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Afm: MK2 boards Pierre Salvadori's 'The Trouble With You'

Afm: MK2 boards Pierre Salvadori's 'The Trouble With You'
Exclusive: French Riviera-set ensemble romantic comedy to co-star Adèle Haenel, Audrey Tautou, Vincent Elbaz and Damien Bonnard.

MK2 has acquired worldwide rights to Pierre Salvadori’s ensemble romantic comedy The Trouble With You revolving around a police officer who finds out that her late police chief husband was corrupt to the bone, a discovery that unleashes a farcical chain of events.

Adèle Haenel co-stars as Yvonne, a police officer on French Riviera who discovers her dead husband Santi led a double life after a criminal she is interrogating recognises her wedding ring as the loot from a jewellery heist he helped stage.

The discovery sends her life into a tail-spin. Her late husband was hailed as a hero by his colleagues and their young son after he died in the line of duty. She grapples with whether she should come clean about her husband’s true persona. Close colleague Louis advises her to keep quiet.

Louis is played
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Dardennes, Debre, Bentoumi, Bouajila Wish ‘Good Luck Sam’

Dardennes, Debre, Bentoumi, Bouajila Wish ‘Good Luck Sam’
Paris-based Films Distribution has taken world sales rights to “Good Luck Sam,” one of the 2016 UniFrance Rendez-Vous market-premiere comedies with largest production pedigree.

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne co-produce out of their Brussels-shingle Les Films du Fleuve. Producer of Rebecca Zlotowski’s highly regarded debut “Belle épine” and follow-up “Grand Central,” which established her a director to track, Les Films Velvet’s lead produces out of France.

Good Luck Sam” is the first feature of Farid Bentoumi, a laureat of France’s Emergence talent development program whose alums include Mia Hansen-Love and Katell Quillevere, two of France’s most exciting young distaff directors.

Bentoumi’s project was originally god-mothered at Emergence by Agnes Jaoui (“Let It Rain”). It is co-penned by Bentoumi, Gaelle Mace (“Aylah”) and Noe Debre, co-scribe on Jacques Audiard’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Dheephan” and Thomas Bidegain’s “The Cowboys.”

Ad Vitam, whose 2016 line-up also includes
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Filmmakers Take Advantage of Monaco’s No-Fee Production

Filmmakers Take Advantage of Monaco’s No-Fee Production
Monaco has ranked as a desirable shooting location for international productions ever since Alfred Hitchock lensed “To Catch a Thief” there in 1954.

Despite lacking a tax shelter, in the past two decades Monaco has hosted such films as Steven Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s Twelve,” Robert Downey Jr. starrer “Iron Man 2,” Pascal Chaumeil’s “Heartbreaker” and Pierre Salvadori’s “Priceless.”

With its ornate Casino (pictured above) and Opera, and palaces like the Hermitage and Hotel de Paris, the luxurious neighborhood known as Monte Carlo ranks among the world’s most opulent places.

Since Monaco isn’t part of France, it doesn’t offer the same attractive tax incentives — a 20% tax rebate capped for foreign productions — but it boasts low business taxes (and no income taxes for individuals).

Charles III, the prince of Monaco and a film lover, has inherited the public-image awareness of his mother, Grace Kelly, and understands the power of media.
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Umedia Aims for Further Expansion in Second Decade

A multicultural entrepreneur at heart, Adrian Politowski has turned his Belgium-based Umedia venture into an international film financing powerhouse over the course of 10 years. The company, which started with three employees in a Brussels basement, now employs over 100 people and boasts subsidiaries in London, Los Angeles, Paris and Brussels.

A Sweden-born, Oxford-educated businessman who has Polish and Bangladeshi origins, Politowski — with partners Nadia Khamlichi, Jeremy Burdek — has recently expanded Umedia’s scope, diving into film production and developing TV series

“When we started a decade ago we were only providing services, raising money from tax rebates, and through the years we’ve gained knowledge of the film industry and cultivated a large network that we’re now able to tap into to produce our own content,” Politowski says. He adds that he would like Umedia to lead-produce or co-produce six to eight projects a year.

To date, he’s been involved via Umedia in 230 films,
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Film Bazaar Panel: Are remakes the future of Indian film industry?

Knowledge Series 2014 – Remakes – Creative & Financial Viability: Deborah Benattar, MD, La Fabrique Films during the Knowledge series 2014 session on remakes – Creative & Financial Viability at the 8th Nfdc Film Bazaar 2014, held at the Marriott Hotel, Panjim, Goa, India on November 21, 2014. (Manoj Patil/Solaris Images)

Remake rights instead of original scripts are in high demand in the Hindi film industry and the trend is only going to go up with time. But can an industry depend entirely on borrowed ideas for its growth? The question was addressed in a panel discussion on “Remakes: Financial and creative viability”, held as part of Knowledge Series, at the ongoing Nfdc Film Bazaar in Goa.

Producer-director Rohan Sippy, Deborah Benattar of La Fabrique Films, Amar Butala of Salman Khan Ventures and entertainment lawyer Ameet Naik were part of the panel moderated by Hollywood Reporter’s India correspondent Nyay Bhushan.

Rohan Sippy said, “It’s not up to
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Review: Mood Indigo

If one can expect anything from Michel Gondry, it is that along with the whimsy and touch of the bizarre inherent in his work is an element of truth.  Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind uses erasure imagery to illustrate the pain of heartbreak. Be Kind Rewind has friendly video store employees creating their own versions of Hollywood hits for their neighborhood.  Gondry's latest film, love story Mood Indigo, however, is utterly drowning in whimsy and lacking any figment of truth.

Debonair and bearded Romain Duris (Populaire, The Beat That My Heart Skipped) stars as Colin, living off family money in a spacious Paris apartment. Audrey Tautou (Amelie, A Very Long Engagement) plays cute Chloe, whom Colin meets at a party. The plot goes something like this: guy meets girl, guy and girl fall in love and marry, flower grows in girl's lung.

There's also a B-plot, involving a friend (Gad Elmaleh,
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Horses gallops to Brussels victory

Icelandic director Bendikt Erlingsson’s Of Horses And Men won the Golden Iris Award, the top prize at the 12th Brussels Film Festival.Scroll down for full list of winners

Of Horses And Men won €10,000 ($13,600) and beat out 11 other competitors at the festival, which ran from June 6-14.

The drama about the deep relationships between members of a small Icelandic community and their horses debuted in Iceland last August and has toured the festival circuit ever since, beginning with the San Sebastian Film Festival in September. It was released in the UK last weekend.

Other notable winners included Swedish director Anna Odell’s The Reunion, which won the White Iris Award for best first film, as well as €2,500 ($3,400).

Odell’s feature about her imagined high school reunion picked up two other prizes at the festival, the Fedex Cinephile Award and the Rtbf TV Prize of Best Film.

Another film that scooped multiple awards was Farewell To The
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Anushka Sharma and Sidharth Malhotra together on Priceless remake!

Anushka Sharma and Sidharth Malhotra will be the lead couple in Tarun Mansukhani’s next film. The director of Dostana is in charge of the Indian remake of French film Priceless (2006). According to the Hindustan Times, both actors have agreed to do the film, although the contract signing has not been done yet.

They are not the only ones involved in the project. The newspaper also reports that Karan Johar has come on board as a co-producer together with Siddharth Roy Kapur, managing director of the Walt Disney Company India.

The film (titled Hors de Prix in French), directed by Pierre Salvadori and starring Audrey Tautou and Gad Elmaleh in the lead roles, tells the story of a young gold digger who mistakenly woos a mild-mannered bartender thinking he’s a wealthy suitor.

Reports also claim that Alia Bhatt was initially considered for the film, but as the actress and
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Berlin Film Review: ‘In the Courtyard’

Berlin Film Review: ‘In the Courtyard’
A self-described “expert in despondency” meets his match in “In the Courtyard,” a wry, oh-so-gentle dual character study saved from sleepiness by the unexpected star pairing of Catherine Deneuve and Gustave Kervern. Their tender, good-humored performances — as, respectively, a restless Parisian retiree and aimless caretaker who discover an unlikely kinship in differently transitional life stages — lend this slight tale more gravity than we’ve come to expect from Tunisian-born helmer Pierre Salvadori, who recently struck gold internationally with the Audrey Tautou-starring rom-coms “Priceless” and “Beautiful Lies.” More melancholy but still eminently easygoing, Salvadori’s latest doesn’t have quite the same crossover potential as those films, but the Deneuve brand should ensure widespread arthouse bookings all the same.

Now in her eighth decade, Deneuve’s late-career evolution into France’s most glamorous character actress continues apace. As in Emmanuelle Bercot’s “On My Way” last year, “In the Courtyard
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Bezucha to direct Priceless remake

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The Family Stone director to remake French hit for Umedia.

Thomas Bezucha, director of comedies The Family Stone and Monte Carlo, has boarded the English language remake of French hit Priceless for European film group Umedia,.

The 2006 romantic comedy, starring Audrey Tautou, proved a box-office smash in France on its original release and went on to be sold in more than 60 international territories.

The remake has been greenlit for production early summer 2014, shooting on location on the French Riviera.

It will centre on Alec, a shy and hard-working English waiter at a grand hotel on the Riviera, who is mistaken for a millionaire and seduced by Lauren, an American girl with expensive tastes, whose lifestyle is made possible only by the generosity of very wealthy men.

When Lauren discovers Alec’s true identity and limited resources, she bolts - but Alec, determined to woo Lauren no matter what the cost, pursues her along
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Audrey Tautou On Playing a Repressed Housewife in 'Therese' and Why She Doesn't Crave the Hollywood Spotlight

Audrey Tautou On Playing a Repressed Housewife in 'Therese' and Why She Doesn't Crave the Hollywood Spotlight
While most in America still know Audrey Tautou as "Amélie," in France, the actress has carved out a robust career by playing wildly varied characters in films that couldn't be further removed from Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Parisian fantasy, in hits like "Priceless" and "Coco Before Chanel." In her most recent role in the late Claude Miller's final film "Thérèse," based on the classic 1927 novel by François Mauriac, Tautou proves her formidable range by embodying the titular heroine, a woman stuck in a loveless marriage and dull provincial life after wedding for convenience. With the female oppression of the period and her arrogant husband weighing her down, Thérèse makes a reckless decision that could potentially threaten her social standing for life. Indiewire sat down with Tautou in New York to discuss her turn in the drama which opens today, working with the late director, and her career post "Amélie." Watching this,
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PopWatch Planner: 'The Heat,' 'Under the Dome,' and more

PopWatch Planner: 'The Heat,' 'Under the Dome,' and more
Can you feel The Heat? Sidenote: How excited do we all think the producer’s of The Heat are that The Miami Heat are NBA champions?! Millions of people searching for basketball scores must have stumbled upon a little movie starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. Genius marketing! Before you head off to the beach to beat the heat (Ok, I’ll stop now), check out the reality TV, new mini-series, and more pop culture fun this week:


Under the Dome, series premiere, 10 p.m., CBS

A mini-series to fill your summer TV watching void, Under the Dome, based
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Interview with Audrey Tautou about Thérèse Desqueyroux

Audrey Tautou, known for her sweet and light roles in such films as Amélie, Priceless and Pot Luck turns in a much darker direction in the late director Claude Miller's final film Thérèse Desqueyroux, which closed 2012 Cannes Film Festival last year and which opens in the UK on June 7. The French star plays the title role in the adaptation of Francois Mauriac's novel about a frustrated wife whose desire for freedom spells trouble for her husband (Gilles Lellouche). Earlier this year I met her at the Unifrance Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris to talk about the experience.

Did you have any qualms about such sombre role?

I was delighted that a director of the stature of Claude [Miller] could imagine me in a role that was so different than anything I had done before. It is always a gift to have...
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Cannes: Caton-Jones to Helm ‘Mr. Jones’ (Exclusive)

Cannes: Caton-Jones to Helm ‘Mr. Jones’ (Exclusive)
Cannes — Scottish helmer Michael Caton-Jones is set to make his bigscreen comeback with London-set sexy romance “The Amazing Mr. Jones.”

In the run up to Cannes, uMedia has come on board to handle worldwide sales, and will co-produce along with Lauri Apelian’s Ocean Sky Ent. and Jens Meurer at Egoli Tossell.

Deal was announced Monday by uMedia’s founder and CEO, Adrian Politowski.

Penned by Robert Payne, “Jones” turns on a passionate, yet complicated affair between a beautiful woman married to a wealthy politician and a younger ex-serviceman from a very different background.

“It’s often said that there are no good roles for women these days. ‘The Amazing Mr. Jones’ well and truly blows that idea out the water with its achingly accurate portrayal of one woman’s journey through the modern minefield of life,” said Caton-Jones.

Politowski said, “Michael is a powerful voice in cinema and the
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Audrey Tautou: how the French learned to love the star of Amélie

Next month Audrey Tautou will host the opening ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival, an honour only given to a select few. Is she finally overcoming the curse of her most successful film?

For someone as shy and discreet as Audrey Tautou, the next few weeks will be feel uncomfortably like putting her head above the parapet again, exposed to potshots from her Gallic critics.

On the other hand her British fans, who remember her as the pixie-faced heroine of The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain, one of the most successful French films of all time, can look forward to a feast after the famine.

Next month the film Thérèse Desqueyroux, an adaptation of the François Mauriac 1927 classic released in France last November, in which Tautou plays the title role of a repressed wife who poisons her domineering, misogynistic husband, will open in British cinemas.

Around the same time, Tautou
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Michel Gondry Toasts The New Year With His Own Itchy & Scratchy-Style Cartoon

After 2011's critically scorned flop The Green Hornet, Michel Gondry needed a strong follow-up. Thankfully, the intimate teen drama The We and the I won critical praise upon its debut at 2012's Cannes Film Festival and all along the festival tour that followed. Though the film hasn't yet secured a U.S. release date, it is possible Stateside Gondry enthusiasts could see it as early as this year. But that's not all! The filmmaker recently wrapped on Mood Indigo, a fantastical drama that stars such French luminaries as Audrey Tautou (Amelie), Omar Sy (The Intouchables), Gad Elmaleh (Priceless), and Romain Duris (Hearbreaker). This movie is slated to open in France on April 24th, and a U.S. release will likely follow later this year. So with so much too look forward to from Gondry, fans can toast 2013 by checking out his recently released animated short, "Haircut Mouse." Posted on Vimeo
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Audrey Tautou Returns to the Screen in 'Delicacy'

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At the end of a conversation with French actor Audrey Tautou at the Empire Hotel overlooking Lincoln Center, she asks for a photo. She stands and moves toward me with a camera in her hand, poised to take a snapshot—but not of the two of us, just me."Otherwise I will forget who I met in New York," she says with a smile, her almond eyes and brunet curls peeping up from behind the lens. Then the shutter clicks and she waves goodbye.It is really the only moment in our interaction reminiscent of the role that made Tautou an overnight sensation at 24: the titular character in writer-director Jean-Pierre Jeunet's "Amélie." In the 11 years since, she has matured into one of France's biggest names, starring in such films as "A Very Long Engagement" in 2004, "Priceless" in 2006, and "Coco Before Chanel" in 2009.In the new romantic comedy "Delicacy,
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Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions And Samuel Goldwyn Films Partner On Sundance Film Festival Favorite, Robot & Frank

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (Spwa) and Samuel Goldwyn Films are partnering on the U.S. theatrical release in addition to jointly acquiring North American rights to Park Pictures Features. Robot & Frank, the 2012 Sundance Film Festival favorite, starring Academy Award® nominee Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon), Academy Award® winner Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking), James Marsden, Liv Tyler, Golden Globe® nominee Peter Saarsgard (Shattered Glass), Jeremy Sisto and Jeremy Strong. Additionally, Spwa has acquired all media rights for Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe including Russia.

The deal was negotiated by Spwa’s Executive Vice President of Business Affairs, Michael Helfand, and Joe Matukewicz, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions, with Peter Goldwyn, Vice President of Acquisitions, representing Samuel Goldwyn Films. CAA and ICM.s Jessica Lacy negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers. ICM represents Langella, Sarandon and Strong.

.We have loved this project from the script stage
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Ethan Hunt vs. Ethan Hawke

While several characters in the "Mission: Impossible" films are taken from the original 1960s TV show, Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt was created specifically for America's movie star extraordinaire. Hunt's M.O. is that he doesn't stop ... ever. The unflappable Imf super-agent will do whatever it takes to stop a madman from unleashing warfare, be it chemical, nuclear, or other.

Who could possibly go head-to-head with such a deadly adversary? We chose New York-based actor, writer and Gen-x slacker icon Ethan Hawke, not so much because he has the necessary skills to beat someone of Hunt's caliber, but because their names are kinda similar.

On the eve of the "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" release, find out who comes out on top in this battle of monumental proportions.


Ethan Hunt: Agent of the elite Impossible Mission Force (Imf)

Ethan Hawke: Actor, director, screenwriter and novelist

Advantage: Hawke,
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Unofficial Title Sequence for ‘The Adventures of Tintin’

Tintin fans are getting excited for the animated movie “The Adventures of Tintin.” James Curran of SlimJim Studios created an unofficial title sequence for the film. He used elements featured from each of the 24 Tintin books. The music is composed by Ray Parker and Tom Szczesniak. Even one of Tintin’s writers took notice. “So @slimjimstudios does unofficial #Tintin titles, Spielberg sees ‘em, give him invite to prem & job on next movie…” tweeted Edgar Wright over the weekend. Well, Curran certainly gained a fan. The story is about Tintin, an intrepid young reporter whose relentless pursuit of a good story thrusts him into a world of high adventure. The animation voice cast includes Jamie Bell (“Billy Elliot,” “Jumper”), Andy Serkis (“The Lord of the Rings” “The Prestige”), Daniel Craig (“Casino Royale,” “Munich”), Simon Pegg (“Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz”), Nick Frost (“Paul,” “Pirate Radio”), Gad Elmaleh (“Priceless,
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