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France TV Distribution launches sales on love triangle drama ‘Dreamchild’, releases first look (exclusive)

Company also announces first sales on ‘Between Two Worlds’.

France TV Distribution has boarded sales on French director Raphaël Jacoulot’s upcoming love triangle drama Dreamchild starring Jalil Lespert, Louise Bourgoin and Mélanie Doutey.

The company has also unveiled a slew of sales on its other Tiff titles, including Juliette Binoche-starring social drama Between Two Worlds, as the market kicks off.

Set in a small frontier town on the French-Swiss border, the provisionally titled Dreamchild began shooting in eastern France on August 5 and will wrap final scenes in October.

Lespert plays the owner of a family-run saw mill who
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Mindhunter's Holt McCallany Speaking Perfect French Is Doing Things to Me

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Did you know that, in addition to interviewing notorious serial killers in his spare time, Holt McCallany can speak French? Because now that I do, I don't think my life will ever be the same.

Usually when McCallany and costar Jonathan Groff are on camera together, they're chatting with convicted murderers and chainsmoking their troubles away in David Fincher's Netflix thriller Mindhunter. But in a recent video doing the rounds on Twitter, we get to see Groff stare intently at his costar while he speaks French with news outlet France Inter in footage from a 2017 interview. Do I have any idea what he's saying? No. Is this short one-minute clip now my favorite movie of all time? Perhaps. (A sincere thank you to Twitter user @mindc*nter - iconic handle - for putting this together.)

one minute of jonathan being whipped for holt speaking french pic.twitter.com/lrxCYNOzVQ
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Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah, Jeremie Guez Team Up on ‘Calypso’ (Exclusive)

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Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah, Jeremie Guez Team Up on ‘Calypso’ (Exclusive)
Moroccan-born Belgian helmers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (“Gangsta”) are teaming up with French filmmaker Jeremie Guez (“A Blueberry in My Heart”) on their next French-language project, “Calypso.”

Th helmers are currently prepping to shoot “Bad Boys for Life” with Will Smith.

Guez, who will will soon start shooting “The Sound of Philadelphia” with Matthias Schoenaerts and Garrett Hedlund, has written the script of “Calypso,” based on an original idea by El Arbi and Fallah.

“Calypso” revolves around a marriage between a corrupt night club owner and a woman who has been feeling lonely and neglected for too long. While on the verge of a divorce, the couple’s bond is tested when a murder is committed at the night club, and the husband appears to have been framed for it.

All the action will take place in the night club. Guez said the film will be a mix
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‘Mindhunter’s Holt McCallany Making French Film Debut With ‘Le Dindon’

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‘Mindhunter’s Holt McCallany Making French Film Debut With ‘Le Dindon’
Exclusive: Holt McCallany fait son entrée en première française avec une nouvelle version de Le Dindon.

That’s right, coming off production of Season 2 of Netflix’s Mindhunter, Holt McCallany is heading to Europe to star in director Jalil Lespert’s version of Le Dindon. The Danny Boon co-starring comedy based on George Feydeau’s iconic 1896 play will be the Justice League actor’s French-language debut.

McCallany will play the role of Wayne, a Parisian-based American whose wife is having a secret affair with Boon’s character.

Having attended theater school in the French capital back in the 1980s and kept a pad there for years, the actor who plays FBI Agent Bill Tench opposite Jonathan Groff in the Netflix crime drama is actually nearly fluent in the language. Which means McCallany will be performing his role in the farce entirely in French, it appears.

He will be in top-flight
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Second Opinion – The Escape (2017)

The Escape, 2017.

Directed by Dominic Savage.

Starring Gemma Arterton, Dominic Cooper, Frances Barber and Jalil Lespert.

Synopsis:

Mark and Tara have it all: the nice house, the cars, the money. But for the stay at home mum, it’s not enough. Feeling stifled and unfulfilled, she escapes for Paris in search of a new way of life.

We’re all so used to that rosily romantic vision: a couple meet and fall in love and end up happily ever after, complete with the gorgeous house and lovely kids. But what if it isn’t all it’s cracked up to be? And, to make matters worse, one of them is perfectly happy while the other isn’t. There’s a constant imbalance and a lack of comprehension between them only makes matters even worse. That’s the premise behind The Escape. The unhappy half of the partnership is Tara (Gemma
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Movie Review – The Escape (2017)

The Escape, 2017.

Directed by Dominic Savage.

Starring Gemma Arterton, Dominic Cooper, Frances Barber, Marthe Keller, and Jalil Lespert.

Synopsis:

An ordinary woman makes an extraordinary decision which will change her life forever.

Dominic Savage’s The Escape is a deceptively taut thriller. Not in the traditional sense, there are no grandiose set pieces, nor blistering showdowns. Yet he forms tension in what’s been left unsaid, the decaying love between a couple and their children at such a pace, it often leaves you chewing through your fingernails as if a buffet.

It’s a lofty feat. Much like Mike Leigh, he leans heavily into improvisation, giving stars Dominic Cooper and Gemma Arterton room to form – what seems on screen, to be a marriage worn in.

On the surface, they look as if the ideal nuclear family. Mark (Cooper) is the breadwinner, Tara (Arterton) cares for their young son and daughter and they live well.
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Gemma Arterton in First Trailer for British Marital Drama 'The Escape'

"Being free, and being married - a contradiction." IFC Films has debuted a trailer for a British martial indie drama titled The Escape, from writer/director Dominic Savage (Love + Hate). This empowering indie first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year. Gemma Arterton stars as an "ordinary woman" who "makes an extraordinary decision which will change her life forever." She plays a married woman in the middle of a challenging marriage on the verge of ending, who decides to go her own way. Dominic Cooper co-stars, with a main cast including Frances Barber, Marthe Keller, Montserrat Lombard, and Jalil Lespert. This looks quite impressive, with what seems to be an exceptional lead performance by Arterton in a very complex and compelling turn as this unhappy woman, looking for an "escape". See the trailer below. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Dominic Savage's The Escape, direct from YouTube:
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'Jailers', 'Babylon Berlin' win at MIPDrama Screenings

'Jailers', 'Babylon Berlin' win at MIPDrama Screenings
Second edition of high-end drama showcase featured 12 upcoming shows.

Brazilian prison drama Jailers and Tom Tykwer’s ambitious detective tale Babylon Berlin, capturing the city in the Golden Twenties, clinched the grand jury awards in the full episode and work-in-progress categories at MIPDrama Screenings on Sunday.

Unfolding on the eve of Miptv, the second edition of the showcase put the spotlight on 12 upcoming drama shows, screening either full episodes or extracts as a work-in-progress.

“There is a lot of commercial pressure to do a certain type of drama series but what really struck me was the diversity and originality of all these shows… every one of them was very unique and defied simple expectations,” jury member Frank Spotnitz, creator of hit series such as The Man In The High Castle and Medici: Masters Of Florence, said.

Also on the jury were The Bridge producer Lars Blomgren, writer Virginie Brac (Cannabis, Spiral), director
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'Jailers', 'Babylon Berlin' clinch top jury prizes at MIPDrama Screenings

'Jailers', 'Babylon Berlin' clinch top jury prizes at MIPDrama Screenings
Second edition of high-end drama showcase featured 12 upcoming shows.

Brazilian prison drama Jailers and Tom Tykwer’s ambitious detective tale Babylon Berlin, capturing the city in the Golden Twenties, clinched the grand jury awards in the full episode and work-in-progress categories at MIPDrama Screenings on Sunday.

Unfolding on the eve of Miptv, the second edition of the showcase put the spotlight on 12 upcoming drama shows, screening either full episodes or extracts as a work-in-progress.

“There is a lot of commercial pressure to do a certain type of drama series but what really struck me was the diversity and originality of all these shows… every one of them was very unique and defied simple expectations,” jury member Frank Spotnitz, creator of hit series such as The Man In The High Castle and Medici: Masters Of Florence, said.

Also on the jury were The Bridge producer Lars Blomgren, writer Virginie Brac (Cannabis, Spiral), director
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From one colour to the other by Anne-Katrin Titze

Guillaume Gallienne: "The script had all the elements, the love and trust of Danièle." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Danièle Thompson's Cézanne Et Moi, starring Guillaume Gallienne as Paul Cézanne and Guillaume Canet as Émile Zola, had its New York premiere on Wednesday, hosted by Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller at The Whitby Hotel, where I had spoken to Wilson director Craig Johnson, screenwriter Daniel Clowes, Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern, Judy Greer and Isabella Amara.

The women in Cézanne's life were his mother Anne-Elisabeth (Sabine Azéma) and wife Hortense (Déborah François also in Claude Lelouch's latest Chacun sa vie). For Zola, his mother Émilie (Isabelle Candelier), wife Alexandrine (Alice Pol -Lelouch's Un + une), and mistress Jeanne (Freya Mavor). Guillaume Gallienne, who played Pierre Bergé in Jalil Lespert's Yves Saint Laurent gave some clarity into his vision of Cézanne, his relationship to Zola, and the women around them.

Déborah François
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Rendez-Vous with French Cinema opening night in New York by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2017-03-02 22:27:51

Class of 2017 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema opening night Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Pictured above from left to right are: Frantz's François Ozon, uniFrance General Director Isabelle Giordano, Reda Kateb and Cécile de France, stars of Django, a highlight of the festival, Mal De Pierres' Nicole Garcia, Django's Étienne Comar, Réparer Les Vivants' Katell Quillévéré, composer Martin Wheeler for 150 Milligrams and Sólveig Anspach's L'Effet Aquatique, Planetarium's Rebecca Zlotowski, La Fille De Brest's Emmanuelle Bercot, and in the front row, Florence Almozini, Associate Director of Programming for the Film Society of Lincoln Center with Agnès Varda for the Opening Night of the 22nd edition of New York's Rendez-Vous with French Cinema on March 1 at the Walter Reade Theater.

Rendez-Vous with French Cinema at the Film Society of Lincoln Center Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Jérôme Salle’s The Odyssey (L'Odyssée) starring Lambert Wilson as Jacques Cousteau with Audrey Tautou
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New York Rendez-Vous with French Cinema Early Bird Highlights by Anne-Katrin Titze

Marion Cotillard stars with Alex Brendemühl and Louis Garrel in Nicole Garcia's From The Land Of The Moon (Mal De Pierres) Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

New York's Rendez-Vous with French Cinema opens with Étienne Comar’s biopic Django, starring Reda Kateb (Wim Wender's Les Beaux Jours d'Aranjuez) as Django Reinhardt with Cécile de France (Catherine Corsini's Summertime) and closes with Jérôme Salle’s The Odyssey (L'Odyssée) starring Lambert Wilson as Jacques Cousteau with Audrey Tautou and Pierre Niney (Jalil Lespert's Yves Saint Laurent).

Emmanuelle Bercot, Stéphanie Di Giusto, Caroline Deruas, Sébastien Marnier, Marina Foïs, François Ozon, Nicole Garcia, Katell Quillévéré, Justine Triet, Rebecca Zlotowski, Marc Fitoussi, Bertrand Bonello, Julia Ducournau, Christophe Honoré, Antonin Peretjatko, and Martin Wheeler are expected to attend.

La Danseuse (Soko, Lily-Rose Depp, Gaspard Ulliel, Mélanie Thierry); Nocturama (Finnegan Oldfield); Frantz (Paula Beer, Niney), and From The Land Of The Moon (Mal De Pierres - Marion Cotillard,
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Efm: Alma Cinema boards Milad Alami's 'The Charmer'

Efm: Alma Cinema boards Milad Alami's 'The Charmer'
Exclusive: Company also due to launch sales on Nicloux’s To The Ends Of The Earth and Roland Møller-starrer A Bluebird In My Heart.

Paris-based Alma Cinema has boarded sales on Swedish-Iranian director Milad Alami’s debut Copenhagen-set feature The Charmer about a young Iranian man desperately searching for a local woman who will help him stay in Denmark.

Ardalan Esmaili stars in the intense psychological drama as the protagonist who finds love with one woman but also falls foul of a man whose wife he has also attempted to woo.

It marks Alami’s first feature after a series of award-winning shorts including Nothing Can Touch Me and Void, which played in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 2014 as a part of the Nordic Factory initiative.

“It’s a really touching film. The director is absolutely extraordinary. I think he’s got what it takes to be a new Joachim Trier or Michaël R. Roskam,” said Alma Cinema
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Efm: Alma Cinema boards Milad Alami's identity drama 'The Charmer'

Efm: Alma Cinema boards Milad Alami's identity drama 'The Charmer'
Exclusive: Company also due to launch sales on Guillaume Nicloux’s To The Ends Of The Earth and Roland Møller-starrer A Bluebird In My Heart.

Paris-based Alma Cinema has boarded sales on Swedish-Iranian director Milad Alami’s debut Copenhagen-set feature The Charmer about a young Iranian man desperately searching for a local woman who will help him stay in Denmark.

Ardalan Esmaili stars in the intense psychological drama as the protagonist who finds love with one woman but also falls foul of a man whose wife he has also attempted to woo.

It marks Alami’s first feature after a series of award-winning shorts including Nothing Can Touch Me and Void, which played in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 2014 as a part of the Nordic Factory initiative.

The Charmer

“It’s a really touching film. The director is absolutely extraordinary. I think he’s got what it takes to be a new Joachim Trier,” said Alma Cinema
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Dinard festival sets Brexit panel, Claude Lelouch as jury president

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Dinard festival sets Brexit panel, Claude Lelouch as jury president
Competition films include Alice Lowe’s Prevenge and John Carney’s Sing Street.

The programme and jury for this year’s Dinard British Film Festival (Sept 28 – Oct 2) – the annual celebration of British cinema hosted on the French coast – has been revealed.

Presiding over the 2016 jury will be Oscar-winning French writer and director Claude Lelouch (A Man And A Woman), who will be joined by actor James d’Arcy (Master And Commander), actress and scriptwriter Victoria Bedos (La Famille Bélier), actress Julie Ferrier (Heartbreaker), distributor and producer Eric Lagesse (Beijing Bicycle), actor and director Jalil Lespert (Human Resources), actress Anne Parillaud (La Femme Nikita), producer Colin Vaines (Coriolanus), actor Phil Davis (Notes On A Scandal), and actress Florence Thomassin (Mesrine).

Among the festival’s industry events will be a round table discussion titled Brexit… What next? Following a screening of documentary Versus, The Life And Films Of Ken Loach, proceedings will be led by regular Ken Loach producer
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New York Film Festival Early Bird Highlights by Anne-Katrin Titze

John Waters, a big fan of Isabelle Huppert, star of Valley Of Love, Elle and Things To Come Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Cristian Mungiu's (Beyond The Hills and 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days)Graduation (Bacalaureat) with Adrian Titieni, Maria-Victoria Dragus, Lia Bugnar and Malina Manovici; Ken Loach's I, Daniel Blake, starring Dave Johns and Hayley Squires; Isabelle Huppert in Paul Verhoeven's Elle and Mia Hansen-Løve's (Goodbye First Love and Eden) Things To Come (L’Avenir) are four early highlights of the 54th New York Film Festival.

In Elle, shot by Stéphane Fontaine (Jacques Audiard's A Prophet and Rust And Bone written by Thomas Bidegain), Anne Consigny, Laurent Lafitte, Judith Magre, and Charles Berling make up a smashing ensemble cast. Things to Come features Edith Scob, André Marcon, and Roman Kolinka with costumes by Rachèle Raoult (Jalil Lespert's Yves Saint Laurent and Léos Carax's Holy Motors) filmed
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Ordinary heroes by Anne-Katrin Titze

Fifty Shades Of Grey star Jamie Dornan talks Anthropoid Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

At Bleecker Street's Anthropoid première in New York with Cillian Murphy, Jamie Dornan, Anna Geislerová, Charlotte Le Bon and director Sean Ellis - attended by Pico Alexander, Christian Campbell, America Olivo, Pia Glenn, Christine Jansing, Laura Michelle Kelly, Michael Mailer, Jason Mann, Thomas Matthews and Dan Abrams - I spoke with the very busy actors.

Charlotte Le Bon's upcoming films include Terry George's The Promise, starring Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac; Mateo Gil's Realive with Tom Hughes and Oona Chaplin, and Jalil Lespert's Iris, opposite Romain Duris. Jamie Dornan will soon be seen in Alexandre Aja's The 9th Life Of Louis Drax with Sarah Gadon and Aaron Paul.

Charlotte Le Bon, memorable in Yves Saint Laurent, The Walk and Mood Indigo Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Sean Ellis's Anthropoid is "based
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Watch This: You can’t be buddy-buddy with management and labor

One week a month, Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by the week’s new releases or premieres. This week: Equity inspires a look back at other films set in the corporate world.

Human Resources (1999)

A young man finds himself caught between management and workers in Human Resources, Laurent Cantet’s subtly complex portrait of the strains between the upper and working classes, and the way in which men define themselves through their work (and, in turn, are defined by the system as cogs in a machine). Returning to his Normandy hometown, young Franck (Jalil Lespert) accepts a desk-job internship at the company where his father (Jean-Claude Vallod) has toiled for decades on the factory floor. Having recently laid off workers, the firm is beset by distrust between the establishment’s boss (Lucien Longueville) and the union’s leader (Danielle Mélador). Even greater friction ensues once the enterprising, cocky ...
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #22. Stéphane Brizé’s Une Vie

Une Vie

Director: Stéphane Brizé

Writers: Stéphane Brizé, Florence Vignon

Following his critically acclaimed The Measure of Man, which took home a Best Actor award for Vincent Lacoste at 2015, Stéphane Brizé has quickly moved onto his next project, an adaptation of Guy de Maupassant with Une Vie (One Life). Once again, Brizé re-teams with co-writer Vignon (Mademoiselle Chambon, A Few Hours of Spring) to adapt a tale centered on a hypersensitive woman unaccustomed the world’ cruelty. In essence, this sounds quite similar to Measure, but from a feminine perspective. Brizé often fleshes out characters and scenarios set within the confines of the working class, often to very eloquent effect. While Lacoste (who has starred in his last three features) is not returning this time, Brizé casts notables such as Yolande Moreau, Jean-Pierre Darroussin and Jalil Lespert.

Cast: Yolande Moreau, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Jalil Lespert

Production Co./Producers:Ts Productions’ Milena Poylo and Gilles Sacuto,
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Buyers drink-up Snd’s 'First Growth'

Exclusive: France’s Snd has sealed several deals on Jerome Le Maire’s viticulture themed family drama First Growth (Premier Cru) following its market premiere in Cannes.

It has sold to Australia and New Zealand (eOne), Benelux (Liberty Production Lux), Turkey (Filma Ltd),Portugal (Nos Lusomundo), Taiwan (Moviecloud L), Hong Kong (Golden Scene) Japan (New Select) and Korea (Sejong).

The film stars Jalil Lespert as a top wine critic who returns to his native Burgundy to revive the family vineyard, learning the art of wine-making from scratch. Alice Taglioni and Gerard Lanvin are also in the cast.

“The movie delivers both a romance portrayed by top-notch actors and a story of wine-making and transmission,” said Snd sales chief Charlotte Boucon.
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