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How to watch films in France without going to the cinema

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By Jen Wallace With the days of Blockbuster well and truly over, Netflix unavailable in France and the epidemic of dodgy pirated downloading online, ÉCU has researched alternative and 100% legal ways of watching your favourite movies in Paris. With an emphasis on French classics, rarities and independent cinema, here are 5 ways to watch movies around the city. (Note: Always carry ID and proof of address with you, as most libraries will ask to you to prov...

Demy time in San Sebastian

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Retrospective on Jacques Demy at the 59th San Sebastian Film Festival The season will be presented by hi widow Agnès Varda, Mathieu Demy and Rosalie Varda   The 59th San Sebastián Film Festival will be devoting a comprehensive retrospective to the work of the French filmmaker Jacques Demy (Pontchâteau, 1931- París, 1990), a key figure in French cinema who breathed fresh life into the musical genre. Although initially linked with the young directors who formed part of the nouvelle v...

NY Exhibition of 95 Photos of french talent Taken by former UniFrance US Chief

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An Exhibition of 95 Photos Taken by Catherine Verret-Vimont, During Her Tenure As Executive Director of The French Film Office UniFrance Films USA   September 10 – October 4 : The Furman Gallery at the Film Society of Lincoln’s Center’s Walter Reade Theatre   As Executive Director of the French Film Office UniFrance Films USA, the leading proponent of the Frenchfilm industry in the US, Catherine Verret-Vimont had a unique opportunity to casually photograph many of the visiting French...

Intouchables to close San Sebastian Film Festival

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The 59th edition of San Sebastian Festival will close with the world premiere screening of Intouchables (Untouchable), written and directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache. Intouchables will be screened out-of-competition following the Festival closing gala on September 24th.  Intouchables is a witty comedy on the unexpected friendship arising between two people with nothing in common and very different ways of understanding life: a millionaire left tetraplegic after an accident ...

Silent Film Festival wrapped

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After four days of packed houses and 18 extraordinary programs, the 16th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival ended on a spectacular note.  Alexander Payne introduces the Closing Night Film Photo © Pamela Gentile    The festival concluded with Victor Sjöström's masterpiece HE WHO GETS SLAPPED and the brilliant accompaniment by the Matti Bye Ensemble from Sweden. In their excellent introductions of the film, Guest Director...

Locarno to honour Isabelle Huppert, the Mona Lisa of Cinema

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Sadistic piano teachers, lovesick young hairdressers, frosty chocolate-factory directors, dark ladies crushed in the French provinces, stuttering factory workers, honest magistrates or evil mothers who can slice the screen to shreds with a single glance. There are truly few actresses on the international scene who, like Isabelle Huppert, have that ability to give shape, in the versatility of the her many roles, to that disturbing femininity that is a narrative all on its own and all o...

Locarno to honour Isabelle Huppert, the Mona Lisa of Cinema

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Sadistic piano teachers, lovesick young hairdressers, frosty chocolate-factory directors, dark ladies crushed in the French provinces, stuttering factory workers, honest magistrates or evil mothers who can slice the screen to shreds with a single glance. There are truly few actresses on the international scene who, like Isabelle Huppert, have that ability to give shape, in the versatility of the her many roles, to that disturbing femininity that is a narrative all on its own and all on its own m...

59th San Sebastian Film Festival - Classic retrospective. JACQUES DEMY

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   In its 59th edition, San Sebastian Festival will dedicate a complete retrospective to the work of French filmmaker Jacques Demy (Pontchâteau, 1931-Paris 1990), a figure key to French cinema who pumped surprising new breath into the musical genre. Although initially grouped with other young directors belonging to the nouvelle vague movement,Demy's work eventually became so unique and difficult to classify that he set off along his own, absolutely personal path. His original approach t...

Ensemble was shown on Tolerance day in Aruba festival along with 3 other films

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Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) is joining Fundacion Respeta Bida in supporting an Island wide “Tolerance Day” (Sunday, June 12th) by extending the event an extra day to Monday, June 13th to host a special screening series. The announcement was made by Festival founders Giuseppe Cioccarrelli and Jonathan Vieira and AIFF Artistic Director Claudio Masenza. On Monday, June 13th AIFF will sponsor a special screening showcase consisting of four films, free to the public, all deali...

Alain Resnais Cycle at the Alliance

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Cinephiles ahoy! check out  the Alain Resnais Cycle starting Wed. July 6th, 6:30pm at the Alliance Française auditorium in Mumbai.                 It kicks off with Stavisky, which Resnais based  on the life of the financier and embezzler Alexandre Stavisky  and the circumstances leading to his mysterious death in 1934. This gave rise to a political scandal known as the Stavisky affair , which led to fatal riots in Paris, the resignation of two prime minister...

The line-up for the 64th Festival del film Locarno Juries has been finalized.

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Heading the Concorso internazionale Jury will be Portuguese producer Paulo Branco (Francisca by Manoel de Oliveira, 1981; In the White City by Alain Tanner, 1983; Come and Go by João César Monteiro, 2003; Mysteries of Lisbon by Raoul Ruiz, 2010), who was the winner of the very first Raimondo Rezzonico Prize in 2002. Also serving on the jury to assess the twenty or so full-length features in competition will be French actor and director Louis Garrel (The Dreamers by Bernardo Bertolucci, 2003;...

Xavier Gens, Caroline Vié, Nicolas Alberny, Fabrice o Joubert : Jury @ Festival du film merveilleux 30 juin au 2 juillet 2011

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The 2nd International Festival du Film Merveilleux starts on June 30, 2011 at Theatre Douze (6 avenue Maurice Ravel) with an animation film program from the company TeamTO. The Festival offers a 3-day program of enchanting and magical short, medium and long movies.The Jury is composed of following members: Xavier Gens ( Hitman,Frontière(s) ), Caroline Vié ( jounalist ), Nicolas Alberny ( 8th Wonderland),Fabrice o Joubert ( French Roast, despicable me, shark tale)A selection of sh...

Aruba Fest screens "Ensemble" by Mohamed Fekrane as part of Island wide “Tolerance Day” program

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The Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) is joining Fundacion Respeta Bida in supporting an Island wide “Tolerance Day” (Sunday, June 12th) by extending the event an extra day to Monday, June 13th to host a special screening series. The announcement was made by Festival founders Giuseppe Cioccarrelli and Jonathan Vieira and AIFF Artistic Director Claudio Masenza. On Monday, June 13th AIFF will sponsor a special screening showcase consisting of four films, free to the public, all d...

Aruba Fest screens "Ensemble" for island Tolerance Day

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Aruba Fest screens "Ensemble" by Mohamed Fekrane as part of Island wide “Tolerance Day” programThe Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) is joining Fundacion Respeta Bida in supporting an Island wide “Tolerance Day” (Sunday, June 12th) by extending the event an extra day to Monday, June 13th to host a special screening series. The announcement was made by Festival founders Giuseppe Cioccarrelli and Jonathan Vieira and AIFF Artistic Director Claudio Masenza. On Monday, June 13th AIFF w...

HOUSE OF TOLERANCE, CANNES

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HOUSE OF TOLERANCE (France, 2011) premiered at 64th Cannes film festival in official competition. Cast of film attended press conference on day of the premier of the film. CANNES OFFICIAL PRESS:SYNOPSISThe dawn of the XXth century: L'Apollonide, a house of tolerance, is living its last days.In this closed world, where some men fall in love and others become viciously harmful, the girls share their secrets, their fears, their joys and their pains...To read more visit the official Cannes sit...

House of Tolerance, Cannes

HOUSE OF TOLERANCE (2011) by Bertrand Bonello premiered at this year's Cannes in official competition. Bertrand and cast attended press conference at Cannes.ACTORS Noémie LVOVSKY - Marie-France Hafsia HERZI - Samira Céline SALLETTE - Clothilde Jasmine TRINCA - Julie Adèle HAENEL - Léa Alice BARNOLE - Madeleine Iliana ZABETH - Pauline  photo by Vanessa McMahon 

HOUSE OF TOLERANCE, CANNES

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 HOUSE OF TOLERANCE (France, 2011) premiered at 64th Cannes film festival in official competition. Cast of film attended press conference on day of the premier of the film. CANNES OFFICIAL PRESS:SYNOPSISThe dawn of the XXth century: L'Apollonide, a house of tolerance, is living its last days.In this closed world, where some men fall in love and others become viciously harmful, the girls share their secrets, their fears, their joys and their pains...To read more visit the official Cannes si...

HOUSE OF TOLERANCE, CANNES

HOUSE OF TOLERANCE (2011) by Bertrand Bonello premiered at this year's Cannes in official competition. Bertrand and cast attended press conference at Cannes.ACTORS Noémie LVOVSKY - Marie-France Hafsia HERZI - Samira Céline SALLETTE - Clothilde Jasmine TRINCA - Julie Adèle HAENEL - Léa Alice BARNOLE - Madeleine Iliana ZABETH - Pauline  photo by Vanessa McMahon 

HOUSE OF TOLERANCE, CANNES

HOUSE OF TOLERANCE (2011) by Bertrand Bonello premiered at this year's Cannes in official competition. Bertrand and cast attended press conference at Cannes.ACTORS Noémie LVOVSKY - Marie-France Hafsia HERZI - Samira Céline SALLETTE - Clothilde Jasmine TRINCA - Julie Adèle HAENEL - Léa Alice BARNOLE - Madeleine Iliana ZABETH - Pauline  photo by Vanessa McMahon 

HOUSE OF TOLERANCE, CANNES

HOUSE OF TOLERANCE (2011) by Bertrand Bonello premiered at this year's Cannes in official competition. Bertrand and cast attended press conference at Cannes.ACTORS Noémie LVOVSKY - Marie-France Hafsia HERZI - Samira Céline SALLETTE - Clothilde Jasmine TRINCA - Julie Adèle HAENEL - Léa Alice BARNOLE - Madeleine Iliana ZABETH - Pauline  photo by Vanessa McMahon 

HOUSE OF TOLERANCE, CANNES

HOUSE OF TOLERANCE (2011) by Bertrand Bonello premiered at this year's Cannes in official competition. Bertrand and cast attended press conference at Cannes.ACTORS Noémie LVOVSKY - Marie-France Hafsia HERZI - Samira Céline SALLETTE - Clothilde Jasmine TRINCA - Julie Adèle HAENEL - Léa Alice BARNOLE - Madeleine Iliana ZABETH - Pauline  photo by Vanessa McMahon 

HOUSE OF TOLERANCE, CANNES

HOUSE OF TOLERANCE (2011) by Bertrand Bonello premiered at this year's Cannes in official competition. Bertrand and cast attended press conference at Cannes.ACTORS Noémie LVOVSKY - Marie-France Hafsia HERZI - Samira Céline SALLETTE - Clothilde Jasmine TRINCA - Julie Adèle HAENEL - Léa Alice BARNOLE - Madeleine Iliana ZABETH - Pauline  photo by Vanessa McMahon 

HOUSE OF TOLERANCE, CANNES

HOUSE OF TOLERANCE (2011) by Bertrand Bonello premiered at this year's Cannes in official competition. Bertrand and cast attended press conference at Cannes.ACTORS Noémie LVOVSKY - Marie-France Hafsia HERZI - Samira Céline SALLETTE - Clothilde Jasmine TRINCA - Julie Adèle HAENEL - Léa Alice BARNOLE - Madeleine Iliana ZABETH - Pauline photo by Vanessa McMahon 
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