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Daniela Elstner appointed managing director of Unifrance

Daniela Elstner appointed managing director of Unifrance
Respected international sales veteran replaces outgoing Isabelle Giordano.

Sales veteran Daniela Elstner, best known as the head of Paris-based sales company Doc & Film International, has been appointed as the new managing director of French cinema promotional body Unifrance.

She replaces Isabelle Giordano who is leaving at the end of July after six years in the role.

The appointment was overseen by Unifrance president Serge Toubiana who was unanimously re-elected for another two-year term last week.

“I’m overjoyed that Daniela Elstner, a major figure in the export of French cinema, who is recognised throughout the profession for her knowledge
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Which French directors will be in the running for the Golden Lion? - Venice 2019

Robert Guédiguian is in pole position for the Venice competition, Olivier Assayas, Philippe Garrel and Costa Gavras are jostling hopefully behind him, while Roman Polanski can only watch and wait. With less than one month to go until the official selection of the 76th Venice Film Festival (running 28 August-7 September) is revealed, there are whispers circulating in Paris (where pre-selectors working for the main upcoming film festivals got together around ten days ago to watch an armful of films) as regards the identity of the French candidates most likely to bag a spot in the Lido-based competition. According to different sources, Robert Guédiguian’s Gloria Mundi (read our article – sold by mk2 Films) will almost certainly enter into the battle for the Golden Lion, a trophy which the director already came close to carrying off in 2017 with The House by the Sea. Rumoured to be on stand-by and...
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Michel Hazanavicius to direct animated feature for Studiocanal

Michel Hazanavicius to direct animated feature for Studiocanal
Dardenne brothers are co-producing.

Michel Hazanavicius will direct an animated feature based on Jean-Claude Grumberg’s La Plus Precieuse Des Marchandises.

The Artist director will also co-write the script with Grumberg and create the film’s graphic design.

Studiocanal is co-developing the project and will handle all rights including international sales.

They will co-produce alongside Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s Les Films du Fleuve. Also producing are Ex Nihilo (Patrick Sobelman and Robert Guédiguian) and Les Compagnons de Cinéma.

Production will start in 2020 for a theatrical release in 2022. The animation will be created by Prima Linéa (Valérie Schermann).

Published this January in France,
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Michel Hazanavicius, Studiocanal, Dardenne Brothers Team Up for Holocaust-Themed Animated Feature (Exclusive)

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Michel Hazanavicius, Studiocanal, Dardenne Brothers Team Up for Holocaust-Themed Animated Feature (Exclusive)
Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius is set to adapt Jean-Claude Grumberg’s bestselling tale “La plus precious des marchandises” into an animated feature film. The Dardenne brothers are co-producing the film with Studiocanal, which will handle all rights, including international sales.

The tale, set during World War II against the backdrop of the Holocaust, is produced by Patrick Sobelman and Robert Guédiguian at France’s Ex Nihilo, and Florence Gastaud, Riad Sattouf and Hazanavicius at Les Compagnons de Cinéma. Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are co-producing via their banner Les Films du Fleuve. Valérie Schermann’s company, Prima Linéa, whose track record includes the award-winning “The Red Turtle,” will be handling the animation.

The story intertwines the fates of a Jewish family, including newborn twins, who are arrested in Paris and deported to Auschwitz, and a poor and childless woodcutter couple living in the depths of a Polish forest. While on a train to the death camp,
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mk2 launches sales on Manele Labidi's 'Arab Blues', reveals first image (exclusive)

mk2 launches sales on Manele Labidi's 'Arab Blues', reveals first image (exclusive)
Paris-based company will also begin selling Robert Guédiguian’s ‘Gloria Mundi’.

Paris-based sales company mk2 will kick off sales on Manele Labidi’s Tunisia-set comedy-drama Arab Blues, starring Golshifteh Farahani, at the Unifrance Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris (Jan 17-21).

Farahani, whose recent credits include Girls Of The Sun and Paterson, plays a psychoanalyst who opens up a practice in a working-class suburb of the Tunisian capital Tunis not long after the country’s 2011 revolution and attempts to treat a procession of colourful clients.

“It is a sophisticated comedy in the way it offers a fascinating window into modern Tunisia at a crossroads,
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'Stan & Ollie' edges out 'The Favourite' at UK box office with £2.4m debut

The Favourite’s grosses rose 9% to £2.4m in its second weekend.

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate: 1.28.

RankFilm (Distributor)Three-day gross (Jan 11-Jan 13) Total gross to date Week 1 Stan & Ollie (eOne) £2.41m £2.6m 1 2 The Favourite (20th Century Fox) £2.4m £8.3m 2 3 Mary Poppins Returns (Disney) £2.3m £38.3m 4 4 Aquaman (Warner Bros) £1.2m £20.2m 5 5. Bohemian Rhapsody (20th Century Fox) £1m £50m 12 Entertainment One

Stan & Ollie opened at number one in the UK this weekend, grossing £2.41m from 653 sites for an average of £3,675. The film’s overall opening is £2.6m, including preview screenings totalling £162,061,

Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly star in the
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The House By the Sea review – stagey goings-on in the south of France

Siblings reunite and re-evaluate their lives and relationships in this self-regarding variation on a theme

Robert Guédiguian has returned to Marseille, with its bright, fresh sunshine and the Mediterranean’s habitual dazzling blue. It never seems to rain in his Marseille – maybe to compensate for the bad psychological weather.

Again, Guédiguian has assembled his family-repertory cast of veterans. Ariane Ascaride, Jean-Pierre Darroussin and Gérard Meylan play middle-aged siblings Angèle, Joseph and Armand, who are uneasily reunited when their widowed father suffers a stroke, and they have to work out how they feel about each other and about their hometown.
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49 titles advance to nominations stage for 2018 European Film Awards

49 titles advance to nominations stage for 2018 European Film Awards
Titles include Berlin winner ‘Touch Me Not’, ‘Cold War’ and ‘Paddington 2’.

The 49 films recommended for nomination for the 2018 European Film Awards have been revealed.

Scroll down for full list of titles

The list includes Adina Pintilie’s Berlin winner Touch Me Not and Cannes prize winners Cold War, Dogman and Happy As Lazzaro.

Films with UK involvement on the list include Michael Pearce’s Beast and Paddington 2.

The films were selected by the 20 countries with the most Efa members as well as a selection committee consisting of the Efa board and experts.

In the coming weeks, more than
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2018 Cannes Award Winners include “BlacKkKlansman” and “Shoplifters”

Over the weekend, the Cannes Film Festival marked another moment in the cinematic calendar. Their 71st fest came to a conclusion, with the annual doling out of the Palme d’Or, among other awards. Last week I presented some shot in the dark predictions, but go figure, Cannes did their own unique thing. The festival unveiled their prestigious winners, throwing into the year a number of potential Foreign Language contenders, along with one potential across the board Oscar hopeful. From here, we’ll move into the full on summer movie season, but after that, before you know it, we’ll be into the fall festival season. Crazy, right? Below, the Cannes prize winners can be found in full, with the top two prizes going to Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, as well as Shoplifters, from Hirokazu Kore-eda. There was some speculation that Cate Blanchett’s jury was going to go for
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Gaspar Noé Isn’t Angry ‘Climax’ Didn’t Compete at Cannes, Says Jury Was Too ‘Moralistic’ to Give Him An Award Anyways

Gaspar Noé Isn’t Angry ‘Climax’ Didn’t Compete at Cannes, Says Jury Was Too ‘Moralistic’ to Give Him An Award Anyways
Read any list of the best movies at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival and it’s more than likely you’ll find Gaspar Noé’s “Climax” listed among the best titles the festival and its sidebar sections had to offer this year. IndieWire raved the movie was Noé’s best film to date, and critical buzz was so strong A24 picked up the title for U.S. distribution. Ironically, “Climax” wasn’t included in this year’s official competition for the Palme d’Or, nor was it a member of Cannes’ official selection. The film premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar.

Fortunately, Noé harbors no ill will towards Cannes for leaving him out of its official selection in 2018. Quite the contrary, as the filmmaker told The Guardian that he was overjoyed to debut his latest film in Directors’ Fortnight, where it didn’t have the glaring spotlight and pressure that Cannes
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‘No Blood Was Shed’: Jury Head Cate Blanchett On Gender, Race And Choosing The ‘Right’ Palme D’Or

‘No Blood Was Shed’: Jury Head Cate Blanchett On Gender, Race And Choosing The ‘Right’ Palme D’Or
With three films by female directors in the mix this year, speculation was rife that the Palme D’Or might finally go to a woman for the first time since Jane Campion made history 25 years ago with The Piano.

Eva Husson’s Les Filles Du Soleil took an early bath last week after a disastrous press screening; but Italy’s Alice Rohrwach and Lebanon’s Nadine Labaki – with Happy As Lazarus and Capernaum, respectively – both sustained buzz until awards night.

As it was, both went home with minor prizes – an ex aequo Best Screenplay award for Rohrwach, and a Jury Prize for Labaki, as, once again, the main awards went to men: the Grand Prix for Spike Lee with his crime drama, BlackkKlansman; the Palme D’Or for Hirokazu Kore-eda with his offbeat family story, Shoplifters.

Another year and still no company for Campion? This was the elephant in the room,
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Japanese Director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s ‘Shoplifters’ Wins Palme d’Or at Cannes

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Japanese Director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s ‘Shoplifters’ Wins Palme d’Or at Cannes
Cannes — Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda won the Palme d’Or at the 71st Cannes Film Festival for his film “Shoplifters,” marking just the second time this century that an Asian film has claimed the festival’s top prize (the other being Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” in 2010). A moving portrait of a self-made family whose secret ultimately jeopardizes their ability to stay together, the widely praised drama represents Hore-eda’s fifth time in competition, making him one of the few veterans in a lineup weighted toward less established directors.

American director Spike Lee won the Grand Prix for his blaxploitation-styled anti-racism satire “BlacKkKlansman,” one of just two American films in the official competition. After accepting the prize “on behalf of the People’s Republic of Brooklyn, New York,” Lee told the press, “Cannes was the perfect launchpad for this film. I hope the film
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‘Shoplifters,’ ‘BlacKkKlansman,’ ‘The Image Book,’ and Paweł Pawlikowski Take Home Top Prizes at 2018 Cannes Film Festival

After approximately three years, the 2018 Cannes Film Festival is coming to an end, and the Cate Blanchett jury — also consisting of Kristen Stewart, Denis Villeneuve, Ava DuVerny, Chang Chen, Léa Seydoux, Robert Guédiguian, Andrey Zvyagintsev, and Khadja Nin — is about to reveal their decisions. (Will I have the strength to update this once that phrasing is no longer relevant*? Time will tell.) Let’s get to it — stream and find winners below.

Palme d’Or: Shoplifters, Hirokazu Kore-eda

Special Palme d’Or: The Image Book, Jean-Luc Godard

Grand Prix: BlacKkKlansman, Spike Lee

Jury Prize: Capernaum, Nadine Labaki

Best Actress: Samal Yeslyamova, Akya

Best Actor: Marcello Fonte, Dogman

Best Director: Paweł Pawlikowski, Cold War

Best Screenplay: Alice Rohrwacher, Lazzaro Felice; Jafar Panahi and Nader Saeivar, 3 Faces

Camera d’Or: Girl, Lukas Dhont

Short Film Palme d’Or: All These Creatures, Charles Williams

Queer Palm (Feature): Girl, Lukas Dhont

Queer Palm (Short): The Orphan,
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The Cannes Film Festival Is in Full Swing and Oozing With Glamour

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The Cannes Film Festival Is in Full Swing and Oozing With Glamour
The 71st annual Cannes Film Festival officially kicked off last week, and we've already been treated to some seriously star-studded moments. Lupita Nyong'o made a glamorous appearance on the red carpet, while Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem looked so in love at the premiere of their film Everybody Knows. Kristen Stewart also touched down in the South of France and is serving as one of this year's jury members alongside Chang Chen, Ava DuVernay, Denis Villeneuve, Cate Blanchett, Robert Guédiguian, Khadja Nin, Andrey Zvyagintsev, and Léa Seydoux. The festival is just getting started, so check back later for even more fun moments.

Related: The Most Glamorous Cannes Film Festival Moments
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Palme d’Or predictions for Cannes 2018

In just a few days, the awards for the 2018 Cannes Film Festival will be given out. While a number of movies and artists will be feted this weekend, the question of who and what looms large. Which film will be able to join recent winners of the prestigious Palme d’Or like The Square, I, Daniel Blake, Dheepan, Winter Sleep, Blue is the Warmest Color, Amour, and The Tree of Life? Your guess this year is obviously as good as mine, but once again today I’ll be trying to make my picks for the festival winners. It has again seemed like a year without a clear Cannes frontrunner, so that could make the 2018 jury, which consists of Cate Blanchett as President, plus Chang Chen, Ava DuVernay, Robert Guédiguian, Khadja Nin, Léa Seydoux, Kristen Stewart, Denis Villeneuve, and Andrey Zvyagintsev, go in any number of directions. This year’s lineup
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Kristen Stewart, Cate Blanchett and More Stars Bring Their Fashion A-Game to the 2018 Cannes Film Festival

Kristen Stewart, Cate Blanchett and More Stars Bring Their Fashion A-Game to the 2018 Cannes Film Festival
The 2018 Cannes Film Festival has officially begun! A number of stars have arrived in Cannes, France for the 71st annual movie event, with many more celebs on the way. The 10-day festival kicked off on Tuesday with the premiere of Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz's film, Everybody Knows. The couple, the movie's cast as well as the festival's jury members all walked the red carpet together ahead of the premiere. Jury members Kristen Stewart, Chang Chen, Ava DuVernay, Denis Villeneuve, Cate Blanchett, Robert Guédiguian, Khadja Nin, Andrey Zvyagintsev and Léa Seydoux all held hands on the red carpet before heading inside to see the film on Tuesday. Want to see all of the star sightings...
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Blanchett seeks a winner with durability by Richard Mowe

Cate Blanchett: "The Palme d’Or will go to a film that has everything. You are awarding the performances, the direction, the cinematography and the script and the entire crew who made it possible.” Photo: Richard Mowe

When actress Cate Blanchett was asked to be president of the competition jury for this year’s 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival she insisted that there would be gender parity and racial diversity.

Director Thierry Frémaux assured her that this was already the case. Blanchett happily agreed, and assumes her duties alongside four other women - Ava Duvernay, Khadja Nin, Léa Seydoux and Kristen Stewart - as well as Chang Chen, Robert Guédiguian, Denis Villeneuve, and Andrey Zvyagintsev.

Ava Duvernay Photo: Richard Mowe

At a media gathering to introduce the jury this afternoon (8 May) Blanchett said: “For quality change to occur and I mean profound lasting change, it needs to take place through specific action,
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Cate Blanchett’s Cannes Jury Speaks Out About Time’s Up, Women Filmmakers, and the Future of Movies

Cate Blanchett’s Cannes Jury Speaks Out About Time’s Up, Women Filmmakers, and the Future of Movies
As they prepare to start watching and assessing the 21 Competition films on display at the 71st Cannes Film Festival, at a time when the venerable festival struggles to retain its currency, the Competition jury of nine, led by Australian actress Cate Blanchett — which is not the first with a majority of five women — faced questions on multiple points of controversy, from #TimesUp and the number of films from women to the future of film itself.

Jury president and two-time Oscar-winner Blanchett insisted that she will look at each film with an open mind—knowing that reviewers and commentators may bring politics into play. That also applies to the question of the three films directed by women under Palme d’Or consideration. While the Cannes festival having added more women to the selection committee will change the lens through which the films are chosen, she said, “these things will not happen overnight.
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Cate Blanchett’s Cannes Jury Speaks Out About Time’s Up, Women Filmmakers, and the Future of Movies

Cate Blanchett’s Cannes Jury Speaks Out About Time’s Up, Women Filmmakers, and the Future of Movies
As they prepare to start watching and assessing the 21 Competition films on display at the 71st Cannes Film Festival, at a time when the venerable festival struggles to retain its currency, the Competition jury of nine, led by Australian actress Cate Blanchett — which is not the first with a majority of five women — faced questions on multiple points of controversy, from #TimesUp and the number of films from women to the future of film itself.

Jury president and two-time Oscar-winner Blanchett insisted that she will look at each film with an open mind—knowing that reviewers and commentators may bring politics into play. That also applies to the question of the three films directed by women under Palme d’Or consideration. While the Cannes festival having added more women to the selection committee will change the lens through which the films are chosen, she said, “these things will not happen overnight.
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Cannes 2018: Cate Blanchett on the lack of female filmmakers in competition

Cannes 2018: Cate Blanchett on the lack of female filmmakers in competition
“Would I like to see more women in competition? Absolutely.”

Cate Blanchett, the jury president for the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, addressed the lack of films by female directors in competition this year at the opening press conference.

Of the 21 films in competition this year, three are directed by women.

Speaking today (8 May), Blanchett said: “I know the selection committee now has more women on board than in previous years - that will change the lense through which films are chosen, but this won’t happen overnight. Also, it’s almost a gladiatorial sport coming to Cannes as a director and
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