New York-based Film Movement has acquired Jean-Stéphane Bron's French-Swiss documentary “The Paris Opera” which is having its world premiere today at the 22nd Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the annual movie showcase organized by The Film ...and more »
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New York-based Film Movement has acquired Jean-StÃ©phane Bronâ€™s French-Swiss documentary â€œThe Paris Operaâ€ which is having its world premiere today at the 22nd Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the annual movie showcase organized by The Film Society of Lincoln Center and UniFrance.
Sold by Les Films du Losange, â€œThe Paris Operaâ€ explores the riveting politics, logistics and behind-the-scenes of performances and events staged at the Opera, the world-renown classical music and dance institution.
The cinematic documentary feature, which is set against the backdrop of the Paris attacks aftermath, follows StÃ©phane Lissner as he takes over as director of the Paris Opera.ï¿¼ï¿¼ï¿¼The Film Society of Lincoln Center called it an â€œall-access documentaryâ€ which â€œoffers a candid look at everything that goes into operating one of the worldâ€™s foremost performing arts institutions.â€
Bron is best known for directing the gripping topical docu â€œCleveland v. Wall Streetâ€ which had opened at Cannesâ€™ Directors Forntight.
Film Movementâ€™s president Michael E. Rosenberg said Bron had â€œmade a tremendously insightful and witty film showing us the work of dancers, choreographers, opera stars and debutants, chorus members, musicians and conductors; and the administrators, technicians, stage hands; and others who help to present this work to the public.â€
The Rendez-Vous French Cinema in New York festival bowed yesterday with the North American premiere of Etienne Comarâ€™s â€œDjango.â€
The movie was introduced by â€œDjangoâ€ stars Reda Kateb and Cecile de France and helmer Etienne Comar on stage at the jam-packed Walter Reade Theater of the Film Society of the Lincoln Center.
This yearâ€™s topnotch guest roster also includes iconic filmmaker Agnes Varda for â€œVisages, Visages,â€ Bertrand Bonello for â€œNocturama,â€ Olivier Assayas for â€œPersonal Shopper,â€ Emmanuelle Bercot for â€œ150 Milligrams,â€ Rebecca Zlotowski for â€œPlanetariumâ€, StÃ©phanie Di Giusto for â€œThe Dancer,â€ Julia Ducournau for â€œRaw,â€ Marc Fitoussi for â€œMumâ€™s Wrong,â€ Marina FoÃ¯s for â€œFaultless,â€ Nicole Garcia for â€œFrom the Land of the Moon,â€ Justine Triet for â€œIn Bed with Victoria,â€ Katell QuillÃ©vÃ©rÃ© for â€œHeal the Living,â€ Jerome Salle for â€œThe Odysseyâ€ and Christophe HonorÃ© for â€œSophieâ€™s Misfortunes.â€
Aiming to fast-track dealmaking and encourage collaborations, UniFrance also organized a networking brunch at the trendy West Village eatery Gloo, bringing together French sales agents from Les Films du Losange, Le Pacte, Bac, Gaumont, WTFilms, Films Distribution; U.S. distributors, including Sony Pictures Classics, A24, Neon, IFC, Music Box, Film Movement; and French producers, notably Philippe Martin, Justin Taurand, David Thion and FrÃ©dÃ©ric Jouve.
Taking place March 1-12, the Rendez-Vous in New York is hosting a several panels highlighting diverse aspects of French culture. Round-tables will discuss international co-productions, U.S./French collaborations, â€œFrench Touchâ€ electro as well as political filmmaking. Meanwhile, Varda, Honore, Assayas Zlotowski, Ozon and QuillÃ©vÃ©rÃ© will take part in masterclasses to discuss their latest film.
UniFranceâ€™s managing director Isabelle Giordano pointed out French auteur cinema has thrived overseas in the last 12 months, especially with Paul Verhoevenâ€™s â€œElleâ€ which earned Isabelle Huppert a Golden Globe and an Oscar nom, Anne Fontaineâ€™s â€œThe Innocentsâ€ and the Oscar-nommmed doc â€œI am Not Your Negroâ€ which has grossed more than $3 million at the B.O. in less than three weeks.
Giordano said the U.S. remained a key market for French movies. â€œSince 2000, more than 60 French movies are released in the States every year,â€ said the exec, adding that as many as 70 French features were released in 2016.
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