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Bo Report: Fast start for ‘Fast & Furious’ spin-off

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.’

As a spin-off, Universal’s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw was never destined to roar out of the starting blocks with the same velocity as the previous editions of the franchise.

But the opening weekend for the action thriller starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in Australia over-indexed the Us bow and the worldwide tally was a none-too-shabby $179 million.

The top 20 titles generated $17.4 million, a slight 7 per cent dip on the previous weekend, according to Numero. Palace’s French psychological drama/thriller Who You Think I Am proved to be effective counter-programming for non-rev-heads, while Sony’s Chinese firefighting movie The Bravest fared Ok on limited screens.

Rialto’s indie Us drama The Public and Madman Entertainment’s romantic drama Ophelia directed by Aussie Claire McCarthy struggled in line with their Us results.

Directed by David Leitch, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw clocked up $7.2 million,
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"Who You Think I Am" - An Erotic Thriller

Juliette Binoche stars as a divorced teacher, who creates a fake Facebook profile of a beautiful 24-year-old woman in director Safy Nebbou's erotic thriller "Who You Think I Am", based on the novel by Camille Laurens:

"...a 50-year-old divorced teacher creates a fake online persona of a beautiful 24-year-old woman...

"...only to become trapped by her deceit when she falls for a man who has become smitten with her profile..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Who You Think I Am"...
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Florence Pugh, Francois Civil Honored With Chopard Award for Rising Talent

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Florence Pugh, Francois Civil Honored With Chopard Award for Rising Talent
Rising British actress Florence Pugh (“Lady Macbeth”) and French actor Francois Civil (“Wolf’s Call”) received the Chopard Trophy Award at a star-studded ceremony hosted by Chopard on Monday during the Cannes Film Festival.

Pugh and Civil were chosen among many actors by a jury consisting of former Chopard Trophy recipients such as Marion Cotillard, Gael García Bernal and Lea Seydoux, Cannes’s director Thierry Fremaux, Variety’s Steven Gaydos, and Chopard’s Caroline Scheufele.

Both actors are at a turning point in their careers. Pugh will soon be seen in two highly anticipated films, Ari Aster’s “Midsommar” and Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” remake, in which she’s star opposite Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, and Timothée Chalamet. She’s also just joined Scarlett Johansson in the cast of the Marvel Studios’ movie “Black Widow,” which will be directed by Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland.

Civil already had three films
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Juliette Binoche-Starrer ‘Who You Think I Am’ Finds U.S. Home With Cohen Media Group (Exclusive)

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Cohen Media Group has acquired U.S. rights to Safy Nebbou’s “Who You Think I Am,” the critically acclaimed film starring Juliette Binoche which world premiered in the Berlin Film Festival’s Special Gala section.

Who You Think I Am” turned out to be a hot title among international distributors at the Efm and was sold throughout the world by the Paris-based company Playtime rolling off its world premiere.

Blending romantic comedy, heated melodrama and psychothriller, “Who You Think I Am” features Binoche on nearly every shot as she plays a woman struggling with identity, sexuality and the perils of online flirtation. The film earned upbeat reviews including in Variety which described it as “a surprise package that plays its trump cards with shrugging insouciance, yielding giggles and gasps in equal measure, sometimes at once.”

Who You Think I Am,” adapted from a 2016 novel by Camille Laurens, follows Binoche as Claire Millaud,
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Netflix Closing In on Deal for French Submarine Thriller ‘The Wolf’s Call’ (Exclusive)

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Netflix is closing in on a deal for Antonin Baudry’s “The Wolf’s Call” (“Le Chant du Loup”), an anticipated big-budget French submarine thriller, for multiple territories.

The streaming service is in advanced negotiations to pre-buy “The Wolf’s Call” from Pathé International for North America, Latin America, Spain and Scandinavia, as well as for France, where Netflix would get exclusive Svod rights 36 months after the local theatrical release. The film will be released on Netflix in North America, Latin America, Spain and Scandinavia this summer. Pathé will distribute “The Wolf’s Call” in French theaters starting next Wednesday.

“The Wolf’s Call” will be released by independent distributors in other territories. Pathé has already pre-sold the film to Germany (Concorde), Japan (Klockworks), Cis (Total Films), Middle East (Gulf), Portugal (Cinemundo), Czech Republic (MediaSquad), former Yugoslavia (Fox Vision), Turkey (Pixel Yapim) and Hong Kong (Sun Dream), among other territories.
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Efm 2019 round-up: foreign-language fare, Us packages shine

It was a tale of two markets at the Efm this year.

It was a tale of two markets at the Efm this year with sellers of blue-chip foreign-language fare and big Us packages in an upbeat mood, while outfits handling smaller arthouse pictures toughed it out amid ongoing European theatrical woes.

mk2 Films head of sales Fionnuala Jamison was busy with Portrait Of A Lady On Fire, Arab Blues, and The Whistlers. She suggested the profile of foreign-language titles at the Us box office driven by Roma, Shoplifters, Cold War and Burning, combined with increased competition for Us indie titles from the global platforms,
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Berlin Film Review: ‘Who You Think I Am’

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Berlin Film Review: ‘Who You Think I Am’
For a film that hinges entirely on the deceptive nature of appearances, it’s appropriate that “Who You Think I Am” wears a few genre disguises itself en route to a double-edged conclusion. Leading Juliette Binoche’s unhappily divorced academic through the tricks and turns of online catfishing, the film’s premise seems poised at any minute to break into either a mature romantic comedy in the Nancy Meyers vein or a “Fatal Attraction”-style psychothriller. Rare is the film that would feel equally comfortable following either of those paths; rarer still is one that, somehow, winds up threading both needles, as writer-director Safy Nebbou tucks bittersweet human observations between unabashedly outlandish twists. With Binoche once more on beguiling form, in a role that feels like an unhinged sister to her romantically restless artist in “Let the Sunshine In,” this slinky entertainment can expect numerous distributors’ friend requests.

Premiering in
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Berlin: Juliette Binoche Talks Sex Scene With Former Onscreen Son

Berlin: Juliette Binoche Talks Sex Scene With Former Onscreen Son
Juliette Binoche on Sunday opened up about performing an intimate sex scene in her latest movie, Safy Nebbou's Celle que vous croyez (Who You Think I Am), with French co-star François Civil, who also played her teenage son in the 2011 drama Elles.

"It was pretty rapid, actually. He felt a bit shy and modest, and I found that sweet. But that's part of the things that happen to you in this profession," Binoche told a press conference at the Berlin Film Festival. The Chocolat star was touting Nebbou's dramedy, in which she plays Claire, a 50-year-old ...
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‘Who You Think I Am’ With Juliette Binoche Sells Nearly Worldwide (Exclusive)

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Safy Nebbou’s “Who You Think I Am,” the romantic drama with Juliette Binoche that’s world premiering in the Berlin Film Festival’s Special Gala section, has been sold nearly worldwide by Playtime.

Binoche stars as 50-year-old Claire Millaud, who creates a fake profile as a younger woman, Clara, on social media to spy on her lover, Ludo. But as her younger avatar, Claire ends up falling in love with one of Ludo’s friends, Alex.

Playtime has sold “Who You Think I Am” to Canada (Axia), Spain (Wanda), Italy (I Wonder), Germany (Alamode), Australia (Palace), Switzerland (Agora), Benelux (Cineart), Greece (Rosebud), Austria (Thimfilm), Israel (Red Cape), South America (California Filmes), China (Huashi TV), Sweden (TriArt), Hungary (HungariCom), Baltics (BestFilm), Middle East (Italia Film), Portugal (Midas), Finland (Cinema Mondo), Taiwan (Sky Digi Entertainment) and Denmark (Camera Film).

Playtime’s Nicolas Brigaud-Robert said Binoche was a big draw for distributors
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Juliette Binoche on Harvey Weinstein: ‘He’s Had Enough … Justice Has to Do Its Work’

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Juliette Binoche on Harvey Weinstein: ‘He’s Had Enough … Justice Has to Do Its Work’
French actress Juliette Binoche said Thursday that Harvey Weinstein has “had enough” public excoriation and that “now justice has to do its work.”

In Berlin, where she is heading the film festival jury, Binoche said she herself had had no problems with Weinstein, with whom she worked on “Chocolat” and “The English Patient,” for which she won an Oscar. The disgraced Hollywood mogul is facing trial on a sexual assault charge in New York, and has been under investigation in Los Angeles and London.

“I almost want to say peace to his mind and heart, that’s all,” Binoche said at a news conference with her fellow Berlinale jurors. “I’m trying to put my feet in his shoes. He’s had enough, I think. A lot of people have expressed themselves. Now justice has to do its work.

“I never had problems with him, but I could see that he had problems,
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Playtime Dives Into Different Waves of French Comedy (Exclusive)

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Playtime Dives Into Different Waves of French Comedy (Exclusive)
Playtime, the Paris-based co-production and sales company which will be presenting Francois Ozon’s anticipated “By the Grace of God” in competition at the Berlin Film Festival, has acquired three offbeat French comedies: Geraldine Nakache’s “I’ll Go Where You Go,” “The Bare Necessity” with Fanny Ardant, and Valerie Donzelli’s “Our Lady of Paris.”

“Our Lady of Paris” marks Donzelli’s fifth feature film, following “Marguerite & Julien,” which competed at the Cannes Film Festival; “Hand in Hand”; “Declaration of War,” which played at Cannes’ Critics’ Week and earned six Cesar nominations; and “Queen of Hearts.”

Donzelli stars in the film as Maud Crayon, a failing architect and single mom of two who unexpectedly wins the contest to spearhead the renovation of the esplanade of Notre-Dame de Paris, and who has to deal with a pair of exes – both of whom she still has feelings for.

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Berlin adds Agnieszka Holland, Agnès Varda, Chiwetel Ejiofor titles

Berlin adds Agnieszka Holland, Agnès Varda, Chiwetel Ejiofor titles
Agnieszka Holland’s Mr Jones to premiere in Berlin’s Competition.

The 69th Berlin International Film Festival has bolstered its Competition and Berlinale Special line-ups with the addition of further titles.

A total of 11 films have been added to the Competition programme, including Agnieszka Holland’s Mr Jones (previously Gareth Jones), starring James Norton, and a documentary by Agnès Varda titled Varda By Agnès, which will play Out of Competition.

Further titles added include a new Netflix film by Isabel Coixet, titled Elisa & Marcela, and Yuval Adler’s The Operative, starring Diane Kruger and Martin Freeman; the latter will premiere out of competition.
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Berlin Adds Films by Agnieszka Holland, Agnes Varda, Chiwetel Ejiofor to Lineup

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Berlin Adds Films by Agnieszka Holland, Agnes Varda, Chiwetel Ejiofor to Lineup
New films by Agnieszka Holland, Agnes Varda and Isabel Coixet have been added to the official lineup of the upcoming Berlin Film Festival, along with special screenings of directorial debuts by British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor and “Narcos” star Wagner Moura of Brazil.

The Berlinale added 11 titles to its competition slate Thursday, representing countries such as China, Norway, Mongolia and Israel. Of the 18 competition titles selected so far, eight are directed by women, including festival opener “The Kindness of Strangers,” by Danish director Lone Scherfig.

Holland’s eagerly anticipated “Mr. Jones,” starring James Norton and Vanessa Kirby, will have its world premiere in Potsdamer Platz. The politically charged film centers on the real-life Welsh journalist Gareth Jones (Norton), whose reporting uncovered a deadly famine in Ukraine in the 1930s.

Another famine-themed film heading to Berlin is Ejiofor’s “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,” which was recently acquired by Netflix and
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