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Julie Delpy has been evolving into director career for several years now, and it’s exciting to see those efforts coming at a faster clip. And with her recent effort, the comedy “Lolo,” behind her, Delpy is gearing up yet another promising project.
She will write, direct and star in “My Zoe,” with Gemma Arterton and Daniel Bruhl also featuring.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Protagonist Pictures to sell London-set family drama by actress-writer-director Delpy.
My Zoe is the story of Isabelle, played by Delpy, a geneticist recovering from a toxic marriage while raising her daughter Zoe with her ex-husband. When tragedy strikes the whole family, Isabelle must take matters into her own hands.
Brühl and Arterton star as a Moscow couple to which Isabelle turns for help. The role of her ex-husband is currently being cast.
“I started thinking and taking notes about this film over 20 years ago. It first came to my mind discussing with [director Krzysztof] Kieslowski about parenting, love and fate,” said Delpy. “The film is about the unconditional love you feel as a parent. It was »
Oscar-nominated writer, filmmaker and actress Julie Delpy has written and will direct and star in “My Zoe,” which will shoot in the U.K. next spring. Delpy is joined in the cast by Daniel Brühl and Gemma Arterton.
Gabrielle Tana, Oscar nominated for “Philomena,” is producing the London-set movie for Steve Coogan’s Baby Cow Films, while Protagonist Pictures is handling international sales on the film. Protagonist will present the project to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin in February. Hubert Caillard and Dominique Boutonnat of France’s Electrik Films will co-produce.
“‘My Zoe’ is the fascinating and confrontational story about the lengths to which a mother’s love goes for her child,” according to a statement from Protagonist. “Delpy plays Isabelle, a geneticist recovering from a toxic marriage and raising her daughter Zoe in conjunction with her ex-husband. Zoe means everything to her mother, but when tragedy strikes the fractured family, »
- Leo Barraclough
FilmRise is shining a spotlight on sleep paralysis and movie posters, as they have announced that they have acquired North American distribution rights to Dead Awake, as well as worldwide distribution rights to the documentary 24X36: A Movie About Movie Posters.
Starring Lori Petty and Jocelin Donahue, Dead Awake is slated for an early 2017 theatrical release from FilmRise, who are also scheduling a Blu-ray, DVD, and digital release for Kevin Burke’s documentary 24X36: A Movie About Movie Posters. For full details on both deals, we have the official press releases below.
- Derek Anderson
Pacific Northwest Pictures (Pnp) plans a spring release for the film, which chronicles the artist and filmmaker’s life from his roots in small town America.
David Lynch: The Art Life infuses Lynch’s own art, music and early films to reveal the creative forces that drove him from an early age.
The film premiered in Venice last September and will open in the Us theatrically in spring through Janus Films and proceed to the small screen in the summer via Amazon Studios and Criterion Collection.
The distributor’s slate includes Ed Gass-Donnelly’s Lavender starring Abbie Cornish, A Perfect Day starring Benicio del Toro and Tim Robbins, Julie Delpy’s French rom-com Lolo, and The Legend Of Barney Thomson starring Robert Carlyle, [link »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Fred Cavaye’s “Penny Pincher!” (“Radin!”), the latest comedy starring “Welcome to the Sticks” actor Dany Boon, has proven a major box office hit in France and a big international sales success.
Released on Sept. 28 by Mars Distribution, “Penny Pincher” has grossed an estimated 17.7 million Euros ($19.5 million) from 2.8 million admissions, and currently ranks as the third highest-grossing French film of the year, behind a pair of comedy franchises, “Camping 3” and “Les Tuches 2.”
Meanwhile, TF1 Studio, which handles international sales on the film, has sold it across most territories, including Australia (Vendetta), Latin America (California), Korea (Cinelux), Spain (Vertices), China (Lemon Tree), Israel (Lev Films), Poland (Monolith Films), Portugal (Lusomundo), Former Yugoslavia (Blitz ), and Greece (Rosebud). Wild Bunch Germany, Italy’s Bim, Pathe in Switzerland, and Alternative Films in Belgium were among the first distributors to board the film.
- Elsa Keslassy
Pierre Guyard, the French producer of Cannes’ Directors Fortnight hit “Love at First Fight,” has boarded “Les deux fils” (“The Two Sons”), the directorial debut of French actor Felix Moati, which will topline rising star Vincent Lacoste (“Lolo”).
Lacoste also starred in Moati’s last short film, “Après Suzanne,” which competed at Cannes.
Set to shoot next summer in Paris, Moati’s film centers on the strong bond uniting a father and his two young sons, a 13-year old boy and his older brother. The elder brother will be played by Lacoste. Guyard, who is producing the film at Nord-Ouest Productions, said the film was a tender comedy drama boasting crisp dialogue, blending elements of movies by Woody Allen and Arnaud Desplechin.
- Elsa Keslassy
Melvil Poupaud walked the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema red carpet with The Great Game (Le Grand Jeu) director Nicolas Pariser, Disorder's Alice Winocour, Julie Delpy's Lolo composer Mathieu Lamboley, Bang Gang's Eva Husson, A Decent Man's Emmanuel Finkiel, John Waters, Cindy Sherman, James Ivory, Angélique Kidjo, Aurélia Thiérrée with Guillaume Nicloux and his Valley Of Love star Isabelle Huppert.
Oscar Isaac in Jc Chandor's A Most Violent Year, Alain Delon in Valerio Zurlini's Indian Summer (Le Professeur), Benoît Jacquot's Closet Children (Les Enfants Du Placard), Marguerite Duras, Eric Rohmer, Xavier Dolan, Justine Triet, Fan Bingbing, and his Great Game co-stars Clémence Poésy and André Dussollier - these and more entered into a kind of Lacanian conversation with Melvil Poupaud at the Parker Meridien in New York. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
The film had its world premiere in Tribeca, which is where FilmRise discovered it.
Wendt said, “We are very exited to work with FilmRise on Magnus. They have done a really great job with Janis: Little Girl Blue and with the enthusiasm they have shown for Magnus we are convinced that they will do a great job here as well.”
“Magnus is an unforgettable portrait of a remarkable prodigy that truly shows real life can be more fascinating than fiction,” said Fisher. “We are beyond thrilled to announce our acquisition of Benjamin Ree’s film, and cannot »
- email@example.com (Wendy Mitchell)
In what is pretty much the closest thing French cinema will produce to a Hollywood-style romantic comedy this year, Justine Triet’s “In Bed With Victoria” offers both the candor and the schmaltz of “Trainwreck.” Innovative to the extent that it recognizes the sexual allure, as well as the desires, of its leading lady (played by Virginie Efira), without turning her into an object of lust, the commercially minded film centers on a Paris lawyer who’s as shrewd as they come in a courtroom, but something of a disaster in her private affairs. The pic should get a boost in France, if not so much abroad, from the fact it kicks off Cannes Critics’ Week.
Efira, a blonde actress with a baby-doll face and wolf-whistle curves (but nary a trace of Amy Schumer’s physical comedy instincts, alas), Victoria struggles with the responsibilities of single-motherhood, pawning off her two young daughters, »
- Peter Debruge
Julie Delpy: "Blake Edwards is really the inspiration for this film." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Doris Day and Rock Hudson, Pink Panther with Peter Sellers, Wolf Rilla's Village Of The Damned, Mervyn LeRoy's - not Nick Cave's - The Bad Seed and designing with Emmanuelle Duplay and Pierre-Yves Gayraud, came up as Karl Lagerfeld goes underground in Julie Delpy's poking Lolo, starring Vincent Lacoste, Danny Boon, Karin Viard and Delpy herself.
Julie is also featured in Caroline Suh's The 4%: Film’s Gender Problem with Anjelica Huston, Patricia Clarkson, Judd Apatow, Christine Vachon, Mira Nair, Michael Moore, Lake Bell, Amy Berg, James Franco, Kristen Wiig, Michael Mann, Paul Feig, Catherine Hardwicke, A. O. Scott, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Dawn Hudson, Jill Soloway, Mary Harron and Amy Heckerling.
Violette (Julie Delpy): "Of course it's not autobiographical."
In Delpy's vivacious comedy of ill-manners. she plays Violette, divorced mother to a pouting, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
For “Lolo,” her sixth film as director, Julie Delpy has created a dark comedy perfectly suited to her talents. The offbeat farce stars Danny Boon as Jean-Rene, a recently divorced father who falls for Violette (Delpy), a driven but neurotic producer in the fashion industry. The main problem is Violette’s 19-year-old son, the titular Lolo (Vincent Lacoste), a brilliant but disturbed youth who will go to great lengths to keep the couple apart.
The comedy is by turns sweet and vulgar, kept on track thanks to Delpy’s assured hand. A two-time Oscar nominee for co-scripting “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight,” she also co-wrote the “Lolo” screenplay with Eugénie Grandval. The outspoken actress talked to Variety about making the film, working with actresses and how she’s not opposed to making special effects-driven blockbusters.
Congratulations on the film; I love movies about bad seed children.
It’s funny you »
- Jenelle Riley
SXSW Film Festival: SXSW 2016 Reveals Gaps in the Hollywood System SXSW 2016 Honors the Past While Facing an Exciting, Gaudy and Uncertain Future Watch: Ethan Hawke as Chet Baker in 'Born to Be Blue' (Exclusive Clip) Review: With 'Midnight Special,' Jeff Nichols Offers Up a Very Special Sci-Fi Thriller Oscars: The Academy, Under Fire Over Diversity, Backtracks on Eligibility Requirements News Why 'The Little Prince' Went to Netflix Box Office Top 10 Takeaways: 'Zootopia' Doubles '10 Cloverfield Lane' Take The Screening Room Earns Mixed Reviews, Not Total Rejection Interviews 'Lolo' Interview: Julie Delpy on Directing her Sixth Feature »
While the Epix première of Caroline Suh's The 4%: Film’s Gender Problem, hosted by Christine Baranski, Maria Bartiromo, Joanna Coles, Katie Couric, Cristina Cuomo, Natasha Lyonne, Alec Baldwin, Baz Luhrmann, Marlo Thomas and Robbie Myers was going on, Julie Delpy was premiering her own film Lolo. She is featured in the series, along with Anjelica Huston, Patricia Clarkson, Judd Apatow, Christine Vachon, Mira Nair, Michael Moore, Lake Bell, Amy Berg, James Franco, Kristen Wiig, Michael Mann, Paul Feig, Catherine Hardwicke, A. O. Scott, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Dawn Hudson, Jill Soloway, Mary Harron and Amy Heckerling.
The day after the premieres, Julie and I met for a conversation on Lolo, which began with us discussing the differences between French and American filmmaking.
Julie Delpy on the gap: "In France it has been »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the French Touch, the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in New York turned the spotlight on music composers with a panel highlighting the work of musicians from different nationalities and backgrounds.
The roundtable, organized by UniFrance and the Film Society of the Lincoln Center, brought together Nicolas Jaar for Jacques Audiard’s “Dheepan,” Gregoire Hetzel for Arnaud Desplechin’s “My Golden Years” and Catherine Corsini’s “Summertime,” Morgan Grace Kibby for “Bang Gang,” Mathieu Lamboley for “Lolo” and Mark Snow, whose eclectic credits include “X-Files,” “Smallville” and Alain Resnais’ “Wild Grass.”
The New York panel illustrated the variety of musicians with different trainings working on movie scores today.
“We’re in a very interesting time for composition, especially bringing up electronic music. Bands are crossing so much now into doing scores. Directors are now seeking out bands for the music they create, to be married to films, »
- Elsa Keslassy
A Child is Waiting: Delpy’s Return to RomCom a Mixed Bag
Julie Delpy has managed to balance a terrific (and prolific) career as an actress and director, breaking out over the past decade as a pragmatic purveyor of romantic entanglements thanks to her twin titles 2 Days in Paris (2007) and 2 Days in New York (2012). Although The Countess (2008), her curious English language examination of the bloodthirsty historical figure Countess Bathory was unfortunately belabored, her tendency to portray complex romantic scenarios masquerading as fluff has proven to be her overarching strength. Which is exactly why her latest, Lolo, a sometimes pleasant endeavor, feels like more of a crass disappointment than it really is. Examining an overworked single mother’s attempt to rediscover romance despite the secret sabotage of her spoiled adult child, the narrative’s dependence on familiar tropes, not to mention the neglect of its central romance, bears remarkable similarity »
- Nicholas Bell
If not quite a hate-letter to the idea of motherhood, then certainly a strongly-worded memo of complaint, Julie Delpy's sixth directorial feature "Lolo" features long stretches of perhaps her most accomplished and enjoyable character-comedy yet. But as often with filmmakers for whom a certain register comes almost too easily, Delpy seems impatient with herself and her facility for spiky, verbal sparring and pithy self-deprecating put-downs. As though anxious to push beyond that, "Lolo," (co-written with Eugenie Grandval) which starts off bright, breezy, and deceptively progressive –– especially in its portrayal of a fabulously foulmouthed and dirty-minded central female friendship –– moves into more densely plotted and dark-hearted territory in its latter stages. The ambition is admirable, but in execution it means the witty, sophisticate comedy gives way to farce and contrivance, and an unwelcome sourness creeps into the fizz that the winning performances cannot »
- Jessica Kiang
Following its recent premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Jim Hosking’s The Greasy Strangler has been acquired for North American distribution by FilmRise, with a theatrical release planned for this fall:
Press Release: New York – Film and television distributor FilmRise announced today that it has acquired the exclusive North American distribution rights for the Sundance sensation “The Greasy Strangler.” The film will play as a “Festival Favorite” in the SXSW Film Festival later this month and will receive a theatrical release in fall 2016. FilmRise will collaborate with Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas in a multi-market theatrical partnership to release the film, a coproduction from SpectreVision, Drafthouse, Rook Films and Timpson Films.
Picked up by the distributor following its raucous world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, “The Greasy Strangler” follows Ronnie, a man who runs a disco walking tour along with his browbeat son, Brayden. When an alluring woman comes to take the tour, »
- Derek Anderson
"I'm starting to look like Christopher Walken. I've had people say that to me. It's a little scary," Julie Delpy told me during our interview about her sixth feature, "Lolo," which FilmRise opens stateside on March 11. It's the sort of flippant non-sequitur you can expect from the French writer, director and actress whose trademark is her manic charm. So, true to the form of her neurotic and often coordination-impaired characters, Delpy was strapped into an ankle brace for an injury that, yes, she assured, she brought with her to the festival, where her new French farce made its North American premiere. Delpy writes, directs and stars in "Lolo" as Violette, a forty-something single mother and fashion director living in Paris who is romantically fretting over Jean-René (Dany Boon), a less-than-hip engineer who is not in her league. Their courtship gets heated with anxiety and confusion as Violette's tyrannical teenage son »
- Ryan Lattanzio
While presenting her latest film “Lolo” at the New York Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, Julie Delpy spoke about “On The Verge,” a series she’s developing as a writer with a prominent U.S. streaming service.
Set in the U.S., the English-language comedy series will turn on a group of forty-something woman tackling singlehood and will depict their relationships with men. “We usually picture women in their forties at peace with themselves, but that’s not how they are in real life. I’d like to show them in a way that we haven’t seen them before — show how crude and crazy they can be when they talk about men, sex and relationships.”
The series, which is still at script stage, will mark Delpy’s first foray into TV drama.
- Elsa Keslassy
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