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Archive for January, 2011

Cinémoi - January 2011 round-up

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

Still plenty of variety in French movie cable/satellite channel Cinémoi’s January line-up, and accordingly, in addition to the Tony Gatlif season posted earlier this month, the January round-up covers a range of French cinema from the classic crime films of the 50s through to the new 2010 made-for-TV classic period drama of Dumas. (Noel Megahey).
Touchez-pas […]

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Nominations for the French César 2011 awards were announced this morning.  Films already released in the UK feature prominently in the main categories, including Pascal Chaumeil’s Heartbreaker (reviewed on The Digital Fix here), Joann Sfar’s Gainsbourg (reviewed here), Mathieu Amalric’s On Tour and Xavier Beauvois’ Of Gods and Men (reviewed here).  Beauvois’ film, the winner […]

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Cinémoi - Tony Gatlif season

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Cinémoi’s Tony Gatlif season features all four of the director’s films from 2000 onwards (excluding his most recent film, Liberté), and his seminal documentary from 1993 Latcho Drom. A French director of Algerian Gypsy origin, Gatlif’s films invariably deal with different aspects of the Gypsy experience, in all its European and North African varieties, the films […]

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Jean Becker, France, 2010, 82 mins, 2.35:1
Gérard Depardieu, Gisèle Casadesus, Maurane, Patrick Bouchitey, Jean-François Stévenin, François-Xavier Demaison, Claire Maurier, Sophie Guillemin
UK Theatrical Release: November 12th 2010, Picturehouse Entertainment
Review by Noel Megahey
It’s going to sound a bit corny, but My Afternoons with Margueritte (La Tête en friche) is all about the different meanings of the word […]

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Of Gods and Men (Des hommes et des dieux)

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

Xavier Beauvois, France, 2010, 122mins, 2.35:1
Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale, Olivier Rabourdin, Philippe Laudenbach, Jacques Herlin, Loïc Pichon, Xavier Maly, Jean-Marie Frin, Abdelhafid Metalsi, Sabrina Ouazani
UK theatrical release: 3 December 2010, Artificial Eye.
Review by Noel Megahey
Warning – although based on a real-life incident, some may consider that there are spoilers contained in this review.
Critical and popular […]

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Catherine Deneuve to star in new Asterix film

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Catherine Deneuve will play the Queen of England in the next Asterix movie, to be entitled Astérix et Obélix: God save Britannia.  The film is based on two Asterix stories, ‘Asterix in Britain’ and ‘Asterix and the Normans’ (although the Queen doesn’t actually appear in any of the Asterix books).  The film, scheduled for release […]

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