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San Sebastián: France’s Wide Takes Gilles Coulier’s ‘Cargo’ (Exclusive)

San Sebastián: France’s Wide Takes Gilles Coulier’s ‘Cargo’ (Exclusive)
Barcelona — Paris-based sales-production house Wide has acquired international sales rights outside Benelux to Gilles Coulier’s family drama “Cargo” which plays September’s San Sebastian Intl. Film Festival, competing in its New Directors sidebar.

The first feature from Coulier – a director of limited TV series “The Natives” whose short, “Mont Blanc,” competed at Cannes – “Cargo” will also open Belgium’s Ostende Film Festival on Sept. 8.

Produced by Belgium’s De Wereldvrede in co-production with Holland’s Halal Pictures, France’s Chevaldeuxtrois and Belgian public TV station Een, with the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (Vaf), “Cargo”s’ screenplay was penned by Coulier and Tom Dupont who co-wrote Peter Monsaert’s “Offline,” a 2016 New Directors contender at San Sebastian.

Cargo” turns on Jean, the eldest son of a North Sea fisherma, who suffering a severe accident – leaving Jean to take charge of the loss-making family fishing business, which brings him into bitter conflict with his brothers.

“Growing
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Racer And The Jailbird (2017) Teaser Trailer: Adèle Exarchopoulos Searches for a Way to Race & Love

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Racer and the Jailbird Trailer Michaël R. Roskam‘s Racer and the Jailbird / Le Fidèle (2017) teaser trailer stars Matthias Schoenaerts, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Kerem Can, Sam Louwyck, and Stefaan Degand. Racer and the Jailbird‘s plot synopsis: “Roskam’s highly anticipated film takes place in the fast-paced world of racing, and centers on [...]

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Cargo: Watch The Full Trailer For Dark Belgian Drama

(Update: We have been provided a trailer with English subtitles)  It was back in February that we shared the first teaser for Gilles Coulier's Belgian crime drama Cargo and, already, we were much impressed by what was on offer. Veteran character actor Sam Louwyck - I first came across him in Ex Drummer and his presence in anything since has been a sure fire mark of quality - takes the lead inwhat promises to be one of the stronger pictures of the year. In the cold waters of the North Sea, Leon Broucke jumps overboard from his fishing boat in front of his eldest son, Jean. The old man slips into a deep coma, leaving his son with a huge debt and responsibility for the...

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Cargo: Watch The Engrossing First Teaser For The Belgian Crime Drama

Though there are no English subtitles on the first trailer for Gilles Coulier's Belgian crime drama Cargo there really aren't any required to capture the attention and demonstrate that there just may be something special going on here. Veteran Belgian character actor Sam Louwyck - you know his face if you've been paying any attention to recent Belgian cinema at all - plays a key part, which is always a sign of quality, and the visuals really speak for themselves. In the cold waters of the North Sea, Leon Broucke jumps overboard from his fishing boat in front of his eldest son, Jean. The old man slips into a deep coma, leaving his son with a huge debt and responsibility for the family business. The...

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Malgré la nuit | 2016 Film Comment Selects Review

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When the Night Has Come: Grandrieux Laments Lost Love

Seven years have passed since provocateur Philippe Grandrieux’s 2008 film Un Lac, and he remains somewhat of an acquired taste, though considering the subject matter, Malgré la nuit (Despite the Night) is surprisingly less galvanizing than his early features. The narrative, should we indeed call it thus, couldn’t be more simple, roughly concerning a British bloke returning to Paris to reconnect with his lost love. His reasons for leaving or returning aren’t apparently of importance once he disappears into a sort of Parisian ether, where passionate memories are pierced by a current state of abject degradation upon reconnecting with his troubled object of affection. The take away is more of a cerebral, extrasensory experience, existing as a diluted nightmare where pleasure and punishment are doled out in equal measure, which is hardly a surprise for those accustomed to Grandrieux’s filmography.
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‘The Wonders’ is transcendent

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The Wonders

Directed by Alice Rohrwacher

Italy, 2014

Gelsomina (Maria Alexandra Lungu) is a 12 year-old head of household in a family of beekeepers. Her father Wolfgang (Sam Louwyck) keeps a tight watch on the business in their isolated plot of land in the Tuscan region. Two new events – the arrival of a reality TV show, and of a young boy, Martin (Luis Huilca) – change her world dramatically.

The opening of Alice Rohrwacher’s transcendent film is at once beautifully disjointed and metaphorical. A group of hunters move through the pitch-blackness only to suddenly and surprisingly come across the beekeeper’s house, secluded almost to the point of comedy.

The setup feels allegorical: the hunters are the real world, Gelsomina and company are a fiction, and the reality TV show will somehow bridge that gap. It’s not the only moment where Rohrwacher’s film feels nearly magical – a camel in the backyard,
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Joshua Reviews Alice Rohrwacher’s The Wonders [Theatrical Review]

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Being the winner of a top prize at one of the film world’s most prestigious festivals, particularly one that makes its home in France in the first half of the calendar year, should mean a quick and rave review-filled run right into at least major arthouse theaters across these United States. However, if you’re director Alice Rohrwacher, an award from the Cannes Film Festival apparently means sitting on a shelf waiting for a release for almost 18 months.

That’s the case with her sophomore effort, The Wonders. A superb follow up to her great debut film, Corpo Celeste, Wonders earned a Grand Prix award from the Cannes Film Festival in 2014, and is now finally arriving in theaters thanks to the geniuses at Oscilloscope Laboratories.

Very much a distant cousin of the great Poetic Realism movement seen in ‘30s French cinema, Rohrwacher’s film is a dreamlike ode to
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Film Review: ‘Dirty Wolves’

As a lengthy closing text scroll confirms, there are nuggets of historical truth in “Dirty Wolves” — in fact, one of its four scenarists, Felipe Rodriguez, made a documentary about them by the same name in 2006. Presumably the other three were responsible for burying that factual basis in a borderline-ridiculous pile of melodramatic overplotting, not least a supernatural element so underdeveloped that it provides incongruous last-act icing on an overcooked paella. This handsome but woefully cluttered thriller involving Allied subterfuge of a Nazi-controlled mine in rural 1944 Spain looks unlikely to travel far offshore, save as a niche tube and rental time-filler.

Manuela (Marian Alvarez) is a scandalously unwed mother — the “scoundrel” father skipped town long ago — living with her young daughter, her sister Candela (Manuela Velles) and their own mom (Luisa Merelas) on the outskirts of a remote village in Spain’s northwestern Galicia region. The only legitimate employment to be
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[Review] The Wonders

Alice Rohrwacher’s national background makes it understandable, albeit a bit too easy, for one to draw connections between her latest writing-directing effort, The Wonders, and tenets of neorealist and post-neorealist Italian filmmaking. This sense is immediate in the moment — the costuming, the farm life (speaking for both work and environment), the dramatic conflict at its center — and a bit ineffable in retrospect. Take it with a grain of salt, then, when I say this is a film that not only understands the myriad feelings tied to poverty, but how they can so often collide with one’s hope for their future like two cannonballs fired at full speed.

What sparked the thought was, appropriately enough, The Wonders’ dramatic center: a patriarch, Wolfang, who, as portrayed by Sam Louwyck, comes as close to Anthony Quinn’s Zampanó as any performance in recent memory. A brutish, occasionally cruel father rules over three girls (the oldest,
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The Wonders Movie Review

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The Wonders Movie Review
The Wonders (Le meraviglie) Oscilloscope Laboratories Reviewed by: Tami Smith, Guest Reviewer for Shockya. Grade: B Director: Alice Rohrwacher Screenwriters: Alice Rohrwacher Cast: Alexandra Lungu, Sam Louwyck, Alba Rohrwacher, Sabine Timoteo, Agnese Graziani, Eva Morrow, Maris Stella Morrow, Monica Bellucci, Luis Huilca Release date: October 30, 2015 It is obvious right from the get-go that the beekeepers living in the broken house in the Tuscan countryside are not an ordinary family. No abbondanza is present anywhere, and the family does not keep up with the sterile conditions required for honey production and could easily be thrown in jail. Wolfgang (Sam Louwick) the father looks like an urban dweller pretending to be a farmer;  [ Read More ]

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Watch: Experience ‘The Wonders’ In Exclusive Clip From Alice Rohrwacher’s Cannes Drama

After premiering at Cannes, Corpo celeste director Alice Rohrwacher‘s Le Meraviglie (The Wonders) will finally touch down in the United States the end of the month Also starring Monica Bellucci and Alba Rohrwacher, we noted the film has been “praised for its alternation of intimacy and universality, tightness and openness, and the mixing of verisimilitude with wonder.”

Following the story of fourteen-year-old Gelsomina who lives in the Umbrian countryside with her sweetly dysfunctional family, we’re pleased to exclusively debut a clip, courtesy of Oscilloscope. The preview features one of the most memorable sequences from the film in which Gelsomina first shows off her bit of performance art with the bee.

Check it out below, along with the poster, for the film starring Monica Bellucci, Alba Rohrwacher, André Hennicke, Margarete Tiesel, Sabine Timoteo, and Sam Louwyck. One can also see the U.S. trailer here.

Synopsis:

Winner of the
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Film Review: ‘Keeper’

Film Review: ‘Keeper’
Taking a thoroughly familiar scenario and investing it with plentiful life, empathy and clear-eyed wisdom, Belgian filmmaker Guillaume Senez’s debut feature “Keeper” is a modest triumph of understated storytelling. Featuring a marvelously honest lead performance from Kacey Mottet Klein as a 15-year-old whose girlfriend winds up pregnant (and a slier yet no less demanding one from Galatea Bellugi as the girlfriend in question), this is the sort of quiet film that conscientiously pulls its emotional punches before delivering a well-earned haymaker at the end. It’s tough to see the film venturing too far beyond the festival circuit Stateside, but it evinces huge potential for both director and star going forward.

The eternal obstacle to writing convincing teenage characters is precisely what makes them so interesting: Old enough to confront complicated dilemmas and emotions, but not yet old enough to fully articulate or understand them, the open-veined volatility of
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Adrien Brody, Corsan plot 'Expiration'

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The Oscar winner will star and produce the Toronto sales title through his Fable House Production for Corsan alongside Corsan CEO Paul Breuls.

Corsan World Sales is talking to buyers in Toronto on the thriller and Paradigm represents Us rights.

Brian Tucker wrote the screenplay to Expiration, about a day in the life of a former rogue CIA agent who is poisoned before his planned retirement.

The producers have earmarked a March 2016 start in Europe.

Corsan’s production pipeline includes Emperor with Brody, Sophie Cookson, Paz Vega, Thomas Kretschmann and Belgium’s Sam Louwyck, Michael Pas and Lize Feryn.

The Prince Of Cool is in pre-production while the development slate features Confessions Of An Economic Hitman and the remake of All Quiet On The Western Front.
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DVD Review: 'The Wonders'

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★★★★☆ Casting a peculiar spell over its audience, The Wonders (2014) is a rural ghost story masquerading as a coming-of-age tale. Unfolding like a morbid reverie for a bygone era, Alice Rohrwacher's follow up to 2011's Corpo Celeste reverberates with the strange frisson of a world pining for a reality that never existed in the first place. Rohrwacher's haunting evocation of childhood memory fluidly shifts between realism and make-believe as if they were part of the same continuum. We observe the world via Gelsomina (a remarkably stoic performance by Maria Alexandra Lungo) as she works alongside her father Wolfgang (Sam Louwyck) producing honey on their family farm in central Italy.

Gelsomina is the oldest of Wolfgang's daughters and helps him tend to the bees while his wife (Alba Rohrwacher) manages the household. One day, after toiling amongst the hives, the family discover a reality TV crew working in the forest. Draped in an elaborate white shroud,
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The Wonders (Le meraviglie) review – magical realism, marvellous casting

Excellent performances, natural light and lovely locations make up for the flimsiest of plots in Alice Rohrwacher’s rural rites-of-passage drama

Terrific performances from the ensemble cast bring warmth and insight to this Cannes Grand Prix winner about an alt-lifestyle family eking out a breadline existence as beekeepers in the Tuscan wilds. When a television crew filming the surreally tacky “Countryside Wonders” competition rolls up, 12-year-old Gelsomina (Maria Alexandra Lungu, brilliant) is transfixed by the spectacle of Monica Bellucci’s rural goddess and resolves to get her own family on the show. But Sam Louwyck’s gruff patriarch, Wolfgang, is opposed to any such selling out, despite the family’s urgent need for money. The plot may be gossamer-thin but the characters are sturdily drawn and life on the farm engrossingly evoked. Natural light captured on 16mm film adds earthy texture to the drama, while images of bees crawling from
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The Wonders Review

Directors: Alice Rohrwacher.

Cast: Maria Alexandra Lungu, Monica Belluci, Alba Rohrwacher, Sam Louwyck, Sabine Tomoteo.

Certificate: 15

Running Time: 110 minutes

Synopsis:Gelsomina (Lungu) looks set to break free from her isolated life on her family’s farm by entering their honey into a televised contest.

The ins and outs of beekeeping on a farm may not seem as though it could provide us with a lot of drama or intrigue, but we’re soon proven wrong. Set in a reality set, but somehow still fantastical world, we follow a group of young girls who live happily with their father until they bump across the filming of a competition announcement. From there, their dreams become a little broader in scope.

Rohrwacher’s direction is something of dreamlike beauty. Although the film never leaves the realms of reality, nor does it become surreal, the camera floats around carefully crafted moments that will be very unfamiliar to your everyday schmoe.
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Check Out Those Cannes: Oscilloscope Claim “The Wonders” & “Catch Me Daddy”

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Oscilloscope Laboratories have made a pre-Cannes double deal. Slightly misleading, they’ve actually picked up a pair that had not yet to be picked up since they had their premieres at the 2014 edition of the festival. O-scope have landed Alice Rohrwacher’s Grand Prix winning (2nd place award after the Palme d’Or) The Wonders which was high up on several Best undistributed films of ’14, while Daniel Wolfe’s directorial debut Catch Me Daddy was a Directors’ Fortnight entry that had it’s supporters. O-Scope will release both films later this year. Additionally, they’ve landed one of the better undiscoverd gems from the Toronto Int. Film Fest last fall in Javier Fuentes-León‘s The Vanished Elephant.

Gist: Rohrwacher’s sophomore film is set at the end of summer and follows Gelsomina and her three younger sisters. She is the designated heir of the strange, secluded kingdom that her
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #48. Felix van Groeningen’s Belgica

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Belgica

Directors: Felix van Groeningen // Writers: Arne Sierens, Felix van Groeningen

Belgian director Felix van Groeningen’s last film, The Broken Circle Breakdown, which played at Berlin, received notable critical acclaim and was shortlisted for the best foreign language film at the Academy Awards. He reteams with Aren Sierens, the scribe of his sophomore feature With Friends Like These (2007) for his latest, Belgica. As usual, Groeningen mines his own family’s experiences for inspiration in this tale which follows the story of two brothers who, even though they have absolutely nothing in common, open a bar together that quickly becomes a regular hangout for nighthawks. Despite this success, the two brothers must soon face up to the difficulties inherent in running a family business. Their brotherhood turns into rivalry, through no fault of their own.

Cast: Titus De Voogdt, Johan Heldenbergh, Sam Louwyck

Producers: Menuet’s Dirk Impens, Pyramide Productions,
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #52. Philippe Grandrieux’s Malgré la nuit

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Malgré la nuit

Director: Philippe Grandrieux // Writer: Philippe Grandrieux

French provocateur Philippe Grandrieux may not be an auteur to everyone’s liking, but since debuting with 1998’s visceral Somber, his cinema has always been a point of contention, and he’s since cultivated a growing cult following that includes names like Marilyn Manson. His most infamous work is the Anna Mougalalis headlined A New Life (2002), which is difficult to find copies of. Since then, titles like 2008’s Un Lac (which is available streaming via boutique site Vyer Films) and 2012’s White Epilepsy have waned in peripheral conversations following their limited festival play. But we are excited to see that Grandrieux wrapped a new project in November, Malgré la nuit (Despite the Night), which should receive a more renowned reception as it’s headlined by Ariane Labed, one of the prominent faces from the Greek Weird Wave (Attenberg; Alps), and one
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The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears | Review

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A Woman in Trouble and a Man in Need: Forzani & Cattet Return Prove a Force to Reckon With

Directing duo Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzani follow-up up their 2009 debut Amer with another hit from the giallo pipe, The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears, a visual masterpiece that will confuse, confound, and hypnotize you as it’s one of the most visually extravagant explorations of the gaudy and grotesque ever committed to film. Certain to be rejected by mainstream sensibilities, Cattet and Forzani go beyond just another stylistic homage to create a creepshow that actually surpasses its predecessors with its expert level of artistic and technical prowess.

The plot seems to be transparently simple, yet spurts into a labyrinthine odyssey of revolving tangents and alternate perspectives that make it seem anything but. Dan Kristensen (Klaus Tange), a Danish man living in Brussels, returns to his art nouveau apartment from
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