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“When I Write a Script, I Am Making a Hypothesis of What the Film Could Become”: Laurent Cantet on The Workshop

Laurent Cantet’s The Workshop boasts a concept that in another picture might result in a piece of twisty, intellectualized metafiction: a semi-successful novelist, Olivia (Marina Foïs), teaches a writing workshop to a multi-racial group of young students in La Ciotat, a small town just south of Marseille. She encourages the students to explore the concept of genre — to conceive of a murder mystery — and to also connect to the working-class history of the place itself. One student, a young white teenager named Antoine (Matthieu Lucci), seems both engaged and roiled by the assignment; his cooly disturbing writings sit […]
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“When I Write a Script, I Am Making a Hypothesis of What the Film Could Become”: Laurent Cantet on The Workshop

Laurent Cantet’s The Workshop boasts a concept that in another picture might result in a piece of twisty, intellectualized metafiction: a semi-successful novelist, Olivia (Marina Foïs), teaches a writing workshop to a multi-racial group of young students in La Ciotat, a small town just south of Marseille. She encourages the students to explore the concept of genre — to conceive of a murder mystery — and to also connect to the working-class history of the place itself. One student, a young white teenager named Antoine (Matthieu Lucci), seems both engaged and roiled by the assignment; his cooly disturbing writings sit […]
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Official Us Trailer for Laurent Cantet's Acclaimed Film 'The Workshop'

"Why does a writer waste time with us?" A new trailer has debuted for the French film The Workshop, also L'atelier in French, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival to very positive reviews. Made by the director of The Class, the film went on to play at numerous film festivals throughout 2017, and is just getting released in select theaters later this month. The Workshop is about a writing workshop class in the summer in a small town near Marseilles, which is being taught by a famous novelist from Paris, played by Marina Foïs. The students all have something unique to offer, and are all there for various reasons, but one of them seems to stand out. Also starring Matthieu Lucci, Florian Beaujean, Mamadou Doumbia, Mélissa Guilbert, Warda Rammach, Julien Souve, and Issam Talbi. This is a powerful, fascinating film about the importance of storytelling and getting deeper into the
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2018 César Awards: ‘Bpm’ Triumphs With Six Wins, Including Best Film

“Bpm” triumphed at the César Awards, taking home the prizes for Best Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Antoine Reinartz), Best Male Newcomer (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart), Best Original Score, and Best Editing. Robin Campillo’s drama about AIDS activists in Paris also won the Grand Prix at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, but wasn’t nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film — a snub that was met with some controversy.

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Loveless,” which is nominated for the Oscar, won the equivalent award. Albert Dupontel’s “Au revoir là-haut” also had a big night, taking Best Director, Best Actress (Jeanne Balibar), and three other prizes. Full list of winners:

Best Film

“Bpm,” Robin Campillo

“Au revoir là-haut,” Albert Dupontel

“Barbara,” Mathieu Amalric

“Le Brio,” Yvan Attal

“Patients,” Grand Corps Malade, Mehdi Idir

“Petit Paysan,” Hubert Charuel

“C’est La Vie,” Eric Tolédano, Olivier Nakache

Best Director

Robin Campillo,
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Charades reveals first look at Paris Rendez-vous titles 'Conviction', 'Head Above Water' (exclusive)

Sales company was launched by Carole Baraton, Yohann Comte and Pierre Mazars last year.

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Marina Foïs in ‘Conviction’

Fledgling sales company Charades - launched by Carole Baraton, Yohann Comte and Pierre Mazars last year - makes its Unifrance Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris (Dec 18-22) debut this week with two first features.

The Paris-based outfit, working out of roof-top offices above the Rendez-vous’s Gaumont Opéra Cinema screening hub, will kick off sales on Antoine Raimbault’s murder trial drama Conviction and Margaux Bonhomme’s Head Above Water, about a young woman who takes on the care of her mentally and physically challenged sister.

The company has released exclusive first looks at both films.

Source: Charades

‘Head Above Water’

“We fell in love with these personal stories at the script stage,” said Mazars and Baraton.

“They correspond with our desire to work with young film-makers and defend them internationally as well as support talented female
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Mirovision to produce remake of EuropaCorp’s 'Big Picture'

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Mirovision to produce remake of EuropaCorp’s 'Big Picture'
Film expected to start shooting in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Seoul-based production and sales company Mirovision has optioned the Korean-language remake rights to French thriller The Big Picture from EuropaCorp.

The original movie is based on Douglas Kennedy’s novel of the same name, which has been the top-selling English novel in South Korea since its publication ten years ago.

Directed by Eric Lartigau in 2010, the EuropaCorp movie based on the book starred Romain Duris, Marina Fois and Catherine Deneuve. The story follows a successful Parisian lawyer who murders his wife’s lover in a jealous rage, then assumes his identity.

The Korean remake is currently being scripted and is expected to start shooting in the fourth quarter of 2018. Mirovision previously produced Im Sang-soo’s The Housemaid (2010), which played in competition at Cannes.
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Cannes Review: ‘The Workshop’ is an Intense Return to Form for Laurent Cantet

Laurent Cantet has been a bit absent in the international cinema scene ever since winning the Palme d’Or for 2008’s The Class. It’s not for a lack of trying, of course. He’s released two feature since then (Foxfire and Return to Ithaca), but they just didn’t catch on the way his best movies (Time Out, Human Resources) have in the past. He’s now back at Cannes in the Un Certain Regard section with The Workshop, (L’Atelier), which has Cantet’s gift of mixing social relevance through wordy dialogue with nail-biting tension, and is as relevant as anything playing at the festival. The tension takes time to build, but when it finally explodes, it brings a whiplash one never sees coming.

Its characters, all high school students off for the summer, attend a workshop for fictional writing headed by well-known French novelist Olivia (Marina Foïs). The multiculturalism is,
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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Workshop’

Cannes Film Review: ‘The Workshop’
For how long can a film level-headedly discuss the rules and mechanics of a thriller before becoming something of a thriller itself? That’s the teasing hook, but not even the most loaded question, dangled by “The Workshop,” a sly, supple and repeatedly surprising collision of literary, moral and political lines of debate that marks an enthralling return to form for writer-director Laurent Cantet. Gathering a diverse group of teens to intellectually tussle in a structured educational environment — in this case, a summer creative writing workshop moderated by an acclaimed novelist — the film initially recalls the lively docu-fiction form of Cantet’s 2008 Palme d’Or winner “The Class.” Yet Cantet isn’t out to make the same film twice, deftly wrongfooting viewers as focus is pulled by the group’s most reactionary, volatile member, brilliantly played by newcomer Matthieu Lucci. The tense, excitingly topical result is entirely its own animal,
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'Elle' star Laurent Lafitte joins Sebastien Marnier thriller 'School's Out'

'Elle' star Laurent Lafitte joins Sebastien Marnier thriller 'School's Out'
Exclusive: Emmanuelle Bercot also cast; Celluloid Dreams, Avenue B pact for feature.

Paris-based Celluloid Dreams has boarded French director Sebastien Marnier’s high-school-set thriller School’s Out, featuring Laurent Lafitte and Emmanuelle Bercot in the cast (pictured).

Caroline Bonmarchand of Avenue B is producing. She previously collaborated with Marnier on his well-received debut thriller Faultless (Irréprochable), starring Marina Foïs as a down-on-her-luck estate agent who is hell-bent on getting her old job back at an agency in her provincial home-town, whatever it takes.

For School’s Out, Elle co-star Laurent Lafitte is set to play protagonist Pierre Hoffman, a substitute form tutor, brought in after his predecessor commits suicide by throwing himself out of the classroom window in front of his teenage students.

Actress and film-maker Emmanuelle Bercot will play another teacher in the school. Other cast members will include French rapper Gringe, Pascal Greggory, Greg Montel, Thomas Scimeca and Véronique Ruggia.

Lafitte’s character
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Film Movement Acquires ‘Opera’ at Rendez-Vous With French Cinema

Film Movement Acquires ‘Opera’ at Rendez-Vous With French Cinema
New York-based Film Movement has acquired Jean-Stéphane Bron’s French-Swiss documentary “The Paris Opera” which is having its U.S. premiere today at the 22nd Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the annual movie showcase organized by The Film Society of Lincoln Center and UniFrance.

Sold by Les Films du Losange, “The Paris Opera” explores the riveting politics, logistics and behind-the-scenes of performances and events staged at the Opera, the world-renown classical music and dance institution.

The cinematic documentary feature, which is set against the backdrop of the Paris attacks aftermath, follows Stéphane Lissner as he takes over as director of the Paris Opera.



The Film Society of Lincoln Center called it an “all-access documentary” which “offers a candid look at everything that goes into operating one of the world’s foremost performing arts institutions.”

Bron is best known for directing the gripping topical docu “Cleveland v. Wall Street” which had opened at Cannes’ Directors Forntight.
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New York Rendez-Vous with French Cinema Early Bird Highlights by Anne-Katrin Titze

Marion Cotillard stars with Alex Brendemühl and Louis Garrel in Nicole Garcia's From The Land Of The Moon (Mal De Pierres) Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

New York's Rendez-Vous with French Cinema opens with Étienne Comar’s biopic Django, starring Reda Kateb (Wim Wender's Les Beaux Jours d'Aranjuez) as Django Reinhardt with Cécile de France (Catherine Corsini's Summertime) and closes with Jérôme Salle’s The Odyssey (L'Odyssée) starring Lambert Wilson as Jacques Cousteau with Audrey Tautou and Pierre Niney (Jalil Lespert's Yves Saint Laurent).

Emmanuelle Bercot, Stéphanie Di Giusto, Caroline Deruas, Sébastien Marnier, Marina Foïs, François Ozon, Nicole Garcia, Katell Quillévéré, Justine Triet, Rebecca Zlotowski, Marc Fitoussi, Bertrand Bonello, Julia Ducournau, Christophe Honoré, Antonin Peretjatko, and Martin Wheeler are expected to attend.

La Danseuse (Soko, Lily-Rose Depp, Gaspard Ulliel, Mélanie Thierry); Nocturama (Finnegan Oldfield); Frantz (Paula Beer, Niney), and From The Land Of The Moon (Mal De Pierres - Marion Cotillard,
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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.

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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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César Nominations: Elle, Frantz, and More

France's César Awards announced their nominations this morning. As expected Elle and Divines (currently streaming on Netflix) have much reason to celebrate. Other hits with César including François Ozon's gorgeous black and white feature about Post-War relations and guilt called Frantz (which opens in the Us in March), The Innocents (an arthouse hit in the Us this year) and My Life as a Zucchini which was just nominated for the Animated Feature Oscar and receives 3 nominations here. 

Their foreign film category also has two Oscar players Manchester by the Sea and Toni Erdmann.

Best Film

Divines (on Netflix)

Elle (now playing)

Frantz (opening in Us in March)

Les Innocentes (available on blu-ray)

Ma Loute

From The Land Of The Moon

Victoria 

Ma Loute is from Bruno Dumont and is called Slack Bay in some markets. From the Land of the Moon stars Marion Cotillard among others.

Best Actress

Judith Chemla
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‘Elle,’ ‘Frantz,’ ‘Slack Bay’ Lead Cesar Awards Nominations

‘Elle,’ ‘Frantz,’ ‘Slack Bay’ Lead Cesar Awards Nominations
Paris – Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle” with Oscar-nominated Isabelle Huppert, Francois Ozon’s period drama “Frantz” and Bruno Dumont’s “Slack Bay” lead the nominations at the 42nd Cesar Awards, France’s equivalent of the Oscars.

Elle” and “Frantz” scored 11 Cesar nominations each. “Slack Bay” received nine.

Elle,” which competed at Cannes, has already earned Huppert a Golden Globe award and an Oscar nomination for best actress. Set in France and produced by Said Ben Said and Michel Merkt, “Elle” has been described as a powerful rape-revenge thriller laced with dark humor. Huppert recently received a honorary prize from the French culture ministry and promotional organization UniFrance. The movie was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics at Cannes.

Her nomination for “Elle” marks Huppert’s 16th Cesar nod. She has won only once, for her performance in Claude Chabrol’s “La Ceremonie.”

Frantz,” starring Pierre Niney (“Yves Saint Laurent”), turns on a
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Rome Film Review: ‘Faultless’

Who doesn’t love a good sociopath? In novelist-director Sébastien Marnier’s feature debut “Faultless,” he conjures up a doozy with Constance, an obsessive in the “Fatal Attraction” mold who just wants her old job back. No matter what it takes. The title refers to Constance’s twisted sense of personal culpability, though it could also be used to describe the committed performance of star Marina Foïs (“Polisse”). Fun and engrossing, with enough tension and sex thrown in to satisfy viewers looking for well-made, handsomely packaged thriller fare, “Faultless” seems like obvious remake material, suitable for multiple territories. At home the film earned just over $1 million on summer release, though streaming should increase revenue.

With her knockoff Versace blouse and second-rate blonde dye job, Constance looks very much like a provincial transplant to Paris, which is exactly what she’s been for the last six years. But now she’s
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Mipcom: French TV Producers Join TV’s Golden Age of Production

Mipcom: French TV Producers Join TV’s Golden Age of Production
Once dominated by U.S. TV imports, France has now jumped into the golden age of TV in a big way, powered up by France’s top film and television players who have internationalized the local TV drama landscape and turned it into a major growth business.

The drive of France’s top film companies and media groups — notably Gaumont, Studiocanal, Lagardere, Wild Bunch TV, and EuropaCorp — to embark on the production and distribution of high-profile TV drama has allowed for the emergence of upscale French and European shows that cross borders.

“In the last 10 years, the export of French fiction programs has gone up by 100% (to $46 million in 2015), thanks to the rising quality of TV drama as well as the boom of multi-territory streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, local VOD platforms as well as TV and cable channels,” says Mathieu Bejot, managing director of TV France Intl., which
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Fantastic Fest 2016 Review: Faultless, The Sting of a Woman

What do men know about women? According to Faultless (original title: Irréprochable), some women are beyond understanding. Directed by Sébastien Marnier, the film follows Constance (Marina Foïs) as she slinks back to her hometown in rural France after losing her job as a real estate agent in Paris. She presents a self-confident, brassy attitude as she begins looking up her old friends, only to be met with universal scorn for daring to show her face again. It seems that she did not depart on the best of terms with anyone, not only burning her bridges but throwing the ashes on the faces of her former workmates and lovers. Constance is a firm, determined woman, entering middle age without any real prospects. She tells everyone that...

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Pericle’

Cannes Film Review: ‘Pericle’
A transplanted Neapolitan in Belgium who works as a mafia enforcer mistakenly offs a rival clan boss’ sister and flees to France in “Pericle,” a sturdy character study that suffers from an over-reliance on 1st person voice-over. The Dardenne brothers are director Stefano Mordini’s godfathers in multiple ways: stylistically the film embraces Belgian neo-realism, it’s partly set in Liège, and the Dardenne are co-producers. Mordini has long been attracted to working class districts (“Steel,” “Provincia meccanica”) so that’s not new, but “Pericle” is a more mature work than his previous features, although the personality gap between the main character as seen on screen versus what’s heard in narration is naggingly large. Opening weekend in Italy brought in a respectable $110,000, while bookings beyond home territories will mostly come from Italian showcases.

Pericle (Riccardo Scamarcio) walks through life in a stupor, perfunctorily performing in cheap porn flicks but
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'Pericle' Exclusive Clip: A First Look at Mob Enforcer Crime Drama Ahead of Its Cannes Premiere

'Pericle' Exclusive Clip: A First Look at Mob Enforcer Crime Drama Ahead of Its Cannes Premiere
In the new crime drama "Pericle," a mafia hit man (Riccardo Scamarcio) living in Belgium accidentally kills a woman related to an enemy clan of his Don. When he's sentenced to death, Pericle goes on the run to hide in the shadows and live a new life. He finds safe harbor in France where he meets a woman who wishes to help him. Soon they start a relationship that provides Pericle the first chance at a different life, one that exists outside the confines of mafia culture. But when he discovers that his own Don sold his head, Pericle must takes revenge on those who wish to steal his life away. Check out an exclusive clip from the film above ahead of its Cannes premiere in the Un Certain Regard section. Read More: Cannes First Look: The Dardennes' 'The Unknown Girl,' Andrea Arnold's 'American Honey' And
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