David, Stéphane Foenkinos on ‘Jealous,’ Breaking a French Cinema Taboo, Karin Viard’s ‘Instinctive’ Acting

David, Stéphane Foenkinos on ‘Jealous,’ Breaking a French Cinema Taboo, Karin Viard’s ‘Instinctive’ Acting
Paris — In France, there is only one Karin Viard. She is not as famous abroad as other French actresses – think Marion Cotillard, Isabelle Huppert. But in her native land, she rates not only as France’s most popular actress, judged by her four biggest box office hits last decade – which take in “The Famille Belier,” and Dany Boon’s Nothing to Declare” – but also, by the same criteria, is a bigger box office draw that any Hollywood star, including Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey Jr.

Yet over a near 20-year film career, the 51-year-old actress has taken on roles – in Cedric Klapisch’s social-divide comedy “My Piece of the Pie,” and Maiwenn’s cop ensemble drama “Polisse” which give her a left-of-center edginess.

In a role which fits her like a glove, Viard plays role Nathalie, a mother still raw from recent divorce who suddenly conceives an all-consuming envy for her nearest and dearest, led by her
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UniFrance Rendez-Vous: Studiocanal Rolls Out ‘Return of the Hero,’ with Jean Dujardin and Melanie Laurent, and ‘Jealous,’  with Karin Viard (Exclusive)

Paris — European film-tv powerhouse Studiocanal has rolled out robust sales on Laurent Tirard’s anticipated “Return of the Hero,” starring Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”) and nominee Melanie Laurent (“Inglourious Basterds”), one of the most anticipated of market debuts at this week’s UniFrance Rendez-Vous in Paris.

Also clinching international deals on “Jealous,” uniting Karin Viard, the most popular actress in France, and directors David and Stéphane Foenkinos (“Delicacy”), “Return of the Hero” and “Jealous” will screen in Paris as Studiocanal celebrates 2017 as its best year in over a decade at the French box office where it ranked No. 1 among French distributors – for only the third time in its history – and No. 4 overall – after Disney, Upi and Fox – punching 15.5 million admissions. The last time that Studiocanal topped French distributors charts was 2006. Studiocanal’s top three releases in 2017 are currently all French: “,” (3.6 million), “Marry Me, Dude” (2.5 million) and “School of Life” (1.9 million).

Set in 1809, and
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Rendez-Vous In April With French Cinema At Curzon Soho & Ciné Lumière

Bonjour, ou Bonsoir, j’espère que cela vous trouvera en bonne santé! I must start with an apology for any rusty translation, and hope it still has the right intentions. Thn are pleased to inform you of this year’s edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the UniFrance films’ celebrated annual showcase of the best in contemporary French film that is set to hit screens at Curzon Soho and Ciné Lumière in London, this April 4th-7th.

During 4 days, this Rendez-Vous is the opportunity for the English general public, the journalists and the French expatriated in London to discover some of the best 2012’ French productions and to meet talents. This year is no exception with the immense talent attending which includes:

Audrey Tautou, actress

2012 Chinese Puzzle (Casse-TÊTE Chinois) by Cédric Klapisch

2012 Mood Indigo (L’Ecume Des Jours) by Michel Gondry

2011 Delicacy (La Delicatesse) by David Foenkinos, Stéphane Foenkinos

2009 Coco Before Chanel
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Audrey Tautou Warms the Heart in "Delicacy"

Audrey Tautou made it clear to audiences that she had a certain je ne sais quoi when she appeared in Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Amélie as a free-spirited pixie living in a dream world of her own creation, but to her credit even that fantastic little film didn’t fully disclose her depth as an actress. A full decade later, and Tautou is only more strikingly beautiful from age and her ability to impart years of emotional heartbreak into a single glance has only improved. She puts that talent to excellent use in David Foenkinos and Stéphane Foenkinos’ intimate romantic comedy Delicacy (La delicatesse), which sees her as a bereaved young woman who finds new purpose in an awkward love with a co-worker (François Damiens).

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Blu-ray Review: Audrey Tautou Exudes Melancholic Radiance in ‘Delicacy’

Chicago – In “Delicacy,” the beguiling new film from David and Stéphane Foenkinos, there are moments that beautifully portray the strange effect that love can have on the senses. Two characters spend what appears to be a brief moment together in an office. It’s only upon leaving it that they realize hours have passed by. For fans of charming French rom-coms, this picture may have a similar effect.

The luminous smile that famously graced the face of Audrey Tautou in “Amélie” is replaced by a no less radiant expression of crestfallen heartache. Tautou plays Nathalie, a young woman who loses her great love, François (Pio Marmaï), in a traffic accident. Her stranded heart remains indifferent to the desires of men overwhelmed by her beauty, including her lecherous boss, Charlie (Bruno Todeschini). Thankfully, tragedy has caused Nathalie to favor an uncommon level of frankness, and she has no problem telling Charlie
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HeyUGuys UK DVD/Blu-ray Round-Up – 13th August

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Last week saw a great handful of international releases make their way onto our shelves, with Shion Sono’s Himizu and David and Stéphane Foenkinos’ Delicacy topping the list. And this week brings us another excellent set of international films for our enjoyment, along with a handful of classics getting the HD treatment.

We’ve also been enjoying the special Blu-ray Steelbook releases from over the past few months, in tandem with Universal’s 100th Anniversary, and now Paramount are entering the fray with two titles of their own getting a Steelbook re-packaging, for their own Centenary celebrations.

My picks of the week:

Morten Tyldum’s Headhunters.

And the Blu-ray releases of Shion Sono’s Love Exposure & the Steven Spielberg-produced Falling Skies – Season 1.

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DVD and Blu-ray

Acclaimed and best-selling Norweign writer Jo Nesbø has had a very successful year, with not one
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Giveaway - Win Delicacy on Blu-ray

Adapted from David Foenkinos’ multi-award winning novel, David and Stéphane Foenkinos' Delicacy was released on Blu-ray and DVD this past Monday (August 6th) and to celebrate we have five copies of the Blu-ray to give away to our readers courtesy of StudioCanal. Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter this competition...

"Nathalie (Audrey Tautou; Amélie, The Da Vinci Code) has a wonderful life. She is young, beautiful and has a deeply passionate marriage with Francois. But when her husband tragically dies in an accident, it brings her world crashing down. Picking up the pieces she throws herself completely into her work, and limits her emotional life to fending off the unwanted attentions of her boss. A few years pass before a sudden attraction shakes her from her melancholy with a spontaneous and unexpected kiss with her co-worker Markus (François Damien; Heartbreaker), a hulking gap-toothed swede big on heart,
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HeyUGuys DVD/Blu-Ray Round-Up – 6th August

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Following last week’s release of The Players, with Oscar-winner Jean Dujardin (The Artist) co-starring in the lead, we have a handful of new international films reaching the shelves this week, with three more films from France and two from Asia leading the pack.

We’ve also got a few excellent films to add to’s exclusive new Blu-ray Steelbook releases, in tandem with Universal’s 100th Anniversary, so with that in mind:

My picks of the week:

Shion Sono’s Himizu & David and Stéphane Foenkinos’ Delicacy

With the Blu-ray Steelbook re-release of Serenity a must-buy for fans/collectors.

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DVD and Blu-ray

Debuting at the Venice Film Festival last year, where it came away with the Marcello Mastroianni Award, Shion Sono’s Himizu has been receiving critical acclaim ever since in its film festivals tour ever since. The film was given a limited
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Delicacy DVD Review

Directors: David & Stephane Foenkinos

Starring: Audrey Tautou, Francois Damiens, Bruno Todeschini, Josephine de Meaux, Melanie Bernier

Running Time: 104 minutes

Certificate: 12A

Extras: Bloopers Reel, Deleted Scenes, Trailer

Though Audrey Tautou is a superstar in France, her Hollywood fling has been less successful. Delicacy takes her back to her roots as the vulnerable, emotional beauty at the centre of a French love story. Delicacy, based on co-director David Foenkinos’ book of the same name, is a sweet little tale based around tragedy and the human reaction. Nathalie (Tautou) and Francois (Pio Marmai) meet in a coffee shop, and are soon happily married; tragedy befalls their story however, as Francois is killed, and Nathalie struggles to adapt to life without him, until Markus appears and changes everything.

Paris is a beautiful setting for any story, particularly a romantic comedy. It’s picturesque streets and the Eiffel tower are priceless tools for directors looking to generate emotion.
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Mark Kermode's DVD round-up

Himizu; Revenge of the Electric Car; Delicacy

The word "maverick" is overused in modern film criticism, but Japanese avant-garde performance-poet-turned-director Sion Sono is one of the few film-makers to whom the term can be applied without fear of contradiction. From early experimental shorts such as I Am Sion Sono!!, through edgy international breakthrough features such as Suicide Club and Exte: Hair Extensions, to more recent releases such as Cold Fish and Guilty of Romance, Sono has conjured a baffling body of work spanning arthouse invention, Manga-inflected fantasy, violently explicit comedy and thought-provoking horror.

His 2008 magnum opus Love Exposure (the first instalment of his Hate Trilogy) is one of the most genuinely peculiar and unexpectedly indefinable movies I have ever seen – a tale of religious guilt, family feuds, young love, ancient curses, sinister cults, industrial pornography, covert cross-dressing and martial-arts-inspired "peek-a-panty" photography. At once insanely ramshackle yet obsessively focused, this head-scrambling
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The Avengers takes $8m, Wish You Were Here stays in top ten

The Avengers hogged the top spot at the box office, with Aussie flick Wish You Were Here staying in the top ten films and number one in the limited release table.

The Avengers took another $8.232m at the box office this week, according to the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia.

With 627 screens, the film added six screens to its opening weekend count for a screen average of $13,130.

The film has taken $31m to date. In the Us, where the film opened on Friday 4 May, it broke the country’s opening weekend box office record by taking $US200.3m.

Meanwhile, Kieran Darcy-Smith’s Wish You Were Here maintained the 38 screens it opened across last week for a further $0.212m and a screen average of $5,568, bringing the takings to $0.645m.

In second place overall at the Australian box office was comedy The Five Year Engagement starring Jason Segel, Emily Blunt and
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Delicacy Review

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Audrey Tautou has come a long way since her touching, doe-eyed international debut in Amelie. The actress is typecast in such feisty, cutesy roles that it’s hard to determine whether she’s good or just a natural charmer – a bit of both perhaps. In debut directors David Foenkinos and Stephane Foenkinos’ new romance, Delicacy, we find a more determined Tautou at play – who still commands the screen in a delightfully challenging role about life, love and death.

Nathalie (Tautou) is a beautiful, happy and successful Parisian business executive who finds herself suddenly widowed after a three-year marriage to her soul mate. Struggling to cope with her loss, she buries herself and her emotions in her work to the dismay of her friends, family and co-workers.

After being pursued by her boss (Bruno Todeschini), Nathalie finds love and a rekindled zest for life in an unlikely source, her seemingly unexceptional,
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This week's new films

The Cabin In The Woods (15)

(Drew Goddard, 2011, Us) Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz. 95 mins

It's clear from the outset this Jj Abrams-produced genre offering isn't your standard slasher movie, as a traditional teen country break set-up is monitored by wisecracking officials in some mysterious bunker. But exactly what the twist is, it's better to discover for yourself. Let's just say it gives the horror formula an exhilarating jolt without destroying it, in a Lost-meets-Scooby-Doo sort of way – a meta-mystery tour signposted with spoiler alerts.

Battleship (12A)

(Peter Berg, 2012, Us) Taylor Kitsch, Liam Neeson, Alexander Skarsgård, Rihanna. 131 mins

After the triumph of Transformers, Hasbro spin off another of their products, resulting in an effects-driven alien invasion that looks a lot like, er, Transformers. Expect Michael Bay-scale destruction, lots of CG explosions and military heroism, with extra cheese.

A Night To Remember (PG)

(Roy Ward Baker,
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Win! French DVDs, Soundtracks And Signed Posters For Delicacy Starring Audrey Tatou

The Hollywood News has teamed up with the kind folks at Studio Canal in the UK and the upcoming Audrey Tatou film Delicacy to bring you the chance to win a signed poster by the film’s directors David and Stephane Foenkinos, 5 French DVDs consisting of the following titles and 5 soundtracks scored by Emilie Simon….

Coco Before Chanel Gainsbourg The Concert A Prophet Belle Du Jour

Excited? Here’s a little more about the movie.

Nathalie has a wonderful life. She is young, beautiful and has the perfect marriage. But when her husband dies in an accident, it brings her world crashing down. For the next few years, she focuses on work, leaving her emotions on the sidelines. Then all of a sudden, without even understanding why, she kisses a most unlikely man – her co-worker, Markus. This odd couple then embarks upon their own emotional journey; a journey that raises
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Delicacy Driector's Q&A

Delicacy, death and the Swedish

Adapted from the book of the same name, Delicacy is a French romantic comedy which tells the story of a woman who, after the death of a loved one and a period of mourning, finds love again in an unexpected way.

Brothers and co-directors David (author of the novel) and Stéphane Foenkinos breeze into the theatre with the same easy, likeable charm as their film, which preceded this gentle interrogation of the two Frenchmen.

Compere Gail Tolley got proceedings underway, asking: “With the...
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Popcorn Preview: Delicacy

Film: Delicacy (La délicatesse) (2011) Cast includes: Audrey Tautou (Amélie),François Damiens (Heartbreaker), Bruno Todeschini (Son frére), Pio Marmï (A Happy Event) Writer/Director: David Foenkinos, Stéphane Foenkinos (first feature film) Genre: Humor | Romance (108 minutes) French with subtitles "What will she order? Nothing humdrum like coffee..." François and Nathalie enjoy replaying their first meeting at Les Cailloux. Falling in love was so easy then. When he proposed, it was totally spontaneous... he put his key ring on her finger... and she said yes. Nathalie had it all... a new job, a handsome, loving husband and plans for the future. But it all ends suddenly when François is killed in an accident. At the funeral, all Nathalie can think is, "What if I am frozen in this moment." When Nathalie finally returns to work, she tells her boss Charles to "pile on the work." Charles, who has always had his eye on Nathalie,
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Win: Two pairs of tickets to a Q&A & an advanced screening of Delicacy on March 24 in Edinburgh

In association with Organic Marketing and Studio Canal UK, we have two pairs of tickets to giveaway to a preview screening of Delicacy.

Directed by David Foenkinos and Stephane Foenkinos, Delicacy centres on Nathalie Kerr (played BAFTA nominee Audrey Tautou), a French woman, who, three years after the sudden and unexpected death of her husband, is courted by a Swedish co-worker.

In addition to Tautou, Delicacy stars Francois Damiens, Bruno Todeschini, Melanie Bernier, Josephine de Meaux, Pio Marmai and Marc Citti.

The screening, part of Rendez-vous with French cinema programme, will take place at 8:15pm on Saturday, March 24 at the Filmhouse in Edinburgh.

Following the film, the directors, David and Stephane, will participate in a Q & A session.

To find out how to enter click next below for details of how to enter.
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Interview: Audrey Tautou is a Delicacy

Actress Audrey Tautou won America's hearts when she starred in the title role of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amelie in 2001, turning her into an in-demand superstar in her native France. Even so, she mostly shied away from Hollywood, her appearance in 2006's The Da Vinci Code with Tom Hanks being a rare exception, and in fact, she's only had two of her four movies released in the States since then, making many of her fans wonder what she's been up to the last six years. She's back now, starring in David and Stéphane Foenkinos' new romantic comedy Delicacy , adapted from David's bestselling French novel "La Délicatesse," playing Nathalie, a happy and successful businesswoman whose life changes dramatically when her husband of three years suddenly dies, leaving an emptiness...
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Delicacy, directed by brothers David and Stéphane Foenkinos, and based on David’s novel La delicatesse, is a film that trades in whimsy without getting bogged down in preciousness. The presence of lead actress Audrey Tautou contributes greatly to the film’s charm. She’s a winsome actress, best known for her role in Amelie, who has great comic timing and a face that can convey both sweetness and despair in the blink of an eye. Both are required in this film, a story that begins with heartbreak and ends with the rebuilding of a life....
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Audrey Tautou Talks Delicacy (La Délicatesse) and Michel Gondry’s The Foam Of The Days

In the French film La Délicatesse (or Delicacy), directed by David and Stéphane Foenkinos, Nathalie (Audrey Tautou) is a beautiful, happy and successful business executive who finds herself suddenly widowed after a three-year marriage to her soulmate. To cope with the loss, she buries herself and her emotions in her work, until an office co-worker named Markus (French comic star Francois Damiens) catches her attention and an unexpected relationship develops. During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, French actress Audrey Tautou talked about how she was offered the role in this film, what she loved about the character, the challenge of finding the right emotional balance so that it wasn’t too melodramatic, how much fun she had working with co-star Francois Damiens, and what it was like being directed by brothers. She also talked about working with director Michel Gondry on his next film, L'écume des Jours (The Foam
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