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Paul Verhoeven's nun drama 'Benedetta' delayed until 2020

Delay gives director time to recuperate from hip surgery.

Pathé Films has confirmed reports that post-production on Paul Verhoeven’s upcoming nun drama Benedetta has been put on hold to give the director time to recuperate from hip surgery.

“Paul is a director hands-on in the editing room and he also supervises all the VFX of the film. That’s why the producers have decided to postpone the release of the film, to 2020, to give Mr. Verhoeven the time to finish the film serenely and in good health,” said Benoit Sauvage, head of international marketing and publicity at Pathé International.
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Rotterdam film festival 2018 winners announced

Winners include The Widowed Witch, The Reports On Sarah And Saleem, The Guilty and Nina.

Source: Iffr

‘The Widowed Witch’

The winners at the 47th International Film Festival Rotterdam (24 Jan 2018 – 4 Feb) have been announced.

The Widowed Witch by Cai Chengjie won the Hivos Tiger competition, which comes with a $40,000 cash prize.

The jury said it was “a film of epic dimensions with a narrative that is greater than one person or moment. It takes a feminist viewpoint with a strong central character, who refuses to be a victim.”

The plot centres on a widowed woman who embarks on a quest through rural China after a series of tragedies. An earlier version of the film was screened at the Xining First Film Festival.

The $10,000 special jury award went to Rami Alayan’s screenplay for Muayad Alayan’s The Reports On Sarah And Saleem. The film won also won the Hubert Bals Fund audience award, also worth €10,000.

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Elle / Blow Up



Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

2017 / Color / 2.40:1 widescreen / Street Date March 14, 2017

Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Charles Berling.

Cinematography: Stéphane Fontaine

Film Editor: Job Ter Burg

Written by David Birke

Produced by Saïd Ben Saïd and Michel Merkt

Directed by Paul Verhoeven

Michèle Leblanc, glamorous entrepreneur of a successful video game company, is the calm at the center of many storms. Her son’s girlfriend has given birth to another man’s child, an employee is stalking her with anime porn and her botox-ridden mother is betrothed to a male prostitute.

In the face of all this outrageous fortune, Michèle remains cool, calm and collected, even in the aftermath of her own harrowing sexual assault.

Elle, the new film from the Dutch provocateur Paul Verhoeven, begins with that already infamous assault, our heroine struggling under the weight of her attacker while an unblinking cat perches nearby, watching.
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Cesar Awards 2017: Isabelle Huppert and Xavier Dolan Lead This Year’s Winners

Cesar Awards 2017: Isabelle Huppert and Xavier Dolan Lead This Year’s Winners
Before Hollywood takes the spotlight this weekend, the film world turns its eyes to France for the annual Cesar Awards. Presented by the French Academy, this year’s nominees represent a distinct blend of international favorites, festival standouts and homegrown hits.

Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle” led this year’s nominees, scoring 11 nominations for Verhoeven as Best Director, lead actress Isabelle Huppert, Best Adapted Screenplay and a trio of other acting awards.

Read More: ‘Elle,’ Isabelle Huppert, Xavier Dolan Nominated in France’s Cesar Awards

The evening’s winners at Paris’ Salle Pleyel featured a variety of upsets and sure things. Huppert, going into a busy weekend in the States, won her category. In a pair of surprises, Xavier Dolan and Gaspard Ulliel both won their respective categories for Dolan’s “It’s Only the End of the World.” Houda Benyamina’s debut feature “Divines” also won big, taking home prizes for Best First Film,
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‘Elle,’ Isabelle Huppert, Xavier Dolan Nominated in France’s Cesar Awards

‘Elle,’ Isabelle Huppert, Xavier Dolan Nominated in France’s Cesar Awards
France’s film community congratulated Isabelle Huppert on her Oscar nomination, adding yet another to her growing list of accolades for her performance in “Elle.” The French Academy announced its nominees for what Americans call the “French Oscars” on Wednesday morning. “Elle” received 11 nominations in total, including best film and best director for Paul Verhoeven.

Following in a close send was Francois Ozon’s “Frantz,” which garnered 10 nominations, and Bruno Dumont’s “Slack Bay,” which received nine. Xavier Dolan received a best director nomination for “It’s Only the End of the World.” Actors Vincent Cassel, Gaspard Ulliel, and Nathalie Baye were all nominated for their work in Dolan’s film as well.

Read More: Oscars 2017 Surprises and Snubs: Amy Adams and ‘Weiner’ Out, Mel Gibson and ‘Passengers’ In

The Cesars have little import on the Oscars, though there is often some crossover. The French Academy did recognize Kenneth Lonergan
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‘Elle’: How Paul Verhoeven Cut the Complex Rape Thriller

‘Elle’: How Paul Verhoeven Cut the Complex Rape Thriller
With Cannes and New York Film Festival entry “Elle,” Paul Verhoeven’s first French-language film (and France’s foreign-language Oscar submission), the director combines his fascination with sex and violence in a throwback to his early Dutch period. Thus the rape revenge thriller (Sony Pictures Classics, November 16) is more character-driven than “Basic Instinct,” yet has wry humor like “RoboCop.”

Isabelle Huppert, in a tour-de-force performance, plays Michelle, the owner of a video game company who’s attacked in her home by a masked assailant, which unravels a complicated web of personal and professional relationships, and a horrifying past that has made her family a pariah in the community.

For Dutch editor Job ter Burg, who doesn’t speak French and communicated with Verhoeven mostly in English, it was an opportunity to explore an ambiguous character and immerse the viewer in her social network. But without eroticism.

“I think what drew
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Joshua Reviews Alex van Warmerdam’s Schneider Vs. Bax [Piff 2016]

After garnering the most wide spread acclaim of his career with his previous picture, Borgman, director Alex van Warmerdam is back with what may be not only his most accessible film, but also the prototypical black comedy that he has been striving to make his entire career.

Ostensibly a hit man story in the mold of a Spy vs. Spy comic tale, Schneider Vs. Bax is a pitch black comedy that introduces us to our two titular lead characters, Schneider (a suburban father played wonderfully on edge by Tom Dewisplaere) and Bax (who is a writer with a penchant for booze and hard drugs and is played by van Warmerdam himself). Where the humor truly comes in is the picture’s almost farce-style narrative, which sees these two have to deal with their respective hits (which may or may not be born out of less than ideal intentions) as well as their families,
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Say What You Will About the Academy - But Some Cool International Names Among 2015 New Member Invitees

Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has
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Oscar News: 322 Invited To Join; The Academy Museum Receives Approval

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.

“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”

“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy
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Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Hart, Emma Stone and 319 others invited to vote for Oscar

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Hart, Emma Stone and 319 others invited to vote for Oscar
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club.
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