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Cannes: Bertrand Bonello to Head Short, Student Film Juries

Cannes: Bertrand Bonello to Head Short, Student Film Juries
Saint Laurent director Bertrand Bonello will head up this year’s short film and Cinefondation juries.

A Cannes regular, Bonello’s Tiresia was in official competition in 2003, followed by House of Tolerance in 2011 and Saint Laurent in 2014, though 2016’s controversial terrorism film Nocturama premiered in Toronto after Cannes passed on the film.

The Cinefondation selects 15-20 student films each year for its competition. The section was launched in 2000 by past president Gilles Jacob, who still oversees the section.

"This year will be presided by one of the greatest contemporary directors, an iconoclastic and unique artist. And besides his art,...
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Bertrand Bonello to head Cannes Cinéfondation, Shorts Jury

Bertrand Bonello to head Cannes Cinéfondation, Shorts Jury
Nocturama director wants young filmmakers to “shake us up”.

French film director, composer and screenwriter Bertrand Bonello will chair the Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury at the 71st Festival de Cannes (8-19 May).

Bonello, who succeeds Cristian Mungiu in the position, has directed seven features and eight short films, including Parisian-set terrorism thriller Nocturama in 2016.

His films Tiresia, House Of Tolerance and Saint Laurent have all screened in Competition at the Festival de Cannes.

Bonello said: “What do we expect from young people, unknown filmmakers and early films? Let them shake us up, let them make us look at what we’re unable to see,
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Cannes: Films Jockeying for Position in Ultra-Competitive Lineup

Cannes: Films Jockeying for Position in Ultra-Competitive Lineup
Jim Jarmusch’s “Paterson” and Bruno Dumont’s “Slack Bay” are in, Bertrand Bonello’s “Paris Is Happening” is out, and a few other key titles remain too close to call as the Cannes Film Festival prepares to announce its biggest and most tightly packed official selection lineup in recent memory.

While many of the titles reported in Variety’s recent in-depth festival overview remain on the docket as expected, one can expect any number of surprise last-minute decisions and switcheroos as the selection process goes down to the wire. Although the buzzy likes of Jodie Foster’s “Money Monster” and Steven Spielberg’s “The Bfg” were locked in for out-of-competition slots weeks ago, the fate of Oliver Stone’s “Snowden,” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, remains up in the air.

The competition is said to be maxed out, and will likely exceed its usual volume of 20 titles or fewer. As a result,
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #19. Bertrand Bonello’s Paris is Happening

Paris is Happening

Director: Bertrand Bonello

Writer: Bertrand Bonello

Following the horrific bombings in Paris which occurred in late November, Bertrand Bonello’s latest, Paris is Happening, sounds like risky business, indeed. With a plot concerning youths planting bombs around the City of Lights, the subject matter may hit too close to home for most tastes, though it will also lead to significant anticipation if/when the title is eventually programmed. Bonello has built an impressive filmography, with titles like the Pasolini inspired Tiresia (2003) and 2011’s exquisite House of Pleasure courting equal parts critical praise and derision. He’s yet to score the international attention he deserves, even though his last title was the unauthorized Ysl bio, Saint Laurent (2014).

Cast: Vincent Rottiers, Laure Valentinelli, Jamil McCraven

Production Co.: Pandora Filmproduktion, Rectangle Productions

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. Tbd (domestic) Wild Bunch (international).

Release Date: Currently in post-production (and with
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Bertrand Bonello Talks ‘On War,’ Mathieu Amalric, and Making a Film About Terrorism In Paris

Starting with 2011’s House of Pleasures, Bertrand Bonello has been on the verge of some sort of breakthrough, but it’s telling that this is the most obvious starting point — it’s the only one. That was essentially the first project to got any real U.S. distribution, and its appreciation, while fervent, remains hermetic, while the attention paid to this year’s Saint Laurent wasn’t exactly significant. (This, I should stress, is in no way a reflection on their quality.) The very small release being granted to On War some seven-and-a-half years after its debut probably won’t launch him much further, thus all the more reason why it’s a work — familiar in its archetypes, entirely unique in its approach, and difficult to shake after the fact — in need of attention.

I got in touch with its U.S. distributor, Indican Pictures, who put me in touch
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Alleluia | Blu-ray Review

After premiering in the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Belgian auteur Fabrice du Welz’s excellent fourth feature Alleluia went on to play in the esteemed Vanguard lineup in the Toronto International Film Festival before nabbing Best Actor and Actress awards at Fantastic Fest for superb performances from Laurent Lucas and Lola Duenas. Although this didn’t translate into notable box office profit for Us distributor Music Box Films (released in mid-July for a limited theatrical run, the title didn’t crack ten grand in its paltry five week run), du Welz’s beautiful cult-classic in the making will eventually secure a greater following. A recent Blu-ray re-release of Criterion Collection’s presentation of the 1969 Leonard Kastle film, The Honeymoon Killers, based on the same romantic killing spree, should funnel some attention to it, as well as du Welz’s break into English language in 2016 with his next title.
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Alleluia | Review

In the Mood For Love: Du Welz Returns With Gloriously Dark Rendering of Insatiable Passion

His first film since 2008’s underappreciated Vinyan, Belgian director Fabrice Du Welz debuts the second installment in his proposed Ardennes trilogy, Alleluia. His 2004 directorial debut, Calvaire (aka The Ordeal) depicted a rather hellacious account of a singer whose car breaks down in the middle of the woods, stranding him in the midst of a very strange and terrifying rural community. Here, Du Welz bases his latest madness on the true account of serial killing couple Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez, a case that famously inspired the 1969 film The Honeymoon Killers and 1996’s Deep Crimson, amongst others. But Du Welz hardly unveils a simple account of unhinged, obsessive love. His is a demonic hymnal of passion, a darkly droll exercise in the delusory notion of love as an unhealthy obsession told with aggressive flourish. But
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Portrait of the Artist | 2015 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema Review

On My Skin: Barraud Explores the Essence of Monstrosity

There are moments within Antoine Barraud’s sophomore feature Portrait of the Artist that tend to feel enlivened with an arresting strangeness. There is the peripherally entertaining notion of provocative body horror shadowing us while we follow a filmmaker creating his latest project, simultaneously losing his grip on reality. But more often than not, the film feels like a thriller version of Frederick Wiseman’s National Gallery. Barraud’s French language title, Le Dos Rouge (basically The Red Back) was perhaps too literal of a title, and the allusion to Joyce’s classic text (though this is really more ‘as a middle aged man’) gives it a certain extra textual density since Joyce’s novel is an allusion to Daedalus, the man responsible for constructing the Labyrinth which entombed the deadly Minotaur in Greek Mythology.

Bertrand (Bertrand Bonello) is a filmmaker
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France Sends ‘Saint Laurent’ to Campaign For Foreign-Language Oscar Nominations

France Sends ‘Saint Laurent’ to Campaign For Foreign-Language Oscar Nominations
Paris– Bertrand Bonello’s “Saint-Laurent,” a sultry biopic of the French famed designer, is set to represent France in the foreign-language Oscar campaign.

The movie world-premiered in competition at Cannes where it was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics.

It’s produced by Eric and Nicolas Altmayer at Mandarin Cinema and Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp, which also handled international sales. Arte Cinema et Orange Studio co-produced. Thomas Bidegain, one of the screenwriters of Jacques Audiard’s “A Prophet,”co-wrote the script with Bonello.

Bonello’s film stars Gaspard Ulliel, Louis Garrel and Lea Seydoux. The helmer’s credits include “House of Pleasures” (then titled “House of Tolerance”) and “Tiresia,” both of which competed at Cannes.

Another pic about the designer, “Yves Saint-Laurent,” directed by Jalil Lespert, was recently released by The Weinstein Company in the States.

Bonello’s take on Saint-Laurent is, however, more controversial and revealing than Lespert’s film,
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Cannes: Sony Pictures Classics Nabs Bertrand Bonello’s ‘Saint-Laurent’ (Exclusive)

Cannes: Sony Pictures Classics Nabs Bertrand Bonello’s ‘Saint-Laurent’ (Exclusive)
Cannes– In one of the first major deals inked at Cannes, Sony Pictures Classic has acquired Bertrand Bonello’s “Saint Laurent,” the biopic of French famed designer Yves Saint Laurent which is set to premiere in competition at Cannes.

Pic was produced by Eric and Nicolas Altmayer at Mandarin and EuropaCorp, which also handles international sales and will distribute in France. Orange Studios co-produced.

Sony Pictures Classics has since several months shown a real passion for our film and has a solid track record as a U.S. distributor in this film category,” said Christophe Lambert, CEO of EuropaCorp.

The Altmayer brothers added that that Sony Pictures Classics was “the ideal partner to bring Saint Laurent to the widest American audience.”

Bertrand Bonello is one of France’s finest filmmakers. His films are elegant, dramatic, precise. From the moment we read the screenplay of Yves Saint Laurent we knew we wanted to release the film.
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Cannes Unveils 2014 Official Selection Lineup

Cannes Unveils 2014 Official Selection Lineup
Tommy Lee Jones, Bennett Miller, David Cronenberg and Atom Egoyan will duke it out with Jean-Luc Godard, Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, Michel Hazanavicius and the Dardenne brothers for the Palme d’Or at the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival, which unveiled its official selection lineup this morning in Paris by fest topper Thierry Fremaux.

The wide-ranging competition slate is typically heavy on French filmmakers, with Olivier Assayas’ international co-production “Clouds of Sils Maria” and Bertrand Bonello’s fashion-designer biopic “Saint Laurent” joining Hazanavicius’ “The Search” and Godard’s 3D experiment “Goodbye to Language.” Fremaux noted that Godard, famously a no-show at the 2010 Cannes premiere of his “Film socialisme,” had “promised he’ll be there — which doesn’t mean he will!”

One of the more intriguing developments of this year’s competition is the unusual dominance of Canadian auteurs.
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Afm: ‘Saint Laurent’ Pre-Sells for EuropaCorp (Exclusive)

Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp has closed a raft of pre-sales on Bertrand Bonello’s “Saint Laurent,” a biopic of the famed French fashion designer.

Shopping “Saint Laurent” at the Afm, EuropaCorp’s international sales team – led by Marie-Laure Montironi — has pre-sold to Brazil (Imovision), Mexico (Cinemas Nueva Era), Switzerland (Frenetic) and Czech Republic (Hollywood).

Other Afm sales were inked for Poland, Thailand and Philippines. Pic pre-sold to Scandinavia, Portugal, Singapore and Indonesia at Cannes.

“We’re expecting to close major territories such as Germany, U.K. and Japan at Berlin where we will be unveiling the first images of the film,” said Montironi.

Penned by Bonello and Thomas Bidegain (“A Prophet,” “Rust & Bone”), “Saint Laurent” stars Gaspard Ulliel (“Hannibal Rising”), Lea Seydoux (“Blue Is The Warmest Color”), Jeremy Renier (“My Way”) and Louis Garrel (“A Castle In Italy”).

Bonello’s movie will shed light on the unique genius and neurosis
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DVD Review: ‘House of Pleasures’ Vividly Explores Life in Parisian Brothel

Chicago – L’Apollonide, the Parisian brothel in Bertrand Bonello’s “House of Pleasures,” is one of the most vividly realized movie locations in recent memory. The voyeuristic allure of cinema fuses with the film’s painterly imagery to create a subtly surrealistic dreamscape within the establishment’s claustrophobic walls. The picture is seductive and repellant in about equal measure, but never short of hypnotic.

Though “Pleasures” (alternately titled “House of Tolerance”) is clearly the work of a filmmaker influenced by the “male gaze” represented in everything from Monet artwork to early silents, the film is resoundingly successful in its attempts to view life from the perspectives of the female prostitutes. As the young ladies externalize the kinky fantasies of their clients, Bonello allows the viewer to peer into each woman’s own thoughts and dreams, thus illuminating the strong-willed psyche within the submissive façade.

DVD Rating: 4.5/5.0

Consider the character of
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Cannes 2011. Bertrand Bonello's "House of Tolerance"

Updated through 5/18.

"[E]veryone I know absolutely despised Bertrand Bonello's House of Tolerance, set in a Parisian brothel ca. 1899-1900, whereas I found myself rather touched by the film's oddly idealized portrait of a defunct community," writes Mike D'Angelo at the Av Club. "Granted, there are risible moments — you can't make a movie in which a hideously disfigured prostitute cries tears of milky semen without inspiring a lot of wisecracks on Twitter. But Bonello's compassion for these women feels genuine, and I appreciated the deft way that he juxtaposed their various assignations with the practical, menial details of their trade, as well as his pointedly anachronistic use of music…. I make no great claims for House of Tolerance, but the degree of intolerance among my colleagues has me befuddled."

Leslie Felperin in Variety: "Although there's heaps of nudity, disturbing violence, weirdness and a general air of bored erotic lassitude, all
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2011 Cannes Critics' Panel: Day 6 - Bertrand Bonello's L'Apollonide House of Tolerance

Naturally the most polarizing film of the Main Competition film so far would come from Bertrand Bonello. L'Apollonide House of Tolerance is his return back into the Main Comp since 2003's Tiresia. For the most part, our critics hated the pic (there is one lonely 4 star rating though!)-- which is about the fall of Paris’s end of century brothel scene. Here's the grid folks -- look for the one person who gave the film.
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Cannes 2011: New Stills From ‘Drive’; Teasers For ‘Once Upon a Time in Anatolia’ and ‘House of Tolerance’

One of the more prolific and anticipated films playing in competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival is Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Drive. The filmmaker behind the Pusher trilogy, Bronson and Valhalla Rising is returning to theaters with this actioner, which boasts the impressive cast of Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Ron Perlman, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks, Christina Hendricks, and Oscar Issac. The clip we saw from it was very impressive, and when you couple that with the track record of the man behind it, expectations are understandably high.

Several new stills from the movie have appeared online, and they alone bring memories of many action thrillers of the 1970′s. In particular, the suit of Gosling‘s character (appropriately named “Driver”) plays a big part in giving off that vibe. You can see them below, thanks to MuseumofCinema, and take a look at the film’s Cannes press kit (found by ThePlaylist) for even more.
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Cannes 2011: Bonello's 'L’Apollonide' Asks For Tolerance in Main Competition

There are four French films in the Main Competition at this year's Cannes festival, a number that is generally seen as a set figure from year to year. That number can get a bit hazy when it comes to defining either a filmmaker's nationality or shooting locations or funding support, but we can at least count on four, French-born directors every year. There is no ambiguity with Bertrand Bonello's newest film House of Tolerance (L'Apollonide - souvenirs de la maison close), though, as the film was shot near Paris, and Bonello himself was actually born in Nice, a spitting distance from Cannes' shore. His career has stayed pretty closely tied to the festival since then, too; his last three films (out of five total) have all had their world premieres there, and while his film Tiresia was participating in the 2003 Competition - I kid you not - his first daughter was being born.
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Cannes 2011: L’Apollonide by Bertrand Bonello

I hope you’re ready for our little chat about the movies that are scheduled to premiere In Competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. We’re going to continue with the upcoming French drama directed by Bertrand Bonello, and titled L’Apollonide: Souvenirs de la maison close or simply, House of Tolerance.

Shot near Paris for a two month period, and written by Bonello, the movie goes like this:

“At the dawn of the XXth century, in a brothel in Paris, a man disfigures a prostitute for life. She is marked with a scar that draws a tragic smile on her face.

Around the woman who laughs, the life of other girls, their rivalry, their fears, their joy, their pain…From the external world, nothing is known. Their world is closed.”

Movie stars Adèle Haenel, Hafsia Herzi, Jasmine Trinca, Céline Sallette and Noémie Lvovsky. Les Films du Lendemain’s Kristina Larsen
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Cannes 2011 Main Comp: The 19 Selections

Cannes is going to have a stellar Main Comp (Pedro, Ramsey, Lars, Dardenne Bros., Kaurismaki) but there are still plenty of unexpected no-shows this year. Making Venice extremely happy we don't find: Giorgos Lanthimos, Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud, Aleksandr Sokurov, Christophe Honoré, Lou Ye, Pen-ek Ratanaruang and Brillante Mendoza. At the top of the list for surprise inclusions we have Camera D'or nominee in Julia Leigh's Sleeping Beauty - (see the Eyes Wide Shut-like trailer here) I was expecting this to be the highlight for the Un Certain Regard section, but I guess this now means her first film is an extremely strong entry from Australia. Despite showing Tiresia in the Main Comp several years ago, I was thinking Bertrand Bonello's L'apollonide (Souvenirs de la maison close) (picture above) would be relegated to the Ucr category - which isn't the case. The same can be said about
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Bertrand Bonello Works with Shooting Stars in 'L'apollonide'

Bertrand Bonello’s commenced shooting on his fifth feature film yesterday, pulling in a pool of Euro actresses in Adèle Haenel, Jasmine Trinca, Hafsia Herzi, Noémie Lvovsky and Céline Sallette for what should be one more controversial film add to his filmography which already includes The Pornographer (2001) and Tiresia (2003). - Bertrand Bonello’s commenced shooting on his fifth feature film yesterday, pulling in a pool of Euro actresses in Adèle Haenel, Jasmine Trinca, Hafsia Herzi, Noémie Lvovsky and Céline Sallette for what should be one more controversial film add to his filmography which already includes The Pornographer (2001) and Tiresia (2003). Shooting near Paris for a two month period, written by Bonello, L'apollonide (Souvenirs de la maison close) takes place at the dawn of the 20th Century in a Parisian brothel, a prostitute is disfigured for life by a client. Scarred with a tragic smile across her face.
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