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Frances McDormand, Donald Sutherland Grace Lumière Festival Opening

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Frances McDormand, Donald Sutherland Grace Lumière Festival Opening
Lyon — The 11th Lumière Festival in Lyon, France, opened on Saturday with a celebration of its 10-year anniversary, a tribute to past Lumière Award recipients, and rousing standing ovations for Frances McDormand and Donald Sutherland, who are among the high-profile actors and filmmakers being feted this year.

Dedicated to heritage cinema, the festival was established in 2009 by Thierry Frémaux and Bertrand Tavernier, the Institut Lumière’s respective director and president.

Looking back at its decade-long history, the ceremony, held in Lyon’s cavernous Halle Tony Garnier concert hall, presented clips of all Lumière Award recipients, beginning with Clint Eastwood, who was the first person to receive the prize, followed by Miloš Forman, Gérard Depardieu, Ken Loach, Quentin Tarantino, Pedro Almodóvar, Martin Scorsese, Catherine Deneuve, Wong Kar-wai and Jane Fonda.

Praising Fonda for her activism, Frémaux informed the audience of the actress’ arrest on Friday outside the U.S. Capitol, eliciting
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Why films from the UK and Italy have caught the eye of the artistic director of FilmFest Hamburg

”I wonder if this has something to do with countries going through a crisis.” he said.

Albert Wiederspiel has become synonymous with Germany’s FilmFest Hamburg during his 16 years at the helm as festival director. He recently extended his contract for a further three years until 2023. The festival opens tonight (September 26) with the German premiere of French comedy-drama La Belle Époque with director Nicolas Bedos and lead actress Doria Tillier in attendance.

It will close with the German premiere of Ken Loach’s socio-political drama Sorry We Missed You on October 5.

More than 40,000 film fans are expected to attend across 10 days of screenings,
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Filmfest Hamburg director talks changes, comebacks and Netflix

Festival director also discusses selecting films by women directors.

Albert Wiederspiel is set to enter his 16th Filmfest Hamburg (September 26 to October 5) as festival director, having extended his contract last year through 2023.

This year’s edition will present 144 films from 56 countries in 12 sections. It will open on Thursday (September 26) with the German premiere of French comedy-drama La Belle Époque with director Nicolas Bedos and lead actress Doria Tillier in attendance.

More than 40,000 film fans are expected to attend across ten days of screenings, concerts, film talks, and industry events. It will draw to a close on with the German premiere
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Filmfest Hamburg’s Albert Wiederspiel talks changes, comebacks and Netflix

Festival director also discusses selecting films by women directors.

Albert Wiederspiel is set to enter his 16th Filmfest Hamburg (September 26 to October 5) as festival director, having extended his contract last year through 2023.

This year’s edition will present 144 films from 56 countries in 12 sections. It will open on Thursday (September 26) with the German premiere of French comedy-drama La Belle Époque with director Nicolas Bedos and lead actress Doria Tillier in attendance.

More than 40,000 film fans are expected to attend across ten days of screenings, concerts, film talks, and industry events. It will draw to a close on with the German premiere
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Cannes Film Review: ‘La Belle Époque’

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As it now stands, virtual reality technology is clunky and unconvincing, offering little more than the illusion of interactivity. Someday, Vr will make good on its potential, but until then, French writer-director Nicolas Bedos has conceived something better: a service whereby wealthy clients can pay a high-end reenactment service to stage a carefully orchestrated and totally convincing visit to a previous time of their choosing. Want to spend an evening as Marie Antoinette? Or pretend that you’re drinking buddies with Ernest Hemingway? In “La Belle Époque,” Bedos invents a way for that to happen — like “Westworld,” with actors in place of robots — with the ulterior motive that such a service might offer real-world audiences a uniquely satisfying emotional experience if we were to follow the right kind of character.

And that it does: Where so many high-concept romantic comedies squander their one big idea, “La Belle Époque” leverages its
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The 10 Best Movies of Cannes 2019

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The 10 Best Movies of Cannes 2019
The Cannes Film Festival is too rich an event to truly have an “off” year, but by the end of the 72nd edition, it was more or less universally acknowledged that the festival had regained a full-on, holy-moutaintop-of-art luster that was a bit lacking the year before. It helps, of course, to have headline-making movies by iconic auteurs, and Terrence Malick, Pedro Almodóvar, and Quentin Tarantino all had films in competition that delivered that blend of artistic rush and gravitas. But there were, in addition, many up-and-coming voices who rose above the fray, from Céline Sciamma (“Portrait of a Lady on Fire”) to Robert Eggers (“The Lighthouse”), pointing the way to cinema’s future.

La Belle Époque

Hidden in plain sight among the out-of-competition premieres at Cannes, this mainstream French comedy from writer-director Nicolas Bedos is the kind of movie that journalists routinely ignore in favor of flashier titles from international directors.
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Pathé Sells ‘La Belle Epoque’ to Half the World

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French sales, distribution and production company Pathé has closed a raft of sales deals on three titles at the Cannes Film Market: “La Belle Epoque,” “Misbehaviour” and project “Eifel.” The company will handle distribution in France and Switzerland on all three.

Nicolas Bedos’ “La Belle Epoque,” which screened out of competition at the festival, is the story of Victor, who in his 60’s meets an entrepreneur who offers the unbelievable chance to revisit the most memorable parts of his life using a new technology. Daniel Auteuil, Guillaume Canet, Doria Tillier and Fanny Ardant fill out the main cast. The film will release on Nov 6 in France and Switzerland.

The feature has already sold to Germany (Constantin), Italy (IWonder Pictures), Latam/Spain, Japan (Kinoshita), Cis + Baltics (Volga), Portugal (Cinemundo), Romania (Independenta), Ex Yougoslavia (McF), Hungary (Cirko), Greece (Rosebud 21) and Belgium (Alternative), and Pathé says that negotiations are ongoing with several other territories.
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Pathé Strikes Major Territory Deals On Keira Knightley Pic ‘Misbehaviour’, Festival Title ‘La Belle Epoque’ & Emma Mackey-Romain Duris Starrer — Cannes

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Pathé Strikes Major Territory Deals On Keira Knightley Pic ‘Misbehaviour’, Festival Title ‘La Belle Epoque’ & Emma Mackey-Romain Duris Starrer — Cannes
Exclusive: French powerhouse Pathé has struck major territory deals on its Cannes slate, including Keira Knightley pic Misbehaviour, Cannes film festival title La Belle Epoque and Emma Mackey starrer Eiffel.

Nicolas Bedos’s Out Of Competition comedy-drama La Belle Epoque, whose starry French cast includes Daniel Auteuil, Guillaume Canet, Fanny Ardant and Doria Tillier, has sold to Germany (Constantin), Italy (IWonder Pictures), Latam/Spain, Japan (Kinoshita), Cis + Baltics (Volga), Portugal (Cinemundo), Romania (Independenta), Ex Yougoslavia (McF), Hungary (Cirko), Belgium (Alternative) and Greece (Rosebud 21). Pathé will release the French-language film in France and Switzerland in November 2019.

The movie tells the story of sixty-something Victor, who sees his life turned upside down when an entrepreneur offers him a unique new brand of entertainment allowing him to relive the most memorable moment of his existence. Producers are Les Films du Kiosque, Orange Studio and Pathé.

On the Croisette, Pathé showed
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Le Pacte Boards ‘Phil Tippett, Mad Dreams and Monsters’ Documentary (Exclusive)

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Le Pacte has acquired international sales and French distribution rights to “Phil Tippett, Mad Dreams and Monsters,” a documentary directed by Gilles Penso and Alexandre Poncet, the pair behind the critically acclaimed documentary “The Frankenstein Complex.”

“Mad Dreams and Monsters” charts the sprawling career of Tippett, the animator and vfx artist who won two Oscars for his work on “The Return of the Jedi” and “Jurassic Park.” The documentary showcases exclusive archives from Tippett Studio and discusses his achievements through interviews with Tippett himself, as well as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Paul Verhoeven.

Le Pacte also handled “The Frankenstein Complex,” which shed light on the craft of movie creatures featured in blockbusters such as “King Kong,” “Avatar,” “Star Wars” and “The Lord of the Rings.”

“‘The Frankenstein Complex’ was a big hit for us — we sold it around the world,” said Camille Neel, head of international sales at Le Pacte,
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2018 César Awards: ‘Bpm’ Triumphs With Six Wins, Including Best Film

2018 César Awards: ‘Bpm’ Triumphs With Six Wins, Including Best Film
“Bpm” triumphed at the César Awards, taking home the prizes for Best Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Antoine Reinartz), Best Male Newcomer (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart), Best Original Score, and Best Editing. Robin Campillo’s drama about AIDS activists in Paris also won the Grand Prix at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, but wasn’t nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film — a snub that was met with some controversy.

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Loveless,” which is nominated for the Oscar, won the equivalent award. Albert Dupontel’s “Au revoir là-haut” also had a big night, taking Best Director, Best Actress (Jeanne Balibar), and three other prizes. Full list of winners:

Best Film

“Bpm,” Robin Campillo

“Au revoir là-haut,” Albert Dupontel

“Barbara,” Mathieu Amalric

“Le Brio,” Yvan Attal

“Patients,” Grand Corps Malade, Mehdi Idir

“Petit Paysan,” Hubert Charuel

“C’est La Vie,” Eric Tolédano, Olivier Nakache

Best Director

Robin Campillo,
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