FLEUVE NOIR (2018)

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A film by Erick Zonca

Cast: Vincent CasselRomain DurisSandrine Kiberlain 

English title: Black Tide

The family Arnault, Dany, the eldest son, disappears. François Visconti, police commander used by his job and drown in a bottle of whiskey , is in charge of the case. The man tries to find the teenager while reluctant to take care of his own son, Denis, sixteen, who seems involved in drug trafficking. Yan Bellaile, private teacher of Dany, learns the disappearance of his former student and offers his services to the commander. He is very interested in the investigation. Too interested it seems …

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You want a film noir you got one a very Neo noir, a dark story. Vincent Cassel replaces Gérard Depardieu who was scheduled at the very beginning of the shooting he had to go to the hospital and was not available. As Vincent said in and interview that he was shown the script because Depardieu can’t make it , Vincent liked the script and told the director he wanted to meet him, he takes the plane meets him want Zonca says to him we start shooting tomorrow. Ok then. Here is a great cast and Vincent Cassel delivers the role however his character has many demons. He is used by the job and drinks a little too much. He also does not know how to love his son who is getting in trouble with drugs. In the mean time he meets the  creepy neighbour who is also the private tutor of Dany where François thinks there is more there. The story here goes into deep mode noir and will reveal secrets. The story focuses on the cat-and-mouse game between Visconti and Bellaile which it is going tot be complicated and weirder at times. Duris here delivers an outstanding performance. However it is missing something in the story to me it does not feel right but I still like this film.

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DOGMAN (2018)

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A film by Matteo Garrone

Cast: Marcello FonteEdoardo PesceNunzia Schiano

In a deserted  suburb, Marcello, dog groomer discreet and appreciated by all, sees returning from prison his friend Simoncino, a former boxer addicted to cocaine, which quickly racketeering and brutalized the neighborhood. At first confident, Marcello lets himself be dragged into a criminal spiral . He then learns treason and abandonment, so Marcello is planning is revenge very carefully  …

Dogman opens with a large vicious pit bull barking into the face of the camera. Saliva flies, teeth flash and the urge of attacking. Marcello keeps him calm and washes the animal with  affection and the dog calms down. Here is Marcello who is a dog groomer with this unusual face who does his job well and his clients knows him well he also a loving father to his daughter Alida (Alida Baldari Calabria), with whom he enjoys scuba-diving. . It is all going to hell because his friend Simoncino (so he thought) wants some cocaine which marcello gives him but Simoncino needs money and takes Marcello on a crime spree. It is all going to hell from here. Simoncino here is this tough guy who is a pain in the ass to everybody in the neighborhood want to get rid of him. So Marcello’s  life is going to go into a spiral and he is going to plan his revenge. 

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Here Marcello wants to exist because nobody sees him for who he is and his ex-wife ignores him however the one who loves him for who he is , is his daughter who worships him. Later in the film Marcello is going to try to exist and to show everybody what he is capable of doing. Here Dogman is a powerful, deep, and brilliantly directed film. A Wonderful movie about the need to exist and to be loved, that is bitter, violent, sometimes funny with a shattering humanity. This film is a black diamond of Italian cinema as Matteo Garrone knows how to make hem. It is a sort of dark beautiful revenge tale.

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LA FÊTE DES MÈRES (2018)

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A film by Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar

Cast: Audrey FleurotClotilde CourauOlivia Côte

They are President of the Republic, nanny, baker, actress, teacher, florist, journalist, unemployed, pediatricians. They are possessive, benevolent, clumsy, absent, omnipresent, overwhelmed, guilty, indulgent, loving, fragile, in full possession of their means or losing their heads. Well alive or already a memory … Son or daughter, we remain whatever happens to their child with the desire that they let us go and the fear that they leave us. And then we become mom … and it’s going to be our party!

English: Mother’s day. 

Here Marie-castille took the American film Mother’s day and did her own version of Mothers’s day and what a beautiful raw honest version it is. it is a choral film like Claude Lelouch used to make them. It evokes several topics and problems that women today encounter in our society, whether they are mothers or daughters: the challenge of being both a working mother in today’s world. A woman president who is just a new mother where the press blames her to be a working mother and thinks she can’t jungle both. Some woman are blaming their mother of being selfish not giving too much attention to them. Some adore their mother and gives them to much attention. It is a rollercoaster ride of emotion. Plus the choice of leaving their mother in a nursery home is not a pretty one. The only thing is that the characters are not developed fully. Other wise it is watchable and a beautiful film with a great cast.

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CANNES FILMS FESTIVAL 2018

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Official selection

Competition
Everybody Knows (dir: Asghar Farhadi) – opening film
At War (dir: Stéphane Brizé)
The Wild Pear Tree (dir: Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
Ayka (dir: Sergei Dvortsevoy)
Dogman (dir: Matteo Garrone)
Le Livre d’Image (dir: Jean-Luc Godard)
Knife + Heart (dir: Yann Gonzalez)
Asako I & II (dir: Ryusuke Hamaguchi)
Sorry Angel (dir: Christophe Honoré)
Girls of the Sun (dir: Eva Husson)
Ash Is Purest White (dir: Jia Zhang-Ke)
Shoplifters (dir: Hirokazu Kore-eda)
Capernaum (dir: Nadine Labaki)
Burning (dir: Lee Chang-Dong)
BlacKkKlansman (dir: Spike Lee)
Under the Silver Lake (dir: David Robert Mitchell)
Three Faces (dir: Jafar Panahi)
Cold War (dir: Pawel Pawlikowski)
Lazzaro Felice (dir: Alice Rohrwacher)
Yomeddine (dir: AB Shawky)
Leto (L’Été) (dir: Kirill Serebrennikov)

Un Certain Regard
Donbass (dir: Sergei Loznitsa) – opening film
Angel Face (dir: Vanessa Filho)
Border (dir: Ali Abbasi)
The Dead and the Others (dir: João Salaviza & Renée Nader Messora)
El Angel (dir: Luis Ortega)
Euphoria (dir: Valeria Golino)
Friend (dir: Wanuri Kahiu)
The Gentle Indifference of the World (dir: Adilkhan Yerzhanov)
Girl (dir: Lukas Dhont)
The Harvesters (dir: Etienne Kallos)
In My Room (dir: Ulrich Köhler)
Little Tickles (dirs: Andréa Bescond & Eric Métayer)
Muere, Monstruo, Muere (dir: Alejandro Fadel)
My Favorite Fabric (dir: Gaya Jiji)
On Your Knees, Guys (Sextape) (dir: Antoine Desrosières)
Sofia (dir: Meyem Benm’Barek)

Out of competition
Solo: A Star Wars Story (dir: Ron Howard)
The House That Jack Built (dir: Lars von Trier)
Le Grand Bain (dir: Gilles Lellouche)
Little Tickles (dir: Andréa Bescond & Eric Métayer)
Long Day’s Journey Into Night (dir: Bi Gan)

Midnight screenings
Arctic (dir: Joe Penna)
Fahrenheit 451 (dir: Ramin Bahrani)
The Spy Gone North (dir: Yoon Jong-Bing)
Whitney (dir: Kevin Macdonald)

Special screenings
10 Years in Thailand (dir: Aditya Assarat, Wisit Sasanatieng, Chulayarnon Sriphol & Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
The State Against Mandela and the Others (dir: Nicolas Champeaux & Gilles Porte)
O Grande Circo Mistico (dir: Carlo Diegues)
Dead Souls (dir: Wang Bing)
To the Four Winds (dir: Michel Toesca)
La Traversée (dir: Romain Goupil)
Pope Francis: A Man of His Word (dir: Wim Wenders)

Closing film
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (dir: Terry Gilliam)

 

 

 

THE RESULTS CÉSAR 2018

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César best film: 120 battement par minutes

césar best directing:  Albert Dupontel  for “Au revoir la haut

césar best actress: Jeanne Balibar for “Barbara

César best actor: Swann Arlaud for “petit paysan

César best supporting actress: Sara Giraudeau for “Petit paysan”

César best supportive actor: Antoine Reinartz for «120 battements par minut

césar most promising actress: Camelia Jordana pour «Le Brio»

César most promising actor: Nahuel Pérez Biscayart for «120 battements par minute»

César first best film: «Petit paysan», d’Hubert Charuel

César best foreign film: «Faute d’amour», d’Andreï Zviaguintsev

César best original screenplay: Robin Campillo for «120 battements par minute»

César best screenplay adaptation; Albert Dupontel and Pierre Lemaitre pour «Au revoir là-haut»

César best feature film: «Le grand méchant Renard et autres contes», de Benjamin Renner et Patrick Imbert

César short feature: «Les Bigorneaux», d’Alice Vial

César animated short:«Pépé le morse», Lucrèce Andreae

César best documentary: «I Am Not Your Negro», de Raoul Peck

César best costume: Mimi Lempicka for «Au revoir là-haut»

César best original music: Arnaud Rebotini for «120 battements par minute»

César best editing: Robin Campillo for  «120 battements par minute»

César best decors: Pierre Quefféléan for  «Au revoir là-haut»

César sounds: Olivier Mauvezin, Nicolas Moreau et Stéphane Thiébaut for «Barbara»

César cinématographie: Vincent Mathias pour «Au revoir là-haut»

César : Dany Boon César du public

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César d’honneur: Penelope Cruz

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43 RD CÉSAR AWARD CEREMONY (2018)

The 43 rd caesar award ceremony will be on March 2 2018 here are the nominees.

 

NOMMÉS 2018 – 43 TH CÉSAR AWARD CEREMONY

Best Actress

Jeanne Balibar
BARBARA
Juliette Binoche
UN BEAU SOLEIL INTÉRIEUR
Emmanuelle Devos
NUMÉRO UNE
Marina Foïs
L’ATELIER
Charlotte Gainsbourg
LA PROMESSE DE L’AUBE
Doria Tillier
MONSIEUR & MADAME ADELMAN
Karin Viard
JALOUSE

Best Actor

Swann Arlaud
PETIT PAYSAN
Daniel Auteuil
LE BRIO
Jean-Pierre Bacri
LE SENS DE LA FÊTE
Guillaume Canet
ROCK’N ROLL
Albert Dupontel
AU REVOIR LÀ-HAUT
Louis Garrel
LE REDOUTABLE
Reda Kateb
DJANGO

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Laure Calamy
AVA
Anaïs Demoustier
LA VILLA
Sara Giraudeau
PETIT PAYSAN
Adèle Haenel
120 BATTEMENTS PAR MINUTE
Mélanie Thierry
AU REVOIR LÀ-HAUT

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Niels Arestrup
AU REVOIR LÀ-HAUT
Laurent Lafitte
AU REVOIR LÀ-HAUT
Gilles Lellouche
LE SENS DE LA FÊTE
Vincent Macaigne
LE SENS DE LA FÊTE
Antoine Reinartz
120 BATTEMENTS PAR MINUTE

 

Best Female Newcomer

Iris Bry
LES GARDIENNES
Laetitia Dosch
JEUNE FEMME
Eye Haïdara
LE SENS DE LA FÊTE
Camélia Jordana
LE BRIO
Garance Marillier
GRAVE

 

Best Male Newcomer

Benjamin Lavernhe
LE SENS DE LA FÊTE
Finnegan Oldfield
MARVIN OU LA BELLE ÉDUCATION
Pablo Pauly
PATIENTS
Nahuel Pérez Biscayart
120 BATTEMENTS PAR MINUTE
Arnaud Valois
120 BATTEMENTS PAR MINUTE

 

Best Original Screenplay

Robin Campillo
120 BATTEMENTS PAR MINUTE
Mathieu Amalric
Philippe Di Folco
BARBARA
Julia Ducournau
GRAVE
Claude Le Pape
Hubert Charuel
PETIT PAYSAN
Eric Toledano
Olivier Nakache
LE SENS DE LA FÊTE

Best Adaptation

Albert Dupontel
Pierre Lemaitre
AU REVOIR LÀ-HAUT
Xavier Beauvois
Frédérique Moreau
Marie-Julie Maille
LES GARDIENNES
Grand Corps Malade
Fadette Drouard
PATIENTS
Eric Barbier
Marie Eynard
LA PROMESSE DE L’AUBE
Michel Hazanavicius
LE REDOUTABLE

Best Original Music

Arnaud Rebotini
120 BATTEMENTS PAR MINUTE
Christophe Julien
AU REVOIR LÀ-HAUT
Jim Williams
GRAVE
Myd
PETIT PAYSAN
Matthieu Chedid
VISAGES VILLAGES

 

Best Sound

Julien Sicart
Valérie de Loof
Jean-Pierre Laforce
120 BATTEMENTS PAR MINUTE
Jean Minondo
Gurwal Coïc-Gallas
Cyril Holtz
Damien Lazzerini
AU REVOIR LÀ-HAUT
Olivier Mauvezin
Nicolas Moreau
Stéphane Thiébaut
BARBARA
Mathieu Descamps
Séverin Favriau
Stéphane Thiébaut
GRAVE
Pascal Armant
Sélim Azzazi
Jean-Paul Hurier
LE SENS DE LA FÊTE

 

Best Photo

Jeanne Lapoirie
120 BATTEMENTS PAR MINUTE
Vincent Mathias
AU REVOIR LÀ-HAUT
Christophe Beaucarne
BARBARA
Caroline Champetier
LES GARDIENNES
Guillaume Schiffman
LE REDOUTABLE

Best Editing

Robin Campillo
120 BATTEMENTS PAR MINUTE
Christophe Pinel
AU REVOIR LÀ-HAUT
François Gedigier
BARBARA
Julie Lena
Lilian Corbeille
Grégoire Pontécaille
PETIT PAYSAN
Dorian Rigal Ansous
LE SENS DE LA FÊTE

Best Costumes

Isabelle Pannetier
120 BATTEMENTS PAR MINUTE
Mimi Lempicka
AU REVOIR LÀ-HAUT
Pascaline Chavanne
BARBARA
Anaïs Romand
LES GARDIENNES
Catherine Bouchard
LA PROMESSE DE L’AUBE

Best Set design

Emmanuelle Duplay
120 BATTEMENTS PAR MINUTE
Pierre Quefféléan
AU REVOIR LÀ-HAUT
Laurent Baude
BARBARA
Pierre Renson
LA PROMESSE DE L’AUBE
Christian Marti
LE REDOUTABLE

Meilleure Réalisation

Robin Campillo
120 BATTEMENTS PAR MINUTE
Albert Dupontel
AU REVOIR LÀ-HAUT
Mathieu Amalric
BARBARA
Julia Ducournau
GRAVE
Hubert Charuel
PETIT PAYSAN
Michel Hazanavicius
LE REDOUTABLE
Eric Toledano
Olivier Nakache
LE SENS DE LA FÊTE

Best Short Film

LES BIGORNEAUX
réalisé par Alice Vial
produit par Jonathan Hazan
LE BLEU BLANC ROUGE DE MES CHEVEUX
réalisé par Josza Anjembe
produit par Nelson Ghrénassia, Gabriel Festoc
DEBOUT KINSHASA !
réalisé par Sébastien Maitre
produit par Laura Townsend
MARLON
réalisé par Jessica Palud
produit par Sylvain Lagrillère, Lucas Tothe
LES MISÉRABLES
réalisé par Ladj Ly
produit par Toufik Ayadi, Christophe Barral

Best Animated Feature

LE FUTUR SERA CHAUVE (COURT MÉTRAGE)
réalisé par Paul Cabon
produit par Yann Legay
I WANT PLUTO TO BE A PLANET AGAIN (COURT MÉTRAGE)
réalisé par Marie Amachoukeli, Vladimir Mavounia-Kouka
produit par Nicolas Schmerkin
LE JARDIN DE MINUIT (COURT MÉTRAGE)
réalisé par Benoît Chieux
produit par Ron Dyens
PÉPÉ LE MORSE (COURT MÉTRAGE)
réalisé par Lucrèce Andreae
produit par Jérôme Barthélemy, Daniel Sauvage
LE GRAND MÉCHANT RENARD ET AUTRES CONTES… (LONG MÉTRAGE)
réalisé par Benjamin Renner, Patrick Imbert
produit par Damien Brunner, Didier Brunner
SAHARA (LONG MÉTRAGE)
réalisé par Pierre Coré
produit par Eric Altmayer, Nicolas Altmayer, Pierre Coré, Christian Ronget, Michel Cortey
ZOMBILLÉNIUM (LONG MÉTRAGE)
réalisé par Arthur de Pins, Alexis Ducord
produit par Henri Magalon, Léon Perahia

Best Documentary Feature

12 JOURS
réalisé par Raymond Depardon
produit par Claudine Nougaret
À VOIX HAUTE – LA FORCE DE LA PAROLE
réalisé par Stéphane de Freitas, Ladj Ly
produit par Harry Tordjman, Anna Tordjman
CARRÉ 35
réalisé par Eric Caravaca
produit par Laetitia Gonzalez, Yaël Fogiel
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
réalisé par Raoul Peck
produit par Rémi Grellety, Raoul Peck
VISAGES VILLAGES
réalisé par Agnès Varda, JR
produit par Rosalie Varda

Best First Feature Film

GRAVE
réalisé par Julia Ducournau
produit par Jean des Forêts, Julie Gayet, Nadia Turincev
JEUNE FEMME
réalisé par Léonor Serraille
produit par Sandra da Fonseca
MONSIEUR & MADAME ADELMAN
réalisé par Nicolas Bedos
produit par François Kraus, Denis Pineau-Valencienne
PATIENTS
réalisé par Grand Corps Malade, Mehdi Idir
produit par Eric Altmayer, Nicolas Altmayer, Jean-Rachid
PETIT PAYSAN
réalisé par Hubert Charuel
produit par Stéphanie Bermann, Alexis Dulguerian

Best Foreign Feature

LE CAIRE CONFIDENTIEL
réalisé par Tarik Saleh
distribution France MEMENTO FILMS DISTRIBUTION
DUNKERQUE
réalisé par Christopher Nolan
distribution France WARNER BROS
L’ÉCHANGE DES PRINCESSES
réalisé par Marc Dugain
coproduction France HIGH SEA PRODUCTION (Patrick André)
FAUTE D’AMOUR
réalisé par Andreï Zviaguintsev
coproduction France WHY NOT PRODUCTIONS (Pascal Caucheteux, Grégoire Sorlat)
LA LA LAND
réalisé par Damien Chazelle
distribution France SND
NOCES
réalisé par Stephan Streker
coproduction France FORMOSA PRODUCTIONS (Michaël Goldberg, Boris Van Gils)
THE SQUARE
réalisé par Ruben Östlund
coproduction France SOCIÉTÉ PARISIENNE DE PRODUCTION (Philippe Bober)

Best Feature Film

120 BATTEMENTS PAR MINUTE
produit par Hugues Charbonneau, Marie-Ange Luciani
réalisé par Robin Campillo
AU REVOIR LÀ-HAUT
produit par Catherine Bozorgan
réalisé par Albert Dupontel
BARBARA
produit par Patrick Godeau
réalisé par Mathieu Amalric
LE BRIO
produit par Dimitri Rassam, Benjamin Elalouf
réalisé par Yvan Attal
PATIENTS
produit par Eric Altmayer, Nicolas Altmayer, Jean-Rachid
réalisé par Grand Corps Malade, Mehdi Idir
PETIT PAYSAN
produit par Stéphanie Bermann, Alexis Dulguerian
réalisé par Hubert Charuel
LE SENS DE LA FÊTE
produit par Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Yann Zenou, Laurent Zeitoun
réalisé par Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache

BLACK PANTHER (2018)

BLACK PANTHER (2018)

A film by Ryan Coogler

Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o

After the events that took place in Captain America: Civil War, T’Challa returns home to take his place on the throne of Wakanda, a technologically advanced African nation. But when an old enemy re-emerges, T’Challa’s courage is put to the test, both as a ruler and as a Black Panther. He finds himself drawn into a conflict that threatens not only the fate of Wakanda, but that of the entire world …

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Here is to my surprise  (I resisted a bit seeing this film) a great story telling with a positive message of Africa. So it is to my surprise that this film has a positive message and an other view of Africa which by far is a beautiful country with their own set of problems that they are dealing with. There is no shortage of talent, including Forest Whitaker as the Black Panther’s mentor, Lupita Nyong’o as a free-spirited beauty, Andy Serkis as a nasty arms dealer, Martin Freeman as a CIA agent, Angela Bassett and Letitia Wright as the mother and sister. Wakanda is a Black universe, a world with a tapestry of the richest, sharpest colors and textures. Rachel Morrison’s beautiful cinematography and Ruth Carter’s costumes pop so vividly that they become almost tactile. The villain here wants to rule the world what else and the good guy, the king wants to be low-key but a women in his life thinks that Wakanda can help others and she has a plan of action. Here is a bit a change this comic super hero has women that are his body guards you will see here strong women that will actually fights. The suit of the black panther is actually cool with the gadget that his sister made and updated will keep him fighting while being safe. The film is like James bond into a Sci-fi Adventure , thriller combine with action sequences nor that they are anything wrong with that. Here is a film that will surprise you.

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