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Abdellatif Kechiche Decides On Next Film, Will Shoot 'La Blessure' This Summer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 16, 2014 1:06 PM
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Abdellatif Kechiche
Following his critically acclaimed "Blue Is The Warmest Color," director Abdellatif Kechiche toyed with a few ideas for this follow-up. He talked about an extended cut of his lesbian romance film, a potential biopic of '70s porn star Marilyn Chambers, and a film about Héloïse & Abélard. But now he's decided on his next film and....it's none of those.

Abdellatif Kechiche Working On Film About Héloïse & Abélard, 'The Birds' Remake Gets A Director

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 3, 2014 4:06 PM
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The Birds
It looks like "Blue Is The Warmest Color" director Abdellatif Kechiche isn't done with punishing stories about love. The director has revealed a new movie that he's working on, though it likely won't feature an explicit, centerpiece lesbian sex scene. Instead, the hottest moments might come from a letter arriving the mail.

Exclusive: Abdellatif Kechiche Talks 'Blue Is The Warmest Color,' Working With The Actresses & More In 5-Min Featurette

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 23, 2014 12:03 PM
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We may be headed to the tail end of the first month of 2014, but we're still feeling the heat coming from "Blue Is Tthe Warmest Color." The sensation of the Cannes Film Festival—where the director and stars shared the Palme d'Or—and one of the most talked about movies of 2013, the three-hour love story is as powerful as it is explicit, with director Abdellatif Kechiche mining the raw emotions of first love and heartbreak with undeniable authenticity and intensity. But if you the movie didn't make it near you, now's your chance to catch up.

'American Hustle' Tops New York Film Critics Circle Awards, David O. Russell & Jennifer Lawrence Win Big

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 3, 2013 3:08 PM
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First! Once again, the New York Film Critics Circle made filmmakers and studios sweat to get their films screened in time as they position themselves to be the first (official) word on the awards race and augur of things to come ... at least until the National Board Of Review weighs in tomorrow. But for now, it looks like David O. Russell's "American Hustle" is the one to beat over the next couple of months.

Festival Fave & Belgium's Oscar Entry 'Broken Circle Breakdown' Leads European Film Awards Nominees

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 9, 2013 9:41 AM
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The Broken Circle Breakdown
If there's one movie you might hear The Playlist prattling on about in the next few weeks, it's Felix van Groeningen's "Broken Circle Breakdown." Having already won the heart of Jessica Kiang when it hit Karlovy Vary earlier this year, I saw it this past week and was equally taken with the moving, messy, ambitious and beautiful film that has already received awards at both the Berlin Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival. And the film's list of honors may continue at the Oscars, where it's Belgium's entry, but first it's stopping at European Film Awards, where it's leading the pack of nominees.

Review: Masterful & Sublime Cannes Palme d'Or Winner ‘Blue Is The Warmest Color’

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • October 23, 2013 7:07 PM
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Why do we watch movies? No, really, why is it? As close an answer as we’ve ever come to for our own, fairly evident obsession with what we consider the greatest storytelling medium humankind has ever developed, is well, that life is short. Bear with us a second on this: basically to submerge yourself in a story well-told is a way to live out other lives within your own, and through those complex and magical processes of identification, to breathe and dream and feel things that your own short span might otherwise never afford you. Of course for many movies, that experience, of killing a mutant robot or whatever, may have evaporated before you’ve picked the last of the popcorn husks from between your teeth. But occasionally, very rarely, we experience the cinema not of escape but of exploration in which the discoveries you make stay with you and become knitted into the fabric of your memory as surely as if you’d really been there, really done that. And so it was with Abdellatif Kechiche’s “Blue is the Warmest Color” which was one of our most transportative, truthful and sublime movie experiences of anything we saw at Cannes this year.

'Blue Is The Warmest Color' Director Threatens To Take Lea Seydoux To Court, Calls Her A "Spoiled Child"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 23, 2013 12:47 PM
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Here's a piece of advice for Abdellatif Kechiche: let it go. While he was certainly right to defend himself after accusations first surfaced from his "Blue Is The Warmest Color" stars Lea Seydoux and (to a much lesser degree) Adele Exarchopoulos, in the weeks since, it seems to be mostly his voice we've been hearing. From declaring the movie shouldn't be released to changing his mind and entertaining the notions of a sequel, Kechiche hasn't seen a press opportunity he couldn't seize upon. He's now unloaded his biggest statement yet.

“It Was Just You, Your Skin, And Your Emotion”: Lea Seydoux & Adele Exarchopoulos Talk 'Blue Is The Warmest Color'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 22, 2013 1:09 PM
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Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren, Stanley Kubrick and Shelley Duvall, David O. Russell and Lily Tomlin. At the Los Angeles press day for Palme d'Or winner “Blue Is The Warmest Color" (our review), we were given these precedents by a publicist for the film's increasingly heated behind-the-scenes controversy, which began at Cannes and has slowly unfurled ever since, and was presumed to be one of the key topics for our roundtable conversations with director Abdellatif Kechiche and his lead actresses, Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos.

NYFF: Abdellatif Kechiche Open To 'Blue Is The Warmest Color' Sequel, Says Director's Cut Will Be 40 Minutes Longer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2013 6:05 PM
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After a rapturous Palme d'Or-winning reception at Cannes, and sweeping through Telluride and Toronto, Abdellatif Kechiche's "Blue Is The Warmest Color" rolls into the New York Film Festival, and for once, this story isn't about the clash of personalities between the director and stars. Instead, it's about the film itself, what the future might be bring, and the possibility of even more from the already 3-hour relationship drama.

'Blue Is The Warmest Color' Director Changes His Mind, Says The Film Should Be Released After All

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2013 3:09 PM
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And so the back and forth continues between the director and stars of "Blue Is The Warmest Color," whose constantly colorful quotes to the media threaten to overshadow the Palme d'Or-winning movie itself. We're not going to recount the blow-by-blow-by-blow back and forth, but if you must, just click here and you'll get everything you need. But among the wilder words thrown around in the past few weeks came from the mouth of director Abedellatif Kechiche, who said the film shouldn't be released because it has been "soiled too much." But it appears he's since calmed down a little bit.

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