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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.

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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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Back to Burgundy review – sweet but unsatisfying family drama

Structural flaws let down Cédric Klapisch’s tale of siblings who return to run the family vineyard when their father dies

Cédric Klapisch is a reliable purveyor of sunny and undemanding commercial French movies. Here is another: this one about the heartaches and life-affirming joys of running a family vineyard. The original title is Ce Qui Nous Lie or “That Which Binds Us”. The characters at one stage debate the merits of a smooth, fruity wine versus something more taut and acidic: it would be tempting to say that Klapisch goes too predictably for the first option, but the problems here are more with structure than taste.

When their widower dad dies, it creates huge problems for three grownup siblings, who must now take over the Burgundy family vineyard. Jean (Pio Marmaï) has only recently returned to his hometown from Australia, where he runs a winery, and is now in
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Music Box picks up 'Back To Burgundy'

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Music Box picks up 'Back To Burgundy'
Pio Marmaï, Ana Girardot, François Civil star in family vineyard drama.

Music Box Films has acquired Us rights to Cédric Klapisch’s Back To Burgundy from Studiocanal.

Pio Marmaï, Ana Girardot, and François Civil star in the story of a man who left his homestead 10 years earlier to embark on a world tour.

When the traveller learns of his father’s imminent death he returns to his childhood home where he must earn back the trust of his brother and sister as they work to save the family vineyard.

Music Box plans a theatrical release in autumn, followed by home entertainment roll-out.

“We are thrilled to bring to the Us Cédric Klapisch’s tender and charming tale of the ties that bind a family to each other and to the land they love,” Music Box Films president William Schopf said.

“The film’s picturesque setting, universal themes, and fascinating peek into the art of French winemaking will hold
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Review: Frank

Few films explore the creative process as insightfully -- and bizarrely -- as Frank.

A strange, genre-defying mix of dark and slapstick comedy, Frank follows Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), a struggling British musician whose life is forever changed when he joins an avant-garde pop band with an unpronounceable name, the Soronprfbs.

As the band spends months recording a new album in a remote cabin in Ireland, Jon discovers his bandmates are enormously talented and predictably oddball. Singer and theremin player Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is a snarling terror. Drummer Nana (Carla Azar) says almost nothing (we sense this may be a good thing), and bass player Baraque (François Civil) is a snooty Frenchman who apparently speaks only in insults. But the oddest of the lot is Frank (Michael Fassbender), a charismatic but emotionally disturbed lead singer who, afraid to face the world directly, wears a giant papier-mâché head at all times.

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As Above, So Below is a Fiery Journey: A Movie Review

Director: John Erick Dowdle. Writers: Drew Dowdle and John Erick Dowdle. Cast: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, François Civil and Marion Lambert. As Above, So Below is a film that is set and which was filmed in the catacombs beneath Paris, France. The film is reminiscent of an earlier film titled Catacombs (2007). Both film were shot in the same setting. Though, John Erick Dowdle's version has a more compelling story, compared to the earlier film. Beneath the streets of Paris, hell resides just out of sight and several amateur archeologists are in search of a valuable object, hidden there. The film manages to develop its creepy tone early in the film. The dark setting and lighting effects are unsettling, often. As well, Erik Dowdle and brother Drew Dowdle manage to weave in a subplot involving guilt. The Devil uses guilt to trap its trespassers here, until they are able to lift these bonds.
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