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72nd Cannes Film Festival: News and Details

Cannes favorites Terrence Malick, Xavier Dolan, and Pedro Almodóvar will hit the Croisette alongside newcomers like Mati Diop, who makes her feature film directorial debut with Atlantiques. Diop is the first black woman in the festival’s 72-year history with a film in the In Competition section. The 2019 Cannes Film Festival announced the majority of its official lineup this morning, …

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Cannes: Nadine Labaki is President of the Un Certain Regard Jury

Nadine Labaki accepts the Jury Prize at the 71st Cannes Film Festival for Capernaum (photo: Reuters) Nadine Labaki, director of the Golden Globe and Academy Award-nominated film Capernaum, has been chosen as the president of the Un Certain Regard jury of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, it was announced today. Nadine Labaki’s three feature films catapulted her to international fame, …

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First look: Trailer Nadine Labaki’s Cannes-winning ‘Capharnaüm’

The trailer for Nadine Labaki’s Jury Prize winner at this year’s Cannes Film Festival is here and we have your first look.  Capharnaüm tells the politically charged story of a young Lebanese boy named Zain (Zain Al Rafeea) who announces that he wants to sue his parents “for giving me life.” After running away, he holds up at a decrepit fairground …

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Cannes Film Festival Sets 2019 Date

The Cannes Film Festival announced on their Twitter feed today the dates for the 72nd : May 14-25th, 2019. This moves the festival back to its more regular schedule of previous years. This last summer saw the festival with an earlier bow, May 8, and on a Tuesday. The new dates will keep the Tuesday start and Saturday finish. “The festival …

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Wrapping Up: Cannes Isn’t Back, It Never Left

The 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival has ended and with it came the fight with Netflix, causing them to pull out any movies for consideration (they wouldn’t budge on the festival’s rule requiring a film to play in France in a timely fashion – not the three-year hold Netflix currently has), an underwhelming opening night film in Everybody …

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2018 Cannes Awards: Kore-eda’s ‘Shoplifters’ Wins Palme d’Or; Spike Lee Takes Grand Prix for ‘BlacKkKlansman’

Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-eda has won the highest honor from the Cannes Film Festival, the Palme d’Or for Shoplifters. He previously won the Jury Prize for 2013’s Like Father, Like Son. Shoplifters (review here) is the story of a family, both blood and cobbled together, who scrape by with multiple jobs and supplement their survival with minor thievery that threaten to …

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Lee Chang-dong’s ‘Burning’ Tops ICS Cannes Awards

The International Cinephile Society (of which I am a member) has chosen its own Cannes winner just ahead of the festival’s closing ceremony and Lee Chang-dong’s Burning has won their Palme d’Or. Since the ICS follows the rules of the festival, this was Burning‘s only official win. Had the rules been loosened, it would have won nearly every category save …

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2018 Cannes: ‘Border,’ ‘Girl,’ win top Un Certain Regard awards

The Un Certain Regard section of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival has given the troll romance film Border (Gräns) its top award, the Grand Jury Prize. The film was picked up by Neon for US distribution. Check out my review of the film here. Newcomer Victor Polster won the jury’s Performance award for playing a transgender girl with hopes of …

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Cannes: Gaspar Noé’s ‘Climax’ Wins Top Director’s Fortnight Prize

No one was more surprised than director Gaspar Noé himself when his new film, Climax, was met was near universal raves when it debuted in the Director’s Fortnight section of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. So ready to be hated and vilified, the poster for the film even says “You Despised I Stand Alone. You Hated Irreversible. You Loathed Enter …

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