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Andrew Haigh’s ‘Lean On Pete’ Wins Top Prizes at Les Arcs Festival

Andrew Haigh’s ‘Lean On Pete’ Wins Top Prizes at Les Arcs Festival
Andrew Haigh’s “Lean On Pete” won the top prize, the Crystal Arrow, as well as best actor (Charlie Plummer), cinematography (Magnus Nordenhof Jønck) and original score (James Edward Baker) at the 9th edition of Les Arcs European Film Festival.

Starring Travis Fimmel, Steve Buscemi and Chloë Sevigny, “Lean On Pete” world premiered at Venice Film Festival where it earned Plummer a best actor nod. The film follows a teenager who gets a summer job working for a horse trainer and befriends a fading racehorse.

Susanna Nicchiarelli’s “Nico, 1988,” winner of Venice Film Festival’s Horizons Award for best film, won the Grand Jury prize. The film stars Trine Dyrholm (“Love Is All You Need”) as Nico, the Andy Warhol muse and Velvet Underground vocalist, in her final years.

The actress prize went to Maria-Victoria Dragus for her performance in Barbara Albert’s “Mademoiselle Paradis,” which world premiered at Toronto in the competitive Platform section and went
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Stéphanie Di Giusto on The Dancer: "The movie is always in movement." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Stéphanie Di Giusto's The Dancer (La Danseuse), screenplay in collaboration with Les Cowboys director Thomas Bidegain, based on the book Loïe Fuller: Danseuse De La Belle Époque by Giovanni Lista, stars Soko as Fuller with Lily-Rose Depp as Isadora Duncan. The supporting cast includes Gaspard Ulliel, Mélanie Thierry, François Damiens, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Amanda Plummer, and Denis Ménochet.

I met up with the director at the restaurant inside the Marlton Hotel the day before her debut film opened in New York. We discussed how Nick Cave and Warren Ellis got involved through Andrew Dominik's The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, her costume designer Anaïs Romand who won a César, working with cinematographer Benoît Debie, seeing Soko in Alice Winocour's Augustine, and Harvey Weinstein's reaction after seeing The Dancer at Cannes.
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"The Dancer" Restricted Footage

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From RedBand.Ca, Sneak Peek restricted 'red band' footage from the award-winning drama "The Dancer" (aka "La Danseuse") written and directed by Stéphanie Di Giusto, based on the novel by author Giovanni Lista, starring Soko, Gaspard Ulliel, Mélanie Thierry, Lily-Rose Depp, François Damiens, Louis Garrel and William Houston:

"...in 1887, after the death of her father, 25-year-old 'Marie-Louise' leaves her life in the American West to join her mother in New York and pursue her dream of becoming an actress.

"On stage one night, she avoids falling by spinning the fabric of her long dress in a graceful gesture,and the 'Serpentine Dance' is born. The dazzled audience calls out for more.

"Marie-Louise becomes 'Loïe Fuller' and leaves New York for Paris, where imitators try to steal her radical innovations in modern dance, including Isadora Duncan' ..."

Cast also includes Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Denis Ménochet, Amanda Plummer and Shimehiro Nishikawa.
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Official Trailer for Drama 'The Dancer' Starring Lily-Rose Depp & Soko

"We'll drag this place into the new century." Palace Films has unveiled a new trailer from Australia for the release of the indie drama The Dancer, also known as La danseuse in French, a period set drama about a rivalry between two dancers. This originally premiered at last year's Cannes Film Festival, and is just getting a release in Us theaters this December. Lily-Rose Depp stars as Isadora Duncan, the protégé and rival of dancer Loïe Fuller, played by French actress/musician Soko, the "toast of the Folies Bergères at the turn of the 20th century and an inspiration for Toulouse-Lautrec and the Lumière Brothers." The full cast includes Gaspard Ulliel, Mélanie Thierry, François Damiens, Denis Ménochet, Amanda Plummer, and Louis-Do de Lencquesaing. This seems like a very passionate, intense, dance film to watch. Check it out. Here's the official Australian trailer (+ old poster) for Stéphanie Di Giusto's The Dancer,
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San Sebastian Film Review: ‘Memoir of Pain’

San Sebastian Film Review: ‘Memoir of Pain’
“Words don’t describe what eyes have seen,” we’re told in “Memoir of Pain,” esteemed French writer-director Emmanuel Finkiel’s notably ambitious interpretation of Marguerite Duras’s autobiographical novel “The War: A Memoir.” It’s perhaps an unexpected line to hear in a literary adaptation that remains in thrall to its imposing source text throughout, which is not to say that the camera doesn’t try some tricky visual articulation of its own. Several impressionistic, shadow-boxing passages of reverie punctuate the more straightforward storytelling in this account of a young French Resistance writer’s agonized wait for her husband to return from Nazi capture: Large as its historical canvas is, the film is most artful as an interior evocation of a preemptively grieving state of mind. If, at over two hours, it is an undeniably onerous watch, that is by design: Finkiel’s film certainly understands the taxing nature of sorrow.

Published
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'Memoir of Pain' ('La Douleur'): Film Review | San Sebastian 2017

'Memoir of Pain' ('La Douleur'): Film Review | San Sebastian 2017
Melanie Thierry leaps towards the front echelons of current French actresses with her riveting turn as Marguerite Duras in Emmanuel Finkiel's slow-burning Memoir of Pain (La Douleur). A relatively conventional movie about a prodigious polymath whose own film making exploits were groundbreaking, even scandal-stoking in their radicalism, it absorbingly dramatizes certain key episodes from the legendary writer's private life in Paris during 1944-5.

Having premiered in somewhat low key style at Angouleme's festival of Francophone cinema last month, it now bows internationally in the main competition at San Sebastian where Thierry looks a strong front runner as Best Actress. She...
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San Sebastián: ‘Alanis,’ ‘Beyond Words,’ ‘Memoir of Pain’ Join Main Competition

San Sebastián: ‘Alanis,’ ‘Beyond Words,’ ‘Memoir of Pain’ Join Main Competition
Madrid — Anahi Berneri’s “Alanis,” Urszula Antoniak’s “Beyond Words” and Emmanuel Finkiel’s “Memoir of Pain” will vie in main competition for San Sebastián’s top Golden Seashell.

Also announced Monday by San Sebastián, and completing an 18-title competition are German Robert Schwentke’s “The Captain,” Romanian Constantin Popescu’s “Pororoca” and dock-feature “So Help Me God,” from the creators of French TV series “Strip-Tease.”

Framing three world premieres – “Beyond Words,” “Alanis” and “The Captain” segue to San Sebastian from Toronto – most of the titles reflect, as others already announced in San Sebastian’s main competition and its main New Directors sidebar, a world which questions the security of basic social bedrocks – the family, identity, even the judiciary – in fragile lives where one event can shatter characters’ stable existence.

Alanis,” the fifth feature and third time in San Sebastián competition for director-writer-producer Anahí Berneri, one of Argentina’s foremost woman cineasts, paints
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New York Rendez-Vous with French Cinema Early Bird Highlights by Anne-Katrin Titze

Marion Cotillard stars with Alex Brendemühl and Louis Garrel in Nicole Garcia's From The Land Of The Moon (Mal De Pierres) Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

New York's Rendez-Vous with French Cinema opens with Étienne Comar’s biopic Django, starring Reda Kateb (Wim Wender's Les Beaux Jours d'Aranjuez) as Django Reinhardt with Cécile de France (Catherine Corsini's Summertime) and closes with Jérôme Salle’s The Odyssey (L'Odyssée) starring Lambert Wilson as Jacques Cousteau with Audrey Tautou and Pierre Niney (Jalil Lespert's Yves Saint Laurent).

Emmanuelle Bercot, Stéphanie Di Giusto, Caroline Deruas, Sébastien Marnier, Marina Foïs, François Ozon, Nicole Garcia, Katell Quillévéré, Justine Triet, Rebecca Zlotowski, Marc Fitoussi, Bertrand Bonello, Julia Ducournau, Christophe Honoré, Antonin Peretjatko, and Martin Wheeler are expected to attend.

La Danseuse (Soko, Lily-Rose Depp, Gaspard Ulliel, Mélanie Thierry); Nocturama (Finnegan Oldfield); Frantz (Paula Beer, Niney), and From The Land Of The Moon (Mal De Pierres - Marion Cotillard,
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Cesar Awards 2017: Isabelle Huppert and Xavier Dolan Lead This Year’s Winners

Cesar Awards 2017: Isabelle Huppert and Xavier Dolan Lead This Year’s Winners
Before Hollywood takes the spotlight this weekend, the film world turns its eyes to France for the annual Cesar Awards. Presented by the French Academy, this year’s nominees represent a distinct blend of international favorites, festival standouts and homegrown hits.

Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle” led this year’s nominees, scoring 11 nominations for Verhoeven as Best Director, lead actress Isabelle Huppert, Best Adapted Screenplay and a trio of other acting awards.

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The evening’s winners at Paris’ Salle Pleyel featured a variety of upsets and sure things. Huppert, going into a busy weekend in the States, won her category. In a pair of surprises, Xavier Dolan and Gaspard Ulliel both won their respective categories for Dolan’s “It’s Only the End of the World.” Houda Benyamina’s debut feature “Divines” also won big, taking home prizes for Best First Film,
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‘Elle,’ Isabelle Huppert, Xavier Dolan Nominated in France’s Cesar Awards

‘Elle,’ Isabelle Huppert, Xavier Dolan Nominated in France’s Cesar Awards
France’s film community congratulated Isabelle Huppert on her Oscar nomination, adding yet another to her growing list of accolades for her performance in “Elle.” The French Academy announced its nominees for what Americans call the “French Oscars” on Wednesday morning. “Elle” received 11 nominations in total, including best film and best director for Paul Verhoeven.

Following in a close send was Francois Ozon’s “Frantz,” which garnered 10 nominations, and Bruno Dumont’s “Slack Bay,” which received nine. Xavier Dolan received a best director nomination for “It’s Only the End of the World.” Actors Vincent Cassel, Gaspard Ulliel, and Nathalie Baye were all nominated for their work in Dolan’s film as well.

Read More: Oscars 2017 Surprises and Snubs: Amy Adams and ‘Weiner’ Out, Mel Gibson and ‘Passengers’ In

The Cesars have little import on the Oscars, though there is often some crossover. The French Academy did recognize Kenneth Lonergan
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‘Elle,’ ‘Frantz,’ ‘Slack Bay’ Lead Cesar Awards Nominations

‘Elle,’ ‘Frantz,’ ‘Slack Bay’ Lead Cesar Awards Nominations
Paris – Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle” with Oscar-nominated Isabelle Huppert, Francois Ozon’s period drama “Frantz” and Bruno Dumont’s “Slack Bay” lead the nominations at the 42nd Cesar Awards, France’s equivalent of the Oscars.

Elle” and “Frantz” scored 11 Cesar nominations each. “Slack Bay” received nine.

Elle,” which competed at Cannes, has already earned Huppert a Golden Globe award and an Oscar nomination for best actress. Set in France and produced by Said Ben Said and Michel Merkt, “Elle” has been described as a powerful rape-revenge thriller laced with dark humor. Huppert recently received a honorary prize from the French culture ministry and promotional organization UniFrance. The movie was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics at Cannes.

Her nomination for “Elle” marks Huppert’s 16th Cesar nod. She has won only once, for her performance in Claude Chabrol’s “La Ceremonie.”

Frantz,” starring Pierre Niney (“Yves Saint Laurent”), turns on a
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First Trailer For Cannes Drama ‘The Dancer’ Features Rivalry and Striking Imagery

Following a premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, the first trailer has been released for Stéphanie Di Giusto‘s The Dancer (La Danseuse), half in English, half in French. However, it features some striking imagery to combat any loss of comprehension in its latter half for U.S. viewers not fluent in French. The film follows dancer Loïe Fuller (Soko) and her complex relationship with her protègè and rival (Gaspard Ulliel). Fuller was an inspiration for the Lumière Brothers, among others, and was the toast of the Folies Bergères at the turn of the 20th century.

We said in our review: “The cast is solid all-around. In the lead role, Soko has both the willful masculinity and a feminine vulnerability down. Playing Louis, Ulliel is his usual charismatic self, exuding an effortless, pansexual allure that enriches a rather underwritten character infinitely. And though she only appears later in the film,
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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Dancer’

Cannes Film Review: ‘The Dancer’
Were ever words on screen more deserving of groans than the fatal “based on a true story”? To be fair to novice helmer Stéphanie Di Giusto, she acknowledges she took some licenses with dancer Loïe Fuller’s biography, but then why bother with the “based on” line when nearly all of “The Dancer” deviates so wildly from the truth? More problematic, even if we accept the film as pure fiction, is its pedestrian construction and ill-conceived script, unlikely to spark interest in one of the most innovative and influential performers of the last century and a quarter. Its $9 million budget was a lot of dough for main producer Alain Attal to round up, though perhaps Euro play might see respectable returns.

Di Giusto claims “almost no one” remembers Fuller, though ask anyone remotely familiar with dance history, film history and the Belle Époque, and they’ll all be able to
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Lily-Rose Depp Is the Spitting Image of Her Mom, Vanessa Paradis, at the Cannes Film Festival

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Lily-Rose Depp Is the Spitting Image of Her Mom, Vanessa Paradis, at the Cannes Film Festival
Lily-Rose Depp popped up at the photocall for her film La Danseuse at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday. The 16-year-old model and actress struck a series of poses in a cozy Chanel hoodie and shorts set and linked up with her costars Mélanie Thierry, Gaspard Ulliel, and Kristen Stewart's ex-girlfriend Soko. Lily-Rose plays the role of famed dancer Isadora Duncan in the 19th century drama, and looked every bit the burgeoning movie star when she arrived on the red carpet for the big premiere later that evening. Also on hand for the fun in Cannes is Lily-Rose's mom, Vanessa Paradis; the French native is one of this year's jury members at the festival along with Kirsten Dunst, Donald Sutherland, and Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen. Vanessa and Lily-Rose have yet to hit the red carpet together this week, but how stunningly similar the teenager looks to her mom is
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‘The Dancer’ Clip: Soko Stages An Electrifying Serpentine – Cannes

‘The Dancer’ Clip: Soko Stages An Electrifying Serpentine – Cannes
Exclusive: Stéphanie Di Giusto’s The Dancer premieres in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard tomorrow with stars Soko, Gaspard Ulliel, Mélanie Thierry and Lily-Rose Depp in town. Above is a clip from the film which is Di Giusto’s feature debut. It’s inspired by the story of Loie Fuller, an American dancer who was one of the pioneers of the modern dance movement. Played by breakout Soko, she invented the Serpentine Dance. Born in the midwest, nothing in Fuller’s background destined…
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Hot Titles at the Cannes Film Festival Market 2016

Hot Titles at the Cannes Film Festival Market 2016
Here are the hottest titles to look out for on the 2016 Cannes Film Festival market.

American Assassin

Director: Michael Cuesta

Producers: Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Nick Wechsler

Key Cast: Michael Keaton

Plot: Spy thriller based on Vince Flynn’s blockbuster books.

Sales: Lionsgate Intl.

American Wrestler: The Wizard

Director: Alex Ranarivelo

Producers: Ali Afshar, Hadeel Reda

Key cast: William Fichtner, Jon Voight

Plot: Determined to fit in, an immigrant teen facing racism and bullying joins his high school wrestling team and against all odds, leads his team to the state championships.

Sales: Radiant Films Intl.

Anna Dressed In Blood

Director: Trish Sie

Producers: Stephenie Meyer, Meghan Hibbett, Lisa Wilson, Myles Nestel

Key cast: Maddie Hasson,

Cameron Monaghan

Plot: Based on the popular Ya novel “Anna Dressed in Blood.”

Sales: The Solution Entertainment Group (intl.)

Anon

Director: Andrew Niccol

Producers: Oliver Simon, Daniel Baur, Andrew Niccol

Key cast: Clive Owen,
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Johnny Depp's Daughter Lily-Rose Has Caught the Acting Bug: 'I Want to Make It My Craft'

Johnny Depp's Daughter Lily-Rose Has Caught the Acting Bug: 'I Want to Make It My Craft'
Lily-Rose Depp isn't your average 16-year-old. With a Chanel contract, a film selected for this year's Cannes Film Festival, and 1.4 million (and growing) Instagram followers, the daughter of Johnny Depp and French star Vanessa Paradis has just added a Vanity Fair cover to her burgeoning résumé. Appearing in the latest issue of the glossy's French edition, the "icon in the making," as Vanity Fair France dubbed her, says she's plunged head-first into French cinema after tenuous steps in two Kevin Smith films"For me, it's simple: I like to act," she tells the magazine. "It frees me. I want to make it my craft.
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Review: Denys Arcand's 'An Eye for Beauty' Starring Éric Bruneau, Mélanie Thierry And Melanie Merkosky

How acclaimed filmmaker Denys Arcand went from earning an Oscar nomination for the screenplay of “The Barbarian Invasions” to writing the truly execrable script for “An Eye for Beauty” is an even greater mystery than what drives his characters to make their oft illogical decisions. Instead of a relationship drama, the film works better as a 100-minute ad for Canadian travel or the benefits of competitive sports for adults. Its failure to succeed on any level but the visual is all the more puzzling due to its provenance from a celebrated director with decades of experience. Read More: Exclusive: U.S. Trailer And Poster For Denys Arcand's 'An Eye For Beauty' At the shallow heart of “An Eye for Beauty” is Luc (Éric Bruneau), a talented architect who is married to athletic beauty Stéphanie (Mélanie Thierry). The couple has a stunning home on the St. Lawrence River in Quebec,
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Exclusive: U.S. Trailer And Poster For Denys Arcand's 'An Eye For Beauty'

Oscar nominated and Cannes Film Festival prize winning filmmaker Denys Arcand is a Canadian director who has been behind acclaimed pictures like "The Barbarian Invasions," "Jesus Of Montreal," and "The Decline Of The American Empire." And the latest from the auteur is "An Eye For Beauty," which is now landing stateside thanks to Monument Releasing and today we have the exclusive U.S. trailer for the film. Starring Éric Bruneau, Mélanie Thierry, Melanie Merkosky, Marie-José Croze, Mathieu Quesnel, and Geneviéve Boivin-Roussy, the story follows a young man whose affair threatens to unravel his marriage and professional life. Here's the official synopsis:  Luc is a brilliant young architect with a budding reputation. Opinionated, charming, and confident, he lives with his beautiful wife in the stunning countryside of Quebec. Luc's seemingly-perfect life begins to fall apart however when he meets and falls for...
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Watch: Tim Robbins is a Master of Pantomime in New 'Perfect Day' Clip

Watch: Tim Robbins is a Master of Pantomime in New 'Perfect Day' Clip
[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. Today's pick, "Our Brand is Crisis," is available now On Demand. Need help finding a movie to watch? Let TWC find the best fit for your mood here.] In "A Perfect Day," a wartime drama unfolds between a group of aid workers and A-listers, all working to resolve a crisis in an armed conflict zone. Read More: Watch: New U.S. Trailer For ‘A Perfect Day’ Starring Benicio Del Toro, Tim Robbins, Olga Kurylenko, And Melanie Thierry Tim Robbins and Benicio Del Toro star alongside each other in Fernando León de Aranoa's gritty tale of bureaucratic crises. Set in the Balkins in 1995, the characters try to remove a dead body from a well in order to protect the local water supply from contamination, but soon run into moral complications along the way. "A Perfect Day"...
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