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With early November being prime real estate for the annual movie awards season, you might think the AFI Fest would be a vital springboard into the Oscar race. But the blunt truth is that the event hasn’t been much of a lucky charm.
Over the past decade, films that have gone to the fest looking to establish a wave of support, only to more or less crash on the rocks, include Emilio Estevez’s “Bobby,” Robert Redford’s “Lions for Lambs,” Edward Zwick’s “Defiance” and “Love & Other Drugs,” Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar,” Sacha Gervasi’s “Hitchcock,” John Lee Hancock’s “Saving Mr. Banks” and J.C. Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year,” to name a few.
This year, the festival — which kicks off Nov. 5 — boasts three compelling world premieres in opening night, centerpiece and closing night slots, respectively: Angelina Jolie’s “By the Sea,” Peter Landesman’s “Concussion »
- Kristopher Tapley
Directed by Jacques Audiard
Philadelphia Film Festival
Dheepan (Jesuthasan Antonythasan) is a Tamil fighter. He flees war-torn Sri Lanka with Yalini (Kalieaswari Srinivasan) and Illayaal (Claudine Vinasithamby), posing as his wife and daughter. The makeshift family arrives in France and Dheepan finds work as a caretaker for an apartment building that is also a drug front.
Jacques Audiard’s follow-up to Rust and Bone took home the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Dheepan thrives on silence. A nearly wordless opening showing the eponymous character’s tragic departure, the desperate meeting of Dheepan, Yalini, and Illayaal, and the voyage west is particularly effective. Audiard jumps smoothly through time and forces the audience to catch up with only the barest context, producing a beautifully mysterious prologue.
The director gets phenomenal performances from the three leads, who are all essentially non-actors (Antonythasan has one other credit »
- Neal Dhand
Sneak Peek new images, plus short film footage of Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard (currently filming the feature "Assassin's Creed") supporting fashion campaigns for "Lady Dior", photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott:
Cotillard has garnered worldwide acclaim and awards for performances in films including "A Very Long Engagement" (2004), "La Vie en Rose" (2007), "Nine" (2009), "Inception" (2010), "Rust and Bone" (2012), "The Immigrant" (2013) and "Two Days, One Night" (2014).
Cotillard's other notable films include "Chloé" (1996), "Furia" (1999), "Lisa" (2001), "Pretty Things" (2001), "Big Fish" (2003), "Toi et Moi" (2006), "Dikkenek" (2006), "A Good Year" (2006), "Public Enemies" (2009), "Midnight in Paris" (2011), "Contagion" (2011) and "The Dark Knight Rises" (2012).
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Marion Cotillard...
- Michael Stevens
To celebrate the release of The Connection, out now on DVD, What Culture are giving 2 lucky winners the chance to win a copy of the DVD.
The Connection follows young investigating magistrate Pierre Michel (Jean Dujardin) who arrives in Marseille, a city riddled with organised crime, in 1975 with his wife (Céline Sallette, House Of Tolerance, Rust and Bone, Marie Antoinette) and children. He sets to work tackling the French Connection, a mafia organisation that exports heroin around the world. Despite protests from his family and colleagues, he sets his own safety aside to embark on a personal crusade against Gaëtan Zampa (Gilles Lellouche, Little White Lies, The Players, Point Blank), the iconic underworld figure and untouchable godfather of the French Connection. But as he delves deeper into the case, Pierre realises his old methods no longer apply.
A blend of style and intensity, The Connection is a visually stunning »
- Laura Holmes
London — “Women in Film” wasn’t the official theme of last night’s London Film Festival awards dinner, but it may as well have been. Before any trophies were even presented at event, staged for the fourth year running at Whitehall’s grand Banqueting House, outgoing British Film Institute chairman Greg Dyke made a point of celebrating the contributions of female filmmakers to this year’s fest. It had, after all, opened with Sarah Gavron’s feminist historical drama “Suffragette” (and a surprise red-carpet demonstration by feminist action group Sisters Uncut).
Festival director Clare Stewart extended Dyke’s point, numbering the female directors nominated for awards that evening. By the end of the evening, four of them had triumphed in three of the night’s competitive categories — with a BFI Fellowship presentation to Cate Blanchett bringing the night to a rousing finish.
Australian docmaker Jennifer Peedom won the Grierson Award for best documentary, »
- Guy Lodge
Chicago – One of the most exciting times of the Fall Season for Chicago film buffs is the Chicago International Film Festival. In 2015, the 51st edition takes place beginning this Thursday, October 15th through October 29th. With over 130 films, which ten are the contributors of HollywoodChicago.com anticipating? Read on…
The 51st International Chicago Film Festival offers films in many categories, with a Main Competition for feature films, a New Directors Competition, and awards for Documentary, short films, Lbgtq films (Q Hugo Award) and local filmmakers. The festival also offers a variety of short film presentations, Black Perspectives, Out-look (associated with the Q Hugo), U.S. Indies, World Cinema and the ever-popular After Dark series of films. Click here for a full schedule of events and ticket information.
HollywoodChicago.com welcomes a new contributor this year, who will be providing coverage and previews through the fest. Brendan Hodges will be that contributor, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Surprise comments follow Emily Watson’s claim at the San Sebastián film festival that equal pay was not her ‘personal quest’
The Oscar-winning actor Marion Cotillard has said there is no place for feminism in Hollywood because the very term itself creates “separation” between the sexes.
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- Ben Child
Five titles will be considered for submission for the Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar.
Five films will be considered for selection as France’s entry to the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 88th Academy Awards.
The shortlist was decided upon at a meeting this morning held at the Cnc (National Center for Cinema and the Moving Image). Under the presidency of Frédérique Bredin, the Committee tasked with selecting the film representing France shortlisted:
The Committee will meet again on Sept 22 when it will hear contributions from the producer and international seller for each film before making its final choice.
This year’s committee composes Nathalie Baye, actress; Thierry Frémaux, general delegate of the Cannes Film Festival; Michel Hazanavicius, director; Mélanie Laurent, actress/director; Jean-Paul Salomé, president of Unifrance; Alain Terzian, president of the »
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Adele Exarchopoulos ("Blue Is the Warmest Color") and Matthias Schoenaerts ("Rust and Bone") are set to star in Michael R. Roskam's noirish romance thriller "The Faithful" at Wild Bunch, Savage Films and Pathe.
Thomas Bidegain and Noe Debre's script is set against the backdrop of crime gangs in Brussels. Filming is slated to begin next year. [Source: Variety]
MacLaine will play a controlling woman who wants to pre-write her obituary and is teamed up with a young writer at a local paper. The writer, however, wants to find out the real story and the reluctant partners begin a journey that will reawaken the older woman’s passion for life. [Source: THR
- Garth Franklin
Les Cowboys premiered at Cannes in Directors’ Fortnight back in May and tells of an Old West enthusiast in modern day France who embarks on a 16-year odyssey to track down his daughter who has run away and converted to Islam.
Les Cowboys will screen again at Toronto on Tuesday (Sept 15). »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
To mark the release of Girlhood on 7th September, we’ve been given 3 movie bundles including Girldhood on DVD, along with A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, Grand Central, The Bling Ring, Rust and Bone, Mood Indigo and Tomboy on Blu-ray to give away. Girlhood tells the story of a young girl oppressed by
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The 59Th BFI London Film Festival Announces Full 2015 Programme
You can peruse the programme at your leisure here.
The programme for the 59th BFI London Film Festival in partnership launched today, with Festival Director Clare Stewart presenting this year’s rich and diverse selection of films and events. BFI London Film Festival is Britain’s leading film event and one of the world’s oldest film festivals. It introduces the finest new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience. The Festival provides an essential platform for films seeking global success; and promotes the careers of British and international filmmakers through its industry and awards programmes. With this year’s industry programme stronger than ever, offering international filmmakers and leaders a programme of insightful events covering every area of the film industry Lff positions London as the world’s leading creative city.
The Festival will screen a »
Speaking on radio station Rtl whilst promoting his new film Dheepan, the 63-year-old director announced his intention to make an English-language film and that Reilly, famed for his roles in Boogie Nights, Magnolia and Step Brothers, will be his star.
The film will be an adaptation of author Patrick deWitt’s 2011 novel The Sisters Brothers, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. The novel tells the story of “two brothers hired to murder a prospector during the California Gold Rush. They travel from Oregon City to San Francisco, only to find out that the man they’ve been sent to kill may have something better to offer.” The book has received numerous awards in Canada and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. »
- Scott J. Davis
Jacques Audiard, director of such festival favorites as The Beat That My Heart Skipped, Rust and Bone and A Prophet, is saddling up for his English-language debut with The Sisters Brothers, and The Hollywood Reporter now brings word that John C. Reilly is attached to star in the drama.
Adapted from Patrick deWitt’s novel of the same name, the project will unfold around Eli and Charlie Sisters, two highly-skilled hitmen on the hunt of a priceless prospector that has been stolen from their boss. A western at heart, Audiard’s latest has our attention based purely on the director’s résumé alone. After all, his acclaimed Parisian drama Dheepan won the coveted Palme d’Or award during Cannes earlier this year, and we’re excited to see how the filmmaker tackles his maiden English-language film.
Having optioned the award-winning novel along with his production company, Reilly is likely to »
- Michael Briers
A Prophet and Rust And Bone director Jacques Audiard is set to make his English-language debut with The Sisters Brothers, an adaptation of the 2011 Patrick deWitt historical novel of the same name. The Palme d’Or-winning French filmmaker announced the news yesterday on a radio station while promoting his latest movie Dheepan, and Audiard also says John C. Reilly will star as one of the leads, although... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
When we spoke to director Jacques Audiard and his co-writer Thomas Bidegain a couple of years ago at the BFI London Film Festival circa "Rust and Bone," they revealed they that he had a couple of projects brewing. "We have a musical, and we have a western," Audiard said. What followed instead was the Palme d'Or winning "Dheepan" which hit Cannes earlier this year. But it looks like that western is gearing back up and it sounds promising. Read More: Cannes Review: Jacques Audiard's 'Dheepan' Is An Excellent, Searing & Compassionate Drama Speaking with French press today Audiard revealed that he's working on an adaptation of Patrick deWitt's "The Sisters Brothers" for his next film. The critically acclaimed, Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel tells a gritty and darkly funny tale set against the backdrop of the Gold Rush. Here's the book synopsis: Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
With features such as The Beat That My Heart Skipped and Rust and Bone under his belt, filmmaker Jacques Audiard has garnered acclaim across various festivals over the course of his career. The Cannes Film Festival has been no different in this regard, as Audiard had been nominated three times for the Palme d’Or prior to the 2015 incarnation of the festival, for A Self-Made Hero, A Prophet, and Rust and Bone. The 2015 Festival, however, brought his first win, for Audiard’s newest feature Dheepan.
Audiard takes on both co-writing and directing duties for the film, with the three primary roles being notably played by relative newcomers. Jesuthasan Antonythasan, who plays the titular character, is appearing in only his second film, with co-stars Kalieaswari Srinivasan and Claudine Vinasithamby making their debuts in the feature. The synopsis is below.
Dheepan is a Sri Lankan Tamil warrior who flees to France and »
- Deepayan Sengupta
A master at capturing the intense emotional turmoil of seemingly ordinary people, the films of director Jacques Audiard ("A Prophet," "Rust And Bone") are not for the faint-hearted. But this year, the jury at Cannes were with him every step of the way, awarding his latest "Dheepan" with the Palme d'Or. And while it lacks English subtitles or dialogue, the first international trailer for the film still conveys the power it packs. Starring Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Claudine Vinasithamby), Vincent Rottiers, and Antonythasan Jesuthasan, the story follows a Tamil freedom fighter who comes to Europe, forms a makeshift family, and claims asylum. However, further violence in the Parisian slums forces him to make a stand. And all told, this looks like another knockout from Audiard, with our critic in Cannes calling the picture, "absolutely terrific." "Dheepan" opens in France on August 26th. Sundance Selects will »
- Kevin Jagernauth
★★★☆☆ Following the impressive The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005), the excellent A Prophet (2010) and the melodramatic Rust and Bone (2012), Jacques Audiard returns to Cannes with Dheepan (2015), a mix of Loachian social realism and Death Wish-style violent fantasy. This outsider in Paris tale begins with a Tamil freedom fighter burning the bodies of his dead comrades and throwing his uniform into the fire. Disillusioned with the war he adopts the identity of one of the dead men, Dheepan (Jesuthasan Antonythasan) and, with the help of the smuggler, recruits a young woman to pose as his wife (Kalieaswari Srinivasan) and an orphaned child (Claudine Vinasithamby) to be their daughter.
- CineVue UK
The Cannes Film Festival concluded over the weekend, and the big prize winners have been announced. The main competition jury, led by Joel and Ethan Coen, made some surprising picks, awarding Dheepan the top prize, known as the Palme d'Or. Dheepan is a French-language drama about three refugees who flee Sri Lanka and seek to make a new life in France. Jacques Audiard directed; he's known for the prison-set A Prophet and the dramatic romance Rust and Bone. Dheepan will open in...
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