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HEARTBREAKER: Chemistry In The House (Tribeca 2010)

"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 w...

IFFS Paris 2012: It's Complicated: Defining the Relationship between Festivals and Distributors. by Nesta

Of Gods and Men, Le Prophet, Tom Boy, multi contrary. Moulin Rouge. Regine Hatchondo, Unifrance Films; Loic Magneron, WIDE, Eye on Film; Stephane Huard, Universal Film; Steve Rubin, Luc Besson on The Lady.

ÉCU'S September Calendar

By Ed Millar September – the month of the rentrée, the end of the congés annuelles and the end of sheer self indulgence, right? Not necessarily. If you have a little bit of free time to spare, why not prolong your summer by enjoying yourself with ÉCU’s recommendations for September? Even if you haven’t read the quirky, best-selling book of the same name, you’re bound to love Freakonomics’, one of this month’s most remarkable documentaries. Released on September 14th, the f...

Chill’N’Read: Discuss Novels turned into movies at the Alliance Francaise de Bombay

This month, the Alliance Francaise de Bombay's Ciné-Club and Chill N Read collaborate to explore the art of adapting novels into movies. Film and book lovers  are invited to come along Monday the  4th of July, 5.30pm with such a book and share opinions in the Alliance Française library over  a cup of chai! Can’t think of a particular title of book or movie? Check all the novels adapted into films available at the Alliance Française Library  on their website: bombay.afin...

A tribute to Serge Gainsbourg at Sacramento Festival

The Sacramento French Film Festival , Record Club & The Verge Gallery Presents A Tribute To Serge Gainsbourg! @ The Verge Gallery - Saturday, April 2nd - 8PM   2011 marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of French Icon Serge Gainsbourg (he died of a heart attack on March 2, 1991). Singer-songwriter, director, actor, photographer, provocateur, iconoclast, father of actress-singer Charlotte Gainsbourg, husband of actress-singer Jane Birkin, lover of French icon Brigitte Ba...

La Semaine de la Critique all over the world for its 50th edition

        In May, La Semaine de la Critique will celebrate its 50th edition. Since in 1962, La Semaine de la Critiq...


Eleven Feature Narratives, Including US and World Premieres, Contend for $15,000 New Directors Prize   San Francisco, CA – The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21–May 5) will award close to $100,000 in total prizes this year. The New Directors Prize of $15,000 is given to a narrative first feature that exhibits a unique artistic sensibility and deserves to be seen by as wide an audience as possible. Seventeen countries contributed to the production...


The Burkina Faso native comedian and actor Sotigui Kouyaté (July 19, 1936 – April 17, 2010) was given homage at FESPACO 2011 for his contribution to film. He was the father of Burkina Faso film director Dani Kouyaté. In 1966 Sotigui had founded a theater company with 25 people. He also wrote plays, his first being The Crocodile’s Lament. He appeared in over a dozen films, his last role being in the film 'Lon

Denis Villeneuve meets Niu Chen-zer at Golden Horse Film Festival

The Golden Horse Film Festival once again provided film-makers from different countries with the chance to meet each other. Denis Villeneuve, the director of Incendies, and Niu Chen-zer, the director of Monga, met each other at the Golden Horse press conference today. Both films are their countries’ entries for the Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film.   Both Incendies and Monga were box-office hits in their domestic markets. After viewing the films, the directors praised each ...

EuropaCorp and HP follow the beat of their "Heart"

Yesterday in Cannes, independent movie production studio, EuropaCorp, announced that they would be partnering with HP to make an animated film based on Mathias Malzieu's, 2007 best-selling novel, "The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart." EuropaCorp won the film adaption rights back in January 2008 and wants HP to provide collaboration in terms of technology and marketing. HP will use new technology to create the film including HPZ8oo workstations and HP Dream Color displays. The ...

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

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

"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...

CineAyiti International Film Festival, Cap-Haitien

Virtual keyboard solidarity alone will not sustain Haiti's recovery. Tangible projects are needed on the ground with medium and long-term focus.

The critics should not forget that the 60-year old Berlin International Film Festival started at a time when Germany was dotted with World War II rubble. The Sundance Film Festival started on a very modest footing.

The theme of the maiden edition of CineAyiti International Film Festival is “Cinema and National Recovery.”

Before the quake of 12 January 2010, Haiti had one film festival (Festival Film Jakmèl) on the Southern Corridor initiated by the respected Ciné Institute. There existed also a young but vibrant home video scene with inputs from the Haitians in the Diaspora (USA, Canada, UK, France).

This "CineAyiti International Film Festival" in Cap - Haitien on the Northern Corridor, seeks not  to only  complement the Southern Corridor event but also support the emergence of a diversified Haitian Audio Visual Industry after the quake of 12 January 2010.

Many film-making countries like the USA, UK, Canada, China, South Korea, Germany, France, South Africa or Nigeria have more than five different annual film festivals each.

Therefore, Haiti having two film festivals - the "Festival Film Jakmèl" on the South in Jacmel and "CineAyiti International Film Festival" on the North of the country in Cap-Haitien is a positive development and the winners will be the Haitian and international creative talents.

By submitting your film, getting your accreditation or becoming a patron ,you contribute towards the sustained concrete recovery of Haiti's motion pictures industry.

Yolande Racine, Head of the Quebec Cinémathèque

Yolande Racine YOLANDE RACINE   Having grown up in Canada, it was my pleasure to meet, on the occasion of the Rencontres Cinéma Paris/Berlin/Madrid, held in Paris, early December, the Head of the Québec Cinémathèque, Madame Yolande Racine. This accomplished lady holds an M.A. (Master of Arts) in Art History from the University of Montréal. She began her career in museology in Canada, as Head of the Education Service at Montréal's Museum of Contemporary Art,  then movi...

Béatrice Dalle a guest at the Viennale 2009

French actress Béatrice Dalle will personally present Domaine, her latest film by Patric Chiha. She is widely known through works such as Betty Blue (Jean-Jacques Beineix), Night on Earth (Jim Jarmusch) or Wolfszeit (Michael Haneke). The Viennale is proud to welcome her on Tuesday, October 27. Following the screening, a discussion with the actress will take place on the cinema stage. Domaine Pierre, a teen of 17, spends all his time with 40 year old mathematician Nadia. Their rapport is f...

Launch of (Philadelphia) La Cinematheque: New French Films

LA CINEMATHEQUE: NEW FRENCH FILMS Launches year-round programming with premieres of Les Beaux Gosses on September 30; and Costa-Gavras’ Eden is West on October 22; Philadelphia Cinema Alliance forms a partnership with the Prince Music Theater, the Embassy of France and the French-American Cultural Foundation Philadelphia, PA. Philadelphia Cinema Alliance (PCA), the nonprofit presenter of Philadelphia CineFest and Philadelphia QFest, will be expanding its year-round programming this mon...

Chereau’s Dominique Blanc on FEST09

37th FEST International Film Festival  hosted Dominique Blanc, one of the most acknowledged French actresses of today. As a winner of Cesar Award, this remarkable woman presented herself with two newest films “The Other One”( ”L’Autre”) and “One Day You Will Understand” (”Plus tard, tu comprendras”). For her latest film “The Other One” Blanc won the Volpi Cup Award at the Venice Film Festival. The award was taken for character of Anne-Marie, where Blan...

Luc Besson in Cannes

Luc Besson in Cannes by O Ronot

Alain Delon backs out of Istanbul festival at last minute

Alain Delon backs out of Istanbul festival at last minutecites “ personal reasons” for cancellationThe 25th Istanbul International Film Festival (IIFF) kicked off last night with the conspicuous absence of its guest of honour, Mr Alain Delon.Much to the surprise of the organisers, Delon cancelled his much-hyped attendance at the event on Friday morning by placing a telephone call through a third party saying that he was unable to attend. No specific reason was given.The several thousand mem...

Montréal World Film Festival opens August 26

A revealing new portrait of controversial Canadian newspaper baron Conrad Black, Citizen Black, a powerful emotional drama from Germany, Sugar Orange, and a delightful crime comedy from Australia, A Man's Gotta Do, are three of the many world premieres that will unfurl at the 28th Montréal World Film Festival, August 26 – September 6.Among the films having their international premieres are 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, from the U.S.A., Christmas Rematch, (Italy), and Wanted (Germany). North A...

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