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Spike Lee Casts Two ‘The Wire’ Alums for Netflix Drama ‘Da 5 Bloods’

Spike Lee Casts Two ‘The Wire’ Alums for Netflix Drama ‘Da 5 Bloods’
Spike Lee‘s Da 5 Bloods has just added two The Wire alums to its star-studded cast. Clarke Peters and Isiah Whitlock Jr. are joining the cast of the Netflix Vietnam War film, which already stars Black Panther‘s Chadwick Boseman. Joining them in the Da 5 Bloods cast are Norm Lewis, Mélanie Thierry and Jasper Pääkkönen. Collider reports that Clarke Peters and Isiah Whitlock Jr. […]

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Spike Lee & Netflix’s Vietnam Pic ‘Da 5 Bloods’ Adds Cast Including Clarke Peters, Isiah Whitlock Jr & Mélanie Thierry

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Spike Lee & Netflix’s Vietnam Pic ‘Da 5 Bloods’ Adds Cast Including Clarke Peters, Isiah Whitlock Jr & Mélanie Thierry
Spike Lee’s anticipated Netflix film Da 5 Bloods has rounded out cast, we can reveal. Clarke Peters (The Wire), Isiah Whitlock Jr. (BlacKkKlansman), stage star and singer Norm Lewis (Sex And The City 2), Mélanie Thierry (The Zero Theorem) and Vikings and BlacKkKlansman actor Jasper Pääkkönen are joining previously announced Chadwick Boseman, Jean Reno, Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors and Paul Walter Hauser.

Drama Da 5 Bloods, currently in pre-production, will follow the story of four African American vets who return to Vietnam. Searching for the remains of their fallen squad leader (Boseman) and the promise of buried treasure, the heroes battle forces of man and nature while confronted by the lasting ravages of the immorality of the Vietnam War.

Script comes form Danny Bilson, Paul DeMeo, Matt Billingsly, Kevin Willmott and Spike Lee. Producers are Lloyd Levin (Hellboy), Beatriz Levin, Jon Kilik (The Hunger Games) and Spike Lee. Cinematographer is
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Spike Lee Casts Two Actors From ‘The Wire’ in Netflix Drama ‘Da 5 Bloods’

The Wire alums Clarke Peters and Isiah Whitlock Jr. have joined the cast of Spike Lee's next film Da 5 Bloods along with Norm Lewis, Mélanie Thierry and Jasper Pääkkönen, Collider has learned. Netflix is backing the film, which will also star Delroy Lindo, Chadwick Boseman, Jonathan Majors, Jean Reno, and Paul Walter Hauser, who like Whitlock and Pääkkönen, just worked with Lee on BlacKkKlansman. Da 5 Bloods follows a four African-American veterans who return to Vietnam to search for the remains of their fallen squad leader (Boseman) and the promise of buried …

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César Nominations: Jacques Audiard’s ‘Sisters Brothers’ Rustles Up Nine – List

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César Nominations: Jacques Audiard’s ‘Sisters Brothers’ Rustles Up Nine – List
France’s Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma unveiled its nominations for the César Awards this morning in Paris. The races for the country’s Oscar equivalent are led by Xavier Legrand’s feature debut Jusqu’à La Garde (Custody) and Gilles Lellouche’s Le Grand Bain (Sink Or Swim) with 10 mentions each. They are followed by Jacques Audiard’s English-language western, The Sisters Brothers, and Pierre Salvadori’s En Liberté! (The Trouble With You) with nine a piece. All four are in the Best Picture and Director categories.

There’s a noticeably lighter edge to the nominations this year with Le Grand Bain a sort of Full Monty à la française that sees a group of middle-aged men form a synchronized swimming team. The movie debuted out of competition in Cannes and became the 3rd highest grossing local title of 2018 with over 5M tickets sold.

Also out of Cannes,
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Oscars: France Selects ‘Memoir Of War’ For Foreign Language Submission

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France has selected Emmanuel Finkiel’s Memoir of War as its official selection for the Oscars’ Foreign Language film race. The pic, which Finkiel adapted from Marguerite Duras’ semi-autobiographical 1944 novel set in Nazi-occupied Paris, stars Mélanie Thierry in a story of love, loss, and perseverance against the backdrop of war.

Music Box Films holds U.S. rights to Memoir of War and released it in theaters last month.

The film came out on top on a shortlist that included Gaspar Noé’s Cannes buzz title Climax, the late Claude Lanzmann’s Les Quatre Sœurs, Mademoiselle De Joncquières by Emmanuel Mouret, and Xavier Legrand’s Jusqu’à La Garde. The choice was finalized today by France’s National Film Center (Cnc), which said the film, known in France as La Douleur (The Pain), has seen 350,00 submissions in French theaters.

The plot centers on Duras (Thierry) who is is an active
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France Selects ‘Memoir of War’ as Foreign-Language Oscar Candidate

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France has selected Emmanuel Finkiel’s “A Memoir of War” (“La Douleur”) as its official entry for the foreign-language Oscar race.

The French Oscar committee’s choice was announced late Friday amid a dust-up over the ineligibility of Olivier Assayas’ new film, “Non-Fiction,” which did not meet the French National Film Board’s theatrical release criteria for consideration as an Oscar candidate.

“A Memoir of War” is an adaptation of Marguerite Duras’ semi-autobiographical novel “The War: A Memoir.” Music Box Films acquired U.S. rights to the movie in February, shortly after it opened in theaters across France on Jan. 24.

Represented in international markets by TF1 Studio, the film stars Mélanie Thierry, who plays a young Duras and delivers a breakthrough performance. Thierry stars opposite Benoît Magimel, Benjamin Biolay, and Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet.

“A Memoir of War” takes place in June 1944, when France was still under German occupation, and follows Marguerite,
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France selects 'Memoir Of War' for Oscars

TF1 Studio handled international sales, Music Box distributed in Us earlier this year.

Memoir Of War (La Douleur) will represent France in the best foreign language category at the 91st Academy Awards next year, the country’s National Cinema Centre (Cnc) announced on Friday (September 21).

Emmanuel Finkiel’s drama stars Mélanie Thierry and is inspired by French writer Marguerite Duras’ account of her husband Antelme’s return from the Dachau concentration camp after the Second World War.

Prior to Antelme’s arrest in 1944, Duras had embarked on an affair with Dionys Mascolo, however she continued living with her husband until he recovered his health.
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Memoir Of War – Review

Mélanie Thierry as Marguerite Duras in Memoir Of War. © Music Box Films

Melanie Thierry gives a haunting performance in director Emmanuel Finkiel’s finely-crafted Memoir Of War. This powerful, beautifully-shot French-language drama is an adaptation of Marguerite Duras’ partly-autobiographical novel “The War: A Memoir” about her experiences in Paris in World War II.

In Nazi-occupied Paris 1944, Marguerite Duras and her husband Robert Antelme are members of the French Resistance when Robert is arrested by the Gestapo. Seeking answers about her husband’s fate, Marguerite (Melanie Thierry) goes to the local authorities, where French police are working with the Gestapo. In the waiting room, she is approached by a French collaborator, Rabier (Benoit Magimel), who offers to help her find out where her husband is being held. Sensing Rabier’s romantic interest, Marguerite begins a cat-and-mouse relationship in which she probes for information about her husband’s fate as the policeman
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‘Memoir of War’ (‘La Doleur’) Written and Directed by Emmanuel Finkiel

‘Memoir of War’ (‘La Doleur’) Written and Directed by Emmanuel Finkiel
Emmanuel Finkiel’s haunting adaptation of seminal author Marguerite Duras’ semi-autobiographical novel The War: A Memoir stars a luminescent Mélanie Thierry in a riveting performance as Duras.

Mélanie Thierry (The Princess of Montpensier), Benoit Magimel (The Piano Teacher), Benjamin Biolay (Personal Shopper),Shulamit Adar

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Music Box Films, one of the finest of the arthouse distributors will be releasing this emotionally complex story of love, loss, and perseverance against the backdrop of war. Memoir of War opens in New York August 17 at Film Forum and The Film Society of Lincoln Center, and in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Royal and at the Regal Edwards Westpark 8 in Orange County on August 24. Other cities will follow.

It’s 1944, and Duras is an active Resistance member along with her husband, writer Robert Antelme, and a band of fellow subversives in Nazi-occupied Paris. When Antelme is deported to Dachau by the Gestapo,
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‘Memoir of War’ Review: Mélanie Thierry Is a Brilliant Marguerite Duras in Austere Portrait of Trying to Wait Out the Holocaust

‘Memoir of War’ Review: Mélanie Thierry Is a Brilliant Marguerite Duras in Austere Portrait of Trying to Wait Out the Holocaust
Stories about prolonged separations tend to insist that hope keeps people alive, but waiting can be its own kind of death, and absence can become an obsession unto itself. Emmanuel Finkiel’s “Memoir of War” — an austere, solitary, vividly internalized adaptation of the autobiographical novel that Marguerite Duras wrote about her experience of World War II — scratches at that grim truth with spellbinding focus and determination.

Duras, an author and filmmaker best known for “The Lover” and “Hiroshima, mon amour,” spent her first eternity in the purgatory of Nazi-occupied Paris, stuck in place and scrambling around the city for any news about where the gestapo might have taken her husband, Robert Antelme. Forty years after the fact, and still trying to make sense of the fugue state she fell into during that time, Duras cracked open her old diaries and collected them into a half-remembered memoir that muddled fact
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Interview: Emmanuel Finkiel on Adapting Marguerite Duras' Semi-Autobiographical Work in Memoir Of War

It's a big challenge to adapt a book by one of the literary giants, Margeurite Duras. Known for her enigmatic, erotically charged, fiercely political writings and films, Duras was one of the key figures in the most significant French literary movement in the 20th century - Nouveau Roman. She also scripted Alain Resnais' greatest work, Hiroshima mon amour, which shares many of the themes with Memoir of War. Luckily for us, French director Emmanuel Finkiel has made a beautiful film here with Mélanie Thierry in her mesmerizing, star turning performance as Duras, based on her semi-autobiographical book, La douleur. I got a chance to talk to Finkiel about his adaptation process and the film's implication on the current political climate. Screen Anarchy: The film is...

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Locarno Film Review: ‘With the Wind’

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A farming couple trying to live an ecologically pure and ethical life are stymied by nature and their own uncontainable inner forces in Bettina Oberli’s solid and engaging “With the Wind.” Handsomely shot in the Swiss Jura mountains, the film nicely explores the unpredictable intersection of ideals and passion, making a parallel between mankind’s inability to control the natural world and human fallibility when it comes to keeping emotions in check. Although the male lead gets little scope for development, the female characters experience a meaningful trajectory, resulting in a satisfying drama that could do good business in European markets.

A quote from British writer Rebecca West about our species’ self-destructiveness — “Only part of us is sane,” it begins — acts as a concise introduction for what’s to come, implying a turbulence matched by a rain storm that forms a backdrop to the delivery of a stillborn calf.
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Memoir of War Movie Review

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Memoir of War Movie Review
Memoir Of War Music Box Films Reviewed by: Harvey Karten Director: Emmanuel Finkiel Screenwriter: Emmanuel Finkiel, based on the book “War: A Memoir” aka “La Douleur” by Marguerite Duras Cast: Mélanie Thierry, Benoît Magimel, Samuel Biolay, Shulamit Adar, Emmanuel Bourdieu Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 7/20/18 Opens: August 17, 2018 Nobody likes to wait. We […]

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2018 César Awards: ‘Bpm’ Triumphs With Six Wins, Including Best Film

2018 César Awards: ‘Bpm’ Triumphs With Six Wins, Including Best Film
“Bpm” triumphed at the César Awards, taking home the prizes for Best Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Antoine Reinartz), Best Male Newcomer (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart), Best Original Score, and Best Editing. Robin Campillo’s drama about AIDS activists in Paris also won the Grand Prix at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, but wasn’t nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film — a snub that was met with some controversy.

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Loveless,” which is nominated for the Oscar, won the equivalent award. Albert Dupontel’s “Au revoir là-haut” also had a big night, taking Best Director, Best Actress (Jeanne Balibar), and three other prizes. Full list of winners:

Best Film

“Bpm,” Robin Campillo

“Au revoir là-haut,” Albert Dupontel

“Barbara,” Mathieu Amalric

“Le Brio,” Yvan Attal

“Patients,” Grand Corps Malade, Mehdi Idir

“Petit Paysan,” Hubert Charuel

“C’est La Vie,” Eric Tolédano, Olivier Nakache

Best Director

Robin Campillo,
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The butterfly by Anne-Katrin Titze

Stéphanie Di Giusto on The Dancer: "The movie is always in movement." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Stéphanie Di Giusto's The Dancer (La Danseuse), screenplay in collaboration with Les Cowboys director Thomas Bidegain, based on the book Loïe Fuller: Danseuse De La Belle Époque by Giovanni Lista, stars Soko as Fuller with Lily-Rose Depp as Isadora Duncan. The supporting cast includes Gaspard Ulliel, Mélanie Thierry, François Damiens, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Amanda Plummer, and Denis Ménochet.

I met up with the director at the restaurant inside the Marlton Hotel the day before her debut film opened in New York. We discussed how Nick Cave and Warren Ellis got involved through Andrew Dominik's The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, her costume designer Anaïs Romand who won a César, working with cinematographer Benoît Debie, seeing Soko in Alice Winocour's Augustine, and Harvey Weinstein's reaction after seeing The Dancer at Cannes.
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"The Dancer" Restricted Footage

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From RedBand.Ca, Sneak Peek restricted 'red band' footage from the award-winning drama "The Dancer" (aka "La Danseuse") written and directed by Stéphanie Di Giusto, based on the novel by author Giovanni Lista, starring Soko, Gaspard Ulliel, Mélanie Thierry, Lily-Rose Depp, François Damiens, Louis Garrel and William Houston:

"...in 1887, after the death of her father, 25-year-old 'Marie-Louise' leaves her life in the American West to join her mother in New York and pursue her dream of becoming an actress.

"On stage one night, she avoids falling by spinning the fabric of her long dress in a graceful gesture,and the 'Serpentine Dance' is born. The dazzled audience calls out for more.

"Marie-Louise becomes 'Loïe Fuller' and leaves New York for Paris, where imitators try to steal her radical innovations in modern dance, including Isadora Duncan' ..."

Cast also includes Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Denis Ménochet, Amanda Plummer and Shimehiro Nishikawa.
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Official Trailer for Drama 'The Dancer' Starring Lily-Rose Depp & Soko

"We'll drag this place into the new century." Palace Films has unveiled a new trailer from Australia for the release of the indie drama The Dancer, also known as La danseuse in French, a period set drama about a rivalry between two dancers. This originally premiered at last year's Cannes Film Festival, and is just getting a release in Us theaters this December. Lily-Rose Depp stars as Isadora Duncan, the protégé and rival of dancer Loïe Fuller, played by French actress/musician Soko, the "toast of the Folies Bergères at the turn of the 20th century and an inspiration for Toulouse-Lautrec and the Lumière Brothers." The full cast includes Gaspard Ulliel, Mélanie Thierry, François Damiens, Denis Ménochet, Amanda Plummer, and Louis-Do de Lencquesaing. This seems like a very passionate, intense, dance film to watch. Check it out. Here's the official Australian trailer (+ old poster) for Stéphanie Di Giusto's The Dancer,
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New York Rendez-Vous with French Cinema Early Bird Highlights by Anne-Katrin Titze

Marion Cotillard stars with Alex Brendemühl and Louis Garrel in Nicole Garcia's From The Land Of The Moon (Mal De Pierres) Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

New York's Rendez-Vous with French Cinema opens with Étienne Comar’s biopic Django, starring Reda Kateb (Wim Wender's Les Beaux Jours d'Aranjuez) as Django Reinhardt with Cécile de France (Catherine Corsini's Summertime) and closes with Jérôme Salle’s The Odyssey (L'Odyssée) starring Lambert Wilson as Jacques Cousteau with Audrey Tautou and Pierre Niney (Jalil Lespert's Yves Saint Laurent).

Emmanuelle Bercot, Stéphanie Di Giusto, Caroline Deruas, Sébastien Marnier, Marina Foïs, François Ozon, Nicole Garcia, Katell Quillévéré, Justine Triet, Rebecca Zlotowski, Marc Fitoussi, Bertrand Bonello, Julia Ducournau, Christophe Honoré, Antonin Peretjatko, and Martin Wheeler are expected to attend.

La Danseuse (Soko, Lily-Rose Depp, Gaspard Ulliel, Mélanie Thierry); Nocturama (Finnegan Oldfield); Frantz (Paula Beer, Niney), and From The Land Of The Moon (Mal De Pierres - Marion Cotillard,
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Cesar Awards 2017: Isabelle Huppert and Xavier Dolan Lead This Year’s Winners

Cesar Awards 2017: Isabelle Huppert and Xavier Dolan Lead This Year’s Winners
Before Hollywood takes the spotlight this weekend, the film world turns its eyes to France for the annual Cesar Awards. Presented by the French Academy, this year’s nominees represent a distinct blend of international favorites, festival standouts and homegrown hits.

Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle” led this year’s nominees, scoring 11 nominations for Verhoeven as Best Director, lead actress Isabelle Huppert, Best Adapted Screenplay and a trio of other acting awards.

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The evening’s winners at Paris’ Salle Pleyel featured a variety of upsets and sure things. Huppert, going into a busy weekend in the States, won her category. In a pair of surprises, Xavier Dolan and Gaspard Ulliel both won their respective categories for Dolan’s “It’s Only the End of the World.” Houda Benyamina’s debut feature “Divines” also won big, taking home prizes for Best First Film,
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‘Elle,’ Isabelle Huppert, Xavier Dolan Nominated in France’s Cesar Awards

‘Elle,’ Isabelle Huppert, Xavier Dolan Nominated in France’s Cesar Awards
France’s film community congratulated Isabelle Huppert on her Oscar nomination, adding yet another to her growing list of accolades for her performance in “Elle.” The French Academy announced its nominees for what Americans call the “French Oscars” on Wednesday morning. “Elle” received 11 nominations in total, including best film and best director for Paul Verhoeven.

Following in a close send was Francois Ozon’s “Frantz,” which garnered 10 nominations, and Bruno Dumont’s “Slack Bay,” which received nine. Xavier Dolan received a best director nomination for “It’s Only the End of the World.” Actors Vincent Cassel, Gaspard Ulliel, and Nathalie Baye were all nominated for their work in Dolan’s film as well.

Read More: Oscars 2017 Surprises and Snubs: Amy Adams and ‘Weiner’ Out, Mel Gibson and ‘Passengers’ In

The Cesars have little import on the Oscars, though there is often some crossover. The French Academy did recognize Kenneth Lonergan
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