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12 items from 2006


'Babel,' 'Wind' top slots for Toronto fest

27 June 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

TORONTO -- The Toronto International Film Festival unveiled 25 North American premieres Tuesday, nearly all of which first bowed in Festival de Cannes, among them Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Babel. Toronto programmers said they booked the Cate Blanchett and Brad Pitt starrer Babel for a special presentation after the Paramount Pictures title earned Inarritu (21 Grams) a best director award in Festival de Cannes. The festival's Masters sidebar -- which features work by established directors -- will screen Ken Loach's Palme d'Or winner The Wind That Shakes the Barley, about Ireland's fight for independence in the 1920s, along with Italian director Nanni Moretti's Festival de Cannes Competition entry The Caiman, a biting portrait of Silvio Berlusconi's Italy. »

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'Babel,' 'Wind' top slots for Toronto fest

27 June 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

TORONTO -- The Toronto International Film Festival unveiled 25 North American premieres Tuesday, nearly all of which first bowed in Festival de Cannes, among them Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Babel. Toronto programmers said they booked the Cate Blanchett and Brad Pitt starrer Babel for a special presentation after the Paramount Pictures title earned Inarritu (21 Grams) a best director award in Festival de Cannes. The festival's Masters sidebar -- which features work by established directors -- will screen Ken Loach's Palme d'Or winner The Wind That Shakes the Barley, about Ireland's fight for independence in the 1920s, along with Italian director Nanni Moretti's Festival de Cannes Competition entry The Caiman, a biting portrait of Silvio Berlusconi's Italy. »

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Cannes Capsule Reviews

31 May 2006 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- [Yama Rahimi was our eyes, ears and now in more detail - our voice at this year's Cannes film festival. Here are some very handy reviews in easy-to-read, insightful capsule form. Enjoy!]         Babel is the last film in the trilogy that started with Amores Perros and 21 Grams by Alejandro González Iñárritu and his team that include writer Guillermo Arriaga and Dp Rodrigo Prieto, composer Gustavo Santaolalla and others.It is another intense, heartbreaking and devastating drama that has the same non-linear story telling as the previous film but this time it takes place globally in four countries on three continents.One single gun shot in Morocco sends shock waves to the Us, Mexico and Japan. For the next two hours or so you are just spellbinded by how Iñárritu weaves all the stories together. He manages to give us fully developed characters in this big ensemble cast that you care what happens every moment all the way to the conclusion of this great film that deals with alienation, responsibility, violence, terrorism, rivalry, and making choices but all in a subtle way without being preachy or contrived. »

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Loach and Cruz Win at Cannes

29 May 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

British director Ken Loach and Spanish star Penelope Cruz were among the big winners at the climax of the Cannes Film Festival on the French Riviera on Sunday. The film-maker's drama The Wind That Shakes The Barley, which stars Cillian Murphy as an Irish medical student who joins the guerrilla war against British forces, picked up the Palme D'Or - the highest award of the festival. Accepting the trophy, Loach said, "We live in extraordinary times and that has made people political in a way they maybe weren't in the previous four, five, six years. The wars that we have seen, the occupations that we see throughout the world - people finally cannot turn away from that. It's very exciting to be able to deal with this in films, and not just be a complement to the popcorn." Cruz shared the Best Actress prize with her Volver castmates Carmen Maura, Yohana Cobo and Lola Duenas, while French Indigenes stars Jamel Debbouze, Samy Naceri and Sami Bouajila were joint winners of the Best Actor prize. In her acceptance speech, Cruz paid tribute to Volver director Pedro Almodovar, saying, "This prize really belongs to Pedro. You are the greatest, the bravest. You put so much magic into our lives. Thanks for what you do for women all over the world." Meanwhile, Mexican film-maker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu picked up the Best Director prize for Babel, a multi-cultural film starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. The Grand Prix - the runners up prize - was awarded to French director Bruno Dumont's Flandres, while British film-maker Andrea Arnold accepted the Jury Prize - the 2nd runners up trophy - for her CCTV-inspired movie Red Road. The nine member jury was headed by Hong Kong director Wong Kar-Wai and included Samuel L. Jackson, Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Roth, Monica Bellucci and Ziyi Zhang. »

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Ken Loach Film Wins Palme d'Or at Cannes

28 May 2006 | IMDb News

Ken Loach's The Wind That Shakes the Barley, starring Cillian Murphy, was named the winner of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. The drama, about the Irish struggle for independence in 1920, beat out two heavy favorites for the top prize: Pedro Almodovar's Volver and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Babel, though neither of those films went away empty-handed. Inarritu won the Best Director honor for his multilayered (and multi-continental) drama, which starred Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, while Almodovar was honored with Best Screenplay. Volver also won the Best Actress award, though in an surprise move, the Cannes jury (led by director Wong Kar Wai), bestowed both acting honors on ensemble casts: the female cast of Volver (which included Penelope Cruz and Carmen Maura) and the male cast of Indigenes, Rachid Bouchareb's film about the role of North African troops in their defense of France during World War II. The Grand Prix, considered to be the runner-up prize for best film, went to French director Bruno Dumont's Flandres. Andrea Arnold's Red Road was given the Jury Prize. --Mark Englehart, IMDb staff

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Cannes: 'Barley' wins Palme d'Or; Jury Prize to 'Red Road'

28 May 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

CANNES -- British films triumphed at the 59th Festival de Cannes on Sunday with veteran Ken Loach's The Wind That Shakes the Barley winning the Palme d'Or and newcomer Andrea Arnold picking up the Jury Prize for Red Road. Mexico's Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu was named best director for Babel and Spain's Pedro Almodovar won the best screenplay award for Volver. The female ensemble of Volver won the best actress award collectively and the male ensemble of Algerian director Rachid Bouchareb's Days of Glory (Indigenes) won the best actor award collectively. French director Bruno Dumont's war film Flandres won the second place Grand Prize. »

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Cannes: 'Barley' wins Palme d'Or; Jury Prize to 'Red Road'

28 May 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

CANNES -- British films triumphed at the 59th Festival de Cannes on Sunday with veteran Ken Loach's The Wind That Shakes the Barley winning the Palme d'Or and newcomer Andrea Arnold picking up the Jury Prize for Red Road. Mexico's Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu was named best director for Babel and Spain's Pedro Almodovar won the best screenplay award for Volver. The female ensemble of Volver won the best actress award collectively and the male ensemble of Algerian director Rachid Bouchareb's Days of Glory (Indigenes) won the best actor award collectively. French director Bruno Dumont's war film Flandres won the second place Grand Prize. »

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Cannes: 'Barley' wins Palme d'Or; Jury Prize to 'Red Road'

28 May 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

CANNES -- British films triumphed at the 59th Festival de Cannes on Sunday with veteran Ken Loach's The Wind That Shakes the Barley winning the Palme d'Or and newcomer Andrea Arnold picking up the Jury Prize for Red Road. Mexico's Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu was named best director for Babel and Spain's Pedro Almodovar won the best screenplay award for Volver. The female ensemble of Volver won the best actress award collectively and the male ensemble of Algerian director Rachid Bouchareb's Days of Glory (Indigenes) won the best actor award collectively. French director Bruno Dumont's war film Flandres won the second place Grand Prize. »

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Live from Cannes: Dispatch 4

27 May 2006 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- I'm in transit in Dortmund and haven't reached my final destination Hamburg yet. I have posters and tons of pictures to share, so bare with me. I watched my last film on Friday at 8:30 which is called INDIGÈNES about the contribution of indigenous citizens from Africa in WWII to help free France from the Nazi occupation.I left Cannes gladly and was too drained and exhausted from the town and films but I will be back next year, Inshallah - but there's no doubt that it's the best festival in the world with the whole world in one small town. The locals are nice and friendly. The food is great. The town has the best theatres in the world with the Grand Lumiere at the top with 2400 seats. Another great thing about Cannes is you can catch up some of the films from Sundance, Rotterdam and Berlin among others. »

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Inarritu: "US Is Obsessed With Power"

25 May 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Mexican director Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu has criticized the current US government for creating a "very stressful moment in history." The 21 Grams film-maker is debuting his latest movie Babel at the Cannes Film Festival in France, which tells the stories of four separate groups of strangers in Morocco, Japan, Mexico and the United States. Speaking at the film's screening Tuesday, Inarritu said, "I think what is happening in the world is perpetuated. I try to be subtle in way, to not be archetypal, and not prejudice. When I think about an Empire, it's not about nations, human beings, others. It's the way they normally try to pretend that everyone is a terrorist, anything can be held against you. I think there is now an obsessive idea, obsessive problem with the United States, showing the power. This is a very stressful moment in history." »

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Pitt To Miss Cannes

24 May 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Brad Pitt has apologized to the organizers of the Cannes Film Festival for not being able to attend the premiere of his new movie Babel last night, because he is awaiting the imminent birth of his first child in Namibia. The Fight Club star and girlfriend Angelina Jolie have been staying in a guarded compound in the African country for six weeks in a bid to avoid press intrusion. Director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu and Pitt's Babel co-stars Cate Blanchett and Gael Garcia Bernal are all promoting the film at Cannes. In an email read out at a press conference, Pitt says, "With the imminent arrival of the newest addition to our family, I'm unable to join Alejandro, Cate, and Gael Garcia Bernal and the rest of the cast and crew in introducing the film. I am tremendously proud of Babel and want to congratulate everyone involved in this great achievement." »

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Live from Cannes 2006!

17 May 2006 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

-  [Ed's note: This website is only possible with the help of some great folks - and before we get to the Cannes business - I'd like to intro y'all to our Cannes correspondent. Now in his second year attending the festival, Mr.Yama Rahimi will be our eyes and ears of the fest - relaying what we should be checking out in the near future. Yama was born in Kabul, Afghanistan; attended school in Germany; studied photography, web and graphic design before attending Los Angeles Film School to study film. He has written, produced and directed two short films. Prior to arriving on the Riviera, he was teaching students at Kabul University on Cinema. I'll be hard at work after this working holiday - he is currently developing several feature films. I asked Yama to list the films he is most looking forward to seeing at year's edition. Look for Yama's impression of this year’s slate – in easy capsule form reviews in the coming days. My two dollars for the Palme d'or goes to Fast Food Nation...I'm curious to see what Yama's pick will be...] The Official Selection 1. Volver by Pedro ALMODÓVAR 2. INDIGÈNES by Rachid Bouchareb 3. Iklimler (Climates) by Nuri Bilge Ceylan 4. Marie Antoinette by Sofia Coppola 5. Babel by Alejandro González IÑÁRRITU 6. Southland Tales by Richard Kelly 7. Fast Food Nation by Richard Linklater 8. Summer Palace by Lou Ye Un Certain Regard1. Paris, Je T'aime by 20 directors 2. Ten Canoes by Rolf De Heer 3. Salvador by Manuel Huerga 4. Bihisht Faqat Baroi Murdagon (To Get To Heaven First You Have To Die) by Djamshed Usmonov Out of Competition1. The Da Vinci Code 2. Shortbus 3. The Last Adventure (1967) by Robert Enrico 4. Odd Man Out (1947) by Carol Reed »

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