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Back to school for a class act by Richard Mowe

Actress Sara Forestier and director Hélène Angel on the set of Elementary Photo: Unifrance The French, without wishing to sound chauvinistic, hold their education system in high regard. Cinema has reflected that interest in films from Jean Vigo’s Zero de Conduite in 1933, through the gentle documentary about life in a country infant school Etre et Avoir (2002) by Nicolas Phlibert to Laurent Cantet’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner The Class (2008), set in a raw inner city school. And let’s not forget Abdellatif Kechiche’s L’Esquive (2003), Louis Malle’s 1987 Au Revoir Les Enfants, Julie Bertuccelli’s School of Babel (2013), and Christophe Barratier’s 2004 The Chorus.

Joining the throng is director Hélène Angel with Elementary (Primaire) in which Sara Forestier plays a primary school teacher who has no time for a personal life and lives in an apartment in the grounds with her ten-year-old son.

Angel says: “Education is
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Carlo Varini dies at 67

Carlo Varini dies at 67
Director worked on more than 80 pictures in prolific career.

Swiss-born cinematographer Carlo Varini, best known for The Chorus, The Big Blue and Subway, has died in a house fire.

The 67-year-old cinematographer, who shot more than 80 pictures throughout his career, started out as a calibrator at the Schwarz-Film laboratory in Berne.

After cinema studies at the Zurich University of Arts he became a news cameraman, moving into fiction as the assistant cameraman of celebrated Italian cinematographer Renato Berta.

He branched out on his own in the early 1980s to work with Luc Besson on his early features The Last Combat, Subway and The Big Blue. He was nominated for a Cesar for the latter two.

More recently, he gained recognition for his work on Christophe Barratier’s The Choir for which he was nominated for Camerimage’s Golden Frog alongside Dominique Gentil.

He was due to work on Canadian director Francesco Lucente’s upcoming feature Starbright.

According
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DVD Release: War of the Buttons (2011)

DVD Release Date: Sept. 17, 2013

Price: DVD $24.98

Studio: Anchor Bay/The Weinstein Company

A battle royale is brewing in War of the Buttons.

Based on Louis Pergaud’s best-selling 1912 novel, La Guerre des boutons, the French family adventure film War of the Buttons stars actor/filmmaker Guillaume Canet (Love Me If You Dare), Laetitia Casta (Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life), Kad Merad (Welcome to the Sticks) and newcomers Jean Texler and Ilona Bachelier.

Set in France during World War II, War of the Buttons tells the tale of two rival groups of kids from neighboring villages. Pre-teen rebel Lebrac (Texier) leads a spirited group of kids in a pint-sized “war” where the victory comes from capturing the enemies’ buttons, belts, and laces – forcing them to return home ragged to face their mothers’ reprimand. When Violette (Bachelier), a young Jewish girl, comes to town to hide from the Nazis, Lebrac befriends her and
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Film Review: Easy Metaphors for WWII in ‘War of the Buttons’

Chicago – World War II, also known as “The Good War,” had more than its share of darkness and sorrow. As the conflict winds down for a French town in the new film “War of the Buttons,” young love and rival town kid gangs create metaphors for the context of the war in its time and place.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

This is a sweet movie, more than a bit twee, but containing a sentiment that is life affirming, even up to its “The Sound of Music” type ending. The child and teen actors actually carry the film, which is the third remake of the novel “La Guerre des boutons” by anti-war French writer Louis Pergaud. This also contains metaphors for war and its futilities, as exemplified by the rival kid gangs in the French townships. It also throws in a youthful romance, between a tough kid leader and a Anne Frank-like Jewish girl hiding in the town.
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War of the Buttons

Transplanted to 1944 Nazi-occupied France, Louis Pergaud’s 1912 Lord of the Flies-esque novel about a play war between the boys of two neighboring villages takes on metaphoric significance in this adaptation helmed by The ChorusChristophe Barratier. Classically styled with a sweeping score, dramatic crane shots and golden hues, War of the Buttons is adorable but sentimental, an earnest whitewash of a painful period during World War II....
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War of the Buttons | Review

Life During Wartime: Barratier Schmaltifies Nazi Occupied France

France has made a considerable move to reclaim her literature, as not one but two French productions of Louis Pergaud’s 1912 novel, War of the Buttons, have been released this year. This brings the total number of filmed adaptations of the celebrated novel to five, with two original French versions (in 1937 and 1962), and the better known 1994 UK version from John Roberts previously standing as the definitive English speaking film version. However, thus far, the Us will only be privy to one of the new additions, that directed by Christophe Barratier, the man whose directorial debut, 2004’s The Chorus was nominated for Best Foreign film in Americaland (the other, from Yann Samuell, whose 2003 debut, the much celebrated Love Me If You Dare top lines Guillaume Canet, used in Barratier’s ensemble here, but has yet to receive distribution in the Us market
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War of the Buttons Movie Review

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War of the Buttons Movie Review
Title: War Of The Buttons (La nouvelle guerre des boutons) The Weinstein Company Director: Christophe Barratier Screenwriter: Christophe Barratier, Stephane Keller, Thomas Langmann, Philippe Lopes Curval, from Louis Pergaud’s novel Cast: Guillaume Canet, Laetitia Casta, Jean Texier, Ilona Bachelier Screened at: Dolby24, NYC, 10/8/12 Opens: October 12, 2012 When I was a kid during World War II we used to play a game called “Gestapo.” The complex rules were as follows: one six-year-old would take the title role while another of the same age would be his prisoner. The Gestapo would say, “Where were you when police headquarters got bombed?” The prisoner retorted: “I was at home listening to the [ Read More ]

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Brand New Trailer And Poster For ‘War Of The Buttons’ (Beware: Photoshop Overload)

Are you in the mood for some fluffy, light-hearted-but-also-serious French cinema? Well today is your day! Here is the new trailer and poster for the upcoming war drama War Of The Buttons, directed by Christophe Barratier (The Chorus).

Set during World War II, we focus on a small French village which houses two rival kid-gangs. However, when a pretty, young Jewish girl comes to stay, the rivals find it within themselves to settle their differences to defend their new friend. Starring newcomers Ilona Bachelier and Jean Texier as the young Violette and Lebrac (and Laetitia Casta and Guillaume Canet as the older couple) this bright, buoyant film seems to be a re-telling of the 1962 and 1994 versions, based around the same story.

Although I’m not a huge fan of this (or the cheesy, in-your-face poster), the 2012 version has been co-written and produced by Thomas Langmann, who received the 2012 Academy Award
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Exclusive: The Poster for War of the Buttons

Following the new trailer , ComingSoon.net has your exclusive first look at the poster for War of the Buttons , which The Weinstein Company will release in theaters on July 18. Set in occupied WWII France, the film tells the tale of pre-teen rebel Lebrac (newcomer Jean Texier) and the "war" he leads between two rival kid gangs from neighboring villages. Once Lebrac falls for Violette (Ilona Bachelier), a young Jewish girl who is new in town and in danger of being exposed by the Nazis, the children are faced with putting their own conflicts aside to protect her and confront the very real war happening around them. Directed by Academy Award nominee Christophe Barratier ( Les Chorus ), War of the Buttons features model/actress Laetitia Casta ( Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life...
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War Of The Buttons Trailer

Some stories manage to live on to be told again another day, even if they live somewhat on the fringes. War of the Buttons is the fourth film based on the novel by Louis Pergaud, and this time we add some interesting pedigree, and 100% more Nazis over the last time we took a trip with the warring youths.

Directed by Christophe Barratier (of the brilliant Les Chorus), and starring Laetitia Casta and Guillaume Canet, the story that surrounds the “war” among children, and their penchant for trophy acquisition, has a much more serious focus if the trailer can be believed.

The film hits select theaters on July 18th, and this looks to be one that you want to try and catch if it makes its way to you.

Set in occupied WWII France, War of the Buttons tells the tale of pre-teen rebel Lebrac (newcomer Jean Texier) and the “war
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War Of Buttons Official Trailer

Check out the official trailer for The Weinstein Company’s War Of Buttons. Set in occupied WWII France, the film shares the moving story of two rival kid gangs from neighboring villages who are forced to put their own conflicts aside to confront the very real war happening around them.

War of the Buttons tells the tale of pre-teen rebel Lebrac (newcomer Jean Texier) and the “war” he leads between two rival kid gangs from neighboring villages. Once Lebrac falls for Violette (Ilona Bachelier), a young Jewish girl who is new in town and in danger of being exposed by the Nazis, the children are faced with putting their own conflicts aside to protect her and confront the very real war happening around them.

Directed by Academy Award® nominee Christophe Barratier (Les Chorus) War of the Buttons features model/actress Laetitia Casta (Gainsbourg: Heroic Life, Arbitrage), actor/filmmaker Guillaume Canet (Farewell,
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Laetitia Casta leads the 'War of the Buttons' in new trailer for French WWII drama

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Laetitia Casta leads the 'War of the Buttons' in new trailer for French WWII drama
Laetitia Casta, Guillaume Canet ("Tell No One") and a group of young'uns face down the German army in the upcoming WWII drama "War of the Buttons." The Weinstein Company just released brand new trailer (above) for the film from Christophe Barratier, the director of the Oscar-nominated "The Chorus" (2004). In Nazi-occupied France, two rival gangs of kids from neighboring villages wage a pretend war on one another while their own country is torn asunder by a real war right outside their doorstep. It's based on a 1912 French novel by Louis Pergaud that has been adapted for the big screen several times...
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War of the Buttons Trailer

War of the Buttons Trailer
The Weinstein Company has released the first trailer for War of the Buttons, arriving in theaters July 18. Jean Texier stars as young Lebrac, a French boy who falls for a Jewish girl in Nazi-occupied France during World War II. Take a look at this period drama.

War Of The Buttons - Trailer

Set in occupied WWII France, War of the Buttons tells the tale of pre-teen rebel Lebrac (newcomer Jean Texier) and the "war" he leads between two rival kid gangs from neighboring villages. Once Lebrac falls for Violette (Ilona Bachelier), a young Jewish girl who is new in town and in danger of being exposed by the Nazis, the children are faced with putting their own conflicts aside to protect her and confront the very real war happening around them. Directed by Academy Award nominee Christophe Barratier (The Chorus) War of the Buttons features model/actress Laetitia Casta (Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life,
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Watch: Official Trailer for French WWII Charmer 'War of the Buttons'

"They would fight for each other... like never before." The Weinstein Company has unveiled an official Us trailer today for the French WWII drama War of the Buttons, kind of a family adventure about two rival gangs of kids in two French villages. The cast features a few names you may recognize, including Laetitia Casta, Guillaume Canet and Kad Merad, but is mostly made up of newcomers and young locals. That said, this looks quite fun, to be honest, some good French cinema. It almost reminds me of Son of Rambow, but the voiceover and music they chose hams it up and makes it play a little too uplifting. Watch anyway! Here's the official Us trailer for Christophe Barratier's War of the Buttons, in high def from Apple: Set in occupied WWII France, War of the Buttons tells the tale of pre-teen rebel Lebrac (newcomer Jean Texier) and the
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Weekly Release Date Change Summary - Thor 2, Lone Ranger, War Of The Buttons and more

Summarizing the weekly release date changes, let's start with the two biggest ones. First up, Disney and Marvel's "Thor 2" moved from November 15th, up by one week to November 8, 2013, under the helm of Alan Taylor. Chris Hemsworth reprises his role as the God of Thunder, as does Tom Hiddleston as Loki, and others including Natalie Portman, Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgard, Ray Stevenson, Jamie Alexander, Josh Dallas and Tadanobu Asano. Also changing dates from Disney is Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer and Helena Bonham Carter starrer "The Lone Ranger" which now opens on July 3, 2013 as opposed to May 31st, a bummer for fans who will have to wait another month and a half for the Gore Verbinski film. Weinstein Co gives a first release date of July 18th this year in limited venues to their French film "War of the Buttons" *(a.k.a. " La nouvelle guerre des boutons
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Weekly Release Date Change Summary - Thor 2, Lone Ranger, War Of The Buttons and more

Summarizing the weekly release date changes, let's start with the two biggest ones. First up, Disney and Marvel's "Thor 2" moved from November 15th, up by one week to November 8, 2013, under the helm of Alan Taylor. Chris Hemsworth reprises his role as the God of Thunder, as does Tom Hiddleston as Loki, and others including Natalie Portman, Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgard, Ray Stevenson, Jamie Alexander, Josh Dallas and Tadanobu Asano. Also changing dates from Disney is Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer and Helena Bonham Carter starrer "The Lone Ranger" which now opens on July 3, 2013 as opposed to May 31st, a bummer for fans who will have to wait another month and a half for the Gore Verbinski film. Weinstein Co gives a first release date of July 18th this year in limited venues to their French film "War of the Buttons" *(a.k.a. " La nouvelle guerre des boutons
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The 2012 Seattle Film Festival Line-Up is the Best I've Seen in Years

I can't remember a time I went to the Seattle International Film Festival (Siff) press launch and looked over the list of films and saw so many I was interested in seeing. The claim to fame for over the years is to call it the largest and most-highly attended festival in the United States. This is a fact I've often taken issue with as I don't equate quantity with quality. Granted, there has been a large number of quality features to play the fest over the years, including Golden Space Needle (Best Film) winners such as Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985), My Life as a Dog (1987), Trainspotting (1996), Run Lola Run (1999), Whale Rider (2003) and even recent Best Director winner, Michel Hazanavicius's Oss 117: Nest of Spies in 2006. That said, looking over this year's crop of films I see a lot of films I will be doing my absolute best to see.
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Harvey Weinstein Legion of Honor

Penelope Ann Miller, The Artist As mentioned in my previous post, French president Nicolas Sarkozy has named Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company (TWC), a recipient of the 2012 Légion d'Honneur, or Legion of Honor. The honor is "in recognition of Weinstein’s contributions to cinema and his decades of work producing some of the most highly regarded films of our time," according to a TWC press release. Weinstein will be inducted with the rank of Chevalier. Although Sarkozy himself nominated Weinstein back in late July 2011, the nomination was made public only today, five days after the Weinstein Company-distributed The Artist, a French production directed by Michel Hazanavicius, won five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor (Jean Dujardin). As per the TWC press release, Weinstein had requested that the honor be kept private until now "to avoid any conflict of interest" with his company's Academy Award campaign for The Artist.
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Michel Hazanavicius, Thomas Langmann, Bérénice Bejo Photo: Golden Globes

Michel Hazanavicius, Thomas Langmann, Bérénice Bejo Accepting the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical for The Artist is Thomas Langmann at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA on Sunday, January 15, 2012. Standing behind Langmann are The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius and one of the film's stars, Hazanavicius' wife Bérénice Bejo. The Artist's competitors in the Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical category were Jonathan Levine's 50/50, with Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt; Paul Feig's Bridesmaids, with Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, and Melissa McCarthy; Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, with Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, and Marion Cotillard; and Simon Curtis' My Week with Marilyn, with Michelle Williams (as Marilyn Monroe), Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh (as Laurence Olivier), and Julia Ormond (as Vivien Leigh). Upon accepting the award Langmann remembered his father, filmmaker Claude Berri, who died in
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Weinstein Co may nab War Of The Buttons!

Christophe Barratier's War of the Buttons telling of two rival gangs of kids may go to Weinstein The Weinstein Company is apparently in negotiations to acquire the French film La nouvelle guerre des boutons, based on the1912 novel by Louis Pergaud, reports Variety. The French film War of the Buttons produced by La Petite Reine and Studio 37, focuses on two rival kid gangs from neighboring French villages who start a merciless play-war. Thomas Langmann, Stéphane Keller and Christophe Barratier wrote the script, with dialogue by Philippe Lopes-Curval. Starring in the adventure which runs around 100 minutes, are Jean Texier, Clément Godefroy, Théophile Baquet, Louis Dussol, Harold Werner and Nathan Parent.
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