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The Global Film Village: Flirt with French Love at 2010 Bastille Day Los Angeles Festival

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  by Marla Lewin This Sunday is Independence Day a time for backyard BBQs, friends, and fireworks. Next Sunday, July 11,  is time for the Bastille Day Los Angeles Festival. As an homage to the French holiday and to France’s major significance in the formation of classical ballet, the American Ballet of Los Angeles (ABLA) will make its official L.A. debut performing "flirtatious and fun dance vignettes" set to the musical styling of Brigitte Bardot at the Elysian Pa...

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Bouchareb addresses controversy surrounding Hors la loi

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 Rachid Bouchareb discussed his controversial In Competitionfilm Hors la loi after its screening Friday morning. The film follows the storyof three brothers in the midst of the Algerian war, prompting much speculation regarding Bouchareb's true message in making this film. The press conference marks thefirst time the cast and director have agreed to speak about their highly anticipated and heavily protested film.Bouchareb refused to speak about Hors la loi before the festival, going so faras to...

Princesse de Montpensier Red Carpet

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 The cast and crew of Princesse de Montpensier walk the red carpet before the films premiere in Cannes. ...

Italian whodunit GIDE in LOVE Reveals Dark Secret 50 years after

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True Story Italian Whodunit GIDE IN LOVE Reveals Dark Secret 50 years after 50 years after the disappearance of a young Sicilian boy purported to be French writer Andre Gide`s last love, Danielle Russo, a young journalist on the editorial staff of the Paris literary magazine Nouvelle Revue Littéraire, is sent to Sicily in 2000, to the elegant resort town of Taormina and finds herself embroiled in a complex labyrinth of shocking "truths" involving the literary set vacationing a...

Jean Luc Godard

Cannes Day 5: The Schedule

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In Competition The Princess Of Montpensier by Bertrand Tavernier 8.30 15.00 19.00 Synopsis: 1562. In France, during the reign of Charles IX, the wars of religion are raging... Marie de Mézières, heiress to one of the kingdom’s greatest fortunes, loves the young Duc de Guise, known in the annals of history as Le Balafré, “Scarface”. She believes he loves her back. To increase his family’s prestige, her father, the Marquis de Mézières forces Marie to marry the Prince d...

Official Selection: La Princesse de Montpensier

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Synopsis: 1562. In France, during the reign of Charles IX, the wars of religion are raging... Marie de Mézières, heiress to one of the kingdom’s greatest fortunes, loves the young Duc de Guise, known in the annals of history as Le Balafré, “Scarface”. She believes he loves her back. To increase his family’s prestige, her father, the Marquis de Mézières forces Marie to marry the Prince de Montpensier, whom she has never met. The Prince is summoned by Charles IX to join th...

Rachid Bouchareb has written to the Cannes Film Festival

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Here is the text of his letter: “Over the last three weeks, there has been acrimonious debate concerning the screening of my film Hors La Loi, although the people taking part in this debate have not seen the film... Faced with such passion, and so as to restore some degree of calm in this over-heated context, it seems to me important to stress two points. - Hors la loi is a work of fiction, a saga that tells the story of three Algerian brothers and their mother over a period of more than t...

North American Premier of "Breathless" at the TCM Film Festival

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Friday night the French New Wave classic, "Breathless" had it's North American premiere at the TCM Film Festival in Hollywood, CA.   Robert Osborne interviews Jean-Paul Belmondo                                   The host of the TCM Film Festival, Robert Osborne, interviewed the film's star, Jean...

"Interview with French Actor, Eric Elmosnino/Serge Gainsbourg: "Gainsbourg, Je T'aime...Moi Non Plus".

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Interview with French actor Eric Elmosnino, who portrays French singer, Serge Gainsbourg amazingly well, in "Gainsbourg, Je T'aime...Moi Non Plus".   Q: Did you get a reaction on the film by any of the Gainsbourg's? A: Eric: "Charlotte Gainsbourg said it was too difficult, and too sensitive for her to watch the film, and she can't see the film.  You have to understand, Gainsbourg is an icon in France.  This is a fairytale about Gainsbourg, but the film is ...

HEARTBREAKER: Chemistry In The House

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"It took much longer to get him (Romain Duris) than any woman I've ever known," says HeartBreaker director Pascal Chaumeil, only half-conscious of his double entendre in English, as he speaks of his lead actor's initial reluctance to attempt this romantic comedy with Vanessa Paradis in a post-screening Q & A session. "It was essential to find the right couple. Chemistry is everything."Lucky for Chaumeil, the magic potion is there between Juliette, a former wild child n...

HEARTBREAKER: Director Pascal Chaumeil on why you should see this French comedy

"It took much longer to get him (Romain Duris) than any woman I've ever known," says HeartBreaker director Pascal Chaumeil, only half-conscious of his double entendre in English, as he speaks of his lead actor's initial reluctance to attempt this comedy with Vanessa Paradis in a post-screening Q & A session. "It was essential to find the right couple. Chemistry is everything."

Getting Warmed Up For Tribeca!

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Hello All! ....I won't be officially starting my Tribeca blog until the opening press conference on April 20th. But, so far, the good folks at Rubenstein have given me a chance to see press screenings of SPORK and AMERICAN MYSTIC. And while I can't write about either until I am no longer under embargo, be forewarned that there is one lighthearted romp you definitely won't want to miss at this year's film festival!  Most of all, I am looking forward to seeing an incredible Franco-American lin...

Winners of the 2010 "Golden Reel Awards"

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The winners of the Golden Reel Awards were announced during a formal ceremony on Friday, March 26, 2010 in Tiburon, with many filmmakers, guests and dignitaries present.  Best Film: A Step Into the Darkness by Atil Inac [Turkey] Best Director: Ryszard Bugajski for General Nil [Poland] Best Actor: Olgierd Lukaszewicz for General Nil [Poland] Best Actress: Leonor Manso for Luisa [Argentine] Best Documentary: Petition by Zhao Liang [China] Best Cinematography: The Red Baron by Kl...

Winners of the Tiburon 2010 Golden Reel Award

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  9TH TIBURON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL        MARCH 18-26, 2010   Winners of the 2010 Golden Reel Award   The winners of the Golden Reel Award were announced during a formal ceremony on Friday, March 26, 2010 in Tiburon, with many filmmakers, local guests, and dignitaries present: Best Film: A Step Into the Darkness by Atil Inac [Turkey] Best Director: Ryszard Bugajski for General Nil [Poland] Best Actor:  Olgierd Lukaszewicz for Gen...

Sophie Marceau and Christophe Lambert in Mongolia

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  Sophie Marceau and her lover Christophe Lambert came to China from March 8 to March 12 to present their film "L'homme de chevet" directed by Alain Monne to the audience of the francophonie film festival.  After a few days spent in Beijing doing interviews and press conferences, the couple was taken by Christine Pernin and Sophie Molinier, the festival organisators to launch the francophonie film festival in Ulan Bator. The two French stars received a ve...

French film in Australia, plenty to chew, mon vieux (old chap)

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FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2010 AUSTRALIA – PREVIEW   Festival dates: Sydney: March 2 -21 Melbourne: March 4 – 21 Canberra: March 18 – 31 Brisbane: March 17 – 31 Perth: March 17 – 31 Adelaide: March 18 -31   PLENTY TO CHEW ON, MON VIEUX The French have a reputation and a tradition unmatched in globally successful cinema, except perhaps by Hollywood, and the 21st Alliance Française French Film Festival giv...

Wonderful European Film at Belgrade FEST

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Second day of The 38th International Film Festival - FEST 2010, in Belgrade, Serbia passed very quickly especially as we had the honor to watch film with someone like Ralph Fiennes. One of the guests of festival is Alisse Simon, a selector of the Palm Springs Festival and a well known Variety Magazine film critic, for 25 years now. At the first press conference, everyone wanted to know about her criteria while judging films on festival. Simon was a jurist on many festivals by now. „ I ...

French films and directors at IFFR 2010

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With more than sixty French film productions and co-productions included in the line-up, French cinema boasts a strong presence at the 39th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). Internationally acclaimed, recent French productions (feature films, short films, performances) will top the bill together with numerous début features, including two films competing for the VPRO Tiger Awards, by a talented and innovative young generation of filmmakers, confirming the IFFR’s role as a major pl...

Charlotte Gainsbourg will be the focus of FIAF's CinémaTuesdays

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Charlotte Gainsbourg will be the focus of FIAF's CinémaTuesdays in the New Year with nine great films, including a sneak preview of her latest work, Persécution (a New York premiere).  "Charlotte For Ever and forever in my heart"-Serge Gainsbourg     The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), New York's premiere French cultural center, will be starting off the New Year with CinémaTuesdays film programming in January and February dedicated to ...

CRACKS Finds Home At IFC

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  CRACKS,  starring Eva Green (Casino Royale, The Dreamers), which premiered to critical acclaim at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival, has been picked up for North American distribution by IFC FILMS. The UK/US co-production is the directorial debut of Jordan Scott, who was born in England and has directed campaigns throughout the world for RSA Films. She directed a short-film advertising campaign for Prada as well as public service announcements advocating gun control. She also co-direct...

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