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Cannes: Bruno Dumont Fascinates With Ambitious 3 ½-Hour Comedy Series ‘P’Tit Quinquin’

  • By Nikola Grozdanovic
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  • May 23, 2014 1:05 PM
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P'tit Quinquin
Mental disorder, disease, murder, and confounding evil. Not exactly the makings of a slapstick comedy, but this is Bruno Dumont we’re talking about. Known, by the few who dare to know him, as a seriously depressing and morose filmmaker, Dumont is so fascinated by the grotesque side of human nature, he can’t even make a comedy without putting the subject front and center. Dumont is back in television format with the mini-series “P’tit Quinquin.”

Watch: First Trailer For Bruno Dumont's Cop Comedy Miniseries 'P'tit Quinquin' Playing Cannes Directors' Fortnight

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 2, 2014 11:08 AM
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P'tit Quinquin
The common refrain heard over the past few years has been about how the world of television has offered a home to filmmakers who can't seem to get projects greenlit in the increasingly tentpole focused world of the major studios. But even we were surprised when the resolutely, hardcore arthouse filmmaker Bruno Dumont showed up on the Cannes Directors' Fortnight lineup with a police procedural/comedy mini-series, set to unspool in its entirety. And now the first trailer is here and it's definitely a side of Dumont we don't usually see.

New Films By John Boorman, Frederick Wiseman, Bruno Dumont & More Set For Cannes Directors' Fortnight

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2014 9:00 AM
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Queen And Country
The Cannes Film Festival lineup now has been revealed, the Cannes Critics' Week unfurled their slate and today, the Cannes Directors' Fortnight has lifted the curtain on what they'll be presenting in the south of France next month. And as per usual, it's a mix of arthouse names, established veterans and rising newcomers.

James Gray, Nicolas Winding Refn & More Giving Masterclasses At 2013 Marrakech International Film Festival

The Playlist has worked our passports hard this year, booking time at festivals around the world including: Sundance, Berlin, SXSW, Tribeca, Goteburg, Karlovy Vary, Los Angeles, Telluride, Toronto, New York, London, Festival Du Nouveau Cinema, Savannah, Fantastic Fest and more. Believe it or not we got another coming up: Marrakech. Read More »

Arnaud Desplechin To Direct Adaptation Of Alexander Ostrovsky's Play 'The Forest' For Euro TV

  • By Ben Brock
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  • August 28, 2013 10:36 AM
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Despite the record-breaking box office takings this summer, the fashion recently among the cinestablishment has been to furrow their learned brows and predict the death of movies, or at least the death of good movies, or the death of movies in movie theatres. The HBO premiere of Steven Soderbergh's “Behind the Candelabra” led many to wonder why the film wasn't getting a cinematic release, followed by Steven Spielberg revealing that his own “Lincoln” was almost made the same way. This very same year, David Fincher made a big TV series (“House of Cards,” which on top of everything wasn't even on TV), and big-name directors like Danny Boyle are getting in on the act too.

Berlin Interview: Juliette Binoche On 'Camille Claudel' & Working With Haneke, Minghella, Carax & Kiarostami

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 20, 2013 4:47 PM
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Like most of director Bruno Dumont’s films, “Camille Claudel 1915” has proven divisive (you can read our take here), but one thing that critics on both sides of the fence are in unanimous agreement about is the quality of the central performance from Juliette Binoche. Economically contained and internalised, even when her Claudel is displaying some rare histrionics, Binoche invests the role with oceanic depths and undercurrents of conflicting emotion in a turn that in some ways can almost be seen as the stripped-away template for the kind of melancholic, tragic, tortured heroine with which she has made her name.

Bruno Dumont & Juliette Binoche Team For 'La Creatrice' Based On The Life Of Camille Claudel

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • November 26, 2011 11:27 AM
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Well this is somewhat of a surprise. Largely known as a filmmaker that specializes in employing amateur actors, it appears that the seventh film by Bruno Dumont will be led by none other than cinephile sweetheart Juliette Binoche. Considering the "Certified Copy" actress' determination to work with every auteur out there it seems like a logical next step for her, but for the French philosophy-professor-turned-movie-director it's some new ground. Maybe it's training for that eventual project with Tom Cruise (note: never gonna happen).

Cannes Review: Bruno Dumont's 'Hors Satan' Is Devilishly Dull

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 16, 2011 6:25 AM
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Two-time Cannes Jury Prize winner Bruno Dumont ("Flanders," "L'humanité") returned to Cannes today with his latest head scratcher, "Hors Satan." If Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" was a bold exploration into human nature and the search in the universe for God, "Hors Satan" is the dumb, clumsy cousin to that film. Of course, interpretation is everything, but reading between the long static shots, minimal dialogue and brief bursts of "action," Dumont seems to posit that sometimes evil/violence is a necessary corrective in a world where good and evil unfold at will, without anyone holding the scales that keep them balanced.

Watch: Clips From Bruno Dumont's 'Hors Satan' & Peter Chan's Cannes Midnight Movie 'Wu Xia'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • May 11, 2011 2:02 AM
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More peeks at Cannes Film Festival entries as the glorious cinephile wet dream-come-true nears its latest iteration.

18 Foreign Films We're Looking Forward To In 2011

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • January 10, 2011 5:49 AM
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Alright, we've already done three Most Anticipated pieces, two Escapist and Popcorn fare pieces and here's more. Yes, it doesn't end, here's more for perhaps what you might call the more discerning reader.

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