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Exclusive interview with Wonder Woman’s Connie Nielsen for The Confessions

Tai Freligh interviews Connie Nielsen

Connie Nielsen is a Danish actress who first gained fame for her portrayal of Princess Lucilla in Gladiator with Russell Crowe back in 2000 and has done extensive movie and television work since then, most recently as Queen Hippolyta in Wonder Woman and as Claire Seth in The Confessions, in U.S. theaters now. I asked her about The Confessions, Wonder Woman, Justice League and Stratton and tossed in some fun speed round questions too.

Tell me about your character Claire Seth and how she fits into this meeting of the world’s greatest leaders in Germany?

These meets often invite VIP guests – celebrities, actors, musicians – I play Claire Seth, one of the most successful writers of all time of children’s fiction.

What did you do to get into character for an acclaimed children’s author?

She was written to be a Brit but living
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Confessions of a film director by Anne-Katrin Titze

The Confessions (Le Confessioni) director Roberto Andò with Anne-Katrin Titze: "So Toni Servillo and I both read this book about Italian monasteries ..." Photo: Michael Moore

Roberto Andò, the director of Long Live Freedom (Viva La Libertà with Toni Servillo, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Valerio Mastandrea) met with me at his hotel on Central Park South for a conversation on his latest film The Confessions (Le Confessioni), co-written by Angelo Pasquini, shot by Maurizio Calvesi, and starring Servillo with an exceptional ensemble cast including Connie Nielsen (Patty Jenkins's Wonder Woman), Marie-Josée Croze (John Michael McDonagh's Calvary), Daniel Auteuil (Michael Haneke's Caché), Moritz Bleibtreu (Tom Tykwer's Run Lola Run), Lambert Wilson (Jérôme Salle's The Odyssey), Pierfrancesco Favino (Roger Michell's My Cousin Rachel), and Johan Heldenbergh (Felix van Groeningen's The Broken Circle Breakdown).

Toni Servillo is Carthusian monk Roberto Salus

A luxury resort with unfading allure and
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New Trailer for Political Thriller 'The Confessions' with Connie Nielsen

"You're the only one who can disrupt their plans." October Coast has debuted a new trailer for an Italian political thriller titled The Confessions, from Italian director Roberto Andò. Described as a "refreshing suspense thriller", the story is set during a G8 meeting being held at a luxury hotel on the German coast. One of the guests is a mysterious Italian monk, invited by Daniel Rochè, the director of the International Monetary Fund. He wants the monk to receive his confession, that night, in secret. The next morning, Rochè is found dead, and off we go. Toni Servillo stars along with Connie Nielsen, Daniel Auteuil, Lambert Wilson, Pierfrancesco Favino, Moritz Bleibtreu, Johan Heldenbergh, Richard Sammel, Togo Igawa, and Marie-Josée Croze. This film looks like a heavy political thriller, might be worth watching. Here's the new official Us trailer (+ poster) for Roberto Andò's The Confessions, direct from YouTube: A G
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Poster and trailer for The Confessions starring Toni Servillo and Connie Nielsen

Ahead of its Us release next month, a poster and trailer have arrived online for the upcoming Italian-French suspense thriller The Confessions. Directed by Roberto Ando, the film stars Toni Servillo, Connie Nielsen, Lambert Wilson, Daniel Auteuil, Pierfrancesco Favino, Marie-Josée Croze, and Moritz Bleibtreu; take a look below…

A G8 meeting is being held at a luxury hotel on the German coast. The world’s most powerful economists are gathered to enact important provisions that will deeply influence the world economy. One of the guests is a mysterious Italian monk, invited by Daniel Roché, the director of the International Monetary Fund. He wants the monk to receive his confession, that night, in secret. The next morning, Roché is found dead…

The Confessions is set for release on July 7th in the States.
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Why foreign-language films are struggling in UK cinemas

Releasing arthouse films is as challenging as ever, but there are grounds for optimism.

“For foreign-language films, you really have to have something quite exceptional to break the £1m ($1.3m) mark,” says Louisa Dent, managing director and acquisitions chief at UK arthouse distributor Curzon Artificial Eye.

Given the UK’s shared language with the dominant provider of film and its overall cultural pivot towards North America rather than continental Europe, the territory has always been seen as a challenge for sellers of foreign-language fare.

The advent of digital distribution has created a more crowded marketplace than ever. But Dent suggests the problem is not so much that audiences are dwindling as the changing nature of the product.

“If you get a really good classical piece of French cinema, a Coco Before Chanel or an Amélie, they still work,” she says. “But that sort of film hasn’t cropped up as much. What we are
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Paolo Sorrentino’s Berlusconi drama, Gurinder Chadha’s 'Viceroy’s House' sell for Pathé

Paolo Sorrentino’s Berlusconi drama, Gurinder Chadha’s 'Viceroy’s House' sell for Pathé
Pathé does brisk business across Cannes slate.

Pathé International saw brisk business on its Cannes slate, highlighted by a previously announced multi-territory deal with Focus for Lenny Abrahamson’s upcoming chiller The Little Stranger.

Also among sellers were Gurinder Chadha’s drama Viceroy’s House, which scored a Us deal with IFC, and Paolo Sorrentino’s upcoming Silvio Berlusconi movie Loro, which will reunite the director with La Grande Bellezza lead actor Toni Servillo.

The movie, due to start production in July, sold to Germany (Dcm), Spain (Dea Planeta), Benelux (Belga), Poland (Gutek), Greece (Feelgood), Cis (Aone), Czech Republic and Slovakia (Aero films), Ex Yougoslavia (McF), Hungary (Mozinet) and Israel (Lev). Pathé will distribute the film in France and Switzerland.

Dany Boon’s La Ch’tite Famille scored pre-sales in Germany (Concorde), Italy (Rai Cinema), Spain (Tripictures), Greece (Feelgood), Poland (Kinoswiat), Netherland (Paradiso) and Canada (Az films).

The film goes into production next month and is scheduled
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Cannes: Gurinder Chadha, Paolo Sorrentino, Dany Boon Films Score Deals for Pathe (Exclusive)

IFC has picked up Gurinder Chadha’s “Viceroy House,” starring Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson, from Pathe for U.S. release. The historic drama premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and the deal was announced in Cannes.

Pathe also clinched a raft of deals on Paolo Sorrentino’s anticipated “Loro” and “Dany Boon’s “La Ch’tite Famille,” which, along with Lenny Abrahamson’s “The Little Stranger,” are part of Pathe’s strong slate at Cannes film market.

Sorrentino’s anticipated “Loro”, in which Toni Servillo will star as Italian media tycoon-turned-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, was pre-sold to Germany (Dcm), Spain (Dea Planeta), Benelux (Belga), Poland (Gutek), Greece (Feelgood), Cis (Aone), Czech Republic and Slovakia (Aero films), Ex Yougoslavia(McF), Hungary (Mozinet) and Israel (Lev). Pathé will distribute “Loro” in France and Switzerland. Production will kick off in July.

Meanwhile, “La Ch’tite Famille,” the latest film by French comedy expert Boon,
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Michael Haneke’s Pitiless World: As ‘Happy End’ Debuts at Cannes, Reconsider ‘Caché’

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Michael Haneke’s Pitiless World: As ‘Happy End’ Debuts at Cannes, Reconsider ‘Caché’
Austrian director Michael Haneke brings his new film, “Happy End,” to the 2017 Cannes Film Festival with a poster of a blue ocean, a French-language clip featuring glum dinner guests, and a wisp of a logline: A European bourgeois family is blind to the wider world around them, including the refugee crisis happening outside their door. But if it’s Haneke, what do we really need to know? This is the filmmaker whose last two films, “Amour” and “The White Ribbon,” won the Palme d’Or. And if this is Haneke, he doesn’t really do happy.

Read More: First Clip from Michael Haneke’s ‘Happy End’ Features a Very Unhappy Dinner Party — Watch

For all of the complexity of Haneke’s films and their refusal to dictate moral clarity, his worldview is consistent and straightforward. In Haneke’s world, society’s crimes and atrocities are not regretful footnotes of history
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Leone Film Group picks up 'Remi, Nobody’s Boy' for Italy

Exclusive: TF1 Studios scores deal for family film.

Italy’s Leone Film Group has picked up Italian rights to French director Antoine Blossier’s 19th century-set tale Remi, Nobody’s Boy about the adventures of a young orphan.

French TF1 Studio is kicking off sales on the family entertainment title at Cannes, where it will show first images.

“Rémi is a major brand in many territories and raised huge interest in Italy. We’re thrilled that Rémi has found a new home at Leone Film Group,” said TF1 Studio sales chief Sabine Chemaly.

The historic film company – founded by the late Sergio Leone – has carved itself out a place as one of Italy’s major high-end distributors and production houses since floating on the Milan stock market in 2013. Upcoming releases on its slate include Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets and A Monster Calls.

Remi, Nobody’s Boy is based on Hector Malot’s 1878 novel
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The Little Things: Marcel Pagnol's "Marseilles Trilogy"

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With a new restoration of Marcel Pagnol's "Marseilles Trilogy" coming to art-house cinemas, Mubi is showing three later Pagnol adaptations: Joshua Logan's Fanny (1961) and Daniel Auteuil's Fanny (2013) and Marius (2013) in the United States.The sea calls to Marius like a siren song, a tantalizing beckon to a life of mobility, exhilaration, and maritime adventure. It is a life far from his current reality, slinging drinks in his father’s shoreline bar, but it is a tempting existence that forever fills his fantasies and directs his path forward. Little wonder, really. The port of Marseilles is teeming with the influence of a sailor’s life, from the towering ships, their sails and masts hovering above the liquid horizon, to the shopfront interiors adorned with innumerable images of nautical signification, paintings and model ships that testify to the lifeblood of this city. Lifeblood, maybe, but also a curse. For Marius (Pierre Fresnay), his father,
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Dimitri Rassam Builds Bridges With Wildside, Endemol Shine France

Dimitri Rassam Builds Bridges With Wildside, Endemol Shine France
Dimitri Rassam, the French producer behind “Playmobil” and “Little Prince,” is partnering up with Endemol Shine France to produce TV drama “Apaches,” an English-language period series created by “Mad Men’s” Maria and Andre Jacquemetton.

“Apaches” will be one of the first TV dramas to be produced under the newly integrated banner of Endemol Shine France. “Apaches” will be shot mainly in the U.K. in 2017, using English-speaking actors. Series will center around the infamous French street gangs of the early 1900s, dubbed “Les apaches.” Plot is under wraps.

Described by Rassam as being in the vein of “Gangs of New York,” “Apaches” will have a budget of approximately 40 million euros ($44 million) and will be produced by Rassam’s outfit Chapter 2.

Chapter 2 is also partnering up with Italian shingle Wildside on “The French Foreign Legion,” an epic series based on real events and taking place during the Indochina War,
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Zurich fest unveils gala titles

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Zurich fest unveils gala titles
Juan Antonio Bayona, David Mackenzie and John Michael McDonagh among directors with films in Gala strand.

Zurich Film Festival (Sept 22-Oct 2) has unveiled the titles that will make up its Gala section.

In addition to previously announced titles Snowden, Florence Foster Jenkins and Deepwater Horizon, Zff will screen the latest films from directors including Juan Antonio Bayona, David Mackenzie and John Michael McDonagh.

American Honey

Director: Andrea Arnold

Cast: Sasha Lane, Riley Keough, Shia Labeouf

Star (Sasha Lane) is trapped in a life far from perfect. Then she falls head over heels in love with Jake (Shia Labeouf), before embarking with him and a band of misfits who live by their own rules on an adventurous journey to freedom. The start of a quest to find the boundaries of a powerful young love and a road trip into the heart of America.

A Monster Calls (Sieben Minuten Nach Mitternacht)

Director: Juan Antonio Bayona

Cast: Felicity Jones, [link
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The 20 Best Black-and-White Movies of the Last 20 Years

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The 20 Best Black-and-White Movies of the Last 20 Years
Once the default mode, black and white has now become a bold statement of artistic intention. What that intention is, however, seems to be a little bit different for all of the recent films that have made the most of it. Often, monochrome is used as a pipeline to the past — in “Good Night, and Good Luck,” a lack of color not only speaks to how history remembers Edward R. Murrow, it also conjures the imagery of his television news broadcasts. Michael Haneke’s “The White Ribbon” similarly uses the technique to take us back in time, but is less about recreating an era than it is about establishing a chokehold of fatalistic austerity.

“The Man Who Wasn’t There” is another period piece, but the lack of color in the Coen brothers’ film — which was shot in color and then bled dry — assumes a moral quality, making Billy Bob Thornton
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Karlovy Vary: Roberto Ando on Mystery Thriller ‘The Confessions’

Karlovy Vary: Roberto Ando on Mystery Thriller ‘The Confessions’
Karlovy Vary — Italian director Roberto Ando’s latest film, “Le confessioni” (The Confessions), is a spiritual sequel to his 2013 hit “Viva la liberta” (Long Live Freedom). While his previous film provided a satirical look at Italian politics, “The Confessions” broadens the filmmaker’s canvass to skewer global economic institutions.

The mystery thriller, which is vying for Karlovy Vary Film Festival’s Crystal Globe, centers on a simple monk, played by Toni Servillo, who upsets the goings-on at a G8 meeting in a seaside hotel in northern Germany (the Grand Hotel Heiligendamm, which actually hosted a G8 meeting in 2007) after a high-ranking official is found dead. The film’s international cast includes Daniel Auteuil, Connie Nielsen, Marie-Josee Croze, Pierfrancesco Favino, Lambert Wilson and Moritz Bleibtreu.

Produced by Angelo Barbagallo, the film has already sold to a number of territories worldwide via Italian sales company True Colours, including major markets in Europe,
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Karlovy Vary Film Review: ‘The Confessions’

Karlovy Vary Film Review: ‘The Confessions’
Roberto Andò takes great delight in destabilizing established orders, if only on-screen. In 2013’s euphoriant “Long Live Freedom,” he substituted a worn-out center-left politician with his over-the-top twin brother — a philosopher just released from the psychiatric hospital — who ultimately proved to be a much more popular and visionary candidate. Now, in his quasi-metaphysical thriller “The Confessions,” the Italian director disrupts a G8 summit by slipping in a mysterious and unorthodox monk, casting the same actor (Italian idol Toni Servillo) in the lead. As Andò told audiences before the film’s premiere at the Karlovy Vary film fest, “‘The Confessions’ was born from a feeling of dissatisfaction toward how the power is handled” — and that very contemporary and international concern should offer the Italian film a rich life beyond its own borders.

Somewhere in Germany, in a luxury hotel requisitioned by the G8 organizers and placed under the highest supervision, leaders
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Slice of real life and paternal love by Richard Mowe

On set: Vincent Garenq (right) directs Daniel Auteuil in Kalinka Photo: Unifrance

It is based on an extraordinary real-life case involving a father’s enduring love for his daughter. Vincent Garenq’s Kalinka (known in France as Au Nom De Ma Fille) finds André Bamberski waving goodbye to his 14-year-old daughter at the airport. She is going to spend the summer of 1982 in Germany with her mother and stepfather, a seemingly caring doctor, Daniel Krombach. Bamberski never sees her alive again. When Bamberski finally receives a translation of her autopsy, it suggests she might well have been raped and murdered. What follows is a 27-year legal battle as Bamberski seeks to bring to justice Krombach, the man he’s convinced killed his daughter. Bamberski’s efforts are incredible: he fights through the courts with a stoic resolve. Richard Mowe met director Vince Garenq ahead of his visit to present the
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Best Shot: Queen Margot (1994)

Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Queen Margot (1994)

Director: Patrice Chereau. Cinematography: Phillipe Rousselot. 

Starring: Isabelle Adjani, Daniel Auteuil, Vincent Perez, Jean-Hugues Anglade, and Virna Lisi 

Awards: 2 Cannes jury prizes, 5 César Awards, 1 Oscar nomination.

They say that death always takes your lovers..."

When I was young and extremely sexually naive, let's say hypothetically in High School French class, I was startled to discover that the French phrase "La petite mort," which translates literally to 'the little death' referred to a sexual orgasm. I had no idea why these two towers of Human Obsession, Sex and Death, would be linked up like twins. But the movies, ever the personal tutor for young cinephiles, kept forcing the connections.

Which brings us to the decadent, opulent, erotic, violent and visceral 16th century French epic Queen Margot, this week's Best Shot subject. (The shot choices are after the jump due to the graphic nature of the film.
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Cannes Facetime: Nicole Garcia

Cannes Facetime: Nicole Garcia
One of the three female directors competing at Cannes Film Festival, French thesp-turned-helmer Nicole Garcia is no stranger to the Croisette. Instinctive and passionate, yet self-conscious, Garcia, who was born in Algeria, has earned great critical acclaim both an actress and a filmmaker. Her first short, “15 Aout,” competed at Cannes, and so did “The Adversary” which Daniel Auteuil playing a man who murders his family, and “According to Charlie” with Jean-Pierre Bacri and Vincent Lindon. Her latest film, “From the Land of the Moon” stars Marion Cotillard and is adapted from Milena Agus’ Italian novella, “Mal de Pierres,” about a young woman’s romances from 1943 until the mid-’60s.

Variety: The producer “From the Land of the Moon,” Alain Attal, said it was a passion project for you. Why was this project so close to your heart?

It’s true that it’s a passion project. I discovered the book
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Cannes Film Review: ‘From the Land of the Moon’

Cannes Film Review: ‘From the Land of the Moon’
A film prone to cutting on an unfallen tear, “From the Land of the Moon” from French director Nicole Garcia is as syrupy a confection as ever dripped from the pen of Nicholas Sparks (though inspired by the novel “Mal di Pietre” by Milena Angus). Given a gloss of respectability by the tastefulness of Garcia’s style, the genteel photography from Christophe Beaucarne, an unobjectionable score from Daniel Pemberton and a performance of tremulous commitment from Marion Cotillard (as per), as well as by its ineffable Frenchness, that last quality might be enough to bring those who equate “French” with “artistic” to the yard. But even they may find themselves choking on this bonbon during a credibility-assassinating final act reveal.

Cotillard plays Gabrielle, who at the film’s opening is a (slightly unconvincingly) young woman in rural France, nursing a wild crush on the local village schoolteacher — understandable as he
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Le Confessioni (The Confessions) Movie Review

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Le Confessioni (The Confessions) Movie Review
Title: Le Confessioni (The Confessions) Director: Roberto Andò Starring: Toni Servillo, Daniel Auteuil, Connie Nielson, Pierfrancesco Favino, Marie-Josée Croze, Moritz Bleibtreau, Lambert Wilson. The story takes place in Germany in a luxury hotel where the Italian monk, Roberto Salus (Toni Servillo), is invited to the European G8 summit. The unexpected invitation is done by the powerful Daniel Roché (Daniel Auteuil), chief of the International Monetary Fund, who asks him to confess him during a mysterious night that leads to Roché’s suicide. Consequently the international legislators start to wonder: Was the conversation between the two men about the scheme that is about to be approved? Getting an answer from the holy [ Read More ]

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