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Lisa Cholodenko To Helm Miniseries 'The Slap,' Catherine Breillat To Make English Language Debut & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 20, 2014 9:38 AM
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Renny Harlin used to command big budgets and helm would-be blockbusters like “Die Hard 2” but somewhere along the way the workman-like director ended up doing low-rent WWE Films and this year’s other “Hercules” movie. Now Deadline reports Harlin’s teaming up with another star who’s lost his luster, Jackie Chan.

Watch: International Trailer For Catherine Breillat’s 'Abuse Of Weakness' Starring Isabelle Huppert

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 15, 2014 10:34 AM
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With Sundance kicking off in 24 hours, and the Berlin Film Festival just a few weeks away, we're starting to get that arthouse itch, and here to offer a bit of relief is a new international trailer for Catherine Breillat's latest, "Abuse Of Weakness." And it's based on a rather remarkable true story of an incident that happened to Breillat herself.

Watch: 'Venezia 70 - Future Reloaded' Short Films By Claire Denis, James Franco, Paul Schrader & Many More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 24, 2013 10:45 AM
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Not all of us have the luxury of being able to drop everything and head off to world’s most prestigious film festivals, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun. In celebration of its 70th anniversary, the Venice International Film Festival commissioned “Venezia 70 - Future Reloaded,” a series of seventy shorts from directors all over the world. Lucky for you, a sizable chunk of those shorts have landed online for your viewing pleasure.

TIFF Review: Catherine Breillat’s 'Abuse Of Weakness' Starring Isabelle Huppert

  • By Christopher Schobert
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  • September 10, 2013 4:31 PM
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It’s unlikely a filmmaker brought a more personal narrative project to the Toronto International Film Festival than Catherine Breillat. The “Fat Girl” and “Romance” director’s 14th film, “Abuse of Weakness,” is a strange, unsettling, and difficult-to-penetrate creation based on the most trying period of the acclaimed French filmmaker’s life. In 2004, Breillat suffered a sudden stroke, leading to a long recovery. A few years later, while still recovering, Breillat met a noted con artist named Christophe Rocancourt, an individual who would have shockingly destructive effect on her life. She was interested in Rocancourt to play the lead in an upcoming film, but what occurred for close to two years did not involve the making of a movie. (In fact, that film never went before cameras.) Instead, she gave Rocancourt loans for almost 700,000 euros, wiping out her savings.

Watch: First Clip From Catherine Breillat's 'Abuse of Weakness,' Starring Isabelle Huppert

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 10, 2013 12:57 PM
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By all accounts Catherine Breillat's new, unflinchingly autobiographical film "Abuse of Weakness" (based on her novel of the same name), starring Isabelle Huppert as a thinly veined on-screen equivalent for the director, is brilliant but just as tough to watch as the director's other films. Based on the first clip released from the film (you can watch below), which just debuted online, you can see why: there's a palpable sense of discomfort, made all the more queasy by Breillat's photographic and editorial choices.

New Pics From The Fall Film Season: 'Labor Day,' 'Out Of The Furnace,' 'Dallas Buyers Club,' 'Captain Phillips,' Fifth Estate' & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 5, 2013 6:20 PM
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New Pics From The Fall Film Season: 'Labor Day,' 'Out Of The Furnace,'
Fall movie season is upon us, which means that things are getting serious. The character pieces and adult dramas are finally coming out of the art houses and will soon be flooding the multiplexes as well, as various prestige pictures jockey for end-of-the-year critics lists and awards consideration. With that in mind, a whole slew of new photos have been unleashed for some of these prestige pics (many of them made our fall preview, and our Toronto International Film Festival preview too)—and guess what? We've got them for your scrolling pleasure.

'Fat Girl' Director Catherine Breillat Teams With Isabelle Huppert For Autobiographical 'Abus De Faiblesse'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 12, 2012 12:40 PM
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There can be few actresses as uncompromising as Isabelle Huppert. The French star has, across a forty year career, consistently sought out tough roles from international auteurs, while even her rare American appearances have, aside from a WTF appearance on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," tended to be in difficult, flawed pictures like "Heaven's Gate" and "I Heart Huckabees."

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