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Party Girl: Review

REVIEW:Party girlby Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, Samuel Theis / France-Un CertainRegard Three young directorsportray the life of Angelique-a girl that likes to party,agirl that adores life. In anunusual social realist drama with touches of documentary,the firstof the three directorsSamuel Theissets a close-up onhis mother Angelique Litzenburger,rewinding her life andcreating a web of memories mixed with a certain dose of fiction. With mostof the cast actingreal-life, the lines between r...

The Captive by Atom Egoyan: Review

REVIEW: The captive by Atom Egoyan, Canada – 67e Festival De Cannes Competition The master of psychological thrillers Atom Egoyan returns to the Croisette with a rather stiffand mostly predictable story based on true events from his native Canada. The Captivetakes us to an undisturbed, rather boring small community living around theNiagara Falls. The idyllic atmosphere is smashed ina moment when the nine year oldCassandra disappears without any trace from the back seat of her father&rs...

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Rio de Janeiro's Yellow Oscar Winners 2014

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The 4th edition of Rio's International Uranium Film Festival has honored the year’s winners during an awarding ceremony at the Modern Art Museum Cinemateque. 13 “atomic” documentaries and movies from 11 countries - Argentina, Brazil, Australia, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Poland, Turkey, UK, and Ukraine - received five Yellow Oscars and eight Special Recognitions. The International Uranium Film Festival Rio de Janeiro is dedicated to all films about nuclear power, ...

Cannes May 23- Leviathan In Competition

Directed by : Andrey ZVYAGINTSEV Country: RUSSIAN FEDERATION Year: 2014 Duration: 141.00 minutes "Leviathan" is a modern day retelling of the Biblical story of Jobs set in contemporary Russia. Kolia lives in a small town near the Barents Sea, in North Russia. He has his own auto-repair shop. His shop stands right next to the house where he lives with his young wife Lilya and his son from a previous marriage Romka. Vadim Sergeyich, the Mayor of the town, wants to take away his ...

Cannes May 23- Sils Maria French Film In Competition by Olivier Assayas

Directed by : Olivier ASSAYAS Country: FRANCE Year: 2014 Duration: 123.00 minutes At the peak of her international career, Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous twenty years ago. But back then she played the role of Sigrid, an alluring young girl who disarms and eventually drives her boss Helena to suicide. Now she is being asked to step into the other role, that of the older Helena. She departs with her assistant (Kristen Stewa...

Cannes May 22- Mommy In Competition

Directed by : Xavier DOLAN Country: CANADA Year: 2014 Duration: 134.00 minutes A widowed single mom finds herself burdened with the full-time custody of her explosive 15-year-old ADHD son. As they try to make ends meet and struggle with their impetuous and unpredictable ménage, the new girl across the street, Kyla, benevolently offers needed support. Together, they find a new sense of balance, and hope is regained.    [NO OFFCIAL TRAILER] ...

Cannes May 22- Jimmy's Hall In Competition

Directed by : Ken LOACH Country: UNITED KINGDOM, IRELAND, FRANCE Year: 2014 Duration: 106.00 minutes In 1921, Jimmy Gralton's sin was to build a dance hall on a rural crossroads in Ireland, where young people could come to learn, to argue, to dream... but above all to dance and have fun. JIMMY'S HALL celebrates the spirit of these free-thinkers.   ...

Films for May 22nd- Day 9

The following is a list of films featured in the Non-Competition Categories: Un Certain Regard, La Quinzaine des Realisateurs, and Semaine de la Critique. Un Certain Regard Charlie's Company:Blackfella Charlie is out of sorts. The intervention is making life more difficult on his remote community, what with the proper policing of whitefella laws now. So Charlie takes off, to live the old way, but in so doing sets off a chain of events in his life that has him return to his communit...

Cannes- Quinzaine des Realisateurs- The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Studio Ghibli's latest film, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, premiered at Cannes today at the Quinzaine des Realisateurs, although it has already been releashed for months in Japan.  Studio Ghibli is most well known for founder Hayao Miyazaki, but this latest feature comes from Miyazaki's co-founder and good friend Isao Takahata (the two often worked in parallel).  Representatives from Disney France were there to introduce the film on his behalf (Disney France has been distribut...

A Tough Year for Sales: Bitter Competition for Films at Cannes

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CannesWrap magazine, one of the daily publications popular in the Marche du Film at Cannes, published an article earlier this week regarding the oversaturated international market of films, making buyers wary of "writing big checks." It is clear by walking through the Marche du Film that suppliers of movies are much more numerous than those willing to buy them. As well, given the recent string of international flops, such as Vampire Academy and Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, buyers...

Gosling's Lost River falls flat at Cannes

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One of the most highly-anticipated films of the film festival is Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, Lost River. With screenings at 14h, 22h, and press screenings in between, the film gained hype before and on the day of it's premiere. The crowd outside the 22h screening was a large percentage 20-somethings and younger, fans of Gosling's previous works and of the actor himself.  Gosling said a few short words on stage next to the stars of the film, including Christina Hendrix and...

Cannes May 21- Adieu au Langage in Competition

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The idea is simple:  A married woman and a single man meet.  They love, they argue, fists fly. A dog strays between town and country.  The seasons pass.  The man and woman meet again.  The dog finds itself between them.  The other is in one,  the one is in the other  and they are three.  The former husband shatters everything.  A second film begins:  the same as the first,  and yet not.  From the human r...

Cannes My 21- The Search In Competition

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The Second Chechen War. 1999. THE SEARCH recounts, on a human scale, a powerful story of conflict told through four lives that will be brought together by a shocking twist of fate. After his parents are killed in their village, a small boy flees, joining the flood of refugees. He meets Carole, a European Union delegation head and little by little, with her help, he will return to life. At the same time, his elder sister Raïssa searches tirelessly for him amongst the civilian exodus. The...

Films for May 21st- Day 8

The following is a list of films featured in the Non-Competition Categories: Un Certain Regard, La Quinzaine des Realisateurs, and Semaine de la Critique. Un Certain Regard Fantasia: Father got leukaemia. Mother was laid off long ago. She had to borrow money for her husband everywhere. Sister went to a night club to be a waitress secretly and soon became a “call girl”. Lin was cold-shouldered at school because of father’s illness. He became disgusted of school. One ...

Waiting for the Highly Anticipated Films

  Every Cannes FIlm Festival goer knows that even with the highest priority badge, there is going to be a lot of waiting in line.  Festival attendees are advised to arrive at least an hour before a screening, and upwards of two hours for the more highly anticipated films. But knowing that everyone else has the same idea can lead some to stake out their spots much earlier. This group of interns at the American Film Pavilion put down stakes at 18hr for the 22hr screening of Lost Riv...

Cannes May 20- Futatsume No Mado (Still the Water) In Competition

Directed by : Naomi KAWASE Country: FRANCE, JAPAN, SPAIN Year: 2014 Duration: 118.00 minutes On the subtropical Japanese island of Amami, traditions about nature remain eternal. During the full-moon night of traditional dances in August, 16-year-old Kaito discovers a dead body floating in the sea. His girlfriend Kyoko will attempt to help him understand this mysterious discovery. Together, Kaito and Kyoko will learn to become adults by experiencing the interwoven cycles of life, death a...

Cannes May 20- Deux Jours, Une Nuit (Two Days, One Night) In Competition

Directed by : Jean-Pierre DARDENNE Luc DARDENNE Country: BELGIUM, FRANCE, ITALY Year: 2014 Duration: 95.00 minutes Sandra has only one weekend to visit her colleagues and - with the help of her husband - convince them to sacrifice their bonuses so she can keep her job.   ...

U.K Pavilion's Tips to Producing a 10 Million£ Film

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  The United Kingdom Pavilion hosted a panel called "The Magic 10 Million£: The Key to Producing a 10 Million£+ Feature FIlm" today.  Panelists included [left to right] Danny Perkins, CEO of StudioCanal; Andy Mason, Joint CEO of Altitude Film Entertainment; Ben Roberts, Director of BFI Lottery Film Funds, who lead the panel; Claudia Bluemhuber, Managing Partner at Silver Reel; and Simon Oaks of Hammer Films. Oaks stared with the importance of gaining a partner ...

Cannes- Gloomy weather presides all day Monday

ABOVE: cast of Foxcatcher on the red carpet Monday the 19th [photo courtesy of greenwichtime.com] The forecast Monday here in Cannes called for heavy rain beginning around noon and lasting well into the night, with 70% precipitation increasing up to 90%.  Fortunately, the rain that hit was intermittent at best and rarely more than a drizzle, sending the journalists, producers, and visiting cinematic fans scurrying about thankfully without much call for umbrellas, although the vendors st...

CANNES The Homesman Premiere- Tommy Lee Jones

Celebrities such as HIlary Swank, Sonam Kapoor, Adriana Lima, and The Homesman director Tommy Lee Jones turned out on the red carpet to dazzle before the Premiere of Jones' film.  ...

Cannes May 19- Maps to the Stars

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Maps to the Stars connects the savage beauty of writer Bruce Wagner’s Los Angeles with the riveting filmmaking of director David Cronenberg and a stellar ensemble cast to take a tour into the darkly comic heart of a Hollywood family chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts. The result is a modern Hollywood Gothic at once about the ravenous 21st Century need for fame and validation -- and the yearning, loss and fragility that lurk in the shadows underneath. ...

Cannes May 19- Foxcatchers in Competition

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When Olympic Gold Medal winning wrestler Mark Schultz is invited by wealthy heir John du Pont to move on to the du Pont estate and help form a team to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics at his new state-of-the-art training facility, Schultz jumps at the opportunity, hoping to focus on his training and finally step out of the shadow of his revered brother, Dave. Driven by hidden needs, du Pont sees backing Schultz’s bid for Gold and the chance to “coach” a world-class wrestling t...
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