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'Marguerite', 'My Golden Days' top French Cesar nominations

'Marguerite', 'My Golden Days' top French Cesar nominations
Deniz Gamze Erguven’s Oscar-nominated Mustang also among nominated titles.Scroll down for list of nominations

Arnaud Desplechin’s My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse) and Xavier Giannoli’s Marguerite topped the nominations list for France’s annual César Awards, announced this morning (Jan 27).

France’s Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences unveiled the nominations for the 41st edition of the awards at its annual news conference at Le Fouquet’s restaurant on the Champs Elysées.

Desplechin’s romantic drama My Golden Days clocked 11 nominations as did Giannoli’s Marguerite, starring Catherine Frot as a society singer with a terrible voice.

Other features picking up multiple nominations included Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan and Deniz Gamze Erguven’s Mustang, which both secured nine nods.

There was widespread consternation last year in some quarters of the French film industry when five times Palme d’Or nominee Arnaud Desplechin’s My Golden Years was not given a Competition
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'Asterix: The Land of The Gods' International Trailer Awakens The Roman Army

Last month, we showed you an early look at the upcoming animated comedy Asterix: The Land of The Gods, which brings Asterix and Obelix together in a plot to stop Julius Caesar from destroying the Gauls once and for all. Today, the first international teaser trailer has been released, although you have to be fluent in French to understand the dialogue. Regardless of language barriers, this footage shows one of Julius Caesar's officers trying to lead his naval army into battle, although he isn't having the best of luck. This 3D animated feature from directors Louis Clichy and Alexandre Astier will debut in France on November 26, although it isn't clear when it will debut in North America.

Julius Caesar unveils his latest plan to get rid of those indomitable Gauls once and for all. As his army has not been able to crush "the last pocket of resistance", he
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Drafthouse Films Tunes Into Michel Gondry’s ‘Mood Indigo’

Paris — Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, has acquired U.S. rights to Studiocanal-repped “Mood Indigo,” the fantasy-filled surreal romantic tale helmed by Michel Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”).

Adapted from Boris Vian’s novel “L’Ecume des Jours,” the Paris-set romance turns on two newlyweds, Chloe (Audrey Tautou, “Amelie”) and Colin (Romain Duris, “The Beat My Heart Skipped”), whose courtship is tested when an unusual illness plagues Chloe — a flower begins to grow in her lungs.

“Not since ‘Amelie’ have we seen Audrey Tautou so undeniably whimsical and charming,” said Drafthouse Films founder Tim League. “Her storybook romance with co-star Romain Duris is set perfectly within a quirky, visually-stunning fantasyland that only Michel Gondry could imagine.”

Pic was produced by Luc Bossi of Brio Films. The attractive French cast includes Omar Sy (“The Intouchables”), Aissa Maiga (“Cache”) and Gad Elmaleh (“The Capital
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Global Village: Industry Highlights from Around the World

Global Village: Industry Highlights from Around the World

UAE Fest-a-Palooza

Dubai is getting a double whammy of movie shindigs and boosting its status as the Gulf region’s main film industry hub. The second annual two-day Middle East Film & Comic Convention wrapped April 6 at Dubai’s Marine Club with Hollywood thesps Sean Astin and Manu Bennett in tow. And the Gulf Film Festival kicked off April 11 with 78 world preems and the launch of its Gulf Film Mart in Dubai’s Festival City venue. The opener for the sixth Gff edition was Haifaa Al-Mansour’s “Wadjda,” the first pic ever shot in Saudi Arabia, which Sony Pictures Classics will be releasing Stateside. Gff wraps April 17.

(From the pages of the April 16 issue of Variety.)


Musical Combos Go Global

The 1970s popularized duets of two stars (“You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” et al.), which more recently involved cross-genre duets (e.g., country-western and rap). Now they’re getting more international.
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This week's new films

Marley (15)

(Kevin Macdonald, 2012, Us/UK) 145 mins

Authoritative to the point of exhausting, Macdonald's documentary compiles an awesome amount of footage, photos, interviews, etc – but then it's a big subject. Whether you really get to the man beyond the legend is debatable (this was made with Marley family backing), but there's much here you've never seen, from Bob's Rasta roots to his kick-around in London's Battersea Park.

Salmon Fishing In The Yemen (12A)

(Lasse Hallström, 2012, UK) Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt. 106 mins

An incongruous setting for a mushy fish-out-of-water romcom, with Blunt and her sheikh boss lured by McGregor's tackle.

Elles (18)

(Malgorzata Szumowska, 2011, Fra/Pol/Ger) Juliette Binoche, Anaïs Demoustier. 99 mins

Empowerment and eroticism mix uneasily when Binoche's enquiries into student prostitution affect her own life.

Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy (18)

(Rob Heydon, 2011, Can) Adam Sinclair, Kristin Kreuk, Billy Boyd. 99 mins

Rave-era yarn that's 15 years too late to be the Trainspotting of Mdma it wants to be.
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Hollywoo – review

A French voice artist goes to La to plead for her job in this floppy comedy

Floppy, fun-free comedy in which French voice artiste Jeanne (Florence Foresti) travels to La to reason with Jennifer Marshall (Nikki Deloach), a Hollywood starlet whose decision to quit popular soap La Couples has bumped the happy-go-lucky Parisian out of work. Cue a guided tour of unfunny stereotypes (jive-talking street hustlers, hysterical Indian security guard, maniacal Swedish fitness instructor) that ends with Jeanne and her tacked-on love interest accidently knocking down part of a Hollywood landmark. Hollywoo needs a D, but it can have a big fat F.

Rating: 1/5

ComedyWorld cinemaHenry Barnes

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This week's new films

The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists (U)

(Peter Lord, Jeff Newitt, 2012, UK/Us) Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman, David Tennant, Imelda Staunton. 88 mins

Aardman sets sail on seas of clay, in what feels more like an animated Blackadder than Pirates Of The Caribbean. Grant's inept rogue is good company, falling foul (or rather fowl) of Queen Victoria and Charles Darwin in a nonsensical, if inconsequential, romp that's lifted, as usual, by Aardman's eccentric details and fine craftsmanship.

Into The Abyss (12A)

(Werner Herzog, 2011, Us/UK/Ger) 107 mins

Herzog studies a Texas homicide from all angles, building less a polemic against the death penalty than a humane survey of death and loss.

This Is Not A Film (U)

(Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Jafar Panahi, 2010, Ira) 75 mins

Panahi boldly defies his own house arrest by "not making" a film within his apartment, the confinement provoking a profound questioning of cinema itself.

Wrath Of The Titans (12A)

(Jonathan Liebesman,
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‘The Artist’ Oscar-Winner Jean Dujardin Heading Back to Roots With French Comedy ‘Le Petit Joueur’

  • The Film Stage
After winning the most prestigious award for acting in Hollywood this past Sunday, Jean Dujardin is heading back to his comedic roots for a new project. THR has informed us that he may be returning to France to team up with the comedy troupe that helped kick start his career in the upcoming film, Le Petit Joueur.

Joucla and Dujardin were once members of the sketch comedy troupe Nous C Nous, with Bruno Salomone, Eric Massot and Eric Collado, who will all join the recent Oscar winner for the project. Dujardin‘s real wife, Alexandra Lamy and her sister Audrey, along with Shirley Bousquet and Florence Foresti will be joining the comedic fun as well. Although the French media got wind of the project today, a rep for the film’s director, Manu Joucla, refused to give any details about the project.

For those of us who don’t know French,
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