Hopscotch Films, a boutique distributor of movies in Australia, has sent us a press release to annonce its preview in Sydney on the long week-end in June (10 to 12 of June).
Hopscotch Films have previously released, among others, Mao's Last Dancer, of which I am the lucky owner of a DVD signed by Li Cunxin - the hero of the film, and the Aussie Director, Bruce Beresford.
Here is the story behind Little White Lies:
Starring Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose) LITTLE WHITE LIES follows a group of friends who gather every year at a beautiful beach house, celebrating the birthday of one of the gang. Fun, French Riviera, fine wine and seafood mix with sun and sand as they all leave their city stresses and inhibitions behind.
But this year is different. One of them is badly injured in a serious motorcycle accident just as they are about to leave Paris for their seaside reunion. His friends flock to his bedside, where their unconscious pal is still alive but in intensive care. What to do? Stay in Paris to be by his side, or leave for their vacation having been assured that there is nothing they can do? By the time they return he should be conscious and up for visitors. After some intense discussion, they decide to head off for enjoyment and relaxation. Over the course of the next week, all the tensions within this group erupt into full daylight.
Through a succession of incidents, the group is pulled apart and dragged together by their ties of loyalty and marriage. Their relationships, convictions, sense of guilt and friendship are sorely tested. They are finally forced to own up to the little white lies they have been telling each other...
The Director is Guillaume Canet , also an actor, in the Beach and Love me if you dare, has previously directed Tell no one.
Some of the other actors are Francois Cluzet, Benoit Magimel, Gilles Lellouche, Jean Dujardin, just to name a few...
Hopscotch Films having found our blog (in the first place...) and qualified it as "awesome" have kindly given us
FIVE FREE DOUBLE PASSES for the preview.
I am in turn offering them to my first five Australian readers subscribing to our Newsletter. (form on the right side of this page)
Hurry up and hopefully we will meet at the Premiere!!!
PS: There will be preview sessions in all major capitals in Australia.
(Sydney Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra)
As a bonus, here are a few clips and images of the film. Enjoy!
12 Cheeses - 12 Villages
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It is MasterChef season again in Australia, and we get glued to our screens most nights at 7.30pm...
In its third year now, this is an amazing phenomenon, with wide ranging repercussions in the life of many young or older people, as well as a big economical impact, as everybody rushes to buy the (branded...) products used, or visiting the restaurant whose Chefs are invited on the show.
Take the example of this recipe: it calls for verjuice and vino cotto.
These two ingredients are definitely not your top of the list ingredients in your pantry, are they? Do you know what "vino cotto" is? I didn't...
So, here I am, reading the recipe by Maggie Beer, one of our iconic food figure in Australia, following a hint from my ex-colleague Janine, herself a talented amateur cook who was short listed in the 50-strong Melbourne contingent of this year's program contestants, and guess what? verjuice and vino cotto are two of the ingredients that Maggie Beer makes and sells by the gallon (vino cotto is now her most popular product sold via her online shop!).
I had not seen the episode, a Masterclass, and got some help from Janine.
You can find the recipe here: http://www.masterchef.com.au/chocolate-quince-and-almond-tart.htm
I am not very good at pastry, and I struggled to get the dow right - in fact I failed lamentably, but got some consolation out of the fact that my friend did have some similar problems.
The end results were obviously very "eatable" as we both almost missed out taking photographs of the finish products...
So here are a couple of shots of the last remaining slices:
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