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Film Review: ‘Back to Burgundy’

Film Review: ‘Back to Burgundy’
When I was 13 years old, my great-aunt arranged for me to visit a vineyard in France’s Loire Valley, where I was allowed to spend an afternoon planting grapevines with the family who had worked those fields for centuries. Together, we visited the facilities where the harvest was crushed and fermented, and tasted the wine these artisans had produced from previous years. An experience like that forever changes one’s perspective on wine, from something that comes from a bottle to a living, breathing thing, originating from the earth, planted and harvested by hand, shaped by the attitudes and sensibility of those who cultivate it.

Cédric Klapisch’s “Back to Burgundy” is the closest any film has come to expressing that special symbiotic relationship between real people, the soil they tend, and the ineffably personal concoction that results from that connection. Though not a documentary, this gorgeous French family saga
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Back To Burgundy Movie Review

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Back To Burgundy Movie Review
Back To Burgundy (Ce qui nous lie) Music Box Films Reviewed by: Harvey Karten Director: Cédric Klapisch Screenwriter: Cédric Klapisch, Santiago Amigorena Cast: Po Marmaï, Ana Girardot, François Civil, Jean-Marc Roulot Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 314/18 Opens: March 23, 2018 I don’t “get” wine. I wish I could because wine raises Hdl, the good […]

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Back to Burgundy review – a palatable affair

Three siblings inherit their family’s winery in a modest but engaging drama

Story strands intertwine like vines in this engaging family drama about three siblings who inherit their family’s winery in Burgundy. Jean (Pio Marmaï) returns from Australia, leaving his wife, son and vineyard to visit the dying father whose influence he fled 10 years earlier. His sister, Juliette (Ana Girardot), now runs the wine business but as a woman she struggles to be taken seriously; the youngest brother, Jérémie (François Civil), is browbeaten by an overbearing father-in-law. Wine flows through the veins of all three; the episodic storytelling has something of the rambling, well-lubricated quality of a bar-room anecdote. Very watchable, but perhaps lacking in real drama, this is an easy-drinking vintage of a movie that won’t challenge the palate of the audience.

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Back to Burgundy review – sweet but unsatisfying family drama

Structural flaws let down Cédric Klapisch’s tale of siblings who return to run the family vineyard when their father dies

Cédric Klapisch is a reliable purveyor of sunny and undemanding commercial French movies. Here is another: this one about the heartaches and life-affirming joys of running a family vineyard. The original title is Ce Qui Nous Lie or “That Which Binds Us”. The characters at one stage debate the merits of a smooth, fruity wine versus something more taut and acidic: it would be tempting to say that Klapisch goes too predictably for the first option, but the problems here are more with structure than taste.

When their widower dad dies, it creates huge problems for three grownup siblings, who must now take over the Burgundy family vineyard. Jean (Pio Marmaï) has only recently returned to his hometown from Australia, where he runs a winery, and is now in
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Music Box picks up 'Back To Burgundy'

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Music Box picks up 'Back To Burgundy'
Pio Marmaï, Ana Girardot, François Civil star in family vineyard drama.

Music Box Films has acquired Us rights to Cédric Klapisch’s Back To Burgundy from Studiocanal.

Pio Marmaï, Ana Girardot, and François Civil star in the story of a man who left his homestead 10 years earlier to embark on a world tour.

When the traveller learns of his father’s imminent death he returns to his childhood home where he must earn back the trust of his brother and sister as they work to save the family vineyard.

Music Box plans a theatrical release in autumn, followed by home entertainment roll-out.

“We are thrilled to bring to the Us Cédric Klapisch’s tender and charming tale of the ties that bind a family to each other and to the land they love,” Music Box Films president William Schopf said.

“The film’s picturesque setting, universal themes, and fascinating peek into the art of French winemaking will hold
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Cedric Klapisch’s ‘Back to Burgundy’ Lands at Music Box (Exclusive)

Cedric Klapisch’s ‘Back to Burgundy’ Lands at Music Box (Exclusive)
Music Box Films has bought the U.S. rights to Cedric Klapisch’s comedy-drama “Back to Burgundy” and plans a fall launch in theaters, followed by a home entertainment release.

“Back to Burgundy” stars French actors Pio Marmai, Ana Girardot, and Francois Civil. The story focuses on a man who left his family and his native Burgundy 10 years ago to tour the world. When learning of his father’s imminent death he returns to his childhood home where he, his sister and brother inherit their family vineyard. As the seasons go by and they work to save the vineyard, they’ll have to learn to trust each other again and reinvent their relationship.

“We are thrilled to bring to the U.S. Cedric Klapisch’s tender and charming tale of the ties that bind a family to each other and to the land they love,” said William Schopf, president of Music Box Films. “The
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Biopic of F1 champion Alain Prost heads to Cannes

Exclusive: TF1 to unveil project in presence of Alain Prost.

Formula One champion Alain Prost flies into Cannes this weekend for a presentation of Julien Leclercq’s upcoming biopic Prost, retelling his life story through his close relationship with late brother Daniel and his on-track rivalry with Ayrton Senna.

“It’s a story of brothers in two parts. In the first part, we see his relationship with his brother Daniel, who was passionate about racing. He died around the time Senna came into Prost’s life. The pair were rivals, even when they were on the same team, but after Prost retired they became close,” said Paris-based Julien Madon, who is producing under his Labyrinthe Films banner which he runs with Leclercq. Mars Films is also on board as co-producer and French distributor.

TF1 Studio, which is handling international sales, will present the €17m project to buyers on Monday in the presence of Prost, Leclercq and Madon
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Berlinale: Cedric Klapisch’s ‘Back to Burgundy’ Sold in More Than 20 Territories for Studiocanal (Exclusive)

Berlinale: Cedric Klapisch’s ‘Back to Burgundy’ Sold in More Than 20 Territories for Studiocanal (Exclusive)
Berlin—Confirming the market appeal of France’s Cedric Klapisch after his “The Spanish Apartment” trilogy, his latest film, drama comedy “Back to Burgundy,” will have been sold significantly across the world by the end of the Berlin Festival.

More than 20 territories have already been secured, more will be closed in the next few days.

“Back to Burgundy’s” powerful rollout comes as a promo of “Gauguin,” starring “Black Swan’s” Vincent Cassel, on which the Cohen Media Group has U.S. rights, was presented to buyers at Berlin. Directed by Edouard Deluc (“Welcome to Argentina”), and penned by Deluc, Etienne Comar,(“Django”), Tomas Lilti (“Irreplaceable”) and Sarah Kaminsky (“Raid: Special Unit”), “Gauguin’s” first major territory deals look set to go down in the next few days.

Written by Klapisch and regular co-scribe Santiago Amigorena and screened to buyers at Berlin’s European Film Market, “Back to Burgundy” turns
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Omar Sy Starrer ‘Dr. Knock’ Sells Widely for TF1 Studio (Exclusive)

TF1 Studio has closed a bevy of pre-sales to key territories on Lorraine Levy’s “Dr. Knock,” a French film starring Omar Sy as a hustler-turned-doctor.

The film, which is now in production, has sold to Germany, Austria (Wild Bunch), Switzerland (Pathe), Spain (Filmax), Greece (Seven Group), Portugal (Lusomundo), Russia (Top Film), Israel (New Guys), Middle East (Empire), Latin America (California Filmes), Hungary (Vertigo).

The film, based on Jules Romains’ 1923 satirical play “Knock ou le Triomphe de la médecine,” follows a charming man who travels to a small mountain village in the 1950s, determined to make his fortune as a doctor. He starts diagnosing everyone he sees with an illness, real or imaginary. Because of his charisma, Knock becomes popular and successful in the village, subsequently provoking jealousy from some folks, including a someone reminding him of his shady past.

Comparing it with Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s “Amelie,” Sabine Chemaly, who
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Ira Sachs’s ‘Little Men’ Wins Deauville Grand Prize

Ira Sachs’s ‘Little Men’ Wins Deauville Grand Prize
Ira Sachs’s ‘Little Men’ won the Grand Prize of Deauville American Film Festival’s 42nd edition.

Little Men,” a Brooklyn-set drama about two teens whose friendship is tested by their families’ battle, will be released in France by Version Originale/Condo. The movie world premiered at Berlin in the Generation Kplus section.

Matt Ross’s “Captain Fantastic” and Todd Solondz’s “Wiener-Dog” both won the Jury prizes.

Captain Fantastic,” a Sundance hit which earned Ross the best director prize at Cannes’s Certain Regard, is a gripping family drama starring Viggo Mortensen as a super-dad who has been raising his six children away from civilization in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, and is forced by circumstances to reintegrate society with his family.

Another Sundance player, “Wiener-Dog” is a back comedy following several people who find their lives inspired or changed by a dachshund.

France’s Mars Distribution and
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Deauville: James Franco Feted with Career Tribute, Talks 'In Dubious Battle' and Income Inequality

Deauville: James Franco Feted with Career Tribute, Talks 'In Dubious Battle' and Income Inequality
In Dubious Battle won over the hearts of the audience in Deauville, where the film received a warm welcome and feted director and star James Franco following its mixed reception in Venice. He was welcomed on stage by French actress Ana Girardot, who recited a poem in the spirit of Franco’s creative experimentation. Franco was on hand to present his fifth directorial effort – adapted from the John Steinbeck novel – as well as accept a career retrospective from the festival. It was the multi-hyphenate’s second time at the French festival, which screened his James Dean biopic in 2001

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Deauville Opens With Brad Furman’s ‘Infiltrator,’ Pays Tribute to Michael Moore

Deauville Opens With Brad Furman’s ‘Infiltrator,’ Pays Tribute to Michael Moore
Paris — Brad Furman’s “The Infiltrator,” a crime thriller starring Bryan Cranston and Diane Kruger, is set to open Deauville American Film Festival.

The Infiltrator,” which will be released in France by Arp Selection, turns on the true story of a U.S. customs official who infiltrated the drug trafficking network of Pablo Escobar.

The Infiltrator” will have its French premiere at the festival, along with David McKenzie’s “Hell or High Water,” James Franco’s “In Dubious Battle,” John Michael McDonagh’s “War on Everyone” and Todd Phillips’s “War Dogs” with Jonah Hill and Bradley Cooper.

Michael Moore will be honored at the festival, along with James Franco and Stanley Tucci. The homage to Moore, which underscores the festival’s willingness to have a greater political undertone than in previous years, will be followed by the French premiere of “Where to Invade Next.”

Spanning 14 films, the competition includes
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‘Thelma and Louise’ Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon reunite in Cannes

This past weekend, screen icons Geena Davis and Susan Saradon reunited at the Cannes Film Festival, 2016 for the Women In Motion Award, which is designed to highlight and celebrate the contribution of women to cinema. The event was also timed for the 25th anniversary of the 1991 movie, which was directed by Ridley Scott. Can you believe that it was released 25 years ago?!!

Other guests at the dinner, which took place at the weekend here in Cannes, included Kirsten Dunst, Salma Hayek Pinault, Juliette Binoche, Isabelle Huppert, Vanessa Paradis, Chris Lee, Ana Girardot, Freida Pinto, Rossy De Palma, Loubna Abidar, Elsa Zylberstein, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi and Julie Gayet, as well as actors Gael García Bernal, Mads Mikkelsen and Vincent Perez.

We have a highlights video from the event, which you can watch below.

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Berlin Film Review: ‘Saint Amour’

Berlin Film Review: ‘Saint Amour’
Not everyone in France is a wine connoisseur. In “Saint Amour,” country bumpkin cattle farmer Bruno (Benoit Poelvoorde) tosses back the stuff just to get drunk, estimating that he’s been plastered twice a week for the past 25 years (multiplied out, that’s at least 2,500 times). At the Paris Agricultural Show, Bruno grabs his best friend (helmer Gustave Kervern) and heads straight for the wine stand, aiming to do a virtual tour of France’s wine-producing regions without even leaving the fair — a scenario that’s not even funny for five minutes, even with an overweight Gerard Depardieu playing his exasperated dad. Fortunately, Kervern and co-director Benoit Delepine don’t stop there, delivering a surprisingly sweet, if not entirely successful addition to their unabashedly strange oeuvre.

With a sense of humor that would be right at home on Adult Swim, the French comedy conspirators know a thing or two about orchestrating anarchic road-movie premises,
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #41. Gustave Kervern & Benoit Delepine’s Saint Amour

Saint Amour

Directors: Gustave Kervern, Benoit Delepine

Writers: Gustave Kervern, Benoit Delepine

Eclectic Belgian directing duo Gustave Kervern and Benoit Delepine have created a variety of bizarre scenarios together ever since their 2004 debut Aaltra. Notable titles also included 2010’s Mammuth starring Gerard Depardieu and Isabelle Adjani, as well as their not-to-be-missed 2012 title Le Grand Soir, which won the top prize out of Directors’ Fortnight. In Venice 2014, they unveiled Near Death Experience while Kervern has been appearing on other French projects in front of the camera, opposite Catherine Deneuve in In the Courtyard (2014) as well as 2015’s delightfully offbeat Ashphalte from Samuel Benchetrit (unveiled out of competition at Cannes). They often recycle the same cast mates in their feature, and a few of them populate their next feature, Saint Amour (previously known as The Wine Route), with leads Depardieu and Benoit Poelvoorde (The Brand New Testament; 3 Hearts) as father and son
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How did series 1 of The Returned end? Read our handy refresher

Warning: This article contains spoilers that some readers may prefer to avoid.

Good news - The Returned is back, with its beautiful people, Gallic drama and Mogwai chords. Bad news - the first series aired in 2013 and, two years on, all we can remember is "the Lake Pub".

Great news - Digital Spy has prepared a handy guide, for anyone looking to refresh their memories ahead of tonight's (superb) series two premiere:

The basics

The dead have begun returning to life in a small French mountain town. But these are no flesh-chomping zombies - beyond a ferocious appetite, the 'Returned' appear perfectly healthy and normal.

The town, though, is plagued by other strange phenomena - power outages, the reservoir's water level dropping dramatically and strange marks appearing on the bodies of both the living and dead.

What happened in series one's finale?

Remember Toni (Grégory Gadebois), manager of the Lake Pub?
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Tiff unveils first Primetime roster

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Tiff unveils first Primetime roster
Toronto brass on Thursday paid homage to arguably the most dynamic and provocative content format in entertainment, announcing the festival’s inaugural slate of six TV projects from the likes of Baltasar Kormákur, Jason Reitman and Lucía Puenzo.

The selections highlight what Tiff director and CEO Piers Handling called a “cross-pollination” of the film and TV worlds from international storytellers, broadcasters and streaming services.

The six selections appear below. All are world premieres except The Returned, which is an international premiere.

Casual (Us), created by Zander Lehmann and directed by Jason Reitman.

Episodes 1 and 2 of the comedy from Hulu and Lionsgate that follows a dating site entrepreneur and his therapist sister who move in together after the latter’s recent divorce.

Starring Tommy Dewey, Michaela Watkins and Tara Lynne Barr.

Cromo (Argentina), created by Lucía Puenzo and Nicolás Puenzo.

Episodes 1, 2 and 8 of the eco-thriller from directors Lucía Puenzo (Xxy, Wakolda), Pablo Fendrik (Blood Appears, El Ardor) and Nicolás Puenzo
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Tiff unveils first Primetime roster

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Tiff unveils first Primetime roster
Toronto brass on Thursday paid homage to arguably the most dynamic and provocative content format in entertainment, announcing the festival’s inaugural slate of six TV projects from the likes of Baltasar Kormákur, Jason Reitman and Lucía Puenzo.

The selections highlight what Tiff director and CEO Piers Handling called a “cross-pollination” of the film and TV worlds from international storytellers, broadcasters and streaming services.

The six selections appear below. All are world premieres except The Returned, which is an international premiere.

Casual (Us), created by Zander Lehmann and directed by Jason Reitman.

Episodes 1 and 2 of the comedy from Hulu and Lionsgate that follows a dating site entrepreneur and his therapist sister who move in together after the latter’s recent divorce.

Starring Tommy Dewey, Michaela Watkins and Tara Lynne Barr.

Cromo (Argentina), created by Lucía Puenzo and Nicolás Puenzo.

Episodes 1, 2 and 8 of the eco-thriller from directors Lucía Puenzo (Xxy, Wakolda), Pablo Fendrik (Blood Appears, El Ardor) and Nicolás Puenzo
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Escobar: Paradise Lost | Review

Drug War Diaries: Di Stefano’s Peripheral Take on Famed Drug Lord’s Activities

For those wishing to learn much of anything about famed Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, the logical place to start is not with Andrea Di Stefano’s feature directorial debut, Escobar: Paradise Lost, a starry depiction relegating its titular drug titan to the sidelines. True, there are aspects worthy of admiration, thanks mostly to moments with a paunchy Benicio Del Toro as the notorious “King of Cocaine.” But Di Stefano chooses to focus on the perspective of a token white outsider, presented in a formula used to design mainstream comedies—idealistic young man meets sexy young woman, inadvertently leading to his involvement with her ‘kooky’ familial environment.

In 1991, Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar (Del Toro) has resigned himself to the fact he must turn himself into authorities. He rallies a small crew together, including nephew-in-law Nick
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Escobar: Paradise Lost Movie Review

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Escobar: Paradise Lost Movie Review
Escobar: Paradise Lost Radius Reviewed by: Tami Smith, Guest Reviewer for Shockya. Grade: B Director: Andrea Di Stefano Screenwriter:  Andrea Di Stefano Cast: Benicio Del Toro, Josh Hutcherson, Claudia Traisac, Brady Corbet, Carlos Bardem, Ana Girardot Release Date: June 26, 2015 When young surfer Nick (Josh Hutcherson) and his brother Dylan (Brady Corbet) arrive in Colombia and settle for sun and surf on the beach, one gets the impression that the two Canadians found paradise. To top all this Nick meets and falls in love with Maria (Claudia Traisac). Maria works for her uncle Pablo (Benicio del Toro) and is full of admiration for the guy. The entire family, if  [ Read More ]

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