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Andrew Haigh's next film to be 'Lean on Pete'

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Exclusive: Film4 backs development of Haigh’s 45 Years follow-up; Tristan Goligher to produce.

Andrew Haigh is to write and direct an adaptation of Willy Vlautin’s acclaimed novel Lean on Pete as his next film project.

Haigh will reunite with his usual producer Tristan Goligher of The Bureau. Film4 has supported development and the film is set to shoot later in 2016.

Lean on Pete is about Charley Thompson, a 15-year-old who has no stability in his life and ends up homeless in Portland, Oregon, where his best friend is a failing racehorse named Lean on Pete. He sets off an a perilous journey to find his only known relative who once lived 1,000 miles away in Wyoming.

Haigh, a former Screen International Star of Tomorrow, told Screen: “When reading the novel you can not help but care for Charley. Whatever he is faced with he keeps moving forward; he keeps running, working, driving
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With Friends Like These… Exclusive Clip for Costa-Gavras’ Capital

The name of Costa-Gavras is synonymous with politically-dosed narratives – we often cite Z and Missing as seminal films within the genre and the filmmaker’s body of work. Feted at the ’13 editions of Mumbai and Mill Valley, just this past weekend [Cohen Media Group 10.25] , the filmmaker continued the thematic streak with Capital, a financial thriller that was featured at Tiff 2012 and features an international flavored cast of Gad Elmaleh, Gabriel Byrne and Liya Kebede (Lord of War). We were provided with an exclusive clip (see below) :

Based on the book Le Capital by Stéphane Osmont, and written by Costa-Gavras, Jean-Claude Grumberg and Karim Boukercha, when the CEO of France’s Phenix Bank collapses on the golf course, Machiavellian young executive Marc Tourneuil (Gad Elmaleh) is crowned as his replacement. A whirlwind of ruthless ambition, power struggles, greed and deception ensues as Tourneuil’s brutal ascent is jeopardized by a hostile takeover attempt
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Review: Greed Is Not Good In Costa-Gavras' 'Le Capital'

Since they figured out how make pictures move, filmmakers have long been fond of using one of the seven deadly sins—greed—as the thematic driving force of their films. From Erich Von Stronheim's compromised masterpiece "Greed" to the slimy dealings of Gordon Gecko in two "Wall Street" movies and beyond, there has been no shortage of characters corrupted by currency. But with the worldwide economy in a more precarious state than ever, and as the term "too big too fail" becomes a rich irony, never before has such subject matter carried so much dramatic potential. And yet despite recent solid entries like "Margin Call" and "Too Big To Fail," we're yet to see the first great contemporary movie about the country and the world's economic woes. Unfortunately Costa-Gavras' "Le Capital" doesn't remedy that situation. Constructed partly from fiction and partly from fact—the film is based on the
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Rendezvous with French Cinema at Mumbai Film Fest’13

The 15th Mumbai Film Festival (Mff) presented by Reliance Entertainment and organized by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (Mami) scheduled between 17th-24th October is all set to showcase the best of contemporary French cinema and welcome artists for the 6th edition of the Rendez-vous with French Cinema co-organized with The French Embassy in India, Institut Français en Inde and Unifrance films.

As part of the festival highlights, Costa Gavras will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award during the opening ceremony in the presence of His Excellency Mr François Richier, Ambassador of France to India who will grace us with his presence especially for this occasion. Among others, Nathalie Baye, jury member of the international section, Mahamat Saleh Haroun, director of the film “Grigris”, Guillaume Brac, director of the film “Tonnerre” (Competition) and Leos Carax, well known film maker who will be conducting a masters class.

The special section “Rendez-vous
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‘Heli’ Wins Top Prize at Munich Film Festival

‘Heli’ Wins Top Prize at Munich Film Festival
Heli,” the Mexican cartel drama from director Amat Escalante, won the Arri/Osram award for best film at the Munich International Film Festival.

The gala award ceremony took place on Saturday evening in the festival center at Gasteig.

In competition for the Arri/Osram Award were the sixteen films by internationally acclaimed directors in the CineMasters section of the Munich Film Festival including, among others, Costa-Gavras (“Le Capital”), Paolo Sorrentino (“The Great Beauty”), Alejandro Jodorowsky (“La Danza De La Realidad”), Asghar Farhadi (“Le Passé”), Michael Winterbottom (“Everyday”), Nicolas Winding Refn (“Only God Forgives”), Brillante Mendoza (“Thy Womb”) and Abdellatif Kechiche (“La Vie D’Adèle”).

Heli” is the third film by Escalante, whose mother is American: “My film explores the impact American culture has on Mexican society,” the director said. “Heli is set in a city that is very much like the city I grew up in, Guanajuato, a five-hour drive from Mexico City.
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Tepegöz’s Zerre wins top Moscow prize

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Tepegöz’s Zerre wins top Moscow prize
Turkish director Erdem Tepegöz’s social drama The Particle (Zerre) has won the Golden George for Best Film at the 35th Moscow International Film Festival (Miff).

The film’s lead actress, Jale Arikan, also picked up the Best Actress Silver George for her performance as Zeynep, trying to make ends meet in the dusty and dim atmosphere of abandoned apartments evacuated for clearance.

The International Jury under the presidency of Iranian film-maker Mohsen Makhmalbaf awarded the Silver George for Best Director to South Korea’s Jung Young-Heon for Lebanon Emotion (Le-Ba-Non Kam-Jeong).

The Best Actor prize went to Russia’s Alexey Shevchenkov for his title role as Judas in Andrey Bogatyryov’s Judas (Iuda).

The Special Jury award went to The Ravine Of Goodbye (Sayonara Keikoku) by Japan’s Tatsushi Omori.

The Documentary Competition jury - which included Claas Danielsen, director of Dok Leipzig - gave its award to Poland’s Pawel Lozinski for Father And Son (Ojciec
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‘Le Capital’: The Evil of Capitalism Not an Excuse for Bad Cinema

Le Capital

Directed by Costa Gavras

Written by Jean-Claude Grumberg and Costa Garvas

France, 2012

Le Capital”, Greek-French filmmaker Costa Gavras’ latest work has a motley assortment of problems, bespeckled with intermittent charisma which proves insufficient to masque the utter ridiculousness that makes up large swathes of the film. It stars Gad Elmaleh (a dismal choice) as Marc Tourneuil, an uppity upper-middle class banker who incidentally rises to the top position of the bank he works for. While the old guard at the bank consider him more of a puppet placeholder that would be easily manipulated, Elmaleh’s character has other ideas: by ostensibly acquiescing to an American fund bent on taking over control of the bank, which includes orchestrating a 10% lay-off of the bank’s global workforce, Tourneuil starts on an ambitious course of consolidating his grip on power and earning himself tens of millions in legal and illegal bonuses.
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Capitalizing: A conversation with filmmaker Costa-Gavras

While attending the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival Trevor Hogg met with Academy Award-winner Costa-Gavras to chat about Z, Missing, Music Box and Le Capital...

After graduating from French film school, the native of Arkadie, Greece decided to stay in France upon being offered a job; since then he has produced 26 movies starting with his 1965 feature debut called Compartiment Tueurs (The Sleeping Car Murders). “It is not always easy particularly with the subjects I choose,” states Costa-Gavras while at the Toronto International Film Festival promoting Le Capital (Capital) which revolves around Marc Tourneuil (Gad Elmaleh), the newly appointed head of a French financial institution who attempts to out maneuver a takeover from an American hedge fund. “The most difficult thing was to convince financiers that the movie was accurate because people could think it was an exaggeration.” In order for villains to be believable they need to be treated in particular manner.
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Toronto Title 'Capital' Sells Ahead of Festival

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Toronto Title 'Capital' Sells Ahead of Festival
The Cohen Media Group has acquired the political suspense thriller, "Capital" for U.S. distribution, ahead of its Toronto International Film Festival screening, the company confirmed to TheWrap on Tuesday. Directed by Costa-Gavras, "Capital," stars Gabriel Byrne in this adaptation of Stephane Osmont's best-selling novel, "Le Capital," which takes a scathing look at the world of international finance. The book was published in 2004. The film adaptation follows the head of a giant European investment bank desperately clinging to power, when an American hedge fund company tries to buy them out. The film will
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Mathieu Kassovitz Out, Gad Elmaleh In For Costa-Gavras' 'Le Capital'

First pegged for Vincent Cassel, then lined up for Mathieu Kassovitz, director Costa-Gavras continues to tinker with his lead for "Le Capital," and this might be the most intriguing change yet. French comic acting star Gad Elmaleh -- likely best known to U.S. audiences as the detective in "Midnight In Paris" or for Ben Salaad in "The Adventures Of Tintin" -- will take the lead in "Le Capital," joining the long attached Gabriel Byrne. Based on the novel by Stéphane Osmont -- with further inspiration from the essay "Total Capitalism" by former Credit Lyonnais president Jean Peyrelevade -- the film is a harsh look at the banking system with Elmaleh set to play Marc Tourneuil, the head of Europe's Phoenix Bank who is facing a hostile takeover from U.S. hedge fund companies, while making a play to acquire a debt-laden Japanese bank. It's a rare dramatic turn for
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‘Tintin’ and ‘Midnight in Paris’ Actor Gad Elmaleh Will Lead Costa-Gravas’ ‘Capital’

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Gad Elmaleh took part in two of last year’s more pleasurable films — The Adventures of Tintin and Midnight in Paris, unless you were in the Jack and Jill camp — yet I never even noticed that he was in either. No longer will he go unnoticed, however; Variety reports that the fellow will take the lead in Capital, a political thriller from writer and director Costa-Gravas.

Based on Stephane Osmont‘s Le Capital — which has been adapted for the screen by Gavras, Karim Boukercha, and Jean-Claude Grunberg — this “scathing look at international finance” is centered on “Marc Tourneuil (Elmaleh), the new head of Europe’s biggest investment bank, who desperately clings to power when an American hedge fund company tries to buy them out.” That could add up to be compelling stuff; I’d be game for a good thriller centered on the world of politics and finance.

Gabriel Byrne will also star,
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Gabriel Byrne Enters 'Le Capital', Irish Actor in Talks To Star

It has been confirmed that Irish actor Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment, The Usual Suspects) is in talks to join the cast of Oscar-winning director Costa Gavras latest film 'Le Capital'. Based on Stéphane Osmont's novel of the same name, 'Le Capital' tells the story of the head of a giant European investment bank who desperately clings to power when an American hedge fund company tries to buy them out.
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