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Acclaimed filmmaker Michael Haneke is set to reunite with his Piano Teacher starring Isabelle Huppert in the simply titled These Two. The film, also starring Jean Louis Triningant (My Night at Maud’s) and Emmanuelle Riva (Blue) is set to focus on the “humiliation of the physical breakdown in the elderly” per the The Playlist.
The film was previously set to go in production a year ago but Haneke canceled the project due to a similarity with recently released films Away from Her and The Barbarian Invasions; although from the brief synopsis given, I fail to see how Haneke’s film could have anything in common with the sweet Sarah Polley film or the satirical classist comedy other than that all three star older people. Nevertheless, it’s great to see perhaps the most hateful, sadistic filmmaker working today get behind the camera once again. There is no greater experience »
- Tommy Cook
Aka Un Balcon sur la Mere, this atmospheric thriller will feature a crazy mystery and murder most foul.
Actress-turned-director Nicole Garcia (Place Vendôme, The Adversary) directs classic actress Claudia Cardinale (Fitzcarraldo, Once Upon a Time in the West) Jean Dujardin (Oss 117), Tony Servillo, Sandrine Kiberlain and Cannes Best Actress Award-winner Marie-Jose Croze (The Barbarian Invasions, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) in this atmospheric thriller that cuts between Oran at the end of the Algerian War and southern France in the first days of Mitterrand's presidency, between the search for lost love and the unraveling of a property scam, between past longings and present desires.
Happily married with a daughter, Marc is a successful real estate agent in Aix-en-Provence. One day, he has an appointment with a woman to view a traditional country house. A few hours later, Marc finally puts a name to her face. It's Cathy, the girl »
E1 Entertainment have announced the UK DVD release of 7 Days on 23rd August 2010.
Directed by Daniel Grou (Vampire High; Big Wolf On Campus; The Hunger), aka Podz, and adapted for the screen by author Patrick Senécal (5150 Elm’s Way; Evil Words) from his best-selling novel, ‘Les sept jours du talion’, 7 Days is an intense and disturbing French Canadian thriller in the tradition of the Saw movies, but if they had been directed by Michael Haneke or Lars von Trier.
Middle-aged surgeon Bruno Hamel (Claude Legault), his wife Sylvie (Fanny Mallette) and their eight-year-old daughter Jasmine (Rose-Marie Coallier) are living a happy but fairly uneventful life in the quiet suburban town of Drummondville. That all changes one beautiful autumn afternoon when Jasmine fails to return home from school and is later found to have been raped and murdered by a local man, Anthony Lemaire (Martin Dubreuil). The loss of their daughter »
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The Cannes film festival wrapped this weekend (previous posts) and the most recent Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, The Secret in Their Eyes is still in the midst of a successful Us run. That Oscar winning Argentinian film came to us from director Juan Jose Campanella. It's his second film to be honored by the Academy (Son of the Bride was nominated ten years back). The Academy voters obviously like Campanella and in some ways he's a Hollywood guy. When he's not directing Argentinian Oscar hopefuls he spends time making Us television with episodes of Law & Order, House and 30 Rock under his belt.
So let's talk foreign-language auteurs. Who does Oscar love most?
[The film titles discussed in this article will link to Netflix pages -- if available -- should you be curious to see the films]
(Amadeus and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)
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- NATHANIEL R
His entry, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, is about "a man suffering from acute kidney failure who spends his last days in the country surrounded by his family," which sounds a bit like Denys Arcand's The Barbarian Invasions, an Oscar-winning foreign language film and a Palme d'Or nominee back in 2003.
The jury this year was comprised of Kate Beckinsale, Benicio Del Toro, Alexandre Desplat, Giovanna Mezzogiornio, Alberto Barbera, Victor Erice, Shekhar Kapur, the previously mentioned Tim Burton, and Emmanuel Carrere. Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi was supposed to be on the jury, as well, but he is currently imprisoned by his awful, awful government. »
- Colin Boyd
After The Tudors, there will be a new Canadian TV series about a very famous European family. The historical drama in question is simply called The Borgias - a co-production between Canada, Hungary and Ireland - and refers to a very corrupted Italian family. The show will premiere in 2011 on CTV and Bravo! in Canada and on Showtime in the USA.
The series revolves around a powerful and corrupt 15th-century Italian family headed by patriarch Rodrigo Borgia (Jeremy Irons), who became Pope Alexander VI in 1492. Colm Feore (24; Bon Cop Bad Cop) plays Rodrigo’s arch nemesis Cardinal Giuliano Della Rovere. As for François Arnaud (J'ai tué ma mère; Yamaska), he plays Cesare Borgia, Rodrigo's son.
Besides, there are Canadians in the creative team. Jeremy Podeswa (The Pacific, Five Senses) will direct two episodes, Paul Sarossy (The Listener, Chloe) will be the director of photography and the production designer will be François Seguin (The Barbarian Invasions, »
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Apparently, the production crew of the upcoming Canadian film The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom, which was directed by Tara Johns, is looking for a look-alike of the American singer Dolly Parton. You don't believe me? Here's the press release. You don't understand French? Don't worry, I'll explain the details to you.
All you have to do is to make yourself available for a filming day on April 22 in Montreal, Quebec. Moreover, you must send a head-to-toe picture of yourself and other information (phone number, address) to this e-mail address: email@example.com.
The story of the film takes place in 1976. Elizabeth Alison Gray is just your average suburban 11-year old waiting for adolescence to arrive when she finds out her current mom isn't her real mom. With only her imagination and a Ouija Board to guide her, she runs away to find her real mom.
So far, only »
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Alliance Vivafilm, a film distributor, announced ( and ) that L'enfant prodige (aka André Mathieu - Le dernier des romantiques) will have a world premiere on May 9 in Shanghai during the Expo 2010 Shanghai. Afterwards, L'enfant prodige will hit theatres in Quebec on May 28, 2010.
The biopic about Canadian pianist André Mathieu (1929-1968) was produced with a budget of $6 million by Daniel Louis (Les invasions barbares) and Denise Robert (Maurice Richard). It was directed and written by Luc Dionne.
The story follows André Mathieu (Guillaume Lebon plays the child and Patrick Drolet, the adult), a Montreal-born pianist who was described as the "Canadian Mozart" during his childhood. Because of his talent, he will travel in Europe in order to study piano with different great teachers like Arthur Honneger (Marc Béland) and Jacques de la Presle (Patrice Coquereau) just to name a few. Moreover, André Mathieu will also come across Russian pianist Sergei Rachmaninov (Itzhak Finzi »
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Zach Braff is working on a new indie project - Canadian indie. Currently filming in Montreal, the helmer/star of Garden State is the topliner in Deborah Chow's directorial debut - a dark drama that will most likely receive its world premiere at Tiff next September - Zach Braff is working on a new indie project - Canadian indie. Currently filming in Montreal, the helmer/star of Garden State is the topliner in Deborah Chow's directorial debut - a dark drama that will most likely receive its world premiere at Tiff next September. The project was awarded the inaugural Kodak New Vision Mentorship under the guidance of acclaimed director Patricia Rozema (Kit Kittredge: An American Girl) to develop the film. Despite the supporting cast of French actors, I don't think The High Cost of Living is a multi-language pic. This tells the story of a young pregnant woman »
It appears that the cinephile in Michael Haneke is the reason for the scrapping of his "old age project" titled Ces Deux. The premise of a deteriorating, aging body but a youthful mind my have been too close to Sarah Polley's Away From Her... - It appears that the cinephile in Michael Haneke is the reason for the scrapping of his "old age project" titled Ces Deux. The premise of a deteriorating, aging body but a youthful mind my have been too close to Sarah Polley's Away From Her, the wholesome tale about tight twosome who break away from one another due to Alzheimer's disease or as the folks from ThePlaylist suggested could be Denys Arcand's The Barbarian Invasions - which saw its lead character, an eternal skirt-chaser with a zest for life be trumped by a losing battle with cancer. Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Louis Trintignant would have paired in that project. »
Last we heard, Austrian gloom-monger Michael Haneke's follow-up to his mesmerising The White Ribbon was to be Ces Deux; a drama on the "humiliation and physical deterioration of the aged". It was set to shoot in France this summer with Isabelle Huppert and Louis Trintignant.But The Playlist are reporting that Haneke has abandoned the film, after seeing "a Canadian project on a similar subject" (they suggest that it was either Sarah Polley's Away From Her or Denys Arcand's The Barbarian Invasions) and is now prepping a new screenplay about the internet. It's possible that Huppert and Trintignant will stay on for the ride.No other specific details are yet forthcoming, but given that this is Haneke, the director of the furious Funny Games (both times), Benny's Video and The Piano Teacher, it's safe to assume that an internet project in his hands will not be a »
11 items from 2010
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