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Knife + Heart review – bizarre shaggy-dog story of cheesy 70s porn

Set in the world of gay erotica, this strange, violent fantasy starring Vanessa Paradis isn’t funny – or serious – enough

Yann Gonzalez is the French director who startled UK audiences with his last film in 2013, an eroto-surrealist extravaganza called You and the Night, starring Eric Cantona as a legendarily endowed stud who exists in an eternal twilight of vampire priapism.

If that were not enough, he has now come to the Cannes competition and detained us all for an hour and 40 minutes with a bizarre new piece of fantasy: a weird mix of hardcore whimsy-porn that pays pert, tongue-in-cheek homage to what might be seen as the quainter and even more innocent days of 70s gay erotica, but with a harsher, darker streak of violence.
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‘Knife + Heart’ Review: Vanessa Paradis and M83 Shine through a Messy Slasher Set in Paris’ Gay Porn Scene — Cannes 2018

‘Knife + Heart’ Review: Vanessa Paradis and M83 Shine through a Messy Slasher Set in Paris’ Gay Porn Scene — Cannes 2018
It’s the summer of 1979 and a serial killer is stalking the gay porn stars of Paris with a switchblade that’s holstered inside a large rubber dildo. The first victim is claimed after the murderer — whose identity is hidden behind a jet-black bondage mask — seduces him at a disco and then literally fucks him to death.

Subsequent slaughters are a touch less creative, but that doesn’t stop the violence from enflaming the imagination of an atomic blonde super-producer named Anne (Vanessa Paradis), who finds herself increasingly inspired by the sudden rash of death around her. It’s all a bit close to home, as all of the corpses come from her troupe of fresh-faced twinks, and yet Anne eagerly re-stages the killings as part of her meta new masterwork, “Homocidal.” Anything to impress her editor and ex-lover, Loïs (Kate Moran), who’s starting to think that Anne’s
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Knife + Heart’

Cannes Film Review: ‘Knife + Heart’
Someone is killing the cast and crew around the production of a gay French porno in “Knife + Heart,” which provides an inspired opportunity to set an erotic thriller within the milieu of vintage Parisian blue movies. In the hands of gifted French director Yann Gonzalez, who leaps from Critics’ Week to the official competition with this hyper-stylized follow-up to “You and the Night,” an environment that might have once given exploitation helmers the excuse to stage some red-blooded voyeurism (à la “Body Double” or “Crimes of Passion”) instead serves as a backdrop for queer empowerment in what should be one of the hottest tickets for gay audiences this year.

Picture “Cruising” as directed by Brian De Palma, and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what to expect from this frisky parody-homage, which is equal parts kinky and kitsch, rendered with the kind of meticulous attention to lighting,
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Knife + Heart’

  • Variety
Cannes Film Review: ‘Knife + Heart’
Someone is killing the cast and crew around the production of a gay French porno in “Knife + Heart,” which provides an inspired opportunity to set an erotic thriller within the milieu of vintage Parisian blue movies. In the hands of gifted French director Yann Gonzalez, who leaps from Critics’ Week to the official competition with this hyper-stylized follow-up to “You and the Night,” an environment that might have once given exploitation helmers the excuse to stage some red-blooded voyeurism (à la “Body Double” or “Crimes of Passion”) instead serves as a backdrop for queer empowerment in what should be one of the hottest tickets for gay audiences this year.

Picture “Cruising” as directed by Brian De Palma, and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what to expect from this frisky parody-homage, which is equal parts kinky and kitsch, rendered with the kind of meticulous attention to lighting,
See full article at Variety »

'Knife + Heart' ('Un couteau dans le coeur'): Film Review | Cannes 2018

'Knife + Heart' ('Un couteau dans le coeur'): Film Review | Cannes 2018
If Dario Argento, Brian De Palma and Kenneth Anger conceived a three-way love child while watching Cruising and listening to a Giorgio Moroder mix tape, the result would be something like French director Yann Gonzalez’s Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur).

Taking the erotic kitsch and glamorously trashy aesthetics of his many shorts and first feature, You and the Night, to the next level, Gonzalez uses a murder mystery set in the late-'70s gay porn industry to explore deeper themes of desire, abandon and sexual repression, all of it with plenty of humor and blood splatters. Playing the same ...
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‘Knife + Heart’ Trailer: Vanessa Paradis Stars in Cannes Entry as a Porn Producer Whose Actors Are Being Murdered — Watch

French writer/director Yann Gonzalez returns to the Cannes Film Festival Thursday night with “Knife + Heart” (Un Couteau Dans Le Cœur), his sophomore feature and first to compete for the Palme d’Or. The debut trailer introduces viewers to vice-fueled, nightclub-lurking Anne (César Award winner Vanessa Paradis), a Parisian producer of gay porn films.

Although she’s in the business of providing pleasure, Anne has two dark distractions in the 1979-set drama: possessive impulses toward her ex-girlfriend, Loïs (Kate Moran), and the masked man slaying her actors for sport. As Anne spies on Loïs, the killer spies on her.

Penned by Gonzalez and Cristiano Mangione, “Knife + Heart” was a late addition to the festival’s main competition announced one week after the rest of the line-up. Its predecessor, Athens International Film Festival Best Picture winner “You and the Night” (Les rencontres d’après minuit) — a Cannes 2013 Critics’ Week
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Cannes 2018’s Hidden Thrill: The Opportunity to Find New Voices

Cannes 2018’s Hidden Thrill: The Opportunity to Find New Voices
On paper, this looks like a less than spectacular Cannes. Where are the stars? Where are the big names?

Just two of the 21 films in competition are American: Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” and David Robert Mitchell’s “Under the Silver Lake.” From the U.K., zero. Disney will bring “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” though it’s upstaging Cannes by holding the world premiere five days earlier in Hollywood. If you had to skip a year, this would be the time to do it, some have gone as far as to suggest.

I couldn’t disagree more. The fact that we don’t know what to expect from most of the films in competition makes this the most exciting lineup in ages — one with a genuine opportunity for discovery.

I’ve been attending Cannes since 2011. That’s how far you’d have to go back to find an edition with
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Cannes 2018’s Hidden Thrill: The Opportunity to Find New Voices

  • Variety
Cannes 2018’s Hidden Thrill: The Opportunity to Find New Voices
On paper, this looks like a less than spectacular Cannes. Where are the stars? Where are the big names?

Just two of the 21 films in competition are American: Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” and David Robert Mitchell’s “Under the Silver Lake.” From the U.K., zero. Disney will bring “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” though it’s upstaging Cannes by holding the world premiere five days earlier in Hollywood. If you had to skip a year, this would be the time to do it, some have gone as far as to suggest.

I couldn’t disagree more. The fact that we don’t know what to expect from most of the films in competition makes this the most exciting lineup in ages — one with a genuine opportunity for discovery.

I’ve been attending Cannes since 2011. That’s how far you’d have to go back to find an edition with
See full article at Variety »

French Musicians M83 To Compose Score For Cannes Film ‘Knife + Heart’

It looks like French musicians M83 are making their way back to the feature film space for the first time since 2013. The group signed on to compose the score for two films that year, the first was the big-budget Tom Cruise sci-fi flop, “Oblivion.” The second film was the lesser-known Cannes film “You and the Night” from filmmaker Yann Gonzalez.
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Paolo Moretti to Helm Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight Starting in 2019

Paolo Moretti to Helm Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight Starting in 2019
Paolo Moretti is set to replace Edouard Waintrop at the helm of Directors’ Fortnight, the section that runs parallel to the Cannes Film Festival, starting in 2019.

Moretti will join Directors’ Fortnight for its 50th edition from the Roche-sur-Yon Festival, where he has been artistic director since 2014. The 42-year-old Italian executive previously worked for many European film festivals and institutions, including the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Filmoteca Española in Madrid, the Leeds International Film Festival in Britain, the Portuguese Film Library in Lisbon and One World in Prague.

He also served as co-deputy director and programming advisor of the Venice Film Festival, including the Orizzonti section, from 2008 to 2011. He was programming advisor of the Rome Film Festival the following two years.

Moretti was appointed by the French Society of Directors (Srf), which is headed by Celine Sciamma (“Girlhood”), Yann Gonzalez (“You and the Night”) and Rebecca Zlotowski (“Planetarium”).

“The Srf
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Ooh la la, Cantona. What's that in your pantalon?

Football's renaissance man describes latest venture Les rencontres d'après minuit as 'elegant and unique'

Eric Cantona had no problem dropping his trousers for his latest film in which arthouse meets soft porn, revealing an unfeasibly large appendage.

The footballer-turned-photographer-turned-actor is reincarnated as "the Stallion" in Les rencontres d'après minuit, described by one French critic as "a superb artistic orgy".

A trailer for the film, which will open in Britain in the autumn as You and the Night, shows the ex-Man United striker preparing to undress and reveal what we are reliably informed is a plastic prothesis. "I warn you, it's in sleep mode," he says in the film clip, with that familiar deadpan expression. So far, so smutty, but this is France; it's not crude or salacious, it's art, stupid.

Cantona, who says the film is "not foolishly voyeuristic, but elegant and unique", is certainly not talking dirty. "I read
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Listen: M83's "Ali & Mathias" From The Soundtrack For 'You And The Night' Plus Watch The Striking Trailer For The Film

Covering festivals far and wide throughout the year, we've become pretty adept at digging into the further reaches of various schedules. But we have to admit, for whatever reason, "You And The Night" ("Les Rencontres d'après minuit") escaped our notice when it played the Cannes Critics' Week this past spring. Which is a bit shameful considering none other than M83 scored the movie. But luckily, the artist himself has reminded his fans that he did more this year than just tune up Tom Cruise's space adventures in "Oblivion." Now, he's even dropped a track from the picture. Below, you can listen to "Ali & Mathias," from the Yann Gonzalez written and directed movie (yep, the helmer is the brother of Anthony Gonzalez aka M83) that tells the story of a young couple and their transvestite maid who prepare for an orgy with their guests The Slut, The Star, The Stud and The Teen.
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The critics' choice for Cannes

The Critics' Week selection (La Semaine de la Critique) has unveiled its selection for its 52 edition (16 to 24 May) at the Cannes Film Festival.

The Week will open with Suzanne, the second feature by Kateil Quillévéré, a young director who came to attention with her debut feature Poison Violent. According to Critics' Week director Charles Tesson, it is in the gritty tradition of Maurice Pialat.

The other French titles in the section are Nos Héros Son Morts Ce Soir, a black and white nod to the thrillers of the Fifties, and Les Rencontres D'Après Minuit by Yann Gonzalex which is said to recall the first films by Betrand Blier who made Buffet Froid. It stars Eric Cantona and Alain-Fabien Delon.

Paul Wright's Irish-set For Those In Peril represents the UK, a story of a shipwreck and the guilt of a survivor. From Italy comes Salvo by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza.
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