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Studiocanal Near Sells Out ‘Love at Second Sight,’ Rolls Out ’Someone, Somewhere,’ ‘Samsam’ (Exclusive)

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Studiocanal has sold near all of the world outside the U.S. on Hugo Gélin’s “Love at Second Sight.” The European production-distribution-sales giant, part of Vivendi’s Canal Plus Group, has also kicked off promising sales on a panoply of new foreign-language titles, such as Yvan Attal’s “My Dog Stupid,” Cedric Klapisch’s “Someone Somewhere” and animated feature “Samsam.”

“Our mission at Studiocanal is to ensure we make high-quality European cinema with strong global potential,” said Anna Marsh, Studiocanal Evp, international distribution.

Described by Marsh as a “key title, a high concept movie which really appeals.” “Love at Second Sight” stars François Civil as a young best-selling novelist who forgets the love of his life in one world to wake up in another where she’s a world-famous pianist who’s never met him.

Combining large ambition, a questioning take on gender equality in relationships, and a director whose 2017 debut,
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Moody Blues: Music from the Films of Bertrand Bonello

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Would you believe me if I told you that one of the most transcendent moments in contemporary cinema is soundtracked by the Moody Blues? Nothing against the English arena rock stalwarts, who last year were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but even in the late 1960s, at the absolute height of their powers as progenitors of an eternally (and proudly) unfashionable progressive rock sound, the Moody Blues were anything but cool. Which is to say, then as now, they’re not exactly the first band you’d expect to hear in a movie, let alone a French movie set in an early 20th century brothel. Director Bertrand Bonello used the Moody Blues to spectacular effect in his 2011 masterpiece House of Tolerance, a feverish evocation of fin de siècle Paris in which period perfect detail and flagrant artifice collide in a of slipstream of pre- and postmodern aesthetics.
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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019: #5. Zombi Child – Bertrand Bonello

Zombi Child

Art-house auteur Bertrand Bonello returns with what’s described as a mix between ‘ethnology and fantasy’ for his eighth feature, Zombi Child. Following the controversial and eventually muted release of his formidable 2016 title Nocturama (check out our interview), which provides the perspectives of a group of Parisian youths following a bomb attack in the city, Bonello’s latest has been co-produced and pre-purchased through Arte France Cinema. After winning the Fipresci Prize in Critics’ Week at Cannes in 2001 for his sophomore feature The Pornographer, Bonello became a fixture at the Croisette, premiering in competition with Tiresia (2003), House of Tolerance (2011), and Saint Laurent (2014), while his 2008 On War went to Directors’ Fortnight.…
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James Crump on Antonio Lopez: "Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, Chris von Wangenheim, you know, Avedon, Penn - he's working at the same level, yet he is an illustrator." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Another highlight of this year's Doc NYC is James Crump's Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco screening in the Metropolis competition. The film on the famed fashion illustrator features Jessica Lange, Grace Jones, Jerry Hall, Bill Cunningham, Yves Saint Laurent, Donna Jordan, Pat Cleveland, Jane Forth, Corey Tippin, Grace Coddington, Patti D’Arbanville, Karl Lagerfeld, Joan Juliet Buck, Bob Colacello, Paul Caranicas, Juan Ramos, Tina and Michael Chow with film clips including Bertrand Bonello's Saint Laurent, Pierre Thoretton's L'Amour Fou, and Andy Warhol's L'Amour.

Antonio Lopez: "He was embracing this idea of diversity and inclusivity in the mid-Sixties when today people are taking credit for the diversity of the runway."

James Crump (director
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Movie Review: Nocturama is a mesmerizing, disturbing tour de force—and one of the best films of the year

A nocturama is the part of the zoo where they keep the small animals that only come out at night. The term is obscure, but evocative—so, an apt title for the audacious and disturbing new film by the French writer-director Bertrand Bonello (House Of Pleasures, Saint Laurent), the longer second part of which finds a group of mostly teenage terrorists hiding out in a windowless Paris department store after a spree of bombings and assassinations. We’ve seen them carry out these attacks over the movie’s mesmerizing first 50 minutes, sometimes replayed from multiple angles, though we are never exactly sure of their goal. Maybe it doesn’t matter. Bonello is a decadent movie poet of literal and emotional interiors with a uniquely cubist approach to both time and realism; his style is druggy and dreamlike because it’s so cornered, self-confined, self-refracting. In Nocturama, his radicalized night ...
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Invisible Worlds by Anne-Katrin Titze

Sâm Mirhosseini and Jérémie Renier in Clément Cogitore's Neither Heaven Nor Earth (Ni Le Ciel Ni La Terre)

Neither Heaven Nor Earth (Ni Le Ciel Ni La Terre) director Clément Cogitore spoke with me on the role his producer Jean-Christophe Reymond played in the collaboration with Les Cowboys director Thomas Bidegain, who also has screenwriter credits for Bertrand Bonello's Saint Laurent, Jacques Audiard's Rust And Bone, A Prophet and Cannes Palme d'Or winner Dheepan, and Michaël R Roskam's Racer And The Jailbird (Matthias Schoenaerts, Adèle Exarchopoulos) which will have its world première at the Venice International Film Festival.

Bax's (Clément Bresson) tattooed back in Neither Heaven Nor Earth

Clément went into the invisible worlds of his debut feature (starring Jérémie Renier with Kévin Azaïs, Swann Arlaud, Finnegan Oldfield, Clément Bresson, Marc Robert, Hamid Reza Javdan, Edouard Court, Steve Tientcheu, Aria Faghih Habib, Stéphane Boissel, and the voice
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Bertrand Bonello Defends ‘Nocturama,’ His Controversial Terrorism Thriller: ‘There Are a Lot of Haters’

Bertrand Bonello Defends ‘Nocturama,’ His Controversial Terrorism Thriller: ‘There Are a Lot of Haters’
Nocturama” will soon open in theaters, but its journey hasn’t been easy.

A story about a group of Parisian teenagers who plot and pull off a deadly terrorist attack, Bertrand Bonello’s icy thriller had the misfortune of being completed after the November 2015 Paris attacks. Now the “House of Tolerance” and “Saint Laurent” director has opened up in a new piece for Artforum to discuss how “Cannes didn’t want the film” and the ways in which “haters” online hurt its chances of success.

Read More‘Nocturama’ Is ‘Elephant’ For The The Age Of Isis — Tiff Review

Bonello has premiered several films on the Croisette, making “Nocturama” conspicuous in its absence at last year’s edition of the festival; many suspected the film’s subject matter was the reason for its exclusion. “It was very difficult for people to see this kind of narrative,” writes Bonello, who admits that
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You’ve Never Seen a Movie About Terrorism Quite Like ‘Nocturama’ — Watch

You’ve Never Seen a Movie About Terrorism Quite Like ‘Nocturama’ — Watch
There’s never been a movie about terrorism quite like “Nocturama.”

Fresh off his emotionally extravagant biopic of fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, director Bertrand Bonello has returned with another film about the seductive power of surfaces. With his previous project, he presented that idea as his subject — with this one, he sublimates it directly into his style. The result is a portrait of weaponized radicalism that has almost no resemblance to terrorism as we know it, and yet sometimes feels all more accurate because of that. Beguiling from the start and oblique until the bitter end, “Nocturama” is such an essential, illuminating movie about modern terrorism precisely because it refuses to offer any solutions to its carnage, or even explicitly diagnose the problems that give rise to it.

Read More: ‘Nocturama’ Trailer: A Group of Teens Plan a Terrorist Attack in Paris in Bertrand Bonello’s New Thriller

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‘Nocturama’ Trailer: A Group of Teens Plan a Terrorist Attack in Paris in Bertrand Bonello’s New Thriller

‘Nocturama’ Trailer: A Group of Teens Plan a Terrorist Attack in Paris in Bertrand Bonello’s New Thriller
Grasshopper Film has released the official Us trailer for its upcoming film “Nocturama.” The clip premiered exclusively on The Film Stage on Thursday. The terrorism thriller hails from acclaimed director Bertrand Bonello (“Saint Laurent,” “House of Pleasures”).

Read More: ‘Nocturama’ Is ‘Elephant’ For The The Age Of Isis — Review

Written and directed by Bonello, “Nocturama” follows a group of teens from different backgrounds who plan a series of bombings throughout Paris. The film premiered last year at the Toronto International Film Festival, a mere 1o months after the terrorist attacks perpetrated by Isis in the French capital.

In his review of the film, IndieWire’s David Ehrlich described “Nocturama” as “a vague and intriguingly inert thriller that waits 50 minutes before revealing ‘what they had to do’ and never bothers explaining why they had to do it. It’s hypnotic all the same. Fresh off his emotionally extravagant biopic of fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent,
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Exclusive: U.S. Trailer for Bertrand Bonello’s Acclaimed Terrorism Thriller ‘Nocturama’

It reportedly had to fight tooth and nail for festival placement of any kind, yet few titles on last fall’s circuit earned praise like that bestowed upon Bertrand Bonello‘s galvanizing Nocturama. A picture caught somewhere between the nastier side of Robert Bresson and more melancholy inclinations of George A. Romero, it follows a group of teens determined to coordinate a series of bombings throughout Paris — which indeed made the movie a difficult sell mere months after Isil-sponsored attacks on the very city, and continues to make it more hot-button than anyone could’ve anticipated.

But it’s getting a U.S. release this summer from Grasshopper Film, who have let us premiere Nocturama‘s rapid-fire, fear-drenched domestic trailer. If you’re even the slightest bit intrigued by what’s seen therein, you’ll want to give this picture a shot: as I said in my review out of Tiff,
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‘Slack Bay’ Review: Merchant Ivory Meets Monty Python in Period Farce

‘Slack Bay’ Review: Merchant Ivory Meets Monty Python in Period Farce
It takes all of two minutes for Bruno Dumont’s latest film, “Slack Bay,” to poke fun at his bourgeois protagonists. A car emerges and with it is a woman who stands up, excited. “Ooo! Mussel-gatherers, how picturesque!” She’s spotted several children, spoons in tow, unearthing mussels from the seaside. The woman, Isabelle Van Peteghem (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, “Saint Laurent”), is unaware of the peculiarity in front of her: wealthy adults being served by impoverished preteens. Like much of Dumont’s latest commentary on class warfare, the sequence is at once uproarious and depressing. Affluence has become routine for the Van Peteghem family,
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Bright Impossibilities: Appearances of Art in Cinema

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Bertrand Bonello's Sarah Winchester, Phantom Opera (2016) is showing on Mubi from April 7 - May 7 and Antoine Barraud's Rouge (2015) is showing on Mubi from April 21 - May - 21, 2017 as part of our Special Discovery series. Self-portrait in front of a mirror (1908), Léon Spilliaert. MuZee, Ostend. Photo: © Sabam Belgium 2016I would not paint — a picture —I'd rather be the OneIt's bright impossibility—Emily DickinsonWhen asked about his first short film, a beautiful portrait of the amazing Portuguese poet Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, filmmaker João César Monteiro declared, rather dissatisfied, "Well, this film is proof to all those who say that you can not film a poem." The same statement has often been made about any other art that dared be approached by cinema. A strange suspicion arises once a film tackles art. It seems to be deeply grounded in an idea of cinema as the art of the little man,
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Why French Cinema Faces an Uncertain Future in America

Why French Cinema Faces an Uncertain Future in America
As the film distribution landscape keeps evolving, distributors of foreign language fare in the United States are struggling to keep up with a brave new world. French cinema, a niche favorite of American audiences for decades, is struggling to stay in the game — and right now, its future is uncertain.

Ten years ago, we had more success at the box office,” Isabelle Giordano, the Executive Director of UniFrance, recently told IndieWire. “We have to admit that the situation is not as good as it was then.”

But it’s not for lack of effort. Thanks to a number of initiatives headed up by UniFrance – a government-supported body that operates with the sole aim of promoting French cinema throughout the world – French films are fighting to find new life at the U.S. box office.

Per Deadline, ticket sales in foreign markets for French titles dipped to $35 million in 2016, down 69% from
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6 Must-See French Films and Special Events From Rendez-Vous With French Cinema

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6 Must-See French Films and Special Events From Rendez-Vous With French Cinema
For the twenty-second year in a row, The Film Society of Lincoln Center and UniFrance have lined up a sparkling slate for their Rendez-Vous with French Cinema screening series, which aims to showcase “the variety and vitality of contemporary French filmmaking.” This year’s programming, including the selected films, panels, and events, includes a special focus on the myriad of ways that French culture influences the arts in America, and vice-versa.

The lineup features 23 diverse films, comprised of highlights from international festivals and works by both established favorites and talented newcomers. The series runs from March 1 – 12.

Read More: Rendez-Vous with French Cinema Exclusive Trailer: Annual Series Celebrates the Very Best in Contemporary French Cinema

Ahead, check out the 6 titles and events we are most excited to check out at this year’s screening series.


Screwball comedy master Ernst Lubitsch took a rare stab at straight drama with 1932’s “Broken Lullaby,
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Celluloid boards Andre Téchiné's identity drama 'Golden Years'

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Celluloid boards Andre Téchiné's identity drama 'Golden Years'
Exclusive: Film stars Pierre Deladonchamps and Céline Sallette

Celluloid Dreams has boarded international sales for André Téchiné’s new feature Golden Years (Nos Annees Folles).

The film stars Pierre Deladonchamps (Stranger By The Lake) in the true story of Frenchman Paul Grappe, a First World War deserter who spent a decade disguised as a woman. When he is finally granted amnesty, he tries to live as a man again. His supportive wife Louise is played by Céline Sallette (Rust And Bone, Les Revenants).

The $8m film is set for completion this spring. “I am stunned by the modernity and the lyricism of the film. This is pure cinema, daring and moving. Absolute love is timeless and gender identity more then ever at the heart of our societies. I’m proud to bring this masterful movie out to the world,” said Hengameh Panahi, founder and CEO of Celluloid Dreams.

Téchiné, whose credits include Rendez-Vous, My Favorite
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Global treasure trove of French films by Richard Mowe - 2017-01-14 11:27:35

Special tribute to Françoise Dorléac with her sister Catherine Deneuve in Jacques Demy’s The Young Girls Of Rochefort Photo: Unifrance A unique online film festival that last year involved more than 6.5 million spectators all over the world, is all set for its 7th edition, mixing both shorts and features around various themes.

The initiative was launched last night (January 14) at a gala evening at the Royal Automobile Club overlooking the Place de la Concorde in Paris as part of the 19th edition of Unifrance’s Rendez-vous with French Cinema.

Argentinean director Pablo Trapero, president of the Filmmakers’ Jury for Photo: Unifrance Argentinean director Pablo Trapero (The Clan), who has taken on the role of the president of the Filmmakers' Jury, officially launched Trapero said that French audiences had always given his films “a warm and respectful reception” and he was pleased to be able to repay the welcome.
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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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Ultra-Realist Abstraction: Discussing "Nocturama" with Bertrand Bonello

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Bertrand Bonello’s last film, a Yves Saint Laurent biopic, followed the famed 20th century designer from enfant terrible into the 2000s and his doddering old age. Saint Laurent’s fashion may have changed the world, but that world is now being changed by forces far more radical than any of his designs. The enfants terrible of Paris in Bonello's latest movie, Nocturama, aren’t provocative artists but rather a gang of 20-something Parisian terrorists. Shockingly, despite the ties to radical Islam of the attacks in France over the last year and a half, the terrorism of Nocturama’s youths seem to be enacted without explanation, as if in a cultural vacuum. When originally conceived, this cinematic possibility of Bonello’s clearly had the aim of presenting an abstract action. But since the real world has yet again surpassed the cinema by realizing the horrors originally considered on the silver screen,
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Tiff 2016. Correspondences #2

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NocturamaDear Fern,296 feature films, 101 shorts—are you ready? Could anyone be? I can assure you, as someone lucky enough to travel to several other festivals this year before Toronto, there are many, many great films here, among them Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann, Paul Verhoeven’s Elle (as you've already discovered), Albert Serra’s The Death of Louis Xiv, Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson, and Terence Davies’s A Quiet Passion. All easily among the year’s most surprising, most beautiful, most complex works of cinema. Don’t miss them. But what I’ve already seen is a drop in the bucket, and I have the bounty of the short films of the adventurous Wavelengths section (which Michael Sicinski has wonderfully and extensively covered for us) to come; along with not one but two Terrence Malick films (really two cuts of the same film), not one but two Werner Herzog movies
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Toronto International Film Festival: Oliver Stone Hollywood-izes Snowden while Nocturama reimagines terrorism

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Let’s start with the best. French writer-director Bertrand Bonello’s oblique, transgressive treatment of terrorism in Nocturama (Grade: A-) positions his film as a modern-day answer to Weekend and the culmination of an informal trilogy that began with his opium-dream portrait of a fin de siècle brothel, House Of Pleasures, and continued with the anti-biopic Saint Laurent. With no ideology to speak of, Bonello’s teenage terrorists wage an obscure war against a modern, materialist world that they are clearly a part of, retreating after their spree of assassinations and bombings into a massive department store, where they plan to wait out the night. Holed up in this consumerist dream space, they play dress-up, host a dinner, are visited by ghosts, watch coverage of their attack on display model TVs, and act out fantasy lives—only to have it all come to a halt when Nocturama reveals itself as
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