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Drafthouse Acquires Michel Gondry’s ‘Mood Indigo’ For U.S.

By | Monday January 13, 2014 @ 9:38am PST

Mood-IndigoleadDrafthouse Films has acquired U.S. rights to Michel Gondry‘s latest feature film Mood Indigo, an adaptation of the Boris Vian novel that stars Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris. A platform release is planned for this year. The love story set in a surreal Paris centers on two newlyweds who must deal with her unusual illness: a flower begins to grow in her lungs. Omar Sy, Aissa Maiga and Gad Elmaleh co-star. The pic’s U.S. debut came at during September’s Fantastic Fest when Gondry showed a shorter cut of the pic crafted for international audiences; the movie opened in France in April.  The deal was negotiated by Drafthouse’s James Emanuel Shapiro and Studiocanal SVP International Sales Vanessa Saal.

Related: Hot Trailer: ‘Mood Indigo’

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Berlin Fest’s Panorama Includes Films From Michel Gondry, John Michael McDonagh

Berlin Film FestivalThe Berlin Film Festival will ultimately line up 50 narrative and documentary features for its Panorama section that showcases innovative mainstream and radical alternative films. Today, it’s offered up the first 19 titles. Included among them are Michel Gondry‘s Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?, John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary and Tsai Ming-liang’s Journey To The West. Jalil Lespert’s biopic Yves Saint Laurent will open Panorama Special on February 7th at the newly-renovated Zoo Palast cinema. The Berlin Fest runs from February 6-16. Below is the list of Panorama films announced today:

Arrête Ou Je Continue (If You Don’t, I Will)
By Sophie Fillières
With Emmanuelle Devos, Mathieu Amalric
World premiere

Bai Mi Zha Dan Ke (The Rice Bomber)
By Cho Li
With Huang Chien-wei, Nikki Hsieh, Michael Chang
World premiere

Bing Du (Ice Poison)
Taiwan / Myanmar
By Midi Z
With Wang Shin-Hong, Wu Ke-Xi
World premiere

Ireland / Great Britain
By John Michael McDonagh
With Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen
European premiere Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?’

By | Tuesday October 29, 2013 @ 4:58am PDT

Michel Gondry‘s animated documentary Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy? will world premiere as the closing night selection at the DOC NYC Festival next month. For the film, the French helmer recorded conversations with professor, linguist and political philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky on his theory of the emergence of language. That sounds terribly high-brow, but Gondry’s hand-drawn animation lends a sense of whimsy to the deep-thought proceedings. Sundance Selects has North American rights. Here’s the trailer:

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Sundance Selects Acquires Michel Gondry’s Noam Chomsky Docu ‘Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?’

By | Friday October 18, 2013 @ 11:59am PDT

Sundance Selects has picked up North American rights to the animated documentary Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?, about the oft lightning-rod professor, linguist and political philosopher Noam Chomsky. The film, which is world premiering as the closing-night selection of next month’s DOC NYC Festival, is animated by Gondry and peels back the the life and work of Chomsky, focusing on his theory of the emergence of language. “This film is another genius creation from Michel Gondry, whose collaboration with the legendary Noam Chomsky has resulted a film that is both intellectually challenging and creatively brilliant”, said Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films. “Chomsky has never discussed his work in such a unique and memorable way.” The deal was negotiated with WME Independent on behalf of the filmmakers.

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Hot Trailer: ‘Mood Indigo’

By | Thursday April 25, 2013 @ 1:18am PDT

This is the first subtitled look at Michel Gondry‘s upcoming Mood Indigo (L’Ecume Des Jours). Judging by the below, and by the previous French-only versions, the Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind director’s whimsical fantasy looks like it may have more in common with Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Amélie than just star Audrey Tautou. Here Tautou plays a woman with an unusual illness caused by a flower growing in her lungs. Romain Duris, Gad Emaleh and The Intouchables‘ Omar Sy co-star in the film that’s based on the novel by Boris Vian. It opened Wednesday in France via Studiocanal, who I hear is close to a deal with a U.S. distributor.

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Hot Trailer: Michel Gondry’s ‘Mood Indigo’

By | Friday January 25, 2013 @ 11:40am PST

Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris fall in love, marry, and endure a most unusual illness in Michel Gondry‘s first French-language feature Mood Indigo (L’écume des jours), which will test the critical cache that’s been slipping since Gondry followed his Oscar-winning 2004 pic Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind with The Science Of Sleep ($15M globally) and Be Kind Rewind ($30.5M). Adapted from Boris Vian’s 1947 novel, Mood Indigo follows on the heels of Gondry’s most recent studio effort, 2011′s modestly performing tentpole Green Hornet. The pic opens in France on April 24 via StudioCanal but has yet to set U.S. distribution.

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Hot Cannes Trailer: ‘The We And The I’

By | Wednesday May 16, 2012 @ 9:25am PDT

Michel Gondry’s latest film The We And The I has its world premiere tomorrow as the kickoff of the Directors Fortnight sidebar at the Cannes Film Festival. It centers on a final bus ride home for a group of high school kids.

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2012 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight: Michel Gondry And A Lot Of Subtitles

By | Tuesday April 24, 2012 @ 4:39am PDT
Mike Fleming

Cannes Film Festival Directors FortnightThe 2012 Cannes Film Festival has announced its Directors’ Fortnight sidebar, naming the Michel Gondry-directed The We And The I as the opening film. There will be 21 films, 18 of which are premieres from around the world. Here’s the list:

3 de / by Pablo Stoll Ward (Uruguay, Allemagne, Argentine / Uruguay, Germany, Argentina)

Adieu Berthe de / by Bruno Podalydès (France)

Alyah de / by Elie Wajeman (France) – Caméra d’or

Camille redouble de / by Noémie Lvovsky (France)

Dae gi eui wang / The King of Pigs de / by Yeun Sang-Ho (Corée du Sud / South Korea) – Caméra d’or

Dangerous Liaisons de / by Hur Jin-Ho (Chine / China)

El Taaib / Le Repenti de / by Merzak Allouache (Algérie / Algeria)

Ernest et Célestine de / by Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner (France, Belgique, Luxembourg / France, Belgium, Luxembourg)

Fogo de / by Yulene Olaizola (Mexique, Canada)

Gangs of Wasseypur de / by Anurag Kashyap (Inde / India)

Infancia clandestina/ Enfance clandestine de / by Benjamin Ávila (Argentine, Espagne, Brésil / Argantina, Spain, Brazil)

La noche de enfrente / La Nuit d’en face de / by Raoul Ruiz (France, Chili / France, Chile)

La Sirga de / by William Vega (Colombie, France, Mexique / Colombia, France, Mexico) – Caméra d’or

No de / by Pablo Larraín (Chili, Etats-Unis / Chile, USA)

Opération Libertad de / by Nicolas Wadimoff (Suisse, France / Switzerland, France)

Rengaine / Hold Back de / by Rachid Djaidani (France) – … Read More »

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Who’s Coming To WME With Dan Aloni?

By | Wednesday March 7, 2012 @ 5:14pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: After Dan Aloni exited CAA and was quickly named a WME partner, the big question was how many of the clients he worked with would jump. Deadline told you that his biggest client, Chris Nolan, declared before Aloni landed that he was staying with his longtime agent wherever he went. I’m hearing that aside from The Dark Knight Rises director, Aloni clients who’ve moved from CAA to WME so far are Tom Shadyac, Michel Gondry, Raja Gosnell, Mandeville Films, Jonathan Mostow, Dean Parisot, Neal Moritz, Andy Fleming and David and Ian Purchase. Several other clients are still in play, including David Dobkin, Jim Carrey, Charles Roven and Jay Roach. More to come.

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Cannes: Short Film Competition Lineup

By | Tuesday April 19, 2011 @ 3:23am PDT

Jane Campion, director of Bright Star and Portrait of a Lady, and Brit auteur Lynne Ramsay, whose We Need To Talk About Kevin is In Competition this year, both first appeared at Cannes in this short film sidebar, so it’s worth keeping an eye on for emerging talent. (Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Romanian auteur Catalin Mitulescu, who are also in this year’s Official Competition, both made their Cannes debuts with short films.) Michel Gondry, jury president, will award the Short Film Palme d’Or at the closing ceremony May 22. Here is the lineup:

Completing the list of the Official Selection of the 64th Festival de Cannes, and composed this year of nine films from nine different countries, the 2011 competition brings together a great variety of cinematographic concepts, differing in style, genre, length and national origin.

Ma Dahci/Ghost/South Korea
Wannes Destoop/Badpakje 46/Belgium
Vladimir Durán/Soy Tan Feliz/Argentina
Nash Edgerton/Bear/Australia
Lisa Marie Gamlem/KjØttsår/Norway
Sam Holst/Meathead/New Zealand
Nicolas Roy/Ce N’est Rien/Canada
Megumi Tazaki/Paternal Womb/Japan
Maryna Vroda/Cross/France

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Michel Gondry To Head Cannes Short Film Jury

Film director Michel Gondry is to head up the short film and Cinéfondation jury of the 64th Festival de Cannes, following in the footsteps of Atom Egoyan, Hou Hsiao Hsien, Martin Scorsese and John Boorman.

With his seven feature films, several shorts and seventy-odd music videos, Michel Gondry, who is also a musician, has created an incredibly original body of work coloured with dreamscape qualities and Utopian ideals. A master craftsman, a modern day Méliès, he is a cinemagician who constantly reinvents the technical effects and enchantments of the medium of film.

In 2001, his first feature, Human Nature was selected for the Festival de Cannes. He was back in 2008 with the Tokyo! triptych at Un Certain Regard, and presented out of competition the documentary The Thorn in the Heart in 2009.

The Academy Award winning screenplay in 2004, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was followed in 2006 by The Science of Sleep and Be Kind, Rewind in 2008. The Green Hornet, on general release in France since January 2011, has been his biggest box office hit thus far.

At the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Michel Gondry has just been opening his Amateur Film Factory (Usine de films amateurs) as part of the Nouveau Festival. It is part creative studio think-tank and part DIY laboratory – a space offering anyone the chance to make a short film in three hours.

This gifted illusionist will, alongside his fellow jury members, award the three Cinéfondation

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Michel Gondry Meets His Quirky Sensibility Match In Philip K. Dick

Mike Fleming

Michel Gondry is adapting and is attached to direct Ubik, the legendary book by scifi author Philip K. Dick. Steve Zaillian and Steve Golin are producing through Film Rites and Anonymous Content, with Golin putting up the financing for development until they shop to studios. (Zaillian’s Film Rites has its first look through DreamWorks, so the project could end up there.) The book was called one of the 100 greatest novels of all-time by Time Magazine. Film Rites’ Garrett Basch will be exec producer. The book is a metaphysical comedy of death and salvation, revolving around dead characters who give business advice, plan their next incarnation, and risk dying once again.

The late author, whose Do Androids Dream of Electric Sleep was turned into Blade Runner, next has The Adjustment Bureau coming with George Nolfi directing Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, and a remake of Total Recall in the works with Colin Farrell starring for director Len Wiseman.

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Green Hornet’

The Sony film will be released on January 14. It stars Seth Rogen, Cameron Diaz, Christoph Waltz and newcomer Jay Chou and is directed by Michel Gondry. Take a look:

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