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IFC Films announced Thursday that it has acquired U.S. rights to Matteo Garrone’s “Tale of Tales.” The film stars Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, John C. Reilly, Toby Jones, Shirley Henderson, Hayley Carmichael, Bebe Cave and Alba Rohrwacher. It was produced by Jeremy Thomas, Jean Labadie and Garrone from a screenplay by Edoardo Albinati, Ugo Chiti, Massimo Gaudioso and Garrone. It’s executive produced by Alessio Lazzareschi, Peter Watson, Nicki Hattingh, Anne Sheehan and Sheryl Crown. See photos: The Scene at Cannes 2015: Red Carpet Premieres and Beyond “Tale of Tales,” Garrone’s first English language film, had its »
- Joe Otterson
“Tale of Tales,” Garrone’s first English-language film, premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. Peter Debruge of Variety gave the film a strong review, calling it a “lavishly realized and long-overdue adaptation.”
“Tales” also stars Vincent Cassel, John C. Reilly, Toby Jones, Shirley Henderson, Hayley Carmichael, Bebe Cave and Alba Rohrwacher. Producers are Jeremy Thomas, Jean Labadie, Ugo Chiti, Massimo Gaudioso and Garrone.
The film is inspired by the fairytales by Giambattista Basile, centering on the rulers of three neighboring kingdoms put to the test when magic enters the picture. Hayek plays a happy queen who is living unhappily until an ominous figure offers a dangerous bargain.
- Dave McNary
IFC had a productive Cannes this year, scooping up hot titles including "Disorder" and "A Perfect Day" out of the festival's sidebars, along with Jacques Audiard's Palme d'Or winner "Dheepan." Now they've picked up Us rights to one of the last of the sought-after English-language films with name elements in an overheated seller's market. That's because Italian Matteo Garrone's English-language debut "Tale of Tales" did not play well out of the Competition. The cast includes Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, Shirley Henderson, Hayley Carmichael, Bebe Cave and Alba Rohrwacher. Read More: "Tale of Tales" Cannes Review and Roundup Reilly and Hayek play the king and queen of a small kingdom in a fairytale land far far away. There are rock canyons a lot like the world of Gollum in "The Lord of the Rings," and mossy deep forests for the likes of hunter kings »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
The results are in. The closing ceremony of the 68th edition of the Cannes film festival began more like the Oscars than the glamorous, abrupt ceremonies of old; with John C. Reilly scat-singing and a sense of anticipation with a field which was more open than previous years. Son of Saul was the Palme d'Or favourite with many critics, including this one, but in the end László Nemes had to settle for second prize - the Grand Prix - for his harrowing day-in-the-life of a Sonderkommando. Still, a remarkable achievement for a debut film which boldly sticks to its experimental approach and provides a horrifically immersive experience of the Holocaust at ground zero. However, it was French director Jacques Audiard who instead received the Palme d'Or for his social realist Tamil in Paris thriller, Dheepan.
- CineVue UK
Cannes — The jury of the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival handed out its awards on Sunday night.
Taiwanese auteur Hou Hsiao-hsien received the festival’s director prize for “The Assassin,” a visually dazzling martial-arts epic set in ninth-century China.
The actress prize was awarded, in a tie victory, to Rooney Mara for her performance as a 1950s shopgirl in Todd Haynes’ lesbian love story, “Carol,” and to Emmanuelle Bercot for her turn as a Frenchwoman in an emotionally destructive relationship in Maiwenn’s “Mon roi.” One of the most prominent faces of the 2015 festival, having directed the opening-night film, “Standing Tall,” Bercot gave an effusive speech during which juror Xavier Dolan could be seen brushing away tears.
Haynes accepted on behalf of Mara, who had already returned to New York from the festival. “She would be so completely blown away by this prize,” he said. “I’m just so proud of her work, »
- Justin Chang
We’ll soon be seeing a lot more of Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe when the Mad Titan takes centre stage for Avengers: Infinity War, but in the meantime we’ve had to make do with his post-credits scenes in The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, as well as a brief appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy.
While we await his next appearance (Thor: Ragnarok?), the folks at Luma Pictures have posted a featurette which delves into the VFX work that went into bringing Thanos to life for Guardians of the Galaxy, and you can check it out here (via ComicBook)…
“Loic Zimmermann our concept designer took the most prevalent features of Josh Brolin that we thought would stand out the most and put them into who the character is underneath,” Luma Pictures VFX supervisor Vincent Cirelli tells FX Guide. “He began blending those elements. We’ve taken Josh’s eyes, »
- Gary Collinson
Cannes — Even at a more civilized festival such as Cannes, it can be hard to catch every single movie in competition. There are always a few that will slip through the cracks and you can always count on the inevitable life drama moment to rear its ugly head. Unlike other festivals, Cannes has less repeat screenings across the board. That also makes things tough for one person to chronicle it all. With less than 24 hours left in the festival we’re happy to say we've been able to cover 10 Cannes selections in depth. Here are capsule reviews for another six selections you may still be curious about. [Expect full reviews of “Macbeth,” “The Little Prince” and “Chronic” by the end of the weekend as well as some thoughts on whether Oscar stepped out on la Croisette this year.] "Louder Than Bombs" Director: Joachim Trier Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Gabriel Byrne, Amy Ryan, Isabelle Huppert, David Strathairn, David Druid Reaction: Trier’s first English language film is sort of a mixed bag. On the one hand, he often has creative and new ideas on how to stage scenes. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Alchemy, which has already scooped up Gaspar Noé's 3D "Love" and Nanni Moretti's "Mia Madre," has taken Us rights to Oscar-nominated Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos' English-language debut "The Lobster." A love story set in a near-future where single people are arrested and transferred to a Hotel, where they must find a mate in 45 days or be transformed into an animal, this Cannes competition entry stars Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, Lea Seydoux, Olivia Colman and Ben Whishaw. Cannes: "Dogtooth" Director Yorgos Lanthimos Scores with Surreal, Macabre 'The Lobster' (Review and Roundup) "There are very powerful emotions happening inside," said Weisz at the press conference. "Yorgos creates a world and a tone where nobody’s over the top in their acting style, in a world where everything is very internal. It’s the opposite of a melodrama, that’s the tone." "There is a lot of melodrama in the. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Read More: Watch: 'The Lobster' Clips Preview Yorgos Lanthimos' Absurd Cannes Drama Alchemy has announced acquisition of U.S. distribution rights to Yorgos Lanthimos' "The Lobster," which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in competition this week. The absurdist film stars Colin Farrell has an architect who checks into a hotel after his wife leaves him. Set in a society that highly values relationships, the architect has but 45 days to find a new partner or else he'll be transformed into an animal of his choosing. John C. Reilly, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, Olivia Colman and Lea Seydoux co-star. In Indiewire's review, our critic wrote that "the inherent absurdity of the premise maintains its appeal thanks to an unlikely combination of depravity and deadpan comedy." "'The Lobster' is alternately beautiful, romantic, mysterious, and hilarious," said Brooke Ford, Alchemy Evp of Marketing. "Yorgos has created a completely original film that we are. »
- Casey Cipriani
Alchemy have snapped up the Cannes Competition title.
Alchemy has acquired all Us distribution rights to Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster, the dark satire starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, which received its world premiere in Competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
The Lobster is a love story set in the near future where single people, according to the rules of The City, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods. A desperate Man escapes from The Hotel to The Woods where The Loners live and falls in love, although it is against »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
The deal came four days after the film’s world premiere in competition at Cannes. Guy Lodge called the film “wickedly funny” in his review.
It’s the English-language debut of Greek director Lanthimos, who received critical acclaim for “Dogtooth.” The film, which also stars John C. Reilly, Ben Whishaw and Olivia Colman, is a blackly funny love story set in a dystopian near future where single people are arrested and transformed into animals of their choosing if they fail to find a mate within 45 days.
Farrell plays a single man who checks into a hotel to find a mate, then joins a rebel group and falls in love with Weisz’ character.
“The Lobster” was shot in Ireland the spring »
- Dave McNary and Ramin Setoodeh
Deadline returned to the Cannes Film Festival twofold this year, attracting an A-list crowd to both its interview studio at Nikki Beach's Le Petit Bar at the Carlton Hotel as well as our annual Cocktails on the Croisette party at Nikki Beach. Those sitting down to chat with Deadline’s Nancy Tartaglione, Joseph Utichi and Anthony D’Alessandro included Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Noomi Rapace, John Turturro, John C. Reilly, Gabriel Byrne, among many others. Getty’s… »
John C. Reilly is one of the busiest men in Cannes this year, with three films in Official Selection. But he took time out to stop by the Deadline Video Studio at the Nikki Beach Petit Bar to chat about Tale Of Tales and The Lobster, which are in Competition, and Les Cowboys in Directors’ Fortnight. A very dapper Reilly says he jumped at the chance to work on these films, the first by Matteo Garrone, which he was thrilled to discover at its official screening earlier in… »
The spirit of the American West lives on in France, of all places, where devotees don their cowboy hats and jeans to attend carnivals where they ride horses and dance to country music. While the hard-scrabble attitude endures, one can’t help but wonder where the lawless frontier itself now lies — precisely the question screenwriter Thomas Bidegain explores in “Les Cowboys.” Bidegain, who for years has served as the muscle behind Jacques Audiard’s scripts, advances his ongoing deconstruction of genre-movie masculinity in his uncompromising, anti-romantic directorial debut, transposing the myth of John Ford’s “The Searchers” to the modern era when one of these ersatz cowboys’ daughters disappears, sending her Marlboro-man father off in hopeless pursuit. Here, instead of being abducted by Comanches, the girl converts to Islam, touching on still-raw racial prejudices in a pared-down, elliptical art film that’s tough to watch, yet continues to haunt in the weeks that follow. »
- Peter Debruge
Animal Farm: Lanthimos’ Dystopic Dip into RomCom
Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos makes an admirable English language debut with The Lobster, set within an original dystopic landscape charting the grim prospects for the monogamous human relationship. Those familiar with the director’s unique black humor from Dogtooth (2009) and Alps (2011) should be pleased to find none of his abilities to be lost in translation. And yet, this latest also feels as if it prizes sly commentary over substance, a cohesion of elements that make his other titles feel a bit more inventive and a bit less belabored. Still, there’s much to admire in this latest work, a bizarre universe unto itself.
David (Colin Farrell) has just been left by his wife. But he lives in a world where it is against the law to be single, so he is forced to check into a hotel where singles have 45 days to »
- Nicholas Bell
In Cannes the pervasive mood of buzz and business really begs for comedy, and Yorgos Lanthimos's English-language debut The Lobster, so far the best film in the competition, was a much-needed intervention of the absurd at the festival. This came additionally as a surprise to me because I've never been a fan of the Greek director of Dogtooth and Alps, preferring instead the work by his producer, Athina Rachel Tsangari, who made Attenburg. But in a festival whose thread of a theme this year of the intrinsic human difficulty of romantic relationships (In the Shadow of Women, My Golden Days, Carol), The Lobster wonderfully refracts these concerns of grave emotional drama into a precise, gimmick-bound dark comedy. Surprisingly touching, it takes adult worries over loneliness, solitude and coupledom and sends them into a perverse alternate world where single people are punished for their social status by being sent to »
- Daniel Kasman
The Lobster is ostensibly inhabiting a similar off-kilter cinematic space to Richard Ayoade’s The Double or Spike Jonze’s Her. Yorgos Lanthimos’ English language debut is what can be best described as a skewed-surrealist sci-fi; a film has an an alt-modern setting where a traditionally emotional-driven element of society is treated as a cognitive one.
The general conceit is a world where not being in love is forbidden. Singletons and recent-divorcees are sent off to an authoritarian hotel where guests have forty-five days to find love among the inhabitants before they get turned into an animal (of their choice, at least). The metropolitan areas have security guards who check licences of people who walk about alone and in the woods a gang of loners live a simple life, albeit it hunted by hotel’s inmates.
It’s an idea with delicious social parallels ripe to be explored and, »
- Alex Leadbeater
Its much to early to crown him as the godfather of the Greek new wave, but there’ll be mounds of further essays written on the tsunami-breaking splash he made back in 2009 with the unsettling, and yet darkly sidesplitting Dogtooth. as he incrementally adds to his filmography. Winning top honors in the Un Certain Regard section, Yorgos Lanthimos who got his start with the co-directed My Best Friend in 2001 and Kinetta in 2005 officially find himself in the bigger ring and the red carpet steps at the Grand Théâtre Lumière this evening. Unlike…say six years ago, patrons have a firm idea about his idiosyncratic style (and taste as a producer) but with The Lobster are still in the know about not being in the know.
- Eric Lavallee
No stranger to the international film festival circuit, Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos is receiving rave early reviews out of this year's Cannes for The Lobster, his third feature and first with a high-caliber English-speaking cast, including Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, and Ben Whishaw. The film focuses on a future wherein you either find your mate or you are transformed, inexplicably, into an animal and let out to roam the wilderness. It's a typical what's-that-guy-on premise from Lanthimos, who already conquered Cannes years ago when his debut, Dogtooth, nabbed him the Un Certain Regard prize. That film has a major following at this point, not surprising as it marries Michael Haneke's formal exactness with dark, deadpan satirical jabs at isolationists that escalate into violence, incense, and self-abuse. His striking sophomore effort, Alps, won screenplay honors at the Venice Film Festival, where it was up for the Golden Lion that, »
- Chris Cabin
Read More: Cannes Review: Yorgos Lanthimos' 'The Lobster' Explores a Crazy World More Familiar Than It Looks While the entirety of Yorgos Lanthimos' English-language debut "The Lobster" has divided some critics at the Cannes Film Festival, everyone seems to be unanimous in their praise for the comedy's satirical elements and absurdist humor on the nature of relationships. In the first couple of clips released from the film (see below), audiences can finally get a peak at what all the fuss is about. The film stars Colin Farrell has an architect who checks into a hotel after his wife leaves him. Set in a society that highly values relationships, the architect has but 45 days to find a new partner or else he'll be transformed into an animal of his choosing. John C. Reilly, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, Olivia Colman and Lea Seydoux co-star. "The Lobster" is currently seeking U.S. »
- Zack Sharf
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