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Gaumont racks up deals on Alexis Michalik's period tale 'Edmond' (exclusive)

Gaumont racks up deals on Alexis Michalik's period tale 'Edmond' (exclusive)
Period comedy-drama is a big screen adaptation of long-running hit play about writing of Cyrano de Bergerac.

Gaumont has announced a raft of deals on Alexis Michalik’s period comedy-drama Edmond, reimagining the colourful world and events surrounding the writing of the play Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand in 1897.

The film has sold to Austria (Prokino/Filmladen), Belgium and the Netherlands (Athena), Germany (Prokino), Denmark, Finland and Norway (Studio S Entertainment/Another World), Sweden (Studio S Entertainment/Njuta), Greece (Odeon), Italy (Officine Ubu), Portugal (Cinemundo), Spain (A Contracorriente), Switzerland (Impuls), the Balkans (Dexin Film) and Romania (Independenta).

It has
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Essential Viewing for Fans of ‘The Hunger Games’: Part Three

7. The Truman Show

Directed by Peter Weir

Written by Andrew Niccol

USA, 1998

Apart from the obvious death-match featured in The Hunger Games, the film’s text is thematically provocative, its allegorical elements highlighting the way the “Games” amplify today’s obsession with reality television. Perhaps one of the greatest cinematic commentaries on all-pervasive media manipulation is in Peter Weir’s The Truman Show, starring Jim Carrey. For Carrey detractors, The Truman Show proves his talent reaches far beyond physical humour. Carrey remains in complete control throughout, commanding and exhibiting the charm and charisma needed for a role that calls for much sympathy and likeability.

Truman Burbank lives a happy life, but what he doesn’t know is that his life is completely manufactured within a giant domed television studio. He’s been the focus of a reality TV show ever since his birth; filmed, observed, scrutinized every second of his life.
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Tiberius catches Monster, Angelique

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Tiberius catches Monster, Angelique
German distributor Tiberius Film has acquired German distribution rights to Ryan Gosling’s feature directorial debut How To Catch A Monster, sold by Nick Meyer’s Sierra/Affinity.

Tiberius also released Gosling-starrer Only God Forgives earlier this year.

The thriller is set in a vanishing city where a single mother is drawn into a dark underworld, while her son discovers a secret underwater town.

Starring Saoirse Ronan, Christina Hendricks, Eva Mendes and Matt Smith, the film is now in post for delivery in early 2014.

Marc Platt and Adam Siegel produce on behalf of Marc Platt Productions, along with Gosling via his Phantasma Films banner, and Michel Litvak and David Lancaster via Bold Films.

Tiberius has also announced, just ahead of the Afm, that it has taken on Angelique sold by EuropaCorp.

Ariel Zeitoun’s period romantic drama stars Nora Arnezeder, Gérard Lanvin, Tomer Sisley and David Kross.

Tiberius MD Wolfgang Carl said: “Angelique is a timeless and suspenseful
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‘Amitiés sincères’ examines lies and their repercussions

Amitiés sincères

Written by Stéphan Archinard, Marie-Pierre Huster and François Prévôt-Leygonie

Directed by Stéphan Archinard and François Prévôt-Leygonie

France, 2013

The motives for telling a lie are rarely the same from one episode to the next. Fear of shame, fear of persecution, selfishness, desire to reach an objective that otherwise would fall out of one’s grasp, there are more than a few very human and imperfect reasons why one would deliberately omit the truth. There is such a thing as a white lie however, by which the truth is kept hidden in preference of fabrication in order to not harm another’s feelings. What happens when white lies are told to someone whose personal pet peeve is the practice of lying itself? Directors Stéphan Archinard and François Prévôt-Leygonie use that very idea as the inspiration for their drama-comedy, Amitiés sincères.

Walter Orsini (Gérard Lanvin) is a middle aged man living
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Mark Wahlberg and Working Title Plan Point Blank Remake

Mark Wahlberg and Working Title Plan Point Blank Remake
Working Title is teaming up with Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson's Leverage Production to reboot Fred Cavay&#233's Point Blank.

The original French action thriller centered on Samuel Pierret (Gilles Lellouche), a male nurse, who needs to setup the escape of a ganglord in order to keep his pregnant kidnapped wife alive. The film also starred Roschdy Zem, G&#233rard Lanvin and Elena Anaya.

Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson will be producing. No confirmation that either will be involved as actors.

No production schedule has been released for this project.

Point Blank was released July 29th, 2011 and stars Gilles Lellouche, Roschdy Zem, Gérard Lanvin, Elena Anaya, Mireille Perrier, Claire Perot, Moussa Maaskri, Pierre Benoist. The film is directed by Fred Cavayé.
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Competition: Win French crime thriller 'Gang Story' on DVD

To celebrate the DVD release of Olivier Marchal's gritty French crime thriller Gang Story (Les Lyonnais, 2011) - which stars Gérard Lanvin, Tchéky Karyo and Daniel Duval - on 23 April, the fabulous guys and gals at Organic Marketing have kindly provided us with an amazing Five DVD copies of the film to give away to our gangster-tripping admirers. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook fans, so if you haven't already, head over to facebook.com/CineVueUK, 'Like' us, and then follow the instructions below.

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A Gang Story – review

We could have done with the abridged version of French gangster Edmond "Mamon" Vidal's criminal career

French cop-turned-director Olivier Marchal's flashback-heavy crime drama is very loosely based on the memoirs of real-life gangster Edmond "Mamon" Vidal. Here the ageing Mamon (played gracefully by Gérard Lanvin) flits between reflecting on his time as leader of the Lyons gang – a crew who pulled off a series of daring heists in the early 70s – and trying to protect his lifelong friend Serge (Tchéky Karyo), who's on the run from a rival mob boss. But there's little heat on Marchal's mean streets: we don't get to know any character other than Mamon, so his sense of betrayal is justified by default and his revenge is played out methodically over decades of boring murder. There's one code at play here: a hood's gotta do what a hood's gotta do. Unfortunately, we gotta watch him do all of it.
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Essential Viewing For Fans Of ‘The Hunger Games’ (Part 2)

6- The 10th Victim (La Decima vittima) (The Tenth Victim)

Directed by Elio Petri

Written by Tonino Guerra, Giorgio Salvioni, Ennio Flaiano and Elio Petri

Italy,1965

The 10th Victim was the first film to offer up the concept of a TV show wherein people hunt and kill one another for sport and to expand the idea into a satire on gameshows. Set in the 21st Century, the government and the private sector have joined forces to create a solution to crime by giving it a profitable outlet titled “The Big Hunt,” a popular worldwide game show in which contestants are chosen at random to chase one another around the world in a kill or be killed scenario. The winner of the first round moves on to the next. After ten wins, a player is retired from the game and gets a cash prize of one million dollars, but very few make it that far.
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Film Society's Rendez-vous with French Cinema Expands Lineup

The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced an expanded Rendez-Vous with French Cinema program featuring the inclusion of over a dozen contemporary documentaries and classic films. "For years, we have dreamed of evolving Rendez-Vous with French Film into a broader kind of program that would include documentaries, revivals and other kind of film and media work beyond feature films,” says Film Society of Lincoln Center Program Director Richard Pena. “This year, with the opening of the new Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, we finally have the opportunity for this kind of expansion, which we're calling 'Rendez-Vous +.'" Full Rendez-vous + Line-up and Schedule: Exterior Night (Extérieur, nuit) Jacques Bral, 1980, France, 112m A jazz musician (Gérard Lanvin) and a struggling writer (André Dussollier) fall under the spell of a mysterious female taxi driver (Christine Boisson) in director Bral’s moody, boozy,...
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Point Blank Blu-ray Review

Every once in a while it’s nice to have a pleasant surprise, and 2010’s Point Blank - the French film with the title of a great American movie – is one of those surprises – it’s a really good action film. Perhaps it owes something to the Luc Besson school of French filmmaking with an eye toward Hollywood, or perhaps it’s in response to Besson’s repeated production of low budget action films. Regardless, writer/director Fred Cavayé delivers the goods. Gilles Lellouche, Roschdy Zem, Gérard Lanvin and Elena Anaya star in this pot-boiler about an innocent male nurse (Lellouche) who gets caught between a criminal (Zem) and corrupt police. Our review of Point Blank on Blu-ray follows after the jump. The film starts with Zem’s Hugo Sartet running from a botched job. He’s being chased by two men, and runs into traffic and is hit by a motorcycle.
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Blu-ray Review: Fred Cavayé’s ‘Point Blank’ Delivers Non-Stop Suspense

Chicago – Excluding its rather unnecessary epilogue, Fred Cavayé’s latest thriller, “Point Blank,” clocks in around one hour and fifteen minutes. It’s a fast paced film, but it oddly never feels rushed. All of the set-pieces and dramatic revelations are present and executed to perfection. What’s lacking here is the extra padding so often found in bloated Hollywood blockbusters.

Though Paul Haggis’s “The Next Three Days” aimed to imitate the expertly paced tension of a Cavayé’ picture by remaking his 2008 effort, “Anything for Her,” the original managed to tell the story in half the time and was twice as entertaining. As long as Americans can accept reading subtitles, there is no reason to remake Cavayé’s transcendently entertaining work, which has the power to thrill audiences on any continent.

Blu-ray Rating: 4.0/5.0

In some ways, “Point Blank” is a mirror image of “Anything for Her,” with its wronged protagonist on the run,
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French game given timely lift by a fictional All Black | Richard Williams

France cinema has a low-cost blockbuster on its hands – a rugby story that could almost have been set in the Welsh valleys

If you saw a 50-year-old man running naked around the Arc de Triomphe at midnight last summer, that would have been Philippe Guillard. He was making good his promise to run a naked lap of the Parisian landmark if more than 500,000 people went to see his film about life among the rugby people of France's south-west. His assessment turned out to be too modest by half.

Since its release at the start of the year more than a million people have flocked to see Le Fils à Jo, a film which is to its sport and its region as the 1996 British film Brassed Off was to brass bands and the South Yorkshire coalfields: a comedy with soul and roots and humanity, and a deep love of its subject and its setting.
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Afm Unveils Slate Of Screenings

Afm Unveils Slate Of Screenings
The 32nd American Film Market (Afm) – taking place Nov. 2-9 in Santa Monica, CA – will be screening 395 films, including 65 world premieres and 295 market premieres – the works of prominent actors and directors including Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Jackie Chan, Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Fassbender, William Friedkin, Amy Heckerling, Kiera Knightly, Richard Linklater, Matthew McConaughey, Carey Mulligan, Seth Rogen, Martin Scorsese, Todd Solondz, Aurdrey Tautou and Michelle Williams. The 2011 Afm will take place Nov. 2-9 in Santa Monica, CA.

Films making their World Premieres include A Gang Story, starring Gérard Lanvin and Tchéky Karyo; Bad Karma, starring Ray Liotta, Dominic Purcell and Rhona Mitra; Columbus Circle, starring Selma Blair, Amy Smart, Giovanni Ribisi and Kevin Pollak; Nobel’S Last Will, starring Malin Crépin, Björn Kjellman and Leif Andrée; Snowflake, The White Gorilla, starring Elsa Pataky and Pere Ponce; Special Forces, starring Diane Kruger, Djimon Hounsou and Benoit Magimel; and The Expatriate, starring Aaron Eckhart and Olga Kurylenko.
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Point Blank (Á bout portant) | Review

Director: Fred Cavayé Writers: Fred Cavayé, Guillaume Lemans Starring: Gilles Lellouche, Roschdy Zem, Gérard Lanvin, Elena Anaya, Mireille Perrier, Claire Perot, Moussa Maaskri Point Blank is a dark, relentless, and stylishly directed new French crime thriller that drops an innocent man into a paranoid world of kidnapping, corruption, hopelessness, and betrayal. Director Fred Cavayé seems equally inspired by the unsettling, claustrophobic world of American film noir and that rich period of French crime films in the eighties and early nineties that gave us masterworks by Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita) and Jean-Jacques Beineix (Diva). Yet for all of its momentum and sheer kinetic energy, the film loses sight of the essentials--character, emotion, and motivation--far too much of the time, resulting in a film that isn’t nearly as thrilling or as suspenseful as it should be. Samuel (Gilles Lellouche) is a nurse’s aide who works in a hospital where
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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 10 Pairs of Chicago Anytime Passes to French Thriller ‘Point Blank’

Chicago – In our latest French thriller edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 10 admit-two run-of-engagement movie passes up for grabs to the film “Point Blank” from French director Fred Cavayé!

The film opened in Chicago on Aug. 12, 2011 at Landmark Century Centre Cinema. “Point Blank” stars Gilles Lellouche, Roschdy Zem, Gérard Lanvin, Elena Anaya, Mireille Perrier, Claire Perot, Moussa Maaskri, Pierre Benoist, Valérie Dashwood, Virgile Bramly, Nicky Naude, Adel Bencherif, Vincent Colombe, Chems Dahmani and Grégoire Bonnet from writer and director Fred Cavayé.

To win your free run-of-engagement movie pass for “Point Blank”, just answer our question in this Web-based submission form. That’s it! These movie passes are valid during the film’s theatrical run at Landmark Century Centre Cinema in Chicago. Directions to enter this HollywoodChicago.com Hookup and win can be found beneath the graphic below.

The movie poster for “Point Blank” from French director Fred Cavayé.
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Weinstein Co. Looks To Pick Up A Gang Story

Director Olivier Marchal continued to build his reputation as France’s master of thrillers and his fourth film A Gang Story looks to be heading to U.S. art houses. Variety reported that The Weinstein Co. continued talks to acquire domestic theatrical distribution rights to A Gang Story, to be released in France as Le Gang des Lyonnais. Marchal co-wrote the film with Edgar Marie and follows gang leader Edmond Vidal (Gérard Lanvin) nicknamed Mormon, as he reflects back on his younger days, the rise of his Lyon-based gang and his frequent clashes with police. Marcal shot his fourth film in Lyon with Gérard Lanvin, Daniel Duval, Dimitri Storoge as the younger Vidal, Valeria Cavalli, Stéphane Caillard, Patrick Catalifo and Tchéky Karyo in the cast.
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Weinstein Co. Looks To Pick Up A Gang Story

Director Olivier Marchal continued to build his reputation as France’s master of thrillers and his fourth film A Gang Story looks to be heading to U.S. art houses. Variety reported that The Weinstein Co. continued talks to acquire domestic theatrical distribution rights to A Gang Story, to be released in France as Le Gang des Lyonnais. Marchal co-wrote the film with Edgar Marie and follows gang leader Edmond Vidal (Gérard Lanvin) nicknamed Mormon, as he reflects back on his younger days, the rise of his Lyon-based gang and his frequent clashes with police. Marcal shot his fourth film in Lyon with Gérard Lanvin, Daniel Duval, Dimitri Storoge as the younger Vidal, Valeria Cavalli, Stéphane Caillard, Patrick Catalifo and Tchéky Karyo in the cast.
See full article at Upcoming-Movies.com »

Weinstein Co. Looks To Pick Up A Gang Story

Director Olivier Marchal continued to build his reputation as France’s master of thrillers and his fourth film A Gang Story looks to be heading to U.S. art houses. Variety reported that The Weinstein Co. continued talks to acquire domestic theatrical distribution rights to A Gang Story, to be released in France as Le Gang des Lyonnais. Marchal co-wrote the film with Edgar Marie and follows gang leader Edmond Vidal (Gérard Lanvin) nicknamed Mormon, as he reflects back on his younger days, the rise of his Lyon-based gang and his frequent clashes with police. Marcal shot his fourth film in Lyon with Gérard Lanvin, Daniel Duval, Dimitri Storoge as the younger Vidal, Valeria Cavalli, Stéphane Caillard, Patrick Catalifo and Tchéky Karyo in the cast.
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Exclusive: Point Blank Clip

Exclusive: Point Blank Clip
Fred Cavay&#233 directs Point Blank, which follows Samuel (Gilles Lellouche), a happily married nurse working in a Paris hospital. When his very pregnant wife (Elena Anaya) is kidnapped before his helpless eyes, everything falls apart. After being knocked unconscious, he comes to and his cell phone rings: he has three hours to get Sartet (Roschdy Zem), a man under police surveillance, out of the hospital. Shot on location in wide lens, Point Blank is an exhilarating non-stop ride through Paris' streets, subways, hospitals, warehouses, and police stations, as Samuel quickly finds himself pitted against rival gangsters and trigger-happy police in a deadly race to save the lives of his wife and unborn child. We have an exclusive clip from this Magnolia Pictures release, which you can check out below.

Click to watch Exclusive: Subway Chase!

Point Blank was released July 29th, 2011 and stars Gilles Lellouche, Roschdy Zem, Gérard Lanvin, Elena Anaya,
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‘Point Blank’ (‘À bout portant’)

Reviewed by Jay Antani

(June 2011)

Directed by: Fred Cavayé

Written by: Fred Cavayé and Guillaume Lemans

Starring: Gilles Lellouche, Roschdy Zem, Gérard Lanvin, Elena Anaya, Mireille Perrier, Claire Perot, Moussa Maaskri and Pierre Benoist

Save for its title, Fred Cavayé’s “Point Blank” is unrelated to the 1967 lone-gun thriller. The new movie certainly deserves its in-your-face title for the sheer velocity of its pacing, but viewers familiar with the Lee Marvin classic will pine for its style and intelligence while shaking their heads at the ludicrousness of Cavayé’s namesake movie.

This new “Point Blank” gets off the blocks fast with an opening montage of a foot chase through Parisian streets as gangsters stay on the heels of a mysterious fleer. The nifty sequence ends with a gunshot and motorcycle accident that leaves the fleer wounded and whisked off to the hospital. The nervy yet smooth filmmaking on display in
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