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The Fall Of The American Empire – Review

Left to right: Alexandre Landry as Pierre-Paul Daoust, Maripier Morin as Aspasie/Camille Lafontaine. Photo by Jaime Eduardo Urrutia Acuna, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Despite the title, writer/director Denys Arcand’s film is actually a French Canadian satiric crime thriller/comedy about a delivery driver with a PhD in philosophy who finds himself in an ethical dilemma when a bag of stolen loot literally falls at his feet. But then again, maybe it is about the fall of the American empire, as income inequality and the fuzzy boundary between international high finance and high crimes are at the core of this social satire.

The title follows those of Arcand’s previous films, The Decline Of The American Empire and Barbarians At The Gate, but while those films focused on the same group of academics, this one starts anew with a new group of characters. At the center is
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Toronto Film Festival: ‘The Fall of the American Empire’

  • Variety
Toronto Film Festival: ‘The Fall of the American Empire’
Charged with alternating currents of droll wit, sardonic cynicism, and socialist-tinged idealism, writer-director Denys Arcand’s “The Fall of the American Empire” is a richly amusing rumination on the excesses and amorality of capitalism that plays like an ingeniously contrived mashup of film noir melodrama and Ealing Studios comedy. Despite the title, the new film has nothing to do with “The Decline of the American Empire,” Arcand’s classic 1986 roundelay about the lusty lives and endless conversations of eight self-regarding French Canadian intellectuals. But it does share at least a few thematic threads with that movie’s Oscar-winning sequel, “The Barbarian Invasions” (2003), which suggested that, in times of crisis, even a die-hard socialist might appreciate the value of having a great deal of money at his disposal.

Of course, you don’t have to have seen either of those earlier works to enjoy “Fall of the American Empire.” It’s very much a stand-alone work,
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Sony Classics Acquires Denys Arcand’s ‘The Fall Of The American Empire’ – Cannes

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Sony Pictures Classics has picked up U.S. rights to Oscar winner Denys Arcand’s upcoming The Fall of the American Empire. This is a follow-up of sorts to the Canadian helmer’s 1986 Oscar nominee The Decline Of The American Empire. Spc has also acquired all rights in Latin America, Australia and New Zealand.

The film explores the predominance of capitalism in a society where all other values seem to have crumbled. It centers on Pierre-Paul, a 36-year-old intellectual with a PhD in philosophy who is forced to work as a deliveryman to earn a decent living. One day, while delivering a parcel, he gets caught in a hold-up gone terribly wrong. With two dead and millions in money bags laying on the ground, Pierre-Paul is confronted with a dilemma: leave empty-handed, or take the money and run?

Alexandre Landry (Gabrielle) stars as Pierre-Paul with newcomer Maripier Morin, Louis Morissette
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Seville International Boards Denys Arcand Comedy ‘The Fall Of The American Empire’

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Seville International will handle international sales on Denys Arcand’s (The Barbarian Invasions) upcoming comedy The Fall Of The American Empire, a follow of sorts to his 1986 Oscar-nominee The Decline Of The American Empire.

The French-language film, which is currently in post-production, was written and directed by Arcand and produced by regular collaborator Denise Robert. In 2004, the duo teamed on The Barbarian Invasions which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and was nommed for Best Original Screenplay.

According to the production, the movie “takes a witty and touching look at the predominance of money in a society where all other values seem to have crumbled.” The protagonist, Pierre-Paul Daoust, 36, an intellectual with a PhD in philosophy is forced to work as a deliveryman to afford a decent living. One day, while delivering a parcel, he gets caught in a hold up gone terribly wrong: two dead and millions
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Tiff 2012 News: More Canadian Content Announced

Toronto – On August 8th, in the Imperial Room of The Fairmont Royal York Hotel, the 37th annual Toronto International Film Festival held its Canadian Press Conference. Inside, guests were treated to an assortment of trademark Canadiana, including free beer, cakes, polite conversations and poutine.

Just as you thought the conference couldn’t get more Canadian, Tiff 2012 announced the next wave of hometown content to appear at this year’s festival.

“Through comedy, thrills, drama and suspense, films in the lineup present stories of youth and violence, coming of age, the environment, dysfunctional families, sex and celebrity,” said Steve Gravestock, Senior Programmer of the festival.

“From intimate, affecting stories with big impact to films with global scope, the Canadian films in this year’s Festival will move audiences”.

Screenings include:

Antiviral (North American Premiere)

Brandon Cronenberg, USA/Canada

Starring Caleb Landry Jones, Sarah Gadon, Douglas Smith, Malcolm McDowell

An employee at a clinic,
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Tiff 2012 Announces Canadian Features Including New Films From Sarah Polley, Xavier Dolan and Brandon Cronenberg

  • The Film Stage
In the last major update for the Toronto International Film Festival 2012 slate, they’ve announced their Canadian features. The line-up includes Sarah Polley’s upcoming documentary Stories We Tell, coming off her Take This Waltz this summer (which also premiered at Tiff). The other major films include two we’ve seen at Cannes,one being Brandon Cronenberg‘s Antiviral, which premiered alongside his father’s Cosmopolis. We disliked it (full review), saying it came off as an “an amateurish, high-budget student film.” The other major title is Xavier Dolan‘s Laurence Anyways, which we loved (full review), calling it a major step forward for the filmmaker. Check out the rest of the titles below, which I’m sure will include many discoveries.

Antiviral Brandon Cronenberg, Canada/USA North American Premiere

Syd March is an employee at a clinic that sells injections of live viruses harvested from sick celebrities to obsessed fans.
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V Renews 'Prozac' for a 2nd Season

V, a French Canadian TV network, will renew the half-hour dramatic comedy Prozac, La Maladie Du Bonheur for a second season.

The first season's finale left us at a moment when Philippe Racine (Patrice Robitaille), a fallen columnist of a prestigious newspaper, was making some progress in his therapy. After all, he wanted to commit a suicide after he knowingly plagiarized an article of a French newspaper.

Also returning for the second season will be François Létourneau, Isabelle Blais, Louis Morissette, Gilles Renaud, France Castel, Louise Portal, Jean-Pierre Bergeron, Martin Laroche, Sophie Cadieux and Sandrine Bisson.

For the moment, V hasn't announced any premiere date for Prozac, which was written by Sophia Borovchyk and Karina Goma. However, the show will probably return next fall.
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On the Set of Upcoming Series 'Prozac'

One can tell that V, a French Canadian TV network, is dying for the premiere of its new original series Prozac. Besides, the network has also released online a video that brings us on the set of this show created by Sophia Borovchyk and Karina Goma. In this video, the writers and a few members of the cast talk about the show's story.

The show's story is centred on Philippe (Patrice Robitaille), a columnist in his thirties who have always had everything in life. However, because of a major failure in his professional life, Philippe gets fired and even contemplates committing a suicide. This is why his relatives and close friends urge him to seek help.

This is why Philippe joins a group therapy for depressed people. he group is made of Marie (Sandrine Bisson), a morally naughty woman, François (Jean-Pierre Bergeron), a depressed crooner, and Mireille (Louise Portal), a
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Details On the Script of V's New Original Series 'Prozac'

V, a French Canadian TV network, has revealed the details of the script of its new original series Prozac, which was created by Sophia Borovchyk and Karina Goma. The show is currently in production in Montreal and will premiere this September.

In Prozac, we follow Philippe (Patrice Robitaille), a columnist who's living large until the day he's got fired because of a faux pas. Besides, when his friends and relatives learn that Philippe contemplates suicide, they implore him to seek help.

While he's at the end of the road and approaching his fourties, Philippe decides to join a group therapy for depressed people. The group is made of Marie (Sandrine Bisson), a morally naughty woman, François (Jean-Pierre Bergeron), a depressed crooner, and Mireille (Louise Portal), a patient with a Mother Teresa syndrome (i.e. wanting to help people at all cost even when they don't need it). Mathieu (François Létourneau
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Leading Cast Confirmed for V's 'Prozac'

V, a French Canadian TV network, revealed the leading cast of its upcoming original series Prozac - La maladie du bonheur. The show, which was written by Sophia Borovchyk and Karina Goma, is slated for a premiere this fall.

More than a month ago, V promised that we'll see in Prozac a "prestigious cast that will know how to convey the audacity and originality of Sophia Borovchyk's and Karina Goma's texts". The leading actors of the series will be Patrice Robitaille, Isabelle Blais, François Létourneau and Louis Morissette.

The story will be centred on Philippe (Patrice Robitaille), a man in his thirties who have always had everything in life. However, because of a major failure in his professional life, Philippe is getting closer to the bottom of the barrel. Through Philippe's eyes, we get to see how his three close friends and him strive to find happiness at all cost.
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Nominees for the 2010 Gémeaux Awards

Yesterday, the Quebecker section of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television revealed its full list of nominees at the 2010 Gémeaux Awards, the Quebecker equivalent of the Emmy Awards. Moreover, the award ceremony will be held in September. The following is a list of nominees mostly related to the entertainment sector of Quebecker television.

Best dramatic series:

* Aveux.

* C.A.

* Le Gentleman.

* Mirador.

* Musée Eden.

Best game show:

* Bluff.

* L'union fait la force.

* Le cercle

* Le moment de vérité.

* Tous pour un.

Best reality show:

* En route vers mon premier gala.

* Loft Story 6 - La revanche.

* Ma maison Rona.

* Rock n’Road II.

* VJ recherché.

Best comedy series:

* La galère.

* Les hauts et les bas de Sophie Paquin.

* Les Parent.

* Rock et Rolland.

* Taxi 0-22.

Best soap opera:

* Destinées

* L'auberge du chien noir

* Providence

* Yamaska

Best humour show:

* 3600 secondes d'extase

* Comicographie

* Et Dieu créa... Laflaque

* Infoman

* Les appendices

Best direction in a dramatic series:

* Aveux.
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[News] 'Cabotins' In Quebec's Theatres on July 23

Novem, a production company owned by TV host Véronique Cloutier, announced the production of many feature films. In fact, the first one is called Cabotins. It will be in Quebec's theatres on July 23, 2010.

The film was directed by Alain Desrochers, scripted by Ian Lauzon and produced with a budget of $4,800,000.

It tells the story of Marcel (Rémy Girard), a former actor and producer of variety shows. He now lives in the countryside. Moreover, his wife left him and he's financially down on his luck. In order to get his life back on track, he goes to Montreal in order to recruit former colleagues. Indeed, Marcel wants to make a reunion stage show. Marcel will come across Lady Moon (Yves Jacques), a transvestite; Lucie (Dorothée Berryman), a comedian; and Roger (Gilles Renaud), an old crooner. The three of them accept, but insist that Marcel hires Pedro (Pierre-François Legendre), Marcel's son. However,
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