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Limping, Lisping and Lobstering: Escaping Yorgos Lanthimos’ Hotel of Purity

25 June 2015 12:58 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Back when Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos first clambered barefaced upon the international stage with his daring Dogtooth, quite a few hastened to mention its striking resemblance to Arturo Ripstein’s similarly self-contained The Castle of Purity, made some 35 years earlier. In the wake of his first English-language effort The Lobster, one might even go further and compare all that Lanthimos has done thus far to Ripstein’s film: the imposed isolation behind walls that are both physical and psychological, creating a world whose structure is founded upon seemingly intransgressible rules and boundaries. Despite the jump in locale and language, The Lobster is very much a continuation or extension of the themes found in Dogtooth: the sequestered family abode is replaced by an isolated hotel complex; the overprotective father by a domineering hotel manager – the brilliant Olivia Colman. Perhaps the most significant difference, at least on first glance, is that »

- Nicholas Page

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'Assassin's Creed' Movie Adaptation Finds a Replacement for Alicia Vikander

24 June 2015 5:18 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) was going to reunite with her The Light Between Oceans co-star Michael Fassbender in the film adaptation of the video game Assasin's Creed, but we learned only yesterday she will be unable to do so as she joined the cast of Bourne 5, which will be shooting at the same time. Well, it didn't take long for a replacement to be announced as Greek-born French actress Ariane Labed. Labed had a small role in Richard Linklater's Before Midnight during the dinner scene as shown above and starred in Yorgos Lanthimos' Alps in 2012 (pictured here) and made an impact in Cannes this year starring in Lanthimos' latest feature, The Lobster. There's still no word on which role Labed will be playing, but she joins not only Fassbender, but Marion Cotillard who is reuniting with both Fassbender and her Macbeth director Justin Kurzel for the film, which »

- Brad Brevet

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Ariane Labed Joins Cast of ‘Assassin’s Creed’ Opposite Michael Fassbender

24 June 2015 3:34 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Ariane Labed, the Greek-born French actress who made such a stirring impression in Yorgos Lanthimos’ Cannes fave The Lobster, has boarded the cast of Assassin’s Creed. The Justin Kurzel-directed New Regency live-action adaptation of the Ubisoft video game stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. This would be the highest-profile role yet for the 31-year-old actress who already has a clutch of awards under her belt for her fearless work. She won the Best… »

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Melbourne 2015: A Relief But No Surprises; Miff's Cannes Line-Up

22 June 2015 10:30 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

The Melbourne International Film Festival Cannes line-up was announced recently. It has become a tradition now that the films Miff has acquired from La Croisette are announced a month before the full line-up is unveiled.The list contains many films we can all breath a sigh of relief about seeing, but nothing totally unexpected. Every film is from a previous Miff stalwart or respected auteur, particularly the Asian picks.The full line-up from Cannes, after the bump.Several award-winners make their way to the festival, some more distributor-friendly than others but if you just cannot wait, the following titles should satisfy you...The Lobster; Yorgos Lanthimos' (Twitch review here) Jury Prize-winning absurd satire of modern romance, starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz. The Assassin; a spectacular take on the...

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Watch: Blanchett & Mara Embrace in New 'Carol' Footage, Plus Scenes from 'Macbeth,' 'The Lobster' & 'Youth'

18 June 2015 2:13 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

At least four films out of the 2015 Cannes competition had critics and audiences in raptures: Todd Haynes' lesbian romance "Carol," Justin Kurzel's Shakespeare buff-up "Macbeth," Yorgos Lanthimos' tantalizing sci-fi "The Lobster" and Paolo Sorrentino's paean to art and age "Youth." All were backed by British production company Film4, which offers up this sexy montage of interviews and clips from the films. All have been acquired for Us distribution. While we'll definitely be seeing Weinstein's "Carol" and "Macbeth," and Fox Searchlight's "Youth," down the awards pike this Fall, Alchemy has yet to disclose a release date for "The Lobster," winner of the Jury Prize from Competition heads Joel and Ethan Coen. Collectively at Toh, we've seen and enjoyed all four. Read More: Cannes: Todd Haynes and Writer Phyllis Nagy Talk 'Carol,' Glamorous Stars, Highsmith and More »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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'Blackbird' shoot takes flight with Rooney Mara

17 June 2015 5:45 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Relationship drama to shoot for five weeks in the UK.

Principal photography has begun on Benedict AndrewsBlackbird andwill shoot for five weeks across the south of England.

Rooney Mara, who won Best Actress at Cannes last month for her role in Carol, will star opposite Ben Mendelsohn (Starred Up) in the relationship drama.

Based on playwright David Harrower’s Olivier Award-winning play of the same name, it tells the story of Ray (Mendelsohn) who is confronted with his past when Una (Mara) arrives unannounced at his office.

Fifteen years earlier, the two had an illicit affair, for which Ray was arrested and imprisoned. He has since built a new life for himself; she is looking for answers.

Andrews said: “I am relishing the opportunity to bring this vital, highly-charged story to the screen. David has written a beautiful, brutal script and I have two outstanding actors in the roles of Ray and Una.

“The fragility »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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'The Lobster' UK release date set

15 June 2015 8:42 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Colin Farrell starrer won Jury Prize at Cannes last month.

Yorgos LanthimosThe Lobster is to be released in the UK and Ireland on October 16 by Picturehouse Entertainment and Element Pictures respectively.

Review: The LobsterINTERVIEW: Yorgos Lanthimos

The surreal, romantic drama and winner of the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival last month, The Lobster stars Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz with a supporting cast including Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, John C.Reilly, Olivia Colman and Ashley Jensen.

The film is set in the near future where single people are arrested, transferred to The Hotel and obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days.

It marks the English-language debut of Greek director Lanthimos, who first came to international prominence with debut feature Dogtooth, winner of Cannes’ Un Certain Regard Prize and nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2011 Academy Awards.

Written by Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou, producers are Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, [link »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Warp’s Mary Burke Joins BFI Film Fund as Senior Production, Development Executive

15 June 2015 6:12 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The British Film Institute has appointed Mary Burke as senior production and development executive at the BFI Film Fund. Burke joins from Warp Films, where she is an executive producer and board member.

The BFI is the U.K.’s largest public investor in film, with more than £30 million ($46.5 million) in funding to invest each year. Burke’s role will be to identify and support a diverse range of British feature film projects, working closely with writers, directors and producers across development and production.

Burke’s producer credits include “Bunny and the Bull,” the 2009 feature debut from Paul King, who went on to direct “Paddington,” the U.K.’s most successful independent film of 2014; “Submarine,” the feature BAFTA and Bifa-winning debut of Richard Ayoade, which premiered at Toronto Film Festival in 2010; Paul Wright’s “For Those in Peril,” which premiered in Critics’ Week at Cannes in 2013; “Berberian Sound Studio, »

- Leo Barraclough

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BFI hires Warp Films' Mary Burke

15 June 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Producer of Submarine and Berberian Sound Studio to take key role in the BFI Film Fund.

The BFI (British Film Institute) has appointed Warp Films exec Mary Burke as senior production and development executive at the BFI Film Fund. 

Burke will take a senior editorial role at the BFI - identifying and supporting a range of new British feature film projects, and working closely with writers, directors and producers across development and production.

A recipient of two BAFTAs and two BIFAs, Burke’s producer credits include Bunny and the Bull, the 2009 feature debut from Paul King who went on last year to direct Paddington; Richard Ayoade’s SubmarinePaul Wright’s 2013 Cannes title For Those in Peril; Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studio; and Chris Waitt documentary A Complete History of My Sexual Failures.

Burke is currently executive producer and board member at Warp Films, where she has worked in a variety of production and development roles since »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Pula fest unveils 2015 line-up

15 June 2015 1:55 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Innovations include showing Utopia as part of first TV offering at a Croatian festival.

Croatia’s Pula Film Festival (July 18-25) has announced the programme for its 62nd edition.

The Croatian programme saw 75 films submitted - 28 features, 47 shorts - of which 14 features, including Cannes hit The High Sun by Dalibor Matanić, and 16 shorts were selected. 

The International Competition includes 14 features, and 12 shorts out of competition. 

Pula will be the first festival in Croatia to show a TV series, Dennis Kelly’s UK production Utopia.

Other features to play out of competition include three Us crowdpleasers: Minions by Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin; Pixels by Chris Columbus; and Terminator Genisys by Alan Taylor

Pula’s offerings also include the Short Matters short programme presented with the European Film Academy; the Dizalica strand for 16-to 21 year-olds; and the children’s programme Pulica.

Croatian Features We Will Be The World Champions, Darko Bajić The Girls - Life of Another, Andrea »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Cannes 2015. Top Picks & Coverage Roundup

29 May 2015 6:05 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Below you will find our favorite films of the Festival de Cannes, as well as an index of our coverage, with more entries, including interviews, to come. We also have an index of the festival's awards.Daniel Kasmantop Picksi. Cemetery of Splendour, The AssassinII. Visit or Memoirs and Confessions, In the Shadow of Women, The Exquisite Corpus, The Lobster, Mad Max: Fury Road, The TreasureIII. Arabian Nights, Journey to the Shore, Mountains May Depart***COVERAGEDay 1: Our Little Sister (Hirokazu Kore-eda), Tale of Tales (Matteo Garrone)Day 2: In the Shadow of Women (Philippe Garrel), One Floor Below (Radu Muntean), Son of Saul (Lazlo Nemes)Day 3: The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos), My Golden Days (Arnaud Desplechin)Day 4: Arabian Nights Volume 1: The Restless One, Carol (Todd Haynes)Day 5: Journey to the Shore (Kiyoshi Kurosawa), Louder Than Bombs (Joachim Trier)Day 6: Arabian Nights Volume Two: The Desolate One »

- Notebook

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‘The Lobster’ tops Cannes winners social media buzz

28 May 2015 6:35 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive Infographic: Mad Max: Fury Road and Carol top films overall.

Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan may have won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival but it was Yorgos LanthimosThe Lobster that sparked the most mentions on social media, according to analysis firm Way To Blue.

The Lobster, which won the Jury Prize, generated more than 12,400 mentions while Dheepan drew close to 7,700. Lazslo Neme’s Grand Prize winner, Son Of Saul, topped 7,000.

Way To Blue ranked films by calculating numbers for “overall buzz” and “intent-to-view,” as well as most buzzed about topics and stars from a sample size of 990,000 mentions from May 13-24.

However, that figure was down 29% compared to Cannes 2014, when stars such as Robert Pattinson – a big draw for fans on social media – attended the festival.

Overall, Mad Max: Fury Road generated the most mentions with close to 19,000 mentions while Todd Haynes’ Competition title Carol, starring [link=nm »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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The Best, The Middling and the ‘What-Happened-Here?’ of Cannes 2015

27 May 2015 12:48 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Who knew that watching films can be this exhausting? The first thing any press person at Cannes will tell you is probably how tiring festival grind is – press screenings from  8.30 am till midnight, endless queueing sessions (variously put to use for writing up or sun-tanning), the adrenaline rush of the literal rush to the next screening.

What few filmmakers premiering their work at Cannes seem to realise – based on the average two-hour run of the majority of films this year – is that at a film viewing marathon such as Cannes, critics’ attention is yours during the first hour and twenty minutes and then you’d better start getting ready for a wow of an ending. The editor is your friend and if you want the press to be a friend too, it’s good to shed extraneous long-windedness and not irk the critics – unless you are Miguel Gomes, then you can go on forever… »

- Zornitsa Staneva

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Variety Critics Debate the Best and Worst of Cannes 2015

25 May 2015 3:33 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Peter Debruge: Well, I didn’t see that coming. In what feels like a twist ending — one that leaves me feeling a bit like Tim Roth at the end of “Chronic” — the Cannes jury has awarded the Palme d’Or to “Dheepan,” a movie that lags among my least favorites in the competition, and the weakest in Jacques Audiard’s filmography.

People have been throwing the word “weak” around a lot this week, grousing that the official selection doesn’t measure up to that of previous years. I defer to you, Scott and Justin, since you’ve each been attending Cannes for longer than I have (this is only my fifth time on the Croisette), but if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my time here, it’s that Cannes critics always like to complain that the present year’s crop feels meager by comparison to past editions, »

- Peter Debruge, Scott Foundas and Justin Chang

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Rooney Mara: Oscar possibilities for the Cannes 2015 winners

25 May 2015 11:57 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Yesterday, the Cannes Film Festival awarded their prizes for 2015, so as always, immediate attention has turned to Academy Award possibilities. Some years, there’s a dearth of contenders, while others have no shortage of them to sift through. It’s very much an American thing, as if a fest always needs to have an Oscar correlation to matter, but hey…who am I to argue? Luckily, this year we have a number of potential players worthy of discussion among the winners. There are some titles that went home empty handed that could easily hit with the Academy, including Sicario and Out of Competition entries like Inside Out, Irrational Man, and Mad Max: Fury Road, but for now I’ll limit it to only those that wound up In Competition and with a prize… Obviously, we have to start with the Palme d’Or winning Dheepan, which likely will be a »

- Joey Magidson

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Cannes: 21 Films That Stood Out at the 2015 Festival

25 May 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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)

2. “Arabian Nights.” Even this year’s most impressive competition films couldn’t match Portuguese auteur Miguel Gomes’ magnum opus for brazen ambition and conceptual heft. »

- Variety Staff

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'Carol,' 'Inside Out' and 10 other Cannes 2015 films ready for Oscar's closeup

25 May 2015 9:27 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Cannes — Awards season is no stranger to Cannes. From "Amour" to "The Tree of Life" to "No Country For Old Men" to "The Pianist" to "The Piano," every year there seems to be a player or two that pokes its head out from the crowded Croisette and into Oscar's waiting arms. This year's potential players may not include a true Best Picture contender, but they are evidence enough that the festival's presence will be felt throughout the upcoming campaign. Before you start second guessing which films have a shot and which don't, remember the actions of this year's Hollywood-influenced competition jury. The Coen brothers, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sienna Miller and the Guillermo Del Toro, among others, awarded some interesting prizes that will absolutely affect the race. The critical kudos are important, too (as are those of us who cover the beat on a regular basis and took in this year's slate »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Irish Academy crowns 'Song Of The Sea'

25 May 2015 8:33 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

International awards won by Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore.

Tomm Moore animation Song Of The Sea has been named Best Film at the 12th Ifta Awards for Film and Drama in Dublin.

The film about a little girl who can turn into a seal was Oscar nominated earlier this year, missing out to Big Hero 6.

But the Irish Film and Television Academy chose it above nominees Frank, Glassland, I Used To Live Here, Noble and Patrick’s Day.

Comedy Frank, starring Michael Fassbender, won three awards including best director for Lenny Abrahamson, best supporting actor for Domhnall Gleeson and best director of photography for James Mather.

Family drama Patrick’s Day also scored a hat-trick, winning best actor for Moe Dunford, best script for writer-director Terry McMahon and best sound.

Biopic Noble, directed by Stephen Bradley, won best actress for Deirdre O’Kane and best supporting actress for Sarah Greene, who was also »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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2015 Cannes Film Festival Awards: 'Dheepan' Takes Palme d'Or

25 May 2015 8:04 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I've seen more than one person say the 2015 Cannes Film Festival quite simply didn't live up to normal expectations. I started getting that vibe at the end of last week as it seemed there were a few "good" films coming out of the festival -- The Lobster, Carol, Son of Saul, Amy -- but nothing that was really wowing a large majority of those in attendance. The teaser for a recently penned story from Manohla Dargis at the "New York Times" read: "As the festival nears its close, many fine movies by revered filmmakers have been shown, but none of them are masterworks." Many fine movies... that's great, but the hope heading into Cannes is finding at least one film that truly knocks the audience's socks off, but it seems this year the jeering for Gus Van Sant's The Sea of Trees made more headlines than anything else. Yesterday »

- Brad Brevet

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68th Festival de Cannes Awards; Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan Wins Palme d’Or

24 May 2015 12:17 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The 12 days of the prestigious 68th Festival de Cannes came to a close on Sunday (May 24, 2015) when the winners were announced during the Awards Ceremony.

The Palme d’Or went to Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan. To escape the civil war in Sri Lanka, a former soldier, a young woman and a little girl pose as a family. They end up settling in a housing project outside Paris. They barely know one another, but try to build a life together.

The prize for Best Actress was shared by Rooney Mara for her role in Carol, by Todd Haynes and Emmanuelle Bercot, for her role in Maïwenn’s Mon Roi.

Best Actor went to Vincent Lindon for his role in Stéphane Brizé’s La Loi Du Marche (The Measure Of A Man).

The Best Director prize was awarded to Nie Yinniang (The Assassin) by Hou Hsiao-Hsien. In 9th Century China, a »

- Movie Geeks

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