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Paris lobby group stakes claim over 2012

French cinema's B.O. returns in 2012 have set a record with over $1BN in ticket sales, an increase of 88% compared to the previous year, according to a statement released Friday by Unifrance, the Paris-based lobby and trade representation group. This new record beats the previous one established in 2008, by a lot. According to Unifrance, which is also responsible for the promotion of French ... more >

JUST-RELEASED: STILLS from the new Michel Gondry film

No U.S. distribution yet for Mood Indigo

[FANDANGO: Don't get sold out! Buy advance tickets to The Amazing Spider-Man.] Who better than Michel Gondry (The Green Hornet, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) to convey the visual soarings of Boris Vian? Stills from Mood Indigo, an upcoming film adapted by Gondry from a Vian novel were recently released in France. Shooting began this past April and is still ongoing. Mood Indigo ... more >

MICHEL GONDRY to open Directors’ Fortnight

French and Latin-American fare will figure highly this year

The Directors' Fortnight, a parallel program borne out of the tumultuous events of May 1968 during the Cannes festival, was launched by filmmakers and film critics who sought to train their own spotlight on a few deserving films. This year, twenty-one feature films will be shown, among which six are by first-time directors, with a strong showing for French and Latin-American features. Michel ... more >

Gondry’s got it

Be kind rewind director going back to his roots

I looked in my crystal ball and saw that Michel Gondry is making a French movie. That’s a first. What’s the most American of our filmmakers (he’s always claimed he’s French but I know that Parisian accent is fake) doing making a movie across the pond? For one thing, he’s been able to cast France’s leading man Romain Duris (no, it’s not Guillaume Canet as you might have presumed), along with the ... more >


(BY ALI NADERZAD) More than a year ago I was invited on the set of Michel Gondry's new film Be Kind Rewind which comes out today. I took the regional train to Passaic, New Jersey where the film was being shot on location. Gondry was in the middle of shooting an interior scene with Jack Black and Mos Def and a group of kids sitting around a table, apparently devising the plot to one of their movie ... more >