The Intl. Animated Film Festival at Annecy -- a town dubbed the French Venice for its winding canals and medieval architecture -- has an appropriately Mediterranean flavor this year, with nine of the…
It took about six months for the producers of "Marie-Antoinette" to negotiate their own version of a latter-day Versailles treaty. The terms were very favorable, too.
In these "Da Vinci Code" days, being a tourist in Paris means you're either a believer or you're not. Battle lines have been drawn. At the Saint-Sulpice Church in the Left Bank, a key location in Dan…
Forget the Oscar for documentary feature, the $78 million Stateside gross, the parody remake, et al.: What really tickled Gallic producer Emanuel Priou was when he picked up Stephen King's latest…
A high-carb diet did wonders for George Clooney's Golden Globe-winning turn as a CIA operative in "Syriana." But it was an altogether different kind of sustenance which energized the 44-year-old…
A bemused-looking Jacques Audiard has just gotten off the telephone with James Toback. The rail-thin Parisian and super-sized New Yorker have been talking film -- specifically, Audiard's new pic "The…
At the 1997 premiere of Hubert Sauper's documentary "Kisangani Dairy" -- a haunting portrayal of Rwandan refugees stranded in the Congo -- celebrated French ethnologist and filmmaker Jean Rouch gave…
On a misty morning among the tightly knit beech trees of France's Vosges region, all hell has broken loose. A runaway mule on the set of $16 million World War II drama "Indigenes" has just sent a…
The culture that invented the term "film noir" to describe Yank mystery dramas has a long love affair with certain hardboiled American writers.
A maverick at heart, French producer Stephane Tchal Gadjieff knows how to grab a filmmaker's attention. But with Italy's Michelangelo Antonioni, it was never going to be easy.