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The last decade or so has seen Jacques Audiard establish himself as one of the best, and best known, French filmmakers currently working. He first gained international attention with 2001's "Read My Lips," and then with the terrific "The Beat That My Heart Skipped" in 2005. But it was 2009's prison epic "A Prophet" that really made his name by winning the Grand Prix at Cannes, picking up an Oscar nomination and becoming a cult hit worldwide. 2012's melodrama "Rust and Bone" continued the trend, with stellar reviews and awards buzz, bringing him to his largest audience yet, thanks to the presence of megastar Marion Cotillard. His follow-up, however, marks something of a return to his roots, a lower-budget drama starring a cast of unknowns, while simultaneously feeling like new territory. Perhaps not coincidentally, it's also absolutely terrific, and one of the strongest things he's made so far, a film containing all Audiard's strengths and. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
French filmmaker Jacques Audiard was well on his way to international acclaim. He won best screenplay at Cannes for 1996’s “A Self-Made Hero,” while "Read My Lips" and "The Beat That My Heart Skipped," were two of the best French films of the early aughts. But it wasn’t until 2009 that he was back at Cannes and won the Grand Prix with his arresting crime film “A Prophet,” a stunning drama some might argue should have won the Palme d’Or. The picture was also nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 82nd Academy Awards and thus thrust the director into a new stratosphere. Following “Rust And Bone” in 2012, Audiard is back in Palme d’Or contention with “Dheepan” a drama about a Tamil freedom fighter who flees to Europe near the end of the Sri Lankan Civil War. With a makeshift family hoping to claim asylum, they »
- Edward Davis
A feature debut, “La Vie en grand” tells the tale of Adama, a 14-year-old growing up in the projects, where he juggles the pressures of school and street life. With the help of his younger buddy Mamadou, Adama manages to get their lives on a different track.
“La Vie en grand” is produced by Bruno Nahon’s outfit Unite de Production, in association with Toledano and Nakache’s Ten Films.
Critics Week artistic director Charles Tesson said “La Vie en grand” “will let a wind of tenderness and freshness swirl through Critics’ Week.”
Penned by Olivier Demangel, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Paris — Elie Wajeman’s “The Anarchists,” a period drama starring Tahar Rahim (“The Past”) and Adele Exarchopoulos (“Blue Is the Warmest Color”), is set to world premiere on opening night of Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival, anchoring a strongly French-flavored lineup of first and second features.
Set in 1899 Paris, “The Anarchists” (pictured above) turns on a cop who infiltrates a network of anarchists and unexpectedly develops a sincere attachment for the group. It’s Wajeman’s follow-up to his 2012 debut film, “Aliyah” which played in Directors’ Fortnight, the festival’s other parallel program.
In addition to “The Anarchists,” Critics’ Week artistic director Charles Tesson selected two French films — Louis Garrel’s “Les deux amis” and Mathieu Vadepied’s “La Vie en grand” — for the Special Screenings section.
- Elsa Keslassy
4 items from 2015
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