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‘The Bouncer’ DVD Review

  • Nerdly
Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Sami Bouajila, Sveva Alviti, Sam Louwyck, Kevin Janssens, Kaaris, Alice Verset | Written by Jérémie Guez | Directed by Julien Leclercq

In The Bouncer, Jean-Claude Van Damme stars as Lukas, a tough nightclub bouncer struggling to raise his 8-year-old daughter. One day, Lukas loses control during an altercation with a client and ends up in jail, while his daughter is taken away from him. Things take an unexpected turn when Interpol recruits Lukas to bring down a Dutch ringleader operating from Belgium in exchange for his daughter’s custody.

You’ve got to hand it to Jean-Claude Van Damme. Unlike his contemporaries whochurn out action movies like its still the ’90s, making themselves look stupid in incompetent fight scenes and risible love scenes with younger co-stars, Van Damme has instead aged gracefully on-screen – embracing his age with roles that still require him to kick arse but also, thankfully,
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DVD Review – The Bouncer (2018)

The Bouncer, 2018.

Directed by Julien Leclercq.

Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Sami Bouajila, Sveva Alviti, Kevin Janssens, and Sam Louwyck.

Synopsis:

An ageing bouncer struggles to raise his 8-year-old daughter when he becomes involved with the criminal underworld.

Another year, another direct-to-dvd release starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, the craggy-faced Muscles from Brussels whose career went to the ‘I’m Too Old For This Shit’ school of action movies way too early and made him a regular on the shelves of supermarket entertainment isles across the land. However, The Bouncer is the type of movie that should, in a just world, win Jcvd some much deserved critical praise for a performance that, whilst not entirely taxing for an actor of his limited abilities, does show that he is more than just mindless violence and a few awkwardly delivered one-liners.

Jcvd plays Lukas, an aging nightclub bouncer struggling to raise his 8-year-old daughter
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Netflix Unveils Four More French Originals, ‘Gims,’ ‘Anelka,’ ‘Move,’ ‘Of Earth And Blood’

  • Variety
As it prepares to open a fully-staffed office in France and ramp up its investment in local originals, Netflix has unveiled three new documentaries, “Move” (working title), “Gims” (working title), and “Anelka” (working title), and the feature film “Of Earth And Blood” while at Series Mania in Lille.

Announced during a panel with Netflix’s commissioning team, the titles will be launching on Netflix from 2020 and will be available in over 190 countries for the streamers’s 139 million members worldwide.

A documentary series, “Move” portrays six contemporary dance choreographers from totally different backgrounds, ranging from the Spanish flamenco to the vertiginous gaga dance, and from Jamaïcan dancehall to American urban and contemporary dance. “‘Move’ will explore the choreographers’ personal histories, chaotic career paths, convictions and their translation into bodies, gestures, grace, sweat, boldness and determination,” said Netflix in a statement. “Move” is produced by Falabracks and Gaumont.

“Gims” is a documentary
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New Us Trailer for French Thriller 'The Bouncer' Starring Van Damme

"If something happens to my daughter, I'll kill you." Blue Fox Entertainment has released a new official Us trailer for the French action thriller titled The Bouncer, formerly known as Lukas (the lead character's name - used for its release in France). After an altercation sends a nightclub bodyguard into jail, he is forced to collaborate with the police to save his life and his daughter. His mission: infiltrate the organization of a dangerous Flemish gang leader to secure his freedom and gain custody of his 8-year-old daughter. Belgian superstar Jean-Claude Van Damme stars as Lukas, with a cast including Sveva Alviti, Sami Bouajila, Sam Louwyck, Kaaris, Kevin Janssens, Alice Verset, and Dimitri Thivaios. This looks like it might have some badass action, but the rest of it just seems so cliche with all the usual gangster tropes. Have at it. Here's the official Us trailer (+ new Us poster) for Julien Leclercq's The Bouncer,
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Jean-Claude Van Damme crime thriller 'The Bouncer' lands at Blue Fox

Other Angle Pictures handles worldwide rights.

Blue Fox has acquired rights to recent Fantastic Fest North American premiere The Bouncer starring jean-Claude Van Damme.

Blue Fox has set a January 11, 2019, theatrical launch for the French and English-language film directed by Julien Leclercq from a screenplay by Jérémie Guez.

Labyrinthe Films produced with Leclercq, Guez, Aimée Buidine, and Julian Madon. Other Angle Pictures represents international rights and introduced the project at Afm 2017.

The Bouncer centres on Lukas, a tough nightclub doorman struggling to raise his eight-year-old daughter. When an altercation lands him in jail, Lukas is forced to collaborate with the
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The Bouncer (2018) Movie Trailers: Jean-Claude Van Damme joins Interpol for Custody of His Daughter

The Bouncer Trailers Julien Leclercq‘s The Bouncer / Lukas (2018) movie trailers star Jean-Claude Van Damme, Sveva Alviti, Sami Bouajila, Sam Louwyck, Kaaris, and Kevin Janssens. The Bouncer‘s plot synopsis: “Lukas (Van Damme), a nightclub bouncer in his fifties who’s taken punches, litteraly and figuratively, struggles to raise his 8 year old daughter. One day, Lukas loses [...]

Continue reading: The Bouncer (2018) Movie Trailers: Jean-Claude Van Damme joins Interpol for Custody of His Daughter
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First Trailer for Action Thriller 'The Bouncer' Starring Jcvd as a Dad

Don't mess with dad. Yes, he's still making movies!! Jcvd is back in another action movie, this one is titled The Bouncer, also known as Lukas originally for its release in France. Belgian superstar Jean-Claude Van Damme plays Lukas, a nightclub bouncer in his fifties who's taken punches, literally and figuratively, and struggles to raise his 8-year-old daughter. When he's arrested, the only way to get his daughter back is to work with Interpol to bring down a Dutch crime kingpin operating from Belgium. Also starring Sveva Alviti, Sami Bouajila, Sam Louwyck, Kaaris, Kevin Janssens, Alice Verset, & Dimitri Thivaios. This actually looks good. I dig how brooding and exhausted Jcvd seems, yet he's still always ready to fight. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Julien Leclercq's The Bouncer, direct from YouTube: And here's a different French version of the trailer for The Bouncer aka Lukas, also on
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First poster and trailer for Lukas starring Jean-Claude Van Damme

The first trailer and poster have debuted for the upcoming Jean-Claude Van Damme-headlined action thriller Lukas (aka The Bouncer) which also stars Sveva Alviti, Sami Bouajila, and Kaaris; check them out here…

See Also: Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren reunite in Black Water trailer

A former bodyguard who chained small security jobs in nightclubs to raise his 8-year-old daughter finds himself forced to collaborate with the police. His mission: infiltrate the organization of a dangerous Flemish gang leader.

Lukas is set for release on August 22nd.

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Movie Review – Scribe (2016)

Scribe, 2016.

Directed by Thomas Kruithof.

Starring Francois Cluzet, Denis Polyades, Sami Bouajila, Simon Abkarian and Alba Rohrwacher.

Synopsis:

A burn-out leaves Duval (Francois Cluzet) recovering from alcoholism and unemployable. Seemingly out of the blue, he receives a job offer, transcribing recorded telephone conversations. He has no choice but to take it but quickly discovers that it has wider implications that will directly affect his own life.

Thomas Kruithof has chosen some hard acts to follow for his feature debut. In Scribe, he resurrects memories of classics like The Conversation and The Lives Of Others, with their deliberately overheard conversations and built-in paranoia. He risks simply going over old ground. What he delivers is stylish, gripping and sparse.

A lean, if not minimalist, film in so many ways, Scribe confines itself to just a scant 90 minutes, but Kruithof gets a lot out of a little. As Duval, the man at the centre of it all,
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Fantastic Fest 2016 Review Round-Up: 24×36: A Movie About Movie Posters, We Are The Flesh, The Crew

  • DailyDead
While at the 2016 Fantastic Fest last month, I had the opportunity to check out a few films that were on the fringes of horror and sci-fi, so I’ve decided to recap my thoughts on a few of those movies here.

24x36: A Movie About Movie Posters: A documentary about the art form of creating movie-themed posters, first-time filmmaker Kevin Burke’s documentary, 24x36: A Movie About Movie Posters, hit all the right notes for me. It perfectly covers the rise—and subsequent fall—of the artists behind some of the most iconic movie posters in cinema, and it also offers an in-depth look at the creative process that goes into crafting images that would go on to become iconic, huge parts of pop culture.

24x36 covers a decent amount of ground history-wise (although the geek in me would have always loved more), and the way Burke delves
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Coppola, jurors talk Islam, art and power in Marrakech

Coppola, jurors talk Islam, art and power in Marrakech
Jurors also touch on security concerns and gender imbalance at opening press conference.

Francis Ford Coppola quoted from the Koran and touched on the interplay between art and power during the Marrakech International Film Festival (December 04 -12) jury press conference yesterday [Dec 4].

Coppola, who is serving as the president of jury, paid tribute to the ‘beautiful religion’ of Islam in a conference which focused on the role of cinema and festivals in the current international climate and on the ongoing debate about gender imbalance in the industry.

The jury, which includes directors Anton Corbijn, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Naomi Kawase and actors Amal Ayouch, Sergio Castellitto, Richa Chadda, Olga Kurylenko and Sami Bouajila, fielded questions from press who had submitted to rigorous security measures in order to enter the Palais Des Congres.

When asked about travelling to Marrakech for the film festival in the aftermath of the Paris attacks, Castellitto confessed to some initial reservations because he felt travel at this
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'Room', 'The Big Short' to bookend Dubai fest

'Room', 'The Big Short' to bookend Dubai fest
Spotlight, Truth and Concussion are also among the festival’s programme.

Lenny Abrahamson’s Oscar-contender Room will open the 12th Dubai International Film Festival (Diff) this year, which will run December 9-16.

The film, an adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s novel, tells the story of a young mother and her 5-year-old son who are held captive in a small room. Lead actress Brie Larson has already received nominations at the Gotham Awards and yesterday’s Independent Spirits for her performance, and is a favourite for the Academy Awards next year.

The festival will be closed by Adam McKay’s The Big Short, which has an ensemble cast featuring Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Christian Bale and Brad Pitt, and recently premiered at Los Angeles’ AFI Fest (Nov 5-12).

Other films screening include: Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight; James Vanderbilt’s Truth; Peter Landesman’s Concussion; Nicholas Hytner’s The Lady In The Van; and Hany Abu-Assad’s The Idol
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Cannes: Snd to launch sales on 'Rosalie Blum', 'The Crew'

Cannes: Snd to launch sales on 'Rosalie Blum', 'The Crew'
Exclusive: Company to also market premiere First Growth [pictured], a family drama set in the vineyards of Burgundy.

France’s Snd is set to launch sales on a trio of new titles at the Cannes Marché, including Julien Rappeneau’s quirky romantic comedy Rosalie Blum.

It is a debut feature for Rappeneau, who is best known as a writer, his credits including father Jean-Paul Rappeneau’s upcoming Families (Belles familles), pop icon Claude Francois bio-pic My Way and Jérôme Salle’s The Burma Conspiracy and Zulu.

An adaptation of popular graphic novel Rosalie Blum, the film revolves around a lonely, thirty-something hairdresser who starts to secretly investigate a 50-year-old woman who seems vaguely familiar.

His clumsy detective work makes her suspicious and she in turn asks her niece to investigate him – a game of hide-and-seek begins with unexpected results.

“It’s a little jewel which we fell in love with straight away,” says Snd sales
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #7. Abdellatif Kechiche’s La blessure

La blessure

Director: Abdellatif Kechiche // Writer: Abdellatif Kechiche, Francois Begaudeau

Few auteurs have reached the heights of emotional realism in narrative cinema as has Tunisian born director Abdellatif Kechiche. Starting out as an actor (his last stint in front of the camera was in Jeff Stanzler’s 2005 American indie Sorry, Haters with Robin Wright), Kechiche’s 2000 debut, Poetical Refugee premiered in Venice and starred a host of faces we’ve seen frequently, including Sami Bouajila, Elodie Bouchez, and Aure Atika. His coming titles would prove Kechiche’s preference for non-professional and/or character actors, including the excellent 2005 title Games of Love and Chance, which won Kechiche the Cesar for Best Film, Screenplay, and Director, and would introduce us to actress Sara Forestier. He’d win Best Film, Director, and Screenplay again at the Cesars in 2007, along with several awards in Venice, including the Special Jury Prize for The Secret of the Grain,
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Bouchareb receives Adff honour, talks career

Bouchareb receives Adff honour, talks career
French-Algerian filmmaker and producer Rachid Bouchareb, who is being honoured with a career achievement award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, talked extensively about his career at a special ‘in conversation’ event.

Born to Algerian parents who moved to Paris just after the Second World War, twice Oscar-nominated filmmaker Rachid Bouchareb recounted how he was originally destined to work in manufacturing like his father.

“I was sitting at work one day when I decided to call the offices of a local broadcaster. I got through to a receptionist who I asked ‘how do people get into cinema’. She had more important things to do than talk to me but she gave me some names of schools nonetheless,” said Bouchareb, who would go onto make his first feature Bâton Rouge in 1985 with the support of the late producer Humbert Balsan.

The director, whose best known credits include Oscar-nominated Days of Glory and Outside the Law as well as
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Bouchareb receives Adff honour, talks career

Bouchareb receives Adff honour, talks career
French-Algerian filmmaker and producer Rachid Bouchareb, who is being honoured with a career achievement award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, talked extensively about his career at a special ‘in conversation’ event.

Born to Algerian parents who moved to Paris just after the Second World War, twice Oscar-nominated filmmaker Rachid Bouchareb recounted how he was originally destined to work in manufacturing like his father.

“I was sitting at work one day when I decided to call the offices of a local broadcaster. I got through to a receptionist who I asked ‘how do people get into cinema’. She had more important things to do than talk to me but she gave me some names of schools nonetheless,” said Bouchareb, who would go onto make his first feature Bâton Rouge in 1985 with the support of the late producer Humbert Balsan.

The director, whose best known credits include Oscar-nominated Days of Glory and Outside the Law as well as
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Bouchereb receives Adff honour, talks career

Bouchereb receives Adff honour, talks career
French-Algerian filmmaker Rachid Bouchereb, who is being honoured with a career achievement award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival this year, talked extensively about his career at a special ‘in conversation’ event.

The director, whose credits include Oscar-nominated Days of Glory and Outside the Law as well as the more recent Two Men in Town starring Forest Whitaker and Harvey Keitel, revealed his love of cinema had unusual origins.

Referring to his childhood in the run-down Parisian suburb of Bobigny, Bouchareb recounted how he and his friends used to sneak into the local cinema for free.

“It was a game for us to see if we could get in… we’d get in through the toilet,” said Bouchareb. “We saw a lot of films without paying but it meant I never saw the beginning.”

Much of Bouchareb’s early filmography, capturing the experiences of immigrants in France and beyond, was inspired by his own experiences as the
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Films Boutique takes 'Michael Jackson' film

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Films Boutique takes 'Michael Jackson' film
Exclusive: German sales company Films Boutique has snapped up world rights to several new titles.

Here at the Cannes market, the company is unveiling Monument To Michael Jackson, which will have a closed screening for buyers.

Directed by Darko Lungulov, the bittersweet comedy is set in a dying town in Serbia, where daydreamer Marko is on the verge of divorce from the love of his life.

When an old communist-era monument is removed front he Main Square, he comes up with the idea to build a monument to Michael Jackson in order to save his town and seduce his wife again. But the town’s mayor has his own plans.

During the festival, Films Boutique will also be introducing buyers to Directors’ Fornight title Next To Her, the debut feature by Asaf Korman who worked as editor on The Slut by Hagar Ben Asher. The film stars Dana Ivgy and Liron Ben-Shlush.

Based on autobiographical
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Nd/Nf 2012. Shorts, Nance, Lee, Zem, France, Filho

  • MUBI
Children of the Night

New Directors/New Films offers New Yorkers a busy weekend, introducing five features on Saturday and filling Sunday with repeat screenings of several of the first week's offerings. Tomorrow begins in the early afternoon with a program of seven shorts, opening with Clarissa Knoll's Street Vendor Cinema, featuring "energetic auteur practicing his art — and trying to hustle a little cash — in a busy São Paulo shopping area." Ao Scott in the New York Times: "Equipped with a small digital camera, a few crude costumes and a scroll of ready-made backdrops, he invites passers-by to spend a little bit of money to produce and star in their own movies. The results are an exuberant hodgepodge of genres, including an action thriller, a samurai fantasy epic and an astonishing melodrama of race, passion and family honor set on a 19th-century plantation."

The Film Society of Lincoln Center
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Bérénice Bejo, Omar Sy: César Winners

Bérénice Bejo as Peppy Miller in Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius, A Separation: César Winners Pt.1 Best Actor Sami Bouajila, Omar m'a tuer / Omar Killed Me François Cluzet, Intouchables / Untouchable Jean Dujardin, The Artist Olivier Gourmet, L'exercice de l'État / The Minister Denis Podalydes, La conquête / The Conquest * Omar Sy, Intouchables / Untouchable Philippe Torreton, Présumé coupable / Guilty Best Actress Ariane Asquaride, Les neiges du Kilimanjaro / The Snows of Kilimanjaro * Bérénice Bejo, The Artist Leila Bekhti, La Source des femmes / The Source Valérie Donzelli, La guerre est déclarée / Declaration of War Marina Foïs, Polisse Marie Gilain, Toutes nos envies / All Our Desires Karin Viard, Polisse Best Supporting Actor * Michel Blanc, L'exercice de l'État / The Minister Nicolas Duvauchelle, Polisse Joey Starr, Polisse Bernard Lecoq, La conquête / The Conquest Frédéric Pierrot, Polisse Best Supporting Actress Zabou Breitman, L'exercice de l'État / The Minister Anne Le Ny, Intouchables / Untouchable Noémie Lvovsky, L'Apollonide,
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