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70th Festival de Cannes Awards - and the Winners are ...

    The Jury of the 70th Festival de Cannes, presided by Pedro Almodóvar, has revealed the names of the 2017 prize-winners during the Awards Ceremony. Monica Bellucci welcomed the prize-givers and winners onto the stage of the Grand Théâtre Lumière. The President of the Jury and the French actress Juliette Binoche, had the honour of awarding the Palme d’or to the best of the nineteen fi...

Saturday, Hot Day 11. Two films. Two Jeremiads: A winner and a loser

Elizabeth Olsen (of the FBI) and Jeremy Renner in Wind River WIND RIVER. Superb! ( Best direction, Un Certain Regard) "She ran six miles barefoot in the snow and died of burst frozen lungs ..."  Rape and murder on the reservation with Jeremy Renner really coming into his own as a not particularly handsome leading man. Very strong as the predator hunter with high powered rifle on high speed snowmobile --At the end of this snowy subzero nail biter Renner subjects the bloodied f...

The winners of the 20th Cinéfondation Selection

The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury headed by Cristian Mungiu and including Clotilde Hesme, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Barry Jenkins and Eric Khoo, has awarded the 2017 Cinéfondation Prizes during a ceremony held in the Buñuel Theatre, followed by the screening of the winning films.     ...

Jury Oecuménique met with Dario Vigano sent by Vatican to Cannes to deliver a message from Pope Francis

Dario Vigano came to Cannes with a short text on Cinema to share " Cinema Stories of Hope" and a message from the Pope. I have translated this paragraph for you. The french text is available here. Communicating hope and trust in our time, is the title chosen by the pope for the 51st world day for social communication (May 28), to attract the attention of all media and information professionals, the entire community, to being promoters of the true and honest stories, not t...

Cannes 2017: The Critics Awards

The FIPRESCI Jury awarded three prizes: two in the Official Selection – one for the Competition and one for "Un Certain Regard" –, and a third one for either "The Critics Week" or the "Directors' Fortnight". Prize in the Official Selection / Competition:  "120 Beats Per Minute" (BPM – Beats Per Minute / 120 battements par minute)  by Robin Campillo (France, 2017, 140 min), "A film about love. A film about life....

Un Certain Regard 2017 Awards

            Un Certain Regard 2017 presented in competition 18 films hailing from 22 different countries. 6 of the works were first films. The Opening film was BARBARA by Mathieu Amalric. Under the presidency of Uma Thurman (actress - United States), the Jury was comprised of Mohamed Diab (director - Egypt), Reda Kateb (actor - France), Joachim Lafosse (director - Belgium) and Karel Och (artistic direct...

The 2017 Ecumenical Jury awards its Prize to Hikari (Radiance) by Naomi Kawase

  The 2017 Ecumenical Jury awards its Prize to Hikari (Radiance) by Naomi Kawase (Official Competition)         Misako, a young woman who provides audio-description, rend...

Cristian Mungiu and the Jury have announced the winners of the 20th Cinéfondation Selection

        The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury headed by Cristian Mungiu and including Clotilde Hesme, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Barry Jenkins and Eric Khoo, has awarded the 2017 Cinéfondation Prizes during a ceremony held in the Buñuel Theatre, followed by the screening of the winning films.   The Cinéfondation Selection consisted of 16 student films, chosen out of 2 600 entries coming from 626 fi...

Winners 2017 | La Semaine de la Critique

         The prizes and awards given by the partners of La Semaine de la Critique are &nb...

The Alfonso Cuarón's Cinema Masterclass of Wednesday, May 24th

After the Masterclass with Clint Eastwood, yesterday it was the turn of the Mexican director, Alfonso Cuarón, winner of seven Oscars for Gravity, to talk about his experiences as a filmmaker with the French critic, Michel Ciment.       &nb...

Coppola The flavor of the day

  Coppola Press Conference for The  Beguiled, which was not very beguiling -- in fact it sucked.  Glossy high budget scraggly story about a wounded soldier taken in by a house fill of femmes, with solid gold cast (Kidman, Farrel, Durst and Fanning) which helps viewers overlook some of the contrivances of the script as the pic falls apart in the second part and becomes an unintentional black comedy instead of the romantic drama it started out as.  Set in a handsome southern ...

Women in Motion: Diane Kruger

Women in Motion by Kering concluded today their third edition, conversing with Women in the film business about their experience and their contribution to equal rights for women in the industry. The guest of today's talk was actress Diane Kruger, who spoke about being an actress in the US and Europe, the differences and the fight women are giving to get equal pay and equal treatment within the competitive industry.  Here's a video excerpt from the talk:  About Diane Kruge...

Notes on films seen So Far

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by Alex Deleon, filmfestivals.com Market film at Gray D'Albion:      "La Habitación" (The Room) ~ A film about a room that has seen a lot of history and the people who have lived in it. This Polish-Mexican co-production was a complete surprise and an eye opener. I was attracted to the title because it stars Swiss-French actress Irène Jacob who leapt to international prominence in two films by famed Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski, "Th...

Sunday Cannes Day 5

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Subject: Like it or not what Cannes is mostly about is star gazing, especially Hollywood stars.  Even though the French like to think they invented the Seventh Art and have a contingent of their own home bred stars such as Isabelle Huppert and many others what the red carpet (Tapis Rouge) neck craners hope to  catch glimpses of are some Authentic  Hollywood celebrities and Cannes offers that in far larger doses than any other festival. It is almost hard to keep track of the Holly...

Agnès Varda and her team were overwhelmed with the screening in Cannes of Visages Villages

The 45 minutes standing ovation after the screening of Visages Villages left Agnes Varda and her team at Cine Tamaris with amazing memories. ...

Tribute to André Téchiné's through his new film GOLDEN YEARS

  to kick off the celebrations of the 70th anniversary the Cannes Film Festival is presenting a special tribute to André Téchiné, as well as the world premiere of his new film GOLDEN YEARS.    Pierre Deladonchamps (STRANGER BY THE LAKE) and Céline Sallette (HOUSE OF TOLERANCE) are Paul and Louise Grappe, who get married on the eve of World War I. When Paul...

The Meyerowitz StorieS, another Netflix Red Carpet

Cannes Film Festival World Premiere on May 21st for Director Noah Baumbach's The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) Photos Include: Noah Baumbach, Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman & Emma Thompson     The Netflix original film The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)  launches globally on Netflix in Late 2017   From writer/director Noah Baumbach, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) is the emot...

Cannes Film Screenings - May 22

Make sure you know what's being screned today in Cannes. Happy End is a film that continues the underlying theme of The Festival which seems to be focused on the palpable refugee crisis. Several films in competition will be screened and premiered today including The Killing of a Sacred Deer and Netflix's The Meyerowitz Stories.  The Killing of A Sacred Deer // Yorgos Lanthimos (In Competition – Feature Films) 8:30 – Grand Théâtre Lumière 13:...

Michel Franco on April's Daughters

  Interview and text: Martin I. Petrov    After receiving the Uncertain Regard award for After Lucia in 2012 and competing for the Palm D’or with Chronic in 2015, Mexican director Michel Franco returns in this year's festival with April’s daughters, a family drama starring Emma Suárez (Julieta).    A contemporary take on Mexican middle class, Franco writes and directs a story about a young 17 year old who drops out of school after an unexpec...

Cannes Film Screenings - Sunday May 21

Battements Par Minute // Robin Campillo (In Competition – Feature Films) 8:30 – Grand Théâtre Lumière 15:00 – Grand Théâtre Lumière  18:30 – Grand Théâtre Lumière Early 1990s. With AIDS having already claimed countless lives for nearly ten years, Act up-Paris activists multiply actions to fight general indifference.  Nathan, a newcomer to the group, has his world shaken up by Sean, a radical mil...

Moschino & Cara Delevingne celebrate at Plage Magnum

Cara Delevigne joined forces with Moschino's Jeremy Scott to create a special limited edition summer bag series with ice-cream giant Magnum. To celebrate the launch they through a party at the Plage Magnum last night in Cannes, giving extra glamour to the Cannes Film Festival and inviting a great deal of French media, photographers and festival industry attendees.  The make you own ice-cream stand and inspired summer cocktails brought great vibe to the beach club, hosting exclusive e...

Cannes Competition Screenings - Friday May 19

Be sure to find out when to catch the latest films in the competition. Both Feature Films and Certain Regard Films are being screened today at multiple times at multiple theaters. Wonderstruck makes another appearance today as well as the industrialized meat critique, Okja.  Okja // Bong Joon Ho (In Competition – Feature Films) 8:00 – Grand Théâtre Lumière 19:00 – Grand Théatre Lumière For 10 idyllic years, young Mija has been careta...

Robin Wright: Women in Film

Text and photos: Martin I. Petrov  While the world is in expectation of the new House of Cards season, coming on Netflix at the end of May, Robin Wright attended the very first Women in Film talk presented by Kering and Variety, in advance of the premiere of her short film The Dark of Night, at the opening of Cannes Classics tonight at 8 pm at the Bunuel Theatre.  The American actress, producer and director spoke about the empowering change for women in the film industry, about her...
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