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‘Sink or Swim’ Producer Alain Attal Wins Toscan du Plantier Prize

  • Variety
Alain Attal, whose Paris-based company is behind Gilles Lellouche’s “Sink or Swim” and Jeanne Herry’s “In Safe Hands,” won the Toscan du Plantier Award, Gaul’s equivalent to the PGA’s Darryl F. Zanuck award, at a Paris ceremony on Feb. 18.

Attal, the founder of Tresor Films, was named France’s best producer of 2018 at the event, which was hosted by the French Academy of Arts and Science — just a few days before the Cesar Awards, France’s top film awards.

Attal said on stage that he shared the trophy with Hugo Selignac who runs the company Chi-Fou-Mi Productions and was featured in Variety’s 10 Producers to Watch last year. Together with Selignac, Attal produced Lellouche’s ensemble comedy-drama “Sink or Swim” which has 10 Cesar nominations; and “In Safe Hands,” nominated for seven Cesar Awards.

“Sink or Swim” follows a group of disenchanted men on the verge of
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Les Arcs’s Co-Production Village Kicks Off 10th Edition

  • Variety
Marylise Dumont’s “Black Dog,” Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen’s “Ashes and Snow” and “Each of Us” are among the 20 projects which will be pitched at the 10th edition of Les Arcs Film Festival’s Co-Production Village.

The Co-Production Village will run alongside the festival which will be presided by Ruben Ostlund, the Swedish helmer of Palme d’Or-winning and Oscar-nominated “The Square,” and will open on Dec. 15 with Louis Garrel’s “A Faithful Man.” The movie will compete along with nine films selected by Frederic Boyer, the artistic director of both Les Arcs and Tribeca festivals.

Besides Ostlund, a flurry of high-profile European filmmakers, industry figures and talent are expected to attend the festival, notably Laetitia Casta (“A Faitful Man”), Alex Lutz (“Guy”), Lukas Dhont (“Girl”), Charlotte Le Bon (“The Promise”), Jeremie Renier (“Double Lover”), Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (“Les estivants”), Romain Duris (“Heartbreaker”), Camille Cottin (“Call My Agent!), and Thomas Vinterberg
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Harvey Weinstein Legion of Honor

Penelope Ann Miller, The Artist As mentioned in my previous post, French president Nicolas Sarkozy has named Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company (TWC), a recipient of the 2012 Légion d'Honneur, or Legion of Honor. The honor is "in recognition of Weinstein’s contributions to cinema and his decades of work producing some of the most highly regarded films of our time," according to a TWC press release. Weinstein will be inducted with the rank of Chevalier. Although Sarkozy himself nominated Weinstein back in late July 2011, the nomination was made public only today, five days after the Weinstein Company-distributed The Artist, a French production directed by Michel Hazanavicius, won five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor (Jean Dujardin). As per the TWC press release, Weinstein had requested that the honor be kept private until now "to avoid any conflict of interest" with his company's Academy Award campaign for The Artist.
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Cannes 2011: Mihaileanu Draws from the 'Source' for Main Comp Selected Pic

Cannes Film Festival won’t be lacking in Romanian films/filmmakers this year. La Source des femmes, the 5th film directed by Radu Mihăileanu, was selected to the official competition, while Mitulescu’s second feature Loverboy was included in Un Certain Regard category. You’ll be able to read more about Cătălin Mitulescu’s film in future article, but among the surprise inclusions in this year's Main Comp is indeed Mihăileanu's latest pic. La Source des femmes is produced by two French companies: EuropaCorp (Luc Besson’s production company) and Elzevir Films, with Belgium's Panache Prods. and Italy's Indigo on board as co-producers. The screenplay was written by the director himself with the help of Alain-Michel Blanc, who also teamed up with Mihăileanu for his previous film, Le Concert – which was a real success, winning two Cesar awards and four Gopo awards. Radu Mihăileanu is born on April 23rd 1958 and
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2010: The Truffles – The HeyUGuys Awards Part 1

As 2010 draws to a close and the year’s films are placed into Top Tens and Best Of lists, it’s always good to take an alternative perspective on a year in cinema.

To this end HeyUGuys presents for your edification our movie awards – The Truffles. We asked our writers to sift through the movie mayhem of the past twelve months and come up with the awards they would want to see handed out.

We will be posting Part 1 of The Truffles today and we’ll be saving Part 2 for next Monday, so check back then for more awards.

Drum roll…

Craig Skinner

Best ‘difficult second album’ of 2010: The Brothers Bloom

Released in the UK this year, far too long after its initial Us release, Rian Johnson’s The Brothers Bloom provided me with two of the most enjoyable hours I spent at the cinema this year with its
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2010 European Film Academy Award Semi-Finalists

3 SEZÓNY V Pekle 3 Seasons In Hell Czech Republic, 110 min. written and directed by Tomáš Mašin produced by Monika Kristl Another Year UK, 129 min. written and directed by Mike Leigh produced by Georgina Lowe Bal Honey Turkey/Germany, 103 min. directed by Semih Kaplano?lu written by Semih Kaplano?lu & Orçun Köksal produced by Semih Kaplano?lu & Johannes Rexin Carlos France/Germany, 318 min. directed by Olivier Assayas written by Olivier Assayas & Dan Franck based on an original idea by Daniel Leconte produced by Daniel Leconte, Jens Meurer & Judy Tossell Celda 211 Cell 211 Spain / France, 114 min. directed by by Daniel Monzón written by Jorge Guerricaechevarría & Daniel Monzón produced by Emma Lustres, Borja Pena, Juan Gordon & Álvaro Augustín Le Concert The Concert France, 122 min. directed by Radu Mihaileanu written by Radu Mihaileanu produced by Alain Attal Des Hommes Et Des Dieux Of Gods And [...]
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David di Donatello 2010 Nominations

Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Filippo Timi in Marco Bellocchio’s Vincere Best Film BAARÌA produced by Medusa Film directed by Giuseppe Tornatore Mine Vaganti / Loose Cannons produced by Domenico Procacci directed by Ferzan Ozpetek La Prima Cosa Bella / The First Beautiful Thing produced by Fabrizio Donvito, Marco Cohen, Benedetto Habib for Medusa Film Motorino Amaranto, Indiana Production directed by Paolo Virzì L’Uomo Che Verra’ produced by Aranciafilm (Simone Bachini, Giorgio Diritti), Rai Cinema directed by Giorgio Diritti Vincere produced by Mario Gianani for Offside directed by Marco Bellocchio Best European Union Film Le Concert, Radu Mihaileanu (Bim) The White Ribbon, Michael Haneke (Lucky Red) A Prophet, Jacques Audiard (Bim) Soul Kitchen, Fatih Akin (Bim) Welcome, Philippe Lioret (Teodora Film) Best Foreign Film A Serious Man, by Joel & Ethan Coen (Medusa) Avatar, by James Cameron (20th Century Fox) Inglourious Basterds, by Quentin Tarantino (Universal) Invictus, [...]
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"A Prophet" Wins 9 Cesar Awards, Harrison Ford Honored

"A Prophet" from director Jacques Audiard won nine awards at the 35th annual Cesar Awards. The Oscar nominated film for best foreign language took home best French film of the year, director, screenplay, editing, cinematography, production design, best actor, and most promising actor (best male newcomer) for Tahar Rahim. Niels Arestrup won best supporting actor also for "A Prophet."

Clint Eastwood's "Gran Torino" was named best foreign film of the year, beating out last year's Oscar winner "Slumdog Millionaire" and this year's blue contender, "Avatar."

Meanwhile, "Avatar's" Sigourney Weaver presented Harrison Ford with a Cesar of Honor award. Aw...

Here's the list of nominees and winners of the 35th annual Cesar Awards (winners are highlighted):

Best Film

A l.Origine, Xavier Giannoli

Le Concert, Radu Mihaileanu

Les Herbes Folles, Alain Resnais

La Journee de la Jupe, Jean-Paul Lilienfeld

Rapt, Lucas Belvaux

Un Prophete, Jacques Audiard

Welcome, Philippe Lioret
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35th Cesars: A Prophet Sweeps the Cesars with Nine Wins

No surprises at the 35th Cesars, as A Prophet cleaned up in all major categories it was nominated in: Best Film, Best Director (Audiard), Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography (Stephane Fontaine), Best Editing (Juliette Welfling), Best Art Direction (Michel Barthelemy) and last but not least, one of my top 5 performance of the year, Niels Arestrup won for Best Supporting... - No surprises at the 35th Césars, as A Prophet cleaned up in all major categories it was nominated in: Best Film, Best Director (Audiard), Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography (Stephane Fontaine), Best Editing (Juliette Welfling), Best Art Direction (Michel Barthelemy) and last but not least, one of my top 5 performance of the year, Niels Arestrup won for Best Supporting -- he of course won best supporting in The Beat that My Heart Skipped. The revelation of the year Tahar Rahim won a pair of awards
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Cesar 2010

Tahar Rahim in A Prophet (Roger Arpajou / Sony Pictures Classics) The Cesar winners will be announced on Feb. 27. Meilleur Film / Best Film A L’Origine / In The Beginning, Edouard Weil and Pierre-Ange Le Pogam; directed by Xavier Giannoli Le Concert / The Concert, Alain Attal; directed by Radu Mihaileanu Les Herbes Folles / Wild Grass, Jean-Louis Livi; directed by Alain Resnais La JOURNÉE De La Jupe / Skirt Day, Bénédicte Lesage and Ariel Askénazi; directed by Jean-Paul Lilienfeld Rapt, Patrick Sobelman, Diana Elbaum et Sébastien Delloye; directed by Lucas Belvaux * Un PROPHÈTE / A Prophet, Pascal Caucheteux, Grégoire Sorlat et Marco Cherqui; directed by Jacques Audiard Welcome, Christophe Rossignon; directed [...]
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