April 23, 2014

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France’s César Awards are handed out

We’re only two days out from the Oscars now, but today and tomorrow we have some other awards to report on, starting off right now with the just announced César Awards, which are the French equivalent of the Academy Awards. There’s no real Academy crossover to speak of, but it’s an interesting ceremony to take note of anyway. Any award show is worthwhile in my book, and I hope you agree as well.
The Best Picture prize went to Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table!, which also saw Guillaume Gallienne win Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay, while favorite son over there Roman Polanski took Best Director for Venus in Fur. Among more notable winners, The Broken Circle Breakdown won Best Foreign Film while Adèle Exarchopoulos took the Best Female Newcomer prize for her amazing work in Blue is the Warmest Color. Voters spread things around otherwise, as you’ll be able to see below.
Again, this means almost nothing for Oscar, unless you really want to extrapolate and try and make the case that The Broken Circle Breakdown could pull an upset on Sunday in the Best Foreign Language Feature category. Still, I was thrilled to see Exarchopoulos get noticed here, so consider me relatively pleased overall by these results.
Here now are all of the César award winners:
BEST PICTURE
Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table!
BEST DIRECTOR
Roman Polanski, Venus In Fur
BEST ACTOR
Guillaume Gallienne, Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table!
BEST ACTRESS
Sandrine Kiberlain, 9 Mois Ferme
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Niels Arestrup, Quai D’Orsay
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Adèle Haenel, Suzanne
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Guilaume Gallienne, Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table!
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Albert Dupontel, 9 Mois Ferme
BEST FOREIGN FILM
The Broken Circle Breakdown
BEST SHORT FILM
Avant Que De Tout Perdre, Xavier Legrand
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Thomas Hardmeier, The Young And Prodigious Mr Spivet
BEST EDITING
Valérie Deseine, Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table!
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Loulou L’Incroyable Secret, Eric Omond
BEST ANIMATED SHORT
Mademoiselle Kiki Et Les Montparnos, Amélie Harrault
BEST DOCUMENTARY
Sur Le Chemin De L’Ecole, Pascal Plisson
BEST SOUND
Jean-Pierre Duret, Jean Mallet & Mélissa Petitjean, Michael Kohlhaas
BEST ART DIRECTION
Stéphane Rozenbaum, L’Ecume Des Jours
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Martin Wheeler, Michael Kohlhaas
BEST COSTUMES
Pascaline Chavanne, Renoir
BEST DEBUT FEATURE
Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table!, Guillaume Gallienne
BEST NEWCOMER (Male)
Pierre Deladonchamps, Stranger By The Lake
BEST NEWCOMER (Female)
Adèle Exarchopoulos, Blue Is The Warmest Color

Roman Polanski: ‘Odd Man Out’ Trailer

Following the success of ROMAN POLANSKI: WANTED AND DESIRED, director Marina Zenovich planned to make a short film about how that film reopened the case.
She was scheduled to interview Polanski in November of 2009 after he completed THE GHOSTWRITER. Polanski was arrested unexpectedly in September of 2009.

ROMAN POLANSKI: ODD MAN OUT explores the motivations behind Polanski’s 2009 arrest and his 10 month house arrest in Switzerland.
In 2009, celebrated director Roman Polanski was arrested at the Zurich Film Festival. His weekend jaunt turned into a 10 month imprisonment. A follow up to the Emmy award winning “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired” — which some say was one of the reasons for his arrest —- explores the bizarre clash of politics, celebrity justice and the media.
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“THE MONK” with Vincent Cassel – Official Trailer and Poster

Watch the corruption of a 16th Century, pious Capuchin Monk as he is led down a dangerous path of sin in THE MONK, the supernatural thriller adapted from Matthew G. Lewis’ classic cult novel.
Raised in a monastery, Brother Ambrosio (Vincent Cassel) grows up into a preacher admired for his fervor and feared for his righteousness, until arrival of a mysterious apprentice undermines his convictions with dark consequences. Get a look at the film by checking out the official trailer and poster now:
POSTER: https://www.yousendit.com/download/UW16TGsrZDU1bmpMYnRVag
TRAILER: https://www.yousendit.com/download/UW14VWRuQVM3N0RtcXRVag
Starring Vincent Cassel (BLACK SWAN, MESRIN: KILLER INSTINCT), and directed by Dominik Moll, THE MONK will be in select theaters, On Demand, and available for download starting Friday, March 8th.

“Amour” amazes at Toronto International Film Fest – AWARDS

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Day One of the Toronto International Film Festival is almost in the books. Three movies down, one more to go. (And that one has Kristen Stewart in it … do you think it will draw a crowd?)
The festival officially “opens” Thursday evening with a screening of Rian Johnson’s “Looper” (which we reviewed earlier today). But here are some snapshot reactions to the rest of the films I’ve managed to see so far.
“Amour”
The Who’s lyrics resonate deeply following a screening of Michael Haneke’s “Amour” – I hope I die before I get old.
Perhaps, then, I’ll be spared the grief and heartache associated with dying – feelings and experiences that are personified with gut-wrenching precision by Haneke’s two spectacular actors, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva, in the powerful “Amour.” She plays Anne, a doting Parisian wife and former piano teacher who’s stricken with a debilitating illness. He plays Georges, the dedicated spouse who does what he can to help his beloved endure the hardships of mortality with the same dignity she brought to life.
The unflinching “Amour” captures a loving couple’s last days with documentary-worthy realism, nailing the frustrations, struggles and small joys that often come with the caretaking of a loved one. We have yet to see anyone challenge death and win, so the ending of “Amour” is written in stone (so much so that Haneke opens his film with the revelation that Anne has died). The rest of the film allows the couple to reflect on how they lived, and to demonstrate how an illness in the family extends beyond the afflicted to affect everyone.
It’s difficult not to project your own personal experiences onto the screen while watching “Amour.” The situations presented by Haneke are far too realistic not to see ourselves (and our loved ones) as moving parts in this difficult story. During one emotional scene, as Georges fights to feed a stubborn Anne just so that she’ll live a few days longer, I started thinking of all the people I’d do that for, and the ones I hope might do it for me. That’s love.
One cannot say enough about the performances delivered by Riva and Trintignant in service of Haneke’s grim study. They’re mesmerizing in these complicated roles. Riva, particularly, embraces the fear and loathing one can feel when their mind and body begin to fail. If the awards system [...]

Which Stars will be in Cannes? – Marion Cotillard, David Cronenberg, Robert Pattinson…

By Roger Friedman
HollywoodNews.com: We’re getting closer to the announcement of what’s going to happen in the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. We already know two things: Wes Anderson is opening the festival with “Moonrise Kingdom” and Woody Allen is not going with the newly named “To Rome with Love.” But here are some thoughts from various sources. They do say “Rust & Bone” with Marion Cotillard is in. So, too, is David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis” with Robert Pattinson of “Twilight” fame. High on everyone’s list is Walter Salles’s film of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road.”
Another name mentioned is popular Cannes filmmaker Michael Haneke, with “Amour” starring Isabelle Huppert. Then there’s the matter of Terrence Malick. He has two movies in post-production, one with Ben Affleck and Jessica Chastain (among others) which was thought to have been finished before “Tree of Life” was released. Any more ideas? Let me know at roger@showbiz411.com
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Academy Celebrates French New Wave with Photo Exhibition

HollywoodNews.com: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a recently restored 35mm print of “Breathless” (“À bout de souffle”) on Friday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The screening is presented in conjunction with the opening of the Academy’s new exhibition “Photos de Cinéma: Images of the French New Wave by Raymond Cauchetier.” Cauchetier was the set photographer for this and many other key titles of the French New Wave movement. There will be special evening gallery hours from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and immediately following the screening.
“Breathless” (1960) launched a global passion for “La Nouvelle Vague” (“The New Wave”) and made actors Jean Seberg and Jean-Paul Belmondo international stars. The film also became an inspiration for a generation of legendary French filmmaking talent.
Writer-director Jean-Luc Godard made his feature film debut with this now classic work. François Truffaut conceived the story, Claude Chabrol served as the artistic supervisor, and Jean-Pierre Melville appears in the role of the writer, Parvulesco.
The film’s cinematographer, Raoul Coutard, supervised the creation of this new print in 2010, for the 50th anniversary of the original French release date.
Since “Breathless” impressed audiences and filmmakers alike with its jazzy take on the American crime film, Godard has continued to write and direct challenging and sometimes controversial films, cementing his reputation as one of the seminal modernists in the history of cinema. He is credited with having influenced numerous contemporary directors, including Bernardo Bertolucci, Martin Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh and Quentin Tarantino. Godard received an Honorary Award from the Academy in 2010, inscribed “For passion. For confrontation. For a new kind of cinema.”
“Photos de Cinéma: Images of the French New Wave by Raymond Cauchetier,” which includes production photographs from “Breathless,” is the first exhibition outside of Europe to showcase Cauchetier’s motion picture work. On view will be 125 newly made, black-and-white prints from Cauchetier’s own 35mm negatives. The printing was personally overseen by Cauchetier, now in his 90s, at his preferred lab in Paris. Other films represented in the exhibition include “Adieu Philippine,” “Baisers volés” (“Stolen Kisses”), “Jules et Jim,” “Lola” and “La peau douce” (“The Soft Skin”). “Photos de Cinéma” is open to the public through June 24 in the Academy’s Grand Lobby Gallery in Beverly Hills. Regular viewing hours are Tuesday through [...]

2011 is a Record Year for French Movies!

By Bruno Chatelin
HollywoodNews.com: I am simply amazed by the combinations of historical records broken by the French film industry last year AND wanted to take a moment to share the salute with you, and them.
- 2011 was one of the best Cannes selection in years, in my view, with Awards everyone agreed to be well deserved and well balanced.
- 215 M admissions, a record (going back to 1966 levels, pre facebook, pre TV, pre world Cup audience…)
- Record percentage of cinema attendance 65.6% of French population saw a film: crisis what crisis?. (“Let us go to the movies to forget”…)
- Record 41% of Box Office take from local films, “cocorico”, “Rien à déclarer,” “Intouchable”s… 16 film scored over a million admissions
- 18,4 M admissions and counting…for “Intouchables”, amazing score for a good comedy with good positive human feelings and attitude (5% of benefits go to a charity!)
– 28 oscar nominations for films from France including “The Artist,” 2 animations feature “A Cat in Paris” and a short: Sunday, a documentary (“Pin”a with minority french production) and 2 American films shot in Paris by Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese.
- And of course 10 Oscar nominations (6 Golden Globes, 12 Bafta…) a loud salute for a silent film (so creative, but only 1.5M admissions before the french relaunch)
Now if you asked french players how 2011 was, you bet they would complain about, crisis, their unrecognised talent, distribution bottlenecks, reduced subsidies, growing difficulty to sell to TV financiers like Canal+…
In fact you may ask the same question every year and get the same results!
By the way here is the over performing share price for Gaumont (“Intouchable” is their biggest hit ever), you want to compare with the average CAC 40 trend in orange.
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Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, Robert DeNiro Rock New York Film Critics Event

By Roger Friedman
HollywoodNews.com: Brad Pitt was hilarious and touching last night accepting his Best Actor award from the New York Film Critics Circle. Joining other honorees Meryl Streep, Albert Brooks, Jessica Chastain and the folks from “The Artist,” Pitt was a little nervous and actually spoke softly from the podium at restaurant. Angelina Jolie was with him, looking more gorgeous than ever, accepting kudos for her underrated film “In the Land of Blood and Honey.” Viola Davis, herself a nominee for “The Help” from many different groups, presented Best Actress to Streep. Davis joked: “I popped a lot of Stress Tabs when we made ‘Doubt’.” Streep was philosophical, having won the same award two years ago: “We do this for love, and for as long as we can.”
Surprise presenters were Robert DeNiro –who had trouble with “Artist” director Michel Hazanavicius‘s name–and Francis Ford Coppola, who came for “Artist” producer Thomas Langmann. The Coppolas, it turns out, have been long time friends of the Langmann family. Famed late French film director Claude Berri (“Jean de Florette”) was Langmann’s father–his real name was Claude Berel Langmann. And Thomas told me something stunning: when Claude Berri won an Oscar in 1966 for a short film, “Le Poulet” but he didn’t have the money to go to Hollywood and claim it. The Academy mailed it to him instead! Sacre bleu!
Anyway, back to Brad Pitt, who’s on track to win the Oscar for his work in “Moneyball.” He said the award was a big deal considering “I’d never been on ap plane til I was 25.” He talked about coming to New York to audition for a soap opera in 1989. “I had to put myself up in an apartment on Christopher Street,” Brad recalled. “My first impression of the city was There are a lot of guys around here. But they’re so nice!” That got big laughs.
He continued: “On set the clock’s ricking, the camera’ rolling. A lot of what we do comes out of instinct and intuition. I am continually surprised about how much I learn about storytelling and filmmaking from your reviews. We are complex, we are industries to ourselves, we are difficult to each other…we live in continual flux, Christians and Muslims, Democrat and Republican, Denby and Rudin…” — a reference to a recent feud between producer Scott Rudin and film critic David Denby. Again more laughs.
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Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” picked to open the Plus Camerimage – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Organizers of the 19th Plus Camerimage film festival – held each year in Bydgoszcz, Poland – have selected Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” as their opening night film. The adaptation of Yasmina Reza’s Tony-winning stage play, will kick off the fest on Nov. 26.
Polanski’s uncomfortably comedic drama stars Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly as parents trying to smooth things out following a physical altercation between their adolescent sons. The Camerimage fest places its focus on cinematography, so expect Polanski’s cinematographer – the great Pawel Edelman (“The Pianist,” “Ray”) – to be recognized for his accomplishment in containing the “Carnage” action to one cramped, sun-drenched New York apartment.
In addition to “Carnage,” this year’s fest will screen Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life,” Steve McQueen “Shame,” Andrea Arnold’s “Wuthering Heights,” Ralph Fiennes’ “Coriolanus,” and the period rom-com “Hysteria” … all recognized for their striking visuals.
From the international circuit, Plus Camerimage plans to screen Asghar Farhadi’s “A Separation,” Agnieszka Holland’s Holocaust drama “In Darkness,” Aki Kaurismaki’s “Le Havre” and Lars von Trier’s “Melancholia.”
starring Kirsten Dunst.
The 2011 Plus Camerimage runs through Dec. 3. For a full schedule, visit the official Web site.
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Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood kick off TimesTalks in L.A. with “J. Edgar” – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Some big names running in this year’s Oscar race (and others hoping to tag into the marathon) are participating in TimesTalks, an event sponsored by The New York Times that will take place at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
The series begins this Friday, Nov. 4, in the facility’s Bing Theater, where “J. Edgar” director Clint Eastwood, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and cast members Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer and Naomi Watts will participate in a Q-and-A following a screening of the anticipated biopic.
The following day, Viola Davis will participate in a TimesTalks event to discuss her roles in “The Help” and “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” Stephen Daldry’s adaptation of the best-selling novel. Davis’ conversation will be followed up by what’s sure to be a rousing talk with John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz about their roles in Roman Polanski’s “Carnage.” Reilly’s also expected to elaborate on his role in Lynne Ramsay’s fantastic “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
The TimesTalks series will run through 2012, with additional events being announced in the coming months. For tickets, $25, visit http://lacma.org or contact the box office at 323-857-6010/ boxoffice@lacma.org.
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