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Who Should Receive Honorary Oscars Next?

19 July 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

We're about one month away from the announcement of this year's Honorary Oscar recipients. They're usuallly announced at the end of August for a November Governor's Awards ceremony. This year's ceremony will be on November 12th. Last year rumors circled that it was Doris Day's turn but that didn't turn out to be accurate. For the past two years, The Film Experience has tried to make up for the dearth of movie site reporting about the Oscar Honorary careers (beyond the sharing of press releases / YouTube videos of their speeches) with mini-retrospectives so we're always hoping they'll choose well to give us wonderful careers to discuss right here. 

Let's reprint a list of worthies we shared a year or so ago, with a few adjustments, in case any of the elites in the Academy are undecided about who to put forth or get behind for these coveted honors.

 

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DVD Review – Forsaken (2016)

18 July 2016 10:45 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Forsaken, 2016

Directed by Jon Cassar.

Starring Kiefer Sutherland, Donald Sutherland, Demi Moore, Michael Wincott, Greg Ellis and Brian Cox.

Synopsis:

In the Old West, former Civil War-veteran John Henry returns to his frontier hometown where he must repair a fractious relationship with his Reverend father, and face the demons of his past when a gang of outlaws threaten the community…

Not just a throwback to the Western of old, Forsaken is a film born of historical connections. Directed by Jon Cassar, who worked with Kiefer Sutherland on the series that made him iconic, 24, and starring Kiefer alongside his legendary father Donald Sutherland, something they’ve only briefly done before – sharing screen time in the little known Max Dugan Returns in the early 80’s and appearing not together in Joel Schumacher’s A Time to Kill in 1996. For them, the appeal was appearing not just together but as father and son on screen, »

- Tony Black

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DVD Review – Forsaken (2015)

11 July 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Forsaken, 2015.

Directed by Jon Cassar.

Starring Kiefer Sutherland, Donald Sutherland, Demi Moore and Brian Cox.

Synopsis:

Kiefer and Donald Sutherland share the screen in this brooding western about an embittered gunslinger who attempts to make amends with his estranged father whilst their community is besieged by ruthless land-grabbers.

The Western, the once mainstream genre, has dwindled down to a handful of productions a year now. As times have changed, very little has developed within the Western genre, and it’s really down to the added gore or female-focused narratives that have shown a matured representation. But, despite trying to engage contemporary audiences, new additions such as Jane Got a Gun, The Homesman, and Cowboys & Aliens have all failed at the box office. Modernistic directors such as Tarantino with Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight have successfully reinvigorated it, but only due to an extremely fresh take or die-hard fanbase enabling it to do so. »

- Amie Cranswick

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11 Good Movies to Watch This Month on Hulu

8 July 2016 4:06 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Satire, serial killers, swords, and Shannyn Sossamon.

I’m here to tell you that there’s a cinematic streaming goldmine available on Hulu that includes recent hits, older classics, domestic releases, and foreign imports. It’s even home to hundreds of Criterion titles (for now). Sure there’s plenty of filler and seemingly thousands of titles I’ve never heard of before, but I’m not here to talk about possible gems like Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell… I’m here to recommend some good movies to watch this month on Hulu.

Pick of the Month: In the Loop (2009)

These are rough, troubling, and disappointing times we’re living in, and while it’s no cure, laughter is most definitely a medicine for the blues. To that end, Armando Iannucci’s In the Loop — a feature film riff on his series, The Thick of It — is like an epic dose of comical vitamin C. Incredibly »

- Rob Hunter

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Flatliners Remake Brings Back Original Star Kiefer Sutherland

8 July 2016 8:14 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in March, we reported that a reboot of the 1990 sci-fi thriller Flatliners is gearing up to start filming this summer, with Ellen Page, Diego Luna and Nina Dobrev attached to star. It was never clear if the filmmakers had planned on reaching out to original cast members such as Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts and Kevin Bacon, but today we have word that Kiefer Sutherland is closing his deal to co-star in the rebooted thriller. The deal isn't finalized yet, but the actor has committed to the project.

The original film followed a group of medical students and close friends who conduct experiments with near death experiences. Each one of them has their heart stopped before being revived instantly, which causes them to experience nightmarish visions of their childhood, reflecting either sins they have committed, or sins committed against them. Their unorthodox extracurricular studies have very dark consequences, as their supernatural visions begin to intensify. »

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Kiefer Sutherland Joins Niels Arden Oplev’s ‘Flatliners’ Remake Alongside Ellen Page

7 July 2016 4:44 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Flatliners” is being revived, and one of its original stars is coming with it. Kiefer Sutherland has joined the remake of the 1990 film after some rescheduling allowed him to also fulfill his obligations to the ABC series “Designated Survivor.” Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton and Kiersey Clemens are all appearing in the film as well. Deadline first broke the news of Sutherland’s casting.

Read More: ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ Director Niels Arden Oplev To Reportedly Helm ‘Flatliners’ Remake

As of right now, the actor is the only original star returning; Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, Billy Baldwin and Oliver Platt aren’t currently involved. “Flatliners” starred the quintet as a group of medical students who, not unlike kids today playing the knockout game, purposefully stop their own hearts in order to trigger near-death experiences. As you might imagine, this doesn’t end up being the best idea. »

- Michael Nordine

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4 Pieces of Must-Know Casting News

6 July 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Watch out highways of the East Coast—Helen Mirren is heading out in a Winnebago with Donald Sutherland in their new film “The Leisure Seeker.” The film follows two ailing retirees as they fight off poor health to take what may be their last road trip from Boston to the Ernest Hemingway House in Florida. The project will also star Christian McKay and is based on a novel by Michael Zadoorian. Filming is expected to start later this month in Atlanta. While most of the additional casting is out of the Peach State, Marc Hirschfeld is also attached to the project. Hollywood is heading to the Great White North as K’naan Warsame celebrates his new HBO pickup, “Mogadishu, Minnesota.” The Minneapolis-based pilot is about a family struggling to define what it means to be American while still living among the city’s Somali population. The project, one of the »

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‘River’ Review: “A beautiful but frenetic and jumbled mess”

25 June 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Sutherland family has two very famous faces; Donald Sutherland and Kiefer Sutherland; however, they aren’t the only members in the acting biz. New release River showcases the talent of one Rossif Sutherland, son of Donald and half-brother of Kiefer.

In River Rossif plays John Lake, an American volunteer doctor whom, whilst on a mandated rest break, becomes an unlikely fugitive after intervening in a sexual assault. Set around the Mekong River, the film flits from Laos to Thailand as Lake frantically tries to evade the law. Once on the run, the film races along at break-neck pace for the second third of the film, before coming to almost a complete stop for the final act.

Given that the story is set in a foreign land and our protagonist is American, with only a very basic understanding of the native tongue, there isn’t much in the way of dialogue or character interaction. »

- Kat Hughes

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Italy’s Indiana and Murdoch-owned Pay-tv Sky Team up on Content Factory (Exclusive)

23 June 2016 7:59 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome — Expanding Italian film and TV company Indiana Production, which recently made a splash in Cannes by announcing Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland-starrer “The Leisure Seeker,” are teaming up with Murdoch-owned pay-tv operator Sky Italia on a “content factory.”

The initiative, called Writers’ Couch, aims to nurture local writing talents in a first for Italy where subpar screenplays are considered an industry sore spot.  It is being set up in Rome and Milan in collaboration with screenwriter Nicola Guaglianone and his DropOut Films.

Guaglianone is probably Italy’s hottest screenwriter at present. He was the main writer on offbeat superhero movie “They Call Me Jeeg,” a fresh riff on both formulaic Hollywood franchises and on a 1970 Japanese cartoon series. “Jeeg” (pictured) is a recent sleeper hit at the Italian box office and was the big winner in April at the David di Donatello Awards, the country’s top film nods. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Italy’s Indiana and Murdoch-owned Pay-tv Sky Team up on Content Factory (Exclusive)

23 June 2016 7:59 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rome — Expanding Italian film and TV company Indiana Production, which recently made a splash in Cannes by announcing Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland-starrer “The Leisure Seeker,” are teaming up with Murdoch-owned pay-tv operator Sky Italia on a “content factory.”

The initiative, called Writers’ Couch, aims to nurture local writing talents in a first for Italy where subpar screenplays are considered an industry sore spot.  It is being set up in Rome and Milan in collaboration with screenwriter Nicola Guaglianone and his DropOut Films.

Guaglianone is probably Italy’s hottest screenwriter at present. He was the main writer on offbeat superhero movie “They Call Me Jeeg,” a fresh riff on both formulaic Hollywood franchises and on a 1970 Japanese cartoon series. “Jeeg” (pictured) is a recent sleeper hit at the Italian box office and was the big winner in April at the David di Donatello Awards, the country’s top film nods.

The »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Coming August 2

18 June 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Horror News | See recent Horror News news »

Scream Factory Presents Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Collector’s Edition) On Blu-ray August 2, 2016   Starring Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum and Leonard Nimoy  The seed is planted…terror grows. On August 2, 2016, the terrifying sci-fi classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers will be presented like never before in a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray …

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Get Ready to Be Taken Over When Scream Factory Unleashes Invasion Of The Body Snatchers This August!!

15 June 2016 6:15 AM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

I absolutely Adore body snatcher films. I don’t know what it is about them, but they just do it for me. My favorite film having to do with body snatchers is the aptly titled, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, the 1978 remake of the classic 1956 film of the same name. The remake took concerns and metaphors subtly present in the original film and amplified them, raising the stakes, the social statements and boasted excellent performances from Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy, Veronica Cartwright and Jeff Goldblum. It’s just a perfect film, and one that I try to show every friend or house guest who hasn’t seen it. Thanks to the ever-reliable group over at Scream Factory, we’re getting a special Collector’s Edition Bluray release of Philip Kaufman’s 1978 masterpiece, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, complete with enough special features to make the most avid collector blush with excitement.

Special Features:

·         New 2K scan of the interpositive

·         New Star-Crossed in The Invasion – an interview with actress Brooke Adams (9 minutes)

·         New Leading the Invasion – an interview with actor Art Hindle (25 minutes)

·         New Re-Creating The Invasion – an interview with writer W.D. Richter (16 minutes)

·         New Scoring the Invasion an interview with composer Denny Zeitlin (15 minutes)

·         New Audio Commentary with author/film historian Steve Haberman

·         Audio Commentary by director Philip Kaufman

·         Re-Visitors From Outer Space, or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Pod  – including interviews with director Philip Kaufman, screenwriter W.D. Richter, director of photography Michael Chapman and actors Donald Sutherland and Veronica Cartwright (15 minutes)      

·         Practical Magic: The Special Effects Pod (4 minutes)

·         The Man Behind The Scream: The Sound Effects Pod – an interview with Ben Burtt and sound editor Bonnie Koehler (12 minutes)

·         The Invasion Will Be Televised: The Cinematography Pod  (5 minutes)

·         Theatrical Trailer

·         TV Spots

·         Radio Spots

·         Photo Gallery

·         An episode of Science Fiction Theatre, Time is Just A Place, based on Jack Finney’s short story. Directed by Jack Arnold.

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Release Date and Details

14 June 2016 9:11 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Shout! Factory has officially announced that the Invasion of the Body Snatchers Collector's Edition Blu-ray will be officially released on August 2nd, 2016.

The classic 1978 thriller starring Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy, Veronica Cartwright and Jeff Goldblum has been remastered for this new collector's edition release via a 2K scan of the interpositive. The new HD transfer will make Invasion of the Body Snatchers look better than it ever has.

All of the legacy bonus features from the previous release are included for the collector's edition package. In addition, Shout! Factory has commissioned over an hour's worth of all-new extras along with a feature length commentary track.

Here's the complete rundown of bonus features on the Invasion of the Body Snatchers Collector's Edition Blu-ray:

New Star-Crossed in The Invasion - an interview with actress Brooke Adams (9 minutes)

New Leading the Invasion - an interview with actor Art Hindle (25 minutes)

New Re-Creating The Invasion - an interview with writer W.D. Richter (16 minutes)

New Scoring the Invasion an interview with composer Denny Zeitlin (15 minutes)

New Audio Commentary with author/film historian Steve Haberman

Audio Commentary by director Philip Kaufman

Re-Visitors From Outer Space, or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Pod  - including interviews with… »

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Commander in Chief: The Geena Davis Series Ended 10 Years Ago

14 June 2016 6:16 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Hail to the chiefThe West Wing isn't the only political drama celebrating its 10th anniversary. Today marks 10 years since the end of the cancelled ABC series Commander in Chief.

Created by Rod Lurie, the show starred Geena Davis as Mackenzie Allen, the first female President of the United States. The cast also included Donald Sutherland, Harry Lennix, and Mark-Paul Gosselaar.

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Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978) Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Special Features Revealed

14 June 2016 4:39 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Featuring a phenomenal cast including Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy, Veronica Cartwright and Jeff Goldblum, 1978’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers is coming out on a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray this August from Scream Factory, who have now revealed the new special features for the anticipated release:

Press Release: The seed is planted…terror grows. On August 2, 2016, the terrifying sci-fi classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers will be presented like never before in a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray from Scream Factory. Featuring a new HD transfer, this release also comes packed with new bonus features, including interviews and audio commentary with cast and crew, and a limited-edition collectible slipcover with newly rendered artwork.

Under cover of darkness, while an unsuspecting city sleeps, an alien life form begins to sow the seeds of unspeakable terror. Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy, Veronica Cartwright and Jeff Goldblum star in this shocking, “first-rate suspense thriller” (Newsday).

One by one, the residents of San Francisco are becoming drone-like shadows of their former selves. As the phenomenon spreads, two Department of Health workers, Matthew (Sutherland) and Elizabeth (Adams), uncover the horrifying truth: Mysterious pods are cloning humans — and destroying the originals! The unworldly invasion grows stronger with each passing minute, hurling Matthew and Elizabeth into a desperate race to save not only their own lives, but the future of the entire human race.

Special Features:

New 2K scan of the interpositive New Star-Crossed in The Invasion – an interview with actress Brooke Adams (9 minutes) New Leading the Invasion – an interview with actor Art Hindle (25 minutes) New Re-Creating The Invasion – an interview with writer W.D. Richter (16 minutes) New Scoring the Invasion an interview with composer Denny Zeitlin (15 minutes) New Audio Commentary with author/film historian Steve Haberman Audio Commentary by director Philip Kaufman Re-Visitors From Outer Space, or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Pod – including interviews with director Philip Kaufman, screenwriter W.D. Richter, director of photography Michael Chapman and actors Donald Sutherland and Veronica Cartwright (15 minutes) Practical Magic: The Special Effects Pod (4 minutes) The Man Behind The Scream: The Sound Effects Pod – an interview with Ben Burtt and sound editor Bonnie Koehler (12 minutes) The Invasion Will Be Televised: The Cinematography Pod (5 minutes) Theatrical Trailer TV Spots Radio Spots Photo Gallery An episode of Science Fiction Theatre, Time is Just A Place, based on Jack Finney’s short story. Directed by Jack Arnold.

Shout! Factory will continue to present the on-going Scream Factory™ home entertainment series in 2016 with specific release dates, extras and key art. Fans are encouraged to visit Shout! Factory’s website (www.ShoutFactory.com), follow the brand on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ScreamFactoryDVD) and Twitter (@Scream_Factory), and view exclusive video content on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/ScreamFactoryTV/Home).

About Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s entertainment offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast entertainment distribution network which delivers culturally relevant programming, movie and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America and across multiple platforms. Shout! Factory owns and operates Shout! Factory Productions, Scream Factory, Shout! Factory Kids, Shout! Factory Films, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Timeless Media Group and Shout! Factory TV. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Los Angeles, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com

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- Derek Anderson

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Examining Hollywood Remakes: Invasion of the Body Snatchers

6 June 2016 8:31 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

 This time we have a film which has been remade multiple times. However, we’re choosing to focus on the best of those remakes. This week, Cinelinx looks at Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978).

 This often adapted story is based upon a three-part serialized story by Jack Finney which appeared originally in Colliers Magazine in 1954. It was expanded into a novel called “The Body Snatchers” in 1955.The first film version came out in 1956, and is considered one of the truly great sci-fi films. It has been remade three time, in 1978, 1993 and 2007. This article looks at the 1956 and 1978 movies because they are clearly the best of the four. Body Snatchers (1993) is just mediocre and the Invasion (2007) is just a mess. The other two are classics.

 The 1956 version was written during the Cold War ‘Red Scare’, when the public was constantly reminded by our government to keep vigilant of Communist infiltration. This »

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Best Military Movies To Watch on June 6, D-Day

6 June 2016 3:44 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

June 6, 1944. Today marks the 72nd anniversary of D-Day.

On June 7th, Paramount Home Media Distribution will release director Michael Bay’s remarkable 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi.

Hailed as “powerful” (Kyle Smith, New York Post), “engrossing” (Soren Andersen, Seattle Times) and “full of explosive action” (Dan Casey, Nerdist), the film arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand this Tuesday. (Review)

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi tells the incredible true story of six elite ex-military operators who fought to protect the CIA against overwhelming odds when terrorists attacked a U.S. diplomatic compound on September 11, 2012. The film stars John Krasinski (TV’s “The Office”), James Badge Dale (World War Z) and Pablo Schreiber (TV’s “Orange is the New Black”), and is based on the nonfiction novel 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi by New York Times best-selling author Mitchell Zuckoff with »

- Movie Geeks

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Cannes Film Festival Awards 2016

27 May 2016 3:42 PM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

As we mounted the stairs of the Red Carpet for the last time, the Closing Night Awards for the Cannes International Film Festival were announced by the Jury President, George Miller, Director of “Mad Max: Fury Road”.  The eight additional members, four women and four men -- Arnaud Desplechin, Kirsten Dunst, Valeria Golino, Mads Mikkelsen, László Nemes , Vanessa Paradis, Katayoon Shahabi and Donald Sutherland presented the awards. Surprise of the evening was that the German Competition film, Maren Ade’s “Toni Erdmann”, clearly an audience favorite and snatched up immediately for the U.S. by Sony Pictures Classics, received no award at all.  However, it was a great evening for IFC/ Sundance Selects who has the U.S. rights to three winners, "I, Daniel Blake", "Graduation" and "Personal Shopper". 

The Palme d’Or went to Ken Loach for “I, Daniel Blake”, the sad drama of a disabled worker and of a young single mother of two who hold each other up as they try to navigate the social service morass which denies them their rightful ability to pursue happiness.  The 79-year-old British director Ken Loach also won in 2006 for "The Wind that Shakes the Barley" and has had over 18 films selected for Cannes. This Sundance Selects acquisition brought audiences to wrenching tears.

“The festival is very important for the future of cinema,” said Loach. “When there is despair, the people from the far right take advantage. We must say that another world is possible and necessary.”

Best Director Award was split between Romanian Cristian Mungiu ("Graduation" or “Bacalaureat”) and Olivier Assayas (“Personal Shopper”).  Mungiu’s "4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days" won the Palme d'Or in 2007. His actresses had shared the Actress prize for "Beyond the Hills."  Like the Romanian 2013 Berlinale winner,  “Child’s Pose” and Iranian Asghar Farhadi’s 2012 Academy Award winner, “A Separation”, the film contains object lessons about the moral choices made by humans whose actions result in greater damage than originally foreseen, especially when taking place in an already corrupted society. In this story a father tries to protect his daughter and give her the greatest opportunities for making her life better than that of her parents.

Co-winner Olivier Assayas, received his first Cannes award for "Personal Shopper" (IFC Films).  This is his second English-language film starring Kristen Stewart (Cesar winner for "Clouds of Sils Maria").  As she buys fashionable attire for a rich client and tries to communicate with her twin brother, who has recently died. It was a great Cannes for Stewart, who was well-received in Woody Allen's "Cafe Society" (Amazon has U.S.) as well.

Best Screenplay went to “The Salesman” by Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi (Amazon and Cohen Media Group share U.S. rights).  His star, Shahab Hosseini won Best Actor his role as an actor in the midst of moving apartments and starring in Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" when his wife (Taraneh Alidoosti) is assaulted in the shower of their new domicile by a man who assumes that she is the former tenant, a prostitute. Winning the Jury Prize for the third time (!) for coming of age road movie “American Honey” (A24 has U.S.) starring Shia Labeouf and unknown Sasha Lane. British director Andrea Arnold wanted to dance as she accepted the award.  Xavier Dolan, who won the 2014 Jury Prize of “Mommy” won the Grand Prix for his very theatrical "It's Only the End of the World". He cried to receive the award for his family drama starring some of the greatest French actors living today, Nathalie Baye, Vincent Cassel, Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, Gaspard Ulliel.  The film has no U.S. distributor yet. To my mind, the acting far outstripped the story. I am just glad the other greatest French actor, Isabelle Huppert, was not in Dolan’s film.  She had her hands full in Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle” the Competition film about another woman attacked in her home by an unknown assailant. Best Actress went to Jaclyn Jose for “Ma' Rosa” by Philippine director Brillante Mendoza.

The Caméra d'Or ("Golden Camera") for the best first feature film presented in one of the Cannes' selections (Official Selection, Directors' Fortnight or International Critics' Week) went to “Divines” directed by Houda Benyamina.   Houda received her award with unconcealed joy and enthusiasm. The 35 year old Franco-Moroccan film director whose long and strong speech called on women to be more present in the world of cinema said, “I was always saying that I do not care about Cannes …but today, well I’m happy to be here. Cannes belongs to us too …For things to change, you have to put a lot more women in decision-making positions…I am a committed filmmaker, making films is a way to turn my [feminist] anger into perspective…Women! Women!” she added as she broke into the Arabic women’s Ululation. Houda’s film follows an impoverished young girl who drops out of school and escapes her family in search of her own emancipation and personal freedom.

Outside of the Official Awards the winner of the Queer Palm (Feature) was "Les Vies de Thérèse" by Sébastien Lifshitz and Queer Palm (Short): "Gabber Lover" Anna Cazenave-Cambet.  And finally, the Palme Dog went to Nellie for “Paterson”by Jim Jarmusch.

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- Sydney Levine

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Cannes Winners Underscore Contrast Between Creators and Critics

23 May 2016 10:37 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes — We say it every year — often repeatedly — over the course of Oscar reason, as we puzzle over the quirks and oversights of the Academy’s choices: Actors and filmmakers are not critics.

We don’t say it as often at the Cannes Film Festival, though it’s just as often applicable. For every year the Cannes jury — composed mostly of working industry professionals — echoes their approval of a critics’ pet in Competition (“Blue is the Warmest Color” or “Amour,” to name two recent Palme d’Or winners), there’s another where they express a very different preference.

Last year provided a good example of that, as Jacques Audiard’s “Dheepan” took the top prize from a Coen brothers-led jury, despite a critical reception that was more respectable than ecstatic. That mild divergence, as it turned out, was a mere warm-up act for the surprises of this year’s Competition awards, »

- Guy Lodge

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Cannes 2016: Ken Loach's Film 'I, Daniel Blake' Wins the Palme d'Or

23 May 2016 9:36 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Cannes once again makes a political statement - as they did with Dheepan last year and Winter Sleep (from Turkey) the year before. Winners of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival awards, including the coveted Palme d'Or, were revealed at a glamorous ceremony in Cannes featuring Donald Sutherland and George Miller. The big winner is Ken Loach for his film I, Daniel Blake, about an aging man in the UK who struggles to get welfare because of a very broken system. This is the second Palme d'Or for Ken Loach, who won for The Wind That Shakes the Barley in 2006; he has also received four other awards in Cannes previously. A few of my other favorites, including The Red Turtle and Captain Fantastic, also won awards this year. See below. Here's the full list of Cannes 2016 winners, with most of the key awards listed below, including Un Certain Regard. I'll get into »

- Alex Billington

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