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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019: #100. Notre Dame – Valérie Donzelli

Notre Dame

French director Valérie Donzelli makes her fifth feature with Notre Dame, in which she will star in and produce herself, alongside Mina Driouch for Les Films de Francoise, Alice Girard and Eduoard Weil for Rectangle Productions, Genevieve Lemal for Scope Pictures (Belgium) and France 2 Cinema. Amongst her cast members are Pierre Deladonchamps, Thomas Scimeca, Bouli Lanners, Virginie Ledoyen, Isabelle Candelier and Philippe Katerine. Donzelli’s effervescent debut, Queen of Hearts (2009) played at Locarno, while her 2011 sophomore film Declaration of War became a huge hit after premiering in Critics’ Week at Cannes, going on to snag a handful of Cesar nods plus earning the distinction of being France’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film for Academy Award consideration.…
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Le Pacte’s Comedies ‘Our Happy Holiday,’ ‘The Freshmen’ Lure Cannes Buyers (Exclusive)

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Le Pacte has closed a flurry of deals to major markets on a pair of buzzed-about French comedies, Patrick Cassir’s “Our Happy Holiday” and Thomas Lilti’s “The Freshmen” at Cannes’s film market.

“The Freshmen” reteams Lilti with French actor Vincent Lacoste who toplined “Hippocrate,” Lilti’s feature debut which world premiered at Cannes’s Critics Week and turned out to be a critical and commercial success in France and abroad.

Le Pacte hosted four market screenings for the film at Cannes and has now sold it to Italy (Movies inspired), Canada (Eye Steel Film), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Austria (Thimfilm) and Benelux (Athena), Colombia, Peru and Ecuador (Cineplex), Central America (Cinepolis).

Camille Neel, Le Pacte’s head of international sales, said Lilti’s last film, “Irreplaceable” sold 1.6 million admissions in France and 1.2 million abroad. “Lilti has become popular among foreign buyers thanks to his great track record — both ‘Hippocrate” and ‘Irreplaceable’ have been successful,
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Starpoint Gemini Warlords – Update 2.0 now available

Iceberg Interactive and Lgm Games have announced that the major 2.0 update for their acclaimed space sim Starpoint Gemini Warlords is now available. This latest update features a redesign of the diplomacy features and a deep engine optimisation that allows for a more improved gameplay experience. To celebrate the release of this major new update there is a Starpoint Gemini Warlords sale currently running on Steam until 29th April with discounts ranging from 25% to 80%. There’s also a brand new trailer to accompany the update which we have for you below…

Update 2.0 for Starpoint Gemini Warlords has overhauled the diplomacy feature of the game and include multiple scenario AI reactions for the player’s infrastructure development and research progress such as war declaration, resource support, war threats and peace pleads.

Other features of this update include:

AI faction self triggered interaction AI faction alliance requests/Factions want you to attack other
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Hkiff 2012: an interview with Bede Cheng (program manager)

The 8th edition of Entertainment Expo Hong Kong ( March 19 -April 15, 2012) features nine spectacular events covering a global mix of film, TV, music and digital entertainment. It includes Filmart (Hong Kong International Film & TV Market), the Afa (Asian Film Awards), and Haf (Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum). The longest event, the Hkiff (Hong Kong International Film Festival, (March 21- April 5), is also the oldest, since this year is the 36th edition. Hkiff program manager Bede Cheng tells us more about Hong Kong's largest cultural event, which attracted more than 600,000 people last year including 5,000 business executives attending Filmart. Valérie Donzelli's "La Guerre est déclarée / Declaration of War" Hkiff screening presentation...
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Bérénice Bejo, Omar Sy: César Winners

Bérénice Bejo as Peppy Miller in Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius, A Separation: César Winners Pt.1 Best Actor Sami Bouajila, Omar m'a tuer / Omar Killed Me François Cluzet, Intouchables / Untouchable Jean Dujardin, The Artist Olivier Gourmet, L'exercice de l'État / The Minister Denis Podalydes, La conquête / The Conquest * Omar Sy, Intouchables / Untouchable Philippe Torreton, Présumé coupable / Guilty Best Actress Ariane Asquaride, Les neiges du Kilimanjaro / The Snows of Kilimanjaro * Bérénice Bejo, The Artist Leila Bekhti, La Source des femmes / The Source Valérie Donzelli, La guerre est déclarée / Declaration of War Marina Foïs, Polisse Marie Gilain, Toutes nos envies / All Our Desires Karin Viard, Polisse Best Supporting Actor * Michel Blanc, L'exercice de l'État / The Minister Nicolas Duvauchelle, Polisse Joey Starr, Polisse Bernard Lecoq, La conquête / The Conquest Frédéric Pierrot, Polisse Best Supporting Actress Zabou Breitman, L'exercice de l'État / The Minister Anne Le Ny, Intouchables / Untouchable Noémie Lvovsky, L'Apollonide,
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The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius: César Winners

Jean Dujardin, Missi Pyle, The Artist The Artist Wins, Jean Dujardin Loses: César Awards Best Film La guerre est déclarée / Declaration of War produced by Edouard Weil, directed by Valérie Donzelli Le Havre produced by Fabienne Vonier, directed by Aki Kaurismäki * The Artist produced by Thomas Langmann, directed by Michel Hazanavicius Intouchables / Untouchable produced by Denis Freyd, directed by Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache L'exercice de l'État / The Minister produced by Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Yann Zenou, Laurent Zeitoun, directed by Pierre Schöller Pater produced by Michel Seydoux, directed by Alain Cavalier Polisse produced by Alain Attal, directed by Maïwenn Best Foreign Film Drive (United States) directed by Nicolas Winding Refn Black Swan (United States) directed by Darren Aronofsky Incendies (Canada) directed by Denis Villeneuve Melancholia (Denmark / Sweden / France / Germany) directed by Lars von Trier * A Separation (Iran) directed by Asghar Farhadi The King's Speech (United Kingdom) directed by Tom Hooper Le
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Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo: César Nominations

Bérénice Bejo, Malcolm McDowell, The Artist The Artist, Polisse, Intouchables: César Nominations Pt.1 Best Actor Sami Bouajila, Omar m'a tuer / Omar Killed Me François Cluzet, Intouchables / Untouchable Jean Dujardin, The Artist Olivier Gourmet, L'exercice de l'État / The Minister Denis Podalydes, La conquête / The Conquest Omar Sy, Intouchables / Untouchable Philippe Torreton, Présumé coupable / Guilty Best Actress Ariane Asquaride, Les neiges du Kilimanjaro / The Snows of Kilimanjaro Bérénice Bejo, The Artist Leila Bekhti, La Source des femmes / The Source Valérie Donzelli, La guerre est déclarée / Declaration of War Marina Foïs, Polisse Marie Gilain, Toutes nos envies / All Our Desires Karin Viard, Polisse Best Supporting Actor Michel Blanc, L'exercice de l'État / The Minister Nicolas Duvauchelle, Polisse Joey Starr, Polisse Bernard Lecoq, La conquête / The Conquest Frédéric Pierrot, Polisse Best Supporting Actress Zabou Breitman, L'exercice de l'État / The Minister Anne Le Ny, Intouchables / Untouchable Noémie Lvovsky, L'Apollonide, souvenirs de la maison close / House of Tolerance Carmen Maura,
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Intouchables, The Artist, Polisse: César Nominations

François Cluzet, Intouchables / Untouchable The 2012 César winners will be announced on February 24. The ceremony will be presided by Guillaume Canet; Antoine de Caunes will act as master of ceremonies. Best Film La guerre est déclarée / Declaration of War produced by Edouard Weil, directed by Valérie Donzelli Le Havre produced by Fabienne Vonier, directed by Aki Kaurismäki The Artist produced by Thomas Langmann, directed by Michel Hazanavicius Intouchables / Untouchable produced by Denis Freyd, directed by Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache L'exercice de l'État / The Minister produced by Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Yann Zenou, Laurent Zeitoun, directed by Pierre Schoeller Pater produced by Michel Seydoux, directed by Alain Cavalier Polisse produced by Alain Attal, directed by Maïwenn Best Foreign Film Drive (United States) directed by Nicolas Winding Refn Black Swan (United States) directed by Darren Aronofsky Incendies (Canada) directed by Denis Villeneuve Melancholia (Denmark / Sweden / France / Germany) directed by Lars von Trier A Separation
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The Artist, Bérénice Bejo, Omar Sy, Incendies, Maïwenn: Prix Lumières

Omar Sy, Maïwenn Best Film L'Apollonide – Souvenirs de la maison close / House of Tolerance by Bertrand Bonello * The Artist by Michel Hazanavicius L'Exercice de l'État by Pierre Schoeller Le Havre by Aki Kaurismaki Intouchables / Untouchable by Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache Best Director Bertrand Bonello for House of Tolerance Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist Aki Kaurismaki for Le Havre * Maiwenn for Polisse Pierre Schoeller for L'Exercice de l'État Best Actress * Bérénice Bejo in The Artist by Michel Hazanavicius Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni in Les Bien-Aimés / Beloved by Christophe Honoré Valérie Donzelli in La Guerre est déclarée / Declaration of War by Valérie Donzelli Marina Fois, Karin Viard in Polisse by Maïwenn Clotilde Hesme in Angèle et Tony / Angèle and Tony d'Alix Delaporte Best Actor Jean Dujardin in The Artist by Michel Hazanavicius Olivier Gourmet in L'Exercice de l'État by Pierre Schoeller Joey Starr in Polisse by Maïwenn * Omar Sy in Untouchable d'Eric Toledano,
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Prix Lumière Awards 2012: Nominations: House Of Tolerance, The Artist

House of Tolerance, The Artist, and the other nominations for the 2012 Prix Lumière Awards have been announced. The 17th Annual Prix Lumière Awards are “The Price of Enlightenment international criticism, sometimes also called Enlightenment Trophies” and were “created by leading producer Daniel Toscan du Plantier and U.S. journalist Edward Behr to honor French-language cinema from France and abroad. 200 journalists (international media correspondents in Paris) from around 50 countries vote each year to award their own prizes to members of the French film industry.” This year’s ceremony “will take place on Friday, January 13, 2012.”

The full listing of the 2012 Prix Lumière Awards nominations is below.

Best Film

L’Apollonide, souvenirs de la maison close (House of Tolerance), Bertrand Bonello

The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius

L’exercice de l’Etat (The Minister), Pierre Schoeller

Le Havre, Aki Kaurismäki

Intouchables, Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache

Best Foreign Film in French

Curling, Denis Cote, Canada

Et maintenant,
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French film Intouchables saluted for depicting life in the Paris suburbs

Intouchables storms the box office as critics hail it as a comedy masterpiece

It's the surprise French box office hit of the year: a caustic comedy about a quadriplegic aristocrat and his awkward, black home-help from one of Paris's poor, suburban high-rise ghettoes.

Intouchables – or the Untouchables – has confounded French critics who dreaded the possibility of a cliche-ridden, ham-fisted take on the poor suburban "banlieue", race and disability. Instead, the film has been hailed as a masterpiece, and the comedy of the year. It sold 2m tickets in under a week. Paris crowds are queueing around the block and pre-booking tickets. It is set to open in 40 countries, including the United States in March, where Harvey Weinstein has bought an option for an American remake.

"Is this the new Amélie?" asked the daily Liberation, comparing it to the whimsical French romantic comedy that captivated foreign audiences 10 years ago. Critics are
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Trailer Time: The Lady, directed by Luc Besson

When the teaser trailer for The Lady was released back in August I said that the combination of  French director Luc Besson and the presence of Michelle Yeoh could make the film a surprise awards contender. Well, scratch that. France picked Declaration of War to be their selection for Best Foreign Language contender at the Oscars. Whomp whomp. Oh well, it still looks like a sweeping, dramatic
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Watch: This Is What Luc Besson's Oscar Bait Looks Like, The Trailer For 'The Lady'

It looks like at the age of 52, director Luc Besson is ready to move on from his testosteron- fueled action pics and crayon-outlined children's entertainment. He's ready to get a hug from the folks who give out golden statues, and to try and make that happen, he's delivering "The Lady." While it won't have a shot for Best Foreign Film--France has selected "Declaration of War" as their awards-season horse--the film will be making its way to theaters courtesy of Cohen Media Group and Europacorp in an Oscar-qualifying run later this year (with expansion in 2012), and at the very…
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Trailer trash

Paddy Considine reveals Gary Oldman's influence on him, while tempers flare in Albania over its foreign-language Oscar submission

The Oldman and Paddy

Paddy Considine has confessed to the influence of Gary Oldman on his directing debut, Tyrannosaur. The new film, which stars Peter Mullan, Olivia Colman and Eddie Marsan, is based on Paddy's award-winning short film Dog Altogether, and has a searing, visceral quality of Brit grit, the like of which I haven't seen since Nil by Mouth – still the only film Oldman has directed. Despite being best known for his work with director Shane Meadows, Considine revealed to me that Oldman was the key to Tyrannosaur. "I remember seeing Nil by Mouth as a student in Brighton and being in awe. I felt that at last here was a guy who spoke my language. It's strange how life works, because I happened to be working with Gary on
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13th Mumbai Film Festival to focus on French films

13th Mumbai Film Festival to focus on French films
The 13th Mumbai Film Festival will have France as the Country in Focus in its 2011 edition.

The festival will host a special section ’4me Rendez-Vous’, in collaboration with Unifrance, Embassy of France in India and Consulate General of France in Mumbai.

Films like The Artist by Michel Hazanavicius (2011), The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Roebert Guédiguian (2010), The Conquest by Xavier Durringer (2011) and Declaration Of War by Valérie Donzelli (2011) will be presented in this section.

“This year the country focus will be France, so you will have a large selection of French films… and we expect a large delegation of artists and filmmakers from France to attend the festival,” Amit Khanna, one of the trustees of the festival said in a press conference held on Tuesday.

The festival will also offer a special presentation by Lee Yong Kwan, director Busan International Film Festival who will present a selection of latest Asian films from Busan.
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Montréal's Fnc Reveals Its Opening and Closing Films

Yesterday, Montreal's Festival du nouveau cinéma (Fnc) revealed that while the French film La guerre est déclarée will open the event, it will be up to the Canadian film Monsieur Lazhar to close the Fnc.

The French film La guerre est déclarée will open on October 12 at the Imperial Movie Theatre. As for Monsieur Lazhar, it will be screened on October 23.

Directed by Valérie Donzelli, La guerre est déclarée is about a couple's struggle to save their child's life. Their child is diagnosed with cancer.

As for Philippe Falardeau's Monsieur Lazhar, its story is centred on an illegal Algerian immigrant (played by French comedian Fellag) who arrives in Montreal. That illegal immigrant accepts to replace an elementary school teacher.

Stay stuned, because the Fnc will unveil its complete line-up of films on September 27.
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