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Competing Narratives: Close-Up on Erick Zonca's "Black Tide"

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Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Erick Zonca's Black Tide (2018) is showing January – March, 2019 on Mubi.As evidenced in his previous feature films, French director Erick Zonca’s most adept skill may be providing the veneer of normalcy, obscuring the more decentering work he does as a filmmaker. This veneer allows the viewer to sink so deeply into his films that the experimental nature at work evades us until the story or the characters have swallowed our attentions whole. It is our receptivity to the nuances of these characters and story lines, so deeply felt and colored-in, that alert us to a deconstructive force at work. With ​Black Tide​, Zonca gives us a vivid field of stories to navigate, seemingly flat land, but ultimately fissuring with each accumulation of fragmented truths and perspectives. Coming into our collective consciousness amidst the 1990s’ torrent of new filmmakers,
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Wild Bunch to launch Paris suburbs drama 'Les Misérables' at the Efm (exclusive)

Slate also includes Cannes hopefuls Ken Loach’s Sorry We Missed You, Kore-eda Hirokazu’s The Truth and Kantemir Balagov’s Beanpole.

Wild Bunch has boarded sales on zeitgeisty drama Les Misérables, the directorial debut of filmmaker Ladj Ly, a long-time collaborator of French street artist Jr, whose work focuses on the tough eastern suburbs of Paris where he grew up.

Inspired by the 2005 riots in the notorious Clichy-sous-Bois and Montfermeil suburbs east of Paris, Les Misérables revolves around three members of an anti-crime brigade who are overrun while trying to make an arrest.

“It’s a challenging, exciting title for us,
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Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano’s ‘The Specials’ Already a Gaumont Sales Hit (Exclusive)

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Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano’s ‘The Specials’ Already a Gaumont Sales Hit (Exclusive)
Following the widely successful “C’est La Vie,” Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s (“The Intouchables”) passion project “The Specials” (“Hors normes”) starring Vincent Cassel and Reda Kateb, has already lured major buyers in key territories.

Gaumont, which delivered the largest number of French B.O. hits overseas in 2018, has pre-sold “The Specials” to Germany, Austria (Prokino), Greece (Seven), Italy (Videa), Belgium, Luxembourg, The Netherlands (Cineart), Portugal (Lusomundo), Spain (A Contracorriente), Switzerland (Ascot Elite), Israel (Lev), Canada, (MK2 Mile), Scandinavia (Scanbox), China (E Star), Taiwan (Moviecloud), Abania, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro (McF Megacom) Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania (Mauris Films) and Poland (Kino Swiat).

The Specials” is an uplifting drama about the true story of Stephane Benhamou and Daoud Tatou, two friends from different religious faiths who, 20 years ago, created a pair of non-profit organizations for children with severe autism.

Toledano and Nakache are best-known for directing “The Intouchables,” which scored $450 million worldwide.
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UniFrance Rendez-Vous Packed With French Comedies, Biopics, Docs

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Kicking off on Jan. 17 with the world premiere of Philippe de Chauveron’s “Serial Bad Weddings 2,” the 21st edition of the UniFrance Rendez-Vous in Paris will showcase a flurry of French comedies, biopics and a raft of documentaries.

The Rendez-Vous in Paris, organized by the promotion org UniFrance, will take place over five days and will bring together 481 buyers from 56 countries, as well as 45 French sales companies.

Besides “Serial Bad Weddings 2,” the sequel of the smash hit film which grossed over $148 million, the anticipated comedy highlights set to have their market premieres at the Rendez-Vous include Hugo Gelin’s “Love at Second Sight,” Philippe Lacheau’s “City Hunter,” Eric Lavaine’s “No Filter,” Lisa Azuelos’s “Sweetheart,” Louis-Julien Petit’s “Invisibles” and Bertrand Blier’s “Heavy Duty.”

Sold by Studiocanal, “Love at Second Sight” is a romantic comedy which marks Gelin’s follow-up to the Omar Sy starrer “Two is a Family.
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MyFrenchFilmFestival Highlights ‘Sauvage’ ‘Black Tide,’ ‘Guy,’ ’The Bureau’

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MyFrenchFilmFestival Highlights ‘Sauvage’ ‘Black Tide,’ ‘Guy,’ ’The Bureau’
Paris — Two Cannes Critics’ Week hits – ‘Guy,” “Sauvage” – and Erick Zonca’s comeback, “Black Tide,” are three potential highlights in a still-expanding MyFrenchFilmFestival, French promotion org UniFrance’s annual online selection of French and French-language films.

Unveiling MyFFF’s 2019 edition in Paris on Wednesday, UniFrance also revealed that this year’s ninth edition will bow a TV strand, showcasing espionage thriller “The Bureau,” a recent and game-changing Canal Plus Création Originale. The international filmmakers’ jury – unveiled by UniFrance’s president Serge Toubiana and co-managing director Isabelle Giordano on Wednesday morning at Google’s offices in Paris — comprises Jaco Van Dormael (“The Brand New Testament”), Houda Benyamina (“Divines”), Coralie Fargeat (“Revenge”), Mikhaël Hers (“Amanda”) and Kim Nguyen (“Rebelle”). Citing “Divines” which sold to Netflix, and “Revenge” which was acquired by AMC’s Shudder, Toubiana and Giordano said all the filmmakers on the jury have had a connection with a digital service.
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Vincent Cassel, 52, Expecting a Baby With Tina Kunakey, 21

Vincent Cassel, 52, Expecting a Baby With Tina Kunakey, 21
There's a baby on board for Vincent Cassel and Tina Kunakey.  The 52-year-old French actor and 21-year-old model, who tied the knot in August, have confirmed they're expecting their first child together. The couple took to social media on New Year's Day with a beachside shot and video highlighting Kunakey's visible baby bump. "Happiest New Year Ever #andifyoudontknownowyouknow," she captioned a happy photo of herself commando by the water in Brazil.  Cassel also shared the official news over on his social media account with a clip of himself kissing his wife's belly.  "Bonne année  Feliz ano novo Happy new year," he wrote to...
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Film Review: ‘Default’

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Film Review: ‘Default’
Korean filmmakers have a knack for turning their national crises into riveting entertainment, choice examples being last year’s “A Taxi Driver” and “1987: When the Day Comes.” Following in that tradition, domestic hit “Default” (which opened Nov. 30 in the U.S.) manages to make currency crashes and the Asian Financial Crisis a juicy subject onscreen.

Set in 1997, when South Korea faced national bankruptcy, this financial thriller dramatizes the tense run-up to the Imf’s bailout, which the Korean media coined the nation’s “day of humiliation.” Racily paced yet boasting crystal-clear exposition, this hard-nosed and clear-eyed lesson on capitalist hubris bristles with relevance given the escalation of the Trade War.

It’s hard to believe that director Choi Kook-hee has only shot one feature film “Split” before making a work of such lofty ambition. With consummate skill, he pulls together three character arcs that represent the lower-middle class, the financial sector,
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Korea Box Office: Financial Drama ‘Default’ Makes Top-Place Debut

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Opening on Wednesday, local drama “Default” debuted on top of the South Korean box office. The Cj Entertainment release earned $11.5 million from 1.57 million admissions over its five opening days. Over the Friday-Sunday weekend, it earned $8.44 million from 1.07 million admissions and accounted for 42% of the total weekend revenues.

Starring some of South Korea’s top stars including Kim Hye-soo and Yoo Ah-in, and French actor Vincent Cassel, the film depicts the back story of the Imf negotiations during the financial crisis in South Korea in 1997.

Fox’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” slipped to second place, earning $6.53 million between Friday and Sunday for a total of $47.5 million after five weekends. The biographical film accounted for 32% of the weekend box office.

Showbox’s “Unstoppable” also slipped to third from the previous weekend’s second. The crime actioner earned $1.74 million for a total of $11.0 million after two weekends.

Wednesday opener, “Robin Hood” debuted in fourth. It
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Review: Default, Financial Thriller Overdraws Its Trump Card

Following a promising debut, Split director Choi Kook-hee steps up to the big league with the star-driven period financial thriller Default, a three-strand narrative detailing the calamitous week around Korea's Imf Crisis in 1997, featuring local leading lights Kim Hye-soo and Yoo Ah-in and a big supporting role for French superstar Vincent Cassel. The film borrows heavily from recent global financial thrillers, stirs in a predictable dose of melodrama and attempts to tackle women's equality. In 1997, Korea's exploding economy shows no signs of faltering on the surface, but a pair of people have begun to notice the cracks and they must make their voices heard before the country's financial ruin, but for very different reasons. Han Shi-hyun leads the monetary policy team at the...

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Video: Romain Gavras’ The World is Yours (Le monde est à toi) | 2018 Cannes Film Festival

We haven’t been bemused by gangsta comedy genre perhaps since Guy Ritchie’s bumbling idiot films, and yet with this long anticipated sophomore film, Romain Gavras surprises all expectations with The World is Yours (Le monde est à toi) with a misfit cast comprised of Karim Leklou, Vincent Cassel and Isabelle Adjani and all of their quirks. Abiding by the rule of the split genre, Gavras returns to filmmaking employing all the tools of the trade that he perfected with commercial and music video work. This should play well with the French public. Here is post Q&A world premiere footage from the Directors’ Fortnight.…
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Friday One Sheet: The Emperor Of Paris

The art of the character poster is alive and well in France at the moment. Jean-François Richet's glossy blockbuster on the worlds first Private Detective, François Vidocq is no exception. Vincent Cassel is playing the criminal turned criminologist, who enraptured writers like Edgar Allen Poe and Balzac, to hopefully wash out the taste of the 2001 Pitof directed disaster. With The Emperor of Paris, a cast of talented actors with interesting faces, has been assembled, including Denis Levant, August Diehl, Olga Kurylenko, and Freya Mavor, all of whom get lovely, textured character posters that emphasize both the faces and the clothing of the period.  (A Full Gallery is here.) But I wanted to highlight the main One Sheet for the film, by French design firm,...

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The Doomed Devotion of Dance Cinema

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To bop, shimmy, tango, shake, wriggle; movement is the intrinsic lifeblood of the cinema, and from its earliest days it was physical motion that best exhibited the novel technology of the movies. Dance was one of the foremost of those visual pleasures, generally seen as escapist entertainment. This was even more the case as films blossomed into sound and the musical became de rigeur. Initially, dance was stage-bound and limited by heavy equipment required to record its subjects, but it didn’t take very long for song and dance numbers to reach a greater potential, especially under the auspices of talents like choreographer Busby Berkeley, with his dazzling geometric formations of chorines. In the forties, there came the wholesome vitality of MGM’s Freed Unit musicals. With their chirpy songs and rosy-cheeked pictures of good health, it’s difficult to detect any darkness in their depths. Yet dance, like any art form,
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Cassel Gets Gifted in Deluc’s Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti | Blu-ray Review

French painter Paul Gauguin receives two noted cinematic approximations in 2018. Edouard Deluc’s Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti features Vincent Cassel as the tropically consumed painter who finds romance and liberation during his most prolific artistic period, which hits theatrical in November of 2018). Despite a lack of any major festival play, the title was snapped up by Cohen Media Group and raked in just over two-hundred thousand at the Us box office during a limited theatrical release in July of 2018.…
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Oscars: A Guide to the 2018 Foreign-Language Entries Accepted by the Academy

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Among the 87 entries this year, down five from 2017’s whopping 92, there are more documentaries than ever, plus two African countries submitting for the first time: Malawi and Niger. Here’s a guide to the films, including logline, sales, and production contact.

Afghanistan

“Rona, Azim’s Mother”

Director: Jamshid Mahmoudi

Logline: A touching drama set in the milieu of Afghan immigrants in Iran who lack full citizens’ rights, with laborer Azim struggling to care for his mother.

Key Cast: Mohsen Tanabandeh, Fatemeh Hosseini

Intl. Sales: Noori Pictures

Algeria

“Until the End of Time”

Director: Yasmine Chouikh

Logline: An elderly grave digger and a 60-something widow meet in the cemetery of Sidi Boulekbour and develop feelings for one another.

Key Cast: Djillali Boudjemaa, Djamila Arres

Intl. Sales: MakingOf Film

Argentina

“El Ángel”

Director: Luis Ortega

Logline: A portrait of the infamous teenage serial killer “The Angel of Death,” who took Argentina by
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Gaumont’s ‘The Emperor of Paris’ Pre-Sells to International Markets (Exclusive)

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Gaumont’s ‘The Emperor of Paris’ Pre-Sells to International Markets (Exclusive)
Jean-Francois Richet’s crime thriller “The Emperor of Paris” has been pre-sold by Gaumont to major territories.

The crime thriller stars Vincent Cassel as Francois Vidocq, a real-life ex-convict who became a police detective during Napoleon’s reign. The cast includes Olga Kurylenko, August Diehl, Freya Mavor, Fabrice Luchini and James Thierée.

Gaumont, which is hosting screenings of the film at Afm, has closed Latin America (California), Germany/Austria (Splendid), Spain (Selecta), China (Suee Media) and South Korea (The Coup/Activers).

Produced by Eric and Nicolas Altmayer’s Mandarin Production (“Saint Laurent”), “The Emperor of Paris” has also been sold to Taiwan (Eagle), Switzerland (Ascot), Greece (Odeon), Benelux (Athena), Portugal (Lusomundo), Hungary (Media Squad), Poland (Akson), Czech Republic and Slovakia (Aqs), Romania (Vertical), former Yugoslavia (Blitz), Baltics/Cis (Central Partnership), the Middle East (Four Star) and Turkey (Medyavizyion).

A French adventurer who became a gangster and then the boss of Paris police,
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The Script For Eastern Promises 2 is Now Being Developed as a Standalone Film Called Body Cross

Director David Cronenberg’s 2007 gangster movie Eastern Promises was an incredible film! The movie starred Viggo Mortensen and Vincent Cassel and there’s been talk of a sequel for years.

There was a point where the same creative team of the first film was excited to get back together to make a sequel. Cronenberg, the original screenwriter Steven Knight, and both actors were attached to do it, but then, for some reason it ended up never happening.

Well, now the script that was written for Eastern Promises 2 is being developed as a completely different standalone movie called Body Cross.

It’s not uncommon for scripts to be repurposed for other films, but I would have loved to see Eastern Promises 2 get made with the same creative team. According to Screen Daily, this new crime thriller, Body Cross, will be directed by Lady Macbeth filmmaker William Oldroyd.

The script for the
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‘Eastern Promises 2’ Screenplay Now Being Used For Standalone Crime Film ‘Body Cross’

‘Eastern Promises 2’ Screenplay Now Being Used For Standalone Crime Film ‘Body Cross’
For years there have been whispers about a potential Eastern Promises 2, a sequel to David Cronenberg‘s 2007 gangster movie that starred Viggo Mortensen and Vincent Cassel. For a time, it even looked like the same creative team would reunite for it. But now we know that’s not happening, because Eastern Promises 2 has morphed […]

The post ‘Eastern Promises 2’ Screenplay Now Being Used For Standalone Crime Film ‘Body Cross’ appeared first on /Film.
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Tom Hughes, Milla Jovovich Starring in Swashbuckler ‘Corto Maltese’

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Tom Hughes, Milla Jovovich Starring in Swashbuckler ‘Corto Maltese’
Tom Hughes and Mila Jovovich will star in the swashbuckling adventure movie “Corto Maltese” with French director Christophe Gans attached.

Gans, whose credits include the French “Beauty and the Beast,” “Silent Hill” and “Brotherhood of the Wolf,” will direct from a script by William Schneider. Samuel Hadida is producing the film through his Davis Films alongside Spain’s production and distribution company TriPictures. Christian Mercuri’s Capstone Group is starting sales at the American Film Market.

Producers see “Corto Maltese” as a potential mass-appeal franchise starter similar to the “Indiana Jones,” “Sherlock Holmes” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchises. The movie is based on the stories of an adventurous sailor, created by comic book author and novelist Hugo Pratt and set at the dawn of the 20th Century. Principal photography is slated to begin in January in Europe and China.

In the film, Corto Maltese has been hired by a
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‘Lady Macbeth’ Director to Tackle Crime Film Based On ‘Eastern Promises 2′ Script

William Oldroyd, who won acclaim for his feature debut Lady Macbeth, has come on to direct the crime thriller Body Cross for Focus Features, which had been developing the project as a potential sequel to Eastern Promises, Collider has confirmed. Steven Knight wrote the script years ago, and Focus execs have been high on it ever since, but since script stalled out as a sequel to Eastern Promises, the studio decided to use it to tell an original story. Once slated to return, Viggo Mortensen and Vincent Cassel are no longer expected to be involved, and Body Cross will serve …
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Gaumont Reteams with ‘The Intouchables’ Directors on ‘The Specials’ (Exclusive)

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Gaumont Reteams with ‘The Intouchables’ Directors on ‘The Specials’ (Exclusive)
French mini-major Gaumont is re-teaming with “The Intouchables” filmmakers Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache on their long-gestated passion project, “The Specials,” starring Vincent Cassel and Reda Kateb.

The Specials” is an uplifting drama about the true story of Stephane Benhamou and Daoud Tatou, two friends from different religious faiths who, 20 years ago, created a pair of non-profit organizations for children with severe autism.

Toledano and Nakache are best-known for directing “The Intouchables,” which scored $450 million worldwide. Their last film, “C’est la vie,” is the second-highest grossing French film worldwide this year so far, with $40 million .

The Specials” is being produced by Toledano and Nakache’s regular partners at Paris-based production banner Quad. Gaumont is co-producing with Toledano and Nakache’s company Ten Films. Gaumont is also handling international sales and will release the movie in France on Oct. 23, 2019.

Budgeted at $15 million, “The Specials” brings back crew members from “The Intouchables,
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