EXCLUSIVE: Sundance Selects has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Two Days, One Night, which will be directed by two-time Palme d’Or-winning auteurs Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, and stars Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione and Olivier Gourmet. She signed on to star in February, and shooting will take place in Belgium this summer. Cotillard plays Sandra, a young woman who has only one weekend to convince her colleagues they must give up their bonuses in order for her to keep her job. Longtime Dardenne collaborator Rongione plays Cotillard’s husband. The film is a co-production between the Dardennes’ Les Films du Fleuve and Denis Freyd’s Archipel 35. Wild Bunch negotiated for filmmakers with Arianna Bocco at Sundance Selects/IFC Films.
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Indian Censor Eyes Relaxing Regs
Several movie theaters in northern India reportedly cancelled screenings of action crime drama Shootout At Wadala this week after a religious group objected to what it said was offensive dialogue. The film features John Abraham and 24’s Anil Kapoor and is based on the true story of the first so-called extrajudicial killing by the Mumbai police in 1982. News of the protest comes as India’s censor board is said to be considering a lighter touch when it comes to rubber-stamping films. The board has been known to demand cuts to Indian films for long kissing scenes, nudity, violence and scenes of rebellion against the government. But R. Singh, who oversees the issuance of certificates to Indian movies, recently told AFP: “The rules are old. We have to write them with a modern and honest outlook. The Indian value system has changed hence censor rules must change.” Last month, the Cut-Uncut Festival in New Delhi celebrated scenes from Bollywood movies that had previously been deemed too racy for Indian viewers. It was an attempt by the ministry of information and broadcasting to bolster a new, more open-minded approach to film. Singh added, “This whole business of brutally chopping scenes or forcing the filmmakers to alter the climax will have to end.”
Since winning her Oscar for La Vie En Rose in 2008, Marion Cotillard has steadily worked with distinctive directors on both sides of the Atlantic. That includes turns in Christopher Nolan’s Inception and The Dark Knight Rises, Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris and Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion along with her recent starring roles in Jacques Audiard’s Rust & Bone and James Gray’s upcoming Lowlife. The actress will next pair up with a pair of hardcore auteurs, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. The two-time Palme d’Or-winning brothers will shoot Deux Jours, Une Nuit this summer in their native Belgium. Cotillard will play Sandra, a young woman who has only one weekend to convince her colleagues they must give up their bonuses in order for her to keep her job. Longtime Dardenne collaborator Fabrizio Rongione will play Cotillard’s husband in the social drama, for which further details are being kept under wraps. The film is a co-production between the Dardennes’ Les Films du Fleuve and Denis Freyd’s Archipel 35.