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This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam delve into Frederic Jardin’s bold new action film, Sleepless Night, which is available now on Video on Demand. Special guest Matt Singer joins us from Criticwire.

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/Film will be co-presenting a free screening of Sleepless Night on Thursday, May 3rd at USC in Los Angeles with our friends at FirstShowing. We first saw this french action film at the Toronto International Film Festival and it blew me away. It’s probably one of the best written contained action thrillers in years. As I wrote in my review:

Night is kind of like Die Hard meets 24 by way of Taken, but never falling into many of the genre cliches set-up by those films.

Alex and I fought hard to present a screening of this film for our readers in Los Angeles. Not only is it a free evening screenin, but we’ll also be hosting a live Q&A with director Frédéric Jardin via Skype (as he’s in France) afterwards. You won’t want to miss this!

Courtesy of Tribeca Film and USC School of Cinematic Arts, we’re hosting the screening at 8:15 PM on May 3rd at the USC’s Ray Stark Family Theatre (George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007). Seating is first come, first serve. To register, all you need to do is submit your name, if you have a guest or not, and basic contact info to: sleeplessnightfilm@gmail.com.

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‘Sleepless Night’ U.S. Trailer

Outside a select few titles, Hollywood really hasn’t been doing too well releasing bad-ass, critically-acclaimed action films. For those, smart moviegoers are looking overseas to films like The Raid: Redemption and the film you’re about to watch the trailer for, Sleepless Night. Directed by Frédéric Jardin, the festival favorite (read our reviews from Toronto and Fantastic Fest) is about a compromised police officer who undergoes a hellacious night in a French nightclub trying to rescue his kidnapped son. Blending the tropes of the TV show 24 with the action of the Bourne movies, it’s a ton of fun. The film hits theaters May 11 and VOD April 17 and you can watch the official United States trailer below. Read More »

Another Fantastic Fest is in the books and the festival once again lived up to its name. For eight straight days I slept little, met friends, ate, drank and watched an inhuman amount of crazy genre movies. Now that it’s over, it’s time to not only rank the best films I saw at the festival, but point out a few trends that defined Fantastic Fest 2011. Read More »

The French thriller Sleepless Night, in which two police officers who moonlight stealing drugs have to deal with insanity on a night when they lose their merchandise, has been earning raves since it premiered as part of the Midnight Madness program at TIFF. Peter loved the film in Toronto, and Germain loved it at Fantastic Fest. The consensus is that Sleepless Night is a taut, economical action thriller in a mode that recalls Die Hard (thanks to a mostly closed environment) and Taken (due to the pace and tone of the action).

The film is already picked up for a US remake, but the original isn’t going anywhere. All that critical love, and good audience reactions, will ensure that you get a chance to see it. Below, we’ve got the first French trailer for the film, and while it features no English dialogue or subtitles, you’ll still be able to understand a lot of what it offers. Read More »

In the movies, when good guys get mixed up in drugs, it’s a recipe for disaster. And while that’s the basic drive of both Sleepless Night and El Narco, one does it on a very small scale with big results and the other does it on a huge scale with lesser results.

Sleepless Night, which just got purchased by Warner Bros. for a remake, is a French action film about two police officers who moonlight as drug enforcers and the madness that happens over the course of one night when they lose their merchandise. El Narco is a controversial Mexican gangster film about a failed middle age American immigrant who is forced to join an organized crime family because it’s the only work available. One of these films is a best of the year contender. The other is a solid, but slightly empty, attempt at the crime genre. Read which is which and more after the jump. Read More »

I walked out of an early Toronto International Film Festival press screening 10 days ago ranting and raving about Frédéric Jardin‘s incredible French contained action thriller Sleepless Night. I posted an enthusiastic review on September 12th calling it “one of the best and tightest written action thrillers I’ve seen in the past few years” and predicted that some lucky Hollywood studio would be developing a big budget American remake within the week. I was a little off in my prediction timeline, but ten days later The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Warner Bros and Roy Lee will be producing the English-language adaptation.

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There’s almost too much that’s good about Fantastic Fest: experiencing the Alamo Drafthouse for a week straight; the small, friendly, film fan atmosphere; the parties. Oh yeah, then there’s the insane films. Every year Fantastic Fest is filled with a ton of wild genre flicks that either you’ve never heard of yet or already have a lot of buzz surrounding them. As the 2011 festival is set to kick off this week, /Film will be on the ground telling you about the sickest, most disturbing and exciting films playing in Austin, Texas. Before that though, since there’s so much that’s good about Fantastic Fest, we’ve got three lists to get you as excited:

  • The Top 15 Films I’m Curious About – The true gems of Fantastic Fest, these are the wild cards we’re excited for from description alone.
  • The Top 10 Most Anticipated Films – These are films with familiar names or built in buzz from previous festivals.
  • The Top 5 Films of Fantastic Fest 2011 Already – This is a list of five films playing at the Festival we already know to be winners.

Read all of this after the jump and keep checking /Film from September 22-29 for all your coverage of Fantastic Fest 2011. Read More »

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