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Orange Studio Acquires Cannes-Bound ‘Rafiki,’ ‘To the Ends of the World’ (Exclusive)

Launched six months ago, Orange Studio’s international sales division will be hitting the Cannes Film Festival with three movies across various selections, including a pair of new acquisitions, Guillaume Nicloux’s Directors’ Fortnight player “To the Ends of the World” and “Rafiki” (pictured), Wanuri Kahiu’s Lgbt love story slated for Un Certain Regard.

Rafiki” has just been banned by authorities in Kenya, where homosexuality is illegal. Adapted from “Jambula Tree,” a short story by Uganda’s Monica Arac de Nyeko, the film tells the story of two teenage girls whose developing romance puts them at odds with their families and community.

Météore Films will release “Rafiki” in France. Andrei Kamarowsky, who heads up Orange Studio’s international sales division with Emilie Serres, said “Rafiki” would be the first Kenyan movie to be presented at Cannes.

Orange Studio has also acquired international sales rights to “To the Ends of the World,
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Jean-Pierre Jeunet Accuses Guillermo Del Toro Of Stealing From ‘Delicatessen’ In ‘The Shape Of Water’

With thirteen nominations under its belt, “The Shape Of Water” is the current frontrunner to win big on Oscar night. Almost everyone has swooned for Guillermo del Toro‘s lovely blend of fantasy, romance, monster movie, and classical filmmaker, however, there’s one director with a bone to pick.

Jean-Pierre Jeunet has accused del Toro of stealing a scene from his 1991 film “Delicatessen,” and essentially replicating it in “The Shape Of Water.” The sequence in question involves Dominique Pinon and Karin Viard dancing in unison on a bed, while an old musical plays in the background on the television.
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Longtime Studiocanal Production Exec Jenny Borgars Moves to Pathé

Jenny Borgars, who has been Studiocanal’s U.K. head of production since 2008, is joining Pathé as deputy managing director.

Danny Perkins, Studiocanal’s U.K. CEO, will fill in for Borgars, acting as head of U.K. production effective immediately.

In her new role, Borgars will report to Pathé Productions’ managing director Cameron McCracken. “Jenny has been a friend for many years and I am delighted to be welcoming her into the Pathé family,” McCracken said. “She will be working alongside me on all aspects of our U.K. business – from development and production through to distribution and international sales.”

Borgars said she was “a huge fan” of Pathé. “I love the films they make and the stamp of quality they bring to everything they do,” said Borgars.

During her tenure at Studiocanal, Borgars exec-produced such films as “Alan Partridge” and “Macbeth.”

Pathé’s roster includes Lenny Abrahamson’s “The Little Stranger,” now in post-production,
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David, Stéphane Foenkinos on ‘Jealous,’ Breaking a French Cinema Taboo, Karin Viard’s ‘Instinctive’ Acting

David, Stéphane Foenkinos on ‘Jealous,’ Breaking a French Cinema Taboo, Karin Viard’s ‘Instinctive’ Acting
Paris — In France, there is only one Karin Viard. She is not as famous abroad as other French actresses – think Marion Cotillard, Isabelle Huppert. But in her native land, she rates not only as France’s most popular actress, judged by her four biggest box office hits last decade – which take in “The Famille Belier,” and Dany Boon’s Nothing to Declare” – but also, by the same criteria, is a bigger box office draw that any Hollywood star, including Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey Jr.

Yet over a near 20-year film career, the 51-year-old actress has taken on roles – in Cedric Klapisch’s social-divide comedy “My Piece of the Pie,” and Maiwenn’s cop ensemble drama “Polisse” which give her a left-of-center edginess.

In a role which fits her like a glove, Viard plays role Nathalie, a mother still raw from recent divorce who suddenly conceives an all-consuming envy for her nearest and dearest, led by her
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UniFrance Rendez-Vous: Studiocanal Rolls Out ‘Return of the Hero,’ with Jean Dujardin and Melanie Laurent, and ‘Jealous,’  with Karin Viard (Exclusive)

Paris — European film-tv powerhouse Studiocanal has rolled out robust sales on Laurent Tirard’s anticipated “Return of the Hero,” starring Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”) and nominee Melanie Laurent (“Inglourious Basterds”), one of the most anticipated of market debuts at this week’s UniFrance Rendez-Vous in Paris.

Also clinching international deals on “Jealous,” uniting Karin Viard, the most popular actress in France, and directors David and Stéphane Foenkinos (“Delicacy”), “Return of the Hero” and “Jealous” will screen in Paris as Studiocanal celebrates 2017 as its best year in over a decade at the French box office where it ranked No. 1 among French distributors – for only the third time in its history – and No. 4 overall – after Disney, Upi and Fox – punching 15.5 million admissions. The last time that Studiocanal topped French distributors charts was 2006. Studiocanal’s top three releases in 2017 are currently all French: “alibi.com,” (3.6 million), “Marry Me, Dude” (2.5 million) and “School of Life” (1.9 million).

Set in 1809, and
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Boon, Binoche, Dujardin, Laurent, Cluzet, Lindon, Viard, Auteuil Grace 2018’s UniFrance Rendez-Vous

Boon, Binoche, Dujardin, Laurent, Cluzet, Lindon, Viard, Auteuil Grace 2018’s UniFrance Rendez-Vous
Dany Boon’s “La Ch’tite Famille,” Laurent Tirard’s “Return of the Hero” and Philippe le Guay’s “Normandie Nue” feature at the 20th UniFrance Rendez-Vous With French Cinema, which runs Jan. 18-22 in the lap-of-luxury at Paris’ InterContinental Le Grand Hotel.

“In all honesty, this looks like a good year in terms of quality of titles,” said Gilles Renouard, UniFrance co-deputy director.

On paper at least, that can be put down to two factors at least: the strength in depth and, crucially, breadth of France’s comedy offering at the Rendez-Vous, and a clutch of movies which showcase some of France’s finest actors: Vincent Lindon (“The Apparition”), Daniel Auteuil (“Le Brio”) and Karin Viard (“Jealous”) are just three. Following, 10 takes – and one big question raised – by this year’s edition:

1.Boon, But Much More

“The Rendez-Vous is a great place to catch comedies, which France does very well,” Renouard said. This
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Robin Campillo’s ‘Bpm (Beats Per Minute)’ Leads France’s 2017 Lumieres Nominations

Robin Campillo’s ‘Bpm (Beats Per Minute)’ Leads France’s 2017 Lumieres Nominations
Robin Campillo’s “Bpm (Beats Per Minute),” the French foreign-language Oscar candidate, is leading nominations at the Lumieres Awards, France’s equivalent of the Golden Globes.

“Bpm,” a sprawling and intense drama following French AIDS activists in 1980s Paris, will compete in six categories, including best film, director, actor (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart), male newcomer (Arnaud Valois), script (Campillo and Philippe Mangeot) and score (Arnaud Rebotini). Since winning Cannes Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize, “Bpm” has nabbed several prizes overseas, notably the New York, Los Angeles and Washington critics’ awards for best foreign-language film, as well as prizes at Chicago and San Sebastian film festivals.

Mathieu Amalric’s “Barbara,” which world premiered at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard, and Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s contemporary dramedy “C’est La Vie” each garnered four Lumieres nominations, while Albert Dupontel’s “Au revoir là-haut” and Alain Gomis’s “Felicité,” winner of Berlin’s Silver Bear, will each compete
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'Jealous' ('Jalouse'): Film Review

'Jealous' ('Jalouse'): Film Review
Although she hasn’t lined up as many masterpieces as Isabelle Huppert, nor does she have the cinema populaire appeal of Sophie Marceau, 51-year-old actress Karin Viard has carved an impressive niche for herself in French films of the past decade or so.

In movies like My Piece of the Pie, 21 Nights With Pattie, On Air and Lulu femme nue, she’s used her impeccable comic timing and deadpan delivery to portray women going through tricky midlife crises, yet managing to come out on top through a mix of serendipitous encounters, sexual awakenings or good old Gallic sang-froid.

Her latest starring...
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BiFan 2016: Local Hits The Wailing and Karaoke Crazies Lead Award Winners

The winners have just been announced at the 20th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival in South Korea, with Na Hong-jin's fantastic thriller The Wailing scooping The Best of Bucheon award in the Bucheon Choice competition, as well as the Nh Audience Award. Meanwhile, the LG HiEntech Best Korean Fantastic Film award went to Kim Sang-chan's Karaoke Crazies, and Jo Sung-hee's The Phantom Detective won the Korean Fantastic Audience Award. Other notable wins include Babak Anvari's Iranian chiller Under the Shadow, which took the Bucheon Choice Jury award, Deepak Sampat was named Best Actor for Autohead, while Karin Viard won Best Actress for her role in 21 Nights with Pattie. Simon Cartwright's Manoman won Best Short Film, and Tim Ellrich's The Bathtub took both the Jury...

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‘The Wailing’ Wins Top Prize at Bucheon Fantasy Festival

‘The Wailing’ Wins Top Prize at Bucheon Fantasy Festival
Local director Na Hong-jin’s “The Wailing” was named as winner of the Bucheon Choice award at the 20th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, Korea’s largest genre movie festival.

The occult thriller which premiered in Cannes also won the Nh Audience award. The film was recently released in Korea and scored a smashing $49.5 million (KRW55.7 billion) at the box office.

British director Babak Anvari’s horror “Under the Shadow” took the Jury’s Choice award. French actress Karin Viard earned best actress for “21 Nights with Pattie,” while India’s Deepak Sampat won best actor for crime drama “Autohead.”

Feature award-winners were selected by a jury including veteran local actors Chang Mi-hee and Jung Jin-yeong, Cannes’ Christian Jeune, Filipino director Khavn De La Cruz and American producer Garrick Dion.

At the end of the festival’s new 7-day industry program BiFan Industry Gathering (BiG), “Mogwai,” a sci fi horror
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Bully boy by Anne-Katrin Titze

Julie Delpy: "Blake Edwards is really the inspiration for this film." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Doris Day and Rock Hudson, Pink Panther with Peter Sellers, Wolf Rilla's Village Of The Damned, Mervyn LeRoy's - not Nick Cave's - The Bad Seed and designing with Emmanuelle Duplay and Pierre-Yves Gayraud, came up as Karl Lagerfeld goes underground in Julie Delpy's poking Lolo, starring Vincent Lacoste, Danny Boon, Karin Viard and Delpy herself.

Julie is also featured in Caroline Suh's The 4%: Film’s Gender Problem with Anjelica Huston, Patricia Clarkson, Judd Apatow, Christine Vachon, Mira Nair, Michael Moore, Lake Bell, Amy Berg, James Franco, Kristen Wiig, Michael Mann, Paul Feig, Catherine Hardwicke, A. O. Scott, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Dawn Hudson, Jill Soloway, Mary Harron and Amy Heckerling.

Violette (Julie Delpy): "Of course it's not autobiographical."

In Delpy's vivacious comedy of ill-manners. she plays Violette, divorced mother to a pouting,
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Lolo | Review

A Child is Waiting: Delpy’s Return to RomCom a Mixed Bag

Julie Delpy has managed to balance a terrific (and prolific) career as an actress and director, breaking out over the past decade as a pragmatic purveyor of romantic entanglements thanks to her twin titles 2 Days in Paris (2007) and 2 Days in New York (2012). Although The Countess (2008), her curious English language examination of the bloodthirsty historical figure Countess Bathory was unfortunately belabored, her tendency to portray complex romantic scenarios masquerading as fluff has proven to be her overarching strength. Which is exactly why her latest, Lolo, a sometimes pleasant endeavor, feels like more of a crass disappointment than it really is. Examining an overworked single mother’s attempt to rediscover romance despite the secret sabotage of her spoiled adult child, the narrative’s dependence on familiar tropes, not to mention the neglect of its central romance, bears remarkable similarity
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21 Nights with Pattie | 2016 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema Review

Carnal Knowledge: The Larrieu Bros.’ Strange Depiction of Summer Lovin’

Directing duo Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu create oddly distinct pieces of bizarre cinema, yet remain relatively unknown outside of France even though they’ve been regularly presenting new features over the past decade. Their latest is a necrophilic inspired sexual awakening comedy, blasting away at the usual sort of conventions we’re accustomed to in similar provincially mannered fare. Reteaming with a few ensemble players who’ve populated their last features, 21 Nights with Pattie is an enigmatic pattern of elements both unpredictable and borderline grotesque. Delightfully strange, and featuring an excellent ensemble of familiar French faces, this is certainly a more inventive take on the sexual awakening portrait—sort of like a romantic comedy version of Georges Bataille with just a dash of Jorg Buttgereit.

Caroline (Isabelle Carre) travels to a small village in the Pyrenees to bury her mother,
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Julie Delpy Developing Comedy Series With U.S. Streaming Service (Exclusive)

Julie Delpy Developing Comedy Series With U.S. Streaming Service (Exclusive)
While presenting her latest film “Lolo” at the New York Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, Julie Delpy spoke about “On The Verge,” a series she’s developing as a writer with a prominent U.S. streaming service.

Set in the U.S., the English-language comedy series will turn on a group of forty-something woman tackling singlehood and will depict their relationships with men. “We usually picture women in their forties at peace with themselves, but that’s not how they are in real life. I’d like to show them in a way that we haven’t seen them before — show how crude and crazy they can be when they talk about men, sex and relationships.”

The series, which is still at script stage, will mark Delpy’s first foray into TV drama.

In “Lolo,” in which she stars opposite Karin Viard and Dany Boon, Delpy also made a point to
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New York Rendez-Vous with French Cinema encore highlights by Anne-Katrin Titze

New York Rendez-Vous with French Cinema at Lincoln Center Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

As Guillaume Nicloux's Valley Of Love, starring Gérard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert opens this year's Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in New York tonight, here are four more highlights. Emmanuelle Bercot and Vincent Cassel are brilliant in Maïwenn's My King (Mon Roi) with Isild Le Besco and Two Friends (Deux Amis) director Louis Garrel. Garrel's film, co-written with Christophe Honoré, stars Golshifteh Farahani (Asghar Farhadi's About Elly), Vincent Macaigne and Garrel.

Isabelle Carré, Karin Viard, Denis Lavant (of Léos Carax's Holy Motors fame) and André Dussollier in Jean-Marie Larrieu and Arnaud Larrieu's alluring 21 Nights With Pattie (21 Nuits Avec Pattie) and Catherine Corsini's hot Summertime (La Belle Saison) Izïa Higelin, Cécile de France and Noémie Lvovsky with a score by Grégoire Hetzel (composer of Mathieu Amalric's The Blue Room) add to the early bird highlights.
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Cesar Awards: Philippe Faucon’s Drama ‘Fatima’ Wins Best Film

Cesar Awards: Philippe Faucon’s Drama ‘Fatima’ Wins Best Film
Paris — Underscoring the diversity of this year’s Cesar lineup, Philippe Faucon’s “Fatima,” a tale of a Moroccan-born single mother, won best film, supporting actress and adapted screenplay at the 41st Cesar Awards ceremony which took place Friday night at the Chatelet Theater in Paris.

Although the big win for “Fatima” was unexpected, it resonates strongly with the current divide in France and sheds light on the second and third generations of North African immigrants in France. The country was hit by its deadliest ever terror attack in November and has seen the Far Right party gaining grounds in the run up to the 2017 presidential election.

A contemporary social drama loosely based on Fatima Elayoubi’s poems “Priere a la lune” (“Prayer to the Moon”), “Fatima” turns on a single mother who emigrated from Morocco and faces cultural challenges as well as prejudice in France, where she raises her
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Bac delivers 'A Bun In The Oven' to Germany, Benelux

Bac delivers 'A Bun In The Oven' to Germany, Benelux
Exclusive: Karin Viard-starring comedy sells to Germany, Benelux and Switzerland.

French sales company Bac Films has secured sales on high-concept picture A Bun In The Oven, starring Karin Viard (Delicatessen) as a middle-aged woman who discovers she is pregnant.

The film, which is in post-production, has sold to Germany (Wild Bunch), Benelux (Cinéart) and Switzerland (Impuls Pictures).

“We’ve had a lot of interest purely on the basis of the script,” said Bac sales chief Gilles Sousa who has new images of the film at Efm.

In other deals, Sousa also reported sales on Nicolas Pariser’s political thriller thriller The Great Game to the Us (Distrib Films), Benelux (Athena). The film will screen in Unifrance’s Rendez-vous with French Cinema in New York in March.
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Reliance, Phantom to remake France’s 'La Famille Belier'

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Reliance, Phantom to remake France’s 'La Famille Belier'
Eric Lartigau’s Cesar-winning drama has sold rights for remakes in multiple languages.

India’s Reliance Entertainment has acquired rights to award-winning French drama La Famille Belier for Mumbai-based production outfit Phantom Films to remake across multiple languages.

Phantom, founded by Anurag Kashyap and fellow filmmakers Vikas Bahl, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena, is currently in talks with directors for simultaneous versions of the film in Hindi, Punjabi, Telugu, Marathi and Tamil, and possibly other languages. Reliance will distribute the films globally.

Directed by Eric Lartigau, La Famille Belier tells the story of a girl who wants to pursue a career as a singer, but whose parents and brother are deaf and rely on her for contact with the outside world. Her family is not happy with her choices, but she is reluctant to give up her dream.

Produced by France’s Jerico and Mars Films along with other co-producers, the film won
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SquareOne Nabs ‘Billionaire Boys Club,’ ‘The Blob,’ ‘Journey of the Fakir’ (Exclusive)

SquareOne Nabs ‘Billionaire Boys Club,’ ‘The Blob,’ ‘Journey of the Fakir’ (Exclusive)
Independent German distributor SquareOne Entertainment has acquired all German-speaking rights to five high-profile independent movies, including “The Billionaire Boys Club,” starring Taron Egerton, Ansel Elgort and Kevin Spacey, “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir,” featuring Uma Thurman and Gemma Arterton, and the Simon West-directed “The Blob” with Samuel L. Jackson.

SquareOne also picked up French box office comedy hits “Le Grand Partage” and “All Gone South.”

James Cox’s “The Billionaire Boys Club,” which was acquired from Good Universe, is based on the true story of a group of wealthy young men in Los Angeles during the early 1980s who established a get-rich quick scam that turned deadly.

The Blob,” which was acquired from Goldcrest Films, is based on the 1958 sci-fi classic that starred Steve McQueen.

Marjane Satrapi’s comedy adventure tale “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir,” which was acquired from producer Luc Bossi through TF1, is based on Romain Puertolas’ novel.
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‘Golden Years,’ ‘Marguerite,’ ‘Dheepan,’ ‘Mustang’ Lead Cesar Nominations

‘Golden Years,’ ‘Marguerite,’ ‘Dheepan,’ ‘Mustang’ Lead Cesar Nominations
Xavier Giannoli’s “Marguerite” and Arnaud Desplechin’s “My Golden Years” are leading the nominations at this year’s Cesar awards, along with “Mustang,” Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Oscar-nominated feature debut, and Jacques Audiard’s Palme-d’Or winning “Dheepan.”

The nominations for the 41st Cesar awards were unveiled today by Alain Terzian, prexy of the French Academy of Arts and Sciences, during a press conference hosted at the Fouquets restaurant.

Terzian revealed that Michael Douglas will follow Sean Penn’s footsteps and receive the honorary Cesar award. Douglas previously won the honorary Cesar nod in 1998.

Set in the roaring 20s, “Marguerite” stars Catherine Frost as a wealthy woman who embarks on a journey to become an Opera singer in spite of her limited singing talent. Nominated for 11 Cesar nods – best film, actress, director, original screenplay — the pic world premiered at Venice. Fidelite Films produced.

“My Golden Years,” which opened at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight,
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