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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Trouble With You’

A dingy apartment door is kicked in from the outside and a slick-looking detective bursts in brandishing a gun. Bullets fly, kicks are roundhoused, and the cop is put through an interior wall, resulting in his arms and fists fighting off one foe, while his flailing legs dispatch another in the next room over. This choppy, exaggerated melee is not the typical beginning to a film selected for Cannes, even one in the occasionally genre-friendly Directors’ Fortnight, and though it’s quickly revealed to be imaginary — a bedtime story told to a little boy grieving for his dead hero-cop father — the tone of merry lunacy sets the bar for Pierre Salvadori’s “The Trouble With You.”

The loopy plot follows Yvonne (Adèle Haenel), a police officer on desk duty who, two years after the death of her cop husband Santi (Vincent Elbaz) inadvertently discovers he was far from the crusading
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Cannes festival chiefs to sign gender equality pledge (exclusive)

Cannes festival chiefs to sign gender equality pledge (exclusive)
Document was drawn up by France’s 5050x2020 movement as part of its gender equality campaign.

Cannes delegate general Thierry Frémaux, Directors’ Fortnight artistic director Edouard Waintrop and Critics’ Week chief Charles Tesson will become the first signatories of a new charter aimed at improving gender parity at international film festivals in a special ceremony on Monday (May 14).

The landmark document, officially entitled the Programming Pledge for Parity and Inclusion in Cinema Festivals, has been drawn up by French gender parity movement 5050x2020, which also spearheaded Saturday evening’s 82 women red carpet protest.

Their aim is to roll out the
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Review: 120 Beats Per Minute

This is the Pure Movies review of 120 Beats Per Minute, directed by Robin Campillo and starring Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel, Antoine Reinartz and Félix Maritaud. French-Moroccan director Robin Campillo was living in Paris when the AIDS epidemic emerged in the 1980s. The young film school graduate witnessed first-hand the dark period that followed: the steep climb of infection rates, rising death tolls and the shockingly insufficient responses from worldwide government and pharmaceutical companies. He has described feeling ‘paralysed with fear’ and utter disillusionment with film as an agent of change. Then in 1992 he joined pressure group Act Up and became involved in AIDS activism, forever changing his perspective on ‘the epidemic, life, and cinema’. With 120 Beats per Minute (120 battements par minute) Campillo takes the viewer back to this time, to share a piece of history close to his heart, to tell a love story and to affirm the strength of the collective.
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New trailer for Robin Campillo’s powerful 120 Bpm lands

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Curzon Artifical Eye have released a new trailer for Robin Campillo’s hard-hitting and affecting call-to-action 120 Bpm.

Don’t be fooled by Bronski Beats Smalltown Boy rattling through the trailer, Campillo’s 120 Bpm is no easy watch but an important one all the same as it unfolds the story of the 80’s HIV/AIDS epidemic and the French government’s refusal to do anything about it.

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Director: Robin Campillo (Eastern Boys, They Came Back), the film stars Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel, Antoine Reinartz, Ariel Borenstein.

The film is released in cinemas April 6th.

120 Bpm (Beats Per Minute) Official Synopsis

A beautiful, stirring call to action about the AIDS epidemic of the 80s and early 90s, it follows a new romance within a chapter of Act-up Paris, the activist group going to battle for
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Applauded Cannes Drama ‘120 Bpm (Beats Per Minute)’ Gets A New Trailer

A new trailer for the Cannes favourite 120 Bpm (Beats Per Minute) has been released ahead of its release in April. The film is directed by Robin Campillo, and stars Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel, Antoine Reinartz, and Ariel Borenstein.

A beautiful, stirring call to action about the AIDS epidemic of the 80s and early 90s, it follows a new romance within a chapter of Act-up Paris, the activist group going to battle for those stricken with HIV/AIDS taking on major Pharma companies and the lacklustre government response with bold, invasive protests – embracing their mission with literal life or death urgency. Amid rallies, protests, fierce debates and ecstatic dance parties, the newcomer Nathan falls in love with Sean, the group’s radical firebrand, and their passion sparks against the shadow of mortality as the activists fight for a breakthrough.

Related: 120 Bpm (Beats Per Minute) [Cannes 2017]

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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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Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuelle Bercot to Star in Cedric Kahn’s New Outing, ‘Joyeux Anniversaire’ (Exclusive)

Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuelle Bercot to Star in Cedric Kahn’s New Outing, ‘Joyeux Anniversaire’ (Exclusive)
Cedric Kahn, whose latest film “The Prayer” is competing at the Berlin Film Festival, is re-teaming with producer Sylvie Pialat on his next outing, “Joyeux Anniversaire,” which will bring together Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuelle Bercot and Vincent Macaigne.

A drama laced with biting comedy, “Joyeux Anniversaire” charts a family reunion which takes an unexpected turn. Unfolding over 24 hours, the movie stars Deneuve as a mother of two who gathers her loved ones to celebrate her birthday in her big house near the Loire Valley. The festivities are disrupted by the arrival of her daughter (Bercot), who is known for her unpredictable outbursts.

Kahn, who is also a well-known French actor but has never starred in his own films, will topline as one of Deneuve’s children. Bercot herself previously directed Deneuve in “On My Way” and “Standing Tall,” which opened the Cannes Film Festival in 2015.

Pialat, who is producing via her Paris-based banner Les Films du Worso, said
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Berlinale: Studiocanal Introduces ‘One Nation, One King,’ ‘Mia and the White Lion’ (Exclusive)

Studiocanal, the film-tv production-distribution affiliate of Vivendi’s Canal Plus Group, will bring onto the market at Berlin one of France’s biggest plays of the year: “Un peuple, et son roi” (“One Nation, One King”), which Studiocanal will open in France on Sept. 26.

Budgeted at €16.9 million ($20.8 million), “One Nation, One King” is director Pierre Schoeller’s (“The Minister”) attempt to convey the scale of events of the 1789 French Revolution from the point of view of ordinary people, who for the first time were able to power events and develop a national consciousness instead of remaining passive victims.

Those revolutionaries are represented by two of France’s most-awarded young leads: Gaspard Ulliel, who won a best actor Cesar Award for Xavier Dolan’s “It’s Only the End of the World,” and Adèle Haenel, Cesar-nominated four times in the last decade, winning supporting actress for “Suzanne” and actress for “Love at First Fight.” Olivier Gourmet (“[link
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Movie Review – Bpm (Beats Per Minute) (2017)

Bpm (Beats Per Minute), 2017.

Directed by Robin Campillo.

Starring Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel, Antoine Reinartz, Félix Maritaud, Aloise Sauvage, Catherine Vinatier, Saadia Bentaieb, and Coralie Russier.


120 Bpm. The average heart rate. The protagonists of 120 battements par minute are passionate about fighting the indifference that exists towards AIDS.

There is a scene during the middle of Bpm (Beats Per Minute) where the French activist group for AIDS invades a public high school to warn the teenagers about the possibility of contracting the deadly disease while promoting the use of condoms and safe sexual intercourse. The members also go on to mention that a person does not have to be a homosexual to get AIDS; it can come from unclean syringes whether it be from hospitals or injecting drugs. Not so surprisingly for the 1990s, the rebels with a cause are met with disdain and not taken seriously,
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Record Number of European Oscar® Entries at Efp’s La Screenings

European Film Promotion highlights 28 European films for the 90th Academy AwardsPutting a spotlight on a record number of 28 European Oscar® entries, Efp (European Film Promotion) offers additional screenings of the films in L.A. for Academy members, journalists, U.S. distributors and international buyers. With the special support of the Efp member organizations, the event helps the productions to stand out among a record number of 92 submissions for the 90th Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

This year the Efp Screenings Of Oscar® Entries From Europe were held from November 2–15 at the state of the art Dick Clark Screening Room. The campaign is financially supported by the Creative Europe — Media Programme of the European Union and the participating Efp member organizations.

Many of the European Oscar submissions feature European Shooting Stars or were made by Efp-related filmmakers. Notably four films were realized by participants of this year’s edition
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Official Oscar® Entry Best Foreign Language Film from France: ‘Bpm (Beats Per Minute)

Official Oscar® Entry Best Foreign Language Film from France: ‘Bpm (Beats Per Minute)
In this year’s foreign-language race, a number of Lgbt-oriented titles are vying for attention. France’s Bpm (Beats Per Minute), directed by Robin Campillo, could be the favorite: a rich, sensual, impassioned study of early AIDS activism and gay awakening in Paris, it took the Grand Prix at Cannes and has been winning hearts on the festival circuit and kudos from critics.

After Cannes, Bpm (Beats Per Minute) played Toronto International Film Festival and New York Film Festival among others, winning many awards along the way.

“Impassioned and deeply absorbing. Notable for both its hot-blooded sensuality and its intricate, bittersweet play with memory.”

- Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

“Broadly enlightening and piercingly intimate. A vital contribution to queer and political cinema. Campillo has given his movie the breath of true life. It grieves and triumphs and haunts with abounding grace and understanding, its heartbeat thumping with genuine, undeniable resonance.
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New Us Trailer for Powerful, Inspiring French Activism Film '120 Bpm'

"Our friends are dying. Fight! Fight!" The Orchard has unveiled the Us trailer for a French film titled 120 Bpm, also known as Bpm (Beats Per Minute) in America, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. I am a big fan of this film, it's an emotional, powerful, inspiring recreation of the true story of a group of AIDS activists in the 90s fighting for medicine & support against indifference & intolerance. The film won the Grand Prix Jury Prize at Cannes, as well as the Fipresci Prize. "A film about love. A film about life. Life stronger than death. A film as a glimpse of hope." 120 Bpm's ensemble cast includes Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel, Antoine Reinartz, Félix Maritaud, Médhi Touré, Aloïse Sauvage, Simon Bourgade, and Catherine Vinatier. This film is definitely worth your time. Here's the official Us trailer (+ French poster) for Robin Campillo's 120 Bpm,
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‘Bpm (Beats Per Minute)’ Trailer: Cannes-Winning AIDS Drama is France’s Powerhouse Oscar Entry

‘Bpm (Beats Per Minute)’ Trailer: Cannes-Winning AIDS Drama is France’s Powerhouse Oscar Entry
“The Square” may have won the Palme d’Or at Cannes earlier this year, but Robin Campillo’s “Bpm (Beats Per Minute)” was by far and away the critics’ favorite. The drama ended up with the Grand Prix, the second most prestigious honor at the festival, and now The Orchard is bringing it to U.S. theaters as France’s official Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film.

Read More:French AIDS Crisis Gets Definitive Big Screen Treatment In ‘Bpm (Beats Per Minute)’ — Cannes 2017 Review

The official synopsis reads: “The organization is Act Up, and its members, many of them gay and HIV-positive, embrace their mission with a literal life-or-death urgency. Amid rallies, protests, fierce debates and ecstatic dance parties, the newcomer Nathan falls in love with Sean, the group’s radical firebrand, and their passion sparks against the shadow of mortality as the activists fight for a breakthrough.”

Nahuel Pérez Biscayart,
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The Unknown Girl Movie Review

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The Unknown Girl Movie Review
The Unknown Girl The Un(La fille inconnue) Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne Written by: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne Cast: Adèle Haenel, Olivier Bonnaud, Jérémie Renier, Louka Minella Christelle Cornil Screened at:Critics’ link, NYC, 9/1/17 Opens: September 8, 2017 At a time that the American people are faced with both threats and exhortations by our president […]

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Dardenne Brothers on Finding the Rhythm of ‘The Unknown Girl’ and Forgetting the Past

Those with any standing interest in the Dardenne brothers are well aware that The Unknown Girl is not a standard project, at least in how it’s traveled from creation to release. Breaking their long-standing one-every-three-years tradition, premiering but two (two!) years after Two Days, One Night, is one thing, and a forgivable thing at that had it earned the critical plaudits and awards handed them every single go-round. That it hobbled out of Cannes with, at best, “friendly” notices (if that) and nothing else in tow is, in and of itself, enough, but then the perfectionist pair went and reedited the film on account of these issues. Are some of the world’s most acclaimed filmmakers handing us a damaged object?

To my mind, no. The Unknown Girl is über-Dardenne brothers, a seemingly slight detective story collapsing nearly innumerable aesthetic, formal, and thematic interests into a warm embrace, reminding
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10 Best Movies to See in September: 'It,' Jennifer Lawrence and Lego Ninjas

10 Best Movies to See in September: 'It,' Jennifer Lawrence and Lego Ninjas
It's September: The young 'uns are back in school, going outside doesn't mean you'll automatically sweat through half your clothes and the movies bounce back from the annual August lull. Translation: Darren Aronofsky and Jennifer Lawrence invite you to a casual gathering from hell; a gruesome Stephen King adaptation gets served up; the kids get a new Lego movie (this time it's Ninjago!); and Jake Gyllenhaal plays a real-life hero and does a Boston accent, which must mean the awards-circuit season is starting up. Here are your 10 best reasons to
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Guilt as Madness: An Interview with Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

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Photo by Darren HughesThe Unknown Girl opens with a handheld close up of Dr. Jenny (Adèle Haenel) examining a patient. “Listen,” she says, handing her stethoscope to Julien (Olivier Bonnaud), a medical student who is interning at her clinic. Never ones to shy away from a glaring metaphor, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne announce in that brief exchange their film’s driving thematic and formal concerns. When Jenny later learns that her decision to not allow a late-night visitor into the clinic might have contributed to the young woman’s death, she puts her skills and training to new purpose: listening for clues that might help solve the murder.The Unknown Girl differs from the Dardennes’ previous fiction films only in its more obviously generic plotting. This seems to have contributed to the uncharacteristically mixed reviews that greeted the film at its 2016 Cannes premiere, where it was faulted for failing to
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U.S. Trailer for the Dardennes’ ‘The Unknown Girl’ Uncovers a Mystery

It’s been a long wait for the latest drama from Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, but now after some re-tooling, The Unknown Girl, which premiered at Cannes to mixed reviews (including our own), will get a release this fall. Following a young doctor (Adèle Haenel) who is propelled to uncover the identity of a patient who died after refusing treatment, Sundance Selects have now debuted a new trailer.

In our review, we said, “The plot is entirely predicated on the kind of contrived coincidences that any screenwriting 101 professor would urge against, persistently dispelling the film’s realism.” Starring Adèle Haenel, Olivier Bonnaud, Jérémie Renier, and Louka Minnella, check out the trailer below.

The new film from acclaimed directors the Dardenne brothers (Two Days, One Night) is a searing saga of guilt and redemption. One evening after work hours, Jenny (Adèle Haenel), a young doctor, allows the door buzzer at
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New Us Trailer for Dardenne Brothers' Latest Film 'The Unknown Girl'

"Think it over before giving up your career." Sundance Selects has revealed an official Us trailer for the film The Unknown Girl, the latest from French filmmaking brothers Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne. This premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016, to mixed reviews from critics, and is just now finally getting a release in the Us (after already opening in every other country). Adèle Haenel stars in The Unknown Girl as a young doctor at a clinic. After refusing to open the door after hours, the next morning the police come to question her about a person found dead nearby. She also starts her own obsessive investigation, attempting to figure out the woman's identity. The cast includes Olivier Bonnaud, Jérémie Renier, and Louka Minnella. If you're into the Dardennes' films, it's worth a watch, otherwise it's hard to recommend. Here's the official Us trailer (+ intl. poster) for the Dardennes' The Unknown Girl,
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Trailer Watch: A Doctor Investigates a Murder in “The Unknown Girl”

“The Unknown Girl”

A doctor makes a life-changing decision not to open a door in a new trailer for “The Unknown Girl.” Dr. Jenny Davin (Adèle Haenel, “Love at First Fight”) and her assistant have worked more than an hour past closing when someone buzzes the door of the clinic they’re working in. Jenny is haunted by her choice not to answer when she finds out that the caller she refused has been murdered. The police can’t identify the girl’s body and their investigation leads them to Jenny.

“I can’t accept the idea they’ll bury her with no name,” Jenny says in the spot. Her guilt and sadness prompt her to do some digging of her own. She repeatedly asks the police for updates, and is told the case is none of her business. “We’re detectives, not you,” a surly officer explains.

It’s clear that Jenny’s obsessed with the case, and her desperate need for answers is causing her to risk her career. “She’s in my head all the time. But a good doctor has to control her emotions,” Jenny admits.

Written and directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (“Two Days, One Night”), “The Unknown Girl” hits U.S. theaters September 8. The French-language film made its world premiere at Cannes last year.

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