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The butterfly by Anne-Katrin Titze

Stéphanie Di Giusto on The Dancer: "The movie is always in movement." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Stéphanie Di Giusto's The Dancer (La Danseuse), screenplay in collaboration with Les Cowboys director Thomas Bidegain, based on the book Loïe Fuller: Danseuse De La Belle Époque by Giovanni Lista, stars Soko as Fuller with Lily-Rose Depp as Isadora Duncan. The supporting cast includes Gaspard Ulliel, Mélanie Thierry, François Damiens, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Amanda Plummer, and Denis Ménochet.

I met up with the director at the restaurant inside the Marlton Hotel the day before her debut film opened in New York. We discussed how Nick Cave and Warren Ellis got involved through Andrew Dominik's The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, her costume designer Anaïs Romand who won a César, working with cinematographer Benoît Debie, seeing Soko in Alice Winocour's Augustine, and Harvey Weinstein's reaction after seeing The Dancer at Cannes.
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Eva Green to Star in Alice Winocour Astronaut Drama

Eva Green in “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”

Eva Green is heading to space. The “Penny Dreadful” alumna has signed on to star in Alice Winocour’s next feature, a bilingual action-drama that centers on an astronaut. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the French writer-director is currently prepping the project.

Tentatively titled “Proxima,” the film will see Green playing an astronaut “with the European Space Agency (Esa) that is preparing to go on a one-year mission to the International Space Station (Iss), but must first face intense training as well as the impending separation from her seven-year-old daughter,” THR summarizes. Winocour described “Proxima” as being “about how you put your fears and pain into something bigger than your life.”

“The idea is also to have an astronaut that can be a superheroine and at the same time a mother, because I think in movies mothers are always very weak characters,” the “Augustine” helmer and writer observed. “It’s time that women should assume that you can be an astronaut and a mother too.”

Dharamsala is producing and Pathe will distribute “Proxima.” The space project follows on the heels of the success of “Hidden Figures.” The critically acclaimed story — which has grossed over $230 million worldwide — shines a spotlight on Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), brilliant women of color who played an instrumental role in the space race while working at Nasa.

Winocour won a César award last year for co-writing “Mustang” with its director, Deniz Gamze Ergüven. The Oscar-nominated coming-of-age story follows repressed sisters living in Turkey. She most recently directed “Disorder,” a home-invasion thriller. “In making the film I wanted to explore the category of genre films, which is generally reserved for male directors. In fact, I used aspects of genre film to create a variation on genre. I also included many of my own personal feelings and experiences,” Winocour told us. “I wanted to show that there are no boundaries for women directors and prove that women are legitimate choices to direct all kinds of films, including war films or thrillers. There should be no boundaries for women directors.”

Green’s credits include “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” “300: Rise of an Empire,” and “Casino Royale.” She stars alongside Alicia Vikander in Lisa Langseth’s “Euphoria,” a drama about sisters currently screening at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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Fragments of chaos by Anne-Katrin Titze

Alice Winocour on Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut: "The first scene where we see Nicole Kidman wearing this fabulous dress, with Tom Cruise going to the party." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Augustine and Disorder (Maryland) director Alice Winocour, co-writer of Deniz Gamze Ergüven's Mustang, talked Beauty And The Beast, Michelangelo Antonioni's La Notte, Vincent Lindon meeting Matthias Schoenaerts, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt on holiday, Pascaline Chavanne's costumes for Diane Kruger, Jacques Audiard's Rust And Bone (De Rouille Et D'Os) with Thomas Bidegain, and alluding to David Lynch's Lost Highway and William Holden.

Alice Winocour with Valley Of Love's Guillaume Nicloux, A Decent Man's Emmanuel Finkiel, The Great Game's Nicolas Pariser and Melvil Poupaud

Vincent, a troubled Afghanistan veteran, after being discharged from the army, becomes bodyguard to the wife (Kruger) and young son Ali (Zaïd Errougui-Demonsant) of a wealthy Lebanese businessman (Percy Kemp
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'Disorder' Review: Not the Paranoid Thriller You're Looking For

'Disorder' Review: Not the Paranoid Thriller You're Looking For
Tall, dark, and brooding, Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts is the man you go to when you need bruised masculinity, International Cinema Division. If you’ve seen him as the hormonally jacked cattle breeder in the Oscar-nominated Bullhead (2011), or the oddly tender underground fighter in Rust and Bone (2012), or the Brooklyn thug giving Tom Hardy mad tsuris in The Drop (2014), you know what we're talking about here. He can do sexy, menacing, sensitive and messed-in-the head simultaneously. It's just a matter of when regarding the big crossover moment, not if.

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Aftermath by Anne-Katrin Titze

Alice Winocour on Disorder: "I thought also about Carpenter's films, the sound."

Following her enticing and spirited debut, Augustine, Alice Winocour again proves that she can package troubled states of mind in lush images and strong plots. Disorder (Maryland), written with Jean-Stéphane Bron, stars Matthias Schoenaerts (Jacques Audiard's Rust And Bone) and Diane Kruger with Paul Hamy (Katell Quillévéré's Suzanne, Maïwenn's My King), Zaïd Errougui-Demonsant, and Percy Kemp.

Vincent: "What is frightening for the character is to not have control over his own body."

Pascaline Chavanne's costumes (Jacques Doillon's Rodin, Emmanuelle Bercot's Standing Tall, Christophe Honore's Métamorphoses), Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, Michelangelo Antonioni's La Notte, Vincent Lindon, László Nemes's Son Of Saul, Guillaume Nicloux's Valley Of Love, Michel Houellebecq's Submission, Julien Lacheray's editing, Gesaffelstein's sound, John Carpenter, David Lynch's Lost Highway and William Holden -
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‘Disorder’ Review: Matthias Schoenaerts Can’t Shoot His Way Out Of Alice Winocour’s Uneven Ptsd Thriller

‘Disorder’ Review: Matthias Schoenaerts Can’t Shoot His Way Out Of Alice Winocour’s Uneven Ptsd Thriller
Everything that Vincent (Matthias Schoenaerts) touches, and everywhere that he goes, is either flush with violence or tempered by its distant shadow. A combat veteran who returns home from Afghanistan with a nasty case of Ptsd, the burly soldier is so on edge that he can’t even chip apart some ice cubes at a party without stabbing at them with lethal force. Terse, burly, and prone to bouts of shrieking white noise in his head, Vincent is itching to go back to war, if only so he can be in an environment that justifies his jangled nerves.

No such luck. Instead, he’ll have to settle for a private security gig with a team of his fellow vets, prowling around a party at a lavish estate and keeping an eye on any potential threats to the family of three who live there. More than 30 minutes pass before the plot comes into view,
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Matthias Schoenaerts Protects Diane Kruger in U.S. Trailer For ‘Disorder’

Originally titled Maryland, writer-director Alice Winocour‘s (co-writer of Mustang) second feature Disorder has just received its first U.S. trailer. Selling itself to American audiences as a lot more clear-cut than its U.K. treatment, the trailer lays out the early story beats before delving into synthwave and neon-headed title cards that cannot help but scream, “this has worked before, right?”

Following a solider with Ptsd (Matthias Schoenaerts of Bullhead and The Drop) hired to watch over the wife (Diane Kruger) and child of a wealthy businessman, the film received nominations at Cannes, AFI, Lumiere Awards, and Stockholm Film Fest.

While the film attempts a heady slow-burn, we said in our review: “[The] subtext is interesting, but only carries Disorder so far. A good deal of it stretches on interminably with Vincent looking sad, weary, on edge, or some combination of the three. Writer-director Alice Winocour does a fine job establishing the geography of Maryland,
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'The Dancer' ('La Danseuse'): Cannes Review

'The Dancer' ('La Danseuse'): Cannes Review
The once world-renowned but now relatively obscure Belle Epoque dancer Loie Fuller (1862-1928), formerly the toast of the Folies Bergère, gets the full biopic treatment in The Dancer (La Danseuse), an airy, prettily accoutered but essentially vapid feature debut for writer-director Stephanie De Giusto. Tabloid interest is pretty much guaranteed in this otherwise fairly inconsequential costume drama by its casting: Fuller herself is played by indie-musician-turned-actor Soko (star of Alice Winocour’s Augustine), who until recently was dating Kristen Stewart (they allegedly split up just before the Cannes Film Festival). Meanwhile, Lily-Rose Depp, the

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Measuring up by Anne-Katrin Titze

Vincent Lindon with Anne-Katrin Titze, on Robert Mitchum: "He is my favorite one." Photo: Ed Bahlman

Vincent Lindon, who took home the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival and a César for his performance in Stéphane Brizé‘s The Measure Of A Man (La Loi Du Marché) co-written with Olivier Gorce, had recently starred in Alice Winocour's enticing and spirited Augustine and Claire Denis' sinister and irradiating Bastards (Les Salauds).

Vincent Lindon as Thierry: "By Skype, it's the most humiliating way of finding a job."

Gary Cooper's style by G. Bruce Boyer and Maria Cooper Janis, Michael Almereyda's Milgram Experimenter, the Hays Code, Frank Capra, Robert Mitchum and Raoul Walsh, a scene with Karine de Mirbeck and Matthieu Schaller, interviews by Skype and what it means to be able to look at oneself in the mirror in life and as an actor, are weighed with Vincent Lindon,
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Exclusive clip from ‘Disorder’; In cinemas this weekend

The thrilling Disorder hits U.K. cinemas this weekend, and we have an exclusive clip for your viewing pleasure as we head into the bank holiday weekend. Alice Winocour (Augustine) directs this slick, tense thriller, Disorder stars Matthias Schoenaerts and Diane Kruger and boasts a killer soundtrack from French techno DJ Gesaffelstein.

Here’s the story:

Following a tour of duty, Special Services soldier Vincent (Schoenaerts) takes a job in security for a wealthy Lebanese businessman and his family.

During a lavish party at the family’s luxurious ‘Maryland’ villa in the South of France, Vincent senses that something is amiss. When his employer is urgently called away on business Vincent is left to ensure the safety of his wife Jessie (Kruger) and their child. Suffering from post-traumatic stress, Vincent battles his own paranoia whilst clinging to the certainty that Jessie and her family are in real and immediate danger,
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Cannes: Valérie Donzelli to head Critics' Week jury

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Cannes: Valérie Donzelli to head Critics' Week jury
Jurors include Alice Winocour, Nadav Lapid, David Robert Mitchell and Santiago Mitre.

French director and actress Valérie Donzelli is to preside over the jury of the 55th Critics’ Week, the oldest parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival.

Donzelli, whose autobiographical film Declaration of War opened the 50th Critics’ Week and returned to Cannes in Competition last year with Marguerite & Julien, will award the Nespresso Grand Prize and the France 4 Visionary Award to one of the seven feature films in competition, as well as the Leica Cine Discovery Prize to one of 10 short films.

This year’s jury comprises filmmakers who debuted their first or second feature in Critics’ Week in the past five years.

The jury also includes director Alice Winocour, whose Augustine screened at Critics’ Week 2011 and was selected for Un Certain Regard with Disorder last year before winning the César Award for best original screenplay for Mustang.

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Cannes’ Critics Week Unveils Jury

Cannes’ Critics Week Unveils Jury
French director Valérie Donzelli will preside over the jury of the 55th edition of Cannes’ Critics Week. The jury will comprise four other filmmakers who presented, like her, their first or second films at Critics’ Week since 2011, the year of the sidebar’s 50th anniversary.

The jury will include Alice Winocour, who showed “Augustine” in 2011 and was back at the festival last year with “Disorder” playing at Un Certain Regard; Nadav Lapid, whose sophomore outing “The Kindergarten Teacher” played there in 2014; U.S. helmer David Robert Mitchell, whose pic “It Follows” competed at Critics Week in 2014; and Argentine’s rising director Santiago Mitre, who won last year’s Grand Prize with “Paulina.” Donzelli, meanwhile, opened Critics Week in 2011 with “Declaration of War,” which went on to be one of the most significant French arthouse hits of the last decade. Her latest film, “Marguerite & Julien,” competed in Cannes’s official selection.
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Disorder | 2016 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema Review

Ground Control: Winocour Pours on the Paranoia with Tense Thriller

Director and screenwriter Alice Winocour crafts a sweaty-palmed, Ptsd inclined thriller with sophomore effort, Disorder. Somewhat inclined as a French version of The Bodyguard (1992), itself a muddled American pop culture homage to Kurosawa’s 1961 samurai classic Yojimbo, this odd genre mixture arrives with troubling political undertones hovering in the paranoid perimeter of a debatably deranged security guard’s watch of a wealthy Lebanese businessman’s family. Decidedly simplistic in form, it’s an elegantly crafted exercise enhanced by its particularly complex audio design, initially positioning its sullen protagonist as merely a madman approaching a breaking point. But more is revealed in the frequent display of observational skills, including a variety of non-verbal cues shared between its main characters through increasingly murky intrigue.

Recently returned from serving in Afghanistan, Vincent (Mathias Schoenaerts) suffers from night terrors and bouts of debilitating paranoia.
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House rules, part 2 by Anne-Katrin Titze

The girls in Deniz Gamze Ergüven's Mustang

After talking about working with Warren Ellis, being in a short film directed by Olivier Assayas for To Each His Own Cinema, the costumes by Selin Sozen, writing with Alice Winocour and being in Augustine, Deniz Gamze Ergüven discussed with me seeing Don Siegel's Escape From Alcatraz as an influence, the contrasting comparisons with Jafar Panahi's Offside and Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides and dynamics between the girls (Günes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu, Elit Iscan, Ilayda Akdogan) and their guardians (Nihal G. Koldas, Ayberk Pekcan) in Mustang.

Anne-Katrin Titze: The football idea, although you use it differently, reminded me of Jafar Panahi's tremendous Offside. Were you connecting that?

Mustangs in the sea: "Plus you see the sea from the window."

Deniz Gamze Ergüven: What really triggered it was that that was such a crazy situation. For
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House rules, part 1 by Anne-Katrin Titze

Mustang director Deniz Gamze Ergüven on costume designer Selin Sozen's "shapeless shit-colored dresses": "For me it looks like a western." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Günes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu, Elit Iscan, Ilayda Akdogan star with Nihal G. Koldas, Ayberk Pekcan, Burak Yigit and Bahar Kerimoglu in Deniz Gamze Ergüven's Foreign Language Film Oscar nominated drama Mustang, co-written with Augustine director Alice Winocour. On a frosty afternoon in Chelsea, we spoke about Nick Cave collaborator Warren Ellis, who is featured in Jane Pollard and Iain Forsyth's 20,000 Days On Earth, Jafar Panahi's Offside, why Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides lacks in comparison to Don Siegel's Escape From Alcatraz with Clint Eastwood, costume design, cooking lessons and the importance of blanket making.

Lale (Günes Sensoy)

Part allegory, part teenage empowerment, Mustang follows five high-spirited, orphaned sisters, Sonay [Akdogan], Selma [Sunguroglu], Ece [Iscan], Nur [Doguslu] and Lale [Sensoy]. Defying expectations in different
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Stockholm Fest Unveils Women-Driven Lineup

Stockholm Fest Unveils Women-Driven Lineup
Paris– Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s “Mustang,” Lucile Hadžihalilovic’s “Evolution” and Alice Winocour’s “Maryland” are among the many women-directed films set to compete at the 26th Stockholm film festival.

France’s Oscar candidate, “Mustang” (pictured above) marks Turkish helmer Gamze Ergüven’s debut. It premiered at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight and won the Europa Cinema label. “Mustang” is a contempo drama depicting the childhood of five sisters in a conservative household in rural Turkey.

Evolution,” which premiered at Toronto’s newly-launched Platform section, is a philosophical horror drama turns on a 10-year old boy living on a lonely island with his mother and a woman who performs rituals.

A thriller with Matthias Schoenaerts and Diane Kruger, “Maryland” centers around an ex-soldier-turned- bodyguard who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and has to protect the wife of a wealthy Lebanese businessman. Wincer’s follow-up to “Augustine,” “Maryland” opened at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard.
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Watch: Intense 'Maryland' Trailer Stars Matthias Schoenaerts and Diane Kruger

Watch: Intense 'Maryland' Trailer Stars Matthias Schoenaerts and Diane Kruger
Parisian writer/director Alice Winocour followed up her 2012 Cannes Critics' Week entry "Augustine" with 2015 Un Certain Regard premiere "Maryland (Disorder)," which Sundance Selects picked up. While her moody period debut "Augustine" turned on a 19th-century case of female "hysteria," Winocour's second film pivots on Matthias Schoenaerts as Vincent, a French Special Forces soldier reeling from Ptsd who's hired to protect Jessie (Diane Kruger), the wife of a wealthy Lebanese businessman. Holed up in her Maryland villa, Vincent's obsession unfurls into increasing paranoia. The film opens in France September 30th, but has yet to get a stateside date from Sundance Selects.
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10 Rising French Talents to Watch!

The Cannes Film festival was an exceptional edition for French films this year. A focus on the rising generation of French actors and directors that have been highlighted in Cannes and will most certainly be the stars of tomorrow was compiled by Unifrance chief Isabelle Giordano.

They are a force to be reckoned with. Unifrance films is ready to bet that you will certainly hear about these ten talented people. They represent the French cinema of today and will soon be on the screens worldwide.

Emmanuelle Bercot

An actress and a director, Emmanuelle Bercot began by enrolling at the Cours Florent drama school and taking dancing lessons after her baccalaureate. She graduated from Femis in 1998, after winning the Prix du Jury at the Cannes Film Festival for her short film "Les Vacances," in 1997. After her first few roles in the films of Jean-François Richet and Michel Deville, her career as an actress took off when Claude Miller gave her one of the main roles in "La Classe de neige" (1998). The following year, she made the headlines with the medium-length film she directed called "La Puce," presented in the selection of Un Certain Regard at Cannes. This film tells of the love affair between a 35-year-old man and a 14-year-old girl, played by Isild Le Besco.

Her first feature-length film, "Clément" (2001), is about the life of a troubled woman who has one adventure after another with various men until she meets a 14-yearold boy. Her second film, "Backstage" (2004), continues to explore teenage angst through a relationship between a hit singer and a young obsessional fan. She earned her first critical and public acclaim with "On My Way" (2013), the third film written by the director for Catherine Deneuve, in which the star plays a woman who has decided to leave everything behind and hit the road in France.

She was indisputably the most talked about person during the Cannes Film Festival 2015, both as an actress and a director. Thierry Frémaux surprised everyone by announcing that "Standing Tall," Emmanuelle Bercot’s fourth feature-length film would open the 68th Cannes Film Festival. Emmanuelle Bercot says that she has rediscovered the social fiber of her beginnings with this tale of juvenile delinquency. After the enthusiastic and unanimous reception of her film, she won the Best Actress Award for her role as a woman under the influence of love in the film "Mon Roi" by Maïwenn, with whom she co-wrote the script for "Polisse," which won the Prix du Jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012

Thomas Bidegain

Thomas Bidegain may well be one of the best known French screenwriters in the profession today, but it took him ten years to achieve this status. His career path in film is anything but ordinary. He started out in the 1990s by distributing and producing independent American films: "Ice Storm" by Ang Lee and "Chasing Sleep" by Michael Walker. He came back to France and joined MK2 where he became director of distribution. In 1999, he returned to production for "Why Not." In 2007, he told the story of his attempt to stop smoking in "Arrêter de fumer tue," a personal diary that was turned into a documentary, then a book.

In the meantime, he began screenwriting and worked on several projects. In 2009, he wrote the screenplay for Jacques Audiard’s film, "A Prophet," alongside Nicolas Peufaillit and Abdel Raouf Dafri, which won the Grand Prix du Jury in 2009. He participated in Audiard’s next film, "Rust and Bone" and "Our Children" by Joachim Lafosse. He was also the co-writer for "Saint Laurent" by Bertrand Bonello. Winning a César for the best original script and a César for the best adaptation, he presented "Cowboys" at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes this year, his first film as a director. He is also co-writer of "Ni le ciel ni la terre" by Clément Cogitore, presented during the Semaine de la Critique, as well as co-writer of the script for Jacques Audiard’s latest film, "Dheepan," which won the Palme d’Or.

Louise Bourgoin

Louise Bourgoin attended the Ecole des Beaux Arts for five years, during which she began her career as a model. After she graduated from art school in 2004, she radically changed direction and became a presenter on cable TV. She was Miss Météo in Le Grand Journal on Canal + from 2006 to 2008. Her slot became essential viewing and attracted a wide audience, including the attention of the film industry.

She began her acting career in "The Girl from Monaco" by Anne Fontaine, and her performance earned her a César nomination for Most Promising Actress. This recognition led to a whole series of roles and launched her career in film. She headed the bill of several films in 2010 ("White as Snow" by Christophe Blanc, "Sweet Valentine" by Emma Luchini, and "Black Heaven" by Gilles Marchand). The same year, Luc Besson selected her for the leading role in "The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec."

Since then, Louise Bourgoin has played in film after film, and has taken her first steps in the international scene with her part in the American film "The Love Punch" by Joel Hopkins. She attracted attention at the Cannes Film Festival this year with her unusual role in Laurent Larivière’s first film, "I Am a Soldier," presented at Un Certain Regard.

Anaïs Demoustier

Her passion for acting started at a very young age and rapidly pushed her to take drama classes. She auditioned, when still a teenager, and got her first role alongside Isabelle Huppert in "Time of the Wolf" by Michael Haneke. After this, her career was launched and she played in a series of films among which "L’Année suivante" by Isabelle Czajka, "Hellphone" by James Huth, "The Beautiful Person" by Christophe Honoré, "Sois sage" by Juliette Garcias, "Sweet Evil" by Olivier Coussemacq, "Dear Prudene" by Rebecca Zlotowski, "Snows of Kilimanjaro" by Robert Guédiguian, "Thérèse Desqueyroux" by Claude Miller, "Quai d’Orsay" by Bertrand Tavernier, "Paris Follies" by Marc Fitoussi, etc.

A filmography rich of 30 films for an actress who isn’t 30 years old yet. In 2014, the press talked about the blooming of Anaïs Demoustier because her face and poise became essential to cinema. Present in "Bird People" by Pascale Ferran, "Caprices" by Emmanuel Mouret, "À trois on y va" by Jérôme Bonnell and "The New Girlfriend" by François Ozon, she is Marguerite in the last Valérie Donzelli’s film, "Marguerite et Julien" screened in Official selection in Cannes.

Louis Garrel

The son of actress Brigitte Sy and the director Philippe Garrel, he began his career in film thanks to his father, who started filming him at the age of six in "Emergency Kisses," alongside his mother and his grandfather, Maurice Garrel. He went onto study drama at the Conservatoire National d’Art Dramatique. He made his real cinema debut in 2001 in the film "Ceci est mon corps" by Rodolphe Marconi. Two years later, he played opposite Michael Pitt and the future Bond girl, Eva Green, in "The Dreamers" by Bernardo Bertolucci.

He then starred in another of his father’s films, "Regular Lovers". His performance earned him the César for the Most Promising Actor in 2005. Since then, he has played alongside the greatest, such as Isabelle Huppert in "Ma mère" by Christophe Honoré. This marked the beginning of a long collaboration between the filmmaker and the actor. They worked together in the film "In Paris" with Romain Duris, then in 2007 in "Love Songs" with Ludivine Sagnier, in "The Beautiful Person" with Léa Seydoux, in "Making Plans" for Lena with Chiara Mostroianni and, finally, in " Beloved" with Catherine Deneuve. He also topped the bill with Valéria Bruni Tedeschi in "Actresses," whom he worked with again in 2013 in "A Castle in Italy."

In 2010, he directed a short film, "The Little Tailor," in which he directed Léa Seydoux. He performed once again in one of his father’s films, "A Burning Hot Summer," followed by "Jealousy." In 2014, he starred in Bertrand Bonello’s film "Saint Laurent," a role which led to another César nomination, but this time in the best supporting role category. His first feature-length film, "Two Friends," presented at a Certain Regard, was applauded by the critics. He also starred in "Mon Roi," Maïwenn’s fourth feature-length film, alongside Emmanuelle and Vincent Cassel, presented as part of the official selection.

Guillaume Gouix

After studying at the Conservatoire in Marseille and the Ecole Régionale d’Acteur de Cannes, Guillaume Gouix began his career in television. He played the male lead in "The Lion Cubs," by Claire Doyon, in 2003. Noted for his performance, especially the highly physical aspect of it and his intense gaze, he then played a series of supporting roles as a young hoodlum in "Les Mauvais joueurs" by Frédéric Balekdjian and in "Chacun sa nuit," by Jean-Marc Barr and Pascal Arnold. He featured in the 2007 war film "Intimate Enemies" by Florent Emilio Siri, thus confirming his taste for complex characters.

The following year, he was applauded for his performance in the film "Behind the Walls" by Christian Faure. In 2010, he starred in "22 Bullets" by Richard Berry and in 2011, he established his reputation with roles in "Nobody Else But You" by Gérald Hustache-Mathieu, "Et soudain, tout le monde me manque" by Jennifer Devoldere, and "Jimmy Rivière," Teddy Lussi-Modeste’s film debut.

He also appeared in "Midnight in Paris" by Woody Allen. He more recently starred in "Attila Marcel," by Sylvain Chomet, in which he played the lead role, in "French Women" by Audrey Dana, and "The Connection" by Cédric Jimenez with Jean Dujardin and Gilles Lelouche. He performed in three films presented at Cannes this year ("Les Anarchistes" by Elie Wajeman, which opened the Semaine de la Critique, "La Vie en grand" by Mathieu Vadepied, which closed the week, and in "Enragés" by Eric Hannezo, screened at the Cinéma de la Plage). He also directed his first short film "Alexis Ivanovitch, vous êtes mon héros" in 2011 and will soon start on a feature-length film, which is currently being written. He will be topping the bill in 2015 with "Braqueurs," a thriller by Julien Leclercq.

Ariane Labed

Born in Greece to French parents, Ariane Labed has always navigated between her two countries. She studied drama at the University of Provence and began her acting career treading the boards. After setting up a company combining dance and theater, Ariane Labed returned to live in Greece where she played at the National Theater of Athens. 2010 was the year of her first film, "Attenberg," directed by Athiná-Rachél Tsangári. "Alps" by Yorgos Lanthi-mos, the following year, confirmed the talent of this strangely charming actress. Two years later, she starred in "Before Midnight" by Richard Linklater where she played the role of Anna. The follow-up to "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset," this third part of the saga was a great success, making Labed known to a wider audience.

In 2014, she played a young sailor in "Fidelio, Alice’s Odyssey," who is torn between faithfulness and her desire to live her life. Winning the best actress award at the Locarno Film Festival and nominated for a César, the French actress gives a brilliant performance in Lucie Borleteau’s first feature-length film. She joined Yorgos Lanthimos in Cannes in 2015, where he won the Prix du Jury for his film "The Lobster."

Vincent Macaigne

Vincent Macaigne is the leading light in young French cinema. He joined the Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique in Paris in 1999, appearing on stage and assuming the role of director. His free adaptations of the great classics of literature and drama earned him public and critical acclaim. He directed "The Idiot" by Dostoïevski and presented "Au moins j’aurai laissé un beau cadavre in Avignon," inspired by Hamlet. He also rapidly made a name for himself in demanding art-house films. In 2001, he was seen for the first time in "Replay" by Catherine Corsini. In 2007, he starred in "On War" by Bertrand Bonello and in 2010, in "A Burning Hot Summer" by Philippe Garrel.

Since 2011, Vincent Macaigne’s presence in short, medium and full-length films has gradually increased. Faithful to his directors, he has starred in several of their films. As is the case with his friend Guillaume Brac, who directed him in "Le Naufragé," "Tonnerre" and "Un monde sans femmes." He was awarded the Grand Prix and the Prix Télérama at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, and the Prix Lutin for Best Actor in this film. Under the direction of Vincent Mariette, he played in "Les Lézards" then "Fool Circle." In 2013, we find the funny and touching thirty-something in "La fille du 14 juillet" by Antonin Peretjatko, "Age of Panic" by Justine Triet, and "2 Autumns, 3 Winters" by Sébastien Betbeder.

He was discovered by the general public at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Considered a figurehead of the revival of French cinema, Vincent has drawn the attention of the Cahiers du Cinéma, and even the British newspaper The Observer, which referred to him as the “new Gérard Depardieu”. In 2011, he directed "What We’ll Leave Behind," a very well-received medium-length film which won the Grand Prix at the Clermont-Ferrand Festival. He also starred in Mia Hansen-løve’s 2014 film "Eden." He plays one of the main roles in the actor Louis Garrel’s first feature-length film, "Two Friends," presented during the Semaine de la Critique. He also featured in his 2011 film, La Règle de trois.

Vimala Pons

From the Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique, where she attended drama classes even though she wanted to be a screenwriter, to circus tents, Vimala Pons is an acrobat in all senses of the word. The 29-year-old actress has established her physical and poetic presence in French art-house films. She began her career in film with Albert Dupontel in "Enfermés dehors" in 2006. She then starred in "Eden Log" by Franck Vestiel in 2007, then in "Granny’s Funeral" by Bruno Podalydès in 2012.

Since then, we have seen her cross France in a little blue dress in "La Fille du 14 juillet," (she plays the girl) by Antonin Peretjatko, and changing into a lioness in "Métamorphoses," by Christophe Honoré. The impetuous muse of French independent film, Vimala Pons played in "Vincent" by Thomas Salvador this year. The actress has made a name for herself in 2015, in particular with "Comme un avion" by Bruno Podalydès, "Je suis à vous tout de suite" by Baya Kasmi, "La vie très privée de Monsieur Sim" by Michel Leclerc, and "L’Ombre des femmes" by Philippe Garrel (presented at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs this year in Cannes). She has also begun an international career, with a leading role in Paul Verhoeven’s latest film, "Elle."

Alice Winocour

The director Alice Winocour started out at Femis. After going into law, she returned to film and won three prizes for her short film "Kitchen: Prix TV5" for the best French-language short film, best international short film and the Silver Bear at the Festival of Nations (Ebensee). For "Magic Paris," she was awarded the jury prize at the St. Petersburg International Documentary, Short Film and Animated Film Festival.

She continued her career by writing the script for the film "Ordinary," by Vladimir Perisic. At the Cannes Film Festival 2012, Alice Winocour made a marked entry in the international arena with a film by a woman about women and the unchanging way of looking at them. In the film "Augustine," we are told the story of a professor and his patient, played by Vincent Lindon and Soko respectively. In 2015, she brought out her second feature-length film, "Maryland," which was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 68th Cannes Film Festival. She is also the co-writer of "Mustang," by Denis Gamze Ergüven, presented at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs.
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The Conversation: To Cannes and Back

Unfortunately, this year’s main competition line-up at the Cannes Film Festival ended up being something of an easy target for jaded festival goers. An onslaught of English language debuts and mainstream tastes reigned supreme. Despite evident shortcomings, including the increasingly questionable sidebar siphoning of major auteurs in Festival head Thierry Fremaux’s neglectful hands, there was much to admire. This edition’s legacy won’t be helped by the decision of the Coen Bros. to award the Palme D’or to Jacques Audiard’s serviceable but weakest film to date, Dheepan, though several other accolades seemed more welcome, including a Grand Prix for Laszlo Nemes’ harrowing debut Son of Saul and a Best Screenplay nod for Michel Franco, whose Chronic was generally dismissed by critics. Though Hou Hsiao-hsien returns from an untowardly long absence with The Assassin, it’s great to see he received some recognition for what
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Cannes: 21 Films That Stood Out at the 2015 Festival

Cannes: 21 Films That Stood Out at the 2015 Festival
Variety critics Scott Foundas, Justin Chang, Peter Debruge, Guy Lodge, Jay Weissberg and Maggie Lee weighed in with their choices for the 21 best films at this year’s Cannes Film Festival (listed in alphabetical order):

1. “Amy.” British director Asif Kapadia followed up his 2010 “Senna” with this even more daring and revealing portrait of the brilliant but tragic jazz diva Amy Winehouse. Drawing on a wealth of professional and user-generated video, Kapadia again eschews the usual talking-heads interview format to keep WInehouse front and center for two harrowing hours, during which we come to understand how thoroughly the troubled singer lived her life under the camera’s relentless and unforgiving gaze. The result is an unforgettable portrait of the cult of celebrity in the iPhone era. (Scott Foundas)

2. “Arabian Nights.” Even this year’s most impressive competition films couldn’t match Portuguese auteur Miguel Gomes’ magnum opus for brazen ambition and conceptual heft.
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