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Oscar Race at the 2016 Halfway Mark: Diversity and Confusion

24 June 2016 11:03 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As 2016 hits the halfway point, the Oscar race is even fuzzier than usual. Two things are clear: The studios are back-loading their awards hopefuls yet again, with launches at fall festivals and/or the fourth quarter; and there are more diverse films in the mix, with at least 16 potential biggies from filmmakers who are women, Asians, Latino-Hispanics, black and seniors (i.e., over 65).

In the past few years, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Boyhood” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” had been widely screened and started industry buzz by late June. This year, there is a lot of industry enthusiasm for a few January-to-June titles such as “Zootopia,” “The Jungle Book” and “The Witch.” But best-pic contenders? Not so sure.

The festivals so far have offered possibilities like “Manchester by the Sea” and “Loving.” And some pundits anointed “The Birth of a Nation” as the Oscar front-runner last January (a mixed blessing for Fox Searchlight, »

- Tim Gray

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Movie Review – Ma ma (2015)

22 June 2016 9:10 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ma ma, 2015.

Directed by Julio Medem.

Starring Penelope Cruz, Luis Tosar, Asier Etxeandia and Teo Planell.

Synopsis:

An upbeat single mother tackles love and mortality after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

 

Besides her appearances in Pedro Almodovar’s films, Penelope Cruz’s potential as a serious actress remains largely untapped. On paper, Ma Ma is the right vehicle to show off her flair for pathos, romance and whimsy, however, the end result is far too ridiculous and cheesy to benefit her resume.

Cruz plays Magda, a recently laid off teacher who lives with her football-obsessed young son, Dani (Teo Planell). She is separated from her professor husband since he cavorts with his female students, but the eternally cheery Magda has apparently made peace with his philandering and leads a content life.

After a routine self-examination sends her to the doctor, Magda is told she has advanced breast cancer and needs »

- Sara Hemrajani

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Willem Dafoe, Charlie Kaufman to receive Karlovy Vary honours

21 June 2016 4:45 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Festival reveals guests headed to Karlovy Vary next month.

Us actor Willem Dafoe and writer-director Charlie Kaufman are to be honoured at the 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Kviff) (July 1-9) on its opening night .

Dafoe is to receive the Crystal Globe for outstanding contribution to world cinema and the festival will screen his performances in Abel Ferrara’s Pasolini and Martin Scorese’s The Last Temptation of Christ.

Kaufman, who won an Oscar for his script for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, will receive the president’s award and the festival will screen animation Anomalisa, which he co-directed with Duke Johnson.

As previously announced, the festival set in the Czech Republic spa town will open with the world premiere of Second World War thriller Anthropoid, with actors Jamie Dornan and Toby Jones, Aňa Geislerová, Alena Mihulová, Václav Neužil and Marcin Dorocinski in attendence alongside writer-director Sean Ellis.

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- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Willem Dafoe to Receive Crystal Globe at Karlovy Vary Film Festival

21 June 2016 3:06 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Willem Dafoe will be heading to West Bohemia in July to pick up a Crystal Globe for contribution to world cinema at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, the org announced Tuesday, while boundary-challenging director-scribe Charlie Kaufman will be taking home the President’s Award.

Fest will screen Dafoe-starrer “Pasolini,” Abel Ferrara’s psychedelic tribute to the avant-garde Italian filmmaker, along with Martin Scorsese’s 1988 movie “The Last Temptation of Christ,” in which Dafoe stars alongside Harvey Keitel. Kaufman’s surreal animated feature “Anomalisa” will also screen.

The event, set in an ornate spa town in the Czech Republic, will open with true-life Nazi assassination drama “Anthropoid,” a Czech-shot thriller featuring seven other fest guests, “Fifty Shades of Grey’s” Jamie Dornan, Toby Jones, Ana Geislerova, Alena Mihulova, Vaclav Neuzil and Marcin Dorocinski, as well as screenwriter and director Sean Ellis.

The film, which turns on the killing of Nazi chief »

- Will Tizard

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Qt’s AFI Commencement Speech, Almodóvar’s Inspirations, Nyaff 2016 Trailer & More

20 June 2016 2:59 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Dailies is a round-up of essential film writing, news bits, videos, and other highlights from across the Internet. If you’d like to submit a piece for consideration, get in touch with us in the comments below or on Twitter at @TheFilmStage.

Watch a clip from Quentin Tarantino‘s commencement speech at AFI this year:

Catherine Deneuve will receive the 2016 Lumière Award and Alejandro Jodorowsky will get the Locarno Film Festival’s Leopard of Honor.

At BFI, Pedro Almodóvar on 13 great Spanish films that inspired him, and watch a video on his use of circles:

Blancanieves is one of the peaks in recent Spanish cinema, but had the bad luck to be released a year after The Artist (2011), a silent film that triumphed the world over. Pablo Berger had in fact decided years earlier to film his personal take on the Brothers Grimm fairytale as a black-and-white silent; the result is heartrendingly beautiful. »

- The Film Stage

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Catherine Deneuve to Receive the 2016 Lumière Award

20 June 2016 3:58 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Legendary French actress Catherine Deneuve will receive the 8th Lumière Award at France’s 2016 Lumière Grand Lyon Film Festival, a unique event which focuses near totally on film classics.

Clint Eastwood, Quentin Tarantino, Pedro Almodovar and Martin Scorsese figure among past recipients of the Lumière Award. They all travelled to Lyon to pick up the award, granted by Lyon’s Institut Lumière, run by French director Bertrand Tavernier and Cannes head Thierry Fremaux.

“This year’s Lumière Award goes to Catherine Deneuve for what she is, has done, says, acts, sings and delights from time immemorial and forever,” the Institut Lumière said Monday in a press statement.

“The face of French cinema,” according to Scorsese, Deneuve’s career is remarkable for its longevity, great films, the directors she has worked with, and the contrasting facets of a figure which confounds easy categorisation.

Deneuve began making films before France’s Nouvelle Vague, »

- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

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Pedro Almodóvar Reveals the Spanish Films That Inspire Him Most

19 June 2016 4:09 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Pedro Almodóvar is arguably the most influential Spanish filmmaker working today, but no auteur is an island. The Academy Award winner (Best Original Screenplay for “Talk to Her,” who also won Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival for “All About My Mother,” has compiled a list of Spanish movies that inspire him for the British Film Institute, with choices ranging from “The Executioner” to “Poachers.” Check out the full list below.

Read More: Watch: First Trailer For Pedro Almodovar’s ‘Julieta,’ Premiering In Competition At Cannes

Main Street (“Calle Mayor,” 1956)

“‘Calle Mayor’ is a major work that has not only stood the test of time but has consolidated its reputation.”

It Happened in Broad Daylight” (“El cebo,” 1958)

“‘El cebo’ is one of the few examples of a film in which a diverse mix of nationalities and talents crystallises into something beautiful and personal.”

“The Executioner” (“El verdugo,” 1963)

“‘The Executioner »

- Michael Nordine

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Qff to open its second year with Pedro Almodovar’s Julieta

14 June 2016 6:54 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Qff co-directors Huw Walmsley-Evans and John Edmond.

Queensland Film Festival (Qff) has unveiled the program for its second year, to be held July 15-24 at New Farm Cinemas and the Institute of Modern Art.

The festival, which has doubled in size this year, will screen 40 features and shorts, including 19 Australian premieres. Festival co-directors John Edmond and Huw Walmsley-Evans said Qff's 2016 return is a direct result of an enthusiastic response to last year.s program. .Strong community support from both our partners and the general public has ensured that we could increase the number of screenings, and these are films that it.s important that the Brisbane public have a chance to see," Edmond said. Walmsley-Evans said: "Qff's first year proved what we knew to be true: Brisbane wants to see the best that the thriving world cinema has to offer.. Qff will open with Pedro Almodovar.s Julieta, screening direct from Cannes. Other highlights include The Red Turtle, Michael Dudock de Wit's dialogue-free collaboration with animation house Studio Ghibli; Chevalier; Lucile Hadžihalilovic.s Evolution; and Dead Slow Ahead. Local films will include Sean Byrne.s (The Loved Ones) horror The Devil.s Candy and Sydney-based Margot Nash.s documentary essay The Silences. In a nod to now-lost film festivals of Brisbane.s past, Qff will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first-ever Brisbane Film Festival with a restoration of Agnes Varda.s Cleo From 5 to 7, as well as a selection of shorts that screened at the first event. It will similarly mark the 25th anniversary of the Brisbane International Film Festival with a screening of David Cronenberg.s classic adaptation of William Burrough.s Naked Lunch.

There will also be free panels discussions regarding the art and history of filmmaking, including The Art and Craft of Editing in Eugène Green.s La Sapienza and The Son of Joseph, presented with the Australian Screen Editor.s guild and the Arc Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.

The festival will also reflect on the history of Brisbane film culture with Fifty Years of Film Festivals — Remembering Bff, courtesy of a presentation by Qff co-director Huw Walmsley-Evans and Queensland University of Technology.s (Qut) Dr Tess Van Hemert. Qut is the festival.s major partner. Qff is also supported by the Arc Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Australian Screen Editors Guild, Avant Card, the Cantrills, the Czech and Slovak Film Festival, David Stratton, the Institute of Modern Art, the National Film and Sound Archive, and New Farm Cinemas Full program and ticket sales: qldff.com . »

- Staff Writer

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Pedro Almodóvar’s ‘Red’ Obsession, Marx Bros. Musical Returns, Watching ‘Blade Runner,’ and More

6 June 2016 9:09 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Dailies is a round-up of essential film writing, news bits, videos, and other highlights from across the Internet. If you’d like to submit a piece for consideration, get in touch with us in the comments below or on Twitter at @TheFilmStage.

Dan Sallitt has published his extensive companion on the films of Mikio Naruse.

A lost Marx Brothers musical has found its way back on stage, The New Yorker reports.

Watch a video on Pedro Almodóvar‘s obsession with the color red:

Los Angeles Plays Itself director Thom Andersen names his 10 favorite films of the last 10 years at Grasshopper Film.

Vox‘s Aja Romano on the strange story of how a machine was trained to “watch” Blade Runner:

Broad’s goal was to apply “deep learning” — a fundamental piece of artificial intelligence that uses algorithmic machine learning — to video; he wanted to discover what kinds of creations a »

- The Film Stage

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Jerusalem Film Festival Sets Tribute To Ronit Elkabetz, Opening With Pedro Almodovar’s ‘Julieta’

31 May 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Pedro Almodovar’s “Julieta,” which recently world premiered in competition at Cannes, will open the 33rd Jerusalem Film Festival.

“We are happy to open this year’s festival with a film by one of the world’s most beloved and acclaimed filmmakers in recent decades, Pedro Almodóvar. Julieta is a cinematic celebration – a colorful, exciting, fun and thought-provoking film,” said Noa Regev, topper of Jerusalem Cinematheque and exec director of Jerusalem fest. “The aesthetic experience offered by the film will no doubt be even greater when shown on the giant screen at the Sultan’s Pool. Like most of Almodóvar’s works, it is focused on female protagonist and deals with women’s power.”

Based on a trio of short stories by Pulitzer-winning Canadian author Alice Munro, “Julieta” stars Emma Suárez and Adriana Ugarte in the title role, at different ages. Rossy de Palma also toplines. Pic will be released »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Jerusalem fest to host Ronit Elkabetz tribute

31 May 2016 5:39 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Jff to pay tribute to Israeli actress and film-maker who died in April.

Jerusalem Film Festival (Jff, July 7-17) is to host a tribute to Israeli actress and film-maker Ronit Elkabetz.

Elkabetz was nominated seven times at Israel’s Oscars (Ophir Awards) for both acting and directing. She died in April this year following a battle with cancer.

The festival will screen her 2004 film To Take A Wife, in which she also starred. The film marked the first instalment in a trilogy written and directed by Elkabetz with her brother Shlomi Elkabetz. The final entry, 2014’s Gett: The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem, was nominated for a Golden Globe.

Opening film

Pedro Almodovar’s Cannes Competition title Julieta will open this year’s festival, with an open air screening at the outdoor Sultan’s Pool venue.

The film, which stars Emma Suarez and Adriana Ugarte as older and younger versions of the titular protagonist, has been selected »

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The 12 Hottest Box Office Prospects Coming Out of Cannes

26 May 2016 1:54 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Cannes Film Festival doesn’t much care what the American public likes. Hollywood entries at Cannes 2016, which included recent releases “Money Monster and “The Nice Guys,” played out of competition. And most of the award winners won’t register at the North American box office, no matter how much the critics adore them.

However, there was another set of movies at Cannes. While largely ignored by the jury, these titles have serious aspirations to make a mark at the arthouse this year — and at the Oscars next year. They’re the Cannes films you’re most likely to see.

Here’s our ranking of the movies with distributors that most likely to reach a sizable North American audience this fall.

1. “Loving” Director: Jeff Nichols Distributor: Focus Features

Stars: Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga Release date: November 4, 2016 Cannes section: Competition Reviews: Metascore: 71 Critics’ take: Some reviewers admired this sincere biopic, »

- Anne Thompson and Graham Winfrey

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Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem Join The Asghar Farhadi Avengers

26 May 2016 6:45 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

After scooping up Best Screenplay and Best Actor honors for The Salesman at the Cannes Film Festival, Iranian auteur Asghar Farhadi has swiftly landed two more international prizes for his next film: Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem. The Oscar-winning couple reuniting onsceen is only the half of it; as previously announced last year, they join producers Pedro and Agustín Almodóvar for Farhadi’s first Spanish-language project. If you place the emphasis on the first word in “cinematic universe,” this is the sort of continent-crossing collaboration of which one dreams. As the superheroes behind A Separation, Volver, No Country for Old MenAll About My Mother, and Wild Tales coalesce and move towards production, we can’t wait to see what kind of direction they take the project.

While Cruz, Bardem, and the brothers Almodóvar have all collaborated with one another in some form before – recently, Broken EmbracesVicky Cristina Barcelona; not so recently, »

- Daniel Crooke

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Bardem, Cruz Set For Farhadi's Next

25 May 2016 1:01 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem are in advanced talks to star in an untitled Spanish-language movie from acclaimed "A Separation" and "The Past" director Asghar Farhadi.

Described as an Agatha Christie-esque psychological thriller, the story revolves around a family of winemakers living in rural Spain. Memento Films and El Deseo will produce the project which is currently in development and will seek a major American star to complete the cast.

Farhadi is currently finishing the script and will visit Spain next month to scout for locations. Shooting is expected to begin next summer or early fall. The Iranian director just won two awards at Cannes for his Tehran-set drama "The Salesman" (Forushande).

Pedro and Agustin Almodovar and Alexandre Mallet-Guy will produce.

Source: Variety »

- Garth Franklin

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Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem in Talks to Star in Asghar Farhadi’s Spanish-Language Film (Exclusive)

25 May 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who just won two awards at Cannes for his Teheran-set drama “The Salesman” (Forushande), is resetting his untitled Spanish-language movie with Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem in advanced talks to star.

Pedro and Agustin Almodovar’s Madrid-based El Deseo and Alexandre Mallet-Guy’s Memento Films are on board to produce the project which is currently in development.

The project was born out of Penelope Cruz and Farhadi’s mutual wish to work together, explained Mallet-Guy, who produced Farhadi’s last two movies, “The Past” and “The Salesman,” which just won Cannes’ best screenplay and actor (for Shahab Hosseini) awards.

Farhadi is currently finishing the original screenplay and will visit Spain next month to scout for locations that could feed into the script. Shooting is expected to begin next summer or early fall.

The plot, which remains mostly under wraps, as always with Farhadi’s films, »

- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell

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Hollywood Take Note: Here Are 16 Women Who Dominated the Cannes Film Festival

25 May 2016 5:08 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Forget the Cannes jury awards. This year, the most famous film festival in the world showcased something much bigger than a couple of prize-winners: Women filmmakers and actors at the top of their game.

It was hard to miss how much the women before and behind the camera were front and center, dominating the conversation in Cannes. More of the Official Selection films were focused on women than ever before. And a new kind of protagonist emerged at Cannes 2016. She’s independent, strong, often androgynous, and not defined by her relationships with men.

Hollywood producers, executives and filmmakers, take note. This is how it can be done.

Check out the fabulous women of Cannes 2016.

Isabelle Huppert

In Paul Verhoeven’s provocative thriller “Elle,” Isabelle Huppert plays a videogame entrepreneur who refuses to allow her violent rape in her own home to ruin her life. She doesn’t miss a beat. She doesn’t call the cops. She changes the locks, gets an Std test,  buys pepper spray and learns how to use a gun. She’s a sophisticated, elegant, powerful, modern woman who lives alone, runs her own company, manipulates her family, has sex with whomever she fancies, and is free to do as she pleases.

At 63, Huppert believably plays a younger woman in her sexual prime, bringing all her experience to bear on the role, which was adapted from a French novel by an American screenwriter (David Birke) and then translated back into French when Huppert came aboard. She elevates the character into almost making sense. Typically, Verhoeven refuses to supply psychological underpinnings for what she does. But Huppert makes us believe. With critics and awards-savvy Sony Pictures Classics behind “Elle,” this commercial movie could wind up a North American hit this fall, a French Oscar nominee (if France submits it), and a Best Actress Oscar contender.

Kristen Stewart

Another independent woman is at the center of Olivier Assayas’ “Personal Shopper,” his second English-language film starring Stewart (Cesar-winner for “Clouds of Sils Maria”). She plays Maureen, who acquires fashionable clothes for a rich client, flits around Paris on a scooter, and reaches the people in her life via Skype and mobile. She’s trying to use her skills as a medium to communicate with her twin brother, who has recently died, when mysterious texts suddenly appear on her iPhone. “Who is this?” she asks. “Personal Shopper” tracks a lost and lonely soul who is disconnected from herself. As she tries on her client’s sexy costumes and figures out who is tracking her, she eventually finds her identity again.

Stewart had a good Cannes, showing her stripes not only in her roles in “Personal Shopper” and opener Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society,” but by deftly fielding, with finesse and poise, the many questions thrown at her during press conferences and interviews. She refused to be drawn into the Allen controversy (unlike co-star Blake Lively), wore flats when she could have worn heels, and explained why she likes working with intellectual directors like Assayas. She’s a smart career shaper with a rosy future who rather than conform to Hollywood demands, prefers to make her own choices on the world stage.

Maren Ade and Sandra Hüller

Father-daughter tension forms the backbone of two of the best films in Competition, Screen International’s critics’ poll winner “Toni Erdmann” and directing prize co-winner Cristian Mungiu’s “Graduation.”

German filmmaker Maren Ade‘s third feature is a generational comedy that pits a goofy father (Peter Simonischek) against his workaholic corporate strategist daughter Ines (Sandra Hüller). She’s a woman in a man’s world who thinks she doesn’t need feminism, who Ade sees as almost “a gender-neutral character.” After anxiously trying to prove herself to her male bosses, Ines eventually gets what her father is trying to tell her via his crazy antics and humor. She sees things more clearly, reconnects with him, and takes control of her own life.

Maria Dragus

The young Romanian star of Michael Haneke’s “The White Ribbon” shines in Mungiu’s “Graduation,” which sends a controlling father (Adrian Titieni) into a tailspin when his long-held post-graduation plans for his daughter (Dragus) go terribly awry. At the start of “Graduation,” the daughter’s rape sets in motion a series of revelations, compromises and ethical dilemmas as the father tries desperately to keep things on track. To her credit, his daughter refuses to go along with his schemes, stands up to him with strength and moral fortitude, and finally sets free her two protective parents from all their secrets and lies.

Andrea Arnold, Sasha Lane and Riley Keough British director Arnold took home the Cannes jury prize for the third time for her daring American road movie “American Honey” (A24), an empowering coming of age story starring unknown Sasha Lane, making Arnold three for three at the fest after 2006’s “Red Road” and 2009’s “Fish Tank.”

Critics adored the film, which was shaped by the American midwestern landscape as well as the editing room. Arnold’s final film was vastly different from its original script, turning toward the young woman finding her identity as its through-line—Shia Labeouf and Elvis Presley granddaughter Riley Keough (“Mad Max: Fury Road”) offered stalwart support— and was unlike anything else at Cannes this year.

Jodie Foster and Julia Roberts Foster likes bringing smart movies like “Money Monster” and “The Beaver” to Cannes—it’s a film festival for smart people, after all —and she introduced “Money Monster” star Julia Roberts to the Croisette, who walked up the red carpet with bare feet, reminding us all that she has nothing to prove. “We were thrilled for Julia,” Foster told me in our video interview. “George is so excited to show her Cannes, and wanted her to have that moment seeing that sea of photographers.”

Money Monster” was the perfect Cannes out-of-competition studio entry, an entertaining populist Wall Street/media critique for festival gala audiences, with major movie stars for the tapis rouge, press conference and junket for a European market launch. Not surprisingly, the actors are terrific: Clooney plays a glib financial TV guru held hostage by an angry victim of his bad advice (a surprisingly sympathetic Jack O’Connell), who fits him with a bomb vest as punishment. Roberts as Clooney’s producer beams the story live as everyone scrambles to come out of the crisis intact.

As a Hollywood movie star who pushed past conventional women’s roles, scoring four Oscar nominations and two wins (“The Accused,” “The Silence of the Lambs”) and has carried many commercial movies on her own (“Contact,” “Panic Room,” “Flight Plan”), Foster beefed up Roberts’ character to give her more purpose and dimension. In the original script she was more of a technician, but Foster turned her into a competent, strong, active producer who helps Clooney’s character find his strength and unravel the mystery.

Adèle Haenel

In Cannes regulars Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s “The Unknown Girl” (Sundance Selects), Haenel plays another gender-neutral character, an excellent, empathetic doctor who is not defined by her relationships or friends; she lives a solitary, monastic life devoted to the well-being of her patients. When she ignores a late-hour doorbell at her private practice and finds out from the police that the young woman was murdered nearby, the doctor embarks on a mission, against the wishes of many including the police, to identify the girl and inform her family of her death.

Kim Min-hee and Kim Tae-ri

With erotic mystery “The Handmaiden” (Amazon) great Korean auteur Park Chan-wook moved the Victorian setting of the novel “Fingersmith” to the 30s period when Japan occupied Korea. Told in two parts from two distinct points-of-view, the lushly mounted movie follows a rich Korean gentlewoman (star Kim Min-hee) and her maidservant (newcomer Kim Tae-ri) who not only fall lustily in love, but plot against their oppressive masters. Park has fashioned a luscious tale of sexual expression and female empowerment.

Elle Fanning

Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Neon Demon” also puts women front and center, led by Elle Fanning, who was 16 when she was cast, 17 when she shot the film, and is now 18. She plays a newcomer to the La fashion scene who discovers that starving models literally eat each other alive. In one memorable scene, when one x-ray known as the bionic woman (because she has altered so much of her body) throws up an eyeball, her best friend pops it into her own mouth. Refn said he wanted to make the women characters primary and the men secondary. While the movie was not a critical hit in Cannes and did not win any prizes, the stylishly transgressive genre exercise could become a smart-horror hit stateside when Amazon Studios releases it in June.

Adriana Ugarte and Emma Suárez These two superb Spanish actresses star as the young and older incarnations of Pedro Almodóvar’s latest female creation, “Julieta” (Sony Pictures Classics). The Spanish auteur’s adaptation of three Alice Munro stories was originally going to star Meryl Streep in an English-language version, in which she would have used makeup to play both roles. This way the movie takes on a decidedly Hitchcockian tone, as the very blonde young Julieta (Ugarte) enjoys mad sex with a stranger on a train, while the older and soberer Julieta (Suárez) is less open, prey to feelings of loss and regret. Why is she estranged from her daughter? What went wrong the day her husband went fishing in the face of an impending storm? This twisted family saga unfolds in cinematic ways that could only come from Almodóvar. Related storiesTop Women Cinematographers Reveal 7 Best Tips for Career SuccessCannes Film Festival Awards 2016Cannes Today: New Talent Emerges »

- Anne Thompson

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Meryl Streep Was Originally Going To Star In Pedro Almodóvar’s ‘Julieta’

24 May 2016 8:04 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

“I have a few different projects right now and one of them is in English — for the first time. It’s based on a story and it’s pretty far along actually, but I don’t want to talk about it too much right now because everyone will keep asking me about it,” Pedro Almodóvar teased way […]

The post Meryl Streep Was Originally Going To Star In Pedro Almodóvar’s ‘Julieta’ appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Emma Suarez on the Inspirations Behind ‘Julieta’ and Being Part of Pedro Almodóvar’s World

23 May 2016 8:34 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Marking his return to the female-centric dramas with which the director made his name, Pedro Almodóvar stopped by Cannes Film Festival with Julieta. Adapted from a series of short stories of Canadian Nobel prize-winning author Alice Munro, the story follows a woman who recalls the pivotal moments of her adult life. We said in our positive review from the festival, “It’s charmingly self-aware in its use of kitsch and melodrama — almost to the point of self-parody — and, while small in scope, it’s also one of his lusher and leaner offerings.”

While at the festival, we got the opportunity to speak with Emma Suarez, who plays the older version of Julieta. We discussed shooting chronologically, only meeting her co-star once on set, the wide range of inspirations for the film, what the film means to her, and much more. Check out the conversation below and our interview with Adriana Ugarte here. »

- Zhuo-Ning Su

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Adriana Ugarte on Pedro Almodóvar’s Meticulousness and Transforming For ‘Julieta’

23 May 2016 8:34 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Marking his return to the female-centric dramas with which the director made his name, Pedro Almodóvar stopped by Cannes Film Festival with Julieta. Adapted from a series of short stories of Canadian Nobel prize-winning author Alice Munro, the story follows a woman who recalls the pivotal moments of her adult life. We said in our positive review from the festival, “It’s charmingly self-aware in its use of kitsch and melodrama — almost to the point of self-parody — and, while small in scope, it’s also one of his lusher and leaner offerings.”

While at the festival, we got the opportunity to speak with Adriana Ugarte, who plays the younger version of Julieta. We discussed the audition process, her background, what it was like playing the same character as Emma Suárez, the meticulousness of Almodóvar, and more. Check out the conversation below and our interview with Emma Suarez here.

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- Zhuo-Ning Su

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Cannes 2016: Julieta review

22 May 2016 1:18 PM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ The first words that come to your mind after seeing a film by Pedro Almodóvar are usually 'flamboyant', 'over-the-top', or perhaps 'fabulous'. His latest offering, showing at the 69th Cannes film festival, is more likely to have you thinking 'efficient', 'workman-like' and possibly the dreaded 'average'. It's as if Will Self suddenly wrote a Mills and Boon bodice ripper. Julieta is a lifelong mystery with shades of Hitchcock, and it is actually an improvement on his misjudged comedy I'm So Excited, but it has nothing on the excitement of his run in the late 1980s and early 90s.

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