Anecdotes of the shooting, notes of intention, information for film enthusiasts: every week, take a look behind the scenes at the cinema.
Cruella by Craig Gillespie
With Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Paul Walter Hauser …
What is it about ? London, 1970s, full of punk rock. A talented crook, Estella is determined to make a name for herself in the fashion world. She befriends two young scoundrels who appreciate her con artist skills and lead a criminal existence with them on the streets of London.
Did you know ? This prequel to the character born from the pen of Dodie Smith was announced by Disney in 2013, with Aline Brosh McKenna in the script. Two years later, Kelly Marcel joined the development of the project. In 2016, Emma Stone was announced as Cruella, with Alex Timbers directing. At the end of 2018, the latter left the ship due to a schedule incompatibility. It was then Craig Gillespie who took on the post of director.
Operation Portugal by Frank Cimière
With D’Jal, Sarah Perles, Pierre Azéma …
What is it about ? Hakim, 35, a friendly neighborhood cop of Moroccan origin, must infiltrate the Portuguese community for the purposes of an investigation. But can you become Portuguese in three days? Especially when we know that in intervention Hakim is a walking disaster …
Did you know ? Operation Portugal marks the first major film role of comedian D’jal. We previously heard his voice in the animated film Why I Didn’t Eat My Father, in which he dubbed one of the characters. As for Frank Cimière, this is the first time he has directed a feature film. He previously directed and produced one-man shows, stand-ups and series, including Le Jamel Comedy Club.
Minari by Lee Isaac Chung
With Steven Yeun, Ye-Ri Han, Alan S. Kim …
What is it about ? An American family of South Korean origin settles in Arkansas where the father wants to become a farmer. Her little boy will have to get used to this new life and the presence of a Korean grandmother he did not know.
Did you know ? Minari has won several awards, including the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, as well as the BAFTA and Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for Yuh-Jung Youn.
Where we come from Jon M. Chu
With Anthony Ramos, Leslie Grace, Corey Hawkins …
What is it about ? In New York, in the Washington Heights district, Usnavi dreams of reconnecting with his origins in the Dominican Republic. But everything gets complicated when he meets Vanessa’s gaze. Their meeting, against a background of dance and music, will turn their lives upside down.
Did you know ? The film was planned by the Universal studio in 2009, but was abandoned in 2011. When the project was relaunched in 2016 by Weinstein, Lin-Manuel Miranda, who was to play the main character, had to give up because too much had become too “old” .
Indes galantes by Philippe Béziat
What is it about ? It is a first for 30 dancers of hip-hop, krump, break, voguing… A first for the director Clément Cogitore and for the choreographer Bintou Dembélé. And a first for the Paris Opera. By creating a dialogue between urban dance and lyrical song, they reinvent together Jean-Philippe Rameau’s baroque masterpiece, Les Indes Galantes.
Did you know ? Philippe Béziat plans to make this documentary in 2017, when Clément Cogitore accepts the proposal to stage Les Indes Galantes at the Paris Opera. It was mainly the idea of making a musical film that is not all about music that motivated the director.
Ibrahim by Samir Guesmi
With Abdel Bendaher, Samir Guesmi, Rabah Naït Oufella …
What is it about ? The life of young Ibrahim is divided between his father, Ahmed, a torturer at the Royal Opera brewery, serious and reserved, and his friend from technical school, Achille, older than him and a specialist in bad shots.
Did you know ? Ibrahim is the first feature film directed by Samir Guesmi. This actor with a prolific career had, in 2007, directed the short film C’est dimanche !, also centered on the complex relations between a father and his son.
Dominic Cooke’s Ordinary Spy
What is it about ? With Benedict Cumberbatch, Merab Ninidze, Rachel Brosnahan … 1960. A modest English sales representative, Greville Wynne finds himself plunged into the heart of the Cold War. At the request of MI-6 and the CIA, he forges an alliance as secret as it is perilous with Soviet colonel Oleg Penkovsky.
Did you know ? After La Taupe and Imitation Game, Benedict Cumberbatch continues in the vein of historical spy stories with An Ordinary Spy.
Tokyo Shaking by Olivier Peyon
With Karin Viard, Stéphane Bak, Yumi Narita …
What is it about ? Tokyo, March 11, 2011: a tsunami ravages the coast of Japan, threatening to destroy the Fukushima power station. Alexandra, who recently worked for a French bank in Tokyo, finds herself at the heart of this crisis.
Did you know ? The Tokyo Shaking pitch originates from the story of a friend of Olivier Peyon. The latter was working for a large French bank based in Tokyo at the time of the earthquake of March 2011.
A story of your own by Amandine Gay
What is it about ? Their names are Anne-Charlotte, Joohee, Céline, Niyongira, Mathieu. They are between 25 and 52 years old, come from Brazil, Sri Lanka, Rwanda, South Korea or Australia. These five people share an identity: that of adopted persons.
Shorta by Anders Ølholm, Frederik Louis Hviid
With Jacob Lohmann, Simon Sears, Tarek Zayat …
What is it about ? Talib, 19, a black teenager, dies of fatal injuries in police custody. His death provokes a revolt in the suburbs of Copenhagen when two policemen who are opposed to everything, Jens and Mike, are there on patrol. Chased, they will have to make their way to escape the riots.
Did you know ? Anders Ølholm and Frederik Louis Hviid did not want to make a political film. Their goal is not to defend or criticize, but to try to understand the “why” of the actions and worldviews specific to their characters. The two directors confide: “The angry young men, deprived of their rights in housing projects, who feel demonized and misunderstood, as well as the overworked and underpaid police officers for whom it is the same.”