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Within the past few years a variety of hard-hitting, somewhat bleak dramas have hailed out of Belgium. From Our Children, to The Kid with a Bike, to the recently Academy Award nominated The Broken Circle Breakdown – it’s a nation currently going through something of a bright patch. However, sadly that doesn’t seem to extend to films made for a younger crowd, as filmmakers Jeremy Degruson and Ben Stassen present the underwhelming, albeit enchanting, children’s animation The House of Magic.
Murray Blue voices Thunder, an abandoned kitten who seeks shelter at the home of veteran magician Lawrence (Doug Stone), much to the displeasure of his other pets Maggie the Mouse (Shanelle Gray) and Jack the Rabbit (George Babbit), who are jealous of the affection shown towards him. Finally feeling settled and at home in this fantastical, outlandish new environment, living amongst a host of magical creations, it could be a short-lived stay, »
- Stefan Pape
Sneak Peek a new trailer revealing footage from the French dramatic feature "Two Days, One Night", directed by the Dardenne brothers ("The Kid with a Bike"), starring Marion Cotillard ("The Dark Knight Rises") and Fabrizio Rongione:
"...'Sandra' (Cotillard), a young woman assisted by her husband, has only one weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses so that she can keep her job..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Two Days, One Night"...
- Michael Stevens
“The only way to stop crying is to fight for your job.” One can rarely accuse Belgian filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne of cutting to the chase, but less than ten minutes pass in Two Days, One Night before Manu (Fabrizio Rongione) plainly explains to Sandra (Marion Cotillard) — and the viewer — what she must do: spend the weekend convincing her colleagues that they should forsake their bonuses so she can keep her job at a local solar panel manufacturer. It’s the closest thing the Dardennes have had to a high-concept premise. These Belgian brothers specialize in unscored, handheld dramas about their country’s working class, and while Days is no exception in its naturalistic depiction of low-key economic concerns, it does offer a simple hook and a bonafide movie star. One can hardly say the same for L’Enfant or The Kid with a Bike (no offense, Cécile De France). However, said »
- William Goss
Cannes May 20th – Day 6.
Past the midway point, this morning’s 8:30 a.m. screening proved that The Dardennes might be the first to three-peat. Palme d’Or winners with Rosetta (1999) and L’Enfant (2005), the Belgium trio (including Marion Cotillard) are currently sitting at the pole position among our critics with a solid 4-star rating average. Minimalist, sprawling in microscopic scope with a Twelve Angry Men-like formula, the world’s larger issues get truncated into a mother-wife trying to safe her job and potentially, keep the family nest intact. With a resolution that could have ended in a manner of ways and still work, it’s disarming how the Dardennes manage to immerse the viewer in this heroine’s plight and flight with the utmost of ease. Two Days, One Night is the buzz title of the fest so far. There last film, The Kid with a Bike (2011) won the Grand Prix. »
- Eric Lavallee
Cannes - There are few faces -- individual, honest-to-God faces -- in the movies today quite like that of Marion Cotillard, her startling beauty assembled from oddly sized, quizzical features that mightn't hang quite right on anyone else's bones. She looks like no one else, and yet never quite resembles herself on screen either: it's a face that different angles and contexts can turn from silken to sallow, hunter to hunted, goddess to guttersnipe. It is, in other words, the closest thing to a character actor's face that a cover girl can have. Small wonder, then, that Cotillard is the actress to whom those sober bastions of back-of-the-head realism, Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, have turned to headline their very first star vehicle. (Some may cite Cecile De France in "The Kid With a Bike"; if she is a star, she didn't have her film's undivided attention.) The brothers have always »
- Guy Lodge
Belgian sibling directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are best known for taut, bittersweet tales of struggling working-class characters, captured in a naturalistic style that creates an immediate sense of involvement in their lives. To that end, their latest effort "Two Days, One Night" boils down their appeal to its primal essence: Set over the course of a weekend in which a depressed young mother struggles to save her job, its deceptively simple premise belies a satisfying demonstration of their distinctive talents. Read More: Why Marion Cotillard Could Finally Win a Cannes Award While the brothers have long focused on working with amateur performers, often children, "Two Days, One Night" marks their second feature after 2011's "The Kid With a Bike" (which co-starred Cecile De France) to include major name talent. In this case, Marion Cotillard appears in every scene as the frantic Sandra, who learns in the opening minutes that she's been laid off from. »
- Eric Kohn
As much as she stood out from the crowd in her Oscar-winning turn as Edith Piaf, that’s how much Marion Cotillard blends into the unfettered working-class environs of “Two Days, One Night,” a typically superb social drama from directors Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne. Rich in the Dardennes’ favored themes of work, family and the value of money, and infused with the suspense of a ticking-clock thriller, “Two Days” may be dismissed by some as more of the same from the Belgian siblings who rarely stray far from the industrial port town of Seraing. Yet within their circumscribed world, the Dardennes once again find a richness of human experience that dwarfs most movies made on an epic canvas. Cotillard’s presence will assure the widest exposure to date of any Dardenne effort, particularly in the U.S., where IFC will distribute later this year.
Always masters of narrative economy, the »
- Scott Foundas
11 Cannes Film Festival classics have been made available to watch online through the BFI Player.
Cinema fans will be able to rent any of the titles - including Palme d'Or winners Apocalypse Now, Blue Is the Warmest Colour and Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives - for £2 until Sunday, May 18 as part of the collection's introductory offer.
The BFI Player's list of films includes four Palme d'Or winners, three holders of the Caméra d'Or, a pair of Grand Prix classics and two films from Un Certain Regard.
The full list of BFI Player titles is as follows:
Apocalypse Now (1979)The White Balloon (1995)Tulpan (2008)A Prophet (2009)Dogtooth (2009)The White Ribbon (2009)Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010)Las acacias (2011)The Kid with a Bike (2011)Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)Blue Is the Warmest Colour (2013)
Among the 18 feature films competing for the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Jean-Luc Godard is presenting his 19th film at the Cannes Film Festival, Adieu au Langage (Goodbye to Language).
Adieu au Langage (Goodbye to Language): Godard’s first film to compete at Cannes was Cleo de 5 a 7, which premiered at the 1962 Cannes Film Festival. Since then, 18 of his films have been screened at the festival, though not all in competition. Goodbye to Language is Godard’s first film in competition in over 10 years.
Captive (The Captive): Atom Egoyan directs this Canadian thriller starring Ryan Reynolds, Rosario Dawson, Mireille Enos and Scott Speedman. This will be Egoyan’s fifth film in competition at the Cannes Film Festival; the writer/director won the Grand Jury Prize for The Sweet Hereafter in 1997.
Deux Jours, Une Nuit (Two Days, One Night): Directors and brothers »
"That was one of my best experiences," Marion Cotillard tells the La Times plainly about working with Luc and Pierre Dardenne on their upcoming "Two Days, One Night." "They offered me everything I had always wanted in a relationship between an actress and a director — well, two directors in that case. They work a lot, and I love to work a lot. Their level of demand is the highest I've ever encountered in my career, and that's what I'm looking for. They pushed me as far as I could go and maybe beyond. I would have done anything they asked me." And that work will shortly be on evidence at the Cannes Film Festival where the movie will once again find the filmmakers in Competition. This time around, the duo tell a story that centers on a young woman who has only one weekend to convince her colleagues they must »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at next month's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's "Two Days, One Night." The directors: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Belgian, 63 and 60 years old). World cinema's favorite fraternal directing duo, and the pre-eminent figures in Belgium's spotty filmmaking history, the pair grew up in the French-speaking Wallonia district, studied drama and philosophy respectively, and co-founded the Derives documentary production company in 1977 -- it stands to this day. After a decade of non-fiction work, they made their first narrative feature, "Falsch," in 1987; their third feature, 1996's "La Promesse," proved the breakthrough, premiering at Toronto, winning a couple of major Us critics' awards, »
- Guy Lodge
With the Official Selection for this year's anticipated 67th Cannes Film Festival announced earlier today in Paris, we've teamed up with the accommodating home entertainment team at prestigious UK world cinema distributors Artificial Eye to offer our followers the chance to win one of Three five-film DVD Cannes bundles. Included in this fantastic giveaway are acclaimed films from 2014 Palme d'Or contenders Olivier Assayas (Something in the Air), Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Uzak), the Dardenne brothers (The Kid with a Bike), Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) and Alice Rohrwacher (Corpo Celeste). This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
- CineVue UK
The Kid With a Bike, the last film from sibling directors Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, was one of the best films of 2011, and will probably end up standing as one of the best films of the decade. So we’d be excited at the prospect of any new film from the brothers. The fact that […]
- Russ Fischer
With a filmography spanning nearly 4 decades, Belgian filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have made a name for themselves in the international film community. With movies such as La Promesse, L’Enfant, and The Kid With a Bike, many were curious to see what the brothers would do next, anticipation that increased with the news that the duo was working on their first new feature since 2011. Titled Two Days, One Night, or Deux jours, une nuit, the film stars Marion Cotillard, Olivier Gourmet, and Catherine Salée. Ahead of the film’s premiere at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, the first trailer has been released, and can be seen below.
(Source: Thompson on Hollywood)
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- Deepayan Sengupta
One of the most sure-fire bets for the Cannes Film Festival was the next project from the talented Belgian duo of Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne and, sure enough, their follow-up to The Kid with a Bike was announced this morning. Deux Jours, Une Nuit (translated to Two Days, One Night) follows Marion Cotillard as Sandra, a woman who has a weekend [...] »
- Jordan Raup
Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux sent out mixed messages in his -- very long, as usual -- preamble to announcing this year's Cannes Film Festival lineup. First he mentioned a focus on newer, fresher filmmakers, but mentioned elsewhere that "Cannes is an event for the regulars." Predictably enough, the latter statement turned out to be closer to the truth: of the 18 films competing for this year's Palme d'Or, 13 have been to the dance before. (And of the Competition virgins, Bennett Miller and Xavier Dolan are hardly unknowns.) Early on, meanwhile, Fremaux made the initially bold statement that 15 women were in the Official Selection, promising a bounty of female directors for jury president Jane Campion to consider. It turned out to be a slight manipulation of the truth: several of those women are involved in portmanteau films, while only two of them -- Naomi Kawase and surprise inclusion Alice Rohrwacher »
- Guy Lodge
With only hours ago before the official selection for the Main Competition is announced, we’ve narrowed our final predictions to the following titles that we’re crystal-balling as the films that will be included on Thierry Fremaux’s highly anticipated list. Despite an obvious drought of Asian auteurs (we’re thinking the rumored frontrunner Takashi Miike won’t be included in tomorrow’s list) who’s to say there won’t be some definite surprises, like Jia Zhang-ke’s A Touch of Sin last year.
Several hopefuls appear not to be ready in time, including Malick, Hsou-hsien, Cristi Puiu, and Innarritu, to name a few. But there does appear to be a high quantity of exciting titles from some of cinema’s leading auteurs. We’re still a bit tentative about whether Xavier Dolan’s latest, Mommy, will get a main competition slot—instead, we’re predicting another surprise, »
- IONCINEMA.com Contributing Writers
On the eve of the Cannes Film Festival’s official selection announcement, a major competition prospect has emerged in Tommy Lee Jones’ frontier drama “The Homesman,” starring Jones and Hilary Swank as a claim jumper and a pioneer woman undertaking a perilous journey across the Midwest. Also featuring Meryl Streep, William Fichtner and Hailee Steinfeld, the film marks Jones’ first directorial outing since his 2005 Western, “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada,” which walked away from the Croisette with two major prizes. Like “Three Burials,” “The Homesman” was financed and produced by Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp, which is also handling international sales on the film.
Also set to make its world premiere in Cannes is 20th Century Fox/DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” which will receive an out-of-competition screening, in keeping with the festival’s tradition of bowing a U.S. studio blockbuster the first weekend. The sequel, »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
It was just over a year ago when we exclusively revealed that Marion Cotillard would be taking the lead role in the next film from the talented Belgian duo of Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne. Following up The Kid with a Bike, we’ve now got the first images from the highly anticipated Deux Jours, Une Nuit (translated to Two Days, One Night). [...] »
- Jordan Raup
Deux jours, une nuit (Two days, One night)
U.S. Distributor: Sundance Selects
The Dardennes might have dropped “working” with kids, but are still obsessed with the “working” class. As was the case with Cécile De France (The Kid with a Bike), the brothers will do what they do best, straddle their viewers in and make their a-list starlet (Marion Cotillard) dissappear into her character. Two days, One night is what Cannes dreams are made of.
Gist: The film follows 30-year old Sandra (Cotillard) and her husband (Rongione) on their hunt across the city for colleagues prepared to sacrifice their bonuses so she can keep her job.
Release Date: Production began in June of last year, so this will receive a red carpet Main Comp showing »
- Eric Lavallee
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