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‘Sweetheart’ Director Lisa Azuelos on Technology, Memory, the Importance of Family

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‘Sweetheart’ Director Lisa Azuelos on Technology, Memory, the Importance of Family
Paris — Lisa Azuelos’ tender drama “Sweetheart” follows single mom Heloise (Sandrine Kiberlaine) as she gets ready to bid adieu to her college age daughter, Jade (Thaïs Alessandrin).

Facing her soon-to-empty-nest with bittersweet apprehension, Heloise tries to capture every last moment on camera, with her trusty iPhone never too far from her side.

In that sense, the film, which is screening on Friday, January 18 as part of UniFrance’s Rendez Vous with French Cinema ahead of its domestic release on March 13, wrangles an appealing mix of text and subtext. Actress Alessandrin is Azuelos’ own daughter, and the director happily asserts that she made the film to work through her own feelings when confronted with a similar situation. Variety chatted to Azuelos in the run-up to the Rendez-Vous.

Sweetheart” is something of a companion piece to your 2008 film “Lol (Laughing Out Loud),” which was also about a mother-daughter relationship and explored the effects of new media.
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UniFrance Rendez-Vous Packed With French Comedies, Biopics, Docs

  • Variety
Kicking off on Jan. 17 with the world premiere of Philippe de Chauveron’s “Serial Bad Weddings 2,” the 21st edition of the UniFrance Rendez-Vous in Paris will showcase a flurry of French comedies, biopics and a raft of documentaries.

The Rendez-Vous in Paris, organized by the promotion org UniFrance, will take place over five days and will bring together 481 buyers from 56 countries, as well as 45 French sales companies.

Besides “Serial Bad Weddings 2,” the sequel of the smash hit film which grossed over $148 million, the anticipated comedy highlights set to have their market premieres at the Rendez-Vous include Hugo Gelin’s “Love at Second Sight,” Philippe Lacheau’s “City Hunter,” Eric Lavaine’s “No Filter,” Lisa Azuelos’s “Sweetheart,” Louis-Julien Petit’s “Invisibles” and Bertrand Blier’s “Heavy Duty.”

Sold by Studiocanal, “Love at Second Sight” is a romantic comedy which marks Gelin’s follow-up to the Omar Sy starrer “Two is a Family.
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Sliff 2017 Review-dalida

Dalida screens as part of the 26th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival On Saturday, November 4 at 9:30 Pm at Landmark’s Plaza Frontenac Cinemas. Click Here for ticket information. It screens again at the same venue on Sunday, November 5 at 2:30 Pm. Click Here for ticket information

We in the states have enjoyed biographies since the start of cinema, particularly those focusing in on popular stars. And of the show-biz bios, those of singers seem to attract film goers. In the late 1940’s Larry Parks was a sensation in The Jolson Story, so much so that he stepped in for Al in a sequel Jolson Sings Again. In more recent years Bobby Darrin’s life inspired Beyond The Sea and Jamie Foxx nabbed an Oscar as Mr. Charles in Ray. Surely this same genre has been done in other countries, say…France. Just 10 years ago Marion Cotillard snagged
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21st Colcoa French Film Festival Adds Vr and Web Series Categories, Unveils Full Expanded Festival Slate

21st Colcoa French Film Festival Adds Vr and Web Series Categories, Unveils Full Expanded Festival Slate
Colcoa is keeping up with the times. Now in its twenty-first year, the lauded French film festival, sponsored by the Franco-American Cultural Fund, has added a pair of forward-thinking new categories for its newest edition. This year will include a virtual reality program and a web series competition, in addition to its Cinema, Television and Shorts competitions.

“These two new popular formats offer more opportunities to showcase the creativity of French producers and filmmakers as well as the diversity of French production,” said François Truffart, Colcoa Executive Producer and Artistic Director. “While entertainment is still the key word for the program, with a balanced mix of comedies and dramas, several topical issues will cover the program this year, including the environment, discrimination, racism, terrorism, and the role of the artist in society. More than ever, Colcoa will offer a unique opportunity to see these universal topics from different angles.”

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Colcoa brass unveil full festival line-up

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Colcoa brass unveil full festival line-up
Event backed by Franco-American Cultural Fund to showcase Vr, web series for first time.

Thirty-four features and documentaries will compete for the Colcoa Cinema Awards as part of the 21st Colcoa French Film Festival that runs from April 24-May 2 in Hollywood.

The competition kicks off on April 24 with the North American premiere of Claude Lelouch’s Everyone’s Life and ends on May 2 with the North American premiere of Eric Lavaine’s new rom-com You Choose starring Alexandra Lamy.

The line-up includes Marco Bellocchio’s Sweet Dreams, Stephane Brizet’s A Woman’s Life (pictured), Bruno Dumont’s Slack Bay, Lisa Azuelos’s Dalida, and Marie-Camille Mansion-Chaar’s Heaven Will Wait.

The event will showcase a record 82 films, television series and web series, 70 of which will compete for the Colcoa Awards.

The festival includes the After 10 Series, Colcoa Classics, Colcoa.Doc World Cinema Produced by France, Focus On A Filmmaker dedicated to Brizé, Film Noir Series
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Efm: Alma Cinema boards Milad Alami's 'The Charmer'

Efm: Alma Cinema boards Milad Alami's 'The Charmer'
Exclusive: Company also due to launch sales on Nicloux’s To The Ends Of The Earth and Roland Møller-starrer A Bluebird In My Heart.

Paris-based Alma Cinema has boarded sales on Swedish-Iranian director Milad Alami’s debut Copenhagen-set feature The Charmer about a young Iranian man desperately searching for a local woman who will help him stay in Denmark.

Ardalan Esmaili stars in the intense psychological drama as the protagonist who finds love with one woman but also falls foul of a man whose wife he has also attempted to woo.

It marks Alami’s first feature after a series of award-winning shorts including Nothing Can Touch Me and Void, which played in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 2014 as a part of the Nordic Factory initiative.

“It’s a really touching film. The director is absolutely extraordinary. I think he’s got what it takes to be a new Joachim Trier or Michaël R. Roskam,” said Alma Cinema
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Efm: Alma Cinema boards Milad Alami's identity drama 'The Charmer'

Efm: Alma Cinema boards Milad Alami's identity drama 'The Charmer'
Exclusive: Company also due to launch sales on Guillaume Nicloux’s To The Ends Of The Earth and Roland Møller-starrer A Bluebird In My Heart.

Paris-based Alma Cinema has boarded sales on Swedish-Iranian director Milad Alami’s debut Copenhagen-set feature The Charmer about a young Iranian man desperately searching for a local woman who will help him stay in Denmark.

Ardalan Esmaili stars in the intense psychological drama as the protagonist who finds love with one woman but also falls foul of a man whose wife he has also attempted to woo.

It marks Alami’s first feature after a series of award-winning shorts including Nothing Can Touch Me and Void, which played in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 2014 as a part of the Nordic Factory initiative.

The Charmer

“It’s a really touching film. The director is absolutely extraordinary. I think he’s got what it takes to be a new Joachim Trier,” said Alma Cinema
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Keanu Reeves Returns To The Continental In This First Clip From John Wick: Chapter 2

"How good to see you again so soon, Mr. Wick." In less than a month, Baba Yaga returns and fans worldwide will get to bear witness as he heads to Rome to unleash his wrath on the world's finest assassins. Keanu Reeves returns as the legendary Wick with a deadly supporting cast that includes Common (Suicide Squad), Laurence Fishburne (Passengers), Riccardo Scamarcio (Dalida), Ruby Rose (xXx: The Return of Xander Cage), John Leguizamo (The Infiltrator), Ian McShane (American Gods), and Lance Reddick (Bosch), amongst others. Check out the first clip below, featuring Wick returning to The Continental where he has a quick chat with Reddick's Charon before making a request to see the manager, played by McShane.   Legendary hitman John Wick is forced back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins' guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John
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Dalida opens French film jamboree by Richard Mowe - 2017-01-13 10:07:44

Superstar French singer Dalida played by lookalike Italian model turned actress Sveva Alviti Photo: Luc Roux

French cinema seems obsessed with making films about legendary singers from Edith Piaf (La Vie En Rose) and Serge Gainsbourg to Claude François (My Way or Clo-Clo as it was known in France).

Director Lisa Azuelos presents Dalida for the opening of the 19th Rendez-vous with French Cinema watched by Unifrance’s Isabelle Giordano Photo: Richard Mowe The latest recipient for the treatment is Dalida, an Italian-French singer who had a traumatic childhood in Egypt before she turned entertainer, selling more than 170 million records before her suicide in 1987. Her life veered between adulation and depression, complicated romantic entanglements, and her inability to have children after an abortion.

The film has just opened on French screens and was shown last night (January 12) to buyers attending the 19th Unifrance Rendez-vous with French Cinema, which showcases new
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