World TV Markets Have Big Love for French Fare

World TV Markets Have Big Love for French Fare
It’s liftoff time. Powered by a crop of established producers, pay TV giant Canal Plus and a surge of international alliances, Gallic fiction production is slowly but surely taking off and landing in other countries — including the notoriously hard-to-penetrate U.S. market.

The past two years have been particularly fruitful for French drama exports, with a flurry of homegrown shows, including cop skeins “Braquo” and “Spiral” and supernatural series “The Returned,” getting snatched up in major territories and scoring high ratings.

Riding the wave, the French Consulate in Los Angeles and the Ile de France Film Commission have joined forces to bow Direct to Series, a Los Angeles-set showcase of French fiction drama. The Producers Guild and the Writers Guild are backing the event.

“In terms of the culture of moving images, America and France have always inspired each other,” says WGA veep Howard A. Rodman. “For the past 100 years,
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World Cinema - D’Artagnan’s Daughter (1994)

D’Artagnan’s Daughter (French: La Fille de D’Artagnan), 1994.

Directed by Bertrand Tavernier.

Starring Sophie Marceau, Philippe Noire, Sami Frey, Jean-Luc Bideau, Raoul Billerey and Claude Rich.


For sheltering a runaway slave in her convent, Eloïse D’Artagnan’s guardian is murdered – Eloïse vows revenge and sets off to find her famous father to ask for his help.

Perhaps you went to the cinema recently. Perhaps you too were inflicted with a headache’s worth of 3D trailer worryingly titled The Three Musketeers, featuring the kind of buff, swaggering nonces we’re used to seeing in Pirates of the Caribbean series. It seems determined to be epic, or somesuch other flash word. With lines like “Only we can prevent the coming apocalypse”, the plot seems destined to go the way of Pirates; straight up its own arse.

Whatever happened to all the fun in the world? Didn’t
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This week's new films

Splice (15)

(Vincenzo Natali, 2009, Us) Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley, Delphine Chanéac. 104 mins

In case anyone thought mucking around with animal genes then raising the resultant mutant as your own child was a good idea, here's a strong warning. Scientists Brody and Polley initially enthuse over their secret breakthrough/lovechild, but several "do you really think we should be doing this?" moments later, they're living out every parent's worst nightmare: that your child grows wings and a venomous tail and turns on you. It's not up to Cronenberg standards, but it's smarter, less predictable and much funnier than it sounds.

Toy Story 3 (U)

(Lee Unkrich, 2010, Us) Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack. 109 mins

Plaything perils at the daycare centre become a lesson in mortality, comradeship, prison-breaking and waste management in this near-perfect sequel. As usual, it's packed with thrills and gags, but as with Pixar's Up, there are moments when grown-ups
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Film review: Ivul

An unusual, semi-autobiographical film by English director Andrew Kotting. By Peter Bradshaw

Here is a strange film whose strangeness is disguised – though only at first, and not for long – by the mannerisms of documentary realism. It is avowedly based on director Andrew Kotting's own childhood, and as with all autobiographical works, some of the incidental interest lies in wondering which parts come directly from real life, and which are wish-fulfilment inventions, intended to correct the past and alleviate its pain. Jean-Luc Bideau plays Ivul, an elderly, and somewhat cantankerous Franco-Russian patriarch who owns a handsome manor house in France with extensive woodland – but who was evidently even richer back in his native Russia. His younger wife Marie (Aurélia Petit) has provided him with four children: Alex (Jacob Auzanneau) and Freya (Adélaïde Leroux) are in their late teens, Capucine (Capucine Aubriot) and Manon (Manon Aubriot) are hardly more than toddlers.
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Locarno 09: Review of Andrew Kotting's tree hopping drama Ivul

Year: 2009

Directors: Andrew Kotting

Writers: Andrew Kotting & John Cheetham

IMDb: link

Trailer: link

Review by: Linus de Paoli

Rating: 3 out of 10

This film of the "Filmmakers of the Present Competition" was hard to sit through, not knowing what to expect> I just knew that the director, Andrew Kötting, was a well-known video- and performance artist from England. "Ivul" is inspired by Kötting's own childhood, when he used to hide up in the trees due to his difficult relationship with his father. The poster might give the impression that is a comedy – it is not. There are some absurd formalistic ideas, but if you are looking for an entertaining collection of curiosities like "The Royal Tenenbaums", this is not the right movie for you.

The story takes place at an old manor house in the French countryside. Far from any big cities, it is surrounded by a mysterious forest. Although the
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Cannes 2009 Day 8: Suffering for Love in 'La Famille Wolberg'

  • I haven't seen many Camera d'or contenders (first films in all sections go up for this unique award at Cannes) but this euro drama (ordinary people, authentic situations) from Axelle RopertAxelle Ropert
[/link] is an exception to the normal rule: The Wolberg Family is smart and the pacing is just right: slowly dispensing backstory that gives weight to the deep wounds each individual carries (all age groups included). The climax, a father's speech at a birthday party especially rings true and fulfills the promise of something worth seeing: I hope this finds a festival life. Full length review coming soon. Director Axelle Ropert. Matriarch: Valérie Benguigui Patriarch: François Damiens The whole family: Valérie Benguigui, François Damiens, Valentin Vigourt, Léopoldine Serre, Serge Bozon and vet actor Jean-Luc Bideau...
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