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7 Days in Havana sounds like it could easily be the tittle of a film about Cuban Missile Crisis-- what, am I the only person who remembers that Bruce Greenwood movie 13 Days-- but the actual film is going to be a lot more about Cuba and its culture than missiles and Castro. According to Variety del Toro has joined an international lineup of directors to helm a segment of the omnibus film, consisting of seven shorts that take place in Cuba's capital city. Also joining are French directors Laurent Cantet (The Class) and Gaspar Noe (Enter the Void), plus Pablo Trapero, Elia Suleiman, Julio Medem and Juan Carlos Tabio, Tabio being the only Cuban director in the lineup. Producer Didar Domehri explained the concept thusly: "This is one connected and collective film. Each director shoots one episode, which takes place from morning to night." It sounds not unlike the "Cities of »
While omnibus films tend to be a mixed bag, we keep going back to them because the talent always seems to promise great things, and in the case of the forthcoming "7 Days In Havana," that's no exception. Benicio Del Toro, Laurent Cantet ("The Class"), Gaspar Noe ("Enter The Void"), Pablo Trapero ("Carancho"), Elia Suleiman, Julio Medem ("Sex And Lucia") and Juan Carlos Tabio are each set to helm a segment of the forthcoming film. The ambitious undertaking will have recurring characters in each of the shorts and the script will penned by Cuban novelist Leonardo Padura (he'll co-write Medem's… »
Foxfire follows the story of a group of headstrong, adolescent girls who grow up amidst violence and frustration in 1950’s upstate New York and go onto form the titular Firefox gang; a female-only society recognized by the flame tattooed on the back of member’s shoulders.
Filming is expected to take place in Canada from Spring 2011.
Memento International Films will produce.
ThePlaylist reported this one.
- Jamie Neish
Acclaimed French director, Laurent Cantet is best known in the States for his Oscar nominated drama The Class, which was based on its star’s semi-autobiographical novel Entre les murs (translation: Between the walls). The film followed François Bégaudeau, a language and lit teacher, in his struggles to get through to his inner city middle school class, and was heralded for its raw and realistic look at the modern-day experiences of teachers and students.
Now The Playlist (via Screen Daily) has revealed Cantet will be taking on his first English language production, an adaptation of the feminist Joyce Carol Oates novel Foxfire: Confessions Of A Girl Gang. This is not the book’s first film adaptation. As fans of early Angelina Jolie may remember, Foxfire was first adapted in 1996, though the 1950′s story of working class girls in upstate New York had been shifted to 1990′s suburbanites of the Pacific Northwest. »
- Kristy Puchko
English Language Debut For The 2008 Palme d'Or Winner "The Class" helmer Laurent Cantet will be making his English language debut with an adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates' 1993 novel "Foxfire: Confessions Of A Girl Gang." It'll mark a resurgence in popularity for author Oates who has Andrew Dominik's gestating adaptation of her 2000 novel "Blonde"--a Pulitzer Prize-nominated fictional work based on the life of Marilyn Monroe--in the works as well as this after a 1985 Joyce Chopra adaptation of her short story "Smooth Talk" starring Laura Dern. Adapted for the screen once before by Annette Haywood-Carter in her 1996… »
We already have one reason to excited for Cannes...of 2012. Joyce Carole Oates’s novel Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang is being adapted for a second time. In its first version (see trailer below), it'll be known as one of Angelina Jolie's first acting gigs, now it'll be tackled by Palme d'or winning Laurent Cantet, and follow the outline of the book's original setting. Shooting will unfortunately only begin next summer in Canada (most likely Montreal for its the best looking Canadian city with a 50's backdrop New York City) and will count as Cantet's first English language project. Memento Films are currently doing pre-sales on the project at the Afm, Haut et Court are producing - they produced both Heading South and The Class (Entre les Murs). Gist: Before Swedish badasses named Lisbeth Salander, we have school of hard knocks pre-Death Wish New York era. »
Among those they have tapped for the fest they have a premium Midnight Screening for Gilles Marchand's Black Heaven and they are closing the festival with Julie Bertuccelli's The Tree. - The Sales/Distribution/Production company continually pluck from a batch of interesting U.S independent film auteurs (they are back on board with So Yong Kim for her to be released in the Fall title, For Ellen), grabbing select Euro titles Natalia Smirnoff's Puzzle (a Berlin) along with French films which we've been talking non-stop for the better half of year. Among those they have tapped for the fest they have a premium Midnight Screening for Gilles Marchand's Black Heaven and they are closing the festival with Julie Bertuccelli's The Tree. (see Charlotte Gainsbourg in pic above). On the sales side of things, they are working with Marchand's partner in crime Dominik Moll »
The Sales/Distribution/Production company continually pluck from a batch of interesting U.S independent film auteurs (they are back on board with So Yong Kim for her to be released in the Fall title, For Ellen), grabbing select Euro titles Natalia Smirnoff's Puzzle (a Berlin) along with French films which we've been talking non-stop for the better half of year. Among those they have tapped for the fest they have a premium Midnight Screening for Gilles Marchand's Black Heaven and they are closing the festival with Julie Bertuccelli's The Tree. (see Charlotte Gainsbourg in pic above). On the sales side of things, they are working with Marchand's partner in crime Dominik Moll's filmed in Spain fantasy pic and are onboard Pawel Pawlikowski's new project – a helmer who's sabbatical has lasted a tad too long. Black Heaven (L'autre Monde) by Gilles Marchand - Completed The Monk »
Jason Solomons picks his all-time favourite high jinks on the Croisette
Madonna presents her bra, 1991Few people have seized the Palais des Festivals red carpet moment more memorably than Madonna, when the documentary In Bed with Madonna premiered in an out-of-competition slot. Wreathed in a cloak, she reached the top of the steps and turned to reveal that underneath she was wearing a Jean-Paul Gaultier conical bra. In 2005, French actress Sophie Marceau topped this with an "unintentional" wardrobe malfunction that briefly revealed her left breast.
Cannes canned, 1968
Surely the most dramatic year for this drama queen of world festivals was 1968, during the student riots, strikes and general unrest that spread around France from Paris. It led to directors Godard, Truffaut, Louis Malle, Polanski, Lelouch and Milos Forman calling press conferences, withdrawing films and demanding a shutdown in sympathy with the students. After two days of sit-ins, the festival called a halt to proceedings. »
- Jason Solomons
One of the unspoken pleasures of the cinema is dreamily identifying with its heroes. We supposedly objective critics are not immune from this trance-like state of escapist empathy: feeling that you've got a bit in common with Brad Pitt or George Clooney. And maybe you even . . . look like them? Ok no, sorry, of course not. But how about rugged character actors such as Gabriel Byrne? Aren't reviewers allowed to believe we sort of look like them? A bit?
Some time ago, I was leaving a press screening of the The Mummy 3: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, when Philip French of the Observer cheerfully said: "You do realise, Peter, that you very much resemble David Calder? »
- Peter Bradshaw
Many viewers would be touched by the tale of an aspiring cellist, who accidentally becomes a mortician (an undertaker or a funeral director, to some) when he loses his dream job with a symphony orchestra. Many would even be stupefied by the ingenuity of the filmmakers to pick up a seemingly unique subject such as “encoffinment” as a subject for a feature film. Many others would be in awe of the Asian traditions that respect the dead, the elderly, and the institution of marriage until (and beyond!) “death do us part”. Many others would be equally intrigued by the Asian traditions that consider associating any profession relating to the dead as being somewhat demeaning and not worthy of public stature.
Director Yojiro Takita’s film is loosely based on Aoki Shinmon’s autobiographical book The Coffin Man, which was subsequently adapted for the screen by the scriptwriter Kundo Koyama. »
- Jugu Abraham
The appeal of some brutal arthouse crime films such as Jacques Audiard's latest may have more to do with pressing right-on buttons than touching actual nerves
Some films arrive on our screens enveloped in Teflon-coated reverence – we're expected to watch them after genuflecting first. Usually they come garlanded with imposing laurels from posh festivals; generally they've managed to garner eerily universal critical acclaim. Sometimes it's obvious that they've earned such status; sometimes it's not.
Well, prostrate yourself. Weighed down by awards from Cannes, London and New York and basking in gushing plaudits from all quarters, Jacques Audiard's A Prophet has at last come among us. An unforgettable experience ought surely to be ours. But how memorable will it actually prove to be?
Just a few minutes out from the opening titles it's obvious that the lycée of evil into which Tahar Rahim's novice yardbird has been plunged »
- David Cox
There's no escaping the gnawing sadness brought on by the images of horrific destruction and misery coming out of Haiti. There is, though, brief visual respite in revisiting the intelligent, perceptive, sorrowfully angry 2005 movie Heading South. Laurent Cantet's unnerving drama about single women who head south for sex tourism is set in a Haiti, circa 1979, that's as politically and economically wretched as ever, a time when strongman Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier and his thugs terrorized the country. But at least all the little houses still stood, in a landscape of deceptive, beachy beauty. Cantet -- whose great schoolroom study »
- Lisa Schwarzbaum
the list #100-76, #75-51, #50-31, #30-16 and #15-1.
Awards for 2009 begin tomorrow or thereabouts.
For this next group installment of the countdown we start in beautiful France and have a lot of trouble leaving it! It even pulls us back in the end.
It's okay that I haven't seen it in so long that it feels like a dream now. It always did. And that "Rhythm of the Night" ending. My oh my oh my. Denis has cast her unique spell many times since, but never quite like this.
A boon to patient moviegoers... and a bane. But who tortures audiences with as much control, mystery and depth of meaning? It's easy to make an audience jump with loud jarring sound cues and shock cuts. But I've never seen anyone make an audience leap and gasp as loudly, »
- NATHANIEL R
14 items from 2010
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