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As jury president Marthe Keller struggled to pronounce the Finnish title of the 2016 Prix Un Certain Regard winner, an enormous cheer burst out and drowned her out. It appears that the cast and crew of “The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki” already knew they had a winner on their hands, even if it […]
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- Bradley Warren
Top prize in Un Certain Regard for The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki Photo: Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival The jury in the sidebar Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival (headed by Swiss actress Marthe Keller) has awarded its top award to The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki by the Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen.
Filmed in back and white on 16mm, the story deals with the build-up to the 1962 world featherweight championship title match and in particular the tussle between country baker Mäki and American title holder Davey Moore.
A drama about a Japanese family whose life is shattered after a visitor comes to live with them was awarded the jury prize. Described as a “psychologic thriller”, Harmonium is directed by Foji Fukada.
- Richard Mowe
Finnish boxing biopic “The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki” scored a knockout in this year’s Un Certain Regard competition at the Cannes Film Festival, beating 17 other titles to take the top prize from a jury headed by Swiss actress Marthe Keller, while “Captain Fantastic” and “The Red Turtle” also joined the winners’ circle.
“Thank you for your weird taste in cinema,” stammered flabbergasted “Olli Mäki” director Juho Kuosmanen upon accepting the final award for the black-and-white period piece — his first feature film. “I am so surprised and happy.”
The film, set in 1962, covers a few weeks in the life of the eponymous Finnish pugilist, a former European lightweight champion, as he gruelingly prepares for a world featherweight title fight against American champion Davey Moore. Shot in richly textured, monochrome 16mm format, the film spends less time in the ring than it does on the underdog fighter »
- Guy Lodge
Imagine a prison movie where the inmates have the keys to their own cells, but prefer to remain incarcerated. That’s the impression one gets from watching Belgian director Joachim Lafosse’s “After Love,” which takes place inside a Brussels household where the emotional connection holding a couple together has gone, leaving only tension and resentment in its place. Granted, it’s a nice enough flat, with big windows and a private garden, and Polish handyman Boris (Cédric Kahn) renovated it himself for Marie (Bérénice Bejo), his partner of 15 years, so it stands to reason that he might not want to leave. Still, audiences will be clawing to get out as Lafosse’s suffocating, play-like drama unfolds — the discomfort mounting like so much poison gas as Lafosse captures the toxic hostility of ex-lovers forced to live together long after both parties have decided to separate.
As it happens, “After Love »
- Peter Debruge
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- NATHANIEL R
Actors Marthe Keller and Diego Luna and directors Ruben Ostlund, Naomi Kawase and Radu Muntean have been named to three juries at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, which begins on May 11 in the south of France. The Un Certain Regard jury consists of Swiss actress Keller, who will serve as president, in addition to French actress Celine Sallette, Swedish director Ostlund and Mexican actor and director Diego Luna. The jury will pick winners from among the 18 films in the Un Certain Regard section of the festival, which focuses on younger and more experimental directors than the main competition. The »
- Steve Pond
Cannes has finalized its juries for the upcoming film festival.
After completing the jury panel for the main competition on Monday, Cannes has unveiled the filmmakers and actors who will be judging the Un Certain Regard, Short Films and Cinéfondation, and Camera d’Or sections.
Swiss actress Marthe Keller will serve as president of the Un Certain Regard jury comprised of French thesp Céline Sallette, “Force Majeure” director Ruben Ostlund and Diego Luna. The foursome will judge 18 films and dole out awards on May 21.
Ostlund’s drama won the Un Certain Regard jury prize in 2014, while Luna’s “Blood Father” will play at Cannes this year in the Midnight Screening sidebar.
Naomi Kawase was named president of the Short Films and Cinéfondation jury, which includes actress Marie-Josée Croze, filmmakers Jean-Marie Larrieu and Radu Muntean, and writer-director Santiago Loza.
They will award prizes, including the Short Film Palme d’Or, on »
- Variety Staff
Juries revealed for Un Certain Regard, Short Films & Cinéfondation and Caméra d’or.
Swiss actress Marthe Keller is to preside over the Un Certain Regard jury at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival (May 11-22). Keller is still perhaps best known for her role opposite Dustin Hoffman in Marathon Man (1976) and will next be seen in Joachim Lafosse’s After Love, which will play in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes.
The jury, which will consider 18 films in competition, includes: Mexican filmmaker Diego Luno, who stars in the upcoming Star Wars spin-off Rogue One; Ruben Ostlund, the Swedish director of Un Certain Regard jury prize winner Force Majeure (2014); and French actress Céline Sallette, perhaps best known for roles in Rust And Bone (2012) and TV series The Returned.
The winners will be announced on May 21.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
After unveiling the main Competition jury earlier this week, Cannes has rounded out the rest of the panels which will be judging the Un Certain Regard section as well as the Short Films and Cinéfondation titles and awarding the prize for best first feature, the Camera d’Or. In the Ucr sidebar, Swiss actress Marthe Keller will act as president. She’s surrounded by French actress Céline Sallette, Swedish director Ruben Ostlund, and Mexican actor-director-producer Diego… »
L’economie du Couple
Director: Joachim Lafosse
Belgian director Joachim Lafosse began production on L’economie du Couple several months prior to the premiere of The White Knights, an excellent depiction of the Zoe’s Ark humanitarian scandal. Mostly known for rather intimate, upsetting social dramas (2006’s Private Property ranks as one of his best), his 2012 drama Our Children won a special acting award for star Emilie Dequenne out of Directors’ Fortnight. His latest stars Berenice Bejo opposite director Cedric Kahn (who has appeared in several other director’s works recently, including as one of a pair of doctor’s in Axelle Ropert’s Miss and the Doctors, 2013) as a couple breaking up over ten years. Discrepancies over property ownership ensue.
- Nicholas Bell
10 items from 2016
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