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Deadly Mist Covers Paris in New UK Trailer for 'Hold Your Breath' Film

"Special suits let patients go out. Then anything's possible." Signature Entertainment has debuted a brand new UK trailer for the indie survival thriller which they're now releasing with the title Hold Your Breath this fall. The film is originally titled Dans la Brume in French (which just means In the Fog) but has also had other international titles like Just a Breath Away and Toxic. The movie is about a "toxic mist" that covers the streets of Paris. Only those lucky enough to escape to the rooftops of the city were able to survive. Mathieu and Anna must face the fog if they have any hope of saving their daughter, who is trapped in a medical tank down below. Starring Olga Kurylenko & Romain Duris, with Fantine Harduin, Michel Robin, Anna Gaylor, Réphaël Ghrenassia, and Erja Malatier. This is yet another high concept urban survival thriller but it actually looks pretty cool,
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Pathé Sells ‘La Belle Epoque’ to Half the World

  • Variety
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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Cannes Film Business Is Buoyant — If Films Are Made for a Price

  • Variety
Cannes Film Business Is Buoyant — If Films Are Made for a Price
“The dead don’t die,” Constantin CEO Martin Moszkowicz joked on Thursday afternoon on Cannes’ Grand Hotel terrace, one of the Cannes Film Festival’s favorite industry haunts.

Moszkowicz wasn’t just quoting the title of Jim Jarmusch’s Festival Cannes opening movie, a zombie film set in small-town America. He was also implying that there are more movies coming to Cannes with commercial potential. And the good news for distributors like Moszkowicz is that these movie are cheaper to buy. To be sure, that’s not such a positive development for producers hoping to make a big profit on their latest projects.

After several years of cautious dealmaking at Cannes, there are signs that a larger number of movies are being sold at this year’s festival. Whether that points to full market rebound, however, is questionable. The larger picture is mixed. You could almost hear the industry collectively
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Judi Dench, Dan Stevens, Isla Fisher to star in UK comedy 'Blithe Spirit' for Protagonist (exclusive)

Judi Dench, Dan Stevens, Isla Fisher to star in UK comedy 'Blithe Spirit' for Protagonist (exclusive)
Film is based on Noel Coward’s 1941 play.

Judi Dench, Dan Stevens and Isla Fisher will lead the cast of Edward Hall’s Blithe Spirit, based on Noel Coward’s 1941 play.

London-based Protagonist Pictures is handling worldwide rights on the project and has inked a series of early pre-sales on the title including Australia and New Zealand (Transmission), Spain (A Contracorriente Films), Airlines (Echo Lake Distribution), South Africa (Empire Entertainment), Middle East (Front Row), and Greece (Tanweer).

The feature will be a re-imagining of Coward’s comedy stage play, in which a best-selling crime novelist suffering from writer’s block
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'Sex Education' star Emma Mackey talks second series and French-language debut (exclusive)

'Sex Education' star Emma Mackey talks second series and French-language debut (exclusive)
The actress chatted with Screen on the eve of Cannes about her busy summer schedule.

Franco-British Sex Education star Emma Mackey has just signed to make her big screen French-language debut opposite Romain Duris in Pathé’s upcoming €22m production Eiffel, about the untold love story behind the creation of the Eiffel Tower.

She will play Adrienne Bourgès, a mysterious woman from Gustave Eiffel’s past who inspired the celebrated engineer’s creation of the Eiffel Tower.

The production – co-written and directed by Martin Bourboulon and lead produced by Vanessa Van Zuylen for Vvz Production/L’Insensé Films – is due
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'Sex Education' star Emma Mackey to make French debut opposite Romain Duris in Pathé's 'Eiffel' (exclusive)

Martin Bourboulon, whose credits include divorce comedy-dramas Mummy Or Daddy and Divorce French Style, will direct.

Emma Mackey, the breakout star of Netflix’s hit show Sex Education, will make her French-language debut opposite Romain Duris in Pathé’s upcoming €22m ($20m) production Eiffel, revolving around the untold love story behind the creation of the Eiffel Tower.

The project is currently in pre-production for an August 2019 shoot. Pathé International kicks off sales at Cannes with Pathé retaining French and Swiss rights.

Mackey will play Adrienne Bourgès, a mysterious, high-born woman linked to celebrated engineer Gustave Eiffel’s past.

Sex Education
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Our Struggles | 2019 Panorama Film Festival Review

Strife Sentence: Senez Presents Quietly Effective Domestic Drama

Director Guillaume Senez teams with writer Raphaëlle Desplechin for sophomore feature, Our Struggles, a quiet, unassuming domestic drama about a blue-collar dad left in the lurch. It’s a scenario we’ve seen countless times before, and yet, like his 2015 debut Keeper, Senez balances a fine line between kitchen-sink and human rights subtexts.

Sans any major dramatic outbursts, the simmering humanistic narrative of this French-Belgian co-production is kept afloat by a strong performance from Romain Duris in one of his finest dramatic leads in a decade.…
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What This Year’s Canneseries Says About Current High-end Series

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What This Year’s Canneseries Says About Current High-end Series
Cannes — The 2nd Canneseries festival ended Wednesday. Variety asks what this year’s second edition says about the current state of high-end drama series production.

1.Comedy Ruled, And Won

The 2nd Canneseries had no competition title with the profile of “Killing Eve,” its standout last year. A world premiere screened out of competition as the last series in the whole festival, where it met with some thunderous applause, “Years & Years,” a BBC-Canal Plus-HBO production showrun by U.K. industry heavyweight Russell T. Davies, does have that stature, and the potential to be one of the major drama series of 2019.

The Canneseries Competition ran a wide gamut – from genre (“Outbreak”) to drama (“Bauhaus”), drama-thrillers (“The Twelve”), near future low-fi (“The Feed”), dramedies and comedies, Canneseries artistic director Albin Levi pointed out.

As far as its competition goes, the festival’s major achievement this year was its bet on
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Canal Plus, Studiocanal’s ’Vernon Subutex’: Creator Cathy Verney on the Canneseries Opener

  • Variety
Cannes — Few recent novels have impacted more in France than the “Vernon Subutex,” from Virginie Despentes (“Baisse Moi”), published as a trilogy from 2015 to 2017.

A Canal Plus Création Originale – Original Series – sold abroad by Studiocanal, starring Romain Duris (“The Beat That My Heart Skipped”) and opening 2019’s 2nd Canneseries this Friday, “Vernon Subutex”, which bows on Canal Plus on Monday, is one of the most anticipated French premium of the year. Whether it is at all a faithful adaptation of the novel is another question.

The plots still there.In the 1980s, young Vernon Subutex was a living legend, owner of a record shop worshipped for its tastes its partying. 20, 30 years later, after his shop went bust, he’s getting evicted from his flat.

Reaches out to former contacts still involved in the music industry. After a night with rock star Alex Bleach, Vernon becomes a wanted man when Bleach
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Canneseries 2019 reveals full line-up

Canneseries 2019 reveals full line-up
The line-up includes new TV projects from Hirokazu Kore-eda, Gurinder Chadha and Gregg Araki.

Canneseries, the annual TV festival running alongside the Miptv content market in Cannes, has unveiled the competition line-up for its second edition (April 5-10).

The first two epsidoes from 10 new international series will screen in the main competition.

Titles include Channing Powell’s London-set psychological thriller The Feed for Amazon and Liberty Global. David Thewlis stars in the dystopian tale as the inventor of a brain implant that allows people to share thoughts and emotions alongside Guy Burnet, Michelle Fairley and Nina Toussaint-White as his family members.
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Netflix and Amazon to Go Head to Head in Competition at Second Cannes TV Festival

Netflix movies may still be question mark in terms of being allowed in competition at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival in May, but the streaming giant will be present at Cannes Series. The Cannes television festival will mark its second year next month with Netflix going up against rival Amazon in the competition section. The full lineup includes series from Israel, Norway, Spain, and Belgium.

Netflix’s competition entry is the German series “How to Sell Drugs Online Fast,” from writers Philipp Käßbohrer and Matthias Murmann. Amazon is heading to Cannes Series with “The Feed,” a London-set drama created by Channing Powell and based on the novel Nick Clark Windo. “The Feed” stars “Game of Thrones” favorite Michelle Fairley opposite David Thewlis in a story about a piece of technology that allows people to instantly share thoughts and emotions. The tech falls into the wrong hands and becomes a murderous weapon.
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Cannes Series Festival Lineup Includes Netflix, Amazon, Starz, AMC, ITV; Diana Rigg, Steven Knight Masterclasses

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Cannes Series has revealed the lineup, jury and masterclasses for its second edition, which takes place alongside the Mip TV market on the French Riviera.

Among ten series in competition at the TV festival are Netflix’s German show How To Sell Drugs Online and Amazon’s UK series The Feed with Michelle Fairley and David Thewlis. Out of competition shows include StarzNow Apocalypse and Russel T Davies’ Years And Years. Scroll down for the lineup in full.

The competition jury will be presided over by Dark show-runner Baran bo Odar with members comprising actor, director and author Stephen Fry (Gosford Park), actors Miriam Leone (Non Uccidere) and Emma Mackey (Sex Education), actor and director Katheryn Winnick (Vikings) and composer Rob (The Bureau). David Cross and Jude Law are among those with projects in the short form competition.

Among those set to give masterclasses will be Game Of Thrones
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2019 Canneseries Lineup Unveiled

  • Variety
Paris — Netflix Original Series “How To Sell Drugs Online (Fast),” BBC One-Canal Plus-HBO drama “Years & Years” and Amazon/Liberty Global order “The Feed” look like potential highlights at a 2nd Canneseries festival whose much enlarged U.S. presence also takes in Starz double-bill “The Rook” and “Now Apocalypse” and AMC’s “NOS4A2.”

Added to the announced Canal Plus-Studiocanal “Vernon Subutex,” Fremantle’s “Beecham House,” backed by ITV, and now Beta Film’s “Bauhaus- A New Era,” a Zero One/Constantin TV/ Nadcon production for Zdf/Arte – Canneseries boasts a half-dozen-or-so banner world premieres from big U.S. and European players, playing in or out of competition.

Beyond the occasional title, such as Belgium’s “The Twelve” which Federation Entertainment brought onto the market at Mipcom, the Canneseries competition looks to have a strong line in comedy, and also be, as artist director Albin Lewi put it – presenting 2019’s Canneseries
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France's Canal Plus unveils details of Netflix rival

Canal+ Séries will offer original shows and international acquisitions.

France’s Canal Plus Group has announced details of its new streaming service dedicated to high-end TV drama series, which is due to launch via any of its subscriptions packages via on March 12.

Canal+ Séries will offer a combination of Canal Plus’s highly-regarded Créations Originales shows as well as acquisitions of high-end international series. The move is the latest attempt by the pay-tv giant to re-position itself in France’s premium content market, which has been heavily disrupted by the arrival of Netflix and other global digital players.

Figures released in February revealed Netflix,
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'Custody' wins best film at 2019 Cesar Awards

'Custody' wins best film at 2019 Cesar Awards
Domestic violence drama earns four prizes in Paris.

Xavier Legrand’s domestic violence drama Custody (Jusqu’à La Garde) was named best film at the 44th Cesar Awards in Paris on Friday (23).

Legrand’s feature directorial debut and Venice 2017 Silver Lion winner began the night on a field-leading 10 nominations alongside Gilles Lellouche’s comedy Sink Or Swim (Le Grand Bain), and also won awards for Legrand’s original screenplay, best actress Lea Drucker, and editor Yorgos Lamprinos.

Jacques Audiard was named best director for The Sisters Brothers at the ceremony in the Salle Pleyel, presided over by Kristin Scott Thomas.
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Cesar Awards: Xavier Legrand’s ‘Custody’ Wins Best Film

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Cesar Awards: Xavier Legrand’s ‘Custody’ Wins Best Film
Xavier Legrand’s feature debut “Custody,” a tense portrait of a family torn by domestic violence, won best film, actress (for Lea Drucker), and original screenplay at the 44th Cesar Awards, which took place at the Salle Pleyel in Paris. The awards are France’s highest film honors.

“Custody,” which marks Legrand’s follow up to his Oscar-nominated short, tells the story of a boy named Julien (Thomas Gioria), who is forced by a court ruling to split his time between his mother (Drucker) and estranged father (Denis Ménochet), whom he regards as a violent monster, amid his parents’ bitter divorce. “Custody” world-premiered in competition at the Venice Film Festival, where it won two awards, and went on to play at Toronto in the competitive Platform section.

In her speech, Drucker paid homage to all the brave women who have inspired her and also dedicated the award to women who
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Competing Narratives: Close-Up on Erick Zonca's "Black Tide"

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Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Erick Zonca's Black Tide (2018) is showing January – March, 2019 on Mubi.As evidenced in his previous feature films, French director Erick Zonca’s most adept skill may be providing the veneer of normalcy, obscuring the more decentering work he does as a filmmaker. This veneer allows the viewer to sink so deeply into his films that the experimental nature at work evades us until the story or the characters have swallowed our attentions whole. It is our receptivity to the nuances of these characters and story lines, so deeply felt and colored-in, that alert us to a deconstructive force at work. With ​Black Tide​, Zonca gives us a vivid field of stories to navigate, seemingly flat land, but ultimately fissuring with each accumulation of fragmented truths and perspectives. Coming into our collective consciousness amidst the 1990s’ torrent of new filmmakers,
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Snd, Wy Productions, Esprits Frappeurs Launch Genre Film Collection (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Snd, the commercial arm of French TV network M6, is joining forces with French production banners Wy Prods. and Esprits Frappeurs to launch a collection of upscale genre movies.

Under the pact, the three companies will develop, produce and distribute a collection of genre films with the goal of delivering two to three projects per year. Two projects, an exorcism film and a medieval survival movie, are in pre-production.

Charlotte Boucon, head of international sales at Snd, said the idea was to explore many different kinds of high-concept genre films, not just horror movies, but thrillers, science fiction and action movies as well, and work with well-known directors.

“Genre has always been part of our editorial line; and today the perspective of creating a real collection is an exciting challenge,” said Boucon, who cited “What Happened to Monday,” “Source Code” and “Looper” as successful genre movies that were sold by Snd and traveled well.
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Studiocanal-Sold Canal Plus Show ‘Vernon Subutex’ To Open Canneseries

  • Variety
“Vernon Subutex,” one of Canal Plus’ banner Original Series, will world premiere at the opening night of this year’s Canneseries.

Directed by Cathy Verney and starring Romain Duris (“The Beat That My Heart Skipped”) and Céline Sallette (“House of Tolerance”), the Canal Plus Création Originale will premiere three episodes, out of competition, at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes on April 5. International sales are handled by Studiocanal.

The premier and opening night slot will give a high-profile at this year’s event to Canal Plus, a partner of Canneseries, as the French pay TV giant attempts to mark itself apart in France as a quality but still edgy and Ya-appealing original series producer.

The series is inspired by a popular pair of novels from author Virginie Despentes, a bestseller in France which was crying out for a small screen adaptation.

The series’ nine, half-hour episodes track the titular main character,
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