Documentary planned on French President Nicolas Sarkozy

While discussing her well-received Roman Polanski: Wanted And Desired at the Deauville American Film Festival, American documentarian Marina Zenovich declared her wish to make a film about current French President Nicolas Sarkozy, saying she found the way he’s trying to change France very interesting, and that there was of course the “soap opera of his love life”.

For those of you not in the know, Sarkozy was first married in 1986, to a wife who bore his two eldest sons. Two years before, as mayor, he officiated at the wedding of the woman who would go on to become his second wife, Cécilia. Cécilia left her husband for Sarkozy in 1988, who divorced his first wife in 1996 and married her the same year. The couple seperated briefly years later in 2005, and for good soon aftre Sarkozy started his presidency last year. Of course, earlier this year, Sarkozy married the Italian former model/current singer Carla Bruni, a rather loose bombshell who’s been with everyone from Mick Jagger to Donald Trump.


New Trailer: Slacker Uprising (also, movie to be 100% free in North America)

In an unprecedented move, the latest film from controversial documentarian Michael Moore (Sicko) will be released as a free, high-resolution download for a limited time. Slacker Uprising, a follow-up of sorts to the infamous Fahrenheit 9/11, follows Moore as he went from city to city back in 2004 in an attempt to get young people to vote. It was originally meant to be a theatrical release, but instead will be available on the website BlipTV during three weeks if you’re a North American resident, beginning September 23rd. The DVD will come out October 7th.

“I thought it’d be a nice way to celebrate my 20th year of doing this,” Moore said. “And also help get out the vote for November. I’ve been thinking about what I want to do to help with the election this year.”

One can’t help but wonder what influence, if any, this will have on movie distribution as a whole. As it is though, Michael Moore doesn’t expect to make any profit from Slacker Uprising. To download the movie, you need to live either in the US or in Canada and sign up at the film’s official website.


Movie Of The Day: To Be And To Have (2002)

Être Et Avoir, known in English parts of the world as To Be And To Have, is a French documentary by Nicolas Philibert, probably best known for the landmark film Louvre City. Philibert and a small crew spent ten weeks filming teacher Georges Lopez and his small contingent of students from ages 4 to 11 in the small village of Saint-Etienne-Sur-Usson, in central France. What results is an intimate portrait of both the teacher and his students as well as a chronicle of their year together.

Nicolas Philibert, one of France’s most acclaimed documentarians, has his own personal style, one that is very rare and possibly unique in the medium. Indeed, Philibert doesn’t put himself on camera to then start traipsing around asking questions like, say, Michael Moore. Nor does he point his camera on someone’s face and asks him to talk, you know, “in an intimate way”. Far from it. Philibert simply films. He doesn’t intervene, he simply films people in their daily activities. It’s pretty much like the camera wasn’t even there, you’re watching reality, plain and simple. Except for one short scene in the middle of the film, you won’t find anyone look at the camera and start addressing you. No, you just go on and observe these people’s story as though it was fiction, except it’s not. The review continues after the jump, along with a clip from the movie, subtitled in English.

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