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TF1 Studio Broadens Slate with Film Projects From Borsalino, Dimitri Rassam

TF1 Studio Broadens Slate with Film Projects From Borsalino, Dimitri Rassam
Paris– TF1 Studio, the vertically integrated film subsidiary of France’s top commercial network, is pursuing its ambitious acquisition strategy with projects set up at Borsalino Productions and Dimitri Rassam’s On Entertainment, among others.

TF1 Studio is partnering up with Laurent Baudens and Gael Nouaille at Paris-based banner Borsalino Productions to co-develop and co-produce the French-language remakes of a pair of hit Latin American movies, Gaz Alazraki’s 2013 Mexican dark comedy film “Nosotros los nobles,” and Juan Taratuto’s 2008 romantic comedy “Un Novio para mi mujer.”

Nosotros los nobles”‘s high-concept plot follows three spoiled children who are forced to get a job after being cut off from their family fortune. Laurent Turner, a popular French screenwriter who notably co-wrote Fred Cavayé “Radin” with Dany Boon, one of 2016’s highest grossing French films.

Cyril Gelblat, whose credits include “Dad in Training” with Manu Payet, is set to direct the French makeover of “Novio para mi mujer
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Warner Bros. Signs First-Look Deal With French Company Marvelous Productions (Exclusive)

Paris – Warner Bros. has signed a first-look deal with Marvelous Productions, the Paris-based outfit launched at Cannes by former top-level execs at Pathé, Romain Le Grand and Vivien Aslanian and producer Marco Pacchioni.

Under the pact, Warner Bros. will have the opportunity to board any French-language project produced or co-produced by Marvelous Productions. The agreement underscores the Hollywood studio’s aim to increase its footprint in local production with strong partners.

“We have a deep respect for the talent and professionalism of the founders of Marvelous Productions, and we are convinced of their ability to deliver quality films that have a wide appeal,” said Iris Knobloch, president of Warner Bros. France.

Over the last few years, Warners Bros. has backed several French movies, most notably Michel Hazanavicius’s Oscar-winning film “The Artist” (pictured).

Le Grand and Aslanian were at the helm of Pathé for 19 years before exiting in 2016. Together, they produced and distributed many franchise-based French comedies
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French Film Biz Hits Toronto With Hopes for Big Export Deals

French Film Biz Hits Toronto With Hopes for Big Export Deals
The French film industry finds itself in an improbable bind: as domestic box office grows, international receipts are falling, and sometimes for the very same reason.

For more than a decade, broad comedies have fueled the French box office, as significantly less-expensive homegrown productions have held their own against blockbuster imports. The public’s seemingly limitless appetite for comedy sketch shows and stand-up tours has bred several generations of polished comic performers, who in turn have been able to expand TV familiarity into movie star muscle. That strong roster has helped grow box office admissions over the past few years, including a 3% uptick in homemade productions.

Local funnyman Dany Boon — whose 2008 film “Welcome to the Sticks” remains the most successful film in French cinema history, and whose latest entry “Raid, Special Unit” is the year’s top domestic production — has emerged as the industry’s most reliably bankable director and star, while
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French Box Office Holds Steady During First Seven Months of 2017

French Box Office Holds Steady During First Seven Months of 2017
Paris– Powered by Hollywood animated blockbusters and action-packed franchises, the French box office held relatively steady during the first seven months of 2017 compared to the year before, with 122.3 million admissions.

Illumination MacGuff’s “Despicable Me 3,” directed Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin, is the year’s highest earner so far, having grossed more than 40 million euros ($46.9 million) from 4.7 million admissions.

Box-office figures for the first seven months of 2017 show only a slight 1.7% drop compared to the same period in 2016. Last year, France scored its second-biggest box office performance of the last 50 years with 1.39 billion euros ($1.63 billion) grossed from a total of 213 million admissions, thanks to a mixture of U.S. pics and the latest installments of popular French comedy franchises (namely, “Les Tuches 2” and “Camping 3”).

Although U.S. movies have dominated this year’s chart so far, the market shares of French and American films remain on a par with last year, with
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Jews in the News, Cannes

Resistance” the story of the famed mime Marcel Marceau and how he learned to mime in order to survive and to save the lives of Jewish orphans in World War II France, written and to be directed by “Hands of Stone” director Jonathan Jakubowicz and produced by Claudine Jakubowicz and Carlos Garcia de Paredes, will star the curly haired and fast talking Jesse Eisenberg who played Mark Zuckerberg in the 2010 film “The Social Network”. Baptiste Marceau, the oldest son of Marcel, has been closely involved in the research for this European coproduction that CAA is packaging and representing in Cannes. Marceau the artist of silence gave his first major performance to 3,000 American troops after the liberation of Paris in August 1944.

Michael Jackson and Marcel Marceau

The producers of last year’s Norwegian hit, “The Wave”, have turned their attention to Marius Holst’s “Betrayed”, the story of the Norwegian Jews
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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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Cannes: Sofia Coppola Speaks Out in Support of Theatrical Releases for Movies

Cannes: Sofia Coppola Speaks Out in Support of Theatrical Releases for Movies
Sofia Coppola, speaking at the Cannes Film Festival press conference for her American Civil War movie “The Beguiled,” spoke out in favor of giving films a theatrical release rather than an online-only release.

“[A film] always looks better seen on the big screen,” Coppola said, adding that the atmosphere in a theater added to the experience, and Philippe Le Sourd’s cinematography could be best appreciated on the big screen. “We shot it for the big frame and not a phone. I hope people will see it in the theater. That experience is such a unique one, especially in our modern lives, to really lose yourself in a film.”

Coppola was commenting on the issue in the light of Cannes’ recent decision that from next year all films in competition must secure a theatrical release in France, so excluding streaming companies like Netflix that prefer to release their films online only.

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Cannes Facetime: Helmer Sergei Loznitsa, ‘A Gentle Creature’

Cannes Facetime: Helmer Sergei Loznitsa, ‘A Gentle Creature’
The Kiev-raised, Berlin-based helmer-writer Sergei Loznitsa (“My Joy,” “In the Fog”) returns to the Cannes competition for the third time in a row with his latest feature, “A Gentle Creature.”

What inspired the storyline?

I was inspired by Dostoyevsky’s short story “Krotkaya” [“A Gentle Creature”]. It’s about a relationship between a torturer and his victim, who, in Dostoyevsky’s story, happen to be a husband and a wife. One could consider “A Gentle Creature” as a second part of a diptych [the first being “My Joy”]. My intention was to study the mythology of the Russian [ex-Soviet] society, the cultural context, the mentality of the people who inhabit this surreal territory.

You’ve mentioned before that your years traveling through provincial Russia while working for the St. Petersburg Documentary Studios inspired “My Joy.” Did those travels also influence “A Gentle Creature?”

Yes, of course. It [was] during these journeys that I felt the spirit of the country and of its people.
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Cannes: Cite Films Launches Sales on ‘The Desert Bride’

Fulfilling expectations, Paris-based Cite Films has closed key early major territories at this year’s Cannes Film Market on Un Certain Regard player “The Desert Bride,” one of the highest-profile Latin American movies on the Riviera.

Buying distributors include some of the strongest arthouse players in their territories, such as Spain’s Golem, Brazil’s Imovision and Cineart for Benelux.

Switzerland’s Filmcoopi, Greece’s Strada, and China’s Time In Portrait Ent. have also stepped up to the plate for the feature debut of Argentine directorial duo Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato, a romantic road movie which is “the feel-good story of a woman’s metamorphosis, the transformation of her life and vision of herself, made delicately step-by-step, about someone who was a bird in a cage and finds her freedom and rediscovers life,” Cité Films founder Raphael Berdugo said at Cannes.

“The Desert Bride” has received “serious interest” from the U.
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Roland Emmerich Directing ‘Midway’ Battle Movie With China’s Bona on Board

Roland Emmerich Directing ‘Midway’ Battle Movie With China’s Bona on Board
Roland Emmerich will direct World War II battle movie “Midway” with China’s Bona Film Group leading the investment for The Mark Gordon Co.

The project was unveiled Tuesday at the Cannes Film Festival. Bona will distribute the film in China and retains worldwide distribution rights, excluding the U.S. CAA brokered the deal and will represent U.S. distribution rights.

The Battle of Midway in the South Pacific was a decisive naval battle in June, 1942, six months after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. The U.S. Navy defeated an attacking fleet of the Imperial Japanese Navy near Midway Atoll after U.S. codebreakers were able to pinpoint the time and place of the attack. The damage to the Japanese fleet was so extensive that it never recovered and military historians regard the battle as a turning point in the war.

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Rodin’

Cannes Film Review: ‘Rodin’
On the centenary of Auguste Rodin’s death, Jacques Doillon delivers a useful educational tool for the armchair traveler too lazy to go to a museum. Or read a book. “Rodin” could also be watched as prep work before going to the Musée Rodin, a partner in the film’s production. What it’s not so good for is a cinema audience expecting more than a plodding two-hour lesson in the artist’s life. Given Doillon’s recent films (“Love Battles”), one could have imagined this would have more flesh pounding than clay kneading, but no, his “Rodin” is a meticulously reverential, handsomely lit and very dull biopic about the 19th century’s most revolutionary sculptor. Given the artist’s cachet among culture vultures, it’s likely some art houses will book a limited run, but reviews won’t be positive.

Those retaining fond memories of Bruno Nuytten’s “Camille Claudel
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'Raid: Special Unit' starring Danny Boon heading to China

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Exclusive: Chinese buyer Apollo are hungry for European movies.

Beijing and La-based distributor Red Apollo Group is lining up a Chinese theatrical release for French action comedy Raid: Special Unit (Raid Dingue), starring Dany Boon, at the end of August, 2017.

The company has secured a non revenue-sharing quota slot for the recent French hit, which Pathe is handling internationally.

The film played at the Beijing International Film Festival last month with Boon and his co-star Alice Pol in attendance. Red Apollo is also in talks with Boon about Chinese co-productions.

While Red Apollo has focused on digital distribution in recent years, Raid: Special Unit kicks off a drive to increase its slate of Chinese theatrical releases to around three to four titles a year.

The company is also hoping to secure a quota slot for Snd’s Family Heist (Mes Tresors), starring Jean Reno, before the end of 2017.

“We believe French comedies have a lot of potential
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Gaumont Boards Franck Dubosc’s Directorial Debut, ‘Rolling To You’ (Exclusive)

Gaumont is partnering with Paris-based producer Lgm, the outfit behind Guillaume Gallienne’s “Me, Myself and Mum,” on high-concept comedy “Rolling to You,” which will be directed by Franck Dubosc.

Along with Dany Boon and Christian Clavier, Dubosc is one of France’s most bankable actors in French comedies. His recent movies include “Les tetes de l’emploi” ($3.4 million in domestic box office), “Camping 3” ($24 million) and “Boule et Bill” ($3.4 million).

On top of co-producing via his outfit Pour Toi Public Prods., Dubosc stars in “Rolling to You” opposite popular French actress Alexandra Lamy. Her recent credits include Harlan Coben’s miniseries “No Second Chance,” which was a hit on TF1, and Eric Lavaine’s “Back to Mom’s.”

Cecile Gaget, who heads up international co-production and distribution at Gaumont, said “Rolling to You” was intended to be as romantic and politically incorrect as “There’s Something About Mary.”

Dubosc stars as Jocelyn,
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French comedy 'Penny Pincher!' set for Chinese remake

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Exclusive: Ge You to star in project for Emperor Motion Pictures.

Hong Kong-based Emperor Motion Pictures (Emp) has acquired remake rights to TF1 Studio’s 2016 box office hit Penny Pincher! (Radin!), which it is setting up as a project for leading Chinese actor Ge You.

Produced by Paris-based JericoFilms, the original film [pictured] starred Dany Boon as a miserly music teacher in a small town, whose life is turned upside down when he falls in love. Directed by Fred Cavaye, the film was the fourth biggest local release in France last year, grossing €17.7m.

Emp’s Chinese-language remake is scheduled to go into production at the end of the year for a wide release in 2018. It will mark the first project under a three-picture deal between Emp and Ge You, who won best actor in Cannes in 1994 for Zhang Yimou’s To Live. He is also known for droll comedies such as Be There Or Be Square and recently
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French comedy 'Penny Pincher!' set for Hong Kong remake

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Exclusive: Ge You to star in project for Emperor Motion Pictures.

Hong Kong-based Emperor Motion Pictures (Emp) has acquired remake rights to TF1 Studio’s 2016 box office hit Penny Pincher! (Radin!), which it is setting up as a project for leading Chinese actor Ge You.

Produced by Paris-based JericoFilms, the original film [pictured] starred Dany Boon as a miserly music teacher in a small town, whose life is turned upside down when he falls in love. Directed by Fred Cavaye, the film was the fourth biggest local release in France last year, grossing €17.7m.

Emp’s Chinese-language remake is scheduled to go into production at the end of the year for a wide release in 2018. It will mark the first project under a three-picture deal between Emp and Ge You, who won best actor in Cannes in 1994 for Zhang Yimou’s To Live. He is also known for droll comedies such as Be There Or Be Square and recently
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Springtime in L.A.: Colcoa

City of Lights: City of Angeles. The largest French film festival in the world and one of the largest festivals in L.A.!

Colcoa French Film Festival, “9 Days of Premieres in Hollywood” takes place April 24 to May 2 in the prestigious theaters of the Directors Guild of America on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood (3 theaters (600, 160 and 37 seats), a 210 capacity lounge and a 1,500 capacity lobby).

Colcoa is the acronym of “City of Light, City of Angels” the original name of an event celebrating relationships between filmmakers from two capital cities of cinema. In 2015, the festival’s name was officially changed to Colcoa French Film Festival. Colcoa was founded in 1997 by The Franco-American Cultural Fund, a unique collaborative effort of the Directors Guild of America, the Motion Picture Association, the Writers Guild of America West, and France’s Society of Authors Composers and Publishers of Music (Sacem). Colcoa is also supported by l’Association
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21st Colcoa French Film Festival Adds Vr and Web Series Categories, Unveils Full Expanded Festival Slate

21st Colcoa French Film Festival Adds Vr and Web Series Categories, Unveils Full Expanded Festival Slate
Colcoa is keeping up with the times. Now in its twenty-first year, the lauded French film festival, sponsored by the Franco-American Cultural Fund, has added a pair of forward-thinking new categories for its newest edition. This year will include a virtual reality program and a web series competition, in addition to its Cinema, Television and Shorts competitions.

“These two new popular formats offer more opportunities to showcase the creativity of French producers and filmmakers as well as the diversity of French production,” said François Truffart, Colcoa Executive Producer and Artistic Director. “While entertainment is still the key word for the program, with a balanced mix of comedies and dramas, several topical issues will cover the program this year, including the environment, discrimination, racism, terrorism, and the role of the artist in society. More than ever, Colcoa will offer a unique opportunity to see these universal topics from different angles.”

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Colcoa French Film Festival Opens With Claude Lelouch’s ‘Everyone’s Life’

Colcoa French Film Festival Opens With Claude Lelouch’s ‘Everyone’s Life’
Claude Lelouch’s “Everyone’s Life” will open the 21st Colcoa French Film Festival on April 24.

“Everyone’s Life” (Chacun sa vie), a North American premiere, celebrates 50 years of cinema with cast of 50 French actors, including Johnny Hallyday and Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin.

The festival, which will be held at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, will showcase a record 82 films, television series and, for the first time, web series. A total of 70 of these will be in competition for Colcoa awards.

The cinema competition will close on May 2, with the North American premiere of Eric Lavaine’s new romantic comedy, “You Choose,” starring Alexandra Lamy.

“Colcoa will reach a new level in 2017 with two new categories – a virtual reality program and web series competition – added to the Cinema, Television, and Shorts competitions,” said François Truffart, executive producer and artistic director. “These two new popular formats offer
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MipTV: Canal Plus-Studiocanal’s ’Baron Noir’ Taken for U.S. by Walter Presents (Exclusive)

Cannes — Studiocanal has secured U.S. distribution for Canal Plus Original “Baron Noir” via Walter Presents, the new U.S. Svod platform for the best of foreign-language drama from around the world .

The Canal Plus Creation Originale series, whose second season is now in development, has recentlybeen acquired by Sony Entertainment Television for Germany, where it will launch on April 6, as well as by Sbs Australia and Amazon Prime in the U.K.

Toplining Gallic comedian Kad Merad, the star of Dany Boon’s “Welcome to the Sticks,” the highest-grossing French film ever in France, the eight-part “Baron Noir” turns on French politician Philippe Rickwaert’s (Merad), who is sacrificed by the presidential candidate from the left, Francis Laugier (Niels Arestrup), in order to save his election bid.

Planning to wreak revenge, Rickwaert forges a machiavellian alliance with Laugier’s closest advisor, Amélie Dorendeu (Anna Mouglalis) as he unleashes the full arsenal of his political skills – Deceit
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