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2015 Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 4: Maiwenn Breaks a Leg with “Mon Roi”

It was with her multi-angled, social dramedy where the actress, slowly turning into filmmaker (2006’s Pardonnez-moi and 2009’s Le bal des actrices) made her presence known by lassoing the Jury Prize for her third film and first In Competition trip. While Polisse utilized more of a multiple dossier approach for social ills and it’s no “accident” that she made a back-to-back Cannes presence and we’re sure it has nothing to do with filling a female filmmaker quota. Maiwenn’s Mon Roi (My King), which was co-written with Of Gods and Men‘s Etienne Comar covers a subject that is all too familiar in French cinema: marriage breakdown from the bourgeois Parisian told with a rear-view window approach. Featuring Vincent Cassel, Emmanuelle Bercot, Louis Garrel and her sister Isild Le Besco, this a modern Paris where the men are a more or less chauvinistic appears to have been the
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"A Prophet" Wins 9 Cesar Awards, Harrison Ford Honored

"A Prophet" from director Jacques Audiard won nine awards at the 35th annual Cesar Awards. The Oscar nominated film for best foreign language took home best French film of the year, director, screenplay, editing, cinematography, production design, best actor, and most promising actor (best male newcomer) for Tahar Rahim. Niels Arestrup won best supporting actor also for "A Prophet."

Clint Eastwood's "Gran Torino" was named best foreign film of the year, beating out last year's Oscar winner "Slumdog Millionaire" and this year's blue contender, "Avatar."

Meanwhile, "Avatar's" Sigourney Weaver presented Harrison Ford with a Cesar of Honor award. Aw...

Here's the list of nominees and winners of the 35th annual Cesar Awards (winners are highlighted):

Best Film

A l.Origine, Xavier Giannoli

Le Concert, Radu Mihaileanu

Les Herbes Folles, Alain Resnais

La Journee de la Jupe, Jean-Paul Lilienfeld

Rapt, Lucas Belvaux

Un Prophete, Jacques Audiard

Welcome, Philippe Lioret
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Top 10 Films of 2009

First of all, I apologize for not having the time to see films like An Education, Thirst, Bright Star, The Road (hey, I'm reading the novel) or Moon just to name a few films that were lauded by critics. Nonetheless, here are my choices for 2009.

#10: Inglourious Basterds

I certainly didn't put it there because of the quality of its script. In fact, I found it as simple as - minus the violence - a comic book for children (the fight of the good against the evil). However, let's render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's: Christopher Waltz, Mélanie Laurent and Brad Pitt rock!

#9: In the Loop

What happens when you give a comedy to an aficionado of politics like me? You get an aficionado of politics who wish he did In the Loop, despite its few flaws, in order to laugh at politicians regardless of their nationalities.
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Le bal des actrices (The Actress' Ball)

Being a movie enthusiast can be depressing for women, especially when "majors" believe they only adore romantic films and, to a lesser extent, comedies. Despite a few plot holes, Le bal des actrices is worth your time. In fact, the film tries - by taking the form of a documentary - its best to address the difficulties that actresses face in the movie industry.

A female movie director (Maïwenn Le Besco) is making a documentary about what it means to be an actress in France with an Hdv camera. In the process, Maïwenn conducts interviews actresses that are either well-known, more or less known and unknown.

Mélanie Doutey, a blockbuster actress, receives a lot of script to read, clothes/jewels from fashion companies (ex: Chanel) to wear at big-shot events and deals from magazines that want to put her face (note from the editor: and what a lovely one!) on their cover.
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Nominees for the 2010 Globes de cristal

Yesterday, the nominees for the Globe de cristal were announced. The purpose of this event is to allow the French press hand out awards in arts and culture. The artistic domains in question are cinema, television, architecture/design, literature, music, fashion, cultural exhibitions (read: museums) and stage shows.

1. Cinema:

Best film of 2009:

* Un prophète, by Jacques Audiard.

* Welcome, by Philippe Lioret.

* Oss 117: Rio ne répond plus, by Michel Hazanavicius.

* Le concert, by Radu Mihaileanu.

* À l'origine, by Xavier Giannoli.

Best actress of 2009

* Isabelle Adjani in La journée de la jupe.

* Chiara Mastroianni in "Non ma fille, tu n'iras pas danser".

* Kristin Scott Thomas in Partir.

* Marie-Josée Croze in Je l'aimais.

* Maïwenn Le Besco in Le bal des actrices.

Best actor of 2009

* Vincent Lindon in Welcome.

* Tahar Rahim in Un prophète.

* Yvan Attal in Partir.

* Jean Dujardin in Oss 117: Rio ne répond plus.

* François Cluzet in À l'origine.
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