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Dream logic by Anne-Katrin Titze

Dream logic by Anne-Katrin Titze
Christophe Honoré’s On A Magical Night (Chambre 212), starring Chiara Mastroianni, Benjamin Biolay and Vincent Lacoste, traces memories with flesh and blood in light in the footsteps of Woody Allen and Ingmar Bergman Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Dream logic pervades many of the films selected in this year’s New York UniFrance and Film at Lincoln Center Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, including Pascal Bonitzer’s Spellbound (Les Envoûtés), based on Henry James’s ghost story The Way It Came, starring Sara Giraudeau, Anabel Lopez and Nicolas Duvauchelle; Quentin Dupieux’s Deerskin (Le Daim) with Adèle Haenel (César nominated for Céline Sciamma’s Portrait Of A Lady On Fire) opposite Jean Dujardin (César nominated Roman Polanski’s An Officer And A Spy); Safy Nebbou’s Who You Think I Am (Celle Que Vous Croyez), adapted from Camille Laurens’s book, with Juliette Binoche, François Civil (Antonin Baudry’s César nominated The Wolf's Call) and Nicole Garcia,
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César Awards Nominations: Roman Polanski’s ‘An Officer And A Spy’ Leads With 12; Ladj Ly’s ‘Les Misérables’ Scores 11 – Full List

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César Awards Nominations: Roman Polanski’s ‘An Officer And A Spy’ Leads With 12; Ladj Ly’s ‘Les Misérables’ Scores 11 – Full List
Updated: Nominations for the 45th César Awards were unveiled this morning in Paris, led by Roman Polanski’s Dreyfus Affair drama An Officer And A Spy with 12 including Best Film, Director and Actor (for Jean Dujardin). While Polanski remains a controversial figure owing to his 1977 child sex conviction and subsequent flight from the United States, as well as a more recent allegation (which he has denied), there has been a divide between U.S. and European perspectives in the #MeToo era. An Officer And A Spy premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2019, winning the Grand Jury Prize. In November, it opened No. 1 at the French box office.

France’s equivalent to the Oscars, the Césars are handed out by the Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma. In 2017, the Académie made headlines over its appointment of Polanski as President of that year’s ceremony. The move was followed by
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Tresor Films Plots $72 Million ‘Asterix & Obelix: The Silk Road,’ New Projects (Exclusive)

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Tresor Films Plots $72 Million ‘Asterix & Obelix: The Silk Road,’ New Projects (Exclusive)
After delivering two of the highest-grossing French films of last year, Alain Attal’s Paris-based production company Tresor Films is kicking off 2020 with its most ambitious project yet, Guillaume Canet’s “Asterix & Obelix: The Silk Road.”

Co-produced and financed by Jerome Seydoux’s Pathé, “Asterix & Obelix” is budgeted at $72.4 million, an exceptionally high budget by French standards. Attal, who is also producing the film with the banner Les Enfants Terribles, said the price tag was on a par with previous instalments of “Asterix,” and reflected the scope of the film and commercial potential of the comicbook franchise.

“It’s a costume film set 2,000 years ago, so we’ll be building a village, filming gigantic battles and that will require plenty of extras, and we’ll also need a lot of visual effects and of course a high-profile cast with some cameos,” said Attal. The most successful opus, “Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra,
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Competition: Win thriller ‘The Wolf’s Call’ on DVD

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To celebrate the release of The Wolf’s Call – available on Digital 23rd December and DVD 30th December – we are giving away a DVD!

Call of Duty meets The Hunt For Red October in this slick, gripping underwater action thriller that pits one man against a devastating nuclear threat. This impressive, big budget French production, with director Antonin Baudry helming his first feature, plunges the viewer deep into the highly-charged underwater world of the submarine crew, combining the claustrophobic atmosphere of Das Boot with the nerve-shredding action sequences of The Hunt For Red October.

Lead actors Francois Civil, Omar Sy (Jurassic World) and Mathieu Kassovitz (The Fifth Element) are terrific, as the sub crew desperately attempting to prevent an international catastrophe, despite being only ‘small cogs in a big machine’. The plot twists and turns like an eel, and the sophisticated military hardware is stunningly realised.

“Smart, stylish and nail-bitingly tense
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The Wolf's Call review – lots of sweaty sub-on-sub action

This French mashup of Dr Strangelove and The Hunt for Red October features lots of tense silence, sweaty faces and all the other tropes of submarine movies

There is some serious sub-on-sub action in this watchable undersea action thriller from the French cultural diplomat turned graphic novelist and film-maker Antonin Baudry, who mashes up Dr Strangelove, The Sum of All Fears and The Hunt for Red October. It features Mathieu Kassovitz and Reda Kateb as cucumber-cool nuclear submarine commanders, Omar Sy as the tough second-in-command, and François Civil as Chanteraide, a savant-genius “acoustic warfare analyst” – an earphone-wearing military geek with super-hearing who can tell from tiny bleeps and eerie echoes in the vast oceanic depths what kind of sub they’re facing and where it is.

The setting is France, proud possessor of an independent nuclear deterrent. But the French are tricked by a rogue terrorist fanatic into activating the
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‘The Wolf’s Call’ Review: Dir. Antonin Baudry (2019)

The Wolf’s Call review: Prepare to gnaw your fingernails in this French language action-thriller set at sea.

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Set in the near future, The Wolf’s Call follows Chanteraide (François Civil), a young naval Awa (Acoustic Warfare Analyst) whom finds himself in the midst of a troubling mystery and on the brink of nuclear war. The story opens aboard a naval submarine where we join Chanteraide and his comrades on a mission in foreign seas. After an unexpected vessel appears in close proximity to the submarine, the mission is almost compromised. Seeking to right his wrong, Chanteraide begins to investigate the mysterious vessel’s origins and uncovers a very sinister threat.

The Wolf’s Call hooks the viewer from the start. It’s much like the opening moments of The Hurt Locker; The Wolf’s Call pulls you in immediately and doesn’t let up. The opening twenty minutes or so
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Annie Silverstein’s ‘Bull’ Takes Top Awards, Robert Pattinson Starrer ‘The Lighthouse’ Wins Jury Prize at Deauville

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Annie Silverstein’s ‘Bull’ Takes Top Awards, Robert Pattinson Starrer ‘The Lighthouse’ Wins Jury Prize at Deauville
Annie Silverstein’s feature debut “Bull” swept three awards at the 45th Deauville American Film Festival, including the Grand Prize, the Revelation Prize for best first film and the Critics’ Prize.

Bull,” a portrait of a rebellious teenage girl from South Texas, world premiered at Cannes’s Un Certain Regard and marks Silverstein’s follow up to her short “Skunk” which won Cannes’s Cinéfondation prize in 2014. “Bull” is represented in international markets by Film Constellation, while 30West reps North American rights. “Bull” follows the relationship between a troubled adolescent from West of Houston whose mother is in jail and an ageing African American bullfighter.

The Jury prize, meanwhile, was shared between Michael Angelo Covino’s “The Climb,” and Robert EggersThe Lighthouse,” a hallucinatory thriller starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe as two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s. A24, which co-financed “The Lighthouse” with New Regency,
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Deauville: Annie Silverstein's 'Bull' Takes Top Prize

Deauville: Annie Silverstein's 'Bull' Takes Top Prize
Annie Silverstein's Texas rodeo tale Bull topped the prizes at the Deauville Film Festival, taking the Grand Prize as well as the Revelation Prize for best first film and the Critics' Prize.

Jury president Catherine Deneuve said that her panel, including Valeria Golino, Gaspard Ulliel and OrelSan, was divided and each member had a strong point of view they lobbied for. That was evident when they announced two Jury Prizes and a special prize for a total of four awards instead of the usual two.

Directors Antonin Baudry, Claire Burger, Jean-Pierre Duret, Gael Morel and Nicolas Saada and actor Vicky ...
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​Kristen Stewart, Sophie Turner, Sienna Miller, Catherine Deneuve head to Deauville Film Festival

​Kristen Stewart, Sophie Turner, Sienna Miller, Catherine Deneuve head to Deauville Film Festival
Festival celebrating Us cinema unveils full line-up of 45th edition.

The Deauville American Festival has unveiled a female-focused programme spotlighting women behind and in front of the camera for its 45th edition.

The festival, unfolding in the luxury northern French resort of Deauville Sept 6-15, courted controversy earlier in the week when it announced it was opening with Woody Allen’s A Rainy Day in New York.

It will be the feature’s biggest festival screening after backers Amazon cancelled its release after its 2017 shoot when molestation allegations by the director’s adopted daughter Dylan Farrow resurfaced amid the rise
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Nate Parker’s ‘American Skin’ to Play in Deauville

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Nate Parker’s ‘American Skin’ to Play in Deauville
Nate Parker’s politically charged drama “American Skin” is set to play at the 45th edition of the Deauville American Film Festival following its world premiere at Venice.

American Skin,” which tells the story of a Gulf War veteran whose son is killed by a police officer, marks Parker’s first feature film since the news resurfaced that he had once been charged and acquitted of rape. His debut film, “The Birth of a Nation,” won a prize at Sundance in 2016 but flopped at the box office.

Parker directed and stars in “American Skin.” News of the film’s inclusion in Deauville’s lineup comes a day after it was revealed that “A Rainy Day in New York” by Woody Allen, who has also confronted allegations of sexual assault, would open the festival.

At the same time, Deauville will showcase six films directed by women, the most in the feet’s history,
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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.

Antonin
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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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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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On the trail by Anne-Katrin Titze

The Ride director Stéphanie Gillard at an Amanda Parer Intrude rabbit Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Executive produced by Rouge International's Nadia Turincev and Julie Gayet (of The French Minister (Quai D’Orsay), directed by Bertrand Tavernier, based on Antonin Baudry's graphic novels), Stéphanie Gillard's The Ride with expansive cinematography by Martin de Chabaneix and atmospheric sound recording by Erwan Kerzanet (Léos Carax's unholy Holy Motors and Catherine Breillat's unflinching Fat Girl) takes us on the 300 mile pilgrimage on horseback of the Lakota people through the Badlands of South Dakota.

The Ride

Jim Harrison's novels, Arthur Penn's Little Big Man with Dustin Hoffman, Misty Upham and Arnaud Desplechin's Jimmy P: Psychotherapy Of A Plains Indian, William Heise and William K.L. Dickson's Sioux Ghost Dance for Thomas Edison, and how the filming of The Ride became a personal journey are explored in my conversation with the
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French Legion of Honour ceremony for Michael Barker and Tom Bernard by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2014-09-24 11:15:55

Sony Pictures Classics founders Michael Barker and Tom Bernard - Chevalier of the Legion of Honor insignia at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York. Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Laurent Fabius, French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, held a reception in honour of Sony Pictures Classics founders Michael Barker and Tom Bernard as they were presented with the insignia of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York. Mamadou Diouf, Leitner Family Professor of African Studies and History at Columbia University was also honoured.

French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Laurent Fabius: "I am delighted to welcome you tonight to celebrate three men, … who will receive the highest distinction of French government, the Légion d'honneur."

In a video tribute, stars from Isabelle Huppert to Michael Haneke, from Marion Cotillard to Gerard Depardieu, Woody Allen
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Antonin Baudry and Bertrand Tavernier in conversation on Weapons of Mass Diplomacy and The French Minister (Quai d’Orsay)

Edmund White and Frank Rich with Antonin Baudry at Quai d’Orsay - Weapons of Mass Diplomacy Drawing The Line at McNally Jackson in New York: "I remember it was really like being in film school."

Bertrand Tavernier's The French Minister (Quai D’Orsay) stars Thierry Lhermitte, Raphaël Personnaz, Niels Arestrup and Anaïs Demoustier, with Jane Birkin impersonating a version of Toni Morrison and Julie Gayet as a potent advisor.

Eric Rohmer, Jean-Luc Godard and going beyond Mel Brooks with Frankenstein and the Seven Dwarfs are discussed in the second half of my conversation with Bertrand Tavernier and Antonin Baudry.

At McNally Jackson Books in New York, two days before July 4, Edmund White and Frank Rich were discussing Drawing The Line with Antonin Baudry. Here is a highlight.

Weapons of Mass Diplomacy Drawing The Line invitation

Anne-Katrin Titze: The past times we spoke, Bertrand Tavernier was always in the room.
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Antonin Baudry and Bertrand Tavernier in conversation on Weapons of Mass Diplomacy and The French Minister (Quai d’Orsay)

Antonin Baudry with Bertrand Tavernier on The French Minister (Quai d’Orsay): "I fell in love immediately with Antonin's book, because it was dealing with politics in, for me, the best way possible." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

I met up in New York with Bertrand Tavernier and Antonin Baudry, who co-wrote the screenplay for The French Minister (Quai d’Orsay), based on Baudry's (aka Abel Lanzac) autobiographic graphic novel about his adventures as a speech writer in the French Ministry. The film stars Thierry Lhermitte, Raphaël Personnaz and Niels Arestrup who at times seem to channel the working methods of Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell in His Girl Friday or the serious madness surrounding Peter Sellers in The Party. Howard Hawks, Billy Wilder, Blake Edwards, Jacques Becker, Stanley Kubrick and John Ford pop up in precise reference throughout the conversation.

Thierry Lhermitte as Alexandre Taillard de Worms with Raphaël Personnaz
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The Very Funny The French Minister Is All Politics and Zero Ideology

The Very Funny The French Minister Is All Politics and Zero Ideology
Armando Iannucci’s comedies Veep and The Thick of It are all politics, zero ideology, except where someone’s ideological posture affects the ambitions of other characters. The French Minister, directed by Bertrand Tavernier, based on the graphic novel Quai d'Orsay, by Abel Lanzac and Christophe Blain, adopts a similar posture, focused on the survival tactics of an exhausted ministry staff against the hurricane effects of a single enormous personality: Alexandre Taillard de Worms, the French minister of foreign affairs (Thierry Lhermitte). Seen through the perspective of new hire Arthur (Raphaël Personnaz), the silver-maned de Worms is mercurial and hugely charismatic. A speechwriter, Arthur struggles to accommodate the editorial impe...
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Interview with Bertrand Tavernier about Quai D'Orsay

Niels Arestrup to Bertrand Tavernier on Claude Maupas in Quai D'Orsay: "You ask me to play a very introverted, soft spoken guy and I am the opposite." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Bertrand Tavernier's The French Minister (Quai D’Orsay) starring Thierry Lhermitte, Raphaël Personnaz, Niels Arestrup and Anaïs Demoustier, with Jane Birkin impersonating a version of Toni Morrison and Julie Gayet as a potent advisor, is the closing night film of New York's Rendez-Vous with French Cinema.

We discussed the importance of rhythm for his film, how Billy Wilder and Jacques Becker set a mood, the working relationship with writers Christophe Blain and Cultural Counselor to the French Embassy Antonin Baudry, Arestrup's dedication, and the decision to not watch films when making one. Tavernier also gave me insight into how he created the unequaled complexity of character with Philippe Noiret and Isabelle Huppert in Coup De Torchon.

"A fool
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