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The film, currently shooting, centers on a Sri-Lankan Tamil warrior who flees his war-torn country and seeks asylum in France as a political refugee, posing as a husband and father to two fellow escapees. In the suburbs of Paris, he takes up a position as caretaker of a run-down housing block. His attempt to obtain a stable life is interrupted by the violent gang of the drug dealers that rules the derelict neighborhood. Unwillingly drawn into the conflict, the former soldier must make a difficult choice whether to take a violent path once more.
Audiard’s two previous films, Un Prophete and Rust And Bone, were acquired for the U.S. by Sony Pictures Classics. Audiard, one of France’s most acclaimed filmmakers, is known for his appreciation of American cinema. »
- Ali Jaafar
I've made no mystery concerning my love for the films from Jacques Audiard having placed A Prophet at #1 on my top ten of 2009 and Rust and Bone at #9 on my top ten of 2012. So, to say I'm looking forward to his next film, which may or may not be titled Erran, is a no-brainer and today we learn Sundance Selects has acquired U.S. rights to the feature. Audiard co-wrote the screenplay with Thomas Bidegain (A Prophet) and Noe Debre (Les gamins) and the film is centered on a Sri-Lankan Tamil fighter who is a political refugee in France, where he works as a caretaker on an 'unruly' council estate in the Parisian suburbs. Filming is currently underway, assuming for a 2015 release and perhaps a Cannes premiere, but as of yet no word on who exactly is starring in the picture. Either way, I can't wait to see what Audiard has for us next. »
- Brad Brevet
It’s not enough to say that Marion Cotillard disappears into the roles she plays, she practically loses herself in them. Her level of dedication is that intimidating. The actress’ sense of passionate commitment has subsequently resulted in some of the most emotionally wrenching performances of the last couple of years. Cotillard, somehow, managed to effortlessly become Edith Piaf in Olivier Dahan’s “La Vie En Rose,” and she also fearlessly took on the role of a whale trainer who loses her legs in a freak accident—a part that might have been a disaster in a lesser performer’s hands—in Jacques Audiard’s “Rust and Bone.” She’s being rightly recognized for her superlative work this year in two very different films: James Gray’s great, underrated “The Immigrant,” where she plays the sad-eyed Polish immigrant of the film’s title—one who falls under the shadowy wing »
- Nicholas Laskin
As any seasoned observer of the annual award circuit knows, the campaign trail for performers in foreign-language films is significantly rockier than it is for the rest. Of the 200 performances that secured an Oscar nomination in the past decade, a grand total of five are featured in films that aren’t principally in English. Even established crossover names have trouble gaining awards traction for subtitled fare: Witness Marion Cotillard, a rare foreign-language Oscar winner for “La Vie en Rose,” trailing this year’s perceived lead actress front-runners despite universal acclaim for her performance in “Two Days, One Night.”
For international newcomers, then, it’s that much harder to achieve such recognition — it’s been 10 long years since Colombian first-timer Catalina Sandino Moreno landed alongside Hilary Swank and Kate Winslet in the lead actress Oscar race for her sterling work in helmer-scribe Joshua Marston’s “Maria Full of Grace.”
Even if »
- Guy Lodge
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are effusive talkers on any number of subjects, but good luck getting them to shut up about the best movie they’ve seen recently — a marvel of beautifully observed realism, carefully grounded in the quotidian details of working-class life, and featuring an outstanding big-screen debut by a young actor with no formal training.
“It’s the first film I’ve seen in a very, very long time where the characters are human beings, and they disappear into the fabric of the film. They’re just people,” says Jean-Pierre, 63.
“It’s about ordinary existence, ordinary life,” continues Luc, 60, generally the more loquacious of the two. “(The filmmaker) trusts mundane existence and allows it to exist.”
If the Dardennes were less inclined toward modesty, they might just as »
- Justin Chang
• John C. Reilly will star in Les Cowboys alongside Finnegan Oldfield and Francois Damiens. The film marks the feature debut of Rust and Bone scribe Thomas Bidegain. Bidegain co-wrote the script with Noé Debré. The story follows a father (Damiens) who, along with his son (Oldfield), goes in search for his missing daughter; she disappears after beginning to date a young, Muslim fundamentalist man. They turn to American headhunter (Reilly) for help. [Variety] • Sam Trammell (The Fault in Our Stars) has signed on for Three Generations. Gaby Dellal is directing the film, which stars Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, and Susan Sarandon. »
- C. Molly Smith
After writing the likes of Rust And Bone and A Prophet, script man Thomas Bidegain is taking the chance to make his film-directing debut with a drama called Les Cowboys. He’s just landed John C. Reilly to join the cast.Les Cowboys, which Bidegain wrote with regular collaborator Noé Debré, follows a father (François Damiens) who discovers that his daughter has disappeared after she started dating a young Muslim fundamentalist. He teams up with his son (Finnegan Oldfield) to find her, travelling around the globe from Lyon to Pakistan and ends up having to recruit help from an American headhunter (Reilly). As you might have guessed from his previous credits, this is not Bidegain turning to knockabout farce for his first turn in the director's chair.“Les Cowboys touches on serious issues which have social, political and religious implications but our primary endeavour with this film is to depict »
Alain Attal’s Les Productions du Tresor, the outfit behind Cannes players such as Guillaume Canet’s “Blood Ties” and Maiwenn’s “Polisse,” is lead-producing the movie. Belgium’s Lumière and Les Films du Fleuve, the Dardennes brothers’ outfit, are co-producing.
Pathe has acquired international sales rights and will be distributing in France. Pic marks the first collaboration between Les Productions du Tresor and Pathe, the French studio that also handles English-language movies like Stephen Frears’ “Florence” with Meryl Streep.
Penned by Bidegain and regular co-scribe Noé Debré, “Cowboys” follows a father (Damiens) who teams with his son (Oldfield) to search for his daughter, who »
- Elsa Keslassy
Thomas Vinterberg’s "The Hunt" earned a Best Foreign Language Academy Award nomination at this year’s ceremony. Starring Mads Mikkelsen, the psychologically aggressive film focuses in on a town imploding after pedophilia accusations spread like wildfire. Like he did with his Dogme 95 film "The Celebration," Vinterberg’s film burrows straight to the gut, a moral play with physicality. Based on the trailer for his follow-up, an adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s "Far From The Madding Crowd," the director will adapt that audacious approach for sweeping romance. "Far From The Madding Crowd" stars Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba Everdene, a woman it takes her independence seriously. As she navigates the ups and downs of life, the worst and best of romantic interests, her life continuously brings her back to Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts of "Rust and Bone"), a shepherd who dreams of being more than friends. Michael Sheen and Tom Sturridge play two other potential suitors, »
- Matt Patches
West Hollywood — On Wednesday it was Reese. On Thursday it was Shailene. On Friday it was Jennifer… …Aniston. Yes, this year's Best Actress contenders continued to celebrate their films with awards season events and Thursday night featured a special screening of Daniel Barnz's "Cake," where a post-show party at the Sunset Tower Hotel found Aniston, obviously, the center of attention. "Cake" stars Aniston as Claire, a woman whose life has come to something of a stand still because of chronic pain she's suffered from a major car accident. It's an impressive performance by the popular actress that I praised in my review of the film from the Toronto Film Festival a few months ago, and hinted she could be an awards season player. Speaking to Aniston Friday night, she admitted that after some roles, directors and producers "box" you into a certain mold for a certain kind of a movie. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Marion Cotillard has had what can only be described as a remarkable seven years. Truly. Since winning the Best Actress Oscar for her breakthrough performance in "La Vie en Rose" she's starred in Woody Allen's best film this century ("Midnight in Paris"), Christopher Nolan's Best Picture nominee ("Inception"), worked with Michael Mann ("Public Enemies"), smartly joined a Steven Soderbergh ensemble ("Contagion"), headlined a massive French-language hit ("Little White Lies"), was already robbed of a second Best Actress Oscar nomination ("Rust and Bone") and was the center of an acclaimed drama already well on its way to cinephile cult film status ("The Immigrant"). Throw in one flick for her life partner ("Blood Ties"), a paycheck too hard to turn down ("The Dark Knight Rise") and a musical that just didn't work ("Nine") and Cotillard is already well on her way to living legend status. Now, get ready to add "Two Days, »
- Gregory Ellwood
By Anjelica Oswald
Seven years after winning an Oscar for her portrayal of Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose (2007), Marion Cotillard could land a second nomination for her role in Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne’s Two Days, One Night (Deux jours, une nuit), which is Belgium’s Oscar submission. She was also in 2013 Cannes selection The Immigrant, which was released in May of this year. Since La Vie en Rose, Cotillard has mainly worked on small indie films both inside and outside of America, with the exception of Christopher Nolan‘s Inception (2010) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
Cotillard was introduced to acting at a young age — her father was a director and her mother was an actress — and began her career acting in a variety of French TV shows and films. Her first Hollywood role was in Tim Burton‘s Big Fish (2003). She appeared »
- Anjelica Oswald
Indie Sales has picked up international sales rights to Alice Winocour’s “Close Protection,” a French Riviera-set thriller toplining Matthias Schoenaerts (“Rust and Bone,” “The Drop”) and Diane Kruger.
Pic marks Winocour’s follow-up to “Augustine,” which unspooled in Cannes Critics Week in 2012 as well as Toronto.
Penned by Winocour and lensed by cinematographer George Lechaptois, “Close Protection” stars Schoenaerts as Vincent, a French Special Forces soldier just back from Afghanistan who is suffering from a post-traumatic stress disorder. He gets hired to ensure security at the luxury villa of a Lebanese businessman, his wife (Diane Kruger) and son on the French Riviera.
“The quality of the script and the great talent of Alice Winocour, not to mention the incredible casting, are making me very confident on the international film’s potential,” said Nicolas Eschbach, founder and president of Indie Sales, which will start shopping the movie at Afm.
- Elsa Keslassy
Exclusive: Company to co-sell the title with Wild Bunch in Santa Monica.
The company has already sent out the script to the distributors of Audiard’s last film Rust and Bone, who have until the Afm to make an offer and sign a deal.
If you haven’t read Irene Nemirovsky’s Suite Française, you should remedy that as soon as possible. As great-yet-not-quite-complete works of art go, it’s right up there with Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony and any attempt to make a film about Don Quixote ever. Its big-screen interpretation comes with awards hopes and two leads, Michelle Williams and Rust And Bone’s Matthias Schoenaerts, with the chops to carry its great swells of emotion. Check out its new trailer below. brightcove.createExperiences(); Williams plays Lucille Angellier, a French villager whose husband has fallen into the hands of the Germany army. The arrival of a Wehrmacht officer called Bruno (Schoenaerts) as part of that occupying force, not to mention a small army of refugees fleeing Paris, throws everything that wasn’t already into flux into that state of disrepair for her. Worse still, she begins to feel things for Bruno that could cost her dear. »
Eight months after the arrest of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, a renewed plea has gone out for his release. The European Film Academy has joined with the French Directors’ Guild (aka Srf which organizes Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes) in support of Sentsov, who was detained by the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation on May 10. A new petition calling for the film community to read a statement during public appearances and interviews voicing their opposition to his detainment and trial has been signed by more than 300 people. They include The Impossible helmer Juan Antonio Bayona, Rust And Bone director Jacques Audiard, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo helmer Niels Arden Oplev, Costa Gavras, Starred Up’s David Mackenzie, actor Stellan Skarsgård and Venice Film Festival chief Alberto Barbera.
The signatories (full list here) will now read the statement below during any interview or public appearance they may have. The »
- Nancy Tartaglione
As soon as I saw Jacques Audiard's A Prophet he became one of my favorite filmmakers. It didn't really matter what would come after or came before that film, I was simply in awe, watching the 2 hour and 35 minute epic back-to-back one night on a screener and then watching it again in theaters once it was screened for press here in Seattle. I have since caught up with his 2005 film The Beat That My Heart Skipped and also love his 2005 feature, Rust and Bone. Thing about Audiard, however, he doesn't exactly rush to make his next feature, which means a lot of time waiting for whatever it is he'll do next. Thankfully, that wait is over. Next up for Audiard is a film titled Erran, a film centered on a Sri-Lankan Tamil fighter who is a political refugee in France, where he works as a caretaker on an 'unruly' »
- Brad Brevet
It has been two years since Jacques Audiard's bruising and beautiful "Rust And Bone," but the "A Prophet" director is getting ready to shoot his next project. On October 13th, cameras will start rolling on "Erran." Penned by Audiard, the story centers on "a Sri-Lankan Tamil fighter who is a political refugee in France, where he works as a caretaker on an 'unruly' council estate in the Parisian suburbs." Besides that, details are being kept under wraps at the moment. There's not even any word on the cast, but we'd wager that information is just around the corner. Production will go until mid-December, and one has to think that Audiard and the producers already have an eye on Cannes next spring for a premiere. [Cineuropa] Another day, another project with Antoine Fuqua's name on it. The filmmaker is now attached to direct an adaptation of Jeff Hobbs' "The Short »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Jose here. You know how sometimes a performer will win a gazillion awards for their breakthrough performance and then never be recognized again, even as they deliver much more complex, superior work? It’s the “been there done that” syndrome, which has sadly made most awards groups forget all about Marion Cotillard, who is once again Best Actress material in Two Days, One Night (Michael reviewed it here)
As the recently laid-off Sandra, Cotillard is unforgettable. We follow her as she visits her co-workers’ homes asking them to help her win her job back. As some show support, others display contempt and pity, making for a harrowing moviegoing experience. The Dardenne brothers, who in the past have been reluctant to work with movie stars, put their trust in Cotillard and the payoff is evident. The actress sheds all her glamour and star presence to play someone so fragile it seems »
Exclusive: With her FX series The Bridge wrapping its second season tonight, Diane Kruger has set two indie features to fill her winter schedule. German-born Kruger (Wicker Park, Inglourious Basterds, The Host) will first head to the south of France to film Maryland for director Alice Winocour, the helmer who made her debut two years ago with the Cannes entry Augustine. The film tracks an ex-soldier with Ptsd who is hired to protect the wife and child of a wealthy Lebanese businessman while he’s out of town. Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead, Rust and Bone) will play the soldier. Dharamsala and Darius Films are producing.
Kruger will then head to the American southwest set of Sky to re-team with director Fabienne Berthaud after their 2006 film Frankie and 2010’s Lily Sometimes. The film tracks a woman’s reawakening through her solitary journey into foreign lands and will mark Kruger and »
- Jen Yamato
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