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2015 Cannes Film Festival: Our Coverage

11 hours ago | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Ioncinema.com’s 2015 Cannes Film Festival coverage.

Standing TallNicholas Bell

Tale of Tales – Blake Williams

Our Little SisterNicholas Bell

One Floor Review – Blake Williams

Son of Saul – Nicholas Bell

In the Shadow of Women – Blake Williams

Carol – Nicholas Bell

The Lobster – Nicholas Bell

The Sea of Trees – Nicholas Bell

Mia Madre – Nicholas Bell

Louder than Bombs – Nicholas Bell

Cemetery of Splendor – Blake Williams

Sicario – Nicholas Bell

Youth – Nicholas Bell

Love – Nicholas Bell

Chronic – Nicholas Bell

Valley of Love – Nicholas Bell

The Treasure – Blake Williams

Arabian Nights Volume 1: The Restless One – Blake Williams

Arabian Nights Volume 2: The Desolate One – Blake Williams

Arabian Nights Volume 3: The Enchanted One – Blake Williams

Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 2: Our Little Sister

Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 2: Tale of Tales

Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 3: The Lobster

Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 3: Son of Saul

Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 4: Mia Madre »

- Eric Lavallee

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2015 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Full Grid

13 hours ago | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Final grades were officially tallied up after the repeat screenings on Sunday, and while the 1-2-3-4 positions haven’t changed, Todd HaynesCarol further cemented it’s status as the best from the 2015 In Comp class with a final 3.9 grade.

We’d like to once again thank our group of sixteen: Nicholas Bell, Blake Williams and Yama Rahimi from Ioncinema.com were joined by Christophe Beney, Dave Calhoun, Per Juul Carlsen, Paola Casella, Mike D’Angelo, Jean-Philippe Guerand, Carlos F. Heredero, Aaron Hillis, Fabien Lemercier, Marc-André Lussier, Liu Min, Isabelle Regnier and Cédric Succivalli. We already look forward to next year with Haneke, Pedro, Dolan and the Dardennes in the mix. Click on the grid below for a larger version.

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- Eric Lavallee

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2015 Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 10: Takes Two to Limbo in Nicloux’s “Valley Of Love”

23 May 2015 7:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

A Croisette anomaly of sorts and still a relative unknown despite his three decade and dozen film span, Guillaume Nicloux’s only previous Cannes showing was 1994’s Faut pas rire du bonheur landing in the Directors’ Fortnight. An American based West Coast meeting place grief-stricken drama, this also happens to be Isabelle Huppert and Gerard Depardieu’s on-screen reunion a good 35 years after Maurice Pialat’s “Loulou”. Working with Huppert once again after 2013’s The Nun, Valley of Love actually follows last year’s The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq. While our panel gave the film your average passing grade of three, our Nicholas Bell appears to have been the among the few touched by the awkwardness of the affair stating that the film is “a rather beautiful, melancholy poem about guilt, grief, and the tragedy of expectation.”  

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- Eric Lavallee

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2015 Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 10: Pulling the Plug on Michel Franco’s “Chronic”

22 May 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

It’s a Tim Roth lead Un Certain Regard jury that awarded Michel Franco with the highest honor of the section. Michel Franco has moved up the Croisette, debuting his Daniel and Ana in the Directors’ Fortnight section in 2009, and the Ucr in 2012 with the equally disturbing After, Lucia. Naturally landing an In Comp spot, Chronic fittingly tapped Roth to play the caretaker protag in the Mexican filmmaker’s fourth feature. As our Nicholas Bell mentioned in his review, “Franco’s bleak predilection for misanthropy shows no signs of waning,” and my guess is that the oft-mentioned comparisons to Haneke made this too jarring of a portrait at the tale end of the fest.

Check back tomorrow for our final grades. Click on the grid below for a larger version.

 

 

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- Eric Lavallee

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2015 Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 8 & 9: Between a Rock & a Hard R Place for Noé’s “Love”

21 May 2015 1:30 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

It’s only his fourth feature film, but his eighth trip to Cannes, Gaspar Noé hasn’t let go of the short or long format. He first broke into the fest with the Directors’ Fortnight included Carne (1991), La Bouche de Jean-Pierre (short – 1996), Seul Contre Tous (short – 1998), Irreversible (2002), Sida (short – 2006), Enter the Void (2009), 7 Days in Havana (one of seven short films – 2012). If we only received a small sampling of critic grades for the 8:30 a.m. screening of Jacques Audiard’s Dheephan, it might have a lot to do with the conflict of interest and sleep deprivation associated to Noé’s Love 15 minutes past midnight screening. This year we made an exception in our Critics’ Panel, including this tantalizing 3D offering which our Nicholas Bell only reminds us that “Noé was already beaten to the punch by Michael Winterbottom with his film 9 Songs“. For many, this might be the filmmaker’s »

- Eric Lavallee

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2015 Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 8: No Love Lost on Sorrentino’s “Youth”

21 May 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The last of the three competing Italian films for the Palme d’Or, unlike 2008 where Garrone’s Gomorrah edged out Sorrentino’s Il Divo, here, solely going by grade average, it is Youth that is edging Tale of Tales. His seventh feature film, a Toni Servillo-less second English language film and fifth to appear In Comp at Cannes, Youth stars Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda in what appears to be a nice companion piece to his Oscar-winning The Great Beauty. Our Nicholas Bell describes the filmmaker’s touch as “less bombastic and potentially meditative with characters contemplating a last hurrah as they remember highs and lows.” Previously the filmmaker first shored up in Cannes with 2004’s The Consequences of Love, 2006’s Friend of the Family and who can forget career belly-flop in 2011’s This Must Be the Place.

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2015 Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 3: Son of Saul Puts Focus on One Individual

16 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

It’s a next to nil chance that a first time filmmaker will have the opportunity to walk the red carpet steps of the Main Comp at the Cannes Film Festival. You need to be vetted first, introduced via a sidebar, parallel section before you get to spend time with the cool kids. Of course, there are indeed exceptions to these no-written rules. We saw it in Red Road, Persepolis, Synecdoche, New York, Markus Schleinzer’s Michael and last year’s Wild Tales – (the later two were godfathered by the likes of Palme d’Or mainstays Haneke and Pedro) which is why when a Camera d’Or candidate is included in the mix it’s a surefire telling sign that the film, and filmmaker have indeed earned it their stripes. This can only be further compounded when there is a jubilation in the press core. Post screening talk must have »

- Eric Lavallee

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2015 Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 2: Kore-eda Needs No Introductions with “Our Little Sister”

14 May 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The race for the Palme d’Or officially begins today. It’s day 2 at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival which means the press core and as per usual, our Cannes Critics’ Panel are already in game mode. New this year to the our sweet sixteen group (you can follow them all on twitter) areMarc-André Lussier (La Presse), Jean-Philippe Guerand (Le Film Français), Aaron Hillis (the proprietor of Video Free Brooklyn who needs no introduction — penning for Filmmaker Magazine & Vice), and joining Ioncinema.com stalwarts Nicholas Bell and Blake Williams we find Yama Rahimi. Looks for grades on all nineteen Main Comp offerings plus as added bonus: Gaspar Noé’s Love.

The first film to uncork the ’15 edition is a filmmaker who is technically more synonymous with the Toronto Int. Film Festival than the French riviera. This nonetheless marks Hirokazu Kore-eda‘s fifth trip to Cannes with his last picture Like Father, »

- Eric Lavallee

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The Orchard Had a Little…: Partridge’s “Lamb” to Receive 2016 Release

13 May 2015 1:45 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Orchard are still adding to their SXSW shopping cart as IndieWIRE reports that the distributor has landed the North American, UK and Australian and New Zealand rights to Ross Partridge’s Lamb. Slaying SXSW auds and garnering all-around positive reviews (including our site), the drama recently won Sarasota Film Fest’s Independent Visions award. The drama looks set for more film fest exposure before receiving an eventual 2016 theatrical release.

Gist: Based on the novel by Bonnie Nadzam, hoping to regain some faith in his own goodness, he turns his attention to Tommie (Oona Laurence), an awkward and unpopular 11-year-old girl. Lamb is convinced that he can help her avoid a destiny of apathy and emptiness, and takes Tommie for a road trip from Chicago to the Rockies, planning to initiate her into the beauty of the mountain wilderness.

Worth Noting: Ross Partridge, the actor turned director will net be »

- Eric Lavallee

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No Disappearing Act: Bruno Dumont & Juliette Binoche Re-Team on “Slack Bay”

7 April 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Bruno Dumont is set to continue his fixation for the nineteen-tens as Screen Daily has confirmed that filmmaker will indeed reteam with his Camille Claudel 1915 thesp Juliette Binoche on his eighth feature film. Fabrice Luchini and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi will also star in Slack Bay (Ma Loute), which is due to shoot this summer in northern France (here is a pic of the spatial lieu). Memento Films International will be selling the project in Cannes next month. It’ll likely be among the Cannes contenders for the following year.

Gist: Set in 1910, this unfolds against the backdrop of an area along the northern French coast known as La Slack , after a local river that only flows into the sea at high tide. Following the mysterious disappearance of several tourists as they relax on the bay’s beautiful beaches, famous inspectors Machin and Malfoy are called in to investigate. Their »

- Eric Lavallee

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If I Want to Visit, I Visit: Florin Serban Setting Sights on “America”

25 March 2015 1:15 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

With Box completed (starring filmmaker Catalin Mitulescu and actresses Fatma Mohamed and Hilda Péter who are both from Peter Strickland’s Katalin Varga and Berberian Sound Studio) and simply awaiting a film festival premiere (our Nicholas Bell is thinking Cannes is a strong possibility), Florin Şerban in already settings his sights on his third film for a 2016 shoot. Picking up grant funds, Cineuropa reports that the Romanian filmmaker should be visiting America next. The helmer who broke out at the 2010 Berlin Film Fest with a pair of awards for If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle, has been chipping away at the screenplay since Y2K.

Gist: Taking place in the during the 1990s, this is about a high-school teacher named Anton who lives in a provincial town. His dream is to emigrate to the United States.

Worth Noting: The Columbia University grad saw his debut film play well on »

- Eric Lavallee

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Or, My Treasure: Ronit Elkabetz Serves as President for 2015 Critics’ Week

24 March 2015 12:05 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

An actress/filmmaker who could easily call the impractical venue/annually gem-filled gift-giving Cannes sidebar a home away from home, Ronit Elkabetz, who has seen a pair of her films play in the section, will now serve as jury president for the Cannes’ Critics’ Week (May 14th to the 22nd). Filmmaker Katell Quillévéré (Love Like Poison), Peter Suschitzky (regular Cronenberg Dp and has The Tale of Tales coming out), Andréa Picard  (the mastermind behind Tiff’s Wavelengths) and THR critic Boyd van Hoeij will share jury duties and hand out a trio of awards. Last year, it was It Follows and The Tribe that were the break out film of the section. Our Nicholas Bell recently remarked that Elkabetz “owns every frame” of Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem. Line-up will be released on April 20th. »

- Eric Lavallee

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Assassin’s Creed: Well Go USA is Protective of Kleiman’s Partisan

23 March 2015 3:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Winner for the Sundance World Cinema Special Jury Award for cinematography (Germain McMicking), Variety reports that Ariel Kleiman’s directorial debut will receive a theatrical release later this year. A major supplier of Pacific Rim region cinema, Well Go USA have picked up what I would call a premium title in Partisan, an Aussie important that played extremely well at it’s Sundance preem last January. It’ll first be launched in Australia in late May.

Gist: Alexander (Jeremy Chabriel) is like any other kid: playful, curious and naive. He is also a trained assassin. Raised in a hidden paradise on the outskirts of town, Alexander has grown up seeing the world through the eyes of his father, Gregori (Vincent Cassel). As Alexander begins to think for himself, creeping fears take shape and Gregori’s idyllic world unravels.

Worth Noting:  As mentioned in our predictions piece, prior to lensing, the »

- Eric Lavallee

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Tastes Good: Suki Waterhouse, Diego Luna, Reeves & Carrey Part of “The Bad Batch”

19 March 2015 5:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Suki Waterhouse will be surrounded by Diego Luna, Keanu Reeves, Jim Carrey and the already announced Jason Momoa in Ana Lily Amirpour‘s much anticipated sophomore feature, The Bad Batch. Produced by Annapurna’s Megan Ellison, Vice’s Danny Gabai and Sina Sayyah, lensing begins next month in the drought friendly capitol of California.

Gist: This is a post-apocalyptic tale set in a Texas wasteland where a community of cannibals reside. The film is a love story about a cannibal (Momoa) and his food. Suki Waterhouse will play Arlen, Jason Momoa will play Miami Man, Diego Luna will play Jimmy, Keanu Reeves will play The Dream and Jim Carrey will play The Hermit.

Worth Noting: Of the cast we know the least, Suki Waterhouse had a bit part in Luis Prieto’s Pusher and next in line has Burr Steers’ Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Do We Care?: Our »

- Eric Lavallee

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The Summer of Sangaile Flies onto Strand Releasing Radar

11 March 2015 4:15 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

It’s a national cinema that we barely mention here on the site, but Lithuania has received some big praise treatment by opening and winning at Sundance, and by having its international premiere in Berlin. In the perfect fairytale continuation of events, The Summer of Sangaile has found a smooching partner in the Strand Releasing folks. Variety reports that Best Director award winner Alanté Kavaïté‘s sophomore picture will show in the U.S. No release date has been announced.

Gist: The coming-of-age romance tale turns on Sangaile (Julija Steponaityte), a 17-year-old fascinated by stunt planes who meets another girl, Auste (Aiste Dirziute), while attending a summer aeronautical show near her parents’ lakeside villa. As the two girls grow closer and fall in love, Sangaile allows Auste, a free-spirited and vibrant young woman, to discover her most intimate secret, and finds in her the only person who truly encourages her to fly. »

- Eric Lavallee

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Down the Hatchet: Strand Take Advice from Pat Mills’ “Guidance”

26 February 2015 3:15 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

We can coin this as a double Toronto Int. Film Festival acquisitions kind of day for the Strand Releasing folks — according to Variety, they’ve used their hallway pass to add Canuck comedy Guidance to their slate. Having received positive buzz from the fest, Pat Mills’ feature debut will likely be released this year.

Gist: A closeted former child actor, out of work and alcoholic, fakes his resume and gets a job as a high school guidance counsellor, where he thrives giving terrible advice.

Worth Noting: Pulling from his own bio, Mills was a child actor who got slimed on “You Can’t Do That on Television. So did Alanis Morissette.

Do We Care?: Our Nicholas Bell reviewed Guidance at Tiff last year and graded it with a handsome ★★★½ note calling it “a dark hearted comedy that gets a lot of traction from exaggerated, inappropriate behavior draping its endearing »

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Fox Searchlight Take a Dip with Guadagnino’s “A Bigger Splash”

19 February 2015 12:25 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Fox Searchlight folks have brought out their swim gear and might be getting ready for a Cannes Film Festival splash with Luca Guadagnino’s highly anticipated English language debut. Among our most anticipated foreign film productions (ranked #19) for the upcoming ’15 campaign, A Bigger Splash stars Ralph Fiennes, Matthias Schoenaerts, Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton (who reunites with the Italian filmmaker on their fourth project – it began with The Protagonists (1999), 35 min Tilda Swinton: The Love Factory (2002), and his career best item, 2009′s I Am Love. Fox Searchlight will surely look at a festival launchpad for this art-house item.

Gist: Written by David Kajganich and based on Jacques Deray’s La Piscine, this is about the lives of a high profile couple, a famous rock star and a filmmaker (Matthias Schoenaerts and Tilda Swinton), vacationing and recovering on the idyllic sun-drenched and remote Italian island of Pantelleria are disrupted by the unexpected »

- Eric Lavallee

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Kino Lorber Acquires All Us Rights to Guy Maddin’s The Forbidden Room

6 February 2015 3:22 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Kino Lorber has announced the acquisition of all Us rights to Guy Maddin’s (My Winnipeg, The Saddest Music in the World) The Forbidden Room (2015), following the film’s world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

The Forbidden Room was produced by Phi Films, Buffalo Gal Pictures and the National Film Board of Canada (Nfb), with the participation of Telefilm Canada and with the financial investment of Manitoba Film & Music and Sodec.

“I feel fantastic about Richard Lorber and his team handling The Forbidden Room,” wrote director Guy Maddin. “When we first met, before he saw the movie, I felt that rare pleasure of tastes synching up every second moment, but immediately after the screening we connected with wondrous electrified crackles! It was like we were giddily letting this film finish each other’s sentences for us! Our movie instantly galvanized a shared experience. It’s only right, and extremely thrilling, »

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Through the Looking-Glass…Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2016: Picks 100 to 6

16 January 2015 10:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

While DC and Marvel might already have a lock on several future release dates past the 2015 campaign with the Coen Bros. circling February on their calendars, for the most part, when it comes to American independent and foreign film flavored items, 2016 is still cloudy with a chance of…. 2015 just broke (we already have plenty to look forward to (Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films / Top 25 Most Anticipated Studio Films / Top 100 Most Anticipated American Independent Films – soon!) but we’re already excited about what is in store for several of our favorite auteurs. Here are picks 100 to 6, with our Nicholas Bell providing further analysis on current top five for 2016. Pictured above is Peter Strickland, who sits in our number six spot.

100. Untitled Edward Munch Project – Erik Poppe

99. Bastille DayJames Watkins

98. Live By NightBen Affleck

97. Imagine – Benoit Graffin

96. Pete’s DragonDavid Lowery

95. Bella LunaIvan Fila

94. Bat, Butterfly, Moth – Sergio Caballero »

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Exclusive Clip: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi Among Liquid Assets in Paolo Virzì’s Human Capital

14 January 2015 8:30 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

In this exclusive clip from Paolo Virzì’s Human Capital, (Film Movement 01.14) Valeria Bruni Tedeschi’s character of Carla Bernaschi sees, in one swooping motion, the promise of creative jubilation being impeded by financial realties of the privileged. Our Nicholas Bell calls this familial drama “an expertly paced dramatic thriller crafted around what could easily been a generic narrative. A triptych of perspective based characterizations coalesce into an arresting finale engendering Verzi’s foreboding title.” Italy’s submission for this year’s Best Foreign Language opens today at the Film Forum in New York, and the Film Movement folks open Human Capital in La/Sf on Friday before expanding into other markets.

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