The 43rd edition of the Césars (the French Oscars) will have as its president the singer and actress Vanessa Paradis.
Vanessa Paradis … president of the Césars Photo: Richard Mowe
The ceremony on 2 March will be dedicated to the late Jeanne Moreau who will also feature on the poster for the occasion. Moreau died in July at the age of 89.
Paradis, who received a best female newcomer César at the age of 17 in the 15th edition for Jean-Claude Brisseau’s Noche Blanche, performed on stage at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival the celebrated Tourbillon de la vie number from Jules Et Jim in which she was joined by Moreau herself.
The actress will be seen shortly in Chien by Samuel Benchetrit, Le Grand Bain / The Deep End by Gilles Lellouche; Big Bang by Céclilia Rouad and Un Couteau Dans Le Coeur by Yann Gonzalez.
Paris-based genre specialist WTFilms has taken on international sales of mainstream, same-sex romantic comedy Kiss Me! (Embrasse Moi!) in which the protagonist falls for a woman with 76 ex-girlfriends and a crazy family.
The company will kick-off sales on the title, which is in post-production, at the Unifrance Rendez-vous with French Cinema this week.
French stand-up comedian Océanerosemarie – best known for her one woman show La Lesbienne Invisible – makes her directorial and big screen debut in the film.
She plays a happy-go-lucky osteopath who falls for the beautiful Cécile, an artist who has taken a personal vow of celibacy after a series of failed relationships.
Alice Pol plays Cécile. The actress’s other recent credits include Dany Boon’s latest comedy Raid Special Unit (Raid Dingue) in which she co-stars as a hopeless special police force recruit. That film is
Paris-based genre specialist WTFilms has taken world sales on Spanish director Carles Torrens psychological thriller Pet, starring Dominic Monaghan as a creepy loner who goes to extreme lengths to woo a girl he is obsessed with.
Based on a Jeremy Slater, whose credits include the upcoming The Exorcist TV remake and Fantastic Four, the Us-set thriller premiered at SXSW in the Midnight section in March.
Lost and Lord Of The Rings star Monaghan co-stars as Seth, a loner who works in an animal shelter, who is obsessed with former classmate Holly, played by Ksenia Solo. After she spurns his advances he locks her up in one of the animal cages. But Holly is not your average victim, and starts turning tables on her assailant.
Torrens describes the film as “an ironic look at the ruthlessness of today’s dating scene young men
All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2013 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch in that perfect world we know doesn't exist but can keep dreaming of every time we go to the movies.
This self-proclaimed 'sorceress' ends up becoming Deviliers' attractive muse, helping him to finish his novel. That's when the 'bumps in the night' begin to occur, and a series of strange happenings start to draw the academic away from his work. Part supernatural thriller, part philosophical treatise, the general
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The annual showcase, which runs until March 10 at The Film Society, the IFC Center and BAMcinémateke will also feature work by Jean-Claude Brisseau and Damien Odoul, rising independent voices including Héléna Klotz and Shalimar Preuss, and master filmmakers François Ozon, Patrice Leconte, Raymond Depardon, Nicolas Philibert and the late Claude Miller.
Film Society of Lincoln Center Director of Programming Robert Koehler said, "This year’s edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema offers another entertaining and informative look at the current state of cinema by the French, with a celebration of fresh and upcoming talent behind the camera and today's prominent directors as well as a healthy nod to the film artists of the past. It is a varied and rich collection of films by a diverse group of filmmakers and...
Above: Jean-Claude Brisseau's La fille de nulle part.
On Sergei Loznitsa's Letter, Peter Schreiner's Fata Morgana, Pedro Costa's Sweet Exorcist, and Filipa César's Cacheu
Two as One as Many
On Kira Muratova's Brief Encounters (1967) and Long Farewells (1971), Jean-Claude Brisseau's La fille de nulle part, and David Gatten's By Pain and Rhyme and Arabesques of Foraging.
Of Cinema, Pixels and Chinese Warfare
On Mary Helena Clark's Orpheus (Outtakes), Makino Takashi's 2012, and Johnnie To's Drug War
Graf Attack!: or The Possibility Space (The Cinema of Dominik Graf)
On Dominik Graf, including Die Katze (1988), Spieler (1990), Der Fahnder: Nachtwache (1990/1993], Die Sieger (1994), Denk ich an Deutschland - Das Wispern im Berg der Dinge (1997), München - Geheimnisse einer Stadt (2002), Der Felsen (2002), Die Freunde der Freunde (2002), Hotte im Paradies
Above: Kira Muratova's Brief Encounters (left) and Long Farewells (right).
Tender, like the night, are the first two feature films by Ukrainian auteur Kira Muratova, subject of a large retrospective here in Rotterdam. Brief Encounters (1967) and Long Farewells (1971) form a immanently sensitive, dreamy diptych about being two rather than one. Muratova's first feature stars the director herself as an energy-filled, can-do successful Soviet bureaucrat living in the city, and who is counterposed by a young girl from the country who comes to work for her as a maid. They both dream of their own beloved men—who turns out to be but one man, the same man, a surveyor “looking for silver,” shared between the two of them, for Muratova when he is in the city and for the younger girl when
Presumably. Oliveira’s Benilde, or The Virgin Mother (1975) opens with a title-card of this word to gradually lure us into a province of utter chronological disorder. This very same word has ever since been unchallenged as the most accurate description of the bizarre, atemporal effect that grows stronger in each subsequent Oliveira film.
This year's festival featured a characteristically dizzying mix of international festival ephemera, an Otto Preminger retrospective, and much-heralded appearances by the likes of Kylie Minogue, Alain Delon, and Harry Belafonte on the festival's main stage,
La fille de nulle part is a story of a lonely widower Michel, a retired math teacher who occupies his time writing an essay about the beliefs that shape daily life. One day he meets Dora, a young homeless woman, who shows up injured at his doorstep, and puts her up until she recovers. Her presence brings something new to Michel’s life, but gradually the apartment becomes the site of mysterious happenings.
The other awards presented are:
Premio speciale della giuria / Prize from the Cities of Ascona and Losone: Somebody Up There Likes Me by Bob Byington, United States.
Pardo per la migliore regia / Prize from the City and Region of Locarno (Best Director): Wo Hai
In their International Competition, in which films compete for the increasingly prestigious Golden Leopard, we have a collaboration between João Pedro Rodrigues and his partner João Rui Guerra da Mata called
Joaquin Phoenix is poised to take cinema by storm with roles in the latest works from Paul Thomas Anderson and James Gray. Via The Playlist, pictured above is Phoenix on the set of Spike Jonze's next, as of yet untitled, feature. We lost two great performers in the past few days: Ernest Borgnine and Isuzu Yamada, both of whom passed away at the age of 95. David Hudson has rounded up some words on both over at Keyframe Daily.
The 2012 Locarno Film Festival has announced its lineup. Included are new films by Soi Cheang, Quentin Dupieux, João Pedro Rodrigues, Jean-Claude Brisseau, Bertrand Bonello, Heinz Emigholz, Jean-Paul Civeyrac, Jean-Marie Straub, and the aforementioned Leviathan. Also incredibly exciting is the retrospective on Otto Preminger, presenting the director's entire filmography.
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