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Cinema St. Louis’ Classic French Film Festival Continues This Weekend With Alphaville, Lovers On The Bridge, and Pickpocket

The Tenth Annual Robert Classic French Film Festival — co-presented by Cinema St. Louis and the Webster University Film Series continues this weekend. — The Classic French Film Festival celebrates St. Louis’ Gallic heritage and France’s cinematic legacy. The featured films span the decades from the 1920s through the mid-1990s, offering a revealing overview of French cinema.

There are two more events for the Tenth Annual Robert Classic French Film Festival happening this weekend:

Friday, March 16th at 7:30pm – Alphaville

A cockeyed fusion of science fiction, pulp characters, and surrealist poetry, Jean-Luc Godard’s irreverent journey to the mysterious Alphaville remains one of the least conventional films of all time. Eddie Constantine stars as intergalactic hero Lemmy Caution, on a mission to eliminate Professor Von Braun, the creator of the malevolent Alpha 60, a computer that rules the city of Alphaville. Befriended by the scientist’s beautiful daughter Natasha (Godard
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Juliette Binoche to Receive Göteborg’s Honorary Dragon Award

Juliette Binoche to Receive Göteborg’s Honorary Dragon Award
French actress Juliette Binoche, who last starred in Claire Denis’ “Bright Sunshine In,” which won a prize at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight and earned rave reviews, is set to receive the honorary Dragon Award at the Göteborg Film Festival.

Aside from receiving the award, Binoche will hold a master class and will take part in the festival’s celebration of Ingmar Bergman by selecting “Scenes From a Marriage” for a special retrospective.

Among the 70 films in which she starred, Binoche delivered critically acclaimed performances in “The Unbearable Lightness of Being,” “The English Patient,” “Three Colors: Blue” and “The Lovers on the Bridge.” Binoche is coming off a strong year, with her performance in “Bright Sunshine In” applauded by critics worldwide. She was nominated for a European Film Award and is vying for a Lumieres Award (France’s equivalent to the Golden Globes). She is also expected to be nominated for a Cesar Award.

“First I want
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Word play by Anne-Katrin Titze

Denis Lavant rotates the Alamo cube on Astor Place in New York: "Chaplin, burlesque, Buster Keaton, masque, Commedia dell'arte - it's the same." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Denis Lavant, Leos Carax's M Merde in Tokyo! and so much more in Holy Motors (with Edith Scob as Céline), Alex in Carax's debut film Boy Meets Girl, and opposite Juliette Binoche in Mauvais Sang (Bad Blood) and The Lovers On The Bridge (Les Amants Du Pont-Neuf), speaks about the creation of his most famous character and time with cinematographer Caroline Champetier in Paris before going to Tokyo. He gives background on the role he plays in Emmanuel Bourdieu's Louis-Ferdinand Céline and tries to come to grips with his relationship to tourist guest cats back home.

Denis Lavant goes into his special language that has become one of the most unforgettable personas in cinema when I ask him where M Merde came
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Artistic relations by Anne-Katrin Titze

Denis Lavant shoots the beaver at the Astor Place subway station in New York Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Famed actor Denis Lavant, the longtime Leos Carax collaborator (Holy Motors, The Lovers On The Bridge, Mauvais Sang, Boy Meets Girl, and "Merde" in Tokyo!), Emmanuel Bourdieu's Louis-Ferdinand Céline, and Claire Denis's Galoup in Beau Travail, arrived in New York after filming upstate on Rick Alverson's The Mountain, starring Jeff Goldblum and Tye Sheridan with Hannah Gross (Michael Almereyda's Marjorie Prime). Samuel Beckett was on Denis Lavant's mind when I spoke with him on his work in Tokyo with cinematographer Caroline Champetier. He said that for him his relationship with Carax is "an artistic relation" and "beyond friendship".

Denis Lavant on filming Tokyo!: "It was a very small French crew but it was a big Japanese crew. It created a solidarity, of course." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Anne-Katrin
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Discussing "Let the Sunshine In" with Claire Denis

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Juliet Binoche in Let the Sunshine InClaire Denis's Let the Sunshine In charts the delightfully erratic dalliances and social sparring of a romantically wayward painter, Isabelle (Juliette Binoche), with the many men she encounters in her life (played by, among others, Xavier Beauvois, Alex Descas, and Gérard Depardieu). The film will receive its North American premiere at the New York Film Festival. After premiering in the Directors' Fortnight section of the 70th Cannes Film Festival, we had a chance to sit down and discuss the new film with its director. The "Christine" that Denis speaks of is Christine Angot, her co-screenwriter and a notable French novelist and playwright.Notebook: So Bright Sunshine In is your first comedy—it’s a sex comedy and it’s often a very funny film. But what struck me about it was how closely linked the humor and the sadness are. Could you talk about
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'The Strange Ones' wins at Champs-Elysées Film Festival

'The Strange Ones' wins at Champs-Elysées Film Festival
Business as usual for festival unfolding on famous Paris avenue hit by two terror attacks in recent weeks.

Lauren Wolkstein and Christopher Radcliff’s thriller The Strange Ones has scooped the top prize at the sixth edition of France’s Us-focused Champs-Elysées Film Festival, which wan June 15-22.

The feature, starring Alex Pettyfer and James Freedson-Jackson as two brothers on a mysterious trip into the wilderness, premiered at SXSW earlier this year.

The American Independent Jury Prize comes with a €10,000 cash award for the French distributor of the film but, as it has yet to be acquired for France, the
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Shifting identities by Amber Wilkinson

This year's Edinburgh International Film Festival's retrospective strands have been woven together by senior programmer Niall Greig Fulton as a response to the vote to trigger Brexit and leave the European Union. The retrospective The Future Is History is split into three parts - Great Britain, The Western World Of The Future and Scotland.

Niall Greig Fulton: 'I do believe there is a kind of new confidence growing in Scotland that is free of restraint - I think Tom McGrath had that confidence back then.' Photo: Courtesy of Eiff Chatting ahead of the festival, which opens next Wednesday (June 21), Fulton explained that the retro has been a year in the planning.

"The day the vote came through was the day after we finished the Cinema Du Look retrospective," he says. "It was really pointed for me because I'd shown my favourite, The Lovers On The Bridge (Les
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Newswire: Michelle Williams joins Adam Driver in Leos Carax’s Sparks musical

Ever since the French filmmaker Leos Carax announced Annette as his next film, the project has seemed just too strange to survive the often perilous road to financing and production: an English-language musical from the director of The Lovers On The Bridge and Holy Motors, with original songs by the cult art-pop duo Sparks, set to star Adam Driver as a widowered stand-up comedian with a supernaturally gifted baby daughter. And yet somehow it has found itself a big-deal distributor and survived the departure of Rooney Mara, who was attached to co-star but apparently decided that doing two eccentric art-film musicals in one year was a little much.

The project has finally settled on a replacement for Mara, with Michelle Williams filling her vacated (and still undisclosed) role. As reported by The Film Stage, Williams had been rumored as the project’s new female lead since being spotted with Carax
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Michelle Williams in Talks to Replace Rooney Mara in Leos Carax’s ‘Annette’

Michelle Williams may soon be joining French filmmaker Leos Carax’s upcoming English-language drama “Annette,” taking a role that had originally gone to Rooney Mara before the actress dropped out. Williams’ deal is still being negotiated, despite reports to the contrary, so it’s too early to say whether she and Carax will get to collaborate for the first time, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation. Adam Driver will star in the lead role.

Read More: Rihanna Will Not Star in Leos Carax Pop Star Drama ‘Annette’; Was It Too Good to Be True?

Annette” marks Carax’s English-language debut and his first film since 2012’s “Holy Motors,” which has been named by IndieWire as one of the best films of the century so far. The film is a musical drama about a stand-up comedian whose opera singer wife is deceased. He finds himself alone with his
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21st Colcoa French Film Festival Adds Vr and Web Series Categories, Unveils Full Expanded Festival Slate

21st Colcoa French Film Festival Adds Vr and Web Series Categories, Unveils Full Expanded Festival Slate
Colcoa is keeping up with the times. Now in its twenty-first year, the lauded French film festival, sponsored by the Franco-American Cultural Fund, has added a pair of forward-thinking new categories for its newest edition. This year will include a virtual reality program and a web series competition, in addition to its Cinema, Television and Shorts competitions.

“These two new popular formats offer more opportunities to showcase the creativity of French producers and filmmakers as well as the diversity of French production,” said François Truffart, Colcoa Executive Producer and Artistic Director. “While entertainment is still the key word for the program, with a balanced mix of comedies and dramas, several topical issues will cover the program this year, including the environment, discrimination, racism, terrorism, and the role of the artist in society. More than ever, Colcoa will offer a unique opportunity to see these universal topics from different angles.”

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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Elle,’ ‘The Lovers on the Bridge,’ ‘Fences,’ and More

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Elle (Paul Verhoeven)

Paul Verhoeven’s latest treatise on high / low art isn’t going to appeal to everyone, and, as this awards season has shown, it’s already deeply offended some. But its messiness and blurred moral provocations are key to its power as a piece of cinematic trickery. A masterful character study, Elle dresses up a pulpy morality play with an austere European arthouse sheen, then sends its powerfully passive lead through a minefield of ethical conundrums,
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Say Hello to Our Funny, Sexy, and Magically Alluring Pick of the Week

This Week in Home VideoGet Ready to Fall in Love With the Funny, Sexy, and Beautifully Independent ‘The Love Witch’Plus 13 more new releases to watch at home this week on Blu-ray/DVD.

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Pick of the WeekThe Love Witch

What is it? A witch visits a small coastal community in search of love with a side of unintended consequences.

Why buy it? Writer/director/producer/composer/editor/production designer/art director/set decorator/costume designer Anna Biller delivers a singular experience with this incredibly stylish, sexy, and scathing tale of a witch in search of love. The film is a colorful, stylized nod to the days of Technicolor romance that manages to be both a take down of a patriarchal society and a loose, fun romp.

[Blu-ray/DVD extras: Commentary, featurette, interview, deleted scenes, dance audition]

The
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We Are The Flesh / The Lovers on the Bridge

We Are The Flesh (Tenemos la carne)

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2017 / Color / 1:85 widescreen – though the aspect ratio changes at the director’s whim/110 min. / Street Date February 28, 2017

Starring: Noe Hernandez, María Evoli and Diego Gamaliel.

Cinematography: Yollótl Alvarado

Film Editor: Yibran Asuad and Emiliano Rocha Minter

Written by Emiliano Rocha Minter

Produced by Julio Chavezmontes and Moisés Cosío

Directed by Emiliano Rocha Minter

Teetering on that thin edge between the ludicrous and the even more ludicrous, Emiliano Rocha Minter’s We Are The Flesh is a spittle-flecked, willfully deranged vision of life in a post-apocalyptic Mexico. Since its release in 2016, Minter’s movie, adrift in bodily fluids and overwrought speechifying, has been turning both heads and stomachs at film festivals across Europe.

An unconvincing mix of Living Theatre provocations and Eraserhead-like tableaus of bursting placentas and the drip, drip, drip of menstrual blood, Minter’s movie announces itself with the
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Colcoa French Film Festival unveils French Classics programme

Colcoa French Film Festival unveils French Classics programme
Damien Chazelle given Carte Blanche to present influential French film.

Colcoa and the Franco-American Cultural Fund also announced the Focus on a Filmmaker programme in addition to a line up of French classics consisting of predominantly digitally restored films.

The programme will take place at the DGA in Hollywood from April 24-May 2 as part of Colcoa’s 21st anniversary.

Oscar contender and La La Land director Damien Chazelle [pictured] has selected Leo Carax’s The Lovers On The Bridge (1991) starring Juliette Binoche and Denis Lavant as an influential film.

This Carte Blanche screening will be presented in association with Rialto Pictures, with the support of the French Embassy in the Us and l’Institut Francais.

Colcoa will honour writer-director Stéphane Brizé on April 27, with a special presentation of Not Here To Be Loved (2005) starring Patrick Chesnais, Anne Consigny, and George Wilson.

The Festival will also host the West Coast premiere of Brizé’s new film A Woman’s Life
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Americas briefs: Cartagena tribute for Denis Lavant

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Americas briefs: Cartagena tribute for Denis Lavant
The star of Holy Motors and The Lovers On The Bridge will be the subject of a retrospective at the 57th edition of the Colombian event.

Top brass at the Cartagena Film Festival will screen seven Lavant films. Besides the aforementioned pair, the tribute will include Beau Travail, Tuvalu, Mister Lonely, Journey To The West and Eva Doesn’t Sleep.

The tribute is part of the France-Colombia year supported by the Institute Français and the French embassy.

Rickey Russert has joined I, Tonya and will play Shane Stant, the man who attacked Tonya Harding’s skating rival Nancy Kerrigan and smashed her knee. Russert joins previously announced Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney and Julianne Nicholson on the project. Production began in Atlanta, Georgia, earlier this month. Miramax holds Us rights and Sierra/Affinity handles international sales.
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Newswire: Adam Driver, Rooney Mara, and possibly Rihanna join insane-sounding musical

The enigmatic French filmmaker Leos Carax started young, unveiling his idiosyncratic, imaginative debut, Boy Meets Girl, when he was all of 23. But in three decades since, he’s only completed four more features: the romanticized noir riff Mauvais Sang; The Lovers On The Bridge, which was at one point the most expensive film ever made in France; the dark Herman Melville adaptation Pola X; and the unclassifiable meta-whatsit Holy Motors. Fans have learned long ago not to trust reports on new projects.

Partly that’s because Carax movies (even the ones that get made) often sound too good to be true. Case in point: Annette, the English-language musical that director has been readying for the last couple of years, with a song by the art-pop duo Sparks. But as noted by The Playlist and confirmed by Variety, the project is now ready to go, with Adam Driver and Rooney ...
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Rooney Mara and Adam Driver Will Star in ‘Holy Motors’ Director’s Music Drama

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Rooney Mara and Adam Driver Will Star in ‘Holy Motors’ Director’s Music Drama
Acclaimed French director Leos Carax’s last film “Holy Motors” is one of the most acclaimed films of the young century. It premiered at Cannes in 2012 and won the Award of the Youth, and garnered universally positive notices upon release in the United States. It most recently placed at number 16 on the BBC’s recent list of the 21st century’s greatest films with Drew McWeeny writing that it’s “an act of grief designed as an expression of love.” Now, Carax returns with “Annette,” a new music drama starring Rooney Mara (“Carol”) and Adam Driver (“Paterson”).

Read More: New Classic: Leos Carax’s ‘Holy Motors

According to Variety, the film follows the rise and fall of a love affair and will reunite the “Holy Motors” crew. It will be Carax’s first English-language debut, and will be produced by Paris-based Arena Films, Swiss company Vega, Japan’s Eurospace and Belgium’s Wrong Men.
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Discover the Harsh World of Leos Carax’s ‘The Lovers on the Bridge’ In a New Video Essay

Although the wait for Leos Carax‘s next feature tends to be a long, tough one — especially when the overall promise of director, stars, and concept meeting can be terribly strong — his existing filmography is so rich, in terms of both what’s evident and what’s suggested, that it could always do us some good to look back before thinking ahead. Take, for instance, his 1991 feature The Lovers on the Bridge: I’d argue it’s one of the greatest films of the ’90s, yet the lack of proper U.S. distribution ensures that many — even, say, among those who love Holy Motors — haven’t actually seen the thing.

I’m glad, then, that it gets some due praise in a new video essay by Adrian Martin and Cristina Álvarez López, who use numerous compositions and formal strategies to highlight Lovers‘ numerous elements (some harsh and some gentle
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Daily | Grand Hotel, Southland Tales

Noah Isenberg tells the story behind Vicki Baum's Grand Hotel, from its publication through its stage adaptations, including one starring Gustaf Gründgens, through to her attending the premiere of the MGM movie (featuring Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford) with Noël Coward. Also in today's roundup: The New Yorker's Richard Brody recommends Penny Lane's Nuts!, Anna Biller’s "wild and gory comedy" The Love Witch, Chad Hartigan’s Morris from America and Zia Anger's My Last Film. Plus an honorary Palme d'or for Jean-Pierre Léaud, news of forthcoming work from Jonás Cuarón, Bryan Cranston and Jesse Eisenberg and video essays on Raoul Walsh's Pursued and Leos Carax's The Lovers on the Bridge. » - David Hudson
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Daily | Grand Hotel, Southland Tales

Noah Isenberg tells the story behind Vicki Baum's Grand Hotel, from its publication through its stage adaptations, including one starring Gustaf Gründgens, through to her attending the premiere of the MGM movie (featuring Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford) with Noël Coward. Also in today's roundup: The New Yorker's Richard Brody recommends Penny Lane's Nuts!, Anna Biller’s "wild and gory comedy" The Love Witch, Chad Hartigan’s Morris from America and Zia Anger's My Last Film. Plus an honorary Palme d'or for Jean-Pierre Léaud, news of forthcoming work from Jonás Cuarón, Bryan Cranston and Jesse Eisenberg and video essays on Raoul Walsh's Pursued and Leos Carax's The Lovers on the Bridge. » - David Hudson
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