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There are still three weeks to go before the Cannes Film Festival unveils its official-selection lineup, but so far, the latest Pixar 3D animated extravaganza and new films from Woody Allen, Todd Haynes, Jeff Nichols, Denis Villeneuve and Arnaud Desplechin appear to be securing their positions in the event’s 68th annual edition (May 13-24).
In keeping with his longtime habit of avoiding festival accolades, Allen will likely receive an out-of-competition berth for his 45th feature, “Irrational Man,” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone (who starred in the director’s “Magic in the Moonlight”). Among other U.S. fare, Cannes will get an early start on the summer blockbuster season with Disney/Pixar’s feature toon “Inside Out,” marking a second trip to the Croisette for director Pete Docter (who co-helmed with Ronaldo Del Carmen) after his “Up” opened the festival in 2009. As already announced, George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road, »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
While the official Cannes Film Festival lineup won't be revealed for a couple of weeks yet, one movie you can probably bet on making the lineup is "Mia Madre." It's the latest from Nanni Moretti, who took home the Palme d'Or in 2001 for "The Son's Room," and has been regular fixture on the Croisette since, with movies like "The Caiman" and "We Have A Pope." And today the first trailer for "Mia Madre" has arrived, though you may want to brush up on your Italian. Margherita Buy, John Turturro, and Moretti himself star in the film about a movie director in crisis trying to keep it together in the middle of a shoot with a famous American actor. The movie made our The 20 Most Anticipated Foreign Films Of 2015 list. Here's the official synopsis: Margherita is a director shooting a film with the famous American actor, Barry Huggins, who is quite a character on set. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Berlin – Paris-based Films Distribution has closed a robust brace of first-round pre-sales on Italian Palme d’Or winner Nanni Moretti’s “Mia madre,” which looks a good bet for festivals later this year.
The director’s hallmark mix of drama and comedy, including sardonic satire, “Mia madre,” now in late post, stars Margherita Buy (“The Caiman,” “Days and Clouds”), in her third collaboration with Moretti, as what’s said to be a Moretti alter ego: a film director whose assured persona on set contrasts with her doubts and fears as she cares for her ailing mother at home.
Reportedly a scream, John Turturro plays a famous, demanding American actor while Moretti limns the director’s brother.
In early pre-sales, »
- John Hopewell
After winning the Palme d’Or in 2001 for The Son’s Room, Italian director Nanni Moretti has only made two films since, 2006’s The Caiman and 2011’s We Have a Pope. He presided over the Cannes Jury in 2012, and is finally back in 2015 with his latest title, Mia Madre, stars John Turturro and reunites Moretti with regular collaborator, actress Margherita Buy, who will be the film’s main protagonist this time around. The film will relate the tragicomic mishaps of a committed filmmaker who is going through a personal and professional crisis.
Production Co.: Arte France Cinema, Le Pacte, Films Boutique, Fandango, Sacher Film.
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available.
Release Date: Considering he’s competed six times at Cannes, we’re sure to see this be announced as part of »
- Nicholas Bell
4 items from 2015
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