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How a Chance Encounter With David Oyelowo Led Composer Peter Baert to Score His First Film

Belgian composer Peter Baert had never worked on feature film scoring until a chance encounter with actor and filmmaker David Oyelowo changed that.The two first met when Oyelowo was in Brussels shooting “Les Miserables” and needed a studio to record a voiceover narration for Penguin Books’ “Spot the Dog.” Oyelowo recorded at Baert’s studio. “Between […]

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‘Enforcement’ (‘Shorta’) Review: ‘Assault on Precinct 13’ Meets ‘Training Day’ in Gripping Danish Cop Movie

Slick, unsettling Danish law-enforcement thriller “Shorta” — or as it’s been generically retitled in the United States, “Enforcement” — opens with a familiar “I can’t breathe” moment as a team of police scramble to restrain a 19-year-old Muslim man, suggesting that what happened to Eric Garner in Staten Island, and to George Floyd in Minneapolis, […]

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‘Gagarine’ Filmmakers Bring Humanity to Depiction of Life in Banlieue

It’s been 25 years since “La Haine” made the banlieue a staple of French cinema. On the back of Mathieu Kassovitz’s cinematic Molotov cocktail, movies such as “Girlhood,” “Divines,” “Cuties” and “Les Miserables” have made the concrete jungles on the outskirts of Paris a haven for cineastes. But none of them are quite like Fanny […]

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Universal international marketing head Simon Hewlett to depart next year

Executive expected to stay with the studio until summer 2021, assist in transition.Universal’s president of international marketing Simon Hewlett will leave the company in 2021.It is understood the announcement comes as the studio consolidates its leadership in Los Angeles. While Universal had hoped he would relocate, London-based Hewlett chose to keep his family in the […]

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‘Tenet’ Drops But Stays Atop U.K., Ireland Box-Office

Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” suffered a precipitous 60% decline, but stayed on top of the U.K. and Ireland box-office in its second week.The Warner Bros. release collected £2,151,490 from 613 locations and has now amassed £10,006,540 in the territory, according to final numbers released by Comscore.Disney’s “X-Men” universe film “The New Mutants” collected £686,407 from 538 […]

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Luxbox to launch Joachim Lafosse’s ‘The Restless’ at virtual Cannes (exclusive)

Leila Bekhti and Damien Bonnard to star in drama exploring impact of bipolar disorder.Paris-based sales company Luxbox will kick-off sales on Belgian filmmaker Joachim Lafosse’s upcoming drama The Restless at the upcoming Marché du Film Online.Leiïa Bekhti and Damien Bonnard are set to star as a couple, who share a child together, whose life together […]

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Roman Polanski Draws Protests, Wins Prizes at Stormy Cesar Awards

The stormiest and most beleaguered Cesar Awards ever took place in Paris on Friday, with “Les Miserables” being named 2019’s best French film while protesters lined the streets outside the Salle Pleyel protesting the nominations for Roman Polanski’s “J’accuse,” which is known as “An Officer and a Spy” outside France.Despite the furor, Polanski won two […]

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Animated ‘Weathering With You’ Scores at Box Office — Without an Oscar Boost

This week’s Oscar nominations boosted contenders “1917” (Universal) and “Parasite” (Neon) to further box-office gains. Other nominees saw little impact, from “Bombshell” (Lionsgate) to the second week expansion of French Oscar entry “Les Miserables” (Amazon). While some Oscar also-rans fell short, crowdpleaser “Just Mercy” (Warner Bros.) managed just fine. Such is the uneven impact of […]

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