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Desplechin’s underwhelming “Ismael’s Ghosts” opens up CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

A messy film
Charlotte Gainsbourg, Marion Cotillard and Mathieu Amalric
Directed by Arnaud Desplechins

Disappointment, “Ismael’s Ghosts” is not the near-perfect film that “My Golden Days,” which screened at Cannes last year, was. Desplechin’s new film, which launched this year's Cannes Film Festival this morning (Cannes is celebrating seventy this year) is sketchy and brutal and impertinent and camp. It has some grand, theatrical dialogue (and it works well), like its predecessor from last year, ... more >

OH CHARLOTTE, WHY? French actress Charlotte Gainsbourg attached to “Independence Day 2”

Gainsbourg has been married to French film producer Yvan Attal since 1991
Her parents are Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg

June 1996 -  “Independence Day” slain the monster, bringing in more than $ 300 million in sales. Its director, Roland Emmerich, has planned a sequel, called "ID2," and pre-production is to begin in the next few weeks. But that’s not really all that exciting anymore. What’s interesting, and rather weird, is the fact that French actress Charlotte Gainsbourg will have a leading role in “ID2.” Yes, ... more >

Everything will be fine

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Nymphomaniac I

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About the new Von Trier “NYMPHOMANIAC”

Forgetting about love
Magnolia Pictures (no release date)

Lars Von Trier is quite good at getting himself noticed and talked about. The filmmaker who was banned from the Cannes Festival in 2011 for saying he admires Nazis, recently unveiled the poster for "Nymphomaniac," his third film starring Charlotte Gainsbourg. The French actress plays Joe, a woman who narrates her sexual life from birth until age 50. Shia LeBeouf, Willem Dafoe ("Antichrist"), ... more >

Charlotte Gainsbourg TO APPEAR IN NEXT LARS VON TRIER FILM

Upcoming title to be his most overtly erotic work to date

It was just announced that Charlotte Gainsbourg was attached to an upcoming Lars Von Trier project. She will be appearing in "Nymphomaniac," an erotic drama about a woman's sexual adventures. This will be Gainsbourg’s third collaboration with Von Trier, following "Antichrist" and "Melancholia,” both controversial and heavily-praised films. Charlotte Gainsbourg will play Joe, a woman who ... more >

Melancholia

LVT's best? Quite possibly so.
Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Kiefer Sutherland
Directed by Lars von Trier

Lars von Trier doesn’t like his film Melancholia. He says he is actually a little ashamed of it, finding it bombastic, slick, and Wagner’s music overwhelming. That is just the von Trier way. After the fact, he only sees problems, as he did at the last Cannes Festival after his much reviled pro-Hitler rant of which he still feels the sting despite having apologized a hundred times. Regarding his ... more >