Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Elmosnino at Tribeca Film Festival Premiere: Video Q&A

Blogger and Film Festival Correspondent for Fest21.com, Sharon Abella, recently posted a short but sweet interview with Éric Elmosnino at the premiere of Gainsbourg: Je t'aime...moi non plus at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on April 23rd, in which he discusses his knowledge of and preparation for the role of Serge Gainsbourg, and how Serge is ultimately perceived today as an historical figure.

Within the post, Sharon links to this video below, the Q&A with Éric Elmosnino from the premiere. Enjoy!

The video is sort of quiet so if you'd like to read the recap from the Official Tribeca Film Festival Blog, click here.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Gainsbourg Conquers The United States

Last week, film fans on both sides of the United States got their first taste of Joann Sfar's Gainsbourg: Je t'aime...moi non plus, and they were not disappointed.  With screenings in New York (Tribeca Film Festival), Los Angeles (COLCOA), and San Francisco (SFIFF), critics and fans alike were not only celebrating Sfar's visionary work in retelling the tale of Serge Gainsbourg's life, but also in the flawless performance of Éric Elmosnino as the film's title character.

Elmosnino took top honors as an actor in the World Narrative category at this year's Tribeca Film Festival for his role as Gainsbourg, and I was lucky enough to cross paths with the actor outside of the Friday, April 23 premiere in NYC's historic Chelsea district.

(me and Éric Elmosnino in New York City)

I nervously walked up to him, introduced myself, and told him about this blog. He was intrigued and we spoke for a few minutes about the film and my cousin, Kacey Mottet Klein, who plays Serge as a child. He even broke off from his conversation with his chain-smoking entourage of Francophones to take this photo with me, and as we were smoking outside the theater, he asked why I wasn't in the show. I explained that I was unable to get tickets because of the high demand to see the film and that it had sold out.  He showed a look of concern, reached into his pocket, and produced this wonderful piece of paper for me. 

Thanks to Elmosnino, I was able to get into a later screening of the film the following week, where I thoroughly enjoyed virtually every element of Sfar's take on Gainsbourg's life, from the gorgeous cinematography & art direction to the special effects & the characterization his dark side, La Gueule, in addition to the unbelievable musical performances by the film's cast.

Hopefully, the popularity and accomplishments of Gainsbourg at these festivals will speed up it's distribution and release into US theaters and elsewhere around the world.  Bravo to cast and crew and special thanks to Éric for hooking me up with a ticket.  I don't know what I would've done if I'd had to wait another couple months.  

Merci beaucoup!

Friday, April 16, 2010

King of Cannes: Win A Free VIP Luxury Trip The Cannes Film Festival

A few weeks ago, I was followed on Twitter by a mysterious character tweeting under the name @LifeOfJacques, who hit me up with this entertaining tweet regarding his relationship with the one and only, Serge Gainsbourg.

The story circulating about this guy is that he is French film producer/director and quintessential playboy, Jacques D'Azur, who reportedly "disappeared while vacationing in the South Pacific. Jacques set sail on his yacht ‘Bridgette et Anna' off Tahiti. After brief radio contact, there has been no further signs of Jacques or his yacht. Jacques D'Azur has been a fixture in the French film world for over 30 years, and is well known for his lavish lifestyle and parties during the Festival De Cannes," and is thus known widely as the "King of Cannes".

"What an interesting story!" I thought to myself. Having been pretty familiar with French cinema for about a decade, I then thought "Why have I never heard of this dude?" and "Why is nobody talking about this?" Well, a few days later I got an email explaining to watch the video below and that it's all part of some big promotion by Stella Artois to give away an all-inclusive free trip for 2 to Cannes for Luxury VIP Red Carpet treatment at the Cannes Film Festival.

(via Facebook)

I was sad because I wanted Jacques to be real. I wanted for him to be found and for us to be Twitter buddies forever, but hey, I'll settle for a free trip to the French Riviera for the most renowned film festival in the world.

To enter the contest for yourself, follow this link: http://bit.ly/JacquesdAzur

Despite the fact that neither Joann Sfar's Gainsbourg (vie héroïque) nor the rumored premiere of his much-anticipated animated version of his hugely successful comic, "The Rabbi's Cat", there are still some amazing films being show at the festival (full line-up below).

In competition:

Mathieu Amalric - TOURNEE
Rachid Bouchareb - HORS LA LOI
Alejandro Gonzalez - IÑÁRRITU BIUTIFUL
Abbas Kiarostami- COPIE CONFORME
Takeshi Kitano - OUTRAGE
Lee Chang-dong - POETRY
Doug Liman - FAIR GAME
Sergei Loznitsa - YOU. MY JOY
Daniele Luchetti - LA NOSTRA VITA
Apichatpong Weerasethakul - LOONG BOONMEE RALEUK CHAAT

Un Certain Regard:

Derek Cianfrance - BLUE VALENTINE
Christoph Hochhausler - UNTER DIR DIE STADT
Ágnes Kocsis - PÁL ADRIENN
Vikramaditya Motwane - UDAAN
Hideo Nakata - CHATROOM
Cristi Puiu - AURORA
Hong Sangsoo - HA HA HA
Oliver Schmitz - LIFE ABOVE ALL
Daniel Vega - OCTUBRE
David Verbeek - R U THERE

Out of Competition:

Ridley Scott - ROBIN HOOD
Stephen Frears - TAMARA DREWE
Gregg Araki - KABOOM
Gilles Marchand - L'AUTRE MONDE

Special Screenings:

Charles Ferguson - INSIDE JOB
Patricio Guzman - NOSTALGIA DE LA LUZ
Otar Iosseliani - CHANTRAPAS
Diego Luna - ABEL

So... if these films don't convince you it's worth entering the contest, maybe the prizes will. Read all about  the details below.

Prize (1): Trip for winner and one (1) guest to attend the Festival de Cannes in France. Trip consists of round-trip first-class air transportation for two (2) (from gateway city nearest winner's home), five star double-occupancy hotel accommodations for two (2) nights, transportation to/from winners home to the airport and to/from airport to the hotel, a personally tailored suit or dress for the winner, two (2) entertainment activities for winner and guest, one (1) prize bag with Stella Artois merchandise , two (2) tickets to an opening or closing gala at the Palm D'or Awards, exclusive VIP film festival screenings and all inclusive meals and beverages. Travel must be completed between May 12, 2010 and May 23, 2010.

Tailored suit

Cannes Film Festival is the height of glamour and luxury, when powerful movie producers and beautiful movie stars jet in to the Riviera to compete over who is more glamorous, most cool and most popular.

Cannes has always been this way, but there was one man who really kicked it all off back in the 1960s – the great Jacques d’Azur, who was recently lost at sea. Jacques was the guy everyone wanted to be, or be with, including the movie stars around him. What he did one year at the festival the likes of Brando, McQueen and Newman copied the next year. And Jacques was always impeccably dressed. It was rumored that each night he’d have a new suit tailored in his room. His favorite was the tuxedo, and he wore it well. Looking just as good at the end of the night as he did at the start – no matter what he got up to. He once water-skied from a party on a yacht back to shore and never got so much as a drop of water on his tux. It’s no coincidence that Jacques and his impeccable tuxedo, share a similar look to a certain British secret agent that popped up in movies a year or so later. Sadly Cannes will be without Jacques d’Azur this year, but a search is underway to find a mysterious heir mentioned in his last will and testament. No doubt this lucky heir will be taking Jacques’ place at Cannes and be looking forward to having his tuxedo tailored d’Azur style.

Helicopter pick up

For the jetset movie star going to the Cannes Film Festival is like a hop skip and a jump, or more accurately a hop, skip, and stroll. A first class flight to the south of France, followed by a quick helicopter ride to Cannes harbor and a short walk to check in to your suite at the five star hotel. Of course it wasn’t always like this, people used to arrive by yacht or drive from the airport, all very well but not quite up to the pace of the jetset. In fact it wasn’t until the 1960s that helicopter taxis from the airport to Cannes began. And that was all down to one man – Jacques d’Azur. He was the first true triple threat star of his day - actor, director , producer. And he was the people’s King of Cannes, handsome, talented and smart, very smart. He was always one step ahead of everyone else, so it came as no surprise when he made a stylishly late arrival to the 1960 festival. Just as everyone was thinking he might not turn up, he swooped over the hills in a bubble helicopter and landed at the end of the harbor on a temporary helipad. That temporary helipad stayed there until the early 70s, because the next year it was almost Cannes Film Festival custom to arrive by helicopter. Sadly this year’s festival will not have Jacques hovering over the beach, as the great Jacques d’Azur has disappeared, presumed lost at sea, while manning his yacht in rough weather. But there could well be some lucky person taking his seat in the chopper this year, as Jacques’ will left his glamorous weekend in Cannes to an unknown heir. It is rumored this lucky person could be almost anyone and may not even know about Jacques d’Azur. Rest assured if this person does come forward, they will thank him as they soar over Cannes.

1st class flights

We’re used to our movie stars jetting all over the world and in the best possible style, flat beds, mile high bars serving perfect ice cold beers, even onboard massages and chefs. And nowhere brings out the quest for luxury in movie stars, quite like the Cannes Film Festival. But the style and luxury used to be all about when you where actually in Cannes, not before you even got there. That all changed with the rise of the jetset in the 60s. And no one was more jetset amongst the jetset than Jacques d’Azur. He was the preeminent actor/producer/director/bon vivant of the 60s. And with homes in the world’s most wonderful and exotic locations, he did his fair share of flying. But Jacques liked to travel in style, and he would often bring his own luxuries on board, and those early airlines he flew with took note. He is said to be the inspiration behind such things as air stewardesses, flat beds and in-flight movies - He premiered of one of his movies on a flight with friends from New York to Cannes, with the help of his very own projector. There are other things that remain with us allegedly of Jacques invention. Jacques used to charter an airplane to take him across the airport runway to the international terminal of airports, without the plane ever taking off. He called them his ‘taxis’. Unfortunately Jacques will not be flying to Cannes this year, or indeed anywhere else in the world, as he has been declared lost at sea while manning his yacht in bad weather. Interestingly he did leave a last will and testament, which in true Jacques style has cause a commotion. He has left his amazing weekend at the Cannes film festival, including the luxury flight to the Riviera, to an unknown heir. There are clues to who this lucky person may be, but sources say almost anyone in the world could claim the inheritance. Whoever ends up becoming the new King of Cannes will no doubt travel in the fantastic style Jacques was accustom to.

Sounds like an amazing opportunity, right? Bonne chance!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Gainsbourg (vie héroïque) Premiere in Athens, Greece: This Thursday!

The 11th Francophone Film Festival begins in Athens, Greece this Thursday (April 15, 2010) and I couldn't agree more with the decision to celebrate opening night with the Greek premiere of Joann Sfar's Gainsbourg (vie héroïque). See the film's trailer with Greek subtitles below. 

There will be a number of celebrities in attendance over the 10 days of French film premieres throughout the Greek capital including Festival Patron Jean-Paul Gaultier, Jane Birkin, Jacques Perrin, Stephane Bern, Daphne Roulier, Antoine de Caunes, Francois-Xavier Demaison, Tania Bruna-Rosso, Grégoire Vigneron, and Riad Sattouf.  Additionally, there will be a special tribute to Éric Rohmer which will feature screenings of Le Signe du Lion, La Collectionneuse (The Collector), Les Nuits de la pleine lune (Full Moon in Paris), Le Rayon vert (Summer), and Triple Agent.

The selection of films screening at this year's festival include:
  •  Tribute to Éric Rohmer:

    • - Full Moon in Paris
    • - The Collector
    • - The Green Ray / Summer
    • - The Sign of Leo
    • - Triple Agent
(via UniFrance on YouTube)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Get To Know La Gueule: Doug Jones Video Interview

According to the critics, the fantasy-like alter ego of Serge Gainsbourg, La Gueule is perhaps the most controversial character in Joann Sfar's Gainsbourg (vie héroïque). Love him or hate him, check out the video interview below from the recent Wizard World Toronto Comic Con with Doug Jones, the man behind the mask (click here to read our cast spotlight). He talks about working with Weird Al Yankovic, going to his "happy place", discloses the details on his forthcoming short film "Sudden Death", addresses rumors about working with Guillermo Del Toro on The Hobbit films, and professes a secret love of musicals among a plethora of other subjects in this hilarious 9-minute interview. Enjoy!

(via YouTube)

Monday, April 5, 2010

Special Gainsbourg Documentary Screening Tonight In Austin

Serge Gainsbourg's birthday may have been last Friday, but the city of Austin, Texas is still celebrating. Tonight (Monday, April 5) at 10:15 PM, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will be screening a special 75-minute documentary on "L'Homme à tête de chou" as a part of their Music Monday Signature Series.  Read the synopis below.

"Serge Gainsbourg would have been 82 years old this April, not that any such thing was likely or even possible. He suffered (?) from most of the fatal addictions of our time - booze, cigarettes, love, music. It's astonishing that this slouched, unshaven, bleary-eyed shell of a man lived to be 62 - but his music still sounds as young as love itself. No the love of la-la-la pop music, but the love that farts, that cheats, that makes you feel 10 feet tall one minute and like a squashed rat the next. His peculiar genius and attitude is anathema to many Americans probably, but that doesn't make us like him any less. This special show features a newly compiled selection of Serge Gainsbourg promo clips, live performances and interviews, culminating with the earth-shakingly spectacular full length video of his masterpiece "Melody Nelson" in gorgeous quality. We'll have it turned up pretty loud so if you don't like chain-smoking, sneering, lecherous Frenchmen stay home, watch FAMILY GUY and leave us ALONE." (via Lars at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema)

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
320 E 6th Street
Austin, TX 78701

The Women Of Gainsbourg: Video Interview

Our good friend, Catherine Beauchamp from Le Tapis Rose de Catherine, just posted the newest part in her series of interviews with personalities in and around Joann Sfar's Gainsbourg (vie héroïque). This piece honors women of the film and includes interviews with stars Éric Elmosnino, Anna Mouglalis, and Writer/Director Joann Sfar, who speaks about the suicide of Lucy Gordon, which came as shocking news only 15 days after the film's final shoot. Check out the video interviews below. (Sorry anglophones, no subtitles for this one).

(via YouTube)