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Reda Kateb Takes an Oath in Hippocrates
By Alex Simon
French actor Reda Kateb always knew he was a born actor. The son of an Algerian actor father and French mother (and grandnephew of celebrated Algerian writer Kateb Yacine), Reda grew up watching his father perform on stages across Europe. After deciding himself to “enter the family business” as a child, honing his skills reciting his great uncle’s texts, Reda stayed busy on the stage as well, making his film debut in the internationally-lauded A Prophet in 2009.
Reda’s latest film, Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor, traces the relationship between two young physicians (Kateb and Vincent Lacoste) doing their internships in a Parisian hospital. Reda’s work captured him a 2014 César Award as Best Supporting Actor. The film opens in the U.S. today, June 19.
Reda spoke to us by phone from his home in France. Here’s »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
London — Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin’s “Minions,” Chris Columbus’ “Pixels” and “Terminator Genisys,” which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Emilia Clarke, are among the films selected to play at Croatia’s Pula Film Festival.
The international program competition includes George Ovashvili’s “Corn Island,” which won at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival; Jacques Audiard’s Palme d’Or winner “Dheepan”; Gabriel Ripstein’s “600 Miles,” winner of the Berlin Film Festival’s first feature award; and Alante Kavaite’s “The Summer of Sangaile,” which won the Sundance Film Festival’s world cinema dramatic directing award.
Fourteen films play in the competition section of the international program, and 14 features have been selected for the Croatian films program, which were chosen from the 28 movies submitted.
The fest is headed by Gordana Restovic, and the festival board includes Hrvoje Puksec, Mike Downey and Tanja Milicic.
Downey, who is also deputy chairman of the European Film Academy, »
- Leo Barraclough
Innovations include showing Utopia as part of first TV offering at a Croatian festival.
Croatia’s Pula Film Festival (July 18-25) has announced the programme for its 62nd edition.
The Croatian programme saw 75 films submitted - 28 features, 47 shorts - of which 14 features, including Cannes hit The High Sun by Dalibor Matanić, and 16 shorts were selected.
The International Competition includes 14 features, and 12 shorts out of competition.
Pula’s offerings also include the Short Matters short programme presented with the European Film Academy; the Dizalica strand for 16-to 21 year-olds; and the children’s programme Pulica.
Croatian Features We Will Be The World Champions, Darko Bajić The Girls - Life of Another, Andrea »
- email@example.com (Wendy Mitchell)
After a record 83 countries submitted films in the Best Foreign Language category at the Oscars last year, Hungary has officially kicked off this year's submissions with the Grand Prix winner from this year's Cannes Film Festival, Laszlo Nemes's Son of Saul. Set in October 1944, at Auschwitz-Birkenau, Son of Saul follows Saul Auslander (Geza Rohrig), a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, the group of Jewish prisoners isolated from the camp and forced to assist the Nazis in the machinery of large-scale extermination. While working in one of the crematoriums, Saul discovers the corpse of a boy he takes for his son. As the Sonderkommando plans a rebellion, Saul decides to carry out an impossible task: save the child's body from the flames, find a rabbi to recite the mourner's Kaddish and offer the boy a proper burial. The film received rave reviews out of the festival and was thought to be »
- Brad Brevet
At home with Festa del Cinema Artistic Director Antonio Monda Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
From playing a role in Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, having recent Le Conversazioni with Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen Sondheim, Zadie Smith, Patrick McGrath, Isabella Rossellini, Salman Rushdie, Julie Taymor, Jeffrey Eugenides, Marina Abramovic and Daniel Libeskind, to co-founding Open Roads: New Italian Cinema, with this year's highlights including Ivano de Matteo's The Dinner (I Nostri Ragazzi) and Lamberto Sanfelice's Chlorine (Cloro), starring Sara Serraiocco - Antonio Monda has done a great deal already. Now, he is appointed the Artistic Director of the Rome International Film Festival.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Exclusive: Front Row strikes Cannes deals with HanWay, Protagonist, Embankment.
Middle East distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment has finalised a raft of Cannes deals with Embankment, HanWay, Protagonist, Cmg, Visit Films and Fox International Productions.
Front Row continued a long-standing relationship by securing deals across Protagonist’s slate including Pete Travis’ Middle East-set action-drama Snatchback, which is set to star and be produced by Rachel Weisz, heavy-metal drama Lords of Chaos and Taika Waititi’s comedy Hunt For The Wilderpeople.
From HanWay Films, Front Row secured John Cameron Mitchell’s Romeo and Juliet-style alien punk story How To Talk To Girls At Parties, set to star Nicole Kidman, Matt Lucas, Elle Fanning and Ruth Wilson; family-adventure film Swallows and Amazons with Rafe Spall and Kelly Macdonald; and Wadjda director Haifaa al-Mansour’s Mary Shelley drama A Storm »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
The recipient of this year’s Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, I said in my review, “French veteran Jacques Audiard‘s Dheepan is a muscularly directed dramatic thriller about the difficulties of starting over and the inevitability of violence. Clear-eyed, tightly wound, and cinematically and psychologically immersive, it’s a furious ride of a movie that actually has something […] »
- Zhuo-Ning Su
Unfortunately, this year’s main competition line-up at the Cannes Film Festival ended up being something of an easy target for jaded festival goers. An onslaught of English language debuts and mainstream tastes reigned supreme. Despite evident shortcomings, including the increasingly questionable sidebar siphoning of major auteurs in Festival head Thierry Fremaux’s neglectful hands, there was much to admire. This edition’s legacy won’t be helped by the decision of the Coen Bros. to award the Palme D’or to Jacques Audiard’s serviceable but weakest film to date, Dheepan, though several other accolades seemed more welcome, including a Grand Prix for Laszlo Nemes’ harrowing debut Son of Saul and a Best Screenplay nod for Michel Franco, whose Chronic was generally dismissed by critics. Though Hou Hsiao-hsien returns from an untowardly long absence with The Assassin, it’s great to see he received some recognition for what »
- Nicholas Bell
★★★☆☆ Following the impressive The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005), the excellent A Prophet (2010) and the melodramatic Rust and Bone (2012), Jacques Audiard returns to Cannes with Dheepan (2015), a mix of Loachian social realism and Death Wish-style violent fantasy. This outsider in Paris tale begins with a Tamil freedom fighter burning the bodies of his dead comrades and throwing his uniform into the fire. Disillusioned with the war he adopts the identity of one of the dead men, Dheepan (Jesuthasan Antonythasan) and, with the help of the smuggler, recruits a young woman to pose as his wife (Kalieaswari Srinivasan) and an orphaned child (Claudine Vinasithamby) to be their daughter.
- CineVue UK
Read More: Can You Trust the Hype From Cannes? If you've been paying attention to Indiewire over the past few weeks, you know that the Cannes Film Festival consumed a lot of our time lately. While the festival finally ended over the weekend, however, there are still many reasons to discuss its lineup. Many of the more notable titles from the program scored distribution, and a lot of them are surefire bets for the fall season circuit. But does that automatically make them Oscar contenders? Not so fast. While Jacques Audiard's immigration drama "Dheepan" won the Palme d'Or, that doesn't guarantee it will automatically make its way into the foreign language race. In fact, there are other Cannes contenders that may already be ahead in that regard. Meanwhile, Todd Haynes' "Carol" seems like a strong contender for Best Picture -- but "seems" is the operative word here. We're »
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
Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan may have won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival but it was Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster that sparked the most mentions on social media, according to analysis firm Way To Blue.
Way To Blue 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 990,000 mentions from May 13-24.
However, that figure was down 29% compared to Cannes 2014, when stars such as Robert Pattinson – a big draw for fans on social media – attended the festival.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
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
The Cannes Film Festival concluded over the weekend, and the big prize winners have been announced. The main competition jury, led by Joel and Ethan Coen, made some surprising picks, awarding Dheepan the top prize, known as the Palme d'Or. Dheepan is a French-language drama about three refugees who flee Sri Lanka and seek to make a new life in France. Jacques Audiard directed; he's known for the prison-set A Prophet and the dramatic romance Rust and Bone. Dheepan will open in...
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Peter Debruge: Well, I didn’t see that coming. In what feels like a twist ending — one that leaves me feeling a bit like Tim Roth at the end of “Chronic” — the Cannes jury has awarded the Palme d’Or to “Dheepan,” a movie that lags among my least favorites in the competition, and the weakest in Jacques Audiard’s filmography.
People have been throwing the word “weak” around a lot this week, grousing that the official selection doesn’t measure up to that of previous years. I defer to you, Scott and Justin, since you’ve each been attending Cannes for longer than I have (this is only my fifth time on the Croisette), but if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my time here, it’s that Cannes critics always like to complain that the present year’s crop feels meager by comparison to past editions, »
- Peter Debruge, Scott Foundas and Justin Chang
The Cannes Film Festival concluded over the weekend, and the big prize winners have been announced. The main competition jury, led by Joel and Ethan Coen, made some surprising picks, awarding Dheepan the top prize, known as the Palme d'Or. It's a French-language drama about three refugees who flee Sri Lanka and seek to make a new life in France. Jacques Audiard directed; he's known for the prison-set A Prophet and the dramatic romance Rust and Bone. Dheepan will open in theaters in the U.S. via IFC / Sundance Selects, perhaps before the end of the year. The jury gave the Grand Prix to Son of Saul, a widely-acclaimed Holocaust drama directed by László Nemes. The Hungarian film is set at the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1944, as a prisoner...
- Peter Martin
It's a family plot. At the start of Jacques Audiard's Tamil emigre drama "Dheepan," our title character (Jesuthasan Antonythasan) is thrust together with two strangers, young woman Yalini (Klieaswari Srinivasan) and a nine-year-old orphan she just collected at a Sri Lanka refugee camp (Claudine Vinasithamby) to form a makeshift, instant family unit. They are impersonating another dead trio, and take their passports in order to fly to Paris, where they are eventually settled as the caretakers of a rough gang-infested housing complex. All three are barely recovering from their battle scars and losses, while needing to survive in a foreign country with a language only the young school girl learns quickly. ("Don't all countries burn down schools?" the new parents ask each other after a confounding school entrance interview.) Audiard, a gracefully instinctive director, uses meticulously researched detail (the rookie actors are natural and believable) to »
- Anne Thompson
The 68th Cannes Film Festival was brought to a surprising close Sunday with Jacques Audiard's Sri Lankan refugee drama taking the festival's coveted top honor, the Palme d'Or.
The choice of Dheepan, as selected by a jury led by Joel and Ethan Coen, left some critics scratching their heads. While the dapper French filmmaker has drawn widespread acclaim for films such as A Prophet and Rust and Bone, some critics were disappointed by the thriller climax of Audiard's film. Dheepan is about a trio of Sri Lankans who pretend to be a family in order to flee their war-torn country and are settled in a violent housing project outside Paris.
"This isn't a jury of film critics," Joel Coen told reporters after the awards ceremony, alongside fellow jurors likeGuillermo del Toro and Jake Gyllenhaal. "This is a jury of artists who are looking at the work."
The win for »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
I've seen more than one person say the 2015 Cannes Film Festival quite simply didn't live up to normal expectations. I started getting that vibe at the end of last week as it seemed there were a few "good" films coming out of the festival -- The Lobster, Carol, Son of Saul, Amy -- but nothing that was really wowing a large majority of those in attendance. The teaser for a recently penned story from Manohla Dargis at the "New York Times" read: "As the festival nears its close, many fine movies by revered filmmakers have been shown, but none of them are masterworks." Many fine movies... that's great, but the hope heading into Cannes is finding at least one film that truly knocks the audience's socks off, but it seems this year the jeering for Gus Van Sant's The Sea of Trees made more headlines than anything else. Yesterday »
- Brad Brevet
'Dheepan' has won the top prize at the 68th Cannes Film Festival, the Palme d'Or. The Jacques Audiard-directed drama, which centres on refugees fleeing post-civil war Sri Lanka for a life in France, surprisingly claimed the coveted award after being selected by a judging panel led by acclaimed Us filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen. The French director, whose previous credits include 'A Prophet' and 'Rust and Bone', told the BBC: ''To receive a prize from the Coen brothers is something pretty exceptional. I'm very touched.'' Meanwhile, Joel Coen said: ''This isn't a jury of film critics. This is a jury of artists who are looking at the work.'' Elsewhere, 'Son of Saul' - a Holocaust drama - won the Grand Prix prize, which is essentially the runner-up award, while Vincent Lindon won Best Actor for his role in Stephane Brize's 'The Measure of a Man'. »
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