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Thomas Bidegain Takes on ‘Siege of Mecca’ Series for HBO; Develops Sophomore Feature (Exclusive)

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Thomas Bidegain Takes on ‘Siege of Mecca’ Series for HBO; Develops Sophomore Feature (Exclusive)
French writer and director Thomas Bidegain, whose screenwriting credits include Jacques Audiard’s “The Sisters Brothers,” has joined forced with Noé Debré (“Dheepan”) to co-write a miniseries based on the “The Siege of Mecca: The Forgotten Uprising in Islam’s Holiest Shrine and the Birth of Al Qaeda,” the 2007 book written by Wall Street Journal correspondent Yaroslav Trofimov.

Produced by Vice for HBO, the four-part series chronicles the 1979 Grand Mosque seizure in Mecca by Islamic radicals.

“It’s a crazy story. Salafists invaded the Mecca and the hostage situation lasted for 14 days with tens of thousands of people, including some Americans, Saudis and Iranians, who were trapped inside; no one understood what was happening, the negotiations lasted two weeks,” said Bidegain, who pointed out that earlier that same month as the siege, Iranian students had taken more 60 American hostages at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.

The Forge is executive producing the series.
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‘The Sisters Brothers’ Trailer: First Look At Jacques Audiard’s Dark Comedy Western

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‘The Sisters Brothers’ Trailer: First Look At Jacques Audiard’s Dark Comedy Western
Palme d’Or winning filmmaker Jacques Audiard is back with The Sisters Brothers, his first film shot entirely in English. The darkly comic western stars Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly, Jake Gyllenhaal and Riz Ahmed. Annapurna Pictures has domestic rights to the Why Not Productions picture and will release it later this year. The film, with the tagline “Brothers by blood, Sisters by name,” is expected on the fall festival circuit. Check out the first official trailer above.

This is Audiard’s follow-up to Dheepan which won the top prize in Cannes in 2015. Based on Patrick Dewitt’s acclaimed novel of the same name, The Sisters Brothers follows siblings Eli and Charlie Sisters who are hired to kill a prospector who has stolen from their boss. The story, a genre-hybrid with comedic elements, takes place in Oregon in 1851.

The trailer, set to a variation on Soft Cell’s 1980s classic “Tainted Love,
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The butterfly by Anne-Katrin Titze

Stéphanie Di Giusto on The Dancer: "The movie is always in movement." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Stéphanie Di Giusto's The Dancer (La Danseuse), screenplay in collaboration with Les Cowboys director Thomas Bidegain, based on the book Loïe Fuller: Danseuse De La Belle Époque by Giovanni Lista, stars Soko as Fuller with Lily-Rose Depp as Isadora Duncan. The supporting cast includes Gaspard Ulliel, Mélanie Thierry, François Damiens, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Amanda Plummer, and Denis Ménochet.

I met up with the director at the restaurant inside the Marlton Hotel the day before her debut film opened in New York. We discussed how Nick Cave and Warren Ellis got involved through Andrew Dominik's The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, her costume designer Anaïs Romand who won a César, working with cinematographer Benoît Debie, seeing Soko in Alice Winocour's Augustine, and Harvey Weinstein's reaction after seeing The Dancer at Cannes.
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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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A Woman’s Life | Review

When a Potiche Ascends the Stairs: Brizé’s Winning, Textured de Maupassant Adaptation

Although cinematic adaptations of French writer Guy de Maupassant still occur with some regularity, few contemporary Gallic auteurs have successfully tackled the naturalist who was a protégé of Flaubert and a contemporary of Zola. Frequent adaptations of his famed short story “Boule de Suif” and Bel-Ami are resurrected regularly, and his stories have inspired auteurs like Robert Wise, Jean-Luc Godard, Marcel Ophüls, and Jean Renoir. However, de Maupassant’s seminal first novel, Une Vie (1883), has been adapted several times outside of France, while previously its most definitive mounting was the 1958 End of Desire headlined by Maria Schell.

For his seventh feature, Stephane Brizé persuasively reflects the subjugation of women’s agency with the fragmented A Woman’s Life, and is perhaps the most auspicious transformation of the author since the handsome productions of the 1950s with this astute period piece featuring an exquisite ensemble of character actors.

After returning from convent school, Jeanne (Judith Chemla) takes joy in assisting her father (Jean-Pierre Darroussin) in the garden and perambulating with her mother (Yolande Moreau), a woman who spends most of her free time scrolling through the contents of letters she received throughout her life. With only the young family maid Rosalie (Nina Meurisse) as a friend and confidante, Jeanne soon finds herself courted by the handsome Viscount Julien de Lamare (Swann Arlaud). Swept into what she’s made to believe is romance, the marriage soon sours when Rosalie is found to be with child after having been raped by Julien. Thus begins Jeanne’s initiation into a world more harrowing than she had anticipated as her ideals and dignity are slowly stripped away.

Judith Chemla, who has starred as a supporting player in a number of period productions for noted auteurs (Tavernier, Techine) comes to the fore as the passive, frustrated center of Brizé’s film. Oblivious to the tendencies and behaviors of those around her, A Woman’s Life gently ushers her from a frivolous young woman of privilege to an increasingly fraught wife forced to contend with a debauched husband.

Brizé’s film has all the potential of a tawdry soap opera, and yet is distilled into fragmented reflections of her escapist tendencies. As we rush through defining moments of her life, time slows as Jeanne disappears into the bright, sunshiny memories which brought her to such a brooding standstill. Chemla is tasked with revealing Jeanne’s persona through inscrutable moments, an object acted upon despite meager efforts to gain control of her life. When escape presents itself upon learning of her own pregnancy at the same time as her husband’s philandering with Rosalie, her own mother confirms her fate by forcing Jeanne to forgive rather than return home.

Yolande Moreau gives a subversively droll performance as a cold maternal figure who has several major secrets of her own. As her counterpart, Jean-Pierre Darroussin nearly disappears within the period garb as Jeanne’s mild mannered father, while a mousy Swann Arlaud is sufficiently unpalatable as her cheating husband. Clotilde Hesme surfaces in a brief subplot which yields shockingly violent results, while rising young actor Finnegan Oldfield (Nocturama; Les Cowboys) shows up in the third act as Jeanne’s selfish teenage son, the specter haunting her golden years and sending her into protracted anguish.

Much like Brizé’s last lauded feature, 2015’s The Measure of a Man, the narrative revolves around distilled, refracted moments informing its protagonist’s mind frame, a person once again trapped by economic necessity in an unfavorable role which whittles away at their resolve.

Collaborating once more with scribe Florence Vignon (who scripted his superb 2009 film Mademoiselle Chambon), they achieve a striking portrait of a woman of certain means as equally weighted down by her expectations and limited control. Brizé also taps Dp Antoine Heberle (who worked on Chambon and A Few Hours of Spring, as well as Ozon’s Under the Sand) who transforms the film into a constant visual juxtaposition of stark, contrasting palettes, ranging from the brooding grays of Jeanne’s present to the golden, sparkling vivaciousness of happy times she can never return to. With stunning finality, a drastic situation boils down to bittersweet reality— “Life is never as good or as bad as you think it is.”


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Bar talk by Anne-Katrin Titze

At the bar with Nocturama director Bertrand Bonello Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

After being seated next to Django director Étienne Comar and Reda Kateb (who portrays Django Reinhardt) at the uniFrance Locanda Verde lunch, I had a conversation with Bertrand Bonello on his latest film. Nocturama, shot by cinematographer Léo Hinstin, edited by Fabrice Rouaud, costumes by Sonia Philouze with music by Bonello. It has an ensemble cast that includes Finnegan Oldfield, Vincent Rottiers, Hamza Meziani, Manal Issa, Martin Petit-Guyot, Jamil McCraven, Rabah Nait Oufella, Laure Valentinelli, Ilias Le Doré, Robin Goldbronn, Luis Rego, Hermine Karagheuz, and Adèle Haenel.

Finnegan Oldfield as David in Nocturama Photo: Carole Bethuel

When I spoke last year with Thomas Bidegain on Les Cowboys about actor Finnegan Oldfield, who stars in both his and Bertrand's film, he told me that Nocturama was being edited the day of the Bataclan attack in Paris.

Nocturama, a highlight of
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Mia Hansen-Love's 'Maya' heads to India for 2017 shoot

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Mia Hansen-Love's 'Maya' heads to India for 2017 shoot
Exclusive/Film Bazaar: Indian newcomer Aarshi Banerjee joins cast.

French filmmaker Mia Hansen-Love is shooting her next film, Maya, in India in the last quarter of 2017. Indian newcomer Aarshi Banerjee has joined the cast alongside Roman Kolinka and Cédric Kahn.

Produced by France’s Les Films Pelleas, the film will be line produced in India by Mumbai-based La Fabrique Films. Germany’s Razor Films and Arte are co-producing, while Les Films du Losange has French rights and will handle international sales.

The film follows a French hostage returning from Syria who heads to India after his traumatic experiences.

“We’re very excited to be part of this film; around two thirds will shoot in India at locations including Goa, Hampi and Bangalore,” said La Fabrique Films’ co-founder Deborah Benattar. “Also, the Indian crew is excited that the film is shooting on 35mm.”

Helene Louvart is on board as DoP of the film, which will also
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Vanishing point by Anne-Katrin Titze

Clément Cogitore on Michelangelo Antonioni and Apichatpong Weerasethakul: "who are my masters" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Nicholas Ray's Bitter Victory starring Richard Burton and Curd Jürgens to Stanley Kubrick's Paths Of Glory with Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker and Adolphe Menjou come to mind or the tension built with Kip (Naveen Andrews) checking for mines in Anthony Minghella's The English Patient, based on Michael Ondaatje's novel when reflecting on Neither Heaven Nor Earth (Ni Le Ciel Ni La Terre).

Jérémie Renier is Captain Antarès Bonassieu

Clément Cogitore's haunting debut feature stars Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne discovery Jérémie Renier with Kévin Azaïs (Thomas Cailley's Love At First Fight, Catherine Corsini's Summertime), Swann Arlaud (Axelle Ropert's The Apple Of My Eye), Finnegan Oldfield (Thomas Bidegain's Les Cowboys, Eva Husson's Bang Gang), Sâm Mirhosseini, Marc Robert, Hamid Reza Javdan (Atiq Rahimi's The Patience Stone), Edouard Court,
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Les Cowboys Writer/Director Thomas Bidegain on Contemporary Westerns, His Journey to Directing, and the Importance of the “B-Book”

In theaters now from Cohen Media, Les Cowboys is the directorial debut of acclaimed French screenwriter Thomas Bidegain, best known in recent years for his collaborations with French director Jacques Audiard. (He has co-scripted all of Audiard’s films following The Beat My Heart Skipped.) In an age when the value of the cinematic medium is being challenged, Bidegain has made a haunting and bold first feature that is both intimate as well as epic in scope. It’s a film steeped in the history of cinema, drawing both visual and narrative inspiration from classic American westerns. At the same time, Les […]
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Les Cowboys – Review

Review by Stephen Tronicek

A 16-year-old girl goes missing, well not missing, just she goes to live the life that she wants to live, and her father overreacts and spends his every waking hour trying to catch her. Midway through, that story ends and the girl’s brother continues the search to find her. Les Cowboys is split between these stories and each can be ripped apart on a conceptual level.

So, starting with the father. The film wishes the audience to think that this is a tough man who is only desperately trying to find his daughter, but the performance seems to take away any sense of desperation. Francois Damiens is overacting completely, and the disturbing subtext that is hidden under the surface here seems to create tonal dissonance. On that subtext. The fetishization of the Wild West displayed at the beginning of the film seems to suggest the
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The last waltz by Anne-Katrin Titze

John C Reilly and Finnegan Oldfield in Thomas Bidegain's soul searching Les Cowboys

On the afternoon when Thomas Bidegain is presenting Les Cowboys at the Alliance Française, where the week before I introduced Axelle Ropert's Tirez La Langue, Mademoiselle, he gave me some insight on working with Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, Jacques Audiard and Noé Debré. Connecting Paul Schrader's Hardcore with Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver and John Ford's The Searchers by way of Slavoj Žižek in Sophie Fiennes' The Pervert’s Guide To Ideology and the Iliana Zabeth Bertrand Bonello Saint Laurent and House of Tolerance link to Finnegan Oldfield and Nocturama weave through our conversation.

Alain (François Damiens) and Nicole (Agathe Dronne)

François Damiens (Katell Quillévéré's Suzanne) plays Alain, husband to Nicole (Agathe Dronne) whose daughter Kelly's (Iliana Zabeth) disappearance during a French country-western festival triggers a relentless search that jeopardises the family's unity.
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Exclusive Clip: John C. Reilly Asks What Side You’re On In Thomas Bidegain’s ‘Les Cowboys’

There are a lot of movies opening this week, but one of the more intriguing is “Les Cowboys.” Premiered at Cannes last year but hitting theaters today, it marks the directorial debut of Thomas Bidegain, one of France’s most acclaimed and successful screenwriters. Best known for his collaborations with Jacques Audiard on “A Prophet,” “Rust […]

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‘Les Cowboys’ Review: This Contemporary Remake Of ‘The Searchers’ Is Shooting Blanks

‘Les Cowboys’ Review: This Contemporary Remake Of ‘The Searchers’ Is Shooting Blanks
It’s hard to blame Thomas Bidegain for thinking that a contemporary remake of “The Searchers” might be a good idea. After all, the same virulent otherness that pumped through John Ford’s classic Western is at the heart of the Islamophobia that plagues modern Europe, and has percolated beneath the surface of its cinema since at least “The Battle of Algiers.” The recent attacks in Paris and Belgium, neither of which occurred until long after “Les Cowboys” was in the can, only serve to add a greater sense of urgency to Bidegain’s film, a vigilante tale whose wayward white hero is stymied by the same cultural divide that terrorists sacrifice their lives in order to deepen and expand.

But Bidegain’s update, however clever and opportunistic it might be, inevitably runs into a problem that didn’t affect the original: It’s not directed by John Ford.

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Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (June 24, 2016)

Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (June 24, 2016)
To help sift through the increasing number of new releases (independent or otherwise), the Weekly Film Guide is here! Below you’ll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.

Starting this month, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list here, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.

See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for June 2016

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, June 24. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.


Free State of Jones

Director: Gary Ross

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Keri Russell, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Jacob Lofland

Synopsis: “In Jones County, Miss., Newt Knight joins forces with other farmers and a group of slaves to lead a rebellion against the Confederacy.”

Independence Day: Resurgence
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Waltzing with the West by Anne-Katrin Titze

Thomas Bidegain on John C Reilly in Yorgos Lanthimos' The Lobster and Matteo Garrone's Tale of Tales: "I think he has a secret plan to become a European film star." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Thomas Bidegain known for his screenwriting artistry with Jacques Audiard on Dheepan, A Prophet, and Rust And Bone and Joachim Lafosse on Our Children and The White Knights, met for a conversation on his directorial debut. Co-produced by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, co-written with Noé Debré, Les Cowboys stars François Damiens, Finnegan Oldfield (Eva Husson's Bang Gang) and John C Reilly with Agathe Dronne, Iliana Zabeth (Bertrand Bonello’s Saint Laurent and House Of Tolerance), Jean-Louis Coulloc'h, Ellora Torchia, Mounir Margoum, Antonia Campbell-Hughes and Maxim Driesen.

Alain (François Damiens) with daughter Kelly (Iliana Zabeth)

David Lynch's Mulholland Drive cowboy, a Bronski Beat Smalltown Boy rendition, James Coburn in Sergio Leone's Duck,
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‘Les Cowboys’ Exclusive Clip: A Father Looks for His Daughter in Thomas Bidegain’s Reimagining of ‘The Searchers’

‘Les Cowboys’ Exclusive Clip: A Father Looks for His Daughter in Thomas Bidegain’s Reimagining of ‘The Searchers’
Thomas Bidegain has made the transition from screenwriting to directing more smoothly than most with “Les Cowboys,” a contemporary reimagining of John Ford’s “The Searchers.” Bidegain’s updated take on the Western classic stars François Damiens as a Stetson-wearing Frenchman whose teenage daughter suddenly disappears one day, apparently having run off with the Muslim boyfriend her parents didn’t even know existed. Ahead of the film’s theatrical release tomorrow, Indiewire has been exclusively provided with a clip from the film.

Read More: Cannes Review: ‘Les Cowboys,’ Directed By ‘Rust & Bone’ Writer Thomas Bidegain, Starring John C. Reilly

In the scene, Damiens makes his way through the makeshift encampment where he thinks his daughter might be hiding out. She’s not there, of course, but some residents who don’t take kindly to his presence certainly are.

Read More: Arthouse Audit: Starry ‘A Bigger Splash’ and Cannes-Winner ‘Dheepan’ Lead
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Review: Les Cowboys Wrestles With Complex Issues and Ideas

Thomas Bidegain's film, Les Cowboys, begins in a strange key, with a nuclear French family spending the day at an American Western-themed rodeo (not that there's any other real kind). It's clearly no casual affair for them, but a practiced tradition; papa sings the "Tennessee Waltz," and they all seem well-trained in the art of square dancing. Somehow though, between hearty laughs and loving, knowing glances, the teenaged daughter of the family has intentionally disappeared. The family's patriarch, Alain (played by Francois Damiens), immediately launches headlong into an obsessive search for the girl, fueled by thinly-veiled hatred as he discovers that she's eloped with her Muslim boyfriend. Alain follows through on false lead after false lead, until a time jump eventually reveals that his son...

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[Review] Les Cowboys

Excepting the chance that some very obvious parallels went over a critic’s head, there’s nary a review of Thomas Bidegain’s Les Cowboys that lacks mention of John Ford’s The Searchers, so let’s lay those cards on the table before going much further. The cowboy-led search for a girl kidnapped by Native Americans in the American west circa 1868 has been replaced by a father-son pairing (François Damiens and Finnegan Oldfield, respectively), a willful runaway, Islamists of (it-seems-purposefully) vague nationality, a mixture of European towns and (it-seems-purposefully) vague Middle Eastern terrain, and more-or-less-contemporary surroundings. What are we left with? Old and young men, prejudices against a dark-skinned other, the wonders and horrors of unknown land, and an unknowable woman at the center of every component.

Les Cowboys is not as fine a film as The Searchers much in the same way most ever made are not as
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‘Les Cowboys’ Review: French ‘Searchers’ Goes in Too Many Directions

‘Les Cowboys’ Review: French ‘Searchers’ Goes in Too Many Directions
The French dramatic thriller “Les Cowboys” has a scope and ambition as wide as the open range, but it’s a bumpy journey following a modern-day father’s pained quest to find his missing teenage daughter. Screenwriter Thomas Bidegain, making his feature directorial debut after collaborating on noteworthy screenplays with Jacques Audiard (“A Prophet,” “Dheepan”), is in territory reminiscent of Audiard’s brand of tough emotionalism. The twisty story calls up John Ford’s “The Searchers” and Paul Schrader‘s “Hardcore,” and touches on the War on Terror while remaining distinctively European in its aesthetics and tone. That’s a
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Daniel Battsek to head Film4 by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2016-06-22 12:49:15

Daniel Battsek with Catherine Deneuve, Charles S Cohen and Clo Cohen Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Cohen Media Group president Daniel Battsek will leave his current role to become the director of Film4. He will replace David Kosse, who is joining Stx Entertainment. Disney brought Battsek to the Us in 2005 to run Miramax when Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein left the company.

Les Cowboys director Thomas Bidegain Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Cohen Media's latest releases are Benoît Jacquot's penetrating Diary Of A Chambermaid starring Léa Seydoux with Vincent Lindon and Thomas Bidegain's soul searching Les Cowboys starring François Damiens, Finnegan Oldfield and John C Reilly.

Bidegain co-wrote Jacques Audiard's Dheepan, A Prophet, and Rust And Bone. He won the Michel d'Ornano Award at the Deauville American Film Festival for his directorial debut Les Cowboys following its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last year.

After three years at Cohen Media,
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