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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Price of Success’

Toronto Film Review: ‘The Price of Success’
While it’s generally not essential for a film about a successful creative character to get their job right, there’s something conspicuous about the hottest stand-up comedian in France never once saying anything funny. In “The Price of Success,” a a cliche-larded drama about celebrity malaise, Tahar Rahim, best known for his galvanizing turn in “A Prophet,” stars as a blockbuster comic who sells out arenas but seems incapable of making people laugh. It doesn’t help that the film bears so much similarity to Chris Rock’s “Top Five,” a funny drama by and about one of the world’s premier stand-ups. The absence of humor here feeds into the perversive inauthenticity that dogs the action. Rahim remains a magnetic leading man, but original insights into fame, family and ethnic identity are few and far between.

In his second feature, co-writer/director Teddy Lussi-Modeste (“Jimmy Riviere”) plays up the carnival-of-life craziness that engulfs a French
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Vice Ramps Up Original French Content With Three New Shows

Vice Ramps Up Original French Content With Three New Shows
Paris – A year after launching Viceland in France, Vice is ramping up its original French content with three new productions: “Rum Diaries with Joey Starr,” “Instagraille” and “Hometown.”

“Rum Diaries with Joey Starr” follows the rapper-turned-actor-producer Joey Starr (pictured) on a journey to rum distilleries across the world, including in Martinique, his homeland, Guadeloupe, Cuba and Jamaica. Through his travelogue, Starr sheds light on the history of colonialism, slavery and the essence of Creole identity. Starr, whose hip hop band Ntm was hugely popular in the ’90s, remains one of France’s best known musicians and has become a prominent actor since his breakthrough role in Maiwenn’s “Polisse.”

Vice will also bank on France’s renown for cuisine and fashion with “Instagraille” and “Hometown.”

“Instagraille” follows France’s top-ranked chefs and their entourages to their favorite restaurants and hangout spots. “Hometown” delivers intimate portraits of several high-profile designers. In each episode, a
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'The Price of Success' ('Le Prix du succes'): Film Review | Tiff 2017

'The Price of Success' ('Le Prix du succes'): Film Review | Tiff 2017
Like its fairly generic title, The Price of Success (Le Prix du succes) takes us through the predictable ups and downs of a French standup star whose fame winds up costing him dearly. It’s a story we’ve seen before, although never quite in this specific context, and second-time director Teddi Lussi-Modeste (Jimmy Riviere) milks it for what it’s worth before treading too far into cliche territory during the last act.

Boosted by solid turns from Tahir Rahim, Roschdy Zem and Maiwenn, with Zem especially riveting as a thwarted manager trying to bank off his brother’s celebrity, the film manages to...
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San Sebastian: ’Underground,’ ‘The Sower’ ‘Killing Jesus,’ ‘Princesita’ Make New Directors Cut

San Sebastian: ’Underground,’ ‘The Sower’ ‘Killing Jesus,’ ‘Princesita’ Make New Directors Cut
Madrid — Daniel Palacio’s “Underground,” Marine Francen’s “The Sower,” Laura Mora’s “Killing Jesus” and Marialy Rivas’ “Princesita” are among 13 first titles announced by Spain’s San Sebastian Festival for its New Directors section, the biggest sidebar at the Spanish-speaking world’s highest-profile film event.

Sponsored by the Basque Country’s Kutxabank, New Directors carries a €50,000 ($57,600) cash prize for the director and Spanish distributor of the winning film. It also serves to highlight some outstanding debuts or second films of the year: Pedro Almodovar, Olivier Assayas, Danny Boyle, Walter Salles, Nicolas Winding Refn and Laurent Cantet have seen early titles in its line-up.

Inevitably, the films also say something also about the zeitgeist, captured often by disaffected directors seeking to make their mark with bold visions of youth and its discontents.

Produced by Cannes Competition regular Brillante Mendoza, for instance, Daniel Palacio’s Philippines-set “Underground” weighs in as a grounded cemetery-set young family drama come grave
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Nathalie Baye, Maiwenn Topline Gaumont’s Paris-Set Crime Series for Canal Plus (Exclusive)

Nathalie Baye, Maiwenn Topline Gaumont’s Paris-Set Crime Series for Canal Plus (Exclusive)
Paris – French stars Nathalie Baye and Maiwenn will play mother and daughter in “Nox” (working title), a crime thriller series set in Paris’ underworld that Mabrouk El Mechri will direct for pay-tv group Canal Plus.

Produced by Gaumont, “Nox” will star Baye as a retired cop who was forced out because of her rebellious personality and has to step back in when her daughter, also a cop, disappears in Paris’ vast underground tunnels. The series will explore these hollowed-out shelters spreading across miles beneath Paris where the investigation unfolds. Malik Zidi (“Made in France”) also stars.

“Nox” was created by Fred Cavayé (“Point Blank,””Radin”), Quoc Dang Tran (“Kaboul Kitchen”) and Jérôme Fansten (“Amnêsia”). Tran penned the series, whose filming will begin on July 10.

Fabrice de la Patelliere, head of drama at Canal Plus, told Variety that while this series can be described as a cop show, it’s different from the pay TV channel’s flagship
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Michel Hazanavicius, Emmanuelle Bercot Set for Jury Duty at Deauville American Film Festival

Michel Hazanavicius, Emmanuelle Bercot Set for Jury Duty at Deauville American Film Festival
French director Michel Hazanavicius, whose latest film “Redoutable” competed at Cannes, is set to preside over the jury of the 43rd Deauville American Film Festival.

Hazanavacius’ jury will hand out two awards, the Grand Prize and Jury Prize, to films playing in competition in Deauville.

“I’m extremely moved and honored to preside over this year’s Jury of the Deauville American Film Festival,” said Hazanavicius, whose Oscar-winning film “The Artist” has been described as a love letter to Hollywood’s silent era. “Like half the planet, I was in part raised on American cinema and I am looking forward to spending these 10 days of binge-watching the latest output. In cinema we trust!”

Helmed by artistic director Bruno Barde, the Deauville festival complimented Hazanavicius on showing “an iconoclastic yet appealing style, revealing a concern to reach audiences without abandoning his artistic rigor since his beginnings as a filmmaker.”

Meanwhile, Emmanuelle Bercot,
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'Room(h)ates' ('Sous le meme toit'): Film Review

'Room(h)ates' ('Sous le meme toit'): Film Review
Divorce is all the rage in France these days, at least on the big screen. Comedies like Daddy or Mommy and its lesser sequel, Divorce French Style, have raked in sizeable box-office earnings, while dramas like Maiwenn’s Mon roi and Joachim Lafosse’s After Love — both of which premiered in Cannes — have tracked the ups and downs (mostly the latter) of couples tied together in ways both practical and psychological.

The new French rom-com Room(h)ates (Sous le meme toit) can almost be seen as a slapstick take on the Lafosse movie, which portrayed a pair of separated parents forced...
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Cannes 2017: Women in Motion Announces Young Talents Award Details & Names Isabelle Huppert as Face…

Cannes 2017: Women in Motion Announces Young Talents Award Details & Names Isabelle Huppert as Face of ProgramCredit: Kering

The film lineup for the 70th Cannes Film Festival will be announced in a couple days, but in the meantime, a few other fest details have been announced to tide us over. “Elle” actress Isabelle Huppert will be the official face of the third Kering’s Women in Motion program. And according to Deadline, French actress and director Sandrine Kiberlain is this year’s Camera d’Or jury president.

The release for the program states: “Women in Motion endeavors to focus our attention on the crucial role of women in film, and to the importance of continuing to fight for greater equality and access to opportunities for talented young women.” Throughout the festival, Women in Motion will host discussions that “compare and contrast experiences and views on women’s contribution to film, and to share their recommendations for greater representation.” These talks are open to journalists and film industry players.

Referring to Huppert as an icon, the Women in Motion announcement describes her as “a leading actress universally acclaimed for her filmography featuring the world’s greatest directors.” She was selected to represent the program because “her career, like the roles she plays, is a genuine source of inspiration for the public.”

Huppert served as Jury president at Cannes in 2009. She won the fest’s Best Actress prize for 2001’s “La Pianiste” and 1978’s “Violette Nozière.” Huppert received an Oscar nomination this year for “Elle.” Her other recent credits include Mia Hansen-Løve’s “Things to Come,” “Valley of Love,” and “Louder Than Bombs.”

Kering’s Women and Motion will bestow its two awards May 21. One prize will go to “an emblematic figure in film, whose career inspires others and embodies the program’s values.” The second, the Young Talents Award, honors a rising star in the film industry. The Young Talents winner will also receive €50,000 (about $53,000 Usd) to help fund their project(s).

Actresses Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, and directors Leyla Bouzid, Gaya Jiji, and Ida Panahandeh received the 2016 Women in Motion Awards.

Last year’s Women in Motion initiative featured conversations with Jodie Foster, Juliette Binoche, Sarandon, Davis, Chloë Sevigny, Houda Benyamina, Alice Winocour, and Salma Hayek. Women and Hollywood Founder and Publisher Melissa Silverstein was also a participant. She sat down with Francine Raveney of the European Women’s Audiovisual Network and a Elsa Keslassy from Variety for “Show Us the Money,” a panel that addressed the lack of funding for female-directed films and the gender imbalance in Hollywood.

Elsewhere, Sandrine Kiberlain is set to head the Camera d’Or jury, the group that selects the best debut feature from each competition. She previously served as a feature film jury member at the fest’s 2001 edition. Kiberlain’s acting credits include Cannes picks “A Self-Made Hero” and Maiwenn’s “Polisse.”

Among Kiberlain’s other films are “Being 17,” “Violette,” Valérie Lemercier’s “Quadrille,” and Nicole Garcia’s “A View Of Love.” She received the Best Actress César for “9 Month Stretch” in 2014 and directed the short “Bonne Figure” in 2016.

The Cannes International Film Festival will be held May 17–28. Check out our festival wishlist here.

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The Fifth Element Diva Song Was Literally Impossible to Sing Until Now

Remember Diva Plavalaguna from The Fifth Element? Remember how amazing her voice was, not to mention her range? There’s actually a story behind the song because it isn’t 100% what it seems. While much of the song is sung by a real opera singer there are actually notes in there that human beings can’t actually reach. This is a story told by Eric Serra Eric Serra tells about the notorious diva scene played by his girlfriend at the time Maïwenn, and of which he composed the music. In that scene Maïwenn plays the diva but the voice is not hers,

The Fifth Element Diva Song Was Literally Impossible to Sing Until Now
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Cannes: Sandrine Kiberlain to Head Golden Camera Jury

Cannes: Sandrine Kiberlain to Head Golden Camera Jury
French actress Sandrine Kiberlain will oversee this year's Cannes Film Festival Golden Camera jury, or Camera d'Or.

Organizers said Tuesday that she will serve as president of the jury that selects the best first film from across the official selections of the film festival.

The two-time Cesar award winner has a diverse career, starring in family comedies such as 9 Month Stretch, but began her career in dramas, such as Maiwenn's Cannes jury prize winner Polisse and Andre Techine's Being 17.

Kiberlain was a member of the Cannes main competition jury in 2001.

The Camera d'Or is...
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Indie Sales Boards Ziad Doueiri’s ‘The Insult’ (Exclusive)

Paris-based company Indie Sales has acquired “The Insult,” Lebanese-born filmmaker Ziad Doueiri’s follow up to “The Attack,” and will start pre-selling the movie at the European Film Market in Berlin next month.

“The Insult” was co-written by Doueiri and Joëlle Touma, his co-scribe on “The Attack,” which scooped up several awards, including San Sebastian’s special jury mention.

A modern-day fable about dignity and justice set in Lebanon, “The Insult” turns on a trivial incident between a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee which degenerates into a highly publicized trial and ends up dividing Palestinians and Lebanese Christian communities.

“When we first read the script, the force of the story penned by Doueiri and Touma blew us away,” said Nicolas Eschbach, the founder and CEO of Indie Sales. “We are happy and proud to work with such brilliant producers that year after year dedicate their time to producing strong
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Etienne Comar’s ‘Django’ Opens RDV With French Cinema in New York (Exclusive)

Etienne Comar’s ‘Django’ Opens RDV With French Cinema in New York (Exclusive)
Paris– After world premiering on opening night at Berlin Film Festival, Etienne Comar’s ‘Django’ will have its North American bow at the start of the 22nd Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the Manhattan-set festival organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and French film promotion org UniFrance.

Rather than a traditional biopic, the film chronicles the tumultuous life of jazz legend Django Reinhardt and his family during WWII and his escape from Nazi-occupied France. The film stars rising French actor Reda Kateb (“Hippocrate”) in the title role, opposite Cécile de France (“The Young Pope”) who plays Reinhardt’s friend and muse.

Django” marks the directorial debut of Comar, a well-seasoned French producer and screenwriter whose credits include Maiwenn’s “Mon Roi” and Xavier Beauvois’s “Of Gods and Men,” both of which competed at Cannes. “Mon Roi” won best actress (for Emmanuelle Bercot) and “Of Gods and Men” took home the grand prize.
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Tahar Rahim, Roschdy Zem, Maiwenn Star in ‘The Price of Success’ (Exclusive)

Tahar Rahim, Roschdy Zem, Maiwenn Star in ‘The Price of Success’ (Exclusive)
Paris-based company Indie Sales has acquired Teddy Lussi-Modeste’s sophomore feature, “The Price of Success” (“Un vrai batard”), a drama starring a topnotch French cast headlined by Tahar Rahim (“The Past,””A Prophet”), Roschdy Zem (“Bodybuilder,””Days of Glory”) and Maiwenn (“Polisse,””Love is the Perfect Crime”).

Co-written by Lussi-Modeste and Rebecca Zlotowski (“Planetarium”), “The Price of Success” tells the tale of Brahim, a stand-up comedian from a working-class family whose success destroys his relationship with his family.

Lussi-Modeste previously teamed with Zlotowski to write the script of his directorial debut “Jimmy Riviera,” a critical success and won the Audience Award at Angers, among other prizes.

A personal project for Lussi-Modeste, “The Price of Success” describes the struggle of a man trying to break free of his family’s expectations.

“The Price of Success” is produced by Kazak Productions, an up-and-coming Paris-based outfit whose credits include “The Wakhan Front” and “Corporate,
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Marrakech Pays Tribute to Isabelle Adjani

Marrakech Pays Tribute to Isabelle Adjani
Marrakech, Morocco — On its penultimate night, the 16th Marrakech Film Festival paid tribute to acclaimed French actress Isabelle Adjani, the only person to have ever one five best actress prizes at France’s Cesar Awards. She has also been nominated for an Academy Award on two occasions, for François Truffaut’s “The Story of Adele H.” and Bruno Nuytten’s “Camille Claudel,” and twice won best actress at Cannes – for “Possession” and “Quartet.”

Adjani was visibly moved by the tribute, in particular by a medley of scenes from her most famous films, including “Camille Claudel” and “Queen Margot.”

As she walked up the red carpet to enter the Palais de Congres, she was asked whether she leaves a bit of her soul in each film, to which she replied: “Of course, we give a bit of our soul in each part we play. But we hope to renew it with each new film.
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New to Streaming: ‘Don’t Think Twice,’ ‘Green Room,’ ‘Burn After Reading,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Amour Fou (Jessica Hausner)

An ecstatically original work of film-history-philosophy with a digital-cinema palette of acutely crafted compositions. Amour Fou seamlessly blends together the paintings of Vermeer, the acting of Bresson, and the psychological undercurrents of a Dostoevsky novel. It is an intensely thrilling and often slyly comic work that manages to combine a passionately dispassionate love story of the highest order with a larger socio-historical examination of a new era of freedom,
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Emmanuelle Bercot's '150 Milligrams' to open San Sebastian fest

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Emmanuelle Bercot's '150 Milligrams' to open San Sebastian fest
Bercot to become the first female director to open San Sebastian.

Emmanuelle Bercot’s 150 Milligrams (La fille de Brest) is to receive its European premiere as the opening film of the 64th San Sebastian film festival (Sept 16-24) - making it the first film directed by a woman to open the festival since its launch in 1952.

Based on Irène Frachon’s autobiographical book Mediator 150mg, the film centres on a doctor who discovered the direct relationship between a drug and a number of suspicious deaths, and sets out to reveal the truth.

Danish actress Sidse Babett Knudsen (Borgen) and French actor Benoît Magimel (La Haine) star in the film, which will world premiere at Toronto before going on to play in competition for the Golden Shell at San Sebastian.

It marks the fifth feature from French film-maker Bercot, whose Standing Tall (La Tête haute) opened Cannes last year, where she also won best actress for her role
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[Review] My King

The central relationship in Maïwenn’s latest film, My King (Mon Roi), is familiar to anyone who knows a couple that seems perfect from the outside. Georgio (Vincent Cassel) and Tony (Emmanuelle Bercot) are the type of people whose interactions are enveloped in such a thick euphoria that the outside world may as well not exist. But this isn’t a grand romance, and that facade is just a narrative method to explore the arc of a dissipating relationship as it moves from whirlwind hook-ups to pregnancies and belated personal revelations.

Maiwenn begins the film near the end as Tony is recuperating in a seaside rehabilitation clinic after a major skiing accident and reminiscing about the emotional devastation of her relationship with her ex-husband, Georgio. In one of a few moments of blunt visual symbolism, she’s injured her knee — a joint that only allows backward flexibility. But while Maïwenn
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Arthouse Audit: ‘Hell or High Water’ Makes Splash in Big Cities

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Arthouse Audit: ‘Hell or High Water’ Makes Splash in Big Cities
After one of the best openings of the summer, Texas western “Hell or High Water” could become one of the strongest specialized releases of 2016. This bank robbery and pursuit thriller debuted at Cannes and scored among the best reviews of the year. CBS Films and Lionsgate opted to take the easier commercial route rather than chase awards via the standard September festival rollout.

Late summer has yielded a spate of arthouse successes including strong holdovers “Café Society” and “Indignation.”

Opening

Hell or High Water” (Lionsgate) – Metacritic: 86; Festivals include: Cannes 2016

$592,000 in 32 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $18,500

A gamble paid off big-time for CBS Films, who acquired this independent Texas story of two struggling brothers (Chris Pine and Ben Foster) who rob a bank to save the family farm. Distributed by Lionsgate, “Hell or High Water” debuted well at Cannes. Knowing it had rave reviews, CBS decided to go broader than
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King of hearts by Anne-Katrin Titze

Maïwenn on Louis Garrel: "I chose Louis because I wanted him to bring his poetic side, his offbeat side." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

In Maïwenn's My King (Mon Roi), co-written with Etienne Comar (Haute Cuisine), Vincent Cassel, ever more charming, sinister, and unpredictable, as Georgio, morphs before your eyes on screen. And that says a lot when you remember him as Jean-François Richet's shape-shifting Jacques Mesrine or the wild Otto Gross in David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method. Standing Tall director Emmanuelle Bercot is Tony, an independent, educated, attractive woman, who falls utterly and completely in love with him.

Louis Garrel: "If I put myself into the skin of Vincent Cassel, as in the skin of John Malkovich …" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The two have the lighthearted bond of Myrna Loy and William Powell until suspicions cloud the skies as they did for Joan Fontaine when she realizes
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Joshua Reviews Maiwenn’s My King [Theatrical Review]

There are few things in cinema more rewarding than a truly well made, engrossing slab of melodrama. With emotions as heightened as the performances, filmmakers can mine this mountain of emotion for deep seeded, profound truths about everything from love to loss, life to death. However, it’s a tricky rope to walk. Easily spilling over into insufferable histrionics or conversely never matching it’s emotion to its intellect, melodrama is as much about high emotional peaks as it is about narrative nuance.

And yet, here’s the latest film from Cannes-approved auteur Maiwenn. Entitled My King, the film introduces us to Tony (Emmanuelle Bercot), who after beginning physical therapy following a horrific skiing accident begins to reflect on a now decade old relationship she had with her ex-husband Georgio (Vincent Cassel). From their first flirtation in a bar to their courtship, through their marriage, son’s birth and their divorce,
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