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Cannes has selected Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami (“Certified Copy,” “Like Someone In Love”) to be president of the Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury at the 2014 edition of the fest, running May 14-25.Also serving on the jury are directors Noémie Lvovsky of France (“Camille redouble”), Daniela Thomas of Brazil (“Linha de passé”), Mahamat-Saleh Haroun of Chad (“Grigris”) and Joachim Trier of Norway (“Oslo, August 31”).They will be awarding three prizes to films submitted by students from film schools around the globe, which will be presented in the Cinéfondation Selection, to be announced at a later date.Meanwhile, the Cinéfondation prizes will be announced May 22, with the Short Film Palme d’Or to be awarded on May 24.Jane Campion is set to be the feature film jury president. »
- Beth Hanna
The 2014 Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury at the Cannes film festival will be headed by acclaimed Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami.
He will be accompanied by French director, screenwriter and actress Noémie Lvovsky, Brazilian director and visual artist Daniela Thomas, Chadian director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun and Nowegian director Joachim Trier.
They will be tasked with awarding three prizes to films submitted by students from film schools the world over, which will be presented in the Cinéfondation Selection, to be announced at a later date.
The Jury will also decide the Short Film Palme d’or to be awarded in the award ceremony on May 24.
Kiarostami has presented a number of his films at Cannes, including five in Competition: Through the Olive Trees (1994), Taste of Cherry (Palme d’or 1997), Ten (2002), Certified Copy (2010) and Like Someone in Love (2012).
Paris – Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami is returning to Cannes in 2014, this time as the president of the short film and Cinefondation jury. The Palme d’Or-winning director will head the five-member jury of Noemie Lvovsky, Mahamat-Saleh Haround, Joachim Trier, and Daniela Thomas. Photos: 50 Never-Before-Seen Portraits From Cannes (Exclusives) Kiarostami’sTaste of Cherry won the festival’s top prize in 1997, while his other works have consistently appeared in competition, with Ten in 2002, Like Someone in Love in 2012, and Certified Copy, which won Juliette Binoche the best actress prize, in 2010. He was a member
- Rhonda Richford
Paris – Renowned Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami will preside the Cannes Festival’s Cinefondation and Short Films jury, whose other members are French hyphenate Noemie Lvovsky and three directors: Brazil’s Daniela Thomas, Chad’s Mahamat-Saleh Haroun and Norway’s Joachim Trier.
The Jury will announce its Cinefondation Selection prizes on Thursday, May 22, and Cannes’ best short the following Saturday.
A seminal director who broke through with the 1987-1994 “Koker Trilogy,” and won Cannes’ Palme d’Or with 1997’s “Taste of Cherry,” Kiarostami was instrumental in helping to convince established film industry that not just good but great directors could come from any part of the world, which is much the spirit of the Cinefondation where 15 to 20 shorts and medium-length films – chosen from more than 1,600 applications – from students at film schools in 41 countries spread over the planet compete for its First, Second and Third prizes at the Cinefondation Selection.
Having won, »
- John Hopewell
Abbas Kiarostami is to head the Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury of the 67th Cannes Film Festival.
The Iranian director and screenwriter has been nominated for the Palme d’Or five times and won in 1997 with Taste of Cherry.
They will be tasked with awarding three prizes to films submitted by students from film schools around the world, which will be presented in the Cinéfondation Selection, to be announced at a later date.
The Cinéfondation Prizes will be announced by the Jury on May 22, at a ceremony to be followed by a screening of the winning films.
The Jury will also decide the Short Film Palme d’or to be awarded at the prize-giving ceremony on May 24.
Kiarostami rose to international fame with Where is the Friend’s Home (1987) and went on to present »
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At first glance, his sly 2012 drama Like Someone in Love, which finds the filmmaker in Tokyo, may appear to be among Kiarostami’s most straightforward films. Yet with this simple story of the growing bond between a young part-time call girl (Rin Takanashi) and a grandfatherly client (Tadashi Okuno), Kiarostami has constructed an enigmatic but crystalline investigation of affection and desire as complex as his masterful Close-up and Certified Copy in its engagement with the workings of the mercurial human heart.
Like Someone in Love was released to theaters around the world in 2012 and 2013 following its premiere at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
Presented in Japanese with English subtitles, »
Another month, another reason to break open the piggy bank as The Criterion Collection unleashes another slate of films. And this May, they are unveiling their usual mix of classic titles, foreign fare and contemporary faves. First up, Howard Hawks' western "Red River" starring John Wayne and Montgomery Clift arrives in a couple of different cuts. The 90-odd minute theatrical cut—the director's preferred version—gets the full blown 4K restoration, while the longer, two-hour-plus version gets the 2K treatment, and both are included. As for the extras, it's mostly a slew of interviews providing more context to the 1948 film. Abbas Kiarostami's odd tale of romance between an elderly professor, "Like Someone In Love," gets the wacky C treatment. It will be a fairly bare bones affair, with a 45-minute documentary providing the meat of the extra material. Capping off the unusually lean month for Criterion are a »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Criterion has announced their lineup of new releases for May 2015 and leading the way is Howard Hawks' Red River (5/27) starring John Wayne and Montgomery Clift. I've only seen Red River once and it was not an impressive transfer so I'm really looking forward to seeing what Criterion has done with this new 4K digital restoration of the original theatrical release version, plus a 2K restoration of the longer version, though the original is said to be Hawks' preferred cut. Additionally the release includes new interviews with Peter Bogdanovich, critic Molly Haskell and western scholar Lee Clark Mitchell and more. Get the full details here. The next release I'm most interested in is Stuart Cooper's 1975 film Overlord (5/13), which is getting a Blu-ray upgrade after being released on Criterion DVD back in 2007. The film apparently interweaves archival war footage and a fictional narrative as it follows one twenty-year-old's journey from »
- Brad Brevet
Sometimes a career made up of rich, complex work can arrive at a masterpiece so simple it seems strange to place it on the same pedestal as what came before. After years of amazing works in narrative cinema, Abbas Kiarostami's Five (2003) seems so unambitious—and yet, for me, it is his most pure, moving film. The same can be said of Tsai Ming-liang's Journey to the West, which runs under an hour, the sixth of a (sort-of) series following Lee Kang-sheng's slow-walking monk (that first appeared in Walker, and most recently in Walking in Water)—and now a dormant Denis Lavant that eventually joins in on the slow-mo journey. A remix of sorts of the Chinese myth of the same name transported to nooks and crannies of Marseille, the film's supposed mini-discourse on East-meets-West, was, admittedly, hardly my entry point into the film. Rather, it was the film's immediate, »
- Adam Cook
The Criterion Collection has announced two new titles and three Blu-ray upgrades set for release in May. Check out the new cover art along with a full list of extra features for each in the gallery viewer below! Debuting in the collection are both Howard Hawks and Arthur Rosson 1948 western classic Red River and Abbas Kiarostami's 2012 drama Like Someone in Love while HD upgrades of earlier Criterion releases include Billy Wilder's Ace in the Hole , Stuart Cooper's Overlord and Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (the only film left from the director that hasn't been issued in HD). Special features for the new releases are listed as follows: Red River - New 4K digital restoration of the rarely presented original theatrical release version, the »
Directing84% Acting82% Story71% Cinematography78%Thumbs UpIntriguing characters.Beautiful cinematography.Thumbs DownSlow pace.Minimalist storyline. 76%Overall Score Reader Rating: (1 Vote)87%Whatever Will Be, Will Be
A young Japanese student and part-time call-girl gets in a pickle when her fiancé, Noriaki ( Ryo Kase, whom I’m a big fan of ), starts to suspect the worst. He’s starting to go mad with rage and is becoming more and more possessive… he’s now at the point where he wants to know precisely in which establishment his girl is at every moment. Not only that, but he’ll make her walk to the nearest bathroom and count the number of tiles between the bathroom entrance and the toilet bowl. Just in case she’s lying.
But, the call-girl in question, Akiko or Aki for short ( Rin Takanashi ), is anything but your typical street worker. She’s shy, reclusive, even hesitant to take on new clients. »
Film critics, we’re often told, don’t vote for the Oscars — but if they did, here’s what at least three of their nomination ballots might look like. We listed our top five choices for best director, actor/actress, supporting actor/actress, original/adapted screenplay and cinematography. For best picture, we allowed ourselves 10 choices, based on the unlikely but theoretically possible outcome of 10 nominees in that category.
“12 Years a Slave”
Joachim Lafosse, “Our Children”
Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”
Tahar Rahim, “The Past”
- Variety Staff
12 items from 2014
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