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The Price of Salt is at a market high according to our critics. While Le Film Francais have Mia Madre in the pole position and Screen Daily have a pair in a tie among their voting clan, our sixteen strong have place Todd Haynes’ Carol firmly at the top of the leader board with average 3.8 grade. In a year where French cinema was a little off-balance, where Italy cinema didn’t disappoint, where Asian films were especially strong and where a first time work from Hungary stole the show, it is one portrait and one love story in 1950’s America that is tops.
In our inaugural year, our Cannes Critics’ Panel favored Pedro Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live In by one point over the Dardenne’s The Kid With a Bike, von Trier’s Melancholia, Nicolas Refn’s Drive and Malick’s Palme d’Or winning The Tree of Life. »
- Eric Lavallee
The biggest deals of this year’s Cannes Marché du Film and how the Competition titles sold throughout the festival.
Behind the glamour of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, business was booming at the Marché du Film (May 13-22), with representatives from 120 countries in attendance - up four on 2014.
A total 3,300 films were on offer this year, around 1,000 at the project stage, with an estimated 11,000 film professionals in attendance, in line with last year.
In the opening days, Marché chief Jérôme Paillard told Screen: “Acquisition agents are telling me that it’s the first time in a number of years that there are so many big projects. I’ve been told there are around 50 high profile projects on offer.”
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It has been far too long since Lucrecia Martel's last feature, 2008's "The Headless Woman." Since then, we've been agonizingly waiting for "Zama" to film. She became attached to the project in 2012, and last we heard, a 2014 shoot was in the works. That didn't happen, but cameras are now actually rolling on the movie and the first look has arrived. Sort of. Variety has the concept art for the epic project, which they call “one of Latin America’s most awaited and ambitious films.” It's a bit of hyperbole, but we'll take it, particularly as we're pretty excited for this one. Pedro Almodovar and his production company El Deseo are among the backers of the movie based on Argentine writer Antonio di Benedetto's 1956 novel that's set in an unnamed Latin American country in 1790, and follows Don Diego de Zama, an official for the Spanish crown on his way to Buenos Aires. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Cannes — Backed by Pedro and Agustin Almodovar and written and directed by Lucrecia Martel, Latin America’s most prominent woman director, “Zama,” one of Latin America’s most awaited and ambitious films, has gone into production.
Hinting at its scale, “Zama’s” wide-ranging co-producers range over Spain, Argentina, France, the U.S, and the Netherlands, taking in El Deseo, run by the Almodovar brothers and Esther Garcia; the Disney-backed Patagonik Film Group; France’s Mpm Film; Danny Glover and Joslyn Barnes’ Louverture Films; Lemming Film; and Picnic Producciones.
Variety has had exclusive access to an extraordinary concept art photo by Veronica Suoto.
- John Hopewell
The 1982 film has now gone to Arte (France), Shochiku (Japan) and Lucky Red (Italy) with a Us deal in negotiation.
Almodóvar’s second film follows a nymphomaniac pop star who falls in love with a gay Middle-Eastern prince. »
- email@example.com (Geoffrey Macnab)
Salma Hayek blasted the movie industry for giving up on women both behind and in front of the camera at a Variety-hosted event Saturday afternoon at the Cannes Film Festival.
“For a long time they thought the only thing we were interested in seeing were romantic comedies,” said Hayek, who appears in the Cannes drama “Tale of Tales.” “They don’t see us as a powerful economic force, which is an incredible ignorance.”
Joining the conversation about gender inequality in Hollywood were actresses Parker Posey (“Irrational Man”) and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (“Jazbaa”), as well as producers Christine Vachon and Elizabeth Karlsen (who both worked on “Carol”). The event was co-hosted by the U.N. Women’s HeForShe campaign, and moderated by Variety co-editor-in-chief Claudia Eller and U.N. Women head Elizabeth Nyamayaro. Variety publisher Michelle Sobrino welcomed the crowd at the Radisson Blu hotel.
Despite the success of films like “The Hunger Games, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Cannes is a fest littered with films and press conferences, so it’s perhaps no surprise that even the formal introduction to the jury becomes one of the hottest events of the day, with journos lining up well in advance to get a spot. The makeup of the jury is usually a fascinating and diverse group drawn from the world of cinema, and this year’s group seems particularly boisterous.
For North American audiences there are some faces not quite as familiar (such as Malian singer/poet Rokia Traoré, the Spanish Actress Rossy de Palma best known for her work with Pedro Almodovar), but the rest have had more out-of-the-fest bubble success. Sophie Marceau was in Braveheart and the Bond flick The World is Not Enough, and recently has directed several projects. Sienna Miller has had a massive year, including her major role in the box office hit American Sniper. »
- Jason Gorber
Cannes — If it's opening day at the Cannes Film Festival that means it's time for another awkward press conference with the competition jury. Typically, a Cannes jury is comprised of nine directors, actors and artists from all over the world who have often never met each other beforehand and have no intention of tipping their hands that they might actually already be looking forward to seeing particular films in the competition. The good news is that you can always count on a few members of the international press corps to ask some silly questions or get their facts so inexplicably wrong (guys, "Mad Max: Fury Road" isn't in competition) you wonder how they got credentialed in the first place. The 2015 edition of the festival features a jury headed by former Palme d'Or winners Ethan and Joel Coen (a rare two-headed jury president). Also on hand are Guillermo Del Toro (who, »
- Gregory Ellwood
While the Cannes festival will see a starry universe of stars on the red carpet, as Matthew McConaughey (“The Sea of Trees”), Cate Blanchett (“Carol”), Benicio Del Toro (“Sicario”), Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard (“Macbeth”) are expected, indie market mavens are asking, “Where are the Bruce Willises, the Gerard Butlers?” as one distributor lamented.
For the world’s independent film industry, completed movies are one thing, but the big driver remains projects pre-sold at script stage to international distributors.
On the eve of the Cannes film festival and market, buyers and sellers have many questions: Will this be the year that Netflix and Amazon scoop up a significant number of titles? Why haven’t more projects been announced? Where are the bigger-budget market staples? Where are the action titles?
Indeed, with a clutch of sales companies not announcing many or any Cannes titles by early in the week, speculation was »
- John Hopewell
The previewing of the 68th Cannes Film Festival, opening tomorrow and running through May 24, began last month as we posted notes on each of the films lined up in the Official Selection and the Classics program as well as for the Directors' Fortnight and Critics' Week. We're collecting lists of the most anticipated films—and then there's the Market. Variety previews projects in the works coming from Pedro Almodóvar, Andrea Arnold, Terence Davies, Bruno Dumont, Tom Ford, Marc Forster, Rupert Friend, Florian Gallenberger, Bette Gordon, Werner Herzog, Ron Howard, John Krokidas, Claude Lelouch, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Steven Shainberg, Giuseppe Tornatore and many more. » - David Hudson »
From finished films in competition to big packages on the horizon, here’s the hottest titles from around the world up for grabs at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Director: Marc Forster
Film centers on a blind woman and her husband who, upon restoration of her sight, begin to discover previously unseen and disturbing details about themselves, their marriage and their lives.
Director: Andrea Arnold
Key cast: Shia Labeouf
A runaway teenager gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard-partying, law-bending and young love.
Sales: Protagonist Pictures
Director: Ewan McGregor
- Variety Staff
Ritesh Batra nabbed attention at Cannes 2013 with his Critics' Week drama "The Lunchbox," released by Sony Pictures Classics in February 2014 and a 2015 Baft nominee. Now the Indian director is returning to the Croisette with Cannes market title "The Sense of an Ending," lifted from Julian Barnes' Booker Prize-winning novel. Jim Broadbent is attached to star. Penned by Nick Payne, whose Broadway play "Constellations" led by Jake Gyllenhaal got a Tony nomination, the film follows a retired man who receives an unexpected letter from a lawyer that forces him to confront his own past — and unfulfilling present — including the suicide of his childhood best friend. The film marks Payne's first screenplay. FilmNation, which has a spate of Cannes market titles this year including films from Tom Ford and Pedro Almodovar, holds worldwide rights and will co-finance with BBC Films. Origin Pictures’ David Thompson ("Woman in Gold") and Ed Rubin are. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Director: Shoojit Sircar Screenwriter: Juhi Chaturvedi Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Irrfan Khan, Moushami Chatterji, Raghuvir Yadav, Jishu Sengupta Running time: 123 mins Certificate: PG
Beautifully capturing a slice of ordinary life, Piku tells a universal story of the shifting dynamics between parent and child. Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan are united on a road journey, in this heart-warming tale of familial love that never once loses its way.
Piku (Deepika Padukone) is a working woman, balancing the demands of her career as an architect with caring for her 70-year-old, hypochondriac father Bhashkor Banerjee (Amitabh Bachchan) and indulging his daily obsession with his bowel movements. When they embark on an impromptu road trip to Kolkata, Rana (Irrfan Khan) - the owner of a taxi firm and the only person willing to put up with the temperamental pair – becomes unwittingly embroiled in the volatile father-daughter relationship.
With a tenuous plot, »
Led by “The Sea of Trees’” Matthew McConaughey, “Carol’s” Cate Blanchett, Benicio Del Toro in “Sicario” and “Macbeth’s” Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, the 2015 Cannes Festival looks like one of the glitziest on recent record.
But completed Cannes movies are one thing. Cannes’ big biz drivers, script-stage projects pre-sold on the Croisette to international distributors, are another.
In what may be the biggest industrial irony of 2015 Cannes, while stars will pack out the Palais red carpet steps, and five jurors, Jake Gyllenhaal among them, are thesps, getting stars attached to projects in the first place is a far stiffer challenge that is bedeviling the big indie movie industry most probably more than ever.
“If the film hasn’t started production yet, and the cast is not yet fully complete, even if they may have the main lead, if distributors have the chance they will wait,” said Ivan Boeing, »
- John Hopewell
FilmNation will launch “Silencio” at the upcoming 2015 Cannes Marché du Film. A hard-hitting woman’s drama, “Silencio” marks the third Almodovar title in a row that FilmNation will represent, after identity melodrama “The Skin I Live In” and air-flight ensemble comedy “I’m So Excited!” Echo Lake is financing the acquisition of rights for FilmNation Entertainment.
“We are so thrilled to be working again with our friends at El Deseo. As always, Pedro has crafted a story full of complex and original characters that will showcase amazing actors and touch the hearts of audiences around the world,” Glen Basner, »
- John Hopewell and Dave McNary
All week our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. When I picked this year, it was under the mistaken assumption that we were writing on the best film of a year, and not the best film year in general. But having realized the mistake, I stand by my choice. 1995 is still the best! Straight up: 1995 wins, because Todd Haynes’s “[Safe]" is still my favorite film to have come out since, Idk, I’ve been alive. It’s deeply self-conscious about genre, while still managing to not really resemble anything I’ve ever seen. It’s the perfect film about L.A.; about how space is mobilized in cinema; about the environment; about Gothic horror; about white femininity; about film bodies; about falling in love in the movies. It’s Todd Motherf*#@$^ Haynes’s best film. »
- Jane Hu
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. While I tend to think of the '80s as a crassly commercial lull between the artistic adventurousness of the '70s and the independent experimentation of the '90s, there were things about the '80s that i hold dear in terms of what I love about movies. And if you're talking about the best of the '80s, the year that crystallized all the things the decade did well was 1988, a year that looks upon closer inspection like an embarrassment of riches. One of my twenty favorite films of all time, as outlined in this article, was released in 1988, which automatically makes it a year worth closer consideration. The '80s may have begun with one of his strongest films, but »
- Drew McWeeny
Ah, the 1990s. The decade that brought us The Lion King. Titanic. Quentin Tarantino. That wordless bathroom scene in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet. Angelo Badalamenti's Twin Peaks. Duel of the Fates from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. In the Mood for Love.
It was a good 10 years for film music, no doubt.
But scratch the surface of 1991 through 1999 and there are tons of good scores ready to spring a surprise on your ears. Some were attached to sorely underrated movies, others were overshadowed by wildly successful ones, and some have simply been forgotten in the passage of time.
Here, in no particular order, are the top 25 underappreciated film soundtracks from the 1990s.
Seann Williams Scott (aka Stifler from American Pie, aka Doug Glatt from Goon) is a cinephile. You might not’ve guessed that, considering his acting choices haven’t been, shall we say, high caliber. Nonetheless, he loves movies, so picking his top five choices is as difficult as picking your favorite food — depending on his mood, the order and selection changes. Recently, he revealed his favorite films with this stipulation, but even then, they seemed a bit out-of-the-ordinary for the Stifmeister. During a Reddit Ama on Wednesday, Scott was asked to name his top five favorite films. At the time, he said these were at the top of his head at the time of the question: 1. The Inheritance, directed by Per Fly 2. Talk to Her, directed by Pedro Almodóvar 3. Betty Blue, directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix 4. Open Hearts, Susanne Bier 5. Chopper, Andrew Dominik Who »
The Cannes Film Festival has named the jury for its 68th edition, comprising nine world cinema names from Canada, Spain, the Us, UK, France, Mali and Mexico.
Us filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, who won the Palme d’Or in 1991 for Barton Fink and the Grand Prize of the Jury in 2013 with Inside Llewyn Davis, were previously announced as co-presidents of the jury, which will include four women and five men.
The jury will select from the films in Competition, with prize winners to be announced on stage at a ceremony on May 24. The winner of the Palme d’or will be screened during the festival’s closing evening on May 25, in the presence of the jury and the entire team of the winning film.
Click here for full line-up of filmsTHE Jury
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
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