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2015 Was an Outstanding Year for Co-Productions and Foreign Films Shooting in Poland

2015 was a successful year regarding the quantity and quality of foreign productions shot in Poland. At the beginning of the year, Anne Fontaine (“Coco Before Chanel,” “Perfect Mothers”) filmed a French-Polish co-production “Agnus Dei” in Warmia, which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The film features Polish and French actresses among others Lou de Laage, Agata Kulesza, Agata Buzek and Joanna Kulig.

In the spring, the crew of a Polish-German-French-Belgian co-production about the life of Maria Sklodowska-Curie (dir. Marie Noelle) spent 20 days on the set in among others Lodz, Leba and Krakow. The cast is international, and the film is made in French. The Polish Nobelist is portrayed by Karolina Gruszka (“Oxygen”).

The summer brought about increased activity of German producers. A Zdf TV show, “Ein Sommer in…” was filmed in two resort towns in the north-eastern Poland – Mikolajki and Mragowo. Ard and Tvp collaborated on the set of "Polizeiruf 110" ("Police Call 110"), which was filmed in July and August among others in a Polish border-town – Swiecko. Also in July began the shooting of a new part of detective TV series "Der Usedom-Krimi" filmed on both the Polish and German side of the Usedom island.

However, a true influx of foreign productions took place in the autumn. American-Polish thriller “Chronology” was filmed in Poznan. The cast includes William Baldwin (TV series "Gossip Girl," "Adrift in Manhattan") and Danny Trejo (“Machete,” “From Dusk till Dawn”).

The Goetz Palace in Brzesk, in Malopolska hosted filmmakers from India who for six days were shooting “Fitoor,” an Indian adaptation of Dickens's “Great Expectations.” The crew consisted of over 40 Indians and almost 80 Poles. Another crew from India – this time from the so-called Kollywood in the south of the country – spent twenty days on the set in various Polish locations (among others Zakopane, Walbrzych, Krakow, Leba). The film titled “24” features Surya, a Tamil superstar, in the main role.

The autumn months were also very intensive in Lodz with three simultaneous big film sets. Andrzej Wajda (“The Promised Land,” “Walesa. Man of Hope”) worked on his new film “Powidoki”; Opus Film, the producer of “Ida”, organized for an Israeli partner eleven-day shoot to a film set in 1970s – “Past Life,” directed by Avi Nesher; and American director Martha Coolidge (“The Prince and Me,” TV shows “Sex and the City,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Weeds”) filmed her project “Music, War and Love,” whose producer is among others Fred Roos known from such films as “Apocalypse Now,” “The Godfather” or “Lost in Translation.” The picture features Adelaide Clemens (“The Great Gatsby”), Connie Nielsen (“Gladiator”), Toby Sebastian (“Game of Thrones”) and Stellan Skarsgård (“Nymphomaniac”).

The end of the year was also very successful for Malopolska and Krakow. Two movies were filmed in the region – an American-British biography of Martin Luther commissioned by PBS with Padraic Delaney (“The Wind that Shakes the Barley,” “The Tudors”) in the main role; and a feature titled “True Crimes” starring two-time winner of a Golden Globe – Jim Carrey (“The Truman Show,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “The Mask”) as the protagonist. The crew spent 32 days on the set in Krakow. The picture was directed by Greek Alexandros Avranas (“Miss Violence”), written by Jeremy Brock (“Brideshead Revisited,” “The Last King of Scotland”), and produced by Brett Ratner (“X-Men 3: the Last Stand,” TV series “Rush Hour”). Accompanying Jim Carrey were Charlotte Gainsbourg (“Nymphomaniac,” “Antichrist”); Marton Csokas (“The Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”) and Polish actors Agata Kulesza (“Ida”) and Robert Wieckiewicz (“Walesa. Man of Hope”).

The first information about productions planned for 2016 has already been released. In January, Krakow will host the crew of French black comedy “Grand Froid,” Gérard Pautonnier's debut featuring Jean-Pierre Bacri (“The Taste of Others,” “Let It Rain”), Olivier Gourmet (“Rosetta,” “The Son”) and Arthur Dupond (“Bus Palladium”). The project won the first edition of the Krakow International Film Fund.
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The Discreet Charm of Daniele Thompson’s ‘Saint Tropez’

The Discreet Charm of Daniele Thompson’s ‘Saint Tropez’
An expert at depicting dysfunctional relationships within Paris’ upper-class, Daniele Thompson could be Woody Allen’s French cousin.

(From the pages of the April 9 issue of Variety.)

Thompson is presenting her fifth comedy, “It Happened in Saint Tropez,” April 15 in Los Angeles as the opening night of Colcoa (the City of Lights, City of Angels film festival). She ventured into filmmaking at age 57, after three decades as a screenwriter with credits including “The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob,” written with her father, helmer Gerard Oury.

She also collaborated with directors on the scripts of such French pics as Patrice Chereau’s “Queen Margot,” which won two prizes at Cannes, and earned an Oscar nom for her work on Jean-Charles Tacchella’s “Cousin, Cousine.”

Her most high-concept comedy, “Saint-Tropez” centers on a dysfunctional Jewish family and two estranged brothers who must reunite for a funeral scheduled the same weekend as a wedding.
See full article at Variety - Film News »

"Of Gods and Men" Leads Cesar Awards Nominations!

Xavier Beauvois' "Of Gods and Men" dominated the nominations of the 36th Annual Cesar Awards, the French equivalent of the Oscars. "Of Gods" received 11 nominations total and will compete against Heartbreaker (L'Arnacoeur), Gainsbourg (Vie Heroique), Mammuth, Le Nom Des Gens, The Ghost Writer, and On Tour for Best Film.

The Social Network, Invictus, Inception, Illegal, The Secret In Their Eyes, Bright Star, and Les Amours Imaginaires will duke it out for the Best Foreign Film category.

Jodie Foster will preside over the ceremony and Quentin Tarantino will be given an honorary Cesar award. The 36th Annual Cesar Awards will be held on Feb. 25th.

Here is the full list of nominees:

Best Film

Heartbreaker (L'Arnacoeur), dir: Pascal Chaumeil

Of Gods and Men (Des Hommes Et Des Dieu), dir: Xavier Beauvois

Gainsbourg (Vie Heroique), dir: Joann Sfar

Mammuth, dir: Benoit Delepine, Gustave Kervern

Le Nom Des Gens, dir: Michel Leclerc

The Ghost Writer,
See full article at Manny the Movie Guy »

Quentin Tarantino to Receive Honorary César Award

The nominations for this year’s César Awards (France’s Oscar equivalent) has been announced. In addition the awards ceremony has also chosen Quentin Tarantino as the recipient of the ceremony’s honorary award. Alain Terzian, the president of the Académie des arts et techniques du cinéma announced at a press conference this morning confirmed that the director would be present to ick up his award in person.

It is also worth noting that there are three American movies among the seven nominees for Best Foreign Film: Inception, The Social Network and perhaps the biggest surprise, Invictus.

The 36th edition of the Césars will take place on February 25 in Paris.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

Best Movie

L’arnacoeur by Pascal Chaumeil

Le nom des gens by Michel Leclerc

The Ghost Writer by Roman Polanski

Tournée by Mathieu Amalric

Des Hommes et des Dieux by Xavier Beauvois

Gainsbourg
See full article at SoundOnSight »

3 U.S. Features Vying for Best Foreign Film César

Three U.S. films are among the seven nominees for best foreign film in this year’s César Awards, France’s version of the Oscars. Meanwhile, American director Quentin Tarantino has been selected to receive an honorary award and will be at the Feb. 25 ceremony in Paris to accept it, it was announced Friday.

The three American films cited by the Académie des arts et techniques du cinema are Christopher Nolan’s “Inception,” David Fincher’s “The Social Network” and Clint Eastwood’s “Invictus,” an Oscar contender in the States last year.

Xavier Beauvois’ “Of Gods and Men” (“Des hommes et des Dieux”) — not one of the nine films still in contention for the best foreign film Oscar — leads with 10 nominations, while Roman Polanski’s “The Ghost Writer” and Joann Sfar’s “Gainsbourg” (“Vie Héroïque”) are also nominated in multiple categories.

Presiding over this year’s awards is American actress and director Jodie Foster.
See full article at Moving Pictures Network »

Your Winter Indie Film Preview: Anywhere But a Movie Theater

  • IFC
If it's too cold to leave the house for your local theater, there's plenty of options if you stay inside online, on demand and on DVD. What follows is your guide to all the new releases coming your way between now and April.

Online and On Demand

My French Film Festival

Thanks to bids for Oscar consideration, the winter is traditionally one of the rare times foreign films get plenty of attention in the States, particularly at West Coast festivals such as Palm Springs and Santa Barbara. However, Francophiles in particular will be excited to know you won't have to go to California or New York -- or even Paris for that matter -- to be able to catch some of the most recent cinema from France since uniFrance is unveiling My French Film Festival, which is being billed as the "first exclusively online film festival celebrating French talent" that
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First online French Film Festival by Unifrance from Jan 14-29

myfrenchfilms

Indian viewers can now enjoy a festival of French films on the internet for a small fee. The Unifrance agency, which promotes French cinema abroad, is breaking new ground internationally for it is organising the first edition of online fest MyFrenchFilmFestival from January 14-29.

The selected films can be viewed via video-on-demand for a charge of €1.99 (Rupees 120 approx.) per feature outside France (where the price is aligned with national VoD sites) with the exception of Latin America and Russia where access will be free. Pacs systems are also offered.

The films will be available in ten languages (German, English, Arabic, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Russian; there will also be a Korean version on the website of partner KT) and the website includes film trailers and interviews with the directors and actors.

There are some top-quality flicks in the feature film selection, including Nassim Amaouche’s Goodbye Gary
See full article at DearCinema.com »

tMF puts the Spotlight on Francois Civil

tMF is in constant lookout for the next breakout star and we're happy to discover and write about some of the most talented young French actors today - Gaspard Ulliel, Louis Garrel, Malik Zidi and the two mega-talented leading men - Romain Duris and Melvil Poupaud. So now, we have another rising star - and he's quite a looker.

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- - - With a signature hairstyle (watch out Robert Pattinson!), Francois Civil is carefully taking all the right steps on his way to acclaim. But he's no longer an up and coming actor to some and the Disney channel (via this show) has something to do with this early brush with fame. If American teens scream for the Jonas brothers, their French counterparts are doing the same for Francois Civil.

But apparently, the young French actor wanted something more challenging. Now already 20 years old, he seriously took
See full article at The Movie Fanatic »

tMF puts the Spotlight on Francois Civil

tMF is in constant lookout for the next breakout star and we're happy to discover and write about some of the most talented young French actors today - Gaspard Ulliel, Louis Garrel, Malik Zidi and the two mega-talented leading men - Romain Duris and Melvil Poupaud. So now, we have another rising star - and he's quite a looker.

- - -

- - - With a signature hairstyle (watch out Robert Pattinson!), Francois Civil is carefully taking all the right steps on his way to acclaim. But he's no longer an up and coming actor to some and the Disney channel (via this show) has something to do with this early brush with fame. If American teens scream for the Jonas brothers, their French counterparts are doing the same for Francois Civil.

But apparently, the young French actor wanted something more challenging. Now already 20 years old, he seriously took
See full article at The Movie Fanatic »

tMF puts the Spotlight on Francois Civil

tMF is in constant lookout for the next breakout star and we're happy to discover and write about some of the most talented young French actors today - Gaspard Ulliel, Louis Garrel, Malik Zidi and the two mega-talented leading men - Romain Duris and Melvil Poupaud. So now, we have another rising star - and he's quite a looker.

- - -

- - - With a signature hairstyle (watch out Robert Pattinson!), Francois Civil is carefully taking all the right steps on his way to acclaim. But he's no longer an up and coming actor to some and the Disney channel (via this show) has something to do with this early brush with fame. If American teens scream for the Jonas brothers, their French counterparts are doing the same for Francois Civil.

But apparently, the young French actor wanted something more challenging. Now already 20 years old, he seriously took
See full article at The Movie Fanatic »

tMF puts the Spotlight on Francois Civil

tMF is in constant lookout for the next breakout star and we're happy to discover and write about some of the most talented young French actors today - Gaspard Ulliel, Louis Garrel, Malik Zidi and the two mega-talented leading men - Romain Duris and Melvil Poupaud. So now, we have another rising star - and he's quite a looker.

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- - - With a signature hairstyle (watch out Robert Pattinson!), Francois Civil is carefully taking all the right steps on his way to acclaim. But he's no longer an up and coming actor to some and the Disney channel (via this show) has something to do with this early brush with fame. If American teens scream for the Jonas brothers, their French counterparts are doing the same for Francois Civil.

But apparently, the young French actor wanted something more challenging. Now already 20 years old, he seriously took
See full article at The Movie Fanatic »

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