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Gay erotic thriller Stranger by the Lake wins Queer Palm at Cannes Film Festival (photo: Pierre de Ladonchamps, Christophe Paou in Stranger by the Lake) Writer-director Alain Guiraudie’s Stranger by the Lake / L’inconnu du lac has won the 2013 Queer Palm handed out to Cannes Film Festival movies featuring gay, lesbian, bi, tri, multi, transgender, etc. characters. Stranger by the Lake was screened in the Un Certain Regard sidebar. Set near an idyllic lake where hot-and-heavy gay cruising takes place during the summer season, Guiraudie’s sexually charged thriller revolves around Franck (Pierre de Ladonchamps), a young man who falls in lust with brawny suspected murderer Michel (Christophe Paou). Strand Releasing will handle the distribution of Stranger by the Lake in North America. Stranger by the Lake: Mixing explicit sex with explicit love As quoted by Agence France Presse, Alain Guiraudie explained the (purportedly) graphic sex scenes in Stranger »
- Andre Soares
Ali and Mathias are planning an orgy, but before the fun can begin, the participants must get to know each other first. One by one, they tell their stories in director Yann Gonzalez’s “You and the Night,” transporting audiences to artificial spaces that stand in for fantasy and memory. Though this alternately sensuous and silly pastiche borrows more than it invents, indications suggest Gonzalez may be the next Almodovar or Ozon (a budding Araki, at least), heralding the arrival of a new gay-cinema darling amid his cast of pretty young things, which includes the feature debut of Alain Fabien Delon.
It was bound to happen: After nearly a decade of hearing up-and-coming directors extol the influence of 1970s American movies on their work, we can finally discern the imprint that ’80s culture made on the subsequent generation of storytellers (such as Xavier Dolan, from whom Gonzalez steals golden-haired boy-god »
- Peter Debruge
Focusing on international sales and its French exhibition circuit, Nathanael Karmitz’s MK2 is linking once more to Olivier Assayas and former MK2 producer Charles Gillibert, selling worldwide Assayas’ English-language debut “Sils Maria,” with Juliette Binoche and Chloe Moretz.
Also repping Jia Zhangke’s competition pic “A Touch of Sin,” (pictured) as it sets up shop at Cannes MK2’s robust pre-sales on two titles — Xavier Dolan’s “Tom at the Farm” and Lisa Langseth’s buzz title “Hotell,” both in post — highlights resilient auteur biz for name auteurs and breakouts.
Pic will be released in France by Les Films du Losange.
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
Sarah préfère la course – Chloé Robichaud
Section: Un Certain Regard
Buzz: The Quebecois wunderkind appears to have made quite the impression on the Cannes family, gaining entry into a coveted Un Certain Regard category showing, after having competed in Palme d’or competition with her short (Chef de meute) in the previous year. Chloé Robichaud’s short also landed at the Toronto International Film Festival and was named as one of Tiff’s top 10 short films of 2012. It actress on the Croisette this year in Sophie Desmaris toplines this young adult dealing with Olympic-sized pressures account, and the trailer indicts that there might be something special in the sauce. It appears that Xavier Dolan is not the only bright hope, in what has fast become a vibrant Quebecois filmmaking scene.
The Gist: This tells the story of a young woman (Desmarais) who moves from rural Quebec to Montreal with her »
- Eric Lavallee
Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's pornstar biopic "Lovelace" will kick off the 15th annual Provincetown International Film Festival, which will close with Francesca Gregorini's "Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes." Running from June 19 to June 23 in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the festival will honor Harmony Korine with the Filmmaker on the Edge Award. The festival's Spotlight films will include Jeffrey Schwarz's documentary "I am Divine" about the iconic drag superstar and and Pedro Almodovar's comedy "I'm So Excited!" Other films included in the lineup are Xavier Dolan's "Laurence Anyways," Zachary Heinzerling's "Cutie and the Boxer," and Sundance winner "The Spectacular Now," among others. The festival's special events will include a conversation between John Waters and honoree Korine, a poolside chat with "Lovelace" directors, and the festival's annual daily breakfast panels. Check out the full lineup and special events at the festival's website. »
- Erin Whitney
Don't hate me cause I'm going to Cannes. This is work people. Seriously, hard, hard work. In the south of France. You don't believe me do you? Well, I have a major confession to make: Cannes was never a festival that I dreamed of attending. Sure, when I was in film school I fantasized about winning the Palme d'Or aka "the pinnacle" of global film honors, but over time you learn just how political those film festival juries are and, well, you're probably never going to win if that's your no. 1 goal (we're looking at you Xavier Dolan). Still, when »
- Gregory Ellwood
Why Watch? Sure, there’s controversy surrounding it so it’s a great water cooler topic (if you can find a water cooler these days), but all of that extrinsic nonsense detracts from the intrinsic gusto of Xavier Dolan‘s (Heartbeats, Laurence Anyways) music video for Indochine’s “College Boy.” It features some graphic visuals, including a teenaged character being crucified and shot repeatedly after being bullied by classmates. It’s a powerful if not bludgeoning work featuring some absolutely stunning black and white shots, and while the symbolism is greatly obvious (blindfolds on cell phone-armed on-lookers, Christmas lights slung over the cross), the sheer terror and isolation is still greatly palpable. Possibly, for some, to a sickening degree. When the bullies drive the first bolt through the boy’s wrists, it sends lightning up through your feet. The image itself seems to shake. It isn’t an easy piece to watch, but »
- Scott Beggs
Quebec filmmaker Xavier Dolan has offered us something to hold us over in between films (his next, "Tom at the Farm," is in post-production now) with a stunning black-and-white music video for French band Indochine's single "College Boy" that is already stirring up considerable controversy. The video features Montreal actor Antoine Pilon as a teenage boy who is harassed and assaulted by his classmates, leading to a extremely violent climax where he is literally crucified on the school yard. The clip has already been censored in France and Quebec's MusiquePlus has already said it will not air the video. It comes with a very understandable warning that the images aren't for everyone. Which is fair enough, though the heavy images Dolan uses make bold statements about bullying and gun violence. Watch the video below if you live in Canada. If not, head on over here. »
- Peter Knegt
So this (most likely bogus) leaked, In Competition lineup for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival first appeared on IndieWire to my knowledge and everyone is pretty much calling "bullsh*t" on it, as there are too many big names, making it look more like a wishlist than an actual lineup. As I noted only a short time ago, the inclusion of Joel and Ethan Coen's Inside Llewyn Davis makes sense and same goes for Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives and, on top of that, many of the titles included here are among those previously rumored with what looks like a couple additions to throw off the scent. Here's the lineup this supposed leaked list suggests will be announced come 13 hours from now. The Great Gatsby (dir. Baz Luhrmann) Opening Night Film Abuse of Weakness (dir. Catherine Breillat) Attila Marcel (dir. Sylvain Chomet) Bastards (dir. Claire Denis) Blood Ties (dir. »
- Brad Brevet
Gist: A man seeks out his exact look-alike after spotting him in a movie. Villeneuve’s An Enemy, based on the José Saramago novel The Double The Canada-Spain co-production sees Gyllenhaal play a character who sees himself in a DVD film he rents, and then sets out to find his double. Co-stars Isabella Rossellini, Sarah Gadon and Melanie Laurent.
Prediction: He showed his award-wining short Next Floor (2008) on the Croisette, and then Villeneuve’s Incendies was bypassed Cannes for Venice leaving Thierry Frémaux salivating for his next project. With no Xavier Dolan on the Croisette this yer, perhaps this might find a spot in the Un Certain Regard section.
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- Moen Mohamed
A couple weeks back I wrote up a post taking a look at the potential films that may play the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Today, Pamela McClintock at The Hollywood Reporter wrote up a piece citing the films she now knows won't be making it into the festival along with a few we may be able to look forward to. She starts by saying Steve McQueen's Twelve Years a Slave, which has already been testing for audiences and acquired by Fox Searchlight for a December release, won't be ready, which is exactly what I feared when that date was announced. She also mentions films I'm not sure anyone was expecting to show up such as Lee Daniels' The Butler, Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher and John Wells' August: Osage County. In addition to other films previously known to be out of the running she adds that Woody Allen's »
- Brad Brevet
★★★★☆ Piecing together the impressive first three films in what could well become an illustrious and bountiful directorial career, La Folie d'Amour: The Xavier Dolan Collection offers the chance to experience the work of precocious enfant terrible and Quebecois hotshot Xavier Dolan. The writer, director, producer, sometimes-actor and editor of his own projects - with stakes in their respective art and costume departments - Dolan has done what few contemporary filmmakers succeed at: establishing at an incredibly early age deeply idiosyncratic auteurist sensibilities saturated by raw and deeply felt stories and subject matter.
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- CineVue UK
After spending last week at the BFI's festival of short gay films, Jack Cullen feels qualified to list the top 10 cliches of the genre – from the ironing mother to the very long shower scene …
Artistic shots of trees
Nothing conveys the gay psyche like a bleak sky glimpsed through a dizzying rush of distant poplars – the type gay boys stare at longingly from the homophobic inferno of the school bus. It's fairly cheap and easy to capture, too: best shot from a moving Peugeot 207, with the camera balanced on the sill of a half-opened side window. The short film Sunshine Sparkling in My Eyes has plenty of this.
The ironing mother
She is angsty, sombre, frayed, yet just a tiny bit fabulous. Think of a fat Joan Rivers cast in a John Osborne play. She's probably 30th in line to being the next Sheila Hancock. She needs to be watching »
- Jack Cullen
Cannes is a sort of annual cinematic Olympics, with almost every country vying for spots in the official selection. But with the official 2013 Cannes Film Festival announcement a little over a month away, Indiewire is offering its annual Cannes wish list. Indiewire's annual Cannes wish list isn't so much about officially predicting the lineup, but rather a roster of films we hope are finished in time, good enough and invited to the festival. Thus we're not including films basically confirmed not to be heading to Cannes -- like Lars von Trier's "The Nymphomaniac," Xavier Dolan's "Tom at the Farm" and Pedro Almodovar's "I Am Excited." Or the one film we officially know -- Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," which will open the festival. Among the candidates are celebrated filmmakers like Woody Allen, Catherine Breillat, Joel & Ethan Coen, Sofia Coppola, Claire Denis, Atom Egoyan, James Grey, Jim Jarmusch, »
Gawker "Magneto to Marry Professor X" the headline is actually true! Sir Ian McKellen is the best.
Playbill I bet you thought you were done hearing about "Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark"'s production trouble. Ha! The trial which pits director Julie Taymor against the producers starts this May.
i09 on why condensing those sprawling Game of Thrones books is a very good move for HBO. The show won't be running forever.
Awards Daily breathless online reactions to an August: Osage County screening.
My New Plaid Pants on Xavier Dolan and »
- NATHANIEL R
The 27th London Lgbt Fest offers tons of screenings in the coming days (Pictured above: Underground transgender superstar Divine in John Waters' 1974 sorta class Female Trouble) This year's London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival officially opened with a gala presentation of Jeffrey Schwarz’s I Am Divine this past Thursday. In the coming week, the festival will be showcasing dozens of features and shorts featuring characters of various forms of sexual orientation and gender identity from all over the world. Among tonight's features is John Waters' 1974 camp classic Female Trouble, starring Waters' muse Divine as a youngster who, after running away from home on Christmas Day, getting raped and pregant, and becoming a single mom, is transmogrified from loving schoolgirl to tough criminal. Waters' stock player Edith Massey plays Aunt Ida, who has obviously spent her life hanging out with the wrong straight crowd, remarking at one point in »
- Andre Soares
For the first time, all three of Quebecois wunderkind filmmaker Xavier Dolan's films will be screening in a U.S. theater. This weekend, the Museum of Modern Art will screen Dolan's "I Killed My Mother," "Heartbeats" and "Laurence Anyways" as part of their Canadian Front series MoMA presents annually with Telefilm Canada (the screenings of "Mother" are part of that 2009 film's long-awaited U.S. theatrical release). Dolan himself will be in town Monday evening for an hour long conversation with both MoMA's Rajendra Roy and Indiewire's Peter Knegt to discuss past work and filmic inspirations, and to present an excerpt from his current project, "Tom à la ferme." Screening info below. For tickets, click here. J'ai tué ma mère (I Killed My Mother) 2009. Canada. Directed by Xavier Dolan. Dolan wrote, directed, and stars in this semi-autobiographical chronicle of the tumultuous rapport between 16-year-old Hubert and his mother (Anne Dorval »
Editor's note: A version of this review originally ran during the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. "I Killed My Mother" opens in U.S. theaters this week. Xavier Dolan's "I Killed My Mother" marks the emergence of an exciting new filmmaking talent. The Montreal actor, a mere 20 years old when he completed production on this debut, displays a startlingly mature perspective on human behavior in his triple threat position as writer-director-star. Since then, with his ambitious followups "Heartbeats" and "Laurence Anyways," he has showed a continuing fascinating with lavishly cinematic character studies, but neither of them match the contained brilliance of this first feature, which finally arrives in U.S. theaters after two years of legal battles. The equation of Dolan's filmmaking career is finally complete. The former child actor's thespian abilities were never in doubt, and in "Mother" he directs himself in a moving performance that fits the intimate material. »
- Eric Kohn
I am currently putting together my travel plans for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, thanks in large part to donations from readers as we have passed the halfway mark on my $2,500 donation goal, but what exactly will I be seeing at the festival? That's just as important as getting there, if not more so. Well, Deadline's Nancy Tartaglione and Pete Hammond have put together a list of likely candidates. We already know Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby will open the festival and one would expect at least one other high profile Hollywood feature to make it. Last year it was Madagascar 3, which makes me think there may be an Out of Competition screening of Pixar's Monsters University. Unless I'm mistaken, Up is the only other Pixar film to play the festival and it was the first 3-D film to open the fest so why not bring in the second Pixar »
- Brad Brevet
In the past few years, the indie community has seen the effects of distributors going under. Most notably, there was Regent Releasing, whose library of more than 100 films recently became tied up in courts owing to the company going out of business. Some of Regent's films were older titles whose home video distribution was up in the air; others, like Xavier Dolan's "I Killed My Mother" had not even done a theatrical run before the case came up. (This month, Dolan's film, which was recently acquired by Kino Lorber, will do a week long run at the MoMA.) After Indomina announced that it would stop distributing films, the future of Sundance film "Filly Brown" is uncertain. This week, though, another film whose distributor filed for bankruptcy, will be released on DVD and VOD for the first time to U.S. audiences. Rashaad Ernesto Green's "Gun Hill Road" tells »
- Bryce J. Renninger
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