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Strand Releasing acquires 'Being 17'

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The distributor has picked up all Us rights from Elle Driver to Andre Techiné’s recent Berlinale competition world premiere.

Being 17 will open in late autumn and takes places against the mountainous backdrop of the Pyrenees, where two young classmates start off as enemies and gradually develop feelings for each other.

Sandrine Kiberlain stars with Kacey Mottet Klein, Corentin Fila, and Alexis Loret.

This will be the fifth Techiné film that Strand distributes after Wild Reeds, The Girl On The Train, Witnesses and Unforgivable.

Techiné collaborated on the screenplay with Girlhood director Celine Sciamma, whose film Strand also released.

Strand co-president Jon Gerrans brokered the deal with Adeline Fontan Tessaur of Elle Driver.
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Rosemary’s Baby Miniseries Blu-ray Release Details

This past May on NBC saw a reimagining of Rosemary’s Baby, the 1967 novel by Ira Levin, with a miniseries adaptation of the same name. Now that the baby has been delivered to the world, it could be dropping by your house for a visit via home media.

Set for an August 19th release on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment, the Rosemary’s Baby miniseries comes with a couple of bonus features:

Press Release - “Evil is brought to life in this psychological thriller starring Zoe Saldana (Avatar) and Patrick J. Adams (TV’s “Suits”). The miniseries event Rosemary’s Baby premiered on NBC and arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD August 19, from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Based on the best-selling suspense novel by Ira Levin, Rosemary’s Baby features a teleplay by James Wong (TV’s “American Horror Story”) and
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Cannes Adds Six Films to Official Selection, Announces First Ever 35mm-Free Classics Selection

In addition to the previously announced Official Selection lineup, Cannes has now added six films, though none in competition: • André Téchiné’s In The Name Of My Daughter marks the veteran director’s latest appearance at the festival after his last film, 2011′s Unforgivable, premiered in the Director’s Fortnight. Téchiné won Best Director at the festival for 1985′s Rendez-Vous. Like 2009′s The Girl On The Train, Daughter is based on a true story, with sales agent Elle Driver describing the story of the 1977 disappearance of Agnès Le Roux as “the most famous alleged murder case of the French Riviera.” • […]
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Cannes Adds Six Films to Official Selection, Announces First Ever 35mm-Free Classics Selection

In addition to the previously announced Official Selection lineup, Cannes has now added six films, though none in competition: • André Téchiné’s In The Name Of My Daughter marks the veteran director’s latest appearance at the festival after his last film, 2011′s Unforgivable, premiered in the Director’s Fortnight. Téchiné won Best Director at the festival for 1985′s Rendez-Vous. Like 2009′s The Girl On The Train, Daughter is based on a true story, with sales agent Elle Driver describing the story of the 1977 disappearance of Agnès Le Roux as “the most famous alleged murder case of the French Riviera.” • […]
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Six films added to Cannes lineup, with Gael García Bernal and Catherine Deneuve on the bill

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Six films added to Cannes lineup, with Gael García Bernal and Catherine Deneuve on the bill
It's customary for a few films to be added to the Cannes Film Festival lineup in the weeks following the initial announcement, raising cinephiles' hopes for whatever big-name prospect was left out to begin with -- and usually dashing them. A further six films were added today, the highest-profile of which is another French title: André Téchiné's "In the Name of My Daughter," starring Guillaume Canet and Catherine Deneuve. None of them, however, will play in Competition, which remains fixed at 18 features -- currently the lowest number since the 1990 festival. The new arrivals are: "In the Name of My Daughter" (Out of Competition): Titled "The Man Who Loved Too Much" in French, the latest from veteran director André Téchiné is based on the mysterious real-life case of heiress Agnes Le Roux, who disappeared without trace in 1977. Adele Haenel ("House of Tolerance") plays Le Roux, Catherine Deneuve her mother Renee,
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Refn, Coppola on Cannes jury

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Refn, Coppola on Cannes jury
Willem Dafoe and Gael Garcia Bernal also among those called up for jury service at the 67th Cannes Film Festival.

The Cannes Film Festival has named the jury for its 67th edition, comprising eight world cinema names from China, Korea, Denmark, Iran, the Us, France and Mexico.

Jane Campion, the New Zealand filmmaker who won the Palme d’or for The Piano, was previously announced as the president of the jury, which will include five women and four men.

Cannes 2014: films

Those selected include Nicolas Winding Refn, the Danish director, screenwriter and producer who won Best Direction at Cannes in 2011 with Drive. His most recent film, Only God Forgives, played in Competition at Cannes last year.

Also chosen is Sofia Coppola, the Us director and screenwriter whose debut The Virgin Suicides was selected for the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes in 1999. Coppola, who won a screenwriting Oscar for Lost in Translation, made it into
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Sffs French Cinema Now 2012: 'Camille Rewinds,''Sister,' 'Louise Wimmer'

Sffs French Cinema Now 2012: 'Camille Rewinds,''Sister,' 'Louise Wimmer'
The San Francisco Film Society steps up to a radically reduced reality of foreign film distribution by programming a number of focused mini-fests, including Hong Kong Cinema, Taiwan Film Days, and the upcoming New Italian Cinema. While contemplating the ten-film line-up of French Cinema Now, I asked myself how many French films I’d seen in the past year locally, in general release, outside of film festivals. Practically none – most notably, Andre Techine’s 2011 “Unforgivable,” starring Andre Dussolier and Carole Bouquet, set in Venice, which played a couple of weeks at a Landmark Theater in Berkeley. At the moment there are no French films in general release in the Bay Area (“The Intouchables,” which premiered at the San Francisco International Film Festival in the spring, can be found at a few far-flung second-run houses), so the fifth Sffs annual program offered not only a welcome opportunity for the Francophile cinephile.
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‘Unforgivable’ a bizarre, enigmatic drama about paranoia


Directed by André Téchiné

Written by André Téchiné and Mehdi Ben Attia

France, 2011

There have certainly been worse cases of writer’s block, but the main character in the new French film Unforgivable really lets his spin out of control. Unforgivable, from co-writer and director André Téchiné, tells an almost Hitchcockian story of how paranoia can drive people to ridiculous lengths. Téchiné’s unique decision to let the script itself not be so single-minded is both a breath of fresh air and a bit of a detriment to the film’s overall impact.

André Dussolier plays Francis, a bestselling crime novelist who just can’t find the inspiration to push him forward in the writing process. Unable to focus in his homeland of France, Francis decides to move to Venice to re-commit to his latest work of fiction. While finding a place to stay, he becomes enamored with his real estate agent,
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Review: ‘Unforgivable’ Is Unapologetic In Its Lack of a Point (France)

Francis (André Dussollier) is a French mystery writer looking for a place to work on his new novel. He sets his sights on a small island off the coast of Venice, but when he falls for Judith (Carole Bouquet) the real estate agent he tells her he’ll only take the house if she agrees to move in with him. Many months later the two are married, and while she boats back and forth to Venice each day for work he spends the solitary afternoons struggling with writer’s block. Things take a darker turn when his adult daughter, Alice (Mélanie Thierry), arrives with her own daughter for a visit then promptly disappears. Worried, he hires a retired private eye and ex-lover of Judith’s named Anna Maria (Andriani Asti) to help find her. His actions take a toll on his relationship, and he hires Anna Maria’s ex-convict son, Jérémie
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Unforgivable | Review

Téchiné explores family ruptures through a noir lens

Veteran French director André Téchiné’s (‘Wild Reeds,’ ‘Les Voleurs’) Unforgivable is a deceptively nuanced story that skirts the edges of a crime thriller, without ever cracking the European art film mold. Though richly shot (against the decaying backdrop of Venice, Italy) and thoughtfully directed, the characters’ various volatilities are so precisely orchestrated that they can seem disconnected from real experience. But the ensemble story of love and betrayal is never less than involving, and as the genre façade steadily drops away, Téchiné reveals a deeper fascination with how relationships — family and otherwise — can unravel to the point where “nothing’s where it should be.”

Téchiné’s opening visual metaphor stands in for the psychological and emotional baggage his characters bring to the drama: A tiny tugboat lugs a massive behemoth of a ship into the Venetian harbor. Also arriving in Venice
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Carole Bouquet on 'Unforgivable' and Acting Abroad

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For American audiences, French beauty Carole Bouquet might still be best known as "Bond girl" Melina Havelock in the Roger Moore film "For Your Eyes Only." But over the course of her 35-year acting and modeling career, beginning as a teenager in Luis Bunuel's "That Obscure Object of Desire," Bouquet has established herself as one of France's most respected leading ladies. She's appeared in more than 50 films and earned two César Award nominations, winning one for her role in "Too Beautiful for You" opposite Gérard Depardieu (with whom she was romantically linked for over a decade).In her latest film, "Unforgivable," Bouquet plays Judith, an enigmatic former model-turned-real estate agent who moves to Venice and marries her client, a successful novelist (André Dussolier). When her new husband finds that happiness hinders his writing, however, he hires a young man to investigate her and sets in motion a multi-layered drama that.
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Unforgivable Movie Review

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Unforgivable Movie Review
Title: Unforgivable (Impardonnables) Strand Releasing Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten Director: André Téchiné Writers: André Téchiné, Mehdi Ben Attia, from Philippe Djian’s novel Cast: André Dussolier, Carole Bouquet, Mauro Conte, Adriana Asti, Mélanie Thierry, Andrea Pergolesi Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 6/12/12 Opens: June 29, 2012 You don’t need a degree in psychology or history to realize that the past is always with us. You can’t escape its impact. Its memory will leave with feeling of guilt but also haunting regressions of past loves: familial, platonic and romantic. If you’re a filmmaker, whether in the seat of the director or the writer, you need the skill to bring an [ Read More ]
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Look at the Poster for Andre Techine's Latest, 'Unforgivable'

Look at the Poster for Andre Techine's Latest, 'Unforgivable'
Andre Téchiné's upcoming film "Unforgivable" will hit theaters on June 29, but Indiewire has an exclusive look at the poster for the film. The film screened at last year's Cannes Film Festival and was picked up by Strand Releasing last November. Téchiné's film follows a writer (Andre Dussolier) and his relationship with a much younger real estate agent (Carole Bouquet). The film travels through time from their initial meeting to when they are married a short while later. The couple rents a home on an island near Venice and interacts with family, friends, ex-lovers and old acquaintances. Despite the idyllic setting, rough waters are ahead for the couple and the people surrounding them. Take a look at the poster below:
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2012 Los Angeles Film Festival Line-up & Closing Night Premiere

HollywoodNews.com: Today the Los Angeles Film Festival, in conjunction with Presenting Media Sponsor the Los Angeles Times and Host Partner L.A. Live, announced the Closing Night film and official Us and international selections for the 2012 Festival. Guest Director, Artists in Residence and Conversations with special guests will be announced later this month. The 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival will screen a diverse slate of nearly 200 feature films, short films, and music videos, representing more than 30 countries, along with signature programs such as the Filmmaker Retreat, Poolside Chats, Coffee Talks, music events and more. As previously announced, Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love will be Opening Night, sponsored by Virgin America, and Lorene Scafaria’s Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Ava DuVernay’s Middle of Nowhere and Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild were selected for the Galas section.

Returning to downtown Los Angeles and headquartered at L.
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Rendez-Vous With French Cinema 2012

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The Snows of Kilimanjaro

"As the annual Rendez-Vous With French Cinema series begins in New York City [today] with a screening of the blockbuster Intouchables, France's film industry is jubilant," begins Stephen Holden in the New York Times, and of course, what he's referring to first is the nearly absolute domination of The Artist throughout the just-passed awards season. Secondly, he's referring to the opening night film, "an interracial buddy comedy that has grossed nearly $240 million. It is now the second-highest-grossing French movie ever (behind Welcome to the Sticks). It's also "a crass escapist comedy that feels like a Gallic throwback to an 80s Eddie Murphy movie."

Variety's Jill Goldsmith reports that, just in time for the Us premiere, Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder of the xenophobic National Front party has said, "'It would be a disaster if France were to find itself in the same situation' as the wealthy crippled Frenchman
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Film Feature: The 15th Annual EU Film Festival Arrives at Chicago’s Siskel Center

Chicago – One of the annual gems of the Chicago movie scene is the Siskel Film Center’s unmissable European Union Film Festival. It provides local movie buffs with the opportunity to sample some of the finest achievements in world cinema. For many of the festival selections, their EU appearance will function as their sole screening in the Windy City.

This year’s edition, running from March 2nd through the 29th, includes high profile films from world renowned filmmakers like Andrea Arnold (“Wuthering Heights”), Bruce Dumont (“Hors Satan”), Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon (“The Fairy”), Abdellatif Kechiche (“Black Venus”) and John Landis (“Burke & Hare”). Moviegoers will have the opportunity to see the latest work from some of the world’s most acclaimed and beloved actors, including Léa Seydoux (“Belle Épine”), Tahir Rahim (“Free Men”), Colm Meaney (“Parked”), Noomi Rapace (“Beyond”), Andy Serkis (“Burke & Hare”), Isabella Rossellini (“Late Bloomers”) and Ewan McGregor
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‘Impardonnables’, despite some admirable qualities, is a bit of a mess

Impardonnables (English title: Unforgivable)

Directed by André Téchiné

Written by André Téchiné and Mehdi Ben Attia

France, 2011

French director and screenwriter André Téchiné has had a long and illustrious career, earning critical acclaim for a great variety of films. His works date as far back as 1969, the year he released his debut, Aline s’en va. Among the common threads which tie in his works are the complicated interactions and strained relationships between his characters, who are continuously confronted with emotional challenges they would much rather not deal with. The wealth they sometimes possess is belittled in the face of various interpersonal hardships. Another is that he adapts almost exclusively original scripts, oftentimes playing a major role in the writing process. For Impardonnables, his latest feature film, the inspiration differs, for it is based on a novel of the same name from Philippe Dijan. Dealing with a vastly different screenwriting process,
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Cannes 2011. Mubi's Rankings

Tier ?

The Tree of Life (Terence Malick)

Tier 1

The Day He Arrives (Hong Sang-soo)

No Man’s Land (Victor Trivas )

This Is Not a Film (Mojtaba Mirtahasebi & Jafar Panahi)

Tier 2

L'apollonide (Souvenirs de la maison close) (Bertrand Bonello)

Le gamin au vélo (Jean Pierre & Luc Dardenne)

Le Havre (Aki Kaurismaki)

Miss Bala (Gerardo Nananjo)

Oslo, August 31 (Joachim Trier)

Play (Ruben Östlund)

Puzzle of a Downfall Child (Jerry Schatzberg)

Le rideau cramoisi [The Crimson Curtain] (Alexandre Astruc)

Tier 3

Chatrak (Vimukthi Jayasundra)

Drive (Nicholas Winding Refn)

The Hunter (Bakur Bakuradze)

Impardonnables (André Téchiné)

Ninja Kids!!! (Takashi Miike)

Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen)

Wu Xia (Peter Chan)

Tier 4

L’assassino (Elio Petri)

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai 3D (Takashi Miike)

Melancholia (Lars von Trier)

Tier ...

(the rest)
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Cannes 2011. Rushes: "Le Havre", "Impardonnables"

I think my favorite thing in Le Havre, Aki Kaurismäki's blend of fable-style plotting, classical studio storytelling, and a real world context and social message, has little to do with this unusual mix of several usual kinds of films. It is, instead, lead actor’s André Wilms voice, the tenor of his line readings; a hilarious and moving collaboration between Wilms and Kaurismäki's direction, lending his spoken words a clipped, positive upward inflection in his sentences that gives the ends of lines a quality of affirmation, an enthusiastic aphorism, the punch line to a joke. My favorite instance of this is when Wilms is visiting his wife (Kati Outinen) in the hospital. He brings red flowers and she remarks that the moment she leaves the house he starts spending money. He counters, saying they were cheap, pauses, and then rushes through “Who am I kidding? They were the most expensive.
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Cannes 2011. The Trailers So Far

Updated through 5/9.

Along with the trailer for Hong Sang-soo's The Day He Arrives, another's just appeared for Kim Ki-duk's Arirang. Both will be screening in Un Certain Regard and, if you're checking the entry rounding up all the current news on the lineup of the Official Selection, you'll see, first, that it's being continuously updated (as are the entries on Critics' Week and Directors' Fortnight), and second, another trailer: the one for Na Hong-jin's Yellow Sea. And of course, you've seen the trailers for Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life and Lars von Trier's Melancholia. Let's have a look at a few more.

Here's one for Joseph Cedar's Footnote:

And here's another and another.

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's The Kid with a Bike:

Update, 5/9: The Playlist has two clips.

Julie Leigh's Sleeping Beauty:

Nanni Moretti's We Have a Pope, with Michel Piccoli
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