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'My Son' ('Mon garcon'): Film Review

'My Son' ('Mon garcon'): Film Review
When a father’s little boy disappears in the snowy woods of eastern France, he embarks on a nail-biting crusade to get him back before it’s too late. Seen this one before?

From Taken to Prisoners to the recent Kidnap, there's been no shortage of movies depicting parents going out on a limb to save their children from imminent doom. And while My Son (Mon Garcon), which marks the latest collaboration between Joyeux Noel director Christian Carion and star Guillaume Canet, hardly deviates from formula, it’s got a nervously eerie feel to it that’s grounded in Canet’s gripping turn as a...
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Cohen Media Group acquires 'My Son'

  • ScreenDaily
Wild Bunch screens Christian Carion’s latest film in Cannes.

Cohen Media Group has acquired North American rights to the thriller My Son (Mon Garcon) starring Guillaume Canet and Melanie Laurent.

Christian Carion directs the recently completed film that Wild Bunch is screening in Cannes.

My Son centres on a husband and wife who are growing apart as the man receives a message from his distraught ex-wife during a stop-over in France.

When she says their son has gone missing, the man begins a search and will stop at nothing to get him back.

Carion directed French Oscar nominee Joyeux Noel and Farewell (L’affaire Farewell) and most recently Come What May, which Cohen Media Group distributed last autumn.

“Following our success with Come What May we are delighted to continue our close relationship with Christian Carion,” Cohen Media Group chairman and CEO Charles Cohen said.

“I’m really happy to work again with Cohen’s crew
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Cohen Media Lands Na Rights On Christian Carion’s ‘My Son’

Cohen Media Group CEO Charles S. Cohen closed North American distribution rights to My Son, the Christian Carion (Joyeux Noel)-written/directed French thriller that stars Guillaume Canet (Tell No One) and Melanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds). The film, which will screen at Cannes, focuses on a husband and wife as they face the crisis of their lives. Julien (Canet) travels constantly for work, and his perpetual absence from home has wrecked his marriage. During a…
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Europe Is King in Best Foreign-Language Film Category — How Does the Rest of the World Stack Up?

  • Scott Feinberg
By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

The greatest thing about the best foreign-language film category is the recognition of works from all around the world. Throughout the years, movies made outside the United States of America have gotten the recognition they deserve thanks to the implementation of this specific award. With the 2017 Oscars right around the corner, let’s take a look back at the distribution of nominations and wins across the seven continents that make up this big world we inhabit.

This year’s best foreign-language film contenders are: Toni Erdmann (Germany), The Salesman (Iran), Land of Mine (Denmark), A Man Called Ove (Sweden), Paradise (Russia), The King’s Choice (Norway), My Life as a Zucchini (Switzerland), It’s Only the End of the World (Canada), and Tanna (Australia). This site’s namesake, The Hollywood’s Scott Feinberg, lists the first five of those as frontrunners and the other four as major threats.
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New Jean-Luc Godard, Omar Sy films on 2017 Wild Bunch slate

Exclusive: Paris-based company reshuffles sales team as Carole Baraton steps down as head of sales.

Wild Bunch will launch sales on new films by Jean-Luc Godard, Christian Carion, Michel Ocelot, Raymond Depardon as well as a feel-good, Senegal-set drama starring Omar Sy at Unifrance’s upcoming Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris (Jan 12-16).

The event will also mark the first outing for the company’s reconfigured sales team following Carole Baraton’s decision to step down as head of sales to set-up her own company.

Baraton’s long-time territories the Us, France and the UK will be carved up between the sales team, now consisting of Silvia Simonutti, Emilie Serres, Olivier Barbier, recent hire Fanny Beauville and Esther Devos for festivals.

Notably, Beauville will co-handle Canada and the Us in partnership with La’s Creative Artist Agency (CAA), working closely with the agency’s film finance and sales group co-chief Roeg Sutherland and his team.

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Come What May – Review

In an unusual take on the World War II movie, French director Christian Carion focuses on a group of French villagers attempting to flee on the eve of the German invasion, in Come What May. Carion directed Joyeux Noel, the crowd-pleasing film about the real World War I Christmas Truce, when some soldiers on both sides called a one-day unofficial truce. Carion’s new film, in French with some German and English and with subtitles,centers on a group of people whose stories are drawn from those of real civilian refugees. It is a well-made historical film with a talented international cast, fine period detail and filmed in lovely rural locations but the story leans towards the sentimental and conventional.

Carion co-wrote the film, which opens (and closes) with photos of real French refugees and a few words about their struggles, plus a dedication to the director’s mother, who
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The Weekend Warrior 9/9/16: Sully, When the Bough Breaks, The Wild Life

  • LRM Online
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

This Past Weekend:

As expected, Labor Day weekend wasn’t good for the two new wide releases at all, although the romantic drama The Light Between Oceans (DreamWorks), starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander, ended up doing far better of the two. Also as expected, Fede Alvarez’s Don’t Breathe (Screen Gems) won the weekend with a four-day total of $19.7 million, a little less than I predicted. The Light Between Oceans ended up with slightly over $6 million, roughly the same as my original prediction but 20th Century Fox’s thriller Morgan, starring Kate Mara, bomb-bomb-bombed with a ridiculously bad four-day opening of just $2.5 million in its first four days. The Mexican comedy No Manches Frida (Lionsgate/Pantelion) ended up faring better in just 362 theaters,
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Niney, Exarchopoulos, Haenel, Kateb Headline UniFrance Rendez-Vous

Paris – “Five,” featuring Pierre Niney, “Boss’s Daughter,” a Wild Bunch market premiere, and “Irreplaceable,” on Le Pacte’s books, will all screen at the 18th UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the biggest national film market in the world.

Other potential highlights, of new films screening, take in Indie Sales’ “Dofus – Book 1: Julith,” Bac’s “The Great Game,” Films Distribution’s “Good Luck Sam,” a EuropaCorp drama, “Stop Me Here,” Elle Driver’s “Jailbirds,” Pathe’s “Come What May” and The Other Angle’s “The Roommates Party.”

Running Jan. 14-18 in Paris, the Rendez-Vous will also highlight the state and direction of France’s movie export industry, the biggest in the world after the U.S. in its sales agents numbers and, with the U.K. –depending on the definition of what constitutes a U.K. film – in theatrical gross and companies revenues.

Putting this into perspective, the French and U.
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Nyfcc Awards Have Boosted Academy Award Chances for 'Carol,' Stewart and 'Saul'

New York Film Critics Awards: Best Film winner 'Carol' with Cate Blanchett. 2015 New York Film Critics Awards have enlivened Oscar race Catching up with previously announced awards season winners that will likely influence the 2016 Oscar nominations. Early this month, the New York Film Critics Circle announced their Best of 2015 picks, somewhat unexpectedly boosting the chances of Todd Haynes' lesbian romantic drama Carol, Clouds of Sils Maria actress Kristen Stewart, and László Nemes' Holocaust drama Son of Saul. Below is a brief commentary about each of these Nyfcc choices. 'Carol' Directed by Todd Haynes, starring two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett (The Aviator, Blue Jasmine) and Oscar nominee Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), and adapted by Phyllis Nagy from Patricia Highsmith's 1952 novel The Price of Salt,[1] Carol won a total of four New York Film Critics awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay,
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Mexican Oscar-Winning Filmmaker to Head Top Venice Jury: 3D Disaster Thriller to Open Fest

'Everest' 2015, with Jake Gyllenhaal at the Venice Film Festival. What global warming? Venice Film Festival 2015 jury: Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón president The 2015 Venice Film Festival, to be held Sept. 2–12, has announced the members of its three main juries: Venezia 72, Horizons, and the Luigi De Laurentiis Award for Best Debut Film. In case you're wondering, “Why Venezia 72”? Well, the simple answer is that this is the 72nd edition of the festival. Looking at the lists below, you'll notice that, as usual, Europeans dominate the award juries. The only two countries from the Americas represented are the U.S. and Mexico, and here and there you'll find a sprinkling of Asian film talent. Golden Lion jury The Golden Lion – Venezia 72 Competition – jury is comprised by the following: Jury President Alfonso Cuarón, the first Mexican national to take home the Best Director Academy Award (for the Sandra Bullock-George Clooney
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The Geographic Setup of the Oscar’s Foreign-Language Category in the 21st Century

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

The nine foreign-language films shortlisted by the Academy hail from three continents: South America, Europe and Africa. From South America, Argentina’s Wild Tales and Venezuela’s The Liberator made the list. From Africa, Mauritania’s Timbuktu did as well. From Europe, Estonia’s Tangerines, Georgia’s Corn Island, the Netherlands’ Accused, Poland’s Ida, Russia’s Leviathan and Sweden’s Force Majeure all made the top nine.

This year could mark the first Oscar nomination for Estonia, Georgia, Mauritania (whose film was the country’s first Oscar-submitted film) and Venezuela. Argentina, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden have each received two Oscar nominations in the past 14 years. Of those four countries, Argentina is the only one to win an Oscar, which it did in 2010 for The Secret in Their Eyes. If Russia lands a nomination, it will be the country’s second in the 21st century.
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Casting Net: Dwayne Johnson in early talks for 'The Janson Directive,' more

Casting Net: Dwayne Johnson in early talks for 'The Janson Directive,' more
Dwayne Johnson (Fast & Furious 6) is in early talks to star in the Robert Ludlum adaptation The Janson Directive for Universal. The book, published after Ludlum’s death, follows an ex-Navy Seal who is forced on the run when a rescue mission goes bad. There is no writer or director attached at this early stage, but according to the report, it could be a potential franchise. [THR]

Pitch Perfect 2 has added a cappella group The Filharmonic to its ever-growing ensemble cast. The six-member group recently appeared on The Sing-Off. [THR]

Kate Lyn Sheil (House of Cards) will star opposite Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult in Equals,
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‘The Americans’ Matthew Rhys Enlists For World War II Duty In ‘Darling Buds of May’

‘The Americans’ Matthew Rhys Enlists For World War II Duty In ‘Darling Buds of May’
Exclusive: Having battled the United States as a Soviet sleeper spy on FX’s The Americans, Matthew Rhys has signed up for World War II in the independent feature Darling Buds of May. Directed by Christian Carion, whose 2005 World War I film Joyeux Noel was Oscar nominated for best foreign film, Buds follows Rhys as a stranded British army officer who teams up with a German fugitive to find his son in Nazi-occupied France. Rhys is repped by Management 360 and Wme stateside and United Agents in the United Kingdom. He’ll be returning for the third season of The Americans which begins filming this fall.
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Join our live chat with Diane Kruger ('The Bridge') this Thursday

Join our live chat with Diane Kruger ('The Bridge') this Thursday
On Thursday, we'll talk with Diane Kruger about her role as Texas detective Sonya Cross in the FX drama "The Bridge," which returns for its second season on July 9. Join us for our live chat on May 29, at 12:15pm Pt/3:15pm Et on Gold Derby's home page. -Break- Here's an exclusive sneak peek at the FX 2014 Emmy campaign Kruger's Detective Cross is unique among TV cops: she suffers from Asperger syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder that makes it difficult for her to relate to others, particularly Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir), a Mexican detective with whom she partners to solve a series of murders on both sides of the border. Until now, the German-born Kruger has worked mostly on the big screen, in films including "Troy," "National Treasure," and the Oscar-nominated French drama "Joyeux Noel," but she is probably best known as Bridget von Hammersmark in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourio.
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films to stream for the festive season (Us)

What’s festive and what’s available to stream on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.

available on Prime

Blackadder’s Christmas Carol: anyone with an ounce of sentiment will be thoroughly appalled by this gleeful, entirely mean-spirited savaging of Dickens; a welcome dose of cynicism in the sugarplum season [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Joyeux Noël: devastating film about the “Christmas truce” of 1914 that saw French, British, and German soldiers leave their trenches to celebrate the holiday togther [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Santa Claus Conquers the Martians: cheesy 60s sci-fi adventure is so bad it’s must-see [at Amazon Instant Video] Scrooged: a witty satire on television, with Bill Murray exuded his usual combination of smarm, insouciance, and demented charm as an 80s greed-is-good Scrooge [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

for the whole family

A Christmas Story: middle-American 1940s nostalgia is a big pile of wonderful [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Home Alone: kiddie slapstick at its finest as little Macaulay Culkin battles Christmas burglars [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Miracle on 34th Street
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films to stream for the festive season (UK)

What’s festive and available to stream on Netflix and blinkbox.

grownups only

Blackadder’s Christmas Carol: anyone with an ounce of sentiment will be thoroughly appalled by this gleeful, entirely mean-spirited savaging of Dickens; a welcome dose of cynicism in the sugarplum season [my review] [at Netflix] The Fitzgerald Family Christmas: bittersweet, down-to-earth drama about the familial upheaval that the supposedly happy holidays bring; a gem from filmmaker Ed Burns [my review] [at Netflix] Scrooged: a witty satire on television, with Bill Murray exuded his usual combination of smarm, insouciance, and demented charm as an 80s greed-is-good Scrooge [my review] [at Netflix]

grownups only

Bad Santa: Billy Bob Thornton is a bitter, drunken, misanthropic, sex-addicted department-store Santa/thief in the meanest, curmudgeonliest, blackest holiday movie ever [my review] [at blinkbox] Die Hard: the 80s classic created the genre of the action comedy, and still has not been topped; its Christmas setting is a wicked bonus joke [at blinkbox] Edward Scissorhands: where does snow come from?
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Graham McTavish and Gary Lewis Join Cast of Outlander TV Series

In case you’re out of the loop (and if you’re a fan of the Outlander series, I’m rather certain that you aren’t), Starz is bringing you an Outlander TV series in 2014, and you now have a couple more names to add to your list.

Graham McTavish will be playing Dougal MacKenzie, and Gary Lewis is Colum MacKenzie.

It’s alt-fiction, time travel, bodice-ripping, Scottish warfare… ok, actually, I barely know what it is. But, I know Diana Gabaldon’s series is massively popular, and we have another cable network hoping to spin a series into the next thing everyone has to talk about. The cast seems to be shaping up nicely.

Starz in association with Sony Pictures Television has announced today that Graham McTavish (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, “24”) will play Dougal MacKenzie and Gary Lewis (Billy Elliot, Gangs of New York) will play Colum MacKenzie
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CW’s ‘Reign’ Finds Its Male Lead, ‘Company Town’ Adds Co-Stars

  • Deadline TV
British actor Toby Regbo has been cast as the male lead opposite Adelaide Kane in the CW pilot Reign. Additionally, he has landed the lead in the indie Burden. Reign, from CBS TV Studios, chronicles the rise to power of Mary Queen of Scots (Kane) when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis (Regbo), and with her three best friends as ladies-in-waiting. It details the secret history of survival at French Court amidst fierce foes, dark forces, and a world of sexual intrigue. Prince Francis is thoughtful and very nervous about inheriting his throne. He doesn’t know if an arranged marriage is what is best for him, and is having an affair. Brad Silberling is directing the pilot from a script by Stephanie Sengupta and Laurie McCarthy. Based on the novel by Tony Walters, Burden follows young Peedie Burden (Regbo) who’s full of guilt
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Joyeux Noel – The DVD Review

Review by Sam Moffitt

Christmas always brings lists. Lists of gifts to buy, cards to mail, lists of things accomplished during the year past and resolutions for the coming New Year. And, always, lists of everybody’s favorite Christmas movies. Some are so very well known; It’s a Wonderful Life, several versions of A Christmas Carol, (The version with Alistair Sim is my favorite) Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Story (24 hours of it every year on TBS!) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, one of the newer ones that I enjoy, Bad Santa. Classics each and every one, and then bad one’s like Christmas with the Kranks.

But here’s a more recent film about Christmas that deserves to be more well known and ought to be revisited every year. Joyeux Noel (French for Merry Christmas) was directed by Christian Carion and released in 2005. It recieved got no
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TV highlights 20/12/2012

  • The Guardian - TV News
Young Apprentice | George Clarke's Amazing Spaces at Christmas | Adam Hills Stand Up Live | Michael Grade's History Of The Pantomime Dame | Playhouse Presents: A Young Doctor's Notebook | Southland | Joyeux Noel | Dog Soldiers

Young Apprentice

8pm, BBC1

They came, they invented the word "strexy", and they annoyed the hell out of each other like a bunch of siblings forced to share a room. But now the small candidates in oversized 80s power suits face their final challenge of Suralan's school project, which will leave one of them £25,000 richer. Although extreme self-interest prevents any of this lot from working properly as a team, the final four must compete to create a sportswear brand and decide on a name, logo and viral video. There'll be tears before bedtime once they get in that boardroom. Hannah Verdier

George Clarke's Amazing Spaces at Christmas

8pm, Channel 4

Channel 4's perky geordie
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