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Francois Ozon’s Career in Five Films

Sara Hemrajani looks at Francois Ozon’s career in five films…

Francois Ozon is one of contemporary French cinema’s most celebrated auteurs. He’s a prolific filmmaker who releases a film nearly every year – however, the quantity doesn’t diminish the quality.

Ozon’s features are recognised for their impressive aesthetics, creative storytelling, excellent casting choices and interesting psychological observations.

His latest movie, Frantz, is a black and white Franco-German tale on loss and self-discovery in the wake of WW2. It’s decidedly more sombre and meditative than the rest of the 49-year-old’s oeuvre.

Ozon will also be returning to the Cannes Film Festival this month with The Double Lover (L’Amant Double), which is in competition for the Palme d’Or.

To mark Ozon’s status as an internationally renowned director, Flickering Myth takes a look at the five key films that have made his career.

8 Women (8 Femmes)

As the title suggests,
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films to stream: UK week of Jan 27

What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream on Netflix, blinkbox, and Curzon on Demand.

new to stream

Winter’s Bone: Jennifer Lawrence was nominated for an Oscar for her performance as a determined Ozarks teen struggling to keep her family together amidst crushing poverty [at Netflix] In the House (Dans la maison): as a black comedy, this never quite catches fire, though there is some mild amusement to be found in its social satire [my review] [at Netflix]

classic comedies

Annie Hall: Woody Allen’s Oscar-winning Best Picture is painful, raw, nakedly personal, and absolutely hilarious [my review] [at Netflix] Clerks: Kevin Smith’s first film is an indie groundbreaker, a slacker classic, and still very funny [at Netflix]

classic science fiction

The Andromeda Strain: an alien virus infects a small Earth town in this slow-burn 1971 thriller [at Netflix] War of the Worlds: Martians invade Earth in 1953; visually one of the
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6 Most Anticipated French Films of 2014

France ruled the film world in 2013, producing some of the most critically acclaimed and controversial titles. La Vie D’Adele took home the Palme D’Or and has since been subject to intense debate around the ethics of the film’s production and its depiction of sexuality. Among the other highlights was Alain Guirandie’s L’Inconnu du lac, a frighteningly tense and beautiful film about a gay cruising spot haunted by murder. Even Godard produced a film, a 3-D short about cinema and truth in 3x3D, alongside Peter Greenaway and Portuguese filmmaker Edgar Pera. This is just the tip of the iceberg as filmmakers like Claire Denis, Michel Gondry, Roman Polanski, and Phillipe Garrel also released new French-produced films in 2013.

Looking forward, though it may seem unlikely that France will repeat its 2013 effort, there are many great French films on the horizon for 2014. The new year promises new
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European Film Awards: Winners

So far, La Grande Belleza, my choice for the Oscar is in the lead!

See the full list of winners below:

The 26th European Film Awards: Winners

The more than 2,900 members of the European Film Academy - filmmakers from across Europe - have voted for this year’s European Film Awards. At the awards ceremony in Berlin the following awards were presented:

European Film

La Grande Bellezza

The Great Beauty

Italy/France , 140 min

Directed By: Paolo Sorrentino

Written By: Paolo Sorrentino & Umberto Contarello

Produced By: Nicola Giuliano & Francesca Cima

European Comedy

Love Is All You Need

Denmark, 111 min

Directed By: Susanne Bier

Written By: Anders Thomas Jensen & Susanne Bier

Produced By: Sisse Graum Jørgensen, Vibeke Windeløv

European Discovery – Prix Fipresci

Oh Boy

Germany, 83 min

Written & Directed By: Jan Ole Gerster

Produced By: Marcos Kantis & Alexander Wadouh

European Documentary

The Act Of Killing

Denmark/Norway/UK, 159 min

Directed By: Joshua Oppenheimer

Produced By: Signe Byrge Sørensen

European Animated Feature Film

The Congress

Israel/Germany/Poland/Luxembourg/France/Belgium, 120 min

Written & Directed By: Ari Folman

Animation: Yoni Goodman

European Short Film

Dood Van Een Schaduw

Death Of A Shadow

directed by Tom Van Avermaet

Belgium/France 2012, 20 min, fiction

European Director

Paolo Sorrentino for La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty)

European Actress

Veerle Baetens in The Broken Circle Breakdown

European Actor

Toni Servillo in La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty)

European Screenwriter

François Ozon for Dans La Maison (In The House)

European Cinematographer – Prix Carlo Di Palma

Asaf Sudry

for Lemale Et Ha’Halal (Fill The Void)

Israel

European Editor

Cristiano Travaglioli

for La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty)

Italy/France

European Production Designer

Sarah Greenwood

for Anna Karenina

UK

European Costume Designer

Paco Delgado

for Blancanieves

Spain/France

European Composer

Ennio Morricone

for The Best Offer

Italy

European Sound Designer

Matz Müller & Erik Mischijew

for Paradies: Glaube (Paradise: Faith)

Austria/Germany/France

European Film Academy Lifetime Achievement Award

Catherine Deneuve

European Achievement In World Cinema

Pedro Almodóvar

European Co-production Award– Prix Eurimages

Ada Solomon

People’S Choice Award for Best European Film

The Gilded Cage directed by Ruben Alves
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Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘The Great Beauty’ Wins Top Prize at European Film Awards

Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘The Great Beauty’ Wins Top Prize at European Film Awards
Berlin – Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty” was the big winner at the European Film Awards on Saturday in a wintry Berlin, where the Italo pic took home prizes for best film, director, actor for Toni Servillo, and editor for Cristiano Travaglioli.

The screenwriter award went to Francois Ozon for “In the House,” while Veerle Baetens was named best actress for Felix Van Groeningen’s ”The Broken Circle Breakdown.”

Among the femme luminaries of the Euro film scene on the red carpet were Catherine Deneuve, who was feted with the European Film Academy lifetime achievement award, Noomi Rapace, Kristin Scott Thomas and Diane Kruger. Helmer Wim Wenders, the Efa prexy, gave the award to Deneuve and said that it was difficult to stand before her as she “had made such an impact on the young filmmaker I once was.”

The male leading lights of European moviemaking at the event included Ennio Morricone,
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'The Great Beauty' Leads European Film Award Winners

'The Great Beauty' Leads European Film Award Winners
Paolo Sorrentino's "The Great Beauty" led the 26th European Film Awards, taking prizes for best film, best director, best actor and best editing. The continent's equivalent of the Oscars, the awards also saw big wins for "The Broken Circle Breakdown," "In The House" and "Love Is All You Need." Big Cannes winner "Blue Is The Warmest Color," meanwhile, was shut out entirely. Complete list of winners: European Film La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty) European Director Paolo Sorrentino for La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty) European Actress Veerle Baetens in The Broken Circle Breakdown European Actor Toni Servillo in La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty) European Screenwriter François Ozon for Dans La Maison (In the House) European Comedy Love Is All You Need, Susanne Bier, Denmark European Discovery - Prix Fipresci Oh Boy!, Jan Ole Gerster, Germany European Animated Feature Film The Congress, Ari Folman, Israel, Germany, Poland, Luxembourg,
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films to stream: Us week of Nov 26

What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

Elysium: Neill Blomkamp cements his science-fiction credentials as a filmmaker with a genre vision the likes of which we haven’t seen since the socially conscious Sf of the 1970s; this is smart popcorn cinema with something to say [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to streaming

Red Obsession: sly and sometimes funny, this is a microcosm of the economic state of the world — the West faltering and China ascending — seen through the prism of France’s boutique wine industry [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

post-turkey Thanksgiving treats

Addams Family Values: featuring Wednesday’s subversive Pilgrims vs. Indians pageant [at Amazon Instant Video] The Ice Storm: one 1970s turkey day turns tragic; the great cast includes Sigourney Weaver, Joan Allen, Kevin Kline, Christina Ricci, and Elijah Wood [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Pieces of April:
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Efa 2013 nominations revealed

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Efa 2013 nominations revealed
The Broken Circle Breakdown, The Great Beauty and Adele: Chapters 1 & 2 among nominees.

The nominations for the 26th European Film Awards have been announced at the Seville European Film Festival.

More than 2,900 European Film Academy members will now vote for the winners who will be presented during the awards ceremony on Dec 7 in Berlin.

Nominated are:

European Film 2013

The Best Offer

Italy, 130 min

Written & Directed By: Giuseppe Tornatore

Produced By: Isabella Cocuzza & Arturo Paglia

Blancanieves

Spain/France, 104 min

Written & Directed By: Pablo Berger

Produced By: Ibon Cormenzana, Jérôme Vidal & Pablo Berger

The Broken Circle Breakdown

Belgium, 100 min

Directed By: Felix van Groeningen

Written By: Carl Joos & Felix van Groeningen

Produced By: Dirk Impens

La Grande Bellezza

The Great Beauty

Italy/France, 140 min

Directed By: Paolo Sorrentino

Written By: Paolo Sorrentino & Umberto Contarello

Produced By: Nicola Giuliano & Francesca Cima

Oh Boy!

Germany, 83 min

Written & Directed By: Jan Ole Gerster

Produced By: Marcos Kantis & Alexander Wadouh

La Vie D’Adele:
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San Sebastian: One of Top European Fests Announces Its 2013 Winners

‘Bad Hair’ day at San Sebastian Film Festival: Venezuelan film wins Golden Shell (photo: Samuel Lange Zambrano in ‘Bad Hair’) Mariana Rondón’s Bad Hair / Pelo malo won the Golden Shell at the 2013 San Sebastian Film Festival, which wrapped up today, September 28, in northern Spain’s coastal city also known as Donostia (in Basque). The Venezuelan / Peruvian / German co-production tells the story of a nine-year-old boy (Samuel Lange Zambrano) with "bad hair," who decides to have his unruly curls molded pop-singer style (Justin Bieber’s?) for his yearbook picture. His mother (Samantha Castillo), however, is against it — the boy’s new hairdo is just not manly enough. Family conflicts ensue. The San Sebastian Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize went to newcomer Fernando Franco’s Wounded / La herida, a Spanish drama about a 30-year-old ambulance driver whose life falls to pieces as a consequence of her undiagnosed Borderline Personality Disorder.
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In The House – The Review

Review by Barbara Snitzer

In the House (Dans La Maison) is a crafty, suspenseful yarn that successfully maintains the audience’s engagement throughout its entire 102 minute running time.

Director François Ozon has improved his craft by being prolific; he has made just about a film a year since his debut feature Sitcom in 1998. Fabrice Luchini plays Germain Germain, a failed author turned jaded literature teacher at the Lycée Gustave Flaubert. The film begins with a new school year. Germain’s first assignment is for the students to write about their summer’s activities. Germain is astounded by the mediocrity of his students’ work; he reads aloud the shoddy essays to his wife,Jeanne (Kristin Scott-Thomas) who sympathizes with his frustration. He picks the papers at random, expecting each to be worse than the next, when suddenly, one essay captivates both of them. Student Claude Garcia (excellent performance by Ersnst Umhauer
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Col*Coa: City of Lights City of Angels Free Closing Night Films + 2 April 22!

Col*Coa is winding down, but you can still catch a few stellar films and see the award winners for free Monday, April 22, 2013.

Award Screenings at 6:00 pm: The evening will start with the rerun of two awarded films in the Renoir and Truffaut Theaters at the DGA. Films will be announced on Sunday April 21 on the Col*Coa website, on Facebook, Twitter and on the Col•Coa info line (310) 289 5346. Free admission on a First comes First Served basis. No RSVP needed.

You can stay and also see the Closing Night Films at 8:30 pm at the DGA. Reservations needed. Those are both North American Premieres of two very anticipated French films. The thriller Moebus by Eric Rochant will show for free as will the comedy Like Brothers by Hugo Gélin.

Being among the French filmmakers (and I saw way too few of the films) gave me such a surprising sense of renewal - again because of this upcoming generation. After seeing City of Lights, the short by Pascal Tessaud which preceded the classic Jacques Demy film Bay of Angels starring a platinum blond gambling-addicted Jeanne Moreau in Cannes, Nice and Monte Carlo in 1963, we spoke at length about what is called "The New Vibe". City of Lights stars a deeply quiet young man from "les banlieus", the notorious "suburbs" surrounding Paris where the international mix of young (and old) proletariat population is invisible to the rest of France except when the anger erupts into riots. This first generation has the French education but not the money or jobs and it hurts. They have picked up the cameras and with no money are creating films which express their lives in many ways like the new Latin American filmmakers or the new Eastern European filmmakers. Tessaud gave me an entire education in the hour we talked and I will share this in time. For now, aside from his wonderfuly trenchant film which played like a feature, which captured the Paris this young generation recognizes as The City of Lights - dancing, the kitchen of a very upscale restaurant, the dreary streets filled with construction, there is another example of The New Vibe, started by Rachid Djaïdani (a story in himself) the film Hold Back (Rengaine) leads the pack of the 20-some-odd new films of The New Vibe. It is produced by Anne-Dominque Toussaint (Les Films des Tournelles) whose films are too numerous to name but include my favorite The Hedgehog which I wrote about at Col*Coa two years ago, Col*Coa's current Cycling with Moliere, 2002's Respiro and many many others. Hold Back took 9 years to make and most of the team was unpaid. The New Vibe makes films without the aid of the French system of funding; it is more guerilla-style, not New Wave, not Dogma but New Vibe. Hold Back took Cannes by storm when it showed last year in Directors Fortnight and went on to New Directors/ New Films in New York. The classic story of a Catholic and a Muslim who want to marry but whose family objects, this rendition the Juliet has a brother who marches throughout Paris to alert her 39 other brothers that she wants to marry outside her cultural and religious traditions. "This fresh debut mixes fable, plucky social commentary - particularly about France's Arab community - and inventive comic setpieces" (Col*Coa)

Hold Back (Rengaine) (Isa: Pathe) goes beyond the funny but "establishmant" film Intouchable which played here last year. It is the exact opposite of such films as Sister or even Aliyah (Isa: Rezo) which played here this year and also in Directors Fortnight last year. Aliyah is about a young French Jewish man who must make his last drug sale in order to escape his brother's destructive behavior. He escapes by immigrating to Israel. These films are made by filmmakers within the French establishment and describe a proletariat existence which exists in their bourgeois minds. They lack a certain "verite" which can only be captured by one who knows viscerally what such marginal existence is.

At the opposite end of the contemporary spectrum of films today, a real establishment film is You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet by Alain Renais (you have to be a Renais fan to love it who was so avant-garde in his day). Those old New Wave films one could see here stand out in beautiful contrast to today's New Vibe: Renais' Stavisky or the 1963 film The Fire Within (Le feu follet) by Louis Malle again starring the beautiful Jeanne Moreau. I missed them both to my regret. When I miss a film I always tell myself I can see it when it's released or on DVD or Mubi, but rarely do I get to see it. Instead I can only read about it as here written up by Beth Hanna on Indiewire blog ToH. The Fire Within was part of Wes Anderson's choices, one of the various showcases of Col*Coa. Says Hanna: "Anderson's taste is impeccable: He has selected Louis Malle's 1963 lyrical depression drama The Fire Within." It was made after the classic Elevator to the Gallows (1958) which Miles Davis scored and which also starred the young Jeanne Moreau. She also could be seen her in Col*Coa in the classic 1963 Jacques Demy-directed Bay of Angels.

Col*Coa really offered something for everyone this year. Another of my favorite film genres, the Jewish film, was represented by Aliyah and The Dandelions (Du Vent dans mes mollets) (Isa: Gaumont), Stavisky, and It Happened in St. Tropez (Isa: Pathe), a classic French comedy -- though a bit dark and yet still comedic, about romance, love and marriage switching between generations in a neurotic, comfortably wealthy Jewish family. The Dandelions was, according to my friend Debra Levine, a writer on culture including film and dance, (see her blog artsmeme), "darling, so touching, so well made, so creative ... i really liked it. Went into that rabbit hole of little girls together ... Barbie doll play. Crazy creative play. As looney as kids can be."

Ian Birnie's favorite film was Becoming Traviata. Greg Katchel's favorite originally was Rendez-vous à Kiruna by Anna Novion, but when I saw him later in the festival his favorite was Cycling with Moliere (Alceste a bicyclette) (Isa: Pathe), again produced by Anne-Dominque Toussaint and directed by Philippe Le Guay who directed one of my favorites, The Women on the 6th Floor. Greg also liked Three Worlds though it was a bit "schematic" in depicting the clash of different cultures which were also shown in Hold Back.

Of the few films I was able to see, the most interesting was Augustine by Alice Winokur. It is the French response to David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method and the British film Hysteria. All three were about the turn of the century concern of psychologists or doctors with female hysteria. This one concerned Jean-Martin Charcot and the neurologist's belief that hysteria was a neurological disease and he used hypnosis to get at its roots, whild in A Dangerous Method it was seen by Freud and Jung as a mental disorder and in Hysteria by Tanya Wexler (Tiff 2011) in which Dr. Mortimer Granville devises the invention of the first vibrator in the name of medical science.

Take a look at Indiewire's own article here for more on Los Angeles's greatest French attraction, the second largest French film festival in the world.

Several American distributors will present their films at Col•Coa before their U.S. release: Kino Lorber – You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet, co-written and directed by Alain Resnais (Focus on a Filmmaker); Mpi Media – Thérèse, the last film of director/co-writer Claude Miller starring Audrey Tautou; Cohen Media Group – In the House, written and directed by François Ozon and The Attack, co-written and directed by Ziad Doueiri; Distrib Films for two documentaries: Becoming Traviata and The Invisibles; Film Movement for two thrillers: Aliyah and Three Worlds; The Weinstein Company - Populaire.

Below you can see the international sales agents for the current features showing.

11.6 / 11.6 (Isa: Wild Bunch)

Directed by: Philippe Godeau

Written by: Philippe Godeau, Agnès De Sacy

A Few Hours Of Spring / Quelques heures de printemps (Isa: Rezo)

Directed by: Stéphane Brizé

Written by: Stéphane Brizé, Florence Vignon

Cast: Vincent Lindon, Hélène Vincent, Emmanuelle Seigner, Olivier Perrier

Aliyah/Alyah ✡ (Isa: Rezo, U.S.: Film Movement

Directed by: Élie Wajeman

Written by: Élie Wajeman, Gaëlle Macé

Armed Hands / Mains armées (Isa: Films Distribution)

Directed by: Pierre Jolivet

Written by: Pierre Jolivet, Simon Michaël

Augustine / Augustine (Isa: Kinology, U.S.: Music Box)

Directed by: Alice Winocour

Written by: Alice Winocour

Aya Of Yop City / Aya de Yopougon (Isa: TF1)

Directed by: Clément Oubrerie, Marguerite Abouet

Written by: Marguerite Abouet

Bay Of Angels / La Baie des anges (U.S.: Criterion)

Directed by: Jacques Demy

Written by: Jacques Demy

Becoming Traviata /Traviata et nous (Isa: Films Boutique, U.S. Distrib Films and Cinema Guild)

Directed by: Philippe Béziat

Written by: Philippe Béziat

Cycling With MOLIÈRE / Alceste à bicyclette (Isa: Pathe)

Directed by: Philippe Le Guay

Written by: Philippe Le Guay, based on an original idea by Fabrice Luchini and Philippe Le Guay

Fly Me To The Moon / Un plan parfait (Isa: Kinology)

Directed By: Pascal Chaumeil

Written By: Laurent Zeitoun, Yoann Gromb, Philippe Mechelen

Haute Cuisine / Les Saveurs du palais (Isa: Wild Bunch, U.S.: The Weinstein Company)

Directed by: Christian Vincent

Written by: Etienne Comar & Christian Vincent, based on the life of Danièle Mazet-Delpeuch

Hidden Beauties / Mille-Feuille (Isa: Other Angle Pictures)

Directed by: Nouri Bouzid

Written by: Nouri Bouzid, Joumène Limam

Hold Back / Rengaine (Isa: Pathe)

Directed by: Rachid Djaïdani

Written by: Rachid Djaïdani

In The House / Dans la maison (Isa: Wild Bunch, U.S.: Cohen Media Group)

Directed by: François Ozon

Written by: François Ozon

It Happened In Saint-tropez / Des Gens qui s’embrassent (Isa: Pathe)

Directed by: Danièle Thompson

Written by: Danièle Thompson, Christopher Thompson

Jappeloup/ Jappeloup (Isa: Pathe)

Directed by: Christian Duguay

Written by: Guillaume Canet

Le Grand Soir / Le grand soir (Isa: Funny Balloons)

Directed by: Benoît Delépine and Gustave de Kervern

Written by: Benoît Delépine and Gustave de Kervern

Little Lion / Comme un Lion (Isa: Pyramide)

Directed by: Samuel Collardey

Written by: Catherine Paillé, Nadège Trebal, Samuel Collardey

Moon Man / Jean de la lune (Isa: Le Pacte)

Directed By: Stephan Schesch

Written By: Stephan Schesch, Ralph Martin. Based on the book by: Tomi Ungerer

Populaire / Populaire (Isa: Wild Bunch, U.S.: TWC)

Directed By: Régis Roinsard

Written By: Régis Roinsard, Daniel Presley, Romain Compingt

Rendezvous In Kiruna / Rendez-vous à Kiruna (Isa: Pyramide)

Directed by: Anne Novion ♀

Written by: Olivier Massart, Anne Novion, Pierre Novion

Sons Of The Wind / Les Fils du vent (Isa: Wide)

Directed by: Bruno Le Jean

Written by: Bruno Le Jean

Stavisky / Stavisky (1974) (Isa: StudioCanal)

Directed by: Alain Resnais

Written by: Jorge Semprún

The Attack / L’Attentat

France, Belgium, Lebanon, Qatar, 2013

Directed by: Ziad Doueiri (Isa: Wild Bunch, U.S.: Cohen Media Group)

The BRONTË Sisters / Les Soeurs Brontë (Isa: Gaumont, U.S.: Cohen Media Group)

Directed by: André Téchiné

Written by: André Téchiné, Jean Gruault, Pascal Bonitzer

The Dandelions / Du Vent dans mes mollets ✡

Directed By: Carine Tardieu

Written By: Carine Tardieu, Raphaële Moussafir, Olivier Beer

The Fire Within / Le Feu Follet (1963) (Isa: Pyramide, U.S.: Janus Films)

Directed by: Louis Malle

Written by: Louis Malle

The Invisibles / Les Invisibles (Isa: Doc & Film, U.S. Distrib Films))

Directed By: Sébastien Lifshitz

The Man Who Laughs/ L’Homme qui rit (Isa: EuropaCorps)

Directed by: Jean-Pierre Améris

Written by: Jean-Pierre Améris , Guillaume Laurant

THÉRÈSE / Thérèse Desqueyroux (Isa: TF1, U.S.: Mpi)

Directed by: Claude Miller

Written by: Claude Miller, Natalie Carter

Three Worlds / Trois mondes (Isa: Pyramide, U.S.: Film Movement)

Directed by: Catherine Corsini

Written by: Catherine Corsini, Benoît Graffin

To Our Loves / À nos amours (1983) (U.S. Janus)

Directed By: Maurice Pialat

Written By: Arlette Langmann, Maurice Pialat

True Friends / Amitiés sincères (Isa: Snd Groupe 6)

Directed By: Stéphan Archinard, François Prévôt-Leygonie

Written By: Stéphan Archinard, François Prévôt-Leygonie, Marie-Pierre Huster

Welcome To Argentina / Mariage à Mendoza (Isa: Kinology)

Directed By: Édouard Deluc

Written By: Anaïs Carpita, Édouard Deluc, Thomas Lilti, Philippe Rebbot

What’S In A Name / Le prénom (Isa: Pathe, U.S. Under The Milky Way)

Directed by: Alexandre de La Patellière, Matthieu Delaporte

Written by: Alexandre de La Patellière, Matthieu Delaporte

You Ain’T Seen Nothin’ Yet / Vous n’avez encore rien vu (Isa: StudioCanal, U.S.: Kino Lorber)

Directed By: Alain Resnais

Written By: Alain Resnais, Laurent Herbiet
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In the House Movie Review

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In the House Movie Review
Title: In The House (Dans la maison) Cohen Media Group Director: François Ozon Screenwriter: François Ozon, adapting Juan Mayorga’s play “The Boy in the Last Row” Cast: Fabrice Luchini, Kristin Scott-Thomas, Emmanuelle Seigner, Denis Menochet, Ernst Umhauer, Bastien Ughetto Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 4/2/13 Opens: April 19, 2013 A sixteen-year-old student in one of my high school English classes—call him Robert—had a vivid imagination. I declared him a Walter Mitty from the stories he would tell me about himself. The kicker is that he insisted the stories were true. He was of Puerto Rican heritage but spoke of visiting his Romanian grandfather in Bucharest. He was pudgy, even nerdy-looking, [ Read More ]

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François Ozon interview about In The House

He emerges from the snow flurries and the hubbub of the Paris traffic for our rendez-vous in the Grand Hotel swathed in a designer scarf, wound around his neck several times and finally flung theatrically over his shoulder. In The House (Dans La Maison) director François Ozon, 45, promptly orders a tea with honey for his sore throat and settles back in a capacious settee. He once tried to be an actor but found it did not suit his demons. He retired behind the camera instead.

His latest film combines the more mainstream comedy-drama of his biggest hits, 8 Women and Potiche with the sensibility of his smaller, more cerebral offerings, such as Time To Leave, The Refuge and Swimming Pool, which also dealt with a writer and the person whose life they transform, leading to a blurring of fact and fiction.

In The House stars Fabrice...
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Trailer Trash

With Cannes fast approaching, don't bet against Baz Luhrmann turning his hip-hop Gatsby into another festival showstopper

Baz in back

News that Baz Luhrmann's reimagining of The Great Gatsby will open Cannes in May has excited Trash. Ever since the film was pulled from the awards season scramble, it has been attracted some negative buzz, but this prime slot now reframes it as an arty spectacular with darkness and decadence intertwined, much like Cannes itself. Memories of Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge! opening the fest in 2001 are still fresh in Trash's mind, the opening night party being a high point. I remember Nicole Kidman dancing with Rupert Murdoch as Fatboy Slim span the tunes, and Kidman even having a go on the decks. Lots of stuffy old critics on the Croisette balked at that film's gaudy excesses, although it is now cherished by many fans.

For Cannes, I think it'll be
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Lff Review: Dans La Maison (In The House)

Director: François Ozon

Cast: Fabrice Luchini, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ernst Umhauer, Emmanuelle Seigner

Running time: 105 minutes

Plot: A depressed literature teacher has his enthusiasm reignited by the voyeuristic and unsettling writing of a mysterious and brilliant student. As teacher and pupil confer, the line between reality and fiction blurs as the boy works his way into the lives of a middle class family, all for the sake of a good story.

Dans La Maison is exactly how the average punter imagines French cinema to be; cerebral, philosophical, artistic and not for fans of Michael Bay. And that is a very high compliment indeed. Ozon’s latest is a frothy yet complex piece that explores the nature of narrative, perception and reality. And it’s funny too.

We are instantly endeared to Germain (Fabrice Luchini, star of Ozon’s Potiche), the downhearted academic who is drawn to the one decent writer in his literature class.
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Global Showbiz Briefs: Hat Trick, Keo Extend Deal, ‘Dans La Maison’ Top Prize-Winner At San Sebastian

Hat Trick, Keo Extend Distribution Deal Hat Trick International and Keo Films have extended their distribution deal on a long term basis. The deal was originally struck in March this year to include around 50 hours of programming. It will now include more than 100 hours of new and back catalog content. This year, Hat Trick sold Keo’s Living With The Amish to more than 100 territories including Sbs Australia, Tvnz New Zealand, TV Norge Norway and Svt Sweden. The company will launch Keo shows including Exploring China, Welcome To India, Welcome To Bradford and Yotam Ottolenghi’s Mediterranean Feast at Mipcom next week. ‘Dans La Maison’ Takes Top Prize At San Sebastian Film Festival François Ozon’s Dans La Maison scooped the top prize, the Golden Shell, at the San Sebastian Film Festival awards over the weekend. Ozon also picked up Best Screenplay for the film. Another double award winner, Snow
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In The House wins Golden Shell at San Sebastian

Francois Ozon's In the House (Dans La Maison), a playful examination of fact and fiction as seen through the prism of a student/teacher relationship, took away the top prize at San Sebastian Film Festival last night.

The director, whose film recently scooped the Fipresci award at Toronto, was awarded both the Golden Shell and the jury prize for best screenplay.

The Silver Shell for best director went to Fernando Trueba for his black and white study of a sculptor's reinvigorated lust for his work in The Artist And The Model (El Artista y la Modelo). The ceremony at the Kursaal auditorium marked a good night for black and white film, as Pablo Berger's silent film Snow White (Blancanieves) (about which, more here) took home the special jury prize, and saw it's young star Macarena Garcia share the Silver Shell actress honours with Foxfire's Katie Coseni.

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Festival du Nouveau Cinema: Reygadas, Franco, Ozon, Vinterberg, Larrain, Mungiu and Sarah Polley Headline 41st Edition

Montreal’s Festival Du Nouveau Cinema (10.10 – 10.21) announced their line-up today for their 41st edition and among the smorgasbord of subtitle offerings dating back to this year’s Rotterdam, Berlin, Cannes, Locarno, Venice and Tiff editions, we’re knee-deep in avant-garde world cinema from the established auteurs Assayas, Vinterberg, Ozon, Sang-Soo, Joao Pedro Rodriguez, Larrain, Loach, Reygadas, Ghobadi, Mungiu and Miguel Gomes. Heavy on offerings from Quebec and France, the fest also manages to offer a stellar snapshot of the up-and-comers from all corners of the globe. Among the notable titles in the (Competition category) International Selection we’ve got Pablo Berger’s Blancanieves, Ursula Meier’s Sister, Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky’s Francine (which received its theatrical release earlier this month) and Rodrigo Plá’s La Demora. Loaded in Cannes items, the Special Presentations is the fest’s A-list selections (see filmmakers named above) and the one pic
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'I Don't Believe in Regrets': John Travolta Opens Up at Zurich Film Fest, Hints at Playing Vince Lombardi in Upcoming Biopic

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'I Don't Believe in Regrets': John Travolta Opens Up at Zurich Film Fest, Hints at Playing Vince Lombardi in Upcoming Biopic
Thursday night, Oliver Stone kicked off the 2012 Zurich Film Festival with his latest thriller "Savages," but all eyes were on the film's sole star in attendance, John Travolta, this year's recipient of the Golden Eye, the festival's lifetime achievement award. Despite a scene-stealing supporting turn in "Savages" and being the toast of Zurich, Travolta has had a rough year. Since May, Travolta's been plagued by controversy after a number of lawsuits were filed against him, including two from masseurs who claimed he had inappropriately touched and propositioned them (both have since dropped their lawsuits). Read More: Zurich Film Festival Unveils Official Lineup: "Amour," "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and "Dans La Maison" Set to Screen Speaking to the press alongside Stone opening night, Travolta seemed reasonably nervous and cagey, but he did respond to a journalist who asked if he had any regrets....
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