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Shanghai: China's Road Pictures Buys Terrence Malick, Pedro Almodovar Cannes Films (Exclusive)

Rising Chinese specialty film distributor Road Pictures has locked down Chinese distribution rights for an impressive collection of high-profile titles that debuted at the recent Cannes Film Festival in May.

The Beijing-based company has picked up all China rights to Terrence Malick's WWII drama A Hidden Life, Spanish auteur Pedro Almodovar's Pain and Glory, Marco Bellocchio's mafia biopic The Traitor and French Palme d’Or winner Claude Lelouch's romance The Best Years of a Life.

Negotiation on the deals began during the Cannes Film Festival where each of the titles premiered to considerable critical acclaim.

"Our focus at Road ...
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Living the story by Anne-Katrin Titze

Claude Lelouch on influencing Terrence Malick: "I'm happy that you say so." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

When I spoke with Claude Lelouch at his hotel in New York less than two years ago, he believed that The Best Years Of A Life (Les Plus Belles Années D'Une Vie), starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Anouk Aimée, and Monica Bellucci would be his last.

Now he has La Vertu Des Impondérables with Elsa Zylberstein (Un + une with Jean Dujardin and Christopher Lambert), Marianne Denicourt, Ary Abittan, and Stéphane De Groodt (Israel Horovitz's My Old Lady) in the works.

Claude Lelouch: "In Un Homme Et Une Femme (A Man And A Woman), when Anouk Aimée arrives at the end on the train platform, she didn't know Jean-Louis Trintignant would be there."

In 1966, Un Homme Et Une Femme won the Cannes Palme d'Or, and in 1967 won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, and Claude Lelouch took Best Writing,
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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Best Years of a Life’

Cannes Film Review: ‘The Best Years of a Life’
Something unusual happened at the Cannes premiere of “The Best Years of a Life,” Claude Lelouch’s syrupy second sequel to his trend-setting 1966 global smash “A Man and a Woman.” Not the endless, roaring standing ovation that happened when the lights came up: That’s expected, even required, of the tuxed-up crowd at Grand Théâtre Lumière, for films far better and worse than this light fondant fancy. No, it came just after, as the applause eventually faded out and the vast audience harmonized in collective gibberish sing-song: Chaba-daba-da-daba-daba-da, da-da-da chaba-daba-da… — over and over, until beachside revelers some distance away could probably hear this mass karaoke spin on Francis Lai’s original 1966 love theme drifting on the breeze.

It was a sweet, decidedly uncool moment that emphasized what Lelouch’s sweet, decidedly uncool film really is: not so much a freestanding feature as an unadulterated nostalgia trip, its modest effect dependent
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Claude Lelouch Says Creative Freedom Drove Him Away From Projects With Steve McQueen, Marlon Brando & James Bond

Despite being a man of 81 years, French director Claude Lelouch has not slowed down in his career. Over the course of five decades, the acclaimed filmmaker has consistently made films, with his latest being “The Best Years of a Life,” which premiered at this year’s Cannes. But according to a new interview, the most famous films in his career might be the ones that he turned down.

Continue reading Claude Lelouch Says Creative Freedom Drove Him Away From Projects With Steve McQueen, Marlon Brando & James Bond at The Playlist.
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Director Claude Lelouch on ‘The Best Years of a Life’ and Turning Down Brando and Bond

Claude Lelouch’s The Best Years of a Life premiered out of competition in Cannes. The film follows up on Lelouch’s monumental 1966 film A Man and a Woman. “Da da da da da, da da da da da” rang out in the main Cannes auditorium with a huge show of emotion from the crowd as they recalled the film’s famous anthem. In 1966-67 Claude Lelouch’s A Man and a Woman was a phenomenon. After winning the 1966 Cannes Palme d’Or the hugely romantic, exquisitely shot film with Francis Lai’s killer song went on …
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Other Angle Pictures racks up sales on Claude Lelouch’s 'The Best Years Of A Life' (exclusive)

The film premiered Out of Competition at Cannes.

Paris-based Other Angle Pictures has unveiled a slew of sales on French director Claude Lelouch’s The Best Years Of A Life, following its Out of Competition premiere in Cannes.

The film reunites Lelouch with actors Anouk Aimée and Jean-Louis Trintignant in the follow-up to his Palme d’Or, Academy Award, and Golden Globe-winning 1966 romantic drama A Man And A Woman. The trio – all now in their 80s - hit Cannes’s red carpet together again some 52 years after the premiere of the original film.

In Europe, the film has sold to
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Cannes Struggles for Relevance in Shrinking Movie Business

Cannes Struggles for Relevance in Shrinking Movie Business
There’s a fair amount of existential angst at the Cannes Film Festival this year, as those from the movie industry who are here to do business ask themselves what remains of the business to do.

It isn’t a particularly new fact that the Cannes Film Festival occupies an uncomfortable niche in the movie business. The festival brings films from all over the world, often from many of the same directors — this year includes festival regulars from Pedro Almodóvar to Claude Lelouch to Asif Kapadia to the Dardenne brothers — but hardly any of them will get wide distribution around the world, and certainly not at all in the United States.

Movies have become the stuff of superheroes, the world of entertainment has moved to TV content and the people with big money are here for the parties, not to do business.

Also Read: Cannes at the Halfway Point: How
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Lelouch goes back to the future in Cannes by Richard Mowe

Together again after all these years - Anouk Aimée and Claude Lelouch Photo: Richard Mowe There can be no doubting the waves of emotion that washed over director Claude Lelouch and his two actors Jean-Louis Trintignant and Anouk Aimée when they returned to the Cannes Film Festival with The Best Years Of A Life.

The new film - which also stars Monica Bellucci - picks up where the same characters left off their love story in A Man And A Woman some 53 years earlier and gives them a fresh start.

Lelouch confides that in those far-off days he did not really understand what was happening to him. He received the Palme d’Or and the film travelled around the world. It mixed black-and-white and colour images, hailed as a revolutionary technique but it was brought about by the exigencies of the budget.

Claude Lelouch: 'Every time I make a new
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‘The Best Years of a Life’ Review: A Corny Sequel to ‘A Man and a Woman’ — Cannes

‘The Best Years of a Life’ Review: A Corny Sequel to ‘A Man and a Woman’ — Cannes
In one of the more poignant moments from Richard Linklater’s “Before Midnight,” chatty couple Celine and Jesse imagine what it might be like to look back on their romance 80 years in the future. It’s a tantalizing speculation in a triptych rich with possibilities. Now, Claude Lelouch gets there with a trilogy of his own: In “The Best Years of a Life,” the 81-year-old French director revisits the swooning courtship from his Oscar-winning 1966 “A Man and a Woman,” concluding a cheesy opus that launched more than 50 years ago.

Decades before Celine and Jesse, there was the saga of Jean-Louis and Anne. With fellow octogenarians Jean-Louis Trintignant and Anouk Aimée reprising their roles as passionate lovers despite forces that pull them apart, “The Best Years of a Life” delivers a melancholic salute to the original movie. However, Lelouch’s obsession with his story’s legacy means that the movie often
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Claude Lelouch’s Cannes-Bound ‘The Best Years of a Life’ Trailer Debuts (Exclusive)

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Claude Lelouch’s Cannes-Bound ‘The Best Years of a Life’ Trailer Debuts (Exclusive)
Palme d’Or winning director Claude Lelouch has unveiled the trailer for his latest film “The Best Years of A Life,” which will world premiere in the out-of-competition section at the Cannes Film Festival.

Sold by Other Angle, the movie marks Lelouch’s follow-up film to “A Man and A Woman,” the 1966 romantic drama which won the Palme d’Or, an Oscar and a Golden Globe. “The Best Years of A Life” was produced by the late Sammy Hadida and his brother Victor Hadida at Paris-based Metropolitan Filmexport, as well as Lelouch.

The Best Years of A Life” brings back the characters of Anne Gauthier, a script girl, and Jean-Louis Duroc, a racing driver, who fell in love against all odds. More 50 years later, the former race car driver seems lost in the pathways of his memory. In order to help him, his son seeks out the woman his father
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First trailer: Claude Lelouch's Cannes title 'The Best Years Of A Life' (exclusive)

First trailer: Claude Lelouch's Cannes title 'The Best Years Of A Life' (exclusive)
The film premieres Out of Competition today (May 18).

Screen can exclusively reveal the first English-language trailer for Claude Lelouch’s The Best Years Of A Life ahead of its Out of Competition premiere at Cannes this evening (May 18).

The film reunites Lelouch with legendary actors Anouk Aimée and Jean-Louis Trintignant in the follow-up to his Palme d’Or, Academy Award, Golden Globe-winning 1966 romantic drama A Man And A Woman.

Speaking to Screen in Cannes ahead of Saturday’s premiere, Lelouch revealed it had been a challenge to convince Aimée and Trintignant, who are both now in their late 80s, to come on board the project.
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Claude Lelouch reveals details on his next film, a 'La La Land'-style "musical comedy" (exclusive)

Claude Lelouch reveals details on his next film, a 'La La Land'-style
The film has finished shooting, with editing about to begin.

Claude Lelouch, who hits the red carpet today with Out Of Competition title The Best Years Of Life starring Anouk Aimée and Jean-Louis Trintignant, has revealed fresh details about his next film La Vertu De L’Impondérable.

“It’s shot and I head into the editing suite next week to complete it,” Lelouch told Screen.

“It’s a musical comedy and my response to [Damien] Chazelle’s La La Land, which I really loved.”

Lelouch said it arose from his belief suffering can be a life-affirming experience.

“It revolves around an
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​Olivier Dahan's Simone Veil biopic lands at Other Angle (exclusive)

​Olivier Dahan's Simone Veil biopic lands at Other Angle (exclusive)
Elsa Zylberstein to star as the iconic French figure.

Other Angle Pictures has boarded sales on Olivier Dahan’s upcoming biopic about the iconic French figure of Simone Veil, who survived the Holocaust and went on to become a leading politician, human rights campaigner and feminist.

Dahan, who previously explored the biographies of Edith Piaf in his Oscar-winning La Vie En Rose and Grace Kelly in Grace of Monaco, plans to explore Veil’s life story through a series of non-chronological memories.

Elsa Zylberstein has signed to play Veil in her adult life. Further cast members include upcoming French actress
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Cannes Beckons

Cannes season sets in from May 14 this year and many new films are waiting to be unspooled. Film aficionados are converging in this seaside resort to watch, to sell, to acquire, to write about the films and the setting, to soak in the sun and sand with celebrities, to cut deals while they savour sea food or salads. We say, let the celebrations begin.

So, what?s in store for us in the 72e Festival de Cannes? Twenty-one films in competition vying for that glory called Palm d?Or ? Golden Palm from veterans like Jim Jarmusch whose The Dead Don?T Die will open the festival, Pedro Almodovar (Pain And Glory), Marco Bellocchio (The Traitor), Bong Joon Ho (Parasite), Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne (Young Ahmed), Arnaud Desplechin (Oh Merci!), Xavier Dolan (Matthias And Maxime), Abdellatif Kechiche, Ken Loach (Sorry We Missed You), Terrence Malick (A Hidden Life), Corneliu Porumboiu
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Other Angle Pictures boards Claude Lelouch's 'The Best Years Of A Life' (exclusive)

‘I was extraordinarily lucky to have waited fifty-two years to make this film.’

Paris-based Other Angle Pictures has boarded world sales on French director Claude Lelouch’s The Best Years Of A Life ahead of its Out of Competition premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.

The film reunites Lelouch with legendary actors Anouk Aimée and Jean-Louis Trintignant in the follow-up to his Palme d’Or, Academy Award, Golden Globe-winning 1966 romantic drama A Man And A Woman.

Its storyline revisits the original characters of Anne Gauthier and Jean-Louis Duroc – a script girl and a racing driver who embark on a hesitant
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2019 Cannes Film Festival Lineup Is Announced!

Earlier in the week, the lineup for this year’s Cannes Film Festival was revealed. Every year, this announcement is hotly anticipated, as it’s one of the signifiers that we’re going to soon get some looks at potential Academy Award players. 2019 will be no exception, as a handful of possible contenders are poised to launch in France next month at the 72nd incarnation of the event. From May 14th until May 25th, the South of France will be home to some of cinema’s finest offerings, that much goes without saying. Some will be Oscar hopefuls, some will be flops, but all will contribute to getting us even more excited for the rest of the cinematic year. Cannes looks to premiere some very interesting titles this year. Some of the highest profile offerings include The Dead Don’t Die from Jim Jarmusch, which will open the festival, Frankie from Ira Sachs,
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Full Cannes 2019 Movie Lineup Announced, But No Tarantino

Full Cannes 2019 Movie Lineup Announced, But No Tarantino
The Cannes 2019 lineup has officially been revealed. We've been hearing certain titles that were rumored to appear at this year's prestigious festival, but movie buffs all around the world have been waiting to hear what surprises were in store for this year's edition. We now know for sure that Jim Jarmusch's zombie movie The Dead Don't Die, which feature a huge ensemble that includes Bill Murray and Adam Driver, will officially be unveiled to the world as the opening night selection. Elsewhere, the Elton John biopic Rocketman will make its debut at the festival in France ahead of its theatrical rollout.

There are a few key takeaways with the overall lineup. Some of the major movies that will be featured at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival include Terrence Malick's German-language wartime drama A Hidden Life, Bong Joon ho's Parasite and Pedro Almodovar's Pain and Glory. These are amongst the
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Cannes Film Festival lineup 2019: Full list of films includes Malick, Almodovar and more, but women still underrepresented

Cannes Film Festival lineup 2019: Full list of films includes Malick, Almodovar and more, but women still underrepresented
The 2019 Cannes Film Festival announced its official lineup of films on Thursday, April 18. The 72nd annual event is one of the most prestigious showcases for films from around the world, and this year’s selections include familiar festival names like Terrence Malick, Pedro Almodovar, Ken Loach and the Dardenne brothers. But what about women? Last year, 82 women, including Cannes jury president Cate Blanchett, protested the fest’s gender inequality. Women are better represented in 2019, but is it enough? Scroll down for the full list of titles.

There are 13 films from female directors scheduled for the festival, but only four out of the 19 films in competition for the Palme d’Or (21%) are by women: “Atlantique” by Mati Diop, “Little Joe” by Jessica Hausner, “Portrait of a Young Lady on Fire” by Celine Sciamma and “Sibyl” by Justine Triet. Despite making up less than a quarter of the competition, that actually ties
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Cannes Film Festival 2019 Lineup: Malick, Almodovar, Dardennes; Four Women Directors In Competition – Full List

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Cannes Film Festival 2019 Lineup: Malick, Almodovar, Dardennes; Four Women Directors In Competition – Full List
Update: The grand majority of the Cannes Film Festival lineup for 2019 was unveiled this morning in Paris with such expected names as Pedro Almodovar (Pain & Glory), Terrence Malick (A Hidden Life) and Ken Loach (Sorry We Missed You) in the mix — see below the original post for the full list. At the same time, there is still no confirmation of Quentin Tarantino’s anticipated Once Upon A Time In Hollywood — yet. Fest chief Thierry Frémaux said it’s not quite ready, but he hopes to add it. What he’s seen of the period film is “magnificent.”

Overall, there were few surprises, but among the refreshing turns here on the Champs-Elysées this morning, there are four female directors in Competition, the most of any recent year. They include Jessica Hausner’s Little Joe and Céline Sciamma’s Portrait Of A Lady On Fire.

We also learned this morning that
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Cannes 2019 Lineup Includes New Films from Terrence Malick, Bong Joon-ho, Jessica Hausner & More

The 72nd Cannes Film Festival will get underway next month and today Thierry Frémaux has unveiled the lineup. Some festival alums will return, including Terrence Malick, who last came to Cannes with his Palme d’Or winner The Tree of Life and will now debut his three-hour-long A Hidden Life (formerly known as Radegund). Also returning is Jim Jarmusch, Dardennes, Bong Joon-ho, Arnaud Desplechin, Pedro Almodóvar, Corneliu Porumboiu, Ken Loach, Marco Bellocchio, Kleber Mendonça Filho, and Xavier Dolan.

In competition this year are a number of highly-anticipated from up-and-coming directors as well, including Jessica Hausner’s Amour Fou follow-up Little Joe and Mati Diop’s directorial debut Atlantics. Diao Yinan will also bring his new drama The Wild Goose Lake to competition, along with Ira SachsIsabelle Huppert-led Frankie and Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

In other sections, Bruno Dumont’s sequel Jeanne, Olivier Laxe
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