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Reinventing Marvin review – Isabelle Huppert stoops to grace lazy coming-out drama

Huppert’s cameo as herself adds some unearned gravitas to this contrived tale of an actor embracing his sexuality

No film featuring Isabelle Huppert can be entirely without interest. But this odd movie from Anne Fontaine is messily structured, self-conscious and preposterous, buried within its own inelegant framing device. The unhappy childhood of a young actor called Marvin is told through childhood flashbacks as the twentysomething adult comes to terms with his sexuality and finally has a staggering stroke of fortune with his career (the sheer flukiness of which is never acknowledged). Finnegan Oldfield plays the adult Marvin in Paris; Jules Porier is his delicate younger self growing up in the sticks, bullied at school and treated with casual cruelty by his unemployed father Dany (a good performance by Grégory Gadebois).

But a number of people turn his life around: kindly headteacher Mme Clément (Catherine Mouchet) encourages him to apply
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'Cold War', 'High Life' producers team with New Europe to form production company

Ewa Puszczyńska, Klaudia Śmieja, Jan Naszewski join forces.

Ewa Puszczyńska and Klaudia Śmieja have joined forces with Jan Naszewski’s Poland-based New Europe Film Sales (Rams) to form production company Nem Corp.

The company is putting together a slate that will aim to attract international film projects to Poland, with a view to taking advantage of the 30% tax incentives newly introduced by the Polish parliament, as well as the soft money and private funding opportunities available in the country.

It will do co-production and service work, as well as developing new projects with Polish talents. New Europe will take on
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Oscar-Winner Ewa Puszczyńska Sets Up Nem Corp. With Klaudia Śmieja, Jan Naszewski

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Oscar-Winner Ewa Puszczyńska Sets Up Nem Corp. With Klaudia Śmieja, Jan Naszewski
Ewa Puszczyńska, the producer behind Pawel Pawlikowski’s Oscar-winner “Ida” and the director’s Cannes best director award winner and Toronto Film Festival entry “Cold War,” is setting up a new production company, Nem Corp., with Klaudia Śmieja, the producer of Claire Denis’ Toronto film “High Life” and Agnieszka Holland’s upcoming “Gareth Jones,” and sales agent Jan Naszewski’s New Europe Film Sales.

Nem Corp. intends to attract “prestigious international film projects” to Poland, both as co-productions and service work, as well as develop projects of its own with top Polish talent. The company, which is already working on a slate of projects, wants to take advantage of the 30% tax incentive newly introduced by the Polish parliament as well as the soft money and private funding opportunities available in Poland.

Puszczyńska co-produced Robert Schwentke’s “The Captain” and Rezo Gigineishvili’s Berlinale-selected “Hostages,” and works as an expert for the Torino Film Lab.
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‘Cold War’ Review: The Director of ‘Ida’ Delivers One of the Bleakest Love Stories Ever Told — Cannes

‘Cold War’ Review: The Director of ‘Ida’ Delivers One of the Bleakest Love Stories Ever Told — Cannes
A broken love story about broken people in a broken country, Paweł Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” is nothing if not true to its title. Barren even in its fleeting moments of joy, and emotionally inaccessible to the extreme, the film is dark enough to make the director’s Oscar-winning “Ida” feel like a frivolous comedy. And yet, as irreparable as these characters might seem, there’s something beautiful about watching them, in less than 90 minutes, try to fix each other over the course of 20 years — to become whole at any cost, long after they’ve forgotten what that really feels like.

Romance must have been hard to find in post-war Poland. We meet Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) in 1949. A wiry music conductor who’s taken a job at a folk-music academy, Wiktor drives around the remote tundras of the country’s outer rim with his recorder, searching for signs of life.
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Isabelle Huppert on Her Best Cannes Memories and the Lack of Female Jury Presidents

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Isabelle Huppert on Her Best Cannes Memories and the Lack of Female Jury Presidents
French star Isabelle Huppert, whose role in Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle” earned her an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe last year, served as president of the Cannes Film Festival jury in 2009.

Huppert was reportedly at odds with fellow juror James Gray over awarding the Palme d’Or to Michael Haneke’s “The White Ribbon” and was accused by

some of favoring Haneke because he had directed her in “The Piano Teacher,” which earned her the prize for best actress at Cannes in 2001. Winning that year and also in 1978 for her performance in Claude Chabrol’s “Violette Noziere” remain her strongest memories of Cannes.

“The festival is first and foremost a competition, and when you’re in competition, the best thing is to win,” Huppert says. “Honestly, without blushing, I can say that each time it was an intense and immense pleasure.”

Although she is one of fewer than a
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Music Box Films announces Efm pick-up 'The Apparition' (exclusive)

Memento Films International handles international sales.

Music Box Films has struck a deal for Us rights to Xavier Giannoli’s French mystery The Apparition at the Efm in Berlin.

The film drew more than 150,000 admissions in its first week of release in France earlier this month and marks Giannoli’s follow-up to multiple Cesar winner Marguerite.

The Apparition stars Vincent Lindon (The Measure Of A Man, Rodin) as Jacques, a grieving journalist hired by the Vatican to investigate an alleged saintly apparition in a small French village.

Upon his arrival, the reporter meets the young woman (Galatea Bellugi) who claims to have witnessed the apparition of the Virgin Mary. Jacques questions his beliefs when he is caught in between clergy and skeptics.

Music Box Films plans a theatrical rollout of The Apparition in late 2018, followed by home entertainment platforms. Music Box president William Schopf negotiated the deal with Tanja Meissner of Memento Film International, with whom Music Box
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Music Box picks up 'The Apparition' at Efm (exclusive)

Memento Films International handles international sales.

Music Box Films has struck a deal for Us rights to Xavier Giannoli’s French mystery The Apparition at the Efm in Berlin.

The film drew more than 150,000 admissions in its first week of release in France earlier this month and marks Giannoli’s follow-up to multiple Cesar winner Marguerite.

The Apparition stars Vincent Lindon (The Measure Of A Man, Rodin) as Jacques, a grieving journalist hired by the Vatican to investigate an alleged saintly apparition in a small French village.

Upon his arrival, the reporter meets the young woman (Galatea Bellugi) who claims to have witnessed the apparition of the Virgin Mary. Jacques questions his beliefs when he is caught in between clergy and skeptics.

Music Box Films plans a theatrical rollout of The Apparition in late 2018, followed by home entertainment platforms. Music Box president William Schopf negotiated the deal with Tanja Meissner of Memento Film International, with whom Music Box
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Berlinale 2018: Isabelle Huppert to Lead Anne Fontaine’s New Film, Fest Hosts Gender Equality…

Berlinale 2018: Isabelle Huppert to Lead Anne Fontaine’s New Film, Fest Hosts Gender Equality EventsHuppert in “Amour”: Darius Khondji/Sony Pictures Classics

The 68th Berlinale hasn’t reached its midway point yet but it’s already seen the announcement of Anne Fontaine’s next film and organized events focusing on industry gender discrimination. According to separate reports from Variety, Isabelle Huppert will star in Fontaine’s “Pure as Snow” and directors discussed the gender gap in European cinema during a panel presented by Eurimages. South African filmmakers also launched #ThatsNotOk, a campaign tackling workplace harassment.

“Pure as Snow” is an erotic comedy based on the Brothers Grimm’s “Snow White” fairy tale. Lou de Laâge, the star of Fontaine’s “The Innocents,” will play Claire, who works for her cruel stepmother Maud at her late father’s hotel. “Claire unwittingly sparks uncontrollable jealousy in Maud (Huppert), whose young
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Isabelle Huppert to Lead Next Films from Ira Sachs and Anne Fontaine

After giving a pair of performances among the best in her iconic career with Elle and Things to Come, Isabelle Huppert recently reteamed with Michael Haneke, Hong Sang-soo, Serge Bozon, and more. She’s now once again returning to Berlinale with Benoît Jacquot’s Eva, and while there, two more of the prolific actress’ projects have been announced.

First up, she’ll be leading the drama from Ira Sachs, who recently gave us the wonderful Love is Strange and Little Men. Titled A Family Vacation, it also stars Marisa Tomei, Greg Kinnear, Jérémie Renier and Andre Wilms, and it marks the director’s first time working outside the United States as he’ll be shooting it this fall in Portugal. Backed by Saïd Ben Saïd, it follows “three generations of a family grappling with a life-changing experience during one day of a vacation in the historic town of Sintra, Portugal.
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The image makers by Anne-Katrin Titze

Caroline Champetier shot Kevin Macdonald's (seen here with his Black Sea star Jude Law) Howard Hawks: American Artist and Adam Simon's Sam Fuller documentary, produced by Tim Robbins and Colin MacCabe, The Typewriter, The Rifle And The Movie Camera for the British Film Institute Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Caroline Champetier told me that she understood the "language of cinematography" after seeing the way Vilmos Zsigmond "lit" Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye, starring Elliott Gould. In our conversation the importance of a Robert Bresson ending, Ingmar Bergman's influence, and lessons from Jean Renoir, Roberto Rossellini and Jean-Luc Godard come to light.

On Benoît Jacquot's La Désenchantée, La Fille Seule and À Tout De Suite: "Each time he was in love with the girl. It's a good way to make a good movie, to be in love." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Caroline's work with Arnaud Desplechin (La Sentinelle); Anne Fontaine (The Innocents,
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Light and the darkness by Anne-Katrin Titze

Caroline Champetier on Barbara Sukowa as Hannah Arendt in Margarethe von Trotta's film: "I thought it was a beautiful ingenious idea to give her this part." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Cinematographer Caroline Champetier has worked with Benoît Jacquot, Xavier Beauvois, Jacques Rivette, Arnaud Desplechin, Anne Fontaine, Cédric Anger, Jacques Doillon, Leos Carax, André Téchiné, Barbet Schroeder, Philippe Garrel, Patricia Mazuy, Chantal Akerman, Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub, Claude Lanzmann, and Kevin Macdonald on his Howard Hawks documentary. Her films with these directors include La Fille Seule, Of Gods And Men, Le Pont Du Nord, La Sentinelle, Tokyo! with Denis Lavant, The Innocents, Le Tueur, Ponette, Alice Et Martin, Terror's Advocate, Night Wind, Of Women And Horses, Toute Une Nuit, Too Early/Too Late, and The Last Of The Unjust respectively.

On Margarethe von Trotta: "She had exactly the idea for the beginning of the movie." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The
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Olivier Assayas and More French Directors Share Their Best Tips for Your First Day of Filming — Watch

Olivier Assayas and More French Directors Share Their Best Tips for Your First Day of Filming — Watch
Day one on set of your first movie can be extremely nerve-wracking, so why not take some notes about how to get through it from the pros? UniFrance has started a new video series titled “First Movie – Day One” in which the best French filmmakers working today share their personal tips on what’s most important for your first day on set of your first film.

The series includes five short episodes featuring the likes of Olivier Assayas (“Clouds of Sils Maria”), Emmanuelle Bercot (“Standing Tall”), Bruno Dumont (“Slack Bay”), Bertrand Tavernier (“The Princess of Montpensier”), and Anne Fontaine (“The Innocents”).

Read More:The 25 Best French Movies of the 21st Century, From ‘Amélie’ to ‘Cache’

“I get the impression the trap is often that filmmaking is seen as solo act,” Assayas says, warning young directors not to get intimidated by those on set who may have more experience than you. “You
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Venice Film Festival Director Alberto Barbera on Lack of Female Filmmakers: ‘I Don’t Think It’s Our Fault’

Venice Film Festival Director Alberto Barbera on Lack of Female Filmmakers: ‘I Don’t Think It’s Our Fault’
The fall festival season officially kicks into high gear when the Venice Film Festival launches later this week (followed in short succession by Telluride, Tiff, and Nyff), but moviegoers eager to get a first peek at the year’s most exciting new selections will likely notice one distressing trend: a lack of female filmmakers hitting the Lido to bow their latest works. At this year’s festival, only one film screening in a competition section that includes 21 films is directed by a woman, Vivian Qu’s “Angels Wear White.”

It’s hardly the first time the festival has unveiled a male-dominated lineup, and it certainly seems like it won’t be the last.

Over at The Hollywood Reporter, the outlet has caught up with festival director Alberto Barbera, who seems unpreturbed about the gender disparity in his lineup, and even less driven to correct it.

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20 Female Directors Who Will Rule This Fall Festival Season, Including Agnes Varda, Greta Gerwig, Dee Rees, and More

20 Female Directors Who Will Rule This Fall Festival Season, Including Agnes Varda, Greta Gerwig, Dee Rees, and More
Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present, and future.

The fall festival season has long been a harbinger of things to come, from the contenders that will consume months of awards season jockeying to bright new talents just making their first big splashes, and this year brings with it another glimpse of the future: one that’s filled with new films from a wide variety of female filmmakers.

From Venice to Toronto, New York to Telluride, this year’s fall festival circuit is filled with new offerings from from female filmmakers of every stripe, including 20 that we’ve hand-picked as the ones to keep an eye on during the coming weeks.

First-time feature filmmakers like Maggie Betts, Brie Larson, and the Mulleavey sisters are out in full force, along with the return of mainstays like Angelina Jolie, Lynn Shelton, and Susanna White. There are plenty
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French Institute Alliance Française to honour Caroline Champetier by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2017-08-11 16:03:44

Barbara Sukowa stars in Margarethe von Trotta's Hannah Arendt, shot by Caroline Champetier Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The French Institute Alliance Française in New York is set to honour Caroline Champetier this fall with a CinéSalon eight film retrospective, curated by Delphine Selles-Alvarez and the famed cinematographer herself.

Caroline Champetier: Shaping The Light kicks off on September 19 with Xavier Beauvois' Of Gods And Men (Des Hommes Et Des Dieux), starring Lambert Wilson and Michael Lonsdale. Other highlights include Arnaud Desplechin's La Sentinelle (Emmanuel Salinger, Thibault de Montalembert, Jean-Louis Richard); Chantal Akerman's Toute Une nuit (Aurore Clément, Natalia Akerman, Paul Allio); Jean-Luc Godard's Grandeur Et Décadence D'Un Petit Commerce De Cinéma with Jean-Pierre Léaud, Marie Valera, Jean-Pierre Mocky and Caroline Champetier.

Holy Motors director Leos Carax Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Following screenings of Anne Fontaine's The Innocents (Les Innocentes) and Leos Carax's Holy Motors, Caroline Champetier
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Women-Directed Films Account For Less Than 5 Percent of Venice’s Competition Lineup

“Angels Wear White”: 22 Hours Films

“Venice is recognized as the oldest film festival in the world, but the 73rd iteration of the fest demonstrates that they are lagging behind when it comes to gender equality in their programming,” we wrote last year. Sadly nothing has changed since. Despite increasing awareness of the film industry’s woman problem, Venice’s slate remains overwhelmingly male. The fest has announced the first batch of films for its 2017 lineup, and of 21 movies screening in Competition, only one is helmed by a woman, amounting to just under five percent of the fest’s most prominent program. This is actually worse than last year, when ten percent of the Competition was women-directed.

The sole film helmed by a woman that will be competing for the Golden Lion (Best Film) and eligible for the Silver Lion (Best Director) is Vivian Qu’s “Angels Wear White,” a story about two schoolgirls who are assaulted by a man in a hotel, and the teen girl working at reception who witnesses the crime.

Women fare considerably better in Venice’s Horizons Competition, where five of 19 films are female-helmed, which amounts to 26 percent of the slate. This portion of the fest is known for highlighting cutting-edge works. Among the films screening in this section are Anne Fontaine’s Isabelle Huppert-starrer “Marvin” and Nancy Buirski’s “The Rape of Recy Taylor,” a documentary about a 24-year-old black woman who was gang-raped by seven white men in Alabama in 1944.

“20th Century Women” star Annette Bening will serve as President of the fest’s jury this year. The four-time Oscar nominee will be the fest’s first female prez since French actress Catherine Deneuve held the role in 2006 — over 10 years ago.

The Venice Film Festival takes place August 30 to September 9. Check out all of the women-directed films announced so far below. List adapted from The Hollywood Reporter.

Competition: 1/21 films directed or co-directed by women

Angels Wear White, Vivian Qu

Out Of Competition Features: 2/14 films directed or co-directed by women

Il Signor Rotpeter, Antonietta de Lillo

Zama, Lucrecia Martel

Out Of Competition Documentaries: 0/8 films directed or co-directed by women

Special Events 0/3 films directed or co-directed by women

Horizons Competition: 5/ 19 films directed or co-directed by women

The Rape of Recy Taylor, Nancy Buirski

Caniba, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel

Les Bienheureux, Sofia Djama

Marvin, Anne Fontaine

Nico, 1988, Susanna Nicchiarelli

La Vita in Comune, Edoardo Winspeare

Cinema Nel Giardino: 2/6 films directed or co-directed by women

Controfigura, Ra di Martino

Woodshock, Kate Mulleavy, Laura Mulleavy

Venice Classics Documentary Competiton: 2/7 films directed or co-directed by women

La Lucida Follia di Marco Ferreri, Selma Jean Dell’Olio

The Prince and the Dybbuk, Elwira Niewiera

Special Documentary Screenings: 1/3 films films directed or co-directed by women

Lievito Madre, Le Ragazze del Secolo Scorso, Concita de Gregorio, Esmeralda Calabria

Women-Directed Films Account For Less Than 5 Percent of Venice’s Competition Lineup was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Venice Film Festival line-up offers big names and big surprises

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Venice Film Festival line-up offers big names and big surprises
Aronofsky, Clooney and del Toro are heading to the Lido; Alberto Barbera reveals the ones that got away.

Ahead of the world’s oldest festival, the buzz is palpable once again.

However, the flavour to this year’s Venice line-up is noticeably different from recent editions with an emphasis on internationalism, discoveries and innovation over large canvas studio fare.

If last year’s Venice lineup was a veritable treasure trove of big name Us and international filmmakers, this year’s lineup has a slightly more tempered feel to it, which nonetheless remains full of intrigue.

In the last four years Venice has kickstarted major Oscar runs for four Us movies [Gravity, Birdman, Spotlight and La La Land], however last year, for the first time in three years, it missed out on hosting the best picture winner [Moonlight, which went to Telluride].

Buzzed-about early awards contenders in this year’s 21-strong competition include Alexander Payne’s social satire Downsizing, starring Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig, Guillermo del Toro’s other-worldly
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Venice 2017. Lineup

ZamaThe programme for the 2017 edition of the Venice Film Festival has been unveiled, and includes new films from Darren Aronofsky, Lucrecia Martel, Frederick Wiseman, Alexander Payne, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Abdellatif Kechiche, Takeshi Kitano and many more.COMPETITIONmother! (Darren Aronofsky)First Reformed (Paul Schrader)Sweet Country (Warwick Thornton)The Leisure Seeker (Paolo Virzi)Una Famiglia (Sebastiano Riso)Ex Libris - The New York Public Library (Frederick Wiseman)Angels Wear White (Vivian Qu)The Whale (Andrea Pallaoro)Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh)Foxtrot (Samuel Maoz)Ammore e malavita (Manetti Brothers)Jusqu'a la garde (Xavier Legrand)The Third Murder (Hirokazu Kore-eda)Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno (Abdellatif Kechiche)Lean on Pete (Andrew Haigh)L'insulte (Ziad Doueiri)La Villa (Robert Guediguian)The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro)Suburbicon (George Clooney)Human Flow (Ai Weiwei)Downsizing (Alexander Payne)Out Of COMPETITIONFeaturesOur Souls at Night (Ritesh Batra)Il Signor Rotpeter (Antonietta de Lillo)Victoria
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Venice 2017 Lineup Includes ‘Zama,’ ‘Lean on Pete,’ ‘Mektoub,’ ‘Brawl In Cell Block 99,’ and More

On the heels of the Toronto International Film Festival announcement earlier this week, Venice Film Festival have now delivered their full lineup and while there’s no Terrence Malick as rumored, there’s a plethora of highly-anticipated titles. Along with the previously-announced opener Downsizing and the expected Suburbicon, mother!, The Shape of Water, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, there’s Lucrecia Martel’s Zama, Andrew Haigh’s Lean on Pete, Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest Color follow-up Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno, and Brawl In Cell Block 99, the latest film from Bone Tomahawk director S. Craig Zahler.

Also in the lineup is Errol Morris’s Netflix crime drama Wormwood, Paul Schrader’s First Reformed, Frederick Wiseman’s Ex Libris – New York Public Library, Hirokazu Koreeda’s The Third Murder, Takeshi Kitano’s closing night film Outrage Coda, Michaël R. Roskam’s Racer and The Jailbird, the Kirsten Dunst-led Woodshock,
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Full Line-Up For Venice Film Festival 2017 Announced

The full line-up for this year’s Venice Film Festival has been announced.

Festival director Alberto Barbera announced the films for the 74th year of the festival with a slate of potential Oscar contenders amongst those on show.

Alexander Payne’s Downsizing, which stars Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, Laura Dern and Jason Sudeikis will have the honour of opening this year’s festival.

Darren Aronofsky brings his eagerly-anticipated horror film Mother!,which stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem and Ed Harris, while George Clooney will also head back to Italy with Suburbicon, a film co-written with the Coen Brothers.

Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, starring Michael Shannon, Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer, will also screem before showing across the pond at the Toronto International Film Festival days later.

Here’s the full line-up for the festival, which takes place from Aug. 30 to Sept. 9, 2017.

Full Lineup

Competition

Human Flow,
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