Aug 20 2015

Three Luxembourgish co-productions head to Toronto, San Sebastian and Namur

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SOURCE: http://cineuropa.org

Three Luxembourgish co-productions are ready to enter the festival circuit after the summer.

 

The 40th Toronto International Film Festival (10-20 September) is presenting two films co-produced by Luxembourg-based Iris ProductionsColonia by Oscar-winning German director Florian Gallenberger and Sunset Song by British director Terence Davies.

Starring Emma Watson and Daniel BrühlColonia is a thriller set against the backdrop of the Chilean coup of 1973, which brought General Pinochet to power. A Lufthansa stewardess, recently arrived in Santiago, sees her boyfriend arrested, and he subsequently disappears. Resolved to investigate and bring him back, she ends up joining Colonia Dignidad, a Chilean-based German sect sealed off from the outside world. Iris producer Nicolas Steil has joined Benjamin Herrmann from Berlin-based Majestic Filmverleih to co-produce the project. International sales are managed by Beta Films.

Also travelling to Toronto is Sunset Song, Davies’ return after the critically acclaimed The Deep Blue Sea [+]. The film, which is also vying for the Golden Shell at the 63rd San Sebastian International Film Festival (18-26 September), is an adaptation of Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s novel about a farming family struggling to eke out a living in north-east Scotland. Iris came on board this co-production with UK companies Hurricane Films and SellOut Pictures. Dutch sales agent Fortissimo Films is handling international sales.

The third title is Antoine Cuypers’ feature debut, Prejudice, which is scheduled to screen at the 30th FIFF Namur (2-9 October). Bernard Michaux, formerly a producer at Lucil Film, whose catalogue merged with that of Samsa Film earlier this year (read more), has co-produced the Nathalie Baye-starring family drama along with Belgium’s Wrong Men and the Netherlands’ CTM Pictures.

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Aug 17 2015

PITTER PATTER GOES MY HEART

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SOURCE: http://www.lvff.com

21m | Directed by Christoph Rainer | Saturday August 15, Shorts Block #5 at 2pm
The hopelessly romantic Lisa takes desperate measures to win her former lover back. But the fact that he already has a new girl at his side and that Lisa needs to bring her alcoholic father to an anti-varicose-campaign photo shooting without letting him know, is not particularly helping.
The tragedy takes its course.

Cast – Vicky Krieps – Lisa, Michael Maertens – Alf, Max Reimann – Father
Additional Credits – Martina Schöne-Radunski – Rosi, Tom Lass – Customer, Peter Fricke – Narrator
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Aug 16 2015

Hurricane Films announces World and European premiere of Sunset Song

Published by under Iris Production

SOURCE: http://www.prolificnorth.co.uk

Liverpool’s Hurricane Films has announced that the World premiere of its feature film, Sunset Song, will be at the Toronto Film Festival.

Sunset Song Press ImageIt will debut in Europe at the San Sebastián Film Festival at the end of September.

The Terence Davies film is based on the Lewis Grassic Gibbon book of the same name and stars Agyness Deyn, Kevin Guthrie and Peter Mullan.

Sunset Song is a UK/Luxembourg co-production, presented by the BFI Film Fund, Film Fund Luxembourg, Creative Scotland and BBC Scotland.

It’s produced by Hurricane’s Roy Boulter and Sol Papadopoulus, and Iris Productions’ Nicola Steil. SellOutPictures’ Bob Last is the executive producer.

Meanwhile filming has wrapped on Terence Davies and Hurricane Films’ next project, A Quiet Passion.

The biographical drama about Emily Dickinson stars Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle and Keith Carradine. The subsequent documentary about her life, Phosphorescence, is now on Kickstarter.

The company has also been commissioned by The Space to do a digital project to reveal the social history of The Beatles, with expert Mark Lewisohn.

By Stephen Chapman

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Aug 15 2015

Luxembourg meets Hollywood for new animation

Published by under Mélusine Production

SOURCE: http://www.wort.lu

Melusine Productions joins forces with Angelina Jolie Pitt

A Luxembourg production firm has joined forces with Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie Pitt to work on a new animation about life as a young woman living under the Taliban in Afghanistan.

The Breadwinner will be jointly produced by Jolie Pas Production, Aircraft Pictures, Cartoon Saloon and Luxembourg’s Melusine Productions, and is expected to hit cinemas in 2017.

Adapted from the novel by Deborah Ellis, the film portrays the life of Parvana, a young girl living under the repressive regime of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

When her father is unjustly imprisoned, the child is forced to disguise herself as a boy in order to do simple things like buy bread for her family.

“Millions of young girls like Parvana grow up today under oppression and conflict and help their families survive in these kinds of conditions. This story serves to remind us of the inestimable value of their contribution,” Jolie Pitt said.

The actress and producer of the film Unbreakable will be the executive producer of The Breadwinner. She will donate all of her earnings from the film to support the education of young girls in Aghanistan.

The film is currently in casting and pre-production stages. It was developed with the support of Telefilm Canada, the Irish Film Board, Film Fund Luxembourg, Corus Entertainment, Harold Greenberg Fund and the Belinda Sronach Foundation.

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Aug 14 2015

Isabelle Huppert va tourner au Luxembourg

Published by under Deal Production

SOURCE: http://www.lessentiel.lu

LUXEMBOURG – L’actrice française se rendra au Grand-Duché en septembre, pour interpréter un rôle dans le film «Souvenir».

Après avoir notamment interprété madame Bovary, Isabelle Huppert s’apprête à jouer le rôle d’une ancienne chanteuse, qui se morfond dans une fabrique de pâtés. Pour le tournage de «Souvenirs», une coproduction belgo-franco-luxembourgeoise, l’actrice sera au Luxembourg en septembre.

Le tournage débutera le 14 septembre, comme a précisé Alexandra Hoesdorff, de la boîte de production Deal Productions. Quelque 90% des scènes seront tournées dans le pays. «Souvenir» n’est pas qu’un drame autour de l’amour. Il laisse une place très importante à la musique, avec une bande originale confiée au groupe américain Pink Martini.

Le Luxembourg visité par plusieurs actrices

Outre Isabelle Huppert, l’affiche comprendra Kévin Azaïs, qui interprétera le rôle d’un boxeur amateur tentant d’inciter sa partenaire à reprendre le chant. L’acteur a obtenu le titre de meilleur espoir masculin lors de la dernière cérémonie des César, pour son rôle dans «Les combattants».

Isabelle Huppert n’est pas la seule actrice à jouer au Luxembourg. Ces douze derniers mois, Emma Watson, pour «Colonia Dignidad» et Catherine Deneuve, pour «Le tout nouveau testament» ont aussi eu l’occasion de découvrir le Grand-Duché. Quant à Juliette Binoche, elle a joué au Grand Théâtre en février dernier.

(Sophia Schülke/L’essentiel)

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Aug 13 2015

Movies, moments, no more

SOURCE: http://www.land.lu

Utopia, Utopolis, Kinepolis : histoire d’un long détour et perspectives sur le destin des salles art et essai, la programmation de films luxembourgeois et la VOSTF
par Bernard Thomas


Nico Simon est le George Lucas du Grand-Duché, passé de la contre-culture cinéphile (THX 1138, American Graffiti pour l’un, Ciné-club 80 pour l’autre) aux blockbusters commerciaux (Star Wars respectivement Utopolis), et finissant enfin par tout vendre à l’empire (Disney respectivement Kinepolis). La comparaison ne l’offusque pas ; au contraire, elle le flatte. L’ex-prof de français reconverti en PDG d’Utopia SA a toujours cultivé un discours antiélitiste, voire anti-intellectuel, refusant le stigmate du « Kunstfilm-Ghetto ». À l’issue des interminables et passionnés débats entre Fundis et Realos (pour ou contre la publicité en avant-programme, pour ou contre le multiplex), Nico Simon finit par s’imposer par une stratégie cohérente, ce fut celle du pragmatisme commercial et de l’arrangement avec le système. Son éducation managériale, il l’a faite au contact de la branche. Il avait gagné la confiance des distributeurs bruxellois, pris tôt le pari du multiplexe, fait entrer les Belges de Kinepolis dans le capital d’Utopia SA (qui en ressortiront – provisoirement – en 2000) et transplanté leur modèle hyperfonctionnel au Kirchberg. À l’inverse de Kinepolis – et cela fut son coup de génie, sa grande trouvaille – Simon inventa le centre commercial dans le cinéma ; au lieu du classique cinéma dans le centre commercial. Continue Reading »

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Aug 12 2015

Angelina Jolie Pitt set for Luxembourg Co-Production

Published by under Mélusine Production

SOURCE: http://www.chronicle.lu

The Luxembourg co-production The Breadwinner, an animated feature film produced by Melusine Productions as well as Cartoon Saloon (Ireland) and Aircraft Pictures (Canada), will feature Angelina Jolie Pitt as Executive Producer; the film will be directed by Nora Twomey, the co-director of the Oscar-nominated film The Secret of Kells.

The Breadwinner is based on the young adult novel of the same name by Canadian author Deborah Ellis and tells the story of Parvana, a young girl living under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, who must disguise herself as a boy and become the breadwinner of the family when her father is unfairly imprisoned.

The Breadwinner is very close to Jolie’s heart. She funds a girls’ school in Afghanistan and her own children have read The Breadwinner. According to Nora Twomey, who met the actress recently to discuss the project, Jolie has been keen for some time to make a film of the book.

The film is currently casting and in pre-production and is due for completion in early 2017. Following the Oscar nomination for The Secret of Kells from The Cartoon Soloon, Tom Moore, Gerry Shirren and Paul Young of Cartoon Saloon are all involved in the production of the film; Luxembourg’s Stephan Roelants of Melusine Productions and Studio 352 were heavily involved in Ernest and Celestine which also received an Oscar nomination at last year’s awards. Both animation studios also worked together on the other Oscar-nominated film Song of the Sea.

One of the questions is will Angelina Jolie Pitt herself come to Luxembourg or Ireland to voice one of the characters.

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Aug 04 2015

Tournage de “Un ange passe”

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Aujourd’hui débute le tournage de “Un ange passe”, réalisé par Julien Becker sur un scénario original de Louis-Arthur Jeanjean, lauréat du concours de scénarios  “Crème fraiche”. Avec le soutien du Centre national de l’audiovisuel et du Service national de la Jeunesse.

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Aug 03 2015

Extrait de “Soundhunters” de Beryl Koltz

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SOURCE: https://www.facebook.com/creative.arte

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Diffusion le 19 septembre 2015 sur ARTE à 23h15

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Aug 02 2015

Découvrez les nominés du concours “HANDS UP” for the best video!

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SOURCE: http://www.handsup.lu/fr/videos

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