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The Art of Queuing

There are many things people to not know about the film festival in Cannes and one of these things is the challenge of queuing. In many of the theatres, anyone with a cinephile badge have access to see screenings, however, there are of course only a certain amount of seats in a theatre. Depending on the time and title queues to get in have people waiting in line for two hours, even more for some at the front. It is the tedious, often boring task we must face to see films here but it is somethi...

"Sea of Trees" Review: Why It Didn't Deserved To Be Booed

I have never been to a movie before that has been booed by more than a few people. Although, I was not at the press screening, it was reported that much of the audience received Gus Van Sant's new film "Sea of Trees" with much disappointment. The film stars oscar winner Matthew McConaughey as Arthur Brennan, who attempts to commit suicide in Japan's haunting forest.  Throughout the whole film, I thought to myself "why on earth would this get booed so drastically?&q...

Tale of Tales, a Mother/Son relationship

  by, Cameron Lui   Salma Hayek is not a mother to mess with. She makes it clear to her son that his behavior is disappointing yet he continues to sneak off to the woods and in nooks of the castle to hang out with his virgin birth born, peasant twin. I could explain that better but it would be too big of a spoiler.    One of the most subtly beautiful scenes is when she calls for her son to come into her chamber and mistakenly calls in his peasant twin. She does not see...

The Irrational Man Review

  Regardless of opinions surrounding his controversial personal life, Woody Allen has strong philosophical views which he passes on through his work.   “The Irrational Man,” stars Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone, whom both turned in yet another powerful performance with stretched out and brutally honest conversations.    What made the movie so great was its directness. While the heavy dialog made for an uncomfortable movie, it was clearly the intention of th...

The Lobster - Review

  By Martin I. Petrov ‘Put your headphones on and wait for my sign. We need to press play at the same moment to be synchronised and dance.’ Two loners, each holding their own music player surrender to the melancholic sound only they can hear among the trees in a silent forest. Only a split second is enough for one to venture into Yiorgos Lanthimos’ nostalgic ode to solitude.  The loners, this is how we call them. Ordinary singles, in the not so distant future, ar...

Sea of Trees Opens at Cannes Film Festival

  Sea of Trees Opens In Cannes   Off to a rocky start, Sea of Trees had its premiere last night at the Grand Lumiere Theater. It was the first film this year booed by a section of the audience during the press screenings the night before. Some had said that it was too pushed and the emotion did not feel real. Scott Foundas from Variety stated that the movie was "Dimestore mysticism of a highly maudlin and unpleasant order, passionately and deservedly booed." Du...

Festival Attracts Big Names Off the Screen

The Film Festival is not all about the screenings and the stars, but also how the ambiance changes within the city of Cannes. The weather is warmer, the streets are more lively, and the events are bigger. With the festival in town, a new season starts for local clubs that open up such as the Gotha Club all the way down the croissette to Palm Beach. Exclusive and pricey, but it also boasts some of the biggest names in the biggest industry coming to their venue.  To kick off their festivit...

Commissioner Oettinger responds to the call of European filmmakers

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68th  Festival de Cannes     On Sunday 17 May, European Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger, in charge of the Digital Economy and Society, and renowned filmmakers such as Michel Hazanavicius and Costa-Gavras, will hold a press point to discuss how to promote European cinema in the digital era. Commissioner Oettinger will respond to the call of European filmmakers published on 9 April in which they asked for a better circulation of European works and the protection of copyrig...

Radu Muntean: Interview for One Floor Below

Radu Muntean is a Romanian Filmmaker. His fifth feature film One Floor Below (Un Etaj Mai Jos) is at the Un Certain Regard section of the 68th Festival De Cannes.  Patrascu lives happy family life in contemporary Romania. After he witnesses domestic quarrel that ends up with a murder, Patrascu's world is challenged and he is called to discover a side of his character he never explored before.    Interview: Martin I. Petrov Photo credits: Chloé Vollmer-Lo   ...

Mad Max Review

  “Mad Max” Immediately hits the audience with heavy social commentary, assuring the audience knows that this is not going to be your average blockbuster action flick.    "I don't want to speak for George but what I took from all the Mad Max films is it was very grounded with what a lot of scholars talk about with globalization and global warming, leadership getting out of hand and the control of people,” Charlize Theron said in the “Mad Max&r...

The Lobster - Press Conference

by Martin I. Petrov Being among the films that got exceptional reception by press and industry professionals, The Lobster by Greek director Yiorgos Lanthimos premiered this morning and it was followed by an all star cast press conference, including Colin Farrel, Rachel Weizs and Lea Seydoux. Among the highlights of the conference was Lanthimos' will to return to his homecountry to do films, but as he explained - it is still extremely difficult. We asked him about the female empowerment in...

5 Things we Learned from Mad Max

by, Cameron Lui I just saw the re-screening of Mad Max and it was absolutely spectacular. A review is coming, but for now here are five fun components of the film that are hard to miss.    5 things we learned from Mad Max:   1. Tom Hardy wears more masks in his movies then Richard Hamilton in ’04. 2. Only Nicholas Hoult can pick up girls looking like the albino monk in “The Da Vinci Code.” 3. Charlize Theron can beat up Tom Hardy with one hand tied behin...

Tale of Tales - Review

Il Racconto dei Racconti / Tale of Tales, dir. Matteo Garrone, Italy, 2015 - 68e Festival De Cannes Competition  Martin I. Petrov     A composition of stories we’ve heard and fruitful thoughts of fairytale dreams - in the Tale of Tales, Matteo Garrone gets something new, something old and something borrowed in an attempt to create an adventurous epos.  The Italian director of Gomorrah and Reality returns to the Croisette, this year in Competition with Il Racconto...

Sienna Miller at the Opening Ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival 2015

Actress and Jury Sienna Miller attends the Opening Ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival wearing the Atelier Swarovski Core Collection Regent Earrings and Ring       Photo credit ATELIER SWAROVSKI. ...

Today may 14 at La Semaine de la Critique

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Au Miramar At the Miramar     LES ANARCHISTES Elie Wajeman (1H41 – Eng. subt.) – 8:30, 20:00*     SLEEPING GIANT Andrew Cividino (1H29 – Ss-titres fr.) – 11:30*, 17:00*, 22:30     * En présence de l’équipe du film Talents attending     Live P...

Press conference - Mad Max : Fury Road

© FDC / Théophile Delange Mad Max: Fury Road, presented Out of Competition, is all set to take the Croisette by storm. The traditional press conference took place this morning. The film team was made up of the Australian director George Miller, the actress Charlize Theron and the actors Tom Hardy and Nicholas Hoult. They were accompanied by producer Doug Mitchell and editor Margaret Ann Sixel.       ...

Opening Cannes with class

  Julianne Moore & Lambert Wilson © AFP / Valery Hache   The temple of world cinema, the Festival de Cannes opened Wednesday night for the 68th time in its history with the desire to be instilled with a fresh inspiration: the inspiration symbolized on the podium of the Grand Théâtre Lumière by the great Coen brothers, surrounded by Sophie Marceau, Rokia Traoré, Rossy De Palma, Sienna Miller, Xavier Dola...

The International Critics Jury Cannes Film Festival 2015

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The International Federation of Film Critics, FIPRESCI, presents the International Critics Award at the Cannes Film Festival ever since its first edition. The FIPRESCI Jury in Cannes awards three prizes: one in the Official Competition, another in Un Certain Regard, and a third one in either one of the sidebars: the Semaine de la Critique or the Directors' Fortnight. The members of the 2015 jury are: Mario Abbade Neto, Brazil, jury President Borborah Bitopan, India Alex Masson, Fra...

THE THIRD MAN at Cannes Classics

  First ever 4k restoration of  "THE THIRD MAN" screening at Cannes Classics tomorrow. Rialto Pictures to release in US in June.   THE THIRD MAN (In glorious new 4k restoration) will screen at Cannes Classic tomorrow. Details: THE THIRD MAN 4k Restoration Cannes Classics Thursday, May 14 2:00PM Salle Bunuel     RIALTO...

Cannes ready to open with LA TETE HAUTE (STANDING TALL) A "good" film

Thierry Fremaux promised this year the Festival would open with a good film, no offence to Grace...Lets us all be a witness of that with this moving, sensitive and pouignant film. Out of Competition - Opening Film Directed by : Emmanuelle BERCOT Country: FRANCE Year: 2015 Duration: 119.00 minutes CREDITS Emmanuelle BERCOT - Director Emmanuelle BERCOT - Script / Dialogue Ma...

Capturing the Cannes Experience for HP and win a tablet

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HP will offer attendees at the Festival the chance to capture their Cannes experience.  HP branded bikes carrying HP printers will be present on La Croisette, offering on-the-spot photo printing or alternatively, the opportunity to enter a competition to win an HP tablet each day for the most creative ‘HP Selfie on La Croisette’ using #BendTheRules. ...

Agnès Varda is to receive an honorary Palme d’or during the Closing Ceremony of the 68th Festival de Cannes.

© Ciné-Tamaris   Previously, only Woody Allen, in 2002,Clint Eastwood, in 2009, and Bernardo Bertolucci, in 2011, have been granted this supreme distinction by the Board of Directors of the Festival de Cannes. The award is given to renowned directors whose works have achieved a global impact but who have nevertheless never won the Palme d’or. Agnès Varda is the first female director to garner the prestigious trophy. With her legendary humo...

The French actress Sabine Azéma will preside over the Caméra d’or Jury this year

Sabine Azéma © Getty Images   The French actress Sabine Azéma will preside over the Caméra d’or Jury this year, to select the best first film presented in Cannes. Following in the footsteps of Bong Joon-Ho, Gael García Bernal, Carlos Diegues and Nicole Garcia, Sabine Azéma is getting ready to dedicate her enthusiasm and love of cinema to the directors of their first film. She will be accompanied by the director&n...

Trey Edward Shults' KRISHA top screen at La Semaine de la Critique

Trey Edward Shults' KRISHA  USA  2015  83min   Krisha (Krisha Fairchild, the director's real-life aunt) is a free-spirited woman who, after an extended period of absence, is reuniting with her close and extended family for a holiday dinner at her sister Robyn's (Robyn Fairchild) house in Texas. Robyn, her husband and her children are all eager to greet Krisha, but from the start a palpable unease permeates the air - an unease that only grows in ...

La Semaine de la Critique Screening Schedule in Cannes 2015

THE 2015 PROGRAM DOWNLOAD THE PROGRAM [pdf]   ...
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