Celine Dion Biopic ‘Aline’ Gender Tweaks – Specialty Preview – Deadline

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Five-year-old Aline’s face looks oddly mature and toothy as she crawls under a table at a family wedding to sing a song at the start of the film of the same name. French comedian and actress Valérie Lemercier, 58, wrote, directed and starred in Aline and it’s her head on a body modified by special effects in this scene. Roadside Attractions and Samuel Goldwyn Films open the “Fiction Loosely Based on the Life of Celine Dion” in the United States this weekend.

Lemercier, a big star in France, won the best actress at the Cesars in February for the film, where she gives the Canadian-born pop idol a Kristen Wiig-ish vibe. A line premiered out of competition at Cannes last year. The US release has been pushed back from an original date in January.

The story follows Aline Dieu, the youngest of 14 children of a musical and hard-working French-Canadian couple – a sort of larger and poorer von Trapp family. Her voice propelled her from local phenomenon to global music superstar and into two great romances: with her manager and husband René Angélil (who died in 2016); and with his adoring fans. In the film, Karam is called Guy-Claude Kamar and is played by Sylvain Marcel.

“The biopic is a standard Hollywood cliche that is by definition conventional,” Howard Cohen said. Road Co-Chair. “It’s eccentric, in a good way. We didn’t expect it at Cannes, but we were very impressed by the way it treated the subject from a very unique angle.

It opens in 15 markets on 61 screens and will grow to 150-200 next week – a mix of foreign-language arthouse and multiplexes for Celine Dione fans. “A public that likes it, that also goes to French cinema? There must be some overlap. But I don’t know if they would go [Dion fans] if they’ve never seen a movie with subtitles,” Cohen said. “We have modest expectations but I think there is an advantage thanks to Celine.”

Parasite and The worst person in the world had younger demos for foreign language movies. But Celine doesn’t skew particularly young. Titanic and its Oscar-winning theme song was released in 1997. “My Heart Will Go On” is one of several musical numbers that Aline de Lemercier performs in the film, dubbed by Victoria Sio.

Cohen said older, slow-returning specialist audiences “will have to be persuaded” about the movies they want to see. “I’m curious to see how it goes. I’m curious to see how Downton Abbey 2 does. It will be a big Rubicon. Feature updates Downton Abbey: A New Era May 20.

Elsewhere in the specialty: IFC Films presents Cow on 35 screens. The distributor describes this Andrea Arnold documentary as “an intimate portrait of the life of a dairy cow” that “highlights the beauty and challenges that cows face, and their great service to us all”. The cow is Luma and the film – which gets 94% of reviews on Rotten Tomatoes – is from his point of view. See Deadline revision.

Greenwich Entertainment presents the documentary Gustavo Dudamel by Theodore Braun ¡Viva Maestro! about the young musical and artistic director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and one of the few conductors to be a true pop culture icon. He also conducts the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra in his native Venezuela. which has been troubled by political and economic turmoil under President Nicolás Maduro. The film focuses on a period in 2017 when the government canceled Dudamel’s international tours with Simón Bolívar amid deadly protests across the country. It opens in New York (Film Forum) and LA (The Landmark) this weekend, and expands thereafter.

Film Movement presents Sergei Loznitsa Donbass as winner of the Best Director award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival – In some perspective finally gets an American version. The dark comedy is set in Donbass, a region in eastern Ukraine that now makes daily headlines. It follows a Hybrid War involving open armed conflict as well as large-scale murder and robbery perpetrated by separatist gangs in a world where propaganda is uttered as truth, hate is declared love, and life is steeped in fear. , suspicion and fake news. Week-long engagements at four theaters: IFC Center in New York, the Laemmle Monica 4 in Los Angeles, The Clairidge in Montclair, NJ and the Pageant Theater in Chico, CA.

Opening of Amazon studios All the old knives by Janus Metz with Chris Pine in theaters (we don’t know how many) and on Prime Video. Deadline review here. Veteran CIA agent Henry Pelham (Pine) is tasked with rooting out a mole among his former colleagues at the agency’s Vienna train station. His investigation reunites him with his former colleague and ex-lover Celia Harrison (Thandiwe Newton).

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