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Actor-turned-director Maïwenn made a name for herself behind the camera in 2011 with the acclaimed Polisse, which followed a journalist having an affair with one of her subjects. Now, the U.S. trailer has arrived for her follow-up My King (aka Mon Roi), which premiered at Cannes last year and has received mostly positive reviews. The story follows Tony (Emmanuelle Bercot, who won Best Actress at Cannes) who, after a skiing accident, enters a rehabilitation center where she remembers her rocky romance with Georgio (Vincent Cassel).
The trailer is set almost entirely over “Easy” by Son Lux, a strong choice that allows the compositions and performances to shine. My King looks to be in turns romantic and utterly heartbreaking, as Tony and Georgio laugh, cry, and fight over the hypnotic track. The final moments are a brilliant way to break the “silence,” allowing the trailer to end on a poignant and somber note. »
- Mike Mazzanti
Though you may recognise Maïwenn for her performances in the likes of Leon and The Fifth Element, the French artist has since established herself as a force behind the camera, helming the the indelible production Polisse back in 2011. She’s now back with her relationship drama Mon Roi, starring Vincent Cassel and Emmanuelle Bercot – […]
- Stefan Pape
In the new crime drama "Pericle," a mafia hit man (Riccardo Scamarcio) living in Belgium accidentally kills a woman related to an enemy clan of his Don. When he's sentenced to death, Pericle goes on the run to hide in the shadows and live a new life. He finds safe harbor in France where he meets a woman who wishes to help him. Soon they start a relationship that provides Pericle the first chance at a different life, one that exists outside the confines of mafia culture. But when he discovers that his own Don sold his head, Pericle must takes revenge on those who wish to steal his life away. Check out an exclusive clip from the film above ahead of its Cannes premiere in the Un Certain Regard section. Read More: Cannes First Look: The Dardennes' 'The Unknown Girl,' Andrea Arnold's 'American Honey' And »
- Vikram Murthi
Paris – Pyramide Intl., one of the doyens of European arthouse sales companies, has acquired world sales rights to “La Jeune fille sans mains” (The Girl Without Hands), the anticipated feature debut of renown French animated shorts writer- director Sebastien Laudenbach that was confirmed Tuesday for competition at June’s Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival.
Pyramide’s first animation pick-up, “Girl” will world premiere at Cannes in its Association for Independent Distribution (Acid) sidebar, dedicated to French films. Shellac will handle distribution in France of “Girl,” one of the latest additions to France’s now distinguished cannon of family-targeting animation films of artistic ambition. It plans a late November/early December release.
Famed for shorts such as 2010’s Cannes Critics’ Week entry “Vasco,” a hand-drawn black crayon work demonstrating Laudenbach’s sense of line and poetry, at the beginning of his career, Laudenbach also directed “Journal,” which won a Clermont-Ferrand Fest »
- John Hopewell
This year’s Cannes Film Festival is right around the corner, and yet it feels like only yesterday that last year’s festivities were wrapping up. Perhaps it’s due to the fact that it takes at least a year for some of the titles to reach theaters (“Green Room” being the most recent example). Read More: Cannes Review: Maïwenn's 'Mon Roi' Starring Vincent Cassel And Emmanuelle Bercot While some of us were fortunate enough to catch these films at Cannes, or later at other fests, the rest of us are still excited to see these interesting films. One of which is Palme d’Or nominee “Mon Roi” (or “My King” in the states), the latest effort from Maïwenn (“Polisse”). The relationship deconstruction drama follows Tony (Cannes Best Actress winner Emmanuelle Bercot), who after a skiing accident takes her rehabilitation time to reflect on her relationship with »
- Ryan Oliver
The film co-stars Vincent Cassel and will make its U.S. premiere at New York City’s “Rendez-vous with French Cinema” on March 9 and 10. Film Movement made the deal with Studiocanal and will release the film theatrically later this year.
“My King” opens with Bercot’s character recovering from a skiing accident at a rehabilitation center and looking back on the turbulent relationship she experienced with the charming but extremely self-centered lothario Georgio (Cassel). While she recovers physically, she explores her metaphysical pain, questioning what attracted her to Georgio in the first place.
Variety‘s Peter Debruge gave the film a strong review at Cannes: “Bercot is heartbreaking, and Cassel has never been better, while the supporting cast — especially Louis Garrel as Tony’s »
- Dave McNary
Paris — While this year’s Academy Awards have been heavily criticized over the lack of diversity in nominees, back in France, a record number of women and ethnic minorities will be competing in major categories at the Cesar Awards.
Looking back, only one woman, Céline Sciamma (“Girlhood”), competed for a best director Cesar last year. In 2014, there were none; in 2013, there was just Noemie Lvovsky with “Camille Rewinds”; and in 2012 (a stellar year for French movies), Maiwenn and Valerie Donzelli competed with “Polisse” and “Declaration of War,” respectively.
In terms of representing ethnic minorities and including foreign-language movies into its mix, the Cesar Awards have also come a long way. Both “Dheepan” and “Mustang,” nominated for nine Cesar Awards each, »
- Elsa Keslassy
French actress, writer and director Maiwenn has been in the business from an early age appearing as a child in several films including One Deadly Summer with Isabelle Adjani. She was only 16 when she was involved in a relationship with producer and director Luc Besson with whom she had a daughter, Shanna. She spent time living in Hollywood and appearing in Besson’s Léon and The Fifth Element. Her break-up with Besson at 21 marked a return to living and working in France where she has become known simply by her Christian name (surname Lo Besco which her sister Isild, also an actress and director, uses). Maiwenn had a second child, Diego, with property developer Jean-Yves Le Fur before they split up. In 2006 she directed her semi-autobiographical first feature Pardon Me followed in 2011 by Polisse, »
- Richard Mowe
Nicolas Boukhrief’s “Inside The Cell,” the gripping Paris-based terrorism thriller whose theatrical release was pulled in the aftermath of the Nov. 13 attacks in the French capital, is set to travel to a flurry of territories.
After hosting a market premiere at the Afm, WTFilms – the Parisian sales company headed by Dimitri Stephanides and Gregory Chambet — has sold “Inside The Cell” (“Made in France”) to China (Quik E), Belgium (Cineart), Latin America (California), Turkey (Mars) and Greece (Odeon), among other territories.
The company is showing the film on Jan. 15 at the UniFrance Rendez-Vous in Paris which kicks off today.
Lensed before the Charlie Hebdo attacks a year ago, the thriller follows a journalist who infiltrates a terrorists cell in Paris and befriends four aspiring Jihads who plot a deadly assault in the French city.
The release of the film, whose posters displayed a large Kalashnikov against a picture of the Eiffel Tower, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight” shot out of the Venice and Telluride film festival circuit like a cannon, a satisfying drama expertly paced on the page and acted with precision by an organically in-tune ensemble. Below the line, however, it has faltered in the awards race, perhaps owed to its lack of frills and manner in the face of the ornate and more overtly wrought stylings of other films this year.
But that was the intention. “For ‘Spotlight,’ the marching order was really to be true to what happened, the reality of it,” says cinematographer Masanobu Takayanagi, who transitioned from the more baroque framing and lighting of Scott Cooper’s “Black Mass” to the much more casual visual style of McCarthy’s journalism drama, which was designed to put the viewer right there on the beat with reporters breaking a landmark story.
“There was nothing I had to impose,” he continues. »
- Kristopher Tapley
10 items from 2016
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