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Colcoa French Film Festival Opens With Eric Barbier’s ‘Promise at Dawn’

Eric Barbier’s “Promise at Dawn” will headline the 2018 Colcoa French Film Festival on April 23, the Franco-American Cultural Fund announced Tuesday.

Promise at Dawn” is an adaptation of French author Romain Gary’s autobiography that stars Pierre Niney and Charlotte Gainsbourg. The film will kick off the screenings of 37 new features and documentaries competing for the Colcoa Cinema Awards at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles. The event will present a record total of 86 films, TV shows, digital series, and virtual reality programs, 75 of which will be considered for the Colcoa awards throughout the week’s festivities, which will culminate on May 1.

Colcoa executive producer and artistic director Francois Truffart also announced that this year’s festival will set aside a day exclusively for screening first films made by female writers and directors. The day, titled “Focus on a Filmmaker Day,” will honor writer, director, and actor Melanie
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2018 César Awards: ‘Bpm’ Triumphs With Six Wins, Including Best Film

2018 César Awards: ‘Bpm’ Triumphs With Six Wins, Including Best Film
“Bpm” triumphed at the César Awards, taking home the prizes for Best Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Antoine Reinartz), Best Male Newcomer (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart), Best Original Score, and Best Editing. Robin Campillo’s drama about AIDS activists in Paris also won the Grand Prix at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, but wasn’t nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film — a snub that was met with some controversy.

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Loveless,” which is nominated for the Oscar, won the equivalent award. Albert Dupontel’s “Au revoir là-haut” also had a big night, taking Best Director, Best Actress (Jeanne Balibar), and three other prizes. Full list of winners:

Best Film

“Bpm,” Robin Campillo

“Au revoir là-haut,” Albert Dupontel

“Barbara,” Mathieu Amalric

“Le Brio,” Yvan Attal

“Patients,” Grand Corps Malade, Mehdi Idir

“Petit Paysan,” Hubert Charuel

“C’est La Vie,” Eric Tolédano, Olivier Nakache

Best Director

Robin Campillo,
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Daniel Auteil's 'The Other Woman' scores deals (exclusive)

Picture sold to Germany, Spain, Russia and China.

Other Angle Pictures has signed a fresh round of deals on Daniel Auteuil’s couple comedy The Other Woman at the Efm.

The picture has sold to Germany (Weltkino), Spain (Wanda), Russia (Akm) and Hungary (Romis Film Group) and China (Lemon Tree).

Auteuil directs and stars in the film as a happily married man who starts fantasising about running off with a younger woman although it is never clear as the drama unfold whether these scenes are true or in his head.

Paris-based OtherAngle announced at the beginning of the market that the film had sold to Italy (Eagle), Canada (Christal Films), Brazil (Immovision), Benelux (Vertigo Films), China (Lemon Tree), Greece (Tanweer), Poland (Canal+) and Israel (Lev Cinemas). It is being handled by Sony in France.
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Europe Doubles Down on Remakes (Exclusive)

Europe is revving up its remake business. As in the U.S., where Lionsgate launched local production-distribution outfit Globalgate in 2016, the companies leading the remake effort in Europe are among those producing the continent’s most commercially aggressive international titles: Dimitri Rassam’s Chapter 2, Germany’s Constantin, Italy’s Medusa and Spain’s Telecinco Cinema.

Paris-based Rassam is a producer on “The Little Prince” and the upcoming “Playmobil,” a $75 million animated feature film based on the iconic toy brand. He is working on a French retread of Eugenio Derbez’s fading-gigolo farce “How to Be a Latin Lover,” sourced from Globalgate and set to star Kad Merad from “Welcome to the Sticks.” Richard Grandpierre co-produces; Olivier Baroux (“Les Tuches”) directs.

Rassam has also optioned “This Crazy Heart” from Germany’s biggest independent producer-distributor Constantin, a comedy about a rich 30-something made to care for a 15-year-old heart patient. The movie has grossed $19.3 million to date. Mars Film will co-produce
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Other Angle Pictures stacks up deals, including 'The Bouncer, 'The Other Woman' (exclusive)

Other Angle Pictures stacks up deals, including 'The Bouncer, 'The Other Woman' (exclusive)
Strong sales also on Daniel Auteil’s marriage drama The Other Woman.

Paris-based Other Angle Pictures has announced first sales on French director Julien Leclercq’s action thriller The Bouncer, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, which started shooting last week.

It has sold to Germany (Constantin Film), Italy (Minerva Pictures), Spain (Inopia Films), Latin America (Leda Film), Poland (Monolith Films), Middle East (Falcon Films), Russia (Capella Film), Turkey (Fabula Films), Hungary (Cinetel) and ex-Yugoslavia (Fox Vision).

Van Damme plays a bouncer who is strong-armed by the police into infiltrating a dangerous counterfeiting gang. The $10m production is lead produced by Julien Madon.

The company is also reporting strong interest on Daniel Auteuil’s The Other Woman in which the French star plays a happily married man who starts fantasising about running off with a younger woman.

The film has sold to Italy (Eagle), Canada (Christal Films), Brazil (Immovision), Benelux (Vertigo Films), China (Lemon Tree), Greece (Tanweer), Poland (Canal+) and Israel
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'Bpm (Beats Per Minute)' leads 2018 French César award nominations

'Bpm (Beats Per Minute)' leads 2018 French César award nominations
Other leading contenders include See You You There, Barbara and Bloody Milk.

Source: Cannes

‘Bpm (Beats Per Minute)’

Robin Campillo’s Aids activism drama Bpm (Beats Per Minute) leads nominations in France’s 2018 César awards which were announced in Paris on Wednesday morning (Jan 31).

Scroll down for the key nominations

The feature drama took 13 nominations including best film, best director and best screenplay and best male newcomer for its co-stars Nahuel Pérez Biscayart and Arnaud Valois.

France’s Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences unveiled the nominations at its traditional news conference at the Le Fouquet’s restaurant on the Champs-Elysées.

The popularity of Campillo’s film among the academy’s members came as little surprise. Although ignored by Oscar and Golden Globe, the Cannes Grand Prix winner has been a critical and box office success in France where the film has drawn more than 800,000 spectators for Memento Distribution.

It also leads the nominations in the upcoming
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‘Eva,’ ‘La Ch’tite Famille,’ ‘Non-Fiction’ Standouts at the 2018 UniFrance Rendez-Vous in Paris

‘Eva,’ ‘La Ch’tite Famille,’ ‘Non-Fiction’ Standouts at the 2018 UniFrance Rendez-Vous in Paris
Paris — Isabelle Huppert’s “Eva,” from Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp, Dany Boon’s Pathe-sold “La Ch’tite Famille,” and Olivier Assayas’ “Non-Fiction,” handled by Playtime, proved some of the highlights of a 2018 UniFrance Rendez-Vous that caught French films and France’s industry in a state of transition.

That can be taken several ways. Many of the big new titles on offer at the Rendez-Vous – “Ch’Tite,” Jean Dujardin-starrer “The Return of the King,” from Studiocanal – have been widely pre-sold, especially to Europe – leaving the 500-or-so foreign distributors at the Rendez-Vous, mostly drawn from Europe, to hunt more towards the margins for potential breakouts among titles screening. So some market buzz this year at the Rendez-Vous turned less on films screening that French sales agents’ mouth-watering line-up of upcoming titles, such as “Non-Fiction.”

Much Rendez-Vous table-talk turned on the possible new ownership makeup of both EuropaCorp, which will make a presentation to potential investors this week, and
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Boon, Binoche, Dujardin, Laurent, Cluzet, Lindon, Viard, Auteuil Grace 2018’s UniFrance Rendez-Vous

Boon, Binoche, Dujardin, Laurent, Cluzet, Lindon, Viard, Auteuil Grace 2018’s UniFrance Rendez-Vous
Dany Boon’s “La Ch’tite Famille,” Laurent Tirard’s “Return of the Hero” and Philippe le Guay’s “Normandie Nue” feature at the 20th UniFrance Rendez-Vous With French Cinema, which runs Jan. 18-22 in the lap-of-luxury at Paris’ InterContinental Le Grand Hotel.

“In all honesty, this looks like a good year in terms of quality of titles,” said Gilles Renouard, UniFrance co-deputy director.

On paper at least, that can be put down to two factors at least: the strength in depth and, crucially, breadth of France’s comedy offering at the Rendez-Vous, and a clutch of movies which showcase some of France’s finest actors: Vincent Lindon (“The Apparition”), Daniel Auteuil (“Le Brio”) and Karin Viard (“Jealous”) are just three. Following, 10 takes – and one big question raised – by this year’s edition:

1.Boon, But Much More

“The Rendez-Vous is a great place to catch comedies, which France does very well,” Renouard said. This
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The thing about evil by Anne-Katrin Titze

Roberto Andò on Connie Nielsen's character Claire: "I based her on someone like J.K. Rowling but also on others who have become hugely wealthy through their writing" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

At his hotel on Central Park South, director Roberto Andò discussed with me the connections to Alfred Hitchcock's I Confess and Torn Curtain in his latest film, which character was inspired by Jk Rowling, the majestic location where he filmed, and how "evil serves no purpose."

The Confessions (Le Confessioni), co-written by Angelo Pasquini, shot by Maurizio Calvesi, and starring Toni Servillo (Paolo Sorrentino's Oscar-winning The Great Beauty and Andò's Viva La Libertà) has an exceptional ensemble cast including Connie Nielsen (Patty Jenkins's Wonder Woman), Marie-Josée Croze (John Michael McDonagh's Calvary), Daniel Auteuil (Michael Haneke's Caché), Moritz Bleibtreu (Tom Tykwer's Run Lola Run), Lambert Wilson (Jérôme Salle's L'Odyssée), Pierfrancesco Favino (Roger Michell
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Robin Campillo’s ‘Bpm (Beats Per Minute)’ Leads France’s 2017 Lumieres Nominations

Robin Campillo’s ‘Bpm (Beats Per Minute)’ Leads France’s 2017 Lumieres Nominations
Robin Campillo’s “Bpm (Beats Per Minute),” the French foreign-language Oscar candidate, is leading nominations at the Lumieres Awards, France’s equivalent of the Golden Globes.

“Bpm,” a sprawling and intense drama following French AIDS activists in 1980s Paris, will compete in six categories, including best film, director, actor (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart), male newcomer (Arnaud Valois), script (Campillo and Philippe Mangeot) and score (Arnaud Rebotini). Since winning Cannes Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize, “Bpm” has nabbed several prizes overseas, notably the New York, Los Angeles and Washington critics’ awards for best foreign-language film, as well as prizes at Chicago and San Sebastian film festivals.

Mathieu Amalric’s “Barbara,” which world premiered at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard, and Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s contemporary dramedy “C’est La Vie” each garnered four Lumieres nominations, while Albert Dupontel’s “Au revoir là-haut” and Alain Gomis’s “Felicité,” winner of Berlin’s Silver Bear, will each compete
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Exclusive interview with Wonder Woman’s Connie Nielsen for The Confessions

Tai Freligh interviews Connie Nielsen

Connie Nielsen is a Danish actress who first gained fame for her portrayal of Princess Lucilla in Gladiator with Russell Crowe back in 2000 and has done extensive movie and television work since then, most recently as Queen Hippolyta in Wonder Woman and as Claire Seth in The Confessions, in U.S. theaters now. I asked her about The Confessions, Wonder Woman, Justice League and Stratton and tossed in some fun speed round questions too.

Tell me about your character Claire Seth and how she fits into this meeting of the world’s greatest leaders in Germany?

These meets often invite VIP guests – celebrities, actors, musicians – I play Claire Seth, one of the most successful writers of all time of children’s fiction.

What did you do to get into character for an acclaimed children’s author?

She was written to be a Brit but living
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Confessions of a film director by Anne-Katrin Titze

The Confessions (Le Confessioni) director Roberto Andò with Anne-Katrin Titze: "So Toni Servillo and I both read this book about Italian monasteries ..." Photo: Michael Moore

Roberto Andò, the director of Long Live Freedom (Viva La Libertà with Toni Servillo, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Valerio Mastandrea) met with me at his hotel on Central Park South for a conversation on his latest film The Confessions (Le Confessioni), co-written by Angelo Pasquini, shot by Maurizio Calvesi, and starring Servillo with an exceptional ensemble cast including Connie Nielsen (Patty Jenkins's Wonder Woman), Marie-Josée Croze (John Michael McDonagh's Calvary), Daniel Auteuil (Michael Haneke's Caché), Moritz Bleibtreu (Tom Tykwer's Run Lola Run), Lambert Wilson (Jérôme Salle's The Odyssey), Pierfrancesco Favino (Roger Michell's My Cousin Rachel), and Johan Heldenbergh (Felix van Groeningen's The Broken Circle Breakdown).

Toni Servillo is Carthusian monk Roberto Salus

A luxury resort with unfading allure and
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New Trailer for Political Thriller 'The Confessions' with Connie Nielsen

"You're the only one who can disrupt their plans." October Coast has debuted a new trailer for an Italian political thriller titled The Confessions, from Italian director Roberto Andò. Described as a "refreshing suspense thriller", the story is set during a G8 meeting being held at a luxury hotel on the German coast. One of the guests is a mysterious Italian monk, invited by Daniel Rochè, the director of the International Monetary Fund. He wants the monk to receive his confession, that night, in secret. The next morning, Rochè is found dead, and off we go. Toni Servillo stars along with Connie Nielsen, Daniel Auteuil, Lambert Wilson, Pierfrancesco Favino, Moritz Bleibtreu, Johan Heldenbergh, Richard Sammel, Togo Igawa, and Marie-Josée Croze. This film looks like a heavy political thriller, might be worth watching. Here's the new official Us trailer (+ poster) for Roberto Andò's The Confessions, direct from YouTube: A G
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Poster and trailer for The Confessions starring Toni Servillo and Connie Nielsen

Ahead of its Us release next month, a poster and trailer have arrived online for the upcoming Italian-French suspense thriller The Confessions. Directed by Roberto Ando, the film stars Toni Servillo, Connie Nielsen, Lambert Wilson, Daniel Auteuil, Pierfrancesco Favino, Marie-Josée Croze, and Moritz Bleibtreu; take a look below…

A G8 meeting is being held at a luxury hotel on the German coast. The world’s most powerful economists are gathered to enact important provisions that will deeply influence the world economy. One of the guests is a mysterious Italian monk, invited by Daniel Roché, the director of the International Monetary Fund. He wants the monk to receive his confession, that night, in secret. The next morning, Roché is found dead…

The Confessions is set for release on July 7th in the States.
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Why foreign-language films are struggling in UK cinemas

Releasing arthouse films is as challenging as ever, but there are grounds for optimism.

“For foreign-language films, you really have to have something quite exceptional to break the £1m ($1.3m) mark,” says Louisa Dent, managing director and acquisitions chief at UK arthouse distributor Curzon Artificial Eye.

Given the UK’s shared language with the dominant provider of film and its overall cultural pivot towards North America rather than continental Europe, the territory has always been seen as a challenge for sellers of foreign-language fare.

The advent of digital distribution has created a more crowded marketplace than ever. But Dent suggests the problem is not so much that audiences are dwindling as the changing nature of the product.

“If you get a really good classical piece of French cinema, a Coco Before Chanel or an Amélie, they still work,” she says. “But that sort of film hasn’t cropped up as much. What we are
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Paolo Sorrentino’s Berlusconi drama, Gurinder Chadha’s 'Viceroy’s House' sell for Pathé

Paolo Sorrentino’s Berlusconi drama, Gurinder Chadha’s 'Viceroy’s House' sell for Pathé
Pathé does brisk business across Cannes slate.

Pathé International saw brisk business on its Cannes slate, highlighted by a previously announced multi-territory deal with Focus for Lenny Abrahamson’s upcoming chiller The Little Stranger.

Also among sellers were Gurinder Chadha’s drama Viceroy’s House, which scored a Us deal with IFC, and Paolo Sorrentino’s upcoming Silvio Berlusconi movie Loro, which will reunite the director with La Grande Bellezza lead actor Toni Servillo.

The movie, due to start production in July, sold to Germany (Dcm), Spain (Dea Planeta), Benelux (Belga), Poland (Gutek), Greece (Feelgood), Cis (Aone), Czech Republic and Slovakia (Aero films), Ex Yougoslavia (McF), Hungary (Mozinet) and Israel (Lev). Pathé will distribute the film in France and Switzerland.

Dany Boon’s La Ch’tite Famille scored pre-sales in Germany (Concorde), Italy (Rai Cinema), Spain (Tripictures), Greece (Feelgood), Poland (Kinoswiat), Netherland (Paradiso) and Canada (Az films).

The film goes into production next month and is scheduled
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Cannes: Gurinder Chadha, Paolo Sorrentino, Dany Boon Films Score Deals for Pathe (Exclusive)

Cannes: Gurinder Chadha, Paolo Sorrentino, Dany Boon Films Score Deals for Pathe (Exclusive)
IFC has picked up Gurinder Chadha’s “Viceroy House,” starring Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson, from Pathe for U.S. release. The historic drama premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and the deal was announced in Cannes.

Pathe also clinched a raft of deals on Paolo Sorrentino’s anticipated “Loro” and “Dany Boon’s “La Ch’tite Famille,” which, along with Lenny Abrahamson’s “The Little Stranger,” are part of Pathe’s strong slate at Cannes film market.

Sorrentino’s anticipated “Loro”, in which Toni Servillo will star as Italian media tycoon-turned-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, was pre-sold to Germany (Dcm), Spain (Dea Planeta), Benelux (Belga), Poland (Gutek), Greece (Feelgood), Cis (Aone), Czech Republic and Slovakia (Aero films), Ex Yougoslavia(McF), Hungary (Mozinet) and Israel (Lev). Pathé will distribute “Loro” in France and Switzerland. Production will kick off in July.

Meanwhile, “La Ch’tite Famille,” the latest film by French comedy expert Boon,
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Michael Haneke’s Pitiless World: As ‘Happy End’ Debuts at Cannes, Reconsider ‘Caché’

Michael Haneke’s Pitiless World: As ‘Happy End’ Debuts at Cannes, Reconsider ‘Caché’
Austrian director Michael Haneke brings his new film, “Happy End,” to the 2017 Cannes Film Festival with a poster of a blue ocean, a French-language clip featuring glum dinner guests, and a wisp of a logline: A European bourgeois family is blind to the wider world around them, including the refugee crisis happening outside their door. But if it’s Haneke, what do we really need to know? This is the filmmaker whose last two films, “Amour” and “The White Ribbon,” won the Palme d’Or. And if this is Haneke, he doesn’t really do happy.

Read More: First Clip from Michael Haneke’s ‘Happy End’ Features a Very Unhappy Dinner Party — Watch

For all of the complexity of Haneke’s films and their refusal to dictate moral clarity, his worldview is consistent and straightforward. In Haneke’s world, society’s crimes and atrocities are not regretful footnotes of history
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Leone Film Group picks up 'Remi, Nobody’s Boy' for Italy

Exclusive: TF1 Studios scores deal for family film.

Italy’s Leone Film Group has picked up Italian rights to French director Antoine Blossier’s 19th century-set tale Remi, Nobody’s Boy about the adventures of a young orphan.

French TF1 Studio is kicking off sales on the family entertainment title at Cannes, where it will show first images.

“Rémi is a major brand in many territories and raised huge interest in Italy. We’re thrilled that Rémi has found a new home at Leone Film Group,” said TF1 Studio sales chief Sabine Chemaly.

The historic film company – founded by the late Sergio Leone – has carved itself out a place as one of Italy’s major high-end distributors and production houses since floating on the Milan stock market in 2013. Upcoming releases on its slate include Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets and A Monster Calls.

Remi, Nobody’s Boy is based on Hector Malot’s 1878 novel
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The Little Things: Marcel Pagnol's "Marseilles Trilogy"

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With a new restoration of Marcel Pagnol's "Marseilles Trilogy" coming to art-house cinemas, Mubi is showing three later Pagnol adaptations: Joshua Logan's Fanny (1961) and Daniel Auteuil's Fanny (2013) and Marius (2013) in the United States.The sea calls to Marius like a siren song, a tantalizing beckon to a life of mobility, exhilaration, and maritime adventure. It is a life far from his current reality, slinging drinks in his father’s shoreline bar, but it is a tempting existence that forever fills his fantasies and directs his path forward. Little wonder, really. The port of Marseilles is teeming with the influence of a sailor’s life, from the towering ships, their sails and masts hovering above the liquid horizon, to the shopfront interiors adorned with innumerable images of nautical signification, paintings and model ships that testify to the lifeblood of this city. Lifeblood, maybe, but also a curse. For Marius (Pierre Fresnay), his father,
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