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,
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.
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.
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
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
“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,
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
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.
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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.
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
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
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.