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Drawn that way by Anne-Katrin Titze

Michaël Dudok de Wit on Isao Takahata of Studio Ghibli: "He's very much into symbolism, metaphors and the subtle emotions." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The French Institute Alliance Française in New York in their latest CinéSalon series is honouring actresses who have won the César Award. Catherine Deneuve in François Truffaut's 10-César award-winning The Last Metro (Le Dernier Métro - introduced by Anne-Katrin Titze on February 13 at 4:00pm); Sandrine Bonnaire in Agnès Varda's Vagabond (Sans Toit Ni Loi), and Isabelle Huppert (Oscar-nominated for her performance) in Paul Verhoeven's Elle are the upcoming Best Actress: A César-Winner Showdown films to be shown.

Michaël Dudok de Wit with Anne-Katrin Titze on Lafcadio Hearn's Kwaidan: "It's basically fairy tales and ghost stories." Photo: Natascha Bodemann

Michaël Dudok de Wit's (César and Oscar-nominated and Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize winner) debut feature The Red Turtle,
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Drawn that way by Anne-Katrin Titze

Michaël Dudok de Wit on Isao Takahata of Studio Ghibli: "He's very much into symbolism, metaphors and the subtle emotions." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The French Institute Alliance Française in New York in their latest CinéSalon series is honouring actresses who have won the César Award. Catherine Deneuve in François Truffaut's 10-César award-winning The Last Metro (Le Dernier Métro - introduced by Anne-Katrin Titze on February 13 at 4:00pm); Sandrine Bonnaire in Agnès Varda's Vagabond (Sans Toit Ni Loi), and Isabelle Huppert (Oscar-nominated for her performance) in Paul Verhoeven's Elle are the upcoming Best Actress: A César-Winner Showdown films to be shown.

Michaël Dudok de Wit with Anne-Katrin Titze on Lafcadio Hearn's Kwaidan: "It's basically fairy tales and ghost stories." Photo: Natascha Bodemann

Michaël Dudok de Wit's (César and Oscar-nominated and Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize winner) debut feature The Red Turtle,
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New films showcased completely online at 2018 MyFrenchFilmFestival

French and Francophone films are set to be shown online as part of MyFrenchFilmFestival.

Available from 19 January to 19 February, the festival has been organised into six thematic sections with features and shorts offering a wide range of material. A mixture of new works playing alongside classic films such as Man Bites Dog and The Last Metro, the festival has built up a reputation for appealing to a fresh new audience.

There is a competitive element in the festival, with directors Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty, Youth) and Julia Ducouranau (Raw) part of the filmmakers’s jury. There are also awards decided on by the press and the online viewing audience.

Here’s details of how the festival is shaping up.

What The F…Rench!?

Absurd and at times crazy situations featuring endearing heroes

Struggle for life, Antonin Peretjatko, Long feature in competition

Rock’n Roll, Guillaume Canet, Long feature in
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Maigret Sets a Trap & Maigret and the St. Fiacre Case

Welcome to a pair of vintage mysteries with George Simenon’s popular Inspector Jules Maigret, a gumshoe who gets the tough cases. Top kick French actor Jean Gabin is the cop who keeps cool, until it’s time to rattle a recalcitrant suspect. In two separate cases, he tracks a serial killer in the heart of Paris, and travels to his hometown to unearth a murder conspiracy.

Maigret Sets a Trap

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Maigret and the St. Fiacre Case

Blu-ray (separate releases)

Kino Classics

1958, 1959 / B&W /1:37 flat; 1:66 widescreen / 118, 101 min. / Street Date December 5, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber: Trap, St. Fiacre / 29.95 ea.

Starring: Jean Gabin, Annie Girardot, Jean Desailly, Olivier Hussenot, Lucienne Bogaert, Paulette Dubost, Lino Ventura, Dominique Page / Jean Gabin, Michel Auclair, Valentine Tessier, Michel Vitold, Camille Guérini, Gabrielle Fontan, Micheline Luccioni, Jacques Marin, Paul Frankeur, Robert Hirsch.

Cinematography: Louis Page

Film Editor: Henri Taverna

Original Music: Paul Misraki
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TF1 Intl. Scoops ‘Bonne Pomme’ With Gerard Depardieu, Catherine Deneuve (Exclusive)

TF1 Intl. Scoops ‘Bonne Pomme’ With Gerard Depardieu, Catherine Deneuve  (Exclusive)
Paris — TF1 International has boarded “Bonne Pomme,” a comedy reuniting French cinema legends Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu.

Bonne Pomme” is written and directed by Florence Quentin, who notably co-wrote the screenplay of three cult French comedies directed by Étienne Chatiliez: “Tatie Danielle,” “Life Is a Long Quiet River” and “Happiness Is in the Field.”

Now shooting in Flagy, a small village near Paris, “Bonne Pomme,” will be distributed in France by Arp Selection, while TF1 International is handling worldwide sales.

The film is being produced by Dominique Besnehard et Michel Feller’s Paris-based outfit Mon Voisin Productions and Christine Gozlan’s Thelma Film.

Depardieu stars as Gerard, an affable mechanic who is fed up of his mediocre life and his cheating girlfriend, and decides to quit everything on a whim. Gerard moves to a remote village, but his plans to live a tranquil life are turned upside down
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Deneuve is César Award Record-Tier; Stewart Among Rare Anglophone Nominees in Last Four Decades

Catherine Deneuve: César Award Besst Actress Record-Tier (photo: Catherine Deneuve in 'In the Courtyard / Dans la cour') (See previous post: "Kristen Stewart and Catherine Deneuve Make César Award History.") Catherine Deneuve has received 12 Best Actress César nominations to date. Deneuve's nods were for the following movies (year of film's release): Pierre Salvadori's In the Courtyard / Dans la Cour (2014). Emmanuelle Bercot's On My Way / Elle s'en va (2013). François Ozon's Potiche (2010). Nicole Garcia's Place Vendôme (1998). André Téchiné's Thieves / Les voleurs (1996). André Téchiné's My Favorite Season / Ma saison préférée (1993). Régis Wargnier's Indochine (1992). François Dupeyron's Strange Place for an Encounter / Drôle d'endroit pour une rencontre (1988). Jean-Pierre Mocky's Agent trouble (1987). André Téchiné's Hotel America / Hôtel des Amériques (1981). François Truffaut's The Last Metro / Le dernier métro (1980). Jean-Paul Rappeneau's Le sauvage (1975). Additionally, Catherine Deneuve was nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category
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Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni: Lincoln Center

Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni Screen legend Catherine Deneuve was honored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center at a gala ceremony held this evening in New York City. Deneuve is the 39th recipient of the Film Society's Chaplin Award. In the above photo, she is seen with her daughter Chiara Mastroianni. (Needless to say, Marcello Mastroianni was the father.) [Full list of Chaplin Award Honorees.] Catherine Deneuve's career spans more than five decades. Among her dozens of notable movies are Jacques Demy's Palme d'Or-winning musical Les Parapluies de Cherbourg / The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964); Roman Polanski's Repulsion (1965); Demy’s Les Demoiselles de Rochefort / The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967), in which Deneuve co-starred with her sister Françoise Dorleác, in addition to Danielle Darrieux, Gene Kelly, Jacques Perrin, and George Chakiris; Luis Buñuel’s Belle de Jour (1967) and Tristana (1970); François Truffaut's Le Dernier Métro / The Last Metro (1980), with Gérard Depardieu; Tony Scott’s The Hunger
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Catherine Deneuve: Film Society of Lincoln Center Chaplin Award Recipient

Catherine Deneuve Catherine Deneuve, 68, will be the recipient of the Film Society of Lincoln Center's 39th Chaplin Award. The annual fundraising gala benefiting Lincoln Center programs will be held on Monday, April 2, at the Alice Tully Hall in New York. The evening will include films clips and a party. [Full list of Film Society of Lincoln Center (Fslc) Chaplin Award Honorees.] Catherine Deneuve's career spans more than five decades, from André Hunebelle's Les collégiennes / The Schoolgirls (1957), Jacques-Gérard Cornu's L'homme à femmes / Ladies Man (1960), and Michel Fermaud and Jacques Poitrenaud's Les Portes claquent / The Door Slams 1960) to her latest efforts: Christophe Honoré's Les Biens-aimés / The Beloved, shown at last year's Cannes Film Festival; Thierry Klifa's Les Yeux de sa mère / His Mother's Eyes; and Laurent Tirard's upcoming Astérix et Obélix: Au Service de Sa Majesté / Astérix et Obélix: On Her Majesty's Secret Service, as Cordelia, the Queen of England, opposite frequent co-star Gérard Depardieu and Edouard Baer.
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Paulette Dubost obituary

French actor best known for her role in Jean Renoir's 1939 masterpiece The Rules of the Game

Although Paulette Dubost, who has died aged 100, appeared in far more films than the number of years she lived, most cinemagoers know her best as Lisette, the coquettish chambermaid in Jean Renoir's La Règle du Jeu (The Rules of the Game, 1939), one of cinema's masterpieces. Lisette, who attends the Marquis de la Chesnaye during a lavish weekend party at a country chateau, flirts dangerously with a poacher turned servant (Julian Carette), while her overly jealous gamekeeper husband (Gaston Modot) tries to catch them at it.

Dubost and Carette play a deliciously sly and comic cat-and-mouse game with the absurdly rigid Modot, especially during the after-dinner entertainment, a breathtaking sequence, described by the critic Richard Roud as something from "a Marx brothers film scripted by a Feydeau who suddenly acquired a tragic sense
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Paulette Dubost Dead at 100: Worked with Jean Renoir, Jacques Tourneur, Julien Duvivier

Paulette Dubost Dead at 100: Worked with Jean Renoir, Jacques Tourneur, Julien Duvivier
Paulette Dubost, known as the "Dean of French Cinema," and an actress in films directed by Jean Renoir, Marcel L'Herbier, Jacques Tourneur, Julien Duvivier, Max Ophüls, Preston Sturges, François Truffaut, Louis Malle, and Marcel Carné, died of "natural causes" on Sept. 21 in the Parisian suburb of Longjumeau. The Paris-born Dubost had turned 100 years old on October 8, 2010. Dubost's show business career began at the age of seven, performing various duties at the Paris Opera. Following some stage training, her film debut took place in 1931 in Wilhelm Thiele's Le bal, which also marked the film debut of Danielle Darrieux (who's still around and still active). Ultimately, Dubost's film career was to span more than seven decades, during which time she was featured in over 140 movies. She is probably best remembered as the adulterous chambermaid Lisette in Jean Renoir's 1939 comedy-drama La règle du jeu / The Rules of the Game, considered by
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Potiche – review

A delightful screwball comedy sees Catherine Deneuve blossom from 70s provincial housewife to rising political star

The French word potiche means a vase or vessel, often gaudily decorated and mostly of ornamental use. Until François Ozon's latest film, I wasn't aware of the word's derogatory meaning, to describe a woman with no real power or purpose, but after this film's success, I suspect the vernacular will have to alter to accommodate the irony of Catherine Deneuve's fine comic performance in the titular role.

You could say Luis Buñuel cast Deneuve as some kind of "potiche" as Séverine in Belle de Jour in 1967 and it has been impossible ever since for the male viewer to look at this prolific actress as anything other than a symbol of female potency, even as a sort of erotic threat. Ozon is surely trading on this iconography for a film that is a blend of boulevard farce,
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Depardieu, Deneuve get with 'Times'

BERLIN -- Gerard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve are set to topline Les Temps Qui Change (Changing Times), a drama directed by Andre Techine that Gemini Films will begin selling at the upcoming American Film Market, Gemini chief Paolo Branco said Sunday at the Berlin International Film Festival. Depardieu will play a man who sets out to win back his first love some 30 years after their romance ended. His quest takes him from France to the Moroccan city of Tangiers, but he discovers that his former lover has changed more than he anticipated. The film co-stars Gilbert Melki. Shooting on the €6 million ($7.6 million) picture is scheduled to start April 15 in Tangiers. Depardieu and Deneuve have previously starred in several films together, notably Francois Truffaut's 1980 The Last Metro.

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