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John Henshaw, Dave Johns, Harry Melling join 'Trautmann'

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John Henshaw, Dave Johns, Harry Melling join 'Trautmann'
Exclusive: Further cast attached to soccer drama include Gary Lewis, Michael Socha and Chloe Harris.

UK-Germany co-pro Trautmann, a biopic of legendary German goalkeeper Bert Trautmann, has rounded out its cast and begun filming in Northern Ireland.

Joining the recently announced John Henshaw (Looking For Eric) and Dervla Kirwan (Ballykissangel) are: Dave Johns (I, Daniel Blake), Harry Melling (Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1), Gary Lewis (Billy Elliot), Michael Socha (Being Human), Mikey Collins (Dunkirk), Chloe Harris (Call The Midwife) and Barbara Young (Coronation Street).

Germany’s David Kross plays Trautmann and 2013 UK Star of Tomorrow Freya Mavor is the love of his life, Margaret, who was the daughter of his English coach.

The film tells the story of Bert Trautmann, the former Nazi paratrooper who became a goalkeeping legend at Manchester City, making 545 appearances and famously playing in the Fa Cup final with a broken neck.

The first image has also been released (see above
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Nyff 2016: 9 New Films From Cinema’s Brightest Auteurs And Beloved Masters

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The New York Film Festival kicks off this week, sending us straight into the second half of a very busy fall festival season. In preparation for the festival, we’re rolling out a series of previews to point you in the direction of all the movies you have to see (or at least, all the movies you have to start anticipating right now). Today, some new offerings from cinema’s greatest master and auteurs — new, emerging and beloved.

Manchester By The Sea,” Kenneth Lonergan

Over the course of just three feature films, multi-hyphenate Kenneth Lonergan has proven himself to be one of America’s most exciting rising auteurs. Uniquely capable of capturing great emotion without even a hint of melodrama or a single false note, his long-awaited follow-up to the grievously mistreated “Margaret” — perhaps this decade’s cinematic endeavor most deserving of critical reappraisal after critical reappraisal — again returns him
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Why Cannes Still Matters

This week, Neil Calloway looks at how winning in Cannes affects a film’s box office…

Cannes remains the most important film festival in the world, and one of the most important events of any type (think of an annual event that gets the same coverage and you’re searching for a while). The latest festival ends tonight.

There are three parts to Cannes – the market, where bad movies get sold to international distributors so the producers can finance their next straight to DVD Nazi-Vampire-Kung Fu flick, there’s the promotional part, where young, pretty actresses get photographed next to old directors, and there is the competition.

The top prize at the competition, and unquestionably the top prize at any film festival anywhere, is the Palme d’Or. Does winning it help a film, though?

Looking at films who won over the past ten years – even when directed by
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Cannes: Dardenne Brothers Show Producing Power at Festival

Cannes: Dardenne Brothers Show Producing Power at Festival
Much has been made about Amazon having an unprecedented five pics across the Cannes Official Selection, but so do Belgian filmmakers the Dardennes brothers. A key difference being that the venerable brothers, who direct and produce movies together, have also helmed one of the five titles bowing in Cannes under their Les Films du Fleuve label. They are among a handful of auteurs who have won the Palme d’Or twice.

In this, a banner year, Les Films du Fleuve produced the Dardennes’ new drama, “The Unknown Girl,” and co-produced Romanian director Cristian Mungiu’s “Graduation” and Ken Loach’s “I, Daniel Blake,” all in competition, plus Italian noir “Pericles the Black Man” and French costumer “The Dancer,” both in Un Certain Regard.

Their Cannes clout stands as testimony to the force of cross-border European production as a means to counter Amazon and Netflix.

It also means “The Unknown Girl
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Versatile Boards Mickey Rourke Documentary ‘Guapo Siempre’

Paris — Paris-based Versatile has come on board to handle worldwide sales on Richard Aujard’s “Guapo Siempre,” a documentary portaying Mickey Rourke in the run up to a special boxing exhibition in Moscow in 2014.

“Guapo Siempre” is produced by the shingles Bonne Pioche Cinema, the outfit behind Oscar-winning “March of the Penguins,” and Canto Bros Productions, the Cantona brothers’ outfit whose credits include Ken Loach’s Cannes-competing “Looking for Eric.”

“Guapo Siempre” plunges audiences into the mystical mind of Rourke during the days leading up to his comeback in the ring at the age of 62. His soul naked, his nerves raw, Rourke looks back over his life and career, while mourning the death of his dog, Guapo.

A renown photographer with a passion for the biking and boxing worlds, Aujard has been close to Rourke and the Cantona brothers for more 20 years. He previously directed various critically-claimed shorts and documentaries,
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Cannes archives: Jacques Audiard tops Screen's Jury Grid 2009

Cannes archives: Jacques Audiard tops Screen's Jury Grid 2009
Ahead of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Screen looks back at the hits and misses of 2009 according to our jury of critics.

Screen’s jury of international critics has long been a strong diviner as to what will win the top prizes at the Cannes Film Festival – and 2009 was no different.

Topping the grid was Jacques Audiard’s crime drama A Prophet, starring then newcomer Tahar Rahim, which scored an impressive 3.4 out of 4 and went on to win to the festival’s Grand Prix.

The winner of the coveted Palme d’Or was Michael Haneke’s chilling pre-war drama The White Ribbon, which came a close joint second on the grid with 3.3 alongside Jane Campion’s period romance Bright Star.

While the Palme d’Or alluded Audiard in 2009, the French filmmaker returned in 2015 with Dheepan and picked up the festival’s top prize.

The 2009 line-up also featured a divisively generous portion of violence courtesy of [link
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Cannes: A Look at the Official Selection, by the Numbers

Cannes: A Look at the Official Selection, by the Numbers
The annual unveiling of the Cannes Film Festival’s official selection lineup is always cause for breathless anticipation and excitement — followed, immediately and invariably, by expressions of shock and disappointment, as well as the usual bleats of indignation over which national cinemas haven’t been adequately represented. This morning’s press conference in Paris, led by festival delegate general Thierry Fremaux and festival president Pierre Lescure, proved no exception.

Journalists in attendance were quick to point out the admittedly startling absence of any Italian films in competition, even though Marco Bellocchio’s “Sweet Dreams” had been tipped for a berth for weeks. Others noted the relative dearth of Asian films vying for the Palme d’Or (only two, directed by Park Chan-wook and Brillante Mendoza). And if they haven’t already, those inclined to see the festival as a sort of cinematic pulse-taking of the Middle East will surely devote
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Eric Cantona to play synchronised swimmer in comedy The Mermaid Man

Eric Cantona to play synchronised swimmer in comedy The Mermaid Man
Eric Cantona is to lead a new comedy film about a synchronised swimming coach.

The former Manchester United footballer will star in The Mermaid Man as Franck, a widower who sets up a swimming group made out of unemployed men as they struggle through depression and poverty.

The Full Monty-style film will be set in the Thatcher era of the 1980s, with Cantona's men hoping to win an international competition in honour of his late wife, a former swimming champion.

Stéphane Giusti will direct the film, while David C Barrot will produce with a British film crew.

Since retiring from football, Cantona has had a successful acting career, with Elizabeth and Looking for Eric among his most high-profile projects.

He will soon star in western The Salvation alongside Mads Mikkelsen and Eva Green, which releases at cinemas on April 17. Watch a trailer below:

Watch a trailer below:
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7 footballers who tried to act: Cantona, Collymore... and Ally McCoist

7 footballers who tried to act: Cantona, Collymore... and Ally McCoist
The worlds of football and cinema frequently collide, and judging by the number of great sportsmen who've tried their hand at acting, it's clear that Hollywood holds a strong allure for the professional athlete.

With the 2014 FIFA World Cup about to get underway, Digital Spy takes a look at a handful of actors who've made it to the big screen.

1. Pelé (Escape to Victory)

Arguably the greatest footballer of all time, Pelé lined up alongside fellow icons Bobby More and Ossie Ardiles (and a host of Ipswich Town greats!) in this inspiring blend of Great Escape-style war flick and underdog sports story.

A firm Bank Holiday favourite, Escape to Victory also boasts a starting eleven containing Michael Caine and Sylvester Stallone. They don't make them like this anymore.

2. Vinnie Jones (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels)

After retiring from the beautiful game, Wimbledon hardman Vinnie Jones established a second career for himself.
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Cannes Review: 'Footloose' In Ireland? With 'Jimmy's Hall,' Ken Loach Matches History With Entertainment

Cannes Review: 'Footloose' In Ireland? With 'Jimmy's Hall,' Ken Loach Matches History With Entertainment
The social realist tendencies in British director Ken Loach's films started nearly half a century ago, so it's easy to forget that no matter his penchant for tackling serious issues with historical weight, he's also capable of crafting smooth entertainment—especially with his recent comedies "Looking for Eric" and "The Angels' Share"—without sacrificing their credibility and intelligence. At 77, Loach hasn't lost touch with this balance, as proven by his enjoyable period drama "Jimmy's Hall." Though it features a dramatic scenario involving the censorship of a small Irish town in the early thirties, Loach manages to enliven potentially stuffy material with lively storytelling and likable personalities. Chief among them is real-life Irish communist Jimmy Gralton (Barry Ward), who challenged the religious community in the provincial country town he grew up by creating a gathering place for locals to dance and engage in intellectual discussion. Naturally, that decision doesn't sit well.
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Eric Cantona to front new World Cup documentary Looking for Rio

Eric Cantona to front new World Cup documentary Looking for Rio
Eric Cantona is to front a new football documentary ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The Manchester United and France icon will host Looking for Rio, which will premiere at Amnesty UK's first Football Film Festival.

The festival will run from Friday, June 6 to Sunday, June,8 at the Hackney Picturehouse, and will screen films, Q&As and panel discussions about football and human rights.

Looking for Rio will see Cantona explore the development of Rio's four main football clubs - Fluminense, Vasco de Gama, Flamengo and Botafogo.

It will also delve into the fierce rivalries between the clubs, the social aspect behind the teams, and how government spending on the World Cup has let to Brazilians protesting on the streets.

Cantona will take part in a discussion about the film as well, along with brothers Joel and Jean-Marie, who form the 'Canto Bros' production company.

"I'm very pleased Looking for
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First Trailer & Poster For Ken Loach & Paul Laverty’s ‘Jimmy’s Hall’

If you’re any kind of film lover, then you’ll have a favourite of Ken Loach’s work, my recent favourite is still The Wind That Shakes The Barley, an unforgettable drama that takes a different look into more recent Irish history, and today we’ve got a first look at the spirited-looking Jimmy’S Hall.

The film is based on a true story and Loach is once again working with writer Paul Laverty, who has collaborated a number of times with the director, with films that include Looking For Eric, The Angels’ Share, Sweet Sixteen plus a whole host more.

Jimmy’S Hall stars Barry Ward (Songs For Amy), Simone Kirby, Jim Norton (American History X), Francis Magee, Aisling Franciosi (The Fall), Andrew Scott (Sherlock), Brian F. O’Byrne (Million Dollar Baby) and focuses around the life of Jimmy Gralton (Ward) who in 1921 built a dance hall. However,
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Ken Loach's last film Jimmy's Hall - watch trailer

Ken Loach's last film Jimmy's Hall - watch trailer
The first trailer has been released for Ken Loach's upcoming film Jimmy's Hall.

Based on a true story, the film is directed by Loach and written by Paul Laverty (Looking for Eric).

Last year, Loach announced that the project will most likely be his final film.

Jimmy's Hall stars Barry Ward (Songs for Amy), Simone Kirby (Season of the Witch), Jim Norton (American History X), Francis Magee (Layer Cake), Aisling Franciosi (The Fall), Andrew Scott (Sherlock) and Brian F O'Byrne (Million Dollar Baby).

Set in 1932, the film is centred around Jimmy Gralton, who returns to Ireland from New York after a decade away, having previously built a dance hall in the rural town.

Loach won the Cannes Palme d'Or in 2006 for The Wind that Shakes the Barley and won a career Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1994.
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Bradley Wiggins in The Archers Sport Relief special – review

The cycling legend played more than just a cameo role as himself – and put in a medal-winning performance

Already the possessor of four Olympic gold medals, a Tour de France title and a knighthood, Bradley Wiggins has now added to his saddlebag a "selfie" with Lynda Snell and mud on his suit from a scuffle between two other fictional residents of the Borsetshire village of Ambridge.

In tonight's special episode of The Archers – for the Sport Relief appeal – the cyclist became the latest celebrity to make a cameo in the BBC Radio 4 soap. More than a dozen well-known names have guest-starred as themselves over the years (Dame Judi Dench also played a minor character in 1989), with Princess Margaret, the Duchess of Cornwall and Sir Terry Wogan among the most memorable performers.

The fact that Dench chose to play someone else possibly reflects a canny understanding that appearing as yourself – being
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Shia Labeouf Walks Out of Nymphomaniac Press Conference, Poses With Bag Over His Head

Shia Labeouf Walks Out of Nymphomaniac Press Conference, Poses With Bag Over His Head
It's clear Shia Labeouf was not in the mood for a press conference this weekend. About 10 minutes after a presser in Berlin began for his upcoming flick Nymphomaniac Sunday, the thesp got up and walked right out of the room when he was asked why he wanted to do a movie with so many sex scenes, according to the Hollywood Reporter. He did answer the question before walking away, saying slowly, "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it's because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much." Apparently, the line is a quote from French soccer legend Eric Cantona, who says those words in the film Looking for Eric, while the credits are rolling. What that has to do...
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Shia Labeouf Wears Paper Bag While Promoting 'Nymphomaniac' in Berlin

Shia Labeouf Wears Paper Bag While Promoting 'Nymphomaniac' in Berlin
Shia Labeouf made quite an impression while promoting his new film at the Berlin International Film Festival this weekend. The actor stormed out of a press conference for Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac: Volume I after giving a bizarre answer to a single question on Sunday, and later donned a paper bag on his head for the red-carpet premiere of the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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About ten minutes into the press conference, Labeouf was asked what it
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This "Share" Is On The Side Of The "Angels"

“The angels’ share” is a term used in the distillery world to describe the two percent of a whiskey that evaporates while it spends years aging to perfection in its oaken cask. It’s a lovely, oddly poetic sentiment, and a perfect title for the latest collaboration between director Ken Loach and writer Paul Laverty (The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Looking for Eric). Winner of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize, The Angels’ Share is an uplifting comedy-drama that tells the story of Robbie Emmerson, a young man who has so far wasted his short life fighting in the Glasgow gutters. After his most recent violent scrape earns him a sentence of 300 hours of community service, Robbie decides to finally turn his life around--before it’s too late to do so. He is motivated to succeed by his loving girlfriend and their newborn son, but everyone else who knows
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Ooh la la, Cantona. What's that in your pantalon?

Football's renaissance man describes latest venture Les rencontres d'après minuit as 'elegant and unique'

Eric Cantona had no problem dropping his trousers for his latest film in which arthouse meets soft porn, revealing an unfeasibly large appendage.

The footballer-turned-photographer-turned-actor is reincarnated as "the Stallion" in Les rencontres d'après minuit, described by one French critic as "a superb artistic orgy".

A trailer for the film, which will open in Britain in the autumn as You and the Night, shows the ex-Man United striker preparing to undress and reveal what we are reliably informed is a plastic prothesis. "I warn you, it's in sleep mode," he says in the film clip, with that familiar deadpan expression. So far, so smutty, but this is France; it's not crude or salacious, it's art, stupid.

Cantona, who says the film is "not foolishly voyeuristic, but elegant and unique", is certainly not talking dirty. "I read
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Wild Bunch Wrestles Roschdy Zem’s ‘Bodybuilder’

Wild Bunch Wrestles Roschdy Zem’s ‘Bodybuilder’
Paris– Reteaming with leading French production outfit Why Not, Wild Bunch has come on board to handle international sales on thesp-turned-helmer Roschdy Zem’s social dramedy “Bodybuilder” in the run-up to the UniFrance Rendez-Vous mini-mart in Paris.

Penned by Zem and Julie Peyr (“Jimmy P.”), “Bodybuilder” tells the tale of a 20-year-old boy who reunites with his father, whom he’s never met, and discovers the world of professional bodybuilders. Zem, whose best-known acting credits include Rachid Bouchareb’s “Days of Glory” and “Outside The Law,” earned critical acclaim with his debut, “Bad Faith,” a comedy turning on the complicated romance between a Jewish woman (Cecile de France) and a Muslim man (played by Zem himself), and sophomore outing “Omar Killed Me,” a drama chronicling the real-life story of Omar Raddad, a Moroccan immigrant who was unjustly convicted of a murder. “Faith” earned a Cesar nomination for best first film,
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Vincent Maraval: ‘We Are Not Making Movies for a Cinema Audience’

A co-financier and sales agent, and sometimes producer and distributor on “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” “The Artist” and “Asterix & Obelix: God Save Britannia,” Wild Bunch has backed a significant number of the most ambitious recent films to come out of France. And that’s not to mention “Holy Motors,” “Polisse” and long-standing relationships with Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Ozon, Gaspar Noe and Arnaud Desplechin. Now, Wild Bunch is cutting down on French films for world sales.

One year ago, Wild Bunch founder-partner Vincent Maraval shook the French film industry with an article in Le Monde, arguing that French films were too expensive and that this is directly due to France’s subsidy system, above all its obligation for broadcasters to invest in French cinema.

12 months later, in the first of a series of Variety Q & As, coinciding with the Unifrance Paris Rendez-vous, Maraval announces that Wild Bunch is scaling back on French film investment,
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