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Binoche out of her comfort zone by Richard Mowe

Juliette Binoche: 'Claire is a fascinating character - a woman of a certain age who tries to recapture her youth' Photo: Unifrance

When director Safy Nebbou started reading the novel Who You Think I Am (Celle que vous croyez), by Camille Laurens, and thought about adapting it for the screen there was the name of only one actress whirling around in his head for the central role: Juliette Binoche.

Safy Nebbou on maintaining his edge: 'I would not like to be in a comfort zone because that is not a creative place to be' Photo: Unifrance It is easy now to see why. Her performance provides a remarkable showcase for her range as Claire, a university lecturer and mother of two teenage boys who is approaching middle-age with a lot of baggage, including betrayal by an ex-husband (Charles Berling). She has taken a new and younger lover Ludo (Guillaume Gouix
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Distrib Films Acquires U.S. Rights to Studiocanal’s ‘The Perfect Nanny,’ ‘Someone Somewhere’ (Exclusive)

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Distrib Films has acquired U.S. rights to Lucie Borleteau’s “The Perfect Nanny” and Cédric Klapisch’s “Someone Somewhere,” both of which will screen at the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in New York, a festival organised by the Film Society of the Lincoln Center and UniFrance.

A psychological thriller, “The Perfect Nanny” is adapted from Leila Slimani’s bestselling novel “Chanson Douce” which was awarded France’s highest literary prize, the Prix Goncourt, in 2016.

Represented in international markets by Studiocanal, “The Perfect Nanny” follows Myriam (Leïla Bekhti), a lawyer who decides to return to work after having children. She and her husband (Antoine Reinartz) think they’ve found the perfect nanny for their son and daughter. The film’s U.S. remake rights have been acquired by Legendary and Paul Downs Colaizzo is on board to adapt and direct the English-language adaptation. “The Perfect Nanny” was produced by Pascal Caucheteux
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The Wolf's Call review – lots of sweaty sub-on-sub action

This French mashup of Dr Strangelove and The Hunt for Red October features lots of tense silence, sweaty faces and all the other tropes of submarine movies

There is some serious sub-on-sub action in this watchable undersea action thriller from the French cultural diplomat turned graphic novelist and film-maker Antonin Baudry, who mashes up Dr Strangelove, The Sum of All Fears and The Hunt for Red October. It features Mathieu Kassovitz and Reda Kateb as cucumber-cool nuclear submarine commanders, Omar Sy as the tough second-in-command, and François Civil as Chanteraide, a savant-genius “acoustic warfare analyst” – an earphone-wearing military geek with super-hearing who can tell from tiny bleeps and eerie echoes in the vast oceanic depths what kind of sub they’re facing and where it is.

The setting is France, proud possessor of an independent nuclear deterrent. But the French are tricked by a rogue terrorist fanatic into activating the
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‘The Wolf’s Call’ Review: Dir. Antonin Baudry (2019)

The Wolf’s Call review: Prepare to gnaw your fingernails in this French language action-thriller set at sea.

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Set in the near future, The Wolf’s Call follows Chanteraide (François Civil), a young naval Awa (Acoustic Warfare Analyst) whom finds himself in the midst of a troubling mystery and on the brink of nuclear war. The story opens aboard a naval submarine where we join Chanteraide and his comrades on a mission in foreign seas. After an unexpected vessel appears in close proximity to the submarine, the mission is almost compromised. Seeking to right his wrong, Chanteraide begins to investigate the mysterious vessel’s origins and uncovers a very sinister threat.

The Wolf’s Call hooks the viewer from the start. It’s much like the opening moments of The Hurt Locker; The Wolf’s Call pulls you in immediately and doesn’t let up. The opening twenty minutes or so
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Shoot on the horizon for Cédric Jimenez’s Bac Nord - Production – France

Gilles Lellouche, François Civil, Karim Leklou, Adèle Exarchopoulos and Kenza Fortas are among the cast of this Chi-Fou-Mi production being sold by StudioCanal. The first clapperboard is set to slam on 5 August for Bac Nord (lit. “Northern Anti-Crime Squad”), the fourth feature by Cédric Jimenez, following Paris Under Watch (2012), The Connection and The Man with the Iron Heart (2017). For the cast, the filmmaker is teaming up once again with Gilles Lellouche. He will be flanked by François Civil (popular in the...
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Naming the unknown phenomena by Anne-Katrin Titze

François Civil, Pierre Cevaer, Sébastien Libessart, Omar Sy and Reda Kateb in Antonin Baudry's The Wolf's Call (Le Chant Du Loup): "I wanted to put these people in situations where they didn't have a simple way to answer the situation. They really have to rely on their conscience."

In the second half of my conversation at Lincoln Center with the screenwriter/director of The Wolf's Call (Le Chant Du Loup), Antonin Baudry, aka Abel Lanzac, discussed with me the influence Bertrand Tavernier had on him during the filming of Quai d'Orsay (The French Minister), sacrifice in the work of directors Tsui Hark, Johnnie To, and in John Woo's The Killer and Hard Boiled.

Antonin sees the Golden Ear Chanteraide (François Civil) in The Wolf's Call going through an "Orphean trajectory". He talked about colours with cinematographer Pierre Cottereau, and noted the importance of Claude Lanzmann's support.

Antonin
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Picking up signals by Anne-Katrin Titze

Antonin Baudry on submarine films, Claude Lanzmann and Wolfgang Petersen's Das Boot: "That was his favourite. It's my favourite too. For some reason it really moved him." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The morning after the Us première of The Wolf's Call (Le Chant Du Loup), shot by Pierre Cottereau, starring François Civil with Omar Sy, Mathieu Kassovitz, Reda Kateb, Jean-Yves Berteloot, Damien Bonnard, and Paula Beer at the French Institute Alliance Française in New York, the director/screenwriter Antonin Baudry, aka Abel Lanzac, joined me for a conversation inside David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center.

Kent Jones with Antonin Baudry following the French Institute Alliance Française première of The Wolf's Call (Le Chant Du Loup) in New York Photo: Ed Bahlman

When I mentioned to Antonin that I will be introducing Hélène Fillières' Volontaire this Tuesday at Fi:af, he told me that they were actually shooting their French Navy
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‘Sink or Swim’ Producer Alain Attal Wins Toscan du Plantier Prize

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Alain Attal, whose Paris-based company is behind Gilles Lellouche’s “Sink or Swim” and Jeanne Herry’s “In Safe Hands,” won the Toscan du Plantier Award, Gaul’s equivalent to the PGA’s Darryl F. Zanuck award, at a Paris ceremony on Feb. 18.

Attal, the founder of Tresor Films, was named France’s best producer of 2018 at the event, which was hosted by the French Academy of Arts and Science — just a few days before the Cesar Awards, France’s top film awards.

Attal said on stage that he shared the trophy with Hugo Selignac who runs the company Chi-Fou-Mi Productions and was featured in Variety’s 10 Producers to Watch last year. Together with Selignac, Attal produced Lellouche’s ensemble comedy-drama “Sink or Swim” which has 10 Cesar nominations; and “In Safe Hands,” nominated for seven Cesar Awards.

“Sink or Swim” follows a group of disenchanted men on the verge of
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Studiocanal Near Sells Out ‘Love at Second Sight,’ Rolls Out ’Someone, Somewhere,’ ‘Samsam’ (Exclusive)

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Studiocanal has sold near all of the world outside the U.S. on Hugo Gélin’s “Love at Second Sight.” The European production-distribution-sales giant, part of Vivendi’s Canal Plus Group, has also kicked off promising sales on a panoply of new foreign-language titles, such as Yvan Attal’s “My Dog Stupid,” Cedric Klapisch’s “Someone Somewhere” and animated feature “Samsam.”

“Our mission at Studiocanal is to ensure we make high-quality European cinema with strong global potential,” said Anna Marsh, Studiocanal Evp, international distribution.

Described by Marsh as a “key title, a high concept movie which really appeals.” “Love at Second Sight” stars François Civil as a young best-selling novelist who forgets the love of his life in one world to wake up in another where she’s a world-famous pianist who’s never met him.

Combining large ambition, a questioning take on gender equality in relationships, and a director whose 2017 debut,
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Netflix Closing In on Deal for French Submarine Thriller ‘The Wolf’s Call’ (Exclusive)

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Netflix is closing in on a deal for Antonin Baudry’s “The Wolf’s Call” (“Le Chant du Loup”), an anticipated big-budget French submarine thriller, for multiple territories.

The streaming service is in advanced negotiations to pre-buy “The Wolf’s Call” from Pathé International for North America, Latin America, Spain and Scandinavia, as well as for France, where Netflix would get exclusive Svod rights 36 months after the local theatrical release. The film will be released on Netflix in North America, Latin America, Spain and Scandinavia this summer. Pathé will distribute “The Wolf’s Call” in French theaters starting next Wednesday.

“The Wolf’s Call” will be released by independent distributors in other territories. Pathé has already pre-sold the film to Germany (Concorde), Japan (Klockworks), Cis (Total Films), Middle East (Gulf), Portugal (Cinemundo), Czech Republic (MediaSquad), former Yugoslavia (Fox Vision), Turkey (Pixel Yapim) and Hong Kong (Sun Dream), among other territories.
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Berlin Film Review: ‘Who You Think I Am’

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Berlin Film Review: ‘Who You Think I Am’
For a film that hinges entirely on the deceptive nature of appearances, it’s appropriate that “Who You Think I Am” wears a few genre disguises itself en route to a double-edged conclusion. Leading Juliette Binoche’s unhappily divorced academic through the tricks and turns of online catfishing, the film’s premise seems poised at any minute to break into either a mature romantic comedy in the Nancy Meyers vein or a “Fatal Attraction”-style psychothriller. Rare is the film that would feel equally comfortable following either of those paths; rarer still is one that, somehow, winds up threading both needles, as writer-director Safy Nebbou tucks bittersweet human observations between unabashedly outlandish twists. With Binoche once more on beguiling form, in a role that feels like an unhinged sister to her romantically restless artist in “Let the Sunshine In,” this slinky entertainment can expect numerous distributors’ friend requests.

Premiering in
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Berlin: Juliette Binoche Talks Sex Scene With Former Onscreen Son

Berlin: Juliette Binoche Talks Sex Scene With Former Onscreen Son
Juliette Binoche on Sunday opened up about performing an intimate sex scene in her latest movie, Safy Nebbou's Celle que vous croyez (Who You Think I Am), with French co-star François Civil, who also played her teenage son in the 2011 drama Elles.

"It was pretty rapid, actually. He felt a bit shy and modest, and I found that sweet. But that's part of the things that happen to you in this profession," Binoche told a press conference at the Berlin Film Festival. The Chocolat star was touting Nebbou's dramedy, in which she plays Claire, a 50-year-old ...
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‘Who You Think I Am’ With Juliette Binoche Sells Nearly Worldwide (Exclusive)

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Safy Nebbou’s “Who You Think I Am,” the romantic drama with Juliette Binoche that’s world premiering in the Berlin Film Festival’s Special Gala section, has been sold nearly worldwide by Playtime.

Binoche stars as 50-year-old Claire Millaud, who creates a fake profile as a younger woman, Clara, on social media to spy on her lover, Ludo. But as her younger avatar, Claire ends up falling in love with one of Ludo’s friends, Alex.

Playtime has sold “Who You Think I Am” to Canada (Axia), Spain (Wanda), Italy (I Wonder), Germany (Alamode), Australia (Palace), Switzerland (Agora), Benelux (Cineart), Greece (Rosebud), Austria (Thimfilm), Israel (Red Cape), South America (California Filmes), China (Huashi TV), Sweden (TriArt), Hungary (HungariCom), Baltics (BestFilm), Middle East (Italia Film), Portugal (Midas), Finland (Cinema Mondo), Taiwan (Sky Digi Entertainment) and Denmark (Camera Film).

Playtime’s Nicolas Brigaud-Robert said Binoche was a big draw for distributors
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‘Two is a Family’s’ Hugo Gelin on ‘Love at Second Sight,’ Genre-Blending

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Sold by Studiocanal, produced and distributed by Mars Films, “Love at Second Sight,” Hugo Gélin’s follow-up to Omar Sy-starrer “Two is Family” – which scored a noteworthy €62 million ($67.9 million) outside France in 2017 – begins with a post-catastrophe Winter.

Wasn’t this meant to be a romantic comedy? Images of Paris’ River Seine half-buried by a glacier of snow and cold-curdled ice mark of course a metaphor, though its sense will take some time to register. The opening gambit of “Love at Second Sight,” is echoed by the ambition of its parallel universe premise. At high school, Raphaël discovers Olivia, also a teen, playing the piano with extraordinary skill and emotion. It’s love at first sight. Though young, they get married. Raphaël has some vague ideas for a pulp sci-fi novel, set in a wintery dystopian post-Apocalypse Paris. With vital input from Olivia, who puts her own career on hold, the novel gets published.
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‘The Sisters Brothers,’ ‘Operation Finale,’ ‘Galveston’ to Play at Deauville Film Festival

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‘The Sisters Brothers,’ ‘Operation Finale,’ ‘Galveston’ to Play at Deauville Film Festival
Jacques Audiard’s anticipated “The Sisters Brothers,” Melanie Laurent’s “Galveston” and Sahar Jessica Parker starrer “Blue Night” are among the 63 films set to play at the 44th edition of Deauville American Film Festival.

Running Aug.31 to Sept.9, the festival will wrap with Chris Weitz’s “Operation Finale” with Oscar Isaac an Sir Ben Kingsley who will both attend the screening.

Audiard, the Palme d’Or winning director of “Dheepan” and “A Prophet,” will attend the festival with “The Sisters Brothers” stars Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly ahead of the film’s North American premiere at Toronto. Audiard will receive an honorary award which Deauville’s artistic director Bruno Barde said was created for the helmer.

Barde said “The Sisters Brothers” was an instant classic in the veins of Michael Cimino’s masterpiece “Heaven’s Gate.” The artistic director also pointed out Audiard was one of the four French
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Cannes: Pathe Intl. Scores Renee Zellweger’s ‘Judy,’ ‘The Wolf’s Call,’ ‘Aladin’ Sequel (Exclusive)

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Cannes: Pathe Intl. Scores Renee Zellweger’s ‘Judy,’ ‘The Wolf’s Call,’ ‘Aladin’ Sequel (Exclusive)
Pathé International is rolling off a strong Cannes film market with major pre-sales closed on Renee Zellweger starrer “Judy,” submarine action thriller “The Wolf’s Call,” and French comedy “The Brand New Adventures of Aladin.”

“Judy,” Rupert Goold’s anticipated film starring the Oscar-winning Zellweger as Judy Garland, has been sold to Japan (Gaga), Australia (EOne), Italy (Notorious), Spain (Vertice 360), Cis (Paradise), China (Polar Light), Czech Republic (Aqs), Former Yugoslavia (Fox Vision), Greece (Spentzos), Middle East (Empire International) and India (Venus).

Deals are currently being negotiated for other territories, including North America. Pathé will release “Judy” in the U.K., France and Switzerland during the second half of 2019. Zellweger stars in the film opposite Jessie Buckley, Rufus Sewell and Michael Gambon.

Meanwhile, Antonin Baudry’s “The Wolf’s Call” (“Champ du Loup”), a $22.3 million action thriller starring Omar Sy, sold to Germany (Concorde), Japan (Klockworks), Cis (Total Films), Middle East
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Pathé launches sales on submarine drama 'The Wolf’s Call' with Omar Sy, Reda Kateb (exclusive)

The film is the debut from diplomat-turned-screenwriter Antonin Baudry.

Pathé International is launching sales on French diplomat-turned-screenwriter Antonin Baudry’s directorial debut, the nuclear submarine action drama The Wolf’s Call starring Omar Sy, Mathieu Kassovitz, Reda Kateb, François Civil and Paula Beer.

The company will premiere first footage and has released fresh details of the plot for the underwater thriller starring Kateb and Sy as commanders of a ballistic missile submarine (Ssbn) whose craft takes France to the brink of nuclear armageddon.

Kateb plays commandant Grandchamp alongside Sy as second-in-command D’Orsi, who manage to extricate their submarine from a crisis situation,
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Pathé launches sales on submarine drama 'The Wolf’s Call' with Omar Sy, Reda Kateb

The film is the debut from diplomat-turned-screenwriter Antonin Baudry.

Pathé International is launching sales on French diplomat-turned-screenwriter Antonin Baudry’s directorial debut, the nuclear submarine action drama The Wolf’s Call starring Omar Sy, Mathieu Kassovitz, Reda Kateb, François Civil and Paula Beer.

The company will premiere first footage and has released fresh details of the plot for the underwater thriller starring Kateb and Sy as commanders of a ballistic missile submarine (Ssbn) whose craft takes France to the brink of nuclear armageddon.

Kateb plays commandant Grandchamp alongside Sy as second-in-command D’Orsi, who manage to extricate their submarine from a crisis situation,
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Back To Burgundy Movie Review

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Back To Burgundy Movie Review
Back To Burgundy (Ce qui nous lie) Music Box Films Reviewed by: Harvey Karten Director: Cédric Klapisch Screenwriter: Cédric Klapisch, Santiago Amigorena Cast: Po Marmaï, Ana Girardot, François Civil, Jean-Marc Roulot Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 314/18 Opens: March 23, 2018 I don’t “get” wine. I wish I could because wine raises Hdl, the good […]

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Back to Burgundy review – a palatable affair

Three siblings inherit their family’s winery in a modest but engaging drama

Story strands intertwine like vines in this engaging family drama about three siblings who inherit their family’s winery in Burgundy. Jean (Pio Marmaï) returns from Australia, leaving his wife, son and vineyard to visit the dying father whose influence he fled 10 years earlier. His sister, Juliette (Ana Girardot), now runs the wine business but as a woman she struggles to be taken seriously; the youngest brother, Jérémie (François Civil), is browbeaten by an overbearing father-in-law. Wine flows through the veins of all three; the episodic storytelling has something of the rambling, well-lubricated quality of a bar-room anecdote. Very watchable, but perhaps lacking in real drama, this is an easy-drinking vintage of a movie that won’t challenge the palate of the audience.

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