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Film News Roundup: Ansel Elgort to Star in ‘The Great High School Imposter’

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Film News Roundup: Ansel Elgort to Star in ‘The Great High School Imposter’
In today’s film news roundup, Ansel Elgort is going to high school, “Rockaway” gets a release, and “Suspiria” producer Bradley Fischer is honored.

Casting

Ansel Elgort has come aboard to star in the drama “The Great High School Imposter” for Participant Media and Condé Nast Entertainment.

The project is based on a Daniel Riley GQ Magazine article published this year about Artur Samarin, a young Ukranian man who posed as a teenager so he could be adopted by a childless couple in a small Pennsylvania town and became the top student in his high school. Saramin was five years older than he claimed. His adopted parents turned him into the authorities.

Mike Makowsky is adapting the script. Jeremy Steckler of Condé Nast Entertainment is producing. Makowsky, Elgort, and Emily Gerson Saines will be executive producers. Robert Kessel and Jonathan King are overseeing for Participant.

Elgort starred in “The Fault in Our Stars
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Jews in the News, Cannes

Resistance” the story of the famed mime Marcel Marceau and how he learned to mime in order to survive and to save the lives of Jewish orphans in World War II France, written and to be directed by “Hands of Stone” director Jonathan Jakubowicz and produced by Claudine Jakubowicz and Carlos Garcia de Paredes, will star the curly haired and fast talking Jesse Eisenberg who played Mark Zuckerberg in the 2010 film “The Social Network”. Baptiste Marceau, the oldest son of Marcel, has been closely involved in the research for this European coproduction that CAA is packaging and representing in Cannes. Marceau the artist of silence gave his first major performance to 3,000 American troops after the liberation of Paris in August 1944.

Michael Jackson and Marcel Marceau

The producers of last year’s Norwegian hit, “The Wave”, have turned their attention to Marius Holst’s “Betrayed”, the story of the Norwegian Jews
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French cinema guild sends message of solidarity over proposed Trump cuts

French cinema guild sends message of solidarity over proposed Trump cuts
L’Arp expresses love for Us culture and “consternation” at Us president’s budget plan.

French cinema guild L’Arp has issued a message of solidarity with Us filmmakers and artists, condemning Us President Donald Trump’s recently revealed proposals to slash cultural spending.

“We love American culture and cinema which for us [are] our inexhaustible sources of inspiration and escape,” said the body, jointly presided over by Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius (pictured) and filmmaker Julie Bertuccelli.

“We therefore wish to express our solidarity with the American filmmakers and artists who have recently mobilised against this decision.”

Under its budget proposals for the next fiscal year, the Trump administration is planning to cut some $971m previously earmarked for non-profit cultural entities, including theatres, writing programmes, orchestras, libraries and public broadcasters.

The biggest losers are expected to be the National Endowment For The Arts, the Corporation For Public Broadcasting, the Institute Of Museum And Library Services, and the National
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French cinema guild offers solidarity over proposed Trump cuts

French cinema guild offers solidarity over proposed Trump cuts
L’Arp statement expresses love for Us culture and consternation over Us president’s budget plan.

French cinema guild L’Arp has issued a message of solidarity with Us filmmakers and artists, condemning Us President Donald Trump’s recently revealed proposals to slash cultural spending.

“We love American culture and cinema which for us are inexhaustible sources of inspiration and escape,” said the body, jointly presided over by Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius (pictured) and filmmaker Julie Bertuccelli.

“We therefore wish to express our solidarity with the American filmmakers and artists who have recently mobilised against this decision.”

Under its budget proposals for the next fiscal year, the Trump administration is planning to cut some $971m previously earmarked for non-profit cultural entities, including theatres, writing programmes, orchestras, libraries and public broadcasters.

The biggest losers are expected to be the National Endowment For The Arts, the Corporation For Public Broadcasting, the Institute Of Museum And Library Services, and the National
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Olivier Megaton unveils conman doc at the Efm

Olivier Megaton unveils conman doc at the Efm
Exclusive: Paris-based Upside Distribution is screening a teaser trailer at Efm.

French action director Olivier Megaton is hitting the European Film Market (Efm) this weekend with a teaser screening of his upcoming documentary Roc, The World’s Greatest Con Artist, about infamous French con artist Christophe Rocancourt, which is currently in post-production.

The Taken 2 and Taken 3 and Transporter 3 director reveals that between big budget action pictures he likes to make documentaries.

“I started out as a painter, not a director. Documentary helps me return to something more human and artisanal that I had when I was painting,” says Megaton.

“As time goes by the films I make are more and more heavy, complicated and pressured. When I am not making films, I need to do something different as I am addicted to work and find it impossible to stop. Documentary is something perfect for me. There’s not so much pressure and I love
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Megaton unveils conman doc at the Efm

Megaton unveils conman doc at the Efm
Exclusive: Paris-based Upside Distribution is screening a teaser trailer at Efm.

French action director Olivier Megaton is hitting the European Film Market (Efm) this weekend with a teaser screening of his upcoming documentary Roc, The World’s Greatest Con Artist, about infamous French con artist Christophe Rocancourt, which is currently in post-production.

The Taken 2 and Taken 3 and Transporter 3 director reveals that between big budget action pictures he likes to make documentaries.

“I’m started out as a painter, not a director. Documentary helps me return to something more human and artisanal that I had when I was painting,” says Megaton.

“As time goes by the films I make are more and more heavy, complicated and pressured. When I am not making films, I need to do something different as I am addicted to work and find it impossible to stop. Documentary is something perfect for me. There’s not so much pressure and I love
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France submits Verhoeven’s 'Elle' to Oscar race

France submits Verhoeven’s 'Elle' to Oscar race
First time France submits film by non-French national since 1977.

Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven’s revenge thriller Elle will represent France as the country’s submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 89th Academy Awards next year.

France’s National Cinema Centre (Cnc), which oversees the selection process, made the announcement on Monday (Sept 26).

Verhoeven’s French-language debut stars Isabelle Huppert as a video game company boss who seeks revenge on a brutal rapist.

The film generated considerable buzz at Cannes, where it world premiered in Competition, for its subject matter and Huppert’s strong performance.

Read: Paul Verhoeven talks returning to Cannes with ‘Elle

It is the first time France has submitted a film by a non-French national since Israeli director Moshé Mizrahi’s Madame Rosa, starring Simone Signoret as a retired prostitute, in 1977. It went on to win the Foreign Language category.

Verhoeven’s films have been submitted for the Foreign Language category
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Other Angle Pictures takes on the '#TheJews'

Paris-based sales company takes on provocative film.

Paris-based Other Angle Pictures has taken on international sales of Yvan Attal’s provocative tragicomic portmanteau film #TheJews exploring antisemitism and the clichés surrounding the Jewish race.

The film – produced by Oscar-winning producer Thomas Langmann (The Artist) - was born out of Israeli-French actor and director Attal’s personal sense of persecution and a growing antisemitism amid reactions from his friends and family that he was over-reacting.

“Yvan tackles several clichés surrounding the Jews from ‘They’re everywhere’, to ‘They killed Jesus Christ’ in a series of sketches – each of them tragi-comic in tone,” explains Other Angle chief Olivier Albou.

Attal has pulled together an ensemble cast including wife Charlotte Gainsbourg as well as Dany Boon, Benoit Poelvoorde, François Damiens, Gilles Lelouche, Gregory Gadebois, Denys Podalydes and Valerie Bonneton.

“Obviously, it’s controversial topic but it’s also a timely one,” said Albou of the film which is due to
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Other Angle takes Zoe Cassavetes' 'Day Out of Days'

Other Angle takes Zoe Cassavetes' 'Day Out of Days'
Exclusive: Deal signed following French premiere at Deauville.

Other Angle has acquired world rights to Zoe Cassavetes’ second feature Day Out of Days, following a 40-something, former movie star whose acting career has hit the buffers.

The Paris-based sales company signed the film following its French premiere at the Deauville American Film Festival last week.

French actress Alexia Landeau, who appeared alongside Julie Delpy in 2 Days In Paris and its sequel 2 Days In New York, stars with support from Eddie Izzard, Melanie Griffith and Alessandro Nivola.

Day Out of Days premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June.

“It’s got a great little cast,” said Other Angle co-chief Olivier Albou who will commence sales on the film in Toronto this week.

Full Speed

Another key addition to the Other Angle slate is Full Speed (A Fond), the latest film from Nicolas Benamou, director of the hit French found-footage comedy Babysitting, which drew more
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #82. Jean-Francois Richet’s One Wild Moment

One Wild Moment

Director: Jean-Francois Richet // Writers: Lisa Azuelos, Claude Berri (original film), Jean-Francois Richet

Jean-Francois Richet won a Cesar for his 1996 debut, Inner City, but snagged international attention for his Us remake of John Carpenter’s Assault on Precinct 13 back in 2005 before directing his more notable exploration of the French gangster Jacques Mesrine, which starred Vincent Cassel in a pair of 2008 titles. This coming year will see Richet unveiling a Mel Gibson headlined film, Blood Father, but we’re more interested in his remake of Claude Berri’s 1977 film here known as One Wild Moment, starring Cassel and Francois Cluzet as friends that take their teenage daughters on vacation, though one of them has an indiscreet liaison with the other’s kid. Sounds fantastically uncomfortable.

Cast: Vincent Cassel, Francois Cluzet

Producer: La Petite Reine’s Thomas Langmann (The Search)

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available.

Release Date: We’re
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Salma Hayek Sports Sexy Black Bikini on Vacation, Looks Amazing at 48: Pictures

Salma Hayek Sports Sexy Black Bikini on Vacation, Looks Amazing at 48: Pictures
Not even close to over the hill! Salma Hayek proved that age is just a number on Friday, Dec. 26, when she was spotted vacationing on a luxury yacht in St. Barths.  Slipping off her black lace cover-up, the 48-year-old Oscar nominee flashed her hourglass figure and flat tummy in a sexy black bikini. She wore her hair up in a messy bun, and appeared to be virtually makeup-free. Along with her husband, French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault, their daughter Valentina, 7, and French producer pal Thomas Langmann, Hayek [...]
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Cannes Check 2014: Michel Hazanavicius' 'The Search'

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Cannes Check 2014: Michel Hazanavicius' 'The Search'
Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at next month's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up, from the most recent Oscar winner in the lineup: Michael Hazanavicius' "The Search." The director: Michel Hazanavicius (French, 47 years old). Three years ago, Hazanavicius was a somewhat unlikely Competition entrant: regarded as a lightweight commercial comedy director, his film was initially placed in a non-competitive slot, and only upgraded when another planned inclusion didn't pan out. That film, of course, was "The Artist." Now, Hazanavicius returns to the festival with an Oscar to his name, while he and his wife -- last year's Best Actress winner Bérénice Bejo -- are one of French cinema's premier power couples.
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Wild Bunch unveils Cannes slate

Exclusive: Wild Bunch to launch new films from Verhoeven, Noé, Kechiche as well as Spring Breakers 2, Maniac Cop remake and market premiere Welcome to New York.

Paris-based sales and production powerhouse Wild Bunch has unveiled a packed Cannes slate, featuring future films from Paul Verhoeven, Gaspar Noé and Abdellatif Kechiche as well as Spring Breakers 2 and the remake of Maniac Cop.

The untitled Paul Verhoeven project is an adaptation of French writer Philippe Djian’s 2012 novel Oh!, revolving around a psychological game of cat-and-mouse between a businesswoman and a stalker who raped her, a crime for which she is seeking revenge.

“Casting is being finalised. It’s a very intelligent script but it’s also pure Verhoeven, extremely erotic and perverted, so the actress has to be prepared to take that on,” said Wild Bunch co-chief Vincent Maraval.

Wild Bunch will also launch Spring Breakers: The Second Coming, in which the Spring Breakers do battle with an
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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #53. Fabrice Du Welz’s Colt 45

Colt 45

Director: Fabrice Du Welz

Writer: Fathi Beddiar

Producers: Julien Arnoux, Sébastien Delloye, Thomas Langmann, Emmanuel Montamat

U.S. Distributor: Rights Avilable

Cast: Gerard Lanvin, Joey Starr, Alice Taglioni, Philippe Nahon

The very busy Belgian director Fabrice Du Welz makes our 2014 list twice (see the number 20 position), and this second entry feels like more of departure for the director. An cop thriller from a first time screenwriter, we’re curious to see Welz’s union with Joey Starr, along with uniting once more with the generally terrifying Philippe Nahon.

Gist: Weapon supervisor and shooting instructor for National Police, Vincent Milès is an expert in combat shooting. He’s only 25 and the elites from all around the globe are courting him. Against all odds, he refuses to join the prestigious field squads. His life takes a crucial turn when he meets Milo Cardena, a mysterious field agent, who drags him
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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #158. Michel Hazanavicius’ The Search

The Search

Director: Michel Hazanavicius

Writer: Michel Hazanvicius

Producers: Thomas Langmann

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Berenice Bejo, Annette Bening

Michel Hazanavicius’ follow-up feature to his Oscar winning 2011 film The Artist (he also directed a segment in the 2012 omnibus film, The Players), will undoubtedly be one of the most anticipated films of the year. Once again, he’s cast wife Berenice Bejo in a plum role in this remake of a 1948 Fred Zinnemann film starring Montgomery Clift. A modernized political climate and switch in gender dynamics should make this an interesting rehash. And of course, Annette Bening is always a notable presence.

Gist: A woman who works for a non-governmental organization (Ngo) forms a special relationship with a young boy in war-torn Chechnya.

Release Date: If it’s ready in time, we’ll assume Cannes, but if not, this will certainly be a fall fest premiere.

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Bérénice Bejo And Annette Bening Starring In Michel Hazanavicius’s The Search

Worldview Entertainment has closed a deal for the North American distribution rights for Academy Award winner Michel Hazanavicius’s drama, The Search, starring Academy Award nominees Bérénice Bejo and Annette Bening.

Hazanavicius wrote the screenplay and is reuniting with Academy Award winning producer Thomas Langmann, and his award winning production team from The Artist.

The Search is the story of an Ngo worker who forms a special relationship with a young boy in warn-torn Chechnya and is based on Academy Award winner Fred Zinnemann’s Oscar-winning 1948 film, with the same title, which is set in post-World War II Berlin.

The production is currently filming in the country of Georgia before moving to France.

Worldview’s Christopher Woodrow, Molly Conners, Maria Cestone and Sarah E. Johnson will executive produce. The Search is the second acquisition for Worldview this year following the pre-Cannes pick-up of the competition title, “Jimmy P.,” starring Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro,
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Worldview acquires The Search

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Worldview Entertainment has acquired North American rights to Michel Hazanavicius’s drama The Search starring Bérénice Bejo and Annette Bening. Wild Bunch handles international sales at the Afm.

Hazanavicius wrote the screenplay and reunites with his producer on The Artist, Thomas Langmann.

Worldview’s Christopher Woodrow, Molly Conners, Maria Cestone and Sarah E Johnson will serve as executive producers on the story of an Ngo worker who forms a special relationship with a young boy in warn-torn Chechnya.

CAA represented Worldview on the acquisition.
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Worldview Picks Up The Artist Director Michel Hazanavicius & Star Bérénice Bejo's New Drama The Search

[Press Release] November 6, 2013 (Los Angeles, CA) -- Worldview Entertainment has closed a deal for the North American distribution rights for Academy Award winner Michel Hazanavicius’s drama, “The Search,” starring Academy Award nominees Bérénice Bejo and Annette Bening. Hazanavicius wrote the screenplay and is reuniting with Academy Award winning producer Thomas Langmann, and his award winning production team from “The Artist.” Worldview’s Christopher Woodrow, Molly Conners, Maria Cestone and Sarah E. Johnson will executive produce. “The Search” is the second acquisition for Worldview this year following the pre-Cannes pick-up of the competition title, “Jimmy P.,” starring Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, which was later sold to IFC Films. “The Search” is the story of an Ngo...
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Bérénice Bejo & Annette Bening To Star In Michel Hazanavicius’ ‘The Search’

Bérénice Bejo & Annette Bening To Star In Michel Hazanavicius’ ‘The Search’
Exclusive: Annette Bening and The Artist‘s Bérénice Bejo have signed on to star in Oscar winner Michel Hazanavicius‘ drama The Search. Hazanavicius also penned the screenplay. Pic will reunite Hazanavicius with producer Thomas Langmann and his award-winning production team from The Artist. Worldview Entertainment’s Christopher Woodrow, Molly Conners, Maria Cestone and Sarah E. Johnson will executive produce. The Search is the story of an Ngo worker who forms a special relationship with a young boy in war-torn Chechnya. It’s based on Fred Zinnemann’s Oscar-winning 1948 film, which is set in post-World War II Berlin. Shooting is underway in the country of Georgia, then will move on to France. Bening and Bejo are repped by CAA.
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Michel Hazanavicius Has Been Filming ‘The Search’ In Secret

After spending most of 2012′s Oscar season learning how to touch-type the director’s syllable-heavy surname, it’s time to get that muscle memory back into gear, as French director Michel Hazanavicius is back with his followup to monochrome Oscar darling, The Artist – unless we count 2012′s short film showcase, Les Infideles, aka, The Players.

Hazanavicius’ involvement in a remake of Fred Zinnemann’s 1948 film, The Search, was confirmed prior to The Artist’s five Academy Awards, but word has it that the project has been filming since August. Though details are sparse, this collaborative effort with The Artist’s respective producer and cinematographer, Thomas Langmann and Guillame Schiffman, is reportedly soon to shift production from Georgia to Paris.

Berenice Bejo – aka Mrs. Hazanavicius – is set to lead the tale of an Ngo worker who looks to help a lost boy reunite with his family, with rumours of Annette Bening
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