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Back to school for a class act by Richard Mowe

Actress Sara Forestier and director Hélène Angel on the set of Elementary Photo: Unifrance The French, without wishing to sound chauvinistic, hold their education system in high regard. Cinema has reflected that interest in films from Jean Vigo’s Zero de Conduite in 1933, through the gentle documentary about life in a country infant school Etre et Avoir (2002) by Nicolas Phlibert to Laurent Cantet’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner The Class (2008), set in a raw inner city school. And let’s not forget Abdellatif Kechiche’s L’Esquive (2003), Louis Malle’s 1987 Au Revoir Les Enfants, Julie Bertuccelli’s School of Babel (2013), and Christophe Barratier’s 2004 The Chorus.

Joining the throng is director Hélène Angel with Elementary (Primaire) in which Sara Forestier plays a primary school teacher who has no time for a personal life and lives in an apartment in the grounds with her ten-year-old son.

Angel says: “Education is
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Sony Pictures Int’l Prods Boards ‘The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir’ With Bérénice Béjo & Barkhad Abdi

Sony Pictures Int’l Prods Boards ‘The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir’ With Bérénice Béjo & Barkhad Abdi
Sony Pictures International Productions, the local language production arm of Sony Pictures, has boarded French-Indian-Belgian co-production The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir starring Bérénice Béjo, Barkhad Abdi, Erin Moriarty and Abel Jafri. Sony Pictures Releasing International will release the title in the UK and France in Spring 2018. Gérard Jugnot (The Chorus), Ben Miller (Johnny English), Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse (Bon Cop Bad Cop) and Stefano Cassetti (Young & Beau…
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Efm: Picture Tree line-up includes Til Schweiger action-comedy

Efm: Picture Tree line-up includes Til Schweiger action-comedy
Picture Tree International line-up also includes Jakob LassTiger Girl.

Picture Tree International (Pti) has confirmed its line-up for the upcoming edition of Efm at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival (February 9 - 19, 2017).

In its fourth year, the Berlin-based sales and distribution company returns with a slate including Jakob LassTiger Girl, which will receive its world premiere as a Panorama Special in Berlin; action-comedy Hot Dog, starring Til Schweiger and Matthias Schweighöfer; and Zaza Urushadze’s (Oscar nominated for 2013 drama Tangerines) The Confession.

Tiger Girl, for which Pti has acquired international rights, is Lass’ second feature, following Love Steaks (2013).

In Hot Dog, Schweiger and Schweighöfer will play two friends who make it their mission to free the daughter of the Moldovan ambassador from her kidnappers.

The film is currently being shot in Berlin and is expected to be released in autumn 2017 by Warner Bros. Pictures Germany.

The Confession (formerly titled Monk) centres on a former film director
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Polyson Unveils New Video and Sound Post-production Facility in East Paris

Polyson Unveils New Video and Sound Post-production Facility in East Paris
On January 5, French post-production house Polyson garnered the coveted César & Techniques Award from a shortlist of six companies. The winner of theaward is determined through voting by the members of France’s Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma, which organizes the main Cesars Awards ceremony in February.

Now in 2015, Polyson is unveiling major new facilities, including a Foley studio, a pre-mix studio and seven new image and sound editing rooms, covering a total area of 6500 square feet, including a 1100-square-foot Foley studio with a 16-foot ceiling height.

The Foley studio alone represents a total investment of €6 million ($ 6.8 million) and is intended to reinforce the company’s positioning as a provider of high-end video and sound post-production services.

Founded in 2000, Polyson aims to provide a one-stop shop, spanning video editing and all aspects of sound post-production. The company is located in East Paris, in the 20th arrondissement, near Nation, in
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Gaumont Unveils Ensemble Dramedy ‘We Were Young’ at Unifrance’s Rdv (Exclusive)

Gaumont Unveils Ensemble Dramedy ‘We Were Young’ at Unifrance’s Rdv (Exclusive)
Paris — Gaumont and Lgm, which partnered on Cesar-winning comedy hit “My, Myself and Mum,” are back on board with “We Were Young,” a ensemble dramedy by Philippe Guillard (“Jo’s Boy”).

Co-producing and handling international sales, Gaumont will unveil the project at the Unifrance Rendez-Vous in Paris.

The film will star Kad Merad (“The Chorus”), Benoît Magimel (“Little White Lies”), Charles Berling (“What’s in a Name?”) and Vincent Moscato (“Ruby & Quentin”) as middle-aged friends who set off to fulfill their teenage dreams.

Gaumont is pitching “We Were Young” as a feel-good and tender ode to friendship in the spirit of “Little White Lies” and “The Barbarian Invasions.”

The French release is scheduled for the second quarter of 2015.

Guillard’s last film, “Jo’s Boy” (“Le fils a Jo”), a tightly budgeted drama starring Olivier Marchal, was a sleeper hit in France, where it earned an estimated $9.3 million.

Lgm, one of France’s best-established outfits,
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Jeunet’s ‘T.S. Spivet’ to Open Munich Film Festival

Jeunet’s ‘T.S. Spivet’ to Open Munich Film Festival
London — Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s “The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet” will open the Munich Film Festival, which will also fete director Walter Hill and producer Arthur Cohn.

Jeunet’s film, which is based on the young adult novel by Reif Larsen, stars Helena Bonham Carter and Kyle Catlett.

Jeunet is best known for feature debut “Delicatessen” and “Amelie,” which grossed $170 million worldwide. His other pics include “The City of Lost Children,” “Alien: Resurrection” and “A Very Long Engagement.”

The festival is to present the first complete retrospective of Hill’s work worldwide.

“For almost four decades Walter Hill has been one of America’s most innovative directors,” said festival director Diana Iljine. “Time and time again his films seem to achieve the impossible by spanning the gap between entertainment and art. Having Walter Hill here will be one of the highlights of the festival.”

Hill will be at almost all
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Carlo Varini dies at 67

Carlo Varini dies at 67
Director worked on more than 80 pictures in prolific career.

Swiss-born cinematographer Carlo Varini, best known for The Chorus, The Big Blue and Subway, has died in a house fire.

The 67-year-old cinematographer, who shot more than 80 pictures throughout his career, started out as a calibrator at the Schwarz-Film laboratory in Berne.

After cinema studies at the Zurich University of Arts he became a news cameraman, moving into fiction as the assistant cameraman of celebrated Italian cinematographer Renato Berta.

He branched out on his own in the early 1980s to work with Luc Besson on his early features The Last Combat, Subway and The Big Blue. He was nominated for a Cesar for the latter two.

More recently, he gained recognition for his work on Christophe Barratier’s The Choir for which he was nominated for Camerimage’s Golden Frog alongside Dominique Gentil.

He was due to work on Canadian director Francesco Lucente’s upcoming feature Starbright.

According
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UniFrance Rendez-vous Unveils 52 Premieres

Paris – Bowing Jan.10 at the august Hotel Intercontinental Le Grand, abutting the Place de l’Opera, the 16th Unifrance Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris will be one of the biggest market-junkets ever for a national cinema.

Only France, which with the U.K. hosts one of Europe’s two biggest industries, could organize an event of this magnitude or allure.

110 French movies will screen, a Rendez-vous record, at three Gaumont cinema-theaters just across the Square,

Distributors will attend from 50 countries, principally from Europe, but also for the first time officially from Latin America as well.

In hallowed tradition, UniFrance uses its Rendez-vous to announce and analyze in admirable detail the previous year theatrical box office numbers for French films abroad. 2013’s total trawl looks set to be way down on 2012, an all time high when three juggernauts - “Taken 2” (Euros 265.8 million: $354.8 million), “The Intouchables” ($268.9 million) and “The Artist
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Film Review: ‘Being President’

Terrible English title aside, “Being President” is a terrific documentary that follows Gaul’s current head of state, Francois Hollande, during his first eight months in office. Helmed by Patrick Rotman, this is a unique, almost all-access portrait, shot with pared-down elegance, that suggests what the day-to-day of a contempo French president is like — more meetings and speech rewriting than you can shake a stick at — as well as how Hollande in particular makes it his own. A film of observation rather than of juicy revelations, “Being” might be a tough sell theatrically, though docu fests and smallscreen buyers will be impressed.

A politically inclined documentary filmmaker (TV’s “Chirac,” “Mitterrand, le roman du pouvoir”) and screenwriter (the Sarkozy pic “The Conquest”), Rotman seems ideally suited to document the inner workings of the presidential Elysee Palace and the man at its head. (The helmer simultaneously directed “A l’Elysee,” a
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War of the Buttons

Transplanted to 1944 Nazi-occupied France, Louis Pergaud’s 1912 Lord of the Flies-esque novel about a play war between the boys of two neighboring villages takes on metaphoric significance in this adaptation helmed by The ChorusChristophe Barratier. Classically styled with a sweeping score, dramatic crane shots and golden hues, War of the Buttons is adorable but sentimental, an earnest whitewash of a painful period during World War II....
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War of the Buttons | Review

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Life During Wartime: Barratier Schmaltifies Nazi Occupied France

France has made a considerable move to reclaim her literature, as not one but two French productions of Louis Pergaud’s 1912 novel, War of the Buttons, have been released this year. This brings the total number of filmed adaptations of the celebrated novel to five, with two original French versions (in 1937 and 1962), and the better known 1994 UK version from John Roberts previously standing as the definitive English speaking film version. However, thus far, the Us will only be privy to one of the new additions, that directed by Christophe Barratier, the man whose directorial debut, 2004’s The Chorus was nominated for Best Foreign film in Americaland (the other, from Yann Samuell, whose 2003 debut, the much celebrated Love Me If You Dare top lines Guillaume Canet, used in Barratier’s ensemble here, but has yet to receive distribution in the Us market
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New ABC war drama An Accidental Soldier to begin shooting

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The producer of recent Australian hit The Sapphires, Kylie du Fresne, is teaming up with Sue Taylor to tackle World War I dramatic telemovie An Accidental Soldier for ABC TV.

The story follows a baker in the ANZACs.and is described as .a moving and ultimately uplifting story of love that crosses language and cultures in a time of catastrophe,. according to ABC TV head of fiction Carole Sklan.

Production begins on September 3 in Perth, with director Rachel Ward and a screenplay adapted by Blake Ayshford (The Straits, Crownies) from the book Silent Parts by John Charalambous. The telemovie was developed and financed under the Primeime Television Production Fund between ScreenWest and ABC Television.

An Accidental Soldier should provide a boost to the Western Australian industry, according to ScreenWest boss Ian Booth.

.It will be filmed entirely in Western Australia providing Wa practitioners with an opportunity to work with an
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Brand New Trailer And Poster For ‘War Of The Buttons’ (Beware: Photoshop Overload)

Are you in the mood for some fluffy, light-hearted-but-also-serious French cinema? Well today is your day! Here is the new trailer and poster for the upcoming war drama War Of The Buttons, directed by Christophe Barratier (The Chorus).

Set during World War II, we focus on a small French village which houses two rival kid-gangs. However, when a pretty, young Jewish girl comes to stay, the rivals find it within themselves to settle their differences to defend their new friend. Starring newcomers Ilona Bachelier and Jean Texier as the young Violette and Lebrac (and Laetitia Casta and Guillaume Canet as the older couple) this bright, buoyant film seems to be a re-telling of the 1962 and 1994 versions, based around the same story.

Although I’m not a huge fan of this (or the cheesy, in-your-face poster), the 2012 version has been co-written and produced by Thomas Langmann, who received the 2012 Academy Award
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Laetitia Casta leads the 'War of the Buttons' in new trailer for French WWII drama

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Laetitia Casta leads the 'War of the Buttons' in new trailer for French WWII drama
Laetitia Casta, Guillaume Canet ("Tell No One") and a group of young'uns face down the German army in the upcoming WWII drama "War of the Buttons." The Weinstein Company just released brand new trailer (above) for the film from Christophe Barratier, the director of the Oscar-nominated "The Chorus" (2004). In Nazi-occupied France, two rival gangs of kids from neighboring villages wage a pretend war on one another while their own country is torn asunder by a real war right outside their doorstep. It's based on a 1912 French novel by Louis Pergaud that has been adapted for the big screen several times...
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War of the Buttons Trailer

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War of the Buttons Trailer
The Weinstein Company has released the first trailer for War of the Buttons, arriving in theaters July 18. Jean Texier stars as young Lebrac, a French boy who falls for a Jewish girl in Nazi-occupied France during World War II. Take a look at this period drama.

War Of The Buttons - Trailer

Set in occupied WWII France, War of the Buttons tells the tale of pre-teen rebel Lebrac (newcomer Jean Texier) and the "war" he leads between two rival kid gangs from neighboring villages. Once Lebrac falls for Violette (Ilona Bachelier), a young Jewish girl who is new in town and in danger of being exposed by the Nazis, the children are faced with putting their own conflicts aside to protect her and confront the very real war happening around them. Directed by Academy Award nominee Christophe Barratier (The Chorus) War of the Buttons features model/actress Laetitia Casta (Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life,
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Weekly Release Date Change Summary - Thor 2, Lone Ranger, War Of The Buttons and more

Summarizing the weekly release date changes, let's start with the two biggest ones. First up, Disney and Marvel's "Thor 2" moved from November 15th, up by one week to November 8, 2013, under the helm of Alan Taylor. Chris Hemsworth reprises his role as the God of Thunder, as does Tom Hiddleston as Loki, and others including Natalie Portman, Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgard, Ray Stevenson, Jamie Alexander, Josh Dallas and Tadanobu Asano. Also changing dates from Disney is Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer and Helena Bonham Carter starrer "The Lone Ranger" which now opens on July 3, 2013 as opposed to May 31st, a bummer for fans who will have to wait another month and a half for the Gore Verbinski film. Weinstein Co gives a first release date of July 18th this year in limited venues to their French film "War of the Buttons" *(a.k.a. " La nouvelle guerre des boutons
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Weekly Release Date Change Summary - Thor 2, Lone Ranger, War Of The Buttons and more

Summarizing the weekly release date changes, let's start with the two biggest ones. First up, Disney and Marvel's "Thor 2" moved from November 15th, up by one week to November 8, 2013, under the helm of Alan Taylor. Chris Hemsworth reprises his role as the God of Thunder, as does Tom Hiddleston as Loki, and others including Natalie Portman, Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgard, Ray Stevenson, Jamie Alexander, Josh Dallas and Tadanobu Asano. Also changing dates from Disney is Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer and Helena Bonham Carter starrer "The Lone Ranger" which now opens on July 3, 2013 as opposed to May 31st, a bummer for fans who will have to wait another month and a half for the Gore Verbinski film. Weinstein Co gives a first release date of July 18th this year in limited venues to their French film "War of the Buttons" *(a.k.a. " La nouvelle guerre des boutons
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Contest: Win Cinema Paradiso on Blu-ray

The Italian film Cinema Paradiso won the the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar at the 1989 Academy Awards. It traces the life of famed Italian director Salvatore Di Vita back to his childhood years via flashbacks.

Cinema Paradiso is now available on Blu-ray, and we're going it award two lucky readers who win this contest. For a chance to win, please fill out and submit the contest entry form below. You can optionally return any or every day the contest is open to enter again to increase the odds of winning with each additional entry.

For the first time in high-definition, Cinema Paradiso has been fully restored and digitally remastered. Haunted by memories of his first love - film - a now-famous Italian filmmaker (Jacques Perrin, The Chorus), returns to his hometown after a 30-year absence. Finally home, he reconnects with his community and recalls the highlights and tragedies of his past.
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New Release: Cinema Paradiso Blu-ray

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Release Date: Oct. 4, 2011

Price: Blu-ray $14.99

Studio: Lionsgate

Cinema Paradiso, the Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film in 1989, has been on Blu-ray overseas, and for its high-definition debut in the U.S., the movie has been fully restored and digitally remastered.

Written and directed by Italy’s Giuseppe Tornatore (Everybody’s Fine), the drama unabashedly sentimental story revolves around a famous Italian filmmaker, Salvatore “Toto” Di Vita (Jacques Perrin, The Chorus). Haunted by the memories of his childhood, Salvatore returns to his small hometown after a 30-year absence and reconnects with his community, recalling the highlights and tragedies of his past. The most important place in Salvatore’s head and heart is the village’s beloved movie theater, where he is reminded of the deep friendship that he forged with the projectionist (Philippe Noiret, ‘Round Midnight).

Presented in Italian with English subtitles, the Blu-ray edition of Cinema Paradiso contains
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Kristen Stewart smells like grass, says movie producer

Kristen Stewart smells like grass, says movie producer
A Hollywood producer has claimed that Kristen Stewart smells like grass. Arthur Cohn, who has financed films such as Central Station and The Chorus, said in a German interview that the Twilight star does not wear perfume, according to Hollywood Life. "[Kristen] smells like freshly mown grass, she never uses perfume," Cohn said. Stewart recently dropped out of starring in K-11, the independent drama to be directed (more)
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