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Watch Allegiances Bend in Tense Trailer for Hulu’s ‘Das Boot’

A tense World War II drama plays out in Nazi-occupied France and in the belly of a cramped German submarine in the trailer for Hulu’s adaptation of Das Boot. The show premiered on German TV last year and will arrive on Hulu June 17th.

The eight-episode series is based on Lothar-Günther Buchheim’s 1973 book of the same name, while it also incorporates elements from his 1995 sequel Die Festung. Wolfgang Petersen previously adapted Das Boot into a movie in 1981.

The show is set in the port of La Rochelle, France
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Lff 2018: ‘All the Gods in the Sky’ Review

Stars: Jean-Luc Couchard, Mélanie Gaydos, Thierry Frémont, Zelie Rixhon, Albert Delpy, Loïc Houdré, Xavier Mussel, Adeline Walter | Written and Directed by Quarxx

Expanded from his own short (A Nearly Perfect Blue Sky), this unsettling body horror from self-monikered director Quarxx slots neatly into the New French Extremity movement, popularised by the likes of Martyrs, Frontiere(s) and Haute Tension. By turns queasy, disturbing and unexpectedly moving, it’s an accomplished and divisive debut that marks a strong calling card for its writer-director-editor.

Jean-Luc Couchard plays Simon, a 30 year old factory worker who lives in the remote French countryside with his younger sister Estelle (Melanie Gaydos), who was left severely disabled after a childhood game went horribly wrong. Haunted by guilt and fiercely protective of his sister, Simon goes to extreme lengths to protect her when social services come calling. At the same time, he appears to be losing his grip on reality,
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Hulu Picks Up WWII Drama ‘Das Boot’ For U.S.

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Hulu Picks Up WWII Drama ‘Das Boot’ For U.S.
World War II drama series Das Boot, co-produced by Bavaria Fiction, Sky Deutschland and Sonar Entertainment, has been sold to more than 100 territories worldwide. Hulu has picked up rights for the U.S. The series will premiere in Sky territories Germany, Austria, Switzerland, UK and Ireland beginning November 23 and Italy in December.

Territories sold to date include StarzPlay in France; AMC in Spain and Portugal; Epix/Viasat in Russia, Central & Eastern Europe; Di and Ma in Serbia; Czech TV in the Czech Republic; Vrt in Belgium; Nrk in Norway; Svt in Sweden; Yle in Finland; Ruv in Iceland; Mnet in South Africa; StarzPlay in Latin America; Sbs in Australia; and Tvnz in New Zealand.

Inspired by Wolfgang Petersen’s Oscar and Golden Globe nominated film, and Lothar-Günther Buchheim’s bestselling novel, the series was produced on a budget of $33 million. A story of choices and survival, Das Boot explores the
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U-Boat Drama ‘Das Boot’ Sold to More Than 100 Territories

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U-Boat Drama ‘Das Boot’ Sold to More Than 100 Territories
World War II drama series “Das Boot,” which was produced on a budget of $33 million, has been sold to more than 100 territories worldwide. The show will debut on Hulu in the U.S. and pay TV operator Sky across Europe.

The series is produced by Bavaria Fiction, Sky Deutschland and Sonar Entertainment, which distribution rights for the world, except for Germany, Austria, Switzerland, U.K., Ireland and Italy, where Sky holds the rights.

Territories sold to date include StarzPlay in France; AMC in Spain and Portugal; Epix/Viasat in Russia, Central & Eastern Europe; Di and Ma in Serbia; Czech TV in the Czech Republic; Vrt in Belgium; Nrk in Norway; Svt in Sweden; Yle in Finland; Ruv in Iceland; Mnet in South Africa; StarzPlay in Latin America; Sbs in Australia; and Tvnz in New Zealand.

Inspired by the Oscar-nominated movie by Wolfgang Petersen, and Lothar-Günther Buchheim’s bestselling novel, the series filmed in Munich,
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‘Das Boot’: Tom Wlaschiha, Vincent Kartheiser, James D’Arcy & Thierry Frémont Round Out Cast

Tom Wlaschiha (Game of Thrones), Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men), James D'Arcy (Marvel's Agent Carter) and Thierry Frémont (Juste un regard) round out the cast of Das Boot, as filming begins on the Bavaria Fernsehproduktion, Sky Deutschland and Sonar Entertainment co-production. The series is shooting in Prague, La Rochelle, Malta and Munich. The four join an international cast including Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), August Wittgenstein (The Crown), Rainer Bock (Inglourious…
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San Sebastian: One of Top European Fests Announces Its 2013 Winners

‘Bad Hair’ day at San Sebastian Film Festival: Venezuelan film wins Golden Shell (photo: Samuel Lange Zambrano in ‘Bad Hair’) Mariana Rondón’s Bad Hair / Pelo malo won the Golden Shell at the 2013 San Sebastian Film Festival, which wrapped up today, September 28, in northern Spain’s coastal city also known as Donostia (in Basque). The Venezuelan / Peruvian / German co-production tells the story of a nine-year-old boy (Samuel Lange Zambrano) with "bad hair," who decides to have his unruly curls molded pop-singer style (Justin Bieber’s?) for his yearbook picture. His mother (Samantha Castillo), however, is against it — the boy’s new hairdo is just not manly enough. Family conflicts ensue. The San Sebastian Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize went to newcomer Fernando Franco’s Wounded / La herida, a Spanish drama about a 30-year-old ambulance driver whose life falls to pieces as a consequence of her undiagnosed Borderline Personality Disorder.
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Jeanne Captive (The Silence Of Joan) 2011 Teaser Trailer

The Jeanne Captive (The Silence of Joan) Teaser Trailer has premiered. Philippe RamosJeanne Captive (The Silence of Joan) 2011 teaser trailer stars Clémence Poésy, Liam Cunningham, Mathieu Amalric, Bernard Blancan, and Christopher Craig. Jeanne Captive‘s plot synopsis: “The Silence of Joan (Jeanne Captive) takes place in 1403 with Joan a captive of a powerful French lord who sells her off to the English…Between the walls that imprison her and the stake at which she will perish, men attempt to approach this young woman who embodies the infinite.”

I have seen two Joan of Arc productions: Christian Duguay‘s Joan of Arc TV mini-series starring Leelee Sobieski and Luc Besson‘s The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc starring Milla Jovovich. I have never seen Carl Theodor Dreyer‘s The Passion of Joan of Arc.

Jeanne Captive also stars Thierry Frémont, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, and Jean-François Stévenin. Watch Jeanne Captive
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Clémence Poésy is the latest Joan of Arc in 'Jeanne Captive'

Jeanne Captive is the latest version of the story of Jeanne D'Arc - a 15th-century teenage girl who led the French to [temporary] victory over the English at age 17.

Milla Jovovich and LeeLee Sobieski tackled the role in the 1990s in two English-language versions that are both love-or-hate-them. This time, a French version starring Clémence Poésy and directed by Philippe Ramos is set in 1403 during the time that Joan was a prisoner of a traitorous French lord who sold her to the English (who eventually burned her at the stake as a witch). Joan is portrayed as a manic-depressive who fears the loss of her "voices". Anyone who has undergone Cymbalta-withdrawal can relate, I'm sure, to what Joan goes through.

THR's review isn't extremely flattering. In fact, they call it "tedious". But then again, they barely allocated 4.5 paragraphs of digital space on their website to talk about the movie, so they
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Cannes 2011: Joan of Arc lives on in Philippe Ramos' The Silence Of Joan (Jeanne Captive)

Over the years, there have been numerous interpretations of the legend of Joan of Arc. Two of my favourites are Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc and at the other end of the scope, Luc Besson's over the top The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc which presents the young woman as a warrior (a version I enjoy though it is by far the most bombastic of the bunch).

It's been a few years since we've seen a new interpretation and this time, it's coming to us care of the French with Clémence Poésy in the lead role. The Silence of Joan (Jeanne Captive) takes place in 1403 with Joan a captive of a powerful French lord who sells her off to the English. The synopsis continues to read:

Between the walls that imprison her and the stake at which she will perish, men attempt to approach this
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Cannes 2011. Directors' Fortnight Lineup

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Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon and Bruno Romy's La Fee (The Fairy) will open this year's Directors' Fortnight on May 12 and Bouli Lanners's Les Géants (The Giants) will close it on May 22. Here's how the full lineup of 25 films pans out.

The Fairy. From MK2: "Dom works the night shift in a small hotel near the industrial sea port of Le Havre. One night, a woman arrives with no luggage and no shoes. Her name is Fiona. She tells Dom she is a fairy and grants him three wishes. Fiona makes two wishes come true, then mysteriously disappears. Dom, who by then has fallen in love with Fiona searches for her everywhere and eventually finds her. In the psychiatric hospital where she has been interned. The filmmakers behind the critically acclaimed Iceberg and Rumba are back to enchant the world."

Karim Ainouz's O abismo prateado.

Urszula Antoniak's Code Blue.
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DVD Review - In Their Sleep (2010)

In Their Sleep (French: Dans ton sommeil), 2010.

Written and Directed by Caroline du Potet and Éric du Potet.

Starring Anne Parillaud, Arthur Dupont and Thierry Frémont.

Synopsis:

Late at night Sarah (Anne Parillaud) is driving home from work when a young man runs in front of her car. The panicked boy says he caught a burglar in his house, saw his face and now the burglar is trying to kill him. But is he telling the truth?

In Their Sleep begins with an ominous shot of a pale body partly hidden in grass, unexplained until the final scenes, but it sets the tone of the film right from the start. It's a minimalist, lean feature, the compact storytelling utilised perfectly in the setup, where we meet Sarah, whose teenage son dies after jumping out his bedroom window to go out after Sarah and her husband insist he stays in and studies.
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In Their Sleep DVD review

While Hollywood has been falling over itself to churn out sequels, reboots and reinventions for the last few years, France has instead been quietly but effectively producing original fare that is not only very well-written, but genuinely thought-provoking.

Notable examples of this new wave of French cinema - which arguably kicked off with Alexandre Aja's divisive Haute Tension (2003) and Gasper Noé’s Irreversible (2002) - have been Ils (2006), Martyrs (2008), Inside (2007) and Frontière(s) (2007), the latter two produced by French company Br Films, who are behind the latest Gallic chiller In Their Sleep.

Written and directed by siblings Caroline Du Potet and Eric Du Potet, their debut feature for Frontière(s) producer Rodolphe Guglielmi shares many of the signature traits of these films, effectively combining an isolated setting with characters who may not be quite what they initially appear, and the general feeling for much of their running times of 'just
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Monthly Genre Celebration Bleedfest Film Festival Relaunches And Announces Schedule For Its Thriller Installment December 5th, 2010

What can I say. I love women, I love women in horror and I love women in power! Hey it's a turn on! So what we have here is nothing short of a powerful December 5th heading our way so check out the Press Release and read all about it, the women involved and their films in this great Film Fest called Bleedfest.

Monthly Genre celebration Bleedfest Film Festival announces schedule for its Thriller installment December 5th, 2010 

The schedule for the highly anticipated second BleedFest Film Festival has been announced. It includes a dozen female filmmakers' short films and concludes with international genre superstar's Caroline Du Potet's thriller feature In Their Sleep, her follow up to the sensational and disturbing Inside.

Special guests sitting in their own VIP section include World Famous Scream Queens/producers Michelle Tomlinson and Tara Cardinal, prominent journalist/filmmaker Heidi Martinuzzi, Emmy winning filmmaker Barbara Stepansky,
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French horror 'In Their Sleep' finally available on VOD!

Start: 12/03/2010 Start: 12/03/2010

Caroline and Eric du Potet co-directed the brand new French horror film In Their Sleep (Dans ton sommeil) starring amazing actress Anne Parillaud (La Femme Nikita), Arthur Dupont, Thierry Frémont, and Jean-Hugues Anglade (The Professional, Nikita), and it's out on VOD on Dec 3rd!

Previously released in France in March 2010, it is now going to be available worldwide.

One year after her teenage son's death, Sarah's life is in pieces. Then late one night, her car accidentally hits Arthur, a young man the same age as her boy, who suddenly emerges out of the forest and onto the road. Wounded and frightened, he is running from a mysterious assailant, hunting him down after Arthur caught him red handed in the act of burglary.

Sarah sympathizes with him, taking him in, only to be tracked down by the burglar whose murderous rage towards Arthur forces her to take action.
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In Their Sleep Comes to North America Through IFC Films' Video-on-demand Feature

In Their Sleep is a French language film, which will be shown in North America through IFC Film's video-on-demand platform. The release date is set for December 10th and the story involves a cat-and-mouse game between a robber, his victim, and an innocent female bystander. Not every one in the film is going to make it to the happy ending, as the bloody trailer suggests. Have a look at the clip below for this film from Br Films, which also brought Frontier(s) and L'Interieur (Inside) to theatres (Uhm).

The synopsis for In Their Sleep is here:

"After the brutal death of her 18 year-old son, Sarah's life is in pieces. Late one night, her car accidentally hits Arthur, a young man the same age as her boy, who suddenly emerges out of the forest and onto the road. Wounded and frightened, he is running from a mysterious assailant, hunting him
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IFC Readying its Genre Slate for December 2010/January 2011

It was way back in May when IFC Midnight acquired writer/director Antoine Blossier's debut feature Proie (Prey), and finally, come December we'll be able to watch it either On Demand (starting on the 1st) or in selected theatres (as of the 3rd).

The film, co-written by Blossier and Erich Vogel, stars Grégoire Colin, Bérénice Bejo, François Levantal, Joseph Malerba, Fred Ulysse, and Isabelle Renauld. It was produced by Polaris Film Finance & Production and Quasar Pictures.

Synopsis:

One night several deer hurl themselves unexpectedly against the electric fence of a farm. Seeing deep signs of biting on the animals’ bodies, the farm owners realize that a predator is roaming about the neighboring woods. Having determined to hunt it down, the farmer and his family penetrate deep into the surrounding forest. They look with bewilderment at the dying environment ravaged by a mysterious evil force. As the sun slowly sinks away,
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Djinns with an Extended Movie Trailer Here

Djinns Alt' Movie Poster

Djinns aka Stranded is a French language film from the married couple Hugues and Sandra Martin. Djinns is another word for the more familiar genies and in the extended clip below the Djinns lay havoc on a French patrol searching for a downed aircraft (Uhm). The trailer, or promo reel shows the Djinns up close and personal as they use the elements and desert creatures to terrorize these unlucky and isolated soldiers. Have a watch of the trailer below and check out an alternate poster for the film here.

The synopsis for Djinns here:

"The North African Desert of the Sahara - 1960. Soldiers are sent on a rescue mission in the desert. Trapped in a sand storm, isolated from their commander, they run into Algerian rebels. As they seek shelter in an uncharted village another, invisible, threat comes out from the desert -- the Djinns. As their ranks are decimated,
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Batch of New Pics From French Horror Djinns

French horror has come on leaps and bounds in the past few years so I think it's safe to get just a little excited about the upcoming desert horror flick 'Djinns'. It's been through a few name changes bouncing back from 'Stranded' to 'Djinns' and so forth. But a slew of new stills from the movie have appeared online and you can check them out below. Nothing too interesting there at the moment but we're sure future stills will prove even more effective. 'Algeria, 1960. A section of French paratroopers are sent in search of a missing aircraft in the Algerian desert. The wreckage of the plane is quickly located, but there are no survivors, just a suitcase stamped 'Top Secret'. Stormed by enemy soldiers, the troops find refuge in a strange abandoned citadel. Despite warnings from the place's Guardian to leave at once, they wake up the Djinns,
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Djinns Use the Desert Against the French Army: A Movie Preview

Djinns aka Stranded is a film that was shot in Morocco with Snd picking up this supernatural thriller for international distribution and now the first movie poster can be seen here. The film follows a group of French paratroopers into the Algerian desert where they dumbfoundedly come across a group of Arabian spirits conveniently named Djinns. Have a read of the synopsis until a trailer arrives shortly. Are you listening Snd?

The synopsis for Djinns here

"Algeria, 1960. A section of French paratroopers are sent in search of a missing aircraft in the Algerian desert. The wreckage of the plane was quickly located, but there were no survivors, just a suitcase stamped "Top Secret". Stormed by enemy soldiers, the troops find refuge in a strange abandoned citadel. Despite warnings from the places Guardian to leave at once, they wake up the Djinns, the evil spirits of the desert..." (24 Frames).

Directors: Hugues and Sandra Martin.
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New Artwork: In Their Sleep

Some new art for the latest film from the duo who brought us the ultra-psycho home invasion film Inside, entitled In Their Sleep (or Dans ton sommeil), just came our way; and it's looking like Caroline du Potet and Eric du Potet are readying themselves to terrorize audiences all over again.

Look for more on this film starring Anne Parillaud, Arthur Dupont, Thierry Fremont and Jean-Hugues Anglade soon. In the interim check out the trailer, the art, and the plot crunch below.

Synopsis

"One year after her teenage son's death, Sarah's life is in pieces. Then late one night her car accidentally hits Arthur, a young man the same age as her boy, who suddenly emerges out of the forest and onto the road. Wounded and frightened, he is running from a mysterious assailant, hunting him down after Arthur caught him red-handed in the act of burglary. Sarah sympathizes with him,
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