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Pathé Sells ‘La Belle Epoque’ to Half the World

  • Variety
French sales, distribution and production company Pathé has closed a raft of sales deals on three titles at the Cannes Film Market: “La Belle Epoque,” “Misbehaviour” and project “Eifel.” The company will handle distribution in France and Switzerland on all three.

Nicolas Bedos’ “La Belle Epoque,” which screened out of competition at the festival, is the story of Victor, who in his 60’s meets an entrepreneur who offers the unbelievable chance to revisit the most memorable parts of his life using a new technology. Daniel Auteuil, Guillaume Canet, Doria Tillier and Fanny Ardant fill out the main cast. The film will release on Nov 6 in France and Switzerland.

The feature has already sold to Germany (Constantin), Italy (IWonder Pictures), Latam/Spain, Japan (Kinoshita), Cis + Baltics (Volga), Portugal (Cinemundo), Romania (Independenta), Ex Yougoslavia (McF), Hungary (Cirko), Greece (Rosebud 21) and Belgium (Alternative), and Pathé says that negotiations are ongoing with several other territories.
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Canal Plus, Studiocanal’s ’Vernon Subutex’: Creator Cathy Verney on the Canneseries Opener

  • Variety
Cannes — Few recent novels have impacted more in France than the “Vernon Subutex,” from Virginie Despentes (“Baisse Moi”), published as a trilogy from 2015 to 2017.

A Canal Plus Création Originale – Original Series – sold abroad by Studiocanal, starring Romain Duris (“The Beat That My Heart Skipped”) and opening 2019’s 2nd Canneseries this Friday, “Vernon Subutex”, which bows on Canal Plus on Monday, is one of the most anticipated French premium of the year. Whether it is at all a faithful adaptation of the novel is another question.

The plots still there.In the 1980s, young Vernon Subutex was a living legend, owner of a record shop worshipped for its tastes its partying. 20, 30 years later, after his shop went bust, he’s getting evicted from his flat.

Reaches out to former contacts still involved in the music industry. After a night with rock star Alex Bleach, Vernon becomes a wanted man when Bleach
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Studiocanal-Sold Canal Plus Show ‘Vernon Subutex’ To Open Canneseries

  • Variety
“Vernon Subutex,” one of Canal Plus’ banner Original Series, will world premiere at the opening night of this year’s Canneseries.

Directed by Cathy Verney and starring Romain Duris (“The Beat That My Heart Skipped”) and Céline Sallette (“House of Tolerance”), the Canal Plus Création Originale will premiere three episodes, out of competition, at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes on April 5. International sales are handled by Studiocanal.

The premier and opening night slot will give a high-profile at this year’s event to Canal Plus, a partner of Canneseries, as the French pay TV giant attempts to mark itself apart in France as a quality but still edgy and Ya-appealing original series producer.

The series is inspired by a popular pair of novels from author Virginie Despentes, a bestseller in France which was crying out for a small screen adaptation.

The series’ nine, half-hour episodes track the titular main character,
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John C. Reilly & Joaquin Phoenix in Final 'The Sisters Brothers' Trailer

"Are you forgetting somethin'? We're the Sisters Brothers, and we finish the job." Annapurna Pictures has debuted the final official trailer for Jacques Audiard's western The Sisters Brothers, which is playing in theaters in NY & La now (and more cities later this month). The film won Best Director at the Venice Film Festival, and earned some rave reviews from critics. The film is about two brothers, Eli and Charlie Sisters played by Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly, who are hired to kill a prospector who has stolen from their boss. It's set in Oregon in 1851 and is a dark comedy in addition to being a western thriller, which is a good blend of genres for Audiard. The full cast includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed, Rutger Hauer, Carol Kane, and Rebecca Root. Ride on. Here's the final Us trailer (+ posters) for Jacques Audiard's The Sisters Brothers, ...
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Jacques Audiard Explains Why He Never Wanted to Make an American Movie Before ‘The Sisters Brothers’ — Exclusive

Jacques Audiard Explains Why He Never Wanted to Make an American Movie Before ‘The Sisters Brothers’ — Exclusive
French director Jacques Audiard has been one of the country’s most acclaimed filmmakers for years, with his gritty, socially conscious movies digging deep into the moral fiber of French identity. This year, Audiard’s distinctive voice will take a new form, as the director makes his English-language debut with “The Sisters Brothers,” the Oregon-set western co-starring Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly opening on September 21. New Yorkers will also have the opportunity to explore the scope of Audiard’s filmography with a comprehensive mid-career retrospective taking place at the Museum of Modern Art from August 31 through September 20.

In an exclusive interview with IndieWire ahead of the series, Audiard insisted that — unlike many European auteurs — none of his successes in France compelled him to work in English.

While movies such as “A Prophet” and the Palme d’Or-winning “Dheepan” expanded his international profile, “I never particularly felt a need to work in the U.
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First Trailer for Jacques Audiard's Western Comedy 'The Sisters Brothers'

"Alright - you're not going to like what comes next..." Annapurna has debuted the first official trailer for a new western from French filmmaker Jacques Audiard, titled The Sisters Brothers, adapted from Patrick Dewitt's acclaimed novel of the same name. The film is about two brothers, Eli and Charlie Sisters played by Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly, who are hired to kill a prospector who has stolen from their boss. It's set in Oregon in 1851 and is a dark comedy in addition to being a western thriller, which is a good blend of genres for Audiard. The full cast includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed, Rutger Hauer, Carol Kane, and Niels Arestrup. This is a wacky, but amusing trailer that certainly introduces this film in a way that will get your attention. Enjoy it. Here's the first official Us trailer for Jacques Audiard's The Sisters Brothers, direct from ...
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Artificial Eye co-founder Pamela Engel dies aged 82

  • ScreenDaily
Engel also co-founded UK distributor New Wave Films.

Art-house “trailblazer” Pamela Engel, known for co-founding distributor Artificial Eye and programming London cinemas including the Lumiere, Chelsea Cinema, Camden Plaza and the Renoir, has died aged 82.

A huge figure in the UK’s independent film business, Engel’s death has sparked messages of praise across the distribution and exhibition sectors.

Born Pamela Balfry in 1934, the UK executive started out in the late 1950s as a secretary for then Sight and Sound editor Penelope Houston.

She would go on to work as an assistant to Richard Roud at the London and New York Film Festivals before joining Derek Hill’s art-house venue Essential Cinema in the late 1960s.

Odyssey

Balfry and first husband Andi Engel established distributor Artificial Eye in 1976, thus “beginning an odyssey of distribution and exhibition unlikely ever to be surpassed,” in the words of former London Film Festival director Sheila Whitaker.

Despite separating
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Sundance ’17 and on to Rotterdam ‘17: Interview with Kirsten Tan, Writer and Director of ‘Pop Aye’

Sundance ’17 and on to Rotterdam ‘17: Interview with Kirsten Tan, Writer and Director of ‘Pop Aye’
This first feature of Kirsten Tan premiered in Sundance ‘17 World Cinema Dramatic Competition. Its provenance is Singapore but it takes place in Thailand. It continued onward to the Hivos Tiger Competition at Iffr (R’dam).

The thrill of interviewing here in Sundance is that you see a film; you have an impression and while it is still fresh you meet the filmmakers without having much time for any research or reflection. And then you get to see them again as “old friends” when you meet again in Rotterdam.

As Kirsten, her producer Weijie Lai and I sat down at the Sundance Co-op on Main Street here in Park City, I really had little idea of where the interview would take us, somewhat analogously to her film in which an architect, disenchanted with life in general, being put aside as “old” in his own highly successful architectural firm and in a stale relationship with his wife,
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The Brother review – bold London noir thriller

Arms dealers are the bad guys in Ryan Bonder’s respectable crime drama which unfolds to a northern soul soundtrack

An intriguing anomaly: a London-set crime thriller boasting just enough storytelling heft and idiosyncratic style to merit investigation. Writer-director Ryan Bonder takes a borderline preposterous set-up – brooding Canuck Adam (Tygh Runyan) hides out as a Tate cloakroom clerk in a doomed bid to escape his arms-dealing family – then develops it to keep generating fresh perspectives on both the city and his characters. Thematically, it’s more Jacques Audiard than Nick Love: Adam’s relationship with a deaf dancer (Noémie Merlant) echoes Read My Lips (2001), the piano playing 2005’s The Beat That My Heart Skipped. (Again, it’s crime versus culture: we intuit that the brother who shows up is trouble from his brusque handling of Adam’s vinyl collection.) Not every gamble pays off – certain narrative backalleys remain under-illuminated
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Joaquin Phoenix May Star As One Of The Sisters Brothers For Jacques Audiard

Joaquin Phoenix may become part of the family for Jacques Audiard’s English-language debut, The Sisters Brothers.

Word comes by way of Deadline, revealing that the actor – who has also emerged as a frontrunner for the Jesus Christ role in Garth Davis’ religious opus, Mary Magdalene – has opened negotiations to board the period piece, itself set against the Californian Gold Rush of the mid-1800s.

Lifted from Patrick deWitt’s eye-catching and indeed award-winning novel of the same name, we learned late last year that John C. Reilly boarded Audiard’s adaptation as either Eli or Charlie Steers, the brothers at the heart of deWitt’s western. While Deadline didn’t disclose official details of Phoenix’s potential role, it’s safe to assume he’s in contention for the other sibling opposite Reilly.

Taking place in the Oregon of 1851, The Sisters Brothers “recounts the story of two brothers — Eli
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Jacques Audiard’s films ranked from worst to best

Matthew Lee ranks Jacques Audiard’s films from worst to best…

To coincide with the release of Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan [read our review here], the winner of last year’s Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival, we’re looking through this auteur’s back catalogue. With consistent critical acclaim, we’re here to see if such receptions still hold up, and to see if certain films still warrant such appraisal. We may also be able to detect recurring themes, motifs, and visual traits, and to see if they’ve matured in later projects, or have diminished in time. In short, we’re ranking the man’s films from worst to best.

6 – The Beat That My Heart Skipped

Jacques Audiard firmly roots himself in the crime underworld of Paris with his follow-up to Read My Lips. Thuggish broker Thomas Seyr (Romain Duris) involves himself in unscrupulous activity to assist in his real estate enterprise.
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Dheepan review – a crime drama packed with epiphanic grandeur

Jacques Audiard’s confident Palme d’Or-winner has a rare and keen interest in its characters – a trio of Tamil refugees in Paris – and an exhilarating mastery of style

Related: Jacques Audiard: ‘I wanted to give migrants a name, a shape… a violence of their own’

There is such exhilarating movie mastery in this powerful new film about Tamil refugees in France from director Jacques Audiard, who gave us A Prophet, Rust and Bone and The Beat That My Heart Skipped. It’s bulging with giant confidence and packed with outbursts of that mysterious epiphanic grandeur, like moments of sunlight breaking through cloud-cover, with which Audiard endows apparently normal sequences and everyday details. There is also something not always found in movies or books or TV drama – that is to say, intelligent and sympathetic interest in other human beings. Every scene, every line, every frame has something of interest.
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Dheepan review – a crime drama packed with epiphanic grandeur

Jacques Audiard’s confident Palme d’Or-winner has a rare and keen interest in its characters – a trio of Tamil refugees in Paris – and an exhilarating mastery of style

Related: Jacques Audiard: ‘I wanted to give migrants a name, a shape… a violence of their own’

There is such exhilarating movie mastery in this powerful new film about Tamil refugees in France from director Jacques Audiard, who gave us A Prophet, Rust and Bone and The Beat That My Heart Skipped. It’s bulging with giant confidence and packed with outbursts of that mysterious epiphanic grandeur, like moments of sunlight breaking through cloud-cover, with which Audiard endows apparently normal sequences and everyday details. There is also something not always found in movies or books or TV drama – that is to say, intelligent and sympathetic interest in other human beings. Every scene, every line, every frame has something of interest.
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

DVD Review: The Beat That My Heart Skipped

  • CineVue
★★★★☆ Ostensibly a remake of James Toback's 1978 film Fingers, The Beat That My Heart Skipped sees an electric Romain Duris fill Harvey Keitel's boots as livewire musician and borderline crook, Thomas Seyr. The fourth feature from French director Jacques Audiard, it is a vibrant, kinetic depiction of obsession, desire and filial responsibility which freewheels around the City of Lights, largely at night. At its heart a tale of fathers and sons, Beat takes place at the intersection of the bourgeoisie, a real estate racket and the more dangerous elements of Paris' criminal underworld. Built around a stellar lead performance, it is a dynamic film, constantly on the move and tightly coiled with the ever present threat of violence. Backed up by an eclectic score that veers from electro to acid jazz to classical and superbly framed by cinematographer Stéphane Fontaine - who would go on to collaborate with Audiard
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Watch: New Trailer For Jacques Audiard's Palme d'Or Winner 'Dheepan'

Jacques Audiard has been on an incredible run since 2005's "The Beat That My Heart Skipped," releasing the powerful "A Prophet" in 2009, and following it with "Rust And Bone" in 2012. Last spring, he returned with "Dheepan," the Palme d'Or winner at the Cannes Film Festival, and after a lengthy journey on the festival circuit, it's finally coming to stateside cinemas. Read More: Cannes Review: Jacques Audiard's 'Dheepan' Is An Excellent, Searing & Compassionate Drama Starring Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Claudine Vinasithamby, Vincent Rottiers, and Marc Zinga, the story follows three refugees from Sri Lanka — a man, woman, and child — who pose as a family to gain entry to France and start a new life. However, they soon discover that life in their new home has its own unique set of threats, setting off series of events that only grow in intensity. Here's the official synopsis: Dheepan...
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John C. Reilly Boards Jacques Audiard’s English-Language Debut The Sisters Brothers

Jacques Audiard, director of such festival favorites as The Beat That My Heart Skipped, Rust and Bone and A Prophet, is saddling up for his English-language debut with The Sisters Brothers, and The Hollywood Reporter now brings word that John C. Reilly is attached to star in the drama.

Adapted from Patrick deWitt’s novel of the same name, the project will unfold around Eli and Charlie Sisters, two highly-skilled hitmen on the hunt of a priceless prospector that has been stolen from their boss. A western at heart, Audiard’s latest has our attention based purely on the director’s résumé alone. After all, his acclaimed Parisian drama Dheepan won the coveted Palme d’Or award during Cannes earlier this year, and we’re excited to see how the filmmaker tackles his maiden English-language film.

Having optioned the award-winning novel along with his production company, Reilly is likely to
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Jacques Audiard to adapt The Sisters Brothers for English-language debut

The Beat That My Heart Skipped director saddles up to direct western starring John C Reilly

Jacques Audiard’s English-language debut will be a western set during the California gold rush starring John C Reilly, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The director is working on an adaptation of The Sisters Brothers by Canadian author Patrick deWitt. The book tells the story of Eli and Charlie Sisters, two hitmen on the trail of a prospector who has stolen from their boss. Reilly’s production company optioned the Man Booker prize-shortlisted book.

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Jacques Audiard Adapting The Sisters Brothers

Jacques Audiard Adapting The Sisters Brothers
Following modern French classics like The Beat That My Heart Skipped, A Prophet, Rust & Bone and Dheepan, Jacques Audiard is set to make his English-language debut. He'll direct a Western adapted from Patrick DeWitt's novel The Sisters Brothers. John C. Reilly has signed up to lead the cast.DeWitt's book, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2011, revolves around the colourfully named gold prospector Hermann Kermit Warm, who's being pursued across 1000 miles of 1850s Oregon desert to San Francisco by the notorious assassins Eli and Charlie Sisters. Except Eli is having a personal crisis and beginning to doubt the longevity of his chosen career. And Hermann might have a better offer...Audiard announced the project on French radio station Rtl yesterday morning, so further details on the production set-up are unforthcoming so far. He said The Sisters Brothers chimed with him for having similar themes - principally survival in
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Cannes 2015 Palme d’Or winner ‘Dheepan’ gets an international trailer

With features such as The Beat That My Heart Skipped and Rust and Bone under his belt, filmmaker Jacques Audiard has garnered acclaim across various festivals over the course of his career. The Cannes Film Festival has been no different in this regard, as Audiard had been nominated three times for the Palme d’Or prior to the 2015 incarnation of the festival, for A Self-Made Hero, A Prophet, and Rust and Bone. The 2015 Festival, however, brought his first win, for Audiard’s newest feature Dheepan.

Audiard takes on both co-writing and directing duties for the film, with the three primary roles being notably played by relative newcomers. Jesuthasan Antonythasan, who plays the titular character, is appearing in only his second film, with co-stars Kalieaswari Srinivasan and Claudine Vinasithamby making their debuts in the feature. The synopsis is below.

Dheepan is a Sri Lankan Tamil warrior who flees to France and
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Watch: Official Us Trailer for François Ozon's 'The New Girlfriend'

"A love story for the modern age." Cohen Media Group has debuted the official Us trailer for the upcoming release of François Ozon latest film, The New Girlfriend, starring Romain Duris, Anaïs Demoustier and Raphaël Personnaz. This first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year, and also played at the London, Stockholm, Zurich, Hong Kong, Seattle, Glasgow, and Montclair Film Festivals. The story follows a woman who discovers her late friend's husband, played by Romain Duris (seen in The Beat That My Heart Skipped, Mood Indigo, Chinese Puzzle), likes to dress like a woman. It looks like an interesting film, almost like something from Xavier Dolan or Wong Kar Wai, with beautiful cinematography and vivid performances. Here's the official Us trailer for François Ozon's The New Girlfriend, in high def from Apple: Claire (Anais Demoustier) discovers a secret about the husband of her late best friend, Laura. Following Laura's death,
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