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Amazon Studios Buys ‘Les Misérables’ For $1.5 Million Following Cannes Premiere

Amazon Studios on Friday acquired U.S. rights to writer and director Ladj Ly’s “Les Misérables,” following the film’s world premiere at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

Les Misérables” is Ly’s first feature and the only debut in the competition section at the festival. The film premiered Wednesday evening to great fanfare. An individual with knowledge of the deal said it was likely around $1.5 million.

Inspired by the 2005 Paris riots, and Ly’s César-nominated short film of the same name, “Les Misérables” takes a provocative look into the tensions between neighborhood residents and police. It centers on Stéphane (Damien Bonnard), who has recently joined the anti-crime brigade in Montfermeil, the Paris suburb where Victor Hugo set his classic novel Les Misérables. Alongside his new colleagues Chris (Alexis Manenti) and Gwada (Djibril Zonga) — both experienced members of the team — he quickly discovers tensions running high between local gangs. When
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Cannes Buzz Movie ‘Les Misérables’ Sells To Amazon For U.S.

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Cannes Buzz Movie ‘Les Misérables’ Sells To Amazon For U.S.
Cannes buzz movie Les Misérables has sold to Amazon Studios in one of the biggest domestic deals ever for a French-language movie.

Writer-director Ladj Ly’s feature debut received strong notices here after launching on the Croisette. It’s in the vein of Mathieu Kassovitz’s La Haine and Fernando MeirellesCity Of God and is the only debut in the Official Competition. The deal is understood to be between $1-2M.

Inspired by the 2005 Paris riots, and Ly’s César-nominated short film of the same name, Les Misérables takes a provocative look into the tensions between neighborhood residents and police. It centers on Stéphane (Damien Bonnard), who has recently joined the anti-crime brigade in Montfermeil, the Paris suburb where Victor Hugo set his classic novel Les Misérables. Alongside his new colleagues Chris (Alexis Manenti) and Gwada (Djibril Zonga) — both experienced members of the team — he quickly discovers tensions running high between local gangs.
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Ladj Ly’s ‘Les Misérables’ Is Rare Competition Debut For A Feature First-Timer — Cannes Ones To Watch

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Ladj Ly’s ‘Les Misérables’ Is Rare Competition Debut For A Feature First-Timer  — Cannes Ones To Watch
Whenever a first-time feature director makes it into the Cannes Film Festival Competition it’s worth taking notice. Only a small handful have achieved the honor in recent years, and one, László Nemes back in 2015, took his Son of Saul all the way from the Croisette to the Foreign Language Film Oscar. This year, Ladj Ly has the distinction of being the sole debutant with Les Misérables, not adapted from, but echoing some of the strife of Victor Hugo’s classic 1862 novel of the same name, and set in today’s Paris.

Ly is a French actor and documentary filmmaker who hails from the Parisian suburb of Montfermeil, which inspired the setting of the Hugo novel. To give a hint at expectations for Ly’s film, Vincent Maraval, the co-founder of Wild Bunch, describes Ly’s talent thus: “Ladj is a ray of sunshine in a peevish cinematographic landscape. He’s the new boss,
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2019 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 2 – Ladj Ly’s Les Misérables

An actor whose appeared in both of Romain Gavras’ outings as a director (he was one of the founding members of the collective Kourtrajmé best known for his short documentaries 365 Jours a Clichy-Montfermeil (2007) and Go Fast Connection (2008), this debut by Mali-born Ladj Ly stars returning players (from the short) in Damien Bonnard, Alexis Manenti and Djibril Zonga along with Jeanne Balibar in a tale set in and around Paris. After beginning in the docu form and sight unseen, a lot can already be said about a comp berth for a debut film (a rarity) in competition. Les Misérables is among a pair of comp entries that are based on a short film and this feature appears to have gone into production quickly after putting out the short in 2017 — but worth noting this man has been filming all his life — shooting not with a gun, but with any means necessary (flip
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‘Les Miserables’ Film Review: Socially Minded Thriller Breathes New Life Into an Old Tale

‘Les Miserables’ Film Review: Socially Minded Thriller Breathes New Life Into an Old Tale
Last July, the city of Paris echoed with cries of joy as thousands upon thousands took to the streets to celebrate their country’s World Cup victory over Croatia. The moment of social unity did not endure, but it left a lasting impression — shots of the celebrations play as an overture for Ladj Ly’s “Les Miserables,” which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday.

Mind you, the French director does not linger on the punch-drunk joy for very long; he is, after all, more interested in the hangover that would soon follow.

With his feature debut, Ly sets out to explore the various social and economic fissures that could take a society from collective triumph to revolutionary anger over just a matter of days – fissures that are hardly limited to France, and, as the Victor Hugo-evoking title would suggest, in no way unique to the 21st Century.
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‘Les Misérables’: First English-Language Clip For Buzzed-About Cannes Competition Film

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‘Les Misérables’: First English-Language Clip For Buzzed-About Cannes Competition Film
Exclusive: Here’s first English-language footage for buzzed-about Cannes Competition film Les Misérables by writer-director Ladj Ly, who has just signed with CAA.

Ly, who is also a Deadline One to Watch this year, makes his feature debut with the movie that’s in the vein of Mathieu Kassovitz’s La Haine and Fernando MeirellesCity Of God. In a rare turn for a first-timer, Les Misérables is in Competition at Cannes and is the only debut in the section.

Inspired by the 2005 Paris riots, and Ly’s César-nominated short film of the same name, Les Misérables takes a provocative look into the tensions between neighborhood residents and police. It centers on Stéphane (Damien Bonnard), who has recently joined the anti-crime brigade in Montfermeil, the Paris suburb where Victor Hugo set his classic novel Les Misérables. Alongside his new colleagues Chris (Alexis Manenti) and Gwada (Djibril Zonga) — both experienced members
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CAA Signs Ladj Ly; First-Time Feature Director’s ‘Les Misérables’ Premiering In Cannes Competition

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Exclusive: Les Misérables writer/director Ladj Ly has signed with CAA. Ly, who is also a Deadline One to Watch this year, makes his feature debut with the movie that’s in the vein of Mathieu Kassovitz’s La Haine and Fernando MeirellesCity Of God. In a rare turn for a first-timer, Les Misérables is in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival and is the only debut in the section.

Inspired by the 2005 Paris riots, and Ly’s César-nominated short film of the same name, Les Misérables takes a provocative look into the tensions between neighborhood residents and police. It centers on Stéphane (Damien Bonnard), who has recently joined the anti-crime brigade in Montfermeil, the Paris suburb where Victor Hugo set his classic novel Les Misérables. Alongside his new colleagues Chris (Alexis Manenti) and Gwada (Djibril Zonga) — both experienced members of the team — he quickly discovers tensions running high between local gangs.
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UK box office preview: can 'Avengers: Endgame' challenge opening record?

‘Avengers’ will be a boost to UK cinemas after a dreadful previous weekend.

After a dreadful weekend at the UK box office last time out, with no films topping £1m across Friday-Sunday, this week sees the welcome arrival of Disney’s latest superhero blockbuster Avengers: Endgame.

The film is the final entry in the current cycle of Marvel comic book adaptations and has been hotly anticipated since the previous film, Avengers: Infinity War, was released in April last year.

That movie started with a mammoth £23.1m opening Fri-Sun, and took £29.4m including previews on the Thursday. It went on to
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The World Is Yours review – brash Franco-crime caper

Isabelle Adjani and Vincent Cassel star in a carnivalesque romp peopled by the chancers and artful dodgers of France’s immigrant underclass

Romain Gavras is no political firebrand like his father, Costa-Gavras. But there is something faintly political in his decision to make what former French president Nicolas Sarkozy called la racaille (“scum”)– the outsiders, chancers and artful dodgers from the country’s immigrant underclass – so unrepentantly the heroes of his second film, a brash and jubilant Guy Ritchie-style crime caper.

Karim Leklou stars as Farès, a schlubby small-time dealer looking to go straight by acquiring the Mr Freeze ice-pops franchise in Morocco. When he finds out that his mother (a brazen Isabelle Adjani) has gambled away the savings needed to close the deal, he’s forced to lead a Benidorm drugs run for Putin, the new drug lord on the block.
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Full UK Trailer for Romain Gavras' Crime Comedy 'The World Is Yours'

"We're in too much trouble, let's call your mum." Studiocanal UK has debuted an official UK trailer for the French crime comedy The World Is Yours, originally released under the title Le monde est à toi (which translates to the same) in France last year. It premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in Directors' Fortnight last summer, and earned some rave reviews (read mine here). The World Is Yours is a fun crime comedy / thriller about a former drug dealer who has to get back in the business one more time to get his life back on track. The film stars Karim Leklou, Vincent Cassel, Isabelle Adjani, Oulaya Amamra, Philippe Katerine, François Damiens, and Norbert Ferrer. Featuring a score by Jamie Xx and SebastiAn. This is a fantastic French crime film, and it's definitely worth discovering whenever you have a chance to catch it. Here's the official UK trailer (+ French
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Wild Bunch to launch Paris suburbs drama 'Les Misérables' at the Efm (exclusive)

Slate also includes Cannes hopefuls Ken Loach’s Sorry We Missed You, Kore-eda Hirokazu’s The Truth and Kantemir Balagov’s Beanpole.

Wild Bunch has boarded sales on zeitgeisty drama Les Misérables, the directorial debut of filmmaker Ladj Ly, a long-time collaborator of French street artist Jr, whose work focuses on the tough eastern suburbs of Paris where he grew up.

Inspired by the 2005 riots in the notorious Clichy-sous-Bois and Montfermeil suburbs east of Paris, Les Misérables revolves around three members of an anti-crime brigade who are overrun while trying to make an arrest.

“It’s a challenging, exciting title for us,
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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019: #73. Sisters (Soeurs) – Yamina Benguigui

Sisters (Soeurs)

It’s been eighteen years since Yamina Benguigui’s critically acclaimed 2001 debut Inch’Allah dimanche, and she’s back with sophomore narrative feature Sisters (Soeurs). Benguigui (also serving as producer) finds a stellar trio of actresses as her three ‘sisters,’ including Isabelle Adjani (who recently made a high-profile reappearance in Romain GavrasThe World is Yours), Maiwenn, and Rachida Bakri who starred in Coline Serreau’s 2001 title Chaos (Maiwenn’s first film appearance was as Adani’s daughter in Jean Becker’s One Deadly Summer – 1983). This will also be the first project Adjani has filmed in her father’s native country.…
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Video: Romain Gavras’ The World is Yours (Le monde est à toi) | 2018 Cannes Film Festival

We haven’t been bemused by gangsta comedy genre perhaps since Guy Ritchie’s bumbling idiot films, and yet with this long anticipated sophomore film, Romain Gavras surprises all expectations with The World is Yours (Le monde est à toi) with a misfit cast comprised of Karim Leklou, Vincent Cassel and Isabelle Adjani and all of their quirks. Abiding by the rule of the split genre, Gavras returns to filmmaking employing all the tools of the trade that he perfected with commercial and music video work. This should play well with the French public. Here is post Q&A world premiere footage from the Directors’ Fortnight.…
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Karlovy Vary Review: ‘The World is Yours’ Continues Romain Gavras’ Brand of Poetic, Ironic Postmodernism

Near the close of Howard Hawks’ 1932 film Scarface, Paul Muni’s worn out hoodlum looked up to see a billboard for Cook’s Tours with a slogan that, with more than a dash of existential mockery, read: The World is Yours. Half a century later, in Brian De Palma’s great remake of the Hawks classic, Al Pacino stood similarly beleaguered outside his modernist mansion and saw those very same words scrawl across a passing blimp (Nas would solidify the phrase’s street cred in 1994 when he used it as the basis for the most anthemic track on his debut album). The somewhat comparably unlawful anti-hero of this new film (which takes those four words as its title) is not a whole lot like Muni or Pacino’s immigrant gangsters. Indeed, it’s not the world he’s after at all. He simply wishes to make enough dough from drug
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The 10 Best Overlooked Movies of 2018, So Far

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The 10 Best Overlooked Movies of 2018, So Far
If 2018 ended today, it would have been a very solid year for cinema. From “First Reformed” to “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” recent theatrical releases have provided plenty of reasons to celebrate the vitality of movies as an art form and an essential conversation-starter. Of course, the fall is just a few months away, and it’s dense with a whole bunch of new possibilities sure to complicate any overview of the year’s highlights. December will look very different, and make it all that harder to recall those hidden gems the hidden gems that deserved more attention than they received.

While we continue to gather an ongoing list of the best indie movies of the year so far, we’re taking this opportunity to point out a handful of titles that have yet to land the appropriate exposure. There were no hard-and-fast rules for qualifications here — festival favorites
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Karlovy Vary Film Festival to honour Tim Robbins; adds Terry Gilliam, Caleb Landry Jones

Karlovy Vary Film Festival to honour Tim Robbins; adds Terry Gilliam, Caleb Landry Jones
The festival has also unveiled its international juries.

Tim Robbins will receive the Crystal Globe for outstanding contribution to world cinema at the 53rd edition of Karlovy Vary Film Festival.

The actor, director, producer and screenwriter will also present two of his films at the festival – Bob Roberts (1992) and Cradle Will Rock (1999), both of which take in the crossover of politics and music in the United States.

Robbins will also give a concert at the festival, as part of his group Tim Robbins and The Rogues Gallery Band.

Kviff has also announced the international juries for this year’s event.
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Tim Robbins to Be Feted at Karlovy Vary Film Festival

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Tim Robbins to Be Feted at Karlovy Vary Film Festival
The Karlovy Vary Film Festival, the leading movie event in Central and Eastern Europe, will honor Tim Robbins with its award for outstanding contribution to world cinema, the fest announced Tuesday, and the actor will screen two pics he directed and wrote, the acerbic polemic “Bob Roberts” and the tribute to pre-wwii music and politics “Cradle Will Rock.”

Robbins, who also wrote music for several of his films, including “Bob Roberts” with brother David, will perform with The Rogues Gallery Band. Terry Gilliam will also roll into the Czech Republic spa town for the fest, running June 29 to July 7, to screen “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” his disaster-prone take on the Cervantes classic that took 18 years to complete and premiered in Cannes.

Anna Paquin will also be feted, screening the family grief road movie “The Parting Glass” along with the film’s director, her husband Stephen Moyer, screenwriter and
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Karlovy Vary Festival To Fete Tim Robbins With Crystal Globe; Terry Gilliam, Anna Paquin, John Lesher Among Guests

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Karlovy Vary Festival To Fete Tim Robbins With Crystal Globe; Terry Gilliam, Anna Paquin, John Lesher Among Guests
This year’s 53rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (June 29 – July 7) will present a Crystal Globe for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema to actor and director Tim Robbins.

Oscar-winner Robbins, known for a string of memorable performances including in Mystic River and The Shawshank Redemption and for directing movies including Dead Man Walking, will present two of his directorial efforts at the Czech festival: Bob Roberts and Cradle Will Rock. He will also appear on stage for a special concert performance with his band Tim Robbins And The Rogues Gallery Band.

As previously revealed, the festival will also present a Crystal Globe — its highest award — to Rain Man director Barry Levinson. Among festival guests this year will be Terry Gilliam, who will present his labor of love The Man Who Killed Don Quixote; Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, who will present Parting Glass; actor Rory Cochrane and producer John Lesher,
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Cannes 2018: Romain Gavras' 'The World is Yours' is Ludicrously Fun

There are not that many comedies that play at the Cannes Film Festival every year, only a few good ones slip in. The World is Yours, titled Le monde est à toi in French, is the latest feature film made by acclaimed music video director Romain Gavras. The film is a comedy about a small-time drug dealer from Paris who as aspirations to get out of the drug world once and for all, and settle down selling Mr. Freeze ice pops in Morocco. The biggest thing in his way - his own mother, who actually is one of the top gangsters in the city, and still has a steady hand on all of his money. This film plays like Snatch meets Spring Breakers with some serious French attitude, a mobster "coming-of-age" for the new age that is so much ludicrous fun. It's about time Gavras breaks out and gets the
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‘The World Is Yours’ Vincent Cassel & Romain Gavras Riff On Fortnight Comedy – Cannes Studio

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‘The World Is Yours’ Vincent Cassel & Romain Gavras Riff On Fortnight Comedy – Cannes Studio
The Directors’ Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival has provided some strong picks this year, including French heist comedy The World Is Yours which was rousingly received. The second feature from Romain Gavras (son of Costa-Gavras), who is best known for his music video work with such artists as Mia, Kanye West and Justice, stars Vincent Cassel who appeared in and produced his 2010 debut Our Day Will Come. The collaborators chatted with Deadline this week about the film, riffing on one another and the influence of Italian comedies on this stylish sophomore effort (check out the video above).

The World Is Yours follows François, a small-time drug dealer who wants to call it quits and become the official distributor of the Mr Freeze popsicle brand in North Africa. His dream vanishes when he learns that his mother (Isabelle Adjani) has spent all his life savings. When his boss presents
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