5 items from 2012
Directed by Costa Gavras
Written by Jean-Claude Grumberg and Costa Garvas
“Le Capital”, Greek-French filmmaker Costa Gavras’ latest work has a motley assortment of problems, bespeckled with intermittent charisma which proves insufficient to masque the utter ridiculousness that makes up large swathes of the film. It stars Gad Elmaleh (a dismal choice) as Marc Tourneuil, an uppity upper-middle class banker who incidentally rises to the top position of the bank he works for. While the old guard at the bank consider him more of a puppet placeholder that would be easily manipulated, Elmaleh’s character has other ideas: by ostensibly acquiescing to an American fund bent on taking over control of the bank, which includes orchestrating a 10% lay-off of the bank’s global workforce, Tourneuil starts on an ambitious course of consolidating his grip on power and earning himself tens of millions in legal and illegal bonuses. »
After graduating from French film school, the native of Arkadie, Greece decided to stay in France upon being offered a job; since then he has produced 26 movies starting with his 1965 feature debut called Compartiment Tueurs (The Sleeping Car Murders). “It is not always easy particularly with the subjects I choose,” states Costa-Gavras while at the Toronto International Film Festival promoting Le Capital (Capital) which revolves around Marc Tourneuil (Gad Elmaleh), the newly appointed head of a French financial institution who attempts to out maneuver a takeover from an American hedge fund. “The most difficult thing was to convince financiers that the movie was accurate because people could think it was an exaggeration.” In order for villains to be believable they need to be treated in particular manner. »
The Cohen Media Group has acquired the political suspense thriller, "Capital" for U.S. distribution, ahead of its Toronto International Film Festival screening, the company confirmed to TheWrap on Tuesday. Directed by Costa-Gavras, "Capital," stars Gabriel Byrne in this adaptation of Stephane Osmont's best-selling novel, "Le Capital," which takes a scathing look at the world of international finance. The book was published in 2004. The film adaptation follows the head of a giant European investment bank desperately clinging to power, when an American hedge fund company tries to buy them out. The film will »
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First pegged for Vincent Cassel, then lined up for Mathieu Kassovitz, director Costa-Gavras continues to tinker with his lead for "Le Capital," and this might be the most intriguing change yet. French comic acting star Gad Elmaleh -- likely best known to U.S. audiences as the detective in "Midnight In Paris" or for Ben Salaad in "The Adventures Of Tintin" -- will take the lead in "Le Capital," joining the long attached Gabriel Byrne. Based on the novel by Stéphane Osmont -- with further inspiration from the essay "Total Capitalism" by former Credit Lyonnais president Jean Peyrelevade -- the film is a harsh look at the banking system with Elmaleh set to play Marc Tourneuil, the head of Europe's Phoenix Bank who is facing a hostile takeover from U.S. hedge fund companies, while making a play to acquire a debt-laden Japanese bank. It's a rare dramatic turn for »
Gad Elmaleh took part in two of last year’s more pleasurable films — The Adventures of Tintin and Midnight in Paris, unless you were in the Jack and Jill camp — yet I never even noticed that he was in either. No longer will he go unnoticed, however; Variety reports that the fellow will take the lead in Capital, a political thriller from writer and director Costa-Gravas.
Based on Stephane Osmont‘s Le Capital — which has been adapted for the screen by Gavras, Karim Boukercha, and Jean-Claude Grunberg — this “scathing look at international finance” is centered on “Marc Tourneuil (Elmaleh), the new head of Europe’s biggest investment bank, who desperately clings to power when an American hedge fund company tries to buy them out.” That could add up to be compelling stuff; I’d be game for a good thriller centered on the world of politics and finance.
Gabriel Byrne will also star, »
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5 items from 2012
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