In the News with Passions…
‘Le Film Français’ and several Chinese media outlets have announced the shooting of our feature film “The Windfighter” in Weifang, China, with French writer/director Philippe Muyl at the helm.
Philippe Muyl was the first foreign director to represent China at the Oscars in 2013 with “The Nightingale”.
The curtain has come down on the 71st Festival de Cannes, which for 10 days has featured artists and films from all four corners of the globe on its screens.
“The VILLA” by Passions Productions was the place to be this year. As mentioned in the French newspaper “Le Parisien“, it was a hub of elegance and sophistication. Hidden behind a tall wall and kept a secret even from GPS, “The VILLA” was one of the most coveted venues of the festival. Film events succeeded one another for almost ten days. Here are a few to mention…
The Russian film “LETO” opened the festivities. Director Kirill Serebrennikov was banned from attending the Cannes Film Festival, but his wild tribute to the Soviet underground rock scene, was able to move freely… and ended up at “The VILLA”. Great cast — Teo Yoo, Irina Starshenbaum, Roman Bilyk — and a fun team to work with. Special mention to Director of photography: Vladislav Opelyants !
Cate Blanchett, Jury President of the Festival de Cannes 2018
|Australian actor Cate Blanchett is to be President of the Jury of the Festival de Cannes, the 71st edition of which will be taking place in May 2018.“I have been to Cannes in many guises over the years; as an actress, producer, in the marketplace, the Gala-sphere and in Competition,” she declared, “but never solely for the sheer pleasure of watching the cornucopia of films this great festival harbours.”Cate Blanchett follows Pedro Almodóvar, Jury President of the 70th edition, whose jury awarded the Palme d’or to The Square by Swedish director Ruben Östlund.”I am humbled by the privilege and responsibility of presiding over this year’s jury,” she continued. “This festival plays a pivotal role in bringing the world together to celebrate story; that strange and vital endeavour that all peoples share, understand and crave.”Pierre Lescure, Festival de Cannes President and Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate, said: “We are delighted to welcome such a rare and unique artist whose talent and convictions enrich both screen and stage. Our conversations from this autumn tell us she will be a committed President, a passionate woman and a big-hearted spectator.”|
In the works of Ding Sheng, he always focuses on the struggles of the small potatoes. Thus there is a sense of authenticity in his films which is rarely seen elsewhere. This way of creation facilitates sympathy on the side of the audience who will project their own emotion and values onto the characters. It is this way of expression that makes Ding Sheng’ s films play an important role during the transition to modern Chinese action film.
IFTA Urges USTR to Seek Stronger Copyright Protection in NAFTA Renegotiations
In advance of the recent third round of renegotiation talks for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) — the trade deal between the U.S., Canada and Mexico — IFTA united with other leading industry organizations in a September 6th letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer urging the need to seek stronger measures for the protection and enforcement of copyright in NAFTA modernization.
DGA, IATSE, SAG-AFTRA, IFTA and the MPAA, as the united voice of the U.S. film and television industry, stressed the need for strong copyright protections to ensure American producers and creators can compete globally, recommending that the US resist the compromised IP provisions from the rejected Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement as the model text, and a need for a strong digital trade policy. The groups also highlighted the significant contributions in jobs and exports the film and television sector creates for the U.S. economy. Read the full letter here.
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Robin Campillo’s AIDs activism drama BPM (Beats Per Minute) will represent France in the Best Foreign Language category at the 90th Academy Awards next year.
French Oscar submissions of last five years:
- 2017 Elle, Paul Verhoeven (film not nominated, Isabelle Huppert nominated for best actress)
- 2016 Mustang, Deniz Gamze Ergüven (nominated)
- 2015 Saint Laurent, Bertand Bonello (not nominated)
- 2014 Renoir, Gilles Bourdos (not nominated)
- 2013 Intouchables, Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache (January short list, not nominated)
Egyptian Theater, Hollywood, CA
Friday, August 4 – Sunday, August 13
Chinese film company Huahua Media, which had pledged to invest hundreds of millions via a slate financing deal with Viacom’s Paramount Pictures, has sold a majority stake to another Chinese firm for just $41.2 million.
by Patrick Brzeski
During the Cannes Film Festival, renown guests from all nationalities stopped by “The Villa”, from American producers to international filmmakers such as the Mexican director/producer Michel Franco, a regular in Cannes, who this year was awarded with the Jury Prize in the “Un Certain Regard” competition for his fifth feature film “April’s Daughter”.
Also in attendance were actresses Ana Valeria Becerril and Joanna Larequi, the talented Spanish actress Emma Suarez, who was ‘Julieta’ in the 2016 Pedro Almodóvar film, and the beautiful Myriam Charleins (‘Astrid’ in The Beauty and the Beast).
German actors Ronald Zehrfeld, Louis Hofmann, Volker Bruch, Alexander Fehling, Tom Schilling, and Jannis Niewohner visited “The Villa” to celebrate recent German film successes and support the initiative “Face to Face with German Films”.
Haitian actor Jimmy Jean-Louis swung by, as he was prepping for ‘The Heart Fund Gala’. Each year, he aims to raise awareness and funds for the fight against cardiovascular disease in developing countries.
Last, but not least, among several private dinners, we had the pleasure to host the private party for François Ozon’s film “L’Amant Double”, a sexual thriller competing for the Palme d’Or. One of France’s most prolific and renowned directors, François Ozon was accompanied by his cast members Marine Vacth, Jérémie Renier and Jacqueline Bisset. A magical evening to remember, organized with the partnership of Champagne Piper- Heidsieck and the support of the House of Chanel.
Certain things need to remain a secret, therefore we won’t tell who ended up in the pool that night!!
“The Villa” would like to thank its loyal partners and friends for their unconditional support during the ten days of the Cannes Film Festival.
With the federal production incentive now expired, and without the prospect of a further extension, focus has shifted to the potential rewrite of U.S. tax code which is expected to propose the elimination of certain tax credits, exemptions, and various deductions at a federal level, in favor of an overall reduced corporate tax rate.
Read more on IFTA
Twenty-two feature films will get $100m in tax credits between them to film on location in California in the coming months. Read more on KFTV.
by Nick Goundry for KFTV
THR film critics discuss the extraordinary gay love story ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ race relations saga ‘Mudbound,’ Iraq war drama ‘The Yellow Birds,’ and more loves, hates and hopes from Sundance 2017.
Such a powerful film! One of the year’s best movie for sure. Fantastic cinematography, great score… a MUST see!
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Barry Jenkins
CAST: Trevante Rhodes, Naomie Harris, Andre Holland, and Mahershala Ali
Read the Roger Ebert review: “While there’s memorable dialogue in “Moonlight,” it’s what’s unsaid that really resonates.”
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In the News with Passions…
Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award®-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent the disruption of life on our planet.
“Climate change is the single greatest threat to a sustainable future but, at the same time, addressing the climate challenge presents a golden opportunity to promote prosperity, security and a brighter future for all.”
Secretary General, United Nations
The latest move by a Chinese firm to partner with Hollywood comes in the form of a stake taken out by Jack Ma’s Alibaba Pictures in Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners. Alibaba will co-produce and finance movies for Chinese and global audiences. Amblin Partners came together last year as a partnership among Spielberg’s production company, Reliance Entertainment, Participant Media and Entertainment One.
A PRIVATE CLUB FOR MOVIE INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS AT THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL.
Located in a magnificent 19th century Palace in the heart of Cannes, the Villa Ratapoil opens daily from 9 am to 2 am for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and later for private events. The Villa Ratapoil is a Private Club, that caters exclusively to movie industry professionals.
VILLA RATAPOIL PARTNERS
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March 26, 2016
With the official 2016 Cannes Film Festival announcement a little under a month away, Indiewire offers its annual Cannes wish list.
La Villa Ratapoil – Private Club: The place to be during the 2016 Cannes Film Festival!
Join the Club in Cannes!
The Villa Ratapoil (named after the famous Parisian restaurant) is a Private Club, that caters exclusively to movie industry professionals, and is one of the official partners of the Cannes Film Market.
Located in a small 19th century castle right behind the Grand Hotel, with an easy access from the Palais des Festivals, The Villa Ratapoil opens daily from 9 am to 2 am for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Its piano-bar welcomes guests late into the night.
The Villa Ratapoil features a permanent open bar for members, a home cinema/screening room, meeting rooms, etc. It is an ideal venue for business meetings during the day, and cocktail parties or large private events at night.
A private 25 square meter lounge and its 40 square meter terrace are also available for interviews and press junkets.
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March 12, 2016
Working with China is not easy but a year on from its much-vaunted treaty, UK producers are learning fast. Melanie Goodfellow looks at the increasing collaboration between the two countries.
March 5, 2016
Stormtroopers helped Disney deliver another record-setting year in 2015 as Time Warner squeaks to No. 2 on the back of 24 Warner Bros. films while Viacom sinks to the basement in THR’s annual breakdown of money at the major studios.
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In the News with Passions…
November 13, 2015
Director’s 1977 comedy about neurotic New York couple tops Writers Guild of America’s list of 101 funniest scripts
November 2, 2015
China has moved forward with a new film industry law intended to boost the sector and help Chinese companies compete in the internationally.
By Patrick Frater – Asia Bureau Chief for
October 24, 2015
“Revenant: Noun. One who has returned, as if from the dead” — or so the new teaser poster for 20th Century Fox’s The Revenant boasts. Leonardo DiCaprio plays 19th-century frontiersman Hugh Glass in Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s newest film.
October 10, 2015
At an advance screening of the movie in San Francisco, writer Aaron Sorkin and director Danny Boyle defend why they stretched the truth about the Apple co-founder’s life.
September 30, 2015
The Italian director, writer and actor Nanni Moretti came to theNew York Film Festival this week with his latest movie, “Mia Madre,” a semiautobiographical film about a director (Margherita Buy) dealing with the ailing health of her mother while making her latest film.
September 23, 2015
Separately, Huace has signed a four film development deal with Hollywood producer Michael Uslan (“Batman”).
by Patrick Frater for
September 17, 2015
How Bryan got his skill set
As anyone who has watched one of the Taken films will know, Bryan Mills, played in the series by Liam Neeson, is most famous for his particular set of skills. If you ever wondered how he got them – and didn’t immediately answer, “he was an army ranger and in special forces, so he probably picked them up there?” – you’ll be overjoyed to learn that Luc Besson intends to produce a prequel TV show about that very topic.
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September 11, 2015
Film festival season madness continues in Toronto — here’s what to expect
by John Horn , Darby Maloney, and Robert Garrova for THE FRAME
September 10, 2015
SND boards Omar Sy-starrer ‘Two Is A Family.’ Latest production from the team behind ‘La Famille Bélier.’
September 9, 2015
At Toronto International Film Festival, a Very Early Peep at ‘Demolition’
September 8, 2015
Warner Bros. will release an untitled Christopher Nolan movie on July 21, 2017.
Joel & Ethan Coen – Presidents
(Directors, Writers, Producers – United States)
Rossy de Palma (Actress – Spain)
Sophie Marceau (Actress, Director – France)
Sienna Miller (Actress – United Kingdom)
Rokia Traoré (Composer, Singer-songwriter – Mali)
Guillermo del Toro (Director, Writer, Producer – Mexico)
Xavier Dolan (Director, Writer, Producer, Actor – Canada)
Jake Gyllenhaal (Actor – United States)
|Emmanuelle BERCOT||LA TÊTE HAUTE (STANDING TALL) Out of Competition||2h00|
|Jacques AUDIARD||DHEEPAN (TEMPORARY TITLE)||1h49|
|Stéphane BRIZÉ||LA LOI DU MARCHÉ (THE MEASURE OF A MAN )||1h32|
|Valérie DONZELLI||MARGUERITE ET JULIEN (MARGUERITE AND JULIEN)||1h50|
|Matteo GARRONE||IL RACCONTO DEI RACCONTI (TALE OF TALES)||2h05|
|HOU Hsiao Hsien||NIE YINNIANG (THE ASSASSIN)||2h00|
|JIA Zhang-Ke||SHAN HE GU REN (MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART)||2h00|
|KORE-EDA Hirokazu||UMIMACHI DIARY (OUR LITTLE SISTER)||2h08|
|Yorgos LANTHIMOS||THE LOBSTER||1h58|
|Nanni MORETTI||MIA MADRE||1h42|
|László NEMES||SAUL FIA (SON OF SAUL) 1st film||1h47|
|Joachim TRIER||LOUDER THAN BOMBS||1h45|
|Gus VAN SANT||THE SEA OF TREES||1h50|
UN CERTAIN REGARD
|Neeraj GHAYWAN||MASAAN 1st film||1h43|
|Grímur HÁKONARSON||HRÚTAR (RAMS)||1h30|
|KUROSAWA Kiyoshi||KISHIBE NO TABI (JOURNEY TO THE SHORE)||2h08|
|Laurent LARIVIÈRE||JE SUIS UN SOLDAT (I AM A SOLDIER) 1st film||1h36|
|Dalibor MATANIC||ZVIZDAN (THE HIGH SUN)||2h03|
|Roberto MINERVINI||THE OTHER SIDE||1h30|
|Radu MUNTEAN||UN ETAJ MAI JOS (ONE FLOOR BELOW)||1h33|
|OH Seung-Uk||MU-ROE-HAN (THE SHAMELESS)||1h58|
|David PABLOS||LAS ELEGIDAS (THE CHOSEN ONES)||1h45|
|Corneliu PORUMBOIU||COMOARA (THE TREASURE)||1h30|
|Gurvinder SINGH||CHAUTHI KOOT (THE FOURTH DIRECTION)||1h55|
OUT OF COMPETITION
|Woody ALLEN||IRRATIONAL MAN||1h36|
|Pete DOCTER Ronaldo DEL CARMEN||INSIDE OUT||1h42|
|George MILLER||MAD MAX : FURY ROAD||2h00|
|Mark OSBORNE||THE LITTLE PRINCE||1h48|
|HONG Won-Chan||O PISEU (OFFICE) 1st film||1h49|
|Elad KEIDAN||HAYORED LEMA’ALA 1st film||1h45|
|Natalie PORTMAN||SIPUR AL AHAVA VE CHOSHECH (A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS) 1st film||1h35|
|Pavle VUCKOVIC||PANAMA 1st film||1h45|
EYES ON LA experiences Flavors of France, Beaujolais Passions and Beyond!
French, passions, glamour and glitz… who else than the one and only Jackie Watson – The French Reporter to cover this event in exclusivity! More to come on Passions TV. _________________________________________________
Flavors of France, Beaujolais Passions and Beyond!
2014 GEORGES DUBOEUF BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU
♦ GOLD MEDAL ♦
at the Lyon-Beaujolais Nouveau Trophy
Experience the Flavors of France, toast the 2014 Beaujolais Nouveau vintage, sample delicious French products and fine cuisine, and enjoy a medley of live performers who will take you on a journey to the country of world elegance, glamor, and refinement.
This event is an offspring of the traditional Beaujolais Passions event with a wider approach. It will be a unique and enjoyable way for attendees to network with influencing decision-makers while wandering through the ‘Market Place’ featuring tastings of French culinary delicacies, exhibitors, live performers, a great DJ, and a host of surprises.
The Castaway Restaurant, appropriately nicknamed “The Jewel on the Hill,” is located in theBurbank hills overlooking the De Bell Golf Course. It offers one of the more breathtaking views of the city, and an award winning menu.
MASTER OF CEREMONY – FRANCK AMIACK
French actor Franck Amiack has been working in Hollywood since 2012. Franck’s astonishing truthfulness and spicy humor led him to work with academy award winning directors and actors: Gérard Depardieu, Juliette Binoche… He stared in “Orchestra Seats” (2007 Oscar Nominee for France) and played the lead, Mr Bovee, in National Geographic’s “Seconds from Disaster”. Franck also produced and acted in the Roberto Athayde’s ‘Miss Margarida’s Way”, touring France and the US for more than 4 years.
Lately, Franck appeared in the feature film “Asteroid vs Earth” and the web-series “Oh la la Hollywood Speaks French”. He also started Improv comedy on the Hollywood scene. Franck will be “Gauthier” in the feature film “Drifting” as well as the french voice of “Walter” in “Muppets most wanted,” and “Antonio Banderas” in “Expendables 3.”
PATjE performs an acoustic set in French with his guitar player Yannis. Influenced by the growth of singer songwriters from all kinds of genre, he builds his own style from soul, funk and Brazilian rhythms. PATjE’s last album, ‘Pasaporte,’ was a favorite of Latinos DJs.
Among other songs, he will interpret his version of ‘La Vie en Rose’ live at the event. PATjE’s new album will be launched early 2015 in Europe. www.patje.net
PARIS CHANSONS - Julia & Jacob are the main singers in the Paris Chansons band. They also perform (primarily in French) as a duo. They bring beautiful harmonies and guitar playing. In addition, Jacob uses looping and effects pedals on a number of the songs to create a richer and more dynamic sound. And he does this ‘live’ which makes it even more exciting! Julia is fluent in French and they’re both also fluent in Russian. So, if you would like a Russian twist to your event, they can add that into the mix as well. www.parischansons.com
YESTERYEARS DANCERS is an authentically-costumed historical dance troupe that reenacts French court and ballroom dances from the eras of Louis XV le Bien-Aimé, Napoléon III and Empress Eugénie, La Belle Époque and more; they also encourage the audience to join in an easy Can-Can Mixer!
JEAN-PAUL MONSCHÉ is an accomplished musician who has been performing at numerous venues in Los Angeles, from the Disney Concert Hall to the Hollywood Bowl, or the Greek Theater. Based in LA, Jean-Paul has toured nationally and internationally, and also played numerous festivals, such as the Montreal Jazz Festival, Montreux, and more recently the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan. Over the years, he has led music ensembles for private and public events hosted by government officials and celebrities alike. President Bill Clinton, President Jimmy Carter, British prime minister Gordon Brown, First Lady Laura Bush, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, LA former mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and also Bridget Fonda, Dustin Hoffman, Sir Anthony Hopkins, or Helen Hunt are among the VIPs on Jean-Paul clients’ roster.
Jean-Paul will be the French strolling accordionist at “Flavors of France, Beaujolais Passions & Beyond!”
Charles Aznavour The “Legend” Returns To Los Angeles
Celebrating his 90th Birthday today, legendary French singer Charles Aznavour, considered to be one of the greatest singer songwriters of all time, will appear for one night only at the
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Happy Chinese New Year!
As the night falls on 2013,
May the dawning of this New Year fill your hearts
with Peace and Happiness,
New hopes and promises of brighter tomorrows.
Wishing you a wonderful Holiday Season,
and a New Year filled with Prosperity and Success.
Remember to live your Life with Passions!
BASTILLE DAY LOS ANGELES FESTIVAL 2013
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STORYVILLE - Written by Jeff Corbin & Tony Maddox
Before there was Vegas there was New Orleans’ red-light district; a place where money, secrets, fantasies and lies were plentiful!
STORYVILLE takes viewers back to the risqué, something-for-everyone, 1915 red-light district of New Orleans.