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Legendary teams up with 'The Sisters Brothers' producers on English-language remake of bestseller 'The Perfect Nanny'

Paris-based Why Not Productions, Pan-Européenne in post on French version of Leila Slimani’s book.

Legendary, Why Not Productions and Pan-Européenne will produce an English-language adaptation of the international bestseller The Perfect Nanny (Chanson Douce).

Paris-based Why Not Productions and Pan-Européenne are currently in post on a French version of Leila Slimani’s book, which was originally published by Gallimard in France in 2016, and by Penguin in the Us last year.

The Perfect Nanny centres on Myriam, a married lawyer who returns to work after childbirth and hires a seemingly ideal nanny for the couple’s boy and girl. The
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Navarre: Recent Film, TV Shoots

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Navarre’s 35% tax credit has mainly lured a large list of national feature productions since its launch in 2015. Further international film and TV projects partially shot there, accessing Spain’s 20% tax deductions; other benefited from R&d incentives for Navarre-based animation and post-production companies. Here are some recent highlights:

Title – Year Of Production – Director – Production Company – Location

-”Ventajas de Viajar en Tren.” 2019. Aritz Moreno. Logical Pictures, Morena Films, Señor & Señora. Pamplona.

-“Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds.” 2019. Toni García. Apolo Films. Animation.

-“Line Walker: Operation Midnight Shadow.” 2018-2019. Babieka Line Walker. Filmed in Pamplona, Tafalla.

-“Offering to the Storm“ (The Baztán Trilogy). 2018-2019. Fernando González Molina. Nostromo Pictures, Atresmedia Cine, Nadcon. Baztán Valley, Elizondo, Pamplona.

-“The Legacy of the Bones” (The Baztán Trilogy). 2018-2019. Fernando González Molina. Nostromo Pictures, Atresmedia Cine, Nadcon. Baztán Valley, Elizondo, Pamplona.

-”Los Japón.” 2018. Álvaro Díaz Lorenzo. Dlo Producciones, Atresmedia Cine,
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Atlas V Enlists Tahar Rahim, Zita Hanrot for Vr Films ‘Gloomy Eyes,’ ‘Mirror’ (Exclusive)

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Atlas V Enlists Tahar Rahim, Zita Hanrot for Vr Films ‘Gloomy Eyes,’ ‘Mirror’ (Exclusive)
Atlas V, the thriving French Vr company with three films premiering in Annecy’s inaugural Vr competition lineup, has enlisted Tahar Rahim (“Looming Towers”) and Zita Hanrot (“Plan Coeur”) for Jorge Tereso and Fernando Maldonado’s animated “Gloomy Eyes” and Pierre Zandrowicz’s sci-fi experience “Mirror,” respectively.

“Mirror,” which is being presented at the Annecy Film Festival in the work-in-progress section, marks Zandrowicz’s follow up to “I, Philip.” “Mirror” is an English-language narrative Vr short in the veins of “Under The Skin,” “Annihilation” and “Solaris,” said Zandrowicz who wrote the script with Remi Giordano, his co-scribe on “I, Philip,” and Nicolas Peufaillit, the co-writer of Jacques Audiard’s “A Prophet.”

“Mirror” takes place thirty years from now and stars Hanrot as a young woman, Claris, whose trip into space unravels, leading her to have hallucinations bringing back some painful memories. “The psychological drama allows us to follow the characters
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Russia To Air Patriotic Version Of Chernobyl; Jacques Audiard To Direct First TV Drama; Sight & Sound Editor Steps Down — Global Briefs

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Russian state TV channel Ntv is soon to air its own drama version about the deadly 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Unlike the hit HBO series, this more obviously pro-Russian Chernobyl will claim that a CIA spy was present for the catastrophic nuclear accident.

According to the Guardian, a description of the show says that the plot will follow a CIA agent dispatched to Pripyat to gather intelligence on the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and the Russian counterintelligence agent sent to track him down. Series director Alexey Muradov said the show “will tell viewers about what really happened back then.”

Widely lauded HBO drama Chernobyl has inspired audiences to consider potential shows about other major disasters. Brit actress Meera Syal was one of many to call for a similarly forensic drama about India’s 1984 Bhopal tragedy.

Floored by the brilliance on every level of #ChernobylHBO @clmazin @sisterpicstv Fiercely intelligent exposition of the human cost of state censorship.
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Jacques Audiard to Write, Direct Episodes of French Spy Series ‘The Bureau’

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Jacques Audiard to Write, Direct Episodes of French Spy Series ‘The Bureau’
Jacques Audiard, whose latest film “The Sisters Brothers” with John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix and Jake Gyllenhaal earned him a best director prize at Venice, will make his TV debut with the Canal Plus hit original spy series “The Bureau.”

The Palme d’Or winning director of “Dheepan” will direct some episodes of the fifth and final season of “The Bureau,” along with the series creator Eric Rochant, Jérôme Salle, Thomas Bidegain, Anna Novion, Samuel Collardey and Mathieu Kassovitz, who is also the star of “The Bureau.”

Audiard, one of France’s most revered filmmakers, also co-wrote the fifth season of “The Bureau” with Bidegain, his writing partner on several films including “The Sisters Brothers,” as well as Cécile Ducrocq, Capucine Rochant, Hippolyte Girardot, Dominique Baumard, Camille de Castelnau, Olivier Dujols, Raphaël Chevènement, with the collaboration of Valentine Milville.

“The Bureau” revolves around a member of a clandestine branch of
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How Quentin Tarantino Saved Cannes, While Abdellatif Kechiche Set It Back a Decade

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How Quentin Tarantino Saved Cannes, While Abdellatif Kechiche Set It Back a Decade
Once upon a time in Cannes, a wild-eyed rebel kicked his foot through the basement window of Hollywood, stealing helter skelter from his favorite B-movies and lowbrow genres, and splicing them into the king of all cult movies. Mind you, that was a quarter-century ago, the year Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” won the Palme d’Or.

It’s a different world now, and Cannes is a different beast. Unspooling 25 years to the night after “Pulp Fiction,” Tarantino’s latest meta-movie remix, “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” may have been the hottest ticket of the event, but the film hardly made the same impact. The 159-minute fetish exercise — an epic homage to dirty feet, neon-lit classic L.A. dives and showbiz in-jokes, set half a century ago, on the eve of the Manson Family murders — got the customary standing ovation following its red-carpet premiere (that’s standard practice at
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Streaming: Netflix's ode to Joy

Sudabeh Mortezai’s feature about a trafficked Nigerian sex worker gets a well-earned Netflix boost; plus, a shimmering art-rock short

For 10 years now, the august London film festival – the vast compendium of world cinema that consumes the capital’s cinephiles every autumn – has had an overall best film prize. If this young award isn’t exactly on a par with the Palme d’Or or Golden Lion for international prestige, a glance at the names of past winners makes it hard to argue with its credentials. Andrey Zvyagintsev has won it twice, as has Jacques Audiard; Lynne Ramsay nabbed it for We Need to Talk About Kevin, Kelly Reichardt for Certain Women, while Pawel Pawlikowski was honoured for Ida over a year before the Oscars did the same.

So it was a surprise when last year’s award went to a film, and film-maker, well off the radar of even most arthouse-inclined filmgoers.
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Cannes: European Auteurs Launch Appeal to Get E.U. Elections Vote Out

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Cannes: European Auteurs Launch Appeal to Get E.U. Elections Vote Out
A group of 500 prominent European auteurs – including heavyweights attending Cannes such as Céline Sciamma, Pawel Pawlikowski, and Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne – have launched an impassioned appeal to citizens of the 28 European Union nations to get out the vote at the upcoming May 23-26 E.U. parliamentary elections.

“It is true, Europe is hardly perfect,” said the appeal, read by Sciamma and Croatia’s Hrvoje Hribar during a photo-op gathering on the steps of the Directors’ Fortnight hub on the Croisette. A banner behind them urged to “Choose your future!”

“We sometimes blame it, and rightly so, for lacking soul and emotion; for speaking a language that few of us understand,” it noted.

“Yet, despite its frailties and its failings, we also perceive humanity and beauty at its core. And we strive to portray it through delicate imagery, in a more accessible language for all the people that make it whole,” the appeal added.
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‘Tenzo’ Trailer: Watch Teaser For Katsuya Tomita’s Critics’ Week Premiering Drama [Cannes Exclusive]

It might be the smallest of the various Cannes sidebars, but the International Critics Week is nevertheless a force to be reckoned with. Focusing primarily on first and second features by newer filmmakers, directors who received an early jump start in there career include Bernardo Bertolucci, Wong Kar-Wai, Francois Ozon, Jacques Audiard, Leos Carax, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, David Robert Mitchell, Trey Edward Shults, and Julia Ducournau.

Read More: 2019 Cannes Film Festival: The 21 Most Anticipated Movies

This year’s installment is already underway, and one of the more intriguing entries comes from Japanese filmmaker Katsuya Tomita, whose previous movies “Saudade” and “Bangkok Nites” premiered at Locarno to much acclaim.

Continue reading ‘Tenzo’ Trailer: Watch Teaser For Katsuya Tomita’s Critics’ Week Premiering Drama [Cannes Exclusive] at The Playlist.
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Cannes Report, Day 2: ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘Bacurau’ Start Strong, John Carpenter Takes a Bow

Cannes Report, Day 2: ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘Bacurau’ Start Strong, John Carpenter Takes a Bow
After Cannes’ opening night film “The Dead Don’t Die” got the festival off to a somewhat slow start with mixed reviews, Wednesday’s two debuts, “Les Misérables” and “Bacurau,” proved that this year’s lineup will have some life in it.

Ladj Ly’s “Les Misérables” isn’t based on Victor Hugo’s classic story, but it’s set in the same region in France and has the spirit of the original. Ly (picture above) originally directed an acclaimed short in 2017 of the same name that set the stage for this larger feature focused on police brutality and crime. The Guardian critic said Ly’s feature debut had a dose of “humor, cynicism, energy and savvy” and was worthy of some comparisons to previous Palme d’Or winner Jacques Audiard’s “Dheepan.”

Another reviewer even predicted we might already have a prize winner on our hands. “‘Les Miserables,’ Cannes
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Cannes 2019 Palme d’Or Contenders: Here’s a Look at the Likely Winners

Cannes 2019 Palme d’Or Contenders: Here’s a Look at the Likely Winners
Since 1955, the Cannes Film Festival has awarded the Palme d’Or to some of the greatest filmmakers of all time, from Frances Ford Coppola to Jane Campion. However, the prestigious golden leaf remains one of the hardest prizes to predict. While Oscar season involves thousands of voters and aggressive, months-long campaigns, the Palme d’Or race among the 20-odd films selected for Official Competition screen across 10 days for a jury of celebrated actors, filmmakers, and other influencers, some of whom can be fickle about their tastes. The jury typically watches two or three films per day, convening throughout the festival before deliberating at the very end. And while the jury president can wield some influence over the outcome, everyone gets a vote.

That means there’s no precise science for predicting the Palme d’Or contenders, but that doesn’t mean we can’t give it a shot. Each year,
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Les Misérables review – savvy cop procedural swerves into molotov mayhem

Ladj Ly’s debut feature is a police drama set in a tough Paris suburb that loses subtlety and heft as it erupts into violence

This movie from first-time feature director Ladj Ly has one of the most striking and even glorious pre-credit sequences I can remember. It shows the cheering, screaming crowds on the streets of Paris last summer, when France had just beaten Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup. This is a seething mass of humanity with tricolours waving everywhere, boiling with joy. Finally, the director flashes up the title over the people, ecstatic in their triumph: Les Misérables.

It’s an irresistible irony and it kicks the film off with a great exhilarating jolt of humour, cynicism, energy and savvy. But what begins as a fascinatingly tough cop procedural gets less interesting when the violence begins, and it becomes a solemnly ponderous issue movie on those familiar
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Cannes Competition Director Ladj Ly: ‘We’ve Been Protesting These Conditions in Our Cities for 20 Years’

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Cannes Competition Director Ladj Ly: ‘We’ve Been Protesting These Conditions in Our Cities for 20 Years’
Director Ladj Ly never expected his first narrative feature, “Les Misérables,” to be selected for official competition at the Cannes Film Festival, but the filmmaker, whose mission is to capture the reality of the Paris suburbs, is understandably thrilled about the surprise.

“I thought maybe there was a small, small chance of getting into the Directors’ Fortnight, but the Competition — wow!” he says. The 39-year-old filmmaker was signed by CAA as the festival got off the ground Tuesday.

Anyone who thinks the story is a retelling of the Victor Hugo classic would be mistaken. But there’s a reason it shares the same title: Part of the book takes place in Montfermeil, the working-classic suburb where Ly grew up. “A century later, there’s still misery in this area,” Ly says. “Police violence remains a factor.”

Although getting “Les Misérables” into Competition represents a major jump forward in visibility, Ly
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'Sex Education' star Emma Mackey to make French debut opposite Romain Duris in Pathé's 'Eiffel' (exclusive)

Martin Bourboulon, whose credits include divorce comedy-dramas Mummy Or Daddy and Divorce French Style, will direct.

Emma Mackey, the breakout star of Netflix’s hit show Sex Education, will make her French-language debut opposite Romain Duris in Pathé’s upcoming €22m ($20m) production Eiffel, revolving around the untold love story behind the creation of the Eiffel Tower.

The project is currently in pre-production for an August 2019 shoot. Pathé International kicks off sales at Cannes with Pathé retaining French and Swiss rights.

Mackey will play Adrienne Bourgès, a mysterious, high-born woman linked to celebrated engineer Gustave Eiffel’s past.

Sex Education
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The Conversation: Producer Pascal Caucheteux

Producer Pascal Caucheteux has long been a fixture of French cinema (though in his early days he was an executive producer of Gregg Araki’s work) and has fostered the careers of two reigning French auteurs: Arnaud Desplechin and Jacques Audiard. He’s often a presence at Cannes, and has also worked with Christophe Honore, Claire Denis, and Jean-Francois Richet.

Caucheteux has also been a growing presence on international projects, besides continuing to work with Araki adding Ken Loach on several features, Cristian Mungiu, Andrey Zvyagintsev and Bohdan Slama. His projects have twice won Cesars for Best Film (Audiard’s A Prophet and Xavier BeauvoisOf Gods and Men) while Zvyagintsev’s Loveless nabbed a Cesar for Best Foreign Film.…
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'Avengers: Endgame' to cross $2bn in second weekend

'Avengers: Endgame' to cross $2bn in second weekend
Tentpole ranks as fourth highest international release in history.

Avengers: Endgame had reached $1.664bn worldwide and was poised to overtake Jurassic World on $1.671bn on Thursday (2) to become the fifth highest global release in history as it bore down on the second weekend.

The tentpole, which has crossed $500m in China, is expected to settle on more than $2bn worldwide by Sunday. The Marvel Studios behemoth added $183m worldwide on Wednesday (May 1) and overtook the final grosses of Furious 7 ($1.516bn) and The Avengers ($1.519bn).

On Wednesday Avengers: Endgame added $157.8m internationally to reach $1.211bn, capitalising on May holidays in a number of markets.
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'Avengers: Endgame' becomes fifth highest global release, crosses $500m in China

'Avengers: Endgame' becomes fifth highest global release, crosses $500m in China
Tentpole ranks as fourth highest international release in history.

Avengers: Endgame has reached $1.664bn worldwide and is overtaking Jurassic World on $1.671bn on Thursday (2) to become the fifth highest global release in history after nine days, and has crossed $500m in China.

Ahead of a second weekend when it is expected to cross $2bn worldwide, the Marvel Studios behemoth added $183m worldwide on Wednesday (May 1) and overtook the final grosses of Furious 7 ($1.516bn) and The Avengers ($1.519bn).

On Wednesday Avengers: Endgame added $157.8m internationally to reach $1.211bn, capitalising on May holidays in a number of markets. It passed Star
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Jake Gyllenhaal heads to HBO’s ‘Lake Success’

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Believe it or not, Jake Gyllenhaal is yet to make his TV debut, well that is about to come to an end as the Mysterio actor is set to star in HBO’s limited series ‘Lake Success’.

Gyllenhaal will both star and executive produce alongside Riva Marker, which is based on Gary Shteyngart’s book.

The series follows a narcissistic, self-deluded and hilariously divorced from the real world, hedge fund manager Barry Cohen (Gyllenhaal) who flees his family, his past and the SEC on a cross-country bus ride in search of his college girlfriend and a last chance at romantic redemption. Meanwhile, back in Manhattan, his brilliant wife Seema struggles to raise their autistic son and begins a tragicomic love affair of her own.

The series is co-written by Shteyngart and ‘Watchmen’s’ Tom Spezialy who will also act as a show-runner.

Also in news – Hawkeye gets his own limited
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Cannes: Cirro Guerra To Lead Critics’ Week Jury; John Waters To Be Feted At Locarno — Global Briefs

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Cannes: Cirro Guerra To Lead Critics’ Week Jury; John Waters To Be Feted At Locarno — Global Briefs
Colombian director Cirro Guerra (Birds Of Passage) has been appointed head of jury for Critics’ Week, which runs parallel to the Cannes Film Festival and is dedicated to first and second films. The jury is rounded out by actress Amira Casar (Call Me By Your Name), Danish producer Marianne Slot (The House That Jack Built), Congolese critic Djia Mambu and Italian director Jonas Carpignano (A Ciambra). Guerra’s critically acclaimed 2015 black-and-white pic The Embrace of the Serpent won the top prize at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight and was nominated for a foreign-language Oscar in 2016. His most recent film Birds Of Passage also world premiered at Directors’ Fortnight. Critics’ Week, headed by Charles Tesson, has previously helped launch the careers of Jacques Audiard, Alejandro González Iñarritu, Ken Loach, François Ozon, Wong Kar-waï and Jeff Nichols.

John Waters is to receive the Locarno Film Festival‘s highest honorary distinction, the Pardo d’Onore Manor,
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Cannes: Ciro Guerra to Head Jury of Critics’ Week

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Cannes: Ciro Guerra to Head Jury of Critics’ Week
Critically acclaimed Colombian director Ciro Guerra (“Birds of Passage”) is set to preside over the jury of Critics’ Week, which runs parallel to the Cannes Film Festival and is dedicated to first and second films.

The jury will be completed by actress Amira Casar (“Call Me by Your Name”); Paris-based Danish producer Marianne Slot; Congolese critic Djia Mambu; and Italian director Jonas Carpignano.

Guerra’s credits include “The Embrace of the Serpent,” a black-and-white adventure saga which won the top prize at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight and was nominated for a foreign-language Oscar in 2016. His next film, “Birds of Passage” (which he co-directed with Cristina Gallego), also world premiered at Directors’ Fortnight and had a laureled path at festivals around the world.

Critics’ Week, which will be having its 68th edition, has helped launch the careers of many filmmakers who went on to become major directors, notably Jacques Audiard, Alejandro González Iñarritu,
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