The cinema releases of January 19: Nightmare Alley, The Chef, Tendre Et Saignant… – Actus…

The cinema releases of january 19: nightmare alley, the chef, tendre et saignant... - actus...

Shooting anecdotes, notes of intent, information for film lovers: every week, discover behind the scenes of cinema releases.

Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley

With Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette…

What is it about ? While going through a bad patch, the charismatic Stanton Carlisle arrives at a traveling fair and manages to win the good graces of a clairvoyant, Zeena and her husband Pete, a former glory of mentalism.

Did you know ? Nightmare Alley is a new adaptation of the novel The Charlatan by William Lindsay Gresham, published in 1946. This book had already been brought to the screen by Edmund Goulding in 1947.

The Chef by Philip Barantini

With Stephen Graham, Vinette Robinson, Jason Flemyng…

What is it about ? “Magic Friday”: the Friday before Christmas, the busiest evening of the year. In a gourmet restaurant in London, on the kitchen side, a few minutes from the gunshot, the entire staff is in turmoil. But problems are piling up around star chef Andy Jones and his team.

Did you know ? The Chef aims to depict the stress experienced by restaurant teams, both in the dining room and in the kitchen. Philip Barantini made a short film in 2019 in which he staged a restaurant kitchen throughout a very lively evening, focusing on the figure of the chef plagued by his addictions to alcohol and cocaine.

Tender And Rare by Christopher Thompson

With Geraldine Pailhas, Arnaud Ducret, Alison Wheeler…

What is it about ? Editor-in-chief of a fashion magazine, Charly inherits the family butcher’s shop. As she prepares to sell it, she meets Martial, her father’s artisan butcher, who is determined to fight to save the business. Seduced in spite of herself by the charisma of Martial, Charly could be led to change her mind…

Did you know ? As a couple and parents of two children, Christopher Thompson and Géraldine Pailhas have played together in People who kiss, The Hero of the family, Castle in Sweden, His mother’s eyes, A life waiting for you and Didine. In addition, the filmmaker made the actress turn in Bus Palladium.

The Persian Lessons of Vadim Perelman

With Nahuel Perez Biscayart, Lars Eidinger, Jonas Nay…

What is it about ? 1942, in occupied France, Gilles is arrested to be deported to a camp in Germany. Just before being shot, he escaped death by swearing to the soldiers that he was not Jewish but Persian. This lie saves him momentarily…

Did you know ? The Persian Lessons is based on the short story “Erfindung einer Sprache” (“Invention of a language”) by Wolfgang Kohlhaase, published in 2021. It was producer Timur Bekmambetov who spoke about it for the first time to Vadim Perelman. The director recalls: “I immediately realized the potential of the story and the effect it could have on the public.”

The Place of Another by Aurélia Georges

With Lyna Khoudri, Sabine Azéma, Maud Wyler…

What is it about ? Nélie escaped a miserable existence by becoming an auxiliary nurse at the front in 1914. One day, she takes on the identity of Rose, a young woman she saw die before her eyes, and promised a better future.

Did you know ? The Place of Another is freely adapted from “The New Magdalen” by Wilkie Collins, famous for having written “sensational novels”, precursors of the detective and suspense novel.

Memory Box by Khalil Joreige, Joana Hadjithomas

With Rim Turki, Manal Issa, Paloma Vauthier…

What is it about ? On Christmas Day, Maia and her daughter, Alex, receive a mysterious package from Beirut. Notebooks, cassettes and photographs that Maia, aged 13 to 18, sent from Beirut to her best friend who had left for Paris to flee the civil war. Maia refuses to face this past but Alex plunges into it in secret.

Love is better than life by Claude Lelouch

With Sandrine Bonnaire, Gerard Darmon, Ary Abittan…

What is it about ? The three A’s: LOVE, FRIENDSHIP and MONEY are the three main concerns of humanity. To put it as simply as possible, Gérard, Ary and Philippe met 20 years ago, when they got out of prison, and immediately asked themselves the real question: What if honesty was the best trick?

Did you know ? The film takes up two familiar figures from Claude Lelouch’s cinema: a love story between parentheses as in Un + une and the description of a group of friends as in Une fille et des fusils, L’Aventure c’est l’aventure or All that… for that!.

Out of the World by Marc Fouchard

With Kevin Mischel, Aurélia Poirier, June Assal…

What is it about ? Leo is a driver and lives alone in his car. He only opens up to the world through his music. One day, Léo drives Amélie, a client like no other, a dancer and deaf and yet receptive to the compositions he plays in his sedan. But she doesn’t know that Leo is a terrible predator…

Los Lobos by Samuel Kishi Leopo

With Martha Reyes Arias, Maximiliano Nájar Márquez, Leonardo Nájar Márquez….

What is it about ? 8-year-old Max and 5-year-old Leo move from Mexico to Albuquerque with their mother Lucia in search of a new life. While waiting for their mother to return each evening, who works tirelessly, Max and Leo observe their new neighborhood through the window.

Did you know ? Los Lobos’ budget was insufficient to shoot in California. The producer Laetitia Carrillo therefore sought less expensive cities allocating aid and tax reductions. Samuel Kishi Leopo then went to New Mexico, more precisely to Albuquerque. A city which, according to him, seems to have remained in the 1990s.

Ladakh – Songs of the water spirits by Nicolò Bongiorno

What is it about ? In Ladakh, between the Himalayan and Karakorum mountain ranges, glaciers are melting dramatically. Mysterious “Ice Stupas” are erected there, in the middle of the desert…

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