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The seventh Bosphorus International Film Festival unveils its programme - Bosphorus 2019

The Istanbul-based gathering will screen 83 films from around the world, and will host a national and an international competition, while Brillante Mendoza will chair one of the juries. The seventh edition of the Bosphorus International Film Festival is ready to kick off. Running from 18-25 October in Istanbul, the festival will bring 83 films from 25 countries to audiences in the city’s Atlas, Beyoğlu and Kadıköy theatres. Organised by the Bosphorus Cinema Association and the Istanbul Media Academy, the festival “has an outstanding programme, underlining the significance of the seventh edition”, as Bosphorus artistic director Emrah Kılıç pointed out. This year's Bosphorus International Film Festival will open with Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano’s The Specials. Based on a real-life story, the social comedy starring Vincent Cassel and Reda Kateb, which brought the 72nd Cannes Film Festival to a close, will be screened after the opening ceremony on 18 October....
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Yalla Yalla plots Arabic-language ‘Intouchables’ remake

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The original film is still France’s third-biggest box office hit.

Yalla Yalla, the joint venture between Dubai-based Front Row Filmed Entertainment and financing, production and sales outfit Rocket Science, has acquired remake rights for an Arabic-language version of the French hit comedy-drama Intouchables.

Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s 2011 original starred Omar Sy and Francois Cluzet as a live-in carer from the wrong side of the tracks and a wealthy quadriplegic, who strike up an unlikely friendship.

To this day, it remains the third biggest box office hit in France, after Titanic and Dany Boon’s Welcome To The Sticks,
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Brazilian drama ‘Pacified’ wins top award in San Sebastián

Brazilian drama ‘Pacified’ wins top award in San Sebastián
The Endless Trench’ picked up four prizes.

Brazilian production Pacified (Pacificado) by Us director Paxton Winters won the top award at the San Sebastián International Film Festival, at the ceremony held on Saturday, September 28.

With Darren Aronofsky as a producer, the film is set in a favela in Rio de Janeiro.

The jury, led by Irish filmmaker Neil Jordan, also awarded Pacified the Silver Shell for best actor to Bukassa Kabengele and the Jury prize for best cinematography to Laura Merians.

Paxton Winters, a reporter and filmmaker, got to know life in the favelas he portrays living there before he tackled Pacified.
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67th San Sebastian Festival: 7 Industry Takeaways

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San Sebastian — Blessed by sun, a steady sustenance of Donostia winning stars and a stream of production announcements, the San Sebastian Film Festival rounded its final bend on Friday after a robust 67th edition. San Sebastian’s status as the highest-profile movie event in the Spanish-speaking world remains unquestioned. The maelstrom of change – imminent global platforms. markets, Latin American politics -could not but play out over events, forging a festival of sharp contrasts and little granularity about how major pivots in the global business could impact the Spanish-language arthouse business and new directors, its stock in trade. Following seven takeaways from this edition:

1. The Winners: Spanish Svod Platforms

You could hear a proverbial pin drop as HBO España unveiled first footage from its first announced series in Spain: “Patria,” a multi-time-period set chronicle on the human impact of the Basque conflict. It left San Sebastian with the status of a must-see show.
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Ssiff Review: Nakache & Toledano's 'The Specials' is Really Special

Awww wow, The Specials is really something wonderful. Instantly one of my favorite films of the year. The Specials is the latest feature from writers / directors Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano, the same two French filmmakers who made the hit film The Intouchables a few years back. This originally premiered as the Closing Night film at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, but I missed it there. I finally caught up with it at the San Sebastian Film Festival and oh my goodness, I love it with all my heart. A spectacular film across the board, delivering in every sense - profound performances, engaging storytelling, energetic music, sincere moments of empathy and understanding. It's a film with a hard-hitting message (that we must take care of every last human – especially those that society rejects), yet one of the finest examples of a message film in years. It will move you
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‘Les Misérables’ Marks France’s First Oscar Submission By a Black Filmmaker

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‘Les Misérables’ Marks France’s First Oscar Submission By a Black Filmmaker
Ladj Ly’s politically-charged feature debut, “Les Miserables,” which won the Jury Prize at Cannes, has been selected by France’s Oscar committee as the country’s submission to the international feature film competition. While much has been made about the decision to submit the film over “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” the decision by the committee is a historical one for the country, as it marks the first time that France has chosen a film from a black filmmaker to represent the country at the Academy Awards.

Based on his powerful 2017 short film of the same name, “Les Misérables” is inspired by the violent 2005 Paris riots, which primarily involved youth of African descent. The three-week uprising was rooted in rising unemployment among the youth, who were mostly confined to poor housing estates, and the harassment they routinely experienced at the hands of the police. At the center of
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France selects Ladj Ly’s ‘Les Miserables’ as Oscar submission

France selects Ladj Ly’s ‘Les Miserables’ as Oscar submission
Other films on the submission short list were Celine Sciamma’s Portrait Of A Lady On Fire and Alice Winocour’s Proxima.

Ladj Ly’s explosive social drama Les Miserables, capturing the tensions in a tough Paris housing estate, will represent France as the country’s submission to the Academy Awards’s rebranded international feature film category in the 2019-20 Oscar race.

The film made waves when it premiered in Competition in Cannes this year, winning the Jury Prize (in a tie with Bacurau).

It is a first feature for Ly, who has spent most his filmmaking career capturing the
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‘Joker,’ ‘Judy,’ and ‘Pavarotti’ Set for Zurich Film Festival Galas

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‘Joker,’ ‘Judy,’ and ‘Pavarotti’ Set for Zurich Film Festival Galas
The Zurich Film Festival has unveiled a raft of gala screenings, with “Joker” among the lineup after its rousing premiere at Venice.

“Judy” about a late-career Judy Garland will also have its premiere in German-speaking countries at Zurich, and Ron Howard’s feature doc “Pavarotti” will have its local premiere at a gala screening attended by the late opera singer’s wife Nicoletta Mantovani.

Other gala screenings at the festival include Jonas Alexander Arnby’s “Suicide Tourist,” with “Game of Thrones” star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Christian Schwochow’s “Deutschstunde,” Roger Michell’s “Blackbird,” Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano’s “Hors Normes,” and Karim Aïnouz’s “The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao, and Marjane Satrapi’s film about Marie Curie, “Radioactive,” will also all have gala showings.

The above-mentioned filmmakers will be in town for their films’ screenings.

Zurich had already announced Niklaus Hilber’s “Bruno Manser – Die Stimme Des Regenwaldes,” billed as Switzerland’s “Apocalypse Now,
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Parasite joins Pearls by Amber Wilkinson - 2019-07-17 11:43:51

Parasite Photo: © 2019 Cj Enm Corporation, Barunson E&a Bong Joon-ho's Cannes Palme d'Or winner Parasite is among the titles announced in San Sebastian's Pearls section for its 67th edition.

Parasite, which along with all the films in the section will compete for the Audience Award, is joined by additional titles from the French festival, including Ladj Ly's debut Les Misérables, which offers a contemporary take on the Victor Hugo classic, Ken Loach's gig economy drama Sorry We Missed You and Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano's Cannes The Specials (Hors Normes), which follows two friends who set up an association for autistic children.

Also fresh from La Croisette, will be Oliver Laxe's Fire Will Come (O Que Arde), which sees an ex-con arsonist returning to an isolated hamlet to live with his mother and Kantemir Balagov's Second World War drama Beanpole.

Other titles announced include So Long, My Son
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Film Review: ‘The Specials’

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Film Review: ‘The Specials’
Making a dramatic feature about people who are autistic presents a steep challenge. How do you get an audience to connect with individuals whose defining trait is their inability to connect? “Rain Man,” a popular entertainment that I take utterly seriously, was structured almost entirely around the dramatic conundrum posed by that question. Dustin Hoffman’s Raymond was locked inside his head of numbers, his spasms of anxiety, the reflexive aphorisms (“I’m an excellent driver”) that defined his existence. The film never violated the self-contained unit that Raymond was. Yet it told the story of how he was, in the end, able to connect (sort of) without literally connecting. There was a beautiful conviction to that.

But in a context that isn’t so Hollywood, a movie that tries to deal honestly with far-end-of-the-spectrum autism faces a trap. If you make the characters “relatable,” you’re probably soft-pedaling the issue.
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'The Specials' ('Hors normes'): Film Review | Cannes 2019

Two associations, one run by a Muslim and the other by a Jew, look after marginalized people, such as those with severe autism who have been rejected by the French system, in The Specials (Hors normes), a genre mishmash that’s as awkward as its name. Based on that one-sentence plot description, it would be hard to guess that this mainstream downer was directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, the duo behind several hit comedies, including the box-office monster Intouchables and the hilarious 2017 Toronto International Film Festival closing film C’est la Vie. Their latest offering is more ...
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‘Family Swap’ With Alexandra Lamy, Franck Dubosc Boarded by Gaumont (Exclusive)

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‘Family Swap’ With Alexandra Lamy, Franck Dubosc Boarded by Gaumont (Exclusive)
Following the French box office hit “Rolling to You,” Gaumont is re-teaming with the film’s stars, Franck Dubosc and Alexandra Lamy, on “Family Swap,” a comedy about a dysfunctional family whose members swap bodies.

The film will start shooting in September, with Jean-Patrick Benes (“Ugly Melanie”) directing. The story follows the Morels, including two teenagers and a 7-year-old kid who are driving their parents out of their minds. One morning, they all wake up inside each other’s bodies.

Gaumont worked with Dubosc on his directorial debut, “Rolling to You,” which was one of France’s highest-grossing local films in 2018, with about $20 million locally, and $25 million abroad. Karé Prods. is producing “Swap,” and Gaumont is co-producing, distributing in France and handling international sales.

Gaumont, which is in Cannes with Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s closing night film “The Specials,” has also boarded “Heart of Oak,” a music-filled, 4K-lensed
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Cannes Beckons

Cannes season sets in from May 14 this year and many new films are waiting to be unspooled. Film aficionados are converging in this seaside resort to watch, to sell, to acquire, to write about the films and the setting, to soak in the sun and sand with celebrities, to cut deals while they savour sea food or salads. We say, let the celebrations begin.

So, what?s in store for us in the 72e Festival de Cannes? Twenty-one films in competition vying for that glory called Palm d?Or ? Golden Palm from veterans like Jim Jarmusch whose The Dead Don?T Die will open the festival, Pedro Almodovar (Pain And Glory), Marco Bellocchio (The Traitor), Bong Joon Ho (Parasite), Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne (Young Ahmed), Arnaud Desplechin (Oh Merci!), Xavier Dolan (Matthias And Maxime), Abdellatif Kechiche, Ken Loach (Sorry We Missed You), Terrence Malick (A Hidden Life), Corneliu Porumboiu
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Gong Li, Eva Trobisch to receive Cannes 2019 Women In Motion awards

Awards to be presented on Sunday, May 19.

Chinese actress Gong Li and German director Eva Trobisch will receive awards at Cannes 2019 from Women In Motion, an initiative designed to highlight women’s contribution to the film industry that runs as part of the official programme of the festival (May 14-25).

For the fifth edition of the awards, Li is awarded the Women In Motion prize, previously won by Jane Fonda in 2015, Isabelle Huppert in 2017 and Patty Jenkins last year.

She has previously appeared at Cannes in films including Chen Kaige’s 1993 joint Palme d’Or winner Farewell My Concubine, and
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Mubi, Kinoscope execs in inaugural VOD event at Cannes 2019 Marché (exclusive)

’Meet The Streamers’ will be held on Tuesday May 21 from 3-5pm.

The Marché du Film has launched a new event for the 2019 market called ’Meet The Streamers’, to connect key VOD players with international sales agents and producers.

Taking place on Tuesday, May 21 from 3pm to 5pm Cest at the Plage des Palmes, the event will run via a 20-minute speed-meeting format, introducing representatives from seven platforms to a rotating selection of attendees.

The representatives present will include Anaïs Lebrun, programming director – international at global streamer Mubi; Pawel Wieszczecinski, founder, executive director and head of distribution at New York-founded service Kinoscope; Joan Sala,
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Jean Reno to Star in Thriller ‘Rogue City’ From Olivier Marchal (Exclusive)

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Jean Reno to Star in Thriller ‘Rogue City’ From Olivier Marchal (Exclusive)
Veteran actor Jean Reno has been tapped to star in “Rogue City,” a thriller that sees director Olivier Marchal re-team with French studio Gaumont.

Budgeted at $13 million, the film is set in Marseille and follows an anti-gang cop (Reno) with unorthodox methods who investigates a shooting at a local nightclub along with his longtime rival.

Lannick Gautry, Stanislas Merhar and David Belle complete the cast. Alain Figlarz, who has previously worked on “Taken 3,” “The Bourne Identity” and “The Transporter,” will be handling the action scenes and stunts.

The movie is set to start shooting on location in the south of France in September. Gaumont will kick off pre-sales for “Rogue City” at Cannes with a fully story-boarded script, and expects to release “Rogue City” in France during the second quarter of 2020.

Marchal is himself a former cop who worked for both the police and French intelligence. Through films such
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Rithy Panh named Cannes 2019 Caméra d’Or jury president

Rithy Panh named Cannes 2019 Caméra d’Or jury president
Cambodian director first appeared at the festival in 1994.

Cambodian director Rithy Panh will be president of the Caméra d’Or jury at next week’s Cannes Film Festival (May 14-25).

The filmmaker will be joined on the jury by director Alice Diop; director, author and critic Sandrine Marques; director of photography Benoît Delhomme; and president and director of post-production house Polyson Nicolas Naegelen. All four are from France.

The jury will award the Caméra d’Or prize at the May 25 closing ceremony, to one of 22 first features playing in the Official Selection, Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week sections. Last year
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Glittering close to Cannes for Nakache and Toledano by Richard Mowe - 2019-05-06 13:26:39

Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano and the French poster for The Specials, which will close this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Photo: Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival The new film by the makers of Samba and C’est La Vie, Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, entitled The Specials, will close this year’s 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival on 25 May following the awards ceremony.

The performance will be called the “Last Screening” with a nod to Peter Bogdanovich’s The Last Picture Show which in French was known as “la Dernière Séance.”

The Specials, or Hors Normes in French, stars Vincent Cassel and Reda Kateb. The festival organisers say they want to re-establish the last show as an occasion worth remembering such as the year that Steven Spielberg’s Et filled the slot.

Frequently the final screening has been a damp squib, especially after the fanfare of the prizes showcase.
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Vincent Cassel Film ‘The Specials’ to Close Cannes Film Festival

Vincent Cassel Film ‘The Specials’ to Close Cannes Film Festival
Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s new film “The Specials” will close this month’s Cannes Film Festival, organizers announced on Monday.

The film, a social comedy starring Vincent Cassel and Reda Kateb and a cast of nonprofessional actors and teens with autism, will play following the festival’s May 25 awards ceremony in what the festival now bills as Last Screening. Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu is leading this year’s jury of competition titles.

The Specials,” which was submitted at the last minute to the selection committee, evokes social and contemporary issues, where the collective world is once again at the heart of everything: social workers, volunteers, health professionals all striving to take care of teens with autism.

“This film is more than contemporary and carries great promises for the future,” festival general delegate Thierry Frémaux said in a statement.

This year’s festival opens on May 14 with Jim Jarmusch
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Cannes Adds ‘The Specials’; Social Comedy From ‘Intouchables’ Duo To Cap Fest In Closing-Night Rebrand

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Cannes Adds ‘The Specials’; Social Comedy From ‘Intouchables’ Duo To Cap Fest In Closing-Night Rebrand
The Specials, the latest feature from The Intouchables filmmaking duo Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, has been set to close out the 72nd Cannes Film Festival — just don’t call it the “Closing Film.” Cannes organizers said today that they’re doing away with the distinction, preferring to brand the final pic of the Riviera shindig as the “Last Screening.” There are a couple of pop culture winks in the switch: In French, the final movie will henceforth officially be referred to as “La Dernière Séance” which is the local title of Peter Bogdanovich’s 1971 Oscar winner The Last Picture Show, as well as a tune by French actor/singer Eddy Mitchell.

The Specials, a social comedy that was submitted at the last minute to the selection committee, will screen in the Lumière Theater after the Closing ceremony on Saturday May 25.

Vincent Cassel and Reda Kateb star alongside a cast
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