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Cannes: Studiocanal Sells ‘Mon Roi’ to Most of World (Exclusive)

19 May 2015 1:36 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Underscoring market appetite for high-profile arthouse movies, Euro film-tv group Studiocanal has sold most all of the world – save for the U.S. and Japan – on “Mon Roi,” with Vincent Cassel and Emmanuelle Bercot.

Sales confirm “Mon Roi” as, with Nick Park’s Aardman production “Early Man,” revealed on the cusp of Cannes, one of Studiocanal’s two best sellers at 2015’s Cannes Festival.

They come as Studiocanal’s intl. sales head Anna Marsh confirmed momentum off Cannes on a U.S. sale for Stephen Frears’ “The Program,” starring Ben Foster, who, from the evidence of a promo, bears an uncanny resemblance to Lance Armstrong.

Variety reported last week that several distributors expressed interest in the project. A U.S. deal should go down in the next two weeks, Marsh said.

Studiocanal will directly distribute “Mon Roi” in France, Germany and the U.K. It is helmed by Maiwenn, who »

- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

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Mon Roi Review | Cannes 2015

19 May 2015 7:50 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

After her gritty third feature film Polisse, winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes in 2011, Maïwenn tackles a passionate relationship in Mon Roi (My King) a classic, dramatic Gallic manner where emotions seesaw but never quite strike a balance. Maïwenn is skilled at transcribing real life in her films, never hesitating to push the limits, her protagonists often too honest for comfort. Yet we can’t quite believe in this bipolar love story, how someone can remain trapped in a relationship even when all the escape routes are wide open. Tony (Emmanuelle Bercot), a lawyer, hadn’t chosen the easy way out.  After damaging her knee in a skiing accident, she finds herself in a convalescence center. In between rehabilitation exercises and her free time where she hangs out with a group of young suburban working-class guys, she reflects in flashbacks on her turbulent 10-year relationship with ex-husband Georgio (Vincent Cassel »

- Talia Soghomonian

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Cannes: Emmanuelle Bercot Is a Fest Regular

18 May 2015 9:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

First invited to Cannes in 1997, when her student short “Les vacances” won the jury prize, Emmanuelle Bercot has been back several times — unveiling her graduate thesis in Cinefondation the following year; premiering her first feature, “Clement,” in Un Certain Regard; as actress and co-writer on Maiwenn’s “Polisse.” This year, her film “Standing Tall” opened the fest.

How do you feel about being selected for such a high-profile spot at Cannes?

What’s unique this time is that Thierry Fremaux chose (“Standing Tall”) as the opening film, which was very surprising. Normally, the films chosen for opening night are very glamorous with huge international stars, and though it stars Catherine Deneuve, my film is more of a social drama. It touched me enormously not only that he selected a film like this one.

Why did Fremaux describe the film as being politically engaged?

He was referring to the events that »

- Peter Debruge

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

17 May 2015 4:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

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 »

- Eric Lavallee

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Cannes Review: Maïwenn's 'Mon Roi' Starring Vincent Cassel & Emmanuelle Bercot

17 May 2015 11:06 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

If you had maybe cherished hopes of being able to go into the first (of 2) Cannes 2015 Competition titles to be directed by a woman, and not immediately viewing the story through the prism of gender, the themes of Maïwenn's "Mon Roi" would quickly shatter those illusions. After a short prologue, the the "Polisse" director places us firmly in battle of the sexes-type territory, where we witness the first meeting of the couple whose tempestuous and and passionate relationship the film will spend the rest of its considerable runtime (130 minutes) exploring. In fact "battle" may be misleading — Tony and Georgio's whirlwind courtship and subsequent rocky marriage is more like a long, drawn-out campaign of small victories, stunning defeats, ceasefires, and long stretches of stalemate. But that martial imagery belies Maïwenn's light touch with the material, which bubbles along engagingly, and with just enough humility and »

- Jessica Kiang

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Mon roi’

17 May 2015 4:31 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sometimes the hardest thing in life is to recognize that a relationship has run its course — or more difficult still, that the match may not have been healthy in the first place. In her fourth film as director, French actress-turned-helmer Maiwenn is concerned first and foremost with her characters, who rank among the most vividly realized of any to have graced the screen in recent memory, but behind that is the pain and heartache of fighting for a love that’s ultimately damaging to both parties. Despite a well-deserved track record in Cannes (where her previous feature, “Polisse,” won the Jury Prize), Maiwenn remains under-appreciated by the critical community, but that will change after the world experiences “Mon roi,” a movie that may sound anti-romantic, but is just the opposite: boldly ultra-romantic, of the sort that has turned French pics (like “Jules and Jim” or “A Man and a Woman”) into worldwide hits before. »

- Peter Debruge

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Cannes Review: Vincent Cassel and Emmanuelle Bercot Can't Save Maïwenn's Middling 'Mon Roi'

17 May 2015 3:04 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: The 2015 Indiewire Cannes Bible French actress-turned-director Maïwenn's Cannes-acclaimed 2011 ensemble comedy "Polisse" was an energetic portrait of officers in France's juvenile division that, if anything, strained from too many moving parts. Her follow-up, "Mon Roi" ("My King"), suffers from too few. Despite committed turns by Vincent Cassel and Emmanuelle Bercot as an unlikely couple who meet cute, have a kid and wind up squabbling over whether they should separate, "Mon Roi" never moves beyond the basic trappings of its formula. Worse, it repeats the same tropes over and over again for two hours, as if the filmmaker ran out of steam along with her central couple. "Mon Roi" starts out intriguingly enough, with Bercot's character Tony speeding down a mountaintop and wrecking her knee, sending her to rehabilitation. Later, she's interrogated by a doctor who asks her to explain the mindset that led her to such »

- Eric Kohn

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Cannes: Marion Cotillard Drama ‘Moon’ Lures Studiocanal (Exclusive)

16 May 2015 10:19 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Wielding the biggest movie production-distribution-sales muscle of any film company outside the U.S., Euro film-tv group Studiocanal has boarded Marion Cotillard starrer “From the Land of the Moon” (Mal de Pierres), an upscale period drama produced by Alain Attal’s Les Productions du Tresor.

Studiocanal will handle world sales rights to “From the Land of the Moon” and distribute it France, the U.K., Germany, Australia and New Zealand, where it runs direct distribution operations.

Cotillard will play opposite Louis Garrel, a French actor who earned a Cesar nom for his perf in Bertrand Bonello’s “Saint Laurent” and made his directorial debut with “Two Friends,” which opens at Cannes’ Critics Week this year.

Witten by Garcia and Jacques Fieschi (“Yves Saint Laurent”) and adapted from Milena Agus’ bestseller “Mal de pierres,” the post-World War II drama is a portrait of a sensitive and wild-spirited woman torn between the »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Cannes: Julie Delpy Comedy a Hit With Buyers (Exclusive)

16 May 2015 10:05 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Julie Delpy’s comeback to French cinema “Lolo,” a comedy in which she stars opposite Dany Boon (“Welcome to the Cht’is”), Karin Viard (“Polisse”) and Vincent Lacoste (“Hippocrate”), is selling massively at Cannes.

Wild Bunch reps the film and unveiled a promo at Cannes, yielding pre-sales in over 25 territories, including Germany (Nfp/Warner Bros.), Benelux (Belga), Turkey (Bir), Israel (Eden Cinema), Switzerland (Impulse), Greece (Feelgood), Lusomdundo (Portugal), Hong Kong (Edko), Scandinavia (Non-Stop Entertainment), Poland (Kino Swiat), Brazil (Mares Filmes).

Now in post, the movie toplines Delpy as a 40-year-old workaholic who falls for a provincial computer geek, Jean-Rene (Boon), while on a spa retreat with her best friend (Viard). The promising romance starts to unravel when Jean-Rene meets her cherished 20-year-old son, Lolo (Lacoste), and discovers their unusual relationship.

Carole Baraton, head of international sales at Wild Bunch, said her team has received offers for the U.K. and Australia. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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'Mon Roi': Cannes Review

16 May 2015 10:02 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

After a swerve into gritty, class-spanning ensemble drama centered around child-protection cops with her last, Polisse, actor-turned-writer-director Maiwenn returns to more familiar territory with Mon Roi (My King) a domestic drama about a tempestuous marriage between two bourgeois Parisians. It's all too easy to sneer that it's a subject that's been covered thousands of times before ad nauseum in French cinema. However, the director, her co-screenwriter Etienne Comar and the exceptional cast led by Emmanuelle Bercot and Vincent Cassel have an acute enough eye for the manners and mores of these archetypes to make the material

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- Leslie Felperin

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Standing Tall | 2015 Cannes Film Festival Review

13 May 2015 11:30 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Jostling Juvi: Bercot’s Take Familiar Stance on the System

Exploring a few too many problematic delinquency issues than it can rightly address, Emmanuelle Bercot’s Standing Tall (La Tête haute) reaches solid emotional plateaus within its belabored and all too familiar scenario. Opening the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, only the second female director to ever do so in the fest’s history, its selection is in regard to the film’s messages concerning tolerance in the wake of last year’s horrific Charlie Hedbo shootings. And Bercot’s film certainly seems to be making some clear points, even if it creates other logical problems in this exploration of one wild child’s thrill ride through France’s juvenile justice system. Likeable performances from notable cast members thankfully avoid schmaltzy tendencies, for the most part, and Bercot scores her greatest points with newcomer Rod Paradot.

We meet Judge Florence Blacque (Catherine Deneuve »

- Nicholas Bell

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Cannes Opens with Emmanuelle Bercot's 'Standing Tall': "I'm not a minority" (Trailer)

13 May 2015 4:05 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Cannes Film Festival opens with a stronger-than-usual domestic drama, the second directed by a woman, actress-director Emmanuelle Bercot, who is also starring in competition film "Mon Roi," from another woman actor-director, Maiwenn ("Polisse"). Catherine Deneuve is superb as an authoritative yet empathetic judge who takes extraordinary control of the life of six-year-old Malony when his mother (Sara Forestier) dumps him in her office, one with which we become familiar over a decade. She removes any sharp objects before Malony makes a visit. Rookie actor Rod Paradot brings power and vulnerability to the role of the volatile young Malony, who loves his mother--and even the judge--but can't handle any criticism or authority. He goes from zero to sixty in seconds, often self-destructively, and loves stealing cars. Read Indiewire's review here.  Benoit Magimel plays the counselor who bonds with the kid--countless people are invested in saving him. The »

- Anne Thompson

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Cannes Day 1: Hospitality, Warmth and Good Looks

12 May 2015 9:40 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Arriving in Cannes jetlagged on a cloudless summer morning (the Mediterranean summer’s already here) I was greeted by a cultural shock of sorts – the hundreds of festival staff, hosts, security, building contractors, are all extremely friendly, helpful, polite and funny – the antithesis of Paris. The Parisian crowd stands out a mile away from the tanned, Southerly pétanque-playing locals. Nevertheless, the overwhelming atmosphere is one of hospitality, warmth and good looks galore.

The first impression of this year’s line-up is the wide range of countries -from Japan to Romania and Ethiopia, from Iran to Croatia – represented by fairly little known filmmakers. While France is the outright leader in terms of the overall number of films screening and there are some big American names well accustomed to Cannes (Woody Allen, Gus Van Sant, Todd Haynes), the greatest buzz so far seems to be around the Italian trio (Cannes veteran Nanni »

- Zornitsa

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Cannes Unveils 2015 Official Selection Lineup

16 April 2015 3:12 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Star-studded English-language dramas from Todd Haynes, Gus Van Sant, Denis Villeneuve, Justin Kurzel, Paolo Sorrentino and Matteo Garrone will vie for the Palme d’Or alongside new films by Valerie Donzelli, Jacques Audiard, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Jia Zhangke at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival, which unveiled its official selection lineup on Thursday.

While there are only two U.S. directors in competition — Haynes with “Carol,” a 1950s lesbian love story starring Cate Blanchett, and Van Sant with his suicide drama “The Sea of Trees,” pairing Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe — this year’s Palme race looks to feature more high-profile Hollywood talent than any in recent memory. Canada’s Villeneuve (“Prisoners,” “Enemy”) will bring his Mexican drug-cartel drama “Sicario,” with Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin, while Australia’s Kurzel (“The Snowtown Murders”) secured a Palme berth for “Macbeth,” his Shakespeare adaptation toplining Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. »

- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy

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Emmanuelle Bercot is first female director to open Cannes since 1987

13 April 2015 1:35 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Emmanuelle Bercot will be the first female director to open the Cannes Film Festival in more than 25 years.

Her film La Tête haute is to screen at the event on Wednesday, May 13. Diane Kurys was the last female filmmaker to open the festival when her drama A Man in Love premiered in 1987.

La Tête haute tells the story of a juvenile delinquent, Malony, and his upbringing from childhood to adulthood as a children's judge and social worker try to save him.

Thierry Frémaux, Cannes' General Delegate, said: "The choice of this film may seem surprising, given the rules generally applied to the Festival de Cannes Opening Ceremony."

He explained: "It is a clear reflection of our desire to see the Festival start with a different piece, which is both bold and moving.

"Emmanuelle Bercot's film makes important statements about contemporary society, in keeping with modern cinema. It focusses on universal social issues, »

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Emmanuelle Bercot is first female director to open Cannes Film Festival

13 April 2015 1:35 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Emmanuelle Bercot has been announced as the first ever female director to open the Cannes Film Festival.

Her film La Tête haute is to screen at the event on Wednesday, May 13.

La Tête haute tells the story of a juvenile delinquent, Malony, and his upbringing from childhood to adulthood as a children's judge and social worker try to save him.

Thierry Frémaux, Cannes' General Delegate, said: "The choice of this film may seem surprising, given the rules generally applied to the Festival de Cannes Opening Ceremony."

He explained: "It is a clear reflection of our desire to see the Festival start with a different piece, which is both bold and moving.

"Emmanuelle Bercot's film makes important statements about contemporary society, in keeping with modern cinema. It focusses on universal social issues, making it a perfect fit for the global audience at Cannes."

Bercot's most recent success at the Cannes Film Festival »

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A female directed film will open the Cannes Film Festival for the first time in 28 years

13 April 2015 11:52 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It's not the greatest historical note to kick a festival off with, but the opening night film at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival will be the first directed by a woman since 1987. Emmanuelle Bercot, best known for 2001's "Clément" and co-writing 2011's "Polisse," returns to Cannes with "La Tête haute" ("Heads Up") which follows the lifestory of Malory from the age of 6 to 18.  This "Boyhood"-esque tale features different actors playing Malory, but Rod Paradot portrays him for a majority of the film.  Catherine Deneuve, Benoît Magimel, Sara Forestier round out the cast. Diane Kurys was the last woman to helm a opening night film, "A Man in Love," 28 years ago. Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate of the Festival remarked, "The choice of this film may seem surprising, given the rules generally applied to the Festival de Cannes Opening Ceremony.  It is a clear reflection of our desire to see the Festival start with a different piece, »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Cannes: 'Standing Tall' to open 2015 festival

13 April 2015 10:15 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

A female director will open the festival for the first time in nearly 30 years.

Standing Tall (La Tête Haute), a film by French director Emmanuelle Bercot, is to open the 68th Cannes Film Festival on May 13.

It marks the first time a film by a female director has opened the festival since Diane KurysA Man in Love in 1987.

Standing Tall stars Catherine Deneuve, Benoît Magimel, Sara Forestier and Rod Paradot, who plays the main character, juvenile delinquent Malony, following his upbringing from childhood to adulthood, as a children’s judge and social worker try to save him.

It was filmed in the Nord-Pas de Calais, Rhône-Alpes and Paris.

Surprising

“The choice of this film may seem surprising, given the rules generally applied to the Festival de Cannes opening ceremony,” said Thierry Frémaux, general delegate of the festival.

This reference to a “surprising” choice likely refers to the recent run of star-powered openers including Woody Allen’s [link »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Cannes: 'La Tête Haute' to open 2015 edition

13 April 2015 10:15 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

A female director will open the festival for the first time in nearly 30 years.

La Tête Haute (Standing Tall), a film by French director Emmanuelle Bercot, is to open the 68th Cannes Film Festival on May 13.

It marks the first time a film by a female director has opened the festival since Diane KurysA Man in Love in 1987.

La Tête Haute stars Catherine Deneuve, Benoît Magimel, Sara Forestier and Rod Paradot, who plays the main character, juvenile delinquent Malony, following his upbringing from childhood to adulthood, as a children’s judge and social worker try to save him.

It was filmed in the Nord-Pas de Calais, Rhône-Alpes and Paris.

“The choice of this film may seem surprising, given the rules generally applied to the Festival de Cannes opening ceremony,” said Thierry Frémaux, general delegate of the festival.

This reference to a “surprising” choice could refer to the recent run of star-powered openers including Woody Allen’s [link »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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French Boyhood: Emmanuelle Bercot Takes Center Stage with “La Tête Haute” as Cannes Opener

13 April 2015 9:55 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Backstage helmer Emmanuelle Bercot will instead be taking the center stage. Ranked #77 in our top 100 most anticipated foreign films for 2015 and starring red carpet habitual Catherine Deneuve, Benoît Magimel (who resembles a Sean Penn in the official photo above), Sara Forestier and Rod Paradot as our child protag, La Tête Haute has been selected as the opening film of the the 68th Festival de Cannes Film Festival.

This is the French filmmaker’s fourth feature film as a director and second trip two Cannes, having previously been invited with her debut film in the Un Certain Regard section with Clement. The selection is a welcome switch-up from what was often, less than flattering opening international-friendly safe-bet items. I’m thinking of Antoine Doinels of film history canon and Linklater’s Boyhood since it traces a exact child to adulthood route, but compared with previous years, Thierry Frémaux’s selection might »

- Eric Lavallee

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