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Loic Barche on Short ‘The Atomic Adventure,’ Upcoming Feature Debut ‘Feu de Paille’

Loic Barche on Short ‘The Atomic Adventure,’ Upcoming Feature Debut ‘Feu de Paille’

“The Atomic Adventure,” a contender in UniFrance’s online MyFrenchFilmFestival, is the third short from Loïc Barché (“Goliath,” “Le Commencement”). Variety talked to the director about the short, and
‘The Glorious Acceptance of Nicolas Chauvin’: Nationalism Wrapped in Charisma

‘The Glorious Acceptance of Nicolas Chauvin’: Nationalism Wrapped in Charisma

Winner of Locarno’s Signs of Life section, Benjamin Crotty’s “The Glorious Acceptance of Nicolas Chauvin” has enjoyed more than 12 months of festival success and critical acclaim as it reaches the end
Why NATPE Miami Is a ‘Booming Area for Media and Multiculturalism’

Why NATPE Miami Is a ‘Booming Area for Media and Multiculturalism’

The NATPE conference will mark its tenth iteration of dealmaking, networking, brainstorming and ocean-gazing in Miami this year. The move of the association’s annual market and conference to Miami
Oscar-Nominated ‘A Sister’ Shows MyFrenchFilmFestival Shorts Competition Caliber

Oscar-Nominated ‘A Sister’ Shows MyFrenchFilmFestival Shorts Competition Caliber

Unifrance’s MyFrenchFilmFestival (MFFF) is back this year, giving thousands of fans of French-speaking cinema from around the world an opportunity to see films reaching the end of their festival runs.
Marine Levéel Paints a New Rural France in Short ‘Magnetic Harvest’

Marine Levéel Paints a New Rural France in Short ‘Magnetic Harvest’

Debut filmmaker Marine Levéel’s “Magnetic Harvest” arrives at the MyFrenchFilmFestival, the online film festival that runs Jan. 16-Feb. 16, capping a whirlwind year of awards and recognition. It first
French Producer Zangro on Sundance Entry ‘Cuties,’ and Upcoming Project

French Producer Zangro on Sundance Entry ‘Cuties,’ and Upcoming Project

Maïmouna Doucouré’s “Cuties,” which plays in Sundance Film Festival’s World Cinema Dramatic Competition and will then screen in the Berlinale’s Generation Kplus section, has been picked up by Netflix
The Production Forum Seeks to Bring International Shoots to France

The Production Forum Seeks to Bring International Shoots to France

Running from Jan. 16-17 in Paris’ Parc Floral, what was previously known as the Paris Images Location Expo will enter its 10th edition with a changed name, a different locale, and an expanded,
How Mark Monroe Helps Keep Documentaries on Track

How Mark Monroe Helps Keep Documentaries on Track

It was November 2018 and Nanfu Wang had four weeks before picture-lock on her third feature documentary, “One Child Nation.” The film, which Wang co-directed and edited, had already been accepted to
Producer Arthur Cohn Reflects on His First Oscar

Producer Arthur Cohn Reflects on His First Oscar

Producer Arthur Cohn was first mentioned in Variety on Feb. 20, 1962, when the documentary he produced, “Sky Above, Mud Beneath,” was nominated for an Oscar. The doc, “Le Ciel et la boue,” directed by
More Short Films Join the Awards Campaign Race

More Short Films Join the Awards Campaign Race

What would you do if a heat-and-serve lasagna arrived at your door along with a screener for a short film? The people who sent it hope you’ll pop the lasagna in the oven and watch the screener as it
What Shia LaBeouf Taught Me About Empathy and Forgiveness

What Shia LaBeouf Taught Me About Empathy and Forgiveness

From the moment I learned that “Honey Boy” explored a complex father-child relationship — how pain and abuse can transcend generations — I knew that interviewing Shia LaBeouf, one of Variety’s 10
How ‘Joker’ Editor Jeff Groth Helped Transform Arthur Fleck

How ‘Joker’ Editor Jeff Groth Helped Transform Arthur Fleck

Editor Jeff Groth worked with “Joker” director Todd Phillips on “The Hangover Part III” before landing the blockbuster drama starring Joaquin Phoenix. You cut the film as consecutively as possible so
Alanna Ubach on Her Scene-Stealing ‘Bombshell’ Role

Alanna Ubach on Her Scene-Stealing ‘Bombshell’ Role

The world of “Bombshell” is populated with familiar faces playing familiar faces; in addition to Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly and Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson, you’ll catch actors including
Variety Asks Hollywood: What’s Your Go-To Movie?

Variety Asks Hollywood: What’s Your Go-To Movie?

Forget the critics’ best of lists — what are the movies that the people who starred in and created those awards season favorites consider their personal faves? Variety’s Marc Malkin asked: “What’s the
Todd Phillips on What ‘Joker’ Has in Common With His Other Films

Todd Phillips on What ‘Joker’ Has in Common With His Other Films

For almost 20 years, Todd Phillips has been one of Hollywood’s most successful enfants terribles. From “Road Trip” to “Old School” through all three “Hangover” movies, few directors have more

D-Link brings AI-powered person detection to its home security cameras

Ahead of CES, D-Link is bringing new features to its home security cameras. Today, the company announced that its devices can now detect people and breaking glass. The added capabilities are powered
Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. Says Thanks for Tom Hanks

Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. Says Thanks for Tom Hanks

When Tom Hanks jogged onto screen in his feature film debut in the 1980 slasher pic “He Knows You’re Alone,” one probably couldn’t have predicted he would go on to become one of the most successful
Glitz Gets Ready to Take Over Golden Globes Red Carpet

Glitz Gets Ready to Take Over Golden Globes Red Carpet

With streamers such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and newcomer Apple TV Plus bringing top talent into the Globes race, this year’s red carpet is looking starrier than ever — and more vibrant.
Awards Season Acting Races: The Most Dramatic Ever?

Awards Season Acting Races: The Most Dramatic Ever?

It seems like every year there’s talk about the acting races being the most competitive and unpredictable ever — the kind of hype typical of a “the most dramatic season ever” of ABC’s “The Bachelor.”
The Political Winners and Losers of Awards Season Films

The Political Winners and Losers of Awards Season Films

This may be the first year in memory when the movies seem more serious about politics than the politicians. Of course, the flippancy began about three years ago when Donald Trump ascended to the