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Every few years, a broad comedy catches France by storm, while causing barely a ripple in the U.S. Whereas Hollywood studio comedies tend to perform well in France, mainstream American moviegoers couldn’t be less interested in what makes the French laugh.
Los Angeles’ annual Colcoa French Film Festival is as good a place as any to sample a Gallic tickler. Given the event’s proximity to Hollywood — and the fact that many agents and industry pros scour Colcoa for fresh French talent — festival director Francois Truffart tends to favor polished, populist offerings over the more esoteric auteur fare featured at other Gallic film showcases.
“This year, we have a lot of comedy in the lineup,” Truffart tells Variety, unspooling such laffers as Anne Fontaine’s “Gemma Bovery” and Fanny Ardant starrer “Chic!” this week. “A few years ago, we opened the festival with Dany Boon’s fil, ‘Welcome to the Sticks. »
- Peter Debruge
Since that Oscar win for The Artist, Jean Dujardin hasn't become as ubiquitous in Hollywood movies as we might have expected. Maybe Funny Or Die's sketch played out for real and he found himself pigeoned-holed and offered unappetising roles; maybe he was happy to stay local and moonlight in the likes of The Wolf Of Wall Street and The Monuments Men. Either way, he'll be back on our screens soon in The Connection, a taut Gallic policier that has a new trailer below. brightcove.createExperiences();There's a hint of Mesrine's stylised moodiness in there, underlined by the presence of Gilles Lellouche as the Fernando Rey to Dujardin's Gene Hackman. Lellouche is Neapolitan heroin trafficker Tony Zampa; Dujardin is Pierre Michel, the Marseilles magistrate trying to bring him down.It's the same tense terrain - and the same real-life case - that was tapped by John Frankenheimer's The French Connection »
Harvey Weinstein will not be charged in an incident in which a 22-year-old Italian model claimed he groped her during a meeting in Tribeca on March 27, prosecutors said on Friday.
“This case was taken seriously from the outset, with a thorough investigation conducted by our Sex Crimes Unit,” said Joan Vollero, spokeswoman for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. “After analyzing the available evidence, including multiple interviews with both parties, a criminal charge is not supported.”
Police questioned Weinstein the day after the alleged incident. The woman accused the Weinstein Co. boss of touching her breasts and hips, police confirmed. The Daily News, which broke the story, reported that the incident took place at around 6 p.m. Friday at the Tribeca Film Center. The Daily News later reported that police arranged for the woman to later call Weinstein and confront him about the incident.
Weinstein is a towering figure in the film world. »
- Ted Johnson and Ramin Setoodeh
Paris — European filmmakers including Michel Hazanavicius (“The Artist”), Wim Wenders (“Every Thing Will Be Fine”), Paolo Sorrentino (“La Grande Bellezza”), Ken Loach (“Jimmy’s Hall”) and Abderrahmane Sissako (“Timbuktu,” pictured above) have rallied to protect copyright laws, which the European Commission is now considering replacing with a Digital Single Market (Dsm) measure.
During the Rome Rendez-Vous with New French Cinema, about 20 directors got together to protest the European Commission’s proposal to swap existing copyright laws with the so-called Digital Single Market, a measure allowing for audiovisual and film works to circulate freely across Europe via pan-European licenses.
The filmmakers argue that the E.U.’s proposal would scrap the notion of territorial exclusivity, strip right-holders and solely benefit multiterritory platforms, like Netflix and Google. Abolishing existing copyright laws would also threaten the entire financing system that has allowed film industries and culture across Europe to flourish.
“Our films are a form of hope, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Some of Europe’s top directors have come together to issue a statement offering alternatives to the European Commission’s proposed Digital Single Market that could revolutionize — and decimate — the European film business. The likes of Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist), Mike Leigh (Mr Turner), Ken Loach (The Wind That Shakes The Barley) and Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah) have all signed a declaration, released during the Rome Rendez-Vouz, claiming they “want to redefine how… »
Ben Kurland, who co-starred in the Oscar-winning film “The Artist,” has been cast as Oscar-nominated actor Bruce Davison’s son in the supernatural horror movie “Tell Me Your Name,” TheWrap has learned. Jason DeVan wrote and will direct the exorcism movie, which he and wife Heather DeVan will produce under their DeVan Clan Productions banner along with Dylan Matlock. Ken Dunn will executive produce the indie film, which starts production this month in Georgia. Sydney Sweeney stars alongside Jessica Barth (“Ted 2”), Matt Dallas (“Kyle Xy”), Madison Lintz (“The Walking Dead”) and Kyla Deaver (“The Conjuring”). Also Read: ‘Terminator’s’ Michael Biehn Picks ‘The. »
- Jeff Sneider
Read More: Tokyo Film Festival Review: French-Language Crime Flick ‘The Connection’ Starring Jean Dujardin Fans of William Friedkin's "The French Connection" will have the opportunity to relive the glory days of the crime drama when Drafthouse Films releases"The Connection" this May. Directed and co-written by Cédric Jimenez, "The Connection" explores the European perspective on the notorious real-life French Connection heroin smuggling scheme, which served as the inspiration for Friedkin's iconic 1971 film. Oscar-winning actor Jean Dujardin ("The Artist") stars as Pierre Michel, a French magistrate who embarks on a relentless crusade to dismantle the most notorious drug smuggling operation in history. His efforts lead him to Gatean "Tany" Zampa (Gilles Lellouche), a charismatic and wealthy kingpin who runs the largest underground heroin trade between Europe and the United States. With its Scorsese-esque camerawork, a sultry »
- Zack Sharf
Police questioned Harvey Weinstein after the indie studio chief allegedly groped a 22-year-old woman in Tribeca on Friday, a NYPD spokesman confirmed to Variety.
The woman accused the Weinstein Co. boss of touching her breasts and hips, police confirmed. The Daily News, which broke the story, reported that the incident took place at around 6 p.m. Friday at the Tribeca Film Center.
But another source told Variety that there were no official events held at the Tribeca Film Center on Friday night, and the Weinstein Co. shares office space with Tribeca Enterprises. Police could not immediately confirm if the alleged assault took place at Weinstein’s offices or in another part of the building.
An investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed. Neither the district attorney’s office nor the Weinstein Co. responded to requests for comment. Weinstein is expected to attend the New York premiere of his »
- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh
Three Academy Award winners – Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist), Volker Schlöndorff (The Tin Drum) and Danis Tanovic (No Man’s Land) – are among 20 film-makers joining the protest against the European Commission’s plans to reform copyright law.
In their statement, also signed by Chantal Akerman, Luc Dardenne, Costa-Gavras, Jaco van Dormael and Julie Bertuccelli, they declared: “We are Europeans who still hear the echo of [European Commission] President Juncker saying that he would never accept creators being ‘treated like plastic manufacturers’, but now his College compare our work with selling a car or a tie.”
“We are Europeans shocked to hear of ‘breaking down national silos in copyright’, yet nothing to condemn ongoing violations of copyright, which hinder the development of online legal services.”
Commission declares backing for Digital Single Market
The film-makers’ joint declaration was issued ahead of the first debate held by the »
- email@example.com (Martin Blaney)
We have a Beauty (that would be Emma Watson). We have a Beast (that’d be Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens). We also have Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Kevin Kline as Belle’s father, Maurice, and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts.
Can we all agree that whoever is casting Disney’s upcoming live adaptation of Beauty and the Beast is absolutely Nailing it? We don’t want to step on any toes, but we have a few suggestions for the rest of the cast:
Jean Dujardin as Lumiere
Dujardin was born to play the charming French candelabra. We literally cannot think of anyone who is more perfect for this part. And it’d be a good return to U.S. cinema, after mostly French films following his Oscar win for The Artist.
Gary Oldman as Cogsworth
A couple of actors immediately came to mind Cogsworth -- Nathan Lane has the »
The U.S. premiere of Alan Rickman’s “A Little Chaos,” starring Kate Winslet as the landscape gardener commissioned to construct the grand gardens at Versailles, and Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Search,” an update of the 1948 film to war-torn Chechnya starring his wife, “The Artist” actress Berenice Bejo, will bookend the 18th Sonoma Intl. Film Festival, March 25-29.
“A Little Chaos” will open the fest, which takes place in Northern California’s wine country, and “The Search,” which also stars Annette Bening, will close the fest, which boasts fine wine and locally sourced cuisine as part of its allure, if not a key component of its programming in years past.
The event will present more than 100 films — from independent narrative features to documentaries to shorts to world cinema from 25 countries — shown at eight venues, all within walking distance of Sonoma’s downtown plaza.
Other highlights include the world premiere of “California High, »
- Steve Chagollan
In the years since his Academy Award-winning performance in Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist, actor Jean Dujardin has had the opportunity to work with some brilliant American filmmakers - including Martin Scorsese and George Clooney. He has not left behind his roots, however, and his next big release comes from his native home in France. This film is The Connection, and you can watch its badass red band trailer below: Based on a true story, The Connection centers on Pierre Michel (Jean Dujardin), a French investigator who worked to dismantle the notorious drug smuggling operation known as The French Connection back in the 1970s. Along with his task force of expertly trained police officers, he sets his sights on taking down Gatean "Tany" Zampa (Gilles Lellouche), the kingpin of the operation. As precisely planned and executed as Michel's strikes are, the heroin-dealing criminal is constantly able to evade his grasp. »
Read More: Watch: Pulse-Pounding International Trailer For Gritty Crime Pic 'The Connection' Starring Jean Dujardin Jean Dujardin may have won Best Actor in 2011 for his expressive turn in "The Artist," but his post-Oscar English-language career has been largely forgettable thanks to fleeting turns in "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "The Monument's Men." But if the cleverly edited teaser trailer for French crime drama "The Connection" is any indication, returning to his native tongue might be just the thing for Dujardin to once again win over domestic indie moviegoers. Directed and co-written by Cédric Jimenez, "The Connection" is a 1970's crime thriller that represents the European flip side to William Friedkin's "The French Connection." Dujardin stars as Pierre Michel, a real-life Marseilles magistrate who went on a relentless crusade to dismantle the most notorious drug smuggling operation in »
- Zack Sharf
The Connection Red Band Trailer. Cédric Jimenez‘s The Connection / La French (2014) red band teaser trailer stars Jean Dujardin, Benoît Magimel, Céline Sallette, Gilles Lellouche, and Guillaume Gouix. The Connection‘s plot synopsis: “Academy Award-winning actor Jean Dujardin (The Artist, The Wolf of Wall Street) stars in this high-octane crime epic [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
Title: The Search Director: Michel Hazanavicius Starring: Bérénice Bejo, Annette Bening, Maksim Emelyanov, Abdul-Khalim Mamatsuiev, Zukhra Duishvili. Oscar director Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) returns with an epic film tackling the humanitarian disaster of the Second Chechen War. ‘The Search,’ explores the effects of this war on youngsters, through a story that leads to a happy ending and a tale of doom. Hadji is a nine-year-old Chechen boy (Abdul-Khalim Mamatsuiev) who escapes when his parents are murdered by Russian soldiers. He is so traumatised he becomes mute, but manages to make his way to a border town, where he establishes a wary relationship with EU official Carole (Bérénice Bejo). Meanwhile, Hadji’s [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Drafthouse Films has released the first domestic trailer for The Connection (La French), a film said to be the American cousin to William Friedkin's classic The French Connection starring Jean Dujardin (The Artist) and Gilles Lellouche (Point Blank, Mesrine: Killer Instinct). Set for a limited release on May 15, the film was directed and co-written by Cedric Jimenez (Aux yeux de tous) and entirely shot on 35mm. Here's the plot: A stylish, 70's-period crime thriller inspired by true events, it tells the story of real-life Marseilles magistrate Pierre Michel (Jean Dujardin) and his relentless crusade to dismantle the most notorious drug smuggling operation in history: the French Connection. In his crosshairs is charismatic and wealthy kingpin, Gatean "Tany" Zampa (Gilles Lellouche), who runs the largest underground heroin trade into the States. Though the fearless and tenacious Michel, aided by a task force of elite cops, will stop at nothing--including boldly orchestrated drug raids, »
- Brad Brevet
He charmed everyone with his vintage movie star charisma in "The Artist," but Jean Dujardin shows a much grittier side in the French crime flick, "The Connection." After hitting some festivals last fall and opening abroad, the movie is now headed stateside, and a Nsfw, red-band trailer is here to get you thoroughly amped. Cédric Jimenez directs the movie, which co-stars Gilles Lellouche, Céline Sallette, and Benoît Magimel, and is inspired by the same events that William Friedkin tackled in "The French Connection," only from the European side of the equation. It all looks pretty slick and accomplished, though our review said it "feels at best like a cover version of the classic American crime films of the 1970s." But maybe that's the kind of cinematic song you'll want to hear again. "The Connection" opens on May 15th. Watch below. [ComingSoon] »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin has entertained us in “The Artist” and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” but now he’s giving us a new side in “The Connection,” a crime thriller set in the 1970s and aims to take audiences back to the sexy crime dramas of the period. The film, co-written and directed by Cédric Jimenez, takes it all the way old-school by being shot on 35 mm and is being called “the European flipside to William Friedkin’s ‘The French Connection.’” Based on true events, “The Connection” tells the story of a magistrate who’s working to take down legendary drug ring the French Connection. The film also stars Gilles [ Read More ]
Last year, we were teased with a trailer for the crime thriller La French, or The Connection as it's come to be called in the United States. Following a premiere at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, the film starring Jean Dujardin (The Artist) was picked up by Drafthouse Films for a release in the Us this year. And now the European flipside to William Friedkin's classic The French Connection has just unveiled a red band teaser trailer. It's a stylish 70s set crime thriller following the exploits of real-life Marseilles magistrate Pierre Michel (Dujardin) as he tries to dismantle the drug smuggling ring called The French Connection. Here's the red band teaser trailer for Cédric Jimenez's The Connection from ComingSoon: The Connection (also known as La French) is directed by Cédric Jimenez (Aux Yeux de Tous) who also co-wrote the script with Audrey Diwan. Marseilles magistrate Pierre Michel (Jean Dujardin »
- Ethan Anderton
Congratulations Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu, winner of the Oscar for Best Director! This is now four years in a row that I've interviewed the Best Director winner. Though at the time, I wasn't thinking about awards or anything else besides what to ask about the film and their process as a filmmaker. In an industry that loves data and obsessing over success, I can't help but notice a bit of a pattern here. Not that I am any indicator or predictor or grand wizard of the Oscars, but if anything I have my eye trained on very talented filmmakers and outstanding films. With Iñárritu winning this year, that makes four years in a row of winners interviewed, including Alfonso Cuarón, Ang Lee, even Michel Hazanavicius (of The Artist). Now here's the thing, behind-the-scenes there's a lot going on. Within my own realm, getting interviews is not as easy as it seems. »
- Alex Billington
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