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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."
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"In Stéphane Brizé's The Measure of a Man, Vincent Lindon "plays Thierry, an unemployed husband and father struggling to find a new career after being laid off from his longtime factory job," writes Mike D'Angelo, dispatching to the Dissolve. And he's not the only one to note that La loi du marché, literally, The Law of the Market, could well serve as a companion piece to Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne's Two Days, One Night. "Brizé (Mademoiselle Chambon) spends the first half of the film detailing just how screwed Thierry is, with each scene constituting a protracted argument that goes in maddening circles. Then, abruptly, in a single nondescript cut, Thierry has a job, working as a security guard for a huge department store." We've got more reviews and the trailer. » - David Hudson »
The new 24th issue of The Seventh Art features a video interview with Matt Porterfield, Hannah Gross and Deragh Campbell, the director and stars of I Used to Be Darker and a video essay on Ann Hui's Boat People. Also in today's roundup: The Paris Review on Better Call Saul and Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s Tales of Hoffmann, Criterion's Michael Koresky on Yasujiro Ozu's Walk Cheerfully, That Night’s Wife and Dragnet Girl, Salon on Elia Kazan's America America, the best of Carl Theodor Dreyer, David Thomson on Marlon Brando, news of forthcoming work by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, Marco Bellocchio and more. » - David Hudson »
Wild Life (Vie Sauvage) director Cédric Kahn discusses his role in Axelle Ropert's Miss And The Doctors (Tirez La Langue, Mademoiselle), working with a monkey and Two Days, One Night directors Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne as co-producers. Wild Life producer Kristina Larsen joins in on our Scandinavian discussion with my references to Nora, from Ibsen's A Doll's House, and Pippi Longstocking. I met up with Kristina and Cédric again at Anne-Dominique Toussaint's Galerie Cinema reception before heading downtown for the First Time Fest closing party honouring Harvey Weinstein.
Anne-Katrin Titze: Let's move on to the monkey.
Cédric Kahn: I hate the monkey!
Akt: You hate the monkey? I don't believe you.
Ck: Yes. One day »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
The night after the Us premiere of Benoît Jacquot's 3 Hearts (3 Coeurs) starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni and Benoît Poelvoorde, I met up with Wild Life (Vie Sauvage) director Cédric Kahn for a conversation on his film, starring Mathieu Kassovitz and Céline Sallette. The suspense of Robert Bresson's Pickpocket mixes with Alfred Hitchcock's North By Northwest and turns into a "paranoiac world". Working with Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, choices and his role in Axelle Ropert's Miss And The Doctors came up.
20th Anniversary of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema at the IFC Center
Nathalie Baye, Frédéric Tellier - SK1 (L’Affaire SK1); Mélanie Laurent - Breathe (Respire); Christophe Honoré - Métamorphoses; Cédric Jimenez - The Connection (La French) with Gilles Lellouche and writer Audrey Diwan; and Abd Al Malik - May Allah Bless France (Qu’Allah Bénisse La France! »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Best Picture: “American Sniper.” It’s funny that my two favorite films in this category, “Sniper” and “Selma,” are the two that have been repeatedly pitted against each other by awards-season pundits scrapping for a fight. The wildly disproportionate box office grosses of the two movies has added a certain David-vs.-Goliath aspect to the narrative, too — at least until you consider that “Selma,” with close to $50 million domestically, has far outgrossed both presumptive best pic frontrunners, “Boyhood” and “Birdman.” But all such comparisons only serve to diminish the artistry of two movies that cast unusually sober and sophisticated gazes on contentious periods of American history, one still unfolding daily in the headlines, »
- Variety Staff
From BAFTA to DGA, the Latest Winners this Awards Season
With the Oscars upon us, the awards season is almost over! But the last trek to the Academy Awards include many guild awards and of course, BAFTA! So here.s the latest congratulatory awards list of the winners from BAFTA to DGA, from Annie to Ace and everything in between!
Your full BAFTA winners (winners are highlighted):
The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson
Boyhood has been named best film at this year’s BAFTA awards, with Richard Linklater also awarded as best director and Patricia Arquette winning best supporting actress. With a total of five awards, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel is the evening’s most awarded film, recognised for its original screenplay, makeup/hair, both costume and production design, and for its music. The Theory of Everything won the award for outstanding British film as well as best adapted screenplay and best actor for Eddie Redmayne for his portrayal of the young Stephen Hawking. Winners of outstanding British debut are Stephen Beresford (writer) and David Livingstone (producer) for Pride, which was backed by the BFI Film Fund. The winners were announced at a ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House hosted by Stephen Fry. Explore the Best of BAFTA collection on BFI Player Best film Winner: Boyhood Birdman – Alejandro G. Iñárritu, »
Known as the British Oscars, the Ee British Academy Awards were handed out on Sunday.
The Grand Budapest Hotel won five awards for Costume Design, Production Design, Make Up & Hair and Original Music, with Wes Anderson winning his first BAFTA for Original Screenplay.
Emmanuel Lubezki received the BAFTA for Cinematography for Birdman, having won this category twice previously, most recently in 2014. On Saturday, Inarritu took home the top prize at the Directors’ Guild of America Awards for Birdman.
The Lego Movie received the BAFTA for Animated Film, and »
- Michelle McCue
The BAFTA Awards are being held on Sunday, with nominees including “Birdman,” “Boyhood” and more. Variety will be updating live with a full winners list here. See the full list of nominees, and winners as they’re announced, below.
Outstanding British Film
- Variety Staff
The 2015 Ee BAFTA Awards were handed out in London Sunday night and while the broadcast aired hours later in the United States, it didn't stop us from chronicling the twists and turns of a show often seen as a bellwether for the Academy Awards. It took home only three BAFTAs, but "Boyhood" was the biggest winner of the night as it won Best Film and Richard Linklater earned Director honors. "The Grand Budapest Hotel" took home five statues including Original Screenplay for Wes Anderson, Production Design, Costumes, Original Music and Make Up & Hair. "Whiplash" earned three BAFTAs including J.K. Simmons for Supporting Actor, Editing and a somewhat surprising win in Sound. Expected Oscar winners Julianne Moore took Leading Actress and Patricia Arquette took Supporting Actress. Eddie Redmayne earned a key win over rival Michael Keaton by claiming the Lead Actor BAFTA for "The Theory of Everything." The latter also won »
- Gregory Ellwood
Screen is at the awards ceremony in London, updating the winners as they are announced.
After months of voting and campaigning, the Ee British Academy Film Awards are finally here.
As the statues are handed out at London’s Royal Opera House, hosted by Stephen Fry, we will update the list below with the winners. The ceremony is due to begin at 6.45pm (GMT).
With 11 nods, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel has the most nominations for the British Academy Film Awards, just edging favourites The Theory of Everything and Birdman (with 10 apiece); and The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, with nine.
(presented in 2015)Best Film
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A degree of hubris is required for any current Continental auteur to re-adapt Octave Mirbeau’s 1900 succes de scandale “Diary of a Chambermaid,” given its enduring association with the names Jean Renoir and Luis Bunuel. In this slender, slippery update, however, Benoit Jacquot has at least balanced his with a measure of kinky japery: While it’s the least vivid of the three versions, it arguably comes closest to matching the sauciness of the source. Starring an ideally cast Lea Seydoux as the secretive servant of the title, seeking self-advancement at the expense of her snooty employers, the film milks some brisk comedy from its upstairs-downstairs peekaboo, but is too breezy to convince in its depiction of obsessive erotic fixation — making for a “Diary” that oddly feels less exposing as it goes along.
Seydoux’s name and other attractive trappings guarantee a degree of international distributor interest in a project »
- Guy Lodge
The Oscar-nominated film, about the impact of Islamic fundamentalism on a rural community in Mali, has taken on new resonance in France following a series of terrorist attacks by extremists in Paris last month.
The other contenders for best film comprised Bertrand Bonello’s Yves Saint Laurent biopic Saint Laurent, Benoît Jacquot’s 3 Hearts, Eric Lartigau’s La Famille Bélier, Céline Sciamma’s Girlhood (Bande de Fille) and Lucas Belvaux’s Not My Type (Pas Mon Genre).
Belgian Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne’s Two Days, One Night - for which lead actress Marion Cotillard is nominated for an a best actress academy award - won the best prize for best foreign, Francophone film.
“Timbuktu,” which world premiered in competed at Cannes, is also competing for eight Cesar awards.
Produced by Sylvie Pialat’s Les Films du Worso and sold by Le Pacte, Sissako’s film depicts the barbaric occupation of Islamic fundamentalists in Mali. Pic grossed over €4 million ($4.5 million) from 622,799 tickets sold as of Jan. 26 in France, surpassing the score of previous world cinema titles like “Ida” and “Waltz With Bashir.”
Karin Viard won lead actress for her perf as a deaf-mute mother in the family dramedy “Famille Belier.” Pic also earned former “The Voice” contestant-turned-thesp Louane Emera a female newcomer nod.
- Elsa Keslassy
Kristen Stewart, Catherine Deneuve make César Award history (photo: Kristen Stewart in 'Clouds of Sils Maria,' with Juliette Binoche) Kristen Stewart and Catherine Deneuve are two 2015 César Award nominees making history. The French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts announced the nominations on Jan. 28, 2015; the César Awards ceremony will take place on Feb. 20, 2015, at Paris' Théâtre du Châtelet. Kristen Stewart is in the running in the Best Supporting Actress category for Clouds of Sils Maria / Sils Maria. Catherine Deneuve has been shortlisted as Best Actress for In the Courtyard / Dans la cour. So, how are Stewart and Deneuve making César history? Well, let's begin with "the expected one": Deneuve. Catherine Deneuve One of the biggest film icons ever, Catherine Deneuve is one of those relatively rare international film superstars who has never bothered with – or needed – a Hollywood career. Deneuve, who turned 71 last October 22, has been »
- Steve Montgomery
Ruben Östlund’s family drama leads the pack with six Guldbagge Awards.
The ceremony, held by the Swedish Film Institute at Cirkus in Stockholm, saw Östlund’s family drama pick up six Guldbagge (Golden Beetle) prizes including best film, director, supporting actor, screenplay, cinematography and editing.
The Sweden-France-Norway co-production debuted at Cannes 2014 and centres on a family who come under strain after staring down an avalanche in the French Alps.
Guldbagge Awards 2015
Best Actress in a Leading Role
for her role as Sebastian/ Ellie in Something Must Break / Nånting måste gå sönder
Best Actor in a Leading Role
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Taking one of the most anticipated Berlin Fest first features off the table, Ndm, the Mexico and Paris-based sales house, has secured world sales rights to Tim Roth starrer “600 Miles,” which co-opens Berlin Panorama Special showcase next week.
A cross-border drama-thriller-come-road movie, “600 Miles” marks the directorial debut of producer-turned director Gabriel Ripstein (“”No One Writes to the Colonel”); Michel Franco, best known as the director of “After Lucia” which won Cannes’ Un Certain Regard in 2012, produces for his go-ahead Mexico City-based shingle Lucia Films.
The “600 Miles” deal comes as Ndm continues to roll out Bruno Dumont’s “Li’l Quinquin,” now licensed to the U.K. (New Wave), Italy (Movies Inspired), Spain (Aventura Audiovisual) and Turkey, where the International Festival of Instanbul has also acquired Lisandro Alonso’s “Jauja,” with Viggo Mortensen. ‘600 Miles’ adds to a second high-profile Ndm title in Panorama: Ole Giaever’s “Out of Nature,” a hit »
- John Hopewell
In Two Days, One Night, the great Marion Cotillard plays a woman who has to go around her Belgian town trying to convince her co-workers to give up their bonuses in order to win her job at a solar-panel factory back. That may sound like a fairly dry premise for a film, but the results are stunningly suspenseful. That’s because Two Days, One Night is a film by Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, the two Belgian brothers whose works tread the fine line between socially conscious drama, bleak realism, and incredible tension. Over the past several decades, the Dardennes have built up one of the most acclaimed and unique bodies of work in all of cinema. They’ve been rewarded with two Palmes d’Or at Cannes in the process, for 1999’s Rosetta and 2005’s The Child. (And, given the rapturous reception that each new film from them seems to »
- Bilge Ebiri
Paris — Benoit Jacquot’s “Three Hearts,” Abderrahmane Sissako’s “Timbuktu” and Eric Lartigau’s “La Famille Belier” are part of the eclectic mix of movies set to compete at the Lumiere awards, the French equivalent to the Golden Globes.
A love triangle drama, “Three Hearts,” which opened in Venice, stars Charlotte Gainsbourg and Chiara Mastroianni as two sisters who fall in love with the same man. Pic marks Jacquot’s follow-up to “Farewell, My Queen.” His next movie, “Diary of a Chambermaid,” is expected to open in Berlin.
A politically engaged and aesthetically pleasing movie, “Timbuktu” chronicles the lives of several Malians facing Jihadist occupation in their region. Mauritania’s first foreign-language Oscar candidate, “Timbuktu” has been shortlisted. Sissako was also nominated in the director category.
Set in the French provinces, “La Famille Belier,” the only truly popular movie competing for best film, is a dramedy centering on a teenager »
- Elsa Keslassy
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