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New Faces of French Cinema Making Waves at Cannes

UniFrance hosts talks 9:30 a.m. May 13 with New Faces of French Cinema at the UniFrance Terrace.

Leïla Bekhti

“Sink or Swim”

After debuting with supporting roles in such films as the gonzo-horror pic “Sheitan” and offering the sole female presence in macho juggernaut “A Prophet,” actress Bekhti became movie star Bekhti with the release of her 2010 comedy “All That Glitters.” Though that breakthrough role landed her a César and increased her box-office clout, the Parisian has not allowed herself to get too comfortable in any one gear.

“All my roles have to scare me,” she says. “Fear is reassuring; if one day I arrived on set and didn’t feel a bit afraid, that would be the end. Being afraid doesn’t stop me, it pushes me forward.”

So she has continually sought out first-time filmmakers, and is trying her hand at producing, developing a feature with theater director Julie Duclos.
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Netflix Picks Up Animated Feature 'White Fang'

Netflix has picked up the animated feature White Fang and is planning a 2018 release.

The children's movie, which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival, is based on the Jack London story about a wolf torn between domestication and life in the wild. Rashida Jones, Eddie Spears, Nick Offerman and Paul Giamatti voice star.

Superprod, Bidibul Productions and Big Beach are behind the animation that was directed by Alexandre Espigares, who won an Oscar for his 2014 animated short Mr. Hublot.

Dominique Monfery, Philippe Lioret and Serge Frydman wrote the feature, which was produced by Clément Calvet, Jérémie Fajner, Lilian Eche, Christel Henon, Marc Turtletaub...
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Netflix Acquires Nick Offerman’s Animated Movie ‘White Fang’

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Netflix has acquired the Sundance animated film “White Fang,” marking the first acquisition deal for the streaming platform out of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The service is set to release the film later this year in territories including the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Southeast Asia, Japan, South Korea, U.K., Eastern Europe, India, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Academy Award winner Alexandre Espigares directed the film, with a voice cast of Nick Offerman, Rashida Jones, Paul Giamatti and Eddie Spears. Dominique Monfery, Philippe Lioret and Serge Frydman served as writers on the film. Also Read: 'White Fang' Film Review: Jack London Classic Gets Sturdy,...
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‘White Fang’ Review: Jack London’s Classic Story Is Vividly Reimagined in Lush Animated Offering — Sundance 2018

‘White Fang’ Review: Jack London’s Classic Story Is Vividly Reimagined in Lush Animated Offering — Sundance 2018
Jack London’s “White Fang,” the classic story of a wild wolf-dog rendered against the harsh environment of gold-rush Alaska, has spawned a number of cinematic adaptations — a well-regarded 1991 live-action feature starring Ethan Hawke, a 1993 animated series — but it’s in the hands of French animator Alexandre Espigares that the tale comes to its most vivid life. Adapted from London’s novel by a cadre of screenwriters (there are three listed in the film’s official press kit: Dominique Monfery, Philippe Lioret, and Serge Frydman), Espigares’ film captures the essence of London’s hard-knock story while reimagining it for a slightly younger audience (in short, it’s still traumatic, but not traumatic enough to drive away the audience who will also love it so very much).

That the film includes some star-studded voice talent for this American version (the film will be translated for a variety of territories), including Nick Offerman,
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Film Festival Roundup: BAMcinemaFest Unveils Full Slate, Siff Picks Lineup, Laff Announces Opener and More

Film Festival Roundup: BAMcinemaFest Unveils Full Slate, Siff Picks Lineup, Laff Announces Opener and More
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Lineup Announcements

– BAMcinématek has announced the full lineup for the ninth annual BAMcinemaFest (Jun 14 – 25, 2017), which features 24 New York premieres, one North American premiere, and two world premieres. Opening the festival on Wednesday, June 14 is the New York premiere of Aaron Katz’s “Gemini.” This year’s Closing Night selection is the New York premiere of Brooklyn filmmaker Alex Ross Perry’s fifth feature, “Golden Exits.”

Other highlights include “En el Séptimo Día,” “A Ghost Story,” “Landline,” and “Whose Streets.” Check out the full lineup here.

– The Greenwich International Film Festival is proud to announce the full film slate and programming for the 3rd annual festival running June 1 – 4, 2017 in Greenwich, Connecticut.

“Bending the Arc,” a documentary about the extraordinary team of doctors and activists whose work thirty years
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Colcoa Film Fest’s 21st Edition Fetes American-French Connection

Colcoa Film Fest’s 21st Edition Fetes American-French Connection
In Hollywood, there’s an oft-debated version of the eternal “chicken and egg” question: Who first made cinema, the United States or France?

Jean-Noel Tronc, president of the Franco-American Cultural Fund, doesn’t dare wade into the debate. And it doesn’t matter which nation gets credit for inventing the movies, he says, because at the Colcoa Film Festival, which, for the past two decades has taken pride in presenting French film, television and web content to American audiences, the world’s two greatest cinematic powers are combining forces for the greater good.

“France and America have contributed, more than any other countries in the world, not only to the creation of cinema but also the transformation of cinema as an art and as an industry,” Tronc says.

Colcoa — whose name, acronymic for City of Lights, City of Angels, is an ode to the world’s two great cinema cultures
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Jean Reno, Rob Minkoff Join Beijing Festival Star Lineup

Jean Reno, Rob Minkoff Join Beijing Festival Star Lineup
French actor Jean Reno and American director Rob Minkoff (“The Lion King”) will join Bille August on the jury for the main competition section of the Beijing International Film Festival.

The panel also includes Hong Kong director Mabel Cheung, Chinese actress Jiang Wenli, Italian producer Paolo del Brocco and Romanian director Radu Jude.

The festival, now in its seventh edition, runs April 16-23, at locations across the Chinese capital.

Films in competition and competing for the Tiantan Award include “Caffe,” the first film to be made under the Chinese-Italian co-production treaty, last year’s Hong Kong-Chinese box office hit “Operation Mekong,” and Chinese wartime drama “Mr. No Problem.”

International selections include “The Sis,” “The House of Others” and “Dim the Fluorescents,” which have all been rewarded at other events on the festival circuit.

A documentary section includes “The Ivory Game,” Jacques Perrin’s “Les Saisons,” and the recent “Casting JonBenet.
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21st Colcoa French Film Festival Adds Vr and Web Series Categories, Unveils Full Expanded Festival Slate

21st Colcoa French Film Festival Adds Vr and Web Series Categories, Unveils Full Expanded Festival Slate
Colcoa is keeping up with the times. Now in its twenty-first year, the lauded French film festival, sponsored by the Franco-American Cultural Fund, has added a pair of forward-thinking new categories for its newest edition. This year will include a virtual reality program and a web series competition, in addition to its Cinema, Television and Shorts competitions.

“These two new popular formats offer more opportunities to showcase the creativity of French producers and filmmakers as well as the diversity of French production,” said François Truffart, Colcoa Executive Producer and Artistic Director. “While entertainment is still the key word for the program, with a balanced mix of comedies and dramas, several topical issues will cover the program this year, including the environment, discrimination, racism, terrorism, and the role of the artist in society. More than ever, Colcoa will offer a unique opportunity to see these universal topics from different angles.”

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Colcoa French Film Festival Opens With Claude Lelouch’s ‘Everyone’s Life’

Colcoa French Film Festival Opens With Claude Lelouch’s ‘Everyone’s Life’
Claude Lelouch’s “Everyone’s Life” will open the 21st Colcoa French Film Festival on April 24.

“Everyone’s Life” (Chacun sa vie), a North American premiere, celebrates 50 years of cinema with cast of 50 French actors, including Johnny Hallyday and Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin.

The festival, which will be held at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, will showcase a record 82 films, television series and, for the first time, web series. A total of 70 of these will be in competition for Colcoa awards.

The cinema competition will close on May 2, with the North American premiere of Eric Lavaine’s new romantic comedy, “You Choose,” starring Alexandra Lamy.

“Colcoa will reach a new level in 2017 with two new categories – a virtual reality program and web series competition – added to the Cinema, Television, and Shorts competitions,” said François Truffart, executive producer and artistic director. “These two new popular formats offer
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Turin Film Review: ‘A Kid’

Turin Film Review: ‘A Kid’
Calling “A Kid” a nice family drama may sound faintly damning, but the fact is the film is just that, a solidly crafted story about a man discovering that his late father, Jean, had another family, told with the right dose of emotion, without sex, and with a finish designed to leave a warm and quasi-tearful glow. In lesser hands, “A Kid” would have tipped into bland sentimentality, but Philippe Lioret (“Welcome”) is a master at weaving narratives that balance a sufficient degree of psychological depth with good old-fashioned storytelling know-how. Though the midsection is weak, the movie compensates with a well-played ending that makes it a natural for mainstream Francophone art houses, not to mention Euro satcast rotation and in-flight entertainment.

At 33, Mathieu (Pierre Deladonchamps, “Stranger by the Lake”) appears vaguely unsatisfied with his life as a dog-food sales executive in Paris. His relationship with ex-wife Carine (Romane Portail) is good,
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Bertrand Tavernier: ‘My Journey’ Has Made Me Proud to be French’

Bertrand Tavernier: ‘My Journey’ Has Made Me Proud to be French’
Bertrand Tavernier’s ambitious documentary, “My Journey through French Cinema,” explores Gallic cinema from the 1930s through to the early 1970s, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s “Personal Journey through American Movies” (1995) and “My Voyage to Italian Cinema” (1999).

Tavernier’s love affair with French cinema first began when he suffered from tuberculosis in post-World War II Lyon. He says that cinema gave him his inner strength to recover. With a great twist of irony, while making “Journey” he underwent an operation to remove a tumor, and says that his love for cinema was once again his savior.

“Journey” had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, followed by screenings at Cannes Classics, Telluride, New York and San Sebastian. It will have its first French screening since Cannes on Oct. 9 at the Lumière Festival in Lyon. It will be released theatrically in France on Oct. 12, and in America in March-April 2017, distributed by Cohen Media.
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‘White Fang’ Takes Gan Foundation Prize at Annecy

‘White Fang’ Takes Gan Foundation Prize at Annecy
Annecy– Alexandre Espigares’ upcoming “White Fang” has won the Anney Festival’s Gan Foundation Prize, its most important industry plaudit.

Screened in Annexe’s Work in Progress section for feature films, “White Fang” is a co-production between France’s Superprod and Luxembourg Bidibul Productions and “Little Miss Sunshine” producer Big Beach.

Directed by Alexandre Espigares, who won an Academy Award Oscar for short film “Mr. Hublot,” “White Fang” is written by Dominique Monfrey, Philippe Lioret and Serge Frydman, based on Jack London’s classic novel. UTA Independent Film Group represents U.S. sales; Wild Bunch Distribution will distribute “Fang” in France.

“We are proud to receive this award from Gan Foundation which has been supporting cinematographic creation with great taste and attention for the last 30 years,” said Superprod head Clement Calvet, adding that the prize money will support the distribution of “White Fang” in France.

Simon Rouby’s “Adama” snagged
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Cannes: 'White Fang' animation gets int’l sales deal

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Exclusive: Jack London adaptation from Loving and Song Of The Sea producers secures sales deal.

UK sales outfit Sc Films has secured international sales rights to the animation update of Jack London’s classic novel White Fang.

French animation outfit Superprod, Luxembourg’s Bidibul Productions and New York-based Big Beach are teaming on the feature, currently in pre-production, which will be directed by Alexandre Espirages,

Espirages, an animator on Iron Man 3, Happy Feet 2 and Star Wars: The Clone Wars, won an Oscar for his short Mr. Hublot.

Sc Films will handle international territories (excluding French-speaking) while UTA Independent Film Group is handling North American sales. Wild Bunch will distribute the film in France and is targeting a February 2018 release.

London’s novel, translated into more than 80 languages, charts a canine’s journey from life in the wild to domestication, exploring themes of morality, redemption and love.

Little Miss Sunshine producer Big Beach will be hitting the Croisette
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: Picks 200-101

It’s become a great breaking in the new year traditional here at Ioncinema.com. We begin our countdown to the our most anticipated foreign films (anything outside the U.S.) with our own Nicholas Bell curating the best bets for 2016. Here are the titles and filmmakers that didn’t make our final Top 100 cut, but are nonetheless “radar” worthy.

101. El Rey del Once – Daniel Burman

102. The Dancer – Stephanie Di Giusto

103. Le CancrePaul Vecchiali

104. While the Women are Sleeping – Wayne Wang

105. TomorrowMartha Pinson

106. Spring Again – Gael Morel

107. CrowhurstSimon Rumley

108. Le Garcon – Philippe Lioret *

109. Marie and the Misfits – Sebastien Betbeder

110. Le Caravage – Alain Chevalier

111. Night Song – Raphael Nadjari

112. Réparer les vivants – Katell Quillevere *

113. Project LazarusMateo Gil

114. Afterimages – Andrzej Wajda

115. Don’t Knock Twice – Caradog James

116. DetourChristopher Smith

117. The Bride of Rip Van Winkle – Shunji Iwai

118. Three on the Road – Johnnie To

119. Le Vin et le Vent
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Jack London’s Classic Novel White Fang Is Getting an Animated Adaptation

One of my favorite books as a kid was Jack London’s White Fang. I just absolutely love that story, and I also really enjoy Disney’s 1991 live-action adaptation that starred a young Ethan Hawke.

I’ve now learned from Deadline that there’s an animated adaptation of the novel coming bring Big Beach, who teamed up with the French animation company Superprod and Luxembourg-bassed Bidibul Productions. Big Beach is the production company that brought us Little Miss Sunshine.

The movie is set to be directed by Alexandre Espirages, who won an Academy Award for an animated short film that he made called "Mr. Hublot." The script comes from Dominique Monfery (Tarzan, Hercules), Philippe Lioret, and Serge Frydman.

I have no idea what to expect from this animated film, but I hope that they do the story justice. If for some reason you’ve never read the book or seen the movie,
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‘White Fang’ Animated Movie in the Works

‘White Fang’ Animated Movie in the Works
Jack London’s classic wolf novel “White Fang” is getting the animated treatment from Big Beach, French animation company Superprod and Luxembourg’s Bidibul Productions.

Alexandre Espirages, whose 2013 short animated film “Mr. Hublot” won an Oscar, will direct from a script by Dominique Monfrey, Philippe Lioret and Serge Frydman. Big Beach’s Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf will produce along with Superprod’s Clement Calvet and Jeremie Fajner. Exec producers will be Lilian Eche and Christel Henon for Bidibul and Leah Holzer for Big Beach. Backup Media will finance.

UTA Independent Film Group will handle North American sales and coordinate financing with Big Beach and Backup, with Wild Bunch distributing “White Fang” in France.

First published in 1906, “White Fang” follows a wolf-dog navigating survival in the harsh Canadian wilderness and the humans he encounters. “White Fang” has been adapted for film and television several times over, including a 1991 version starring a young Ethan Hawke.
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Indie Sales Boards Romain Duris Starrer ‘Ceasefire’ (Exclusive)

Indie sales has acquired international to Emmanuel Courcol’s “Ceasefire,” an epic Wwi-set drama starring Romain Duris (“Heartbreaker”), Grégory Gadebois (“The Returned”) and Celine Salette (“The Connection”).

“Ceasefire” marks the directorial debut of Courcol, well-known screenwriter whose credits include Philippe Lioret’s “Our Desires” and “Welcome.”

Duris will star as Georges, a former soldier traumatized by the war and the death of his little brother, whom he couldn’t save. Seeking to find his own way to healing, Georges travels across France and Africa, where he bonds with Diofo, an African war comrade and his family and comes across an intriguing woman.

Courcol has brought together an topnotch key crew including vet cinematographer Tom Stern, whose worked on “American Sniper,” “Hunger Games” and “Gran Torino,” as well as costume designers Edith Vespirini, who worked on Rachid Bouchareb’s “Outside The Law,” among other movies.

“‘Ceasfire’ is an upscale, exciting project
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France’s Other Angle Acquires ‘Forests,’ ‘DieuMerci,’ West Coast,’ ‘Machin, Machine’ (Exclusive)

France’s Other Angle Acquires ‘Forests,’ ‘DieuMerci,’ West Coast,’ ‘Machin, Machine’ (Exclusive)
Paris-based Other Angle Pictures, headed by Olivier Albou and Laurence Schonberg, has acquired international sales rights to four new films – Safy Nebbou’s “In the Forests of Siberia,” Lucien Jean Baptiste’s “DieuMerci,” Benjamin Weill’s “West Coast” and “Machin, Machine,”helmed by and starring Clovis Cornillac.

Shooting from Feb. 12, and the latest title in Nebbou’s building body of distinguished stage or literary makeovers (“Mark of a Angel,” “Dumas,” “Bad Seeds”), “In the Forests of Siberia” is inspired by Sylvain Tesson’s novel, translated into English as “The Consolations of the Forest: Alone in a Cabin on the Siberian Taiga,” which won the 2014 Dolman Best Travel Book Award.

Written by Nebbou and David Oelhoffen, now a director of repute after his directorial debut, “Far From Men,” with Viggo Mortensen, “Forests of Siberia” stars Raphael Personnaz (“The French Minister,” “Anna Karenina”). It relates the friendship between a man looking for peace,
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Venice 2011 Lineup

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Dueling festival lineups! It seems that for every announcement for the Toronto International Film Festival lineup comes a competing (and often overlapping)  one from Venice.  Here we're collecting the finalized Venice lineups so far. (Above image: Philippe Garrel's A Burning Hot Summer.)

Competition

The Ides of March (George Clooney, USA) (opening night) 4:44 Last Day on Earth (Abel Ferrara, USA) Alps (Yorgos Lanthimos, Greece) A Burning Hot Summer (Philippe Garrel, France) Carnage (Roman Polanski, France/Germany/Spain/Poland) Chicken With Plums (Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, France/Belgium/Germany) A Dangerous Method (David Cronenberg, Canada) Dark Horse (Todd Solondz, USA) The Exchange (Eran Kolirin, Israel/Germany) Faust (Alexander Sokurov, Russia) Himizu (Sion Sono, Japan) Killer Joe (William Friedkin, USA) Life without Principle (Johnnie To, Hk) Quando la notte (Cristina Comencini, Italy) Seediq Bale (Wei Desheng, Taiwan) Shame (Steve McQueen, UK) Terraferma (Emanuele Crialese, Italy) Texas Killing Fields (Ami Canaan Mann,
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Lux Prize 2011 Final Three: Attenberg, Play and The Snows of Kilimanjaro

Once they were ten. Now they are three. Athina Rachel Tsangari’s Attenberg, Robert Guédiguian’s The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Ruben Östlund’s Play have gone thru into the final round of the European Parliament Lux Prize. Among the three chosen finalists we have a film about a women discovering her sexuality in an economically starved Greek town and more recently from Cannes, we have the perfectly executed crimes committed and "acted" by pre-teens in an otherwise very tolerant Swedish town. Two stunning features in my books that are indeed perfect examples of how cinema can examine social issues without suffocating itself with taking some by-the-books moral stance. I've yet to see Guédiguian’s The Snows of Kilimanjaro, but it to was presented at this year's Cannes Film Fest. The award will be given out in mid-November, so you can check back with us - as we'll be curious
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