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Cannes 2017: A Workshop, An Experiment, A Bit Of Interpretation

12 hours ago | Film Companion | See recent Film Companion news »

On Day 8 of the Cannes Film Festival, thoughts on the new films by France's Laurent Cantet, Japanese director Naomi Kawase and the last film from Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami »

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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Workshop’

22 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For how long can a film level-headedly discuss the rules and mechanics of a thriller before becoming something of a thriller itself? That’s the teasing hook, but not even the most loaded question, dangled by “The Workshop,” a sly, supple and repeatedly surprising collision of literary, moral and political lines of debate that marks an enthralling return to form for writer-director Laurent Cantet. Gathering a diverse group of teens to intellectually tussle in a structured educational environment — in this case, a summer creative writing workshop moderated by an acclaimed novelist — the film initially recalls the lively docu-fiction form of Cantet’s 2008 Palme d’Or winner “The Class.” Yet Cantet isn’t out to make the same film twice, deftly wrongfooting viewers as focus is pulled by the group’s most reactionary, volatile member, brilliantly played by newcomer Matthieu Lucci. The tense, excitingly topical result is entirely its own animal, »

- Guy Lodge

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‘The Workshop’ Cannes Review: Art and Politics Collide in Timely Drama

22 May 2017 7:54 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Playing in Un Certain Regard at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, “The Workshop” reteams Laurent Cantet and his co-screenwriter Robin Campillo (also the writer/director of this year’s awards frontrunner “120 Beats Per Minute”) in what initially seems like an attempt to make lightning strike twice. Cantet’s “The Class” scored a stunning Palme d’Or upset at Cannes in 2008 Cannes. His was the last film screened, and few had particularly high hopes for it in a competition that also included Paolo Sorrentino’s “Il Divo” and Ari Folman’s “Waltz With Bashir.” But Cantet’s film about a multi-ethnic Paris high school turned out. »

- Ben Croll

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The Day After review - Hong Sang-soo's boozy comedy is diverting but slight

22 May 2017 10:47 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The South Korean director’s latest is an amusing if undeveloped sketch about infidelity and mistaken identity, washed down with lashings of alcohol

Related: L'Atelier review – words become weapons in Laurent Cantet's study of a writing workshop

Hong Sang-soo’s The Day After is an amusing, if disconcertingly undeveloped sketch or cine-short-story about infidelity. As so often in the past, this film-maker inhabits a Rohmeresque world of talk, of dialogue, and there is something unfashionably and refreshingly minimalist about this. Most films might have one scene — or no scenes — in which two characters spend their time in a restaurant, talking and getting absolutely trashed. In Hong’s movies this is a keynote scene, or scenes, which might well account for over half the film. There are moreover plenty of scenes with two people talking in which the filming is so austere that Hong disdains more than one setup for »

- Peter Bradshaw

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L'Atelier review – words become weapons in Laurent Cantet's study of a writing workshop

22 May 2017 10:16 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Palme d’Or winner (for The Class) returns with a drama that throws together disparate aspiring writers, in a film that suggests debate can be as exciting as action

Laurent Cantet’s L’Atelier shares a highly effective central device with his 2009 Palme d’Or winner The Class: the social and economic issues of a place – in L’Atelier’s case the once-thriving port town of La Ciotat, near Marseille in the south of France – are explored through the medium of education.

Related: Oh Lucy! review – Japanese tale of office worker in love with her teacher is a little wonky

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- Wendy Ide

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'The Workshop' ('L'Atelier'): Film Review | Cannes 2017

22 May 2017 6:53 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

French writer-director Laurent Cantet is perhaps best known for his 2008 Palme d’Or-winning docudrama The Class, but some of his earlier films – especially the haunting unemployment saga Time Out and the taut workplace drama Human Resources – reveal a predilection for dark, character-based thrillers where the line between reality, fiction and a certain kind of madness is not always easy to discern.

These elements are all bound together in his latest feature, The Workshop (L’Atelier), an intense yet true-to-life story about an accomplished writer’s relationship with a student who troubles her as much as he leaves her constantly intrigued. Featuring »

- Jordan Mintzer

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Cannes 2017. Ecstatic Abandon—Robin Campillo's "120 Beats Per Minute"

22 May 2017 5:48 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Making his first appearance in competition as a director (after having previously written Laurent Cantet's Palme d’Or-winning The Class), Robin Campillo already has a triumph on his hands with 120 Beats Per Minute, which centers on the efforts of the activist group Act Up in Paris, patterned after the New York group of the same name formed in 1989. Enriched by Campillo's own experiences with AIDS activism in the 1990s, the film—which runs close to two-and-a-half hours, one of the longer titles in competition—has a canvas both intimate and expansive, brimming with both specificity and bracing sincerity. It's the rare film that documents both a personal story and a larger movement with verve and grace, creating a compelling, often moving experience.The opening alone, which sees four new members integrated into Act Up’s weekly meetings, is impressive, laying out not just the group’s organization and rules (e. »

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Cannes Review: ‘120 Beats Per Minute’ is a Powerful Drama About the Fight for Survival

21 May 2017 3:19 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Sometimes a movie doesn’t need much character development to make an impact. The ensemble cast that comprise Robin Campillo’s AIDS activists in 120 Beats Per Minute all work together to be the same voice. Through this group, the director captures a force that resonates more in message than in any of the conventional, dramatic sparks you might find in a Hollywood version of this story. This is one of the most politically-minded movies to come around in quite some time as Campillo stages heated strategy sessions between the activists of Act Up like a Godard cinematic political essay post-La Chinoise. Through effective direction, the activism on display here is inspiring enough to rile one up to set aside preoccupations and try to make a difference in the world.

Campillo hasn’t really made a splash as a director over the years, unless you count 2013’s vastly underseen (at least stateside) Eastern Boys. »

- The Film Stage

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Cannes contenders 'Amant Double' and 'Bpm' score key deals

20 May 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Ozon erotic thriller and Campillo romance have sold in multiple markets.

Films Distribution is reporting brisk business on Palme d’Or contenders the erotic thriller Amant Double and AIDS activist love story Bpm (Beats Per Minute).  

Amant Double has sold into dozen territories following market screenings ahead of Friday’s competition premiere.

Nicolas Brigaud-Robert, co-chief of the Paris-based sales company, said buyers had been bowled over the by the “sheer craftsmanship” of Ozon as a film-maker.

Marine Vacth stars as a fragile young woman who falls in love with a psychoanalyst, played by Jérémie Renier, unaware of the fact he is leading a double life.

“He’s moved seamlessly from black-and-white melodrama Frantz, to deliver this taut, sexually-charged drama… which is also a highly marketable erotic thriller.”

Deals include to the UK (Curzon), Italy (Academy 2), Denmark (Camera), Greece (Feel Good), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Spain (Golem), Poland (Gutek), Benelux (September Films), Austria (Thimfilm), Cis and Latvia (A-One), Hungary »

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2017 Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 4: Robin Campillo Finds a Cure with Bpm (Beats Per Minute)

20 May 2017 2:30 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

With not one, but two items in Cannes this year (the other being L’Atelier from Laurent Cantet in the Un Certain Regard section), Robin Campillo technically has won Palme before when he was a scribe on Cantet’s 2008 The Class.

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- Eric Lavallée

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French AIDS Crisis Gets Definitive Big Screen Treatment In ‘120 Beats Per Minute’ — Cannes 2017 Review

20 May 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It takes close to an hour before any backstories emerge for the ensemble cast of AIDS activists in “120 Beats Per Minute.” Before then, Robin Campillo’s engrossing drama lingers in heated strategy sessions and hectic activism, as the members of France’s early ‘90s Act Up movement toss fake blood at their targets in between arguments about the effectiveness of their tactics. Rather than attempting any big twists, Campillo lingers in this passionate world, sketching out the nature of their cause before filling in the details. The only real character arc is that sick people keep getting sicker.

This isn’t a characteristic project for Campillo, best known to English-language audiences for “They Live,” the film that inspired the “Twin Peaks”-like TV series “The Returned,” and “Eastern Boys,” a taut gay thriller in which Russian men posing as prostitutes rob an older man. “120 Beats Per Minute” contains no such far-reaching hooks, »

- Eric Kohn

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Bpm (Beats Per Minute)’

20 May 2017 5:52 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

What does it take to fight a pandemic? Knowledge, courage and resilience, certainly, but also rough-and-tumble argument, a range of friendships both consoling and abrasive, a healthy sense of gallows humor and soul-sustaining supplies of loud music and louder sex. French writer-director Robin Campillo understands all of this in “Bpm (Beats Per Minute),” his sprawling, thrilling, finally heart-bursting group portrait of Parisian AIDS activists in the early 1990s. A rare and invaluable non-American view of the global health crisis that decimated, among others, the gay community in the looming shadow of the 21st century, Campillo’s unabashedly untidy film stands as a hot-blooded counter to the more polite strain of political engagement present in such prestige AIDS dramas as “Philadelphia” and “Dallas Buyers Club.” Candidly queer in its perspective and unafraid of eroticism in the face of tragedy, this robust Cannes competition entry is nonetheless emotionally immediate enough to break out of the Lgbt niche. »

- Guy Lodge

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Writer-Director Robin Campillo Draws Heat With ‘120 Battements Par Minute’ – Cannes Ones To Watch

16 May 2017 11:30 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

This is not Moroccan-born French filmmaker Robin Campillo's first time at the Cannes Film Festival rodeo. The writer, director and editor was involved with Gilles Marchand's Who Killed Bambi? (2003), and 2008's The Class, which he not only wrote and edited but which also won the Palme d'Or for helmer Laurent Cantet. This year sees Campillo making his first appearance in competition for a film he directed (and also wrote, but did not edit). It arrives with a lot of… »

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Cannes 2017 Unveils Official Schedule, Adds Masterclasses With Clint Eastwood and Alfonso Cuarón

11 May 2017 6:40 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As is tradition, the Cannes Film Festival has unveiled its official schedule just days before the creme de la creme of festivals kicks off next week. Buried in an impressively stacked lineup are two brand new and delightfully unexpected additions: masterclasses with Clint Eastwood and Alfonso Cuarón, both listed as part of their Cannes Classics slate.

Eastwood’s class is slated for two hours on Sunday, May 21. The previous day, Cannes will screen Eastwood’s 1992 Western classic, “Unforgiven.” Eastwood is a long-time Cannes regular, screening films such as “Changeling,” “Pale Rider,” “Bird,” “Absolute Power,” and “Mystic River” at the festival over the years.

In 1994, he served as President of the Official Selection jury, which ultimately picked Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” as their Palme d’Or winner.

Read More: 17 Shocks and Surprises from the 2017 Cannes Lineup

On Wednesday, May 24, Cuarón will lead his own masterclass. The lauded Mexican filmmaker was »

- Kate Erbland

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Cannes 2017. Lineup

27 April 2017 11:14 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The Festival de Cannes has announced the lineup for the official selection, including the Competition and Un Certain Regard sections, as well as special screenings, for the 70th edition of the festival:

COMPETITIONHappy End (Michael Haneke)Wonderstruck (Todd Haynes)Le Redoutable (Michel Hazanavicius)The Beguiled (Sofia Coppola)Rodin (Jaques Doillon)120 Beats Per Minute (Robin Campillo)Okja (Bong Joon-Ho)In The Fade (Fatih Akin)The Day After (Hong Sang-soo)Radiance (Naomi Kawase)The Killing Of A Sacred Deer (Yorgos Lanthimos)A Gentle Creature (Sergei Loznitsa)Jupiter's Moon (Kornél Mandruczó)Good Time (Benny Safdie & Josh Safdie)Loveless (Andrey ZvyagintsevL'Amant Double (François Ozon)You Were Never Really Here (Lynne Ramsay)The Meyerowitz Stories (Noah Baumbach)The Square (Ruben Östlund)Un Certain REGARDOpening Night: Barbara (Mathieu Amalric)The Desert Bride (Cecilia Atan & Valeria Pivato)Lucky (Sergio Castellitto)Closeness (Kantemir Balagov)Before We Vanish (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)Beauty and the Dogs (Kaouther Ben Hania)L »

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Springtime in L.A.: Colcoa

20 April 2017 11:50 AM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

City of Lights: City of Angeles. The largest French film festival in the world and one of the largest festivals in L.A.!

Colcoa French Film Festival, “9 Days of Premieres in Hollywood” takes place April 24 to May 2 in the prestigious theaters of the Directors Guild of America on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood (3 theaters (600, 160 and 37 seats), a 210 capacity lounge and a 1,500 capacity lobby).

Colcoa is the acronym of “City of Light, City of Angels” the original name of an event celebrating relationships between filmmakers from two capital cities of cinema. In 2015, the festival’s name was officially changed to Colcoa French Film Festival. Colcoa was founded in 1997 by The Franco-American Cultural Fund, a unique collaborative effort of the Directors Guild of America, the Motion Picture Association, the Writers Guild of America West, and France’s Society of Authors Composers and Publishers of Music (Sacem). Colcoa is also supported by l’Association »

- Sydney Levine

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Taking a Closer Look at the Cannes Line-Up

15 April 2017 9:59 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Sophia Coppola, Yorgos Lanthimos, Noah Baumbach, ‘Twin Peaks,’ and more…2017 Official Poster © Bronx (Paris). Photo: Claudia Cardinale © Archivio Cameraphoto Epoche/Getty Images

The official lineup for the 70th Cannes Film Festival, which will run from May 18–28, was announced April 13. While a few more screenings will undoubtably be added as we creep nearer to the festival, the selections announced feature a lot worth getting excited over — including, for the first time, two television shows (Twin Peaks and Top of the Lake) and a virtual reality film (Carne y Arena). Also, considering that The Killing of a Sacred Deer and The Beguiled are both in the main competition, there is, assuming equal probability, an 11.1% chance that a film starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell will take home the top prize. Considering

This year, the festival jury will be headed by acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, with French actress Sandrine Kiberlain presiding over the Camera d’Or jury and Romanian »

- Ciara Wardlow

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The Potential Oscar Contenders of Cannes 2017: A Rundown

13 April 2017 1:42 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The 2017 Cannes official selection is a mix of brainy competition auteurs, red-carpet star power, and the rarest breed — a handful of players who could return to North America as Oscar contenders.

Nicole Kidman will be stuffing her trunks with evening gowns, as she will need to walk the Palais steps at least four times: twice with Colin Farrell, for Cannes favorite Sofia Coppola‘s Civil War potboiler “The Beguiled” (Focus Features) and Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” (A24), both in Competition, and again for John Cameron Mitchell‘s midnighter “How to Talk with Girls at Parties” (A24) and a preview of Jane Campion‘s returning Sundance Channel series, “Top of the Lake: China Girl.” How the three films play in Cannes will determine if the Oscar perennial returns for another go-round.

Isabelle Huppert won the Cesar and was close — we think — to winning the Oscar for “Elle. »

- Anne Thompson

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The Potential Oscar Contenders of Cannes 2017: A Rundown

13 April 2017 1:42 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The 2017 Cannes official selection is a mix of brainy competition auteurs, red-carpet star power, and the rarest breed — a handful of players who could return to North America as Oscar contenders.

Nicole Kidman will be stuffing her trunks with evening gowns, as she will need to walk the Palais steps at least four times: twice with Colin Farrell, for Cannes favorite Sofia Coppola‘s Civil War potboiler “The Beguiled” (Focus Features) and Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” (A24), both in Competition, and again for John Cameron Mitchell‘s midnighter “How to Talk with Girls at Parties” (A24) and a preview of Jane Campion‘s returning Sundance Channel series, “Top of the Lake: China Girl.”

Isabelle Huppert won the Cesar and was close — we think — to winning the Oscar for “Elle.” She’s back in two movies, “Happy End” (Sony Pictures Classics) by Michael Haneke, rejoining “Amour” co-star Jean-Louis Trintignant, »

- Anne Thompson

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Full 2017 Cannes Film Festival line-up unveiled

13 April 2017 10:21 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Scott Davis

As one award season closes another creeps up behind us and we start all over again as the 2017 Cannes Film Festival has announced its eagerly anticipated line-up for the festival which begins in May and as ever it is a diverse and exciting list of talents and films.

There are many incredible treats in store but here are some of our initial picks of what to look out for: Michel Hazanavicius, the director of Oscar Winner The Artist, returns with Redoubtable, his film about legendary filmmaker Jean Luc Godard; Michael Haneke’s latest, Happy End, makes an apperance, as does The Beguiled, the anticipated new film from Sofia Coppola which stars Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, Kirsten Dunst and Colin Farrell. Farrell and Kidman also feature in The Killing of A Sacred Deer, the new film from Yorgos Lanthimas (The Lobster) which also stars Alicia Silverstone.

Acclaimed filmmakers Lynne Ramsey, »

- Scott Davis

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