions shot in Poland. At the beginning of the year, Anne Fontaine (“Coco Before Chanel,” “Perfect Mothers”) filmed a French-Polish co-production “Agnus Dei” in Warmia, which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The film features Polish and French actresses among others Lou de Laage, Agata Kulesza, Agata Buzek and Joanna Kulig.

In the spring, the crew of a Polish-German-French-Belgian co-production about the life of Maria Sklodowska-Curie (dir. Marie Noelle) spent 20 days on the set in among others Lodz, Leba and Krakow. The cast is international, and the film is made in French. The Polish Nobelist is portrayed by Karolina Gruszka (“Oxygen”).

The summer brought about increased activity of German producers. A Zdf TV show, “Ein Sommer in…” was filmed in two resort towns in the north-eastern Poland – Mikolajki and Mragowo. Ard and Tvp collaborated on the set of "Polizeiruf 110" ("Police Call 110"), which was filmed in July and August among others in a Polish border-town – Swiecko. Also in July began the shooting of a new part of detective TV series "Der Usedom-Krimi" filmed on both the Polish and German side of the Usedom island.

However, a true influx of foreign productions took place in the autumn. American-Polish thriller “Chronology” was filmed in Poznan. The cast includes William Baldwin (TV series "Gossip Girl," "Adrift in Manhattan") and Danny Trejo (“Machete,” “From Dusk till Dawn”).

The Goetz Palace in Brzesk, in Malopolska hosted filmmakers from India who for six days were shooting “Fitoor,” an Indian adaptation of Dickens's “Great Expectations.” The crew consisted of over 40 Indians and almost 80 Poles. Another crew from India – this time from the so-called Kollywood in the south of the country – spent twenty days on the set in various Polish locations (among others Zakopane, Walbrzych, Krakow, Leba). The film titled “24” features Surya, a Tamil superstar, in the main role.

The autumn months were also very intensive in Lodz with three simultaneous big film sets. Andrzej Wajda (“The Promised Land,” “Walesa. Man of Hope”) worked on his new film “Powidoki”; Opus Film, the producer of “Ida”, organized for an Israeli partner eleven-day shoot to a film set in 1970s – “Past Life,” directed by Avi Nesher; and American director Martha Coolidge (“The Prince and Me,” TV shows “Sex and the City,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Weeds”) filmed her project “Music, War and Love,” whose producer is among others Fred Roos known from such films as “Apocalypse Now,” “The Godfather” or “Lost in Translation.” The picture features Adelaide Clemens (“The Great Gatsby”), Connie Nielsen (“Gladiator”), Toby Sebastian (“Game of Thrones”) and Stellan Skarsgård (“Nymphomaniac”).

The end of the year was also very successful for Malopolska and Krakow. Two movies were filmed in the region – an American-British biography of Martin Luther commissioned by PBS with Padraic Delaney (“The Wind that Shakes the Barley,” “The Tudors”) in the main role; and a feature titled “True Crimes” starring two-time winner of a Golden Globe – Jim Carrey (“The Truman Show,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “The Mask”) as the protagonist. The crew spent 32 days on the set in Krakow. The picture was directed by Greek Alexandros Avranas (“Miss Violence”), written by Jeremy Brock (“Brideshead Revisited,” “The Last King of Scotland”), and produced by Brett Ratner (“X-Men 3: the Last Stand,” TV series “Rush Hour”). Accompanying Jim Carrey were Charlotte Gainsbourg (“Nymphomaniac,” “Antichrist”); Marton Csokas (“The Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”) and Polish actors Agata Kulesza (“Ida”) and Robert Wieckiewicz (“Walesa. Man of Hope”).

The first information about productions planned for 2016 has already been released. In January, Krakow will host the crew of French black comedy “Grand Froid,” Gérard Pautonnier's debut featuring Jean-Pierre Bacri (“The Taste of Others,” “Let It Rain”), Olivier Gourmet (“Rosetta,” “The Son”) and Arthur Dupond (“Bus Palladium”). The project won the first edition of the Krakow International Film Fund.
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Indie Sales Nabs Baya Kasmi ‘I’m All Yours’ (Exclusive)

Paris– Nicolas Eschbach’s Indie Sales has acquired international sales to French comedy “I'm All Yours,” Baya Kasmi and Michel Leclerc’s follow up to hit racy laffer “The Names of Love.”

Directed by Kasmi, pic will topline French newcomer Vimala Pons (“The July 14 Girl”) as Hanna, a free-spirited human resources manager who has a habit of sleeping with every man she fires — until she falls in love with a man who thinks she’s a prostitute. The daughter of an Algerian grocer, Hanna sees the world differently from her brother, a practicing Muslim whom she considers intolerant.

Pons will star opposite well-known thesps Agnès Jaouï (“Look At Me,” “The Taste Of Others”) and Ramzy Bedia (“Lucky Luke and the Daltons”).

Indie Sales will start pre-selling the project with the script at the Unifrance Rendez-Vous in Paris which kicks off Jan. 15.

Penned by Kasmi and Leclerc, “I’m All
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The Geographic Setup of the Oscar’s Foreign-Language Category in the 21st Century

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

The nine foreign-language films shortlisted by the Academy hail from three continents: South America, Europe and Africa. From South America, Argentina’s Wild Tales and Venezuela’s The Liberator made the list. From Africa, Mauritania’s Timbuktu did as well. From Europe, Estonia’s Tangerines, Georgia’s Corn Island, the Netherlands’ Accused, Poland’s Ida, Russia’s Leviathan and Sweden’s Force Majeure all made the top nine.

This year could mark the first Oscar nomination for Estonia, Georgia, Mauritania (whose film was the country’s first Oscar-submitted film) and Venezuela. Argentina, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden have each received two Oscar nominations in the past 14 years. Of those four countries, Argentina is the only one to win an Oscar, which it did in 2010 for The Secret in Their Eyes. If Russia lands a nomination, it will be the country’s second in the 21st century.
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Watch Michael Caine In Mr. Morgan’S Last Love Trailer

Oscar-winner Michael Caine and Clémence Poésy star in this lovely trailer for director Sandra Nettelbeck’s charming film Mr. Morgan’S Last Love – the bittersweet tale of a lonely American widower in Paris who learns to love life again after a chance encounter with a beautiful and vibrant young woman. They both spend a short but precious time together – a time that touches their hearts and changes their lives.

The film had it’s world premiere at the Shanghai International Film Festival in June and showed at the Munich International Film Festival in July where Caine received the lifetime achievement CineMerit Award.

The romantic drama has been picked up by Image Entertainment in the U.S.

From the day Pauline lends him a helping hand on the bus, the stubborn, weary Matthew Morgan stumbles back to happiness. Swept off his old feet by the young woman’s disarming vitality and unwavering optimism,
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Oscar 2012: Ten Female Directors on Best Foreign Language Film List

Nadine Labaki, Where Do We Go Now? Today it was announced that Patty Jenkins, whose Monster earned Charlize Theron a Best Actress Oscar in early 2004, will be directing Thor 2. Officially, Perkins is the first woman director at the helm of a big-budget, Hollywood superhero movie. Below you'll find ten movies directed by female filmmakers that are among the 63 contenders for nominations for the 2012 Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language Film category. Seven of those hail from Europe; one is from the Americas, one from East Asia, and one from West Asia (or the Middle East). They are: the Dominican Republic's Leticia Tonos for Love Child, France's Valérie Donzelli for the semi-autobiographical Declaration of War, Greece's Athina Rachel Tsangari for Attenberg, Hong Kong's Ann Hui for A Simple Life, and Ireland's Juanita Wilson for As If I Am Not There. Also: Lebanon's Nadine Labaki for Toronto Film Festival Audience Award winner Where Do We Go Now?
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Your Winter Indie Film Preview: Anywhere But a Movie Theater

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If it's too cold to leave the house for your local theater, there's plenty of options if you stay inside online, on demand and on DVD. What follows is your guide to all the new releases coming your way between now and April.

Online and On Demand

My French Film Festival

Thanks to bids for Oscar consideration, the winter is traditionally one of the rare times foreign films get plenty of attention in the States, particularly at West Coast festivals such as Palm Springs and Santa Barbara. However, Francophiles in particular will be excited to know you won't have to go to California or New York -- or even Paris for that matter -- to be able to catch some of the most recent cinema from France since uniFrance is unveiling My French Film Festival, which is being billed as the "first exclusively online film festival celebrating French talent" that
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Rita Hayworth Wants You to Have a Merry Christmas and More New DVDs

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A look at what's new on DVD today:

"The Films of Rita Hayworth"

Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

A collection of five of the brunette bombshell's films -- the 1944 Gene Kelly musical "Cover Girl" and her most famous film "Gilda," as well as the 1945 musical "Tonight and Every Night," "Miss Sadie Thompson" and "Salome," which are making their first appearance on DVD -- with introductions by Martin Scorsese on "Tonight and Every Night," Baz Luhrmann on "Cover Girl" and Patricia Clarkson on "Miss Sadie Thompson," the original trailers for each of the films and a featurette with Scorsese and Luhrmann comparing notes on "Gilda."

"Angel"

Directed by François Ozon

Released by Mpi Home Video

It's been a long journey for French filmmaker Ozon's first fully-English film - he's already made three others since "Angel" premiered at Berlinale in 2007, but it boasts a bunch of big names including Michael Fassbender,
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Film: Review: Let It Rain

The Americanized title of Agnès Jaoui’s Parlez-moi De La Pluie doesn’t match up with a literal translation—“talk to me of the rain”—but marketers can’t be blamed for trying to infuse a hint of action into a movie that boils down to a series of tart conversations. Jaoui and her husband Jean-Pierre Bacri (with whom she traditionally co-writes and co-stars), specialize in barbed comedies of haute bourgeois manners; they wrote Smoking/No Smoking and Same Old Song for Alain Resnais before stepping out on their own with 2000’s The Taste Of Others. In Let ...
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Rainy Day Woman: Agnès Jaoui

Agnès Jaoui directing Let it Rain French talent Agnès Jaoui is a multi-hyphenate of the highest order: as a writer, director and actress, she is just as at home in the theatre as she is behind (and in front of) the camera. With her longtime writing partner, Jean-Pierre Bacri, Jaoui has developed a body of work (including The Taste of Others, Look at Me) that depict the daily lives of French citizens with wit, charm, and authenticity. In her third effort as director, Jaoui presents Let it Rain (French title: Parlez-moi de la pluie, which translates to Talk to Me About the Rain), Jaoui plays Agathe, a feminist politician from Paris who's visiting her married sister at their childhood home in the south of France. Local filmmakers Karim (Jamel Debbouze, who also starred in the French crossover hit Amelie) and Michel (Bacri) ask her to be a part of a
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13th Annual EU Film Festival Highlights, Week Two: ‘I Am Love,’ ‘Bluebeard’

Chicago – We’re back with week two of the 13th Annual EU Film Festival at the Siskel Film Center, one of the best film events of the year in the Windy City. If you missed part one of our coverage, and want to relive highlights of last week, check it out here. On to week two…

This year’s edition, running from March 5th to April 1st, includes high profile films from world renowned filmmakers like Peter Greenaway, Jacques Rivette, Neil Jordan, Catherine Breillat, Amos Gital, Bruno Dumont, Jan Hrebejk and Caroline Link. Moviegoers should take note of the fact that several of these titles won’t be screened outside of the EU festival in Chicago, making their appearance here all the more priceless.

The 13th Annual European Union Film Festival includes 59 feature films, all of which are making their Chicago premiere. If you’ve had your fill with Hollywood,
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BSkyB's film sub service gets look, feel makeover

BSkyB's film sub service gets look, feel makeover
LONDON -- British Sky Broadcasting further outlined Monday the rebranding of its digital film subscription service with nine numbered channels named Sky Movies (HR 9/9). The service will feature current hits and classics, and two channels named Sky Cinema, featuring international films and documentaries. Sky director of films and acquisitions Sophie Turner Laing said at a media briefing that Sky Movies had reached 5 million subscribers and was now the largest movie service outside the United States. The new Sky Movies package begins Nov. 1, with 2,000 movies scheduled per year. The World Cinema strand will feature such foreign-language films as Le Gout des Autres, La Dolce Vita and the debut of Y Tu Mama Tambien.

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