‘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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21st Colcoa French Film Festival Adds Vr and Web Series Categories, Unveils Full Expanded Festival Slate

21st Colcoa French Film Festival Adds Vr and Web Series Categories, Unveils Full Expanded Festival Slate
Colcoa is keeping up with the times. Now in its twenty-first year, the lauded French film festival, sponsored by the Franco-American Cultural Fund, has added a pair of forward-thinking new categories for its newest edition. This year will include a virtual reality program and a web series competition, in addition to its Cinema, Television and Shorts competitions.

“These two new popular formats offer more opportunities to showcase the creativity of French producers and filmmakers as well as the diversity of French production,” said François Truffart, Colcoa Executive Producer and Artistic Director. “While entertainment is still the key word for the program, with a balanced mix of comedies and dramas, several topical issues will cover the program this year, including the environment, discrimination, racism, terrorism, and the role of the artist in society. More than ever, Colcoa will offer a unique opportunity to see these universal topics from different angles.”

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NonStop buys 10 ahead of Afm

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NonStop buys 10 ahead of Afm
NonStop Entertainment hits the Afm with a slew of high-profile acquisitions.

The revamped Scandinavian distributor has taken on Venice Golden Lion winner From Afar, Kate Winslet starring The Dressmaker and Laurie Anderson’s feature directorial debut Heart Of A Dog, to name just a few (full list of titles below).

Jakob Abrahamsson, CEO of NonStop, said: “Newly reborn as an independent distributor, NonStop Entertainment solidifies its profile as the leading Scandinavian distributor for great films for an upmarket audience with this latest slew of extraordinary acquisitions, ranging from Kate Winslet’s tour de force The Dressmaker, via smart post-apocalyptic thriller She Who Brings Gifts to Laurie Anderson’s outstanding and mesmerizing doc Heart Of Dog, that puts us exactly where we want to be for the upcoming 2016 season.”

The acquisitions are:

Australian comedy/drama The Dressmaker directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse and starring Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth and Hugo Weaving. Acquired from Embankment
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Gaumont racks up sales on Ares

Gaumont racks up sales on Ares
Post-apocalyptic tale, executive produced by Louis Leterrier, marks feature debut for Jean-Patrick Benes [pictured], director of hit TV series Kaboul Kitchen.

French director Jean-Patrick Benes’ post-apocalyptic tale Ares, about a free-fighter trying to keep his family safe, is beginning to entice buyers for Gaumont.

The film, which started shooting last week, has sold to South Korea (Double and Joy), Greece (Odeon), former Yugoslavia (Pa-Dora) and Turkey (Calinos).

As reported yesterday, Tiberius acquired German rights.

It marks a first feature for Benes who wrote and directed the hit TV series Kaboul Kitchen, about a French-run restaurant serving the expat community in post 9/11 Afghanistan. The programme won a Fipa d’Or at the international television festival in Biarritz in 2012.

The feature is co-produced by Gaumont and Matthieu Tarot’s Albertine Productions with The Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier taking an executive credit.

The film pulls together an impressive crew featuring Colombiana and 3 Days to Kill Dop Dominique Fouassier and visual
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Dark Sky Films Invites You to a Vampire Party

We all love parties, and what could be more fun than one thrown by a group of vampires? We'll all find out come November 17th when Dark Sky Films releases the French horror/comedy Vampire Party (Les dents de la nuit) onto DVD. The film was co-directed by first-timers (according to IMDb) Stephen Cafiero and Vincent Lobelle, who also co-wrote the script with Jean-Patrick Benes and Allan Mauduit.

Here's the official synopsis from Amazon: Best friends and hardcore partiers Sam (Patrick Mille), Alice (Frédérique Bel), and Prune (Julie Fournier) have scored invitations to Medici Night, the legendary VIP bash held every year at a remote castle. But when they discover that this wild party is being thrown by an elite race of blood-crazed vampires, they'll have to stake, stab, slice, bludgeon, and blast their way out of a soiree where the hosts are thirsty and the bar is now open.
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DVD news #1: New Silent Scream/Sorority discs and more

  • Fangoria
A couple more cult-fave slasher flicks of the early ’80s receive the special-edition treatment via DVDs that arrive November 24. Fango got the details on a new disc of Mark Rosman’s 1983 The House On Sorority Row (the basis of the current big-screen remake Sorority Row) from Liberation Entertainment, and the DVDebut of 1980’s Silent Scream from the new Scorpion Releasing.

House On Sorority Row, previously issued on a bare-bones disc by Elite, has been given a fresh transfer from a recently discovered print for this 25th Anniversary Edition (even though the film is technically 26 years old). The film is now supplemented with:

Audio commentary by writer/director Rosman Alternate ending Photo gallery Trailer

Retail price is $19.95. Silent Scream, directed by Denny Harris from a script by Jim and Ken Wheat (who also produced) and Wallace C. Bennett, is set at a boarding house where a group of college students take up residence,
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Dead By Dawn 09: Review of The Teeth Of The Night (Les Dents De La Nuit)

Year: 2008

Directors: Stephen Cafiero & Vincent Lobelle

Writers: Stephen Cafiero & Vincent Lobelle & Jean-Patrick Benes & Allan Mauduit

IMDb: link

Trailer: link

Review by: projectcyclops

Rating: 7 out of 10

From it's Fearless Vampire Killers inspired opening credits onwards Stephen Cafiero and Vincent Lobelle's French vampire comedy keeps it's tongue firmly in cheek. An 'Airplane!' style spoof film with around 10 jokes a minute it cannot fail to entertain, despite several cringe inducing moments of complete stupidity. A deliberately clichéd plot sees three friends invited to a private party held in a spooky castle in the countryside. Sam Polisatokoniminsky (Patrick Mille) is a party animal who gets his kicks any which way he can, his friend Alice (Frédérique Bel) is a gorgeous, blonde aerobics instructor and Prune (Julie Fournier), is a tough minded business woman with a wild streak. After meeting a mysterious stranger (is there any other kind?) at a bar, they manage
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