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You may not have heard of Chinese actress Zhao Tao, but chances are you will during the awards ceremony at the end of this year's Cannes Film Festival. Tuesday night, the movie she starred in, Mountains May Depart, directed by her husband and longtime collaborator Jia Zhangke (A Touch of Sin, Still Life), got a seven-minute standing ovation. And the loudest cheers and applause came for Zhao — who had tears streaming down her face. More and more, she's looking like a likely spoiler for the Best Actress race. Before the festival started, the smart money was on Cate Blanchett or Marion Cotillard. In Todd Haynes's Carol, Blanchett plays a chic ’50s divorcée defying repressed times by seducing Rooney Mara's much younger shopgirl. Cotillard plays none other than Lady Macbeth opposite Michael Fassbender. Harvey Weinstein is distributing both of them, so you know how your Oscar race is looking. »
- Jada Yuan
Son of Saul and Carol also strong contenders.
The surreal drama, starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, is facing competition from Holocaust drama Son of Saul and Todd Haynes’ Carol, starring Cate Blanchett in the tale of a lesbian affair in the 1950s.
Having faced some harsh criticism during the festival, Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees starring Matthew McConaughey is a long 20/1 to clinch the top prize, with Maiwenn’s Mon roi bringing up the rear at 40/1.
Click here for Screen’s Cannes reviewsPlame d’Or Winner 2015The Lobster 5/2Saul Fia 5/1Carol 5/1La giovinezza 11/2Chronic 6/1Shan He Gu Ren 6/1Nie Yin Niang 6/1Il racconto dei racconti 7/1Louder Than Bombs 9/1Valley of Love 10/1Umimachi Diary 10/1Dheepan 12/1Sicario 12/1Mia Madre 14/1Macbeth 14/1The Sea of Trees 20/1La loi du marche »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Whether you’re on the French Rivera or following the festival from home, the one film from Cannes 2015 that nobody can stop talking about is Carol. The period lesbian romance, starring Cate Blanchett as the titular dame and Rooney Mara as her young love interest, it’s the fest’s most critically acclaimed film and looks poised to take some big awards here, as well as in the Oscars early next year.
There’s been praise of every aspect of Todd Haynes’ film, from the acting to the framing, the the visual style to the music. And, as is wont of beloved films, there’s already claims that it’s overrated, an unworthy Palme d’Or contender and needing of knocking down a peg.
Alex and Sam share their (semi-contrasting) opinions on the film, highlighting what works in the film and addressing that big hype issue.
If you haven’t already, »
- Alex Leadbeater
This month's best dressed goes to the one and only Cate Blanchett. She arrived on the Cannes red carpet looking every part the modern Cinderella in a stunning strapless gown by none other than Giles. Although the silhouette of her gown was voluminous and somewhat traditional, the psychedelic print brought this whole ensemble into the future. Cate is always a knockout on the red carpet and one of my favorite figures to watch when it comes to bold and fearless fashion moments; this gown explains why. This is one Cannes look we'll be talking about for years to come. Zanna Roberts Rassi is an E! News fashion correspondent, Marie Claire's senior fashion editor and E! Style Collective's »
Read More: The 2015 Indiewire Cannes Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During Run of Festival Todd Haynes made a triumphant return to the big screen over the weekend at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, where "Carol," his first feature film since 2007's "I'm Not There," premiered to rave responses in the competition. The film's stars, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, received immediate awards buzz for their powerful performances. In the '50s-set love story, based on Patricia Highsmith's novel "The Price of Salt," Blanchett plays Carol, a wealthy housewife stuck in a loveless marriage. While out Christmas shopping, Carol locks eyes with Therese (Mara), a timid department store clerk, and it's love at first sight. What unfolds is, as Indiewire' Eric Kohn put it in his glowing review, "a mannered, classical romance." I sat down with Haynes, Blanchett and Mara to discuss the overwhelmingly positive reception to the film and the. »
- Nigel M Smith
This story first appeared in the May 29 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Amy (Out of Competition) British director Asif Kapadia's tender, intimate documentary portrait of Amy Winehouse reminds us that the self-destructive London singer was supremely talented and charismatic but ill-equipped for the superstar fame that came with her 20-million-selling breakthrough album, Back to Black. — Stephen Dalton Carol (Competition) Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara deliver outstanding performances as two women in 1952 precariously charting a path toward a romantic relationship in Todd Haynes' absorbing, intelligent
- THR Staff
As Cannes sets the stage for the 2015 Oscar race, one thing is guaranteed: Unlike last year, when awards-worthy performances by best actress contenders were scarce, this year, it’s les femmes who are dominating Cannes’ screens. At the top of the list is Todd Haynes’ luxe romance Carol, starring two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara (previously nominated for 2011’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). As the fest heads into its final stretch, it’s holding its own as the best-reviewed competition entry. And it immediately got Oscar-watchers swooning. “Strong contender for awards @cannes15 &
- Gregg Kilday
Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara learned quite a bit about each other's complexions while filming their sex scenes for the lesbian drama Carol. During a sit-down with The Hollywood Reporter at the Cannes Film Festival, Mara said that filming the passionate encounters with Blanchett wasn't markedly different than it would have been with a male actor. "Any love scene is different because you're with a different person — male or female, it doesn't really make a difference," said Mara. Still, there was one new twist when it came to filming intimate scenes with the two-time-Oscar-winning
- THR Staff
The ladies continue to kill it at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival! Cate Blanchett went for elegance at the "Sicario" premiere on Tuesday in a black gown that was anything but basic. The "Cinderella" star wore an Armani Prive stunner that featured a bejeweled bamboo design and an obi style sash belt. She accessorized with gold cuffs and loose curls. Emily Blunt also wowed at the "Sicario" premiere, donning an embellished Stella McCartney design that fit her like a glove. The "Into the Woods" star kept her hair swept back and added a pop of color with emerald Anna Hu Haute Joaillerie earrings. And, Diane Kruger showed off her legs at the Event Sky with Jaeger-LeCoultre in an edgy, star-covered mini dress by Anthony Vaccarello. The "Inglorious Basterds" actress paired the look with strappy sandals and loose waves. These ladies weren't the only stars who stunned at Cannes -- click "Launch »
- tooFab Staff
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… »
It.s already being dubbed "Flatgate" by some in the media, but according to reports at the Cannes Film Festival, currently underway in France, women, including some older women with disabilities, are being turned away from screenings for not wearing high heels. Cannes is widely regarded as the most prestigious film festival in the world and maintains a regal air of class, style, and grace. This includes a strict dress code on the red carpet. That may have been taken a bit too far recently when, according to Screen Daily, a group of women in their 50s were turned away from a gala showing of Todd Haynes. latest drama, Carol, on Sunday for not wearing high heels. The women, including some with medical conditions, were denied entry to the Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara-starring film, about two women in the 1950s dealing with the repressive gender politics of the day, »
Cate Blanchett is clearing up some misunderstandings. Last week she told Variety that she has had relationships with women "many times," but now the actress wants to clarify her statements. When she said she had been involved with other women, she didn't mean sexually. "Have I had sexual relations with women? The answer is no," the Carol star told reporters in Cannes on Sunday. She added that the part of the interview where she had stated she had had no "sexual relations with women" had been edited out of the article. The writer, Ramin Setoodeh, stood by his article when he tweeted, "When I asked Cate Blanchett if she'd had lesbian relationships in real life, she said: »
“Mad Max: Fury Road” raked in the most social mentions with 17,081 after the first week of the Cannes film festival, according to social-media analysis firm Way to Blue.
The company ranked films by calculating numbers for “overall buzz” and “intent-to-view,” as well as most buzzed about topics and stars from a sample size of 550,000 mentions from May 13-19. Since the reboot also opened around the world last week, the festival helped increase the overall buzz for George Miller’s film.
Following “Mad Max,” which led in overall buzz and intent-to-view, was the Cate Blanchett-Rooney Mara lesbian love story “Carol,” which pulled in 12,031 mentions. Blanchett was also the second most buzzed-about star behind Lupita Nyong’o, who took to the Cannes carpet in Gucci green. Other films generating buzz were the Matthew McConaughey mystery “The Sea of Trees,” Woody Allen’s “Irrational Man,” “The Lobster,” starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, »
- Seth Kelley
Cate Blanchett has often opted for flats. Photo: Fawnia Soo Hoo
The Cannes film festival has attracted accusations of sexism in the past but it has really hit the headlines this time with a ruling that women will only be allowed into red carpet screenings if they're wearing high heels. To make it worse, the rule seems to apply even to women who have serious walking difficulties.
The decision came to light when several women found themselves turned away from the première of Todd Haynes' Carol. Set in Fifties America and starring Cate Blanchett, the film documents a lesbian romance in a period where wearing flat shoes was one of the key ways such women could discreetly signal their sexuality. Now, of course, flats are worn by everyone and are often far from unglamorous, but they are ore necessary for some women than others, and some of those told »
- Jennie Kermode
THR reports that Sony Pictures Classics has snagged North American rights to "Truth," starring Robert Redford as Dan Rather and Cate Blanchett as his producer, Mary Mapes, whose 2005 memoir "Truth and Duty" serves as the basis for this film. "Truth" centers on the firestorm that broke out in September 2004 when the former CBS Evening News anchor made libelous claims that President Bush received special treatment during his Air National Guard tenure in Vietnam. The authenticity of Rather's sources was called into question, Mapes was swiftly fired and Rather resigned in 2005. Elisabeth Moss, Topher Grace and Dennis Quaid also appear in "Truth," the directorial debut of "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "White House Down" screenwriter James Vanderbilt. Brad Fischer, William Sherak, Vanderbilt and Mikkel Bondesen produce with Brett Ratner, Doug Mankoff and Andy Spaulding, and Mythology Entertainment. Sony Pictures Classics has »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The stars of romantic drama Carol, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, as well as director Todd Haynes, talk to Benjamin Lee in Cannes about lesbianism in mainstream film; the fetishisation of female nudity; and how they made Juliet and Juliet. The film, based on Patricia Highsmith's novel The Price of Salt is tipped for the Palme d'Or Continue reading »
- Benjamin Lee and Richard Sprenger
“Louder Than Bombs,” Joachim Trier’s sensitively rendered family drama about the lingering aftermath of a mother’s untimely death, begins with a shot of a newborn’s hand clutching his daddy’s finger. It’s a perfect opening image for a film that largely concerns itself with the tensions that can arise between parents and children, particularly when each party is typically doomed to a partial understanding of the other at most. As it happens, it could also serve as one of the defining images for the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival (with apologies to Ingrid Bergman, whose regally disembodied head graces the poster for this year’s event), which has screened a number of pictures in which the price paid by neglectful, irresponsible or just plain ineffectual parenting turns out to be a steep one.
“They f— you up, your mom and dad,” Philip Larkin wrote, and some »
- Justin Chang
FilmNation represents international rights to Truth, centres on a 2004 report by veteran Us newsman Dan Rather claiming the then President George W Bush received special treatment in the Air National Guard during the Vietnam War.
It later transpired the report was based on documents that may have been forged.
Rather’s producer Mapes wrote the book Truth And Duty: The Press, The President, And The Privilege Of Power on which the project is based.
James Vanderbilt makes his directorial debut with the project and produces through his Mythology Entertainment with Brad Fischer, William Sherak, Mikkel Bondesen, Brett Ratner, Doug Mankoff and Andy Spaulding.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Joachim Trier’s English-language debut delivers a solid score but fails short of the current leader.
Brize’s The Measure of a Man is a drama about an unemployed man who faces a moral crisis when he finally finds a job as a supermarket security guard.
The film recorded one to three star ratings, adding up to 2.3 (out of a possible 4).
Trier’s English-language debut drew scores ranging from one to four, rounding out at 2.2.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
“Carol” is the biggest critical hit of the Cannes Film Festival’s main competition this year, and a film that feels destined to feature prominently in the year-end awards picture. Starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as women in the early 1950s who fall in love at great cost to themselves, it was directed by Todd Haynes with enormous sensitivity and understatement and performed by the lead actresses with remarkable subtlety. The day after the film’s triumphant premiere at the festival, which ended in what was reportedly a 20-minute standing ovation, Haynes, Blanchett and Mara sat with TheWrap for a brief. »
- Steve Pond
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