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Apichatpong Weerasethakul's 'Cemetary of Splendour' at Cannes Film Festival

Magic, healing, romance and dreams are all part of a woman’s tender path to a deeper awareness of herself and the world around her when she volunteers to help soldiers with a mysterious sleeping sickness... From Apichatpong Weerasethakul, award-winning director of UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES (2010 Golden Palm), SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY and TROPICAL MALADY. A co-production: Thailand-UK-France-Germany-Malaysia. This uber-talented Thai director returns to Cannes with his fir...

Green Room-Review

  by, Cameron Lui   This heavy metal centric horror thriller is based in a KKK inspired white supremacist barn party green room. If you love dogs and want to continue not being afraid of them don’t watch this movie, trust me.    The premise of the movie is pretty unique and it opens with some awesome moments but as with most horror movies it gets painfully predictable. I won’t give any spoilers but you can probably guess who lives out of the band and the ra...

Inside Out-Review

by, Cameron Lui   Once again, Pixar delivered a heart-warming and thought provoking cartoon that can please any age.    The five emotions are played by Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader, Phyllis Smith and Lewis Black, which in itself guarantees a quality film. The way they intermingle is so political that it gave room for a lot of flexibility to make the story represent the cause of human behavior. What makes "Inside Out" so intriguing for adults is the evaluat...

"Sicario" Delivers A Gripping Thriller

Anytime you have the prolific Roger Deakins on set and powerful performances on screen, it is hard not to have a good film. Dennis Villeneuve's new masterpiece Sicario is, however, better than good. This action packed gripping crime drama that features Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, and Benecio Del Toro is exceptional across the board and potentially has some oscar nominations coming its way. It is really no wonder why the film got a reportedly seven minute standing ovation at its premiere...

Pixar Outdoes Itself With Inside Out Premiere

Pixar Outdoes Itself With Inside Out Premiere On Monday, May 18th, Cannes Film Festival celebrated Animation Day to show off the talents and logistics of all things animation. The premiere movie at the Grand Lumiere Theatre was Inside Out, Disney-Pixar's new film about all of these emotions we have in our head like joy, anger, fear, sadness and disgust. It travels into the mind of a young girl named Riley, and portrays each emotion as their own person. Anger naturally shoots fire out...

Top Movies Thus Far

  by, Cameron Lui   Ive seen 7 movies at the festival and counting, so here's my thoughts on the best ones so far.    1. The Lobster-hands down the best film in the festival thus far. It has a clear agenda that is executed with aggression and creativity. The acting was flawless, the writing beautiful, and it packs one of the biggest punches in cinema to date.    2. The Irrational Man-beautifully depressing film that has the honesty that only Woody Allen...

Cemetery of Splendor-Review

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  by, Cameron Lui   This movie is basically two hours of soothing ocean sounds. If you are having some insomnia issues I recommend this movie.    Basically, most of the audience walked out of the theater by the third act and the rest were bobbing their heads in and out of a mid-day nap.    I proudly kept my eyes open to soak up the entire movie but for some reason the director decided to go nowhere with a premise that had a lot of potential.    &l...

Teo Corban - Interview for One Floor Below

Teo Corban is a Romanian actor, working mostly in theatre and known for his appearances in Christian Mungiu’s 4 months, 3 weeks, 2 days and the recent Berlinale success Aferim! by Radu Jude. Corban plays Patrascu, the main character in Radu Muntean’s One Floor Below, in this year’s Un Certain Regard section. Patrascu lives a happy family life in contemporary Bucharest. His life is challenged when he witnesses a domestic quarrel that end with a murder.   Would you s...

Sea of Trees-review

by, Cameron Lui   Critics have not been very fond of the premier booed “The Sea of Trees,” directed by the talented Gus Van Sant.    Mathew McConaughey and Naomi Watts did not deserve the criticism they received during the premier. While many critics have called this one of the worst recent films by McConaughey, I thought he turned out yet another consistently passionate performance.    What made the movie so insightful was how right they got the dark...

True Love is Blind-Lobster review

  by, Cameron Lui   I have never in my life seen an ending that made multiple audience members sprint for the exits. The Yorgos Lanthimos directed “The Lobster,” stops at nothing to make the audience feel as uncomfortable as possible.    The quick and unexpected violence left the audience in shock and made many consider leaving the theaters. However, the violence had so many blatant metaphors for modern day love that the extremity of them were almost a...

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...
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