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Variety critics Scott Foundas, Justin Chang, Peter Debruge, Guy Lodge, Jay Weissberg and Maggie Lee weighed in with their choices for the 21 best films at this year’s Cannes Film Festival (listed in alphabetical order):
1. “Amy.” British director Asif Kapadia followed up his 2010 “Senna” with this even more daring and revealing portrait of the brilliant but tragic jazz diva Amy Winehouse. Drawing on a wealth of professional and user-generated video, Kapadia again eschews the usual talking-heads interview format to keep WInehouse front and center for two harrowing hours, during which we come to understand how thoroughly the troubled singer lived her life under the camera’s relentless and unforgiving gaze. The result is an unforgettable portrait of the cult of celebrity in the iPhone era. (Scott Foundas)
- Variety Staff
Critics had predicted that Todd Haynes’ Carol or Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin would take the top prize, while momentum appeared to shift to Laszlo Nemes’ Son Of Saul when it picked up the Fipresci prize. Even the bookies favoured a different title, pegging Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster for the prestigious honour.
But while they each left the Lumiere Theatre with one prize apiece, it was Dheepan that claimed the top honour.
The drama centres on a Tamil freedom fighter (Antonythasan Jesuthasan, one of three non-professional Tamil leads) who, near the end of the Sri Lankan Civil War, flees to Europe with a makeshift family hoping to claim asylum »
Cannes — The jury of the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival handed out its awards on Sunday night.
Taiwanese auteur Hou Hsiao-hsien received the festival’s director prize for “The Assassin,” a visually dazzling martial-arts epic set in ninth-century China.
The actress prize was awarded, in a tie victory, to Rooney Mara for her performance as a 1950s shopgirl in Todd Haynes’ lesbian love story, “Carol,” and to Emmanuelle Bercot for her turn as a Frenchwoman in an emotionally destructive relationship in Maiwenn’s “Mon roi.” One of the most prominent faces of the 2015 festival, having directed the opening-night film, “Standing Tall,” Bercot gave an effusive speech during which juror Xavier Dolan could be seen brushing away tears.
Haynes accepted on behalf of Mara, who had already returned to New York from the festival. “She would be so completely blown away by this prize,” he said. “I’m just so proud of her work, »
- Justin Chang
Miley Cyrus, of all people, probably said it best: "Fuck yeah Ireland!" After a nationwide vote yesterday, the country became the first in the world to legalize gay marriage by popular mandate. Voters turned out in droves and the referendum passed with overwhelming support. At the very least, it's made Colin Farrell a really happy Irishman: "Today Ireland has opened up her heart in a way that the whole world will feel. How we have changed our fortune in 24 hours, how we have lit the way, how we have guaranteed a brighter and more loving future for all who call this beautiful land home. Bravo citizens of Ireland." And from J.K. Rowling to Zach Braff, many celebrities took to Twitter to celebrate Ireland's big day: »
- Greg Cwik
Colin Farrell is one very proud Irishman today. The actor is praising Ireland for becoming the world's first country to legalize same-sex marriage by a popular vote. "Today Ireland has opened up her heart in a way that the whole world will feel," Farrell tells me exclusively. "How we have changed our fortune in 24 hours, how we have lit the way, how we have guaranteed a brighter and more loving future for all who call this beautiful land home. Bravo citizens of Ireland." While the official results haven't been announced yet, most major news outlets are reporting that a majority of Ireland's more than three million voters said yes to marriage equality. In November, »
The critical and commercial success of Marvel's Netflix show has given the character of Daredevil a new lease of life, with a confirmed second series, a co-lead spot in the upcoming super-team show The Defenders and a possibility that the character could one day make an appearance in the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe. With that in mind, it's time to re-appraise the character's first big-screen outing – writer-director Mark Steven Johnson's Daredevil, starring Ben Affleck. Is it really as bad as its reputation suggests?
Released in 2003 (the same year as Ang Lee's Hulk and Bryan Singer's X2, though it was first out of the gate), Daredevil took more than $102 million at the Us box office and just $76 million outside the Us, for a worldwide total of $179 million. Despite more than doubling its budget it was perceived as a flop, especially alongside the likes of Spider-Man and X-Men, whose successes »
The pooch from “Arabian Nights” fetched the Palm Dog award at Cannes on Friday. Lucky, who appeared in the Portuguese film, was found to be top dog at the U.K. Film Centre pavilion.
“I think it was the jumpers (sweaters) – it has 10 different dog jumpers in this film,” said film critic Kate Muir while presenting the award.
The Maltipoo — half Maltese and half miniature poodle — even got to bark a couple of remarks in an acceptance speech.
The lighthearted award has come under some criticism by the French, who say it’s too frivolous for the high-minded films of Cannes.
“Luckily, I like dogs,” a French reporter told Yahoo News. “But seen from the French perspective, this is a bit bizarre. The British are weird. »
- Mannie Holmes
Son of Saul and Carol also strong contenders.
The surreal drama, starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, is facing competition from Holocaust drama Son of Saul and Todd Haynes’ Carol, starring Cate Blanchett in the tale of a lesbian affair in the 1950s.
Having faced some harsh criticism during the festival, Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees starring Matthew McConaughey is a long 20/1 to clinch the top prize, with Maiwenn’s Mon roi bringing up the rear at 40/1.
Click here for Screen’s Cannes reviewsPlame d’Or Winner 2015The Lobster 5/2Saul Fia 5/1Carol 5/1La giovinezza 11/2Chronic 6/1Shan He Gu Ren 6/1Nie Yin Niang 6/1Il racconto dei racconti 7/1Louder Than Bombs 9/1Valley of Love 10/1Umimachi Diary 10/1Dheepan 12/1Sicario 12/1Mia Madre 14/1Macbeth 14/1The Sea of Trees 20/1La loi du marche »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Cannes — Even at a more civilized festival such as Cannes, it can be hard to catch every single movie in competition. There are always a few that will slip through the cracks and you can always count on the inevitable life drama moment to rear its ugly head. Unlike other festivals, Cannes has less repeat screenings across the board. That also makes things tough for one person to chronicle it all. With less than 24 hours left in the festival we’re happy to say we've been able to cover 10 Cannes selections in depth. Here are capsule reviews for another six selections you may still be curious about. [Expect full reviews of “Macbeth,” “The Little Prince” and “Chronic” by the end of the weekend as well as some thoughts on whether Oscar stepped out on la Croisette this year.] "Louder Than Bombs" Director: Joachim Trier Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Gabriel Byrne, Amy Ryan, Isabelle Huppert, David Strathairn, David Druid Reaction: Trier’s first English language film is sort of a mixed bag. On the one hand, he often has creative and new ideas on how to stage scenes. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Read More: The 2015 Indiewire Cannes Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During Run of Festival Each year, the Cannes Film Festival brings the bulk of the film world to the French Riviera for two hectic weeks of movies and dealmaking. For filmmakers, a coveted slot in the Cannes lineup has the power to broadcast new cinematic achievements on a global scale. This year's program has been no exception, with several movies being heralded as great accomplishments even though only a select few have had the chance to check them out. Can you trust the hype? This year's festival certainly has provided moviegoers with a lot to anticipate, from awards season fare like Todd Haynes' "Carol" and Pixar's "Inside Out" to weirder potential breakouts such as the Colin Farrell vehicle "The Lobster," set in a future where being single is illegal. There have also been plenty of movies met with mixed-to-negative reactions, »
Alchemy, which has already scooped up Gaspar Noé's 3D "Love" and Nanni Moretti's "Mia Madre," has taken Us rights to Oscar-nominated Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos' English-language debut "The Lobster." A love story set in a near-future where single people are arrested and transferred to a Hotel, where they must find a mate in 45 days or be transformed into an animal, this Cannes competition entry stars Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, Lea Seydoux, Olivia Colman and Ben Whishaw. Cannes: "Dogtooth" Director Yorgos Lanthimos Scores with Surreal, Macabre 'The Lobster' (Review and Roundup) "There are very powerful emotions happening inside," said Weisz at the press conference. "Yorgos creates a world and a tone where nobody’s over the top in their acting style, in a world where everything is very internal. It’s the opposite of a melodrama, that’s the tone." "There is a lot of melodrama in the. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Read More: Watch: 'The Lobster' Clips Preview Yorgos Lanthimos' Absurd Cannes Drama Alchemy has announced acquisition of U.S. distribution rights to Yorgos Lanthimos' "The Lobster," which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in competition this week. The absurdist film stars Colin Farrell has an architect who checks into a hotel after his wife leaves him. Set in a society that highly values relationships, the architect has but 45 days to find a new partner or else he'll be transformed into an animal of his choosing. John C. Reilly, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, Olivia Colman and Lea Seydoux co-star. In Indiewire's review, our critic wrote that "the inherent absurdity of the premise maintains its appeal thanks to an unlikely combination of depravity and deadpan comedy." "'The Lobster' is alternately beautiful, romantic, mysterious, and hilarious," said Brooke Ford, Alchemy Evp of Marketing. "Yorgos has created a completely original film that we are. »
- Casey Cipriani
This story first appeared in the May 29 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. To soften up for his role as a lonely singleton in Cannes competition entry The Lobster, Colin Farrell went all in on pizza, cheeseburgers and Haagen-Dazs. "I would put [the ice cream] in the microwave to melt and drink it," he told THR, adding: "Two cheeseburgers, fries and Coca-Colas, and two slices of chocolate cake at 10 a.m. is not that fun — and I love cheeseburgers." The 40-plus-pound weight gain
- Gary Baum, Rebecca Ford
Alchemy have snapped up the Cannes Competition title.
Alchemy has acquired all Us distribution rights to Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster, the dark satire starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, which received its world premiere in Competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
The Lobster is a love story set in the near future where single people, according to the rules of The City, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods. A desperate Man escapes from The Hotel to The Woods where The Loners live and falls in love, although it is against »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Alchemy has officially captured “The Lobster,” starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, the independent distributor announced Wednesday and as previously reported by TheWrap. Premiering at the Cannes Film Festival, the film is the first English-language effort from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, whose 2009 film “Dogtooth” was an Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. The film stars Farrell as a man “whose recovery from an 11-year relationship is complicated by the fact that he lives in a society that can’t abide single people,” wrote TheWrap’s Steve Pond. Also Read: Cannes Review: 'The Lobster' takes Colin Farrell to Funny, »
- Deborah Day and Matt Donnelly
Alchemy picked up U.S. rights to The Lobster, director Yorgos Lanthimos' pic starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz. The competition film came in with hopes of being An Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. It became clear The Lobster was a bit trippy to land in the nets of the top tier distributors for a big theatrical release. The film is set in a near future in which single people are jailed and sent to the Hotel, where they must find a mate within 45 days. If they… »
Adam Driver will receive the Shining Star Award at the Maui Film Festival, running June 3-7. The award will be presented at the Celestial Cinema located at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course on June 5.
Fest founder and director Barry Rivers described the honoree as “an actor’s actor and chameleon.” Driver, currently working on the fifth season of HBO’s “Girls,” has recently wrapped production on Martin Scorsese’s film “Silence”; upcoming projects include in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII.” The actor is co-founder of the nonprofit organization Aitaf (Arts in the Armed Forces).
- Tim Gray
Cannes, France — The days go by so quickly here, and are packed so tightly with movies, that by the time you start rounding the final stretch of the festival — the prizes are announced on Sunday, the 24th — you’ve almost forgotten what you saw in the early days. But I still haven’t forgotten Yorgos Lanthimos’s competition film The Lobster, an absurdist romantic tragicomedy in which Colin Farrell plays a man nearing middle age who suddenly finds himself single. That wouldn’t be so bad if he didn’t live in a society where single people are shipped off to a country hotel, where they must find a suitable mate in 45 days — or else be turned into the animal of their choice and released into the Woods, never to return to the C »
“The Lobster,” a bizarre tale of romance and animal metamorphosis starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, is close to landing U.S. distribution from Alchemy, an individual close to the negotiations tells TheWrap. Premiering earlier this week at the Cannes Film Festival, the film is the first English-language effort from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, whose 2009 film “Dogtooth” was an Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. The film stars Farrell as a man “whose recovery from an 11-year relationship is complicated by the fact that he lives in a society that can’t abide single people,” wrote TheWrap’s Steve Pond from the. »
- Matt Donnelly
The deal came four days after the film’s world premiere in competition at Cannes. Guy Lodge called the film “wickedly funny” in his review.
It’s the English-language debut of Greek director Lanthimos, who received critical acclaim for “Dogtooth.” The film, which also stars John C. Reilly, Ben Whishaw and Olivia Colman, is a blackly funny love story set in a dystopian near future where single people are arrested and transformed into animals of their choosing if they fail to find a mate within 45 days.
Farrell plays a single man who checks into a hotel to find a mate, then joins a rebel group and falls in love with Weisz’ character.
“The Lobster” was shot in Ireland the spring »
- Dave McNary and Ramin Setoodeh
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