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Fabrice du Welz to Direct ‘Adoration’ With ‘Happy End’ Breakout Star (Exclusive)

Fabrice du Welz to Direct ‘Adoration’ With ‘Happy End’ Breakout Star (Exclusive)
Acclaimed Belgian director Fabrice du Welz is set to direct “Adoration,” the third part of a trilogy that includes “The Ordeal,” which played at Cannes’ Critics’ Week, and “Alleluia,” which played at Directors’ Fortnight.

“Adoration” is being produced by Vincent Tavier at Brussels-based Panique! and Manuel Chiche at Paris-based The Jokers. Memento Films International has acquired international sales to the film. The Jokers will handle distribution in France.

Like “The Ordeal” and “Alleluia,” “Adoration” will explore the boundaries of a maddening, destructive love, this time between two children. It follows 12-year-old Paul, who falls in love with Gloria, a schizophrenic teenager in the mental institution where his mother works. Paul decides to help Gloria escape after she commits a crime, and together they embark on a trip that reveals the extent of Gloria’s dangerous madness and Paul’s devotion to her.

Tavier, who wrote the script with du Welz, said “Adoration
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Warner Bros. Signs First-Look Deal With French Company Marvelous Productions (Exclusive)

Paris – Warner Bros. has signed a first-look deal with Marvelous Productions, the Paris-based outfit launched at Cannes by former top-level execs at Pathé, Romain Le Grand and Vivien Aslanian and producer Marco Pacchioni.

Under the pact, Warner Bros. will have the opportunity to board any French-language project produced or co-produced by Marvelous Productions. The agreement underscores the Hollywood studio’s aim to increase its footprint in local production with strong partners.

“We have a deep respect for the talent and professionalism of the founders of Marvelous Productions, and we are convinced of their ability to deliver quality films that have a wide appeal,” said Iris Knobloch, president of Warner Bros. France.

Over the last few years, Warners Bros. has backed several French movies, most notably Michel Hazanavicius’s Oscar-winning film “The Artist” (pictured).

Le Grand and Aslanian were at the helm of Pathé for 19 years before exiting in 2016. Together, they produced and distributed many franchise-based French comedies
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Former Pathe Toppers Romain Le Grand, Vivien Aslanian Launch Marvelous Prods. (Exclusive)

Romain Le Grand and Vivien Aslanian, the duo at the helm of Pathe for 19 years before exiting in 2016, are launching new banner Marvelous Prods.

Le Grand and Aslanian are partnering with Marco Pacchioni, producer and founder of Master Movies. Pacchioni produced “Alone in Berlin” (pictured) with Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson and Daniel Bruhl, and co-produced Virginie Despentes’s “Bye Bye Blondie” with Emmanuelle Beart.

Marvelous Prods. will produce and co-produce content for film, TV and web formats. Since Pathe was solely involved in features, Le Grand and Aslanian did not produce TV drama, unlike the big film groups in France.

Marvelous is currently developing 10 projects and expects its first titles in theaters in 2018.

At Pathe, Le Grand and Aslanian produced and distributed many franchise-based French comedies, such as “Les Tuches” and “Camping,” as well as “Back to Mom” and “One Man and His Cow,” which were all highly successful at the local box office.
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Berlin Competition title 'Alone In Berlin' secures UK deal

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Berlin Competition title 'Alone In Berlin' secures UK deal
Exclusive: Altitude and Picturehouse strike deal for Second World War drama starring Emma Thompson and Brendan Gleeson.

Picturehouse Entertainment and Altitude Film Distribution have struck a deal for UK rights to Vincent Perez’s Alone In Berlin, ahead of the film’s world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival.

The deal was negotiated between Altitude Film Entertainment’s Will Clarke, Picturehouse’s Clare Binns, producers Paul Trijbits and Christian Grass and Alison Thompson from sales outfit Cornerstone Films, which handles international rights.

Emma Thompson (Saving Mr Banks), Brendan Gleeson (The Guard) and Daniel Brühl (Rush) star in the Second World War drama-thriller based on the true story of a working class couple who conducted a series of anonymous protests against the Nazi regime in Berlin.

Actor-director Perez’s feature is adapted from the classic novel Every Man Dies Alone by German writer Hans Fallada.

Producers are X Filme powerhouse duo Stefan Arndt (Amour) and Uwe Schott ([link
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First Look: Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson, 'Alone In Berlin'

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First Look: Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson, 'Alone In Berlin'
Exclusive: First still from Berlin Competition drama based on the classic wartime novel.

ScreenDaily can reveal the first production still of anticipated Berlin Competition entry Alone In Berlin, actor-director Vincent Perez’s adaptation of the classic German novel of the same name.

Based on the true story of a working class couple who conducted a series of anonymous protests against the Nazi regime during the Second World War, Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) and Brendan Gleeson (Calvary) star alongisde Daniel Brühl (Rush).

Producers are Stefan Arndt and Uwe Schott for X-Filme, the German production outfit whose credits include Amour, The White Ribbon and Cloud Atlas, Master Movie’s Marco Pacchioni (Bye Bye Blondie) together with James Schamus (Brokeback Mountain) and FilmWave’s Christian Grass (Sing Street) and Paul Trijbits (Jane Eyre).

Cornerstone Films handles international sales.

Hans Fallada’s classic 1947 novel centres on Otto and Anna Quangel (Gleeson and Thompson), who live in a shabby apartment block during
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First Look: Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson in 'Alone In Berlin'

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First Look: Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson in 'Alone In Berlin'
Exclusive: First still from Berlin Competition drama based on the classic wartime novel.

ScreenDaily can reveal the first production still of anticipated Berlin Competition entry Alone In Berlin, actor-director Vincent Perez’s adaptation of the classic German novel of the same name.

Based on the true story of a working class couple who conducted a series of anonymous protests against the Nazi regime during the Second World War, Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) and Brendan Gleeson (Calvary) star alongisde Daniel Brühl (Rush).

Producers are Stefan Arndt and Uwe Schott for X-Filme, the German production outfit whose credits include Amour, The White Ribbon and Cloud Atlas, Master Movie’s Marco Pacchioni (Bye Bye Blondie) together with James Schamus (Brokeback Mountain) and FilmWave’s Christian Grass (Sing Street) and Paul Trijbits (Jane Eyre).

Cornerstone handles international sales.

Hans Fallada’s classic 1947 novel centres on Otto and Anna Quangel (Gleeson and Thompson), who live in a shabby apartment block during
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Dardennes, Debre, Bentoumi, Bouajila Wish ‘Good Luck Sam’

Dardennes, Debre, Bentoumi, Bouajila Wish ‘Good Luck Sam’
Paris-based Films Distribution has taken world sales rights to “Good Luck Sam,” one of the 2016 UniFrance Rendez-Vous market-premiere comedies with largest production pedigree.

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne co-produce out of their Brussels-shingle Les Films du Fleuve. Producer of Rebecca Zlotowski’s highly regarded debut “Belle épine” and follow-up “Grand Central,” which established her a director to track, Les Films Velvet’s lead produces out of France.

Good Luck Sam” is the first feature of Farid Bentoumi, a laureat of France’s Emergence talent development program whose alums include Mia Hansen-Love and Katell Quillevere, two of France’s most exciting young distaff directors.

Bentoumi’s project was originally god-mothered at Emergence by Agnes Jaoui (“Let It Rain”). It is co-penned by Bentoumi, Gaelle Mace (“Aylah”) and Noe Debre, co-scribe on Jacques Audiard’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Dheephan” and Thomas Bidegain’s “The Cowboys.”

Ad Vitam, whose 2016 line-up also includes
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Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson Movie ‘Alone in Berlin’ Starts to Shoot

Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson Movie ‘Alone in Berlin’ Starts to Shoot
London — “Alone in Berlin,” which stars Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson and Daniel Bruhl, will start to shoot on Friday on location in Berlin, Cologne and Gorlitz, Germany.

Pic is the English-language adaptation of Hans Fallada’s novel, based on the true story of a working-class couple who conducted a series of anonymous protests against the Nazi regime during World War II. The screenplay was written by Achim von Borries (“Good Bye Lenin!”) and Vincent Perez.

Joining the production team are cinematographer Christophe Beaucarne (“Irina Palm,” “Mr. Nobody”), production designer Jean-Vincent Puzos (“Amour,” “10,000 B.C.”) and editor Francois Gedigier (“On the Road,” “Yves Saint Laurent”).

X Filme’s Stefan Arndt and Uwe Schott (“Cloud Atlas,” “Amour”) and Master Movie’s Marco Pacchioni (“Bluesbreaker,” “Bye Bye Blondie”) are producing together with James Schamus (“Brokeback Mountain,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”) and FilmWave’s Christian Grass and Paul Trijbits (“Jane Eyre,” “Saving Mr. Banks
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Emma Thompson, Daniel Brühl and Mark Rylance Starring in Vincent Pérez’s Alone In Berlin

Academy Award-winner Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks, the Harry Potter series), and actors Daniel Brühl (Rush, Inglourious Basterds), and Mark Rylance (The Other Boelyn Girl) have been confirmed to star in Vincent Pérez’s Alone In Berlin.

Based on a true story, Hans Fallada’s powerful and redemptive novel, written shortly after the Second World War describes a city paralyzed by fear. Otto and Anna Quangel are an ordinary couple living in a shabby apartment block in Berlin trying, like everyone else, to stay out of trouble under Nazi rule. But when their only child is killed fighting at the front, their loss propels them into an extraordinary act of resistance. They start to drop anonymous postcards all over the city attacking Hitler and his regime. If caught, it means certain execution. Soon their campaign comes to the attention of the Gestapo inspector, Escherich, and a murderous game of cat-and-mouse begins.
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Emma Thompson to Headline Alone in Berlin

Academy Award-winner Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks, the Harry Potter series), and renowned actors Daniel Brühl (Rush, Inglourious Basterds), and Mark Rylance (The Other Boelyn Girl) have been confirmed to star in Vincent Pérez.s Alone in Berlin. X-Filme.s Stefan Arndt and Uwe Schott (Cloud Atlas, Amour), Master Movie's Marco Pacchioni (Bluesbreaker, Bye Bye Blondie) are producing together with James Schamus (Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) with a screenplay written by Achim von Borries (Good Bye Lenin!) and Pérez.
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Cannes: Emma Thompson, Daniel Bruhl, Mark Rylance Join ‘Alone in Berlin’

Cannes: Emma Thompson, Daniel Bruhl, Mark Rylance Join ‘Alone in Berlin’
Cannes — Emma Thompson (“Saving Mr. Banks”), Daniel Bruhl (“Rush”) and Mark Rylance (“The Other Boleyn Girl”) have been confirmed to star in Vincent Perez’s “Alone in Berlin.” Alison Thompson’s Sunray Films is selling the film in Cannes.

X-Filme’s Stefan Arndt and Uwe Schott (“Cloud Atlas,” “Amour”), and Master Movie’s Marco Pacchioni (“Bluesbreaker,” “Bye Bye Blondie”) are producing, together with James Schamus (“Brokeback Mountain,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”), with a screenplay written by Achim von Borries (“Good Bye Lenin!”) and Perez.

The film will be co-produced by FilmWave’s Christian Grass and Paul Trijbits, who are also handling the U.K. rights. X-Filme retains the German rights and Master Movie the French rights, with Sunray Films handling international sales and distribution for all other territories. X Verleih, which is the distribution arm of X-Film, will release in Germany.

Alone in Berlin” will start pre-production during the winter of 2014 in Germany.
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Soko: International Star You Should Know

Soko: International Star You Should Know
Breakthrough Roles

Soko received a Gallic Cesar nomination for female newcomer for Xavier Giannoli’s “In the Beginning” (2009), and played the younger version of the Beatrice Dalle character in helmer Virginie Despentes’ “Bye Bye Blondie” (2011), in which she described her role as “a punk lesbian who spent time in a mental institute.”

Claim To Fame

Born in Bordeaux, France, but based in Los Angeles, the raven-haired talent has generated buzz for her title role in “Augustine,” based on a real-life maid treated as a hysteric by 19th Century French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot. The film premiered at Cannes in 2012 and opened Stateside May 17. A.O. Scott of the New York Times called the film “intellectually satisfying” and described Soko as “grave and luminous as a silent film star.”

Divided Loyalties

Soko, born Stephanie Sokolinski, describes herself as a musician first and an actress second. Her debut album, “I Thought I Was an Alien” (Community Music,
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Soko is the Face of the 52nd Critics’ Week

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The young singer turned actress in Xavier Giannoli’s In the Beginning, Virginie DespentesBye Bye Blondie and specifically last year’s Critics’ Week selected Alice Winocour’s debut film Augustine will be a popular face on the Croisette this year as the section have have made the official poster of the 52nd edition public. The fest added, “by discovering first features, the section in charge of talent scouting also showcases new actors, often performing their first roles on the big screen. Maggie Cheung, Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux, Gael García Bernal, Alice de Lencquesaing, all these actors whose early and promising years are reflected in Soko’s luminescent and serene beauty, which radiates the pleasure and sensuality of performance.”
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Inside Out 2012: ‘Bye Bye Blondie’ is suffused with libertine barbarism and moral ambivalence

Bye Bye Blondie

Written and directed by Virginie Despentes

France, 2011

Perhaps a paean to the 1960 stage musical and its 1963 film adaptation, Bye Bye Birdie, Virginie DespentesBye Bye Blondie tries to be the social satire its American counterpart was. But with a protagonist suffused with libertine barbarism and a narrative of moral ambivalence, the film, quite ironically, presents the characters as malevolent, not society.

In the northeastern French city of Nancy, Gloria (Béatrice Dalle) lives a decidedly involuntary bohemian lifestyle, spending her time drifting from record shops and bars. Meanwhile, Frances (Emmanuelle Béart), her once childhood summer romance, is a successful television host in Paris.

Her life unfulfilled, Frances plays a beard in a lavender marriage to a writer, Claude (Pascal Greggory), and in order to regain passion in her life, she attempts to reconnect with Gloria. Drastically different from when they last met, the two women must try to
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Key Players in the 2011 Cannes Market: Wild Bunch

We complete our look at the key players in the Cannes market with the sales agent that has the most number of highly anticipated film projects. Wild Bunch came to the fest with popular items such as Polisse, The Artist and The Kid With a Bike, and it looks like they might outfit Venice and Tiff with some premium titles with Wong Kar-wai's The Grandmasters being one of the most sought after titles this coming August/September. Here's their lengthy list of auteur film projects. Bye Bye Blondie by Virginie Despentes - Post-Production In Turmoil (Dans La Tourmente) by Christophe Ruggia - Post-Production That Summer (Un Ete Brulant) by Philippe Garrel - Post-Production Bollywood - Completed Declaration Of War by Valerie Donzelli - Completed Hideaways by Agnes Merlet - Completed Leila by Audrey Estrougo - Completed Michel Petrucciani/ Body And Soul by Michael Radford - Completed Polisse by Maïwenn
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Updated Cannes 2011 Predictions List

We're about 36 hours away from Cannes Film Festival's big unveiling of the 2011 line-up and while the Main Comp should bare very little surprises (see the math below), the one title whose status is still a mystery and could break into the 20 or so titles is Carlos Reygadas' Post Tenebras Lux. Literally translated as "Light After Darkness", Reygadas' semi-autobiographical feature was filmed in cities where the helmer has spent portions of his life: Mexico, England, Spain and Belgium. What this amount to be is the type of film that no pre-festival synopsis will do it justice. If included, I can't wait for that 8:00 in the morning press screening. Earlier this week, Variety threw in Naomi Kawase's name into the mix. Titled Hanezu no Tsuki, her film is set in the Asuka period which was known for its significant artistic, social, and political transformations - we're talking only 500 years A.
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Film in Pictures: Virginie Despentes' Bye Bye Blondie

Unlike Cannes 2010, this year's expected Main Competition will be so rich and textured that a film such as Virginie Despentes' Bye Bye Blondie might actually be shown elsewhere on the Croisette. Here are a pair of pics which depict different eras in one relationship -- the teenage years will see actress Soko take on a young Béatrice Dalle. I look forward in seeing what kind of soundtrack will accompany the film, especially the punk years. Adapted by the director from her eponymous novel, Gloria (Béatrice Dalle) is 40. With no job, no family, no fixed address, she spends her time boozing in her local bar in Nancy. Frances (Emmanuelle Béart) is 40. A prime time TV presenter living in Paris, she’s married to successful novelist, Claude. Behind closed doors, Frances sleeps with women, and Claude with men. In public, they are the perfect couple. Back in the 80s, Gloria and
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2011: Virginie Despentes' Bye Bye Blondie

#96. Bye Bye Blondie Director/Writer: Virginie DespentesProducers: Sébastien de Fonseca and Cédric WalterDistributor: Rights Available. The Gist: Adapted by the director from her eponymous novel, Gloria (Dalle) lives in Nancy. Unemployed, without a family, and with no permanent address, she wastes her days at a local watering hole. Frances (Béart) lives in Paris - she is a popular figure in television and is married to a novelist. While in the public eye they form the ideal couple, in their private lives, she prefers women and her husband is into boys. ....(more) Cast: Emmanuelle Béart, Béatrice Dalle and Pascal Greggory List Worthy Reasons...: It's been a decade since Rape Me, the road-trip fueled with sex and violence which stirred up controversy on at least one side of the Atlantic (it was pulled after one week in the U.S), but the reason why we're curious about this specimen hasn't got
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Cannes Directors Rumored, Including Terrence Malick & Wong Kar Wai

If you’re a film lover and don’t feel the desire to go to the Cannes Film Festival then you’re really not much of a film lover at all. And one of the many reasons this is true is because of the great lineup they’ve got there. And the first names announced of who will be there next May are almost unanimously the names of greats.

It was tweeted by Cédric Succivalli, known as a “Cannes insider” (found by GordonandtheWhale) that some of the filmmakers we can expect there are Wong Kar Wai, Pedro Almodovar, Lynne Ramsay, Paolo Sorrentino, Lars von Trier, Virginie Despentes and Terrence Malick. You don’t even have to like all of those people (I don’t) to not be excited by their presence in the South of France in about five months.

Of course Malick is finally showing The Tree of Life
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Randomness: Pics of Béatrice Dalle and Emmanuelle Béart in Bye Bye Blondie

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Filming for Virginie Despentes' Bye Bye Blondie took place over the summer and we finally have some production/set pics gathered from the interwebs (here & here) on a punk, lesbian film we expect to see rocking the Croisette next May. Below, we have Emmanuelle Béart in what would be a pic where her character gets chauffeured around. Below that in the b&w pic, you find you find Dalle with Dp Hélène Louvart (At Ellen's Age) and Despentes. The Les Inrockuptibles article mentions that the release of Baise-moi a decade back hasn't made financing her 2nd film easier, she is filming with a budget of less than 3 million euros and had to cut some key backdrops from the shooting script. Adapted by the director from her eponymous novel, Gloria (Dalle) lives in Nancy. Unemployed, without a family, and with no permanent address, she wastes her days at a local watering hole.
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